Only Five Days Until Sundance Is Available!

The ‘Sundance’ Countdown is on!

Book #2 of ‘The Council Of Twelve Series’ will be published

August 10, 2019


Currently ‘Sundance’ can be pre-ordered:

 


Sundance is a promising young Warrior Angel, the first in centuries to join the Divine Army. With the help of one of the most powerful Archangels, her skill and talent develop, allowing her to master some of the most difficult tasks that face her kind.

Sundance, under the supervision of the ‘Council of Twelve’ seeks to prove that she deserves her unusual gifts in the eternal fight between good and evil.
Follow her adventures as she discovers love, fights the good fight, and finds herself in the heat of battle trying to keep her wings from being singed.

 


Mark your calendar: Release date is August 10. 2019

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The Soul Taker Quiz Is Closed

July 1st I published a link to the ‘Soul Taker’ quiz for readers. Thank you very much for your vivid responses, which were as fantastic as also manifold, and I had a good time.

The quiz is now closed, and I am going to determine the winner and will announce it July 25, 2019, here on Writer’s Treasure Chest.

The winner will get an e-book version of the next book in the series, ‘Sundance,’ which is going to be published next month.

Stay tuned!

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To the ones who didn’t yet read ‘Soul Taker’:

You might want to think about reading it before the ‘Sundance’ release day. You can buy it here:

Amazon Ebook US
Amazon Ebook UK
Amazon Paperback US
Amazon Paperback UK
Amazon Kindle DE
Amazon Paperback DE
Barnes & Noble
Smashwords
SCR|BD
Kobo
iTunes

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Cover Reveal Sundance – 2nd Book Of The Council Of Twelve Series

I am very excited to get up in the morning and celebrate the cover reveal of SUNDANCE with you.

SUNDANCE is going to be released Mid August on Amazon and Smashwords.

Let me tell you how thrilled I am to be able to reveal another beautiful cover of the second book in ‘The Council Of Twelve Series.’

In this new book, we will meet a beautiful little girl, the only child of a couple who longed for a son or daughter. The girl tells her own story. She describes her childhood and how suddenly her entire situation changed when she had to say goodbye to her parents, her youth, and her entire known life. Find out how she develops and what becomes of the girl we knew as ‘Cara.’ Meet her, know her, love, laugh and cry with her and follow her every step into an existence where she needs to fight for everything she loves…

My cover was again designed by the talented Kathryn Jenkins, of KJ Magical Designs :

The cover shows our protagonist, Sundance, in a self-confident pose, before a ring of the fires of Hell. Even though Sundance looks innocent, almost shy, she is still one of the most unusual and most talented individuals. Trained and prepared for the battle ‘Good vs. Evil’ she is a valuable asset to the ‘Divine Army’ and therefore highly supported and protected by ‘The Council Of Twelve.’ The fires represent the opponents, the blue wings symbolize Sundance’s individuality and gifts.

I love this cover just as much as I love the first one.

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Here we go:

 


About the book:

Sundance is a promising young Warrior Angel, the first in centuries to join the Divine Army. With the help of one of the most powerful Archangels, her skill and talent develop,  allowing her to master some of the most difficult tasks that face her kind.
Sundance, under the supervision of the ‘Council of Twelve’ seeks to prove that she deserves her unusual gifts in the eternal fight between good and evil.

Follow her adventures as she discovers love, fights the good fight, and finds herself in the heat of battle trying to keep her wings from being singed.


About the Author:

A. J. Alexander is a talented classical musician who has won several music contests in her youth. She is an accomplished skier and loves to swim, amongst other sports.

She works a full-time job and travels a lot, as well nationally as also internationally.

A.J. Alexander just recently moved to a new home, together with her three beautiful active and demanding cats. In her rare free time, she loves to meet friends or go for long nature walks.

To fulfill her dream of seeing many amazing places in the world, Aurora Jean started traveling in her early twenties and spent some time in Europe where she visited Paris, Rome, Madrid, Vienna, Prague, London, Berne, Berlin, Athens, and Santorini. Also, she took an extended break a few years later and drove across the U.S. from Chicago to Santa Monica and across the South to Florida.

A.J. Alexander descends from an internationally extended, politically and entrepreneurially active family and was privileged to enjoy an excellent international education. In her spare time, she volunteers for charity events, fights for animal rights and when needed, serves as an interpreter to help great causes.

Please watch out for the pre-order and release dates, they will be announced shortly!

The Story And The Cover – Finding The Right Model

While working on ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series, I built character by character, developed, considered their look, decided who they are and in what direction they would head within their story.

But also, I was ‘creating’ their look; dark hair, blue eyes, black hair, bronze eyes, tall, muscular, petite, almost ethereal. I will deliver many descriptions while ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series progresses.

