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Romancing September Across the World – Day 20 – Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel

Good morning everyone! I want to welcome you to the 2nd part of Day 20 of the 3rd Annual Romancing September Across the World Blog Tour. If you haven’t checked out Rosie’s post from earlier, then go by https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/ and get caught up.

Now on to today’s featured author, Here’s the question I asked:

What has been the biggest inspiration for your writing?

Sonya:

That’s a pretty tough question for me because I can’t pinpoint one thing. There’s so much to be inspired by. It’s everything and nothing…oddly enough. In the case of Love Always, Candace and I had talked about working on a book together since 2009 when we first started out writing. It took about 6 years to bring that idea into reality. But where did we start, and what were we going to write about? Candace had talked of trying her hand with contemporary romance, but wasn’t sure if taking on another genre was the right move for her. Not to mention she’s still working on a paranormal romance series that keeps her very busy. She’d mentioned to me prior to my last release of If Ever I Fall ( book 3 of my Six Series) that she still wanted to write a book together. She’d just wrapped up Everlost (book 3 of The Night Watchmen Series) leaving us both a moment in the in between to really think about making a co-written book a reality. Two months later, the book was written. That still blows my mind. We finished our book two months and one day after we started it…wow. The inspiration for that came from something Candace had typed up one night when she couldn’t sleep, making it the tip-off of what is now Love Always, and one of the main characters, Maggie, and her basketball orange, colored hair. So yeah, inspiration is everywhere. You just have to stand still, breathe in the moment and it will find its way to you.

Candace:

Inspiration. Gah, how I love it. I mean… honestly, I couldn’t have said it better than Sonya. It’s never one thing. It could be a picture, or a lyric, or a dream I had. It could be a passing thought. And sometimes it’s not always there. Some days I sit in front of my computer wanting to write, but never really feeling it, while others I can’t stop the ideas flowing. I think once you open yourself up to your inner child and step away from the fear of sounding ridiculous, you can think up anything you put your mind to. Every person is different, and I didn’t have one big inspiration that pushed me to write. Except for maybe the fact that I just wanted to have my thoughts on paper. A way to express my views on life in a way that a reader could enjoy. A way to express myself in a way that could be heard. That, I suppose, was my big inspiration.

Sonya Loveday

www.facebook.com/sonyalovedayauthor

www.sonyaloveday.com

http://www.amazon.com/Sonya-Loveday/e/B00LXD4252/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1437072831&sr=8-2-ent

Candace Knoebel

https://www.facebook.com/CandaceKnoebel

www.candaceknoebel.com

http://www.amazon.com/Candace-Knoebel/e/B009CW4K30/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1437072923&sr=8-2-ent

Here’s a little bit about today’s author:

 Sonya LovedayCandace

Sonya                                                      Candace

Today’s featured book is “Love Always”. If you haven’t checked out the her book, then here’s a little about it and where to find it.

Love Always

 Book Description

Love Always,

I’ve met boys like him before. Rich. Bored. Always wearing a silver-spooned smile. But there is something different about him that piques my curiosity. The way he looks at me, like he is staring through the bars of a gilded cage he’s never left. Like he is one breath away from suffocating beneath a mound of responsibilities. He is different from the rest because he doesn’t wear his money… his money wears him. I just don’t think he knows it yet.

She’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. She’s everything I’ve never been able to be. Carefree. Whimsical. A dreamer. Her laugh is infectious. She is irresistible. I can’t help but be drawn to her with an intensity that steals my breath and muddles my senses. I want to know her, need to know her, but how can I 

allow myself that liberty when I don’t have the freedom to make my own choices?

Phillip and Maggie think they have it all. Even though they come from opposite backgrounds, they each have bright futures paved out, with no distractions holding them back.

Until the fateful day they meet each other.

After a brief, adventurous time together in The Hamptons, Maggie and Phillip find themselves saying goodbye just as the spark of love flashes intensely between them. Can their budding connection be enough to survive the pulling tides of change, or will they drift apart before they even have a chance to explore what could have been?

