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Author Q&A ft @ErinAJensen | BENEVOLENT Book Tour and $50 Amazon/BN GC #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Promotions Presents #Contemporary #Fantasy

  Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for BENEVOLENT by Erin A. Jensen. The contemporary fanta...

 


Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for BENEVOLENT by Erin A. Jensen. The contemporary fantasy is available now from Dream Waters Publishing, LLC.

Erin A. Jensen will be awarding $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the tour banner below.







Benevolent
by Erin A. Jensen 


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GENRE: Fantasy


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BLURB:

A story about the purpose of life, the healing power of fandom, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Tormented by the in-crowd at school on a daily basis, there were two things that gave fifteen-year-old Abigail Perkins the strength to keep going—her best friend, Danny Cobb; and her favorite television show, Supernatural. But the night Danny’s mother calls to say that his battle with cancer is nearing its end, and the doctors don’t expect him to live through the night, even Supernatural can’t dull the ache in her heart.

Devastated by her impending loss and crushed that Danny’s mother won’t allow her to visit him one last time, Abigail crawls into bed and cries herself to sleep that night; and she wakes to find Supernatural’s most endearing angel standing at the foot of her bed.

Told from Abigail’s perspective as she nears the end of her long life and revisits the moments that defined it, this story was inspired by the deep connection that Supernatural fans feel with the show’s beloved characters, and the show’s miraculous ability to help its fans through troubled times.




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EXCERPT:

I flashed him a sympathetic smile. “What are you thinking?”

“I have never understood why humans are so moved by music,” he muttered as his eyes searched mine.

“Music is the closest thing that we have to magic,” I confided in a reverent whisper, “because it has the power to anchor us to a moment in time.”

His half-smile conveyed a heartwarming mix of curiosity and affection. “How so?”

I felt my face flush a shade darker as I grinned at him. “When we hear a song from our


past, it conjures up all the old sensations that we felt when we first heard it.”

He eyed me with a perplexed frown as he took a step toward me. “How can a combination of man-made instruments and human vocal chords wield that sort of power?”

“I can’t explain it with words,” I whispered, “It’s something that you just have to feel.”

He stood there staring at me with that puzzled expression on his face as I stepped closer and carefully inserted the earpiece in my hand into his left ear, so the music connected the two of us, just as surely as the cord connected the earbuds in our ears. “Maybe you’d understand what I mean if you danced to the music.”

“I don’t dance,” he muttered as he watched me begin to sway to the beat.

I smiled at him as I took his hands in mine and moved his arms in time with the music, like a puppeteer pulling a life-sized marionette’s strings. “Anyone can dance. You just have to let go and let the music guide your movements.”

A skeptical frown spread across his face as he watched me, but he let me direct his movements nonetheless. He was stiff and awkward at first but as the music grew louder, he seemed to find the rhythm. “These words are nonsense,” he muttered.

“Shhh,” I whispered, “Don’t think. Just feel.”

He was a remarkably fast learner, but I suppose being on earth since the dawn of time had given him plenty of opportunities to watch humans dance. Once he started to feel the music, he moved with all the grace that you’d imagine an angel would.

“Hey Jude” gradually faded away until there was nothing but silence in our twin earpieces.

We stopped moving and stood there staring at each other while we waited for the next song to guide our movements.



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AUTHOR Interview:



Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it, and why did you go with that particular image?
My husband designs all my book covers, although he’s very humble about it. The ideas are mine, but he’s the one with the technical talent to create them. The cover for Benevolent went through more changes than any of my other book covers. The original book cover had a picture of the angel Castiel from Supernatural. I submitted the book with its original cover to the creative competition at Cleveland’s Supernatural convention last year. Unfortunately Warner Brothers denied my request to use that image on the published book. So I wanted to come up with a cover that Supernatural fans would still associate with the show without any copyright infringement. That was a bit of a challenge. My second cover design had the feather that’s on the final cover and the tattoo with the angel wings and the words Carry On. But the original tattoo on the other arm was the anti-possession symbol that any Supernatural fan would associate with the show because the two main characters have it tattooed on their chests. Random Acts informed me that Warner Brothers owned the rights to that symbol too, so it was back to the drawing board. In the end, we went with a simple semicolon tattoo with a heart on top instead of a dot. The semicolon tattoo represents an individual’s fight against depression and suicidal thoughts because as a punctuation mark, it’s used when an author could have ended their sentence but they chose to go on.

