Thursday, December 26, 2013

Putting the Rumors to Rest

There are some rumors circulating -- two in particular -- that concern me personally, and I figured the best way to handle them is to address them head on so that way there is no confusion.

Rumor #1: You left Entranced Publishing to go work for a new press

TRUE & FALSE

Truth: I did resign my position as Senior Editor at Entranced Publishing. But I did so for some very personal reasons that have nothing to do with the company itself. I adore the entire staff of Entranced and every single author who is signed with them -- which, for the record, includes me because my book is still published by them. Yes, I have taken a new position with Anaiah Press. And yes, it is a Christian fiction press. I'm the Managing Editor for their Surge Imprint (YA / NA titles).

False: I did not leave Entranced to go to Anaiah. In fact, I knew nothing about Anaiah until well after I'd given my resignation. But for the record, I'm thrilled with my new position and I'm very excited to build a new client list!

Rumor #2: You're no longer writing adult / erotica books

TRUE

From this point forward, I will only be writing young adult books under the name Kara Leigh Miller. As you can see, I'm slowly making the transition and removing all my adult titles from this blog. Only a couple of these adult titles are going to remain in publication after the first of the year, and the only reason for that is because I'm contractually obligated for a bit longer.

(On a side note: I am working to develop a new pseudonym that will allow me to write in the adult / erotica genres again.)

As always, my email (karaleighmiller (at) gmail (dot) com) is open to anyone who'd like to use it. Feel free to send me a message or two about anything you'd like!


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

SALE! SALE! SALE!

I have some VERY exciting news to share with all of you, so I'll get right to it...

1. Love and Other Games has a sexy new cover! What do y'all think? Doesn't it capture the flavor of the stories so much better?


2. Love and Other Games is now ON SALE for $0.99 for a limited time only. Get your copy now!

 


3. I'm offering -- exclusively on my blog -- a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE sale! If you buy a copy of Love and Other Games (for only $0.99) and email me proof of purchase (karaleighmiller@gmail.com) I will send you a free copy of Death of a Waterfall. Already read Death of a Waterfall? No problems! I'll let you choose any book from my current backlist :-)
** Please note: This is just an offer I'm giving to my readers as something a little extra and to help save some money during the holidays. This is completely optional and is NOT required to gain entry into the contest listed below. **


4. In celebration of our new cover and sale price, we're giving away a Nook Simple Touch & a mini swag pack!
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Friday, December 6, 2013

{BOOK SPOTLIGHT & INTERVIEW}: John J. Higgins

Author, John J. Higgins stops by today to answer a few questions and tell us about his newest book. Welcome, John. Care to tell us a bit about yourself?

I feel that I have crammed in about five lifetimes into one, this time around. I have been exposed to many things and was fortunate enough to be able to engage and experience such things as: working on farms as a kid; taking flying lessons and building a twenty foot wing-spanned plane for my 8th grade science fair project,  learning skills such as refinishing furniture and gun repair as a teenager; learned to scuba dive; supervised eighty employees and three departments in a complex industrial finishing work environment at nineteen years old; went back and finished college then changed the substance abuse system in my state; went to law school at night while working full-time;  produced anti- drug abuse PSA's for television using rock stars and celebrities; produced an anti-bias crime play using talented inner city high school student actors that we brought to 170 high schools in New Jersey and Toronto;  prosecuted cases in nineteen of New Jersey's twenty-one counties and worked on the prosecutions of New Jersey's most prolific serial killer, nurse Charles Cullen as well as other high profile cases up to and including other complex homicides. I also developed and used many tradesman skills in renovating an 1864 train station that I converted into my house, refinishing the wood walls, rewiring, installing bathrooms, kitchen and even my own heating system. After retiring as a Deputy Attorney General I began writing novels in earnest.

You can find me on my website, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and my Amazon Author Page.

Tell us about your newest release. Feel free to include a short excerpt/blurb.

