Friday, November 23, 2012

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - The Burning of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel

Contemporary New Adult
Date to be Published: October 1, 2012

When Lou travels to Scotland, she’s a mess.  She’s twenty-six, unemployed, and unsure of herself.  It doesn’t help that she’s traveling with Tammy, her best friend, who is everything Lou is not.
At first, the trip pushes Lou towards the brink of depression, but then she meets Brian, a handsome local tour guide.  When Brian tells the tourists about the countless witches burned in Scotland, Lou starts to listen.  And when she discovers information about Isobel Key, one of the victims of the seventeenth century, Lou finds renewed purpose.
Lou has begun exploring the Neo Pagan faith, a dramatic shift from her wealthy Catholic upbringing.  Despite her fears of being too “hocus pocusy”, Lou turns to her new faith as she struggles to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of Isobel Key.  But faith or not, Lou must face her demons if she has any hope of righting the wrongs of the past.

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Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”).

She is also an active reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and proud member of SCBWI, NCWN, and SCWW.

A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches writing composition at a community college. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

Contact Links

Twitter @ProDeaWriter 

Reading Addiction Blog Tours MEET and GREET

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

Absolutely!  To me, a career is the work of your heart.  It’s not about money: it’s about being happy.  Without the “heart work”, it’s just a job, and I don’t want writing to ever be just a job.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

Revisions.  I’ve learned to enjoy this step more, especially now that I have a system that works well for me, but I still love the freedom of the first draft.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

Many, actually!!  I’ve got great Betas and CPs, not to mention good editors and brainstormers.  I’m thankful to be a part of such a rich literary community.

#4 – What is next for your writing?

I’m juggling a few projects: a book that will be out next spring, a few first drafts, and some ideas that want to be born.  Right now, I just want to finish NaNoWriMo!

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

Absolutely.  I’m between books right now, but I’ve got over 90 loaded on my Kindle and waiting for me (and that doesn’t even take into account the STACK on the coffee table).  Next up?  HAPPIER AT HOME by Gretchin Rubin.  Can’t wait!

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?  Love my iPd Shuffle.

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? ALWAYS chocolate.

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Mashed potatoes.

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Can’t it be both?

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? I’m actually not a big romance fan, but I guess Sparks since he sets his tales in NC.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Fantastic reality.

#7 – Call or Text? Text

#8 – Public School or Home School? Public: teachers ROCK!

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate Depends on the day, but usually coffee

#10 – eBook or Paperback? I love all my books equally. J


VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR November 23 - December 23

November 23 - Gothic Angel Book Reviews - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
November 24 - Disincentive Reviews - Givewaway/Excerpt/PROMO
November 25 - Hooked in a Book - Review/Excerpt
November 25 - Winged Reviews - Guest Post/Giveaway/Excerpt/PROMO
November 25 - For the Love of Film and Novels - Giveaway/Guest Post/Excerpt/PROMO
November 26 - Book Addict - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
November 26 - Beth Art From the Heart - Review/Excerpt
November 27 - The Readioactive Book Blog - Review/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
November 28 - Rowan's Mom - Review/Giveaway
November 29 - My Seryniti - Review/Interview/Excerpt
November 30 - Lovely Reads - Interview/Giveaway/Guest Post/PROMO
November 30 - Reviewing Shelf - Review/Giveaway
December 1 - Books For Me - Review
December 2 -  Bless Their Hearts Mom - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
December 3 -  Marie Loves Books - Review/Giveaway
December 4 -  My Escape - Review/Giveaway/Interview
December 5 -  YA Novel Reader - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
December 6 -  Bea's Book Nook - Review/Giveaway
December 7 -  Forget the Hosework, I'm Reading - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
December 8 -  Bookishly Devoted - Review/Giveaway
December 9 -   Wonderland Reviews - Review/Interview
December 10 -  Cozie Corner - Review/Giveaway
December 11 -  Kimmie's Bookshelf - Guest Post/Excerpt/Giveaway/PROMO
December 12 -  Genuine Jen - Review/Giveaway
December 13 -  Books Books, The Magical Fruit - Giveaway/Excerpt/Interview/PROMO
December 14 -   What's Beyond Forks - Review/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
December 15 -  Pink Fluffy Hearts - Review/Giveaway/Guest Post/Excerpt
December 16 -  Paulette's Papers-  Giveaway/Excerpt/PROMO
December 17 - My Miscellaneous Bookshelf - Giveaway/Excerpt/PROMO
December 17 -  Reader Girls - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
December 18 -  A Soul Unsung - Review/Giveaway/Guest Post/Excerpt
December 19 -  A Bibliophiles Thoughts - Review/Giveawy/Excerpt
December 20 -  Celtic Lady Book Reviews - Review/Excerpt
December 21 -  Book-A-Holic - Review/Giveaway
December 22 -  Booklovin Mamas - Giveaway/Guest Post/Excerpt/PROMO
December 23 -  Andi's YA Books - Review/Giveaway/Guest Post/Excerpt


  1. Thanks for having me here to kick off the tour! :)

  2. The book sounds interesting ,good luck. Happy Holidays.DebP

  3. I have this book and I loved it. I can not wait for the next one. Thanks for doing this giveaway.

    1. Thanks, Krystal! The Key Inheritance is due out in January 2013 :)

  4. the book sounds really great and the cover art is beautiful. Thanks again. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Thank you! My cover artist, Heidi Sutherlin, is AMAZING!!

  5. Thanks for the giveaway! I love the cover btw :D

  6. I am really looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. I can't wait to hear what you think of it, Julie! Thank you! :)

  7. Fantastic reality! That's how I would describe my favorite genre of fiction, too! Well said!

  8. Stunning cover! It certainly caught my eye! :) This is going up my TBR list!

    Thanks for the giveaway :)


    1. So glad you like the cover! Let me know what you think of the book. :)