Thursday, November 8, 2012


Today I have the pleasure of hosting Amy Lignor on her Virtual Blog Tour for her novel GILDED WINGS. Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.

Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.

She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.

Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.

Amy Lignor
Gilded Wings Summary
The Beloved Angel-Warrior Team from Until Next Time Returns!When Matt and Emily are sent on their second mission they have no idea how truly dark human nature can become...

Emily never wanted to face humans again. With the heartache that went on down below, she’s still trying to figure out how to save souls that don’t deserve saving. The only one she wants to see again is Jason - the young man she fell in love with who became the soulmate she simply can’t forget...

Matt was trained to protect and defend the souls down below. Longing to feel the heartfelt emotions that come from being human, Matt wants nothing more than to have just one life - one chance - to live and love the girl of his dreams...

The powerful team find themselves in a brand new century, living in the Gilded Age of New York City. Emily takes over the body of Anya, a young Russian girl who arrives on Ellis Island after a hideous tragedy. There she meets up with a strangely familiar young man by the name of Drew Parrish, who helps Anya survive in an unknown world of luxury, snobbery and…obsession.

What Anya’s inner angel doesn’t know is that the soul she loves is also back. This time around Jason goes by the name of Max Carrow. Once a quiet and kind boy, he’s now part of the ‘Four Hundred Club,’ and wants nothing more than to be among the most admired as he climbs the shaky ladder of society’s elite.

As two worlds merge, Emily and Matt struggle under the weight of their “Gilded Wings.” Not only will they have to figure out who they should fight to save, but they must also face a romantic choice that could destroy them both.

Here is the portion of the excerpt for the read along.***

The passengers enclosed in the ship’s cramped quarters talked to Anya nonstop. The older couples spoke to Anya of a time long past that was filled with love and peace, while the younger group rattled on about what their new lives would be like in the birthplace of freedom—where the streets were paved with pure gold. They regaled her with the stories they’d heard of the riches that could be made there. All a man had to have in order to achieve success was a strong back, a sound mind and a dream. Anya returned their excitement as best she could. She, too, wanted to see the shores of the country they were already so enamored with, she longed to finally erase the memories of blood and death that sat like a demonic image inside her mind.

On the third day of the long journey, as the steerage compartment began to ripen with the scent of unwashed bodies, Anya bumped into a father and son. The older man looked lost, like a soul searching for nourishment. They sat down beside Anya on the weathered bench, and propped their bodies up against the wall, as the massive boat rocked back and forth in the waves.

“I am Gregori.” The young boy grinned. “I am ten.”

Anya returned his happy smile and ruffled the boy’s dirty hair; his curls dripped with oil and sweat. “You’re a good speaker of English, Gregori.”

He puffed out his small chest. “I’ve been practicing. I’m to be an American.”

The Rafflecopter Giveaway:

Linky HTML embed code (complete listing of links for read along blog tour stops):


Gilded Wings Twitter hashtag:#GildedWings

Gilded Wings Goodreads page:

Until Next Time Goodreads page:

onicles web site:

The Angel Chronicles Facebook page:!/pages/The-Angel-Chronicles/168932393209654

Amy Lignor's Facebook:

Amy Lignor's Twitter:!/HelloWritersAmy

Amy Lignor's Website:

Amy Lignor's Blog:

Amy Lignor's GoodReads:

Tribute Books website:

Tribute Books Facebook:

Tribute Books Twitter:

Building a Bond with Your Publisher!

When I wear my editor’s cap for The Write Companion, I come up against the same ‘belief’ a great deal of time when working for a debut author. They feel as if St. Martin’s or Random House or one of the ‘biggies’ should take their book no matter what. Problem is, when this doesn’t occur, they become highly depressed and want to simply walk away from the whole ‘being a writer’ dream. This makes me extremely sad because, yes, it is horribly difficult to get in with a huge publisher; but when you receive a ‘form’ response or a negative reply, that does NOT automatically mean you’re writing isn’t up to par. Especially in this economy.

There are daily stories about how publishers are closing their doors, being bought out, how authors (some extremely well-known) are having their contracts voided, whereas other big houses are simply going with the big names and will no longer even look at a debut author’s work because they can’t take the risk. This is the economy. These are the days when making a move, going out on a limb, daring to put support behind a new name - is something that the bigger publishers simply won’t do. BUT, as I tell all the authors I work with, starting with a small company is in many ways far better.