My most recent release is the third book of my series THE ARCHANGEL JARAHMAEL AND THE WAR TO CONQUER HEAVEN - IN EXILE. The first two books IN THE BEGINNING and IN REBELLION chronicle the creation of the Universe, the nine Orders of Angels, the Seven levels of Heaven, the Garden of Eden and the Earth, all told from the Angels perspective. The Almighty creates 14 Archangels who assist in the Creation and jealousy arises when the first Humans Lillith and Adam are created. Lillith and the fourth born Archangel Jarahmael fall in love all within the growing tensions in the Heavens. I am currently writing the second book of the second trilogy (the first book is in my publisher's hands) which follows the story in the Underworld.  
 
This is an excerpt from Book 3-In Exile

Luciferael walked over close to Lillith and picked her up in his arms, pulling her close. He wanted her after seeing her again, and he could feel the lust filling him from deep inside.
“Would you like to see my new palace?” Luciferael asked her as he pulled his head back slightly from kissing her.
She looked back, her eyes wide and open, barely breathing in her excitement at his touch. He looked into her eyes and could see that she was totally open to him once again. The power I have over these Humans is amazing, he thought to himself. His rebel Angels would follow him anywhere but they were Beings of Light like him. There should be some resistance to me, he thought, but I have not yet encountered any from the Humans. Both Lillith and Eve were easily persuaded by me. As he looked down upon her body, he could see that her flesh was excited, telling him that she was his for the taking. The wings that he had conjured for her made her much more attractive, more like himself, fluttering slightly as the feathers ruffled in small waves, as she stood there waiting on his next move.
He embraced her tightly as he flew down through the caverns to his own palace, at the lowest level of Hell itself. A grander replica of his palace in the Seventh Heaven, Mephistophael had done a great job replicating Luciferael’s own design. Where it was vast and beautiful in white and the intense blues of the Seventh Heaven, here it was designed in the bright colors of Hades and Hell, reds, oranges, violets, and blacks. The walls upon which the colors endlessly churned reflected magnificence and force.
“Look around Lillith, this is a copy of one of my finest creations. You have never been to my palace in the Seventh Heaven, but I have replicated it here. Can't you just feel the energy within the walls?”

 
What inspired you to start writing?

I have always been a writer in one form or another. I have written some short stories in college, scripts for a children's cartoon series to help pre-schoolers learn basic reading skills, numerous governmental committee reports and position papers that have resulted in actual legislation, and countless briefs and motions from my prosecutorial experience. A few years ago I tried to find the books that had formed my recollections about Luciferael's war to take over heaven and the only thing I could remotely find was john Milton's Paradise Lost, which although English professors may love it, is basically unreadable and I could at one point read Freud in the original German. That's was the driving force for me writing this series, and once I started along that path, I had many examples of synchronicity which steered my thinking and writings. If you think about it, almost every good versus evil story is based upon what happens when the Almighty's love gets twisted around with different aims - and this is the primal story that begins it all. What characters are more powerful than the Angel? Everything else is just dust in comparison.
Who is your all-time favorite literary character and why? 

The character I adopted as my role model was as silly as it sounds is Ian Fleming's 007. I had a psychotic stepfather as my dad died when I was three, and it was upon seeing Goldfinger as a ten year old that I saw someone sophisticated, witty, knowledgeable about all sorts of topics, and of course smooth with women. As I was a researcher at heart even then, I proceeded to read all of Ian Fleming's 007 novels. His Bond was flawed and vulnerable despite his outward appearance, he even appears to die at the end of From Russia With Love and gets married in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.   Probably the most important of life's lessons I learned from both Fleming's literary and Sean Connery's cinematic portrayal was: don't be afraid to be captured and outnumbered; never give up; and no matter how dark it may seem, keep your eyes open and be ready to take advantage of the escape route or mechanism that always appears just before you will perish.

How do you choose your character's names?

I tried to come up with some scheme in naming particularly the Archangels. Historically, all of their names end with 'el' meaning 'of God.' The Bible is weak in terms of discussing the Angels in any meaningful way, no offense to those who are extremely religious. I searched through other apocryphal writings and myths as well as the voluminous number of names off Angels that developed during the dark and middle ages. There are thousands upon thousands of names. I made my own decisions and made all the Archangels’ names consistent.  Luciferael, Michael, Sammuael, Jarahmael, Beelzebael, Gabriel, Mephistophael, Raphael, Mammonael, Uriel, Suriel, Ariel, Raziel and Damiel. I developed schemes as well for Angels for the lesser orders such as Cerebriel of the Cherubim, Abrackus of the Potentates, etc.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?

