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Christmas is a time for giving. So her we come a-caroling!

Some of my favorite author-friends and I have banded together to giveaway a $175 e-gift card to Barnes & Noble.
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Jennifer DiGiovani
Melanie McFarlane
Suzanne VanRooyen
Dorothy Dreyer
Shaila Patel
Melanie McFarlane
Suzanne VanRooyen
Liza Wiemer
Nicole Conway
Jennifer Anne Davis
Jennifer M. Eaton


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Free Paperback Rafflecopter! Free Fridays and The Little Blue Lady Talks “Eye of the Soul” by @TerriRochenski


Jennifer13You have been strangely quiet these days.

Where have you been?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Reading.




What have you been reading?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Eye of the Soul

by Terri Rochenski.


Jennifer13Wow. What a coincidence.

Terri is our guest today.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387I know.

I figured you’d take me more seriously if I actually read a book.

Jennifer13Well, it helps. 

Did you like it?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387It was weird. 

I didn’t know there were people with pointed ears on this planet.



PKO_Alien 3 0003387Maybe we should get Terri Rochenski to explain.


Jennifer13Sounds good. 

Let her in.


Alien SmileWell, Hello, Ms. Rochenski. 

Please come in.


Hi, guys!



Alien SmileSo, Terri, can you tell us in twenty words or less who you are and where your going with this writing stuff?


I am Mother and Wife Goddess of the universe

and I wish to make a million bucks with my writing hobby.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387That was 21 words.

I think she has a problem counting.  And Authors are supposed to be smart.  Geesh.

Jennifer13Stop!  Be nice!


Alien Huh CloseI am being nice.

I didn’t disintegrate her, did I?


Jennifer13[Slaps head]

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Okay ms. Rochenski. I’ve red you book, and I must say I find it deeply disturbing. Why would you write a book where they round up and entire race and enslave them? 

Because it was inspired by events in my own life.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387You’ve been stolen out of your house, chained and put on a boat,

and sent to prison for what you look like?

I was sort of speaking metaphorically.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Interesting. 

So tell me, why do you think people should read this tragic tale? 

Because I’m the Goddess of the universe

and have a lot to share.


PKO_Alien 3 0003387Well, you may be the goddess of green-eyed pointy eared people, but you’re not MY  goddess, Thumbelina. So, what’s with the chic on the cover?  

That would be Hyla, the heroine of the Pool of Souls Series.

Alien SmileDoes she have beautiful blue hair?



Blue? Beautiful?


PKO_Alien 3 0003387You watch it, toots. 

Well, she must be hiding it because it’s NOT a beautiful blue.

She’s NOT hiding the color of her hair. It’s the pointy Native ears she’s uncomfortable revealing.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Okay, so what’s with those green eyes? 

I don’t like green. 

I like blue. 

My hubs has blue. Love blue. Hyla’s along with all other Natives are green, a color no human on Derlund has.

Alien SmileDid you hear that? She’s married to a Martian.  You have thusly redeemed yourself! So, tell me, does anything explode in this book? 

Does a body count?

(It isn’t too gruesome. Promise.)

Alien SmileOh!  But gruesome is just lovely!  I must say, this book intrigued me.  I want to dip my foot in the pool and see what happens. Where is it, exactly?

I could tell you, but then I’d have to use my awesome goddess power to quiet you, and no one wants that.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Errghh.  We’ll chat about that later. 

For everyone else, why don’t you give a little low-down on what happens?

The body exploding? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

If you meant the book,

well then I’d have to say it’s about a young Native woman whose people are imprisoned for no apparent reason

and her journey to find out why and what she can do about it.

Alien SmileOh Yes!  Terri Rochenski gets the award for short and sweet!  You don’t know how many authors come in here and read every word off the back of their book!  Dreadfully boring.  Your sexy Martian husband must be rubbing off on you. So, fess up.  With a Martian in the house, you must be no stranger to things exploding.

I’ll keep this at a simple yes and plead the fifth on the why & how. Let’s just say it involved a shotgun and the side of our barn.

Alien SmileHave you ever painted your hair blue to match your wonderful husbands?


Pfffft. As IF.

Alien SmileHas he taken you up in his space ship?



Countless times.

Unfortunately those journeys took place within my dreams.

Alien SmileOh.  Crash landing, huh?  No more space ship?  He and I will have to hook up and chat. I’m stuck here, too. 

So, Ms. Rochenski (Odd last name for an alien by the way) I believe you have a rafflecopter-thingy for our readers, right?  What’s that all about?

I’m so excited to give away 2 signed paperback copies and some swag, including a notebook, pen and signed bookmark. Everyone has a chance to win on my Rafflecopter giveaway CLICK HERE TO WIN!

Alien SmileAnd where may we purchase your lovely (despite green) book?

Please, please, tell us where!


Purchase “Eye of the Soul” From your favorite retailer
Jennifer13If you’d like to learn more about Terri Rochenski, check out her blog at www.terrirochenski.comThanks for Stopping by Terri!

The Little Blue Lady From Mars sees “Ghosts in the Mirror”

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Hey.  Wait a minute.

You look familiar.

Haven’t I interviewed you before?

