Book Review: ‘Her Vampire’s Promise’ by Jordan K. Rose

Title: Her Vampire’s Promise (Romance in Central City, Novella One)

Published: 28th August 2014

Author: Jordan K. Rose

Blurb:

Raging Fire Kills Co-Founder, Daughter. 

Panthera Laboratories in Ruin. 

~ Central City Gazette, 1994 

Reade Hayes knows better than any vampire that nothing good ever comes out of Central City. So he isn’t surprised the beautiful blonde he meets in a dive bar is crazy. What does surprise him is how fast she moves, how hard she hits, and the fact she’s wearing a ring he last saw two decades ago on the hand of his dead friend. 

Is it possible the little girl he swore a blood pact to protect didn’t die in the fire? If the beauty sitting beside him is that pretty little baby, where has she been for twenty years? And why is she so lethal? 

On hindsight Lawrie Tyrone realizes drinking vampire blood might not have been the smartest decision. But scientists experiment and if she is going to prove her father was not a traitor, she has to take risks. So far she’s experienced no alarming side effects, well, none other than being able to recognize vampires walking among humans. 

From the power he exudes to his gorgeous dark eyes everything about the man to her right screams danger. Every logical thought tells her to kill him. But something in his eyes stops her. Is he using his vampire powers to influence her, or is something else making her heart ache for him? 

Can love thrive in the ruins of Central City?

Review:

Blood pack drawing them together without even knowing it. Crazy things can happen in dingy bars after a fruity cocktail or two.

Meeting in a dingy bar to discuss a recon mission takes an interesting turn for Reade after Garrison is late leaving him there alone. Well, not quite, aside from the barman, there is a woman who seems to like nothing more than to drink and mutter to herself. Feeling taken advantage of and unappreciated her whole life she has had enough of people thinking little of her and laughing at her. Reade is the final straw and with one smirk a broken nose soon follows. Not a one trick pony either as things soon escalate with Reade on the short end of her temper. Her speed and force something to confuse but once her name is said all things stop. What they were looking for has fallen into their laps.

Connection to protect after figuring out who she is might be high but Reade, and Garrison really when he shows up, need to work on their communication/cocky attitude skills before making Lawrie angry. One woman not known for anger or violence seems to have a knack for it when laughed at or made to feel insignificant. Might have something to do with what she drank that night, and I don’t mean the cocktails. Felt a bit like a comedy sketch with each guy being taken unaware and hurt by this firecracker with a short fuse. They need her safe and away from danger. Will she trust these vampires with her life or go back to the only place she has ever known?

Not that much happens to flush out the story but more of a starting off point to the world and the darker deeds that might follow with Panthera, the Guard, and how things link with Lawrie. Interesting characters that give you a glimpse into their worlds but feel it could have been longer. Once they are out of the bar it’s almost done. Ending was a bit flat. Seems this was more a book to set up the story for the series with introducing all the characters. Needed a bit more but then the main two in this one might pop up in rest of series as running characters throughout. Not bad for a free kindle read.

3 out of 5 stars

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Author Interview: ‘Tidal Rage’ by David Evans

About the Book:

On the cruise ship circuit, Sebastian McKenzie is a star. A brilliant pianist and singer, he entertains the wealthy guests every night in the piano bars and restaurants of the world’s leading cruise liners. But he never stays with the same ship for long. And some of the other entertainers have nicknamed him the Grim Reaper, because whenever Sebastian is on board, people go missing.

After escaping from prison, Josef Werner is driven to a safe hideout in the Didim area of Turkey. He sets up his base in the beautiful bay of Akbuk, and buys two isolated villas high on a hill overlooking the bay. But Werner has been followed by a private eye named Cortez, and the premises are bugged.

Max Cutler is an All-American boy: tall, blond and handsome, with a sharp wit and a keen eye for female company. A stand-out student at law school, he is immediately recruited into the Secret Service, to protect America’s interests overseas. Max is in Europe, breaking up a violent counterfeiting ring in Germany, when he hears that his baby sister Elisa has disappeared from a cruise ship in Alaska.

In a gripping thriller crossing three continents, these three men find their fates are entwined.

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I spent my formative years in Singapore and Germany before returning home to Liverpool. I attended the same school as John Lennon and Paul McCartney of Beatles fame, albeit a generation later.

