Saturday, May 28, 2016

Create Space Previews



For anyone interested in reading a preview of my upcoming romance, She Walks In Moonlight, follow this link:
https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1193244
Create Space has a new feature I discovered where you can post a preview of your upcoming work, whether you plan on releasing in a year, or a couple of weeks. This ain't just for Indie authors, either, since you can check out music, and other media. I love this because it lets other authors & readers check out your work and depending on what questions you ask, give you some legitimate feedback.
So if you're a member of Create Space, I highly recommend trying this out. I know I'll be looking at the other submissions now. Exciting to see WIP!
Happy Reading & Writing!


P.S. If any of you are curious about the Silver Hollow pic above, leave a comment below & I will share my dastardly plans with you ;)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Creativity Exploits

It's been absolutely forever since I posted on my blog. I had a kid back in December so these extra social media sites get pushed to the wayside a lot more. For those who read this, thanks for sticking with me! From everything I read about blogging, you are supposed to do it daily at the most, weekly at the least. I will try to share my book reviews with y'all on here soon. I need to update those, for sure. 

I typically post on my website the most often, occasionally share on Facebook and spend most of my time daily on Twitter connecting with people. So if you want to strike up some fun conversation, book, fandom or otherwise, you can find me @JennSilverwood 

Meantime, here are a few things I've been dabbling with...

Here is some recent art :D


More Pastel Chalk Art  

You can find more of my work on the above Portfolio link, and also featured with Qamber Kids Book Design

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Submitted short story: Mermaid's Tear for the latest Jay Henge Publishing Anthology 

Besides working on the first draft of Craving Beauty, Vol. 2, I've also written a new adult romance, 


She Walks In Moonlight

here is an excerpt

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I had spent so long wrapped in my selfish wants and desires that I forgot to care for someone else. It wasn’t something I planned on happening, but by the time I realized the truth it was almost too late. The person I had always taken for granted, the boy I tried so hard not to love, was dying.

I ran the entire way to his house, through back fields. I hopped two barbed-wire fences, tearing holes in my shirt. My converse and the hems of my flared blue jeans were soon covered in mud but I kept running. My lungs burned from lack of oxygen thanks to a lack of practice. But if I was honest with myself, I hadn’t been able to breathe properly in the past three hours. A pressure clawed its way up my chest, the same weight that had settle in the moment the phone rang. Because I already knew what had happened. My older brother, Peter wasn’t aware I was the indirect cause of the accident. He didn’t know Adam wouldn’t have been out in the first place if he hadn’t been looking for me.

Please wait for me, I prayed. Adam didn’t know I was a liar and I had to tell him the truth.

I almost collapsed the moment I caught sight of his family’s two-story, white board farmhouse. I focused on the soft yellow light shining from his bedroom window upstairs as I hopped the picket fence around their front yard.

I fell against the front door panting as I lifted a hand to pound on its cruel surface. I needed to see Adam, to feel his hand in mine. I stumbled when the door gave way to a familiar, albeit haggard face. My heart fell into my stomach at the sight of Adam’s big sister, Hailey. Her mouth twisted as she recognized me and I felt the full weight of the bad blood between us. Hailey had dated my brother Peter off and on for the last few years. She had never been a fan of me.

“Please, Hailey,” I gasped and braced a hand on the doorpost. Her green eyes narrowed and she crossed her arms over her chest.

“Haven’t you done enough already?”

My heart sank while my mind screamed at me, your fault! She was right and I couldn’t argue with her. I looked at the familiar front porch and tried to think of something. I could climb the garret to reach his window. We had sneaked in and out of his bedroom plenty of times growing up. I could sleep on the porch until they let me in. Peter would understand and he would confront Hailey if I called and asked him to. My hand reached in my jeans pocket for my flip phone, convinced, when another voice called from the hallway, “Hailey, who is it?”

I peered over Hailey’s golden crowned head and tensed when Ms. King stepped into view. She still wore her hospital scrubs and I wondered if she had been on duty when Adam was brought in. Her pale blue eyes were worn and so sad I couldn’t look up at them too long before staring down at my muddy converse.

“Danica?” Ms. King’s voice was filled with compassion and to my shock, relief. I looked up again to find the same warm smile that filled some of the gap my mother tore open. Her plump hand came to rest on Hailey’s narrow shoulder and she spoke firmly to her daughter without breaking eye contact with me, “I’m so glad you’re here. He’s been asking for you every time he wakes up. He was worried sick until Peter confirmed you were safe at home.”

