When V.L. Jennings isn't traveling to other worlds through her imagination, she calls Dillon, South Carolina her home. She is the author of science fiction novels "The Alien Mind" (recipient of the Readers Favorite Five Star Review Award), and "Visionary From The Stars".
But what motivates Virginia to create, to illustrate, to prognosticate? Virginia is a speculator, the kind of person who always debates the "what if?" of where stories both true and fantastical are leading themselves to, which explains her love of post-apocalyptic fare such as "The Walking Dead." Through her writing, she enjoys trying to figure out what our human potential is, and where our innate desire for a better world could lead us.
Overall, Virginia is just about as real as a person can get. Yes, even authors love to sing along with their favorite local radio station while driving, and Virginia is no exception to this rule. She enjoys watching Doctor Who or Star Trek with her family over dinner, and also watching the latest sci-fi and action movies with her husband. On the weekends, you may even find Virginia and her family at the local comic book store, hunting down more comics to add to their collections.
V.L. Jennings spends her free time writing flash fiction on her blog and working towards her degree in Electronics Engineering. You can find out more about V.L. Jennings as well as join her newsletter at:
Dan and Rivi's cube fell through the Aun sky and tumbled down onto one of Aun's main city roads. Dan pressed his head to the back of the seat, and reached out with his mind to hold Rivi still against her bench. He held his breath as they flipped over and over before coming to a sudden stop as, outside, groups of the city’s Aunantet citizens gathered around the cube and halted it without touching it. Dan got out of his chair and unbuckled the straps holding Rivi. He levitated her off the bench and through the cube wall. Paying no attention to the crowd, he lowered her to the ground and shrank the cube, sending it back into the sphere on her necklace.
Dan sat down beside Rivi, trying to wake her up, concern building on his face. A few Aunantet approached and circled Dan and Rivi chattering anxiously towards Dan while they checked Rivi over.
“I don’t know what you are saying!” Dan exclaimed. “Please, she needs help!”
One of the Aunantet ran forward from the farthest street corner.
“What happened?” the Aunantet asked Dan.
Finally, someone he could understand.
“It was the Aruk!” Dan explained, flustered. “They held us captive. I think they gave her a computer virus before we escaped.”
The Aunantet's face faded from its normal purple to a light pink.
“She's a comp amalgamator, then. That's not good. What is her name?”
“Rivi … Rivinaig,” Dan replied, quavering, looking worriedly at Rivi and sensing this Aunantet was concerned.
“Her guardian father is Ankh, then?”
“Yes, she's told me a bit about him,” Dan replied.
“Does anyone know where I can find Ankh?” the Aunantet asked the crowd of other concerned Aunantet that had started to gather in the street around them.
Another Aunantet pushed his way through the crowd toward Dan and Rivi.
“I'm heading to him now. I can take them.”
Dan levitated Rivi once more and headed over to the Aunantet who spoke.
“Here, let me take her,” the Aunantet said as Daniel approached. “You look like you've been through a lot today.”
Dan looked at the Aunantet a bit warily.
“It’s all right. Rivi knows me. You may have even seen me around. I was one of the technicians at the Human Complex. I worked in the communications section. My name's Orlon.”
“My name's Daniel,” Dan said, as he lowered Rivi into Orlon's three arms. “I'm not one of the 150 children. This is my first time here on Aun. It’s my first time being out of Earth's solar system, as a matter of fact.”
Orlon said nothing as he led Dan and carried Rivi down the road, away from the dwindling crowd.
“I heard what you said about the Aruk. You and Rivinaig were captured by them?” Orlon finally asked as they rounded a corner.
“Yes,” Dan replied quietly.
“For how long?”
“I don't know, what's today's date?” Dan asked.
“Earth time?” Orlon asked.
Daniel nodded, and Orlon closed his eyes and consulted his personal computer.
“Saturday, February 15, earth time,” Orlon answered, looking at Dan.
“We've been with the Aruk for four weeks then,” Dan said quietly. “It seemed like much, much longer than that.”
The Alien Mind
YA Science Fiction
Cover image link: https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wD8ZTHg7PdU/WaIIgLnWdzI/AAAAAAAABOY/NcJWGQ1LPVIluxsgroz22ZgldYdjyysvwCEwYBhgL/s320/The%2BAlien%2BMind%2BKindle.jpg
(copy and paste link however you upload pictures)
About The Book:
When a group of aliens called the Aruk abduct Young Rivinaig and several other children, they are thrown into the adventure of a lifetime.
The Aunantet, a benevolent race of aliens, rescue the children and adopt them into their culture and raised them as if they belong. The children's new families teach them how to harness the full capacity of their minds, enabling them to defy the laws of physics and develop special mental abilities.
The past returns to haunt them as the Aruk plot revenge and regain control of their former captives. The fate of the entire galaxy depends on whether the children can maintain their freedom.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36130453-the-alien-mind
Will be priced at .99 on Amazon till January 1! Normal retail price is 2.99
Large Print: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1975813944
Hard Cover: http://www.lulu.com/content/hardcover-book/the-alien-mind/21245642
Audio Book: (coming soon)
“A fast paced science fiction, full of thrilling adventure...” ~Mamta Madavan, Readers Favorite
“A chilling entertaining adventure!” ~ Geraldine Ahearn, Amazon Top 500 vine Voice Reviewer http://www.amazon.com/review/R3E5I3MGDIGX4O/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0805990380
“The novel itself was witty, funny, and entertaining to the max...”~ Amy E. Croweaecrowe.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/this-weeks-book-review-is.html
Visionary From The Stars (COMING SOON)
Book Cover link: (Coming soon)(copy and paste link wherever/however you upload pictures)
Middle Grade Science Fiction
Release Date: Paperback release date to be set soon.
About The Book:
For millenia, humans thought they were the only life in the galaxy-- until the day an alien species claiming to have humanity's best interests in mind forces its way onto an unsuspecting exploration craft. In another part of space, the Star Traveler's crew sets out on a camping trip to the surface of the moon. There, they stumble upon an object covered in alien writing revealing the first piece of a galactic map that will lead them into an intergalactic controversy--all while the Platonian race strives to sabotage their every move.
Farewell to Summer
$250 Cash Giveaway
September 1st to 22nd
Enter for your chance to win $250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon Gift Card.Sponsor List – Thanks to this fabulous group of bloggers and authors for sponsoring this giveaway! I Am A Reader Julie Coulter Bellon Lori's Reading Corner Donna K. Weaver Helen Smith Simple Wyrdings Kasey's Book Reviews Krysten Lindsay Hager Geybie's Book Blog Heather Gray, Writer of Christian Romance Glistering: B's Blog S.T. Bende Heather Boyd, Romance Author Simply Sherryl Laurie Treacy, author Maureen's Musings Carol Malone Bound 4 Escape The Late Bloomer's Book Blog Christy's Cozy Corners The Editing Hall Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Love Auggie Talk The Serious Reader The Lovely Books Bookroom Reviews BloominThyme Organic Gardening
Giveaway Details$250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com eGift Card Ends 9/22/17 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway
Title: Thomas Templeton and the Whispers of Branson Manor
Author: Emily A. Steward
Back Cover Blurb: Thomas has only vague memories of the night his parents vanished, and the memories haunt his dreams: an old mansion, a game of hide and seek, and panicked screaming.
After their aunt threatens to split them up, Thomas and his two sisters journey to the abandoned family mansion looking for clues to their parent’s disappearance. Soon after they arrive, terrifying messages and apparitions make it clear that someone or something doesn't want them there.
When another person close to Thomas disappears, the children must work quickly to stop the sinister force before they become the next victims of Branson Manor.
Tagline: A sinister force awaits…
Author Bio: Emily Steward spent the better part of her childhood dressed as a ninja and trying to convince others to call her ‘Ace.’ When she wasn’t saving the world from evil samurai, she could usually be found in the branches of a tree reading a good book. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three daughters, and dog Bentley. Though she seldom dresses as a ninja now, her adventurous spirit remains as does her love of tree climbing and reading good books.
Excerpt (325 words):
Evie stood in the doorway of the room just ahead. She seemed frozen to the spot. “I think it’s in here,” she said in a loud, breathy whisper.
I looked past her into the room. It was empty except for a full-length iron mirror in the right corner. The knocking came from the opposite side of the room. As I stepped inside, I signaled for my sisters to wait and crept closer. The sound was definitely getting louder and was way too consistent to be an animal. It sounded like a pattern. Just as I reached the wall, the knocking stopped.
“Thomas . . . ” Sarah’s voice came out thin. “Let’s go back to the living room.”
I ran my finger along the edge of the peeling wallpaper. Some faint markings were beneath it. “Just a second,” I murmured, pulling the paper back. There was definitely something written under here. The letter t?
A loud thud sent me sprawling. It sounded like something was trying to get out. I scrambled to my feet and backed up to where the girls were waiting. The knocking resumed, louder and faster now.
“Thomas,” she said in a low voice. “I think it’s . . . I think it’s Morse code.” Sarah and I had spent a whole summer learning Morse code. We wanted a way to communicate without our aunt understanding. Turning my head, I listened hard. The knocks came in short quiet raps and louder distinct pounding. This might represent the dots and dashes. I tried to concentrate. The first one sounded like an h . . . no, an r. Rats, it was too fast for me and I couldn’t make it out. Sarah had always been better at it. She squinted in concentration as she counted under her breath.
