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Thursday, 28 April 2016

COVER VOTE!

Several paranormal romance author friends and I are releasing a paranormal romance anthology this year! Each of us features a different paranormal creature. Help us pick the best cover designed by the fabulous Abigail Owen. Which do you like best - the girl, or the moon?





Monday, 25 April 2016

You know you're an author when... #MondayBlogs

Today is my birthday! It seems fitting to write about who I am as a person, and who I was born to be.

"Baby, I was born this way"
~ Lady Gaga

A long time ago (May13th, 2014, to be precise), I wrote  a guest blog post for Babette James' Blog. (You can find it here - https://babettejames.com/2014/05/13/how-you-know-youre-a-writer-guest-post-by-j-c-mckenzie-author-of-shift-happens/). I wrote about how I found it difficult to come out as a writer, and how I felt like a fraud, even though I finally had my first book published. I also shared how I've been a writer for pretty much my whole life.

Since that post, I've gone on to publish 5 more books (soon to be 6) via Wild Rose Press, and I've become more comfortable admitting I'm an author to other people.

I'm still awkward as heck, but I think that's just the way I'm made.

Anyway, last weekend, my mom sent me a series of pictures from an old school assignment of mine. The pictures not only made me smile, they reminded me I truly have been a writer for a very long time.

In Mrs. Matthews Grade 7 class (12 yo), 
we had to rewrite a Fairy Tale's ending. I chose Snow White.


"Snow White: What happened after they got married.
The True Story."


"Well, you may have thought that Snow White and Prince Charming lived happily ever after, but they didn't. They lived in total misery. They fought over everything from pet frogs to housework. Who would have known that after they got married, Prince Charming would become bossy, and that Snow White would dye her hair blond and begin to act stupid."*


 "I dedicate the book to my dad and mom. 
I especially want to thank my mom who read and edited my book."

I dedicated this book to my parents (naturally), and I find it heart warming, that my mom is still one of my biggest supporters and cheerleaders. This would be fellow author, Jo-Ann Carson, and she read and helped edit my first book, Shift Happens, before I submitted to publishers and agents.(Thanks mom).


Yes, I acknowledged a classroom friend for the use of her ruler, and another for letting me use her pencil crayons! LOL

I'm not sure why my mom was going through what I can only imagine were boxes filled with old stuff like this, but it couldn't have come at a better time. For those of you who don't already know, I'm currently in the editing phase with my publisher for the 5th and final installment of the Carus Series. I find editing very rewarding at the end, but I also find it difficult. Every sentence now reads awkward. I doubt my character developments. I worry about plot holes and heroine/hero likability. Self doubt becomes suffocating.

Moms always know best. These pictures arrived at just the right time. They reminded me that I've always been a writer, and even if I doubt myself now, writing is inherently a part of who I am. The signs were always there, it just took me a while to see them.


If you're a writer, what was the first "sign"?

If you're a reader, what do you think happened to Snow White after her Happily Ever After?


*I apologize to blondes everywhere

Monday, 18 April 2016

The RONE **Action Requested**



Carpe Demon, the third book of the Carus Series has been nominated for a RONE Award because it received more than 4 stars in a review by InD'Tale Magazine.

I need your help to get to the next stage (evaluation by industry experts).

Please vote for me!


Paranormal Category
J.C. McKenzie - Carpe Demon


While you're there, consider using your second vote for one of my TWRP roses who are also nominated for the Paranormal category:

Sharon Saracino - Smitten with Death
Sharon Saracino - Angel in Waiting
TJ Shaw - Divergent Bloodline
L. A. Kelly - Second Chance City
Sharon Buchbinder - Kiss of the Virgin Queen

While you're still there, consider using your vote for another TWRP author, Karen Michelle Nutt, who's been nominated for the New Adult Category:

Karen Michelle Nutt - Flower and Fangs

You will need to register for a (free) account with InD'Tale Magazine if you don't already have one, but the process takes only a few minutes.

Thank you in advance for your support. Please keep your fingers crossed for me! Last year, Shift Happens AND Beast Coast were nominated. Although Shift Happens went on to be shortlisted, I wasn't successful winning the RONE... Maybe this year is my chance!

