Friday, June 28, 2013

Keeper of the Wolves by Cheree Alsop

Just a personal note here. I don't usually endorse books, but I do this one. I love Cheree and she is an incredible and imaginative writer. Her books are clean and exciting. She pulls off what many authors can't.

I'm giving away three Shashwords copies of this book. Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy.





“I had been away from the fall of moonlight and the glow of the stars so long I forgot how real I felt beneath their quiet contemplation.”

Victus, a wolf forced to change to the form of a man in the moonlight, lost everything the night he was captured. Caged and beaten, he quickly learned the darkest depths of the human soul. But when blue eyes and a soft smile threatened to steal his heart along with freeing him, he was torn between two worlds.

Victus has to decide if he can trust his fierce instincts to protect the girl, or if he should run away with the wolf pack whose loyalty kept him alive. When a terror appears that threatens to destroy them all, Victus’ decision may be the only thing that can protect those he cares about.

A true love story, Keeper of the Wolves takes love and sacrifice to a new level. Victus faces the ultimate truth: in finding love, one must truly be prepared to put everything on the line in order to not lose it again.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Interview with Mikey Brooks






Mikey Brooks is a small child masquerading as adult. On occasion you’ll find him dancing the funky chicken, singing like a banshee, and pretending to have never grown up. He is the author/illustrator of several books including BEAN’S DRAGONS, the ABC ADVENTURES series, and author of the middle-grade fantasy-adventure novel, THE DREAM KEEPER. He spends most of his time playing with his daughters and working as a freelance illustrator. Mikey has a BS degree in Creative Writing from Utah State University. He is also one of the hosts of the Authors’ Think Tank Podcast.









Loser—the most frightening word to ever be uttered in junior high school. Even the coolest kids are afraid of being associated with it. 14-year-old Parker Bennett is no exception. He can’t even be himself around his friends for fear they might not accept who he really is. When circumstances force him to team up with Kaelyn Clarke, the biggest loser in the ninth grade, Parker has to decide what is more important; protecting his social status or saving the world. Nightmare named Fyren has taken over the gateway to the realm of Dreams, with the intention of controlling mortals, and it falls on Parker, Kaelyn, and Gladamyr – the Dream Keeper – to stop him. They learn being called a loser is no longer a fear, when compared to the terror of real nightmares.


“This really is a cracking novel. Action-packed and spellbinding!”—Cas Peace, author of The Artisans of Albia series.







Deirdra: When did you first know you wanted to be an author? When did you write your first book?

Mikey: I have always been a storyteller. We lived on a farm in a very rural town in southern Missouri. Our nearest neighbor was about a mile away and the house was surrounded by thick woods. A lot of stories came from those woods. Stories of ghosts, fairies, and goblins. I started actually putting words to paper when I was 13. I finished my first full length book when I was 19. I thought it was the next bestseller. In reality it was terrible. But hey, we all start somewhere and I only had one direction to go: up.

Deirdra:  What is your writing and educational background?

Mikey: I received my BS degree in Creative Writing from Utah State University. Although I had fantastic mentors I sometimes think the experience dampened my creative side. School has a way of getting creative thinkers to think not so creatively—something that took me several years to overcome. I do like people to know that I did put forth some effort. Education is important.

Deirdra: What books have most influenced your life?

Mikey: I absolutely loved books that were about far off lands filled with magic and adventure. I devoured the Oz books and loved Narnia. Really it was anything that helped me believe there was something wonderful hidden in our world. Hey helped me to look for the fantastic in the most mundane. A wardrobe is never just a wardrobe after reading C.S. Lewis.

Deirdra: What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?

My dream is to have kids like my books. There is no greater satisfaction than having someone tell you how much they loved your work. I have a drawer that I keep positive comments in. When I get discouraged I open up that drawer and remind myself why I do this in the first place. One of my favorites is a note from a six-year-old girl named Mattie. She wrote it herself in big, blue crayon letters. How cool is that? To have a child take the time to express how much they liked something is the best realization ever.

Deirdra: Where do your ideas come from?  How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?

Mikey: Spend an afternoon with a child and you can go practically anywhere, a jungle, the moon, under the sea, even Oz. I try to make time every day to daydream and live life in the imagination of my girls. They are the foundation of my ideas. Sometimes I find the same theme coming up again and again. When that happens I know that is something worth telling.

Deirdra:  What do you hope readers will get from your books?

