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

View the pretty cover …

Make Believe


About the author:


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 …


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!!!


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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Interview with Shadowborn’s Jocelyn Adams

Back of the Book:

Why me?

That’s the question Lila Gray asks every time yet another bad guy tries to destroy the earth, and she learns she’s the only one who can stop it. Once again, something’s on the prowl, leaving hundreds of comatose, soulless victims in its wake.

Couldn’t the deadliest assassins of the Otherworld go after someone else instead of the brand new Queen of the Seelie? One who still hasn’t adapted to her new role.

Lila would ask Liam Kane, King of the Unseelie, for advice, but something’s off with him, too. He’s holding back. In some way. About some thing. In fact, he refuses to tell her what’s going on.

The truth holds Lila back from the greatness of her role—the people she was born to lead—the man who she desperately loves—and the solution to the latest war raging around her.

To find the answers, she’ll need to fight through her own darkness and embark on a journey through her psyche.

If she doesn’t succeed, the Shadowborn will claim not only her world, but her soul.

ShadowbornAmazon, Barnes & Noble

The Glass ManAmazon, Barnes & Noble

About Jocelyn Adams

Jocelyn Adams grew up on a cattle farm in Lakefield and has remained a resident of Southern Ontario her entire life, most recently in Muskoka. She has worked as a computer geek, a stable hand, a secretary, and spent most of her childhood buried up to the waist in an old car or tractor engine with her mechanically inclined dad. But mostly, she’s a dreamer with a vivid imagination and a love for fantasy (and a closet romantic — shhh!). When she isn’t shooting her compound bow in competition or writing, she hangs out with her husband and young daughter at their little house in the woods.

Jocelyn Adams will now take your questions:

Q. Tell us about your book!

Love to!  Shadowborn is the middle child of the Lila Gray Trilogy.  While The Glass Man focused on Lila, who she was and who she will be, book two centers more on the relationships between Lila and everyone else, especially a certain dark fae, and her growth as a woman and a leader.  It also introduces a villain born of shadow, who threatens not only Lila, but everyone with a soul.

Q. What is Lila Gray’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?

Lila is fiercely loyal and powerful, and a life lived in the wild places while running from Parthalan has hardened her for the tasks ahead.  The source of her greatest strength is also the cause of her greatest weakness.  While her hardness allowed her to survive, it has also given her a stone crust around her heart.  Letting others into her deep places is going to take someone who’s as stubborn and determined as she is most of the time.  J

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

Keeping the voices quiet.  What?  Did I really say that out loud?  *snort*  Seriously, though, it’s the truth no matter how crazy it sounds.  My mind likes to weave stories, and sometimes it’s not always keen on concentrating on what I want/need to write.

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

How did you survive four older siblings?  My answer would be that I eventually grew strong enough to fight back.  As for what I did up until that point … where do you think I learned how to plot?  😉

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

My current WIP is a paranormal romance between a wood nymph and a werewolf.  I’m stretching my wings on this one a little, exploring the depths of my characters to a greater extent than ever before.  Oh, geez, you know me on the multiple projects dealy.  J  I have three novels at least half done or greater, a couple more that are begun, and I’m sure I’ll knock off a few more short stories before long, too.  How do I turn it off?!

Q. What is your favorite line from this book?

Definitely this one – it sums up Lila’s constant struggle with her feelings for Liam:  I tilted my face forward, unable to speak the lie that would make him go away, or the truth that would make him stay.

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

I’m completely engrossed in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling paranormal romance series.   Unique world, strong characters, two of my favorite things.  I tend to devour one book and go right into the next.

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

Right now my six year old tends to consume all of my free time, and I love it.  Other than dabbling with my web page, writing and reading are my time-fillers of choice.

Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

Without a doubt, it has to be Karen Marie Moning, though Nalini Singh & Ilona Andrews come close seconds.   The depth of KMM’s characters has me enthralled every single time.  Jericho Barrons from her Fever series is my favorite literary personalities of all time.  I usually have a character figured out quickly, but up until the last book, I still didn’t know who or what he was.

