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Author Interview: ‘Path to Old Talbot’ by Jordan Elizabeth

About the Book:

Thirteen-year-old Charity can escape her unpleasant reality by stepping through the parlor closet of her mother’s new home, a mansion built in the 1800’s.

In her hometown of Talbot, New York, in the year 1880, she doesn’t have to worry about her depressed father skipping his medications or her mother flirting with her coworker. Instead, she gets to know the hatter’s son, who shows her a lifestyle of manners and pride. Few have ever accepted Charity’s old-fashioned ways…until now.

However, old Talbot can’t banish the present. Charity can stay in the mansion, with access to the hatter’s son in the past, and the prospect of a steady family unit with her mother and the new man in her mother’s life, or she can go back to her father, who has been given the option to straighten out his life and join them in their new home. Instead, his world unravels, and he spirals into violence and self-harm.

Torn between two worlds, Charity knows that if she doesn’t help him, she may lose him forever if he follows through on his threats of self-destruction.

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Amazon: UK / US

Author Interview:

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

I have always made up stories. When I was little, I would make up the story to go along with the picture in the book. I refused to read until 4th grade because I said my stories were better!

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

I used to love to write at night, but now I write whenever I have time. I used to only write in my bedroom, but now I write wherever I can find a space. I have become much more desperate.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Most of the times they come from dreams. The time travel idea for PATH TO OLD TALBOT came from a dream, although in it the family went out the back door into the past instead of using the parlor closet.

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 tried planning out a story once and I ended up hating it. Each chapter was a chore. Now I just go with the flow. I have an idea and see where it takes me.

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

They are all young adult fantasy. I have tried writing contemporary YA, but a bit of fantasy always sneaks in. I love the idea of magic being out in the world.

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

Me! I would love to have one of my books be made into a movie and have the chance to star in it. Okay, maybe not star. Can I at least have a cameo?

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

I read any chance I can get. My favorite author is Maria V. Snyder. Not only does she create amazing worlds, but she has a heart of gold. I’m pleased to call her my friend.

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

I am going through a G. Miki Hayden kick. She was kind enough to send me paperback copies. Right now I only have time to read while at work on my breaks.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

THE SEVENTH PRINCESS. Thinking about the story still makes me smile. It was the first chapter book I ever read.

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

Never give up. There are a lot of haters out there. Not everyone will like your work. Write for you and from your heart.

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

I am on Twitter and Facebook. I use Facebook more, but I’m pushing myself to be more Twitter-rific. You can find me on Facebook as “Jordan Elizabeth – Author.”

About the Author:

Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, writes down her nightmares in order to live her dreams. When she’s not creating art or searching for lost history in the woods, she’s updating her blog. Jordan roams Central New York, but she loves to travel.

Jordan is a young adult fantasy author represented by the Belcastro Agency.

Connect with Jordan:

Website: www.jordanelizabethmierek.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Jordan-Elizabeth-Mierek

Twitter: @JayliaDarkness

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/joriemierek

 

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Book Review: ‘Victorian’ by Jordan Elizabeth

Victorian

Title: Victorian

Published: 30th June 2016

Author: Jordan Elizabeth

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Jordan-Elizabeth-Mierek

Twitter: @JayliaDarkness

Synopsis:

Celeste struggles with finding her way from a dark past until she gets a summer volunteer gig at the local historical fair. Enter outrageous actors, dominating psychics, and ghosts stirred by a medium’s presence. With the help of the psychic’s son, who isn’t at all what her dream date would look like, but rather endearing all the same, Celeste uncovers secrets about the village left hidden among the dilapidated buildings. Searching deeper will mean opening her heart, a part of her she’s locked up tight and been petrified of freeing.

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book published in 2016. Interesting, intricate read that follows two main characters – Weronika and Celeste (though her real first name is Aeltye). Following them while they struggle with their troubled pasts as they help out at a historical 1867 Victorian summer fair.

Story starts with a counselling session for teenagers. Each is being troubled by something from their past or present and it’s where we first meet Weronika and Celeste. Each have very different reasons for being there but a friendship is formed straight away. Its almost like they see a kindred spirit, or can sense the others pain and want to help. Both have trouble making friends so they sort of cling to each other once the bond has been formed.

Celeste is the first to find out about historical 1867 Victorian summer fair coming to the area from her cousin Donna. She likes the idea of the fair because she can be someone new there. No one will know the real her and she can explore being someone else from the Victorian era. It would be a form of escapism for a little while. She may love her family and want to protect them; especially her younger brother Eli, but she needs to find a release and the fair might help her do that. Every weekend over the summer seems like a good idea at the time but things start to change once she learns more about the history of the Reese Village. It seems that everyone died mysteriously and no one knows what really happened. Legend has it that ghosts still linger at the village. Whether they need help or not is still to be seen but Celeste feels compelled to do something to help them move on. Also it has a little something to do with the fact she can actually see the ghosts that are there.

