John A. Heldt ~ About the Author

Posted June 11, 2017 by karenbaron in Review / 0 Comments

Just like last year of my blog I am doing an “About the Author” post again. I only have one this year but that’s okay. The author this year goes by the name of John A. Heldt and he’s a pretty good author. I have read two of his books and both of the books from two different series that he has done. Mr. Heldt’s books about time travel and the different points in history that he goes to in them are really great. If you would like to check out my reviews: The Mine and Indiana Belle.

Below are his answers to my questions: 

  1. What is your favorite character that you have created?

I have many favorites. But when it comes to THE favorite, all roads lead to Joel Smith. He is the protagonist of The Mine, my debut novel, and a character in all five Northwest Passage books. Sadie Hawkins of The Fire, Candice Bell of Indiana Belle, and Piper McIntire of Class of ’59 are also in the mix.

  1. Have you created a character that is like you?

No. But I have created characters that are similar in some ways. Joel Smith, Cameron Coelho of Indiana Belle, and David Baker of Hannah’s Moon, for example, share my love of history. And Candice Bell, Virginia Gillette Jorgenson (The Mirror), and Chuck Townsend (September Sky) are newspaper reporters, as I was for many years.

  1. Where was the best place that you have lived?

I have called more than a dozen cities home, so this is a tough question. But if had to pick one, I would choose Helena, Montana, where I lived for 14 years and raised my children. Eugene, Oregon, and Port Angeles, Washington, would also make my short list.

  1. What is your favorite pet?

I prefer dogs to cats and other pets by a country mile.

  1. If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

I would probably work in a library, a museum, or an archive. I worked as a reference librarian for fifteen years and will likely do something similar in the future. I favor jobs and pastimes that give me the opportunity to learn.

  1. What is your favorite book series to write so far?

I don’t have a favorite series, but I do have a series I most enjoyed writing. Unlike the Northwest Passage series, which was cobbled together, I planned the American Journey series well in advance and made the most of the opportunity to weave its stories together. I hope to do the same in my third series.

  1. Who is your favorite author?

Vince Flynn has been my favorite author for years. Since his untimely passing, I have read more from Daniel Silva, Nelson DeMille, and Ken Follett.

  1. What do you like to do when not writing?

I like to walk. I walk five to seven miles a day to stay in shape and clear my head. I have come up with some of my best story ideas and plot twists on long walks.

  1. What would be your dream vacation?

Two come to mind. The first would be leisurely train train trip through continental Europe. The second would be a month-long cruise of the South Pacific.

  1. Where do you do your writing?

I do most of my writing from a rocking chair in my bedroom, though I occasional write and edit in my dining room and a spare bedroom. In short, I write wherever I can find the most peace and quiet.

Here’s a link to his giveaway so that you can all see it again. John A. Heldt’s giveaway #1.

Website: http://baronessbooktrove.com/indiana-belle-john-heldt/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnheldt

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5754231.John_A_Heldt

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Shadowhunters 2.10

Posted June 10, 2017 by karenbaron in Adventure, Angels, Book to Series, Demons, Fairies, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Review, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Shadowhunters

Season 2 Episode 10

By the Light of Dawn (March 6, 2017)

Plot Summary

The New York Institute is attacked as Valentine’s plan for the Soul Sword grows close to fruition; the Shadowhunters race to save their loved ones and the rest of the Downworld; some of the Downworlders target Clary in their plan to stop Valentine.

My take on this episode:                      This episode is pretty good and a lot has happened in this one.

Valentine has been using the little warlock and has decided to attack the institute once most of the shadowhunters are gone to find Valentine and the little warlock got most of the shadowhunters but saved Alec because he was nice to her when they first met when he went there with Clary to bring her mom back from the dead.

Jace and Luke both try to get Clary to see that going after Valentine who has Simon isn’t a good thing and they get it through her first until later on when Valentine hurt’s Simon than Clary isn’t very happy. Jace, Clary, Luke, and Magnus get a plan thought up and goes off to the institute to try and save Simon and try not to get Clary caught and have her touch the sword. Luke with his pack and Raphael with the vampires are out front waiting for the right time to go in and help the shadowhunters defeat Valentine.

Things go as planned and Jace learns a lot more about himself in this episode toward the end. Simon is able to do something that he has never been able to do.

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Shadowhunters 2.9

Posted June 10, 2017 by karenbaron in Adventure, Angels, Book to Series, Demons, Fairies, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Review, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Shadowhunters

Season 2 Episode 9

Bound by Blood

Plot Summary

When Iris activates her blood oath, Clary has more to worry about than hiding from Valentine and the Downworlders; Isabelle and Raphael get closer; Alec tries to figure out what’s happening with his sister.

