Dec 7, 2016

Hereafter Holiday Giveaway!

It's that time of avoid the holiday stress and cozy up with a good book and a cup of coffee. To show my love to all of you, I want to give away just that! A signed paperback copy of The Hereafter and a $10 gift card to Starbucks!
"The Hereafter is an afterlife love story about lost causes and second chances..."

To enter:
-Like my Facebook page
-Like the Giveaway post
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post or Tag a friend who could use a break from the holiday stress
One winner will be drawn on Sunday, December 11 at 10pm MST
(Facebook is not responsible for this giveaway. Open to US only. Worldwide applicants are eligible to win an ebook instead and giftcard)
Happy Holidays!

May 27, 2016

Only $.99!

For a limited time! Grab your Kindle copy of The Hereafter for only $.99!  

Find out why readers are calling it an...

"...amazing story!"

"...a very unique love story."

"...a brilliant book of love, death and redemption."

Apr 10, 2016

The Hereafter Goodreads Giveaway!

Happy Sunday, friends. Yes, I'm still pregnant, but I wanted to quickly share that The Hereafter is not only available on paperback, but also part of a giveaway on Goodreads!

Good luck!

Purchase the paperback copy here!
Have an awesome week!

Mar 29, 2016

Literary Junkies

Well, I'm officially on baby watch, and the doc said "any day now" so I need something to busy my mind.  Blogging is the perfect little getaway, and today is perfect because it is the Literary Junkies link-up day.  It's basically a monthly blog party where they give us the questions, and we answer them.  I've been getting emails from Lit Junkies for forever and was never able to join in. Today, I am.

1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it.

Right now, I'm actually reading an ARC (advanced reader's copy) of a friend's book, and it won't be out until April 11, but you can pre-order it here!  I rave about Amanda's fiction a lot on my blog, but deservedly so.  And I can't give away anything yet, but this book is living up.

2. If you could visit any book setting, which would you choose and why?

Hmmm...great question!  I'll give this one two answers. Fictional and Non-fictional.
As for fictional setting, I would die to walk through The Night Circus. 

I still have such vivid images of that setting in my mind.  Some of those rooms in the Circus, I couldn't even wrap my mind around. I loved the way the setting came to life and played a character in that book.

As for non-fictional, I have to go with Pride and Prejudice (sans zombies).

I would love to be a fly on the wall in that era. I want to see how they truly spoke, their mannerisms, their conversations. I'm just so fascinated.

3. If you could sit down with any book character, who would it by and what would you ask them?

I really had to think about this one.  I'm going with another favorite book of mine here.

Daniel from My Name is Memory. He has seen so much and lived so long. I'd want to hear all of his stories and know everything that he saw and experienced. This book had such a unique view on time and memory and life cycles. It's a book that has truly not left me since I read it. I think about it all the time.

4. If you wrote a memoir and it was turned into a movie, what actor or actress would play you?

Ha! Great question. Well, I have been told before that Jena Malone and I could be sisters, and I think she is such a phenomenal actress who has played too many supporting roles and not enough starring roles. 

5. What have you recently added to your to-be-read list that you are completely excited to pick up next??

So many.

But my best friend recently gave me this book for Christmas, and she had nothing but good things to say about it, so I'm excited to read it next.  She's never led me astray before. 
Have you read it? Did you like it?

Well, that was fun.  I forgot how therapeutic blogging could be.  It's fun to just gab about books for an hour or so.  I can't wait to read the other bloggers on the list. Thanks, Taylor and Christine, for the great questions!

And if you're new to my blog, please check out my new release, The Hereafter. All of the links are available on the sidebar.  And subscribe to my newsletter to stay up-to-date on releases and promotions.  I'll let you know now that the paperback copy is one step closer to release.  That date should be coming out soon!

Join the party and link up with Literary Junkies here!

Mar 18, 2016

THE HEREAFTER Now available!

