Synopsis: Blaze Ignites blends strong, clever women and tough, sexy men in a fast paced, volatile cocktail of action, seduction and wicked humour.
“Destiny my ass.” Jade Glaster refuses to believe the Fates rule her life. Orphaned after an attack by Scourge soldiers, a young Jade vows never to be powerless again. Once grown and strong, wielding the affinities of fire and healing, Jade protects innocents as an enforcer for her world’s elite policing agency—The Talon.
When an emissary mission to reinstate a race of exiled Elves brings Galan into her life, Jade finds herself overwhelmed by new passions, some welcome, some not. Although Galan’s antiquated views on women offend her to her heated core, when the Scourge attack his family, she helps him navigate the outside worlds he knows nothing about—the magical Realm of the Fair and, stranger still . . . the modern streets of Toronto.
Through their sensually charged pursuit of justice, Jade discovers that when dealing with the Fates—destiny is never random.
Synopsis: Mika’s life has never been normal, but it’s hers.
After being told by the Great Spirit that her destiny is to stand up for the Earth Mother’s children and “save the great species from extinction,” she buries herself in an investigative journalism career hunting down poachers and exposing illegal trade in wildlife exotics. A survivor by nature, she would rather fight injustice than maneuver the hassles and heartache of relationships anyway.
When danger suddenly finds her unprepared, Mika’s perception of her life is shattered and she’s hurled into a realm of magic and murder she does not understand. Seduced by Bruin, the powerful and sexy warrior who saves her life, Mika is catapulted into a world where Were-creatures and Scourge assassins threaten not only her life but her heart as well.
With the boundary between worlds crumbling, Mika realizes that committing to save the great species will draw her deeper into a reality more terrifying to her than anything she’s faced before. Trusting in love.
Synopsis: With her birthday approaching and her adoptive family angry with her, Lexi doubts her place in her own life. Where had she come from? Where did she truly belong? When her identical twin emerges from the surface of a frozen pond to reclaim her, Lexi abandons the security of Haven to go find out.
Unfamiliar with the customs, laws, and obligations of life in Attalos, Lexi’s warrior habits and acerbic wit clash with everything in her oppressed homeland. At odds with her mother, the royal guards, and her arranged betrothed, Lexi finds a reluctant ally in Rowan, shunned Noble of the Fifth House.
Through their sexually charged pursuit of freedom, Lexi learns that family and love are two very different things.
CH: Today’s Guest Author is International Author J. L. Madore from Canada, who found her muse and began writing. Welcome to my blog, J. L.
CH: Can you sum up the Scourge Survivor Series, and tell us why we should read these books?
JLM: The Scourge Survivor Series is a Fantasy Romance series of 5 (possibly 6) books about rising beyond your circumstances and finding the place you truly belong. The parallels are applicable in everyday life and highlight that family is the group of people who choose you and who you choose to be with, who love you unconditionally, and who will always have your back.
CH: Where do your ideas come from?
JLM: My ideas come from everywhere: travel, books, movies, comments on the radio, song lyrics…anything I hear that sparks an idea or image that resonates.
CH: Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?
JLM: Usually, I have a character and a situation in mind and scenes start forming. Often, I wake up in the morning and my sub-conscious mind has planned the next scene or figured out a plot twist I have been struggling with. When I hit a block or things aren’t flowing, my husband will often tell me to ‘sleep on it’ because solutions often come to me in my dreams.
CH: When you wrote the first book in the series, did you know it would be a series then?
JLM: Yes, I’ve always planned this series around the five natural elements: fire, earth, water, wind, and spirit. It’s the possibility of the sixth book which has taken me by surprise. I haven’t written the fifth yet, but the scenes and characters seem to have more to say. We’ll see what happens.
CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?
JLM: Most often people comment on my voice and my characters. I truly do see the scenes as movies playing in my head and try to convey the details of that worldbuilding to my readers. Also, my characters are often a bit insouciant and strong-willed.
CH: You’ve been writing this series for a while. Is there a reason?
JLM: A reason it has taken me a while and I’m still writing it. Just over two years ago, I became the President of a 300-member writing organization—The Writers’ Community of Durham Region. It has taken up most of my time and derailed my own writing, unfortunately. But the story must be told, so I keep at it and will make sure readers get the answers to all their questions.
CH: You recently changed the covers. Was this a suggestion from the readers?
JLM: No, it was a marketing decision. I’m actually using two sets of covers. There are the beautiful Fantasy art covers by David Wysotski I’m using for the print copies, and the more contemporary, sexy abs and skin Romance covers by Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations for the eBooks. I did this for two reasons. First, the books are steamy romance and that doesn’t always come across for genre identification on the fantasy covers. And second, the sexy body-shot covers are only for the eBook format, so no one needs to feel self-conscious about people checking out what they’re reading.
CH: Which book in the series was hardest to write?
JLM: I think I’ve had the most trouble with book 4, Blind Spirit. Lia is a meek, innocent girl in the beginning of her story and for me, that’s a challenge. I’m very comfortable writing strong, outspoken characters and had to pay close attention to what she would say and how she would react to things. It’s also more difficult (for me) to project strength and growth in a character, who is reserved and quite quiet…while still holding reader interest. That book is almost complete now, and I think it was worth the struggles.
CH: Which character in the series was your favorite to write?
JLM: I have several. Lexi is so much fun. She says what she thinks and is a stab first, think later kinda girl. No filter. No restraint. She’s always making me laugh. Kobi, Bruin, and Cowboy are much the same. But it’s Aust, who tugs at my heart. Of all the characters, I need him to find his love and where he belongs most. He’s the anchor character for the overarching series plot and he will take us to the finish line of the series in the end.
CH: Is there a message in this series that you want the readers to grasp?
JLM: Sure. It’s about unconditional love and belonging. About finding your place with people who accept you for who you are making them your family. You love who you love, after all.
CH: How did you come up with the premise for writing your fantasy novels?
JLM: This one came to me, while my husband and I took a year and lived in a Panamanian rainforest with our kids. We only had 1 novel, my daughter’s copy of Twilight, and I read it about a hundred times and started thinking…my hero would do this, and my heroine would say that…so, I started writing it down.
CH: If you could work with any author, living or dead in this genre, who would that be and why?
JLM: In this genre, definitely J. R. Ward. I’m addicted to her novels, love her male characters, love her plot twists, love, love, love her voice. (Readers will notice that it’s very similar to mine.)
CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this series?
JLM: I’ve had great feedback and amazing reviews. I’ve been very blessed that the series has been so well received. From characters, to worldbuilding, to plot, to villains, to love twists and turns, the readers seem happy. It’s an author’s greatest thrill to read reviews of how readers connect with the story and I’ve been so pleased.
CH: What is the most rewarding aspect of writing in this genre?
JLM: In the writing itself, I’d have to say I love making up crazy scenarios, quirky, witty characters, and entertaining people. It’s incredibly fulfilling to be able to create something that alters the mood of a reader. If I can help them escape reality for a bit and let them laugh and fall in love, it’s a great day. Of course, reader feedback, as I mentioned, is my absolute favorite thing.
CH: What can we expect next from you?
JLM: Well, I’m finishing this series. Book 3 Torrent of Tears is on pre-order on Amazon and Book 4 Blind Spirit is almost ready for edits. While that’s in process, I have an angels and demons trilogy coming out, and I’m also working on a couple other outlines for a new series.
CH: How to Find J. L. Madore:
- JL’s Website: www.jlmadore.ca
- JL’s Author Page: http://amzn.to/2sebXFh
- JL’s Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2tyLeqo
CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?
JLM: I’m exclusive with Amazon, so my books are there and available for Kindle Unlimited download.
CH: Any closing remarks?
JLM: Thanks so much for having me, Cheryl. It’s readers and bloggers, who make it possible for me to do what I love and love what I do. I wish everyone the same happiness with whatever their bliss might be and wherever it might take them. Much love, JL.
CH: Thank you so much, J. L. Madore, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers. It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience. And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book. I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience.
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