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What the heck is Steampunk, anyway? With @LeighStatham

Steampunk is the marriage of old world manners and customs with fanciful steam powered technology and scientific advancements, or sometimes magic. My books lean heavily to the science side of things. You can take a true story, like Marguerite’s, and spice it up with all kinds of fun contraptions and plot twists. It really adds a lot of creative freedom to the author.

Marguerite’s world is very unique. Most steampunk on the market these days is either old west, or set in Victorian London. Marguerite is a wealthy girl from 17th century France chasing pirates around the world in aerships during the Golden Age of Piracy. I was able to play with time, technology and relationships while still showcasing some of the amazing truths of the age. In short, it was a blast to write! I can’t wait to see more diverse steampunk stories. Punk isn’t just for London anymore, folks.

About The Perilous Journey Of The Much Too Spontaneous Girl

Lady Marguerite Vadnay and her trusty automaton, Outil, have settled into life in New France rather well. Marguerite is top of the class at flight school and her future as an aerpilot is nearly secure. She has everything she wants— except a commission on the pirate hunting dirigible The Renegade. Using every card in her aristocratic arsenal, Marguerite wiggles her way onto the finest warship France has to offer. But as usual, Marguerite’s plans endanger the lives of those she holds dear— only this time no one else is going to save them. As Marguerite and Outil set off on a rescue mission they may not return from, she finally realizes it’s time to reorder her cogs.

This steampunk adventure is littered with facts from The Golden Age of Piracy and follows (not too closely) some of the lives and adventures of the brave men and women who sailed the seas as privateers, pirates and soldiers.

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About Leigh Statham

Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She worked as a waitress, maid, artist, math teacher, nurse, web designer, art director, thirty-foot inflatable pig and mule wrangler before she settled down in the semi-quiet role of wife, mother and writer. She resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, five chickens and two suspected serial killer cats. If the air is cool and the sun is just coming up over the horizon, you can find her running the streets of her small town, plotting her next novel with the sort of intensity that will one day get her hit by a car.

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Giveaway Information: Contest ends October 7, 2016

  • One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)
  • Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of books 1 and 2 in the Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl series by Leigh Statham (INT)



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Ashes and Fire2You can find Fire in the Woods and Ashes in the Sky at all these awesome bookish places!

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Feeling the Pressure! AKA: Writing your second novel, after your first won so many awards @JGoochHummer

Woohoo! Today we’re welcoming Jennifer Gooch Hummer to chat about sending her second book into the world, after her first book, GIRL UNMOORED won TWELVE awards!  No pressure or anything! (List of awards is below)

So tell us about it Jennifer. What is GIRL UNMOORED about?

Hi Jennifer! Thank you for having me on your blog.

My first novel, GIRL UNMOORED, is a Young Adult book about a girl named Apron whose outcast life changes when she befriends two young men, both unbeknownst to her, have AIDS. The story takes place in 1985 when the fear of AIDS was rampant.

Clearly this is a much different genre than middle-grade fantasy! So even though I would love to repeat the amazing awards that I was lucky enough to win for GIRL UNMOORED, I can’t even begin to compare my debut to OPERATION TENLEY.

An editor once explained to me they look for two kinds of books: award-winning or commercially successful. My goal for THE FAIR CITY FILES series is to be commercially successful. I hope that does not sound too shallow. I certainly strived to write the best book possible, but it’s the story world in this book that I hope intrigues the most.

Besides, as every writer knows, each story is its own eco-system, completely separate from one another. I wasn’t sure I could love a character more than Apron Bramhall, but Tenley Tylwyth and Holden Wonderbolt have stolen my heart.

I’m writing Book II now and let’s just say… adventurous weather awaits!

Sounds awesome! So what’s Operation Tenley about?

Tenley Tylwyth is an Elemental Teen born with the power to produce weather. Cool? Not really. Elementals who can create weather make Mother Nature angry. It’s time she got rid of them. Only one thing is standing in her way—Fair Ones. These ancestors of fairies keep kids like Tenley safe, but when rookie Fair One, Pennie, fails to do so, she’s forced to travel to Earth—a place where no Fair One wants to go. Now, Pennie has forty-eight hours to convince Tenley to give up her power. It won’t be so easy. Tenley’s got a way with wind. And after falling deep into Mother Nature’s gardens, where trees grow upside down and insects attack on command, a little wind might be just what Tenley needs to survive. Even if it kills her.

