CAGED is Re-Available!

Good news, guys! Ethan Holloway is back on the market with the re-publication of CAGED.
And if you’re on KU, you can read it for FREE!
 
Publishers Weekly on CAGED:
 
“Solid, preternatural mythology, a nice sensibility of the weres’ canine natures, and stimulating sex scenes between Ethan and Shelley will help increase Belfield’s audience.” ~ Publishers Weekly
 
Blurb:
 
If the meek can become deadly, the strongest can be weak.caged-ebook-cover-2016
For Ethan Holloway, his mission to find a missing werewolf should be simple. Crack a few heads, bust a few chops, and the solution always reveals itself. Always.
Not this time.
Ethan’s reputation precedes him, and because it does, someone is ready. Waiting. Unbeknownst to Ethan, he’s about to go down. Hard. Against a foe he never suspected and in a world he never imagined could be real.
What awaits Ethan is a fight not only for his reputation, but also his pack, his female, and his life. If he survives, damage control will become priority number one.
If he survives.
Because even Ethan’s not sure he’s strong enough to take on an entire race all by himself. Especially one hell bent on exposing who and what he is in the name of sport.
 
AVAILABLE NOW!
 
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… In which I explain about genre shifting within a series and spill some so-far-unspoken Holloway Pack secrets

Foreword: Please excuse the big-a$$ length of this post.

Is the Holloway Pack paranormal romance or urban fantasy?

Okay, I see a lot of comments regarding this since Caged released last year—about how the preceding Holloway Pack titles are defo paranormal romance (PNR), whereas Caged seems to swing much closer to urban fantasy )UF).

It’s being brought up again with the release of Unnatural, because I think folk were possibly expecting Kyle’s story to be more UF than PNR, too, with it being another male POV. However, Unnatural actually makes a definite step back toward the realm of PNR.

Some might say this is confusing within a series. And some might think this is a strategic move to broaden my reader base.

There’s actually a little more to my motives than that, and the answer is really a whole lot simpler.

You see, when I first realised I would be writing stories about more than just Jem and Sean, I also realised how many possibilities that opened up. I was no longer limited to dealing with only Jem-targeted conflicts, but could create conflicts for all of the other younger generation pack members, besides my regular duo.

I was about halfway through writing Caged when I understood whose book would come next, and with that understanding came a grasp on what the conflict would be. And then by the time I’d reached the end of Caged, I knew who would control the fifth book, and who would control the sixth. Which leads me to …

Time to spill some kept-close-to-my-chest Holloway Pack secrets

Okay, if I’m to fully explain what I’ve said above, I’m going to have to open up a vein here and bleed a little for you all.

You see, by understanding all of the characters, I could then understand all of the stories, and I could understand the level of romance in each tale I plan to tell (or have told). And each tale that has come to me for each Holloway Pack member is pretty clear in my mind. They have also each arrived as COMPLETELY different to the other stories in the book—which, by the end, will make for a string of totally fresh stories all related by characters, setting, timeline, and leading toward the end result.

And I’m a big believer of telling the story exactly how it needs to be told. I refuse to ramp up the romance just to make it fit into the PNR mould. I refuse to add in extra sex scenes, just because I know readers love sex scenes. If the sex scene(s) has a purpose—for character/story development, or to help show a character trait/personality, etc—then I will include it. If, however, it holds no purpose whatsoever and adds nothing to the story other than a few pages of titillation, then it’s not going in. Whatever you find in my stories is there because my muse gave it the green light. As a result, not every Holloway Pack (HP) title will contain the same amount of sex scenes, the same level of heat, or the same level of romance—because each individual story will be told as it needs to be told, no more, no less.

So, to hopefully help everyone understand exactly what my muse has planned and how it will all play out, I will—right here, right now—do a rundown of all muse-planned Holloway Pack stories, including titles, MC, number of planned sex scenes, and whether or not they fall into PNR or UF plus why.

*gulp* Here goes …

Prequels

Instinct AND Eternal (HP 0 & 0.5)

MC: Sean (Instinct) and Jem (Eternal).

Sex scenes: Both stories include only ONE complete sex scene each (hey, they’re only novellas …).

Genre: DEFINITELY PNR.

Why: The story between these two has been romance from the beginning. It had to—has to—remain that way, for me.

Non-Prequels

Darkness & Light (HP 1)

MC: Jem

Sex scenes: Hmmm, can’t fully remember—ha! Three, I think.

Genre: PNR.

Why: This is Jem and Sean’s ultimate story. The reunion of a relationship begun in the prequels, making their relationship the main plot point.

Blue Moon (HP 2)

MC: Jem

Sex scenes: Three. I think. It’s been a while since I read it, lol.

Genre: PNR

Why: Actually, this answer wasn’t quite as cut and dried as for the other ‘Jem’ titles; however, even though there appears to be a main plot point concerning outside forces that must be overcome, her motivations are still ultimately driven by her love for Sean. So I’m calling PNR on this one.

Resonance

MC: Jem.

Sex scenes: Only one (novella only).

