New Release: Servant by J.S. Bailey

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Newly released from Author J.S. Bailey. Servant out November 4th.

Immortal Portals interviewed the author. Get to know J. S. here.

 IP: Whose work has influenced your writing style most?

JS: Back in the day (as in prior to five years ago), I wanted to be a sci-fi/fantasy author. I’d read Anne McCaffrey, Frank Herbert, Michael Crichton, and a boatload of Star Wars Expanded Universe novels. It only seemed natural that I would write in a similar genre.

Then my sister-in-law gave me two Dean Koontz books for my birthday. I wrongly believed that Koontz wrote crime novels so I waited several months before I got around to reading them. When I did, my mind was blown away.

Instead of crime, I learned that Koontz writes supernatural suspense. Fantastic, JS Author Picotherworldly things take place right here in our own world, and I loved it. I made many afternoon trips to the local Borders to add to my growing Koontz collection.

Then a tragic thing happened: Borders went out of business. I bought tons of cheap books while they were clearing out their merchandise, and wouldn’t you know, I couldn’t get anything else in the Dean Koontz section because everything that was left, I owned. Defeated, I wandered off in search of new material and found myself in the Christian fiction section.

I had first heard of Ted Dekker in an ad on Goodreads, and a month before my Borders Going Out of Business excursions, one of my aunts mentioned reading his books. “Why not?” I thought, and bought one of them–Showdown.

I was soon hooked on those as well. Again I found fantastic things happening to characters who live in our world. Later I learned that Ted Dekker is a big Dean Koontz fan. Who’d have thought?

I can’t say that either author has influenced me more than the other. But if you wonder why my stories involve supernatural things happening to ordinary people, you can thank Dean and Ted for that.

IP: What one thing lights up your world?

JS: Call me romantic, but my husband Nathan lights up my life more than anything else. We’ve been together for close to seven years. He’s the one who encouraged me to finish writing my first novel (I think he wanted to know what happened next!). We’ve been through thick and through thin, and I wouldn’t want anyone else at my side as we travel through life together.

IP: Tell us the latest Thai and Chai adventure.

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JS: This summer we adopted two cream spotted tabby kittens who came from the same litter: Thai and Chai. Thai is much more laid back than his sister, and Chai likes to push the envelope and do daring cat things such as climbing the curtains and leaping into the top of our bedroom closet and promptly falling out of it because it’s packed full of blankets and sheets. Chai also likes to play hockey with discarded Coke caps, while Thai prefers thwacking toy mice around and eating the fur off of them. I constantly have to get a yardstick and extract both caps and mice from underneath the fridge. They like to attack the yardstick, too.

IP: If WWJD stood for What Would Jennifer Do, what would be the answer to the question?

JS: Jennifer would be very, very anxious about it but would force herself to do it anyway because if she didn’t, she would never succeed. (In this case, it’s promoting her writing via events.)

JS coverCheck out Jenn’s publishing partner’s cover reveal blog. Blue Harvest Creative does great work.

Bobby Roland knows things he shouldn’t.

Plagued with premonitions of disaster, he fights to save others’ lives. What Bobby doesn’t foresee is that rescuing a stranger from death will place him in the line of fire.

He discovers a world of evil spirits and tormented souls when he becomes entangled in a madman’s plot to kill the Servant, a man chosen by God to exorcise demons from the possessed. When Bobby falls under spiritual attack following the encounter, he must choose between saving others and saving himself.

Visit J. S. Bailey on November 4th for her book release party. She will be hosting giveaways and party antics at www.JSBaileywrites.com, other party places FB, Twitter.

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Through the Portal Goodreads Giveaway

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Through the Portal by LaDonna Cole

Through the Portal

by LaDonna Cole

Giveaway ends October 31, 2014.

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Cover Reveal—The Angel Of Elydria by A.R. Meyering

I’m happy to promote fellow BHC author, A. R. Meyering.

Blue Harvest Creative is pleased to present our cover design for The Angel of Elydria, the first book in the Dawn Mirror Chronicles by BHC author A.R. Meyering. The Dawn Mirror Chronicles is a series that has action, adventure, fantasy as well as elements of steampunk.

 

 

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Front cover for print and eBook

Available in trade paperback and eBook September 12, 2014

Blurb:

At the crossroads, where dreams become nightmares, lies the world of Elydria…

It’s not every day that a college student dies and is revived in a distant world far away from her small hometown in Oregon. But that’s exactly what happens to Penny Fairfax. Penny soon discovers her near death experience awakened an ability to manipulate the dreams of others, permitting her to unlock hidden secrets from the past and create vivid illusions.

