Thursday, February 18, 2016

Author Spotlight: Eleanor Lloyd-Jones

It's that time again to introduce today's Jazzy World of E's Bookshelf Author Spotlight. Today, we're meeting new author Eleanor Lloyd-Jones. She released her debut novel, Housing Elephants this past November.  I had a chance to interview Eleanor and asked her about what we can expect to see from her next and about her writing process. It's my pleasure to present to you, today's Author Spotlight on Eleanor Lloyd-Jones.
Eleanor Lloyd-Jones' Biography
Raised in a little village in North Wales, a fierce love of books and reading was instilled in her by her parents from a very early age, and she has vivid memories of reading secretly under the blankets with a torch for hours after lights out, often getting caught! She was blown away by The Borribles Trilogy - Michael De Larrabeiti at nine years old, and it was then that Eleanor Lloyd-Jones fell head over heels with the idea of imaginary worlds.

A persistent and professional daydreamer, something she still prides herself on being, she spent most of her early childhood inside her own head making up stories or scenarios, climbing trees, building dens or doing anything arts and crafty. Music also played a huge part of her young life. Growing up on The Beatles, U2 and Status Quo, her obsession with Top of the Pops and vinyl twelve inches grew into a love affair with music that has only grown and expanded over time: there is rarely a moment where music is not playing in her life, and in turn, rarely a time when she is not singing, even if it is in her head!

She had always thought she would write a book some day - it has been an ambition for as long as she can remember - and has always been told that she ‘has a way with words’. Over the years, she’s dabbled in the odd piece of prose, helped friends to write letters and résumés and prides herself on her hilarious lyrical genius when composing poems for friends' birthdays! Life, however, got in the way and her dream was stored on the back burner as she put herself through university and started a family. It was only when she was nearing the ‘forty’ milestone that she decided it was time she got some of the ramblings and chatterings in her head down on paper.

A creative, guitar-playing mum of one boisterous, but pretty damn cool boy, she classes herself as a Yorkshire gal now after moving to Leeds when she was eleven. Eleanor works full time as a teacher, but grabs every spare minute she can to write; be it on the train, lunchtimes at work or foregoing sleep for an extra hour or two in the evenings. Her hope for the future is for people to fall in love with her characters as much as she does. Not a big ask really!

An Interview with Eleanor Lloyd-Jones

JWOEB: I want to thank you for taking the time to interview today. You just released your debut novel, Housing Elephants in November. How does it feel to finally have your book out?

Eleanor: Thank you for having me! Honestly? It is still completely and utterly surreal. I look at it on my kindle sometimes and I can't quite believe it happened, nor how it happened! One minute it was a thought, the next I'm receiving 5 star reviews from people I don't even know! It really is indescribable! Incredible though. An incredible feeling. Pride is the most prominent emotion I suppose, and I am not sure that will ever go!

JWOEB: It's great to be prideful of putting something out like your first book. Was Billy and Eve's story one that you always had in the back of your mind? Or was it something that came about more recently?

Eleanor: It really is. It was a story that came about by accident actually. I had done a creative writing course, and the final piece for it was a 2000 word short story based on a photograph of our choice. Eve and Billy were born of that photograph. I submitted it and then tucked it away for a while, but Eve kept chattering away in my ear and made me thing more about her story. I started to write and after about the first chapter, it was clear that she was in fact trying to tell me that I had gotten her story wrong to start with! Billy and Eve in the original story are very different to how they turn out in Housing Elephants. They told their story, and I think they told it because they knew I had gotten it wrong! That's what I like to think anyway J

JWOEB: You have to listen to the characters. Do you think you would revisit their story down the road?

Eleanor: You certainly do. They definitely have little personalities of their own. Sometimes I write and I don't know where my words have come from because the characters have done the talking!
Yes I will, because I left the book on a bit of a controversial, 'to be continued'

JWOEB: Touché. When can we expect to see the next book? And can you tell us anything about it?

