Weekly Check-in

Howdy, and welcome to my weekly check-in where I post what I’ve been up to this past week, and what a great week it’s been.

So …

Did I meet my writing target?

I have 176 words of my weekly goal left to achieve, and as I’m writing today, I’ll have shot over that by the time I’m done. I’m especially pleased with my writing efforts this week, though, as I’ve headed into a scene I’ve been dreading because it delves into a territory I know absolutely zero about, but upon reading back what I have so far, I like how it’s coming along. However, the fact that I knew NOTHING about what my MC is experiencing–poor Dan–I’m definitely going to have to get some kind of validation for the scene from outside sources before I can fully call it a wrap. Fingers crossed, though, as I’ve enjoyed writing it as it stands. Also, Cornered eked over the 30K mark a couple of days ago, which means the MS is now around 1/3 complete, so excuse me whilst I pause to yell …

Whoo-hooo!

If you want to find out exactly what I’m writing, or you’re eager to find out what trouble I’m landing Danny in, be sure to add Cornered to your Goodreads tbr.

Okay, for my Jenna Lyn Field target?

Well, those uploaded files were approved by the printer. And then a copy was ordered for me to check, and I was WAY happier with the outcome. Which meant I could then produce that vlog I wanted to produce to reveal the cover. So then I figured I may as well just go and announce its release aaaaaalllll at the same time.

You’re welcome to read my Cover Reveal + Out Now post.

Or you’re welcome to watch the cranky YouTube vid I made announcing it, in which my pooch makes an unbidden appearance.

Aaaaaaannnnnnndd, if you want to show my ‘other me’ some love, you could also race over the either of the Amazon’s and grab yourself a copy of The Rabbit With Terrible Habits.

AMAZON UK | AMAZON US

Thank you SO much to those of you who’ve already been and grabbed a copy. And a massive thank you to the lovely lady who shared this awesome pic when her son’s copy arrived:
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UBER! CUTE!

On the editing front?

The last couple of days, I’ve gotten up super early with Mr B and delved into my story edit job before Boop has to get up for school. This has helped me to get through decent chunks of the work with little distraction, and so I have ONLY 5% LEFT TO READ before I can type up my notes and get it sent back. I’m super happy about this. Although my deadline is actually next week, I’ll be visiting family for Easter and so need it done prior to my prep for that commences. I’m very confident that will happen, so …

Yay!

What else happened this week?

Actually, not a lot. I’ve been so tied up with editing and writing and book releasing, so even though I’d have liked to get some artwork squeezed in there somewhere, I just didn’t have the time. However, I DID take the day off on Tuesday, as my VEEEEEERRRRRRY old friend came to visit (we met when we were five; I was walking to my first day at a new school). She’s one of those friends I’ve known, like, forEVVEEEERRRR, and it doesn’t matter if it’s been a week or a bunch of years between seeing each other, there is never any awkwardness because everything always seems to fall right back into place. Such an awesome day, and I was blessed to have seen her.

So, a great week all round.

Oh! Before you go, though. I’m still looking for a few hosts for the Enticed Blog Tour in April. If you have a slot free on your blog between April 16th and APril 30th, please sign-up and support Ethan in the form below. And don’t worry if you’re a Holloway Pack virgin, as you can always sign up for a spotlight post. In the meantime, remember to add Enticed to your Goodreads tbr.

And I think that’s everything for this week. I *think*.

What’s everyone else been up to? Meet you goals? Tried something new?

Cheers for stopping by. ♥

Weekly Check-in

Howdy, and welcome to my weekly check-in where I post what I’ve been up to this past week. I missed last week’s post due to my Announcement post that went live, so I’ve had some making up to do. Also, as a result of last week’s announcement, I’ll be adding in my progress for that pen name each week, too.

So, this week:

Did I meet my writing target?

I have around 220 words of my weekly goal left to achieve, and yeah, I’m pretty confident I’ll have that covered. I’m really happy to be getting back on track with this as I’m reaching the point of the story where stuff is about to get interesting, so I’m hoping this will spur me forth to want to keep going and going at this pace.

If you want to find out exactly what I’m writing, be sure to add Cornered to your Goodreads tbr.

And my Jenna Lyn Field target?

