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Welcome to Enchanted Captions Blog. I'm Jean Brown, and like most of you viewing this blog, I love great books - stories that can take me away from the monotonous everyday life obstacles and cast me into a journey to escape to another realm for a few hours. My desire, in this blog, is to connect with authors and readers and share a common passion - great stories.

Please allow me to introduce myself. I'm a lifelong fan of fiction, in all genres, with my favorites being psychological thrillers, suspense, paranormal, science fiction and horror, and I love when romance and comedy gets mixed in with all genres. My favorite authors are Dean Koontz, Stephen King, John Saul, Karen Slaughter, Nora Roberts and Nicholas Sparks, but my favorites extend to indie authors which are too many to list in this very wide range of genres.

Besides the love of writing and reading, I'm a hopeless animal lover, spending much of my time rescuing, fostering and working as an animal rights advocate. As always, a canine is an important character in my books as I attempt to portray unconditional love and loyalty. I would love to hear from you about your favorite book or pet, or answer any questions you may have about one of the books I've reviewed.


 


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Caring Authors

Posted by Jean Brown on September 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Caring Authors

Authors are amongst the most caring and optimistic people around the world. In great writing, whether an author writes fiction or non-fiction, their words spread across the page or screen with such passionate content that can only come from the heart. With this passion, a reader will truly feel a connection with the author regardless if the reader agrees with the author about the subject matter.


A story well-written from the heart will leave an impact on the reader for years to come. A prolific reader may not remember the title of the vast amount of books read, but will remember the character or event that the author instilled into the writing that made the reader care about the story which is a direct link from the authors heart to their fingertips. A well written romance by an author who truly believes in love will touch the hearts of all romance readers as most people have loved and lost. An edge of the seat thriller has to keep the reader caring about some aspect, be it a character or the plot. Even the antagonist must create a spark of empathy for the reader to care which can only come from the author.


In the words of the great Earnest Hemingway, “Writing is easy. All you have to do is sit down at the typewriter and bleed”

 

Interview with Shannon Hayes

Posted by Jean Brown on March 21, 2013 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (2)

My special featured guest today is the talented author Shannon (S.I Hayes) Hayes. Welcome, Shannon and thanks for chatting with us today.

 

Shannon: You’re quite welcome, and thank you for the opportunity!

Jean: It’s my pleasure. Please Tell us who you are as a writer.

Shannon: Who am I as a writer? Well... I have been writing and telling stories of all kinds for so long as I can remember. Anyone who has spent enough time with me can pretty much vouch for that, especially if they’ve ever slept at my house. Now whether or not they admit to the kind of Bedtime Stories they wanted is up for debate. I've told a lot of stories on the fly that I wish I'd written down, sue me I'm not the best bard.

I have a mind that is easily distracted and prone to wandering. Tangents are my forte, and vampires have been an obsession long before they looked like Brad Pit or *gag sparkled. Don't get me wrong I love Anne Rice, and good on the other broad for making a buck. But if you think my characters are going to fit a cookie cutter shape of any kind, think again. They live, they love, they eat, sleep and F**k. whomever and where ever they please. I believe that people are inherently sexual creatures and my characters, be they human or something altogether else, are no exception.




Jean: I read a short summary of In Dreams The Road Unavoidable. The characters and plot sound very exciting, and I can’t wait to read the series. Would you mind telling us more about the In Dreams series, and how it came to be?


Shannon: Well it all started about four or five years ago as a D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) campaign I played with a few friends. Over the course of the game, the main characters of Morgan Braith and Amara Dagon took shape, with D&D being a role playing game they quickly developed rich back stories and lives which when the game was over I couldn’t just let slip away. I took my characters and reworked them to suit my world, our world. With the In Dreams Series, I hope to introduce more than just colorful characters, but also a sense of wonder for the world which is being shaped around them. For me the backdrops are as much a main character as the bipeds that walk its Roads. From the Soaring Mountains of Azure to the depths of the Brynmoore, the world bubbles and churns giving forth its essence in the form of the Ahurani Springs, if only Amara can figure out what to do with them.


Jean: As a character driven author, I love books that introduce me to characters that think outside the box especially with intriguing backdrops. What inspired or motivated you to write?


Shannon: My inspiration and my motivation are very separate entities. I am inspired by the simplest of things and the most complex alike. An odd shape in the floor, the theories of plate tectonics. the science of sleep and the metaphysical manifestations of the soul all can, and have found their way into my writing. As for what motivates me to actually write? A need to sleep? Not writing, for me is like taking speed. Everything keeps going and going, and although I am standing still, I can see the things going on around me as though I am in a drag race, and until I get it out of me, I can’t stay still, but once it’s out and I’ve steadied my hands, exhaustion takes hold and I drop.


Jean: I can relate to getting the story told or suffer the consequences of sleep deprivation. Besides your writing functioning as a sleep aid and your natural love of storytelling, is there anything else that creates the desire for you to want to write?


Shannon: Compulsion. I am compelled to write, always have been, always will be. I write in cycles, sometimes I am putting a chapter on three or more projects in the same week, and at other unfortunate times, I won’t write for a year. Oh, I’ll dabble, but it won’t be anything substantial. It is my blessing and my curse that I can not just make myself work, if I push it doesn’t feel the same, and my readers would know it, so I must wait until the pull is so strong that I, like my characters, can no longer ignore it.


Jean: Do you have a set time of day you write or do you just work it into your schedule whenever possible?


Shannon: I do not keep a writing schedule; if I did, I would ignore it anyhow, so it’s best that I do not put something into effect that I would only neglect. It would be unfair to the schedule. 


Jean: You mentioned Anne Rice. Is she your favorite author?


Shannon: Anne Rice is certainly in my top favorites as far as authors go. I am also a fan of Oscar Wilde, William Blake, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelly and in my youth, I spent considerable time copying the dictionary, so I would say I am also a fan of Merriam-Webster. (Besides, I believe every writer should own a real Dictionary and a Thesaurus.)


Jean: What are you reading now?


Shannon: A LOT!! Especially as of late, on January 31, 2013 I launched The 131 Preview Review which is a blog where I read the first 131 pages of fiction material for an author and do a (the story so far) review, in the last month I have sampled books ranging from espionage to vampire strippers! It’s been great fun, and is opening me up to genres I have never really exposed myself to, such as women’s literary fiction.


Jean: The 131 Preview Review is a wonderful idea. What are some of your hobbies or passions besides writing?


Shannon: If I'm not writing I am often tweaking my website, or one of my blogs, as I have three. All of which connect to one another, so if you can find one, you have access to all. I like that approach, as opposed to having to look around and play hit or miss. If I'm not doing that, I draw. I draw almost as often as I write, sometimes more so. I find if I am stuck on a scene in my work that drawing it will often get me back on track. I am responsible for the work on all of my book covers and am considering putting some work up for sale on Deviantart, if I can get enough done. But working on the computer take hours and hours, it took me probably about 60-80 hours to complete the cover for Awakenings The Wrath Saga. Not that I'm complaining, considering that I work from scratch with my drawing tablet, I refuse to pay someone to do what I can for free with a bit of patience and luck.


Jean: I imagine you don’t have much free time with all your blogs and writing as I know you are a supporter of other authors as well. I’m very impressed with your multitasking. What type of music do you listen to?

