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BLOG TOUR – I, Guinevere


SHANNON MUIR’S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS

The SHANNON MUIR’S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS column on Mondays and Wednesdays is a place at Shannon Muir’s author website showcasing books from a variety of fiction genres, with an emphasis on interviews and guest posts from other authors. One thing Shannon firmly believes in for readers not only to learn about new books available, but about those who craft the tales behind them. As its name implies, SHANNON MUIR’S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS weekly column features writers from all genres of fiction who want their potential audience to get to know them, and their works, better.

Today, we look at I, GUNIEVERE.

I, Guinevere

by C.K. Brooke

Genre: YA Fantasy, Arthurian Mythology, Retellings

Release date: October 15th 2018

Summary:

If you think you know the story of King Arthur and his mythical sword,think again. Your legends have it wrong.

Here’sthe truth: I was never married to Arthur, and he wasn’t a king. Because Arthurnever pulled that sword out of the stone. I did.

I,Guinevere.

Onthe winter solstice, a mysterious sword in a stone appears in the churchyard. Not even the mightiest of the village men can remove it, until fifteen-year-old Guinevere gives it a try. The sword heeds the unsuspecting maiden, proclaiming the unthinkable: she is the blood of Pendrakon, heir to the vacant throne of Camylot.

Guinevere never dreamed she was born royalty. Now, between apprenticing the eccentric wizard, Merlyn; swordplay lessons with an abrasive—albeit, attractive—boy named Lance; and clandestine, magical meetings with the formidable High Priestess ofAvalon, Guinevere is swept up in a whirlwind of training and preparation for her monumental new role as future queen. But invasions by the barbarous Saxyns and visitations from mysterious dark forces continually warn that she may be in over her head. Can Guinevere defend the kingdom from the darkness and deception that threaten to seize it? Despite her doubts and the sinister forces working against her, can she harness the power to wield Exkalibur and rule the realm? Or is Camylot already destined to fall?

From the unstoppable pen of C.K. Brooke comes a fresh and unforgettable new retelling seeped in Arthurian mythology. Queen Guinevere has her own tale to share, and it’s nothing like what you thought! Experience the magic and myth of Camylot, Avalon, Merlyn, and Exkalibur like never before as, in the vein of Brooke’s award-winning Secrets of Artemis, this legendary maiden of lore recounts her side of the story.

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Interview With the AuthorA

What initially got you interested in writing?

I startedwriting my own stories when I was around six years old. I loved the “Spot” books and emulated them by writing a series of my own books about my dog, Sunny. From there, I just never stopped creating books!

What genres do you prefer to write in?

I prefer to write fantasy because I can bend all the rules. 😉 But my stories always invariably turn into romances at the heart of them. Young Adult (YA) Fantasy Romance has been the best fit for me, because I can really focus on the characters and their relationships with one another, without graphic violence or sex. I prefer to stay on the ‘Disney’ side of things.

Are there any authors you prefer to read and why?

I love toread YA authors, particularly Kiera Cass, Ally Carter, Lisa Klein, and Adriana Mather, to name a few. Their writing styles instantly transport me to another world without demanding too much from my scattered mom brain. I adore their strong young heroines and the romantic subplots (or in some cases, plots) in their books.

How did you make the move into being a published author?

In the fallof 2013, when I finished writing my first novel, The Duchess Quest, I knew it was “the one” I had to publish. Over the course of 7 months, I sent it to beta readers that I met on Twitter, rewrote it a dozen times, submitted it to 164 agents and publishers, and received 164 rejection letters. On my 165th  try, just as my dream was beginning to seem impossible, a small Texas press called 48fourteen enjoyed the story and decided to take a chance on me. I will forever be grateful to them for launching me!

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

Oh, I don’t think I can choose just one thing! It depends on where I am in the process.While I’m writing, the relationships I develop with my characters and the real emotions I feel for them makes the blood flow through my veins. I literally get lovesick, like a teenager with a crush, lose my appetite and can’t sleep because I can’t stop thinking about my characters and how excited I am to write the next scene. It’s constant shots of dopamine and I think that’s why I’ve written so many books. I’m addicted. 😉

After I’ve written, the most rewarding part is finally putting that product on the market—in some cases, seeing it in print and holding it in my hands—and sharing it with others. I love the phone calls and emails I get from family, friends, and reviewers who are reading and enjoying it. I write to express what’s inside,but getting to share it is the cherry on top.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

The most challenging part of writing is maintaining balance. As a mom, my first responsibility is to my family, which means I’m always on call and sometimes must drop everything to go take care of something. Creative types know, it can sometimes take hours, days, or even weeks to find your stride and get into the“zone.” Once you hit the flow, it is very difficult to walk away. You want to do nothing but work on your art. But often I have to put it aside.

