Interview with Author G.e. Johnson and a Review

Guys, I’m thrilled to introduce to you author, G.e. Johnson.  She’s a dear friend, extraordinary author, and wonderful Christian woman. 

Welcome to my blog, Gerria!  I’m so thrilled that you’ve decided to join us.  Let’s start with you telling us a little about yourself.

Thank you so much for having me! I started writing as a teenager, mostly dabbling in poetry and free verse. Then, two years ago I published my first fiction work and I’ve been immersed in the literary world ever since. Recently, I made the switch to writing non-fiction Christian books and I love it. When I’m not writing, I spend my literary time helping other authors with marketing & promotion.

I’ve recently read your new novel, Volume One of Discovery of The Shepherd, A Study of Psalm 23, and I have to say, I’m deeply shepherdimpressed with the revelation that this first part of this study reveals.  How long did you spend in just a study of Psalm 23, each verse of it?  I’m betting it took a while.

For volume one, it took me about 2 months to put everything together. I’m actually studying as I go along because I want the revelation that I share to be fresh. For upcoming volumes, I’m giving myself a few weeks each because I would like to release a fresh volume each month until I have covered the entire Psalm.

You also studied the original meanings of the words in the Psalm itself.  How long did you spend searching original meanings and definitions?  Were you surprised at what you learned there?  

I am constantly reading and re-reading the original words and their meanings as I write. I also listen to audio recordings of the words and speak them out loud. I feel that this helps me to connect with the text and gain a better understanding of the literary voice of the writer, in this case King David. He was a very passionate, emotional man and the imagery that he uses in his writing is an awesome reflection of that. I have learned many things from the Hebrew text, but my first big discovery was that the “green” in “green pastures” is not an adjective at all in the original language. It is a noun – a living thing! This blew my mind and opened up an entirely new dimension to that verse. I write all about it in the book.

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again.  I was so impressed with this study.  I’ve heard the Psalm hundreds of times before, but this study brought out so much about the Psalm I wouldn’t have seen on my own.  Were you surprised by what God revealed to you?  How did you feel while writing it?

I was a little surprised, but I must say that I went into this project with very high expectations. My desire to write bible study material came from God so I knew that there were some things that He wanted to say specifically and I was anticipating something mind blowing. My only prayer was that I would be able to capture what was being shown to me and put it into words. The revelation of God is a spiritual experience, but I have been charged with packing that revelation into the cerebral experience of reading. I feel challenged every time I sit down to work on this study, but when God gave me the assignment, He also gave me the ability to complete it and I have His help.

Okay, what can we expect from future studies of this Psalm?  Will there be more of different Psalms?  Different passages of the Bible?

The upcoming volumes of the Psalm 23 study will look just like the first volume. I am continuing to explore the original text and revealing the things that have become hidden through translation. There will also be more revelation of the ties between this scripture and the New Testament scriptures that fulfill what King David wrote. At this time, I have not been assigned another Psalm, but I do have a desire to “discover” some of the Proverbs of King Solomon as well as to write about some of the more general principals from the bible.

Snapshot_20131029_3_clipped_rev_1Where can we keep up with you and your work? 

The “Discovering The Shepherd” Psalm 23 study is being hosted by my wonderful friend and spiritual sister author Zari Banks who also writes revelatory works and teaches the word through multiple outlets. You can order an electronic copy (pdf, Kindle, or Nook versions) of volume 1 for $5 from Zari’s website at http://www.zwriteswords.org. For a limited time, those who order volume 1 will receive all upcoming volumes of the study for FREE and will have access to my closed study & discussion group! Readers may also e-mail me directly at gejohnsonmedia@gmail.com or join me on my author page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gejohnsonfans.

Review:

5 stars

Discovering the Shepherd is literally what we do in this study.  G.e. breaks the Psalm down into individual passages (verses), gives us complete meanings of each verse, including original text and definitions.  What we see in the definitions will completely astound you, and you’ll see God, our Shepard in a new light, a bright light that will help you focus on letting God fully become your Guide, Shepard, Savior in life. 

The revelations we see in this novel astounded me, and honestly, left me speechless.  I felt God in these pages, and I could see that they were divinely inspired.  I honestly think we all need to read this study to focus on the meaning of Psalm 23.  Most of us know it by heart, but do you know it?  Do you know exactly what it means?  The answer is, yes, after you read this book, but until then, I don’t think we fully understand the importance of this Psalm.

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Eden-East Blog Tour!!

EE blog tourI’m super thrilled to have Janelle Stalder back on my blog!  If you’re a regular follower, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Janelle’s work, especially her Eden series.  It’s with much sadness, yet loads of excitement, that I tell you that Eden-East, the final book in the Eden series is coming out soon!

I picked Janelle’s brain on the subject.

So, Janelle, you’ve been on my blog before, and I’m sure I’ve asked you the share something about yourself question.  So, we’ll skip that one.  Let’s go ahead and get into the good stuff.  The stuff about Eden!  How do you feel releasing the final book of your Eden Series?

It’s sort of bittersweet for me. I’m so happy to finally have it wrapped up and have all the questions that have been building throughout the series answered. But on the other hand, it’s sad to say goodbye to these characters. They’ve been a big part of my life for the past couple of years. I can’t really believe that it’s finally over, to be honest. I just hope the readers are satisfied with how everything ends.

