Blog Tours: “Embers in the Sea” by Jennifer M. Eaton – Interview and Giveaway

I am absolutely stoked to be the host on a stop on the blog tour for “Embers in the Sea”. I did an interview with Jennifer M. Eaton about her fascinating new novel. Make sure to enter the amazing giveaway happening right now for the chance to win your own copy!!

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Title: EMBERS IN THE SEA (Fire in The Woods #3)

Author: Jennifer M. Eaton

Pub. Date: January 31, 2017

Publisher: Month9Books

Format: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 300

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD

Alien scientist David has dealt with disappointment his entire life, but failing to breathe life into the planet Mars is his greatest regret. Out of options and in need of a new home for their people, the alien Caretakers rekindle their plan to inhabit Earth. First they will have to eliminate the human race, including Jess, the only human David holds dear.

Humanity has one final chance at survival. David needs to emulate Earth’s precipitation on Mars. But the catalyst to make it rain lies in the fathomless depths of Earth’s ocean.

The clock is ticking down to humanity’s last hours as Jess and David face a world more alien than either of them can imagine. The sea hides secrets, but some secrets don’t want to be found.
Now onto the interview!!!

1) Where do you get your inspiration for the plot lines?

I wish I had an answer for that. Plots come to me at any time of the day for no rhyme or reason. Sometimes I may be craving chocolate, and watching a monster movie, and then I get this great idea about a monster destroying a city one building at a time, and then some scientist finds out he’s only looking for chocolate, and they lead him back to his island with a giant Hershey’s bar. Don’t laugh. That’s a great premise! Aren’t you glad I don’t write everything I come up with?


2) Do any of your characters have traits that resemble people that you know in real life? If so, which ones.

No. I’ve never really done that. I write for fun, and part of fun is escaping reality. I like to write people of my own invention, rather than spending my “me” time with people I hang with every day. (That probably makes no sense whatsoever, but, yeah, there it is). J

 

3) Is there another book in the works?

I was contracted to write three books, with an option for a fourth. I have submitted a premise and outline and timeline for a fourth book. If my publisher declines the option, I will most likely write and self-publish at least one more Fire in the Woods book.

 

4) How did you come up with the relationship between David and Jess? Was it something that you wanted to be a downfall between them or was it something that you wanted them to be able to prevail in the end?

Hmmmm That’s kind of a spoiler-ish question. There are definitely some HUGE issues that Jess and David have to deal with. In the end, they will need to decide if their feelings for each other are strong enough for each of them to give up parts of their culture and, more importantly, ignore or work around basic biology. I never intended this to be a perfect, easy romance. I don’t thank your normal-cookie-cutter relationship can work for two people of different species. I think if I made it too easy, it would be a cop out. An overall theme in Fire in the Woods is overcoming incredible odds. Jess and David have saved the world a few times already. Let’s hope they can find a way to overcome the pesky differences keeping them apart.

5) About how long does it take to write a novel (from your perspective)?

There are several phases to writing a COMPLETED novel.

#1. Plotting/outlining/planning (a week or so)

#2. First draft – getting it all on the page while the ideas are fresh (about three months for 50,000 words)

#3. Editing – This includes adding scenery, emotional impact, inner thought (1-3 months depending on quality of first draft)

#4. Beta readers – The most important part – getting input from as many QUALIFIED readers as you can. (1-2 months, done in 50 page sections so you can work on one section while they start the next)

#5. Repeat steps 2 and 3, and maybe even 4 if changes were extensive.

(a few weeks to a few months, depending on the manuscript.)

So, that’s about a year. At this point the manuscript goes to the publisher, and editing will start all over again.

I’ve completed the entire pre-publisher turnaround of a book in as little as 4 months, but it was not a pleasant experience. I’d much rather take my time and enjoy writing rather than rushing through the text.

6) Can you please explain how you personally overcome writer’s block?

Dunno. I’ve never had that problem. (Luckily enough, and knocking on every piece of wood I can find). Occasionally I’m not sure where to start. In that case I drop a character in a random setting and describe the setting from their eyes. That is usually enough to get me started.

7) If you could go back and rewrite a scene or chapter in “Fire in the Woods”, “Ashes in the Sky”, or “Embers in the Sea”, would you? If so, which ones and what would you change them to?

