Holiday E-book Giveaway Author Spotlight: Jen Wylie, Sean Hayden AND Julie Campbell

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Life has been such a crazy mess and I’ve had the worst freaking headache which is why I’ve been absent the last few days. So sorry, y’all 😦 Don’t forget to sign up for a chance to win some amazing e-books for Christmas. Only one day left to enter (click >here<). Since I’ve lacked at promoting, here’s not one, but 3 authors and their exciting books donated to the pile of goodies.

First up we have Julie Campbell. Julie has become such a great friend and i have no idea what I would do without her kick ass technical skills….I have NONE. Julie, thanks for being fabulous 😀 Back to her books: Not only has she agreed to giveaway Sabaska’s Tale, but also a great bundle of stories you won’t want to miss called Steampunk Trails. Each author has added their flare of imagination and cleverness. The creativity continues to stay with me, I simply adored Steampunk Trails. I’m not a steampunk junkie, but Julie and her cohorts have driven me to places I never knew existed, and isn’t that what books are for? So, I’d jump on this bandwagon of goodies quick! As far as Sabaska’s Tale, I can’t express how much I loved this adventure. Be sure to check out my review on Goodreads to learn more!

Second author spotlight is Sean Hayden. First I’d like to say how honored I am. Sean took a chance on me, an unknown, and helped make my dream a reality. Sean, thanks and I’m super glad we’re friends…you’re still a nerd 😉 (Now back to being professional and stuff)  Sean’s sense of humor is endless and his donated book, My Soul to Keep, hands-down showcases his unique, corky personality in each of his characters. One of my favorite aspects of this book is the MC, Connor, is a 15 year old boy….smart-mouthed and all. He and his sister’s relationship cracked me up and is VERY accurate to real life interactions between siblings. Demons, Angels and Vampires, Oh my! <<<sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Anyway, I think you’re gonna love My Soul to Keep….be sure to give Sean a shout out on his FB page, along with a little nudge to help him finish the second book in this series 😉 *insert evil laugh here*

Last but certainly not least, we have Jen Wylie. What to say about her that I haven’t said before? She’s great, not only is she an amazing editor (my boss), but she is a fantastic person and friend. Jen, I have NO idea what I would have done without you. Your brilliance helped Hope’s Decree shine bright like a diamond (I’ve seen this logo on way too many shirts today while shopping. Shoot me now!) I’m so glad to call ya a friend 😀 You so Rock! On to her book: Jen has donated Broken Aro (The Broken Ones, #1). I could go on and freaking on about how much I adored this book, but I won’t bore you with my thoughts…um, yes I will. Aro is a young girl who is forced from one terrible situation to another. Devastation and heartache fill the pages early on, but not to worry, good (amazing) stuff happens, too. Aro bonds with a group of unexpected heros who eventually become her adopted family. To say this book is good is such an understatement. Broken Aro will have you running out to grab the second book in this series, Broken Prince (a-freaking-mazing) to find out what happens next.

So, long story short, Sabaska’s Tale, Steampunk Trails, My Soul to Keep and Broken Aro are all amazing reads and YOU have a chance to win one! Wahoo! Click >here< to enter.

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Holiday E-book Giveaway is LIVE

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~It’s LIVE~

Enter for a chance to win some great books! See the list of authors and their books below…

Amy Maurer Jones: Wildflower (Wildflower, #1)

Heather Van Fleet: Resisting Fate (Predetermined, #1) AND A Long Time Coming (Perfect Timing, #2)

J.A. Campbell: Sabaska’s Tale (Tales of the Travelers, #1) AND Steampunk Trails 

Jen Wylie: Broken Aro (The Broken Ones, #1) 

Sean Hayden: My Soul to Keep (Rise of the Fallen, #1)

Joanne Wadsworth: Warrior (Magio-Earth, #2)

Laura Thalassa: The Unearthly (The Unearthly, #1)

Katy O’Dowd: The Lady Astronomer

Angela McPherson: Hope’s Decree (The Fated, #1) 

Julie Campbell’s Character Interview for Sabaska’s Tale

Welcome to my first group of interviewees. Today we have Sabaska, Anna and Cahir.

***This interview may contain spoilers if you’ve not read Sabaska’s Tale.***

Sabaska's Tale (Tales of the Travelers, #1)

~Sabaska~ 

Angela: Sabaksa, thank you for joining us today. Let’s get started. What was life like growing up?

