From the Embers News!

From the Embers Sale

Hello once again, readers!!! Guess what? Tomorrow, the cover and release date will be announced for From the Embers!!! To celebrate, my publisher has dropped the prices on Born in Flames and Embracing the Flames, so grab your copies now!!

AND…

Everlasting is in beta hands, and goes to my editor on Monday!!!

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!

I can’t. I’m still trying to keep up. A part of me keeps thinking I’m forgetting something. I’m excited, anxious, nervous, delirious, and everything in between. I can’t WAIT to share the cover with you tomorrow. It’s the end of a trilogy, and the beginning of a new series. Crazy.

Any who, any bloggers interested in being a part of the reveal, you can sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yGB875mfEkuFXvI5GyFEWj8igWLK6IRAlvfGQsPU4DU/viewform.

After I send the information out, I’ll be putting together the blog tour.

So that being said, I have to go. Lots to plan for!

Echelon out ♥

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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From the Embers Second Round Edits

EditsHello once again, readers!!!

I just received my second round edits from my publisher this morning for From the Embers, the final installment in the Born in Flames Trilogy! I am excited to get started and at the same time, I can’t believe the end is approaching. It’s been a very long and enlightening road. I will miss these characters. There is one in particular though that won’t let up on me. He wants his own story and has been plotting himself a new journey in the back of my mind. We shall see what happens.

Any who, as a celebration of nearing the end of this epic journey, I want to share the prologue with you,

Prologue

 

“This just in,” a woman’s steely voice said. She paused, her eyes skimming over the monitor, taking in the words that were displayed on the screen before she had to deliver them to the thousands that tuned in.

Her eyes came to a hasty halt, and she stiffened in her seat. She looked off to the left, stealing a breath. “I can’t believe it,” she mumbled to herself, her lips quivering. Her heart began to beat like a panicked prisoner’s, locked inside a dark room.

She looked back up at the camera with a strained smile, her face paling as she tried her best to resume her composure. But the sound of the paper rattling in her hands was a dead giveaway.

Something was wrong.

She stared at the light in front of her that read “on air” and swallowed, regretting for the first time the duty that came with being a news anchor. Another weak smile pressed on her lips, her mind running blank.

Someone from behind the camera ushered her on with a small hand wave. She was fully aware of all the curious stares in the studio. Something she had never paid any mind to before.

Her co-anchor cleared his throat.

She shook her head, coming out of her momentary panic attack. “I don’t quite know how to put this.” Her voice was almost inaudible. “It seems there has been a phenomenon. One that cannot be explained.” She stopped, knowing that so many lives out there were blindly unaware of what was to come next. Knowing that she was about to forever change their lives.

“We have all been advised by the Department of Homeland Security to evacuate immediately to your nearest advised shelter. Our world is under attack. We have now declared war.”

The camera zoomed into her face for the deliverance of that last sentence that hung at the bottom of the screen like a noose. The room quieted. She paused once again, regretting the next words that were to leave her mouth, but knowing it was of great importance. The world depended on it.

“Our world is no longer ours as we know it.”

The screen went fuzzy, and the earth began to rumble.

And scene. Have you added it on Goodreads yet? If not, click here.

*Spoiler Alert*

So yeah, all hell has broken loose. If you’ve read the first two, then you know by now that Zordon is a Fate. He has the control in his hands and this is how he chooses to use it-by ripping apart both realms. Aurora has been sent back by Iliana, the sister fate, and will begin her journey to figuring out how the prophecy, and both her and Fenn’s purpose will come full circle to take Zordon down.

If she doesn’t run out of time first.

I am excited for my readers to read this one. There are quite a few shockers and an ending that will leave you in tears (I won’t say if they will be happy or sad tears). I’m getting all emotional now just thinking about my characters and being in their world again. It’s been awhile since I’ve thought about them since I have been nose deep in Everlasting. I think they will be pleased though.

Also, the cover is complete, we are just waiting on the reveal. Because I suck at waiting and keeping surprises, here is a small hint at what you can expect:Teaser

It’s just a little peek at the lettering. Basically, I can’t wait. If you’re in the mood to start the trilogy in preparation for the release of book three, book one and two are on sale for $2.99 right now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Oh snap!

Holiday SALECheck it out and leave a review. :)

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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WIP Wednesday & Ebook Sale.

1017279_530831043672268_1525459525_nHello once again, readers!

What’s that? Did you say sale? SALE?! I LOVE sales!! And now, through December 31st, all 48fourteen novels (including Born in Flames and Embracing the Flames) are only $2.99.

Can I get a heck yeah?!

I just thought I would share. Because I’m nice like that.

So anyway, From the Embers is so close to being published! The cover is already in the works. It should be released sometime in December if all goes accordingly, maybe even earlier. Just waiting on the word from my publisher.

Oh snap!