Uh, no…um.

Totally different person…and stuff.

See? I look like a cat.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Hmm.  I don’t know.

You seem VERY familiar.

Are you sure I didn’t blow up your book last year?

Nope.  Not me.

This is my very first novel. Written by a cat.

Yep. A cat named Joyce. So how could it be me?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Okay.

If you are sure…

Then who are you and what do you want?

My name is Joyce Mangola

I’m here to talk about my novel Ghosts in the Mirror


PKO_Alien 3 0003387Ghosts, huh?

What… are you trying to scare me?

I scare people, not the other way around.

You are definitely scarier than my book.

Probably because you are looking right at me…

And frowning.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Grrrr.

I’m not impressed so far, Earthling.

Why do you think I should take up my valuable time to read your book?

Because it’s about a sixteen-year-old boy

who needs another living soul,

or ghost, to live his life.

Alien Huh CloseHuh?

That doesn’t even make sense.

Hey, what’s that funny wispy white thing on the cover?

A ghost.

Scared now?


Alien EweNO!  Umm, well…  Hey!

Stop pushing that cover toward my face!

I don’t like it.

Well is there anything about the cover that you do like?



Alien Huh OpenYeah, the guy. 

He’s cute, but I want to dip his hair in blueberry sauce.

It’s just too human-looking.

LOL — blueberry sauce…

 Well that’s a bit crepe-y.


Alien nervousHey! That’s a lame attempt at a food joke!

I’m not amused.


Awe, come on. 

It was funny.

Lighten up.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387.

Give me one good reason to read your book, Miss I’m a Comedian


Wandering spirits are cool.

Wandering spirits latching onto the living are way cool.


PKO_Alien 3 0003387You have a sick sense of cool, Missy.

What’s the explosion count in this book?


No Explosions.

Not in this one…nope.


PKO_Alien 3 0003387Not in this one?  I thought this was your first novel?

Are you sure we haven’t spoken before?


I’m a cat, remember?

Please stop looking back at your other interviews.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387But I’m sure I’ve seen you…

While I’m scrolling back, tell me what this book is about.


It’s about a boy named Jeremy who shepherds lost souls to the other side by helping them with their unfinished business. Except, this time, the ghost isn’t much interested in crossing over without hunting down the person responsible for their and someone else’s death.

Alien Smile CloseReally?  What happened to the stupid wandering soul thing? That actually sounds like it might be interesting. [Settled down on couch] Okay, maybe we can chat a bit. 

Have you ever exploded anything?




Alien EweHave you ever tried to take over the world?

Ew, no.



Alien EweHave you ever painted your hair blue?

Pink is so much better a color.



Alien Huh OpenWhaaaat?

How dare you insinuate pink is better than blue?


I didn’t insinuate.

I came right out and said it.

Pink has always been better than blue.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387What? Huh? Grrr.

Redeem yourself Earthling!

How do you feel about space travel?

Space Mountain is awesome!



PKO_Alien 3 0003387Space Moun…-Huh-

[smacks head]

Oaf!  Have you even ever fantasized about exploding things?

I’m thinking about it right now.



PKO_Alien 3 0003387Hey.  Why are you looking at me like that?

Wait a minute.

I HAVE seen those beady eyes before.

Prove it!  You know, you should really try the color pink.

Otherwise, you might as well call yourself the Blue Boy with Boobs.


Alien Huh CloseIt’s YOU!  I know you!  You are that Half-headed man author, aren’t you! Kastil Even-butt or something or other.

You are hiding!  Hiding behind a cover with a whole man on it… And a few cats.

Well, yes, but you said you liked my book, right?

I put a whole person on the cover for you… changed my name and everything!


Alien PKO_0003428Oh, you think that changes things?

I remember everything!

Blue Boy with Boobs Huh? I’ll show you!


[As the sub-atomic particle weapon discharges, Joyce pulls out an umbrella and ducks beneath it. Lasers rebound off the surface and scatter across the room.  Holes burn into the walls.   The couch catches on fire. Yeah, general mayhem.]

[Joyce pokes her head out from beneath the umbrella]

You’ll show me what?

Ha!  I came prepared this time.

No blowing me up, thank you very much.

100 x 100 cropLittle Blue Lady! 

I’m home!

Gack! What happened to my living room?

Alien Zig Zag

If you’d like to learn more about Joyce Mangola check her out on her website And if anyone knows a good contractor… I need a new living room.

While I’m chasing after the Little Blue Lady with a repair bill, comment below for a chance to win “Ghosts in the Mirror”.

Good luck!

The Little Blue Lady Scares the Pants off Poor Little Amaleen Ison


Congratulations to our winner from two weeks ago.

Caitlin Stern, you are the lucky winner of Rise of the Magi!


I’m looking forward to reading this myself.  I LOVED the first book in the series.

Alien Zig Zag

Alien Huh OpenWhat’s up with you?

You look paler than a Martian sub-terrain turtle.


Right now,

I’m rather frightened

and want to get through this interview in one piece.

Alien Huh OpenWhy are you frightened?

We haven’t even started talking yet.


Your reputation for blowing things up precedes you, and there’s a rumour a few authors have gone missing after appearing on this blog.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Hmmm.