Monday, 11 April 2016

Sweet Texas Fire, by Nicole Flockton #MondayBlogs #Review


Blurb:
Small town. Big secrets. Welcome to Sweet Ridge.
Gage Cooper has always wanted the family cabin. Not only for the oil on the property, but as a way to prove to his father that Gage's past doesn't define his future. When his dad wills the land to stranger Charlotte Wilkinson and all Gage gets is a mysterious key, he's determined to do anything to get his rightful inheritance back.
Charlotte Wilkinson never expected to inherit a piece of property in Sweet Ridge, Texas - the Aussie businesswoman is focused on building an environmental analyst career here in the States. But the moment arrogant oil-man Gage Cooper walks into her office accusing her of seducing his father, all plans for selling the property to him fly out the window.
Then fate threatens to send her back to Australia and the dueling duo are forced to accept a fake marriage to keep their dreams alive. But as they discover common ground and a surprising chemistry together, suddenly Gage must decide what's worth more: the land he's always coveted or a future with Charlotte.
Sensuality Level: Sensual

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Texas-Fire-Secrets-ebook/dp/B01D97DF34


My Thoughts:

Sweet Texas Fire is a sweet love story that creates a slow burning romance that's sure to please readers. The author, Nicole Flockton, has created two believable characters, and plunked them in a unique situation. I've always loved the enemies to lovers trope and that's exactly how this story starts out.

I loved Gage and Charlotte's reactions to each other when they meet in person for the first time. Charlotte anticipated meeting a billionaire who resembled Colonel Sanders, and her jaw dropped open when Gage entered her office. "Why, oh why, couldn't he have a beer gut instead of a flat stomach..." Gage expected a "scorned middle aged woman," and found a spirited redhead with a tempting mouth and "sexy as hell" accent.

Though I suspected where the plot was going--and loved every second of it--Flockton still pulls out some surprises and plot twists in this fast read.

Sweet Texas Fire checks a lot of the in-trend boxes--billionaire bachelor, marriage of convenience, and enemies to lovers. I highly recommend this book to lovers of contemporary romance.

5 Stars!

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

To learn more about Nicole Flockton, visit her website: http://www.nicoleflockton.com


Monday, 4 April 2016

California Blue, by Charlotte Copper #BlogMondays

It's not every day one of your critique partner gets a book published, but that's exactly what happened this week, and I couldn't be more excited for or proud of Charlotte for her most recent publication (she has more).  Congrats Charlotte!

The acknowledgements brought a smile to my face.
^ That's me! ^

(Okay, so I'm a ~little~ biased about this story)


Here's the book!

Book Specs:
Title: CALIFORNIA BLUE
Series Name: Lunch Box Romance
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Theme(s): Young Adult
Rating:  Sweet
Keywords: romance, young adult, California
Digital Price: $0.99

Blurb:
High-school junior, Halen Stone is starting a new school in sunny California. When her twin brother, Floyd, brings home his new friend Austin, Halen only has one word: wow!

School, running, babysitting and barbeques bring them together, but one thing keeps them apart, Austin's gorgeous girlfriend.

A timely break-up and the school’s Halloween dance finally give Halen and Austin a chance to be together...as more than friends


Excerpt:

“Halen,” a voice called from within the group. Definitely not Floyd’s. She took a deep breath and turned as Austin emerged from the crowd. A leggy blonde in a short skirt and high heels watched them with narrowed eyes.
“Hey,” he said. “I spoke to the coach this morning. He said it was too late to join the team. Something about paperwork and all that. Sorry, I should’ve asked him before I mentioned it.”
“No problem.” It’s not like she wanted to join in the first place. She’d hardly thought about it on her run this morning. Well, perhaps a little. Cross country, of course, not Austin.
“Maybe you and I could run together some time,” he said. “We’re supposed to practice on our own twice a week, but to be honest, I don’t have much willpower when I’m expected to do it myself.”
He wanted to run with her? Really? “Sure. Anytime. You know where I live,” she said with a chuckle. Ha-ha. That was funny, right?
Austin laughed, and from behind him a pair of eyes, heavy with blue eye shadow and dark eyeliner, aimed invisible beams of dislike at Halen’s chest.



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About the Author:
As mother to one daughter and two stepdaughters, Charlotte Copper has been reading young adult books for years. The girls have moved out and moved on, but Charlotte’s love of books about young, strong women continues.

Charlotte lives in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada where she works fulltime and likes to craft, go to the movies, read, and of course, write.
   


Contact Information:

Twitter::  @charlottecopper   https://twitter.com/CharlotteCopper

Sunday, 3 April 2016

The CTRR Award


Two days ago, a reviewer from Coffee Time Romance (CTR) notified me that Shift Work (Book 4 of the Carus Series) received the Coffee Time Reviewer's Recommend (CTRR) Award from Coffee Time Romance.
"This award, selected by our reviewers, recognizes outstanding writing styles in all book types and genres. The receiving author will be an honored guest on Coffee Time Romance, having their cover featured for one month, complete with a link to the author’s personal website. In addition, the winner will receive a banner to display there, recognizing them as the recipient of this prestigious award."







How fabulous is that? The news definitely made my day, if not my entire week. Along with the award, Shift Work received a beautiful review. Here's a snippet:

"...The plot was multi-layered, had an intriguing mystery, vivid and lively characters, and tons of action starring supernatural beings."

Thank you to Coffee Time Romance for bestowing this award and to Llaph for not only recommending my book for the award, but for also taking the time to read and review it.