Silver Knight by Caron Rider

Silver Knight by Caron Rider

Silver Knight by Caron Rider

A Struggle Against Evil-Love Through the Ages-A Destiny to Fulfill

When seventeen-year-old Diana recognizes an elderly priest in a video on YouTube, she realizes that reincarnation is real and that she’s been alive before! Every night in her dreams, she views her past lives learning that it’s kill or be killed.

Now a bishop at the Vatican whom she saved in another life calls on her once more. She is needed to help defeat an infestation of demons living within the catacombs of Rome. But when she arrives in Rome, she meets Alexander – the man of her dreams! Through the centuries she has loved him…betrayed him…been killed by him. Will she give him another chance or this time will she strike first?

Silver Knight takes you on an adventure where demons and heroes from the past blend with history, action, and just a hint of romance.

5 Star Review:

“All I could think once I started reading this book was WOW! My only warning is that once you start reading this story you are not going to be able to put it down!” –Readers Favorite (Read more at: http://readersfavorite.com/review/5699)

Caron Rider’s Bio:

I began teaching adults to use computer software, hardware, and networking back in the 1990s. After several years, my clients became younger and younger until I found myself tutoring high school dropouts to pass the GED. I found working with at-risk teenagers so rewarding that I changed her undergraduate major to Education.

Upon graduating from the University of South Alabama with a B.S., I began teaching high school history and I continue to teach history classes online. I now live in rural Missouri with my two kids, two dogs, two cats, and father.

Some useful links:

Amazon: Silver Knight on Amazon.com
Website: www.caronrider.com
Blog: www.caronrider.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Silver-Series/217988348281222
Twitter: Caron_Rider

P.S

I always worked several jobs at one time until this past year when my father began needing help around his house. I had to move 800 miles to be with him. So I had to quit my jobs, and living in the country as he does, there were no jobs to be found in the area. So I became a little bored. Now most of my friends said that when they got bored they took up a new hobby, but me…I wrote a novel, Silver Knight. It is billed as a young adult fantasy, but really any age can (and has) enjoyed it. It is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format. In fact, it is part of their lending library so that prime members can download it and read it for free. The first chapter can be read on my website: www.caronrider.com just to see if you would even find it interesting.

I am currently putting the finishing touches on the next one in The Silver Series called Silver Demon. I only have around 80 more days until it’s released, so I am pestering my editor most unmercifully because I am getting anxious about the timing. I have enjoyed the entire process of getting these books completed but I do have to say that maintaining a presence on the Internet is the most difficult. Facebook has always been a mystery to me and continues to confound me, but never fear, I have a page! I also tweet and have a blog. So I am out there and I welcome all comments, suggestions, and interactions!

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The Indie Author Scene

The internet has changed just about everything, and the Indie author scene is no exception. While small groups existed before, these weren’t to everyone’s taste and definitely had severe limitations as to just how useful they really were. Now, while many Indie authors are still living on the outside, as it were, the internet has definitely given the whole scene a new look and feel, not to mention increasing the effectiveness of what now truly equates to a “Movement”. Of course, there’s another significant factor involved: the emergence of ebooks as a genuine option for readers. This combination of empowering self-publishing at minimal cost (ebooks) and excellent communications facilities (the internet) has created a true sense of community amongst Indie authors.

Personally, I now ‘belong’ to various groups. The top level of this is doubtless Goodreads, which is a social network for authors and readers. Goodreads also includes many groups, which I guess could be regarded as the modern equivalent of ‘cliques’. Some of these groups are, however, far too broadly based to be regarded as cliques. I, for example, belong to the Indie Book Collective:

Indie Book Collective

Indie Book Collective

This just happens to suit me! There’s no political foundation to it, or anything sinister!

The truly important point I’m making is that Indie authors are better off now than ever before. The superb communications offered by the internet has seen to that. The appearance of networks dedicated to writing, and others to bringing writers and their readers together, has made it possible for us to satisfy our love of writing, and sharing what we write with others. In a sense, we’re also in a position to challenge the traditional publishing industry, but that’s a potential trap too!

Yes, we can get our work out there in the form of ebooks but publishers can actually drown us out in the ebook charts by releasing ebooks themselves – ebooks, moreover, bearing the names of well known and popular authors! The reader can, thereby, be seduced to continue buying into the establishment’s view of popular books. Even by releasing a number of Indie ebooks to be downloaded free, we can’t overwhelm the establishment’s offerings, as they can combine offerings of heavily discounted ebooks and free ‘classics’.

