My Worst Nightmare By Jackie Anton

Until this hellish bout of terror my worst nightmares were occasional out of body experiences that left me disoriented but relatively unscathed.

Writing in the wee hours of the morning before dawn even considers brightening the new day is commonplace for me. Inspiration often comes to interrupt my slumber, and I fire up my computer or latch on to the notebook kept on the nightstand. I jot it down before the brilliant revelation escapes.

 

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Trapped in a cold dark prison!

Many of my works have a paranormal twist woven into the plot, but I don’t write horror.

I woke in a cold sweat and realized the room was like a deep freeze as well as black as pitch. I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face. So I reached out in the direction of the nightstand to flick on the small lamp.

“What the hell?” I scrambled to my feet from where I assumed I had toppled from my bed. Must be a power outage, flitted through my still foggy mind. My bare toes were getting numb, and then I realized I wasn’t standing on the plush warm carpet of my bedchamber. The surface beneath my feet felt like frozen cobblestones.

“Tom?” I called out to my husband. No response.

“Kaila!” My large black German Shepherd slept at the foot of my bed and should have been at my side once I fell out of bed. Or Did I?

My heart was bruising the inside of my ribcage and I was beginning to feel lightheaded. The thought occurred to me that I was still asleep and suffering a heart attack. I pinched myself, hard. “Shit!” that hurt, but didn’t alter my reality.

The air was getting foul. It was the odor of urine; I vividly remember that smell gagging me when I would walk the halls to my mom’s room in the nursing home. Was I in one of those places, and if so how did I get here? Perhaps the fright had caused me to loose control of my bladder and the odor was coming from me.

I began to hope that I was dead and residing in purgatory. That scenario was definitely more appealing than being blind and confined in a nursing home, or being locked away in a cold dark prison by a maniac.

“Okay. God, where the hell am I?”

I heard a door slam and the reverberations traveled across the floor and up my legs, similar to aftershocks from a major earthquake. I heard my mother’s voice tell me “I thought you were smarter than to cuss when you’re talking to God.”

“Mom, are you here too?” No answer. It was probably my subconscious merely tapping into my memory of her voice. Then a heavy breathing filled the room. I covered my ears to block out the sound which brought to mind the heavy breathing of a phone stalker, but amplified a thousand times. Again the huge metal sounding door slammed and the awful breathing stopped.

“Hello, is anyone there?” Nada! Zilch!

I decided to pray, a bit more respectfully, that I would once more see the sun rise and not be trapped here until I died, or if I had already left the earthly plain that I wouldn’t be stuck here for eternity. “Lord, I mean, I wasn’t that bad. Was I?”

 

Author’s Note:

The above blog was a writing challenge that came my way via the promocave podcast to write something that makes you uncomfortable. A subject that you have never tackled previously.

Comments on this post are most welcome.

 

Author Website: http://talesbyjackie.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/backyardhorse

Jackie Anton at Loganberry Books’ Local Author’s Fair

AuthorAlley-art-2015-mAuthor Alley will be part of the annual Larchmere Festival, a community street fair that will also include special sales of antique, vintage and art items by Larchmere merchants, friends and residential neighbors.
Loganberry Books
13015 Larchmere Blvd.
Shaker Hts., OH 44120
216.795.9800
http://www.loganberrybooks.com

Uncharted Storm FINAL    Author Anton will join other local authors from 12noon to 4:00pm to greet fair goers and book enthusiasts. Authors will be signing their books selected by     Loganberry for this event. Jackie Anton’s Ya to Adult short story collection in “Uncharted Storms” will be available for purchase. Bookmarks will accompany each copy sold on Saturday during the Larchmere Festival.

Uncharted Storms http://youtu.be/CTdtZIsYDUM

Make sure to get your “Loyalty Card” from Jackie to be eligible for free giveaways.Wind River Refuge Cover 4613Wind River Refuge is the adult novel selected for Author Alley.

