Loki’s Game Blog Tour: An Interview w/ S.H. Roddey

Loki'sGame 200x300(1)Guess whose back? Back again? Noooo… it’s not Slim Shady.  It’s me, yer old pal Sexy Lexxxie.  I’m back on the blog today to welcome one of my favorite authors, and indeed one of my favorite people, to the page.  Siobhan Kinkade is a particular friend of mine and she has a new book, Loki’s Game, that has just come out from Sugar and Spice Press.  She was kind enough to sit down with me and answer a few questions about love, life and where bodies are buried.

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1.        How did you start writing?

It actually happened before I realized it. I was just a kid doing a homework assignment for English class. The assignment was to write a new ending for Beauty and the Beast, and instead of writing a few paragraphs, I ended up writing twenty pages. It has been all downhill from there.

2.       What genres do you write in?  Which is the most satisfying?

Too many to count! I love writing paranormal romance, but my first love is horror. So long as I’m doing bad things to people on paper, I’m not tempted to crack skulls in real life.

3.       What sort of “rituals” do you engage in to help you write?

Now I’m going to have to tell on you too! Aside from loud music to drown out background noise, my most successful ritual is the Thursday night write-in at Starbucks with you and Crymsyn Hart.  Not that we actually get much work done for playing on Facebook and dealing with people banging on the tables, but we do at least try.

4.       Tell us about your new book, Loki’s Game.

It started as an accident several years ago. It started out as a short story about a woman who answered an ad in a newspaper that turned out to be for the position of “wife.” It grew and twisted into this convoluted mess involving a pair of shapeshifters (because as you know I suffer from Epic Brain Syndrome). Then out of nowhere something in my brain broke and my hero ended up being a descendent of the Nordic Dragon, Fafnir, and the guy chasing him decided to tell me that he was actually disguised as Loki.

The first draft was submitted two years ago, and after finding a few glaring structural errors, I pulled the submission and went back to work on it. Having finally decided that it wasn’t as stupid as I thought, I revised, rewrote and expanded until it became what it is. And late last year, Kelly at Sugar & Spice Press agreed to take a second look and offered the contract.

5.       Loki is heavily rooted in Norse mythology. Do you often use mythology to inspire your writing?  Where do you draw inspiration from?

Mythology often eats my brain. Something about the power of gods and monsters has always appealed to me. I think it’s why a lot of my work features werewolves, shapeshifters and vampires too. They’re strong and unusual, and a good monster always makes me happy.

The inspiration itself comes from all over the place. Sometimes it’s music, other times it’s the people or situations around me. A lot of what I write is kneejerk reaction to something happening in my life.

6.       This is your first novel-length work.  Did you find it difficult to make the transition from short to long form?

Actually, no. Going back to that EBS from earlier – when your brain works on that epic level like mine, it’s hard to keep it from wandering into novel territory. Plot points and twists come out of nowhere and the characters like to get all snarled up in situations that take pages and pages to resolve.

This is my first published novel, but I have two others sitting on a shelf, waiting to see if I ever go back and fix them enough to sell. Lately it has been harder to keep things short, which means anthology calls with word count limits are like pulling teeth.

7.       What advice would you give budding writers?

If you want to be a writer, then be a writer. Don’t talk about doing it. Don’t second guess yourself. Don’t say “one day I’ll finish something”. And for goodness’ sake, don’t spend all of your time rewriting and revising! Write it, do your self-edits, and let it go. The longer you micro-manage your manuscript, the harder it’s going to be to let it go.

8.       Where can readers find your work?

All over the place! Information on all of my books can be found on my blog, and I’m available on GoodReads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and All Romance eBooks.

Wait, revise that. My books are available on those sites. I’m not actually there. I’m not for sale… at least, not for cheap.

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Now… the important stuff.  THE BLURB!!

Unemployed museum curator Lily Redway responds to an advertisement in the newspaper, thinking she is applying for a job. On the other side of that small, black-and-white box waits two things: a fantasy world come to life and a man named Rowan Keir.

