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HOLLOWAY PACK 4 HAS BEEN CONTRACTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yep, in case you didn’t quite get the message, Holloway Pack 4 HAS. BEEN. CONTRACTED! With a projected release date of April 2014!
Anyone who follows me will already know this book took me a looooooooooooooooooooooong time to write, but it is FINALLY coming to close.
So, whose book is this one going to be, you ask?
Yeah, that’s the kicker.
Because, after much discussion with my editor, it’s been decided to hold off on that titbit of information until the blurb goes live alongside the cover reveal. The reason for this is that CAGED isn’t out until August, and I ALWAYS worry about spoilers because, well, I HATE them in books I read myself. So, to conquer that, these details will be held back on.
You DO get to know the book’s title!
Ready for it?
Holloway Pack 4 will be called:
And on that note, I’ll leave you guessing over what it might be about whilst I go back to dancing my truffle shuffle ‘round the house. Thanks for stopping by to read.
You can add Unnatural to your TBR HERE!
And you can read the official press-release HERE!
Howdy all, and welcome back to my Freeview Friday.
If it seems like ages since I posted one of these, that’s probably because it HAS been ages. In fact, the last ones I posted were for Eternal last year.
Anyhoo, as CAGED is due to release in a little over 12 weeks time (YAHOO!), I figured I’d give you a little Ethan each week to whet your appetites whilst you wait for him.
However, unlike the ones I’ve done in the past, I shan’t be introducing the sentences this time. Nope, I’m just going to randomly choose my snippet, and just stick it below, and you can make of it what you will.
Here goes. Your first CAGED Freeview Friday:
After sending Shelley a quick smile of assurance, I pulled away from the kerb.
“You been getting jiggy with Shelley when you visit?” Sean asked, as Dad fiddled with his phone.
“Nope.” I shifted from second to third gear.
A ringtone echoed from the passenger seat. I glanced across as Dad lifted his hand to his ear.
“I don’t believe you,” Sean said.
I shrugged. “I don’t care.”
I hope you enjoyed this weeks snippet. See you next week for another round of FVF
As I have said before, any and all are welcome to join me in this weekly shenanigan. HOWEVER, if you do so, I URGE you to keep the shared snippets short and sweet. Mine will be a maximum of TEN (10) sentences. To help identification of these posts, I shall be hashtagging them (for Twitter purposes) as #FVF. Feel free to knick said hashtag for your own Freeview Friday posts.
For anyone who takes notice of my FB page, you might remember I mentioned about sharing some deleted scenes from Blue Moon.
Well, I decided to listen and let you have them. I’m giving you one (which is actually two).
Before I do, let me reassure you that you don’t have worry. These aren’t scenes that would show a different outcome to that which you’ve read in the published version of the book. They are simply scenes that are now hinted at having happened because we removed them to move the story along faster (for good reason–heh).
Oh, and sorry to any hopefuls, but these aren’t ‘intimate’ scenes.
p.s. these have not been professionally edited.
Okay, here goes. Remember near the beginning when Jem and Sean manage to wangle a day to themselves? Well, those scenes were originally shown … and here they are:
TOY STORE SCENE
‘Big’ didn’t even begin to describe the store; gigantic would have been far more fitting. In my younger years, kids were lucky if they had one of those pathetic electronic ping-pongy-tennis games for the TV. The toy store had so many consoles, it made my head hurt.
Sean unfolded his arms from around me and picked up a board game. “We should get this for us.”
“Why?” I smiled. “You hate sitting still.”
“It’s supposed to be freezing soon. It’ll be something to do indoors.”
“Baby, I can think of way more fun things to do than a board game.”
He laughed, repositioning himself at my back. “I’ll bet you can.”
Sean’s six foot three height allowed his chin to rest atop my five-seven frame. With his arms folded around my chest, his breaths warming my neck, his body heat sifting through my clothing, we hobbled our way through the mass of toys.
“What does Ben like?” asked Sean.
I shrugged. “I know he liked sports—I’ve played with them in the garden.”
