Monday, April 15, 2013

Blog Tour: Forsaken (Heather Fleener)

The Prophecy Will Be FulfilledAncients were created in the beginning of the age of man. The Vampire were birthed by the underworld after mankind’s fall from grace to destroy what remained of God’s people. This threat to Creation was countered with divinely-breathed immortals. The Witch were most effective against the nefarious agenda pursued by the evil ones. An arcane Prophecy proclaims that the divine purpose of the Ancients of Light will be fulfilled, beginning with the rise of the Chosen. Now the Queens will join her…
Fire is her DestinyElla long ago determined she would not live a life where magic defined her. Feeling no kinship with her Caste, she walked away from the Realm and its conflicts. She found acceptance and fulfillment in her life amongst the mortals and is on the brink of achieving her dreams.
Darkness is His CurseNicholas is the most revered warrior in the Darks’ army. His personal animosity towards the Light drives his existence and draws him to the one Witch he is set on controlling. Nicholas knows the reasons that Ella never found acceptance within the Fire Caste of Witch and he will use that knowledge to pursue his Dark agenda.
When Light and Dark CollideDespite her origins, Nicholas discovers more in Ella than just a powerful Fire Witch, leading him beyond the Dark evil that has plagued him for eight centuries. Ella disregards the inherent calling of her breed for the only true belonging she has ever experienced, the love she finds with her Dark Vampire. The beginning of the very Prophecy that will save the Light tears the pair apart and the fallout threatens their existence. When two of the most powerful immortals on opposite sides of Realm collide in divinely-inspired fate, neither will escape unscathed. Only when the Forsaken finds grace will Ella and Nicholas be able to fulfill the destiny that has always been meant for them.

Ancients of Light, Paranormal Romance, Witch, Vampire, Prophecy, Chosen, Series, Epic, Saga, Magic

Smashwords ISBN: 9781301467556
Word Count: 109670 (approx.)

Heather Fleener lives in Indiana with her husband, D.A. and their twins, Thomas and Alexandra. Professionally she has spent her career working in the area of Intellectual Property law.Reading has been a passion of hers since she was young and she has been a closet-romance junkie her entire life. The romantic styles of Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood are her inspiration, though she has read and loved the stories of countless other authors. Her fascination with the paranormal began to form at the young age of six, watching late-night ghost and vampire movies with her Grandpa. Unfortunately, as a result, she also remains afraid of the dark to this day.Combining her love of epic romances and the supernatural was a natural progression for her overactive imagination. When the idea for the Ancients of Light series began, it was an abstract story line rambling around in her head to help kill a few miles on the treadmill. As the stories and plotlines continued to grow, it finally became necessary to put the words to paper and build the characters that had been living in the Realm and having conversations in her head for months.Ancients of Light is a series of thirteen novels - a testament to many miles on the treadmill and lots of characters that insist on having their stories told.


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I am not really a writer…but I play one on the Internet.
I stumbled into writing – as in downsized, unemployed. It was not a career plan.
I am a runner and when I run, I live in a fantasy world.  My brain takes me on fantastic daytrips to avoid the reality of my body shrieking… “You are really doing this to me…again?!?!?!!!!!”  It has been like this since I began running at the age of eight. Back then I immersed myself in the world of super heroes, today it is witches and vamps.  As a result of the cessation of my paycheck, I had ample time to put the stories in my head down on paper (I was blessed to find another job @ 6 months later, but I LOVE the writing so much more).
I published my first book eight months ago and am currently working on my third. I have years of professional growth ahead of me if I am to continue churning out books; however, as a newbie, here are five personal realizations that I can share about my own adventure:

  1. Write what you love, forget about sales.  If you cater to readers solely to sell books, you have already made it into a job.  Where is the fun in that?  If you are blessed enough to spend time every day doing something you are passionate about…Hello Awesomeness!!!  
  2. There are some really mean people out there.  The Internet has given everyone so much anonymity that the filter between brain and mouth (or pecking fingers) has dissipated. Seriously. Be prepared – you are probably going to get hurt and maybe even cry. Behind the veil of the Internet, it has become acceptable to attack you personally in addition to your work. It isn’t right, but it is probably going to happen.  Learn the difference between an opinion that matters and one that you can wave away into the recesses of nonexistence.
  3. The follow-up to that is this – A bad review isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  I have had some bad reviews (and even some harsh, ugly reviews) where, after I process my anger or my hurt, I can actually see the point.  If there is something in that review that I can use to make my writing better – I am going to do that.  So I read, I process, I reflect – I learn what I can and move on.  You’ll also quickly realize the difference between thoughtful critiques (yes, the bad ones) and the snark that you can give the single-fingered salute to – Don’t internalize those, don’t even waste your time giving them a second read.  
  4. Use your Mulligans.  With eBooks and self-publishing, we have the luxury of revision. Don’t think you need to fix everything that is critiqued in your manuscript.  You cannot please everyone. Wait, read, process, reflect and then wait a bit longer.  Collect lots of feedback, let it settle in, and then wait some more. Don’t necessarily cater to the masses, but consider if there is room for improvement.  If there is something in your work that can be improved, DO IT!!!  As Indies, we have that power.  Now, if you release your 180th edition in 5 months, you might be overanalyzing things just a bit, but seriously, don’t be afraid to fix and edit and tweak when YOU decide that it is the right move for your work.  
  5. Finally, don’t fret over #2, because there are some really awesome people out there…really (I am a particular fondness for Cedar Rapids, IA).  You are going to love them, and some will even make you cry. I have cried more over good reviews than I have bad ones – and THAT makes it worth it. I adore the people that reach out to me because my books have touched them.  I write for those people because those people are not fans, they are friends. I welcome them with hugs into my world.   
This is not intended to instruct you on the best way to handle your life as an author. These are things I have realized in my own writing career the past 8 months. Give me another year at this and I may come back with a different perspective. I am learning as I go, and I recognize I am going to not get everything right the first time, or even the second time, and sometimes not the third.  I am having great fun though, and in the end, life is too short to live any other way.    
Thanks to my awesome host for letting me hijack some blog space today and thank you for giving me a bit of your time to ramble on and on.

