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Multi-Author Giveaway!

Happy October, everyone!

To kick off the spookiest and most magical month of the year, we — myself and four other fantasy authors — are bringing you an awesome giveaway!

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Just by entering the Rafflecopter below, you can be entered for a chance to win not one, not two, but FIVE SIGNED books. And who doesn’t need five new books??

Hurry hurry! The giveaway will end on October 7th. 🙂

Good luck!

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Need a signed copy of TLD? Read this!

I’ve had lots of requests for signed copies of The Littlest Dragon, and for that, I’m extremely grateful! Nothing warms an author’s heart more than knowing there are people out there ready and willing to support their book. I love making readers happy, so get ready to order your signed books, y’all!

Here’s how this will work: You order direct from me, I receive the book, ink it, and then mail it straight to you. Prices will be a little higher than retail, because I’m factoring shipping into the total cost.

Prices:

  • Hardback: $23
  • Paperback: $13

Payment Methods:

  • PayPal (preferred!)
  • Venmo
  • Check

In the memo line, or memo field, or note field of your chosen payment method, please include “signed copy of The Littlest Dragon“, or something similar.

*Notes for personal checks: Your requested book(s) won’t be mailed until I receive the check and it clears the bank.*

You can order as many signed books as you want! Go wild!

To start the ordering process, please complete the form below. In the “Comment” section, include the number of copies you’d like, format (HB or PB), and payment method. I’ll then reach out via email and we’ll finalize payment and your shipping address.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out via the comment form, or hit me up on social media.

Thank you!!

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Cover Reveal: The Littlest Dragon

After the busy blur that was my week at Tinker Mountain Writer’s Workshop, I almost forgot I had scheduled this cover reveal for today!

We have about 30 minutes left of the day, so without any further ado…dun dun dun…here it is:

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Isn’t Bimnid just the most precious little dragon you’ve ever seen??!! 🙂

And the synopsis:

Bimnid is the puniest dragon on the Island of Bones. Not only is he tiny, but he does not have the shiniest scales, or the sharpest teeth, or the loudest roar. When the island is threatened by dragon-hunters, Bimnid looks to the other dragons for help, only to discover that everyone – even the fiercest – is afraid.

Can Bimnid find the courage to save his horde and earn his name?

I can’t end this post without sending out a HUGE THANK YOU to my wonderful illustrator, Sarah Waterfield. Without her, there would be no Bimnid and Co.

You can find Sarah online at her website and on Facebook, if you want to check out more of her wonderful art.

The Littlest Dragon with be available to purchase in hardback and paperback very soon; stay tuned for the official release date!

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Goal Setting (Or, Stuff Jessica Fails Miserably At)

I’m not ready for today to be the last day of 2014; honestly, I don’t know how the year disappeared so fast. But, since tomorrow will begin a new year, I figured a little introspection was in order.

I don’t normally like to make a big hubbub about New Year’s resolutions, mainly because I don’t make them. I’m more of a short-term and long-term goals kind of girl. Sometimes they get written down, sometimes they don’t. IMG_45412206201343

That being said, I can’t tell you what I was thinking about this time last year (two years ago, I was suffering through the aftereffects of mutant strep throat, so I wasn’t thinking about much). But I can tell you what I managed to accomplish.

In February, I founded a YA critique group. We’re still going strong!

In April, I made the decision to indie publish my first novel. My goal was to get it out into the world in December, but I underestimated how long the process would take. So I guess I get to carry this goal over into 2015…huzzah!

In August, I found a new job, which has its ups and downs.

In September, I dumped the guy I always (not literally always, but you get the idea) thought I wanted to be with. Best. Decision. Eva. (And yes, I’m counting this as an accomplishment, and if you knew all the details of this, you would as well).

In October, I closed on my condo. MY FIRST PLACE. YAY ADULTHOOD.

In December, I was able to unveil the cover of Stones, which was some very exciting stuff. I was also able to turn 26 with minimal fuss and no quarter-life crisis breakdowns.

Those are the highlights of 2014…now we can proceed to goals for 2015!

Here’s the most obvious one: publish Stones and Finger Bones. This will be happening in February! I am thinking it will be ready to go by Valentine’s Day weekend, but I’m not releasing a specific date until I get the bugger formatted.

The rest of my goals are going to be broken down in categories for easy reference and so I can make lists. I love lists.

Overall Heath & Wellness:

  • Continue making better food choices
  • Choose and start taking a vitamin D supplement
  • Stop tolerating sucky people
  • Stop vehemently loathing work (yes, it takes away valuable time that could be used for writing or trolling the internet, but I have a mortgage to pay)

Home Improvements:

  • Paint master bedroom and bath
  • Find a bookshelf for room
  • Bring all books from home to new home

Reading, Writing, & Publishing:

  • Finish 25 books. I know this might seem like a low number to some, but I’ve been really slacking on my reading habits. I don’t think I even finished 10 this year, which is terrible!
  • Do a better job of tracking these books, probably utilizing Goodreads
  • Choose these books from the collection I already own and make list
  • Write at least 5,000 new words per month. I think this goal will complement my writing style better than daily or weekly goals, since I tend to write in fits and starts, and some days are more productive than others.
  • Outline book 2 of the Black Towers sequence (I think I need to be more diligent with outlining this one to make sure threads are being resolved, tangled, or cut as appropriate)
  • Draft a Black Towers novella
  • Participate in bloggy activities. Blog more in general. Let’s aim for at least twice a month!

And there be my goals! Mostly manageable, I think. I probably won’t be officially publishing anything else in 2015…but never say never! This, of course, depends on how fast I get things drafted, polished, edited, and all that jazz. If anything, I can aim for publishing the novella at the end of the year, but I’m not going to make than an official goal…yet. 😉

Happy New Year, minions!

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The 10 Commandments: Book Lovers’ Edition [Infographic]

Love this!

Quoth The Wordsmith

Due to popular demand, I have, at the request of various readers, created this infographic of the original post. Enjoy, and do let me know your thoughts!

10 Commandments: Book Lovers' Edition

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Now Reading 8/6/14

I’m a big fan of books-turned-televisions shows. Game of Thrones and True Blood, anyone? I also happen to be a big fan of the Starz original, Sparta1322638297Outlandertpb3widecus. So, when I heard that Starz would be making a TV series from Outlander, Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling novel, I was all like “Yisssss. I will wait for this to come out on DVD and then binge-watch the whole season in one night”.

My next thought was that I should probably read the book.

As fate would have it, I found a gently loved copy in a used bookstore last night. I do not foresee any reason why I will not thoroughly enjoy and love this book. History, fantasy, time travel, romance, sexy Scots? Mmhmm, yes please.

 

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