Blog Tour and Guest Post: Erin Rhew “Things I Didn’t Know About Being a Writer” and The Outlanders Promo! + Giveaway

I honestly didn’t think I was capable of coming up with a longer title than that, sick but I proved myself wrong. Whoa! I’m impressed with myself.

Now, cost today, I’m here to share some info about an author named Erin Rhew and her books, The Prophecy and The Outlanders, mostly about the second one in that sentence. The Prophecy is Erin Rhew’s first book of her Fulfillment series, and recently went through a cover change and a republishing and you can learn all about that here. Definitely check that out and then head back to learn more about Erin and the SECOND book, The Outlanders.

But first, about Erin :)

Erin Rhew

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Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.” A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of the Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer Deek Rhew and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by-side.

You Can Find Her At:

Website / Twitter / Facebook / GoodReads

Purchase:

The Prophecy / The Outlanders

About The Outlanders

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With King Jesper dead and Prince Wilhelm mortally wounded, Halfling prince, Nash, and the Fulfilment, Layla, assume the throne of Etherea. They must contend with a new Prophecy Candidate who asserts her position, and Layla is surprised to find her fate intertwined with this challenger. Facing a myriad of choices, Nash and Layla’s decisions affect not only their own futures but that of two kingdoms.

Unbeknownst to the Ethereals or the Vanguards, a slumbering menace stirs in the south, awakened after centuries of slumber. The mysterious Outlanders, a force shadowed in mystery, sit poised to tip the balance of power, sending ripples of fear throughout both warring kingdoms.

Elder Werrick proved a formidable foe, but Layla may yet meet her match in the monstrous Outlander queen. This mistress of the dark’s plans, rooted in revenge and ancient lore, now threaten the livelihood of all three kingdoms.

Racing against time, Layla travels to the Borderlands—home of the Voltons and Ecclesiastics—to discover as much as she can about the war, the First Ones, and the prophecy itself. Lives teeter in the balance, kingdoms sit on the cusp of ruin, and a beast, greater than any she’s ever faced before, plots a catastrophic attack.

Release Date: October 21st, 2014

The Giveaway 

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Now its time for the guest post, which I’m really excited about because Erin shares some insides about being a published author and the journey that it takes to get there!

Guest Post: “Things I Didn’t Know About Being a Writer”

I think most new writers start out a bit naïve about the process. When you look around, books just seem to sell. A big named author releases a new novel, and BOOM, it’s a bestseller. No one ever mentions all the behind-the-scenes mayhem that contributes to that bestseller or how many rejections that person received before he or she hit it big.

                  The first thing I didn’t know about being a writer was the process of publication. I just thought I’d write the next great American novel (as each writer aspires to do), and it would be published. Wham-bam! Just like that. But noooooo, there is a long hard road that must be hoed on the path to publication. First, a writer must send a query letter to prospective agents or publishers. And wait. Note: Waiting is the theme of a writer’s life, which is tricky for someone with ADD. Sometimes the rejections are instantaneous, and sometimes you receive them a year later. You think, “If only this person would READ my book, they’d love it.” And then, angels sing the day you get a request from someone to see more of your work. Elation fills you as you think this one may be “the one.” More waiting—sometimes as long as 6 months. And then there is the rejection—the heart wrenching, soul-crushing rejection. The person actually read your book and still said no. It’s a knife to the heart. But the day comes where someone says, “Yes,” and you jump up and down, squealing like a maniac, in the middle of a pet store. ;)

                  I don’t think I realized how many people aspire to be authors. There are so very many of us. Thankfully, the process of publication has shifted. People have options for their books—traditional, small-press, and self-published. Some choose self-publication and end up with small press contracts. Some choose small press and end up with traditional contracts. While others choose self-pub or small press and are happy to stay that way. And some dabble in all—like Jennifer Armentrout. There are also new ways, besides querying, to receive contracts. #PitMad on Twitter and other similar contests are new avenues by which an author can get his/her work seen. I think it’s a special time for authors with this smörgåsbord board of opportunities and options.

