STAR for a day…

at Coffee Time Romance Facebook page and blog on January 23, 2021.

Today’s Star Author: jj Keller

I’ll be answering questions, discussing my recent release, Praline for my Rival and getting to know you. Please stop by and visit. We’ll have a nice chat and virtual steaming cup of java.

Best sellers and contest winners (finalist that is) are among my top novels. Here are a few:

Praline for my Rival

The Tarot Card

Trade Agreement

Trilogy: The Valkyrie and the Marine

            Pippa’s Rescue

            Memory of Love

Mystic Love (related to: Dead and Angry)

Dead and Angry (related to Mystic Love)

Jewel Heist

Love Hurts

Last Chance at Love

Stalker

Dark Shadows (related to Dark Sun)

Dark Sun (related to Dark Shadows)

Series:

The Watcher

Believe

Melody’s Song

Shadow of the Hawk

Praline for my Rival BLURB

Jenn left the intelligence game behind to sell a delicious dessert using her family’s magical age-old recipe. As the sole ice cream vendor in the food truck arena, success is hers until the hot, new ice cream guy arrives threatening to melt her competitive nature as he heats emotions she thought were dead.

Former Navy SEAL, James “Camp” McLeod returns home wanting to bring joy to people. The perfect solution–making ice cream cones. Who doesn’t like ice cream? But what he really wants is to forget his past. Not an easy task…maybe impossible with the mysterious Jenn Beagle and her tantalizing waffle cone distracting him.
 
His past and her secrets may prevent the rivals from forging an alliance, but the magic spark is undeniable whenever they mix business with pleasure.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuMJ_wl4UPk

This Wild Rose Press book can be found at most e-book vendors (BarnesNoble,Amazon etc.).

Follow jj at Twitter: @jjkellerauthor Facebook: jj.keller.58                                         

Website: romancewithjjkeller.wordpress.com

https://www.thewildrosepress.com/authors/jj-keller

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuMJ_wl4UPk

LASR Best Book – For a book or story that is truly exceptional. You think about it when you’re not reading it. You wonder what happens to the characters when you finish. You would absolutely buy everything else this author had to offer. The highest praise – and reserved for only a few. 

Trade Agreement by jj keller

Follow jj at Twitter: @jjkellerauthor 

Facebook: jj.keller.58                                         

Website: romancewithjjkeller.wordpress.com

Ice cream food truck success is hers until the hot, new ice cream guy arrives threatening to melt her competitive nature as he heats emotions she thought were dead. Praline For My Rival by 

@jjkellerauthor

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Review:

Fern, Long and Short Reviews

Jenn loved her ice cream food truck and enjoyed summer time the best. Camp had an ice cream truck of his own and was desperate to know how Jenn managed to make her truck so successful financially. Barely breaking even, Camp yearns to make his business a success but just doesn’t see how to could do it. Getting closer to Jenn is the logical solution, but she puts all thoughts of business and finance out of his head when she smiles at him.

I enjoyed this sweet and happy short story. I particularly was pleased that while Jenn and Camp are both fairly happy and simple people externally, they both had baggage and a past and were more complicated as they deepened their relationship. This helped them feel more realistic and relatable to me. While I adore uncomplicated and happy characters, something just clicked when they each showed a more vulnerable side and part hurts. I also really enjoyed the fact that while they each had an ice cream food truck and were in a similar area with similar clients they didn’t let this “rivalry” get in the way of friendship and exploring a deeper and more romantic connection between them. They didn’t perceive each other as annoying competitors or stealing anything, but were happy to let their friendship – and more – blossom and grow and work together. I really loved this happiness and positivity and it made the story really fresh and enjoyable to me.

There was a quick blitz of plot toward the end which I felt injected an interesting hint of surprise into the story, but I couldn’t help but feel it came a little out of left field and felt somewhat rushed to me. This didn’t hurt my enjoyment of the story and while a little puzzling certainly made the adventure of Jenn and Camp coming together and beginning their relationship have a bit more zing than the usual sweet and sugary romance.

Sweet and positive – this was a wonderful “feel good” story and one I really enjoyed. Readers looking for a summery, happy and enjoyable short read should find this totally ticks all the right boxes.

