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.

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“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.”

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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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Whistler

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.
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The Freight Train Called Summer

Beach timeSummer is thundering by like a freight train, leaving backyard parties and BBQs in the din of its wake. Thankfully, it still has a full head of steam with miles of summer ground yet to travel. And what a glorious summer it’s been so far, with good company, an abundant fruit crop, and plenty of fresh salmon.

BlackberriesLiving on Denman Island with roadside produce stands and a thriving Saturday market, we mark the passing season by which fruit crop is ripening. First came the cherries, then the loganberries and blueberries. We started picking blackberries a week ago, about the same time the transparent apples started falling from the trees, and yesterday we harvested the apricots.

Apricot bowlHappily, the abundance doesn’t stop there. In book news, I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Karen Oberlaender. Check out our conversation in her short and snappy “Ten Statements” format. It’s a crafty cheat sheet for authors. And yesterday, I learned of two new five-star reviews. One for Revelation here, and another for Redemption here. The next book in the Gift Legacy series, The Gift: Betrayal, is currently in the hands of Nina Munteanu, editor extraordinaire, and while I await its return, I’ve started on the cover.

Abundance all around, and I couldn’t be more grateful. With thanks…

How is your summer playing out?

Need something to read while swinging lazily in the hammock? Pick up Awakening with one click right here!
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20 Questions with J.P. McLean

Don Massenzio is interviewing me on his blog today. His 20-questions format is a great way to get to know someone, and a lot of fun. Thanks, Don!

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Today, we sit down with Canadian Author of The Gift Legacy Series, J.P. McLean. She has a very interesting background and is going to share it with us along with her influences,  a bit about her life away from writing and an exciting excerpt from the upcoming book in her series.

Please enjoy this edition of 20 Questions.


JPMcLean Author Headshot for DMassenzio Q1) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

So often, I hear writers say they knew when they were very young that they wanted to write. It wasn’t like that for me, though I do remember thinking writing would be an idyllic occupation for someone fortunate enough to not have to leave home every day to work in a ‘regular’ job.

Q2) How long does it typically take you to write a book?

Sometimes the ideas run around in my head for much longer, but when I start…

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The Gift: Revelation (The Gift Legacy, #2) by J.P. McLean

Karen Oberlaender takes a look at The Gift: Revelation on her blog, My train of thoughts on…

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Gift_Legacy_2_The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Dangerous Alliances …

In Revelation, Emelynn Taylor learns the true portent of a gift she can barely control, and there’s no turning back. Her discovery of an ancient tome unlocks dangerous secrets and a connection to her past she had never imagined.

Now those secrets are unravelling and Emelynn is thrust into the eye of a storm as two powerful factions clash: one with claims on her, and another with a Machiavellian plan and Emelynn at its brutal centre.

Emelynn forms an uneasy alliance with a dangerous man she must learn to trust … and then she must risk everything to save her covey.

Genre(s): Paranormal and Urban Fantasy, Suspense
Series: The Gift Legacy, #2
Length: 321 pages
Release date: 2015-12-18

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Molly Bids Adieu

Molly_close-upWe said goodbye to our sweet Miss Molly yesterday. If I ever make it to those pearly gates, I’m going to have a word with someone about the lifespan of dogs. It’s far too short and I’m not sure my heart can take any more holes.

Good Golly Miss Molly Dolly Lama left us just three months shy of her sixteenth birthday. She chased a ball and acted like a puppy right up until her last day.

Her gentle demeanour and big brown eyes won everyone over, and she never lost that wonderful sense of curiosity that kept us on our toes, and often had us laughing.

As a young dog, she had an affinity for socks and underthings. No one escaped her radar, especially visitors. If left alone with open guestroom doors, she’d collect bras and underwear, and proudly display them in the living room for all to see. Returning your guests’ underwear is one of those unique experiences you never imagined, when you brought your furball home.

Molly_with_big_boneWhen she got released from the twelve-step undergarment program, she got hooked on shoes. If we left her alone, she’d gather an oddball collection and keep them safe on the bed. She even managed to carry one of  John’s dusty, steel-toed boots, complete with the unopened one-litre water bottle he’d shoved inside, up to the bed in the 5th wheel when we lived in Mexico.

She was a cookie hound, which made her easy to train, and she unabashedly performed rollovers, indiscriminately shook paws, and begged with the best of them for the promise of a treat.

She could turn on the cute with a smile and a blink of her lashes, and was happy to show visitors her cookie jar. She’d adopt her most earnest look and gaze between the mark and her cookie jar, which usually shook free a cookie or two.

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Soozie & Molly

Other dogs and cats, however, weren’t fooled by the cute factor. They knew if Molly visited them, she would beeline it for their chow, and she didn’t discriminate by brand or species. She’d clean out a budgie’s dish if she could reach it.

But she was also generous, and never minded sharing her own food dish, treats, beds or toys.

She’s the dog who sensed when you were sick or sad, and stayed close to keep you company.

We feel very fortunate to have had Molly’s company for so long. The house feels very empty without her, but we know she’s romping with her sister Soozie now, and having a terrific time meeting all the other pets and snarfing up an endless supply of tasty treats.

Safe travels, little girl.

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You know that feeling?

Crabby_PantsLike you’ve been shot from a cannon, stumble to your feet, and then catch your breath as you look about and wonder, “What now?” Yeah, that feeling.

I’ve been working on Book V of the Gift Legacy series for a year and a half (had to go look that up), and on Tuesday, I wrote the final scene. Since then, I’ve been fumbling around not quite sure what I’m supposed to be doing.

Yellow_HoneysuckleDon’t get me wrong – there’s no shortage of editing, re-writing, and writing to do, and let’s not get started on house cleaning, weeding, laundry, etc. (no really – let’s not get started!), but after eighteen months of concentrating on this one project, having it done feels … I don’t know … airy.

WisteriaEach time I finish writing a book, it feels different. I wrote about it here. I feel good about this one. Optimistic. Excited.

I think I’ll take a week off and play in the garden. I might even clean the windows so I can see the garden when I get back to writing.

Book V is called The Gift: Betrayal. It’s Jackson Delaney’s story. I’ll tell you all about it next time. If you’ll excuse me, I hear the garden calling …

And what better way to enjoy your garden, than from a hammock reading your own copy of Awakening, the book that started it all? Get it with one click right here!
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