Did You Miss Me?

Hello Beautiful People!

I'm baaaaaack! Our vacation to south Texas was awesome - except the whole rainy part at the end, but it's Texas and weather cannot be predicted. However, I realized two things on this vacation. 1. I really need a DSLR camera. Pictures taken on your phone just don't do the scenery justice and 2. I'm so glad I decided to set my second book series in that area because now I have a legit, tax right-off excuse to go back. Just look at this:

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

This trip came at an awesome time because I REALLY needed a break. I've been working on some final touches on the third and final book of The Caelian Cycle's outline and finished the preliminary's on a Caelian Cycle Novella that will be released before the final book next year. YAY! 

MIND. BLOWN.

I didn't set out to write any novella's, but Kian's story kept begging to be told. (Plus, I know a few fangirls who love themselves some Kian and I aim to please).The novella is from Kian's perspective and WILL NOT contain spoilers to the series (it will have hints though), but will open up some of the mystery to Kian's past and explain some of the weirdo choices he has made throughout the series. 

This week, I will resume my weekly inspirational board posts, finishing my Caelian Crew from Lost. I haven't quite decided if I'm going to do the norms or start on the new characters from Bound to celebrate it's release next Monday. Which reminds me, this is your last week to purchase Lost for $0.99.

As always, STAY AWESOME!


Inspiration Board - Madison

Hello Beautiful People!

This time of year is always busy for the Tyner clan. Homeschool begins for the boy and I’m going to attempt to bring my 2-year-old in some activities – Lord help me! We also love to vacation this time of year. This weekend, I get the wonderful opportunity to go on a mom-cation with my mommy group. It will be nice to have a weekend out with the girls.

Pretty soon, we will be visiting Big Bend National Park and some of the surrounding area so be prepared for my social media to blast plenty of pictures. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to go, the area is where I will be setting my duology that will be published after I finish the Caelian cycle. 

Today we're going to look at...

Madison

Madison is probably my favorite character in Lost, but there is a new character being introduced in Bound that I adore as well and would probably have to fight for top spot. Knowing Madison, she would take me up on that offer. It’s probably narcissistic that I love Madison so much because according to those who know me, she is the one character most like my own personality.

That may or may not be so, but I do know that I didn’t base her off myself (not intentionally). Madison’s character came from the days when I worked with teenagers at my church. I had the opportunity to work with some girls who were hardened by their different lives and it was those girls who my heart spoke to the most. Each girl had a different story and each dealt with the hardships in their life from mild personality quirks to some self-destructive behavior. Madison is a version of those girls who closed themselves off from all except those closest to them and those girls who had such low self-esteem that they sought out multiple sex partners in order to fill that hole in their heart that only loving yourself can fill. I wanted to give those girls the representation they deserve.

In Bound, Madison goes through some amazing highs and incredible lows that will break down her walls and rock everything she thought she knew about herself and the world around her. My goal for each character in the Caelian cycle it to become a better version of themselves by the end of the story. 

Stay Awesome!

Dystopia vs The Caelian Cycle

Hello Beautiful People!

As an indie author, I love it when readers sends me messages about how much they enjoyed my books. Each one makes my day! But I have noticed lately a trend in the reviews, questions, and messages labeling The Caelian Cycle as a Dystopia. I’d like to explore this train of thought.

What is a Dystopia?

A Dystopia is a universe where society is under an oppressive control while the members of said society are under the illusion of a perfect control. The control usually comes in the form of one or more of the following mediums:

Corporate- one or more large corporations control society through advertising/products as in Minority Report, Blade Runner, and Wall-E.

Technological- Computers, Robots, or other man-made scientific means control society as in The Matrix or Terminator.

Religious- A philosophical or religious ideology is enforced through a dictatorship or theocratic government such as in The Handmaids Tale

Bureaucratic- Society is controlled by through an incompetent government ensnared in red tape and regulations as in 1984 and Brave New World.

Dystopia’s are an exaggerated worst-case scenario often reflecting the authors present day societal flaws, norms, or even their government. There are certain characteristics present in a dystopian society. Most always there is some form of propaganda used to control or satiate the citizens and information, freedoms, or independent thought are discouraged or restricted. Citizens in a dystopian usually live in fear, are under surveillance, and forced to live in uniformity (individuality is discouraged). But the main thing that makes a Dystopian is that society is an illusion of a perfect world.

Picture © Dylan Glynn at http://www.dylanglynn.com/utopia-dystopia/

Picture © Dylan Glynn at http://www.dylanglynn.com/utopia-dystopia/

Not all Dystopia’s have those characteristics, but most do. Although The Caelian Cycle has some attributes above, I don't feel that the series should be labeled as a Dystopia. The Caelian Cycle is my way of exploring racial discrimination through introducing a new species of human to the world, but unlike a Dystopia I am not taking that discrimination to an extreme such as a holocaust or enslavement. The Caelian Cycle is set in an alternative United States where the Caelian’s have banded together to form families that give their members education, jobs, and stability. Throughout the series you will see some similarities between the civil rights movement of the 1960’s and the struggle of racial discrimination today with the Caelian’s trying to live in equality with the “norms”.

