Today I’m joined on the couch by three wonderful authors; they’re here as part of their blog tour for ‘Make Believe’, an anthology published by J.Taylor Publishing. And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, I’m also giving away a £10 (approx. $16 US) Amazon gift card to one lucky person who comments on this post! *
The authors are J. A. Belfield, Jennifer M. Eaton, and J. Keller Ford. Welcome ladies. They are three of the six authors whose stories have been published in ‘Make Believe’. I read it, and I LOVED it. All six authors certainly know how to tell a story; adventures and fairytales for grown-ups, what a joy!
Here’s a bit of info on the three gals…
J. A. Belfield
Best known for writing the Holloway Pack series, J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, three cats, and a dog. She writes paranormal romance with a second love for urban fantasy.
Her story in Make Believe: ‘Escort to Insanity’. Booking a male escort was supposed to be a simple affair for Nicole Harrington but somehow leads to the craziest night of her life—and Benjamin Gold is wholly to blame.
Jennifer M. Eaton
Her story in Make Believe: ‘Last Winter Red’. Emily leaves the safety of Terra in search of a husband, but what she finds outside the city walls will question everything she believes in, and the basic fabric of life as she knows it.
J. Keller Ford
Her story in Make Believe: ‘The Amulet of Ormisez’. When Lord Elton Fletcher returns home from war to find his brother possessed by a magical stone, he finds himself in yet another battle where the price of failure could be his own life.
I asked the same three questions to the three of them, so while me and the gals sit here on the couch eating virtual Christmas chocs and drinking virtual mulled wine, you can have a read through their answers…
1) The book is called ‘Make Believe’, but what did you make believe about when you were a child?
J. A. Belfield – Um … how many people are gonna read this before I answer? Okay, I’ll ‘fess up. When I was waaaaaaaay younger, I used to do a lot of putting myself in the spotlight imaginings. So when I played on my roller blades, I’d pretend I was in a competition and do spins and stuff and pretend the crowd was clapping whilst mumbling commentary under my breath. Also, in our kitchen, there was a big square window right in front of the main work surface, and whenever I baked (which I did quite a lot) I would talk to the window like it was a TV camera and I was on my own cooking show. But seriously, don’t tell anyone. I have my rep to think of, ya know?
Jennifer M. Eaton – Oh! Tons of stuff. I was always on one wild fantasy or another. I think I saved the world three times, and the galaxy twice. Yeah, I was a bit of an under-achiever.
J. Keller Ford – I loved playing dress up, even into my early tweens. I loved gowns with elbow length gloves and would collect them from thrift shops like some people collect trinkets. I was a bit of an actress even then, and would often write stories and act them out for family and friends. Yes, I was a bit eccentric. I still read my stories aloud as it helps me to find unnatural words and cadence.
2) If you had the opportunity to do one of these, which would you choose and why? a) Travel into space. b) Time travel into the past or future. c) Swap lives with somebody rich and famous for one week.
J. A. Belfield – Eeeek. Well, I definitely wouldn’t travel into space. The mere thought of it scares the bejeebus outta me. I have no desire to travel into the past because what’s happened already should never be tampered with and consequences are there for people to learn from. If we had the ability to go back and alter every crappy decision we ever made, we’d never treat our lives with the respect they deserve. And I think seeing what’s up and coming would be a seriously dangerous tool for anyone to have. So, I’d have to go with ‘c‘ – though who I’d swap lives with would take a whooole lotta consideration.
Jennifer M. Eaton – I think I would time-travel. I’m really into history… especially ancient Egypt and Medieval times – you know – knights and castles and all that stuff. I’m sure as fascinating as it would be though, I’d be glad to come home. I like my modern conveniences… and writing a novel with a feather dipped in ink sounds painful.
J. Keller Ford – Hmm, time travel, definitely. I would love to go back to June 13, 1886 to Berg Castle in Germany and find out how King Ludwig II actually died. Was it suicide? Murder? If only Lake Starnberg could talk.
3) How would your closest friends describe you?
J. A. Belfield – Probably as slightly vacant and nuttier than the nuttiest fruit cake. Ha!
Jennifer M. Eaton – Ha! Unpredictable. I’m one of those really quiet people who pops up and surprises you once in a while. I have a very wild side, but I keep it under wraps with the hubby and kids… well, my oldest son is starting to see it. Yeah, I am the mad woman who ran through a corn field with my kids a few weeks ago doing research for my novel. My youngest was afraid we’d get arrested… okay… maybe I cut loose with my kids too. Don’t tell my husband. 🙂
J. Keller Ford – Don’t know, so I asked. From the mouth of one of my best friends: “Jenny is passionately stubborn, overly-trusting, loving, moody, impulsive, weird, imaginative and a free spirit who forgets on a daily basis how amazingly wonderful and beautiful she is, both inside and out.” Yeah, ok. *blush*
* Amazon gift card giveaway info/rules
1) Leave an interesting/funny/sparkling comment on this post by 11pm (GMT) on Friday 28 December (actually, dull and uninteresting comments have just as much chance of winning – it’s random!).
2) After the closing date, I will put all the names in a hat and ask one of Santa’s elves to randomly pick one out. In the unlikely event of my not being able to find an elf, I will ask one of my children to randomly pick a winner out of the hat. I will select which of my children will do this by asking one of Santa’s elves to randomly pick one of them. Oh no…wait. Well it’ll be random anyway.
3) The lucky winner will be notified and will receive a £10 Amazon gift card. If the winner is outside of the UK, I will check the currency exchange rate applicable on 28 December and will get an Amazon gift card closest to that amount from the relevant country’s Amazon website.
4) The lucky recipient will spend the gift card at Amazon on whatever they like. As a completely random suggestion, plucked out of nowhere, they could buy an anthology, such as ‘Make Believe‘.
You’ve got one week people, so get commenting! Additionally, I am informed that random commenters throughout the blog tour will receive ebook copies of either ‘For the Love of Christmas’ (another anthology which includes a story by Jennifer M. Eaton) or ‘Make Believe’, so even more reason to comment.
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Thank you so much for your time ladies. I wish you, and all my readers, a very Merry Christmas!