Genre: UF.

Why: Because, whilst we do see some developments between Jem and Sean in this story—hence the intimate scene—their relationship is not the main conflict/plot point of this story.

Caged (HP 3)

MC: Ethan (grrrrrowl).

Sex scenes: One (for relationship development).

Genre: UF.

Why: Whilst there is certainly some conflict to be overcome in the romantic aspects of this book, those most certainly aren’t the main conflict/plot point of this story. The romance is an arc, not the main focus. And so this one, as has been noted by reviewers, falls under UF.

Unnatural (HP 4)

MC: Kyle (and Brook).

Sex scenes: One <<how to explain this low number without giving spoilers …. Hmmm: okay, due to ‘limitations’, finding places to slot in more intimate scenes than the one featured would have been contrite and forced. The singular scene included was important to show some character developments and to lead into a new conflict. In short: it only needed one, so only one went in.

Genre: PNR.

Why: Because the relationship, and the difficulties that brought with it, was the main conflict/driving force of this entire story, from start to finish.

And moving onto some of the secrets …

Cornered (Holloway Pack 5)

MC: Dan—though if you’ve read Unnatural, chances are, you’ve already guessed whose story will be coming next.

Planned sex scenes: One. This one, though, will be for story development.

Genre: UF.

Why: Because any romantic aspects will not be the main conflict but a side arc. The main plot point in this tale definitely falls into the UF realm.

Burned (Holloway Pack 6)

MC: Josh

Planned sex scenes: Two <<for all kinds of developments. Obscure, much? 😉

Genre: PNR.

Why: Again, because the relationship and difficulties that arise alongside that will be the main plot line of the story.

So, as you can see, more switches back and forth between UF and PNR will be made, but you just have to trust that I have my reasons.

Oh, and I almost forgot:

Endless (Holloway Pack 7)

MC: Multi

Planned sex scenes: Currently undetermined

Genre: UF

Why: Because the bigger picture is a whole lot more than a singular relationship.

Okay, so I guess you’re probably going Whoah, hold on a second, when did that 7th Holloway Pack title sneak in there?

Truth is, I discussed a 7th book a while back with my editor. In case anybody’s wondering if I’m just trying to last the series out as long as possible, please back up.

My true reasons for adding on this extra multi-pov finale are these:

1. Burned is by no means a wrap up for the entire series. It’s merely Josh’s story. And I didn’t want to leave everyone just hanging with a non-ending.

2. I had an epiphany about exactly how the series needed to ultimately end. And if I try slipping that into Josh’s book, there’s a pretty good chance his limelight will be stolen and the (hopefully) awesomeness of his story will get squashed.

3. By the end of Burned, there will possibly still be some loose ends that need wrapping up, and this will be my chance to tie those and hopefully leave my readers satisfied and not shouting WTF at the pages/screens, as happens too often with series’ endings. I don’t want that. I want to walk away feeling as though my work here is done.

4. There is a character, who nobody has met yet but whom I mentally know quite well, that I want to bring in. My muse is telling me that he’s a part of this overall story. That he’s trouble. And that I should use those two pieces of knowledge to the series’ advantage. I also have a grasp on just how much chaos this character can potentially cause, and this is not an opportunity I want to waste.

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Okay, over to you: feel free to speak your minds about genre veering within a series; feel free to guess at who the troublesome character might be in the finale of the Holloway Pack; heck, feel free to guess at the ultimate outcome for the pack, if you want. I’m all ears.

P.S. Yes, in case you’re unsure, I am on a small Holloway Pack break to write something different. I shall, however, be adding to Dan’s story, hopefully, come late autumn of this year.

As always, thanks for reading.

Caged #Giveaway + More

Heads up!

There is a giveaway to win a copy of Caged by yours truly (that’s me, btw) over on Goodreads.

You can enter to win that below.

But keeping reading, too, because (just like the post title suggests) there’s more.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Caged by J.A. Belfield

Caged

by J.A. Belfield

Giveaway ends November 21, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Okay, here’s the more.

Because I’m in a giving away kind of mood, I figured I’d also giveaway ANY Holloway Pack title you want in E-Format.

Darkness & LightBlueMoonResonanceCagedInstinct: Holloway Pack 0Eternal: Holloway Pack 0.5Into The Unknown: containing Holloway Pack 1.5

So: winner’s choice of Holloway Pack to TWO lucky winners.

Maybe you’ve yet to start and have been waiting for the chance to nab Darkness & Light, or maybe you’re at the end of Blue Moon and just NEED to know what freaking happens next in Resonance. OR, maybe you’re an ebook kinda reader and want to get your hands–mind?–on Ethan and Caged.

Now’s your chance.

You can enter HERE.

Giveaway ends midnight of Monday 28th 2013

Good luck!

p.s. IT’S ONLY 58 DAYS UNTIL I GET TO SHARE A GLIMPSE OF UNNATURAL!!!!!

If you haven’t done so already, you can add it to your Goodreads by clicking HERE (btw, I’d love you forever, if you did)!