I can see how a reader could relate the “Talent Suppression Act” and the various discriminatory acts of violence throughout the book as a bureaucratic Dystopia, but if you think about it, the laws mentioned in the book are just a reflection of the many racial segregation laws our local, state, and even federal governments held until the civil rights movement. As far as the Caelian’s living in fear because of violence against their people, well I can post articles and videos all day long on the treatment of minorities in America just in the past year alone.

If the evils, either “norm” or Caelian, in The Caelian Cycle succeed in their prospective quests then yes, The Caelian Cycle can upgrade to a Dystopia society. (You will have to see how that goes once the final book is released).

I guess you can say that The Caelian Cycle is Pre-Dystopia.

When I started marketing Lost, I labeled the book as a Young Adult Science Fiction. That in itself is a broad spectrum, but if I were to give The Caelian Cycle another sub-genre it would be an Alternative Reality Science Fiction due to the meteorite that altered the genetics of humanity during WW1 changed the future and therefore, shifted reality.

Anyway, that’s my two cents/ soap box.

Stay Awesome!

Inspiration Board - Kian

Hello Beautiful People,

This week has been a little crazy at home. September is the start of school and I'm trying to learn how to juggle teaching my kindergartner and having a toddler running around. Plus, we just found out my grandfather has cancer and prognosis doesn't look too good. So we've been visiting with them and trying to soak up as much time as possible and that is why I'm a little late on this inspiration board.

Today we're going to look at...

Kian

You will notice over many inspiration boards that I have a thing for men with beards. My dear husband has a glorious one and I find him way more attractive with his scruff than without. (and it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he looks 5 years younger than me without).

My idea for Kian is a mixture of the following traits: self-assured, pragmatic, tenacious, and caring. These four basic traits of Kian's personality are borrowed from four different men who have impacted my life. Caring comes from my brother. He has always been a sensitive soul even though his exterior says otherwise, but I knew he had a heart for caring when he first volunteered with the Special Olympics. Tenacious is one word I can describe my grandfather. Another word could be stubborn, but either way I've always admired how he got things done through every struggle. Pragmatic comes from my father in law. I come from a family of impulsive people and when I first saw how how he methodically thinks about his choices, my eyes were opened and frankly, I was little freaked out. Finally, self-assured comes from my husband. He has always exuded a confidence that I found myself trying to emulate. 

Most romantic leads are very alpha male in their personality and there is a reason why that is. Women are typically attracted to the the tough, take action type of guys and usually in those stories the nice guy doesn't get the girl. She rides off on the bad boys motorcycle towards their happily ever after. Kian was never EVER destined to be one of those alpha males. Yes, Kian is strong and a little cocky. Yes, he has a deep dark secret. Yes,  in Bound, you will learn that he isn't exactly a nice guy. BUT he is sensitive to Sadie and her needs. He has the utmost respect for her and although his goes against his caring nature, he doesn't coddle her. He has seen some bad stuff through his job which has grounded him and given him a strong moral compass. 

Kian isn't a hard character for me to write. He's what I hope my son will grow up to be (minus the family drama and dicey career choice). Out of all the love interests I have written, Kian has been my favorite by far. 

I hope you guys love him too.

The Caelian Cycle Books Are On Sale

Hello beautiful people!

Shameless promotional post coming now, but a part of being a self-published author is that I've got to do this once in a while in order to bring more attention to my books. Stay tuned this week for another inspiration board post, this time we will explore how I came up with Kian's character.


Have any of you seen this graphic floating around the internet:

There isn't much to add to this graphic except the short description below for those who haven't had a chance to read the blurbs for Lost and Bound. << Click to visit their web pages for more information and bonus material.

The Caelian Cycle is a YA SciFi based in an alternative reality about a girl who comes into her Talent (powers) and inadvertently catches the attention of organizations who want her on their side. Sadie is a strong female character who comes into her own over the series. There is a romantic story-line, but the main focus is on the characters and the world they live in. Lost is available at all retailers in both eBook and print. Bound is currently only available in eBook form for pre-order. 

Before I leave, I want to express my love for my readers. I greatly appreciate all of you who have read Lost and who have messaged me with your love. I especially adore those who have taken the time to go on Amazon, Goodreads, and other websites to leave a review. Leaving reviews and spreading the word through your social media accounts are ways you can help your favorite authors sell more books. You rock!

Stay Awesome!

