WIP Wednesday Celebration!

WIP WedHello once again, readers!!!! Break out the confetti and the party whistles! I have some spectacularly awesome news!!!

I finished the first draft of Evernight (Night Watchmen, #2) yesterday!!!

Woohoo!!!

And now that the mini-celebration is over, I can begin the long task of my read-through before the manuscript heads of to beta, and then editing. But to be honest, this is my favorite part in the writing process, so I’m not sweating it. I love getting deep into my characters heads.

But I digress.

Here’s the last teaser I’ll be sharing from Evernight until after the editing round is complete:

“You know, I never believed in saying I love you,” Jaxen says.

“Never?” I say against his chest. Against his heart.

“No. My mother said it from time to time, but other than that … it wasn’t an expression that I found necessary. It’s just words … just a filler. There are so many other ways to say it without having to take the easy way out and speak it. And that’s how I want to love.”

“Like how?” I ask, pulling back so I can look up into his beautiful eyes. My heart keeps skipping, keeps threatening to break free so that it can finally rest next to his.

He moves forward, slowly, filling the air between us. It’s like he senses my curiosity. He wants to feed it; to teach it the things I so naively haven’t grasped myself. His eyes tangle with mine, holding me with his brilliant, tender gaze, and then he kisses me.

The kiss is so consuming, so filled with the very words he doesn’t believe in, and I think I’ve grown wings. I think I’ve finally discovered the secret to the world. To him. He’s letting me in, completely and utterly and all I can do is hang on. All I can do is feel every inch of every bit that he’s offering me and pray that I remember how to breathe when we come up for air.

EVERNIGHT © 2014 CANDACE KNOEBEL

And scene!

So, yeah, that’s about it. I’m rubbing my hands together with anticipation right now, ready and excited to dive into this novel.

That being said,

Echelon out

 

 

 

Cover Reveal: The Summer I Fell by Sonya Loveday

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Riley Clifton can’t remember a time when she wasn’t a part of the Six, a group of rowdy boys who would do just about anything for her. Growing up alongside of six guys is never easy. Especially in high school. Falling in love with one of the Six? Even harder when Ace has a hold of her heart, and he doesn’t even know it.

Jake (Ace) Aceton has loved Riley for a long time, but has kept the secret oath of the Six. Riley was off limits. At least until after graduation. When he overhears Riley admitting to her best friend, Paige how she feels about him, Ace doesn’t let his chance slip by. Riley, in his mind, has always been his.

When her college plan falls through, and her future is left to the hands of fate, Riley finds herself scrambling to keep up with all the changes. But that’s not the hardest part. The hardest part is saying good-bye, especially to Ace.

Heartache, hard lessons, and a love deeper than her Alabama roots will threaten to crumble Riley’s world as she waits for Ace’s return.

Will Riley and Ace’s love be strong enough to hold them together when life tries to tear them apart?

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Sonya2Sonya Loveday, first and foremost is a reader, an avid one. It is of that love that brought her to the realization that this was the answer to the nagging persistent feeling that ‘there’s got to be something more’.
The dream came alive in 2009 when she purchased her laptop and began the tedious step of becoming a published author.
When she’s not reading, she’s writing. When she’s not writing, she’s reading. And when she’s not doing either of those things she’s sleeping, shuttling her children back and forth to school, letting the dogs and cats in and out of the house for the umpteenth time in the last hour and dreaming of a clean house.

 

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WIP Wednesday

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Hello once again, readers!!!

Guess what?! It’s WIP Wednesday. Better known as hump day! *cue whistles and hand clapping*

But I digress.

I’m going to get right to it because I’m still in the middle of writing and I don’t want to spend too much time away from the manuscript. I am, however, 46k into Evernight now! Woot!

*High five from afar!*

Any who. Here’s a small snippet from the chapter I worked on yesterday. Please remember this is pre-edits:

“You,” he says, stopping in front of Gavin. “You’re the go-to, aren’t you? The man with the plan? The one everyone turns to, correct?”

Gavin smiles confidently. “What can I say? I know how to deliver,” he says.

Modesty isn’t his strong point.

The General nods to himself. “You don’t really have any fears, do you?”

Gavin shrugs a little. “Nothing that I can rattle off the top of my head,” he says with a grin, shoving his hands in his pocket. I can see the balloon labeled ego inflating over top of his head, just waiting to be popped.

“And you’re confident in yourself and your abilities,” the General continues, guiding him to a point I’m sure Gavin is unaware of.

Gavin pulls his hand out of his pocket, straightening out his shoulders. “I haven’t failed yet.” He jerks his head around when Jezi and Cassie cough, and squints at them.

Weldon’s chin drops as he tries to hide his smile.

“And that is precisely your problem,” the General says, ending Gavin’s little bout of pride and the girls laughter. “You’re so wrapped up in your own ego that you fail to see your own weaknesses. You concern yourself with the rest of these cream puffs, feeding off of being the one they look up to, and thinking that you’re untouchable.”

“Walked right into that one,” Weldon says low enough so only me and Jaxen can hear him.

The General takes a step closer to Gavin who’s brows are scrunched. “There’s a thin line between intelligence and stupidity when it comes to confidence, and that line is labeled doubt. The smart ones are the ones who consistently question what they are doing, and why they are doing it. And the dumb ones, well, you can guess where I’m going with this. They, like you, think everything will work out smoothly and never question anything.”

