Monthly Archives: April 2018

Not so new

I’m a habit girl. I know this is supposed to be my ‘New Year  – New Everything’ year, and in many ways, it is. But then there are the things that I’ll be fighting tooth & nail to remain status quo. I’m losing many of these, but dang it’s a battle.

This week, it’s learning a new phone. I want…desperately want, not to do this. I didn’t get a choice though. The cell that I’ve coddled and carried for the last 5 years decided that it wanted to play games – games like, did you have a call, or not? Did you send that text, or didn’t you? Did the call you missed leave a voice mail, or not? Maybe I’ll share it with you tomorrow…or not. It mocks me.

I know…in today’s climate, 5 years is an exceptional life for a cell phone device to function. And, for some things, it is still working just the way it always did. Unfortunately, for the communication things that I carry it for most, not so much. Begrudgingly, I made the trek and took the plunge into a newer model over the weekend. It’s painful folks. Sincerely, pain-filled.

I want the old. I want the familiarity of the feel of it against my hand. I want the ability to key in that mid-slumber muse without having to look at the screen and be blinded awake. I want the not so new sense of it being just as it has always been. That’s not going to happen.

No, I have to learn a new phone, new icons, new short-cuts, new pretty much everything. I’m not a technology person to begin with. This…is akin to being flayed alive for me. I’m still worn and bloodied from the first twenty-four hours. I have 15 days to decide if I like it…but to what end? I can’t get my old one to work, and there isn’t a newer model that is close enough to fool this old habit girl.

SO…if you see me cursing a bit more, or angling for sanity…it’s Savie-speak for I hate the NEW part of this particular adventure. Down the road, it will lessen I’m sure, but not yet. And, I don’t think anytime soon. How ironic that I’ve left a piece of my soul with a bit of technology. One that I don’t know that I ever truly mastered the potentials of.

For all the ‘New Year – New Everything’ I’ve got going on. Today I want the old. I’m going to grab a fresh tablet and see if some long-hand word work will compensate. Maybe…at least until the next text or something happens. Then, like earlier, I’ll wonder absently at just how much I really need that in my life…because if not – I can have the old one back…right? A girl can dream.

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When your muse speaks . . .

A few weeks ago I had all my ducks lined up. I had a schedule. Finish To Kill A Demon and Heart of Stone, get them published this year. Finish Blindsided and get it ready for release in April 2019. Spend the remainder of 2019 writing Deuces Wild, the final installment of The Kindred series. I was good with the plan.

Then, I had a conversation with one of the nurses I work with. I’d just found out her genre of choice was paranormal romance. She was interested in reading my books. Jokingly, I told her my next project would be in a hospital setting but I wasn’t sure where I would go with it. She told me about a doctor she once worked with. And, there it was—the premise for another book! I’m hoping this one can wait until 2019, but you know how that goes. Once the muse raises its head . . .  I’m so excited about the idea, I contacted my cover artist. She told me she’d drop everything to get on this one. This is a sign, right? I’ll have to see how it goes, but I have a feeling my muse is going to have sit in a corner for the new kid.

For now, I’m promoting the release of A Destiny Denied. I hope you already got your copy. If not, you can get it HERE. The third installment of my Kindred series, this is Doc and Maggie’s story. As with all my Kindred books, they are much more than just one warrior and his Promised Soul. The Kindred are a clan, and their lives intertwine. There’s a LOT going on, and Destiny is no different. Let me know what you think by leaving a review. I always appreciate feedback.

I’m happy to say that To Kill A Demon is with the Beta readers and is scheduled for the editor’s desk in mid-May. That one should stay on schedule for release in August. Now, I’m focused on finishing Heart of Stone. So far, so good.

Until next week,

~Madison

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The Mighty Power of Words

In less than 3 weeks, on May 8th, Breathe Me to Life in the Once Upon a Twisted Time box set, will be live and in the hands of the public at large. Right now  some bloggers have it, and there is a nervous anxiety in knowing that your brand new baby is in the hands of readers who’s job it is to read your story objectively and judge it.

Don’t get me wrong….I know my story is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. That knowing, however, doesn’t negate the desire of wanting everyone to like my book baby…or at least to be kind and constructive with their criticism of it.  I get that once you expose your art, in whatever form you chose to display your creativity, to the public, you are opening yourself up to their public opinion.

