Monday, 17 June 2013

#Team48fourteen Happy Book Birthday: Embracing the Flames by Candace Knoebel



Hello, Therians!

I am over-the-moon excited because today marks the release of 
Embracing the Flames by Candace Knoebel!!!!!!!!!!!

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!

Now, if you haven't heard of Candace Knoebel and the Born in Flames Trilogy, then you've probably been hiding under a rock for the past few months!

Candace's debut novel, Born in Flames, has been met with rave reviews and it even walked away with the Turning the Pages Book of the Year award in February 2013!

Candace is an enchantress of the written word.
With beautiful covers and enthralling plot twists, you'll lose yourself in the magic she weaves!

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Embracing the Flames, so check out my review below, and do yourself a favor, add this amazing trilogy to your TBR pile (if it isn't there already). You won't be disappointed!



The Stone of Immortality has always been kept under the watch of the Draconta. That is, until the betrayal of a Fate. Now everything is about to change. 



Aurora Megalos accepted her destiny without blinking-even if it meant succumbing to her dragon side. Deemed the Progeny, she left the ordinary life she knew and has done everything in her power to learn the ways of her new realm and what it means to be part dragon. But when her mentor, Astral, suddenly disappears, she is forced to take the reins. 



With war on the brink, she sets out on an epic journey to not only find her mentor, but to stop her Arch Enemy, Zordon, from obtaining the Stone of Immortality. But what she discovers about him along the way is far worse than she could’ve ever imagined. She will be tested and pushed to the limit. Lives will be lost, love will be questioned, and a battle will begin.



Grab your copy now!!





REVIEW

This was a scorcher of a read!

Where book 1 was more YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance, book 2 is very much Epic Fantasy combining romance, mystery and mayhem. With thrill a minute action and adventure, and a plethora of endearing characters, it ranks amongst the likes of bestsellers, Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings!

The story begins where book 1 left off. Aurora finds herself in the realm where she truly belongs, and it was exciting to get to know the characters and beings of this realm. I was particularly looking forward to meeting the Draconta. With new and old faces, many of the characters latched onto my heart. I loved the wise but somewhat scatterbrained, Alister. And then there was Zane, who did everything he could to redeem himself but still couldn't find room in Rory's heart, because is was reserved for one person, and one person only...

Fenn *sigh* sweet, sweet Fenn, is back in full force. Along with Lexi, Astral and few other characters from the first book, he aids Rory in finding her way within this strange realm, all the while helping to get her ready for the big battle with Zordon. As the story unfolds more lies and deceit come into play, making the battle to save the dying race all the more dangerous, and the defeat of Zordon all the more imperative. Rory and her friends find themselves falling deeper and deeper into Zordon's twisted game, and the question of who can really be trusted comes to the forefront. Rory relies on her intuition, and stubbornness, to gain the up hand however this only complicates matters and lands her in hot water, more than once.

I really loved the struggles Rory had to face all the way through the story. She didn't just go from being an ordinary girl to a half dragon progeny, who then lived happily ever after. She battled her own personal demons; fighting the darkness within while trying to connect with her dragon half without losing herself. Her constant self-doubt and nose for trouble only added fuel to the fire. But she fought her way through it, showing her courage and determination to see the prophecy to the end.

There were a few gut-wrenching moments, and unfortunately, like every great war, there were a few casualties. A few good men and women who were sacrificed for the greater good. Add to that, the final betrayal of a key character and this made for an exciting and captivating read. I was so sad to see it come to an end. I cannot wait for From the Embers!

This book deserves nothing less than...


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SEE WHERE IT ALL BEGAN


BOOK 1 IN THE BORN IN FLAMES TRILOGY


Red mirrored scales race up my arms as the haze of pain blurs my vision. My bones crack, breaking to realign. I scream. It is then that the realization of my unavoidable fate sinks in; I am of a dying race. I am dragon. 

Aurora Megalos, orphaned and teetering on the edge of adulthood, thought finding her past would curb the sting of being an outcast .Having no memories of the time before she awoke on her foster mother’s doorstep, she yearns for the emptiness inside her to be filled. With her fellow orphaned best friend, Fenn, by her side, she has nothing to lose and everything to gain. But something powerful stirred within her that she couldn’t explain. Something wanted out.

In the dark of night, a crazed Seer, dubbed Mr.Creepy, erases everything she’s ever known with an impending prophecy. She now faces two paths. Return to her true home to protect a dying race against a growing evil, or stay hidden in the safety of our realm with a shot at a true love. With a vengeful Arch Enemy stopping at nothing to see her dead, she’s running out of time; a decision must be made. What would you choose?


Praise for Candace Knoebel and Born In Flames:

“Born in Flames is SMOKIN!!” ~Kathryn, TSK, TSK, What to read?

“Candace weaves an emotional, action-packed tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat…” ~Shelley, TSK, TSK, What to read?

“This is one of my favorite books of the year and a 100% MUST READ!!” ~Terri’s Book Addiction.

“What a fantastic departure from the norm…If you’re a Sophie Jordan fan you will LOVE this book!” ~Tam’s Two Cents

EXCERPT

The call of the orb was strong now that it rested in my hands. A song thrummed in my chest as I felt the veins in my neck beating wildly. Looking at it now, the change wasn’t as scary as I had thought it would be. Even with knowing that I could be staring my possible death in the face. The question was—would I be strong enough to sustain these powers given to me? Maybe I was just scared of The Fates choosing my destiny, or maybe I was scared that what was about to happen would forever change my life. Either way, growing up I had always hoped that my life would mean something more than just being a foster child, but this, this was much bigger than anyone could imagine. And what lies ahead? Well if it’s anything compared to what I am going through now, then I expect my life to fall into a whole new level of crazy. And I think it may be just what I was looking for.

Watch the amazing book trailer...




Where to buy Born In Flames




About the author

Candace Knoebel dreamed of being a dancer ever since she could remember. With a love of all things art, she saw herself moving to New York and pursuing her passion as an artist. But all that changed on October 10th 2002 when she met the love of her life. Her dreams diverged and after marrying her high school sweetheart and having two beautiful children, she realized she missed her creative side.

Growing up alongside the Harry Potter series, Candace found herself missing the epicosity of a story that pulls you in and won’t let you go. In 2009, she began dreaming up characters that would mold her first novel. Through lunch breaks and late nights, after putting her kids to bed, she built a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. She found her calling in life and knew this was more than dancing could’ve ever meant to her.

Once complete in 2010, she began the grueling process of finding a publisher. With relentless determination, she was finally able to realize her dream in December of 2011 when 48fourteen offered her a publishing contract. With a HUGE yes and a happy dance, she now continues her Trilogy.


Meet Candace Knoebel:


Join Candace Knoebel at her author table as she signs print copies of Born in Flames.
When: Saturday, August 3, 2013, 8:00 AM
Where: Indie BookFest 2013, BUENA VISTA PALACE, LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL, United States 32830-2207












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