HEY THERE! Thanks for dropping by. I am KD Campbell (though Katie is fine!) and I go by @KatieCWrites on twitter!

First off, a little about me…

I am 29 years old and live just outside Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I’ve been doing this writing thing for about five years now, but before that I would write and read unhealthy amounts of HP fanfic (Dramione <3) to the point I would get yelled at to go outside. I love fantasy/science fiction and I am always down to snuggle up on the couch with a good romcom. Other interests I have include anime (I’m still in love with Ichigo Kurosaki with the long hair and Syaoran Li) Star Wars (diehard Reylo right here) and I visit Disneyland nearly annually with my partner as we both love a good fairytale (or in my case, the villains).

Fav recent reads: Serpent & Dove, Contagion, The Flatshare

Fav recent shows: The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, You, American Gods

Enough about me, you’re really here because you want to hear about the story I’m submitting.


OF BLOOD AND ROSES is a upper YA fantasy that combines the gilded world of Claire Legrand’s FURYBORN with the dark character arc in Julie C. Dao’s FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS.

PITCH: Eighteen-year-old Princess Ophelia Rosiers of Rosailles has known her whole life she is to marry a prince–and not just any prince, Prince Jourdon: the heir to the crown of Rosailles’s most hated enemy, Garnette. With her marriage, the final terms of a peace treaty between the nations will be complete, and a new era of peace can begin. But Ophelia isn’t just any princess, she is the Rose Heir–the inheritor to an power gifted to her ancestor long ago by the Angels that has since been locked away, leaving her with nothing more than their whispers to guide her.

Only when Ophelia meets Jourdon for the first time, he isn’t who she expected, and all her hopes and dreams are dashed as she realizes she is now more alone than ever in a palace surrounded by her enemies. The only person she can turn to is her mysterious handmaid, but she has secrets of her own. Instead Ophelia seeks a distraction, and Prince Pierre, Jourdon’s younger lush and wicked brother, is more than happy to oblige her. Ophelia turns her back on the strict rules that have always guided her actions, finding herself lost in the delights of wine and Pierre’s dangerous eyes. But distractions can only last for so long.

When betrayal strikes, and the fragile peace between Rosailles and Garnette shatters for good, Ophelia will do anything she can to avenge those she loves–and her own broken heart, even if it means awakening a dark and deadly power that no human should ever possess.

Just for fun!



  • Preferred pronouns: she/her
  • Sun sign: Pisces
  • Face cast: Maisie Williams
  • Hogwarts house: Ravenclaw
  • Sexuality: bisexual
  • Alignment: Lawful Evil


  • Preferred pronouns: she/her
  • Sun sign: Aries
  • Face cast: Tessa Thompson
  • Hogwarts house: Gryffindor
  • Sexuality: lesbian
  • Alignment: Neutral Good


  • Preferred pronouns: he/him or they/them
  • Sun sign: Scorpio
  • Face cast: Ezra Miller
  • Hogwarts house: Slytherin
  • Sexuality: pansexual
  • Alignment: Neutral Evil


  • Preferred pronouns: he/him
  • Sun sign: Cancer
  • Face cast: Tom Holland
  • Hogwarts house: Hufflepuff
  • Sexuality: heterosexual, demisexual
  • Alignment: Lawful Neutral


This story, in particular, has been difficult. It is a villain origin story, and though I have been revising it for nearly a year now, I still feel like it has a lot of work to be done. When it comes to revision my first impulse is to throw everything out the window and start over, which can work! But I would also like to learn how to build and expand on what I have to craft a well rounded story that really brings Ophelia’s journey to life. Ideally, my mentor would challenge me and push me to find the heart of this story and isn’t afraid to flirt with the darker sides to human nature. If it does mean a page 0 rewrite, I’m ready to put in the work!

Aside from that, I also see how much love and support there is within the AMM community, and I hope I can share a little bit of that too! Writing can be a lonely, daunting task. The more friends I can make that understand that, the better!