Mikey: My goal in writing each of my books is the desire to bring a little bit of magic to the reader. As an author/illustrator I am always trying to find was to tell a story with either art or words. My hope is that kids will find something they like in both and it will help them to develop a love of literature and art. Plus, I want them to have fun.

Deirdra:  Can you tell us a little about your book, THE DREAM KEEPER?

Mikey: Of course! It’s a middle-grade action-adventure novel with a toe in both the real world and the fantastic. When an evil shifter takes over the gateway to the realm of Dreams, it falls to 14-year-olds Parker and Kaelyn to stop him. Their only hope lies with Gladamyr, the Dream Keeper, but can they trust a Nightmare to save their world?
This book is inspired by the classic tales that I loved when I was a kid, The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. It’s filled with suspense, action, and of course nightmares.


Thanks so much, Mikey. By the way, I absolutely love your book cover!



You can find out more about Mikey and his books at http://www.insidemikeysworld.com/ or visit his Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/Mikey-Brooks/e/B00B8ICZ4W on Goodreads at: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6583458.Mikey_Brooks on Facebook at: http://facebook.com/writtenbymikeybrooks on Twitter as @writtenbymikey or check out his blog at http://writtenbymikey.blogspot.com/. You can also email Mikey at: insidemikeysworld(at)gmail.com.


Hardback: http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Keeper-Mikey-Brooks/dp/1939993016
Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1939993032
Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/The-Dream-Keeper-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00CPE0PT0
Paperback Create Space: https://www.createspace.com/4260677
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17727253-the-dream-keeper
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1115262781?ean=9781939993014



Saturday, June 15, 2013

Dark Eagles First Flight by David R. Smith (Review)



Dark Eagles First Flight by David R. Smith





Website: http://www.thedarkeagles.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13419934-first-flight
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Eagles-First-Flight-David-Smith/dp/0615571328



Review By Reader K. Krom


I though that book was very well written It had a very good plot of intrigue suspense also a little shine to go with it. The characters were sound persons to devotion to there place of there homeland for freedom.

Please let me know when the second book comes out!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Author Interview With Edward Eaton


Deirdra: When did you first know you wanted to be an author?

Edward Eaton:

I have always been an artist. I have always felt drawn to writing, but my need has always been for creative expression in general, not writing in specific. Working on plays has often served as a good creative outlet. I have started focusing on my writing just in the last few years. I still work on plays, but I have been limiting myself. Right now, my writing comes first.

I wrote my first novel when I was a teenager. I hope that the drafts I wrote have been lost. I hope that just about everything that I wrote before I was, say, about 35 gets lost.

Deirdra:  What is your writing and educational background?

Edward Eaton:

I have a PhD in Theatre History. I wrote my dissertation on 17th-century French set design. Specifically, I translated and annotated a French book about set design written at the time. That was back when I knew French. I have forgotten most of my French since then. I still remember much of my theatre history, though.

I also have an MA and a BA in Theatre. My BA is specifically in Directing and Playwriting.

I have studied a variety of subjects in a variety of schools. I spent some time studying French girls at the Sorbonne. I was at the University of Tel Aviv for a brief spell. I even studied a little Chinese at the People University in Beijing.

I was happiest, though, when I was studying Theatre History, with an emphasis on the history part.

Deirdra:  What is your writing schedule like?

Edward Eaton: 

Like most writers, I have to help make ends meet in the real world. I am one of those wandering adjunct college professors that do so much of the teaching and get none of the pay or the benefits. I am also a full-time father as well as being the chief domestic operative at home.

I always have a notebook with me. I often have my laptop. I write verse by hand and prose on the laptop. I write whenever I can. I try and schedule my writing, so that my wife and little boy know my busy times and so that the chores that have to get done, get done. However, I do a fair amount of writing by grabbing time when I can find it.

I write better treating writing like a job. Sure, it may be a part-time job, but it is a job. I try and schedule time and stick to it. If I do not force myself to be disciplined, I’ll write half novels all the time and never finish anything (I spent the better part of twenty years doing it this way). If I am disciplined, then I will use my time efficiently and others will respect my writing time. I know a lot of writers who spend hours, days, months, or even years ‘creating’ work in their minds as they sit by the river or stroll through a park. My wife quite correctly pointed out that I can imagine my stories while I’m ironing. It might not be a romantic way of writing, but the socks need to get into the drawer somehow. Being an artist does not give me a free pass on housework.

Between semesters, I can write five or six hours a day. During  semester, or if I am directing a show, it is more like 2-3, if I am lucky. I get a lot done weekends and evenings.