“It’s just one word over and over.” As she spoke her face went pale.
“What is it?” I asked, afraid to know the answer.
Social Media Links:
Every year on my birthday I get a new journal. I’ve been doing it as long as I can remember and over the years I’ve had everything from a cute illustrated French scene to a journal with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s handwriting on it (the first page of The Great Gatsby in his own handwriting!), to a Van Gogh art one. Each year there’s something that stands out to me in them. The year I got the Fitzgerald one was a turning point for me with my own writing. The year I went to visit Grand Haven to take pics and research for Next Door to a Star was the year I picked up the one with the girl at the lake with a lighthouse on the cover. And I got a Wonder Woman one the year I turned eighteen. I still have it.
I admit I can be seduced by a pretty cover and pick up one that’s not particularly functional as in the ones that don’t have that “Lay Flat” binding. I used to buy mainly spiral journals until I discovered the whole “Lay Flat” binding actually. I prefer lined paper, but can go without. And I’m not too picky on paper quality.
This year I wasn’t finding anything that spoke to me. I went in thinking I wanted something colorful and/or inspiring. I picked up one that had sections to write down moments of joy in the day. I thought that sounded nice, but wondered if that would confine me in writing other things in it since I write a lot about what’s going on in the world.
Then I saw one that looked just like a hardcover book—more precisely, it looked exactly like a hardcover book my grandmother had on her bookshelves. Grandma often took the dust jackets off hardcovers if the books matched the color scheme of the room. Gold and yellow were her main living room colors and this book was a similar shade of yellow. The feel of the cover wasn’t particularly nice, but the fact that looking at it instantly transported me back into Grandma’s comforting living room was everything.
I'm so excited that Dating the It Guy is now in the finals for the Crème de la Cover Contest from Ind'Tale magazine. Would you mind voting for the cover here: indtale.com/node/110
Thanks so much! I'm working on a fun post to show you some of the pics I took of places and things that inspired the book that I haven't shared before on Pinterest or on my blog! I'll have it up soon. Thanks again.
Pleased to have children's writer Dawn M. Paul on th blog today sharing her letter to her younger self. Dawn and I met at the Dayton Book Expo this year. I love this letter so check it out!
Letter to My Younger Self
Dawn M. Paul
Dear Younger Self,
I’m so glad to have this opportunity to give you advice from the knowledge I’ve gleaned over this life so far. Here goes:
Your Forty-Something Self
Dawn is a Christian children’s author and poet. She currently has four books in publication. Her favorite, “Gnomeling,” is the first in a fantasy series about a young gnome who must take on a mission of great import in Ohio. Her second book in the series is due out at the end of August. If you would like to connect with Dawn, or to find information about her and her works, please visit her websites at:
https://dmpaul.com/ and https://christiantompta.com/
You may also connect with her on social media at:
Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DMPaul/
This is the last week of the Landry's True Colors sale where you can pick up each book for 99 cents on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Find them here:
Amazon UK: amzn.to/2ubHf3t
Amazon Australia: amzn.to/2tKSJsi
Amazon Canada: amzn.to/2sNKI4w
Barnes & Noble: bit.ly/2tKVhqD
Check out this review on Landry in Like from Mel's Shelves: http://melsshelves.blogspot.com/2016/02/book-review-landry-in-like-by-krysten.html
"This is the third book in this series and is my favorite one so far! Landry is in eighth grade, trying to figure out where she fits in and feeling nervous about starting high school next year....
What I like is that Landry is somewhat affected by what happens but doesn't go overboard in the drama department. She finds a way to cope with what's happening without losing herself in the process. She's not looking to grow old too soon. Some of her friends want to hang out at a new teen dance club but Landry would rather hang out with them in a more casual setting, where they can play video games and bake cupcakes. The author does a great job writing an authentic story while showing how a young girl can handle herself in some difficult situations. I'm enjoying Landry's journey and hope there will be more to come!"
Dating the It Guy is up for favorite cover this week in InD'tale magazine's contest! Please vote for it here: indtale.com/polls/creme-de-la-cover-contest
New giveaways this weekend! First, With Love for Books is holding a giveaway for this beautiful crystal butterfly necklace (if you read Best Friends...Forever? you'll remember the significance!) and some fun author swag! You can also check out my guest post on best friends. You can find it here:
I also have an interview and giveaway with Free Books Friday where you can read up on some behind the scenes info on Dating the It Guy. Find it here:
The books are still on sale as part of the Clean Reads summer sale, so make sure to take advantage of the sale !