Author Spotlight – Sandra J. Jackson

View More: http://anotherperspective.pass.us/sandrajLet’s give a warm welcome to our spotlighted author, Sandra J. Jackson.

Author Bio

A graduate of a 3-year Graphic Design program, Sandra J. Jackson has always been creative, from drawing and painting to telling stories to her children when they were young. Her wild imagination lends itself to new and exciting ideas.

Sandra’s debut novel, Promised Soul, was released in 2015 and Playing in the Rain (Book 1 of the Escape Series) in September 2017 by Fountain Blue Publishing. A short story, Not Worth Saving, was published in New Zenith Magazine’s 2016 fall issue. She also has had several sports articles published in a local newspaper. She holds a professional membership with the Canadian Author Association and is a member of Writers’ Ink.

Sandra lives with her family in a rural setting in Eastern, Ontario. She is currently working on Book 3 of the Escape Series, her first trilogy.

A Little About Sandra

  1. Playing-In-The-Rain-Promo-Paperback_preview smallerWhat genres do your writings fall under? What age group? I consider myself a multi-genre author. I like to read many genres so it’s fun to explore writing them as well. My books are anywhere from age 16 and up.
  2. Can you tell us about your upcoming book? My upcoming book would be book 2 of the Escape Series. The book itself is finished but I have yet to edit it. I am waiting to finish writing the third book and then will edit the second.
  3. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?While most things in my books are purely imagined there is always a little bit of me and my experiences included in my writing.
  4. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? I suppose that would depend on what book. I have a few favourite chapters in Promised Soul, one of which is a dream sequence. In it the character, Mary, is fighting to keep herself and younger brother and sister from sliding out a hole torn in the side of their ship. For me it’s interesting to write about something I haven’t experienced and yet try and put myself in that position, imagining what it would be like and all the emotions that would go with it. In Playing in the Rain, one of my favourite chapters is when the character April, enters a bedroom after hearing a noise. I won’t go into too much detail as to not give anything away, but again it’s fun to explore.
  5. How did you come up with the title? My titles are derived from the last line of the book. I always have an idea how I want my story to end. I make sure that the last line has a phrase that can be used as the title.
  6. What project are you working on now? I am working on finishing the third book of my Escape series trilogy.
  7. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? Build your author platform before you get published. Start a blog and get people to know who you are. 2. When you finally finish a book, find an editor to edit it properly. This is not a family member or a friend (unless they’re an actual editor). I’ve been reading a lot of books lately from self-published authors who have not had their work properly edited. As a reader, it is very distracting for me when I read books (even if the story itself is good) that is full of grammatical errors (I’m talking on every page) or isn’t written well technically. There are a lot of technical elements that a writer should be aware of – do the research. I am still learning these techniques and applying them to my own work.
  8. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans? Thank you!!!!!! I appreciate all my readers.
  9. Do you also work a day job? How does it inspire your writing? Yes, I work full time as a financial assistant. So far it has not inspired anything but you never know.
  10. What’s your favorite comfort food? Pasta would be my go to comfort food. I also have a sweet tooth so just about any baked good will do. And chocolate, can’t forget about chocolate.

Promised-Soul-Promo-Paperback smallerAuthor Links

Website: www.sandrajjackson.com

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/sandrajjackson.author

 Twitter handle: @sjjacksonauthor

E-mail: sjjacksonauthor@gmail.com

WordPress link: http://sandrajjackson.wordpress.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sandra-J.-Jackson/e/B00UZJO5DY

 

 

 

 

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Author Spotlight-Deborah Burnside

23319229_10155727922650102_7205406075011842319_nToday we’re welcoming author Deborah Burnside. Let’s kick back and see what she has to share with us.

Prodigal Hearts had its beginning as a work of fan fiction in 1973, while Deborah Burnside was still in high school. Many years and countless revisions later, it is her first published novel. Firefighters are her heroes now as they were then, and will always be.

