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Interview of Erin A. Jensen featuring the book, Benevolent w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @ErinAJensen #fantasy

Benevolent

by Erin A. Jensen 

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GENRE: Fantasy

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BLURB:

A story about the purpose of life, the healing power of fandom, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Tormented by the in-crowd at school on a daily basis, there were two things that gave fifteen-year-old Abigail Perkins the strength to keep going—her best friend, Danny Cobb; and her favorite television show, Supernatural. But the night Danny’s mother calls to say that his battle with cancer is nearing its end, and the doctors don’t expect him to live through the night, even Supernatural can’t dull the ache in her heart.

Devastated by her impending loss and crushed that Danny’s mother won’t allow her to visit him one last time, Abigail crawls into bed and cries herself to sleep that night; and she wakes to find Supernatural’s most endearing angel standing at the foot of her bed.

Told from Abigail’s perspective as she nears the end of her long life and revisits the moments that defined it, this story was inspired by the deep connection that Supernatural fans feel with the show’s beloved characters, and the show’s miraculous ability to help its fans through troubled times.

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Excerpt Two:

I flashed him a sympathetic smile. “What are you thinking?”

“I have never understood why humans are so moved by music,” he muttered as his eyes searched mine.

“Music is the closest thing that we have to magic,” I confided in a reverent whisper, “because it has the power to anchor us to a moment in time.”

His half-smile conveyed a heartwarming mix of curiosity and affection. “How so?”

I felt my face flush a shade darker as I grinned at him. “When we hear a song from our past, it conjures up all the old sensations that we felt when we first heard it.”

He eyed me with a perplexed frown as he took a step toward me. “How can a combination of man-made instruments and human vocal chords wield that sort of power?” 

“I can’t explain it with words,” I whispered, “It’s something that you just have to feel.”

He stood there staring at me with that puzzled expression on his face as I stepped closer and carefully inserted the earpiece in my hand into his left ear, so the music connected the two of us, just as surely as the cord connected the earbuds in our ears. “Maybe you’d understand what I mean if you danced to the music.” 

“I don’t dance,” he muttered as he watched me begin to sway to the beat.

I smiled at him as I took his hands in mine and moved his arms in time with the music, like a puppeteer pulling a life-sized marionette’s strings. “Anyone can dance. You just have to let go and let the music guide your movements.” 

A skeptical frown spread across his face as he watched me, but he let me direct his movements nonetheless. He was stiff and awkward at first but as the music grew louder, he seemed to find the rhythm. “These words are nonsense,” he muttered.

“Shhh,” I whispered, “Don’t think. Just feel.”

He was a remarkably fast learner, but I suppose being on earth since the dawn of time had given him plenty of opportunities to watch humans dance. Once he started to feel the music, he moved with all the grace that you’d imagine an angel would.

“Hey Jude” gradually faded away until there was nothing but silence in our twin earpieces. 

We stopped moving and stood there staring at each other while we waited for the next song to guide our movements.

Welcome Erin Jensen! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself. 

Thank you for hosting today’s stop on my tour! My bio has all the standard info about me, so I guess I’ll share a few random facts that aren’t in it. I’ve been writing books for about seven years now, but for the first three years I wrote my debut novel in secret. I’m not a morning person, and I’m hopelessly addicted to coffee. I love peanut butter cups but don’t keep them in my house because my younger son is allergic to peanuts. My friends feed them to me whenever we get together at one of their houses, and I love them dearly for it. My ideal vacation involves a tropical beach and a great book to read with my toes sunk in the sand. If I ever get a movie deal for my Dream Waters books, I have loads of people who’ve volunteered to be extras. Two of my dear friends have asked to be trolls drinking beer in the tavern in my Dream World, and a fellow pharmacist asked me to promise in front of witnesses that I’d invite him to the movie premier. It feels pretty amazing to know they’ve all got that much faith in my future success!

Is Benevolent a single title, or part of a series?

Benevolent is my first standalone novel. My first three books were all part of my Dream Waters Series. This was a unique concept for a story that I was so excited to write that I took a year off from writing Book Four of the series. I’m also pretty attached to this particular story because it’s got more of me in it than any of my other books and all the net proceeds are going to Random Acts, a charitable organization that inspires and funds acts of kindness both big and small all over the world.

What were your inspirations for the story?

Benevolent was inspired by a lot of separate factors. The character Castiel on the television show Supernatural and Misha Collins, the actor who plays the trench-coat-wearing angel, were the original inspiration for the book. The Supernatural fandom also played a part in inspiring the story, and after researching guardian angels and reading that they’re most active at the hour of death, I decided to tell the story from the main character’s point of view at the end of her long life. The end-of-life scenes in the book were inspired by my time with my grandfather in the hours before his death. I know that makes the book sound depressing, but several readers have reached out to tell me the story actually brought them a great deal of comfort and hope. At its heart, Benevolent is more of a celebration of life, and using the time you have to make a difference in the lives of others, than a story about a dying woman’s final hours.

