Oct 1, 2014

The blog tour The Watchers by Deirdra Eden - September 1st-30th

The Watchers Book 1: Knight of Light

 In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella) flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity. Filled with fairies, dwarves, pixies, dragons, demons, and monsters, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.
1270 - Monarch - Henry III (to 16 November 1272)-  and his wife Eleanor of Provence his Successor son - Edward I
beside him another 3 chidren
  1. Margaret (1240–1275), married King Alexander III of Scotland,- Margaret is said to have been unhappy in Scotland, and created some tensions between England and Scotland by writing to her family in England that she was poorly treated in Scotland 
  1. Beatrice (1242–1275), married John II, Duke of Brittany, by whom she had issue.
  2. Edmund Crouchback, 1st Earl of Lancaster (1245–1296), married Aveline de Forz in 1269, who died four years later without issue; married Blanche of Artois in 1276, by whom he had issue.
The Watchers Series has been described as Braveheart meets Supernatural. The mythology for the series is based on many theological texts from dozens of sects with correlating themes. Ancient writings include The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Traditional Apocrypha, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Kabbalah.
“The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad. Although the mythology is based on these texts, Deirdra Eden’s The Watcher’s Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions

About the Author

"My goal in writing is to saturate my books with intrigue, mystery, romance, and plot twists that will keep my readers in suspense. I want to see fingerprints on the front and back covers where readers have gripped the novel with white knuckles! Aside from writing, I enjoy jousting in arenas, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures."
-Deirdra Eden
Find Deirdra Eden and The Watchers Series online on 
Interview
When did you begin your online platform building?
I started promoting myself as an author in 2001, through T.V., radio and tours.

In 2010 I began a blog just for fun and my followers hit over a 1000 in less than a year.

What is your message, if any (is your blog about anything specific, for example)?

 I want to help other writer’s succeed. It’s hard being a writer, not as hard as being married to one, but it’s still hard. I believe that if we are going to succeed we as authors must support each other.


My blog is a “self help” blog for authors. When I say self help I don’t mean “editing” I mean, emotional encouragement. I have other authors come on and share their publication stories.


With the many opportunities available for publication, every author must find their own path to publishing. There is no right or wrong way to do it. Whether you self-publish, get an agent, indie publish, etc. every author needs to decide what will work best for them. There are pros and cons to every type of publishing. Its wise to learn what they are and hear other's experiences before you decide how to publish.
I also bring on literary agents, editors, promotion specialists and other literary professionals that give advice to authors, both published and unpublished.


How have you built your followers -

What have you done that has been the most successful?

What have you done that has failed?

Its easy. I read the book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie.

It works for getting blog followers too.

You really need to be the one to initiate. I go to other blogs similar to mine or blogs by authors and avid readers and compliment them on something I found interesting on their blog.  I usually will follow them to show my support. I tell them a little about my blog and how it will help them, and then I send them the link.


What else should we know about you?

I love people and love making new friends. 

How do you decide upon your settings? What about the names of characters? Do you ever change either mid-stream into a story?
My books are historical in nature. I usually research something in history until I find something that sparks a bunch of ‘what if’ questions. I research names and find out what they mean or pull something from history.

Any additional advice for our readers?
Just don’t give up fighting for your dreams. We can do this!
What makes you unique?
LOL! Well, I can shoot a bow and arrow while standing upside down and bending over backwards.
What advice would you give to others interested in publishing?
Hang in there! You can do it! Every author must find their own way to publication. Find out what way is best for you and go for it! Get a support group, you’ll need it. The only thing harder than being an author is being married to one.
STRANGEST THING YOU’VE EVER EATEN!
When I was a little I ate a half a cube of butter and didn’t die.  
A WORD YOU HAVE TROUBLE SPELLING FOR NO REASON?
Defiantly and definitely. I get those two mixed up all the time. So I’m always telling people I will “defiantly” help them or I’ll “defiantly” be there. LOL 
WHAT DOES SHENANIGANS MEAN TO YOU? I
t’s an Irish term used for the word to jest or to prank in good fun. No, I didn’t know that off the top of my head, but I have smart friends.
Please share a favorite quote(s) with us.  
“We are what we believe we are.” C.S. Lewis

Fun Facts


  • Deirdra in One Word: Happy 
  • Favorite Color: Earthtones 
  • Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip 
  • Favorite Superhero: Captain America 
  • Favorite Animal: Kitties 
  • The kindest thing anyone has done for me: "My husband married me even though I was a writer." 
  • If I could travel anywhere, my number one destination would be: Ireland 
  • Favorite Meal: Depends on the day 
  • If I could have superpowers, it would be: To replicate myself and read my husband's mind 
  • Favorite Sport: Jousting 
  • Favorite Season: Early Fall 
  • Favorite Holiday: Labor Day
Hi Readers,
This guest post kindly written especially for my request even the author has extremely busy life.
It's only fit its subject will deal with - how to deal with a really busy busy life, and how to organize your time more efficiently.