Sounds great! Thanks for stopping by Jennifer!

Find out more about Operation Tenley at your favorite bookish places!

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About the author:

Jennifer Gooch Hummer is the award-winning author and screenwriter for her debut novel, Girl Unmoored, which has been optioned for film. Her middle grade fantasy series, Operation Tenley; Book 1 of The Fair City Files, is forthcoming September 2016. Jennifer has worked as a script analyst for various talent agencies and major film studios. Jennifer lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their three daughters.

GIRL UNMOORED has been awarded:
Maine Literary Awards, YA Fiction 2013
Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards 2012, YA Fiction Adult Themes.
Reader Views Kids Award Winner, Best Teen/YA Book of the Year, 2012
Reader Views Winner, Best Teen/YA Fiction 2012
Foreword Book of The Year Finalist, YA Fiction 2012
Indie Excellence Awards 2012, Winner Cross-Genre Fiction
Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2012, Winner YA Fiction
USA Book Awards, Finalist Best New Book 2012
USA Book Awards, Finalist Best Cross-over Fiction, 2012
Paris Book Festival Awards 2012, Winner YA Fiction
San Francisco Book Festival Awards 2012, Winner Teenage Fiction.
Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2012, Finalist Chick Lit Fiction
International Book Awards 2012, Finalist Best New Book
International Book Awards 2012, Finalist YA Fiction
Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2012, Best Cover Art

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Evil Guest Post: Take a picture of your desk (without cleaning it) and explain. With @BethBowland

Yes, I am this evil.

Funny thing is, she did it! But I think she cleaned it up first. That’s cheating…

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Welcome to my workspace. Oh, how I wish I was all neat and organized, but I’m not! Let’s see where to start.

Well, first off my hubby decided to invade my work space, hence the two monitors and keyboards. My dog Manny claims any seat you get up from and declares it now belongs to him.

Puppy! We love puppies!

And it does belong to him. You just missed the memo!

I have a corkboard behind the monitor that’s hard to see but that’s where I keep all my inspirational quotes and affirmations.

I make mock book covers of my works-in-progress. I also have pictures up of my first books. I love maps! In Polaris, Aaron has a large map over his desk too. Top shelf, a modem, photos of my daughter and husband, a big stuffed teddy bear, a Shofar (biblical instrument), and loads of books everywhere!

I love my workspace, it cozy and comfortable. Now, excuse me, I must go reclaim my chair!

If she thinks this is neat an organized, my desk would make her faint) Ha!

About Polaris:

Bixie, Montana, is in the middle of nowhere, not connected to any place, and not used as a pass through to get anywhere. But one snowy evening, a lone visitor walking down an old country road changes 13-year-old Aaron Martin’s life forever. Aaron thinks he’s being a Good Samaritan by inviting the nearly-frozen visitor into his home, but he’s unwittingly initiated The Game. A group of Elders, known as the Council of the Legend, come together from time to time to enjoy a rousing event they playfully call “The Game.” Now, Aaron’s town is the playing board and he and his fellow townspeople are the players. The rules are simple. Win. Because if Aaron loses, he won’t just lose his family . . . he’ll lose his very identity.

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About the Author:

Beth Bowland, a native Ohioan, has always enjoyed reading and creating stories of her own. As a child she devoured every book she could get her hands on and spent numerous hours at the library each week. She loves writing stories for tweens and young teens and her characters are often described as quirky and fun, but always relatable. When she’s not writing, she loves watching HGTV. She has one daughter and resides in Arlington, Texas with her husband, Phillip.

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Giveaway Information: Contest ends September 2, 2016

One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)

Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Polaris by Beth Bowland (INT)

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Are there any real differences between fiction and nonfiction?

Today we have a guest spot from Eli Celata about fiction and nonfiction. Eli  is currently attending Binghamton University as a  doctoral student.

