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*Book Cover Reveal*: Jackie Gamber’s “Reclamation” via Leland Dragons!

Posted Friday, 20 December, 2013 by jorielov , , , , , 0 Comments

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*NEWSFLASH* | *NEWSFLASH*

Jackie Gamber’s Leland Dragons series is about to get a third installment, picking up where Book 2 {Sela} left off! IF you may recall, I had the extreme pleasure of reading Book 1 {Redheart} not too long ago! I was consumed by the visceral imagery Ms. Gamber paints into the breadth of her fantastical world! You drink in the narrative as a traveler would observe his surroundings whilst visiting a foreign land, wholly unknown and unfamiliar. She pulls you into the setting by directly etching your heart into being sympathetic to the plight of the Dragons! I have been dreaming of returning into the Provinces ever since I was pulled back into my own everyday reality!

About the Author | Jackie Gamber

Jackie Gamber

You can read Gamber’s Full Biography, on her website, however, I learnt quite a few things about her whilst I was composing my questions for an interview! For instance, the essence of what she knew of dragons that originated from a dream she had that was the impetus to create “Redheart” shattered the misconceptions and perceptions of dragons, thus known in fantasy! She has a wicked sense for knowing which teas pair nicely with the books your palette is whet to taste! She took up knitting for its meditative qualities. If music is in the background whilst she writes, it has to be instinctively nondescript and ambient in nature, as if she hears a curious lyrical line it could shift her scene whilst its being penned! She is a retired servicewoman, secretary, and beloved Mum! She finds a keen balance between her writing and her family life. She adores the zoo beyond what words can express. She is a prolific short story writer. She runs a multi-verse platform for story-telling entitled: Allotrope Media, alongside her husband. Believing that a story has the freedom to express itself through multiple mediums. Insofar as being an accomplished playright and screenwriter! She excels at genre jumping but her heart is attached to science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

“Reclamation” : Book Three

Reclaimation | Book 3 Leland Dragons by Jackie Gamber
Artwork Credit: Matthew Perry

Book Synopsis:

Leland Province remains in danger. The sinister Fordon Blackclaw has returned from the shadows to strike at the heart of neighboring Esra, killing its Venur and making clear his intentions to retake what was once his: Mount Gore, seat of the Leland Dragon Council.

All around, the land grows weaker and weaker. Leland, once thought saved by Kallon Redheart, is without purpose, and within its borders, Murk Forest, a place of mystery and danger, has driven its inhabitants to seek aid. Esra is in flames, and the Rage Desert grows. Dragon and human alike struggle to find their way, and the wizard Orman can sense that there may be more at stake than the affairs of dragons.

Hope remains, yet it is not without obstacles. In Esra, Sela, the daughter of Kallon and Riza, found the well, a source of life, and made herself whole again. But her homecoming is not what she had imagined.

Old wounds buried deep must reopen if life is to continue. Dragons, humans, wizards, and shape shifters are all at risk as the peace between dragon and human has finally been broken.

War is here.

The stakes?

Perhaps the whole world.

I am not sure about you, but as I haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading “Sela”, … I am a bit in the dark on full knowledge of Kallon & Riza’s daughter! Therefore, how do you think a happy-hearted reader reads this lovely wicked news!? She shouts out from the giddy bits of her soul, “EEK! They had a *daughter!* A daughter! Ohh, boy!” I was over the moon in merriment over this smashingly brilliant news because as foresaid, I simply adore this entire world of Leland Province! I didn’t want the narrative to end, nor did I want to exit the world completely once the story drew to a close! I felt akin to the principle leads in a way that I haven’t always felt connected to characters! Especially considering that I am re-discovering my niche in high fantasy and science fiction! Even if I am not able to read “Sela” in time, I have already put my hat into the toss to be included on the blog book tour for “Reclamation!” This book blogger is seriously stoked for its pending release!! And, she hopes you are too!

Shh!! I have a sneaking feeling I know what is behind “held on high” in this rather pivotal clue of the story!