Fern Long and Short Reviews

Jenn closed her eyes and leaned forward. Camp wanted to engage but something bothered him. All the typical questions entered his mind. What if? Commitment? Take advantage? Most assuredly he’d been watching too much television. He met her halfway and placed a palm to her cheek to guide, protect, and keep her close. The kiss, delicious, and sweet, somehow felt like his soul had entangled into her very being. He outlined her lips with his tongue needing to memorize their shape, wanting to commit them to memory in case she…left, like the others who couldn’t cope with his nomadic lifestyle. 

Links

@jjkellerauthor

FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/jj.keller.58

Fan page: 

https://www.facebook.com/jjKellerauthor/

@jjkellerauthor

https://romancewithjjkeller.wordpress.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=JJ%20Keller&search-alias=digital-text&sort=relevancerank

GOODREADS:  url

https://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomjj_Keller

http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/30057  (Jewel Heist)

Authors Den: http://www.authorsden.com/visit/author.asp?authorid=93172

(http://www.theromancereviews.com)

http://cobblestone-press.com/catalog/author/jjkeller.htm

Wild Rose Press  

https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/450_jj-keller

Amazon

YOUTUBE

https://www.youtube.com/user/justjKeller?feature=hovercard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxf1tPBXdSY  (Trade Agreement)

Do you Believe?

Magic is, believing in the impossible.

Mikhail Romanasky has the gift of second sight. When her latest vision is of a kidnapped child, she reluctantly approaches the Chicago Police Force, endeavoring to prevent the crime. 

Detective Jensen Palmer doesn’t believe in the ability to foretell the future. But when his nephew is targeted, he is forced to trust his only source of information, the ever-so-attractive Amazing Mikhail. To do his job, he has to believe in the impossible. 

Neither is looking for love. Both are looking for a criminal. 

 jj Keller

Fantasies with spice and humor.

https://romancewithjjkeller.wordpress.com

Believe by jj Keller – reviewed for TRS by LInda L.

“Believe is an awesome, I mean awesome book. I was completely drawn into the
characters of Mikhail and Jensen. The storyline grabs and kept me in
suspense until the ending. I love how Mikhail and Jensen work together, not
to mention the way their budding relationship blossoms. Their sweet
chemistry pulled me deeper into this magnificent story. 

To see more of the review: http://theromancestudio.com

Believe

Read the rest of the trilogy:

The Watcher

An angelic watcher and his human soul mate fight an evil force.

Museum curator, Emily Lucent, specializes in ancient Scottish swords. When she hears a Highland voice calling to her, she falls in love with the disembodied spirit seven days before her wedding.

Part of the Guardian Angel squad, Netzach is her watcher. He loves Emily desperately, and defies his deities to have her.

Her fiancé, Dr. Jon Hart, serves evil. He spouts words of love until Emily agrees to marry him. She wanted out of the engagement, he wouldn’t release her. Vengeance and anger took him to Scotland.

Will Emily survive Jon’s sharp blade and be reunited with her watcher?

Review:

Five Flags, The Watcher

     If you enjoy suspenseful, well-written stories that delve into dreams and thoughts of the supernatural–of angels, tarot cards, crystal balls, fortune tellers, and of forces of good fighting forces of evil, then you should thoroughly enjoy this fantastic read, The Watcher! Great job, jj Keller. 

Rating: FIVE FLAGS   

Reviewer: Karen 

Night Owl Romance Reviews

     Can your heart race in anticipation at the sound of a male spirit’s voice? This reviewer thought so, especially when reading the heart felt story of Emily and Netzach. How wonderfully refreshing to have an author remind us that love is eternal and also that through love anything is possible. This story contained a potpourri of magical elements guaranteed to satisfy every palette. A job well done by Ms. Keller and I truly hope that her future releases are as captivating as The Watcher. 

Score: 4 / 5

Reviewer: Marta of Night Owl Romance Reviews 

Online at: http://www.nightowlromance.com/nightowlromance/reviews/Review.asp?ReviewId=815 

Melody’s Song

A love song will lead two opposing forces to bond in harmony. 

