Pendulum Scores!

I know it’s been awhile, but I wanted to share some news and current giveaway with you.

Pendulum, book II of the Neumarian Chronicles, released at the beginning of this month to some amazing reviews. I thought I’d share a few with you!

4 STARS

“Book two of the Neumarian Chronicles is loaded with non-stop adventure, mystery and colorful characters. Knight does a fantastic job keeping readers intrigued throughout, then leaving us hanging at the surprising finish and craving more. Start with book one to completely enjoy the pendulum swing.” ~ RT Book Reviews  

5 STARS “WOW!!  These are my first thoughts after reading The Neumarian Chronicles.  These are the first books I have read by this author and will not be the last!  I read Weighted, then Escapement right after.  I took about a 10 minute break and dove right into this one;  Pendulum.  I am in love with these books!  The emotions ~ feeling for the characters, like I really knew them.  I didn’t put this book down; read it straight through.  This series has completely sucked me in and has me captive; anxiously awaiting for the next book to come out.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes this genre and this book gets 5***** starts without a doubt.” ~ Shannon’s World of Books

5 STARS “ loved this book! This book takes you through the journey of Ryder and Semara as they try to reach and join the rebellion. IN book two, secrets are revealed, allies turned enemies and Ryder and Semara fall more in love. Ciara does a wonderful job of creating a vivid world you love to get lost in. I highly recommend this book, as well as Escapement (book one). My only disappointment is having to wait for the next book. The end of Pendulum will leave you begging for more!” Green Butterfly on Goodreads

5 STARS “This book was awesome! Anyone who starts this book should expect to spend the whole day or stay up all night to finish it.” ~ Jasmyn Goodreads reader

Pendulum is now available at Smashwords, B&N, Amazon, Kobo, iBookstore and other online retailers.

Haunting memories. 

Terrifying dreams.
Crippling lies.

Trapped in a world of deception, my sanity rests with the love of Ryder Arteres and our renegade friends. Six months of scouring the ocean floor in a rebel ship fleeing our homeland, delivers us to a possible alliance with the opportunistic European Council. Our only hope is to utilize our forbidden gifts to free our people from slavery, proving our worth. But when a trusted ally turns traitor and a new breed of the queen’s weaponry is revealed, I’m forced to face the terror of my past to save our crumbling future.

In other news, Escapement is also available in audio version. Please check it out on Audible or on Amazon. You can listen to a sample for FREE!

In honor of my CK READER GIVEAWAYS, here is an awesome Pendulum giveaway!! I hope you enjoy!  

Current Giveaways:

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CK Reader Giveaway Guest – Marta Szemik

READERS join us for Lots and Lots of prizes.

Each and every week (excluding some holidays) there will be giveaways offered. View the guest post here and you can enter the weekly Rafflecopter giveaway AND stop by to chat with authors and fellow readers at the CK Reader Giveaways Facebook Page. They’ll also be quotes and book passages.

Our special guest today is Marta Szemik. Welcome, and take it away Marta!!

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Thank you Ciara for hosting this event every week and for the opportunity to take part in the readers giveaway.

 

Each time I sit down to write a book there are parts I love in particular. Today I’d like to share with you my favorite excerpt of “Marked: A Two Halves Novella”, which is free on Amazon and other retailers. I lost myself in the character so much, I truly felt like I was Xander, the shapeshifter. Here it is:

My bones cracked as I sprang up, shifting into an eagle. The sprouting feathers from my wings lifted me above the trees. My gaze focused on the clear sky above me as I soared higher and higher, wanting nothing less than to feel lost.

Below me, Mira and Eric stood with their heads tilted back. I could hear my sister’s voice inside my head: “Come back to me, Brother. I cannot lose you.”

“You won’t. I just need some time.” Solitude was the only way to clear my mind.

When they disappeared from my view, I landed on the edge of a cliff on the face of Mount Owen. The wings stretched and skin began to envelop the feathers as I shifted into my human form. My clothing magically returned to my body; all I had to do is ensure I phased to the same size. With my back pressed against the rock, I gazed out at the morning fog wrapping wisps around the treetops and blanketing the Grand Teton Mountains. I inhaled the crisp air and closed my eyes, letting the sun glow orange behind my eyelids.

