Legend Series: #Revealed

Revealed picks up where Innocence leaves off, with Alexa-Jordyn learning she is a Legend and her boyfriend’s dad is a jerk. With the help of hunter friends and her best friend, Alexa-Jordyn searches for ways to control her new powers and track down her biological family. The head hunter intervenes with her plans, forcing the foursome to go on a rescue mission and into hiding after blowing up a building. Sneak Peak:

“You’re a Bean Sidhe?!” J.P. and his dad asked when they came through the door.

“What’s a Bean Shee?” I asked mispronouncing whatever they were saying.

J.P. came and stood next to me, “Dad, I think you should go spend time with Kavanagh before midnight. I need to talk with Alexa-Jordyn.”

“Yeah, what I said earlier just forget it. It was nice meeting you, even if we didn’t actually meet.” His dad tipped his hat to me and put an arm around the guy who still looked shocked.

I nodded back, too afraid to talk. I looked down as I pulled out my phone and started texting my best friend to have her do an internet search. She texted me back way too quickly to have done a search, “call me now!”

“Excuse me, where is the bathroom?” I asked quietly, afraid to leave his side.

J.P. pointed to a door behind his dad. “Through there. It’s OK he won’t touch you.” He walked me to the door, passed his dad and stayed outside of it as I closed it. I also locked it, not thinking that it was useless, because if they wanted to come in they could just break down the door.

I dialed Olivia’s number and waited half a ring, “Alexa-Jordyn? Are you OK? What happened? Was it J.P. you wailed for?”

“Olive, calm down. I’m fine. It wasn’t J.P., it was one of his dad’s thugs. He came at me to hurt me or kill me. But before he could get close enough I let out a loud earth shuddering scream. Then the rest came in talking about a Ban sid-hee or something.”

“It’s Bean Sidhe. I figured you would have picked up some Gaelic by now. It was a wail not a scream and it is normal. Get some rest I will be on the next flight out, my mom has already arranged it. I will explain everything when I get there.”

“Olivia, you don’t have to fly all the way out here just tell me what is wrong with me and how not to do it again.” I started freaking out, maybe there was something really wrong with me.

“No, I have to come and help. I can’t believe your mom sent you off to that island, she should have known better. My mom is all in a tizzy about it and sending you off to live with hunters that really was insane. What was the name of the guy you wailed for?”

“I think it was Kavanagh. Something like that.” I tried to remember. “Am I safe around Julian?”

“As long as his last name isn’t Kavanagh you are fine. I should be in by morning or afternoon. Just take it easy…and stay away from women. If you’re this upset about predicting a man’s death, I would hate to see what you’re like when you start predicting babies.”

“I what? What do you mean predicting babies?” I looked in the mirror to see if anything had changed about me, but nothing looked different about me.  It seemed impossible that everything had changed and yet nothing had.

“Just stay where you are. I’m sure the bloody hunters can care for you.” She said.

“I’m out in the country not at the O’Reilly’s. How did you know they were hunters anyway?”

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Legend Series: #Innocence

Innocence follows Alexa-Jordyn on a journey to Ireland as an exchange student in her Senior year of high school. All is well on the flight to the Emerald isle but then her whole world changes, and everything she knows to be true is wrong. The people who raised her are not her real family. Legendary creatures are real and her teacher is one. The family she is staying with are Legend Hunters for a facility that likes to kidnap and test on the Legends. Sneak Peak:

“The seven levels are where you crawled out of. I’ll see you tomorrow Professor.” I turned to walk out, but he grabbed my hand before I could open the office door.

“You will see me tonight. We still need to talk.” His mood suddenly changed from playful to dark and almost sinister.

I looked at him questioningly, “sure. Later.” He kissed my hand, I tugged it away and left.

“Looks like your guy isn’t coming tonight.” Kevin said as my shift ended. “Who was he anyway? He seemed more interested in you to just be a guy who you met on the airplane.”

