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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Beauty Within Book Tour + Giveaway


Beauty Within
by Jae El Foster

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GENRE:   Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Fairy Tales

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BLURB:

An enchanted mask. A harrowing castle. A reclusive dark lord. With the helping hand of the village witch, these three ingredients form a spell that will warm your heart as much as it chills it. Madame Howell makes her second appearance in Jae El Foster’s literary universe in this fairy tale that puts a new twist on an old classic. When a village maiden finds herself in a forbidden castle, she discovers that its sole occupant might be less of a monster than he has been made out to be. However, dark secrets and black magic are afoot, and a ‘happily ever after’ could turn disastrous. Will true love conquer all, or will a dark power make their world come crumbling down?


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EXCERPT:


Hanging his head low, he sighed with a deep sadness, and in a bout of self-anger, he jerked his head up to the ceiling and cried out with an agony and a rage that he had never expressed with such intenseness. His scream ran long, and it echoed loudly throughout every hall and chamber of the castle and even into the blackened air outside. When this scream fell silent, he cried out once again, this time falling down to his knees in bitter self-loathing. His hands fell across his face, touching upon the scars that had sealed his doom. Running his fingers from his face to his hair, he grabbed two fistfuls of the golden locks and pulled hard, adding pain to his already crippling misery.


“Lest he who hath created his hell perish in his hell…” he whispered as the tears began to dry from his eyes. Then, with a leap, he rose to his feet and crossed the foyer to the staircase. With slow, steady movements, he began up the stairs, formulating in his thoughts what his next actions would be. His mind was hazy and in a fog, and thinking made his head only hurt more.


The stairs seemed to continue up for an eternity, but he was used to the climb and he made it to the belfry of his castle with practiced ease. There, he rushed past the old brass bell that had not rang in many, many years, and he forced his hands to brace him as he stopped abruptly at the stone encasing that prevented him from falling to his death below.


With tear-stained cheeks, he stared down at the foggy ground, barely able to see the dirt of the hill. He looked over just slightly and gazed at the village of Foliage, which was completely lost in the night and the thick of the fog surrounding it. The wind still blew with massive force, rocking against his chilled body but never once ringing the bell behind him. Had the bell decided to ring, it would have rocked up against him with enough strength that he would have been pushed from the belfry and down to the ground below, shattering every bone in his body.


This thought chilled him more than the powerful wind, and he held himself in his arms as he tried to find the cottage of the mistress with the mask. Even though he could see none of the buildings contained within Foliage, he knew now the exact location of the fair maiden’s home, and he stared in that direction for the longest of time.


“What I would give,” he whispered, releasing fog with his breath, “just to touch you… to hold you… to share but one dance with you.”


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Interview: 



What inspired you to write this story?
The inspiration for Beauty Within is varied. The book as a whole is dedicated to those that yearn for a happily ever after. I suppose, after years of writing horror and suspense, I wanted to give my readers – and my publisher – something new and different from me… something with a happy ending that didn’t involve bloodshed. I had always been enchanted by the Beauty and the Beast legend, and I wanted to bring my own flare to a similar storyline. So, while you might find Beauty and the Beast influences, Beauty Within is another story entirely. As a matter of fact, the classic fairy tale was only an inspiration for the first several chapters of the novel. The final chapters – well… let’s just say that no matter how sweet and simple I tried to make this book, something else inside of me took over and gave it that traditional Jae El Twist that I am known for, and readers will be thoroughly surprised and enthralled.

What was your favorite part to write?
My favorite part of Beauty Within to write was any scene that involved a bit of magic and the appearance of a character that I personally most enjoy, Madame Howell. Madame Howell first appeared to the public in my short tale ‘To Adventure’ from the anthology Enchanted Fairy Tales, however Beauty Within was in its editing stages at that point and so the Madame’s character had been written long before ‘To Adventure.’ She is a formidable character that allows me to have a lot of fun with her scenes.

What was the hardest part to write?
There is a death scene involving a side-character close to the protagonist. The death scene is pertinent. It places my main character in a situation that she had not expected to be in, and it shows that she has a strength within her that will help lead her along this exciting adventure.

How did you come up with your characters?
As the book holds several side characters that I would love to talk about, I’m going to choose just one to share the story of here. Otherwise, this would go on forever, because I feel like I could write that long about some of them. So, let’s talk about Lord Robert. His character was a mixture of the question ‘what makes a beast’ and of cover model CJ Hollenbach. I’ve known CJ for several years now. He’s a great guy and has a good spirit. Not to mention he’s quite the looker as well. It seemed the obvious choice to use him as the model for the character, both within the book and on the cover.

Do you have anything coming up and can you tell us about it?

I never rest. When one book ends, another one begins – sometimes two… three… I’m blessed to have enough projects in the works right now to keep me busy for quite a while. Out this month is The Greatest Gift of All from DCL Publications. In this winter anthology, I have an entry called ‘Elisabeth’s Holiday Gift.’ It is a sweet Christmas romance that I think will warm the hearts of the readers on these upcoming wintry nights. I am in good company with the anthology, joining DCL alumni Kristi Ahlers and newcomers to the DCL family Roxy Q. Reise and Jennifer Patricia O’Keeffe. I’m super excited about this one! Also coming up is my long awaited adventure romance Fortune and my latest horror offering She Rises at Night. Proudly, I’m also writing with author Adesanya on various projects. We’ve recently completed a science fiction novel called Emotional Withdrawal and are already in the planning stages of the sequel. I promise – this book is epic. Also, while I’m thinking about it, every Sunday night at 9/8 cst, I offer my readers a brand new installment of Free Flash Fiction. To catch up on previous installments and to get a taste of my writing for free, visit www.jaeelbooks.com/free-flash-fiction. Thanks for having me here today!


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AUTHOR Bio:






Jae El Foster is an author with whom you question going to bed with at night, but you dare to venture beneath the sheets with him anyway. As the venture concludes, you are perhaps romanced by it, or perhaps you are frightened by it. Don’t worry, because you are always satisfied by it. Despite the title or genre of the book, Jae El sets out to please you with climatic and unexpected conclusions that will make you tremble with emotion. Hop aboard the Jae El train and give it a good ride.
Author Links:
    Website:    https://www.jaeelbooks.com
    Twitter:    https://twitter.com/jaeelbooks
    Amazon Author’s Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/jaefoster
    Blog 1:        https://www.jaeelbooks.com/blog


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GIVEAWAY:


Jae El Foster will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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15 comments:

  1. Are any of the characters in the book based off of real people? I hope that your book is a success. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. Hi there! Much of Lord Robert is based off of model CJ Hollenbach, who appears on the front cover of the book as well. Madame Howell has some of my traits - although not so much in this book. She also makes an appearance in my story 'To Adventure' in the book Enchanted Fairy Tales. In that story, she is a tarot-reading gypsy, and the tarot reading is a reflection of me. Thanks for the great question!

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    1. Thank you so much. The handsome Golden Lord CJ Hollenbach is my cover model on this.

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  3. Thank you so much for hosting me today! I apologize for checking in late - my day started off late all together! Thanks also to everyone who has been stopping in, and to Goddess Fish Promotions and DCL Publications!

    Please, continue to ask questions! I'm happy to answer.

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  4. Very intriguing cover and the story is so interesting. Nice interview!

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    1. Hi Sue! Thank you so much for stopping by! I appreciate the kindness! I hope you have a great evening :)

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