Eleanor: Hehe... some people don't like books to be left hanging, but I feel this one needed it. There is definitely more to say about this pair! The next book is on the back burner for the moment as I have started another story that is about two VERY loud characters in my head. They are trouble makers! wink emoticon I am quite engrossed in their story at the moment. But the second part of Housing Elephants will definitely be the next thing I write after this one. Was it Housing Elephants you'd like to know a bit about? Or my current work in progress?

JWOEB: Let's go with your current work in progress first. I think most readers do love troublemakers.

Eleanor: Ok... I don't want to give too much away just yet, but it is about two friends who have grown up together having only each other to rely on. They're fairly happy just rolling along in life until the girl receives a letter that could change her life. She asks her friend for help, and they end up on a bit of a road trip to discover her future. There are twists and turns along the way, which I will keep to myself for now.

JWOEB: That sounds very intriguing. We'll have to keep an eye out for it. And how about Housing Elephants'?
I hope it will intrigue people! 

Housing Elephants is about the meeting of two lost souls who are devoid of the love and protection from the horrors of life that they should have without question from their parents. They meet and begin to heal each other, but things go wrong along their way, so it is their story of trying to survive. It's a very 'real' story about real life and real people rather than fairytales and magic dust ;) 

Not that there is anything wrong with fairytales and magic dust!

JWOEB:  As I reader I do love those real life stories. You connect on a different level with the characters. I do love that magic dust and fairytales.  What are some of your favorite books that offer that real life, real people settings?

Eleanor: Fairytales and magic dust definitely have their place!

I am a huge Jodi Picoult fan. I love how she writes about real life and how it affects people. I love they way she builds characters that you can relate to instantly, like you say. She just has such a wise outlook on life and seems to be able to nail it every time. My particular favourites of hers are Lone Wolf, The Storyteller and Leaving Time.

JWOEB: Jodi Picoult is definitely an author who knows how to do that.

Eleanor: Absolutely

JWOEB:  Besides being an author, you also work as an teacher full time. How is it balancing the two?

Eleanor: Hard. lol
I feel like i never have time to write as much as I want to. I am very lucky in that I have the school holidays, so i do take advantage of that time.
I am sometimes so tired after work that even though I am desperate to write, I just can't
sometimes I am desperate to write when i get home but i have school planning or marking and assessment to do so i have to be disciplined!
I am currently on half term this week though, so I am hoping to get some words boshed out while I am off! The 6 weeks in the summer are a godsend!

JWOEB:  Being a teacher there's a lot of work that goes into it that takes place outside of the classroom. The fact that you find time in the midst of all that is impressive.  Those holiday breaks  end up being the best.

Eleanor: Most definitely!

Most of Housing Elephants was written in the summer, I have to say!

JWOEB:When I was looking over your bio, I noticed music plays a big part in your life. And you also play guitar. Do certain songs inspire you while you write? Or do you have to write in silence?

Eleanor: Yeah, I am a total music junkie! Unless I am teaching, asleep or socialising, I am listening to music. I can't write in silence no lol. I have my headphones surgically attached to my ears at all times whilst writing. Housing Elephants has its own playlist in fact, and the highlights of that list are in the front of the book. Songs are what often inspire my to write a lot of scenes. I will know what the scene needs to entail, but a song might suddenly come on that just speaks to me about how to make it play out. I am listening to music as we speak J

JWOEB: I'm a big music junkie too. I always have it on myself. I also noticed one of my favorite bands, U2 in your bio. I also like finding likeminded people about them. Do you have your book playlist on Spotify or Youtube for readers to listen to them?

Eleanor:Yeah I grew up listening to Bono crooning! I am not such a big follower these days, not that I don't like their music. I just have lost touch with them a little. Although I did watch their concert in Paris on the television the other month... that was pretty awesome. My HE playlist is on Spotify yes... here is the link...

This is a slimmed down version of the list too...

JWOEB: I like that you have two versions. The first one does looks one of my longer playlists. Lol

Eleanor: Yeah I cut it down even more to write the list for inside my book... But the main one was played constantly as I wrote the book, and I added to it nearly every day

JWOEB: We now know there are two books we can expect from you. Do you plan to attend any signings in the future?

