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Author Interview: Jacob Stull for The King’s Locket

Title: The King’s Locket

Publication Date: April 27th, 2017

Summary:

After adopting orphans Thomas and Anna at birth and giving them mysterious heart-shaped lockets, King Pador, Queen Sonya, and Prince Verdon must find a way to rescue the children from the sinister plans of a dreadful creature that has imprisoned them in the Outerlands. The Royal Family’s magical bond, the children they love dearly, and their entire kingdom are all at stake.

Children and adults will enjoy and benefit from this beautiful story of betrayal, forgiveness, and unconditional love. This classic fairy tale includes fourteen full-page, hand-drawn illustrations that bring the story’s vivid imagery to life.

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Author Interview:

1. What gave you the idea for this book?

It all started with a story I made up for my 5-year-old daughter, Ivy. I would share bits of it at bedtime or when we were driving in the car together. She loved it, so I began writing it down. It eventually grew into a short fairy tale, similar to the classic fairy tales many of us grew up reading.

2. What is your favorite part of the book?

Well, besides the ending, my favorite part of the book comes in Chapter 5 of 6. There is a rescue mission that takes place, and the entire story pretty much hinges on the success or failure of that mission. At first glance people may think this is a “simple” or “cute” story, but it reads as an allegory and invites the reader to engage in its various possible meanings.

3. How long have you been writing?

I’ve always loved to write, as far back as I can remember. I really began to enjoy creative writing in middle school and high school. I’m 36 now, so a pretty long time.

4. Tell us a little about your favorite character.

That’s a difficult question to answer because I love Prince Verdon, but I’d have to say Queen Sonya if pressed. I’m married and have two daughters, so I’m surrounded by a lot of strong women. Queen Sonya’s character is a symbol for the strength and beauty of true femininity. She is awesome!

5. Three words to describe this book

Betrayal. Forgiveness. Love.

 

About the Author:

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Jacob Stull lives in Atlanta with his wife, Katie, and two daughters, Ivy and Penny. When he’s not writing, he’s playing a supporting role in Ivy’s make-believe world or cleaning glitter out of his car.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thekingslocket

Website: https://www.TheKingsLocket.com

Goodreads Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16614486.Jacob_Stull

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Aftermath by Joe Reyes + Excerpt + INTERVIEW

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Aftermath

Book 1

Joe Reyes

 

Genre: Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic

 

Publisher: Wasteland Press

 

Date of Publication: April 29, 2016

 

ISBN: 1681111128

 

Number of pages: 284

Word Count: 79, 722

 

Book Description:

 

Aftermath is a growing series about war, love, brutality and most of all, survival. What was once the United States has become a savage post-apocalyptic environment where the worst of the worst prosper and the remaining good hide.

 

The series features a brutal setting, where seven characters in different parts of the United States must adapt to this new environment. The “fight or flight” mentality plays into the story, as the nation is divided into factions fighting for control of the country. The government is outnumbered, outgunned, and forced into hiding as well to recoup their forces. The novel follows a fast paced momentum from the first page to the last word. The plot pits these characters against the elements and each other, with plot-lines intertwining on opposite sides of the war effort. And one character’s quest for revenge can jeopardize not only the war outcome, but the reshaping of the entire nation.

 

With an ever-changing storyline and evolving characters, the Aftermath series gets more intense with every chapter. But what these characters don’t realize, the terrifying evil is making its way across the ocean.

 

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Excerpt: Sara

“People and beans again?” a raggedy-looking man says as Sara passes him a plate. He glares down, disappointed, at the meal of perfectly cut human flesh and a side dish of green beans. Sara hands out more plates to the group of men huddled around a fire.

“When you guys kill something other than people, you’ll get something else to eat,” she says with a sarcastic smile, walking off.

It’s near-insane to talk back to these guys. They are psychotic killers, but she is protected. Marcus, their leader, has taken a liking to her. So it’s a choice of be killed, be raped and then killed, or be his willing sex slave.

Sometimes she doesn’t know if she made the right choice.

