Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Chosen by Barbara Ellen Brink (Excerpt, Interview and Giveaway!)

Chosen (Book One)
The Amish Bloodsuckers Trilogy

With tongue firmly in cheek and genuine Amish-made stakes at hand, The Amish Bloodsucker Trilogy sets off like a bat in the belfry. Jael the vampire slayer is ready to kick some serious bloodsucker butt. Seriously.
Move over Buffy – there’s a new slayer in town! Raised in the desert of Nevada, and destined for the Minnesota Loon Lake Amish Community, Jael Shetler is the Chosen One.
Trained by her uncle and father in twenty-one different forms of hand-to-hand combat – she also throws a knife with the speed of a bullet, and is accurate to within two centimeters of a cold, dead heart with her crossbow – she is a bloodsucker’s worst nightmare.
Her parents, forced to leave their plain and simple upbringing to escape the clutches of the new Bishop – an ancient and powerful vampire with plans to use the Amish Community as his own personal Jamba Juice – raise and train their daughter to continue the fight begun thousands of years earlier by another Jael, and to fulfill the prophecy in the Book of the Shunned.
Soon Jael is turning sweet sixteen and then … all hell will break loose.

Barbara Ellen Brink is a multi-published author of mystery and suspense. She lives with her husband and their two mutts in the great state of Minnesota where mosquitoes are the only bloodsuckers she’s actually ever seen. This is Barbara’s first foray into the world of Amish and Vampires – both of which scare her – but it isn’t the last. The 2nd book in The Amish Bloodsuckers Trilogy – SHUNNED – is now available. The 3rd book – RECKONING – will be available for Thanksgiving!

CHOSEN is available now in kindle and paperback until Dec 31st and then will be available in all ebook formats as well.

Purchase CHOSEN here:
Amazon kindle/paperback http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009JYT3B0

Purchase SHUNNED here:
Createspace paperback https://www.createspace.com/4041332
Amazon kindle/paperback http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009VQIXF8

Author Website/blog: http://www.barbaraellenbrink.com
Amish Bloodsuckers website: http://www.amishvampireslayer.moonfruit.com
Twitter: BarbaraEBrink

Excerpt from CHOSEN:

“Jael?” Brianna was watching her with a puzzled expression on her face. “Are you all right? You seem sort of out-of-it.” She closed her locker, her history book in the crook of her arm.
“Yeah, just tired. Up late last night,” Jael said, dropping her book bag in the bottom of her locker and sliding out the book she needed for first class - Trigonometry. Ick. She’d rather smell a rotting corpse on a warm night than solve math problems.
“Okay…well… I’ll see you later, right?” She backed up a couple of steps, holding her gaze as though Jael would disappear again as soon as she let her out of her sight.
Brianna smiled, then turned and hurried down the hall toward Mr. Stanton’s history class. Jael watched her go, feeling as though she was losing the only real friend she’d ever had, and there was nothing she could do about it. She saw Marti stop Brianna outside the history classroom to say something and then they both laughed and went into class together.
Jael slammed her locker shut and twisted the combination lock. She couldn’t go on this way much longer. Kicking vampire butts at night and pretending to be an average girl during the day was just taking too much out of her. She wasn’t cut out to live a double life. She wanted to be normal. If only she could be like Brianna, have parents that were nerdy scientists, a baby brother who was already taking college classes cause he tested out of third grade and was considered a genius. Okay, maybe Brianna’s family wasn’t that “normal” but still.
“Hey, Jael,” a male voice whispered close to her ear.
She twisted around and was a tenth of a second from crushing the guy’s windpipe with the heel of her hand when she realized it was just Lyle standing there. She dropped her arms and blew out a confused breath.
“You scared me,” she lied, a flimsy excuse for cover.
“Sorry.” He backed up a step, as though sensing his near demise. “Just wanted to see if you were coming to the exhibition game against the Redville Scorpions tonight. Some of us are going out afterwards for burgers. Thought you might like to come along. Hang out. Have some fun.” He narrowed his eyes. “You live way out in the desert somewhere, don’t you? Like in a commune or something?”
“It’s cool. I don’t mind.” He smiled, and stepped closer, leaning in against the lockers with one hand. A wave of minty fresh breath wafted over her. He was always sucking on those Altoids. Curiously strong indeed.
“Good to know,” she said, basking in the warmth of his gaze. The blonde basketball star could believe she lived in a cave in Afghanistan if he wanted to, as long as he looked at her like that.
“So…?” He leaned closer, pinning her against the lockers with the heat of his eyes and another wave of peppermint.
She smiled back. “I was thinking about coming to the game.”
“Cool. I’ll see you tonight then,” he said, and pushed off from the locker. He winked and walked away to join a group of guys waiting at the end of the hall.
Her arms and legs felt paralyzed as though she’d been shot with a tranquilizer dart. At least how she imagined it would feel to be shot with a tranquilizer dart. She forced herself to move, to look away from the group of guys and walk in the opposite direction. She couldn’t let Lyle know that he set her heart racing just by speaking to her and that her skin tingled with electricity at his proximity. He would think she was some crazy, stalker girl – someone to avoid, not date.
The bell rang as she slowly moved toward the trigonometry room. Her legs refused to hurry, regardless of being tardy. She paused outside the door, listening to the sound of voices and laughter and scraping chairs as kids settled down for class. Mr. Winchester’s gruffy baritone rang out calling for attention.
Jael suddenly realized the predicament she’d shoved herself into. Since when had she ever thought about going to a game, much less believe her parents would allow her to be out of their sight that long? She blew out a frustrated breath. Since a hot guy asked her out on a date–that’s when. She had to get into town for the game tonight. It was her only chance to be normal. If it were up to her parents and Uncle Seth, the only socializing she’d ever do would be with undead creatures in the dark of night.
This was a once in a lifetime. She never thought Lyle would give her the time of day much less invite her out for burgers. Okay, maybe it wasn’t a real date; just a group thing. But it was a start.

