Hi everyone! We have a guest post from author Heather Fleener today with what she is thankful for. We also have info on her latest released book to share with you all.
My personal reflections on all the things that I have been blessed with over the course of this past year will include not only those countless ones in my personal life but a tremendous number of prayers of thanks will be given for things that this time last year I could never have thought would be possible, or even hoped for, as this Indie adventure was just underway.
Here is a peek into that very long list…
I must say thanks to the wonderful people at Paranormal Reads for going above and beyond in supporting authors and letting me ramble on their blog. I <3 them.
Not merely ‘likes’ on Facebook or industry professionals – true friends. I feel so blessed to have met so many new friends this past year. There are people in my world now that I might never have otherwise had the opportunity to know – because my world now includes readers, bloggers, authors, etc. – and they are all over the world. My realm of existence expanded a thousand times over and now includes so many wonderful, giving, thoughtful people. For those of you that I have met and those of you that I have yet to meet, thank you for letting me into your world.
Self-publishing platforms –
Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, etc...Thank you thank you thank!!! You provided an outlet for my creativity (aka imaginary friends) and allowed me to redefine ‘me.’ You have also expanded my world as a reader. Thank you for investing in Indie writers and giving us a voice.
My appreciation of the power of the Google search engine was fully realized in the middle of the night when trying to find the perfect translation for ‘jackass’ in an ancient language. I am thankful for the ease of access to knowledge. I also now have a much greater appreciation for authors that created amazing works without having ready access to the Internet. When I think of the ease with which I am able to do my research and the instantaneous ability to do so, I am all the more awed by my favorite authors. Thank you to the many authors that created enchanting worlds and characters (in the absence of Mr. Google) that have entertained and inspired so many of us.
Indie Authors –
Thank you for blazing a trail for me and so many others like me that have followed behind you. I have met numerous Indies that are kind, encouraging, and so generous with sharing their knowledge. Those of you that were the first…the ones that endured all the stress and hardships…you not only invited all of us to come along, but then you cheered us, mentored us along in our own ventures into this world that you founded…I am humbled by you, and I cannot give you enough thanks.
When I tried to identify the most important things in my list of thanks, it was impossible. At the end of the day, I think it all comes down to the fact that writing and publishing and everything that is involved is not a job or a career simply, it is an experience. There is almost something new every single day that touches me, shapes me. I am a different person than I was a year ago, and it is because of the experience. I am incredibly thankful to God for opening the window to start me on this adventure.
I pray that your blessings are bountiful this year and 2014 brings you amazing experiences.
Thank you so much for including us in your list! Now here is some info on her latest released book!
Ancients of Light
In the beginning...there were Vampire.
Man’s fall from grace sparked the birth of the Dark creatures from the underworld. To counter the explicit threat to mankind, divinely-created immortals were brought forth. The Witch encompassed seven Castes of power; their magic was most effective against the nefarious agenda pursued by the evil ones.
The war has raged since the beginning of human history. Ancients of Light is the series detailing the stories of the immortals that will fulfill an arcane prophecy and bring about the conclusion of the supernatural conflict.
About the series
Chosen is the first in the thirteen books of the Ancients of Light series and is only the beginning of a young Witch’s journey toward developing both the strength of character and magic that will be required to fulfill her prophesied role as leader of the Light faction.
Revelations of nuances in the Prophecy - facets that were never fully comprehended by the Ancients - will continue in successive stories. The culmination of its true meaning in the destiny of the supernatural world of the Realm will only be revealed when Kaitriana is adequately prepared to lead the Warriors now being called together to champion the Light’s purpose.
Familiar characters return for each storyline as the focus turns to a new key couple in every book - a pair that significantly factors into the purpose of Light – however, the story of the Chosen does not end with Book #1. Kaitriana and Lorcan, their growth together as partners in leadership and in love as a couple, will thread through the series as Kaitriana assumes the role that was destined as hers since the beginning.