Fly, there is nothing like racing down a runway, engine throttle on full, keeping the plane on the center line as speed builds up faster and faster, smell of AV fuel in your nose, and at rotation speed pulling back on the yoke, aiming the nose of the propeller upwards, that feeling of gravity pulling your stomach downwards as you leave the ground watching the tarmac and ground get smaller and the blue skies above entice you ever higher.

Do you have a favorite quote or saying? What is it?

Yes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try a little more dynamite!”

What is one thing readers would be most surprised to learn about you?
 
That I really do have ghosts in my train station, pictures to prove it! But they seem to like me so we all get along.






The Archangel Jarahmael And The War to Conquer Heaven - In The Beginning  - Book I - http://ow.ly/qu7ae

 
The Archangel Jarahmael And The War To Conquer Heaven - In Rebellion - Book II -  http://ow.ly/qu7VS

 
The Archangel Jarahmael And The War To Conquer Heaven - In Exile - Book III  - http://ow.ly/qu7rp



Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Official Ass of #PitchWars

Remember that part in Shrek where Donkey jumps up and down screaming, "Pick me! Pick me!"? No? Well, here's a refresher for you:




I feel like poor Donkey. A single ass among thousands jumping up and down, waving my arms, screaming and shouting: PICK ME!

I'm going to guess that won't get me anywhere. *sigh*

When being obnoxious fails, (and it fails often, trust me) I fall back on my ability to reason logically. So, here are the top 5 reasons why YOU should PICK ME to be your mentee.



YOUR PERSONAL BITCH.
5.  I will be your bitch.

Yes, you read that correctly. I will be so damn grateful and excited to be picked that I will be your bitch. You want me to fetch you coffee and scones? Done. You want me to read a dissertation about the reproductive cycle of slugs and write a synopsis of it? Done. You want me to troll Twitter and spy on the other teams? Done. You want me to post embarrassing pictures of myself for your amusement? Done.

You name it. I'll do it.

(Disclaimer: This offer is reserved specifically for the mentor who chooses me.) 



4.  I'm an editing freak.

I mentioned this on my Mentee Bio, but it bears repeating.

I LOVE EDITS!

I love getting them, reading them, doing them. I love having someone else read my work, point out its weaknesses, and then work with me to rebuild it. Sure, edits can be tough sometimes, but I 100%, wholeheartedly believe in the editing process.

If you pick me, I will work my ass off until my manuscript is as great as it can be.



3.  Good Cop. Bad Cop.

Confession time: I suck at talking smack.

Sorry, but I do. However, I'm VERY good at being nice to people. It just comes naturally to me. So, during #PitchWars, I can go about being nice to everyone and then my mentor can sneak up and smack talk the crap out of our competition! They'll never see us coming. It'll be like playing Good Cop, Bad Cop.

(Side note: I'm not implying that my future mentor isn't nice. I know better than that. I'm simply acknowledging that my mentor will have certain skills that I do not possess. Any good partnerships works off of each other's strengths right?)



2.  I'm a ton of fun!

Seriously. I have a fantastic sense of humor. I wouldn't have survived my childhood otherwise.

Example: When I was a teen and I went on my first date -- which was actually just a bunch of us getting together to go to a movie, but a boy I really liked was picking me up at my house therefore it was a real date to me -- my father stood at the front door and watched, like any good father would, as I walked to the van with said boy. Just as we got the side door open, my father yelled: "Bring her back a virgin!"

True story.

It takes a lot to offend me. (Translation: You have carte blanche to say anything to me in jest and I will laugh. Guaranteed!)



1. I'm an ass.
There. I said it.

Yesterday when I was obsessing over perfecting my non-creepy, non-stalkerish personalized mentor queries, I completely forgot to include my email address or any social media links.

So any mentors who get a letter without that information, it was me.

Yup.  #EpicFail

Sure, it's embarrassing, and sure I'm worried that this might affect my chances at getting picked, but, I think this says something important about me: I'm not afraid to admit when I've made a mistake. I can own it. Fix it. Learn from it.

