Monthly Archives: December 2012

Moonlit journey— J. Reece reviews Blue Moon by J.A. Belfield

The cover:

So pretty!

Blue Moon

A Holloway Pack Story

by J.A. Belfield

Release Date: December  1, 2012

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Urban Fantasy, Werewolf

Description

Someone is watching the Holloway pack, and this time, the female isn’t the target.
Life with a group of seven male werewolves worries Jem Stonehouse not one bit. She is engaged to the Alpha’s son Sean Holloway after all. So what has Jem’s territorial instincts on high alert? The pack’s latest addition. Both of them. None of the men think there’s a problem with the new girlfriends. Jem’s intuition tells her otherwise—that and a nagging suspicion the new females aren’t there to partake. Jem believes they’ve joined in to take.
The question is … What? As the eve of the blue moon draws ever closer, Jem’s running out of time to find the answer and outwit a thief of the worst possible kind.
A woman who believes she can’t lose.

What people are saying …

“…if you were looking for a recent werewolf book with holiday spirit this would be the one. And don’t get me started on werewolves.” — Rabid Reads

“If you love werewolves, territorial pack members, witches, and a love story that stands through lifetimes, then the Holloway pack should be on your to-read list.” — Nocturne Reads

“he action and anxiety of the story winds down to a solemn, yet hopeful ending. It will leave readers in tears or brimming with determination right along with Jem. Either way, every reader will be anticipating the next book in the series, Caged!” — Lovey Dovey Books

“Blue Moon was fantastic! As always, J.A. Belfield’s writing captured me and kept me enthralled until the very last page…and I’ll be waiting for the next Holloway Pack story anxiously and excitedly!!!” — Burning Impossibly Bright

“…I’ve been jonesing for the continuation of the Jem/Sean story.  And **fan girl squeal** [Blue Moon] was everything I could even hope for and more!!!” — Known to Read

“I loved this book! Her writing is smooth and her voice is amazing. If you haven’t read The Holloway Pack series, you must!  ” — KatherineS (Reader)

“There’s twists and turn’s aplenty in this book. It keep’s you hooked and on the very edge of your seat. ” — Jeanz Book Read and Review

“ …moments where I thought “wow I really didn’t see that one coming”.” — K-Books

J.A. Belfield

http://www.jabelfield.com/

One day, a character and scene popped into J. A. Belfield’s head, and she started controlling the little people inside her imagination as though she were the puppet master and they her toys. Questions arose: What would happen if …? How would they react if …? Who would they meet if …? Before she knew it, a singular scene had become an entire movie. The characters she controlled began to hold conversations. Their actions reflected the personalities she bestowed upon them. Within no time, they had a life, a lover, a foe, family … they had Become.
One day, she wrote down her thoughts. She’s yet to stop.
J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, three cats, and a dog. She writes paranormal romance with a second love for urban fantasy.

Places to find out more:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4730698.J_A_Belfield

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/authors/1

http://www.facebook.com/#!/J.A.Belfield

https://twitter.com/JABelfield

Here’s my review:

Okay … Yes! I have been on a string of great reads lately and Blue Moon is no different. I loved it. I’m such a sucker for the triple threat of great action, romance and the paranormal coming together in a perfect storm of terrific writing. In the capable hands of Ms. Belfield, we’re taken on another leg of Jem and Sean’s journey together, and it’s done with humor, passion and mystery. I love how I can see, taste, and smell her writing as if I’m right there. I’ve come to love these characters and miss them when I’m done reading. I want to call them up and invite them over for dinner, just to check in and see how they’re doing. How twisted is that?

I wholeheartedly recommend this book to lovers of paranormal romance. It’s a fun and satisfying read from a wonderful author.

I give Blue Moon:

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5 Rreeooowwrrrs

And One:

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You’re so good you’re bad … in the best way ever.

I loved it. You really should check this one out guys!!! What do you think? Leave a comment and tell me . 🙂

Note: Blue Moon is Adult women’s romance. Just a heads up for  my eighteen and under peeps.


Make Believe anthology (part five) : an interview with Lynda R. Young

Make Believe

Such an inspiring cover!

Birthright by Lynda R. Young. The blurb:
Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible.
She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she’s never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her.
Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead.

Oooh! Sounds awesome.

