Defining Justice prequel short: announcement and cover reveal

Heyyyy youuuu guyssss!

You may remember that my Prince Caden short story, Defining Justicewas published about a year ago in Inaccurate Realities Issue #3: Magic. I’m so pleased to have been included in such a wonderful collection (seriously, the other stories are A+. I definitely recommend checking it out).

But I’m equally pleased to announce that Defining Justice will soon be available on its own! With the story expanded slightly, Defining Justice will be coming to you in e-book form on May 4, 2015, and you can find the short blurb right here!

One of Prince Caden’s earliest explanations of justice came from his father. But with an Earth Elemental’s life on the line, Caden learns to define it for himself.

You can add Defining Justice on Goodreads here.

And… check out the cover below!

DEFINING (1)This cover is special to me for a couple of reasons:

1) It’s the first cover that I created myself!

2) That stock photo is so, so perfect. I won’t reveal all of the reasons why, but a couple of things that strike me about it are the fact that the points on the sword’s hilt closely mirror traditional Egrian armor as I imagine it and then there’s the fact that the colors in this cover will look gorgeous alongside the Riot of Storm and Smoke cover.

…which you will get to see one of these days. I swear.

I’m so excited to be able to release this story for fans of the Threats of Sky and Sea universe and think this story will particularly please the Caden (and the Aleta) fans among you!

For now, I’m off to keep plugging away at Riot of Storm and Smoke! You’ll be hearing from me soon!

-Jen

Stories in the Threats of Sky and Sea universe:
Threats of Sky and Sea (Book #1)
Sisters of Wind and Flame (prequel)
Defining Justice (prequel, coming May 4, 2015)
Riot of Storm and Smoke (Book 2, coming 2015)

Cover Reveal: One, Two, Three

I first met Elodie Nowodazkij through a Young Adult writing class on LitReactor. Since then, we’ve kept in touch via Twitter and let me tell you, she is such a sweetheart! It’s been such a privilege to have someone else going through the self-publishing process, and it’s been a further privilege to have that person be Elodie. Needless to say, I could not have been more thrilled when she made the decision to self-publish her debut novel One, Two, Three and I am so excited to be a part of her cover reveal today!

When seventeen-year-old Natalya’s dreams of being a ballerina are killed in a car accident along with her father, she must choose: shut down—like her mother—or open up to love.

Last year, Natalya was attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Last year, she was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. Last year, her father was still alive.

But a car crash changed all that—and Natalya can’t stop blaming herself. Now, she goes to a regular high school in New Jersey; lives with her one-time prima ballerina, now alcoholic mother; and has no hope of a dance career.

At her new school, however, sexy soccer player Antonio sees a brighter future for Natalya, or at least a more pleasant present, and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell.

But when upsetting secrets come to light and Tonio’s own problems draw her in, Natalya shuts down again, this time turning to alcohol herself.

Can Natalya learn to trust Antonio before she loses him—and destroys herself?

About Elodie:

ElodieThe short story: Young adult author, Elodie Nowodazkij writes the stories swirling in her head during her commuting time.

The long story: Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master’s degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Germany with her husband and their cat (who doesn’t seem to realize he’s not human), and uses her commuting time to write the stories swirling in her head. She’s also a serial smiley user.
ONE TWO THREE is her first novel.

Follow Elodie via: Twitter | Her Website | Her Newsletter | Goodreads 

ONE TWO THREE COVER 3

Add One, Two, Three on Goodreads

Elodie is also offering several chances to win advance copies of One, Two, Three, your choice of a gift card for Amazon, Apple, or Barnes & Noble, or a donation to your choice in the Donors Choose program! You can enter by clicking the link to Rafflecopter below.

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So, what do you all think of the cover? Sound off in the comments below!

It’s a big, big, big day!

I always assumed that my first book would be a traditionally published one. To that end, over the years, I spent a lot of time researching query letters, synopses, and pitch contests.

And I wrote a book. I revised (and revised and revised) it. My amazing beta readers and critique partners told me that my novel about a teenage barmaid in a world filled with Elementals and royalty, was ready to meet the world. So, I began querying, jumped into pitch contests, and waited.

And waited.

And waited.

