Monday, April 30, 2012

CREATIVE MUSING

BARNES AND NOBLE, AMAZON
Inspiration to me as a writer comes from my surroundings and experiences. I've had a vivid imagination since childhood coming from growing up on a small rural farm. I remember lying on my back in the grass and finding figures in the floating clouds above me. Quickly, a story would emerge within me about those figures...all sorts of figures: horses, castles, dragons, even damsels in distress. Stories have always lived inside of me.

From the inception of Whispers of a Legend, I realized that the premise of the story came from my youth searching the skies. I always wondered what it would feel like to fly the skies, free and unrestricted. To rule the skies! That's the wonder of writing a fantasy. There are no restrictions on you. The worlds are yours to create. Freedom! 

I visualized a world of myth and legend, ascetically real and full of magic and wonder. Mysteries unearthed; dangers untold. Creating worlds without limits where Sordarins, a valiant warrior race of hawkmen rule the sky and face an evil like no other, Asmeodai. Moreover I had a vision of Kela, a strong heroine, a real heroine. I saw clearly the lands of Scarladin and Witheleghe. 

Influences in my writings, come from many areas of my life. I'm an avid reader. I love literature. One of my favorite books is Lord of the Rings. As an author I'm envious of J.R. Tolkien's ability to create such a realistic fantasy realm. A classic without question. But if I have one complaint with the series it would be that the characters are too perfect. In my writings, I never strive for perfection in my characters. Contrary, I want them to be imperfect. Flaws define us. Perfection in itself is a fantasy.  


Whispers of a Legend is under the new genre, New Adult, for a reason; best explained in Whispers of a Legend overview... Whispers of a Legend follows Kela along this conflicting path, where as a young woman unsure of her ability and her confidence in facing the challenges before her to where she emerges as a strong leader who learns to lean upon her own strength, to stand not behind, but side by side with her warrior.

It's during this time in our life we make decisions that will define our course...our path. Decisions will be made- some good...others not so much. Some circumstances we won't have control over...others we created ourselves. I believe Gunilda says it best to Kela, "The road you walk is not straight, my child. Remember that. All roads wind."

Whispers of a Legend holds all that I love when I read- Adventure, Romance, and Suspense. I'm excited with the series both Shadows of the Past and The Path Now Turned. Vision of Destiny, the third part in the series, is set to be released at the end of January. Afterwards, I will be putting together an anthology of the first three into one book, Whispers of a Legend, Volume I.

One other inspiration I haven't mentioned is quotes. I will leave you with one.

"There's no comparison between what's lost by not trying and what's lost by not succeeding." - Francis Bacon
BARNES AND NOBLE, AMAZON

Don't Forget Today's the last day of April- means the winner of $50 gift certificate to either Barnes and Noble or Amazon and a print copy of Whispers of a Legend, Volume I will be given away at midnight tonight.

DREAMSCAPE
Daughter of Deceit is now offered in paperback and also at Barnes and Noble!


Also Dreamscape is only $.99 for a limited time. 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

LAST DAYS OF APRIL

Don't miss out on the last days on my April Contest celebrating Whispers of Legend, Volume I. Whispers of a Legend...

BARNES AND NOBLE, AMAZON
The Legend Begins... Now all three installments under one cover!

Shadows of the Past


Shadows of the Past is the beginning of the Whispers of a Legend saga which follows Kela's battle to embrace her destiny, where as a young woman unsure of her ability and her confidence in facing the challenges before her to where she emerges as a strong leader who learns to lean upon her own strength, to stand not behind, but side by side with her warrior.


The Path Now Turned


The Path Now Turned. Having proven her ability during the Payelaga Desert battle, Kela believes herself ready to follow her destiny beside her warrior. Fate has another path for Kela. When she discovers all she has long believed is not as it seems, the betrayal leaves Kela torn by her desire for Cono and the path she has been given to follow. 