Thank you for stopping by and getting to know me and my story a little better! Follow me on twitter at @KatieCWrites and check the hashtag #BiPrincessWIP for updates.



I am here to introduce myself and my project I have been working on since NaNoWriMO 2017. Yeah, that long.

First, let me talk about myself:

I am Canadian, perpetually tired an avid dog lover, though I don’t own one, and currently trying to pretend 2018 never happened and hoping 2019 will be My Year. I post often on twitter, you might have seen my tweets before over on @KatieCWrites (please ignore the typos, I edit my books, not my twitter). Villains are my jam and I love them all from the Darkling to Kylo and Carden and recently Corien in Claire Legrand’s FURYBORN (please read this book it’s AMAZING) I like to yell about books and complain about my own, but its all in good fun because I love writing its just hard sometimes. I put sour cream in my instant noodles (try it) cheese on my fries and gravy (see: Candian) and will shamelessly go to Starbucks multiple times a day. I love mythology, history and fairytales, and most of my books combine at least two of the three.

Here are some of my recent fav reads:

  • THE CRUEL PRINCE/ THE WICKED KING (still recovering RIP me)

Currently reading:


Up next:


OKAY so now I will talk about my AMM project since that is why you are all here.

My 2019 AMM project will be my 1920s reimagining of Hades and Persephone. It features:

  • Devilish gods
  • Probably too much prohibited liquor
  • Flappers, speakeasies and lots of 1920s slang.
  • One handsome devil by the name of Liam Cronin
  • A soul-mate themed romance filled with betrayal and murder

Quick Pitch:


Eighteen-year-old debutante gets captured by Hades after sneaking out to his club & finds out they share an ancient curse. She must remember who she is before the goddess inside her destroys everything she loves—including the devilish god that haunts her.


“And perhaps she had known from that very moment whose eye she had caught, not that she would ever admit it to anyone afterward.”

Perhaps I thought I deserved whatever judgement I received, long ago. I lost myself for a time, Josephine. I might not be privy to the same things I once was, but I come by my reputation honestly. I am not a good person.

They were falling for each other and falling hard — anyone looking could see that. Even Eros himself couldn’t have changed anything.”

Hope you enjoyed learning a bit about me and my book! Please follow me on twitter @KatieCWrites to follow my journey and obsess over creating and reading books together!


So today I have an exciting review… FOUR DEAD QUEENS.

I was beyond excited to review this book. The premise since I first heard about it a few years about appealed to me, so when Edelweiss approved me… Ya girl was stoked.

Anyway, onto the review.

FOUR DEAD QUEENS is a truly unique story. It is multi-POV, alternating between Keralie and the Queens who, *spoiler alert though its pretty clear from the title* die. It was very well laid out and a pleasure to read. I was never bored despite the many POVs, as I was always surprised by all of them!

My rating: 5/5.

Summary from Goodreads:

A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

Get in quick, get out quicker.

These are the words Keralie Corrington lives by as the preeminent dipper in the Concord, the central area uniting the four quadrants of Quadara. She steals under the guidance of her mentor Mackiel, who runs a black market selling their bounty to buyers desperate for what they can’t get in their own quarter. For in the nation of Quadara, each quarter is strictly divided from the other. Four queens rule together, one from each region:

Toria: the intellectual quarter that values education and ambition
Ludia: the pleasure quarter that values celebration, passion, and entertainment
Archia: the agricultural quarter that values simplicity and nature
Eonia: the futurist quarter that values technology, stoicism and harmonious community

When Keralie intercepts a comm disk coming from the House of Concord, what seems like a standard job goes horribly wrong. Upon watching the comm disks, Keralie sees all four queens murdered in four brutal ways. Hoping that discovering the intended recipient will reveal the culprit – information that is bound to be valuable bartering material with the palace – Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, to complete Varin’s original job and see where it takes them.

OKAY. SO first off everything I loved: I loved Keralie. She is a very relatable protagonist and her character arc was really relatable. Her past is filled with a lot of pain and hurt, which explains how she gets to where she is, but at the end of it all, she learns to accept that she means to do good. I really liked the theme in the and a lot of the conflict came from within Keralie herself as she learned to accept who she was. Plus she can defend herself, and I like that in a woman.