And isn't that what every mentor wants? A mentee who will learn from this process?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Pimp My Bio


So, I have decided to participate in #PitchWars this year. If you don't know what that is, hop on over to the wonderful Brenda Drake's Blog to find out.

I must confess, I'm a PitchWars virgin. I hope I'm good enough to get  a call back ;-)

Now, in the spirit of keeping up -- actually, I'm just copying what everyone else is doing because I have no idea what I'm doing -- here is my bio for any potential mentors. Or anyone else who wants to know more about me.

1. I'm a stay-at-home mom to five kids (4 girls and 1 boy) who are all in school so I spend my days writing and talking to these guys.



2.  I'm Kaptain Kara of #Darksideresearch on Twitter. What does this mean? I'm da bomb at posting pics of sexy, half naked men. Does this make me a perv? Probably. Do I care? Nope!

These are the kinds of things I like to post:



3.  I have never been on a plane because I'm terrified of flying. But, I am going to RT2014, so I will have to conquer that fear come May. (I can't convince my travel buddy to drive from NY to NOLA. I've tried.)

4.  I LOVE getting edits on my books. Seriously. I know a lot of author agonize over this, but I LOVE it. There is nothing like getting a fresh perspective on your book and your characters, and then being able to dive back into the world and make it better. Edits are good. While I'm at it, I need to give a shout out to two of the best editors in the entire world: Eden Plantz and Emily Ward!

5.  I have writer's ADD. At this exact moment, I have 7 projects in the works. It's frustrating at times, but it's also nice because when I wake up in the morning I can work on whatever interests me that day.


6.  I hate to exercise and play sports, but I'm super competitive. I like to win! And I never stop fighting until the very, bitter end.

7. I firmly believe in helping my fellow authors and will go out of my way to do so.  All you ever have to do is ask :-) It's because of this desire to help others that I became a Senior Editor at Entranced Publishing. I adore my group of authors and they always make me smile.

8. I have two college degrees -- both in law. Weird, I know. I though I wanted to be a lawyer. Being a writer is SO much more fun.

9. I'm obsessed with The Vampire Diaries simply because of this man:



10. I'm super excited to be participating in #PitchWars. Even if I don't make it past sending my queries, it has been a fun experience and I've made some new friends along the way.

Monday, November 25, 2013

{BLOG TOUR}: Entrusted

I'm extremely happy to welcome Connie Ann Michael to the blog today. She's out touring with her new young adult book, ENTRUSTED. (I've edited this book -- fantastic!!)  One her characters, Solomon is here to answer a few questions about him, his family, and the girl he loves, Emma. So, without further ado...

Could you tell me a little about how you first met Emma?
Well, I first met her when she was created as the vessel, but she was a baby and I didn't know it was her, so I guess that doesn't really count.  I was pulled into her dreams for a while before I actually got to meet her face to face, and that was at the Tribal Center.  It was the first time we got a chance to actually speak.  I'm afraid I wasn't as smooth as I would have hoped and was kind of at a loss for anything to say and kind of stared at her.  She takes my breath away.

What did you think of her initially? Love at first sight?
The minute I was pulled into her dreams and stood by watching her interaction with Raven, I knew she had my heart.  It was most definitely love at first sight and even today...every time I see her, I fall in love with her again.

If you had to describe Emma in three words?
Well her name means all-containing, I think that is a good word for her and what her purpose is...or was. I would also say compassionate, she cares so much for other people that she often times forgets about her needs.  And finally I would say beautiful.  Inside and out.

What's the hardest thing you've had to face together?
Well, the entire story of Entrusted is the fight we had to go through to get her away from Raven.  That would be the easy answer.  But I am going to say, from my point of view, the hardest thing I had to face was trying to convince Emma it I was worth fighting for.  That she could love me and except my love in return.  She can be stubborn and it took a lot to get her to see she was worthy of my love and of the life we could have together.  There was a lot of history she needed to be caught up on.  History she is a part of but not aware of.  It will take time for her to understand her part in it. But, more importantly, I need to be patient and love her while she questions who she is and what we can be together.