“Honestly I just met him on the plane. He must be busy tonight or something.” I said clearing my last table for the night. Maybe he saw my point and thought I was right. “I’ll see you guys back at the house.” I put the dishes in the kitchen and started my walk home.

Once I was out of sight of the bar, someone started walking next to me. “Good evening Alexa-Jordyn. I thought it would be better if I didn’t show up as I saw your cousin Mary working tonight.” I looked over at him and J.P. was really trying to hide whom he was, wearing a long black trench coat and an awesome looking fedora. The fedora was black with a black and grey diagonally striped band around the bottom rim and a silver Gothic cross laying on top of the band.

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#Book Excerpt: The Easter Rising 1916 by Gabriel Woods

John had become separated from his mother as they walked along the Quays, when the battleship had started blowing up the buildings along the Liffey. He had spent the day looking for his mother but darkness had fallen. He took a turn at Parnell Square and then saw a horrific sight he never would have imagined. Dublin was burning. John looked desperately for shelter and saw that Nelson’s Pillar had not been touched by bombs or fire. He ran barefoot up the steps of the huge pillar and clung onto the statue of Admiral Nelson. The statue was made of granite and was constructed to celebrate Admiral Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar and seemed to sparkle in the night. John covered his eyes from the heat of the fire. His ragged shirt blowing in the wind. A sheet of flames rushed towards John, blown down O`Conell Street by a strong wind from the Liffey. The height of the pillar protected him as the flames passed below. Orange and red flames rose into the sky. Dublin city centre was in a blanket of fire. The centre was a growing inferno and blazing fiercely. Patches of fire dotted the skyline as the Volunteer posts around the city were overcome. John was safe as he clung onto the granite statue while his city burned. He prayed that his family was safe and that they would find him soon.

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#ASI: Gabriel Woods

Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Thanks Courtney for asking me to do this interview. I`m working as an author but I am also a qualified life coach. I was born in Ireland. I like traveling and I have lived in Dublin, London and Edinburgh. I have traveled widely throughout mainland Europe including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Netherlands and Germany with a focus on areas of cultural importance. I have also backpacked in Australia and India.

Discuss your newest book.

I have published a kindle book Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers the Call for Ireland`s Freedom. It`s a story about a family involved in a struggle for independence in Ireland. I was inspired to write it by an older woman whose father, aunt and uncle had taken part in the Rising. There`s also fictional aspects to the story, a character called Mother Mary who is psychic and a doctor who get caught up in the events.

I will have a novel published also, The Golden Age Dawns, by the end of March in Amazon. It will be free to Kindle subscribers for five days. This is a fiction book. There are dark forces that are determined to defeat humanity. The Protectors of the Light, immortals that protect humanity, combat the evil that threatens to overwhelm the world. They have a mission to guide humanity and individuals as the human race develops. The Protectors of the Light, travel back and forth to The Great Source, the force that creates all worlds and earthly dimensions, as they carry out their mission.
Susan is in a race against time to save London from the outbreak of a new virus that threatens to spread throughout the world. Linda, a successful clinical psychologist but a lonely woman, decides to travel in search of love. Colin is a young man from a poor family in Ireland and has been looking after his mother who has severe depression for most of his life. He travels with his friends to escape the world he lives in. He discovers he has to face events he never imagined. Colin encounters situations of social unrest that test his mental and physical strength.
The story is about how the three main characters deal with the events they are faced with.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

At school I was told by most of my teachers that I was not very intelligent and that I would not be suitable for college. I studied an honors psychology in University College Dublin, Ireland and achieved a 2:1. I was thrilled to achieve the grade because not only did I prove my teachers wrong but I also received what I believed to be a top class education in UCD. In school I had one teacher who said was a brilliant writer and in my degree I know that the lecturers there appreciated how I wrote essays and assignments. So I always liked writing.

What are your current projects?

Currently I`m publishing The Golden Age Dawns. I am also promoting my book Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers the Call for Ireland`s Freedom.

What books have most influenced your life most?

