Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Congratulations... You the the Winner!

Congratulations to 1) Allen and 2) Lynda Dickson at Books Direct for winning copies of The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest. A Big thanks to Rebecca Sweeney Graf of of A Book Lover’s Library for hosting this giveaway.

PS: Gift cards have been emailed to all of our WINNERS. Thanks for participating.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Another rave review just came in ~

Another rave review from "Andrii".
Thanks for your review.. It warms my heart that your family loved the book. I am tickled by my wife and daughter's response to JEWEL.

When I woke up this morning...~ In the throes of varied reviews....

                 In the Throes of Reviews for The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell:Hydra's Nest


When I woke up this morning, I read two reviews on The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's. A reader rated it 2.5 /5 (the very first I have had thus far) while a second reader rated it 5/5.

The interesting thing is to see how different both readers' reactions is to my main character: JEWEL CARDWELL is. While a reader who rated it 2.5/5 did not take a liking to JEWEL because of her behavior etc, the other loved JEWEL exactly for who she was in that book.http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16054376-the-adventures-of-jewel-cardwell

The truth be told... JEWEL CARDWELL, the main character was written to elicit different reactions in readers. As an author, I expected these reactions.... some will fall in love with her while few will just well... just be annoyed.... MY WORK IS DONE. --)

Both readers intrigued me in that at the end of the ratings, they both agreed that THE BOOK: The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's was worth the read. More importantly, they expressed their interest in wanting to read the next in the series: THE SORCERER'S DAUGHTER which is soon to be released.

As writers, it is essential that we take the good and the bad; learn from them so we can grow in insurmountable ways.

As we move through the thanksgiving holidays this week; I am so grateful for my readers and fellow authors for inspiring more to be the best I can be as a writer. I cherish both the great reviews and the "ones which challenges me to be great"

Having said all these, please take a look at another great review of THE ADVENTURES OF JEWEL CARDWELL and keep the reviews coming.....


5.0 out of 5 stars A Jewel on Your YA Fiction Shelf, November 22, 2012
This review is from: The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest-AUTHOR'S VERY LIMITED EDITION (Grimmlyn Series) (Kindle Edition)
I haven't had a chance to read some good old YA fiction in quite a while, let alone YA fiction of this particular variety. The cover art was intriguing (and entrancing!) and the synopsis really piqued my interest. South Africa isn't a common setting for young adult fiction, as it's a territory many are afraid to tread in with a younger audience - the climate is not currently what westerns would consider "stable", and much of every day life is a little too "advanced" for the normal YA reader. The author here, however, has done a remarkably beautiful job of blending reality with fantasy, all while drawing the reader into a dark but wonderful story.

I do want to remark on the really exquisite use of language. Right from the first page, you can tell that each sentence is crafted with care. As a writer, I can see evidence of edit after edit to get the perfect word or punctuation, and it really shows in the even flow and ebb. Kudos to the author for putting such dedicated work into this piece - we readers appreciate the gesture!

Another bit I really enjoyed was that we always got just enough info. The intro to the book itself, the Prologue, was maybe a paragraph or two at most... but it was intriguing enough, exciting enough, to keep me reading eagerly. Even more interesting was that we went from explosions and gun fire in the prologue, to school and the suburbs. Immediately I asked myself, "How did this become that?" A great idea from the writer to keep people interested, it worked really effectively.

Jewel is a character and a half - I loved her evaluations of herself, from a time long after she starts the story. She seems to look at herself with a weathered eye - a nice approach, and it works well with the storyline and the character. Her brash and bold self headed for prep school couldn't know what's to come, but the older, weathered Jewel knows... and seems to tell the story with some "patting-on-the-head" of her younger, less experienced self. She doesn't do it blatantly - very subtly, actually, and it was a great trait in the writing.

Overall, I'm really pleased with this book. Once in a while, books from the YA fiction section will really surprise me and steal my heart. This happened with a book called Terry and the Pirates some years ago, and this book has followed suite. It'll be one of those books I mention when I say, "Yes, doesn't matter what age you are... it's still worthwhile to read some young adult books. Especially the fiction!"


Featured on Melissa Stevens' Blog ~ Happy Holidays!

Hello Everyone, 

For those who reside in the US, I trust you are enjoying your thanksgiving break. Just wanted to share this with you all. I got featured here today. 

Thanks to Melissa and Bewitching Tours : http://melissastevens.us/2012/11/23/guest-author-fumi-hancock/

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Titillating Holiday Treat from ~ South Africa!

Care for a Holiday Treat?

Pick Up The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest
Nov 16, 2012: #4 on Amazon Best Seller List (Free Downloads):
Teens-Horror Genre
~ Jewel Knows all about it

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Lessons Learn't This Week: Candid Discourse.... Straight from my Heart

 First, I want to thank you all for your support this past week; in particular during my 2 DAYS FREE DOWNLOAD of the Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest. It is
my heartfelt desire that YOUR UTMOST DREAMS WILL COME TRUE.

I spent this morning thinking a great deal about what happened regarding my newly released book. The lesson I learnt is in the area of RECIPROCITY.

It is important that regardless of what or where we find ourselves; we must do our best to always invest in others....a GREAT LESSON I LEARNT FROM NEW FRIENDS THIS WEEK!

It is very easy to just focus on oneself but if there is one huge lesson I learnt this week is that, the more we make other peoples' dreams come true... the more others will reach out and make ours come true... the more we show are joy over others' success, you better believe it, OURS WILL MANIFEST.