Before going back to the kitchen, she stops by every group to see if they all have something to eat. Dozens of groups gather around, having their breakfast. The field is littered with dirty men and women feasting on human remains.

Probably over a hundred in total, she guesses.

The Savages is what they are called. The group started after the bombs fell about five years ago. They were small at first, but they’ve since grown into a much larger army. This gives them better resources and a nice cut of whatever they take from towns.

All they do is kill and raid villages. They swoop in, kill, take everything, and leave. They take in recruits, sometimes, if they seem to fit the part. The survivors don’t last long. They are usually killed and displayed as a message to discourage others.

For years they tried the whole nomad lifestyle, but when the army got bigger, they realized they had to settle down.

It’s a lot easier than constantly uprooting the whole camp.

They have no reason to leave. There are always animals in the forest. A river provides fresh water and fish. Armies are too afraid to attack them. They can’t survive an all-out military assault, but the government has much more important enemies than them to worry about.

They all wear custom-made armors consisting of materials they find on the road. Sports gear is a big part of it: elbow pads, football pads, helmets—anything they can find. A lot of it is hand-sewn and made from animal skins.

The farm would also pose a problem for moving. Horses are bred and domesticated as transportation. Without cars and without gasoline to run them, they are a necessary component of life here.

Each Savage has the brand of an S on the back of his or her shoulder, indicating initiation into the group. It is given after their first kill. After a big massacre and initiation, they will celebrate with a great feast: their victims.

Sara never likes thinking about how many people one dead body feeds. The thought makes her sick. The taste has always bothered her. She may force herself to eat flesh when she absolutely must, but she is and always has been a vegetarian . Even when they spruce it up with spices and other ingredients, it is still a person, and no amount of sauce can change that.

Sara’s stomach starts to rumble. She hasn’t eaten much in days. Usually, she is able to sneak extra beans and vegetables because the others love flesh, but the shortage of them is now beginning to hit her.

Hopefully, Penny can get me something, she thinks, walking into the large kitchen tent. The sight doesn’t help her appetite. Penny is in the middle of carving someone up.

“Three years of culinary school and I’m making foot filet for a hundred ingrates,” Penny mocks as she hacks off a foot with a butcher’s knife.

Sara feels sick again. She covers her mouth to hold the vomit back. The smell of blood is too much.

“Aww, sweetie, not feeling good?” Penny says affectionately, walking up to her. She doesn’t get it, her shirt is covered in blood and it’s making Sara sicker, but she needs a hug.

“New necklace?” Sara asks, seeing a piece of the metal chain falling from Penny’s shirt.

“One of Eric’s men gave it to me.” A gold snowflake hangs from the end, surrounded by pretty little stones.

“Which guy?” Sara asks.

Penny’s face betrays her disgust. “The creepy looking one with the cuts.”

The kitchen tent is filled with people preparing food for the group. There’s a huge fire going, and the bodies are put on a metal gate over the fire to barbeque. The Savages know that uncooked flesh can kill them. They are as smart as they are ruthless. That’s why they’ve been around for all five years.

“You hungry?” Penny asks.

Sara shakes her head. “He’ll probably make me eat with him later.”

Penny sighs but says nothing. They both know what Marcus is going to do to her. Sara will have to eat flesh again, among other things. Penny doesn’t like the idea of eating people either, but she is a chef and can trick herself into thinking she’s eating something else. With all the spices she’s schooled in, it’s almost easy.

Everyone who doesn’t like it has ways of coping, but most of the Savages love the taste and the trophy. Eating the very people they killed makes them feel tougher. Sara would be the first to admit the taste of it isn’t bad, but that freaks her out the worst.

“You smell nice today,” she says from Penny’s arms, covered by her blonde hair.

“I found some shampoo. I’ll give you some later tonight,” Penny says with a smile. “Now come on, you have to bring the men food. The meeting’s starting.” Penny releases her, only to hand Sara a tray of appetizing human parts and vegetables. “How do I look?” Sara inquires.

Penny adjusts a few out-of-place strands of hair on her head and smiles. “You look great.”

