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!

*Applause*

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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.

Magic.

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?

‘Doh!’

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.

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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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Wow, I am so far behind


Sorry guys.  I got sidetracked doing a gazillion things today and forgot to post on my blog.  *smacks head*

Now that I’m here, I need to announce yesterday’s winner in the Make Believe giveaway that I’m running everyday in the month of December.  I threw all the names of everyone who commented on my blog yesterday in a Random Name selector and the winner for December 1 is:

BROOKE 


What did Brooke win?  A digital autographed copy of the Make Believe book cover signed by all the authors.

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Brooke, please send me your e-mail info to me at kford2007(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll send that over to you right away.

The official Make Believe Blog tour starts tomorrow with a Make Believe e-book  giveway over at Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.  This is a fantastic website for anyone looking for the latest scoop and reviews of all the hot Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books on the market.  The host of the site, Jenifer Bielman, rocks.  I don’t know how she keeps up with everything she does.  She really is superwoman.

Okay folks, until tomorrow.  Enjoy your evening and I promise not to be late tomorrow with my giveaway goodies.  I’m off to eat dinner before the season finale of Once Upon a Time airs at 8 PM.  Love you guys.

Win an ARC of the upcoming anthology, MAKE BELIEVE


I have some über exciting news for you!  I received the okay from my publisher, J.Taylor Publishing, to give away an ARC of the Make Believe anthology!  Whoo Hoo!!!  You have no idea  how much this thrills me.  Only a few lucky people will receive an ARC of the anthology before it’s officially release on December 3, 2012, and you might be one of them!

Read all about the anthology here.  Curiosity piqued?  All you have to do to find out how they end is enter the giveaway.

What do you have to do to win?

Leave a blog comment telling us your favorite fantasy as a child.  Did you dress up like Superman?  Did you dream of being a rock ‘n roll star?  An actress?  Come on.  Don’t be shy.  When done, head over to my website and fill out the rafflecopter form to validate your entry.

Contest for readers/reviewers will run from October 3 to October 15 with the winner chosen at random on October 16.  Leave me your e-mail address along with your comment so I can contact the lucky winner!

J. Taylor Publishing will send out the ARC in ebook format.  Good luck everyone and thanks for participating.

A sneak peek at The Amulet of Ormisez


Several months ago I shared the great news that J. Taylor Publishing accepted my short story, THE AMULET OF ORMISEZ, for their MAKE BELIEVE anthology coming out December 3, 2o12.  I was thrilled beyond words and all of you were so sweet and wonderful, sharing all your congratulations and good wishes.  I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful followers who support each other in their endeavors.

Today I hit another milestone in this whirlwind publishing process.  So many of you have asked when they will get a sneak peek at the stories in the anthology and I’m happy to say today is the day!  Below you will find the first 250 words (or thereabout) of THE AMULET OF ORMISEZ.  The editing process has been fantastic and there were very, very few changes to the opening page.  What you see here is pretty much the way it looked upon submission, which makes me really, really happy.  I guess all that studying and taking  notes and practicing and reading about opening hooks and the importance of 1st pages paid off in this case.  I want to give a HUGE shout out to my beta readers and critique partners.  Without you, AMULET, may not be where it is today.  You guys rock my world and I can’t thank you enough for all your help and late nights, phone calls and multiple reads.

My story is just one of six fantastic short stories and I am thrilled to appear beside an amazing group of authors.  Please take the time to visit all of their websites over the next several months and get to know them as I have.  As today is the official release date of our sneak peeks, they may have their excerpts up today, too, so make sure you make the rounds, introduce yourself and tell them I sent ya!  Also, if you don’t mind, please click here to add it to your To-Read list.

And now, for your reading pleasure, may I present the first page of The Amulet of Ormisez:

Elton Fletcher urged his horse through the wind and sleet toward the enormous shadow rising from the moors against the darkness.  Sagewick Castle.  Home. Faster and faster he rode, speeding past the hedges and trees hiding the royal palace of Trumwald, his cloak snapping behind him. The horse galloped through the archway of the gatehouse, its nostrils flaring, hooves clopping against cobblestones.

A stout man rushed from the stable house, wool cloak over his head, oil lantern in hand.

