Cleveland connections round two…..

This update on the Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio connection conundrum in regards to locations in my published works is a few months later than anticipated. The marketing idea kept rolling around in the back of my overtaxed brain while my life spiraled out of control.

Our grandchildren stayed with us this past summer. Now both their mom and her sister have passed their fortieth birthdays. It has been a few decades since my husband and I have had to ferry kids to tennis, ballgames, or other commitments. By the time they returned to Houston for school we were a bit ragged and frayed around the edges. I was slipping farther behind my writing and marketing goals.

Early September I was informed by the administrator of the Parma Snow Road Library that my books, “Wind River Refuge” and “Cassandra:Night Shades” had been selected for the Indie Author Conference and Showcase on Saturday November 12, 2016. I had to decide how to handle the local aspect of my work to attract the folks browsing those of us participating in the showcase during the afternoon.

Two weeks prior to the event I found on Shutterstock what I thought would fit the bill, and purchased a large size of the selected background page for the following 6 feet tall banner.

follow-our-heroinesCanva allowed me to upload the Cleveland background and overlay my cover images. The text selections on Canva worked well for adding a blurb at the top.

Well the results proved successful, and I now have both books in new reader’s hands. A good start for attracting Holiday book buyers.

Another update on the Cassandra front: the new laminated hardcover proof arrived on the day before the Showcase. I will okay the proof on Monday, and hope to have have it in time for some of the Christmas shoppers.

Update you soon on special package deals.

 

Thanks for visiting.

Jackie Anton

Author website:http://talesbyjackie.com
J.Anton’s autographed books: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton
Autographs for online purchases and e-books:
http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/backyardhorse
Independent Authors Network Author Page:
http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jackie-anton.html

A Free Introduction to Lexie ….

I found this little Cartoon and it sparked an idea for book three or possibly four of the “Troubles in Love-Land Series. What if Lexie and Skip joined an auxiliary k-9 unit to help unearth the trio of murderers who tried to kidnap her in Panhandle Mayhem?

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Meet Lexie, Melinda, Cutter and the crew for free. Only seven days remain on the coupon at Smashwords. Follow this link http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton

and plug in Code FW86G at checkout when you pick Fateful Waters: Troubles in Love-Land Book One from the title line up.
Adult Readers 18+
Wind River Refuge is February’s Book of the Month. This Mystery/Thriller with a romantic twist won the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Romance Category. The discount on the print book and the e-book coupon code (QX47K) has been extended to March 12, 2016 prior to the Book Blast Tour for Cassandra: Night Shades.

Find out more about Cassandra and my other books by clicking on the Independent Author Network link to the right of this blog.

More next week on the March Book of the Month for the kids. Check out my website if you want to get a head start.

Direct Links to my books and website are listed on my IAN Author Page.

Paperback savings on the book of the month: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton

Interview of Characters from the Troubles in Love-Land Series

Melinda Potter

 “Give our readers a feel for who you are Miss Potter.”

                        “You know very well who I am and so do your readers, or you wouldn’t be interviewing me. I  really get tired of these Society Page blurbs. Do you have any idea what it’s like whenever one of these articles gets published?”

 

“No. Why don’t you tell me?”

             “Suddenly, I am inundated with new, want to be, friends. An unbelievable number of investment solicitations, and marriage proposals from complete strangers flood my email.”

 

“As a member of the 2011 graduating class, what do you plan to do?”

             “Well, I am not going to Disney World, if that’s what you mean.”

 

“Melinda, you have invested nearly five years of your life earning a degree. What are you planning to do with it?”

             “For now I don’t plan to do much with it. I plan to take a long vacation and forget about it, and my interfering, over protective family.”

 

“Do you have destination in mind?”

“Sure, but I am not going to tell you. I might as well blab it to the world! The whole point is to get away, far away, where people don’t know me. Where people don’t know that I am the daughter of Benson Potter.”

 

“How soon are you planning to leave Ohio?”

                        Not soon enough! My parents have a big graduation party scheduled at their country club. Oh! Here comes Lexie, if you want an interesting story, you should interview her. She will be traveling with me when I make my escape.

 

Meet Lexie by clicking on the Romance selection at the top of this blog, and selecting “Fateful Waters” Book One of the Troubles in Love-Land Series Published by Half Appy Press.

 

Interview with Maria Rodriguez

 

“Share some of your impressions of Alexandra Parker with us, Maria.”

             “Cutter hauled her home on the back of his horse one stormy night. He dumped the half dead mud covered waif on me.”

 

“You don’t sound happy about the chore thrust upon you to aid Lexie.”

             “I didn’t have an issue with the girl at that time. I even sent for the doctor. It wasn’t until she returned from a hospital stay that problems arose.”

 

“You didn’t approve of Lexie’s handling of the books for the ranch?”

