Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ Sky Garden by Jenny Schwartz

Please welcome Jenny Schwartz author of Sky Garden.

Jenny Schwartz will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.

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Sky Garden

by Jenny Schwartz


GENRE: Romantic Suspense



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


Ideas for a new book tend to evolve from my current interests. So, with Sky Garden, I was fascinated by the performances of stage psychics. Like sales people, they often use cold reading techniques to produce amazing insights concerning a stranger. Have you heard of cold reading? Here’s Lanie’s explanation of it. Lanie is the heroine of Sky Garden and used to perform as a medium until that brought her into the orbit of a serial killer!


You guessed and read people’s responses. Yes or no? Right or wrong? Then you focused attention on your accuracy and skimmed over your mistakes.


Clothing, hair styles, body language and speech patterns all gave clues as to personality. As a performer, you said things that seemed personal, but could apply to a lot of people; and you dangled open-ended statements that encouraged people to apply them to their own lives. You mixed compliments with apparent insight, stroking egos so that people felt special.


It could make you cynical.


Lanie hadn’t been. Once, she’d enjoyed the energy of the act. She’d enjoyed how people marvelled, “ahh’d” with understanding as she’d shown the mechanisms of her “mediumship”, and then, had gone out entertained and still believing a little bit in magic. She hadn’t wanted to steal wonder from their lives.



  1. What expertise did you bring to your writing?


Well, it certainly wasn’t expertise or experience of stage performance! I freeze like a popsicle in front of an audience! Public speaking is not my forte. What I hope I bring to my writing is a passion for the story, a vivid fascination with people, and compassion. I know compassion sounds like a strange answer, but I’d like to think that my books celebrate how brave, resourceful and resilient people are. After all, I write romances, and what is a huger risk than falling in love?



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


My not-quite-a-New-Year’s-resolution to make 2016 the year I exercise! I need all the help I can get with this one since I’m not a fan of exercise. I’m not talking about anything radical, though. Maybe adding in a few walks through the week, just getting away from the desk and stretching the legs. So if you see me chatting on Facebook, feel free to ask, in a very pointed way, “have you been for a walk yet today?”. Establishing good habits is hard.



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


I’m so glad you asked! I’m bursting to tell people. I’m writing a paranormal romance series through the first half of 2016. Then, and only then, will I be allowed to turn my attention to another romantic thriller like Sky Garden. I have the idea for it in my mind and it’s awesome! The working title is “I Stole an Island”. But first I have to establish The Collegium series. Demon Hunter and Djinn Justice are out now, Dragon Knight will be out February 27, and Doctor Wolf in late April.



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


Lanie from Sky Garden! I love the way she copes with life. Surviving a serial killer is only the beginning of her altered life, and she copes with courage and flair. She starts a new hobby, vintage clothes, and I envy her her 1950s wardrobe. Weren’t the clothes then fabulous? Plus, well…there’s Nick. If ever I wrote a hero who is flawed yet perfect, that’s Nick, and he’s all Lanie’s, so of course I envy her!



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


Aidan Turner from Poldark fame would be Nick. Inarguably.

As for Lanie…Jessica Marais is an Australian actress who I think would have the translucent beauty yet strength to play Lanie’s role. Have you heard of Jessica Marais?



  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?


I have one perfect, perfect critique partner. Eliza Redgold is an amazing woman, and the sort of critique partner people dream of. As well as critiquing each other’s manuscripts, we have monthly catch-ups at a beach café to laugh and agonise over being an author—these are interesting times in publishing! A good critique partner definitely takes your work to another level. They also provide balance and sanity when deadlines loom!



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


I write a few pages of notes as I organise my ideas, and then, scrawl a sentence or two for each chapter. It’s almost an outline. But mostly I plot as I write, although I know where I want the book to go.



  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?


It was Eliza who said that my books make her hungry! I enjoy cooking, and that definitely shows in my books as I concentrate on creating ideal menus for different scenes. It’s so much easier when the meals are fictional and I don’t have to clean up! There’s a rooftop bar in Sky Garden that serves the most delicious pub food J



  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?


I don’t think I can settle on just one, but have you read the Golden Age mysteries of Margery Allingham? Her beautiful prose and vivid evocations of the English landscape lurked in the back of my mind when I was musing on creating Sky Garden.


Maybe I’d say the fantasy series, The Discworld by Terry Pratchett? He was a hugely talented author, and one of my regrets is that I could have met him, but was too shy.



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


Ooh, goodie! Let me share the blurb for Dragon Knight which is out February 27. I’m so excited about this book. I’ve been wanting to tell its hero’s story for ages. Lewis Bennett is someone special.


Dragon knight Gina Sidhe serves Earth’s only resident dragon, and she’s been issued with a quest. She must return with Lewis Bennett, President of The Collegium (the world’s magical order of peacekeepers), so that he may learn the Deeper Path of Magic from the dragon. A path that has been denied to Gina, and one she desperately wants.


But Lewis isn’t interested. He knows his magic has gone, burned out amid a terrible tragedy. Which makes his current task all the harder. He must restructure and repurpose The Collegium in the wake of a shocking and sly demon attack. He doesn’t have time for Gina’s quest, until she offers him the one thing he can’t have: a hidden route out of his Collegium life.


