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Friday, July 29, 2011

Why paranormal?

I'm often asked "Why paranormal?"  My favorite answer
is because there are no 'written in stone' rules.  For the
most part my characters come right out of my imagination
and because of that I can have them do just about
anything I want. 
This morning (just before dawn) I found a better
way to explain why ...
I can take something that seems to be fairly normal
and turn it into something more.


Do you see the face in the sky?
Here's another shot of it...


If you don't see it, that's fine, you're forgiven.
;)
When I saw that face I could only wonder what
it was bringing ...
As it turned out it brought much needed rain 
to my little town where our grass is brown and
sounds like rice krispies when you walk on it.
It's still raining and it is a very welcome thing as
we've only gotten a few minutes of rain all summer!

I wasn't exaggerating about the brown grass!

Here's wishing everyone gets the perfect weather
they want for this long weekend (in Canada)!

I'll see you on Sunday over at the LASR blog
where 20 authors will be sharing the blog -
stop by and grab up some of those giveaways!!

and there's more 
check out the details
  here

Jacqueline Paige









Thursday, July 28, 2011

New cover and an excerpt!

I love this cover!  

...then again I might be a little biased as the 
background picture is from my favorite hide away we 
escape to when time allows us to.

Curses named appropriately because it is two of my stories 
about curses - Behind the Mask and This Ring

I'll post more details when I have them.

Thanks again to Jared from Off The Wall Creations 
for a wonderful cover!!

Here's an excerpt from Behind the Mask
He wasn’t a detective for crying out loud! He studied the map again and looked up out the windshield. It had been three days, or partial ones, and nothing so far. The spell words he’d sent out in the air had led him in the same direction time and time again, but then, it would just fade, leaving him on the side of the road.

Cursing, he tossed the map into the passenger’s seat. He needed food, coffee, and some sleep. He reached over and searched through the pile of newspapers on the seat, all from small rural towns he had been through, all not pointing him in any direction that would yield information. Sighing, he glanced out the window.

Across the street was an old graveyard, not one of those with new polished headstones and pretty flower holders. This one had old gothic tombstones and a sense of history, and he was sure that if he’d gotten out and checked, magic.

Evan looked slowly from the graveyard back to the pile of papers. Obituaries had been the one place he hadn’t thought of looking. It was a long shot, but he was out of ideas otherwise. Picking up the first one, he quickly flipped to the back. No deaths recently in this community.

He checked the four papers, and only one had any notices listed.

Jacqueline Paige



Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New Cover!

You may have noticed that a few of my covers along
the right side of my blog have "Only available until July 31st" underneath them now
 - the reason is the contract terms end for those on that date.  
So if you want to get them as a single story you better follow the link attached to the covers
and do it soon.

Otherwise in September In Our Dream along with From A Dream
will be released together with the third and final story in the series
 After the Dream.
I've just gotten the cover mockup for this release today and I love it.
This was made by Jared from Off The Wall Creation



I'll have more information about the release in the next month
along with new contest information.


Jacqueline Paige


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Guest Author Erin Jamison

Today I have the pleasure of having author Erin Jamison
stop by. 


What Makes A Writer A Writer?


I have often pondered this question. I used to think that writers were these great thinkers of modern day time who personified the image of Rodin's statueque image of "The Thinker". My perception of a writer was so lofty, that I imagined even the most mundane things a writer could say would later be viewed to be prose.

Like anything, it's easy for some and difficult for others. One thing I will say is that writing is a profession just like any other and therefore should require study. It is a craft to be honed and one can evolve. Yes people, school is still in session. Perhaps you start out as a article writer and find within a few years you've graduated to novels that someone finds "prolific".

So, What makes a writer a writer? Can you pick out a writer in a crowd? It's the geeky guy with the bow tie right? No? Ok, it's the quiet girl who always sits in the corner. I know...it's the people that like to hang out in libraries. That might not be true either. The truth is that the person who becomes a writer is the person that has enough perseverance and courage to conceptualize a story that is entertaining in one respect or another and can see it thru to the end. That's exactly what I did when I self published my debut novella, 'Better Than 8 Fantasy'. I love romantic stories that make me forget about the world, gives me characters that I want to hear more about, and makes me laugh out loud. Better Than 8 Fantasy is offered as an e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Xinxii, and All Romance Books. It's also offered as a print on demand book at https://www.createspace.com/3638203.

Here are more details for Better Than 8 Fantasy:
Blurb
Amara Simmons has always fantasized about having two lovers but believes it is just that: a fantasy. She likes her men “gifted”, if you know what I mean. At the suggestion of a friend she registers for an online dating website for well-endowed men called www.betterthan8.com She believes nothing will come of her site membership but after months of flirting online via email and instant messaging, she’s shocked to discover that she’s fallen for a gorgeous Latin man that has the potential to be her everything – except he never calls and she has no idea why. Nursing a broken heart she is totally unprepared to meet her would-be Latin lover in person much less at the negotiation table of a multi million-dollar real estate deal. In Puerto Rico, passion ignites. Promises are finally fulfilled and the lines of reality blur when her fantasy finally blooms to life. Can Amara have it all: the deal, the man, and the fantasy?
A Brief Overview of "Better Than 8: Fantasy"
"Better Than 8: Fantasy" is a series of romance and dating novels written by Erin Jamison. There will be 8 books in the series, with each one focusing on a different aspect of romance, love, and relationships. These books are packed full of exciting stories chronicling a journey to find true love in the rocky and tumultuous dating world.
Several Ways to Enjoy "Better Than 8: Fantasy"
Erin Jamison's book series is available in two different formats: paperback books and online e-books. Call or e-mail author Erin Jamison to place an order in the format you prefer.
A Controversial Story of Love and Intrigue
"Better Than 8: Fantasy" has been praised as a controversial and engaging piece of literature that highlights the mysterious nature of online dating. If you have dabbled in the world of online romance before, this book will provide you with a brand new perspective.
 
