Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Promo & Tour: The Dream Water Series by Erin A. Jensen

Title: Dream Sight
Author: Erin A. Jensen
Genre/Age: Contemporary Fantasy/Adult
Series: Dream Waters (Book Three)
Publisher: Dream Waters Publishing LLC
SynopsisThe clock is ticking for Emma Talbot—if her dormant memories don’t resurface soon, her past will be forever lost to her—but that’s the least of her worries.  Abducted from her home by her husband’s worst enemy, Emma is running out of time in more ways than one.  

No longer bound by any limits—moral or physical—the Dragon King sets off on a rampage to discover the whereabouts of his missing wife and retrieve her from the monster who took her.  And any creature who is fool enough to stand in his way may well condemn himself to a fate worse than death.

As the royal family’s crisis escalates, Charlie has his own struggles to deal with.  The weight of the world now rests on his shoulders and although he is physically capable of shouldering the burden in his emergent form, his ability to control the bestial urges that accompany his newfound power might be another story.

From Dream Waters (Book One)

By the time Benjamin reached us, I half expected the dragon to bolt across the yard and devour us but it turned and followed Emma into the building.

“So, I’ll catch up with you later. Bye.” I elbowed Nellie and nudged my head toward the door hoping she’d take the hint and go inside. I didn’t know what Benjamin wanted but I doubted he’d come over to make small talk. Nellie stayed frozen next to me and her head tilted up to look at Benjamin, the fact that he was standing while we were sitting seemed to magnify his menacing aura. And it didn’t need any magnifying.

Benjamin glared at old Nellie. “Walk away woman, I have no business with you.”

Scurrying from the bench without standing fully upright, Nellie dashed for the door without saying a word.

Benjamin towered over me, peering down and the longer I looked up at him, the larger he seemed to be. “What are your intentions toward Mrs. Talbot?”

Okay. I wasn’t prepared for that question. “Um. My intention is to be her friend and watch out for her,” I muttered, relieved my voice sounded much more confident than I felt.

Brow furrowed, Benjamin sat down next to me. “You don’t desire to become more than friends?”

Well sure, I’ve got desires. But I wasn’t about to admit it to this guy. “No, of course not.”

His eyes narrowed. “Why do I find that hard to believe?”

Because she’s the hottest woman I’ve ever seen. “I don’t know Sir. My intentions are pure. I swear.”

Benjamin let out a lingering sigh and coming from him, even that sounded menacing. “I’m not eager to be the messenger that tells Emma’s husband about your friendship but let me warn you, you don’t want to make an enemy of Mr. Talbot. He treasures his wife above everything else. You think I’m frightening?”

I nodded, before realizing it was a rhetorical question, so much for coming across as confident.

Benjamin continued as if he hadn’t noticed. Probably, because it was no great surprise. “He is what frightens me.”

Author Interview

Have you ever had an imaginary friend?
No, not technically.  I never had an imaginary playmate when I was a child, but my characters could almost be considered imaginary friends.  They are so real to me that I can picture them clearly and imagine what they’d be doing wherever I happen to be.  They’re always in the back of my head—when I’m driving or showering or doing the dishes—I’m constantly thinking through their next move in the story.  What I never expected before I started writing, was that they each have a mind of their own.  Sometimes the idea I have in mind when I sit down and begin a scene is nothing like what happens when I actually write it.  If the characters don’t like the direction I’m nudging them in, they’ll take off and lead me somewhere else.  More often than not, it’s even better than what I had planned for them.  

Do you have any phobias?
I’d love to say no, but I do have a couple.  I love aquariums, but I hate the idea of fish actually touching me.  I think that phobia stemmed from my first trip to the Corpus Christi Aquarium.  There were all sorts of beautiful brightly colored fish and plenty of humongous fish (not to mention the sharks and jellyfish and eels) and I was fine with it until one of the guides mentioned that everything in the aquarium came from the water there.  I haven’t ventured very far out in the ocean since, which is funny considering the beach is still my absolute favorite happy place.
I’ve also been terrified of bats ever since one found its way into our house several years ago.  I had stayed up way past my bedtime finishing a scary book while the rest of my family was asleep.  Slightly spooked and only semi-awake, I shuffled into the bathroom next to our bedroom.  I’m not sure where it was hiding when I shut the door, but the next thing I knew the bat was flapping its wings right in front of my face.  My husband said in all the years he’d known me, he’d never heard me make such a horror-movie-esque sound.  The way I screamed, he said he woke up thinking someone must’ve murdered our children.

Do you listen to music when you’re writing?
I didn’t when I first started writing.  Back then, I needed absolute quiet.  Now, I always listen to music while I write.  I listen to different songs depending on the tone of the scene and which character’s point of view I’m writing from.  Usually, I’ll play one song on repeat that sets the tone for that scene.

Do you ever read your stories out loud?
Yes, but mostly just in the privacy of my own home.  Sometimes I read aloud to myself to make sure a chapter flows smoothly, but I dread doing readings of my books in public because I hate the sound of my voice.  I don’t think it does my stories justice.  If I could bring someone with a better speaking voice along to read a passage when I do an event and save my sorry voice for the question and answer, I think I might.

Tell us about your main character and who inspired him/her.
It’s hard to say exactly who my main character is.  In Book One, it’s definitely Charlie but in later books there are three main characters.  In Dream Waters, Charlie is a smart-mouthed mental patient who has spent most of his adult life in psychiatric institutions.  His sarcastic humor—which is often at his doctor’s expense—is a coping mechanism that helps him deal with the monotony of facility life and the hopelessness that he feels deep down.  No actual person inspired the character.  He just sort of came to me, but I’ve always pictured Rupert Grint playing the part.  His appearance (specifically in Ed Sheeran’s Lego House video) and his speech were the inspiration for Charlie’s.

Erin Jensen is a part-time pharmacist and a fulltime creator of imaginary worlds. She lives in upstate NY with her incredibly supportive husband, two sons (who are both taller than her) and a Yorkshire terrier who thinks he’s the family bodyguard. In the early days of her writing career, Erin vowed to get a dragon tattoo—once her books received a milestone number of reviews—but she won’t disclose that number any longer, for fear of actually reaching her goal and having to go through with it.

Dream Waters: Book One of The Dream Waters Series 
(The first book is on sale for $0.99)
by Erin A. Jensen 

Amazon Buy Link: http://a.co/gh4ZMdP 

Dream World: Book Two of The Dream Waters Series 
by Erin A. Jensen 

Amazon Buy Link: http://a.co/9GERZwx

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