To some, it may seem as if there  is a cavernous abyss between nonfiction and fiction. The truth is simpler. Both require dedication. Long hours are spent seeking the perfect word or citation for  a fact. As a PhD student, I’ve pulled all nighters for peer-reviewed articles  just as much as fiction contracts. Time and effort aside, there are two main  areas where they differ beyond the obvious: phrasing and publishing.

Phrasing is a delicate business.

For fiction, I’d refer you to Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. Each character’s sections have varying tempos and lengths to  their sentences. Word choice is generally less academic in fiction though some  literary fiction pushes the bounds at times. Nonfiction attempts continuous  flow. Pacing doesn’t change between scenes but is meant to guide the reader  from one conclusion to the next without leaving them harried. This is  especially important in nonfiction as books aren’t as likely to dramatically shift your career as the articles surrounding.

Shakespeare guyManuscripts (fiction and  nonfiction) go through much the same process. Nonfiction is more likely to be  presented pre-completion; however, just like fiction, a platform is necessary  for any agent or publisher to take such a proposal seriously. The real  difference comes in literary magazines versus academic journals. Peer-review is  stressed in academia. This means, instead of a professional editor, the  nonfiction article goes to professionals in the field. Your writing isn’t all  that’s under scrutiny. Everything moves outwards: How will your article alter  the field? Does it contribute to an existing problem? Does it create a new  problem? What are its broader impacts? All these questions and more precede  everything else. If any of the answers are troubling, an otherwise perfect  article will be rejected.

It can be summed to this: In  fiction, if you change the craft, you’re brilliant. In nonfiction, it’s simply another day at the office.

  Eli Celata

HighSummonsAbout High Summons:

Jon  Blythe is sick of waiting for his Yoda. After years of hiding his magic, he’s  ready to retire from his mortal life, drop out of college, and jump into the
world of demon hunters. He just didn’t really expect a bleach blond bookstore
clerk with light up toys for weapons. Unfortunately, Jordan is Jon’s only hope.

When rogue magic users come to Rochester with a malicious plan, the odd  couple strikes out to save the day. Jordan might not be what Jon expected, but  between demons and Econ homework, the demons win every time. Wild nights drag  Jon further from normal into the world where his father vanished. Maybe he’s  becoming an addict. Maybe magic just comes with a price. Either way, he’s  hooked.


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How to write with a baby on your lap with @anconway

Today I’m welcoming best-selling author Nicole Conway with a tricky question.

Nicole: Rumor has it that you wrote all of Traitor with a brand new baby in your lap. How’d you do that?

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Wattpad has saved my life. Okay, too dramatic?

Basically, after my son was born, trying to find someone to entertain him long enough for me to get anything done became a job in and of itself. Productivity came to screeching and traumatic halt. And for someone like me, who has always used writing as a means of dealing with anxiety and depression, suddenly not getting to vent that nervous energy made me reach a dark place. My husband deployed when our son was only a few months old and I was left alone to be mommy 24-7 in a place where I had no family available to help. It was extremely difficult, especially when already dealing with those raging postpartum hormones. But someone suggested that I try writing on Wattpad. I could do it from my phone and just copy and paste it to a word document whenever I got the opportunity.

Eureka! It works brilliantly! I’ve already written an entire romance novella that way and am beginning the first volume of the second dragonrider series through Wattpad, as well.


Click here to find out more about Nicole’s mythical world. You can find all the book at the links down below. Thanks for coming to hang today, Nicole!

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About the author

Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. TRAITOR is the third and final book.

Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.

She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.

Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.

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A Debut Novelist’s Journey to Self-Publish “The Hereafter” by Jessica Bucher

I try to be open to all sorts of publishing options. Today I invited Jessica Bucher to the author’s den to discuss her journey to becoming self-published.

And here we go!

Jessica, this is your debut novel. Describe your journey to publication and what made you decide on self-publishing.

Wow. What a journey! First of all, I have NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, to thank for finally getting me to write this novel, and many more. After writing and revising this novel for three years, I decided to query the manuscript to agents. It was a long process with many revisions and rejection letters. At the end of the day, I realized that I may have let my impatience and excitement get the better of me, and I sent out the project before it was ready. It was a learning experience.

Finally, after two years of trying, I received an offer for publishing! By that point, I had watched many of my friends venture into self-publishing. So, I was at a crossroads: sign over rights and commission to a publishing company or fly solo. It was the proudest moment of my career to tell the publisher that I was going to pass on the offer and publish the book myself.

