Sunday, May 6, 2012

Happy Goddess Fish Party to all from Bev Irwin / Kendra James. Welcome. 

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and take a few minutes to visit. 
Isn’t it a beautiful time of year?
 Flowers are blooming, the weather is warm, snow is but a memory, and its not yet time for those pesky mosquitos to be out yet. My garden is looking wonderful. The lilacs are bursting forth with lovely shades from lavender to purple, and filling the air with their glorious scent. 
I love lilacs. So of course last year when a new breed of them came out, I had to be right there to buy the variety that is supposed to bloom from spring until fall. Last year the bush was small and didn’t produce much but it’s already blooming so we will have to see if it continues until the frost arrives. Ewww, that’s something I don’t evan want to think about.
The backyard has had its first cutting and looks wonderful, wonderful except for the splashes of yellow. I mean the yellow looks pretty but dandelions are weeds after all. If I was in to making wine, I would be happy for the bounteous crop of have. But as I’m not a wine expert connoisseur, the yellow has to go.
I should have been editing my next contracted novel, WITHOUT CONSENT, but instead spent the better part of the day with my handy, dandy weed puller. Thank God for the fancy new long handled ones. My back appreciates it. 
I got most of them but I have a sneaky feeling that by tomorrow  a few more of the suckers will be raising their golden heads, and laughing at me. 
Hopefully there won’t be too many, I really have to get to the writing. As I mentioned above, I’m reading through my medical/police thriller, WITHOUT CONSENT.  But it’s been a bit hard to focus this week. Why? My first published book, WHEN HEARTS COLLIDE, a contemporary medical romance came out in December as an ebook, but my second book, GHOSTLY JUSTICE is now out in PRINT!!!  
And this week I got to hold it in my hot little hands. I was a little afraid I might have burned the pages but they are of sturdy stuff and they didn’t even singe. So exciting to hold that first book, see your baby with your name there in print. It’s like giving birth to your first child. Please don’t tell my son I said that. 

                                   Here's me.

A bit about me. Officially known as my bio.
Award-winning author, Bev Irwin, lives in London, Ontario, with three assorted cats. One that hid in her car when she moved from the farm and two others dropped off by her daughter on two different occasions. Her three children have flown the coup, but her granddaughter, Jasmine, is a frequent visitor. 
As a registered nurse, she likes to add a touch of medical to her romance and mystery novels. She writes YA, children’s, and poetry. She prefers spending time in her garden, writing, and reading to being in the kitchen. 
Her debut novel, WHEN HEARTS COLLIDE, a contemporary romance, came out in December of 2011 with Soul Mate Publishing under the pen name of Kendra James. Her YA paranormal, GHOSTLY JUSTICE was released by Black Opal Books on April 14th, and is now available in ebook and PRINT!
MISSING CLAYTON, a suspense novel, will also be published with Black Opal Books in June. WITHOUT CONSENT, a medical/police thriller will be out later this year.

                 HERE'S GHOSTLY JUSTICE

Fifteen-year-old Daria Brennan doesn’t want to hear people’s thoughts. She doesn’t want to see ghosts or talk to dead people. And she definitely doesn’t want to help Amanda solve her forty-year old murder. But Amanda wants revenge, and Daria is the first human contact she’s had since the day she died. Now the killer is after Daria and her friends. Can they solve this Amanda’s murder in time, or will they become the next victims?
                  GHOSTLY JUSTICE  is available now.
                               Here's an excerpt.  
After all these years, I could finally feel something. It was as if a jolt of electricity surged through me, and my heart almost began to beat again.
At first, I didn’t know what caused it. I only knew an undeniable force drew me to my bedroom window. With each step, the tingle of fingernails tracking down my spine increased. The thought passed through me, maybe I should be afraid. But really, what was there to be afraid of? It couldn’t get worse. What’s worse than being dead?
I floated toward the window. Two girls were walking in front of the house. They looked about my age, maybe younger – fifteen, sixteen. I was drawn to the one with the dark curly hair. Her friend called her Daria. I reached out my hand, called her name. She looked up at the window. She sensed me. I knew it. I saw her shudder, but she kept walking.
I watched until they turned the corner at Colburn Street. Then the energy vanished and a profound sadness filled me. Even playing the piano held no joy that day.
I have to talk to her. But how?
I gave up trying to contact the living years ago. It became so tiresome – appearing in front of them, touching them, talking to them, yet never being noticed.
Until now.
Every day, I watch for her. Every day, I try to make contact. Every day I plead for her to look up at my window again. Two weeks have passed now. And every day, she hurries past; her gaze focused on the street ahead.
I must talk to her.
Daria is the first person I’ve been able to communicate with since the day I was murdered.
KUDOS for Ghostly Justice
Ghostly Justice by Bev Irwin is one of those books that can easily span the bridge between YA and adult fiction. Though the characters are teenagers and still in high school, like Harry Potter and Twilight, the story is fascinating enough to appeal to much broader audiences. Our heroine, Daria, is young, but she’s also spunky, creative, clever, and reluctantly courageous—my favorite kind of gal. And she is most definitely not pleased when she discovers that she is psychic and can talk to ghosts. Well, one ghost, at least…Irwin has added a well-rounded cast of secondary characters to help Daria in her quest, and together with a strong plot, excellent dialogue and a few surprises along the way, they all combine to make this book a very enjoyable read. – Taylor, Reviewer
Ghostly Justice was not quite what I expected when I learned it was YA. Even though the characters are teens, the subject matter—some of it anyway—was very adult. However, Bev Irwin seems to be a talented author and handled the sensitive issues with the same aplomb with which she did the scenes where her teenage characters break into an abandoned house. Daria, our very reluctant heroine, doesn’t want to be special. She especially doesn’t want to talk to dead people or to hear her best friend’s thoughts. She wants to keep clear of her mom’s creepy boyfriend, snag a hot, sexy boyfriend of her own—who doesn’t—and to be left in peace…The other characters in the book are equally well-developed and three-dimensional, the plot has some very nice twists and turns, and Irwin’s writing is superb. – Regan, Reviewer




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Debby said...

Congrats on your releases. It must feel wonderful
debby236 at gmail dot com

Bev Irwin / Kendra James said...

Hi Debby
Yes, it does feel wonderful.