Okay, so your brother, Logan. He's a big part of the story and a friend to Emma. Give us a little dish on him. Will he ever find his heart?
Technically, he would be considered our cousin in your world.  We do not share mothers.  But we consider him a brother so that is fine to refer to him as that.  Remember, in our customs I can't tell too much about another's gifts so I will talk more general about him. Logan is my best friend as well as brother.  He has always got me and doesn't put up with my shit, as he says, not my words.  Logan is a free spirit.  That can be seen by his description.  He doesn't follow the traditional ways with his hair or jewelry but that's just him.  He embraces the modern world more than the rest of us, which makes it easier for him to work with the youth of the tribes.  He says I'm stuffy and scare the kids.  I prefer reserved.  Ha ha. Logan has a quick wit and loves to laugh, but he had a rough childhood and uses his humor to hide what is really going on underneath.  He won't talk about it, but I know.  Just like he knows things about me the others don't.  We have a weird connection that way.  I think Logan is a necessary force to offset Josiah's negative energy.  If anyone should find his heart, it should be Logan.  He has so much to give and I think if he found someone they might help him heal from his past.  And to answer your last part of the question.  I think Logan will definitely have his chance to tell his story later.

What's next for you and Emma?
I wish I could say we ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after but that isn't the way life works.  We got a reprieve at the end of Entrusted and hopefully we can take some time to get to know each other without worrying about Raven, but he's coming back.  We haven't won yet and until he is destroyed he will continue to fight for what he believes is his.  But the Great Spirit is giving us a small gift of time before I must leave.  Our time here is up and we are going to be moving on.  Emma needs to finish her senior year so we will be separated for a short time. I am hoping I can trust the friendships she has formed to help her during our separation.  Nick has some history he is unaware of that I believe will come in handy while I am gone.  You'll have to wait for him to reveal that, however.  Life is never guaranteed, but no matter what happens Emma and I are connected. I have no choice in that matter.  She has my heart.  I love her.  I'll do whatever I need to to make her happy.



Blurb:

Thrust into a world of Native American legends about Skinwalkers and Ancient Ones, Emma Hunter finds herself in the middle of a battle for a heart holding great powers – A heart hidden within her.

Seventeen-year-old Emma wants what every teenage girl wants: a life that revolves around school, her friends, and a boyfriend who only has eyes for her. Little does she know that in order to get one, she must sacrifice the other two. After a series of events put into motion by Luke, the boy she thought loved her, Emma is kicked out of her group home and her school. Her best friend mysteriously vanishes and now she’s forced to move to a secluded coastal town, where she hopes to escape Luke’s obsessive control.  Instead, she finds her dreams invaded not only by Luke, but Solomon, a mysterious Native American warrior sent to protect her. 

But when Solomon shows up in her reality to explain he’s her protector, she soon learns that he’s so much more. As Emma struggles to understand what’s happening to her, she must also deal with her undeniable attraction to Solomon. Their connection is stronger than anything Emma has ever experienced before and now she must decide: can she trust him with her heart? And just how far will she go to protect it?

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Excerpt:

Slowly and deliberately, Solomon began to kiss my shoulders, turning me so he could run his fingers lightly over the bruises on my back. I could feel the warmth of his touch become more intense as he transferred the wounds of my body to his own. His kiss, his touch, sent shivers through me, taking all my worries and fears away. He turned me again and placed his mouth over mine for a long, soul-stirring kiss.
“I think you should watch those healing skills of yours.” I was breathless.
He smiled mischievously. “It’s my touch that heals. I thought I would try something different this time.” He continued to trail kisses across my shoulders.
“Well, I give this technique high marks, but have to wonder how the older men would like it,” I stuttered, trying to keep my thoughts coherent.
 I felt him smile against my bare skin. “I’ll reserve it for you.”
“Does it hurt you?”
“Not as much as it does you.” His hands moved softly over my bare arms. I watched the bruises appear on him, and then slowly fade away.
“But I can heal you here.” I ran my fingers over the raw sore on his chest.
“Yes,” the word caught in his throat. “You already have.”

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About the Author:
Connie Ann Michael was raised a city girl, but was converted to a country girl after college and now resides in a speck of a town in Central Washington State.  She is married to her former boss as she worked at the local Pizza place and has two college age boys that provide endless material for her books.  She loves the outdoors and can be found mountain biking, kayaking, or camping with her family.  Being a busy family, she can be found working on her newest novel while on long road trips.
You can find Connie on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Goodreads.
 

