Is Summoned your first novel?

No, but yes. But no. I’ve completed four other manuscripts before Summoned, but they are all part of another series which is not quite ready to be plopped onto Amazon. My friend, author Natasha Larry, and I decided to take a break from our usual made up worlds and each try something else. Sixteen days later, I had written the draft of Summoned. A couple of months later, I signed with my lovely agent, Rossano Trentin.

Do you intend to write any more novels?

Yep. While Summoned was written as a standalone novel (no cliffhanger), there are likely to be a few more adventures with Dimitri. He’s way too much fun to write. Plus there’s that other series in progress, and a few other outlines floating around in my brainspace.

Why did you decide to write about genies?

I didn’t decide to write about genies. I decided to write about Dimitri and, as it turns out, he’s a genie. He doesn’t live in a lamp or use magic, but you wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of a wish he has to fulfill.

Why did you write about a male character?

The primary protagonist of the other series is also male, so even though Dimitri is nothing like him, it wasn’t something I had to give any real thought. Despite the fact “kick ass females” are a big thing right now, I think you just kind of know if your character is going to be male or female.

What was the most difficult part of writing Summoned?

I was working a day job and then turning around and pulling another eight hours writing. I did this nearly every night for sixteen days. So, basically, the hardest part of writing Summoned was recovering from the caffeine addiction.


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Rainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the mean time, she blogs at and writes paranormal novels from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona. When not plotting world domination, she enjoys getting lost around the globe, studying music so she can sing along with symphonic metal bands, and becoming distracted by Twitter @rainyofthedark. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.

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I dislike having to murder someone. Kidnapping is worse. At least when I setup a kill, I know what’s coming. No connections, no honesty, no surprises. Everything I say and do are just steps to luring in my victim. Once the victim falls right into the trap, the next move is swift: crushed windpipe, fatal concussion, or a good ol’ fashioned headshot.

Kidnapping, on the other hand, is a little trickier. First, the victim has an opportunity to respond. I don’t like this. Sometimes they cry. Sometimes they manage to alert the authorities. And sometimes they escape, usually by inflicting bodily harm on me.

Dead people don’t retaliate.

The second major difference between killing and kidnapping is my conscience. I get in and out with a kill. We have no chance to bond.

Abductees require a little more one-on-one. As much as I try to keep the switch turned off, I can’t help but listen to their pleas and demands. And I usually realize I’m a jerk.

That’s exactly where I find myself one late afternoon in June. I prefer doing this at night, but moreover, I would prefer not doing this at all.

Instead, I have a belligerent nine year old girl sitting in the passenger seat of my Honda Accord, shackles on her wrists and ankles and a small stuffed bunny on her lap. She’s eying me in a way that makes me self-conscious. Like I’m the bad guy.

Probably because I am the bad guy.


Twenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told—literally. Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker.

Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well. When he meets Syd—assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd—he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can’t tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn’t the type to tolerate secrets.

Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl’s ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming—the wish that will destroy him.

Summoned is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.

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Rainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the mean time, she blogs at and writes paranormal novels from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona. When not plotting world domination, she enjoys getting lost around the globe, studying music so she can sing along with symphonic metal bands, and becoming distracted by Twitter @rainyofthedark. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.

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Book Vloggin’ with Jan: Women of Science Fiction

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“Good science fiction holds a mirror up to humanity and speculates on our evolution. Good science fiction, like good fiction, reveals who we are and who we can become.” Each month, Jan, one of our intrepid booksellers, picks a different topic and tells us about her must-read books in…

Writing Prompt – Science

Sometimes you story calls for something in the Science field and you have to know how to write about it.

Check out these words and see if you can put them into paragraphs.

1. Biologist

2. Geologist

3. Anthropologist

4. Astronomer

5. Botanist

6. Entomologist

7. Semanticist

Happy Writing.

Jenn Andrew
Freelance Writer & Book Reviewer

Word Prompt – Doctors You Know

When you’re sick, you go to a doctor.  Do you know the names of other doctors you may or may not have the chance to visit?

