Saturday, October 19, 2013

Guest Post + Giveaway: 10 Things That Inspire Me

I am absolutely delighted to welcome Author Astrid Yrigollen to the blog today to share a Guest Post on what inspires her. 
I have not had the opportunity to read her book, His Black Wings yet but a lot of readers have described it as a Steampunk retelling of Beauty and the Beast-Sounds fabulous right?
So without further ado let me turn the blog over to Astrid....
Ten Things That Inspire Me
1. Creation. The natural world and heavens is breath taking and awe inspiring. The beauty, design and variety of everything, even a single kind of say, flower, that can be found in our known universe is inspiring to me.
2. No matter where is comes from, whenever I witness a person’s humility it never ceases to impress me and inspire me to be a better person.
3.Kindness is something that any one can give freely, even the most simple act yet can be so powerful. When I see kindness it always speaks directly to my heart and reminds me to in turn to be kind.
4. Intelligence. I love speaking, listening and learning from intelligent people (who are also open minded).No one person will ever know it all,but it’s fun to learn from everyone you can.
5. Animals. To see the various behaviors of animals that emote human ones, love, anger, jealousy ,tenderness etc. never ceases to inspire me to create animal characters for younger readers.
6. People who stands up for what is right, even when it is not popular to do so.
7. Art in it’s various forms. Whether it’s drawing, painting, sculpting, crafting, sewing and even baking I love to see the things people create.
8. Happy music puts me in to a good mood, therefore making it easier to be inspired and create!
9. On the lighter side of things that inspire me, girly, pretty things,dresses,bows etc. These fashions are past my age group to wear, but I love to see pretty dresses!
10. Cake! All girls love sweets and nothing beats a pretty cake!
Meet The Author:
Astrid Yrigollen is a self published Author of Young Adult and Children’s books. 
Astrid started her writing career when she begun work for the international video game giant, Sega of America. Working her way up the ranks, she began writing companion guides for games. With a love for writing fiction 
since childhood, she took her short stories out of storage and had her first story ever written published. It was only after that she found out that first stories are never published! 
She has resumed writing full time and has succeeded in putting out the titles, The Doughnut Tree, Mysterious Pootkins , and The Mosswoods to name a few. Her short stories have appeared in the literary 
journal, “Threshold Press” and Shock and Awe Magazine.She finds writing for young adults both refreshing and challenging. She always wishes to provide examples of positive role models, conflict resolving methods and communication for young adults with their parents or guardians. 

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His Black Wings

AuthorAstrid Yrigollen
Title: His Black Wings
Release Date: November 2012

Claren Maidstone has been forced to flee her childhood home after the death of her parents and a vicious assault from a sadistic young man who intends to marry her. Claren changes her identity and finds employment as an assistant to the handsome Fredrick Lowood, a generous yet mysterious benefactor. However, she soon finds out his generosity comes at a price. Fredrick wishes for Claren to befriend his disfigured son who resides in seclusion at their estate, Westwind.

Fredrick Lowood knows what the history books do not teach, that the Grand Council built this new world of peace and beauty on hidden blood and greed. He has plotted for years to bring down the family that enslaved his own people. Suddenly, he has the last living heir in his grasp.

Etrigan Lowood rejects the world that forces him to hide. He is powerful, plagued with a terrible dark beauty: WINGS. It is these wings that carry him out only at night to watch the unwanted intruder in his home. A creature of refined instinct yet little social grace, he is strangely captivated by Claren but knows nothing of how her family’s dark past is intertwined with his own . Through their blossoming friendship, Etrigan realizes he still retains his human heart and yearns for Claren’s love.

Kurten Wandsworth is the only son of the Mayor of St.Marhen. Kurten lives his life fueled by cruelty and lust. Whatever he wants he takes and he wants Claren to be his wife even it if kills her. Scarred by Claren he hunts her down mercilessly until he can set a trap which she will never be able to escape from.

The Giveaway
Enter this International giveaway to win a paperback of His Black Wings by Astrid Yrigollen and some fabulous swag!

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His Black Wings has been described as a Steampunk retelling of Beauty and the Beast-Have you read any similar books?
Since Astrid has shared us her inspirations, tell me what inspires YOU?


  1. My parents inspire me to be a better person who is more goal-oriented and my friends inspire me to be more social and active. They are important pieces in my life I cannot live without. God inspires me to be a bettrr follower and to live in his light and by his word.

    I am SO FRIGGIN' excited to read His Black Wings! Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairytales of all time! I cry in that movie every time I watch which is why I just need that book! *FLAILS* Thanks so much for the giveaway, Nuz!! <3 *hugs*

  2. I love this list! I think I can relate to about half of it, especially the points on intelligence, kindness and art. I haven't actually come across this book before, but I like the sound of a steampunk retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Thanks for putting it on my radar! :)

  3. Art and music are definitely some of the things that inspire me. Music cheers me up immensely, too, and brightens up a crappy day. I also find that reading good books inspire me to try harder in my writing -- I'm an aspiring author as well -- especially when I come across books that have such original and amazing plots, or beautiful characters. Blogging is another thing that has turned out to be such a wonderful thing in my life. It has helped me in so many ways: how to be more organized, how to be sociable online, what is proper online behavior, etc. And being more organized is definitely an important thing for me, as I'm extremely messy and all over the place!

    Thanks for sharing, Nuz and Astrid! I haven't come across many steampunk books, much less a fairytale retelling, so this sounds unique and intriguing, for sure.

  4. So excited for this! Thank you so much.
    I aminspired by my sister. She helped me in many situations when I think there is no way for me to live. She motivates me when I was depressed. I don't think without my sister I will be what I am now. I love my sister a lot.

  5. I love love this guest post. :D

    1. Creation- Yes. I'm a science geek so it's natural to get inspired with creation. Aren't we all?
    2. Humility- Ah. Yes. I love being surrounded by people who are oozing with this. It keeps my feet on the ground.
    3. Kindness- One of the qualities that make me root for a character. Weee!
    4. Intelligence- Yes. That's why I endless pursue knowledge.
    5. Animals- Pet lover here. But I am still contemplating whether I want to be a vegan or not. *waves enthusiastically*
    6. People who stands up for what is right- They're role models, aren't they?
    7. Art- Ahm...I am not really an art lover. Hahahah. But I guess books are a form of art so consider me in.
    8. Happy Music- Not so much.
    9. Dresses- Nope. I can't remember the last time I wore a proper dress.
    10. Cake- YESSSSSSSS! Who doesn't? It's one of the best things in life.

    All in all, I think Astrid and I will be best buddies if given the opportunity. hahaha.

  6. I am inspired by my friends and family. I think the book sounds good and I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D

  7. The book sounds intriguing

  8. my parents! :) and I think the book is cool! :) thanks for the giveaway!


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