What can we expect in Eden-East? 

More drama, more action, and of course, more romance 😉 In the first three books there were a lot of unanswered questions, so readers will finally have their answers. But of course, I never make it that easy, so there are still a few things left for you to wonder about lol All the major storylines will be wrapped up though.

What’s your favorite thing about writing a series?  The worst?

My favourite thing is the complexity of it. I have things in the first that will finally make sense in the last, and so on and so forth. It gives me more opportunity to really create a world in detail. Each book offers a glance at a new part of the land Eden, so by the end of it the readers have a clear picture of just what this magical realm is like. It also allows me to really create in-depth, 3 dimensional characters. I get to show all sides of them through the different conflicts and situations that come up. I’m really not sure what the worst is. I enjoy writing series, especially this one. Sometimes it’s hard for me to remember what happens in what book lol even though I wrote it. So when people talk to me about certain scenes I have a hard time remembering when it happens. Honestly, series are great, so long as you keep it consistent and interesting.

What’s the worst thing about finishing a series?  The best? IMG_1381(1)

The best is that feeling of accomplishment. You write this story over so many years that it’s such a relief when it’s over. The worst is feeling like you’re never going to see those characters again. But not to worry, they might show up again in the future 😉

Now that you’re leaving Eden, what do you plan to write?  I know you have your New World Series going.   Anything else?

The New World Series is definitely in the works. Then I have another YA fantasy series that is a spin-off of the Eden series that I’m going to start next year. I have a few ideas for stand-alone novels as well.

Okay.  Random question of the interview.  Which do you prefer?  Chocolate or Vanilla Ice Cream?

Between the two, vanilla. But my absolute favourite is Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 🙂

Thanks for joining us, Janelle!  I look forward to seeing more from you and having you on my blog again!

Thanks for having me!! xoxo

About Janelle:

jsJanelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. The second book, Eden-West, was released in July of 2012, and the third book, Eden-South was released in March of 2013. The fourth book of the Eden Series, Eden-East, will be release at the end of 2013. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she’s not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in the small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.

Publications:

THE EDEN SERIES

EDEN:

Trapped within the cruel world of hormones and bullies, fifteen-year-old Aiden is convinced life has more to offer him. His instincts are proven correct on the night he is awakened by a voice calling to him from outside his window. As he sleepily peers into his yard, his eyes slowly focus on a woman who says she is there to take him to Eden. Aiden is about to fulfill the life purpose he never knew he had.

It is in Eden, a land on the brink of war, where Aiden will finally learn to trust himself and those around him. Accompanied by Wolf, his sidekick Logan, and the beautiful archer, Elisa, Aiden is soon thrust into a battle to save Eden. Meanwhile Elisa, the only girl in the King’s Army, is in the midst of her own struggles. Betrothed to a man she has no intention of marrying, Elisa is caught between the need to prove herself and her desire for true happiness. And now that she has met Aiden, she is more confused than ever.

In this action-packed fantasy tale, romance, adventure, and intrigue surround Aiden as he learns just what he is capable of when he discovers confidence and courage.

EDEN-WEST

New beginnings, new conflicts, and new adventures arise in the second installment of the Eden Series, Eden-West.

Months after his initial journey to Eden, Aiden is learning to cope with his own transformation. His social status has changed, his friendship with his best friend Ethan is in jeopardy because of it, and worst of all, he has heard absolutely nothing from his new friends in Eden. What has become of the world he fell in love with? Are his friends safe? Is the war over? With no answers, and no hope for contact, Aiden decides to focus on his life in his world. Just as he makes this decision, he encounters a familiar bright light and thinks he knows exactly what it means. Except the light isn’t at all what he expects and neither is the person behind it. When Aiden returns to Eden, it is to a whole new part of that special world, and a whole new set of adventures.

Weeks after Aiden was returned to his own world, Elisa is sent to Nysa, the revered Southern city, to retrieve the one thing she’d rather avoid – Wolf. Captain Turk instructed her to get in and get out – but that is easier said than done. When she finds her missing friend, she also stumbles upon a great deal of trouble. This trouble goes by one name – Markus, the leader of the Sun People.

Follow all your favourite characters as they ready themselves for battle and fight for a world threatened to be destroyed.

EDEN-SOUTH

The betrayal that tore a family apart. Two brothers bent on destroying the other. A whole world on the brink of war.

Aiden has been through his second battle in the magical world of Eden. The victory is short lived and Aiden is sent racing toward his friends in the Capital. After being back in Eden with the Riders, he is eager to reunite with Wolf, Elisa and Logan, although he doesn’t realize just what he’s returning to. Surprises await him when he arrives in the Capital; his close-knit group of friends is slowly falling apart. On top of it all, another battle is just around the corner, one that will change everything.

Rain has made her choice, and now she is in some unknown fortress with the feared sorcerer, Aziz. She wants nothing more but to please him, but being his Queen isn’t as easy as she thought. While trying to learn sorcery, and dealing with Aziz’s advances, Rain is finding her new life a bit overwhelming. Just when she thought it couldn’t get worse, she discovers a secret of Aziz’s, and it is nothing she could have expected.