Once Weronika finds out about the fair she longs to join too. Not so much to meet new people but just so she can get out of her house, away from her parents and away from the memories that haunt her. Memories aren’t the only thing that haunts her as she also sees two ghosts there. A mystery for one but she knows the story for the other, one she tries to forget. She has been living in pain surrounded by parents who don’t really see her. She rebels with her actions and boyfriend Nate, the only one who really knows her and her past, but really it’s a cry for help. After a little while into the book though the focus gets pulled away from her and focuses more on Celeste’s journey trying to find out what really happened all those years ago.

Celeste along with another new friend Zander start searching for clues. He has had a troubled upbringing too, one she won’t pry into. It’s when she says this that he knows she has something she wouldn’t want people prying into as well. You know something bad happened to her brother and her but are left in the dark until she’s ready to face the past. I think once she starts to help the ghosts she finds she’s ready to let go of her demons too so she can move on.

I liked the interesting paranormal twist linking in with the intricate back-stories of both main characters. Seems everyone needed help, they just needed to find the right person or place along the way to get there. I liked the setting of the fair and how when Celeste saw certain past memories or ghostly planes you caught glimpses of the real village. It was almost like she was pulled back to see what she needed to see to figure out what really happened. Great characters that had a lot of depth and kept you gripped till the end where you could figure out what really happened to them and how they are going to move past it.

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4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Cogling’ by Jordan Elizabeth

Cogling

Title: Cogling

Published: 25th January 2016

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Author: Jordan Elizabeth

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Jordan-Elizabeth-Mierek

Twitter: @JayliaDarkness

Synopsis:

When fifteen-year-old Edna Mather tears an expensive and unfamiliar pocket watch off her little brother’s neck, he crumbles into a pile of cogs right before her eyes. Horrified, Edna flees for help, but encounters Ike, a thief who attempts to steal the watch before he realizes what it is: a device to power Coglings—clockwork changelings left in place of stolen children who have been forced to work in factories.

Desperate to rescue her brother, Edna sets off across the kingdom to the hags’ swamp, with Ike in tow. There, they learn Coglings are also replacing nobility so the hags can stage a rebellion and rule over humanity. Edna and Ike must stop the revolt, but the populace believes hags are helpful godmothers and healers. No one wants to believe a lowly servant and a thief, especially when Ike has secrets that label them both as traitors.

Together, Edna and Ike must make the kingdom trust them or stop the hags themselves, even if Ike is forced to embrace his dark heritage and Edna must surrender her family.

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with action and adventure in it. There’s lots of adventure in this fantasy world with many twists and turns throughout, and just when you think it will start going the adventurers way something else gets thrown into the mix.

Right from the get go as a reader you know Harrison – Edna’s younger brother – has been taken and that some kind of machine (later known as a cogling) has been left in his place, it just takes Edna a little while to catch up. She notices small things straight away that her brother isn’t acting right but when he is caught out at their job, first with seemingly acting ill and then with having a pocket watch round his neck that she knows isn’t theirs, Edna doesn’t know what to think other than she needs to get him home. Its only after trying to get the watch off him though that he starts to scream. Edna’s is in for a shock when she manages to rip the watch off him though because the moment after it happens her “brother” starts breaking apart with cogs and springs flying around. In a state of shock at not really understanding what has happened to her brother, only that he has disappeared, she goes in search of help. She doesn’t get it the conventional way though; for one thing no one believes her and the cops think she is crazy. Her unlikely saviour comes in the form of the older boy who is trying to steal the watch from her. This watch is the only link she has to her brother so if he thought she would give it up easily, even at gunpoint, he should have thought again.

Ike has his reasons for trying to steal the watch and is holding many secrets close to his chest. He knows what it is but more importantly who put it there and why – the hags. After explaining what the watch is he goes on to explain what it was that fell apart in front of her – a cogling. A machine that is left in the place of the child kidnapped to act like them, always being controlled by the watch around their necks. Ike can see there is a way to get the watch but only by agreeing to help Edna rescue her brother. Their plan seems simple enough to begin with, go to the swamp where the hags are, break in and get her brother out. All simple plans go out the window almost from the get go when they start their journey. Nothing is ever simple and the moment you start to think things are going their way think again as trouble is just round the corner.