Presently I am Managing Director of Business Consultancy and have investigated over 200 industrial accidents. This has given me an insight into causations and forensics. I am also a qualified lecturer teaching industrial and safety law, and a Principal Designer.

I am a chartered member of the Institute of Safety & Health. I have been a technical author for many years, and decided to use this knowledge and imagination to write fiction.

Health and Safety sounds boring, but I have travelled over rough water and climbed 90 metres on stations above cofferdams when the Forth Bridge and Mersey Gateway bridges were being built. I’ve been in the tunnels under the Thames for the new sewage pipe for London, under London for Cross rail and HS2. 

I have eight parachute jumps to my name, in the Lake District, Florida, and a base jump over Chamonix on skis. I have scuba-dived the Red Sea, Pacific, and Indian oceans, as well as the Barrier reef and Cozumel. I’ve caught sailing fish and Barracuda (always returning them to the sea alive and uninjured), undertaken safaris in Kenya, and been charged by elephants.  

Travel has been an important hobby for me and my wife, we have travelled to the four corners of the globe, visited every location in the book, and undertaken over twenty  cruises in preparation for writing this novel. I drove to Turkey to see how it could be done from Europe. We travelled to the Falkland Islands and walked the ridges over Mount Longdon, again for the scene in the book. 

Writing technical reports can be a little bit dry, and when I got to my fifties and the children had flown the coop, I decided to fulfil a lifelong ambition to write a book. I always had a vivid imagination, with English being my best subject at school, and I always received great marks for essays. 

The great thing with age is experience, and I think all the points above have assisted greatly with having an active imagination and helped me to write this book. My second in the trilogy is near completion and I have a cameo appearance for my father who has just died and intend to start on my third shortly after. 

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I have three favourite places to write. I have to travel a considerable amount for my work, and found I spent most of these nights away in a restaurant or pub, and went up from 70 kilos to 85 kilos. I decided I needed to do something, or I would be 120 kilos by time I was sixty. So, I began to write in hotel rooms, from 5pm to 9pm, when I was away, mostly listening to either Wagner, the Bee Gees, Queen or the Beatles. 

My second favourite place was when we took cruises, my wife who is very creative would work on her projects, and I would find a secluded area on deck and write. I observed people and gained insights into different characters, many traits I observed have assisted me to develop the characters. 

Third, I built an office outside in my large garden and when I finish work, I will sit there between 6pm and 9pm. I find it helps my thought process as I am surrounded by the aroma of flowers, the birdsong and I do not even mind the gnats and insects that invade the office from spring onwards. 

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I had been interested in deaths at sea for many years, and tracked cases of accidents, missing persons, suicides, murders put down as suicide and manslaughter and murders at sea. I observed a case at first hand where a Singapore businessman murdered his wife, after being caught stealing in the ship’s jewelry store. I was the only person observing the stern of the ship as the helicopter whisked the body and husband off to the island. The cruise line called an impromptu pool party with free drinks at the front of the ship to divert attention.

I pay waiters, barmen and security guards on ships to explain the cctv cameras: which one works, and which does not. They tell me the hiding places and about where the garbage goes, how they launch lifeboats, etc. You can find any information out as long as you tip.

I have a million different ideas in my head. For instance, my grandfather shot his best friend dead at the Somme in the first world war, as he had snuck up on him as a joke. My grandfather came back and married his best friend’s widow and took on seven children; she never forgave him and hated him till the day he died. What a great story for me to write in the future!

This week there has been a lot of press around sexual harassment and attacks in schools. The idea jumped into my head of writing a book around the subject. Taking first the boy’s side and showing how the internet, online porn and peer pressure affects their judgment. One boy gets away with it because of incompetent tutors, another boy posts pictures online and we follow him through as the future university and then prospective employers knock him back because of his previous social media and online failings.  Then showing the girl’s side, one who gets over the trauma by seeking help from friends and counsellors whilst another is sectioned and in later life goes on to commit suicide.

I visited Agatha Christie’s house in Dartmouth a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed the atmosphere. I thought about writing a book about her settling down there in her later years, and a fictional companion who looks after her but keeps asking her about characters and plots. The companion turns out to become a famous author, but cannot stop being Agatha’s companion because she has no imagination. Agatha Christie’s agent suspects something, and the killings start. Agatha has one last case to solve.

And it goes on and on. 

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I normally mind map the book. I have a beginning, a middle and end, but the story evolves as I start to write and the ideas flow. I have never had writers’ block when writing, and must contain myself sometimes. I want to make the story as believable as I can. 

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I prefer adult fiction, thrillers, war, confrontation and spying. As a youngster, I read Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and thought it magnificent. I went through a stage of reading Dennis Wheatley and Stephen King but tired of the horror genre. Once I discovered Deighton, Forsyth and Le Carre I was hooked on thrillers. I would like to write a timeless novel such as To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, or Angels in the Sky by Wilbur Smith. 

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

For me the cast was easy to pick, Max Cutler would be played by Christopher Hemsworth because of his acting ability and charisma, not to mention looks. Sebastian McKenzie the serial killer would be Jackie Chan. Robert Stahmer’s role would be taken by Stephen Graham, because not only is such a wonderful versatile actor, he is from my hometown. Moana ran through my mind when I created Tuck Walters, so although larger than the character in the book I could not get beyond The Rock. Fabienne Asper would be the wonderful Kirsten Vangsness, Cheryl Ross played by Alexa Vega. Hoagie Finberg must be Tom Hardy, Matt Rice known as Basmati would attract female audience if played by Corbin Bleu. Tom Hanks always plays the nicest man, and I would want him playing evil Seppi Werner. Alec Baldwin has aged well and would do justice to the role of Wyatt Rockman. Samantha Colley would play Ghislaine Lyman, Adrian Rodriguez would represent Philip Cortez very well. When I wrote about Delegate Frau Uebering, Angela Merkel kept coming to mind; failing her, I think Helen Mirren, who I adore as an actor, would be fantastic in the role. Lother Gotschalk could be played by the very able Til Schweiger, Idris Elba is the only consideration for Nathan Colton and finally Lou Diamond Philips as Lachiman

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read at least two books a month, more when on holiday. My favourite authors are Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Christopher Dickens, Harper Lee, Len Deighton, Clive Cussler, Wilbur Smith, Dennis Wheatley, Frederick Forsyth, Jeffrey Archer, Rudyard Kipling, and Lord Roben.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. 

9: What is your favourite book and why?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – opened my eyes as a twelve-year-old to the injustices and discrimination in the world. Convinced me I would never be a bigot or racist which was widely accepted when I was a child.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Everyone has a story. It does not matter if you do not have perfect grammatical English or whatever language you write in. If the story is good enough someone like the editors from Loudhailer Books will polish it for you.

We all want a legacy so whether your are eight or eighty, and if it take you six months or sixty years, once you have written it , no one can take that away from you. 

If you are younger, what a great addition to your CV.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

Presently I am on LinkedIn and next week I am setting up a Facebook page for Tidal Rage which I will link into my own Facebook page.

My publisher is loudhailerbooks.com

My website is davidalanevans.co.uk

About the Author:

David spent his formative years in Singapore and Germany before returning to his home city of Liverpool, United Kingdom. David attended the same school as John Lennon and Paul McCartney of Beatles fame, albeit a generation later.

Presently David is a Managing Director of Business Consultancy and has investigated over 200 industrial accidents. David is also a qualified Lecturer and teaches Industrial and safety Law. He is a Chartered member of the Institute of Safety & Health. He has been a technical author for many years and decided to use his knowledge and imagination to write his first fiction book.

Travel has been an important hobby for David, he has travelled to the four corners of the Globe. He has visited every location in the book and undertaken over twenty cruises in preparation for writing his novel.

David has been interested in deaths at sea for many years and tracks cases of accidents, missing persons, suicides, murders put down as suicide and manslaughter and murders at sea. David observed a case at first hand where a Singapore Business man murdered his wife after being caught stealing in the ships jewellery store. David was the only person observing the stern of the ship as the helicopter whisked the body and husband off to the island. The cruise line called an impromptu pool party with free drinks at the front of the ship to divert attention.

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Book Review: ‘Daughters of the Dagger’ by Elizabeth Rose

Title: Daughters of the Dagger (Daughters of the Dagger Series Prequel)

Published: 23rd December 2013

Publisher: RoseScribe Media

Author: Elizabeth Rose

Blurb:

Will an old superstition bring joy or despair?

