I am honored to bring to you the cover reveal for Louise Holland’s debut novel Spark of the Divine book one in The Kalaraak Chronicles. Based on a D&D campaign she’s been playing since 2018, but written to be accessible by those unfamiliar with the game, Spark of the Divine is an exciting adventure filled with action, magic and romance.
As a Divine, Mae wields her strange gifts quietly as a mercenary—until a simple rescue job sees the crew uncover a plot to steal divinity from the gods themselves. When the god Mae serves is attacked, she must restore their power before the seven realms are thrown into chaos.
The first instalment in fantasy series The Kalaraak Chronicles, SPARK OF THE DIVINE follows a group of reluctant heroes on a quest to save a god while the fate of the realms hangs in the balance. Will they each find what they desperately seek, or will secrets of romance and betrayal break them apart? Can they work together to defeat an evil their realm has never seen?
Is it the strength of the god that matters… or the belief of the Divine?
Spark of the Divine is a high fantasy adventure that follows a group of reluctant heroes as they try to restore the stolen power of gods. It is told through multiple POVs, and features swords and action, magic battles, romance and betrayal, and a rollercoaster of emotions. The central themes are death, motherhood, and friendship, and ultimately how far you would go for those you love.
AND NOW, THE MOMENT YOU’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR…
Louise Holland is an indie author from Adelaide, Australia, and her writing is fuelled by 30% hyper-fixation and 70% spite. When not writing or procrastinating writing, she can usually be found sobbing to Taylor Swift or impulse buying another set of glittery pink dice she doesn’t need.
Just kidding. For real though, allow me to present the amazing cover for Spark of the Divine…
Spark of the Divine (The Kalaraak Chronicles, #1) releases November 23, 2023 (Australia), on kindle and amazon paperback, with hardback and wide-distribution paperback editions (read: ingram) dropping around December 15. There’s also a SUPER fancy special edition in the works with sprayed edges, foiling, and a hardcover designed by none other than our own Kylee Aagard (@AagardKylee
on twt) that will be released next year.
PAGE COUNT: 601 (kindle) 495(paperback 5×8)
GENRE: EPIC FANTASY/FANTASY ADVENTURE, elements of romance
About Louise’s Writing Journey
I’ve always loved writing, and I had lofty dreams of being an author for the fabled One Day away. I plotted and wrote blurbs and synopses for probably twenty different novels. But I never had any ideas that really stuck with me until I decided to write the Kalaraak Chronicles. Being based on and inspired by the true events of my D&D party (a three-year campaign, we’ve been playing since 2018 now) gave me the motivation I needed to really sit down and start, and the words just poured out of
me. It wasn’t easy—I had to change A LOT of the story to make it more appropriate for the medium. Book characters don’t just roll history checks and ‘suddenly remember’ important plot points; plus, I wanted my work to be enjoyable by people who’ve never even heard of D&D before. In most ways, the campaign and this novel are extremely different. There was no great love story at our table, for example, but the one I ended up with in Spark happened almost organically—I finally understood
why writers say things like “the characters made me do it”. Weaving the story I wanted to tell in with the bones of what “really” happened was where the magic blossomed. From first word to finished draft, it took two years, three job changes, half a pandemic, and an adult ADHD diagnosis, but I did it. I have never been prouder of anything I’ve created (except my daughter, of course). Now it’s finally coming together, and all I can think about is writing the next one!
THE INCREDIBLE COVER ARTIST
Mike Knot (@mikeknot on Instagram, he doesn’t have twitter) www.mike.tattoo
Mike is an amazing tattooist and artist from Adelaide, Australia, who specialises in microrealism tattooing. He is one of my closest friends and is an incredibly talented person. He’s also part of the dnd crew! (His character doesn’t show up until book 2, though)
Universal book link: www.Books2read.com/louisehollandauthor
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/195976217.Spark_of_the_Divine__The_Kalaraak_Chronicl
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B0CF59KHRGAmazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CF59KHRG
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0CF59KHRG
Me: @louisehollandauthor (ig), @lahollandauthor (twt) @louiseholland.author (tiktok)