 

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1.    Give us the history of you. (family life, where you’re from, etc.)

I am originally from Brooklyn. My parents decided we should move to New Jersey when I was around 5. I’ve lived in the same house for 21 years now and my hope is to make enough money that my parents can move to a 55 and older community and I can stay in the house I grew up in.

2.    Tell us about your new book in 10 words or less.
What would you do to survive?

3.    Walk me through the process that you went through to write your new book.
The planning takes the most time. Each story has its own binder filled with character pages, scene descriptions, groups and factions, and additional scenes. When it’s completely planned out then I can sit down and start writing the actual book. Writing takes the least amount of time because I planned out everything to where it writes itself. I make sure as I’m planning that I set up sequels.

4.    How did you come up with your book’s name?
I don’t really remember. It just sounds so natural to me now that I can’t imagine a time where I didn’t have that title.

5.    What made you decide to write this book?
I was always interested in seeing characters fight for their lives. The story itself was derived from short stories that I had written for two of the included characters in Aftermath, Ian and Ron. When I saw that they could be interesting foils, I decided to combine them and begin a feature-length novel based on them.

6.    How many characters are based on people you actually know? Do those people know they were the basis for your characters?
I did not base my characters on people I know. My characters were fictitious but I put myself in the mind of each person in order to flush out what they would do in certain circumstances in order to ensure their continued survival.

7.    How many publishers did you send your book to before it was picked up?
I am not sure how many publishers I sent it to before I decided that I was best suited for self-publishing. Originally, I went with a company that seemed to only make things more difficult. I dropped them during the marketing phase to pursue my current publishing company because I did not trust them.

8.    What book did you read most recently that you loved, and would recommend to everyone?
Self-publishing a book is an incredibly taxing endeavor. I haven’t had the chance to really get into a book since The Hunger Games, and I’m sure I would be the last person everyone would hear spouting its praises since it’s already a bestseller and major motion picture. Still, if any of you haven’t heard of it yet, you should read it. It’s great!

9.    Any tips for new writers?
A friend asked me “What if your book doesn’t sell,” and I said, “That’s what separates winners from losers. Winners aren’t afraid to try. Losers give up and settle when things get tough. If this book doesn’t sell then I will write another and another and another until one makes it big,”

10.    Have you ever liked the movie more than the book?
Almost all the time. Often times, I find books cannot hold my attention, so I prefer the movies. This is the case with Game of Thrones (I know it’s a TV show, but the same principle applies), Lord of the Rings, and the Harry Potter series.

11.    Are there any popular books you know you would never read?
Fifty Shades of Grey. Definitely. I got a free copy and I gave it to my girlfriend. She said it was garbage so I doubt I’ll ever get around to trying it.

12.    What are you working on now?
I have the sequel of Aftermath planned, but want to focus on promoting the first story now. It’s kind of hard to start another story at the moment. After the book tour I’ll most likely start on the sequel.

13.    Anything else you would like to add?
My approach to writing is out of the ordinary and so is my style. I really want to be unique and not mesh together like other authors. I don’t like just writing one genre. I want to branch out and try new things. When I write I like to push myself with new ideas and

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Twitter: @JoeReyesAuthor
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Blog: JoeReyesAuthor.com
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About the Author:

 

Joe Reyes has never been afraid to go for what he wants in life. His goal is to be a full time published author and is taking all the steps necessary to make that dream a reality. He hates when he hears about people who give up on their dreams.

His writing style is fast paced. When he wrote his novel Aftermath, he wanted it to feel like a television show. Joe doesn’t like boring descriptions. He finds filler scenes to be a book killer and makes sure that every chapter has an immediate purpose or a purpose later on.

 

Website: https://joereyesauthor.com/

 

Twitter: @JoeReyesAuthor

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joe.reyes.5203

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/32589455-joe-reyes

 

Instagram: @JoeReyesAuthor

 

 

Thanks so much for being a part of our blog today Joe!

 

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Summer of Irreverence – The Rock Star by Cathrine Goldstein! + excerpt + INTERVIEW!

