Christine Young

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Triangulating Bliss by Janelle Jalbert ~ Presented by Christine

Please welcome Janelle Jalbert author of Triangulating Bliss.

Janelle will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host. 6 randomly drawn hosts that agreed to do a review will be eligible to win a swag bag (US ONLY) of Triangulating Bliss items.

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Triangulating Bliss

by Janelle Jalbert

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GENRE: Contemporary Paranormal Women’s Fiction

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I was addicted to the Sweet Valley High Series as a pre-teen. (Yes, that has probably dated me right there.) My favorite character was the twin Elizabeth, who happened to want to be a writer. I was a good 20 books into the series when I had the ‘a-ha’ moment. I shouted “I wanna do that!” to my audience of stuffed animals in my bedroom.

Of course, it wasn’t a clean or straight path to writing. Those who were more practical patted me on the back and said, “That’s nice, and what are you going to do to pay the bills?” It is a cliché, but I went into teaching out of college. Many in my family are teachers, so it was similar to Greg’s situation in Triangulating Bliss. I went with other’s expectations for a ‘real’ job until I made the commitment to truly follow my bliss.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

The idea for Triangulating Bliss came as both a lightning bolt of inspiration (like many of my pieces) and as a unique journey. I was hanging out with my childhood friend one evening, and we got to talking about how we seemed to be missing out on the “perfect” lives we should be living. As I held the door for her when we were leaving, it hit. “What if you could walk out a door and walk into your perfect life?” The idea stuck and led me to write Triangulating Bliss. Of course, the characters had their own stories and agenda, so the initial premise of walking into a perfect reality was tailored to the tales the folks in Triangulating Bliss had to share with the world.

  1. What expertise did you bring to your writing?

I do a variety of writing with my ghostwriting and copywriting. There are several topics that I have experience with that seem a bit random, but my love of learning, writing, and exploring the world around me make it all possible. It would make you laugh to see all of the topics I have written on. I have had a passion for wine since my first wine tasting party in 2000, and I ended up with a book deal for Wine for Beginners thanks to that interest. I jokingly say that all my wine consumption over the years now qualifies as “research” thanks to that book. I served as a motorsports reporter/photographer and traveled the country covering NASCAR and such, so my love of racing and that background often surfaces in my writing, like in the story “Career Day” in my Flash 40: Life’s Moments book.

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

Mmm, there’s a lot in my life that’s not included in my bio. Here’s one for you. I started a bucket list in elementary school (before that term was even used). I have consistently been knocking things off and adding on others. Probably the biggest item on that list – as in a challenge – is that I want to fly with the Navy’s Blue Angels. I think it is in large part because my dad was a HUGE aviation buff, and I spent tons of time on flight lines at airshows with him. My favorite part of that time shared with my dad was when the Blue Angels performed. Now that my dad has passed, it seems even more special to me, whether or not I get the chance to actually go wheels up with them.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I plan to continue to regularly publish in fiction as well as other formats. Until the idea for Triangulating Bliss hit, my writing had been limited to non-fiction, and I hadn’t even thought about my fiction writing since the first couple of years that I was in college. I’m going to continue the tales linked to the Bliss Triangle with The Mystique of Living Series as well as explore new ideas and directions.

I’m happy with the fact I write fiction that is not easily pigeon-holed into a single genre. Life isn’t that neat anyway. I will continue to write pieces that highlight the magic of everyday living in all of its forms.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

Once I went through several edits of Triangulating Bliss, I realized that many of the characters had aspects of me as well as of those close to me. I fell in love with the character of Lois Atwater. She’s the vivacious, wise, and young-at-heart owner of Bliss. I want to be like Lois when I get older. She’s dealt with life’s hardships but still has a quick laugh and smile. Her comments about never really believing in fairy tales but wishing that she could be a fairy godmother in order to help people’s wishes come true stayed with me. In fact, it was that observation from Lois that led to the creation of the Bliss Challenge. In honor of her character, 10% of the proceeds from the novel and 100% of the proceeds from the companion guide, The Backdoor to Bliss, are going towards the challenge. The goal of the Bliss Challenge is to fund the wishes of children facing medical challenges. You can learn more about that by visiting TriangulatingBliss.com/BlissChallenge.

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

I have a hard time with that one for some of the characters. Lois is the easiest for me because as I started writing her character Anne Bancroft from the movie Heartbreakers with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sigourney Weaver popped into my mind. Greg’s more of a challenge for me…I’m thinking possibly James Marsden. For Jen, I think Kristen Bell or Amanda Seyfried. Speaking of Amanda Seyfried, I’d have no problem seeming Channing Tatum as Henri, the surfer, for a bit of a Dear John reunion of sorts.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

The best advice I ever received was that you have to have a thick skin because no one (or book) is loved by everyone and you have to love your book like it’s a real baby. That means tough love sometimes in realizing what’s working and what’s not working. It also means that you have to love your book enough to stand up for what you believe is right, regardless of the challenges.

