Thursday, May 31, 2018

Silver Hollow Tour Stop Excerpts: Days 8-9


It's the official release day of Silver Hollow! More about that at this link. Back to book tour updates, today I wanted to share another digest, before we conclude in the next two days. Tomorrow is chalk-full of fun blogs to hop. So before we begin the farewell portion of our tour, I hope y'all will take a gander at the lovely blogs featured below:


1. The lovely Nicole of Nicole's Book Musings, shares an exciting excerpt on her blog. Check out more at her site: CLICK ME


The train jolted, nearly throwing her off balance. Amie scrambled to her feet and ran for her compartment. She banged her fingers trying to slide the door shut. Fear would win over logic this time, it seemed. She was half embarrassed with herself for freaking out. But her voice betrayed her terror as she leaned her forehead against her compartment door and said, “Come on…get a grip!”
  “Actually, you might want to duck,” a familiar voice called from over her shoulder.
  Amie pivoted round so quickly she had to shove aside her unruly curls. “You!”
  “Aye, me,” he replied from her former seat.
  “How the hell did you get in here? Who are you anyway and just how long have you been stalking me?” The questions came barreling past her lips while her eyes remained fixed on his and all she could think was the way he cried her name when the knife entered her belly.
  Why did you call me Nimue? The question was on the tip of her tongue when he stood, suddenly alert and concerned.
  “Clearly we have a sizzling conversation ahead of us. Now you really should duck, lass,” he said, his black eyes darting to the doors and back to her.
  “What do you mean…” Amie sputtered when he threw himself flat against the narrow space between the seats.
  He lifted his head and groaned with exasperation, “What do you think I just said? Are you truly that daft?” He then threw his arm over her head and yelled, “DUCK!”
  She did not remember tripping, but her feet flew up behind her, nonetheless. And she landed in an ungraceful heap on top of the strange man the same time the world exploded with sound. A rain of bullets showered overhead and poked noisy holes out the window. Amie threw her hands over her head and an embarrassing shriek escaped her.
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2. Becky On Books interviewed me, and concurrently made me confess more of my not-so-secret nerdisms ;p Check out her blog, and her quilts! She's amazing, folks, seriously.


Becky: What 5 things should readers know about you?
Me: 
  1. I am an unapologetic nerd. I know way too much about Blade Runner, Star Trek, Star Wars & Game of Thrones. I have also read almost everything Tolkien I could get my hands on and used to write fanfiction for it in high school.
  2. I am the youngest child in an older family. My parents were 40 when I was born the youngest of my three brothers is 11 years older than me. So not only did I always get along better with older people, I’ve been raised on a lot of things my peers were ever-confused about.
  3. Because of the older brothers thing I mentioned, I grew up with an unhealthy obsession with the 80s. Lucky brothers got to be teenagers during that time, so watching John Hughes movies was like watching their experience. Also…honorable influence mention due to the old fantasy flicks like Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and Neverending Story.
  4. I’ve been in love with trees since I was a child. We live in a 100 year old farmhouse in the middle of a forest. Some people may find that isolated but for me it’s pure freedom.
  5. My friends called me the “soundtrack guru” all through high school and college. When we go to the movies, I can tell who composed it usually in the first refrain. For those of you unfamiliar with this amazing music, check out the scores of some of your favorite films and prepare for some epic chill.
Becky: OMG, I love movie soundtracks! Listening to them while I wrote papers kept me sane during my undergraduate degree. What is this “unhealthy obsession with the 80s” you speak about? Obsessing over the 80s is TOTALLY normal, right? Right?!? 😉








3. Next, I'm excited to share a new review from Locks, Hooks and Books! See what she has to say about the new Silver Hollow:
Silver Hollow is a little different from my normal go to genre. However, it is a perfect reminder why I should do that more often. I thought it was pretty good. I liked Amie from the start and was fascinated with her story. She experiences horror and tragedy and then a twist I did not expect it all.

I give Silver Hollow four stars and recommend it to readers who enjoy paranormal romances. Such a beautiful and magical tale. 

I received this book from the author. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.




4. Sometimes bloggers go the extra mile, like What's Beyond Forks. Not only did she take the time to interview me today, she also shared her honest review! Read an excerpt of both below:


What was the weirdest thing you had to google while doing research?
Some of the words in Silver Hollow are odd, as you’ll notice. What most people may not realize is about half the words in the Glossary are Medieval English. A few personal favorites include:
- Chitty-face: A person with a thin, pinched face; a term of contempt.
- Kiss the Hare’s Foot: To be so late as to miss dinner; to eat left-over scraps.
- Waghalter- A rogue likely to swing in a gallows.