Today is the day! The Hereafter is finally available! You can get your copy on any eBook format including Kindle, NOOK, and iBooks.  The paperback edition is still in production and should be available soon. If you haven't yet, please sign up for the newsletter, and I will keep you updated on any news and promotional information.

To get your Kindle copy of The Hereafter, click here.
For all other eBook formats, please click here.

Thank you for all of your support, and if you do read a copy of The Hereafter, an honest review is always appreciated!  Happy Friday, friends!

Mar 11, 2016

Cover Reveal: The Hereafter

Happy Friday, friends!  Today, I'm excited to share the cover reveal for my new book, The Hereafter! I'm excited about it because, well duh, it's my first book.  But also, I'm excited about it because I'm pretty fond of the cover designer as well.  

Fran of FreeBorboleta has beeen a close blog friend for a few years now. She's the creator of the beautiful blog design you are looking at right now.  In short, she gets me. So, who else would I ask to design my first novel?

And just as before, she took the crazy thoughts and ideas in my head and turned them into something beautiful.  

Less talking, more showing. Feast your eyes!

Available March 18, 2016
Isn't it beautiful?
Yes. Yes it is.

Check out Fran's full portfolio and don't miss out on the chance to work with her for all of your design needs: FreeBorboleta

And while you're here, sign up for the newsletter!

I can't end this post without mentioning some of the amazing bloggers and friends who offered to share in the cover reveal today. Please go send them some love if you have a minute.

Crazy World of a Book Lover
Chronicles of Chaos
The Homespun Hostess

Mar 7, 2016

The Hereafter Synopsis Reveal!

Today, I'm sharing the synopsis and a little teaser for The Hereafter!

I have a lot of goodies signed up for this week. We have teasers, book trailers, and cover reveals coming your way, so stay tuned!

Also, please take a look at the newsletter sign up at the bottom of this post.  If you would like to receive updates via email, please consider signing up!  ((I hate junk mail, so I promise not to Trump up your inbox.))

Without further ado…the synopsis.

The Hereafter

March 18, 2016

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.

Feb 29, 2016

Exciting News!

There comes a time in your life, as a creative individual, when you realize that there is no longer anything in your way.  You're not waiting for anything to come back, or funds to become available or the timing to be right.  One day, you realize that all the doors are unlocked, and it's time for you to just open them.

I'm very excited to announce that my first novel, The Hereafter, will hit the shelves March 18!

That's right.  After years of making excuses and putting it off, the book will finally be available to you.

Stay tuned to the blog for the cover reveal, promotional announcements, and purchase details.

Thanks for being patient and encouraging!

Feb 25, 2016

Cover Reveal: Between the Pages

I'm always excited to see a new book hit the shelves from my friend and talented writer, Amanda Richardson.  If you even remotely like Contemporary Romance, you need to read her books.  They're so, so good.

And as of April 11, we will have a new one to enjoy.  And today, she is letting me join in her fun and share her new cover!

First, check out this synopsis:

A novel
April 11th, 2016 (available for preorder now)

At twenty-six years old, Finley Matthews is done writing for other people as a ghostwriter.* She's tired of seeing her work with someone else's name slapped on the cover. She wants to make a name for herself, even if it means starting from scratch. 

But when she runs into the mysterious novelist Emerson Whittaker twice in twelve hours, and he convinces her to take on one final ghostwriting project in return for good money and a promising meeting with his literary agency upon completion of the project, she accepts whole-heartedly. This could be her way into the daunting literary world. Besides, what could possibly go wrong? 

Soon, Finley finds herself captivated by the enigmatic and attractive Emerson. And there's something about Finley that Emerson can't ignore, either. They soon find themselves helping and needing each other in more ways than one, and eventually, they fall in love between the pages of Emerson's book. 

As the months continue, Finley works with Emerson to get his story on paper. She begins to uncover things about him she wishes she never knew; piecing together Emerson’s past, one chapter at a time—a past with a secret even she can't ignore. 