Trapped in Elydria with her English professor, Penny must navigate a world of gas lamps and glittering façades on the verge of collapse in search of the way home. Haunted by a malicious specter wearing an iron funeral mask, she learns that her gift of life comes with a high cost. Now, Penny must escape its wicked intentions, solve the mystery that is unleashing havoc on Elydria, and return home without meeting death a second time.

Also look for the new role-playing game based on the Dawn Mirror Chronicles!

FreeMind Games is set to release an all-new tabletop RPG set in A. R. Meyering’s fantastical world of Elydria. Play as one of six races, master a variety of professions, and explore a world teeming with danger and adventure. Look for The Dawn Mirror Chronicles: Elydrian Legacy coming this autumn!

 

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Today is the release of Blank, a shieldmaiden’s voice by S.R. Karfelt. I had the pleasure of beta reading this prequel to WOA and S.R. Karfelt does not disappoint.

Some people have a hard time fitting into the world.

dog_tagsAll of her life Carole Blank has been a little faster, a little stronger, and a little uncooperative. The voices in her head want her to follow their rules, and although they’re usually right, Carole doesn’t always listen.

As a Marine, Carole’s unnatural abilities and penchant for fighting are useful. Unfortunately, her inability to follow orders over the demands of the voices gets her into trouble.

Enter Lieutenant Colonel Ted White, a man she is inexplicably drawn to. A man who sentences her to the life of an assassin, while denying her the only thing she’s ever wanted—him.

Follow the journey of a woman born in the wrong world, as she fights for a place to belong and sacrifices everything for those she loves.

BLANK is a prequel and Book Two in the Warrior of the Ages series.

Rarely do you find a story that takes you so deep into a character’s psyche and setting. You will taste the coconuts, feel the grit of sand, flinch at the insult and injury, and beg her to heed the voices. You are going to fall in love with this beautifully written story and heart breaking protagonist.

See my interview with S. R. Karfelt on ObeytheMuse.com

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The Batty Blog Tour

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Blog Tour Extravaganza!  (Insert Swirly Batman Music)

I’ve been invited to participate in a blog tour.  Sounded exciting, until I realized there was no travel involved. Dang it!

So Ashley Fontainne, Author of  Number 75 (soon to be a movie) invited me to answer the following four questions and then in turn invite three of my author friends to tour along with us. 

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So tune into the batty channel as our heroine author (that’s me) tackles 4 questions with 3 commercial interruptions.

1)     What am I working on?

Besides the plate of brownies next to me?  I have 16 books currently in some stage of completion. I am preparing The Keepers Book II of the Holding Kate Series for the publisher. Hoping for a release date in June or July. Edits continue on Book III of the same series. Auditions for the narrator for The Torn audio book are currently being held.  

I am ¾ of the way through The Glory Train, a post-apocalyptic steam punk novel. The Sisterhood of the Sword Saga, high fantasy epic adventure of four heroines in the land of Ampeliagia, will be my next project. It contains five books, of which 3 and ½ are completed, and will be queued up for completion after the Holding Kate Series. I hope to spend some time in Tybee Island this summer so I can pound out the paranormal trilogy that I am currently calling Forbidden (name will be changed). It is set on the Island.  In the fall, my hope is to spend time in Colorado in a cabin working my fingers to the bone to finish the remaining Donnie Dudgeon books: Donnie Dudgeon and the Cherry Street Gang, DD and the Giants of Kazik, and DD and the Mystery Behind Barn Doors (A Heartwork Village Story). The Blood Singer books are on the back burner right now, as well as Scaffold (A Heartwork Village Story), Dragon(A crossover book between Chronicles of Ampeliagia and Heartwork Village Stories.)  >>>>>Click the Ad over there to purchase or investigate>>>

 

I know that is quite ambitious even for an author heroine. But I have a six month break between July and December and I hope to write like a bat out Hades, double time, to get as many stories queued for publishing as possible.

 

 We interrupt this blog tour with the following shameless plug.

Have you heard of the AMAZING Jennifer Bailey, otherwise known as J.S. Bailey? This chick can rock a story! Don’t just take it from me, check out these titles.

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BaileyJ. S. Bailey is the author of Rage’s Echo, The Land Beyond the Portal, Weary Traveler, and Vapors. She is a lifelong resident of Clermont County, Ohio. She is an alumnus of St. Louis School and Clermont Northeastern High School and graduated cum laude from Northern Kentucky University with a degree in Entrepreneurship. Bailey enjoys reading books by her favorite authors. When she isn’t working or glued to a computer screen, she spends time with her husband Nathan in their Southwest Ohio home.

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Now we return to our previously scheduled blog tour.