             “She turned out to be a big thorn in my butt! It was down right disrespectful the way she talked to Cutter. Also, she was always sticking her nose in where it didn’t belong. I nipped that in the bud and sent her packing,”

 

“What did Cutter Ross have to say about her departure?”

             “Cutter isn’t the talkative sort, but he hasn’t spoken to me in weeks. He took a plane to Ohio the other day. Business, he told my husband Jim. I have a sick feeling that he went to retrieve his blonde witch of a bookkeeper. He can’t seem to see past her pretty face and big blue eyes. Mark my words: if Cutter brings her back here, it will be the ruination of our peaceful existence.”

 

Will Lexie return to Texas? Don’t miss “Panhandle Mayhem” Book Two of the “Trouble in Love-Land” series.

Paperback release by Half Appy Press by September 15, 2015.

E-book will be available at Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, and Amazon.

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Author Links:

 Website: http://talesbyjackie.com

Adult FB Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/authorjmanton?ref=hl

Online Autographs: http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/backyardhorse

Autographed print books Square Market Place: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton/

 

Jackie Anton at Loganberry Books’ Local Author’s Fair

AuthorAlley-art-2015-mAuthor Alley will be part of the annual Larchmere Festival, a community street fair that will also include special sales of antique, vintage and art items by Larchmere merchants, friends and residential neighbors.
Loganberry Books
13015 Larchmere Blvd.
Shaker Hts., OH 44120
216.795.9800
http://www.loganberrybooks.com

Uncharted Storm FINAL    Author Anton will join other local authors from 12noon to 4:00pm to greet fair goers and book enthusiasts. Authors will be signing their books selected by     Loganberry for this event. Jackie Anton’s Ya to Adult short story collection in “Uncharted Storms” will be available for purchase. Bookmarks will accompany each copy sold on Saturday during the Larchmere Festival.

Uncharted Storms http://youtu.be/CTdtZIsYDUM

Make sure to get your “Loyalty Card” from Jackie to be eligible for free giveaways.Wind River Refuge Cover 4613Wind River Refuge is the adult novel selected for Author Alley.

This mystery thriller with a paranormal twist and a turbulent love affair won the Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Romance Category. Early reviews are exciting:

5 Star review By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorit:

Wind River Refuge is a romantic suspense novel written by J.M. Anton. It’s 1973, and Jax is on her way home for Christmas break to Wyoming, from the east coast where she attends college. She’s expecting her friend Dexter to be picking her up from the airport in Denver; however, a call to her step-mother Maggie reveals that the dark and brooding Garrett McBride, Dexter’s cousin, is waiting for her at the airport. The two are instantly at odds with each other: he doesn’t approve of her behavior and language, and she doesn’t trust his flying abilities or the plane he came in. Garrett is suffering from PTSD after his service as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Jax was orphaned and abused as a child by her foster-parents. The two are definitely wrong for each other, but somehow sparks keep flying.

J.M. Anton’s romantic suspense novel, Wind River Refuge, is fast-paced and exciting. The setting in Wyoming is stunning and beautiful, and the descriptions of the horses and cattle herding are marvelous. I particularly enjoyed the psychological thriller aspect of Wind River Refuge, and Anton’s original take on the police procedural genre. While this book is classified as a romance, the underlying suspense plot is strong and flows throughout the story. I also enjoyed Garrett’s Native American ancestry and the involvement of his relatives from his mother’s side. Anton creates a lively and plausible world in Wind River Refuge, peopled with real and compelling characters. It’s an enjoyable and suspenseful romantic thriller and is highly recommended.

Comming Events:

Book two of the “Troubles in Love-Land” Series has completed its final revision following the editing process and multiple proof reads. We are awaiting the cover to publish the e-book. Look for release date on this blog within the next two weeks.

Cassandra: Night Shades is slated for release August 31. 2015 at your favorite e-book place of purchase. Smashwords will have it first.

Smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton

I have a request in for a booth at the Medina County Fair August 3 – 9, 2015. More on this later.

Have a terrific Fourth of July.

Stop by at Loganberry if you are able. Click on their link above to find out more about this fascinating bookstore.

Book Links:

Wind River Refuge: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wind-river-refuge-jackie-anton/1115864589?ean=9781493634255

E-book Uncharted Storms: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/uncharted-storms-jackie-anton/1118931568?ean=2940045770101

Print Book for Uncharted Storms:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Uncharted-Storms-Jackie-Anton/dp/1940834333

Jackie’s Square Market Place: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton/

Author Website: http://talesbyjackie.com/

The Launch of Half Appy Press

Half Appy Press is a DBA for Jackie Anton and will include the adult works as J. M. Anton. HALF APPY PRESS SMALL LOGO The logo was designed by illustrator Sandy Shipley.   April is coming to a close and May is fast approaching. Five months into the 2015 marketing shake up and things are progressing at a slow but steady pace. It occurred to me at the beginning of March that if my books were going to get exposure it was up to me.

