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Dark UF Author Joann H. Buchanan: Reflections of Writing an Entire Series + giveaway

You are invited to explore a thrilling series filled with shifters and the supernatural in the After Dark Blog Tour featuring Joann H Buchanan! The third and final installment in the Children of Nox series!

Reflections of Writing an Entire Series 
By Joann H. Buchanan 

There are two words that hold an entire array of emotions for an author. THE END.

When I wrote those two words at the end of After Dark, book 3 of The Children of Nox, I was filled with joy, love, pain and remorse. There are some books that take us on a journey of self-discovery and force us to dig deep into our own psyche. This series was one of them for so many reasons. To begin with, I wasn’t sure I could finish it when I started it. I didn’t know where the characters would take me. I didn’t know how the story was going to end and I didn’t know who would live or die.

What I did know was I had to finish it. There was something inside me that wouldn’t let me leave it alone. Maybe it was because I wanted to know how it would end. That might actually be the whole reason I was able to finish it. When I finished, I had to figure out who to dedicate it to. That actually was the easy part. I dedicated it to my dad. He taught me the most important lesson I’ve ever had in life…keep moving forward. I knew the only reason this series was completed was because of him. I wanted my dad to see those words and know I made it through this journey because of his wisdom and guidance in life.

On reflection, I’m proud of what I have accomplished. I finished. I wrote the words THE END. In a lot of ways this was more a relief than anything else. After all, I started the series unsure about everything except the what if factor and a vague notion of wolves.

The heart of this series is literally about not giving up. It’s a life lesson that I feel is important and one that allows the dreams in all of us to become a reality. We all have those what if questions in our lives. They can sometimes lead us to great and terrible places. What they don’t do is leave us in the same place we began. That I think is important.

This series taught me two things.

I could write a series

The only thing I had to do was let go and write. My advice to anyone who is working on a task that feels overwhelming is simply this.

Take it one word at a time and don’t worry about the rest. It will come. That is my reflection…my realization.

I’m left now with the question of if I did my job. Did I entertain you? Did the world I created make you step away from yours for a while and take you away? I await the answer and hope I did. The Children of Nox is more than a story of wolves. It is filled with love, laughter, heartache and pain. It will hopefully fill you with awe while scaring you at the same time. It was intended to reach beyond what we are and what we could be. If I did my job then it does.

Thank you for reading it and for taking the journey with me. Don’t forget to howl at the moon when it is full. Maybe you will be able to run with the Youngling Pack.

by Joann H. Buchanan
October 1, 2019
337 pages
The time of three arrives….

The stained one is revealed.

The dream protector’s power grows.

A demon possesses the body of Jonah.

All the pieces are in place, guided by Trinity.

Gods, goddesses, and supernatural forces converge, and a clash of powers looms that will determine the fate of the world.

What will come after the dark?

The thrilling conclusion of the Children of Nox Series awaits you!

by Joann H. Buchanan
January 12, 2012 
307 pages
“You can’t fight who you really are, Jonah . . .you are wolf.”

When Jonah unknowingly creates an unnatural creature, he is thrust upon a path of unremitting shadows and unrelenting torment from the creature he becomes connected to. In stark contrast, seven teens, the youngling pack from the tribe of Tibolt, join forces with Jonah, their newest member. Together, they must stop the “unnatural,” who brings horror wherever he travels. As the murderous creature makes his way east to Tennessee, it becomes a race against time to save a small child of destiny known as the Dream Maker. Will Jonah reach her before the creature is able to turn her for his evil purposes?

by Joann H Buchanan
July 30, 2012
321 pages
When you’ve been touched by the darkness, it leaves a mark on your soul.

Jonah and Alaynee are happily putting the past behind them. They’re planning a wedding and moving forward. Great news is waiting for them and the youngling pack.

When Cathy, Alaynee’s mom, finds a stranded girl in the city and brings her back. Alaynee soon discovers there’s more to her then meets the eye. Cleo is a lioness whose powers over men will haunt Alaynee in more ways then one. Will Jonah and Alaynee be able to plan their happily ever after or will the evil that resides have its way?

About the Author:
Joann H. Buchanan was raised in a Military family and at the age of 19, followed in her father’s footsteps and joined the Navy. She went to college at OPSU in Oklahoma, majoring in CIS, but the love of writing made her ultimately come back to it.

After Dark is Joann’s fifth book. Joann and her husband John have five children and live happily in the heartland of middle America.

Tour Schedule and Activities 
11/13 Sahara Foley Author Interview 
11/14 Jazzy Book Reviews Author Interview 
11/14 The Book Junkie Reads Guest Post 
11/15 Sapphyria's Books Top Ten's List 
11/16 I Smell Sheep Guest Post 
11/17 Sheila's Guests and Reviews Guest Post 
11/18 The Literary Underworld Guest Post 
11/19 Speculative Fiction Spot Guest Post 
11/20 The Seventh Star Blog Guest Post 

The tour-wide contest will feature a magnificent grand prize, of all three books in softcover, signed, with a one-of-a-kind mug, Children of Nox-themed bookmarks, a magnet, keychain, postcard, and tote bag, ALL within a special Joann H. Buchanan collector’s box! (there will be runner up prizes too!)

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