2)     How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My books carry a heavy allegory, a deeper meaning. Deep emotions, fast pacing, and vivid descriptions characterize my writing style. You can whiz through a book and enjoy the action and adventure, or you can slow down and contemplate the symbolism and allegory. Readers are challenged at many levels while reading my books. You are going to love hating my characters, and hate that you love the romance.

Though I do not write with CBA in mind, my books are clean, emotionally charged, and soul searching.

 

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Singer/Songwriter Annie Adams is mother of two adorable girls, and white water rafting guide on the Ocoee River in the Smoky Mountains, Annie enjoys sports, music, writing and Starbucks. She is currently working toward a degree in Business while co-pastoring a local youth group. Founding the Anti-complaining Campaign, Annie joins blogdom, offering her witty and profound words to encourage others to thankfulness.

“Perfect One, do what you do so perfectly. Be my joy.” Excerpt from © 2012 “Be My Joy” by Annie Adams

 

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And now back to our batty program.

3)     Why do I write what I do?

Why do I write about broken teens, dragons, tornadoes, zombies, ghosts, powerful demon hunters, dragon riders, strong female protagonists, evil monsters, love, romance, frail marriages, overcoming bullies, epic adventure and soul scathing stories?  Why not? What’s not to love?

 

I’ve always had an overactive imagination. Stories turn through my head all the time. I just decided it was time to start writing them down.

 

Also, I believe in the power of good over evil and ultimately good wins. However, I believe it is driven by our seemingly insignificant daily choices. Often evil triumphs over good because of a flippant choice in a moment of weakness. My stories shine a spotlight on those moments in fictitious ways to remind us to be vigilant in our own realities.

 

Passion, strong emotion is given to us for a reason. It can be a yellow light, a red flag, a siren blaring at us. “Slow down, think, danger ahead!” Passion rising whether it is anger, love, lust, hunger, pain, is an indicator that we are about to mess up and need to take a breath. Stop. Make a good decision. My books are chocked full of passionate moments that are catalysts to a change in direction.

 

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Mentor in the writing field and dear Blue Monkey, Ragged Edge friend, Stephanie Karfelt aka the glittery one, hosts an irreverent, quirky, and yes quite glittery blog over on  www.TheGlitterGlobe.com

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Wife, mother, novelist (Warrior of the Ages series), and entrepreneur, S. R. Karfelt enjoys spending time with her muse and living outside her comfort zone. She currently resides in the soaring capital of the world.

Stephanie has released WOA and has a new prequel set to release May 15th.

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The startling batty conclusion of The Blog Tour

4)     How does my writing process work?

I sit down at the keyboard and get lost in the story. I don’t think about anything else until the story is unfolded in its entirety, plotted start to finish. That is the best way for me. If I try to pants a story, it usually gets stuck. The exception is the Holding Kate Series. I had no plan, but to set out to write a YA story. I started in early February and completed the first book in a month, then the second book in March and the third book in April. But the idea of Heartwork Village and Kate Wilson were alive in me for years as a nonprofit organization to help teens and children through grief recovery. So even though the books were new, the concept was well plotted.

 

I love to immerse myself in the world I’m creating. I see the tiny grain in the wood of each building. I see the moss growing at the foot of the trees, the iridescent whirl in the eye of the dragon, and callouses on the fingers of the harpist. I hear the tones they sing, the timbre in their arguing voices, the crickets chirruping at night.  I smell the smoke of their fires, the scent of their shampoo, the stench of manure in the stables.  Tasting the leek stew, or blood on the tongue, or grandma’s yeast rolls, I completely get lost in the story.

 

Isn’t that how all writers do it? That is the writing process for me, anyway. The editing process takes much longer.

 

Hope you enjoyed The Batty Blog Tour, now travel onto these other author’s sites and watch for the same bat questions, next week, at the same bat Blog Tour, on their bat channels.

 

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Immortal Portals LAUNCHES THE TORN!

The_Torn_LaDonna_Cole_FC-(72dpi for web)TIME FOR the NEXT GIVE AWAY! Get your friends in on the fun! If we can get the fb page up t0 165 likes, the we will launch the Blooper Reel and post another Prize Giveaway!

First item on the party mix this morning was a give away. We took all the names from people who checked they were coming on the event invitation, put them in Random.org and the winner of the cutest dragon hatchling is….

Jessica Stiles!

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Now, read the rest of this blog and join the Quantum Jump Web Hunt for the ultimate grand prize of the day!

This book that I wrote in three weeks spilled out of me in February 2012 and I was amazed at how quickly it went down.  When I stepped back and looked at it as a whole, I realized the journey started back in 2003 when I created a non profit organization for children of divorced families, Heartwork Village.

