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Cover Reveal: Eye of the Soul (Pool of Souls Book One)

New From  J Taylor Publishing: Eye of the Soul (Pool of Souls Book One)

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Eye of the Soul

Pool of Souls #1

by Terri Rochenski

Release Date: October 7, 2013

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Fantasy

Back of the Book

Escape.

That should be Hyla’s first thought as her people are chained and imprisoned for no imaginable reason.

Instead, Hyla finds herself traveling through a land void of Natives, with human soldiers pillaging in desperate pursuit of her, and in search of the mystical Pool of Souls—home to the one man who can save her people.

Or so she believes.

Led by her faith in the deity Fadir, Hyla is met along her journey by Jadon—a human male and fierce King’s warrior, and his childhood best friend Conlin—one of the few Natives aware of his Fadir-given Talents.

Protected by Jadon, guided by Conlin, and with an unfailing belief in the purpose of her pilgrimage, Hyla carries on.

Like her, though, another searches for the Pool, and should he gain access first, everyone she loves, and everything she knows, could be lost.

Forever.

Awesome, right?

Coming October 7, 2013!

URL: http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/33

About the Author:

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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 storytelling.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her two young daughters allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.

Want to know more? Look here:

Facebook:  Terri Rochenski, Author

Goodreads:  Terri Rochenski

Twitter:  @TerriRochenski

Amazon: Terri Rochenski

So what do you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts!


What do you Need? A Stephanie Lawton Cover Reveal

Here it is folks, the beautiful cover of Stepanie Lawton’s newest release!

Need

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By Stephanie Lawton

Published by Inkspell Publishing

http://www.inkspellpublishing.com

Release date: May 17, 2013

♠ PLEASE be aware that  Need is an *adult* follow-up to Want. In no way is it a YA title.

Want to know more about this talented author? Well, of course you do!

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Author bio:

After collecting a couple English degrees in the Midwest, Stephanie Lawton suddenly awoke in the deepest reaches of the Deep South. Culture shock inspired her to write about Mobile, Alabama, her adopted city, and all the ways Southern culture, history and attitudes seduce the unsuspecting.

A lover of all things gothic, she can often be spotted photographing old cemeteries, historic buildings and, ironically, the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast. She also has a tendency to psychoanalyze people, which comes in handy when creating character profiles.

Looking for Young Adult? Here are Lawton’s YA titles:

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Here’s my review … http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/444231108

And …

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This was an amazing and beautifully written story. You can read my review here … http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/326474184

Check out more about Stephanie and her writing here:

Links:

Author website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


Yes! Purely Relative The P.U.R.E. #1.5 by Claire Gillian

Whoo hoo! Purely Relative is coming!

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The P.U.R.E. #1.5

by Claire Gillian

Release Date: April 30, 2013

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords / tags: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, Claire Gillian, The P.U.R.E.

Back of the Book

Unemployed and living far from home, Gayle Lindley is nevertheless lucky to be alive after narrowly escaping her murderous ex-employer. She’s also thankful to the boyfriend gods for having blessed her with a former co-worker. Jon Cripps is brains, brawn and bedroom-certified, all in one delectable package. Life is finally on the uptick.

…Or so Gayle thinks until Jon pops the big question—no, not marriage, but meeting the rest of his family. What he neglects to mention is his loose familial definition also includes the parents of his ex-fiancée. And too bad Gayle has already met one sibling while engaged in a vigorous mattress inspection with Jon. Everyone will think she’s a man-stealing hussy!

As Gayle tiptoes into the bosom of Jon’s extended family, she is deluged with more secrets than even her curious nature can absorb. But the drama hits hardest when Jon, mysterious as ever, drops a bombshell that threatens to unravel every single stitch of progress she has made with him and his … ‘interesting’ relations.

Other books in the series:

The P.U.R.E.

The P.U.R.E.