Interview with the Author -

Barbara Ellen Brink

Hi Barbara! Welcome to the blog!
Hi Sarah! Thanks for having me on your bookshelf. I’m excited to share a little bit about myself, and my new series.
When did you start writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a kid, scribbling stories in notebooks and ideas on scrap paper, but I didn’t seriously pursue writing or publishing as a life goal until about twelve years ago. I remember it was sometime in the year 2000 because I sat down and pounded out an entire six hundred page manuscript over the next months, with a plot that coincided with the 2001 millennium coming up. And no, it was never published. But it got me going and I haven’t stopped writing since.
What was your inspiration for the ‘Amish Bloodsuckers Trilogy’?
My inspiration for the Amish Bloodsuckers came out of frustration. Up until now, I’ve written mostly mystery, suspense, or thrillers. I’d go to a bookstore to scope out the competition, and it seemed as though the only books selling were vampires, werewolves, or zombies, and the Christian bookstores were stuck on Amish. So I decided to take the most popular genres from both worlds and combine them for an awesome, action-packed, vampire slayer story set in the plain and simple world of the Amish.
What three words would you use to best describe the ‘Amish Bloodsuckers Trilogy’?
Adventurous, funny, and surprising
Can you tell us a bit about ‘Jael the vampire slayer’, the main character in the ‘Amish Bloodsuckers Trilogy’?
Jael is an average teenage girl living in a small town in Nevada who just wants to fit in at school, hang with her best friend, and maybe have a cute guy ask her out… except her parents have been training her in martial arts and hand-to-hand combat her entire life, preparing her for her destiny – to set the Loon Lake Amish community free from an infiltration of vampires. They just haven’t told her yet. That destiny will explode around her on her sixteenth birthday when she comes into her full powers. Being Chosen really sucks.
When can we look forward to the release of the third book in the trilogy?
RECKONING will be available by December 1st.
Can you tell us about your other books?
My Fredrickson Winery Novels, ENTANGLED and CRUSHED are women’s fiction/mysteries set at a Napa winery. A Minneapolis attorney inherits a California winery and mystery and romance ensues.
SPLIT SENSE is a speculative thriller. A set of twins, separated at birth, but both with unexplainable gifts, find each other again as teenagers and seek to untangle the web of deceit & subterfuge centered around a pharmaceutical co. experimenting on children.
I also have two Christian suspense novels, RUNNING HOME and ALIAS RAVEN BLACK. Both have a touch of romance and lots of suspense and intrigue.
Can you tell us what you’re working on at the moment?
Other than finishing up RECKONING and final edits, I am in the pre-planning stages of writing a 3rd Fredrickson Winery Novel.
Other than your own, what are your favorite books?
I think it would be easier to list a few of my favorite authors. There are so many books that I wouldn’t know where to start. Diana Gabaldon, Patricia Cornwell, Lisa T. Bergren, Sally John, Sibella Giorello, Steven James, Nicholas Sparks, and Iris Johansen are a few authors I’ve read multiple books from, so I suppose you could say they’re favorites.
Random Questions
What’s your favorite treat?
I wouldn’t want to live in a world without popcorn or chocolate.
What’s your favorite place to read/write?
I do a lot of reading at the gym when I’m running on the treadmill, but the only place I can write well is in my office at home where no one is around to distract me.
If you won the lottery what would you most look forward to spending money on?
I would travel to all the places I’ve loved to read about: Ireland, Scotland, Italy, France, etc. Then I would buy a houseboat and take my husband down the river in the Grand Canyon because he told me that would be cool ☺ 
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
There are a lot of places I’d like to visit but I can honestly say I’d still live in America, although I’d prefer to live near or in the mountains out West, maybe in Montana or Colorado.

Thanks so much to Barbara for stopping by the blog and for offering this giveaway prize!
1 winner will win an ecopy of 'Chosen'!

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  1. Hi Sarah and Barbara. Just wanted to tell ya'll good luck with the giveaway. I'm lovin this series and waiting for Reckoning:)

  2. Thanks Barbara for the great interview. Thanks to both of you for the giveaway.

  3. Thanks for having me on your bookshelf, Sarah! It's been fun sharing the Amish Bloodsucker Trilogy with your readers. It was a whole lot of fun to write and I hope just as much fun to read.

    Good luck to everyone entering the giveaway!

  4. Thanks for this giveaway, looks great.

  5. I have CHOSEN as a Kindle book! =)

    1. Hi Elisabeth. Can't wait to hear what you think!

  6. It is a fabulous prize thank you. I look forward to reading CHOSEN.

  7. Thank you for the interview and the giveaway. CHOSEN sounds like an interesting read.

  8. That's one way to choose to write a series. I would have never thought of that. I'm a heavey paranormal world reader; mythology, magic, retelling of classic fairy tales, ect. I'm also a heavy chic-lit romance reader.

    Barbara: You hit the nail on the head landing in the YA Genre! Best of luck!

    Great interview Sarah!

  9. Macy wanted to share that she is definitely going to read!

    Also, Mrs. Sarah the give-a-way is not working.