J. E. Clarkson – The Lamb

Please welcome J.E. Clarkson to When Angels Fly!   

Please introduce yourself to those reading this blog post

Hi, my name is Jayne and I write under the name, J.E.Clarkson. I live by the seaside in Yorkshire, in the UK. I’ve been writing since I was a teenager and have worked as a make-up artist, singer, teaching assistant and in retail. I love vintage clothes, B-movies, music, my family, friends and partner, Anton

Has writing always been part of your life and when did you “know” that it was time to start writing your first book?

Yes, it has. I’ve always written. I had an Auntie, who sadly passed away this year, who always encouraged me. I really started to take writing more seriously during my early twenties when I submitted a few poems to a university journal called, “Pyschopoetica”. They were accepted and so I carried on.

How difficult was it writing your first book?

In some ways the difficulty came after it was finished because for the first time, I didn’t have bad writer’s block. During Covid, I was furloughed from my job and had the time and space to think and write. It almost wrote itself and I just decided to publish it. I’ve learned a lot since and had a great amount of help and feedback, some positive and some negative. By far, most feedback has been constructive and helpful.

Have you ever wanted to give up and what stopped you?

Only for split seconds after a bad review but when I remember how much I enjoy writing (and publishing) and that a few other people enjoy reading my stories too, I cast those thoughts to the dustbin. At the end of the day, I must write and that’s it.

Who is the most supportive of you and your dream to be a writer?

My partner, Anton, my family, and friends. I’m very fortunate, I have a lot of encouragement.

nything specific you want to tell your readers?

Yes. Thanks for supporting me. I appreciate it. (You are welcome.)

What is the best advice given to you (book or otherwise), and by whom?

Two things. Write everyday so that it becomes a habit and treat the writing and editing processes as separate. So many of us writers are crippled with doubt, wanting to create the perfect sentence etc. I found that massively inhibiting and caused bad blocks for months or years. Editing later really helped with that because I realized, if what I write is rubbish to begin with, it can be polished or removed when I’m editing.

What is your target audience and what aspect of your writing do you feel targets that audience?

Anyone who enjoys thrillers. I write Sci-Fi, Crime and Horror fiction but the thread that runs between them all is that they are primarily thrillers. Someone once said that I write Sci-Fi for people who don’t like Sci-Fi. I think that that’s a good description.

Did the cover evolve the same way, or did you work with someone to make it come together for you?

I always create my own covers. I did some research beforehand and followed what is considered as popular for each genre, but I do try to add my own twist. “The Lamb” cover was the first cover I tried for that story. It just felt perfect for a mysterious serial killer story.

What are you working on now? Can we get a peek, an excerpt?

I’ve just finished a short story for Halloween called, “The Black Velvet Dress”.

Here’s a wee extract:

When I first noticed you, you were hanging there in the window. Perfect in your inky, Gothic, glamour. I felt myself drawn to you and so I crossed over the road and stood there on the pavement, imagining how I’d look, draped in your lace collared finery. Magically, the question was answered, as my own image was reflected in the shop window. It seemed that there was some sorcery in it, as I found myself transfixed by the picture and propelled indoors through the shop doorway.”

Any last words before we wrap things up?

I just wanted to say thank you, Mary, for the opportunity to speak with you about my stories. All the best.

A Chat With Edge!

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Please welcome Edge to When Angels Fly.  

Please introduce yourself to those reading this blog post.

I grew up in British Columbia and now live on the island of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Canada. I’ve authored four novels, Legacy of Seconds, Time Sneak: Emergence, Odin’s Tillit, and Terraform Charlie. My WIP is War of the Scavengers. My passions include hiking, kayaking, fitness, landscaping, and, of course, writing! I love, Love, LOVE, the great outdoors. Mother Nature always finds her way into all my books, which makes sense, for she is forever in my heart.

Has writing always been part of your life and when did you “know” that it was time to start writing your first book?

A dream inspired me to write. It was sixteen years ago, and I had such a powerful dream of a hostile encounter between small humans and a giant, that it inspired me to write a story (Terraform Charlie) around it. Coincidentally, a dream also prompted me to write Odin’s Tillit.

How difficult was it writing your first book?

Terraform Charlie felt inspired; many times, it seemed to be writing itself. I think my daemon (inner Muse) always wanted me to be a writer. Writing brings me peace, editing tears me to pieces.