Rose has supported Callum throughout their journey, but now that the final battle is just around the corner she is faced with a hard reality. Everything she has gained with him could be taken away. Is she willing to live the rest of her life without him? Can she just stand by while he destroys everything, including himself? Will he ever be able to find peace? Will she?

In the third installment of the Eden Series fates will be decided, and the battle between brothers that has been a decade in the making will finally come to an end. Only one of them can be High King.

The battle starts now.

EDEN-EAST

New life, new deaths, and truths revealed. Everything ends now.

In the final installment of the Eden series, the King’s army prepares for their biggest battle yet. Aiden and his friends set out to find Aziz in his hidden mountain fortress and bring the war in Eden to an end. But secrets are being discovered along the way, and the weight of them could ruin lives. Aiden is coping with loss and the need for vengeance, as well as changes in himself he doesn’t quite understand. Thousands of lives are depending on him to stop Aziz once and for all, and this time Aiden is more than ready and confident he’ll be the one to do it. The stakes are higher than he ever anticipated on his journey east.

Elisa is embarking on a new phase of her life. She has the man she loves beside her, their group of friends have become stronger, and the end of war is in sight. Now she just needs to see it through so she can finally have her happily ever after. But she knows the truth that the others don’t, and it will test her loyalty and friendship more than anything ever has.

With two brothers side by side, and an army ready for war, the only thing left to be seen is who will live and who will die.

Welcome to the thrilling conclusion of your journey into Eden.

THE NEW WORLD SERIES

SWITCH

All’s fair in love and war.

Two thirds of the world’s population has been wiped out, devastated by the worst war earth has ever seen. Still standing amongst the ruins is a mind reader who finds herself on the wrong side of the war. Everyone does what they must to survive. When the rebels bent on bringing down the New World leader start to rise up, it is her job to make sure they stay down where they belong. That is, until one rebel sneaks past her defences and into her heart. Love will blossom from the ashes, but will it be enough to save them, or will it mean the end of them both?

Upcoming Projects:

Masked (Book Two, New World Series) – Late 2013/Early 2014

Brush Strokes (Contemporary Romance) – Early 2014

Elysium (YA Fantasy Spin-off of the Eden Series) – 2014

Author Contact Information:

Facebook: Janelle Stalder

Twitter: @jmstalder

Website: www.janellestalder.com

Email: jmstalder@gmail.com

#Interview with #Author Andrea Buginsky

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Hey guys!  A little while ago I shared with you the cover reveal for Andrea Buginsky’s new YA Fantasy, Destiny.  Well, Andi’s back, and today, we’re picking her brain a little about writing, her book, and more!

Hi, Andi, well, Andrea! Welcome to my blog! How about you tell my followers a little about yourself?

Hi Emerald! Thanks so much for having me here. I’m a freelance writer with a BA in Journalism. After college, I decided I wanted to write a book. I tried my hand at an adult romance, but really couldn’t it get it anywhere. Then I was watching a fantasy movie and decided that’s what I wanted to write. I also decided I wanted to write for teens. I came up with the idea for THE CHOSEN, my first book. I was thrilled when it was published! I kept working on that series, wrote an autobiography about growing up with heart disease in between, and then started the NEW AVALON series. I’m so excited to debut DESTINY today!

Congratulations on your new release. What’s it about?

Elena is about to turn 16, only she’s not like other 16-year-olds. She’s very shy and doesn’t have many friends. She is very close to her family, and they have a small dinner celebration for her birthday. But it’s unlike any other birthday she’s had when she learns the truth about her heritage, and that she has the power of telekinesis. Her adventure is only beginning on her birthday. Where her destiny takes her is farther than she ever thought possible.

How did writing this novel differ from your other releases? Which did you like writing the most?

I’ve learned a lot more about writing since working on THE CHOSEN. I also learned that for your book to be considered YA, it’s better to make your protagonist a teenager, so I did. I got into Elena’s head and heart, which wasn’t very hard to do, and wrote her story from her point of view.

What’s the best part about writing young adult fiction to you? I know that I love re-living first kisses and feeling young again when reading/writing YA.

For me, I enjoy watching the characters I write about grow. That’s what my books are all about: the protagonist finding their inner hero, and embracing it. I love that part of my stories. I believe all teens, whether they are the most popular or the wallflower, have a moment when they finally find themselves and come into their own.

Do you plan on writing YA for a while or do you want to branch into the adult fiction?

Yes, I definitely want to continue writing YA and MG. I don’t see myself switching to adult fiction.

Okay, lastly. What is your favorite writing/editing snack?

LOL I don’t think I have one. I usually just grab whatever I have in the house that’s convenient. However, if I have chips, I will grab those first.

Thanks for joining us, Andi! Where can we follow you and keep up with your book updates?

Facebook

Twitter

Google+

Pinterest

Website/Blog

Thank you, Emerald. I enjoyed visiting your blog today.

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More about Destiny:

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Constantly teased and taunted by the popular girls, Elena Baxter desperately wants to fit in. On her sweet

sixteenth, she receives two shocking gifts: telekinesis and the surprising truth about her heritage. With high hopes that things will be different now, Elena returns to school to find that nothing has changed. Only this time her hurt feelings and frustration boil into something even she cannot understand.