NEXT. Let me talk about Varin. Oh Varin, my sweet lil cinnamon roll with his perfect Eonist lips. You snuck up on me, and I liked it. His story is very pure, and honestly, if there was ever a competition for top cinnamon rolls, he would win in my books hands down. I don’t want to spoil things BUT MY POOR LITTLE SOFT BOI LET ME HOLD YOU.

Also the relationship that develops between him and Keralie is just…so…SWEET AHHH. Like she is out here being badass, and Varin is the voice of reason that sees the good in her when she fails to see it in herself. There were a lot of scenes that made me lol. Like when Keralie steals some clothes and Varin Does Not Approve.

Kera to Varin pretty much the whole book:

Next let me talk about the Queens. Every one of them has their own story, and though that don’t exactly make it to the end of the book (See: TITLE OF BOOK) Scholte manages to make us care about every one of them so we are hoping the inevitable Does Not Come.

But alas it does, leaving the main question of the book: Who killed the Queens?

Let me tell you. I didn’t see it coming. The suspense throughout, combined with the timeline keep you on your toes, so you don’t know what will happen next. It was a very fun read.

Lastly, let me talk about my other love, or well, the boy I loved to hate throughout this book: Mackiel. This sly little sleeze ball loves to be in control and has some ambition. Though he is more of an antagonist within Keralie’s personal journey, he was very well done. I could hear his drawl in my head, and he made for a very compelling villain. However, I will say no more on this.

Now as for my one critique: the end of the book was a little too neatly tied up. The conflict between Varin and Keralie near the end resolves a little too easily (though it does fit with his character) and certain characters seemed a little *too* forgiving. But I love all things dark and morbid, so that’s probably a bit of a personal opinion. Overall, it was a great read!


Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/four-dead-queens/9780525513926-item.html

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Four-Dead-Queens-Astrid-Scholte/dp/0525513922

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/four-dead-queens-astrid-scholte/1128801997#/

Thank you for reading!


Hey, me again!

Today I would like to share my review for the forthcoming THE ANTIDOTE by Shelley Sackier. DRC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

I’ll admit that I often berate others for picking up a book because of the cover, but since I had not heard of this title when browsing Edelweiss and the beautiful cover ahd a lot to do with me clicking on it and reading more. It’s gorgeous!

On to the review:

3/5 stars.

To be honest the book had a few ups and down when I was reading it. The opening was a 2/5, the middle a 4/5, the end a 3/5.

Summary: Fee is a healer, a practitioner of the herbal arts within her kingdom. And her best friend–Xavi, the future king, is deathly ill. In an effort to save him, she ends up under suspicion, and faces she once knew return as strangers. Finding herself all alone in a world that fears magic, Fee realizes there’s more at stake than her own life.

But the only thing that could save them is the very magic that the worlds fears–and is determined to keep away from her.

Things I loved:

Rye is a sweet cinnamon roll and I love him even if he is a bit er…. abrasive at first. But I learned to forgive him pretty quick once he stopped being led by everyone else. Plus he accepts Fee for who she is and all those letters… my heart broke! Their relationship was so sweet! Plus the forbidden aspect…

Xavi! Xavi is a true friend who though he spends 99% of the book near death he is always looking out for Fee! I loved that the story revolved more about their friendship rather than romance and the importance of their relationship.

The magic! I loved how it revolved around herbs and healing. Poisons that can kill and heal. The magic system was very thought out and well done.

The bad:

This book starts off sloooow. I am all for a good introduction and build up, but there were several chapters to do with Fee, Xavi and Rye in their younger days that I wasn’t sure we needed. Fee does refer to them in the book, but I think these moments could have been portrayed in other ways. Also, when the story does jump to the present timeline, I felt like the friendship between Fee and Xavi was underdeveloped? Since it is so important to the plot, I would have liked to see more moments between them to really drive home the depth of their relationship.