Buy Links:
 
Kindle http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051CSNVK
 
Barnes and Noble
 
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Better-Than-8-Fantasy/Erin-Jamison/e/2940012445421
 
All Romance Books
 
http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-betterthan8fantasy-549099-144.html
 
Goodreads
 
http://www.goodreads.com/work/compare_prices/16225753?book=11298158

AND where you can find Erin:

Blog http://erinjamison.wordpress.com
Facebook http://tinyurl.com/erin-jamison-author
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/erinjamison_
Website: http://www.erinjamison.com

Thanks so much for stopping by today, Erin!


Friday, July 8, 2011

Guest Author David M. Brown

Today I have the pleasure of having Author David M. Brown stop by 
while on his tour for fantasy novel Fezariu’s Epiphany. 


Thanks for stopping by, David!


**

When I first started writing I used to have grand dreams of being
famous and fabulously wealthy, the next JK Rowling I suppose. Having
self-published my first novel, Fezariu’s Epiphany, in May I am pleased
to say that my ambitions regarding writing have changed somewhat.

Don’t get me wrong, if Fezariu’s Epiphany and subsequent novels set in
Elenchera top the bestsellers lists and earn me that country retreat
then no one will be happier than me. The longer I’ve spent writing the
more my dreams of success have changed. The love of writing is more
paramount to me then how much money I can make. I would rather have a
small group of satisfied readers than a large group condemning my
novel.

With Elenchera I am trying to do something a little different with the
fantasy genre, make it more accessible to a wider audience and I
realise that aiming for such a change could be a masterstroke or it
could be a costly mistake. Only time will tell on that one. I would
rather try and aim for something unique rather than be just another
fantasy writer with nothing to make me stand out from my peers.

Choosing to self-publish Fezariu’s Epiphany has turned out to be a good
decision. With my loyal wife, Donna, by my side we’ve had complete
control over the book from the start and she has been instrumental in
its promotion. If we weren’t already married she’d be on the payroll,
that’s how important she has been to the progress myself and Elenchera
have made. It’s been more rewarding conversing closely with readers and
fellow writers along the way and it is reassuring just how much support
there is out there for an unknown such as me.

So far Fezariu’s Epiphany has enjoyed some positive feedback and I’m
pleased to say that my expectations for the book are not over the top.
In terms of ratings I would consider an average of 3/5 to be a good
return for a debut work and anything above that I will gladly take as a
pleasant surprise and bonus. With this being my first novel, and a self-
published one at that, I’m not expecting the book to suddenly sell a
million copies and change my life overnight. However, if it does return
some positive reviews and readers come back to me having enjoyed the
journey with Fezariu and their visit to Elenchera then I will consider
the novel a great success.

Now for more about it:
Book Blurb: 
"The White Oak, Clarendon’s oldest brothel, lured and destroyed men by the thousands. Fezariu was different. He had never been drawn by the White Oak’s vices but the brothel had still ruined him when he was just a boy. 

Salvation came in the form of the Merelax Mercenaries – Elenchera’s most prestigious hired hands. They gave Fezariu the chance to escape from his past. Immersed in the world of dangerous assignments in the colonies Fezariu longed to forget everything about his childhood but only in facing the past would he ever be free of it."

Purchase links: 

And here's where you can find David
David's Twitter profile: http://www.twitter.com/elenchera




Thanks again and Good luck!!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

News about A Dream

I didn't follow my own schedule of slowing down and
taking it easy for the summer to give my brain a bit of
a rest.
As a result of doing this though I have news!


The two part story series I wrote a few years ago
In Our Dream and From A Dream (oddly enough
I titled the series A Dream...) that were published at
Amira Press are only going to be available as 
separate stories until July 31st.


After this, they will no longer be at Amira Press
and you will have to wait to read them when they
are released in print in the fall (at least this is the tentative
date I'm aiming for).   Reviewers and Readers alike
wanted to see more of the characters in this series
so I've decided to put both 
parts as well as the unpublished third and
final piece of the series into one book!!


More news...


Also only available until July 31st is Behind the Mask.
It will be back as well (I'm aiming for Hallowe'en on this
one as it is a Hallowe'en tale) along with a second 
previously unpublished story-  This Ring, that is presently 
undergoing the heavy edit phase of writing.


I'm so excited having these all coming out so close
together.


There's still more ...


Presently awaiting release dates (and gobs of editing
rounds) are:


Book II in the Hidden Senses Trilogy - Dream Visions


Book I in the Animal Trilogy - Animal Heart


The Magic Seasons series -
Book I  From Beltane Magic (previously released as
Beltane Magic)
Book II The Solstice Heat (previously released as
Solstice Heat)
Book III Harvest Dreams


Waiting in my editing pile is:


After the Silence


An Autumn Dance

And finally in my writing file awaiting
completion:


The Witch Descends


Inner Reflections


Good thing I decided to take it easy for a while...


I have some guests coming up on the blog
stop by on Friday July 8th for David M Brown.



Jacqueline Paige

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Canada Day!!

Just thought I'd wish everyone a Happy Canada Day
before I go to work for our busiest day of the year!
Later tonight I will try once more to capture fireworks
pictures!  lol