Summer of Irreverence – The Rock Star
by Cathrine Goldstein

Genre: Adult Romance

The Wild Rose Press

Summary from Goodreads:

 

Straight-laced, veterinary surgeon, Summer Wynters is ready to break the rules. And who better to break them with than the most irreverent of all men, mega rock star Malcolm Angel? With one last summer free from work obligations, Summer moves to New York City, and at the coaxing of her friend, pretends to be a model so she can spend one wild night with Malcolm.

Rock star, Malcolm Angel, tortured by a dark past, may be the poet laureate of romance, but he, like science-minded Summer, has never believed in romantic love. How could he? With his history, he doesn’t deserve to be loved.

When Summer’s honesty, kindness, and exuberance for life changes his perspective, the two discover they are in deeper than either dreamed possible. But when Malcolm discovers Summer’s been perpetuating a lie, will he forgive her? Even if forgiveness is possible, can a man immune to love teach someone else to believe in it?

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“How did you go through life with that name…?” Malcolm’s eyes flashed with happiness. “I mean, if I wrote it, people would crucify me. What were your parents thinking?”
Summer froze.
“I mean, do they love you at all?” Malcolm chuckled.
Summer’s feet refused to move, and her arms lay limp at her side.
“Summer?” Malcolm’s smile faded. “Sum?”
The sound of her nickname spoken by Malcolm did her in. She desperately fought the mounting tears.
Malcolm stared at her. “It’s not your name you’re upset about, is it?”
Summer clenched her jaw and shook her head.
“I’m sorry.” His voice was low and modulated.
She nodded, looking at Malcolm, and wanting, for the first time ever, to have someone make it all okay. To have him make it all okay.
Malcolm grew quiet. They stood there for whole minutes. “I’m sorry if I touched on a sore subject. Really.”
Summer stared at him—this man who had everything except the answer she needed. How could he be so closed off? How could he care so little about the pain of another living creature?
He stepped forward then, as if reading her mind, took her hand gently, and leaned over, speaking quietly into her ear. “It’s not that I don’t care.”
Those few words found a place deep in Summer’s soul.
Malcolm stood tall, and Summer’s eyes followed him. He reached out and stroked her cheek. “But I’ve got nothing more to give than today.”

Interview:

•    Give us the history of you.
I’m a New Yorker who loves autumn, any and all kinds of art, yoga, chocolate, and coffee. I’m that odd person who’ll take gazing at a filthy city street over a patch of flowers any day, which is why I write gritty romance.   I’ve been writing for a long time, and I started my career as a playwright. I’m married to a great guy, and have two amazing little girls. Although NYC is home, right now we are happily living in the Charlotte, NC area. We have a cat, and too many fish to count.

•    Tell us about your new book in 10 words or less.
Bad boy rock star falls for good girl vet.

•    Walk me through the process that you went through to write your new book.
When I write, I get an idea and run with it. With Summer of Irreverence—The Rock Star, I “saw” or imagined one particular scene—I don’t want to give the story away!—but I’ll tell you it had to do with a veterinarian. The rest of the story built from there. I loosely plan my attack and always, always, as I began my writing career as a playwright, let the dialogue guide me.

•    How did you come up with your book’s name?
Ah, interesting! I knew she was going to be named Summer, embodying everything light and good, where Malcolm represents all that is dark and dangerous. And Summer needed a change from who she was—she needed Malcolm and his irreverence. Summer has one last summer of freedom, before she begins her career as a veterinary surgeon. Together, that became: Summer of Irreverence—The Rock Star.

•    What made you decide to write this book?
I think writing is one of those things you can’t help. Even when I turn off my computer for the night (which is pretty late!), as soon as I hit my bedroom I’m inputting notes into my phone. I think most writers will agree that the characters haunt you until you give them life and set them free. I really like this story and these characters, and I’m hoping my readers will enjoy them, too!

•    How many characters are based on people you actually know? Do those people know they were the basis for your characters?
No—these characters aren’t based on any people in real life. However, as you build characters and write them they become like family, and I always fall in love with my characters and root for them.