An author who does her research.

You are wise to be wary, Earthling!

Yes, Ma’am.



PKO_Alien 3 0003387So, you think you’ve written quite the little novel, I hear. I should be out blowing things up, not wasting valuable time reading.

Why is YOUR BOOK good enough for me to consider reading?

I’m not sure anything I write is ever good enough, but “Remember Me” comes pretty close.

All things that receive care and attention turn out well. This story has been received plenty of both.

Alien nervousWell, you haven’t said anything to peak my interest yet.

Why would anyone want to read this thing?


Because it’s a fast-paced YA fantasy thriller with an innocent yet determined heroine, a hot (bare-chested) love interest, and a mystery that will keep you guessing until the final few pages.

Alien belly acheBare chested?  Well, I guess if he’s hot he had to take his shirt off.

Odd customs you humans have.

So what’s the explosion count?  I need explosions.

Um, ahh,


you see…

Alien Huh CloseSpit it out!

Does anything explode or what??


Um…no! But, there’s a gruesome torture scene with plenty of blood.

Does that earn me any kudos?


Alien EweBlood!  I don’t like blood.

It’s red.  And I don’t like red. That’s why I explode things.  It zaps everything into little tiny non-bloody pieces.


**edges closer the exit**


PKO_Alien 3 0003387You better start working it Miss Scardy Cat.

What, exactly is this book about?


Well, the blurb goes something like this: Sera isn’t living. She’s existing—barely. Bedbound by illness, she has no memory of life before the freezing barn she now calls home. A mournful song haunts her dreams and hints at a past not completely buried—one she’s desperate to uncover. Yet Father’s whirlwind visits to draw blood and administer medication don’t provide answers. He only confirms the one thing she already knows; she’s dying.

A lonely death without ever knowing her past seems inevitable until a sudden, mystifying return to health coincides with the arrival of a boy in the opposite out-building. The inextricable pull to the stranger, and the broken memories that storm her mind when he’s near, warn of a history quite different to any she could have imagined. If she’s to uncover the truth she craves, she’ll have to decide whether knowledge of the past is worth forfeiting her second chance at life.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387That doesn’t sound faced-paced at all.

It sounds like people lying around doing nothing all day.


Although I’m sure Sera longs for her bed at times throughout the story, I don’t let her rest. In fact, I put all the characters through the wringer. No lying around allowed!

Alien Smile CloseOh, a wringer?

Well that sounds delightfully gastly.


It is! Mwa ha ha

**evil laugh**.


Alien Huh CloseOkay, so… what’s with that cover?

She looks like she’s frozen.  Frozen and asleep.

I don’t get it.

I kinda like that you’re a bit confused about the imagery. But you’re right. She does look frozen and asleep–almost dead. The cover mirrors the story so perfectly it makes my breath hitch every time I think about it.

Alien nervousYou are a sad, strange little Earthling.  You know that?

So, tell me, Miss Scardy cat with Hitched Breath…

have you ever exploded anything?

I’m ashamed to say, I unintentionally explode food in the microwave.

It happens so regularly my husband bought me a special plate cover so I don’t have to spend hours cleaning up the mess.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387That doesn’t count!  Even annoyingly prudish Jennifer M. Eaton does that.  There’s nothing monomaniacal about microwave accidents.  There has to be something interesting about you.

By any chance, have you ever painted your hair blue?


During my teens and early twenties, I dyed my hair nearly every colour under the sun—including bright blue.

It looked pretty cool, too!

Alien Huh Close[Shakes her head]

What am I supposed to do with you?

I don’t know,

but whatever it is,

please make it not hurt!

PKO_Alien 3 0003387You are too pitiful to explode.



Oh, thank goodness.

So can I give away my book?


PKO_Alien 3 0003387I’m still not sure your book is good enough.



How about if I throw in a chance to win a $20 gift card?



PKO_Alien 3 0003387$20 huh? Hmmm.

Apparently I can be bought.

Okay… I’ll let you go.  THIS TIME.


Okay, I’m going to run for my life before she changes her mind, but before I go, please click on over to my Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a $20 gift-card and e-copy of Remember Me

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Why are you still here?





And thanks for not hurting me!


If you’d like to find out more about Amaleen Ison, check out her Web Site at

Remember Me

Free Fridays! The Little Blue Lady from Mars considers “Rise of the Magi”


Jennifer13You really need to be on your best behavior today.

Promise me!


Alien Huh Close

I’m always on my best behavior.


Jennifer13Well, what I mean is be nice, and no blowing anything up. 

We want to make her feel at home.

Alien Huh CloseWhy?

What’s so special about this chic?

Jennifer13You don’t understand!  This is Jocelyn Adams.  She’s the author of “The Glass Man”. 

It was one of my favorite books last year.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Wonderful.  First I have to worry about headless men.  Now I have to worry about men made of glass?

This is a very odd planet you have here.

Jennifer13Then why don’t you go home and find someone else’s blog to haunt?


Alien Huh CloseWhy would I do that?

I have too much fun here blowing stuff up with you.


I’m, Umm, honored.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Well, let’s let this hoity toity wonderful author-like person in.

