Ever since my first boss in the newspaper industry, Tammy Raits, gave me The. One. Chance. needed to shove my foot through print journalism's door, I’ve been a firm believer in Paying It Forward – in life and in writing.
It is then with a genuine WHOOP! that I have Misha Gericke over to share the goods about her new book, THE VANISHED KNIGHT.###
Thanks for having me over today, Mark!
When we were discussing this post, Mark asked me to write about paying it forward and why it’s important to writers to do it.And this… is a bit of a tricky question. See, I could go on and on and on about how paying forward actually scores brownie points with the universe, and how you’d be lucky as a result. Or how being seen as a generous and helpful blogger can be great for book sales. Or any of such things.
But to me, it’s not about that at all. See, whether or not any of the above is true, they’re not the reasons why I pay it forward and spend at least every two months asking other people to do the same.
To me, paying forward is about saying thanks. I have talent. I have finished projects. And now I have a book published. And behind all that, I have a marvelous support structure that is the writing blogger community. The other writers are always there with advice, sympathy or encouragement when I need it. They’re always willing to lend a helping hand.
And they’re always rooting for us, no matter where they might be in their writing journeys.
So in return, I try to be the same for everyone in the blogging community. But more than that, I want to show them how much they’re appreciated. Not only by me, but by everyone else who they’ve touched. That’s why I ask for sponsors, and why I ask others to nominate possible winners, and why I ask others to vote for the winners.
And you know what? I figure that if I brighten an amazing blogger’s day by only a little because of the Paying Forward Awards, I would have said thanks the proper way.
If you want to be part of the Paying Forward Awards, please mail me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com and we can talk about it. I’m busy collecting sponsors for October right now.
Thanks for reading! What do you like to do for others?(Hahaha after writing this, plugging my book feels so silly, but this is, after all, why I’m blog touring. Hope you don’t mind!)
Gosh, Misha, I don’t mind at all… we writers have enough angst: (Medic!! We need a medic! I need a shot of IWSG. Stat, people!!!) so to share the success of one, is to help all of us.
(What’s the old saying… what doesn’t get rejected, makes you stronger… something like that…)
THE VANISHED KNIGHT Blurb:
Since the death of her parents, Callan Blair has been shunted from one foster family to another, her dangerous secret forcing the move each time. Her latest foster family quickly ships her off to an exclusive boarding school in the Cumbrian countryside. While her foster-brother James makes it his mission to get Callan expelled, a nearby ancient castle holds the secret doorway to another land...
When Callan is forced through the doorway, she finds herself in the magical continent of Tardith, where she’s shocked to learn her schoolmates Gawain and Darrion are respected soldiers in service to the king of Nordaine, one of Tardith's realms. More than that, the two are potential heirs to the Black Knight—Nordaine's crown prince.
But when the Black Knight fails to return from a mysterious trip, the realm teeters on the brink of war. Darrion and Gawain set out to find him, while Callan discovers there is more to her family history than she thought. The elves are claiming she is their princess.
Now with Darrion growing ever more antagonistic and her friendship with Gawain blossoming, Callan must decide whether to stay in Nordaine—where her secret grows ever more threatening—or go to the elves and uncover the truth about her family before war sets the realms afire.
Bio:M. Gerrick (AKA Misha Gericke) has basically created stories since before she could write. Many of those stories grew up with her and can be seen in her current projects.
She lives close to Cape Town, with a view over False Bay and Table Mountain.
Feel free to mail her at warofsixcrowns(AT)gmail(DOT)com, Circle her on Google Plus or follow her on Twitter.
If you'd like to see her writer-side (beware, it's pretty insane), please feel free to check out her blog.
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