•    How many publishers did you send your book to before it was picked up?
I am very fortunate that I work directly with my editor, and she sent it on to publication with The Wild Rose Press—my wonderful publisher who also publishes another of my series, The Letting series.

•    What book did you read most recently that you loved, and would recommend to everyone?
Although I adore reading, I have been so locked in writing and editing mode, my reading time recently has revolved around the books I read with my two young girls. Right now, we adore the Clementine books by Sara Pennypacker. Lol! It is a fabulous series for anyone who has young kids at home. And I can tell you my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, publishes a fabulous and wide variety of romances—check them out! There’s sure to be something you’ll love!

•    Any tips for new writers?
Take an acting class. I know it sounds crazy, but acting coaches can teach you how to break down characters more thoroughly than you ever imagined possible. Once you see what an actor needs to find in a character, it makes it easier to see how to build one.

•    Have you ever liked the movie more than the book?
Okay, it’s not that I like them better, but I do love The Hunger Games movies. Some of my favorite actors are in those movies—they were fantastic! If there are other fans of Jennifer Lawrence out there, have you seen, Winter’s Bone? She was amazing!

•    Are there any popular books you know you would never read?
Well, I didn’t read books two and three of Fifty Shades. I’m certainly not opposed to them in any way, and I admire their success!

•    What are you working on now?
My genre is Gritty Romance—I like characters with an edge. Right now I am working on the next two books in The New York Artists Series, and I love them!

•    Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you so much for having me on your blog and for the thoughtful questions!  I hope people will “follow me” on Twitter and “like” me on Facebook for the latest updates, and please stop by my website and join my mailing list for behind-the-scenes info. Through the holidays, I’ll be offering more scenes from Malcolm and Summer’s life.  Thanks for featuring Summer of Irreverence—The Rock Star!

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I am a bestselling author, and a NYC girl at heart. I write “gritty romance,” in the genres of YA, NA; women’s fiction; and romance. I’m also the author of The Letting and The Coupling, books 1 and 2 of The Letting series. I began my career as an award-winning playwright, and I am a proud member of RWA, PAN. I have my BA in English and my MA in Theatre.

I am a fan of Luna Bars, decaf coffee, yoga, Hemingway, and Bukowski—and the loves of my life are my husband and my two young girls.

To find out more about me; Summer of Irreverence, the first book in The New York Artists Series—standalone novels about strong, artistic men, and the smart, unexpected women they fall for; The Letting series; and what’s coming soon, please visit:www.CathrineGoldstein.com

 

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Scattered Seeds by Julie Doherty with Excerpt + INTERVIEW!

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Scattered Seeds

Julie Doherty

Genre: Historical fiction, elements of romance

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Date of Publication: April 27, 2016

ISBN: 1-68291-050-4

ASIN: B01E056H1Q

Number of pages: 339

Word Count: 100,000

Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde

Book Description:

 

In 18th century Ireland, drought forces Edward and Henry McConnell to assume false names and escape to America with the one valuable thing they still own–their ancestor’s gold torc.

Edward must leave love behind. Henry finds it in the foul belly of The Charming Hannah, only to lose it when an elusive trader purchases his sweetheart’s indenture.

With nothing but their broken hearts, a lame ox, and a torc they cannot sell without invoking a centuries-old curse, they head for the backcountry, where all hope rests upon getting their seed in the ground. Under constant threat of Indian attack, they endure crushing toil and hardship. By summer, they have wheat for their reward, and unexpected news of Henry’s lost love. They emerge from the wilderness and follow her trail to Philadelphia, unaware her cruel new master awaits them there, his heart set on obtaining the priceless torc they protect.

