Sox is chasing Cassandra….

Sox isn’t happy about sharing his birthday with Cassandra.

Jackie’s bout of March Madness has him feeling neglected and grumpy.

Sox cover with seal MCA 1Free E-book & huge savings on print edition.

“Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Edition” had it’s fourth birthday in March. This family friendly award winning tale is for readers age 8 and up. It is also suitable for parents to read to younger children. The coupon code is YL28F and has been extended until April 30th of 2016.
E-Book: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/569088

“Cassandra: Night Shades” is the adult 18+ read for April. The introductory prices on this new release will also expire on April 30, 2016.
E-Book: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/607837

cassandra FINAL copy

 

A share from Author Interviews on Smashwords. http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton

The characters and story of Casey and JD in “Cassandra: Night Shades” had been created for a totally different timeline. They sat locked in my files for nearly a decade before the characters demanded to brought into the light and underwent a contemporary makeover. Folks from Cleveland’s western suburbs will recognize the setting for Casey’s formative years. Cassandra was released March 21, 2016 and will remain at the pre-order through April 30th. The introduction period will also apply to paperbacks ordered directly from the author or publisher.
Janton’s Square Market Place: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton/
Publisher Website with book store: http://www.halfappypress.net/

BYHT 3 is in final revisions and has been contracted for the print edition. April update: Love’s tale will be read and critiqued by a group of writers at the Medina Writer’s Club on the last Saturday in May. While we await the results of my fellow authors “Don’t Call me Love” will travel to the editorial desk of the publisher for a final edit prior to print submission.
I’m working on a new series, but the title of the first book is under wraps for now, however there is a clue in the short story “A Tumble in the Snow” included in “Uncharted Storms: Stories of Hearts at Risk.” https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/419516

Look for more updates soon, including special events and book signings.
Thanks for visiting this blog. I hope you enjoy the new addition of Lola’s blog tours to this site.

Jackie Anton 2015author photo  2Author Links:

Website: http://talesbyjackie.com/

Authors Page at Independent Author’s Network:

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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

Wow! New Indie Author Page is kickin’…

http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jackie-anton.html

January’s Book of the Month, Uncharted Storms isn’t up on the new page, yet. Make sure you check out the previous, to take advantage of the savings.

Uncharted Storm FINALFateful Waters: Troubles in Love-Land Book One.

Is on my new Author Page, but Panhandle Mayhem

book two in the Trouble in Love-Land Series is

keeping company with Uncharted Storms and waiting

its turn. The page is a work in progress. New books

will be added as they are released.

 

I hope you like my new page as much as I do.

New release and more fun stuff in a few days.

Likes and comments on this blog are much appreciated.

Best wishes to all of you for the remainder of this new year and many more to come.

Jackie Anton

An Introduction to Uncharted Storms By Jackie Anton

The birth of Jackie’s first YA book.

         What did you do duringwinter storm Vulcan? I hunkered down to finish the final story of this collection. My editor fast-forwarded the manuscripts of the stories back to me for final revision. Off  it went to the talented lady who does my e-book formatting for me, and it went live on Smashwords and Amazon March 15, 2014.

         I have to thank Judy at Goddess Fish for the cover design, and getting it to me before my self imposed deadline.

         Why the deadline of the Ides of March you may ask. Everything is a matter of timing. Again this year I will be signing books at the Valley Tack Shop’s Annual Midnight Sale on March 21st.  Horsemen from all over Northeastern Ohio flock to this event. The kind folks who own and manage this huge western store were the first to put my Backyard Horse Tales book(s) on their shelves. They have been well received by the equine community, and I wanted to do something special to say thanks to all my supporters.

         Uncharted Storms: Short Stories of Hearts at Risk will be offered to the purchasers of any one of my books as a free download. This offer will be extended to readers who purchase one of my books on the new Author’s Den Signed Book Store. To participate in this onetime offer, which will expire at midnight ET on April 15, 2014.