Shannon: My musical taste is rather varied, From Metallica (before the Load album) & Cradle of Filth to John Michael Montgomery and Frank Sinatra. I got lucky in the family music department. My dad came up listening to Classical and Jazz as well as Honky-Tonk and Blues, where as my mother has an affinity for music from the Beatles and The Doors to Godsmack, with a bit of Janice and Hendrix as well. My brothers helped to spur me towards metal and rock, and I often joke that AC/DC taught me to read. Which isn’t all that much of an exaggeration, I knew all the words to Fly on the Wall and Who made Who, before I was four, so monkey see... monkey do. About the only thing, I don’t listen to really is rap, or mainstream pop, although I do have an appreciation for a bit of it. I admittedly liked DMX and Britney Spears in high school, even if it was only a couple of songs...


Jean: Oh yes. I also know all the lyrics to AC/DC and I have a very acute appreciation for rock. I make a music list for each book and listen to it as I write. It sort of sets the mood. What is your favorite movie?


Shannon: Oh there are so-so- many! From bloody to campy and everything in between! My love of movies is like my love of buttons! I want to press them all! I really liked the Swedish adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s “The Millennium Series” aka “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest,” if you haven’t watched that Trilogy, you have surly missed out! I'm also an avid “Evil Dead Trilogy” and Anime Fan.


Jean: I loved the Swedish adaptations of the series and the books as well. Tell us about your writing style and any guidelines you go by while writing:


Shannon: What can I say about my writing style, that I have not already said or shown in just answering these questions? I am sometimes vague, often mouthy, colorful in my long flourishes of epic descriptions, when I write if I find myself saying maybe I’ve gone too far this time, I smack my self and go three steps farther. I write what I want to read. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s awfully painful, (for my characters), and always it comes from somewhere deep in the recesses of the cavernous gulfs of my all too fractured psyche. Behind every smile, upturned glance and jaded quip is a character fighting, some for love, others for revenge and often all for redemption, because at the end of the day, I think that we all need to believe that we can have those things, even if the only one needs them for or from is ourselves.


Jean: What advice would you give if someone told you that he/she would like to write a book?


Shannon: If you want to be a writer, you have in my opinion two options.

1: Go to school where you will learn structure, and tactics designed and aligned by dead famous people, and probably lose you taste for writing all together.

2: Pick up a pen and a notebook and just write! Write until your hand cramps up and the doctor tells you that you have Carpal tunnel. But say nay to the surgery because it will be of no use unless you plan to stop writing. If you are compelled to tell a story, simply tell it for the sake of the tale.


Jean: “Just do it” is great advice Shannon. Thank you so much for joining us today.



Learn more about Shannon and her work at the links below.

 

The Solitary Road (An online Serial Novella) http://indreamsthesolitaryroad.blogspot.com

Blog: A Writer?s Mind, More or Less http://shannonihayes.blogspot.com/

The 131 Preview Review http://131previewreview.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/S.I.Hayes.Author

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/s.i.hayes


 


Interview with Eri Nelson

Posted by Jean Brown on February 22, 2013 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

My special guest today is an unorthodox word stylist, Eri Nelson. It’s a great pleasure to have the lovely and talented Eri chatting with us today. Thank you so much for joining us.


Eri: Thank you very much for having me. It is an honor to be with you and your readers.


Jean: Please tell us about your work in progress.


Eri: Currently my fingers have me overworking my train of thought into the second coming of Isabella Tulley and Aiden Black. This second in the series, Scent Of Power, comes in the wake of its predecessor Destiny Repeats Twice.

This urban fantasy series is quite different than my DHC, Dearhart Clan Series. Even the writing style I think sways to a different beat than the wolfly howls of the DHC.


Jean: As a fan of your Dearhart Clan series, I have to say I’m looking forward to reading your urban series. Would you mind telling us more about the contrast of the two series and what intrigued you to change some of the style?


Eri: Destiny Repeats Twice, the first in the Isabella (Izzy) Tulley & Aiden Black Series, was the first book I had ever written and sat on shelf for a year. When I had ultimately sat down to write it the premise was to accomplish something at that point I had never done. This being… writing a story more than a couple pages long. As the forty thousand word work sat, I was filled with a satisfaction and had no feelings whatsoever of publishing. However, it was my husband that kept after me about its creation. Eventually his insistences swayed me but not until I had written two other books.

With Destiny Repeats Twice bearing weight on a shelf I had happen upon a call out to authors from a publishing company. This was a branch of Harlequin for their Nocturne categories. They were looking for 15,000 word stories from several authors to go under one jacket cover. I had submitted 10,000 words and was asked for a bit more so with this request Wash, Washington Lee Jefferson, was born and came to life in The Call From Within, book one of the DHC. However, the added depth to the book was not what they were looking for in a story line as well as my unorthodox approach.

The call out was a mere idea or premise if you will for what they were looking for. Although for me it sparked a different story line, outside of Destiny Repeats Twice. It would be hard for me to explain why the stark difference in approach to the separate series for ultimately it is hard for me to explain the workings of my own mind (lol). The distinction between the two was just a train of thought that caught hold of me and demanded my attention.


Jean: So that one request for only five thousand more words set you up for something more epic. That’s very interesting. What inspires or motivates you to write?


Eri: Writing is something that many can claim to have always been doing since pen found its way to paper. And in this thought I am no different.

However, for me motivation comes in the form of a blank screen. The simple reality of knowing that words have no limits moves me to create.


Jean: I find it fascinating that most writers I speak with seem to have that writing gene in them, while very few pick up the pin in their later years. Many writers I connect with tell me they wrote as a child but then became sidetracked by life but returned to what seem natural to them. It sounds as if writing is a very natural process for you.

I love your style in which I also think you let flow naturally. Will you tell us why you consider yourself an unorthodox word stylist?


Eri: Thank you so much. That is truly wonderful to hear.


I take quite a bit of opposition for my style. Many lose themselves to my writing approach or find themselves lost in my twist and turns to words. This part of me often is taken as grammatical errors. In all honesty, I am sure you will find the grammatical mistakes… for I believe in being the truest Indie author possible. Meaning that I do handle every aspect of my work, right down to the covers ,outside the first of my work The Call From Within which was done by artist Richard Roberts, so you may find my oops through the pages based on that fact alone. However, the actual style is the way I approach the words. My bending them to my will is what is taken off handed and seen by stiffer authors as grammatical issues.

In fact sometime ago, another author who deemed it their mission to point out to me my blunders approached me. Claiming that they met no ill will toward me they just wanted to help. They let me know only because of my wrong steps and felt that they personally could not give me a review. I had not asked for one nor asked them to purchase any of my work so the letter came as a shock. So much so that at one point I had actually considered to quit writing.

Although, I resided myself to continue writing I did it now under a disclaimer. This being my letter to readers on my site, profiles, books, and any other place in which readers can see me or my work from.

So now, it is like taking a breath for me to say that I am an unorthodox author who has an unparallel approach to writing.


Jean: Good for you. You know I think your approach to writing is poetic. Some great writers of the past would be deemed grammatically incorrect in the present. How long have you been writing?


Eri: Often what feels like a lifetime. Although professionally it would be the last three years.


Jean: I know what you mean. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to recall times I wasn’t writing. What do you enjoy writing the most?


Eri: Fiction is what feels the most comfortable for me. Course if I were to be more exact I would say… Dark primal paranormal adult fantasies.


Jean: Do you have a set time of day you write or do you just work it into your schedule whenever possible?


Eri: Whenever I am at my desk I have three screens focused in my direction. One for my daily connections, one for my interest (social media) streams, and one for my current work…. This way when the words hit me I will be sure to get them as fast as I can.


Jean: I’m impressed with your multitasking. I try doing the same, but I tend to get sidetracked with one or the other, then lose track of time.


Eri: Oh trust me I am often sidetracked (lol).


