Welcome to the Sea-anan Empire
I was invited to take part in the Writing Process Blog Chain by author Ed Hoornaert. In this blog chain, writers will share information about their writing process by answering four questions. Now that the chain has been passed to me, below you will find a quick introduction to who I am, the books I have written, plus the answers to those questions.
I am an avid reader of all things fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal. When I am not reading or writing, I enjoy puzzles, arts and crafts, crocheting, horror movies, and video games. I created the Sea-anan Saga out of inspiration provided by my love for movies like Star Wars and Deep Space Nine, along with an avid appreciation of romance novels. I make my home in Somerset, New Jersey, with my loving husband of twenty-one years and our teenaged triplets.
1) What am I working on? At the present, I am working on the first installment to the Oceanan Trilogy called, “A Seacat’s Love”. The Oceanan Series is about four couples. I show how they meet and how they overcome racial barriers while they become the closest of friends. These four couples are the founders of the Sea-anan Empire. Their children are the main characters in my Sea-anan Saga.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? My books combine different genres—fantasy, paranormal, science fiction and romance. I also combine several themes found in books— space travel, war, love, family, and even racism. Like the characters themselves, my books are hybrids.
3) Why do I write what I do? Because I love to. I cannot think of any other career that can give me the sense of satisfaction that writing does. The genres I write are a natural fit for me. I do not write hard core Science Fiction or Fantasy novels. That is not me. My passion to write comes from all of the genres, that is why I include a bit of each in my books.
4) How does my writing process work? First, I get my beer mug of coffee. Yeap, a ‘BIG’ beer mug. I then sit in front of my laptop and place my motivational images on my computer. While I stare at the pictures, hovering over my coffee, I begin to see the couple in my head. I allow their back-story to come alive. Once I know my characters well, I then let them tell me how they meet and fall in love. Throughout this process, I am jotting my notes down. It’s a rough sketch that I later flesh out.
Seacat John McCall labels the attack on the Sea-anan Empire as a nightmare. He escapes the enemy’s invasion, only to find himself stranded on a distant planet called Surreal. Tormented by thoughts of his family being massacred or captured by the enemy, he focuses on returning to aid them until he experiences a mind-boggling kiss that can only come from the one he is meant to share his life with. To ease the terror he feels for his family, John seeks the identity of his secret admirer. He quickly learns the true meaning of nightmare when he discovers his soul mate is of “the mist.”
Jasira Eversole is drawn to the powerfully built outlander sitting at the king’s table. Unable to resist the need to see him again, she enters the warrior’s room while he sleeps. John’s rugged good looks and chiseled body compel Jasira to reach out and touch him. Being of the mist, Jasira knows she will not be able to feel John, but she cannot resist his pull. The richness of John’s hair, the firmness of his muscles, and the clean scent of his skin all take Jasira off guard. She swiftly realizes John is her intended mate. Now, Jasira must somehow convince the young warrior that they are two halves of one soul without chasing him off Surreal, leaving her to a lonely existence as mist.
Picking up from where the first installment of the series, A Lost Kitten, left off, the second installment in the fast-paced Sea-anan Saga by Jessica A. Kong explains the reasoning behind the creation of the law that forbids felines to permanently join with aliens.
This law creates the main conflict that exists between Sev, the reigning king of the Oceanan race, and his soulmate, Areo, of the human-feline hybrids. Sev is raised in the midst of a vicious family feud, but all seems worth it when his adoptive aunt gives birth to a beautiful little girl, Areo, whom Sev falls instantly and irrevocably in love with. But when Sev’s planet collides with its own sun and collapses, he must bear the loss of his entire family, including his love as well as any memory of her.
When Areo’s empire is brutally attacked, everyone is scattered throughout the universe. Where does she land but the planet that Sev is currently occupying. What follows is a continually building conflict interlaced with one of the most fervently passionate love stories seen in these kinds of novels.