Vision of Destiny


Vision of Destiny. Trained for only one purpose, to protect the innocent from an evil that threatens to destroy her world, Kela has never questioned her destiny. The enemy has never been in doubt and her path laid clear before her. Now all is blurred. Left with only one choice, she escapes from Yucca in search of the one known as Seilda the Tvopac, the Guardian of the Past…but Kela learns quickly the Past holds its own dangers.


Win a $50 dollar gift certificate to either Barnes and Nobles or Amazon and a print copy of Whispers of a Legend, Volume I.
Just comment here, on Novel Works, Jerri's blog, or Carrie James Haynes FB page!


Daughter of Deceit
Excited also because now Daughter of Deceit is offered at Barnes and Noble!!!!



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

April Showers Bring May Flowers

I love flowers. Always have since I worked with my Grandmother in her garden as a little girl. But for today, my April showers deal with books. Don't forget my contest running until the end of the month here on Castles in the Air. Comment for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble or Amazon. Comment here, on Novel Works, Jerri Hines blog or Carrie James Haynes FB page. Easy...Good Luck!

AMAZON, BARNES AND NOBLE




Today I'm talking about books! Starting May 1st, SPRING FLING WITH BOOKS will begin. I have so much lined up for the month. Check back in. I'm going to announce tomorrow over on Jerri Hines blog some of the great giveaways, talk about books, blogs, and authors. Going to be a GREAT month for books.

COMING SOON!


Don't forget I haven't stopped celebrating Whispers of a Legend, Volume I yet. But looking into May, THE PROMISE is scheduled to be released (I think). Haven't gotten the official word, but I'm going to show you the jacket of the cover! It's the sequel to THE JUDAS KISS.

DAUGHTER OF DECEIT
Can't forget about DAUGHTER OF DECEIT. It goes off Amazon Select Thursday! Free to go forth into the world. So so much going on! Have a  good one!

Monday, April 23, 2012

DAUGHTER OF DECEIT- FREE TODAY AND TOMORROW

DAUGHTER OF DECEIT

DAUGHTER OF DECEIT


Daughter of Deceit is FREE today and tomorrow- April 23 and 24. Daughter of Deceit received its FIRST official review from Risque Reviews- 4.5 out of 5! A winner of a Top Picks award from Risque Reviews!

A suspenseful romantic journey of deception!

Risque Reviews


I'm expecting another official review soon. Hopefully today. If not, it will be next week.



Friday, April 20, 2012

THE MURDERED DO HAUNT THEIR MURDERERS- Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights


The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always — take any form — drive me mad! Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you!
EMILY BRONTE, Wuthering Heights
Daughter of Deceit

Do you believe in ghosts? Paranormal activity? Whether one admits it or not, ghosts fascinates us? Paranormal activity attracts us to a story, draws us in to wanting to why. Why are we drawn to the unknown?

 Ghost stories are meant to scare. Admit it- everyone loves a good ghost story. For that matter, everyone knows a good ghost story. So is it the fear and the thrill that attracts us to books with paranormal elements? Ghosts are an unexplained occurrences to most of us, but in some aspect I believe we empathize with these lost souls. Most ghosts have a tragic tale associated with them. When I was inCharlestonlast summer, I went on one of the ghost walks and was told a sad story about a mother who lost her baby. I was touched by the story of a woman who died over a hundred years ago.

Daughter of Deceit is my second book with paranormal elements within it. So does that mean I believe in ghosts? The short answer is yes. The long answer…for another time.
When I write, I never use an outline. I let the story take me. When I was writing the first draft of Daughter of Deceit, something bothered me. Something just wasn’t right. I was at the last action scene that it hit me exactly what I needed to do. I went back and revised the whole of the book.
Can spirits cross back over from the other side? Are they searching for closure? Good or malevolent? With purpose or simply lost?
Daughter of Deceit, set in Regency England, is a historical romantic suspense book with paranormal elements. It has it all. Love, mystery, ghosts…
Blurb-
Shunned from London society for being the daughter ofEngland’s most notorious spy, Alyce Hythe desires only to clear her father’s name. But strange things have been happening causing old rumors to be whispered of mystic ghosts and demons. Only one thing is certain for Alyce…someone wants her dead.
Long has Lord Julian Casvelyn lived with guilt brought on when his brother was murdered by England’s most infamous traitor. But one eventful night has changed everything Lord Julian believed about his brother’s death. Never did he suspect the woman he has just saved from certain harm is the daughter of that man. Now Julian is caught in midst of a conspiracy and desire for that woman.
Thrown together by fate, the two search for answers long denied them and along the way discover a love that can free them both.

