Sunday, 13 October 2013

Inspiring Teens Blog Hop...

Before I introduce my guest author, a list of participating MG/YA authors and terrific bloggers for this week long Blog Hop can be found HERE. Please visit to meet and greet others who inspire teens to read. There’s also a chance to win some great reads, plus you can enter the Rafflecopter to win a $10 Amazon gift card! Cheers, good luck, and most of all have FUN!

Now, without further ado, put your hands together and give a ‘bring down the house’ welcome to YA author Jennifer Loiske! If you’ve never heard of this fantastic and prolific writer in your neck of the woods, here is a little about her…
Jennifer Loiske lives in Finland in Naantali, which is a small sunny town on the southwest coast. She has written six books, which can be found on Amazon worldwide, Barnes & Noble and Waterstones (among tens of other places). She has three different series, Shape Shifter series for YA readers, Immortal Blood series for Mature YA readers and McLean Twins series for Teen/YA readers. Jennifer is a workaholic author who is always writing. If she’s not writing blog posts to her own blog, guest post to other blogs, articles to the magazines or her novels, she can be found in the forest with her two dogs or surprise…reading PNR stories.

Jennifer is very keen on charity work and a big part of her royalties go to the charity. She’s also a part of the team that makes Epilepsy Finland Magazine and international charity alliance Authors For Charity.
On Reading…

Why do you think Teen Read Week is important?
It is a great opportunity to introduce teens to a bunch of new, awesome books in a fun way and show teens that books can be as cool as teen movies.

How do you think we could encourage youngsters to read more?
By taking them to the libraries, participating in their world and staying updated of great new books and movies for teens.

When you were a teenager what books did you like to read and did you have an all-time favourite character?
Oh, I loved Tarzan, The Chronicles of Narnia and comic books.

On Writing…
Were you writing as a teenager? If so, what were you writing and what inspired you? Did a person inspire you to write?

Yes. I was always writing all kind of stories and my teachers were encouraging me by letting me write even on recesses. I enjoyed writing poems but as I wasn’t very good at them I always ended up writing adventurous stories with strong characters.
Do you think today’s teens are in a better position if they want to be a writer than you were all those years ago (hee hee)?

Maybe as there are a lot of ways to get published now. However, one thing hasn’t changed; you have to work really hard to success!
What advice would you give a youngster who enjoys writing?

Just write. Don’t think about publishing or if readers love or hate your work. If you enjoy writing and just let go I guarantee it shows in your text.
On Your Books…

What is your latest book about?
My latest book, Lucas (Immortal Blood Series book 2), is a vampire book for mature young adults.

Are you working on anything new at the moment?
Oh, yeah! I have always several writing projects going on. I just finished the final part of Immortal Blood Series, Blood Master, but my mind is already on the second part of McLean Twins Series. The story is called Demon’s Touch and I’m so, so excited about it! Oh, and if you haven’t read the first part, Black Diamond, you can get it for free between 14th-16th of October!

What do you love about being an author?
Freedom! Every choice is mine (as well as every mistake). Sure, there are deadlines and all kind of marketing projects but at the end of the day it’s really up to me how my schedules are arranged.

On Your Giveaway…
I’m giving away Tales of an Old Wizard which is a short story collection for age 9 and up readers.

Book description:
TALES OF AN OLD WIZARD is a collection of short stories for 9+ readers. All the profits from this book go to charity.

The world has forgotten the real, old magic and no one remembers how to make a fire by snapping their fingers, or how to raise waves with a whisper.
Greum is an old wizard. He used to rule the elements but now he doesn’t bother. The only magic left in his life is that in the stories a young boy delights in tricking out of him. Stories of dragons, warriors and sorcery.

Here are the links to both Black Diamond (which is free 14th-16th of October) and to Tales of an Old Wizard which I’m giving away:
Black Diamond Buy Links:

Tales of an Old Wizard Buy Links:

Learn more about Jennifer Loiske on her WEBSITE and BLOG. Stay connected on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms & Conditions

·         This Blog Hop begins midnight on October 14th and runs until midnight October 19th, 2013. The draw will take place October 20th, 2013.

·         The winners will chosen by Rafflecopter

·         Jennifer Loiske will contact the winner via email and give the winner 72 hours to accept his/her prize. Sharon Ledwith will not be held responsible for any prizes not received.

·         Prize as stated—no alternatives will be offered.


  1. Thank you so much, Sharon and Jennifer our being a part of our blog hop. Good luck!

    1. My pleasure, Greta! I feel very honored for being asked to participate! Hugs and cheers!

  2. Thanks Sharon and Jennifer for joining in the fun. Good luck readers :)

    1. When there's FUN to be had, I'm there, Vickie! Cheers!

  3. Great to learn more about your work and best of luck to you!

  4. Great interview, Sharon! Nice to get to know other authors and the books they have that I can share with friends!

    1. Thanks, Debra! Looking forward to guesting on your virtual home tomorrow! Salute!

  5. That old wizard sounds great fun, and I enjoyed your interview.

    1. Cheers, Sheila! The old guy seems to have a glint in his eye, all right! Maybe he has cast one-too-many spells! LOL!

  6. Great interview, lots of good advice about writing! Wishing you every success :)

    1. Thanks, Maria, it was nice meeting you on this blog hop! Salute!

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