Lady Mirabelle de Burgh is desperate to give her husband an heir. She’s heard of the superstition that to buy a jeweled dagger from a blind old hag, would ensure her of conceiving a child. One child for each dagger bought.

The old hag she finds on Grope Lane has many jeweled daggers, but Mirabelle hasn’t enough money for them all. Her greed gets her into a situation and what starts as a noble cause ends up in a way that no one could have suspected.

Review:

Mirabelle longs to give her husband a child, though mainly a son. So much so she is willing to explore superstition to see her fate changed.

Superstition has it that if you buy a jewelled dagger off a blind woman you will conceive a child. Gold coins are needed but how many can they buy. The woman shows her 5 daggers, each with there own main gemstone within it – Ruby, Amber, Sapphire, Amethyst, and Onyx. Each gem has its own characteristics that will be matched with the child that it will be given to. Each child needs to be named after its dagger too to make sure what Mirabelle asks for comes true for them. She can only afford 4 of the 5 daggers so must choose wisely but greed can get the best of people to try their luck. Actions have consequences that you can’t out run. One wrong move can change your path forever.

Even though you pretty much know how things are going to play out due to her actions it doesn’t take away from the story at all. As a prequel you see the set up of all the daughters born and what fate might have in store for them all.

Interesting set up for the series, does make me intrigued to check them out. Daggers will always find there way back to their true owner so let’s see what fate has in store for Mirabelle’s children. Fun, quick read that pulls on heartstrings too.

3 out of 5 stars

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Author Interview: ‘Seeder Shadow Wars’ by J. Houser

About the Book:

Dating and High School: Hard Enough. Now Add Assassins.

Avoiding assassination wasn’t on Mel’s to-do list for her junior year.

Learning she wasn’t human hadn’t made the list, either.

An only child with overprotective parents, Melody Walters just wants a drama-free year-and to be able to date. She gains the interest of more than one suitor, but doesn’t realize any one of them could be an enemy on the hunt. For her, the dating scene could prove deadly.

Mel discovers she’s a member of a botanical race, forced to hide their daughters in the human world until they mature enough for their powers to bloom. Something goes wrong with her blooming process, breaking her cover and jeopardizing the lives of her protectors and the large family she’d never known about.

With the enemy threat ever-looming, in a rush to master her new powers before she’s stranded in the human world forever, Mel struggles to decide who she can trust and if the sacrifice being asked of her is too great.

PRAISE FOR SEEDER SHADOW WARS

“Seeder Shadow Wars presents the genuinely strong female protagonists that are missing in a lot of young adult fantasy today. This book has all the elements of great storytelling–relatable and complex characters, a great and accessible magic system, and deep themes.” -CM Adler, author of The Witches of Grimm Series

“SEEDER SHADOW WARS thrusts the reader into a duplicitous setting in our world, where anyone may be a friend, foe, or family member. J. Houser provides the reader with a world within our own, complete with botanical beings in an age-old war. It is the first book in the series, and I can’t wait to read more.” -Courtnee Turner Hoyle, author of The Pale Woods Mystery Series.

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Excerpt:

Prologue

BORDERED BY IMPASSABLE MOUNTAINS, a pocket realm tucked away on Earth was safely shrouded from human knowledge and interference. The hidden paradise was a land of beauty and lush plant growth, filled with an energy that coursed through the very veins of the people who lived there. The inhabitants could sense the cyclical energy shifts associated with the human world, though their own realm lacked any true change in season.

On the western front, people lived simple lives in quaint communities. As simple and quaint as they could be, in the midst of a never-ending war.

***

Murial stared down at her clutch of seedlings, her children. She wore a faint smile, her joy tainted by the vicious aching in her heart. Today would be the hardest day of her life.

Thod walked up behind Murial, wrapping his arms around her. He moved her auburn hair to the side and placed a sweet kiss on her cheek. “Are you going to be okay?”

She swallowed hard, reminding herself that she’d signed up for this. She wanted kids. Murial turned to face her husband, giving him the best smile she could muster. “I’ll be great.”

She looked around at the new home they’d just moved into. Like others lining their lane, it was much bigger than the tiny cottage they’d moved out of. It was beautifully simplistic with raw, natural wood. Books and potted flowers covered the shelves in the corner. The extra space and larger garden out back would be just enough for this next phase of their lives.

