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Friday, 15 July 2016

BLOG TOUR - Knight's Apprentice: Knights of the Immortals (book 1) by Catrina Taylor


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Knight’s Apprentice: Knights of the Immortals (book 1) by Catrina Taylor

Genre: YA Scifi, Alternate Reality, Space Colonies

Published May 24th, 2015

61 Pages

Published by Midnight Rose
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This book is currently free on Amazon!


Life altering reality, hidden in plain sight.
Ralph has a problem. The Grand Council of Atlantis, the council who rules the twelve hominid tribes, has chosen his apprentice for him. This unusual move has one obstacle. She doesn’t know what it means to be Atlantean.

Cerita Guzman is the oldest child in a struggling, single parent home. She doesn’t have time for world shattering reality to interfere with life. She has work, school, siblings, her mom, the house and now, of all things, Atlantis wants her time too. How is that even possible?

James has lived among the homo-sapiens, on the surface, for most of his life. He’s training though, to serve his people in Atlantis. His heart is torn when his master knight requests him to bring in the young woman selected by the Grand Council to train with him. She’s in a lot of his classes. She’s beautiful. She’s human.

When Atlantis calls, he listens.

As Cerita resists the call to serve Atlantis, James must find a way to help her accept the truth about the world around her, about herself. He does. He forces her to activate her internal nanites. She’s forced to accept whole new hominid species exist. If that’s not enough, she’s also forced to accept she’s one of them, when her nanites come to life, and she opens a wormhole into space.

Join Cerita, James, and Ralph on the first adventure into the world of Atlantis. Knight’s of the Immortals is a Young Adult Scifi – Adventure that’s loved by readers of all ages. Knight’s Apprentice is free. Download it so you can start reading it today.
Knights Promo Prolog

Name the five biggest distractions from your writing.


There are so many things that come up over the course of a creative window. Most are distractions, which makes any progress an accomplishment. To focus on the top five distractions though, not too hard.

Number one is definitely my children. They are the amazing source of inspiration as well as the heart of all things distracting. I’ve got some really cuddly kids, and some really sweet ones. Yes, they are both the same kids. It’s a wonderfully amazing combination. But they are also very, very smart kids, so when they want said snuggles they have been known to plot or  just plop down. I love this distraction the most, which makes my writing hours very strange as they often start before the sun. Long before the sun. Coffee at midnight anyone?

Number two is the other members of my family. I babysit for a sister and brother when they are at work. Being they work at the same job, they usually have similar hours. Those hours start at 4 in the morning and can run until 1030 at night. I have a great strategy to still write though. Coffee at midnight anyone?

I think number three would be my cell phone, when I leave it on while I’m writing. I am always the most popular when I have other things to do. I’m pretty sure this is the case for everyone I know. Unfortunately, for a creative, this can be the death of productive, enjoyable creations. My typical strategy is to either give the phone to one of the children and tell them to answer aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends with a ‘mommy is writing - she’ll get back to you later’ message or it’s just shut off..My sweet, cuddly, smart kids know they are helping this way and like it. This helps with distraction number one, except for the constant update of ‘I sent the message to so and so mom’.You know, because that doesn’t break focus at all. ;)

Number four top distraction would be researching. Researching starts off innocently enough and snowballs into so much more. Might be a time that I need to know the chemical reaction of water and hydrochloric acid. Do a quick google search. Then the mind recalls a conversation in a writer’s group on facebook, so … I go check there for it. After ten minutes of looking in the wrong group a question gets posted and I check another group. There were some really good links in the conversation, and points I can’t recall, so … When I realize the time suck isn’t helping as much as I’d like, it’s on to SciShow or another YouTube series that actually gives the general answer to the question. Yay! Success! Right? Except they also have other shows that might relate to this … and thus continues to research distractions cycle until I’m either satisfied I’ve learned what I need to know, or I take what I have learned and force myself to focus on the task at hand. I’m sure there’s a better strategy for this one.

The fifth most distracting thing I’m going to mention is something that a lot of authors go through. It’s not really a distraction from writing. It’s a distraction by writing, other stories. Lots of other stories. This is how there’s a huge file of incomplete stories that are left to collect virtual dust. The mind demands they are written right then, in the middle of the novel there’s a deadline for, before you eat, or stuff. Then, the story doesn’t come out as a fully fleshed out story and you think, ‘that’s the part that needed written. I’ll come back to it later.’ They end up where all good ideas go to ‘die’. But they will have done the job of distracting from the current creation with a deadline and readers looking for it.

Writing is always a lesson in developing focus, creating strategies to manage life, and balancing it all together at once. If you want to read about any of my chaos, creations, or joy feel free to follow me on social media - TheLadyWrites on twitter, facebook, and elsewhere. Or you are welcome to visit my website CatrinaTaylor.com and you can pick up a free book and so much more at TheLadyWrites.com







A unique author with a passion for her family, Catrina Taylor is in love with the written word. As an avid reader she finds her mind enjoys the worlds created uniquely in Fantasy, Science Fiction and various crossover genre. As an author, she most often plays in a universe of her own creation.

Introducing us to the imaginary worlds of Xarrok and Atlantis, she has hooked readers, waiting to see where her imagination takes us next.

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When she is not playing in the universe of her mind, she is playing with her children who she encourages to follow her passion for words, and excel in every area they show interest. In fact, this talented word smith finds that life through their eyes is a constant lesson in self discovery, happiness, and curiosity.

Inspired by her everyday world of family, infused with an unquenched curiosity, and gifted with the ability to take us to places we could never have imagined, Catrina Taylor is an author who promises to keep you fully immersed in a world of wonder and intrigue, waiting for more.

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