I’m still working on Everlasting. I’m hoping to have it ready for editing by the end of the month, but we shall see. Juggling writing with my two-year-old and babysitting a nine-month-old every day doesn’t always allow me to write/edit whenever I please. You know, since they have to be tended to and all. lol. If they weren’t so cute…

Any who, it’s WIP Wednesday and since the release is so close, I figured I would share a snippet from From the Embers.

“We are physically bound, Astral. That much Zordon already knew from his father and I learned when Eve stabbed me in the back. And you knew, didn’t you? You knew it would come to this. That night in the Hall, I was told there was another way by both you and Iliana, but there isn’t, is there?”

I was so upset, I didn’t know if my words were still in my mind or spilling from my mouth.

“It would be so easy to end this. A simple slit of my wrists. A knife to the heart. This could all be over. Everyone could pick up the pieces, try to have a normal life. No more suffering, no more talk of war. Everyone would be safe from Zordon’s wrath.”

Astral stood up and sent his pillow flying through the paper window. Harsh light spilled into the room, dust flittering around us.

“I refuse to believe that is the only way. I refuse to believe you must die. This is exactly why I sent you to the other side. Why I prayed you wouldn’t return.”

The room grew silent.

“Even if I chose to take my own life, it has never been for you to decide,” I said softly.

And scene. It gets pretty intense in book three, Aurora must find a way to undo the bond between her and Zordon, because if she doesn’t, she will die right along with him. But that’s only a small portion of her problems. She also has to deal with the barrier being broken and allowing all sorts of evil into Mily’s realm, and Zordon tearing apart her new world with war. It’s crazy.

Now that I have moved on to a new series, I find myself missing these characters from time to time. I’m thinking once I get a couple of books into the Night Watchmen Series, that I will revisit the idea to write through Zane’s eyes. The way the Trilogy ends, totally offers up a new plot possibility for him. Time will tell though.

That being said, Echelon out ♥

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Novel Grounds Literary Awards!

Labor SaleHello once again, readers!!! How is your Labor Day going? Awesome, I hope. My son is out of school and my husband is off work so what more could I ask for? That’s right…a million dollars…joking. We will be grilling ribs and the lobster I brought back from the Keys later today.

Oh snap!

Oh snap is right, because the lobster is freakin’ awesome and I can’t wait to eat it!

But I digress.

Yesterday I discovered that Born in Flames, Embracing the Flames, and Casted by Sonya Loveday, was nominated for five different awards in this year’s Novel Grounds Literary Awards!!! Can you believe it? We sure can’t and we are so thrilled! The categories are as follows:

AWARD BR

Nominated: Embracing the Flames

AWARDBBB

Nominated: Born in Flames & Embracing the Flames.

AWARDBE

Nominated: Born in Flames, Embracing the Flames & Casted.

AWARDBPR

Nominated: Born in Flames, Embracing the Flames & Casted.

AWARDFFF

Nominated: Born in Flames, Embracing the Flames & Casted.

Sonya and I are SO excited! To say this has been a loooong road for us is an understatement. This is a dream five years in the making. If you would have told us years ago that we would both be published and nominated together, we probably would have laughed at you. While eating crackers, cheese, and hot sauce because that’s just how we rolled. And this is only the beginning for us. We have so many more dreams to fulfill…so many more ideas we want to see brought to life.

The sky is the limit, right?

I don’t think I could have done it without her. I may never have started on this road without her cheering me on and vice versa. For every weakness one of has, the other finds the strength and we make it through.

She’s my very best friend.

Any who, yeah, so we are nominated and would love it if you showed any one of our novels some love! All you have to do is follow this link: http://novelgrounds.com/lit-awards/ and pick your favorite! There are so many good books on there; I am just honored to be amongst them.

In other news, there was a title change for my WIP for those of you who have been following week after week. It is now: Everlasting (A Night Watchmen Series). I am halfway through my last read through and then it will go to my beta readers! I can’t wait to hear their feedback. Also, the cover will be started in the next few weeks. That I know will be awesomesauce!

Now to leave you with a question: How are you celebrating Labor Day?

Echelon out ♥

Character Interview with Fenn and Zane.

4e846a8a873581d84d729122fd230817Hello once again, readers! Happy hUMp day!

Is that…oh mer gerd…I think…it’s Dean and Sam!  *fangirls*

Why yes, yes it is.

I wanted to make your Wednesday extra special. Supernatural is one of my all-time favorite TV shows and when I decided to share this character interview with you, I had to find a picture of two guys who remotely resembled Fenn and Zane… who are brothers, I might add.

These two immediately popped into my head. The issues they’ve had, the banter back and forth, the good looks, why not paste them up on my blog to represent the men from the Born in Flames Trilogy? I know…brilliant.

But I digress.