                  Writing itself is a fairly solitary process. But after having been through this process, I realized just how much support a writer needs. First, I needed a support team to help me get my writing done. I call them the Dream Team! They kept me on track and motivated while I wrote and then later as I queried. When I cried over rejections, they told me, “Stay the course! It only takes one ‘yes.’” I also needed help from my critique partners: Mary Waibel, Meradeth Houston, Michelle Pickett, T.C. Mckee, and Deek Rhew. Since they are all writers as well, they could help hone the more industry necessary portions of my piece (reduce adverbs, maintain a consistent POV, etc.). Once my book got picked up by a publisher, I received the help of professional content and line editors who shaped and molded my story into something better. And when the time finally came for marketing and promoting, I really needed other authors, bloggers, and book reviewers to help get the word out about my novel. So, what starts as a solitary endeavor grows into the work of an entire village.

                  Here’s a little slightly off-topic-but-still-related story: I didn’t know writing could lead you to your soulmate. Deek started out as my critique partner. I received one of his short stories to critique as I am the resident “grammar nerd” of our group. Editing his piece began a friendship that over a period of time grew into something more. Now, we’re engaged and getting married soon. Without writing, I would never have met him. So, being an author can change a person’s life in a myriad of ways! You never know where “the one” might be hiding! ;)

                  I think the biggest thing I didn’t know about being a writer is how much time I would need to devote to marketing and promotion. Even the traditional publishers are leaving most of the marketing work up to the authors. Gone are the days of authors being given high-powered publicists with their hands in cookies jars around the world. Now the authors themselves must do that work. It takes away from writing time. Whereas I used to sit and write for a solid hour, I must now promote for 30 minutes and write for 30 minutes. My process is slower. I’m not churning out the stories as I once did. Time flits away from me like a fairy I can’t seem to catch. I feel stressed, always behind. But at the same time, I’ve met amazing people. I’ve created lifelong friendships and invested myself in amazing people.

                  If you have written a book and are looking at any level of publication, I encourage you to pursue it. It’s worth the sacrifices. You’ll grow and change in ways you never imagined. And more importantly, you’ll never have to say you didn’t try. Always chase your dreams!

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Thank you SO much Erin for being a part of this post, and everyone, get out there and get your hands on a copy of The Prophecy and The Outlanders today!

Cover Reveal: The Prophecy by Erin Rhew

Yay! Time for a cover reveal, information pills which I am SO SO SO excited for. I don’t do a lot of cover reveals but I do them for authors that I get very excited about and Erin Rhew is definitely one to get excited about.

Before I show off the pretty cover to The Prophecy, health I’m going to introduce you a bit to Erin (who is a total rockstar, by the way), talk about the book itself, and all that sort of good stuff :) Let’s get started!

About Erin

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Twitter / Facebook / Website / GoodReads

Erin Rhew is an author and fitness trainer.  Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word.  She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.”  In her free time, Erin enjoys acting, running, kickboxing, and, of course, reading and writing.

About The Fulfillment Series

Book #1: The Prophecy

Growing up on a small farm in the kingdom of Vanguard, seventeen-year-old Layla Givens lives a deceptively tranquil existence. But her carefully constructed life quickly falls apart when she’s abducted by a religious zealot who proclaims her The Fulfillment of an ancient peace prophecy and whisks her away to marry her greatest enemy.

Wilhelm, Prince of the Ethereals, is reluctant to meet his new bride. He’s grown up believing Vanguards are evil, an enemy to fight and fear…not love. Can he set aside his prejudices and work alongside Layla to bring lasting peace after centuries of war?

Nash, a loner who has never fit in, carries a huge secret, one big enough to destroy both kingdoms. When he accidently meets Layla, he’s no longer content to live in the shadows, but he must resist his growing attraction—for her safety and for the longevity of the two kingdoms.

When Nash’s secret is revealed, a firestorm sweeps through both realms, with Layla at the center. Now she must choose between duty and desire while the fate of two nations hangs in the balance.

Now, The Prophecy released last year, but is re-releasing this October 1st with a new cover, the cover I shall be revealing in just a moment. This is awesome, and I’m massively in love with the new cover and its JUST in time for the release of the second novel, The Outlanders, on October 21st. But more about book two later!

Now its time for the cover reveal…here it is!

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GORGEOUS right? I can’t wait for this new book to come out and for the sequel later in October as well!

To get you guys all excited too, here’s a blurb from the novel!

Even though she had no chance to escape now, Layla shoved the Elder with all her might. The blow sent him flying into the baker’s door, which splintered under the force, and she darted forward. The Vanguard soldiers moved to block her.

            “We are all Vanguards,” she pleaded. “Please let me go.”

            For a moment, they hesitated. Layla used the opening to slip around them. She ran as fast as her legs would carry her, but they proved to be too slow. Within moments, the soldiers leapt upon her, knocking her to the ground. Wrenching Layla up by her hair, they dragged her back to the Elder, whose face now bled from his encounter with the baker’s door.

            “I see you’re going to be trouble.” He brushed the dirt off his robes. “You can’t escape your destiny, girl.”

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Don’t forget to pick up your copy of The Prophecy by clicking the links above to connect with Erin, and keep an eye for the sequel on October 21st, with a special guest appearance from Erin herself here at What A Nerd Girl Says!

Exclusive Interview with Debut Author, Erin Albert AND a Giveaway!

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Hello everyone! How are we doing on this fine Friday morning? Afternoon? Evening? Whatever time it is wherever you are in the world. I have a SUPER fun interview to share with you today. Yesterday I shared my review of debut author, check Erin Albert‘s debut novel, The Prophecy. You can check that out here.

Today, I am excited to share an interview with Erin! She’s a totally sweet person, that I actually met through Twitter and blogging! I am very proud to have her as a friend, and she has been incredibly helpful in my own journey as an author. I wish her a TON of luck in her novel journey, and the journey we’ll take through her Fulfillment Trilogy.

You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, her website and GoodReads.

For now, let’s enjoy this awesome interview!

Sara: What can you tell us about The Prophecy? What can we expect from it?

Erin: The Prophecy is a fast paced YA fantasy novel set in the war torn lands of Vanguard and Etherea. For centuries , the two sides have fought a battle, the origins of which no one even remembers, but long ago, a prophecy alluded to a person who could bring eventual peace to the embattled nations. This story follows the journey of the girls proclaimed The Fulfillment of that prophecy. Let’s just say things don’t go according to plan! ;)

Sara: Will The Prophecy be a standalone novel, or will you be writing a sequel? If so, which book has been easier to write: the first or the second?

Erin: The Prophecy is the first book in The Fulfillment series, which will contain three books. Book 2 is tentatively called The Outlanders and Book 3 The Fulfillment. I wrote all three books in three months. The writing and creating are easy; it’s the editing that takes up the most time.

Sara: How does it feel that your debut novel is so close to releasing?

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Erin: I vacillate, sometimes within a five-minute span, between being insanely excited and totally terrified. I spent so much time working on a story and creating the characters, a sliver of my soul within the piece. It’s both thrilling and nerve-wracking to present that to the world.

Sara: You won the Most Social Author Bloggy Award. Is staying in touch with your fans and readers important to you, and why?

Erin: Winning absolutely floored me because my competitors were just awesome! Yes, staying in touch with fans and readers is crucial to me. I love interacting with them, and I can’t wait until I’m free to discuss the characters and world of The Prophecy with them. Twitter has been such a wonderful place for me to meet and interact with people, and I consider my followers my friends. :)

Sara: What is your writing process like? Where do you get your inspiration?

