Done some website updates! I have a new page, listing my currently published books:
And work-in-progress novels that have yet to be finished editing before they're published!
Cover reveal for An Unconvential Mr. Peadlebody!
This is a comic, vampire murder mystery from a fellow author.
“The vampire Rockford Peadlebody is dead. His brother Gerald, his wife Ginger, and their son Raymond, all with a trickle of the same bloodline, head for grandpa’s estate only to discover that the great and mysterious Benjamin Peadlebody died a week earlier. It seems fishy to Gerald-two untimely deaths in the family. Yes, Rockford’s demise was of his own doing, but Benjamin? Perhaps the servant, a reserved, tattooed muscleman Richard Cottlebone knows more than he’s letting on.
No help comes from Ginger. She’s too busy trying to un-vampire herself. And Raymond just wants to be in love. Pity the mystery is in his lap, but Gerald presses on despite the stone cold receptions he gets...”
“Campy, fun, for some reason the writing and characterization remind me of The Confederacy of the Dunces…This is a fun, imaginative book. It’s well written and well told. ”
– review from Ingram Sparks
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His gaze drifted to the woman with the turban. She stood close enough to him that the scent of her perfume gagged him. He coughed into his handkerchief again and tucked it back in the pocket on the inside of his coat when her head turned toward him. He gave her a cordial smile; which he knew she saw but did not return.
She stepped up to the punch table on the other side of the guest bookstand and leaned over the elaborate centerpiece as though enjoying the smell of the flowers. She wasn't sniffing them, though. She was picking at them. Raymond grimaced as he watched, his curiosity getting the better of him. Her long painted fingernails reached into the center of a gladiola and pulled out an earwig. She didn't fuss, nor did she drop the bug. Instead, with one hand, she held the struggling creature by its pincers up in the air, and with the other, she lifted her sunglasses ever so slightly.
What happened then stopped Raymond's heart. The bug turned white. She dropped it. The insect shattered into a thousand tiny chips, as if it were a porcelain statuette shattering on a tile floor. The woman quickly brushed the splinters onto the carpet.
She turned sharply and looked at Raymond. Her glasses were back on again and there was a nasty smile on her face as she lifted a glass of punch off the table.
"What are you staring at, mortal?" Her words struck him like a lightning bolt. The wicked grin plastered to her face dared Raymond to answer.
Shren has been locked in his own mansion’s cellar for seven years before one day, he finds the door unlocked, and his house—once filled with parties that his captors, his traitorous servants, threw—silent and empty.
Upon closer inspection, Shren finds that his home has only one difference from the days before his imprisonment—a painting gracing one of the walls, a painting of a man with eyes bleeding pitch black. A magicworker has been in his home.
Shren leaves, seeking to escape the wrath of the magicworker, should they return. It is then that he discovers their origin, that they are far more insidious and dangerous than he’d ever imagined, and he is inexorably drawn into a journey to stop the magicworkers from taking and corrupting his people as they did in the land they were created.
I received another review, this time for Watership! It's quite exciting and it's really heartening to see people loving my story.
My 1st novel is featured at Writer's Exchange! Check it out, as well as my author page there:
I work as an editor/formatter as well as doing occasional cover/promo artwork for Writer's Exchange, so it's awesome to be front-page featured!
Aaalmost up to 30,000 words! 29,400 as of today in Dance of Desolation. Everything is coming together as I near the end of the middle and start building towards the climax.
Looking to write a couple short stories after this 1st draft is shelved and my current shelved WIP (The Last Immortal) is edited and published. With my effort into marketing and promotion, I've found a great number of competitions and magazines accepting entries, which I'd love to do! Would make a change from long novels, too, while I'm waiting on editing Dance of Desolation, which will make my 4th published.
Currently at 27,400 words in Dance of Desolation! Been finding out more and more of the story as the characters lead the way, which is always exciting. Got some pretty dark twists I'm discovering and I'm really looking forward to exploring those.
Also kind of working on a cover, for once the first draft is done (my goal is 50,000 words for the first draft, so getting pretty close! Over the halfway point now and heading towards the ending), but I'm not quite sure of what I want it to be.
I've got some elements of my first novel's--Dreamscape--cover, since it is set in the same world, but it's also got to be different, since it's set 100 years in the future...so not exactly a sequel!
I've also been doing some promotional banners for the e-publisher I occasionally work as an editor/formatter (formatting books for print or e-book)/proofreader/general UI artwork. I haven't done these covers myself, or the graphics, but have set them out on the banners and added the background for each. Check it out!
Jenna Whittaker is a fantasy and science fiction author who is on the long journey to be published!