And here is today’s talented author:

Lynda lives in Sydney, Australia, with her sweetheart of a husband who is her rock, and a cat who believes world domination starts in the home.  Lynda has an adventurous spirit and has traveled the world.

As a chaser of dreams, she found success as a digital artist and an animator, and now as a writer of speculative short stories. She currently writes novels for young adults.

In her spare time she also dabbles in photography and all things creative.

Linda thanks so much for being here today … and now on to the questions!

Q. Tell us about your story!

In short, Birthright is about Christa, a woman from the big city, who flees to a small town to escape life and grief, but there are some secrets she can’t run from.

Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?

Both Christa’s greatest strength and biggest flaw is the same thing: her independence. After coming out of a difficult relationship, she has a hard time trusting people.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

The blank page. I have to fill that page as fast as possible, otherwise it leads me to think too much, which in turn leads me to start doubting myself before I’ve even begun.

Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?

What’s your favourite chocolate? I could talk chocolate all day 😉

Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?

I’m working on a novel-length light science fiction for young adults. While I have worked on multiple projects at a time, I prefer to work on only one at a time. I revel in the focus because I can throw everything I have into the project. It’s easier to follow the story threads that way, along with the nuances in the character progression.

Q. Did you always want to be a writer?

No. I wanted to be a clown first. I loved the costumes, and I loved to make people laugh, but I never did any clowning, except perhaps at the back of the classroom in school. As I grew older I gave acting a go only to discover I was lousy at learning my lines. I then became an artist and animator. All through this I wrote stories, I edited fan magazines, but I hadn’t taken the step from hobby to occupation. It was only two years ago I decided to get serious with my writing.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

I play online games such as Warcraft. I also love photography and art. Can you call eating a hobby? Because I love trying new restaurants and spending hours over lunch with awesome company.

Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?

I was a major fantasy reader. I loved them. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings was my favourite book. It’s the only book I’ve read more than twice. I also enjoyed Anne McCaffrey’s Pern stories.

Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

Hmm, I don’t actually have a favourite. Um-ah.

Q. What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 2012?

I enjoyed Unearthly by Cynthia Hand and I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, but more for the writing than the actual story, if that makes sense.

Q. What do you see emerging as the next big trend in young adult literature?

If only I knew the answer to that question… The thing with trends is that the moment they’re recognised is the moment they’ve moved on.

Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?

I did quit once. In my 20’s. I wrote a crappy novel and sent it to 9 publishers and got 9 rejections. So I gave up, lol. Biggest mistake in my life, but I had no idea about the amount of work and determination that’s needed to get published. I do now. And I’ll never give up writing again. I love the written word too much to give it up, and I adore world-building, and spinning rich stories.

Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be?

Chocolate taster … or anything creative.

Thanks again for haning out with us today, Lynda!!! It was great having you here.

Want to find out more about Lynda and her writing? Look here:

http://lyndaryoung.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/LyndaRYoungAuthor

https://twitter.com/LyndaRYoung

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13640234-make-believe

I liked Lynda’s answer to the last question so much, I’ll ask you, too …

If you could have any career , what would it be?


Make Believe anthology (part four) : an interview with J.A. Belfield

Make Believe

Getting to know this cover, are we? Good because the stories inside are top notch!

Escort to Insanity by J.A. Belfield

From a charity auction, to a stroll in the park, to the craziest night of her life. Nicole Harrington can’t help but wonder how a simple event went so drastically wrong.

Of course, the male escort she booked is wholly to blame. Not only charming but shrewdly intelligent, Benjamin Gold drags Nicole into a platoon of unimaginable problems—ones from which she’ll have to find the courage just to survive.

Ms. Belfield will now take your questions:

Q. Tell us about your story!

Escort to Insanity is a bit of a crazy tale about a woman who books herself a male escort for the evening and a series of events turn it into a crazy night she’ll remember for the rest of her life. Oh, and there’s a little something supernatural in there, too–coz I can’t help myself. 😉

 Q. How did you come up with the idea?

Hmmm, I think I just had the opening scene pop into my head, where the MC is in her room all ready for her date with an escort she couldn’t believe she’d booked, and it pretty much spiralled out of control from there with a tonne of what-ifs, lol.

 Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?

Nicole Harrington is the MC. Cole for short. And I’m going to answer the latter part backward: Cole’s biggest flaw is that she’s spent her entire life begging approval from a powerful and very demanding father; her greatest strength is that she’s built within herself the courage to finally try and fight for her independence.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Getting it right first time. Seriously. I’m a horrible perfectionist AS I write, and I’m such a tough critic on myself, that I ALWAYS try to get the story as close to perfect as possible. And I drive myself nuts being this way.

 Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?

How would I know if they’ve never asked me? Hehe. I seriously don’t know. It would no doubt be something whacky and off the wall, though.

Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?

I have an adult series available called the Holloway Pack. I’m working on Holloway Pack #4–title currently supa-sekrit. 😉 And do I work on multiple projects? I used to but not so much. Sure I’ll have a TONNE of other projects in my WIP folder, because if an idea pops into my head I’ll jot it down (my ideas usually pop in as opening scenes), and I’ll occasionally open them up and add little notes or later scenes as they come to me, but I retain my main focus for one project at a time. Especially now that I have a timeline goal set out for what I want to write and by when. 🙂

Q. What is your favorite line from this book?

Gargh! Tough question alert!!! Okay, here goes:

“It reminds me of winter in the woods,” he said. “Where nothing else exists beyond the perimeter your soul creates.”

Q. Did you always want to be a writer?

Nope. I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. As a kid, I thought buying my own ice cream truck would be the ultimate goal to aim for. 😉

Q. Was there any part that you struggled with or avoided writing?

I always struggle with the middle of every darn story I write–whatever the length. Because there’s often a bit of a dip amongst any action but the author still has to keep the story rolling so the readers stay on board.

 Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?

Right now … I’m reading Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin. I’m really digging the entire dystopia/post apocalyptic-type novels since I got bitten with The Hunger Games.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

I mostly read. I’m a reading fiend. And sometimes I bake. The best way to get me away from writing is by taking me away from home. The MIL has the best results because she has no internet, lol.

 Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?

I grew up with Famous Five, and moved through the ranks of Judy Blume’s stories as I grew older. Before I left school, I was reading my mum’s Mills & Boon’s.

Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

Gargh! Difficult question alert!!!!!!!!!! I think it’s possibly Jennifer L. Armentrout because I’ve loved everything I’ve read of hers so far.

Q. What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 1012?

Onyx by Ms Armentrout (that lady up there ^^^). 😀

 Q. What do you see emerging  as the next big trend in young adult literature?

I think young adult readers are getting weary of paranormal reads because so much is getting replicated now and the market is becoming more and more flooded. I’ve noticed more and more paranormal YA lovers are turning to contemporary for a break, and I’ve already read a few titles–new adult ones, too–that are blowing readers away.

Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?

Every damn day. Because sometimes it just seems like an uphill struggle to get what’s in my head into the document. But I keep going because that struggle just makes the reward of achievement all the more sweeter. There’s absolutely nothing like that feeling a writer gets when they read back what they wrote yesterday and realise it doesn’t suck as much as they thought it would. 🙂

 Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be?

No freakin’ idea. Srsly. 😉

Thanks so much for being here today and answering all my nosey questions. 🙂

Want to know more? I thought so …

One day, a character and scene popped into J. A. Belfield’s head, and she started controlling the little people inside her imagination, as though she were the puppet master and they her toys. Questions arose: What would happen if …? How would they react if …? Who would they meet if …?

Before she knew it, a singular scene had become an entire movie. The characters she controlled began to hold conversations. Their actions reflected the personalities she bestowed upon them. Within no time, they had a life, a lover, a foe, family … they had Become.

One day, she wrote down her thoughts. She’s yet to stop.

J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, four cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy.

(All this and she’s got a cute new puppy! Lol.)

She also book blogs over at Bookaroo-Ju.

People! I seriously love this writer’s work. It’s awesome stuff. Do yourself a favor and checkout her other books 🙂

http://jabelfield.wordpress.com/

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4730698.J_A_Belfield

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/authors/1

https://www.facebook.com/pages/J-A-Belfield/102711583122115

https://twitter.com/JABelfield

 Do you have any special books you are hoping to get (or give) as holiday gifts? Leave a note and tell us…


Make Believe anthology (part three) : an interview with J. Keller Ford

The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford
There is only one way to save Elton Fletcher’s brother from an insanity-ridden death.
After years away from home, fighting for his people, Elton returns to discover his only sibling, Cayden, possessed by greed and malice, and responsible for malicious, unthinkable deeds. Cayden, though, isn’t the only one afflicted by the Amulet of Ormisez, and Elton finds himself in yet another battle, where the price of failure could be his own life.