This past week, I made a choice to assist in whatever ways I could with my fellow authors... those I met in my various online groups...This week, I made up my mind to reach out and just truly answer the call... it didn't matter if we did the same thing... This week, I rejoiced with others as I saw them succeed in what they were doing.... this week, I was simply content, knowing that as I reciprocate and help build others up, MY DAY WILL COME and it did!

I don't know what the future holds for The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest and myself, though it is my hope that I will continue to gain your support for my work. This much I know to be true... When we reciprocate in kind gestures (and we beckon to other peoples' needs with urgency as we would do our own matters)... IT WILL COME BACK.

TODAY, if you are truly seeking success... then join others in their quest for success.. not by "lip service" but truly move outside of your comfort zone and help. Don't just be a taker but a generous giver.

Please forward to others...Perhaps, it will change a perspective today.

Thank you for reading. All my Love... Fumi Hancock


Amazon Best Seller Teens-Horror Genre List:
The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest is available at: http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Jewel-Cardwell-Nest-AUTHORS-ebook/dp/B009S5UCOM/

Friday, November 16, 2012

Review From Here Features Author

Review From Here Features The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: http://reviewfromhere.com/2012/11/16/interview-with-fumi-hancock-author-of-the-adventures-of-jewel-cardwell-hydras-nest/

Great News & Inspiration for Others to Follow their Dream- eBook ranks HIgh as Downloaded on Amazon Today!

Hello Everyone:

GREAT NEWS & INSPIRATION FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW THEIR DREAM: Update on my FREE DOWNLOAD: The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra’s Nest.

I checked my ranking today in my category: Teen Horror eBooks: The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra’s Nest ranked #4 in the first 100 Top Free Books! It is neck to neck with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight- Eclipse (The Twilight Saga Book 3) which ranked #4. 

It was indeed serile to see my book posted right next to Twilight: http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/6064559011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_kstore_1_4_last

In the overall book downloaded in Kindle Store, it moved from 587,000 to 297! Few more downloads, and it will move into the top 100 list!

My heart is so full of joy today that people are taking action to download my book. I want to sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart. No words can describe my emotions right now. Especially from a gal who has parked up writing for years and just recently came back to it… a gal whose been told several times that writing was not for her…. I thank you.

As I wrap up my last two days offer (Ends at 12 Midnight Nov 16, 2012- TODAY), I urge you to please pass this on to others… help me push The book further into the Top 100. I know it is possible; if what just happened occurred in just one night. I am on a mission to make what was deemed impossible totally possible! I need you to make this happen for me.
Click here: www.amazon.com/Adventures-Jewel-Cardwell-Nest-AUTHORS-ebook/dp/B009S5UCOM/

Thank you all so much. I look forward to hearing from many of you.

From a Grateful Heart,

Fumi Hancock
Author, The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra’s Nest

Immortality & Beyond Featured The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell Today-Nov 16, 2012

Fumi Hancock, Author of The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest Featured by Immortality & Beyond. http://t.co/frjA7cpi

FREE DOWNLOAD OF The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell Ends TODAY-Nov 16 on Amazon!

Hello Everyone: 

First I want to thank you all so much for making yesterday (Nov 15, 2012) a great success for The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest. The number of downloads were great. THANK YOU.

I also want to remind you that today (Nov 16, 2012) is the last day of the 2 DAYS FREE DOWNLOAD on Amazon.

If by chance you have not downloaded your copy, please do so before 12 Midnight Eastern Time TODAY.

While you are there, would you please like and tag the eBook too? I also ask that you please pass this link on to as many as possible.

I look forward to reading all of your reviews for the book. I humbly thank you again for your generosity and show of kindness: 

ENDS TODAY - Nov. 16th, 2012 (12 Midnight Eastern Time): 

All My Love,


Thursday, November 15, 2012

2 Days - Free kindle book starts today, (Nov 15 - Nov 16, 2012). Please support.

2 Days - Free kindle book - a Young Adult Fantasy & Romance Fiction based in South Africa! The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest

November 15, 2012    12:00AM -- November 16, 2012    11:59PM
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Online Event: http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Jewel-Cardwell-Nest-AUTHORS-ebook/dp/B009S5UCOM/ You don't have to own a kindle to download the book, US., US
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What would you do, if you knew you’d inherited an ancient curse?

And what would you do, if you suddenly find yourself in the middle of a love triangle, amidst the unraveling curse?


When free-spirited and more than a little rebellious, seventeen-year-old Jewel Cardwell gained admission to Grayton Preparatory School, a prestigious, girls-only, top-notch private institution nestled in the South African farmlands of Limpopo, little did she know it would begin a trail of mysterious and unfamiliar events, changing her life forever! At Grayton prep, a battle line is drawn between ‘good and evil’ especially when there’s a full moon and dark forces swirl and turn up in the form of hideous monsters and frightening demons. With her school fr-enemies, rivalry and treachery become the order of the day and Jewel is forced to question everything she thought she knew as she struggles to stay alive in a dubious place riddled with demonic activity! ...

Reviewed by S. Bree High YATR: "Every page was beautifully written and I was engrossed from start to finish." http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16054376-the-adventures-of-jewel-cardwell

Release date of FREE eBooks:
November 15, 2012 to November 16, 2012:
The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest
       at: http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Jewel-Cardwell-Nest-AUTHORS-ebook/dp/B009S5UCOM/ 

          Please recommend The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell to your goodreads and google friends through the recommend button on the free days.. You may also Like and Tag the book as you download.

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Thank you.
Fumi Hancock