Friday, July 1, 2011

Guest Blog & Giveaway: Karyn Henley

UFI welcomes Karyn Henley Author of Breath of Angel. Thanks for Joining us!!

 Top Ten YA Fantasy Writers

Ursula LeGuin
Orson Scott Card
Tamora Pierce
Anne McCaffrey
Lloyd Alexander
Patrick Rothfuss
Brandon Sanderson
Megan Whalen Turner
Cornelia Funke
Kristin Cashore

There are many, many more wonderfully gifted fantasy writers, but these are some of my favorites.


Author Bio: Award-winning author Karyn Henley has written over 100 titles, which include a mix of children's books and articles, parent-teacher books, articles, and curricula, and preschool musicals and CD's/DVD's of original music for children.  An accomplished songwriter, Karyn has been a Dove Award nominee, and received a regional Emmy Award as Music Composer for a Christmas television special.  She has traveled worldwide speaking to parents and teachers and entertaining children and their families in storytelling/active movement sessions and concerts.
    A graduate of Abilene Christian University (BSEd), Karyn received a Master's of Fine Arts degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2004. She lives in Nashville, Tenne

Find Karyn and her books

Breath of Angel
The Angeleon Circle #1
June 21, 2011

The stranger’s cloak had fallen back, and with it, a long, white, blood-stained wing.

When Melaia, a young priestess, witnesses the gruesome murder of a stranger in the temple courtyard, age-old legends recited in song suddenly come to life. She discovers wings on the stranger, and the murderer takes the shape of both a hawk and a man.

Angels. Shape-shifters. Myths and stories—until now.

Melaia finds herself in the middle of a blood feud between two immortal brothers who destroyed the stairway to heaven, stranding angels in the earthly realm. When the feud turns violent and Melaia becomes a target, she finds refuge with a band of angels attempting to restore the stairway. But the restoration is impossible without the repayment of an ancient debt—the “breath of angel, blood of man,” a payment that involves Melaia’s heart, soul, and destiny.




Winner will receive
- Breath of Angel Bookmark

1)  Answer question in comments: Who are your top 3 Fantasy writers? =)
2) This giveaway is open to US addresses only
3) Must leave an email address so I can contact you.

Giveaway Ends 7/8/2011 at 10pm EST
Winner will have 48 Hours to reply to my email or I will pick another
Winner chosen randomly with the help of


  1. Mine are
    J.K. Rowling
    Philip Pullman
    Kristen Cashore

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  2. I don't think I read straight fantasy, but my top 3 Urban Fantasy: Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews.

    I don't remember reading any of Karyn's top 10, though many of the names are very familiar. I tried to read Funke's Inkheart when the movie came out, but I couldn't finish it.

  3. I'm more of an Urban Fantasy fan too. Kelley Armstrong, Ilona Andrews, Kim Harrison, and Patricia Briggs are some of my favorites. I do love J.K. Rowling though.

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  4. I also mainly read Urban Fantasy. My favorite authors are Seanan McGuire, Ilona Andrews, Kelley Armstrong, Stacia Kane, Lilith Saintcrow, and Kelly Gay.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  5. Top three are:
    1. Jasper Fforde
    2. Gregory Maguire
    3. Philip Pullman


  6. My favorite urban fantasy authors are Cassandra Clare, Kelley Armstrong and Sherrilyn Kenyon. (Well, some of Sherrilyn Kenyon's books.)

    I like Karyn's top ten! I have loved Tamora Pierce since I was ten and I have enjoyed some of the others, like Ursula K. LeGuin and Kristin Cashore. :)

    Thank you!



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