Guest Author: Ingrid Jennings (giveaway)

Greeting everyone, thanks for taking the time to read about Slopjar. Slopjar is a book of poetry that was created to enter the souls of these that read it. There are seven chapters in the book and it is because seven is the number of completion. Each chapter begins with the letter L. There is a chapter about love, loneliness, lust, Lucifer, Lord, laughter, and one titled lunatic. Each chapter moves thought the life of a woman and she is dealing with all of the chapter titles.

Many people have asked me, “What is a slopjar and why did you name your book Slopjar?”.

A Slop jar also known as a chamber pot is a pail used as a toilet to urinate or defecate in. They were used long ago before there were toilets. I choose this name for my book because the book is a storm of emotion, some good but most are the filthy thoughts of a mad woman looking for salvation. With that being said read the poem Slopjar taken from the book:

 

SLOPJAR

Piss out the piss,
shit out the shit,
simmer it,
in a slopjar.
Release all frustrations,
lay them to rest,
simmer them,
in a slopjar.
Simmer the lunatic thoughts, the loneliness, the laughter, the lust, the love, the
feelings of hurt and pain.
Simmer it all in a slopjar,
then throw it in the woods.
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SlopjarSlopjar
Ingrid Jennings
 
Genre: Poetry
 
Publisher: Lioness Publishing House
 
ISBN: 978-0985696047
ASIN: B008Q3DHLM
 
Number of pages: 138
Word Count: 9,122
 
Cover Artist: Gaelyn Larrick
 
 
Book Description:
 
This is a book of poetry that will truly touch your soul. Indulge in the words of a lonely lunatic full of laughter, love, lust, Lucifer, and the Lord. 
 
Escape into a world of profound, seductive words that will melt your soul like butter. 
 
Escape into an insane mind and learn the trials of a battered soul. 
 
Fall into the trap of this astonishing book that will pull at the strings of your heart. 
 
Immerse yourself in the pure pleasure of this dazzling work of art. 
 
Open up the Slopjar.
 
 
Author PhotoAbout the Author:

Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Ingrid Jennings is what one would call a true Lioness. As a wife and a mother, she is loyal and a protector. As a publishing guru, she is a team player and works with her clients toward their success. As a teacher, she is passionate about education, and as a business woman, she is always on the hunt for new opportunities to learn and grow. She wears many hats and handles each situation in stride and with ease.
 
        With a B.S. in biology and chemistry from Palm Beach Atlantic Christian University, Ingrid decided to go a step further, to get a step closer to her true passion by excelling with her masters degree in reading education from Nova Southeastern University.
       
Ingrid spent three years working as a public school teacher in Palm Beach County, teaching integrated science to ninth graders. While teaching, Ingrid self-published her poetry into her first book titled SlopjarSlopjar recieved rave reviews not only for its creativity, excellent writing, and self expression but also for the excellence of its publishing and marketing. Through the experience and knowledge gained while publishing and marketing her own book, Ingrid gained an appreciation for the inner workings of the publishing world and ultimately birthed her own publishing company Lioness Publishing House.
 
 
Twitter @ingridmjennings
 
 

Guest Author Coral Moore

 

An American Werewolf in Scandinavia

by Coral Moore

 

As long as storytellers have been inventing tales, werewolves have been growling and scratching their way into our imaginations. The history of lycanthropes in our folklore is vast and diverse, covering the entire globe in disturbing stories detailing the animal side of human nature. Nowhere did shapeshifters leave toothmarks more viciously than in the wilds of northern Europe.

The Norse stories of men who transformed into animals were most probably based on the barbarians wearing the pelts of animals for warmth. Men literally dressed in the skins of animals are common in the Skaldic sagas. While they were sometimes said to fight with unusual ferocity, for the most part there is no mention of supernatural forces being involved. It’s easy to see where along the way these stories may have changed from fierce men wearing the skins of animals to men who became animals. A brutal battle where the enemy was covered in a bear skin with only their eyes exposed might easily spawn such exaggerations.

The were-beasts of northern Europe took the forms of bears, wolves, and boars. These animals were symbolic to the people of these lands beyond simple sustenance and warmth. The words for all three animals had multiple meanings in the Norse language, making the associations between animal and man difficult to isolate. The word vargr (wolf) was used to indicate a godless or heathen man as often as it was used for the animal. Jöfur, the word for boar, became associated with kings, perhaps because royal headpieces often had a ruff of boar fur atop them. Bears were revered for their strength and hunting prowess, and were invoked in spirit form on the nights of hunts and battles. Once again, it’s not a very long leap from a man with animalistic traits to one who can transform into said animal.