In my head, the characters and their personality formed together with their look, and while creating them, I didn’t consider any consequences – like the book cover to the story.

Let me give you an example:
Katie is a breathtaking beauty with caramel colored hair and brown eyes; her cream skin makes her look almost fragile.

To find ‘Katie’ I was busy looking through hundreds of pictures on several websites. In a way, it was an exciting task, and my excitement grew with every picture. But after a while I got slightly bored, my hope slowly dying that I would find “THE” Katie… the woman I had created in my head.

I wish I could say, ‘suddenly’ I found her, just as she was in my fantasy… but the fact is, I didn’t. Katie was not one of the models, but the Model I found has caramel colored hair and is stunningly beautiful. I set the first mark on her picture. Whenever I discovered a model who got close to her beauty or my description, I tagged her. In the end, I compared all the models and by process of elimination, I ‘rejected’ one model after the next until I got ‘my Katie.’

I took some time to get used to ‘combine’ my fantasy with the model and then went through the different pictures of the model. Finally, I picked the one that’s on the cover now.

By now that’s ‘my Katie’ on the cover.

I was talking with my cover designer about the cover. I could deliver her Katie, but what about the rest of the cover? The man, the background, the font? I’m lucky to have a cover designer who knows her stuff. I informed her that I couldn’t go through the model search again. I wanted some mystery, some secret.

Soul Taker isn’t a love-story-romance where a man and a woman are kissing on the cover…


I wanted something different; a man every reader can connect to, and has the chance to create the character’s look in their own fantasy. And my cover designer found the solution. I’m very proud of the ‘Soul Taker’ cover.

Since the second book in the series is completed and only needs to return from the Copyright Lawyer, we had to get together and discuss the next cover.

Believe it or not – I was sitting on the monitor and dully clicked through hundreds of pictures.

Let me tell you – the thought of ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series is planned to contain 13 books, scares me.

How are you designing your covers? At what point do you start considering what should be on the cover, and if you have cover models – how do you pick them? Let us know about it in the comments. We’re curious.


Buy Soul Taker here:


Amazon Ebook US
Amazon Ebook UK
Amazon Paperback US
Amazon Paperback UK
Amazon Kindle DE
Amazon Paperback DE
Barnes & Noble
Smashwords
SCR|BD
Kobo
iTunes

Blog Post Achievement On ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’

I was surprised to see once again, how far ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ has developed. Yesterday I discovered that I got a new achievement ‘award’:

1337 posts published – this is amazing. (Even though I wonder, what the magic number 1337 stands for.)

At this moment I’m surprised, and I’m flattered. I know, without you all, followers, readers and in particular friends, I couldn’t have done that! The guest posts, the ‘Featured Author’ posts, the interviews, promotions and re-blogs; without all those posts, ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ wouldn’t be what it is.

I want to say ‘Thank you’ to you all for making my blog a success and for making blogging a true adventure for me!

Picture courtesy of: https://www.crosscards.com/cards/thank-you/

 

10 Weird Facts About A. J. Alexander

Lately, I was leaning back on the couch when the phone rang. One of my friends called me to tell me about her relationship problems and asked for my advice. We talked for nearly an hour and after we hung up and I was back in my comfortable position on the couch I remembered something about me and started laughing.

One by one several more facts about me crossed my mind and at the end, I decided to share them here. Maybe I can spread a few giggles.

Have fun finding out about A. J. Alexander:

  1. When I am thinking hard about something while I talk about a subject, I get up and walk around. It helps me thinking.
  2. I’m not a nail-artist-person. My fingernails are growing too fast and I consider a weekly manicure a waste of time and money. Sometimes my nails are growing that long they look like hawk claws and I clip them short to avoid damaging the keyboard.
  3. I can’t stand it when my feet are getting too warm. They start swelling and that makes me feel uncomfortable.
  4. I hate asparagus – it makes me throw up.
  5. I keep a Samurai sword in my bedroom, over the headboard of my bed. (I’d be curious hearing different opinions about the psychological meaning of fact #5)
  6. I love the wind. I’m not very vain when it comes to my hair and I love to feel the wind blowing into my face, through my hair and feel the nature around me. I’d be standing outside in wind force 12 if I wasn’t scared to be blown away.
  7. I love high heels but they’re not made for walking. They make my feet burn like fire and I get cranky.
  8. Even though I have three cats I am not exclusively a cat person. I love dogs as well and if I wasn’t working full time I would have a dog – a big one.
  9. I’m a Country Girl. I listen to Country Music, I love horseback riding and own boots.
  10. I like dancing in the warm summer rain.

If you have fun facts about yourself, please let us know in the comments section. We’re curious! 😀