Blowing up the blogosphere with great new reads...About:
You can choose a book that you’ve read, something you saw on a blog or social media site, Goodreads, or a sales website. Anything that caught your eye because of a great cover, blurb or reviews, but DON’T
tell the author that their book has been noticed. Instead, shout out on social media sites, and encourage others to do the same, until the author finds his/her book. Leave a blog comment at Ninja Captain Alex http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/
or Ciara Knight http://www.ciaraknight.com/blog/
when the author finds their book. Rules:
1) You can’t post about your own book.
2) The book shouldn’t be on the New York Times or USA Today bestseller list.I chose a book that not only looks great, it sounds like something I would love. It's a supernatural cop story!
Awakening the Fire
by Ally ShieldsGuardian Witch Book One
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal with Romantic Elements
Release Date: 9/14/12
Arianna Calin has sworn to keep the peace in Riverdale. Most of the Otherworlders prefer to haunt the Olde Town district—partying at vampire strip clubs, dining in elegant supper clubs, and inhabiting the cliffside caverns along the Mississippi. Being a cop is a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it, and Arie’s got her gun, a good sharp knife, and a few handy charms against things that go bump in the streets. She’s also a fire witch—a pedigree that comes in handy, since her partner’s only human.
But when a virtual reality drug hits the streets, people (and non-people) start to die, and an elusive pack of werewolves threatens the status quo. Arie and Ryan are drawn into a web of murder and evil that will lead sworn enemies to a confrontation, and while the city simmers around them, only Arie can prevent an all-out supernatural war…
Buy Awakening the Fire
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I try to keep an eye out for practices that I think are smart when it comes to promotion. I'd like to share a few that have been on my mind.
blog header matches his book cover (see below). He has placed reviewer blurbs in it as well. You can view his blog live at http://slckismet.blogspot.com/
. It's great for brand recognition.
has only been published for a couple of years, but look at her growing catalog. Specifically, pay attention to the part I've highlighted. This is not the only link for a printable pdf. I think we are becoming an electronic society, but people do like their paper. Sarah Ballance's website is at http://www.sarahballance.com
Ballance has a huge blog following. I am one of her subscribers. Why so many subscribers? 1. She's entertaining, has regular content and gives away something EVERY week. She's at http://sarahballance.wordpress.com/
I know some authors who would say that they do not have the resources for a weekly giveaway. On the other hand, if you are going to put marketing dollars somewhere, better to reach those hearing about your books every week. It builds customer loyalty.
has a current giveaway related to her book series, The Neumarian Chronicles. She's tied the steampunk theme to this prize and amps up the excitement for winning an original piece.
She even has additional prizes such as getting a character named for the winner and a credit at the front of the book.
I think she's brilliant for a fun, exciting, and themed giveaway. See for yourself at http://www.ciaraknight.com/ck-steampunk-giveaway/
Have you seen any cool marketing ideas on the web lately?
I've been patiently waiting for Ciara Knight's new release ever since seeing this cover. Wow. Then I read the blurb. Uh-huh. Now, I will finally get my hands on this one. Read the blurb and see if you are as hooked as I was.
Weighted (Prequel Novelette) The Great War of 2185 is over, but my nightmare has just begun. I am being held captive in the Queen’s ship awaiting interrogation. My only possible ally is the princess, but I’m unsure if she is really my friend or a trap set by the Queen to fool me into sharing the secret of my gift. A gift I keep hidden even from myself. It swirls inside my body begging for release, but it is the one thing the Queen can never discover. Will I have the strength to keep the secret? I’ll know the answer soon. If the stories are true about the interrogators, I’ll either be dead or a traitor to my people by morning.Download it today!Smashwords
Barnes and Noble
Coming to other retailers soon.
Upcoming books in The Neumarian Chronicles:
Escapement (Book I) - Early 2013
Pendulum (Book II) - Mid 2013
Balance (Book III) - Early 2014
writes to ‘Defy the Dark’ with her fantasy and paranormal books. Her debut novel, The Curse of Gremdon, was released to acclaimed reviews, securing a Night Owl Top Pick and five stars from the Paranormal Romance Guild. Also, book I, Rise From Darkness, from her debut young adult Battle For Souls series, secured glowing reviews and won July Book of the Month from Long and Short Reviews.
Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She's backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.
Ciara is extremely sociable so please feel free to connect with her at her blog
, or Facebook
Ciara Knight has a reputation for fantastic stories. She's announcing her next release today on my blog and many others. Take a look at this beautiful cover and tantalizing blurb!
Weighted is a young adult post-apocalyptic with paranormal elements. It is a prequel novelette to The Neumarian Chronicles,and will be released August 2012. Book I, Escapement, will be released in 2013.
| || |The Great War of 2185 is over, but my nightmare has just begun. I am being held captive in the Queen’s ship awaiting interrogation. My only possible ally is the princess, but I’m unsure if she is really my friend or a trap set by the Queen to fool me into sharing the secret of my gift. A gift I keep hidden even from myself. It swirls inside my body begging for release, but it is the one thing the Queen can never discover. Will I have the strength to keep the secret? I’ll know the answer soon. If the stories are true about the interrogators, I’ll either be dead or a traitor to my people by morning.
Link to add Weighted to Goodreads shelf: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13647847-weighted
I'd like to introduce my guest Ciara Knight. Ciara is a such a gifted writer. I enjoyed Love's Long Shadow, her YA novella, and have the Curse of Gremdon waiting on my reader. I'm taking a vacation this week, and it's the perfect read for getting lost in another world. I can't wait to read Rise From Darkness. In addition to her talents as a writer, she happens to be one of the most giving bloggers out there. She's giving away a $5 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter, so make sure to enter!
Rise From Darkness
Book One: Battle of the Souls
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Young Adult Paranormal
Alexander Lorre gives new meaning to the term “tormented teen”. He’s a newly fallen angel, which means he has the self-control of a three-year-old, the hormones of a teenager and the strength of an angel. When he rescues Gaby Moore from drowning, the chemistry between them is undeniable. With a local demon threatening Gaby’s life, he struggles to find a balance between remaining close enough to protect her but distant enough to control his desires.
As danger draws closer, Gaby uncovers shattering secrets that will lead to an ultimate choice. Will she fight alongside her father, an earthbound hunter killing fallen angels and demons, give into the demon blood coursing through her veins and join the demon world, or save the man she loves from both? The first two choices damn her, but the last one could destroy them all.
Where Ideas Come From by Ciara Knight
The question I am most asked by readers is, “Where did the idea come from?” In the Battle for Souls series it came to me in three phases.
The storyline came to me a long time ago, way before angels and demons became popular. Rise from Darkness was actually written in late 2008 and early 2009. It happened while I was driving, a song came on the radio and it reminded me of a TV show I’d seen. I’ve always been a huge fan of paranormal and science fiction shows and books, so I wasn’t sure which one it was at first. After another twenty miles of crawling through traffic, a man jumped out of his car and started yelling at someone. He had such an evil expression on his face I imagined he was a demon. (Yes, my mind has always wondered, just ask my fifth grade teacher). The man eventually returned to his car without altercation, but by that point angels and demons were flooding my vision for a new story. The only problem was that I wanted to write young adult and I wasn’t sure how that would go over. Yeah, I know, don’t fall out of your chair laughing. Remember vampires were all the rage and there were no angel and demon YA books at that time.
Fast forward to a night of watching Supernatural and I totally realized who my hero would be, a self-brooding form of Dean. Oh girls, admit it, he is adorable.
Then the last part was the setting. Well, what better place to have demons on Earth than in Florida. I grew up there and I knew the setting of beaches, woods, and hellacious humidity. Done, I had a story. J
Of course, this is from a girl who came up with the concept for her adult fantasy, The Curse of Gremdon, after hearing a door squeak. So, it doesn’t take much. The bigger problem is deciding which idea to write.
How about you? What inspires your creativity? What type of books engrosses you in an alternate reality? Do you have a favorite genre? About The Author:
Ciara Knight always had a passion for storytelling. At an early age, she wrote several short stories and poems, and in college she started work on her first novel. It wasn’t until late 2008 that she returned to her true passion of writing. Over the past few years she has penned five novels and joined several professional writing organizations to better her craft.
When not writing, she enjoys reading all types of fiction. Some great literary influences in her life include Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Francine Rivers and J K Rowling.
