Friday, November 28, 2014

Interview with a Fire Witch - Hunter Winters of the Winters Saga

                Ever wonder what it would be like to sit down with your favorite characters outside of the pages of the book? So do I. I love interviewing my characters outside of the books. Check out this interview I did with Hunter Winters from my Winters Saga Series.
                Hunter Winters entered my office with an easy, likable grin. He shook his blond head and shrugged his broad shoulders to shake off excess dampness. “Miss. Brumfield?”
                “Yes, hi Hunter. Please call me Jami.” I told him as I indicated the chair situated across from my desk.
                He sat down and gave me his full attention.
                I pursed my lips with a concerned frown. “Is it raining outside?” It was not common for rainfall in Phoenix, Arizona this time of the year.
                A red blush crept across his cheeks as he lowered his eyes and leaned forward in a secretive manner. “My sister, Savannah, called up a little rainstorm to put out a fire my dragon friend and I created.” He whispered. “I was one of the casualties.”
                I couldn’t help but smile. It had to be pretty fun being part of the Winters family. Witches, werewolves, vampires, dragons, psychics, angels, and all sorts of magical creatures were part of the tightly woven group of family and friends. “Your dragon friend, Freya? I was hoping you’d bring her along to this interview.”
                “My sisters Miracle and Mystery are watching her. She’s still getting acclimated to this world and has to learn that magic is not something used here in public as it was on the earth she came from.”
                I nod, “makes total sense.” I moved my eyes to his face. “How does it feel to know you have two more sisters raised by your recently returned from the grave father?”
                “Wow, you ask some tough questions. I guess it’s good to get down to business right away. I’m happy but also uncertain. They don’t seem as involved as we are in the supernatural war brewing on the streets of Phoenix.” He examined his heavily chewed fingernails. “They’ve been lucky enough to get magic training since the day they were born and would really be great assets in the battles but they’re more interested in their own lives, which I can’t blame them… it just disappoints me.”
                I nodded, having interviewed his sisters Savannah and Rebecca I completely understood. “Because for so long you and your sisters have always taken care of each other?”
                He agreed, “yes, for so long it’s only been Savvy, Becca and me… well grandma was there but she always seemed distant from us. Now that I know her distance was because she was keeping the secret of our bloodline from us makes the whole thing sad. We missed out on so much because of the secrets.”
                “Some would say it was secrets that made Savannah a vampire.”
                “Possibly, but we all know there’s more to it than that. Our two family lines, the Winters and the Matthews made us targets from the moment we were born.” He looked at me. “Some would say, secrets kept made Rebecca a werewolf. Heck, I got in a sticky situation a month ago because of secrets I kept. Thankfully, our family comes together when things are important.”
                “What secret is that?”
                The left side of his lips rose and a twinkle sparked in his sapphire blue eyes. “You’ll have to read Fire Master Rising to find out.” He teased.
                “Fair enough, so tell me what it’s like being a fire witch?” I went back to my questions.
                “How so?”
                “Well one time I hurled a fire ball at Rebecca by accident, which led to her sucking the air out of the room and making us all pass out. My girlfriend, Natalia got a head injury from that one.”
                “I remember reading about that in Vampire Princess Rising.” I grinned.
                “It’s funny looking back now, but scary in the moment. Then when I used blood magic to open the family grimoire I blew up Rebecca’s office. My sister just had to save Rebecca’s front yard from bursting into flames a few hours ago.” He shook his head. “I think it will be cool when I get these things under control but for now, dangerous.”
                “Who’s helping you get them under control?”
                “Many people; Natalia, dad, grandma, Mysti, Mira, even little Freya. It’s pretty sad when an eight year old dragon has better control over fire than a seventeen year old fire witch.” He admitted sadly. “But I’ll get there.”
                “I’m sure you will.” I agreed.
                “It’s the empathy that really gets the signals crossed.”
                “Oh yes, emotions have power and sometimes when I’m overwhelmed with emotions from others it can backfire into my fire power.”
                “That can be dangerous.”
                “Yep, especially because I can’t control other people’s emotions. I have to work hard at controlling my empathy in order to reign in the fire.”
                “And how is the empathy control coming along?”
                “Slowly and painfully.” He looked up at me. “Don’t get me wrong. I’m thankful for the gifts but wished I had better control. It’s hard to keep a secret like this from the rest of the world when you can’t even control when it flares up,” he chuckled, “no pun intended.”
                I couldn’t help but giggle myself. He really was an amazing character. So happy about life, reflective, and compassionate. It was refreshing to meet a likable character that held your interest and Hunter definitely did. “In Vampire Princess Rising, we read that you went off to the alternate universe because Ophelia told you the witches in her world could help you cure your sisters. Can you give us an idea of what happened?”
                “Ophelia lied.”
                “Why would she do that?”
                “Because she’s a bad guy.” He shrugged, “I can’t really answer to her motivations but she doesn’t like Rebecca and anyway she can hurt Becks she does. I learned a lesson in that situation.”
                “And what is that?”
                “I learned that family will always be there… and that family is not just those that share your blood, it’s a deeper connection and a stronger commitment.”
                “That’s an important lesson.”
                “One that I’ll never forget.” His phone buzzed. “Sorry.” He looked down at the screen. “I’m really sorry, I’d love to chat more but Freya needs me.” He stood up.
                “Sure, I completely understand. Can you just tell me what fans of the Winters Saga can expect when they read your story, Fire Master Rising?”
                He nodded and grinned. “I do a lot of growing in this upcoming book. You may remember the drugs I took in Rebecca’s story?” I nod and he continues. “I have some struggles with addiction as a side effect from the Black Death pills. Freya helps me work through it but it’s a difficult battle. I also need to learn to let my sister’s grow in their own direction. The former vampire queen, Violet goes on trial for the massacre of the wolf pack. Savannah plans her royal wedding and there is a showdown between Rebecca’s pack and Ophelia and her otherworld pack. Gosh, there are plenty more surprises. I guess you’ll just have to read it and find out.” He headed to the door as his phone went off again. “I’m sorry I really have to go.”
                I nod and tell him thank you and he disappears.
                He was right, there are plenty more surprises in store for the fans of the Winters Saga. Fire Master Rising is coming soon. If you haven’t read Rebecca’s story (Lone Wolf Rising) or Savannah’s story (Vampire Princess Rising) check them out on Amazon.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday Deals Lone Wolf Rising and the Haunting Anthology