Marketing is a time consuming endeavor, which can also eat up your cash flow and strain your credit cards. Many years of supporting POD Publishers have set back my marketing efforts. Two years ago I joined IPBA and began researching the possibilities of publishing my own books.

The result is a total revamping of my business plan as an author. Having found myself in a constant state of dissatisfaction with the in-house designers and interior formatting to the point that the release dates were delayed while I spent valuable time hashing things out with these folks. At that point, I decided to spend my time and money using freelance formatters and designers.

Results of my collaborations with my illustrator, e-book formatter, book designers, and several editors were all positive experiences. Next step, I needed to find a good interior layout formatter. Still looking for that person who will hear or see the vision. Backyard Horse Tales 3: “Don’t Call Me Love” is the critical test. Loves tale, like the two previous books in the series will be a fully illustrated chapter book.

While searching for the interior designer I found an automated formatting service and used my rewrite of “Fateful Waters” as book one of the new “Trouble in Love-Land” series to test it out. The PDF is with Ingram Spark awaiting the completion of the cover template. I forwarded the template and the instructions to the book designer a few days ago. Below is the 2015 cover that will grace the book and is already live for the e-book. Fateful Waters 2015 FINALCoupon and direct e-book link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/532509 Coupon code :LC78J Enter the code at checkout for a free copy, then pick your download. If you don’t have an e-reader, download the PDF to read on your computer. COUPON EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2015

 

All is much better on the financial end of things, since making the self-publishing move, and I should have more dollars to spend on promoting my books.   I hope the new book is ready to take with me to the Medina County Library’s Local Author Expo on May 9th. Please join us if you live in the area. I will be in the Children’s section, on the main floor. There will be 28 other authors at this event.

LocalAuthorExpohttp://www.mcdl.info/authors

E-Book Bargains

Only three days left to load up your e-readers!

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Free & Hugely Discounted Books

Stop by my Smashwords Page before midnight (pacific time) on March 8, to select one of my books. Two are free, and the two newest releases are hugely reduced for Read an E-Book Week. Read excerpts and choose your E-book here:  http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton

Author’s Note: The Prelude to BYHT3 is a first draft of Love’s tale. This will be your last chance to get the first four chapters free. The prelude will be pulled March 15, 2014 in preparation of the release of the completed tale: “Don’t Call Me Love.” Here is a peek at the cover created by illustrator Sandy Shipley.

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Location of the Smashwords promotional catalog with thousands of free and reduced e-books.  https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1/newest/1

Interview with Catherine Castle author of “The Nun and the Narc.”

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JA: Welcome Catherine, please tell us a little about yourself and how you became a writer?
CC:I’ve always considered myself a writer. I wrote poetry and fiction when I was in school. I didn’t start writing for profit until the early 90s when I became a stringer (freelance writer) for our local community newspaper. When the editors made very few changes to my first submitted piece (which I did for free), I decided maybe I could write professionally. I got up the nerve to ask if I could become a stringer and get paid for writing. The answer was yes, and the rest is history. From the newspaper I branched out into writing for children and did a couple of magazine articles too. Seeing my name in the byline was a big boost for meand it was then that I decided I wanted to write fiction on a professional basis, as well.

JA: The writing expertise is evident in your book. Would you share with our followers the inspiration(s) behind your wonderful novel?         CC: The Nun and the Narc was written as a contest entry because I wanted to see if I could write an inspirational romance that was different from many I had read. Originally, the heroine wasn’t a nun, but a missionary. Howeverthe book wasn’t working. One of my critique partners suggested I make her a nun instead. I loved The Sound of Music, A Change of Habit, The Flying Nun TV series, and other stories about nuns, so I changed the heroine from Margaret Mary to Sister Margaret Mary, a novice who was about to take her final vows when she got home. The book took off and practically wrote itself after that change.

JA: Some writers are known for a particular genre. Do you envision one genre for your future works or have you considered other genres?
CC: Romance is the genre I usually write in, but I’m not particular about its subgenres as I like to read, and write, in a variety of genres. Actually, I have considered other genres and have actually written plays and other fiction with my husband. Cozy mystery interests me, too.

JA: Catherine, do you have other published works?
CC:I have over 600 non-fiction articles that cover the gamut from news articles, fashion, advertorials, children’s non-fiction and magazine article published under my real name. The Nun and the Narc is the only fiction work I have published under the name Catherine Castle.
JA: Then, you write under a pen name?
CC: Yes. Catherine Castle is one of my pen names.

JA: Have you won any recognition or awards you would like to share with my followers?
CC: My books have placed in several contests, but the two that are probably the most prestigious are the ACFW Genesis Contest and the EPIC contest. The Nun and theNarc was a finalist in the Genesis and is a finalist in the 2014 EPIC contest in the action/adventure romance category.

