Friday's Top Ten

Today I have a real treat for you. Drum roll please ...

For the first time ever, the top ten list has been provided by a guest blogger. Please welcome Ciara Knight to Under the Tiki Hut.

She has a new book coming out - WEIGHTED - in August, and today she's doing her cover reveal around Blog World. The top ten revolves around her book.

Here's Ciara!

I’m so excited to announce my new young adult series, The Neumarian Chronicles. Weighted, a prequel novella, will be released in August 2012.

The Great War of 2185 is over, but my nightmare has just begun. I am being held captive in the Queen’s ship awaiting interrogation. My only possible ally is the princess, but I’m unsure if she is really my friend or a trap set by the Queen to fool me into sharing the secret of my gift. A gift I keep hidden even from myself. It swirls inside my body begging for release, but it is the one thing the Queen can never discover. Will I have the strength to keep the secret? I’ll know the answer soon. If the stories are true about the interrogators, I’ll either be dead or a traitor to my people by morning.

I thought it would be great fun to go visit Raeth Antares in the Mining Territory this summer break, so I called up my friendly Neumarian, with the ability to transmit messages across the United States with nothing more than his brain. I was shocked when I received her reply.

Ciara, I’d love to see you, but why on would you ever want to visit the Wasteland? My brother, Ryder says there aren’t ten good reasons to ever visit the Mining Territory.

Oh, that’s sound like a challenge. Okay, here are ten reasons I’d like to visit the Mining territory.

Ten reasons the desert would be a cool place to live.

10) Sunshine 360 days a year

  9) Cool water on a hot day

  8) Smell of coconut sunscreen

  7) Sand surfing

  6) Never have to shovel snow

  5) No black ice

  4) Riding horses

  3) Hanging in the Saloon listening to great music

  2) Small friendly town with no traffic

  1) Hot, tan guys.

Sorry to disappoint, but your reasons are not how things really are here.

10) We haven’t seen rain since the Great War. There is nothing but sand in every direction.

  9) Water at best is luke-warm and tastes like dirt.

  8) No sunscreen, only sunburn here.

  7) Okay, I’ll give you that one. It’s a blast, but if you take a nose dive you’ll get sand in unmentionable places.

  6) Yes, but we have to shovel other things.

  5) No, only desert beetles, tons of mosquitoes, sermechtapedes, and spiderats

  4) Refer to number six.

  3) Waiting tables and dealing with the queen’s drunken guards all day.

  2) Small, not so friendly town, full of gambling, drinking, and betrayal.

  1) Oh, yuck. Not another one after my brother. 

Um…maybe I’ll rethink visiting the Mining Territory. Anyone for St. Martin instead?


Ciara said…
Thank you so much for sharing WEIGHTED here. I love your top ten lists, and I'm honored to be the first guest to participate!
Laura Eno said…
St Martin! Hilarious Top 10. I'm hot and itchy now. :) Beautiful cover and can't wait to read it!
The responses were great! Awesome top ten, Ciara.
Gosh and I was getting so hopeful about the desert...
Linda G. said…
Oh, great cover!

Not sure I'd want to visit the Mining Territory in person, but in a book? Heck yeah!
Summer Ross said…
LOL- Love the back and forth with the top ten.
Julie said…
LOL, great job with the top ten Ciara! Congratulations on Weighted, the cover is amazing!
LD Masterson said…
The blurb got me first, then there's that great cover, now this fun top ten list. I am so ready to read this book.
Linda Kage said…
Oh, that was fun. I love both lists. Thanks for visiting the Tiki hut and entertaining us today, Ciara!
Johanna Garth said…
Great top ten. Ciara the book sounds amazing and I am in cover lust with your gorgeous cover!!
Ciara said…
Laura - I've been to St. Martin and there is nothing like getting a drink and walking around the island.

Alex - Glad you liked the 10.

Mybabyjohn/Delores - Sorry, dessert doesn't sound to great to me.

Linda G. - I'm with you.

Summer - Yay, I had to rethink the vacay plans. :)

Thanks, Julie.

LD - You are so sweet. I'm glad it has intrigued you enough to want to pick up the book.

Linda - My pleasure!

Johanna - I'm so glad you like it. I was excited when I saw it. I thought it was perfect. Jeannie Ruesch is such an artist.
Hart Johnson said…
Oh, great way to combine the two things! Very clever!
J.L. Campbell said…
Hi, Carol and Ciara,
Living in a Caribbean country, I sometimes think the sun is overrated. ;)
Donna Hole said…
Love your cover Ciara :)

Loved your top 10, made me almost wish to live in the desert. Good thing there was that reality check :)

Clarissa Draper said…
Funny! I love how the list was amended. Nice.
M Pax said…
Yay for Ciara! I live in the desert, Carol, & it's snowing today ... seriously. Summer? Not here.
Arlee Bird said…
That was a clever twist on your usual Friday fare.

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Carol Kilgore said…
M Pax - Snow? Ack! 90s here in San Antonio.

Arlee - I'm full of surprises :)
That was a fun set of Top Ten lists! :)
Ciara said…
Thanks, Michael and Hart.

J.L. - I grew up in Florida and remember feeling the same way. :)

Thanks, Donna.

Clarissa - I'm glad you liked that. :)

M Pax - Snowing?
Christine Rains said…
Hehehe! That was fun! Love that cover, Ciara! :)
Happy to see Ciara's cover here!
LR said…
I wouldn't mind hanging out in a saloon. ;)
Medeia Sharif said…
Great cover and description. I like how you used a top ten list for the book.
Old Kitty said…
Hello gorgeous Ciara and amazing Carol! So long as there are hot tanned guys, I'm in! :-)

Take care
Love the lists. How cool! No. Wait. It's hot in the desert.
Maryann Miller said…
Visiting late, but enjoyed the stop nonetheless. The top ten was fun and I love the cover of this book.
Nas said…
Now we know the desert better!
Great cover and the blurb sounds interesting.

Lynda R Young said…
Sand surfing is a definite win and outstrips all the other reasons ;)

I do love that cover.
Carol Kilgore said…
I want to thank Ciara for such a great and fun Top Ten guest blog. And say how much I love her cover :)

Thanks to all of you for commenting!