Check out these amazing paranormal books on sale for Black Friday from author Jami Brumfield and other awesome authors from Beau Coup Publishing.

Lone Wolf Rising (book one of the Winters Saga) is on sale for $0.99 from it's regular price of $3.99. It's a paranormal fantasy, epic adventure, full of magic, action, romantic suspense, and science fiction. 

The box set Haunting from Beau Coup Authors Sable Hunter, Ryan O'Leary, Michele E. Gwynn, Alicia Sparks, Eryn Black, Isobel Cate, Katherine Rhodes, Jaden Sinclair and Jami Brumfield. Regularly priced $3.99 discounted to $1.99 for Black Friday.

My contribution to this box set is To Love a Dragon book one of the Shifter Love Tails. The shifter paranormal romance with a mythological twist. The romance between a dragon shifter prince and his witch detective mate. 

I hope you enjoy these awesome stories. Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Check out all my books on Amazon here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Secrets to finding the perfect paranormal fantasy book

Paranormal fantasy is all about building awesome worlds and amazing characters that are multi-dimensional. I personally enjoy building paranormal fantasy worlds within the world we live in today, commonly referred to as urban fantasy. Other paranormal fantasy worlds are off planet and alternate dimensions. The first tip I'd give you is to decide which you prefer.

That will narrow down the field and help you get closer to your next favorite book or series. Then ask yourself if you like paranormal fantasies written in the past, present or future. All of these areas offer a different flavor and speak to specific tastes.

One of the great things about paranormal is the variety. There are plenty of paranormal or supernatural creatures out there to choose from. Everyone has their favorites. When I do fan events I'm always amazed at how different people are in just their favorite characters. Some like vampires, others like shifters (which opens a whole world of characters), some enjoy witch stories more than others etc. Everyone has their favorites and that makes today's world a wonderful fantasy adventure for readers because authors know this and offer variety... after all, it is the spice of life, right?

