Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Giveaway!!

It's almost Christmas, and one of the best parts of Christmas
is giving gifts! Rachel Schieffelbein had the genius idea to get together some of her favorite writers (and critique partners)
to do an awesome give away! (Thanks Rachel!)

One winner will get a bundle of a bunch of amazing ebooks!

The bundle will include an ecopy of
Secondary Characters, by Rachel Schieffelbein
Unexpectedly You, Riley Janes and Mia Josephs
 Fraction of Stone, by Kelley Lynn
and (perfect for the holidays!) The Spirit of Christmas!

which includes short stories by Me, Jessica Salyer, Kelley Lynn,
and more!

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

What Writers REALLY Want for Christmas

Let's be honest here. I've seen a lot of these "lists" going around with cute notebooks and pens and books and such. Writers do like all those things. They're fun. They're not bad ideas in the least. But it's not what we really want.

In my house pens get lost and notebooks get doodled on by my kids. Books are awesome too, but I'm low on shelf space (as in, I don't have any more) and kindles are more convenient (kindle gifting is encouraged).

Besides, a lot of writers *cough* just me *cough* are really unorganized. It's better not to get us stuff that makes us feel like we have to be organized. Then the guilt is too much. Better if you don't spend money at all.

I'll tell you what writers really want for Christmas. This, I believe is true of every writer out there. I don't care how successful you are. What writers want for Christmas is this:

More time to write

Well, that and a muse who lets the words flow better than they've ever flown before. If we get down to the nitty gritty truth, what every writer wants is to sit in their favorite writing spot, have the right music (or silence) and let their fingertips fly. Getting rid of distractions is helpful too. That makes the word counts higher.

It comes down to this, if you love a writer, give them the gift of writing time. I promise they'll be a lot happier if their day has been productive. Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Goodbye 2013

It's that time of year, the time you look back at what you've accomplished and look forward to the future. I can't believe how much has happened this year and how quickly it's all flown by.

Blogging is great becasue you can look back at your old posts and remember your mindset when the new year started.

I remember making a list of goals at the beginning of this year, knowing full well I might not stick to them or that life would change. I didn't expect to be living in Texas. Just goes to show how much time warps perception.

Looking back, some of my goals seem laughable, but they were important to me at the time. Still, most of what I set out to do I accomplished. Let's look back on them, shall we?

1. Finish writing my current unnamed YA romance novel. It's called What Not to Do When You're Falling in Love, and I'm pretty sure I finished it last January.

2. Polish Stealing the Stars, My NaNo novel. HA! That's hilarious! I never did anything with that novel. I tried to write it again, and failed. Boo.

3. Give my first oral pitch at a writers conference. Did it! Twice! I feel awesome for having done it, even though nothing came of  either pitch.

4. Polish said YA romance novel. Um, yeah. That's the novel I pitched. Still querying...

5. Self-Publish a Christmas Anthology that will feature some of my awesome blogging buddies. This is the big one that I'm really super duper proud of. It was a lot of work, and we had a last minute addition to the team, but The Spirit of Christmas came out excellent. I even got my print copy in the mail the other day and I read my story again. It's the first time I can really say I'm proud of something that's been published. It gives me hope that I can have an actual writing career someday. So happy about that one :)

6. Try to write three books. I'm writing #3 right now. I have a couple weeks left. I can finish it if I just sit down and actually write, haha. 

What's in store for next year? I'm not really sure yet. I plan on writing out those goals in January. I can only hope next year will be as awesome as this year has been.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Find Your Musical Muse by Michelle Argyle

Today I'm happy to let Michelle Argyle take over my blog for her Out of Tune tour. Isn't her cover so pretty?

I asked her to write a post about music and writing, and boy did she deliver! Enjoy :)

Can you believe that a long time ago I would have told you music was way too disruptive to writing? Nowadays, if I don’t have an absolutely silent room, music is the only way for me to focus on my writing. I’ve also found that more and more, I actually pick music over silence. But it’s always something different depending on what I’m writing. For my newest novel, Out of Tune, it was obviously country music. I had to immerse myself in country to make my characters and story feel authentic. For other novels, it has been other genres.

I think the key to using music as a muse, however, is to become familiar with the music first. At least for me this has been the case. I like music so much that if it’s something entirely new to me, I’m more distracted by the music than anything else. But if it’s something I have been listening to for a while, I find it really helpful to inspire me. I’ve heard that if the brain has something to latch onto in your subconscious, it can actually be more helpful with concentration. So with music, if I listen to a familiar song over and over, I find myself tuning out the music and concentrating more on my writing—oftentimes coming up with ideas and directions I’m not sure I could come up without the music looping through my subconscious.