♥ See my review here:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/235353060

For more updates, please see Claire’s website at:  http://clairegillian.com/purely-relative/

Add to your Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf:  Purely Relative

 

About Claire Gillian

Claire Gillian is the pen name for a number-crunching executive by day and a darkly romantic curmudgeon by night. Her debut novel, The P.U.R.E. was released in April 2012. She also writes fifty shades naughtier stuff under the pen name of Lila Shaw, but please don’t tell her mother. No matter which name she uses, Claire is happiest penning romance drenched in humor with a dash of intrigue and loads of spice.

Claire lives in the boggy Pacific NW with her husband and two teen-aged sons.

Website  Goodreads  Twitter   Facebook

If you haven’t read The P.U.R.E. yet, read it!

I got a sneak peek at this one, folks. The novella is awesome, and I’m really excited about it. What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know!

*** This is an adult novel and novella.


Make Believe anthology (part six) : an interview with Kelly Said

The cover:

Pretty right?

The author:

Kelly loves life in the foothills of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. When she’s not reading, being doted on by Mr. S, or pressed for attention by the wet nose of her beefy bull terrier, she can be found huddled over her little laptop writing whatever catches her fancy — mostly Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror stories for Young Adults.

Kelly Said will now take your questions …

Hi Julie! Thank you so much for inviting me to appear on your blog, I’m so excited to be here! 😀

Q. Great to have you. Tell us about your story!

PETRIFIED is about how a mysterious storm has replaced summer with winter, devastating crops and smothering Castle lands in snow. Prince Sterling August stands alone as a leader, lost in personal grief as well as a desire to help his people, but with an inability to do either. The answers he needs await him, but without Lochlyn, a woman who’s just as isolated as Sterling, he’ll never see what stands before him, cloaked in illusion.

Q. How did you come up with the idea?

The cover for Make Believe was the prompt for each story, so I studied the image very carefully and just let my mind wander to all the possible reasons why a girl would be out in the middle of a snow coated field. I figured she had some deep connection to nature, to be able to withstand the cold wearing only a cape over her bare arms. Then, once I figured out who lived in that “castle” in the background, the rest of the story just unfolded, leaving my fingers to keep up typing with the speed of my thoughts, hehe! 🙂

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

I think Sterling’s greatest strength is his loyalty to friends and family and his biggest flaw is that he probably overthinks things (like me, shh! hehe!)

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

The hardest part of writing for me is getting past the first draft phase, allowing myself to suck for sake of getting the story out, hehe!
Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?

Whew! I’m not sure about this one, I’ve been asked so many great questions, things I never thought to ponder on before.

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

I’m working on revisions for my 2012 National Novel Writing Month novel, as well as writing a short story with a deadline for submission in March — however, I’d like to get that subbed earlier than the deadline, just so I can find out a “yes or no” sooner rather than later, hehe! 🙂

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

Holding tight to her satchel and Tash, Lochlyn stepped through the portal, into the bitter winds of strange winter, with only the the memory of summer’s warmth on her back.

Q. Did you always want to be a writer?

I’ve always been a writer, but not one who necessarily shared her stories, hehe! Not until I got older did I find the bravery to actually put myself out there and let someone read what I wrote. It takes a lot of courage to be willing to subject yourself to rejection and criticism, but the readers who enjoy what I write make it so worthwhile. 🙂

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

The scenes with Estes and Lochlyn were especially difficult to write, I had just lost my precious little pookie dog and was dealing with trying to write a final farewell scene, and, well, it was just super emotionally sad to for me to sit and write it.

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

I do read more than one book at a time, usually in different genres. Currently I’m wrapping up a beta read on a fantastic YA Dystopian novel, I just finished reading YA contemporary novella, TWIN SENSE by Lydia Sharp, and I’m looking forward to diving in to THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray and PAPER VALENTINE by Brenna Yovanoff.

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

I like to draw (my bachelor’s degree is in drawing 😉 ), I also knit and crochet and do my best to make my husband laugh with daily shenanigans, hehe!
Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?