Jean: Who is your favorite author and what type of genre do you usually read?


Eri: Typically, I prefer the same genre to read as I write it. Although admittedly I jump fence as often as I can to enjoy an author I have had the pleasure to be introduced to.

As for favorites, this would be a very long list and growing each and every day….


Jean: Oh yes. When you’re marketing your work as an indie author, your’re constantly meeting new interesting authors and the reading list can get very long. What are you reading now?


Eri: Currently I am wondering between a few books… Whenever I have a few minutes I pull my tablet up and stumble through various reader apps to catch a line here and there.


Jean: What are some of your hobbies or passions besides writing?


Eri: When the weather is warmer, I enjoy a good swim in the pool… Course with winter a foot I absorb myself in family as well as our lovely four-footed kids.


Jean: What type of music do you listen to?


Eri: Everything from classical to heavy metal. As is everything in my life it truly depends on my mood….lol


Jean: What is your favorite movie?


Eri: If it has action in it I am sure it is on my top thousand.


Jean: Please tell us more about your writing style.


Eri: My style would be a nightmare to some more structured authors. I write by my shirt tail’s twist and turns, giving words their freedom from starchy endued construction that has in my opinion been forever overly used.


Jean: One of my favorite things about your style is that while your work focuses on paranormal adult, it crosses over into many genres. In the Dearhart Clan series, I felt romance, suspense, mystery, action, and the dynamics of a family.


Eri: That is awesome to hear. Some will find that they cannot get past the erotic and will mislay the more active aspects of the series in the misguided thinking that there is only the sexual points to the read. So I am very overjoyed to take notice that you were able to see what I had hoped to portray through the series.


Jean: What advice would you give if someone told you that he/she would like to write a book?


Eri: Be true to yourself…


Jean: Eri, where can readers go to learn more about you and your work?


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Eri-Nelson/119732781417072?sk=app_163325500392236


https://twitter.com/Dearharts


http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5040827.Eri_Nelson


http://www.dearharts.com/


Jean: As always, it’s a pleasure chatting with you. Thank you for spending some time with us today. I’m looking forward to reading your new series, and I wish you the best with your further endeavors.

Please scroll down to the end of the interview and read my reviews of Eri's Dearhart Clan series.


Eri: Thank you so much Jean for allowing me this time with you and your readers. There is no greater joy than being able to share a bit of yourself with another.

Best Wishes

Eri Nelson

About the Author:

 

Eri Nelson born Erica Walcott is a Indie Author and the youngest of three in a family of five. Erica became Eri (airy) from her mother who called her that for as long as she could remember. The short take on her name took on a more solid base with the love of her life and husband, Jeff Nelson.

 

Together they have been for the past twenty years. Within that time they were able to raise one daughter and endless amount of pets.

 

Writing is a passion for her and an abundance of never ending joy. Only one thing tops that for Eri... and that is when a reader enjoys the read......

 

(More on Eri)

 

Eri Nelson is a nontraditional indie author who manages all areas of her fiction, fantasy, paranormal, action, adventure and sometimes-erotic writing. Eri handles all the groundwork of her books, even the editing. Because of this Eri strives to improve her abilities along with trying to explain to readers her far from traditional sentence structures. However, she will openly admit that typos follow her.

 

Join Eri and her shadowy side of writing as she takes you along to explore new desire hunger filled worlds where your mind can share in the heat of the read.

 

Quote from Eri:

“Writing is for me the deepest most purest train of thoughts I have ever encountered……

 

My name is Eri Nelson and I am, to put it mildly an Indie author. There are many forms of authors but this one suites me accordingly.

 

Indie for me is a way of handling every aspect yourself. This is what I do in respect to my books. Freedom to control my presence is not the only reason I have chosen to prove an Independent publishing practice. This I would have to say is my unparalleled approach to writing….

 

The rhythm of my words is the truest measure of my personal reflection. To the most over educated eye, my approach will look like a grammatical collision. Nevertheless, to those who wonder the pages of an exceedingly approached story line, my work might come as a refreshing change of phrase…”

 

~Eri Nelson~

 

The Call From Within

 

By

 

Eri Nelson


 

The Dearheart Clan battles for existence due to the rarity of females ever surviving the excruciating transformation from were to wolf. There is hope for the Dearhearts when Owen, leader of the clan, walks into a diner for breakfast but discovers it will take more than food to satisfy his insatiable appetite. Kristen walks over to take his order when her scent alone sends him into a thirst for physical love he has never experienced…imprinting.

 

The Call From Within is a hot and steamy story that keeps you turning the page until the end and leaves you wanting more. A great read and a wonderful tale that takes you to a dark place where the light of love and desire will never die.

 

Jean Brown


 

 

Double Call From Desire

by

Eri Nelson


Double Call From Desire is a sensual fast paced read that will leave you wanting more. I recommend this book and the series to everyone who enjoys dark tales of werewolves with an underlying lust of human flesh.

Owen Dearheart leaves his imprinted mate behind to delve into her past to find answers about her unique ability to unfurl into a werewolf and live through it. He’s confident of her safety during his absence, as members of the pack guard their home, but will his confidence cost him his true love?

Thomas, another Dearheart clan member, sets out to search for one of his kind that has been feeding on humans. The last thing Thomas wants or expects is to find Julia, his imprinted mate. He discovers Jake, Julia’s twin brother is the werewolf who has been feeding on the humans. Jake has no control to resist human blood, even Julia’s. Thomas is forced to destroy Jake in order to protect Julia’s life.

The subplot, as with volume one The Call From Within, keeps you on the edge of your seat as you anticipate what will happen when Wash, a rogue wolf seeking revenge upon Owen for turning him into a werewolf, finally reaches his determined goal – Owen’s demise.

The fast paced action will keep you turning the pages in this intense novel, while the charisma of the characters ignite questions about our own love affairs such as destiny bringing lovers together or what extreme two lovers are willing to go through for each other.



 

 

Interview with Lynette Creswell

Posted by Jean Brown on February 21, 2013 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)


My special guest today is fantasy novelist Lynette Creswell. Lynette is the author of Sinners of Magic . She is currently on the verge of publishing her second novel Betrayers of Magic with the third book of her trilogy already underway.




Jean: Hi Lynette.


Lynette: Hi Jean, first of all can I just say thank you for inviting me to do an interview with you. It was lovely to have the invite although I’ve been a very busy bee these last few weeks moving house so although I am a little frazzled, I hope you find my answers interesting.


Jean: It is my pleasure to have you with us today. I know you’ve been very busy getting ready for the release of your second novel while working on the third novel in addition to moving. Thanks again for taking the time to chat with us today. Please tell us about your soon to be released book Betrayers of Magic.


Lynette: Ok, well, as you know I am getting ready to publish my second novel Betrayers of Magic which should be out to buy at the beginning of March. The book is a sequel to Sinners of Magic, and I have to say I am very excited about it. (I have added the taster chapters above so you can have a sneaky peek). This second book continues the magical story of Crystal and her rather unconventional family, but this time there is a new character, an apprentice to the Royal Circle of Mages called Niculmus DeGrunt who is about to well and truly set the cat amongst the pigeons.


Jean: That sounds very interesting. I enjoyed Harry Potter and Lord of The Rings, as did many adults. What audience are you trying to target as far as age group goes?


Lynette: I’m trying to target everyone! Seriously that’s my plan. Although some might say it is for young adults (main due to the fantasy genre), I’m finding my readers are all ages which I think is fantastic and is something I would most definitely like to build on as this story is for everyone who loves adventure and of course, magic …


 

Jean: What inspired or motivated you to write?