A long breath out emptied my lungs as I relaxed my jaw and tried to concentrate on the forest—the way the leaves shuffled against one another as the trees swayed in the breeze. Not something a human would notice. The sound reminded me of Ma’s shell chimes, which I’d broken a few years back when Mira tackled me. High off the ground, in this exact spot, was the only place where I heard that sound, a sound I loved.

It wasn’t Mira’s fault she attacked me; I’d deserved it. We’d had one of our arguments over the marking. How could the decision be so easy for her and not for me? Was it because she always made the right decisions and I the wrong ones?

I wanted to know who I was, instead of feeling empty. My soul lingered in a vacuum. I hated the nothingness inside my chest, despite my heart: a useless existence of a powerful shape-shifter. More than twenty years had passed. How long were the keepers expecting us to live in this endless oblivion? We’d finally decided the age we wanted to be; now we wouldn’t get older or younger, unless we wanted to. The only piece missing was who we were supposed to serve—the keepers or Aseret?

A rustle in the brushes below overpowered the hypnotizing chime of the millions leaves and drew my gaze to the ground three hundred feet below. I closed my eyes. The cracking of dry branches was distinct, yet the feet that broke them were delicate. Lucky twigs, I thought, surprised at my sudden need to see those feet.

The overpowering scent of red roses hit my nostrils, and without another thought, I dove off the cliff as if I were diving into a pool of water. Halfway down, I shifted into an eagle, spreading my wings to slow my momentum, then into a squirrel to jump from higher branches to lower ones, and then back into my human form just before reaching the forest floor.

Crouching, I scanned the bushes, then straightened, holding my breath. A ghost would have been louder. I couldn’t see anyone and perked up my ears like a hunting cougar, intent on finding the feet that brought me down to the ground level. She remained quiet. My nostrils flared as I inhaled the rosy aroma.

Behind me. I whirled around.

The woman hid behind a spruce. The wind sprinkled its needles onto my head.

“Who are you?” What I’d meant to be a command came out as a whisper.

“Please don’t hurt me.” She stepped out, her hands crossed at her chest, seeming afraid, but even if I wanted to hurt her, I had a feeling she could defend herself. Black hair spilled down her front in curls, contrasting with her white, sun-shy face. The wind gusted as if summoned, causing the smell of roses to intensify; I pictured them blooming around her, but I couldn’t see any.

“Why would I hurt you? Don’t be afraid.” I stepped forward.

“You’ll hurt me,” she said as if certain.

“I promise I won’t. And my promise is true. Who are you?”

“My name is Xela.”

“I’m Xander.” I licked my lips. My attraction was undeniable. My gaze slipped to her thighs as I wondered how strong they were. Was the laced see-through skirt meant to induce lustful thoughts? If it weren’t for the black shorts clinging to her hips, I’d have had her by now. She wasn’t a shifter, so when I saw her breasts perk up I knew it was a hormonal change as blood flow through her veins increased. I grinned as she sauntered toward me. She accepted my assertion.
“Hello, Xander.” Her voice sang, drawing me in. The roses bloomed again, their perfume settling on my tongue. Bracelets dangling from her left wrist twirled down her arm toward her elbow when she lifted her arms to gather her hair into a bun. I followed the movement of each finger. Her neck was longer than I first perceived, and the low-cut, fitted tank top seemed smaller than before. A stray curl caressed her face. She lowered her hands, and before the bracelets slid toward her palm, I saw the mark.

 

 

 

 

 

Marta Szemik is an author and a writer. As a mom of two and a wife she enjoys using her family’s attributes in her writing – just because they are unique:) A great skier (in her kids eyes), she loves the outdoors. Very often she can be found creating new worlds in front of her computer. Her favourite pass-time is sitting on the front porch with a cup of coffee. Powerful writing with colorful characters who make you cry, laugh and wish they were real intrigue her. She has a sarcastic sense of humor and those close to her know that she can make a joke out of almost anything, but she could never do stand up comedy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find Marta at:

Blog: http://www.martaszemik.blogspot.ca/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/martaszemik
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marta-Szemik/228629027199214?ref=hl
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5364307.Marta_Szemik?from_search=true
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Marta-Szemik/e/B006HIZ4U0/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

 

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CK Reader Giveaway Guest – M. Pax

READERS join us for Lots and Lots of prizes.

