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Last reminder about Tuesday signing

Still feverishly trying to finish this book, but as the subject line says, I wanted to give a last reminder about my upcoming joint appearance & signing with author Ilona Andrews. As I've said before, "Ilona Andrews" is actually two people: Ilona and her husband, Gordon. Together, they co-write the #1 New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels series as well as the new and fantastic Hidden Legacy series. In addition to their fabulous writing, they are simply hilarious in person, so if you’re able to attend, I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll have a good time. 

Because I am lazy, I am copying all the info that Ilona helpfully put up on her website post:

When: Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 6:30pm

Where: FOX TALE BOOK SHOPPE
105 E Main ST Number 138
Woodstock, GA 30188
770-516-9989

If you want to hang out a little beforehand, too, there is a "Meet and Greet" with Ilona, Gordon and I at Copper Coin at 5:00 pm. Address: 400 Chambers St, Woodstock, GA 30188 (thanks to Kathryn for arranging this.) A note about Meet & Greets: these are informal chats and chance for you to ask questions.  Because we do not want to compete with the signings at the store: we will not sign anything at Meet  & Greets. Hope to see some of you there!

Finally, if you're wondering what my other appearances are for the remainder of 2017, go here. They are limited in quantity and location because I am trying to get caught up on my deadlines, so apologies in advance if I won't be near your area.

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That's not a dog baby

Hi, all! If you didn't read my last post, you might not realize that my recent blog silence has been because I am feverishly trying to finish writing The Brightest Embers, the third and final book in the Broken Destiny series. Shameless side note: book two, The Sweetest Burn, releases on June 27th, so don't forget to mark your calendars!



Anyway, if all goes well, the book will be finished this month, so it's all hands on deck keyboard until then. In the meantime, sorry for the cobwebs on the blog. At least it means good productivity, right? 

However, how could I leave you with nothing but excuses for why I'm not blogging more? I couldn't! Therefore, I give you this hilarious text exchange between a husband and wife. Apparently, the wife is a bit of a practical joker and thought it would be fun to psyche her husband out by pretending that she'd adopted a new "dog." However, as you can see below, this is no ordinary dog ;). 

I especially got a kick out of this exchange because from childhood, I have brought home many an unusual animal. There was the chipmunk I thought I could keep hidden in my room as a new pet, and who made his appearance known to my father by jumping onto the back of the toilet while my dad was peeing (I was SO grounded after that one!) Then there were the many stray dogs, abandoned baby birds or lost baby duckies I'd find in streets or other not-safe areas, so I'd take them home while I looked up a local wildlife refuge or no-kill shelter, all while hearing my husband say "We are NOT keeping them, Jeaniene!" because (1) at the time, we lived in a small apartment that didn't allow pets, plus we both worked crazy hours so we were rarely home, yet (2) left to my own devices, I probably would have tried to keep every one of them anyway ;). I also had, at one point, six ferrets, so I really cracked up about the husband's ferret comment in the text exchange below. Click on the picture to read and enjoy!

Popping up for a sale

Hi all! I know, my blog has been rather silent lately. This is because I'm in the last 30 days of an overdue deadline. Progress on the book is good (yay!), so until it's finished, I'm just adding my blog to the list of other things not getting their usual amount of attention, such as my inbox, my friends, my husband, my sanity... you get the drift ;).

However, I had to pop up to tell you about a special, limited-time sale for NOLA StoryCon, the "Mardi Gras for readers" convention. As the name suggestions, it's in New Orleans, LA, from Friday, September 15th through Sunday, September 17th.

Hosts: Jeaniene Frost, Melissa Marr and Kelley Amstrong. 

Special guests: Charlaine Harris and Christine Feehan.

Guest authors: Lara Adrian, Renee Ahdieh, Lou Anders, Lenore Appelhans, Jeanette Battista, Jenna Black, Allison Brennan, Rachel Caine, Kiera Cass, Kristin Cast, PC Cast, Matthew Cody, Bruce Coville, Zoraida Cordova, Delilah Dawson, Alyssa Day, Kimberly Derting, Sonali Dev, Jennifer Estep, Kami Garcia, Molly Harper, Kevin Hearne, Lorraine Heath, Beverly Jenkins, Darynda Jones, Toni L. P. Kelner, Chelsea Mueller, Pamela Palmer, Tom Pollock, Aprilynne Pike, Kerrelyn Sparks, Rachel Vincent and Jaye Wells.

