Saturday, November 22, 2014

Blog Tour: Guest Blog: Soul Journey




Book Title: Soul Journey
Series: Soul Series book 1
Author: Miranda Shanklin
Release Date: August 31, 2014
Presented by: As You Wish Tours






It has been many lifetimes since the cycle began. 

The cycle that still haunts Annisa Lawson. 

A spell cast in desperation to help, which only caused heartache. 

Now, Annisa has found her way out of the varying repeats of her past; only to bring more danger to herself, and those around her. Now she must learn to survive with the help of her friends: Chase, Penelope, and Landon have all gone through each life cycle with Annisa. Sometimes helping, sometimes hindering. Now that Annisa has broken the cycle of their collective punishment, she finds that she needs her friends more than ever to keep their enemies, known, and unknown, at bay. As the group of friends learn of their souls' journeys through their many life cycles, they must also learn to control the magick they have discovered within themselves and each other, in order to defeat the most feared assassin in their world. 


Guest Blog with Miranda
Why mentors are important

This is a very confusing and time consuming profession to get into. If you don’t have 
someone that can walk you through the process it is really easy to get lost in. There are 
many things that you wouldn’t even think about without the help of someone that has 
already been where you are. 
There are the aspects of publishing like how to format for each site, where to look for 
covers, what sites are the best to use, how to utilize those sites and when is the best 
time to release a new book. There is an art to publishing and if you are not familiar with 
it you will inadvertently do something that will hinder instead of help your book sales. 
Then there is the advertising aspect. How do you get your name out there? How do you 
get your book in front of the readers that will enjoy your work? This is one of the most 
important aspects and it is also the hardest. 
If you have a mentor they will make all of this a lot less confusing. They can guide you 
in the way to publish and how best to get your name out there. I have had two authors 
that have been helping me with the process. Without them I would not have known 
about blog tours, online release parties, where to look for a cover artist, or that I could 
hire a formatter that can format my one version of the book to all the versions I would 
need for all the different sites. 
A mentor is your sanity. It is easy to get frustrated and discouraged when you are 
getting started. If you have someone in your corner that is helping you through the 
process and telling you that what you are going through is perfectly normal for an author 
that is just getting started and that there is no reason to panic you are then able to take 
a deep breath and have a little more confidence in your work.


Excerpt 

When the door opens and reveals the most gorgeous boy I've ever seen, I can’t help but
do anything but stare. After a few minutes of just staring at each, other he shakes his head as if
to clear it from a fog and he asked, “Can I help you?” I have to fight against the very strong pull
I feel toward him to regain enough of my common sense to respond. “I live next door and just
wanted to welcome you to the neighborhood, and the town.” I replied.
He seemed to be just as distracted as I was but I had no idea why he would be. Just as it
was starting to get awkward just standing there staring at each other, neither of us able to figure
out what the sudden intense feelings could possibly mean, a girl about the same age appeared
next to him. She smiled at me with a knowing look in her eyes as she introduced herself as
Penelope Taylor. I immediately felt very comfortable with her, like I could completely trust her
with anything. I pushed all the confusing emotions and thoughts to the back of my mind to be
dealt with later, so I wouldn’t look like some kind of weirdo just standing here staring at them
both. I finally managed to smile and respond to them both. “Hi my name is Annisa Lawson. I
was just telling your brother that I live next door, and just wanted to come by and welcome you
to the neighborhood and the town. I’m sorry, but I didn’t catch your name.” I said to the boy I
was trying very hard to not just stand there and stare at.
“My name is Chase, it's nice to meet you Annisa” he responded. I immediately felt
butterflies in my stomach when I heard him say my name. I suddenly had an idea where I could
try and get to know them both a little better, and see if this weird intense feeling that I knew both
of them and could trust them completely would lessen any. “Since this is the last Saturday of
summer break most of the school will be down at the beach. We have a bonfire every year for
one last night of fun before school starts up again on Monday. If you would like to go with me it

might be nice to meet some of the other people before school starts.”


About the Author

Miranda Shanklin resides in Central Illinois with her husband and their two children. When she
is not working at her day job as a paralegal, running her children to practices or supporting them
at events she is writing. She has been an avid reader most of her life and has always dreamed of
writing her own books someday. Now that her children are reaching their teenage years she is
finding the time to sit down and chase her dream.
Miranda loves to hear your opinions and uses the feedback to improve. You can find her on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/mirandashanklinauthor or email her at mlshanklin@gmail.com.

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