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Matthew Perry : Shines as Dragon Illustrator

Reclamation by Jackie Gamber | Illustration
Artwork Credit: Matthew Perry
Reclamation by Jackie Gamber | Ilustration
Artwork Credit: Matthew Perry

I am never fully prepared for what I am going to see included in the illustrative plates by Mr. Perry! He has a way of conveying emotional conviction and heart in each of his illustrations for the Leland Dragon series! The fullness of his designs, allow the reader to proportionate the action of the story against the innocence, joy, and terror of heightened danger! The dragons themselves are humanistic in quality, as you can see exactly what they are thinking, feeling, and conveying by body language and mannerism! A true gem to be inclusive of a series which paints such a hearty portrait of life not so very far away, in a world not entirely different from our own, where survival and the freedom to choose how one is meant to live is always in a constant battle against propriety and the struggle for power. I was enthralled with the first installment of this story, as you were able to absorb the scope of the history of this land without feeling as though you had to read a historical artifact to ascertain the depth of what was at stake. I credit this first to Gamber’s intuitive choices of narrative design and secondly, to Perry who takes her words and uses his palette of illustrative art to construct the realism which aides the reader’s journey!

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Contact Information for Author | Illustrator

Official Author Websites: Gamber on Twitter; Personal Site;
Author Page: @ Seventh Star Press
Leland Dragons Official Website
Artist Page: Matthew Perry @ Seventh Star Press; Portfolio

[the Leland Dragons series (#LelandDragons)]

[Book One: Redheart]

[Book Two: Sela]

[Book Three: Reclamation]

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Book Cover Reveal Blog Hop courtesy of:

Tomorrow Comes Media Tour Host

Be sure to catch previous Gamber lovelies on JLAS:
Jorie reviewed Redheart {Book One}

and interviews Jackie Gamber, author of the Leland Dragon series!
This Book Cover Reveal was made possible by Tomorrow Comes Media. They have my full gratitude! And, Gamber is published by Seventh Star Press!

Similar to blog tours, when I feature a showcase for an author via a Guest Post, Q&A, Interview, etc., I do not receive compensation for featuring supplemental content on my blog.

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The Star ChamberIF you want to hang out with authors of Seventh Star Press, book bloggers, authors at large, as well as the serendipitous twist of conversations which erupt out of an internet radio show? You’ll settle into a wicked hour-long podcast full of bookish content to not only entertain you but enlighten you: hop over to The Star Chamber Show main page on BlogTalkRadio! Tune in Wednesdays, at 9p! {including *Christmas DAY!*} Jorie is the unofficial live-tweeting secretary of the Chamber! You can read ‘near-transcripts’ of each podcast whilst digging through her TW Feed: @JLovesAStory !! Her own appearance was in Episode 2!
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Hopeful to see Gamber make an appearance in an upcoming Chamber podcast!

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IF you’re a regular reader of Seventh Star Press titles, what draws you into their fantasy selections? What do you appreciate about Gamber’s visual scope of story-telling? Do you seek out other writers of dragon fiction? Which are your favourites? Stay and converse for a spell letting me know what gets you jazzed about stellar fantasy releases such as “Reclamation!”

{SOURCES: Cover art of “Reclamation” and the illustrations therein by Matthew Perry, Jackie Gamber’s photograph, and Book Synopsis were all provided by Tomorrow Comes Media and used with permission. Seventh Star Press logo badge provided by Seventh Star Press and used with permission. Post dividers were provided by Shabby Blogs, who give bloggers free resources to add personality to their blogs. Cover Reveal badge provided by Parajunkee to give book bloggers definition on their blogs. Podcast of Jackie Gamber on BlogTalkRadio was able to be embedded due to codes provided by The Star Chamber Show’s page on BlogTalkRadio.}

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Posted Friday, 20 December, 2013 by jorielov in Blog Tour Host & Reviewer, BlogTalkRadio, Book Cover Reveal, Fantasy Fiction, Folklore and Mythology, Guest Author on the Chamber, High Fantasy, Indie Author, Podcast, Seventh Star Press, The Star Chamber Show, Tomorrow Comes Media, Young Adult Fiction

*Book Cover Reveal* & *LIVE!* BlogtalkRadio Podcast with Eric Garrison!

Posted Wednesday, 4 December, 2013 by jorielov , , , 8 Comments

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Today’s cover reveal features the second book in the Road Ghosts series, starring ghost hunters Brett and Liz, along with good ole “Uncle Gonzo”. This time, instead of being chased by ghosts, they’re on a cross-country race to save a poor little ghoul who’s been kidnapped. Lots of surprises await, including Vampire LARPers (live action role players) on a beach!
This book also features the début appearance of Skye, the main character of the spinoff series Tipsy Fairy Tales (to be published by SSP in 2014/2015).
 The artwork was created by the award-winning Bonnie Wasson, who has been the artist for covers and interiors on the Road Ghosts series.
Sinking Down by Eric Garrison
Artwork Credit: Bonnie Wasson

Did you see the mirror-image reflection of the ghoul?