Melody Haney has an angelic singing voice, but denies the gift after her son dies. Out of obligation, when she is asked to sing to hospitalized children she agrees. Accused of stealing drugs from the oncology unit she pushes away the one man who would stand by her.

Dr. Devon Siegal, pediatric oncologist, doesn’t believe in coincidences. Even when faced with evidence that could damn her, he continues to believe in Melody’s innocence. He has faith she will tell him everything and love will prevail.

Review:

Ericka Scott rated it FIVE STARS. It was amazingIf you are looking for a sweet and heartfelt romance with a tinge of the paranormal, look no further.

Just Erotic Reviews and Believe

     Just Erotic Romance Reviews

Karen Haas

Five Stars

What a great book! I enjoyed this one from beginning to end and wanted more. Even those who don’t usually enjoy books with a paranormal theme will enjoy this one. Ms. Keller surmounted every preconceived notion I’ve ever had. I had no choice but to Believe. The character development is superlative. Mikhail and Jensen are utterly alive and on occasion, I almost felt they discussed the case with me personally; they were that realistic. Jensen’s partner, Jack, is a delightful addition to the team and adds a touch of humor to the mix. *** Believe is everything I love in a book. I recommend this one for everybody.

Karen Haas

Just Erotic Romance Reviews

For the Full Review:http://www.justeroticromancereviews.com/book-review.cfm?bookID=977433016&reviewID=5771&sNav=nav03-02

The Dichotomy of a Main Character

The interesting want-to-know jump start of a book moves the reader to desire more, learn the meat of the book, the plot. The building of the conflict through the actions of the characters to propel the thread and eventually a satisfying resolution is key and only complicated original characters are able to maneuver the reader into the addiction of a well-developed intriguing story.

Touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste, strong true-to-life characters are developed using all five senses. For example, in one of my novels Trade Agreement: Her blue eyes danced as she swiped a strand of wheat-colored hair behind an ear making her rain-chime earrings tinkle. Jake was memorized and drew closer. 

“What do you want?” Georgina whispered.

A coffee scented puff rolled into his air space. A simple touch of his lips to hers would provide him an oomph of pleasure he’d desired for such a long time. 

Consistent and memorable character traits (sometimes flaws) will bring your character to life and maintain the base as the male or female participates in the events surging the plot forward to the climax and resolution or ending. By adding a trait like shuffling, lumbering, a voice quality or original mannerism you’ll enhance the life and humanity for that character. For example, in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Lenny Small is a giant bull of a man who cried over the death of a rabbit. His fidget was to stroke the soft fur of the animal.


Complex characters become deeper by their actions as described throughout the developing story. Georgina, Trade Agreement, learned to play verbal chess in order to avoid the abusive actions of her husband and later to remain hidden from him. She doubted any new friendships and hesitated to let Jake, CIA agent, to enter her carefully constructed world. Jake pulled out all of the stops to achieve communication in order to find Gee’s trafficking ex-husband. Jake understood how skittish she was around strangers, so he adapted by talking low and slow, building confidence and a level of trust and comfort.

Cynthia D’Alba creates a spine tingle using her antagonist tone of voice in Texas Hustle.

            Slade was quiet for a minute. “I know you can get the money. You owe me and I want it.” His voice lost all his fake friendliness. Now it was rough and guttural and threatening.

Try to use regional names for your characters to solidify or have an impact on the story. In Praline for my Rival Jenn and her friend, Alexa, are from the East, transplanted to Indiana and their given names fit both regions, allowing them to adapt to the environment and their past lives to remain in the shadows.

In Stalker I created Match, a given name as a result of his parent’s wild weekend, so he’s been told, and totally in contradiction to the main character’s personality.

Julie tilted her head as if evaluating the validity of the comment. Her hair glimmered under the florescent lights. She widened her stance and rested her hands at her middle. Her lips parted, then shut as if she contemplated which action to take or what to say. 

“Match,” Luke said in his exasperated tone of voice. 

“We’ll look at the locations in a moment.” Match focused on Julie. Why didn’t she say something, object to what was obviously an uncomfortable situation? 

She jerked her sunglasses off, fitted them on top of her head and then shoved her hands into her khaki’s pockets. Her mouth formed a thin, angry line. Good. Passion tempered action. Her flawless skin would be breathtaking under the camera lens. 