“Welcome home, Master Fletcher.”

“Thank you.” Elton dismounted and handed over his horse to the welcoming marshal. “It’s good to be back. Tell me, has Master Cayden retired for the evening?”

“He has not, Lord Elton,” replied a familiar voice, “but might I suggest you tidy up a bit before socializing.”

“Ah, Ferris!” Elton grinned at the man on the steps. “What a pleasant sight! I assume my room has been prepared.”

“Of course, my lord. We’ve been expecting you.”

“Splendid. I’m cold as a corpse. Perhaps you’d like to join me for some apricot brandy and something to eat? I’m famished.” Elton embraced Ferris.

“The brandy is already in your room. I’ll have the servants fetch whatever you wish once you are settled.”

Inside, a slew of servants, waiting by the doorway, greeted Elton with exuberant smiles on their faces.

“Welcome back, Master Elton.”

“It is good to see you again, my lord.”

“May I take your coat, Sir?”

A young boy of no more than ten years stood before Elton, his arms outstretched. Elton smiled and draped his sodden, fur-lined coat and leather gloves across them. Reaching inside his coin pouch, Elton withdrew a gold therap and tucked it in the boy’s trouser pocket. “For your troubles,” he said, tousling the boy’s hair.

The young face beamed with delight as he ran down a marble corridor shouting for his mother, the coat dragging the ground behind him.

“You’d best be careful of your treatment of the hired help, Sir,” said Ferris. “Your brother would not approve.”

“Why?” Elton walked with Ferris down the entrance hall, flanked by roaring fireplaces set between massive columns. His boots echoed with each click upon the black marble floor.

“Things are not as they were when you left two years ago.” They climbed the wide, stone stairway and followed a maze of corridors. Vibrant, handmade tapestries popped against the limestone walls while slender red carpets lay underfoot. Oil lamps flickered against the stone.

It seemed all had remained as Elton recalled.

“Lord Cayden has … changed,” Ferris continued, his face drawn. “He is not what you remember. Watch your step and your generosity.”

Now for a bit about the anthology:

Make Believe

by J.A. BelfieldJennifer M. EatonJ. Keller FordTerri RochenskiKelly SaidLynda R. Young

Release Date: December 3, 2012

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: FantasyParanormal RomanceRomance

Description

Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski
An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign’s Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she’ll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.

With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects.

The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford
There is only one way to save Elton Fletcher’s brother from an insanity-ridden death.

After years away from home, fighting for his people, Elton returns to discover his only sibling, Cayden, possessed by greed and malice, and responsible for malicious, unthinkable deeds. Cayden, though, isn’t the only one afflicted by the Amulet of Ormisez, and Elton finds himself in yet another battle, where the price of failure could be his own life.

Birthright by Lynda R. Young
Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible.

She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she’s never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her.

Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead.

Petrified by Kelly Said
A mysterious storm has replaced summer with winter, devastating crops and smothering Castle lands in snow. Prince Sterling August stands alone as a leader, lost in personal grief as well as a desire to help his people but with an inability to do either.

The answers he needs await him, but without Lochlyn, a woman who’s just as isolated as Sterling, he’ll never see what stands before him, cloaked in illusion.

Last Winter Red by Jennifer M. Eaton
Emily is a Red, a woman whose sole purpose in life is to produce offspring. When her husband dies and leaves her childless, she risks her life and forsakes the safety of Terra—a disease-free city born after the nuclear holocaust. Beyond its boundaries, she knows, survives a man with whom she can be properly paired.

The Outside, though, holds secrets the government struggles to keep, and what Emily discovers on her quest for a mate will change her life forever.

Escort to Insanity by J.A. Belfield
From a charity auction, to a stroll in the park, to the craziest night of her life. Nicole Harrington can’t help but wonder how a simple event went so drastically wrong.

Of course, the male escort she booked is wholly to blame. Not only charming but shrewdly intelligent, Benjamin Gold drags Nicole into a platoon of unimaginable problems—ones from which she’ll have to find the courage just to survive.

Websites of MAKE BELIEVE authors:

J.A. Belfield

Jennifer M. Eaton

Kelly Said

Lynda R. Young

Terri Rochenski