JA: Is your book available in print, e-book, or both?                                                                                                                                                                          CC: The Nun and the Narc is available online as an ebook from Amazon and online in print from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
JA: How much of the marketing do you do for your book Carherine, and for yourself as a brand?
CC: Since I don’t have a publicist and my publisher is relatively new, marketing falls on the author for the most part. Marketing has been a huge learning curve for me. Before the book was accepted for publication all I had was a blog that I maintained myself. I still do, in fact. No virtual assistants or anything like that either, although I wish I could afford to hire one. It would make social media sooo much easierand I could spend more time actually writing.

JA: Do you spend a lot of time plotting your stories, or do you just run with it?
CC: I’m a bit of both, depending on what I’m writing. I do like to know where the story is going, the big picture before I sit down to write. I’ve plotted in detail, started out with just an idea, written a whole book out of sequence (which I would never do again), and even dreamt a book. I find some plotting makes the book go faster because I don’t have to sit in front of the screen and think too much. I do leave room to let the characters take the story in new directions. Sometimes they know better than I do what should happen next.

JA: Do you spend much time in research when you are writing?
CC: With The Nun and the Narc I had to do research on Mexico, the drug trade, and nuns. I have also been known to write until I hit a spot that needs research and then I hunt for what I need, or I’ll bookmark a page and say, “Find _______” if I’m writing in the zone and don’t want to stop for research.

JA: What Point of view do you feel most comfortable with Catherine,first person or third? Have you ever tried using the second person in any of your works?
CC: I personally like third person and have never tried writing in first or second. I think first is too limiting and second just too hard to master.

JA Are you on any forums or networking sites? Do you find them helpful? If yes, please list links so readers can find you.
CC Iam a contributing author on Stitches Thru Time at:  http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/

and the Soul Mate Authors blog site at http://smpauthors.wordpress.com/  I think they’ve been very helpful for social networking and I’ve met some lovely authors as a result of being onpart of these sites.

JA: What do you think the future holds for a writer?
CC: More hard work than we ever imagined. Being a writer is a changing landscape now with ebook, self-pubbed books, POD books, free books for downloading, and more authors out there than ever before. Getting noticed and distinguishing yourself from the crowd is hard, and the first impressions that make a prompt a buyer are not always about how good your book is, but how well you manage your social network. Marketing is essential to authors.  At a recent conference I went to one of the speakers said writing is 90 percent marketing and only 10percent writing. If you aren’t well-versed on social media before your first book is out, then you are behind already. The days of holing up in your writer’s cave, writing, and letting someone else market for you are gone for the majority of writers.

 JA: Thank you for visiting with us Catherine, and good luck with your book.

I chose to post this interview with Catherine Castle to give her the added exposure and introduce her to the followers of this blog. Be sure to comment then go to my A to Z Reviews blog to check out Catherine’s book tour. She is drawing for an Amazon gift certificate of $25 at the conclusion of her tour. Stop by there and the rest of the stops to increase your chances to win. Here is a quick link http://bookreviewsbyjackie.com/ Good Luck!

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Excerpt:

The Nun and the Narc

by

Catherine Castle

“Why don’t you tell me,Miss . . . whoever you are?”

 “Margaret Mary O’Connor. Sis—“ Her introduction changed into a scream. “Look out!”

Jed’s head whipped around just as the car plowed through a market stand of live chickens. Poultry, wooden cages, and feathers scattered over the car. An angry hen dropped through the car’s open sunroof, squawking and flapping in front of Jed, beating his head with its wings.

Margaret reached over, grabbed the bird, and threw it back out the sunroof opening. But it was too late. The car glanced off an adobe wall into a second market stand and careened toward another building. Jed jammed on the brakes. The car spun three hundred and sixty degrees before screeching to a stop.

 The impact threw Margaret sideways against the passenger window. She hit her head on the glass, the blow blinding her for a second. Jed’s body slammed into the steering wheel setting off the horn. The wail echoed in Margaret’s head as she struggled to remain conscious. Warmth trickled down the side of her head. Margaret managed to focus her eyes as the noise stopped. Two Jeds leaned toward her, in slow motion. She blinked to clear her vision.

“You all right?” he asked.

 “I think so.” Something warm and sticky seeped down her face. She reached up and wiped her temple. “I’m bleeding,” she said as she stared at her fingers. The words sounded slurred. At the sight of the blood on her fingers, her stomach rolled.

 

 

 

Hot Cocoa and A Good Book…

 

            What better way to ward of the Artic Chill of the 2014 New Year?

             Today I received the promotional proof of the front and back covers for my soon to be released adult thriller “Wind River Refuge.” The unveiling of the covers for the paperback is at the end of this post.

            The bone chilling winter blast has provided me with an opportunity to catch up and expand my social media efforts. One new expansion is to my Author Den. www.authorsden.com/jackieanton   Visitors and fans can now read short stories and blogs that I post at the site. There is also a new signed copy book store where print editions can be purchased at a discounted price. U.S. residents will have their autographed copy shipped directly to their mailing address.