Your fault, I thought. If Adam hadn’t been so worried about me, he never would have got in that vehicle to come after me.

Hailey continued to watch me with a poisonous glare as she stepped aside. Ms. King reached out for me and I bit my lip before rushing into her arms. Her embrace was almost too tight but I wasn’t complaining. I pushed off my muddy shoes onto the foray before following the rest of the way inside.

“Doctor McMorries let me bring him home, thank God. The hospital couldn’t take care of him any better than we can. And I want him to be comfortable as possible while he recovers,” she explained to me while guiding me up the hardwood stairs.

I knew some of this story already, thanks to Peter. Ms. King was a physician’s assistant with more than enough experience in emergency situations. Hailey worked as a registered nurse at the hospital as well, so Ms. King wasn’t lying when she said they could provide the best care. Still, I was impressed they let her bring Adam home.

Maybe his injuries aren’t as bad as we thought?

“The jeep was totaled, of course. And he’s not out of the woods yet, but it could have been a lot worse.”

“How bad?” I asked.

Again, she attempted a careworn smile as she put her hand on his bedroom door. “We aren’t sure if he’ll be able to walk again, Danica.” She pushed open the door and shut it behind me as I walked in alone.

Shadows tipped the atmosphere to match my mood. Instead of seeing Adam’s band posters and a smattering of my artwork, all I could focus on was the broken boy lying in the twin bed under soft lamplight. I wrapped my arms over my chest to keep from throwing myself at him. His eyes were squeezed shut, hiding the beautiful color I loved. His summer tanned skin was a winter pale now, from loss of blood, no doubt. I sank to my knees beside his bed and bit my nails to keep my fingers to themselves. His chest rose and fell in unsteady gasps.

I laid my head on the duvet and drank in the familiar scent and whispered, “I’m so sorry.” As my eyes fluttered shut, my fingers found his and I imagined they squeezed just as strongly back.

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Hope y'all enjoyed the updates! Feel free to comment and share your thoughts, or your recent creative exploits. Happy reading, writing, creating!





Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Release Blitz for Wolfsbane's Daughter

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Wolfsbane's Daughter
By Jennifer Silverwood

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Wolfsbane's Daughter
(A Wylder Tale Novella)
by Jennifer Silverwood
YA Dark Fantasy
ebook, 52 Pages

Wolfsbane and his daughter Resha are on a never ending quest in the Wylder Mountains, to wipe out the wolves who destroyed their village. Before their enemies stole everything she loved, Resha cared for little beyond learning how to be a hunter. After, she learned a hunter must be prepared to fight as well as flee. Now she cares for nothing but revenge.

Until she discovers two majikal humans half frozen in the forest. Resha has a choice, to follow her instincts and leave the strangers to the wolves, or save them. Yet the enemy is on the prowl and there is little time for Wolfsbane's daughter to find safe haven before they are discovered.