So, to find your musical muse for any creative project, I suggest the following these simple ideas.

1. Evaluate your project and decide what kind of music might fit it best.

2. Experiment. Try out different playlists to see what helps you feel inspired with that particular project. Do not be afraid to try something different! For Out of Tune, I was scared to dive into so much country music, but in the end it has become one of my favorite genres.

3. Listen to the music outside of your project so it becomes familiar to you. I’ve also found that listening to music outside of your project can help inspire you outside of actually working on the project, often in different and unexpected ways.

4. If music is only distracting, don’t be afraid to cut it out altogether. Sometimes silence is best. Don’t be afraid to make that decision.

I think music can be a really helpful tool with creativity. I’ve also found that when I listen to old playlists I listened to for past novels, I get a huge rush of memories and nostalgia that’s really fun to revisit.

Michelle lives and writes in Utah, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. She adores cheese, chocolate, sushi, and lots of ethnic food, and loves to read and write books in the time she grabs between her sword­wielding husband and energetic daughter.

She believes a simple life is the best life.

Michelle writes contemporary Young Adult and New Adult fiction (and other genres when she feels like it).

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Run for the Roses Book Blitz!!

So excited for Rachel today and her book Run for the Roses! Please check it out below. I know you'll love it! ;)

Run for the Roses
Release Date: 11/2013
by Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
Abigail Conrad has spent her whole life training for one goal: to win the roses at the Arabian Youth Nationals. She’s given up friends, a social life, and doesn’t have time to even think about guys -- much less date!

Now that she’s headed off to college in the fall, it’s her last chance to be a Youth National Champion, and she won’t let anything distract her from that dream.

Except maybe Chase, the older brother of Abigail's biggest rival. He’s charming, funny, and possibly Abigail's biggest problem. How can she focus on riding when her mind keeps wandering to Chase’s green eyes and confident smile?

With her dream on the line, Abigail had better learn to fight her growing attraction to Chase, or she might end up losing the roses and the guy.

About the Author
Rachel grew up in a tiny town in Minnesota. She still lives there, with her husband and their four kids. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.

Author Links:

1 - $10 Starbucks Gift Card & ebook of Run For the Roses (INT)
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Friday, November 15, 2013

Stones of Power: The Exile

I recently met a new blogger who has an awesome book out which you should all look into. It's Called Stones of Power: The Exile.

Isn't this cover cool? I really like the detail of the creepy guy at the top *chills*

Here's the blurb: In a world where each person is born with a magic ability, the island of Denall is on the verge of an attack from a power hungry sorcerer, Mordyar, as he scours the world in search of the Stones of Power.  While the stones are gathering and their power begins to be revealed, four boys leave their village on a rite of passage into adulthood and are swept into an adventure that will make men and heroes of them, if they can survive.

Buy it on Amazon!

Here's more about Eric. I assure you, he's awesome.

Eric Buffington was born in Ontario Canada, where he lived until he was eighteen. After that point he traveled with a Canadian government program, for one year, then moved to California to serve a two year mission working with the Laotian people. Shortly after returning home he met the love of his life, moved to Pennsylvania and married her. He has since completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in education. He currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wonderfully supportive wife, and their four children.  He currently works as a High School math teacher in an online cyber school.

Make sure to visit him at his blog or on facebook

Friday, November 8, 2013

In The Spirit of Christmas

First of all-- thank you, thank you, to everyone who has purchased our little book, shared or even marked it as 'to read' on Goodreads. You guys are the best!

If you haven't heard of our little book yet, here's the details:

It's the most wonderful time of the year ... but not for everyone.

Celebrating the holidays isn't easy when your flight is canceled, or when you're working nights at the big box store, or when you're being haunted by the ghost of a deceased brother. These and other stories await five characters whose lives are about to change for the better when they discover The Spirit of Christmas.

This collection of five novelettes is our way of saying "Thank You" to the people behind Every purchase of this anthology will go toward their ongoing efforts to help writers achieve their goals each year.


Now for what you've all been waiting for, our bloghop winners!

Ilima Todd wins the 50 page critique and an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas from Jennie
Sheena-Kay Graham wins the 50 page critique and an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas from Jessica
Pauline Creeden wins the $25 Amazon Giftcard and an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas from KelleyJay Noel wins the $25 Amazon Giftcard and an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas from David
Elizabeth Seckman wins a choice of any of Cassie's ebooks and an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas

Congrats winners!