Because Lewis has his own quest, one secret and lethal, to save the world from a threat no one else believes in.



  1. Anything else you might want to add?


Thank you for a fabulous interview. It’s been an absolute delight to answer your questions.




On the rooftops of London, you can be anyone.


A year ago, Lanie Briers escaped a serial killer. She grew up in a theatre family and her act was mediumship, but not anymore. Life, now, is a hidden retreat above a quirky Bloomsbury museum, where she waits and watches.


Nick Tawes is an unexpected intrusion. He’s a landscape architect filming a television series on roof gardens, and he intends to build one in Lanie’s aerial territory. He has his own demons, old family troubles, that lure Lanie out of her refuge and into living again.


But as summer progresses and the sky garden grows, Lanie’s enemy is closing in–because some secrets must go to the grave.






Head down, he forced his feet up the endless, dizzying stairs.


Abruptly, the wall of the house ended. He swayed, blinking at the transition from shadowed darkness to light. He’d reached the roof. His jetlagged brain bounced between explanations of neon light or moonlight as the source of illumination. Tokyo roofs were seldom dark; London skies seldom cloudless in his memory.



Concentrating on his feet, he negotiated the awkward step up and over a concrete wall edge, and down onto the roof. He looked up.


A woman looked back at him.


Soundless, he watched her mouth open and the plate she held drop. Water and soapsuds fountained up.


The light came from a kitchen window.


His brain kicked into gear. “It’s all right. I’m from the solicitor’s. I have a key.” Ridiculous words, but the fear in her expression demanded reassurance.


She held a phone up, soap suds running down her bare forearm to the pushed-up sleeve of an apple-green pullover. The phone was brandished as a weapon.


“A key,” he mouthed exaggeratedly. “I have a key.”


A stand-off. He didn’t dare move. He must have frightened her when she’d felt safe and alone on this rooftop. He couldn’t understand how she and her kitchen were here at all.






AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Bio: Jenny Schwartz is a hopeful romantic with a degree in Sociology and History — people watching and digging into the past. She lives in Western Australia and is working towards her dream of living by the sea. Jenny writes romantic suspense, as well as contemporary and paranormal romance.








Amazon buy-link for “Sky Garden”:


“Sky Garden” will be $0.99 during this tour.





Jenny Schwartz will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.




23 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Sky Garden by Jenny Schwartz

  1. Jenny Schwartz
    January 26, 2016

    Christine, thank you for an absolutely fabulous interview!

    Living in Australia presents me with a few timezone challenges, but as soon as I’m awake in the morning, I’ll pop back to chat with anyone who’s around — so if anyone has any questions or comments, please don’t think I’m ignoring you. I’m Zzzzzzing 😉

  2. Goddess Fish Promotions
    January 26, 2016

    Thanks for hosting!

  3. nikolina84
    January 26, 2016

    This book sounds like something I’d really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

    • Jenny Schwartz
      January 26, 2016

      Thanks, Nikolina!

  4. Mai Tran
    January 26, 2016

    Do you read while you are: Eating? Taking a bath? Watching TV? Listening to music? On the computer? On the bus?

    • Jenny Schwartz
      January 26, 2016

      Mai, I wish I could read on the bus! I get travel sick, though. The upside, is that means I indulge in some people watching 🙂

      I tend to read in downtime, and sometimes I sneak that in while I’m eating … I know, I know, we’re meant to just concentrate on food and conversation while eating (according to diet experts), but I can’t resist reading!

  5. momjane
    January 26, 2016

    Loved your comments and the excerpt from your next book. The excerpt for the current book was fascinating.

    • Jenny Schwartz
      January 26, 2016

      Thanks, Momjane! I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. I loved writing Sky Garden (well, not when I got stuck on a plot twist, but the rest of the time!)

  6. achristay
    January 26, 2016

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

    • Jenny Schwartz
      January 26, 2016

      Thanks, Christine 🙂 I feel very welcome here. You have a lovely blog and commenters, and I’m very glad you hosted me.

  7. Victoria
    January 26, 2016

    Great post! I enjoyed reading the post, especially the excerpt! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Jenny Schwartz
      January 26, 2016

      So glad you enjoyed the excerpt, Victoria! I had a long chat with my critique partner over this part of Sky Garden. Really glad it worked for you 🙂

      • Victoria
        January 27, 2016

        :D… thanks for your hard work!

  8. Cali W.
    January 26, 2016

    Thanks for the giveaway! I like the excerpt. 🙂

    • Jenny Schwartz
      January 26, 2016

      Thanks, Cali 🙂 Good luck with the giveaway! — I’m not drawing the winner, so no bias here!

  9. sweetpea35
    January 26, 2016

    I enjoyed the interview and excerpt. This looks like a good read.

    • Jenny Schwartz
      January 27, 2016


  10. Victoria
    January 26, 2016

    Really great post – I’m looking forward to reading this one! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Jenny Schwartz
      January 26, 2016

      I hope you enjoy it, Victoria 🙂

  11. Ree Dee
    January 27, 2016

    I loved the interview and the excerpt. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jenny Schwartz
      January 27, 2016

      You’re welcome, Ree Dee! Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

  12. Anna
    February 5, 2016

    Thank you for the chance!

    • Jenny Schwartz
      February 5, 2016

      Good luck, Anna!

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