Winners & Questions Answered

Questions answered in part 1:

-If you were Serena’s mother, how would you cope with losing the man who had controlled your whole life?
-I’m really curious as to whose point of view the next book will be coming from?
-So I know Waverly’s story is next, but then can we have Bethany?
-What inspired you to write the Mine series?
-Were you afraid with the Mine series how readers would react to the women being mistreated/kept submissive?
-When can we expect book 3?
-Have you changed them a lot as you write and develop them or did you stick with an original idea as to where the story would lead?
-What makes a great author? What inspired you to write the series? Have you ever doubted choosing a writer’s path? Why? When did you know that you wanted to be an author?


Winners announced. Questions answered in part 2:

-When did you first decide you wanted to take on the monumental task of writing a book, let alone a series?
-How many books will be in the series? When will the 3rd book release?
-How lond did it take you to write mine to spell?
-Have you ever traveled outside of the US? If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
-While creating the world of Chardonia, how did you get the inspiration for the Tarnished?
-How much wood could a woodchuck, chuck- if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
-Where do you get your ideas?
-How did you decide on the covers you have for your books?
-If You Are Mine was made into a movie, who would you want to play Serena?

Missed Question (opps!): Do you identify with any of your characters? If so, which one(s) and in what way?

Also, I have to go through 28 pages today, not 48. Still a lot, but much more doable.

Thank you so much for all the questions!

Mine Series Signed Paperback Giveaway

Wonderful news! The paperback for MINE TO SPELL is (finally!) available for purchase. Online it is available at most major retailers or you can request it ordered in at most book stores.

If you haven’t entered yet, there’s still a chance to win one of 2 signed paperback package of all three books, MINE TO TARNISH, YOU ARE MINE, and MINE TO SPELL. All you have to do is ask me a questions to be entered to win.

Ends June 10. Open Internationally!

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Or if you can’t wait to see if you win, you can buy MINE TO SPELL now.

Purchase Links:

Amazon ||  Barnes & Noble || CreateSpace

Cover Reveal – Uriel’s Fall by Loralie Hall

I have an exciting treat for you today! My super awesome critique partner Loralie Hall will soon be releasing her debut Urban Fantasy, Uriel’s Fall. I have read it and must say, it totally rocks!  Why you’re waiting for the July release, I have not just the good-looking cover to share with you today, but an excerpt as well.

I must note that this book does contain language and adult situations. How explicit I can’t be sure because Lori was kind enough to edit it out for me. But for those of you who care about such things, please be aware. And for those who don’t care, enjoy :)

And now for the awesome cover!

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Description:

What’s a corporate demon to do when the voice in her head is devouring her sanity from  the inside out, and the hosts of heaven and hell would rather see her destroyed than surrender a power they shouldn’t possess?

Ronnie has the job any entry-level angel or demon would sell their soul for—she’s a retrieval analyst for the largest search engine in the world. Ubiquity is a joint initiative between heaven and hell. Because what better way to track all of humanity’s secrets, both good and bad, than direct access to their web browsing habits.

She might appreciate the position a little more if a) she could remember anything about her life before she started working at Ubiquity, b) the **** voice in her head would just shut up already, and c) her boss wasn’t a complete ****.

As she searches for the solutions to the first two issues, and hopes the third will work itself out in performance reviews, she uncovers more petty backstabbing than an episode of Real Housewives, and a conspiracy as old as Lucifer’s descent from heaven. On top of all that, if she forgets the cover sheet on her TPS report one more time, she’s absolutely going on final written warning.

Now Ronnie’s struggling to keep her sanity and job, and stop the voice in her head from stealing her life. She almost misses the boredom of data analysis at Ubiquity. Almost.

 

Excerpt:

I materialized from the ether, already anticipating the comfort of Lucifer’s office in hell and being enveloped in the closest thing I recognized as feeling like home. His door was open then I got there, and I saw him at his desk so I pushed in with a brief announcing knock. I exhaled in relief as his familiar aura seeped into me. As one of the three remaining originals, he had his own little corner of hell that was all his and no one else’s. Instead of being generic day to day blahness, it radiated the fact that he’d occupied it for millennia. As I got far enough inside to see the rest of the room, I froze, all coherent thought evaporating.

It’s not… Maybe? Mikkel?

