Book Tour: Strayborn

Happy Monday!

Today, I am excited to share this latest release with you all. I met E. E. Rawls through the epic Silmaril Awards celebration last month and jumped at the chance to participate in her blog tour. As many of you know, I LOVE sharing about books. So I asked her three questions in a little mini interview for today’s stop on the blog tour. Without further ado…

The Interview

1) In Strayborn, we have guardians, monsters, an academy, elemental manipulation, Scourgebloods, talk of reborn Heroes. Can you tell us a bit more about the story world you’ve created and what kind of adventure we are in for?
Strayborn‘s world is vast, and some of the countries are sort of like a modern-day Europe, based off of places my family traveled to. For example, the River Noncello in the story is the same name as the river in the Italian town I grew up in, and the gelatteria is based on the same one I loved going to. The mountains are also similar to the Alps in Austria, where we would roadtrip.
But there are various different cultures in the story world, and mythical humanoid races who rule. There are fairies, goblins, dragons, but also races you don’t see much of in literature, like the deer people. At the same time, the story itself is relatable and fun, and the Academy is a super cool school where you can learn to use your elemental power (if only I had one!). But this world isn’t a safe place; in fact, there is a lot of racial tension and bitterness, which our main characters will have to face. As well as an ancient enemy who has awakened…but I can’t say more on that yet. 😉
2) What are your absolute favorite kind of stories to read?
I have a wide range of favorites! From the classic grand Tolkien books, to mysterious stories about fae, and any tale that has an Asian flare. I want a story that piques my interest, grabs my attention and keeps me riveted throughout the read! Likewise, my goal is to write books that will do the same for readers.
3) In your bio, you mention you’re a product of a traveling family. What are some of the places you’ve visited and what were your favorites? And travel means food. So what are some of your favorites?
We went on road trips throughout Europe while my family lived in Italy, and let me tell you, there are so many amazing places that will fill your imagination! In fact, that’s what inspired me to write stories. My favorites have to be: Salzburg, Austria and the incredible Alps mountain range there. It’s like walking into a fairy tale but everything is real. And Edinburgh, Scotland for its rolling hills and lush landscape and architecture–not to mention the ancient castle and armory at the city’s heart!
The food in Europe–was–amazing! I love sweets, and those pastries and croissants in Italy and Paris were the best! (I miss it so much)

The Book

Elemental Manipulation is a tricky business. Only those with the power can train to become a Draev Guardian.


Cyrus Sole hates life. She’s only half-human, with weak wrists, and not a day goes by when someone doesn’t say something mean about it—especially her step-mom. But when the forbidden power to manipulate metal awakens inside her, she finds herself on the run as the Argos Corps is sent to kill her…


Aken is a Scourgeblood, the last in a line of monsters. But all he really wants is to gain wings and be free. Until a new power suddenly awakens, changing the course of his life…


The Draev Guardian Academy is their only sanctuary. But training to become a Draev won’t be easy. Cyrus has to hide her human side, as she gets placed in Floor Harlow with the outcast students, and nightmares of her deceased mother keep returning.


With creepy Corpsed on the prowl, and whispers of Cyrus possibly being a reborn Hero, both she and Aken find themselves caught up in a web of secrets, racial tension, and an old legend with enemies that could spell their untimely demise…


—This book is a good fit for those who’ve enjoyed the Percy Jackson series, Brandon Sanderson’s fantasy world-building, and the fun of J.K. Rowling.


Want a FREE prequel story?


Cyrus Sole, a girl who can manipulate metal, and Aken-Shou the last Scourgeblood, must learn to survive in a world that is determined to either destroy them, or use them…


This ebook is available FREE at Rawls’s newsletter: 

The Giveaway

First place: One hardback copy of Strayborn, and one Percy Jackson soy/vegan homemade candle by A Court Of Candles.

Second and Third place: One ebook copy of Strayborn.

Ends on Monday, October 21.

The Author

E.E. Rawls is the product of a traveling family, who even lived in Italy for 6 years. She loves exploring the unknown, whether it be in a forest, inside a forgotten castle, or within the pages of a book.


She runs on coffee, cuddly cats and the beauty of nature to keep the story wheels of her mind running, as she writes tales that will both entertain and inspire others, giving them worlds they can explore and become lost within.