Join The Uprising! And Various Updates...

Hey gang! I have yet another fabulous book release to share with you today, but first:
Moonsongs Tour Update

I've been all over the place since my last update. I had an exclusive Witch's Nocturne excerpt over at the Bookhounds blog. I received a couple of awesome reviews for the stories over at Buried In Books. And today, the Paperback Princess blog made me blush a little with the kind things they said about them. All are fine blogs for the readers out there, so be sure to check them if you have time.

I'm entering the home stretch of the tour as things will come to a close next Monday. It has been a lot of fun, a little tiring, and very worth it. I haven't been able to get around to comment on as many of my blog friend's blogs (at least regularly) this month as I would like, but know I've been lurking/reading. Things will soon be back to normal, so you can expect me to hassle you with comments again in the near future. :-)
Moonsongs Books Update

I just sent the third story off to the editor Friday! Yes, I was my usual neurotic mess when I hit 'send', but I'm better now. Writers understand this inevitable, downward spiral of highest-high, crippling doubt, and defeated acceptance. But for the uninitiated, it goes something like this: 

STEP 1 - Highest-high: I FINISHED IT JUST IN TIME FOR THE DEADLINE! Who has two arthritic thumbs, temporary computer blindness, and writer slouch? This hard-writing mf, that's who!

STEP 2 - Crippling Doubt: Oh hell, I shouldn't have sent her that piece of flaccid excrement ... I should've asked for more time ... it wasn't ready. Maybe she didn't get it... 

*incoming email bing sound* 

Son of a motherless goat, she got it! I'll just tell her I wrote the last half of it while recovering from meningitis. She'll feel obligated to give it back to me!

*scans email* 

For-the-love-of-Hebrew, she's already reading the damn thing! She's only had it like six seconds. Who starts reading something in the first minute?! Terminator robots, that's who. My editor is a vicious Terminator robot who has been sent back in time to kill my writing before I can destroy the world with its crappy-crapness.

*Google searches "how to change your identity and hide from Terminator robots"*

STEP 3 - Defeated Acceptance: You've written worse, EJ, and you know it. She'll probably ask you to re-wrtie the entire thing, and maybe request that you take an ESL class or two, but you can do it. You've got some time to think about the depth of your suck and to figure out how to un-suck. You've got time... 

*throws head back and dances the Snoopy dance*


This all happens in about 10 minutes realtime...

Neumarian Uprising 

We need your help! Thanks to our spy, Ciara Knight, we are able to communicate with you today via blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

The Neumarian uprising has begun. We are fighting for freedom and equality for all, but we need your help. Ciara informed us that you might want to know more about the uprising and why we ask you to risk your lives for our cause. To answer these questions I’ve agreed to let Ciara tell my sister’s, Raeth’s, story about her captivity. It will be free for you on a site called Amazon until March 1, 2013.

Our spies have told us this will help spread the word and find more recruits for our rebellion against the tyrannical queen. You can help by simply downloading a free copy of Weighted, a prequel to the Neumarian Chronicles. If you are intrigued and wish to follow our uprising, Escapement, book I of The Neumarian Chronicles, will be available for only $2.99 until March 1, 2013.

Escapement is told by Princess Semara. Don’t hold the fact Semara is a princess against her like I did, there is more to her than you can possibly imagine.

Here is a brief explanation of her telling of our uprising:

Ten years after the great war of 2185 the queen’s reign is threatened by uprisings and fear. In celebration of my sixteenth birthday it is my duty as princess to sacrifice a slave to be initiated into the ruling council, solidifying my mother’s empire. When my own erratic powers surface I’m captured and tried for treason. Slaves hate me, my mother wants me executed, and my only chance of survival rests in the hands of a young man, Ryder Arteres, whose sister I sentenced to death.

What people are saying about Escapement:

“A heady mix of action adventure and steampunk -- leavened with a dash of romance -- ESCAPEMENT offers up its fair share of thrills, horrors and heart-pounding moments. A strong start to a captivating new series.”

-- Jana Oliver, author of The Demon Trapper's Daughter

“A riveting tale of justice, mercy, honor and love. Take a deep breath and hold on, because you'll be turning the pages of Escapement quickly. Three unlikely comrades, Princess Semara, Ryder, and his sister Raeth, embark on a journey that will alter their lives forever. The beautiful love story nestled into these action-packed scenes will make you sigh and remember why you love to love. After reading the prequel Weighted, I knew this story would be amazing, and it was. Ciara Knight truly has a gift for creating awesome worlds and characters you won't forget.”

--Lindi Peterson--Award winning author of Summer's Song.

“Betrayal, secrets, and a rebellion send readers on a grand adventure, caught in the plight to discover Semara’s gifts and purpose.”

--Alex J Cavanaugh, author of Amazon best sellers CassaStar and CassaFire

“The most unmissable series ever! I couldn't stop reading, the action and romance too breathtaking to break the spell!”

