Tuesday, January 9, 2018

I Googled Myself and ... Wow!

Cover photo by Jessica from For the Love of Dewey
Like finding money in a coat pocket or one last chocolate in a bag that looks empty, I came across this beautiful, amazing review of my book when I googled myself. Click the link to see it.


Here's an excerpt: "I found Blanca's character to be my favorite part of the novel. I loved the way that Zokan incorporated her accent into the English text, giving the reader a real sense of being immersed in Colombia. I also liked how Zokan not only successfully portrayed her to be an employee, but also as a big sister figure, a friend, and an intelligent woman who knew what was going on with each family member before they knew themselves. Blanca doesn't miss a beat."
I love finding out who a reader's favorite character is -- and take a look at that photo! Stunning!  Jessica's got skills!

For the Love of Dewey, thanks for the great review!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Happy New Year!

I love a new year! It's a fresh start, a blank slate, a new beginning. And although I don't get crazy with the resolutions, I've noticed something wonderful about January: I have this delicious energy to make my life better in little ways.

Like getting rid of clothes I haven't worn. Usually, I hear that voice saying, "You never know when you might need that!" At this time of year, the more boisterous voice is the one saying, "New year, new you! Get rid of it!" How easy it is to purge when I have some zeal and a happy playlist.
I have energy to clean out that overwhelming inbox, too. So many businesses send me email! A tiny little resolution has been to unsubscribe to just one business every day, and maybe I'll be done with them by this time next year. Sometimes I get sucked back in to a company (Sephora, I'm looking at you) because they let me change my email preferences. But I would like to hear from Sephora if they promise to keep it to once a month...

Our little house has a big oak tree out front and our second-story bedroom is it's tree house. I love it, but it could be cleaner. On my dresser I have pictures and jewelry and knick knacks (and angels) that make me happy, and it occurred to me that something I see for a few moments each morning could be cleaned easily. It's nice to start each day enjoying my favorite things now that the dust is gone!

I'll be honest. I don't know how long this wonderful motivation to purge and clean and release will last. But it doesn't matter. With just the few things I've done, I feel lighter and happier going into 2018. The Existence of Pity is expecting a sibling, and I have a feeling it's going to be a very good year!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Giveaway of the Year!

Actually, click  HERE  to enter!

This giveaway is the brainchild of fellow Red Adept Publishing Author Kelly Stone Gamble. To learn more about her books, go to her beautiful website: www.kstonegamble.com  I'm so glad she included me!
If you love to read and haven't found out about www.BookBub.com, you are in for a treat: BookBub is a free email service that notifies you about deep discounts on ebooks you are sure to like.
You'll like them because you choose the types of books you want notifications on! Choose from all sorts of genres, and BookBub will email you great deals in those genres.
You can also follow your favorite authors on BookBub, like me, and like the thirteen others who want YOU to win a $50 Amazon gift card, just in time for the holidays!
I love hearing about books through BookBub. Often I see a title on BookBub and remember a friend recommending that same book. Then, since it always happens in threes, I'll see the book in some random place... someone's carrying it in the airport, it's on the coffee table at the dentist's office, or I happen across it on Amazon. Then I know it's time to read that book! :)
Happy reading, and Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Two in One Holiday Giveaway, It's Almost Time to Pick a Winner!

12/5/17 - 12/26/17 (US only)
The Taste of Vermont - Maple Giveaway

The Taste of Colombia - Coffee Giveaway
All entries compete for two prize packages, and the winners will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter.

The winners will be notified by email on 12/26/17, and announced on our Facebook author pages: https://www.facebook.com/GailCleareAuthor and https://www.facebook.com/authorJeannieZokan .
The Taste of Vermont prize package includes one autographed paperback copy of Gail Cleare's bestselling novel, The Taste of Air, plus a small (100 ml) leaf-shaped bottle of Vermont Maple Syrup from Butternut Mountain Farm in Morrisville, VT, and twelve leaf-shaped maple drop hard candies from Mount Mansfield Maple Products. Happy Holidays to you and yours!
The Taste of Colombia prize package includes on autographed paperback copy of Jeannie Zokan's novel, The Existence of Pity, plus a cute coffee mug, three Colombian coffee samples, and a drawstring bag with 7 Bali's Best coffee candies. Cheers!
The prize is not transferrable and can only be shipped within the USA.
Best of luck to everyone!