             Those not U.S. residents, or prefer e-books are able to request a dedicated, autographed cover of the book of their choice from Online Autographs: http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/backyardhorse My family friendly award winning “Backyard Horse Tales” books are at both of the above sites, along with my adult novels.

             I took some time away from writing, editing, and revising a few days ago and completed the author interview on Smashwords. The link to the interview is included in the following list. Take a look while you read the synopsis of Wind River Refuge, or one of my other books. Add any questions you would like answered on my email. I will do my best to answer them in a timely manner.

Connect with Jackie Anton in 2014:

Smashwords Interview: https://www.smashwords.com/interview/jackieanton

Smashwords profile page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton

Email: talesbyjackie@gmail.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/backyardhorse

BYHT Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Backyard-Horse-Tales/190283981002767

FB adult novel fan page: http://www.facebook.com/authorjmanton?ref=hl

Author Website: http://talesbyjackie.com

            Stay warm my friends enjoy your hot brew of choice and one of my books.

         As promised, the first look at my soon to be released paperback.

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Adult Reads 18+ for your gift list…

Thanksgiving Day is nearly a week in the past, and shopping days until Christmas are whizzing by. Pick one of these books in print or as an e-book for the adult readers on your gift list. All are available on Amazon or Smashwords.                                                                                                                                       Memoirs are not one of my usual genre, but I found the account of Micki’s life humorous at times, and laughed out loud. I also had to find a box of tissues to keep at hand.

000_bookcover for email normal (3)It is amazing to read the hope, faith and courage this author maintained through the tragic loss of a child. This is a story that should be required for every driver who has a drink and gets behind the wheel, or those who pilot vehicles of death while texting. There are a multitude of distracted and impaired driver offenses that contribute to the early passing of beautiful young people, like Micki’s fourteen-year-old daughter.

“And the Whippoorwill Sang” is and emotional read with many up and downs, as well as twists and turns that rival a winding mountain road. I found myself getting angry on the author’s behalf, chuckling, or out right laughing at her antics, Lucile Ball could have played Micki.

As a mother, indeed a human being, I felt her heartache and sense of loss.

Not a quick read, but well worth a readers time. I found a lot of formatting issues on the kindle version, but the story is well writtenand I highly recommend it.

Author Contacts:

E-Mail: mallie1025@aol.com

http://mallie1025.blogspot.com/

www.linkedin.com/in/mickipeluso

www.facebook.com/micki.peluso

Altercations by Reynold Bowen

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Review Excerpt

 by Jackie Anton

Copyright © 2011 Reynold Bowen

Raider Publishing International

ISBN: 978-1-61667-362-8

     Altercations is a science fiction novel that immerses the reader in the corrupt governing body of the Core. The author presents the question “Is the Government worth being saved?”

Mr. Bowen’s descriptions of the inner and outer planets, their environments and inhabitants make it easy to imagine the book’s futuristic setting. He successfully delves into the age-old battle of good versus evil as well as the uncaring attitude of the extremely wealthy to the daily struggle of the working and poor of society.

In the year 2998 the royal DeMarlonia family over sees a large part of the known galaxy. Intrigue abounds. Power hungry politicians have spies everywhere, but so do the revolutionaries. Within the seat of power lurks the Black Widow who is responsible for the death of millions in the Veiled Grottos. Lesser peoples and political opposition alike are consigned to this painful death.

Take a trip with our reluctant hero from the outer planet of Qwiasrio to the seat of power on what was once known as earth. The new space drive developed by Lobby Leader LeGray has shrunk the distance to the outer planets and their sources of wealth.

Altercations is well written, and keeps the pages turning. I enjoyed the rebirth of the ancient craft of photography as an art form. A photographer himself the author shares this form of recording history with his character Ganen. Characters are well developed and believable.

If you like science fiction, you will love this scifi mystery novel. Bowen keeps you guessing to the very end. I would describe this book as having an interesting cross of a Stephen King and Star Wars flavor.

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Altercations-Reynold-Bowen/dp/1616673621/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386091883&sr=1-3&keywords=ALTERCATIONS

Barnes &Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/altercations-reynold-bowen/1107864235?ean=9781616673628

To Dance in Liadron

Brigid O’Flynn loves to dance, but her priest frowns upon the practice. Not only does she have to suffer the superstitions of the villagers who think she is cursed by the Faerie Folk, but she struggles to avoid the Lord of the manor each time she works within its walls. To top it all off she is being forced into a marriage that she is not ready accept.

Adrianne has created a wonderful fantasy adventure for young adult and older readers. At seventeen our heroine struggles with the urge to leave her harsh life behind and enter a world of music and dance. This book is also suitable for young adults.

