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Author Q&A: Ferrill Gibbs – The Secret Island of Edgar Dewitt

Date: August 17th

Edgar Dewitt is the new kid in town. Moving from Alabama to Mount Lanier, Washington has been quite the change, and Edgar quickly realizes making new friends won’t be as easy as he thought. On his first day in town, he meets one of Mount Lanier’s best: the incorrigible Chris Weedy, who’s as bright as sack of socks and as mean as you can get.
 
One day while exploring the woods behind his new house, Edgar discovers something mysterious: an old abandoned cabin. But the real magic happens when he finds something even more magnificent inside the cabin itself: a dark and ominous hole. After studying the hole for a few days, Edgar musters his courage and jumps in feet first. It takes him straight through the center of the earth to a tiny island in the middle of the Indian ocean, and Edgar knows he’s stumbled upon something ancient. Something secret–a seemingly impossible way to journey to the other side of the world.
 
For the next several weeks, the island becomes a sanctuary where Edgar can escape Chris Weedy’s cruel taunting and his parents’ constant questions. But a sudden, nearby wildfire threatens to engulf the town in flames and take Edgar’s volunteer firefighter father along with it. Edgar must act fast and decide between saving his new town or keeping his newly found safe haven.

This creative, new YA book is the perfect story to usher you into the fall! Uncover a hidden magic with Edgar Dewitt as debut author, Ferrill Gibbs, reimagines what it means to travel to the center of the earth. We spoke with Ferrill on the origin and inspiration of his story, his writing experience as a musician turned novelist, and what he hopes for his readers. Get excited for the release of The Secret Island of Edgar Dewitt!

 

AJ: The Secret Island of Edgar Dewitt is such a unique story. Where did the idea originate and how did it develop?

FG: A few years ago, I discovered a great strategy for falling asleep: imagine yourself falling. I don’t know why this seemed to calm me but it did. Every night I’d fall backward and plunge the way other people might count sheep, but soon the logical part of my brain began to protest. If we fall for long enough, we’ll hit the ground! Of course, when your brain starts to protest something, an immediate consequence is that you can’t fall asleep! Suddenly, I was in need of some higher heights to fall from. While at first it was dropping over Niagra Falls or from skyscrapers, it became falling from cliffs or airplanes without any chutes—higher and higher, until eventually I found myself dropping from the stratosphere, like Felix Baumgartner, always trying to outrace my protesting brain to sleep. Soon I was able to imagine the perfect scenario: what if you whisked down a hole to China? If you did this, no hard Earth would ever come up to smash you—it would be just one long and continuous fall back and forth between two poles, like a yo-yo, your body ultimately reaching equilibrium in the center of the Earth’s core as you floated there weightless, like in outer space—that is, if you could only stay awake long enough to imagine it. One day, it dawned on me that this might make for a great kid’s book, so I began to do research and query physicists and mathematicians. What would happen to a boy if he fell down a hole to China, for real? Like, would he go directly to the other side of the Earth or would he shoot straight down to the center of the earth, then stick to the core of gravity like a dart in a dartboard? The physicists shook their head at me. “Your boy would die in so many horrible, unimaginable ways,” they said. “Oh, well, by the way, I forgot to mention,” I responded to them, unfazed, “my hole is lined with ’magical bricks.’” (Before you die, you should just once ask a panel of physicists a physics question, then double down with the concept of “Magical Bricks.”  It’s fantastic…)

 

AJ: Who was your favorite character to explore?

FG: Edgar Dewitt, really, because of all the characters his was not based on any real person. His character was an amalgamation of all the redemptive characteristics I‘ve always appreciated in people—traits I always wanted to possess: courage, sticking up for others, the way he always manages to cleverly dig himself out of so many holes—traits I was never strong enough to possess but desired, especially as a kid. So, it made Edgar difficult to know since he was actually more of an idea than a known entity. I had to create him from thin air and then try to figure out who he was and what he was feeling.

 

AJ: As a creative soul who has experience writing music lyrics, what was something that surprised you about the writing process for a novel?