Who are your favorite authors, and books/series?

I love Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series is another favorite. Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights is my favorite classic novel. To Kill a Mockingbird is another classic favorite. I recently listened to the audiobook of Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller (to get a feel for audiobooks before I narrated Benevolent’s audiobook), and I loved it so much that I’ve already begun listening to it over again. 

If you could have a roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

I think I’d invite the authors whose journeys have been an inspiration to me. J.K. Rowling would be at the top of that list because she started from nothing and has accomplished more than any author could ever dream of. Andy Weir has been an inspiration ever since I read that he started out publishing The Martian a chapter at a time for free on his blog. He ended up seeing his story play out on the big screen with Matt Damon playing the lead character. Stephanie Meyers’s story inspired me because she wrote Twilight without telling anyone but her sister that she’d written a book, and that turned out pretty well for her. I’d love to meet Karen Marie Moning because her Fever Series is one of my favorites, and Stephen King would get an invite because it was an interview of his that first made me consider writing a book. I could keep going. How big is this table?

What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

I’m not really allowed to share that because it’d be a HIPPA violation. We hear and see plenty of strange things at the pharmacy where I work as a part-time pharmacist. In fact, I can’t tell you how many times a co-worker has said I should write a book about our experiences. Let’s just say, every time I think there’s nothing left that could shock me, a customer comes in to prove me wrong.

What is the one thing that you would tell an aspiring writer to do?

Don’t give up on your dream. Keep on writing and reading to improve your craft, and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Even the negative feedback can be a learning opportunity if you look at it the right way. 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Erin Jensen is the Amazon International bestselling author of The Dream Waters Series. She was awarded the Bronze Medal for fantasy fiction in the 2018 Readers’ Favorite international book awards. She also received Honorable Mention for fantasy fiction in the 2018 Writer’s Digest self-published e-book awards. A part-time pharmacist and a full-time daydreamer, she resides in upstate New York with her ridiculously supportive husband, two teenage sons–who are both taller than her–and a Yorkshire terrier who thinks he’s the family bodyguard.

Website: Erinajensen.com

Blog: blog.erinajensen.com

Twitter: twitter.com/erinajensen?lang=en

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Excerpt from Fire Song (Daughters of Avalon #4) by Tanya Anne Crosby w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @TanyaAnneCrosby

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Tanya Anne Crosby will be awarding signed copies of the Daughters of Avalon series (3 books)(US ONLY) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Praised for her beauty and grace, deep down, Seren Pendragon fears a tempest rising inside her. Her mother is a witch, her sisters are in peril, and she has been promised to a beast of a man who’s already murdered one king. When she and her youngest sister seize the opportunity for escape neither realizes how much their struggle will cost, and it will take a terrible tragedy to unleash Seren’s inner fire and true nature.

The Bastard of Warkworth is no stranger to misfortune. Everything he held dear vanished one night in a wisp of smoke and fire, and he has been scarred by his encounters with Seren’s own mother, Morwen Pendragon. Even so, when one of the witch’s daughters finds herself in trouble, Wilhelm must find the champion within and ride to her rescue.

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If you have not guessed, my true name is Cerridwen. Creirwy, Morfran and Taliesin are all children of my blood. I took this body, thinking it might serve me, but I chose wrongly. I chose the sister, not the brother. Those two scarcely knew what mysteries they would reveal… but I thank them, nevertheless.

Emrys. Poor Emrys. Would he have lain with his sister had I not inhabited her body? I think not. And Morgan? How did she learn? Well, I suppose… a mother always knows.

Stealing over to the cauldron, I peer inside. Empty at the moment, but there lies residue and I reach down to taste the blend.

I need more coltsfoot, I think. And, of course, blood…

Mentally, I pore over the faces I saw in the tavern … a man and woman traveling together, a trader and a thief. These are my choices, and perhaps I should have them all…

Incidentally, do you how the fae were created?

They were cauldron borne to serve the Sylph.

So, you see… my daughters are gifted with fae blood, but I am born of the essence from which they draw. They are whispers of the wind from which I am formed. They are breeze-kissed whilst I am the storm. They are sparks, I am the flame. They are demigods, like the fae. But I… I am a Goddess, and once the light of this world has been extinguished like the flames of a thousand dying stars, and the hearts of men are stillborn in their cradle of night… here, I shall remain.

Fools.

Kill me?

I’d like to see you try.