Have you ever wanted to give up and what stopped you?

Many years passed between writing Terraform Charlie and my next book, Legacy of Seconds. Sales of the latter were poor, and I begin to wonder if I had a good book in me. Fortunately, I had a much bigger – and positive – response from my self-published book, Time Sneak: Emergence. I don’t know if one can be a self-introspective person and a creative/writer without having some self-doubt. The important thing is to push through it. Better days, and better books (including my recently released, Odin’s Tillit) are to come. Interestingly, I wrote Legacy of Seconds as a prequel to Terraform Charlie, and it ended up coming out years before Terraform Charlie.

Note: Prequels are extremely difficult to write. Avoid, like the plague!

Who is the most supportive of you and your dream to be a writer?

From the very start, my dear friend Anastasia, has been stellar. She continues to amaze me with her steadfast support.

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

If the characters from my books live on in your world, irrespective of book sales and accolades, I have achieved success, Additionally, I want to thank all those people who have taken a chance on my work.

What is the best advice given to you (book or otherwise), and by whom?

Follow your passion. It is as simple as that.

What is your target audience and what aspect of your writing do you feel targets that audience?

As my books are multi-genre, they should appeal to anyone from 16 to 160 (young adult to cryogenically frozen head). I try to weave some humour and philosophy, and even some mythology, into my books. So, whether the book is sci-fi, or supernatural mystery thriller, there will be something in there for every booklover.

Did the cover evolve the same way, or did you work with someone to make it come together for you?

With respect to Odin’s Tillit, there are two covers. The one for the eBook and paperback was provided by the publisher. The cover for the hardcover was a collaborative process between a graphic designer and myself. I much prefer the hardcover to the paperback, but the industry trend is toward simple covers, so that’s why I elected to use the blue cover for the more popular mediums.

What are you working on now? Can we get a peek, an excerpt?

My WIP is War of the Scavengers. It follows the life of Parn, and, like Terraform Charlie, is based on the earth-like, Nova Terra. War of the Scavengers can be thought of as Jason and the Argonauts meets the Road Warrior, only add a dash of Avatar, and a pinch of Planet of the Apes.

Unedited excerpt from the start:

“With the last of his leather, Parn lashed his reed raft together. Four months earlier, a boat held him, his older brother Jules, his younger sister, Tam, his aunt Clothia, and the family dog, Smoke.

Parn placed a token of remembrance for each in a small basket and used the excess from his belt to pin it to the mast. If he ever ate enough again to add girth to his seven-foot-seven, two-hundred-and-forty-pound frame, he would get a new belt. At seventeen, he still had a lot of growing to do, if he lived.”

Any last words before we wrap things up?

Deeply appreciate Mary (a creative juggernaut in her own right) for providing the opportunity to share some of my world, and worlds, with you, beloved reader.

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A Schizophrenic, Tapped & Skipped: Hope In The Midst Of Madness

From Amazon: Faced with a severely schizophrenic daughter, homeless with no hope, and a heroin-addicted daughter clinging to life living in her car. A mother searches an infant boy’s eyes for the answers. How can God’s hand pull them through all this darkness? How will a mother find a different route? This is a journey through unmerciful mental madness and the torment of the people who desperately try to find help. Mentally ill are SKIPPED by society. Drug addiction is relentless. One day at a time, God’s glorious path becomes clear.

My Review: As a registered nurse, I know about addiction and mental health disabilities. Ms Stacy has written a compelling memoir. This book must have been hard to write as most memoirs with persons struggling are usually that way. Tough love is hard, and that’s an understatement. But it must be done so that addicts can reach rock bottom, and then, slowly climb out of the hell they go through. Addiction is simply that way. Schizophrenia usually shows up in late teen years or in one’s 20s. Schizophrenia is difficult to treat, keep on meds, shelters to stay, and agencies to apply at only to be turned down by most. Sadly, the picture Stacy paints with Marissa, is the actual reality. Having the courage to write this book is enough for five stars, thus that is my rating. However, the grammar, punctuation, and formatting was done poorly by those the author credits. Please know this book will open your eyes to another world if you can get past the issues in the narrative. I did, and I’m glad I read this book.