Which of your characters do you relate to most and why?
Amie, beyond a shadow of a doubt. I wrote this book for myself and my twin best friends originally, based on ourselves. It was obvious wish-fulfillment fantasy for me in 2012. I longed to have the courage to go on adventures, to take risks. Amie is much more her own character this time around, but some of her experiences also reflect my personal journey. And I think many 20-somethings can relate to that feeling of disillusionment.



What's Beyond Forks 4 Star Review


Silver Hollow is the first book in the Borderlands Saga by Jennifer Silverwood. This is certainly an interesting & magical little world. I enjoyed Amie as a character, and it was just as much of an adventure for me as it was for her as she figures out her heritage and who she really is. As the reader, you'll figure it out long before she does, but it's still fun. There are many secrets. You'll meet several characters through this story, but be careful who you trust! *wink* I'm excited about this series, and I'm already looking forward to the next book!
Silver Hollow by Jennifer Silverwood was kindly provided to me by Prism Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.






Tour Giveaway

PRIZE PACK #1: 1 winner will receive new Silver Hollow swag, themed bookmarks, stickers, bookish themed tote, and B&N Illustrated Hardcover Editions of Grimm’s Fairy Tales and The Story of King Arthur & His Knights (US only)
PRIZE PACK #2: 1 winner will receive signed swag (mainly Silver Hollow and Wylder Tales), ebooks of the Wylder Tales Collection, and a free voucher for Bound Beauty to be published later in 2018 (open internationally)
ENDS: June 6th

Tome Tender: Silver Hollow by Jennifer Silverwood (Borderlands ...


Six years ago, I published the original version of Silver Hollow, as a stand-alone novel. Today I'm releasing a newly expanded and revised edition. It's the same premise but barely the same book. I decided to re-write because I wanted to finally write the sequel, Blackbriar Cove. It's not often to see the landscape of the online world shift from year to year (sometimes from month to month). So it makes me happy whenever I get to partner up with authors and bloggers I've known from the beginning of my career. Tome Tender is one of those Indie institutions, to me. They have been reading and reviewing and sharing the bookish love for years now. Seriously, if you look at their Goodreads shelves, prepare to be amazed. When I was preparing for my release week, I reached out to some original bloggers who had read and reviewed the first Silver Hollow. I thought it would be fun to share reviews from people who had experienced both incarnations. Tome Tender replied immediately, made room in their schedule and offered to give an honest review. I am so happy to discover how much she enjoyed it! Check out Diane's 5 Star review by clicking on the link below: 
Tome Tender: Silver Hollow by Jennifer Silverwood (Borderlands ...: Silver Hollow by Jennifer Silverwood My rating: 5 stars Series: Borderlands Saga - Book 1 Publisher: SilverWoodSketches; 3 ed...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Silver Hollow Tour Stop Excerpts: Days 5-7

Hey fantasy avengers! I hope y'll have been following along with the tour! I've loved meeting and greeting the following lovely bloggers and I hope you'll take a moment of your time to see what we shared and talked about below:




1. L.A. Sartor at An Indie Adventure featured my guest post on the meaning behind the words. Check out more at her site: CLICK ME


While we still have a few fun nonsense “Hollow” words, there are equally the amount of actual old and middle English thrown amix. I wanted to give you a better sense of realism this time and given the magical setting and history of the Borderlands, I pulled from true history. For your (and my) enjoyment, here are a list of phrases you’ll see in Silver Hollow 2018 with their meaning below:

Beek- to bask in the sun or a warm fire

Bilge Scum- comparing one to the filthy underbelly of a ship

Bellibone- A lovely maiden, pretty lass.

Breedbate- A person or something that creates strife.

Carked- Fretfully anxious.

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2. Laura (founder of Prism Book Tours!) from Colorimentry: A Study of Literary Color, featured Amie Wentworth's survival tips below:


Amie’s Silver Hollow Survivor Tips 

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an American traveling to England is destined to walk around with stars in her eyes. Americans are suckers for the old country, British accents and actors. My father so-happened to be one of these Brit’s and afternoon teas were bread and butter to me. At least, until I was stabbed, kidnapped and entered another dimension known as the Borderlands. You can enter Silver Hollow, my dad’s ye olde hometown, via the English countryside. Or in my case, jump off a train and have a wizard lead you through with magic. I’ve learned a thing or two since my return to Silver Hollow. Before you visit, you absolutely must abide by the following rules: 


  1. 1. Listen to your guide: I don’t recommend waltzing in without one. Even if your guide borders on rudeness.  








