Happy Holidays Hop Winner Announced

11816-happy2bholidays2bblog2bhop2bbuttonFirst of all, a big thank you to all those who took the time to enter the Happy Holidays Blog Hop. I’ve now got a heap of new films to watch when Christmas comes around again.

This morning, the winner was drawn by counting up the comments and using Random.org to select one from the list. So, without further ado, the winning comment* on the post is …


*Winner’s email address has been removed from comment for privacy purposes.

Congratulations, Brittany2323!

Please email at j.a.belfield72 @ gmail . com (without spaces) and let me know a) your Amazon email address for receiving your gift card, and b) whether you’d prefer mobi. (kindle) or epub format for your ebooks.

Have a great week, everyone. ☺♥☺


Happy Holidays Blog Hop #Giveaway

Ho, ho, ho!

Welcome to my stop on the Happy Holidays Blog Hop.

Here there be prizes up for grabs. Wanna see?

Course you do.


Okay, so on my stop on the hop, you can bag yourself the following:

a $5 Amazon GC

an ecopy of my book Darkness & Light

an ecopy of the Make Believe anthology, in which I have a story

details of both books are below

to enter, simply comment below telling me your favourite ever Christmas film.

That’s it. No likes, no follows, etc.

However, if you look around and like what I’m about, you’re more than welcome to come visit on my social networking sites, and sharing the link to my stop on the hop would be an awesome gift, as it will help spread the word about my stop on the hop.

Lastly, before I go:

Happy Christmas!

Jem Stonehouse, a housewife with a neurotic husband bent on keeping her in line, dreams about werewolves in, what she believes, is a bid to escape boredom.
Sean Holloway is a werewolf, living a charade within the human race, whose mind drifts to a bond he shares with a woman he hasn’t met — at least, not in this lifetime.
Apart, the two are safe but live unfulfilled lives.
Together, they’ll become prey to rival packs just as they have been for hundreds of years.
When their worlds collide, and not for the first time, instinct takes over. Dreams become reality. Futures are uncertain. To keep history from repeating itself, Sean must teach Jem about his heritage, convince her of her role, and win her love.
Can Jem accept her destiny before it’s too late, or is her inner wolf buried too deep to save her future with Sean?

Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski

The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford

The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford

Petrified by Kelly Said

Last Winter Red by Jennifer M. Eaton

Escort to Insanity by J.A. Belfield


Visit the other blogs on the hop:


Mid-Winters Eve Blog Hop! #Giveaway

Welcome, welcome to my stop for the Mid-Winters Eve Blog Hop. As usual, I would first like to thanks Kathy over at I am a Reader Not a Writer for all her hop organising, and to Oasis for YA for co-hosting this hop. I would also like to encourage you to click on the hop badge ==>>, which will take you to the full list of participating blogs. There are tonnes of giveaways happening and loads of chances to win. And who doesn’t want to win over Christmas? 🙂

Okay, then, onward with my post. Given the hop in question, and given that wintry scene above in the hop badge, I couldn’t think of a better prize to offer up than the Make Believe anthology that released December 3rd 2012.

Check it out:

Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski (fantasy)

The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford (fantasy)

Birthright by Lynda R. Young (fantasy)

Petrified by Kelly Said (fantasy)

Last Winter Red by Jennifer M. Eaton (dystopia)

Escort to Insanity by J.A. Belfield (paranormal romance)

Short stories are awesome for curling up with, for snatching snippets of reading pleasure in between visits from the fam. So, to be in with a chance of winning this coolio antho that has had some pretty decent reviews so far, simply follow the link to the RAFFLECOPTER FORM!

Wishing you all a GREAT Christmas, a safe and merry New Year, and best of luck!

Author Love: Jennifer M. Eaton

Today is the final day for introducing you to my Make Believe buddies. So last, but by no means least, meet: Jennifer.

Hi, Jennifer. Tell us a little about your story—and how does it relate to the prompt given for the anthology theme? 

