A Dance with Destiny: New Fantasy Series by Jennifer K. Ensley Shares Consequence of Unrecognized Destinies.
In a compelling new series of books, Ensley proves how a single decision can alter everything a person has come to know. Through guardians, angels, witches and demons; readers are invited to enter a world very different to their own.
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Maynardville, TN – While set in a fantasy fiction world, the plotlines of Jennifer K. Ensley’s ‘A Dance with Destiny’ could easily become a reality. Based around missed opportunities and unrecognized destinies, readers will be left pondering their own lives and how they relate.
The series places focus on Jenevier, a young woman who is caring for her dying Aunt Marlise. At the Life Celebration, following the funeral, a cursed mark is placed upon her by a twisted monarch, and her epic journey begins. Leaving her best friend, Jezreel, and the only life she knows, Jenevier makes her way to an unknown people who can show her how to break her curse and gain her freedom. What she learns is that freedom is not free and definitely not cheap.
The series’ first book, ‘Cursed by Diamonds’, is guaranteed to enthrall.
How much of yourself can you sacrifice before you are no longer who you once were? Is it worth it? Is winning worth any price? Is freedom? Every curse has a blessing and every blessing has a curse. When you stand face to face with your destiny, will you be able to tell one from the other? In a world filled with darkness and hate, ignorance and fear, the only answer needed should be love and light, happiness and acceptance. Well, it should be. Good versus evil, daylight over darkness, Angels or demons…the age old epic battle rages through the universe.
One thing always rings true, love triumphs over all. But, what if a pure and loving heart unintentionally caused Angels to fall, demons to rise, and blurred the line between heaven and hell? Jenevier owns such a heart. An innocent, unadulterated purity that is too quick to find good where none exists. Her blind trust and radiant soul could be the answer long sought, or, it could mark the end of us all. An epic journey of love and magic, curses and trials, joys and pain, Cursed by Diamonds is only the beginning. Follow this fragile maiden; thrust upon a fated path wrought with world altering decisions, as she blindly begins A Dance with Destiny. And, this little tune may change all our lives.
As the author explains, Jenevier’s life can serve as an example to all readers.
“Her story demonstrates how a single decision can alter all we know, and how every curse has a blessing and every blessing has a curse,” says Ensley, who has four other books in the works.
She continues, “This tale contains ancient Guardians, Angels, Demons, Elves, Witches, Mermaids, and everything in between. There are many realms to explore and magical people of all races to love and hate. With an open heart and a gentle soul, you will learn that sometimes our flaws are the most beautiful thing about us, and sometimes, the lives we dance through can change both people in unimaginable ways.”
Since its launch, Cursed by Diamonds has garnered a consistent string of rave reviews.
“This book is a fantastic story from beginning to end. The characters and their stories intertwined to keep you wanting more. Jenevier’s pure heart, her journey and transformation all combined to touch all who came in contact with her. What will happen next? Will good triumph over evil? Cursed by Diamonds is a “must read” and I am anxiously waiting for her saga to continue!” says K. Rouse, who reviewed the book on Amazon.
With so much success on her hands, Ensley refuses to lose sight of what’s important.
“I want to create characters and a world that drags readers in, so they can immerse themselves in something they have never experienced before. To add to this, my books are told in their own individual way, each having a unique life of its own. ‘Cursed by Diamonds’ is told in a circular fashion, so that, after many twists and turns, readers surprisingly end up very near where they started,” she concludes.
‘Cursed by Diamonds’, published by CreateSpace, is available from Amazon: http://amzn.to/VEeLCS
About the Author:
JK Ensley is a native Tennessean by way of Missouri, born there and quickly ushered down South. A product of public school and private college, she spent her early twenties bouncing across the country. Fascinated by rich culture, ancient customs, and thick accents, she is compelled to drink in the many exquisite differences humanity is gifted with. A self-described, happily divorced mother of three with a stressful day job and an uber common minivan, she does little to hide her wicked wit, advanced sarcasm, and extreme shoe addiction. “At the core of me, I’m one slightly twisted, pink haired, sword wielding, invisible ninja with a laptop, an imagination, and very little me time. That’s just who I am. I’m comfortable in my skin and I love my life. Totally not kidding about the hair, the swords, or the laptop, I might have stretched it just a little with the invisible part.”