 Rowan is a man with many secrets. He is a shape-shifter, a descendent of old world mythology, and the guardian of a rare and valuable Nordic artifact. He is also being hunted by the god Loki and has spent the last six hundred years outsmarting and outrunning him.

 With the fury of Asgard on Rowan’s trail, Lily finds herself caught up in a real-life fantasy story, a love triangle, and an ages-old war that pitches her into a different world and one very hard truth: All is fair in love and war.

I can promise you, dear readers, that this book is a HOT and amazing read.  Go buy it NOW!

Guest Post: Solomon’s Throne by Jennings Wright

Solomons-Throne-E-Book-Final-1600-for-Amazon-and-BN(1)I have the great pleasure of welcoming author Jennings Wright to the blog today.  She has a brand new action/ adventure novel entitled Solomon’s Throne that is sure to knock your socks off!  Today, she joins me at The Belle to talk about fan mail, being a control freak and her new novel.

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I got my first piece of real, actual fan mail yesterday. A real email, not a comment on Facebook or Goodreads. I opened it and just stared at it, confused for minute. Me? You’re writing a fan email to me, and signing it “your newest fan?” Wow. I think it must be like the first time musicians hear themselves on the radio. It’s really pretty weird, to be honest!

My journey to becoming an author (with a fan!) was completely unexpected. That is not to say that I haven’t been writing. I’ve journaled daily for almost twenty years, have written ad copy, countless business pieces, taught creative writing to homeschoolers and in private school workshops, and even started a few novels and screenplays that didn’t go anywhere. I’d pretty much decided by early 2011 that I just wasn’t creative enough to be a novelist, and so wrote my first nonfiction book (to be published this year) in May.

I’d discovered a book called “No Plot No Problem” by Chris Baty. At the time I’d never heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, held each year in November), and didn’t realize that the book was basically how the event was born and how to write 50,000 words on a new novel in 30 days. When I read it, my first thought was,” Well, I can’t do that, but I’ll bet I can do it with a nonfiction book.” My husband was ghost writing for someone at the time, so we decided to do our own 30 day/50,000 word challenge for nonfiction. We both “won.”

But after that month, the thought wouldn’t leave that I could maybe, possibly write a really bad novel in 30 days. I mean, how hard could it be, especially if I expected it to be a real stinker? I already knew I could do the word count. And if it was really bad, at least I could say I tried, cross it off my bucket list, and move on. NaNoWriMo has a great forum community as well as local groups, so at the least I’d meet some fun people and we’d all suffer together. So in July, I signed up. I immediately regretted it, but I didn’t withdraw. Mostly I just smacked myself on the forehead and wondered what the heck I was doing.

In “No Plot No Problem,” Baty says that you can’t start planning your NaNo novel until a week before November 1. I didn’t realize the book was about seven years old and that people planned months or even years in advance; I just waited until the week before and then went into panic mode. I’d decided to do a treasure hunt, so I did a ton of research, staring off into space (aka thinking) and texting to my daughter in college with ideas, and started on Solomon’s Throne on November 1 with a revised goal. I was going to finish it, not “just” write 50,000 words. I had seven locations, figured an average of 15,000 words per spot, and calculated a total of 105,000 words. In 30 days. Crazy? Yep. But once my husband said he didn’t think I could do it, the game was on.

I “won” NaNo (crossed the 50,000 word mark) on November 12, and had finished the novel (88,651 words) on November 26, writing for 23 of the 26 days. It was exhilarating, exciting, amazing… And the most astonishing part was that, when I went back and read the draft (I do no editing at all when I’m writing) it was actually good! It needed editing, of course… But it was good. I was shocked.

Since then I’ve entered and won 5 NaNoWriMo events, including the now-defunct Script Frenzy, and written another novel in NaNo format without an official event. After some research, I decided that self-publishing was a perfect fit for me, and that first NaNo novel, Solomon’s Throne, was released in July, 2012. Its sequel, the Hoard of the Doges, was released in October, and a Christian historical romance set in the Civil War in September.