Lynette: When I was a small child, my only escapism was reading, and I have always loved how a great story can grab your attention in seconds and somehow enable your brain to forget everything which exists around you. There are many amazing authors out there, but for me writers such as Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Anderson and Enid Blyton had the most amazing ability to draw my young mind into their worlds, and I think my respect and admiration for them made me want to try to become a writer too.


From my earliest recollections I can remember always having a very vivid imagination (too vivid for my own good at times) and I found that in my English classes, I was always at my happiest when I was given the opportunity to write a story. I would go home and lose myself within my own ideas working right through the evening until it was my bedtime, and I would be so excited the next morning about sharing what I had written with my teachers. As I grew older I began to write plays for my drama class, and I don’t think I stopped writing until I got married and had my own children.


Jean: I understand that. It is difficult to write when you work and have small children. Outside of writing a bestseller, what would be the ultimate goal that would make you feel you have succeeded as a writer?


Lynette: I think I would love to win a writing award and have an acknowledgement inside one of my books.


Jean: Why do you write?


Lynette: I write because I love to!


Jean: That’s the best reason I can think of . Do you have a set time of day you write or do you just work it into your schedule whenever possible?


Lynette: If I had my own way I would probably write 24/7 but unfortunately my job and my husband would soon put a stop to that! I usually write about four hours a day (if I’m lucky) and which feels like four minutes! I also try to steal time (usually from my husband) this is at weekends when I encourage him to go out and play golf, walk the dog, go to the pub or anything I can think of that will bide me extra writing time. Looking back on that last sentence, I’m thinking that perhaps I am giving out the impression I am addicted to writing? - Well, okay, maybe I am, just a little bit!


Jean: But what a great habit! Who is your favorite author and what genre do you usually read?


Lynette: I don’t actually have a favorite author anymore, and I read all sorts of genres. But I do love Nora Roberts, Stephen King and Dean Kootz for all the paranormal, suspense and heart racing stuff. I go through phases you see, and although I write fantasy novels, I like to read non-fiction too.


Jean: Wow. It seems we have much in common. You just listed some of my favorite authors. In my Faulkner’s Curse series, I feel, or should I say I hope, it conveys similarities in style of the great Dean Koontz.


Jean: What are you reading now?


I’ve got two books on the go, The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien and The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.


Jean: The Hobbit is such a charming book. What are some of your hobbies or passions besides writing?


Lynette: My only other passion other than writing is my family and when you can pry my fingers away from the keyboard, I do enjoy a little photography and the occasional spurt of dancing.


Jean: What type of music do you listen to?


Lynette: I am still a little pop princess at heart and I love to listen to the top 40. I buy a lot the compilation CD’s as I don’t think I’ve actually grown up and still believe I’m a teeny bopper.


Jean: What is your favorite movie?


Lynette: That is a very difficult question to answer. I’m such a girl! So probably the film, Love Actually but one of my all time top favorites has to be: The Shawshank Redemption.


Jean: The Shawshank Redemption is an excellent movie. Also one of my favorites by Stephen King. Tell us about your writing style and any guidelines you go by while writing.


Lynette: I don’t think I have a style of writing although perhaps my readers will disagree? My guidelines are simple – make the story interesting, surprise your reader when they least expect it and have a good ending, (hopefully I have achieved all three in both books).


Jean: Great guidelines. What advice would you give if someone told you that he/she would like to write a book?


Lynette: I would say – go for it! Firstly though, try and find a mentor if possible who will help and guide you along the way. I mean let’s face it; couldn’t we all have done with someone who was willing to help us when we first set out on this rather rocky road? I know I would have found it invaluable to have someone who could have pointed out certain facts to me like the difference between mainstream publishing and self-publishing and who could have told me how hard marketing my own book would be. However, I have to say that no one could have ever prepared me for how awesome I felt when I received my first 5 ***** star review!


Jean: I agree the marketing is the toughest part of writing. But what a feeling to receive a five star review!

Thank you so much for joining us today. It has been great getting to know you better.

Please visit Lynette’s links to learn more about her and her work.





Amazon UK Link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sinners-of-Magic-ebook/dp/B008I7N3O2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360592558&sr=8-1


Amazon.com Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Sinners-of-Magic-ebook/dp/B008I7N3O2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360592630&sr=8-1


My Website:

http://sinnersofmagic.weebly.com/index.html


Betrayers of Magic Taster Chapters:

http://sinnersofmagic.weebly.com/betrayers-of-magic---the-sample-chapters.html


Facebook Accounts:


Lynette Creswell:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/157842457702751/#!/lynette.creswell.1

Sinners of Magic Fan Page:


http://www.facebook.com/SinnersOfMagic


Goodreads:

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/11580285


Twitter:

@Creswelllyn



Lynette’s biography:

Lynette was born in London, England, but raised in Burnley, Lancashire. After writing several short stories for children, Lynette decided to write something a little more substantial and so her first novel Sinners of Magic was born. Her love of fantasy stemmed from books from her childhood such as Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree and The Wishing Chair. The Harry Potter films gave her great inspiration and courage.

Her second novel Betrayers of Magic sees Crystal returning to the Kingdom of Nine Winters where those in high power deem the princess to be nothing more than an abomination against their ways and a disgruntled magician begins to take matters into his own menacing hands …

Lynette is now about to embark on the final part of the trilogy which she has named Defenders of Magic and hopes that the book will be finished by the end of the year.

 

 


Interview with Bob Dunbar

Posted by Jean Brown on February 16, 2013 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 

I’m pleased to introduce my special guest today, Historical novelist Bob W Dunbar.


Hello Bob and thank you for joining us today. Please tell us about your current novel.


Bob: My current novel, TO FAME’S PROUD CLIFF, explores the relationship between Sam Houston and Andrew Jackson, two humanly flawed giants of American history.


That sounds very interesting. How close to recorded history will you keep Sam Houston’s relationship with his mentor and friend, Andrew Jackson?


Bob: I hew very close to history. The real story is fascinating enough without embellishment. The emphasis, though, is on the characters as much as it is on the times they lived through. I hope the audience will identify with them enough to make them ask themselves, “What would I do or feel in this situation?”


Do you have a work in progress?


Bob: My work in progress is about the Lincoln Assassination, the focus being on John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators. I don’t like to say much about works in progress before completing at least the first draft, because I find that by the time I actually sit down to write, I’m already tired of my subject.


Do you find it easier or more difficult to write about such powerful men’s characters whom your readers are already familiar with?


Bob: Not necessarily. I think that it’s probably easier to grab an audience by writing about well-known figures, but it’s just as much fun researching and writing about some of the lesser known people and bringing them to life for people who might not have been familiar with them. I’m not saying I never will, but so far, I’ve never used an invented character.


What inspired or motivated you to write?


Bob: I have always written, ever since I learned that words could be strung together to form a sentence. At first, of course, it was just a way of entertaining myself, but as I got older and started getting feedback from classmates and teachers, I began to believe it could someday grow into something more. I didn’t start writing professionally until I was in my late twenties. I spent several years in “freelance hell” before I decided to try my hand at writing novels. My first novel, THE HOLY SABBATH MORNING: A NOVEL OF THE ALAMO, finally saw the light of day in late 1998. Happily, it’s still in print after all this time.


Congratulations on your book still in print after fifteen years. Do you have a set time of day you write or do you just work it into your schedule whenever possible?


Bob: In my “real world” job in private security, I have a very unsettled schedule, so I have to be ready to write whenever the opportunity comes up.


That’s understandable. It’s tough to find time to write when you have a “real world job”. Who is your favorite author and what type of genre do you usually read?