1.  Gynecologist

2.  Obstetrician

3.  Dermatologist

4.  Orthopedist

5.  Neurologist

6.  Ophthalmologist

Use these professions in a paragraph and see what you come up with.

Happy writing!

Jenn Andrew
Freelance Writer & Book Reviewer

Writing About Events

On Friday, March 7, 8 and 9, the Toronto Comicon,, was in town at the Metro Convention Centre. I attended the con on Saturday and had a great time. I tweeted about it and I hoped that many people in the city had the opportunity to attend on one of those days.

Write about an event you attended such as a convention or a writing workshop event that you enjoyed. Write about your anticipation, how you felt about being at the event, what you learned from it and how it affected you in some way.

It’s those joys in life that make it all worth it.

Happy Writing!

Jenn Andrew
Freelance Writer & Book Reviewer

Guest Post by Ashna Chand on Whimnotes

Entertainment Bug

Is video game a refreshment or an addiction for you?

One may start playing video games for pleasure and impetus, but it might turn into hindrance for one’s own regular work. You never know when your tenminutes’ time for playing turns into sixty minutes. Most of the time, you click on your favourite app of game thinking to refresh yourself. But, do you actually switch it off after having played a game once or twice?

The popularity of video games is increasing day by day. Games are fun not only for children, but all age groups. Once you start enjoying them, this animated world takes you deep inside it. They certainly have their own benefits and drawbacks; it’s up to you to choose it as a refreshment or an addiction.

Recent research shows that 45% of gamers are female whereas, 55% is male. It isn’t surprising; females have always been multitalented. Women are smart; they know very well to schedule their time accurately. However, the fad of these games effects us badly and we are distracted from our most valued work. Being a woman, I would like to share my experience here. My friend told me about a new interesting game and I had never been so crazy for any video game before.

When I played this new game, I was swayed by it. I played it excessively; every time I played it I was curious to play more. Unknowingly and unwillingly it became my addiction. This gave stress instead of fun to my mind and body. Finally it made me think; I will not let this be a glitch for my writing and drawing passions. Creativity is more important than being lost in any creation. Also, playing a game for a while and learning focus and its techniques is more beneficial than playing for long hours blindly and obsessively.

In present times of advanced technology, every tough job is made easier. With all the facilities and comforts around us, there are equal amount of distractions. These can mislead us from our dream path. One needs to keep a watch on oneself, to avoid diversions and focus on one’s goal. Are you relating this to yourself? Yes! Everyone ought to relate. There is no exceptional sector today, machinery and automation is in every corner of the world.

Some of the many favorable effects of video games are: Games enhances creativity, they force each player to play with their innovative ideas. It means all individuals, whether or not in a creative profession, get a chance of creation. They are beneficial for vision and improve hand-eye coordination. Dr. Daphen Maurer of the visual development lab of Ontario’s McMaster University made a surprising discovery: People suffering from ´cataracts´ can improve their vision by playing first person shooter games like Medal of honor and Call of duty, as they require an extreme amount of attention, training the visually impaired to view things more sharply. Games also give relief from mental and emotional issues such as stress, depression and pain.

The study on video games by psychologists and government agencies reflects various harmful issues. Like addiction, aggression, violence, social development, etc, societal ills are promoted by this charming gaming world. They might negatively affect one’s physical health. The constant use of thumb, wrist and eyes can lead to problems such as eye strain, RSI, etc.

As said, you have to take the good with the bad. The games are good, inspiring our creativity, focus, intelligence, management, etc of which they make the best examples. But, they can also create the worst impact in our lives, if we take them as addiction. It depends in the manner you take it; so, be a chooser. No addiction has a right to ruin our happy life, kick them off if they do so. Life is also a game. Enjoy!

Guest Post by Ashna Chand:

She is a passionate writer.  She loves to pray, dance, draw, read and write. Creativeness makes her go berserk, nature mesmerises her.  Through her blogs, she wants to take her readers to a wistful world, make them laugh, acquaint them with various incredulities and, last but not least, give them inspiration by sharing all her good or bad experiences of life.

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