Monthly Archives: March 2012

Jaded Visions – by TL Jones

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 Jade Hamilton has visions. Only she and her father, Walt, know. What she sees usually comes true, so when she sees the death of Emmie Linderhoff, a little girl of 5 or 6 years old, she knows she has to stop it. She doesn’t realize when she takes the little girl from the park that day, just what she’s walked into.

Jaded Visions is a well paced mystery/ thriller by author T. L. Jones. Jones, a former police officer, has a unique ability to dig deeply into the character of Jade, bringing forth a strength of character that’s amazing to see. We believe in her and her visions, hoping they will work in her favor and bring the villain to justice before he can kill again.

Jade is a complex person. Her mother died when she was young and it’s been just her and her father for most of her life. Her visions also started when she was little and her father’s loving support and belief in her have made her far stronger than even she realizes.

Ryan Douglas is a police officer. As a friend of Walt’s, he’s brought into the circle of trust when Jade takes Emmie away. Concerned about her being prosecuted for kidnapping, he works hard to win her trust so she will bring Emmie back. He has no doubt she will care for the child, but their safety is the most important thing on his mind—well, of secondary importance to his attraction for Jade.

George Dunleavy is Ryan’s older, wiser partner. He isn’t sure he believes in Jade’s visions, but he certainly believes in his partner.

Jaded Visions is a wonderful novel and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a mystery/ thriller with a paranormal edge. Five Gold Acorns

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Bubba to the Rescue, by Jennifer Walker

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I’m delighted to participate in Jennifer Walker’s blog tour. Below is an excerpt from her book “Bubba to the Rescue” from Chapter Two. Read an enjoy Jennifer’s delightful story.

When they emerged from the woods and turned down a service road on the Bakers’ property, they could see the flames licking the sky just a few hundred yards behind the rickety old barn. The property was surrounded by trees, and Leslie had learned at school that the dry grass that covered much of it would provide ready fuel for the fire.

“Can you see the driveway?” Alex asked. Leslie could barely hear him, even though he shouted over the sound of pounding hooves.

“I think it’s over there,” Leslie shouted back, pointing toward the house and the main driveway. “Looks like the whole road is on fire!”

“They’ll never be able to get in. We’d better do something, and fast!”

“Let’s turn the sprinklers on in the arena and put the horses in there. The footing is sand, so they should be safe.”

“Good idea. You go turn them on and open the gate, and I’ll start pulling the horses out of the barn.”

When they reached the arena, they jumped off their horses and tied them to the fence. Leslie cringed at having to tie them with their reins since they could hurt their mouths if they got scared and pulled back, but she didn’t see any other way. Alex ran to the barn while she ran around the perimeter of the fence until she found the valve to turn on the sprinklers. Once they were on, she ran to the barn to help Alex.

Thankfully, each horse had a halter and lead rope hanging by their stall. Leslie and Alex worked quickly to halter the horses and lead them out, each leading two at a time, to the arena where the sprinklers and lack of fuel would keep them safe from the fire. Some of the horses balked at going into the arena with the spraying water, but Alex and Leslie led them with a firm hand and encouraging words, and eventually they got them all into the enclosure. While they worked, bits of ash fell around them and the sky, which had been blue when they left the ranch, was completely grey.

When Alex latched the gate after the last horse was safely inside, Lucky snorted and whinnied. He and Fred arched their necks and danced, eyes large and round with fear. “We’d better get out of here, Leslie. That fire is getting really close!” Alex grabbed Leslie and pulled her with him toward their horses, and she ran to keep up.

By the time they untied and mounted their horses, the fire had reached the barn. Between the hay stacked inside and the dry old wood, Leslie knew it would not be long before it was completely engulfed in flames. She and Alex kicked their mounts into a gallop and headed back toward Green Meadow.

The air around them was thick with smoke by that time, and Leslie’s throat burned from her efforts. She coughed over and over again, and she could faintly hear Alex doing the same. She tried to put her discomfort out of her mind so she could concentrate on getting through the woods and back home before the fire reached them.

While they ran, Leslie could hear the horses calling frantically in the arena behind her. “Do you think they’ll be OK?” She shouted to Alex.

“It’s far enough from the barn that they won’t be in danger there, and since there’s no dry grass around it, they should be fine,” he yelled back. Leslie took her eyes off the trail to look at his face. It was covered in grime, and his brows were furrowed in worry. She imagined her own face looked much like his. “We can’t worry about them anymore, Leslie. We have to get home and make sure Green Meadow is safe. If we wait any longer, we could be trapped.”