I knew that self-publishing was no small feat, and I was not going to disillusion myself with thinking that it would be easy. There were more mistakes and learning curves ahead, and more still I’m sure. I’m proud of this project, and I know that this was the path right for this book. I love spreading the word about this book and sharing my story of how we got to this point.

Thanks for letting me share that here!

Thanks for coming, Jessica. Here’s a little about Jessica’s debut novel.


Nin has no recollection of her death.

The things she does remember, like her cruel boyfriend, troubled father, and absent mother, she’d like to forget.

Dylan doesn’t need to remember his death to know that he deserved it. Who needs memories when you have the scars?

Sparks ignite when the two, very different, strangers meet. Together they spend one endless summer exploring their new world. Suddenly, their after-lives hold more possibility and promise than their tragic teenage lives ever did.

But no dream lasts forever, and all too soon, harmful memories from their pasts emerge and threaten to tear them apart. Given the chance to change their fates, Nin and Dylan must decide– life or love.

Weaving through past and present and alternating perspectives, The Hereafter is an emotional journey about young love and second chances.

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About the Author!

Jessica is a young adult author pursuing publishing. She is married to an Army pilot and they live together in Germany with their two boys. In her free time, Jessica runs a local writing group, teaches yoga, travels and speaks poor German. Her first novel is The Hereafter.

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Giveaway Information: Contest ends June 10, 2016

Three (3) winners will receive a digital copy of The Hereafter by Jessica Bucher (INT) CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

Five Ways to Keep Your Characters Feeling Real in a Fantasy Setting

First of all, I wanted to thank Jennifer for having me on her blog today to talk about how to keep your characters feeling real in a fantasy setting.

Even though my series, The Watcher Saga, is about angels and fallen angels, can honestly say I didn’t specifically approach this series as a fantasy. I had a story in my head that I had to get out.

As I wrote, however, I discovered that it can be challenging to make mythical or supernatural characters feel real to people, especially when they don’t live in the same world we do. Here are a few of the things I learned to do to keep it real.

1.      Do a Character Questionnaire

The first thing I do with characters in a fantasy setting is ask questions of the character, the same as I would for any story. I start with a name, and where they live, but there are so many great resources for character questionnaires out there. Here’s one of them:

2.      Consider Special Qualities or Abilities

As I ask questions of my characters, I take into account what kind of species the character is and what special qualities they would have. For instance, if you’re working with angels, or fallen ones, there are certain traits they all have. They have wings and can fly. They are also immortal and may serve a higher being (or not. In some cases, they may do the opposite). How would that affect their world view? If they are immortal, were they born? How would it feel to live for thousands of years? How would flying affect their view of traffic? That sort of thing.

3.      Incorporate Your World Building

All characters exist within a setting of some sort. As you ask questions about your character, you start to get ideas of how their direct surroundings have affected them.

If they have been to war, it would have an impact on them. If they are of the Fey, they would have a culture, a history.

Perhaps they live in a woodland setting. Perhaps another dimension. All these things come into play when I’m creating a character. Even if they do not have a place in the story.

4.      Include Social Setting

Once I have a character in a world, I consider who the characters friends are. They have friends, family, a social hierarchy, or social order of some kind, that they exist within. Do they have natural enemies? Do they act differently with some people than they do with others? Who do they care about the most? That relationship can be used to fuel their motivation.

5.      Give Them Flaws and Challenges

In order for a character to seem real, they need emotions, weaknesses and vulnerabilities. In a fantasy world, these weaknesses can be almost anything. What would challenge them? In The Watcher Saga, the angels have a risk of being infected with sin. Michael was once infected with lust and is recovering. He’s recovered from a terrible past but it still affects him. He’s also half-human, so he’s subject to human emotions more than his angelic colleagues. So he reacts to things more like a person would, which isn’t always ideal.

In fantasy fiction, as in any type of fiction, it’s the challenges the character must face that makes them compelling and relatable. In any case, the fantasy element should add to the story and not replace character development. The more flawed a character is, the more real they seem. Their flaws make them relatable. If the reader relates to the characters and the characters grow and evolve as the story progresses, then they will feel real to the reader.

