On Growing Up as a Writer – accepting rejection

This one is harder. Criticism at least means you got some feedback.

The lists of the round 1 winners just came out, and my name isn’t on them. I’m ok. I’m actually a little relieved, because it means I don’t have to worry about the next key date.

Doesn’t mean I don’t want to cry… just a little… though.

~ jenelle

What Readers Are Saying

Sometimes it’s nice to get reviews from people who have read your book. Just thought I’d share what readers are saying about “The Dragon’s Eye.”

And a big THANK YOU to everyone who has taken the time to either review my book at Amazon or left me feedback over on my createspace preview!


A good story has an interesting plot.  A Great Story has people that we want to root for.  Every Great Story and Every Great Movie has characters that we LOVE.  “The Dragon’s Eye” is that kind of story.

A Heroic, Romantic, Dangerous, Clever, Unique, and Wholesome Adventure satisfying the  audience that desperately yearns for ALL OF THE ABOVE.   

Wholesome does not mean Boring.  In this case it means Fantastic, with Heroes that inspire and  Enemies who are Capable while both are Dangerous.   

The Romance is Sweet and Desireable, and remains that way.  The Scene where Brant “gently grabs Dylanna’s wrist” is as powerful a love scene as any that Hollywood could create, only Hollywood has forgotten that art.

“The Dragon’s Eye” opens the readers mind and heart to the Quadrilogy of Tellurae Aquaous, but more importantly it introduces us to some of our Favorite Literary Heroes in Brant, Kiernan, Kamarie, Oraeyn, Dylanna, and a host of others that we get to know in the course of these adventures.

If that qualifies as WHOLESOME, then “sign me up”.


This book is captivating and addictive. The writing is smooth and easy to follow, the characters become friends, and your really want to discover what they will do in particular situations. I would highly recommend this to anybody who enjoys a good fantasy read, and its completely appropriate for different age groups. The books is not perfect, however the influences are from the classics in the genre that made me love this type of book, and this has plenty of the plot meanderings that make it a great book. I highly recommend it.


I read this book in 5 days. I could not set it down. The characters come to life on every page, and I wish there was more!
For those of us who love fantasty, anything to do with dragons, middle age lifestyle, swords, heroism, all that good stuff… This book is outstanding.
I cannot wait to read more from this author, her characters are quite compelling. 


I didn’t read the entire excerpt(I have a very short attention span), but I was struck by your use of language. You’ve got an excellent feel for it, and you write in a pleasing and lyrical tone.

~ jenelle

Freebie Friday

My favorite section of “The Dragon’s Eye”

     “And who are you?” the funny looking man asked. “Perhaps I could write a song about it: the young boy who wandered alone the open roads of the southern realm. Ah! But that would make a magnificent tale!”
     As he spoke, his hands moved quickly, bringing out four brightly colored round objects. Throwing them up in the air, he tossed them back and forth in intricate patterns that took Yole’s breath away. Yole laughed delightedly and clapped his hands.
     The young man smiled and stood up to take a bow, “You like my juggling?”
     Yole nodded enthusiastically, “Yes, I do!”
     The strange man smiled again at the delight of his young audience, but then his shoulders drooped and his smile faltered, “It is truly a pity that no one else seems to,” he sighed dramatically.
    Yole looked at him quizzically, “What do you mean?”
    “I am completely unappreciated by many of my audiences,” the man sighed again and put a hand to his forehead, his voice was plaintive but uncomplaining. “I tried to get an audience at the castle, but they have too many minstrels already, or so they told me. Then I tried to juggle and sing for the rich merchants, but they are all more interested in the newer stories and the fancier tricks, bah! Fancier tricks! Why, when I juggle I make their heads spin, but that’s the way of the rich, they’re alright until you want to be paid, then they get stingy on you and hem and haw about how little talent you really have. Hah! They wouldn’t know talent if it reached out and pinched their noses, now there would be a sight! Ha ha!” The man’s voice changed with each turn of his story, as if he were weaving the words into an intricate pattern on some unseen loom.
    Yole laughed at the antics of the minstrel. The minstrel did not notice, but continued talking, almost as though to himself.
    “No siree, there is no greater talent beneath the Dragon’s Eye than that of the Great Kiernan Kane! No, the Magnificent… oh, hello there,” the Great Kiernan Kane abruptly halted his flow of words as he suddenly seemed to remember that he had an audience, small though it was. “What is your name? I completely forgot to ask you.”
    Yole suppressed a smile, “My name is Y…Ian.” He said, catching himself just an instant before he slipped and gave away his real name.
    “Yian! Marvelous!” The minstrel said, “And my name is Kiernan Kane. Kiernan Kane the Magnificent Minstrel they call me in the large cities, (they also throw rotten fruits and vegetables at me, just goes to show how unappreciated I am) but you can call me Kiernan.”

~ jenelle

Shameless Self Promotion

Sorry, no cutesy-alliteration title today….

I have a request for anyone who can spare a few minutes. I have posted an excerpt of my book over at CreateSpace, and I was wondering if anyone would be willing to take a few minutes, read the excerpt and then give me some feedback.

If you have the ability to download PDFs you can click on this link

Or, if you don’t, you can go here instead

OR… if you are one who has actually READ the entire book… might you be willing to leave a review at Amazon (that link will take you to The Dragon’s Eye product page)?

Thanks in advance!

~ jenelle