Each and every week (excluding some holidays) there will be giveaways offered. View the guest post here and you can enter the weekly Rafflecopter giveaway AND stop by to chat with authors and fellow readers at the CK Reader Giveaways Facebook Page. They’ll also be quotes and book passages.

Our special guest today is M. Pax. Welcome, and take it away Ms. Pax!!

*****

Getting lost in my imagination in stories of my creation is my favorite way to pass time. It was as a kid, and it remains a favorite hobby.

To write them down was natural, and I’m thrilled to have figured out how to become a writer. I’d tried for years. Life kept getting in the way, but I’d come back at it. Again and again.

Eventually, I succeeded. Now that I get to indulge in creativity more often than not, I’m a much happier person.

My passion for writing has led me to other activities I had always wanted to do. Volunteering at the observatory has been a fantastic opportunity. I’ve learned a lot about space, which is one of my favorite places to write about. Writing also takes me out to wild open places.

I always thought I was a city girl, yet I rarely set a story in a city. Now I’m wondering why that is.

For the CK Reader giveaway, I’m offering either a signed paperback of The Backworlds or you can have it as an audiobook. Winner’s choice.

The Backworlds is my space opera series set on the frontier of the galaxy. The fourth in the series just came out, and I’m currently writing number five.

 

In the far future, humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendants to survive in a harsh universe. This is the first book in the science fiction series, The Backworlds. Try it for free. A space opera adventure.
After the war with the

Foreworlders, Backworlders scatter across the remaining planets. Competition is fierce, and pickings are scant. Scant enough that Craze’s father decides to improve his fortunes by destroying his son. He tells his only boy their moon isn’t big enough for them both and gives Craze a ticket for the next transport leaving the space dock.

Treated worse than a stranger, like the scuzzbag of the galaxy, Craze is forced to flee his home. Cut off from everyone he knows with little money and no knowledge of the worlds beyond his, he must find away to forge a new life and make sure his father regrets this day.

 

 

 

 

More about the Backwrolds series and M. Pax Stories HERE

You can find me at Blog / Twitter / Facebook

 

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CK Reader Giveaway Guest – Stephen Tremp

READERS join us for Lots and Lots of prizes.

Each and every week (excluding some holidays) there will be giveaways offered. View the guest post here and you can enter the weekly Rafflecopter giveaway AND stop by to chat with authors and fellow readers at the CK Reader Giveaways Facebook Page. They’ll also be quotes and book passages.

Our special guest today is Stephen Tremp. Welcome, and take it away Steven!!

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Escalation Synopsis:

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones” – Albert Einstein

In Escalation, the final installment to Stephen Tremp’s Breakthrough Trilogy, a seemingly innocent discovery in Einstein-Rosen Bridges, or wormholes, becomes a Pandora’s Box—opening doors to other unexpected and unpredictable realities such as parallel universes, time/space travel, and an evil hitchhiker from another dimension.

Chase Manhattan has survived attempts on his life from numerous sources in his effort to destroy the technology. But he is far from safe. Now Chase and his comrades must not only break world renowned physicist Professor Nicholas Fischer out of prison a second time, but also smuggle him across hostile borders in Europe and the Middle East to prevent events threatening to spiral into World War III.

At stake: an end to Western civilization as we know it. The result: an epic clash where science and the supernatural take center stage, vying for mankind’s destiny. The setting is global as the world divides into an East vs. West climactic battle. The action is swift, adrenaline-charged, and non-stop. Unending twists and turns will keep the reader turning pages and wanting more.

Together, Breakthrough, Opening, and Escalation follow the lives of the unlikely participants from innocence to a coming of age through sacrifice, betrayal, passion, lust, unconditional love, and hope. Escalation will appeal to fans of modern-day science fiction, action, and horror.