“It’s too cold for outdoors. We’ll find the boys’ toys.”
As soon as we rounded the corner to the boys aisle, Sean’s arms released me. I peered at him over my shoulder, smothered a laugh at the shine in his eyes as he picked up one box, and then another. He went the whole length of the shelves, studied the action figures, the miniaturised racing tracks and scale-sized cars to accompany them, the train sets, too.
“Look at this.”
When he stuck a pointed hat on his head and waved a wand about, my laugh snorted out.
He put it back, picked up a remote control fire engine, played about with that. I watched him move from the fire engine to a trunk-sized box of bricks. “These are cool.” He stuck a few together, waved them at me. “It’s enough to make you want kids yourself, isn’t it?”
I stared at him. Had he intended it to sound as it did? He spotted my expression, put the bricks back with a frown, and disappeared round the corner.
I turned to scour the figures. Gaze falling on an unusual set, I picked them up for a closer look, hummed and harred over which to get. At Sean’s chuckle I looked back to see him whizzing back round the corner on a skateboard. He almost knocked me over with his outstretched arms, as he brought his newfound wheels to a halt.
“You’ll get us kicked out,” I said with a giggle.
“I’ve got to get one of these. Dad bought me one when I was about ten, but it was rubbish compared the ones they’ve got in here.”
“Get it then.” I smiled. “I found these for Ben. Poppy will laugh her socks off when she sees them.”
He stepped from the skateboard, took the box from me. His gaze went from the one in his hand, to the others on the shelf, before he burst out laughing. I’d found a range of werewolf action figures.
He grabbed some more. “Perfect.”
The bistro Sean chose for lunch held few patrons. Cosy summed up the dimmed lighting, the dark-wood panelled walls, the yellowed black and white framed photographs that adorned the generous lounge. The offered seats in an enclosed corner of the room added a romantic element to it all.
“You want some wine, Jem?”
“Just juice.” Skimming over the menu, I lowered my voice. “I don’t want to fall asleep before the hunt.”
He smiled before turning as the waitress sidled up with pad and pen in hand. Sean ordered an orange juice and lemonade, a rare sirloin. The woman wrote it all down and looked to me.
“Salmon. But can I get it with potatoes and stuff, instead of salad, please?”
She smiled. “Certainly.”
“Potatoes and stuff?” Sean chuckled when we were alone.
“Well, she seems to know what stuff is.”
His long legs stretched out beneath the table, wrapped around mine. “It’s been good, getting out for a bit.” We didn’t get anywhere near enough time to ourselves. “We should do it more often, now Dad isn’t panicking so much over backup for the two of us.”
I smiled. “Yeah, we should.”
I never complained about Nathan’s concerns about me going out alone—or Sean’s. They weren’t unfounded. Sean and I never questioned Nathan’s worries over the two of us being out together either. As the first female werewolf, bitten by Sean two centuries before, bound to be reunited by a spell my mother placed on us at the time, I—we—tended to be well known, thanks to werewolf history. If another pack saw us, figured out who we were, past experience told us their curiosity alone could bring trouble—though, I didn’t quite understand their fascination with me. Thankfully, since eliminating the pack who hoped to keep me for themselves back in August, we hadn’t come into contact with any other outside wolves.
We remained quiet for a while. Constant conversation had never been a requirement for our relationship. The waitress didn’t even speak when she brought our drinks—probably thought we were making gooey eyes at each other … which, I guessed, we were. At the arrival of our food, we broke focus only long enough to be polite before our eyes reconnected.
We watched each other a lot. I liked to watch him eat. The pronouncement of tendons in his arms with each stab of the fork, every slice of the knife. The way he studied each individual item on his plate as though what he ate next was the most important decision in the world. The satisfaction on his face as the flavours pleasured him. I imagined he got the same enjoyment from watching me, because he always did it, too.
I smiled. “Want some of my stuff?”
He reached over, speared a chunk of broccoli with his fork. It disappeared into his mouth before he attacked his chips. After ramming in enough to render him incapable of speech, he stabbed some more, stretched over to feed them to me.