Erin: You may have heard me mention them before, but I have a Dream Team in place to keep motivated and on task. I have ADD, so it’s very easy for me to just flit away into my own little world and forget what I’m actually supposed to be doing. Dream Team member Kim keeps me moving forward with the book. She requires a chapter a day which helps me complete my work in a timely fashion. Dream Team member Danielle is responsible for making sure I don’t flake out on the characters or the storyline. She full immerses herself in my world and catches all my “he walked through a wall” or “you said that wall was on the right and now it’s on the left” errors. And I turn to Dream Team member Dawn for my creative inspiration. She’s the one who helps me dream big and work out any writer’s block (usually over a bowl of queso at Moe’s). I think people can draw inspiration from a variety of sources with the right mindset.

Sara: Who are some of your influences? What are some of your favorite books to read?

Erin: The Prophecy is heavily influenced by Game of Thrones and Arthurian legend. Personally, I enjoy the works of Cassandra Clare, George RR Martin, Rick Riordan, Richelle Mead and Veronica Roth.

Sara: What advice do you give to aspiring writers?

Erin: My advice would be never give up. The road to publication can be long and hard, but keep pressing on to achieve your dream. Very few things worth having come easily.

Sara: What is one thing you have to have while writing?

Erin: Besides my laptop? Every day at 3:30, I MUST have a Diet Pepsi with Lime and a little container of chocolate.

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Sara: What are two facts about yourself that some people may not know?

Erin: Wow, I’d say I’m a pretty open book, so there isn’t much people don’t know about me. Haha!! Let’s see…I’m deathly afraid of fire, so much that I don’t allow candles on my birthday cake. I have never missed an episode of True Blood (Alcide…’nuff said).

Sara: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of writing?

Erin: Besides writing, I enjoy running, kickboxing, reading, watching TV, hanging out with friends, and freelance editing.

Sara: And as I ask to all my interviewees, who is your fictional crush(es)?

Erin: a) Percy Jackson–When he comes of age and crawls out of the pages of a book, I will marry him. I LOVE a funny guy. Laughter is the way to my heart. Demigoddess in the house!!

b) Jem Carstairs–Could there be a more perfect man in all the world??

c) Adrian Ivashkov–I adore his snark and pretty much everything else about him.

d) Alcide from True Blood–He’s my Pack Master. Yow!

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I hope you all enjoyed this interview with Erin Albert and that you’ll be able to check out Erin’s debut novel which is out TODAY! Head on over to her website to find out how to get your hands on a copy!

If you’re feeling lucky, you can try your hand at winning a 50 DOLLAR Amazon Gift Card!

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Good Luck and Happy Reading! Thanks to Erin for being awesome, and doing the interview, and for doing a great interview on top of it!

Book of the Week-The Prophecy

When I was just a wee babe of a blogger, viagra order I was trying to get my name out there as much as I could. And one way I was doing that was making my presence known on Twitter. I’ve met such amazing people, price and one of those is Erin Albert.

Tomorrow, Erin’s debut novel, The Prophecy, will release. There aren’t links available for it yet, but as soon as there are, I am going to be so excited to share them with you. I was honored to read this book before its release tomorrow.

So now you can enjoy my spoiler free review of Erin’s brand new book! Check back tomorrow for an exclusive interview with Erin!

The Prophecy by Erin Albert 

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GoodReads / Barnes and Noble / Amazon / Book Depository

Genre:

Young Adult, Fantasy

Part of a Series?:

The first novel in The Fulfillment Trilogy  

You May Like if You Liked:

Epic fantasies like The Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima, and the Tortall books by Tamora Pierce

Age Recommendation:

14+

Plot Summary:

From Good Reads:

Growing up on a small farm in the kingdom of Vanguard, seventeen-year-old Layla Givens lives a deceptively tranquil existence. But her carefully constructed life quickly falls apart when she’s abducted by a religious zealot who proclaims her The Fulfillment of an ancient peace prophecy and whisks her away to marry her greatest enemy.

Wilhelm, Prince of the Ethereals, is reluctant to meet his new bride. He’s grown up believing Vanguards are evil, an enemy to fight and fear…not love. Can he set aside his prejudices and work alongside Layla to bring lasting peace after centuries of war? 

