Friday, September 14, 2012

Born in Flames Blog Tour

Born in Flames
by Candace Knoebel

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?

About the author...

 Candace Knoebel had 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.

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Kathryn's Review
WOW!! I am so excited about being able to read this and be a part of this tour.  Meeting Candace Knoebel has been fantastic and her debut novel, Born in Flames, is SMOKIN!! Thank you Andie Kozari for bringing this fabulous author and book to my attention!!
With that said, this book is packed full of action, intrigue, suspense, well developed characters, and an overall great storyline.
Candace has created such a unique and enthralling world that I immediately fell in love with...One filled with magic and mythical creatures, where you are instantly transported from this world of normalcy to the enchanted one filled with the fantastic cast that Candace has introduced us to...
From beginning to finish, you are held captive by our heroine Aurora.  She is a spunky fiery young lady and even though you know her little secret, it is soooo much fun taking the journey she is on to find herself.  Along her journey, she has her best friend, loyal confidant, Fenn.  Does he stay her best friend?  You are going to have to read Born in Flames to find out...But, I will tell you this...The relationships that Aurora develops in this book are heart warming and substantial.  I like finding those type of stories every once in a while, especially when so many seem to rely on the dark sadness of a teen's life.
With Born in Flames finished, I am eagerly awaiting the next book to find out what happens with this great cast of characters!  With so much weighing on Aurora's shoulders, will she be able to fulfill her prophecy?
Biting my nails with anticipation!!!

Shelley's Review

First I want to say thank you to our good friend, Andrea (Andie) Koz├íri for discovering Candace and asking us to be part of the tour to help introduce her to the rest of the world. Thank you, Candace Knoebel, for this magickal tale. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Anyone and everyone that knows me, knows how much I love anything to do with high fantasy. Magick in all it's forms is fascinating to me, colors my world, drives my imagination and completely fills my senses. Weave dragons (they are magickal creatures, after all), in to a story with Mages and ancient prophecies...well, I am all aboard and ready to fly!
Candace has created such a world. Plumb full of magick, intrigue, lots action and many surprises. Her characters are fun and fresh, and I found myself immediately connected. From the very first page she has you engaged and eager to learn about Aurora and her destiny. The picture she paints of Aurora's beginning is beautiful and intense...a bit frightening. And then...BAM! We are thrust into a modern world, where Aurora knows nothing of her past and finds herself and her best friend for life, Fenn, in a race against time and all odds to quickly discover what has been hidden from the both of them in order to fulfill a prophecy neither of them was even aware of.
Wow, right?! It doesn't happen all that quickly. We do get to meet Aurora and Fenn and spend a short time with them in their every day life. It seems fairly ordinary. Aurora is content and feels safe with Fenn. He's been an amazing friend and they have a connection that cannot be broken. But, she's never felt like she belonged. Not knowing her parents or what has happened to them, she feels something is missing. A piece of her that makes her feel lost and unfulfilled.
All that changes on a mundane day at work and we're sent on a wild ride, as the pair are forced to accept and follow a path they no nothing about. They discover a world they had no idea existed and as they begin this difficult journey, they find they have to make choices that may not only separate them, but also end their lives. Nothing is simple. Everything is a riddle, and everyone they encounter can either help or hinder their progress. Aurora has no idea what to believe or who she should trust.
And so here we are...moving swiftly through two very different worlds filled with amazing and complex characters, both fascinating and dangerous, where nothing is as it's so much more. And time is running out!
Candace weaves an emotional,  action packed tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat, holding your breath, clutching your heart, trying to guess what happens next...and rooting for Aurora every step of the way.
So much happens in this first book. It's hard to believe there could be more to come...but, of course, there is much, much more. Much to learn, much to embrace and much to conquer.
I was completely enthralled, thoroughly entertained and thrilled with the ending. And yet, I was sad to see, The End, on the last page. I am so invested in Aurora and her new world, I can hardly wait to get my hands on the second book to see what her next move will be. Guaranteed it will involve more magick, more danger and maybe...a little romance? We can hope. But only the Fates (and Candace), know for sure.

We both give Born in Flames:


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  1. Fantastic reviews, girls!! THANK YOU for everything!! Couldn't have done this without you!

    1. Andie, THANK YOU so much for introducing us to Candace! Thank you so much for asking us to co-host with you on this FANTASTIC tour...We have LOVED every minute of it and can't believe it is already over!!

  2. We both LOVED it, Andie! And YOU girl, are a ROCKSTAR! Candace is GREAT! It's been wonderful getting to know her. BIF is going to be a HUGE hit, we just know it! XD
    Thank you again for the introduction, for being a great friend and for EVERYthing you do for us!!! WE LOOOOVE YOU!!!!