Jillian Neal’s The Gifted Ream: where passion and crime meet family life

Crime, passion, intrigue, drama, family life, so much has already been lost, yet there is still so much to gain…A sinister criminal organization that longs for more power and the men that are trying desperately to stop them, tender passionate love that’s rapidly blossoming into an all encompassing fire, and the family brings everyone back home is all inside of The Gifted Realm.

Author Jillian Neal is on her blog tour for The Gifted Realm promotion and today she makes a stop to my blog. And I have a lot of questions to ask her…

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First of all, how did you come up with the idea of the Gifted Realm Series?

Honestly, the Realm took over my brain. I woke up one morning with Rainer Lawson in my head, and I’ve never looked back. I never concisely sat down and decided to write. I fought it. Finally, after about a week of trying to concentrate on anything else, I sat down and tried to just type out the story that crowded my brain. I typed for two weeks straight. My mind moved faster than my fingers could. It’s still that way although Rainer and Emily’s story is now complete. I’m working on my twelfth novel, and the stories still crowd my brain and won’t give me rest until I get them on paper. The Realm came to me fully formed, but I have no idea where it came from

What genre do you consider your books to be?

I consider my books to be heavy-duty Romance both shaken and stirred with a light twist of fantasy. ;

Do you have a specific writing routine?

I spend about 60 hours a week working. I would be deliriously happy if all of that time was spent writing. I squeeze in every writing moment I can, even if I just get a sentence or two out, it fulfils me. But I also have my hubs and our boys to take care of, blogs to write, editing to do, promoting, dishes, cooking, laundry, and I occasionally do things like showering. He he. I usually try to get writing and editing done while my boys are in school. After they come home we do the homework, dinner, family time thing, and then when they’re in bed, I try to squeeze in a little more work before my darling husband whisks me off to bed.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I really can’t think of one thing I would change in “Rock Bottom.” I really love every single thing in that part of the story. If given the opportunity, however, there is quite a bit I would change in my first book, “Within the Realm.” I’ve learned a lot since that one hit the shelves.

Are your stories based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

My stories and my characters are not based on myself or on anyone I know. I do think that most everyone is a character. I may pick up a trait here or there from a friend or acquaintance or just a person I saw in the grocery store or at the mall. I’m always people-watching. There really are stories everywhere, and I love to weave them into my novels.

Do you ever experience writer’s block?

I’m always terrified to answer this question because I’m worried I’m going to jinx myself. I have never experienced writer’s block. From the moment Rainer Lawson took over my mind, every time I sit down to write the story spills forth. Sometimes it trickles and sometimes it’s a tidal wave, but it’s always there.

What is your next project?

My fifth book in “The Gifted Realm” series, “An Angel All His Own,” is being edited. It will be out later this year.

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Author Bio:

Jillian Neal is a New Adult author with a passion for passion. She writes strong character driven novels told from the male perspective. Her guys aren’t afraid to let us inside their minds or inside their bedrooms. Young love comes to life inside the author’s Realm, along with sinister crime fighting, mixed in with a hearty dose of family. The engaging adventures will stretch your mind and keep you coming back for more.

Jillian lives outside of Atlanta with her husband, children, and their pot-belly pig, Beans.

 

 

 

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New Cover Reveal: THE FALL by Stephen Cost

 

For thousands of years, Death walked behind the dark veil of the living, waiting to ferry the dead. That is, until the day that Death took a life for pleasure rather than duty. On that day, the first Reaper fell to Earth. Now, Reapers live among us, craving the taste of death, forcing them to kill to satisfy their immortal hunger.

Giles Reid fell more than 300 years ago starving for the taste of death, only to find himself drowning in a sea of the living and blinded by a hunger that forces him to kill. In the centuries since his fall he has tried to be more human, desperate to live a life that makes up for what he is and the wrong he has done. Driven by his guilt over killing, he has chosen to feed only on evil; humans that have never been a threat to him but who are always a danger to others. That is, until the day he tries to feed on a human as strong, fast and cunning as himself; a human who, it turns out, has been hunting him. Now he is being pursued by the very evil he has fed on for centuries, embroiled in a deadly cat-and-mouse game, where friends and other Reapers connected to him are simply pawns on a chessboard waiting to be sacrificed. Giles is left with a choice, save the life of the women he loves, the daughter of his mentor, or betrays her for his own survival.

To save the woman he loves, Giles will have to be the monster he is.

Stephen Cost was born in Wexford Ireland and raised in a small seaside town not far from Dublin.  From a young age he would spin dark tales and write them down for his own amusement.  At the age of 13 he moved from his home in Ireland to America and his love of dark American cinema took root.

He passes his free time, when not writing, by reading horror and fantasy genre novels in addition to watching science fiction and horror movies.

He graduated from University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.  A computer engineer by trade, he specializes in integrated system services and uses the knowledge gained from his degree to write emotionally captivating urban fiction.