Initially, I wanted to post a cover reveal vlog over on my Jenna Lyn website this week using my print proof copy. However, when my copy arrived I wasn’t happy with how the colours came out. This resulted in my re-shooting all of my images, and then re-adapting them all into a digital format before I could recreate the file for uploading to the printer. Bad news is: this is really stressful and a time suck and I not only ignored poor Mr B until almost bedtime on Wednesday, I also ended up having to get out of bed at 5:50am on Thursday (I HATE MORNINGS!!!! in case you didn’t know) in order to get it finished. I’m now currently waiting on approval of my new uploaded files and then I’ll be ordering a new copy to proof. So It’s all good and it IS coming along. If you want to follow this endeavour over on my Jenna Lyn Field site, where I have a News & Updates feed rather than a blog, you can find that HERE.

On the editing front?

I’ve been ploughing through my story editing read this week, and I’m very happy with where I’m at and 100% confident that I won’t be struggling to complete on time. \o/

What else happened this week?

Well, my mini order of Enticed paperbacks arrived in the post. Lookie:

I plan to be giving some of these away during the first few weeks of release from April 16th onward.

If you want to get your mitts on one of these pretties, you can do so by:

a) being a member of The Hollerers and promoting Enticed during its release

b) following in the blog tour, where there’ll be a copy up for grabs

c) attending and participating in the Enticed Release Facbook Party happening on Friday 17th April with myself and a line-up of other authors

d) signing up to host the Enticed Blog Tour

For anyone interested in helping out with the last option, I’ve included the sign-up form below. Simply signing up and posting as offered will enter you into the draw for a signed copy of Enticed. In the meantime, remember to add Enticed to your Goodreads tbr.

And I think that’s everything for this week. I *think*.

What’s everyone else been up to? Meet you goals? Tried something new?

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M9B Friday Reveal: Author Spotlight with Julie Reece with Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals

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Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!

This week, we are spotlighting Julie Reece, author of

The Artisans

presented by Month9Books!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

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Get to Know Julie Reece in 10 Questions or Less!

 

Twitter or Facebook? -Both

Favorite Superhero? –One hero to rule them all: Thor

Favorite TV show? -Sherlock (British)

Sweet or Salty? -Ice cream is a food group.

Coke or Pepsi? -Tea (I’m a rebel)

Any Phobias? –Sharks and, ew, spiders … oh and drowning.

Song you can’t get enough of right now? –Caroline (or anything) by Kill It Kid *dies*

Who is your ultimate Book Boyfriend? ‘Weaver’ from May Webb’s, Precious Bane *swoons*

What are you reading right now or what’s on your TBR? -Saving Francesca , by Melina Marchetta

Fall Movie you’re most looking forward to? –OMG! Crimson Peak and Mad Max:Fury Road

Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.

I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.

Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.

Then I thought I’d write one down…

Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!

 

Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

The Artisans

They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old RAVEN WEATHERSBY gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands.

To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day.

Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad’s drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox.

But Raven’s stepdad’s drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she’s ever known out of jail, or worse.

Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries’ clothing line, signing over her creative rights.

Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can’t imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes.

But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?

The Artisans is a delectably rich, layered and dark YA Southern Gothic inspired by Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s classic Beauty and the Beast.

The Artisans has all the elements I love – spooky intrigue, strong friendships, and a romantic tension to be savored.” ~ Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy.

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Title: The Artisans
Publication date: May 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Julie Reece

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Announcement

The time has arrived for me to adopt a pen name.

For many years, I’ve wanted to publish a range of children’s picture books. I kept three I wrote years ago (around 15 years, to be exact), two of them accompanied by artwork, and have been waiting for the the right moment to bring them out into the world. Thanks to the evolution of the publishing industry, it is finally possible for me to take that step. So, after a couple of years of telling myself I’d never be able to pull off recreating the images, figure out how to apply them to a page, and then how to collate the pages into the single pdf file I’d need for uploading to the print company, I gave myself a kick up the backside and told myself I COULD do it, instead.

I’ve spent the past month or so pulling my hair out whilst teaching myself to do all of the above. I think I’ve finally figured it all out. Which means I can AFTER FIFTEEN YEARS get my children’s books published.

This is so very exciting for me, and I really hope you, as my readers, will be supportive of, and excited, for me, too.

So, what’s the pen name, you ask?

Well, any children’s books I publish will be done so under the pen name: Jenna Lyn Field.

And if you want to find out more about her–me–you can do so by visiting her–my–website. It’s a little bare at the moment, but, hopefully, that’ll change reeeeeaaaaaal soon.

Thanks for stopping by. ☺♥☺♥☺

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