The worst advice I ever received was that you need to write what sells. The publishing industry loves to worry about the marketability of things while at the same time looking for something completely fresh to be the next big thing. I like to say they are looking for a work horse that also happens to be a unicorn farting rainbows and glitter. Anyway, if you write only what you think will sell, readers will figure out that your writing doesn’t have any real soul and get mad. Think of how many bestselling authors have had reader revolts where they started turning out the same old/same old for the sake of making a buck. Also, if you are writing just for sales, your writing will always chase trends rather than leaving your own mark.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I do a combination of outlining (plotting) and “pants-ing”. Typically, I have a rough outline as a general map of the who, what, when, where, and how. My favorite part of writing is when the characters take on lives of their own. I love going along for the ride as an author as much as I do as a reader. For that to happen, I have to leave things open and flexible.

When I started Triangulating Bliss, I knew the main character would be a guy who just dropped out of law school and was facing the “what will I do when I grow up?” question. I knew the death of a basketball player was going to be the catalyst for Greg’s investigation of the Bliss Triangle, and there was going to be a guy that was present in all the disappearances. That’s it. Lois popped onto the scene and stole the show after drafting started, and then Richard got in the way and insisted on sharing his story out of order. The reality of Triangulating Bliss is that it came together as chunks without regard to linear progression. In fact, the “big” things in Greg’s story didn’t get revealed for more than a year and a half…only 2 months before the final preparations for release.

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

Henri, Triangulating Bliss’s surfer, is a product of my beach days as a kid in Southern California, as well as most of my college experience. Despite working full time and going to school, I pretty much lived at the beach during my college years. His favorite surf spot, Rincon, is only a few miles from my spot in college.

There is one point that needs to be clarified. Many who have read Triangulating Bliss ask if Richard’s pre-disappearance story is from personal experience. It is not. I get asked about that a lot because he is involved with the shadier side of Hollywood. I did go to college in the San Fernando Valley in the days where it was ground zero for that industry, and I knew people who had contact with it. I, personally, had nothing to do with it.

  1. Do you have an all-time favorite book?

I honestly don’t have an all-time favorite book. I read just about anything and everything, so I can’t say that a novel can compare or out-rank a work of non-fiction or vice versa. I do have favorite books. Many of them are due to the fact that I make it a point of picking a special read for memorable experiences. For example, I read Love in the Time of Cholera as my first foray into Magical Realism on a graduation trip and Memoir of a Geisha while traveling in Japan as my first big international excursion. The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Zlata’s Diary went with me on a trip through Eastern Europe, so you get the idea.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

Yes! In fact, my next project was started before Triangulating Bliss came to light. Wing Pup: Soul Dog is what I like to call a “Magical Mutt Memoir” about my guardian in a fur suit while I lived in North Carolina. If you like The Art of Racing in the Rain, Marley & Me, and A Dog’s Purpose, it’s going to be a must read that is being release in the spring of 2016.

Also, the next installments in the Mystique of Living Series kicked off by Triangulating Bliss are also already underway. Triangulating Self is Book 2 in the series. I can’t in all honesty say it’s a sequel or a prequel. I call it a tandem. It is Phil’s story, so we get to see the how and the why behind the Bliss Triangle. Triangulating Self is scheduled for release in the summer of 2016, and the two-part third installment, Triangulating Wisdom, is due out in late 2016.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it is like to write a series?

In truth, I didn’t set out to write a series. Triangulating Bliss was originally set up to be a one-off, standalone book. Several of the readers of the early drafts told me they loved the novel but wanted more. It wasn’t until I started wondering about Phil and how he became the man behind the Bliss Triangle that the idea of series hit home. I know it’s popular in today’s book world, but I discounted it until Phil kept screaming to tell his tale. That’s how Triangulating Bliss became part of The Mystique of Living Series.

With the various disappearances that Greg uncovers in Triangulating Bliss, there is plenty still left to tell about Phil, Mikel, Dee, Sara, Henri, and Richard. That’s the good part. The challenge is that thanks to my writing style (as a part “pantser”) it is tricky to keep the details of each tale straight. I’ve had to go back and take notes on my own novel to make sure everything is developed right. Also, I hate cliffhanger books, so I want each book to work as a standalone which means that I have to be sure that I don’t take things for granted in subsequent books. There are times I write a scene only to go back and realize that I assumed the reader knows what a character looks like or what their foibles are. It just provides a new hurdle to jump over, but it is well worth it. I love the characters and how the Bliss Triangle has developed.

  1. Anything else you might want to add?

Today is actually the full RELEASE DAY for Triangulating Bliss, and I am so happy to share the day’s celebration with Christine and her readers! If a story of love, life, mystery, second chances and redemption shows appealing, please don’t hesitate to grab your copy of Triangulating Bliss today. There is a special release/launch promotion going on through Amazon for the eBook version until October 1st. The novel and the companion guide, The Backdoor to Bliss, are now both available in Kindle and paperback versions on Amazon. Triangulating Bliss is also available in eBook and Paperback through major online retailers and at most bookstores.