 

About the author
Stephen Tremp lives with his wife and two daughters in Mission Viejo, CA. He has a B.A. in information systems and an MBA degree in global management. Stephen has a background in information systems, management, and finance and draws from this varied and complex experiential knowledge to write one-of-a-kind thrillers.

His novels are enhanced by current events at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and other scientific research facilities around the world. These potential advances have the ability to change the way we perceive our universe and our place in it!

You can email Stephen at stephen.tremp@yahoo.com and visit him at his Web site www.stephentremp.com for more synopses, reviews, and links to purchase or download his books from Amazon.

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CK Reader Giveaway Guest Marsha A Moore

READERS join us for Lots and Lots of prizes.

Each and every week (excluding some holidays) there will be giveaways offered. View the guest post here and you can enter the weekly Rafflecopter giveaway AND stop by to chat with authors and fellow readers at the CK Reader Giveaways Facebook Page. They’ll also be quotes and book passages.

Our special guest today is Marsha A. Moore Welcome, and take it away Marsha!!

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Hi everyone! I’m Marsha A. Moore, and I write fantasy romance. I’d like to give Ciara a big thank you for making this reader event happen.

A little about me…I’m happiest when I get to exercise my creativity and weave highly imaginative tales.
I draw inspiration for my writing from art and nature. I enjoy painting with watercolors and drawing. My husband and I moved to Tampa from Toledo in 2008, and I love being able to be outside year round. I cycle and kayak weekly. We live on a large saltwater lagoon where I can kayak from our dock. I often paddle out for over an hour, working through twists and turns of my stories in my mind as I confuse a few of the neighborhood brown pelicans. I also love to write at the beach. Every day I can get there is magical! I’ve been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade, and I’m excited to be taking part in a Kripalu yoga teacher training program this year. That spiritual quest helps me explore the mystical side of fantasy.

For this week’s CK Reader Giveaway, I’m offering one set of my Enchanted Bookstore Legends, four of the five ebooks published to date. Book five, Quintessence, will release the first week of December! I can’t wait to bring the final book of this series to my readers.

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Good luck!

You can contact me through these sites:
Website: http://MarshaAMoore.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/MarshaAMoore
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marshaamooreauthorpage
Goodreads author page http://www.goodreads.com/marshaamoore
Google + https://plus.google.com/u/0/100564214132835514192/posts

Here’s some information about my series:
Enchanted Bookstore Legends
Genre: epic fantasy romance

Series description:
The Enchanted Bookstore Legends are about Lyra McCauley, a woman destined to become one of five strong women in her family who possess unique magical abilities and serve as Scribes in Dragonspeir. The Scribes span a long history, dating from 1200 to present day. Each Scribe is expected to journey through Dragonspeir, both the good and evil factions, then draft a written account. Each book contains magic with vast implications.

Lyra was first introduced to Dragonspeir as a young girl, when she met the high sorcerer, Cullen Drake, through a gift of one of those enchanted books. Using its magic, he escorted her into the parallel world of Dragonspeir. Years later, she lost that volume and forgot the world and Cullen. These legends begin where he finds her again—she is thirty-five, standing in his enchanted bookstore, and Dragonspeir needs her.

When Lyra reopens that enchanted book, she confronts a series of quests where she is expected to save the good Alliance from destruction by the evil Black Dragon. While learning about her role, Lyra and Cullen fall in love. He is 220 years old and kept alive by Dragonspeir magic. Cullen will die if Dragonspeir is taken over by the evil faction…Lyra becomes the Scribe.

 

Seeking a Scribe: Enchanted Bookstore Legend One

Lyra McCauley is a writer and loves fantasy novels, but until she opens a selection from bookstore owner Cullen Drake, she has no idea he’s a wizard character who lives a double life inside that volume…or the story’s magic will compel her from the edge of depression to adventure, danger, and love.