Bob: Obviously, to do the kind of work I do, I have to read a lot of history for research. When I read for recreation, I read mostly mysteries. As to a favorite author, I’d say it’s a tossup between James Lee Burke and John Sandford.


I’m also a fan of John Sanford. What are you reading now?


Bob: I’m trying something new. I’ve just recently come to an appreciation of flash fiction, and I’m reading DAMN SURE RIGHT, by Meg Pokrass.


Catchy title. What type of music do you listen to?


Bob: I listen to a lot of different stuff. Rock’n’roll, country and oldtime R&B are my favorites. My favorite singer is Elvis.


What is your favorite movie?


Bob: It’s not really a “movie” movie but a TV miniseries, LONESOME DOVE. It has to be the most heartbreaking western ever made. The book is a favorite of mine, too.


The book was great. Sometime I would love to see the miniseries. Will you tell us about your writing style and any guidelines you go by while writing?


Bob: Rather than making my stories about historical events, I try to make them about the people caught up in those events. I believe that if I can give my readers characters they can identify with, then even people who hated history in school can enjoy my books and perhaps learn something, even if only by accident.


I love to read and write character driven novels. What advice would you give if someone told you that he/she would like to write a book?


Bob: Well, naturally, I would tell him/her to find a subject that he/she is passionate about. Then, first, last, and always, have fun with it. If there is a good writing/critiquing group near you, by all means join it. You might not get much from it that you can use (although that would surprise me), but you’ll find that you aren’t working in a vacuum, and there are people who can help you through the struggle.


That is sound advice, Bob. Thank you so much for chatting with us today. Where can readers go to find out more about you?


You can find out more about me and my work at these links:


http://www.amazon.com/Fames-Proud-Cliff-Bob-Dunbar/dp/0741476428/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357319234&sr=1-1&keywords=to+fame%27s+proud+cliffs:


http://www.facebook.com/bob.dunbar.3597


http://www.facebook.com/BobWDunbar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Authors One Read at A Time

Posted by Jean Brown on November 4, 2012 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (2)


 Another interview by the talented Judy Serrano at the Examinar.

http://www.examiner.com/article/an-interview-with-author-jean-brown?cid=db_articles

I was interview today by the lovely Junying Kirk on her blog. Check out the link below to view.

 http://www.junyingkirk.com/?p=4185

 


My Review of Soul Inheritance by Honey Hutson

 

Soul InheritanceSoul Inheritance by Honey A. Hutson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Katherine’s life is in turmoil as she is suffering insomnia brought on by horrific nightmares and a deadbeat boyfriend, Nigel. She has lived her life passively but discovers she must grow strong after her father, the one person she is very close, commits suicide in front of her and she discovers her family’s dark secrets. She also discovers her own unnatural abilities with magic and the power she didn’t know she had to fight the evil forces of her own bloodline.

With a meager start in life, Katherine pulls herself up and successfully builds a chain of flower shops. As the protagonist, Katherine, discovers she has inherited a large track of land and a lake, making her a very wealthy woman. She sets out on a journey to the lake to find answers about her family.

This story is told in a most interesting way and will keep you on the edge of your seat as it hooks you in the beginning, and you don’t want to put the book down.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys paranormal and suspense but Ms. Hutson has a wonderful way of crossing genres and mixing a plot that anyone will enjoy. I’m looking forward to reading Inheritance Rising, her next book in the series.



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Interview with David Rochelero

Posted by Jean Brown on October 22, 2012 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)


 

 Good morning all good people of the cyber literary world. Thanks for taking time to visit with us today. Please allow me to introduce our guest today Mr. David Rochelero. Thanks for joining us this morning, David.





 

David: Thank you very much for having me, Jean! It is great to be here with all of you!



Jean: We’re glad to have you here with us today. David is a translator and author from Minnesota. How long have you been translating?



David: I have translating full-time since the spring of this year, but it is something that I have done on and off over the years. I would say a total of close to four years. Unless, that is, you include my years of teaching Spanish. There is a lot of translating that has to be done with beginning Spanish students. You might want to add six years to that total…^_^



Jean: Could you tell us about your first translation, “Mariposa”?



David: It is a love story, set in China during the second Sino-Japanese War/Second World War. I’ve probably been though it at least five times now, and there are sections that still bring tears to my eyes.



Jean: How long did it take to translate “Mariposa”?



David: About a month and a half of pretty intense, very fun work.



Jean: What are the names of other translations?



David: The author of “Butterfly” has already asked me to translate the novel that she is currently working on. There is also a rumor going round that I will be translating a novel titled, “Black Days”. You may be familiar with it.



Jean: What is the longest translation you’ve done as of recently?



David: “Mariposa” wins that one. It is the longest, clocking-in at 192 pages.



Jean: What would you say is the easiest part of translating?



David: Starting. I love working with the Spanish language and could not wait to tear into “Butterfly”, turning it into, “Mariposa”.



Jean: What is the most difficult part?



David: Stopping. A translator’s mind, any writer, I guess, always wants to make it better, change this phrase or that word…There comes a time when you just have to be satisfied with what you have created and release it to the world.



Jean: Is the title, “El Blanco de Antaño”, the title of your first novel or just a working title?



David: Unless I have another one of those very inspirational moments, that will be the title.



Jean: Would you like to tell us about your novel in progress?



David: It will be based on, built around, a group of poems that I wrote during my first graduate-level Spanish class, 19th century Spanish romantic literature/poetry. I didn’t start my graduate studies until quite a while after earning my undergraduate degree; 22 years, actually. I was so ready for it. During that class I really surrendered myself to the learning process, almost in an innocent sort of way, like a child. That really opened up my mind and a lot of creativity flowed out. I knew that somehow those words would turn into a novel, and it is happening.



Jean: David, thank you so much for joining me today. I wish you all the luck with your translations and novel.



David: Thank you very much, Jean!



David Rochelero is a translator and author based in the United States of America. Born and raised in Minnesota, he took to heart words that his grandmother spoke to him, “You must learn Spanish, David. It is where I am truly from, Seville.” With those words propelling him, David earned his undergraduate degree in the Spanish language. He has spent time studying in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, México and Guatemala, eventually becoming an accomplished percussionist, teacher and earning a master’s degree in the Spanish language. “Mariposa” is his first of many translations. His mission is to help people appreciate, learn and love the Spanish language. Along with his commercial translations employing Spanish and English, he is currently working on his first novel, “El Blanco de Antaño”. David’s contact information can be found at his website, www.essentialspanishtranslations.com




 

An interview with Junying Kirk about her latest novel Land of Hope

Posted by Jean Brown on October 19, 2012 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (3)

 

The Land of Hope (Journey to the West)

www.amazon.com

Every year, millions of illegal immigrants cross borders in search of wealth, happiness and a life of ease in the Land of Hope. Some succeed. Others suffer unimaginable hardships. When Jack Gordon, Inspector in the SCS (Serious Crime Squad) hires Pearl Zhang, a professional Chinese in...

 

Good day to all on this lovely October morn. Today, the lovely Junying Kirk will join us to discuss her new release Land of Hope.


Jean- Welcome Junying. What is the title of your current work?


Junying- Land of Hope, the 3rd and final installment of my “Journey to the West” trilogy.


Jean- What genre would you classify this work?


Junying- Contemporary/Literary Fiction, with elements of Crime Thriller, Suspense and a dash of Romance


Jean- Does Land of Hope fall in the genre of what you typically write?