I could talk about all kinds of things, but I will leave with a simple statement. I love to hear from readers, so please feel free to reach out to me through social media and the TriangulatingBliss.com website. I often participate in books clubs where members are reading my pieces and would like to hear from the author. Even if I am not in your area, I am happy to participate via phone, Skype, etc. when possible. Feel free to touch base and let me know what you like, don’t like, and would like to see more of in future pieces. You never know…You might just get a special shout out in my next book.

Thank you for letting me share a bit about myself and my ‘Bliss Baby’. Remember: live, love, laugh, and always follow your bliss!

BLURB:

 

A struggling veteran reads about the mysterious death of a local athlete and wants to learn more. He meets the owner of the business linked to the crime and discovers others have “disappeared”.

All stories include a man with dark hair, blue eyes, and a strong jaw.

Then, it’s his turn.

The mysterious forces at Bliss change everything. What brought them all to Bliss is not as it appears and their lives are powerfully interconnected across space and time.

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EXCERPT:

Greg’s hand shook. It wasn’t enough for the woman behind the counter to notice though. It wasn’t from his morning caffeine rush. He’d skipped his morning pick-me-up in favor of completing the mission in short order. It was too many months overdue.

The pen slipped from his hand, more from the sheen of perspiration than the shaking. Get it together man! He shouted within the confines of his mind. You’re a soldier…were a soldier. Man up! You want to do this. The decision’s been made. Sign it. He grabbed the pen once again, and let it flow automatically across the paper.

The woman took the form, and her nails began clicking away on the keyboard. Her eyes darted between the form and the computer screen. Seconds, maybe minutes, passed. Greg wasn’t sure. There were no clocks to tick off the time, just the woman’s ping-ponging eyes. Greg felt the weight shifting, finally, and continued to wait. Complete relief, however, remained elusive. I took the plunge…took action…that’s what matters. He reassured himself. It’ll just take some time.

“Here you go,” the woman gave a tight, polite smile. “It’s official. If you need transcripts, it will take 7-10 days for your records to be updated.”

“Thanks,” Greg took the paperwork and turned towards the door. It was deceptively simple. Law school was officially part of the past, yet the weight of expectations remained.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Janelle Jalbert has ghostwritten 15 nonfiction books on topics ranging from productivity, money management, marketing, cooking, and relationships. She also worked as a copywriter for some of the biggest online names and worked as a motorsports reporter covering NASCAR. Jalbert enjoys bringing stories to life that celebrate the magic in everyday living. To learn more about her current and upcoming releases and promotions visit http://www.janellejalbert.com. Jalbert currently lives in Southern California, though she regularly returns to her second home in North Carolina when her pack of pups grants her a vacation.

Additional Information:

Those readers who purchase the book by 9/30 will receive be able to buy Triangulating Bliss for $0.99 (which will be the lowest price offered…ever), and they can receive the ebook Companion Guide to Triangulating Bliss for free by clicking on the presale promotion link. Starting 10/1 the Companion Guide will be available for $1.99 ebook and $6.99 paperback.

The “Bliss Challenge” is an effort to take the spirit of the novel’s beloved character, Lois, and help make wishes come true. Ten percent of the proceeds from Triangulating Bliss and 100% of the proceeds from the novel’s companion guide, The Backdoor to Bliss, will be given to a Make-A-Wish program voted on by readers. Selections are based on reader votes for their favorite characters: Los Angeles for Greg, Henri, and Mikel; Chicago for Lois; Charlotte for Jen; and New York for Richard. The goal is to grant at least one wish for a child in the winning city based on funds raised from the novel and guide. Voting and challenge updates can be found at www.TriangulatingBliss.com/BlissChallenge

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/justjjwriting

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/janellejalbert.author

Author Website: http://www.janellejalbert.com

Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/Janelle_Jalbert

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Janelle-Jalbert/e/B00Q5MD7AW

BN Author Page: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/janelle-jalbert

Author’s Extras!: http://synchron8publishing.com/triangulating-bliss-launch

 

 

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Janelle will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host. 6 randomly drawn hosts that agreed to do a review will be eligible to win a swag bag (US ONLY) of Triangulating Bliss items.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1220

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14 comments on “Triangulating Bliss by Janelle Jalbert ~ Presented by Christine

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    September 28, 2015

    Thank you for hosting

  2. achristay
    September 28, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  3. Janelle Jalbert
    September 28, 2015

    Thank you so much for sharing in my release day fun and festivities =)

  4. Rita Wray
    September 28, 2015

    I enjoyed the interview.

    • Janelle Jalbert
      September 28, 2015

      I’m glad. Thanks for stopping by, Have a wonderful week!

  5. Patrick Siu
    September 28, 2015

    I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Victoria
    September 28, 2015

    I enjoyed the interview, thank you for sharing.

  7. Betty W
    September 28, 2015

    Great interview! I remember Sweet Valley High!

    • Janelle Jalbert
      September 28, 2015

      Awesomeness =) There’s something about SVH that just brings back good times and hope for the future

  8. Eva Millien
    September 29, 2015

    Great interview and excerpt! Sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

  9. Ree Dee
    October 3, 2015

    I really enjoyed the interview. Thank you. The books sound so interesting, I can’t wait to read more.

  10. Mai Tran
    November 18, 2015

    What drives you to do what you do? What motivates you?

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