Deirdra: What do you do to relax and unwind?

Edward Eaton:

I have a nine-year-old son. I do not know what the phrase “relax and unwind” means.  

I love to read. I force myself to not read because I would never get any writing done.  I am an eclectic reader. I like sci-fi and fantasy, I enjoy mysteries, a good airplane book can do wonders for the soul, history is a favorite topic of mine (ancient Rome and World War II are way up on my list).

My favorite author is Tolkien. I revisit The Lord of the Rings every couple of years. I also frequently reread James Clavell and Herman Wouk.

I SCUBA dive.

I am actually happiest when I am working. I love writing. I love working in the theatre. I usually enjoy teaching.

I love television. I tend to record my shows and watch them at night to help me sleep. Battlestar Galactica and Firefly are off the air. My wife, Silviya, and I enjoy Downton Abbey and have been secretly watching Desperate Housewives. I do not feel guilty about watching Archer. 

Deirdra:  Where do your ideas come from?  How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?

Edward Eaton: 

My first step is to play with the idea. I have ideas all the time. Some stay with me for a moment or two and then fade away. They probably should fade away. Some stick around or keep coming back. At some point, something happens that helps move the basic story idea forward. For example, when I was playing with the Rosi’s Doors idea, I knew what the character did and where she lived and why she was there, but it felt flat to me. I jotted down a few ideas and drafted a few pages, but it was going nowhere. I even had what I thought of as a strong image: a teenaged girl sitting alone in a train station in the middle of the night. Still: nothing. My niece (my wife’s niece) is named Rosi (from Rositsa, it’s Bulgarian; it is pronounced with a soft ‘s’ rather than a ‘z’ sound). One of my wife’s friends who is not Bulgarian kept on pronouncing it ‘Rosie’ with a ‘z’, even though he had only been told the name and had never seen it written. That gave me the name for my character. Once I had that, everything flowed quite smoothly.

Anyway, once I have something of a story (written or not), I run it by my wife. I listen to her feedback. If the story stays around after that, I right down an idea someplace. I have special notebooks and files with brief ideas. If I am not too busy, I might expand on the idea, even come up with a short outline. At some point, I make a decision about what I will be working on. 

That’s my project.

When I choose a project, then I start outlining. I do a general outline of the whole thing. Then I write a detailed outline of the first chapter or section. Then I draft the section. Once I am done with the draft, I go and revise the outlines in case I added important aspects or decided not to pursue them at this time. Rinse and repeat.

I am very much in charge of my story and my characters, but I like to be flexible. I can have cool ideas in the middle of the night. I forget most of them, but some will end up in the story.

Deirdra:  Can you tell us a little about your book.

Edward Eaton:

Well, I have had a busy couple of years. I have six books out.

My series is:
Rosi’s Doors
When Rosi Carol moves to The Castle, she learns that it is haunted
_____
By Her!
The Carols have always lived in The Castle

Rosi’s Castle
Rosi Carol is a 15-year-old girl who is forced to move to New England after the disappearance of her father. When she arrives in her new home, she discovers that it is haunted. She is even more surprised to find out that she is the one haunting it. She sets out on a journey to discover a curse that has plagued her family for centuries.
Rosi’s Time
Rosi Carol has managed to settle into her Uncle Richard’s New England castle, despite having her family’s so-called gift thrust upon her.  Rosi has the ability to step through time, which means she also bears the responsibility to be time’s Guardian. Or rather Apprentice Guardian, as her Uncle Richard keeps pointing out. When she and her friends are dragged through a time portal into the past, Rosi must determine not only where they are but when they are and how to restore the timeline.
Rosi’s Company
Thrust into the past, young Time Guardian Rosi Carol must rally a group of fugitives and friends during a British invasion of New England during the Revolutionary War. Outnumbered and outgunned, Rosi must marshal all of her wits and experience to reverse the course of events. Can she restore the timeline, saving herself and her few remaining friends? Can she find a way home?

Then there are my three plays. The first two were written as dramatic poems, so I hope that they are as readable as they are performable.

Then there is my more artsy work.

Hector and Achilles

is the action-packed story of the events surrounding the epic duel. Hector stoically leaves the safety of his city to face the Greek hero and certain death. As he and Achilles fight, they are watched by Hector’s ever-loyal wife, Andromache; the lustful Greek army; bored Trojan women, resigned to their fates, the sacking of their city, and somewhat bored by the whole affair; old Priam, who prepares himself to brave the enemy camp and confront his son’s killer; misshapen Thersites, the first victim to Achilles’ wrath; and others. This dramatic retelling, based in part on Homer’s Iliad, is filled with action, passion, soaring verse, and even rollicking humor. This will be premiered this summer at MIT.