Amazon  http://amzn.com/B010EEG3J8
iBooks  http://tinyurl.com/o3xf7ve
Kobo  http://tinyurl.com/nvag329

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B010EEG3J8

iBooks:     http://tinyurl.com/o3xf7ve 

Kobo:       http://tinyurl.com/nvag329

B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-always-candace-knoebel/1122553059

I hope you enjoyed it! Keep watching for more great authors all month and don’t forget to go by Rosie’s post at https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/… Let’s make it another awesome tour for 2015!

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Day 22 of the Romancing September Across The World Blog Tour

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Welcome to Day 22 of the Romancing September Across The World Blog Tour. The question I put out to all of these authors was “What challenges do you face in writing romance in today’s society?”

Don’t forget to go over to Rosie Amber’s page and check out her page too. I’ll put the link at the bottom of this post.

Today my guest author is Candace Knoebel and I want to thank her for blogging with me today. Here is a little about Candace and her book Embracing Flames.

What Challenges do you face writing romance in today’s society?

 The biggest challenge I’ve found with writing romance today is sticking true to my values. There are so many different categories of romance and they all sell equally well. For me, I am not comfortable with writing erotica or explicit scenes. I haven’t approached that road in my writing just yet. But I know there is a huge market for it and a lot of avid readers who enjoy reading the simplicity of a love story, sex and all. So I guess that leads to the question, do you try to go mainstream or stick with what you believe in?

 With Born in Flames, the focal point of the story was never meant to be about Aurora (the protagonist) and Fenn’s relationship. It was about her journey to self-discovery and self-belief. Don’t get me wrong, there is an element of romance in there and a hint of a relationship to come, but the story is so much more than that. However, I noticed in the feedback that a lot of people were missing the romance element. They wanted to see more of the gorgeous hero and how the feisty heroine would fall in love with him. Like most YA today.  When I thought about it, I saw that the story would eventually come to be about their relationship. They were right. I myself always want to know more about the relationship than the actual story.

This in turn led me to struggle with how much romance I wanted to add in book two of the trilogy (Embracing the Flames) that was mostly epic fantasy.

When I wrote Embracing the Flames, I tried to incorporate a little more romance without selling out or jumping out of my comfort zone. Naturally, there would have been romance any how. Fenn and Aurora are drawn to each other (as they are soul mates), so in order for the story to progress, their relationship had to too. The next question would be: How far is too far in YA? Since my characters are between 18 and 20 (depending on which book you are reading), there would obviously be the conflict of the progression towards sex in the relationship.

 I now found myself questioning how to broach that tastefully without jumping out of YA. I chose to leave subtle hints. While there is kissing and lots of flirting, I didn’t jump into the actual details of what transpires when they approach their ‘first’ time together. It was mentioned. I feel it rings true to who I am and to who my characters are and their values. If I went any further with it, I would have to move the genre into NA.

It has all been a learning experience. I have to remind myself how I feel when I read a good romance and then try to write from there. Stick to what you are comfortable with. I don’t think romance can be written wrong. There is an audience for everything. It’s just finding the right one for you.

 Echelon out ♥

 Biography

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Candace Knoebel is the award-winning author of Born in Flames-a young adult fantasy trilogy. Published by 48fourteen in 2012, Born in Flames went on to win Turning the Pages Book of the Year award in February of 2013.

Candace Knoebel dreamed of being a dancer ever since she could remember. With a love of all things art, she saw herself moving to New York and pursuing her passion as an artist. But all that changed on October 10th, 2002 when she met the love of her life. Her dreams diverged and after marrying her high school sweetheart and having two beautiful children, she realized she missed her creative side. Through lunch breaks and late nights after putting her kids to bed, she built a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. Since then, she crawled out of Purgatory and has devoted her time to writing and sometimes heelying.