Yep, Match was smitten.

For this article I searched through a couple of my books to find interesting names of characters. I read the passage above from Stalker, if I’d have added a scent, the scene would have been better; use all five senses in a scene. Overall, the story is outstanding and I’m going to read it again during downtime.

Wooing the readers to identify with and understand your character can be achieved through creating emotions to fit the situation. In some scenes, a slow tear trekking along a cheek has the ability to strike emotion in a reader more than a screaming frenzy.  If the passage is developed well enough the reader might relate by thinking she/he would have done the same thing given the event. Or he/she might have felt exactly the same way as the character. Perhaps the reader couldn’t identify with that antagonist but understands the actions of the character. The ability to evoke emotions through a character in a story is the mark of a successful author, which prompts me to shamelessly pat myself on the back.

   LASR gifted me with a Best Book Award for Trade Agreement.                                  Ms. Larkspur, reviewer, said: “If she doesn’t get you with her edgy characters, she will with her thrill a minute dialogue. You get to know her players intimately and you want to because her characters are so well defined. She makes you cheer for the good guys and hate the evil one.” Read more at Longandshortreviews.blogspot.com

To create a cast of supporting characters makes the hero/heroine more interesting and helps to unravel the complexity of the protagonist, reveal secrets, progress the plot and sometimes increases emotional depth. The cast of characters should not always agree, rather conflict keeps the story from getting stale.

In The Tarot Card, Jessica is Kerry’s best friend and tells it like it is, at least in her mind.

“So, the manly man helped you get out of the elevator. I’m not sure how the lost skirt happened. Unless that was before he helped you out.” Jessica laughed, holding her hand to her flat stomach. The dark blue knit dress showed every curve on her body. A tiny bit of envy ran through Kerry. …“You, Kerry McClure, are not immune to male charisma. You’ve fallen for a stranger never thought I’d see it in my lifetime.” Jessica waved her hand.

Kerry halted the instant retort. 

“Validations,” Jessica said. “One, you didn’t tell him your true name. Two, you asked him to remove your skirt, it’s more likely you’d rip the damn thing than let a stranger touch your person. Three, there is a glint in your eyes as you talk about him. He must have been very good-looking and down-to-earth, or you wouldn’t have given him the time of day. Next, although you think you’ve gone claustrophobic, we’ve been spelunking together, so I know if you can go two miles underground with limited light you do not have a fear of confined spaces. So, it confirms my theory you’ve fallen for a stranger.”

Jessica is a peach. One reviewer wanted to know when I’d write Jessica’s story.

Regional names are important and sometimes a character’s name belongs to a live person. A lovely lady by the name of Kerry McClure sent me a message after reading The Tarot Card. The true-to-life Kerry lives in a neighboring state. I guess it doesn’t get much more regional than that. I hope to meet Kerry McClure someday and chat about the story.

And for me, the best story has elements of humor. Characters should laugh. Laughter is always a relief from intense drama and can create a much-needed break from the darkness.

Cool Treat: Praline for my Rival

Jenn left the intelligence game behind to sell a delicious dessert using her family’s magical age-old recipe. As the sole ice cream vendor in the food truck arena, success is hers until the hot, new ice cream guy arrives threatening to melt her competitive nature as he heats emotions she thought were dead.

Former Navy SEAL, James “Camp” McLeod returns home wanting to bring joy to people. The perfect solution–making ice cream cones. Who doesn’t like ice cream? But what he really wants is to forget his past. Not an easy task…maybe impossible with the mysterious Jenn Beagle and her tantalizing waffle cone distracting him.
 
His past and her secrets may prevent the rivals from forging an alliance, but the magic spark is undeniable whenever they mix business with pleasure.

https://www.thewildrosepress.com/authors/jj-keller

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuMJ_wl4UPk

LASR Best Book – For a book or story that is truly exceptional. You think about it when you’re not reading it. You wonder what happens to the characters when you finish. You would absolutely buy everything else this author had to offer. The highest praise – and reserved for only a few. 

