Hi guys! Welcome to the my tour stop for the Embers in the Sea Blog Tour! There are two things special about this book and blog tour stop: 1) This is the last promo post stop! Woo hoo! We’re ending the blog tour off with a bang! 2) I’m planning on meeting Jennifer M. Eaton at the SE-YA Book Fest in Murfreesboro, TN, this March! I can’t wait, and I am so glad that I am part of the blog tour! Hope you enjoy my stop, buy her books, and share this blog tour stop with all your friends! 🙂
Title: EMBERS IN THE SEA (Fire in The Woods #3)
Author: JenniferM. Eaton
Pub. Date: January 31, 2017
Format: Paperback, eBook
Synopsis: Alien scientist David has dealt with disappointment his entire life, but failing to breathe life into the planet Mars is his greatest regret. Out of options and in need of a new home for their people, the alien Caretakers rekindle their plan to inhabit Earth. First they will have to eliminate the human race, including Jess, the only human David holds dear.
Humanity has one final chance at survival. David needs to emulate Earth’s precipitation on Mars. But the catalyst to make it rain lies in the fathomless depths of Earth’s ocean.
The clock is ticking down to humanity’s last hours as Jess and David face a world more alien than either of them can imagine. The sea hides secrets, but some secrets don’t want to be found.
Title: FIRE IN THE WOODS (Fire In The Woods #1)
Author: Jennifer M. Eaton
Pub. Date: October 28, 2014
Format: Paperback, eBook
Synopsis: When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally.
But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel. But her father runs their house like an army barracks. and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere.
So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met? Hiding him in her room probably isn’t the best idea. Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David.
That doesn’t mean she won’t do it.
It just means she can’t get caught. Helping David get home while protecting her heart—that’s gonna be the hard part.
After all, she can’t really fall for a guy whose not exactly from here. As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But all is not what it seems. David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both in handcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she’s to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it.
FIRE IN THE WOODS is Star-Crossed meets Close Encounters of the Third Kind!
Title: ASHES IN THE SKY (Fire In The Woods #2)
Author: Jennifer M. Eaton
Pub. Date: March 15, 2016
Format: Paperback, eBook
After inadvertently saving the world, eighteen-year-old Jessica Martinez is ready to put adventure behind her and settle back into the familiar routine of high school.
Though when she’s offered an opportunity to photograph the inside of an alien space ship, Jess jumps at the chance. After all, she’d be crazy to turn something like that down, right?
Spending time with David on the ship has definite advantages and the two seem to pick up right where they left off. But when Jess discovers a plot to sabotage David’s efforts to establish a new home for his people on another planet, neither David’s advanced tech nor Jess’s smarts will be able to save them.
ASHES IN THE SKY is an action-packed, romantic Sci Fi adventure that will leave readers screaming for more.
Jennifer M. Eaton hails from the eastern shore of the North American Continent on planet Earth. Yes, regrettably, she is human, but please don’t hold that against her. While not traipsing through the galaxy looking for specimens for her space moth collection, she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband and three energetic offspring. (And a poodle who runs the spaceport when she’s not around.)
During infrequent excursions to her home planet of Earth, Jennifer enjoys long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but great adventures are always a short shuttle ride away.
Who knows where we’ll end up next?
Hi Kester! Thanks so much for having me today.
1. Congrats that your most recent book Embers in the Sea, the finale to your Fire in the Woods trilogy, just released!
Thanks! Woohoo! I can’t believe the story has grown so much.
In your own words, what is your Fire in the Woods series about?
In general, Fire in the Woods is a fun story about running for your life while stuff blows up, but there are deeper themes, like friendship, honor, tolerance, racial equality, and striving to do what’s right against the odds.
2. Why do you love writing? When did you first have a love for writing, and how was it formed?
I’ve been making up stories since I was a little kid. (No-not to get out of getting in trouble.) I can’t remember a time when there weren’t little characters running around in my head on silly or extravagant adventures. When I was in high school, I started writing a story down for the first time. I wrote a chapter a night and let my friends read it the next day at school. They loved it, and I was hooked. Writing is sort of like therapy. It is an amazing escape to lose yourself in a world you’ve created.
3. Who are your favorite authors, and which ones have had an impact on you? Who has affected your writing style the most?
My favorite authors are Jennifer L. Armentrout, (YA Spec romance) Jocelyn Adams,(YA/NA Spec Romance) Jess Acardo (Contemporary YA thriller romance) and Suzane Brockman (Adult Navy Seal stories)
I think all of them have had somewhat of an impact on my writing. Armentrout has a way of drawing you into a story and not letting go. Adams writes with a unique voice that really connects you to a character. Acardo writes with fantastic pressure and pacing. Brockman is a master of creating fantastic ensemble casts of characters where you love the secondary characters as much as the main characters. I try to emulate some of what they do when I write. Finding a balance of these elements is a tricky process.
4. What are your favorite genres to read and write? What are your favorite books?
I prefer to write contemporary speculative fiction. There is something so cool about us going about our business like every other day, and then something supernatural or otherworldly happens. I rarely get tired of it in my writing or reading. My favorite recent reads are Illuninae, The Elementals-Spark, Talon, The Selection, Undertow, and Zodiac.
