A Tale Of True Love ♥

Hello once again, Readers!!! Check out my chitlins and me. Their so cute, aren’t they? We were enjoying ice cream on a Friday afternoon recently (a treat my son gets when he has a full week with no note in his planner). He is a terror like me, muhahaha.

But I digress.

So only a couple of days left for NaNo and I’m on track. Thank goodness. This has been a trying month. And by trying I mean, a week-long bout of the flu, another art festival done, preparing for another two shows in the next two weeks, writing for NaNo, and continuing the third installment to the Born in Flames Trilogy, From the Embers. Need I go on?

Phew.

So a couple new things before I get to the fun interview. I added a new page to the blog for Embracing the Flames which will be back any day now from the editor. I also added a page titled: Aurora’s Journal. She will be sharing thoughts off and on about the trials and tribulations she goes through and what her take is on it. It’s an experiment. Lastly, I added an art page to the Fae Tis Moor page to showcase all the work Sonya and I are doing.

Baby steps people.

Now let’s see if I can keep up with it all…hahaha. I’m not happy until my plate is overflowing.

Any who…now on to the fun stuff!

I’ve been working around the clock (and by round the clock I mean when I remember), finding blogs to review Born in Flames for me. It’s a great way to market your novel and get exposure. One of the blogs who responded back offered to showcase a character interview for me. I had already planned on doing this on here, so I was really excited for the opportunity. And just because I love you so, my Little Flames, I am posting the interview before it has even hit the other blog.

It’s an interview between Fenn and Aurora. I used some of the same questions I did in the character interview with just Aurora because I wanted to give Fenn’s reactions to the major issues in Born in Flames as well.

So without further adieu:

Tell us a little about yourself.

Aurora: *shifts uncomfortably*. Umm…so talk about myself…I don’t normally talk about myself. I would say I’m just your average girl, but the truth is… *looks away and says quietly* I’m not. Fenn wants us to be normal, but lately, normal has become pretty unavoidable.

Fenn: *Fenn laughs* That’s an understatement.

Aurora: *She rolls her eyes* So anyway, I guess I’m your not so average girl. I just pray that I can keep what’s inside of me…my dragon side…under control.

Fenn: Me too. And you forgot to add that you are incredibly stubborn and cute at the same time. *Looks at Lisa* It’s really not fair.

Aurora: Well, Fenn, why don’t you share your attributes then? We’re all dying to hear how you see yourself.

Fenn: *Flashes charming grin* Drop dead gorgeous, funny, witty…you know…

Aurora: *She coughs to interrupt* Also hardheaded, fiercely protective, and annoyingly funny.

Fenn: *He puts his arm around her* What more could you ask for?

 

Aurora, how did you feel when you found out you were able to shift into a dragon?

Aurora: Well that’s a funny story. You see, I always knew I was different…I mean, if I was angry enough I could set anything on fire, but dragon!? And it all started when this Creepy guy followed me one night to the diner I work at.

Fenn: No, it started at the bus stop when you ticked off the bus driver.

Aurora: *Face reddens* Oh yeah. Well anyway, that night at the diner he foretold a prophecy about a conqueror who was of dragon born. Of course I had no idea what he was talking about, and of course Fenn decided to throw him out before I could get any answers. So it took me quite a while to piece together just exactly how I fit into all of this. But long story short, I actually feel at piece with it. *her face softens* It brings me one step closer to uniting with my parents.

Fenn: *Looks to Lisa and shakes his head* The guy screams crazy stalker. She never listens to me. It’s been like that since we were kids growing up. And as far as Aurora being a dragon…it makes sense. Hot-tempered, egotistical…*he sees her shocked face and laughs* I’m kidding, Rory. You know I think it’s awesome.

 

How did you feel when Mr. Creepy foretold the prophecy?

Aurora: *starts laughing* I’m sorry…Fenn’s right, he’s just…creepy. He doesn’t follow the norm. So when he told me…I was a bit scared. I mean his eyes were glowing bright white and his hands were pulsing with magic. It’s not a sight you see everyday…especially not in my small town. *leans in and whispers* But to be honest with you, I was exhilarated! I mean, I felt like things were beginning. Things that had been laying dormant for so long…like my dragon side. *Looks at Fenn and smirks* But I’m not the only one who learned something that night.

Fenn: Ah yes…here we go. I didn’t admit to her that I have powers of my own. And somehow, this creepy dude knew that and chose that moment to air out my dirty laundry.

Aurora: You only have yourself to blame. Honesty is the best policy.

Fenn: *Looks at Lisa uncomfortably* She’s so cute…isn’t she?

 

Speaking of honesty…what are your true feelings for him, Aurora?

Fenn: *Turns to Aurora and smiles* Yes, Aurora. What are your feelings for me?

