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Interview with Jennifer M Baldwin and a Giveaway

I found some great books by following the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off also known as SPFBO last year. And while I am not a judge I am following even closer this year. Somehow I even talked a few of the contestants into doing an interview and giving away free books. The first in the hot seat is Jennifer M Baldwin and she had some great answers to my questions so …. um .. well here they are…….

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{Bob you are not Batman! If anything you should have a crown or something….}

 

  1. If you could do it all over again, would you change anything in your FIRST book?

The Thirteen Treasures of Britain is my first published book. I am not sure I would change anything because it is what it is, and I don’t believe in changing a piece of work after the fact (not counting typos or huge continuity errors). But I do know that for some readers, my book might start off a little slow. I was reading The Last Unicorn when I was working on those early chapters, and I feel like I was channeling Peter S. Beagle maybe a little too much. I got caught up in making sure the style and tone were what I wanted and perhaps didn’t give enough thought to what modern readers expect as far as action. I don’t open with an exciting action scene, or with some history-defining epic battle. It’s just a wizard having a weird dream and going insane.

  1. Have you ever judged a book by its cover?

All the time. I am deeply shallow.

 

(I LOVE this answer)

  1. What FRAKING side are you on of the fictional curse debate? Any in your books?

I wish I had more fraking curse words in my book! Frak!

Not too many fictional curses, alas, but I tried to come up with some creative exclamations (think: “Great Caesar’s Ghost!”) The usual, “Oh my God!” wouldn’t really work because my characters are either pre-Christian types or talking animals or fairies. I tried to have characters say things like, “By the oaks!” or “Thank the winds!” Nature-y stuff, basically.

In general, though, I’m in favor of fictional curse words. They’re fun.

  1. Have you ever had a side character try to steal the show? Would you like to go back and make a spin off series or something for them? Or is there a theme or idea you’d love to be able to explore in more depth?

My side characters always steal the show. I eventually realize that these “side” characters would be much better as main characters – and that I should drop my dull as dish-water protagonists and replace them with the cool side people.  Some of my best stories resulted from ditching the original protagonist and going ahead with the side character.  I’m a terrible date, I guess. I don’t dance with the one who brought me.

  1. If you could read any book again for the first-time, what book would it be?

Can I say “D. None of the above”? I love discovering new books and falling in love with them, but honestly, I wouldn’t want to read any of them again as if “for the first time.” My favorite books are the ones that only get better each time I reread them. I suppose, if I had to choose, I would say The Chronicles of Narnia. But in choosing them, I’m not really wishing I could read them again for the first time – I’m wishing I could relive the moments of my childhood when I read them for the first time. That’s what I’d love to return to: the thrilling wonder of my childhood, when I first discovered my love for fantasy.

 

  1. Four children have small toys. The first child has 1/10 of the toys, the second child has 12 more toys than the first and is looking at him and going nananannaanna, the third child has one less toy then the first child has, so is crying at the top of their lungs. And the fourth child has double the toys of the third child then takes 5 from the first child. No question here just a flash back to when I ran a daycare…

This non-question feels like my life… (I’m a mom.)

  1. How many books have you written, how many have you tried to publish, and how many are in print?

Books written (in total): Four (a fifth is on the way…)

Tried to publish (and did!): One

In print: One (it’s very glossy and pretty)

{Yes, Yes it is and we will be giving an autographed one of them away to one lucky person that comments on this post}

  1. Have you found any occupational hazards to being a novelist?

The crushing disappointment of realizing that no one I meet in real life cares that I’m a novelist. (I usually get an “Oh, that’s nice!” which is the Midwest’s way of saying, “So what’s your real job?”)

  1. What was the hardest thing about self-publishing that you didn’t expect?

Getting newsletter sign-ups. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but then I look around at people with, like, 100,000 people on their mailing lists, and they just published their first book a month ago (this might be a slight exaggeration), and I’m completely baffled. How did they do it? I suck at getting newsletter sign-ups.

  1. How many people have you killed over the course of your career?  Real people first, then fictional.

I’m an English teacher, so I’m more into crushing people’s souls with the withering criticisms I write on their papers. Soul crushing is much more satisfying than outright killing.

Fictional people? Not sure. A dozen? Do non-humans count? If so, then double it. Nay, triple it. I like killing monster-y things and bad guys.

{That has to be one of the greatest quotes ever! “I’m an English teacher, so I’m more into crushing people’s souls”}

  1. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?  Did it end up helping? Or did we just count that person in question10?

I can’t think of one in particular, but I value pretty much all of the criticism I’ve been given. My 11th grade English teacher once made me rewrite and revise an essay four times, and at first I griped, but when the process was complete, I ended up with one of the best pieces I’ve ever written. She didn’t do it to punish me; she did it to help me and make me grow as a writer. That’s why I like criticism; it makes me better. Even if I don’t end up using a suggestion from someone, just by thinking about it, by considering it, I come to a better understanding of my own choices and why I’m making them.

  1. What has been the best compliment?

James Tivendale from Fantasy Book Review told me in a tweet that he thought my writing for Thirteen Treasures was “stunning.” My insides are still a giant puddle of goo from seeing that.

  1. Do you have any advice to give a new writer?

Oh, I have so much… I am an English teacher, after all! I would say that new writers need to really work on tone and word choice. Nothing throws me out of a piece faster than when a writer uses a word that doesn’t fit with the tone of the story. I also think that reading and writing poetry can be a great way to flex and strengthen writing muscles. Finally, when it comes to learning how to structure a story and write characters, I would suggest a little-known screenwriting book called Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay by Andrew Horton. Yes, it’s mostly about  screenwriting, but many of the principles apply to fiction in general. It’s a great book.

  1. What was the last book you read? Was it any good?

Just an obscure little book called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was quite good; I think that series might have potential…

  1. What one question do you think I should have asked you, but didn’t?

You forgot to ask me my favorite Smiths song (in Thirteen Treasures, Merlin is a fan of 80s New Wave). For the record, it’s “Bigmouth Strikes Again.”

  1. Do you have any questions for me?

If you could be any knight of the Round Table, which would you be and why?

{ I would be Madmartigan the greatest swordsman that has ever lived of course!

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Just kidding. Seriously though I would want to be Sir Gawain. The poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was one of the things that got me into fantasy. I think I read it in 3rd grade}

And that’s it! See it wasn’t that painful, for me anyway, and that’s what really matters right? And as I mentioned above Jenifer has generously donated a signed copy of The Thirteen Treasures of Britain to giveaway to one lucky reader. This is open to all. One winner will be chosen randomly on August 18th around 10:00 pm and will be announced soon after.

All you need to do is Comment below on this post and you are entered. Then, while not necessary you might as well share this post on Facebook, Twitter or whatever since you are already here. and I put those little button things down below. Everyone likes to push buttons.

But don’t forget to comment on this post before you leave.

 

Links:

The Thirteen Treasures of Britain on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N3O8PWD

iBooks, Barnes & Noble, other retailers: https://www.books2read.com/u/47kVE8

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-thirteen-treasures-of-britain-1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dereliction_row

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jmbaldwinwriter/

Website: http://www.jmbaldwinwriter.com/

Art (or something like it) Contest

The author J.P. Ashman was crazy..er..um.. nice enough to come to yours truly and ask if we can give some books away. If you have been to my little blog before you know I love giving away books. So of course I said yes.

We will give away three prizes. First Prize is a signed and doodled copy of Black Cross. Second and third prize will be winners choice of Paperback or Ebook copies.  But we are going to make you work for it this time. We are going to do an art contest with celebrity judges and everything!  Wait! hear me out before you leave.Trust me it won’t be that hard. There will be 3 ways you can win and I will post examples

One winner will be chosen for the best/ most creative Drawing, painting, sand castle, Interpretive Dance  using Cool Rider from Grease 2 or .. you know, …whatever Flips your boat. But those ideas are pure gold! Like this Art by Laura M, Hughes

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One will go to the worst /but still creative entry. Here is my great example of a bad drawing…. This was drawn  for me back it 2015  by The award winning author and terrible artist  Brian Staveley. This is his depiction of The Last Mortal Bond  book cover  before it was released.

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And the strangest/Funniest or most Puntastic?  (not sure if that is a word but it should be!).Will get a book. Something like like this one by the guy behind this contest Mr. Jebidiah Pendragon Ashman.

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OK I know right now you are thinking to yourself “Hey self we can draw bad, We can draw really BAD we are a sure win! But what do we draw?”  Then Images like this are jumping in to your head

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First let me just say that it is weird that you actually talk to yourself like that. Second you should see a therapist if something like that was in your head. Third I was on heavy medication when I made that so don’t judge me

But yes that would be a valid entry. Basically any thing that has Black Powder Wars in it or any thing based on the book.