But still we are, for the first time ever, a real community! What’s more, there are many successful authors in that community who are willing to help their fellow authors to achieve a good quality standard with a reasonable chance of some degree of success. I remember the disappointments and frustrations of having only two options – literary agents and/or publishing house or ‘vanity publishing’. I was fortunately never able to afford the latter, so never accrued box-loads of unsold books! Sadly, I did acquire a number of the infamous rejection slips… I feel fortunate to have seen the birth of new hope for new authors in the form of ebooks!

Whatever ‘evils’ unleashed by the internet, there can be no doubting that, on balance, far more ‘good’ is done. It is great to see Indie authors enjoying their share of that good!

What’s The Future For Reading?

How do you see the future of reading?  What would you buy?

A Personal View On Censorship

There can’t be many people who haven’t heard something of the debate over PayPal’s attempts to censor epublications. Of course, we know that the credit card companies are behind that. Now, I’ve a few thoughts and questions and I hope I’ll be forgiven if I go over old, well trodden ground.

I’ll admit that there are certain things I, personally, wish nobody found it necessary to write about. My form of censorship is to refuse to buy those works – the equivalent of changing channels on the TV, or the power button.

Now, let me ask a question: Are PayPal and the credit card companies only applying this censorship to Epublications? I haven’t heard anything suggesting that bookshops are about to discover that those highly controversial hardbacks, paperbacks, graphic novels and comics can no longer be included on PayPal or credit card bills. Has that been established? When will we see the share prices in the credit card companies plummet as people rediscover that peculiar thing: cash!?! I assume PayPal are aware of the power they actually hold, being the largest online payment method. If so, then why the finger-pointing? Perhaps other shadowy figures lurk in the background? Luddite fanatics determined to preserve the staggering, stumbling publishing industry, whose continued existence has been in doubt for decades before the electronic revolution. Do they exist? Need we fear the “Men in Paper”? Or are the credit card companies really so dense that they can’t figure out that the words in “Terms and Conditions” can actually be… changed! Yes, I know! They’ve forgotten that typos in manuscripts can be corrected. Perhaps that’s the problem? But seriously, PayPal and the Puppetmasters are the world’s new Committee of Public Morality… when can we stop gaping in disbelief?

Please somebody, wake me when the lunatics are no longer in control of the asylum! I know that this can’t be happening! Therefore, I’m in the throes of a surreal dream!

Memories

Unlike most people, I have an enduring memory about the beginnings of learning to read. My dad had a huge (to me at age three) book full of fascinating things I would eventually learn were molecular diagrams and chemical formulae. These mysteries were so alluring that I tried extremely hard to learn to read that book. Of course, I was started on primers – especially early level “Ladybird” books. But I checked my progress against that book of dad’s!

Reading featured throughout childhood. I discovered that I had definite tastes. It was impossible to persuade me to read a book I had no interest in! Something which would be a real problem in high school, when these things called “book reviews” were required, usually for the most boring books (at that age) the education authorities could think of!

Interestingly, before that started, I was already accumulating quite a library! It was mostly science fiction, with an almost complete set of Tarzan books. I had also discovered a love of writing. I was writing whenever I wasn’t reading…

It was within a matter of months that I decided that I would be an author. There could be no doubting the fulfilment of my expectations…

I pursued that ambition for years. Indeed, I avowed that I was only working in other jobs to earn money, until my success came.

Eventually, marriage and then a young family override even that cherished ambition. The novels were stored away.

Occasionally, writing would return to the fore. In fact, it did so once so strongly that I actually finished a novel. The rest consisted of lots of starts and little else.

Part of the problem was that in those early years of writing I’d used a typewriter – one handed but with respectable speed. Later, the typewriter had died and all that remained was pen and paper – with the prospect of huge costs to get the longhand turned into proper manuscript. In time, the computer happened. The first serious computer was in a time when word processing software was pretty good already, but you could only fit maybe two or three chapters in a single file! Also, I just couldn’t relate to the computer the way I had the typewriter.

We arrive at today. I still couldn’t write if I only had the desktop computer! I’d struggle just as much with a laptop, with the weight and the ridiculous mouse. It might sound very strange, but the thing that has enabled my return to authorship dreams is my iPod! Small and light, with autospellchecking and predictive text, I can rattle along at a surprising pace!

I shouldn’t neglect one other factor. The blogging software “WordPress” offers an excellent development environment for the author. By keeping the “blog” private, security is ensured. With its clever structure, however, it’s possible to keep notes and were background references handy while using the standard posting aspect to allow the creation of the book chapter by chapter. Further, if you have others helping out, then they can be given only as much access as is needed.

I’m hoping that by this time next month I’ll have a netbook. Hopefully, using the WordPress app on that, I’ll have the perfect combination!