Eleanor: Oh gosh I don't know! I don't feel important enough for that at the moment! Ha!
I guess it could happen one day, if people were wanting to come and see me! It would be a bit embarrassing if I went and no-one wanted anything signed wouldn't it haha!
Once I have a bit more exposure I suppose my 'fan base' might increase and it might be something I will consider. Watch this space i suppose hehe!

JWOEB: Sounds good. What do you hope readers take away from your book after they read it?

Eleanor: I hope they 'get it' in the way it is meant to be 'got' i guess, and I hope that it touches them in some way, whether they relate to the characters, or whether part of the story helps them through something or what, I don't know. I hope they fall in love with my characters as much as I do, but for the most part, I hope that they are lost for a little while inside of my words. I hope i can take them away from the stresses of daily life and that they can feel like they have been somewhere different for a while. I just hope they enjoy it enough to want more I suppose :)

JWOEB: It's always good to get lost in a story. Is there anything you would like to say to your fans or readers who are new to you?

Eleanor: Hi! Lol. Thank you for stopping by and taking a chance on little old me. Reading is so subjective, and it's all well and good when someone says, "Oh you should check out this author, she's really good." Because taste in books is like taste in food, or taste in music, and I am not expecting to appeal to everyone out there, so I am just so grateful to anyone who takes a chance on someone who so unknown compared to so many authors out there. It's a completely saturated market, so every single follower, fan, reader counts and I am just so very thankful. Thank you. All of you. So much. :)

JWOEB: I love that. :) I want to thank you again so much for taking the time to interview with me today. It was great getting to know you more and about your books.

No, thank you for having me and taking the time to promote me. It's guys like you that make our jobs so much easier. We love you all! So thank you. Very much!

Books by Eleanor Lloyd-Jones

"… And the greatest of these is love.” 

Love is patient and kind… Its strength can build bridges and knock down walls. It can give people hope - a purpose. But there is a side to love that is unforgiving and cruel - a side to love that breaks hearts.

Love can suffocate, and love can turn to hate.

Billy Taylor meandered through life, only ever giving half. Ruled by his father’s grief, he gave up on his own dreams in a bid to keep life ticking along, desperately craving the unconditional love of his parents. It wasn’t until Eve Swallow fell into his life again, rousing his empty heart, that he dared to hope for a chance to live life on his terms.

Never quite good enough in the eyes of her overpowering mother, Eve kept herself locked away inside her own head, immersing herself in her passion for art and music, and doing anything in her power to avoid getting close to anyone. When she connected with Billy’s eyes, that still haunted her dreams after so long, fear kicked in, and all she could do was the one thing she was sure would protect her…


If two lost souls were to collide and a love so deep was born, it would surely take a herd of elephants to tear them apart…

