Monday, November 14, 2011


By Ruth A. Casie

I'm on the Carina Press site admiring the cover of my debut novel, Knight of Runes. Okay, so you may think I'm staring at it because he's a really hot guy. I have one in residence, hot to me that is. The picture may be the illusion, a picture of a make believe lord but my novel is real – and it’s published. That’s no illusion.

I really thought writing, re-writing and editing were the hard part. I was excited and relieved when I got The Call. I was so naïve. I went from writing mode into marketing mode. I researched and investigated and finally came up with my plan.

• I picked two major events to attend – the NJ Romance Writers Conference Oct 21-22, and the RT Conference in Chicago in April

• I picked three places to spend money for advertising: Romance Sells, RT Book Review, and Eye on Romance.

• I worked hard to develop a marketing package that includes: a three chapter book, trading cards (of my hero and heroine), chocolate with a QR code to my website, tattoos (my hero is marked with rune tattoos so why not my readers), and a tissue pack.

• I also set up a blog tour beginning the week before and so far ending the week after release and have been busy writing blogs and conducting interviews with myself. I’ve even had a Tarot spread for my hero. That one was fun.

So, I sit and look at the cover (on the buy site) and realize that all that hard work, the disappointments, and even the doubts were so worth it. I look at the cover, a symbol of reality to me, and the excitement bubbles up all over again. And that hot guy, the one in residence, told me he knew it all along.♥

BOOK SUMMARY: It’s the 21st century and time travel is still a Wellsian fantasy but not for Rebeka Tyler. Rebeka is a renowned renaissance scholar at the prestigious Kensington University in upstate New York. She’s awarded an inheritance that includes an English manor but more importantly it includes an unknown private library with documents dating back hundreds of years, a researchers dream. She goes off to England to claim her inheritance.

While on an impromptu tour of Avebury, she takes a misstep at the standing stones, and finds herself in the right place but tossed back into the 17th century. When Lord Arik, a druid knight, finds Rebeka wandering his lands without protection, he swears to keep her safe. But Rebeka can take care of herself. When Arik sees her clash with a group of attackers using a strange fighting style he is intrigued.

Rebeka is desparate to return to her time. She poses as a scholar sent by the king to help find out what’s killing Arik’s land to get access to the lib:rary. But as she decodes the ancient runes that are the key to solving his mystery and sending her home, she finds herself drawn to the charismatic and powerful Arik.

As Arik and Rebeka fall in love, someone in Arik’s household schemes to keep them apart and a dark druid with a grudge prepares his revenge. To defeat him, Arik and Rebeka must combine their skills. Soon Rebeka will have to decide whether to return to the future or trust Arik with the secret of her time travel and her heart.

Ruth A Casie is a seasoned professional with over twenty-five years of writing experience but not necessarily writing romances. No, she’s been writing communication and marketing documents for a large corporation. Over the past years, encouraged by her friends and family, she gave way to her inner muse, let her creative juices flow, and began writing a series of historical time travel romance novels. When not writing you can find her home in Teaneck, New Jersey, reading, cooking, doing Sudoku and counted cross stitch. 

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