FG: Well, to note, I have three jobs…four really: I’m a convenience store owner, a singer, a guitar player, and a writer. (I’ve always separated “singer” from “guitar player” because they both took so many years to learn.) I’ve been playing guitar for about 20 years and have taken voice lessons for about the past eight. I’ve seen people who’ve played for five years who were already better than me 20 years in. And with singing, I have a tendency to sing flat so every note I hit is always an all-out battle. At the convenience stores, it’s possible for me to be called in at midnight or on any given day for vandalism and robberies, or to have to fix a trashed toilet, or to deal with burning cars at the gas pumps (which actually happened to us back in March)—but that said, none of this has ever been as difficult as trying to bring a book to life. And especially trying to get it published—none of it combined.
 
It turns out, trying to be a real, bonafide writer was one of the most involved, painstaking, and improbable things I’ve ever set out to do. All the editing, the refining, the revision—eventually I had to learn to not only accept criticism, but to seek it out. I had no idea how much of a grueling affair this would be. And then, after the book was complete, I was informed by industry vets that now I was too, like all other authors in the universe, undergo a flattening deluge of rejection after rejection—which is true. People nailing stacks of rejection letters to their walls, puffing their chests out like it was some sort of badge of courage—and this being the reward for accomplishing something so cool as writing a book?! Well, when I finally got back my first acceptance letter, I was able to look back on it all and realize that to have kept this up for so many years—to have kept writing and revising and tinkering and pushing without ever the promise of a reward—it had to be my love for the writing itself. I had to love the process and all the digging because the work-to-reward ratio was extremely out of whack. Lots of people will tell you that, too. So, to answer your question, that’s what surprised me most about writing a novel: how hard it was. And I’d do it again tomorrow.

 

AJ: Are you a fisherman like Edgar? What is your favorite fish to cook?

FG: No way! Edgar’s a deep sea guy—my dad always taught me to catch pond fish and lake fish. I’m not sure what you have where you’re from, but down here in Alabama we have bream and crappie (which are delicious by the way—you just have to watch out for bones.) My favorite fish to eat? No question: Chilean Seabass. You know, Ambercod!

 

AJ: What do you hope your readers will take away from Edgar’s adventure?

FG: Truly, I just hope they have a good time reading it. That’s all. I hope the story is engrossing and helps kids to escape life for a little while, because that’s what the best books do. They help you escape. I want kids to feel the same elation as I did when I wrote the story—the same I felt as a kid when I saw all those movies like The Karate Kid, Back to the Future, ET and Raiders of the Lost Ark—all the movies that were actually great stories, that sowed inspiration into a hopeful and memorable childhood. I’ve been so lucky in life! We had such great content back then. What better stories could a kid be exposed to than the ones of the Eighties?


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By Blood Sworn – AVAILABLE NOW!

Date: August 16th

The wait is finally over, the second in The Dagger Chronicles series, By Blood Swornis available for purchase! Continue the journey with Alex Stone and the Trackers as they take on new threats and uncover secrets that threaten the existence of the Supernatural community. Get your hands on a copy today at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or through any of your local bookstores and step into a new world of vampires and intrigue written by Janice Jones!

 


As the Dagger, Alex Stone hunted down supernatural threats on covert ops team, Night Command. After the capture of a particularly bad-ass vampire, Tristan Ambrose, Alex gets out of the game. In the years following her departure, Alex started a hot new clothing line and moved on with her life. She was happy pretending the supernatural didn’t exist, but, with Tristan’s escape, she’s pulled back into the game.

 

Alex is hired to continue guarding the very tempting body of Jason Stavros—up-and-coming vampire politico—alongside her new team, The Trackers. Stavros is scheduled to head to an international conference of the supernatural community in Bucharest, and Alex and her new team must keep him safe while investigating new threats, and ghosts from the past.

 

When the conference is interrupted by betrayal and sabotage, Alex must pull her weakened team together to bring the saboteurs to justice—and get some well-deserved revenge.

 

Suddenly, she’s not just back in the game, she’s all in.

 
By Blood Sworn is the thrilling, psychological, and sexy sequel to In Her Blood.

Praise for The Dagger Chronicles!

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! It had me captivated, at some points I couldn’t put it down to get other things done. The author has a way of writing to make you feel like you are part of the story! Now I can’t wait to see what’s next!!”

Susan 

 

“This book is beautifully written. It shows how the supernatural world and the human world can collide and become the devils play toy. I have been an Ann Rice fan for years, and really like the fact that this author has continued the ” Monsters walking amongst us” theme. Alex is saving mankind from the demons after our souls! Super-human strengths protecting us! If you miss Ann Rice, you should give this book a try.”

Terri

 

“Fast paced vampire story with an intriguing plot.”

