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Briksanna’s Sacrifice by Sabrina Rawson Giveaway & Interview

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Title:  Briksanna’s Sacrifice
Series:  Four Realms # 1
Author:   Sabrina Rawson
Published:  April 22nd, 2014
Word Count:   147,000
Genre:  NA Urban Fantasy Romance
Content Warning:  Sexual Content
Recommended Age:  16+
Princess Briksanna has always known The Prophesy would catch up to her no matter how far she ran. Spending two thousand years hiding in the Earth Realm haunted by memories of heartache and pain in constant fear of capture by Lord Drakkoon, she finds herself unsure if she has the courage to be the person everyone needs her to be in order to stay one step ahead in a chase for her survival and of those she loves. So, when she discovers experiencing the feeling to freely love, she is pulled into a quest that will not only test the boundaries of her heart, but the life of her unborn son for the sake of saving the universe from total destruction.
Nathanial knows who he is on the Earth Realm and what kind of man he is for Princess Briksanna. But, what kind of man will she need him to be in order to fulfill The Prophesy she has spent the last two thousand years eluding? Tragedy has everyone travelling from the Earth Realm to the Second Realm of Skaldanna pushing his comfort zone knowing he has no knowledge of court expectations, but together with Briksanna and their family he believes he can succeed where all others have failed in dissolving the reign of Lord Drakkoon.
Can Briksanna and Nathanial find the undisputable faith in themselves to accomplish what needs to be done despite the sacrifices made to save their friends and family while establishing peace within the Second Realm?
Grabbing her hand before she could step into the shower, he said “There is nothing plain about you. I am both humbled and honored that you have chosen me to share your love, no don’t look away, that’s right, I said love. Bri, I will not turn away from this thing we have to go through. I love you more than I want to breathe. I may have doubts now and then, but in the end I will always do the right thing. Now get in there and wash up. The sooner you do that the sooner we can eat.”Eyes glistening listening to his declaration of love for her, she felt another crack in the armor she had built around her soul. “I love you. I have wanted to say that for a long time. I did not know how or if you felt the same way. I was afraid to tell you before, but am no longer.” Sounding more confident she pleaded with her eyes for him to believe her. “Thank you for being here with me. I do not know what I would have done if you were not here with me. Truly, I do love you.”Not hesitating when he spoke next, “I love you forever”Appearing as if it was the hardest thing in the world to do, he closed his eyes, kissed her lightly on the forehead then turned around and walked right out the bathroom, closing the door, allowing her the privacy of a warm shower.

Sabrina, Keep Calm and Answer These 17 Questions

1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? I wouldn’t consider myself a word lover, but a person who loves the byproduct produced when spouting true feelings. I like reading about the journey people take in discovering themselves. I believe the good, bad and ugly are what makes us human and that is what I love about reading words from a book.

2. What is your favorite color?  I have many favorite colors, so I will list a few. Orange or more like salmon color, white, blue and purple. These are the ones I wear or have around me in my home on my furniture or on my bedding. The crazy thing is for the past ten years the walls of my living room / dining room are pale yellow and Tinkerbell green. Crazy, I know, but they really look well and for all those ladies out there, I was able to talk my husband into it and out of his love for me he painted them. When he was done, he told me it looked kinda cool.

3. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? I was born in the San Francisco Bay Area, in the hills of Santa Cruz. I grew up in San Francisco, and now live in the northern California wine country, in Sonoma County. I’ve settled beautifully for the past couple of decades in the rural town of Sebastopol.

4. Who is your favorite author? JR Ward. Her writing style is the same way my creative mind tells a story. When I started writing I recognized it right away as belonging to her influence.

5. What is your favorite book? I’ve spent the past two decades reading trade paperbacks written by popular authors, Nora Roberts, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, Gena Showalter, Diana Gibaldon, Diana Palmer, Linda Lael Miller. The list could go one forever and I didn’t even mention the indie authors. All books influenced my life not one story in particular. My husband and I raised a sick child for six years before he passed and still had a houseful to raise while we worked full time. It was hectic and stressful for many years and every one of those authors mentioned influenced a time where I could escape to recharge mentally. Disconnecting helped me get my feet back on the ground reading the same time every day. It didn’t take long for me to realize I could get up and do it all over again if immersed myself in someone else’s life. My kids and I spent every Saturday two years following our son’s death, minimum of two hours closely followed with a scoop of ice cream, at the local Library recreating dreams. Stories have helped keep my head above water when I found myself drowning in life.

6. What do you do when you are not writing? That is easy reading or chatting it up with my husband. Our lives are still heavily involved around our children or our parents so there isn’t a dull moment in our house. If there are, you can find me with a book in hand.

7. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Don’t ever stop creating stories. Practice makes perfect and if you continue to ask questions you will eventually find what works well for you. Don’t give up and don’t allow rejection or angry criticism to subjugate you into believe you cannot become successful. You are what you make of life for yourself and no one else, so dig in and make your dreams come true.

8. Where do you write?  LOL, on my kitchen table. I tried on the sofa or in a recliner or in bed and it was awful. The idea of sitting at a desk didn’t offer enough space so the kitchen table it has been. I perpetually have one half of it occupied and since we only have one child still living at home who works and goes to school the ranch style table became my comfortable place of business.

9. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? Noise. To quiet means I want to read a book!

10. What do you typically drink while writing? Tea, water and occasionally a soda. I no longer drink alcohol. I think I have had two drinks in the past three years and that was when I was laid off. Not even being diagnosed with cancer or having had to deal with my cancer over the past four years have I drank alcohol. When I find myself in the mood to write, I grab a drink, put on my ear buds and write away.

11. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? Yes I began book two months ago and I am happy with what I wrote, but since it took several months to polish, publish and market book one I lost my creative muse for the characters in that particular book. I know, as an indie author, I wear many hats as a business owner as well and with that responsibility I have to schedule time to write and be diligent about it. The most challenging thing for me is letting everyone close to me know that this time is for me and then in turn I have to be diligent to set aside time for everyone else. So, organizing my time to fit my needs as an author and not a mom, wife or business owner, has been challenging.

12. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? Two women who went through cancer with me. When we first met in our support group they weren’t terminal and it was at that time I said why not, I’ll give it a try. When they became terminal I cried because I was battling and struggling, but still winning when they were battling and losing. One of them, Kim, she tells me to finish my book, because there is nothing wrong with having the time in life to follow my dreams. I spent two years writing my book in which six months was spent seeking professional advice, support and stepping outside my comfort zone to achieve my dream of publication.

13. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Depends on the perspective of the individual. Again, the story is written in a fantasy format, however the conversations could be conveyed today in real life.

14. How did you come up with the title? A mentor of mine asked me that and I didn’t have an answer for her. She threw out some random ideas and I went back to my PC and started making a list of names like I did when I was thinking of baby names. With a list of words came the birth of my title. I wanted to list the main theme of the book, but I also wanted to bring emphasis to the main character. This book is the first within a series. My hope is to bring out the anticipation of my audience through the title of the book. I know I have done it many times when encountering authors who write book series and I haven’t seen them in a while. The title alone will insight me to One Click without having to read the synopsis because I already anticipated the story based upon being a follower of the authors story.

15. Will there be a sequel? Yes, it is the first book within a series so there will many books to follow.

16. What project are you working on now? Book two and three are my current projects and I have found myself enjoying the flow in which the characters are taking me throughout this journey in their lives.

17. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done? Worked with an after school program for teens to prepare for college. Not in a teaching lecture type setting, but more on a several month long workshop to prepare kids in making the decision to enter college and how they can achieve success with their own decisions regarding their educational career path.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and Move Forward


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About the Author:
Although Sabrina has been physically writing for two years the ideas that conceived her first novel have been percolating in her mind for many years. In many ways she found life experiences influencing her story although written in fantasy format.
Nelson Mandela’s words inspired her: “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
No truer words could have been said. After her first cancer battle four years ago, she was in the frame of mind of surviving, trying to get back to her swing of things. Problem was she couldn’t get past the feeling of disconnect. She realized she was no longer the same person pre-cancer and relapsed by the end of her first year since her initial diagnosis. She exited that experience exhausted and has had multiple tumors pop up ever since the initial year. Her health was a mental and physical challenge, but the hard part was realizing she had left her passion in the operating room back in 2010. Cancer did not take her passion away, she put it away along with her drive and ambition. Her creative muse happily skipped outside her consciousness with the rest of them. She  had to discover herself from scratch and it was a challenge she learned to work with and continues to this day. One thing she found uplifting was creating stories on paper and it didn’t take long for her to turn to her computer to bring the lives of her creation to fruition. Today she is four years post her first surgery and even if she had to do it again in a few months, it wouldn’t matter. She refuses to settle for a life less than what she can create for herself.
Sabrina lives in Sonoma County, heart of the wine country of California, enjoying life in the rural land happily married to a wonderful supportive husband. You can always find her reading a book, cooking a meal for her multitude of children or playing with her dog, Taylor.
Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • Signed print copy of Briksanna’s Sacrifice & tote bag
Giveaway is US only.

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