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. ☺♥☺♥☺

Concerning

**please excuse typos/errors, as I’m sick as a dawg**

 

Hi all,

I’m not sure how many of you have noticed, but WordPress users have been experiencing issues of late.

In short, some WordPress blogs have been shut down.

It appears the reason this is happening is because the bloggers affected have posted links to an external site(s), which, apparently, goes against the rules as written by WordPress.

This means that every book blogger out there who links to a book on Goodreads, or links to a book on Amazon, or links to an author’s website is at risk.

Every blogger who supports blog tours or book blasts (that inevitably link to external sites as they’re promotional posts) is at risk.

Every blogger who happens to be an author and uses the platform to advertise themselves (which, obviously, leads to them linking to what they have to offer, right?) is at risk.

The list goes on ….

I know personally of 3 bloggers who got shut down in ONE day over the weekend.

If this happens to me, I’d be pretty devastated because a) it’s taken me years to build up my audience, and that would be instantly lost if WP shut me down; b) I happen to *like* using WordPress because I find it easy and user-friendly; c) I have ALWAYS encouraged other bloggers to try WordPress because I believed in them, and they are now letting their users down with this late behaviour.

However, I cannot dismiss the idea that they might block me from my blog and wipe it from the Blogesphere, so consider this post a friendly poke to let you know that if you pop in and I ain’t here any more, then you all know what has happened.

In fact, I fear the issues have already started, as WordPress has suddenly made it very difficult for me to schedule a post, to save a post, to do anything with a post. A post I tried to schedule for today, WordPress decided to schedule it for a date in 1970. Yes, you did read that right. I wasn’t even freaking born in 1970! They also sent out an email to my subscribers about the post, but with no content when they clicked to read it. And then today, after saving said post as a draft in the hopes that that’d be easier, I headed in to post it live, and WordPress made it vanish. They gave me the notification that said ‘Congratulations! You have posted your ‘whatever number’ post’, alongside said post, but then it vanished straight away and I can’t find the darn thing ANYWHERE. Bummer for me, as it means I’m letting a writer buddy down. Even bigger bummer for my writer buddy, as it was for her blog tour.

So, yeah, it’s started. And I have a feeling it’s only going to get worse. Hence my seriously considering that I may have no choice but to move, because WordPress have instilled within me a bad feeling.

However, even if the worst happens, I won’t be walking away from blogging, because I enjoy it. Instead, I’ll find another platform and I’ll start again. From scratch. And try my best to get to where I am here.

If you happen to be subscribed via email, then it’s all good as I have the details of my email subscribers tucked safely away and you can be added to my the subscriber list for my new blog, should it come to that.

BUT if you’re subscribed via WordPress only, then you’re going to love seeing my posts and anything I have to say and there’s abso-freaking-lutely nothing I can do about that. So, if you are subscribed that way and if the worst comes to worst and I’m shunted, and you still want to follow, then please ensure you’re following me on either Facebook or Twitter for news of any changes regarding that. Because if I *do* end up having to create a new blog, those are the two main places it will be advertised. Links for both are in my footer below, amongst all of my other links and info. I’d post them in here, but, ya know, WP’d likely block my post then. :\

Thank you so much to everyone who has followed me over the years. I truly appreciate it.

New Print copy of Darkness & Light now available!

Hey, guys, just popping in to let you know that the re-released copy of Darkness & Light is now available in PRINT!

After a lot of formatting and cover work and proofing, it has been deemed ready to hit the shelves.

In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, the new full jack cover now looks like this:

D&L full print cover final

And in case you’re wondering what that might look like in the flesh, it be something like this:

So, if you’re thinking, Oh, aye, I can just see that on my shelf, looking pretty and readable and strokable …..

You can now grab a copy of your very, very own. 

Here’re the links:

Amazon US | Amazon UK

☺☺☺☺

Some News …

Anyone who has gone hunting for Darkness & Light at online retailers very recently may have noticed that it’s not there anymore. This isn’t a glitch. It isn’t there.

However, there is a good reason for this.