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Seventeen-year-old Brigid O’Flynn is an outcast. A chance encounter with the Faerie Queen left her tainted in the eyes of the villagers, who blame the Faerie for the village’s missing women and children. Desperate to win the village’s acceptance, Brigid agrees to marry her childhood friend: Serious, hardworking, Connell Mackenna. But when Connell disappears before their wedding, Brigid’s hopes are shattered. Blamed for her fiancé’s death, Brigid fears she will suffer the same fate as the other village outcasts, the mysterious Willow Women. Lured into Faerie by their inhuman lovers, and cast out weak and broken, the Willow Women spend their lives searching for the way back into Faerie. When Connell suddenly reappears, Brigid is overjoyed, but everything is not as it seems. Consumed by his desire for beauty and celebration, Connell abandons his responsibilities, and Brigid soon finds herself drawn into a passionate, dangerous world of two.

When Brigid discovers the truth behind Connell’s transformation she’s forced to choose between two men and two worlds. Brigid’s struggle leads her into glittering, ruthless Faerie, where she must rescue her true love from a terrible sacrifice or lose him forever.

Buy Links:

Amazon: US: http://www.amazon.com/To-Dance-in-Liradon-ebook/dp/B009F94I3W/ref=la_B009HWWMT4_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349915685&sr=1-1

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/To-Dance-in-Liradon-ebook/dp/B009F94I3W/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1349972228&sr=1-1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/to-dance-in-liradon-adrienne-clarke/1112975145?ean=2940015710045

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/To-Dance-in-Liradon/book-J5YVsQBAyU26uuplRq4VrQ/page1.html?s=KS-iLsIhp0GoqVUvE-QpvA&r=1″

Fantasy not quite the ticket? Bama Bride was selected for Romance fans:

Cover_BamaBrideBLURB: Neal Sinclair meets David Bankston in a college town bar. He’s tall, dark, and handsome, and wears a Stetson like nobody’s business.

 When they dance, inner passion heats up while inhibitions melt away. Neal quickly discovers David’s not a Southerner at all. He’s a Boston architect, in Tuscaloosa for only one night. The next morning, they struggle to walk away from something that caught them both by surprise

 Time doesn’t diminish the ache they feel in each other’s absence. Unable to stay apart, David arranges to take Neal to watch her beloved Crimson Tide play in a football bowl game. Reunited, they’re determined to make it work. When separated, they perfect the art of open communication. They each know that true love is a long shot.

But distance isn’t the only thing standing in their way. Unbeknownst to her, Neal’s overprotective father is, too. With so much conspiring against them, can a natural disaster turn the odds in their favor?

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A tale of romance, conflict, and a helping of humor in

Fateful Waters

BLURB: Follow Melinda Potter and Alexandra Parker, across the country, as the friends travel from their home on the shores of Lake Erie to the drought-stricken state of Texas. After graduation from The Ohio State University, Melinda has a date with an online Romeo. Lexie, who is supposed exert a moderating influence on her impulsive friend, winds up in a hospital where she wakes to everyone calling her Mrs. Ross.  She doesn’t have a clue how she got there, or who Mr. Ross is.

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EXCERPT: The mud-covered woman stared at him as if he was the headless horseman. He had to ask her twice if she needed some help. With Jim’s rope securely around the small critter to keep its head above the mud hole, he plucked the calf’s would-be rescuer out of the deepening mud and set her on her feet by her Cadillac. Then he went back to help Jim haul the newborn out of the mud. Jim took the calf up across his lap and rode a safe distance from the rising water before releasing it. The calf was none the worse for its experience, largely due to the little lady keeping its head elevated. Cutter turned around to check on her, and was amazed to see her sitting in the mud, her back propped against the side of her mud-splattered ride. She continued looking at him like he was the devil incarnate. He approached her slowly. Her up swepthairdo was falling down on one side. Soaking wet and covered with mud, he would be surprised if she weighed a hundred pounds, her soaked once white silk blouse clung to her petite form affording an enticing peek at a lacy bra that hid her pert breasts. Obviously chilled her nipples were puckered and erect. Cutter needed to get a grip, and stop ogling the stranded little woman with the mistrustful blue eyes.

He took precious moments to walk around the vehicle as far as possible, and wiped off the front license plate that declared the Cadillac was from Ohio. Curiosity took hold, “Are you lost?”

“What makes you think I am lost, cowboy?”

Her voice was an octave above a whisper, shaky, and thin, but she definitely had a Yankee accent. He tried again, “My name is Cutter. What’s your name?” She looked at him as if he were speaking a foreign language.

“I lost it.”

“You lost your name?” She wasn’t making any sense.

“Of course not. I lost my shoes, and my phone, not to mention a mangy cow killed my car, but I haven’t lost my name.”

She spoke to him as if he were a little slow on the uptake. Okay, I will give it one more try.

“My name is Alexandra,” she volunteered, before he could ask again. It was obvious she didn’t trust him. It could be she had caught me scrutinizing her physical attributes. Cutter tried to be patient with her, but the nearby stream was quickly becoming a raging torrent, and he couldn’t let her stay where she was.

“Alexandra, we need to move away from here, or we are both going to drown.”