 Author Links:

Blog: http://candaceknoebel.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Candace-Knoebel/190993824332540?ref=tn_tnmn

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/candaceknoebel

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6458922.Candace_Knoebel

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Publication Date: June 15, 2013
The Stone of Immortality has always been kept under the watch of the Draconta. That is, until the betrayal of a Fate. Now, everything is about to change.
Aurora Megalos accepted her destiny without blinking-even if it meant succumbing to her dragon side. Deemed the Progeny, she left the ordinary life she knew and has done everything in her power to learn the ways of her new home and what it means to be part dragon. But when her mentor, Astral, suddenly disappears, she is forced to take the reins with war on the brink. She sets out on an epic journey to find what her arch enemy, Zordon, is after. What she discovers is far worse than she could’ve ever imagined. She will be tested and pushed to the limit. Lives will be lost, love will be found, and most importantly, a battle will begin.
 
Go on over and check out Candace’s books. Candace has been my guest a couple of times and I can tell you that you won’t be let down by her series of books.
 
Here’s a link to Rosie’s side of the tour: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2w3


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“Embracing The Flames” : By Candace Knoebel

ImageThe Stone of Immortality has always been kept under the watch of the Draconta. That is, until the betrayal of a Fate. Now everything is about to change.

Aurora Megalos accepted her destiny without blinking-even if it meant succumbing to her dragon side. Deemed the Progeny, she left the ordinary life she knew and has done everything in her power to learn the ways of her new realm and what it means to be part dragon. But when her mentor, Astral, suddenly disappears, she is forced to take the reins.

With war on the brink, she sets out on an epic journey to not only find her mentor, but to stop her Arch Enemy, Zordon, from obtaining the Stone of Immortality. But what she discovers about him along the way is far worse than she could’ve ever imagined. She will be tested and pushed to the limit. Lives will be lost, love will be questioned, and a battle will begin.

This is the 2nd book in the “Born In Flames” Trilogy by my friend and author Candace Knoebel. The official release date is June 17th. Also check out Book one “Born In Flames”. Good luck Candace…

ImageCandace Knoebel is the award-winning author of Born in Flames (a young adult fantasy trilogy).

Published by 48fourteen in 2012, Born in Flames went on to win Turning the Pages Book of the Year award in February of 2013. Embracing the Flames, the second in the trilogy, is scheduled for release in the summer of 2013.

Candace Knoebel discovered through lunch breaks and late nights after putting her kids to bed, a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. Since then, she crawled out of Purgatory and has devoted her time to writing and sometimes heelying.

Available on:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

KOBO

 

As always good writing and May God Bless You…


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Coming soon – Embracing the Flames!

Good morning everyone. I’ve met some awesome people through this blog and my writing. This post is dedicated to the coming release of “Embracing the Flame” the 2nd in the “Born in Flames” Trilogy by my sweet friend Candace Knoebel. The first book was “Born In Flames”.

So, with much awaited intensity, here’s a little look at “Embracing the Flame” the cover and description.

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The Stone of Immortality has been protected under the watch of the Draconta for as long as time has existed. That is, until the betrayal of a Fate. Now everything is about to change.

Aurora Megalos accepted her destiny without blinking-even if it meant succumbing to her dragon side. Deemed the Progeny, she left the ordinary life she knew and has done everything in her power to learn the ways of her new realm and what it means to be part dragon. But when her mentor, Astral, suddenly disappears, she is forced to take the reins. With war on the brink, she sets out on an epic journey to not only find her mentor, but to stop her Arch Enemy, Zordon, from attaining the Stone of Immortality. But what she discovers about him along the way is far worse than she could’ve ever imagined. She will be tested and pushed to the limit. Lives will be lost, love will be questioned, and a battle will begin.

Wow, after that fantastic cover and description, I’m sold. As soon as the release date is known it will be posted, but for now the waiting game starts.

So go on over to http://candaceknoebel.wordpress.com and show your interest.

 

As always, good writing and May God Bless You!