Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Thorn and the Sinking Stone by C.J. Dushinski

The Thorn and the Sinking Stone
Release Date: March 2015
Entangled Teen
313 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Warring families. Forbidden love. And danger they can’t escape...

Daggers. Roses. Cowboys. Boat Men. Survivors of Earth's Last War, four “families” vie to rule the dreary streets of Rain City through violence and blood. Valencia Hara, Princess of the wealthy Black Roses, is raised in warrior ways with sharpened steel. But she is no ordinary Rose. She is Cursed—tainted with the ability to see seconds into the future...

To avenge his father's death, Sebastian Leold, of the rival gang Two Daggers, must face off against the Black Princess, he with his dagger, she with her katana sword. Yet a secret from a shared past leaves him unable to kill beautiful Valencia; nor can she kill him. For they once knew each other beyond their blood feud...and they have more secrets in common than they know.

But in a world filled with vengeance and violence, there can be no room for love...

The Thorn and the Sinking Stone – 5 Sources of Inspiration
Along the way the story of the Thorn and the Sinking St
one changed quite a bit from one draft to
the next, inspired by one source or another. Here are
the top five sources of inspiration that
helped me craft the Thorn and the Sinking Stone to what
it is today:
Romeo & Juliet:
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has alr
eady read the
story. The Thorn and the Sinking Stone was heavily inspi
red by Shakespeare’s Romeo
and Juliet. Two warring families, young, forbidden love... the ge
neral plot is true to the
play. I’ve always loved Romeo and Juliet, like a lot of
people, and I wondered what the
story would be like told in a similar place several hundre
ds of years later, given similar
circumstance and a whole new set of rules. And since B
az Lurhman is one of my
favourite movie directors, of course I was inspired by hi
s modern twist on the classic tale.
Something about his version with guns and fast cars with a
dark setting really inspired the
About the Author
While attempting to navigate life as a responsible human being, CJ graduated from university with a B.Comm and worked her way along as marketer, copywriter, and graphic designer to earn a paycheck while pursing her passion for creating fantastical stories set in dark and wondrous corners of the world.  Born amongst the wheat fields and open skies of the Canadian prairies, CJ’s imagination has always run wild, taking her on adventures across the world from modeling in Seoul, South Korea to backpacking through Europe and surfing (poorly) in Hawaii.

After wandering through ancient cities and civilizations, learning from diverse cultures, and surrounding herself in new experiences, CJ was inspired and began work on her debut Young Adult novel THE THORN AND THE SINKING STONE, to be published by Entangled Publishing 2014/15. CJ currently resides in Calgary, Alberta Canada – home of the Canadian Rockies – and keeps one hand on her passport and pen at all times, ready to pick up, see the world, and weave her experiences into stories. 

CJ is represented by Marlene Stringer of the Stringer Literary Agency LLC.

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