Fatal Obsession Blog Tour & Giveaway!

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Available from 5 Prince Publishing www.5princebooks.com  books@5princebooks.com

Genre: Fiction, General, African American, Mystery & Detective,
Romance

Release Date: April 2, 2015

Digital ISBN 13: 978-1-63112-102-9 ISBN 10:1631121022

PRINT ISNB 13: 978-1-63112-103-6
ISBN 10:1631121030

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Fatal Obsession

Fatal Obsession is on tour and you are all invited! There will be several different excerpts for each day and 3 copies of Fatal Jealousy will be up for grabs. Don’t miss out on this great tour.

aboutBlurb:

After a hot weekend with a mysterious woman, Damien Chan did not expect to get a frightened phone call from her, begging him to save–what? who? The call is cut before she says it. The next thing he knows, he’s become obsessed with finding her and saving her from the man that had led to their first meeting. But he never expected to find her in his cousin Dale Carson’s house… as his wife!
She finds out her nightmares are actually memories of her past life… the life of a murderer. Could she truly be the deranged Ellsa Jabari who’d almost added her own sister Ellie to the list of people she’s killed?
Amnesia can be a real bitch!
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Black Magic by Russel James

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Russell R. James was raised on Long Island, New York and spent too much time watching Chiller, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and The Twilight Zone, despite his parents’ warnings. Bookshelves full of Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe didn’t make things better. He graduated from Cornell University and the University of Central Florida.

After a tour flying helicopters with the U.S. Army, he now spins twisted tales best read in daylight. He has written the paranormal thrillers Dark Inspiration, Sacrifice, Black Magic and Dark Vengeance. He has two short story collections, Tales from Beyond and Deeper into Darkness. His next novel, Dreamwalker, releases in 2015.

His wife reads what he writes, rolls her eyes, and says “There is something seriously wrong with you.”

Visit his website at http://www.russellrjames.com and read some free short stories.
Follow on Twitter @RRJames14, or drop a line complaining about his writing to rrj@russellrjames.com.

About the Book

In this magic shop the magic is real. And the trick is on you.

Citrus Glade is a dying town that needs new businesses, but the one that just opened is doing much more harm than good. Stranger Lyle Miller’s magic shop seems to only stock what its select customers desire. When four outcast boys buy common party tricks, only Lyle knows what those tricks can really do. As subtle changes occur around town, a few residents realize that something is amiss…and getting worse. But it may already be too late. Lyle’s black magic has empowered more townspeople to help him execute his Grand Adventure, a plan that will reduce the town, and half the state, to rubble.

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Guest Post

When I moved to Florida, people said “Aren’t you afraid of hurricanes?” I laughed. What were the odds?

In 2005, I got my hurricane. Actually, I got three. This triumvirate of terror ruined the entire summer for the state. All three hit my house. Hard.

A hurricane is an exercise in fear. Weather hits all the extremes; high wind, blinding rain, hail, tornadoes, waterspouts, floods.

You always think your home is your literal castle, a concrete block fortress against animals, insects and the elements, the place to go to be safe. A hurricane tests those assumptions. At some point the awful realization hits: all that stands between you and the howling hell outside is a thin pane of glass. One flying branch shatters it, and inside becomes outside in seconds.

Just like you know the character in the hockey mask always kills again, you know the power to house is going to go out. You ride out the storm, watching the hurricane track on the TV news, just waiting for the inevitable blip of the screen and the plunging of the house into darkness. The arrival of that inevitable darkness is almost a relief.

Then the next clock starts running. How long will food in the refrigerator last? How much canned food have we got? Did we buy enough bottled water? You worry that the candles will burn down the house.

While the backyard fills with water, you realize that you are utterly powerless. You can’t muscle the storm away, you can’t reason with it. For the hours or days it thrashes your home, you are at its mercy.

In BLACK MAGIC, my May release from Samhain, a sorcerer calls forth a hurricane to level South Florida. The citizens of Citrus Glade go through hell to survive the storm. I’ve been told that the storm sections are harrowing. For this novel, I used that basic bit of writer’s advice: “Write what you know.” Buy yourself a copy and experience a hurricane the best way possible, vicariously.