When her

powers explode, chaos ensues and she learns that her new ability is greater than she ever desired. As she learns to control her powers, Elena discovers there’s so much more to her heritage than she ever imagined.

Get it on Amazon now!

About Andrea:andrea buginsky

Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author. “The Chosen,” a middle-grade fantasy novelette, was her first book, and was followed by “My Open Heart,” an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. “Nature’s Unbalance” is the second story in THE CHOSEN series. Andrea is currently working on another series: a YA fantasy. To learn more about Andrea, visit her on her website.

Blog Tour: Janelle Stalder’s Switch

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Hi, Janelle!  Welcome back to my blog, you writing machine!  This is what, your fourth published book, first of a new series?  Can you tell us more about Switch?

Thanks for having me!! Yes, Switch is my fourth published book. It is the first in the New World series, although this series is a bit different than the Eden Series. Even though the New World books are technically a “series”, they are individual stories, just with the same ongoing conflict and theme running in the background. These books are romance novels, so each story will feature one of the boys, who you will meet in Switch, and their love interests. The main goal was to show how people can find love and happiness in an otherwise miserable world. It is a dystopian, so we’re put in a time that is in the not too distant future, in a world that has been destroyed by war. The people are poor and repressed. Switch specifically focuses on a girl who is on the “bad” side, you could say, of the war, and a boy who is second in command of the rebels. Things get interesting…;)

How has writing Switch differed from writing your Eden Series?

Eden is a Fantasy series, so with fantasy the possibilities are endless. I can create anything I want in a fantasy world. Switch was a lot different in the sense that it still needs to have features that are possible and realistic. With it being dystopian, however, it still left room for me to use my imagination and create new and different things within certain boundaries. I couldn’t very well throw a unicorn in there…although I would have liked to.

What would you say you like most about this series?

Creating another new world. Even though it’s technically “our world”, it’s in the future and is drastically different so I got to change things up and be creative. I also like that it is a romance. Eden has lots of romance in it, but never at the forefront. The main focus was always the war. In Switch I did the opposite. I wanted the main focus on the relationships and have the politics and conflicts running in the background.

Do you think you’ll enjoy writing this more than your Eden series?  Or vice versa?

That’s like asking if I like one child more than the other lol (which I don’t, Aiden and Elora…I swear) Both are close to my heart, and I love the characters in each series so it’s hard to choose. The New World series is exciting for me to write because it’s new and I’m still getting to explore and learn about these characters. I’ve written the Eden series for so long that it’s nice to have a bit of change, but I’ll never stop loving Eden or the characters in it.

Fun time (and completely unrelated to Switch)!  Who’s hotter to you?  Wolf or Logan from Eden?

Lol hotter? Definitely Wolf, but I absolutely adore Logan. He’s still one of my favourite characters to write. There’s actually a line he says in the last Eden book that every time I read it I laugh out loud. Which is pretty lame since I wrote it…lol Wolf is just hot though. There’s no denying it lol

Can we get a little taste of Switch?

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Lol maybe just a little snippet…

Okay then!  It’ll do! Let’s leave you with just a little taste of Switch!

“She reads minds,” Roman said from behind her. Charlotte could hear the smile in his voice. Ludwig sat down behind his desk, his gaze never leaving her.

            “A girl who reads minds,” he said slowly. He leaned back in his chair, hands clasped loosely over his stomach. “My girl, I do believe you will be my greatest weapon yet.” The smile that stretched across his face made her stomach turn, but she kept her face blank. They stared at each other in silence for a moment before he looked over at Roman. “And the father?”

            “We didn’t find him.”

            He nodded, looking back at her. “I bet he’ll be looking for you though, won’t he? Have a room prepared for our newest addition to the New World order.”

            Her ears began to hum, their voices fading against the buzzing sound. Had she seriously just joined the New World army? It’s just to stay alive, she told herself. She could handle being around them for now. She’d been forcing herself to deal with shitty circumstances all her life. This was just simply newer surroundings and different people. Her wall would still be firmly in place, and now she would have the opportunity to grow and ensure a future for herself. She would stay until she found her sister, and then she and Bridgette would leave everything and everyone behind. This was just one more stepping stone in the right direction. She could handle it. She had to.

            “She needs a new name,” Ludwig was saying as she gave herself a mental shake and focused on the conversation around her.

            “A new name?” she said, her voice shaky.

            He nodded. “I can’t very well have everyone calling you Charlotte, now can I? Your father will know exactly where to find you if I do. A new name, a new life.”

            A new name. A new life. A new identity, she thought.

            He looked at her through narrowed eyes, thinking. “Dinah,” he eventually said, sitting forward. “Yes, it’s perfect. From now on you will be called Dinah.”

            And just like that, Charlotte Hatcher was dead.

Where can we connect with you and keep up with your writing endeavors?

You can take a look at my website where I usually post important things, www.janellestalder.com or on twitter, @jmstalder, and of course I’m on Facebook 🙂

Thanks for joining me!  Come back any time you want! 🙂 

GIVEAWAY IS OVER!  CONGRATS ALI!! 😀

About Janelle:

jsJanelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. The second book, Eden-West, was released in July of 2012, and the third book, Eden-South was released in March of 2013. The fourth book of the Eden Series, Eden-East, will be release at the end of 2013. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she’s not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in the small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.

