The Dark Eve: A New Recruit, a pirate fantasy, by TK Thompson: Interview, Excerpt, & Giveaway

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The Dark Eve: A New Recruit

by TK Thompson
GENRE: Fantasy

Young Audim Basile hates life dominated by his cold, controlling father. But his dreams of fortune and adventure are turned upside down when he runs off to weigh anchor with the toughest, most barbaric band of pirates the criminal underworld has ever known.

Together with their dark, mysterious female captain, Acantha – who’ll run her sword through anyone who looks at her the wrong way – Basile and his fellow swashbuckling bandits sail the globe, fighting hordes of terrifying supernatural creatures that would make even the hardiest buccaneer quake with fear.

Together with his newfound crew mates, Basile must help with finding Acantha’s sister – who’s been missing for over a year – while being consumed with trying to solve the mystery of Acantha’s illusive past – before the evil Wraith King sends all of them to a premature watery grave.

Will Basile survive the fiercest test of his young life? Will Acantha sacrifice her own ship and crew (including young Basile) just to save her sister? Will young Basile come to terms with the price of the high-seas way of life and fortune?

In her stunning debut novel, T.K. Thompson launches readers on the most exhilarating ocean journey since Pirates of the Caribbean. Only time will tell if Acantha, Basile, and their hardy shipmates will live to tell this heart-stopping tale and fight another day.

The Dark Eve will be $0.99 during the tour. The sequel to this book series is also available. The second book is titled The Dark Eve: A Witch's Curse.

Describe your novel in a sentence:
The Dark Eve, is a mysterious pirate ship captained by the infamous captain Acantha who leads a new crew through an epic dangerous adventure to find her sister.

Are you a panster or a plotter?

I am both. I have certain plot points that have to be hit within the story. How the in-betweens get to those points are mostly all on the fly.

Do you use pen and paper, electronics, or a typewriter?

Mac pro baby! If I am not near my computer then I will send text messages to myself with the ideas I have had, but I haven’t put anything on paper.

Have you always loved pirates?

Yes, I love the idea of pirates. I don’t feel like their subject matter has been overdone or developed that much from the original ideas of them.

What’s your favorite/most influential pirate tale?

Cut throat Island. I really liked the female leading adventure. It’s not often that the woman takes the pirating role. I wanted my leading lady to be fierce and believably so. Having such a rarity is captivating.

Dragons or unicorns?

Dragons!!!! I am all about the fierce rather than simply majestic. I actually do have such a wonderful creature debuting in the second chapter.

Soda, coffee, tea or water?

I try not to drink soda and rarely do, so my choice is water, with a little lemon please.

Last song you listened to:

Pompeii Bastille

Last book read:

The last book in the Mortal Instruments series.

One thing on your bucket list:

I would like to see my book become a mini series. I say mini series instead of movie, because I believe that movies are overrated when it comes to books. They cannot hold as much detail and do a story justice.

Favorite social media site?

Very Jane

Favorite scene from The Dark Eve: A New Recruit?

This one is hard, but I like when Basile sneaks around to learn more about Acantha and runs into an old friend of hers telling tales that just can’t be true.

What was the hardest part writing this novel? The easiest?

The hardest was finishing it. It was my first idea that I have ever finished or was propelled with enough determination to finish. I never saw myself as an author. By finishing this book it was like a proclamation to the world that I had all these ideas in me. It was hard for me to build up the courage to live a role that had been silent. The easiest was the story, I felt like the ideas and the characters drove me to want to tell their tale.

If you could spend time a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

I would spend it with Dagan. He is one of my most endearing characters. His story continues in book two. We would spend it the same way that he and Acantha do in the second book, a day at the pond with a picnic and a perfect blue sky.

What’s one thing you want potential readers to know?​

This adventure is not just epic, but has a twisting plot filled with suspense, mystery, romance, and driven by deep characters. I have been told that you become so connected with them that you can’t help but to feel like you are traveling beside them in this journey.

Cornelius leaned over the bar, his voice wispy and deep. “They say she was born with the mark of darkness, killing her first man at two.”

The bartender’s voice grew louder. “A vixen and horror of the seas, she is. She’d be the rarest beauty ever to fall upon any man’s eyes, but dare you gaze upon her, and your eyeballs would be plucked from your skull with her twin blades at her side. Her only love is the darkest parts of the sea where sharks follow her like babies to a mother. The Dark Eve, her ship, be stained red with blood, and sirens sing at the helm, estranging men from their souls. And treasures,” Cornelius paused, his voice straining, “mountains of gold, cursed by her blood, hidden.”

Hurly lifted an eyebrow in response as Cornelius continued.

“I tell you, be careful!” he warned, his voice rising. “She’s not to be messed with. Her heart is black!” he stressed, spitting out the words. The air of the tavern had grown thick with the influence of the old man’s speech.

About the Author

I was born in Provo, UT and raised in copper mining towns in-between Arizona and New Mexico. I can be compared to a lizard. The warm weather makes a great home, but I have always had a love for the rain and overcast skies, extremely contradictory from my given habitat. That’s how I see myself sometimes, a lover of opposites. I would consider my childhood to be groundless when it came to my imagination. I was trapped inside my own mind and I believe I learned the world in small harsh but necessary truths, like a slow awakening. My little stories had their encompassing place along with underdeveloped drawing skills. But rationality whispered in my ears through my upbringing. I sought out what I felt to be important, the events of graduating high school, Silver City, NM 1999.

I went to a safe community college in Thatcher, AZ. They say that college is a large defining time in a young person’s life. It’s where they start to wonder about who they are, what they know as truth, and far away from those that defined it for them. I was of course set with innate knowledge and experience and given power with irrational brain resources. My heart had plenty of stitches and I gave many to others. But I could not find peace in a single person. My ideas of life, love, and the world that I wanted to exist in felt unattainable. Having the whole picture felt like an impossible task. I went on a mission for my church in Washington, where I happily got my rain and clouds. Spending eighteen months dedicated to serving others and not yourself is a mind-opening task. It set me up to find the true roots within and be ready to insult my future husband Dustin Thompson when he walked through the door.

I am as plain as I want to be. I have three crazy children to help fuel my life and since have received my Bachelors Degree in business management, UOP. But most of all I have tapped back into my imagination, pushed aside all rationality, and finished one of my best thoughts so far. Every day I continue to face my vulnerabilities.

TK Thompson will be awarding $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. This was a great look into the author and the book written.

  2. congrats on the tour an thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. I enjoyed reading the post and I love this cover (that alone makes me want to read this one). Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Thanks for the feedback! The cover was hard to do. I made my husband change my nose so that Acantha didn't look like me.

    2. Thanks for the feedback! The cover was hard to do. I made my husband change my nose so that Acantha didn't look like me.

  4. Thank you for the interview, excerpt & giveaway.

  5. Awesome interview! It's great to get to know more about the author. Thanks so much for the giveaway! <3

  6. Really enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.


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