Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Legend of the Oceina Dragon by J. F. Jenkins

Welcome to Author J.F. Jenkins


J.F. Jenkins lives in Minneapolis Minnesota with her husband, son, and two cats. She graduated from Bethel University in 2006 with a degree in Media Communication with minors in both writing and film. When she is not busy writing, she spends her free time playing games, reading, and spending time with her family.


Legend of the Oceina Dragon:

Darien Oceina is the youngest son of the Great Dragon Lord of the Water. For years he’s loved and cherished Tai Dawson from afar. Tai is a simple, ordinary girl who doesn’t even know Darien exists. On his eighteenth birthday, he chooses her as his wife. But there’s one problem: She thinks his choice means she’s going to be offered as a sacrifice to the Dragon Lord, but instead, she’s forced to move to his home, far away, to give up her life and be his bride.

When she first sees Darien after the ceremony, she doesn’t expect to feel anything but hatred toward him. The two are struggling with the complications of a new marriage when their nation is attacked by a rival dragon species. Together they learn to love one another while they struggle to stay one step ahead in a game where the prize is their survival.


What is one book everyone should read?
Here There Be Dragons by James A. Owen, and not because of my dragon obsession, but because it is so well written and creative!

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Sweet Cream with Butterfingers from Coldstone.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Hashbrowns with cheese. I could live off of those.

Night owl, or early bird?
Neither, I’m definitely a middle of the day kind of person. It’s when my brain is the most active and productive.

Skittles or M&Ms?
M&M’s all the way.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because it isn’t like anything else you’ve read.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’ve got two other YA series that I’m working on, as well as the rest of the Dragon’s Saga. Naturally I’m busy busy!

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Feeling like I’m impacting the lives of other people. I’ve gotten so many wonderful and surprising comments about my work and how much it means to others.

What is your dream cast for your book?
Landon Liborion would play my lead male and the lead female would be Lucy Hale.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Not a song, but anything done by the wonderfully talented Gavin Mikhail, particularly his song “Catch Your Fall”. Here’s a youtube link!

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Keep writing no matter what. It’s a craft that improves over time and there’s lots to learn. Definitely frustrating, but the pay off is awesome. Don’t stop loving what you do.

How did you know you should become an author?
I just can’t stop doing it!

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Stephen King and D. J. Machale.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
The one where this boy could make people combust just by talking.

How do you react to a bad review?
One review I laughed at because it was just that stupid, and there was one that hit close to home that made me cry a little. Over all though, I take out the things that are worthwhile and apply them, and ignore the things that aren’t.

What do you do in your free time?
Play a lot of video games. A LOT of them. My Playstation is like a part of me. I especially love RPGs like Final Fantasy.

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
Wake up. Groan. See how long I can stay in bed until the toddler starts whining to get out of his crib. Necessary getting ready things (bathroom, change clothes, etc.). Necessary getting the baby ready things (diaper change, change clothes, etc.). Get breakfast for us both. Feed the cats. Catch up on emails/twitter feeds. Start writing. Cuddle/tickle break with the baby. Continue writing. More cuddling and tickling and maybe a dance party. More writing. Lunch. More writing. Family naptime. Wake up. Groan again. Watch cartoons and cuddle. Make dinner. Write some more. Catch up with the hubby. Write. Play games/read while the hubby sleeps. Go to bed.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Pop music and teen heartthrobs.

Giveaway Details:
1 pdf copy of Legend of the Oceina Dragon
Open Internationally
Ends 7/12

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