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/bNzrVFnl9Ts

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CHAPTER 1

County Donegal, Ireland
1755

Henry stood next to his father surveying their largest field. He longed to say that the seeds might yet sprout, that there was still time to yield a return, but the undeniable truth lay right before them: drought had come to Ireland. Their investment in imported flaxseed was lost.
“A hundred days, Henry.” Father’s face bore the pained expression of a man whose hope was as withered as his crops. “A hundred days was all we needed, all that stood between us and prosperity.” He kicked a clod of dirt, and it turned to dust. “It’s all gone, gone along wi’ the horse that harrowed the ground.”
A lump rose in Henry’s throat. He ached for his father, and he missed their horse. Paddy was a fine animal purchased ten years ago after a bumper crop of rye, when Edward McConnell’s luck was good and Henry’s only chore was to stay out of his mother’s hair. Elizabeth McConnell moldered in the ground now, and Paddy plowed another man’s fields.
“We will pray, Father. God will help us.”
“God?” Father kneaded his forehead with calloused fingers. “God’s groping in our pockets right along wi’ your Uncle Sorley. Praying did nae pay our tithes or the hearth tax, did it?”
Surely he didn’t mean that. Everyone knew Edward McConnell to be a godly man.
“We’ll get more seed, Father. It’ll grow next year.” He squared his shoulders and tried to look confident.
“Will nae do us any good. Your Uncle Sorley plans to decrease our tillage in favor of pasture.”
“Wi’ no cut in rent, I’ll wager, and early payment again this year.”
Father spat on the parched ground. “He stopped by yesterday looking for it. Said he’ll call in after services on the Sabbath.” He ground his teeth together. “I’d gi’ anything to see the look on his face when he finds our empty hoose.”
Henry’s chest tightened. Were they moving again? He rubbed the back of his neck and looked across the rolling patchwork of fields to the northeast, where their last home rose above a copse of ash, and where his mother’s daffodils still swayed in the Ulster wind. Four years ago, the cattle plague put them out of that house and into the windowless shack they now shared with Phoebe, their only remaining sow. The hut contained a hearth, a curse necessitating the payment of tax despite the fact that it never contained a fire.
With no peat left and no horse to haul more from the bog, the McConnells relied on a moth-eaten blanket and Phoebe’s body heat for warmth.
They had room to fall; many Catholics lived in the open, bleeding cattle and boiling the gore with sorrel for sustenance. Perhaps his father intended to join them.
“Are we moving again?” he asked.
Father slipped two fingers under his brown tie wig and rubbed his temple, something he often did when puzzled.
Henry followed his gaze to the ruins of Burt Castle, which sat atop a knoll, just above Uncle Sorley’s grand plantation house.
“Nine years we’ve suffered bad luck, Henry. E’er since I buried . . .”
Buried what? Maw? She died five years ago, not nine.
Father sunk his head into his hands, muffling his speech. “I . . . I guess it’s time to . . .”
Henry stepped into the hard, hot field, directly in front of his father. “Father, what in the name of heaven is it?”
Father tilted back his head and whispered to the sky, “Forgive me, Elizabeth.” He looked at Henry. “I buried something. Your maw insisted on it, said it was pagan and she did nae want it in her hoose. I did as she asked. A woman can talk ye into cutting off your own hand, Henry, remember that if ye can.”
Henry nodded, not comprehending, wondering what pagan thing lay buried. He’d never heard it mentioned before, and he was a skilled eavesdropper. “What was it? What did ye bury?”
Father inhaled deeply, removed the worn tricorn from his head, and tucked it under his arm. “I’ll tell ye the whole tale, but first, we have to dig it up. We canny do that until after dark.” He turned without warning and headed for home.
Henry followed him, volleying questions against his back.
Father said nothing until they reached their hut. There, he stormed past Phoebe, flung open the door, and nodded toward a worm-ravaged chest sitting next to a heap of rushes that served as their bed.
“Gather up our claithes and shoes. Use my good cloak for a sack. Bring the dried nettles.” He grabbed the peat spade, the only tool left from his once abundant array of implements, and used it to prop open the door.
“Why bring the nettles?” Henry hated the bitter leaves. “There are more nettles than rocks in Ulster.”
When his father offered no reply, he lobbed another question, desperate for clues as to their destination. “Will ye not wear your good cloak, if we are traveling far?”
“My auld cloak will draw less attention.”
So, they were going to some populous place where good cloaks were bad.
Henry spread the cloak across the dirt floor, careful to avoid Phoebe’s manure. The cloak was long out of fashion, but still a quality garment that Edward McConnell could not afford to replace. He threw their scant belongings into the middle of it, brought the cloak’s corners together, then tied them together to form a sack. Excepting Phoebe and the clothes they wore, the sack contained everything worth saving.
He sat on the rickety chest to watch his father pace.
When Burt Castle became a silhouette against an amber horizon, Father donned his hat and cloak and ducked outside.
Henry followed him to the stone wall separating their field from Uncle Archibald’s.
Father began to tumble a section of wall.
With his perplexity and fear mounting, Henry assisted until there was enough of a breach to push Phoebe through the wall.
She trotted away, grunting and wagging her curly tail, while he helped restack the stones to prevent her from returning.
He could no longer hold his tongue.
“What are we doing? Why are we putting Phoebe in Uncle Archibald and Aunt Martha’s field? Are we going somewhere? Where are we going? Why are we taking nettles?”
In his frustration, he grabbed his father’s arm.
Father whirled around and gave Henry’s shoulders a fierce shake. “Get hold of yoursel’, lad, or I’ll cloot ye upside the noggin. No more questions. Just do as ye’re told.”
Henry stared at his father, who had never once laid a hand on him, nor threatened to.
“I’m sorry, lad. Go on in the hoose and get the bundle.”
When Henry returned with their belongings, his father was holding the peat spade.
“Get a good look around ye, son. It’s the last time ye’ll clap eyes on your hame.”