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Friday, November 22, 2013

{COVER REVEAL}: Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash



Blurb: Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother's favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. When the brooch and the pendant are worn together they're no longer pretty pieces of jewelry -- they're part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewelry's power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device -- and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she's Enemy Number One.

She's forced to leave her father behind when she's taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends’ lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt.



About the Author:
Stacey grew up in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. It is an area nestled between mountains and vineyards. Full of history and culture, it provides wonderful writing inspiration. After dabbling with poetry during her teen years, Stacey stopped writing until after university when she was married with young children. Now she loves nothing more than spending her days with her children and writing when inspiration strikes.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

{COVER REVEAL}: Phasms by Barbara Garren



Blurb:

Kelsi always Knows when bad things are coming, but even she never thought she’d lose her husband at only twenty-three. Since he died, she’s been living her worst nightmare.

Her nights are filled with dreams of a Dark Haired Man, but her days are full of guilt, because the Man fills her with longing and confusion, promising to give her all she needs, all she wants, all she feared she’d never have again.

 If only the dreams would stay in her head where they belong.

Kelsi starts seeing the Dark Haired Man in her waking life, shadowing her wherever she goes.  And when her mysterious new neighbor, Aiden Hardt, knows about the Man in her dreams, Kelsi worries she can’t trust her own mind.

He’s not what he seems.

But even Aiden’s cryptic words don’t frighten her as much as the way she feels around him. Kelsi must sort through her emotions and figure out what’s real before she can ever hope to have a normal life again.





About the Author

Barbara was born and raised in Southern California, but left to explore the world courtesy of the U.S. Navy. After traveling the world, she forced herself to live a humble life in in San Francisco, New York and Norfolk, Virginia. She now calls San Diego home and you won’t pry her out with a crowbar.
She would be the first  to tell you her husband, Henry, is the inspiration for all the romance, and the real Charlie - who is as cute as he sounds in her books - is a terrorist. When not working for the U.S. Navy, she can be found running, reading or writing. She firmly believes a well rounded diet consists of coffee, scotch, chocolate, popcorn and Luna Bars. In that order.
She's a graduate of CUNY and Penn State - and manages to write a decent line here and there despite those burdens.
Social Media Links
https://twitter.com/bak229
http://nofilterinstalled.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/NoFilterBetweenBrainandMouth

Monday, November 11, 2013

{BLOG TOUR}: Destiny by Cindy Ray Hale

I'm happy to welcome author, Cindy Ray Hale to the blog today. She's stopped by to answer some questions and share her new release, DESTINY.
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1. Welcome, Cindy. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I have an amazing husband and four kids and I live thirty minutes south of Nashville, TN. I grew up on eight acres of the most beautiful woods you can imagine in Chattanooga, TN. I was number three out of seven kids in a big, crazy Mormon family. I love to travel. If I had more money, I'd travel the US and then the world with my husband and kids.
 
2. Tell us about your newest release. Feel free to include a short excerpt/blurb.
Destiny is about a young Mormon girl who falls in love with the headmaster's son of her Baptist school. She's a total goody-two-shoes in the beginning of the story and has a lot of issues with falling for him since dating guys outside the Mormon Church is against her parents's rules. Here's an excerpt: 
 
"We stood face-to-face as I stared up into his warm brown eyes. My heart was beating so fast I was sure it was going to explode. How many times had I hoped for this moment? I never in a million years had imagined such words would come out of Isaac’s mouth. His perfect, beautiful mouth. This was unreal, beyond my wildest daydreams. It was so hard to fight the desire to be with him. All my most unreachable dreams were suddenly, so unbelievably, about to come true. But they were forbidden. The right thing to do would be to pull away, turn from him, run back to the house. My head screamed at me to flee, but my heart begged me to stay." 

3. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a mom and an author.

4.  What is your writing process? Are you a plotter or a panster?
I'm a healthy mix between the two. I've tried both, and I've found that there's a delicate balance you have to find. If you plot too much, you lose some of the creative process. If you're a total panster, then you may end up rewriting the story to fix the plot. I've been there, and it's not too fun.

