In the job that pays the mortgage and allows her to indulge in her real passion, writing, Cassiel Knight works for
in the beautiful state of .
Crazy- passionate about the romance writing industry, Cassiel has a paranormal
romance series featuring fallen angels and demons, an urban fantasy novella and
a new paranormal romance series that started this fall with Champagne Book
Group. She writes paranormal romances with kick-assitude that blend archeology
and mythology – just a few of her favorite things. She can be found online at her website Oregon
Mia Langdon—tomb raider and adventure-seeker—has everything she wants. Freedom.
No chains (a.k.a. a man). Her troubles begin when she’s attacked on a dig in Independence . Soon,
she’s forced to use her tomb raiding talents to find the flaming arrows of an
Egyptian goddess. In the wrong hands, this weapon could destroy the human
race—and nearly had. Peru
Used to doing things her own way, it isn’t long before she figures out that she needs the help of Harrison Braden Stanton, her stuffy, but so yummy, Egyptologist and ex-lover. There’s one problem. He despises what she does. As Mia and Harrison find themselves in the middle of a battle between the Egyptian gods and goddess, there’s no choice for the woman with a Grand Canyon-sized independence streak and the man working for the Egyptian god, Osiris, but to work together to prevent the destruction of all they love.
I really enjoyed this book. The history of
thrown in with paranormal is
a great combo. Egypt
Mia is a tomb raider but she is very selective on who gets the artifacts she finds. While on a dig in
she is attacked and forced to
look for the flaming arrows of an Egyptian Goddess that if put in the wrong
hands can destroy everything. Mia is forced to work with the one man from her
past Peru Harrison whose name she can’t even stand
to hear. But the two of them have to put aside the feelings and work with
together in a battle against Egyptian Gods and Goddess to protect everything
from being destroyed.
I loved Mia she is a heroine that you just love. She is strong, independent, loyal to those she loves, and has a passion for what she does.
Harrison is a great hero one I loved
from the beginning. All the characters are written so well. But for me my
favorite part of this story is all the history of along with the Gods and
This book is the perfect mix of tomb raider meets Indiana Jones with Egyptian Gods and Goddess thrown in and a Heroine and Hero who leave you wanting more. 5/5 Bloody Fangs
What was with all the handsome blokes lately? It seemed she couldn’t go more than an hour without seeing men who were the poster children for every woman’s fantasy. Or were they just her fantasies?
He removed the gun from Gus’s temple but didn’t drop his arm. The man’s grip was steady, not quivering from the weight of the weapon. Strong, she figured. Used to holding guns to people’s heads. Lovely.
“My employer is getting impatient. She requires an answer.” His head cocked. “And for your sake, I hope it’s the right one.”
She? “An answer to what?”
Icy blue eyes looked deep into hers. “Don’t be coy, Ms. Langdon. It doesn’t suit you.”
“Well, you see, I’ve already given my answer so I really don’t understand your purpose in being here.” Mia placed both hands on her desk’s front edge. “I suggest you leave right now before I get madder than I already am.”
“You and your men broke into my house, assaulted my employees and now threaten one of them with a gun. I’m plenty pissed right now, but still willing to let you walk away with your manhood intact.”
“And if I don’t comply with your eloquent demand?”
She shrugged. “You’ll leave me with no choice.” Her fingers tiptoed under the desk’s lip. “I’ll have to make you leave. On a stretcher.”
His laughter rippled forward, a rich, rolling guffaw that actually sent freaking shivers along her spine. Christ, Mia, just how long has it been since you had sex?
“And how do you intend to do that?”
She let a slow smile dance across her lips. “Like this.”
As she finished speaking, she tugged the stiletto from the hidden compartment under the desk and threw it at the man. At the same time, Gus collapsed to the floor and did a backward flip. The long slender blade with its needle-like point punched into the man’s shoulder. He let out a cry of pain and rage. Off balance, his fingers tightened involuntarily on the trigger. The Colt roared a single shot, splitting the wood of the paneled wall on the opposite side of the room.
She lunged across the desk, her ass sliding on the smooth surface and kicked the gun from his hand. Her feet hit the floor, and she immediately flipped a snap-kick at the man himself. He blocked her strike with both hands and before she could pull back, used her forward motion to spin her around. His right arm came from behind, snaked around her neck in a one-arm chokehold dragging her against his chest. The metallic scent of blood mixed with an outdoorsy odor teased her nose.
“Aside from the little poke, I expected more from you, Ms. Langdon.” His words blew a warm gust across her neck. Tiny hairs lifted. “I’m disappointed.”
She took a deep breath, suppressing the flush of rage clawing for release. Sparring while angry was a dumb way to get pulverized. “Don’t be,” she countered. “I don’t want to mess up my new carpet with more of your blood.”
People say you should write about what you know. Do you have any personal experiences that helped you while writing your book?
You are right. For years, writers were told to “write what you know.” And this was something I heard when I began this path over ten years ago. I did some research on who said this and while this is most frequently attributed to Mark Twain, there is a general consensus that no one really knows who said it but more than that, it’s something that should be banned.
So, what does it mean, really? Well, some believe it should be taken literally – to mean writers should not write about things we have not personally experienced. This is actually the definition I heard many years ago. Now, I find it very amusing and my reaction to it can be summed up by a quote from Robert Duncan, “If I write what you know, I bore you; if I write what I know, I bore myself, therefore I write what I don’t know.”
Isn’t that great? Here’s another by Howard Nemerov that made me laugh - “Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time.”
So true. Now, I don’t consider myself uninformed. I’m smart. I know stuff. But I don’t know enough about places and things to infuse my stories with the atmosphere readers are looking for. Because while we read about characters, we also read for places and things. If I were to write only about what I know, I’d be writing short, flat stories.
I write paranormal stories. I have yet to meet a fallen angel, demon or a shape-shifting rock. I have yet to travel to another planet. I have to visit
Egypt and see the pyramids at . I have yet to explore the Mayan ruins
in Giza South America. Yet, these are all places I
have visited in my research.
I’d like to leave you with another great quote on author’s writing what they know. This is from Valerie Sherwood: “Don’t write what you know – what you know may bore you, and thus bore your readers. Write about what interests you – and interests you deeply – and your readers will catch fire at your words.”
Would my writing be any better if I experienced some of these things? Maybe. I don’t know. I think what makes it great is that I haven’t been there so I can infuse my stories with the passion of discovering something new. And that’s what I try to do.
I hope you agree.
Giveaway Info and Photo:
Ten PDF copies of Blood on the Moon (INT)
Blood on the Moon Bracelet (US Only)
Key of Solomon Print Book (US Only)
$10 Electronic Amazon Gift Card (INT)
I wanna say Thank You to Cassiel for letting me review her book and Thank You to Jaidis for letting participate in the tour.