Posts Tagged ‘Ciara Knight’

Within just the opening pages, it’s easy to get hooked on Ciara Knight’s warrior fantasy romance The Curse of Gremdon. Arianna is wiping her sweat on her leather skirt, gripping a sword, and battling the manly Tardon in a test to determine if she can earn Elite Warrior status.  As they fight, Tardon’s “copper eyes” go straight to her soul, an elder stands in judgment, and a mist swirls up from the outer land beyond the castle tower.

Here in the castle life may be desperate and edged with danger, but beyond it lies a blasted landscape populated with grotesque monsters called the Cursed.  Only the amulets worn by the citizens of the castle and given to them by the elders can keep them safe – or so they and the reader think.  But when Arianna’s amulet cracks and she finds herself having strange visions, we realize that something isn’t right about “reality” within the castle.  The ruling elders are creepy, their laws are cruel, and too many relatives and loved ones have vanished or died.  What’s going on?

The twists and turns in the story come fast and hard.  There’s the violent life of the warriors, the sensuous rewards they’re given, and the outcast status of the lone female warrior Arianna.  She and Tardon have already fallen in love, but that love is forbidden and must be resisted – and as we all know trying to sexually resist the one you’re mad for can make for some steamy scenes.  Now too Arianna’s only living relative, her brother, is dying, and to save him and the castle the elders send her and Tardon on a near suicidal quest into the outer land.  But there’s something suspicious about this quest.  The outer land is also where Arianna’s sweet childhood memories haunt her and where she and the reader are in for a shocking revelation.

The romantic tension between Arianna and Tardon is palpable, yet as veterans of too many battles these two also have emotional baggage and a poignant vulnerability.  Although they long for a normal life with family and a future, these simple things seem too much to ask for after all the killing they’ve done – a message that can hit home for readers in our own modern world.  Granted, sometimes Tardon was so jealous and stubborn I wanted to slap him up the side of the head, but essentially he was a good man so I forgave him.

The Curse of Gremdon is a swashbuckling romance and adventure that gives us a memorable heroine and a story with several terrific twists.  It’s also just plain fun to read.  So read it, please.

Oh, and as a fencer (okay, only with an epee and not a big honkin’ broadsword) I can tell you that the sword-fighting scenes are solid.


I am so happy to be part of Ciara Knight’s Release Day Blitz for her new book, Weighted.

As you may know,  Ciara is a sweetheart who also happens to be a  popular and prolific writer.  I’ve read her lovely YA novella, Love’s Long Shadow, which I highly recommend, while her YA novel The Curse of Gremdon is on the to-read stack beside my bed.  Now, of course, Weighted (a “Prequel Novelette”) will be joining them.

Here are a few facts about the lady…

Ciara writes to ‘Defy the Dark’ with her fantasy and paranormal books.  Her debut novel, The Curse of Gremdon, was released to acclaimed reviews, securing a Night Owl Top Pick and five stars from the Paranormal Romance Guild.  Also, Book I, Rise From Darkness, from her debut young adult Battle For Souls series, secured glowing reviews and won July Book of the Month from Long and Short Reviews.
Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel.  She’s backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.

Ciara is extremely sociable so please feel free to connect with her at her blog, website, Twitter, Goodreads, or Facebook.

And here, of course, is the blurb for Weighted

The Great War of 2185 is over, but my nightmare has just begun.  I am being held captive in the Queen’s ship awaiting interrogation.  My only possible ally is the princess, but I’m unsure if she is really my friend or a trap set by the Queen to fool me into sharing the secret of my gift.  A gift Ikeep hidden even from myself.  It swirls inside my body begging for release, but it is the one thing the Queen can never discover.  Will I have the strength to keep the secret?  I’ll know the answer soon.  If the stories are true about the interrogators, I’ll either be dead or a traitor to my people by morning.

Now how can you possibly resist a story like that?

Of course I’ve read the first chapter for Weighted and it’s terrific.  You can find it HERE.

Thank you, Ciara, for giving us another great read.


Upcoming books in The Neumarian Chronicles:

Escapement (Book I) – Early 2013
Pendulum (Book II) – Mid 2013
Balance (Book III) – Early 2014

Other books by Cara Knight:
Battle for Souls Series
Rise From Darkness
Fall From Grace
Ascension of Evil – Coming in October


Drum roll please…

Today I have the pleasure of telling y’all that Ciara Knight, paranormal romance writer extraordinaire, has a new book out.   It’s  called Weighted, and here’s the gorgeous cover.

The blurb is just as captivating:

The Great War of 2185 is over, but my nightmare has just begun. I am being held captive in the Queen’s ship awaiting interrogation. My only possible ally is the princess, but I’m unsure if she is really my friend or a trap set by the Queen to fool me into sharing the secret of my gift. A gift I keep hidden even from myself. It swirls inside my body begging for release, but it is the one thing the Queen can never discover. Will I have the strength to keep the secret? I’ll know the answer soon. If the stories are true about the interrogators, I’ll either be dead or a traitor to my people by morning.

Now how can you possibly resist a story like this?  I certainly can’t.  Congratulations on yet another fab book, Ciara!  And for all of you readers, here’s a link to her website:


Today I’m singing my gratitude to, among others, the proudly naked Hart Johnson, the literary force to be reckoned with behind the very successful blog, Confessions of a Watery Tart. (She’s the tart.)

Yesterday (Sunday) Hart devoted her blog posting to yours truly and the release of  The Compass Master.  I was touched, I was thrilled, and I was embarrassed to realize that I’d spaced out the part in her email to me where she said she would write about TCM in her Sunday and Thursday postings.  I kinda misunderstood and thought she was giving me a choice so I chose Thursday.  But in fact she was giving me both days.  Anyway late yesterday afternoon I thought I’d stop by her blog, and lo and behold there was my name and book in large print!

Here’ the proof:  (Scroll down to Sunday after reading today’s moving post)

She also made me sound like someone impressive (lol) who’s been working like crazy on my Layla plan.  But the reality is, between finishing, publishing, and now trying to promote TCM, plus my full-time job and life in general, I’ve barely had time for the last month or two to devote myself to it as much as I should.  And as much as I want to.  I mean, I really NEED to start having some fun again.  But I can do without the sometimes physical pain.

Speaking of that plan, I am overdue in giving Robert Read a big hug and thanks for writing the first review for TCM on Amazon.  Like Hart, I met Robert in cyberspace, in his case when he started leaving comments on this blog.  And I mean they are always intelligent, well-written comments because he’s the kind of man who clearly knows what he’s talking about, whether it’s weight-lifting or poker or you name it, and he doesn’t let me get away with hot air, which I can be full of when I get lazy.  He also kindly volunteered to read a draft of TCM, and his critiques were so sharp and insightful I of course followed them closely as I rewrote the weak passages and elements he pointed out.  He definitely made my book better.  Thank you, Robert.   (And here’s an illustration of my image of you.)

Another person I’m singling out today is Ciara Knight, who’s an all-around generous and supportive person and a newly published writer.  You can find her at her blog of the same name,, which as the cool subtitle of “Writing to the Edge of Darkness.”  I downloaded her ebook, Love’s Long Shadow from Amazon, and as soon as I find some FREAKING TIME this week I’m gonna relax and enjoy and read it.

Also, here’s a shout out and thanks to my cyber pal Ben Schmitt, a fellow writer, a very smart guy, a devotee of the martial arts, a crazy busy student and worker, and future great novelist and filmmaker.

To you all and more, I love ya.

I have been so busy this last week and so sleep deprived that, due to feeling like a zombie, I haven’t written much anything here.   You may have noticed.   But today I’m got the great good luck of spreading news about a couple of my fave buddy bloggers.

And to start things off…


I am so happy to report that CIARA KNIGHT, who has a gorgeous site about WRITING TO THE EDGE OF DARKNESS ( has honored me with her LOVELY BLOGGER AWARD.  But of greater importance is that just today, Ciara has announced she’s going to be a PUBLISHED AUTHOR!

(Pause for shouts of Huzzah!)

Ciara has signed a contract with Turquoise Morning Press for her Young Adult Paranormal, Rise From Darkness.  That is fantastic news, lady.  YOU SO DESERVE IT!

Also of great note  is the naked tarty shameless Hart Johnson over at CONFESSIONS OF A WATERY TART (

Hart has a YA entry in Amazon’s formidable ABNA competition, and so far she has made it all the way to the quarter finals, which means her book beat out a few thousand contestants.  An excerpt of her novel, The Kahlotus Disposal Site, can be read for free on Amazon.  I’ve read it and it’s so good I  got an insecurity complex and went back to reread The Compass Master’s first chapters to make sure they grab me the way Hart’s chapters do.

Hart also has a contract with a real live PUBLISHER for a cozy mystery (talk about being multi-literary-talented).

To top it off, this is crazy busy whirlwind has generously offered to review my blurb for The Compass Master, which I’ll be composing this weekend.  You know what blurbs are—those pithy descriptions on book jackets or the back of books that convince readers this novel is the best thing since Gone with the Wind or any Harry Potter book and you’ll be miserably deprived if you don’t read it.   Blurbs are like query letters for the general public—your literary success can hang precariously on them.  So thank you, darling Hart.

Obviously in the coming months I’m going to be getting in line to buy the books of Hart Johnson and Ciara Knight.  That is really gonna feel so cool.