The Sparks (The Feud Trilogy #1)
by Kyle Prue
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: January 31st 2017
One teen assassin-in-training must unite three warring supernatural dynasties before death comes to them all…
Find out why USA Today calls The Sparks “a crackling read” that “builds a vivid world (both) otherworldly and relatable.”
Neil Vapros just wants to make his father proud. The sixteen-year-old aspires to serve his family as an assassin, but he nearly dies in the process. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Neil’s family, as well as two rival dynasties, have abandoned an ancient promise to protect their city. An unknown evil has begun hunting all three houses from the shadows…
As Neil’s relatives fall one-by-one, he attempts to unite the three supernatural families against a common enemy. But earning trust after years of assassination attempts could prove impossible. Neil’s fight may involve more than a bloodthirsty empire, as betrayal rears its ugly head…
The Sparks is the first book in the award-winning Epic Feud trilogy of young adult fantasy novels. If you like captivating characters, inventive world building, and supernatural battles, then you’ll love Kyle Prue’s action-packed coming-of-age tale.
Buy The Sparks on Amazon!
The Flames (The Feud Trilogy #2)
by Kyle Prue
Release Date: April 22nd 2017
To survive incredible odds, one teen may have to trust both his former enemies and his fire-forged destiny…
Neil Vapros is one of the last free warriors of the great city of Altryon. He and his brother’s only chance of staying alive involves trusting an uneasy alliance with their former enemies. But in the world beyond his city’s walls, Neil’s life is much more dangerous than he ever imagined possible…
The Emperor has hired a ruthless madman and a vicious pack of assassins to hunt down the last supernatural survivors. As the allies attempt to hide from their enemies, the leader of a rebellion singles out Neil as the answer to a prophecy. Neil isn’t sure he believes he’s been “chosen,” but he knows one thing for sure: their only chance for survival lies in sticking together. While treachery and pain wait around every corner, Neil and his allies may win the day, but victory without casualties could prove impossible…
The Flames is the second book in the award-winning Epic Feud trilogy of young adult fantasy novels. If you like rich fantasy settings, imaginative supernatural abilities, and tough-as-nails characters, then you’ll love Kyle Prue’s electrifying adventure.
Buy The Flames on Amazon!
About the Author
Kyle Prue is an award winning author, actor and comedian. Kyle wrote The Sparks: Book One of the Feud Trilogy when he was just 16 years old. Kyle has spent the past year on a national book tour visiting over 80 middle and high schools and meeting over 60,000 students. Kyle is now a freshman at the University of Michigan, studying acting and creative writing. He still visits schools and is a keynote speaker for conferences.
Kyle is the founder of Sparking Literacy, a non-profit dedicated to lowering the high school dropout rate by inspiring teens to read, write and follow their dreams. An actor and comedian, Kyle trains at Second City Comedy Club in Chicago, where a number of SNL actors have gotten their start. Kyle currently lives with his family in Petoskey, Michigan.
The Sparks has won numerous national awards including Best Book and Best Fiction for Young Adults 2015. The Sparks was runner up for Best Young Adult Fiction at the Florida Book Festival and won Honorable Mentions at the New England Book Festival, Midwest Book Festival, Southern California Book Festival, the International London Book Festival and won a prestigious Indie Fab award. Kyle also won an International Moonbeam Award for Best Young Author.
1. How long did it take you to write The Sparks?
The summer after my sophomore year in high school, my parents came to us and said they were taking away the TV, Internet and our cell phones. They called it Summer Unplugged. I threatened to call child protective services but they aptly pointed out that I no longer had a phone. That summer I was so bored that I started reading and writing a lot. I finished The Sparks that summer. Editing took another year, but now I try and write a book every summer.
2. Tell us about the awards that you have won for The Sparks?
I’ve been so fortunate. The Sparks has won state and national awards for Best YA Fiction from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association for 2015. The Sparks was the runner up for Best Young Adult Fiction at the Florida Book Festival and won Honorable Mentions at the New England Book Festival, Midwest Book Festival, Southern California Book Festival, and the International London Book Festival. I also won an International Moonbeam award and an Indie Fab award for Best Young Author.
3. You are releasing a 2nd edition of The Sparks. Why?
Two reasons. First I got feedback from Barnes & Noble that the cover needed more of a fantasy feel so we hired a great cover designer who has designed all three covers to tie together. She did a great job. Second, I was in talks with a new publisher and they asked me to reduce the points of view in the book. During that edit, my creative juices started rolling and I’ve added some great new content and streamlined the story in ways that I think readers will really love. I’ve also finished The Flames now so there were a few items I wanted to change in The Sparks and this was my chance.
4. What drew you to write YA Fantasy?
I wanted to write something that I would want to read and that would appeal to other kids my age. I wanted to appeal to boys who have lost interest in reading and I also created strong female characters that girls will love.
5. You took a gap year after high school so that you could visit middle and high schools around the country. Why?
When I first published my book, I was asked to speak to three classes of 8th graders that were struggling readers, many of whom were at risk of dropping out of school. Each student received a copy of the book. After the visit, I started getting email and calls from teachers and parents telling me that the event had been transformational. The students had devoured the book; many had never read a book before. Now they were reading and a few students had started a book club and one was even writing his own book. I realized I had the opportunity to make a difference. So I founded my charity, Sparking Literacy, and I spent the next year visiting middle and high schools to inspire teens to read, write and follow their dreams.
6. Tell us about Sparking Literacy?
Sparking Literacy is a 501(c) 3 charity that fundraises so that every child at our events can receive a free book. We also do assemblies and author events for free for schools or organizations that have significant at risk or underprivileged students. For $10/child we can provide an event and a book. Only 1 in 300 underprivileged kids own a book. So a book can truly change a life. We’ve got the letters to prove it. We are a volunteer organization so that 100% of donations go to programs and books for kids. You can find out more at http://www.sparkingliteracy.org.
7. When did you first start writing?
Like a lot of kids, I was bullied in middle school. I doubt you will ever find a kid that says, “I rocked 7th grade! That was the best time in my life.” I was short and fat and had a bowl haircut with braces. This was not a great time in my life. But I discovered I could come home and pick up a pen and create a whole fantasy world that I could control, when the rest of my life felt out of control. I learned that I loved to create characters because their potential is limitless.
8. What are your other interests besides writing?
I love stand up comedy because, like writing, it requires an ability to look at the world in a unique way and find the humor in that. I’m just completed my freshman year at the University of Michigan in the acting program. I’m also part of an improv group called Midnight Book Club that performs every month on campus. I love photography and am currently working on a coffee table book of cool photographs.
9. When do you find the time to write?
If you love something, you find the time. I write during any hour that I can get free. I try and write 1,000 words a day. It’s gotten tougher to keep up in college but I try to make time to write during the weekends and breaks—I get the most writing done in the summer. I wrote two books over the past year. The Flames and my new book, Honor Roll, which isn’t part of the series, is in the editing process.
10. Where is your favorite place to write?
I’ve usually got a notebook or computer on hand so any time I feel even the slightest bit inspired I can write. I am a big fan of writing in bookstores—it’s an interesting feeling to be surrounded by the works of people who have achieved what you are trying to accomplish.
Blog Tour Organized by: