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Put your hands together for the amazing Author John Carter! Woooo!

I have just finished reading the second book in the Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever series and I am so pleased to announce that the author, John Carter, has agreed to do an interview with me here on my blog. Today. Right here. Right now. Yes! I know, right? Woo hoo! So without further ado, let’s give a warm welcome to Author John Carter!

And the crowd goes wild! *Applause!*

Alright John, can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

My name is John Carter … of Earth, not Mars. I can’t tell you how many people come up to me on a daily basis and ask me about that! I’m married with one daughter, Rachael. She inspired the Eli Arnold Books when she was a little girl.

Haha! I’m glad you cleared that up  for me. I was seriously wondering… 🙂 Ok, so what do you do when you are not writing?

And here is John. Practicing law…Oops. I mean playing ultimate Frisbee.

When I’m not writing (or working) I love to play ultimate Frisbee. I also like to explore a lot of the old tunnels that run beneath my little town of Macon, Georgia. And of course, I love to read!

 Do you have a day job as well?

I’m actually a practicing attorney but really can’t stand all the rules and regulations that go along with that job. Poor career choice on my part, I know, but it is what it is and it pays the bills 🙂

A lawyer, huh? You’re right. What a terrible choice of career.  😉 (For a Eli Arnold, maybe!) Haha!  When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

My first book, Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever Book One: It’s About Time rattled around in my head for a long time. It started out as a bedtime story for my little girl and sort of took on a life of its own. I actually started putting it down on paper sometime in late 2011. I finished it in March of 2013.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

Like I said, the Eli Arnold series started as a bedtime story for my girl. I’m sort of a big kid anyway so Children’s Fiction was a logical choice.

Where do you get your ideas?

Everywhere. News articles about historical finds, something someone says to me … they really do come from all over. I have a box that a keep interesting articles I find in and go through it when I need some inspiration.

A box of interesting articles…What a great idea for inspiration! Do you ever experience writer’s block?

All the time. In fact, I can’t think of anything else to put here right now, so …

Haha! Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I sort of know where a book is going but I don’t have any kind of written outline. I work it out as I go which requires me to go back and make changes a lot but it works for me.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

When I was a kid, I read a lot of Stephen King books – I particularly liked the Dark Tower Series. I also read a lot of James Rollins and Steve Berry now. Rollins incorporates a lot of science and history into his works – that really appeals to me. Berry was an attorney who quit practicing law to write – that very much appeals to me as well! He also went to the Law school in my hometown and is a really nice guy!

You know Author Steve Berry? No way! How cool! So can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

I self-published my first book and didn’t really have a clue about what I was doing. There was a lot of trial and error involved in getting everything just right. I also had a hard time believing that I had actually written a book and that people actually wanted to read it. I sat on it for a few months before I actually pulled the trigger and published it.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

I don’t think so. I learned so much through that first publishing experience that I probably wouldn’t change a thing. That experience certainly helped me down the road.

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?

I use social media a lot and have had a few local events. Free giveaways seem to work well to get prospective readers interested and Facebook has driven a lot of traffic my way.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

I’m working on a book geared more toward young adults right now. I might shop that around to the more traditional publishers when it’s finished. I’ll keep you posted 🙂

Ooooh, can’t wait! Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

Absolutely! Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever Book Three: All Roads continues Eli’s quest to recover the Keys to Forever, find his brother and return home. This installment finds our hero in ancient Rome around the time of Leonardo da Vinci. Eli battles a branch of the Order of Disorder called the Legion in an attempt to locate Vulcan’s Fire and move on to the next time. Friends become enemies, enemies become friends, and nothing is as it seems. Eli meets an entire new cast of characters and runs into trouble no matter what way he turns. He’ll also get a little closer to finding out about the ancient race that created the Keys to Forever and started him on his long adventure. And of course there’ll be a twist 🙂