A while back I had the opportunity to go with a big ‘name’ in the publishing industry but chose not to. I know, some people will say this is ridiculous - BUT, you should have seen the contract. There were some loopholes and odd phrases where I knew that if I didn’t do well - and quickly - that I would be in the proverbial doghouse when all was said and done. In addition, I’m one of those really annoying people who want to work with people who love my characters as much as I do, or at least 80% as much as I do. If my story doesn’t affect them, then they’re not the ones I should ‘team’ up with.

When a wonderful lady by the name of Nicole and I fell over each other when working on something else, things happened and Matthew and Emily were brought into the Tribute family. Until Next Time, the first in this series, was new for me. I had never written a YA novel and I knew that Nicole was taking a chance on me. Not only did she turn out to be a friend, but she is beyond professional, works twice as hard than ANY ‘major’ publisher would on my behalf, and even provided me with the BEST cover artist in the industry who made the characters in my head come to life. I was beyond humbled and extremely grateful.

When I emailed her - about anything - the response was almost immediate. When she needed something for the book - blogs, interviews, etc. - I did them for HER immediately. This was (and, thankfully is) the kind of working relationship I want for all my novels no matter what genre they are. In fact, Nicole has spoiled me; and, if possible, I have become even more picky after being a part of the Tribute clan and getting such professional service.

Writing is a lifelong career. It is also a lifelong struggle to be able to tell a great story that will entertain or effect reader’s lives in, hopefully, a great way. There will always be all-nighters, aggression with various social media networks when you want to throw your computer out the window and see if it will fly - all of that is part of the tough job of being a writer. But when it comes to the publisher, the partnership that you crave more than anything, make sure to NEVER discount the smaller presses, indie publishers, or eBook/electronic publishers. Chances are you will find a perfect partnership that you will be eternally grateful for!

Until Next Time, Everybody,


ISBN: 9780985792220
ISBN: 9781301335541
Pages: 275
Release: November 1, 2012

Gilded Wings: The Angel Chronicles, Book 2 buy links:

Kindle buy link - $2.99

Nook buy link - $4.95

iBookstore buy link - $4.99

Smashwords buy link - $4.99

PDF buy link - $4.95

Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1 buy links:

Kindle buy link - $2.99

Nook buy link - $4.95

iBookstore buy link - $4.99

Smashwords buy link - $4.99

PDF buy link - $4.95

Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1 Summary

How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.


Happy Reading!


  1. Beverly, thanks for inviting Amy and the angels back for Book 2. Your continued support means a lot and we thank you for it :)

    It's a joy and a pleasure getting to work with such great people like Amy and yourself.

  2. I appreciate you including me on the tours of your awesome books. I find a lot of good reading with your authors. You're always welcome here.

  3. Amy is going to be on my blog very soon. I have to read her second book. I really enjoyed the first.

  4. I loved the first one too, Kelly. Must read this one. Wrapping up edits on my pirate story so maybe will have a little extra time. Maybe.

  5. It certainly is wonderful Amy has found such great people to work with. She seems more than satisfied with her choice, although it entails quite a bit of self-promotion. But you really can't put a price on happiness, can you?
    Great post! :-)

  6. Hey everyone. I just wanted to stop by and say thank you so much for including me on this incredible blog, and reading the books and loving Matt & Emily. The hard work is most definitely worth it! And there are incredible things coming up in 2013!

  7. I think self promotion is true for most writers today, Lexa. So many good books are out there you really have to tell others about yours. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Hi HelloWriters (Amy?) Now you've left us with a cliffhanger. :) Looking forward to the "incredible things" in 2013.

  9. Interesting novel permise--and always good to learn more about history, and the gilded age! Good luck, Amy.
    Bev, I voted for your book over at Goodreads, BTW.

  10. Thanks, Catherine. I appreciate your support. We'll see how it goes. There are a lot of great books there. :)I didn't know it had been nominated for a while.

  11. Another great post, Bev. Amy's books sound terrific! And I voted for Life on Hold, too!

  12. Hey, Darby, thanks for the vote. I appreciate it.

    Her books are great. Hope to read more of them.

  13. Loved reading this. What she had to say about small and large publishers is so right on. This is an exciting, yet uncertain time for writers and publishers. The books sound very interesting. Thanks to you both for the great post.

  14. I agree, C Lee. Small publishers and self-publishin are more accepted today than in the past, which has to be a good sign.