The main character is almost as old.  On a promotion trip to California, I was asked to stand in front of a group of women and talk about Heartwork Village and explain why it was needed. Nervous, I stretched across the hotel bed and prayed. “Lord, how can I convey in a few minutes, the importance of grief recovery for a child whose parents have divorced.”

As I lay there, the image of a little girl came into my mind. Her name was Katie Lynn Wilson and she began to tell me her story.  When I got in front of that large group of women, I stood beside the podium and told them, “I brought someone with me today.” I took the left side of my hair and wrapped a rubber band around it.  “She is going to tell you, so much better than I can, why Heartwork Village is vital.” I put the other side of my hair in a ponytail and took out my earrings and became 6 year old Katie Lynn Wilson.

Katie introduced herself and talked about her bicycle and her birfday, and how mommy’s heart had a hole in it.  Katie became fearful when she heard her parents fighting in the next room and she begged them to stop, as she raised an invisible wall of protection to block them out. Before a minute passed, she had closed herself into an invisible box of pain and confusion.

Then I took my hair down, stepped out of he box and turned around to point to Katie Lynn Wilson. “There are thousands of Katie Lynn Wilson’s across America today.”  Using the curriculum points that we teach at Heartwork Village, I tore down the walls that trapped Katie Lynn one by one, took her hand and led her out.

People in that room reacted with near violence. They fell on their faces and wept, curled in their chairs and rushed in droves to the front to give to Katie’s cause. Afterward, they came to me with story after story. “My daughter is Katie Lynn.”  “I am Katie Lynn.”  “Sometimes Katie Lynn never leaves the box.”

Katie Lynn’s story touched many lives in those days. On November 25, 2013, ten years later. Katie Lynn’s story will be published in a YA fiction adventure novel. I hope you will be touched by her story as so many others have been.

Quantum Jump Web Hunt

Welcome to The Torn online release event! The Jumpers in The Torn are all given a survival pack to increase their chances of making it out of each quantum jump alive.  At each stop along the way, you will have to collect a survival item to put in your pack. When you get back to your starting point, come back to this page and post the list of your items in a comment on this pinned post. Every jumper who collects all of the items will be placed in a random drawing for the Grand Prize Package! An official Heartwork Village Jumper Survival Pack, filled with prizes and items you will need to survive, a signed copy of The Torn, Book One in the Holding Kate Series, and a Jump Jacket and t shirt of your own.

There is no rush to finish this event. Take your time and browse each site. The game will close at noon 11-26-13 and winner will be announced then.  Enjoy the trip. Don’t forget to leave a comment on each page that allows them.

I hear the screech of the sphere!

Leave a comment on this page and collect the item for your survival pack.

Take this item with you, write it down or copy/paste into a doc: What is the full name of the main character in The TORN?

Get started, go to this link: http://lessmoreabundantly.com/

Book Review ~ Warrior of the Ages by S.R. Karfelt

Reposting this review in honor of this being the release date of  WOA!

Immortal Portals, not where you would think to find a book review. But this book has a special connection to this blog. First it is written by a very dear friend of mine, someone I look toward for mentoring in the writing craft. Second, the main character in this book is akin to the KING of the Immortal Portals. It is his duty to protect one.

Follow along as I take you into the world of secrecy, mystery, and adventure of WOA.

This is my image of Kahtar. Maybe Merlin’s Tom Hopper, aka Sir Percival will play Kahtar in the movie?

 

 

Move over Clark Kent, Edward Cullen, Hercules, and Damon Salvatore. There is a new immortal in town who has taken top spot in my heart. His name is Kahtar and he is drool worthy.

Kahtar is charged with protecting the secrets of his clan through out millennia, he returns each generation to guard an immortal portal. We find him in Willowyth, a small sequestered community as the Chief of Police, duty bound to guard the townspeople from outsiders.  Enter Beth White, gorgeous and feisty blond who blows into town determined to claim it for her home.  Beth has a secret of her own and it has the power to shatter the illusion that Kahtar has worked so diligently to protect.

A well crafted story that captures your imagination from page one. A story arc designed to snatch you away and whisk you through the portal into the ever place of the Warrior of the Ages. Well developed characters are the heart and soul of this tale, these people will become your friends as you cheer them on. Swords, bombs, cars, intrigue, rival clans, love, this story has it all.  The ending was satisfying and unpredictable. I found myself luxuriating in the final words, soaking up every last detail. A wild ride left me craving more.

Release date: August 15, 2013.  That is today folks! Go get it, you are gonna love it!

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