While I waited, I closely followed the paths of Leigh Ann Kopans and Jamie Grey, who both self-published their debut novels last year. Game-changer. I saw that they were putting out quality novels. I heard about the speed of self-publishing, the control that’s available to them, the decisions that they get to make for themselves. The idea was incredibly appealing for someone like me who doesn’t always love being told what to do.

But I was already querying, so I persevered. I garnered a few requests, some nice words, but ultimately, the answer from agents and editors was: “this won’t sell right now.”

And you know what? I don’t think they’re entirely wrong… for traditional publishing. I’m a book blogger. I know what books the major publishers have released and/or have coming up right now. I look around the marketplace and see books with similar elements to my own. Publishing houses naturally don’t want to “compete against themselves,” and an agent would hardly want to sign a book he or she couldn’t sell.

But I can’t shake the feeling that there were readers out there who would (dare to dream) love my novel as much as I do.  Those ‘BIG’ books that are being published right now put this thought in my head:

“Maybe a publisher won’t buy my book right now… but I think that readers will.”

I pulled my remaining full submissions and… I think you know what’s coming here.

My debut novel, Threats of Sky and Sea, will be published in May!

I could not be more thrilled with this decision and already feel that I’ve made the right choice for this book. Threats of Sky and Sea (or TOSAS, as I like to call it) is the first in a YA epic fantasy series and it will be available in both ebook and paperback.

I can hardly believe it BUT you can add it on Goodreads now(which would be a huge help to me!). You can also ‘like’ my author page on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, and/or follow this blog to stay up-to-date.

There’s a lot of details to see to before release day, and you’ll be hearing from me a lot before then, with announcements like street team and blog tour sign-ups, a cover reveal, and order links… but for now, let me just say: I am so, so excited to share my book with you.

A look back and looking forward in 2014

As 2014 opens, I’m realizing something:

I’m not where I want to be with my life, and you know? That’s okay.

Because all things considered, I had a pretty good year. I have my ups and my downs. Sometimes my downs are really low and it’s hard to remember the good in my life.

But when I put it in a list like this, the good overwhelmingly outweighs the bad and I think focusing on the good things in my life will help when those times inevitably roll back around.

  • I transitioned from a temp job to a permanent position, where (some days) I actually get to use my English degree.
  • My  best friend lives several states away, but we still managed to see each other for four different trips.
  • The bevy and I talk more than ever and it’s fantastic.
  • I interviewed several awesome authors and three New York Times bestselling authors in person.
  • I met my awesome CP Alex IRL.
  • I finished writing and editing my third book– and the first one that I felt could GO somewhere, and got largely positive feedback from my readers.
  • I started the arduous, nerve-wracking, and sometimes tear-inducing process of querying and pitching said book. And even got a few requests.
  • I began researching my publishing options–  really researching them. I don’t know at this juncture whether I’ll self-publish or not, but there’s a whole wide world of options out there and I feel good about whichever path I take.
  • I visited North Carolina, New York, and Virginia. I made 2 trips to Disney World and attended two tailgates at my alma mater and caught up with old friends– both ones that I’ve kept in touch with and a couple I’d lost touch with.
  • I STILL don’t enjoy working out, but I’ve grown accustomed to it and have a new found confidence in myself these past few months.
  • My sorority chapter finally got an on-campus house… three years after I graduated. BUT, I attended the alumnae tea this year and got to see it. GORGEOUS.
  • I ran(/walked) my first 5K!
  • At the start of this year, I had never seen a Broadway musical. As the year ends, I’ve now seen three (Wicked, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Book of Mormon). And, I saw the Rockettes Christmas show!
  • My holiday season was wonderful, filled with fun, family, friends… and of course food.
  • And I’m working on a “group project” that I’m truly excited about

And in 2014?

Of course I have small goals: find another vegetable that I like, whittle down my bookshelves, be more… open to things. But I feel that my main focus need to be on my major, concrete goals.

Because my few major goals are simple… but BIG:

1) Finalize a plan for Threats of Sky and Sea. I’ll make a final decision on my path in the next couple months, so stay tuned!

2) Write and revise another book.

3) Purchase my first home.

We’ll see how I do in about a year!