Nash, a loner who has never fit in, carries a huge secret, one big enough to destroy both kingdoms. When he accidentally meets Layla, he’s no longer content to live in the shadows, but he must resist his growing attraction–for her safety and for the longevity of the two kingdoms. 

When Nash’s secret is revealed, a firestorm sweeps through both realms, with Layla at the center. Now, she must choose between duty and desire while the fate of two nations hangs in the balance. 

The Review:

I think that Erin has an amazing start to her series, and that there is a wonderful premise here. I am a fan of epic fantasies, taken into worlds that seem familiar, like worlds of old, but with those twists. Think Game of Thrones, Seven Realms by Cinda Chima, etc. Epic fantasies.

That being said, I think there was a lot being left unanswered. There was so much that could be done with this book and this world, but I felt the first book was incredibly rushed. The amount of events that go down in this one book could honestly fill an entire trilogy, I feel, and yet it was just so incredibly rushed. I wanted to know what happened next, definitely, but I think that more time could be spent on really diving into the worlds, and the story. By slowing it down a little more, she could create more tension in the novel and really build an attachment to the stories and the characters.

Which brings me to the characters. I loved all of them, I loved all the mystery in the connections and all of that. But I wanted to know more about them. I want more of Layla and Wil and Nash, and the rulers of the two kingdoms. I wanted to really get to know them. I felt this first book only touched on the surface of them, their histories and their personalities. There was so much happening between all the characters, and it was kind of hard to keep up because I was still trying to really learn about these characters. They lack a sort of depth that I hope will be made up in the second and third books.

I sound like I’m beating this book up but I’m not, I swear. I think its a fine debut for a new author and I think it really does have incredible potential. Erin has created an intriguing world, and a world where there’s a lot of questions and mysteries that I am eager to find out the answers to. I like the idea of feuding countries, and the balance of peace and the avoidance of a war depending on young people. I think that’s why YA is such a popular thing right now. I think Wil, Layla and Nash all the potential to become incredible people, strong people and I think the three of them together can accomplish a lot.

I will also say this: the world that is being built is built well enough that I want to know more about that, and that is a good thing. If it was just completely not worth my time, I wouldn’t care but I do. I do think there are some holes here and there, but I think that’s my where my enthusiasm comes from. I CARE about these people and their world and I’m dying to learn more about it. I want to know what the world is like outside these two countries, I want to know how it came to be that they are so hating of each other. I want to know more! I hope we will get more!

I will also say that she knows how to execute a great cliffhanger. Two different things are hanging in the balance at the end of the book, two things that made me say out loud “Oh, come on, now, really?” So great job on that. A good cliffhanger keeps a reader interested, and she definitely was able to accomplish this.

Rating:

3 out of 5 Stars

Recommended or Not?:

I would say yes. I think this book has an incredible amount of potential and I’m hoping that the second and third books of the trilogies dives deep into what could be a very intriguing and intricate world. I think Erin is a lovely person and a talented writer, and its a strong debut novel, that has a lot of potential as a trilogy.

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Look for an exclusive interview with the awesome Erin Albert tomorrow!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, dosage hosted by Should Be Reading.

The three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll be reading next?

What are you currently reading? 

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I keep hearing great things about it, patient and I’m ready to finally jump into it.

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This is another author that I’ve heard SUCH good things about. She’s an author recommending by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Tammara Webber, two of my favorites, so I definitely want to read her books.

What did you recently finish reading? 

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This book comes out November 19th, this coming Tuesday and is a fitting sequel to the first novel, Angelfall. Check out my spoiler free review here.

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This is the debut novel of a great Twitter friend of mine, being released THIS Friday. It will be featured as the Book of the Week tomorrow, AND I’ll have an exclusive interview with the author on Friday! SO much excitement.

What do you think you’ll be reading next? 

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I’ve had this book, and I’ve started it, I just need to finish it! I keep getting distracted by new releases and ARCs that I need to review, but I really want to finish it!

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I’m really looking forward to reading this. It releases November 26th, and I was gifted with an e-ARC through NetGalley, so I must read it soon!

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What about you? Share in the comments!