J C Wallace

Good morning, JC Wallace. Come in and have a seat. I’d offer coffee, but since I don’t drink it, I don’t have any.

It was nice working with you on Love Lane Books’ Christmas Delights. I enjoyed Waiting for the Snow.

JC: Thanks. Wasn’t that a great anthology that RJ put together?!

Am I allowed to ask what JC stands for or is it a secret?

JC: JC is an amalgam of both my and my younger sibling’s first initials. What those initials stand for is up to everyone’s imagination.

Your Facebook profile says you’ve been writing all of your life. Why M/M?

JC: I only started reading M/M a few years ago. I had been in school for so long that I hadn’t read any fiction for years. One Christmas my daughter gave me a Nook. I began exploring different genres and stumbled across M/M. I never knew it existed! I was thrilled since I am gay, so I started reading everything in that genre voraciously. I’ve written fiction on and off during my life, and once school was done, I picked it up again and naturally gravitated toward M/M.

Do you ever write in any other genre?

JC: I haven’t yet but that doesn’t mean that someday I won’t. I never say never!

Did you take Creative Writing in school?

JC: I started out in college with the intent of majoring in English literature and creative writing. I think that at the start I may have taken one writing class. I quickly gained an interest in psychology and from there changed my major. All of my degrees are psychology based. I would love an MFA in Creative Writing but am not ready to tackle school again.

I understand you had a book recently come out. Would you like to tell us about it?

JC: Curiosity Killed Shaney is now out from Rooster and Pig Publishing. Check out the blurb and excerpt at the end of this interview.

 

CuriosityKilledShaney cover

I see you live in northern N. Y. I love mountains, but have never been to that area. What’s it like there?

JC: It is one of the most beautiful and awesome places on earth with tons of interesting places to visit. There’s swimming, waterskiing, snow skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, fishing, rock climbing and hiking. There are 46 Adirondack peaks and if you climb them all you are in the elite club of the Adirondack 46ers (I haven’t even hiked one, lol). The area is also rich with history with several preserved forts from the 1700s and 1800s, one being Fort Ticonderoga. There is Lake Champlain and Lake George as well as hundreds of other lakes and ponds. Lake Placid is located here and was the site of two winter Olympics. So much to do, and even living here my entire life, I haven’t even scratched the surface.

If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?

JC: I would love to go to England. I can’t say why, but I have always wanted to meander through the small towns. I think England is charming.

If you were to be reincarnated as an animal, what would you like to be? And why?

JC: I would be a tiger. I love tigers and, for some reason, when I look into their eyes, I feel a sort of connection with them.

What are your favorite hobbies?

JC: Writing and that’s about it right now. I’ve had many hobbies over my life, woodworking as well as gardening, but writing is the one that has stuck.

I know that in Waiting for Snow, your characters fell for each other right away. Do you believe in love at first sight? Or do you believe it only happens in books?

JC: I don’t believe in love at first sight, but I do believe that there can be instant chemistry between two people – your eyes meet, you recognize something in that person and need to know more about them. I also think people can become comfortable with one another quickly and, yes, start to fall in love without much time passing. What happens after that may or may work out. It happened to me once. We met and it was instantaneous. I fell hard and fast but the timing was off and it didn’t work out. I think of him as the one that got away.

Are you a sports fan?

JC: No, I’m not. I would sit with someone and watch a football or hockey game if that’s what they were in to. If I was really bored, maybe baseball or golf, but I don’t watch sports or any TV for that matter. I’ve actually glanced at some NASCAR since my grandmother visits often and she loves to watch.

What type of movies do you like?

JC: I like action movies where there is high tension and a fast moving plot as well as paranormal. My favorite all time movie is Jaws. I also loved Transformers. Some of my favs are the Bourne movies, The Others, The House on Haunted Hill (original), The Shining, Disturbia, Eagle Eye, Constantine and Rear Window. (*coughs* yes, I think I may have a thing for Shia LaBeouf since he’s in four of those movies)

Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?
JC: I currently write a weekly flash fiction serial novel called Diventando: Becoming. Each week a group of authors writes 500 to 1,000 words from prompts sent out by our leader Julie Lynn Hayes. Diventando is up to installment #26 and is a paranormal M/M about Owen who discovers that he’s possessed by an Incubus, and Turk, the demon hunter out to kill that demon. Click here to read Diventando: Becoming.
How can people reach you?

JC: At the end of this post, you will find all of the links to me. I love to hear from readers!

It’s been nice chatting with you. Please come back when you can stay longer.

JC: Thanks for having me. It’s been my pleasure.

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J C Wallace

Good morning, JC Wallace. Come in and have a seat. I’d offer coffee, but since I don’t drink it, I don’t have any.

It was nice working with you on Love Lane Books’ Christmas Delights. I enjoyed Waiting for the Snow.

JC: Thanks. Wasn’t that a great anthology that RJ put together?!

Am I allowed to ask what JC stands for or is it a secret?

JC: JC is an amalgam of both my and my younger sibling’s first initials. What those initials stand for is up to everyone’s imagination.

Your Facebook profile says you’ve been writing all of your life. Why M/M?

JC: I only started reading M/M a few years ago. I had been in school for so long that I hadn’t read any fiction for years. One Christmas my daughter gave me a Nook. I began exploring different genres and stumbled across M/M. I never knew it existed! I was thrilled since I am gay, so I started reading everything in that genre voraciously. I’ve written fiction on and off during my life, and once school was done, I picked it up again and naturally gravitated toward M/M.

Do you ever write in any other genre?

JC: I haven’t yet but that doesn’t mean that someday I won’t. I never say never!

Did you take Creative Writing in school?

JC: I started out in college with the intent of majoring in English literature and creative writing. I think that at the start I may have taken one writing class. I quickly gained an interest in psychology and from there changed my major. All of my degrees are psychology based. I would love an MFA in Creative Writing but am not ready to tackle school again.

I understand you had a book recently come out. Would you like to tell us about it?

JC: Curiosity Killed Shaney is now out from Rooster and Pig Publishing. Check out the blurb and excerpt at the end of this interview.

 

CuriosityKilledShaney cover

I see you live in northern N. Y. I love mountains, but have never been to that area. What’s it like there?

JC: It is one of the most beautiful and awesome places on earth with tons of interesting places to visit. There’s swimming, waterskiing, snow skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, fishing, rock climbing and hiking. There are 46 Adirondack peaks and if you climb them all you are in the elite club of the Adirondack 46ers (I haven’t even hiked one, lol). The area is also rich with history with several preserved forts from the 1700s and 1800s, one being Fort Ticonderoga. There is Lake Champlain and Lake George as well as hundreds of other lakes and ponds. Lake Placid is located here and was the site of two winter Olympics. So much to do, and even living here my entire life, I haven’t even scratched the surface.

If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?

JC: I would love to go to England. I can’t say why, but I have always wanted to meander through the small towns. I think England is charming.

If you were to be reincarnated as an animal, what would you like to be? And why?

JC: I would be a tiger. I love tigers and, for some reason, when I look into their eyes, I feel a sort of connection with them.

What are your favorite hobbies?

JC: Writing and that’s about it right now. I’ve had many hobbies over my life, woodworking as well as gardening, but writing is the one that has stuck.

I know that in Waiting for Snow, your characters fell for each other right away. Do you believe in love at first sight? Or do you believe it only happens in books?

JC: I don’t believe in love at first sight, but I do believe that there can be instant chemistry between two people – your eyes meet, you recognize something in that person and need to know more about them. I also think people can become comfortable with one another quickly and, yes, start to fall in love without much time passing. What happens after that may or may work out. It happened to me once. We met and it was instantaneous. I fell hard and fast but the timing was off and it didn’t work out. I think of him as the one that got away.

Are you a sports fan?

JC: No, I’m not. I would sit with someone and watch a football or hockey game if that’s what they were in to. If I was really bored, maybe baseball or golf, but I don’t watch sports or any TV for that matter. I’ve actually glanced at some NASCAR since my grandmother visits often and she loves to watch.

What type of movies do you like?