What thoughts came to mind as to explain the hidden depths of truth

revealed in that one snapshot of proof?

This is another example of why I appreciate the illustrators of Seventh Star Press! They intrigue your curiosity to venture ‘into the story’ by giving a cursory glimpse of what you dare to find inside, once you allow your eyes to sink into the story which awaits you!

Fun Stuff for Your Blog via pureimaginationblog.comSynopsis of Book Two {Sinking Down} of the Road Ghosts series:

Poor Little Ghoul

Paranormal investigators Brett and Liz find themselves back in over
their heads when a forest hunt for a roadkill-eating creature offers up
a little surprise. Back home with their ghoulish house guest, it becomes
clear there’s more to this investigation than either of them thought.
Worse than that, Brett’s own fate is linked to the little ghoul’s.

So it’s back out on the road, with plenty of time for pit stops with a
greedy ex, a convention of ghost hunters, partying with fake vampires,
and even drinking and fighting alongside good ole Uncle Gonzo. But as
the investigation goes deeper, and unseen connections come to light,
Brett finds there’s much more at stake than getting through a rough
patch with Liz.

A rescue mission. A race for a cure. New friends and old adversaries.
Unbreakable bonds and supernatural danger. It’s going to be a wild ride.
Can the friends save the nearly undead tween? Can she and Brett stop
themselves from …Sinking Down?

authorpic AUTHOR BIOGRPAHY:

Eric Garrison is active in the writing community in Indianapolis, Indiana. He lives in the Circle City with his wife, step-daughter and a cabal of cats. He also enjoys gaming, home brewing beer, and finding innovative uses for duct tape. Eric’s novel, Reality Check, is a science fiction adventure released by Hydra Publications. Reality Check reached #1 in Science Fiction on Amazon.com during a promotion in July 2013. Seventh Star Press is the home of Eric’s supernatural fantasy series, Road Ghosts, including Four ’til Late, Sinking Down, and the upcoming Me and the Devil.

Follow Eric’s further adventures on Silly Hat Books.

 

The Star ChamberTonight @9pm(EST) Garrison and I will be featured on Episode Two of The Star Chamber! A weekly podcast hosted by Seventh Star Press, which spotlights and features authors, writers, book bloggers, musicians, and other creative economists who come together to celebrate the creative arts! Tune in each *Wednesday Night* at 9pm(EST) to hear what is happening next! Each podcast is archived and available for the listener to listen too after the show originally airs! Do not fear if your time zone is out of sync with The Star Chamber! Tune in as your time allows you to listen!

Tonight, I step back from behind the veil of “Jorie Loves A Story”, and open up the mic to answering questions pertaining to my bookish life as much as why I undertook the journey towards book blogging! As I have given free rein to the hosts & hostesses to ask me questions that surround my diverse array of interests (some parallel to science fiction, fantasy, & horror &/or book blogging and reading) you might tune in and be a bit surprised by what we are discussing! One of the hostesses and I, share a combined passion for knitting, which I am hoping we get to talk a bit about as well! Prior to when I come on the line, Mr. Garrison will be discussing his new book which is revealed in this post as much as what is on the horizon for him at Seventh Star Press as the New Year: 2014 shifts into view! This is a great chance to get to know a book blogger &/or author you have been following alongside to see a more personal glimpse into who they are!

Remember: Tweet your Qs to myself @JLovesAStory and to Mr. Garrison @erichris in order for us to answer your enquiries! I will be *live!* tweeting tonight as the show starts to get underway!

Fun Stuff for Your Blog via pureimaginationblog.comAfterthoughts of the Chamber:

As I was saying during the podcast, there are moments in our reading lives where we read about the premise of a story thinking that we are not going to have a genuine resonance with a particular book or author. Only to have our perception of what could be inside of a book change, whilst we’re given the opportunity to become further acquainted with said author. For me, I started to dig a bit into the ‘writer’ of Mr. Garrison via his personal blog, whereupon I learnt key insights into how much heart and wickedly cheeky humour he stitches into his stories! My first impression of a story isn’t always bang-on, and I purposely keep an open mind & ear for a day to come along to where I might re-visit a book &/or author I had previously taken a pass on being introduced too! One day I look forward to giving his first “Road Ghosts” book “Four Til’ Late” a bit of a whirl, seeing where the story inspired to take him as it hinges to fond memories & an admiration of who originally inspired him to take up his pen! As much as a bit of a smirking nod to his wife, of whom shares his passion for ghost hunting and paranormal investigations! What more can you hope for? Then, a road trek which leads you into the paranormal! Writ by an author who gives a proper nodding to the creatives who came before him as much as tapping into the museful realm of dreamscapes, by which all writers aspire to draw out a measure of creativity!
The Star Chamber: Episode 2
featuring authors Eric Garrison and Michael West
as well as book blogger Jorie of Jorie Loves A Story
archived for their listening audience!
Hosted by: Stephen Zimmer, Selah Janel, S.H. Roddey, Michael West,
& Alexander S. Brown
(Twitter) @starchamber; @erichris; @byMichaelWest; @JLovesAStory
@SGZimmer; @SelahJanel; @draickinphoenix; & @AlexanderSBrown