Working around family, and finding the time to write

Here are some ideas that help me save time as a mom and author. I hope it can help you too. 
Keep a notebook near you at all times. I have one in my purse, by my bed, in the car, in my gym bag, and in the diaper bag. Maximize your trips.

I designated one day a week for running errands. This is when I go to the bank, post office, copy center, grocery store, and drop off or pick up whatever else I need. Create a filing system. This will help you keep your creative work area clutter free. Make folders for bills, letters, insurance information, book ideas, things to edit, etc. Prioritize.
 
Even driven, talented, athletic super men and women can’t do everything. Is it really important to you to have an immaculate house all the time? 
Do you really want to spend an hour getting ready to go out and get the mail? 
Would you rather spend three hours watching T.V., or would you rather spend that time working on your next book? 
Decide what is important to you. Find your time wasters, and eliminate them. Make a reading pile. Have all the books, newspapers, magazines, manuscripts to be critiqued, scriptures, etc., near your bed so you can read to unwind from the day.

Keep lists
(My husband is the lists type at our house). Whether you’re planning a trip out of town, a trip to the grocery sto  re, or creating a schedule, keep a small note book handy so if you think of something you need, you can add it to the list. This will save you lots of time when you try to recall what you were supposed to do, where you were suppose to go, what you need to pack, or pick up at the store. 
Take care of yourself. Get in shape and stay fit. You will have sooooo much more energy and better blood flow to your brain, which means more thinking power. 
Get your kids involved with exercise (It's work only when they were small). Its quality family time, and you’re teaching them a good habit. My young child likes to bounce on the exercise ball with me and play tag. I even work out with my baby, who is just a few months old. 
Get to know your characters. I spend about two weeks getting to know my characters before I start writing. The better you know your characters, the more they will help you write the story. 
Create a character bible. Figure out their strengths, weaknesses, past history, nervous habits, favorite foods, their dreams and hopes, character flaws, and special skills. Get to know them so well, that if you sat down with them in a restaurant, you would know what they would be wearing, what they would order, and how they would tip the waitress. 
Also, figure out the geography you are working with and any significant items, like magic swords or priceless family heirlooms. Objects can have their own history, weaknesses, or special powers. 
Chapter mapping system. Chapter mapping can help some authors avoid writers block. Make a timeline, and break down your book into chapters. Next, break down your chapters into scenes. Record significant people, places, or things that come along, or happen within each chapter. Write down any ideas, including dialogue, that pops into your mind as you are filling out each chapter. 
It’s okay to say “no.” In order to find time to write my books, I’ve had to limit my projects, which means saying no to people, events, or some new projects. 
Take Sundays off. It really helps, and you will be able to get more done during the week if you give yourself a break. 
Write now edit later. Yep, just get it down. If you’re worried about the small details of editing or spend fifteen minutes searching for the “right word” you’re going to disrupt the flow of your story. First drafts aren’t pretty. I don’t even spell check until my second draft. 
Meditate. I go through my day in my head, and create a battle plan for how to tackle life. I also go through the chapter I’m going to be working on that day in my head. I know it sounds silly, but athletes use this same technique right before a big game or competition. 
Use paper plates (Oh I love this one. we do this a lot!). I know it might not seem environmentally friendly, but neither is running the dishwasher everyday and using the extra detergent. Besides, you can always recycle paper plates. 
Get a food storage. I have nice food storage, and I plan out all my meals in advance, so I only have to go grocery shopping twice a month. I make it a quick trip, and I try to get someone to watch my kids. For some reason, it always takes longer with them. 
Teach your kids to do chores ( I still trying this one ... it's not working very well though). It’s easier if you teach them while they are young, instead of suddenly expecting your teenagers to take responsibility for household duties. Even small children can help push the vacuum and pick up toys. 
Cleaning ( Me too... Me too) . I don’t clean my whole house everyday like I use to, and I don’t deep clean my house every month like I use to. In the morning, I pick two rooms and clean them. I only deep clean my house every few months, and the whole family helps. You can assign each member of the family a room and have a contest to see who can get their room or section of the house the cleanest. The winner gets to choose the toppings on one of the pizzas (you won’t want to cook that night, trust me <3 data-blogger-escaped-b="">). 
See House of Order for more ideas. http://www.houseoforder.com/ Help other authors when you can. Critique groups are great and can help you work through trouble spots in your story. Remember to pay it forward and be willing to critique other’s manuscripts as well.
Thank you  Deirdra 
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