Monday, September 01, 2014

The Watchers by Deirdra Eden

The Watchers Book 1: Knight of Light

 In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella) flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity. Filled with fairies, dwarves, pixies, dragons, demons, and monsters, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.

“The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad. Although the mythology is based on these texts, Deirdra Eden’s The Watcher’s Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.

Watch the amazing Knight of Light book trailer on youtube.

About the Author

"My goal in writing is to saturate my books with intrigue, mystery, romance, and plot twists that will keep my readers in suspense. I want to see fingerprints on the front and back covers where readers have gripped the novel with white knuckles! Aside from writing, I enjoy jousting in arenas, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures."
-Deirdra Eden

Find Deirdra Eden and The Watchers Series online at AmazonDeirdra's website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad, and Pinterest.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Double Cover Reveal!

So, you might have noticed by now that I own a publishing company. We're kicking off a brand-new line of romance novels starting this week with a book by me, writing as Paige Timothy, and one by my good friend Karen E. Hoover, writing as Raine Gillespie. Help us celebrate with this cover reveal!

Hearts in Harmony by Raine Gillespie
And Something Blue by Paige Timothy
Official Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal Date: Monday, August 25th
Release Date: August 26th
Both of these books are part of the Sweet and Clean Romance Collection
Genre: Sweet Romance
Publisher: Trifecta Books ~
Host: Silverbow Promotions ~

Hearts in Harmony Book Blurb:
Elahna Nezario gave up her musical dreams to help run The Queen of Hearts, her mother’s chocolate shop, after her sister’s sudden death. After an unfortunate run in with Elahna’s childhood crush, owner of The Dolce Theater, not only do her dreams surge back to life, but so does her heart.

Author Bio: Raine Gillespie may be new to romance, but she is by no means new to writing. Needing an alias to separate her genres, Raine Gillespie is the pen name for Karen E. Hoover, author of The Wolfchild Saga, The Newtimber series, and The Misadventures of a Teenage Wizard. If you like Raine's writing style, take a look at Karen's fantasy and explore a bit of the impossible made real.

Author Links:
Website ~

And Something Blue Book Blurb:
Bridal consultant Laurie Fletcher spends her days helping others prepare for the most special day of their lives. Will true love ever come her way, or is she doomed to watch others get their happily ever after?

Author Bio: Paige Timothy is new to the romance scene, but she's certainly not new to the industry. Under her other pen names, she has published thirty books in a wide variety of genres. With her new series, the Main Street Merchants, Paige is embarking on a new journey that promises to be filled with adventure.

Author Links

You’re invited to the release party! Games, Giveaways, and More!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tristi''s Taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I keep seeing on Facebook videos of people who have been challenged to dump a bucket of ice water all over themselves to show support for ALS research. As of right now, this challenge has raised $22.9 million - how outstanding is that??

According to some folks, if you're challenged, you're supposed to dump a bucket of ice water on yourself to avoid having to donate $100 to ALS research. If you dump the bucket, you either donate $10 or you get off free, depending on who you're talking to. And then you're supposed to challenge a bunch of other folks, and the chain goes on and on.

Well, I'm doing this a little differently. I am going to dump the bucket, but you guys are going to help me determine how much I dump.  :)

Here's how this works.

You go online and make a donation of any amount to ALS. They have some suggested donation amounts, but they also have a blank spot where you can donate a dollar, if that's all you can afford. E-mail me a screen shot of your donation so I know you really did it. Send it to me at tristipinkston @ Get all your friends involved, post this on Facebook - let's really spread the word.

On August 30th at noon, I will count up how many donations have been sent in to ALS. If the donations add up to between $1 and $50, I'll dump a 64-ounce cup of ice water. If they add up from $51 to $100, I'll dump a pitcher of ice water. If they add up to over $100, I'll dump a five-gallon bucket. And if anyone wants to have a lot of fun and recruit friends to help with donations, if the donations go over $500, I'll dump two five-gallon buckets. Ice water. All over me. But August 30th isn't that far away, so best get on that.

You may be wondering why I've chosen to get on this particular challenge's bandwagon.

When I was in Young Women, I attended a fireside given by a man named Todd Mitchell, who at that time was the only known person to be afflicted by ALS and then to be cured. (The list has grown by a few since then, but I have learned that the majority of people with this disease die within 2 -3 years.)  He was diagnosed while in high school, and he shared his story of the fear and the pain and the treatments and everything else he went through. It was during this time that he developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and he read 3 Nephi over and over again. He pictured himself as one of those coming to Christ to be healed, and every day, that picture grew stronger and stronger in his mind until he actually felt as though he were there, supplicating our Savior for help. The testimony born that night reached out and touched me at a time in my life when I badly needed it, and over the years, I've thought back on it and supplicated Christ for the things I've needed as well. Developing that personal relationship has meant all the difference to me.

So anyway, that's why I'm doing this. I'm counting on you, friends, fans, and family, to help make this a reality. And of course I'll be filming it. So pull out your wallets and let's do this thing!! August 30th at noon is the deadline to determine how wet I'm gonna get.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Moms of Toddlers, Can We Talk?


I get it. I really do. I had three children in five years, and the fourth one came along three years after that. I've done the sleepless nights, the endless potty training, the poop painting phase - yeah. I know.

I also know what it's like taking those children into public. You hope you can dart in and out of the store before someone throws a tantrum or needs a diaper change. Sometimes you're successful, and sometimes you're not.

I know what it's like to have a child who absolutely will not get in their car seat or who will not ride in the cart. I've been the mom in the parking lot performing WWF moves to get a seat belt around a child who does not want to be belted. And I well know the temptation not to make little Johnny ride in the cart when he's screaming his lungs out and arching his back and refusing to cooperate. Believe me. I know.

But three days ago, I saw something that froze me cold, and I haven't been able to get it out of my head.

I was at the grocery store and had pulled through the parking stall so I wouldn't have to back out when I was done. I paused before getting out, checking to make sure I had my debit card and stuff, and I glanced up. There were two cars right across the aisle from me. The one on the left was a black SUV, and the one on the right was a white sedan about the size of a Cadillac. The driver of the black SUV was a young mom with a toddler son. He was standing next to her while she put her groceries in the back of the SUV. The white sedan began to back up to pull out, and just then, the toddler decided he didn't want to stand by his mom anymore and stepped right behind the white car.

Two things happened simultaneously. The mother caught the child's hand, and the driver hit her brakes. If either woman had not reacted instantly, that child would have been hit and most likely killed - he was within inches of it, literally. I could hear the mother lecturing the child on staying away from cars. I'm sure she was absolutely terrified, and I'm sure the driver was too.

Moms, I know that you're exhausted and you probably can't handle one more tantrum today. But please, please, please keep your child in the cart or put them in the car before you load up the groceries. I will never forget what I saw. It was so close, so terrifying, so life or death. And sadly, it has the potential to happen any time to any child.

Sometimes we're worried that other shoppers will get angry with us when our kids throw fits at the store, so we make concessions to keep the peace. Know what - the other shoppers probably have kids too, and they've been there, and they understand. And for that one grumpy old man or crotchety old woman who will stare at you? Just stare back. You're raising a human - you're not there to please the public.

Please wrestle Johnny into the seat belt. Let him scream. It won't hurt him. And it doesn't make you any less of a good mother if he throws a tantrum - in fact, it makes you an awesome mom because you're making a hard choice to do the right thing. He will grow out of it, I promise. I didn't think mine ever would, and yet, here we are and we survived it. Someday your kids will understand and they will start to obey you when you warn them of danger. For now, they'll scream. And that's okay because they'll be safe.
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