JC: I like action movies where there is high tension and a fast moving plot as well as paranormal. My favorite all time movie is Jaws. I also loved Transformers. Some of my favs are the Bourne movies, The Others, The House on Haunted Hill (original), The Shining, Disturbia, Eagle Eye, Constantine and Rear Window. (*coughs* yes, I think I may have a thing for Shia LaBeouf since he’s in four of those movies)

Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?
JC: I currently write a weekly flash fiction serial novel called Diventando: Becoming. Each week a group of authors writes 500 to 1,000 words from prompts sent out by our leader Julie Lynn Hayes. Diventando is up to installment #26 and is a paranormal M/M about Owen who discovers that he’s possessed by an Incubus, and Turk, the demon hunter out to kill that demon. Click here to read Diventando: Becoming.
How can people reach you?

JC: At the end of this post, you will find all of the links to me. I love to hear from readers!

It’s been nice chatting with you. Please come back when you can stay longer.

JC: Thanks for having me. It’s been my pleasure.

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5 Smooches Review

Great review from Smoocher’s Voice. Thanks.

http://www.smoochersvoice.com/?zx=4485ccb1875a63a3

 

Review – The Fire by John A. Heldt

The Fire cover

The Fire by John A. Heldt

 Reviewed by Julia Flowers writing as A. T. Weaver

 “When Kevin Johnson, 22, goes to Wallace, Idaho, days after his college graduation, he expects to find rest and relaxation as his family prepares his deceased grandfather’s house for sale. Then he discovers a hidden diary and a time portal that can take him to 1910, the year of Halley’s Comet and the largest wildfire in U.S. history. Within hours, Kevin finds himself in the era of horse-drawn wagons, straw hats, and ankle-length dresses. Traveling repeatedly to the same time and place, he decides to make the portal his gateway to summer fun. The adventure takes a more serious turn, however, when the luckless-in-love science major falls for pretty English teacher Sarah Thompson and integrates himself in a community headed for disaster. Filled with humor, romance, and heartbreak, THE FIRE, the sequel to THE JOURNEY, follows a conflicted soul through a life-changing journey as he makes his mark on a world he was never meant to see.”

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This is the fourth in the author’s Northwest Passage series and the fourth I’ve read and reviewed.

Again, the author paints a vivid picture of the time period with his attention to detail.

I’ll admit I did not catch the relationship to The Journey until the very end, although the reference to The Mine and The Show was evident in the beginning.

* * *

When Kevin finds his great-grandfather’s hidden stash of gold and diamonds under the floor of his house it is accompanied by Grandfather’s journal. Kevin finds the story there unbelievable until he follows the instructions and discovers the gate into a bygone era.

He makes friends and falls in love only to have it end in tragedy. Although he alters the past, it in no way effects the time in which he originally was born.

The author’s theory of parallel timelines is reminiscent of the one Richard Bach espouses in his book One. A person can exist in multiple timelines and cross back and forth into them. In The Journey, the main character actually meets her younger self and influences her future without having an affect on the original timeline.

Two things I would have like to have seen were Kevin and his great-grandfather acknowledging the relationship between them and I wish Kevin could have met the man Andy interviewed who Kevin thought might be another time traveler.

 I am looking forward to the fifth and final book of this series. Although each book can stand alone, I would recommend they be read in order.

John A. Heldt

John A. Heldt is a reference librarian and the author of THE MINE, THE JOURNEY, THE SHOW, and THE FIRE, the first four novels of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage time-travel series. The former award-winning sportswriter and newspaper editor has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, he is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life at johnheldt.blogspot.com.

 Amazon – The Fire

 Amazon – The Mine

 Amazon – The Journey

 Amazon – The Show

 http://johnheldt.blogspot.com

 mailto:johnheldt@bresnan.net

It’s here!!

See You in the Morning now available on Amazon in Kindle format:

http://alixtheweaver.wordpress.com/books-2/see-you-in-the-morning/

Interview with Theo Fenraven

I’m here this morning with Theo Fenraven, author of the Precog in Peril series among others.

 Good morning, Fen. I hope it’s okay to call you Fen?

 T. Everyone calls me Fen. J

 How’s Suki? Bet she doesn’t like the cold any more than you do.

 T. Suki despises the cold. For those of you who don’t know, Suki’s my 4.5 lb dog. She’s definitely a summer kind of girl.

 I have to tell you, the first one of your books I read, I was ready to shoot either you or my friend Fred. He lent me Three of Swords via Amazon’s program. When I got to the last page and saw “to be continued” I was ready to scream. I had to go on line right then and get the other two books.