This mystery thriller with a paranormal twist and a turbulent love affair won the Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Romance Category. Early reviews are exciting:

5 Star review By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorit:

Wind River Refuge is a romantic suspense novel written by J.M. Anton. It’s 1973, and Jax is on her way home for Christmas break to Wyoming, from the east coast where she attends college. She’s expecting her friend Dexter to be picking her up from the airport in Denver; however, a call to her step-mother Maggie reveals that the dark and brooding Garrett McBride, Dexter’s cousin, is waiting for her at the airport. The two are instantly at odds with each other: he doesn’t approve of her behavior and language, and she doesn’t trust his flying abilities or the plane he came in. Garrett is suffering from PTSD after his service as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Jax was orphaned and abused as a child by her foster-parents. The two are definitely wrong for each other, but somehow sparks keep flying.

J.M. Anton’s romantic suspense novel, Wind River Refuge, is fast-paced and exciting. The setting in Wyoming is stunning and beautiful, and the descriptions of the horses and cattle herding are marvelous. I particularly enjoyed the psychological thriller aspect of Wind River Refuge, and Anton’s original take on the police procedural genre. While this book is classified as a romance, the underlying suspense plot is strong and flows throughout the story. I also enjoyed Garrett’s Native American ancestry and the involvement of his relatives from his mother’s side. Anton creates a lively and plausible world in Wind River Refuge, peopled with real and compelling characters. It’s an enjoyable and suspenseful romantic thriller and is highly recommended.

Comming Events:

Book two of the “Troubles in Love-Land” Series has completed its final revision following the editing process and multiple proof reads. We are awaiting the cover to publish the e-book. Look for release date on this blog within the next two weeks.

Cassandra: Night Shades is slated for release August 31. 2015 at your favorite e-book place of purchase. Smashwords will have it first.

Smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton

I have a request in for a booth at the Medina County Fair August 3 – 9, 2015. More on this later.

Have a terrific Fourth of July.

Stop by at Loganberry if you are able. Click on their link above to find out more about this fascinating bookstore.

Book Links:

Wind River Refuge: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wind-river-refuge-jackie-anton/1115864589?ean=9781493634255

E-book Uncharted Storms: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/uncharted-storms-jackie-anton/1118931568?ean=2940045770101

Print Book for Uncharted Storms:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Uncharted-Storms-Jackie-Anton/dp/1940834333

Jackie’s Square Market Place: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton/

Author Website: http://talesbyjackie.com/

The Launch of Half Appy Press

Half Appy Press is a DBA for Jackie Anton and will include the adult works as J. M. Anton. HALF APPY PRESS SMALL LOGO The logo was designed by illustrator Sandy Shipley.   April is coming to a close and May is fast approaching. Five months into the 2015 marketing shake up and things are progressing at a slow but steady pace. It occurred to me at the beginning of March that if my books were going to get exposure it was up to me.

Marketing is a time consuming endeavor, which can also eat up your cash flow and strain your credit cards. Many years of supporting POD Publishers have set back my marketing efforts. Two years ago I joined IPBA and began researching the possibilities of publishing my own books.

The result is a total revamping of my business plan as an author. Having found myself in a constant state of dissatisfaction with the in-house designers and interior formatting to the point that the release dates were delayed while I spent valuable time hashing things out with these folks. At that point, I decided to spend my time and money using freelance formatters and designers.

Results of my collaborations with my illustrator, e-book formatter, book designers, and several editors were all positive experiences. Next step, I needed to find a good interior layout formatter. Still looking for that person who will hear or see the vision. Backyard Horse Tales 3: “Don’t Call Me Love” is the critical test. Loves tale, like the two previous books in the series will be a fully illustrated chapter book.