When I’m working on a manuscript, literally all I want to do, from the moment I open my eyes in the morning to the instant I shut them at night, is write. I have one,single-minded goal: Finish the book. (In my house, we call this Mom’s“manuscript mode”.) Depending on the length of the story and how detailed my outline is, this mode can last anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months. During which I have to remind myself constantly to be present with my family, to focus on cooking dinner or playing Candyland or watching soccer practice, or whatever it is we’re doing as a family, and not have my head in the clouds, daydreaming about or coming up with more ideas for my book.


Do you have any tips for writers who find themselves experiencing writer’s block?
 I don’t believe in writer’s block! In my humble opinion, what writers mistake as ‘block’ is simply poor – or no – planning. If you plan, plan, plan (or plot, plot, plot) you’ll never find yourself stuck in a corner! I actually made a video recently, sharing 4 ways to combat writer’s block. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/K9-vssM3iqY

What advice would you give to people that want to enter the field?

On my website, I share everything that’s been helpful to me as a writer, from conception to publication to marketing. You can check it out at https://ckbrooke.com/resources-for-writers/.

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

I want my readers to come away with some emotion. A lovesick heart, a dreamy sigh, a bittersweet melancholy, or a smile on their lips. I hope to touch their hearts,make them laugh, give them hope and, above all, let them know they are not alone.

Is there anything else about you that you think readers might find interesting?

Before I was a published author, I started out as a book blogger: https://royallyreviewed.wordpress.com/.

About the Author
C.K. Brooke is an award-winning indie author of over a dozen romance and fantasy novels. Her debut novel, THE DUCHESS QUEST (48fourteen, 2014), was selected by Shelf Unbound Magazine as a Top 100 Notable Indie Book of 2015, and her YA novel, SECRETS OF ARTEMIS,received the Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion Award in 2017. She is also the author of THE WRONG PRINCE, a Readers Favorite five star recipient and Global EBook Award Honorable Mention title, as well as the historical romance, CAPTURING THE CAPTAIN (Limitless, 2016), which was a RONE Award Nominee and a Finalist in th eMMRWA Best Banter Contest. She lives in Michigan with her husband and son.Visit her at www.CKBrooke.com and subscribe for a FREE eBook!

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BLOG TOUR – Enlightenment

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Today, we look at ENLIGHTENMENT.

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Enlightenment
by Reno Ursal
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Magical Realism
Release Date: November 20th 2018

Summary:

Set in Las Vegas,18-year-old Dorothy Dizon’s life takes an unexpected turn when the alluring Adrian Rosario peaks her curiosity by his knowledge of obscure Filipino folklore.

Adrian keeps his Danag secret society hidden knowing she’s embarked on a transformational journey tied to her Filipino ancestry. Together, they struggle through a supernatural ride that changes not only their lives, but of everyone they love.

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About the Author

Filipino American author and readeron a journey of self-discovery and reflection through the power of storytelling. No history, no self. Know history, know self.

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BLOG TOUR – Big City Villain

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Today, we look at BIG CITY VILLAIN.

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Big City Villain
by Penelope Ray
Genre: YA Superheroes
Release Date: September 28th 2018

Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Coal Black takes being the bad boy to a whole new level. A super level. Known as the city’s terrifying super villain, Headphones, Coal works hard to keep his bad reputation intact despite being banned from using his powers. But things soon take a drastic turn when a deadly vigilante promises to destroy his whole world and his brother.

When his secrets are threatened, how far will Coal go to keep everything from unraveling? And with betrayal around every corner, he just might not make it out alive.

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Guest Post by the Author

Typical Writing Day

A typical writing day begins with checking all the social media apps I have and getting up to date on my favorite cats. When that is done, an extensive search for new music/the right music toset the tone is undertaken. When I am satisfied with my music choice, I open up Wattpad and stare at my many unfinished works before deciding on one. Then I proceed to stare at the blank chapter and hope inspiration finds me. When I don’t have writer’s block, I can write for hours and usually forget all about the music. If you ever saw me write, I tend to act out the scenes or get offended by what some of my characters say or think. Typically, four minutes into writing, one of my cats demands my attention or I am notified of the need for food, effectively distracting me for the rest of the day.

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About the Author

In her natural habitat, Penelope Ray can be found with headphones on and furiously typing away on her laptop, completely oblivious to what’s going on around her except for her attention-demanding cats. Though writing about superheroes and their crazy adventures is her current obsession, she started off as a quiet romance author, but a year ago she found Wattpad and let her imagination run wild. It hasn’t come back yet.And that’s when she discovered me, Coal Black. Her hero, her dashing prince charming, the wind in her sails, and her motivation to keep writing. Happiest in the rain and snow surrounded by cats, Penelope writes her next book while trying not to overthink her author bio or how she’s going to write the ending to the story.

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INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS – A Flashback to #infiniteadventure

INFINITE ADVENTURE  was a limited run series at INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS intended to try out books or related items that somehow tie in to the world of travel and personal adventure. Features would generally consist of site administrator Shannon Muir documenting how she attempted to use an item as part of her own travel or other adventures. As you may be planning holiday vacations, relive Shannon Muir and her husband’s report of their first visit to Old Town San Diego from August 15, 2016, with the help of a travel guide.