Lucifer wasn’t alone. The stranger looked up, steel-blue eyes locking on mine. A few days growth of black stubble decorated his chin, and his mud-caked boots rested on Lucifer’s desk, the occasional flake dropping down to mar the shine. It wouldn’t scuff the oak finish—Lucifer liked his polished-until-it-was-almost-a-mirror wood finishes too much to let that happen, but it still had to be irritating the hell out of my mentor.

It wasn’t always easy to tell the difference between an angel and a demon—since technically we were all made from the same stuff, and just accomplished our goals differently.  But a real angel. One served order instead of looking for the loopholes that allowed chaos, had a different aura. A smooth glow instead of a kaleidoscope of fractured light.

And the arrogant man with his feet on my boss’s desk was more distinctly angel than anyone I’d ever met. Something about the situation, on top of the last twenty-four hours of my bizarre life, amused me. Who was he? Angels in hell weren’t unheard of, but they disliked our methods enough that visits were rare. I stepped toward him. With dark hair, light eyes, and an obvious disdain for the most powerful demon in existence, he was sexy, and compelling, and—If you’ll stop swooning, I can kill that ****. Right here and now. Draw your sword.

 

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About Loralie Hall

Loralie Hall is a full time corporate geek and a fuller time writer. Her spouse is her muse and their cats are very much their children. When they’re not spending way too much time gaming, they’re making the world more good by vanquishing one fictional evil at a time.

Meet Tracee, My Awesome Assistant

I first met Tracee through an application to be my assistant a few weeks ago. Though there were many fantastic candidates who made it very difficult to chose, I connected with Tracee right away and was very impressed with her skills. She has been a publicist for seven years and has already given me a recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Bars my whole family fell in love with. The recipe alone was enough to win me over. Though we haven’t been working together very long yet, she’s already opening me up to new ideas. I’m so excited to work with her and hope you guys will find her as awesome as I do.

 Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi everyone! I am a wife and mom to two girls, ages 10 and 9, and also have a 185 Newfoundland named Kodiak and two cats, a Siamese named Twochin and a mix named Burnt Brownie (don’t ask, lol). I have a background in finance but after my youngest was born I became a stay at home mom. Having always been an avid reader, I found that I was re-reading books that I had already read (or started to re-read them) and decided to create a blog to prevent this from happening. I started reviewing for publishers and was approached by Dorothy at Pump Up Your Book. I have worked there for 7 years and am the Vice President of the company. I also am the Branding/Blog Tour Specialist for Entangled Publishing, which I love! Helping authors is what it’s all about for me, and I am so excited to see what kind of magic Janeal and I can create together!

Sounds like you have your hands full with some very cool stuff! I’m very excited to see what we create together, too! Do you have any unique hobbies or interests?

Nothing too unique I don’t think. Obviously reading is my favorite but I also love to cook, shop, go to antique stores, swimming, spending time by the water, and just hanging out.

A lot of fun things I enjoy as well, but going to antique stores? I’ve never had a chance, sounds really interesting though! If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction. I know what you might be thinking – wow, Tracee…are you crazy? The jury is still out on that one, lol! But, after some thought this is who I choose. Does this mean I would go around being a hit man? Well obviously not….I am a woman:) But, the thing I love most about Jules is that he doesn’t put up with anything from anyone, but deep down his loyalty to his friends and boss are something that I think is fantastic. And that’s why.

Or maybe I would pick MacKayla Lane, she does hang out with Jerricho Barrons…yum!

Jules Winnfield

I have to admit, I’ve *gasp* never seen Pulp Fiction. He does sounds like a a cool character though, with some redeeming traits despite being a hit man ;)  If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

This one is an easy one – Teznyn Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama. I have been part of the Buddhist faith for over 10 years now and would give anything to have the chance to sit down and speak with him. If you aren’t familiar with some of his quotes, please take a moment to read just a few. Compassion, kindness, it’s all there. Now, remember the question above? That’s why I can pick someone like that as a fictional character, because in real life I am not at all like that. I am loyal to my friends and family and would do anything for anyone. But, I never intentionally try to hurt anyone in any way.

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A very different profession than from your fictional character before for sure, lol. But what an awesome choice! He does sound like he has a lot of wisdom we could all learn from. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

This is an easy one. When my daughter was 4 days old, she had open heart surgery to repair one of her multiple heart defects. After 9 days in the hospital due to toxemia and a missed diagnosis we were rushed to Children’s Hospital. Sending my infant daughter to have a surgery on her heart and not being able to be there with her…easily the hardest thing I have ever done. And, I can’t imagine anything ever topping that.