Lucie

 

“Starts strong. Keeps going at a breakneck pace with lots of action, good twists, and interesting characters. Creates a whole universe with different supernatural factions, but it all just makes sense. Looking forward to the rest of the trilogy!”

Amazon

 

“I got into the vampire genre after getting hooked on True Blood. This book did not disappoint- looking forward to reading the next one”

Stephen

 

“Amazing!!!!!! This was a great book with a strong and powerful heroine.”

Y. Dempsey

 

 

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As the Readers Turn by Janice Jones

Date: August 3rd

As the Readers Turn

by Janice Jones

Author of The Dagger Chronicles Series, In Her Blood and By Blood Sworn

 

I never realized how hard this was going to be. I started out just wanting to keep myself busy by putting words on a page to form a story I wanted to read. But, the decision to turn that loose on an unsuspecting public; man, that was hard! These characters laugh at my jokes and have certain characters traits I find amusing in my friends. But, sometimes, readers strike back. And, they had no problem telling me what I did wrong, in detail. Writing a profound piece of literary fiction was not my first thought. I just wanted to make something that was fun to read, a little mysterious and twisted, and in the end, killed the little bit of time in a reader’s day between the end of soccer practice and bed time.

 

Readers are strange and fascinating creatures, aren’t they? All writers are readers, so I think I’m getting an ‘amen’ from them right about now. But, not all readers are writers, so for them, it must seem easy to send your work out there for them to consume. Well, it’s not! Not at all! With every good review, we’re thinking ‘Did they read my book?’ With every bad one, we’re thinking ‘Did they read my book?’ Either way, you’re constantly hoping your readers understand your humor or they get your character’s angst. But, sometimes they don’t and you have to tell yourself, that’s okay too.

 

I’ve learned you can’t take everyone’s opinions on your writing personally. When I read any comment, I look for something positive, then I use it. Some are all positive, some not so much. People usually have something positive to say, even in a negative review. I think, as a writer, I have to stop thinking of those comments as ‘positive’ and ‘negative’. They are opinions and opinions are subjective.  I’m not Stephanie Meyers or Laurell Hamilton and I have no intention of trying to be. I have my own voice and I know how to use it. I don’t want to imitate anyone else’s style. If I did that, nothing I created would be my own. If I fail, I fail because I’m not a good writer, period; not because I’m not good at trying to be someone else. As a writer, I have to keep telling myself that not liking my stories is not the same as not liking me. Most of my readers don’t actually know me. So, expecting them to throw me points because I’m a nice person, is pretty much out of the question. But, there are people that do like the work and don’t know me and I’m thankful that they enjoy it.

 

But, I owe thanks to those who don’t, too. Because that reader makes me look closer at the next words I write or the next character I create. They took the time to write a review, even one on a book they didn’t like, and I’m glad. In my mind, that person found something in the story to keep them reading to the end, anyway. There might be no love for the characters, but my characters aren’t really asking to be loved. They simply want someone to listen. Just like all of us.

 

And, maybe, they’ll go back and read it again, just for the hell of it. Or, they won’t, but someone else will see their review and give it a shot, I hope. That’s the great thing about so called ‘bad reviews’. They get more attention. And, readers like to prove other readers wrong, especially when it comes to vampires.

I’m not trying to change the world. I just wanted to write an old story from a new perspective. I created this series as an escape from the everyday hustle that all of us are living.  I enjoy writing these characters and I hope that other people enjoy reading about them. The best thing any writer can do is to listen to their own voice. There may not be any new ideas out there, but there are new writers and we deserve a chance to shine.

 


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The Secret Island of Edgar Dewitt – FIRST LOOK!

Date: August 3rd


The Secret Island of Edgar Dewitt

 

Chapter Two

 

Pages 12-15

 

He wiped the sweat from his brow and renewed his grip on the plank, then, using the wood as leverage, popped another floorboard from its nails. And then another. And yet another. And as they came up from the floor, he tossed them from the glassless windows into the meadow outside, until, before he knew it, most of the boards in the room had been removed.

Breathless and sweaty, he turned to survey what remained. It was unreal. He had never seen anything like it.

A massive hole, obviously man-made, existed beneath the floorboards. That’s where the salty air had been coming from!

Energized by the mystery, he was now even more frantic in removing the remaining boards. The more he studied the vast depth of the hole in the room’s center, the faster he worked and the quicker he was forced to the outskirts of the room in order to not fall in.

