Hello readers and followers...
Inkshares have begun an Geek and Sundry Contest focusing on the fantasy genre and I have entered into this competition and I need your help to reach the top three in order to get a publishing deal. Help by sharing over Facebook and Twitter or by purchasing a copy of the book, click on the link below and help make this a reality.
Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
There's only 13 days remaining in the campaign to reach the 250 quill goal and with only another 173 pre-orders needed can you help make this dream a reality?
Please pre-order, recommend, share over Facebook or Twitter and amongst your friends and relatives to make this happen. I love the amazing support you have already granted me and would love the extra push you can give to help me along in order to reach this goal.
Thank you all for your love and support over the 6 months I have had this campaign running and I wish you all the best of luck in the coming future.
"There will be no trial for me...I don't exist...remember." - Kivian, the king's assassin.
Friday, 17 June 2016
Hello readers and supporters!
I have some good news!...The artwork is finished! (With room to possibly add extra) take a look...
Remember that father’s day is just around the corner...
Please pledge yourself a copy (or two) for friends, relatives or yourself and help me reach the quill goal.
Thank you so much for your support so far and best wishes to everyone!
Thursday, 2 June 2016
Hello followers! Sorry for the long gap in-between updates but it has been very busy for me for the past several weeks, but hopefully I will have something in artwork form in the next few weeks.
But Father’s Day is just around the corner...
If you haven’t pre-ordered yourself a copy for a friend, relative or even yourself then please do so and help make this book come true.
I hope everyone has a good week and please if you have any questions please feel free to ask through the DM on the Inkshares website.
Best of luck to you all!
Monday, 9 May 2016
Hi wonderful readers and supporters!
I have been slowly trundling along trying to complete various pieces of artwork to accompany the book and so far so good and hopefully I will have something soon for you to see. But this update isn’t solely about me or my book, I want to list a few books that really need your help in reaching their quill goals:
Beyond the code -
is only a few pre-orders away from quill, please help support her in any way by pre-ordering a copy (or two) or just getting the word out there. It all helps one way or the other.
The Amaranth Chronicles: Deviant Rising -
is another that needs your help, with only 40 pre-orders missing and only a few days left in the campaign to reach is quill goal, I would really love to see this book make it and hopefully you would too! Help by pre-ordering or spreading the word and help make that happen!
Thank you all so much for your support in Soulblade: Forgotten Souls, if you haven’t ordered already please do so and help support my book further by helping to spread the word. I need 176 more pre-orders to make this a reality and I would really wish to see my book (and those above) reach its quill goal.
When I reach 100 pre-orders I will upload a new chapter further along in the book to give you a sense of how its been progressing (don’t worry, I’ll try not to give too much away into what is happening within the book).
Saturday, 7 May 2016
I mainly write middle grade and young adult fiction because I love reading those categories. There’s a lot of fun and adventurous middle grade books coming out now, and I love how many YA fantasies we’re seeing. In fact, I also represent those categories as an agent for the same reason.Are you a full-time or part-time writer and how does that affect your writing?
Being a full-time writer would be lovely, but at the moment my schedule only allows for part-time. Fortunately, my other, ‘paying the bills’ job is as a literary agent with the LKG Agency. It means I get to spend my days reading and working on stories, which I love, and that I get a valuable perspective from the other side of the computer screen. It also means, though, that I need to work out a writing schedule and stick to it. I write best in the morning, so that means forcing myself out of bed bright and early to get work done before I have to get started on my other work.What have you written so far?
Most recently, I self-published a YA superhero novel called Supernormal. I’ve also written a middle-grade fantasy, Ordinary Magic, about a non-magical girl growing up in a magical world, and co-wrote Lady Vernon and Her Daughter with my mom, an expansion of Jane Austen’s early work, Lady Susan.Do you work to an outline or plot sketch, or do you prefer to let a general idea guide your writing?
Oh, man, I love outlines. Loooove. Really extensive ones, too, like, 20, 30 pages with dialogue and all of that. Whenever I getting kind of serious about an idea, I sit down and hammer out an outline, so I can get the whole book straight in my head. It helps me see if it’s a project that’s actually going to work, or if it will end up fizzling because I don’t know what I want to do. The tricky part for me is giving myself permission not to stick to the outline. Characters and plots change as you’re writing, and I always have to remind myself to let them, even if it means changing up everything I planned.How do you feel about indie/alternative vs. conventional publishing?
I think they both have a lot of pros and cons. With indie/alternative publishing you get a lot more control, but that means you shoulder all the responsibility as well. If you want people to hear about your book, it’s all on you to get out there and promote it. With traditional publishing you get the pretty book in the bookstore, but even more importantly you have the team of people working with you — going over the book and helping you get it in the best possible shape. As someone who often can’t see the forest for the trees with my writing, I think that second set of eyes is really important.
