Brook Cottage Books Blog Tour

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Welcome Westward Publishing author, Carly Fall!



Welcome, Carly!! I see I am the penultimate spot before the end of your tour - how has it been? I hope you've met lots of new and interesting people :)  I love your author pic, by the way - you look very happy. Okay, shall we get on with the questions??

Let's go!

1)   What is your writing routine?

LOL!  I wish I had one!  My husband and I own a business, so that takes up a lot of time.  I usually get most of my writing done on the weekends when my son has friends over or he is over at someone’s house.  

2)   Which author/s inspire you to write?  There are so many.  Patricia Cornwell.  I love, love, love John Sandford.  David Baldacci.  JR Ward.  And also a few less known idie writers.  I don’t have a specific genre I read, so I guess you could say a really good book is what inspires me.

3)   Which is your favorite romance subgenre to read? To write?  I love paranormal romance and fantasy romance.  I have recently been introduced to historical romance and period pieces as well, and some of those are fun to read.  As far as writing, I love fantasy/paranormal.  I love the freedom it gives me as an author to stretch and twist reality.

4)   How do you deal with criticism/rejection?  Wine.  J

I kid on that answer.  Sort of.  Criticism and rejection hurts, and when it happens, I remind myself that I can’t please everyone all the time.  If I try to, then I lose at little bit of myself, as well as a bit of my character’s story. 

5)   What do you expect from an editor?  I have been very lucky with my editor.  She fixes all those annoying grammatical/spelling/punctuation issues, but she also will look at the story and tell me what needs more development and what works and what doesn’t.



6)   Tell me about your latest release. 

Finding My Faith is the second book in the Six Savior series.  Faith grew up in a small northern Arizona town. Yearning for more out of her life, she moves to Phoenix, Arizona at the age of twenty-three where she is kidnapped and almost killed. Rayner has a special ability, one that weighs on him like a curse. He can see spirits trapped in between life and their final resting place. Because he can’t do much to help them, he studiously ignores them. He concentrates, instead, on working with his fellow warriors to right the wrongs caused by the evil criminals from his home planet. When Rayner sees Faith in her spirit form while investigating a lead in Phoenix, his attraction to her is immediate, yet he follows his own personal code and ignores her cry for attention. When he realizes that she may be a stepping stone to getting him home to his own universe, he engages Faith and begins to use her as a means to an end: going home. As the attraction grows stronger, Rayner finds himself breaking all sorts of self-set rules, as well as the code of ethics set by him and his fellow warriors. When Faith nears death, Rayner realizes that he must do everything in his power to save her, because if he doesn’t, he may just lose himself.

7)   Which is your favorite character in the book?  Why?  

This is a tough question for me because I love all my Warriors, and I really like Faith.  Rayner is a little more dialed down than the other Warriors, which was fun and interesting to write.  Faith was also fun as she is so carefree.  In the peripheral there are the other Warriors, who are each so unique.  If I had to choose one of them, I would pick Rayner.  I love that he is a really calm and quiet guy by nature, until he gets mixed up with Faith, and “calm” and “quiet” become words he doesn’t know the meaning of.

9) What are you working on right now?   

Right now I am working on the third installment of the Six Saviors series.  It will center around the Warrior Hudson.

10) Your biggest piece of advice to aspiring novelists? 

If you’ll indulge me, I have a couple pieces of advice.  J  If you self-publish, please don’t publish anything without having it heavily edited by a professional.  Also realize that writing the book is the easy part.  The marketing is what takes the work, whether you self-publish or go with a publisher!  And lastly, keep writing!



11) Where can readers find you? 

Twitter:  CarlyFall1





Finding My Faith
by Carly Fall


BLURB:

Growing up in a small Northern Arizona town, Faith Cloudfoot’s life was spent playing in the forests surrounding her house under the protective eyes of her father, and learning about the legends of her Native American heritage. Yearning for more out of her life, she moves to Phoenix, Arizona at the age of twenty-three where she is kidnapped and almost killed.

Rayner has a special ability, one that weighs on him like a curse. He can see spirits trapped in between life and their final resting place. Because he can’t do much to help them, he studiously ignores them. He concentrates, instead, on working with his fellow warriors to right the wrongs caused by the evil criminals from his home planet.

