Thursday, March 12, 2015

Blog Tour and Guest Post - Maiden

C.L. Marin

Evernight Teen Publishing
Released March 6, 2015

Tomes of the Authentic Witch, 1

Tara secretly wished her estranged father would want her around, so when he unexpectedly contacted
her, she agreed to get reacquainted. That wish turned into a nightmare. She learned that she is an Authentic Witch—the Maiden of the Moodus Coven—and the key to obliterating the black magic Haddam coven.

Tara’s mother took her into hiding when she was small in order to keep her alive but the Haddam’s found her. Now Tara must trust the help she’s found in her three close friends, one mystifying new love, and a father she barely knows as she fights for the life of her mother using a power she doesn’t yet understand.

And one of those trusts might cost Tara her life.

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We walked up on a small, cinderblock building. There was a plaque on the door facing us with the silhouette of a woman in a dress painted on it. Isaac turned the handle back and forth firmly. It was locked. His teeth bore down and ground together loudly.

“I just can’t catch a break today,” he whispered into the night.

Unexpectedly, and with unrealistic strength, he kicked the door in. Never before had I seen a blow delivered with such force. The hollow metal door fired open like a cannon, striking the wall behind it, discharging a deafening echo through the structure. Isaac held onto me like a treasure while he led me inside. Maybe it was the near-death experience, but I melted into his strong arms like any good damsel-in-distress would.

Isaac turned the water on, and it rushed into the basin hard, splashing droplets all over the counter. I stood like a zombie. Isaac hiked my shirtsleeves up to my forearms, trapping my bracelet in the bunched up fabric, but as he fumbled around with the dead weight of my limbs scrubbing at the dried blood stuck to them, the jewelry was knocked loose and fell to my wrist. Isaac went rigid at the sight of it but recovered fast to finish my arms before moving on to my forehead. We said nothing.

Anguish lodged in the wrinkle between his furrowed brows, now only inches from my face. Isaac wet down another wad of paper towel, and as his gentle strokes wiped across my face it brought a little life back to me. Even so, there were no romantic gazes or love-struck smiles being exchanged—only intense analysis from Isaac, and all-consuming fear from me.

About the Author:

C.L. Marin was born and raised in Lafayette Indiana. As a high school student she was more interested in her extra curricular activities like marching band, show choir, and being a diver on the swimming and diving team, than homework. In fact, C.L. Marin always said if her English Literature teacher ever found out she wrote a book she might die of a heart attack.

After high school she worked as a travel agent for ten years before going back to college and becoming a dental hygienist. It wasn’t an easy task as a single mom but once C.L. Marin has focused

on a goal it isn’t often it goes unattained. Once she settled into her career there was finally time to enjoy some pleasure reading. She was spellbound to a popular young adult series but found herself unable to fill the void of the characters she’d lost after finishing it. Right then C.L. Marin made herself a new goal—write the novel she could not find! She wasn’t expecting it to be as hard to do, nor as rewarding, but it is truly her passion.

C.L. Marin still works full-time as a dental hygienist while she writes in the hours she is not sleeping. She is the mother of three wildly intelligent, and extraordinarily brilliant, children, and the wife of her high school sweetheart. They have an eleven-year-old narcoleptic black lab named Murphy Lee, a seven-year-old massively obese cat named Thai, a four-year-old spastic pit bull named Molly Jean, and a one-year-old cat named Tuttle.

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1) SWEEP by Blue Foundation (The intro is long but stay with it. It’s awesome!)

2) TEMPUS VERNUM by Enya (I listen to this when writing magic scenes)

3) CENTER OF THE SUN by Conjure One (It reminds me of Tara)

4) THE PACKAGE by A Perfect Circle (YOU can figure out who this one is about)

5) ENF OF THE DAY [SILENCE] by Blue Foundation

6) SCARECROW by Beck


8) LOVER GIRL by Sara Jaffe

9) HAZY by Rosi Golan


There are a lot more Idie/alternative songs but these were blaring in my ears while I wrote MAIDEN. Check them out!!!

Guest Post:

First, I want to thank you so much for having me. Secondly, HELLO PEOPLE OF THE UNIVERSE! Thanks for letting me tell you a little about what it was like to write MAIDEN, by debut YA Paranormal Romance novel. I’ll be sharing some secrets that are in those pages, as well.
MAIDEN is, at the core, a story about a girl who wants the love and approval of her estranged father, and the courage to truly fall in love. Writing MAIDEN was quite a process, as I’ve never taken a creative writing course, but I fumbled my way through it. I would write anywhere if an idea struck me. There were many times when I would flip over my church program, and start jotting down a scene using those small, miniature golf, score-keeping pencils stuck in the pews next to the donation envelopes. Every Sunday my husband would watch closely as I took a communion wafer because he was sure, one day, it would burst into flames in my mouth because I wrote about witches during the sermon. We don’t go anymore, so he has nothing to worry about now.
I attended as many writer conventions as I could afford, and made sure to get in on every workshop that would help me perfect my skills. I talked to literary agents (once, before I knew it was wildly frowned upon, I even drove nineteen hours to Boston, and sat with an agent for an hour talking about MAIDEN. She stayed in contact with me for a few months, giving me advice on how to make it a better read. NO ONE DO THAT…EVER! Lol) and I talked to other successful authors. I was lucky enough to gain an incredible mentor, Steve Vera, who wrote Last of the Shardyn series. He was more help to me than I think he even realizes.
When I couldn’t write, my mind was always turning over scenes I wanted to write next (it still does that…I can’t shut it off). To date, I continue working full time as a dental hygienist, and that was a fantastic time to let my mind wander into the story. Oh, my poor patients had to listen to me talk about MAIDEN ad nauseam. And my coworkers! I’m positive they were pooling their funds to put a hit out on me…so I kept the MAIDEN talk down as much as I could.
The total gestation period for MAIDEN from start to publish…about five years. A lot of things can happen in a person’s life over the course of five years, and most of mine are sprinkled in the pages of this novel. Here are a few real-life nuggets; Travis’s car is a 1975 Buick Century. That’s actually my first car that I describe. And yes, my friends called it Professor Poop just like Travis’s friends call his in the book. Also, Isaac’s last name is Delaney, and that is a dear friend of mines granddaughters name. I’d loved that name from the moment my friend told it to me. The last little secret about MAIDEN I’ll reveal is the name of the park Tara and Isaac go to, Coleshud, is actually a mash up of my sisters last name and her now husband’s last name.
Like I said, there is a lot of myself in MAIDEN…my dreams, my nightmares, my furry, and passion…and I truly, to the furthest reaches of my soul, hope you love it, and I thank you for your support! Please follow me on twitter @cindy1408, and find me on or my website, 

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  1. Thank you for letting me stop by!!

  2. Cindy-San!
    I am so freaking proud of you! Congratulations! You SO deserve this; what a journey you've been on and *gasp* it's only just begun. Here's to oodles if 5 stars and tons of sales! You did it. :)

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    1. *sheepish grin* Somehow I published my comment twice. :P

    2. *sheepish grin* Somehow I published my comment twice. :P

    3. *sheepish grin* Somehow I published my comment twice. :P