Author Jessica A. Kong chooses not just to write about space travel, or war, or love, or family, or even racism; instead, she chooses to combine all of these classic literary themes into one amazing story. The result is a mysterious and ultimately deeply satisfying story that only leads to the craving for more from this gifted and astoundingly creative writer.
As I had mention previously, I was asked to participate in this Blog Hop by Ed Hoornaert
Ed Hoornaert is not only a romance writer, he’s also a certifiable Harlequin Hero, having inspired multi-published author Vicki Lewis Thompson to write Mr. Valentine, which was dedicated to him. These days he writes mostly science fiction—either sf romances, or sf with strong elements of romance. He lives in Tucson, Arizona with his high school sweetheart, whom he married a week after graduation. His four children have all fluttered out of the nest, leaving behind a cat which, unlike some famous author’s cats, is of absolutely no help in writing.
In late February, the second book in the Tompa Lee trilogy will become available:
- The Trial of Tompa Lee (currently available) — Tompa Lee, a street girl who has clawed her way up to the bottom rungs of the Commerce Space Navy, becomes a pawn in interplanetary intrigue when she is framed for murder on an alien planet. Facing a trial by combat against 300 accusers, can Tompa learn to trust—and love—not only an alien, but also the policeman who arrested her?
- The Tribulations of Tompa Lee (February 28) – Tompa is named ambassador to Zee Shode, but the lizard-like Klicks strike back, destroying the embassy and chasing Tompa across a wildlife preserve filled with deadly predators—and a sexy, oboe-playing secret agent. Can Tompa’s courage, love, and self-sacrifice conquer even Klick hearts?
I would like to now introduce to you the three authors to whom I will be passing the chain to.
Brenda Perlin is an independent adult contemporary fiction author. Brenda evokes emotional responses in her readers by using a provocatively unique writing style. Her latest book in the Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles, captures the soul-wrenching conflicts of a personal struggle for emotional fulfillment.
Ever since Brenda was a child, she has been fascinated with writing. She draws her biggest inspiration from Judy Blume. This sparked a passion in Brenda to pursue personal expression through writing. Once she was old enough to go to coffee shops alone, Brenda recalls losing herself in the world of writing, all while documenting her ideas on paper napkins.
“There is really no creative process, I just write,” – Brenda Perlin
Brenda’s first book, Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles, was published with Master Koda Select Publishing. Within a short time, the book developed a strong fan base and is continuing to grow as it both entertains its readers and leaves them in a state of profound reflection. In the near future, Brenda would like to have Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles expanded into a trilogy in order to tell the untold stories of her characters.
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“Brooklyn Rosen had high moral principles and was raised properly. Married for over fifteen years, those standards went out the window along with her fidelity when she met Bo. After becoming a self-proclaimed “Home Wrecker” Brooklyn left behind her marital home, along with the damage caused by her emotional wrecking ball. But the whispered remarks followed.
In Shattered Reality: The Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles we learn what shaped Brooklyn, the trials of an unhappy marriage and a deep abiding love that would not be denied. We meet a troubled, spiteful wife, who does not want to become an “ex”.
Will Brooklyn and Bo survive, or will all be lost to a bitter woman?”
When Brooklyn meets Bo, their lives are instantly turned upside down.
Brooklyn and Bo, each unhappily married to someone else, have to decide whether to stay with their spouses or give up everything for each other. Find out what Brooklyn’s husband and Bo’s soon-to-be ex-wife do to break them up.
Shattered Reality is the first book in a three part series that follows the main character, Brooklyn throughout her childhood, adult life and then what seems like an “endless” journey towards redemption.
Yvonne McEvaddy lives and works in co. Galway, Ireland. She is the author of two novels, Passion Killer and Shadows of the Dead. She is currently working on her third novel, Thief of Hearts. Yvonne was long listed in the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition 2012.