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♥ Jocelyn Adams writes adult novels

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Cover Reveal — Resonance by J.A. Belfield

And here it is people:


A Holloway Pack Story #2.5

by J.A. Belfield

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Urban Fantasy, Werewolf

Back of the Book Blurb:

Guilt is a heavy burden for the one carrying it.

Jem Stonehouse is no exception to this rule.

What if she’d acted sooner? What if she’d fully recognised the threat? What if she hadn’t allowed the male pack members to head into the witches’ ambush?

For one, youngest pack member Josh Larsen wouldn’t be trapped in the sleep of the dead.

Now, Jem is convinced it’s her job to bring him back to life no matter what it takes— learning more about her heritage, risking pack exposure, or travelling to places she couldn’t have imagined possible.

Even if the journey endangers her soul.

 This series is so good it’s /swoonworthy/hearpumping/hot/ unique. In fact, I love everything about this series. If you haven’t read it, run don’t walk to a computer near you and order these books! 🙂 Start from the beginning  and READ. Seriously, if you love paranormal, you’ll love these stories. 🙂

Add it to your Goodreads TBR!

Other Books in this series include:

Instinct (#0) Eternal (#.5) Darkness & Light (#1) Blue Moon (#2) (Coming December 3, 2012)

Release Date: April 2, 2013

What do you think? Would you read it? Holler if you like hot werewolf boys! 🙂

Cover Reveal: Silent Echoes by Aimee Laine

Coming March 11, 2013


I love this cover, don’t you?       


Silent Echoes

Games of Zeus #2

by Aimee Laine

Release Date: March 11, 2013

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Paranormal RomanceRomance,

Back of the Book:
For years, Ian Sands has enjoyed his life as a bachelor, taking advantage of singlehood and exploring his own definition of passion—whoever she may be. Blonde. Brunette. Tall. Short. Hot. Not. Five months ago, all that changed.

Ian’s been celibate, frustrated and desperately seeking answers to why one woman, who doesn’t play by girls’ rules, haunts his every waking moment.

As a renovations specialist, Taylor Marsh lives, works and breathes construction—a profession her southern belle of a mother would rather Taylor not touch. The same goes for Ian; Mama Marsh would never approve of him.

Like Ian, though, each time he and Taylor draw near, something compels her to get closer.

Something else tells her to run away.



As much as their histories suggest they shouldn’t be together, neither Taylor nor Ian can deny the pull, and the two succumb, indulging in a relationship that brings pleasure to body, mind and soul.

Doing so, though, also ushers in a series of events both should have foreseen as well as one final outcome neither expected.

URL: http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/26

Other Books in this series include:
Hide & Seek

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* Note: Book is Adult paranormal romance

I can’t wait you read it, how about you?

The P.U.R.E. is here!

Whoo hoo! Ms Gillian will join us in May for an interview, but for today …

The P.U.R.E.

No one ever said Gayle Lindley’s first job would be a killer.
Fresh out of college, Gayle’s career path should follow the yellow brick road straight to the top. Thanks to a menial errand gone wrong, a wayward tongue, and a randy supervisor who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer, Gayle’s stuck in corporate hell.
Discovering a company secret only turns up the heat.
The one part of her life not going down in flames is her friendship with the gorgeous, but intensely private, Jon Cripps. Jon would make the perfect consolation prize for Gayle’s pity party if dating a co-worker wasn’t career suicide. Then again, with all Gayle has been through, maybe falling in love is the lucky break she needs.
Hitting the cool sheets with Jon soothes her mind and body, but it also enrages whoever’s behind the smokescreen she’s uncovered at work. Someone is willing to kill to protect their secrets, and Gayle and Jon are the targets.
With both her heart and livelihood at stake, Gayle’s early career-limiting moves could turn into life-terminating ones.

