Monday, April 1, 2019

Kindred by Indie Gantz - Book Tour and Giveaway

In Kindred we find the Damuzi twins settling into their new home with Kori Lark’s family. Desperate to keep the dangerous truth of their identity a secret, Charlie and Tirigan educate themselves on everything that was kept from them, while delving deeper into their mother’s past.

In the future, Tirigan is dealing with the complicated emotions that overwhelm him after the events of Passage. In an attempt to control the situation, Tirigan turns inward and cuts himself off from those who need him most.

By the time Charlie and Tirigan’s timeline’s merge, a burning mystery is solved, and more than one relationship begins to unravel.

Friendship. Trust. Dependency. Lies.

The Damuzi twin’s story continues.


“Sorry for taking over your room,” I tell him, walking until the hallway ends in a slatted wooden door. I push it open as Oleander sighs dramatically behind me.

“Yes. I am incredibly put out. You should be ashamed of yourselves.”

Even though Oleander laughs, a jolt of guilt runs through me. He must see my regret in the sudden tension of my shoulders, because the Gyan’s laugh immediately disappears.

“I’m kidding, of course.” He places a hand on my shoulder, essentially swallowing it whole and forcing me to look up at him. “I’m thrilled to give you my room, Charlie. Over the moon about it. Really! Are you in the market for a new limb, by chance? Because I’ve got a couple with your name on them.”

“My name? Really?” I tease, challenge in my eyes despite the kindness in his.

“Don’t believe me?” Oleander’s brow’s raises comically. “Have a look, yourself.”

The tall Gyan raises his arms out as much as he can in the small hallway, exposing his forearms. There, written in long, flourishing strokes, is my name.
“How?” The question escapes before I can think better of it. Oleander searches my baffled expression for what feels like several minutes. I haven’t a clue what he finds there, but whatever it is makes him smile ruefully.

“You really don’t know what you’re capable of. Do you?”

“I… I guess not. No,” I respond quietly. “I’m sorry.”

“Don’t apologize, Charlie.” Oleander shakes his head. “You are who you are.”


Tell us about your book, what inspired it?

Kindred and the book that preceded it, Passage, are a part of a multi-book series inspired by the need for more diverse and progressive genre fiction. The Akasha series also boasts complex relationships, realistic character growth, and interesting family dynamics. Via the Sc-fantasy genre, I am able to push extraordinary ideas and messages alongside an extraordinary world.

What 5 words would you use to describe your main characters?

Charlie Damuzi (female twin): Confident but naive. Quick-witted yet unknowingly cruel. And above all else, Charlie Damuzi is brave.
Tirigan Damuzi (male twin): Logical but kind. Heedful yet somehow also oblivious. And against all odds, Tirigan Damuzi is forever loyal.

If your book was made into a movie, who would you want to play your characters?

I have written up a character breakdown on my website, although some of the actors have aged out by now. What’s most important to me as the writer, is that readers and casting agents alike keep the diversity in the Akasha series. 

Link to character cast:

How do you react to a bad review of your book?

I try to take reviews with a grain of salt. There is merit in all authentic reviews, and I can only hope to grow from critical ones, but I do not allow negative reviews to weigh heavy on me. I take what I can from it, grow, and then move on.

The best book/s you ever read?

I like books that break the mold, where it’s obvious the writer is challenging themselves along with the reader. Among my favorites, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, The Waves by Virginia Woolf, The Shining by Stephen King, Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and the Saga comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan.

Favorite place to read?

There’s nothing better than reading outdoors. Rays of sunshine and a chorus of wildlife, both the perfect backdrop for a good story. Of course, I’m also partial to romance, and reading by my fireplace is rather romantic.

Anything else you might want to add?  

One of my favorite things about writing a series is all the little hints I get to leave for readers along the way. When your series is projected to be about nine books, it’s important to weave the end of the series into the beginning. A mystery is only fun if you give the most observant of readers the chance to figure it out before the reveal!


About the Author

Indie Gantz grew up in Northern Virginia and received her Psychology degree at George Mason University. Despite her passion and curiosity for the human mind, Indie left her chosen field of study to finally give voice to the many imagined minds she has created.
Indie lives with her family in North Carolina. She spends her days drinking tea and clacking keys.

Twitter: @ThisisIndieG
Instagram: @thisisindieg

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  1. Which book have you read the most times? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Hi BernieI,

      I've read Enders Game and The Shining three or four times each. I've read The Picture of Dorian Gray twice, and a number of the HP books a couple times. It's always fun to reread favorites!

  2. Amazing interview and blurb!!

  3. This sounds great, thanks for sharing