JO. B. CREATIVE

Author of Western Novel Alias Jeannie Delaney & Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Thursday 11 July 2024

THE EXTRAORDINARY TOURIST (TET)


I'm delighted to announce that a blog acquaintance of mine, David Arandle, has posted the following article about my soon to be launched novel, Alias Jeannie Delaney - Book 2 - The Outlaw's Return, on his own blog TET (The Extraordinary Tourist). 



GUEST POST NEW NOVEL 


ALIAS JEANNIE DELANEY - 

BOOK 2 - THE OUTLAW'S RETURN


Alias Jeannie Delaney - Book 2 - The Outlaw's Return


Almost a year ago I featured Book 1 - Go West, Girl! -  of author Kit Mackenzie's Alias Jeannie Delaney series.

Now, the next book in the series, Alias Jeannie Delaney - Book 2 - The Outlaw's Return, is to be released on August 3rd, and is available for pre-order on

Amazon.

If you love a powerful female lead in a traditional western packed with action and adventure, this is the novel for you.

The story centers on Cowgirl Jeannie Morgan who grew up in Coyote Creek, Wyoming, where she became persecuted for her lethal gun and a sexuality that swings both ways.

Tomboy beautiful and tough as the nails in a miner's boots, she is on the run with a bunch of boys who would die for her.

Her snake strike gun, soul-slicing gaze and dangerous magnetism leaves a trail of intense emotions, killings and would-be death threats in her wake. Heading south, she finds herself becoming a legend.

She's in deep trouble, but her home town demands her return and they pin a badge on her. It's her job to kill or be killed. If she survives, will it be happily ever after or will her dynamism, snake-strike gun and sexuality finish her off?

Author Kit Mackenzie (also known as Artist, Writer, and Mental Health Advocate, Jo B Creative, to long time readers of this blog, writes for her blog, Jo.B.Creative) lives in beautiful Hampshire, in the UK, with her soulmate hubby and their lovable cat Lulu.

Kit has been fascinated by the wild west since her teens - which she considers strange, due to her own bucolic English environment. Writing a novel was among the zillion things Kit wanted to accomplish.

That became reality when she committed to writing Alias Jeannie Delaney, the life story of a female frontier hero who's the fastest gun in the west - a cowgirl, outlaw leader, jailbird, deputy sheriff, and ultimately a powerful rancher and mayor and posse member. 

Even after finishing this mammoth three-book epic western, Kit feels she still has more stories to write about Jeannie, and I hope she does.

Alias Jeannie Delaney - Book 2 - The Outlaw's Return is available for pre-order on Amazon.

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Tuesday 9 July 2024

JO. B. CREATIVE!: THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOK COVER REVEAL

JO. B. CREATIVE!: THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOK COVER REVEAL: THE STORY  BEHIND THE COVER REVEAL  OF  ALIAS JEANNIE DELANEY - BOOK 2 -  THE OUTLAW'S RETURN                              It's a gr...

Thursday 4 July 2024

THIS UK GRANNY WEARS BUCKSKIN & GUNS

THIS UK GRANNY 
WEARS BUCKSKIN & GUNS 



That grabbed you, didn't it? 

So - d'you fancy an epic western trilogy with a twist and a bit of humour, and the story of its inception? 

I'm Kit Mackenzie, Western Author. Back when I was a sixties/seventies UK teenager, I was fascinated by the wild west - bemusing considering my bucolic English surroundings and, at risk of sounding sexist - a rosy cheeked gal. 

I'd watch TV westerns - they all had humour - and noted the lack of decent roles for women, much less gals being the fastest guns. I began day dreaming about a tomboy beauty rough n' tough cowgirl who's the fastest gun in the west. I became excited to my very core and the story became addictive. 

Years later soulmate hubby said: 'For goodness sake write the damn story!' Being an artist I'd also created drawings of Jeannie. I grew even more excited - and embarrassed. Not only did my story contain the blood, violence and cussing of your average western, but my female protagonist was bisexual. Boy, was I even more embarrassed. But hubby loved it all. He announced that Jeannie was sexy! Meanwhile we had become involved in wild west living history camps, which made me extremely qualified to write my novel. I began typing it one handed while feeding my baby daughter. 

