Release Day Party “Sunbolt” – A Cause for Concern


As a way to celebrate the release of young adult fantasy novella “Sunbolt,” author Intisar Khanani came up with an idea how all bloggers would post about “A Cause for Concern”.

Last week, my nextdoor neighbour passed away from cancer. For an illness that targets so many people, not a lot is known about cancer. Sometimes the illness is curable, but more often than not, it’s not. This is the third person under the age of fifty who I’ve seen dying from cancer this year.

Cancer scares me because it’s so random. Anyone can get it at any time, and there’s nothing you can do about it. What’s your cause for concern?

“A Cause for Concern” celebrates the release of Sunbolt, a YA fantasy novella by Intisar Khanani. Sunbolt tells the story of Hitomi, a young woman with a propensity to play hero when people need saving, and her nemesis, a dark mage slowly amassing power in a bid to control the Eleven Kingdoms. Stories often have an issue at their heart, however big or small, global or personal. This week offers a chance for bloggers (and readers) who love stories to share the issues that are close to their hearts. What do you wish you could change in the world?

About Sunbolt

sunbolt_coverFNL_toshareTitle: Sunbolt

Author: Intisar Khanani

Genre: YA Fantasy

The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.

When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.



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Author Bio

Khanani_Runaway Pen PhotoIntisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. Intisar is hard at work on two new projects. The first is a companion trilogy to her debut novel Thorn, following the heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife. The second project, The Sunbolt Chronicles, is a novella series following the efforts of a young mage as she strives to bring down her nemesis, a corrupt and dangerous Arch Mage who means to bring the Eleven Kingdoms under his control.

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There’s a huge giveaway with a donation to a charity of the winner’s choice, and a signed print copy of this gorgeous artwork:

nurturetheearth_smallT.L. Shreffler on her “Cause for Concern” artwork:

“My “Cause for Concern” is the steadily declining quality of our natural habitat: the earth. We have holes in the ozone layer, global warming, polluted oceans and diminishing forests. I think it is our duty as humans to nurture the earth and protect it, especially because it is in our power to do so. This piece of art represents the love and reverence that we should hold for mother earth.”

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2 Responses to Release Day Party “Sunbolt” – A Cause for Concern

  1. Hi Mira –

    Thanks so much for taking part in “A Cause for Concern.” My father-in-law passed away from cancer a few years ago, and I too have known many people who have struggled with it, not often successfully. It’s frightening how cancer does seem to be growing in incidence, and how little we know about treating cancer effectively. Thanks so much for your post!

  2. Cancer’s been on my mind this year too, and for the same reasons as you – it can strike randomly and that’s pause for thought…there are also so many different types of cancer.

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