Trade Agreement by jj keller

Buy…

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/praline-for-my-rival-jj-keller/1137457178

Cover Art

Summer 2020

Jenn left the intelligence game behind to sell a delicious dessert using her family’s magical age-old recipe. As the sole ice cream vendor in the food truck arena, success is hers until the hot, new ice cream guy arrives threatening to melt her competitive nature as he heats emotions she thought were dead.

Former Navy SEAL, James “Camp” McLeod returns home wanting to bring joy to people. The perfect solution–making ice cream cones. Who doesn’t like ice cream? But what he really wants is to forget his past. Not an easy task…maybe impossible with the mysterious Jenn Beagle and her tantalizing waffle cone distracting him.
 
His past and her secrets may prevent the rivals from forging an alliance, but the magic spark is undeniable whenever they mix business with pleasure.

https://www.thewildrosepress.com/authors/jj-keller

Ohh, and there is a trailer. Praline for my Rival

Are Stalkers Narcissist?

 Dr. Eric Perry wrote a blog today,

 

“Challenge to entitlement
The narcissist believes that they are special and unique and can only be understood by or should associate with other special or high-status people. Narcissists believe they are inherently deserving of special treatment. They will project entitlement and self-importance often to unbelievable extremes. When a narcissist’s failures are observed and pointed out by others, the overwhelming sense of shame causes a backlash towards the person perceived as the perpetrator of the accusation of failure. The narcissist’s rage becomes focused towards getting revenge upon the person who slighted them. This often impairs the narcissist’s ability to think clearly and rationally in handling the situation. The need for revenge often called explosive rage does not subside until the narcissist has placed the appropriate punishment upon the accuser. This often leads to acts of violence.”

Read his blog for the rest of the article…which has amazing insights.

What I found in the article is a relationship in the characteristics of the stalker in my life and a narcissistic personality.  The rage exploded several times into physical action. I hope the stalker receives mental help and thank you Dr. Perry for the insights.

 

Praline for my Rival

https://www.thewildrosepress.com/authors/jj-keller

My new book, to be released in summer 2020.

Consequences of a magical treat.

Praline for my Rival

 

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Summer 2020 Praline for my Rival

Jenn left the intelligence game behind to sell a delicious dessert using her family’s magical age-old recipe. As the sole ice cream vendor in the food truck arena, success is hers until the hot, new ice cream guy arrives threatening to melt her competitive nature as he heats emotions she thought were dead.

Former Navy SEAL, James “Camp” McLeod returns home wanting to bring joy to people. The perfect solution–making ice cream cones. Who doesn’t like ice cream? But what he really wants is to forget his past. Not an easy task…maybe impossible with the mysterious Jenn Beagle and her tantalizing waffle cone distracting him.
 
His past and her secrets may prevent the rivals from forging an alliance, but the magic spark is undeniable whenever they mix business with pleasure.

Organic Modern: Marketing for the author

As a multi-published author, I embrace and dread marketing. Don’t get me wrong, I adore being creative; however, writing a story is different from trying to share, convince people to read the book.

Authors put a little of their organic soul into their work. Social media is necessary for promoting the book and getting sales i.e. putting food on the table but also it creates a channel to the author’s life/work. The channel opens the possibility for criticism. Trust me, authors develop thick skins over time; the editing process alone will create scar tissue. However, marketing the book remains a necessity.

During this modern-day pandemic, COVID-19, people are social distancing and hopefully reading more and buying books. Amazon is swamped and isn’t producing as many print issues, but e-books are plenty. So what is the strategy to market your book?

Here’s mine:

  • Raise Awareness of Praline for my Rival (coming summer 2020)
  • Advertise on Website, Facebook, Twitter (@jjkellerauthor).
  • Send announcements via email list of contacts.
  • Contest through Goodreads.
  • Strategically use social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, BlogsAuthors Den
  • Market all my eprint books at a stronger level.
  • Guest blogging and invite guest bloggers to my site.
  • Plan to get reviews, testimonials and/or quotes.
  • Create and upload a book trailer on YouTube.
  • Interviews (local newspaper, podcasts)
  • Speaking opportunities and book signings at conferences and local venues.
  • Keywords #

 

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Stay tuned for upcoming posts about Praline for my Rival, a story about an ice cream truck vendor, danger, love, and set in iconic Fort Wayne.

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