Ancient Rome? Leonardo da Vinci? I’m sold! Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Some of the characters in my books are based on people I know but most everything is from my imagination. I do try to incorporate as much cool science and history into the books as possible – things like Archimedes’ death ray and invisibility devices – cool science and history…not the boring stuff 🙂

You’re right, a death ray is definitely NOT boring!  🙂 What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

In book two, Eli deals with a used car salesman styled Cyclops in the first few chapters. I think so far that was my favorite part to write. It was fun to do and when I went back and read over it, I loved it. I also like the very end of each book where all the seemingly unrelated stuff from the books get tied together and works out exactly like I’d planned all along – yeah right 🙂

How did you come up with the title?

I liked the name Eli Arnold and the full title sounds like a 1950’s serial to me. It just sort of worked so I kept it. Originally, it was Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever – Stones of Never. I liked it better shortened.

Interesting…What project are you working on now?

Book Three is almost finished! Then it’s on to Book Four!

Will the next book in the series be coming out soon?

I’m hopeful Book Three will be out before Christmas – cross your fingers for me please!

*Fingers crossed!* 😀 Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

There are several characters that will make second appearances in the later books. I have them all carefully stashed away for when I need them.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

The toughest criticism – I was told that a lot of what I written in the first book was unnecessary and detracted from the flow of the book. I went through a lot of re-writes to get things whipped into shape and the book is better for it.

The best compliment – I got a review comparing my book to the movie the Princess Bride which is one of my favorites. I keep a copy of that review on my desk to keep me motivated!

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Keep writing. Write as much as you can and be open to constructive criticism. The more you write, the better you’ll get!

Great advice! Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Thank you! I love writing and hope that my books are well received. I work really hard to make sure that the product I put out is the best it can be and hope it brings some enjoyment to my readers’ lives. Thanks for taking a chance on me!

I’m sure your new readers will NOT be disappointed!

Well there you have it folks! Author John Carter. And wasn’t he a pleasure! If you (or your kiddos) would like to give the Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever series a try, swing on over to Amazon here and get yourself a copy of the first installment. I’ve also read (LOVED) and reviewed both books. Take a peak at the reviews here.

And until next time, may your dreams become a reality, and your words be never forgotten…

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Review: Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever, Book 2: The Myth of Mythology

HOLY HILARIOUS MYTHOLOGICAL GOODNESS!

Ok, so here’s the deal. Not too long ago I read the first book in the Eli Arnold Series, titled ELI ARNOLD AND THE KEYS TO FOREVER: IT’S ABOUT TIME written by author John Carter and I was HOOKED! I’ve already written a review for the first one here. But let’s talk about book 2. I don’t even have the words to explain how much I enjoyed these books, but I will try.  First off, it is definitely hard to put this book down. It is fast paced, quick, witty, and–not to mention–hilarious! Second: Not only is John Carter’s style of writing perfectly engaging, he fills his books with true historical mythology, but in a super creative way that makes children and adults alike want to soak in more, read more and learn more. Thirdly: Mr. Carter has brought in some wonderfully lovable and not-so-lovable (but still sort of lovable in a terrible-Villain-type-of-way) characters to the playing field. Not only do find myself rooting for the main characters and booing the bad-guys, but I continually crack up at just hearing their names; names like the lovely and daring Princess Pitter Pat and the sleazy car salesman-like Cyclops Ira Unaoculus.  Oh and I can’t forget one of my favorites, Hades, God of the Underworld! There are fauns and Pegasus’, and giant three-headed dogs, oh my! But I fear if I go on any further I may start to give away pertinent and top-secret information. Alas, I must leave you to your own devices but I definitely recommend this series to anyone of any age. It is truly delightful! ELI ARNOLD AND THE KEYS TO FOREVER: THE MYTH OF MYTHOLOGY deserves a whopping 5 stars!