MY ORIGINAL DRAWINGS OF JEANNIE

I kept it a secret from parents and siblings - their daughter/sister wasn't writing a story of fluffy bunnies after all. I told them that I was writing the life story of a Calamity Jane character and that seemed to suffice. 

Thirty-plus years since I started writing this epic western, now titled Alias Jeannie Delaney -  Book 1 - Go West, Girl!, we discovered that I'd written a whole trilogy. No wonder I was shattered. My editor also loved it - the first professional to assure me that Alias Jeannie Delaney was worth every ounce of energy I'd put into it. We found an excellent cover designer then self published Book 1 - Go West, Girl! on Amazon. A year later and on the cusp of launching Book 2 - The Outlaw's Return, the story has gained high sales, great ratings and five star reviews. 



COVER REVEAL 
THE OUTLAW'S RETURN

The narrative follows the life of a devastating and charismatic pants-wearing cowgirl who's the fastest gun in the west and a great lover to both men and women. This is her journey to find her true self on the wild frontier, throughout deadly confrontations and personal tragedies. Will Jeannie find happiness or will her tomboy beauty, powerful persona and lethal speed with a gun ultimately be the death of her? 

This is the story I began as a bonkers teenager. I've become a bonkers granny and I'm proud of my achievement. Hubby became my PA because I'm horrifically disorganised. I'm a success as an author and readers are gobbling up the novel, and those on Kindle Unlimited steam through it like a railroad train. Hubby tells me that Amazon numbers don't lie. Maybe it has all been worth all my angsts, blood, sweat and tears. 

Here are a few comments from readers: 

'A crack shot story, a unique blend of adventure, humour, & powerful storytelling that blazes across the wild frontier. It will leave you hungry for more!'

'The premise of a charismatic and skilled cowgirl on a journey of self-discovery is absolutely captivating. Kudos on the rave reviews and the unique twist Kit has brought to the western genre.'

'Yee-hah! I'm enjoying this soooo much! Not just the story but also the quality & the loving detail. Clearly a lot of research - Kit Mackenzie writes as though she's actually been there. I'm relishing the nuances of her fab writing. I so enjoyed reading the novel in detail. It's a terrific story with strong characters (to put it mildly!) & a powerful arc. It's 24 carat writing'

'I'm already deep in the story and loving it!'

'I am loving the book !! This novel is a refreshing change from the usual western. Easy to read & I'm thoroughly enjoying it!

'Kit Mackenzie writes brilliantly, describing the American Plains in all their beauty. I am thoroughly enjoying the read!!'

'Just finished reading Alias Jeanne Delaney. A fascinating read. Quite extraordinary. Loved Kit Mackenzie's ability to set the scene. It's quite unlike anything I have read before. Well done Kit Mackenzie & I hope it becomes a best seller. I look forward to the next instalment in book 2.'

Five stars
'I’ve just finished reading ‘Go West, Girl.’ A very good read - a real page-turner. Kit Mackenzie's descriptions were so vivid I could imagine I was in Coyote Creek. I’m not sure whether or not I like Jeannie - I feel sorry for her that she is so unhappy, but realise it’s because she was ahead of her time. I admire that she refused to accept the norms of times - & people like her made things much more equitable for us today. No doubt Kit will keep us posted re the next book.'

'A unique & fascinating Western theme. Kit Mackenzie has an enviable writing skill!'

Booksprout reviews:
Five stars
'A unique western read. well written & entertaining! This is a different take on a western & I really enjoyed it. Jeannie is an independent woman focused on living her life on her terms before it was socially acceptable to do so. It is well written & entertaining!'

'A great western story! *****
Not like any Western book I've ever read... Jeannie is best described as a difficult child. I love her grown-up character. She lives life on her own terms, not always liked but well-respected. I'm looking forward to more stories of her life.'

 





CHAPTER SAMPLES 
HOPE THEY'RE READABLE
BLOWN UP! 