Aurora: *blushes* Heh…just had to ask that, didn’t you? *pinches the bridge of her nose* You see, he’s my very best friend. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without him. And after I thought that I had lost him, well *looks away, voice breaking* well, I won’t make the same mistakes again. *Looks up at him* He knows I love him…wholeheartedly. I would do anything for him, Fates be damned. I just hope he can learn to open up more and trust me. He has this problem with over protection. It’s not his fault really, he was deemed my protector, but still…it can’t work if he can’t trust me.

Fenn: I have this overwhelming need to protect her. *looks at Aurora* It’s not that I don’t trust you; I just try to protect you. *Looks back at Lisa* I was glad to hear that night at the diner that I am her protector. It makes sense now. We are drawn to each other and there isn’t anything we can do to change it. Not that I’d want to. She’s everything I want and more. *Aurora leans in and kisses his cheek*

 

Is your shift uncomfortable, Aurora?

Aurora: *she smiles brightly* The first time I shifted it was, but the fifth Fate ensured that it would be the only time I felt pain. He said I was reborn. And I don’t shift into a dragon like how you may be thinking. I still have a “human shape”. Weird right? It all starts with tiny wisps of smoke that swirl out of my nose. At first it was an annoying quirk, but now I barely pay attention to it. Then my eyes shift to a blood-red color (which freaks Fenn out).

Fenn: Only the first time because I wasn’t expecting it!

Aurora: Ruby red scales that reflect like mirrors race along my skin, covering me from head to toe. *she laughs* You totally need sunglasses around me ’cause I’ll blind you. *leans forward and points to her tailbone* My tail comes from here. But my wings are the best part of shifting. They emerge from the top of my back and stretch out to around 7ft a piece. I know because Fenn insisted on measuring. *shakes her head* But anyway, the Fate told me I was a hybrid; his greatest creation.

Fenn: You are.

 

One last question…Fenn, how do you feel about the connection between Zordon and Aurora?

Fenn: *His jaw clenches* It pisses me off. He is evil and set out for revenge. He’ll kill anyone who tries to get in his way. I can’t say I’m thrilled about him being the one she is tied to by The Fates. If there is something I can do to change that, I will find it and make it happen!

Aurora: It’s not a romantic connection. We share something in common…something that I fear will be the deciding factor in who wins the inevitable war to come between us.

Fenn: He doesn’t stand a chance. We will find a way to defeat him. I won’t let him hurt you or our people.

 

And that is all folks. I know…big post today. If you’re still here reading, I applaud and appreciate you!

Here’s a bit of humor for hanging in there:

Until next time, Echelon out ♥

It’s Six Sentence Sunday Folks!

Saw and repinned on Pinterest lol.

Hello once again Readers!!! Don’t you just love that picture? I don’t know how many times I have yelled at my cat to get off the counter. But my cat usually stares me down in a deathly manner, most likely vowing to “accidentally” scratch me the next time he uses me as a sidewalk while I’m laying on my couch. Vindictive kitty. Now every time I see him, I will think of this…:)

Any who, I digress.

It’s another lovely Sunday here in Florida so I figured I’d post six sentences from, Embracing the Flames. My WIP is currently, From the Embers, but I cannot share any of it with you because it would give away too much. Plus, I have some exciting news to share with you concerning, Embracing the Flames !!!!

Now to the sentences.

“What’s written is written and will not be changed. That rule will remain pure. But the unwritten will be given to another. One who will be deemed Saeth’s son’s equal. One right to a wrong.”

“The soul ripped in half…that sounds like an excellent idea,” Arcadia said, clapping his hands in delight.

And scene! I stuck to six sentences…yay! The only thing I don’t like about six sentences is what is shared can be confusing since you’re only taking a snippet of a scene. And this particular bunch of sentences is mid-conversation which is even more confusing to those who haven’t read it or the first, Born in Flames. But, it’s what I wanted to share.

This is from the Prologue for, Embracing the Flames. The two speaking are two of The Fates (Castian and Arcadia). Castian is talking about Zordon, Aurora’s arch-enemy. His Oraculus was in the process of being written on the day of his birth. The other Fates found out that he was sired under unspeakable circumstances (I am holding back because I don’t want to give too much away), and they have decided to stop his Oraculus from being completely written and to rip it in half instead, giving the other half to Aurora who will be one right to a wrong.

Confusing? You have to read to understand my friends! I am so excited about this second installment to the trilogy. I was able to really “spread my wings” and take my characters to a whole new level of fantasy.

But my excitement is even more so because……..it was picked up by my publisher!!!!! It’s heading off to the editor to begin the process all over again! I am so excited! Even more so to see the cover art. I am one step closer to finishing the trilogy and beginning an entirely new project.

