|Posted by Jean Brown on October 14, 2012 at 6:55 PM|
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?
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.
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
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
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
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.
Hidden Secrets Behind Dog Training - A Game-Changer in Dog Psychology
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!