I can’t even imagine how difficult that must have been. Just thinking about going through something like that with one of my kids is very hard. I’m glad that she made it out okay and hope you never have to go through something like that ever again. When was the last time you were nervous?

I don’t get nervous too often anymore, but getting to sit next to Debbie Macomber last month and have a lengthy conversation with her was just a little nerve racking. Don’t get me wrong, she is one of the nicest, most pleasant women I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. But, she is a true superstar in the book world so to be able to have a normal conversation with her without interruption was so cool. Otherwise I find that there isn’t a normally a reason to be nervous. Things work out the way they are supposed to, and you can’t change most things anyway. So I try to live life on a pretty even pace (outside of work that is).

I can see how that would be a little nerve racking! My husband would really like it if your thoughts on normally not being nervous would rub off on me, lol. I tend to over thinking things way too much. What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?

I would have to say the passing of my Nana 3 years ago. She was truly a second mom to me and the rock of our large extended family. Everyone turned to her when there was a problem or they just needed an ear to listen. She truly had an open door policy, and I don’t ever remember walking in to the house and it was just her and my Papa – not very often anyway. Her passing made me realize for the second time (the first being Mini’s heart surgery) how short life really is, and not to waste one second. It also made me realize that even though I turned to her in tough times, she provided me with everything I needed to get through without her.

That sounds really difficult, though good, lesson. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and forget how important life is. Your Nana sounds like a really great person. At what age did you become an adult?

It seemed like I was an adult well before my 18th birthday – I would say 15/16. I was always a good student and kind of lived my own life. My mom was busy with being a single parent and going back to school herself. She was also busy dealing with my sister who was quite a bit of trouble. I could always turn to my grandparents but didn’t feel the need to too much. I went to school and worked so that kept me pretty busy.

What do you miss most about being a kid?

Just the freedom to do what you want, when you want…well, you know what I mean. I think of all I do for my girls and think – wow, some days I would love to go back to being a kid. But, I would want to go back to the time before video games/tv/mobile devices became so popular and just for one day go back and play with my friends, whether it was kick the can, 12 o’clock rock, or just riding bikes and having a water balloon fight. Maybe I should talk to some of my local friends and we can give it a try, lol!

I definitely know what you mean! How awesome would that be to have a day to act like that again. You should totally do it! Heck – we should all do it! Water balloon fight here we come! If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?

It would depend on if I could feel pain – then it would really limit the things I might try. I’m going to go with the fact that I can feel, so I would try some of the things I am too afraid to try. Skydiving, driving in a race car at high speeds, bungee jumping…you get the idea:)

Oh, good thought on the pain thing. I have to admit, that didn’t even cross my mind. I’m too scared of heights to sky dive or bungee jump, but I’d totally go race car driving with you. And since we’re living in dream world here, loser buys a vacation for the winner’s family! What’s your favorite thing to during the weekend?

Outside of spending time with my family, we love to go to the farmer’s market (weather permitting) and hit rummage/estate sales after eating breakfast. Glad that summer is finally here!

Sounds like the perfect way to spend the weekend! If you were a box of cereal, what type would you be?

This is an easy one – Frosted Flakes. It has been my favorite cereal since I was a kid and I could eat it every day.

I don’t know if I’ve ever even eaten it since I was a kid, lol. Maybe it’s time to give it a try again. Do you believe in Big Foot?

I do – I believe in a lot of things like this because who am I to stand here and say otherwise. I think many humans dismiss things like this as being fake and I don’t subscribe to the same way of thinking. I have no idea what’s out there/what could be out there and love watching shows about ghosts, Big Foot, Nessie, chupacabra, aliens, etc…Even though there never seems to be any ‘real’ evidence or footage on many of them, I keep waiting for someone to find some.

That makes a lot of sense. People used to think the world was flat before they found real proof, why can’t it be that way with other things as well? I’m voting yes on aliens myself. There can’t be such a giant universe with only us in it. If you could have a luncheon with any three people (real of fictitious/ from any time period, dead or alive) , which three people would you choose and why?

Stephen King because he is my writing idol. He is the reason I am a reader like I am today. I remember the first time I picked up The Shining (in 5th grade) and was transported into his world…I couldn’t get enough. And, he seems like a pretty down to earth guy. Would love to talk to him about books and life in general. The second person would be The Dalai Lama. To be in the presence of someone who embodies compassion would be such an awe inspiring experience. Again, I just would love the opportunity to listen to some of his philosophy first hand…and hang out. Last I would probably say Dave Grohl from The Foo Fighters – they are one of my all time favorite bands and he just seems like he is a lot of fun. Maybe him and King would play something while we ate, lol!