While searching for the interior designer I found an automated formatting service and used my rewrite of “Fateful Waters” as book one of the new “Trouble in Love-Land” series to test it out. The PDF is with Ingram Spark awaiting the completion of the cover template. I forwarded the template and the instructions to the book designer a few days ago. Below is the 2015 cover that will grace the book and is already live for the e-book. Fateful Waters 2015 FINALCoupon and direct e-book link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/532509 Coupon code :LC78J Enter the code at checkout for a free copy, then pick your download. If you don’t have an e-reader, download the PDF to read on your computer. COUPON EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2015

 

All is much better on the financial end of things, since making the self-publishing move, and I should have more dollars to spend on promoting my books.   I hope the new book is ready to take with me to the Medina County Library’s Local Author Expo on May 9th. Please join us if you live in the area. I will be in the Children’s section, on the main floor. There will be 28 other authors at this event.

LocalAuthorExpohttp://www.mcdl.info/authors

Marketing 101 at odds with writing……

Time for an update on my 2015 marketing exploits. Earlier today I read a post on another blog where advice was given to an aspiring writer who wanted to know where to start with a published work. The blogger’s advice was to “just write.”

That sounds kind of trite, but then the pearls of wisdom, “hold yourself accountable.” One thing that I picked up on was to create a blogging and writing calendar with project deadlines.

Okay, I created this blog and my writing project calendar. Writing related topics on Thursdays, Sunday odds and ends, and Tuesdays horse related topics. Wednesdays are usually my marketing day. Since each week only has seven days that leaves me only three to dedicate to develop new manuscripts,revise existing works, and edit. Somewhere five books are waiting to be reviewed.

Oh! I forgot that I have to finish the book trailer for “Uncharted Storms.” A small disclaimer here: the collection of short stories and its stormy cover had absolutely zero to do with the record-breaking winter and early spring of 2015. I will cover some of the problems involved with making your own video book trailer in a later post.

Uncharted Storm FINALFreebies for Readers:

I uploaded a free story from the paperback version of Uncharted Storms yesterday. Here is the link to “Wicked Winds.” http://www.wattpad.com/110305926
A few months back I uploaded “Terra Beyond 2012.”
http://www.wattpad.com/myworks/21257202

Vote for your favorite.  Then comeback to this blog to let me know what you think of the Wattpad experience.

On my Calendar for the last half of March.

A six week fiction workshop begins at the Brook Park Library next Wednesday evening. In addition to learning and networking with other writers, which I hope will prime the writing pump, this workshop could also fall under the marketing end of things.

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Valley Tack Shop’s annual midnight sale. Friday March 27th will mark the fifth year that I will participate and sign books for repeat fans and meet new ones. This is always a fun evening with wonderful savings, door prizes, and more.

Sign up for my newsletter by emailing me at talesbyjackie@gmail.com type in the subject line 2015 Newsletter sign me up. Leave me a message if you would like the first chapter of the soon to be released novel “Cassandra: Night Shades.
Author Website: http://talesbyjackie.com

 

Autographed Print Books:

Janton’s Square Market Place: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton
Authors Den: http://www.authorsden.com/jackieanton

Valley Tack Shop, Inc. Valley City, Ohio

E-Book Links:
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton

iBook Links: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/uncharted-storms-short-stories/id842923962?mt=11
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/backyard-horse-tales-2-frosty/id570906228?mt=11&uo=4

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/wind-river-refuge/id666563515?mt=11&uo=4

Backyard Horse Services include design work and more…

Another Set of Eyes editing services offer busy writers and authors a selection of services at affordable prices. Need a simple proofread of that first draft? Check out that option and the others at my new marketing services website.) http://www.backyardhorsetales.com/
Contact page is secure and all inquiries are confidential:

Samples of bookmarks and postcard announcements are listed under the Services tab on the website. The samples are designs that I came up with for my books to defray the high cost associated with ordering these marketing tools from publisher’s in-house offerings.

The post card below went out to family, friends, and fans who live within driving distance of my mini-tour to promote the print release of “Uncharted Storms.

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I only required fifty cards for this localized announcement. As part of my 2015 marketing overhaul I developed a cost effective way to design and print a card that would jump out of the heaviest mounds of mail to grab the recipient’s attention.

Many authors and writers have helped me along the way in my publishing journey. My new author services website is a way of paying that forward.

Note: Only one more week remains for my online marketing course. More on that experience in a later post.

