Monday, December 30, 2013

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT/INTERVIEW: Samantha Jacobey ... New Year's Giveaway!!

Meet Samantha Jacoby

Samantha Jacobey…A friendly and outgoing person who will take up conversations with anyone. She has always been a daydreamer, and loves good stories that include mysteries, thrillers, suspense, and romance.

Sam lives in the Texas with her family. Currently, she is employed full time, but dreams of a time when she can devote fully to writing and sharing her stories with the world.

Can you please share with us a little about yourself?

I am 43 years old, have four boys, and my first grandchild (a girl!!!) was born Dec. 20th. I currently teach school and have released the first two books from my series, A New Life, which I am very excited about. I live in Texas, love cats (have five) and could go on forever if you don’t stop me…

Have you always wanted to be an author?

Actually no, but I have always been a story teller, so when I decided to put this one down on paper, it just flowed out. I love it, and I can’t wait to get on with writing the next ones.

Can you share with us your typical writing day. Is there anything you have to have while writing?

I do a great deal of my writing in my head, daydreaming more or less, so I don’t guess I have a typical writing day. However when I am actually putting it on paper, I really like to have the quiet, so it usually happens at about 3 am when the rest of the house is asleep.

What would you say is the most challenging or rewarding part of writing?

Challenging would be editing, and I don’t even want to go there. Rewarding is the fans. I love the people who read my stories and give me feedback, as I learn from all of them. I just love hearing people talk about my books and seeing how they react to them.

Can you please tell us about your latest book?

Actually, there are only 2 so far, and they are closely tied together, so reading Life of Recovery is pretty essential before you read Life of Doubt.

It is a series about a young woman who has been found in a house full of dead bikers, who worked as freelance mercenaries. She has no idea who she really is, and the FBI go to great pains to keep it that way. The story is dark, suspenseful, has romantic elements, a bit of mystery and adventure. Definitely for mature readers.

How did you come with the idea for this series?

I have been working on this story, more or less, for about 25 years or so. I started out with the girl and a story I heard on the news when I was a teenager and added a whole lot of imagination. Over the years, I just kept adding bits of truth and more of my own thoughts until it had grown into what it is today.

Can you share with us your current work in progress?

Life of Doubt just released on the 20th of December, and I am working on the final instalments for the series at the moment. I am looking forward to having them completed as I have ideas for several other stories that I want to get to work on as soon as I can get to them.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

This question always gets me… my favorite author is Charles Dickens. I know, not what people want to hear. But let’s face it, I rarely go for what is popular. He had strong writing skills, used tons of literary devices, his characters faced dire circumstances, and I really enjoyed his style.

More recently, I read a book by Jen Wylie that really wowed me, and I will definitely be looking for more of her work, so I can put her on my short list as well. Other than that, I just love good stories, and those come from lots of writers in many forms and genres.

Do you feel that any of your favorite authors have inspired your writing style?

Most definitely. As I said, Dickens is my all-time favorite, and he loved to use names to describe the

attitudes and roles of the characters in his books. I took that straight from him, so look for it in my books.

Open your book to a random page and please reads us a few lines.

“At the time Eli presented his gift, she had remained stone faced at the offering, but inside she was ecstatic, first because of the book itself, and second because it had come from him. No one would ever take Henry’s place, but Eli was carving out his own spot in her heart, bit by bit.”

What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?

I am looking forward to reading Broken Prince, by Jen Wylie, Broken by Sandra Love, and the Sci-corp series by Margret Taylor. I have all of these on hand, just need the time to dig in.

Have you ever used anyone from your real life encounters in any of your books?

Haha of course. I hear people talk about their muse, like it is a single person, but I take bits and pieces from everyone around me, more or less. Not the entire person, but there are traits in nearly all of my

characters that I picked up from someone that I know or once knew. The fun part is seeing how those things can often mesh together, a little here and a little there to make a new unique individual.

What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself while you were writing?

I have had this particular story in my head for a long time, and it really surprised me to learn that I could create something that other people would enjoy and find believable at the same time. I never shared it with anyone, mostly because I wasn’t sure how they would react to it. Now that it is out, I can’t believe I kept it in so long. It has been a real blast.

A New Life: Life of Recovery 

Publisher: Xlibris

Release Date: Sept. 30th and Revised Oct. 17th


The Dragons raised her to be tough. They taught her how to kill. They got more than they bargained for…

Tori Farrell is on a mission to find her true identity, to break the ties to a dark underworld for good…

She wants a new life, but first she must lay to rest the demons of her past.

Moving slowly, Tori was able to stand, her breast throbbing and her knees weak as she stumbled a few feet, then sank feebly to the ground. She looked up to see Henry staring at her intently, but didn't bother to ask what had happened. She kneeled for several minutes before asking him what she should do. His reply was direct and honest. "Do what he says. Do exactly what he says, when he says, and how he says. Do it for as long as you can, baby girl. It's the only way you are going to survive." Tori found little comfort in his advice, and tried to move closer as she reached out to him. She lifted her hand towards him, but he pulled away. "I can't touch you, baby girl," he said, the pain in his deep brown eyes evident; "if I do, he will kill you." Tori stopped moving, staring at him while the anger rose inside her. "Then I promise you," she hissed in a low whisper, "someday, I will put him in the ground." Immediately Henry winced, her words tearing at his heart, but deep down, he hoped that it was true.

Life of Doubt: Book Two of a New Life 

Release Date: December 10, 2013

The Dragons raised her to be a cold hearted killer, and they got what they deserved.

The FBI says they are helping her, but Tori can feel the scheme behind their lies...

She will soon be free, or so she thinks, but can she truly escape her brutal past, finding true love amidst the sex and intrigue? 

Tori Farrell is on a mission to find her true identity, to break the ties to a dark underworld for good, and to save the people she cares about most - the family she has never known.

She wants a new life, but first she must lay to rest the demons of her past.

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