Intrigued? Buy my book and assuage your curiosity. It'll be a bumpy ride, I promise you, with a fair bit of juicy adult storytelling in Book 1, but don't take my word for it - give it a go. If it turns out not to be your thing, I won't hold it against you! At least you tried, and thank you. 

Book 2 will be launched on August 3rd & pre-order is available. 





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Thursday 27 June 2024

JO. B. CREATIVE!: FANCY A WESTERN WITH HUMOUR & A TWIST?

JO. B. CREATIVE!: FANCY A WESTERN WITH HUMOUR & A TWIST?: D'you fancy a western with some humour  & a twist?   How about this?  🤠 Alias Jeannie Delaney is an epic western trilogy centred up...

FANCY A WESTERN WITH HUMOUR & A TWIST?



D'you fancy a western with some humour & a twist? 
 How about this?  🤠







Alias Jeannie Delaney is an epic western trilogy centred upon a devastating and charismatic pants-wearing cowgirl who's the fastest gun in the west and a great lover to both men and women. 

The narrative takes us from Jeannie's birth in New Orleans in 1865 and her development as a tomboy beauty, through the family's migration west and her formative years in Wyoming. She develops a powerful persona and also discovers her phenomenal speed with a gun and her particular sexuality. Her journey takes her through deadly confrontations and tragedies to find her true self on the wild frontier. 

Will she ultimately find happiness or will her combination of tomboy beauty, charismatic magnetism, sexuality and lethal gun finally be the death of her? 




PA hubby has placed Book 1- Go West, Girl! on an Amazon advertising plan. He's worked his butt off for me to get this trilogy published and supported me through all my years of  blood, sweat and tears (literally!). He was the one who persuaded me to write it after we got married, fully aware that I'd had the story in my head since my teens. 

Back to the present and orders have shot up and numerous pages are being read on Kindle Unlimited - readers seem to steam through it like a railroad train. 

I've had fabulous comments and reviews from readers since publishing Book 1- Go West, Girl!  Thank you so much! I won't apologise for posting them because I absolutely relish them!




  COVER REVEAL FOR BOOK 2 - 
THE OUTLAW'S RETURN


'A crack shot story, a unique blend of adventure, humour, & powerful storytelling that blazes across the wild frontier. It will leave you hungry for more!'

'The premise of a charismatic and skilled cowgirl on a journey of self-discovery is absolutely captivating. Kudos on the rave reviews and the unique twist Kit has brought to the western genre.'

'Yee-hah! I'm enjoying this soooo much! Not just the story but also the quality of the writing, & the loving detail. Clearly a lot of research - Kit Mackenzie writes as though she's actually been there. I'm relishing the nuances of her fab writing. I so enjoyed reading the novel in detail. Rereading & absorbing the world & the atmosphere ). It's a terrific story with strong characters (to put it mildly!) & a powerful arc. It's 24 carat writing'

'I love kit Mackenzie's descriptions of where Jeannie is, so atmospheric 😌 I'm already deep in the story and loving it!'

'I am loving the book !! This novel is a refreshing change from the usual western. Easy to read & 'm thoroughly enjoying it!

'Kit Mackenzie writes brilliantly, describing the American Plains in all their beauty. I am thoroughly enjoying the read!!'

'Just finished reading Alias Jeanne Delaney. A fascinating read. Quite extraordinary. Loved Kit Mackenzie's ability to set the scene, making it feel as if the reader was there themself experiencing the scene & surroundings. She has said that it's not the kind of book for everybody, but it's surprising who does enjoy it! It's quite unlike anything I have read before. Well done Kit Mackenzie & I hope it becomes a best seller. I look forward to the next instalment in book 2.'

Five stars
'I’ve just finished reading ‘Go West, Girl.’ A very good read - a real page-turner. Kit Mackenzie's descriptions were so vivid I could imagine I was in Coyote Creek. I’m not sure whether or not I like Jeannie - I feel sorry for her that she is so unhappy, but realise it’s because she was ahead of her time, & frustrated as she kicked against the social rules of her time. I admire that she refused to accept the norms of times - & people like her made things much more equitable for us today. No doubt Kit will keep us posted re the next book.'