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Food … the variety of life

I am fascinated by different cultures and their relationship with food. In Iceland for example, one of their delicacies is rotten shark meat called Hákarl. We’re not just talking 2 days past the expiry date here… we’re talking about burying the shark for 6-12 weeks, then letting it dry for another couple of months until it forms a brown crust. Note folks this is not an Hors d’oeuvre for the faint-hearted. Famed international food lover Anthony Bourdain described it as the single worst tasting thing he has ever eaten (and he’s eaten everything). The locals usually wash Hákarl down with a glass of cognac. Who could blame them?

 

East Indian verses West Indian Cuisine.

I was fortunate to grow up in the West Indies where food labeled ‘exotic’ in the US was part of our everyday diet. I took it for granted back then. West Indians are people from the Caribbean and East Indians are people from Pakistan, Asia, etc. So naturally their cooking style is different due to what is available on their continent. The thing we have in common is that we season everything. Seasonings consist of curry, turmeric, different spices, shadow benny, thyme that sort of thing.

 

In the Family Portrait series I wanted to give the characters an international flavor, so I made the matriarch of the family Brazilian. Since food is a part of the characters bonding ritual as a family, naturally mama Banovic opened up her kid’s palette to international cuisine at an early age. In Bastard’s Brew, eldest son Kevin uses what his mama thought him in the kitchen to get the girl.

“See, brother, that’s how you impress a woman. You cook them something exotic. The farther the continent, the more impressed she’ll be.” – Kevin.

Kevin proceeds to make chicken korma over basmati to impress his love interest. Korma has the flavor of ground coriander, cumin and spices. It can be made with yogurt as a base sauce incorporated with the juice from the meat.

A nice desert to go with this meal would have been gulab jamun. To Kevin’s dismay he points out to his brother that he couldn’t find gulab jamun at Gelson’s. Gulab Jamun is a sweet, amazingly delicious dessert. You can find the recipe here http://indianfood.about.com/od/sweetsanddesserts/r/gulabjamun.htm. I can still taste it to this day.

In Bastard’s Brew I sent the Banovic parents to Europe giving the kids more opportunity for mischief and mayhem, and they delivered. Kevin is left in charge of his siblings and his frenemies are surprised that he can cook. The first introduction we have of Kevin’s culinary skills, he is making cassava dumpling stew. My mom made this for my birthday last year and all I can say is BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER! I loved it so much I did a post on my website about it. Check it out here: http://www.plaintalkbm.com/cassava-dumpling-stew/

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Synopsis for Bastard’s Brew

When L’Wren’s ex-boyfriend Jeff suddenly disappears, she turns to Kevin to help her find him. With one phone call, Kevin makes sure that Jeff stays hidden and that L’Wren’s heart is broken, leaving the door open for Kevin to pursue her. But Kevin is not as free as L’Wren thinks; she is in the dark about his affair with her stepmother, Savi. Savi constantly reminds Kevin of his devious ways and uses their secret to keep him as her toyfriend.

“You don’t deserve to be loved, and you don’t deserve to be happy. You and I are the same … we’re broken inside. Everything we touch, we destroy. We don’t get happily ever after … we don’t get to ride off into the sunset. You know who gets that? L’Wren … she gets it, she gets the guy, and she deserves a decent guy.”- Savi

Kevin desires to be the man that L’Wren deserves, but before he can assume the role of white knight, he brews one last plan to get rid of Savi for good. Will L’Wren, the innocent victim in their twisted game, become a casualty?

Kevin may have sold his body to the devil in stilettos, but he’d be damned if he let her have his heart.

 

Suitable for adults 18+

 

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Trial Of Love Blog Tour and Rafflecopter Giveaway

Hi guys! this is my first post in a long time. I promise I didn’t abandon you, life just caught up with me.

I organized my first blog tour (yeeah!) and it’s for my first Regency Erotica Romance book. This will be the first of my tours and if you’d like to be a host of the next one (His Paris Affair) or for me to host you just comment below.

My first post will appear on Second Wind Publishing blog site on the 16th be sure to check it out. Then there will be follow up blogs some with excerpts from the book and others with a guest blog but all will have a rafflecopter code for the giveaways:

  5ebook coupons for TOL, 3 papperback copies of TOL and a purchase from Smashwords for any Historical/Regency ebook/s you want for $10.