My favorite book as a teen was THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton.

Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

omgosh, picking a favorite author now is an absolute impossibility! I love all the books! hehehe! 🙂
Q, What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 2012?

Shadow and Bone by L. Bardugo took me pleasantly by surprise, I checked it out from the library and am wanting to buy it for my shelf now. 🙂
Q. What do you see emerging as the next big trend in young adult literature?

Seeing as I’m still wearing shoes from high school, I’m probably the worst person to ask about trends of any sort. I hope that good writing and good storytelling stay trendy forever.
Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?

I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to quit writing, I mean, I’m too excited by the prospect of seeing something that was once just a thought in my head become real, that’s what keeps me coming back to my characters and their worlds, every day.

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

I think being a racehorse jockey would be cool, I definitely have the height advantage for it, hehe! 🙂

Thank you again for being such a wonderful hostess, I can’t wait to see what YOU are working on next! 😀

Aw, thanks Kelly. We have so much in common. We both love to write and draw, and the books on your list to read are on mine, too. How cool is that?

Want more? You got it …

LINKS:

add MAKE BELIEVE to your to-read shelf: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13640234-make-believe

web: http://www.kellysaid.com

twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Kelly_Said

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKellySaid

So what about you? What ideas come to mind as you look at the cover of this book?


Cover reveal, Caged by J. A. Belfield

The cover:

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 One word, people. Wow.

Caged

A Holloway Pack Story (#3)

by J.A. Belfield

Release Date: August 5, 2013

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: RomanticUrban FantasyWerewolf

Back of the Book:

If the meek can become deadly, the strongest can be weak.

For Ethan Holloway, his mission to find a missing werewolf should be simple. Crack a few heads, bust a few chops and the solution always reveals itself. Always.

Not this time.

Ethan’s reputation precedes him, and because it does, someone is ready. Waiting. Unbeknownst to Ethan, he’s about to go down. Hard. Against a foe he never suspected and in a world he never imagined could be real.

What awaits Ethan is a fight not only for his reputation, but also his pack, his female, and his life. If he survives, damage control will become priority number one.

If he survives.

Because even Ethan’s not sure he’s strong enough to take on an entire race all by himself.

Especially one hell bent on exposing who and what he is in the name of sport.

You want to read this one, guys. Trust me.

URL: http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/29
Other Novels in this series include:
Darkness & Light (#1)
Blue Moon (#2)

In-between release novellas include:
Instinct (#0)
Eternal (#.5)
Resonance (#2.5)

About the author:


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.
Note: Caged is an Adult novel.


3rd Annual Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop

3rd Annual Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop 

January 18th to 24th

Co-hosted by Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf

Big, big thanks to our hosts! *loud clapping*

For more sites and more books … click here: http://www.linkytools.com/basic_linky_include.aspx?id=170704

Now the good stuff … To enter, I’d be really grateful if you’d do at least one of the following:

Follow my blog https://blog.juliereece.com/

Like my facebook author page here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/author.julieareece

Follow me on twitter here: https://twitter.com/JulieAReece

Add Crux to your to-be-read list here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13265572-crux

Don’t forget to leave me a way to contact you if you win. Easy peasy and you have my undying thanks !

Up for grabs:

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices: Manga, #1)

Paperback copy of: Clockwork Angel   The Infernal Devices: Manga #1

A manga-adaption to the prequel of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, The Infernal Devices is the story of Tessa Gray, a sixteen-year-old American girl traveling alone to Victorian London who runs afoul of the city’s sordid supernatural underworld. Rescued by the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, Tessa quickly finds herself caught up in an intrigue that may very well destroy her new friends – including the two enigmatic young men, Jem and Will, who have taken her under their wing…

AND!

A signed Crux bookmark:

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Thanks for stopping by. If we haven’t met yet, I’m glad to know you! And good luck, you guys. 🙂


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 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 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.

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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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Book Desc & Blurbs:

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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