Indie Author Spotlight: Jennifer McDonald and “Across the Blood-Red River”

Indie Author Spotlight: Jennifer McDonald and “Across the Blood-Red River”

I’ve got another fantastic indie author for you to meet today.  Say hello to Jennifer McDonald!

Jennifer R. McDonald resides in Canada with her husband, two children, and three cats. Urban Fantasy is her favorite genre to write but she enjoys reading Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and anything with great antiheroes, cunning villains, and flawed characters.

Jennifer’s first YA Urban Fantasy series, The Veilwalker Trilogy follows the misadventures of a young witch with the power to separate her soul from her body and cross into the land of the dead. After its completion, Jennifer began work on a spin-off series. The first installment of The Helios Chronicles (still untitled) will take a darker turn and feature Echo Lightkeeper, a teenage witch raised within the treacherous warlock royal palace.

When not writing, Jennifer loves to read, paint, create music, and watch old horror movies.

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And here’s her book…

Across the Blood Red River

Across the Blood Red River (Veilwalker Trilogy, #3)

To lost souls, the veil is a cold, tragic existence. But for Lyric Yama, the living world is so much worse.
Lyric has finally uncovered the truth of her mother’s brutal murder. Now her hands are stained and her mind is plagued with the bitterness of regret.
Soon she will have bigger problems. A grieving warlock is closing in. He’ll stop at nothing to reap vengeance on the young witch.
As the consequences of her past march closer, and the illusion of safety is abandoned, Lyric must decide whether to run or stand and fight.
But when the full power of a veilwalker’s magic is unleashed, no one—living or dead—will ever be safe again.


You can find it, right now, at Amazon:

Jennifer has provided us with a great excerpt:

I smirked at the melancholy in her sigh, and tossed in a twenty to kick off the betting. “Tell us about yourself, Ray-Anne. I barely know anything about old souls. Or incubi and empaths for that matter.”

Sure, I’d heard rumors like everyone else—the unfair and untrue reputations tacked to each race in a blanket stereotype. Veilwalkers were spies, conjurors thieves, and werewolves were mindless beasts. Succubi were sluts while seers were nothing but trouble. But I hadn’t heard much about empaths or old-souls, good or bad.

“What would you like to know?” She draped her arm over the back of her chair, watching me with eyes that held far too much knowledge.

I shrugged. “I don’t know. Do you look the same in every life? Are you always a girl?”

“Heavens, no. I’ve been born into families of every skin color on every continent, and though I’m usually female, I’ve spent four lives as a boy.” She grinned as if conveying top secret information. “Being a boy is amazingly fun, Lyric. A hundred years ago, women couldn’t do anything without everyone getting a bug up their asses. But men? Opium and orgies were expected of men. I can’t begin to tell you how many fresh young maids I defiled…”


And she’s also given us a fantastic interview…

Who is your favorite author?

There are far too many! Short list: Stephen King, Rachel Caine, Anne Rice, David Wong, Edgar Allan Poe.

How do you describe your writing style?

Fast paced.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

The Veilwalker Trilogy is a YA Urban Fantasy about a witch whose life is turned upside down when she’s caught between rival covens in a blood feud. My favorite scenes are during her trips to purgatory (the veil) where she’s faced with ghostly environments and the tragic victims who reside there.

Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself?

No. They’d be terribly boring if they were.

If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?

It would have to be Lilah the siren. If someone was handing out superpowers, I’d definitely want the power of persuasion.

What books have most influenced your life?

Stephen King’s Dolores Claiborne and Misery. They were the two books that fed my appetite to read as a young teen.

Beatles or Monkees? Why?
Beatles. I think it is fairly obvious why:)

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