Blue Moon Blog Takeover

Blue MoonToday,  I have the lovely and talented J.A. Belfield guest hosting on my blog.  Julie is the author of the urban fantasy Holloway Pack series.  The second book in the series, “Blue Moon”, released December 3, 2012.  If you’re into hot, sexy and romantic tales of werewolves, then you should really check out this series.  They are smouldering, romantic reads.  And now, without further ado, J.A. Belfield!



There’s Magic In Them There Pages

Almost every writer out there who tells folk that they write will get asked: Where do your ideas come from?

My usual answer is ‘my head’.

But, thankfully, when it comes to Blue Moon, I have something a little more interesting to share.

You see, Blue Moon only ever ended up being written because after I’d finished Darkness & Light—what was meant to be a standalone rather the opening of a series—I missed spending time with Jem & Sean.

So I sat for a little while, trying to figure out what kind of journey I could take them on next. And voila. I had it—well, the basis for it, at least.


And I pretty much took it from there.

The instant the idea of magic popped into my head, I got excited.

‘But,’ I thought, ‘where the heck do I find out about magic that sounds believable.’

My next thought?


Okay, let me explain.

Not a lot of people know this, but I have an older sister. Whilst Jem’s sister Jess might not exactly replicate her, the relationship between the two females certain parallels that between me and my sister.

Also, just like Jem’s sister, my sister has an interest in witchcraft and magic.

So, I called her up, asked what she’d got that I could use for research.

Just so happened she had a seriously awesome tome of a spellbook, containing ancient spells. There were even little tidbits of history in there alongside each spell, telling where they’d originated from, and for what they were traditionally used.

Well, I nearly pee’d my pants in excitement.

I’d only opened up the book for a little peek.

Hours later, I had pages of notes, words scrawled, ideas formed, and a list of every single spell that caught my eye.

From there, I pretty much studied every spell I’d chosen, worked through my idea for the storyline, and figured out how I could weave them in until I had the entire plot outlined in my head.

By the time I’d finished I was as excited to start Blue Moon as I had been Darkness & Light, and within weeks, a second Holloway Pack novel was born.

So, know this, anyone who reads Blue Moon, every single bit of magic in the book was researched and recorded as being tried, tested, and above all, successful.

Which means: there really is magic in them there pages.


J.A. BelfieldOne day, a character and scene popped into J. A. Belfield’s head, and she started controlling the little people inside her imagination as though she were the puppet master and they her toys. Questions arose: What would happen if …? How would they react if …? Who would they meet if …? Before she knew it, a singular scene had become an entire movie. The characters she controlled began to hold conversations. Their actions reflected the personalities she bestowed upon them. Within no time, they had a life, a lover, a foe, family … they had Become.

One day, she wrote down her thoughts. She’s yet to stop.

J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, three cats, and a dog. She writes paranormal romance with a second love for urban fantasy.

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Interview with Julie Belfield

Today I have the lovely and talented J.A. Belfield with me.  In case you don’t know, she’s the author of the highly popular Holloway Pack series – a swoon-worthy collection of really hot, steamy adult paranormal romance stories.  She’s also a fellow MAKE BELIEVE anthology buddy (and I would have been completely lost in this whole blog tour thing if it hadn’t been for her and her unending patience).

So, Julie.  Tell us in one sentence why we should read your short story.

Because Escort to Insanity is fun and whacky, and full of action, and there’s even a little bit of romance—and snow!

Brr. Sounds hot and cold.  Steamy.  Do you have any other short stories or novels in the works?  Goals for future projects?

I actually just had the second full length novel in my Holloway Pack series release on the same day as Make Believe. Which means Blue Moon is available now! 😀 (<<sorry, couldn’t help myself).

As for future goals and works? Yeah, there’re too many to list, probably, so I’ll narrow down to: finishing the Holloway Pack series, writing a spin-off trilogy for the characters from Escort to Insanity (my story in Make Believe), and break into YA. 😀

Ah, yes.  Blue Moon.  I’m helping you out on that blog tour on December 26 and I’m telling you, you guys have got to come back for that one.  This book is Muy Caliente.  So hot.  Jem and Sean…they’re just so…so…and Ethan is so…ahhh…ahhh…

Oh wait.  Where was I?  Make Believe.  *clears throat*.  Sorry about that.  Back to the interview.  Hmm.  *taps pencil*  What gives you the most pleasure in writing? (Please tell me it’s writing about Ethan Holloway).

🙂  Forcing myself through a reeeeeeeaaaaaaally difficult scene and feeling like crying with the stress of it all, and then reading it back the next day and deciding it actually kind of rocks and I don’t suck a$$.

I have to agree, that is the schiznit.  What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Write until steam leaves your ears and blood trickles from your nose, and even then don’t stop. I would say practice makes perfect but nobody’s perfect, though practice certainly will make you better. And research. The industry I mean. Knowledge is power.

I like power.  I also like money.  Let’s say, you won a million dollars.  What’s the first thing you do with the money (besides pay the taxes on it).

This is the beauty of living in the UK: we don’t have to pay taxes on lottery winnings. 😀 So if I won, my first expenditure would be a new car. Just don’t tell my old car that. She’s kind of sensitive. 😉

Sure ‘nough, sweet cheeks.  Mum’s the word.  Now for the tough questions.  When you were 12 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to drive an ice cream van. What? I’m serious. O_O

Oh my, you wouldn’t be one of those diabolical blondes who taunted the little kids while while blaring The Sting, right?  “Here little kiddies.  Here’s one ice cream for you…a whole truckload of fudge pops for me!!!  Bwhahahahaha.”  Ok, ok, I know you wouldn’t do something like that.  It’s the writer in me.  Sorry. I digress again.  Tell me about your pet peeves (and don’t say interviewers who go off topic).