Leslie’s stomach lurched; she knew he was right. She looked back over her shoulder and could see flashes of orange through the trees. She pushed Lucky to go even faster, although his breathing was labored and his neck was soaked with sweat and covered in froth where the reins rubbed it.

“Lucky, I’m so sorry, but we have to keep going,” she breathed into his mane. “I promise, if you just get us home, you can have a nice, long rest.” Silently, she prayed to God to get them home safely.

While they ran, Leslie could hear the roar of the fire grow louder, accompanied by the pops of sparks and the breaking of branches. She could feel the heat increase on her back and knew it was getting closer.

They were almost to the property line for Green Meadow when they heard a crashing in the underbrush to their left. Lucky and Fred jumped to the side, stopping to whirl and face the brush. Leslie nearly lost her seat, but she clung to Lucky’s mane and managed to hang on. She looked up, and a horse leaped out of the bushes. Its eyes and nostrils were large and veins stood out on its neck.

Lucky snorted, his eyes large as he stared at the strange horse. Leslie could feel him trembling beneath her, so she stroked his neck and told him, “You’re OK, Lucky. It’s just a horse.” Her voice sounded shaky and strained to her own ears.

“Whose horse is that?” Alex asked. His voice sounded as shaky as hers.

Leslie did not have time to answer, because a tree branch fell behind them in a shower of sparks. Beneath her, Lucky screamed and bolted forward.

Jennifer Walker is a freelance writer, editor, and novelist living in Northern California. Her two books, Bubba Goes National and Bubba to the Rescue, are both available in print or digital editions from

http://www.twintrinitybooks.com and other online retailers. Learn more about Jennifer at http://www.authorjennwalker.com.

Be sure to leave a comment for Jennifer below. One lucky person (chosen at random) will win a free copy of Jennifer’s short story Leslie and the Lion http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/127795.

Shameless Self-Promotion!

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Usually, I reserve this spot for my fellow authors, but I thought I might as well plug my own work today. I’ve included an interview I conducted on myself using the questions I usually give my guest authors.

When did you start writing?

I was telling stories even as a child. I didn’t start to write them down until I got into elementary school. One of my first formal works was a myth “How We Got Hair”. I remember absolutely nothing about it but the title. When in high school, I wrote lots of short stories and humorous essays. In college, I branched out into plays. I didn’t attempt my first novel until I was teaching high school many years later. It’s not finished yet, but it has potential! My first finished and published novel is “Indian Summer”, an historical adventure/ romance set in St. Augustine, Florida in 1739.

 

What gave you the idea for your first book?

My very first, as yet to be finished, novel, “How Many Miles to Avalon” was inspired by a board game I developed for my gifted students. The idea for “Indian Summer” came to me when I was a chaperone on a field trip with my eldest son. I wandered around St. Augustine thinking how many amazing stories the oldest city on the East Coast had to tell.

What genre do you write?

I write mostly romance. I also have a sci-fi series that could be called futuristic romance. I also write a crime/ romance blend that gets your pulse racing for more reasons than one!

What do you do to keep yourself focused?

Me focused? Not gonna happen. I try, but life is full of distractions. I think I have a slight ADD problem which makes it even harder to concentrate. I keep music playing all the time and that helps me ignore many distractions.

Do you stay with one project or do you work on multiple projects?

I’m a multiple project girl. I get stuck on one story or the muse takes a powder, and I move on to something else. I rarely suffer from writer’s block as a result.

What is your writing process?

When I get an idea, I sit down as soon as possible and start at the beginning. I try to find a strong starting sentence and work from there. I don’t really outline, though I do jot down notes—like names, ages, hair color, eye color, etc. If I don’t, I have the hero gazing into the heroine’s beautiful blue eyes on page 10 and into her bottomless blue ones on page 66.

I write chronologically. I’ve tried writing scenes and stringing them together, but that doesn’t work well for me. I did write one story in reverse once. I wrote one section which became the end, wrote a middle and moved on to a beginning. That’s extremely rare for me.

How do you find your voice?

The voice finds me. I have stories in third person as well as first. I never know how it’s going to be until I sit down to write.

Do you know your ending before you begin?

I very rarely know the ending when I begin. I like the exploration process. I might have a goal in mind, but it doesn’t get there often. I enjoy the ride.

What is your latest release?

My latest release is “Lone Wolf”, the first in my sci-fi series.

What other books do you have published?

I currently have two novels in print. The first is “Indian Summer”, the second is “Lone Wolf”.

Where are your books available?

Both books are available through Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Dellani+Oakes&x=13&y=22

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/276-7770162-6587258?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Dellani+Oakes&x=0&y=0

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Dellani-Oakes?keyword=Dellani+Oakes&store=allproducts

http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Dellani+Oakes