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Guest Author: Jayne Ann Krentz On Her Novel, “DREAM EYES”

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Author: Jayne Ann Krentz

jayneannkrentz_72dpiWhat is it about small towns and big secrets?  I love mysteries set in little communities where the crime has roots that extend into the past and because you know, going in, that the villain will be hiding in plain sight.  Add a ghost, some paranormal wind chimes, the curious physics of mirrors, a harrowing SCUBA diving swim through a flooded cave and a cat and I’m a happy writer. Yes, I managed to work all those elements into DREAM EYES.

The heroine, Gwen Frazier, sees ghostly images in reflective surfaces at the scenes of violent crimes.  (Mirrors work so well in a story of psychic romantic-suspense, don’t they?).  Her talent has seriously complicated her life.  For obvious reasons, Gwen tries to avoid those sorts of creepy locations but when she discovers the body of her friend and mentor, she knows she won’t be able to rest until she findDream Eyess the killer.  But to do that she’s going to need the help of a paranormal investigator – Judson Coppersmith.  And Judson has a few psychic quirks of his own thanks to nearly dying in the aforementioned underwater cave accident.

I’m often asked why I write romantic-suspense.  The answer is simple – it’s my favorite kind of story – the kind I love to read as well as write.  What can I say?  I grew up on Nancy Drew.  Romance and suspense work perfectly together because the danger raises the stakes in the relationship and vice-versa –  the love story heightens the tension in the mystery.   One element spins off the other.

Now, add a paranormal vibe to all of the above and both the mystery and the romance get kicked up a couple of notches.  For me, as a writer, it’s a delicious, exciting mix.

I hope you enjoy DREAM EYES.  And all you cat lovers out there, don’t forget, there’s a cat in the story!

About the Author

The author of over 50 New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print. Building on the success of her Arcane Society Series, Jayne continues her three newest paranormal series in 2013.

The Dark Legacy books are set in present day Washington state and delve into the paranormal crystal mining world and the Coppersmith Family.The second book, DREAM EYES is available now. The Ladies of Lantern Street novels are set in Victorian England and follow the adventures of the Flint and Marsh Agency employees. These ladies are not your average paid companions. The second book, THE MYSTERY WOMAN is available now. The Rainshadow novels started, unofficially, with the release of CANYONS OF NIGHT. These stories are set on a small island on the planet Harmony in the not so distant future. The latest novel in this series, DECEPTION COVE, is available now.

To learn more about Jayne, please visit her at http://www.JayneAnnKrentz.com

 

Guest Author: Jeffrey Archer: Delivering the Manuscript

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Cropped for TWITTERLast month I completed the 14th draft of the fourth book in The Clifton Chronicles series – Be Careful What You Wish For – and sent it to my agent and publisher. What followed was an agonising wait for them to read it over the weekend, and give their opinions on Monday morning. Even after 17 novels and 6 sets of short stories, it doesn’t get any easier.

The first draft of a book takes me around 400 hours, or 50 days, to write, long-hand, at my home in Majorca, where I can write with no distractions. I don’t have to answer the phone, or go out to dinner or visit the theatre. I sit in my writing room looking out over the beautiful Bay of Palma with the Tramuntana Mountains in the distance and I can think through plot, do some research, and write in total silence – well, except for the occasional dog barking nearby.

I would imagine very few writers work in the same way. Personally I’m extremely disciplined, and like to follow a set routine, writing in foBest Kept Secretur, two-hour blocks – 6-8am, 10-12noon, 2-4pm and 6-8pm. I have a large silver two-hour egg timer on my desk, that Mary bought for me many years ago, and it’s proved very useful for keeping me on track. A typical writing day will always include a couple of long walks – I find walking clears my head, especially if I’m wrestling with a tricky part of the plot, or introducing a new character. If the weather’s good I’ll eat a light lunch out on the terrace, and then in the evening I’ll relax by watching an hour or so of TV, maybe a film or a drama series.

My latest book, Best Kept Secret, book three of The Clifton Chronicles, was published in March 2013 in hardback. Even though the hardback had 21 weeks on the bestsellers list, it doesn’t stop one being anxious whenever a new publication day comes around.

His fourth book, “Be Careful What You Wish For,” in The Clifton Chronicles series will be released in March 2014.

About Author:

Jeffrey Archer has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over 270 million copies in 97 countries and more than 37 languages, and is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (fifteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries). He gained a Blue in Athletics at Oxford, was President of the University Athletics Club, and went on to run the 100 yards in 9.6 seconds for Great Britain in 1966. Jeffrey has served five years in the House of Commons and twenty-one years as a Member of the House of Lords. 

His latest novel Best Kept Secret, published in March 2013, is the third volume in a seven book saga called The Clifton Chronicles. All three books (Only Time Will Tell, The Sins of the Father and Best Kept Secret) went to No.1 in hardback on the Sunday Times Bestsellers list, and around the world.  Jeffrey is also an art collector and amateur auctioneer, conducting around 30 charity auctions a year which have raised more than fifteen million pounds in the last ten years. Jeffrey has been married to Dame Mary Archer for 47 years, and they have two sons.

Visit his website: www.jeffreyarcher.com

Follow Jeffrey on Facebook and Twitter @Jeffrey_Archer

 

Book Review: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton: Winner of 2013 Man Booker Prize

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Author: Sherry Helms

The LuminariesNew Zealand author Eleanor Catton, who was 25 when she started penning down The Luminaries, an ambitious 832-page murder mystery, became the youngest Man Booker Prize Winner ever on this Tuesday. The 28-year old author beat out Colm Toibin, Ruth Ozeki, Jhumpa Lehri, and Jim Crace to get the Fiction’s highest accolade.

