Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Make Believe by Terri Rochenski : Interview and Excerpt: Featured Author

 


 
 
 

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

I could go on & on & on answering this one. If I HAD to pick one place to travel to it would be the UK. Ever since I read LoTR as a kid, I’ve dreamed of England – pretty sure Tolkien used his homeland as a similar setting for Middle Earth. And that movie Braveheart … well, I really want to see Scotland as well.

Can’t forget that British accent, too. Love it.  J 

Tell us about your current release.

Sacrificial Oath is one of six short stories in J. Taylor Publishing’s Make Believe anthology due out Dec. 3rd. They range from paranormal romance to fantasy, all based on a picture prompt which is actually the cover. 

The best sum up of my story is the blurb:

An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign’s Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she’ll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.

With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects.
 

Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?

I was blessed to be mentored by the awesome author, Anne Tyler. (Did I mention awesome?)  Anyhoo … I met her years ago and she mentored me through the writing of my first ‘soft’ historical romance. That manuscript is in a deep dark bin somewhere & will probably never see the light of day, but the lessons I learned from that experience = priceless.

Since then I’ve joined Scribophile, an unbelievable writer’s forum. While there I met a handful of lovely ladies – Go Pen Sisters! – who have helped me hone my craft.

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

FINDING THE TIME!

Not even kidding. I have 4 & 2 ½ year old daughters who keep me on my toes. Some days they play great together, but between caring for them & living in a total construction zone (putting 2nd floor on a ranch) it’s tough. Some days it’s 5 minutes here, 5 minutes there. I’m a total morning person – brain is wired & ready to go by six – but so are the girls. *sigh* Ah well. Too bad I’m not a night owl as well.

Where do you research for your books?

I do the typical online googling / asking Jeeves / questioning forum friends, but I LOVE going to the library & running my fingers through dry, dusty pages. I could spend hours there. Hours. Don’t have that kind of time though.

Nothing better than the scent of books. Yes, I’m strange. 

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Like I mentioned earlier I’m on Scribophile. My favorite & best ‘critter’ there is (Sir) Michael Archer. He’s a phenomenal writer & editor. Someday I hope to see his current WiP in print. He shouldn’t have any problems – it rocks!

I do have a couple of other beta readers I use as my ‘final pass the test’ too. The more the merrier IMO!

How do you describe your writing style?

To the point. The fantasy genre has a tendency to be full of purple prose & major info (background / historical) dumps. You won’t get much fluff outta me. 
J




 
Make Believe


by J.A. Belfield, Jennifer M. Eaton, J. Keller Ford, Terri Rochenski, Kelly Said, Lynda R. Young

Release Date: December 3, 2012

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance




Description


Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski
An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign’s Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she’ll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.

With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects.



***    THESE OTHER STORIES ARE ALSO IN THE ANTHOLOGY***


The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford
There is only one way to save Elton Fletcher’s brother from an insanity-ridden death.
After years away from home, fighting for his people, Elton returns to discover his only sibling, Cayden, possessed by greed and malice, and responsible for malicious, unthinkable deeds. Cayden, though, isn’t the only one afflicted by the Amulet of Ormisez, and Elton finds himself in yet another battle, where the price of failure could be his own life.

Birthright by Lynda R. Young
Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible.
She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she's never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her.
Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead.

Petrified by Kelly Said
A mysterious storm has replaced summer with winter, devastating crops and smothering Castle lands in snow. Prince Sterling August stands alone as a leader, lost in personal grief as well as a desire to help his people but with an inability to do either.

The answers he needs await him, but without Lochlyn, a woman who’s just as isolated as Sterling, he’ll never see what stands before him, cloaked in illusion.

Last Winter Red by Jennifer M. Eaton
Emily is a Red, a woman whose sole purpose in life is to produce offspring. When her husband dies and leaves her childless, she risks her life and forsakes the safety of Terra—a disease-free city born after the nuclear holocaust. Beyond its boundaries, she knows, survives a man with whom she can be properly paired.

The Outside, though, holds secrets the government struggles to keep, and what Emily discovers on her quest for a mate will change her life forever.

Escort to Insanity by J.A. Belfield
From a charity auction, to a stroll in the park, to the craziest night of her life. Nicole Harrington can’t help but wonder how a simple event went so drastically wrong.

Of course, the male escort she booked is wholly to blame. Not only charming but shrewdly intelligent, Benjamin Gold drags Nicole into a platoon of unimaginable problems—ones from which she’ll have to find the courage just to survive.









Excerpt From Sacrificial Oath:

Alesuela’s knees ached, but she didn’t dare cease her prayers. Father had to return. He had to.
Blessed Goddess, bring him home safely. Please.
Continuing with her supplication, she lit another candle as she had vowed to do with each sunrise. Alesuela shifted on the woolen rug. A drip flowed down the taper’s side, pooling on top of three month’s worth of hardened wax.
Her beloved father, Amant, Sovereign of Vecina, sent weekly reports of the war’s progress—of small defeats and battles won. Although her intended, Lord Pedre Ashin, also rode at the army’s front, Alesuela’s thoughts rarely lingered on the younger man. No anticipation stirred in Alesuela’s breast over the postponed wedding, for Pedre never treated her with anything other than indifference.
Hands clasped, Alesuela lifted her gaze to the window above her chamber’s gilded shrine. The opening framed a picturesque view of the snowcapped Craesor Mountain where the Goddess dwelt. Looming in the east, the crater-topped peak blocked the summer’s rising sun. Scarlet smeared the sky, and the sweet scent of red poppies from her flower garden below drifted in on a dry breeze.
Red poppies. Death.
A shudder rippled through Alesuela.
He can’t be dead. Blessed Goddess, I am not yet ready to be Vecina’s Sovereign.
Dread wrapped Alesuela in its cold embrace.



 
Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with the fantasy genre.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her two young daughters allow. When not potty training or kissing boo-boos, she can be found on her back patio in the boondocks of New Hampshire, book or pencil in hand.






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Next Few Stops

Dec. 18thConcise Book Reviews – ebook giveaway

Dec. 19thAsh Krafton’s Blog – Author Interview / Ebook giveaway

Dec. 20thTenaya Jayne’s Blog – Author Interview

Dec. 21stIllusions of Intimacy – Guest Post

Dec. 21stVanessa Chapman Combined author interview
 

 



1 comment:

Terri Rochenski said...

Thanks so much for the awesome post Laurie! Really appreciate it. :)