In one week, Jaimie Engle will be speaking at the One Senior Place on Monday, October 18th from 10am-12pm. She will be discussing her novel, “Write a Book that Doesn’t Suck” as well as her first experiences while writing. Make sure to RSVP for the event at (321) 751-6771. See you there!
This episode begins with Arud’s dream from life back home, in a time when life was peaceful, sweet, and warm. Nothing like his world that’s been turned upside-down. Then, even his dream world shifts, butting up against reality when he tries to protect his little sister, Lykke, from his grandmothe, Toov. Somehow, when he strikes his grandmother, she morphs into the frail body of his sister, dead by his own hands. He is supposed to be her protector! Pretty tragic turn of events. He loves his sister and would never hurt her. So why did he dream it? What’s going on inside of him? The answer is soooo much!! He’s dealing with his new powers, new home, missing father, dead mother, and his first crush. It’s a lot for any teenager to take in.
Dreams hold power. What do they mean? How much is real and how much is symbolic? Dreams are a great tool for backstory. A reminder for readers of book one and enough to understand the origins for new readers.
This world is super expansive and it’s important to note the lay of the land. I’ve rebuilt Labrador, Canada into Vithalia, and here’s an excerpt from DREADLANDS: BLOOD MOON chapter one to explain:
“His home was in the Outlands of Vithalia, past the Torngats Mountains and the less travelled Sindri-Urd range. Beyond the Scythe Valley, the Tess Woods where Scalvia’s family hailed, and along the Thiannes River that bordered the Great Expanse to the west.”
I wrote it this way to show the characters connection to their respective homes and to introduce new places such as the Great Expanse, which will play a major setting in this book.
The chapter is titled ANEW. Why? Arud wakes up in the castle Healing Wing recovering from his wounds. Here he pieces together which of his dream was reality and which was symbolic. His dad is missing. Truth. But Lykke is fine. Half-truth. She’s with Scalvia, the girl Arud loves. Truth. His home he knew in the Outlands is gone. Truth.
But deep down, he knows one truth absolutely: it’s not over yet.
I wanted to introduce a new program I’m rolling out through Kindle. Basically, I’ll be sharing chapters of my book through Kindle Vella episodes that you can read on your e-reader by purchasing token blocks. If you’re familiar with my Dreadlands series, you may have read book one, “Wolf Moon.” After a long wait (and a nudge from Riley Gish, who the book is dedicated to), I am so excited to Announce the sequel “Blood Moon” will be the book I’m publishing episodically.
A new monster hunts the realm.
The Mayan Bat God, Camazotz, has been released. Once trapped within the Torngat Mountains, Sorceress Edda has released him from his hundreds of years in captive to wreak havoc on Vithalia. Arud and Scalvia work to get human and ferine to unite against this werebat threat. However, Arud’s little sister Lykke has other allegiances. Her treatment as a halfling Cur has left her feeling betrayed by mankind and she leaves to join the ferine, the shifter wolves that were once the enemy. Arud’s uncle calls upon Vikings from other lands to arrive by sea and fight while Arud and Scalvia search for his father in the Great Beyond. Will they unite in time or fight blood against blood?
Blood Moon… Book Two in the Dreadlands Dodecad.
In addition, I’m inviting you to join my book club where you’ll have opportunities to win in monthly drawings. Plus, I’ll be broadcasting behind the scenes author insights through my new podcast “Moon Cast” available on your favorite podcast player. I know it sounds like a lot, but you can access the Kindle Vella episodes, Moon Cast podcast, and join the Book Club through a single link at www.linktr.ee/jaimieenglewriter.
I’ll be sending out information on how Kindle Vella works to my newsletter subscribers. If you’re not subscribed, don’t worry. I’ll be sharing that initial email on social media and you can click to join then. This is a really cool program and I hope you’ll join me on this journey, share with friends, teachers, and classmates, and each week you can like, comment, and crown the episode.
I’m happy to announce that I am now a board member of the Space Coast Writers Guild!
The Space Coast Writers Guild was created in 1982 and is based in Brevard County, Florida. They meet monthly to offer a variety of programs and presentations aimed towards writers. Meetings also offer members the opportunity to network with other writers. Aside from monthly meetings, SCWG provides critique groups, workshops, contests, and conferences focused on improving your writing abilities.
I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help the guild grow through aligned goals and desires to work with local writers, assist in their publishing goals, and help bring in speakers of the highest caliber and experience to work with members. Writing can be a solo experience and it’s necessary to have a group in which to share your fears, goals, and achievements. I hope my journey can assist other writers to be inspired to keep writing, learning, and sharing their stories with the world!
Jaimie Engle will be speaking about her transition from writing books to feature films at the September Melbourne Film Club meeting. The meeting will take place at The Oaks Theater, 1800 W Hibiscus Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32901. It will be September 7th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
Looking to turn your novel into a screenplay? On August 8th 2021, Jaimie Engle will be at the Hilton Melbourne discussing how to take your book and create the screenplay. Event will be 8:30am to 9:30am.
