Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Kai Strand Talks Balance

Today I'm visiting with my friend and CP Trisha Leaver and with Becky Wallace while Kai Strand stops by here to visit. So, once you've finished reading Kai's awesome guest post, swing by Trisha's blog and see what I really think about my CP's, and stop by Becky's Blog to hear my take on Small Presses vs Self Publishing. Take it away, Kai!!

All About Balance by Kai Strand

Balance- noun 1. state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc. 

In general, people strive for a sense of balance in their lives. Though it is great when the good outweighs the bad, ideally we hope for at least balance.

But there is a hidden danger in balance. Let’s imagine a teeter-totter, one large enough that when sitting on it you can’t reach the ground, unless you are the heavier occupant. What happens when you and the person on the other side weigh the same? You’ll sit, neither teetering nor tottering. Equal and stagnant.

Now let’s pretend you are a super hero and the other occupant is a super villain and you are balanced. Again, it seems like this should be a good situation, doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t want heroes and villains to suddenly have equal parts good and bad in them?

What happens when those supers are sitting – perfectly balanced on their teeter-totter and someone gets kidnapped? Hmmm…it seems neither of them care to do anything about it but to sit – perfectly balance on their teeter-totter.

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The supers are balanced. All’s well in the super world. Right? When dogs drag Oceanus away, Jeff learns the supers are so balanced, they no longer care to get involved. The only one who seems to care is Oci’s ex-villain, ex-boyfriend, Set. With Jeff’s own powers unbalanced and spiraling out of control, he wonders if they will find Oci before he looses control completely, and if they’ll find her alive.

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About the author:

When her children were young and the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her family around the fireplace and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died. The end.” Now an award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers and short stories for the younger ones, Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults. Learn more about Kai and her books on her website, www.kaistrand.com.


  1. Mary, thanks for hosting me today. May you find the non-lethal balance in your own life!

    1. You are so welcome, Kai. And I have to laugh, because when I first read your comment I instantly thought STAR WARS, followed quickly by Sean Connery saying B-A-L-A-N-C-E to Christopher Lambert in HIGHLANDER. :-)

    2. Lol! I need to find a sound bite of SC saying that. I love his voice!


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