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New Release News: Jack and Jill, Vol. 1 by Jennifer M. Eaton

Today’s release news comes to us from one of the fantastic authors in my favorite writing circle, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pens, Jennifer M. Eaton.

Let’s have a look at her most recent release with Still Moments Publishing.

jack-jill-volume-one-coverJack and Jill Stories, Volume one

Jill stumbles back into the dating world after twelve years of motherhood.  But things have changed a lot since the last time she dated.  Jack and Jill stories follow the challenges of a woman holding on to traditional values in a world that has evolved without her. Now that she has found the man of her dreams, will Jill be able to hold on to him without compromising what she believes in?

Volume One follows Jack and Jill on their journey from friendship to love over Christmas and New Years in two heartwarming stories.

Connect the Dots:  Jill writes her most intimate Christmas wish to God—and throws it away for its ridiculousness—but Christmas wishes have a way of coming true, even when you don’t know what you’ve wished for.

A Test of Faith:  One day after her Christmas wish comes true, Jill faces a wrenching choice that tests her deepest beliefs.  Will love prevail over conviction, or is happiness nothing more than a fairytale?

A Test of Faith, Excerpt:

His hands slipped around my waist, pulling me closer. Tingles of excitement rippled through my body before a wave of uncertainty broke them. Am I ready for this? Doesn’t he deserve more than being saddled down with a divorcee and her kid?

“I meant everything I said this morning, Jilly-Jill. I’ve been crazy about you for years.”

Trembling, I allowed my gaze to take in the warmth of his eyes. “Why didn’t you ever say anything?”

He released his hold on my waist and stepped back. “Well, you were married for one thing, and you guys seemed great together.” He ran his fingers through his thick brown hair. “I felt so damn guilty for being happy when you and Bill started to fight.”

I flinched. The sound of my ex-husband’s name forced bile into my throat. “That part of my life is behind me. I don’t want to think about it anymore.”

Jack leaned down and kissed my cheek. “I know. I’m sorry I bought it up.”

He held me close, and I relished the comfort of his embrace. Gentle fingers massaged my neck, releasing the tension that grabbed hold the second I’d heard Bill’s name. I allowed myself the luxury, for one sinful moment, to think maybe I’d done something to deserve this, to deserve him.

Jack smiled and his warm lips stroked my forehead. “So, am I allowed to tell everyone I got a girlfriend for Christmas?”

I ran my fingers down his cheek, my nails scratching against a day’s worth of stubble. “I don’t think you officially asked me out yet, Mr. Acres.”

The left side of his mouth inched up into a smile before the right side. Gosh I loved that little quirk about him.

“Ya gonna get all technical on me now?”

Clenched teeth did little to hold back my smile. “Sorry. A girl likes to be romanced.” With more than a box of candy you bought online at the last minute. I smiled at my inner sarcasm, wondering what it would be like to be given an expensive box of chocolate, to be swept off my feet, treated like a princess, and wooed as if I were something special.

“Okay. If it’s romance you want, it’s romance you’ll get. How about dinner the day after tomorrow?”

I let the smile burst free. “Sounds great. And maybe if it works out, we can get together for New Year’s?”

Jack tilted his head. A sarcastic smugness settled across his features. “You want to go out for New Year’s? You never go out for New Year’s.”

“No one’s ever asked.”

Strong fingers twirled in my hair and drew me closer. He placed a tender kiss on each of my eyelids. “Jilly-Jill, if I have my way, you’ll never be alone for New Year’s again.”

Jack and Jill Volume One Purchase links

SMP eBook Store: http://www.stillmomentspublishing.com/p/ebook-store.html

SMP Library: http://www.stillmomentspublishing.com/2013/01/jack-jill-volume-one.html

CreateSpace POD: https://www.createspace.com/4136009

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B3YWNFW

Amazon Print:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/277179

Goodreads (for reviews): http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17266748-jack-jill-volume-one

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j-taylor-fix-crop-whiteJennifer Eaton lives on the East Coast USA with her husband, three boys, and a pepped up poodle.  She hosts an interactive website www.jennifermeaton.com aimed at making all writers the best they can be.