Indie publishing has been great for me. I love being involved in the cover design and the interior layout, holding my paperback in my hand, getting feedback from readers, and, of course, watching sales climb. It’s a lot of work, to be sure, and in things I’m not nearly as good at as writing. Marketing takes a lot of time, especially since I don’t stick to one genre. (I have two action/adventure treasure hunts, one Christian romance, and a YA sci-fi fantasy trilogy coming up in 2013.) I have to introduce myself to readers in each genre and basically start from scratch. But unlike a contract with a traditional publisher, I can write what I want to write, and the success or failure of the books is all on me. As a long-time business owner, I can deal with that. In fact, I prefer it.

There’s the little secret, I guess: I’m bit of a control freak!

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About Solomon’s Throne by Jennings

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An impenetrable safe is breached and a secret artifact is stolen. Containing information that could change the course of the world, its desperate owner sends Gideon Quinn, his head of security, and Gideon’s wife Rei, an art preservationist, to find it at any cost. What they discover is a clue to the lost throne of King Solomon, the real object of the theft. They are thrust out on an adventure that leads them halfway around the world. Following letters left by a Jesuit in 1681, they must weave through ancient sites along the Portuguese Spice Route, keeping ahead of a secret militant order that is determined to beat them to Solomon’s Throne.

Filled with fast paced action and having broad appeal, Solomon’s Throne is an ingenious treasure hunt adventure that sweeps the reader around the globe in a race against time.

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About the Author

Born and raised in Rockledge, Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could bluebarn-jennings-9951 2(3)get her hands on, when she wasn’t spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her science fiction stories.

Jennings attended the University of the South and the University of Tampa, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and almost enough credits for B.A.s in both English and History. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of script doctoring, business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit to Uganda.

Thanks to a crazy idea called NaNoWriMo Jennings got back into creative writing in 2011 and hasn’t stopped since. She’s written four novels and a screenplay in less than a year, with more ideas on the drawing board. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, also a writer, and two children, and travels extensively.

Author Links

Kindle Edition: http://www.amazon.com/Solomons-Throne-ebook/dp/B008NBRYV6/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1351777545&sr=8-3
Print Edition: http://www.amazon.com/Solomons-Throne-Jennings-Wright/dp/0985784016/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1351777545&sr=8-3
Print Edition – CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/3937851

My website is www.jenningswright.com
My writing blog is http://jenningswright.wordpress.com
My Twitter is @JenningsWright
My FB author page is www.Facebook.com/JSWwrites
My Independent Author Network page is http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jennings-wright.html

Blog Tour: Michele Richard’s “Affirming the Faith”

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About Mocked by Faith: Affirming the

Faith by Michele Richard

The time has come for Alexia and Justin McNear to move out of their beloved home at The Gates, a hidden gated community where time doesn’t change the way of life. It’s time for a new start with the birth of a new community, and children to raise in the faith they cherish. Alexia and Justin’s challenges are far from a thing of the past. Life’s not always perfect. This is a fact these two know all too well. Together they’ll have to remind each other nothing is ever perfect.

Alexia has grown to accept her husband and her role in life, but now, new issues will arise, and force her to fight to keep her family together and safe. Her days of insecurities may be behind her, but she’ll be tested to see if she’s really ready to be a minister’s wife.

Justin has learned the error of his ways and will stop at nothing to protect his family and faith. Now a minister, he must show his parishioners he’s more than capable of leading them. There are no challenges or disabilities too great to overcome.

Together they’ll have to select the perfect spouses to contract for their children and lead L’île d’anges, the new community left in their trust to build. In a world of arranged marriages and dominating husbands, things are not always as they seem. Even with the small progresses their faith has made, they’ll cling to the ways of the past generations.

They’re in for an uphill battle when Mother Nature sets her eye upon them. Locked away from anyone to help them, they’ll have to rely on each other and their faith to see them through.

Is history repeating itself? When one son has no match, what then? Can they beat the clock before it’s too late?

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About the Author

Michele Richard lives in a suburb of Boston, Mass. She’s the mother of two pre-teen daughters and the wife.