Their crazy journey sees them in a number of sticky situations. From being chased on a train, having their money taken, getting kidnapped/trapped themselves more than once and soon to be hunted by the cops, its any ones guess what they might get caught up in next. Soon it becomes apparent that its not just Harrison who is in need of saving but many more all just looking to go home before it is too late – staying with the hags is definitely bad for your health if your human! They need to get proof of what the hags are really up to so they can show King Elias and he can put a stop to it. Edna and Ike do get some unlikely help along the way from some very interesting creatures. You have Foxkins (small fox like creatures who can talk), Tomtars (bird like humans who are used as slaves), the Nix (pixie like creatures who have gifts of their own) and Silver the baby dragon all lending a hand. I liked Edna’s reaction to Silver at first and how it slowly starts to change. He is only a baby and is longing to feel connected to someone and he has decided that that someone should be her whether she agrees or not. Some situations need a little more magic to help get them through and this is something you have a feeling Ike can help with – maybe even Edna. For Edna has always felt that there was darkness inside her. An evil she couldn’t let take control but maybe when she learns to listen to it she will realise that it has always been there to help not hinder.

Well for every creature in this crazy world that may lend a hand in helping there are always those that would do harm – maybe not all of their kind but most – and the main one leading the charge would be a hag Mother Sambucus. You have the hags (like witches), ogres, soot demons and trolls. All seeming to band together to take back control from the humans, just without the humans knowing about it straight away. It’s a race against time for Edna and Ike to get everyone out and stop the impending attack, so you just hope time is on their side.

A very interesting mix of characters and creative world you are sucked into with this story. Its all go right from the start and just when you think it’s going one way something new gets thrown into the mix to spin it in another. I liked the sweet romance that blooms along the way with Edna and Ike though. It starts off as need for help from the other, grows into friendship and then something more.

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4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Escape From Witchwood Hollow’ by Jordan Elizabeth

Escape from Witchwood Hollow

Title: Escape From Witchwood Hollow

Published: 29th October 2014

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Author: Jordan Elizabeth

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Jordan-Elizabeth-Mierek

Twitter: @JayliaDarkness

Synopsis:

Everyone in Arnn – a small farming town with more legends than residents – knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.

After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.

Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.

To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.

How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?

Review:

A story of three parts, interlinking very well but you do have to pay attention to what time period you are in or you may get lost – bit like getting lost in the woods! Three worlds interlinking through the mystical world of Witchwood Hollow. Enter if you dare.

October 2001

You have Honoria, a teenage girl who has moved to Arnn with her brother, Aunt and Uncle after the death of both of her parents who worked in the twin towers. She feels very disconnected to the world around her, people included, until she starts to look at the story behind the woods and what it could mean. Is the witch real? Well that’s something she is hoping is true as she feels that she might be able to help her reconnect with her parents again. She may be looking at what she has lost but she does find one connection with her new home and that’s in the form of Leon. But love was never going to be the easy choice, at least not now anyway.

Honoria’s connection with Leon was sweet. Connecting on a love of history and intrigue about the woods that surround them. Obstacles in their path might mean that their time is not meant to be, but their future in the woods could yet to be written.

May 1670

You have Lady Clifford, a very misunderstood woman who has been accused of witchcraft and murder, both correct but she had her reasons. The woman with an evil cruel heart deserved poison in her stew, well that’s what she is telling herself anyway. She came to Arnn in America for good reasons; to explore, have an adventure and find a loving husband. But things never quite worked out the way she hoped. Trying to out run the men who would try her for witchcraft and murder she runs into Witchwood Hollow woods. A place she soon starts to make her own, somewhere she can feel safe from others who would harm her. But a place of solitude can get very lonely. Soon she longs for a family and will try and get one at any cost.

You can understand to a point with how Lady Clifford feels. She longs for a family, to be connected to others but within the safety of her world she has created. She longs for the others to see this, which one day they might.

March 1850

Albertine has just received word, and a ticket, that her father has called for her to come to Arnn in America. He has a husband set up already and thinks once she is settled they will be able to send for her sister also. She is a very headstrong woman who doesn’t fear much. So much so once that when she gets to her fathers town instead of waiting to get word to him to collect her she decides to walk herself. A mile or so shouldn’t take so long, even quicker with a short cut through the woods. She soon realises her mistake though and wishes she had listened to the innkeeper about his warning of the woods. For those who enter do not come out.

I liked Albertines storyline with it introducing new people to the woods. Showing how the tension between them slowly builds before they all finally catch up to what the reader has known for a while with what happens to those who enter the woods. Would have liked to see how her sisters story ends though, so not be left in the dark so much but I guess it helps show how time has moved but not moved, depending on where you are.

The women’s worlds appear separate, different times, but soon collide in an interesting way. The ending I can see how some might like as closure but others might not as times cut too short. Either way it would be a talking point. Interesting characters throughout that are engaging and have the ability to draw you in. Side note just to say that I totally called it on who Allison really was – won’t tell you though. So tell me, who wants to go check out the woods in the dark? Me? Not so much, maybe when its light out, but even then who knows when or where you might end up.

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4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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