Thursday, July 10, 2014

5 Fun Facts about Author Makenzi Fisk

Today I'm excited to welcome Makenzi Fisk to my blog! She's here to share Five Fun Facts about herself, her book and her writing! And, if you scroll down, you can read a bewitching excerpt from her new book, Just Intuition!


Book Cover for JUST INTUITION

FUN FACT #1: About Makenzi
I come from a long line of storytellers so it comes naturally to me. Since childhood, I entertained my younger brothers and sisters with made-up adventures to get them to go to sleep. Someday I will write a children’s book based on the bedtime stories I make up for my foster kids now. The most popular one revolves around two young girls who, along with their invisible guardian angel dog, accidentally mix up a special potion that turns them blue. Another favourite is when the dog takes the kids through a portal to Mexico where they get to dance with Donna the Iguana and meet her family. We even made up a song for that one. The kids love it when I use their names for the characters.

FUN FACT #2: About Just Intuition
I designed my own book cover but, when it came down to making a choice, I couldn’t decide between my two favourites. The bare bones of a second story formed in my brain and I was inspired to write a sequel. A trilogy sounded even better and I easily found an image for book three! Sometimes I think better with the help of pictures.

FUN FACT #3: About one of the characters from Just Intuition
Gina the convenience store manager was originally intended to be one-scene character in Just Intuition but she insisted on being interesting. A Minnesota native, she’s proud of her family’s history of running moonshine during the Prohibition days. She keeps popping up throughout the story because I really liked her.

FUN FACT #4: About Makenzi's Writing Process
There always seem to be one pet or the other on my lap and I have to spend time deleting my kitty's contributions when she insists on walking directly across my keyboard. I think she wants me to include more feline adventures about Wrong-Way Rachel, the mischievous three-legged Persian. When I write, I make sure I have computer wallpaper that stimulates my imagination. For Just Intuition, I used lots of images of the outdoors in Minnesota and Northwestern Ontario. Then I created a composite of what my characters might look like and used that while I wrote them. I tweet some of those images now to promote the book’s release and you can see them here: https://twitter.com/makenzifisk/media


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ABOUT JUST INTUITION:
A woman disappears when a shadowy figure turns to murder in a northern Minnesota town. Years later, the murderer strikes again, and an elderly woman burns to death in a fiery blast.

Small town cop Erin Ericsson doesn’t believe it was an accident. With the help of a quirky fellow officer, she defies the investigating detective to pursue the case on her own.

Her girlfriend Allie begins to suffer terrifying visions with a connection to the malevolent presence. Enlisting her reluctant cooperation, Erin struggles to interpret the meaning of the cryptic dreams.

Her police work and Allie’s uncanny insight lead them through unforgiving back woods and face to face with evil. Together they use their skill, and a bit of intuition, to unmask the culprit behind an escalating series of deadly crimes.

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EXCERPT FROM JUST INTUITION

"I'm not saying you're some kind of witch or anything." Erin hesitated. "But you react to things before they even happen, you dream about things you can't possibly know, and you freaked out—"

 "You watch too much reality TV. This is not rational."

Erin took a deep breath and began again. "I just mean that it's interesting when you move things right before I drop something on the exact spot. You brake before the car in front of you swerves into your lane. You open the door for the dog two seconds before she gets there. You know what's happening before it does. You do it all the time."

 "I'm a good guesser," Allie scoffed. "Everyone does that."

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ABOUT MAKENZI FISK

Makenzi Fisk grew up in a small town in Northwestern Ontario. She spent much of her youth outdoors, surrounded by the rugged landscape of the Canadian Shield.

Moving west, she became a police officer with experience in patrols, covert operations, plainclothes investigation, communications and forensic identification. Within the policing environment, she transitioned to internet and graphic design. She now works for herself.

In her novels, Makenzi draws on her knowledge of the outdoors, policing and technology to create vivid worlds where crime, untamed wilderness and intuition blend.  Her novels’ characters are competent women who solve crime using skill and a little intuition.

Currently Makenzi resides in Calgary with her partner, their daughter, and assorted furry companions.