What do you mean you haven’t read it? Well I suppose if you had a copy already you wouldn’t want to try and win one. I wanted it to be a goblin drawing contest because there are goblins in the series but you can draw anything from or inspired by the Black Powder Wars. Like a mash up of 2 book covers.

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to something like an advertisement like this old spice add that I tweaked a bit.

Hello, Humans, look at your Book, now back to me, now back at your Book, now back to me. Sadly, your  book isn’t from Black Powder Wars, but if you stopped reading ladies romance books and switched to a good book, it would be Black Cross.  Look down, back up, where are you? You’re on a boat with the book your book could be. What’s in your hand, back at me. I have it, it’s some type of art that you made for a contest.. Look again, the art is  now Black Cross. Anything is possible when your Book  smells like gunpowder and not a lady. I’m a Goblin.……

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On second thought instead of using anything from me as inspiration you should use this  awesome (and serendipitously quite descriptive) quote from  Author  Dyrk Ashton

“How can I possibly describe Black Cross? How about, a hearty-epic-buddy-flintlock-pirate-fantasy-adventure with humans and wizards, goblins and gnomes, an inquisition, a plague, sexy elf maidens, assassins, Dukes, Ladies and Lords, magic wands, deadly potions, docks and ships and wooded wilderness, unique shapeshifters (a seal-man, to be specific), abounding action, dockside gangs, succubi, and high intrigue galore. And I mustn’t forget, a giant caterpillar. Whew. And I don’t think that even covers it.”

 

Now let me tell you about our Celebrity Judges. First we have the amazing artists Shawn King

Shawn is an award winning Graphic Designer, specializing in print media, book design primarily. He is the In-House Graphic Designer for Ragnarok Publications (visit their website here ragnarokpub.com. To find out More and see some of the amazing covers he has done go to http://www.stkkreations.com/book-covers.html.

Next we have  Pen Astridge and let me just say I love her style.  She is a Creative Director for Nationwide Advertising in Sydney and a co-founder of the gaming news and reviews site Gamebug

Pen can be found on:     Facebook     Twitter    Deviantart    Wattpad.

 That’s it for the artists but we also have some Authors crazy enough to get involved with my weird little blog. Well guys any publicity is good publicity, right?

The first author we have is hands down without a doubt The Best Zombie to ever grace the silver screen by getting run over and then smashed in the head with a hammer in 1990 https://youtu.be/C84BWSip0D4  Dyrk Ashton author of Paternus a great book and first of a planned trilogy. The next  Homer Except his book is told through the eyes of a teen girl.  Paternus  actually makes sense of real mythology and is not just a weird story about a guy with weak ankles and stuff. You can find more about this awesome guy at https://www.paternusbooks.com/

I don’t know how J.P. was able to talk this award winning author  into being the final judge in a crazy little contest on my crazy little Blog  .[/stage whisper] Probably using blackmail.   Whatever the reason though, I am super excited to have him here! The final Judge is none other than John waytofamoustobemessingaroundonmyblog  Gwynne.  I am not sure if that is his real middle name but he usually just  goes by John Gwynne.(the middle name probably just  doesn’t fit on book covers well)  John is the author of the epic fantasy quartet The Faithful and the Fallen.  You can find more about him on his website http://www.john-gwynne.com/ Or pick up one of his books by going in to just about any book store in the world or from the links below.

Malice (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Valor (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ruin (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wrath (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

 

https://www.amazon.com/John-Gwynne/e/B00A7RL2X0/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1489782012&sr=8-2-ent

So who is this guy that wants you to make something for his enjoyment? Well he is a new author from …… well how about I copy and paste. Born Lancashire, England, J. P. Ashman is a Northern lad through and through. His parents love wildlife, history, fantasy and science fiction, and passed their passion on to him. They read to him from an early age and encouraged his imagination at every turn. His career may be in optics, as a manager/technician, but he loves to make time for writing and reading every day. Now living rurally in the Cotswolds with Wifey and their little Norse Goddess Freya, he’s inspired daily by the views they have and the things they see, from the deer in the fields to the buzzards circling overhead.

Writing is a huge part of his life and the medieval re-enactment background and tabletop gaming lend to it; when he’s not writing the genre, he’s either reading or playing it. He plans to keep writing, both within his current series, and those to come, whether short stories or epic tomes.

Black Cross is the first book from the tales of the Black Powder Wars. With book two, Black Guild coming out this year. He also has a short story out that you can get for free right now from Kindle Unlimited called Black Martlet That I loved!

