Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Quick Q and A with Jim Bernheimer + Contest!

Today, I have not only an interview with the lovely Jim Bernheimer, author of  Destiny Book One: Rider and Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman, for you all but a contest for 1 copy of Spirals of Destiny Book One: Rider and 1 copy of Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman as well.


In your opinion, what are the top three reasons why teens or even adults should consider picking up your newest release Rider: Spirals of Destiny?
Three reasons - 1) It is an entertaining story. 2) I think teenagers and adults will identify with the characters. 3) Did I mention that it's an entertaining story.

Majherri and Kayleigh Reese are the main characters of Rider: Spirals of Destiny so can you tells us a little about them. Also, if you could offer each any type of advice what would you say?
Majherri is the only unicorn to survive the loss of his first rider. His portion of the story is the broken hero, trying to reclaim what he has lost. Kayleigh has lived all her life assisting her mother and traveling from town to town. She's three years older than the other recruits and her story is the fish out of water and the outsider.

What was your favorite part of writing Rider: Spirals of Destiny?
My favorite part was finishing the first book. There's nothing like sending the final corrections back to the publisher and knowing that it's on the way to the printers.

Do you have a favorite line or scene from Rider: Spirals of Destiny? If so, would you mind sharing or telling us about it?
My absolute favorite part is the ending. Naturally, I can' give that away, but I also liked writing about the developing bond between Kayleigh and Majherri. The odd numbered chapters are from the unicorn's point of view and the even ones are from the rider's. This helps to give the readers different perspectives insight.

If Rider: Spirals of Destiny had a theme song what would it be?
Haven't really given much of thought to theme songs. I guess that Miley Cyrus song, The Climb would be a suitable theme for what the characters experience during the story.

Is there a specific message you hope readers take from Rider: Spirals of Destiny?
The message from the story would be to be true to yourself and follow your dreams.

Out of all three books you have written, do you have a favorite among them?
I don't really have a favorite out of my two novels and short story collection at the moment. All of them are milestones on my writing journey.

If you could live in any book for one what book would you choose? Why?
I'd have to pick the superhero universe from my novella Confessions of a D-List Supervillain that is in Horror, Humor, and Heroes. The Spirals universe would be tempting, just to see magic, but I like the modern lifestyle too much.

Name three random things most people don’t know about you.
Three random things no one knows about me. 1) I'm very easy going and have no problems corresponding with my readers. 2) I'm not an especially fast writer, so I have to make up for it by spending a good deal of time doing it. 3) I've used speech to text software to "speed things up," but I can't do it while anyone is in the house because I feel self-conscious.

What’s up next for you book-wise?
Next up? I'm halfway done with the sequel to my urban fantasy Dead Eye 2: The Skinwalker Conspiracies. I'm hoping to have it to my publisher by the end of August and maybe a Halloween release date.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thanks for the interview.


Thanks, Jim!

Now, time for the contest.

Jim has offered up 1 copy of Spirals of Destiny Book One: Rider and 1 copy of Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman.

Here's the summary for each in cause you don't know what they are about:

Spirals of Destiny Book One: Rider

Forget everything you thought you knew about unicorns and maidens... A unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of its rider, but Majherri did. Now he is a pariah, mistrusted by the Greater Herd. To reclaim his lost honor and status, he will entrust the remnants of his life to a new human female while unraveling the mystery of his continued existence. Kayleigh Reese is not Battle Maiden material. She's three years older than any other recruit and has enjoyed a peaceful, nomadic life working with her artist mother. The rigors of joining the High-King's elite unicorn cavalry are clearly not for her. Now, with a bond to Majherri, she must overcome her mother's disapproval, the ire of her commanding officer and fellow trainees, and, most importantly, the secrets of her unicorn's past if she is to become a legendary warrior. To prevail, they must quickly come together as a team and unlock the powerful and dangerous magic inside them.

Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit.

To enter, please fill out the following form. There will be TWO winners toatal ONE for Spirals of Destiny Book One: Rider and ONE for Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman.

Also, as with any contest, there are rules:

~ Must be 13 or older to enter.
~ Open to participants with a United States mailing address only. (international readers can enter if they have a friend in the States who can accept their prizes by mail)
~ Don't comment below to enter or you will not be entered!
~ This contest will close on July 27 with the winner being announced July 28 or 29.


  1. Both books sounds really good, especially Dead Eye.
    I loved the auhtors response to tope threee reasons teens and adults should read his book. ^_^

  2. Nice interview! I love what he says is the message from the story, because that's definitely a worthwhile message :)

    Ah, speech to text...that would get a bit awkward if someone was around ;)

  3. Thanks for the interview with Jim and the contest. I had never heard of this author or his books before, but now I really want to read Dead Eye Pennies for the Ferryman.


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