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THE STORY OF JASON GRIFFIN

by Sophie Russell
Metaphysical Fantasy, Serial Fiction


It all began on New Year’s Eve.  The villagers were congregating at their local pub talking about an event that changed the course of their village’s history.  A drunken villager left the pub and got lost inside their surrounding (apparently) haunted and spectral forest ... 

A newcomer arrives at the turn of the new hour in the new year – a baby boy mysteriously brought to a hidden part of the forest.  

It was not long after the drunk wanderer made his way back home that five-month-old Jason Griffin arrived on the scene, along with his new family and new life. 


"The intimate, folksy tone of the narrative is quite pleasant - though still quite effective when it comes to establishing creepy events or circumstances."~Wattpad reader

"Your pacing is perfect--it kept my attention all the way through."~Wattpad reader


"A narrator with an engaging personality."~Wattpad reader

Available on Amazon in US and UK


CIR: What gave you the idea for this book?
RUSSELL: I was doing a project for secondary school when I was fourteen and a half. One of my 3 story ideas was this story, and it centred around a boy becoming separated from his family by a tragic incident when he was a baby and then growing up and having to be re-acquainted with his old life in his mid teens. I just wrote a first chapter, for the project, but halfway through coming up with the characters and unique storyline, I felt I could take this story further and give it more scope and a more believable ending – so I took up the challenge and continued moulding it into a twelve-part series, until I had something which no longer represented its original self – it became infested with new age metaphysical ideas and the characters took on a life of their own, especially the supporting characters.


CIR: What would you compare this book to?  
RUSSELL: I really shouldn’t compare this book to anything because it is written in my own unique style and stands alone as its own testament to how literature can be ... On the other hand, I see the tone of the first book reminds me of a mixture of David Copperfield, Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia and Star Wars (the philosophy which is conveyed through these series is like that which is conveyed in the original Star Wars movies). It is a slow-paced novel and is really more for the reader who likes to kick back and read a book with a cup of cocoa in one hand, at a slow, leisurely pace. It’s not full of action, and it doesn’t try to bombard the reader with it all at once but spreads it out evenly over the course of the twenty-two chapters which make up the first book.


CIR: Are any of the characters like you or someone you know?
RUSSELL: Most of the characters in this series are based on someone in my life, otherwise I would not know how to make each character relate and react to my main character who is like me. I take inspiration from all the people I have around me, however, they didn’t start off that way ... they were originally just ideas for characters in my head, as was Jason, the main character, but then I noticed similarities between such characters and people in my own life I became acquainted with and so I was able to flesh them out more in that respect.

CIR: What is the most unique or outstanding aspect of your story?
RUSSELL: What makes it unique and outstanding is the narrative style. The situations my characters find themselves in have never been written about before in literature; it’s completely my own fantasy, and inspired by true events, masked and over-exaggerated a little to give it an extraordinary zing of flavour.

  
    
CIR: Is there more coming? 
RUSSELL: YES. Indeed, I have written more. It is now a ten part series, but there may be more, depending on whether I come up with more story ideas. And I’ve come up with a possible spin-off series – 2 in fact – so this story and its characters could carry on for years and years. I have written the drafts of the first four books now, and am currently on book five. I’m on a roll!




Learn more about Sophie Russell and her writing at her website.

HEAVENLY BITES NOVELLAS

by Christine S. Feldman
Contemporary Romance

Book 1: Pastels & Jingle Bells


Trish Ackerly never expected to cross paths with Ian Rafferty again, but when she spots the former bully of her childhood years through her bakery window, she thinks she may just have been given the best Christmas gift ever:  the opportunity to finally give Ian the comeuppance he deserves.

But clearly she does not have a knack for this whole revenge thing because before she can make good on her plans, Trish gets drawn into Ian’s life in an unexpected way that lets her see just how different the man is from the boy he used to be.  In fact, much to her astonishment, she actually starts to like the guy. 

A lot.

Trouble is, Ian doesn’t know who she really is, and explaining it to him is going to be a little difficult now—which is bad news, because Trish is starting to realize that all she really wants for Christmas this year…is Ian.

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble



Book 2: Love Lessons


Self-assured Nadia Normandy knows everything there is to know about men and dating, which seems to be why little old Mrs. Beasley maneuvers her into taking unsuspecting and bookish accountant Benji Garner under her wing.  Her mission?  Shape him up for the opposite sex, preferably in time for New Year’s Eve.

A challenge?  Sure, but Nadia discovers that Benji’s got a charm all his own, and she finds herself avoiding her usual social scene in favor of time spent with him—all in the name of mentoring him, of course.

Except that after a while, it starts to feel less like mentoring and more like something else—which could present a problem, because just as Nadia begins to realize she didn’t know quite as much about men as she thought, other women are starting to notice her unlikely protégé.

