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Friday, August 7, 2020

The Warrior's Progeny by Jeny Heckman - Book Tour - Book Trailer - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hey, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Jeny Heckman and her new book, “The Warrior's Progeny”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Jeny and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


The Warrior's Progeny
by Jeny Heckman

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GENRE: Paranormal/Fantasy/Romance

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BLURB:

Colton Stone is a newly traded tight end whose reputation is as battered as his football helmet. When he receives a vacation invitation from his new teammates, he accepts. There he collides with Dr. Lillian Morgan, a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon, and doesn't know what to think.

A widow with two children, Lilly travels to Kauai to attend the wedding of a friend and witness the union she lost three years prior. When she meets Colt, she struggles between letting go of her perfect past for an uncertain future.

Strange events begin to occur, out of the realm of normal consciousness. Black energy touches their world and the couple become pawns of the immortal Greek gods. Is the love between them real, or part of a larger prophecy?

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EXCERPT TWO:

Lilly looked down at the football, lying prone and guilty in the sand, as realization hit her.

“Oh my God, Que! Are you okay?”

She examined Que’s head and neck checking for injuries, with rapid authority. A small goose egg already formed just above her right temple. A tiny cut opened in her eyebrow, from her broken sunglasses now laying in the sand, causing a small bead of blood to well up.

Used to the recklessness of her son and his friends regarding the sport, Lilly turned, gearing up for an impressive tongue lashing to teenagers.

“What in the hell...” she bellowed, turning around and smacking her face into the sweaty muscular chest of a massive redhead. Refusing to let the fourteen-inch height difference and the hundred and sixty pounds of additional weight intimidate her, Lilly balled her small fists on her hips, shifted her gaze up, and narrowed her eyes.

“What in the hell is the matter with you? You’re on a crowded beach with a bunch of young children and families. You’re a grown-ass man. Can’t you catch a football?” When he stared down at her in fascinated disbelief, she continued. “There is a wide-open park just over there,” she said, stabbing her finger in the general vicinity. “Maybe you and your little friends”— she looked over at all the massive men in his group, but continued undaunted—“should go over there and pull your heads out of your asses.”

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BOOK TRAILER:



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GUEST POST:

Making It Believable: Writing Romantic and Intimate Scenes


I’ve never had anyone pose this question before and I love it! I’ll write a little about this, but also the reasons why I think these scenes are important and should be done a certain way. Not for everyone, just for me personally.

To me, the absolute queen of writing a realistic love scene or intimate scene is Diana Gabaldon and her Outlander series. I started reading Diana’s books when they first came out and have read them all the way through. I’m not as big of fan of the TV series but have watched it. Diana makes sex real, she makes it smelly and awkward. She makes intimacy uncomfortable at times but authentic.

When I started writing I wanted to do that too. No, I am in no way comparing myself to the amazing Diana Gabaldon. I just wanted to inject a dose of realism into my scenes. So, my characters say the wrong things, they run into things at times, they are not all heaving breasts and throbbing members. In fact, you will never see me write “member” for the male genitalia, or compare a woman’s vagina to a flower, in one of my books.

To me intimacy, real intimacy, is about connections. Those connections aren’t always perfect. My husband, Jeff, and I didn’t meet in a conventional way. We met in a bar, and I had a boyfriend. The boyfriend turned out to be a jerk and I, being an introvert, made the uncharacteristic decision to attend one of Jeff’s parties alone. We were standing on white sand, on the Magen’s Bay beach, in our bare feet, on St. Thomas, in the USVI getting married three months later. A lifeguard sat on a picnic table as our witness. We’ve been married twenty-eight years this November.

Sounds romantic, right? Well, yes, it was but it was full of challenges too, because three months after that I got pregnant. My first year of marriage, to a dude I barely knew was full of hormones, and expanding waist lines. I had Paisley, my daughter, November 1st and had my first anniversary November 10th. However, we have learned about each other, how to become parents and what is means to be married, together. Life is messy, and I try to remember it when I’m writing those scenes.

The simple fact is going through those intimate moments, and being able to laugh at them or yourself in your very non-sexy way, is what builds a relationship and creates the intimacy and romance of your life. It might not seem like it at the time, but it’s absolute solid gold.

My adult children’s friends are beginning to get married now. With Covid-19, many of those weddings have had to be cancelled, postponed, or not the way they envisioned them going. Some couples have broken up because of it. However, honestly, there couldn’t be a better metaphor for marriage. Huge challenges that aren’t about the pretty wedding, they’re about the marriage.

How does all this equate to writing love scenes and intimate moments. Well, hopefully you’ve come to understand why writing these scenes authentically are important to me. I don’t find these scenes hard to write at all, in fact, I find them very fun! Books should be an escape but they should also be relatable. At least, that’s what I like to read.

In Warrior’s Progeny, the Greek goddess is Hera, is the goddess of marriage and she messed it up ALL the time. Ares, is the god of war. He’s supposed to be the personification of man, yet he’s so arrogant and proud, he often played the fool. I tried to relay that in the character’s involvement with one another.

This has been a lot of fun! Thank you so much for joining me today, and thank you to Fabulous and Brunette for hosting me. It’s been a real honor!


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AUTHOR BIO:


Award-winning author, Jeny Heckman, was born in Bellingham, Washington, and was the youngest of two daughters. She met her husband, Jeff, in August 1992, and eloped three months later, at Magen’s Bay, on St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

She wrote her first book, the Catch, in a few short months but took several years before she gained the courage to self-publish it at her son’s urging, and her love for writing began.

In 2018, Jeny knew her next project would be a series that showed adults could have adventures in the paranormal-fantasy genre too. So, she created the Heaven & Earth series, a story of doomed Greek gods and their only salvation, their modern-day descendants. Her first book of the series, the Sea Archer, was immediately picked up by the New York publishing house, the Wild Rose Press, and won, “Best in Category” from the 2018 Chanticleer International Book Awards.

In the year 2020, Jeny released, Dancing Through Tears, a short story from the anthology, Australia Burns: Volume Two, highlighting the Route 91 massacre from the perspective of one family at the concert, and at Mandalay Bay. She also intends to release, the Warrior’s Progeny, and Dee’s Cornucopia, in 2020, continuing the Heaven & Earth Series.

Jeny lives in Washington State with her husband of over twenty-eight years.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Jeny will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

10 comments:

  1. Jeny ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

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    1. Ally! Thank you for having me again! I loved your questions and this interview so much! Great topic! I appreciate you and thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

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    1. Thanks Rita for coming on today and following the tour!

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  3. Love the cover! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I LOVE my cover! Debbie Taylor is the artist. She did both The Warrior's Progeny and The Sea Archer covers! Do you have a favorite cover of all time?

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  4. Have a fantastic weekend Victoria! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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