Yvonne is a member of the Java Writers group, who have recently published Infusions, a collaboration of their work. She is also co-author of 8 Slices of Cake, an ebook which can be downloaded on smashwords and amazon. She took part in the first ever short story compiled by tweets, along with well known crime writers Val McDermid, Mark Billingham and Martyn Waites. The story is entitled First Stop: Revenge and can be found at: https://twitter.com/eastcoaststory
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Passion Killer is a story of how unrequited love, jealousy and obsession become dangerous, turning passion to murder. It revolves around a group of friends in a small town in Ireland. Sylvia arrives home one evening to find her boyfriend, Rick, in a pool of blood. In the course of their investigation, Detectives Barbara Molloy and Mick Naughton question the group of friends and uncover a web of deception. A party the night before the murder left many fingerprints at the scene of the crime. In the tangle of love triangles there are plenty of motives to choose from and few alibis, casting the net of suspicion wide.
As the story unfolds, the friends discover secrets and lies that test their relationships to the point of breaking. In order to cast suspicion away from one of their best friends, Alex, the group start to suspect a myriad of acquaintances. Will they succeed in finding out who killed Rick before Alex is put away for something he didn’t do? Or will they find out that Alex isn’t who they thought he was?
What would you do if you found your dream house and it was rumored to be haunted? Would you buy it anyway? Would every noise in the still of the dark night have you paralyzed with fear?
Shadows of the Dead is about Alice and Mark O’Brien who don’t believe in ghosts. They fall in love with Hawthorn Grange on their first viewing. Amused by the rumors, they buy and move into The Grange. With Mark working the graveyard shift, Alice is alone at night. Alone with the sounds from an old house, with the words of the neighbors whispering around her, the stories of the shadows arising from the graves next door and making their way into the house.
Will her imagination succumb to the rumors? Is that a door creaking open? Who is that standing at the foot of her bed? Is it just a dream? A nightmare of real or imagined proportions follows Alice around as she tries to remember that ghosts don’t exist. Or do they?
A wedding, an 8 tiered cake, 8 short stories, 8 writers from all over the world. Each writer has chosen a different cake for their characters attending the wedding. Each story has its own cake recipe. We are comparing this book to the movie “Love Actually.” We all write in our own unique style. 8 Slices of Cake is a fun read about marriage, divorce, romance, dating, failed relationships, and finding love.
Javawriters are a Galway group who met through Over the Edge literary events and creative writing classes , who meet regularly in Java’s Cafe to write and share artistic musings. Infusions is a collection of their Fiction, Poetry, Prose and Illustrations, a percolation of diverse themes – love and loss, mystery and nostalgia, family and friends, sea and fire, wind and rain – set variously in Italy, England, America and Ireland, reflecting the group’s eclectic mix.
After a successful career in business and finance, Zach Abrams has relatively recently started writing novels. (Compared to business plans and tax returns, he believes it’s a more honourable form of fiction.)
His first novel Ring Fenced was published in November 2011 and this is a crime story with a difference as the underlying theme is obsession tinged with power, control and how they are used and abused.
This novel was followed by a collaboration with Elly Grant to produce ‘Twists and Turns’ a book of short stories and flash fiction.
Zach’s second novel Made a Killing is the first of a series of Alex Warren murder mysteries (published in November 2012) and this has been followed by A Measure of Trouble (August 2013). Zach has very recently completed ‘Source; Greed, Power, Revenge, or is it Economic Terrorism’ – a novel based on investigative journalism.
Alike his central character in Ring Fenced, (Bemjamin Short), Zach Abrams grew up within an orthodox Jewish family. He completed his education in Scotland and went on to a career in business and finance. He is married with two children. He plays no instruments and has an eclectic taste in music, although not as obsessive as Benjamin. Unlike Benjamin, he does not maintain mistresses, write pornography and (sadly) he does not have ownership of such a wealthy company. He is not a sociopath (at least by his own reckoning) and all versions of his life are aware of and freely communicate with each other. More in keeping with Alex Warren, he and his family reside in the south side of Glasgow.
