Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Erin Manbeck's Blog Tour ~ Gifted Trilogy

Gift of Sight
“Gifted” Trilogy, #1

Feisty, smart mouth Regan thought that breaking up with her boyfriend Sam was going to be the start of her independence.  Instead, she is manipulated and dragged into a world where sharp, sarcastic wit isn't going to save her.  Turning to her Gram for help, the only remaining relative she has, Regan is upset to find out that her grandmother has been keeping family secrets of her own all these years.

With a vengeful goddess using people to try and bring Regan to the Underworld, Gram brings in three Guardians to protect her.  Given the short version of what is expected of her, loaded with a lot of expectations for her future, Regan knows first-hand that life is too short.  She isn't letting anyone make life-altering decisions for her despite finding out that the vengeful goddess has placed a price on her head.

This book will make you laugh, feel connected to the characters, and leave you wanting more.

Warning: Adult language and sexual situation


Gift of Power
“Gifted” Trilogy, #2

Power equals responsibility.

Despite declaring to those closest to her that she will take her position as Queen, Regan’s first priority is not to rule, but to find her parents.  With Jake at her side, she is determined to learn how to use her new powers and hide from her destiny, as well as the Council, a little while longer.

Unfortunately, someone has been watching and reporting every move Regan makes.  She is disheartened to find out the Council is already eagerly awaiting her arrival in Ireland and have apparently started to plan her future…one that does not include Jake.

Regan must decide just how much she is willing to sacrifice to protect her people from a vengeful goddess, while also weeding out the traitor among them.  In the end, will she have the strength to withstand losing any of them?


Gift of Prophecy
“Gifted” Trilogy, #3

Regan’s arrival in Ireland may have heightened her powers, but it has also given Agrona and her minions more cause to make sure she never makes it to her coronation.  With every attack and the harsh welcome she receives from the council, Regan is more determined than ever to prove why the deities have chosen her to be the Queen.

Although, part of her has accepted that she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice, it isn't until Regan finds herself in the Otherworld being handed over to Agrona that the reality hits her.  Will Jake and her family survive without her?


About the Author:
I’m an author in hiding…I still work full time, but don’t ever look over my shoulder to see what’s on my computer screen.  Chances are you will find me secretly writing.

Besides family and friends, I love to laugh.  It may be at the expense of those I love, but they get me, so I usually don’t offend too much.

Honesty…I can’t help it.  I usually say way I feel, but with a little guidance, I’ve learned to be more tactful.
I’ve worked in plenty of environments (trucking company, correction officer and I was in the military to mention a few) so I guess you can say that’s where my mouth and attitude come from.  Either way, as long as I get my morning cup of coffee people are safe.

The Trilogy is complete and I also have a new stand-alone book called “Dreamless”.  It’s a Paranormal Suspense that’s a bit lighter on the language, but will keep you guessing who the Nightmare really is.


Inspiration for the Book
It has only been over the last few years that I have really found reading enjoyable again.  When life starts to become mundane, in a sense that you work for the things you have, but never really have time to enjoy them, where does that leave you?  You can’t just quit your job, no matter how much you may want to some days. You can’t always live the dream where you’re telling your boss they can take the years you’ve given them and shove it.  No, you do the smart thing, suck it up, and find a hobby.  I turned back to books.  I love getting lost in different worlds and having someone to root for.  I’ve noticed how many more books over the years have more female characters emerging that are strong and independent and I love it. 
Therefore, the beginning of this year, I knew that I was a few months away from a birthday milestone and it triggered something inside me.  I wanted more.  I’ve always had an imagination, and my own little mini-me, but I didn’t know what it was going to take to put it all down on paper.  I finally said “Screw it, I’m doing it!”  I literally turned to two of my coworkers, who happened to also be my best friends, and told them that I was going to write a book.  I was expecting them to laugh or just brush off my comment as some kind of joke, but the two of them almost dared me.  They challenged me because they both believed it was something I could do.  Who has people like that in their lives?  Luckily I do.  With them and my mother behind me, the journey began.
 I never sat down and did an outline; I let my life tell the story for me.  I’m surrounded by the humor, insanity, camaraderie, and drive that you find in the trilogy, so I found a way to flip it from everyday conversation to a story that takes place in the real world surrounded by magic and powers.  This was supposed to be one book, let’s see what happens kind of deal I had with myself, but as the words typed out and each chapter ended, I had more to say.  It also helped that as I finished a chapter it ended up on Piper and Maggie’s desk for approval first thing in the morning.  (Really it’s Jeni and Keri, but that’s who they are too me.)  I’d stay up late at night and bring something to them when I was done.  Surprisingly, the entire project turned into a trilogy that I wasn’t only proud of, but my friends loved.
I loved stepping out of my box and doing something that never before crossed my mind.  Well, it crossed my mind, but I didn’t have the guts to do it.  I love that I’m continuing on this journey (I have a husband and a 6 year old, so it’s tough) and my new book “Dreamless” came out on Aug 18th 2014.  It’s a stand-alone book that I’m going to make into a series.  (FYI…Prologue and Chapter 1 started).

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