Ciara is happily married and enjoys family time. She has learned to embrace chaos, which is a requirement when raising three boys, and utilizes the insanity to create stories not of this world including, Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, and Young Adult Dystopian.
Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She’s backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska. Visit Ciara Website Facebook Fan Page Twitter
Love's Long Shadowby Ciara Knight
Sammy Lorre was cast from Heaven for conduct unbecoming an angel. Living in a demon-infested small town with no memory of her previous life, she faces never-ending purgatory until Boon saunters into her life with a promise of angelic love. But is he an angel from Heaven or a minion from the underworld preying on her human emotions? To discover his true identity, she must risk eternal damnation and her heart.
Length: 12,000 words, novella; Price: $1.99Love's Long Shadow
can be found at these links: TMP bookstore . Amazon Kindle . Smashwords Bookstrand . All Romance Ebooks/OmniLit
I met Ciara Knight online when I joined some online writing groups. Her enthusiasm and genuine friendliness have always stood out to me. She's truly a jewel in the writing community. Okay, I'll quit gushing over her.
Ciara, let's start by talking about your writing and then move on to the personal questions! What's happened in your "writer's life" in the past six months?
Ciara Knight (CK): The last six months have been an exciting time in my writing life. On April 1st, I signed my first contract for my YA paranormal, Rise from Darkness, with Turquoise Morning Press, followed by the rest of the series a couple of months later. Then in July, I signed a contract with Crescent Moon Press for my adult fantasy, The Curse of Gremdon.
What is your favorite part about being a writer and your least favorite?
CK: I love to create new stories, to get lost in other worlds. I think my least favorite is the submission process. I’m sure every writer can relate to that. J
When did you decide to become a writer? Did any person or event influence your decision?
CK: I’ve had a passion or storytelling since I was a young child. However, due to a language disorder it wasn’t an option. Back then, they believed everyone who had difficulty speaking was unable to learn. I was stuck in a portable behind the school for years. I didn’t mind, I had my imagination. Once I hit college I thrived, acing most of my classes. Still, I didn’t have the confidence to write a book. Sure, I’d written short stories and poems, but I thought it was a fluke. It wasn’t until one of my sons faced language difficulties himself, and I told him he could do anything that I realized there was no reason I couldn’t too, including writing my own stories. His strength and determination amaze and inspire me daily. That’s when my hubby gave me a laptop to start my first novel. I haven’t looked back since.
Tell me about your writing process. When and where do you write?
CK: Before I face the dreaded blank screen, I let my imagination free. Once I have a clear idea, I’ll outline, then open a document, close my eyes, and type as it flows out. I don’t concern myself with the language issues, sentence structure, or punctuation. Don’t worry; no one ever sees that draft. J I tend to write at a coffee shop with earphones, or at home when the kids are at school. My favorite spot is my back deck during the fall.
If I were to award you with an all-expenses paid writing vacation, where would you like to go? It's just you and your laptop....
CK: Wow! I LOVE to travel. If it’s just me and my laptop, I’d love to go to the Canary Islands.
Please choose a favorite book from each of the following genres (feel free to say "none"): romance, science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal.
Romance: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Science Fiction: Ender’s Game
Fantasy: Harry Potter
Paranormal: No way I can choose only one. J
Let's pretend (or hope) that a famous author reads and loves one of your novels. He/She writes you a fan letter. Name the person who would thrill you the most.
CK: J K Rowling
Are you a plotter, panster, or neither?
CK: I used to be a panster. After two rewrites, I’m now a plotter. I go all the way to chapter goals, motivation, conflict, disaster. Not that I stick to the outline. ;)
Please tell us about "the call" or "the email" with a contract offer for your novel.
CK: I received an email on April fool’s day for my first contract. As you can imagine, I sat there for a moment wondering if it were a joke. J
What are your writing plans for the next year?
CK: I sold a couple of books on proposal. So first off, I’ll be finishing those books. J After that, I’m in the third draft of a YA dystopian I hope to finish and make shiny.
Now...let's find out more about you.
Favorite song of all time-
Come What May from the Moulin Rouge Soundtrack. It is my hubby and my song.
Best movie you saw this year-
Probably Harry Potter.
Tennis shoes or high heels-
Love high heels, but my back doesn’t. J
Chocolate or vanilla-
"I am sending an angel ahead of you to guide you along the way." - Exodus 23:20
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