If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? And why?
Not to sound like a broken record, but I’d change the cover. I believe Misha Collins fans would buy Benevolent in a heartbeat if his face was on the front cover, and the book would be able to raise even more money for Random Acts.

What’s the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
I have a t-shirt that says “Please ignore my browsing history. I’m a writer not a serial killer,” and that’s pretty spot-on. You find yourself looking up strange things to get the details in a story right. I’ve spent hours researching the most expensive brands of scotch, or the most common building materials for a sign in front of a commercial building. I’ve also done a little online searching for a fetish that’s alluded to in an exchange between two of my characters. That ranks pretty high on the list, but I’m not sure that’s the worst thing I’ve researched. I also downloaded a pamphlet on domestic abuse and the stages of death by strangulation to accurately describe a murder from the killer’s perspective, and I stumbled upon some horrific autopsy photos while researching whether it’s possible for a person to commit suicide by slitting their own throat. It is by the way, and it’s not pretty.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
You can follow me on Amazon and Goodreads to find out more about my books. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. These days, I’m most active on Facebook. You can also contact me with questions or comments through my website.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Leaving a review on Amazon would be incredibly helpful. The more reviews a book gets, the more Amazon features it and suggests it in the “you might also like” section. Sharing my posts on social media is a big help because it spreads the word about my book to new readers. Telling friends and family about the book is also a big help, and if you happen to cross paths with Misha Collins, feel free to mention it to him. I’d love to bring the book that he inspired to his attention one day. A shout out from him on social media would sell lots of books and raise more money for Random Acts.


Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t happen right away. Rejection unfortunately comes with the territory, and so do negative reviews. There will always be people who don’t like what you’ve written. Believe in yourself, keep writing and reading to improve your craft, and never stop following your dream.


Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Thank you for featuring Benevolent on your blog. If anyone reading this has any questions or comments for me, I’m always happy to hear from readers!


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Erin Jensen is the Amazon International bestselling author of The Dream Waters Series. She was awarded the Bronze Medal for fantasy fiction in the 2018 Readers' Favorite international book awards. She also received Honorable Mention for fantasy fiction in the 2018 Writer's Digest self-published e-book awards. A part-time pharmacist and a full-time daydreamer, she resides in upstate New York with her ridiculously supportive husband, two teenage sons--who are both taller than her--and a Yorkshire terrier who thinks he's the family bodyguard.



Website: Erinajensen.com


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GIVEAWAY:

Erin A. Jensen will be awarding $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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15 comments

  1. Thank you for taking the time to share your terrific book with us. I enjoyed reading about it.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, James Robert. I'm glad you enjoyed the post!

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  2. I love Supernatural too! It's a bummer that you couldn't use the symbol as a tattoo, but I think Carry On with the angel wings would be recognizable to fans too.

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    1. Thanks, Christy! I've been spreading the word about the book quite a bit on social media and I was a vendor, selling the books at the Supernatural convention in New Jersey this past weekend. It's been doing pretty well!

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  3. I love the excerpt, and the book cover.

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  4. Great excerpt & interview, I enjoyed reading them both!

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    1. Thanks, Victoria, and thanks for following the tour!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the post, Rita. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I enjoyed the interview! Love the cover, very beautiful!

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  7. This is beautiful. I try to be benevolent in everything i do. Sometimes I feel like a doormat but it is worth it to keep my karma rating on the plus side.

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