The sale is 15% off all tickets, starting now and ending on May 17th. Just enter the code "Tax_relief" under the "enter promotional code" option at the bottom of our Eventbrite pageAuthor Molly Harper even made a pretty graphic, which you are welcome to copy and share. Hope to see some of you there!



 

Forbidden Craving is now out!

Good news for two-for-one deal lovers: FORBIDDEN CRAVING, the combo collection of both my first Broken Destiny novel, The Beautiful Ashes AND fabulous author Gena Showalter's revamped novel, The Nymph King, is now available! From the back cover copy:

Two unforgettable fan-favorite novels from the biggest stars of paranormal romance!

The Nymph King by Gena Showalter

Females young and old, beautiful and plain crave Valerian's touch. None can resist his blatant sensuality and potent allure—until he steals Shaye Holling from a Florida beach and holds her prisoner in his underwater kingdom. Now Valerian must fight for the privilege of claiming her as his own. Because there's one thing Shaye doesn't know…when a nymph discovers his true mate, she's his for life. Includes all-new scenes!

The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

With her sister missing, Ivy discovers a startling truth—the disturbing, otherworldly hallucinations she's always had are real, and her sister is trapped in a demon realm. The one person who can help her is the dangerously attractive rebel who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. Adrian and Ivy must battle their desires if they're to save her sister, but Adrian knows the truth about Ivy's destiny, and sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side, Adrian on the other and nothing but ashes in between…

I have been a longtime fan of Gena's, so I am thrilled to be in this special, two-for-one collection with her. If you haven't yet read either of these novels, get both for the price of one here or at your favorite book store.

Happy reading, everyone!
Before I get into the new appearances, I have to give a big thank-you to Jennifer L. Armentrout and the staff for ApollyCon 2017. I had a great time this weekend, aside from starting to feel under the weather and thus missing the After Party festivities on Saturday night. However, I'm sure they were as fabulous as the rest of the convention. I look forward to seeing everyone again at ApollyCon 2018!

Next up, as the subject line states, my publisher has added some new, joint appearances on my 2017 schedule. Now, I'm not doing many events this year because I'm trying to get caught up on deadlines, but when I heard that these would be (1) close to where I live, and (2) with BFF Ilona Andrews, how could I say no? I couldn't, you'd agree! So, here are the three new events that I'm adding to my 2017 calendar:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017,  7:00 PM EDT

Book Event & Signing with Ilona Andrews and Jeaniene Frost

FOX TALE BOOK SHOPPE

105 E Main ST Number 138

Woodstock, GA 30188


Thursday, July 27, 2017, 7:00 PM

Book Event & Signing with Ilona Andrews and Jeaniene Frost

BARNES AND NOBLE

2418 E Colonial Drive

Orlando, FL 32803


Friday, July 28, 2017, 7:00 PM EDT

Book Event & Signing with Ilona Andrews and Jeaniene Frost

BOOKMARK

220 First ST

Neptune Beach, FL 32266


If you didn't already know this, Ilona Andrews is actually two people: Ilona and her husband, Gordon. Together, they co-write the #1 New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels series as well as the new and fantastic Hidden Legacy series. In addition to their fabulous writing, they are simply hilarious in person, so if you're able to attend any of these events, I can pretty much guarantee that you'll have a good time, so mark your calendars!


That's it from me for now. My keyboard is calling, so back to work I go ;).

WPB signing reminder and thank you!

As the subject line states, first up, a reminder that my publisher added a last-minute signing, so if you live nearby, come on out and see me!

Where: the West Palm Beach Library, Okeechobee Blvd Branch.

Address: 5689 West Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33417

Time: 6pm this coming Tuesday, March 21st.

Books will be sold courtesy of Murder on the Beach, and they also allow “books from home.” Ebook and audio book readers, I’m happy to sign whatever you bring me (ebook/tablet covers, tote bags, tee shirts, etc.)

Second, a huge thank-you to you, readers! INTO THE FIRE, the final Night Prince novel, debuted at #6 on the New York Times Combined Print and Ebook bestseller list, #12 on the USA Today bestseller list, and #2 on the Wall Street Journal Ebook Fiction bestseller list. Wow, what a way to send off Vlad and Leila! I can't tell you how thrilled and honored I am, but below are some images of all the hugs I wish I could give you :)

March appearances and final video snippet

Hi, everyone! Before I get to the fifth and final video of me talking about INTO THE FIRE in general and Vlad in particular, I wanted to remind everyone that I will be at ApollyCon on March 24th & 25th in Orlando, FL. If you've already purchased tickets, I'll see you there! If you haven't, I'm sorry to tell you that Apollycon is COMPLETELY sold out and at fire code capacity, even for the free signing. So, if you don't have a ticket, it's unfortunately too late. 