The important thing, I think, is to not use alternative publishing as a backup while you’re pursuing conventional publishing at the same time. If you think you want to go the conventional route, commit to that and set alternative publishing aside.
Absolutely! Supernormal is a YA contemporary about it's about Camron Scott, a psychic who moves across country to live with his aunt in the sunny California town of Sugar Beach, and Ashley Garrett, the sole surviving subject of a series of experiments designed to engineer a Captain America-type super soldier. They've both got issues, which unfortunately come to a head when someone starts kidnapping people in Sugar Beach — people who, like Cam and Ashley, have a special something extra.
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Hmm… I have to say Cam and Ashley. I do love them so much that I wrote a whole book about them. However, they’re both going through a lot — Cam’s ability to see the future has meant a less than ideal relationship with his family, and it’s culminated with his parents asking him to move out, and Ashley has been struggling for almost a year to learn how to control everything that was done to her. So a close second is Cam’s friend, Danny, who was by far the most fun to write.
Who is your least favorite character and why?
While a couple characters vie for that honor, I think Cam’s parents win out. The reason Cam is moving across country in the beginning of the book is because his parents have let him know he’s no longer welcome in their house. While I think they did care for Cam, at the end of the day they’re two people who are so rigid and controlling that they’re willing to push their son away because he won’t conform to what they want.
What is your next project?
As I’ve been researching marketing and self-publishing, one piece of advice I’ve seen several times is to give away something for free, to pique readers interest. So right now I’m working on a free short for Supernormal, as well as one for my middle-grade, Ordinary Magic.
What role does research play in your writing?
Both Ordinary Magic and Lady Vernon required a lot of research, on mythology and mythological creatures for the former, and the Regency period for the latter. Supernormal was the most research-lite book I’ve written so far, mostly because it takes place in our world and in contemporary times. There was a lot of Googling to make sure that I’m not messing up whatever superhero-based reference I’m trying to make at the time.
What do you like to read in your free time?
I’m also a literary agent, so most of my reading time is devoted to manuscripts from my current and prospective authors. I love doing it, but reading manuscripts for evaluation takes more time and critical thinking and using my brain. So lately when I get some non-work reading time, I’ve been going back to my comfort reads. The Secret Garden, the Tiffany Aching books, lots of Nora Roberts and Lisa Kleypas.
What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer?
Stop talking about what you’re going to write when you have the time, and just sit down and write. Don’t wait for the right moment, or for inspiration, just get your butt in front of the computer and start writing. It’s a lesson I’ve really had to work on.
Amazon Author Page:
Ordinary Magic —
Lady Vernon and Her Daughter —
Friday, 29 April 2016
Short bio about yourself:
From early childhood, Jamie has been immersed in books. Her mother, an avid reader, read to her, and her older sister and filled her head with fairy tales. Taking into consideration her love of literature and the challenges of supporting herself as a writer, she pursued a Ph.D. in American literature, which she received in 1998. She started teaching writing and literature at Auburn University. But in doing so, she put her true passion on the backburner and neglected her muse. Then one day, in the midst of writing a piece of literary criticism, she realized that what she wanted to be doing was writing fantasy novels. Her muse thus revived, she began the book that was to become The Goddess's Choice which was published in April 2012. The second volume in the series, The Soul Stone, was released this June. She lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband, son, and four cats, which (or so she has been told) officially makes her a cat lady. She still teaches writing and literature at Auburn University.
How is your world put together? –
Korthlundia is often called the joined kingdoms because throughout most of its history the northern kingdom of Korth was separated from the southern kingdom of Lundia. Divided by a mountain range that is impassable for most of the winter, the two kingdoms have a long history of animosity. In attempt to end centuries of warfare between Korth and Lundia, the heirs of the two kingdoms—Queen Samantha’s grandparents, Maeve of Korth and Lir of Lundia—married. However, it took an additional fifteen years and the reign of their son Solar to end the hostilities and meld the two kingdoms into one. Thanks to Solar’s brilliant rule and long life, peace has reigned in the land for the past fifty years, but the murder of Solar by Duke Argblutal and the ascension of his young heir—Samantha is only nineteen when she takes the throne—has made such peace precarious.
Under Solar, both the nobles and common people prospered. After Solar’s murder, Samantha and her consort, the common mixed-blood sorcerer, Robrek, take the throne. However, the nobles aren’t too enthusiastic about a young woman and a common man ruling the country, and the unrest starts to affect regular folk as well. This is especially true when, in my second book, the Soul Stone breaks loose from its ancient bonds and begins to kill indiscriminately.