 T. LOL Yeah, I got some flak for the first two books in the series ending on cliffhangers. But with the new release, you don’t have to stop and wait. You can keep on reading, instant gratification.

 So, tell us a little about yourself. Are you originally from Minnesota? I know that in addition to writing, you also take awesome pictures.

 T. I was born overseas, but grew up in Ohio. I spent eighteen months in Florida a decade ago. After that, New York, then Minnesota. I am now contemplating a return to Florida ‘cause Suki’s not the only one who doesn’t like the cold.

 Have you always wanted to write?

 T. Always. I remember scribbling stories at the kitchen table. One of the first Christmas presents I asked for was a typewriter. I was in heaven when desktop computers became standard.

 Where do you get your ideas?

 T. Everywhere. A news story will set my mind working or overhearing people talk in a shop. Yes, I eavesdrop. I’m a writer. J But most of my stories, and the plot twists that go with them, happen in that space of time between asleep and awake.

 What authors have influenced you most?

 T. None, actually. Good writers inspire me to do better, but none have influenced me other than proving it can be done.

 In Blue River, you write about time travel. If you could travel to any time and place in history, where would you go?

 T. The future. I want to see if humanity ever figures things out. J

 If you could be reincarnated as an animal, what would you be?

 T. Tough choice! I’ll choose wolf, because I’m working on a shifter story right now. With my luck, some angry rancher would shoot me. ;)

 Would you like to share what we can expect from you in the future?

 T. More stories! There are so many I need to write. I’ve already decided I can’t die for a long time because there’s so much left to do.

 Where can readers find your books?

 T. Amazon, All Romance eBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

 Would you like to give us an excerpt from one of your books?

 T. How about a sneak peak at the WIP? No one has seen this yet. You’ll be the first. Jon is an English teacher who recently purchased an old farm on a lake.

 I looked out the window over the sink while I rinsed romaine. The sun had set and the clouds had mostly cleared, revealing a full moon. Its light sparkled on the rough water of Heron Lake, a path of silver that shimmered and broke as the surface of the water was disturbed by the wind. I was glad of the fire in the living room and made a mental note to order more wood. Maybe Harrison knew someone who delivered.

 I ate in front of the fire, my plates on a small folding table, and thought about all the things I wanted to do during the next few months. Like strip the wallpaper from the guest room and paint the kitchen. The hardwood floors downstairs needed refinishing, but there was pretty good carpet upstairs. Both bathrooms needed updating, but that would have to wait until I’d stashed a bit; I’d blown my savings on the down payment for the house.

 Oh, and try to write something.

 My cell rang as I was throwing another log on the fire. Fumbling it out of my pocket, I answered. “Hello?”

 “Tired of the country yet?” my friend, Suzie Marsdon, a fellow teacher, asked. “Ready to come into the nasty, noisy city and party?”

 Smiling, I closed the hearth screen one-handed and sat on the couch. “You don’t know what you’re missing. I’m sitting in front of a roaring fire, the lake is beautiful in moonlight, and all I hear is the soft sigh of the wind through the drafty old windows I must one day replace. Why don’t you come out here?”

 “Thought you’d never ask.” I heard the rustle of paper. “Give me directions.”

 After we hung up, the muffled howl of a wolf made me freeze. I listened raptly, wondering if it was on the hunt and how big a pack it had, if any.

 I’d no idea there were wolves in the area.

 Fen, it’s been great having you here today. After that excerpt, I look forward to your next book.

 T. Thanks for having me. I enjoyed it.

Three of SwordsKnight of WandsLightning Struck Tower

Now all together in one volume – no more “To Be Continued”:

precog

http://www.amazon.com/Precog-Peril-The-Complete-Series-ebook/dp/B00I0EWOFC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392009981&sr=8-1&keywords=precog+in+peril

Coming Soon

 

SeeYou-FinalJake and Dave lived and loved for over fifty years. During that time, they campaigned for gay rights. They married each other three times until, finally, in 2013, the United States Supreme Court declared DOMA to be unconstitutional and thus legalized their union.

They made a family and raised four beautiful children together.

When he loses Dave to a massive stroke, Jake feels his world has ended. Join him as he relives a life well-lived through memories triggered by photos of his and Dave’s years together.