 When Deborah was in the second grade, a short essay she wrote as a class assignment was selected for publication in the Whittier Daily News, and she was instantly enamored with the power of the written word. She went on to write numerous creative stories, stage plays, and poetry while still going through school. She worked as a reporter and as the entertainment editor for her high school newspaper, and as a reporter for her college newspaper.

Although Deborah would later forego a career in journalism in favor of marriage and motherhood, the need to write has always remained strong. She finds writing to be highly therapeutic, crediting both it and the Lord for her ability to survive some very difficult years and situations. She continues to devote her creative efforts to fiction novels and poetry, with a few short stories and a couple of worship songs thrown in. Several of her poems have been published in anthologies.

 She is also an amateur volcanologist, having been bitten by that bug in 2004, when Mt. St. Helens was once more in an eruptive phase. She spent eleven days at the Coldwater Ridge observatory with her then-husband, who rests now in the arms of Jesus. Her experiences while on the mountain will surely find their way into some not-yet-written story.

Deborah lives in rural Shasta County, California, with her new husband, Patrick. The couple currently has six cats, but the number is subject to change at any given time. When not writing, she rescues stray, abandoned, and abused animals – primarily cats, but occasionally dogs as well.

You can connect with Deborah at the following links:

FB author page: facebook.com/authordeborahburnside

Website: http://www.authordeborahburnside.com/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/deborahlyn

 

Prodigal Hearts book coverProdigal Hearts

Stephanie Williams and Sam Kendrick may be neighbors, but neither is sure they want any kind of relationship with each other – or with God.

Stephanie is angry at God over His failure to protect her from an assault that almost killed her. Where was the divine protection she had been told was hers as a child of God? Where exactly was He that night?

Sam has turned away from God in the aftermath of a tragic accident that took the life of his best friend. And he wants to know why the Almighty left him alive to suffer the nightmares and flashbacks.

Stephanie’s sister, a teenager with pronounced matchmaking tendencies, is determined to see them heal – together. As these two wounded souls begin to find their way into each others’ hearts, can they also learn to trust again in the One who loves them both?

 

51ZRcIiXYVLA Cousin Scorned

Other than their looks, cousins Connie Sherman and Shellie Cochrane have nothing in common. They don’t like each other. They don’t try to get along. And they never, ever like the same boys.

Until Dave Barbour – and he has eyes for only one of them. Now their unfriendly rivalry is about to crash head-first into the California high desert town of Yucca Valley.

Because hell has no fury like a cousin scorned.

Author Spotlight – Olivia Savage

Olivia Savage - HeadshotOlivia’s stories follow their own path and are filled with real characters, extremely hot men (of course), addicting storylines, and vivid sex scenes. Olivia has been an avid reader since she was knee-high to a grasshopper and writes the kind of books she likes to read.  She has a degree in Fine Art and spent her early years with a paintbrush in her hand more often than a pen. After graduating college and getting a “real job,” Olivia spent ten years in the business world before realizing that she wasn’t happy. She and her husband fired their jobs, sold their house, and bought a travel trailer to wander around the USA in search of a life they wanted to live. On a dusty back road, in the middle of nowhere, she started writing her first story… and hasn’t stopped.  She loves backpacking, SCUBA diving, hanging out in backyards with friends (preferably with a glass of red wine) and dancing like a maniac in the privacy of her bedroom. Most days she runs on caffeine and inappropriate thoughts. She does not like: underwire, people who tear you down, bad coffee (blah!), or raisins in her cookies.
To grab a copy of her FREE Adult-only coloring book made for the saucy romance reader, go to http://oliviasavage.com/free/

The Art of Hanky Panky by Olivia Savage

What would you do if a hot, rich, famous artist asked you to pose for one of his painting? 

… And, by the way, did I mention you’d have to be naked?   Completely, 100%, nothing to hide those love handles, nude.