Ooh, very interesting mix! That could be quite the experince. Name one thing not many people know about you:

But if I tell you…then a lot of people will know, lol! I don’t tell many people this because I don’t think it matters too much, but here goes. I have a genius IQ and actually belong to Mensa. Why don’t I tell many people? Because in all reality, it just means you have a greater capacity to learn, not that you are smarter than anyone. So why bother, you know?

I had no idea! That’s super neat! Though I can understand why you wouldn’t tell a lot of people. I’ve never thought before of it just meaning you have a greater capacity to learn, but it makes sense. If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?

No doubt about it, it would be a fry out party. Tons of food on the grill, potato and pasta salads, corn on the cob, homemade baked beans, chips and dips and tons of goodies to eat. And, it would be a just because kind of party, the kind where you invite all your family and friends to just hang out and have a good time.

Sounds like the perfect sort of party!

Quick Questions:
Morning or night? I like both but am more of a morning person
Favorite food?
Tough one, but probably spaghetti

Ereader or Physical book? I read on my ereader quite a bit but nothing replaces a physical book to me

Favorite book? Really hard to pick one but it might be IT by Stephen King

Favorite author? Stephen King

Favorite genre? I used to always say it was mystery suspense, but in the last 5 years or so I would say it is anything with a paranormal element and LOVE YA!

Favorite song? Music is such a huge part of my life so I am just going to have to name a few: When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin, Rain When I Die by Alice in Chains, One Way Out by The Allman Brothers, Black Cow by Steely Dan, Walk by The Foo Fighters, My Wish by Rascal Flatts…the list goes on, and on, and on.

Favorite movie? Again, a really hard one. My go to answer is always Pulp Fiction but I also love: Jaws, Million Dollar Baby, Caddyshack, Semi-Pro, Psycho (original), Silence of the Lambs, 300, The Notebook, Terms of Endearment, etc…

Thank you so much for joining us today Tracee and letting us get to know you!

Mine to Spell Blog Tour

MINE TO SPELL is here!

Finally hitting that publish button after over seventeen months of work was a fantastic feeling. Now I am very excited to share it with all of you! I think you will enjoy Cynthia’s story as you get to know her better. The blog tour will contain exclusive details, interviews, fun quotes, and more. All the stops are listed below so you can follow along.

*Please note: MINE TO SPELL is not yet available as a paperback. It hit a snag which I’m hoping to sort out in the next couple of weeks. I will be sure to let you know when it is ready.

 

Buy Links

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Apple

 

 

Signed Paperback Giveaway

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Want the very first signed paperback of

MINE TO SPELL as soon as it’s available?

All you have to do is ask me a question or leave a comment.

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 Blog Tour Stops

Each stop has unique content. Huge thanks to all those helping with it!

Be sure to stop by and show these awesome bloggers some love.

May 5th -

From Here to There – Review & Excerpt

Lovin’ los Libros – Review & Excerpt

Coffee and Characters – Interview, including more hints about Cynthia!

Book and Coffee Addict – Review, Excerpt, & Why Cynthia is like Jalapeno Coconut Coffee

Sisters, What! – Excerpt

 

May 6th -

The YA Lit Chick – Interview

The In-Between Place – Mini Guest Post with Music Video: Song Inspiration

 

May 7th -

Fanciful Tidbits of YA Books – Review

Paranormal Sisters – Guest Post: Fun Typos in my Books

Morphy’s Book Blog – Quote on Image

The Mad Reviewer – Review

 

May 8th -

WOrkS of FiCTioN – Excerpt

Feed Your Fiction Addiction – Review & Interview, including hints about book 3!

Reading Lark – Review from Paula

 

May 9th -

I Breathe, Therefore I Read – Interview, including how writing Serena and Cynthia made me try new things

 

May 10th -

The Rest is Still Unwritten – Review

Sarah Elizabeth’s Bookshelf – Review

 

May 11th –

The Rest is Still Unwritten – Guest Post on sisters & writing Serena and Cynthia

 

May 12th -

Wanted Readers – Excerpt

Infected Loser – Review

Jenuine Cupcakes – Excerpt

 

Author’s Assistant Wanted – CLOSED

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One of the things I love most about being a self-published author is the many different hats I get to wear. During the last year, I’ve learned a ton about marketing, formatting, cover design, and countless other things an author does to succeed. But, things are starting to get a little crazy. I realized that I could use an assistant. But I don’t just want an assistant, I’d love to help someone who is interested in learning more about the world of publishing and how it all works. So, I’m looking for someone who would like to make a partnership.