Besides Queen Samantha and King Robrek, Korthlundia is ruled by a royal council, the most important members of which are the chancellor, Duke Caedmon, Duke Sheen, and Duke Torin. Caedmon was the chancellor for Solar as well and has played the role of an uncle in Samantha’s life, but he believes marrying Robrek is a terrible mistake that will doom her rule. Sheen resents the fact the Samantha has taken the throne. Solar was in his 70s when Samantha was born, and Sheen was closest in line for the throne before her birth. His support is uncertain. Duke Torin joined Duke Argblutal in his attempt to usurp the throne, which resulted in the death of King Solar. However, he pledges his loyal to Samantha in order to avoid being executed. Instead of keeping his vow, he joins forces with the Bard Alvabane in an attempt to bring down the royal house.
Races and cultures:
Korthlundia isolated and mostly inaccessible to the rest of the world. Korthlundia is bordered on the north by the frozen wastelands of Fruscarettr and on the south and west are the deserts of Sehra. Both regions are inhabited only by isolated nomads. Because of this, Korthlundia is quite homogenous racially. In fact, one of the chief teachings of the church is the importance of the purity of blood, which is behind the church’s antagonism to Robrek becoming Samantha’s consort. Robrek’s father, in a move that lead to his excommunication married a foreigner, a woman originally brought to Korthlundia as a slave. Thus, Robrek has mixed blood. However, we learn in The Soul Stone that the nomads of Sehra were the original inhabitants of Lundia, driven out a thousand years ago by the hero Armunn. The Bard Alvabane attempts to take Lundia back for her people.
Korthlundia has a medieval level of technology and little magic. Magic is scarce because, despite the claims of the church, a person must be of mixed blood to possess magic. Those with magic are usually persecuted because they aren’t pure blooded. Father Gildas, the priest of Robrek’s village, wanted him exposed as an infant, but it is his mixed blooded heritage that makes him the most powerful sorcerer in Korthlundia in nearly a thousand years. The Queen Samantha must hide her magic so that her mixed blood isn’t discovered. In her case, her mixed blood means that she is a bastard rather than the true child of King Solar.
Geography and nature:
As I have said, Korthlundia is isolated. The east of Korthlundia faces the sea, but the waters off the coast are littered with rocks and reefs, making approach by sea extremely dangerous. There is only one semi-safe harbor, that of the capital city of Murtaghan. Even this harbor can only be navigated at high tide and requires the guidance of a local vessel with knowledge of all obstacles that scattered throughout the harbor. Korthlundia is a beautiful country. Just inland from the capital city of Murtaghan, which is in Lundia, lies the Setanta forest. There the trees tower over the forest floor and are as wide around as a house. The forest gives way to the Reidhlean Plains, a flat land of endless grasses that are inhabited by the Horsetads, a race of horses that possess magical properties and cannot be tamed. Korth is more mountainous with sheer cliffs, steep drop offs, and magnificent waterfalls.
Faiths, beliefs and religions:
Sulis, the goddess of healing, is the sole deity worshipped in Korthlundia; however, Korth and Lundia differ in their approach to worshipping her. Lundia is dominated by male clergy who preach the subjugation of women and abomination of mixed blood. Despite being the representatives of the goddess of healing, the priests in Lundia have little healing magic because they are pure blooded. However, they do not admit to lacking magic. The church in Korth is more open on the issue of race and is dominated by female clergy, most of whom do have healing magic because Korth has more mixing of blood in its history. Solar was a proponent of keeping religion out of politics and paid little heed to the church or its teachings. But when the young Samantha takes over, she doesn’t have this luxury. Since Samantha is a woman married to a mixed blooded man, many of the clergy in Lundia oppose her rule, and the church splits between the original church run by Father Hafghan, who supports the royal couple, and the new formed True Church of Sulis, run by Father Faolan, who becomes one of Samantha’s biggest enemies.
Detailed description of your book:
The Crown Princess Samantha and Sir Robrek struggle to solidify their rule in the aftermath of the king’s murder and Duke Argblutal’s attempt to usurp the throne. They are thwarted at every turn by those who seek power for themselves and desire to prevent their marriage. Just when they think their problems are solved, a deadly curse begins to spread throughout Korthlundia and Samantha becomes pregnant.
Samantha must fight off priests, enemies, and her closest advisors while Robrek discovers the reason the goddess chose him as king, to defeat the Soul Stone, a stone capable of sucking the soul out of its victims, which threatens to obliterate all life in the joined kingdoms. Their archenemy, the Bard Alvabane, awakens the Soul Stone and plans to use its power to reclaim Korthlundia for her people (a people driven out over a thousand years ago by the hero Armunn). Armunn had to sacrifice his life and soul to contain the Soul Stone. Will Robrek have to do the same? Will the young couple have only a few short months to love each other?