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Heeeeeeere’s JENNY!

June 10, 2012 3 comments

Greetings and salumatations denizenz of Earth. Tis I, your fearless world conqueror here to share what he loves…

INTERVIEWING AWESOMESAUCE WRITERS!!!!

MUHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Today’s guest is none other than JENNY HILBORNE. I met Jenny a few years ago and we became good friends through social media. She even forgave me when I accidentally called her Jill one time on twitter. Talk about embarrassing! Whew! Anyhoo, Jenny is here to tell you a little bit about a fantastical new Murder Mystery she penned, HIDE AND SEEK. I do so hope you will download it, read it, and love it, and post glorious reviews about it. You do recall the punishment for displeasing me right? I will find your house and pump JUSTIN BIEBER music into the very foundation of your house if you fail me!

With that said, ON WITH THE INTERROGATION…er…I mean…INTERVIEW!

VISIT HER WEBSITE, DAMN IT!

1. I love it when I see new works out from you. Can you tell us a little about your newest without giving away the story?
It starts with a game and ends with a murder. The inspiration for Hide and Seek comes from a creepier version of the game I played in my early teens out in the grounds of an English manor house.

2. By far your best cover. What was the inspiration behind it?
I wanted the cover to convey the frightening mood of the story, the fear of being followed or chased, always looking over your shoulder. Patty Henderson of http://www.boulevardphotografica.yolasite.com/ captured it perfectly. 
3. You mainly stick to the murder and mystery niche, have you ever thought of trying another genre? Which would be your choice?
I’ve thought about it, and maybe I’ll try it. I’d probably go for horror, but without the bloody guts and gore. 
4. Could you tell us a little bit about your research process?
I ask lots of questions and I have several friends in law enforcement who answer most of them for me. The San Francisco settings come from my visits there. The rest is on-line research and library reference materials. 
5. What was your favorite (not yours) book of all time. Did it inspire you to become a writer?
I like too many books to have a favorite. I always loved to write. Sidney Sheldon’s books inspired me to get started on my first manuscript, and an English professor encouraged me to try for publication.
6. As an American transplant, do you see things differently when it comes to stories? Do you think it gives you an edge as a writer in any way?
I think my ex-pat status hinders me more than it helps. I’ve forgotten which are the Brit and US version of certain spellings and I often stick a “U” and extra “L” (and other things) where they don’t belong.
7. Of all the characters that you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?
My favorite is Alex from Madness and Murder. She’s shared a lot of my own real-life experiences and she’s a survivor.
8. What’s the hardest part about writing murder mysteries?
As I’m a “panster” the ending is usually the hardest for me. I don’t have my novel all mapped out in advance and write as I go. The end has to be deserving and fitting for the characters and satisfy the readers. I never want to leave anyone disappointed.
9. Did you have any challenges writing your latest in terms of research, story, or characters?
Yes. The story and characters in Hide and Seek challenged me more than the first two books. I find the more I write, the harder it becomes. The challenge is in crating new suspense and keeping it fresh and unexpected. Writers have their own style. If you read enough of a writer’s work, you notice the style and the books can feel “samey.” The challenge for me is to avoid too much commonality between books. I don’t want my stories to be predictable.
10. What can we expect next from the great Jenny Hilborne???
I’m heading back to my homeland soon to research and write my 4th mystery, which takes place in Oxfordshire, England. As much as I love San Francisco, I’m excited about the new setting for this mystery.
Flash/fun round
1. You’re in a chinese restaurant, without looking at the menu what do you order?
Chicken chow mein 
2. Favorite type of pet?
Dog
3. If you were to spend the rest of your life painted another color, what would you chose?
Yellow or white.
4. Lefty or righty and would you switch if you could?
Lefty. I wouldn’t switch.
5. Trapped on a desert island, name three non survival items you would bring
A book (duh), chocolate, toothbrush.
6. iphone or droid?
Droid
7. favorite alcoholic beverage
Wine
8. What’s your favorite stuffed animal
a well-fed dog 🙂
9. You get to pick a nickname that will be used for the rest of your life…what is it?
Your Highness (sorry, I’m watching the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and I couldn’t think of anything else)
10. Worst thing you ever did….
When I was 16 or 17, a group of mods descended on our school for a showdown with the rockers. The rockers had to offload their knives and chains before they got caught, so they picked the least likely-looking suspect to take them off the grounds – moi. I walked home with their arsenal. Doubt anyone would have defended me if I’d got caught.

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WHAT WHAT WHAT??? FREE TODAY AND TOMORROW!

May 30, 2012 1 comment

That’s right peoples! you hearded me right. It’s free today and tomorrow so PLEASE, take this opportunity to download it and read it! So far it’s my favorite out of everything I’ve written. Hope you like it too!

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Ever have one of those bad ideas just pop into your head? You know the ones. They seem like a great idea at the time, but if you had stopped to think about it a moment…

I’m talking about those ideas where you just seize the moment and do what your heart tells you to. Then, after the dust settles and you get bandaged up, your parents say, “What the hell were you thinking?”

“But, Dad, I wasn’t!”

