From the Embers is Live!

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Hello once again, readers!!

From the Embers is live!!! That means the trilogy is complete! Can you believe it? I can’t!

To celebrate, I’m having a release party on Facebook where I’ll be giving away some goodies! Come and join if you’d like.

The e-book and paperback of From the Embers is live on Amazon. We’re still waiting for Barnes & Noble and KOBO to update. It’s also available on my publisher’s website.

Thank you to everyone who has stayed with me on this journey. It’s been a long road that I wouldn’t take back for anything. I’ve grown not only as an author, but as a person through this experience, and I’m excited to see where the road ahead leads!

Now, I have lots of planning and editing to do. It’s a busy day. Have a great one, everyone.

Echelon out ♥

Cover Reveal: From the Embers by Candace Knoebel

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Hello once again, readers!!!

Are you freaking ready??

Like really ready?

I am! Have been for like ever now!

It’s time for the cover reveal for the final installment of the Born in Flames Trilogy! From the Embers being released next Wednesday!!! January 29th, 2014. The blog tour will start then as well, so make sure you sign up at the bottom. It’s greatly appreciated. There are still tons of spots open.

So enough talking! Here it is:

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I am the Progeny. The one deemed to carry this weight. The weight of knowing too much. Of knowing there is a darkness in me. Of knowing that even The Fates can screw things up.
Aurora Megalos knew becoming the Progeny meant great sacrifice, but what she wasn’t prepared for was sacrificing herself. Since the day of her birth, she has been set on a path she couldn’t control; a path conceived by The Fates. And after discovering she is mortally connected to her Arch Enemy Zordon-a son of a Fate, Aurora is now left with a path that seems hopeless.
Until she discovers a revelation in the prophecy.
With war on the horizon, she must now find a way to defeat the one who threatens to take everything and everyone she has ever loved from her, without destroying herself. The barrier between both realms is broken, The Fates have been overrun by Zordon, and his darkness now spreads throughout the lands. The odds are stacked against her. Will Aurora and Fenn find a way to undo the work of The Fates in time to save the realms from complete destruction?
And don’t forget about the sale! The first two in the trilogy are still on sale!
From the Embers Sale
I’ll be sharing the first two chapters tomorrow!
Echelon out ♥

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

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Blog Hop:  12 Days of Christmas

Event Date:  December 1st  - 12th 2013

Hosted by: As You Wish Reviews & Confessions of the Paranormal
Sponsors: As You Wish Tours & Book Dragon Designs

Hello once again, readers!! Today my blog is apart of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop put together by As You Wish Tours. We are supposed to spotlight one of our own books, so I’m going with Born in Flames, book one in the Born in Flames Trilogy.

But before we get to that, I want to share a giveaway with you since it is the season of giving! I will make it easy for you, because I am good like that. And because you rock.

No seriously, you do.

All you have to do is like & comment on this post for an entry. You can gain an extra entry by sharing the post. The more the merrier.

You want me to do what? What do I get?

One lucky winner will win not one, not two, but THREE ebooks! All three ebooks in the Born in Flames Trilogy to be exact! The contest will run through December 16th and a winner will be announced that Monday. Good luck to all who participate.

Any who, now I have to share my favorite Christmas cookie recipe. To be honest, I don’t bake (unless you consider buying pre-made cookie dough and throwing it in the oven baking). That’s about as far as I get into it lol. I know, shameful. But if I did bake, I would totally make these. They look scrumptious!

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Favorite Christmas cookie recipe: Cran-Pistachio Cookies

 Recipe and photo found from: The Girl Who Ate Everything

Ingredients

  • 1 (1 lb  1.5 ounce) pouch Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
  • 1 box  (4 serving size) pistachio instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • 1/4 cup  flour
  • 1/2 cup  butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup  dry roasted salted pistachio nuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup  dried cranberries, chopped
  • optional – green food coloring (I didn’t add any but if  you wanted them extra green you could)

Instructions

  1. Preheat  oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In  a large bowl stir cookie mix, pudding, and flour. Add melted butter and eggs and  stir until incorporated.
  3. Add  pistachios and cranberries and mix well.
  4. Drop  by rounded spoonfuls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and slightly flatten  with fingertips.
  5. Bake  for 8-10 minutes. The only way you can ruin these cookies is to overbake them!  If you bake them too long you will lose the soft texture and they won’t be as  green. They will not look done but take them out and let them sit on the pan for  about 2 minutes. Trust me.
  6. Cool  on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 2 dozen  cookies.

Read more here.

Now for the fun stuff-the Born in Flames spotlight:

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(donated book to hop)

Red 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 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?

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in ebook or paperback.