He finished first, as always, smearing the last of his chips in his bloodied meat juices. As he chewed the last mouthful, he settled onto his elbows. A smile played on his lips, his eyebrow twitched. “Rabbit or badger, tonight, Jem?”
I lowered my gaze as my body gave a small shudder of excitement at the thought. “Fox.”
“You have to wait for them to begin breeding again.”
Considering my alternatives, I returned to studying him. “What would you recommend?”
“Depends how hungry you are.”
“It has nothing to do with hunger.” I shrugged. “If you like rabbit, you simply eat more.”
His smile widened. “Badger, then.”
“Their meat is richer. Rabbit is sweeter.”
“How can meat be sweet?”
He shrugged then smiled when I offered him my last potato.
Th-th-that’s all, folks!
(to clarify, Ben is Poppy’s son)
See you Friday for the first Caged #FreeviewFriday
This post is just a little heads up to let you good folk know that there is a Goodreads giveaway starting today, with a signed print copy of Resonance up for grabs.
If you fancy winning yourself a physical copy of the book, you can do so HERE!
Whilst it’s not in the GR giveaway rules that you have to add it to your to-read pile, I’d certainly appreciate the gesture. Who knows, if it ends up on enough shelves, maybe I’ll throw in a little bit of Holloway Pack swag, too.
And if you simply can’t wait that long to find out what happens to Josh, don’t forget the Big Resonance Giveaway is still running until May 2nd.
All’s you gotta do to enter is either leave a review of Blue Moon somewhere (one previously written is perfectly accepted; it doesn’t have to be a new review), OR take a pic of you with your copy of Blue Moon to show you have it to read before heading into Resonance–because Resonance will be confusing, as well as smack you with a big fat Blue Moon spoiler if you haven’t read that one first.
EVERYONE who enters will receive an ecopy of Resonance. There will also be a grand draw at the end of the giveaway for all entries, to win a bag of (Holloway Pack) swag. More details HERE!.
Have a great week, and remember to visit here on May 1st for your first glimpse of what’s between the pages of Caged.
With today as the last day of the tour, I figured I’d head back in and recount all the days over the past week on all the blogs who were kind enough to have me–which means it will also be easy for folk to go check out any posts they missed, too.
Here they are:
Wednesday started off over at JeanzBookReadNReview, where Sandra pretty much dedicated an whole stream of posts to Resonance. From a promotional spotlight, to a Random One-Liner post, ending with Sandra’s (awesome) review of the book.
Thanks so much, Sandra.
Thursday, Ambur let me lose over at Burning Impossibly Bright, where I gave a somewhat intellectual and profoundly deep insight ( O_o ) into what I believe makes a well-structured pack.
And I could also be found over at The Cover Contessa, being interviewed by Brooke , which you can check out HERE!
Friday brought you an exclusive interview between author Aimee Laine and Jem’s sister, Jess. You can find out what unusual question Aimee asked, and Jess’s answers over at J.C. Martin’s Blog.
Thanks, J.C. (and Aimee).
Karla let me loose over on Book Addict on Saturday, where she shared an excerpt of Resonance. You can check that out HERE!
Another excerpt was shared on Sunday, by Jen over at At Random, which you can read HERE! Jen also posted an awesomesauce entry to win her copy of Resonance in the Big Resonance Giveaway, with pics of her copy of Blue Moon … well, mooning around in her office at work, LOL. It’s defo worth checking out. You can do so HERE!
Yesterday found me at Keri Lake’s Blog, where I FINALLY *show* the world (WITH PICTURES) how I see Sean Holloway. Defo worth checking out … HERE!
Pragya also wrote a great review for Resonance over at Reviewing Shelf. You can read that (and how she’s slightly miffed at me) HERE!
And, as for today, I’m guest posting over at Long and Short Reviews on balancing writing with the real world. You can read that HERE!
