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07
Feb
12

The Package that Rocked My World

For those of you who follow the blog I share with two dear friends, www.seejanepublish.wordpress.com, this will be familiar. Sorry about that but I felt that today, release day for my first paperback, deserves to have this post shared here as well.

I’m an epublished author, and I love being one. It’s important I start out like this because what follows may make you think otherwise. Let me tell you a quick story about Key of Solomon and my journey. I’ve already posted it so this is just a short reminder so you don’t have to go back and look for it.

You see, Key of Solomon was nearly the death of me as a writer. People talk about collecting rejection letters but most of them (not all) seem to collect them based on several books. Not me. I collected over 100 rejections on Key of Solomon alone. Yep, I think just about everyone, at that time, had seen my book. Some, several times. Agents, editors, didn’t matter. They’d all seen it. I didn’t throw it at any editor or agent that moved but I’d sent it to enough of them.

I had faith in Key of Solomon despite all that but toward the end, those rejections nearly broke me. I’d had enough and as I mentioned in my other column, I came close to quitting but in lieu of that, I placed Key aside. Long story short, it finally found a home with Samhain Publishing, it released in ebook last March, book 2 comes out in August and I couldn’t be happier.

At least, I thought I couldn’t. Until about two weeks ago.

I ran to the store that Saturday morning and when I got back, my husband pointed at a box on the counter and said, casually, that it was for me. I strolled over, perplexed about what I’d ordered since I didn’t remember anything and then I saw the return address. It said ‘Samhain Publishing’.

Of course, I immediately knew what it was. I think I squealed. Husband says I did. I’m sure his ears know better than me. I leaped for the kitchen scissors and tore into the box. I think I was saying OMG, OMG or something like that. After pushing aside the packaging, I got my first look at Key of Solomon in print.

Yes, it was my author copies of Key of Solomon.

I knew they were coming. After all, I’ve been waiting for almost a year. I re-edited the galley. It wasn’t a surprise. But, that didn’t stop the excitement. I picked up a book in all its printed, glossy glory and opened to peer inside. And that’s when, for me, it all came together. That everything I’d been through, every step on my journey had led to holding my first printed book in my hand. I knew I’d cry and I did.

Does this negate my epublished copy? Of course not. But I’d started my journey when the big thing was a New York publishing contract which equated to printed book. I’m happy to be epublished but that didn’t mean I didn’t want to hold MY book, with a gorgeous cover, printed with MY words, as a BOOK  in my hand.

And so, it happened. There are 10 beautiful copies of Key of Solomon sitting on my desk. And coming up in March at EPICon, I’ll get to sign my books. At a booksigning. Then I get to do the same in July at Nationals and October at Emerald City. Sigh. Even now, I look at the book and cannot believe it’s mine. That I have this physical representation of my decision to perservere.

For me, this part of my author journey ends here, and I feel like I’m now in a new phase. What that means, I don’t know. I just know I’m completely looking forward to this new journey. Even with all its ups and downs, and I know I’ll have more ups and downs, I’ve proven I can come through on the other side. I’m ready.

Was there a point when, for you, it all came together? Do you think it changed your path? Please share. I’d love to know.

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06
Feb
12

Why mythology, archaeology and gangsters?

During my blog tour last October, I was asked Why mythology, archaeology and gangsters?.  Most of my stories tend to have mythology and archeology elements but the Relic Defender series adds a third element — the gangster.

So, here is some background as to the elements and why gangsters.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve devoured mythology. Before I knew better, I thought Greek and Roman mythology with some Viking thrown in was the only mythology that existed. As a teenager, I think I’ve read every story and knew all of the major Gods and Goddesses and a lot of the minor ones. So, when paranormal started to take wing, I knew I’d found a place I could indulge in my love of mythology.

When I first conceived the idea of this story, I knew I wanted to work in some kind of mythology with paranormal elements but I didn’t want to do what everyone else was doing (meaning no vampires or werewolves and demons/angels hadn’t taken off by then).

During my research into that elusive “something different”, I discovered the mythology surrounding King Solomon. I was raised on the Bible and knew all about Solomon. Or, I thought I did. I was so intrigued with the notion that he was supposed to be a magic user and had a ring given to him by God that allowed Solomon to control and compel demons. And his temple? The stories say it was built by these same demons. Key of Solomon just took off from there. And I loved writing the scene where he is compelling the demons into the bronze jar.

Archeology was easy as I think I was an archeologist or explorer in another life. I’d always loved history, much more than I love the present. It’s funny, because I like the future too. Or at least, envisioning what the future might look like. For the past, I’m fascinated by what our ancestors accomplished with what they had. The beautiful and magnificent structures. Sure, we build magnificent structures now but there are few I would call beautiful.

I think the past is much more appealing even with the lack of computers and assorted technologies. And since the assorted technologies have allowed me to armchair travel to the past, I get to indulge my love of history and archeology in my stories. In fact, the story I’m shopping now is fully immersed in archeology and Egyptian mythology with a tomb raiding heroine.

As for my shape-shifting wanna-be gangster demon? Well, I wanted a side-kick for one of my characters. This was one of the things I went with the current trend. Seemed like most urban fantasy were beginning to have some quirky character working with the heroine and/or hero. I felt Mikos could really use one to offset his soberness. Rocky came out of my mind and onto the page fully formed as a shape-shifting rock.

Until he spoke, I didn’t know he wanted to be a gangster. Talk about a surprise.  Really, it was Mikos’ fault. After all, he let Rocky watch The Godfather.

01
Feb
12

Re-Launch Blog and Giveaway!

I actually meant to come and post THIS post on this blog but looks like I accidentally signed in on my www.CassielKnight.com site. So, I apologize for the double posting; however, I wanted to run the contest here. If you posted on the other site, please be assured you are still entered to win.