I’ll see if she’s worth all the hub bub.

Jennifer13Why do I have a bad feeling about this?

[opens door]

Hi Jocelyn


Hey! Look at that.

She really is blue.


Jennifer13Come on in and have a seat.

Make yourself comfortable.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387So, Miss Jocelyn  Adams.

Jennifer M. Eaton seems to think you are “all that”, but I’ve never heard of you.

No? I’m an author who often has one foot through the crazy door, who can’t seem to shut out all of the voices in my head.  Shut up!  I’m talking to the Blue Lady here! 

Alien Huh CloseUmm, okaaaayyy… [turns to Jennifer]

This one’s two rockets short of a launch sequence.

Jennifer13I know!  Isn’t she cool? 

Ask her a question.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Okay, Miss voices in her head.

What exactly do you want, here?


What I want is a giant slice of peach pie with ice cream and a whole stack of people to read and love my book. 

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Huh.  Unless you’re gonna bake it, there’s no pie here.

Is there anything else you want?

Maybe a major book deal,

but I’m more likely to get the pie, so I’ll start with that.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Humph.  Well, if what Jennifer M. Eaton says is true, you are quite the pen wielder.

Why would she like you book more than anyone else’s?

Because I carved out a piece of my soul and slapped it down on the paper.


Alien SmileOh!

That sounds wonderfully ghastly!

Tell me more.

Okay, so I didn’t really do that since it would have hurt like hell, but I still laid myself bare to get this one written.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Grrr…. And here I thought we’d bonded.

So tell me.

Why would I want to read this new novel of yours?

Hmm, sexy, mischievous fae men and a glimpse into the mysterious workings of my original villain, Parthalan, might be carrot enough, no?

Jennifer13Oh!  Love Love Loooooove Parthalan.

AKA “The Glass Man”  Best. Villain. Ever.  Nuff Said.


He was great fun to write.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Well, I need more than a hunky man.  Fae or not.

Tell me Miss Hears Voices and Carves Out Her Heart…Does anything explode?

Yes, actually, something does explode. 

Or someone. 

Alien SmileOh!  That is exciting. Who do you blow up?

Is it the good guy?

There’s not enough blowing up of the good guy on this planet.

I can’t tell you what or who without spoiling the story, so you’ll have to read it yourself for the big kaboom.

Alien SmileOkay, I’m actually excited about this.

Tell me more.


Rise of the Magi is the third and last leg of Lila Gray’s journey.  She grew up thinking she was human even though she’s a fae designed by the hard knocks of her life to become the weapon that will keep mankind from receiving their pink slips.  In this last book, Lila has grown into her leadership role and is faced with relationship, baby, and cannibalistic tree issues, along with discovering her place in an ancient prophecy.  And the villain in this book is a nasty piece of work, too.  I’m quite proud of that.

Alien SmileExplosions ANNNNDDD Cannibalistic Trees?  Oh! What fun!

You sound like my kind of gal.

Have you ever exploded anything, just for fun?

My brother and I used to blow up crickets with firecrackers when I was little because they’re bloody annoying, does that count?

Alien SmileOh!  Those little chirping things?  Hmmm.  Never thought of exploding something smaller than me, but they ARE annoying.

I like to take over worlds on my spare time.  Would you like to join me?

Well, I don’t know.  I tried to snatch the moon once, but my cardboard box shuttle had a malfunction and dumped me on my arse.  I’ve settled for conquering my hammock in the back yard instead.

Alien SmileOkay, fun but not smart.

You need to coat the cardboard with space polymers to get out of the atmosphere, silly.

Ohhhhhh.  SO that’s what I did wrong.

I love your hair by the way.


Alien SmileYou do?


I’ve never had blue hair, but lots of other colors.  I have painted my husband’s hair blue, once.  A blue Mohawk to be exact.

Alien SmileOh!  He must have looked absolutely Martianly!

I bet he looked hawt!


It was definitely different.


Alien SmileYou know what?

Why don’t you hang out and stay a while.

Would you like some dessert?



Jennifer13Umm, Little Blue Lady, all I have is Strawberry Cheese Cake. 

You’re allergic to red stuff, remember?

Alien SmileShoot.  Bummer.

Hey, Jocelyn Adams.

How about you tell me what it tastes like.

Jennifer13Oh Oh. [Snickers]

Show don’t tell, Jocelyn.

[Clears her throat and takes a bite] 

I slide my spoon into white, creamy goodness, making sure to nick a little of the fresh strawberry sauce and whipped cream, and bring it to my mouth.  The richness of the cream cheese and sweetness of the berries slide across my tongue, and I moan as I lick the spoon clean of every last speck before diving in again. 

Alien SmileWow!  Scrape those strawberries off, because I want a bite.

Thumbs up for Jocelyn Adams!


Does that mean I can give away a copy of my book?

Alien SmileNot only that.

How about one copy of Rise of the Magi, and all commenters get a chance to win ALL THREE BOOKS?


That’s a great idea.  How about I make the three books paperback, and I’ll sign them?

Alien SmileOh!  You are just delectable!

Now, let’s go coat that cardboard box over there with space polymers and I’ll show you how to properly get to the moon.