About Switch:

All’s fair in love and war.

Two thirds of the world’s population has been wiped out, devastated by the worst war earth has ever seen. Still standing amongst the ruins is a mind reader who finds herself on the wrong side of the war. Everyone does what they must to survive. When the rebels bent on bringing down the New World leader start to rise up, it is her job to make sure they stay down where they belong. That is, until one rebel sneaks past her defences and into her heart. Love will blossom from the ashes, but will it be enough to save them, or will it mean the end of them both?

Upcoming Projects:

Eden-East (Book Four, Eden Series) – October 2013

Brush Strokes (Contemporary Romance) – Early 2014

Masked (Book Two, New World Series) – 2014

Elysium (YA Fantasy Spin-off of the Eden Series) – 2014

Author Contact Information:

Facebook: Janelle Stalder

Twitter: @jmstalder

Website: www.janellestalder.com

Email: jmstalder@gmail.com

Author Interview: Lynn Donovon, The Wishing Well Curse

Hey guys!  A nice loud round of applause for Lynn Donovan who is joining me for an author interview (and review of the book). 

Welcome, Lynn!

Can you tell us about yourself?

LynnHeadShotWell… I’m 55 years old, married to Paul Donovan who has just finishing a degree in Nursing. YAY! He and I were displaced by GMC’s bankruptcy and small dealership closures. We were distraught when it first happened, because we were not sure how we were going to make it. You know, the usual panic at the unknown future. But, in hind-sight we can see where God’s hand was placing us where he wanted us to be. As it turned out, my mother and sister would soon need me and by being unemployed, I was able to help them. Two and a half years ago, Mother’s early-on-set Alzheimer’s was becoming a serious problem. My sister lives with my mother and has special needs. The results of Rubella Measles, she was born blind and deaf with mental limitations as well. Mother, a widow, was her guardian. And they lived 180 miles from me. It had come to my attention that my sister was doing more of the care taking than mom. So I brought the two of them into our home and this is where they live today. I am now guardian for my sister and will be until death do us part. Being home with the two of them, I found I had a lot of time on my hands. So January 2012 I started writing. God has blessed me abundantly. I give him all the glory for whatever success is manifested from this and any future publications.

So, that’s my home life. Oh and I have the last of four children still living with us. But a nineteen year old boy who’s going to college and on fire for God is no trouble. Laundry here and there, a meal or two, that’s about it!

If I were to describe “me” I’d say God’s purpose for me on this earth was to be the Comic Relief. I have a warped, but fun, sense of humor. I come by it naturally, my father, and his parents were hysterical.

When I was 13, I received something from a random person I met on a TWA flight to New York to see my Uncle. This girl wrote this in my “autograph” book and it has stuck with me all the rest of my life. I consider it my Mission Statement: You ready?  Ahem…May your life be like a snow flake, always leaving a mark and not a stain.

Wow, right?

Where did the idea for your Christian paranormal novel, The Wishing Well Curse, come from?

I think this is an interesting story!  Twenty years ago, I got the idea for the plot from the song “If You Could Read My WWC Cover.FinalMind Love” by Gordon Lightfoot. In particular, the line that says, “Just like an old time movie, ’bout a ghost from a wishing well…”  That got me to thinking. Hmm a guy inherits a huge house, on the land is a wishing well…and there’s a female ghost who is being held captive by a big male ghost. The guy falls in love with the girl-ghost and saves her from the male-ghost. Only to find out she really is a ghost…blah, blah, blah.  Well that’s not the story I wrote but that’s what my original thoughts were.  Then, last spring when I sat down to write something, this story was prevalent in my thoughts…and so I wrote it. We want to move to the Canon City area and so of course I set my story there. My oldest son was my muse for Zeke and he lives in the Austin area…so that’s how the two cities became part of the plot. The myth/folklore I got from research and my own crazzzy imagination. I wrote the Indian tale myself!  *thumbs in armpits* Now the Christian aspect of it came from my current state. I had rededicated my life to Jesus seven years ago and I knew (Reader’s Digest version, here) if I did anything for his glory, his blessing would be upon it. While the story was rolling around in my head, I was going through a year-long bible reading program and came to 1 Chronicles 4:10. I was startled by the profoundness of the passage. I even shared it with my Pastors…because in the middle of all this boring list of names, and numbers. Here lies this little gem. Which, at the time, freed me from something that had bound me in my life. It was an aha! Then it occurred to me it applied to Zeke’s situation too…and so I used it as the platform for the entire story.

 

I loved how you brought paranormal aspects into your Christian novel. How did you manage that?  Were you afraid that it wouldn’t work?