When finally he stood on the last few remaining boards, he leaned over the edge. How far down the hole went, he did not know.

It was eerie and beautiful and lined with bricks around the top—something like an old-fashioned water well, except much, much bigger. He guessed it was around eighteen feet in diameter.

Edgar kneeled to inspect the bricks that shaped the hole. They had each been smoothed and decorated with ornate, inscrutable markings. The markings weren’t in English, but rather something like the dot-dot-dash of Morse code combined with some other type of writing.

Maybe alien!

Edgar inspected deeper into the hole and saw an occasional stick figure intertwined with more of the indecipherable words, all drawings of people hunting animals, utilizing ancient vehicles and tools. Edgar reached down and traced a pinkie over what seemed to be a picture of a dark cloud with a yellow bolt of lightning shooting through it.

“This is really old,” he estimated. Maybe cavemen drew this. The whole world would want to see this, he suddenly realized. It could even make him rich.

With that money maybe we could move back to Alabama, he thought. He was going to be famous, that was for sure, but he didn’t want to tell anybody just yet.

“Hello!” he yelled into the hole.

“Hello!” he screamed again, but this time he noticed the lack of echo.

“HELLO!” he yelled once more.

What kind of deep hole has no echo?

Perhaps it was full of moss at the bottom. Maybe the moss was absorbing the sound.

“HELLLOOOOOOO!” he yelled one last time. Still no answer, and still no echo. Then, leaning over the hole, he did what any ninth-grader might do when standing before a dark, deep hole: he spat. And as the mound of spit darted into the depths, he listened intently for the splat, but strangely, there came none.

Weird!

He rubbed his forehead and frowned.

Vexed, but armed with an idea, he carefully skirted the edges of the hole and slipped from the cabin, out to the piles of wooden planks sitting outside the window. There, he selected a plank and checked it for rot. When satisfied, he walked it back to the hole’s edge and tossed it down, standing still as a statue as the board disappeared from view.

He listened intently for a loud thud or clank or clap, but no such sound emerged. He scowled into the darkness and scratched his head in wonder.

This thing’s deep, he thought.

 


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Author Q&A: Janice Jones – By Blood Sworn

Date: August 2nd

As the Dagger, Alex Stone hunted down supernatural threats on covert ops team, Night Command. After the capture of a particularly bad-ass vampire, Tristan Ambrose, Alex gets out of the game. In the years following her departure, Alex started a hot new clothing line and moved on with her life. She was happy pretending the supernatural didn’t exist, but, with Tristan’s escape, she’s pulled back into the game.
 
Alex is hired to continue guarding the very tempting body of Jason Stavros—up-and-coming vampire politico—alongside her new team, The Trackers. Stavros is scheduled to head to an international conference of the supernatural community in Bucharest, and Alex and her new team must keep him safe while investigating new threats, and ghosts from the past.
 
When the conference is interrupted by betrayal and sabotage, Alex must pull her weakened team together to bring the saboteurs to justice—and get some well-deserved revenge.
 

Suddenly, she’s not just back in the game, she’s all in.
 

By Blood Sworn is the thrilling, psychological, and sexy sequel to In Her Blood, the first book in The Dagger Chronicles series by Janice Jones.


Look no further for your next Supernatural read! By Blood Sworn is the second in a tantalizing, vampire series, The Dagger ChroniclesFans of In Her Blood will be thrilled to see what is in store for Alex and The Trackers as the mystery and suspense continue to unfold. Author Janice Jones opens up about her inspiration, favorite characters, and explores Alex Stone’s world just a bit more in our exclusive interview with her.

 

AJ: When and how did your love of vampires start?

JJ: The mythology was intriguing to me at a very young age. To live forever sounded kind of fun, so I always thought about what that would be like. But, I really began to think I could write vampire stories when I was a freshman in college. My first Psych paper was called “Vampires in Popular Culture”. That was my first introduction to Anne Rice and The Vampire Chronicles. I was pretty much hooked after that.

 

AJ: What has been your inspiration in developing and writing The Dagger Chronicles?

JJ: Buffy had ended and I had just finished reading The Vampire Huntress series by the late L.A. Banks. I started to think about what these two teenagers would be like as adults. It was hard to find a series led by a female who wasn’t defined by her male counterpart or in high school, so I decided that Alex Stone would be an ode to all the strong women in my life. I wanted her to also be a woman of color. There are very few females of color in the vampire world, so it just made sense to see what I could do with this character. Her agency doesn’t depend on the men in the story. She makes her own rules and you either get on board or get out of the way.