Blurb:

            Weather is our constant companion, and when it behaves like a benevolent parent we pay little attention to it. Angry or out of control it becomes terrifying and can change the landscape as well as lives. So I asked my characters to take a ride on the wild side ofweather. “Uncharted Storms” takes readers on a journey from a gentle summer rain to raging storms in the cosmos.

 Uncharted Storm FINALIntroduction Page:

            Three young women are catapulted via foul weather, and perhaps fate, into bizarre circumstances.

            Eleven-year-old Erica is sure the world will end in 2012, but it is eleven years later that her world is upended in the science fiction story Terra Beyond 2012.

           At eighteen, Annie is working her way through college. An extended shift at the diner where she works is responsible for her being caught in near blizzard conditions. Annie is hit from behind and sent sprawling into a pile of snow. Her night only gets more terrifying from there. A Tumble in the Snow is based on a larger work, which was my November 2013 National Novel Writing Month entry, and is still in the creative process.

            Chris is taking a break after completing her associate degree to travel the winter horse show circuit. She is on her way home with her best friend when she is injured in a traffic accident. The early spring storm, which is responsible for the devastation, catapults her and her friend on a journey back through time. Follow this pair through the storm and its aftermath in Riding Lightning.

             Rounding out the collection are two slightly modified excerpts from my published works authored as J. M. Anton, which is the pseudonym used for my adult novels.

             Flashflood Texas Style is an excerpt from Fateful Waters. The adult novel “Fateful Waters” was published in 2012.

             Casey’s weather tale involves a late night encounter in a steamy summer rain.      A Rainy Night is an excerpt from the pages of Cassandra: Night Shades.

            To purchase an autographed book follow this link to my Author’s Den www.authorsden.com/jackieanton  click on the book of your choice and follow the link to the Signed Books. All books are discounted at this store to offset shipping. Neither B&N or Amazon can match this, or deliver readers an autographed book.

 Jackie Anton author photoAbout the Author 

            Jackie Anton is an accomplished equestrian, with a life time of experience: as trainer, exhibitor, 4-H and youth club coach, as well as a horse show judge, the author brings many years of experience working with horses and young riders to her award winning Backyard Horse Tales Series:

           Uncharted Storms:  Short stories are aimed at the Young Adult and older reader. Look for more short tales in the future.

          Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Edition Brings to light the mutual love between a handicapped colt and a lonely child with a learning disability. Find out how this pair team up to triumph over life’s roadblocks, and why their story won the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award of Excellence for Family Friendly Media. (Reading level age 8 thru Adult)

          BYHT 2 “Frosty and the Nightstalker” was one of four finalists in the E-Book Fiction category for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, then the paperback went on to earn the Mom’s Choice Award for Juvenile Historical Fiction.

            Jackie is hard at work on BYHT 3 Don’t Call Me Love. You can catch a peek at her beautiful cover on the Backyard Horse Tales Face Book Fan Page: : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Backyard-Horse-Tales/190283981002767

 Author Links: Email:  talesbyjackie@gmail.com

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

Website: http://talesbyjackie.com/

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

Amazon:   https://www.amazon.com/author/jackieanton

MY View on Veterans Day 2013

         As a civilian survivor of the dark era of the Vietnam war this Veterans Day has set off reflections from my past. Generations have grown up since the days when we graduated from high school. Most of the blue collar boys that I grew up with went straight into the draft. I gave serious thought to enlisting, but my mom talked me out of it. It was her opinion that I would end up dishonorably discharged, or spend time behind bars. I guess it was a good thing God made me a girl. Mom pointed out my big character flaw. I have a real problem with authority. Issue me an order, and I’m likely to do the direct opposite or sound off in a not so lady like manner.

          The flag draped coffins and lists of MIAs grew like a malignant cancer through our generation. That in and of its self was and is not different from previous wars, or wars fought since.

            My dad fought in the Pacific during WW2, and again in Korea. Like the vets returning to day they were hailed as heroes and were given ticker tape parades. Dad suffered from PTSD, but in those days they called the severe cases battle shock or shell shock, and there was a stigma attached to asking for help. So, many just toughed it out. Another repeating thread throughout the generations of veterans is the lack of medical treatment and benefits promised upon entering the Armed Forces of the United States.

