Local Author Spotlight : Erin Summerill

We have an incredible YA book community here in Utah. We have so many amazing authors, fantastic book bloggers, and a wonderful indie bookshop that hosts tons of book events and book launches that bring us all together.

Really becoming a part of this community over the past couple years has meant the world to me, so it’s really important to me to support The King’s English Bookshop as well as some of our fabulous local authors here on my blog.

Erin Summerill’s debut YA novel Ever the Hunted just came out in December, and if you haven’t read it yet, I highly, HIGHLY recommend it. It is such a fun new fantasy novel with a world and characters you’ll absolutely fall in love with. I personally cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out. And just look how GORGEOUS this book cover is! You can check out my full review here.

Also if you ever get the opportunity to attend an even that Erin is going to be at, trust me, you do not want to miss it. Not only is she an incredibly talented writer, but she’s also hilarious and so, so sweet. She’s one of those people that are just a true pleasure to be around.

Her next book in the series, Ever the Brave, is set to be released in December of 2017. Be sure to add it to your Goodreads TBR list here!


About Erin Summerill

ei1qf0b58 Things About Me

  1. I own more pairs of shoes than *Insert name of small country.
  2. Miracles happen daily. I believe this with all my kidney.
  3. I have a love/hate relationship with CrossFit.
  4. Happiness is a choice, and once chosen it’s meant to be shared.
  5. Coke Zero and Hot Tamales are my two favorite food groups.
  6. If I’m not writing a book, I’m shooting a bride. (summerillphotography.com)
  7. Hugs are as essential as shoes, food, and toilet paper.
  8. I tend to speak before I think.

After completing a B.A. in English, I had aspirations to knock out the next great American novel. Mom always taught me to dream big. Well writing proved tougher than I first thought. Tougher than chewing on a two-year-old gummi-worm that’s been hiding under a car seat. Plans changed. I didn’t write the next great American novel. No, I grabbed a Nikon and became a professional wedding photographer. During the day I posed brides and in the evenings I put scenes into action. Word by word. Manuscript by manuscript. I kept on writing.

The scenic detour of photography took me across the United States and even over to Australia and New Zealand, where I picked up world-building inspiration. After seven years, eight failed manuscripts, and a life-altering kidney donation experience, I finally had the vision to draft my debut young adult fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED.

When I’m not writing or shooting, I’m chasing my 4 kids, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 4 chickens around the state of Utah. This is probably why I’m seriously addicted to Coke Zero and Hot Tamales.

Check out her website here!


Erin’s Book

Ever the Hunted

28114396Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

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Have you read Ever the Hunted yet? Have you had the pleasure of meeting Erin at any of her events? What are some of your favorite fantasy debuts from the past year?

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