This book cover reveal was courtesy of:

Seventh Star Pressbe sure to scope out my next Bookish Events!

Similar to blog tours, when I feature a showcase for an author via a Guest Post, Q&A, Interview, etc., I do not receive compensation for featuring supplemental content on my blog.

{SOURCES: Book Cover Reveal materials (Book Cover, Author’s photograph & biography, etc) provided by Seventh Star Press. The Star Chamber logo badge used with permission to help advert the show. Post dividers by Fun Stuff for Your Blog via Pure Imagination.. Cover Reveal badge provided by Parajunkee to give book bloggers definition on their blogs.}

Copyright © Jorie Loves A Story, 2013.

Footnote: I’ve kept this post in-tact as it was written originally however, the author is now known as E. Chris Garrison or Ms Chris as I refer to her on my blog posts wherein I am featuring one of her stories or hosting her as a guest author. The reason I kept this post in-tact is because I wanted to keep the memory of how our paths crossed and remember why saying ‘Mr Garrison’ was not quite as endearing as I had meant it to be as this was before I realised he was a she. Since that day, I’ve referred to the author respectfully as Ms Chris but acknowledge there was a time I did not realise she was transgender as I was not privy to that information when we first went live on The Star Chamber Show. I am a big supporter of Ms Chris and I cherish the memories of how we originally formed our friendship, even if as said, back then, I was missing an important bit of knowledge.

I’ve updated the biography for my review of “Blue Spirit” replacing the old biography you see on this post. All my reviews moving forward will be with Ms Chris’s biography as this biography is of her previous pen name and not her real name as reflected on all my future posts. This will include my reviews of “Restless Spirit” and the Trans-Continental series during Sci Fi November 2016, as well as all forthcoming releases I will be reading or reviewing. I did switch over to calling her Ms Chris when I reviewed her short story within the anthology “A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court” as that was the earliest time I could share what I knew about the author’s transition.

Blessedly tonight, I learnt via the author’s website (see this post) both Seventh Star Press and Hydra Publications are going to re-release Ms Chris’s series with the new biography and name change on the covers to reflect the author’s lineage of stories as her authentic self. I was overjoyed when I found out about this as I was hoping this could be done as it felt right to have the covers and interior biographies updated. This is why I respected Ms Chris and left her old pen name off my blog – except for this post. It’s a deadname on #JLASblog – except our path crossing on The Star Chamber Show. I’ll always hold that moment as a treasured joy, as I loved our conversation. It was one of my favourite memories as a guest outside of the Christmas Show where I conversed with Mr Allen.

Speaking of which, we each updated our Twitter accounts – as I just noticed I still have links to my original Twitter ID on my blog! lol What an incredible three years… I really should write down the fond memories I’ve had as a book blogger, there are so many lovely moments of joy I’ve been blessed to embrace and experience. My blog itself is a footprint of my travels but I have a reserve of memories and moments I think I should work on chronicling during my next year as a blogger offline – as a way to journal my path and remember everything that’s become a part of my life since I took that leap and blogged my first review.

-7th October, 2016

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Posted Wednesday, 4 December, 2013 by jorielov in Blog Tour Host & Reviewer, BlogTalkRadio, Book Cover Reveal, Genre-bender, Ghosts & the Supernatural, Guest Spot on Podcast, Horror-Lite, Live Author Event, Science Fiction, Seventh Star Press, Speculative Fiction, The Star Chamber Show, Urban Fantasy, Vulgarity in Literature

Book Cover Reveal: Love At First Slight by J. Marie Croft

Posted Friday, 30 August, 2013 by jorielov , , , , 6 Comments

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Love At First Slight by J. Marie Croft

Love at First Slight by J. Marie Croft 

Author’s Pin(terest) Boards:
Love At First Slight +
Textaisles (Victorian & Regency Lovelies)

Genre(s): Fiction | Romance | Historical | Regency | Jane Austen Sequel

Published by: Rhemalda Publishing, 1 October 2013

Available Format: Paperback | Page Count: 342

Synopsis of the story:

 “It may not be universally acknowledged,
but the unvarnished truth is that a young widow
in possession of a good fortune is not necessarily in want of another husband.”