My husband and I have gone to Comic-Con International: San Diego for 20 years now. For the last couple years, we’ve stayed in Old Town, but hadn’t previously had the chance to explore it. To get a sense of what was there, we decided to try out a travel guide to see what it might tell us. Moon San Diego sounded promising as it claimed to be written by a local, so we thought it might provide added insights than a better known guide.

From what it told us, the shops all seemed to close at 6 p.m. and there was absolutely no indication of any restaurants. Since we didn’t check into the hotel until 5 p.m., we raced across the street to see what we could see before everything closed… or so we thought!

It pleased us to find out not only was Old Town San Diego open longer than we thought (until 9 p.m.), there were several restaurants open until 11pm. None of these insights were provided by our travel guidebook!

So the two of us had a wonderful time just discovering Old Town San Diego on our own.

We then went inside the Plaza de Oro, which is where most of the shops were, along with a performance stage. At the center is the restaurant  Casa de Reyes, where we enjoyed combination meals to sample a wide variety their offerings. I had a beef tamale, cheese enchilada, and my favorite Mexican food… the chile relleno!  Not to mention the great guacamole they brought to our table when we ordered it extra. As our meal got underway, musicians got on stage and performed as well.

A great evening to prep for Comic-Con, and we’re so glad we took the time. It just would have been nice to have the travel guide be more helpful. It’s probably great if you planned to spend all day there or earlier in the day.

BLOG TOUR – Fractured Magic

Today, find out more about the book FRACTURED MAGIC.

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Fractured Magic
by EmilyBybee
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 31st 2018
Wild Rose Press

Summary:

As the world’s worst witch, Maddie is mistreatedby her own kind. She was born a Defect. Most of her spells blow up in her face,literally. While witches search for the long-lost power of the earth, Maddiespends her time in the science lab. There, she discovers a clue to the lostpower. The only other witness is Jax, a smokin’ hot college bad-boy, who Maddiecan’t decide if she wants to kiss or kill.

When she fails her magic final, the councilorders her magic stripped. Maddie’s only chance to keep her brain intact is tofind the power with the hope that it can fix her. Jax is her one true ally onthe journey. The two of them must use their smarts to stay ahead of the witcheswhile they follow a two-hundred-year-old trail to the power of the earth and thetruth behind Maddie’s defect.

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Barns and Noble- https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fractured-magic-emily-bybee/1129524325?ean=9781509222803

Wild Rose Press- https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/6198-fractured-magic.html?search_query=Fractured+Magic&results=2

Guest Post by the Author

Typical Writing Day

               7:30am- back from getting little ones off to school

                              -huge mug of tea

               8:00am- check social media and try to be social- completely against my introvert nature.

               8:30am- start writing or editing

-stay as focused as possible

-maybe a few breaks to check for inspiration that might be hiding in the refrigerator-oooh look, food

-Back to working.

-Danger! Keep from going down the rabbit-hole of “research”

               11:30am- dogs bring me leashes as a not-so-subtle reminder of daily walk

-half an hour of yoga and stretching.

               1:00pm- writing sprints with a critique partner 

-sometimes adulting has to happen-usually indicated by the realization that no one has any clean clothes or that kids expect to actually eat every day

               3:00pm-pick up kids and do the mom thing with homework and making dinner.

                6:00pm- if all is right with the world and the family is settled I can get in a few more hours of writing and edits.

               9:00pm-computer if shut off so I have some face-time with hubby.

About the Author


Emily grew up loving to read and escape into stories. She began writing her own at the age of twelve. In college she focused on science and graduated with a degree in Environmental Biology. After college she began writing again but quickly realized she had failed to take a single writing or grammar class. Luckily, she’s a quick learner. Emily now lives in Colorado with her wonderful husband, three amazing children, and way too many animals. She still enjoys making up stories and can’t seem to leave out the paranormal elements because they are just too much fun.

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BLOG TOUR – Enchanting Yuletide

The SHANNON MUIR’S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS column on Mondays and Wednesdays is a place at Shannon Muir’s author website showcasing books from a variety of fiction genres, with an emphasis on interviews and guest posts from other authors. One thing Shannon firmly believes in for readers not only to learn about new books available, but about those who craft the tales behind them. As its name implies, SHANNON MUIR’S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS weekly column features writers from all genres of fiction who want their potential audience to get to know them, and their works, better.

Today, find out more about the anthology ENCHANTING YULETIDE.

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BLOG TOUR – I am Number 13

The SHANNON MUIR’S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS column on Mondays and Wednesdays is a place at Shannon Muir’s author website showcasing books from a variety of fiction genres, with an emphasis on interviews and guest posts from other authors. One thing Shannon firmly believes in for readers not only to learn about new books available, but about those who craft the tales behind them. As its name implies, SHANNON MUIR’S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS weekly column features writers from all genres of fiction who want their potential audience to get to know them, and their works, better.

Today, find out more about I AM NUMBER 13.

 

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