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Review: Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever: It’s About Time by John Carter

I just recently finished reading Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever: It’s About Time by John Carter, and what a treat it was! I am a huge fan of young adult fantasy series’ and this one takes the cake! This book is fast-paced and hilarious; perfect for young readers as it will definitely keep their attention and keep them laughing. Not only is this book a riot and I found myself giggling out loud at times, but it is charming in the way it integrates fantasy with historical and mythological elements. This story is so very fun and captivating, not to mention well written with quirky and quick-witted and lovable characters. I found it hard to put this book down and would recommend it to anyone who is young at heart! I am very excited to start reading the next book in the series!

I give this book a whopping 5 STARS and commend author John Carter for such a great piece!

*Here is my review for the next book in the series: The Myth of Mythology.

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Review: Through the Paper Wall by Heidi Nicole Bird

I just finished reading Through the Paper Wall by Heidi Nicole Bird and what a refreshing story it was! It took me to a magical place in my mind; one of mystery, imagination, and wonder, yet had the touching side of real-life struggles that a lot of people have to deal with. Even though the main character is quite young, I found myself identifying with his frustration, pain, love, and realization. I love how he grows as a person as the book progresses and is taken to a whole new world that puts things into perspective in his own life.

This story is a young adult fantasy but is perfect for all ages and it has definitely not been done before! It was so well-rounded and interesting that it kept me reading long into the hours of the night. I would describe Ms. Bird’s style as whimsical and fresh, yet she gets down and dirty in the depths of the human soul and puts in some hard-core real life lessons. Bird’s style can almost be related to that of M. Night Shyamalan, in that it is mysteriously engaging and so true to heart in its mesh between fantasy and reality. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone, as it will not disappoint!

Out of 1-5 stars, I give Through the Paper Wall a whopping 5 star!

And there’s more! I’ve had the pleasure of having Heidi Nicole here to answer some question’s. Take a minute to meet the author in her amazing interview here!

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Presenting…(drum roll please)…Author Heidi Nicole Bird!!!

Hello friends! Today I am happy be interviewing Author Heidi Nicole Bird, author of THROUGH THE PAPER WALL and soon to be released ONTARIO. I just read THROUGH THE PAPER WALL and loved it!Product Details See my review here.

Welcome Heidi Nicole! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am 23 years old and I live in West Jordan, Utah. I have been writing for as long as I can remember and I am a NaNoWriMo addict! Besides writing I love to read, sing, play guitar, piano, and violin, and have a good time. I really like to dance, though I pretty much look really bad while doing it. I am very religious and I always write family friendly content, no matter the age group I am writing for.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Honestly, surf the web. I have a problem with YouTube. We spend way too much time together. I also hang out with friends fairly often.

LOL! YouTube can be very addicting! Do you have a day job as well?

Nope, right now the only thing I do is write, though I am trying to get a job at one of my local libraries.

Good luck with that! When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

The first story I remember actually writing down was called “Jenny’s Horse” and I was probably ten years old or younger. I finished my first book the beginning of 2010, thanks to NaNoWriMo 2009.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I am most comfortable writing fantasy, probably because that is my favorite thing to read. I also write general fiction, which has been fun as well, but fantasy allows for more imagination, and I love that.

Where do you get your ideas?

They usually just come to me out of nowhere, quite often in the middle of the night when I want to sleep instead.

Haha! Those story ideas can be pests sometimes! Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Sure do, though not a ton. I usually have some sort of idea where the story is going to go next, but I like to let the characters tell the story, not me.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

Just write. I’ve never made an outline before. Well, that’s not true. I made one, but it was really just a timeline so I could make sure things worked together, and I made that after I had finished 90% of the story.

 

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

I was very influenced by the writings of Bruce Coville while growing up. He is, to this day, one of my very favorite writers, and I respect him so much! I strive for his type of excellence.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

It was definitely interesting. For a while I tried sending one book or another to publishers, and I was even offered a contract for one of them, but I finally realized that what I wanted to do was indie publish. I wanted the control. That sounds lame, but honestly I had a very definite set of goals for my books and I could only meet them by doing it all myself. It was challenging to get things going, but overall I think it went well. I designed my own cover, and the hardest part was getting permission for the image I wanted. Editing was a pain too, and formatting! Those two are definitely not my favorite things to do, but I’m glad I did it in the end. Marketing has been interesting as well, but I have a great group of authors that I work with daily and we all help each other get the word out.