5. What do you do when you’re not writing? Is writing a part-time or full-time job?
Many people are surprised to hear that writing is not my full time job. This is actually true for most writers. Unfortunately, there are very few of us lucky enough to create stories full time. When I’m not working or writing, I try to spend as much time with my husband and kids as I can. I love to play games, hike, snorkel, and ride bicycles.
6. Who was your favorite character to write?
It varies by book. I am usually most in love with whomever I am writing about at the moment. In Fire in the Woods, I love David. He is so innocent and lost, yet he has an inner strength that he is too overwhelmed to see. I think many people can relate to that.
8. Do you believe that aliens exist? How fascinated with the subject are you? Would you like to meet one?
If the universe is really unending, I think it is very arrogant to think Earth is the only planet to hold life. That does not mean I believe in Area 51.I do find the subject fascinating, but I don’t see a tour of Roswell in my future.
I’d probably stay home. I’d miss my family too much, and I am big on responsibility, and they need me. I’d love to write about the adventure, though.
10. If your books were to be made into movies, which songs or musical pieces would go on the soundtrack?
Ooooo, I’d probably want an instrumental score to keep the action and suspense intact, but maybe for the ending credits Adventure of a Lifetime or Iris. What to you think?
Adventure of a Lifetime, by Coldplay
“You make me feel like I’m alive again”
“Everything you want’s a dream away”
“Under this pressure under this weight, we are diamonds taking shape”
“If we’ve only got this life, you get me through”
“If we’ve only got this life, this adventure of then I want to share it with you”
Iris, by the Goo Goo Dolls
“I’d give up forever to touch you, cause I know that you feel me somehow. You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be… ”
“I don’t want the world to see me, because I don’t think that they’d understand.”
Gah! Almost the entire lyric is perfect for all of Jess and David’s relationship
11. How was it like being on the Writers2Writers TV show? Was it your first time on TV?
Yes it was! That was a strange and exhilarating experience. It was this tiny little studio, and I had a make-up-lady and a green room and all… I was nervous, and practiced answering questions for days… and the entire interview was over in about ten minutes. It was a really cool experience though. If anyone wants to see the segment, it is on my website www.jennifermeaton.com under “Appearances” (Scroll to the bottom of the page until you see me with REALLY short hair.) – Note to self – Never get a drastic haircut a few days before a TV appearance. Ha!
12. How would you cure a case of the infamous writer’s block?
Dunno. I’ve never had that problem. (Luckily enough, and knocking on every piece of wood I can find). Occasionally I’m not sure where to start. In that case I drop a character in a random setting and describe the setting from their eyes. That is usually enough to get me started.
13. Where do you go to read or write? Is there a special spot in your home or the town you live in you like to read or write and get your ideas?
I’m boring. I write at my desk. I also go to writer’s retreats 2-3 times a year. I love getting away and having no responsibilities but word count.
14. I’m hoping to go to the Southeastern Young Adult (SE-YA) Book Festival in Murfreesboro, TN, in March! I’m really excited! How excited are you to go to SE-YA and visit TN? Do you love going to book festivals, and if so, why?
Woohoo! I am so excited about the SY-YA Book Fest! I’ve done BookCon in New York, but this is my first book festival of this kind. I’m really looking forward to hanging out and talking to readers. I’m not 100% sure what to expect, but I am really looking forward to meeting people I’ve only spoken to online.
15. Have you written any other works? What are also your current plans with your writing career?
Oooooo…. I have tons of stuff in the pipeline. I have about five novels that are at least in first draft form. A few are nearly complete and one is out looking for a publisher as we speak. (That one is an adult sci-fi thriller). Up after that is another YA science fiction book that has potential for additional books.
My current plans are to just keep writing and honing my craft with each book.
16. Your blog has a big section where you provide a ton of useful advice about writing and publishing. What are your top tips you want to give to any aspiring authors or writers? What is something you’d wish you’d known before you started writing?
My top advice is to NOT cling to your first idea (or the first book you write). I have seen people spend years writing a book. Don’t do it. You will learn from each book you write (as long as you are getting quality feedback). Do your best to learn the craft of writing.
Most importantly, ENJOY YOURSELF. It is sad but true that most authors don’t make enough money to pay a fraction of their rent. If you don’t love what you are doing, it will show in your work. Go into it with the attitude that you are doing something for fun, and let your creative muse fly!
As far as what I wish I’d known… I wish I knew there was such thing as “craft” before I started writing my first book. There is a right and a wrong way to write a novel. I didn’t find this out until I’d been editing for a few years. Learn what you can before you start and it will save a lot of heartache.
Also, I HAD HEARD that you should read a lot, but I never did. It is true that you will write better if you read a lot of books that people are raving about. Read something great, and try to emulate what works for you.
Thank you so much for having me, Kester!
Thank you so much for joining us, Jennifer! Can’t wait to see you at SE-YA!
Now onto the giveaway!
(1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only.
(1) winner will receive an Alien Charm Necklace, US Only.
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Thanks so much for joining us on our tour stop. Please feel free to share this interview! What are your favorite sci-fi reads? Would you like to meet an alien? Comment below with your thoughts! We’d be happy to chat with you! ;)F