Okay, I have some great stuff to share with you today. First of all, Misty Provencher is here to share some “behind the screen” notes for Keystone, the 2nd book in the Cornerstone series. And there are some AWESOME giveaways for this tour!
I have to say, I’m currently reading Cornerstone for the read-along, and it’s really good! I’m so happy I joined and found these great books.
Nalena Maxwell has been branded ‘The Waste’ at her new school, due to her mom’s obsessive paper hoarding. Nalena desperately wants something to change in her life, but when she receives a sign (and it’s the wrong dang one) inviting her into a mysterious, ancient community, too much changes. What she knew of her family, what she thought of her life and what she believed about her future, is no longer applicable. Seventeen years worth of family skeletons come crashing into Nalena’s life and it is the boy…the one that smiles at her like he wants to hear everything she’ll ever say…that already knows her powerful secrets. But it is only Nalena that can choose between protecting the life that is already crumbling beneath her feet and the one that might sacrifice everything she could ever have.
Hey Christy! Thank you for inviting the Keystone Book Tour over to hang out on your blog today. I’m honored to be here and thought I’d bring along some ‘behind the screen’ info about the writing of Keystone. If your readers haven’t read Cornerstone yet, Keystone is the second in the series, so please don’t let them peek if it’s going to spoil the fun for them! Otherwise, if some spoilery loopty loos don’t bother them, please enjoy my notes and thanks again for having me over!
Behind the Screen Keystone Notes
Keystone took forever to write. I want to say it was a two year, on-and-off thing because I’d set it aside to write other stories a few times. Overall, I had written about half to ¾ of the book for the NanoWriMo in 2011 (although I submitted a different, finished story that I was simultaneously working on) because this one wasn’t complete (although it made the Nano requirement).
Picking up and putting down the book meant that every time I picked it back up, I had a different slant for it. I completely re-wrote Keystone about three times and cut about 3,000 scenes. None of this foolishness includes the number of revisions I did on almost every scene. The one that made it through all the cuts was the library scene where Garrett shows Nali how to use her field (although it was reworked a couple hundred times too).
The Celare is based off a hotel near my old house that I never stepped a foot in. But I saw the place as it was built and the outside to me still screams Hotel Celare.
Freddy is Samoan. This kind of came out of a joke I had with an old friend. My kids and I used to watch Dog the Bounty Hunter and there was always talk of the Samoan people. When people ask what my nationality is (jeez, I don’t know that there is any nationality we aren’t…I mean, we’re thorough) I like to say Samoan. They’re a tough-cookie bunch and when I researched a little about them and loved their culture. I like to think they’d have me, although I’m tattoo-less. Freddie is Samoan because to me, it makes him double the warrior.
My mother wasn’t allowed to read Cornerstone or Keystone until I could put the actual published books in her hands. And she complained about it CONSTANTLY. *Love ya Mom*
The Veritas- some people have asked exactly what they are. They’re a tribe of tiny people akin to the African Pygmies. They’re place in the Ianua is one of balance, not of interference. They don’t believe there are good and bad circumstances, only circumstances, so they are pretty useless when it comes to trying to get a heads-up on avoiding treacherous situations caused by The Fury.
Ok, there is a taste of what goes on behind the screen over here. I hope you’ve enjoyed it! If your readers are interested, please let them know they are welcome to read the first five chapters of Cornerstone on my blog and the first chapter of Keystone too! Thanks again for having me, Christy!
Anytime, Misty! Thank you, for stopping by.
Read Chapter 1 – 5 of Cornerstone HERE.
Read Chapter 1 of Keystone HERE.
There’s a man-made storm coming, like a rip in the world, and it’s called the Cusp.
Struggling to fit into the destiny she’s accepted, Nalena Maxwell has been left with one objective: she must find her murdered grandfather’s Memory. Stolen and hidden away by her own father over seventeen years ago, the Memory could be the key to ending the Cusp and destroying the Ianua’s rival community, The Fury.
Driven by each individual’s selfish desires, The Fury has always lacked the loyalty and organization it needs to be an actual force of power.
Someone masterminded the Fury’s massive attack on the Ianua, slaughtering twelve of their thirteen community leaders, the Addos. Now there are rumors that the 13th Cura, to which Nali belongs, has gone to the Fury, manipulating the last Addo in order to control the other 12 Curas.
As the Cusp brings the Fury and their own communities against them, Nalena’s Cura must preserve the Ianua, but finding the key to the Cusp isn’t as simple as it seems.
Okay, here we go! There a FOUR great giveaways. I’m going to include the rafflecopter widget for two of the giveaways, and then link you to the widgets for the others. That way it’ll load easier for you guys.
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#1 – Giant eBook Giveaway – Winner will get 13 awesome eBooks