Interview

  • Give us the history of you. (family life, where you’re from, etc.)

I’m a native Pennsylvanian, but I lived in Virginia for two years and Ireland for six months. I spend a lot of time reading colonial documents, thanks to a fascination with early American history.

  • Tell us about your new book in 10 words or less.

Father/son duo seeks love and fortune in frontier Pennsylvania.

  • Walk me through the process that you went through to write your new book.

At the end of my debut novel, SCENT OF THE SOUL, an American woman shows up at a Scottish gift shop with a gold torc she unearthed at her Pennsylvania farm. Here’s a photo of it.

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Readers know who the torc belongs to, but they are left to wonder how it got to Pennsylvania. I wanted SCATTERED SEEDS to tell that story. I decided my own ancestors, Edward and Henry McConnell, would be the ones to deliver the torc from Ireland to America in 1755.

Once I had the basic plot, it was just a matter of fitting the story within known events, which meant lots of research about the French & Indian War. It also meant studying immigrant vessels of the day and learning sailing terms. I assure you, my head was spinning by the time I typed THE END on this one, but I firmly believe it was worth it.

  • How did you come up with your book’s name?

My characters are connected to seeds in several ways. Because they descend from a king (Somerled from my debut novel), they consider themselves scattered seeds. My character puts it this way:

“His descendants are many, and scattered like windblown seeds. Many of them rooted in Scotland, some floated across the sea, and some, like us, blew into this godforsaken muckhole called Ireland.”

For tenant farmers like Edward and Henry McConnell, prosperity always seems to hinge upon the next harvest. In the beginning of the novel, drought kills their expensive flaxseed, which plunges them into poverty. They flee Ireland for America, where they again look to seed to save them. They haul bags of it across unforgiving wilderness, and break their backs to plow and plant their fields. But my young character, Henry, endures crushing toil and hardship, knowing that once the grain is winnowed and bagged, they will haul it back to civilization . . . where he hopes to find his lost love.

 

  • What made you decide to write this book?

I ask myself that very question about each book I write. It’s not a great time to be an author. The market is saturated, which means it’s tougher than ever to stand out. It doesn’t help that I always seem to set my novels in lesser known (and therefore, lesser read) time periods. I can’t help myself, though. I love early America, and I hold hope that one day, readers will, too.

  • How many characters are based on people you actually know? Do those people know they were the basis for your characters?

Edward and Henry McConnell existed, but of course, I can only guess what they were like. They are Scots-Irish, so they sound very much like my Glasgow-born Irish husband. Some characters take on traits of people I know or have seen. Like many writers, I’m a skilled eavesdropper. I observe and tuck away little behavioral tidbits for future use.

  • How many publishers did you send your book to before it was picked up?

I only queried one publisher this time around, but I entered the book in the Dixie Kane contest and tied for second in the historical category.

  • What book did you read most recently that you loved, and would recommend to everyone?

I recently re-read THE FOREST AND THE FORT by Hervey Allen, one of my favorites. I love those older books, written before worldwide ban on purple prose and adverbs.

  • Any tips for new writers?

Write what you are passionate about. Zeal in literature is infectious. If you love what you write, your readers will, too.

  • Have you ever liked the movie more than the book? Be honest

I really don’t think so. We watch movies, but we live books. Books allow us to become the characters. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy a good movie, and certainly, film producers can take a mediocre book and turn it into something spectacular.

  • Are there any popular books you know you would never read?

If there are, it would only be because the subject matter doesn’t interest me. I’ll read just about anything, though.

  • What are you working on now?

Another frontier story featuring a female protagonist. Picture LAST OF THE MOHICANS meets THE REVENANT, only with one bad-ass German widow who’s sick of living in a man’s world.

  • Anything else you would like to add?

Just that I appreciate you featuring me here. Thanks, too, to anyone willing to give my novel a chance. You can read the first five chapters for free at Amazon. Give it a try. You might just find a new favorite setting—the French & Indian War period.

 

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Thanks so much to Julie Doherty for agreeing to be on the blog today!!! ❤

About the Author:

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Julie Doherty expected to follow in her artist-father’s footsteps, but words, not oils, became her medium. Her novels have been called “romance with teeth” and “a sublime mix of history and suspense.”

 

Her marriage to a Glasgow-born Irishman means frequent visits to the Celtic countries, where she studies the culture that liberally flavors her stories. When not writing, she enjoys cooking over an open fire at her cabin, gardening, and hiking the ridges and valleys of rural Pennsylvania, where she lives just a short distance from the farm carved out of the wilderness by her 18th century “Scotch-Irish” ancestors.

 

She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers, Perry County Council of the Arts, and Clan Donald USA.

 

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/532434.Julie_Doherty

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Blog: http://juliedoherty.com/blog

 

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The #ArmchairBEA 2016: Introduction

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1.  What is the name you prefer to use?
 Candace with a C
2.  How long have you been a book blogger?
Well I pretty much just started because I really have no one to talk books to so I figured hey I will share my opinions with you guys!
3.  Have you participated in ABEA before?
No I have not!  It seems pretty awesome!
Group 2:

1.  Do you have a favorite book?
The Shatter Me trilogy by: Tahereh Mafi, Throne of Glass series by: Sarah J. Maas, and the Under the Never Sky trilogy by: Veronica Rossi.  I also still have a lot more!
2.  What is your favorite genre and why?
Pretty much YA or NA fantasy or dystopian.  I don’t always enjoy real life stuff but sometimes I do!

3.  If you could recommend one other book blogger, who would it be and why?http://www.twochicksonbooks.com/ That is where I know awesome upcoming books, and she has the same taste as me

4.  How do you arrange your bookshelves? Is there a rhyme or reason? Or not at all? (#ABEAShelfie)
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I have all my favorites on a row in no particular order.  The bottom of my shelf are the ones that I didn’t like that much.  I only keep the books that I absolutely love though otherwise I give them away to a new reader!

5.  What book are you most excited for on your TBR?
Wooooo I have a lot!  The Beauty of Darkness by: Mary E. Pearson, Throne of Glass #5, The Sleeping Prince by: Melinda Salisbury, Falling Kingdoms #5, Crooked Kingdom by: Leigh Bardugo, Broken Prince by: Erin Watt, etc. etc. etc!
6.  If you could choose three characters to have lunch with, who would they be and why?
Rapunzel so I can climb her hair, Warner from Shatter Me because #1 book boyfriend, and Gwyneth from Ruby Red because she is fun and has a good sense of humor!
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