Jennifer13There you have it! One e-book copy of Rise of the Magi for a lucky commenter, and a chance to win the entire Lila Gray trilogy paperbacks signed by Jocelyn Adams.  Let’s get commenting!

And if you’d like to find out more about Joceyln Adams, check out her website at: or
Purchase: Rise of the Magi (A Lila Gray Novel) (Volume 3)

Alien Zig ZagAlien Zig Zag*The Little Blue Lady from Mars © Jennifer M. Eaton

The Little Blue Lady from Mars – Day After


PKO_Alien 3 0003387Yawn.


Jennifer13There you are.

Where have you been?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Sleeping.

I’m tired.


From what?


PKO_Alien 3 0003387Do you have to ask?

Planning to take over the world, of course!

What have you been doing?

Jennifer13I started my new book, Optimal Red.

Oh, and I signed a contract

for Paper Wishes.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387You need to get out more.

I mean, seriously,

you need a hobby.

Jennifer13Like what?

Taking over the world?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Yes!!!!! That’s the best hobby ever! 

And then we can have tea and crumpets and make totalitarian plans!


How about we just do an interview first.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Piff. You are just not fun.

But I guess I have no choice.  Who’s here today?

Jennifer13Emi Gayle.

You’re gonna be nice, right?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387What’s that supposed to mean?

I’m always nice.


Yeah whatever.

Hello Emi!


Do you know there is a little blue lady on your table?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Who are you calling little?

How dare you waltz your tallness in here and…

Jennifer13So, Emi,

I hear you have a new book out this week.

What’s it called?

Yes I do!

It’s called Day After and it came out just this Monday.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Piff! 

I bet it’s a tall book about tall people who…

Jennifer13So, Emi, I know this is book two of a series.  How hard is it to know that you’ve gotten it just right, and book two is good enough to follow book one?

An author never thinks her book is good enough, but sometimes, it’s time to let go and let the public have the story. I love the story, I love Mac and Winn, so now it’s time to share what’s been in my head.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Lame Response! Sounds like one of those lovey-dovey books.

Why would anyone want to read it?

Because it has a hot guy on the cover. Or a nerdy one.

Either way, *I* think he’s hot.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Well, I’ll give you kudos that he at least has a head.

I hate novels with headless men.



Jennifer13Don’t ask.





PKO_Alien 3 0003387I’ll be deciding if it is okay or mot MISSY.

Does anything explode?

Only my head when someone compliments my book.


PKO_Alien 3 0003387[turns to Jennifer]

She has an exploding-reappearing head?


CJennifer13ould be.  You never know.

I have an alien on my table doing author interviews.

You never know what the stink is going to happen on this blog.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Hmm. 

Okay Missy too-tall with an exploding head.

Tell me what this book is about.

I’m going to give you the blurb because honestly, it’s the best way to describe Winn’s side of things …

Demon crypts. Vampire lairs. Glowing angels. Sexy sirens. The stuff of fiction.

Or so Winn Thomas always thought. Since being accepted into the fold of the supernatural, he knows better. None of what he imagined is true, but everything he feared is, and binding himself to his Changeling girlfriend until her nineteenth birthday will give him an education far beyond what he’d get at his human high school.

Luckily, Winn’s not giving up, he won’t back down, and he definitely isn’t going to run away with his tail between his legs. After all, only werewolves have tails. Right? In this, the second of the 19th Year trilogy, Winn’s facing the challenge of one lifetime. If he doesn’t learn the truth about mythological creatures, his girlfriend Mac Thorne won’t either. That means, in six months, when she chooses her final form, she won’t know what to pick. Winn, though, has his own ideas about Mac’s final selection—plans she knows nothing of. He intends to have her pick human.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Hmmmm.



What do you think?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387I think I’m angry,

Because I actually want to read this.

You do?


PKO_Alien 3 0003387Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, Miss Too Tall and Exploding. 

Let’s be real.  Has your head actually ever exploded?

Well, no


PKO_Alien 3 0003387I thought Not.

Have you even ever tried to explode anything?


That sounds dangerous, I…

PKO_Alien 1 0003414Silence,

Too Tall!

Have you ever tried to take over the world?

Did she just get bigger?



Answer quick!

She’s getting mad!

Umm… ummmm… Yes! I have already taken over the world. Don’t you know that?

This is actually my interview and you’re just my pawn.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Whaaat?





Alien PKO_0003428Gotcha? 


I’ll show you Miss Smarty Pants!

Wait a minute.

Is that a ray gun?


Jennifer13Emi quick! 

Get under the table!


Ha Ha! No more Too Tall Lady’s book!

[Dances away merrily]

My Book!

She blew up my book!


Jennifer13Errr, yeah, that happens sometimes.

Did you remember to bring an extra?

I didn’t know I was supposed to bring an extra.

[Picks particles of half-disintegrated paper from her hair]


Jennifer13That stinks, because Day After sounds awesome.

I’d love to read it.

Shoot I wanted to give away a copy!

Well, there is still a Raffle Copter.


Jennifer13Oh great!  Can I sign up to win a copy there?

[brushes some book dust off Emi’s shoulder]


Here is the link.