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There was a time when she did not hate her father, when her only concern was checking her traps and learning knives from Grandfather. But this was before their village on the ridge of Mount Grimm was attacked and destroyed by their enemies. After that she learned a hunter’s claws must be longer and much sharper. A hunter must always be prepared to fight as well as flee, Father said.
“Stay close, Resha!” her father hissed, drawing her attention to their bleak present.
They had been on the run ever since the attack on Mount Grimm. An entire moon had passed since half the village was murdered, including her brother Vilhelm. If any others survived they were hiding deep in the mountains. The beasts had always been a threat to them. But recent attacks alluded to a new hunger, to wipe out the last humans living in the Wylder Mountains.  Some in the village had blamed Wolfsbane and his quest to avenge Grandfather’s death. Those who might still have blamed her family were dead.
Now all that was left to them was this hunt, her first true hunt. Before this she had been little more than a trapper, practicing her knife on the small creatures she found in the woods near their village. Every time she ended a hare or tripe’s life, she felt nothing of the thrill the other children did.
“Sometimes I wonder if you are too soft to be a predator after all.”
Truly, Father’s words resonated with her far more deeply than she wanted them to. A part of her was so much a child. She had never plunged her knife into the heart of a true beast. It was her greatest fear she would fail in a task Vilhelm would have fulfilled without flinching. Now the legacy of vengeance was left to her hands and the dagger Grandfather made for her last moon day.
Resha took a deep breath and watched it hover in the freezing air. The territory they hunted in was new, closer to the lost city than most of their kind had ever dared to trail. Her father, Wolfsbane, said they were searching for signs of man and beast. She watched the way Father crouched and inspected every curve of the path the tracks had made. When she looked down it was difficult to see anything but shadow and snow. Yet she could almost feel the faintest traces of their prey’s footfalls. It was the smell and the warmth Wolfsbane was following now.
Her attention was diverted by a bright splash of red along the roots of a nearby tree trunk. Her stomach clenched at the thought of the berries hanging from those thin branches. Mother told her to forage whenever they came across nuts and rare plant life. Just because they were hunting, didn’t mean she couldn’t savor a morsel. And there might even be a chance she could snatch enough to save for when they made camp. She glanced up, hopeful Wolfsbane would not notice.
She poked through the fur wrappings keeping her palms and wrists warm, making quick work of the winter berries. Meanwhile, she kept her eye on the glow of torchlight up ahead and slipped the rest into the satchel attached to her belt. The juice stained her fingers a faint purplish hue and she licked them, hoping to hide the evidence. Her eyes shut involuntarily as she drank in the sweet taste. A hand grasped her wrist roughly and pulled so she was forced to face Wolfsbane’s grizzled visage.
“Foolish pup!” he growled. “This land is cursed and you are a fool to touch it! Do you wish to fall asleep forever in these woods?” With every word he squeezed her wrist tighter, drawing tears from her eyes.
“Wolfsbane!” her mother interrupted, gripping his arm tightly with her free hand. “You will not harm our last remaining child. She is hungry and we have not stopped for three days. Leave her be.”
They stood together against the torch, the light illuminating the sickly rage in Father’s eyes and the fear in Mother’s. Resha tried not to give into that same fear. Father would only see it as a weakness. He was too deep into the hunt, and addled by grief to know better.
So she lifted her chin and willed her tears to stop. To say anything would only spark his fury again. Instead she kept her eyes locked with his. Mother’s fingers crept higher, resting over both her wrist and her father’s tense grip. His anger faded, and for a moment, Resha saw the love her father had for her. He opened his mouth to speak and hope bloomed in her chest.
That was the moment a chorus of howls rose together like a nightmare in the woods around them. The cries began ahead of them, further up the valley. Often she had heard them in the distance as a small child within their cottage. Never had she heard them so close and so far away from all she knew.
Her breath came in short, violent gasps as her heart pounded in her ears. These were the beasts who stole everything from them, the ones they had been hunting ever since. For the first time, Resha felt the stirring of the hunt in her blood.

The First Book in the Series

Craving Beauty
(A Wylder Tale, #1)
by Jennifer Silverwood
Paperback & ebook, 239 pages
October 31st 2015

Vynasha has spent the last four years tending her mother's roses and looking after her nephew. The fire that killed their family has left her scarred and put Wyll on the brink of death. Soon the first frost will come down from the mountains and she knows this winter will be his last.

Until a strange beggar appears on the road, telling her of the majikal Source that can heal her Wyll. With nothing left to lose, Vynasha braves the forbidden Wylder Mountains to seek out a cure and her fate.

A lost kingdom is uncovered by an equally lost girl, but the castle is not abandoned as she believes. Shadows cloaking unseen eyes watch. Tapestries whisper from the hidden corners, wondering if the one to break their curse has come. And a hungry beast waits, ready to devour her soul.

Jennifer Silverwood

Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of the Heaven’s Edge series, Stay and Silver Hollow.


Other Books by the Author
Silver Hollow Qeya (Heaven's Edge #1) Ohre (Heaven's Edge, #2) Stay

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Cover Reveal for Wolfsbane's Daughter, A Wylder Novella


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Wolfsbane's Daughter
By Jennifer Silverwood
(A Wylder Tale Novella)
YA Dark Fantasy
ebook, 52 Pages


Wolfsbane and his daughter Resha are on a never ending quest in the Wylder Mountains, to wipe out the wolves who destroyed their village. Before their enemies stole everything she loved, Resha cared for little beyond learning how to be a hunter. After, she learned a hunter must be prepared to fight as well as flee. Now she cares for nothing but revenge.

Until she discovers two majikal humans half frozen in the forest. Resha has a choice, to follow her instincts and leave the strangers to the wolves, or save them. Yet the enemy is on the prowl and there is little time for Wolfsbane's daughter to find safe haven before they are discovered.