It’s so nice that you have support of fellow authors. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

I would definitely like to have another set of eyes do a final proofread. Though I had three people besides myself edit and proofread, a few typos still made their way into the final book, so it would have been nice to maybe have someone professional do the final read through.

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?

I start off with a blog tour and launch party. Then I utilize my blog, facebook, and twitter to get the word out. Networking with other authors has been very important as well.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

Oh yes. I have a trilogy, the first three books I ever wrote, and I adore them. I was naïve enough to try and get the first one published, but now that I am a much more seasoned writer I realize how far gone the book is. Once I am done publishing my current project I plan on doing a major overhaul of my trilogy, then work on publishing them again.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

My second book, Ontario, will be released April 29th. It is a young adult romance, telling the story of a girl in her senior year who has been abandoned by her mother and left with her older brother as her guardian. Throughout the story Ontario, the main character, has to learn how to love and trust again, and she does that through her new friends and co-workers at the local 50s diner.

That sounds amazing! It’s definitely going on my to-read list! Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Events-wise, no, nothing is based on real events, but the character Ontario is actually me in many ways. Some of that was intentional, some not.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

Probably the prom scene, because I never got to go to a school dance with a boy, so I got to create my perfect prom through that scene.

How did you come up with the title?

It literally just popped into my head. I think I was lying on my bed thinking about Canada for some reason, haha!

That’s how some of the best ideas happen. What project are you working on now?

I am mostly working on publishing Ontario, but I am also finishing up another YA fantasy entitled Lorn, which I am particularly fond of. That is the next story I hope to have published.

Will you have a new book coming out soon?

Yep, Ontario will be released April 29th!

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

I have long since missed my characters and world that make up my trilogy. I’ve always thought it would be fun to publish some novellas based off the three books, after the originals are published.

 

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

I’ve been lucky enough to not have received anything that bad, but I definitely hate hearing there are loose plot threads. So, when I hear that I am even more motivated. I always try to tie up every loose end.

 

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

The best thing I can tell you is to start writing, or to keep writing if you have already started. It really is as simple as that. It took me four years to get to this point. It’s not something that happens overnight, and I still have a long way to go. Never give up on yourself! You can do it, just keep telling yourself that, because it is true.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

As always, I am so grateful for my readers and fans. None of what I do would be possible without them. Thank you all so much for supporting me! For those who aren’t fans yet, I hope you will check out my books!

Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us today Heidi!

Check out more from Heidi below! She will also be holding a contest through April 17th for her book launch party of Ontario! Go here for more info on how to win!

Heidi Nicole Bird’s twitter handle is  @HeidiNicoleBird

and you can follow her on Facebook here http://www.facebook.com/HeidiNicoleBird?fref=ts

and check out Heidi Nicole’s blog here! http://heidinicolebird.blogspot.com

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MER: Three days of free! Plus Giveaway!

WOOO HOOO! I am hosting another giveaway to celebrate MER: Three days of free! My young adult fantasy novel MER, (the first one in the MER series) will be FREE for three days on Amazon kindle. Haven’t had a chance to read it yet? Now’s your chance! Hurry, because the second book in the series is coming soon! To learn more about MER check out the MER tab at the top of this blog; watch the book trailer, read the blurb, or read a sample chapter!

MER will be FREE on MARCH 6th, 7th, and 8th!!!

Don’t have a kindle? No prob, you can get a kindle app for your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android phone here. Prefer a paperback? Just enter the rafflecopter contest below and have a chance at winning one of two AUTHOR SIGNED copies of MER, plus a chance to win a $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD!!!

