28 August 2013

Peacemaker Blog Tour: Guest Post

Peacemaker by Eva Gerald
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Romance
Synopsis: Maya Voland doesn’t want to spend her senior year in the cold, isolated town of Shine, Vermont. Reeling from the death of her father and the discovery that her life is a carefully constructed set of lies, Maya wants to escape to a place where she can be invisible. 

The residents of Shine can’t let Maya leave. She’s too important to their cause. A manipulator by nature, Maya was born with an extraordinary ability to influence the emotions and actions of others. Shiners will go to great lengths to train her to use those gifts to further their agenda, before other, more sinister forces intercede.

Shea Knightly has been waiting most of his life for Maya to come back home to Shine. He, too, has powers of persuasion and he’s never encountered a girl who can say no to his stunning looks and overwhelming charm. He’ll pull out all the stops to bring Maya into the fold.

Now Maya must decide—is the intense attraction she feels for Shea reciprocated, or is he just feeding her more lies to draw her into the dangerous world of the Shiners? Even if there is something real between them, what price is she willing to pay to make his cause her own?

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Guest Post:
Pros and Cons of Publishing by Eva Gerald
Thanks for giving me this opportunity to speak about my experience with publishing. Being a newbie author I don’t have a lot of experience yet, but I’m happy to share the ups and downs of my personal journey.

Publishing Peacemaker is a dream come true. I’ve been working towards this goal for many years and I consider it one of the biggest accomplishments of my adult life. It feels remarkable to have crossed the finish line with this book; to finally share it with the world.
Prior to publication I was investing huge amounts of time and creative energy on an activity that I was hoarding to myself. My family made sacrifices to provide me with the time to write even though I wouldn’t share the fruits of my labor with them.Publishing meant that I had tangible proof that my investment and their sacrifices were worthwhileMy published book now serves as a lesson for my kids that no matter how busy life becomes, you can and should always find time to pursue your dreams.

Publishing also meant vanquishing some old demonsI feared that I would never complete a book worthy of being read by an audience. As with many writers, I had the skeleton of a partially completed manuscript gathering metaphorical dust on a harddrive somewhere. That ghost taunted me relentlessly. Every time I felt too tired or too uninspired to continue writing, the old, incomplete novel stuck its tongue out and dared me to forge on. There was only one possible outcome this time—publication.

Having said all that, there are certainly cons to publishing as wellIt’s scary. Putting my work out in the world and then encouraging critiques is downright ulcer inducing. I feel good about the book I’ve produced, but the reality is that not everyone will like it. I want to send a note to every reader that says “I worked really hard on this book, so please like it.” Instead, I have to steel myself to accept criticism and embrace that feedback as a mechanism for developing my skills as a writer.

It turns out that to be successful in the publishing world you need to know how to market your book. I didn’t fully appreciate this until after I had published. Some naïve part of me believed that if my book was good, it would sell itself. Unfortunately, there are a lot of great books out there that have never found a marketSome writers have mastered the art of marketingI’m still working on it.

Overall, publishing Peacemaker has been a wonderful anduplifting experience. I would definitely do it again if given the choice. In fact, I hope to publish many more books in the future. The Peacemaker series has only just begun and I can’t wait to share the rest of Maya and Shea’s story with the world.

Peacemaker Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, August 19
Tuesday, August 20 
Wednesday, August 21 
Thursday, August 22  
Friday, August 23

Monday, August 26 
Tuesday, August 27 
Wednesday, August 28 
Thursday, August 29 
Friday, August 30 

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