 Michele Richard has created the Mocked series. From Mocked by Destiny to the trilogy Mocked authoraffirmingthefaithby Faith, she writes what comes from the heart. A wife and the mother of two preteen girls, she spends her days spinning tales about what happens when what you believe in mocks your every turn.

When she’s not writing, her days are filled with her family, her bunny Geneva, and friends. Her greatest passions are learning new languages and traveling. She currently resides in the Northeastern part of the United States however; her family members live down the east coast as far as North Carolina.

She’s currently learning French and Spanish, and one day hopes to be fluent in both. Learning new things is always something she enjoys.

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Holly and Ivy Blog Tour: An Excerpt

HollyAndIvy72dpi (1)Hi everyone!  Selah Janel has a new book, Holly and Ivy, which has just been released with Mocha Memoirs Press. So today, I have an excerpt of this awesome Christmasy tale for your reading pleasure…

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“What do I do with it?” I asked. I told myself I was just playing along, suspending reality to make Ivy feel better. Although if that was the case then perhaps I should have really examined the fact that Ivy was real and not me suspending reality to make myself feel better.

“You hold it now until it gets to know you. You keep it safe in your possession and it shall bring you ease and grace,” the tree sprite giggled.

“And that really works?” No matter how I tried I couldn’t hide my skepticism.

She turned up her pointed nose. “How else would I have survived so well with murderers on the loose? It’s worked for a good long while.” I raised an eyebrow as a sly grin spread just a little too far across her face to make the smile look human. “Do you remember when I snuck to school with that sapling you took for show and tell?”

The next smile didn’t hurt quite as much as I traced the delicate edge of the tiny plant with the pad of a finger. The petaled head shivered and softly brushed against my calluses.  “I thought everyone was going to have a heart attack when you burst out of the thing and started singing to everyone! Mrs. Robinson finally played it off as the whole class playing a trick on her. We had to go without milk time for a week.” I’d gotten in so much trouble with my parents for lying in school and saying that I had a magic plant. Given that I was adamant that I’d been telling the truth, it was a hell of an ordeal for a six-year-old.

“’Twas so much fun!” Ivy paused mid-pirouette. It was downright disgusting that she could hold the arabesque for so long and not even wobble or suffer a leg cramp. “Though I would not want to live in such cold halls all the time.” She paused and took a long breath, much longer than I or any other human could possibly inhale. Before my eyes her skin became greener, infused by the crisp clean air. “You need to be in the trees, Holly. Mortals refuse to understand that they must live where things grow. Now that you’re home, let’s play!” She leapt over my head and landed effortlessly beside her home tree, staring at me expectantly.

Maybe it was being back home or maybe it was just being back in the good fresh air, but her suggestion made me giddy. It suddenly sounded like the exact prescription I needed, the one thing I’d been missing through all those frustrating years. My fragile mind and heart demanded an escape. They couldn’t take any more disappointment, any more expectations or responsibility, and they especially couldn’t take any more reality. I nodded and tucked the strange clover deep in my pocket. The breeze had dried my tears and the heavenly scent of grass and pine put the sudden urge to run in my feet. Suddenly the heavy air and the blazing sun didn’t matter so much and my anxieties were willing to take a momentary backseat to the chance to goof off for an afternoon.  “Are you sure you’ll be okay?” I hesitated, hand still at my pocket.

Ivy flashed a bold grin and stretched up on her toes; her fingers wiggled over her head, making her resemble an odd, scrawny plant. “With you here? Of course! Just remember to come look after my tree when the murderers come around the winter harvest time. You can even help me choose which tree will be my final home so you’ll know where I’ll be.” The words were no sooner out of her mouth when she tore off, dodging branches and bark as quick and swift as a deer. I groaned as I pulled myself to my feet and tumbled after her, muscles screaming at the sudden exercise. Still, I found myself laughing the entire time.

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Author Bio

Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little and convinced that 0908_Selah_Hedshots_60Cfairies lived in the nearby state park or vampires hid in the abandoned barns outside of town. Her appreciation for a good story was enhanced by a love of reading, the many talented storytellers that surrounded her, and a healthy curiosity for everything. A talent for warping everything she learned didn’t hurt, either. She gravitates to writing fantasy and horror, but can be convinced to pursue any genre if the idea is good enough. Often her stories feature the unknown creeping into the “real” world and she loves to find the magical in the mundane.