In this humorous, topsy-turvy Pride & Prejudice variation, all the gender roles are reversed. It is Mr. Bennet’s greatest wish to see his five sons advantageously married. When the haughty Miss Elizabeth Darcy comes to Netherfield with the Widow Devonport nee Bingley, speculation—and prejudice—runs rampant.

William Bennet, a reluctant and irreverent future reverend, catches Miss Darcy’s eye even though he is beneath her station. However, his opinion of her was fixed when she slighted him at the Meryton Assembly. As her ardour grows, so does his disdain, and when she fully expects to receive an offer of marriage, he gives her something else entirely ….

 

Biography of the Author:

J. Marie Croft
Photo Credit: Glane Gorveatt

J. Marie Croft, a Nova Scotia resident and avid reader all her life, discovered Jane Austen’s works later than others but made up for lost time by devouring the six novels and as many adaptations and sequels as she could find. In the midst of reading prodigious amounts of Austen-based fan-fiction, she realized, “Hey, I can do that.” In her spare time, when not working at a music school or on a wooded trail enjoying her geocaching hobby, she listens to the voices in her head and captures their thoughts and words in writing. Her stories are light-hearted; and her motto is Miss Austen’s own quote, “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.” J. Marie Croft is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America (Canada) and admits to being “excessively attentive” to the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. She can be contacted at her website: J. Marie Croft

Why this particular story perked my interest to participate in the Cover Reveal?

When the email for this Cover Reveal alighted itself into my Inbox, I was immediately drawn into Ms. Croft’s take on Pride and Prejudice, where she single-handedly flipped the tail on the story which has become one of my most beloved reads!! Coincidently or naught, I have been re-reading Pride and Prejudice this month as a way to step back into Austen’s world, as I am a self-declared Janeite! This is the year I decided it was high time I dig into her novels inasmuch as the lovely offerings of re-tellings, spin-offs, sequels, and other such pieces of ‘after the canon’ contributions to the genre! The icing on the cake for me is to have had the opportunity to not only discover a sequel author for Jane Austen, but to find one of my first Canadian authors! I have always been readily intrigued by the literature of my northern neighbour, but I have not oft been able to discover their literary works! It’s quite the exciting proposition, isn’t it!? If Darcy were a woman and the singleton Bennett were a bloke!? What delightfully bewitching and romantically engaging intrigue this story shall reveal! It appeals straight to my adaptable heart, as one of my favourite re-tellings of classical literature are the motion picture adaptations of A Christmas Carol  where the gender role is exclusively feminine! An added dimension of tales that wrap around our hearts and endeavour all of us to ask, “What if?” I am most keen on reading this unique spin of Darcy & Bennett!

{*UPDATE: I did not realise she had such a lovely pin(terest) board full of inspirational sayings, clever phrases, Victorian & Regency clothing pieces, and all the lovelies you’d expect from a period sequel author to gravitate towards! I cannot even express how many are my ‘new favourites’ and how delighted I am in having learnt this board exists! I think author pin(terest) boards are warming on me!}

{*NOTE: I volunteered to be a blog stop on the Cover Reveal Tour for Love At First Slight. I was not compensated for this post, and my thoughts are my honest opinion based upon my first impression of having read the synopsis.}

{SOURCES: Cover of Love at First Slight, photograph of author J. Marie Croft, as well as press release information for the book itself were provided by Rhemalda Publishing. Cover Reveal badge provided by Parajunkee to give book bloggers definition on their blogs. }

*NEWSFLASH*:

In December 2013, I received this lovely book in exchange for an honest review by J. Marie Croft’s new publisher “Meryton Press“. Meryton Press took over the rights for publication when Rhemalda Publishing closed suddenly after this Book Cover Reveal went live. My review for “Love At First Slight” is coming to Jorie Loves A Story the weekend of the 13th of December 2013! Stay tuned!

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Posted Friday, 30 August, 2013 by jorielov in Blog Tour Host & Reviewer, Book Cover Reveal, Regency Era, Rhemalda Publishing, Romance Fiction, Sequel Authors