For more about or to interact with JP Ashman use the linky things below.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jpashmanblackpowderseries/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JP_Ashman

Website: https://jpashman.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12302356.J_P_Ashman

Amazon universal link: http://bit.ly/blackcross

 

Fine Print

Jebidiah Pendragon is not really what the J.P. stands for (I think) but it’s funny for me because people might actually call him Jebidiah

Any of the winners can chose between Black Cross or Black Martlet in either paper back or Ebook. They can even wait for an ARC of Black Guild if they chose. To enter go to my FB page https://www.facebook.com/Bloggoblin/ and add your submission to the comments of the pined post or email it to me bloginhobgoblin@gmail.com

We Have A winner

The giveaway for Red Sister is over and I cant believe how many entered. We ended with 32 entries. I will be posting about a new contest later tonight so keep your eyes open for that.

  1. Anindita@A Bohemian Mind at Work
  2. youandibooks
  3. Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek
  4. Andrea
  5. Ashley M
  6. J P Ashman
  7. fireraven13666
  8. Tod
  9. Becca
  10. Penny
  11. Pat Corigan
  12. MightyThorJRS
  13. Dawn
  14. Tom Smith
  15. Jon D. (Bookworms Bookclub)
  16. Books, Vertigo and Tea
  17. Ashley M
  18. Oden
  19. Dàibhidh Càidh
  20. Lynn K
  21. Juliana Spink Mills
  22. RB Watkinson
  23. Paul Watson
  24. Goran Edenro
  25. DireWolfSnow
  26. lykoszine
  27. Vlad
  28. Roy
  29. Stephen
  30. Gabriel Rodrigues
  31. Elaine Walker
  32. Apostolos

So thank you to all who played my little game. The winning name is #9 Becca!. Congrats I will send her an Email; and she has 48 hours to respond if I don’t hear from her I will pick a new name

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When I Win You Win

I Want to thank Mark Lawrence for being such a great guy and having all the book giveaways that he does, like the Red Sister contest that just ended. I also would like to thank all of my readers that commented on my post about Mark’s latest contest. Because of you guys I won a signed copy of Red Sister!  But to celebrate my winning I am going to give you guys something.  During the time Mark’s contest was going on I received an unsigned hardcover copy of Red Sister from  Alexis at Penguin Random House that I no longer need since I have the signed one coming. So I am going to give it away to one of you guys. Everyone that commented on the post that helped me win will be automatically entered. But the rest of you can comment and share this post to be entered also. I will select one name randomly on March 31st around noon  MST.  Thanks again to Mark and all my readers and good luck!

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To Pre- Order Red Sister click below

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I will notify the winner and they will have 48 hours to contact me with an address. They can email me at bloginhobgoblin@gmail.com  or IM me at https://www.facebook.com/hob.noblin  If after that time has elapsed and they have not contacted me  I will pick a new name.

Book Giveaway Winners

We have a winner !!!…  two of them.

We ended with 32 people entered and the 2 winners were chosen randomly by a computer program. They will recieve a free autographed copy of Paternus the multi-award wining first book by Dyrk Ashton. Screen shots of the winning names will be at the bottom. The winners are Once again, My fellow blogger, Danielle from Books, Vertigo and Tea and Ghibli. Congratulations to the winners! I want to thank you all for playing and helping me spread the word about my blog I started this blog On October 8th 2016 and with your help I have received just over  900 visitors and had almost  1,700 page views in less than 2 months. That is truly amazing to me, and I sincerely thank you all.

I will send each of the winners a email telling them that they have won and asking for a mailing address. If they do not respond by Monday 12/05/16 I will pick a new winner.

Here is a list of all the people that entered.

  1. Tom
  2. The Royal Polar Bear
  3. The Imbalance
  4. Susan Price
  5. smans001
  6. Rebekah Teller
  7. Readinginthemorning
  8. R B Watkinson
  9. Pia Roos
  10. ObservantRaven
  11. Noelle
  12. Minna Mononen
  13. Mia C.
  14. Meghana
  15. Lynn
  16. Liam
  17. Leini
  18. ladyvampire
  19. Kelsy
  20. Kameo Yarrow
  21. Jennifer Scott
  22. Jay
  23. Jason Parrish
  24. Ghibli
  25. fabiano
  26. Devon
  27. darkmondaysblog
  28. Christopher Cardenas
  29. Bryan
  30. Books, Vertigo and Tea
  31. bloodygrim
  32. Ashley Melanson