I have been influenced by a wide variety of different types of books. As a teenager I read fantasy books a lot, I loved Tolkien`s book The Lord of the Rings. I have always liked psychology books (anything to do with psychology really). I came from a rather messed up background and I had a lot of difficulties as a teenager and young adult. Psychology books taught me new ways of thinking and acting that were beneficial to me. I gained a better understanding of myself. I read quite a lot of books by Stephen King and Anne Rice when I was not reading psychology books. Both these books have influenced my current style of writing.

What inspired you to write your first book?

Nine years ago life became very difficult for me. It seemed as if my whole life was falling apart and I was struggling to hold onto my home. I had at the same time broke my leg in three places and was in a lot of pain as I was going through rehabilitation for my leg. I was very fortunate to have good friends and my mother helped me too. I was reading certain books at the time about angels that comforted me. I was in so much pain that I turned to something bigger than me, spirituality, and I was desperate for help. So I learned methods to help me. I learned facts about myself and about life and thought about what I could do with this information. All these experiences inspired me to write.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

The main character is Linda. She is a very successful woman from a wealthy background. However she is lonely, all her friends are married with children and she is all alone. She leaves for Europe to have fun and maybe find a lover. Linda is faced with a nightmare scenario and finds strength within herself that she never knew existed. Linda behaves in ways she never thought herself capable of. She becomes open to influences not of this world.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I would be so happy if readers picked up just one message in the book. I would like people to know that there is no need to be afraid of events or people in their lives, or afraid of something about themselves. That reader`s will receive the help they need, if they are open to it and if they are humble enough to ask for help. Whatever form help arrives in, help will come.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
That is a difficult question! You are really making me think with these questions! To be honest I am not sure. I would like an actress who would have the skill to understand Linda`s character. Linda is complicated and an actress would need to be able to convey the depth of Linda as well as her sensitivity and love of people.
When did you decide to become a writer?
Exactly a year and a half ago in March when I started writing The Golden Age Dawns! I did not really decide, it was just a natural progression from all that went before. Then I had a burning desire to sit down and write, I had written many notes about my novel and put them together to form The Golden Age Dawns.
Why do you write?
I write mainly to amuse people. I write because it is the natural thing for me to do. I have always written in one form or another-poems, a diary, essays, reports and now blogs and all sorts of social media.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

I wrote in response to one of the above questions that I went through a very difficult time in my life and I learned certain things. I then wanted to distill all this experience into notes that I could remind myself of what to do if life got difficult again. Then I thought about writing a book. Most of all I wanted to entertain people with a good story. Life can be tough and I wanted to create something to get people`s minds off their troubles. It turned out that that ‘something’ was books. My books are not educational books though there are facts in them. If people pick up on messages in the book that is great. My books are written to entertain primarily, to give people a break from their problems and be amused.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I write full time and I hope to continue to write full time. Social media takes up a lot of time and then when that is put together with the time it takes to write my books it really is a six hour a day occupation, sometimes more hours than that.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
I have a difficulty with writing in that sometimes it is hard to stop writing. I sometimes have to force myself to stop. I can forget to take breaks during the day. When I am not writing I am thinking about what I will write next, what I will put write about the character or the next chapter. Switching off is difficult but I do manage to do so.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
My two books are being published at the same time. Easter 1916 Rising A Family Answers the Call to Freedom was difficult because, although there are entertaining events that I wrote myself, I researched the book. Learning about what actually happened at that time when some Irish people desired independence from England and the consequences of that was disturbing. The high level of violence was horrifying to read.
The Golden Age Dawns was hard to write in some ways because a lot of my personal experiences, particularly my spiritual experiences, went into the characters and into the events. I was faced with my own self at times as I wrote the characters thoughts and feelings. Writing The Golden Age Dawns helped me to rid myself of some painful thoughts and feelings that I needed to let go of.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
The easiest thing about writing is that I nearly always find it fun. Even if I am writing about something serious I tend to focus completely on my writing. The hours and days fly by!