My story has everything to do with the writing prompt.  I wrote fresh from staring at that picture for two weeks.  Honestly I’d given up, as nothing was coming to me.  Then I decided to use an old writing trick of mine.  I took the girl in the picture, described her, and had her take a step.  That was all I needed.  Once she stepped into the snow, and her red silk slipper dampened in the thawing slush—I never turned back.  Emily was born, and her story simply flowed from my fingers.

How did you choose the title for the story? 

I actually wrote the last six words of the story on the first day of writing.  I am not really sure where they came from, but from those words, the title “Last Winter Red” was born.

Are you working on another title at the moment?

Can you tell us about it? Oh Yes!  I am currently working on a new novel entitled Fire in the Woods.  It is a far stretch from Last Winter Red.  “Fire” takes place in New Jersey (on the East Coast of the USA) in present day.  My heroine is a seventeen-year-old girl who meets a boy in the woods after a plane crash, and he turns her life upside down forever.  Fire in the Woods is a fast-paced explosive YA story that I can’t wait to put the final finishing touches on.

Sounds awesome. I’m really into YA at the moment.

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I would really love to go to Egypt.  I find the Pyramids and Egyptian artefacts fascinating.  At one time, it was one of my goals to climb the great pyramids.  Things as they are, though, I’ve backed down on that goal somewhat and have my eyes set on climbing the Mayan pyramids.  I just love ruins of all kinds.  I recently scampered around the ruins of Jamestown, Virginia (of Pocahontas and John Smith fame)  I just eat that stuff up! Oh, am I still answering the right question?  Sorry!

Meh, don’t worry about it. Have you ever read a book more than once? If so, what was it?

I read the first three books of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series multiple times.  I just loved the stories immensely.  The characters, the deep plotlines… it all just drew me in.  Every time a new book came out, I’d read the preceding books just to get the story straight again.  Yes, that means that at one point I basically knew the first book by heart.  I stopped doing it after a while… because those books are REALLY LONG!

 And now for some randomness:

Plotter or panster? 

I used to be a pantser.  I wrote for the simple joy of writing and never knew where the wind would take me.  The first thing I ever outlined was Last Winter Red.  Yeah, that went pretty well for me.  The outline is now my friend.  Fire in the Woods was written from an outline, and the writing is very crisp and tight.  I don’t think I will ever write something (seriously) from the seat of my pants again.

Steak: rare or well-done—how do you like your meat?

Cook it baby!  My husband and I were out at a restaurant the other night, and he got something “pan seared”.  We didn’t realize that meant RAW INSIDE.  He said it was okay, but “got full” quickly.  We bought our meal home, and cooked it— thank you very much.  Nope, we don’t like our meat raw and wiggling.


Ice cream … or fresh cream? 

What the heck is fresh cream?  I went to a farm and milked a cow once.  The milk was oaky, but it was not cold, which was a bit weird.  Let’s say Ice cream.  I’m American.  No fresh cream for us over the pond.  🙂

The bird doesn’t know what fresh cream is? O_O This is a travesty! 😐 

Coastal walks … or extreme sports?

Coastal walks.  I’m not a real extreme sports type of person, although I actually LOVE snorkelling and hiking.  Hiking can get a little extreme sometimes, and I did have a run-in with a school of squid once, but that’s a story for another day.  🙂

And finally … in no more than three sentences, tell us why we should read your story? What about it will grip us by the shirt scruffs and drag us along for the ride?

The world as we know it has ended.  Emily stumbles into the woods looking for love, and discovers a secret that will change her life forever.  You can never know how the truth will affect you, until you are forced to confront the unthinkable.

This is very true. Sounds like a great read! Let’s take a look at Jennifer’s blurb for Last Winter Red:

Emily is a Red, a woman whose sole purpose in life is to produce offspring. When her husband dies and leaves her childless, she risks her life and forsakes the safety of Terra—a disease-free city born after the nuclear holocaust. Beyond its boundaries, she knows, survives a man with whom she can be properly paired.

The Outside, though, holds secrets the government struggles to keep, and what Emily discovers on her quest for a mate will change her life forever.

Sounds very cool, eh?

Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to catch up with Jennifer on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, or her Blog, and say Hi! 

A HUGE thanks to all of you who’ve visited us this week. Don’t forget to check out all the Make Believe blog tour posts that will be happening over the next few weeks. Due to there being 6 participating authors, there are quite a few, but more stops means more chances to win an Ebook of Make Believe or other goodies are bound to arise. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Author Love: Kelly Said

MASSIVE welcome to my fellow Make Believe author, Kelly.

I’m a HUGE fan of Kelly’s writing since loving her story Pearl of Pau-maa in the Tidal Whispers anthology so I’m muchero excited that she’s here on my blog.

So, Kelly, can you tell us a little about your story—and how does it relate to the prompt given for the anthology theme?

When I first saw the image of a girl in a red cloak standing in a snow coated field, I studied *every* detail. How the snow was falling, how come there were no footprints in the snow? Why was the girl out in a blizzard with bare arms, as if the weather didn’t bother her? What happened to the trees and animals? Why was she alone out in the middle of nowhere? If she was summoned there, how and why? The cover image is actually a scene in the middle of my story, so once I had those questions answered, I knew how things would start and how they would end, but it had no intrigue yet. So, when I read the publisher’s prompt of “Where illusion can’t hide all the secrets,” I knew that one of the characters in my story would be harbouring some incredibly powerful secret, perhaps using “illusions” to keep people from discovering the fact that – well now, “that’s” a discovery readers will make at the end of the story, hehe! *wink-wink!*

And I’ll bet they can’t wait to find out. 🙂 So what can you tell us about the book that the blurb doesn’t tell us? Preferably without giving the entire plot away?

Hmm, let’s see… something NOT in the blurb…. *looks up, bites lip, ponders* There’s a catfight scene, well, maybe not a “fight” per se, but rather a “skirmish.” 😉

Ooooh, very intriguing. 🙂 And how about the title for the story, how did you choose that?

I really like how the word PETRIFIED has different meanings. For instance, it can mean to benumb or paralyze someone with astonishment, horror, or other strong emotion. Or, it implies making something rigid or inert; harden; deaden. It felt to me like both meanings of the word PETRIFIED embodied a major plot element in the story. 🙂

 And now for some randomness:

 What book(s) are you reading now?

Divergent by Veronica Roth and After Dark by Emi J. Gayle

LOVED both!

Paranormal or dystopia—which do you prefer?

Can’t we have both? Hehe! Hmm, on a scale of 1-100, I’m 50.5% more paranormal preference to 49.5% dystopian. 😉

You know that’s cheating, right? Okay, how about: Werewolves or vampires (what’d you choose: hot bloodied or blood sucker)?

ah-ooooo! Werewolves! I know a couple of hot ones from The Holloway Pack stories ;D

Ha! Yeah, I’d go with weirdwolves every time. 😉

Cats or dogs?


And finally … in no more than three sentences, tell us why we should read your story? What about it will grip us by the shirt scruffs and drag us along for the ride?

I like stories with buried secrets, secrets so huge they rumble and shake the ground until nothing can keep them from being exposed, keee-rack! ultimately shifting a person’s perspective like a tectonic plate. PETRIFIED takes readers to a place where winter has strangely devoured summer, where mysteries are the mortar binding the bricks in castle walls, and where Prince Sterling August and Lochlyn of the North are about to discover that some secrets, no matter how vehemently guarded, will surface and change them both forever.

Dum-dum-duuuuuuum! Sounds awesome! Let’s take a look at Kelly’s blurb for Petrified:

A mysterious storm has replaced summer with winter, devastating crops and smothering Castle lands in snow. Prince Sterling August stands alone as a leader, lost in personal grief as well as a desire to help his people but with an inability to do either.

The answers he needs await him, but without Lochlyn, a woman who’s just as isolated as Sterling, he’ll never see what stands before him, cloaked in illusion.

Sounds very cool, eh?

Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to catch up with Kelly on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, or her Blog, and say Hi! 

Don’t forget to call back tomorrow for a ‘chat’ with Jennifer M. Eaton. 🙂