She just shook her head looking at his big black stallion with huge terrified blue eyes when he suggested that she mount his horse to ride out of there with him. He took the decision out of her hands. The rising water was lapping at the right side of the Cadillac, and they were out of time. Cutter plucked her out of the mud one more time and carried her over to deposit her on his saddle. She had the presence of mind to straddle it, and he quickly mounted behind her, spurring Rowdy to higher ground. Her silk blouse clung to her small frame, and she shivered uncontrollably. Opening his duster, he pulled her close to him and closed the front over her. She objected at first, but then relented out of concern for Rowdy when Cutter scolded her, “Quit wiggling. You’re making it harder for my horse to pick his way through this muck.” She settled down immediately. He’d expected her to be cold, when he pulled her against him, and had been concerned about hyperthermia. Of even more concern was the fact that she was burning up and becoming lethargic. It would probably be a good idea to get her to focus by talking to him.

“Alexandra? I’ll bet that they call you Alex.” Her voice was fading and becoming weaker, but she responded.

“Wrong. My friends call me Lexie. However, you can call me Alexandra.”

He suppressed the urge to laugh. He had a hunch that under normal circumstances, she was a handful. “What were you doing out here Alexandra?”

“Playing in the mud with your cows. They were your cows, weren’t they?”

“Yep, they’re mine. You like cows, Alexandra?”

“I like them just fine, served up as a medium rare porterhouse.”

Her response surprised Cutter, given the effort that she had put forth to save the calf, and he told her so. “You must really like steak, to jump in the mud with a potential dinner.”

“Well…it’s just a baby. You really ought to make hamburger out of that cow, once the baby is weaned.”

“You don’t think she would make good steaks?”

“She doesn’t deserve to be steaks. She is a lousy mother, parking her baby in the middle of a road. It is like a human telling their kids to go play in traffic!”

He was not going to laugh at her or set her straight about cattle tonight, but it was a strain to keep the laughter from becoming audible. Thankfully, the house was in sight, and Jim had already alerted Maria, who was ready to take over the care of their unexpected guest. Alexandra was barely lucid, but he knew Maria would be able to handle the situation. He left her in his longtime cook and housekeeper’s care. “Maria, this is Alexandra.” Then he was back out the door to take care of his exhausted horse.

Maria was amazed that the small girl hadn’t slid through Cutter’s hold, like a slippery little fish, as he deposited her in the mudroom off the kitchen. Maria automatically guided her shivering charge to the adjacent room that housed a small tub and shower stall. She didn’t like the way Alexandra looked: she could not seem to communicate, and could barely stand on her own. A shower was out of the question, so Maria opted to use the tub.

Once the mud was washed off in the warm bath, their houseguest stopped shaking like a leaf in an early winter Norther. It was obvious to Maria as she assisted the slightly built blond from the tub that none of her own clothes would work for Alexandra. She estimated they were approximately the same height of five foot and three or four inches, but that was it. Clothes intended for Maria’s ample bosom and rounded physique would wrap around this slim girl twice, or fall off completely. Only her tall wool socks fit, but her charge would most likely expire from shock if she got a glimpse of herself, considering the expensive, fashionable clothes that she had been wearing when she arrived. Maria didn’t think the young woman’s clothing was salvageable. The best she was able to do was fetch one of Cutter’s flannel shirts. At least the blue plaid covered her to her knees, and Maria was able to roll up the long sleeves on the girls limp arms. Alexandra was barely conscious. Maria set the tea to brew, and then was able to coax Cutter’s foundling to accept an oral thermometer. Cutter was always carting home strays or injured animals when they were children, but this was no abandoned puppy. He had really outdone himself this time. Maria retrieved the thermometer as she placed the cup of tea in front of Alexandra, who was slumping in her chair and listing a bit. Maria kept a close eye on the young woman while she read the results. One hundred and four!

While her charge sipped her tea, she punched in the number for Doctor Joe. After summoning the doctor, she contacted her husband Jim. His cell only rang twice.

“I need you, Jim. This girl is really sick. She is running an extremely high temperature. You or Cutter will have to carry her to the other end of the house and put her to bed until doctor Joe gets here.”

Maria had a premonition that this rescue was going to backfire on all of them.

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Wind River Refuge Cover 4613“Wind River Refuge” is only available as an e-book; the print edition will be available January of 2014: Two free copies will be awarded to randomly drawn reviewers. (US Only) Every review post receives an entry; review on smashwords = 1 entry, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and LibraryThing earn an extra point= 6 entries for all five review postings.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Early Reviews:

Review by: Joan Adamak on Nov. 23, 2013: on Smashwords.com and Amazon.

WIND RIVER REFUGE
By J.M. Anton

Loaded with action, danger and romance
This novel is a page turner from beginning to end. Jax is the beautiful, petite, fiery foster daughter of Maggie and Dex McBride. Dex’s Cousin, Garrett McBride is to pick Jax up at the Denver airport. Garrett is a large, handsome, strong male, although suffering from PTSD as a Nam Vet. He becomes angry quickly and has little patienceand he meets his counterpart in Jax.