To Sum it up. All you have to do is download MER for free on March 6th, 7th, or 8th from Amazon and enter the rafflecopter contest below for a chance to win:

*1 of 2 AUTHOR SIGNED copies of MERMER

*1 $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD

It is not necessary but I would very much appreciate the support if you could also do one of the tasks below, or heck, do em’ all! Haha! 😀

* After you read MER, a review on Amazon would be very much appreciated as MER is a brand spankin’ new series and would love the feedback!

*LIKE MER on Facebook here.

*Follow me on Goodreads here.

*Add MER to your Goodreads To-Read Shelf here.

*Give yourself a HUG for being so awesome and picking great literature to read!!!

ENTER RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY HERE
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks so much and good luck on the raffle!!!

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THE NEXT BIG THING!

The Next Big Thing …

Welcome to The Next Big Thing. My author buddy, Suzanna Williams, recently tagged me for a ‘chain’ blog entitled ‘The Next Big Thing’.
The deal is: I answer a few questions about my current work-in-progress, then I invite other authors to do the same. A bit like a chain letter, except it is only focused on an author’s work-in-progress.
Suzanna is the author of a young adult sci-fi action adventure titled Shockwaves. You can find her answers about her latest book by clicking here.
Suzanna was tagged previously by Katherine Lowry Logan, the author of The Ruby Brooch, a time travel romance.
Read about her work-in-progress here.
The authors I’ve chosen have been tagged can be found below my answers. So here goes:

What is the working title of your next book?

MER: volume 2. (This is just a working title until I make a decision on what the second book in the series will be called.)

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Besides the fact that I love anything fantasy, involving mermaids and magical creatures, it all started with a late-night conversation with my hubby. We were talking about current trends in young adult books and movies and I was like “There are so many vampire, werewolf, and wizard type books…what about merpeople?” And thus, MER was born.

What genre does your book fall under?

Young adult fantasy with a touch of romance.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

This is a very hard question, because I have so many characters in my book, a lot of them being children and teens. BUT I will say that Russel Crow would be a great Lord Emrys, the children’s father.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

MER is a dark and magically gripping tale of the Castlecray children, who are forced on a treacherous journey where bed-time stories come to life right before their eyes.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

This was a very hard decision for me at first, but for now I will am self publishing the MER series. If I get a fantastic offer from a big-time publisher, then it may be a different story.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

It took me nine months to write MER, the first book in the series, and I am shooting for six months for book 2! Wish me luck!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

This is also a very hard question, because I believe my book is very different from any other. But if I had to choose I would say J.K. Rowling’s HARRY POTTER and George R.R. Martin’s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, which are two very different styles.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My family. My daughter, who is absolutely obsessed with fairy-tales and anything mermaid and my husband, who is my biggest support system!

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

This series is geared towards young adults, but it is great for and loved by many people of all ages. It has a little bit of everything, from knights who fight for honor, a rebellion war and slimy crag trolls, to magical creatures, ancient prophecies, mermaids, and romance. If that doesn’t get you, check out the book trailer here done by Director Jeremy Womac and Monsoon Productions. It is amazing!
The authors I’ve invited to join in the fun are: James Eggebeen, a fantasy writer after my own heart, and Bethany Aan, a steamy erotica/romance and sci-fi writer.
I hope you’ll visit their websites and check out their books. Their answers will be posted on their blogs on Friday, March 1st, along with the names of the authors they’ve tagged. Look for #BlogNextBigThing

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MER book trailer!

MER by Jade M. Phillips

MER book trailer directed by Jeremy Womac

and produced by Monsoon Productions

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MER Book Release Extravanganza and Giveaway!

THE TIME HAS COME LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! THE RELEASE OF MER!

LAUNCH DATE: 1/13/13

And in celebration we will be doing some MERtastic giveaways!

GRAND PRIZE CONTEST WILL RUN FROM SUNDAY JAN 13th- THURSDAY JAN 17th!