Don't forget the contest still going on all month long! For a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Barnes and Nobles or Amazon and a copy of Whispers of a Legend, Volume I comment either here, on Jerri Hines blog, Novel Works, or Carrie James Haynes FB.
Have a good one!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

WHISPERS OF A LEGEND SAGA....

Barnes and Noble, Amazon


Whispers of a Legend Saga continues...now under one cover all three installments. Shadows of the Past, The Path Now Turned and Vision of Destiny. In celebration, I'm giving away a copy of Whispers of a Legend, Volume I and a $50 dollar gift certificate to either Barnes and Noble or Amazon. You're choice.
Enter by leaving a comment here, on Novel Works, FB page Carrie James Haynes, or Jerri Hines blog.

I love Barnes and Noble. The fans over on Barnes and Noble has been so kind to Whispers of a Legend. You can pre-order the print on Barnes and Noble for only $11.43! It is available now in print on Amazon. I've given up trying to figure out why Whispers of a Legend saga does much better on Barnes and Noble than Amazon.

Let's just say I love Barnes and Noble- steady and true. I love when you put in Whispers of a Legend, it has a whole line to itself.

I also love the feedback at Barnes and Noble. Like the review for Vision of Destiny.


 the series is amazing. I never have been much for online book sh

the series is amazing. I never have been much for online book shopping; but since since i started this series, its like i dont have a choice. This book is something else. Kudos to the author and thanks. Living and going along with Kela through her journey... i have not the words and to think i almost didn't read this book.

 Anonymous

I read both of the books in this series and I can't wait for book three. The story was so captivating it just pulls you right in. There were a few grammer issues but who cares. These books were amazing and this author is talented!


I so happy knowing that people enjoy my books. I'm also pleased that its now edited. All good! Thanks. So this month is a thanks to you guys also. Much Appreciated!

FYI
Daughter of Deceit  has 50 likes and 50 reviews. It's up to a 3 Star and rising. Thank you! 

Daughter of Deceit

Monday, April 9, 2012

April's Contest!

Don't want to forget April's contest celebrating Whispers of a Legend, Volume I release in print and ebook!

All month long I'm celebrating all the books under Carrie James Haynes. For your chance to win a $50 dollar gift certificate to either Barnes and Noble or Amazon and a copy of
Whispers of a Legend, Volume I!


Comment here, Jerri Hines blog, FB Carrie James Haynes, FB Novel Works , or tweet me @carriejhaynes or @jhines340.



DREAMSCAPE

Dreamscape!

Haunting dreams have come before for Ramona Damsun, but night after night, a vision pulls her, calling her back into the world she'd prayed she'd never have to face again. When the body of a brutally murdered young woman is found, Ramona is forced to once again walk and fulfill her destiny as a 'Dream Walker'. Reluctant, Ramona is thrown into the middle of a serial killer investigation.

With no viable suspects or evidence, Chief Douglas Thorpe responds an anonymous tip which sends him into the eye of a storm to thwart an attempted abduction by the killer. The tip leads Thorpe back to Ramona. At first skeptical about any paranormal source of information, Thorpe is thrown into Ramona's world. A world he has no idea exists; a world where Ramona can walk through dreams, walk a soul back from the brink of death, and a world that holds untold terrors and hellish demons.