*Warning: Contains scenes that some readers may find upsetting*

Eleanor Lloyd-Jones Social Links
Twitter: @EleanorLloydJ

Release Blitz: Complete: A Tainted Love Novel by Ghiselle St. James

Seven years.
He's waited seven long years for his Firecracker to come back to him, but nothing comes easily, since complications threaten to rip them apart. Again.
Not if he can help it.
He will not rest until she is with him again, but Rachel has to fight - for herself and for him, too.
Is their story destined to be one complication after another? Or, after seven years apart, can their love come full circle?
Follow Marshall and Rachel as their love becomes...Complete.
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“Firecracker, does this feel like I don’t desire you?” Marshall grinds his groin into my ass, letting me feel his thickness. The resistance I have been putting up falls away like a thin layer of clothing. Heat settles in the pit of my stomach and a dull ache forms between my thighs.“I’ve wanted you every day since I saw you almost ten years ago, Rachel,” Marshall whispers into my neck as he nips along the column making me shudder. “I’ve never stopped wanting you,” he continues, his voice coming out gruff due to my grinding down on his thick, pulsing length. “I was just waiting on you to realize you wanted me too, and to stop being so fucking difficult.” “I’m sorry,” I apologize, because I really am. So caught up in my insecurities and fear, that I almost ruined the best thing to ever happen to me. “You were never in danger of losing me, Rae,” he lets me know while he holds my face in his hands. “’Til death, baby. Only death will keep us apart; and even then…” My lips crash to his with nothing more to say between us. Our bodies long to communicate in the best way we know how. Our bodies long to connect. My skin buzzes with heightened arousal as our tongues touch, an electric current zapping through me. “If you leave me, this earth, I will find you, Rachel,” he threatens. “You can’t leave me. Whatever happens, tell me we’ll face it together; that we’ll get through it together.” How can I deny him that? He wants to partake of my joy and my sorrow. He wants to be there with me through whatever life throws at us and here I am: wanting to bail. “If you leave me, I will rampage through Hell to drag you back to me,” he asserts and I can’t help but chuckle lightly. “You assume I’d go to Hell?” I question. “Hell is reserved for evil people, I hear,” he states. “And evil would be leaving me on this Earth to let other women have their ways with me.” That causes me pause. Looking over my shoulder, I pin him with serious eyes as I tell him, “If I die and that happens, know that you will have no peace. I will haunt you until you off yourself.” Marshall only smiles against my neck before saying, “Ditto.”

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Ghisellestjames-Completeteaser1 Get to know Ghiselle St. James...
Ghiselle St. James is a Jamaican author who has a never-ending love for
written thoughts: poetry, song lyrics and non-fiction. She has been writing
erotic novels since she was 13 years old which made her popular with the
boys (hehe). Writing has been her outlet, as has singing, for most of her
life, and will continue to be.
I really hate talking about myself in the third person…
Having graduated in 2010 from the Jamaica Theological Seminary, with an
honors’ degree in Social Work, the writer in me seemed to reawaken and has
yet to go back to sleep.
I completed my first novel in January of 2013 and had never felt so
accomplished in my life. Since then I have published four books and have no
plans on stopping any time soon.
I write what’s in my heart as it’s hard to separate my heart from anything
I write. As a result, characters that are real to me often come out. I pray
my passion brings you as much joy as it has brought me.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Author Spotlight: Faith Gibson

The Jazzy World of E's Bookshelf is shinning the Author Spotlight on Faith Gibson today. Faith is the author of the Stone Society Series and Troubled Hearts. The Stone Society is a series that includes multi-genres and keeps readers hooked. Today, we'll take a closer look at Faith and her books. It's my pleasure to introduce to you, Faith Gibson.

Faith Gibson's Biography

Faith Gibson lives outside Nashville, Tennessee with the love of her life, and her two-legged best friends. She began writing in high school and over the years penned many stories, and poems. When her dreams continued to get crazier than the one before, she decided to keep a dream journal. Many of these night-time escapades have led to a line, a chapter, and even a complete story.

When Faith isn’t penning her crazy ideas, she is either reading, riding her Harley, or playing trivia while consuming craft beer.

Books by Faith Gibson

RAFAEL, Book 1

There’s a new species of shapeshifter in town…

Raphael Stone is the King of the Gargoyle shapeshifters. His family, The Stone Society, has ruled the Americas for over seven hundred years. As an architect, he has spent the last thirty years helping to rebuild New Atlanta since the near Apocalypse. As King of the Gargouille, he has spent those same thirty years protecting his city from the dregs of society.

Kaya Kane is the New Atlanta Chief of Police. At thirty-six, not only is she the youngest, but also the first female Chief the city has ever had. She has dedicated her life to keeping her city safe. When a multiple homicide brings her face to face with the elusive Rafael Stone, her life will never be the same.

Rafael’s kind has never mated with a human but just speaking to Chief Kane on the telephone nearly brings him to his knees. Kaya has given up on ever having a relationship other than her career. When the two meet, sparks fly. Literally. Can Rafael give in to the fact that Kaya’s human? Can she overlook the evidence pointing to Rafael as the killer?

Rafael, Stone Society Book 1 introduces you to a new world filled with Bad Ass shifters and the mates who love them.