Trial Of Love, a turbulant love story about a slave from America and the Earl who saved her from a fate worse than death.

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Blurb: After her mother’s death, Melanie’s life in America is full of heartache. Still, she has never allowed herself to despair. She was responsible for the care of her beloved father. Then he remarried a woman to wicked to be considered a mother to Melanie or her two sisters. After years of abuse, the stepmother sells Melanie off—to work in a brothel, and about to be sold to the highest bidder. Through a series of fortuitous events, Melanie falls into the care of Christopher, Earl of Ashworth, who has family issues of her own. The solution to his problems—and redemption for Melanie—wind together toward destiny.

Bloggers and dates (links to be published):

April:

21st- Second Wind Publishing

22nd- Illana

23rd- Marita

24th- Jamie

25th- Adrienne

26th-Monica

27th- Olivia

28th- Keliz

29th- Rebecca

30th- Milto

May

1st- Lisa

2nd- Emily

3rd- Maureen

4th- T.G.

5th- Sharon

6th- Nicole

7th- Riane

8th- Maryam

9th- Miriam

10th- Sharon

11th- Gillian

12th- Peggy

13th- Aarati

14th- Tina

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Numen’s Trust by Pat Nelson Childs

200About the Author

Pat Nelson Childs currently lives in Maine with his faithful cat, Bo. He was born and raised in Rumford, ME. In previous lives, he owned a clothing store in Provincetown, MA and worked as a computer support technician for a large international corporation based in Ann Arbor. He presently mentors GLBT youth and is at work on his latest book. When he’s not writing (which is rarely), the author enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking and traveling. He also likes watching football, baseball & hockey and hanging out with friends.

Link: http://www.patnelsonchilds.com/about.html

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Seven years have passed on Firma since Rokey’s narrow escape from The Order of the Bone. All of Firma is now at war. The living god, Cyure, and his merciless hordes have succeeded in conquering all other realms save two – the kingdoms of Iceberg and Glacia, far up in the Northern Expanse. As refugees pour into these kingdoms from all over Firma, Rokey, Flash and their companions are working constantly to stay one step ahead of Cyure, who still wants ‘The Scion’ alive in order to steal his awesome, but still largely latent power. Just as things look blackest, High Mage Ellispon and his fellow scholars happen upon a key which at last will enable them to translate the ancient scrolls taken from Moribar years before. It is from these scrolls that they learn of a magical object known simply as “The Heart”, which offers them the means to finally unlock Rokey’s enormous power. The only problem – The Heart is not even in Firma! And so the final quest begins – a race to find this fabled object and to give Rokey the power he needs to confront Cyure at last, saving both the people he loves, and the land that he has already given so much to defend.