The plot…. it just wasn’t that strong. It’s called The Antidote, but the antidote only really shows a few times in the story and I would have liked to have more build up around it since it was kind of important. The ending of the book was rushed, things happening right after the other so fast I got whiplash. Also, certain characters were portrayed hateful/bad only to be good in the end but… I wasn’t convinced? It was just like “they are cool now” and that was it? I felt like Fee should have more thoughts on the matter after how she was treated. (Xavi too because friends should stick up for each other!)

Lastly… the villain. I won’t reveal who because *spoilers* but lets just say I called it way before it happened? Like I already had it all figured out? And then they were kinda flat, just driven on revenge. There was some effort put into prologues to try and flesh the conflict out more, but I never felt convinced of their plight.

Overall I found the Antidote to be enjoyable. It was hard to read for the first 60-70 pages, then it picked up. Though the ending wasn’t as strong as I had hoped, I really loved getting to know the characters more in the middle and going on the journey with them! I was infested and rooting for them at the end.



Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Antidote-Shelley-Sackier/dp/0062453475/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-antidote-shelley-sackier/1127755056

Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-antidote/9780062453471-item.html


Hi hello, how is everyone?

Well I am here today to offer up a review for the forthcoming CIRCLE OF SHADOWS by the talented Evelyn Skye! It comes out in a few days, January 22. Hope y’all are ready.

Review copy was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

3/5 stars.

Quick summary: Sora and Daemon are gemina–bonded elite taiga warriors that serve the kingdom of Kichona. Sora is skilled with magic where Daemon can win any fight. Both of them are apprentices–along with their close friends, who go by the taiga names, Fairy and Broomstick. They tend to cause michief wherever they go, Sora in particular building quite the reputation for ehrself.

But when a threat looms over Kichona, promising to bring old wounds back to light, Sora and Daemon take it upon themselves to get to the bottom of it. They infiltrate a camp of mysterious soildiers and as a result Sora’s life is changed forever.

Overall I found this to be an enjoyable book. However there were a few things, mostly things that come from my writer brain, that irked me.

But before we get into all that I want to take a moment to talk about the things I LOVED.

I think this goes without saying. There is precisely one (1) cinnamon roll (okay maybe 2) BUT 1 THAT I ABSOLUTELY ADORED.

Daemon. Your name might be one extra “a” away from being demon but my goodness. The entire first chapter of his POV I was just sitting there like:

I LOVE LOVE LOVE him. First of all, he is entirely devoted to Sora. Both of them can feel little snippets of each other’s emotions though their bond. WHenever they are going through something, he sends her little sweet calming emotIONS AND OKAY I’M CRYING ITS JUST SO SWEET.

On top of that, I found him totally relatable. He wants to succeed as a taiga, always pushing himself and Sora to do the best they can. Where Sora is a bit… unmotivated, Daemon has something to prove because he isn’t all that great with taiga magic. BUT instead of being jealous or spiteful of Sora who has a natural talent for it, he just keeps trying. BOY DOES NOT GIVE UP OR BLAME OTHERS FOR HIS SHORTCOMINGS.

Plus his background is by far the most intriguing. There is also a little point in time where a character imagines him getting out of the bath in only a towel and…….visuals. Nice. Visuals.

OKAY, moving on. I also really enjoyed the magic system and the world building. The taiga’s use magic where they have to make signs and take on attributes of animals. Example make a moth sign and they can have super secret quiet conversations others can’t hear. (Now if only we could do this irl). It reminded me a bit of Naruto when they have to make hand seals for their jutsu. I LOVE NARUTO SO MUCH.

