Saturday, August 17, 2013

J.A. Garland is a guest on my blog

I'd like to welcome J.A. Garland to my blog today.  Let's find out more about her and her book "Dysus Dreamer. she is holding a contest see below to enter"

1-How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a kid. I was the geek girl who attended every Young Writers Conference, lol. In all that time, my genre hasn’t fluctuated much, I’m still a devout fantasy writer.
 2- What is your favorite genre to write? 
Funny you should ask, the last few books have been Urban Fantasy, but my latest work in progress is Urban Fantasy with romance. A little spice is good, right?!
 3-What are you working on now?
I’m working on an Urban Fantasy/romance called ‘Moon Marked.’ It is about a paranormal bounty hunter. She’s pretty kick-ass.
4-When you begin a story do you start with character or plot?
I might be a dedicated Type A who sketches out every minute detail, but I always start with the main characters. Without them, there wouldn’t be any plot, right?!
 5-Tell us about your latest/upcoming release. What inspired it? 
My latest release is titled, “Dysus Dreamer.” It is book two in the Halfling Chronicles, but it a solid stand-alone read.

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Blurb: "A powerful half-demon is kidnapped, bloodthirsty werewolves are on the rise, and a planet is dying. A demon warrior and dark elf joining forces are the least of their worries."
Demon warrior, Slade Aesus, is determined to destroy the werewolves controlling his cousin. But a beautiful elf, consumed by her own vengeance, finds the wolves first. Botching her assassination attempt, Annwyn has the most powerful Packs in the world biting at her heels. Both fiercely independent, can the two join forces long enough to fulfill their missions and stay alive?

A solid assassination operation takes one part opportunity, two parts discipline, and three parts disposition. Having two out of three this chilly Seattle evening, Slade considered himself in abundance of good fortune.
Parked in front of a solitary office building, in the zone clearly marked “No Parking,” Slade cleared his mind of distractions consisting of the little here and there that could creep in and throw him off, just a hair, but enough to jeopardize his mission. Satisfied, he slid out of the rental car and re-tucked a stylish black golf shirt monogrammed with “Constantine Vineyards” into a pair of crisp, steel gray slacks. In this particular scenario, image was crucial.
Tonight, the element discipline presented itself by his waiting for the precise moment to strike. He made a living analyzing people and their habits, so he knew his targets relaxed around the holidays and were less likely to see the danger lurking behind his smiling façade. The current festivity du jour was Christmas, and coupled with his gift, destined Slade a popular man. I'm counting on it.
He moved around to the trunk, where he heaved free a slatted, wooden case. It smelled of musky oak. The peaceful scent hinted at candlelit dinners shared with a long time lover. His jaw clenched. Not in my past and not in my future.
Slade lugged his precious cargo toward the sprawling metal office building. Immense, the structure stabbed farther into the heavens than any other in the area, yet fell short. Just like my target. Outwardly, Joe Larsen appeared a dedicated family man, a real pillar of the community whose flourishing internet and telecommunications business, ProCom, employed hundreds. In reality, the werewolf belonged to the Dirty Dozen, a group of the twelve most ruthless wolf Packs roaming the earth.
How ironic. I was once your target. A year ago, the Dozen kidnapped his cousin Amber, a half-demon, half-human. Able to keep a shifter from shifting, Amber's ability proved irresistible, since more times than not, the Dozen's meetings devolved into an unproductive, fur-flying brawl. We saved Amber, but left behind some unfinished business. Starting with Larsen, the wolves would learn a lesson...a demon’s memory rivals the most scorned woman, and paybacks were indeed a bitch.

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Author Bio: 
Writing urban fantasy under the pen-name J.A. Garland, Jennifer is a professional firefighter in the state of California. Jennifer is married and has two children, who are as different as night and day. A graduate of Cogswell Polytechnical with a degree in Fire Administration, Jennifer always knew she wanted to be an author. (Except for a brief two month period after watching the movie "Top Gun," when she wanted to be a fighter pilot).  
Jennifer admits she is an addicted trail runner, mostly because she is a devout consumer of all things cheese puff. If she misses you at the next mud run, please visit her website to see what's new in the world "where fantasy becomes reality."


  1. Lily,
    Thanks so much for hosting me on your amazing blog! I had a great time, hope you and your readers did as well.

  2. Wow, What an awesome looking book J.A.
    Was it just released? Love the excerpt
    I read book 1 (Instinct)and can't wait to read Slade's story.

    Mindy :)

  3. Hi, Mindy! Yes, Dysus Dreamer just released last month. I really labored over Slades story, I wanted to get "him" and all his bad-goodness right. I hope you enjoy the book, and thanks for dropping in, it's always good the see a familiar face :)

  4. My favorite zombie is Mark Henry's Amanda Feral and my favorite vampire is Cinsearae Santiago's Sallos (Such a bad guy!) My favorite thing about vampires is their ability to blend in with the 21st centuary world. LOVE the Goth clothes & jewlery.

    Mindy :)

    1. Mindy,
      I LOVE those vampire names! And I agree, the goth clothes and jewelry are very cool.

  5. I'd love to have these :) I love the way being a Vamp makes you more attractive :)

  6. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Vampires. I love how they are always lightning fast and seem to know what your thinking before we do. They are also brooding and oh so very mysterious.