Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Free Book--Debut Author Jaye Garland is Giving Away a Copy of Her Book

Today on Writers Wednesday, please help me welcome a friend who is also a debut author. Jaye Garland's first book, THE 25th HOUR, was released on August 28 from Soul Mate Publishing. 

**She is graciously giving away a copy of her book to one lucky commenter, so be sure to leave your email address.

Jaye, you've had such great response to your book, a time travel to 1877 Wyoming. I've read it and it's absolutely delightful. Please tell us a little about the story.

Love to. Here's the back cover blurb:

Chased through time by her father’s murderer, Houston architect Sheridan Wells unwittingly ‘erases’ herself and hurtles back to 1877 Wyoming Territory, to the moment that changed her family’s history forever—to the source of her father’s wealth—wealth the villain swears is his.

Heart locked by guilt, widower Alexander Reed, a War of the Rebellion hero-turned-rancher, attempts to disprove the transient woman’s story, labels her a charlatan and intends to dismiss her, but his precocious daughter has already claimed Sheridan as her new mother.

When the villain renews his quest for wealth and vengeance, Sheridan and Alexander must combine forces to defeat the crazed killer. This time, and no matter the cost, Alexander vows to protect his family. Will Sheridan’s stalker claim his due, or will she find sanctity within the family of her heart…before the window of time fades forever into the 25th hour?

And the answer to that question is exciting. What drew you to this story? 
A combination of things, actually. There was an unrestored Victorian house for sale in Sheridan, Wyoming, that my real estate agent and I explored—and that house begged to be filled with a loving family, but it was way over my piddling budget. Years later, I worked as an accountant in a construction company in Houston, Texas. It was meant to be, I guess, that a spirited designer with her whole career in front of her, named Sheridan, joined the firm. Snap! 

LOL. Isn't it great, the things that inspire our stories? Would you share an excerpt? 

The fun part in writing this book was getting the current-day, architect-heroine, Sheridan Wells, into the 19th century so she could experience that original house. So, in keeping with the idea of what drew me to this story, here’s an excerpt showing Sheridan’s arrival in the original 1877 Victorian home.

“Ouch!” A lump the size of Rhode Island bulged at her hairline while a rainbow of shimmering lights blurred her vision. Squinting, she focused on the light. 

A window of leaded glass panes hung above a cozy seating area at the top of the first landing. “I must have fallen and knocked myself out coming down the stairs.” 

With trepidation, she tensed her muscles, and then pushed herself into a sitting position. “Good, nothing’s broken.” But, her bones sniveled against the fall, declaring she’d been thoroughly drummed. She felt as off kilter as a bent needle on a compass. 

She gazed at her surroundings. The staircase seemed familiar, a vague replica of the Culver mansion, only better. An odd feeling shivered up her arms. These are the same bedeviling stairs that defied sketching. She twisted around to look behind her. 

“Oh, wow.” The foyer’s completed and it’s better than I’d imagined. But, how? When did we finish the job? 

Scrunching her eyes in concentration, panic washed over her. “What else can’t I remember?”

Bits of memories flashed through her mind: Ginger escorting Gibbs Wannabe, scratching a long overdue trip to the family cemetery, tracing off the blueprints . . . “What happened next?” A ray of sparks flashed through the foyer, and her thoughts trailed after the shimmery residue.
She inhaled three quick breaths and then let them out in one, long exhale. Working on the blueprints . . . and then what? The drawing was her last memory.

 Her fists clenched and her acrylic nails dug into her palms. Nothing else. She squared her shoulders. “Well, fine. I’m at the Culver mansion but what day is this? The place is done. How much time have I lost? Months?”

She grabbed the banister and hauled her body upright. “I’ll take a couple aspirin for my headache and then figure this out. Now, where’s my dad’s old satchel?” 

On unsteady feet, she pushed opened the slotted doors between the foyer and the parlor. “My, my. They’ve never slid open so easily.” The doors barely settled against their casings when her jaw fell slack. 

The antique furniture had been cleaned and polished to a high gloss. Forcing a calm breath, she charged through the parlor and slid the kitchen doors aside. If the first two rooms had been amazing, the kitchen was astonishing. Every historical detail was accurate, right down to the red cast-iron water pump at the end of the counter. 

“Everything looks a bit too cozy, almost like it’s occupied.” Doubt scrimmaged in her brain and her headache intensified. She stepped to the door next to the hearth and pushed down on the lever-like handle. It swung on oiled hinges opening a passage to the front hall and she was back in the foyer, staring at the beguiling staircase.

That's a teaser of a stopping place, Jaye. What’s your next project? I'll bet fans are hoping for a sequel.
It is. I’m working on Book II of The Sheridan Chronicles. This next book will feature the hero’s daughter from THE 25th HOUR, but she’s now grown and is still mixing things up with everyone she meets. She’s on a mission to uncover every little secret that the townsfolk would rather keep buried. Well, it’s been said that ‘truth shall set you free’, but it can also sting. Oh my!  

Sounds great. Here's hoping to see it as soon as possible. What one tip would you offer writers?
Never quit. Yeah, it’s that simple. Even though your writing may get sidelined by real life events, which is inevitable, get back to it as soon as you can. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Just keep writing and learning. The day you quit is the day you let yourself down. 

How do your stories ‘come to you’ at first--through characters, setting, story line?