She has four e-books with No Boundaries Press, including the historical vampire story ‘Mooner’ and the contemporary short ‘The Other Man’. Her work has also been included in ‘The MacGuffin’, ‘The Realm Beyond’, ‘Stories for Children Magazine’, and the upcoming Wicked East Press anthology ‘Bedtime Stories for Girls’. She likes her music to rock, her vampires lethal, her fairies to play mind games, and her princesses to hold their own.

Author Links

 Bloghttp://www.selahjanel.wordpress.com

Fandom Scene Columnhttp://www.fandomfestblog.com/blogs/selah-janel

Facebook Author Pagehttp://www.facebook.com/authorSJ

Facebook Book Pagehttp://www.facebook.com/intherednovel

Goodreadshttp://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5622096.Selah_Janel

Amazon Author Pagehttp://www.amazon.com/Selah-Janel/e/B0074DKC9K/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1346815995&sr=1-2-ent

Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/SelahJanel

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BTW… Selah is going to be giving away copies of the book, so don’t forget to follow the link to the Rafflecopter giveaway:  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b8d20639/

Cover Reveal: Holly and Ivy by Selah Janel

HollyAndIvy72dpi (1)You guys are going to start thinking that my blog is just a front for Selah Janel…LOL.  But the gal is on fire these days.  And she has a new book, “Holly and Ivy” releasing from Mocha Memoirs Press on December 5th.  In case you didn’t guess, its a Christmas story just in time for a little Yuletide reading by the fire.  Here’s a little bit about the story:

After losing her job and her boyfriend, Holly returns to her parents’ farm. Embarrassed and hopeless, she doesn’t expect to bump into a forgotten childhood friend that wasn’t supposed to exist. Ivy is not only a dryad, but she lives in the pine trees Holly’s family grows to sell at Christmas. As the old friends reconnect, Ivy not only shares her strong opinions, but gives Holly a charm that will change both their lives. As days melt into weeks and the seasons change, Holly’s life magically turns around. Christmas not only brings surprises, but a choice for the human woman. What’s more important: stability, success, and love, or keeping a promise to an old friend?

Well don’t just sit there, go pick up a copy when it drops on December 5th.  YULE love it!  **shameless Christmas pun**

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Author Bio:

Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little and convinced that fairies lived 0908_Selah_Hedshots_60Cin the nearby state park or vampires hid in the abandoned barns outside of town. Her appreciation for a good story was enhanced by a love of reading, the many talented storytellers that surrounded her, and a healthy curiosity for everything. A talent for warping everything she learned didn’t hurt, either. She gravitates to writing fantasy and horror, but can be convinced to pursue any genre if the idea is good enough. Often her stories feature the unknown creeping into the “real” world and she loves to find the magical in the mundane.

 She has four e-books with No Boundaries Press, including the historical vampire story ‘Mooner’ and the contemporary short ‘The Other Man’. Her work has also been included in ‘The MacGuffin’, ‘The Realm Beyond’, ‘Stories for Children Magazine’, and the upcoming Wicked East Press anthology ‘Bedtime Stories for Girls’. She likes her music to rock, her vampires lethal, her fairies to play mind games, and her princesses to hold their own.

Selah Janel links:

Bloghttp://www.selahjanel.wordpress.com

Fandom Scene Columnhttp://www.fandomfestblog.com/blogs/selah-janel

Facebook Author Pagehttp://www.facebook.com/authorSJ

Facebook  Pagehttp://www.facebook.com/intherednovel

Goodreadshttp://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5622096.Selah_Janel

Amazon Author Pagehttp://www.amazon.com/Selah-Janel/e/B0074DKC9K/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1346815995&sr=1-2-ent

Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/SelahJanel

A Trailer for In The Red

Betcha didn’t know that your old pal Lexxx dabbled in filmaking.  Guess what– I do!  I made a happy little trailer for my friend Selah Janel’s new book, In the Red.  Yep, it’s up on YouTube on the Alexandra Christian channel.  Just follow the link below and be sure to share with your friends.  Also, if you’d like a chance at winning the free pdf copy of In the Red, be sure to leave a comment here on the blog with your email addy please!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL4yXTUguMI&feature=share

Enjoy the trailer, and check back later this week for my review of In the Red.