When Rayner sees Faith in her spirit form while investigating a lead in Phoenix, his attraction to her is immediate, yet he follows his own personal code and ignores her cry for attention. When he realizes that she may be a stepping stone to getting him home to his own universe, he engages Faith and begins to use her as a means to an end: going home.

As the attraction grows stronger, Rayner finds himself breaking all sorts of self-set rules, as well as the code of ethics set by him and his fellow warriors. When Faith nears death, Rayner realizes that he must do everything in his power to save her, because if he doesn’t, he may just lose himself.

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EXCERPT

“You're real.”

It was barely a whisper, but Rayner heard it.  His heart beat even faster, and he slowly opened his eyes.  Faith was looking at him.

“Yes,” he whispered back.

“Your eyes...” her voice drifted off, and she closed her eyes for a moment as if she were recalling something, then opened them again.

She smiled slightly and reached for his hand.  “My wise warrior saved me.”

He took it and held the delicate bones in his big paw.  Energy ripped through him as their palms touched. After the initial jolt, he felt a peace overcome every fiber of his being.  It slowed his heart and loosened his muscles.  The peace that flowed through him was an energy all onto itself.

They stared at each other for a moment, then Faith shut her eyes.  Rayner studied her face.  In a nutshell, she took his breath away.  She was prettier in the flesh than she had been as a ghost.  He watched her chest rise and fall with each breath.

“We have to get out of here, Rayner,” Hudson said in a low voice.

Rayner nodded, let go of Faith's hand and began to stand up.

Faith's eyes flew open and she tried to sit up, panic raced across her face.  “No!” she said, “please don't leave me!”

Rayner took her hand again and got back down on his knees.  “Faith, relax.  I'm not going anywhere without you.  You're safe now.”

He met her eyes, and for a long moment he knew she was deciding whether he could be trusted.  He gave her hand a gentle squeeze and said, “I promise.”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I live in Arizona with my incredibly supportive husband, our son and our dog.

I love my family, hiking, writing, our pool, and wine, and depending on the day, not necessarily in that order.

To receive my monthly newsletter, please go to CarlyFall.com and sign up at the big box on the right.  I promise not to spam you or sell your information (even if someone tries to bribe me with chocolate chip cookies), but instead I want my newsletter to inspire you, make you laugh, and let you know of super fun promotional activities I'm involved in that usually mean free stuff for you.

To visit my blog, go to www.carlyfall.com, or give me a thumbs up on Facebook at

twitter at CarlyFall1

I also love to see what you're reading, so let's get friendly on Goodreads as well!  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4877034.Carly_Fall

Here are the buy links:






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Carly will be giving away two eBook copies of The Light Within Me (the first book of this series)at each tour stop; a $15 All Romance eBooks GC for one randomly drawn commenter and $10 Amazon GC for blog host with the most comments (excluding the host's and the author's).

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:  http://www.goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2012/03/virtual-book-tour-finding-my-faith-by.html

Carly is waiting to chat - comments??

6 comments:

  1. I think that a writer must write what they love. it always shows in their stories.

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  2. Great excerpt! Love it!

    booksaremagicblogspot@gmail.com

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  3. Great advice for aspiring writers. I want to encourage my son as he is so creative and imaginative. His stories are so unique. MomJane makes a good point too!
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  4. Thank you for having me today, Rachel! The tour has been great and has put me in touch with some amazing people, like Mel, MomJane and Vidya who have followed the tour. Thank you for the compliment on the picture - yes, I'm a pretty happy person :)

    If anyone has any questions I'll be checking back, so please leave them in the comments.

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  5. I so agree with you about an editor. As a reader and a librarian, nothing turns me off more when reading than a poorly proofread/edited book. Writers have to invest in professional editing!

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    1. Hi Catherine,

      Yes, they do. If there are any self-pub writers out there looking for an editor, go to Elance.com and take a look around. You will find professional editors charging anywhere from $200 - $1200 for a couple reviews of a 60-80K story. It is so important because no matter how many times a writer looks at a MS, they are going to miss many, many things.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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