J. Keller Ford is a quirky mother of four, grand-mother and scribbler of young adult fantasy tales.  She has an insatiable appetite for magic, dragons, knights and faeries, and weaves at least one into every story she conceives.  Her muse is a cranky old meadow gnome that follows her everywhere she goes and talks incessantly, feeding her ideas for stories 24/7.

When she’s not writing or blogging, the former Corporate Paralegal enjoys listening to smooth jazz, collecting seashells, swimming, bowling, riding roller coasters and reading.  Jenny lives minutes from the beaches of the west coast of Florida with her husband of twenty years, her two sons and a pair of wacky cats and three silly dogs.  The pets have trained her well.

J. Keller Ford will now take your questions:

Q. Awesome to have you with us today Jen, can you tell us about your story?

In my own words, it’s a New Adult kick-butt romantic fantasy of a guy (Elton Fletcher) who returns home from war to discover his brother, Cayden, is possessed by a magical amulet that drives the wearer into insanity and eventually into death.  Determined to rid the object from his brother, Elton finds himself in another battle where the price of failure could the loss of his own life.

Q. How did you come up with the idea?

Geez, sometimes I can’t really pinpoint where I ideas come from.  I stared at the photo prompt for weeks not knowing what I was going to write about.  Then one day I got a picture in my mind of a rider on horseback, racing toward his castle in the dark and sleet, and I sat down at the computer and started typing.  Next thing I knew, Amulet was born.

Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?

Elton Fletcher is a caring, loving person who would do anything to defend his family and homeland.  He is also a warrior and keeps his heartaches and feelings very close to him, rarely letting anyone see the pain he carries inside.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Editing.  I am always editing.  I never can seem to find a place where I’m happy with what I’ve written.  I always have to keep tweaking, re-writing. At this rate, I’ll be 100 years old before my novel is printed.  I really must learn to let go.
Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?

What is your favorite Disney animated magic moment?  – I get tingles every time when Cinderella’s fairy godmother turns Cinderella’s tattered dress into that beautiful, sparkly ball gown.

Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?

I’m working on several things at the moment.  My big project is what I hope to be the final edit of my novel, In the Shadow of the Dragon King.  I am also working on the two follow up books in the trilogy as well as a few short stories I hope to polish and send out within a couple of weeks.

Q. What is your favorite line from this book (short story)?

Elton Fletcher urged his horse through the wind and sleet toward the enormous shadow rising from the moors against the darkness.

Q. Did you always want to be a writer?

Yes, ever since I was a little girl.  I was always a talker (still am when you get to know me).and I always had such stories to tell.  Some of those stories got me into trouble when I was a wee lass.  My mom and I had many disagreements over what ‘stretching the truth’ meant.  Around the age of 8, I finally learned to contain my vivid imagination to the stories I wrote, and not involve real life people in my tales.

Q. Was there any part that you struggled with or avoided writing?

Self esteem is and always has been a huge issue for me.  I can’t seem to make myself believe that my writing is good enough.  I always cut myself down, thinking my stories are awful and no one else will want to read them.  I’m always comparing my writing to other published authors and wonder how I can compete with their works.  It takes a lot of pep talks to convince me to keep writing.

Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?

Right now I’m reading Artemis Fowl The Last Guardian.  I LOVE the Artemis Fowl books. So much fun.  I recently finished BLUE MOON by J.A. Belfield (sooo good), Reaper, by L.S. Murphy (really enjoyed this one), and Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey (I found a new favorite author in this one).

Do I re-read books?  You betcha.  I’ve read CRUX, twice since it’s release (no kidding, missy.  Love your novel!   It belongs at the top alongside Cassandra Clare’s books).  I’ve read all of the Harry Potter books more than once.  The Order of the Phoenix I’ve read seven times.  Great Expectations, The Hobbit, The Bible and numerous Raymond Feist books have been read so much the bindings are cracked.  As a kid and teen, I read Heidi, all the Hardy Boy books, and the Chronicles of Narnia series until I could pretty quote them by heart.  I love re-reading books.  They’re like movies in the sense that sometimes you miss something that you didn’t see before.  I’ve also found that some books I once enjoyed I don’t care for anymore, and other books I hated I grew to love as I got older.  Books are magical to me and I will never tire of reading something I love over and over again.

