September 12, 2016

Blog Tour: The Retreat by Kelly St. Clare – Interview and Giveaway



Hello Readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for

The Retreat by Kelly St. Clare.

We are so thrilled to have Kelly on the blog today for a quick Q&A!

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and be sure to enter the awesome giveaway at the end of the post!


The Retreat Cover


Earth is ruined. Humankind destroyed. And it’s old news.

Romy’s life is simple—for a genetically enhanced space soldier; pick up space junk with her four friends, and stave off the invaders fixated on stealing Planet Earth.

It isn’t much. But it’s temporary—only another 850 years to go, give or take.

When her crew tangles with a gulp-worthy alien mothership, Romy’s return to Earth is brought forwards at hurtling pace.

Strength comes from the unlikeliest of quarters.

As does leadership.

…As does betrayal.

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The Retreat (The After Trilogy, #1)
by Kelly St. Clare
Publication Date: August 30, 2016

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Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

Thanks for having me! Where should I sit? Uhm, is that a massage chair?! *settles in and selects kneading programme* All right, I’m ready, ask away.



Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

Earth was ruined. Humankind destroyed. And it’s old news. The Retreat is a gripping tale of self-exploration, betrayal, and the power of friendship. #YAread



What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

I was on a bus between Belfast and Dublin (I get a lot of my ideas while traveling). It was torture waiting to write the story. I had another three books to do before I could get to it! But I figure if the idea is good enough it will stick with me, and it certainly did.



Tell us about the main character(s).

Romy is a genetically enhanced space soldier. She’s too kind to progress far up the soldier ranks, but oh boy, don’t threaten her four friends. There is nothing she wouldn’t do for them. It’s the only time she lets out her ruthless side.

Atlas exudes mystery and confidence, and through the novel we take turns trusting and mistrusting him. There’s so much we still have to learn about him!

Then there are Romy’s four friends; Thrym the serious, Elara the lazy, and Deimos and Phobos (the twins), a combination of trouble and gorgeous green eyes.

I love my characters, always do, and I can go on about them all day, so I’ll cut myself off there.



Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

I have a favorite scene in the book. It has been the favorite scene of everyone who has read it so far. It involves a talk about puberty. It’s awkward as hell and was SO much fun to write.



Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

There were a couple of places. For spoiler’s sake, I can only talk about one. And that is the crash-landing of Romy’s battler from outer space. Most of you can probably understand why. . .I haven’t personally been in space or a crash-landing. It required a lot of visualisation and a lot of research.



What sort of projects do you have going on right now?  Any new books coming out?

Yes! I have another book coming out in a month, the final novel in my bestselling series, The Tainted Accords. Two releases so close. I don’t know why I do it to myself—I’m running around like a headless chook at the moment (I’m someone who likes to complain I’m busy, but secretly enjoys it).



It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!







When Kelly St Clare is not reading or writing, she is lost in her latest reverie. She can, quite literally, drift past a car accident while in the midst of her day dreams, despite the various police sirens and chaos.

Books have always been magical and mysterious to her. One day she decided to start unravelling this mystery and began writing. Her aim: To write stories she would want to read. As it turns out, this failed miserably. Do you know what it is like to read something you’ve written? Impossible, that’s what. Not to mention, the ending is ruined before you’ve begun. Never-the-less, Kelly loves it and wishes she had more time to squeeze it in between her day job as a physiotherapist.

Fantasy of Frost, the first title in The Tainted Accords, is her debut novel. It’s sequel, Fantasy of Flight released May 2015. Fantasy of Fire is now available!

A New Zealander in origin and in heart, Kelly currently resides in Australia with her soon-to-be husband, a great group of friends, and some huntsman spiders who love to come inside when it rains. Their love is not returned.

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  1. Stephanie

    I’m looking forward to reading this book.

  2. Julie Bickham

    Looks like a great read. I look forward to reading it.

  3. Judy Thomas

    Congrats on the awesome book and thanks for the chance to win :)

  4. Cathy Rogers

    Hi Kelly,

    Thank you for sharing the read. I will definitely read the book and let you know. By the day you are beautiful.

    ~ Cathy

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