My take on this episode:                      This episode is a day after, I believe, of the last episode and there is some recap but not by much.

Clary and Simon were getting a little steamy in his canoe near the Jade Wolf’s restaurant when Jace interrupted them because Clary and him were needed at the Institute. It was around that time that Clary’s hand started to turn black and the four of them went to get help from Magnus. He can’t do anything about it only Clary can before the blood oath reaches her heart.

Clary is also dealing with a super protective older brother Jace who doesn’t want her to die and a protective boyfriend that also doesn’t want her to die but also doesn’t want to have to kill her either just so she can’t be used by Valentine or be killed by any other Downworlder.

Isabelle has been hanging out at Raphael’s place to get her vampire venom without having to travel far to get it. Magnus finds out with where Isabelle is at a Downworlder meeting between Raphael, himself, Luke, and the Seelie’s. With where the Seelie told Raphael’s secret because he could smell Izzy’s scent on Raphael. Magnus then tells Alec who goes to try and get Isabelle back. She isn’t happy about that and tells him off.

Clary ends up spending time with Simon as the blood oath is getting stronger while Jace is trying to find Iris’s goddaughter. Jace finds her and takes her back to Clary. Once Clary is with the little warlock everything seems to be good but then apparently Valentine has corrupted the little girl and the two of them went off to be with Valentine.

Clary ends up getting saved by Simon, Jace, and Luke.

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Shadowhunters 2.8

Posted June 10, 2017 by karenbaron in Adventure, Angels, Book to Series, Demons, Fairies, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Review, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Shadowhunters

Season 2 Episode 8

Love Is a Devil (February 20, 2017)

Plot Summary

Tasked with arranging his brother Max’s Rune Ceremony, Alec grabs the opportunity for his family to get to know Magnus; with tensions flying, Max’s big event quickly becomes an evening where they all must face their biggest fears.

My take on this episode:                      Izzy is still dealing with being addicted to vampire venom and isn’t really shown all that much in this episode at all. Izzy was of course pestering Alec like any normal sister would do when Max comes running up to them and tells them about him completing all his stuff to be able to have his rune ceremony. Izzy isn’t happy with their mom and leaves.

Alec tells Magnus about his idea of letting him throw a party for Max on this special occasion of getting runes. Magnus is worried that it won’t be a good idea with how his mom doesn’t like the idea of Magnus and Alec dating. Alec is still able to convince him and he throws a good party.

Clary and Simon are together in this episode and I’m still not sure on what to think about that. I mean I like Clary and Simon together as friends and not boyfriend and girlfriend.

Once basically everyone is there at the party the first one to be affected by seeing their biggest fears is Clary with seeing Simon flirting with Maia who is there as a bartender. Then after that it all goes downhill as each one is affected that is at the party besides Izzy, Magnus, their mom, and Max.

Magnus wasn’t happy about having an intruder in his penthouse and sends Iris to Idris to deal with the Clave about what she’s been doing for Valentine in this episode.

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Shadowhunters 2.7

Posted June 10, 2017 by karenbaron in Adventure, Angels, Book to Series, Demons, Fairies, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Review, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Shadowhunters

Season 2 Episode 7

How Are Thou Fallen (February 13, 2017)

Plot Summary

Clary and Luke find themselves at odd over Cleo, who claims innocence about the recent attack; Simon gets dating advice from a surprising source as Isabelle takes a dangerous path.

My take on this episode:                      We had a short recap for the beginning of this one episode. Luke is at a dismay about his sister leaving the Iron Sisters after hearing from Clary that she was there and about the attack. Clary is letting Cleo think that she is on her side of this about going to fight Valentine until she and Luke get into the kitchen and Luke is about to tell her that it’s a trap when she tells him that she knows that and that they can trick Cleo and get the sword back.

During all of this episode, at times, Clary would be hearing a screaming noise and not know where it was coming from. Let alone with why she was the only one to hear it.

Isabelle is addicted to the painkiller that Aldertree has been giving her and needs more of it. And id going to extreme measures to get it. Including going straight to the source to be getting it.

Alec and Magnus go to the next step in their relationship. Despite Jace annoying them both to no end at the beginning of the episode.

Simon at first gets dating advice from Jace and it doesn’t work for him since he isn’t good at being like Jace. He then gets dating advice from Maia and is okay with that. Even if he doesn’t really know with how Clary feels about him and even if Maia gives him advice that she wishes he never took.

Jace and Clary free an angel being held captive by Valentine and see something strange in a vision while Luke loses Valentine and his sister.

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