Q. Tell us about your new release?
A. Cursed by Diamonds is a twisting turning thrill ride that keeps your mind busy until the last page. Friendships are tested, love is put on trial, and every decision can have irrecoverable consequences. Jenevier (Ghen-ah-veer), the main character, is hopelessly oblivious to the very real dark parts of our universe. When she is forced to deal with a life altering curse, placed upon her by an extremely handsome yet wickedly twisted man, remaining innocent is no longer an option. Freedom is never free and great sacrifices must be made to procure a heart’s deepest desire. Sometimes, one must become darker than the darkness, if they wish to defeat it. It comes down to…What are you willing to forfeit, to obtain the goal you seek? We have all heard it said…Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. Jenevier learns this lesson all too well.
Q. When did you begin writing?
A. I have been an avid reader since birth, well, since I first learned to read. I was one of those kids that when Mom said, “Go clean your room.” I would end up finding a book under the bed and sitting there for hours thinking “Okay, just one more chapter.” Never did get the room cleaned, at least, that’s Mom’s version. As for writing, it was either a freak accident or divine intervention, not real sure which. In August 2004, I bought a new journal, just a plain empty journal from the local book store. When I opened it, scenes started playing out in my head. Like a sketchy movie. I was looking into a snow globe and, well, the characters in this book just came to life inside it. I watched their lives and became their scribe, I suppose. It started with Jenevier, but very soon, the others simply walked onto “the set”, ya might say. I wrote the first 15 chapters before life just got in the way. In January 2006 we got snowed in for a few days. I picked the journal back up, read what I had written, and the next 6 chapters came to me. Alas, the snow melted. Once again, life grabbed hold of me. Work, marriage, kids, family, baby, and divorce all flowed through the hourglass. When next I raised my head, it was December 2009. Christmas break that year only yielded 3 more chapters. Life, once again, wrapped me in its arms and twirled me around until school let out in July 2010. Nearly six full years since the first word was laid to paper, I picked up my pen, wrote down Chapter 25 at the top of the page, and never looked back. On September 28, 2010 @ 11:29pm, I wrote the last word of the first book. Then, October 13, 2010, the second book started playing in my mind and has blessedly never stopped. Christmas break 2010, I was just messing around on twitter and came across an editor, Toni Rakestraw. We struck up a conversation, I sent her my first draft, she edited it, and I waited a whole year to even look at what she had to say about it. I had never quit writing, I just had not really thought about publishing it. I guess writing this particular series has been my outlet, my therapy, so to speak. Christmas break 2011, I’m not real sure what happened, I just got serious about the publishing aspect. And, here we are Christmas break 2012 the first book is in print, the second is in editing, the third is just hanging around in queue, I’m typing up the forth while writing the fifth. Never have I been so happy. Writing is better than chocolate or wine or new shoes. Well, maybe not shoes, but it ranks right up there!! I accomplished something for myself, no matter what, I am very proud and content with that.
Q. Do you write at a laptop/desktop or do you write freehand?
A. I have tried to write at a laptop, which would make things a whole heck of a lot easier. Alas, the words won’t come. It’s like the story only flows when the ink touches the paper, the words flow out of the pen. I bought one of those popular ‘speak-to-type’ software programs, yeah. It refuses to recognize my accent, no matter how many times I train it. It’s kind of funny, actually. I can read to that thing and then go back to see what it typed, hysterical. I’m thinking…“Do I really sound like that to other people?” Meh, reckon so. A friend of mine is begging me to do my own audio version. Her reasoning? She wants all her friends up north to see if they can understand what I’m saying. That just ain’t even funny. -_-
Q. Do you have a day job?
A. Yes, I am the Nutrition Director for our county’s school system. Basically, this means lots of paperwork and tons of USDA regulations. Not a fairytale land, to be sure. But, I love interacting with the kids and doing my wee bit to keep/make them healthy. It’s a lifestyle decision. But, it’s kind of hard to explain that to a 7 year old. Have you ever gotten through to one? #yeahmeneither
Q. What do you love about writing?
A. Everything. I cannot remember what my life was like before these characters started living in my head. It must have been horribly boring. The stories drive themselves, they make me feel alive. I know the beginning and the end, but I am constantly amazed by the middle part. I won’t even know it’s in my head, then, it just spills out on paper. Sometimes I’m like, “Whoa, where did that come from? Hmm, I like it.”
