End the week with JANE TOOMBS

Friday, January 14, 2011
Stavos stared at the woman’s own red hair. The destroyer from The Prophecy? The red-haired, green-eyed woman who would bring ruin to Volstod?

If so, he must kill her now. But he stayed the sword’s thrust. Red hair, yes, but he hadn’t yet seen her eyes. He needed to make sure. Besides, she must have worn this fake black hair over the red. He needed to know why.

He waited, but she didn’t move, her eyes remaining closed. The Prophecy didn’t warn of her beauty. Not a woman of his acquaintance could match her.

He bent and touched her hair. It was red and silky. And her gown—he’d never seen such colorful garb. Was she dead? No, he could feel her breath when he held his fingers above her face. Injured? She’d drifted down, but had hit hard on landing.
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Jane Toombs
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Today, we’re here with published author, Jane Toombs.

Linda Kage: Tell us a little about you and what you write please.

Jane: I’ve been writing seriously since 1973. Under my own name of Jane Toombs for the past ten years--ever since I started writing for epubs. Before that, some of my NY pubs made me use pseudonyms. I’m an eclectic writer--in other words I write in all genres except Men’s Action and Erotica.

Kage: What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

Jane: The first book I ever actually finished, Tule Witch, a gothic romance, was sold to Avon in 1973. I’d been working on the book for about a year when I took an off-campus writing class in San Diego. The author who taught the class was an older published author who fervently believed writers must send out what they wrote. In his own words, “Writing stories and never sending them out to publishers is akin to masturbation.” I took his class for two semesters. He critiqued what we were writing in class and often I was the only one who had new material each time. He talked to me privately and told me he felt my book was salable. If I finished it and let him edit it, and I changed it according to his edits, he’d send it to his agent. I did and, whoa, the agent sold Tule Witch to Avon!

Kage:What’s your backlist and coming soon bookshelf look like?

Jane: My back list is on my website for anyone interested. Otherwise my recent books (from 2008-2011) are:
From Amber Quill Press: Four historical romances: Love Medicine. The Flame, Creole Betrayal, Mischievous Music Duet
From Champagne Books: Nightingale Man (WWI spy thriller), Once An Outcast (historical romance), Lady Luck (launch book for their In The Cards Tarot Card Series)
From Whiskey Creek Press: North Of Nonesuch Anthology (paranormal suspense romances)
From Freya’s Bower: Sweet Hawk Of Love (contemporary sweet romance) From Red Rose Publishing: Null And Void (gothic romance, launch book for their Shadowed Hearts Gothic Series)
From Devine Destinies: Darkness of Dragons Trilogy--Dragon’s Pearl, Dragon’s Diamond, Dragon’s Stone (paranormal suspense romances)
From DiskUs: Midnight’s Door (paranormal suspense romance)
From Eternal Press: Unwise, Book I of my Underworld Series. Unwanted, Bok2 of my Underworld Series (fantasy suspense romance)
From Books we Love Publishing Partners: Ten Past Midnight (Dark Tales)

Kage: So, what story are we going to talk about today?

Jane: Unwanted came out January 7 from Eternal Press
http://www.eternalpress.biz/ , and is the second book in my Underworld Series. The Underworld has nothing to do with Satan, but is simply an alternate world connected to our world and others by shifting one-way gates.

Jane Toombs
In the world into which redhead Ella with her green eyes falls, red-haired green-eyed women are killed on sight as witches…

Red-haired, green-eyed Ella Mack is lucky enough to cheat death when her car skids off a Nevada cliff. She falls into the Underworld, but lands in a country where red-headed women with green eyes are considered witches and killed on sight.

How can she stay alive in a strange land where she doesn’t even speak the language?


Kage: What would the story be rated if it were a movie?

Jane: R, probably, because there are several consummated love-scenes in the book..

Kage: If you HAD to fit this story into a cliché, which one would it be?

Jane: No chance romance.

Kage:Okay, now that we have a general idea which class to fit UNWANTED under, what makes this book so unique from every other book out there?

Jane: Every major and important minor character finds love despite tremendous, life and death odds.

Kage:What was the hardest part to write?

Jane: For me the synopsis is always the hardest part to write And, since I’m a plotter not a pantser, I need a synopsis. But a synopsis is not just plot--motivation, theme, character development all have to be there or I can’t write the story. And once they all are there, the story itself is actually easy to write, even though I never do stick strictly to any synopsis.

Kage:What do you like most about the main character(s) and what do you like least? Did you learn anything from them?

Jane: Both the main characters have integrity, but so do the more important minor ones, which is what I like most about them. Least? I never dislike my main characters unless one is a villain.

Kage:Jane, Thank you so much for stopping by today and gracing us with your presence. Before we go, is there anything else you’d like to say to wrap things up?

Jane: Fantasy rules! These Underworld books are all total fantasy stories, which I especially enjoy reading and writing. I’m also one of the 12 members of Jewels Of The Quill closed author promo group: Jewels of the Quill(dot)com where I’m Dame Turquoise and have my own page.

If you're still curious about Jane, here is a link to her website: http://www.janetoombs.com/


  1. Love your cliche.... no chance romance.... that says it all! ;O)

  2. Great interview, Jane - wonderful to see how prolific you are. You certainly put me to shame! I love the sound of your different novels.

  3. I'm like Jane.
    The synopsis is so hard to write but I do need it to write even if I don't stick to it either. :)

  4. Enjoyed the interview and excerpt, Jane. I wish you continued success with your writing.

  5. You're always interesting, Jane. Nice interview, Linda. The Unwanted cover is gorgeous.

  6. I too like your 'no chance romance' remark. Unwanted sounds good and I don't have that one...yet.

  7. What a great interview and a fabulous book! Love the cover and love the quote from your writing teacher about not sending writing out.

  8. Hi Jane, it's very nice to meet you. Your site is terrific and that excerpt 'wowed' me! Good luck with your writings! Sincerely, Regina

  9. Hi Jane,

    I don't like writing the synopsis either.

    The cover for UNWANTED is gorgeous! Great excerpt! And I saw your amazing backlist. I will be buying your Regency soon for my Kindle.

  10. Jane, We all hate synopsis writing. Remember the good old days when they wanted the entire manuscript for fiction. Nice cover and nice interview. Your sometimes partner in crime.