Thursday 17 November 2016

Transgression by Jannette Fuller

Ambrosial Acres Book One
by Jannette Fuller 

Agent Yagil faces the fight of his calling as a Guardian Angel. His newest assignment is going to take every bit of perseverance and patience he has.

Seventeen—year—old Amber Reynolds is looking for some freedom and independence from her rigid lifestyle. Going behind her parents’ back, she takes a part-time job at the renowned inn located within Ambrosial Acres.

As Agent Yagil watches over Amber, he discovers things are not what they seem. Despite its wondrous beauty, Ambrosial Acres hides a dark and supernatural secret.

Between Amber’s new coworker crushes, her menacing stalker, a mysterious online stranger, and the evil agents out to lead her down a path of self destruction, Agent Yagil struggles to keep her safe. To keep her from using her freewill that will bring harm to herself—and others.

Will Agent Yagil succeed? Or will his shortcomings get in the way?

Published October 19th 2016 by Solstice Publishing - Solstice Faith Imprint

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Read It & Reap:  May 14, 2017  

Jannette considers herself to be the happy little housewife. And not because she stands at a whopping 5’2. She loves baking, cleaning, and lighting scented candles all over the house. Creating an inviting and cozy environment is one of her top priorities. But when it comes to cooking, she hands it over to her husband. She wants to make sure people come back to visit.

If she’s not watching her favorite shows on Netflix, then she's inside her magical room—there really isn't a magical room, so just humor her—reading a book. And if she’s not reading a book, she’s attempting to write one. Or finish one, which has been the case for the past few months. 

Outside of her domesticated life, Jannette enjoys riding the trails with her Jeep-fanatic husband and their daughter. Camping, hiking through the woods, and fishing at the lake are some of the things how she and her family spend time together. Pizza Hut and Redbox are fan-favorites as well. 

So there you have it. Not much to say, but it doesn't take a lot to make this cupcake lover, neat freak, and candle obsessed author happy.  


Q &A with Jannette Fuller

Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
Amber Reynolds is seventeen, and on the outside she appears to be a goody goody. To her parents, anyway. But just like everyone else, she has her flaws. Just to name a few, she sometimes lies and sneaks behind her parents’ back to accomplish what she wants to do. Her decisions lately have been impulsive and unwise. Cute boys and solving mysteries tends to make her imprudent.

Who designs the covers for your books and what is that process like for you as an author?
My publisher designed my cover. But I got to pick out the photo and the font. I wanted the cover to portray the theme of the story--the persuasion to get a person to sin and the result when one does. The white spiral coiled around Amber represents spiritual chains of bondage (sin).

Describe your ideal writing spot.
We moved to a new house and the upstairs is spacious yet cozy. It has two rooms, a bathroom, and the perfect place--right at the top of the staircase--to set up a writing space. A small bookshelf, lamps, bean bags, a futon, icicle lights and posters will make this little nook super fantastical.

What is the best advice you have been given?
That’s a great question. I’ve been given lots of great advice over the years. The best piece of advice that’s stuck with me is to embrace who you are, and don’t worry what others think about you. You’ll be happier and life will be better if you let go of striving to be someone you’re not. Living to please others is a burden we shouldn't carry.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a Mouseketeer (a performer/member of the Micky Mouse Club), a fashion designer, and a rock star, of course!

Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
Paperbacks and hard backs. What I’m about to say is nothing new you’ve heard before. There’s nothing like holding a book in your hands. It’s magical. They have a delightful and distinctive aroma about them, and you get to place all those wonderful bookmarks inside of them too.

If you could have any supernatural power, what would you choose and why?
Healing powers. There’s so many sick and hurting people in the world. Taking away physical and emotional pain would be awesome. So would healing others of sickness and disease.

What book are you reading now?
Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland and My Double Life by Janette Rallison. Which are GREAT reads, by the way.

Sunday 6 November 2016

Q & A with Grea Alexander

Rebellion Book I: Book of Quay 
Rebellion #1
by Grea Alexander 

Intrigue, deception, betrayal. What are a few knives in the back between two lovers? 

Qing Dynasty, China.

Some wounds cut too deeply to ever truly heal, to ever be forgotten. For the rebel Phong Quay, Princess Ni Soung is one of those wounds - a remnant of the most painful chapter in his life, a pawn in his never ending war with his greatest enemy, the Emperor Ni Fehn.

As the Han rebellion against the Emperor intensifies, Princess Soung becomes caught in the middle. As bait in the Emperor's most brazen bid to date to bring Phong Quay down, the princess may just find herself a casualty in the battle between the two men - a battle between the past and the present, between the truth and lies, between love and revenge.

Kindle Edition, 581 pages
Published December 25th 2013

Q & A with Grea Alexander

Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
My protagonists can best be described as quite Grea-esque, or as one of my English teachers once described me, of the Byronic Hero archetype.

I personally find goody goody characters to be more than a tad bit on the boring side. All of that glistening purity, indelible perfection and luminous righteousness all the time.... (sigh) It simply makes me want to gouge my own eyes out.

I create characters that are deeply flawed and as capable of great acts of selflessness as they are great acts of selfishness. My characters aren't afraid to get their hands dirty.
If that means crushing others in the process, so be it.

Who designs the covers for your books and what is that process like for you as an author?
I do. It's fairly simple really. I like my covers (as most things) to be tasteful & aesthetically pleasant. (There is enough ugliness in the world without me adding to it.)

Three of my titles currently feature my own photographs.

Describe your ideal writing spot.
I don't really have an ideal writing spot that I use per se. However, if I had to conjure one up in my mind, it would be somewhere serene, somewhere surrounded by nature…kind of like an Herbal Essences commercial without all the lather.

Yes, I would still be naked.

And yes, there would probably be quite a few interludes that involved me lightly and sensuously stroke my hair and skin as well.

And moaning. Let's not forget the moaning.

What is the best advice you have been given?
When you go before the judge, widen your eyes and try to look innocent. Life-like tears, brow furrowing and lip trembling are a plus.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A writer. No really. I used to tell people that I would be a famous writer one day.

I also would have loved to be an opera singer or a dancer. Maybe a dancing opera singer. Yes, Jessye Norman and Paula Abdul's love child.

Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
I prefer physical books. I like the weight of a book in my hand - the sound of the pages as I turn them and the feel of the paper between my fingers. I also enjoy my bookmark falling out and trying desperately to remember what page I was on.

And the paper cuts. Let's not forget the paper cuts.

Good times. (sigh)

I'm probably one of the most anti-technology people ever. In my personal life, I don't adopt new technology until I basically have no other choice. And when I say I have no choice, I mean you literally can no longer get it to work, get support or even buy the software/accessories for it anymore.

It's kind of ironic. I know 26+ computer programs, type over 80 wpm, am a certified advanced user on many programs and have made a living off of my computer skills for 20+ years.

What can I say?

I'm the equivalent of a technological Wizard of Oz. Grea knows all, but pull back the curtain and you have a funny little character that rebukes all things newfangled.

If you could have any supernatural power, what would you choose and why?
Telekinesis. So I would always win casino games/the lottery…..and I could thoroughly punish all who would dare defy me.

What book are you reading now?
Absolutely nothing. (sigh)

My life is a busy, hot mess right now. I've decided to actually dedicate some time to actually trying to promote my work. A novel concept indeed.

See what I did there? A NOVEL concept. (patting self soundly on back)