1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book? 

I have an overactive imagination and I am a runner. When I turn on the treadmill and the music, my brain won’t quiet down enough to let me just run. Instead, it creates stories and scenes and characters. Chosen, the first in the series, started it all. It rambled through my brain during every run for about six months. I loved how the story developed, and I thought others might as well, so I tried to write it. Before I was finished writing Chosen, Forsaken took over my runs. Each story in the series of 13 has happened that way. 

2. Who is your favorite character in the book? 

That is like asking a mom to pick a favorite child - I cannot do it. J I loved Kat and Lorcan the most – at first – because they were my first couple, and their relationship carries over into Forsaken (and all the books in the series). They started it all for me. Now, I have come to love Ella and Nicholas just as much. All of my main characters are dear to me for one reason or another. I already know the lead male and female for each of the 13 novels and the various shorts that will accompany the series and I adore them all. 

3. Which came first, the title or the novel? 

The novel. I was actually ¾ of the way finished writing Chosen and had to stop and write the entire manuscript for Forsaken. The story was so vivid in my head that I could not concentrate on finishing Chosen until I had Forsaken written. The title came about 6 months after the initial draft of the book was finished. 

4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why? 

To me, the final chapter with Nicholas was poignant. Both writing it and reading it moved me because of the meaning behind it. We can walk away from God, but we are never forsaken, He is always reaching for us. With a bowed head and a bended knee, no matter how far away we are, any of us can be immediately restored in our relationship with Him. Nicholas experiencing that brought me to tears. I hope his story resonates for some people. 

5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now? 

I published my first book approximately 7 months ago, so right now everything I have learned is critically important. I have learned that not everyone will love my books or like my style of writing and I have to be okay with that and not let it affect me personally. However, the people that love the books, that fall into the world I have created and want to share that with me, those people have become my inspiration when I doubt myself, my own little world of special friends that I will never be able to fully explain what they mean to me. Authors are told not to personally engage – but I do not believe that. There are fans on the Ancients Facebook page that constantly remind me why I do this – they are some of my very most favorite people – and the more I interact with them, the better my writing will become. 

6. What do you like most about the cover of the book? 

Everything! Ella turned out perfect. I see both her vulnerability and her strength in this pose, in her expression. 

7. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2013?

 Julie Garwood has a new release scheduled for later this year – she and Judith McNaught are my all-time favorite authors and my inspirations. I am also looking forward to the next installment in the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole – MacRieve. 

8. What’s up next for you? 

I am continuing to work on the 3rd book in the series, Broken. It is slated for publication this summer. I hope to be able to adhere to a six month publication schedule for each release, so all of my free time will be wrapped up in the series for the next few years (I am not complaining). With spring arriving, I will be toting the laptop around to soccer and softball fields to watch the twins. 

9. Is there anything that you would like to add? 

Yes – I want to thank you, Beth, for letting me occupy space on your blog this week and your followers for letting me take a little of their time today as well. 

*Tour Schedule*

April 1st - Review
Geeky Girl Reviews -
April 2nd - Review
Turner's Antics -

April 3rd - Excerpt
The Fiction Conniption -

April 4th - Guest Post/Review
Christy Writes -

April 5th - Guest Post
Consuming Worlds -

April 5th - Guest Post/Review
The Adventures Within -

April 6th - Guest Post
stuff ^_^ -

April 7th - Guest Post
Smell of Parchment -

April 8th - Guest Post
JC's Book Haven -

April 9th - Review

The Rookie Romance Blog -

April 10th - Review
My Cozie Corner -

April 11th - Guest Post/Review
Deal Sharing Aunt -

April 12th - SpotLight
BookShelves Of Dreams-

April 13th - Review
Just Me,Myself, and I -

April 14th - Review
Busy Moms Book Reviews -

April 15th - Guest Post/Interview
Curling Up With A Good Book -


  1. thank you for hosting today! :)

  2. Beth - thank you for letting me occupy such a huge space on your blog today! :)