But, if you live in or near south Florida, and you're free on Tuesday, March 21st, my publisher just added a last-minute signing, so come on out and see me!  

Where: the West Palm Beach Library, Okeechobee Blvd Branch.

Address: 5689 West Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33417

Time: 6pm on March 21st.

It's at a library, but they will be selling books courtesy of Murder on the Beach. Already bought some or all my books? Bring them in and I'll sign them - they allow "books from home." Ebook and audio book readers, don't think I've forgotten about you! Come for the chatting, and I'm always happy to sign whatever you bring me (ebook/tablet covers, tote bags, tee shirts....basically anything except a private body part ;)).

It's such a treat for me to meet readers because (1) you're book lovers, so you're my people, and (2) you share my characters and worlds. Without you, I'm just telling stories to myself :). If I could, I'd do a lot more appearances, but last year's serious family stuff made me crazy behind on deadlines and I'm still playing catch-up. That's why I have very few appearances this year, and most of them are in the same state where I live. I'm hoping for a little more breathing room next year. Cross your fingers for me, please.

Finally, the fifth and last video snippet is up. In this one, I'm talking about how Vlad went from a character I swore I'd never write about (just goes to show you should never say never!) to a side character in the Night Huntress series, all the way to being the hero in the Night Prince series. To learn how that happened, click the below:

 

 

Video snippet 4: how do I plan a series?

The fourth video snippet is now up! In this one, I talk about writing series books, including the Night Prince and other series, and how I decide how many novels should be in each one. The answer might surprise you (although if you know me, it might not ;). 

Oh, and if you've watched the other videos and wondered about the opening graphics saying "Midnight Messages," my publisher had this neat idea that they'd set these videos to candlelight and I'd post them at midnight each night during release week. Here's the problem with that idea: unlike my vampire characters, I am NOT a night owl, so I'm asleep well before midnight. I'm also not very technologically-inclined, so while I know there *is* a function that would allow me to save these posts and have them automatically go live at midnight, I don't know how to do it. Hence, my posting these "Midnight Messages" in the morning :).

 


Once again, I'm closing with my usual promo plug saying if you haven't gotten your copy of the latest (and final!) Night Prince novel, you can order it here: Into the Fire (Night Prince) or at your favorite retailer.

Video snippet 3 and how I can't count

Hi, everyone! Below is the third video snippet of me, and according to what I wrote in the previous two posts, it should be the last one, but it isn't. Why? I can't count, or my memory sucks. Probably both. 

In all honesty, I was nervous about doing the live video chat that took place right before these were shot. In my anxiety over worrying that I might inadvertently blurt out a spoiler that ruins the book for readers, or drop an F-bomb, or just start uncontrollably babbling gibberish like actor Steve Carell did in Bruce Almighty (you never know, people! ;)) I forgot exactly how many follow-up questions I answered in the post-live-chat videos.

As it turns out, it wasn't three. It was five. Look for the last two on Monday and Tuesday. If you missed the first two and you're interested in what I had to say about INTO THE FIRE, Vlad, Leila, Ian, and more, go here.

Today's snippet is less about INTO THE FIRE specifically and more about my heroines individually. The question posed to me was how do Cat (my Night Huntress heroine) and Leila (my Night Prince series heroine) compare to each other? I go into my usual rambling detail, but if you've ever wondered how I think of my heroines, both individually and comparatively, click the video below.

 


Once again, you can order your copy of Into The Fire here: Into the Fire (Night Prince) . Or, if you've not yet started the Night Prince series, the first book, Once Burned, is only $2.99 in ebook here.

Video snippet 2 on INTO THE FIRE

Here's the second video snippet where I talk a little about what readers can expect in INTO THE FIRE, the final Night Prince novel. I open with the scintillating line of "A lot happens in this book!" *eye roll* This is why my job is writing instead of public speaking, people. I can edit what I write to make it sound more interesting. How I would love to have a magic edit button for what I say in public or on video, but alas. In good news, you can play a drinking game based on all the times I say "uh" or "um," so get your favorite bottle ready before you hit play! ;)

 

 

As a reminder, you can learn more about INTO THE FIRE  here and order your copy here Into the Fire (Night Prince) or at your favorite retailer.