Jennifer13Great!  Here you go everyone.  To sign up to win a free copy of Day After by Emi Gayle, click on over to Rafflecopter to win

She’s… errr,

not coming back,

is she?

Jennifer13Luckily, not for a few more weeks.

We’re safe for now.

Since I don’t have a copy to give away here,

You guys can also leave a comment on my website for a chance to win.


Thanks for coming, and I’m sorry about your book.

[picks up remains of charred cover]

It’s been an interesting experience.


If you’d like to learn more about Emi Gayle and her books, click on over to

Alien Zig ZagAlien Zig Zag*The Little Blue Lady from Mars Copyright Jennifer M. Eaton

The Little Blue Lady from Mars takes on a little Rock Star Romance


PKO_Alien 3 0003387I feel like I’ve been gone forever.


You should have treated it like a vacation. 

Did you have time to relax?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Relax? I did nothing but relax.

I actually did NOTHING. It was boring.

Well, now you are fresh and ready to do a brand new interview.

Are you ready to get started?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Totally.

Who’s here today?

Nicky Wells is here. [opens door]

Hi, Nicky!

Alien Huh CloseWhat’s with all the sparkles?

Who does this lady think she is?

What, you haven’t heard about me? Where have you been ~ in outer space? Everybody has heard about the Rock Star Romance Trilogy, and today, I want to shout about the release of the second book, Sophie’s Run.

Oh, and I’m here to give away two e-books.

Alien Huh CloseYou want to give away TWO books?  Getting pretty high and mighty there, aren’t you? You need to get through me before anything gets given to anyone.  You hear?

Umm, Okay.

Well, what do I have to do?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Convince me your sappy Earthling book

is good enough for people to read.

LOL, where to start? Put simply, my brand of romance rocks your world. You’ll feel the tremors even if you happen to be stuck in outer space. Yeah, Little Blue Lady, just like you… Sophie’s Run has glitz, glamour, intrigue, romance, betrayal, travel and lots of food, not to mention a gorgeous rock star and a dashing male nurse. I mean, come on ~ what more do you want?

Alien SmileYou think I have glitz and glamour?


Okay, so tell me more, what would make someone want to read this little ditty?

With all the above ingredients, why wouldn’t they? But if you want the official sales spiel… well, if you like rock music, celebrities, romance and happy endings, then Sophie’s Run is a must-read. If you’ve ever dreamed of doing something completely crazy with your life, then Sophie’s Run is a must read.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Hmmm.  I like music, but if I haven’t read Sophie’s Turn,

would I want to read Sophie’s Run?

Obviously if you’ve already read Sophie’s Turn, you will want to find out what happens next. I should say that you don’t have to have read Sophie’s Turn to enjoy Sophie’s Run! While it is the second book in a Trilogy, and can totally and 100 per cent stand on its own.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Okay, let’s see if it’s up to par with my requirements.

Does anything explode?

Errr… yes, actually.

A cake. And there is a spectacular fire.

Alien SmileTee Hee.

Exploding cake… sounds delightfully messy.

I’m just not sure, though…

What, you’re still doubtful? After I’ve promised you glitz, glamour, intrigue, romance, betrayal, lots of food, travel, a rock star, a male nurse, an exploding cake and a fire? You are hard to please. All right, let’s see if the official blurb satisfies your hunger.

Her famous star remains her rock while life takes her on a little detour…

So she has finally found the man of her dreams; well, she’s seen him, for sure!  Yet rock star and ex-fiancé, Dan, keeps getting in the way of her new romance—even if he is just trying to be helpful. A fire, an impromptu mini-trip with Dan, and a dreaded wedding later, Sophie is still struggling to meet the love of her life. Then, just as she is getting it together with her perfect man, best friend Rachel commits an act of unspeakable betrayal. Sophie has had enough. Surprising herself and shocking her friends, she embarks on a secret journey and eventually gets her life back on track.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Now, if you already told me she gets her life back on track, I know the ending.

Why would I need to read it?

Exploding cake, remember?


PKO_Alien 3 0003387Piff, please…

Have you ever actually exploded anything?

I have, in a manner of speaking. Fireworks, for starters, to mark the New Year. Then there’s my home entertainment special, the indoor volcano. Be sure you’ve got high enough ceilings if you try that one. Why would you do that? Let’s just say it keeps the kids quiet for a while. Oh and, at college, many years ago, there was this tradition of filling plastic bottles with dry ice, closing the lid, shaking it up and waiting for the boooom from a VERY safe distance. That was just for fun. I hasten to add that as a non-scientist, I was merely a spectator and never the purveyor of the dry ice nor the assembler of the bottles. Just for the record.

Alien SmileHa!

It does sound like there is a hidden and interesting side to you, Nicky Wells.

Do tell, have you ever painted your hair blue?

I have indeed. Not painted, exactly, but sprayed. It wasn’t just blue, it was blue-and-purple streaks. Why? Because I was fourteen and I needed to make a statement.

Alien SmileAnd what a beautiful statement it must have been!

So, have you ever traveled in space?


I do that all the time. My husband will come home and say, ‘you look all spaced out again’ and I’ll say, ‘well, yeah, I’m just on re-entry.’