FACEBOOK GIVEAWAYS WILL BE THURSDAY JAN 17th ONLY!

GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE GIVEAWAY!Online release flyer mer

*GRAND PRIZE

$50 Amazon Giftcard.

*2nd GRAND PRIZE $25 Amazon Giftcard.

*3rd GRAND PRIZE $25 Starbucks Giftcard.

FACEBOOK GIVEAWAYS! (Must LIKE MER on Facebook here and join the Mer Book Release Extravaganza!)

*A chance to have your name (first, middle, or last) be featured as a character in the next book, tome #2 of the MER series+ an autographed copy of MER tome#1!

*We will also be giving away a total of (5) copies of MER, your choice of print or Kindle throughout the day and

*A total of (6) $10 Amazon gift cards will be given away throughout the day.

RULES:

FIVE WAYS TO WIN THE GRAND PRIZES:

1. Comment on this post between Sunday Jan 13th – Thursday Jan 17th (leaving your name and e-mail address) to receive 1 entry for the GRAND PRIZES.

2. Purchase a book between Sunday Jan 13th – Thursday Jan 17th and receive 5 entries for each copy purchased! Go here for kindle or here for a print book to be sent to you, forward the receipt to authorjadephillips@gmail.com with your name and contact info.

3. Go to MER’s Facebook page here between Sunday Jan 13th – Thursday Jan 17th and LIKE it ( if you haven’t already) to receive 1 entry.

4. Watch the MER booktrailer here on YouTube, then comment with your name and email address and like (on youtube) and then share it on Facebook to receive 5 entries! Or just watch it below and comment to earn 1 entry!

5. Tweet to win. If you are on twitter, copy and tweet any of the 5 tweets below between Sunday Jan 13th – Thursday Jan 17th. Each tweet will earn 1 entry. You can only tweet each once per day, so you can tweet 5 times a day and earn up to 5 entries a day. So if you tweet all 5 tweets all 5 days that’s 25 entries! (Make sure to keep the tweets exactly how they are so I can keep track.)

Like Starbucks coffee? WIN $25 GC and many more prizes. Join the MER book release party! Now until the 17th! @JadeMPhillipshttp://wp.me/p2PmSa-26
MER BOOK RELEASE PARTY EXTRAVAGANZA! WIN a $50 AMAZON GC and many other prizes! Now until Thursday 17th! @JadeMPhillips http://wp.me/p2PmSa-26
#FREE $50 & $25 AMAZON GC, $25 Starbucks GC! Join the book release party for MER and WIN! @JadeMPhillips http://wp.me/p2PmSa-26
 Contest going on now! WIN $50 & $25 AMAZON GC’s $25 STARBUCKS GC, and free books! MER release party! @JadeMPhillips http://wp.me/p2PmSa-26
 #WIN #FREE #PRIZES Check out the MER BOOK RELEASE PARTY! $50 Amazon GC $25 GC and many more! @JadeMPhillips http://wp.me/p2PmSa-26

*You will have 5 days to get in your GRAND PRIZE entries. The entries will only be given from Sunday Jan 13th – Thursday Jan 17th. They will not count if done before or after. Now if you haven’t quite got it yet (HaHa!) the contest runs from 1/13/13 through 1/17/13, where it will end with a bang with the Facebook event on the last day!  Winners will be announced on Friday Jan 18th.

Mer book release!

Happy Birthday MER!
Balloons, party hat, and wine glasses not included.

WAYS TO WIN THE ALL DAY FACEBOOK GIVEAWAYS AND MINI PRIZES: You must go to MER’s Facebook page here and LIKE it (which will award you 1 entry towards the GRAND PRIZE if done Jan 13th-17th) and you must join the event MER BOOK RELEASE EXTRAVAGANZA! There will be contests, games and trivia all throughout the day for a chance to win the mini prizes, and even from the comfort of your own laptop, i-pad or smart phone. You do NOT have to be there all day, just check in every so often to join in on the contests. (Rules will be posted on the event page during the mini contests which will be posted randomly throughout the day of Thursday, Jan 17th.) And the winners will be announced the next day (Friday the 18th!)