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‘City Break In Athens’ is now LIVE on Amazon, B&N, IBooks and more

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I’m beyond excited to let you know that my first book City Break In Athens is now available on all major online bookstores.

City Break in Athens is a travel guide to the city of Athens, Greece and I worked hard so it becomes the best friend for those who’re planning a trip to our beautiful city. It’s the first instalment in a travel books series I’m planning to published under the umbrella of Yia Su!, I brand I founded a few years ago aiming to provide solid advices to travellers to Athens.

I’m going to share with you my experiences as I’m taking my first steps into the self-publishing industry in my future posts.

For now all I want to do is take a big breath and enjoy a glass of cold white wine. So, that’s how it feels to be a published author… (she exhaled exhausted).

City Break in Athens is now available for sale on:

Elissa Daye and Her Destiny Divas

What happens when you are In Flames? What happens when you are In Chains? Are you In Rapture or you are in The Land of the Shadows?

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Author Elissa Daye has the answer.

But who exactly is Elissa Daye?

“Mother, writer, lover, fighter. All of these things ring true at one point or another during my day. I grew up in Southern Illinois and grew a strong love of reading as soon as I could pick up a book. This love grew over the years and I started learning that I could create worlds for others to get lost in as well. I’ve never turned back once I completed the first book”.

What was the turning point of your life and how did you decide to focus on your writing?

“When I realized that I had become a teacher just because everyone else thought I would be good at it. It wasn’t what I really wanted to do. Sure, I loved working with kids, but I hated the bureaucracy that came along with it. I had always said I’ll write in my spare time, but teaching took everything from me one piece at a time and it wasn’t until I quit, that I realized how miserable I had become. I began focusing on my art and when I finally heard the first person call me a writer, I knew it finally rang true. This is what I was meant to do”.

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How difficult is for you as a stay at home mom to pursue a writing career?

“Oh my goodness, I could expound upon this topic for quite some time. Suffice it to say that no matter how much I want to write, my girls come first. They are my world. So writing comes when the girls don’t need my immediate attention. I get up early and stay up late just to get more work done. I will say that when I don’t get to write at all I start to feel miserable, because writing makes me feel balanced. I just have to find the time when I’m not being pulled in every direction”.

Was getting published hard?

“It was hard. First, I had to believe in myself to send off my work. This involved creating a synopsis that told the whole of my work, a catchy phrase to catch the eye of a potential publisher, and a manuscript thaws was as polished as I could possibly make it. From there, it has gotten a little easier each time. I’ve learned so much since I published In Flames in 2012”.

Are your characters based on people you know?

” Sometimes yes. Sometimes no. I do pour a lot of my heart and soul into everything I write. I might bring in a person’s quirks without denoting their personality. In The Land of the Shadows I did use my best friend as a model as well as my own personal experiences from which I drew upon”.

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Which of your books is your most favourite?

“If you had asked me that a month ago, I would have said The Land of the Shadows, but now that In Chains is about to be released it has found quite a soft spot in my heart. It’s the end of a series, or most likely the end. There is always a chance that I might revisit it in the future, but I am currently penning a series of erotic romance that is taking my focus right now”.

What is your writing routine?

“Sit down, stare at the screen for a few minutes. Then I go back and reread the chapter from the night before. Open up Facebook, check my messages, then flip back to my screen. I find myself getting easily distracted because I interact with my street team quite a bit and various authors that I talk to. I’ve been doing a lot of giveaway events too. It all takes time and planning”.

What are your current projects?

“Right now I am working on the Press Legacy series, an erotic romance series containing paranormal twists. The first one Crushed is already penned and the second Little Red is about half way done. Banished should also be coming out this year. That one is a dark urban fantasy that will hopefully redefine what people think of me as a writer”.

Who are Elissa Daye’s Destiny Divas?

“My awesome street team filled the most amazing caring people you will ever meet. They help get the word out about my books and offer me encouragement any time I am down. I really can’t imagine my life without these wonderful people. You can find the street team on Facebook. If you like my works, I welcome you to come check us out”.

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Links:

Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Elissa-Daye/167094080042272

http://www.facebook.com/groups/destinydivas/

Twitter:

@daenira

Blog:

http://daenira.wordpress.com

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/In-Flames-Destined-Series-ebook/dp/B008LFKWXQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1363226003&sr=8-3&keywords=elissa+daye

http://www.amazon.com/In-Rapture-Destined-ebook/dp/B00AFCBFD4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1363226003&sr=8-2&keywords=elissa+daye

http://www.amazon.com/Land-Shadows-Elissa-Daye/dp/1629890669/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393376896&sr=1-3&keywords=elissa+daye

Trailer for The Land of the Shadows:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lWSkgPvcTg

Trailer for In Chains:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYuxrPv8tgw&feature=youtu.be