Saturday, 31 March 2012
Please welcome author Jeff LaFerney to my blog today. Jeff is the author of two fantastic novels, 'Loving the Rain' and 'Skeleton Key'.
Today we're picking Jeff's brain and finding out more about him and his novels.Also, you can download 'Skeleton Key' free today only on Amazon! Go grab your copy now, and please remember to leave a review!
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’ve spent my whole life in school. I graduated high school and went to college and then was hired as a teacher upon graduation. I teach 8th grade English, and I’ve coached basketball and softball my whole career. I’ve been married for 25 years and have a son and a daughter both of whom are in college. I love sports, reading, and writing, of course.
Other than writing, what else are you passionate about?
I love my family, first of all. Also, I’ve enjoyed playing, watching, and coaching sports my entire life. I also love my full-time job, which is teaching, where I’m rewarded in some positive way nearly every day.
What made you decide to become a writer?
I started writing at a time in my life when I needed a change, and I’d been thinking about writing for quite a long time. It was a job opportunity that I didn’t get that put me over the edge, though, and motivated me to put my energies into something new.
What brought you to this genre?
I’ve liked reading mysteries since I was a kid and most of my favorite TV shows are detective-type series. Many of my favorite authors write suspense/thrillers or mysteries, so I wanted to give it a try.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Not really. Occasionally I paint myself into a corner and have to figure a way out or I know what’s next for my main plot, but I stall out temporarily on a sub-plot. When that happens, I just do something else, or have a chat with my wife, and usually I get an idea pretty quickly.
Where do you get your inspiration, e.g. music, dreams etc
I get my best ideas from research or talking to people. I get a starting idea and then the information I gather often leads me in a direction I hadn’t planned.
Can you tell us a bit about your book?
I have a series of books. Loving the Rain is the first, and Skeleton Key is next. Bulletproof will be released within a couple of months. My characters, Clay Thomas and his son, Tanner, have a medical anomaly in their brains which allows them to take in and control data that others cannot. They possess parapsychological abilities which they use to solve mysteries. In Loving the Rain, they are trying to stop a criminal intent on revenge while protecting their family and keeping their secrets. In Skeleton Key, they solve a seven-year-old murder mystery that occurred on a train. In Bulletproof, they will solve a series of robberies as well as the mysterious death of a hotel patron eleven years before.
Describe your novel in five words.
Ghost’s murder mystery is solved.
Who is your favourite character and why?
I like the character of Tanner Thomas because he’s an athletic young man who has a pure heart but loves the powers he possesses. I also like a midget by the name of Jasper because he gives my stories comic relief.
What are your current / future projects?
My third novel, Bulletproof is currently in editing while my cover design is competed. It should be released soon. I’m considering an action/adventure novel which includes the Ark of the Covenant and time travel. I’m also beginning to do some editing for other authors.
What do you think readers will find most notable about this book?
I think the parapsychology is handled in a unique way. My characters aren’t superheroes or products of evolutionary leaps. They’re just good guys with good values who have gifts that they use for good.
What would you most like readers to tell others about this book?
I love to hear people tell me they couldn’t put the book down—that they were entertained throughout.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
I was just asked that question recently and what came to my mind first is to pay attention to time and to write realistic dialogue. I think more writers should keep timelines and care more about how time is presented in their books. Also, dialogue should sound natural and believable. I often wonder what would happen if authors asked, “Is this how my character would really say this?”
Where can readers find you and more about your book(s)? Where can they purchase your book(s)?
Author page on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jeff-LaFerney/139308736084156
Webpage with links to my books: http://jefflaferney.com/
Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Jeff+LaFerney
Publishers website with links to purchase my books: http://www.worldcastlepublishing.com/home.html
Saturday, 24 March 2012
From: Award – Winning, Canadian Author, Pauline Holyoak..
Comes a Spine-Chilling trilogy, inspired by her own experiences at a remote little cottage near Stonehenge. Merryweather Lodge – Malevolent Spirit book 2, now available.
“This author paints each page with fantasy, colorful characters, and haunting events that would light up a movie screen.”