You know, I didn’t set out to have the Christian aspect of the novel affect the ghosts the way it did. But the way I describe how I write is this. I follow my characters around and write down what they say and do. What worked out for the ghosts in this story is just what happened while I was eavesdropping in on Zeke.  Blame it on him!  LOL

I was never afraid it wouldn’t work out. Because I really didn’t know any better.  After I submitted it to AltWit, Pauline explained to me how some people might have issues with my story. I had to ask why? She explained. And I said, “Oh. Huh, never thought about that.” To me it’s fiction. I don’t believe in ghost in real life, but I love stories about them. So the twist with the Christian aspects that involved the ghost doesn’t bother me, because it’s all make believe in the first place. It made sense, to me, in the story.

Do you plan on branching out into different genres?  Or do you think you’ll stick with paranormal Christian?

I will stick with Christian fiction, and Yes, I have a sequel written I’m calling Thorns of Betrayal and I am polishing it up for publication now. It is Paranormal Christian. (More ghosts!) But! Then I have a draft of a Spec Fic futuristic story I am calling The Fertility Pirates. It’s about a planet way out there that we earthlings are sending missionary helpers who are donating their eggs and helping them with a fertility problem…but something goes wrong and the missionaries come back sterile. Hmmmm??? Why???

And I have another story I want to do to honor my sister. I am calling it Blind and Deaf Faith. It’s about a woman who is blind and deaf, her name is Faith. She is a marine biologist who studies sharks. Her “thing” is that whenever she gets into the ocean water, she transforms into a shark-like being and is no longer blind or deaf. When she gets out, she’s back to her earthly bound limitations.

So that should keep me busy for the next two years!  But I assure you, more ideas are brewing… *wicked grin*

This is Lynn's son, the inspiration for Zeke!
This is Lynn’s son, the inspiration for Zeke!

What’s one thing that you wished you had changed about the book?

Hmm. Good question. I’m thinking. I suppose in reality, the story has been changed, A LOT, from the final version. Like I said, when I first sat down to write this story, I had no idea what I was doing, I wrote by the seat of my pants, so to speak. I learned from How to Write publications, like Jeff Gerke, Ron Benrey, Renni Browne and Dave King. Plus I got involved with an online critique group (an off shoot of Jeff Gerke’s Writer’s forum) and they gentle but firmly tore it apart and helped me learn how to make it a publishable manuscript…you know. Then when I submitted it to Pauline, she had a major change that I made. So I’d say, to answer your question: There’s nothing I’d change NOW. It’s already been done. J

Now for a little fun, what is your favorite day of the week and why?

Oh my Goodness. You ask good questions!  Because I’m home and not working outside the house, every day is the same to me. With the exception that MWF I go to an oil painting class at 1:00. The painting you saw inside this book, I did that! *thumbs in arm pits again* And Sunday we go to church. I love going to church. So I suppose I’d have to say, Sunday is my favorite day. Also I cook a more special meal that day, so that makes it something I look forward to as well.  (Cheesy answer, I know, but it’s all I got.)

Thanks for joining me, Lynn!  Here’s what I had to say about The Wishing Well Curse.

Review: This book had my attention and held it! It follows Zeke Clay who has a terrible day when it first begins: quitting school, losing his girlfriend, and getting laid off of work. He has no where to go until he gets a mysterious letter and a summons to a lawyer’s office.

Deciding he’s got nothing to lose, he drives from Texas to Colorado. What he finds there is a something that wasn’t expected – an inheritance from a man who claims to be his Uncle (with a few greats attached). But there is one condition, he must break the family’s curse.

The curse comes attached with restoring true love and even though Zeke doesn’t want to believe in it, he cannot deny the truth of the story and how it relates to his life.

Okay, first off, let me say, well done Mrs. Donovan for bringing out the faith in a paranormal novel. It isn’t easy to that, and despite having to bend a few rules regarding ghosts and the Bible, it was absolutely well done. And, this is fiction, so I’m not complaining. It was plausible, and in my fiction, that’s what I like. I want it to feel real, and Lynn did this, in my opinion, regarding the mystery level of this piece of work.

However, what I didn’t find realistic was the dialogue for the young men in the novel. I don’t think the dialogue sounded “real” enough. It felt forced and sort of outdated for the times.

Aside from the dialogue, I quite enjoyed the story. I found it very entertaining and addictive.

**I received an ARC for a fair, honest, and unbiased review.**

Four out of Five Stars!

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Author Interview: Danielle Shipley (Includes a book review!)

Hey guys!  I’m thrilled to have Danielle Shipley of Ever on Word on my blog again!  She’s joined me before for a guest post, but now, yes, now, I have gotten to interview her! Yay! 

Welcome, Danielle!

Author Photo, Danielle E. ShipleyCan you tell us a little about yourself?

I can try! – though goodness knows bios tie my tongue like little else; either starts me spouting poetry, or deflecting the conversation to my characters instead. Still, let’s see what kind of Dani-centric prose version I can cook up.

I’m the oldest of three girls, born and raised in the Chicago area, and given a homeschool education in which reading was probably the best thing I ever learned to do. Various music lessons also proved every bit as worthwhile as my parents insisted they’d be, if for no other reason than my minstrel characters trust me to figure out their songs. …And there goes the “C” word, not even get three sentences in. That’s me in brief, folks: Sticking to reality is not my greatest skill!
Where has your love for fairytales stemmed from?

