Broken Ties #blogtour

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I’m delighted to host Jude Itakali on his blog tour for his new release Bitter Ties, the second book in the Realms of the Mist trilogy. (You can find my review of Realms of the Mist here.)

My answer to Jude’s question of where to start when writing a book is to start where the spirit moves you and and see where it goes. (Assuming you’re writing a novel, not a tech manual.)


Jude Itakali is a poet, writer, and fiction author from the suburbs of Kampala, Uganda.

His latest novel, “Broken Ties” is the second in his debut fantasy trilogy, Realms of the Mist, with the third book in production.

Jude’s poetry has been featured in No.1 bestselling anthologies like Hidden in Childhood and Poetry Treasures, as well as his first poetry collection; “Crossroads (Winds of love)”.

When not crunching numbers into a computer, or pursuing infrequent exercise routines, you can find Itakali writing fiction in a small cubicle, or under a tree writing poetry and short stories for his website Tales told different.


Before we dive into the particulars of Broken Ties, let’s listen to Jude read an excerpt from the book. I can promise you that he reads beautifully. I was captivated.

Broken Ties from Kirya Jude on Vimeo.


Kamau, Kena and Ninuwe are bound on a dark and magical journey. They flee across modern and wild Africa to find the ancient Gifted realms. They must assemble the only weapon that can destroy the Evil One. The problem is: the Evil One is now merged with Kamau’s once closest friend and love-interest, Irina.

Brewing War

Gods, monsters, magical realms and people
A desperate love triangle
Allies blurring with enemies
The greater world in jeopardy

With each having their own personal stakes, will Kamau and his friends find the strength to do whatever it takes?


Tasked with stopping the Evil One and saving their tribes, Kamau, Kena and Ninuwe cross modern and wild Africa, to find the ancient Gifted realms. They must assemble the only weapon that can destroy the Evil One.

The problem is that the Evil One is now joined with Irina, once Kamau’s closest friend and love-interest.

While attempting to stay one step ahead of his enemy, protect his sister’s departed soul, and outwit gods, monsters and unorthodox customs, Kamau must also deal with countless new emotions, a desperate love triangle, and conflicting loyalties.

And yet it is not just about him. To assemble the weapon, Kena and Ninuwe must make sacrifices too.

The Gifted realms are on the brink of war. Monsters are slipping into the modern human world.

They cannot tell the difference between allies and enemies. They all stand to lose something. And yet Kamau and his friends must find the strength to do whatever it takes.



PDF/EPUB copies of Broken Ties to three of the most regular participants in the blog tour comments section, as well as a copy of CROSSROADS for each. You can get to Jude’s tour schedule by visiting his blog:

160 thoughts on “Broken Ties #blogtour

    1. Hi Marian, thank you so much. I’m sure you could tell I was nervous. But good to finally do it, now I can aim to get better. Liz is an amazing person with a huge heart. 💜🪻🌻

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  1. The best of luck to you, Jude. You have a wonderful imagination leading you on your journey as an author. Thanks, Liz, for sharing Jude’s information and the interview. What an interesting young man!

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    1. Thank you so much, Gwen. Take ten may have been an exaggeration but if I hadn’t had a cramped schedule, I’d have given this at least two hours till I got it right. As it happens, I only had 15minutes😥
      I’m glad to see you on the tour again.💜

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    1. Hi Robbie,
      I did my first ever video interview with Liz and I felt it was the perfect opportunity and place to take my first reading. I feel a weight off my shoulder, and now I can work on readings because it may be all I do for my upcoming poetry book. I have a lot to learn and practice but I WILL.
      So good to see you here, Robbie. Like Liz, you too make me feel brave.🙏🏾

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    1. Thank you so much, Denise. I was so nervous and I had to shoot in just 15minutes, and I’d wanted to do it outside but it was drizzling.
      Hehe, I’m still nervous people watching it but each positive comment helps.

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  2. Thanks for hosting today, Liz!
    What a lovely reading! You are a natural, Jude. I hope you will do readings more often in the future. Your story and the way you read it are captivating.
    I just ordered the first book of this series on Kindle. I’ll review it after I eventually read it. I have a large TBR pile, but look forward to this one.
    Good luck on the rest of your tour!

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    1. You’re welcome, Sheri! I, too, think Jude is a natural for reading his work aloud to an audience. I’m so glad you’ve ordered Realms of the Mist! I’ve read it, and I think you’ll enjoy it.

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    2. Ahh, you’ll spoil me, Sheri 😁
      When I’m done with semester finals, I’ll practice and learn more about readings. I may promote my next poetry book through readings so I have a lot of work to do, seeing as it comes out in November.

      Thank you so much for getting Realms of the Mist. My TBR is also ever lengthening, but I have summer break this year so I’m rearing to clean it out and review.

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      1. Good luck with continuing to learn about readings. I think you already have the right pace and inflection to captivate and keep the audience’s attention. From there it’s mostly about gaining experience and confidence.
        I have a lot of fun doing readings, and I hope you will enjoy it too!

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          1. Mine are usually live so I don’t have links to most of them. I appreciate your interest. I suppose I should record some to post sometime soon.
            I do have one live recording from an Arts Cafe’ in 2016. I hope I’ve improved since then, but here’s a sample novel excerpt reading from a book launch evening: Reading poetry is a bit different, and I find that more expressive.


  3. Thank you Liz for such a great review of Jude’s book. I’m not a big fantasy reader either which is what I appreciated about your explanation of the book explained so well!
    Congratulations again Jude! I think you rocked it on your reading! 👏👏👏🎉

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        1. Thank you so much, Eugi. It’s fun, and hopefully brings people into the series, but a blog tour is a once in a year commitment. So I’ll have to figure out something different for my November poetry release 🙏🏾

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  4. Wonderful blog tour share, Liz!
    I enjoyed Jude’s video reading. He has a lovely voice, and should do more.
    This is the 4th spot I’ve stopped at, although the others were from my Graffiti Lux Art & More blog.
    It sounds like a cool book.
    Thank you Jude & Liz!

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