Now you've chosen your favorite location, time, and characters. This should greatly reduce the number of books to choose from. Book sellers offer great filters to help you find some awesome gems in the sea of books available. You can also start searching online. Entering these words into your favorite search engine is bound to bring up some of the more popular options out there.

Another great tip to finding the perfect paranormal fantasy book is to join Facebook groups dedicated to your specific tastes, check out and follow/subscribe to book blogs that focus on your favorite types of books, subscribe to internet radio shows that highlight books in your favorite genres. Find your favorite authors and follow them on twitter, facebook and other social media outlets, they may recommend other authors in their genres that are people to check out. Another great place to check out is YouTube.

Once you find a book you'd like to check out, be sure to read any samples that are available, many authors also offer samples of their work on their blogs. Checking out the sample will let you know if you like the author's style and if it grabs your attention.

If you've done all this and are still needing help lighting up your E-Reader or finding a book to run your fingers through, ask your friends and read the reviews. Once you find that awesome author be sure to favorite/like/subscribe to all their social media outlets to be sure you get updates for the new books coming out (many authors like to run giveaways around new releases and cover reveals). Keeping in touch with them in the social media arena will help keep you up to date with what is coming next.

Some of my paranormal fantasies are:

Lone Wolf Rising (paranormal fantasy adventure with romantic suspense) Werewolves among other supernatural creatures. This is book one of the Winters Saga

Book two of the Winters Saga is Vampire Princess Rising (paranormal fantasy adventure with romantic suspense) Vampires and werewolves among other supernatural creatures.

If you like ghost tales and mysteries centered around college life check out the Ghost Connection Series. Book one, Lost

Book two of the Ghost Connection Series is Death Does Not Become Her

If mystery, action, government conspiracy, and romance is your cup of tea you might like the PBI Case Files series. Book one, The Beginning

Outbreak is book two and it has all the elements listed above. In this novella the PBI team discovers the publicized acts of cannibalism in Florida is actually a break out of a mutated strain of Ebola.

In book three of the PBI Case Files series, titled Lost Plane, the team investigates the disappearance of a commercial airliner and it's 200 plus passengers. What they discover are banshees, cyborgs, and time travel...

Justice Driven is book four of this series and two of the team are kidnapped by angry Amazons sanctioned by the Gods for vengeance. The team joins forces with the horsemen of the apocalypse in order to save their friends.

These are just a few of the books I have available. Check out the rest of my books on Amazon. Be sure to favorite my page on Amazon and subscribe to this blog by email.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday come and join the fun!

It's time for the Feature and Follow Friday event sponsored by ParaJunkee & Alison Can Read blogs. Everyone's welcome to join. It is all about getting to know new people and making new friends/connections. Click on over to ParaJunkee Blog to find out about the featured Blog Musings on Fantasia. Check out all the great blogs that are already participating :-)

This week's question... create an ad listing all the qualities and qualifications of your perfect co-blogger.

Wanted: individual with eye for talent in all arenas and desire to share opinion to millions. Someone not afraid to speak it like it is in a diplomatic way. Individual who is looking to have fun in their spare time. Paranormal creatures preferred.

Please be sure to follow by email and/or connect on google. I look forward to hanging with you all on the blogosphere

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Why does the negative get more attention than the positive?

Seriously! I've given this question a lot of thought. It saddens my heart and weakens my soul. As an author first and a marketer second (by pure necessity of job) I've noticed an unsettling trend. Negativity rocks in today's world. It's gotten so overwhelming that a lot of book review bloggers are wondering if it's worth it anymore like in this post in which the author ponders why bad reviews and other posts get more attention than good, honest reviews. I mean seriously, I ask again, why are people more interested in the negative than the positive...

I don't ask this to be sarcastic or cynical, I ask because I'm curious. As an author I request bloggers to read and review my novels. I'll accept whatever their opinion is about the book. I learned long ago that you're not going to please 100% of the people 100% of the time... I'm thankful my books have been highly rated and I accept the constructive criticism from those handful of low reviews.

But, I'm rambling, I'm trying to understand this new (or maybe it's not new) phenomenon. Partly because I write reviews of books I read (most are pretty good since I'm selective about the books I like to read) and as an author I'm not going to write something to kill the esteem of another author... I know what it requires to write and publish a book and contrary to some who believe it's easy, it's not. I will however, email the author and share with them my feedback, especially if they ask for my opinion.