GREGOR, Book 2

Gregor Stone is a full-blood Gargoyle and the Warden at the New Atlanta Penitentiary. He spends his days running the prison and his nights looking for Unholy. With the recent discovery that Gargoyles can mate with humans, there is new hope for his kind. Gregor has found his mate, but there’s one problem: she hates him. He believes his happily ever after is still just a fairy tale.

Tessa Blackmore is Trouble with a capital T and has been since she was a baby. Tessa is a half-blood. Her father is a Gargoyle and her mother is human. The half-bloods have hidden themselves from the Gargoyles for centuries. Now that Tessa has found her mate in a full-blood, will she continue to hide, or will she give in to the pull of the mate bond?

Tessa is running from her past and the madman hell bent on catching her. As he and his army close in, Tessa is forced to turn to the one man she has tried to avoid for years: her mate.

DANTE, Book 3

Dante Di Pietro is the New Atlanta Medical Examiner. Over 500 years old, Dante has resigned to living his life alone until he finds his mate, the pretty doctor he is working closely with at the prison. She is well aware of the fact that Dante is a Gargoyle. She herself is a half-blood who comes from the Original line of shifters. Isabelle Sarantos’ life has not been easy. When she was 12, her parents sent her to live with a foster family, hiding the truth of what she is. Now, 20 years later, Isabelle’s life has been thrown into another tailspin. Not only has she just found out she’s a half-blood shifter, but the fates have decided Isabelle is the perfect mate for the sexy Medical Examiner. Isabelle is not only guarding her heart, but a secret from her past that may take care of any feelings Dante has for her.

FREY, Book 4

Frey Hartley is the biggest and baddest Gargoyle in the Stone Society. He’s a soldier, helicopter pilot, boxer, martial artist, and owner of Lion Hart Dojo and Gym. For almost six hundred years, Frey has spent his life protecting humans while secretly praying for a family. Some of his Clan are finding their mates, but the fates aren’t making it easy on any of them.

Frey finds his mate in Abbi Quinn. She’s a former ballet dancer, teacher, sister, and abused wife. When Frey meets the beautiful yet subdued Abbi, the pull between them is undeniable. He vows to find the smile hidden beneath her pain, to give her back her dreams, to see her dance. He will do whatever it takes to rescue her from the hands of her husband, even if it means putting his own dreams on hold.


Nikolas Stone might not have the most exciting job in the Stone Society, but it is one of the most important. As archivist, he is the keeper of all things Gargoyle. When Nik uncovers the truth about Gargoyles being able to mate with humans, he not only saves his species, he also stumbles upon his own mate. Sophia Brooks is the cute librarian who helped Nik gather his research about the Gargoyle who first mated with humans. When Nik goes back to the library to see Sophia, she has left him a note and disappeared.

Sophia Brooks waited 3 years for Nikolas Stone to figure out who she is. Just when a life with her mate is finally within her grasp, her parents have been kidnapped. Sophia races off to Egypt to find them, praying that the secrets in those ancient tombs will lead her to her family. If only she wasn't leaving behind her dream of being with the hot Gargoyle.

Nik has a different plan. His mate will not be alone in this, or anything else, ever again. Nik travels to Egypt to locate Sophia and her missing parents. What happens next is a mix of action, adventure, a crazy camel, comedy, and of course, hot sex.

JASPER, Book 6

Jasper Jenkins was a solitary Gargoyle, feeling like he didn’t truly belong to a clan, until he moved to New Atlanta and joined the Stone Society. Now that he’s finally settling in, his past has reared its evil Gargoyle head and is targeting those around him, including the quirky M.E.’s assistant who happens to be his mate.

Trevor McKenzie’s life is no stranger to heartache and loneliness. His insecurities began when he found out he was cloned just in case his brother needed spare parts. As danger closes in, his boss confides in him that the “badass club” of gorgeous men he is surrounded by is really a Clan of Gargoyles. When he finds out he’s the chosen mate of the man he considers his best friend, the most gorgeous of the badasses, his insecurities multiply. Trevor must decide if he can trust the love being offered him is real and not just a product of the mate bond.