There is this observation that has been made by more than a few authors. Some people are reluctant to leave reviews for things they enjoy, but things they don’t like…they are more than willing to pull up their mighty desk chair steed and fire off their keyboards to leave a scathing review, which at times can turn into a personal attack on the author. I have not had this experience. I hope I never do, but there is always the possibility that it will happen. I don’t think there is an effective way of preparing yourself for the eventuality of that punch in the gut. I don’t think this happens only in reviews. I think it happens in our everyday lives as well. Words have the power to build up and tear down…it’s on all of us to be conscious of how we use them.

With the good, there is  the bad…and you have to accept that you can’t have one without the other, for without the darkness how do you appreciate the light?

All that being said…here is a sneak peek at Breathe Me to Life…

The combined scent of amber and sandalwood floating on the current of air that came through when the door opened niggled at her memory of Kellan. It had been seven years since she last laid eyes on him in the flesh. Seven long years. He had left his imprint on her life, and every man she tried to date didn’t come close in comparison with him. I’m doomed to spend my life waiting for a man who has probably forgotten I even exist. She closed her eyes and inhaled, hoping to carry the smell of him with her when she fell into sleep’s dark embrace later.

Two years, after the veil between the Fae and human realms fell, she started seeing Kellan in her dreams. Only there did she know the feel of his hands against her skin, the never satisfying hunger for his kiss, the taste of his sweat, and the musky scent of their bodies as they rose to the pinnacle of ecstasy and shattered together. In her dreams, she knew the feel of his arms holding her tightly against his sweat-drenched body. She’d reluctantly fall into an exhausted sleep, only to awaken to an empty room and bed, with only the phantom touch of him upon her skin.

Those nightly visits came to an abrupt stop three weeks ago. Her heart ached at the pang of loss even as her brain railed at his disappearance without out a word of goodbye. In the light of day, she knew they were just dreams. What she shared with Kellan in the recesses of her sleeping mind was not real, but it felt like it was, or had been.

The sound of a throat clearing brought Ailsa out of her out of her reverie. Looking up, her breath caught in her throat. Standing there was Kellan dressed in black leather pants that hugged his hips and muscular legs like a second skin. A white tunic tucked into his waistband with a V at the neckline offered a teasing glimpse of the chest it covered. The man who had been her dream lover and ruined any attraction to other men was now standing in front of her. Mouth open, she stood, her feet rooted to the floor, staring at him in shocked surprise, as a smirk tipped up one corner of his full lips.

“Are you not happy to see me, mo milis?” His voice was more seductive than it had been in her dreams.~©Jolanthe Aleksander, Breathe Me to Life 2018~

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079MQKQF5 
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079MQKQF5 
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Amazon AUS: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B079MQKQF5 
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Kobo: http://bit.ly/2yqXKLs
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2gkvAXU 

Until next week….Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

New Year…New lesson

As you may recall, I’ve been a busy beaver lately. With 4 releases in roughly 8 weeks, it’s been a bit helter-skelter. BUT, without it, I would not have the latest “Oh” moment, thanks to a reader.

Baiting a Berserker came out last week…and woahmygosh Y’all blew me out with the numbers. So far up to #3 in category AND on the Hot New Releases charts… I’m stunned silly and speechless…but let me say THANKS!

Anyhoop…one of the readers, who noticed that Fynn is a bit long-winded, made a comment about paragraphing in dialogue, which forced me to do what I always do…hit the books and research it. I’m tickled for the lesson. I was right to break the monologue into paragraphs, but there is a better way to distinguish it in the larger body. SO THANK YOU! I learned something new because you read my work and made me look. I love that.

A writer is never more than the reaction of a reader who enjoys the story. You guys have sent me flying. I’ll never have enough words for that.

Read something great til we meet again.
MWAH!!
Sav

Special Days

I write because I enjoy it. I love escaping into a world of my own making where my characters come to life. I often wonder about my readers, though. Do they enjoy my books? Do they like my characters and the world they live in? My family and friends are supportive of my work, and they tell me they like my writing. But what about other readers . . . the ones I don’t know. That random person who one-clicks a book on Amazon?