Thod gazed into her eyes. “I couldn’t have picked a better woman to raise my boys.”

Murial drew a deep breath, her smile warming. “I’ll make you proud. And I know you’ll take good care of the girls.”

He nodded, then patted his pants pocket. “I’ve got the letter for your dad. Anything else?”

She pursed her lips, thinking of the human dad that had helped raise her. Letters were all they had now. Having reached maturity, which allowed her to have a clutch, she wasn’t capable of leaving the Green Lands anymore. She scanned Thod, then glanced back at their seedlings.

“I think we’re all set.” Murial pulled him in closer. “There’s just one last thing.”

They shared a smile and she leaned in, giving him a kiss. The kind of kiss only a Seeder woman could give. The kind that imbued him with a portion of her energy, both expressing her love, and bolstering him for the long and difficult journey ahead.

***

It being the first day of spring, Murial and Thod gathered their seedling hopefuls and stepped outside. Walking a few feet from the door, they placed the glistening, round seeds on the dirt in the middle of the lane. A handful of neighbors were proudly doing the same with their own clutches for this year’s sprout reveal. Murial breathed deeply, tightly gripping Thod’s hand and forcing herself to soak in the wonder and beauty of the moment.

As the sun rose, it peeked over the wooden homes and bathed the eager parents waiting in anticipation. Shortly after the rays reached the seeds, they began to wiggle. Next door, a shout of glee rang out; someone’s first seedling had sprouted. Murial and Thod glanced over for just a moment to check it out, then returned to watching their own clutch.

Puff.

“There’s one!” Thod rejoiced, squeezing her hand.

Puff. Puff. Puff.

“Come on, girls, show yourselves,” Murial cheered in a whispered tone.

Twelve in total sprouted. The other twelve remained unchanged.

The breeze blew, and the palm-sized sprouted balls of fluff began to sway. Murial and Thod knew their time was short. They embraced, and then Thod stood next to the seedlings, like the other men in the street were starting to do. A gust rushed past—this was the one!

The wind swept up the balls of fluff—resembling dandelion seeds floating in the wind, but much more fluffy, like a bichon frise puppy. As soon as they lifted up, Thod sprang into the air, leaping forward into a somersault, transforming into his botanical form. His hair took on a purple hue, spiked like a thistle. A spiny leaf extended from each forearm between his wrist and elbow. His legs were now wrapped in taproots to his ankles.

Thod gathered their twelve sprouted seedlings in his arms and gave a reassuring, loving look to his wife down on the ground. The breeze blew them higher and higher, further from their village.

Murial watched on as he disappeared from sight past the lush hills in the distance. The knots in her stomach took over as she imagined the journey ahead of him and the time and space soon to be between them.

Years. In a completely different realm.

And there was no other choice.

Wiping tears from her face, Murial drew a deep breath and followed the example of the other women, taking her remaining seedlings back inside. She carefully laid them in a basin filled with earth. Sitting down, she gazed lovingly at her little boys, her heart swirling with a mix of emotions. Delighted to see her family grow. Gutted by her mate’s departure. And indignant at the other occupants of the Green Lands, the Ivies…

The Ivies considered themselves superior and insisted they’d been cheated out of prime land centuries ago, which was far from the truth. They’d deserted their claim to those lands and devastated the new region they now resided in. Not that truth held much weight in old feuds littered with propaganda.

Murial’s eyes glowed green, as she no longer tried to hide the change. This was the only way their species could survive anymore—by tearing their families apart.

Over a century ago, the Ivies had poisoned Seeder territories. Ivy poison, produced by their females, was strong enough to kill a human, but not a Seeder. The Seeder males were barely even affected by the attack. Future generations of females exhibited less power. Most devastating was the effect it had on the young Seeder daughters. Not having their powers yet, they were essentially human, defenseless. Every last one of them perished within a week of the Great Poisoning. After girls in new clutches also failed to survive, the true and lasting effects were realized and drastic measures had to be taken to protect their young.

A knock at the door broke Murial from her trance. She wiped away more tears and centered her energy, her eyes changing back to a deep shade of brown. She opened the door with a smile. “Hey! Come in!”