Back in my golden ‘90s childhood, my favorite television shows were essentially story time at the library in the privacy of one’s own home; between the likes of “Reading Rainbow” and my mother, I was read to several hours a day. And of course a lot of the reoccurring stories were popular fairytales. I learned early that there is no single way to tell these stories – that in fact, these old tales practically beg to be re-imagined by each new storyteller who shares them. I guess it was only a matter of time before I decided I wanted one of those storytellers to be me.
What about the Wilderhark series has you most excited? Where did your ideas come from for this  Swan Prince Cover, E-bookseries?

Oddly enough to recollect, my earliest idea for what became The Swan Prince had nothing to do with fairytales at all – only, mainly, a boy who could turn into a swan. It wasn’t until I started putting words to the page (and went through a couple of false starts) that my imagination started blending elements from “The Wild Swans” and “Beauty and the Beast” into a new storyline. When I eventually got a whim to write a sequel, I went into it knowing I’d want to incorporate at least two fairytales again, and ended up drawing from twice as many.

That’s been the most exciting part for me: Figuring out which bits, pieces, and plot lines from popular fairytale lore I want to use, and how to give them a new spin within the context of the family saga The Wilderhark Tales was fast becoming. Ultimately, I want to give the feeling that the fairytales we know are the result of the Wilderhark world’s historical events getting warped and sensationalized as they passed down through the generations. Maybe fairytales have no “real” version, but it’s fun to pretend mine are precisely that!
You participate in Renaissance Faires, correct? Do you think that has inspired your writing or has your writing inspired your love for it?

This summer will mark my second year on cast at the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha , Wisconsin , “where fantasy rules”; it’s like my motherland! While my love of the fantastic and fairytale-esque long preceded my introduction to Ren Faires, I do sort of have Bristol to thank for my self-publication of The Wilderhark Tales. ‘Twas a thrilling sighting of Robin Hood at the Faire that first inspired my beloved Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale, the start of an eventual trilogy which also features characters first met in Wilderhark. Hard on the heels of my decision to self-publish Ballad came the realization that it would make the most sense to put out its prequel series first. So huzzah for Bristol !

Do you think that you’ll ever write in another genre?

Oh, no doubt of it. The whole reason I like to write stories with some manner of fantasy element is that anything goes. So long as I don’t have to fret too hard about the rules of real life, I’ll follow my characters into whatever setting they want to take me. They even conned me into a book with a zombie outbreak during last year’s National Novel Writing Month, and zombies scare the mess out of me!
Congratulations on a story being published in an anthology! Can you share a little about that with us?

Ooh, I’d love to! To quote from the official press release: “On December 2, 2013, J. Taylor Publishing will release One More Day, an anthology of seven short stories written for young adults, with a world’s end theme…centered around what would happen if ‘tomorrow’ didn’t happen.”

I wrote my contribution, A Morrow More, after reading about the call for submissions via somebody’s blog; I wish now I could remember whose, but I didn’t make a note of it at the time, having no idea then that anything would come of my entry. Boy, was I ever a joyful wreck when the publishers told me they wanted my story – and again when they said they wanted to take on one of my novels to publish next year, too! Truthfully, I’m still kind of a joyful wreck, whenever I think about it too hard. One More Day in December, and Inspired in March, Wilderhark Tales before, after, and in between… My authorial life just shot into overdrive, world!
Where can we follow you and your writing?

Ah, yes, how’s the song go? “Gain new followers, and keep the old: One is silver, and the other gold!” Something like that. 😉

My blog, Ever On Word: http://everonword.wordpress.com/

My author page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Danielle.E.Shipley.Author

And on Twitter, I’m Danielle E. Shipley @DEShipley.

I may be found lurking elsewhere, too, but these are the places that see the most of me. Seriously, I show up less often in my own kitchen than I do on Facebook. It’s a two-pronged problem, I’m afraid.

The price of being an author, I suppose, because that’s the same problem I have!

Thanks for joining me!  Here’s what I had to say about Danielle’s novella when I received an ARC for review:

The Swan Prince: Book One of The Wilderhark Tales

The Swan Prince is a fairytale, in the length of a novella, that follows Sula and Sigmund on an adventure to break a curse they’re both under.  An unlikely companion joins them as they are both on their way to break the curses they’ve been put under by witches.

Sigmund is cursed to turn into a swan at night, while Sula is being chased by a bear.  Of course, as with all fairytales the story is never quite what you expect, and Ms. Shipley definitely had me guessing about the truth behind these curses.  I was wrong a couple of times. 😉

Even though this is a short read, I believe it would’ve taken me no time to read it had it been a full-length novel.  The journey was fun, and since I love fairytale retellings, this one is definitely a fun-read. 

The only problem I saw with the book is that I wanted to see more character-relationship development.  It seemed to me that the romance part just happened too quickly, but then again, most fairytales are like that. 

Well done, I say.  The words used were definitely “fairytaleish” in style, and I quite enjoyed that refreshing detail. 

The Swan Prince is a beautifully-crafted tale in the Wilderhark series that leaves me begging for more.  I want to know more and definitely see if this series has a “happily ever after” after all.

Four out of Five Stars!!

More about the book:

Release date = May 31st.

Paperback to be available through Amazon and CreateSpace for $7.99.

E-book for Kindle to be available through Amazon for $2.99.

