Mystery Mondays: J.P McLean On Writing Deeper Dialogue

I’m hanging out over at Kristina Stanley’s Mystery Mondays blog today, sharing my two cents and meeting new people. Check it out:

 

Hosting an author on Mystery Mondays that I’ve actually met in person is a treat. Jo-Anne and I met at a writers conference in Calgary, Alberta last summer and became friends. We both write, …

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Smorgasbord Christmas Reading – The Gift: Betrayal (The Gift Legacy) by JP McLean

My corner of the world is very wet this time of year, and Mother Nature is outdoing herself this fall. It has rained on 51 of the last 56 days on the BC coast. Sunshine is but a vague memory at this point. So imagine my delight when I woke to this fabulous coverage for my latest release on Sally Cronin’s blog. It may be pouring outside, but I’m blinded with sunshine. Where are my sunglasses!  Click on the “source” link to read about it on Sally Cronin’s page …

Today’s book is The Gift: Betrayal (The Gift Legacy) by JP McLean and was released on November 15th. A complex tale of relationships and thrilling drama. About the book Vengeance for the Fors…

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Release day for The Gift: Betrayal

betrayal-ebook-cover-2500x1563The latest book in the Gift Legacy leaves home today. It’s interesting how each book crosses that threshold with a personality. The first one, Awakening, was shy and tentative; Revelation, the second one, sprinted through the gate like a colt on new legs; the third book, Redemption, pawed the ground then charged off; number four, Penance, crept out in the middle of the night. Betrayal swaggers. It’s got attitude.

Chronologically speaking, Betrayal isn’t the “next” book in the Gift Legacy series. It’s more like book 1.5. It’s Awakening Redux—this time told in Jackson Delaney’s voice. This is his story. Jackson was Emelynn Taylor’s love interest in Awakening. He was controversial, his role was pivotal and his story demanded to be told. You may not forgive him, when you turn the last page, but you won’t forget him.

Betrayal is a standalone story, but be warned: it will spoil Awakening for you. Here’s what two of my favourite early reviewers have to say about Betrayal:

JP McLean possesses her own unique gift: the ability to bewitch her readers with her boundless imagination.

– Elinor Florence, Bestselling Author of Bird’s Eye View

Exciting action and conflict of loyalties make this a fantastic page-turner.

– Kristina Stanley, Bestselling Author of the Stone Mountain Mystery Series.

You can order Betrayal from bookstores, or pick it up here:

Kindle   ~   Amazon.com (It’ll migrate to Amazon.ca in a matter of hours)   ~   Chapters-Indigo   ~   Barnes & Noble   ~   Kobo   ~   Nook   ~   Apple

And if you’d like to read Awakening first, you can pick it up with one click right here. And if ebooks aren’t your thing, click on a covers below for more purchase options:

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Endorsement for The Gift: Betrayal

Ad for The Gift: Betrayal with Elinor Florence's Quote.With The Gift: Betrayal’s release just days away, I thought I’d share another testimonial. This one is from Elinor Florence, who is not only a tremendous writer, but also an incredibly dedicated researcher. I am very proud of the work she’s done for Canadian veterans, and honoured to have her endorsement.

“In this riveting recast of events that took place in Awakening, the viewpoint shifts to that of Emelynn Taylor’s first love, the darkly handsome Jackson. He may possess the same mysterious, life-altering gift as Emelynn does, but he has a very different perspective — especially when it comes to affairs of the heart. Author JP McLean possesses her own unique gift: the ability to bewitch her readers with her boundless imagination.”

– Elinor Florence, Bestselling Author of Bird’s Eye View

Photo of Elinor FlorenceElinor’s latest book, My Favourite Veterans: True Stories From World War Two’s Hometown Heroes is a collection of interviews with her favourite WWII veterans. Elinor writes a popular blog, Wartime Wednesdays, in which she shares these interviews, and many more interesting and heart-warming stories. All of her work is meticulously researched. Check it out. You’re sure to learn something new about Canada. Tomorrow is Remembrance Day. Please take a moment from your busy day to remember the men and woman who gave so much to each of us.

The Gift: Betrayal is set for release on November 15, and is rolling out to preorder right now. It will be available in paperback and ebook at all the usual outlets.

Retailers offering preorder include:

Amazon     Kobo     Chapters     Apple     Barnes & Noble

The bones for Betrayal are buried book I, The Gift: Awakening. Get your copy of Awakening with one click right here. And if ebooks aren’t your thing, click on a cover below for more purchase options:

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Let’s Celebrate!

Ad for The Gift: Awakening with ETaylor QuoteTo celebrate the Honourable Mention that The Gift: Awakening received from the Whistler Independent Book Awards, I’ve put the book on sale.

For the first time ever!

Get The Gift: Awakening for 99¢US/$1.33 Canadian. It’s a limited time offer, so grab it while you can.

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And don’t forget … The Gift: Betrayal is set for release on November 15, and is rolling out to preorder right now here:  Kindle     Kobo     iBooks     Barnes&Noble     Nook     Smashwords

(Preorder coming soon to Amazon and Chapters-Indigo)

The bones for Betrayal are buried book I, The Gift: Awakening. Get your copy of Awakening with one click right here. And if ebooks aren’t your thing, click on a cover below for more purchase options:

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Testimonial for The Gift: Betrayal

betrayal-ebook-cover-2500x1563When an author has a new book coming out, they often ask another author they respect and admire for a testimonial. It’s a small stamp of approval that gives readers confidence that the book is worth their time.

Today, I’m honoured and pleased to share with you one of the testimonials for The Gift: Betrayal.

JP McLean has a style and immediacy of detail that pulls the reader into a complex tale set with all-too-human characters ruled by their extraordinary capabilities. Exciting action and conflict of loyalties make this a fantastic page-turner.

– Kristina Stanley, Bestselling Author of the Stone Mountain Mystery Series.

stanleykNot only is Kristina Stanley a bestselling author, but she and her partners are currently developing software called Feedback that will help authors write better books.

“We’re developing Feedback to help writers create the best possible novel. You’ll be able to use Feedback in several phases of your writing.”

There’s nothing else like Feedback on the market. If you’re a writer, go and have a look. You can check it out here Feedback.

The Gift: Betrayal is set for release on November 15, and is rolling out to preorder right now. It will be available in paperback and ebook at all the usual outlets. Retailers that already have the preorder available include: Amazon and Kobo

The bones for Betrayal are buried book I, The Gift: Awakening. Get your copy of Awakening with one click right here. And if ebooks aren’t your thing, click on a cover below for more purchase options:

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Cover Reveal … The Gift: Betrayal

betrayal-ebook-cover-2500x1563It’s ready, and I’m thrilled to share it with you: the cover for The Gift: Betrayal. It was designed by Katarina Meglic, a local graphic designer. She’s done a tremendous job of matching the mood and style of the other covers in the series, and recreated the opening scene of the book. Credit and gratitude for the original photographs goes to talented photographer, Annette Reinhart.

It’s scheduled for release on November 15.

Betrayal is not the next book in the series, chronologically speaking, nor is it the last. It’s a re-telling of the first book, Awakening, but from Jackson Delaney’s point of view. He was Emelynn Taylor’s love interest in that first book. His role was pivotal, controversial, and demanded to be told.

But don’t worry—I’m not done with Emelynn yet. Her story will continue in books to come.

The following is a short teaser for The Gift: Betrayal

Vengeance for the Forsaken …

When Jackson Delaney’s wife leaves him for his half-brother and empties their bank account, Jackson seeks revenge to quench the fire in his soul.

But first he has to find them.

Jackson and his wife’s brother put aside their warring motives and join forces to mount a search destined to break laws and test their resolve. And when Jackson meets a mysterious young woman with no knowledge of her arcane and powerful gift, he recklessly lures her into his vengeful mission.

What is Jackson willing to risk? And how much will he lose before he finds his way back home?

Betrayal careens on a high-speed chase, from the gentile character of New Orleans to the rugged beauty of the North American west coast.