A passionate tale of friendship, romance, and betrayal, Between the Pages will immerse readers in the provocative world of Finley and Emerson from the very first page.

And now for the cover...

Collective SWOOOOON.  

I can't wait to get my hands on this book.  And if you are too, you can preorder the book now! Just click here.

Feb 3, 2016

Me Before You Trailer Released Today

I have been patiently awaiting this trailer for months.  Oh my gosh, it looks SO good!  I admit, I was a little hesitant about the casting choices (aren't I always?).  For some reason, I just pictured Will to be a little older, but whatever. In this trailer alone, I think Sam Claflin has me convinced.

And is that Brendan Doyle playing Louisa's dad?? Get out I love it.

Did you read this book? (Duh, everyone did)  Are you excited about this movie?? (Yes, you are.)

Which reminds me. I received the sequel After You for Christmas, and it may just be the thing to pull me out of my slump.  Thoughts?

Thanks for reading!

Feb 2, 2016

Reading Rut

I am embarrassed to admit how many books I read in 2015.  It's seriously appalling. I don't know what happened, but that well just ran dry.  I saw this tweet today, courtesy of @BuzzFeedBooks, and it made me feel not-so-alone.

Okay, I'm just going to come out with it and get the hard part over with.  Six. The number of books I read in the entire year of 2015 was SIX.  That's less than one a month.  In fact, most of those were books I couldn't put down and read within a week.  So it's safe to say that I spent the majority of the year NOT reading.

And you might be thinking, Jessica. Go easy on yourself. You've been busy writing books. You can't blame yourself for not having time to read them. And to that, I respond with yes, I do blame myself.  Therein the whole problem lies.  How can I can be so reliant on an industry that I don't even partake in?  It's like being a butcher who doesn't eat meat.

And the truth of the matter is that I miss reading.  I miss falling in love with a book so hard, it digs out a little forever home in my heart.  But I can't expect every book I read to do that. It would really take the fun out of it. So I think I've set my standards too high.  If it doesn't drag me through emotional mud, then I get bored with it and hesitate to pick it back up.  Sad but true.

It goes to say a lot about the six books I did read over the year.

The Foretelling by Amanda Richardson (loved)
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (meh)
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (amazing)
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (still good)
And Then You by Amanda Richardson (skipped a night of sleep for)
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (killed my Kindle's battery with this one)

If I listed the books that I started but didn't finish, it would twice as long.  And if you notice, I started the Throne of Glass series, and loved it, but apparently not enough to finish the trilogy.

Sorry if this blog post was too lament-y.  The truth is that this topic kinda bums me out.  I used to be a voracious reader. I never would admit to reading so few books over the course of a year, but I'm admitting to it now in hopes that it will change soon.  I remember when this slump started and I considered it a phase.  Please let this be over soon.

Have you experienced such a reading drought?
Can you recommend a good book to pull me out of my darkness?

Thanks for reading!

Feb 1, 2016


January was for hibernating. February is for goals.

1. Blog every day in February. Should be easy considering I've posted less than 30 posts in the past year.
2. Write a piece of flash fiction every day in February. Flex them writin' muscles.
3. Edit a chapter per day in the current W-I-P (work in progress).  Currently, that means Fiddler #1 which was last years NaNo project, and that sucker only gets dustier and dustier.
4. Be Baby-Ready by March 1st.  (Baby is due April 9)
5. 30 Query Letters in 30 Days. I'm not exactly query-ready, but I like the idea of melting this iceberg one day at a time.

I am so out of shape when it comes to blogging, tweeting, writing, you name it.  Someone asked me the other day if I was online, and I was just struck dumb.  An old version of myself still exists somewhere online.  But I cannot wholeheartedly answer that I am ON-LINE.  I'm mostly in my car, sitting at my kids' school, in the laundry room, or meandering the depths of Target.  But hopefully, with some serious February goal-getting, I can answer YES. I am ONLINE.

Any other good February challenges out there that I should engage in? 

We have a whole extra day this month. Let's use it wisely.