Guest Post + Giveaway - Blood Dent by Nancy Straight
Her whole life, it had just been the two of them. Before her mother’s last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a centaur touched by Zeus.
As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake. Her life may be the blood debt required to pay for her mother’s transgressions. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. Her only chance is to seek a piece of her mother’s past that will win her freedom and the life she desperately wants.
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Guest Post - Inspiration for Writing
Carla, thank you so much for hosting today’s stop on the Blood Debt tour!! I’m excited to be here today, I’m one of your newer stalkers, but LOVE your blog and will be here often!
I’d like to start with what inspired me to write a couple years ago. It was the combination of two events. Event one: I used to work with a lawyer who I had a great deal of respect for. We were working together one afternoon, he set a pile of papers on the table I had written, looked me square in the eye and said, “Mrs. Straight, you are one of the most compelling writers I’ve ever met.” Keep in mind, what he was reading was work-related and a full ten on the boring-scale. His compliment was unexpected and flattering – I filed it away. The second event was when I finished reading Stephanie Meyers’ Twilight Series. She was able to elicit every major emotion I had ever felt in my life, in just four books. When I put Breaking Dawn down, I was wholeheartedly inspired and I began writing.
Now that you know how I got my start, let me tell you about what inspires me every day. Readers and bloggers who go out of their way to tell me they’ve read my novels and loved them. A post on my Facebook page, a message through Goodreads, a comment on my blog or a tweet takes maybe thirty seconds worth of effort from a reader, but gives me hours (sometimes days) of inspiration. I want to tell you about my very first fan because no matter how many times we chat, I’ll never let him forget how much he means to me.
Shortly after I published my first book, Meeting Destiny, I joined Goodreads. I think I had sold maybe twenty-five books over a six month period. I was still very new to the site and I was surprised when a friend request came in from Charles Young. This was followed by a message saying he had read Meeting Destiny and loved it. Charles was my very first fan and I still message him regularly. If any of you have ever sent a message like the one I received from Charles to a “Rookie” author, I can guarantee you will never comprehend the lifelong impact your simple act of kindness has made (or will make) in that author’s life! When a story moves you, let the author know. Since that day, I’ve met many readers who have gone out of their way to brighten my day – every single message has been an inspiration. Charles, if you’re reading this blog post, thank you, again.
About the author:
I LOVE Starbucks’ White Mocha Latte and Mountain Dew, (but not together). I have a lead foot so I set cruise control when I drive, even in 25 MPH zones. I almost never win when I play Angry Birds, but have my 8 year old close, so he can clear the hard levels for me. I grew up on a farm and am opposed to eating fresh chicken (not opposed to meat - just opposed to any meat that was alive a few hours before lunch). I am a huge fan of the show, Big Bang Theory, on CBS. I have a stray cat that I feed every night and morning but she’s never let me get closer than within 3 feet of her – I keep thinking eventually I’ll wear her down and she’ll let me pet her. I share my life with two fantastic sons, three rotten dogs and a husband that I adore.