The First Book in the Series

Craving Beauty
(A Wylder Tale, #1)
Paperback & ebook, 239 pages
October 31st 2015

Vynasha has spent the last four years tending her mother's roses and looking after her nephew. The fire that killed their family has left her scarred and put Wyll on the brink of death. Soon the first frost will come down from the mountains and she knows this winter will be his last.

Until a strange beggar appears on the road, telling her of the majikal Source that can heal her Wyll. With nothing left to lose, Vynasha braves the forbidden Wylder Mountains to seek out a cure and her fate.

A lost kingdom is uncovered by an equally lost girl, but the castle is not abandoned as she believes. Shadows cloaking unseen eyes watch. Tapestries whisper from the hidden corners, wondering if the one to break their curse has come. And a hungry beast waits, ready to devour her soul.



Jennifer Silverwood
Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of the Heaven’s Edge series, Stay and Silver Hollow.


Other Books by the Author
Silver Hollow Qeya (Heaven's Edge #1) Ohre (Heaven's Edge, #2) Stay

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Recent Reads


The Caledonian Inheritance (The Athena Effect #3)The Caledonian Inheritance by Derrolyn Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At the end of The Mackenzie Legacy, our new family unit of Calvin and Caledonia & twins Layla and Michael have escaped their enemies.
The Caledonian Inheritance starts not long after, with the quartet settled in a house and slowly rebuilding the missing pieces of their lives.
It was nice to see Michael come into his own instead of acting like the bitter and selfish character he has been so far. You really get a chance to see his love for his sister and his inner strength flourish outwardly.
Calvin mostly serves to support Cali and unlike the last novel, is now the primary voice of reason.
Caledonia finally gets the chance to work with animals instead of wasting her talents gambling. I loved watching the shift of emotions or colors she and Layla see in one another. Before we mostly had to rely on Cali's perspective without watching her. It was also fun watching her childhood skills come into play, particularly the moment she pulls a knife out of nowhere.
Layla's additional perspective continues to enrich and strengthen this series. Again I found her story the most intriguing, perhaps because she's such a flawed but fun character. She hides behind a polished, prissy exterior but is vulnerable after the events of Mackenzie Legacy. Her crusade to rebuild her grandmother's home was interesting, and teased us with hints of the cousins's ancestral origins in Scotland.
Officer Ruiz was a nice addition to the crew. Besides being delectable eye candy, he is an honorable guy and very interested three dimensional hero. His laid back, genuine approach was the perfect foil to Layla's A-type personality.
Looking forward to reading the next installment and learning more about these witchy women and their adventures.
Derrolyn Anderson continues to impress and draw the reader in with compelling characters, heartfelt romance and ingenuity.

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Twelve Dancing UnicornsTwelve Dancing Unicorns by Alissa Heyman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I bought Twelve Dancing Unicorns for my seven-year-old niece, who has a penchant for all things magical. Naturally, I read the book before hand and fell in love with the gorgeous illustrations and innocent sweetness of the story. The illustrations are stunning and display the artist's gift for contrast and light. This is the ideal gift for girls of all ages who dare to believe in the power of love and magic.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Review for Derrolyn Anderson's "The Mackenzie Legacy" (Athena Effect #2)


The Mackenzie Legacy (The Athena Effect, #2)The Mackenzie Legacy by Derrolyn Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fantastic sequel to The Athena Effect! It had been a few years since I read the first book of this series, but I had no problem diving back into the world Anderson as crafted. Much like her series, "Marina Tales", Athena Effect remains strong throughout, rather than lagging as some sequels do. While I enjoyed Cal and Cali's adventures across the Pacific Northwest and Nevada, I really wanted to know what was happening with the twins this time around.
The Mackenzie Legacy is packed with even more action and suspense than its predecessor and keeps the reader hooked until the spellbinding climax. I wasn't prepared for the big reveal when it came, yet pleasantly surprised by the new twist. Love the way Anderson brought elements from the first book and gave them new meaning in the sequel. She truly has a gift for weaving complex plots with multiple characters.
While I wanted to beat certain characters in the head a few times, the boys in particular, I was happy to see them grow and learn from their mistakes.
Anderson gives us a closer look into the past and the powers these characters possess and promises more in the next installment.
I couldn't wait to read "Caledonian Inheritance" and plan to start reading my new copy tonight.
A must read for any fans of paranormal romances and thrillers!

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