As I said, I’ve been so, so bad at updating this blog but I’m really going to try to post at least two-three times a week. I’m nearly finished book 2 and it’s coming out in August so I want to get some of those excerpts posted and to keep you up-to-date about what’s going on. I’m loving book 2 and really looking forward to diving into Ash and Kat’s story.

To kick-off my re-launch of, shall I say, getting off my rear-end and being a much better blogger about what’s happening with me and my writing, I’m doing a giveaway for the following:

* Digital copy of Key of Solomon

* Printed copy of Key of Solomon (trade paperback, releases on February 7 but I happen to have a copy )

* Digital copy of my upcoming release from Lyrical Press, Hit Me With Your Best Shot.

What do you have to do to be entered for a chance to win? It’s easy. Simply leave a comment telling me what kinds of things you like to read on authors’ blogs and leave your email address. That’s it. Aw, come on, it’s easy. You don’t even have to subscribe (although, that would be lovely – and appreciated).

Questions? Leave them in the comments too.

Oh, and here is a blurb for Hit Me With Your Best Shot. I actually released this in 2007 with another publisher and it did okay; however, I have a wonderful new publisher at Lyrical Press and she helped me make it nice and shiny.

Sidra will do whatever it takes to find her target. Even if it means pairing up with an operative who has more secrets than she does.

Sidra is tough, street-smart and independent. And she’s living a double life. As an agent for Triad, she follows orders and gets the job done. But as Norah Rainwater’s surrogate daughter, she’ll do whatever it takes–even defy Triad–to find Norah’s missing daughter and save Norah’s life.

She plans for every eventuality…except Gideon, who lives a triple life beyond Sidra’s wildest suspicions. Sidra knows him as a charming playboy more intent on conquering women than saving the world. But he’s more than that. Under another identity, he fights to destroy the five men who lead the criminal organization called the Alliance–the same men who murdered his father for trying to leave the group.

With Norah near death, Sidra can’t let anything get in her way. Not even Gideon, who reminds her so much of Ranger, the only man she has ever loved. But Gideon can’t let Sidra reach her goal without crushing any chance he has of reaching his.

27
Oct
11

One More Day to Win!

I can’t believe that a month has passed since Key of Solomon (and me) went on tour. It’s been an exhausting month but also a month filled with excitement and the opportunity to not only get great reviews on Key of Solomon (some of which made me cry with happiness) but also to ‘meet’ some new people. I’ve enjoyed reading the comments and getting reader’s take on questions. I think I’ll have to do more tours just to meet new people.

I know that some of the ones who learned of me and Key through the tour have found their way here. Welcome! I’m so excited and thrilled to have you and I promise to do much better about blogging and doing fun things. Especially, I’d love to share with you the birth of The Death Skull, book 2 of the series which releases next August. It’s Mari and Jackson’s story and is already turning about to be a lot of fun to write. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that Key is non-stop. Well, hold on because The Death Skull promises to be even more action-packed but oh-la-la, the chemistry between Mari and Jackson. I’ll talk more about this later.

For the tour, tomorrow, October 28 is the last day to enter the $20.00 gift certificate to Samhain giveaway. I’ve been following my tour (obviously) and anyone who made a comment at any of the sites, gets entered. There has been one person who has followed and commented at every blog tour spot and I have a special gift for that person.  I’ll announce all that this weekend.

If you found me here and haven’t commented at the other sites, no fear. Please just post your name and email address below and you can enter too.

Thanks again for joining me here and good luck in the contest!

03
Oct
11

Key of Solomon is on Tour!

Key of Solomon is on a month-long blog tour with interviews, special articles, giveaways and more! If you haven’t gotten a copy of Key of Solomon, visit any of the blogs and enter to win. All you have to do is leave a comment. It’s that simple.

And each time you visit and comment on one of the tour sites below, you get entered for a chance to win a $20.00 gift certificate from my publisher, Samhain Publishing! Just think, $20.00 to spend on whatever books you want. Don’t have a reader? No problem, you can download a pdf.

And keep an eye out here.  I’ll do some special giveaways this entire month to celebrate the tour. And to whet your appetite for book 2 coming out next August, I’ll even post some snippets. But first, check out the revision to the Chapter One in the tabs above.

And no, the picture is not my hero. But isn’t he just delicious? I would imagine Mikos looked liked this in full battle gear. 🙂

Here is the schedule:

Relic Defender: Key of Solomon, Book 1 by Cassiel Knight – NURTURE Book Tour Schedule:

08
Jul
11

Hello and Welcome!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted to this blog. I’ve actually been debating its fate. I’m trying to do better with my www.cassielknight.com blog as a primary; however, I’m reluctant to let this one go. It’s full of good information and I thought I’d use it as THE place for all things Relic Defender.

My question to you is, what might you like to see from this blog? More deleted scenes? More back story/research tidbits? Status updates on Book 2 (which is nearing its 100 page mark this weekend!)

Please leave me a comment and like those who found me via the wonderful folks at Coffee Time Romance (of which I’m proud to be a Junior Editor-in-training), you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $10.00 gift certificate Samhain Publishing. And I’m thinking of an additional prize as well so two posters have a chance to win.

And while you are here, check the blog postings from launch week and the excerpts. Thanks for stopping by!

14
Mar
11

Interviewed on Behind the Book

I was interviewed by the wonderful Maggie Jaimeson on her interesting blog, Behind the Book. If you want to learn a little more about how Relic Defender came to life, check out the interview at http://author-secrets.blogspot.com/.

And while you are there, be sure to check her links and visit Maggie on her site at www.maggiejaimeson.com. She’s been contracted by Wild Rose Press and I’m so thrilled for her.




Key of Solomon

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