A Time for Singing

From Amazon:

Charlee Bennett is running from her past. Once deserted by her musician ex-fiancé, she’s vowed to avoid anything that reminds her of the pain of his betrayal.

Chance Jackson is starting over. Hoping to redeem the mistakes of his earlier life, he wants to become the music and worship pastor of the largest church in Crescent Bluff.

Charlee tries to convince herself she should not be attracted to Chance. But then she discovers an old letter hidden in the secret drawer of an antique desk. The pain expressed by its author resonates deep within her.

Can the words of long ago soften Charlee’s heart and help her to discover that there is a time for singing?

My Review:

I loved this book! In all honesty I expected a fast romance, and Christian, of course, but I received much more instead. Christian? Yes. Love? Yes. Loss? Yes. Music to soothe the soul? Yes. I could go on and on about the number of things I could check off, but Amazon would probably not allow me to write a short story in my review. When your soul loves another deeply, both pain and love surface, the main couple in this novel had their share of trials for sure. Many people must reach rock bottom, before they can climb back out. Some make it. Some do not. If you can crawl out of a dark place, this book will touch you. If you are in a dark place, read this novel as you will be lifted by the positive nuances and Jesus. The melody of life awaits those who read this book by Carol James. Five shiny gold stars.

This entry was posted on October 21, 2022. 13 Comments

Davy Took FIREBIRD Award

Today, Davy’s Dragon Castle, was the winner in the children’s picture books for FIREBIRD BOOK AWARDS! It is an honor to win this award.

Davy’s Dragon Castle is a simple book with a very big heart. Husband and wife team Mary and Michael Schmidt provide another piece of kid-lit with the intent of providing a lesson, and in this book, that lesson is on discrimination. While the instance happens quickly and is resolved almost immediately, around the festivities a Strawberry Fairy named Cindy inexplicably tells the BunBun Rabbit family that they cannot enter the castle for the party. While no reason is provided, it is assumed that the basis is the color of their fur or the fact that they are rabbits. The ambiguity of the action works in the favor of a parent who can use the event as a tool to engage young children in dialogue. Why do you think Cindy was not letting the family in? If it wasn’t for the reason implied, how could she have handled this better? All good, thoughtful prompts that make this a lovely little book to serve that purpose.

This entry was posted on October 19, 2022. 5 Comments

The Artist #romance #NewYork

From Amazon:

His drawings captured her heart and soul

Is it true love if one needs to find an escape? Helen’s forthcoming marriage to Howard has caused her to seek some time alone to reflect on her life. Traveling from her home in New York City to Hydeport, Long Island, this holiday destination of her youth is the perfect place to hide. The Great War is over. Adoring crowds have sought their return to the amusement park and boardwalk so cherished from her childhood. Yet solitude to sort through her troubled thoughts proves elusive.

Should she marry Howard despite not being in love with him? Are the wishes of her parents and demand of proper society too great to ignore?

Meeting Edward, a handsome young artist on the boardwalk, Helen is convinced his portraits of her have captured her true essence. His shy endearing presence stirs feelings of love inside her. In truth, what he also has captured . . . is her heart.

My Review:

This book speaks volumes without the need for even one additional word. The romance of two who are entwined and each the other’s half blend seamlessly in the narrative. Take a trip back in time to just after the Great War and live vicariously through the lives of the privileged, the poor, the vision of artists, and the sights and sounds of New York City and a lovely pier along a bay outside of the city. Meet the people who matter, not just the rich, but everyone as each and every single person matters! Five stars.

Her Alibi #Murder #RealLife .99 cents

Prologue

Visions of her Cherokee grandmother, Cordie, flashed through Mary’s mind as her
mother, Marguerite, informed her that her stepfather shot himself and was in the
hospital. Oh no!

No! This can’t be! Not after the joking around at my home last night. NO!!!! Did
she use me last night? She’d never use her scapegoat child. No, she couldn’t! Even
Marguerite wouldn’t sink that low! Or would she? Marguerite had always been
abusive and vile to most people, and especially to her children and husbands, but
would she shoot Harold?

Yet, here I was, and I had to tell the police that, yes, my mother was at my home all
evening and into the night. How despicable that my mother connived her way into
using me as her alibi.

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With great difficulty, I’ve come to realize that for all the blogging I do for others, I’m not able to find people who will blog me, support me. Thus I’ve decided to post my own snippets here and there. If you have read this far, thank you kindly.