So that’s all I have to say for now my blogging buddies. If you haven’t yet, check out my street team page I just created. Someone mentioned it to me (and at that time I had no idea what it was), but it’s a fun way to spread the love of your novels. I will be posting a blog shortly on how to set one up and how to create a button for your page. Fun stuff!

Now to leave you with a question: Is there any exciting news happening in your life?

Echelon out ♥

I’ve Been Released…From Captivity!

Hello once again Readers!!! Wonder where I’ve been?…

You see what happened was…I was abducted by a gorilla. But not just any gorilla. This was like King Kong’s son’s brother’s nephew.

He’s to your left <—.

You’re probably thinking (because I am secretly psychic and can read ALL of your minds muhahaha), “WHAT!?”

I know…me too. I woke up in this Jurassic Park-type place deep inside a cave. Without a Red Bull I might add.

Of course the first thing I did was scream. Classic must-do for any girl who has been abducted by a gorilla. And because I had no Red Bull…

So anyhow. Yeah, there I was, stuck inside this cave with this massive gorilla that possibly wanted to eat me. I sighed, stood up, then asked him, “Umm…excuse me Mr. Kong Descendant, are you going to eat me?”

He didn’t answer. He just angrily beat on his chest.

“Rude,” was my next comment (under my breath of course).

I plopped onto the ground in a fit of defeat. I figured I would just be stuck forever inside this stinky cave with an even stinkier gorilla, but when I called him rude, he stood up and started beating his chest again.

“So you understand english then?” I guessed. He beat himself some more. I smiled as the thoughts began to swirl in my head.

Every time I speak to him…he beats himself.

You can probably guess what came next…

I had lot’s to say and even more to think out. So why not talk about Born in Flames?

I rambled and rambled and pestered and questioned him until he was blue in the face…literally. He had beat himself to death. I knew this because he suddenly stopped beating himself and staggered around as if he were drunk. Then he tripped over a rock, smacked his head against the cave wall, spun around on his heel (by this time I was thinking, “Get it over with already.”) and then finally, he paused, grimaced at me, and then fell face first.

I poked him with my toe, just to make sure. He didn’t move.

How’s that for an ending? Not much…I know. So it didn’t really end there then. I had to get out of the cave still and make it back to my bestie’s in time so we could mail the poster for Leah off to Canada. After running around in circles, I stopped, remembering something.

This is your cue to ask, ‘What?”

It was simple really. Something you probably would never have guessed (and a bit cliché).

I woke up.

I had been dreaming that whole time! Can you believe it?

Me either.

The good news is…I’m back! I’m here and I’m ready to rumble. There’s no gorilla that could stop me!

And now that I have wasted your time, I’d like to offer you a truce for hanging in there. How about another giveaway to celebrate my release party this Saturday (09/15/2012). How does (for those of you who have read Born in Flames), a replica of the Oraculus for you to write your own destiny in sound?

Huh….huh!?

Here’s how you win:

Post a link back to your review posted on either Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, or 48fourteen.com in a comment box below. The review has no requirements, just your honest thoughts on the book. I will once again use the randomizer to select the winner and ship it off to wherever you are in the world. Contest ends Monday (09/17/2012).

Sound good?

Awesome, now to leave you with a question: What would you do if you were left in cave with a crazed gorilla?

Echelon out ♥

April Fools…09-06-2012 Is The New Release Date

Hello once again Readers!!! So I guess I got you right!? My publisher emailed me late last night and said the release date has been pushed back to Thursday! So 09-06-2012 is the new date which gives me more time to get things in order! I still have to write-up a press releases and then contact the various papers and radio stations. Hopefully they will be in my favor!

But the giveaway is still in effect. I will choose on Thursday instead of today, and contact the winner Thursday night! To your left are the posters that I have!!! Eeek!

Thank you all for hanging in there and I will be blogging again on Thursday to announce the release and pick one lucky winner! The road to publishing is a bumpy one!

That being said, Echelon out ♥

Born in Flames Release Date Set – ♥ September 4th, 2012 ♥

Hello once again Readers!!!!!!!!!!!!

So I’m guessing that you’re guessing that this post is about the release date! Rest assured my friends ’cause YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

Tomorrow, Born in Flames will be released into the world!!! I’m not sure of the exact time, but my publisher said tomorrow!!! Are you pumped!? I am! And to celebrate this momentous occasion, I am holding a giveaway! Yay!

I know it’s kind of last-minute, but that’s how we roll. So here’s the deal: Just leave a comment with your name below to win a free copy of Born in Flames and an 11×4 signed poster of the cover! As soon as I am told by my publisher that it is up and ready on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, I will choose the winner at random and send you the goodies! I will need your email for the copy and your mailing address for the poster. Once the winner is chosen, you can email me that information.