Junying- Yes, I suppose :). It’s not easy to classify my writing - the themes in all my books are contemporary, addressing some important and pertinent social, political and emotional issues. Some readers have commented that that my books have historical significance - my first book covers a period of time in the Chinese modern history, especially from 1960s onwards to the present day.


Jean- Who or what was your inspiration for this work?


Junying- The story-lines and characters are from my current line of work, as a professional interpreter and translator, mainly for the British Justice System and other agencies in the country. It also reflects my love of reading crime fiction, British, American and Scandinavian.


Jean- Are you trying to convey a message for your readers or entertain the readers?


Junying- I try both. Maybe it’s in my genes (My mother was a school teacher) as well as my own education (trained to be a university teacher) that I keenly want to educate and inform people through my writing, and hopefully entertain my readers at the same time. Through Land of Hope, my messages are both simple and profound: life is full of twists, turns, trials and tribulations - millions of immigrants set out to seek fortune and a betterment of fate overseas, and what have they found? Maybe some of us have gained certain level of control of our destiny, the majority of us, try as much as we are capable, are simply puppets, helpless souls, who are destined to suffer and to sacrifice for others. Life is full of ironies - That’s the fatalist in me talking.


Jean- Are you character driven or plot driven in your work?


Junying- One of the comments I have received from Trials of Life (Amazon US) went like this: “Ms. Kirk is a character creative monster and that is something you can’t teach.”. So I guess I’m a character-driver author :). However, plots are very important to drive the story forward and to engage readers. I do pay a great deal of attention to my plot, especially in Land of Hope - I sat down and wrote a chapter plan before I started it, quite unlike the first two of the trilogy, when I just sat down and wrote non-stop till they were finished.


Jean- How long have you been writing?


Junying- I’d say about twenty odd years, ever since I arrived in the UK, although before that, I have attempted writing in Chinese while studying in China. My writing in English really took off after I was ‘forced’ to produce a number of Master’s and Doctorial Thesis.


Jean- What are some of your other hobbies besides writing?


Junying- Reading, traveling, social media (newish but an all-consuming, obsessive hobby :)), cooking & entertaining, music and movies - shall I continue :)?


Jean- What are the titles of your other work?


Junying- My ‘Journey to the West’ trilogy: The Same Moon, Trials of Life and Land of Hope. I’ve contributed to an Indie Author short story collection With Love, as well as many short stories, travel logs and book reviews on my website: http://www.junyingkirk.com.


Jean- What has been the most difficult task for you during the writing process?


Junying- It depends. Personally, I find it difficult sometimes to decide which tenses to use, or stick with I don’t think that it is not simply because English is my second language. My husband is a highly educated Englishman with an English Literature degree - once in a while, he has trouble in being consistent with certain tenses :). Actually, I probably do not make life easy for myself as a writer, as I often shift time frames in my writing, as well as PoVs. Some would say that as a result, I have a very distinctive voice I enjoy writing from different Point of Views, and I prefer to tell a multi-layer story from a variety of perspectives. I also experiment with different persons, sometimes more successful than other times :).


Jean- What has been the easiest task during the writing process?


Junying- Writing :). Yes, I find it easy to write when I know the kind of stories I want to tell. Touch wood, so far writing has been easy and straight-forward because so much of the story comes from my personal experiences, and all I needed to do is translate what’s in my head and what I see into words. Having said that, in Land of Hope, a very large chunk of it come from my imagination and quite a bit of ‘plotting’ before I settled down to write.

Jean- What is the best advice you’ve received that you would like to pass on to other authors?


Junying- Interesting that you should ask that. Only a few days ago, when I was trying to organize this book tour, I was talking to Author James Thompson,, whose detective stories set in Finland I absolutely adored reading. I quipped: “If my books don’t sell, I’ll change my career to that of a book tour manager :).” Guess what he told me? “No, if your books don’t sell, you’ll just write another, and another, until they do.”


There you go. Thanks, Jim. I’d like to borrow his wisdom and pass it to authors who really, really believe that they have something worth telling :)!


Jean- Who are your favorite authors/ stories?


Junying- I have too many! But I’ll cite a few on the top of my list of favorites - anyone who has read The Same Moon or followed my blog would know that Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre was right there at the top, as well as works of Thomas hardy. Among the authors of modern times, I am a huge fan of Khaled Hossein (The Kite Runner), Stieg Larsson (The Millenium Trilogy), Henning Mankell (Swedish Crime fiction writer with numerous wonderfully written novels), Pearl S Buck (The Good Earth), afore mentioned James Thompson(Inspector Kari Varra series, Finland), and Leighton Gage (Chief Inspector Mario Silva, Brazil). The list goes on.


Jean- Where can your book be purchased?


Junying- Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk & Smashwords.

Jean- What is the best way for your readers to contact you?


My website at http://www.junyingkirk.com.


Jean- Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself or your work?


Junying- Yes I’d like to recommend Land of Hope to readers who enjoy a gripping story with fantastic characters in an international setting. Although it is only in electronic form right now, it will be available in print in the near future. It is likely to be turned into a screen play - as I speak, it’s been read by people with that very intention.


Blurb: Jack Gordon, Inspector in the SCS (Serious Crime Squad), enlists help from Pearl Zhang, a professional Chinese interpreter; together they fight injustice in the corrupt underworld of international crime, human trafficking and sexual exploitation.


Land of Hope is the dark, explosive finale of Junying Kirk’s modern trilogy “Journey to the West”, taking us from coastal Southern China to the UK’s hidden crime world, from wars in Afghanistan to Iraq, across the deserts of Colorado to the Scottish Highlands, taking you on a roller-coast ride you’ll never forget.


Author Bio: Junying Kirk grew up in the turbulent times of the Cultural Revolution. A British Council scholarship led her to study English Language Teaching at a top English University in 1988, followed by further postgraduate degrees at Glasgow and Leeds. She has worked as an academic, administrator, researcher, teacher, cultural consultant and professional interpreter. She loves reading and is the author of a modern tale 'Journey to the West' trilogy, set in China and Europe. The Same Moon, Trials of Life and Land of Hope have been published on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords.


Finally, I’d like to thank my gracious host today. Jean, it’s been a real pleasure talking to you.


Please join me again tomorrow when I answer more probing questions from gorgeous Vanessa Wu. See you there.


Jean – It’s my pleasure chatting with you. Thanks for joining us today, Junying. Best wishes for your book.

 

 

 

Junying Kirk's Blog Tour Schedule

5th October: Guest Blog + Blurb + Author Bio James Thompson

6th October: Book of the Month + Sample eTLC

7th October: Editorial Book Review & Blurb Katy Sozaeva

9th October: Book Review + Blurb Eri Nelson/Dearharts

11th October: Interview + Blurb + Author Bio Andrea Buginsky

12the October: Blurb + Author Bio + Excerpt Jess C Scott

14th October: Book Review and Blurb Andy Wood

15th October: Interview & Give-away AmBear Shellea

16th October: Interview + Blurb Lisa M Stull

18th October: Excerpt + Guest Blog + Blurb Matt Posner

19th October: Review &Author Spotlight J J Collins

20th October: Interview + Book Blurb + Author Bio Jean Brown

21st October: Interview + Blurb Vanessa Wu

22nd October: Review + Blurb + Author Bio Mariam Kobras

23rd October: Guest Blog +Blurb + Author Bio Doreen Mcgettigan

24th October: Blurb + Author Spotlight Eden Baylee

25th October: Excerpt, Blurb, Review & Give-away Sandra Valente

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The Next Big Thing Interview - The book in progress:

 

Good day to you all. I hope you enjoy the interview. Thanks in advance for giving me a few moments of your time. –Jean

 

We are blog hopping our way through some new reads. For those who aren't familiar with a blog hop . . . to me it’s kind of like a treasure hunt – once you find something on one blog you hop on over to the next blog link for more treasure. In this case, the treasure is a wealth of new and exciting books. Some are still being written, some are just being released. Either way, for fiction lovers . . . it’s a treasure and I’d like to thank Eri Nelson at http://www.dearharts.com/for tagging me to participate.