I totally paid her for that compliment, guys. 😉

Q. Okay, so what do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

What?  Not write?  Ok, ok.  Next to writing I love to read, travel, hang out at the beach, collect sea shells, swim, ride roller coasters, go camping and ride my bicycle.  I also love hanging out with my kids and my adorable grand-daughter.

Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?

I know this is going to sound weird but I didn’t have a favorite author as a kid.  I devoured everything.  If I had to pick anyone, I’d say it would be Charles Dickens.  Loved Great Expectations.  When I was younger, I devoured the Hardy Boy series and secretly had a crush on Frank Hardy.

Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

Casssandra Clare, J.K. Rowling, and John Green top my favorite author list right now.
Q, What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 2012?

Without a doubt, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  There have been a lot of great reads, but this one sank its teeth into my soul.
Q. What do you see emerging as the next big trend in young adult literature?

I hear a lot about LGBT novels for teens becoming a big trend.  Of course, graphic novels, dystopians, steampunk and fantasy I think will continue to be a big draw for teens.  I have noticed, however, vampires seem to be fading from view.
Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?

All the time.  Sometimes, I really think my writing sucks.  Sometimes my brain can’t string two coherent sentences together.  Sometimes I let life take over and my writing takes a backseat.  What keeps me going?  I’m a writer.  To not write would be the same as not breathing.  I’d go insane if I didn’t write something every day.  It may be gibberish, but it’s writing.

Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be?

I’d love to be a singer, more in the classical/operatic style, like Sarah Brightman.  Unfortunately, I can’t carry a tune and animals run for cover when I try to sing, but that’s what I’d love to do if I could.

Along with our readers, we love animals here! Do you have any pets at home?

Aren’t they cute?

For more info on this author and where to buy her book:

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/17

http://www.facebook.com/pages/J-Keller-Ford/401662286529674?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/jkellerford

http://jennykellerford.wordpress.com/

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5832198.J_Keller_Ford

Thanks for putting up with my questions, Jen! You are a great writer and a good sport 🙂 So let’s take a page from Jen … ‘What is your favorite Disney animated magic moment?’ Leave us a comment and tell us yours!


Make Believe anthology (part two) : an interview with Terri Rochenski

View the pretty cover …

Make Believe

Ahhhhhh!

About the author:

Bio:

Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with the fantasy genre.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her two young daughters allow. When not potty training or kissing boo-boos, she can be found on her back patio in the boondocks of New Hampshire, book or pencil in hand.

Terri was so nice to drop by and visit. Here’s what we talked about …

 Q. Tell us about your book!

I’ll cheat & answer with my blurb.

An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign’s Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she’ll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.

With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects.

 Q. How did you come up with the idea?

J. Taylor Publishing released an anthology call with a picture prompt, which is also the cover. The story was slow in making its way clear in my brain, but it all came together in the end!

Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?

Alesuela’s biggest strength is obedience—she honors her father & their goddess. I’d love to share more, but that would give too much away.

Her biggest flaw is fear—of rejection, of the unknown, of losing the man she holds dearest to her heart.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Finding the time. Between two little girls, two cats, a house under construction … you get the point.

 Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?

Geez. What kind of question is that??? Honestly I can’t think of one. I’m not big on talking about myself, so I’ve never thought, ‘hey! I want to brag about this.’

 Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?

I’m finishing up a final round of edits on a fantasy novel. Been working on that for awhile & it’s time to FINISH already! I’m a one project at a time gal. Occasionally I’ll take a break from edits to write a short story & clear my brain. That’s what I did with Sacrificial Oath.

 Q. What is your favorite line from this book?

Alesuela stiffened her spine. “I’ve spent the last twenty-one years following my father about his stables. I know when a male feels desire. Even an animal’s is … unmistakable.”

 Q. Did you always want to be a writer?

Ever since that gnome started talking to my brain in 8th grade.

 Q. Was there any part that you struggled with or avoided writing?

I seem to struggle the most with ending scenes. Not sure why. I know where each story is heading, but buttoning everything up … ugh.

 Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?

I’ve submerged myself in ARCs lately. Some GOOD ones. Can’t say much more than that, though.  😉  I’m definitely a one-at-a-time book reader. Confusion sets in too easily for me. hehehe

 Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

I love to cook & read, but most often I’m either cleaning or playing with my daughters.

 Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?

As a teen? Probably Chronicles of Narnia as an early teen & LotR in the later teen years.

 Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

Wow. I’ve got quite a few. Emi Gayle’s debut novel, After Dark, releases Oct. 31st. This was one of the ARCs I recently read. AWESOME series. Jennifer Armentrout is another fav – her Lux Series & Covenant Series are probably two of the best YA paranormal series I’ve started in my life.

 Q. What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 2012?

Jennifer Armentrout’s Obsidian & Onyx (Lux Series #1 & #2). I also loved Divergent. Looking forward to the 2nd of that one. 3rd on my list would have to be Crux by Julie Reece. Ever heard of her? Excellent book right there. HERE is my review if you’re interested in checking it out. 😉

(Okay, I sort of love you for that. Thank you <3)

 Q. What do you see emerging as the next big trend in young adult literature?

I’m not a huge follower of YA so I’m not real sure. If it’s good I’ll read it, though!

 Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?

Who doesn’t want to throw in the towel on occasion? This happens for me every time I start editing a novel-sized manuscript. Editing = blah.

 Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be?

What I’m doing now—being a stay-at-home mommy. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. That & be an astronaut, but like that would ever happen.

Thanks Terri. It was so much fun having you and you were a really good sport answering all my goofy questions.

Want More? I do!

Excerpt From Sacrificial Oath:
Alesuela’s knees ached, but she didn’t dare cease her prayers. Father had to return. He had to.

Blessed Goddess, bring him home safely. Please.

Continuing with her supplication, she lit another candle as she had vowed to do with each sunrise. Alesuela shifted on the woolen rug. A drip flowed down the taper’s side, pooling on top of three month’s worth of hardened wax.

Her beloved father, Amant, Sovereign of Vecina, sent weekly reports of the war’s progress—of small defeats and battles won. Although her intended, Lord Pedre Ashin, also rode at the army’s front, Alesuela’s thoughts rarely lingered on the younger man. No anticipation stirred in Alesuela’s breast over the postponed wedding, for Pedre never treated her with anything other than indifference.

Hands clasped, Alesuela lifted her gaze to the window above her chamber’s gilded shrine. The opening framed a picturesque view of the snowcapped Craesor Mountain where the Goddess dwelt. Looming in the east, the crater-topped peak blocked the summer’s rising sun. Scarlet smeared the sky, and the sweet scent of red poppies from her flower garden below drifted in on a dry breeze.

Red poppies. Death.

A shudder rippled through Alesuela.

He can’t be dead. Blessed Goddess, I am not yet ready to be Vecina’s Sovereign.

Dread wrapped Alesuela in its cold embrace.

Oooh, sounds so good, right?

But wait there’s more …

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Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing
Release Date: December 3, 2012
Target Reader: Adult
Keywords: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance


Make Believe anthology (part one) : an interview with Jennifer M. Eaton

Make Believe

Hi guys!

Isn’t this cover pretty? The stories inside are even better. Jennifer M. Eaton joins us today as first in a series of interviews featuring authors from this exciting anthology. So without further ado…

Q.  Welcome Jennifer. Tell us about your book!

A.  Yay!  Last Winter Red is a Dystopian Romance, although I didn’t know that is what I was writing at the time.  It takes place far into the future after a nuclear holocaust.  Emily lives in one of the few remaining cities, but ventures outside in hopes of finding a husband.  What she finds there, will change her life forever.

 Q. How did you come up with the idea?

A.  For this anthology, we each had to write a story based on a picture prompt of a woman in red. (Which, of course, became the cover)  I was actually going to pass on it, because nothing came to mind.  After two weeks, I decided to write what the character looked like.  I had her take a step, and her red shoe slipped into the snow.  From there, the story “snowballed” so to speak.  It flew out of me.  Funny how that happens.

 Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?

A.  Her greatest strength is her resolve.  Emily believes it is her duty to have as many babies as possible, and she’s not going to let a little thing like not having a husband stand in her way.  This is also her biggest flaw, because she is so blinded to everything else, that she cannot see what is really going on around her.

 Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you? 

A.  In the case of Last Winter Red, it was coming up with the original idea.  I need to trust my muse more, and if I cannot think of anything, just start writing until my creativity takes hold.

 Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?

A. Would you like a box of Godiva dark chocolate truffles.  Oh!  Does that mean you’re gonna ask me that?  Because the answer is YES!

 Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?