Sound good?

Now I must ask a tiny favor…if you read Born in Flames, please be kind enough to leave a review and rating. It doesn’t have to be anything special, just thoughts on how it made you feel. The more reviews I receive, the better the chance I have at being sent to print (which is my next goal)! If not, I want to say thank you anyway for taking the time to read it. Your support and appreciation means more to me than I could ever express.

So now, my most favorite Readers, this long and trying road comes to an end. I now begin a new journey-one that I have waited for, for forever. It’s all finally happening and in this exact moment that I realize this, I must say, the beaming smile on my face now replaces the one I wore when I first learned that I had landed a publishing contract.

But enough about me. Enter the contest. It will be the first of many. Cant wait to take you along for the ride as I begin the next chapter in being an author.

That being said, Echelon out ♥

On the Brink

Hello once again Readers! Is that Dumbledore’s pensieve that I’m gazing into?! Why yes, yes it is! I felt it was appropriate for my topic today. You (the Reader) seeing the inside of my mind. Scary, I know. Your catching glimpses of my thoughts on being so close to published. Feeling the emotions that pester me minute by minute. Seeing my real addiction problem to Red Bull…

What?!

I digress.

So I’ve been feeling kind of crazy lately. There are so many things to prepare…so many thoughts swarming my mind. It’s literally exhausting. But the good kind of  exhaustion! I’m days away from being a published author. Can you believe it? I still can’t! And now is when the real work begins. Finding reviewers, marketing, wrapping up the edits on Embracing the Flame, starting the third to the Trilogy…it’s insane. And it’s everything I’ve ever wanted.

I’m overwhelmed by the positive feedback I’ve received thus far with the cover and blurb alone. There are a lot of people who are excited about the release. I can’t believe it! And with that, comes the responsibility. What responsibility you may wonder? Well, my readers are everything. For me, it’s not about being super famous or rich. I want the material I’ve written to carry you away. I want you to feel what my characters are feeling. I want you to get lost and come away feeling like you need more. That is all I want as a writer. I’m sure most do.

My biggest fear right now is disappointment. I don’t want to disappoint anyone, let alone myself. I’ve always been my own punching bag, but was lucky enough to find my Bestie who believes in me and sees me through all my doubts and insecurities. Without her, I’m not sure I would’ve gotten as far as I have. She reassures me constantly that my story is a great one…and I know it is…I just hope the majority feels the same.

Where is all of this coming from?

I’m days from the world having the ability to scrutinize my dreams. To tread on what I have worked so hard for and put so much into. I’m flooded with all these emotions as the days of waiting come to a halt. Worry, eagerness, excitement, joy, anxiety, fear…it’s just a tad of what I have actually sorted through. I think it will ease shortly after Born in Flames is published. At least, I hope it will. I haven’t been blogging as much because of these emotions. I’ve thrown myself into my second novel as a distraction from this exciting and anxiety-driven time in my life. I should be done with the edits by the end of September.

But I digress.

Basically, I’m glad you all are here, taking this journey with me. It helps keep the excitement and joy forefront! The support I have received lately is amazing and literally puts a knot in my throat. I can feel myself growing as a person, gaining strength and most importantly, patience. So thank you all!

I should be hearing from my publisher later today about the release date. Of course, you will be the first to know.

That being said, what in your life has thrown you into a whirlwind and how did you cope?

Echelon out ♥

(P.S) I will be holding a fun contest and giveaway within my next couple of posts. Getting pumped Readers!!!!!

Update: Book Trailer And Final Revisions!

Hello once again Readers!!! I thought I’d introduce you to my two lovely children so I uploaded my most favoritest family picture of them! Logan is the little boy with no eyes and Scarlett is the little baby with no eyes.

Oh…and yeah, that’s me behind them screaming at them to finish their porridge…

Huh?

I digress.

Quick post today and I bet you’ll never guess why…

Okay, so maybe the title does give it away (as always), but still…

So I received the edits from my publisher last night! The last and final edits. This is it people! I go through word by word to ensure that it’s exactly how I want it while fixing the few spots where she pointed out weaknesses in the plot. I am thrilled and anxious as this long-awaited dream finally becomes realized.

Woot!

When I finish this last sprint, she will format it and then voila, Born in Flames will be published!

Also, I’ve spent the past couple of days working on my book trailer that is now about 95% done. The last hurdle I’ve run into is finding usable music that won’t get me in trouble and won’t cost an arm and a leg. I’m sure I will be blogging about the process once I wrap it up.

And that about sums it up folks! I’m not sure when I will be blogging again since I am diving right into these edits as you read this. They need my complete and full attention. Wish me luck!

No questions for today (I know…shocker) so, Echelon out ♥