Series: The Island Novellas 3
English \ eBook, 182 pages
Debut: June 1, 2014
Read: May 4-17, 2015
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Jen Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English and Dutch at a secondary school in The Hague, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!). She is a published author in her own country, and translates her own books from Dutch into English for self-publication.
In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack.
>> I have always been drawn to writing. My first book was a sci-fi novel at the age of eight, which I painstakingly typed out on my dad’s typewriter and illustrated myself. Nowadays, I stick to poetry, paranormal romance, chicklit and/or fantasy. In my home country, I am the first-ever published writer of paranormal romance, and I will gradually make my books also available in English (seeing I have to re-write and translate the books myself, this will take some time!). <<
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Format: eBook ARC
Debut: June 1, 2013
Read: November 11-12, 2013
“I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look.Our world is small. We are on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us, as taught to us by our forefathers.
If I were to walk westward from here, I would come across a barrier – the Wall. Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that’s what everyone says.
I have never seen one.”
Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason – they believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true?
Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool?
I used to be torn between writing songs and writing stories whenever I wanted to express myself. But while writing my first book, it suddenly dawned on me – I could have both at the same time. I could write a soundtrack for my own book!
In my paranormal romance Shadow of Time, Hannah and Josh (the main characters) each sing a song for the other. I had piano lessons for nine years, but the very first song I ever wrote was written on guitar. I taught myself how to play the guitar, because I thought it was way cooler – and more practical – to be able to play that instrument while sitting around the campfire with some friends.
The two songs on my "book soundtrack" are also both played on guitar, because the story of Shadow of Time has a definite "campfire" feel to it 🙂 One of those songs (Hannah’s song) is based on a poem I wrote a few years ago, and the other (Josh’s Song) is based on the widely-known Navajo prayer In Beauty May I Walk. Those two songs being in the book added an extra dimension to the love story I am telling about Hannah and Josh. While writing the book, I listened to many more songs (not my own) that somehow reminded me of the people in the book, the situations they find themselves in, or the places where the book is set. I suspect that deep down, I would really like to shoot a movie of it someday.
Shadow of Time is mostly set on the Navajo reservation and has a blend of folklore, paranormal romance, spirituality, history and music I myself have never encountered before in the genre. I truly feel I am bringing something new onto the scene. In my home country, this is especially true since I am the first-ever traditionally-published Dutch author in the paranormal romance genre. But even across the border, I believe Shadow of Time is original for being a paranormal romance book with a refreshing new angle.
In my next book, The Boy from the Woods, the main character (Julia) is Austrian and she plays the piano, so the songs in that book are mostly instrumental pieces played on the piano. There is one song with lyrics played on guitar, though – and it is sung in German!
Format: eBook ARC
Pages: ca. 400
Debut: December 14, 2012
All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship.
But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?
Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.