Monday, December 4, 2017

What Did Cathy Read Next?

I love the name of Cathy's Blog, and guess what she read? :)

The link to her review of The Existence of Pity is here: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2017/11/30/throwback-thursday-the-existence-of-pity-by-jeannie-zokan/

Here are the final two features of Cathy's review.

First is, "In three words: Emotional, coming-of-age, thoughtful" That's how she sums up the novel. I like it!

Second, she says, "Try something similar…A Reluctant Warrior by Kelly Brooke Nicholls (click here to read my review)." I'm intrigued!

Now, two questions for you. How would you sum up The Existence of Pity? Have you read anything similar to it?

Thank you, Cathy! I appreciate your review!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Ride on The Writing Greyhound

Thanks so much Lorna Holland for interviewing me about The Existence of Pity for your blog, The Writing Greyhound!
Follow this link to read our conversation:


In this interview I mention, ". . . someone is selling a used copy of my book on Amazon.com for $45.98! It’s only in acceptable condition, too. Did they underline favourite passages? Dog-ear pages?"

Well, I'm sorry to say that book has been snapped up, but you can buy a different used copy for $25, or there's always a new one for $13.99!

One other little teaser: I give a hint about what I've been up to lately. Check out the interview!

Thanks again, Lorna!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My Editor Wrote an Amazing Book!


June 7, 2017

Stefanie Spangler’s Urban Fantasy Dark Designs

Magic calls out to other magic, and the Grant sisters are about to find out they’ve drawn the darkest kind to their doorstep.

Twins Ivy and Violet Grant are opposites. Ivy, a hot-tempered redhead, couldn’t wait to get off the farm and see the world. Violet, a quiet brunette, was content to stay home and help their grandmother with the family business. The one thing they have in common is their magic.

Charlie Logan’s sinister obsession with Ivy Grant has ruled his life. When he discovers a book of dark magic during a burglary, he decides to return to Oak Hill and use his newfound power to gain control over Ivy.

Ivy and Violet, with help from their grandmother, need to practice their magic to overcome the evil seeping into their lives. A battle is coming, and Ivy’s life is not the only one at stake.


Slowly, Ivy became aware of another presence in the barn. Her eyes roamed away from the kitten cradled in her arms to the boots standing just beyond the stall door, next to her discarded sandals. Eyes wide, she sprang to her bare feet as fast as she could without trampling the kittens.

Charlie Logan was blocking the way out of the stall. The sunlight that slipped in through the gaps in the barn’s wooden planks cast his face in mottled stripes. She knew him because Grandpa Jack had always let his granddaughters roam the farm freely, and Charlie had spoken to her many times. Never alone, though. She stood awkwardly, her eyes darting around the dimly lit solitude of the barn.

“Nice kittens you got there.” He nodded cheerfully toward the kittens then smiled. His hand twitched as if he might reach out and touch her.

“Yeah,” she said quietly, looking back and forth between Charlie and the kittens. “None of them are sick or anything. Sometimes there are sick ones…” Ivy rambled nervously until her eyes settled on Charlie’s face, and then she stilled, wishing she could disappear.

Charlie moved in closer, trapping her in the corner of the stall. “They’ll all be good mousers, I bet.”

His tone was friendly, but Ivy’s guts tensed up. She desperately wanted to be away from the stall that had, without warning, become too dark and far too secluded. If she shouted, someone would likely hear her and come, but Charlie had always seemed nice enough. Maybe he did just want to talk about kittens, and she didn’t want him to get in trouble for not being busy at work.

When she made a move toward the door, his tall frame shifted. She jerked back, away from his body, pushing herself tighter into the corner of the stall. He was close enough that his scent of stale cigarette smoke and sweat forced its way into her nostrils and stomach. When he exhaled, his breath smelled of strong coffee. In slow motion, Charlie reached out and touched her hair just over her ear. Heart in her throat, she froze. Charlie Logan had not come to discuss anything good. He smiled at her affectionately as he stroked her hair.


Title: Dark Designs

Author: Stefanie Spangler

Genre: Urban Fantasy
About the Author
Stefanie Spangler has always loved books and reading, and one day, she decided to write a book of her own.

Stefanie lives in central Illinois with her husband and daughters. When she's not reading or writing, she’s usually editing someone else’s book. But she also enjoys gardening, knitting, and forcing others to read her favorite books.
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