Nomination and Giveaway

11867_10200564229502068_1027526276_nHello once again, readers!!

You read that right! Embracing the Flames (Born in Flames Trilogy, #2) has been nominated for Book of the Year with Young Adult and Teen Readers blog.

Oh snap!

(hang on while I freak out and do like fifty back-to-back cartwheels)

Okay, I’m back…and out of breath.

It’s always a wonderful feeling when I find out one of my novels has been nominated…even if it doesn’t win. Just to be in the company of the other nominated books is a win in itself. I’m humbled by the fact someone actually thought of me. That it actually touched them and left an impression. What more could an author ask for?

There are also a ton of other categories and awesome books up for nomination so please follow the link above and vote for your favorites. ♥

In other news, I will be taking over Raven Reviewz today for the 12 Days of Christmas Author Takeover. It’s an event on Facebook. I’ll be giving away some goodies so if you’re looking to have some fun today, join the event and participate in the activities!

So yeah, that’s all she wrote for today. Still trucking away at Everlasting. I have about seven more chapters to read through and then it will be beta time with a few trusted peeps.

Echelon out ♥

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Blog Hop! The Next Big Thing: Embracing The Flames

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Hello once again, Readers!!! I have been meaning to do this post for a while now since I have been nominated by a few of my author friends, but am just now getting to it. I want to thank Elizabeth Guizzetti for nominating me first and foremost. She is a fellow author at 48fourteen (my publisher) and is extremely talented. Her debut novel, Other Systems, has received great review and even an interviewed from me! Check out her post, Blog Hop! The Next Big Thing: The Martlet to find what her next big thing is!

But I digress.

What is the working title of your next book?

  • The title of the next book in the Born in Flames trilogy is Embracing the Flames. It is in the last round of editing by my publisher and will hopefully be released by summer of 2013.

Where did the idea for your book come from?

  • The idea for the trilogy struck me in 2009 when I decided that I actually wanted to try to write the small ideas I had floating around in side of my head. After completing the first novel in the trilogy, Born in Flames, and then being accepted by 48fourteen, I continued on with the trilogy. I had a general idea of where I wanted the second novel to go in terms of planning out the major plot line of all three, but the actual details came to me as I began writing which is mostly how I write. I let it flow without the pressure of a guide to follow.

What genre does your book fall under?

  • It is still a young adult fantasy. Maybe with a little more epic fantasy in it.

Who would play your characters in a film?

  • I would love for Hayley Williams from Paramore to play Aurora and I think Logan Lermen would be a good Fenn.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

  • Embracing the Flames is the next chapter in Aurora’s life where she discovers secrets more sinister than her enemy that will unveil the price of her life.

Will your next book be self-published or represented by an agent?

  • Neither. It is being traditionally published by 48fourteen.

How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?

  • Around three months. My read-through took about one month after that.

What other books would you compare this story to in the genre?

  • I’m not sure. I haven’t given much thought to comparing.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

  • Wanting something more out of life inspired me. I was bored with my day job and decided to write the ideas in my head, not really knowing that it could actually become a career. By the time I finished the novel, I knew that it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

  • This novel dives deeper into the fantastical world that Aurora now lives in. You will see more magic, dragons, different races such as Necromancers and Priests, and the development of Fenn and Aurora’s love story as well as the discovery of Fenn’s role in Aurora’s future. He’s her protector, but on more levels than the readers know of right now.

You can read more status updates about the trilogy on my author Facebook page. You can find Born in Flames on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and KOBO.

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I want to now nominate my best friend Sonya Loveday. She is a wonderful writer who is on her way to being published as we speak! Make sure you follow this link and show her some love! You won’t be disappointed.

That being said, Echelon out! ♥

Book Of The Year Nomination!

Publication1Hello once again, Readers!!!

It seems like Santa has stopped by early for me!  I’m excited to say that Born in Flames has been nominated for Book of the Year over on Turning The Pages Books!!!

What!!! Who knew?!

I was so excited when I first found out that I had to run out and buy a Butterbeer to celebrate! Thank you Universal for being so close! And thank you J.K. for being a genius.

But I digress…

So if you want to vote, just click here and then scroll down and click on Survey Link. It will take you to all the books nominated…:)

Thank you in advance to everyone who votes for Born in Flames!

 If you’re not familiar with it, here is the cover and blurb:

born-in-flames-finalRed mirrored scales race up my arms as the haze of pain blurs my vision. My
bones crack, breaking to realign. I scream. It is then that the realization of
my unavoidable fate sinks in; I am of a dying race. I am dragon.

Aurora Megalos, orphaned and teetering on the edge of adulthood, thought finding her
past would curb the sting of being an outcast. Having no memories of the time
before she awoke on her foster mother’s doorstep, she yearns for the emptiness
inside her to be filled. With her fellow orphaned best friend, Fenn, by her
side, she has nothing to lose and everything to gain. But something powerful
stirred within her that she couldn’t explain. Something wanted out.

In the dark of night, a crazed Seer, dubbed Mr.Creepy, erases everything she’s ever
known with an impending prophecy. She now faces two paths. Return to her true
home to protect a dying race against a growing evil, or stay hidden in the
safety of our realm with a shot at a true love. With a vengeful Arch Enemy
stopping at nothing to see her dead, she’s running out of time; a decision must
be made. What would you choose?

So that’s it for today. I received my edits for Embracing the Flames last night and need to jump back into that before I can continue with From the Embers. It’s insanity, but I love it…so get excited for more to come!

And here’s something to make you smile before you go:

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Hehehehe…Echelon out ♥