Monday, November 26, 2018

The Sea Archer by Jeny Heckman (VBT, guest post, and GIVEAWAY) GFT

It is my pleasure to host one of the WRP Roses today as author Jeny Heckman answers my question...

ELF: What scares you the most or makes you the happiest about writing?

JH: Being a new writer has its ups and downs. There are many moments of elation, and then times you want to boil your keyboard in acid. My mom always said at dinner to eat the things you hate first, like squash, and cover them up with the good, like flank steak, so I’ll take her advice here. 

What scares me about writing isn’t the story or plot or anything to do with the actual writing of a novel. I’ve never, knock on wood, had writer's block or any of those other kinds of writing challenges. My provocation comes in all the things that follow such as editing, marketing, and social media. Everyone appreciates and values their time, so it’s hard to know what things people will like or be interested in for all the giveaways, blogs and shares, at least it's a little difficult for me. And editing is like carving up a loved one. You spend hours, upon days, upon weeks, upon months, creating characters that become your friends, settings you want to live in and plots you’d like to be a part of. The hardest thing in the world is giving it to someone else and have them say they want to cut this scene or that character. Things you wrote that are vital for the story, at least in your mind. It’s so challenging. However, I must admit, most things my wonderful editor has corrected or suggested have been choices that ultimately aided or progressed the story and made it better. There was even one instance she cut something and said use it later as a plot twist and I was incredulous because it wasn’t the obvious choice but worked brilliantly.  

What I love or what makes me happiest about writing is just that, writing. When you have a million ideas and nothing but time in front of you, is pure bliss. That is exactly what happened last week when I was able to write eight to ten hours each day. You get on a roll and become so involved in your story, you can forget about the time. You wind up coming out of your den only when your stomach growls and even then, not always. I love developing characters and giving them a voice. I love how they interact with each other and their world. Sometimes all your carefully laid out plotting goes right out the window and the characters like to take control of what’s happening, or at least mine do. I suppose being a writer isn’t unlike being an actor and trying new people on for size. Sometimes a character can be infuriating, like Raven. You want to run up to her and say be strong, you can do this. However, people are wonderfully flawed and thankfully unique. Sometimes they need to learn things for themselves, for it to take root. Sometimes they must learn that on their own timeline. It’s also been fascinating to go to some of these places I set my scenes in. You can write a scene and maybe look on Google Earth or pictures, to get your bearings, but you can’t authentically write about arriving at a Hawaiian airport and the smells, humidity, sounds, and atmosphere, unless you’ve been there. Finally, I love hearing the response of readers. It’s been fun to find out which character is people’s favorite (so far, it’s been a resounding Dee) and who they hate (an equally resounding Donovan). It’s that investment someone else has made into something you created, and it’s a true privilege.

I’d like to thank Reading Addict, for having me here today. I appreciate the time you've devoted to me and I’ve had a lot of fun. To those of you that joined me, thank you for doing so. I hope you'll come visit me on my website.

 I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. I sincerely hope you enjoy The Sea Archer. 


by Jeny Heckman


GENRE:   Paranormal Romance



Raven Hunter, a musical prodigy, flees to the Hawaiian Islands to pick up the pieces after her
marriage to her manager collapses. Instead, she experiences extraordinary and unsettling
events that are beyond her understanding.

Living in paradise, marine biologist, Finn Taylor has
the unconscious but effortless ability to understand the needs of the animals he cares for. His playboy lifestyle is most men's fantasy. That is, until the night he meets the shy and elusive new island resident. Suddenly his life no longer feels like his own.

The attraction is undeniable. However, vastly contrasting lives, peculiar dreams, and an unbelievable proclamation that they could be the direct descendants of Poseidon and Apollo threaten to divide them forever. Will they accept their destiny and begin the quest of a lifetime or will they remain in their comfortable yet separate existence?




"Where's the one place you've never been?" Que asked, trying to keep her on track.

“Someplace you've always wanted to go to?" Wyatt asked. Enjoying herself, Raven turned pink.

"You'll think it's stupid."

"No, I won't," both said in unison.

"I've never been to Hawai‘i."

"Hawai‘i?" Que's brow furrowed. "That's here. Don't you wanna go to, like, the Bahamas or something? How have you not been to Hawai‘i?"

"Donovan always wanted to play the massive arenas and big cities, and for some unfathomable reason that didn't include the islands."

"You should do it then. Take some time, figure it out."

"What about my tour dates?"

"You'll get ‘em from, whoever, then call and cancel them. Hell, you can even interview new people to run the works while you're there. You're in the position to do that now, Rave. People would fall all over themselves to come to you. The point is to go away and figure it all out."

She bit her bottom lip and thought about all the problems this idea would bring until her brother spoke the next words.

"What're you afraid of Rave? What do you have lose?"

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 Jeny Heckman, loves romance. She especially loves romance with a paranormal and/or historical twist. When not ignoring her family and friends by writing you will find her time exclusively on them and photography. Jeny lives in Stanwood, Washington.





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  1. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

  2. Thank you so much for having me today!

  3. This sounds awesome, can't wait to check it out!

  4. Great post! I love the cover for Sea Archer. Best of luck with your release.

  5. I enjoyed the excerpt and the cover pulls me in!

  6. Best of luck with The Sea Archer, Jeny!