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.