Find out more about Makenzi and her books:


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I love Makenzi's excerpt! There have been times when I knew the phone would ring before it actually rang, but I think Allie might have me beat. ;) How about you? Do you know things before you should?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

5 Fun Facts about Author Jessica L. Jackson

Today I'm excited to welcome Jessica L. Jackson to my blog! She's here to share Five Fun Facts about herself, her book and her writing! And, if you scroll down, you can read an intriguing excerpt of her brand new book, Julian's Chance.

Book Cover
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FUN FACT #1: About Jessica
I spent three years in Iran when I was a teenager. We moved there in 1975 when I was 12.

FUN FACT #2: About Julian's Chance 
My heroine is an angel--however, not your usual type. She's been reborn as a human and only recalls that she is an angel when it is time for her mission to start.


FUN FACT #4: About Jessica's Writing Process 
I prefer to write without an outline. I have a rough idea of where I am going with it but after that, I let the characters take over. In my last book, for example, I have some trolls (it's a magical book) and instead of being nasty, obnoxious things, they are very polite, kind of like the gophers in the old Warner Bros. cartoons. They're funny. I didn't start out thinking they were going to be funny, but they are.

FUN FACT #5: About Jessica's next book 
My next book is the third in my Look Behind You series--a paranormal contemporary. The heroine goes by only single name. Delphinia. No last name. She's a retired model and her "family" talent has developed a new angle. No spoilers.

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ABOUT JULIAN'S CHANCE:

“I’m telling you straight out now, honey, that I’m the most selfish bastard you will ever know.”

Gabriella is returning to Earth with a new assignment. She’s to help Julian Gath learn how to love. She’ll be reborn as a mortal and only come into the knowledge of who she is—an angel—on her twenty-fifth birthday. When she completes her mission, she will return to Heaven. That is the way of things for angels for she proved her worthiness many lifetimes before. This is Julian’s chance to prove his.

But, the moment her eyes are open, she knows that this mission is different for her. The love she feels for this powerful, compelling man goes far beyond the charitable love she usually has for her charges. He makes her yearn for life…


Julian Gath wants Gabriella. To him, she radiates something pure and good. He has to have her—to feel as if all that goodness is working in his favor. Something in his life has to be right and good. No matter what it takes, he will win her for his own. He will not love her, however, because love is a weak, useless emotion that does not last. She will be the one bright star shining in his shadowy world… 



EXCERPT FROM JULIAN'S CHANCE:

Most have just one opportunity to don mortal bodies, to determine what this strange new life could teach them. Some noble and valiant spirits return again and again, living only until some important point has adjusted in the favor of the Father, stealing away an advantage from the lost spirits whose sole goal is to destroy every mortal’s chance at eternal joy.

A soft cough sounded and Gabriella looked up from her studies of the intricate DNA combinations necessary to create an earthworm. Her supervisor smiled and bustled into her chamber.

“How are the studies going, hmm?”

Gabriella leaned back to allow Marta to look at her work. A soft sigh escaped her lips before she could contain it. With Marta here, clearly another assignment awaited. Not that she minded, precisely, but she felt herself to be at the brink of a true understanding of DNA. The knowledge hovered just out of her reach, teasing her. Perhaps, after this assignment, she would be able to easily take hold of the figurative brass ring, for with each rebirth, life, and death, came greater clarity of understanding.

“Almost there, almost there.” Marta patted Gabriella’s slender arm and settled her plump self into a nearby chair. Her brown eyes, usually so merry, contained the serious light that confirmed Gabriella’s suspicions. “His name is Julian Gath and he will need to learn how to love. On the dawn of your twenty-fifth birthday, you will come to a remembrance of your mission…”

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ABOUT JESSICA L. JACKSON

A few years ago...
Here is Jessica! She is the little girl
in the pink shorts staring at the camera, right
in the middle of the bottom of the photo.
Jessica L. Jackson lives with her English husband, two cats and a dog in Southern Alberta, Canada. She has three children. She’s been a member of the Alberta Romance Writers’ Association for three years and is currently standing for President. When not writing, she works as an Architectural Drafting Technician. Her favourite seasons are spring and fall. Jessica likes to camp, garden, cook, and listen to audiobooks while driving, working, doing the dishes, gardening, taking exercise and while waiting in the car for her family to come out of a store or their work.