Her Contemporary Sweet Romance, Jack and Jill Volume One is currently available in both print and ebook.  The Dystopian novelette “Last Winter Red” is available as part of the “Make Believe” Anthology.  Jennifer M. Eaton’s Christmas Romance “Connect the Dots” is available as part of the “For the Love of Christmas” Anthology.  Each title is available from Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com and Smashwords.

Other Titles by Jennifer Eaton:

Last Winter Red:  In search of a husband, Emily leaves the safety of the city and risks her life stepping into the outside world.  What she finds there will question the foundations of everything she believes in.

Connect the Dots:   Jill has no idea what she wants for Christmas, but when it looks like her best friend Jack is going to get exactly what he asks for, Jill makes a Christmas wish that will change both of their lives forever.

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Make Believe Blog Tour: A 4 Star Review! #anthology #review

Make Believe
Make Believe by J.A. Belfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars (4.5 Stars Actually)

Sacrificial Oath – Terri Rochenski (4 Stars)

After reading the entire anthology, I really feel this story is the perfect place to start out from. The story has a strong fable feel to it and I can definitely see where the cover image inspired the story. Some great references to the red so prevalent in the image throughout the tale. The well-written story follows the MC, Alesuela as she comes to grips with the sacrifice she has to make for the good of her father, the King, and their people. I don’t do spoilers in my reviews, so I wont give more plot detail than that, but I will say the internal conflict was well done, and Alesuela’s emotions really shine through. Overall, I would have preferred a bit more “action”, but this tale seemed to be more morality “fairy tale” based than most fantasy, which was a nice change of pace.

The Amulet of Ormisez – J. Keller Ford (4 Stars)

As most of you know, I am a huge fan of selkie tales, so I had a special place in my heart for this story. Like the opening tale, this one was set in a more traditional historical fantasy backdrop and focused on the story of two brothers, Elton and Cayden Fletcher. The author does a tremendous job with the characterizations of the two brothers, and as a reader, I felt drawn into the conflict unfolding and invested in the characters and their journey. The ending sweet and the potential relationship for Elton was a nice touch, though I did feel everything worked out a little too perfectly and fortuitously. Overall, a satisfying little story.

Birthright – Lynda R. Young (4 stars)

The third story in the anthology was decidedly different from the previous two, with a more “supernatural” feel to it, which was a nice surprise for me. The story held my attention and I was intrigued by the mystery of Christa’s heritage from beginning to end. I did feel some of the events in the story went a bit too quickly for me to really “believe” it, and I think I might have liked this one a little more had it been a bit longer and the story more drawn out. The author could have easily made this one into a satisfying novel, in my opinion.

Petrified – Kelly Said (4.5 Stars)

I really enjoyed this tale snuggled at the center of the anthology. Kelly Said does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the world of her main character, a young healer named Locklyn. Here is another story in the anthology I think could have easily been made longer, mostly because the world building was so strong, the intrigue so intense, I wanted to know more about the world the author introduced to us here. I also felt the romantic relationship progressed a bit swiftly for my tastes, but the way the rest of the story was weaved more than made up for that small shortcoming. Plus, I just love me a strong female lead 🙂

Last Winter Red – Jennifer M. Eaton (5 Stars)

I think this has to be my favorite story in the book. I really enjoyed the more dystopian feel to this one, and I found the twist up at the end to be just perfect for the tale. It is rare to find a good dystopian in short form as there is generally so much world building necessary to really pull it off well. In this instance, I found the back story to be just enough to keep me intrigued and wondering while not boring me with useless details for the sake of story length. I would be interested in reading more about this world Ms. Eaton creates for us in this one.

Escort To Insanity – J.A. Belfield (5 stars)

The final tale in this anthology comes from the author of the Holloway Pack series, J.A.Belfield, and the story contains all the things I have come to expect from Ms. Belfield’s writing. The main character, Cole (short for Nicole) decides to hire an escort to take her to a party she doesn’t really want to attend. While this short does not involved the famed Holloway pack, it does involve shifters. The action and suspense were nicely peppered throughout the story and the voice is spot on. I really enjoyed this one despite thinking I would miss the focus of the story being on Jem and Sean from the Pack. A great ending to the anthology!

