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 ♥