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Wow! Iran? That's cool. The most exotic place I've ever lived is Guelph, Ontario... (so, umm, not so exotic). How about you?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

5 Fun Fact about Author Mae Clair

Today I'm thrilled to have author Mae Clair featured on my blog! She's here to share Five Fun Facts about herself, her book and her writing! And, if you scroll down, you can read a tantalizing excerpt of her brand new book, Eclipse Lake!

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FUN FACT #1: About Mae
Most people don’t know I cut my writing teeth in the fantasy genre. I’ve never published any of it, but I have several completed manuscripts including a trilogy.  I’ve also written sci-fi, horror, western, speculative, magical realism, and—of course—romantic mysteries.

FUN FACT #2: About Eclipse Lake
I named the fictional town in my book “Onyx” after my cat who I lost to cancer in 2012. Just a little tip of the hat to the writing buddy who was always at my side when I worked on a story. I’m not quite ready for another cat, but soon.

FUN FACT #3: About one of the characters
Initially, my hero’s seventeen-year-old son, Jesse, was slated for a small part, but he had other ideas. He had a much stronger voice than I anticipated, and his role became critical to the plot. Jesse wasn’t content taking a backseat while the action happened around him. I’m really pleased with the way his part evolved.

FUN FACT #4: About Mae's Writing Process
Like many authors who work full-time, I squeeze in writing where I can, but I also have a set schedule of writing five to six hours every Sunday. Whether I feel creative or not, I’m pretty faithful in logging that time. 

FUN FACT #5: About Mae's next book!
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ABOUT ECLIPSE LAKE: 

Small towns hold the darkest secrets.

Fifteen years after leaving his criminal past and estranged brother behind, widower Dane Carlisle returns to his hometown on the banks of sleepy Eclipse Lake. Now, a successful businessman, he has kept his troubled past a secret from most everyone, including his seventeen-year-old son.

But memories in small towns are bitter and long.

Ellie Sullivan, a nature photographer for a national magazine, has a habit of ping-ponging across the map. Her latest assignment leads her to Eclipse Lake where she becomes caught up in the enmity between Dane, his brother Jonah, and a vengeful town sheriff. When freshly-discovered skeletal remains are linked to an unsolved murder and Dane’s past, Ellie is left questioning her growing attraction for a man who harbors long-buried secrets.
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EXCERPT FROM ECLIPSE LAKE

Ellie stopped walking and turned to face him. “Why are you here?”

Dane picked up a flat stone. With a flick of his wrist he sent it skimming across the lake. It danced effortlessly across the surface as if he’d done the same thing a thousand times before. “You know that skeleton they found?”

She nodded.

“I’ve got more skeletons than a graveyard. I can’t pick up and go to another place…to the next photo shoot.” He turned to face her. “Half of my life is here and half’s on the west coast. I have to make them fit together.”

The revelation reminded her of the family she’d left behind in Idaho, reawakening a familiar tug of homesickness. In an effort to find more comfortable ground, she changed topics. “You told me you’re from San Diego. I did a photo op there four years ago. What do you do for a living?”

“I get by.” He took her hand and started walking again.

She sent a speculative glance in his direction, recognizing evasiveness when she heard it. He was wearing a Rolex, and though dressed casually, clearly had expensive taste. Yet he’d booked an ordinary cabin rather than one of the exclusive chalets higher up the mountain.

She liked the feel of his fingers around hers, warm and firm. The contact sent a pleasant tingle up her arm. What the hell was wrong with her, getting caught up in his touch as if it were magic? As if she’d waited her whole life for that sensation. He had skeletons in his past, a brother who couldn’t stand the sight of him and a sheriff who wanted to run him out of town. Eccentric, or just plain trouble?

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ABOUT MAE CLAIR
Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back.  Her father, an artist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars.

Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with mystery and romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.

Discover more about Mae on her website and blog at MaeClair.net

CONNECT WITH MAE
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Google+
Goodreads  

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Oh, Mae, I'm sorry about your cat! I have two of the little guys living with me, but it is my sister's cat, now gone too, who I make a nod to in my upcoming novella. I love that we, as writers, can honor our furry companions like this. 

Who else loves cats?