Sandra, her new neighbor, a short woman with light brown hair who was also in her late twenties, entered, giving Murial a long hug. “Just wanted to see how you’re doing.”

Murial grinned, pulling back and gesturing for her to sit down. “I expect we’re feeling about the same.”

Sandra gave her an understanding frown. “They’ll be okay.”

Murial nodded. “I know.” She picked at her fingernails. “It’s just different when it’s your own.”

Sandra crossed her legs, resting her hands on her knees. “How old were you at the time of your bloom?”

“Sixteen.”

“Right. I forgot. I was seventeen.”

So many years of waiting. Of separation.

Murial glanced down at her remaining seedlings. The boys always took longer to sprout, but by nightfall, they would start to form roots. She vowed to enjoy every moment she had with them before their childhood would be replaced with training. Whether protecting their homeland borders against Ivy attacks, or crossing over into the human world, the boys all shared one thing: they would be soldiers. Looking up with a forced smile, Murial added, “I’ll feel so much better once the first one is old enough to go over for protection duty.”

Sandra sighed. “We’ve got this.” She gave Murial a calm smile, standing back up. “I just wanted to pop in real quick, but I better get back to my own boys. You know where to find me.”

Murial walked Sandra to the door, giving her another hug. “I’m glad we’re neighbors.”

***

Murial spent the rest of the day preparing a vegetable stew and coconut-almond biscuits. She constantly looked over at her boys. Not that anything had changed about them yet—they were still little glistening seedlings, full of potential. It would be a couple weeks before their roots developed enough to shed their seedling forms, rapidly growing to appear like any regular human.

Sitting down after sunset, Murial grabbed her journal from the shelf. Day One. She processed her thoughts and feelings before she began to write.

Human teenagers have it so easy. Then again, when she’d been a teenager, before her bloom, she’d thought she was an average human, too.

It wasn’t enough for the Ivies to attempt genocide and lay siege to Seeder borders. Fully-rooted female Seeders were twice as powerful as the males—their energy was used to charge the border walls that kept their lands relatively safe from further Ivy attacks. With these girls being the only thing that kept the Ivies from their goal of Seeder annihilation, their safety was paramount. When the Ivy Kingdom had discovered that Seeders were hiding their daughters away in the human world, it became their new hunting ground.

The Ivies knew their enemies well. They focused on finding the girls during the vulnerable bloom-to-root period when their powers came in. Ivy assassins lay in wait, always watching for a hint of a bloom.

Murial put her pen to paper.

I miss him already. And our girls. I look forward to seeing each one of their faces some day.

She grinned, thinking of her boys.

This is going to be quite the adventure. Things will work out. I know they will. I have to believe it.

Murial tried to imagine the faces of each of her girls—what interests and personalities they would have. Each day without them, without Thod, would be a battle. But she was confident in her husband; he had done so much work ahead of time, planning and preparing, to keep them safe for the coming years.

The fate of the Seeder girls relied on one thing—who was in the know. In the mix of it all were humans, oblivious to the hunt happening around them—the two enemies constantly trying to sniff and snuff each other out.

In their own realm, Seeders had no need to be on the offensive. In the human world, they watched over their daughters and sisters, always observing for signs of the Ivies. Once the girls were old enough, they would show signs of budding, and then bloom, gaining their full powers. Their family just needed to keep them safe and guide them home, without being discovered. And so the game went. As if high school wasn’t already enough of a jungle.

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’m not the typical author that’s been writing stories since they were old enough to pick up a crayon. I guess I’m more of the current cliché that found their passion during Covid-19 shutdowns. I decided to write a story based on a dream I’d had that I thought would make a cool movie someday. And then I wrote 8 more books in just a few months’ time. It became an addiction that I don’t plan to quit. In high school and college, I enjoyed journalism and poetry, but had never explored this side of literary writing until now.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

On a comfy chair or couch in the living room, and any time of the day. Though I’m more of a night owl… That sometimes creates more editing work than not because I read it the next day and can tell how sleepy I must have been, lol

3: Where do your ideas come from?