Think Spring!

Jackie Anton

Author Website: http://talesbyjackie.com

Autographed Print Books:

Janton’s Square Market Place: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton
Authors Den: http://www.authorsden.com/jackieanton

E-Book Links:
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton

iBook Links: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/uncharted-storms-short-stories/id842923962?mt=11
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/backyard-horse-tales-2-frosty/id570906228?mt=11&uo=4

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/wind-river-refuge/id666563515?mt=11&uo=4

 

Book Marketing 2015 Style

It’s hard to believe that almost a month has past since my previous update: Marketing efforts for the year are off to a decent start. Uncharted Storms is finished and in print: The PR Campaign on the publisher’s end kicked off with this press release: http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/awardwinning-author-releases-new-collection-of-short-stories-400815.php

The 24-7 original press release has been picked up and distributed by media outlets around the US. I’ve only visited half of the sites at this posting, and my current list is slightly over one hundred. This is the first publisher that has had a marketing plan that included this as part of the book release without an extra charge.

“Uncharted Storms” the paperback is being offered at a pre-order discount thru February at an introductory discount. More information on this will be in a separate post.

Pre-orders are being taken at Valley Tack Shop, Inc, and customers can pick up their autographed copies and book mark the week before, or at, the annual midnight sale on March 27th. I am looking forward to visiting with all the great folks who have purchased my books at past midnight sale events.

Sharpening skills:

Marketing is not this writer’s preferred way to spend precious hours, which I would be much happier spending on writing or working with my horses. Marketing ranks up there with cleaning out the dog pen.
Not being Mrs. Money Bags, hiring someone else to do this isn’t going to happen in this life time. On February second I singed up for an intensive four week marketing course.

My project for Marketing 101 is “Cassandra: Night Shades.” This novel has been going through some growing pains and plot changes since it was originally conceived in late 2012.One of my homework assignments is to decide who my potential readers are and what will interest them in my book as opposed to thousands of other books offered in a genre.
Okay readers here is a chance to weigh in. The book trailer was linked in the previous post. Take a look at it on Youtube, or view it and some excerpts on my website. http://talesbyjackie.com.

Add your comments at the end of the post.

Did the trailer and excerpts intrigue you?

Are you a lady or a guy?

Demographic: Age 20-30, 31-49, 50 or over?

Do you own an e-reader? If so what price point attracts you?

Thanks for whatever help you can offer this struggling author in my attempt to get the word out.

cassandra FINAL copyGenre: Contemporary Murder Mystery with a bit of Romance:
Adult Read 18+ Some violent scenes as well as tasteful sexual encounters.

Short Description from Youtube trailer:

Cassandra Hoffman orphaned at the age of five was raised by her maternal grandmother. Two decades pass when she is confronted with her father’s attorney.

She comes to realization that her dad lived through the car crash that took her mother and brothers in 1985.

Casey meets a previously unknown nemesis as she searches for answers, but she also finds the love of her life.

Will the lovers be able to stave off the influence of a powerful enemy who’s determined to keep them separated?

Beta Readers Wanted:

Please leave an e-mail address and name at talesbyjackie@yahoo.com if you would like to be a beta reader for my rewrite of “Fateful Waters.” The 2015 version will be the first in a series featuring the characters introduced in Fateful Waters.

Fateful Waters Cover   Look for the 2015

cover update to be featured

on this blog soon.

 

What is New with Author Anton for 2015?

This is the year to shake things up a bit. This writing blog will be undergoing a content change: More book updates, excerpts, and short stories. Old favorites like Bella’s Journal, Buddy’s Blog, and occasional items of interest to my faithful followers will still be part of this blog. Author Interviews will be handled on the A to Z Review Blog along with Author Blog Tours.

The new look and content on this blog will be an extension of my website http://talesbyjackie.com, which will also be getting a facelift for 2015. This blog will be easier to update and interact with my fan base. My news letter will be posted here, fans can e-mail me at talesbyjackie@yahoo.com.