Q. Who is your favorite character in your new release?
A. Aye, that would be Vittorio. I love his accent, well, how he sounds in my head. It’s sort of Scottish and amazingly playful. He is the most caring character in the whole series. Always conscious of others, always giving til it hurts, never selfish with his heart. Oh, and super sexy don’t hurt either. What sane woman doesn’t love a man in a kilt? As for that, who am I to judge sanity? Okay, I just made myself laugh. Perhaps this is why my kids won’t hang out with me in public…hmm.
Q. Where do you get your inspiration?
A. I’m not sure, honestly. It doesn’t come from just one place, it’s everything, everywhere. I have read so many books in my lifetime, seen so many movies, talked to so many people; they inspire me, always. I, as with all people, am a plethora of my past. Who we are (whether you realize it or not) are unique creatures, coherent beings, formed distinctively by all the things that touch us. Every book I’ve read, every movie I’ve seen, every ancient story I have listened to, each one touched me. Some of them grabbed me by my soul, others only brushed up against my sleeve. But all of them, combined, are a very real part of me. So, basically, life has inspired me and continues to do so. The many authors, directors, actors, characters, friends, family members, and every-day people who have strolled through my life, in one form or another, have molded me into the me I am, the only me I know how to be. Is just being normal an inspiration? I don’t know, perhaps it depends on what you label as normal.
Q. Which genres do you prefer to read?
A. I love to read anything that is fantastical. Reality? I live with that every day. When I read, I want to be swept off to a magical world filled with exquisite people and marvelous places. I want to spend a few hours living in a delightful realm that couldn’t possibly exist, but wishing every second that it did. Cassandra Clare makes that happen for me, as does P.C. Cast, Tolkien, Martin, King, James Reese, Charlaine Harris, Lovecraft, Clive Barker, “Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.” (quote from Yul Brynner, The King and I…loved that movie). Oh, and Cornelia Funke. Wow, reading her stuff? It’s like I was there, right there in her world. I never wanted it to end. Then, there are amazing people like Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle). I would love to crawl inside that man’s mind and just sit back and watch the show. Wait…perhaps this all should have been under the inspiration question. See? Thousands of things influence me. I can’t pick just one. They have all become an effortless part of my normal.
Q. How important do you find the communication between you and your readers? Do you reply to their messages or read their reviews?
A. I love nothing more than sitting around talking about the many layers of my universe. When you can talk to someone who understands what you’re saying (because they’ve read the book) it makes it all the more real. I always try my best to respond to and acknowledge each question. I hate to finish a book and walk away going…”Wait a minute, why did this happen, or, what happen because of that, or, they never answered the question about…” I don’t want anyone to feel like I left them, or one of my characters, hanging.
Q. Morning person or night owl?
A. Total night owl. My juices start flowing right before dinner time and run straight through til dawn. Which is not very conducive to having a day job, but, it is what it is. I just drink lots of coffee and tea.
Q. How many more books can we expect in this series?
A. Well, at least five. I just finished the fourth one and the first three chapters of the fifth one spilled right on out with it. Also, I want to do a pronunciation guide type thingy. I hate when one person says, for instance (Jaqen H’ghar, Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin) Jake-in Huh-Gal, and another one pronounces it Jack-n Hag-ul. Does that make any sense? That’s one of those fingernails-on-the-chalkboard kind of things for me. But hey, I’m weird like that. Actually, this interview has inspired me. I’m heading on over to my website right now and adding a ‘work-in-progress’ type pronunciation page. No…I don’t suffer from any type of attention prob…oh, rabbit…no, squirrel…ermahgerd…
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