Orpheus and Eurydice

Sometimes the worst thing the gods can give you is what you asked for: When Eurydice finds herself in Hades she is mocked and tormented by demons. Can her husband rescue her before the fiends of Hell destroy her last spark of humanity? Can she and Orpheus overcome the wrath of the Queen of the Dead? This play was written and performed when I was teaching in Oman.

Elizabeth Bathory

When Elizabeth Báthory discovers that the blood of maidens will keep her young, she sets off on a bloody killing spree that lasts for years and results in the deaths of hundreds. When she is finally caught, she is walled up in her own castle. There, ever young and beautiful, she is denied the love and adoration she so craves. Then a young priest, looking for fame and advancement, comes to save her. Will her need for his flesh be stronger than his desire for her eternal soul?

Deirdra:  How many beta readers review your manuscript before you send it to your editor?

Edward Eaton:

Two.

My wife Silviya reads my stuff when it is ready. She also reads a lot of it fairly early on in the drafting stage.

The three Rosi books owe a lot to my good friend Brian Triber, a Boston-based writer.

They are great readers. In part because they are trying to help me make my books better. I know quite a few very educated and well-read people who give advice based on what they think I should write, what they would write, or what they would like to see.

Deirdra: Do you need absolute quiet to write? Do you listen to music when you are writing?

Edward Eaton:

Not at all. I can write just about anywhere. Television can be a bit distracting. I do not like to listen to music when I write, but I can write in a crowded room or at the pool. I prefer to be someplace relatively quiet, but that is not necessary.

Deirdra: What kinds of inspiration do you use during your story creation periods?

Edward Eaton:

Self discipline (which does not come easily to me; it is kind of like pulling my own teeth—which I’ve never actually tried, so the simile might not really be apt).

I make myself write. I outline. I do not trust ‘inspiration.’ It is great if I get ‘the idea’ from the cosmos somewhere that saves me in a crunch. I’m not going to rely too much on that.

I recently entered a short story contest in which I was given a genre, a character, and a plot device and then expected to write a short story in a week. This year, I made it to the semi-final round and had three days to write one. I put those stories on my WordPress blog because I am pleased with what I wrote, even though I most likely would not have written those stories on my own. They are, however, great exercises. Writers need to write. It is great if we always have the luxury of writing exactly what we want, but that is rare. At some point, someone is going to hand you instructions and give you a due date—an editor, a publishers, whoever.

If I need time to work out problems in my head, I sometimes listen to music. More often, though, the music kind of takes over and distracts me.

Deirdra:  What’s your secret to making the characters in your books come to life?

Edward Eaton:

I cast the characters. In my mind, I put an actor in the role. Of course, it could be my next-door neighbor, or it could be Harrison Ford.

In the Rosi’s Doors books, Rosi’s two best friends were at least initially cast using a married couple I knew in West Virginia twenty years ago. The bully, Kirk, is a kid who lived next door to me in my high-school dorm—who was anything but a bully. Uncle Richard looks and sounds a lot like a professor I had in grad school—I did not like him; to be fair, he did not like me. Jesse, the paranormal journalist, is Walton Goggins.

I won’t tell you all of them. I have to have my secrets. What casting does is give the characters faces, inflections, rhythms, quirks, bad teeth, whatever that fleshes them out and gives them personality and texture—at least to me. My decisions are not set in stone. The characters change in ways that their body doubles do not or even would not.

Once I do that, then the characters start coming to life. Of course, I spend a lot more time worrying about the main characters than I do the minor ones.

I treat character names similarly. The names need to resonate with me. Some names I use have deeper meaning in the stories. Many mean something to me even if they would not men anything to the readers. One character in Rosi’s Castle is named after an old stuffed bear I had.

Deirdra:  What is your favorite snack to have while you are writing?

Edward Eaton:

Chocolate. That’s my favorite non-writing snack as well. It is good in the morning. In the evening. Afternoon. Late night.

Chocolate.

Deirdra:  Besides writing what other talents or hobbies do you have?

Edward Eaton:

I am a theatrical fight choreographer. Yep. That’s right. I do sword fights and brawls. It is a fun specialty. It gives me a lot of the creative work that I would get as a director without all of the hassle.

