Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Amazon gift card & Ines Johnson's Spear of Destiny

Chivalrous? Nah.

Ines Johnson writes books for strong women who suck at love. If you rocked out to the twisted triangle of Jem, Jericha, and Rio as a girl; if you were slayed by vampires with souls alongside Buffy; if you need your scandalous fix from Olivia Pope each week, then you’ll love her books!

Aside from being a writer, professional reader, and teacher, Ines is a very bad Buddhist. I'm also very bad, but Buddhism intrigues me. Ines sits in sangha each week, and while others are meditating and getting their zen on, she’s contemplating how to use the teachings to strengthen her plots and character motivations.


Loren Van Alst is an independent, twenty-first-century woman, an accused forger, a suspected thief, and the last descendant of Sir Galahad of the Arthurian court. To claim her seat at the Round Table and protect her newly found family of modern-day witches, she’ll need to convince the current Arthur and his knights to let a woman take the knights’ trials. But things go sideways when a crazed wizard goes on the loose with a magical spear that can strip a witch of her powers. As if that weren’t enough, the clique of mean girls from middle school arrives in Camelot and turn out to be witch hunters.

To safeguard a future she never knew she wanted, Loren will have to evade the hunters, defeat the wizard, capture the spear, and pass her trials. No one ever said becoming a kick-ass heroine would be easy!

Still curious about the author? Time for a Q&A about books with Ines...

What inspires you to write?
I come from a family of storytellers. My mother would talk your ears off for hours and my father is a songwriter. I began my storytelling career in television, where I still dabble from time to time. A few years ago I’d written a script that I thought would make an excellent book, only I didn’t know how to write a book. So I took a couple of classes and started querying. I never received a single rejection letter. Instead, I got no responses at all in the beginning! But I never gave up and I never stopped writing. Wait, isn’t the the definition of insanity?

How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
The first time I tried to write a book it took me one year to write the first three chapters because I agonized over each word choice. Now, I believe in fast drafting. Vomit the story onto the page without a care for comma placement. All told, it takes me about six months from the first drafted word to the final polished manuscript.

I take three to four weeks for the first draft, which I call The Dirty. I let The Dirty breath for as long as I am able to be parted with it -usually a week or two. Then I come back and Sweep up the grammar and plot holes, which usually takes another three to four weeks.

Next I send The Swept draft out to my trusted critique partners. When it comes back I Clean it up for another three weeks focusing on my weaknesses which is setting. Finally, I send The Clean manuscript off to the copyeditor for two to three weeks. When it comes back I Polish up all the commas and rethink my overused words. Then I hit publish, and start all over again!


What are you working on right now?
Right now I'm working on the next Misadventures of Loren book which is entitled "The Hammer of God." This time Loren goes up against the Norse God, Odin, and his Valkyrie daughters.

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
If you’re serious, you’re only allowed one day off a week. And on your day off you should be plotting in your head.

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
That's a hard question. But I can tell you what I'm reading right now. I’m reading a nonfiction book called “Sperm Wars: The Science of Sex” by Robin Baker. The title reveals the subject matter. It's about what goes on inside a fertile woman’s body. Did you know that less than 1% of sperm is designed for fertilization of the egg? There are Terminator sperm that engage in warfare with enemy sperm from the Part-Time Lover. It's fascinating! It's research for my current WIP.


So who wants to win something?!

Ines Johnson and I have partnered up to give away a couple items - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win an ebook of Spear of Destiny and another reader will win a $20 Amazon gift card.


Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


This giveaway is open to users worldwide. Two winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winners will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.


2 comments:

  1. Am getting a bit annoyed about the "US only" giveaways. The rest of the world can use ebooks and there's some of us not in the US who have Amazon.com accounts for stuff we can't get anywhere else. Also Amazon now has a "Global" section too. Please give the rest of us a chance!

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    1. This one is actually WW and not US only - I had it wrong in the rules. The region is usually up to the author where they want to ship to. But again, this one is WW so you can enter!

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