3. Next, I'm excited to share one of my favorite guest posts, featured on Wishful Endings, the very lovely blog run by Tressa (of Prism Book Tours fame):

For Silver Hollow, I wanted to give my characters a little extra meaning and give some hints as to their true nature. After all, you’ll soon discover that everything in Silver Hollow is only the surface above hidden layers.

(Due to the location of Silver Hollow in the Borderlands, most of the names below are taken from Scotch-Irish/Celtic origin, while a few below are old Germanic)

Welsh
Emrys- Welsh form of Ambrose, who was a Romano-British military leader they later based the character of Merlin from. 

Highland/Old Irish-Celtic 
Morcant- Morcant is my nod to a modernized Morgan le Fay. Her updated name is derived from Old Welsh, a form of “Morgan.”
Elisedd- Celtic for “kind.” (Her last name, Underhill, was my direct nod to Tolkien)
Slaine- Scottish in origin, typically a feminine name meaning “good health.”




4. Don't miss this interview given by Singing Librarian Books:


The Interview

1. When did you write your first story? Has this story been published or is it hiding somewhere as an original manuscript that got you started writing? 
My first story, I wrote when I was nine about a group of stranded alien kids, that later became my Heaven’s Edge Novellas. My first “book,” if you can call it that, was a Lord of the Rings fanfiction I wrote with my twin best friends, beginning in Jr. High. Fellowship of the Rings had just come out and we loved it so much we wanted our own characters to explore Middle Earth. (In the case of one twin – fall in love with Legolas) We had so much fun writing these together, I finished three full-length novels. At the time I didn’t really know what fanfiction was. I wasn’t publishing it or writing for anyone but ourselves. It was the most fun I’ve had writing anything. Eventually I wanted to create something more original. And while my confession betrays how much of a nerd I was and am, I learned so much creating my first “series.” So if anyone reading this happens to read and write fanfiction, keep writing and keep sharing. You never know where that road will lead you.

2. What does your writing process look like (research, brainstorming, character sketches, writing time, etc.)? 
My process has definitely changed through the years. Today I begin with a loose outline of the whole story. I then dive into the characters and try to root out their motivations, their likes and dislikes, hopes and dreams. As I write, I often write screenplays with dialogue, to see if a scene could stand on that alone. I also keep copious notes on all those tiny details I tend to forget later on. Then I write, I write for at least an hour every day, hopefully a chapter a day. Somewhere in the process magic happens. The characters come alive and breathe and the words flow. At some point I struggle to write a sentence, until I break past the block and keep going. The important thing is to keep writing, no matter what. A big part of my writing process is also my critique partner, Melissa. We exchange chapters as we go and help each other keep track of inconsistencies. Since the twins I mentioned above have very busy lives today, I go to my fellow author friends for feedback. But having a person you trust helps so much in spurring your creativity.









5. Jorie from Jorie Loves A Story, interviewed me. When I say interviewed, I really mean, she researched everything she could about both editions, then dove into the most in-depth questions I've been presented to date. I've never had a blogger so intent on getting to the heart of my books, or one so openly invested in the details behind world building. It was such a wonderful experience, I'm a big fan of Jorie now. I hope you'll agree when you click on the pick below and read her interview for yourself. :)













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Tour Giveaway

PRIZE PACK #1: 1 winner will receive new Silver Hollow swag, themed bookmarks, stickers, bookish themed tote, and B&N Illustrated Hardcover Editions of Grimm’s Fairy Tales and The Story of King Arthur & His Knights (US only)
PRIZE PACK #2: 1 winner will receive signed swag (mainly Silver Hollow and Wylder Tales), ebooks of the Wylder Tales Collection, and a free voucher for Bound Beauty to be published later in 2018 (open internationally)
ENDS: June 6th

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Book Blitz: Dating Rules by Keeley Holmes + Giveaway!



Dating Rules 

byKeeley Holmes 

Publication date: May 29th 2018

Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance

Losing control is not an option for Izzy Shaw, something past experience has taught her. When you’re not in control, bad things happen. So when Parker Cole comes bustling into her life with his carefree manner, no full time job and his terrible Hawaiian shirts, she knows she should stay away.
For Parker, seeing Izzy at Penelope’s wedding stirred something in him. Izzy intrigues him. She’s attracted to him but she holds back and she doesn’t realise he sees this as a challenge. Usually when he wants something, he goes for it.

For Izzy, being attracted to a man and allowing herself to act upon it is defined by her rules. She lives by her rules, they protect her…
Parker is a rule breaker.