From the very first, there is a continual friction and admiration between these two, but neither wants to admit this weakness. Their on-again, off-again romance heightens the danger for Jax as there is a murderer on the loose, whom no one can identifyand it is only through attempts on Jax’s life that this becomes obvious.
The author does a tremendous task of character building with her several actors in this story so that you feel you know each main character thoroughly, and this plot is different than most plots because of this particular essence of danger always lingering.
I highly enjoyed this story and recommend it. I was given this e-book free for an honest review.

Review by: Reynold Bowen on July 18, 2013 on Smashwords.com & Book Reviews Only Blog.
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Thesis: This book is a story about Jax, a young woman who is about to graduate from a university in North Carolina, but decides to go home to her step parent’s ranch in Wyoming for Christmas break. It takes place in the 1970s when the Vietnam War was the basis of many family hardships.
The Story: The prologue begins the book by telling the short story about Cindy, a high school cheerleader who decided not to take a ride home from her new boyfriend. Her old boy friend’s cousin stepped in and offered her a ride, but as she would not do the things he was expecting her to do, she escaped his clutches, and ran from the car. As she tried to find her coat in the falling snow, she thought of ways that she would make him pay for his ill manners when she saw him again. Unfortunately, she never made it home.
The actual book begins when Jax, the heroine, is on her way home from Raleigh, North Carolina, to the Double D ranch in Wyoming. Dexter’s ill-mannered cousin Garret McBride, now back from Vietnam after being badly wounded, has been sent to Denver to pick her up for the final leg of the journey, and he has been told that there is a very angry step mother with a shotgun waiting for Jax, so she had better arrive in perfect health.
Jax, and Garret start off on the wrong foot, and their non-relationship goes downhill from there. This becomes even more worrying as Jax returns again in the spring after graduating, and someone attempts to murder her.
How Jax finds out who her assailant really is, and how she resolves the problem keeps the reader occupied, and on the edge of his or her seat throughout the story. It is well written, and the realistic characters have the right dialog to keep the story going while the narrative constantly reminds the reader that the author’s heart lives out in the west. The author describes winter, and spring in the Rocky Mountains so well, and with so much enthusiasm, that it is difficult not to want to move there instantly.
J. M. Anton’s last book used Texas as a background, while this book moves a few states north, and makes the reader want to read her next adventure not only to follow the exciting story, but also to see where she will go next. Finally, this adventure takes place towards the end of the Vietnam War, and again lets everyone know just how many problems the soldiers of that era brought back with them.
This book is a good story, with a plot that always keeps the reader on track until the climax. J.M. Anton, please keep this quality of work coming in your future books.
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Writing Fiction in a Specific Time Period

By

Jackie Anton

  How long did it take you to write this book? That’s a question frequently asked of authors by interviewers. For me that timeline from inspiration to a published work varies greatly.

It didn’t take me long, about a year, to accomplish that with my first book Backyard Horse Tales: Sox. However, I was not happy with the results or the lack of cooperation with my first publisher. I felt like something was missing.  I worked with an excellent free lance editor for a little over six months. I revised, clarified, and added a new ending. The results of our work was “Sox 2nd Edition ” winner of the Mom’s Choice Silver Seal of Excellence.

The second Backyard Horse Tale took me twice as long, due to historical content and required research.Frosty Trial Cover #3

Likewise, my first adult novel , though fiction, was more of a modern tale with the use of GPS, smart phones, and computers that included laptops. “Fateful Waters” came to life during the NaNoWriMo writing challenge in November of 2011. It finally went to print, after a stint as an e-book, in the spring of 2012.

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As of the composing of this blog, my second adult novel penned as J.M. Anton is being formatted as an e-book. This novels journey from concept to reality is a lot closer to a decade in the making. “Wind River Refuge” takes place during our involvement in Vietnam. Though I lived through those times, it took some extensive research to develop my characters. Crime solving methods of the time, as well as child advocacy, more accurately, the lack of advocacy also took a lot of digging. Then there were the archived calendars for date references.

After all that preparation, my awesome editor found a discrepancy in one of my references to dialing 911. “There wasn’t any 911 back then. It didn’t exist until the eighties.” OOPS! Rewrite! Modern technology snuck its way past me. Wind River Refuge Cover 4613I guess if you don’t want be subject to some credibility regarding the time frame of a work of fiction, an author either has to predate history or create a world of their own. Lately, I have read and reviewed several authors who have taken that approach. Some of them have created amazing settings and characters that still ring true. Other author’s works are not so believable.

 So the question: Does fiction, even science fiction, have to be believable”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think it needs to be believable enough  that a reader can relate and get involved with the characters who in habit the writer’s pages.

What do you think?  Leave a comment on this blog post and let us know what you look for in the books you choose.

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