About the Author:

Tanya Anne Crosby is the New York Times/USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including works of women’s fiction, suspense, historical romance and fantasy. Known for stories charged with emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters, she is an award-winning author, and her stories have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews.

Tanya has been featured in magazines, such as People, Romantic Times and Publisher’s Weekly, and her stories have been translated into eight languages. Her first novel (Angel of Fire) was published in 1992 by Avon Books, where she was hailed as “one of Avon’s fastest rising stars.” Her fourth book (Once Upon a Kiss) was chosen to launch the company’s Avon Romantic Treasure imprint. She and her writer husband currently split their time between Charleston, SC, where she was raised, and northern Michigan, where the couple make their home.

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Interview with C.B. Samet, author of The Avant Champion: Rising w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #Fantasy #Free Book

The Avant Champion: Rising

by C.B. Samet

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GENRE: Fantasy

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BLURB:

An EVVY award-winning epic fantasy adventure. When Marrington Castle is overtaken by a dark and ancient evil, Abigail Cross finds herself in the precarious situation of protecting Queen Rebekah. Charged with a quest to summon the Avant Champion, can she save the kingdom or doom everyone to everlasting devastation?

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Excerpt Two:

I could hear the confused murmurs of the drivers. Then, the dismissive humphs presumably accompanied by dismissive shrugs.

The carriage began to move forward again, encroaching on some dreadful fate. Even as the lanterns around us illuminated once again, I felt engulfed in numbing darkness.

Paul?

The Queen gazed impassively forward, then with a faint disinterested yawn, spoke. “I think we’ll take a walk for the remaining distance. I’ve not stretched my legs all night.”

One of the guards snapped his fingers, and the carriage halted.

Walk? Out there? With those things?

Despite my quivering knees, I followed the Queen out of the carriage. I had been conditioned over the last several months to follow orders, so it was less of a struggle than it might have been.

When the guards began to follow us, she stopped them with a faint flick of her wrist. “We’re on the castle grounds. We’ll be safe here.”

I wanted to contradict her but my throat seemed to have convulsed shut, the way vocal cords spasm when liquid threatens to erroneously enter the windpipe. It was all I could do just to breathe.

They bowed and climbed back into the carriage.

Floating in a world of confusion, I walked beside her stiff figure. How could we possibly be safe? I started to turn, wanting to look back and see Paul safely sitting in his carriage, though I knew he wasn’t there.

“Don’t,” she snapped in a hushed tone. “Your brother is dead now, and you will be as well if you let on that you saw anything.”

I stiffened, focusing on putting one foot in front of the other while the starry night spun dizzyingly around me. “I don’t understand, mum,” I managed to whisper.

She pursed her lips disapprovingly. “It’s obvious we’re under attack. They are already on the grounds.”

Welcome! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

I’m a writer and a mother. I love action and adventure be it fantasy, thrillers, or romance. I love the quote, ‘She needed a hero. So she became one’ (–Robin Reed). My novels have empowered women overcoming powerful obstacles and the strong men who support them.

Is a single title, or part of a series?
Here is the complete series:

Book 1: The Avant Champion ~Rising~

Prequel: Malakai ~an Avant Champion Story of Malos novelette~ (best read after book 1)

Book 2: The Avant Champion ~Honor~

Book 3: The Avant Champion ~Ashes~

Book 3.5: Brothers’ Bond, a novelette

Book 4: The Avant Champion ~Conquest~ (available for pre-order)

Book 5: coming 2020


Please share your setting for The Avant Champion – Rising.

The Avant Champion series takes place in a fictional fantasy world of ten continents. Our heroine lives on Crithos and gazes on a sky of one sun and two moons. The world is as diverse in climates as it is in species—humans, giants, brownies, and more.

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

I read many genres, but I’ll specifically list fantasy/paranormal here. My favorite series is Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. I love his mix of action and humor. I also enjoyed one of Robin Hobb’s trilogies last year. I’m currently reading Miranda Honfleur.  

If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

Nora Roberts. She writes such an array from romance to thriller (JD Robb) to romantic suspense (Shelters in Place, Come Sundown) to paranormal romance (Year One). Last I read, she’s published over 200 books!

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

I have two boisterous boys I play tennis and board games with. I also have a full-time non-writing job (at least, fictional writing isn’t a component of it) so my “special things” are the fictional books I make time to create.

 

What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?


Write every day and read every day. Both will improve your skills and get you to a gratifying “THE END”.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Christina is a writer, mother, and pet lover.

 

“I write seeking to create riveting action and intrigue with female heroines. I love the quote, ‘She needed a hero. So she became one.’ My novels have empowered women overcoming powerful obstacles and the strong men who support them.”

 

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