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

 

 

 

Teaser Tuesday

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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 ♥

 

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 ♥

How to Brainstorm Your Next Novel in 8 Easy Steps.

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From my notebook-brainstorming and outlining Everlasting

Hello once again, readers!

So … on Wednesday I will be making my first appearance at a high school as an author. Branford High School to be exact. I am going with a few other authors (including my bestie Sonya Loveday) to discuss the different phases of writing. My topic is the brainstorming phase. I figured I would write here what I plan on saying, that way I get my practice in and have a general idea of what to say.

I’m OCD like that.

Any who, so here are the key points I will be discussing on brainstorming:

  1. Who is your Main Character? The first step is figuring out who you are writing about-the main character. You can’t have a story without one. To start this, I work off a character sheet with standard questions (physical appearance, personality traits, etc.). It’s very important that you figure out who they are and what their back story/driving force is before you enter in to the rough draft phase, because you need to understand their actions and know how they will respond to the tough situations they will be placed in.
  2. Who is the Supporting Character/s? In my line of writing, I lean towards romance, so once I have the main character in mind, I need to figure out who their counterpart will be. I go through the same steps-using the character sheet with questions, and figuring out what their back story.
  3. Who is the Antagonist? You can’t have a hero/heroine without an antagonist (be it a person or a goal they must overcome). So who are they? What do they want? How will they affect the main character’s growth? About this time, I also have a faint plot in mind. At least, what the main goal is, be it a machine they are both after, one needing to stop the other from destroying something, etc.. It’s all vague and I try not to set too many limitations for myself so I have freedom when working through my rough draft.
  4. Family Trees. After I have the most important characters, I try to write out family trees. You could do this step in the character drafting stage, but I like to have all my players out before I get deep into their family web and how they will all twist into one another. This also helps me in developing who my characters are, and sometimes gives me new ideas on how to deepen their back stories. Basically, I want to get as much figured out about the characters as possible before I write.
  5. World Building. When the characters are solid, I move on to world building. I focus on the setting (where the story takes place) and then research that area. It’s good to know everything about the places you are writing in so your descriptions feel real. Google maps is awesome for seeing and walking the streets without actually having to go there.
  6. Research. Because I write in paranormal and fantasy, I also research different types of magic/casting/spells/armor/weapons/supernatural beings. I like to get as many ideas as possible so I can build on what is there and make it my own. Some things though are better left unchanged. Those are things you want to have facts on. You want to have some familiarity for your reader to grasp onto the idea of what you’re writing about, while trying to maintain a fresh POV. Fantasy gives you that freedom.
  7. Plot Structuring. Once I have that all figured out, I start my plot structuring. I am very brief. I don’t even use a plot line. It’s been suggested to me that I should, and it might help, but I believe everyone has their own way of doing things, and even if I make it harder on myself, the discovery of the world you are building is half of the fun when writing. There’s no way to walk into a project knowing every angle/every scene that will transpire, unless you plan chapter by chapter.
  8. Rough Draft. When I have a good understanding of my characters, the world they are in, and the goals and sub-goals they are trying to reach, that is when my brainstorming ends and my writing begins. That’s not to say it ends completely, because I am always tossing ideas in my head. I could be in the middle of a conversation and be thinking about how the next scene I will write should go.

Hopefully these tips help you. They aren’t necessarily right, they are just my way of doing things. Like I said, the important thing is not to limit yourself. If you’re feeling stuck, take a step back and walk through the scene. Think about how you can make it more difficult for your character. What can you throw at them? How can you get them one step closer to personal growth and reaching their goal?

Hopefully I can get this all out in my five-minute timeframe and sound like I have a brain in my head lol. Actually, I’m not worried about meeting the timeframe, I’m worried about getting all nervous-silly and stumbling over my words. I used to be so good with speaking in public, but I seem to be moving backward in that aspect of my abilities.

That being said, I will let you know how it goes and hopefully have some pictures to show for. Wish me luck!

Echelon out ♥

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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:

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Nominated: Embracing the Flames

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Nominated: Born in Flames & Embracing the Flames.

AWARDBE

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

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

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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 ♥