I don’t think I would change anything about Ashes or Embers. There were a few scenes I might want to strengthen in Fire in the Woods, simply because I have grown as a writer. There is one small part at the end of Fire in the Woods (five spoken words) that I added because the book was written as a standalone. As a series, I wish they were not there, but I’ve managed to wiggle around them.

8) Is there anything you want your readers to know?

I’d love you guys to know that I appreciate it to pieces when you share pictures of my books online, and talk about Fire in the Woods with your friends. Word of mouth is so important, and the more people are talking about the books, the more people will read. (Which means more books!) Seriously… thanks so much, guys. You make all this work worthwhile.


Have I peaked your interest a bit? Check out the other books in this series!

Title: FIRE IN THE WOODS (Fire In The Woods #1)

Author: Jennifer M. Eaton

Pub. Date: October 28, 2014

Publisher: Month9Books

Format: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 331

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon |B&N | TBD | iBooks | Kobo | Books A Million | Google Play | IndieBound

When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally.

But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel. But her father runs their house like an army barracks. and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere.

Ever.

So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met? Hiding him in her room probably isn’t the best idea. Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David.

That doesn’t mean she won’t do it.

It just means she can’t get caught. Helping David get home while protecting her heart—that’s gonna be the hard part.

After all, she can’t really fall for a guy whose not exactly from here. As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But all is not what it seems. David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both in handcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she’s to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it.

**FIRE IN THE WOODS is Star-Crossed meets Close Encounters of the Third Kind!**

 

Title: ASHES IN THE SKY (Fire In The Woods #2)

Author: Jennifer M. Eaton

Pub. Date: March 15, 2016

Publisher: Month9Books

Format: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 331

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After inadvertently saving the world, eighteen-year-old Jessica Martinez is ready to put adventure behind her and settle back into the familiar routine of high school.

Though when she’s offered an opportunity to photograph the inside of an alien space ship, Jess jumps at the chance. After all, she’d be crazy to turn something like that down, right?

Spending time with David on the ship has definite advantages and the two seem to pick up right where they left off. But when Jess discovers a plot to sabotage David’s efforts to establish a new home for his people on another planet, neither David’s advanced tech nor Jess’s smarts will be able to save them.

**ASHES IN THE SKY is an action-packed, romantic Sci Fi adventure that will leave readers screaming for more.**
In case you’re wondering about the author…

About Jennifer: 

Jennifer M. Eaton hails from the eastern shore of the North American Continent on planet Earth. Yes, regrettably, she is human, but please don’t hold that against her. While not traipsing through the galaxy looking for specimens for her space moth collection, she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband and three energetic offspring. (And a poodle who runs the spaceport when she’s not around.)

During infrequent excursions to her home planet of Earth, Jennifer enjoys long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but great adventures are always a short shuttle ride away.

Who knows where we’ll end up next?

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/30/2017- Sharon Lee Hughson, Author– Excerpt

1/30/2017- Dani Reviews Things– Review

1/31/2017- Hidden Worlds Books– Guest Post

1/31/2017- The Fearless Reader– Review

2/1/2017- So Few Books– Interview

2/1/2017- The Starving Bookworm– Review

2/2/2017- Lisa’s Loves(Books of Course)– Guest Post

2/2/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Review

2/3/2017- Wishful Endings– Interview

2/3/2017- Bookish Hollow– Review

 

Week Two:

2/6/2017- StephanieCassidyBlog– Interview

2/6/2017- iamnotabookworm– Review

2/7/2017- Read Coffee and Teen– Excerpt

2/7/2017- BookCrushin– Review

2/8/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

2/8/2017- fallxnrobin– Review

2/9/2017- Rockin’ Book Reviews– Excerpt

2/9/2017- Book-Keeping– Review

2/10/2017- LILbooKlovers– Interview

2/10/2017- Read, Coffee, and Teen– Review

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January 2017 Book Wrap-Up

Hi guys!

January was an amazing reading month for me! I read a total of 20 books! Granted, I read 8 of those books while I was on leave from work (back injury) and I couldn’t do much of anything.