  

Feelings and an Excerpt from Lost

If you have been following any of my social media, you will know that Lost has officially been released as of June 19th. It has been a whirlwind of emotions.

First I was like…

Then I was like…

But now, I’ve landed somewhere closer to this…

It still turns my stomach when someone tells me that they’re reading Lost, but I am just so excited that people are actually reading it. So for those of you who are still interested both the eBook and the paperback is for sale. Also, if you sign up for my mailing list you will get insider info before I post it to the website (like the excerpt below).

Stay AWESOME!

Donnielle

 

 

Click the picture on the right to be taken to the purchase links.

 

 

 

Excerpt from Lost

I put my phone back in my back pocket. Crossing my arms, I looked up at the stars again. The night was devoid of clouds, unusual for spring. Golden stars glittered across the heavens, winking at me from the endless arch of the void and transporting me to a place of tranquility. The peace of space poured into my soul.

“What’s a Liam moment?” Kian’s gruff voice whispered. I felt his hot breath caress my ear. His closeness both startled me and sent a shiver down my spine. I straightened my back.

“I thought I told you I wasn’t interested.” I attempted to make my voice sound forceful, but it came out soft. I felt the heat from his body as he stepped closer to me.

“What’s your name?” Kian asked. The gruffness of his voice from earlier had left. This new voice was smooth and flowed like poetry. My heart sped up and I heard the blood pulsing in my ears. I was sure he could hear it. What kind of Talent was he using to cause me to react this way?

“Quit using your Talent on me,” I hissed.

“I’m not. If I was, you’d know it,” he replied with a chuckle.

“Oh.” I didn’t understand what was happening. He placed a hand on my waist and the warmth was searing. I was sure it would leave a mark. My eyes closed and my breath deepened. Tingles flowed from his hand, spreading throughout my body and stirring something in my soul. I released a breath I didn’t realize I had been holding. “Take your hand off me and back away before I break your fingers.”

Kian snickered. “Spunky.”

“Creepy,” I replied.

Kian chuckled again, his hot breath shooting sparks right to my stomach.

“Don’t make me ask again.” I felt his hand tense. His fingers increased their pressure against my waist right before the coldness swept in as he removed his hand. I released the breath I was holding.

“Tell me, how would you have broken my fingers?” Kian asked as I watched his hips curve inward inching closer to me. His movements were surreptitious and my heart accelerated as the space between became almost non-existent. He was still too close for my comfort, but at least he wasn’t touching me. My focus shot up to his face. His face was a mixture of curiosity and humor.

“Every orphanage offers a variety of self-defense classes, among other electives.” I inclined my head as I studied him again. “You’ve never lived in one.”

Kian’s smirk graduated to a full on smile, igniting his face. This smile stole my breath and something told me it was one that few people had the pleasure of seeing. An unintentional smile dangled on the corner of my lips in return.

“No, I haven’t had the pleasure. Spunky, independent, and observant. You’re a triple threat. . . You never gave me your name.”

“Correct.”

Kian leaned forward. “Will you tell me your name?”

“No.”

He leaned closer. The heat from his body warmed me and my heart felt as if it would explode. I lifted my gaze back to the stars, trying to force my willpower to rally against Kian’s charms.

“Please,” he whispered.

“No,” I softly replied. His presence was intense and it scared me. My brain screamed at me to introduce his nose to the palm of my hand, but my arm refused to obey. My traitorous body reveled in possibility of feeling his strong arms wrapped around and pressing himself against it.

“Well, if you’re not going to tell me, I’m sure your friend will.”

Confused, I turned to look at Kian. My nose brushed against his cheek for a brief moment before my brain could register to lean back.

“What the?” Michael’s voice broke whatever spell Kian was putting on me. “Get your hands off her!”

Cold air filled the space where Kian’s body used to be. Restrained, I turned, tilting my head as I watched Michael jerk Kian even further from me. Kian and Michael were the same height, but Kian surpassed Michael in mass. His corded muscles rippled as he squeezed his hands into fists and his angular features twisted into a snarl.

“Are you okay, Sadie?” Michael looked at me, softening his features and sweeping me from head to toe. I felt Lacy’s arm entwine with mine.

I shrugged. “Nothing I couldn’t handle.” My body was shaking, but thankfully my voice came out steady and disinterested.

Kian turned away from Michael and looked at me. His questioning gaze flowed into a smirk. He was enjoying this. Kian twisted out of Michael’s grasp with ease, his movements graceful. Kian was trained as well.

I felt my lips curl up as I watched.

Kian rotated to face me again, ignoring Michael’s protests. “Until we meet again, Sadie.” He dipped his head in a courteous manner, keeping his gaze locked on to mine. He began to leave, turning back to look at me again with one side of his lips curled up as if we were sharing a secret.