Coming November 15!

The bones for Betrayal are buried book I, The Gift: Awakening. Get your copy of Awakening with one click right here. And if ebooks aren’t your thing, click on a cover below for more purchase options:

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Honourable Mention for Awakening!

awakening-wm-600x960-for-wp-widgetPsst? Have you seen the shiny bronze medallion that now graces Awakening’s cover? Last weekend I travelled to the Whistler Writers Festival where the Whistler Independent Book Awards were announced. I’m thrilled to tell you that Awakening earned an Honourable Mention. I haven’t stopped grinning since I heard the news.

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To help celebrate, I’ve arranged for a 99¢ sale of The Gift: Awakening from November 7th through 13th. I’ll send out links closer to the time of the sale.

A collection of 35 book covers

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I’ve also thrown in with 35 other authors to offer a massive book giveaway. The promotion runs until Sunday, October 23. This is just one of the ways authors help authors, and if the giveaway helps readers discover a new author, then it’s a win-win for readers and authors alike. Click on this link or the give-away graphic to check it out. All it costs is an email address.

In The Gift: Betrayal news, the manuscript is going through its final edit, the cover is almost done (OMG it’s dark and it’s beautiful) and the book is on track for a November 15 release. I can’t wait to share all of that and more, with you. Stay tuned.

The bones for Betrayal are buried in Awakening. If you can’t wait for the 99¢ sale, get your copy of Awakening with one click right here. But be careful! I hear it’s addictive. And if you’re not into ebooks or boxed sets, click on the images below for more purchase options.

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Boxed Sets Now Available

Boxed Set 3D Cover of Books I-III

As we settle into fall, I’m catching up on some long-overdue projects. The first of which was putting out the Gift Legacy series in ebook boxed sets.

There are two options available: A three-book set, or two 2-volume sets. Splitting them this way gives readers a wider choice, and it gives me the pricing flexibility I need. With the 3-book boxed set, you’ll get one of the books for 99¢. With the 2-book sets, you’ll get the 2nd book for half price. You can click the covers to purchase.

Twin-set 3D cover of Books 1 & 2

Twin-set 3D cover of Books III & IV

Next up is organizing a sale! Stay tuned for details, and news on the next book in the series, The Gift: Betrayal.

Are you ready for fall? How about a sale?

If you’re not sure, download a sample, or try the first book, Awakening with one click right here. But be careful! I hear they’re addictive. And if you’re not into ebooks or boxed sets, click on the images below for more purchase options.

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Crawling into the Twenty-first Century

Cell phones are like leaf blowers to me: convenient, but obnoxious as hell. Call me Cro-magnon, but I’ve never seen the appeal of being reachable 24/7.

I resisted having one until a road-side breakdown in 2000 convinced me I should. I have to admit, the flip phone’s come in handy since moving to a ferry-dependent island. Some months I rack up five or six minutes.

My cell phonesI’ve watched the smart-phone revolution from the sidelines, fascinated and horrified by pouting selfies, thumb-obsessed diners and throngs of commuters watching their shoes.

On the upside, it’s hard to argue against the convenience of an e-reader, a GPS and the Internet, portable and at my fingertips.

So, I finally broke down and bought one. I haven’t yet figured out how to get my contacts into it, and I still prefer talking to someone over doing the thumb dance, but give me ten years I’ll get there. I’m already enjoying the convenience of catching up with Twitter and Facebook while on the ferry, and I love being able to share “in the moment” pics from live events, like when I attended When Words Collide in Calgary.

Toasted Tomato SandwichBut be warned! Pic-sharing convenience has a dark side. Last week I shared a piece of art I wish I hadn’t. Okay, it felt like art at the time, but it was my lunch. I’ve since crawled back up that slippery slope, but I have nightmares of making fish lips and snapping selfies in the bathroom.

Have you taken a slide down that slippery slope?

If you’re into modern conveniences, you might enjoy an ebook version of Awakening. You can get a copy with one click right here. Be careful though – I’ve been told it’s addictive.
Or click on the images below for more purchase options.

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