Here are all the books I read last month:

  1. “Haunted Maryland: Ghost and Strange Phenomena of the Old Line State” by Ed Okonowicz
  2. “The Fiery Heart” by Richelle Mead
  3. “I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You” by Ally Carter
  4. “Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy” by Ally Carter
  5. “Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover” by Ally Carter
  6. “Only the Good Spy Young” by Ally Carter
  7. “Classified Material” by Ally Carter
  8. “50 Best Ever One-Liner Jokes” by Mike Francis
  9. “50 Best Jokes Ever” by Jane Parks
  10. “Evernight” by Claudia Gray
  11. “Stargazer” by Claudia Gray
  12. “Hourglass” by Claudia Gray
  13. “Afterlife” by Claudia Gray
  14. “Falling For My Best Friend” by Hazel Kelly
  15. “Charming My Best Friend” by Hazel Kelly
  16. “Seducing My Best Friend” by Hazel Kelly
  17. “Fighting For My Best Friend” by Hazel Kelly
  18. “Keeping My Best Friend” by Hazel Kelly
  19. “Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later” by Francine Pascal
  20. “Teacher’s Pet” by Avery Phillips

I read a total of 53 hours and 47 minutes in the month of January.

    Now onto February!

    Stephanie

    Book Review: “Teacher’s Pet” by Avery Phillips

    Hi guys!

    So, I got this book free off of iBooks.

    Life happens when you’re busy making other plans. When Lynora meets and falls in love with a new professor at her college, Simon Foster. There are a lot of lessons that need to be learned. But what happens when Lynora gets fired from her job as a teaching assistant to Professor Foster? Will attitudes arise? How will they both react?

    When I first read the overview on iBooks, I was honestly intrigued. I thought it was going to be just this amazing coming-of-age novel and……it wasn’t. I didn’t live up to what I thought it was going to be.

    Until my next post,

    Stephanie 

    January 2017 Book Haul

    Hi guys!!

    So…….there are WAYYYYY too many books that I got last month to even begin doing synopsis’s. I am just got to list off every book I got. I will be doing reviews for every book I got this month, so overviews will be with those books. Here we go!!

    These are the series that I got the first book on iBooks for free and then bought the rest of the book off of iBooks:

    • Evernight series by Claudia Gray
    1. Evernight
    2. Stargazer
    3. Hourglass
    4. Afterlife
    • Fated series by Hazel Kelly (first book is on iBooks, the rest is on Kindle)
    1. Falling For My Best Friend
    2. Charming My Best Friend
    3. Seducing My Best Friend
    4. Fighting For My Best Friend
    5. Keeping My Best Friend

    These are the books I got for free on iBooks:

    • 50 Best One-Liner Jokes by Mike Francis
    • 50 Best Jokes Ever by Jane Parks
    • Teacher’s Pet by Avery Phillips
    • Because Of Him by Jessica Roe
    • Turned by Morgan Rice
    • The Academy by C.L. Stone
    • Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson
    • Into The Darkness by Nora Ash
    • Before You Seduce Me by E.J. Adams
    • All I Want Is You by E.L. Todd
    • Vampire Addiction by Eva Pohler
    • Dirty Sexy Furry by Eliza Gayle
    • Elementals by Michelle Madow
    • Before Beauty by Brittany Fichter
    • A Smile Like Hers by Brittany Fichter
    • Ever’s Dream by Brittany Fichter
    • The Goose Girl by Brittany Fichter
    • Bull Rider’s Baby by Naomi Niles
    • Hidden In Darkness by Nora Ash
    • His Secret Love by Suzanne Brahm
    • His Five Night Stand by Emma Thorne
    • Captured by Jordan Marie
    • Bad Boy Billionaire (the complete series) by Claire Adams
    • Protect My Vampire King’s Baby by Sarah Adams
    • Books by Peter Styles
    1. Learning to Trust
    2. Learning to Trust 2
    3. Eternal Love 1
    4. Eternal Love 2
    5. Poses 1
    6. Poses 2
    7. A Retreat to Remember
    8. A Retreat to Remember 2
    9. Wedding Date 1+2
    10. Summer Lovin Blues 1
    11. Summer Lovin Blues 2
    12. Learning His Lesson 1+2
    13. Bonus Chapter Collection
    14. Starter Library
    • Billionaire’s Flight by Alexa Davis
    • Cooking For A Billionaire by Anna Collins
    • To Kill For by A.J. Carella
    • Blood Sport by A.J. Carella
    • True Deceit by A.J. Carella
    • Bedroom Secrets by Suzanne Brahm
    • His Cowboy Heart by Emma Thorne
    • Billionaire Obsession by Anna Collins

    These are the books I got for free off of Amazon for Kindle:

    • Beautiful Demons (box set) by Sarra Cannon
    • Craving by Stephanie Summers
    • Abandoned by Elisa Dane
    • Temptation by Ivy Smoak
    • The Shadow Prince by Stacey O’Neale
    • Tapping The Billionaire by Max Monroe
    • Searching For Moore by Julie Richman
    • Kahayatle by Elle Casey
    • My Viking Vampire by Krystal Shannon
    • Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy
    • Betrayal by Aleatha Romig
    • Good Intentions by Brenda K. Davies
    • Hidden Sins by Karice Bolton
    • First World by Jaymin Eve
    • Consequences by Aleatha Romig

    I got the Chronicles of Narnia books from my best friend’s Mom. I am not going to do the synopsis of those books because I’m pretty sure everyone knows those books.