PLUS, Brenda interviews our very own and adorable Josh Larsen, over at Crazy Four Books HERE!
So, that’s it! The Resonance Tour has finally come to a close after a busy two weeks.
MASSIVE thanks goes out to all the bloggers involved, both from this week and last week. I couldn’t have done it without you guys.
Also, if anyone still wants to grab themselves a guaranteed copy of Resonance for their e-reader, the giveaway is still open until May 2nd. Find out more HERE!
Have a great week, guys.
With everyone’s lives being pretty busy, I figured I’d make it easy on your all by doing a weekly recap this week and next week, highlighting the tours stops that have happened during the week.
I’ve had some great stops going on to help promote Resonance this week, so these posts will also give me a chance to gives thanks to the bloggers who have made this tour possible.
So, this week’s round up:
Danielle opened the tour up for me on Tuesday, over at Known to Read, where she posted not only a great review for Resonance, but also part one of a three part short story titled: Hereditary.
In case you’re wondering, Hereditary has a LOT to do with Resonance. It’s also pretty relevant to Caged.
You can check out her post HERE!
Also on Tuesday, Froggarita hosted a promotion spotlight, where readers had the chance to read a Resonance excerpt,
You can check out her post HERE!
Wednesdayfound us over at Tana Rae Reads, where the lovely lady posted a great review for Resonance.
You can check that out HERE!
Thanks, Tana Rae.
And Julie Reece posted an excerpt, which you can check out HERE!
On Thursday, I guest posted over at Aimee Laine’s blog: “Chocolate and Werewolves Should Never Be Mixed … Said No One Ever”.
If you’re intrigued as to what that post could be all about, you can find out HERE!
And Laurie posted a GREAT review over at Reader Girls. You can view that HERE!
Aaaaaaand, also on Thursday, Maghon invited Ethan over to Happy Tails and Tales for an interview,.
This one was loads of fun to do. She also posted a GREAT review.
You can check them both out HERE!
Friday brought you Part II of Hereditary over at Laney McMann’s Blog. Yep, if you read and enjoyed Part II at Known to Read on Tuesday, HERE is where you’ll find the second installment.
Terri Rochenski let me loose on her blog on Saturday, where I posted about my Top 10 Tunes to Write to. You can check those out HERE!
A round of L.S. Murphy’s Rapid Fire Interview Questions hit her blog on Sunday morning. If you want to know how’d I’d react over being turned into a werewolf, you can find out HERE!
And for today ….
Yesterday found me at Katherine Skye’s Blog, where visitors could read an excerpt of Resonance, as well as check out her Random Resonance One-Liner for the day.
They could also find the THIRD AND FINAL installment of my short story Hereditary over at Kaidan’s Seduction.
And, as for today, head over to Lola’s Reviews, where you can read her review of Resonance and an interview with Me!
Don’t forget there’s another week of tour stops to go. Be great if you could follow along on those one, too.
And the two runner-s up, who will each receive a Caged bookmark are:
Pragya from The Reviewing Shelf and Danielle from Known to Read
Big thanks to everyone else who entered.
Don’t forget to check back for more giveaways in the future.
The Big Resonance Giveaway!
April 2nd 2013 marked the official release of Resonance upon the world (wahooooooooo!), and yes, Resonance is available to purchase at all of the usual outlets:
However, because I love and appreciate my fans so much, I decided to go on a mission to give something back.
Thanks to my super-duper editor, I’ve been granted permission for the following.
I vow to give away a FREE copy of Resonance to everyone who submits a valid entry between April 2nd and May 2nd (inclusive).
On top of that, one main-prize winner will receive a Holloway Pack swag-bundle (see below).
So, what do you have to do to enter?
Simples. Read on.
Resonance is, by no means, intended to be read as a standalone. If you haven’t read at least Blue Moon, then you will have absolutely no idea what is happening in Resonance. Also, if you haven’t read Blue Moon, then you will be hit upside the head with one massive spoiler for how the book ends if you read Resonance first.
