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Awesome Authors–Jennifer Conner

Today I’m excited to have prolific writer Jennifer Conner as my guest! Jennifer and I have known each other for years, ever since she left me alone on the fifth floor of a dilapidated old building during an earthquake here in Washington State in 2001…(okay, it didn’t exactly happen that way, but that’s what I like to tell people 🙂 ) She’s the person I credit with dragging me to my first writer’s group and urging me to get involved, jennifer connersomething for which I can’t thank her enough. And, she’s an all-around terrific person who gives buckets back to the indie community. So now, without further ado, heeeere’s Jennifer…

D: Hi Jennifer! Thanks for joining us. Tell us a little about yourself and what you write:

J: I’ve been a professional author for eight years. I write contemporary romance, paranormal romance, historical romance and erotica. I have three full-length novels, 2 novellas and 30 short stories in print. I also help run an indie publishing company, Books to Go Now.

D: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

J: I’ve written since I was young. As I grew older, I wanted to feel passion about something. Writing was that for me. 

“…I like to write the length I feel the story should be…”

D: Tell us about your new short story, I’LL BE SEEING YOU THROUGH TIME in two sentences.

J: It’s 1942, the world is at war when Glenn steps through a time portal and  finds himself in 2013.  Can the Dimension Keepers find a way to reunite them, or will Glenn and Jewel be ripped apart by the fabric of time forever?I'llBeSeeingYouThroughTime1 HighRes

D: Love time-travel stories! What compelled you to write this one? 

J: In my mother’s old photos, I found a portrait of a young man my mother was engaged to marry. His destroyer was torpedoed in the South Pacific and he was killed. I wondered how different her life would have been if he’d survived and come back to her. I decided to give them a happy ending.

 

D: You have over 30 short stories available online. What do you like about the form? Dislike?

J: I like to write the length I feel the story should be. That’s the fun of being with an indie publisher. I get to write the story ideas I have and make it the length it needs to be to tell a good story.

 

D: Many of your stories are about the protagonist overcoming hardship and/or disabilities. Why did you choose to go in that direction with your characters?

J: What fun are perfect people? I love good angsty characters. In my novel, SHOT IN THE DARK, Devan is a police officer who was shot and now walks with a cane. In my REGIMENTAL HEROES series, the men have PTSD after returning from war in an era when ShotintheDark 1400x2100they had no name for the disorder.

D: Do you ever include your own life experiences in your plots?

J: Of course. 🙂 As the writer’s creed goes, watch out or you’ll end up in my book! My Christmas novella, DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR contains many real life horror stories that happened when I owned my own catering business. Grooms with guns. Workers slipping and breaking their arm with 600 people waiting to be served.

D: Yikes. Reality is so much stranger than fiction, isn’t it? What are you currently working on?

J: I am working on a paranormal romance called Fighting the Fire, about a Native American girl who has uncontrollable powers and starts fires. Who else to help her other than a hunky fireman? 🙂 Also, I am going to start a series revolving around dogs.

“…Like most writer’s journeys, my road’s been rocky…”

D: Tell us about your road to publication. What words of wisdom would you like to impart to writers who are just starting out?

J: Like most writer’s journeys, my road’s been rocky. My words of wisdom would be, don’t let others get you down. Believe in yourself, and if you work VERY hard, you can become a good writer. Regimental Heroes Front

D: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

J: Richer and famouser 🙂  No, seriously, still writing no matter what!

D: Where do you see the publishing industry in 5 years?

J: I think the indie publishers who actually work with authors to achieve their success will displace the large houses. Self-Publishing will have better standards and higher quality work. Those that are ready will self-publish. And great stories will still be told. People still love a good book and read as much as they ever have.

D: If you could travel back in time (or forward) where would you go?

J: Victorian England if I could be rich and part of the elite crowd. But, with no modern plumbing, central heating, modern drugs or dentistry, it would have to be a short visit.

D: I hear that! Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Jennifer. Good luck with your new release!

Find out more about Jennifer by visiting her website, blog, Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter.

And here’s a little taste of I’LL BE SEEING YOU THROUGH TIME: Book 2 of The Dimension Keepers Series:

It’s 1942 and the world is at war. It’s difficult, but engaged couple Jewel and Glenn know they must say goodbye. Tomorrow, Glenn is shipping out to the South Pacific. That is, until he stops by the Second Chance Bookstore on the way back to the base.

Suddenly, Glenn finds himself in 2013 with the woman he loves half a century away.

Can the Dimension Keepers find a way to reunite them, or will Glenn and Jewel be ripped apart by the fabric of time forever?

Excerpt

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The NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop!

Fellow indie author Darcy Scott tagged me in the Next Best Thing Blog Hop, where you get to answer a set of questions about your current release or a work in progress (WIP).  (Check out her novel, Matinicus, a Blood Writes top 5 Best Pick Mystery!) And now, on with the show!