Here is a small excerpt:

Preface

THE CALL OF THE ORB was strong now that it rested in my hands. A song thrummed in my chest as I felt the veins in my neck beating wildly. Looking at it now, the change wasn’t as scary as I had thought it would be. Even with knowing that I could be staring my possible death in the face. The question was—would I be strong enough to sustain these powers given to me? Maybe I was just scared of The Fates choosing my destiny, or maybe I was scared that what was about to happen would forever change my life. Either way, growing up I had always hoped that my life would mean something more than just being a foster child, but this, this was much bigger than anyone could imagine. And what lies ahead? Well if it’s anything compared to what I am going through now, then I expect my life to fall into a whole new level of crazy. And I think it may be just what I was looking for.

And scene!

This was the first novel I ever wrote, and I wrote it back in 2009. It is my baby and the one that started it all. The book that launched a thousand books-har har. I don’t think I could ever write a thousand books, but it was the beginning to a path I was always destined for. I love writing. It has been my saving grace. Just when I thought I had reached my potential, that my life would be nothing more than working for a company hoping for a raise and waiting for the endless five o’clock to arrive, writing came along and swept me off my feet.

I haven’t looked back since.

It’s magical, finding your dreams. It’s something I can never get enough of, even when I am dead a$$ tired. I eat, sleep, and dream about my characters and their stories, and I have all of my fans to thank for continuing to support and follow me on this amazing journey.

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Merry Christmas!!

Echelon out ♥

Embracing the Flames Print Version.

embracing2_fullHello once again, readers!

You heard right! Embracing the Flames is now available in print! You can order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, 48fourteen, or me personally! I’m still waiting for my shipment to come in the mail. It should be any day now. But in the meantime, I also have physical copies of Born in Flames, book one in the trilogy for sale. I am selling them for $12 + shipping and it includes the signed copy, plus two bookmarks. If you’re interested, you can find my contact information in the ‘Get to know me’ section on my page.

Here are the links:

Born in Flames Amazon

Embracing the Flames Amazon

Also, I will be holding a giveaway here soon. Keep a look out for that. :)

That being said, Echelon out ♥

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The Mythology Behind the Trilogy

3669_242276442563888_288176131_nHello once again, readers!!! Before we get to the good stuff, I just wanted to let you know that I am now a certified scuba diver!!! I finished my training yesterday! It was the most scary and invigorating experience yet. Breathing underwater, 50ft down, is something I’ve always wanted to do! There were a couple of moments where I felt a bit panicky, but I held strong and overcame the fear with courage and determination.

The scariest part was taking off my mask and breathing just through the regulator during the drills. My initial reaction was to breath both through my nose and mouth. Big no-no. Thankfully, I practiced and beat the fear with calming thoughts and quick reactions.

But I digress.

Today I wanted to talk a little about the mythology that inspired the trilogy Born in Flames. It’s going to be a featured post on I HEART YA’s blog, so I figured why not share it with you lovely folk?

I know…I’m so thoughtful. ♥

Any who.

I’ve always had a fascination with dragons, so it was a no-brainer when I decided to write about a girl who had the ability to shift into a hybrid dragon. At the time when I started the trilogy, there was nothing else out there like it-at least not to my knowledge. I didn’t do a whole bunch of research because I wanted it all to come from my imagination. I wanted it to be original. I took what I knew about dragons-at least what the stereotypical myth was-hoarding, angry, dangerous jewel-hungry beasts, and played off that when dreaming up her character and character flaws.

Aurora has anger issues.

That’s putting it mildly.

A lot of readers mistake this for immaturity, but really, it’s in her nature. She is part dragon, therefore very territorial and very high strung in the emotions department. She feels everything on a heightened level, but doesn’t realize this until book two, Embracing the Flames. She is fiercely protective over the ones she loves and she is also very quick-tempered. The slightest thing sets her off. This is something she must overcome from book one to book three. She has to grow into becoming the Progeny.

Also, most myths we know about dragons are that they hold power from the elements and dwell in caves. The Draconta, the pack of dragons in my trilogy, live inside of a cave that is on the outside of a volcano. Each dragon has an elemental power and they are very protective of the treasure they were created to protect-the Stone of Immortality. That is their only focus in life and they are extremely loyal to it. But where they differ from the normal mythology is that they are a relatively peaceful bunch. They don’t want to partake in the war Zordon is rallying.

That is only a smidgen behind the myth of dragons.

Another bit of mythology used came in the form of Sirens in Embracing the Flames. Only they aren’t you’re typical water-dwelling singing Sirens. They live in an oasis with Amazonian features. They are a group of woman who devour any who dwells in their territory using booby-traps and strength. The Siren part of them is the lulling song that paralyzes you. Once paralyzed, they devour you. I had fun mixing them up with a couple different myths to create an all-knew terrible creature.

There are also Nymphs-woodland fairy folk and Cyclops’-giants with one eye, which stick to the same principles of their make-up. So, I guess I’ve always loved mythology. That’s the good thing about writing fantasy, you can twist and bend anything. Even age-old myths. You will find them all across these novels. Some, sticking to the familiar myth you already know, and others taking on a new form.

That being said, I leave you with a question: What is your favorite mythological creature?

Echelon out ♥

P.S. Here is some free advice:

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