Thank you so much and good luck! And may the power of MER be with you!!

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You asked for it! MER chapter reveal!

Woo hoo! MER has hit 100 LIKES on Facebook! What is MER, you ask?

Let me put it this way, if a “Harry Potter” book got together with “The Little Mermaid” (and added a little sprinkle of “The Game of Thrones” for the adults), you would get my suspensfully dark, swashbuckling, mysteriously gripping, sometimes awkward and special, but never boring young adult novel, MER.

And in celebration of getting 100 LIKES on Facebook, here is a chapter snippet, as promised! Let the magic begin!

“That’s enough bantering, ladies,” said Higgins, the unspoken leader of the cog, “You all sound like washerwomen on laundry day!” The crew looked sheepish, hanging their heads.

Brushing off the childish behavior, Higgins proceeded, “I think we should set sail a bit more south. The sea hasn’t given us a bit of luck here. Pull in the nets and hoist the main mast.” Higgins scratched his scruffy black beard as he gazed south toward the open sea.

Just then the fishing cog lurched forward abruptly. The men stumbled to catch their footing. They all stood stock still, and searched each other’s faces questioningly for a hint of explanation. Again the boat suddenly jumped, causing the men to lose their balance.

“The net!” yelled the thin man as he looked over into the water. The group rushed to where he was, peering over the edge.

“We’ve caught something! It’s a big one!” cried the crew members as the boat began to move slowly and steadily across the sunrise-colored water.

“Whatever it is,” shouted Higgins, “It’s mighty strong. It’s actually pulling us!”

“Jefferson! Duncy! Get the spears!” Higgins grabbed the net to try to steady the sea creature. A streak of shiny scales could be seen, as their catch struggled to free itself. A loud ripping and popping sound could be heard. “It’s ripping the net!”

In a flash, the creature emerged from the water, free of the net, and in a blur, a large fish tail smacked the water as it dove back in, creating a large splash that hit the men square in the face.

Higgins was caught off guard by the splash and wiped his eyes with the back of his sleeve. He was suddenly aware that the boat was swiftly moving again, faster than before. The damned thing is pulling us again, the fisherman thought.

“The tip of its fin is caught in the net!” cried Duncy as he ran to the front deck with his spear. The whole group was now at the head of the boat, gripping and pulling at the net, while the large fish swam desperately, tugging the small cog behind it. Faster and faster they went, almost as if the boat itself was alive and swimming.

Higgins pulled with all of his might at the wavering fish net and yelled, “Duncy! Spear the beast!”

Duncy wobbled and wavered, his arm propped in preparation. “I can’t get a clear view of it. It keeps swerving back and forth like a crazed dolphin!”

“Just do it!” spouted Higgins over the chaotic noise of shouting fishermen and rushing water. Duncy stretched back his hand and steadied the weapon as much as was possible, and threw the spear straight and true directly at the fish net. The boat slowed and the net loosened its slack in the men’s grip. For a moment they dared not breathe in the tension-filled silence.

Suddenly with a splash, the broken spear came shooting up out of the water, followed by a second piece; the splintered shaft launched through the air. What the bloody heck kinda’ fish is this?

The little fishing cog began to build up speed again.

“What in the…?” The thin man’s words were cut off by Jefferson bursting through with another spear.

“Out of the way!” The young and strong fisherman thrust the spear so hard into the water that he almost toppled over with it until another crew member caught him by the back of his shirt. The speed of the boat slowed, and again the net slackened in the crew’s hands. They all stopped to catch their breath.

Gasping for air, Jefferson said, “Look!”

The great fish floated up sideways towards the surface of the water, golden scales glittering in the now vibrant sunlight. The men finally got a good look at it and stared in awe. The huge fish was a bit longer than the tallest man and half as wide.