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Make Believe Blog Tour: An Interview with Contributing Author, Jennifer M. Eaton

Through the end of December I will be featuring interviews with the contributing authors of the Make Believe anthology published by J. Taylor Publishing as well as a full review of the anthology on December 11th.

Our first guest as part of the Blog Tour is Jennifer M. Eaton and her story, Last Winter Red. Since I am posting a full review of the anthology next week, I will refrain from offering any tidbits about the story at this point, but I will say that Ms. Eaton’s tale was one of my favorites in the book. For more, you will just have to stop in on the 11th and see the full review.

For now, you will have to content yourself with getting to know the author a bit better through my little interview with her.

First off, thanks so much for coming by the blog and letting me pick your brain a bit. It’s great having you here.

Rebecca: Let’s start with the writing process. Do you have any writing rituals or special processes you complete before sitting down to write?

Jennifer: Nope.  I just sit down and write the dern thing.  Well, that might not be completely true.  I usually read the last three or four pages that I wrote the day before, just to get myself back into the story, and then I just let it rock!  It seems to work pretty well for me.

Rebecca: If you could only write in one genre for the rest of your career, what genre would you choose? Why?

Jennifer: Fantasy.  No, Let’s call it “Speculative Fiction”  That is my baby.  I love speculative fiction.  I write new worlds for the sheer joy of it.  I love creating new things.  To me, the everyday is mundane.  I can get “the everyday” by going to work.  Writing is escapism for me, and where better to escape than a world of your own making?

Rebecca: What music was on your playlist while writing your novel?

Jennifer: I usually listen to soundtrack music.  It helps get me into a vibe of writing something good enough for the big screen!  Ha!  Actually, my favorite thing to listen to is the soundtrack from the first Transformers movie.  There’s some really exciting stuff in there that paces me well for my typing… and no words, which helps me from being distracted.

Rebecca: Morning person or grumpy bear?

Jennifer: Oh!  I am definitely a grumpy bear in the morning.  Which is a pain, because Hubby is a morning person.  In my view, if God wanted me up at 6 AM, he would have made it light out year round… Ya know what I’m saying?  I’m a night owl.  I will work late into the evening – sometimes past 2 AM and sleep late when I can.

Rebecca: What is next for you?

Jennifer: Oh!  I’m having such a  great time right now!  As you know, this is part of the blog tour for the Make Believe Anthology, which features my story Last Winter Red.  Today is also the release day for another anthology I am in called “For the Love of Christmas”  which contains my story Connect the Dots.  The Sequel to Connect the Dots, “A Test of Faith” will be Available in early January 2013 from Still Moments Publishing. I also have a poetic short in the “Tall Tales and Short Stories from South Jersey” Anthology. I’ve been a busy bee!  Next year, I’m hoping to publish two works in progress.  “Une Variante” which is a paranormal novella, and part one of a series.  I’m also finishing up a Young Adult Sci-Fi Urban Fantasy called Fire in the Woods.

Rebecca: Coke or Pepsi?

Jennifer: Ummm I really don’t drink the stuff.  I’m a Gatorade girl myself.  My daily drinks are decaf tea in the morning, Gatorade for lunch, Milk for dinner, more Gatorade while I’m writing, and water before I go to bed.  I will, though, drink some Ginger Ale or caffeine free Pepsi if I’m sick to my stomach. Otherwise I just steer away from the bubbly stuff.

Rebecca: If I were to look in your closet right now, would I find frills and lace or demin and tees?

Jennifer: Actually a little bit of both.  Well, you won’t find my tee shirts in my closet – they are in a drawer.  I’m a bit of a rough and tough girl.  I’m jeans and tees as a rule, but I love really heavy crochet-like lace.  You’ll find a plethora of styles  in my wardrobe, from the downright lame, to outrageous.  I dress to my mood… or to match what I’m doing that day. –Lace does not go well when you’re grooming your dog. 🙂

Rebecca: If you were only allowed to eat one dessert for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Jennifer: Chocolate, or Chocolate covered chocolate. Does that constitute as a dessert?  Or maybe a chocolate volcano cake with mint chocolate chip ice cream and hot fudge slathered all over it.  **SIGH** I’m hungry now.  Any more questions?