Over the course of 10 dates Parker has to persuade Izzy that he’s worth the risk, he has to persuade her that sometimes life doesn’t have to be all about rules, sometimes you have to walk on the edge to really appreciate living…
He will prove this to her, one date at a time.





Author Bio



I've loved reading and writing since before I can remember. It's always been a passion of mine to write for people and for them to enjoy my work.
I'm currently writing my way through an adult series and thinking about what I can do for the Young Adult/New Adult scene. There's always ideas floating around in my head.
When I'm not writing I'm reading or watching films and enjoying time with my boyfriend, little dog and family.





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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Silver Hollow Tour Stop Excerpts: Days 2-4

Hey fantasy avengers! So my internet quit on me Tuesday night and I've been busy catching up with the tour and work stuff ever since. It's always a little intimidating when you find 35 boxes in your personal e-mail, lol. Anyway, I hope y'll have been following along with the tour! It's been such fun to have been hosted by the following lovely bloggers and hope you'll take a moment of your time to see what we shared and talked about below:




1. Min's Reads & Reviews shares an excerpt. Check out her reviews, spotlights and more at her site: CLICK ME



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In the wee small hours of the morning, she crept back downstairs and to the flower strewn kitchen table. She held her breath as she pushed aside the other cards and pulled out the larger, yellowed parchment. She threw another log in the fire and simply stared at the name scrawled on the envelope.

Jessamiene Dameri Nimue Wenderdowne

No one knew her full name. Even the twins forgot she had two middle names, so the fact it was written front and center in bold calligraphy sent chills down her spine. Most disturbing of all was the fact they gave her a different, yet familiar last name other than her own. Familiar, because it was the name of the northern English village Drustan had been from. On the other side of the envelope was a seal that set her teeth on edge. Again, here was a symbol she recognized from her father’s mysterious past. She cut her finger on the envelope as she pried it open and pulled the parchment free. The letter was written in the same careful calligraphy as her name.

“Jessamiene,

My heart aches for the loss you now bear. No one deserves to lose their family so young, especially in so savage a manner. I, too, have borne similar loss and now share in your pain.
I have no doubt my brother has shared little with you of our ancestral home, or the legacy you share, dearest Jessamiene. Drustan held little love for our world and its responsibilities.”

Amie paused and read over the words a second time. “Brother?”

“My deepest regret in learning of his passing, is that I never had the chance to tell him how important he was to me, or how he will always be my brother both in blood and heart. Now that he is gone, I find myself wishing to know you, my only niece, perhaps so we may find comfort together. I also wish to impart the truth of our legacy, should you choose to accept it. I wish to give you the answers your father was unwilling to.

I know the sacrifice you will make to come to England, and I do not lightly view the circumstances you find yourself in. At present, my own circumstances are difficult at best. It cost more than I can say to be certain this parchment met your hands. I pray you guard it, dear one, but follow my instructions and all will be revealed.

Love,

Uncle Henry”

Amie lowered the letter and stared into the flames. She listened to the ticking of the grandfather clock in the hall and looked over the same style of antiquated penmanship Father forced her to practice every day. Most things Father had taught her seemed glaringly outdated. Now, judging by the heavy ink, the broken seal and parchment, she could see why. Was Wenderdowne more than a setting for the fairy tales Father told her as a girl, after all?


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2. Vickie from Rockin' Book Reviews, shared this lovely review. I'm a big fan of critical reviews, because they're the kind that help us grow and improve our craft :) 

REVIEW: 5 stars
This is a very good story. I really enjoyed reading it. The different types of magic and such were weaved into the story very well. Great work Jennifer.
The characters are well-developed and there is such diversity in the different characters, it makes for very interesting interaction between them.
The setting is easy to picture and enjoyable to get familiar with. The story flows well from chapter to chapter.
I would highly recommend this book to other readers. I can't wait for the next book with the continuation of this story.