Thank you Lisa! Check out Lisa’s books below, and a giveaway too. Woohoo!

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About the Author!

A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction.

Lisa is also a technical writer, a meditation teacher with the Training in Power Academy, and the leader of the Young Writer’s Club, a local writing group for teens in her home town. A self-proclaimed coffee lover, she can usually be found writing in a local café. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her meditating or hiking in the mountains to counteract the side effects of drinking too much caffeine!

Though she’s lived in several cities across Canada, she currently lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her fiancé and their two cats.

More about Lisa can be found on her web site: or blog:

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What is the biggest obstacle in writing a sequel?

 Mini interview today!

I’m super excited to have Julie Reece hanging out with us!

Julie is the author of one of my favorite Viking-god-like books, CRUX

[Click here to read my review]

And let’s just take a few minutes to sigh over the cover love! [ahhhhhhhh]


And more recently she authored the hit Beauty and the Beast retelling called “The Artisans” and the sequel out this week, “The Paladins.”

Hi Julie!

Hi! Thanks so much for having me here today! I’m always excited to talk about anything having to do with YA books and writing. : )

Awesomeness!  I’m going to throw you a tough one today….

What is the biggest obstacle in writing a sequel?

I’m going to admit up front this was a hard topic to write about. When I first read your question, you asked for the biggest obstacle in writing a sequel, and my brain shouted EVERYTHING! However, I don’t think one word—even in all caps—will cut it. I’ll try and explain.

The characters that I write are often brave. That’s in direct opposition to my knee-jerk reaction to any challenge, which is more like—cut bait and RUN! Every book I’ve written up to this point were stand-alones. One and done. That was my motto. When I sold my first story (THE ARTISANS) to my publisher, I was confident they’d see the novel the same way I did. A single title. They didn’t. They asked for more books in the series.

What the …? Color me shocked! I couldn’t believe it. And what’s more, I was really nervous about the prospect since I’d already said goodbye to the characters in that story.

For some inexplicable reason, prior to writing THE PALADINS, sequels, or the idea of producing one, scared the crap out of me. Yeah, I know, ironic since I’m a writer, but the more I thought about it, the more I understood the underlying reasons …

Brace yourselves, I’m taking you inside my rather strange brain for a minute.

A lot of our fears are imagined, and therefore irrational. No, not If you’re facing a Grizzly bear on a hiking trip. I’m talking about fears in your mind. Insecurities. Fear of failure. Have you ever had a discussion with yourself over whether you should or shouldn’t do something? Oh, come on, sure you have. You’re sitting in your car actually arguing with yourself about whether or not to go to that party, date that guy, take that job, talk to that friend. The driver in the car next to you looks over and you pretend you’re on your Bluetooth so he doesn’t think you’re crazy.

The conversation in my head looked something like this: You can’t write a sequel. Yes, you can; you’re a great writer. No you can’t; you won’t have enough material for a good plot. Relax, you’ll think of something. I won’t. You will. A sequel won’t be as good as the first book. It will. You’re right; it will; I’m writing the sequel.

And I did. Once I started, the ideas began to flow. My fears were unfounded, and the more I wrote, the more ideas came. I learned to push through my fear, thank God. It felt good to know I was capable. Sequels are doable and not nearly as scary as I’d first thought. I could write a third! Whoda thunk it? Lol.

Maybe I’m braver than I thought. And whatever the argument or battle in your mind, I bet you are, too.

Thanks again for having me here. I had a blast.

Has there ever been a time you were nervous about something and dared to try anyway? I’d love to hear about it.

Julie XOXO

Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.

I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.

Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.

Then I thought I’d write one down…

Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!

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About The Paladins:

The Artisan curse is broken. Souls trapped in a mysterious otherworld called The Void are finally released. Now, Raven Weathersby, Gideon Maddox, and Cole Wynter can finally move on with their lives…or so they thought. If the ancient magic is truly dead, then why are mystical fires plaguing Gideon at every turn? What accounts for Raven’s frightening visions of her dead mother? And who is the beautiful, tortured girl haunting Cole’s dreams?