Together they have to find a way to track down a demon-possessed killer. The time has come for Ramona to face her fear, her past, and walk the path destiny has chosen for her.

I just finished reading "Dreamscape (Dream Walker Series)" by Carrie James Haynes, which was an enthralling story of a Dream Walker, a serial killer, sheriff, and FBI profilers. In fact, I started reading it last night and finished in the wee hours this morning! Great story line and well-developed characters. I'll be looking for more books from Ms. Haynes. Highly recommended!


DAUGHTER OF DECEIT



Daughter of Deceit!

Someone wants Alyce Hythe dead…

Shunned from London society for being the daughter of England’s most notorious spy, Alyce Hythe desires only to clear her father’s name. For years, she has been hidden away from all prying eyes, given a new identity and told to forget who she was. But strange things have been happening causing old rumors to once more be whispered.

Long has Lord Julian Casvelyn lived with guilt brought on when his brother was murdered by England’s most infamous traitor. But one eventful night has changed everything Lord Julian believed about his brother’s death. Never did he suspect the woman he has just saved from certain harm is the daughter of that man. Now Julian is caught in midst of a conspiracy and desire for that woman.

Thrown together by fate, the two search for answers long denied them and along the way discover a love that can free them both.



This is one of a few freebies I downloaded recently that really knocked my socks off. I didn't read the description, so I didn't know what I was getting. This is a suspenseful book, full of surprises. I wasn't sure where it was going at the beginning but I was completely hooked by the end of the first chapter. I usually like my books with a lot more steam and a lot less plot, but I loved this, plot and all. This is a nicely crafted historical that kept me on the edge of my seat. I didn't expect that at all. I probably downloaded this for free but I would pay money for it. It was that good.


From the beginning, I was hooked on this book. An intriguing storyline, interesting characters, a fulfulling love story- all the ingredients needed to hold my attention. Kudo's to the author- a WELL written story. In a genre where storylines have been overused and unrealistic even by the best of authors, I found this story to be refreshing.


WHISPERS OF A LEGEND, VOLUME I


Whispers of a Legend Saga!

All three books under one cover!

Kela has always known what path in life she would follow. She was born a Euchoun. Half Witheleghean, a passive peaceful race where magic runs freely and the other half, Sordarin, a valiant warrior race of hawkmen who rule the sky, she knows well her parents gave the ultimate sacrifice to give her a chance to live. Yet, in so doing, they have left Kela unprepared to face the dangers that await her. Her instincts are to protect and in this she does, but in so doing it leads her into a world where she knows not whom to trust. In time her power matures and grows stronger when she bonds with a Sordarin warrior, Cono. She learns well why she holds the power. An evil as no other before, Asmeodai, has emerged but all is not what it seems as a dark cloak encompasses her family. Betrayal, distrust, treachery leaves Kela alone. She is torn by her desire for Cono and the purpose, the path, she has been given to follow. And when another emerges within her world, one who seemly wants only to help her along her path, she is pulled further away from her Sordarin.

Shadows of the Past is the beginning of the Whispers of a Legend saga which follows Kela's battle to embrace her destiny, where as a young woman unsure of her ability and her confidence in facing the challenges before her to where she emerges as a strong leader who learns to lean upon her own strength, to stand not behind, but side by side with her warrior.

The Path Now Turned. Having proven her ability during the Payelaga Desert battle, Kela believes herself ready to follow her destiny beside her warrior. Fate has another path for Kela. When she discovers all she has long believed is not as it seems, the betrayal leaves Kela torn by her desire for Cono and the path she has been given to follow.

Vision of Destiny. Trained for only one purpose, to protect the innocent from an evil that threatens to destroy her world, Kela has never questioned her destiny. The enemy has never been in doubt and her path laid clear before her. Now all is blurred. Left with only one choice, she escapes from Yucca in search of the one known as Seilda the Tvopac, the Guardian of the Past…but Kela learns quickly the Past holds its own dangers.

The Legend continues...



VISION OF DESTINY