Reaching back to his warrior roots, Jasper will stop at nothing to protect his mate as well as his Clan.
Warning: This book contains a relationship between a very male Gargoyle and a very male human.

Troubled Hearts

Annie Mae Dalton’s professional life is pretty sweet. Her bakery, Sweet Things, is doing really well. Her personal life has been almost non-existent. Until now. What happens when not one but three men from her past come storming in at the same time?

FBI Agent Marcus Anders and Atlanta PD Detective Scott O’Malley are on the hunt for a kidnapper that takes them both back to their hometown of Clarksville, Georgia and to the girl of their high school dreams: Annie Dalton.

Biker Mitch Rodriquez has been Annie’s on again off again lover for the past 15 years. He is also the half -brother of Marcus Anders. In trying to protect Annie, he inadvertently brings danger into her life.

Passions are ignited, secrets unravel, trusts are broken, and lives are changed forever.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Cover Reveal: Sparrow by L.J. Shen

Title: Sparrow
Author: L.J. Shen
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Mafia
Release Date: March 8, 2016 
Troy Brennan. 
Every southie in Boston knows that name. The son of a dead mobster. The heartthrob with steel blue eyes. "The Fixer" who can make or break you in this city. 
Oh, and my new husband. 
Sparrow Raynes. 
No one seemed to remember my name up until he barged into my life. And me? All I ever wanted was to get a decent job and to run away from the damn neighborhood Brennan and I grew up in. Run away from him and his likes. 
I have dreams, big ones, but I doubt he'd ever let me chase them. I have no idea why Brennan, practically Bostonian royalty, decided to kidnap me, marry me and cage me in his beautiful penthouse. 
But I do know this: pissing off this man will not do me any good. At all.
Warning: This book contains graphic violence and adult situations some may find offensive.
L.J. Shen resides in sunny California with her husband, son, chubby cat and wild, wild dreams. Her passion is to write badass stories, sushi, UFC and her awesome family and friends (not in this order, though. Obviously, sushi comes before writing. Oh, and also the family part.) She spend the first half of her twenties traveling the world and is now paying all the fun with extra shifts in front of her MacBook. Feel free to contact her on her Facebook page. She loves to hear from her readers.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Author Spotlight: Elias Raven

The multi-talented Elias Raven is in the Jazzy World of E's Bookshelf Author Spotlight today. Elias released his debut novel, Cain Sins of the Father in November 2015. Before that he released a collection of poetry, The Painted Shadows. The collection includes his poetry and also the work of nine other poets. Currently Elias is working on the the second book of Cain's story. He gives us a glimpse into what is next in my interview with him. Today we'll learn all about Elias and his books. It's my pleasure to introduce you to author and poet, Elias Raven.

Elias Raven's Biography

Elias Raven was born and raised in Los Angeles. He's an avid reader with a lifelong passion for writing. He's a storyteller, a poet and a talented musician with an amazing voice. Oh, and let's not forget an amazing cook!

As a young boy he spent many summers reading classics such as "The Adventures of Sherlock Homes" and "The White Company" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His creativity was constantly being pushed as he learned more and more about the world around him. His taste in literature spanned from classics to science fiction/fantasy. He expanded his taste devouring everything from William Blake to Milton, Dante, Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, T.S. Elliot, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Khalil Gibran, William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, Paul Verlaine, Walt Whitman, Alan Ginsburg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Carl Sandburg, Dylan Thomas, and Jim Morrison. These inspirations and his sheer love for reading had him take pen to paper around the age of 20.

Did I mention he's a Musician? ...You can often find him playing his guitars (both electric and acoustic) and keyboards and singing (4 octave ranges) in his home studio. He's a classically trained music aficionado -trained early on by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Hayden, Liszt, as well as Big Band, Jazz and Rag Time. Spending time with his father at the Los Angeles Philharmonic; experiencing his first orchestra concert at the age of 9.