Deirdra:  What are you working on now?

Edward Eaton:

I am shopping around a verse novel about American expats living in Oman. It is inspired by my experiences there but not based on them. It is called Last Call and follows a day in the life of a number of people who are connected by a common association with a local bar. It is something of an artsy piece.

I am also working on a fantasy piece. It is epic fantasy, but not a sword and sorcery world. It is written in a mixture of styles and I’m not ready to talk a lot about it quite yet. I am excited about it and will certainly keep you in touch.

This summer, Hector and Achilles will be premiered at MIT. That will be taking up a huge chunk of my creative time and energy over the next few months.

Deirdra:  What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
Edward Eaton:

Finding readers. I don’t mean that facetiously. I am quite serious. Writing is in some ways the toughest sell in the arts. At least on a theoretical level, a composer should be able to sit on a sidewalk and play his music. If it is as good as he thinks it is, then someone will appreciate it. Of course, reality does not work that way, but it could. Paint a picture, and you can put it on a wall. Put on a play, everyone in the cast or on the crew will drag at least one person to the performance.

Write a book? A book sitting on a coffee table is simply that. Indeed, a lot of people feel they should ask before they open someone’s book. I don’t, but I’m rude. Reading requires the reader to be proactive. I find it very hard to ask people to read my writing. I feel as if it is a real imposition.

I feel the same way for the general audience—people I do not know. Saying ‘come see my play’ or ‘come watch me dance’ or ‘come to my exhibit’ is self-promotion. Saying ‘read my book’ is pushy.

Deirdra:  What are your goals as an author for the next three years?
Edward Eaton:
To continue writing. To continue improving as a writer.
Deirdra:  Where is your favorite place to write?
Edward Eaton:
I have a small room that I have set aside as an office. I like to write there.
Deirdra: What words of advice do you have for other writers who desire to have their manuscripts become books in print?

Edward Eaton:

Write. Write. Write. Write. Write.

Stop talking about writing. Stop reading. Really. Presumably, if you want to write in a genre or style, you will have read something in that style. I cannot imagine someone writing a mystery, for example, if they have never read one.

Make sure that your project fits into one of two categories: what you want to write and what you would like to read—preferably both. If someone hands you a check, sure, write what you are asked to write. It is a job after all. But until that happens…. 

Find a couple of good readers who will take the time to read and reread what you are writing.

Deirdra:  What is the best complement you could receive from a reader?

Edward Eaton:

“I really enjoyed your book!”

Honest. Any variation on that will do me just fine. I suppose they could add, “I’m telling all my friends to read your books.”

What I want is for people to read the things. Sure, I would like lots and lots of people to read them. Until that happens, I want some people to read them.

All art is a relationship between the artist and the audience.

Deirdra: Where can readers go to find your books and order them?

Edward Eaton: 

Of course, this is the really important part of any interview.   

My books are available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com—hardcopy and e-book.  The best way to check them out is through those sites or through my publisher’s website.

My Amazon Author’s page is
http://www.amazon.com/Edward-Eaton/e/B006AH2VJ0/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1367451240&sr=8-1

Dragonfly Publishers can be reached at
http://www.dragonflypubs.com/dfp/hectorandachilles.html

They are available in hard copy and e-book (Kindle, Nook, PDF) formats.

Deirdra: Any final words you would like to share?
Edward Eaton:
Well, I have a bio.
I also have a slew of websites.
Bio first:
Edward Eaton has studied and taught in the States, China, Israel, Oman, and France, and holds a PhD in Theatre History and Literature. A newspaper columnist and theater critic, he has a background in playwriting and has worked as a theater director. An avid SCUBA diver and skier, he resides in Boston with his wife Silviya and their son Christopher.

Websites

www.edwardeaton.com
http://rosisdoors.wordpress.com 
www.rosisdoors.com
www.orpheusandeurydice.webs.com
www.elizabethbathory.webs.com
www.hectorandachiles.webs.com (Under Construction)

Thank you. This was fun. Feel free to email me at rosisdoors@gmail.com 


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Interview with A M Jenner



A M Jenner is a grandmother, mother, daughter, granddaughter and sister with a very large
extended family. She began reading and writing at a very young age.

Early publication credits include church newsletters, the ANWA newsletter Of Good Report,
high school literary magazine Rabbit Tales, and Mesa Public Library magazine E.T.