Who's ready for Christmas? Who's going nuts from NaNo? I'm just trying to keep my head above water :)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

IWSG: The Truth is...

It's the first Wednesday of the month and time for another round of the Insecure Writer's Support Group hosted by the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh!

Okay guys, it's time I tell you the truth. The truth is... I struggle. Ha, you guys already knew that! This is IWSG after all.

Am I good enough? Will I ever write the way I want to? Will I ever sell books the way I want to? That unknown future is a frightening thing. Even more than that, you never know how you'll be received by strangers. Of course, this business is so subjective, not everyone's going to love you, that's a guarantee.

Still, it doesn't stop me from wondering. Can I do it? Will I be good enough?

It won't stop writing, it's my passion, but I can't help pondering upon my skills. Am I'm really cut out for how many hours I put in?

The truth is, I'm always going to be insecure. The truth is, I'll question my work. But the truth is, I wouldn't change a thing if I had the choice to do it all again. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Effortless With You Book Blitz!

It's a book blitz day! Guys, I can't tell you how much I loved this book. Seriously awesome story. Read, read, read!

Effortless With You
by Lizzy Charles
Release Date: 11/05/13
From Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
School is out and Lucy is ready for the perfect summer: lazy days at the pool, invitations to the most exclusive parties, and romantic dates with her hot new boyfriend. That is, until she lands in trouble one too many times and her parents issue the ultimate punishment: a summer job. Suddenly, the summer can't end fast enough.

To make matters worse, the job is painting houses with Justin, the most popular, egotistical guy in school. Spending all summer with Justin might be other girls' dreams, but definitely not Lucy's. After all, Justin is cocky, annoying, and a jerk. So what if he's the most beautiful jerk Lucy's ever seen? Or that his grin makes her forget she’s mad at the world? Or that maybe, just maybe, there's more to Justin than Lucy realizes. Only one thing is certain: it won’t be the summer she wanted, but it might be exactly the one she needs.

Available from:
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About the Author
When Lizzy Charles isn’t scrambling to raise her two spunky toddlers or caring for premature and sick babies as a neonatal intensive care nurse, she’s in a quiet corner writing or snuggled up with a novel and a few squares of dark chocolate. Black tea keeps her constant and she loves guacamole. She married her high school sweet heart, a heart-melting musician, so it’s no surprise she’s fallen in love with writing contemporary YA romance novels.

Author Links:
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Monday, November 4, 2013

Dragonfly Warrior!

This week Jay Noel is revealing his cover for Dragonfly warrior! (Is that a cool title or what??)

He had me at Asian Steampunk, but if you want more details, read the blurb below:

The Mechanica Wars: Savage Machines Are Afoot...
At the age of twenty, Kanze Zenjiro's bloody footprints mark the bodies of those who stood in his way to protect the throne of Nihon. Now, the tyrannical Iberian Empire is bent on destroying his kingdom, and they send their steam-powered giants and iron spiders against him.
Zen embarks on a quest that takes him on the most dangerous journey of his life. To succeed, Zen must live up to his nickname, the Dragonfly Warrior, and kill all his enemies with only a sword and a pair of six-guns. He is called upon to somehow survive a test of faith and loyalty in a world so cruel and merciless, it borders on madness.

Book Information: Dragonfly Warrior is a steampunk adventure like no other. It's a dynamic mix of Asian and European mythology, the Wild West, martial arts, traditional fantasy, and high powered steam action that will keep you turning the pages.
Dragonfly Warrior is the first book of The Mechanica Wars, and will debut on January 6, 2014.

Now for the pretty!

So many things to love about this cover *drools*
Congrats Jay!

More about Jay:
After doing some freelance writing and editing for more than a dozen years, Jay decided to stop procrastinating and pursue his dream of being a novelist. He's been blogging for over eight years, and even had a comedy podcast syndicated all over the internet. All of that was fun, but all the steampunk-inspired stories in his head just wouldn't leave him alone. Jay spends his days working in medical sales, but he can be found toiling over his laptop late at night when all is quiet.
He draws inspiration from all over: H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Shakespeare, Ray Bradbury, Douglas Adams, and Isaac Asimov.
And Jay loves cookies.

Jay Noel's links: 

Friday, November 1, 2013


The day has finally arrived! The Spirit of Christmas is now available for purchase. Make sure you get your copy here! It's only $2.99 and it's for a great cause.