Last year, a group of lonely teens sacrificed secrets, battled the supernatural, and faced their own demons to set one another free. Yet six months later, the heart of evil still beats within The Void. And the trio is forced to face the horrific truth: that their only way out is to go back in.

The Paladins completes this eerie YA Southern Gothic where loyalties are tested, love is challenged, and evil seeks them on the ultimate battlegrounds—in their minds, their souls, and their hearts.


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Giveaway Information: Contest ends May 20, 2016

  • Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of The Paladins (The Artisans #2) by Julie Reece (INT)

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Thinking over the new year. Yeah, it’s all about new beginnings.


Happy New Year!

PKO_0016777 Couch 2I hope all your writing dreams come true in 2016, and even a few of your non-writing dreams.

This year I hope to finish my WIP and get it out to the world. How about you?

While your thinking that over, sit back and read a spell with the lovely and talented Anna Simpson.

Happy New Year, Anna!

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Happy New Year, Jenn. I’ve watched, listened, and learned from your example. I’m proud to be your friend.

Jennifer13Awwww, you are soooo sweet!


Moving on. *cheekwipe*


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Jennifer13You okay?


Yup, let’s get started…

I love January first. Just love it. Anything is possible in the coming year. It’s like stepping out in a field of newly fallen snow. Impressive. Beautiful. Untouched.

It’s a new beginning that gets me warm all over. I try, and fail to keep my expectations reasonable. I can’t think about failing because I have so much to learn, to strive for. Sure, I was lucky enough to grab and catch the brass ring when I subbed White Light.

Heck yeah. Did it. Someone besides me thought I was worth publishing.

I’ll be forever grateful to Three Worlds Press for taking a chance on me.

Does it make me bring my hand in and stop reaching? No way. Nevah. I’m going to be right back at it. Keep my expectations low? Not sure it’s possible. I can feel them rising now. Another great year is about to begin.

What about you? What do you do when the New Year comes around? Maybe you can teach me a few things about how it’s done.

Jennifer13 Hmmm… I think about what I’d realistically want to accomplish in the year, and I plan it all out. This is hard when you have a publisher that has their own goals and deadlines, but I find if I am not overly ambitious, I can usually hit my goals. I also try to think over all the stories that are screaming in my head, and try to decide which one would be the best choice to tackle in the upcoming year. This is usually the hardest… deciding which story is screaming the loudest.

Thanks for stopping by, Anna, and good luck with the new release, White Light.

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About The Book:

Emma never dreamed of being a super-sleuth. In her mind, she’s more Scooby Doo than Nancy Drew and when her nosy neighbor, Mrs. Perkins, drags her to an anniversary party to solve a mystery, she rolls her eyes, buys a box of chocolates and hops in the car.

What’s a party without an attack on its host—or more accurately on the host’s grandson, sparking an allergic reaction and moving the party to the hospital waiting room. Suddenly, everyone is a suspect. Emma and Mrs. Perkins, along with Great Aunt Alice (a spirit with boundary issues who keeps stepping into Emma’s body like a new dress and playing matchmaker), dive into an investigation that almost gets Emma killed along with the man they are trying to protect. With so many reasons to kill him and so much to be gained if he died, Emma and Mrs. Perkins must unravel the tenuous ties that point to every member of his family as potential killers.

Even if it means going back to the psych ward, Emma will protect her friend and this innocent man. What good is freedom if it’s haunted with guilt?

About the Author:

Anna Simpson lives near the Canadian-US border with her family. Even though she’s lived in several places in British Columbia, her free spirit wasn’t able to settle down until she moved back to her hometown.

She is easy to find though, if you know the magic word — emaginette. Do an internet search using it and you’ll see what I mean.🙂

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Jennifer M. Eaton’s Appearance on the Writers2Writers TV Show @month9books

Woohoo! It’s finally here!

It seems like forever that I taped this segment for Writers2Writers. What a great experience this was. Looking back to create this link to the segment, I saw that 6,400 people have watched my solo segment, and 1,400 people have tuned in to the entire 30 minute show that my segment was featured in.

That’s a really awesome feeling!

Here is a link to the Writers2Writers YouTube page where you can find more great features to help hone your writing skills.

And right here is my stand-alone segment, featuring my Top Ten Tips for polishing your manuscript before you submit.