5. What tips would you give others to overcome writer's block?
Honestly, you really have to just write through it. Get rid of all your distractions. Unplug your router or turn off your phone and hide it in your sock drawer if you have to. Then sit down in your writing spot and write whatever comes to your mind. Sometimes I have writers block because I'm upset about something else in my life. If that's the case, either resolve it or write your feelings down. Another reason I have writer's block is because I don't know what to write next. In that situation I'd suggest sitting down with a notebook and a pen somewhere out in nature (that always clears my mind) and scribble down ideas.

6.  What are your thoughts on critique groups/partners? 
They are absolutely essential. I don't know what I'd do without my writing buddies. There are times when they can be detrimental as well. Just because they shoot down your new idea doesn't mean you shouldn't do it. Sometimes they don't see the same vision you do. 
 
7. What advice would you give to a new writer just starting out?
Write. Write. Write. Don't stop. Ever. If your first story is terrible, either rewrite it or move on to the next. It will get better. Read everything you can get your hands on about writing. Then read Save the Cat. It's a book on screenwriting, but it's absolutely fantastic for plotting out your book.

8. If your publisher offered to fly you anywhere to research your next book, where would you go?

I'd go to Parowan, Utah. That's the setting for my next book outside the Destiny Trilogy. It's this adorable little town in southern Utah just an hour from Zion National Park. I really wouldn't have to be flown anywhere for the Destiny Trilogy since the setting is my childhood home, and I only live two hours from there.



DestinyDestiny (Destiny Trilogy #1)
By Cindy Ray Hale
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Blurb:
Destiny Clark, a young Mormon girl living in Tennessee, is wildly infatuated with Isaac Robinson, the headmaster's son at her Baptist high school. When they're cast together in the school's production of Les Misérables, Destiny is horrified to find that she has to be publicly humiliated by acting out her true feelings of rejection onstage.

As their rehearsals begin, Destiny realizes the unimaginable: Isaac has developed deep feelings for her despite their religious differences and the fact that he has a girlfriend.

But will they be able to find their place amongst the backbiters of their ultra-conservative world?

Weaving around Destiny and Isaac's alternating viewpoints, Destiny is the first book in a series inspired by the characters of Les Misérables and explores heartbreak, self-discovery, intolerance, and love.

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Official Author picAbout the Author:

Wife. Mother. Writer. Cindy Ray Hale lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with her husband and four children. In addition to being a writer, she’s an avid reader and a social media junkie. She starts her morning by writing with a freshly-blended berry spinach smoothie next to her. She’s obsessed with Les Misérables, playing the piano, and stalking up-and-coming musicians on YouTube. Destiny is her first book and will be available for purchase November 2013.



You can find and contact Cindy here:

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

{GUEST POST}: The Music Behind Adorned

Author, Georgeann Swiger has stopped by the blog today. She's here to talk about the music that helped to inspire her new book, ADORNED. Welcome, Georgeann! Take it away...

                Like every other writer on Earth, I’ve discovered music is a source of inspiration when I write.  While writing ADORNED, several songs played a big part in helping me create the characters of Micah and Anya.

Anytime I hear Viva la Vida by Coldplay, I picture Micah walking the border been Heaven and Hell keeping evil out of the Kingdom.  Viva la Vida helped inspire Micah’s background as a soldier of the Powers in Heaven.  It also set the tone for his perception that a Powers soldier is superior to not only humans but also guardian angels. The song also made me realize that Micah’s pride would keep him drawn into himself and guarded.
 


As the story went on and Micah grew and changed, the song in my mind also changed. While listening to Secrets by OneRepublic, I imagined the deeper, darker side of Micah. The sad, melancholy beginning of the song reflects Micah’s true personality. He’s been hurt and made to feel alone during a big part of his existence. Even though he’s not willing to give all his secrets away, they eat at him and leave him seeming cold and brooding.



For Anya, the music that inspired me is just as beautiful and haunting as Micah’s songs. If I Die Young by The Band Perry is Anya’s theme song. The words of the song and the sweet voice of lead singer, Kimberly Perry, is the perfect representation of Anya, a 17 year old who finds out that when she dies she’ll return to her true identity as an angel.  The song sums up Anya’s innocence and her young, romantic heart as she's falling in love with Micah.
 