NOW. On to some of the things I didn’t like. Most of these were a result of writer brain (I’m sorry I can only turn it off so much) But as a soon to be published book I do hold it to a Standard, so I was a bit disappointed by:

Flat characters: Despite this being a multi POV book, many of its characters fell flat. Especially the villain. There are a few chapters from their POV earlier on where Skye tried to convince us that they are more than just an evil psychopath….. but I didn’t really find its convincing. Just “feeling bad” wasn’t convincing enough. I want depth. I want struggle. If I’m in their POV I want to for a few minutes consider if I might actually be on their side, if this is maybe THEIR story. ALSO I was not really sure WHY they were doing the evil stuff?? Like who hurt you? Why are you like this? Where is the tragic past? We got tragic scars on the outside, show me the ones on the inside. SO yeah. As a self proclaimed lover of all things villainous, I was disappointed.

Next on the list is the dreaded way-too-many-povs. There is a lot of jumping around, and no real rhyme or reason to it. I enjoyed some, others I was kinda like: *whispers*I don’t care about this person — which is too bad. Sometimes multi-POV can be great! But books that do this well (SIX OF CROWS) took the time to really dip into every character, give them a struggle, a full arc. You don’t get that with all the characters in this one. Sometimes it’s just downright confusing. I think the book would have benefited from focusing on its main players: Sora and Daemon. I connected with them the most, and I would have loved to have more time in their heads getting to understand them so when they make certain choices I’m not like WHOA WHERE DID THAT COME FROM.

(Yes I’m still salty about ONE thing near the end)

ANYWAYS. Despite my few misgivings, I really did enjoy this book! I think Skye has planted the seeds for an exciting and original series. I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next! Be sure to check out the book OUT THIS TUESDAY JANUARY 22.

Buy it/ Preorder:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Circle-Shadows-Evelyn-Skye/dp/006264372X

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/circle-of-shadows-evelyn-skye/1127785916?type=eBook#/

Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/circle-of-shadows/9780062643728-item.html

KDCampbell #PitchWars #BoostMyBio

Hi everyone, welcome to my new and shiny website/blog. Don’t mind its simplicity…it is a work in progress! So shout out to #PitchWars for motivating me to finally build an author website.

Now, you are probably here to hear about me and my book. Without further ado I introduce to you my MS…


YA Portal Fantasy

Sometimes when I danced, I felt alive


COMPS: inspired by ALICE IN WONDERLAND & will appeal to fans enchanted by the worlds of Holly Black’s THE CRUEL PRINCE and Sarah J. Maas’s A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES.

A young party girl accidentally wanders into a dark forest on the way home from a night out. She is stolen away to Faerie, where she is forced to dance nearly to her death, run as a prize in the deadly Wild Hunt, and is claimed as the new wife of a blood-thirsty Redcap. But as she tries desperately to find her way home, she discovers that the magical world of Faerie might be connected to her in more ways than one.

I could feel my body growing tired, but still, I danced.

My protagonist, Layla, is a young woman spiraling out of control:
I started to feel nothing at all.

What I had heard others say–what my own mother and father whispered when they thought I wasn’t listening.
Reckless. Out of control.

The story takes place in the magical world of Faerie. It is filled with various different creatures inspired by lore and my own imagination:


As I gasped in rapid breaths, the scent of the forest hit me. It was sweet, the smell of tree sap and blooming flowers, but underneath it was the strong scent of decay from the dead leaves that gathered on the ground. It surrounded me, pushing me faster. It reminded me why I had to run. Why I had to fight this until the last minute.

There’s a Redcap who might have more to him than there appears:

Summer moodboard

He stood motionless, partially grasped by the shadows. His hat sat bloody on his head, fresh trails of gore running down his temples. His hair was wet, curling around his finely pointed ears. A spark ran through me, trails of flames running through my veins and urging my limbs to move.

There also is some romance:


And villains you can’t forget:


It is the little faerie book of my heart, and whether I am picked for #PitchWars or not, I hope to one day share it with the world.