Sabaska: Our home world was destroyed years ago by the Vanir, so we had to find new places to live. The herd I grew up with chose a heavily forested world to raise their children on and call home. Travelers can’t actually Travel to different worlds until they are two, although they can Travel around their own world much younger. Though we don’t all call the same world home, we have pretty typical upbringings. Storytellers teach the stories of our kind, we learn to defend ourselves and pretend to be horses. We get to choose what path we want to take in life. Many stay home, but many of us go out in search of new stories and to fight against the Vanir.

Angela: Aside from Amir, do you speak with other Travelers?

Sabaska: Of course. Though Amir and I haven’t introduced Anna and Cahir to the rest of our people, we have regular meeting points and even some schools where our partners can learn about us from others who know the history. The magical barrier that prevents us from communicating is very frustrating, but we’ve found ways around it.

Angela: Can you tell us which world is your favorite?

Sabaska: There are so many. I particularly like the world Orlinza lives on. She’s an Alfar who has been fighting with us since the beginning of the war that destroyed our home world. Some of the worlds have more cities, even more than Anna’s home, Earth. Some are much more magical. I think I prefer the magical ones. Travelers stand out in cities.

Angela: This may be difficult to talk about, but can you share what it was like riding with Sherrie? Maybe some of your favorite moments before she passed?

Sabaska: Sherrie was my first partner and if I hadn’t desperately needed to complete our mission, I might have retired when she was killed. We traveled together for many years and it was like we were an extension of each other. Unless you’ve really felt that kind of bond, you can’t understand what it was like. Humans believe in souls, and it felt like mine was ripped out when she died. My favorite moments were the quiet ones in the mountains near her home. We didn’t have to worry about anything meaner than a mountain lion and we could know some peace.

Angela: What made you trust Cahir to ride with you?

Sabaska: I knew what he had to give up to ride with me. He gave up a lot of power and prestige and luxury.

Angela: You seemed to know Anna would be your rider. As if the choice was predestined. Do you regret your choice?

Sabaska: Anna had a lot of the same qualities that made me chose Sherrie. She handled our first mission far better than I ever could have expected. No, I don’t regret my choice at all.

Angela: Wow. We’ve learned so much from you today. I can’t wait to read more about you and your adventure….hopefully soon *wink*

~Anna~

Angela: Anna, thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions today. *gives a welcoming smile, then looks to handheld notebook*  You’ve learned and dealt with so much, and in such a sort period of time. What keeps you pushing forward?

Anna: Oh man, well, sometimes you just have to keep going. If it’s important enough, you’ll fight for it. Right? Besides, the horses couldn’t defend themselves, so someone had too.

Sabaska: *Nudges Anna and nickers softly*

Cahir: Most people wouldn’t have cared enough, Anna. You’re special.

Anna: No, just stubborn.

Cahir: Well, that too.

Angela: *sifts in seat and clears throat*

 Sabaska: *nickers in laughter*

Angela: You definitely seem to have your grandmother’s spirit. Do you think traveling with Sabaska will be a life long commitment, like your grandmother had?

Sabaska: *Emphatically tosses head*

Anna: I guess that answers that question. I can’t imagine life without Sabaska in it. It’ll be tough while I’m still in school, but we managed to survive our first adventure, so school can’t be that bad. Can it?

Angela: When you were in the field collecting crystals, you seemed to be able to use their magic to defend yourself when you were attacked. Has this power or energy affected you in any way?

Anna: Wow, I’m glad Cahir missed that question. Yeah, um, no, I hope not. As badly as Raymond reacted to that, I can’t imagine anything good would come out of it. Well, except that we’re still alive.

Angela: Have you Traveled to any other worlds with Sabaska since returning home? *eagerly leans forward in chair*

Anna: Not yet. I can’t wait for the next one though. Where too next, Sabaska?

Sabaska: *snort*

Angela: Do you miss the adventure?

Anna: Regular life is kind of dull now, but I’m still healing from some of my injuries so having a break is kind of nice.

Sabaska: *nods*

Cahir: I think she’ll get bored pretty quickly.

Angela: I can only imagine the feelings you felt when you discovered who Cahir really was. Do you think you could learn to trust Cahir again?

Anna: *Glares at Cahir.* Maybe.

Angela: *clears throat, again* The connection between the two of you seemed stronger and hard to ignore. Is this so?

Anna: I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Cahir: Anna…

Anna: No, really. No idea whatsoever.

Angela: Have you told your best friend, Karen, about your death-filled summer? If so, how did she take the news? Did she believe you?

Anna: Not yet. There’s no way she’d believe me. I made up stories about camping and stuff. She’s gonna be mad that I didn’t tell her the truth if she ever finds out, but really, what could I say?

