Monday, December 24, 2012

Make Believe Blog Tour: Multi-Author Interview and Giveaway!!

For the Make Believe Anthology blog tour I have all six authors from the anthology here in an interview for you! I've asked them all the same few questions, and here are their answers! :D

You can add the Make Believe Anthology to Goodreads: HERE
You can also find out more on J. Taylor Publishing's Website: HERE
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 First, I’d like to say thank you to all of the authors from the Make Believe Anthology for answering my questions, and for stopping by my blog! :D


Thanks!  ;)

So, how about you tell us a bit about yourself and about your story in the Make Believe Anthology?
I was a farm girl and now I’m a stay-at-home mommy to two little angels. I’ve got the best hubs on the face of the earth (for me anyway!) who works his butt off so I can raise our children. I write whenever I can – however I can – which isn’t a lot on most days.
My story for the MB antho, Sacrificial Oath, came about by the picture prompt, but it involved a LOT of phone time with my mother (BFF!!!) who is also my bouncer-offer if you will.   She helps me work through the jumbled ideas in my brain. I give her most of the credit for the premise of this story.

How does writing a story for an anthology differ from writing a novel or book?
Short stories are very fulfilling for me – especially since I have a hard time submerging myself in writing right now. A quick and easy fix for a busy writer-wanna-be. I just finished up a fantasy novel that is out with a few beta readers. It took me a few years to finish, but that’s because I moved twice and had 2 children all in the last 4 years.

What can we expect from you in the future? Any books coming out?
I’m hoping to have some luck with that fantasy novel I mentioned. Once it’s back from my beta buds I plan on spit-shining and subbing it out. In the mean time I’m working on another romance short. We’ll see if I get lucky on that one as well.  :)
Thanks for inviting me to stop by!!


Terri Rochenski's Story in the Make Believe Anthology:
Sacrificial Oath
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.


Thank you, Ambur, for having us on your blog!  It’s a pleasure to be here.

So, how about you tell us a bit about yourself and about your story in the Make Believe Anthology?
I’ve been writing ever since I can remember.  I’ve had a few poems and a story or two published here and there over the years, but THE AMULET OF ORMISEZ is my first short story ever contracted with a publisher.  I normally write YA fantasy, but when I saw the prompt for the Make Believe anthology, I figured I’d give it a shot.  It’s about a man, Lord Elton Fletcher, who returns home from war to discover his brother, Cayden, possessed by the Amulet of Ormisez, a magic stone forged to punish those guilty of malicious and unthinkable deeds. The talisman is a death sentence to its wearer unless Elton can acquire the key to break the spell. But there is another whose desire to possess the stone will not only impede Elton’s ability to save his brother, but could cost Elton his life.

How does writing a story for an anthology differ from writing a novel or book?
I think short stories are much harder to write than novels because you have to establish believable characters, create a believable plot, add believable elements to thwart the plot and then reach a believable conclusion in 10,000 words or less.  Novels provide the writer so much more room to develop a story.  I like writing short stories because it hones the writer’s craft of condensing.  

What can we expect from you in the future? Any books coming out?
I have several short stories I’m writing at the moment as well as a YA fantasy trilogy that I’m really excited about.  The first book is finished and I’m going through what I hope to be the final round of edits.  I also have parts of the second and third book written.  It’s all very exciting.
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J. Keller Ford's Story in the Make Believe Anthology: 
The Amulet of Ormisez
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. R. YOUNG 
So, how about you tell us a bit about yourself and about your story in the Make Believe Anthology?
I’m a writer of speculative stories, living in Sydney, Australia. When I don’t have my head down writing, you can find me on my Blog, Twitter and Facebook. My short story in Make Believe is titled Birthright. In short, it’s a paranormal romance about Christa who is so busy running from her life that she doesn’t realise she should be running for her life.

How does writing a story for an anthology differ from writing a novel or book?
Apart from the obvious difference of length, anthologies usually come with themes and guidelines so I find it easier to come up with an idea for an anthology story.  But at the same time short stories are harder to write than novels because there’s less time to develop characters, or explore a concept. Both present their own challenges and I'm a girl who loves a challenge.

What can we expect from you in the future? Any books coming out?
I’ll be writing more short stories since I love them so much, but I’m also working on some young adult novels, one of which I hope to finish early in the new year.


Lynda R. Young's Story in the Make Believe Anthology: 
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.

So, how about you tell us a bit about yourself and about your story in the Make Believe Anthology?
 Thank you for having me, Ambur! I'm Kelly Said, yes, that's my for real name, hehe! I live in Colorado with my husband and my snuggly bull terrier named Jayne (after Joss Whedon's character Jayne Cobb in Firefly :D). My story, PETRIFIED, is about about two people who meet under unusual circumstances and work together to solve a magical mystery.

How does writing a story for an anthology differ from writing a novel or book?
 Writer's have a limited word budget with short fiction, I think the stories in the Make Believe anthology were all around 10k words each, which means short fiction authors have practically one tenth the amount of word space compared to a full length novel to engage our reader. We have to move the story along at a quicker pace, which means making every word matter. I think writing short fiction is fun, it's a great way to learn to manage a word count budget as well as how to be compelling and concise in your descriptions, which, in my humble opinion is a skillset needed when making the leap to larger works. :)

What can we expect from you in the future? Any books coming out?
Thank you for asking, I'm currently working on a young adult novel, something that started off as a short story idea but has now progessed into novel territory. I'm in full on revision mode, which means things in the plot are changing, even as I type this! hehehe! So, it'll probably be a little bit before I start chatting about any details. I will say that each time I sit down to work on this precious, I do so with an excited grin. :)
Ambur, thank you so much for hosting me on your awesome blog, I had a great time answering your questions. ~Kelly :)


Kelly Said's Story in the Make Believe Anthology: 
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.