Alien SmileYes! I love a fellow space traveler!

I’m hungry.

Want to raid Jennifer M. Eaton’s refrigerator?

Totally. I’m starving.

Does this mean I can give away a few books?

Alien SmileYes!

Let’s give away one copy of Sophie’s Turn,

and one copy of Sophie’s Run!



There you have it! And I didn’t even have to intervene!

Comment below for your chance to win one of two ebooks.

Sales links for Sophie’s Run:

Sophie’s Run is now available in Kindle edition from and, and in Paperback edition from and You can also get the paperback at Barnes & Noble, or download Sophie’s Run onto your Nook (coming soon).


Win a free, autographed print version of A Legacy of Stars by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

You’ll all remember Danielle from the “Give that Publisher What They Want, Dernit!” Series here on my site.  Now she has a giveaway!

Check out the details below!

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I received a wonderful review yesterday for my solo science fiction collection, A Legacy of Stars (DTF Publications/Dark Quest Books). It made my day, but it came with something of a mystery, which I’ll quote here:

“One of the cleverest first contact stories to come along in a long time.” Analog June 2013 issue

Where is the mystery, do you ask? See…there are two first contact stories in the collection. Now I could just ask the reviewer which one he thought was the cleverest, but where is the fun in that? I say this calls for a contest.

For the next week I will be taking a poll on what you thought was the  cleverest first contact story in the book. How it works: If you really like me and want to give some support to a small press author buy the ebook version of the book for $2.99 and give it a read.
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Or, email me at _greenfirephoenix@aol.com_ and I will send you a PDF file of the two stories in question. Whichever route you take, read the stories: Building Blocks and To Look Upon The Face of God and click the below rafflecopter by April 12 (EST) with your pick for which is the cleverest. On April 13th the reviewer, Don Sakers, will answer the question on my Facebook page. Two people will win a free, autographed copy of the print version of A Legacy of Stars.
Danielle Ackley-McPhail NEW RELEASE – from Dark Quest Books – A Legacy of Stars – A Collection of Award-Winning Science Fiction
Author of Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Memories, Today’s Promise, and The Halfling’s Court Editor of the Bad-A** Faeries Anthology Series

Please don’t send me to the slush pile! I’ve been good!

A temporary goodbye to the Little Blue Lady from Mars

PKO_Alien 3 0003387You are going to shove me into your hard drive and never look at me again.

No, I’m not!

I promise!

Alien Smile CloseBut I’m a rehabilitated alien! 

I made cookies last week and everything!

It’s not that.  Your interviews have been great. Hundreds of people have clicked on over to read them. I’ve gotten a great response—even when you’ve been abrasive, which is a bit odd.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Then what’s the problem?


Time is the problem.

Did you know it takes a few hours to do one of those interviews?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Ha!  You’re not doing anything.  I’m doing all the work. 

You’re just whining and complaining in the background.

Yes, but as much as I love you,

there is a little work involved in bringing you to life.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387So?


Well, I’ve got writing to do, you know.  I’m starting the sequel to Last Winter Red this weekend, and I have three books out to query now, and Fire in the Woods will be going to query in a few weeks.

Alien Huh CloseThey are more important than me?

Hmm. At the moment, yes, they are.  But listen, I promise to set up an interview for you at least once a month.  Twice once I get a little more acclimated to my new schedule, okay?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387[Sigh]

I guess I really don’t have a choice, do I?



PKO_Alien 3 0003387I’ll miss you.


I’ll miss you too.

But I’ll see you in a few weeks, I promise.


Alien SmileOkay. 

How about for the last Free Friday for a while, we give away a copy of “Make Believe”.

Great!  That would be awesome.

You know, the reviews for my story Last Winter Red in this anthology have been “off the charts crazy” good!  And several people have asked about more from the Last Winter Red world.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Well, I’m happy for you, but not happy that writing the sequel means I have to go back into the hard drive.

Hey, I will keep my promise.

I even have an awesome author all lined up for April.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387All Right. 


Make Believe

Please bid the Little Blue Lady goodbye for a few weeks, and everyone commenting below will be in the running for an ebook copy (your choice of format) of the “Make Believe” anthology including my story LAST WINTER RED.



The Little Blue Lady From Mars © Jennifer M. Eaton.

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Author Katie Salidas teaches the Little Blue Lady from Mars to Cook, and #free ebooks for everybody!


Yay!  It’s Freebee Fridays time!

First of all, Congrats to last week’s winner: Mary Preston

You’ve received a free copy of “Crisis of Identity” by Denise Moncrief.

If you’d like to find out more about Denise Moncrief and her books, click on over to


Alien Zig Zag

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Jennifer’s not here this week, so I don’t have to worry about her being all squishy with these authors.  Finally I get to do an interview without her complaining!  Let’s see who’s here [opens the door]


I’m Katie Salidas.

I’m here for the cooking show.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Cooking show?



Where’s your kitchen?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Umm, It’s Jennifer Eaton’s kitchen actually,

and it’s over there.


I’ll just make myself at home.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387What’s with the bowls and pans?

Why’d you just turn on the oven?

Well, we’re going to cook,

aren’t we?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Cook? What’s going on? 