Good question! A tiny spark, like part of a song title or an image from life around me that resonates in my mind and won’t go away, is the germ of an idea for each of my stories. From there, a character is generally the first to appear, then the setting, and the story develops from there. But, I can’t control the story or it ends up reading flat and not believable. Example: In drafting THE 25th HOUR, I started writing the hero’s child as a boy. That changed when the child insisted that she was a little girl. Well, that scared me silly. I raised two sons. What did I know about five year old girls? Come to find out, I needn’t have worried because those scenes seemed to write themselves. Amazing how that works! 

Don't you love the way the characters talk to writers? She wanted to be a girl, and she made sure you understood her, so the transition was smooth. Good job.  Thanks so much for visiting today, Jaye. Best of luck with the book. I hope you'll come back soon.

Thank you for hosting me today. The questions were fun!Here's a little more about me.  

Born and raised on the Great Plains, Jaye Garland thrives on ‘what-if’ scenarios by turning ordinary ranch life events into novels steeped in adventure on the American West. Her award winning first novel, THE 25th HOUR, debuted as an eBook on Amazon.com.

 Visit Jaye here:
Website:  http://jayegarland.wordpress.com
Twitter: @jayegarland
THE 25th HOUR is available at Amazon.com:  http://tinyurl.com/mvv8h65



  1. Hi Jaye. I'm so glad you're here today. Thanks for giving away a copy of your book. I've read it and can definitely say how terrific it is. Can't wait for the next one. Hope you'll come back soon.

  2. hey nice post meh, I love your style of blogging here. this post reminded me of an equally interesting post that I read some time ago on Daniel Uyi's blog: In Front Of A Girl .
    keep up the good work friend. I will be back to read more of your posts.


  3. Good morning Barb, and thank you for hosting me today! The interview raised some fun questions. :)

    And, for anyone who leaves a comment, be sure to also leave your email address so Barb can contact you if you're the winner of the Free Book! Love to all!

  4. Great blog, Jaye. The 25th Hour is definitely a page turner. Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

  5. Hi Jan, thanks for stopping by. Hugs back! :)

  6. Your book sounds intriguing. I hope you have great success with your release!

    1. Here's Ashantay's contact info for drawing
      | lynda.peters2@gmail.com

  7. Hi Ashantay, thanks for the good wishes, and for stopping by!

  8. I love the inspiration behind the book. And how does your co-worker Sheridan feel about her name being famous?

    Don't enter me in the drawing - I already have my copy. I'm just a Jaye Groupie.

  9. Hi JayeGroupie Abigail :)
    The Sheridan that inspired my heroine signed a waiver that I could 'style' my fictional Sheridan after her, and loved the idea. We've both moved on to other business locations, so I've lost track of her. The fun thing is, I'm currently working with another Sheridan, and she's just as cute and tiny as the first. Coincidences in life, right? LOL!

  10. The book sounds wonderful. And I love the advice never to quit.

  11. Hi SDKeeling, I figure that if I'd have quit, which I was tempted to do many times, I'd never know what it felt like to see my stories in other people's hands. It was worth it. I hope you enjoy THE 25th HOUR. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Hi Jaye. Lovely book cover and tempting excerpt. Bet of luck with sales!

    1. Hi Lyn! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. HINT: Every detail on the cover of the book is in the storyline. :)

  13. Great post, Jaye! Can't wait to read your book!

  14. Hi Lana, my friend from the same college that I attended! (We won't say how many years between my graduation date and yours, though. LOL!) Thanks for stopping by! <3

  15. Trying this for the third time - LOL. Caution - natural blonde at the computer!!

    I'm totally excited for 25th hour. I added it to my Christmas wish list (makes my husband's shopping so much easier to just click buy on Amazon). I just returned from a brief trip to Wyoming. I loved the scenery and people. Can't wait to read your descriptions of the territory and the house. The blurb hooked me. Thanks for posting.

  16. Hi Lisa, and how exciting to chat with someone who's also been bitten by how beautiful Wyoming is and how awesome the people in the community are. Sounds like you have a great system for your Christmas wish list. I'm going to copy your idea! I'd love to hear from you again after you've read this story. BTW, my honest-to-goodness natural blond has gotten a bit darker over the years. Ha!

  17. From Ella Quinn. And thanks for Tweeting!!

    Great interview and excerpt. I tweeted.
    EllaQuinn | ella@ellaquinn.net

  18. Hi Ella! (And thanks, Barbara, for forwarding her post.) I'm so glad you were able to stop by and enjoyed the post. Sometimes these "Prove you're not a robot" things just don't work for us. But, you found a way. You go, Ella! :)

  19. Congratulations to Ashantay! Your copy of my debut novel, THE 25th HOUR is winging it's way to your Inbox. Enjoy the story, and thanks again for stopping by! :)

  20. Hello Ashantay. Congratulations. Forgive me for coming late to the party, but I'm here now.

    I love stories about the American frontier, especially ones in the Historical genre as opposed to the Western genre. Also, I think time travel is a wonderful mechanism for doing that because it gives an opportunity to contrast modern times with other time periods.

  21. Hi Chuck, and I'm glad you stopped by! Come chat with Barbara and friends any time. I agree with you so much. Showing the differences in lifestyles from one time period to another is an eye opening experience. We pull as much factual information from reliable history books as possible to show life as it was, and then we make it fun for the readers with our characters. Wouldn't it have been nice if our schools taught History this way? So much more fun. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  22. Don't you love how an old building can spark your imagination and set stories flying through your head? Your book sounds great - congratulations and all the best!

  23. Absolutely, Lacey! The best part is, the experience was so unexpected and it stayed with me. That house was meant for a loving family to fill those rooms. Still wish I could afford it. LOL! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the story!