War of Storms Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway

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Tour Date:

November 5-9

 

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35262894-war-of-storms

 

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WarOfStorms-final-500x750War of Storms (The Ryogan Chronicles #3)

by Erica Cameron
Publication Date:  November 5, 2018
Publisher:  Entangled Teen

The immortal mages have risen, and they’re out for blood.

Khya arrived at the Ryogan coast too late to stop the invasion. Now, cities are falling before the unrelenting march of an enemy army, and Khya’s squad is desperately trying to stay ahead of them. Warning the Ryogans, though, means leaving her brother imprisoned even longer. Time is running out for everyone.

How can her squad of ten stand against an army of ten thousand?

Calling in help from every ally she’s made in Ryogo, Khya tries to build a plan that won’t require sacrificing her friends or her brother. It’s a tough balance to find, especially when the leadership role she thought she wanted sits heavy on her shoulders, and her relationship with Tessen is beginning to crack under the strain.

The immortal mages have risen, and they’re out for blood.

Khya arrived at the Ryogan coast too late to stop the invasion. Now, cities are falling before the unrelenting march of an enemy army, and Khya’s squad is desperately trying to stay ahead of them. Warning the Ryogans, though, means leaving her brother imprisoned even longer. Time is running out for everyone.

The end is coming, and there’s no way to know who’ll be left standing when it hits.

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Road to Publication

Not all roads are straight, and this is especially true of the paths between a novice writer and a published author. My own path definitely wasn’t without circles and curves.

Although I did major in creative writing while I was at Florida State University, that wasn’t what sparked the determination to write a novel and send it out into the world. That came, in a roundabout way, from Twilight. After my sister handed me a copy of the book, I discovered fanfiction online for the first time. And I started writing it. Every writer needs a way to prove to themselves they’re capable of not only getting an idea for a book but taking that all the way through to completion. Fanfiction was that for me.

Reassured of my own capability, I began to search for my own ideas to work on. The first book I wrote earned some interest from agents, but no one picked it up for representation. It took time, years, honestly, and two more books. Only after finishing the draft that would become my debut novel Sing Sweet Nightingale did things change. I won an award for unpublished writers from a chapter of Romance Writers of America, and then I went to Book Expo America (BEA) with a friend of mine, Lani Woodland, whose first book had been published the year before.

That’s where things got interesting.

During BEA, there are often parties in the evening hosted by various publishers, authors, and/or bloggers, and Lani had been invited to one such event. It was on a rooftop in Tribeca. Lani wasn’t familiar with Manhattan or comfortable navigating the subways on her own, so I brought her to the party….and then I sort of never left, deciding to quietly gatecrash instead. I couldn’t help it. Sunset over the river from a building on the water isn’t something to pass up when presented with the chance. I met dozens of wonderful people that night, but it was a conversation Lani pushed me into that had a lasting impact on my publishing career—she introduced me to the two women who would become my first editors. A couple months after that party, I’d sold my debut novel.

But I didn’t have an agent. My first agent came from a conference referral, someone I connected with at a Society for Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators event in Florida. It felt like a great match, so I signed with her and continued working on my debut.

I sold three more books, expanding the series my debut began, and kept writing. My agent took two very different projects on submission, searching for another editor who might love my work. Nothing sold. My second novel kept getting pushed back and delayed. The two projects on submission still didn’t sell. Deadly Sweet Lies, book two of The Dream War Saga, finally released. Soon after, my publisher told me the third book might not ever be released. It seemed that the “career” I’d been so excited to get started was already over just two years in.

Then, in 2015, I attended RT Convention in Dallas. I’d been lucky enough to get placed on a panel with some amazing authors of adult titles, and I had connected with a lot of the young adult authors who would be attending as well. We hung out, talked books—both our own and everyone else’s—and generally had a blast. What I didn’t expect (because I really was mostly convinced my days in publishing were coming to a close) was for two of those conversations I had during the convention to result in book deals. It was amazing. Somehow, both my Assassins duology and The Ryogan Chronicles trilogy sold by the end of that summer—Assassins to Riptide and Ryogan Chronicles to Entangled Teen.

My agent and I split a month after the convention ended.

Since 2015, I’ve published seven novels (including War of Storms), signed with a new agent, sold a science fiction trilogy to Entangled Teen, and gone back out on submission for the first time in years. Ups, downs, sideways spins, and unexpected loops—publishing has them all. While some trajectories are both straightforward and steady, it’s not guaranteed. If you get into publishing, no matter if you’re on the creative or the business side of the industry, the only promise is it’ll be one hell of an interesting ride.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

erica_cameron_3Erica Cameron is the author of books for young adults including the Ryogan Chronicles, the Assassins duology, and The Dream War Saga. She also co-authored the Laguna Tides novels with Lani Woodland. An advocate for asexuality and emotional abuse awareness, Erica has also worked with teens at a residential rehabilitation facility in her hometown of Fort Lauderdale.

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