    **I bought one book from the dollar store.**

    A Tale of Two Besties by Sophia Rossi: Harper and Lily have been best friends since forever. Not even the threat of different high schools could throw this BFF-ship off-course, even though Lily begs her parents not to send her to the “dreaded Pathways,” an experimental school for creative types, while effortlessly popular Harper attends Beverly High with the rest of their class. But in a city where fitting in means standing out and there’s nothing more uncool than being cool, it’s the naturally charismatic Harper – with her blond hair and perfect bone structure – who finds herself fighting the tide of American Apparel-ed teens who rule the school. Meanwhile, its the perpetually “gawkward” Lily – who accessorizes ever ensemble with a pair of tattered fairy wings – who finds herself flying alongside the queen bees of Pathways. Can BFF-ship survive the tidal wave of high school drama, or does growing up mean leaving some friends behind?

    The Girl on the Train: Book vs. Movie

    Hi guys!

    I am going to be comparing and contrasting the book and the movie of “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins.

    COMPARISONS

    • They had the same emotional value
    • Rachel was the same whiny ***** in both the book and the movie
    • The moods were the same

    CONTRASTS

    • The book
    1. Takes place in England
    2. All British characters
    3. Barely had cursing (if any at all)
    • The movie
    1. Takes place in NEW YORK CITY
    2. ONLY ONE BRITISH CHARACTER
    3. Cursing……a lot

    As ya’ll can tell, I may have not really liked the book, but I absolutely HATED the movie. I couldn’t even get half an hour into the movie before I had to turn it off because it was so bad. Emily Blunt made the BEST Rachel, and I applaud her on her performance…….but the movie was terrible.

    Book Review: “Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later” by Francine Pascal *SPOILERS*

    Hi everybody!

    I finally got around to finishing this book and wow-wee was it an emotional roller coaster!

    Ten years after Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield graduate Sweet Valley High, things take a turn for the worse. Elizabeth moves to New York, friends die, divorce is in the air, and Todd finds a leading lady…..but it’s not whom you may expect.
    ** spoiler alert ** IF YOU DID NOT READ THIS BOOK AND DO NOT WANT IT SPOILED, PLEASE DO NOT READ THE REST OF THIS REVIEW!! PLEASE SKIP TO THE BOTTOM!!!

    I liked this book, but at the same time, I didn’t.

    I love Elizabeth. I hate Jessica. I mean, really?!?! Elizabeth was dating Todd. She got sick and couldn’t go to a party with Todd and told Jessica to take her place since they were identical twins……and Jessica and Todd HATED each other. They wound up having an affair and going behind Elizabeth’s back. And Jessica thinks it’s OKAY to betray her TWIN SISTER like that?!?! And then Jessica wonders why Elizabeth hates her and blames both her and Todd for betraying her!! Multiple times throughout the book, Jessica lies to Todd about her whereabouts and who she is with. And the time she went out with Michael for a drink (she told Michael that Todd was just a friend) and she told Todd that she was stuck at a meeting. And then, she consciously chose Todd over Michael, after contemplating dumping Todd for him and saving her relationship with Elizabeth. She ruined her brother’s marriage. She found out that he was gay and cheating on his wife. She then promised not to tell his wife because he would do it and then she turns around and tells her. She blatantly broke her promise. I have never hated a character before. I’ve disliked characters, but I’ve never hated them. I hate Jessica Wakefield.

    The ending was just strange. I mean, why would Elizabeth forgive her sister and be the Maid of Honor in her wedding with Todd?

    The only thing I really liked was when Bruce told Elizabeth he was in love with her. Elizabeth finally got her happy ending.

    YOU CAN READ FROM THIS POINT ON!!!

    All in all, I liked this book.

    Until my next post,

    Stephanie