Wow, Georgeann, this book sounds darkly romantic. I can't wait to read it. Can you tell us a bit more about it?


Blurb:

When seventeen-year-old Anya finds out she’s actually an angel being trained to protect humanity, she discovers that becoming an angel has nothing to do with wings and haloes. For Anya, becoming an angel has to do with death—her death.

Micah, the angelic soldier ordered to protect her until she transitions from human to angel, promises her death will be a glorious experience as long as she follows his rules. But getting Anya through this life and to the next isn’t as simple as Micah expects. His job becomes even more difficult after he unwittingly performs a miracle that exposes Anya’s hidden angelic light. 

With her secret out, Hell’s legions begin targeting her. Unfortunately, Hell’s minions are the least of Micah’s worries. He’s more concerned about the forbidden human emotions he’s developed toward Anya.  Even more troubling, is she seems to love him too. And giving in to those feelings, could mean dire consequences for them both.
 
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EXCERPT:

I step onto the back porch, trying to make out what’s going on in the dark. When another flash of lightning reveals three figures clinging together, approaching from the pasture, I yell, “Is that Micah with you?”

Celeste hollers back. “Yes, but he’s not well! Get some towels and a dry blanket!”

I run up the kitchen stairwell and grab three towels from the bathroom and the comforter from my bedroom. I make it back downstairs in time to see Simon and Celeste helping Micah into the house. He leans on their shoulders, shuffling his feet as he staggers through the foyer.

Dang, you look mangled.” Eli laughs, making it sound like a big joke When Aunt Celeste and Simon lower Micah to the couch in the parlor, he moans as he sinks into the cushions and falls to his side. His bare leg and muddy foot jut out of the wet blanket.

When Simon touches Micah’s forehead, the short uneven breaths Micah sucks through his teeth become even more pronounced.

You’re burning up,” Simon says. “How could you be so stupid?”

Give me the towels, darling, and put the blanket down,” Aunt Celeste says. “Shut the door as you leave.”

I want to know what’s going on. What happened to Micah?” I try to push past her to get to him, but she catches my arm, stopping me.

Micah will be fine. But he doesn’t have any clothes on,” she says. “You can come in when we get him settled.”

Eli puts his arm around my shoulder and turns me toward the foyer. “Oh, come on beautiful. I’ll wait with you.”

Eli closes the pocket doors and flitters around the foyer like a nosy little dog.

What happened to Micah?” I ask.

Oh, don’t worry about him. He’ll be fine.”

He didn’t look fine.”

Eli’s golden eyes twinkle. “Trust me.”

Who are you?”

He ignores me and noses around the foyer, putting his fingers all over the glass sculptures.

Is that Simon guy with social services or the police or something?”

He bends over and blows his hot breath on the crystal ball sitting on a pedestal near the front door. “Something,” he says. When he reaches out to touch the glass orb, a high-pitched scream coming from the parlor makes me freeze in front of the closed doors.

Eli slides past me and puts his back to the doors. “I think they’re done.” He pushes the doors open an inch and peeks inside, allowing a hint of a smoky odor to escape the room. When he opens the doors all the way, I can see Micah slumped on the couch with my comforter around him.

Is he okay?” I say.

Micah glances at me, then shuts his eyes.

I look at Aunt Celeste. “I want to know what’s going on.”

She fumbles with her pearl necklace and looks away, seeming to fight the urge to run to me.

Eli flutters to her side. “Celeste, you’ve done a fine job. But Micah can take it from here.”

Micah’s eyes pop open. His face turns as white as the daisies on my comforter. 

About the Author

Georgeann Swiger earned her degree in journalism from West Virginia University, and then spent five years as an anchor/reporter at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, WV.  After having children, she left television news to be a stay at home mom. During that time, she discovered creative writing was more fun than writing about real life tragedy.  Imagining interesting characters and having them come to life on the page is now her passion. When she’s not writing, she works as a substitute teacher.  She lives in Reedsville, West Virginia with her husband, two kids, a beagle dog and a temperamental cat who tries to rule the house.




 
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