RRBC SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR BLOG TOUR – 11/2/14

RRBC badgeThe Rave Reviews Book Club is an online book club of more than 500 independent authors and readers. One of the programs sponsored by the book club is honoring an author as the SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR for one week. Part of that program is a book blog tour featuring the honored author on several blog sites. I am honored today to be hosting the book tour for SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR Harmony Kent.

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Hi there! This is the first day of my RRBC Spotlight blog tour. You can find details of all my stops here.

I just published my third Novel, and what a whirlwind ride it’s been! A couple of years ago, I couldn’t have seen myself writing at all. Which just goes to show, none of us know what’s around the corner. How did I end up here?

My life began (again) at forty. What a scary time that was. Nevertheless, so worth it. I would like to take you on my journey with me, so you can see how I got to where I am today.

I’ve always wanted to write, but didn’t always have the confidence or know how. I remember the first ‘long’ story I wrote; I was eleven. School had run a writing competition and I filled a whole notebook up with my masterpiece ‘Toby the Job Horse’. All entries were given to the head-teacher who would then grade them, and decide on the winner. Sadly, after weeks of hearing nothing, I found out he had lost my story. I was devastated. I’d poured my heart and soul into that book. It took a long time for me to write anything else, and the frequent teasing of those around me didn’t help. If I wasn’t writing, I was reading—so I was always on a different planet to everybody else. Mostly, I was misunderstood.

Then I grew up. I started out in office work, then trained as a nurse. I worked with troubled children in Mental Health, as well as adults. In short, life got in the way of my art. Turns out, I also wasn’t feeling so shiny.

Suffering from very low self-esteem, and overwhelmed by life and the world, I sought solace in a Buddhist Temple, and eventually took monastic ordination. The next thirteen years were long and arduous, but never, ever boring. I learned a lot. Mostly about myself. Also about human nature in general. I realised I didn’t need to change the world: just me. As daft as it might sound: giving up my freedom helped me to find freedom.

I became a happy, content and very confident woman. A long-buried creative streak thrust to the surface and shone in all its glory. Life was good. Then, a surgical error led to a painful and life changing disability. I’ve never looked back. Really. This proved to be a real jewel in the mud. I have grown even more through the various experiences the injury has given me. Without this, I probably wouldn’t be writing now. I have learned what the important things are, and what’s simply soap opera. I have learned that my greatest joy, indeed passion, is helping others where I can. However, none of this compares to my joy when I sit and write.

After the injury, I remained in Buddhist monastic life for a further six years, but was unable to follow the temple schedule or really take part in its daily life that much at all. So, eventually, I made the decision to return to lay life. This was scary.

Thirteen years cloistered away, and suddenly I’m stepping back out into the world again. Oh my goodness. So much was different. Even the value of money had changed drastically. Forty years old, and starting completely from scratch—what an adventure! I found myself with nothing to fill my days, and there’s only so much reading a bod can do. One day I sat down and began to write … and here I am.

In many ways it would have been a lot easier to stay in the temple … better the devil you know, and all that. But that isn’t who I am. My motto in life is: Never give up.

Harmony Kent’s new novel:

3D-Book cover Elemental Earth

Elemental Earth (Book 1 of The Mysteries)

Young Adult Fantasy Fiction

“You turned the god of gnomes into a garden ornament?”

Sarah looked closely, but couldn’t tell if her dad was annoyed or amused—perhaps he was both …

Whilst 15 year old Sarah may be struggling to regain her feet, after being ripped from her everyday mundane life and ending up in a whole new dimension, she still knows how to have a bit of fun along the way. The Earth Elemental isn’t the only one whose feathers she manages to ruffle, and it’s only been four days. Meanwhile, her best friend is missing, and big trouble is brewing. She soon has a lot more to worry about than what happened to her phone or iPod, or even how much of an idiot Caleb obviously thinks she is.

Elemental Earth is the first book in The Mysteries series, and is aimed at Young Adults. Even if you’ve already reached an age where the young ones might call you ‘old enough’, if you’re still young at heart then you’re bound to enjoy these books just as much as the next—err—younger adult.

Age aside, perhaps we should be more worried about what further havoc Sarah’s antics might be about to wreak on the universe as we know it? We’d probably all be sleeping a lot more soundly if she’d only stuck to applied maths and the odd pillow fight. But no, sadly the lure of the proverbial rabbit hole proved just a tad too much. And now she’s taken the plunge, there’s no turning back.

Connect with Harmony Kent:

Look out for tweets @harmony_kent, and follow my blog: http://harmonykent.co.uk to keep up to date with new book releases, promos, cover reveals and sneak peeks. Feel free to connect—I’d love to hear from you.

Find out more at:

My website: http://www.harmonykent.co.uk

Twitter: @harmony_kent

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HarmonyKentOnline

4Wills Author Page: http://4willspublishing.wordpress.com/our-authors/author-harmony-kent/

29 Responses to RRBC SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR BLOG TOUR – 11/2/14

  1. kkerr19963 says:

    Hi Harmony, Good luck with your Spotlight Author blog tour. I hope your page on my blog meets your expectations.