Learn to write characters that bring out the hero’s strengths, expose their weaknesses, and give them goals of their own! Author Jaimie Engle teaches writing using “The Wizard of Oz” as a base. For ages 10 to 14.
Jaimie Engle will be virtually speaking at the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library. The Brain, The Brawn, The Heart, and The Hero: Writing with Jaimie Engle will be on Tuesday, July 20th at 2:00pm.
Register for this event through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org and attend for a chance to win a free book!
Jaimie Engle will be a guest on a future episode of the Just Us Nerds Podcast! The episode will focus on a dramatic selection from The Twilight Zone. You can find the podcast on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/justusnerdspodcast as well as on their Facebook page, “Just Us Nerds Podcast.” Keep your eyes peeled for the episode to be available soon!
Writers and readers come together online for a day of free literary growth at the third annual “Tell Your Story. It’s Your Write!” from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday, March 27th presented by the North Regional/Broward College Library.The expo offers literary enrichment, industry insight and motivation for writers from successfully published, award-winning authors via author-led workshops and panel discussions. Participants include New York Times bestselling authors Craig Pittman and Diane A.S. Stuckart and award-winning authors Jaimie Engle, Elisa Albo and Cheryl Hollon.
Jaimie Engle will be hosting at 11am on Writing Teen Fiction: How to write and promote work for this audience.
Get lost in the mystery of GHOST DOG, book one in the exciting new series by Jaimie Engle, PETS OF ELSEWHERE.
Enter to win 1 of 3 signed paperbacks on Goodreads!
Haunted by four-legged ghosts in St. Augustine, a 12-year-old must help vengeful shadow-pets find rest or watch them pick off his family one-by-one.
Colten never wanted to leave Satellite Beach. His dad, a now retired Air Force Captain and his mom, a homemaker, couldn’t wait to open a bed and breakfast in St. Augustine, in a gorgeous Victorian that once belonged to a world-renowned veterinarian. Only, Colten sees things, hears things, and his sister almost dies—twice. Animal ghosts are reaching out from the other side with hints that the doctor may have been hiding things behind the Victorian’s closed doors, leaving Colten with two choices: help them or watch his whole family die.
PETS OF ELSEWHERE is a haunting middle grade thriller that blends elements of Pet Sematary with The House on Haunted Hill for kids who have outgrown Goosebumps and become die-hard fans of Supernatural.
The Florida Literacy Association is excited to provide our “members only” virtual professional development series. We’re looking forward to a great session with Jaimie Engle on February 16th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. We hope you’ll join us!
I will be speaking at the 2021 FLA Convention On 2-16-2021 From 6:30pm to 7:30pm. on Finding YOUR Voice, based on my Florida Sunshine State nominated book “Metal Mouth”
Sometimes, it’s hard for a young author to discover their writer voice. Other times, they struggle just trying to find their voice at all. In this concurrent session, author Jaimie Engle shares how to build voice as an author, through character, and as a person, based off her Kirkus Editor’s Choice awarded novel & Florida Sunshine State Book List Nominee Metal Mouth (2020).
Trinity Preparatory School’s sixth annual Author Festival is on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, and this year it is VIRTUAL!The event is FREE and open to the public. I am so proud to be among the 44 YA, Middle Grade, and Picture Book authors scheduled to attend, among seven NY Times bestsellers. Event planners, Reba Gordon, Director of the Rich Library, and English 8 & YA Lit Teacher, Georgia Parker, have live Keynote speakers and multiple pre-recorded author panels planned for even greater flexibility for readers.
To support the continuation of the Author Fest and the authors who have volunteered their time to be here, we encourage all attendees to purchase books from our independent bookseller, Kizzy’s Books & More. See the full catalog! You can also order signed books DIRECTLY FROM THE AUTHOR.
I will be speaking on several topics:
Middle Grade Mystery at 10am- 10:45am World Building at 11am-11:45am and Magical Fairy Tales at 1pm – 1:45pm
I will be a vendor at the Kris Kringle Market December 19th and 20th at the Melbourne Auditorium: 625 E Hibiscus Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32901-3234, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. All my books, including the Amazon #1 New Release “Clifton Chase on Castle Rock”, are available in pre-packaged sets, discounted for the holidays. Grab a book and a pin or button, too! Plus I’ve already packed your bags and prepared your passport for an imagination getaway… (You’ll have to show up to ask!)
Stop by and pick up some JME Books, mention this post, and grab your FREE gift. Books make the perfect Christmas gifts for the whole family! Over 100 vendors inside and out, free admission & free parking, free train ride, Ice sisters pictures in carriage, make and take ornaments, and 400 free totes giveaway!