I had one of those moments.

I guess if you want to be technical, I had a whole chain of those moments leading up to the big bang moment. The problem was I didn’t have anyone standing around saying, “What the hell were you thinking?”

The moral of this story?

There are several.

First, stores don’t sell black candles for a reason. They’re bad news. If you happen to come across one in the mall that sells questionable items…walk away. Trust me on this one. Black candles are bad.

Second, always know what you want out of life. Coasting along, not caring about anything will get you into trouble. Maybe more than you can handle.

Lastly, if someone offers to grant you your fondest wish, wish for something you really, truly want. Wish for something that will make the world a better place or you a better person. Never ever wish to be a monster…


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  • File Size: 373 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Untold Press (May 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080N68AA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
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Enough is Enough

May 11, 2012 8 comments

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m not the most religious person on earth. Do I believe in God? I’m not convinced. Do I believe in the possibility of god? Anything is Possible. Have I lived my life, the best I can without intentionally hurting anyone? Definitely. Do I judge people based on their religion? NEVER.

I very rarely post anything religious or political. Why? Because I don’t want you preaching your beliefs back to me. There are two sides to EVERY story. People seem to forget that when it comes down to religion and politics. They’re right and everyone else is wrong and they would be willing to fight for the death for those beliefs. Admirable? No, it’s stupid. There. I said it.

What everyone has forgotten is that the single most heinous crime that ever can be committed is OPPRESSION. Every single one of us as human beings has our (possibly) God given right to believe in what we want to believe in. The minute you try to force those beliefs on another person, you are engaging in the very thing you feel you were fighting against in the first place. You say we are one nation under God. No, we are one nation under many gods. Now do you think I’m un-patriotic? I’ve got news for you. Our nation’s founding fathers fought against religious Oppression, so why do you think being a religious zealot makes you more patriotic than me?

Do I have a problem saying, “One nation under God,” when I stand up and say the pledge of allegiance? NO. Do I get angry at the person standing next to me when they mumble under their breath during that line? Hell no. Because I don’t want them to say something that they don’t mean or that makes them uncomfortable. Because that is THEIR right. Before You get all high and mighty and preachy at me, I have more news for you. I get just as upset at the atheists who think that line should be stricken from the pledge or have In God We Trust off the Face of our currency. Does it show favoritism by being there? Quite possibly, but it’s been there for hundreds of years and it isn’t HURTING a single person by being there. The same goes for religious Icons on municipal properties. Let cities proudly display Nativity Scenes at Christmas. Do you get to complain? You could. But honestly, wouldn’t you be better serving your beliefs by asking the City to also display an Icon of your religious holiday if it coincides? If the city says, “Absolutely NOT!” THEN you have the right to complain and be upset.

Do I think that any one religion has a place in government? No I do not. Does it have a place in politics? Yes. If a person blathers on about his beliefs as a member of any religion, we should not be offended. If those beliefs are not yours, don’t vote for him or her. If that person makes it into office and tries to govern people by quoting a religious text, then by all means, be offended. You are then being oppressed.

Everyone has the right to believe what they want to believe. Everyone has the right to worship as they want to worship. We have forgotten that on both sides. Hypocrisy seems to be the new craze sweeping our nation on both sides. We need to worry a little less about religion and focus a little more on common sense and humanity.

If you’re going to wear a WWJD bracelet and stop people from being happy when they are doing NOTHING to harm ANYONE else because you don’t think its right…then I have news for you. You are the problem of what is REALLY wrong with this country.

What Would Jesus Do? I’m not a theologian, but I’m PRETTY sure Jesus didn’t walk around being a bigoted, hateful asshole. He seemed to be a pretty tolerant guy, from what I’ve read. Maybe you should stop using the words, “The bible says,” when you are dictating to everyone what YOU believe in. If you swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, then do so. I’m pretty sure there is nothing in that document governing same sex marriages, sexual preference, birth control, or anything like that in there. STOP FORCING YOUR BELIEFS ON PEOPLE AND DO YOUR JOB.

I’m sure this little glimpse into the mind of Sean will get me unfollowed by the more religious personages of my friends and family. Oh well. You see, this is what’s known as the freedom of speech. This IS UPHELD by the constitution of the United States. I’ve said it. Do I get to MAKE YOU BELIEVE in what I have just said? No. Do i get to turn this little corner of my heart into a law that will affect the lives of millions? No. Are you starting to get the picture on how this works? I hope to all the religious deities out there that you do.

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RELEASE THE HOUNDS!

May 11, 2012 2 comments

Sorry, I got a little excited there. I have some news to share.

So my latest release, MY SOUL TO KEEP is out on Amazon for your kindle. I just ordered a proof copy of the paperback version and it should be arriving shortly. Once I go through it and make sure there are o formatting issues, I just have to approve it. THEN, it will be available for purchase in all its papery goodness!

So I figured this deserved a little bit of a celebration.

What am i doing to celebrate? That’s easy. I’m going on tour! Well, not really but my BLOG TOUR launches MONDAY on Jen Wylie’s blog. I’ll be making a stop every other day or so and and up on Tiffany King’s Blog. To help me celebrate, she’s giving away a kindle copy of MY SOUL TO KEEP.