Elias the Gourmet Cook...Oh My!...His Japanese mother and grandmother trained him very well in fine culinary skills both in cooking and food appreciation from all over the world such as Italian, Indian, Moroccan, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Hawaiian, Pilipino, Greek, and Polish.
When Elias is not reading, writing, composing music or cooking...he can be found listening to music, playing games, hanging out with his kids. He enjoys going to concerts, going on culinary adventures, sightseeing, spending the day at the beach or in the mountains...just doing something adventurous!

An Interview with Elias Raven

JWOEB: Hi Elias, thank you for taking the time to interview. The end of 2015 was a busy one for you beginning with the release of The Painted Shadows Poetry Collection and your novel, Cain Sins of the Father. How did it feel to get your work out there for readers to read?

Elias: I was ecstatic! I was able to realize two dreams in one year. My first book of poetry and my first full length novel.

JWOEB: Painted Shadows included your own poetry spanning ten years and also nine other authors. How did you go about picking which poems made the collection?

Elias: I sifted through about 70 poems and wanted work that reflected past, present and future. I was looking for work that not only was personal, but also poems that reflected all of the different aspects of my writing as well as my spiritual beliefs and my views on erotica. I also wanted to thank the two authors that gave me my start, Gina Whitney and Natalie Alder for believing in me enough to include some of my poetry in their novels.

My PA Linda Radcliff and my other assistant Kendall Black suggested a few of the authors for “The Painted Shadows” and helped me get everyone on board. They both have a great eye for good poetry, and I was really honored they all accepted.

JWOEB: Can readers expect another collection of poetry from you in the future?

Elias: Yes, I am actually starting the next collection and gathering the next group of authors. I will also be appearing in Sharon Johnson’s new poetry book “The Eclectic Poet & Friends” which I believe is coming out soon… either this month or next month I’ll have to verify with Sharon the exact date, but I have two new poems that will be in that collection.

JWOEB: You followed up Painted Shadows with the release of Cain Sins of the Father. What inspired the story of the former rock star and heir to wealthiest family in the world?

Elias: Actually the story arc originally started in a chat room with Author Gina Whitney. She was one of the first authors on Facebook that I became friends with, and she introduced me to her character Abel Gunner in her novel “Saving Abel”. I did some research and had a preliminary idea to do a spin off with Abel’s best friend Cain and asked her permission to explore the idea. With her encouragement and A WHOLE lot of other friends I started the novel. Like any new author, I went through a lot of trial and terror and lots of story revisions. The original story and the final story that was published are far different, but I was really happy with the end result.

JWOEB: The main character in Cain is also named Elias, would you say he shares some of your same qualities? Or is it just pure coincidence?

Elias: It’s no coincidence; he does share some of the same qualities that I do.

JWOEB: Do you have a particular scene or chapter from Cain that's a favorite for you?

Elias: Actually, believe it or not, the funeral scene is my favorite. Truth be told, that particular scene was the beginning of the original novel. It was the very first thing I ever wrote as an aspiring author. Not the most romantic or action packed, it was the imagery fused with my beliefs that brought it all together, and I saw it so vividly when I wrote it that it was like a movie playing in my head.

JWOEB: Can you give us a hint as to what's next for Cain?

Elias: Well….I can tell you that the title for the next novel is “Cain – Rage Of Angels”, and where book one ended, book two picks right up at full speed and continues the story. I’m about halfway done with book two, and it’s getting ready to go out for the preliminary beta read to get feedback. I can also tell you this book is a full rocket ride of emotion and imagery, and I am excited to get it out into my readers hands.

JWOEB: Having written poetry and a novel, do you approach each of them differently? Or are each born out of the same creative process for you?

Elias: It is a similar approach. Usually images will come to me, and I sit down at the keyboard and just let it flow out. Sometimes with poetry or even live writing, it hits me in waves, and I ride the wave of images until it ends…

JWOEB: Not only are you a writer but you're also a musician, how has that aspect of your life influenced your writing?