E-book for Nook (and, I’m pretty sure, anything that can read an Epub file) to be available through BarnesAndNoble.com for $2.99.

Add to your Goodreads shelf! http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17826115-the-swan-prince

Unexpecting Blog Tour Stop!

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Welcome to my blog, Lori!  It’s a pleasure to have you here!  Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Thank you so much, Emerald! It’s my pleasure to get to know you and your readers more. About myself? I’d have to describe that I’m a wearer of many hats: mom, stepmom, cat mom, wife, friend, author, business consultant, scullery maid (I say this in jest), chauffer of many children, boater, reader, napper, and taker of bubble baths.

 

Unexpecting-cover-198x300You have just released a new book, Unexpecting.  What’s that about?

Shelley and David are a couple of almost-empty-nesters whose kids are just about all off to college. They’ve just ordered white furniture and planned the vacation they’ve waited their entire lives to take. Their life is catapulted in a completely different direction when Alexandra, seventeen and pregnant, shows up at their door and announces that she’s the daughter they never knew they had!

It sounds like a fun, witty read!  Do you prefer writing books that are fun and witty or do you think you’ll ever branch out into something a little darker?

Funny that you should ask. “Unexpecting” is actually written in a bit more serious tone than “Momnesia” was. This is not to say that it doesn’t have a humorous streak, it’s just that it’s not quite as hilarious as “Momnesia.” In “Unexpecting,” I wanted to delve more into the personalities and dilemmas of each of the characters more so than focusing on just the one main character like I did in “Momnesia.”

However, as for “dark?” I doubt I will ever write anything that would be considered dark, although only the future will tell for sure.

Okay, that question was sent before I had read the book  Now that I’ve read it, it is a more serious book than what I expected.  

Review:  Shelley and David have raised their kids.  They aren’t really expecting to raise more, but all that changes when Alexandra, David’s long-lost daughter shows up.  No one knew she even existed, so they were beyond surprised when she showed up, and even more surprised when they realized she was with child.  

Needless to say, things aren’t easy on all of them.  Especially, Shelley.  She’s the one who is stuck uprooting her life because of Alexandra’s mistakes.  

Now, I say that because I absolutely did not feel sorry for Alexandra.  Grant it, I probably should have, but she was a spoiled brat in my eyes.  Sure, she was dealing with A LOT, but it didn’t give her the right to act like she does in the book.  

But, I have to admit to not connecting with the characters in this book.  Sure, I liked them.  I felt for them, but honest, I couldn’t really connect.  

Lori did a great job at writing the book.  It was well thought out, and I’m sure it’s the right match for people with step-kids and kids.  But for me, it wasn’t exactly a perfect match.  

Even though it wasn’t a perfect match, I still want to give this a 3.5/5 star rating.  If I could’ve connected at a deeper level with the characters, I would’ve felt better about the book.  

How does Unexpecting differ from your book, Momnesia?

One major difference is that “Unexpecting” is written in the third person, whereas “Momnesia” was written in first person point of view. This allowed me to help readers get to know all of the characters more, and experience the thoughts and nuances of the story from different perspectives.

 

What do you feel like is the best way to describe your writing and style of writing?

Definitely “conversational.” Many readers of all of my books (even my nonfiction, “Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies and Adult Dogs”) tell me that they enjoy my conversational writing style that feels kind of like spending time chatting with (or being told a story by) a friend.

Now, for a little fun, if you can have any vehicle in the world, no limit to costs, etc.  What would it be?

A jet! A super, super fast one so that I could travel anywhere in the world without it taking so long to get there that my vacation time is practically used up before I’ve even arrived! (I do not do well on 14-hour plane rides. I’m a big baby.)

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IMG_2962_2-297x300About Lori:

Lori Verni-Fogarsi has been an author, speaker, and small business consultant since 1995. She has been featured in media including “Lifetime Women’s Network,” the “My Carolina Today Show,” and “Boston Globe Forums Live.” Her public speaking has occurred at many prestigious venues including “North Carolina State University,” “Nassau Community College,” and many more. She has received two awards for her novel, “Momnesia,” and her nonfiction, “Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies and Adult Dogs,” continues to be one of the most highly recommended in its genre since 2005. Lori is a happy married mom of two, step mom of two more, and has two cats, both rotten. She is very excited about the release of “Unexpecting,” and enjoys getting to know her readers via social media and in person. She invites you to learn more at http://www.LoriTheAuthor.com.

  • Unexpecting”: Shelley and David are a couple of almost-empty-nesters preparing to embark on the next stage of their lives. They just ordered white furniture and planned the vacation they’ve waited their entire lives to take when Alexandra, seventeen and pregnant, shows up on their doorstep and announces that she’s the daughter they never knew they had!336-pix-Momnesia-194x300
  • Momnesia”: Feeling invisible under all the responsibilities of caring for her family, a suburban mom sets about finessing a new version of her old vivaciousness… seeking balance between her “momminess” and her “sexiness!”
  • housebreaking-book-cover-correct-196x300Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies and Adult Dogs”: Whether you have a puppy who is first learning, an adult dog with ongoing confusion, or simply want to teach your pet to use a designated area, this book answers literally every housebreaking question!