Thursday, October 31, 2013

{Book Spotlight} Protector of the Flame by Isis Rushdan

The Book

Protector of the Flame
by Isis Rushdan

Series: Kindred Chronicles, Book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published: October 22nd 2013
Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Book Description

"In their bleakest hour, the price of redemption could be the death of their love. "

Before Serenity and Cyrus can embark on a romantic honeymoon, one of their gifts from an immortal comes to life and unleashes a devastating series of events that forces them to make an unthinkable sacrifice. To undo the evil of dark magic, Serenity must travel to the immortals' hold in Iceland. Alone.

Her journey leads to an island shrouded in mystery, where secrets from her past come to light...and she forms an inexplicable connection with a handsome, tempting healer who may pose the greatest risk of all.

Cyrus comes close to unraveling without his mate, but refuses to let honor or duty keep them apart, even if it means the bloodshed of his own kinsmen.

As the Great Council prepares to convene to determine their fate, friends become enemies, enemies become allies, and soul mates are pushed right to the edge-where love and faith is their only hope of survival.

Warning: Contains soul mates put through the grinder, dark magic drama that will leave you reeling, angry sex that crumbles concrete, an alpha hero pushed over the edge, and a roller coaster full of twists.

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Guest Post
Starting Out As A Writer – 5 Things You Should Know

You MUST learn to embrace criticism. I know a ton of writers who are terrified to put their work “out there” for criticism. What’s the difference between those writers and published authors? The ones who are published didn’t let fear stop them. I was terrified as well. Heck, I’m still terrified whenever I let someone read something new for feedback. The truth is without constructive criticism your craft will not improve. I’m a huge fan of writing contests that provide anonymous feedback. They can help a writer just starting out tremendously.

Negative comments never get easier to hear/read, but you learn to handle them with grace. Constructive criticism is one thing. A Negative Nelly who has never gone through the process of writing a book, but wants to tear apart another’s work is entirely different. Look for constructive feedback and learn from it. Ignore the rest, as difficult as it might be. 

Every writer’s journey is different, so it’s best not to compare yourself to others. Some writers find fame and fortune months after completing their first novel, which was based on a dream, but we all can’t be Stephenie Meyer. Sometimes it takes a decade of faith and belief in self before publication is possible. Janet Evanovich stuck it out. I’m sure she never imagined her Stephanie Plum character on the big screen as she received rejection after rejection.

You will need more patience than you ever thought possible in this business. Publishing a book is not quick or easy. Just when you thought you were done waiting on something like finding an agent, you have to wait for something else, like finding an editor.

Perseverance trumps talent. Don’t misunderstand, talent is important. Yet, the talented writer who lacks the fortitude required in this industry and gives up will never succeed. One must persevere through countless revisions, rejections, and criticism if one is to achieve the end goal. Publication is a part of the journey. The end destination is a successful career as a published author.

It was great to be here. Thank you for having me today!

About the Author
Isis Rushdan

Isis Rushdan was born in New York City.  Fresh out of high school at sixteen and to the horror of her family, she turned down a college scholarship and joined the U.S. Army.  She likes to keep her family on their toes, but they have always been supportive and even signed the parental consent form.  She had to wait almost a year due to a minor age hiccup, but her calling to serve did not diminish.  After her tour, she went on to graduate with a B.A. in Psychology from Ohio State University and parlayed her degree into an active duty commission as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.  In 2005, she joined the reserves, where she is still a member of the Armed Forces.

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