Cheers for stopping by.

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Please remember to read the T&C stated within the Raffecopter form. Cheers.

Holloway Pack Series Banner

 So, for a while, I’ve been meaning to create some kind of series banner for the Holloway Pack. I mean, over on my book blog, I have a whole strip of series banners in my sidebar under my ‘Favourite Series’, and I thought a banner for my own books would be pretty cool to have.

However, the very cool blogger who creates all of the series banners has been so inundated with requests that she put a hold on requests for specified banners, and so I realised I was just going to have to create my own.

So, I did.

Now, bear in mind that because I made them (I tried three) myself, they’re not brilliant, but they do the job.

And I figured there might be a couple of you guys who’d possibly fancy snatching the banner for your own sidebar.

So, beneath each banner is also the html code for pasting straight into your ‘text’ (if you’re on WP, anyway) widget. The image *should* slide in there at exactly the right width to match any you may have already grabbed for other series’ from I’m Loving Books.

Want one? Then have at it.

H-Pack Series Banner

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/series/60824-holloway-pack&#8221; title=”The Holloway Pack by J.A. Belfield”><img src=”http://bookarooju.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/h-pack-series-banner-resized1.jpg ” alt=”The Holloway Pack by J.A. Belfield” title=”The Holloway Pack by J.A. Belfield” /></a>

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<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/series/60824-holloway-pack&#8221; title=”The Holloway Pack by J.A. Belfield”><img src=”https://jabelfield.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/h-pack-series-banner-2-resized.jpg ” alt=”The Holloway Pack by J.A. Belfield” title=”The Holloway Pack by J.A. Belfield” /></a>

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Update:

It’s been brought to my attention that the images aren’t showing up for you guys. For some reason, somewhere between me composing the post, and the post going live, the image urls are converting themselves into links and thus losing the closing ” at the end of them, so I have had to put a space in there for them to stick around. 

SO, when you post this to your blog, you’ll need to find this part of the code: resized1.jpg “ and delete the space between ‘jpg’ and “, so that resized1.jpg “ becomes: resized1.jpg”

I hope that makes sense and helps.

#Caged Book Birthday + Giveaway Winner + #StompVRomp News + #BlueMoon #Sale

First Up: Book Birthday Day!

Yup, today is release day for CAGED!!!!

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I’m super excited to be sharing this with you all FINALLY! Ethan’s story was as challenging as it was fun to write, and I hope I’ve done him justice, and that you all enjoy spending a little time with him. I mean, you all asked for more Ethan, right? So, now here he is:

CagedIf the meek can become deadly, the strongest can be weak.

For Ethan Holloway, his mission to find a missing werewolf should be simple. Crack a few heads, bust a few chops and the solution always reveals itself. Always.

Not this time.

Ethan’s reputation precedes him, and because it does, someone is ready. Waiting. Unbeknownst to Ethan, he’s about to go down. Hard. Against a foe he never suspected and in a world he never imagined could be real.

What awaits Ethan is a fight not only for his reputation, but also his pack, his female, and his life. If he survives, damage control will become priority number one.

If he survives.

Because even Ethan’s not sure he’s strong enough to take on an entire race all by himself.

Especially one hell bent on exposing who and what he is in the name of sport.

Add it to your Goodreads!

 

Also, to celebrate the release of Caged, BLUE MOON will be on sale throughout the duration of the blog tour.

Lookie:

BlueMoon: Holloway Pack 2

During the Caged Tour, Blue Moon: Holloway Pack 2 is on SALE!

Grab YOUR copy for only $0.99 at the following stores:

Second Up: Giveaway Winner!

Last week, in the days running up to Caged’s release, all the way up until lunchtime today, I’ve been running a ‘share/retweet’ giveaway to win my lurvely Caged banner + a release day e-copy of Caged.

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And the winner of the above banner and an ecopy of Caged is …

CAROLE-ANN @TheBookRest

Congratulations!

I shall be emailing you REAL SOON to arrange delivery of your prizes.

For those of you who didn’t win, don’t fear because there is a tour-long *BIG giveaway throughout the Caged tour, which starts TODAY over at Lola’s Reviews  & Bite My Book, as well as lots of chances to win ebooks–including a complete series giveaway–at various tour stops along the way.

Full tour schedule can be found HERE!

Though to make it easier for you, here’s a peek at what’s up for grabs*:

And to make it easier on you, the entry link is below:

Rafflecopter

And finally: Stomp V Romp

Stomp V Romp is a month long bundle of fun organised by The Book Nympho and Rabid Reads.

TBN’s team will be representing the Stomp end of the battle, whilst RR’s team will be representing the Romp end of the battle.

Well, our one and only Ethan Holloway got invited along to play …

FOR THE ROMP TEAM!!!!!!

(don’t laugh–he’s taken this task VERY seriously)

He’s up on August 9th–we’re against Suzanne Johnson’s Elysian Field’s.

I’m pretty darn sure Ethan would appreciate your support, so remember:

COME VOTE FOR HIM!

More details can be found on this funfest HERE!