Who are you anyway?

Who am I? Oh no one really, just a small wallflower of a writer who pens the most realistic and gritty urban fantasy vampires. I don’t do sparkles, and I don’t do vegetarian vampires. What I do “do” is emotion, struggle, pain, and ultimately overcoming the obstacles. I also do cookies.

Alien Huh CloseCookies?

Wait a minute.

Actually, we need to wait about five more minutes for the oven to preheat, but there’s lots to do while we’re waiting.  But you know that, right? You’re a cooking show host.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387The last thing I actually cooked was a novel that I didn’t like. 

I blew it up.

Oh!  I love symbolic imagery.

I blew up an idea yesterday.  Storyboarded it and everything.

Alien Huh CloseUmm


Okay, First we have to combine the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl.  Can you start whisking that for me?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Ahhh, I guess.

This thing looks just like a miniature ray gun.

Be careful there.  You don’t want to spill it.

Funny, you act like you’ve never whisked baking ingredients before.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Call it my tragic flaw


That’s okay.  In my book Immortalis Carpe Noctem, my My Main character is flawed, that’s for sure, but who among us isn’t? She’s real, she young, and has a lot to learn. And as the series progresses you’ll learn right along with her.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Can she show me how to bake?


No silly. That’s what I’m here for.

Now let’s get those sugars mixed up.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387With the whisky thingy?


Nope.  Use your hands.

Get out all the lumps.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Wait!

What’s that?

Err, a hand mixer.

We need to start beating the ingredients.

Alien Huh CloseWhat did the ingredients do?

What would you beat them?

I like you you’re funny.

Let’s get the rest of these ingredients in here

Alien Huh CloseAre you sure you know what you’re doing?

This looks like a lump of Martian calowog dung.

I sure do know what I’m doing!  I also know how to write books.  Immortalis Carpe Noctem has sold over 10,000 copies.

It’s almost as good as making cookies!

PKO_Alien 3 0003387I’m not so sure you are good at making cookies. 

How can I be sure your book is any good?

I’ve got positive reviews on every site from Goodreads to Nook! I know this book is good and I want more readers to find it as well!

Alien Huh CloseReally?  But isn’t this book about vampires?

It’s so overdone.  It seems like everyone is becoming a vampire these days.

Becoming a vampire is easy. Living with the condition…that’s the hard part.

Now we need to form this into a roll.  Can you do that?

Alien SmileLike this?



Now we need to refrigerate it for forty-five minutes.

Alien SmileWhile we wait,

tell me more about your book.

Newbie vampire Alyssa never asked for this life, but now it’s all she has. Rescued from death by Lysander, the aloof and sexy leader of the Peregrinus vampire clan, she’s barely cut her teeth before she becomes a target.

Kallisto, an ancient and vindictive vampire queen – and Lysander’s old mate – wants nothing less than final death for her former lover and his new toy. She’s not above letting the Acta Sanctorum, and its greatest vampire hunter, Santino, know exactly where the clan can be found.

With no time to mourn her old life, Alyssa’s survival depends on her new family. She will have to stand alongside Lysander and fight against two enemies who will stop at nothing to destroy them.

Alien SmileWow! 

That actually sounds pretty cool!

It is very cool.  And so is our dough.

Now we need to cut this into cookies four inches thick

Alien SmileLike this?

And spread them on the pan, right?

Yes. Hey, you don’t run a cooking show for nothing, you are a natural at this.

Now we bake 12 to 14 minutes.

Alien SmileSo tell me. 

When you’re not baking, do you ever explode things?

In real life, sadly, no. But I have a friend who does that kind of thing for a living. He is an inspiration behind one of the characters in my Immortalis series and he’s also my weapons consultant (so my writing is always accurate where that is concerned.)

Alien SmileOh! 

Has he ever taken over the world?

You know, taking over the world sounds all well and good, but then there is the responsibility of actually “ruling” the world. That sounds too much like work to me. LoL.

Alien SmileNo.  No work. 

I’d just let Jennifer M. Eaton take care of all the hard stuff.

Speaking of hard stuff, we’ve made quite a mess.

Do you have a clean-up crew?

Alien SmileYep. The annoying whiney chick with the curly hair who owns this place. 

She’ll clean it up.


Let’s get these off the pan and onto a cooling rack.

Alien SmileOops.  I squished one.


That’s okay.  There’s plenty more.

Now what we’re going to do is goob a little frosting between these cookies.

Alien SmileOh!

They look like spaceships!

They do, don’t they?

You can even put a little blue food coloring in the frosting so it will match your hair.

Alien SmileMmmmmm!

These are delicious!

If you like these, you should try my book.

It’s even better!

Alien SmileYes!  We must all read Katie Salidas’s book!

Free Books for everybody!

Click here to pick up your copy for free!


I hope everyone enjoys Immortalis Carpe Noctem… and here’s a link to the recipe for the best chocolate sandwich cookies ever. Lemme tell ya… Amazing!

If you want to find out more about Katie and her books, click on over to her site.

Alien Zig Zag


What the heck happened to my kitchen?


The Little Blue Lady From Mars © Jennifer M. Eaton.