Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Top 10: Things I Didn't Know Before I Wrote My Book by Priya Kanaparti and Giveaway!

The Indie/Self-Published Author Event, hosted by the lovely ladies over at Say It with Books, is a month-long blog event that features all independently and self-published authors and their brilliant, but under-recognized works. Follow us throughout June to discover your next favorite book!

I'm so excited to welcome the delightful Priya Kanaparti to the blog today. Here's a little about her debut novel...

Dracian Legacy by Priya Kanaparti

Series: Dracian #1
Release Date: 23 February 2013
Page Count: 392
Publisher: CreateSpace (self-published)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Ren and Axel are caught between two powerful magical races: one destined to end the bloodshed, the other out for vengeance.

Seventeen-year-old Ren Pernell is prophesied to end the war between the Dracians and the Telalians. So when a Dracian, Axel Knight, is sent to find and bring back the prophesied one before she turns eighteen and Telalians discover of her existence, unexpected sparks start to fly between the two. Once Ren finds the truth behind Axel's arrival, she wants everything to do with him and nothing to do with his mission.

Things prove to become difficult as Ren's life is constantly threatened by the Goarders, humans who sold their souls, a Proxy Succubi, and the leader of the Telalians, who has been searching for her as well.

With the clock ticking and Ren's life in jeopardy, it is no longer just a mission for Axel. It becomes a personal endeavor to save the only one he's ever loved. In a heart-racing ending, they must find a way to evade the preordained war that won't also end Ren's life.

Secrets are revealed... Strengths tested... Destiny intervenes.
Buy the book at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Click "Read more" to discover the Top Ten things Priya didn't know before writing her book, and to enter a fabulous giveaway for a finished copy!

Things I Didn't Know Before I Started Writing Dracian Legacy

Truth be told, there are a lot things I didn't know about publishing or even writing until last year—things like "stories need to be shown," don't use –ly-ending words," or "there's no such word as alright."

Alas, here I am nearly year and three months since I first sat down to start my debut novel, Dracian Legacy, which I self-published earlier this year.

So when the beautiful Karielle asked if I wanted to write a guest post for her blog, I, of course, jumped at the chance. And guess what today's topic is, kids?

Drum roll please...

  1. Dracian Legacy's ending was a complete surprise. I kept say, "nononono, this can't be happening, this CAN'T be happening." But I couldn't change how it ended. It's one of the most emotional scenes I had written thus far.
  2. The first draft of Dracian Legacy is completely different from the published version. I kept the generic plot and used about 20k words out of the 70k that I initially wrote. Yeah, never saw that coming.
  3. Dean Tristan Jensen is my alter ego that never saw the light of the day in my real life. So I kinda live vicariously through his smart-ass comments. Interesting fact? He was the first character that I gave birth to, even before the main character, Ren Pernell.
  4. Axel, aka Alexander Knight, was a mystery before I wrote Dracian Legacy, with the exception of the fact that he's Ren's love interest and therefore competition for Dean.
  5. Showing things is way harder than telling.
  6. Humor should be part of every story. Sometimes cheesy humor is okay too. I find myself adding the humor elements during revisions.
  7. My characters suck at swearing and they blame me for poor swear-word vocabulary. I simply flip them the bird. (Take that, fictional characters).
  8. Speaking of blaming, my characters talk to me in my head and I find myself thinking in third person, e.g. as Dean, Axel, Ren, often. Don't judge me! I'm not crazy. *crickets chirp* Seriously, I'm not! *silence* Okay, then. Moving on.
  9. Writing an intimate scene—like tension between characters, simple innocent touches, or ripping off each others' clothes—is hard ESPECIALLY since you know the whole world is going to read it.
  10. My characters have kick-ass stunt skills. I've been told many times my action scenes are the best. *Takes the crown for kick-ass action scene writing and bows*
Well that's all, kids! Hope everyone enjoyed my Top Ten list.

Karielle, once again THANK YOU so much for letting me take over your blog for a day. Hope you don't regret approaching me :)


About the Author

Priya Kanaparti was born in India, grew up in Detroit, and is now settled in Boise, ID. She attended Wayne State University for her undergrad degree in Bachelor of Science in Biology, and University of Phoenix for her Masters in Business Administration. Priya works as a project manager in software field during the day and lives in the world of her characters during the nights and weekends.

She found her love for reading and writing in 2012, when she stayed home with her son and needed something to occupy those "downtime" hours.

She loves playing tennis on a good summer day and chess during the cold winters, but reading and writing has become a year round hobby.

She lives in Boise with her husband, son, and a Yorkie. Dracian Legacy is her debut novel.


Want the chance to win a finished copy of Dracian Legacy? One lucky reader will, in their choice of print (US only) or eBook (worldwide)—yay!

To enter, leave a comment in response to Priya's question:
What draws you to a story and makes you want to keep turning the pages? Don't forget to leave your email address so I know who to contact when the winner is selected!!
I love escalating tension between characters. Typically, the attraction-type, since I'm a romance kind of girl, but sometimes really well-developed platonic relationships can hold my interest as well. I love seeing the progression and drama between them! How about you?

Please make your comment meaningful!!! Comments just consisting of a one-worded response or "thanks for the giveaway" will not be eligible for the additional entries. Priya and I really want to hear you guys' thoughts! :)

Terms and conditions:
Sponsored wholly by the author—a huge thank you to Priya!
Giveaway ends July 10th at 11.59 pm (your time).
Open to anyone with a verifiable mailing address—anyone in the world! Woohoo! However, only US readers are eligible to win the print copy.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are notified of the results, or else their winnings will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen.
Although I do select winners (randomly), I am in no way responsible for the prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤ Please follow Priya in some way, as she has been generous enough to provide this wonderful prize.
Good luck!