Jennifer M. EatonJENNIFER M. EATON

So, how about you tell us a bit about yourself and about your story in the Make Believe Anthology?

I’m a mom of three energetic boys under 12, and I write as a form of therapy.  It’s my way of disappearing into my own little world.  My Story Last Winter Red is about a young woman who leaves everything she knows to find a husband, but ends up finding herself, instead.

How does writing a story for an anthology differ from writing a novel or book?

The big difference for me is writing within someone else’s parameters.  You can’t just go off on a tangent.  You need to stick to the requirements.  The biggest requirement is word count.  You’d be surprised how hard it is to cut your story down to 10,000 words when you go over!

What can we expect from you in the future? Any books coming out?

Oh, Yes!  My story Connect the Dots is featured in Still Moments Publishing’s “For the Love of Christmas” anthology.  And my story “A Test of Faith” will be out in early January, also from Still Moments.  Next year, I’m hoping you will see my Romantic Paranormal “Une Variente” and my YA Sci-Fi novel “Fire in the Woods”.  I’m hoping 2013 will be as great a year for me as this one has!

Jennifer Eaton lives on the East Coast USA with her husband, three boys, and a pepped up poodle.  She hosts an interactive website aimed at making all writers the best they can be.  

Her Dystopian novelette “Last Winter Red” is available as part of the “Make Believe” Anthology from J.Taylor Publishing.  Her Christmas Romance “Connect the Dots” is available as part of Still Moments publishing’s “For the Love of Christmas” Anthology.  Both are available in ebook format from and and Smashwords.


Jennifer M. Eaton's Story in the Make Believe Anthology: 
Last Winter Red
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.


So, how about you tell us a bit about yourself and about your story in the Make Believe Anthology?
Thanks for having me, Ambur. Feels a little like I’m joining a new group. :p 

Um ... my name’s J.A. Belfield, I’m better known for my Holloway Pack series, and I’m the author of the Make Believe tale: Escort to Insanity. And I’m not quite sure what to tell you about that, other than it is pretty much exactly as the title suggests. When Nicole Harrington books herself an escort for the night, she gets way more than she bargained for—and whilst it’s not an insta-love tale where declarations are made, there is certainly potential for romance in the magical air. ;)

How does writing a story for an anthology differ from writing a novel or book?
This one’s easy. I’m told I have to stay within my word count. Which KILLS me! LOL As a total pantser, I have a tendency to waffle on and on and on .... and I can’t do that with a short story. It has to be concise. Fitting a beginning, middle, end, AND resolution into a fraction of the words allowed for a novel is hard work to a novelist. :)

What can we expect from you in the future? Any books coming out?
Well, whaddaya know ... the second full length instalment for the Holloway Pack, Blue Moon, released the same day as Make Believe, which means that’s hot off the press still. Resonance: Holloway Pack 2.5, a novella, is due for release in April of 2013, and Caged: Holloway Pack 3 will be hitting the stratosphere in August of 2013. As for beyond that? I’m working on it. ;)

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Ambur. As usual, it’s been an absolute pleasure. :)

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J.A. Belfield's Story in the Make Believe Anthology: 
Escort to Insanity
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.


- 1 Winner will get an ebook of the Make Believe Anthology
- Ends January 18th, 2013 at 12:00 AM (MST)
- The winner will be drawn with Rafflecopter, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.
- The winner will be emailed their ebook and about being a winner (make sure to check your junk folder, you don't want to miss it!)


Additional Tour Giveaways:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Also, Random commenters during the tour will receive eBook copies of Either Jennifer M. Eaton's "For the Love of Christmas" or the Make Believe Anthology, so don't forget to comment if you'd like another chance to win. :)
You can find the rest of the tour schedule on J.A. Belfield's blog at this link.

Any thoughts?
Does this sounds like an anthology that you want to read?

Good luck to all of those who entered!

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to all! :D


  1. Thank you so much, Ambur, for letting all six of us authors crowd out your post today!! Your support is hugely appreciated.

    1. You're welcome! :D Thanks for visiting, and for leaving a comment, Lynda! It's been great having you on the blog! Awe, you're welcome! :D

  2. I'm most looking forward to Last Winter Red and Birthright. This anthology is very exciting and can't wait to find out the giveaway's winner. Thank you for a post full of great interviews and a chance at a fun prize.

    1. They were both fantastic stories! :D I loved them all! You're welcome, and thank you for stopping by to read this interview and enter! Good luck!

  3. congrats to all the authors, especially to my dear Lyndy Young!

  4. Thank you for having us on your blog today and I appreciate your support. Have a wonderful holiday.

    1. You're welcome! :D Thank you, and I hope that you're having a wonderful holiday as well! :D

  5. Another awesome interview ladies! What a wonderful, whirlwind blog tour - all the best with your anthology and all your upcoming projects! ~ Julie :)

  6. This anthology sounds fabulous. Great to meet everyone.

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    1. Awe, you're welcome, Terri! :D Thanks for stopping by to comment. :D

  8. Great interview! I like the way you structured it, since it highlights the writers' different approaches/answers to the same questions.

    1. Thanks! :D That's what I was going for. I figured it was a good way to both keep the interview from getting too complicated, and also gives readers a chance to see how (as you mentioned) different authors approach things. :D

      Thank you for your comment. :)

  9. Massive thanks, Ambur (finally back Online). As always, your support is massively appreciated. :o)

    1. You're very welcome, J.A! :D And as always, I'm extremely happy to help! Thanks for letting me be a part of the tour, and for commenting. :)


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