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Chapter One

 1960s

“Chills raked Mary and she shuddered. Was she more shocked that her mother shot her stepfather with murderous intent, or that she left Mary as her alibi?”

Let us back up. I should give you some background before we get to the shooting. I want you to understand the sociopathic people I lived with and the rage they couldn’t control. Marguerite’s rage was uncontrolled, quick, aggressive, and always held vengeance. I want to fill in background so that you understand sociopathic people and the rage they can present to another person or persons. My mother was a sociopath. Her rages were uncontrolled, and she acted fast, aggressively, and with vengeance.

As I grew up, I wanted to believe that my mother was a good mother, but I always knew something was off. Marguerite thought she was the best mother on the block—perfect even—but I learned quickly that not all mothers are made the same. I wanted to believe that my mother was a good mother, but always knew something was off. Marguerite, always seemed to think that she was the best mother, perfect even, but not all mothers are made the same, which I found out from an incredibly early age.

I remember the Christmas when I was about two years oId. We had a cedar Christmas tree with lights and tinsel. Somewhere, I found several small glass Christmas lights and held them in my hands. No one noticed me, so I took my pretty treasures and sat behind the heating stove in our small house on North Grand Avenue in Lyons, Kansas. For a reason only a two-year-old would understand, I put one of the light bulbs in my mouth and bit down. The glass broke, but I didn’t get hurt. I thought, oh, that was a cool sound, so I broke the other one in my mouth too!

My mother, older brother, and sister were in the same room, but it was my mother who found me behind the heating stove, blood pouring from my mouth. She flew into a ballistic rage! I was in trouble. She spanked my butt, put a coat on me, and yelled at me all the way to the hospital. She was quiet while they pumped my stomach, but she was good at hiding her true self from people with authority. She wouldn’t risk a doctor thinking she was anything but a perfect mother. When the doctors were sure there was no glass left inside me, and with only a small cut on my tongue that didn’t require stitches, they sent me home. I will never forget her rage, and that is probably why I remember the incident so vividly.

To be continued…

This entry was posted on October 11, 2022. 2 Comments

Vanquish My Agony: A Paranormal Romance

From Amazon:

For centuries, the vampire known as Viper has led his army to protect humanity from the evil that lives among them. His desire to find his one true soulmate has long since died. With a single-minded focus, he stomps out those who would destroy the world he’s devoted his deathless life to protect. Yet when he steps into a small bookstore, his once lifeless body begins to waken at the sight of her, his soulmate, his Cariturnus.

After surviving a failed marriage, Alyse desires only one thing… peace. The kind of solace that only comes from the stillness of the mountains. Yet, no matter where she goes or what she does, her dreams are haunted by a man with a sinful touch, tempting voice, and dangerous desires. When her reality collides with her fantasy, she is faced with everything she wanted and never knew she needed… Viper.

My Review:

Ms. Watters has written a masterpiece in this, book one, of this series. Alyse wants love but she is scared. Viper wants Elyse but he us a vampire. The story is richly woven and brogue used throughout. I loved reading about the catacombs in Colorado and when in Siberia, I felt cold. However, those are only two of the parts of this world the story is written. Humans and vampires can find love, but it’s made difficult when a devil vampire wants your soul. Well written, five stars.

Once Upon A Halloween Day #thriller

From Amazon: From monsters to cave demons, Tiffee creates Halloween tales with new, and unexpected twists. In “The Cemetery Book,” a writer gets himself in trouble when he leaves a book by his parents’ grave. “The Birth of Jazz” gives us a glimpse of what might have inspired a new music genre. The third story “Halloween Skull Flash Story” is a short, but powerful story of archaeologist who finds a skull in an Arizona cave. Purple Magic begins on All Hallows’ Eve in a pumpkin patch with the birth of a baby boy. An original fantasy story with a twist that takes the reader where they have never been.

My Review: Ah. Tis the way of this book for sure, which is to leave the reader wanting more. From being chained to a stone in a cemetery to a baby with magical powers, this set of short stories is perfect for all readers. The first story chilled me to the bone and the unique way it played out is amazing. Several stories could easily continue on in a book of it’s own. Five stars.

This entry was posted on October 10, 2022. 2 Comments