A.  Right now I am working on a full length Young Adult novel called Fire in the Woods.  I haven’t been this excited about something I’ve written in a long time.  It is a new spin on a classic story, intermingled with wild chase scenes and lots of explosions.  I hope everyone finds it as fun to read as it was to write.  Normally, I try to write one thing at a time, but I did take a break from writing Fire in the Woods twice to write some short stories– One of which has been published by Still Moments Publishing in their Christmas Anthology this year, so that was awesome.

Q. What is your favorite line from this book?

A.  Oh!  What an awesome question!  Oh, Wow.  Probably the last line, but I can’t spoil the story by writing it here.    I guess it would have to be one of the quirky things Paul says to our heroine, Emily when she first arrives in his village, and he thinks she’s insane.  Oh!  I know… “You’re not too good to get your hands dirty, are you?”  I just love that.  It makes her so mad!

 Q. Did you always want to be a writer?

A.  No.  I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was a kid.  I think all kids go through that, don’t they?  Since the teens though, writing has always been in the back of my mind.

Q. Was there any part that you struggled with or avoided writing?

A.  I always struggle with the beginning.  Seriously.   Always … No matter what I write.  Last Winter Red has a completely new scene in the beginning that was not there when I originally submitted my manuscript.  Starting any story in exactly the right place is just so hard.

 Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?

A.  Right now I am reading Surrender by Aimee Lane.  It’s a mystery-like story about shape shifters.  I always read one novel at a time.  I get confused if I try to read several stories.  Same when I write.  My characters end up sounding like each other if I write two at once, so I try to be as monogamous as I can while I write until I’m completely done.

 Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

A.  Right now, Writing is my personal joy.  I do enjoy the relaxation time of grooming my sixty pound poodle.  I’m also involved in training her for competition agility.  I’m sure I’ll have great goofy stories about all that some day.

 Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?

A.  I didn’t read a lot when I was younger.  Everything I was exposed to (in school) was boring.  One day though, my father bought home The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan.  I couldn’t believe how an author could suck me into a story.  I was hooked!

Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

A.  Out of all the books I’ve read this year, I have to say the best writer is Claire Gillian.  She wrote a mystery book called “The P.U.R.E” that just knocked my socks off, and I don’t even like mysteries.  I hope she comes out with something new, soon.

 Q. What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 1012?

A.  Awe, Shoot… it’s not something I can talk about yet.  It’s in beta-form right now… but watch out for Jenny Keller Ford (a fellow anthology buddy)  Her WIP is awesomesauce waiting to splash all over the page. (umm… my son told me to say that.  What is awesome sauce anyway?  Marinara?  Alfredo?)

Q. What do you see emerging as the next big trend in young adult literature?

A.  Oh!  I hope Science Fiction!  That’s my true love.  Funny, I’d rather read Epic Fantasy, but I love to write about other planets.  I guess you could consider that space fantasy  you know… Fantasy on another world… not all that overly-technical stuff like in Star Trek.  Anything having to do with aliens would be fun.  Love it.

 Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?

A.  I have never EVER wanted to quit writing.  I did have to once, because I looked at it as a hobby, and I didn’t have time… but I felt like I had lost a part of me.  Writing is in my blood.  I just can’t stop.

Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be? 

A.  I would love to be an MIB (Men in Black).  I mean really, I would look awesome in that black suit.  And those sunglasses?  But I’d insist on being Will Smith’s partner, because he’s probably the only person who’d look as good as me in that suit.  Oh, Yeah… it would also be fun to run around and chase aliens.  I want the little cricket gun.. Yeah… blow things up at will.  That’s my idea of a fun day at the office. Wahoooo!

Thanks for being here today, Jennifer. It was awesome having you!!!

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Jennifer Eaton lives on the East Coast USA with her husband, three boys, and a pepped up poodle.  She hosts an interactive website www.jennifermeaton.com aimed at making all writers the best they can be.

Her Dystopian novelette “Last Winter Red” is available as part of the “Make Believe” Anthology from J.Taylor Publishing.  Her Christmas Romance “Connect the Dots” is available as part of Still Moments publishing’s “For the Love of Christmas” Anthology.  Both are available in ebook format from Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com and Smashwords

Connect the Dots:   Jill has no idea what she wants for Christmas, but when it looks like her best friend Jack is going to get exactly what he asks for, Jill makes a Christmas wish that will change both of their lives forever.

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