POV breaches. Oh, d’you mean outside of writing? Um, dunno—I’m pretty laid back. 🙂

Ok, ice cream lady.  Final question. Reece’s Pieces or M&M’s?

M&Ms, baby!

There you have it, the incredibly awesome J.A. Belfield.  If you want to connect with her, you can find her on her web, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.  And don’t forget to get your copy of MAKE BELIEVE, now available in e-book from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and Julie’s new novel, BLUE MOON.  Oh, and be sure to check out her blog today because she’s kind of doing an interview with me over on the other side of the great big pond.

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Thanks, Julie, for stopping by the Dreamweaver’s Cottage.  Come back anytime. (Bring ice cream sandwiches the next time, ok?)  🙂

Eternal Blog Tour Featuring author J.A. Belfield

Hi everyone!  I have a fantastic surprise today.  Author J.A. Belfield is here to talk werewolves, romance and hot guys.

In case you don’t know, Julie is the author of the oh so popular Holloway Pack series.  Her prequel, Eternal, just released July 1, 2012 and the next novel in the series, Blue Moon, releases December 1, 2012. If you love Urban Fantasy stories about werewolves, you have GOT to read these books. They are sizzling hot, enticing, sexy, fun and chocked full of very, very hot males. (Ethan, Ethan, my heart be still). If you aren’t familiar with this series, head over to J. Taylor Publishing or your bookstore of choice and buy them up. You won’t regret it.

And now, with no further ado, I give you J.A. Belfield!

Pack Life or Pack up and Go?

I get asked a lot of questions about what inspires me, what makes me choose paranormal romance/urban fantasy, what the fudge made me decide to write about werewolves.

The first is the hardest to answer.

The second simply because of the escapism it offers.

The third … well, in all honesty, werewolves, and how my mind views them, fascinate me. More than just werewolves, though, provide that fascination. It’s more about the appeal, the trials and tribulations of leading a Pack life.

As a male, living amongst males who are bonded to you through more than brotherhood, more than friendships, more than blood even, would have to be pretty much like constantly feeling as though you are ‘home’.

As a female? The only female? Living amongst males all bigger, stronger, and naturally more dominating than you?

Yeah, doesn’t sound that appealing when put like that, eh?

But give me a moment and I’ll state my case. Read on …

–          Emotional meltdowns aside, you’d never have to explain your behaviour, however off the wall it might seem to the human eye. As someone prone to random and spasmodic slips into my totally whacky self—you know, that little corner of your personality that’s seriously unhinged and so only your very nearest and dearest and most trusted folk get to see …? I could totally see the appeal of never ever for one minute having to put up a front or having to be sensible just because it’s expected of you or worrying that you just might be the weirdest person in the room …

–          Security. If you’re a werewolf in a pack, or mated to a werewolf who’s in a pack, you’re pretty much guaranteed unwavering and unquestionable protection. These guys would go to the ends of the earth to protect each other. Which means they would always go to the ends of the earth to protect you.

–          Special treatment. Hey, what’d you expect? We’re female. And even if human blokes haven’t all figured it out yet, we are all worthy and entitled to being treated as special. Werewolf males aren’t human males. *smile* They’ve figured it out.

–          Being the smallest CAN be all that. Yeah, yeah, I know I kinda weaved this into the why it might not sound appealing but gimme a second and I’ll explain my reasoning with a list:

1) I LOVE bear hugs. I get them off my brother EVERY time I see him. He’s a foot taller than I am (and I’m 5’7), and he’s broader than I am (I’m no skinny bean when it comes to my linebacker shoulders), but when he gives me a brother cuddle the dude makes me feel delicate and dainty and (dare I say it) feminine.

2) The teasing. What’d’you mean that doesn’t sound like fun? It IS fun. To be teased in the most affectionate way because of a bonded love is the best kind of teasing in the world. Sure, it’d no doubt ‘P’ you off occasionally. But people on the street ‘P’ folk off all the while. Strangers. Better to get riled by those you love enough to make up with—those who will then help you to laugh it off—those who will be sporty when you catch ‘em unawares because the fact you’re smaller means you have to be smarter in your revenge, which means the dudes never ever see it coming … *cough*

3) Manipulate them into certain positioning on hot sunny days, and your drinks may never need heat protection from the sun again—because huddling behind one of those guys is like being cast into shadow by an eclipse.

4) Like to shop? Convince one of the Pack to accompany you, and darling, you’d never have to carry your own bags again. 😉

–          Whilst there are many more reasons I could list, I figured now’s probably the time to play my wild card: Werewolf males aren’t shy; they aren’t insecure about how they look; and they are all seriously on the buff side.

They also have a tendency to be naked … A LOT.

So … did I convince you at all? Pack life … or pack up and go?

An unmarried woman living in a house of men breeds hearsay and lore. If only the villagers knew the truth.
It’s not Jem Stonehouse’s marital status that brings unwanted strangers to town. Rather, it’s that she is the only female werewolf in existence — a prize to any pack.

Sean Holloway, the love of Jem’s life, has gone to great lengths to protect her. As a new attack becomes imminent, Sean realizes he must take greater measures with Jem’s safety or risk losing her forever.

His first task must be to marry her, but a force greater than the largest werewolf stands in his way.

Her mother.

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