Link: http://www.chroniclesoffirma.com/NTsummary.html

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the roof of the hut burned like a torch, as Ellispon and the two scholars hurried to gather together the scrolls and all the notes that covered the table. A chunk of burning debris fell on Bantion, setting his tunic ablaze. In a panic, he screamed and ran out the door.
“Bantion!” Valengyll screamed, and ran out after him, dropping his pile of papers. Ellispon went quickly to gather them up, jumping to dodge another section of the burning roof as it fell. Rokey watched through the doorway as Valengyll tackled Bantion and forced him to roll around on the ground to put the fire out. The elf then leapt up and drew his sword to defend the two of them from a pair of attacking ogres. Groog flew outside and assumed his fiery dragon guise, then swooped down to aid Valengyll. Ellispon rushed over to Rokey, the precious documents clutched to his chest.
“I’ve got everything,” he yelled over the melee. “Let’s go!”
Rokey led the way outside, his sword drawn to protect the old mage. He looked around quickly. There were bodies everywhere, but he saw no other enemy fighters close by, so he hastened to aid Valengyll as he struggled against the ogres.
‘Ellispon!’ he heard Groog send, ‘there is a clear path to a large brush patch straight behind you. Take the documents and hide there with them.’
Though he felt guilty about leaving, Ellispon obeyed without hesitation. In this situation, he knew that he would only be a hindrance. The other three continued to fight, Groog distracting the ogres as the other two engaged them with their swords. The battle did not last long. Rokey’s swordsmanship had grown superb over the years, and Valengyll, though he lacked skill, fought ferociously to protect the injured Bantion. After one ogre had been dispatched and the other had fled, Groog returned to his normal size, while Rokey helped Valengyll carry Bantion, severely burned and moaning in pain, out of the clearing and into the brush patch where Ellispon awaited them. All around, they could hear the battle still raging.
“I’ve got to go find Flash,” Rokey said in a panic.
“Rokey, you can’t,” said Ellispon. “It’s too risky.”
“Master, what would you have me do…just leave him out there?” Rokey protested angrily.
“Rokey, if we lose you, we’ve lost everything,” Ellispon reminded him. “You’ve got to get out of here – open a door to No-When and go. Take these documents with you. If Flaskamper is still alive, he’s already heading this way. If not…if not, then you’d only be throwing your life away for nothing.”
‘Ellispon is right, Rokey,’ Groog sent. ‘You must escape. You are Firma’s only hope. I will fly out and try to find Flaskamper.’
Rokey was about to argue further when Valengyll spoke.
“Is there anything you can do to help Bantion?” he pleaded. “He must be in terrible pain.”
‘I’ll find Flaskamper and tell him where you’re hiding,’ sent Groog, and flew off before Rokey could argue.
Though sick with worry, Rokey found that he could not ignore the young elf’s plea for help. He crawled over to where Valengyll sat with Bantion’s head cradled in his lap. It took Rokey only a moment, though, to realize that Bantion was beyond all help. He broke the news as gently as he could.
“But he can’t be dead,” Valengyll sobbed quietly. “He can’t be. He was – he was my life.”
With these words, Rokey felt his own heart tearing in two, for he knew that Ellispon was right. All around them the woods were beginning to erupt into flames, and they could hear the cries of the dying everywhere. It would be suicide for him to go looking for Flash. On the other hand, just like young Valengyll, he couldn’t imagine going on without his love. A he sat there, stunned and unable to act, Ellispon suddenly seized him by the shoulders.
“You have to go now, son!” he insisted. “All of Firma is depending on you. You have to escape before it’s too late!”
A nearby tree exploded, showering their hiding place with flaming debris. As the dry evergreen needles around them began to smolder, Rokey suddenly felt all of his emotions draining away. Yes, there was only one choice. His own life might be over, but ‘The Scion’ had to go on. There was too much at stake to let his personal feelings cripple him now.
“Very well,” he told Ellispon, “but I need you with me, and you must make Valengyll come too. I need you both to help finish translating the scroll.”
When Ellispon agreed, Rokey closed his eyes and began to reach out to the nearest articulation. He found it nearly impossible to concentrate, but he had performed this task so many times now in practice, it was now much less difficult for him. Still, the process required him to harness and manipulate a tremendous amount of energy, so once the process was underway, Rokey found himself becoming more and more focused on the job at hand. Soon he had constructed a stable doorway for them between two nearby trees.
“Go now, Master,” he told Ellispon. “Take Valengyll.”
The High Mage stood, still holding the valuable papers in his arms.
“Valengyll, you must come with us now,” he commanded gently but sternly.
“No!” said Valengyll defiantly. “I won’t leave him!”
“There will be a time to avenge him, Valengyll,” Ellispon tried. “I swear to you there will be. But now is not that time, son. We need you now. Firma needs you now.”
“You don’t know what you’re asking, Ellispon,” Valengyll said.
I know, Valengyll, Rokey thought, desperately scanning the trees behind them for any sign of the dragon or Flash. I know.
As Ellispon continued trying to persuade the young scholar, Rokey spied a person running toward their burning hut. For a moment, he dared to hope, but as the figure drew closer, his heart sank. It was the Princess Alengra – alone.
“Princess Alengra!” he yelled, shaking off his growing feelings of dread. “This way!”
Alengra turned and ran toward him.
“Where’s Flash?” he asked when she reached him.
“I don’t know!” she cried. “He and Briander went someplace to talk. I was supposed to meet them here, but then the attackers came and –”
Her knees began to buckle. For a moment, Rokey worried she might faint. He could not risk destroying the doorway in order to catch her. Fortunately she recovered herself.
“Leni,” he said, “we have to get out of here. Go through the doorway with my two friends there.” He gestured toward Ellispon and Valengyll.
“Doorway?” said Alengra. “What do you mean?”
Just then Rokey saw a group of enemy fighters break from the trees and start running toward them. There was still no sign of Groog or Flash, but now he could wait no longer.
“Come on!” he yelled, grabbing her arm. Though clearly confused, she accompanied him willingly. “Ellispon! Valengyll! Inside now!”
Ellispon entered the shimmering doorway just ahead of Rokey and Alengra. Valengyll, however, did not follow. Rokey turned back, only to find him rushing, his sword drawn, toward the pack of encroaching soldiers. There was no way any of them could stop him. Valengyll had chosen to stay and fight – to give his life avenging his slain lover. It was a supremely selfish act, and yet, as Rokey pulled the doorway closed, watching the young elf charge fearlessly into the overwhelming onslaught, the emotion he felt most keenly of all – was envy.