Here’s the deal. You can enter in any (or all, if you wish) of the following ways:
Post a picture of you with your precious copy or Blue Moon somewhere on the Internet (yes, you do have permission to hide all but your eyes behind it if you just so happen to be camera shy).
It does not have to be a hard copy (paperback); it can be the cover image on the screen of your Kindle/e-reader/reading tablet. No, pdf’s do not count. If you have a pdf, then it’s most probably an illegal copy, and so will only upset me.
Once said picture is posted, link me up so I can see it. If you stick it on FB, then tag me, but remember, I have a space (for some bizarre reason) between my initials on there. So, make sure you use @J. A. Belfield in your tag. NB: There will be a space in the Rafflecopter form to paste in a link to your pic, also, just in case I miss any or the tagging doesn’t work. If you stick it on Twitter, then be sure to mention: @JABelfield so I can see your entry. And if you happen to stick it anywhere else, then be sure to forward a link to the post to j.a.belfield72 at gmail.com and include ‘The Big Resonance Giveaway’ in the subject line.
Post a review for Blue Moon.
Obviously, I’d prefer amazing ones, but I get that my writing won’t jive for everyone, so any review over 100 words will be accepted, even if it doesn’t rave and include 4/5 stars. However, I will read each review carefully (because I always do), and ascertain that I believe the book has actually been read rather than a review being composed out of a rewrite of the blurb (yes, this does happen on occasion).
Where you post your review is up to you. On Goodreads. Amazon. B&N. On your blog. Completely up to you. But the Rafflecopter form will have separate entry options for each of these places, and each one will be included as an entry toward the main prize.
Off you go, go, goooo!
Here’s the Rafflecopter Form!
And don’t forget to follow along on the tour, for more posts and Holloway Pack fun. Full schedule can be found HERE!
So, TOMORROW is the OFFICIAL release date for RESONANCE: Holloway Pack 2.5.
Excuse me a moment …
Okay, now I have that out of my system, allow me to get to the point of my post.
As well as release date, April 2nd also marks the start of the Resonance Blog Tour and the opening of The Big Resonance Giveaway. And during blog tours, I’m usually asked to write a few guest posts for bloggers to feature in their tour stop. Well, I’m going to admit, I have never been as stumped over what to write as I have been for the Resonance tour.
Well, because I’ve been going to great lengths to avoid dishing out spoilers for this book. And pretty much EVERYTHING in there is a spoiler for any who haven’t read Blue Moon.
Which meant that alternate pov scenes were out of the question. As were later-in-the-book excerpts. Even the character interviews required careful treading.
But (because I’m me) the mere idea of not being able to share SOMETHING was/has been/is driving me NUTS!
So, I came up with a solution.
RANDOM RESONANCE ONE-LINERS
Yep, Random Resonance One-Liners are exactly as they sound. I’ve painstakingly gone through the book and extracted a tonne of single lines. After all, they won’t be spoilerish without the surrounding content for context, right?
Or will they?
And you guys will be able to find said Random Resonance One-Liners throughout the month of April in a whole heap of places. In Blog Tour posts. On my Facebook Page. On Twitter. And maybe … even on here.
In fact … here’s your first one:
See? It hasn’t spoiled a thing. I think.
And, if you wanna see more … all’s you have to do is follow the tour. Click HERE for the dates & stops.
So … figured out what this one could mean for the pack yet?
So, I just found out something in the last couple of days about Resonance, which is due to release on Tuesday–April 2nd–next week.
Rather than bore you with my waffle, I figured I’d give you a hint with an image instead.
Ready for your hint?
Please excuse the quality of the image–I did a screen shot for ease–but the most important point is ….
RESONANCE IS GOING TO BE AVAILABLE IN PRINT!!!!!
In case you’re wondering, this IS a big deal to me, because Resonance will be the first of my novellas to be available in this format.
So, for all of you who have a mass preference for real-life books that have sniffable and strokeable appeal, fear not. You’ll very soon be able to go through your book greeting ritual with Resonance, too.
The Ebook is available to pre-order at: