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Make Believe Blog Tour: An Interview with Contributing Author, J. Keller Ford

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Today we continue with the Make Believe Tour posts with an interview with another of the fantastic contributing authors, J. Keller Ford.  Her story, The Amulet of Ormisez is the second story in the anthology.

For my full review of all the stories  CLICK HERE.

Now, on with the good part — getting to know J. Keller Ford. Thanks so much for agreeing to stop by. Let’s get right to it, shall we?

Rebecca: Which of the characters in your current release is your favorite? Why?

J. Keller Ford: Oh, it would have to be Elton Fletcher, without a doubt.  I love his strength, his fortitude, his kindness and generosity.  He loves deeply and prefers to work problems out without using violence; however, he can kick some serious butt if he has to.

Rebecca: I’m a big fan of butt kicking characters. Are any of your characters modeled after real people?  If so, which ones?

J. Keller Ford: No one in the Amulet of Ormisez is modeled after real people, however, there are a few in my current novel, In the Shadow of the Dragon King, that are.  For instance, my main character, David, is a blend of both of my sons with some extras added.  Sir Trogsdill is a cross between my dad and someone else I knew long ago.  Of course there are personality elements of myself and my husband scattered throughout, but I can’t say one character is based on either of us.

Rebecca: I’m always curious about how authors find inspiration and ideas. What music was on your playlist while writing your novel?

J. Keller Ford: For Amulet, I didn’t really have a playlist.  For Dragon King…the music ranged from Aerosmith’s “Dream On” to Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb”, to William Coulter’s Sí Bheag Sí  Mhór, to Loreena McKennitt’s “Mystic Dream”, to Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”.

Rebecca: Some good tunage there. 🙂 Morning person or grumpy bear?

J. Keller Ford: Definitely a morning person.  I like my night-night time to sleep.

Rebecca: I had heard there were some of you morning folk out there. Good to know there are some of you willing to get up at the crack of dawn. I know I’m not. Tell us something about your book we won’t find in the back cover blurb?

J. Keller Ford: There are Selkies and magic involved.

Rebecca: oOo — I love me some selkies, as you probably already know. Now to an important question…Coke or Pepsi?

J. Keller Ford: Coke, hands down.  Goes better with Capt. Morgan Spiced Rum.  🙂

Rebecca: I agree completely! If you were only allowed to eat one dessert for the rest of your life, what would it be?

J. Keller Ford: Cheesecake.  Lots and lots of cheesecake.  No preference to flavor, though champagne and macadamia nut cheesecake is to die for.

Rebecca: A favorite of mine as well. Excellent choice. What scares you the most?

J. Keller Ford: Palmetto bugs.  They are nasty, over-sized cockroaches that fly.  I scream like a little girl and run the other way when I see one.  I hate the crunch sound they make when you smack or step on them and cringe when the icky thick yellow goo comes out.  *Shudder*.  Ewww.


Now that you all know a bit about the author, it’s time to give you a bit of info about the story, eh?

The Blurb: There is only one way to save Elton Fletcher’s brother from an insanity-ridden death.

After years away from home, fighting for his people, Elton returns to discover his only sibling, Cayden, possessed by greed and malice, and responsible for malicious, unthinkable deeds. Cayden, though, isn’t the only one afflicted by the Amulet of Ormisez, and Elton finds himself in yet another battle, where the price of failure could be his own life.

Author Bio: J. Keller Ford is a quirky mother of four, grand-mother and scribbler of young adult fantasy tales. She has an insatiable appetite for magic, dragons, knights and faeries, and weaves at least one into every story she conceives. Her muse is a cranky old meadow gnome that follows her everywhere she goes and talks incessantly, feeding her ideas for stories 24/7.

When she’s not writing or blogging, the former Corporate Paralegal enjoys listening to smooth jazz, collecting seashells, swimming, bowling, riding roller coasters and reading. Jenny lives minutes from the beaches of the west coast of Florida with her husband, her two sons an orange precocious cat, and three silly dogs. The pets have trained her well.
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Make Believe Blog Tour: A 4 Star Review! #anthology #review

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars (4.5 Stars Actually)

Sacrificial Oath – Terri Rochenski (4 Stars)

After reading the entire anthology, I really feel this story is the perfect place to start out from. The story has a strong fable feel to it and I can definitely see where the cover image inspired the story. Some great references to the red so prevalent in the image throughout the tale. The well-written story follows the MC, Alesuela as she comes to grips with the sacrifice she has to make for the good of her father, the King, and their people. I don’t do spoilers in my reviews, so I wont give more plot detail than that, but I will say the internal conflict was well done, and Alesuela’s emotions really shine through. Overall, I would have preferred a bit more “action”, but this tale seemed to be more morality “fairy tale” based than most fantasy, which was a nice change of pace.

The Amulet of Ormisez – J. Keller Ford (4 Stars)

As most of you know, I am a huge fan of selkie tales, so I had a special place in my heart for this story. Like the opening tale, this one was set in a more traditional historical fantasy backdrop and focused on the story of two brothers, Elton and Cayden Fletcher. The author does a tremendous job with the characterizations of the two brothers, and as a reader, I felt drawn into the conflict unfolding and invested in the characters and their journey. The ending sweet and the potential relationship for Elton was a nice touch, though I did feel everything worked out a little too perfectly and fortuitously. Overall, a satisfying little story.

Birthright – Lynda R. Young (4 stars)

The third story in the anthology was decidedly different from the previous two, with a more “supernatural” feel to it, which was a nice surprise for me. The story held my attention and I was intrigued by the mystery of Christa’s heritage from beginning to end. I did feel some of the events in the story went a bit too quickly for me to really “believe” it, and I think I might have liked this one a little more had it been a bit longer and the story more drawn out. The author could have easily made this one into a satisfying novel, in my opinion.

Petrified – Kelly Said (4.5 Stars)

I really enjoyed this tale snuggled at the center of the anthology. Kelly Said does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the world of her main character, a young healer named Locklyn. Here is another story in the anthology I think could have easily been made longer, mostly because the world building was so strong, the intrigue so intense, I wanted to know more about the world the author introduced to us here. I also felt the romantic relationship progressed a bit swiftly for my tastes, but the way the rest of the story was weaved more than made up for that small shortcoming. Plus, I just love me a strong female lead 🙂

Last Winter Red – Jennifer M. Eaton (5 Stars)

I think this has to be my favorite story in the book. I really enjoyed the more dystopian feel to this one, and I found the twist up at the end to be just perfect for the tale. It is rare to find a good dystopian in short form as there is generally so much world building necessary to really pull it off well. In this instance, I found the back story to be just enough to keep me intrigued and wondering while not boring me with useless details for the sake of story length. I would be interested in reading more about this world Ms. Eaton creates for us in this one.

Escort To Insanity – J.A. Belfield (5 stars)

The final tale in this anthology comes from the author of the Holloway Pack series, J.A.Belfield, and the story contains all the things I have come to expect from Ms. Belfield’s writing. The main character, Cole (short for Nicole) decides to hire an escort to take her to a party she doesn’t really want to attend. While this short does not involved the famed Holloway pack, it does involve shifters. The action and suspense were nicely peppered throughout the story and the voice is spot on. I really enjoyed this one despite thinking I would miss the focus of the story being on Jem and Sean from the Pack. A great ending to the anthology!

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