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Author Interview and Giveaway!

200About the Author

Pat Nelson Childs currently lives in Maine with his faithful cat, Bo. He was born and raised in Rumford, ME. In previous lives, he owned a clothing store in Provincetown, MA and worked as a computer support technician for a large international corporation based in Ann Arbor. He presently mentors GLBT youth and is at work on his latest book. When he’s not writing (which is rarely), the author enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking and traveling. He also likes watching football, baseball & hockey and hanging out with friends.

Link: http://www.patnelsonchilds.com/about.html

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How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in your book?

I guess pieces of me exist in all of my characters; some more than others. Very few people would be able to connect the pieces though. No one knows me that well.

How much of a story did you have in mind before you started writing?

 I carried a notebook around for twenty years with smatterings of ideas for The Chronicles of Firma before I ever really sat down to write it. Hopefully it won’t take me another twenty to get my current book done, but you never know.

Can you tell us what genre you write?

 Basically Fantasy and Science Fiction, although I try to throw some Mystery and Romance into everything I write as well.

How do you cope with writer’s block?

 I worry and suffer a lot, which basically makes it worse. I have no tricks for coping with it. When I can write, I write. When I can’t, I don’t.

How do you develop and differentiate your characters?

All of my work is character-based, so characters are developed before much plotting happens. I’m not sure just how it happens. They speak to me and I get to know them. I put them in various situations and I see how they behave. If I try to force them down a path that doesn’t make sense for them, the story just grinds to a halt, so they also help to drive the plot lines.

Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?

 I am a big believer in outlines. I do a complete and thorough outline for each book, and I try to stay guided by it as much as possible. Of course, there are times when the plotline I’ve outlined just doesn’t work – like when it runs afoul of what the characters would naturally do. When that happens, I change the outline as necessary. For the most part, though, I make a plan and stick to it.

How (or when) do you decide that you are finished writing a story?

Well, first I try to make sure all of the major loose ends are tied up (leaving enough untied for a sequel if I want). Then I just write until it feels like the characters are done with the business at hand. There’s no formula. It’s more of an intuition.

Is there a message in your writing you want readers to grasp?

 Well, the messages vary, but one of the main reasons I write is to give LGBT teens (and adults too) representation and role models in two genres that are very short on gay characters. That’s the reason there’s no explicit sex in my books. I want them to be accessible by teens and also enjoyable by adults, both gay and straight. Fortunately, I’m slowly seeing more writers doing what I’m doing, so in a few years hopefully there will be much more diversity in Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

What are you working on right now?

 Right now I am working on a Science Fiction novel about a six-foot-eight teenaged genius named Jonathan Starlander. That’s all I can say about it right now.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

 Yes, but life didn’t give me the talent to write prose until I was nearly forty years old. So I went through the early stages of my life kind of drifting from career path to career path. I knew I would write one day. I just didn’t know when I’d be ready.

At what age did you discover your love of writing?

 I started writing poetry at age ten, and I stuck with that pretty much exclusively until I started writing Orphan’s Quest, the first book of the Chronicles of Firma trilogy. I never went through the short story phase. I can’t do them.

What is the most difficult part of the whole writing process?

 Outlining. It’s boring. I admire anyone who can manage a complete, well thought out novel without an outline. I sure can’t.

What do you like to read?

All kinds of things: Sci-fi and Fantasy of course, but also mysteries, romances, history, biography. I do a lot of non-fiction reading to research my books, and it all interests me.

What writer influences you the most?

 Mercedes Lackey. Her Last Herald Mage trilogy inspired me to go ahead and write The Chronicles of Firma. It showed me that there was a market for good epic fantasy with gay heroes. For that reason, she’ll always be my literary hero.

If your book was made into a TV series or Movie, which actors would you like to see playing your characters?

 I don’t have a clue, but I’d sure like to see it happen.

Where can people learn more about you?

 They can read my books and speculate about me all they want. Other than that, I’m always happy to have new friends on facebook. I don’t go around spilling my guts all that often, but you can get a little more of a sense of what makes me tick. My facebook “me” page is facebook.com/patnelsonchilds.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself?

 I think I may have said too much already. I hate talking about myself. But I really want you to read my books!

This giveaway is US Only Signed copy of the Trilogy and
International a pdf version of the Trilogy

The winner will be announced at the end of the tour.

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About the Book

Seven years have passed on Firma since Rokey’s narrow escape from The Order of the Bone. All of Firma is now at war. The living god, Cyure, and his merciless hordes have succeeded in conquering all other realms save two – the kingdoms of Iceberg and Glacia, far up in the Northern Expanse. As refugees pour into these kingdoms from all over Firma, Rokey, Flash and their companions are working constantly to stay one step ahead of Cyure, who still wants ‘The Scion’ alive in order to steal his awesome, but still largely latent power. Just as things look blackest, High Mage Ellispon and his fellow scholars happen upon a key which at last will enable them to translate the ancient scrolls taken from Moribar years before. It is from these scrolls that they learn of a magical object known simply as “The Heart”, which offers them the means to finally unlock Rokey’s enormous power. The only problem – The Heart is not even in Firma! And so the final quest begins – a race to find this fabled object and to give Rokey the power he needs to confront Cyure at last, saving both the people he loves, and the land that he has already given so much to defend.

Link: http://www.chroniclesoffirma.com/NTsummary.html

Welcome Featured Romance Author Deanna Jewel

Please welcome Deanna Jewel, multi-genre romance author. Ms. Jewel shares wisdom and personal experiences in her interview, information writers, authors, and readers may use or find interesting. Readers, thank you for joining us this week and be sure to get into her contests below! Without further delay, I’ll hand the floor over to Ms. Jewel:

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Christina: Deanna, welcome my blog! Of your books, which one was the easiest to write? Why?

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 Deanna:  Thank you for having me this week. I love chatting with new readers! Never Surrender was the easiest. I have to explain this: No Turning Back was actually my FIRST manuscript, but published second because I had so much correcting to do as I learned a LOT writing that first manuscript. When I wrote Never Surrender, it came easier than my first manuscript and was like a movie in my head that I just put on paper. During the writing of the second one, I had learned the meaning of POV for characters and NOT to head hop for my readers. That only confuses them and causes them to go back and reread. So – Never Surrender was released first but was my second manuscript. No Turning Back was the first, and for me a training manuscript, and was released second.

 Christina: Which of your characters do you most resonate with?

Deanna:  It’s not so much one character as it is different character traits. I like a strong female who isn’t always on the fence about how to react to a situation. They’re strong and know what they want and one way or another, WILL get what they want!

Christina: Which of your characters was the toughest to write? Why?

Deanna: The toughest was Vanessa in No Turning Back. I still can’t put my finger on it but she was different. She’s still a strong-willed character but I know I didn’t  go deep enough with her.

Christina: What is your writing routine – a typical day? Explain.

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Deanna:  I do my own marketing and email in the morning and normally write at night because I help at the office as much as I can as we own offices for a tax business, so we’re extremely busy January through April. My writing begins again full force about mid-May. I wrote a sequel to No Turning Back and reincarnated my characters 200 years later in Whispers at Ghost Point, about a ghost in an abandoned light house at Wilmington NC.

 Christina: Did you do research for your books and if so, where did you find it?

 Deanna:  For Never Surrender, my brother lived in Dubois WY and when I visited there back in ’95 and ’97 the story just popped into my head or rather, the characters did, and wouldn’t leave until I finished their story. They are now at me to write the sequel and I’m not ready to do that yet so they keep etching scenes into my mind for later. I did lots of research on the Shoshone Nation and their way of life back then so I hope I did them proud in my novel. I was also lucky enough to contact a linguistics professor from Boise State University who was kind enough to translate a bit of my Shoshone dialogue into their language for me. I’d love to reach him to let him know it’s now in print but haven’t been successful at that. He did the translation back in ’98 for me so it’s been a while.

The research I did for No Turning Back was fun but I have to admit I was very fortunate to have someone stumble upon a few chapters I’d posted and she let me know that I didn’t have all my equine information correct. She alerted me to bloodlines in England at the time my story takes place so I was able to pull in and include that information to make the story a bit more real. I owe all the horse information to her and she IS in my acknowledgements for the book.

For Whispers at Ghost Point, my husband and I visited Wilmington NC and Savannah GA. I’m happy to say I ate and walked many of the locations in the story. I loved visiting both states and locations! I also believe in the paranormal and that helped me make the ghost as real as possible!

 Christina: What inspired you to write fiction? Romance?

 Deanna:  I’ve always been a romantic at heart and still am. I also believe in happy endings and finding love a second time when one thinks there is no one else for them. I fell in love with Kathleen Woodiwiss, Rosemary Rogers, Virginia Henley, and Victoria Holt – oops, I think that’s dating myself a bit, but their books are soooo good. Then I read several by other authors that had poor plotting, bad dialogue, head hopping which caused me to have to reread paragraphs to see if I missed something and I knew I had to at least try my hand at writing. It took me 15 years after writing the stories to actually put them into print so I hope readers will enjoy them.

 Christina: List the ways people can find you.ebook_image

 Deanna:  I have contact links on my websites, as well as links to sign up for my newsletter (I do hold contests for subscribers!) All of my books are available on at all online stores and Never Surrender and Unleash Your Inner Strength are FREE until the end of September. I love to hear from readers and other authors so please contact me, follow me or join me:

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 Christina: What tip would you give an aspiring fiction author?

 Deanna: Study character POV so you aren’t head hopping; this confuses the readers. If you ever read a book and it seems a fast read for you, it’s probably because the author only used a few points of view so you didn’t always wonder whose head you were in!

Be sure to use all five senses! Your readers want to smell what the characters smell, feel what they touch…does the hero have a smooth face or did he not shave yet today? *wink* Let the reader taste what the characters do – is the lemonade tart? Does it stab at the back of their jaw when they taste it?

One more tip:  Read your work out loud. If it sounds short and choppy as you read out loud, it will sound the same way to a reader. Make one sentence flow into the next so it reads smoother. Word has a function that will let you find words that are used too often such as she/he, her/him, was, etc. Use that and highlight those words then go back and make changes. Don’t make your story sound like an instruction manual!

 Christina: Would you tell us about why you decided to self-publish, and how it is working out?

 Deanna:  A few years ago I agreed to go with an online publisher. It ended badly and was partly my fault because I didn’t research her company or her for that matter. I woke up one day to find the website gone and the authors scrambling to figure out what was happening. She’d kept all the royalties and not paid any of them for a year or more. Luckily, I wasn’t one of the badly burned authors and didn’t lose much money but some lost a lot.

Currently, I self-publish after being burned like that. I do realize not all online publishers are like that but I’m not ready to take that chance again just yet. I enjoy doing my covers although I did have someone else finish the cover for No Turning Back for me and I didn’t have the time to learn how then. I did produce the new cover for Never Surrender and have received many comments on it! The sales are finally moving on that book also.

I do my own marketing, Twitter, FaceBook, blog, Author’s Den, websites, book signings, book marks, book trailers, at YouTube (which I find I love doing though they take about twelve hours to do, or longer), and I do interviews on my blog for other authors to help get their books out there.

 Christina: Tell us a little about your current work in progress.

Deanna:  I recently finished Whispers at Ghost Point and it’s now available. I find reincarnation fascinating though some don’t believe in that. I do and I believe in ghosts and that they are all around us, good or bad. But my ghost in Whispers has been trapped in the light house for centuries searching for the love he lost in a past life, his ship and his crew off the coast of North Carolina.

I’m now working on the sequel to my Indian time travel, Never Surrender. I’ve got no title yet and no release date at this point but the story will continue where Never Surrender ends. I hope all of you download the FREE book while you can.

 Christina: Can you share a bit of your historical with us?

 Deanna: I’d love to share a bit from No Turning Back:

 Excerpt:

Jewel_276:Layout 1 He tasted her skin and kissed a path down the side of her neck, along her bared collar bone. The muscles low in his groin contracted as her touch ignited embers deep inside of him that had lain dormant far too long. Nathan had hoped he’d hardened his feelings, buried them deep, but this woman had unknowingly found a way to caress his soul. He never thought he’d find another female who could incite such rolling passion within him, but then – Vanessa was no ordinary woman.

Listening to her moans of pleasure, feeling her body quiver at his touch, he knew he had awakened feelings she wanted left hidden, but the fire she created with him needed to be quenched. The heaviness of his arousal, coupled with the intoxicating scent of her, intensified the sensitivity of his flesh, making the movement of her hands on his back send a tremor down his spine. He ached all over for her.

As his lips seared a path across the swell of her breast, a moan again escaped her lips. When he glanced at her face, her closed eyes more than explained the pleasure she experienced with him. He slid his fingers beneath the material of her gown at her other shoulder, slipping it down to bare her breasts. He took his time, enjoying her soft skin. Leisurely tasting a rosy peak, Nathan gathered the weight of her breast in his hand. She pressed her head back into the pillow, and bit into her lower lip. Her movements brushed against his arousal and a groan slipped from his throat as he suckled her breast.

Gripping Vanessa’s waist, he rolled over, taking her with him. Her hair swept his face. He brushed it to one side, cupped her face in his hands and their eyes met; he sought another slow, amorous kiss. Her lips burned with fire, her tongue hot against his own, swirling together, making him crazy. The passion intensified his emotions.

The weight of her body atop him drove his desire to the edge. He’d make love to her right now if they didn’t slow down. With his need for her being so strong and suppressed for too long, Nathan withdrew from the kiss. Vanessa’s breath came in ragged gasps, telling him this affected her in the same way. He’d loved her for so long now and to hope for the same feelings to be returned made his heart soar.

She rested her forehead on his chest as he held her tight. “Nathan…we have to stop. I can’t do this,” she whispered and the muscles of his body tensed upon hearing her words, knowing they couldn’t go where they both wanted at the moment.

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 Christina: Deanna, thank you. It’s been a pleasure and enlightening having you as my featured guest author today. Congratulations and I wish you many more publishing successes.

Deanna:  Christina, thank you so much for introducing me to your readers. I hope you get a chance to read Never Surrender so you can enjoy a trip back to the Rockies in Wyoming and meet Taima, my blue-eyed warrior! Readers, thank you all for stopping in. Do click over and get into my other contests! My Grand Prize Contest is HERE.

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 Author Biography &Links

Deanna Jewel lives in the Pacific Northwest and has been writing multi-genre romance since 1991. She is married to a retired captain of the fire department. He’s also owned his own businesses for 23 years. They have two Siamese cats: Zoie and Sinbad, who keep them entertained. Deanna has enjoyed reading historical romance novels for over thirty years, camping with her family, and traveling.

She writes to draw the reader into the story to experience what the characters feel, to show both the hero’s and heroine’s points of view, and to take the reader away from their every day stress to a place not yet visited.

A trip to Dubois, Wyoming, south of Yellowstone, inspired her time-travel novel. The landscape and town locations described in NEVER SURRENDER are real.  Jon Daley, a professor at Boise State University, translated the Shoshone language that you will find in the book. This novel won an Honorable Mention in the 2008 Quill Awards at Writing.com.

NO TURNING BACK, her historical romance, takes place in England, 1778, was released in April 2010, and is available in print, eBook and iBook for download to your electronic readers.

Her newest novel, WHISPERS AT GHOST POINT, released in late December, 2012. Whispers takes place at an abandoned lighthouse in Wilmington, NC and is the sequel to No Turning Back. The characters are reincarnated into the present. Join Dana as she learns about her past while working toward her future. The dangers that lurk at an abandoned lighthouse pull her into a past she was unaware of but also involves a man she’s never met…in this lifetime!

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