Press Release



CARMANVILLE, NEWFOUNDLAND – A new Young Adult Fantasy novel from Newfoundland-based writer Kate Sparkes is gaining popularity, reaching the #1 Hot New Release spot in Amazon’s Teen & YA Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery sub-category on July 13, 2014.

Bound, set in the fictional countries of Tyrea and Darmid, features a fantastical world built from landscapes that will be familiar to anyone who has experienced Newfoundland. Sparkes drew inspiration from the island’s shorelines, ancient mountains, boreal forests, and boulder-strewn open spaces, then wove in magical plants and creatures to create a unique and captivating world.

Reader response has been enthusiastic, with reviewers praising the book’s characters, fast-paced plot, compelling romance, and the “richly imagined world” ( review).

Born in Hamilton, ON, Sparkes moved to St. John’s in 2008. After a few years away, she’s pleased to be back in the province. She currently resides in central Newfoundland, where her writing continues to be inspired by breathtaking views of land and sea. She often shares her family’s Newfoundland adventures on her blog, Disregard the Prologue, and encourages readers to visit what she considers the most beautiful, fascinating place on Earth.

Bound is available through e-book retailers including Kobo and iBooks, and in paperback through





Bound (information, cover image, cover copy):

Bound (Amazon reviews, current sales ranking):

Amazon Hot New Releases YA fantasy > Sword & Sorcery:


Sparrowcat Press:


Contact information for Kate Sparkes:

Phone: (709)534-8998  -or-  (709)534-2710



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