Ancients of Light #3
The Light’s Duty to Protect
A war over the fate of mankind sparked the creation of the Ancients - Light and Dark - one divinely-created guardians, the other hell-spawned killers. The conflict raged within the Realm for millennia, neither faction triumphant in its purpose. In recent history the Darks have adopted a more surreptitious path - the boom of technology allowing the Dark One to insinuate himself into the midst of those he would most like to destroy. Tragic consequences result when the Ancients of Light pursue the Darkness into the Outer Realm. The Prophecy continues…
Darkness Claimed Her Soul
The adversity of Kylie’s youth forged an indomitable spirit. A vibrant and strong woman determined to plot the course of her life with room for nothing beyond the next measure of success, Kylie believed in only herself, and most certainly neither destiny nor love. All those tenants were derailed with a single encounter, but the same man that tempted her to live again drew her into the middle of an aged war, the consequence being her own destruction, plummeting her into a hellish existence.
A Warrior Haunted by His Failure
Sayer’s mission was only to foil the latest plan of the Darks in the Outer Realm and return a few Vampire to Hell. Finding a perfect mortal that tempted him beyond all reason was an unforeseen complication. Just when Sayer realizes that his eternity is meant for one alone, Kylie is destroyed and the loss drives him to the pits of despair, revealing events of the past that would best remain buried.
Tragedy will Reveal Those of Divine Purpose
Sayer’s appearance in her life was the catalyst to fulfilling a destiny that existed since Kylie’s creation. Their fate thwarted by Darkness, both shattered by tragedy, Kylie and Sayer must return to the love that once was while finding absolution or perish apart. Only once all that was broken is returned to unblemished will God’s own Warriors rise. The beginning of the beginning…
When the man persisted in silence, Kylie gave a none too subtle yank to retrieve her hand. Arrogant ass. Negotiations, as far as she was concerned, were done.
In response to her attempted extraction, Sayer stepped closer, wanting to prick the fiery temper he could sense lurking beneath her icy façade. His thumb traced over her hand when he gave her his name, “I’m Sayer, and I know exactly where I want to be, Miss Jadewell.”
It was the way he said it, coupled with the drag of his thumb in intimate suggestion over the back of her hand, that flustered her. How anyone could make that answer into a steamy innuendo was beyond her, but his delivery was grandly sexual. Her mind plummeted to wicked depths briefly and his eyes told her that he knew it. Rather than encourage him, Kylie promptly renewed her efforts to pull free; she intended to be neither his amusement nor his late night quickie.
He thought he was in control here, and it was time to dissuade him of that ridiculous notion. Kylie nodded to him - not in answer – but in farewell, “Wanting and getting are two entirely separate things, Mr. Sayer.” She barely controlled her smirk when his eyes widened in disbelief. Taking advantage of his shock, she smoothly pulled her hand loose. Kylie retreated and pivoted towards the bank of elevators, not bothering to look when she called back, “I bid you good evening.”
Sayer glanced away from the enticing sway of her hips to catch an amused grin from Fred before the night guard nodded to him in a silent show of support. His guess was that he was not the first male to have been summarily put in his place by the beauty. The predatory nature of his breed made him love both a challenge and a chase and he was beyond eager to capture this one. Ms. Jadewell had him crazed with lust and irritated all at once.
In this instance, Sayer chaffed under the constraints of human rules of law and behavior, and was tempted to drag her back to the dungeons in the Realm just so he could have her under his control, in his space and on his terms. Her dismissive nature fired Vampiric instincts in him, the need to dominate and control. He would settle instead for a little revenge. Ms. Jadewell had never faced an opponent as stubborn as an ancient Vampire, and he was all too willing to knock her confidence down a good few notches. Little Ms. Superiority would not have the last word.
Just before she reached the open elevator Fred looked back down at his newspaper providing Sayer the opportunity he needed to close in.
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