Monthly Archives: November 2012

Lyrical Press Blog: (not just) Black Friday Sale

Lyrical Press Blog: (not just) Black Friday Sale: Don’t miss Lyrical’s (not just) Black Friday sale! November 22 – November 24 All books 75% off list price! http://www.lyri…

75% off – Lyrical’s Black Friday sale starts today! Get your copy of Gossamer for only $1.25! Lots of titles to choose from for under $1. 
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To Review or Not to Review

I’ve read several blog posts on reviews over the course of the year (mostly to prepare myself). Seeing authors I respect and admire get a bad review reminds me not every book will suit every reader and that’s okay. Of course, a good review means the world to authors just getting started (like me!). So far–while they haven’t all been completely favorable–I haven’t gotten the inevitable horrible tear-your-heart-out-and-rip-it-to-shreds review which leads to authors questioning their abilities to write (which we should never do!).

First off, for everyone who has ever left a thoughtful, honest review of a book–Thank You!! We need to hear from readers, we want to hear from readers and we love to hear from readers! Even if you didn’t love everything about the book that’s okay. We still appreciate the time you took to give it a try. I’ve seen several reviews that fall into the “not for me” category and just because I read that review doesn’t mean I won’t buy the book. The reason they may feel it’s a pass may be something I personally don’t mind in books.

Of course there’s also the other type of review.

I read a review the other day that left my jaw on the floor. It was straight up cruel. The reader didn’t like this particular book for a variety of reasons and had no shame in tearing the book, author, and anything else they could think of to shreds. I sat there staring at it thinking–Why? What was the point of that review? Couldn’t that person have stated all those same dislikes in a non-insulting way? I get it. Readers get passionate about books. I’m a reader, too. And just like most readers I’ve been burned by poorly edited and badly written books, so I get the frustrations in paying good money and being disappointed. Of course the book that lead to this post was very inexpensive and I read it myself and truly enjoyed it. The editing and writing were great.

In my opinion, if you’d never say it to someone’s face, you probably shouldn’t write it on the web either. Sometimes I wonder if readers realize authors read these reviews. As a reader I would never leave a review merely to bash a book. I might give it a low star rating, maybe mention a quick ‘not for me’ or even state a few reasons why it didn’t work for me, but knowing how much work (which is more than most people will ever realize) goes into publishing a book my goal would never be to humiliate the author.

So, if you are someone who never reviews books, consider doing it. It might be the motivation to keep your new favorite author writing. And if you really hate a book, leave an honest review…just remember there’s a real person on the other end.

That being said–keep reviewing! We need (and love) them.

Spotlight Author – Christina McKnight

Only In Her Dreams, The Oneiroi Book 1

When Lucessa Sarcona awakes from a recurring dream, she has no idea her life is about to be turned upside down. A stranger, familiar to her dreams, shows up in the flesh, and Lucessa knows she’s either crazy or experiencing something not of this world.


A war ensues between three demigod brothers. One, trained to rule Erebos, is violently replaced. One forced to return to his homeland and lead the dream-gods of the Oneiroi. And one is charged with the impossible task of protecting Lucessa. How is she linked to the Oneiroi? Why do two brothers seek to keep her hidden and protected? And how does another plan to use her against the two demigods who love her?


Will Lucessa’s dream man have the courage to claim her as his own or will he bow to the command of another, forsaking the one he loves?

Please join me in welcoming Christina McKnight author of Only in Her Dreams!


Hi Christina! Tell us a little about your current release.

Only in Her Dreams is a modern spin on a Greek legend–the new direction of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, moving from angels, demons, vampires, and witches and toward the realm of demigods.

What was your inspiration behind this book?

Only in Her Dreams actually came to me in a dream. Ironic, I know. Several times I dreamt of a man watching me. He never approached, moved, or spoke, but stayed silently in the background. I starting thinking: Who is this guy? What does he want?

A fellow writer -and self-proclaimed dream expert- said the man may be someone I’ve come into contact with recently. My next question: What if this mystery man from my dream showed up in real life?
Only In Her Dreams, The Oneiroi Book 1 took off from there.

Why did you choose this particular genre?

The urban fantasy genre found me! Before writing Only In Her Dreams, I’d primarily written historical romance with a few paranormal elements thrown in for fun. I was completely out of my comfort zone when I saw the direction my characters were taking me. I tried to rein them in and force them into a genre I was more at ease with…alas, they had other ideas!