Rebecca:  Zombies or Vampires? Why?  Those are my only two choices?  Can I pick neither? I really don’t get the whole zombie thing.  Maybe I should actually read a zombie book, but I really have no desire.  I kind of get the vampire thing… it’s sort of classic, you know?  But in the end, I think a good dragon would be able to take them both out.  That’s what we need!  A book about a zombie and vampire eating dragon! Oh!  How about me riding the dragon, and taking out a vampire/zombie army.  Yay!  I get to ride a dragon! Wahoo!


Now that you know a bit about the author, let’s take a peek at her story, Last Winter Red.

BLURB: Emily is a Red, a woman whose sole purpose in life is to produce offspring. When her husband dies and leaves her childless, she risks her life and forsakes the safety of Terra—a disease-free city born after the nuclear holocaust. Beyond its boundaries, she knows, survives a man with whom she can be properly paired.

The Outside, though, holds secrets the government struggles to keep, and what Emily discovers on her quest for a mate will change her life forever.

Author Bio: Jennifer Eaton lives on the East Coast USA with her husband, three boys, and a pepped up poodle.  She hosts an interactive website www.jennifermeaton.com aimed at making all writers the best they can be.

Her Dystopian novelette “Last Winter Red” is available as part of the “Make Believe” Anthology from J.Taylor Publishing.  Her Christmas Romance “Connect the Dots” is available as part of Still Moments publishing’s “For the Love of Christmas” Anthology.  Both are available in ebook format from Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com and Smashwords

Stalking Links: 

Twitter:  @jennifermeaton

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5832197.Jennifer_M_Eaton

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.m.eaton.3

Web:  www.jennifereaton.com

Blog: http://www.jennifermeaton.com/

Cover Reveal: Make Believe (Various Authors) #CoverReveal #eBook #Anthology

Make Believe

by J.A. Belfield, Jennifer M. Eaton, J. Keller Ford, Terri Rochenski, Kelly Said, Lynda R. Young

Release Date: December 3, 2012

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance

Back of the Book

Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski

An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign’s Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she’ll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.

With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects.

The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford

There is only one way to save Elton Fletcher’s brother from an insanity-ridden death.

After years away from home, fighting for his people, Elton returns to discover his only sibling, Cayden, possessed by greed and malice, and responsible for malicious, unthinkable deeds. Cayden, though, isn’t the only one afflicted by the Amulet of Ormisez, and Elton finds himself in yet another battle, where the price of failure could be his own life.

Birthright by Lynda R. Young

Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible.

She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she’s never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her.

Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead.

Petrified by Kelly Said

A mysterious storm has replaced summer with winter, devastating crops and smothering Castle lands in snow. Prince Sterling August stands alone as a leader, lost in personal grief as well as a desire to help his people but with an inability to do either.

The answers he needs await him, but without Lochlyn, a woman who’s just as isolated as Sterling, he’ll never see what stands before him, cloaked in illusion.

Last Winter Red by Jennifer M. Eaton

Emily is a Red, a woman whose sole purpose in life is to produce offspring. When her husband dies and leaves her childless, she risks her life and forsakes the safety of Terra—a disease-free city born after the nuclear holocaust. Beyond its boundaries, she knows, survives a man with whom she can be properly paired.

The Outside, though, holds secrets the government struggles to keep, and what Emily discovers on her quest for a mate will change her life forever.

Escort to Insanity by J.A. Belfield

From a charity auction, to a stroll in the park, to the craziest night of her life. Nicole Harrington can’t help but wonder how a simple event went so drastically wrong.

Of course, the male escort she booked is wholly to blame. Not only charming but shrewdly intelligent, Benjamin Gold drags Nicole into a platoon of unimaginable problems—ones from which she’ll have to find the courage just to survive.

URL: http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/17

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