Elias: I’ve had an interesting life and lots of experience. Everything from playing and singing in front of an audience to being a roadie for different bands playing the sunset strip. More than anything, you take the experiences with all of the different personalities, the shows, the music, and it stays with you until you need it. If that makes sense. I draw on those experiences when I’m writing sometimes. I’ll hear a song and work the lyric into the story or the music I’ll create.

JWOEB: Being a creative person do you find ideas for a project come easily for you? Or do you suffer from the occasional writer's block?

Elias: I think every author suffers from writers block at some point. Usually, when I do find myself not able to write, I channel the energy into music or poetry or making videos in the studio. I always have lots of ideas, though in the cue, so I can switch between books also.

JWOB: Using three different mediums to expresses yourself artistically do you prefer one over the other?

Elias: Each has its benefits. Music evokes emotion and memories. Videos presents a visual audio experience for the person watching, and writing allows the reader to use there imagination freely and see the world you have created as they interpret it.

JWOEB: What has been your favorite part of being a writer?

Elias: The creative process and getting feedback from the people reading the work. I also love the interaction with fans and friends during the takeovers where I get to answer questions and show new work and just be me.

JWOEB: is there any particular part of the writing process you wish was easier?

Elias: I can’t say there is anything easier about it. Your creating and presenting it to the whole world. It demands your best. To do your best, you have to sacrifice sometimes, but that being said, the rewards far out way the grief.

JWOEB: do you have any advice for the writer starting their first book?

Elias: Keep at it. Get lots of feedback. Get beta readers. You can’t please everyone. For every great review, expect a bad one. It’s just the nature of the game. Read other great writers work to see how they do it.

JWOEB: what do you hope readers take away from your work?

Elias: An expanded view of the world; an appreciation for those things unseen that tug at the heartstrings and speak to the soul.

JWOEB: If readers had sum up Elias Raven the author, what would you want them to say about you?

Elias: He writes a hell of a story and made me think and see for once.

JWOEB: is there anything else you would like to say to your fans or readers new to you?

Elias: Thank you for taking the time to read this interview. I write because of you my fans and readers. I hope you enjoy the worlds I have created, the passion I have shown, and most of all, the journey down the rabbit hole.

Books by Elias Raven

Cain Sins of the Father

The Cain family has many secrets. The only son Elias, an alpha male and former rock star, has the “look” with a set of eyes and smile that will drop a girl’s panties at 10 yards. He is the heir apparent to the wealthiest family in the world and it’s now time for the transition of power. But some things never go as planned - especially for this family.

When Elias' one true love Genevieve returns to his life, they start on a journey to unravel the twisted knot that has been laid before them. They enter the serpentine labyrinth of deceit and despair. Two worlds will collide and meet in the middle. Two men will vie for the love of one woman and to the victor will go her soul. There is no second place, and the very gates of heaven and hell will shake as these two gear up for the ultimate confrontation.

The distant past and the modern world will collide on a rocket ride of twisting emotions and imagery. Every story has a beginning, buckle up for this one.

See What Readers Have to Say About Cain

I loved it, for a few reasons, it's well written with a mature dark voice, refreshing take on Cain and actually makes you feel for the whole curse that has followed generations. Should the sons be punished for the sins of the father? ~ Goodreads Reviewer

I highly recommend that you start this book when to have plenty of time because you will never want to put it down till you reach the last page. ~ Goodreads Reviewer

What an awesome read it hooks you in right from the beginning. Once I started it was hard to put down & hated when real life got in the way. ~ Goodreads Reviewer

This is a love story and an action packed thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better.... it does. It creates a world of part fantasy, erotica, steeped in history, with a big dollop of thriller. Congratulations Elias on an amazing debut novel! Well done!  ~ Goodreads Reviewer

Cain ~ Sins of the Father
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The Painted Shadows Poetry Collection

The first collection of poetry released by Author Elias Raven. The collection spans over 10 years of his poetry, delving into his beliefs on spirituality, life, relationships, family, romance & erotica. This collection also features poetry from 9 authors, some very well known and others publishing for the first time in this collection. 

The Painted Shadows – Poetry Collection
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