I’m a little excited. So excited in fact, I decided to give away a few copies myself. On top of that I’m giving away the very FIRST paperback copy of it ever and a whole bunch of other MY SOUL TO KEEP STUFF, like coffee mugs and tote bags in an awesome gift basket arrangement, okay it’s really a box. Here’s the details!

Don’t forget to enter and good luck!

To enter, you need to go here: untoldpress.com/promotions

What is it?

Only the blog tour to celebrate the release of My Soul to Keep from critically acclaimed author Sean Hayden!

When is it?

Um, look above? May 14th – 25th. Sheesh. I don’t know why we bother with the fancy graphics sometimes.

Where is it?

Finally a good question! Here’s the schedule!

Kick-off party on Jen Wylie’s blog!          May 14th

First stop, Darke Conture’s blog!          May 15th

Stoppin by Julie Campbell’s blog          May 17th

We’re goin to Holland! Party at Alex Laybourne’s blog!   May 19th

Up for some Madness and Murder? Jenny Hilborne’s blog!   May 21st

ZOMBIES in the house! Rusty Fischer ya’ll!          May 23rd

Finishin up with the YA QUEEN, Tiffany KING!      May 25th

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

Hahahahahaha. Only the greatest prize pack EVER! Chock full of My Soul to Keep Superswag!

Contents include:

1 MSTK Tote, 1 MSTK Notebook, 1 MSTK Keychain, 1 MSTK T-shirt (size large),  1 MSTK Coffee Mug so you can enjoy tasty hot beverages in style…and…cue drum roll…are you ready…1 copy of My Soul to Keep. So what you say? Gasp. You don’t understand. This copy is in paperback. Not only that but its an AUTOGRAPHED ADVANCED READER COPY!!!!!!! Yes ladies and germs, you get the paperback before anyone else in the whole wide world!!!!!! That’s over a $125 value! Why? Cuz we wuv you.

We’re also giving away 3 Kindle copies to second, third, and fourth place losers. I mean winners. Winners. Yeah.

AND, Miss Tiffany King is giving away a BONUS Kindle Copy of My Soul to Keep on her blog on the last day of the tour!

HOW DO I ENTER?!!!!!!

We knew you was gonna ask that. Here you go, kiddies. 1 Entry per day. Must tweet and you get extra brownie points (and entries) for LIKING Sean’s Author Page on Facebook and for following his sorry butt on Twitter.

ENDS IN

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  • My Soul to Keep Prize Pack!
  • 3 Free Kindle Copy of My Soul to Keep

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Coming VERY soon to a Kindle near you (preferably the one in your hand)

May 4, 2012 2 comments

My Soul To Keep by Sean Hayden

YA Paranormal Romance novel

Ever have one of those bad ideas just pop into your head? You know the ones. They seem like a great idea at the time, but if you had stopped to think about it a moment…

I’m talking about those ideas where you just seize the moment and do what your heart tells you to. Then, after the dust settles and you get bandaged up, your parents say, “What the hell were you thinking?”

“But, Dad, I wasn’t!”

I had one of those moments.

I guess if you want to be technical, I had a whole chain of those moments leading up to the big bang moment. The problem was I didn’t have anyone standing around saying, “What the hell were you thinking?”

The moral of this story?

There are several.

First, stores don’t sell black candles for a reason. They’re bad news. If you happen to come across one in the mall that sells questionable items…walk away. Trust me on this one. Black candles are bad.

Second, always know what you want out of life. Coasting along, not caring about anything will get you into trouble. Maybe more than you can handle.

Lastly, if someone offers to grant you your fondest wish, wish for something you really, truly want. Wish for something that will make the world a better place or you a better person. Never ever wish to be a monster…

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Well, what the hell are you waiting for?

May 3, 2012 2 comments

IT’S TOTALLY FREE FOR TWO DAYS, PEOPLE!

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An anthology of the strange, bizarre, and just plain weird.

Zombies, vampires, ghosts, and …crickets? Try a taste of writing from two very different fantasy authors. Flash stories are super short and perfect for when you ‘just have a minute’. This anthology contains 15 stories from authors Sean Hayden and Jen Wylie. Run the rampart of emotions in this exciting mix of tales. From humor to twisted, there is something for everyone.

Note: Some stories contain adult language.


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A NEW ECHO! ECHo! ECho! Echo!

April 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Guess what ladies and gentlebeings, She done it again.

Who you ask?

Why the magnificent, talented, beautiful, kind, caring, sweet, lovable…well, you get the picture, Queen of Rainbows herself! JEEEEEEENNNNNNN WYLIE!

YAY!

What has she done you ask?

Gasp…you mean you don’t know? You haven’t heard? What the hell is the matter with you, you live in Canada or something????

JEN WYLIE’S UNTOUCHABLE  ECHO IS OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Set in the same mesmerizing fantastical world as the FORGOTTEN ECHO!!

Seeing the theme here?

See the shiny covers?

Click to buy now!

Click to buy now!

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