--ARC review by Sudah on Goodreads

"A courageous heart-stopping journey by young people to save their kind."

--Hildie McQueen, bestselling author of Where the Four Winds Collide

If you’d like to see a peak into our world, please view this short clip on You Tube

If you are now ready to join our fight, please add Escapement to your TBR shelf on Goodreads here.

Shout out on all your social media sites, and tell everyone you know to stand up and fight.

Be Bold.

Be Brave.

Be Free.

In the name of the rebellion,

Ryder Arteres

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  1. No doubts!! You know it's all good.
    Yeah for Ciara!! The uprising is a success.

  2. Terminator Robot Editors. LOL! I think you may be on to something. That's the best laugh I've had today. :P

  3. LOL. I totally know what you mean. Are we ever really ready to put something out there so it can be torn to shreds? Way to make the deadline.

    And wahoo for Ciara!

    1. Thanks Crystal! Knowing that it takes a bit of 'shredding' to make something the best it can be is all that makes it bearable sometimes.

  4. You crack me up. It's so tough sending our stories out. You are so brave.

    Speaking of brave, thanks so much for defying the queen and posting about the uprising. Ryder wanted me to extend his heartfelt thanks. He's busy organizing the uprising right now.

    1. My pleasure! A fun twist on the release format, and I hope lots of people join in the fun!

  5. "Who has two arthritic thumbs, temporary computer blindness, and writer slouch? This hard-writing mf, that's who!"

    Hah! I almost choked. :)

  6. Congratulations on moving along with your writing career, E.J. I can't wait to read the third installment of Moonsongs.

  7. Lots of chocolate to Ciara! She's everywhere today.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  8. What a fun uprising tour! :) Thanks for sharing- will go check it out. And no need to worry about the ms- you will get great comments, I'm sure. I've been reading the first book in the series and enjoying it! :)

    1. Glad you're enjoying it so far, Rebecca! Jumping through the hoops to make a story as good as it can be is daunting at times, but truly worth it.

  9. You're so right about that writing roller coaster - especially when submitting. I get that every time, just for short stories.

    Congrats to Ciara. I've got this e-mail in my inbox and haven't had a chance to post it yet. Like you, I'm a bit behind with other things going on. But I know the ms will be great EJ. Keep on believing in yourself :)


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    1. *ducks behind tall grass and waits for Arnold* :-)

  11. I'm sure your work was fine and your editor will only ask for a few minor tweeks. But yeah, I understand the feeling. Sometimes we are our own worst critics.

    Funny post. I especially enjoyed Step 1.

  12. Arthritic thumbs and Terminator Robot editors. Can this post get any more awesome? Take care of those thumbs while the MS is at the editors!

  13. Loving the sound of Ciara's story!

    Good luck with the submission :)

    1. Sounds like a fabulous read, right? I downloaded the first in the series yesterday, and can't wait to dive in. :-)

  14. I love Ciara's cover--and I think her book is one I would enjoy!

    1. I love it, too. I picked up the first in the series yesterday and am looking forward to reading.

  15. You sound sort of like I'm feeling now. I submitted to a publishing house, so I'm sitting on needles while I wait for the editor to get back to me.


    1. Oh man, good luck Misha! I'll keep my fingers, toes, etc. crossed for good news. :-)

  16. A mass uprising is sweeping across BloggyVille! Yay for Ciara!

    Thanks for the morning laughs E.J. (... I wrote the last half of it while recovering from meningitis... LOL)

  17. ESL class. ROFL xD
    Your writing is good. You worry for nothing, my friend. ;)

    Best of luck, Ciara. :)

  18. Love the creative blogging going on for Ciara's release. And your editor is truly a rockstar!!!

    1. Truly unique release, which thrills me because I've been sharing a lot of releases lately. Makes me want to do something clever for one of mine! :-)

  19. Interesting! I'd be nervous if I had to rely on a man whose sister I sentenced to death; it would make me question his motives. And your description of your doubts and fears made me feel like I'm not the only one neurotic one. :) But of course, it's normal to feel insecure about your writing; it shows that it's really important to you and that you're invested in it.

    1. I agree, NW. You SHOULD feel a little nervous about getting feedback on your work. It's an important step in the process--an essential one, in fact. :-)

  20. Oh you just make me laugh. I especially love the head-back Snoopy dance. Good luck with the editor and all the Moonsongs books!


  21. HI, EJ...

    Thanks for the laugh this morning.... You are too funny.

    YAY, for CIara.... I have my post ready for the UPRISE tomorrow...INTERESTING.

    ALL the BEST with your newest child.

  22. So much fun to read this post and to see your thoughts! I can relate! Thanks for sharing and for making me laugh. Congrats to Clara! :)

  23. Wow, this book sounds really interesting, something I'd enjoy. Nice review.


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