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    • harmonykentonline says:

      Thank you, thank you, thank you! What an awesome job you have done, Kenneth! I am thrilled and so grateful to you for hosting me on your blog today 🙂 ❤

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  2. You are an inspiration, Harmz. I have Elemental Earth on my kindle & I’ve pre-ordered Polish Your Prose. Thanks for hosting, Ken.

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  3. Congrats on your well-deserved Spotlight week, Harmz! ( Even though I’m not on the governing board, I feel the need to use that nickname for you cause it’s so cute – is that allowed? LOL). I am enjoying reading EE and can’t wait to see how it ends. I respect you immensely as a writer and look forward to drawing more wisdom from you during this week:) Enjoy!

    Thanks, Ken for hosting Harmony! I am already following your blog:)

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    • harmonykentonline says:

      Thanks, Traci! I am so pleased you’re enjoying EE! I have to agree: Kenneth’s blog is great! 🙂 I am so thrilled to be in the SPOTLIGHT this week! The nickname’s fine! LOL

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  4. Wow. So many years tucked away from the world. There are many times I’d like to do that, especially having to deal with all the BS that goes on in the business world. Hope you enjoy your blog tour this week.

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    • harmonykentonline says:

      Hi Rebecca! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 Yes … those years tucked away were hard, but also so rewarding! I am so excited to be on a SPOTLIGHT tour this week! 🙂 And, Kenneth’s blog is such an awesome first stop!

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  5. Congratulations on your much-deserved Spotlight Week! I’m very impressed with your bio above, Harmz! Re-entry into the secular world must have been extremely difficult. Thanks for sharing these things with us! I’m looking forward to reading your books! Thanks for hosting, Kenneth!

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    • harmonykentonline says:

      Thanks, John! It really was tough … funny, it was scary going in–but even scarier coming back out! … Still, no where near as scary as BEING ON THE SHELF with Nonnie! LOL 😀

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  6. beemweeks says:

    Yay, Harmz!!! Congratulations! You truly are deserving of this incredible honor! And a great big thank you to you, Kenneth, for hosting this Spotlight Author!

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    • harmonykentonline says:

      Thanks so much, Beem! I am THRILLED to be in the spotlight! 😀
      Kenneth is AWESOME for hosting me on his great blog! 🙂

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  7. rhanidchae says:

    Harmony, what an awesome post! Gives hope & inspiration to thise of us starting from scratch later in life. Ken, thanks for hosting Harmony. 🙂

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    • harmonykentonline says:

      Thanks, Rhani! I am so pleased my words have been helpful 🙂 And all thanks to Kenneth, for helping me to share them! 😀

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  8. garrettaddison says:

    So lovely to learn about you, Harmony. Enjoy your spotlight!

    Thanks for hosting, Kenneth.

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  9. Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

    Congratulations Harmony on your Spotlight! I checked and I do have Elemental Earth. It is on my TBR list. Your life is so interesting and so different. You always learn life’s lessons through some kind of adversity. Kenneth, what a nice-looking blog. I just now tweeted it. Thanks for hosting.

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    • harmonykentonline says:

      Thank you, Shirley! Yes, difficulty can often be a great teacher 🙂 I am sure you will love Elemental Earth! (She writes, confidently) LOL Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
      I agree, Kenneth’s blog is awesome 🙂

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  10. I could just say thanks to all who visited Harmony Kent’s blog tour on my blog, but that seems a little impersonal. So, first, thanks to Harmony Kent for her great post used on my website for her blog tour. Second, thanks to all who visited and left a comment. All of your support for Harmony Kent and the RRBC Spotlight Author book blog tour is greatly appreciated. Third, for those who visited but did not leave a comment, thanks for your visit. I hope you enjoyed Harmony’s post. And finally, to all who liked my blog, thank you for your positive comments.

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  11. What to say that hasn’t already been said? Harmony, I love your books. I’ve yet to read “The Battle For Brisingamen,” but it is on my TBR list. “The Glade” blew me away, it was all so unexpected, so different from what I’m used to seeing. And “Elemental Earth” was such a delight. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series. Between your talent and your giving nature, you have more than earned your time in the Spotlight. Hugs.

    Thank you, Kenneth, for hosting our Harmony.

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  12. I remember that part; I love it! 😀

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  13. jinlobify says:

    Sorry Hamz for the lateness, I’m just going to play the catch up game here. Hope you don’t mind. Rather late than never. Congrats, and thank you Kenneth for hosting.

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  14. Ken, thank you so much for hosting Harmony on your blog. Your support is truly appreciated. 🙂 Harmz, I really do think a lot of people remain in their own “temples” for far too long. It feels safe and easy, but deep inside they know it’s time for change. And with change comes the opportunity for growth. You’re a very wise woman, my dear! Congrats on your latest release, and on your SPOTLIGHT nomination! xoxo 🙂

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  15. Author Tamie Dearen says:

    Harmony, you have a fascinating story. Thanks of sharing! Ken, once again, thanks for hosting. You’re such an awesome supporter!

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