Honestly, it’s mortifying enough to stand naked in front of my own mirror, but to do it in the same room with my mind-blowingly hot, totally off-limits art instructor?  This is so not something that I, June Cooper, had planned for this college semester. What I should be focusing on is working my butt off to pull in awesome grades and get into my choice of law schools.

No distractions allowed.

Especially if they come with male parts attached. Not when things are finally starting to come together. Aside from just being dumped, a waistline that inexplicably keeps growing (damn you, chocolate cake!), and a highly developed caffeine addiction, my life is pretty much on track. Just how I like it.  Then, he showed up.

Ryan Carter.

Famous painter. Artist. And one giant, smoldering, red-hot distraction.

Available on Kindle and in Paperback on Amazon.com

 

 

 

The Art of Seduction by Olivia Savage

In your wildest dreams, have you ever imagined you’d end up flying to Paris to break into an expensive, swanky, uber-exclusive sex club because, inside those doors, you might have a second chance with the lost love of your life?

Me either.  If you told me last semester that I would be standing here, trying to convince my shaky foot to take that step across the threshold, I would have thought you were a few fries short of a happy meal.  But a lot can change in six months. And in that time, my life has been tipped haphazardly on-end. Despite all that, there is one thing I’m almost positive about… Love isn’t supposed to go this way.

Available on Kindle and in Paperback on Amazon.com

 

It’s Release Day!!!!

Aradia's SecretWell, today’s the day Aradia’s Secret releases on all channels. Fingers crossed.

This story was one that was originally a blog story. I wrote it a little at a time over several months when I first started this blog. I decided to pull it and do some reworking to make it more readable. I hope I’ve done well with it.

Gwennyth Grimsbane is the daughter of Ravyn Grimsbane, the leader of the witches and wizards of Crowrest in E’ma Thalas. When Ravyn transposes forms at nearly 900 years of age, Gwennyth finds a letter telling her to seek out the goddess Aradia. Gwennyth dismisses this as nothing more than her mother’s usual melodrama, for Ravyn was known to be cryptic, even when plain speaking would better serve. It is only when her best friend Vonner shows her their magic is failing that Gwennyth realizes she must do as her mother instructed. For the first time in more than 150 years, Gwennyth must leave the safety of Crowrest Keep and venture into the lands of Grevared.

I hope you enjoy it.

Lissa Dobbs

http://www.lissadobbs.com

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Learning Experience

Well, I’ve been learning how to use the software to make my covers what I want them to be, and I think I’ve finally made one I like for Wolf in the Shadow. Now, I’ve just got to do the others. The new cover should be on all ebooks and print books in the next couple of days. It took a while, but at least I finally figured it out.

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Yes, I Know It’s Easter

Yuletide Sparkle Cover

My dad has always had an odd sense of humor, and every Easter he would greet us with “Merry Christmas”.  It may not make sense to others, but it’s what I grew up with.  That being the case, I decided that today was a good day to put on my big girl panties, quit making excuses, and get something from the world of Grevared out for someone besides me to read.

Therefore, as soon as the process has completed, a short story entitled “Yuletide Sparkle” will be available for Kindle.  I’ve used Amazon for crochet patterns, so I know they take about twenty-four hours.  “Yuletide Sparkle” will be available in the next day or so for $.99.  It’s a little over 3,000 words and introduces Morgan Harper.  I’m hoping I can get a few more out, as well as some other things, while I’m working on the ‘story that never ends’.

 

“Yuletide Sparkle”  (Amazon Kindle)

“Yuletide Sparkle” – LeanPub (This one gives you the option of getting the book for free, but it’s a PDF)

After years of being alone, Morgan Harper has accepted that her life is just going to be that way. By day, she runs the Broken Icepick Tradepost, while, by night, she hunts creatures that would harm others. Her only companion is a mechanical owl that is occasionally inhabited by the spirit of Abraham.

When Yuletide arrives, Morgan simply carries on about her daily business, but an unexpected visit eases Morgan’s sorrows and opens the door to possibilities she has never imagined.

This is a SHORT STORY.

 

 

Best wishes!