Now that you have been properly introduced to my book, here’s a little about the writer

About Me:

IYc8NGSP_400x400Though I have been writing nearly everyday for a few years now, I consider myself fairly new. It all started back during my Harry Potter obsessed days as a teenager, where I consumed high amounts of fanfic, and even attempted to write some of my own Dramione and even some Tomione fics (dig deep enough, and you might find them). Currently, I work as a retail supervisor by day, and escape to the magical worlds I have created by night, filling every spare second of my hectic schedule with either reading or writing. While I am editing A CAP STAINED WITH BLOOD for #PitchWars, I am also drafting another SFF space opera that follows a crew of space pirates. I have two family dogs, a Basset named Kenzie and a German Short-haired Pointer named Deeks that I love with all my heart. I live with my real-life book-boyfriend who is a musician and illustrator. I love cheese, rainy days, and a good night relaxing and watching anime. I live in Vancouver, Canada.

My writing process:


Honestly? I break some rules. I’ll often spend time building my world (I like to draw very terrible maps) researching mythology, filling my Scrivener doc with visual images along with backstory and other details. Then I start littering in characters, shaping my protagonists and antagonists, researching and gathering information that is relevant. Once I figure out the characters, then I write out an outline for the plot–sometimes this is in bullet form, other times it is a 1k word summary. With A CAP STAINED WITH BLOOD, I would plot out detailed chapter descriptions only about five chapters ahead, so that I can let the characters lead me through the story, but I don’t sit down with no idea what to write next. I guess I am what you would call a plantser.

I also find editing while writing an important part of my process… I often post on Wattpad while drafting, and there is no way in hell I would post my draft raw for anyone to see. LOL. I find it helps me pinpoint issues in the story while writing, and keeps me on the right track.


What I am looking for in a mentor:

Someone who loves faerie books, fantasy, and tropes like hate-to-love, and enemies-to-lovers. On top of that I want someone supportive, yet willing to guide me along the right path so that my book can really shine. Maybe that will require extensive rewrites–maybe it won’t. Either way, someone who gets my characters and vision and can help me weed out my strengths and weaknesses is the ideal mentor.

What I plan to bring to the table as a mentee:

I am hardworking. Writing is my passion. I am willing to put in the work to make my dreams come true, and even if some feedback is hard to swallow. Through #PitchWars I am hoping to grow even more as a writer and take skills that will help me in my career. Also, I love gifs, fangirling, and will hopefully be a mentee my potential mentor can connect with.

Now, books I LOVE right now:


This should be no surprise… THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black. If anyone knows anyone that can hook me up with an ARC of THE WICKED KING I will love you eternally.

Right now I am reading FURYBORN by Claire Legrand and I AM IN LOVE.

Other recent loves:



A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES + A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J Maas (not up to date on the series)

HONOR AMONG THIEVES by Ann Aguirre and Rachel Caine

EVERLESS by Sara Holland

ASH PRINCESS by Laura Sebastian

THE BELLES by Dhonielle Clayton


SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young


Books I can’t WAIT for:

WE HUNT THE FLAME by Hafsah Faizal

A SPARK OF WHITE FIRE by Sangu Mandanna

WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan

WILDCARD by Marie Lu

SERPENT & DOVE by Shelby Mahurin


KING OF SCARS Leigh Bardugo

(I have linked all these to their respected Goodreads pages, feel free to peruse and add them to your TBRs)

Up next on the TBR?


Hardcopy: THE CITY OF BRASS by S.A. Chakraborty

Movies I love:



Ready Player One

Avengers: Infinity War

The Hunger Games

Beauty and the Beast



Girl Interrupted

Memoires of a Geisha

All the Harry Potter movies but especially Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire



Edward Scissorhands

A Nightmare Before Christmas

Pirates of the Caribbean

Movies I am looking forward to:

Captain Marvel

The Darkest Minds

Anime I enjoy:



Fruits Basket

Attack on Titan

Cardcaptor Sakura

Sailor Moon

Yona of the Dawn

Honestly I need more anime so feel free to recommend 🙂

ALRIGHT, that’s all folks! Feel free to hit me up on Twitter @KatieCWrites under the tags #PitchWars, #PWPoePrompts, #ThursdayAesthetic, and now #BoostMyBio, or follow me on Wattpad @KDCampbell.


Thanks for checking out my Bio! Good luck to everyone participating/thinking of participating in PitchWars 2018!










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