'A unique & fascinating Western theme. Kit Mackenzie has an enviable writing skill!'

Booksprout reviews:
Five stars
'A unique western read. well written & entertaining! This is a different take on a western & I really enjoyed it. Jeannie is an independent woman focused on living her life on her terms before it was socially acceptable to do so. It is well written & entertaining!'

'A great western story! *****
Not like any Western book I've ever read... Jeannie is best described as a difficult child. I love her grown-up character. She lives life on her own terms, not always liked but well-respected. I'm looking forward to more stories of her life.'



Read Book 1- Go West, Girl!  - Kindle Unlimited's library system is a great way to do that - then pre-order Book 2 - The Outlaw's Return, which will be launched on August 3rd.



                              


                                                      

TWO CHAPTER SAMPLES - 
HOPE THEY CAN BE BLOWN UP






























MY ORIGINAL DRAWINGS OF
                  JEANNIE












Thursday 20 June 2024

THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOK COVER REVEAL

THE STORY 
BEHIND THE COVER REVEAL 
OF ALIAS JEANNIE DELANEY - BOOK 2 - 
THE OUTLAW'S RETURN 

                           
It's a great story (the story behind the reveal). 
Let's start at the beginning...

First off here's the cover of Book 2 - The Outlaw's Return.

            


I collaborated with my cover designer 
Shaun Stephens of Flintlock Covers to do this. Being an artist, I was determined to do it. The image below is what inspired me in the first place.



I must have been sixteen or thereabouts when I drew it in the sixth form common room at school in between lessons. I used a film still for reference and replaced the rider with Jeannie. I remember doing it. Clearly my fascination for the wild west and my heroine, Jeannie, was gaining pace even then. I sent Shaun several images, including this, and he created the cover from them. I'm very pleased with the result. 

New novels need a cover reveal - a tantalising glimpse on social media of the spanking new cover of your yet-to-be-released next novel. It was time to create a cover reveal and I had a great idea. 
I'd watched reveals on YouTube, when an intriguing something-or-other is revealed from under a wrapping. One of them was a beautiful material - velvet perhaps - slowly rolled back to reveal a display of sparkling jewellery. I liked that a lot! I created something similar for some of my artwork and uploaded it to YouTube - that was fun! I could do something similar for my novel cover, I thought. I considered a rustic material for a wild frontier feel. Then it hit me. A 'wanted' poster with Jeannie's image on it. Of course! 

I created one on my go-to graphics package site, Canva. I used an original drawing I'd done, again many years ago, but this time after I married. It was a drawing of Jeannie based on a western film still of Marlon Brando leaning against a wall, his hands clutching his gun belt. I changed him to her. What's bemusing me hugely is the fact that I'm using images created years ago in my current marketing strategies. Who'd have thunk ought it, huh?! 😄 




It's not a pristine, crisp image, and it's old. Great - I need a scruffy wanted poster! I cropped the image to use her top half and used western fonts. The reveal would show hands ripping the poster to expose the book cover, I thought. Then Hubby said: 'Set fire to it.' Of course! Much more original and fun. It's a western! (Thanks hubby!). Also, lucky for me, who's a naturally scruffy artist who finds it hard to be neat (that applies in life...). I printed out three posters. After all, I was going to set fire to one, and if that didn't work...



Next - scruff up the posters using coffee grains, tea bags and water and rough up the edges. Fun, and it worked a treat. 



Next - the setting. Inside my garden cabin. Just inside the door away from breezes. That cabin is another story, to be told at the end. 

So - on with this story...

I blue-tacked a print of my new cover on Book 1 for support and set that against the back of my old wooden chair. (That chair, a Windsor I think, has yet another story). I stood a vintage beer bottle in front of the book and leaned a poster against it. I set up my phone into video mode and hubby lit the bottom corner of the poster. It burned like a dream and it took one take. Yes - as I boasted to son Tom later - one take! 

