Key of Solomon is on Tour – A Blog Tour

Beginning today, October 3, Key of Solomon is going 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 for the person who visits and comments on the most blog tour sites will get a $20.00 gift certificate from my publisher, Samhain!

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.

Here is the schedule:

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope to see you around the blogosphere!

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Ah…A Writer’s Life

It’ Saturday morning, about 10:30 a.m., West Coast time. I’m sitting on a deck overlooking a beautiful yard with the sound of a water fountain in the background. Straight ahead, is a sparkling lake, sunlight dancing on the water like diamonds. The sun is shining, but it’s not hot because I’m under an umbrella and there’s a lovely breeze. Stately pine and fir trees line the lake, and the air is cool and clean. Up until a bit ago, the only sounds were the trickling of the fountain, the splash of water on the little sandy beach and the chirp of birds mixed with an occasional bark of a dog or the soft chatter of humans (the slightly intrusive sound is that of a saw cutting wood followed by hammering).

Sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it?

No, I’m not at home, darn it. While I love my house, especially since we’ve gotten some work done, a long-time dream of mine is to have a vacation home on a lake, or even better, at the Oregon coast. But until that can happen, I use someone else’s vacation home.

Currently, I and seven other writer friends, are sharing the home in honor of one of my friend’s birthday. You see, we are all writers and, for her birthday, what she wanted most was to spend the weekend writing with her closest friends. Talk about unselfish.

Now, it’s for her birthday, yet, I feeling I’m getting as much benefit from this as she is. I wrote twenty-one pages yesterday on The Death Skull, book 2 of my Relic Defender series with Samhain and, today, feel confident I’ll be able to get another twenty+ pages done. Oh, and the man candy here? That’s my idea of what Jackson, the hero of book 2, looks like. Pretty yummy, huh?

There’s something inspirational about beautiful scenery and being surrounded by close friends with a total focus on writing. I love my very supportive husband and my three adorable dogs and enjoy being with them, but writing feeds my soul in a way not much else has.

I feel blessed that I’ve found a profession I love so much. And I feel even more blessed that I’ve found two publishers/editors who have given me the opportunity to continue to do what I love.

How about you? What feeds your soul? Are you indulging? If not, why not?

New Cover for Hit Me

As promised, here is the cover for my Lyrical Press release of Hit Me With Your Best Shot. Renee Rocco, the owner of Lyrical Press, is also a phenomenal cover artist. All you have to do is visit the website to see what I mean. That is part of the reason I submitted to them. And I loved Renee’s responses on Absolute Write.  Is this gorgeous?

Also, I have a release date for this – ta da – February 20, 2012!

I’m hard at work doing content edits with my terrific editor. You know, I listened to others talk about how much of a big deal it is to have someone love your work and finally, I get it. I really do. Carin gets my voice, gets my style and absolutely loves my heroine. Sure, I have edits but everything she’s having me do makes the story much better. I hope my readers will think so.

That’s it for now. I have other news to report but am waiting just a little bit for one last piece of information before I share. I had a great August and am looking for September and on to be even better.

This entry was posted on August 31, 2011. 1 Comment

What’s Going On?

It’s been a while since I posted (has it really been over a month since Nationals?) so I thought I’d post about a new publishing venture for another of my stories.

I have a new publishing house, Lyrical Press. I’m still with Samhain for my Relic Defender series (and maybe more?); however, I found Lyrical Press and am publishing my futuristic romance, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, with them. This is a book I published in 2007 with New Concepts Publishing but was too new, green and wet behind the ears, that I never really did anything with the book or New Concepts. It wasn’t because of anything they did/didn’t do. In 2007, a mere 4 years ago, I just wasn’t involved with social media and promotion was a dirty word. All that’s changed.