A mix of dreams and ‘what if’s.’ My debut Seeder Wars came from a little snippet of a dream.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

Generally speaking, I really don’t enjoy outlining. I like experiencing the journey with the characters. But to some extent, I usually know major plot points, scenes, and the end game.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I’ve never been good at limiting myself to just one niche, and I don’t plan to do it in writing either. I enjoy fantasy and sci-fi, as well as contemporary works. Dystopian, post-apocalyptic, adventure. Young Adult and Adult audiences. One thing I’m apparently NOT good at, is excluding romance. It’s a big part of most of my manuscripts that I’ve written thus far.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I really haven’t given it any thought, and I’m horrible with that side of media culture, knowing actor and actress names!

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I likely don’t read as voraciously as many authors (I blame it on ADHD.) I’ve started to read a lot more, though. I’m still forming my opinions, casting a wide net. I’m starting to find authors whose style I personally don’t love, but haven’t read enough of any one author to become a superfan quite yet.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I’ve been listening to Clockwork Angel on audiobook. I promised my friend I’d give it a shot after mentioning I almost didn’t finish City of Bones because of the prose and characters. I can see that the author and her editors had made a lot of progress over the years. Like most people, I have a TBR list. Next, I plan to read a couple of indie published books.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I’m not really a re-reader, so I’m not sure if I have a favorite book. Perhaps Pride and Prejudice? Though I’d say that’s because I enjoy the book + movie combo (the Colin Firth edition reigns supreme and so accurately to the book ❤ )

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Just start, you never know what will become of it. And focus on finishing that first book. It may be a dumpster fire of a story, but you’ll improve. (My first manuscript has been though multiple edits but has been on the back burner for quite a while because it still needs a huge overhaul.) Constantly be learning—about grammar, writing craft, the publishing industry, etc.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

My best social media is on Youtube, then probably Instagram, and I’m trying to get my Facebook more active. (Though I’m on Twitter and Tiktok, too.) My handle on all sites is JHouserWrites.

I’d also recommend my website as well www.jhouserwrites.com. You can sign up for my newsletter, follow other news, and get a free short story there!

Youtube: JHouserWrites – YouTube

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jhouserwrites

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jhouserwrites

Twitter: www.twitter.com/jhouserwrites

About the Author:

J. Houser has spent most of her life in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Her second language is Polish and she uses neither her A.A.S. in Culinary Arts nor her B.S. in University Studies. Instead, she takes snippets of dreams and a lot of ‘what-ifs,’ and is feverishly working toward her goal of being a multi-genre hybrid author. She’s a firm lover of both Jane Austen and Stargate, and currently resides in Idaho with her lovable fur-child, Mia.

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Release Blitz: ‘At First Sight’ by Sharon Michalove

At First Sight by Sharon Michalove is now live!

She wants a partner she can trust but he can’t stop hiding his past

Oxford, England 1993. An awkward American grad student runs into a gorgeous English undergrad with her bicycle. She’s embarrassed. He’s intrigued. They go their separate ways, but neither forgets.

Chicago, Illinois 2013. When Cress Taylor starts receiving anonymous threats, the successful novelist feels her world crashing down. Max Grant turns up at a book signing and wants to renew their fleeting acquaintance. Is the timing coincidental or suspicious? Should she fall into his arms or run like hell? Then the plagiarism accusations start. 
 
A former spy now working for a global security company, Max Grant has always steered clear of relationships—until now. When he sees Cress in a TV interview, his curiosity ignites. Will the spark he felt twenty years ago burst into flame? Cress is a magnet he can’t resist. As threats escalate to physical danger, Max feels driven to protect Cress. They must learn to work together if they want to stop her nemesis and find their happy ending.

Download today or read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited!
US: https://amzn.to/3dz8Zos
WW: http://mybook.to/atfs

Goodreads: https://bit.ly/3cRq2BQ

Meet Sharon Michalove

I grew up in suburban Chicago. After spending most of my life in a medium-sized university town I moved back to Chicago in 2017 so I could go to more Blackhawks games and spend quality time at Eataly. Besides watching hockey, travel is my passion. I love history, reading, cooking, writing, and various less elevated activities like eating pastry and sampling gins and single malts.
 
Connect with Sharon
Website | https://sharonmichalove.com
Goodreads | https://bit.ly/3i978tk
Amazon | https://amzn.to/3l8vGob
Instagram | https://bit.ly/3faDaDi
Twitter | https://bit.ly/2UUg3pN
Pinterest | https://bit.ly/2V3A2SH

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