Lastly I edited the video on the editing app Clipchamp, removing hubby's hand with match, and set music to it. 'Cowboy' it's called. The result was fabulous! When cropping the video in Google editor, I'd gone for 'For A Few Dollars More' but that wasn't available on Clipchamp but Cowboy was so much better. I managed to fade the music out at the end so that it didn't finish abruptly. Lastly I posted it on social media and the result has been a huge success! I'm incredibly pleased. And here it is - ta-da!





And now for the other stories. My cabin. I'd wanted a cabin ever since I was really young and my dad's cousin had lent the family his cabin in the New Forest for a day. Gorgeous. I remember the sounds of stream and rainwater most of all, but it must have been glorious because I became determined to have a cabin of my own. Achieved, oodles of years later. A frontier cabin in my back garden. 

And now - the chair. I can't quote precisely, but I think it's the chair in which my great granny died sitting bolt upright in my uncle's kitchen in Westminster during the fifties. It was getting on a bit even then. It ended up in my parent's early 1900s bungalow where I grew up, next to our old boiler in the kitchen. My dad would sit in it and little me would sit on his lap. He'd open his knees and I'd fall between them, squealing with giggles. Later, as a sulky schoolgirl, I'd sit in the chair slurping my cornflakes before school, barely awake. I grew up. As a twenty-plus person I had a party, and one of my friends, Dave, ended up in the chair chatting to my mum. People felt very at home in that chair. Many, many years later my parents died and I inherited it. It moved around a bit until it found its final resting place in my cabin. Couldn't be more appropriate. Its latest adventure as a prop for my cover reveal, although, admittedly, you can only just make out the back of it. Oh, if only that chair could talk. 

So there we have it - the story of my novel cover reveal. I'm delighted with the whole thing. 

Last but not least, Book 2 - The Outlaw's Return is due to launch on August 3rd. Pre-orders are available on Amazon. 




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The life story of devastating & charismatic cowgirl Jeannie Morgan who's the fastest gun in the west & a great lover to both men & women. This is her journey to find her true self on the wild frontier. Will she have a happy ever after, or will her powerful persona, her tomboy beauty & her lethal gun ultimately be the death of her? Buy the story & find out! 









Friday 14 June 2024

ALIAS JEANNIE DELANEY - BOOK 2 - THE OUTLAW'S RETURN - COVER REVEAL!

 

         



  ALIAS JEANNIE DELANEY - 

   BOOK 2 - THE OUTLAW'S RETURN


COVER REVEAL! 

(Oh - put your volume up - the music is great!)


Howdy Folks, 

Book 2 of my epic western trilogy Alias Jeannie Delaney will be launched soon. 

Readers on Kindle Unlimited - a cheap and easy way to read - steam through Book 1 like a railroad train. Once picked up, hard to put down for some readers apparently! It's a traditional western with a twist and I've been told that it's pretty unique for its genre - well-researched with a sense of place and an enjoyable read (thank you to those who said that!). 

There's quite a bit of humour in it, besides what's expected from a gripping, no holds barred western, except that my hero is cowgirl Jeannie Morgan, a hard fightin' n' shootin',  pants-wearin' cowgirl. When not sweating it out on her Pa's ranch in Wyoming among his cowboys in her youth, she regularly transforms into a charismatic, funny, tomboy beautiful, cheroot chompin' young woman in sstylish and sexy male clothing. Her magnetism turns heads and her luminous gaze freezes folk to the spot. 

Book 1 - Go West, Girl!, introduces Jeannie, who becomes the fastest gun in the west and a great lover to both men and women. The series is a sweeping tale of adventure and self-discovery on the wild frontier.

She must navigate the challenges of her gender, her sexuality, and her desires in intimate scenes that don't necessarily fade to black. She encounters self-important businessmen, rugged outlaws, saloon girls and loyal companions who help shape her into the woman she's meant to be. She faces heart-pumping showdowns and tender moments, confronting her demons and learning to trust herself and those around her. 


This is an offbeat series which will appeal to readers who enjoy something different. Book 1 is available on Amazon and Book 2 will be launched in early August. 








MY ORIGINAL DRAWINGS 
OF JEANNIE