Who inspired you to become a writer?

How can I narrow this done to one? I can’t, so I’ll limit it to a certain genre. I grew up reading Historical Romance novels. My idea of what equates to a great story was molded by Christina Dodd, Amanda Quick, Stephanie Laurens, Pamela Britton, and Julia Quinn. I’ll stop there! My addiction started at a young age. I’d pilfer my mom’s romance novels from her bookshelf. By age thirteen, I’d finished all the Little House books, the Anne of Green Gables series, and everything by R.L Stine…what’s a girl to do? When I was eighteen, I inherited my great-grandmother’s collection of 1970-1980s bodice rippers. I was in heaven! I still have most of them waiting in storage until my home library is built (a girl can dream!).

What do you find is your biggest writing struggle?

This is a no-brainer for me: EDITING! I love getting feedback on my writing, but it is difficult for me to incorporate changes into my novels. Deviating from my original story is hard because every detail I write is linked to another occurrence in the book…or the next book in the series. This makes it imperative that I really think through any major plot or character changes. 

Any tips for new writers? 

Ask questions! Seek out other writers and learn as much as you can from their experiences. I have a wonderful support group of authors, some indie and a few traditional. Something I’ve learned is that writers are more than happy to share what they’ve learned. And if they don’t know the answer, they will point you to another writer who does. In addition, you must be willing to help others. Share what you learn with other new writers. Remember, you were once in their spot. 

Any other books in the works? 


I always have something in the works, LOL. Right now I’m going back to my roots and writing a historical romance set in Regency England.

A few months ago I read Wallflower by Catherine Gayle and she wrote a scene that involved a duel. The heroine wanted to take the place of her beta male counterpart. She was scared to lose him. Talk about true love!


I started thinking…what if a young girl of the ton was responsible for the death of a man because of a duel she egged on? The next logical question was…what if BOTH men died? Then I took it one step further…what if the men were brothers? Shunned No More, The Forsaken Lady Series (Book 1) progressed from there. 


I have a heroine that the reader should despise during the prologue but hopefully I can redeem her by the end of the book. 


Oh, and of course I’m working on Only In Her Nightmares, The Oneiroi Book 2, but you’ll have to wait a bit longer for deets on this project.

How/where can readers find you?

My book is available on Amazon in print and eBook format
Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Only-Dreams-Oneiroi-Book-ebook/dp/B0094MQC5W/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1346693835&sr=8-7&keywords=only+in+her+dreams
Follow me on Twitter! https://twitter.com/#!/CMcKnightWriter
My blog: www.christina-mcknight.blogspot.com
Email: christinamcknight.author@yahoo.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/christinavellamcknight
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15734380-only-in-her-dreams

Excerpt:


Maxim watched her enter the room through the back door. She looked so different from when he observed her in her dreams. They were not his to control, only to observe–from a distance. Most of them took place before her father died, therefore she appeared as a child of about seven. Gone were the long, stringy brown pigtails, and in their place was a mane of rich mahogany hair that hung just past the middle of her back. The oversized pants and flowered t-shirt were replaced with a pair of skin-tight jeans and a blue polo that read ‘The Queen Bean.’
His first trip to Earth in twenty-two years, and all he could do was stare at the girl he’d watched over for more than two decades. Maybe his brother was right; the Oneiroi weren’t meant to interact with humans. It wasn’t safe–for humans or his kind. This must be why his father, Morpheus, forbade the Oneiroi to pass between the two worlds all those years ago. The temptation was just too great.
She looked up at the clock and then her eyes met his. In them he saw recognition, confusion, fear, and then panic. His thoughts of staying an invisible, silent observer were gone. Her eyes seemed to be drawn to him. It was time to go; he’d done enough damage. Guy expected him to stay hidden and unknown to the girl. He stood and walked out the front door of the coffee shop, determined to find a better way to protect her.


Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since. 

In college, Christina took many courses to help develop and enhance her writing skills. She completed a seventy-page dissertation on the need for community policing in American society. Now, she focuses on Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance.

Christina lives in Northern California with her husband, daughter, two boxers, two cats, and a Beta fish named Marmaduke. If she’s not behind a computer screen or book, she’s busy leading her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. She is very active in several writing groups and a local book group.