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father who reveals his truth.
Twins who take different paths—one light, one dark.
Angels who have plans for them both
And Demons who do as well.
So the Earthly battle for souls ignites…
A tale that is over 2,000 years old, this is the story of the Amadis
When Alexis Ames is attacked by
creatures that can’t be real, she decides it’s time she learns who she really
is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards theirfamily’s secretsclosely.
After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however,
Alexis retreats behind her façade of normalcy…until she discovers he’s not
exactly normal either. Then theirsecrets
begin to unravel.
Their union brings hope and
promise to her family’s secret society, the Angels’ army, and to the future of
mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy – Satan’s minions
and Tristan’s creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven
and in Hell.
Lost in despair, Alexis teeters on the
edge of an abyss, her lifeline of hope fraying into a thin thread. If it snaps,
she’ll plunge into complete darkness. With the help of her son and her writing,
she’s been able to hold on. Until now. Erratic impulses, disturbing delusions
and her own demonic blood threaten her sanity. When she’s forced to choose
between hanging onto hope or letting go to serve her Amadis purposes, she faces
a decision with inconceivable sacrifices.
Alexis runs to the one place she
thinks will provide answers, only to find herself at the center of another
battle of good versus evil, not only with the Daemoni, not only within
herself…but also against the worst opponent imaginable. But even if she wins,
what will she lose?
Thank you, Patti, for hosting me and the Romancing Your Dark
Side Tour! It’s such a pleasure to be here.
I was out the other night celebrating Promise’s entry into the Top 100 Paid in
the Kindle Store and got to talking with a man who knew nothing about the
publishing industry but was/is a very astute businessman. He asked about my
publisher and I explained the chaos of the industry and how my business partner
and I saw an opportunity to become a publisher. It went a little like this:
“So you made it to the bestsellers list on your own, without
a major player backing you?” he asked.
“Correct. It took a lot of blood, sweat, tears and much
trial and error to get there, but we did it.”
“Are you the first?”
I laughed. “Oh, no. There have been many – not a ton,
definitely not all indie authors have made it, but there have been many.”
“It must have been a big boost to their careers and
I explained how Amanda Hocking went on to sign a $2 million
contract with Simon & Schuster to publish three of her books and how John
Locke also signed a contract with Simon & Schuster to distribute his books.
“What about the others?”
“They keep writing more books, selling more and laughing all
the way to the bank. Some sign with publishers and some don’t, enjoying their
lives as indies.”
“So you – all of you – have tens of thousands of readers who
go on to read your next books?”
“Right. I get a lot of fan mail from readers begging for the
“And now you have a built-in market for that book.” He
tapped his chin thoughtfully. “Publishers put out crap by people whose names
shouldn’t be anywhere near a book [he was talking about *cough* Snookie
*cough*] because they have an existing audience. Now you and these other indies
who hit the bestsellers list have an existing audience. So instead of the
archaic, bottle-neck process you describe with agents and piles of manuscripts
that don’t get the attention they deserve and how difficult it is for a new
author, why don’t the publishers or at least the agents just look for indies on
the bestsellers lists? Why not forego the whole query process and let the
agents and publishers look for their next client just like most businesses must
do? Seems that it would be much for efficient and less costly for all
I nearly broke down laughing. Of course, I might have had a
little too much champagne, but it made me laugh because this is what I said
nearly two years ago, when contemplating going indie. I predicted then that in
10 years, agents would be the ones searching for authors (as it should be) by
finding those indies on the bestsellers lists with books and writing styles
they like, researching the author to see if they’d be compatible
personality-wise (we try to make it as easy to find us as possible) and then
contacting the author, requesting an opportunity to pitch themselves as the
best agent for that author’s career. I’ve since changed that prediction to 5 years.
No more query letters. No more slush piles. No more agents
spinning their wheels with publishers trying to get a title sold. No more
publishers investing tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in a debut author
who falls flat in the market, thereby discouraging them from investing money in
yet another debut author. No more authors giving up and tucking away fantastic
books under their beds because they couldn’t get past the query process.
I’ve been an entrepreneur since I was 22 years old, but it
was still a little shocking to hear this man with such business acumen say
exactly what I’d been thinking for so long. It won’t be long before agents and
publishers start catching on – maybe even 3 years, not 5. After all, this is
how Amazon finds their clients for their new publishing venture. Perhaps
they’re onto something.
Kristie Cook is a lifelong,
award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to
fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, with the first
two books, Promise and Purpose, available now and the third
book, Devotion, coming February 2012.
She’s also written a companion novella, Genesis,
coming October 2011.
Besides writing, she enjoys reading,
cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten
states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three
teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle. She can be found at: