Saturday, February 7, 2015

Imagination...

The imagination is an unlimited source of entertainment, and authors, screenwriters, artists of all types, tap into this sacred resource to provide the best in story telling.  

I've read a few books since Christmas that I would qualify as engaging stories.  At least they kept me occupied and engaged, which with the characters in my head constantly clamoring for attention, is a hard thing to achieve these days.



The Chronicles of the Uprising by K.A. Salidas is a series that kept me entertained from the beginning and I now have blasted my way through them all.  I really enjoyed this one, especially since it combines vampires and gladiators and Mira - the main character - is wonderfully complex and capable.  Ms. Salidas did a fantastic job bringing us into the dystopian world of the future. If you haven't picked up this series, and you like unique vampire lore, this is a must read.


I was a little hesitant to pick up Monster by Carmen Caine based on the reviews, but it was a free book and I still hadn't formulated the next scene in my upcoming novel Magick, so I downloaded this. Again, it's a vampire type theme and while I could see some of the inconsistencies some of the reviewer's mentioned, overall, it's an intriguing story line. I found the tension between Lucien and Cassidy compelling. The hot/cold of it was aggravating, but it kept me reading and silently wishing the two would let their guard down and just give in.

Both these stories are great examples of exceptional storytelling. They both have the ability to draw the reader into their worlds to the point we have to keep reading to find out what happens next.

A non-paranormal series that carries this same sense of urgency and dynamics between main characters is The Charlotte Hayes series by S.S. Lange.  I may be biased on this for a couple reasons, the first is that I chose to publish this intense series - it has a solid story line with a kick ass female lead, and as a publisher, I couldn't pass on the story.  The second reason was why I got to read the first draft of that first book. This wasn't a submission that came through our publishing house. You see, Ms. Lange is family and she asked me for feedback on her first foray into writing fiction. The last thing she expected when she sent me her rough draft was an offer of a publishing contract,  but it was THAT good and after a conversation about her publishing options (i.e. going traditional, publishing with a small press, or self publishing), she made the choice to sign on with Novel Concept Publishing.  If you like FBI suspense thrillers, then pick up this series, you won't be disappointed.

As a reader, I love to get sucked into a story and, as a writer, I have a high respect for authors that can do this without fail and the examples above certainly qualify.

As far as what I have on tap this year - well, my releases include Magick, a story about a ghost gone bad, and Angel Blood - the next book in the Ryan Chronicles series.  

Until next time,
Ciao.
JET



Friday, January 30, 2015

Now I can add Award winning Author to my resume...

Saving Grace, the first book in The Ryan Chronicles was voted the 2014 Reviewers Choice for Paranormal Romantic Suspense/Thriller over at the Paranormal Romance Guild.

How cool is that?

Now, I need to get ready for Superbowl weekend.

Go Patriots!!!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015...

2015 is going to be a crazy year on all fronts.  As of this moment, I only have two books outlined for publication in the first half of 2015:

Magick - a Paranormal Romance with a twist.

All the stars in Paige's life seem to line up perfectly, including Hunter's romantic, full-moon proposal in the perfect setting: a graveyard garden on Halloween night.

The moment Paige and Hunter step inside the fraternity for the annual Halloween bash, their entire future unravels in a swell of drugs and deceit.

When Paige wakes up in a sanitarium with no recollection of anything beyond a few raunchy sex acts, the news she is presented with squeezes her heart to the breaking point.

Hunter is dead. He died of a drug overdose and everyone thinks she is the one responsible.

Paige knows she didn't drug Hunter, but with the gaps in her memory and no trace of drugs in her system to substantiate her story, no one believes her. With all the evidence pointing in her direction, proving her innocence may be an impossible feat.

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The second book I have a rough idea of is the fourth in The Ryan Chronicles.  The next three books will be told from Tom's point of view.  This one will be ready for the summertime...











I have mentioned this in the past, but I have been turning over the story lines for both Armageddon and Harvest Moon and 2015 may be the year that these two short stories end up morphing into novellas or even full length novels.

In the meantime, I hope you have a chance to enjoy my back list and I look forward to entertaining you during 2015!

Don't forget to leave reviews!

Happy New Year!  I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015.

Until next time,
Ciao
JET


Monday, December 15, 2014

Author Spotlight - An Interview with S.S. Lange

JET:  Can you tell us about your most recent book?

S.S. Lange: My most recent book is Almost Found, which is the third book in the Charlotte Hayes series. It picks up right after Charlotte, the main character, has a major bomb dropped on her by another character and follows her through the resulting fallout and ongoing threats from a crime family that has been after her for quite a while.

JET:  What drew you to suspense?

S.S. Lange: I’ve always loved a good mystery and cliff-hangers, anything that makes me keep turning the pages. Getting to the end of a chapter with the feeling of “I can’t stop here… just one more” is one of my favorite things. When I finally convinced myself to sit down and really write something, I wanted to write what I enjoy reading, and hopefully create that experience for others.

JET:  What’s been your most challenging hurdle on the road to publication? 

S.S. Lange: My biggest hurdle was my own insecurity. Sending off my manuscript to be read by someone else for the first time was absolutely terrifying (and even as I start in on my fourth novel, it’s still pretty terrifying).

JET:  What was your favorite moment in the journey?

S.S. Lange: When the first person to finish the book once it was published told me they stayed up until 4a.m.
because they couldn’t put Long Lost down. Absolutely amazing feeling.

JET:  Which authors had the most influence over you growing up? 

S.S. Lange: Tough question! I read almost anything I could get my hands on. Some of the authors I still go back to include Lois Lowry, Mitch Albom, S.E. Hinton, and of course I can’t wait to revisit Laura Ingalls Wilder with my daughters.

JET: When did you know you wanted to take the plunge into the writing world?

S.S. Lange: I’m sure this is cliché, but I’ve always known. Before bucket lists were even a mainstream thing, one of my life goals – in the back of a journal from third grade – was to be published. I’ve been writing as long as I can remember – poems, short stories, terrible attempts at song lyrics at first. I think the longest story I wrote prior to Long Lost was maybe thirty pages? Something clicked one day though and LongLost started to come together and before I knew it I had an actual completed novel.

JET: What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of book research? Most interesting fact you uncovered?

S.S. Lange: My Google history could probably get me arrested, but nothing to crazy (yet).

JET:  Of all the novels and stories you’ve written - which one is your favorite?  Why?

S.S. Lange: They’re a bit like my children so it’s hard to pick favorites, but so far Blood is Thicker is definitely my favorite. I had so much fun writing it and it completely took on a life of it’s own, which if you’ve never had happen, is a very cool experience. I think each one becomes a new favorite though as I face different challenges and learn more about myself and my process.

JET:  Any advice (from a writer’s standpoint) for the novices out there?

S.S. Lange: Just do it. And keep doing it. Stay up far too late when you’re in the zone and just keep writing. And don’t let your nerves keep you from putting yourself (and your work) out there.

JET: All right - now that I’ve hammered you with the big questions, let’s tackle my favorite (and geeky) quick ten... starting with: Steak or Tofu?

S.S. Lange:  Steak

JET: Beach or Mountains?

S.S. Lange:  Mountains

JET: Country or Rock-n-Roll?

S.S. Lange:  Country

JET: Coffee or Tea?

S.S. Lange:  Coffee

JET: Salty or Sweet?

S.S. Lange:  Sweet

JET: Cat or Dog?

S.S. Lange:  Dog

JET: Audio books or E-books?

S.S. Lange:  E-books

JET: Kick-ass name-taker or Scream for help?

S.S. Lange:  Kick-ass name-taker

JET: Sword wielding ninja or Gun toting momma?

S.S. Lange:  Gun toting momma

JET: Star Trek or Star Wars?

S.S. Lange:  Star Wars

JET:  Thank you for indulging me.  Before we wrap this up, can you tell us what you're working on now?  What's next?

S.S. Lange: Now that Almost Found is out, I’m plugging away on the next in The Charlotte Hayes Series. It’s still early so I don’t have much to say about it yet, but I’ve got big plans for this one. I’m also working on something completely new that’s more in the young adult genre with some supernatural and dystopian elements.

JET: Thank you so much for taking the time to chat on my blog.  Folks, you can find out more about S.S. Lange and his/her work at the following places:


Until next time,
Ciao.
JET

Friday, December 5, 2014

Suffering in Silence

SILENCE   

On an early September day in 1979, Jamie Wilson hobbles down the sidewalk on crutches, her broken leg aching. As the school buses rumble past, some jerk yells “Faker!” out the window. 

Jamie flips the bird in response. 

Big mistake. 

She pissed off the wrong egomaniac, and this bully rules the school. 

High school becomes a daily nightmare when her tormentors wage psychological warfare, starting with a physical attack in the hallway meant to terrorize. With only a three-day suspension as punishment and the threat of expulsion for any further physical attacks, the bitch squad change tactics, relentlessly lobbing verbal hand grenades at every opportunity. 

Words are powerful weapons, especially when the school offers no protection against verbal assault. Suffering in silence is Jamie’s only choice if she doesn't want to end up in ICU. 
But silence can become an equally dangerous agent of self-destruction. 


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This book is perhaps the hardest story I've ever put down on paper, and let's face it, I've written some pretty disturbing stories.  But everything before this book was pure fiction. Making up crap is easy compared to dredging up old and unwelcome memories, even if it occasionally prompts some nasty nightmares.  

The only other true story ripped from the pages of my life can be found in the short story collection Glimpses. Pollywogs and Water Moccasins was based on the day we moved into our home in Connecticut when I was seven.  

Silence is, at it's core, a true story, wrapped in the pretty packaging of fiction. It tackles a social issue that is still prevalent today. Perhaps, the means are different these days; instead of verbal assault, it's now cyber attacks. Either way, bullying is bullying and it takes a strong core to constructively handle a bully. 

Is standing up to a bully the right course of action? Sometimes it is, especially if you are equipped with self defense training or a sharp, quick wit.  But when that approach could land you in the hospital...or worse, silence may be the only option. 

However, remaining silent for extended periods of time can be self-destructive. That build up of hostility, anger, frustration, and all the other emotions that go along with being a victim, must be released in some manner. I would advocate finding a healthy release, even though that is not the path I took. 

Surviving high school can be challenging in the best of circumstances, but when you pile on bullies and other social issues, it can seem next to impossible. Silence is a walk alongside the darkest days of my life and for those that are on that same path today, you may just find a sliver of hope within these pages.

Silence will be released on December 17, 2014, however, it is currently available for preorder at the following places:  AmazoniTunesBarnes & NobleKobo and Smashwords


Until next time,
Ciao
JET








Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Guest post by New York Times Best Selling Author Dawn Michelle

A couple of months ago Jane let me on here to talk about my werewolf series, Claimed by the Beast. Whatever I did, it must have worked because she's letting me come back and do it again. Except this time it's not Claimed by the Beast and it's not about werewolves…well, not entirely. This time I'm here to talk about what happened after Claimed by the Beast. My new book follows Beth, one of the main supporting characters that faded away by the time the series was finished. A lot of bad things happened to her, bad things that I wanted to make up for. Unfortunately, giving her a series of her own might not have been the best option. To come out on top with a HEA (Happily Ever After) ending, she's going to have to earn it.

In between the Claimed by the Beast and Blood Kissed series I spent a little time a story called A Cold Winter's Bite. It was included in the A Kiss of Christmas Magic bundle that saw amazing success when it was released earlier this month. So amazing that yours truly can now say she is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author!

That same chart topping story has some characters that pop into this series as well. All of my books are going to be connected, it's just so much more fun that way. A little drama here and there, maybe some love triangles, and even an occasional chest thumping between alpha males that haven't figured out it's the women that are really in charge. Silly boys, anyhow!

I hope by now you're waiting for your First Kiss, because it's waiting for you! And when you're done with that, head on over to pre-order Forever Kiss, which is scheduled to be released on December 12th. Lover's Kiss, book 3 (and the last book in the series) will come out sometime around January 1st.
 




Thank you all so much!

Dawn Michelle