Much like Nadia is beginning to notice him in a whole new way herself…

"A sweet satisfying tale."~Amazon reviewer

"The perfect length for a evening at home or read for the beach!"~Amazon reviewer

"Hysterical moments between a guy and girl."~Amazon reviewer

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble



Book 3: Playing Cupid


Much as she loves her meddling matchmaker of a grandmother, free-spirited Aimee Beasley is tired of dodging the dull and downright tiresome dates the older woman keeps trying to arrange for her.  So when she notices her beloved Gran preening in the presence of a distinguished elderly gentleman who’s been visiting their apartment building, Aimee is delighted at the prospect of turning the tables on her.

But her plans to match her grandmother up with the gentleman in time for Valentine’s Day hit a snag when Aimee realizes he’s the uncle of their downstairs neighbor, a stodgy thirty-something history professor named Doyle with whom she butts heads on a regular basis.  She’ll need to find a way to make nice and enlist his help, or her plan to see her long-widowed Gran happily matched again will never work.

For Gran’s sake, she’s determined to find a way.  In the process, she starts to realize that her cranky downstairs neighbor has a softer side she never suspected existed. 

And when it comes to romantic heroes, history professors may not have gotten a fair shake…

"Feldman has a way of bundling delightful, heart touching romances in a novella length story. Playing Cupid not only gives us one but two sensational couples...and we get get to watch their love grow."~Amazon reviewer

"A perfect Valentine's Day book."~Amazon reviewer

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble


You can also purchase a bunde of all three books exclusively from Amazon!


CIR: What inspired this series?
FELDMAN: Well, all three stories center around a bakery called Heavenly Bites (hence the series' name), so I got to combine my love of sweet romance with my love of sweets in general. What more could a girl ask for?  And I love the holidays, so I had a great deal of fun featuring budding romances in different holiday settings.

CIR: What would you compare this book to?  
FELDMAN: You know, I've had a couple of readers say they think these novellas would be perfect to adapt for the Hallmark Channel, and I think they're on to something there.  In addition to being sweet and clean, each novella has some subtle, positive underlying messages that would be right in line with a Hallmark production.

CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of the series?
FELDMAN: I hope readers will get a cozy, uplifting, and satisfying reading experience that will leave them feeling like they just got to know some wonderful new friends they'd love to come back and visit with time and time again.

CIR: What makes the series outstanding?
FELDMAN: Being the books' author, I suppose I'm a little biased, so I'll go with what several readers and reviewers have said instead, and that is that these little novellas manage to pack in very full and complete stories--including depth and great character development--that might not usually be expected outside of a full-length novel.  And since these characters are near and dear to my heart, it's great to know that readers have gotten attached to them, too.  

Learn more about Christine S. Feldman and her writing at www.christinesfeldman.com


GOLDEN DREAMS

by Patricia PacJac Carroll
Western, Christian Romance


He's going east. 
She's getting nowhere. 
Their dreams collide when a killer, land grant, and tornado throw them together on the California Trail. 



Katy Gilbreth escapes the harsh saloon life with nothing but a wounded heart and scarred face. Vowing not to give up, she sets her sights on California where she can get away from the hauntings of the past and start over in a land full of Golden dreams. Katy trusts no man yet needs one to take her west. 



Revelation Tarver is traveling east to reconcile with his father and God. Along the way, he has visions of a golden-haired woman with a scar on her cheek. But he has no plans to fall in love again. Then he stops for supplies in a nowhere town and sees Katy, the woman in his dreams. 

Because of her past, Rev shuts his heart to Katy. After all, he’s been called by the Lord to preach, and he is headed east. Katy and Rev embark on a journey where they face the wild land, a wicked outlaw, and their own fears. 



Sometimes you have to go through your past to reach your dreams.  

"What a sweet love story, a story of forgiveness, of second chances, of God's grace."~Amazon reviewer

"I enjoyed the wagon trail experience this story provides... An engaging story I'm sure many will love reading."~Amazon reviewer

"Thank you for another adventure-filled book that has inspired me to 'remain strong in The Lord through hard times'."~Amazon reviewer


CIR: What gave you the inspiration for this book? 
CARROLL: This book started after I saw a shooting star and wondered what if people in the old west saw a meteor? And Golden Dreams was born. Katy and Rev both see the meteor but in different locations. Like the meteor colliding with earth, it isn’t long when the two collide and are set on a course to California. A journey neither would have chosen, neither could have imagined, and one that changes both their lives.

CIR: What was the writing process like for your book? 
CARROLL: I finished this book years ago but had to edit and change a large portion of it before publishing. I write for the journey, the quest to discover. I might have an idea of the end, (all my books have happy endings) but the journey to reach the end is always a surprise for me. Those characters just have minds of their own and often veer off in a direction that I didn’t see coming. 

CIR: Speaking of your characters, tell us about your lead character.
CARROLL: Katy is a strong woman. The war took everything from her, but she is determined to go on, believing that if she can get to California, her life will be better. She learns that sometimes you have to go through your past to reach your dreams.

CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this book? 
CARROLL: As always, I hope the readers have an enjoyable adventure with my characters and are encouraged along the way. 

CIR: What themes do you address?
CARROLL: Redemption, forgiveness, and putting away the past.  Katy has to learn to forgive herself as well as others. 


Learn more about Patricia PacJac Carroll and her writing at her website.