My heart fell into my stomach as I realized that he had learned my name. Throughout the whole uncomfortable encounter, I had kept him in the dark. My lips pursed as I watched him walk away. Even his stride was arrogant. Kian was unsettling.

“What was that?” Lacy asked.

I shrugged again. “I have no idea.”

What's new & a sneak peek

Hello all you beautiful people!

The paperback version of Lost arrived for me to proof and it was perfect, beautiful, and absolutely amazing to look at. As you can see, my little girl was just as amazed as her mother. 

The paperback version should be available for pre-order in another week at Amazon and it could take up to 8 weeks for other distributors. Stay tuned on information on that if you prefer another book distributor. 

In other news, Lost will go on a virtual book tour to begin on July 6th until July 23rd through Sparkle Book Tours. There will be a lot of activity on my social media and on this blog those two weeks.

Book 2 of The Caelian Cycle is well on it's way. I've had some set backs with my kids acting absolutely CRAZY since the weather in Texas has been insane. My rugrats need to be released into the wild at least once a day for everyone's sanity, but for nearly a month that wasn't possible with daily rain. However, it seems Texas has found its summer and hopefully I will be able to get the book done on schedule. 

Would you like to read the first chapter of Lost?

Within the week, I will be sending out my first newsletter with some important news and the first chapter of Lost. If you sign up you'll have important updates and other surprises delivered directly to your inbox. The newsletter sign up is under my twitter feed on left left. >>>>>

Stay Amazing!

Donnielle

Lost is LIVE for Pre-orders

Good Afternoon!

It’s a really super awesome feeling to search your name on Amazon or Barnes & Nobel and see your book pop up. If you are interested in purchasing an eBook copy of Lost then please pre-order on your favorite site.

Pre-ordering is important to indie, and traditionally published, authors because each purchase in the pre-order period is stacked at counted towards the first weeks sales. First day sales maximizes an author’s chances of hitting the best sellers list and increasing their ranking/ visibility on eBook sites.

Once the paperback version is ready to list, I’ll keep those of you who want a physical copy updated.

Pre-order Lost (eBook version only) on the following websites:

Cover Reveal - Lost

It's here! It's here! It's FINALLY here!!!

I have been waiting for weeks to see the cover for my first book and it is beautiful! First I'd like to thank the wonderful Kari from Cover to Cover Designs for working with me on getting my vision of Sadie out of my head and in print. It's hard to design a SciFi cover and keep that Young Adult feel without it getting all hokey. I say she did a smashing job!

And now without further stalling for time, here is the cover for Lost, book 1 of The Caelian Cycle. 

Stay tuned for an update on the exact release date. I do know it will be in mid-June 2015 and it will be available at all major retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, etc. 

 

Synopsis:

During WW1, a meteorite crashed, releasing a mist that changed the DNA of all who were exposed.  One hundred years has passed and society is divided between the Norms and the Caelians, whose changed DNA awakened dormant gifts, called Talents.

Sadie is over it!

She’s an orphan, her boyfriend was murdered, and she’s the only Caelian at St. Vincent’s without a Talent. Once she turns 18, there will be no place for her in the world. That is, until a chance encounter with Kian, a Caelian boy who makes her feel uncomfortable and alive at the same time.

Secrets of her past are uncovered and Sadie’s latent, rare Talent is exposed. With great power comes the hunters, hired by an egomaniac who wants to use Sadie’s power to establish Caelian dominance. On the run with Kian and her friends, Sadie will have to decide: hide or fight.

Will Sadie accept her new reality or will she stay lost? 

Playlist for Lost

Hopefully, next week I will be able to do a cover reveal for Lost – Book 1 of the Caelian Cycle. Until then, enjoy this playlist for the book. These songs I listened to over and over while writing and editing. If you click on my Spotify link, I have the playlist pre-made for you.

I Wanna Get Better – Bleachers

Weight of Love – The Black Keys

Come as You Are – Yuna

What Kind of Man – Florence + The Machine

Bad Habit – The Kooks

I Won’t Let You Down – OK Go

The Funeral – Band of Horses

Addicted to Love – Skylar Grey

The Girl – City and Colour

It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World (Live) – Young the Giant

The Phoenix – Fall Out Boy

 

Enjoy!

Vacation

Hello!

So this is where I have been these past few days and it was GLORIOUS!

There is truly nothing better than camping on the beach, cramped inside a small tent with my family. We slept 10 feet away from the ocean. Who needs a sleep machine? Right?

Although it was amazing, I am glad to be home where there are showers and less sand in unmentionable places.

Enough bragging. I spent a significant portion of the trip to and from vacation editing my manuscript. I finished my revisions and it is currently with my beta readers!! 

WOOOOO!

Right now we have a tentative release date of June 5th! 

- Donnielle