In the Red with Selah Janel: Happy Endings

I have the unique opportunity to be the first stop on the 2nd leg of the “In the Red” blog tour with Selah Janel.  Let me start off by saying that not only is Selah one of my best friends but she’s also a fantastic writer with more creative ideas in her little toe than in my entire leg.  Well.. at least to the knee.  On today’s stop, she’ll be telling us about writing the perfect ending.  And I can tell you, kittens, In the Red has one of the best endings I’ve ever read…..

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Endings are funny things. Just when you think you’ve got everything wrapped up, just when you think you have a fabulous, punch-in-the-stomach ending that will have everyone on the edge of their seats and talking…things change.

I’ve kept mostly mum about the second half of In the Red on purpose. I don’t want to give everything away, after all! It’s more than that, though. In some ways the second half of the book is also based around a postscript to the fairy tale The Red Shoes, depending on the version you read. Like the first half, it definitely is more urban fantasy in style and takes it’s time. It’s the part of the book where I really began to realize just how much I liked my character Jeremiah Kensington, and just how much I could relate to him in some ways.

Ever since the plot was a short story, it was my instinct and intention to end it at the height of the action, where the first part of the book ends. I was all for it up until my first round of edits…and I just couldn’t do it. I’m not sure how it exactly happened, but I suddenly, instinctively knew that there was much more to Jeremiah, and much more to the story.

This was a very hard and very long section to write. Not only did I keep thinking up ideas, but they kept shifting, and it took a long while for me to make sense of everything. It also required a lot of research into places I was unfamiliar with. I think people forget that it isn’t just about the research – you still have to find a way to make sense of it all, relate it to your plot and characters, and make it make sense for the situation…otherwise it’s just showing off how many facts you’ve been able to find out. You have to relate it in a way that accents the story instead of overshadows it. Thankfully, I was able to tap into the more emotional side of things, because I also had an unholy fear of getting something wrong or out of context. Most of the time my life became a mix of work and writing, and even when I was away from my computer I was going over everything in my head repeatedly, trying to get things to make sense.

Jeremiah comes to grip with a lot in the second half of the book. Not only does he have to realize that his life is changed forever, but there are some very serious consequences to making a deal that seems too easy, especially when it’s with a dark force. He has to face up to his addictions, his desperate need for fame, and his use of the red boots as a crutch – a crutch that has dire consequences that he only realizes way too late in the game. It’s interesting to me that sometimes when we realize something is bad for us, we still depend on it. We still want it. We still long for it, and lash out at those that have our best interests at heart. I’ve done it at certain hard points in my life, and revisiting my own behavior and reactions was not an easy process, though I’d like to think that it made Jeremiah’s actions a little more believable. He starts out as a selfish person, he’s enabled to become an extremely selfish person, and now he suddenly has to decide whether he’s going to break or try to move forward.

It’s a hard fact of life that sometimes you’re dropped to your knees. Sometimes you have to face the music, so to speak, or at least deal with repercussions to actions you never thought would lead to any bad results. Sometimes it’s an accident, sometimes it’s something stupid, but sometimes, sometimes you have to take a deep breath and realize that you’ve had moments where you’ve acted truly horrible. Jeremiah definitely has to deal with that, and at the same time he has to figure out what exactly is his reality, and what isn’t…or are all the strange things he’s seeing really withdrawal or is there more to his business deal than meets the eye? He has to learn that not everybody is going to like him or even want to understand him, but there are people who are in his corner, though they aren’t the people he initially wants there. He also has to learn that there are things that are harder to face than “evil” or “darkness.” At the end of the day, even if a person survives those encounters, they’ve still got to look in the mirror and decide how they feel about what they see there.