I’ve twisted the lore of the northern werewolves to suit my needs, but have tried to remain true to their roots in my own way. I speculate that the stories of savage men who could change into wolves began with a separate race that was enslaved by the barbarians of the northern lands. Over the centuries, the werewolves were woven into the tapestry of Norse mythology so profoundly that they don’t remember their true origins. The world of Broods of Fenrir shows what such beings might be like if they were brought forward into our modern world.

The information in this post is a partial summary of my research into werewolves. By far, the most comprehensive source I found was The Book of Werewolves by Sabine Baring-Gould posted on Sacred Texts, definitely worth the time for a thorough history of werewolves. If you’d like to have a more in-depth discussion of werewolves or Norse mythology, I’m always interested. You can find me on Twitter, Goodreads or my blog.


Marked by Odin
Broods of Fenrir Book 2
Coral Moore

Genre:Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Bared Teeth Publishing

Number of pages: 205
Word Count: 58,000

Cover Artist: Amanda Kelsey

Book Description:

After killing his sadistic brother, Brand inherits the responsibility for his brother’s brood. Now, he must convince the brood that their barbaric way of life belongs in the past and demand change in order to secure their future.

Crushed by the death of his mate, Gunni believes it’s only a matter of time before he succumbs to the loneliness that plagues his life. He follows Brand out of loyalty, but he secretly craves the peace that death will bring—until he is confronted with the most infuriating human he’s ever met.

Leo is a throwback who has never quite fit in with human society. Drawn into the savage world of the werewolves, not entirely against his will, he discovers that the Broods of Fenrir don’t fear much… except him.

These three conflicting personalities unite in pursuit of an unscrupulous trapper who has taken a member of Brand’s brood captive. They must track him down before he uncovers what they are and their secret is revealed.

Contains Strong Language, Violence, and Sexual Situations.

 

Title: Broods of Fenrir
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 60k words, 230ish pages

Availability: Amazon, Nook, Smashwords

Blurb:

Shapeshifter Brand Geirson was raised to rule the Broods of Fenrir, but he refused his birthright. Instead, he killed their brutal leader–his own father–and walked away.

For hundreds of years he’s avoided brood society, until a werewolf kills an innocent human woman and Brand finds himself dragged back into the violent politics of the shapeshifters. When the two brood women who mean the most to him come under threat, he must take up the throne and risk becoming the kind of vicious bastard his father was, or let the broods descend further into chaos–taking the friend he swore to protect and his lover with them.

Relevant Warnings: There is significant violence. One on-screen sex scene, though I wouldn’t describe it as particularly graphic.


About the Author:

Coral Moore has always been the kind of girl who makes up stories. Fortunately, she never quite grew out of that. She writes because she loves to invent characters and the desire to find out what happens to her creations drives the tales she tells.

Prompted by a general interest in how life works, her undergraduate schooling was in biology. She follows science news and enjoys conversations about genetics and microbiology as much as those about vampires and werewolves. Coral writes speculative fiction and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Writing at Albertus Magnus College.

Currently she lives in Connecticut with the love of her life, who offers both encouragement and kicks in the tail when necessary. Also in residence are two mammals of the families Canidae and Felidae.





 

Guest Author: Kristen Selleck

Abraham’s Men
Birch Harbor Series, Book 2
Kristen Selleck
 
Genre:  YA paranormal romance
 
ISBN:  9780615706122
 
Number of pages: 394
Word Count: 86,000
 
Cover Artist: Kristen Selleck
 
Book Description: 
 
College sophomore Chloe Adams returns to Birch Harbor determined to find the remnants of the secret society known as Abraham’s Men.
 
Yet, the only clues she has are the words ‘find Ian Rose’ and a strange coded journal that once belonged to her father.
 
No longer able to hear the voices that have plagued her for most of her life, and finally having the loving home she has always dreamed of, Chloe struggles to define what she wants–
 
Until fate and her mentor conspire to offer her the chance to discover the truth.
 
Unfortunately, the truth might kill her.

 
About the Author:
 
Kristen Selleck is avidly evil. Until recently, she worked as a mad scientist. After several diabolical attempts at world domination proved unsuccessful (most notably, building an army of robots from used pipettes, empty reagent boxes, and other things left lying around the lab), she decided to pick up the pen. She used the pen to poke an annoying lady at the gas station in the eyeball. Then she decided to write.
 
She has been known to speak with a strong Russian accent. This is inexplicable due to the fact that she was born in Detroit. It has also been documented that she likes vodka, roller coasters, things which are purple, and blowing things up with dry ice. She abhors kittens, wood paneling popularized in the 1970’s, and her arch-nemesis Jimmy (the Evil Overlord of Specimen Processing). She was last known to reside in Grand Rapids, and may be in the company of two evil apprentices, and her devoted henchman, Shad. If seen, please contact the FBI immediately (she owes someone in Accounting a sandwich).