My street team voted on who they wanted to see an interview with and it came down to Fenn and Zane. One of the girls requested that I do an interview with both which I thought was brilliant considering the issues between them. Of course it took a little finagling to get them to agree, but they are here now and ready to share some of their deep, dark secrets.

Muhahahaaaa…*cough*

Me: Today I have the honor of interviewing the two hunks of the Born in Flames Trilogy, Fenn and Zane. Hello, boys.

Fenn:*waves* Hiya!

Zane: *grunts* Hey.

Me: So, boys, let’s start out with something awkward to set the tone.

Zane: Oh boy.

Me: Oh boy is right, Zane, and I have just the question for you. What is it like being in love with your brother’s girlfriend.

Fenn: *coughs* Fiancé.

Zane: *side-eyes Fenn and then glares at me* Not fun. What do you think it’s like? Here sits the perfect girl and I can’t do anything to make her see me. And honestly, I don’t want her to see me, because if she did, then she may not like me as much as I know she does.

Fenn: *rolls eyes*

Zane: *turns to Fenn* And despite what you may think, I do care about you and your happiness. You’re good for her. So as much as it sucks to know I can’t have what I want, I suck it up and go on, because that’s the right thing to do.

Fenn: *sighs and pats him on the back* I know. She’s a good girl and she loves you. Sometimes I feel a little too much, but it’s only because of my own insecurities. You two do have an understanding that makes me a little jealous.

Me: See, look at you two, communicating and hashing it out like good brothers. I knew there was hope for you.

Zane: *raises eyebrows* Don’t get ahead of yourself.

Me: Okay…next question. Fenn, how did you feel when you found out Aurora chose you over your sister’s life?

Zane: Wow.

Fenn: *shifts uncomfortably in seat* You really like intense questions, don’t you? *I nod* Honestly, I was mad at her. *Zane’s head snaps in Fenn’s direction* What? It’s true. I would’ve wanted her to pick Lex. She’s my twin. I love her. And as much as I love Aurora and want to spend my life with her, I felt the right thing to do would’ve been to save Lexi.

Me: But you’re wrong. Alexis needed to become a Celestian and you still have work to do as Aurora’s protector. Your most important job yet. Your reason for being is about to be brought to light.

Fenn: And what’s that?

Me: *smirk* If I tell you, I’ll have to kill you. ;)

Fenn: You’re going to kill me? No way. You need me too much. I am Rory’s love and her protector. You wouldn’t.

Me: *shrug* Next question…for both of you. How did it feel when you found out who your mother really was?

Zane: It was a slap in the face.

Fenn: I was disappointed, but it made sense. I could never understand why she was the way she was as Eve. So bitter and full of hate. But when I found out what she had been through with Zordon and the sacrifice she made for me and Lex, I couldn’t hate her anymore. I feel bad for her. *looks over at Zane*

Zane: She abandoned me and Zhax. He may not have turned out to be so rotten if she would’ve taken us with her. If there was hope for me, then there was hope for Zhax.

Me: You can’t live on what ifs, Zane. You have to find it in your heart to forgive. It’s the only way you will ever be able to fully heal.

Zane: I’ll get back to you on that.

Me: Zane. How did you feel finding out that you had younger siblings aside from Zhax?

Zane: Well, after the shock settled, I felt a mixture of emotions. I liked Alexis…and her attitude. Fenn on the other hand, well, I was still trying to adjust to the fact that he had Aurora’s heart. But when I saw past that, I was honestly happy.

Fenn: You were?

Zane: Yeah. You’re cool.

Fenn: You too. *grinning*

Me: Now for a funny question. This comes from Megan. *leans in* She has a thing for you, Zane. Would you be willing to mud wrestle each other for the sake of my street team?

Fenn & Zane: *both start laughing*

Zane: Seriously? *I nod* Wow. Umm…I think that might be a little uncomfortable. But for you, Megan, I would definitely be interested in meeting you. I might even flash these babies. *lifts shirt to flaunt chiseled abs and chest*

Fenn: Dude, put those away.

Zane: Don’t be jealous.

Me: You are quite the ladies man, Zane.

Zane: *points to self* Me?

Me: Yep. They all have a thing for you.

Zane: Hmm…maybe there’s hope for me after all.

Me: Last question: Beauty or brains?

Fenn: Brains is where all the beauty lies.

Zane: I agree. You have to have a brain for me to even think about looking at you.

Me: Awesome! Thank you both for sitting with me today. It’s been a while since I’ve spoken with you. And, Zane, I might be speaking with you in the near future. Possibly to do a story in your perspective.

Zane: Sounds good to me.

Fenn: What about me?

Me: Oh, you too, Fenn. I was thinking a novella about the time you were away from Aurora.

Fenn: Cool.

And scene.

That was fun. Now it’s time for me to get back to work. I must finish my WIP this month.

Echelon out ♥