I also had a really tough decision to make with the ending…how much did I wrap up? Should I give it a clean, button-type epilogue that ties everything up in a nice and tidy bow? Do I answer every single question that people have? Do I make sure to overly explain it all so there’s no doubt as to what’s going on?

I did think long and hard about that one. I even asked some friends and people who just plain liked to read what their feelings were. Interestingly, their opinions were very similar to mine. There is no neat ending to a situation like this. There’s no reason to have a tidy little vignette where we see how everyone ends up and where they are in ten years or more. Life isn’t like that, and with everything Jeremiah goes through in the book, I couldn’t honestly say that life would be easy for him even a year down the line. People don’t have “they lived happily ever afters.” That’s unrealistic, and honestly I find it insulting to the readers. People do their best. They move forward. They stumble. They get stuck. They get out again. Sure, I have an idea of where Jeremiah ends up, but I didn’t feel that it was necessary to give that away. Instead, I wanted to leave it hopefully vague, in the spirit of the fairy tale that inspired me. I want people to have some sort of idea of where things are going, but do they honestly need to know the definitive ending? Do they need to know if he continues on the same path, makes a lot of money, or falters, regrets his decisions, or any of the rest of it? In this case, no. At the end point of the book, even Jeremiah isn’t looking that far ahead, so I think it’s unreasonable for everyone else to try to. Instead, I hope that people appreciate his journey, his battles, and his growth and become of fond of him as I have.

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Alright, here’s the deal– Selah’s giving away a pdf copy of In the Red.  If you want to enter, just comment on this post with a question for Selah… and don’t forget an email addy so you can get your prize!  If you aren’t comfy with putting your email on the post, just find me on Facebook (Alexandra Christian) and drop me a message!  Coming up later this week– MY review of In the Red and a new trailer for the book…

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Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little and convinced that fairies lived in the nearby state park or vampires hid in the abandoned barns outside of town. Her appreciation for a good story was enhanced by a love of reading, the many talented storytellers that surrounded her, and a healthy curiosity for everything. A talent for warping everything she learned didn’t hurt, either. She gravitates to writing fantasy and horror, but can be convinced to pursue any genre if the idea is good enough. Often her stories feature the unknown creeping into the “real” world and she loves to find the magical in the mundane.

 She has four e-books with No Boundaries Press, including the historical vampire story ‘Mooner’ and the contemporary short ‘The Other Man’. Her work has also been included in ‘The MacGuffin’, ‘The Realm Beyond’, ‘Stories for Children Magazine’, and the upcoming Wicked East Press anthology ‘Bedtime Stories for Girls’. She likes her music to rock, her vampires lethal, her fairies to play mind games, and her princesses to hold their own.

More about In the Red:

Live like a rock star. Dance ‘til you die. Are you in?

What kind of a rock star lives in a small town in the middle of nowhere and plays at weddings and funerals? That’s what Jeremiah Kensington is thinking after an unsuccessful bar gig one night. Then Jack Scratch comes into his life, ready to represent him and launch him to stardom. Jack can give him everything: a new band, a new name, a new life, a new look, and new boots…although they aren’t exactly new. They once belonged to The One, a rocker so legendary and so mysterious that it’s urban legend that he used black magic to gain success. But what does Jeremiah care about urban legend? And it’s probably just coincidence that the shoes make him dance better than anyone, even if it doesn’t always feel like he’s controlling his movements. It’s no big deal that he plunges into a world of excess and decadence as soon as he puts the shoes on his feet, right?

But what happens when they refuse to come off?

You can harass Selah around the web at these locales:

Bloghttp://www.selahjanel.wordpress.com

Fandom Scene Columnhttp://www.fandomfestblog.com/blogs/selah-janel

Facebook Author Pagehttp://www.facebook.com/authorSJ

Facebook Book Pagehttp://www.facebook.com/intherednovel

Goodreadshttp://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5622096.Selah_Janel

Amazon Author Pagehttp://www.amazon.com/Selah-Janel/e/B0074DKC9K/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1346815995&sr=1-2-ent

Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/SelahJanel