A New Publishing Adventure for 2015.
Uncharted Storms is in the print process with Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, and a print proof is on its way to me as I post this. Some problems have popped up with compiling the six short stories. It seems that several stories in one book are harder to layout than a single novel, or illustrated chapter books. I mean who knew? Not me for sure.
There is always a learning curve with a new publisher. I am a hands on kind of person and a bit of a control freak, but the folks at PRPP have been patient and very helpful. Stay tuned for the release date of the paperback.
I am working on a book trailer for Uncharted Storms, and it will air here soon.

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A Rewrite for Fateful Waters.
“Fateful Waters” was released in 2012 as an e-book and later that year as a paperback. It was my first adult novel published. It is getting a facelift and some new content. Watch   this blog for release of the new free e-book and the plans for the print book.

 

 

cassandra FINAL copyCassandra: Night Shades will be a pre-order on Smashwords.

Cassandra has been over two years in rewrites since it was my 2012 NaNoWriMo project winner. Cassandra is with the final editor and proofreader. It is in the hands of several beta readers. More on this release and pre-order information in a few weeks. Here is the book trailer link. http://youtu.be/_kF_zqq0Uus

In the works for 2015.
“Backyard Horse Tales 3: Don’t Call Me Love” is slated for release in 2015. For those who have been waiting the release of Love’s completed tale and read the prelude, as you know this filly can be unpredictable. She decided that she wanted her story to depart from the two previous books in the series. So the little stinker got herself horsenapped in an effort to top Sox and Frosty’s tales. Is it any wonder this author’s hair is gray?

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The cover and interior illustrations for Love’s tale are again the work of Sandy Shipley who did such a fantastic job on “Frosty and the Nightstalker.

 

 

 

Sandy is also working on a concept for a new trilogy. The working title for my 2014 NaNoWriMo winner was Annie O Book 1. Annie’s story begins in 1980 Cleveland. Take a sneak peak at Annie O by reading a “Tumble in the Snow” one of the short stories in Uncharted Storms. The e-book is reduced until 1/25/15 as part of the contest to win the print version. (see the previous post on this blog for the entry form and details. Go to this Smashwords link: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton click on the Uncharted Storms title, at checkout enter coupon code YN42D, then pick your download.

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Next blog: Marketing 2015 Style.

 

 

Contest Entry for new YA Book

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Answer the questions below to win an autographed copy of the 2015 paperback version which includes bonus short story:

Uncharted Storm FINALCopy the questions and instructions below for some holiday fun.

A winner in each age category.
14 to 19
20 to 35
36 to 40
41 to 55
Prime Time readers 55+

Fun Facts
from
Terra Beyond 2012

1. How old is Erica when her story begins?

2. Where was she when the ground began to quake?

3. Something fell on her there. Do you remember what it was?

4. What color was the Earth the last time Erica viewed it?

5. Who’s voice keeps Erica calm when she realizes where she is?

6. Do you remember the name of the new world where Erica ends up?

7. What is the name of the ambassador sent to greet them?

8. What do you think the ambassador really looks like?

9. Eric’s adventures are just beginning. What other strange aliens do you think she will encounter, and will they be friendly or present a danger?
10. Most of the passengers who arrived with Erica are in their early teens or younger. Do the aliens have a sinister reason for the young age of the new arrivals? Also, do you think that only Earth Children and animals were transported to the new world?

Questions 8 – 10 are fun questions. A chance for you to help shape Erica’s adventures and destiny. Use your imagination and picture yourself on the new world with Erica. What will you find there? Note: If I incorporate one of your ideas, I will credit you in the extended version of Erica’s tale and see that you receive a copy when it is finished.

Attach your numbered answers to an e-mail with your name and age group. Winners will be notified on Jan. 31, 2015 by e-mail and posted on this blog http://jackieanton.com/
Email: Entries to: talesbyjackie@gmail.com

Go to the Smashwords link below, click on the Uncharted Storms title, and enter the code YN42D at checkout, for a 33% discount on the e-book, if you don’t already have it. Increase your chances to win the new print release by returning your entry before the code expiration date. Coupon code expires 1/25/15.