Angela: Well, I think that sums it up for, Anna. Thank you.

~Cahir~

Angela: Now to you Cahir, can you shed light on the world you grew up on?

Cahir: Well, I don’t really remember much about the world I was born on. As soon as they discovered I had the ability to be a Tracker, or in the old terminology a Farer, they took me to the schools on Vanaheim. My sister had magical talent too, so she went along. We grew up in the school. It’s in the mountains, very pretty, but it has really high, thick walls too. There are creatures on that world that hunt those with magical talent so we couldn’t go out too much except for survival classes until Cathleen learned the skills necessary to protect us. Trackers have the natural ability to teleport to any place they’ve already been. We can’t use magic though.

Anna: Really? Why?

Cahir: Don’t know, that’s just the way it is.

Sabaska: *stomps the ground and lays ears flat.*

Anna: Something about that bothers her, but I don’t know what.

Angela: *furrows brows* What was your training like, and what age did you begin to practice magic?

Cahir: Like I said, I don’t do magic, except for the teleporting thing. Training involved a lot of different things. Survival skills, intense work on refining my ability to teleport, lots of classes, history, things like that.

Anna: So you didn’t grow up riding horses?

Cahir: We did that too.

Angela: Interesting. You grew up to be a mage, with the intention of capturing Travelers. Knowing what you do now, do you think others like yourself would change their way of thinking toward Travelers?

Cahir: No, not really. I think a lot of them do know, and they simply don’t care.

Anna: Figures.

Angela: What made you change your mind and turn against your family to help Anna and Sabaska?

Cahir: Well, it seemed wrong. And, well, I decided I liked Anna. After I found out how closely she and Sabaska were connected, I knew I couldn’t hurt one without hurting the other.

Sabaska: *nudges Cahir on the arm and nickers sympathetically.*

Angela: Do you regret the time spent with Anna?

Cahir: No, of course not. She’s an amazing young woman and I really hope I get to spend more time with her.

Anna: Right….

Angela: Well, that was super fun. I’ll guess I should let y’all get back to your lives.

~The End~

That’s it y’all, I hope you enjoyed learning more about Julie’s characters. Liked the interview, but haven’t read Sabaska’s Tale? No worries. Simply click one of the links below, and dive into Julie’s tale of, mystery, action, and intrigue.

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Twitter: @PFirewolf

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 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JULIE

More Listed Characters for the Interview

As promised, the final list of characters I’m interviewing. Ready? See below!

 

Sabaksa’s Tale by J. A. Campbell 

Sabaska's Tale (Tales of the Travelers, #1)

Interview includes: The one and only Sabaska, Anna, and Cahir.

Want to learn more about Sabaska’s world? How Anna is dealing with Cahir’s betrayal? Why Cahir decided to help Anna in the end?   List questions in comments.

 

My Soul to Keep by Sean Hayden

My Soul to Keep (Rise of the Fallen, #1)

See Sean’s witty characters chat it up: Connor, Clarisse, Caelyn and of course, Jessica will be there supporting Connor 😉 

 

The Lady Astronomer by Katy O’Dowd

The Lady Astronomer

Meet Katy’s crazy, fun characters: Freddie, Lucretia, and we can’t have one without the other, we’ll also chat with the lemur, and the owl!

 

Now, on to my characters from Hope’s Decree

Hope's Decree (Fated, #1)

Trinity, Blain, and it wouldn’t be the same without Morpheus.

Eek! I can’t wait to have all these great character’s over. The interview’s will be up next month, so be sure to keep checking in. 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Want to ask your favorite character a specific question? Be sure to leave them in the comments. 

Interview with Julie Campbell

 

Meet and greet with author Julie Campbell (J.A. Campbell)

Q: I’ve read Sabaska’s Tale and just loved it! Do have a particular section you enjoyed writing most?  

A: I really enjoyed writing the action scenes and the maze scene at the end. I really like to write action scenes, and it seems like I enjoy beating up my characters. Another section I enjoyed was the trip Anna takes with Raymond to a mountain top she’d never have seen otherwise. The scenery was beautiful to write.

Ooh, I remember the mountain top!

Q: How many books will be in this series? 

A: My plan is for three initially featuring Sabaska. After those three, we’ll see. 

I’m also working on a prequel that features a Traveler named Saga. It happens far in the past. 

Nice! Will be on the look out for that one as well. 

Q: Do you have a title in mind for the second book? Will there be any new characters, love interests for Anne? 