This would be a great position for either a writer wanting to learn more about self-publishing and everything that goes along with it, a book lover interested in acquiring the skills needed to be start an author’s assistant company, or a reader looking for a way to interact with an author while learning more about what goes on behind the scenes. 

Tasks and Duties:

Answering/Sending emails

Organizing events

Assisting with Promotions

Managing a calendar

Bouncing book ideas and possibly being a beta reader

Keeping me from going insane. Okay, fine, this isn’t possible but we can at least have some fun keeping the crazies at bay

*Note: As long as you meet the basic requirements listed below, I will train you on anything you need help with

 

Requirements:

Amazing Communicator (FYI, I care about this more than anything else. Communication is key)

18 or older OR 16+ with parent permission

Must have regular access to a computer and internet

Basic word processing, spreadsheet, and email skills

Be willing to work 5-10 hours a week

Light graphic design skills *OPTIONAL but a good bonus

 

Benefits:

Training. Basically, I will help you turn those basic requirements into a skill set you can use to be successful in the publishing world.

The experience of working one-on-one with a best selling author, including being able to ask me whatever you want and get feedback.

If you’re a writer, I’d be willing to beta read for you as well. *Note, if you are interested in this, I would like to see a sample of your writing.

Books, Swag, and if you live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area, occasional in-person meetings at a yummy restaurant.

 

This is a non-paid position.

To apply, please send an email letting me know why you would like the position, in what ways you’re qualified for the position, and what you’re hoping to learn from the position. Emails can be addressed to Janeal at janealfalor@gmail DOT com

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or email me.

EDITED TO ADD: I’ve had a few questions/concerns I want to clarify. This is open internationally, but you must be fluent in English. Also, don’t worry too much about the writing sample. No pressure on it, I just want to know what I’ll be working with if you want to go this route.

 

First Chapter of Mine to Spell

There’s only two weeks left until MINE TO SPELL is released! Yippee! I’m very anxious for the release and am glad it’s almost here. As a special treat, I’m giving you access to the first chapter in case you’d like to get a head start on Cynthia’s story. I hope you enjoy a taste of her the story. And, later this week I have another surprise waiting for you!

 

Mine to Spell – Chapter One

 

And the Cover for MINE TO SPELL is…

Feel free to skip to the bottom to see the reveal (I know you want to) otherwise, enjoy thoughts on the cover choices.

Voting on the two cover choices this past week has been so much fun. When I realized there were two different cover choices for the second book the YA Fantasy Mine series, MINE TO SPELL, I was very torn not knowing which way to go with them.

Once I decided to let you guys vote on it, I thought it was going to be fun. I was wrong. It was a blast! I loved seeing what you choose and what thoughts you had behind the choice. If you haven’t read them, definitely go look through them. And while I agreed with most of what you guys had to say, there can only be one win and that winner is the one with the most popular vote.

MtS final covers

When I was looking for images for Cynthia, I found the model in both of these covers (yes, it is the same exact girl). As soon as I saw her I knew she was who I wanted to portray Cynthia on the cover. Finally! (seriously, I looked for the right cover image for about 9 months and at one point even tried hiring a cover artist) Everything about her, especially the curly, everywhere hair is spot on to who Cynthia is.

#1 was the first picture I found of her that I thought, this is the cover. The seriousness of her expression and gaze fit her a lot of what she goes through and I loved her straight on gaze. It really fit with the first book perfectly. But I continued looking for pictures just in case and found…

#2 which I fell in love with the moment I saw it. All the longing, hair, freedom, and energy in it, is Cynthia. And there gets to be a certain point in the book where it’s even more her.

But then there was still #1 that also was her. I asked family, friends, critic partners, and the results? Still pretty split, all for different reasons. So, the vote happened. I’m thrilled to have all of you a part of the process. Thank you so much for all who voted. The final count is about 25% for one and 75% for the other, though many admit to liking both so hopefully your pleased with the outcome.

The winning cover is…

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Mine to Spell Cover

#1 – 67 votes          #2 – 166

Thanks for helping me pick a cover!

Let me know your thoughts on the winner in the comments!

Just a reminder, to any reviewers who haven’t signed up to get an eARC of MINE TO SPELL, you can still do so.

ARCs will be going out in 1 – 2 weeks.