THE NEXT BIG THING…Blog Hop questions:

What is the (working title) of your book? BAD TRAFFICK

Where did the idea come from for the book? I was inspired to write BAD TRAFFICK after watching a documentary on child sex trafficking at my local community college. At first, I was going to write it as a standalone with completely different characters, but the idea seemed the perfect venue for Leine Basso’s next book. Besides, I really wanted to write about Leine and Santa again 🙂

What genre does your book fall under? Thriller/suspense with a romantic subplot.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Kate Beckinsale and Olivier Martinez.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Ex-assassin Leine Basso must race against the clock to find twelve-year-old Mara on the streets of L.A. before she’s recaptured by a group of vicious traffickers.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Self-published. Released December 18, 2012. Here’s the link on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Traffick-Leine-Basso-Series-ebook/dp/B00AQ8WV5I

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 4.5 months

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? The story is fast-paced and exciting with a touch of romance. It also deals with a twelve-year-old girl who escapes from a group of traffickers and is on her own on the sprawling streets of L.A. I’m not sure I’ve read anything exactly like it, but it’s along the lines of Taken (the movie).

Who or What inspired you to write this book? See the answer to the first question.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Ex-assassin Leine Basso and LAPD Detective Santiago Jensen first meet in SERIAL DATE, book #1 in the Leine Basso Thriller Series. BAD TRAFFICK continues where Serial Date left off.

I’ve tagged the following awesome authors to continue THE NEXT BIG THING…Blog Hop. Please visit their sites and give them some luv!

Jennifer Conner

Chris Karlsen

Darlene Panzera

Wanda DeGolier


BAD TRAFFICK, Leine Basso Novel #2, is now live!

Book cover for Bad Traffick, the 2nd book in the Leine Basso Thriller Series

Book cover for Bad Traffick, the 2nd book in the Leine Basso Thriller Series

Finally, after several delays, BAD TRAFFICK, the 2nd book in the Leine Basso Thriller Series (after SERIAL DATE) is available on Amazon.com! (Soon to be available on B&N, iBookstore, KOBO, etc. )  Here’s the description:

Identified as a person of interest in three cold case murders, retired assassin Leine Basso is told to remain in Los Angeles until the investigation concludes. As a favor to Detective Santiago Jensen, she accepts a temporary position as a security specialist for A-list actor Miles Fournier, who believes he is the target of kidnappers. Leine finds she has her hands full trying to protect the head-strong celebrity.

Soon, a woman contacts Miles, claiming to be his long-lost sister. Having spent his childhood in the foster care system, Miles welcomes her into his home, happy to discover he has family. She confesses her twelve-year-old daughter, Mara, has been abducted by sex-traffickers and she’s desperate to get her back, hoping that Miles will use his considerable resources to find her.

Leine learns from a contact at a rescue organization that Mara escaped and is alone on the streets in the sprawling city of Los Angeles. The traffickers are determined to track her down and deliver her to the powerful client who purchased her for his twisted ends. Running out of time, Leine must find Mara before they do, or she will be lost forever.

Here’s what people are saying about BAD TRAFFICK:

“Written at a thrilling space, with well-drawn characters and a gripping plot, BAD TRAFFICK doesn’t disappoint! It’s well-worth staying up all night to reach the end. A perfect blend of emotion and suspense, Berkom takes the reader on a roller coaster of a ride. Whip fast action! Leine Basso is a woman to root for!!” – Award-winning Romantic Suspense author Mary Buckham

“An Intelligent Thriller Worthy of the Big Screen…” – Jen Blood, bestselling author of the Erin Solomon Mystery Series

Bad Traffick takes the Leine-Santiago pairing to new heights and adds a beautifully fleshed out story line full of real characters you are going to love. Buy Bad Traffick…” – Ruth M. Ross, reader and reviewer

BAD TRAFFICK deals with the pervasive issue of child sex-trafficking in the United States. I was inspired to write this book after watching a documentary shown at a local community college regarding the trafficking of children in the U.S. It’s not something that only happens “somewhere else” – children are forced into the sex trade every day, from California to Iowa to Alaska.

Some sobering statistics:

  • According to the U.S. State Department, more than two million people are trafficked worldwide every year. Eighty percent of these victims are exploited for sexual slavery; fifty percent are minors.
  • Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world with profits in excess of $32 billion, second only to the illegal drug trade. (U.S. State Department)
  • As many as 2.8 million children run away each year in the U.S. Within 48 hours, one-third of these children are lured or recruited into the underground world of prostitution and pornography. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
  • Experts estimate that 100,000-300,000 American children are at risk of becoming victims of commercial child prostitution; girls and boys as young as 11 are being victimized. (NCMEC)
  • Child pornography is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. Nationally, there has been a 2500% increase in arrests in 10 years. (FBIInnocence Lost Initiative)

There are several organizations that exist to fight human trafficking. Please, become informed and help where you can. No child should have to endure a life of slavery.

-DV


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