            Many private groups have stepped up to help the returning vets of today where government has failed. Vets today have been redeployed over and over, but when they arrive home it is often to cheers and hugs. Not so the returning Vietnam vets, they were spat on, called baby killers, and worse.

            Now, as the Nam survivors numbers dwindle, there is a push on to add faces to those who’s names are written on the wall. Time to honor the service and sacrifice, tell the stories of those we lost, so they won’t be forgotten. I have to wonder what the vets of my generation think of all this belated hoopla. Is it too little too late?

            On the bright side, you can get a free meal at a number of franchise restaurants today. Of course you have to have a home or access to a TV to know this, and you have to prove that you are, or were a veteran. Participating restaurants are betting that you won’t come alone and will bring your loved ones.

            I’m pleased that soldiers and returning vets are more appreciated than their Nam counterparts. Have a great day all you warriors past and present.

Author Comment:

            PTSD is a game changer; it plagues some people for the rest of their life, and can destroy relationships.

            Learn more about the challenges of a Marine wounded in a helicopter crash in Vietnam when he tries to pick up his home life.

Wind River Refuge Cover 4613Excerpt:

Wind River Refuge by J.M. Anton

             Garrett struggled to gain his feet and get his bearings. His back was on fire from the hot metal that penetrated his flack jacket. He summoned all his strength for one final push to reach the LZ. Dizzy and nauseous, reality faded, and then he heard the sound of chopper blades; they must have made it! The chopper began to pitch like a wild bronc. They’d been hit! He was struggling to land with minimal damage, and then he was rolling end over end off the side of the road near home. His body was being bounced around inside a large road vehicle, along with the body of his copilot; no, the driver of the vehicle. It didn’t make sense. He would try to figure it out later after he rested a bit longer.

           He woke with the disorientation that had been plaguing his subconscious. He recognized the IV tubes, the catheters, and the insistent noise of the machines attached to his body. He closed his eyes and fought the panic closing in on him. Had he been hallucinating or dreaming of being home, of rebuilding the old place that his Grandfather had bequeathed him? Had he projected O’Malley into his home life; and Jax, did he invent her?

             His heart rate escalated, and he was sweating profusely, so the nurse summoned his doctor. Though the nurse could not confirm that Mr. McBride had woken, Dr. Carter was sure he had, but almost had his wrist snapped while using a penlight to check pupil response. One second, the man was almost comatose, and the next, McBride’s right hand was clamped like a vise around his wrist and was exerting increasing pressure. “Drop it, or I’ll break your damn arm!”

Dr. Carter responded to the threat in the hoarse, menacing whisper and dropped the small light. It was obvious that his patient was disoriented and thought that he was a threat. “Mr. McBride, I’m Dr. Carter, and I was just checking your pupils.” He relaxed some of the pressure on the captured wrist. “You’ve been unconscious for several days.”

Reason returned to Garrett. It had only been a doctor with a penlight, not an enemy wielding a knife. Still, he wasn’t sure where he was, and he was not releasing the doctor until he had some questions answered. “Where am I?” It was taxing to talk, and the strength that he was exerting to hold on to the doctor was taking its toll.

“You’re in a hospital, Mr. McBride.” His patient sounded like he growled at him, and then tightened his hold again.

“In the States?”

“OH! Yes, yes we’re in Wyoming. Your family is down in the waiting room.” The grip loosened, but he didn’t let go.

“What’s the date?”

“August fourteenth, nineteen seventy -three.”

Garrett let out an audible sigh of relief, released the captured wrist, and faded from the conscious world. Very cautiously, Dr. Carter checked his pupil reaction again, and then checked the rest of his vital signs.

            “Wind River Refuge” is now with the printer. The paperback is due by the first of 2014. Pick up your free e-book to catch a small glimpse into the lives of two people battling past ghosts and current threats.

            Wind River direct link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/328170 Follow this link and enter the coupon code DZ93B at checkout then pick your free download.

This is a Veterans Day special offer the coupon expires November 12, 2013. Please take the time to review this when you finish it.

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