I also look for reviews on my books online and have found some great ones, with little or no comments. These reviews are well thought out, succinct, and insightful and it breaks my heart that they don't get the attention they deserve. Not just my reviews but other book reviews as well.

The biggest challenge most indie authors face is getting the book in front of a reader's radar. There are so many great books out there by so many awesome authors that it can be like wading through a sea of books to find an author and their books.

In a world where there is negativity lurking around most corners, can't there be a focus on a little positive? As a hypnotherapist and life coach (my day job) I know the impact negativity can have on a person's psyche and how the implementation of positive into one's life can make a huge difference. Unfortunately, negativity has become the norm and positivity has been brushed aside because maybe people don't believe in it anymore??? I don't know but I'm really curious. No harm no foul. No desire to hurt one's feelings here or call anyone out but I'm curious, as an indie author, are reviews something to focus on anymore?

If they aren't something you look at, what do you look at when you go to purchase a book? Is it the cover? The book blurb? The author? What about finding new authors? Do you go off word of mouth? Isn't that what a review is? Maybe with your help I can put the focus on the right things in my amateur marketing career so I can put more focus on my story telling. Those who know me know I love weaving a tale and would love to spend more of my day promoting in the right spots and writing until my fingers hurt.

Please feel free to let me know your thoughts below. Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

PBI Case Files spotlight

Part of the success of the PBI Case Files is the danger, intrigue, paranormal mysteries, and twist and turns that you don't see coming and the intense romantic suspense. But the other part comes from the characters and their connections to each other. Their connections to two very human sisters, Frankie and Sarah Hollister. Everything centers around the solidarity in their relationship. The supporting characters: Devon (Sarah's love interest), Fang (Frankie's mate), Karma (demi goddess boss), Jasmine (Frankie's trainer), and Charlie (Sarah's trainer) add amazing dimensions to the story and help it progress in these fast paced, page turners.

Frankie (Francesca) Hollister is the youngest sister, she is a little impetuous and faces down danger like a bulldog. She's outspoken, often times too blunt for her own good, and packs a whallop of a punch, or kick, or head butt if the situation calls for it. She's fiercely loyal and would do anything to protect Sarah, who has taken care of her most of her life.

Sarah Hollister is a little more reserved but when backed into a corner she is quite the momma bear. Where Frankie is the extrovert, Sarah is the introvert; her keen observation skills are highly tuned and her off the chart intelligence (both emotional and intellectual) are why she makes a perfect candidate for the forensic side of the team.

Both sisters were raised with martial arts training, they understand multiple languages, and are masters at deductive reasoning thanks to the life path their parents set them on. One they eagerly followed until their parents were killed when Sarah was 17 and Frankie was 16.

Devon, a dangerous, brooding vampire/agent with a horrific past meets Sarah in his nightclub. He is instantly attracted to her and Sarah reciprocates those feelings of attraction - the alcohol enhanced her desire for him while her intoxication put the brakes on his advances. The missed romantic hook up would fast become the story of their relationship. Star crossed lovers that keep missing each other. Will they ever find their way back to each other's arms or will they continue this dance until there is no way back to the romantic connection they share? It's a love story that is worth sinking your teeth into.

Fang (ie Levi) is a brute of a bear, literally. He's an alpha were-bear who has been Devon's partner for years. They are friends, despite their differences. While Devon is a predator who has had centuries to hone his social graces and create the perfect mask where the beast can hide behind without detection, Fang is a neanderthal man who has very few social skills. Both are alpha males in their own way but because of their differences there is very little competition. Its because of those differences that they've been able to keep each other alive.

While Devon plays a romantic dance with Sarah, biding his time until she relents and becomes his woman, until she realizes what he already knows, that she's his flame - twin flame, Fang discovers Frankie is his mate and pushes himself into her life, openly claiming her as his mate. In Outbreak, he makes a giant sacrifice that pushes Frankie away and may actually keep them from ever discovering the lasting love true mates share.

The romantic games played by these four are stimulating and are slow burns. The agents have a job to do, save humanity from creatures that go bump in the night, which means their love lives take a back seat. It adds for great tension and is weaved into every chapter as they all seem to believe the case comes first.