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Royal National Bank is one of the largest and strongest financial institutions in the world. Or it was, until a series of revelations, each brought about by whistleblowers, rocks it to the core, causing its share price to falter and the entire stock market to ripple. Could it be coincidence? Might a series of blunders and incompetence have brought about its decline, or is it sabotage? Could someone be powerful and ingenious enough to mastermind its demise? If so, Who? And Why? – Greed? Power? Revenge? Or perhaps Economic Terrorism? Tom and Sally independently have their suspicions and become reluctantly twinned in the investigation. With Tom’s life and wellbeing imperilled by strange and cryptic threats, they seek to discover the cause before any further damage can take place. Tom is struggling to hold his life together with a crumbling marriage and the most challenging investigation of his life. A new disaster counters his every move. He’s not paranoid, someone is out to get him!
New sequel to Zach Abrams bestseller Made a Killing Treat yourself to an enthralling read A cold, bleak February morning in Central Scotland commences with the discovery of a body. Chief Executive, Hector Mathewson is found dead within the cask room of his own distillery. DCI Alex Warren needs to balance his own turbulent personal life while directing the hunt for the murderer. There are suspects aplenty with motives ranging from greed, nationalism, adultery and revenge.
Review extracts • ‘Great dialogue, unique plot and clever humour. A Measure of Trouble is a book with such a generous helping of twists that it make for a total page turner.’ • ‘until Zach came around, I never actually read a mystery before. I’m so happy that my introduction to this genre was by this talented author’ • ‘Abrams has a wonderful capacity to bring readers into the personal lives of Alex and Sandra, which are full-blooded and sympathetic characters struggling with issues’ • ‘this novel is well written, well-structured and, what I really enjoyed about it, the plot develops on several levels and the characters and events are frequently presented with a dry sense of humour, which makes it hard to put this novel down’ Laced with humour, ‘A Measure of Trouble’ is an entertaining novel, Zach Abram’s sequel to Made a Killing. Also by Zach Abrams – Ring Fenced, The Source – co-author of Twists and Turns
The first of a new Scottish crime series that you have to read A fast moving, gripping crime novel set in the tough crime-ridden streets of Glasgow. Scott Stevenson was a despicable character and nobody mourns when his bloody corpse is found with an ivory tusk driven through his torso. DCI Alex Warren and his team are given the challenging task of discovering his killer. They investigate the numerous people Stevenson has harmed and their enquiries reveal a host of related crimes, motivated by sex and greed. As the body count starts to rise, they struggle to close the case before more lives are lost.
Review extracts • tight cast of interesting characters • Mr. Abrams does a great job of bringing the gritty streets of Glasgow to life • I found it so hard to stop reading that I missed my regular Tuesday TV Show • This book is an intriguing escape. It was dark but not too dark. As a reader I enjoyed every twist and turn.. The setting is made authentic not only by the author’s Glasgow upbringing but his ability to visualize the grey, gloomy Scottish November that is a perfect setting for this whodunnit • The characters were great. The reason for the murder was believable. I can see it happening in real life. In fact, I am sure it has.
Benjamin enjoys sex, he likes money, he loves power and he’s addicted to control. If you think yoand father, Benjie, beloved youngest son, Ben, successful corporate banker, Benjamin, millionaire author and publisher of pornography and Jamie, dynamic part-time lover of a beautiful musician. Relying on his Blackberry to keep all his personae separate, his life is perfect. But what if holes begin to appear in the divisions? When a sequence of events throws his life into chaos, his separate words collide with explosive consequences. Written byur life’s complicated then spare a thought for him as he obsessively juggles and controls his five independent lives. One man, five lives, ring-fenced and separated, Bennie, loving husband Zach Abrams, bestselling author of Made A Killing and A Measure of Trouble
Thank you for visiting my blog Newbies Unite. I hope you enjoyed your visit. Next Monday, Feb. 10th, stop by the next blog destinations and visit with Brenda Perlin, Yvonne McEvaddy, and Zach Abrams. I am positive you will discover some great books.