I grew in Southeast England, in a coal mining village lovingly nicknamed, “The place that time forgot.” Go to my website, click on ‘Articles’ and find out why. I immigrated to Canada when I was 21 in search of adventure and a new life. I currently live in Alberta with my sports crazy husband, adorable sheltie dog and cantankerous ginger cat. I am the proud mother of two grown children.
The first book in my Merryweather Lodge trilogy Merryweather Lodge – Ancient Revenge, was the Readers Favorite 2011 Silver Award Winner for paranormal fiction. I have also written two children’s books and had twenty five articles published.
I often get asked. “What inspired you to write this trilogy?”…
Every summer, when I was a child, we would visit my aunt and uncle at their quaint little cottage on Salisbury Plain. It was called Scotland Lodge and was situated not far from the historical Stonehenge. My uncle worked as a farm hand for the local squire. My aunt tended the manor house. It was there as I roamed free, deep within the English countryside, that I experienced joy, enchantment and some very strange and frightening occurrences. It was like a fairytale kingdom with a sinister twist. The memories of my summers at Scotland Lodge stayed with me, as a sort of nagging unsolved mystery all my life. A few years ago I revisited my childhood wonderland (the old place still emanates a strange and eerie essence) and was led by some mysterious force into concocting this story and writing this trilogy. It is from my mystifying experiences at Scotland Lodge that this story has emerged.
Blurb: It’s Christmastime at Merryweather Lodge. Emily has returned to the old cottage from her home in Canada; after the untimely death of someone she loved. Will she be able to celebrate a traditional English Christmas in her aunts enchanting little cottage or will she be tormented by the hideous creature, again? Was Emily’s attempt to banish her unearthly adversary successful? Will her aunt disclose the secrets she has been concealing for so many years? What will happen when Emily’s best friend comes to visit her? What secrets will she reveal? Will Emily ever get to make love to the man of her dreams? A chilling tale of love, passion, sorcery and sacrifice; laced with mystery and tied with humor.
Excerpt: I heard voices, lots of voices, some in a language I didn’t understand. “Find her you imbeciles. She has come back and she cannot escape. There is nowhere for her to go.” I recognized that voice but - could be - ? Shadows of screaming vultures circled overhead. The air was crisp and biting. I moved back from the stone and gazed around the area. The ancient monoliths were smooth and uniform, in a perfect circle. Fires inside the circle lit the sky and the air reeked of wood smoke, sweet herbs, and death. I rose from the ground and peeked around the blue stone. There were clusters of people - some in long white robes, others wore dark hooded cloaks. One of the groups closest to me was performing some sort of slaughtering ceremony. I cringed at the gruesome site.
Merryweather Lodge – A quaint little cottage, steeped in history, shrouded in secrets, its aura a paradoxical essence of heaven and hell. Come with me to the West Country in England and experience my protagonist’s strange and eerie journey there.
Merryweather Lodge – Ancient Revenge and Merryweather Lodge – Malevolent Spirit
Visit Pauline at her website www.paulineholyoak.com
Also, Pauline will be giving away two ebook prizes of her first novel. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below.
Sunday, 18 March 2012
Just a little reminder for all those who were interested in the live chat on my blog today. There will be three Young Adult (two paranormal) authors joining us. There will be laughs, questions answered, and some GIVEAWAYS!. Please stop by and see us. Its easy to use, just type in the chat box. If you're not sure what to do, I'll be logged on from 5.30pm UK time, 12.30 EST time. So I can help you. Chat officially starts at 6pm UK, 1pm EST. Just click this link...
Thursday, 15 March 2012
This Sunday, at 6pm UK time, 1pm EST, there will be a live chat event taking place on my blog with three YA authors. It should be a good laugh, any questions will be answered and we will be having some giveaways too! Yay! I'll post again over weekend to remind people, hope you can pop over. This is the link.
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Join us this Sunday, March 11th for a live chat with four YA authors. We will have some giveaways, maybe a competition or two and you will get the chance to ask any questions you may have.
This should be a blast!
Hope to see you there.
Saturday, 3 March 2012
Today I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with a dear friend and very talented author, Ashley Fontainne, on her radio show. If anyone wants to listen and have a good laugh with us. Here is the link.