Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Redheart by Jackie Gamber

Welcome to Author Jackie Gamber
Jackie Gamber is an award-winning freelance editor, as well as award-winning author of the fantasy novel Redheart, available now through Seventh Star Press( and ebook at a special rate of $1.99! A veteran of the USAF, she is now, among other things, a rosarian, a professional BookTaster, and an avid believer in imagination. Visit Jackie and her BookTastings on the world wide web at


If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with
If it was a magical desert island with endless supplies of these things, I’d be all set with Yorkshire Gold tea (does the mug to drink it in count?), steno pads, and an unbreakable writing utensil. I could while away the hours with nary a care.

Night owl, or early bird?
I’m such an early bird it’s embarrassing. It doesn’t seem to matter what time I go to bed; gray dawn peeks through the curtains, and I’m awake with it. I’m really at my best first thing in the morning, and I peak mentally around 1pm. Then I slowly fade, until I’m utterly useless to anyone or anything by about 7pm. I usually manage to shuffle along until normal people go to bed, but if I could choose a bed time, I’d hit the hay around 9 pm. Every night. Then my 4 or 5 a.m. circadian wake-up call wouldn’t seem so inconvenient.

One food you would never eat?
I saw an episode of “Bizarre Food” with Andrew Zimmern on the Travel Channel that featured a poisonous shark that local fisherman hang in a shack for weeks until it rots and ferments, making it edible. Or at least, no longer poisonous. Apparently the fishermen are forced by law to keep the reeking shack well away from populated areas. Now, I’m an open minded sort of person, and I enjoy experiencing cultures and foods, but I have to say I couldn’t bring myself to try that rotten shark if my life depended on it. I don’t even like tuna fish.

Skittles or M&Ms?
M&Ms, most definitely. With peanuts or almonds! I don’t really see the need for any other candy; M&Ms sum up the best of sweet snacks. Whenever I’m stocking up on Halloween candy and I want to make sure I don’t sneak-eat the supplies before October 31st, I buy all kinds of things lacking chocolate. Skittles, DumDums, Smarties, or Twizzlers. Not a temptation for me (although I have to hide them from my hubby).

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Readers should indulge in Redheart because reading is a brain antioxidant, and reading about Riza and Kallon is the spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’ve recently finished a time-travel novel based on two real historical figures; Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, and Adam Worth, the master thief who was the inspiration for Doyle’s Moriarity. I’m also working on book two of the Leland Dragon Series, and I’d like to try my hand at a little steampunk for an upcoming anthology.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
One of my most rewarding experiences related to being published was winning the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley award for Imaginative Fiction. I’ve been a long-time admirer of Mary Shelley, with Frankenstein being one of my all time favorite novels. To have been bestowed an award attached to her name is such an honor.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
I love this question. Ever since the song “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson has been out, it runs around in my head as the perfect song for Riza Diantus – I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly. I’ll do what it takes ‘til I touch the sky.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Never. Give. Up. Even when it hurts. Even when the whole world and all of your insides are screaming at you to let go. Keep writing. Keep learning. Write for reasons only you understand.

What is your favorite Quote?
By Ray Bradbury: “There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.”

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
More than anything, I wanted to be a singer in a band; a Country Western band was a top choice. I almost made it a couple of times, but the timing didn’t work out, and the trail on that dream went cold.

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
You know, the only actress that comes to mind is Queen Latifah. She’s witty and a little sassy and utterly believable. And she carries beauty the way a woman of generous build can do. Hips to sink ships.

How did you know you should become an author?
To be honest, sometimes I still wonder if I’m not playing at trying to be an author; maybe one day I’ll get caught at being a hack, and my secret will be out. But I did make a promise to myself that I would hang on to this dream, because I’ve let so many other aspirations in my life slip away.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Oh, goodness, my favorite authors of all time? I could gush on and on. But I’ll simply mention Mary Shelley, Ray Bradbury, Charles Dickens. Oh, and John Wyndham. And H.G. Wells. If I could hug them all, I would.

Hidden talent?
I haven’t done much singing these days, but I used to be pretty good at it. I can nail a Trisha Yearwood tune on a good day.

Favorite Food?
Pizza, pizza, pizza. Not just the frozen cardboard kind (although I’ll take that over nothing). I love a yeasty crust, dripping with herbed cheese and piles of veggies. Mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, sun-dried tomatoes. Add a glass of red wine, and I’ve just named my last meal, if I ever face execution.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
I believe I would break down and cry if I ever received a signed copy of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” I love that book, treasure it. And I have an enormous collection of the movie versions, from the first 1935 “Scrooge” with Seymour Hicks to the spin-offs like (cringe) “All Dogs Christmas”.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
A plane ticket to Europe. London, Versailles, Glasgow, Rome. One of these days I’ll see them all, plus the green acres in between.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
Mama Mia’s pizza (my favorite place in Memphis), dripping with herbed cheese and veggies. And a glass of red wine. Oh, yeah.

Write a Haiku about your book
Without claws or flame
Or flight, still we all may be
A dragon inside.

Synopsis of Redheart:

Enter the lands of Leland Province, where dragon and human societies have long dwelled side by side. Superstitions rise sharply, as a severe drought strips the land of its bounty, providing fertile ground for the darker ambitions of Fordon Blackclaw, Dragon Council Leader, who seeks to subdue humans or wipe them off the face of the land.

As the shadow of danger creeps across Leland Province, a young dragon
named Kallon Redheart, who has turned his back on dragons and humans
alike, comes into an unexpected friendship. Riza Diantus is a young woman whose dreams can no longer be contained by the narrow confines of her village, and when she finds herself in peril, Kallon is the only one with the power to save her. Yet to do so means he must confront his past, and embrace a future he stopped believing in.

A tale of friendship, courage, and ultimate destiny, Redheart invites readers to a wondrous journey through the Leland Dragon Series.

Giveaway Details:
2 Winners will each receive:
-Redheart Trade Paperback
-set of 4 5X7 glossy print cards featuring illustrations by Matthew Perry
from Redheart
-Redheart Bookmarks
-A Redheart magnet

Open to US & Canada only
Ends 6/14

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