So, I got the rights back and Lyrical is republishing it next March. So far, they are keeping the same title but I get a new cover by one of the owners, Renee Rucco. For her covers alone, you’ve got to go check out the site. She’s does phenomenal work. I’m a total fan girl. The pictured cover is one done by Tanith Dean of Tanithtopia and I love this cover but this isn’t the one I’ll be using. That’s not to say I won’t use it – just not for this story. She does lovely work so a plug for her; check her out. I just had to show this – you’ll get the idea of the story from the cover.

Anyway, I’ve been working with a terrific editor (boy, have I been lucky with both my Samhain and Lyrical editors!) and recently had the chance to update this story. Thank God! Seriously! Who’d have known I was a fan of words I didn’t need and yeah, telling not showing, um, that was an issue in the first part of the book. I’m so grateful I got to go through first and clean that up. It was also fun to revisit the story and to think about what I would like to do with a follow-up story.

So, that’s some recent news. I’ll post when I get a release date and, of course, when I get a cover.

This entry was posted on August 9, 2011. 2 Comments

Pro Retreat Keynote

At the PRO Retreat today, I listened to a presentation by Carolyn Pittis, SVP, Global Marketing Strategy and Operations, HarperColllins talking about the Changing Publishing Industry: How Publishers are Adapting. It was a very interesting presentation and I’ve tried to capture the highlights of what she presented:

• The new players in the book business – Apple, Google, Barnes & Noble, Twitter, Facebook and Amazon.
• Ebooks have really, really arrived – Kindle and Nook sales huge at Christmas.
• Amazon focusing on a consumer business model versus a book business. Going direct to author. Recent article discussed Amazon’s new plan – “Review our books and we will promote you.”
• Average consumer price of the top 100 (not just romance) is .99 to $2.99 resulting in a lot of price pressure on content for self-published and retailers.
• Businesses competing with each other to ensure consumers have as much
• Book business is “global-digital” – lots of demand for romance content for those unable to get books in hard copy due to country restraints.
• Three things are pushing the current book industry, the middle man (agents, publishers, retailers, etc.) between authors and readers – new technology, data and consumer choice.
• She coined the phrase “Trapezoid of Terror” – the gap between author’s expectations and a company’s qualifications.
• Authors HAVE to be educated – they HAVE to understand the market if they are going to be
successful.
• Know your “Klout” score (www.klout.com). This is your social media score.

She ended with discussing where authors should focus, what they should understand:
• that their #1 focus should be writing great stories and content
• what success is (for the author – define)
• the basic business economics of the marketing piece
• business plans and evaluate options and partner against that – what am I offering and what are my
financial goals?
• relative market (Klout) power
• how other players win and how big
• assess choices authors have in who they wish to partner with and how authors wish to publish
non-writing work (social media)

If there are still naysayers out there about ebooks (didn’t we hear from one recently?), my opinion is that they really out to take their heads out of the sand. It’s a publishing evolution and I’m very excited about it.

This entry was posted on June 30, 2011. 2 Comments

Finding My Way

The blog looks pitiful, doesn’t it? Spurts of words then nothing for months. My goal for 2011 is to be much more consistent about blogging or even just letting people know what I’m up to. Part of the issue is simply learning my way around WordPress to fill it with my writing life and then wondering what I can talk about people might finding interesting. I’ve noticed a lot of writers use this space to talk about their journey to publishing. I’m thinking if readers find that sort of topic interesting, I can certainly tell my story. Although, my story isn’t finished yet and it may not be quite as exciting as others.

I think I’d also like to talk about the writing “rules” and the publishing industry as a whole. Because I’m seeking representation, I do a lot of agent research and even some editor research. I think of all the things I could talk about, I’d enjoy that the most. So, that’s my plan.

Around talking about my upcoming release from Samhain, Relic Defender: Key of Solomon (March 1!), I’m going to share what I’ve learned about rules and what I’ve learned and know about the publishing industry and the romance genre.

I love this industry – the ups, the downs and the sideways. And I’d like to share this love with you.

P.S. For you viewing pleasure, that’s Chloe, my 2 year old Shih Tzu. Isn’t she adorable?

This entry was posted on February 3, 2011. 1 Comment