 

1) What is the working title of your book?

Rending Skies/2012

 

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

Rending Skies/2012 is book 2 in the series Faulkner’s Curse. The idea builds upon Black Days, book 1, which came from watching someone I love spend his last days of regret and guilt. The guilt was the most powerful and heartbreaking emotion I’ve ever seen someone endure.

 

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Rending Skies/2012 is considered a paranormal/thriller while Black Days is considered a psychological/thriller with a twist of paranormal.

 

4) Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Robert DiNero would fit the part of Robert Faulkner perfectly. When I dream, I dream big.

 

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Faulkner’s Curse is back to encroach havoc upon the Faulkner family.

 

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Rending Skies/2012 will be published by a publishing house.

 

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It took about four months.

 

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

That’s a tough question. I would like to think it is similar in style to the amazing Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas series. Now, that’s just bragging and wishful thinking.

 

9) Who or What inspired you to write this book?

My father inspired me to write the entire series.

 

10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I’ve have received many comments about Black Days, but I was surprised when one reader said they found the book to be inspirational. I had never considered Black Days as inspirational account but more of an entertaining story, so I asked the reader in what sense did they find inspiration. The reader said in all ways that matter - the Faulkner family learning to forgive one another and become a closer family unit. My entire face smiled. Rending Skies/2012 is darker than Black Days with more adult content, but it still follows the strong family unit the Faulkners must form to survive the curse. I think if a reader enjoys a tale of darkness that is character driven where the family fights for survival against the innate curse in a suspense/thriller about family connections and a touch of romance, they will enjoy Rending Skies/2011.

 

Week 18 will feature Andrew Seaward http://www.facebook.com/andrewaseaward

http://www.dearharts.com/for

www.dearharts.com






Fiona's Journey

 

by

 

Agnes Alexander

 

 

Fiona Webb is on a mission to protect Joey, her orphaned nephew, from the despicable Luther Markin. Joey's only chance of a future lies in her hands as she is his only living relative. When they arrive in Independence as they attempt escape, she discovers a wagon train is heading for Oregon. After selling her family's personal property and with the help of travelers on the wagons, she manages to get enough money to finance their trip. Fiona and Joey develop a close relationship with the Larsons, a couple their traveling with. Little does she know that she'll fall in love with Clint Larson, her friend's husband. She tries to stop her feelings for Clint; not wanting to hurt Rose, his wife, but the attraction has taken on a life of its own.

 

 

Agnes tells a simply beautiful western love story. The characters pull you in immediately and the well-paced action keeps you turning the pages until the end. I recommend this book to everyone.

 

 

 


Double Call From Desire

 

by

 

Eri Nelson

 

 

 

Double Call From Desire is a sensual fast paced read that will leave you wanting more. I recommend this book and the series to everyone who enjoys dark tales of werewolves with an underlying lust of human flesh.

 

Owen Dearheart leaves his imprinted mate behind to delve into her past to find answers about her unique ability to unfurl into a werewolf and live through it. He’s confident of her safety during his absence, as members of the pack guard their home, but will his confidence cost him his true love?

 

Thomas, another Dearheart clan member, sets out to search for one of his kind that has been feeding on humans. The last thing Thomas wants or expects is to find Julia, his imprinted mate. He discovers Jake, Julia’s twin brother is the werewolf who has been feeding on the humans. Jake has no control to resist human blood, even Julia’s. Thomas is forced to destroy Jake in order to protect Julia’s life.

 

The subplot, as with volume one The Call From Within, keeps you on the edge of your seat as you anticipate what will happen when Wash, a rogue wolf seeking revenge upon Owen for turning him into a werewolf, finally reaches his determined goal – Owen’s demise.

 

The fast paced action will keep you turning the pages in this intense novel, while the charisma of the characters ignite questions about our own love affairs such as destiny bringing lovers together or what extreme two lovers are willing to go through for each other.

 

 

 

 

 

The Call From Within

 

By

 

Eri Nelson

 

 

 

The Dearheart Clan battles for existence due to the rarity of females ever surviving the excruciating transformation from were to wolf. There is hope for the Dearhearts when Owen, leader of the clan, walks into a diner for breakfast but discovers it will take more than food to satisfy his insatiable appetite. Kristen walks over to take his order when her scent alone sends him into a thirst for physical love he has never experienced…imprinting.

 

The Call From Within is a hot and steamy story that keeps you turning the page until the end and leaves you wanting more. A great read and a wonderful tale that takes you to a dark place where the light of love and desire will never die.

 

Jean Brown

 

 

 

Hidden Secrets Behind Dog Training - A Game-Changer in Dog Psychology

 

by

 

Kevin Salem

 

 

Hidden Secrets Behind Dog Training is a revealing yet light-hearted book that is filled with engaging humor and straight up facts. This book is obviously written by someone that loves and cares about all dogs with a deep understanding of how we all want to connect with our canine friends.

 

The diverse method has changed the way I view training. Dogs are like people with their own unique personality so the way we train should depend on each dog's personality. After all, we all want the same thing, a well behaved companion so which method we use is less important than the results we achieve.

 

As a longtime owner of German Shepherds and large mixed breeds that I've adopted from shelters and rescuers, I feel more confident in the way I handle them without feeling like a failure when using treats don't work. But like many other dog owners, I've relied on training books that were completely focused on treats and clickers to alter behavior only to be disappointed to find it doesn't work.

 

Kevin says it best as he explains how treats don't work if your dog wants to chase a cat or run to another dog, and what you end up with is a half trained dog. From experience, this is the honest truth! Stating truthful facts is the great thing about this book whether it's in regards to the tools we use for training or the way we approach our dogs as individuals.

 

After finishing this book, I feel I have a deeper understanding of my dog's mindset so imagine how beneficial this book could be to workers in shelters, rescues, and all dog owners. The results would be amazing with fewer dogs euthanized. As an author of books that always includes a canine hero and as an animal rights activist, I'm giving this book a 5 star review.

 

I'm hoping Kevin will write another book about specific training with the diverse method. So Kevin, get busy. We're all waiting!

 

 

Blog Tours

Posted by Jean Brown on September 10, 2012 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)



The Land of Hope (Journey to the West)
www.amazon.com
Every year, millions of illegal immigrants cross borders in search of wealth, happiness and a life of ease in the Land of Hope. Some succeed. Others suffer unimaginable hardships. When Jack Gordon, Inspector in the SCS (Serious Crime Squad) hires Pearl Zhang, a professional Chinese in...

 

 

Good day to all on this lovely October morn. Today, the lovely Junying Kirk will join us to discuss her new release Land of Hope.

 

Jean- Welcome Junying. What is the title of your current work?

 

Junying- Land of Hope, the 3rd and final installment of my “Journey to the West” trilogy.

 

Jean- What genre would you classify this work?

 

Junying- Contemporary/Literary Fiction, with elements of Crime Thriller, Suspense and a dash of Romance :)

 

Jean- Does Land of Hope fall in the genre what you typically write?

 

Junying- Yes, I suppose :). It’s not easy to classify my writing - the themes in all my books are contemporary, addressing some important and pertinent social, political and emotional issues. Some readers have commented that that my books have historical significance - my first book covers a period of time in the Chinese modern history, especially from 1960s onwards to the present day.

