Neumarian Uprising for Escapement

Neumarian Uprising

We need your help! Thanks to our spy, Ciara Knight, we are able to communicate with you today via blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

The Neumarian uprising has begun. We are fighting for freedom and equality for all, but we need your help. Ciara informed us that you might want to know more about the uprising and why we ask you to risk your lives for our cause. To answer these questions I’ve agreed to let Ciara tell my sister’s, Raeth’s, story about her captivity. It will be free for you on a site called Amazon until March 1, 2013.

Our spies have told us this will help spread the word and find more recruits for our rebellion against the tyrannical queen. You can help by simply downloading a free copy of Weighted, a prequel to the Neumarian Chronicles. If you are intrigued and wish to follow our uprising, Escapement, book I of The Neumarian Chronicles, will be available for only $2.99 until March 1, 2013.

Escapement is told by Princess Semara. Don’t hold the fact Semara is a princess against her like I did, there is more to her than you can possibly imagine.

Here is a brief explanation of her telling of our uprising:

Ten years after the great war of 2185 the queen’s reign is threatened by uprisings and fear. In celebration of my sixteenth birthday it is my duty as princess to sacrifice a slave to be initiated into the ruling council, solidifying my mother’s empire. When my own erratic powers surface I’m captured and tried for treason. Slaves hate me, my mother wants me executed, and my only chance of survival rests in the hands of a young man, Ryder Arteres, whose sister I sentenced to death.

What people are saying about Escapement:

“A heady mix of action adventure and steampunk — leavened with a dash of romance — ESCAPEMENT offers up its fair share of thrills, horrors and heart-pounding moments. A strong start to a captivating new series.”

— Jana Oliver, author of The Demon Trapper’s Daughter

“A riveting tale of justice, mercy, honor and love. Take a deep breath and hold on, because you’ll be turning the pages of Escapement quickly. Three unlikely comrades, Princess Semara, Ryder, and his sister Raeth, embark on a journey that will alter their lives forever. The beautiful love story nestled into these action-packed scenes will make you sigh and remember why you love to love. After reading the prequel Weighted, I knew this story would be amazing, and it was. Ciara Knight truly has a gift for creating awesome worlds and characters you won’t forget.”

–Lindi Peterson–Award winning author of Summer’s Song.

“Betrayal, secrets, and a rebellion send readers on a grand adventure, caught in the plight to discover Semara’s gifts and purpose.”

–Alex J Cavanaugh, author of Amazon best sellers CassaStar and CassaFire

“The most unmissable series ever! I couldn’t stop reading, the action and romance too breathtaking to break the spell!”

–ARC review by Sudah on Goodreads

“A courageous heart-stopping journey by young people to save their kind.”

–Hildie McQueen, bestselling author of Where the Four Winds Collide

If you’d like to see a peak into our world, please view this short clip on You Tube.

If you are now ready to join our fight, please add Escapement to your TBR shelf on Goodreads here.  Shout out on all your social media sites, and tell everyone you know to stand up and fight.

Be Bold.

Be Brave.

Be Free.

In the name of the rebellion,
Ryder Arteres

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Escapement can be found at Amazon.

 

WEIGHTED Cover Reveal

Author Ciara Knight is celebrating the cover reveal for the prequel novelette in her new series. I’m so happy to help her spread the word. What a gorgeous cover, Ciara! Congrats!

Weighted is a young adult post-apocalyptic with paranormal elements. It is a prequel novelette to The Neumarian Chronicles, and will be released August 2012. Book I, Escapement, will be released in 2013.

Blurb:

The Great War of 2185 is over, but my nightmare has just begun. I am being held captive in the Queen’s ship awaiting interrogation. My only possible ally is the princess, but I’m unsure if she is really my friend or a trap set by the Queen to fool me into sharing the secret of my gift. A gift I keep hidden even from myself.  It swirls inside my body begging for release, but it is the one thing the Queen can never discover. Will I have the strength to keep the secret? I’ll know the answer soon. If the stories are true about the interrogators, I’ll either be dead or a traitor to my people by morning.

Link to add Weighted to Goodreads shelf: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13647847-weighted

Blog Tour with Ciara Knight–LOVE’S LONG SHADOW

 

Liza, the main character of my current YA WIP, has taken over the blog today. She’s interviewing Sammy, the main character in Ciara Knight’s debut novella, LOVE’S LONG SHADOW.

Let’s give it up to Liza and Sammy!

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Liza arrives late, no thanks to Nicolai and his soulful chocolate eyes, full lips, and that damn lock of hair that just wouldn’t stay out of his face. He got so close to kissing her this time that she almost grabbed him by the collar and smashed her lips against his. Then again, Josh rounded the corner just as they parted and if they had kissed, he would’ve seen. Knowing her luck, the two guys would’ve launched into another round of let’s-see-who-can-bruise-who-the-most.

With a deep, cleansing breath, Liza tosses her mahogany mop of hair over her shoulder, adjusts her leather bomber jacket, and enters the diner. Hovering near the doorway, she searches for Sammy, an online forum acquaintance, turned Facebook bud, turned oh-God-am-I-really-meeting-someone-I-met-online-for-real friend.

There she is, sitting in the far corner, wearing the silver wing necklace just like she’d said. Liza strides over, cringing at the squeaking of her glittered Converse sneakers.

“Sammy? I’m Liza.” She sticks out her hand and is pleasantly surprised at the strength of Sammy’s grip. She’s also startled by her warmth. Instantly, all the angst of the day melts away. She slides into the booth across from her new friend, rehearsing the questions she so desperately wanted to ask.