What book are you reading now?
I am reading a book by Anne Rice The Wolves of Midwinter

What is one random thing about you?
I have traveled a lot and I tend to adopt some characteristics from the people I spend a lot of time with. I know a lot of people from different parts of Ireland. Some have very different accents and I’ve adapted some of their accents. What accent I have depends on who I am speaking to, as I will speak with their accent. I do this to such an extreme that it is random!

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer?
I write ideas for books on the notes section on my mobile then I send them to my e-mail and transfer them to a word page. I do have a note book but that is if a have an idea about publishing or promoting that I want to write down so I will not forget.

What does your writing process look like?
I do not have a process as such. I write notes as they come to me. I have a rough idea of what I want the beginning and ending to be and the dramatic points in-between and I try to stick to that.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
Not that I am aware of!
How important are names to you in your books?
Names are important. I convey where a character is from by their name.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The challenging thing is developing a piece of work that a reader can understand. To make sure I am conveying the story effectively. The editing process I find challenging. It is not as fun as writing a story!

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?
I hired an editor last year and she turned out to be a scammer. I paid her a lot of money and she did no work for me. I found an excellent editor after that. Check out anybody that you consider hiring, thoroughly. Check their references, actually speak to the people that give the references or e-mail them because the services websites may be dishonest.

What is your favorite motivational phrase?
This is one I just use for my own motivation: “Do not fear all is well”. It reminds me that I may not understand why something is happening to me but I will learn from it and I will be safe.

What is your favorite book and why?
I have books in my home, spiritual books, that I always read if I`m worried or stressed.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
As I said above make sure you check out thoroughly editors, graphic designers, anyone you hire to work on any aspect of your book. Websites may look well but do not be fooled by a flashy website.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I like going to the cinema. I workout six days a week.
From where do you gain your inspiration?
Everything really. People I see, things people say, an idea a song gives me.
What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
I have made no effort to approach a publishing house. I am really grateful that I can manage all aspects of my books. Nothing has been taken from the stories or characters to suit the needs of a publisher. Your story can stay the same all the way through the process if you want it to. I think that is fantastic!
How do you market your books?
I am on a steep learning curve with marketing! I am beginning with social media because I have been writing my two books so it is easier to use social media. I will be branching out to newspapers and radio in the next two months. I think I am doing okay so far, Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers the Call for Ireland`s Freedom is selling at one or two books a day so I must be doing something right!
Why did you choose this route?
I chose self-publishing because I wanted to preserve the story of my novel. The characters and events all have significance and I wanted the story to stay the same.
Would you or do you use a PR agency?
No I do not use a PR agency.
Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
There is a lot of talk about targeting your audience and only using media where this audience will be found. I think it`s possible to market your book in a way that your book will sell but also make it match what you like to do or who you like to do. I do not think marketing has to be serious all the time. It is nice to have some fun with it!

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?

I promote my book in the morning and write my books in the afternoon.
What do you do to get book reviews?
I am working on that at the moment. I am using social media currently. Hopefully I will receive reviews for Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers the Call for Ireland`s Freedom from readers on Amazon.
How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?
Since I have been publishing my two books I have not concentrated on obtaining book reviews, I will do that when the novel has been published. Getting the publishing right is the most important thing for me at the moment. My followers in Tumblr are very helpful in promoting my novel.
Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
Not yet. Positive word of mouth I think is important.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, what a reviewer says may or may not be true. I think it`s helpful to keep in mind what reviewers might say, is there some adjustments that can be made to future books that might improve them.
Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you?
I am just beginning to market so not just yet!
What’s your views on social media for marketing?
I believe social media is very effective. There are other media that are important too I think. I think radio shows, papers, launching local events, are all important too.
Which social network worked best for you?
Tumblr is very definitely working out better for me and I have fun using that site too!
Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
Be careful of editors. After my experience with the scammer I looked up other authors experiences. Most of them at some time or another had problems with editors. This phase of writing a book is fraught with incompetent or scamming people. Be really careful who you select!