 

AJ: We’re so excited about the continuation of Alex Stone’s story in By Blood Sworn. What are you most excited for fans to discover to in this second installment?

JJ: There are a lot of things going on simultaneously in the first book. Fans will finally get some of their questions answered and see some new things come to light. Alex’s relationship with the team has changed and so has she, in a way. And, of course we see what Tristan’s been up to and what he plans to do in the future. Because it’s a series, I have a few more surprises in store for the team and the readers.

 

AJ: Who has been your favorite character to explore?

JJ: I think Tristan is the character that has developed the most. When we first meet him, he’s literally someone else. I thought that was a cool way to introduce a character. And, from the feedback, it turned out to be a pretty interesting way to introduce the main bad guy. He’s probably the most honest of all the characters. When I write scenes with him, he just says what he feels. He doesn’t hold back. Nothing he does is for shock value. He speaks from his heart and he delivers on his promises. Someone once told me they like him because he’s probably the only character just doing what he has to. Everyone else in Alex’s world is betraying someone or manipulating someone else. He’s just straight about what he wants and what he’ll do to get it.

 

AJ: You have shared how the characters in The Dagger Chronicles represent the elite of the supernatural community. Can you tell us some more about these elite and how the society of the supernatural works in the world that you’ve built?

JJ: In this world, vampires have reached levels of wealth and power that none of the other groups have. Because they are immortal and are human in appearance, they can move through the world like we do. Along with the Witch covens, vampires mixed into society via a plan agreed to among the whole vampire community. They kept their political structures, wealth, and businesses after the covenant was signed. In return, they helped the human government with technologies and medicines, for a price. Tristan believes Conner and the Council sold out, so he broke off from the whole and tried to return humans to the food chain. He also had a backdoor deal with the human government (spoiler!) that gets out of hand. That’s when the super soldiers are sent in to bring him down before he spills the beans. Before the end of the series, we’ll see Alex face her own fears, learn something she didn’t know about herself, and make a decision that will affect everyone involved.


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Coming Soon: The Secret Island of Edgar Dewitt – 9/5/2017

Date: August 1st

Coming soon to a store near you! The Secret Island of Edgar Dewitt is the new, magical YA book you’ve been waiting for! Find out what it really means to travel to the center of the Earth and see what’s on the other side. Imaginative, mysterious, and thrilling, this is a story unlike any you’ve ever read and will take you into the depths of an unforgettable adventure. Musician, Ferrill Gibbs’s debut novel is one you don’t want to miss this Fall! Fall in love with the magic of our world all over again.


 

Edgar Dewitt is the new kid in town. Moving from Alabama to Mount Lanier, Washington has been quite the change, and Edgar quickly realizes making new friends won’t be as easy as he thought. On his first day in town, he meets one of Mount Lanier’s best: the incorrigible Chris Weedy, who’s as bright as a sack of socks and as mean as you can get.

 
One day while exploring the woods behind his new house, Edgar discovers something mysterious: an old abandoned cabin. But the real magic happens when he finds something even more magnificent inside the cabin itself: a dark and ominous hole. After studying the hole for a few days, Edgar musters his courage and jumps in feet first. It takes him straight through the center of the earth to a tiny island in the middle of the Indian ocean, and Edgar knows he’s stumbled upon something ancient. Something secret–a seemingly impossible way to journey to the other side of the world.
 
For the next several weeks, the island becomes a sanctuary where Edgar can escape Chris Weedy’s cruel taunting and his parents’ constant questions. But a sudden, nearby wildfire threatens to engulf the town in flames and take Edgar’s volunteer firefighter father along with it. Edgar must act fast and decide between saving his new town or keeping his newly found safe haven.


Ferrill Gibbs is a writer and singer/songwriter from the Alabama Gulf Coast, whose songs have been featured in American Songwriter Magazine and CMJ, material that iTunes has called, “. . . fully arranged pop songs that literate and mature music fans could enjoy.”
 
He graduated a touch beneath summa cum laude in English at Auburn University, widely regarded as the off-off-Ivy League of the South. Clinging to the oft repeated axiom that C students rule the world, Ferrill wakes each day in gleeful expectation of the profits to start rolling in and has a blog that is highly trafficked by his mother, Linnie.
 