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to meet a couple of them. I was having lunch with my friend, F. J. Roberts, at a local restaurant. Our server told me she’d read one of my books and wanted to read the others. I happily supplied her with rack cards, thinking that was the end of it. She soon came back to our table asking if I would mind meeting one of her co-workers. Another woman had read my books and was a huge fan. Seriously? I had a fan?? Of course, I wanted to meet her. I was soon introduced to a lovely young woman by the name of Talisha. She was obviously nervous, and I did my best to put her at ease. Her story was a familiar one; her love of books, reading to escape the pressures of life’s little problems. Thankfully, F.J. had enough presence of mind to snap a picture of the two of us.

Talisha Bland

Finding out that someone truly enjoyed my books gave me an indescribable thrill. Believe me, it was the highlight of my day. Knowing that there are people out there who enjoy my books, who eagerly look forward to my next one . . . those are the ones that keep me on track. I am grateful to those readers.

With that kind of motivation, I can’t stop now. I have stories to tell.

Until next week,

~Madison

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Support

I’m a firm believer in supporting my fellow authors who are a part my the same publishing house along with author friends who are not. So today I’m shouting out a great big CONGRATULATIONS to my fellow EBB authors, Madison Granger and Savannah Verte. They both have new releases! Yay! New Reads for you and me!

I also wanted to remind you that the Once Upon a Twisted Time boxset which includes my short story, Breathe Me to Life, is less than a month from release day! It’s not too late to pre-order your copy on all outlets.

Breathe Me to Life~Once Upon a Twisted Time

Ailsa was biding her time when the call of the music floating on the wings of the night’s wind led her to a moonlit glen and another world.

Kellan, Prince of the Fae Court, was tired and bored with things as they were until a young woman not only sparked his interest but his desire to finally claim a mate.

Two souls find in each other a connection unlike any other.

A chance encounter brought them together. A dream created a bond. Will the jealousy of one who was scorned tear them apart? Or will love’s kiss breathe life into a sleeping beauty?

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079MQKQF5

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079MQKQF5

Amazon CAN: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B079MQKQF5

Amazon AUS: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B079MQKQF5

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/once-upon-a-twisted-time-julie-morgan/1127238361

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1296957364

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/once-upon-a-twisted-time-3

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36436315-once-upon-a-twisted-time 

 

Destiny Denied by Madison Granger

 Doc Gilchrist has long harbored a secret love. Knowing she isn’t his Promised Soul, however, has made him keep his distance.

Maggie Ferguson deals with the departure of the man she has given her heart to. As weeks go by, unidentified forces attack, leaving those closest to her rallying to come to her aid.

Alexis thought her past was behind her. An unwelcome visitor reminds her that he still holds power over her, threatening to destroy her chance of love and happiness.

As the prophecy that surrounds Quinn, Torie, and their Elite Guardians unfurls to complete their destinies, they find their peace of mind comes laced with adversity and intrigue.

 

Paranormal Dating Agency: Baiting A Berserker (Kindle Worlds Novella)  

Addian Hevir doesn’t want a mate, he needs one…to save his clan, and himself before the beast within consumes what’s left of his humanity. As a berserker, it’s only a matter of time before one, or both happen. Time is perilously short.
Fynn Barrow has had more than her share of Mr. Wrongs. A strong, independent Mer-woman, she’s not going to be content with just any man. She needs to be wanted by one who can meet her challenges in return. She’s not interested in playing the damsel in distress, or the dutiful housewife, to anyone.
Gerri confidently pairs them, but it only takes one meeting for them both to have doubts. Can two dominant personalities find the balance to come together before others interfere and send one to their death, and the other back to square one? Or, will it take the imminent threat to drive them where they need to be?

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

New year…New…Nah – Rinse & repeat

Every time I think I’m going to embark on the new ground I thought I’d be covering, something really familiar jumps up and says, “Psych.”

Been there, done that…kinda like most things…only hitting a different beginning on the wheel I know so well. The trick will be avoiding the spots where I blew through the structure and fell before. I think I can do it.

New to me this year…though still a writing, editing, formatting, publishing event is Kindle Worlds. I’ve never done one, though I was invited previously. Whelp, today is the day. The release is not officially until tomorrow…but the almighty Zon popped the links and the 20 new Paranormal Dating Agency stories are up for readers to devour. If you’re on facebook…you should check out the group where the authors will be doing the launch tomorrow…MT Kindle Worlds I think it’s called. There are PRIZES for reading. WHO KNEW?!