To celebrate, me and my co-authors Jessica Salyer, David Powers King, Kelley Lynn, and Cassie Mae are doing a bloghop.

Here's the rules:

1.Anytime between November 1st - 3rd post what you want for you NaNo.
2. Put a buy link to The Spirit of Christmas Anthology, as well as the blog hop code---  <script type="text/javascript" src="" ></script> . 

That's it. Get as creative as you like, pictures--flash fiction--video, think outside the box.

Of course, the bloghop wouldn't be complete without prizes! Since they're five of us, they're five excellent prizes.

Jennie's giving away a 50 page critique + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas
Jessica's also giving a 50 page critique + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas
Kelley's giving a $25 Amazon Giftcard + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas
David's also giving a $25 Amazon Giftcard + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas
Cassie's giving a choice of any of her ebooks + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas

What do I want for NaNo?

I thought I had the answer to this question all figured out until...big surprise, we're moving to Houston, Texas!

That's 1,500 miles away from my current home in Utah so now my NaNo wish has changed.

I thought this was what I wanted -

But it turns out all I want is to avoid this -

Insane as it sounds (and yes, I know it's) I'm still going to try and write a novel this month. I'm going to do what I can. It may mean I only get 25,000 words, but it's better than  nothing. Happy NaNo-ing everyone!

Don't forget to sign up with your own NaNo wish!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Three Days!!

Guys. it's only three days until The Spirit of Christmas comes out!! It features awesome authors like David Powers King, Becca Ann, Kelley Lynn, and Jessica Salyer! How come you're not as excited as I am???

Could that be becasue it's almost NaNo?

Worry no more becasue we're combining the awesomeness of NaNo with awesomeness of the Spirit of Christmas with our bloghop, All I Want for NaNo.

Christmas has come early folks becasue there's also some cool prizes -

Jennie's giving away a 50 page critique + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas
Jessica's also giving a 50 page critique + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas
Kelley's giving a $25 Amazon Giftcard + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas
David's also giving a $25 Amazon Giftcard + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas
Cassie's giving a choice of any of her ebooks + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas

Don't be grinch, sigh up now!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Interview with Theresa Paolo!!

Today I have the privilege of interviewing Theresa  Paolo who’s releasing her debut novel  (Never) Again today! Happy book birthday!

Hello! First I want to say thank you Jennie for having me on your blog! 

You are very welcome, it's a pleasure :)

Let’s start with a couple of serious questions:  

1. Tell us how you came up with the idea for (Never) Again. How to do this without giving away the whole story? Hmm. In 2007 I was home when a news story came on and I couldn’t turn away. It was something that I couldn’t get off my mind for days. I thought about all the stories I had read/seen that dealt with the situation, but I had never read one about the people on the outside. The people who weren’t there, but knew someone who was. I couldn’t stop wondering what they were going through, knowing something was wrong but not knowing all the details. I wanted to know their story. So that’s when I decided to write (Never) Again. Hope that wasn’t too vague.

You've peeked my interest ^_^

2. Care to share a snippet with us? Absolutely! I would love to. 

"Nothing seemed off. The halls were filled with people, their voices no louder than usual, but as we closed in on my Principles of Writing class, I realized there was someone who didn’t belong.

At least not anymore. 

He was taller, his arms bigger, his hair not as messy as I remembered, but those dark brown eyes were exactly the same. He was standing against the wall, his t-shirt hugging biceps that were nonexistent last time I saw him, and he was talking to my friends. Some of the same friends we’d shared before he left. 

My stomach twisted in knots when over the din of the hallway chaos, I heard his voice. I kept my head up and tried to ignore the fact he was back, but when his head turned towards me, I panicked. Without a single word to either Sadie or Joe, I dove into the girls’ bathroom."

Love it! Can't wait to read more!

Now let’s get down to the fun, give me the first answer that pops into your head

I love fun!

Ryan Gosling or Channing Tatum? Both. Please Seriously both.  
                                                             Haha :)

Real book or eReader? Even though my book is releasing as an e-book I have to go with a real book. There's nothing like holding it in your hand and being able to turn the page. 
And let's not forget the smell ;)

Morning writing or Night Writing? Definitely a night writer 

Twitter or Facebook? I’m a tweeter 

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate! Unless I’m having chocolate cake or a brownie then I want it with vanilla ice cream. 

Ummm... brownies.

And last, but not least, give us a picture of your favorite reading nook –

This is it, my parents deck.

Beautiful! Thanks for coming Theresa! It was a blast!