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton Once you are finished at checkout you will be able to pick the download of your choice. You will also find instructions to gift the e-book to a friend or family member.

Book Trailers vs Teasers

A winter clip taken on the last lake effect snow that hit parts of Ohio’s snow belt and buried parts of the Buffalo area.

IMG_0526      This clip along with flood scenes and video clips of storm clouds are the visuals for the teaser that I am creating for the print release of “Uncharted Storms.”

The first interior draft of the book was presented to me by my new publisher last week and scheduled for release after the first of the year. Most of the elements for the visual part of the video are complete. My youngest daughter took some awesome footage of the clouds from the vantage point of a plane. Waiting to see what my nephew comes up with. I wanted some snow footage of city streets at night. He is the only one of us who lives in the city near Lake Erie.

      Okay, so now do I shoot for a book teaser, or a book trailer? Trailers are more complex and can run upwards from two to six minutes. I did a lot of research and watched oodles of book trailers before working with the producer of the trailer for “Fateful Waters.” We whittled it down quite a bit before it sang to me.

What I wanted to avoid was boring music and the attempt to tell the story on Youtube, which appeared to be major pitfalls to many of the trailers that I researched. After three minutes, I began to wonder if this was going to end soon. After five minutes, I had lost interest.
My attention span is a bit longer than the average video browser. If it couldn’t keep my interest why could a potential book reader be expected to sit through it? Worst of all the trailers that go on and on gave me the idea that the author probably wrote the same way, which isn’t necessarily true, but it is perception.

Being a hands on type I decided to try a short trailer for “Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Edition.” That went pretty well it is less than a minute and catchy. Will my target readers, animal lovers and horsemen ages eight and up, find it interesting enough to find out more about the book? (Sox’s Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/ZDGRfxDzOvs )
I liked the addition of the video clips in the Sox’s little trailer. So my youngest daughter helped me put together short teasers for books that were still in the works. The program on her laptop is much better than my older version. We added more video clips to the Wind River Refuge. It took several uploads to get this one.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig3jvBzFKsE
The bugs out of the way and our learning curve improved, we created a teaser for “Cassandra: Night Shades.”

Back to the issue with Uncharted Storms. The collection of short stories was published as an e-book March of 2014, which calls for more of a trailer, but the new paperback has a bonus short story added and the teaser aspect comes into it. Also under consideration is a suggestion from a fellow author that adding a voice over is advisable. Back to research. I found some that were okay and others where the voice over was annoying.
At this point, you are probably asking yourself is it worth the time and effort to create a book video whether it is a teaser or a trailer? I honestly don’t know, but it is a marketing stone that can’t be left unturned. We learn as we go, and I will keep plugging away at it. Perhaps investing in a new software program will help me out.

OMG! More research.

  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Max Blizzard and the Gem of Camelot by Patrick Hatt

A Fun Read for the Young Adults on your gift list!

SBB_MaxBlizzardAndTheGemOfCamelot_BannerFollow the Rafflecopter link at the end of this post. Patrick will be awarding an Amazon gift card or $25 Paypal cash, winner’s choice to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

The tour link is also at the end of the post; check out the other blogs and comment often to increase your chances to win.

BLURB:

Max Blizzard was like any other drone living in Earth’s realm until the arrival of his eighth birthday. On that day his imagination awoke and Max started thinking for himself. He was an outcast the moment he let people know about his imagination. That moment also unknowingly set forth a chain of events years in the making. By having imagination, Max had given Sir Dreadvent exactly what he wanted, a way into Camelot’s realm.

Now Max and his friends, Trudesile and Lester, must complete the quest that Max’s father, Merlin, set out for him years ago. They must find the Gem of Camelot to defend the realm from Sir Dreadvent’s and his sevesties. Their perilous journey will take them from the shores of Merlinia and the ship of Davy Jones to the fields of Avalon, in the hope that they can save Camelot, save Earth and save all the lost realms that have been consumed by Sir Dreadvent and his sevesties on their quest to remake the universe.