You see, my contract for Darkness & Light has just expired, which left me with a choice: renew my contract … or cancel and self-publish.

To be honest, when I first started out in the publishing world, I knew even then that I was intrigued by this self-publishing malarkey. But at the time, I had neither the balls nor the experience to make it happen—and J. Taylor Publishing enabled me to put my title(s) out there without me having to take so many personal risks.

Now, after three years of my books being out there in the world and building up some kind of fan base, I’m kinda ready to take the plunge.

However, as a result of the contract being terminated, Darkness & Light, as it has been sold up until now via my publisher, is no longer available. As you’ve probably established what’s already been said in here, it IS going to be available again, BUT it will be a self-published version.

So, what does this mean for the title?

Thankfully, I’m not having to change the ebook cover just yet (at least, not until I’m 100% ready, and sure of the direction I’d want to take the covers) because I have had the cover recreated (with permission—my publisher has been seriously supportive) using the same images used to create the old ebook cover. The only difference to the covers will be a slight alteration to the text.

How long will it be before the title becomes available again?

Well, I need to figure out some interior formatting and make sure I have everything perfect, which I don’t want to rush, as well as figure out how to embed the font I want to use into the cover so it will look more professional than my usual meagre efforts, so it may be as long as a few weeks. Sorry to anyone who feels this is too long, but if my name goes on it, I want to be proud of it.

Will the book still be available in print?

Okay, this is a more complicated question, because …

  • I don’t have the rights to the original print cover, so a new cover will need to be organised if it goes into print. THANKFULLY, the lovely person who sent me the recreated version of the ebook cover also sent me a created paperback cover for me to affix my text onto. \o/ ♥♥♥
  • It is going to take me longer, me thinks, to understand the formatting of a print book than it took to understand the formatting (which I’m still iffy on) of an ebook. And then one has to hope the cover is the right size and the text is all in the right places upon submitting it, and won’t truly know if they’ve pulled it off until the proof copy arrives (which takes a few weeks each time), whereupon if they haven’t, they then have to do it all over again.

So, YES, I fully intend for the title to be available in print again, BUT, as I said above: if my name’s going on it, I want to be proud of my efforts.

And finally, what does this mean for the rest of the series?

Well, as you know, I plan to start writing Cornered (book 5) at autumn’s end and that hasn’t changed. However, all of the books leading up to that title, excluding Darkness & Light, are still under contracts of varying terms (length of time left before ending). As each title comes to the end of its contracted term, YES, I will terminate to regain full rights, and YES, I will then return each one to the market as self-published, until all of the series’ rights have reverted back to me.

So the publisherVself-published works in the series will be staggered and a little jumbled for some time, because any Holloway Pack titles not yet written/contracted will also be self-published. I did toy with the idea of having a completely new cover created for D&L to start a new branding for the series, but I wasn’t comfortable with doing that for only one title and, as said above, I’m still undecided on where to take the branding. That being said, I won’t completely rule out the possibility of a series makeover in the future once I have all rights back.

Okay, I think that covers everything. If anyone has any questions, I’m happy to answer them. Otherwise, I hope you’ll bear with me during this transitional period and support me in the adventure I’ve been dying to set sail on.

#HollowayPack Announcement + Cover Reveal

So, if any of you have ever visited my website and had a mosey around there, then you’ve probably come across the POV-Switch Scenes I have up on there (from Sean’s POV), and the free shorts I had (<<note the past tense) there, too.

Well, it’s bugged me for a little while now that I’ve only ever had my free shorts available to my readers that way, so I’ve been thinking over how I can make them more accessible and in easy to read formats. After chatting to my editor with my plans and figuring everything out, I’ve decided what to do and I’m pleased to announce those plans.

I’ve always liked the idea of free short stories for readers of the Holloway Pack, and in order to gain them a wider audience, as well as make them available in the best way possible, I’ve decided to venture into a little bit of self-publishing.

So I’ve currently removed the free sample reads from my website because A) I plan to either edit/rewrite/modify each short and hopefully add to the collection over time, and B) as a result, each free short will be allocated a new spot to showcase it on my website (probably even their own page(s)). Below is a list of what I’m planning to modify and self-publish (for now, at least).