Anyhoop, in the interest of getting back on the wheel before it laps me, I’ll just drop the fancy lil link right HERE and say Enjoy!

Thanks for checking it out. Who knows…I’m supposed to do a couple more of these things…this could be a new hump on the proverbial wheel of Savie. Let’s see how fast I can run.

One down, two to . . . Get in line!

You finally get to the point you’ve been working toward. THE END. The air whooshes out of you, leaving you slumped in the chair, exhausted but exhilarated. That’s where I found myself a few days ago. To Kill A Demon is finally finished. I even threw in an extra story because it nagged at me to be included.

Unfortunately, that wonderful feeling of accomplishment only lasted until I had to start revisions. The first draft means you have the story down on paper. Now, comes the hard part . . .  making sure everything works. No plot holes, add descriptions, fix typos, and a million other details that will make the book as good as it can be. Only then, does it go to the editor. Once the editor sends it back, the process starts all over again. By the time my publisher gets it in a formatted version, it’s been proofed so many times I don’t even want to look at it any more. But, that’s the way it goes.

I’m really looking forward to this one, because it’s my first Urban Fantasy piece. I hope everyone likes it as much as I did writing it Sully and Larke were fun. They’re tough, snarky, and a hell of a demon-hunting duo. I have a feeling they may come around again, either as a full-sized novel or another anthology. That one will have to wait until I finish the other two waiting in line, though. At least I’m making progress.

Until next week,

~Madison

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Eureka!

This past weekend I spent some time looking at stock photos for Celine and Coipeail’s book cover. Let me tell you, going to a site that offers stock photos is equivalent to opening a door and stepping into a timewarp. There are so many pretties which lead to other pretties that are like little pieces of bread crumbs leading you away from the path of your original search.

My goal is to keep the feel of the first two books, but make it a little different. And YAY  after spending more hours on my treasure hunt than I would like to admit, I found a model! And double score! I found a pic with the model for Celine posing with the model for Daria! Not sure what I’m going to do with it…yet…but I will come up with something.

Now I have to get with my cover artist and see what magic she can come up with. That I have the main component found and possible background as well, means one less thing to worry about, and I can concentrate on the writing component. Sooo…I better get to it.

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

New Year – Monday feels the same

Monday…just the word is menacing and foreboding, eh? This Monday is month end, quarter end, surgery for my father, wrap the to-do list, and pack for another signing day…which may spill into Tuesday at this rate.

I cannot possibly tell you about the last two weeks…but they’ve been manic, to say the least. I was asked last year about doing a Kindle World. No way that was going to fit into the agenda, so I begged off to wait for 2018. Guess what? 2018 arrived while I wasn’t looking and WHAM…here we are. I was supposed to do the KW in the summer and fall, but some other projects shifted and I thought, “Why not?”
Yeah…I’m just that crazy.

SO, I spent the 30+ total hours of road time to the coast and back working on the verbal manuscript…and a couple of other books via plotting and outlining techniques. Some schedule shifting is probably imminent…but now, so is a Kindle World release for Paranormal Dating Agency. Might I introduce you to Baiting a Berserker…joining the lineup for the April 10th PDA KW release group? 🙂

Addian Hevir doesn’t want a mate, he needs one…to save his clan, and himself before the beast within consumes what’s left of his humanity. As a berserker, it’s only a matter of time before one, or both happen. Time is perilously short.

Fynn Barrow has had more than her share of Mr. Wrongs. A strong, independent Mer-woman, she’s not going to be content with just any man. She needs to be wanted by one who can meet her challenges in return. She’s not interested in playing the damsel in distress, or the dutiful housewife, to anyone.

Gerri confidently pairs them, but it only takes one meeting for them both to have doubts. Can two dominant personalities find balance to come together before others interfere and send one to their death, and the other back to square one? Or, will it take the imminent threat to drive them where they need to be?

There you have it, and it’s the test…because I’m still tapped for summer and fall KW releases, which honestly is a weird idea to me. I’m used to writing around the literary world wherever the muse goes…this sticking in one place will take some adjusting. Let me know how I do.