 

Jean- Who or what was your inspiration for this work?

 

Junying- The story-lines and characters are from my current line of work, as a professional interpreter and translator, mainly for the British Justice System and other agencies in the country. It also reflects my love of reading crime fiction, British, American and Scandinavian.

 

Jean- Are you trying to convey a message for your readers or entertain the readers?

 

Junying- I try both. Maybe it’s in my genes (My mother was a school teacher) as well as my own education (trained to be a university teacher) that I keenly want to educate and inform people through my writing, and hopefully entertain my readers at the same time. Through Land of Hope, my messages are both simple and profound: life is full of twists, turns, trials and tribulations - millions of immigrants set out to seek fortune and a betterment of fate overseas, and what have they found? Maybe some of us have gained certain level of control of our destiny, the majority of us, try as much as we are capable, are simply puppets, helpless souls, who are destined to suffer and to sacrifice for others. Life is full of ironies - That’s the fatalist in me talking :)

 

Jean- Are you character driven or plot driven in your work?

 

Junying- One of the comments I have received from Trials of Life (Amazon US) went like this: “Ms. Kirk is a character creative monster and that is something you can’t teach.”. So I guess I’m a character-driver author :). However, plots are very important to drive the story forward and to engage readers. I do pay a great deal of attention to my plot, especially in Land of Hope - I sat down and wrote a chapter plan before I started it, quite unlike the first two of the trilogy, when I just sat down and wrote non-stop till they were finished :)

 

Jean- How long have you been writing?

 

Junying- I’d say about twenty odd years, ever since I arrived in the UK, although before that, I have attempted writing in Chinese while studying in China. My writing in English really took off after I was ‘forced’ to produce a number of Master’s and Doctorial Thesis.

 

Jean- What are some of your other hobbies besides writing?

 

Junying- Reading, traveling, social media (newish but an all-consuming, obsessive hobby :)), cooking & entertaining, music and movies - shall I continue :)?

 

Jean- What are the titles of your other work?

 

Junying- My ‘Journey to the West’ trilogy: The Same Moon, Trials of Life and Land of Hope. I’ve contributed to an Indie Author short story collection With Love, as well as many short stories, travel logs and book reviews on my website: http://www.junyingkirk.com.

Jean- What has been the most difficult task for you during the writing process?

 

Junying- It depends. Personally, I find it difficult sometimes to decide which tenses to use, or stick with :) I don’t think that it is not simply because English is my second language. My husband is a highly educated Englishman with an English Literature degree - once in a while, he has trouble in being consistent with certain tenses :). Actually, I probably do not make life easy for myself as a writer, as I often shift time frames in my writing, as well as PoVs. Some would say that as a result, I have a very distinctive voice :) I enjoy writing from different Point of Views, and I prefer to tell a multi-layer story from a variety of perspectives. I also experiment with different persons, sometimes more successful than other times :).

 

Jean- What has been the easiest task during the writing process?

 

Junying- Writing :). Yes, I find it easy to write when I know the kind of stories I want to tell. Touch wood, so far writing has been easy and straight-forward because so much of the story comes from my personal experiences, and all I needed to do is translate what’s in my head and what I see into words. Having said that, in Land of Hope, a very large chunk of it come from my imagination and quite a bit of ‘plotting’ before I settled down to write :)

 

Jean- What is the best advice you’ve received that you would like to pass on to other authors?

 

Junying- Interesting that you should ask that. Only a few days ago, when I was trying to organize this book tour, I was talking to Author James Thompson,, whose detective stories set in Finland I absolutely adored reading. I quipped: “If my books don’t sell, I’ll change my career to that of a book tour manager :).” Guess what he told me? “No, if your books don’t sell, you’ll just write another, and another, until they do.”

 

There you go. Thanks, Jim. I’d like to borrow his wisdom and pass it to authors who really, really believe that they have something worth telling :)!

 

Jean- Who are your favorite authors/ stories?

 

Junying- I have too many! But I’ll cite a few on the top of my list of favorites - anyone who has read The Same Moon or followed my blog would know that Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre was right there at the top, as well as works of Thomas hardy. Among the authors of modern times, I am a huge fan of Khaled Hossein (The Kite Runner), Stieg Larsson (The Millenium Trilogy), Henning Mankell (Swedish Crime fiction writer with numerous wonderfully written novels), Pearl S Buck (The Good Earth), afore mentioned James Thompson(Inspector Kari Varra series, Finland), and Leighton Gage (Chief Inspector Mario Silva, Brazil). The list goes on.

 

Jean- Where can your book be purchased?

 

Junying- Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk & Smashwords.

 

Jean- What is the best way for your readers to contact you?

 

My website at http://www.junyingkirk.com.

 

Jean- Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself or your work?

 

Junying- Yes :) I’d like to recommend Land of Hope to readers who enjoy a gripping story with fantastic characters in an international setting. Although it is only in electronic form right now, it will be available in print in the near future. It is likely to be turned into a screen play - as I speak, it’s been read by people with that very intention.

 

Blurb: Jack Gordon, Inspector in the SCS (Serious Crime Squad), enlists help from Pearl Zhang, a professional Chinese interpreter; together they fight injustice in the corrupt underworld of international crime, human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

 

Land of Hope is the dark, explosive finale of Junying Kirk’s modern trilogy “Journey to the West”, taking us from coastal Southern China to the UK’s hidden crime world, from wars in Afghanistan to Iraq, across the deserts of Colorado to the Scottish Highlands, taking you on a roller-coast ride you’ll never forget.

 

 

Author Bio: Junying Kirk grew up in the turbulent times of the Cultural Revolution. A British Council scholarship led her to study English Language Teaching at a top English University in 1988, followed by further postgraduate degrees at Glasgow and Leeds. She has worked as an academic, administrator, researcher, teacher, cultural consultant and professional interpreter. She loves reading and is the author of a modern tale 'Journey to the West' trilogy, set in China and Europe. The Same Moon, Trials of Life and Land of Hope have been published on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords.

 

Finally, I’d like to thank my gracious host today. Jean, it’s been a real pleasure talking to you :)

 

Please join me again tomorrow when I answer more probing questions from gorgeous Vanessa Wu. See you there :)

 

 

Jean – It’s my pleasure chatting with you. Thanks for joining us today, Junying. Best wishes for your book.

 




Junying Kirk's Blog Tour Schedule

 

 

5th October: Guest Blog + Blurb + Author Bio James Thompson

 

6th October: Book of the Month + Sample eTLC

 

7th October: Editorial Book Review & Blurb Katy Sozaeva

 

9th October: Book Review + Blurb Eri Nelson/Dearharts

 

11th October: Interview + Blurb + Author Bio Andrea Buginsky

 

12the October: Blurb + Author Bio + Excerpt Jess C Scott

 

14th October: Book Review and Blurb Andy Wood

 

15th October: Interview & Give-away AmBear Shellea

 

16th October: Interview + Blurb Lisa M Stull

 

18th October: Excerpt + Guest Blog + Blurb Matt Posner

 

19th October: Review &Author Spotlight J J Collins

 

20th October: Interview + Book Blurb + Author Bio Jean Brown

 

21st October: Interview + Blurb Vanessa Wu

 

22nd October: Review + Blurb + Author Bio Mariam Kobras

 

23rd October: Guest Blog +Blurb + Author Bio Doreen Mcgettigan

 

24th October: Blurb + Author Spotlight Eden Baylee

 

25th October: Excerpt, Blurb, Review & Give-away Sandra Valente


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