Thursday, October 6, 2011

Relic Defender: Key of Solomon, Book 1 by Cassiel Knight-Giveaway:Nurture Tour Stop

Relic Defender: Key of Solomon, Book 1
Author: Cassiel Knight
Genre: Fiction – Paranormal Romance
Published by: Samhain Publishing (March 1, 2011)
Age Recommendation: 18+ for sexual situations & some violence
Format: eBook (Pre-order the paperback – February 7, 2012)
ISBN 13: 978-1609284138
Number of pages: 272

Relic Defender:  Key of Solomon, Book 1 by Cassiel Knight

Anthropology PhD candidate Lexi Harrison never bares it all when she belly dances for a strip club crowd. She doesn’t have to—she’s that good. Every performance earns money toward her degree, and restores the sense of power that her painful childhood ripped away. Something is different about tonight. A man whose silver gaze seems to touch her skin beneath her veils. When a rowdy customer crosses the line, he comes to her rescue with the speed of a hawk—complete with wings. Mikos Tyomni has never seen anyone dance the raqs sharqi like Lexi. Trust his tormentor, Archangel Michael, to put him in close contact with the cause of his downfall: a mortal woman. Particularly this mortal woman. The Defender. He has only thirty days to win her trust before Hell’s deadliest demon attempts the mother of all prison breaks. No matter how sexy the messenger is, Lexi’s career plans don’t include some crazy idea that she’s the last line of defense against the forces of evil. Until her university mentor’s murder leaves her holding the key to Hell. And fighting a losing battle against a passion forbidden by Heaven.

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Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
When I was in high school, the place I most wanted to visit was Australia. Now, I’d not say no to a trip there, but my dream vacation is Egypt. In fact, it’s on my bucket list. J Because my stories are about archeology and mythology, in particular Egypt, I’ve grown fascinated with its history. I’d love to see the Valley of the Kings, stand before the Great Pyramids and sail on the Nile. One of the things I fear is that I’ll never get to see it before the past is swallowed by the present. Until then, I have tons of reference books and do a lot of armchair traveling. I’m currently shopping a book that actually takes place in Egypt. It’s the first of another series of a tomb raider who happens to be the half-immortal daughter of the Egyptian Goddess Bast. It’s been a lot of fun writing. And researching. J

Does travel play in the writing of your books?
I’m an armchair traveler and boy, do I travel. I’ve been outside the US to England, Peru, Canada, Belize, Egypt and Iraq. In future stories, I plan to visit India, Thailand and more Egypt. I’m even traveling to the stars with a science fiction romance I’m working on. I keep asking my husband for a globe for Christmas. There is so much to see in this big world of ours and since I can’t get there physically, I’ll settle for traveling through books, the web, movies and my dreams. All the fun, without the traveling hassles.

Tell us about your current release.
The heroine, Lexi, is a lonely archeology student seeking to forget her painful past. Against her will, she is swept into a fierce battle between good and evil and must team up with sexy Mikos, a fallen angel on the path to redemption, to find King Solomon’s legendary book of magic to save the human race.

Tell us about your next release.
 I have a couple of things coming up in February. First, and I’m tickled pink about this, is that Key of Solomon will be released in book format. Yay! My very first paperback book and I’m giddy with anticipation of hopefully seeing it in book stores. Can you imagine this cover on a book? I’m probably going to cry when I hold the book in my hand. It’s been a long journey for this story.  Also in February, I have a post-apocalypse romance; Hit Me With Your Best Shot, coming out from Lyrical Press. It’s a shorter story with another kick-ass heroine with a mission to save children from slavery and the mysterious guy who will either help or hinder her quest. Also, in 2012 but in August, book 2 of the Relic Defender series, The Death Skull, is being released. This is Jackson and Marisol’s story and it’s even better than the first one.

What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The actual writing. Yep, the actual writing. And mostly the sagging middle. I do beginnings and endings but it’s all the stuff in the middle that causes me heartache. Usually right around page 100.

Who are your books published with?
Two phenomenal publishers I’m so happy with – Samhain Publishing and Lyrical Press

What do you think makes a good story?
I think this answer is going to completely depend on the reader. For me, as a reader, I like plot-driven stories. I like there to be lots going on and really don’t need to have characters sitting around contemplating relationships. I have a dear friend who writes character-driven stories and it’s all about emotion. I want emotion in mine, especially love, but I want something to happen. A lot of something if I can get away with it. J Some readers read to learn something about the human condition. I just want to be entertained. This is why I tend to gravitate toward books and movies with lots of things being blown up. J

Plotter or Pantser? Why?
Oh, a pantser with a bit of plotting tossed in just to mix things up. I know some say it’s because if they plot, they know the story so why write it. That could be part of my thoughts as well but I don’t think it’s just that. I like the act of creating and while I run into frequent snags (sigh), I love coming up with neat ways to come out of them and find that my stories tend to twist better this way.

Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
I love to tell this story. Back in the days when it was about getting your book published with New York and on a bookshelf (the days when there were far more bookstores), I just knew my real name was not going to cut it. First, I’d read an article that said which letters of the alphabet usually ended up on the bookshelf closest to floor and those didn’t tend to sell well because people didn’t want to bend. The next time I went shopping, I noticed that with my own habits.

So, since my married last name started with a W and my maiden name started with a T I was fated to be at or near the bottom shelf. I tried different combinations and just couldn’t settle on anything. Then, I thought about the genre – paranormal romance and be near Sherrilyn Kenyon. And again, new both names would not cut it. I drug out some baby books and started searching. The first part of came up with was “night” for paranormal but added a ‘k’ because plain “Night” for me seemed too fake. Then I found Cassiel which means dark and was pretty to say and write so I picked it and ta-da Cassiel Knight. Took a while to get used to it. I’m still not quite there but am finding it more comfortable. Who’d have thought having another name would take time to get used to? 

Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?  
Write a good book. Seriously. That’s the key to the whole thing. And then I’d add, make the book something you believe in and enjoy because you, unless you are Nora Roberts who has hundreds of books out, are going to be with that book a long time when it sells. I went through three edits and now that it’s getting ready to go to print, am going through again. That’s four times after I sold the book. See what I mean? J

Is there a writer you idolize? If so who? Stephen King. He doesn’t write romances but does he ever write a scary story. I’ve read just about everything he’s written and I’m fascinated by the depths of his imagination. To me, he’s a complete genius at things that live dark in people’s mind. I often wonder what he’s like on a daily basis.

Do you have a favorite quote or saying? 

I do – two of them actually. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” by Brian Littrell. Isn’t that a great quote? It reminds me that it’s okay to set high goals. That even if I don’t make them, I’ll still be flying high. The second is frequently quoted within the romance genre and that’s from Nora Roberts. I’m going to paraphrase because I’ve heard it credited to her in several different versions (does anyone know what she actually said?) – “I can fix a bad page; I can’t fix a blank page.” When I get stuck, this is what I hang on to. I love revising so this works great.

Do you have a Website or Blog? I do. I’m working on regularly updating my main website, I also periodically post on and talk about the Relic Defender series with Samhain. I’m posting tidbits of information about the series, deleted scenes and other information. The site I currently do the bulk of my posts is through

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Buy my book? Um, no, that’s not it. Keep reading. That’s what I’d like to say. No matter the format, subject matter or genre, just keep reading. And if you are parents, please pass along your love of reading to your children. I hate to imagine a world without stories.

Cassiel Knight, author of Relic Defender: Key of Solomon, Book 1

In a job that pays the mortgage and allows her to indulge in her real passion, writing, Kim Wollenburg, writing as Cassiel Knight, works for Clackamas County in the beautiful state of Oregon. Crazily passionate about the writing industry, Kim published a paranormal romance with Samhain Publishing and has a post-apocalypse novella coming in early 2012 from Lyrical Press. She writes paranormal romances with kick-assitude that blend archeology and mythology – just a few of her favorite things. Kim is the proud current president of Rose City Romance Writers, a feisty bunch of talented writers who are just as passionate about writing as they are about helping each other succeed.
When she’s not writing or doing writing-related things, Kim enjoys spending time with her patient and loving husband of 20 years and thrives with the adorable companionship of her three Shih Tzus, Ginger, Abby and Chloe.

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    booklover0226 said...

    I enjoyed the interview; it was quite interesting.

    I can't wait to read this book and since it's book 1, I know there are more to come.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

    Yto said...

    interesting book. would like a peek ;)

    witchvela at web dot de

    Anonymous said...

    Tracey, nice to see you here. :-D. Hi Yto, thanks for commenting.

    Laurie, appreciate the interview. I enjoyed answering the questions. It was fun to revisit some things, especially about the story.

    Vonnie Alto said...

    Another insightful interview! I had no idea that Cassiel Knight is an armchair traveler. Thanks for the tip about the sagging middle heartache occurring around page 100. I'll pay attention to that folly in my own WIP.

    Anonymous said...

    Hi Vonnie!
    Yes, I'm definitely an armchair traveler and I love to do it. Honestly, I wonder if I'd like the physical traveling as much. :-D Now, I do have a dream to go to South America and see me some Mayan or Aztec ruins. Now, that I may do some day. Thanks for commenting and good luck with the sagging middle!

    Denise Z said...

    Key of Solomon sounds like a wonderful read and I thank you for sharing with us and for the lovely giveaway opportunity. I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel in Egypt and it is definitely worth it. The people were so incredibly hospitable and kind and the history is mind boggling. I will keep good thoughts that you soon get to mark that off your bucket list:)


    Susan said...

    I have to say, I love to see things blowing up too :), But I love that human condition stuff Can't wait for your next book! And I especially can't wait to hold KEY OF SOLOMON - the book! in my hot little hands :D

    Jolene and Family said...

    Wow, this sounds like an amazing read and I have to point out that the cover has me smiling :) *sigh* Can't wait to get my hands on this and thanks for the amazing giveaway


    Laurie said...

    The giveaway winner is Tracey D. :) Thanks everyone for some great comments!!