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Today we are learning about the recent release of Shadow Cat by Reena Jacobs. Reena is joining us as part of her Book Lovin Bitches eBook Tour. For more stops on this tour click HERE. Different stops on her tour are doing various activites. We are hoping that you will chose to read a copy of Reena’s new book, Shadow Cat, and several of the blogs on the tour have reviews posted. As you’ll find out this isn’t Reena’s first book. She has also released Control Freak: Brandon’s Story. Let’s start by have a read of the blurb to Shadow Cat and then find out a bit more about Reena and her inspiration.
Eric Randall’s plan is simple—fix the mess his researchers have created in Malaysia, experience the pleasures the country has to offer, and return to the comforts of America. All it takes is one beautiful aborigine, and Eric finds himself stranded in a world of Malaysian myths and legends.
A novice shaman amongst her people, Berani is free and independent. Yet all is not well in her homeland. Demons prey on her people, pushing them to extinction. When a strange speaking man invades her forest, she has one more worry to add to her already troubled life. Attraction or no, she will fight Eric tooth and claw to maintain her freedom. But will she destroy herself in the process?
If Berani wishes to save her family… if Eric wishes to reclaim his old life, they must stand together against the threats of encroaching wehr-tigers and bloodsucking demons… or perish.
Sounds pretty interesting, I think! I asked Reena to put together a few thoughts on where she finds her inspiration for her writing. Here’s what she had to say:
I’ve had more than one individual ask me where I get the inspiration for my stories. The simple answer: All around me and a whole lot from within.
Anything can spark a story idea—a song, a person with ears a wee too pointy, a girl sitting on the sidewalk, some odd word my husband used. Ideas are out there just waiting for someone to snatch them out of thin air.
For me, coming up with an idea is the easy part. I have a whole collection of them. Even if I wrote eight hours a day, I doubt my lifetime will be long enough to tackle them all. I imagine a lot of authors would say the same thing. Heck! My husband isn’t a writer, and he’s chalked full of story ideas. I’m cataloging those, so maybe one day he’ll see his idea in print, too.
Okay. I’ve got ideas up to my eyeballs. I’m set right? Not exactly. The difficulty comes into play when I have to add the details which bring those ideas to life. I guess some would call that writing the story. 🙂 There! I’ve said it. I’m a writer who has trouble writing at times.
So where do I get those details to flesh out a work?
Last year I wrote the first chapter of I Loved You First, which I let my daughter read. After she finished, she rolled her eyes. “Mom, you always put your life into the story.”
And I do. The excerpt she’d read included a tidbit I’d mention about myself long ago. Folks who know me recognize little snippets of my personality or experiences leaking into my characters and stories. I’m constantly borrowing from my life. I can’t help myself. 🙂
Without going into details, I will say there is plenty of me in Shadow Cat. You know how people say, write what you know? One person I know better than anyone is me. Of course, my life is boring, so I have to embellish a little… okay a lot.
Barb, thanks for opening your blog to me today.
Reena Jacobs is just your typical writer who loves to see her words in print. As an avid reader, she’s known to hoard books and begs her husband regularly for “just one more purchase.” Her home life is filled with days chasing her preschooler and nights harassing her husband. Between it all, she squeezes in time for writing and growling at the dog. You can find Reena on Ramblings of an Amateur Writer, Amazon, Goodreads, Smashwords, Facebook and Twitter. She loves to connect with her readers, so don’t hesitate to follower her, friend her, like her and drop her a note!