The first four episodes delve into the past and future of these characters and set the stage for their futures to unravel in multiple directions. Will they choose the right path? Will the right path be the wrong path?

Every great story has a beginning. Find out how Frankie and Sarah became agents for the Paranormal Bureau of Investigation in this episode. Get your first taste of the vengeful Amazons and the shared spark of passion between Devon and Sarah from this episode. The Beginning on Amazon.

Read another excerpt from The Beginning here

In episode two titled Outbreak, Frankie is prematurely put into the field after Devon is injured from an Amazon attack. Sarah fears for both Devon and Frankie in this episode and does her best to support from the sidelines as she is put into her new role as forensic analyst, working for a scientist that makes it clear she doesn't like her.

While Frankie fights to be a valuable member of the team in the field, butting heads with Fang the entire way, Sarah sits at Devon's bedside as he fights to rid his body of the poison coursing through his veins and she fights with her feelings for the vampire.

In the field one of the agents is infected with the deadly virus that turns the human hosts into cannibals, with a need to feed so intense it becomes known as a zombie strain. Karma pleads with the gods for help to save the agent but ultimately it comes down to the sacrifice one man is willing to make for the human he discovers is his mate.

For another excerpt from Outbreak (PBI Case Files Adventure two) click here.

One of the best things about the PBI Case Files is that you can read them out of sequence. The story is far more enhanced reading them in sequence, but just like watching a television series, you can miss an episode and get caught up on what you missed by watching the new ones. And just like a television show, you can always go back and read the previous episodes as well. To get Outbreak click here.

Lost Plane (PBI Case Files Adventure three) catapults you into another century as the PBI and the ABI (Alien Bureau of Investigation) agents work together to discover what happened to Avalon Flight 370 and the 200 plus passengers and crew that disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. Alien abduction was the first assumption but the ABI managed to disprove that hypothesis so the PBI were tasked to prove an unknown paranormal creature wasn't involved. They didn't expect to run into a banshee who discovered there were many other odd disappearances throughout history, similar to this one or a cyborg from the future. What they discover will rock them to the core of their belief systems and force the team to make a difficult decision that could cause a catastrophic ripple in time.

The action and romance in this episode will keep you intently flipping pages and getting further engrossed into the lives of these dynamic characters.

Fang wrestles with the need to tell Frankie what he did to her and Frankie struggles with the need to put as much space between her and him. Devon learns he may have competition for Sarah's heart and Sarah learns that Devon may not be the one she was meant to love.

And yet there is still more happening in this awesome book. Check out this excerpt. And if you want the entire episode you can get it on Amazon here.

Justice Driven is the fourth book in this series and if the twists and turns haven't shocked you up to this point, this episode is sure to turn your world upside down and ask... what the hell just happened?

In this episode, Devon and Sarah finally have that first date and sparks fly. Check out how this episode begins here. As the two are enroute to the next stage of their love affair they are taken hostage by Devon's familiar enemies, the Amazons. Frankie and Fang partner with unlikely allies, the horsemen of apocalypse, to save their partners. Deals are struck, and the group sets up a trade for Sarah and ambush for Devon's rescue.

As one can imagine, nothing goes as planned and while Frankie and Fang are forced to pause the rescue mission passion explodes and tempers flare. Sarah is subjected to horrific torture at the hands of the women warriors who maintain a Stepford-wife-like-persona and cover.

As the battle comes to a head the team learns they have a traitor in their ranks. Frankie is forced to watch as the vampires are injected with a neutering serum and her mate is shot point blank as he attempted to shift to protect his team and her.

Want to know what happens next to this team? Get the full episode here on Amazon.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Come join in the fun at the first PBI Case Files online Murder Mystery Party

Do you like solving mysteries? Are you a couch detective? Does the supernatural perk your interest? Do you like attending mystery parties and meeting others with similar interests? Join my new quarterly mystery parties online at Facebook. 

The first mystery begins in December and will play out through the end of January. There will be appearances from PBI Case File characters and you'll be able to help the characters sort out the mystery around a murder. 

Great prizes for the winners and even random giveaways for participants through out the event. Check out the event page here on Facebook and join in the fun

No purchase necessary to play or win and you must be 18 or older. Check out the PBI Case Files series here on Amazon