A tale about where your imagination can lead if you choose to follow it, with creatures large and small joining Max Blizzard on his journey. King Arthur, Oberon, Hercules, Apollo and other heroes of imagination believed to be myth will become truth as Max and his friends face the trials ahead. Let your imagination lead the way to Max Blizzard and The Gem of Camelot.

Cover_Max_Blizzard  EXCERPT:

“Young Mr. Blizzard, the objective is simple. The first to extinguish the flame of the other’s Camelot Candle wins. You are only limited by your own imagination.” King Arthur knew Max got the rules as he watched him nod, and sat back down alongside Pemestra and Lempilightess.

“Arthur, do you think it is wise throwing the boy in the deep end so soon? Vlad has been at this for years.” Pemestra did not want to see Max hurt or his spirit broken in his first outing.

“Merlin constantly surprised me. Let’s see what the boy can really do.”

Max stared down Vlad, trying to ignore all the prying eyes that were upon him. He waited for the match to begin, listening for a bell or something, and watched as Vlad begin to concentrate, knowing that there was no bell and that match had begun.

“I’ll make sure your first loss isn’t too painful, runt.” Vlad grinned and gripped his Camelot Candle; a huge fan appeared out of nowhere in front of him and began to blow. Before Max could do anything, his flame had been put out.

“I think that was the easiest and quickest match in history.” Vlad threw his arms in the air and the crowd cheered while Max stared at his blown-out Camelot Candle.

“Don’t let him get to you, dearie. The boy needs to be taught a lesson in humility. Shake it off and come out fighting,” Bandaid whispered, while lighting Max’s Camelot Candle again and then running back to the sidelines.

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“The name is Davy Jones and I’ve been the keeper of Merlinia and the entrance to Davy Jones’s Locker for many years at Merlin’s request.” Davy Jones bowed, hoping he would get some recognition from his name.

“Davy Jones? Wasn’t he a pirate who stole everything he could get his hands on? At least that is what the stories tell,” Bandaid questioned, looking to Arthur for verification.

“I see my name precedes me.”

Lempilightess! Pemestra! Take him!” King Arthur ordered, having heard the stories of Davy Jones and not trusting him whatsoever.

Lempilightess and Pemestra readied their Camelot Candles as Dregg stood between them and Davy Jones.

Dregg not let you take little blob man.” Dregg clenched his huge fist and readied for a fight.

“Now now. There is no need for a fight. What is it with everyone not wanting to trust me? First those three kids and now you. All I did was what Merlin told me to do.”

“Wait! Kids? You’ve seen Max, Trudesile and Lester?” Bandaid waved for Lempilightess and Pemestra to halt their attack.

“Yeah, I’ve seen the supposed high and mighty trio. I wasn’t sure they were any better than the heroes I locked up. But when they stopped Titania, I became a believer.”

“So the dearies are okay?”

“I let them in Davy Jones’s Locker, so they could…” Davy Jones took a few steps closer to Bandaid and King Arthur and lowered his voice to a whisper, “Go after the Gem of Camelot.”

AuthorPicAUTHOR BIO:

Patrick Hatt can be found in the East Coast of Canada. He hates writing these things but doesn’t mind talking in the third person. He dabbles in a little of this and a little of that, not afraid to attempt something new.

He is owned by two cats, one of whom has his own blog, It’s Rhyme Time. Yeah a rhyming cat, who knew? He would be considered a both person when it comes to cats and dogs.

He is also quite the movie and TV buff. As you can probably tell does not take himself seriously and has more stuff in his head than is needed. Thus the novels as just one more form of release. Thanks for the visit and enjoy!

LINKS:

http://rhymetime24.blogspot.com

https://twitter.com/PatHatt24

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6451538.Pat_Hatt

http://www.pathattbooks.com

http://www.amazon.com/Max-Blizzard-The-Gem-Camelot-ebook/dp/B00NF3DKPG

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/patrick-hatt

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