Having worked in several industries including food service and construction, Ferrill now manages a chain of family-owned convenience stores with his wife, “Fish,” in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, where they live with two wonderful dogs and one feisty kitten.


Published September 5th, 2017. Preorder now on Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or through any of your local bookstores!

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Dewey Fairchild, Parent Problem Solver – AVAILABLE NOW!

Date: July 26th

Hooray! Dewey Fairchild is open for business and he’s ready to start solving his friend’s parent problems! Get your hands on a copy of this excellent new book that will remind your kids that parents are people too all while entertaining them with relatable bouts of embarrassment. This is a book you will definitely want for your child’s bookshelf!

 

Get your copy today from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or through any of your local bookstores!


Dewey Fairchild isn’t just good with parents, he’s great with them. He’s so good at handling parents that he’s built a thriving business out of it. He even has a secretary, Clara—a great alibi and an even better baker. Dewey settles the most troublesome of cases, from an overprotective mom who won’t let her child go to class on her own, to a dad who can’t stop picking his nose any chance he gets!

 

Dewey has no problem handling other people’s parents, but when he overhears his parents talking one day, he faces a challenge he never expected.  Dewey can solve any problem parents may cause, but what will he do when the parents who are causing problems are his own?


Praise for Dewey Fairchild, Parent Problem Solver!

 

“…Dewey tackles parental challenges ranging from spying on the aforementioned nose picker (and seeing things no child should ever see, yuck) to derailing out-of-control cases of germophobia and addiction to practical jokes. His string of triumphs will have readers cheering him on, rolling in the aisles, and wishing they could line up for consultations. After all, as Horn puts it in this winning debut, “where you found kids, you always found parents who needed some assistance to be, shall we say, their best selves.” Amen to that.” 

Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

 

“What I loved about the book: characters that were real and that I would want my child and friends to emulate; very well-written with strong vocabulary and dialogue; and a message that talking to your parents is a great choice and can go really well.”

Cassie

 

“Lorri Horn offers up a light read that will appeal to 3rd-6th graders of both genders. Dewey is a likable young man who has found a penchant for solving parent problems and has picked up several interesting sidekicks with classmate Seraphina and former babysitter Clara. Oh, and Wolfie the dog who looks more like a panda. All in all, I enjoyed this book and think that my library patrons will, too. Readers will be entertained and might learn a few tips about getting along with their parents as they go. …”

Melanie

 

“Dewey Fairchild, Parent Problem Solver would be a perfect read aloud for any classroom. In fact, it is on my list to share with my 6th graders at the beginning of next year. The class could become “Problem Solvers” by helping others with issues they have with their parents. The teacher could develop “problems” or the students can make their own. They can be solved by committee or by individual problem solvers. You could even expand to problems with siblings, pets, neighbors, other students…. Classes could read both Nate the Great and Dewey Fairchild to compare and contrast: technology, methods, success… Activities could be expanded into cooking. There are so many different cookies mentioned in the story. The class could make cookies and then graph favorites, write reviews, practice descriptive writing, invent new recipes, and study cooking measurements, Holy tarter sauce, you will love this book.”

Tiger Oma

 

“A delightful book that will appeal to young minds. Fun, with a little detective work and lots of biscuits to keep everything sweet.”

Bea

 

I highly recommend picking up a copy for your middle grade readers! I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. We can’t wait for the next book of Dewey Fairchild’s cases!”

Liz

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By Blood Sworn – FIRST LOOK!

Date: July 26th

By Blood Sworn

 

Chapter 2

 

Pages 24-26

 

“I swear, Sire. That’s all I know,” the girl whimpered, barely able to lift her head. “I’m so hungry.” There was no need to keep her bound—she was too weak to try an escape. Even if she did, the tracking device embedded behind her right ear would keep her within their reach. “Please,” she begged from her knees on the dusty floor of the cell.

 

Over the last two weeks, they’d gotten nothing of use to them. Adam was beginning to think he’d lost his touch. Maybe he’d grown soft over the last hundred years of living in this modern world.

 

Whoever controlled her had a very strong hold. Her master must be smart and possibly as old as he and Conner in order to accomplish that feat. But there’s always a trace, a thread to pull to release the information. As a Master, you left that thread to keep your progeny under your thumb—safekeeping precious information or blackmail material from others. This skill was extremely handy in a pinch.

 

He needed more time to get to that thread, but Adam feared his time with her had come to an end with little to show for it.

 

“Let’s go over it one more time,” Adam replied as he stood over her. She reached out with a shaky hand. “Why Alex Stone and the Trackers?” Her fingers just missed the cuff of his tailored slacks as he stepped back.

 

In her weakened state, she fell over, face first, to the floor. He could smell salt in the air from her tears. Her head rose slightly. “We were told to find someone called Dagger. I guess he thought the woman and her friends might know where to find him.” Then she was face down in the dirt again, but this time she laughed.

 

Adam reached down, pulled her head up by her dirty hair. He pitched her back against the small cot she slept on and still she laughed. Her stained fangs barely pushed through her gums and she screamed when they fully extended. The rodent blood they’d given her kept her alive, but their strength came from real blood—healthy, strong human blood. She was like a newborn, weak and vulnerable. Kneeling down, Adam’s stare stopped her laughter.

 

“In your current state, the sun will fry you to a nice pile of pretty ash,” he grinned as he stood up again. “Who should we send them to?”

 

Dirty tears slid down her even dirtier cheeks. He wasn’t sure if they were from fear or the laughter. He thought fear of a painful death might flip some switch in her brain—bring back a memory or two.

 

“You can’t kill me,” she coughed as she tried to pull herself up from the floor.

 

“Why not?” Adam smirked down at her.

 

“You need me,” she smiled as she scrambled forward on her hands and knees toward him. He kicked her backward again and she landed flat on her back with thud. “I can lead you to him.”

 

Adam kneeled again and took her chin in his hand. “Him, who?”

 

She shook her head. “Not until we have a deal.”

 

Adam moved a greasy piece of dirty hair held across her face by sweat. “Convince me of your worth and I’ll consider it,” he hissed and dropped her head back to the floor. Her clammy skin left a residue on his hand. When he reached into his jacket pocket, a crisp white handkerchief appeared. After he wiped his hands, he let the soiled cloth drop to her chest.

 

“Tristan,” she whispered as she wiped away her tears. “He calls himself Tristan.”

 

Adam turned with a growl, “Liar! He’s dead.”

 

The young girl’s laugh, though weak, stung him deeply. “Aren’t we all, technically?”

 

His hand flew out before she could blink. The smell of her tainted blood filled the room as soon as her lip split open. “If you betray us, the way you’re doing him, staking you in the sun will be the kindest thing I could do to you,” he said as he towered over her—his shadow turned the blood on her lip a dull, muddy shade. “And I have never been known for being kind.”

 

“I’ll need more than rats to feed on,” she replied. “And a finder’s fee.”

 

Adam took a step back to pound on the steel door of her cell. Two females stepped inside. One stood beside him and told him he was needed back in Vegas. The other helped the girl to the cot then waited. “Get her cleaned up and properly fed,” he ordered. “When she’s ready, send me a message and I’ll meet you at the safe house,” he added as he left the cell.

 

Adam pulled as much as he could from her brain. Instructions embedded in her subconscious told her to capture the witch—bring her to an abandoned warehouse and wait for further instructions. Adam had sent a team there a few days ago. But the cobwebs indicated it had been empty for years. The social media site she received her messages through was a bust too. The information was automatically deleted after a very short amount of time. Their hackers assured him the information was deleted from the servers as well.

 

“We should have killed him when we had the chance,” he mumbled as he exited the building.

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The Humor of Overactive Parents in Books for Kids by Lorri Horn

Date: July 20th

The Humor of Overactive Parents in Books for Kids

by Lorri Horn

Author of Dewey Fairchild, Parent Problem Solver

 

I don’t know about you, but every time I hear the term “helicopter parenting” I want to duck for cover. It’s not that I’m so opposed to the concept as much as I’m afraid something is about to swoop down and take off my head. Usually, I’m not so far off—“Ten Warning Signs You Are a Helicopter Parent (and How to Stop)”; “You Might Be a Helicopter Parent If…”; “How Helicopter Parenting is Ruining America’s Children”. Hang on now, while I grab that head of mine rolling down the helipad and try to slap it back onto my shoulders long enough to endure all this blame. Were the latch-key 80s kids really so much better off than our helicopter ones? It’s all longitude and latitude. Last year, Marine One carried Obama. This year, it carries Trump. These little soldiers of ours evidently too afraid to parachute from our laps this decade will be raising their own kids the next, hitching rides barefoot to corner stores rolling around in the back of Amazon copter-drones.