EVERNIGHT © 2014 CANDACE KNOEBEL

And scene! It’s lesson time from the big dogs…something Gavin and Jaxen haven’t dealt with in a looooong time.

Thanks for stopping by! I can’t wait to finish and share this with you all!

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That being said,

Echelon out

Everlasting is LIVE!

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What if your destiny lay on the other side of death?

The annual Culling ceremony is a day every coming-of-age novice looks forward to within the Primeval Coven. It’s the start to being initiated into the Night Watchmen, humankind’s protectors, and it’s the long-awaited day when novices discover if they’re a Hunter or a Witch.

But this day is not a happy one for Faye Middleton. Not when she’s known her whole life that she’s a Defect and is about to face banishment in front of her fellow novices. She’s forced to attend the Culling with little hope for her future, but what she discovers about herself is far worse than she could’ve imagined. And far more dangerous.

Thrown into training and separated from her friends, Faye must learn to adjust. She struggles to find her place within the Coven, and with Jaxen Gramm, the darkly handsome and extremely unnerving man assigned to watch and protect her. Emotions run high, and when she discovers a deadly secret about him, her struggles deepen. As corruption within the Coven begins to unravel, Faye pieces together her role in saving the future of her people, and within Jaxen’s life…but will the truth save her, or be her undoing?

GENRE: Paranormal Romance

Available on Amazon & Barnes & Noble!

Excerpt:

“This way,” Nathaniel says from the side of the stage. We’re like cows being herded into individual pens to await sacrifice. There are closed-in cubicles constructed backstage, and each of us is placed in one without a word of guidance or encouragement.

“Wait a second,” I say as I try to scan down the row one last time for Katie, but I’m shoved into my cubicle and the door shuts, enclosing me in between four confining walls with only the light of a lamp. I drag my hands down the fabric of the walls until I fall down into my seat. I tug on my braid again and again and again. Calm down. Breathe. Calm down. I chant this over and over again, imagining that Katie’s the one who’s coaching me. I shut my eyes and am back in her room. The scent of her perfume overwhelms the small space, but instead of making me sneeze, it comforts me. It makes my imagined state more real.

I hear loud clapping coming from off the stage and know someone must’ve just gone. They obviously weren’t a Defect. No one wants a Defect at their ceremony. A voice shouts, “Let’s go, Todd Jenson. It’s time to meet your partner.” I wonder if it was Katie on stage. I wonder if he’s her partner. I wonder this through eighteen more times worth of clapping and cheering and name calling. Anytime now, they’ll open my door and force me to stand before the crowd, force me to touch the quartz, force me to face my peers in shame. If they deem me a Defect, I’ll be the first this Culling, and most likely the only.

I twist my hands into knots and think about my parents. They have to be out there by now. I’m going to walk out there and they’re going to be in the front row smiling. I open my eyes. Four walls. They’re closing in on me. They’re suffocating me. I have to get out.

“Faye Middleton?” The door opens and air rushes in. I draw sharply on it as the cheering continues. Another novice and her new partner walk off stage. It’s the girl with black hair. She’s coyly looking at him from under her lashes. He looks pissed.

Nathaniel guides me forward, and I want to yank my arm from him. I want to tell him I left my courage back in that cubicle, but I don’t. I can’t. My lips are glued shut by fear. My knees have turned into two extremities of doubt, and I know I’m going to fall. I’m going to forget how to speak.

Steel blue eyes find mine from across the stage. Elder Maddock. He bows ever so slightly in my direction, his eyes seeking past my outer appearance. I wonder if he knows who I am. He has to. I stop right before him and feel like a bird trapped in a cage. I can’t escape the thousands of eyes studying me. I can’t escape the hundreds of assumptions building me into something I’m not.

“Faye Middleton,” he says, his voice eager and curious. There’s a friendly lightness in his voice I don’t expect, a sound that makes me feel safe and comfortable under his gaze. He has thick, golden brown hair combed neatly over to the side and back, showing off the squared planes of his face. He looks much younger than he should, but older than my father. “Are you ready to begin?”

I turn to the crowd and scan desperately for my parents. Eyes. There are so many eyes. Too many. They form together, creating an awful monster that wants to swallow me whole. I can’t find them. The eyes have hidden them from me. I’m all alone. I try to swallow, but my mouth is so dry. I bite the inside of my cheek, curbing the need to release tears.

The Witch standing next to him says, “Faye, he asked you a question.”

I take in a tight breath and force myself to look away and back at Maddock. “I’m sorry,” I whisper, my stomach twisting a little tighter.

He pretends not to notice the panic I’m sure my face is masked in and offers me the kindest, most patient smile. “Everyone is nervous on the day of the Culling,” he says knowingly. “I was a wreck the day of mine.”

Polite laughter comes from the audience, and I feel myself relax just enough so that I can breathe again.

He offers me a small wink…a knowing sort of wink, and says, “Your parents will be proud.” He says these words carefully, evenly, and I know he’s trying to tell me something. They’re okay? He’s aware of who I am. “So are you ready to begin?”

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About The Author

Candace Knoebel is the award-winning author of Born in Flames-a young adult fantasy trilogy.

Published by 48fourteen in 2012, Born in Flames went on to win Turning the Pages Book of the Year award in February of 2013. Embracing the Flames, the second in the trilogy, is scheduled for release in the summer of 2013.

Candace Knoebel discovered through lunch breaks and late nights after putting her kids to bed, a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. Since then, she crawled out of Purgatory and has devoted her time to writing and sometimes heelying.

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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 ♥