Hereditary

What: A short story telling the history of Gabe Lewis (Resonance/Caged/Unnatural) and Shelley Lewis (Resonance/Caged/Unnatural), told from Shelley’s POV–this story is pre-Holloway Pack, but will be listed (for Goodreads purposes) as Holloway Pack #2.7 (to fall between Resonance and Caged).

When: I have set a release date of August 2014 (more details on this below)

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22130612-hereditary

Halloween Hunting

What: A short story dating back to circa Ethan and Kyle’s ‘coming-of-age’, which also highlights the very beginning of when Ethan began to get his rep. This is told from Ethan’s POV, and shows how very little his and Kyle’s relationship has altered over the years, as well as Kyle’s flirtatious personality in his younger self. Series placement number: #3.2 (tentatively).

When: I hope to begin modifying this tale by September for (fingers crossed) a December 2014 release.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22438225-halloween-hunting

Spontaneous Combustion

What: Well, the heading above is fairly self-explanatory … right? Okay, I’ll elucidate: it’s about Kyle and Brooke. To be more specific, it will highlight their very first ‘date’ (or secret meet-up) after Caged‘s ending, and describe their very rapid relationship evolution from casual to heated. This will be told from Kyle’s POV. I’m looking forward to exploring it in more detail. I’m also looking forward to the chance to give my readers a fun scene they missed out on due to the starting point of Unnatural. This is NOT a short already written that I plan to modify, but one I will be beginning from scratch. Chronologically, this will fall between Caged and Unnatural, and so I’ve decided to place this one (for Goodreads purposes) as Holloway Pack #3.7

When: I don’t currently have a definite date for this one, yet, other than 2015 (because it all depends on my progress with Cornered as to when I can start and at what pace I can write it)–so: TBD

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22438233-spontaneous-combustion

And all three of these lead me to …

Supa Sekrit Short Story

What: Well, it’s a supa sekrit short story I’ve been working on, on the sly. It’s something one of my writer buddies (who happens to be on my street team) told me I NEED to write, if only to keep her happy. She didn’t even care, at the time of suggesting it, if I shared it with anyone other than herself, so long as she got a dose of the goods. However, when it got mentioned in my Street Team Group on Facebook, they all kinda jumped on the band wagon, and wanted some of this, too.

So, again …. What: Okay, okay. Obviously, whatever this is, it isn’t really called Supa Sekrit Short Story, because that’d be silly. It’s pretty much called that here because A) I can’t blooming think of a title, and B) I’m not yet ready to divulge exactly what this is about yet.

However, I can tell you is this:

It’s a short story. It’s written from Ethan’s POV. And fans of Ethan are gonna love it.

So … When: Thinking on it. Poor guy doesn’t even have a title for his tasty short yet. Any suggestions? Yeah, guess it’s kinda hard to suggest anything for something you know nothing about, huh? 😉 All I can say is: Watch this space, and I promise to tell you more about this one soon.

And moving on because there’s more.

Yup, as stated above, Hereditary is all set to release NEXT MONTH, I have ALL the lovely details of that one for you below.

Behold … HEREDITARY:

Hereditary

The trouble with one-night stands: you never know who—or what—you’re sleeping with.

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Being a parent isn’t an easy ride. Even more so for single mum Shelley Lewis.

When her thirteen year old son’s hormones kick in, she’s faced with his immense growth, insane sweat, and ridiculous hairiness, not to mention all the normal teenage issues.

Discovering her only son isn’t human on top of those is the shock of a lifetime, and Shelley knows she’s the only one to blame.

It may be too late to save her son from her mistakes, but she can still try to save Gabe from himself.

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For fans of J.A. Belfield’s Holloway Pack series, Hereditary is a look back at the origins for characters met in Resonance.

Release Date: August 13th 2014

Hopefully, these will tide you guys over whilst you patiently (or not so) await Dan’s story.

Cheers for sticking with me. ♥