A M lives in symbiosis with her computer in Gilbert, Arizona. Her family also lives in the same
home, although they rarely see her. She owns a car named Babycakes, several quirky computers
(one of which has recently discovered a taste for manuscripts), and around 5,000 books, only
half of which have been catalogued. A self-professed hermit who loves interacting with friends
online, she was last seen entering the library.








Deirdra: Where do your ideas come from? How do you know the idea is good enough to write a
book about it?

A M Jenner: Sometimes I see the scene of a book in a dream, other times I’ll see something
as I’m walking or driving past that just catches my interest and turns into a book idea. Once a
freeway exit sign in California gave me an idea for an entire manuscript, another time it was a
historical marker I stopped to read. Ideas are all around you, if you just keep your mind open to
them.

Deirdra: How many beta readers review your manuscript before you send it to your editor?

A M Jenner: I have a small group of beta readers I email and ask if they have time to read.
Generally I try to get at least three people to look at it, but sometimes it’s been as many as five.
It depends on how many are available and interested in the book’s genre when I’m ready for
readers.

Deirdra: What do you hope readers will get from your books?

A M Jenner: I hope they’ll get a short vacation that will recharge them and make them feel better
overall when they return to their real life.

Deirdra: What is your process of brainstorming a story? Do you just sit down and write, waiting
to see what happens next? Or do you outline first?

A M Jenner: It really depends on the story. When I outline, it’s not the sort of outline you write
for your history report at school, it’s more like a list of things that I want to have happen by the
end of the book. I usually have at least a little bit of an outline before I sit down to write, but
I’m always ready for my characters to take over and turn the story in unexpected directions.
Then I’m just writing it as I go along and waiting to see what happens next. That’s when the real
magic of writing takes over.

Deirdra: Do you ever experience a snag in a story, a form of writer's block? If so, how do you
deal with it?

A M Jenner: Oh, yeah, I don’t know any author who doesn’t hit snags. If writing never got
snagged up, more people would be doing it. I used to get about two-thirds of the way through
a heavily outlined plot and then get stuck because I couldn’t think of what to put next. Then I
went to a seminar where Michael Stackpole was speaking, and he said that writer’s block doesn’t
really exist, it only means you don’t understand your characters well enough. Now when I get
stuck, I go for a drive or a walk and talk to my characters, and ask them what the problem is.
Then I go home and get back on the right track. When I do that, I find that the block is gone and
the story flows again.

Deirdra: Do you need absolute quiet to write? Do you listen to music when you are writing?

A M Jenner: It depends on where I am. I need it quieter when I’m working on a rough draft, but
I often listen to music while I’m editing. If I’m trying to write in a noisy environment, though, I
will put music on, even if I’m working on the rough draft, because the music will block out the
distractions. When I do that, I have to listen to instrumental pieces, though, or I get involved in
singing along and thinking about the lyrics to the song, and don’t write.

Deirdra: What words of advice do you have for other writers who desire to have their
manuscripts become books in print?

A M Jenner: Go for it. Write the best story you can write, edit it to what looks like perfection,
have some beta readers look at it, edit some more, and then set it free.

Deirdra: What is the best complement you could receive from a reader?

A M Jenner: Telling me they really loved a particular character, and asking questions about that
character’s life off the page. Or (shameless plug here) telling me they loved one book so much
that they went and bought the rest of my books and can’t wait to see what I’ll publish next.

Deirdra: Where can readers go to find your books and order them?

A M Jenner: My books are available in print and ebook just about everywhere. They’re at my
website, www.am-jenner.com, and my blog, amjenner.blogspot.com, where there’s links to the
purchase points for whatever format you want. I distribute through Amazon, Barnes & Noble,
Smashwords, and print versions can be ordered from most brick and mortar bookstores.






Book Synopsis:

Inherit My Heart

Katrina's life was peaceful until lawyer Gavin Browning showed up on her doorstep, slightly
ahead of the husband she'd fled in fear of her life.

Run over, shot at, and taken hostage, can the truth be discovered before Charleston manages to
kill them both?

The answers might cost Katrina her life!

The Siege of Kwennjurat

Alone in Kwenndara, Princess Tanella cares for the refugees from war-torn Jurisse, while she
worries about her loved ones' safety. Her new husband Fergan is two days away in Renthenn,
coordinating the business of two kingdoms.

Kings Jameisaan and Fergasse join forces in Jurisse to pursue the war against the Black Army.
They know Liammial hasn't played his last card, and are willing to give their lives to protect
their people and their children.

Who will triumph and claim the throne of Kwennjurat?

View the video trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBKYIbspn4g