 

Nah, we are what we eat, as they say. And, unless there’s some serious deviant behavior or abuse going on, then most of us end up either reacting to or repeating what we’ve experienced before, one way or another, in ways our kids can endure. We’re all just human, after all. Good to know what makes us tick and talk as we do. Nothing that about twenty-five years of psychoanalysis might not do you good for. But not only does the media whirly wind its way in to tell you that your parenting has rendered your child likely unable to pull the covers off her dorm room head, or in jail for knocking out his college professor for a B-, but they market to you too. I just now opened online one of those If-You-Love-Your-Kid-Why-Do-You-Hold-a-Pillow-Over-Her-Face-Huh?-Huh? articles from a reputable source, a box appeared over my computer screen—“Yours Free: Our Popular 6-Part-Mini-Course How to Be a Positive Parent—Want to Raise loving, happy, well-adjusted kids without the nagging, screaming, stress and drama? This mini-course gives you everything you need to know. Simply enter your email below to get started.”

 

Oh-my-GOOOOODDDDD! Thank you so. Much! Kick me down and then inflate me back up as easy as this pop-up window!

 

No. I am not a fan of the term helicopter parenting. But you just have to laugh. And duck. You should duck and laugh. The humor of overactive parents in books for kids is that it rings true. But it doesn’t cut off your head. I don’t know about you. I like my head. Next generation we’ll laugh about the humor of the latch-key kids again. Tom Sawyer, Pippy Longstocking, anyone?

 


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Coming Soon: By Blood Sworn – 8/22/17

Date: July 17th

The sexy sequel to In Her Blood is almost here! Fans of Janice Jones’s compelling series, The Dagger Chronicleswill be thrilled by the continuation of Alex Stone’s mysterious life as she takes on new threats to herself, her client, and her team of supernatural agents. Clues to a greater evil are slowly uncovered in By Blood Sworn, promising to pull Alex fully back into the life that she tried to forget.

 

Author, Janice Jones, has brilliantly created a new sort of vampire story, one to fit the modern age. Read the first book, In Her Blood now, and get ready to dive into a world of Supernatural politics, power plays, science experiments, and more in the upcoming sequel, By Blood Sworn!


As the Dagger, Alex Stone hunted down supernatural threats on covert ops team, Night Command. After the capture of a particularly bad-ass vampire, Tristan Ambrose, Alex gets out of the game. In the years following her departure, Alex started a hot new clothing line and moved on with her life. She was happy pretending the supernatural didn’t exist, but, with Tristan’s escape, she’s pulled back into the game.
 

Alex is hired to continue guarding the very tempting body of Jason Stavros—up-and-coming vampire politico—alongside her new team, The Trackers. Stavros is scheduled to head to an international conference of the supernatural community in Bucharest, and Alex and her new team must keep him safe while investigating new threats, and ghosts from the past.
 

When the conference is interrupted by betrayal and sabotage, Alex must pull her weakened team together to bring the saboteurs to justice—and get some well-deserved revenge.
 

Suddenly, she’s not just back in the game, she’s all in.

Being an introvert doesn’t mean you have no voice. It just means you have the ability to communicate in different ways. For author and champion introvert, Janice Jones, that way is writing. She began by reading anything she could get her hands on, but after college, she found herself in roles that required more business-focused writing than fiction. This didn’t stop her; she continued to create her own stories to feed her passion for the written word.
 
Honing her skills as a paralegal for several years, Janice continued to feed the beast by spending every spare minute she could creating the world of her first fictional character, Alexa Stone. The idea for The Dagger Chronicles came during a rough time in Janice’s life, but she continued to write and focus on improving every way she could. Earning a Master’s in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University, Janice was encouraged to continue The Dagger Chronicles.
 
Since In Her Blood, Janice has enjoyed meeting and hearing from new readers and writers. Although she can’t use all the feedback and suggestions, she does try to incorporate what she gets into all her writing. Janice is currently working a few new projects, including writing a screenplay for The Dagger Chronicles with her brother, Jordan. She appreciates all the feedback and encouragement she has received and is looking forward to the future. Janice would like to thank her family, friends and the team at Amberjack Publishing for this exciting opportunity.


Published August 22nd, 2017. Preorder now on Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or through any of your local bookstores!

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