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

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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

COVER REVEAL

 

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 ♥

13 Things I’ve Learned In 2013

New YearHello once again, readers!

It’s the last day of the year. Can you believe it? I really can’t. This year has been somewhat of a blur for me and seemed to have snuck up on me. I think I’ve learned more this year than I’ve learned in a long time. Which is what I wanted to share with you.

Here are the 13 things I’ve learned:

1. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

2. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

3. Don’t lend your trust out the same way you give candy on Halloween…you’re bound to get burned.

4. Schedules are a necessity for writers.

5. Time and practice really is an author’s best friend. And reading.

6. Dreams come at their own pace whether you want them now or not. Wait for them.

7. My kids are growing up fast. Too fast.

8. Honesty will always get you farther. Especially with yourself.

9. You can’t be everything for everyone. It’s not physically possible.

10. The only way the words will come is if you sit in your chair and type them.

11. Don’t compare your life to everyone else’s. The path you’re on is your path and it’s the right path. Trust that.

12. Remain humble. Don’t let ego kill your personality.

13. Make time for your loved ones. Even when the characters are knocking on your door.

It may not be the best advice or the most original, but each one is something I, or someone very close to me went through this year. This year wasn’t what some would call a ‘huge success’, but I’d have to say it’s been exactly what I needed at this point in my life. Even the rough parts. The amount of knowledge, confidence, patience, and understanding that I’ve gained is more valuable than anything else I could possibly want.

I have no doubt in my mind that 2014 will be a year I never dreamed of. I can feel it. I know I’m on the verge of something and I can’t wait to see what it is. I hope you had a fantastic 2013 and reflect upon everything you’ve learned as we enter a brand new year. Oh, and don’t forget to leave money on your doorstep before the night is through. It’s supposed to bring you luck when you pick it up tomorrow. Change will suffice. I’ve used a quarter and I swear it works.

Any who, Happy New Year!

Echelon out ♥

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Hello once again, readers!!! It’s Teaser Tuesday!!! (as if you didn’t already know)

Exciting, right?

I’d say so. Well, I know so because it’s my teaser I’m about to share with you. I was so pumped by the end of writing this scene. I’ve been waiting just to share it.

So without further adieu:

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He walks away from me and into the bathroom, but he doesn’t shut the door. With his back to me, he kicks his shoes off, and then takes his shirt off and tosses it on the marbled sink. He stands there for a moment, staring down at the dried blood on his knuckles-the blood he accumulated from trying to save me.

The world spins off its axis. Lust and desire and need threatens to swallow me whole. He is a vision of perfection. Solid, full muscles curve around his body. Lines of strength and planes of tanned skin stretch along his back, just waiting for my fingers to discover and chart. His pants hang on the edge of his defined hips, stopped only by the rousing swell of his backside.

My mouth almost falls open. My heart almost beats its last beat. My nervous mouth almost stays shut. Almost.

“Did you know that according to psychologists, it only takes between 90 seconds and four minutes to decide if you have feelings for someone or not?” My hand shoots up to my mouth the moment the sentence is spoken. I’m such an idiot! Why did I freaking say that?

Because I’m flustered. Because his presence alone hinders my ability to think straight. I drag my hand down my face, cursing the heat building behind my cheeks, and peek at him through the open space of my fingers.

Jaxen stops messing with the towel by the sink and turns just enough to face me. “I’d have to say I can prove them wrong.”

EVERLASTING © 2013 CANDACE KNOEBEL

And scene!

Soooo…as you can read, it’s a pretty intense moment and it only gets worse through the rest of the scene. I had a lot of fun writing this because this is my first novel outside of young adult. It’s fun being able to explore the emotions an adult feelings when falling in love for the first time. It’s almost like doing it all over again. And these characters are so fun to write about. Their pasts are shaky and emotional and has left them broken, so together they can finally mend.

Any who…I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you’re excited for its release. ♥

That being said, I will leave you with a question: What did/does falling in love feel like for you? Try to describe with 20 words or less.

Echelon out ♥