Find out more here ….




♦ Claire Gillian is an Adult Romance Writer

Guest Author Interview with Rebecca Hart

Cover Reveal

Elysandra Winters has always yearned for a life of adventure on the rolling seas and is willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill her dream. When her Privateer father continually refuses to allow his only daughter to sail, Ellie defies him, disguises herself as a boy, and goes in search of a captain who will give her a chance to prove her worth.
Thanks to the cursed selkie blood coursing through his veins, Daniel O’Rourke needs the sea to survive. After giving up on his humanity and spending three years in seal form, he decides to give his human side another chance. Daniel goes in search of a job and a sense of normalcy, earning himself a position aboard Captain Winter’s ship, The Surf Runner. However, his new captain’s first assignment has nothing at all to do with sailing, and everything to do with his headstrong young daughter.

Years later, when the leader of a band of bloodthirsty pirates murders Captain Winters, Daniel and Elysandra’s lives come crashing back together with the force of a hurricane. Both experts in deception, they must find a way to trust each other if they are to have any hope of hunting down the captain’s killer.

Author Interview~

Joining us today is adult paranormal romance writer, Rebecca Hart.  A single parent of three, she lives in Upstate, NY. When she doesn’t have her nose buried in her laptop as an IT Specialist, Rebecca spends as much time as possible outdoors, writing instead.  Ms. Hart will now take your questions:

1.      We love your cover. It’s mysterious and suggests adventure. Can you tell us anything about what inspired you to write this story?

I have always had a rather unhealthy obsession with pirates and old tall ships, even as a child. About eight months ago, I saw a call for submissions for an anthology featuring pirate tales and thought, “this is right up my alley. I need to write something for this.” So I sat down with my laptop and the start of Ellie’s story came bursting out. The original short story never made it to the intended publication, having gotten lost in the world of cyber mail. The entire time I waited to hear back from them, Ellie was in the back of my head telling me she had a lot more to say, maybe even enough to fill a novel. She can be very insistent, so figured the best way to get her to hush was to write it all down – and Call of the Sea was born.

2.      When did you first start writing?

In high school. I used to be a voracious historical romance reader, consuming sometimes 3 books a week. Something in one of the stories I had read bothered me – ALOT. I didn’t like what happened to the MC’s, the way the tale ended. Being young and full of myself, I decided that I could write a story just as good as the author had, and started on a historical romance novel. I only wrote the first three chapters of the novel before college started and my notebooks got put away, but I still have the story. Believe me, it is terrible and cliché, but it was the first story I ever wrote. Every so often I take it out, give it a read and giggle at how terrible it really is.

3.      What sort of books did you read as a teen? What do you like to read now?

In my younger teens I read Nancy Drew mysteries, Judy Bloom, and what would be my favorite books of all time, the Chronicles of Narnia. As I got older, my tastes turned to romance (like most girls, I suppose), and I moved into historical romance novels. If there was a ship or a pirate theme to the story, I scooped it up.

4.      Your cover gives a sense of romance, too. Are you a romantic at heart?

Absolutely. I don’t think you can absorb the amount of romantic fiction I did growing up and not have romantic spirit. Besides, I have the best example of true love in my own life. My parents have been happily married for 42 years now (who does that anymore?). I don’t think you can grow up around that kind of love and dedication to each other without it affecting how you look at relationships and what you strive for in your own.

5.      What advice can you give young writers who are just getting started?

Read everything you can get your hands on and write something every single day. Even if it is complete drivel, the act of making yourself commit and write will only help as you get further down the road. The other piece of advice — never give up on yourself. If you have the desire to write, the need to do it, don’t let anyone stop or discourage you. I’m forty-two and this is my debut novel. I consider myself living proof that you are never too old to chase after a dream.

Website: www.rebeccahartwriting.com
Blog: www.rebeccahartwriting.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Rebelhart69 (@rebelhart69)

***Please note, Rebecca Hart is an adult romance writer.