Monday, March 16, 2015

Tour Kick Off: Four Rubbings by @JenniferLHotes #giveaway

Young Adult Paranormal Thriller
Date Published: August 2013

The night the barrier between the dead and the living is as thin as muslin. Fourteen-year old Josie, haunted by the death of her mother, leads her best friends to an ancient cemetery to rub graves. Convinced she will come away with proof of her mother’s spirit at last, the evening takes an unexpected turn as the teens gravitate four ways into the haunted grounds.
Set against the backdrop of the rainy Pacific Northwest, four graves will be rubbed, touching off a series of events that will rattle their once mundane lives. From the lonely World War II hero to an accused witch, the people buried beneath the stones have stories that need an ending.

The journey to unravel the mysteries leaves the friends wondering if the graves would’ve been better off left alone.

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career? Absolutely! As a stay-at-home mother, this is a career I can succeed at without taking time away from raising my kids. I write before my household wakes and edit during school hours and market while helping the kids with their homework. It’s perfect. Also, it goes hand in hand with my career as an illustrator, which I can also do effectively from home.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process? A friend of mine once said that the biggest obstacle between you and your goal is the thing between your ears. Yes, my brain fights against me, negative thoughts and down-talk can knock the air out of me. I started to hush that negative inner-voice by writing, then sharing it with other writers. Getting productive and positive feedback on my developing story helped me to know that this was something I could and really wanted to do.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family? My publisher, Booktrope, was immensely helpful. The team approach of my publisher means that every book is collaborative effort with other eager, capable professionals. The end result is greater than what I ever could have achieved alone.

#4 – What is next for your writing? The sequel to Four Rubbings is in edits right now, so look for it Spring 2015. Then, I will turn my focus on writing the final book in the trilogy. After that, there’s a mystery series that I’m aching to write. The protagonist is a new stay-at-home mother that yearns for the drama, fun and vitality that her work life brought her. She ends up googling her way into the middle of an unsolved crime and becomes an unlikely investigator, all with baby in tow.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading? Yes, absolutely! I wish I didn’t have to sleep, so I could fit in more reading time. Right now I’m reading Fever, by Laurie Halse Anderson and Our Auntie Rosa by Sheila McCauley Keys but have Unsettled Spirits by Sophie Weeks waiting for me on my eReader.

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3? iPd

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Mashed Potatoes

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Drama

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Nicholas Sparks

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Reality

#7 – Call or Text? Text

#8 – Public School or Home School? Public School

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate Coffee

#10 – eBook or Paperback? Paperback

Encouraged by her mother-in-law, Elizabeth A. Hotes, who told her to create something and share it with others, Jennifer writes and illustrates to keep her memory alive.
To date, Jennifer’s favorite medium is pen and ink, but she also loves to paint a wall or canvas.
Her works have been featured at benefit art auctions, adorned the walls of public spaces, graced  homes and enhanced books with vibrant covers and internal illustrations.
Four Rubbings is Jennifer’s first novel, though she’s busy writing the second book in the Stone Witch Weries presently. Four Rubbings is great for readers that enjoyed the Harry Potter series, and has been a fun book club pick across the country. The author loves Skyping into book clubs, so email her and ask – she may just surprise you with a cyber visit!

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