Higgins wiped the perspiration off of his forehead with the back of his hand and let out a big sigh of relief. “Whew! Now that’s what I call fishin’! Everyone to the net, let’s pull this monster in.”

The men gathered and grabbed a part of the fish net and hooted and hollered, laughing about their triumph, as they worked to hoist their catch over the edge of the boat and on deck. They spoke of how everyone would applaud them at the Beltane Festival when they presented their prize.

“That is the biggest fish I ever seen,” the old fisherman said as he struggled with the net.

Jefferson had a look of pride on his broad face while he pulled on the net with all of his strength, “I can’t wait to see the young maiden’s faces when they hear we’ve caught the Legendary Giganta.”

All of the other crew members exchanged glances and then burst out into laughter. The old man, half laughing and half coughing, said, “Oh, you’re just a…gr… green boy, Jefferson. That’s no Giganta. The Great Fish would be four times the size of this one here.”

Jefferson looked disappointed but asked, “Well, what kinda’ fish do you s’pose it is?”

Higgins smiled. “I don’t know, but one thing’s for sure, this will be the biggest catch on record in all of North Harbor. Heck, in all of Merenia.”

The crew finally pulled the enormous fish on deck with a loud wet thud as Jefferson leaned over and ripped his spear from the beast’s side. The men stood back to admire their catch, red blood surged and oozed from the wound and ran across the wet planks of the boat.

“We set sail immediately. We won’t want to be late for Beltane,” the boat leader said. The crew quickly went to work hoisting the sails and making ready for their trip back.

The sun was well past halfway through the sky and beating down warmly on their backs once they turned and set forth onto North Harbor. The men sang a song of maids and whiskey, as Higgins looked to see that the fog had lifted and the waters were clear and sparkling. He whistled a happy tune, scratching at his scruffy beard while manning the helm.

The sweaty and water-sodden men went about their work in the liveliest of moods with the image of North Harbor coming closer and closer.

“Come quick! Something’s happening!” Duncy called to the crew. The men jumped and ran to Duncy’s urgent cry.

As the fishermen gathered around their catch, they stared in amazement, for what they saw was something they’ve only heard about in stories.

“What is it doing?”

“This can’t be real.”

“Something’s wrong.” All of the men talked on top of each other.

“Son of a goat! Look at that!” the old man said in shock while he stared down at the huge fish, his knees shaking.

Crackling noises were coming from the giant creature, noises that stood the hair up on the backs of their necks. The glittering golden scales of the fish began to bend and shift, flowing long ways down its back.

The men blinked their eyes in disbelief, yet the fish body went on fluidly moving and varying its shape back and forth. The fish head, which was just covered in the golden scales and a large bulging eye, was now bare meat underneath, changing from yellow to green to orange and finally settling on pink. The fish’s thick lower half began to narrow and grow thinner, and its rough and stubby fin began to enlarge into a wide, yet thin and flowing dorsal, showing the colors of a fiery iridescent rainbow in the sunlight.

Higgins stood awestruck while a powerful sucking sound emanated from the morphing creature. With a loud pop, the so-called fish sprouted two appendages below the pale head, the color of pink skin. Bloody deep blue sea, I must be dreaming.

Higgins searched the others’ faces, theirs reflecting the mix of emotions he felt creeping along his insides, goose pimples running along his arms.

The creature that was now more shapely than before and a bit smaller but still very large, began to grow a nose, mouth, and fingers; looking more like a man with every passing moment. The screeching and crackling sounds went on while the half-man grew long wavy hair and its features turned solid and its muscles strong.

Then all was silent, except for the groaning and creaking of the wooden boat swaying gently in the water. The creature lay still with a gaping wound in its flesh-colored chest, blood running down onto, what seemed to be, its fish tail.

“Well, I’ll be damned to the deep blue sea…” Higgins words were carried away on the ocean breeze.

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