His gift to Lyra, the Book of Dragonspeir, was actually her copy, misplaced years ago. Lost in her pain following divorce and death, she fails to recognize him as her childhood playmate from the fantasyland. Friendship builds anew. Attraction sparks. But Lyra doubts whether a wizard is capable of love. She’s torn—should she protect her fragile heart or risk new love?

Opening the book’s cover, she confronts a quest: save Dragonspeir from destruction by the Black Dragon before he utilizes power of August’s red moon to expand his strength and overthrow the opposing Imperial Dragon. Lyra accepts the challenge, fearing Cullen will perish if evil wins. Along with magical animal guides, Cullen helps her through many perils, but ultimately Lyra must use her own power…and time is running out.

When Lyra opens her lost childhood book, she remembers her destiny as the next Scribe and must save Dragonspeir’s Alliance from overthrow by the Dark Realm.

 

 

Heritage Avenged: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Two

Lyra McCauley receives an alarming letter from the coroner who evaluated her deceased aunt, originally thought to have died of cancer. The news causes Lyra to take leave from her job and travel from sunny Tampa to the frozen island community in northern Michigan. Questioning whether Dragonspeir magic was responsible for her aunt’s death, she resolves to learn the truth and accepts the Imperial Dragon’s appointment into the Alliance sorcery training.

Additionally, becoming proficient in magic craft is the only way she can bridge the gap between her mortal human world and her lover’s. Cullen, a 220-year-old wizard, is dependent upon his Dragonspeir magic for immortality. He is her only family now; she cannot lose him.

Evil forces block her and try to steal her inherited scribal aura. Riding a stealth dragon, a cloaked rider pursues Lyra. Both the Alliance and Dark Realm alchemists lay tricks and traps. Her aura equals that of the first and most powerful Scribe, but will Lyra’s novice training allow her to discover the truth…and find a life with Cullen? Or will the Dark Realm keep them apart?

 

 

 

 

Lost Volumes: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Three

When Lyra McCauley learns residents of Dragonspeir’s Alliance are suffering with a deadly plague, she doesn’t heed the warnings of her fiancé, wizard Cullen Drake, to remain safe in her human world. After all, she’s the present Scribe—one of five strong women in her ancestry who possessed unique magic, each destined to protect the Alliance against the evil Black Dragon of the Dark Realm. With Cullen dependent upon Alliance power to maintain his immortality, the stakes are doubled for Lyra.
She leaves her college teaching and puts herself at risk for the community afflicted by black magic. To find a cure, she and Cullen travel into the vile, lawless underworld of Terza to strike a bargain with an expert. Their efforts further enrage the Black Dragon, vowing to decimate the Alliance and avenge the murder of his heir.

Lyra must secure the three lost volumes of the Book of Dragonspeir. Written by the three earliest Scribes, each book contains energy. Possession of the entire set will enable overthrow of the Dark Realm. Following clues into dangerous lands, Lyra and Cullen seek those volumes. His assistants, Kenzo the tiger owl and Noba the pseudodragon, prove invaluable aids. Only if they succeed, will the Alliance be safe and Lyra reach closer to the immortality she needs to live a life with Cullen.

 

 

Staurolite: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Four
Lyra McCauley, current Scribe of the Alliance, is the only one who can decode magic hidden in the recently retrieved ancient texts written by her ancestors, the first four Scribes. Information in those writings can help Lyra locate the four missing keystones, which will restore power to the Alliance and allow overthrow of the Dark Realm. With peace restored, she and her beloved, Cullen, could finally marry.

Time is short with the Black Dragon’s Dark Realm increasing attacks to avenge the death of his heir. Many innocent lives are lost. Alliance residents are forced into hiding. Magicals and blue dragons follow leadership of the Imperial Dragon and the other three Guardians into battle to defend the Alliance.

While Lyra unlocks the ancient magic, she opens herself up to scribal powers from her ancestors. She alone can fight the deadliest of the Dark Realm’s forces—the cimafa stealth dragons—but at a cost. The energy flux threatens her health and ability to learn where to find the missing keystones. Can Lyra overcome this shrewd tactic of the Black Dragon to decimate the Alliance?

 

 

 

Quintessence: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Five — the final book, coming December, 2013

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