“Listen, I know this sounds weird, but I also know you’ll understand. AV—the guy I told you about—keeps bad-mouthing Nicolai and I just…I just don’t know who to believe. So…how can you tell if someone is who they say they are?” She resists the renewed urge to run her hands through her hair or slam her forehead on the formica table. Good thing, too, cause it’s totally sticky. Gross.

“Take a deep breath.” Sammy gives her warmest smile and clasps Liza’s hands.  “I’m afraid there isn’t an easy way to define someone. Unfortunately, I have little memory of my past life in Heaven and I’m learning everything as I go here on Earth. But, I can tell you, a local demon named Forras and his goons have a few traits. Shadows might dance around instead of staying still, orange flickers in their eyes, and a strange pull deep inside to join them despite the warning sounding in your head.”

“That’s pretty scary. Nicolai hasn’t done that. Neither has AV. Geez, why can’t people just wear a sign, I’m good, I’m bad, or whatever.” Liza sighs. “I didn’t even think any of this existed before…spirits trapped on earth, angels, demons, witches. What does it all mean? Sammy, tell me the truth, do you believe in this stuff? For real?”

“Well, I’m a fallen angel, so, yeah, I believe.” Sammy shifts in her seat and withdraws her hands and pushes her short, dark hair behind her ear. “You see, some people might call me a demon, but I’m not. I made some sort of mistake in Heaven and now I’m being punished. Either that or I have a reason to be here, I don’t know. I hope I have some sort of purpose here. I’m still trying to figure out what my angel gift is and who Boon is. Yeah, I agree, I wish they wore a sign letting us know who or what they were. I haven’t seen these signs around Boon, yet, I’ve been told he’s a demon. I’m not sure those deep brown eyes could harvest any demonic energy.”

“You really are an angel? I kind of thought you were kidding.” Liza snorts. “Man, all this talk about Heaven and demons and stuff. Maybe AV is onto something. God, if he’s right, then I’m in trouble.” Liza chews her lip, heart hitching to an unsustainable rhythm. She flattens her palms on her knees to keep them from trembling. “If someone’s soul is trapped on earth, how does it get freed?”

Sammy swipes tears from her eyes. “Sorry, dreaded human emotions, they still sneak up on me. Alex, my earthbound brother, thinks we need to make up for our past wrongs by killing demons. I’m not sure I agree. Maybe, we just need to protect humans from evil. Oh, I don’t know. I just hope I figure out a purpose soon or I’ll be stuck in purgatory forever.”

“I would hate to see that happen to you. You’re too nice and good.” Liza leans back, hoping she doesn’t end up in purgatory. She wonders if that’s what’s happened to Nicolai. She shakes her head, still unconvinced if Sammy’s story is like hers. There’re too many different variables. Regardless, Sammy seems honest and she listens. And that’s precisely what Liza needs. “Look, I’m sure you’ll figure things out. Here’s my number. Call me, okay?”

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What a compelling conversation, Liza and Sammy! Thanks so much for sharing with us, ladies!

If you’d like to read more about Sammy’s story, check out Ciara Knight’s LOVE’S LONG SHADOW, available through Turquoise Morning Press.

Ciara Knight (Pen Name)

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Check out Lydia’s answer to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog question about inspiration.

Balancing Tension

Scott Johnson on the Dark Angel Fiction Writing blog posted about creating tension in every genre. The post gave tips on how to build the tension slowly over time without losing the reader’s interest. He wrote:

My own definition of tension as it relates to horror, and writing in general, is taking your characters to the edge and refusing to push them over.  It’s a subtle build of events, each one another notch on the ratchet that brings him closer to the inevitable end.  But more than just careening toward that end, it’s in how he gets there that’s important.  It isn’t enough to get your character from point A to point Z.  It’s the roadblocks (points B-Y) you set up in front of him that make the story. Each one brings him closer to the edge.

I gotta say this is something I struggle with.

Specifically, I have a hard time keeping tension high during “down time.” By down time, I mean the scenes between the action, where the characters get to catch their breath before launching into the next brawl.

It’s a delicate balancing act because you can’t slack off too much, or things get boring.

On the other hand you can’t have action ALL THE TIME OR YOU END UP NUMBING YOUR READER TO ANYTHING EXCITING WHATSOEVER, KIND OF LIKE THIS, THE ALL CAPS THING. HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S IMPORTANT AND WHAT ISN’T? HOW LONG TO YOU GO BEFORE YOU STOP READING THIS BECAUSE I’M PRACTICALLY YELLING AT YOU FOR NO REASON?

OK. Enough of that, I think you get the point.

So, here’s what I do (or at least attempt to do, LOL!) to keep the tension high:

  • Tight sentences (reading aloud can help eliminate extraneous words)
  • Tight dialogue that keeps the plot moving
  • Limited backstory seeded around the manuscript in bits
  • Limited, but pertinent description–HOW and WHAT you describe something can give HELLA deets about your character and his/her “voice” and it doesn’t have to go on ad nauseum
  • If a scene doesn’t advance the plot, I cut it, no matter how “nice” it is or how much I like it
  • Up the ante every chance I get
  • Create conflict between characters
  • Create conflict between the POV character’s inner thoughts with what they actually say

Your turn. What tips and techniques do you have to keep the tension high?

AND, how do you keep tension high during the “down times???”

Be sure to check out Lydia’s post on 2011 Writerly Goals for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog.

PLUS, let’s give a warm welcome to our newest contributor, Sarah Fine, YA writer, blogger, and child psychologist, repped by Kathleen Ortiz!! She’ll be posting her responses on the third Wednesdays of every month.

Welcome, Sarah! Glad to have you aboard!!

Also, fantasy and paranormal writer and blog buddy, Ciara Knight is interviewing me over at her blog today! Stop in and say hi!

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