Born in Canada to a New Zealand father, Eleanor has written just one previous novel- The Rehearsal-, in 2008 for which she was honored a fellowship to the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. But now her second novel, which is set in 19th century New Zealand’s gold rush, brings a huge boost in sales and publicity. “I’d always wanted to write a story that was set during the gold rush years just because it was a period of New Zealand history that had always really fascinated me,” Catton said.

Begin with a complex, self-consciously Victorian plot, The Luminaries centers on a young Scots-born lawyer- Walter Moody who has just arrived to a New Zealand prospecting town and stumbles upon a secret meeting where twelve local men discussing a series of unsolved crimes; a dead recluse, a stash of gold, a missing rich man, and an unconscious enigmatic whore.

There is a goldsmith, a banker, a chemist, a gem hunter, a chaplain, a hotelier, a general contractor and others. They take turns to tell their own stories about the events that took place two weeks earlier in the town to the recently arrived lawyer- Walter. Catton’s The Luminaries is a story about power, gold rush, infidelity, identity, seances, puzzles, and opium, but especially, it is a celebration of the ability of storytelling, in terms of both of her amazing novel and the stories her characters put in the picture.

The author has amazingly portrayed the characters by using their distinctive astrologically coded personalities. For example, the character of hotelier is connected with Cancer and depicted as a “hopeless romantic.” She has meticulously and precisely highlighted all the things that divide her characters including race, gender, caste, family, religion and education. In her award-winning book, “The Luminaries,” Catton follows the formula of Wilkie Collins: “Make ‘em cry, make ‘em laugh, make ‘em wait.”

The plotting and structure of the novel is so graceful that will wrap you up in its world. Due to her exceptional writing and master storytelling acumen, Catton manages to fuse every known genre -suspense, murder, horror, romance, thriller, redemption in one story, which makes the novel a page-turner. Although, The Luminaries is a hefty book at 832 pages yet it’s chock full of goodness that will never let you put it down.

How I Began My Writing Career

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Guest Author: Ellen Oh

UntitledMy writing career started because of Genghis Khan. He is the reason I became fascinated with Asian history – in particular ancient Korean history. You see, back in the year 2000, Genghis Khan was named Man of the Millennium by Time magazine. I remember thinking how cool it was that an Asian man was considered the most influential man of the millennium. So I went and bought a bunch of biographies on Genghis and in the process, I learned more about Asian history than I’d ever learned before. It made me crave more information. But it was actually really hard to find a lot of books on ancient Korea. I researched online, scoured university library systems, and ordered foreign editions of books I couldn’t find here in the states. And it bothered me that so little of this vast and fascinating history was available to the American mainstream population. This is really the reason I began writing again (I hadn’t written creatively since college.) I just felt that all these amazing historical facts would make for a great novel.

Between the years 2000 and 2006, I wrote two adult novels that I’ve put away forever, never to see the light of day. I doubt that I’ll ever revisit them. Because during this period, I rediscovered my love for children’s books. I have 3 daughters and we were always in bookstores and libraries reading book after book. And as they got older, I began to become dissatisfied with the lack of cultural diversity in the books we were reading. We loved reading fantasies, but they were all western centric. And I kept thinking how wonderful it would be to have a Korean fantasy based on the myths and legends of Korea. (As an aside, a wonderful Chinese fantasy was published in 2011 – Grace Lin’s Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.) At the same time, I was also very conscious of raising 3 daughters and the rampant feminist in me wanted to use every opportunity I could to teach them that girls can do anything a boy can do, and better.

It was back in 2007, I was stuck in beltway traffic staring at the unmovingprophecy bumper of the car in front of me when the idea hit me. What if there is a legend about a great hero, and everyone thinks it is this young prince but then it turns out to be his despised girl cousin? I wrote the whole outline on little pieces of paper as I was stuck in traffic and ended up writing the book in 5 months. Of the 3 books I’ve written, Prophecy was the one that came out so smoothly, so easily. It felt like it was meant to be told.

I used a lot of legends and myths of Korea. One of the most famous legends is the story of the Rock of the Falling Flowers. It is a cliff in the old Paekche kingdom where 3,000 court ladies leapt to their deaths when faced with the invading Tang and Shilla army. Their colorful hanboks made them look like falling flowers – hence the name. I also use the myth of the 8 Heavenly Maidens and then twisted it to suit my needs. Usually, the folktales have the Heavenly Maidens descending to earth and bathing in a pool and some poor woodcutter comes and steals one of their clothes. Without her clothes, the heavenly maiden cannot return home and is forced to marry the woodcutter. Well I never liked that myth. As far as I’m concerned, that poor woodcutter is a stalker/peeping tom/kidnapper. So I changed that myth to make my Heavenly Maidens strong and with an important purpose in life.

I admit that I love research. I’ve spent over ten years of my life learning as much as I can about ancient Asian history. And yet there is so much more to learn. The more research I uncover, the more stories pop into my head, which is a good thing as Prophecy is the first book of a trilogy! 

About Author:

Ellen Oh is an adjunct college instructor and former entertainment lawyer who one day picked up a Genghis Khan biography and was never quite the same again. It was the start of an obsessive fascination with ancient Asian history that led to years of researching, which culminated in writing *Prophecy*, her first novel. She also loves martial arts films, K-pop, K-dramas, and cooking shows, and she thinks the *Last Airbender* series was the best animated show ever created. Originally from New York City, Ellen lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and three daughters and is always on the hunt for a decent bagel.

 

An “Elite” Shipping Program for Overseas Buyers @ Printsasia

Monday, October 14th, 2013

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