A: Anne’s best friend, Karen will be heavily involved. No new love interests planned so far, but you never know who’s going to pop up. There will be some new bad guys and some new good guys.

I will definitely be keeping my fingers crossed for more romance 😉

Q: I loved Anne! She’s strong, honest, and is pretty resilient (considering her age and the obstacles she faces). Was she an easy character to write? Does her character represent someone close to you?

A: She wasn’t super hard to write, but all characters have their challenges and adding some emotional depth was hard for me. I had a lot of good surface stuff, but I needed to add in some more to really make her real. Thankfully I have good editors. LOL. She doesn’t represent anyone that I know of, but everyone I know ends up in a story somehow. Bwahahaha.

Um, since we’re friends, should I be worried? LOL Writing emotional stuff can be hard at times, I know, but all the characters in Sabaska’s Tale are filled with emotion. Nicely done, Julie. 

Q: Okay, so there are some really yummy guys in Sabaska’s Tale. I really loved Cody (who wouldn’t)! He’s a hot cowboy and is super sweet. Then we have Cahir, the mysterious guy with an accent. An accent! WOW. Anyway, if you could choose an actor to play their parts, who would you chose? (Can you tell us if Anne will end up with any of these cuties….or will there be someone else?)

A: Oh, jeeze… actors… well…

As for who Anne will end up with? That’d spoil the surprise. LOL.

Dang it! Don’t think I’m letting you off the hook ma’am. 😉

Q: I’m a total romance junkie, what genre of books do you prefer?  

A: Fantasy and Sci Fi, or to go broader, Speculative Fiction.

Cool…I’ve got to work on adding Romance to your list 😉

Q: Outside of writing, what do you do? 

A: There’s an outside of writing? Oh, wait… right… I have a Border Collie named Kira and we compete in herding trials and I have an Arabian Mare named Triska that I’m training and we do a lot of trail riding. I do have a day job as well. I also read a ton and occasionally see my friends.

WOW! I’m tired just reading about your ‘off’ time. Rest, woman! Wait, scratch that…write, woman! 

Q: What time of day do you prefer to write? 

A: All day? Though mornings are never good. I prefer afternoons, evenings and nights.

Me too! But I’m more of a night owl. 

Q: What type of music do you listen to and do you have to have it playing while writing?

A: Hmm, I have a very eclectic mix on my mp3 player and I do listen to music a lot while I write. Things like Metallica, Chris LeDoux, Breaking Benjamin, TV sound tracks, um… I even have one pop song on there, and some Metal, some 80’s, some foreign stuff, some indy suff, Industrial, yeah, etc is the word. I don’t make playlists, I just put it on random.

That’s some list. I now have a visual of you jamming out to ’80 rock bands while writing ST2. LOL

 

Fun stuff about our alien author

Q: Rain or Sun?

A: Sun, though living in Colorado, I don’t dislike the rain anymore. (well, except recently, floods and all.)

Q: Favorite color

A: Black and Purple

Q: Are you superstitious? 

A: A little

Q: Pizza or spaghetti

A: OMG Pizza all the way

Q: Snow-cone or ice cream

A: Ice Cream 

MY REVIEW

I love fantasy books in general, but I wasn’t too sure what to think of Sabaska’s Tale before I read it. I like horses, but worried if a story about a horse would keep me wanting to read more…it did, AND I didn’t feel like I was reading just a horse book. I’m a HUGE romance fan and knowing the author, I didn’t think romance would play too big of a role. Again, I was proven wrong. Ms. Campbell is such a fantastic author. She definitely kept me up late reading through the night in order to finish her book. (She may be one of those aliens I’ve mentioned. The ones who keep you hooked until the end and then suddenly, its over and you have to wait for the next one. She’s on my alien radar now.) 

(Click the link below to read more of my review)

https://angelamcphersonblog.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/sabaskas-tale-by-j-a-campbell/

 

Want to know more about our awesome author? Check out the links below. 

Facebook: http://facebook.com/J.A.Campbell.Author

Twitter: @PFirewolf

Website: http://www.writerjacampbell.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1192228.J_A_Campbell

Email: writerjacampbell@gmail.com

Sabaska’s Tale links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sabaskas-Tale-Tales-Travelers-ebook/dp/B00DSOCNWS/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/4362454?ref=1147694&utm_id=6026

Barnes&Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sabaskas-tale-j-a-campbell/1116129254?ean=9780615850986&itm=1&usri=9780615850986

The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Sabaskas-Tale-Campbell/9780615850986

 A huge thanks to Julie Campbell for stopping by and chatting with us today. Be sure to check in later for more news about author interviews 😉