3. Red Pillowsrun by the lovely Namrata Ganti shares her love of Silver Hollow in this excellent review: 

REVIEW: 4 stars 

Silver Hollow is the first in a series that introduces the reader to Amie and a world of magic. This story is well-written and completely UN-put-down able. In fact, I managed to get through this story in a day! 
The story follows Amie as she struggles to cope with the death of her parents. She has her best friends and their family to support her as she moves on to become a writer. After ten years, she is once again forced to think of the long-lost uncle who tried to contact her on the day of her parents funeral. What follows is a tale of discovery, finding oneself, acceptance, and finding love. This well-crafted story introduces us to so many characters with whom we cannot help but fall in love. There is so much to learn and love, so much to know, that as a reader you will be left yearning for more.
The bond Amie develops with her uncle and with the man who saved her life, as well as with the various people she meets is both heart-warming and heart-wrenching. How much can you trust a person? How well can you know someone? As secrets are revealed and memories of a past life come to the surface, Amie is faced with decisions that could shape her life and who she is. She discovers the truth about her parents, her friends and this alters her perception of who she is. I especially enjoyed the many references made to some characters of legends like King Arthur, Merlin, Titania and many others. This is a world filled with magic and non-magic, a place where for a long time secrets have been buried. Amie is destined to either fill the void and save everyone or destroy it once and for all. 
The story is sprinkled with romance and witty comments, many light-hearted moments that are sure to bring a smile to the readers lips. It is definitely worth the read and is a book that I would recommend in the fantasy-romance section now.




4. Don't miss this excerpt from E-Romance News (this is one of my personally favorite moments btw):


She didn’t ponder the mystery behind her lack of true love. Nor did she ask herself how she’d managed to avoid men in general, because it was then Amie caught sight of a familiar face among a dwindling sea of strangers.
The Brit on the street…
He stood alone at the mouth of the open barn doors, as though he had only just arrived. He wore the same odd getup from earlier that morning, worn duster masking what surely must be a costume.
He’s either an actor or one of those weird role-playing people, she mused as she watched him scan the crowd. His hair was unkempt as ever, surrounding a square and unreadable, unremarkable face, though he stood easily a head above most of the gathering. There was something almost familiar about this strange man’s face.
Amie found herself rising from her hiding place, as if another force beckoned her feet. Rather than skirt about the edge of the crowd like she was inclined, she walked across the dance floor, ignorant of the couples spinning around her.
Suddenly, his black eyes fixed upon her and widened in surprise before a slow smile tilted the corner of his mouth.









5. Mythical Books, a Romanian blog that has been around as long as I've been publishing (probably longer!) shares one of my favorite guest posts. It's always fun for me to revisit bloggers I've known from the beginning, when publishing was still new and the eBook craze was still fresh and exciting. So glad we're both in action still, six years later :)

Guest Post: Meet the Players Excerpt




Before you enter the world of Silver Hollow, it might behoove you to learn a wee bit about the characters you perchance to greet. So pause a while and peruse this list of people you mayhaps meet. 

Amie Wentworth 

Full Name: Jessamiene Dameri Nimue Wenderdowne
Favorite Color: sapphire (secretly) Yellow (Was her mother's favorite color.)
Quirks: Techy things tend to fry when she comes nearby.
Power: Breaking expensive things, as far as she’s concerned. However they swear she’s descended from a very rare magical bloodline.

Myrddin Emrys 

Full Name:Unknown 
Favorite Color: emerald green 
Quirks:  A penchant for general unpredictability and darting off on reckless adventures. 
Power:Unknown (legends have been written about his cunning wisdom though) 
Weapon of Choice: Words 










6. K.D. Jones, Author of A White So Red, and a personal friend & favorite of mine, was amazing as usual by interviewing me today. Let me tell you, only authors can ask the hard questions like these, lol. Thanks so much for featuring me on your gorgeous site, K.D!


Interview
  1. When and why did you start writing?
Like most authors, I’ve been telling stories in one form or medium for long as I can remember. It’s been a lifelong passion I didn’t take seriously until the middle of my failed college career. One day I reached a point where I could choose to keep studying a field I didn’t really care about, or I could finally write an original novel. So I quit school, picked up an extra job and learned how to self-publish. I haven’t regretted it.
  1. Is Silverwood a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
Yes, ironically the pen name came about the same time as the original incarnation of Silver Hollow. I was working on the early chapters and reading them aloud to my best friends (my “Jo & James”). I knew I wanted to write with a nom de plum and made up a list of potentials. “Silver” was in half of them, but my friends declared Silverwood sounded like an author they would read. I hope that reins true for my potential readers.
  1. Describe Silver Hollow in one sentence.
A disillusioned woman finds belonging with family she had forgotten in a dangerous and magical land. Hard to pin it down in one sentence!

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Tour Giveaway

PRIZE PACK #1: 1 winner will receive new Silver Hollow swag, themed bookmarks, stickers, bookish themed tote, and B&N Illustrated Hardcover Editions of Grimm’s Fairy Tales and The Story of King Arthur & His Knights (US only)
PRIZE PACK #2: 1 winner will receive signed swag (mainly Silver Hollow and Wylder Tales), ebooks of the Wylder Tales Collection, and a free voucher for Bound Beauty to be published later in 2018 (open internationally)
ENDS: June 6th