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?

Not yet. I will promote my novel in these ways when it is published by the end of March. Amazon has got a lot of methods to market books when you publish with them.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
I would like to meet Katy Perry. I really like how she dresses in costumes, she seems to be having fun. I think it is important to have fun in what you do.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
I would like to have written JK Rowling`s books about Harry potter. I really like the details she writes into her stories and the concepts she writes about like Hogwarts College. She has a great imagination and you can see it in her books

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

I am only starting out myself so I cannot really speak from experience. Write what you feel like writing because people will pick up on the passion that you have for what you write and that may help them to like your book. People like passion!
How can readers discover more about you and you work?

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#Book Blurb: #Revealed (Legend Series book 2)

Alexa-Jordyn just found out she is a Bean Sidhee, but what does that mean? Things get even stranger as her best friend comes to her rescue in the form of a bird, friends turn on her and things become heated with J.P. On Amazon

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#Book Blurb: #Innocence

Alexa-Jordyn is bored with her small town life, and decides to spice it up a bit. Spending her senior year in a foreign country she meets a boy and falls in love. Before her 18th birthday her world starts to spiral beyond her imagination. She learns that people are not always what they seem to be and by the end, she may not be who she thought she really was. Only on Amazon

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Revealed, Book 2 Legend Series Chapter 1 Teaser

Secrets Revealed
True to his word Julian took me back to Uncle Kevin’s house the next day and dropped Olive off at a hotel. Leaving me alone to unfurl her plan of getting me out of the house; it was simple yet intricate, get me out of their house and hope it shakes them off our trail.
I explained how I wanted I wanted to get out on my own, now that I was engaged. I just wanted to live on my own and get a sense of single living before I got married. They understood, but still wanted me to check in every once in a while, and keep working at the pub.
I told them I would keep in touch with them, but that Julian wants to take care of me. He wants me to focus my attention on my schoolwork instead of working. “I won’t be living with him, he just wants to pay my bills so I don’t have to work.”
They were not too happy about that, and tried to argue that I wouldn’t actually be making it on my own if he was paying my way. I told them that I understood that, but it was the only way he would let me move out on my own, we made a sort of compromise and this was it.
It took a little more persuading but they buckled. Still promising to check in with them, I went upstairs and packed my things. I then called for a cab and joined Olivia at a hotel across town. The next few days were just about Olivia teaching me about the world of Legends and settling into the two-room hotel suite.
On the third of January we enrolled Olive into school. Lunch was the first time I was able to get her together with David and Alistair, to make the proper introductions. “I know I told you that Olivia was Julian’s sister, but she is actually my best friend from back home.”
Alistair was first to ask questions, “Why did you lie? When did you start dating our teacher? How long have you known he is a vampire?”
“What?!? You didn’t tell Kevin did you? I thought you guys cleared him after the other day.” I was shocked they had figured it out, I honestly thought we were safe.
“We haven’t told Kevin, because until now it was just our suspensions.” I could hear the anger creeping into his voice.
I told him how I first met Julian on the plane, and how he brought me back my hoodie. I explained that I’d had only known he was a vampire for a few days, and then I dropped the bombshell, “in the past week I have not only learned that my fiancé is a vampire, but that I am…a Banshee. I can’t pronounce the Irish word for it.”
Neither said anything for a while just let it sink in. Olivia was the first to talk, “I told you they wouldn’t understand. Aren’t you glad I got you out of the hunter’s house?”
“We are OK with a Bean Sidhe, and a Morrigan. You don’t actually harm humans, though I cannot say the same for Kevin. He is a true Legend hunter.” David interjected.
“Who said anything about a Morrigan?” Olivia shrewdly watched David for any sudden movements.
“It’s possible that you are not a Morrigan, but they tend to gravitate towards banshees and really work well together because of…the type of work they do.” Alistair told us.
“OK now that we all know the truth are we cool or are we in danger? Is Julian in danger from you and Kevin?” I gingerly asked.

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