Wednesday, March 12, 2014

In My Headphones and a Quick Update

So the initial rush of promos for the Resistance release are winding down, and I'm finding myself with more and more writing time during the day... Which is fantastic, although it means you'll be seeing less and less of me on Twitter and here on the blog.

I tend to be one of those writers that needs to shut out the rest of the world any time I want to focus intensely on a project—and right now, Book 3 is calling my name!

For those of you who are still wondering: currently, Book 3's release date remains undecided. As soon as the first draft is with my editor I'll be ready to ballpark a date for publication, but for now it's just too early to say. You'll know as soon as I do, I promise!

In the meantime, here are some of the songs I've been playing on repeat while I work.... More than a few include lyrics that fit almost perfectly with the plot and themes of the third book, but I'll leave it up to you guys to speculate on which songs I'm referring to. :)

Also, at the rate I'm going, I'll need to thank the band KONGOS in Book 3's acknowledgments. (Their album Lunatic has been on repeat in my headphones for days now. I'm kind of in love with it.... You might want to check out the rest of the album, if you like the two songs I included in this list. Just sayin.)

Enjoy!


Woodkid - Iron



KONGOS - Come With Me Now



Poe - Hey Pretty



KONGOS - Hey I Don't Know



Emphatic - Do I



Carbon Leaf - Any Given Day

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Resistance Book Blitz, Variant Series FAQ, and a Giveaway!

First thing's first....



Thank you!

Thank you for making Resistance a hit during its first week of sales! I never in a million years expected the book to do this well, especially right at the outset. You guys are amazing. *glomps*

Since the release of Resistance, I've been getting a lot of questions about my plans for the Variant Series and my availability for certain promotions. Because of that, I wanted to go ahead and answer a few of the more common questions here on the blog... Hope this helps!

FAQs

Is there a release date for Book 3 yet?

Not just yet. I completely jinxed myself with Resistance (Book 2) when I tried to ballpark a release date before I'd finished the first draft. Muses willing, Book 3 will be released much more quickly than the last book, but I'm hesitant to say any more than that. As soon as the completed first draft is with my editor, I'll be ready to set the date! 

How many books will there be in the Variant Series? Are you planning to write any prequels? Spin-offs?

Currently, I'm planning on four books to complete the series, but I won't know for certain until I near the end of writing the fourth book. There's a chance that I won't be able to fit everything that needs to happen into Book 4, and I'll be forced to split it into two books, making it five to complete the series.

As for prequels or spin-offs... Currently, I don't have any plans to expand the series. That's not to say it won't happen—just that it's not currently on the agenda. Maybe after I've had the chance to finish up a few of my other projects, I'll be ready to come back to Alex's world for a few more adventures! :)

I'd like to review your novel(s) for my blog. Can you send me a review copy of Revival/Resistance/both? 

I'd love to work with you! Just send me an e-mail with your information and we'll figure something out. For those of you interested in an interview or guest post—please just send me a request. If I can fit it in, I'd be more than happy to.


Giveaway Details

Today marks the first day of the Resistance Book Blitz hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! Participating blogs will be posting excerpts from the novel, interviews and guest posts, as well as offering a host of giveaways. You'll have the opportunity to win an ebook copy of either Revival or Resistance on many of the blogs! There's also a tour-wide giveaway of a $50 Amazon GC which you can enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

RESISTANCE Release Day!!

Hello, everyone!

It's here! It's here! Today's the day—Resistance, the second novel in the Variant Series is now available in ebook form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords for just $2.99! For those of you looking for the paperback, it will be available on Amazon early next week.

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http://www.amazon.com/Resistance-The-Variant-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B00ICQ41O0/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_tnr_1

Synopsis:

Alexandra Parker might be the most powerful Variant the world has ever seen—but even that won’t get her out of finishing her junior year of high school.  

The challenge of keeping her abilities under wraps during class is daunting enough, but throw one surly, sandy-haired Jumper into the mix, and things can get downright complicated.  

Declan’s new job? Watch over Alex while she’s at school and do everything in his power to keep her from losing control. But as sparks of every kind begin flying between Alex and her new bodyguard, she's left feeling more unstable than ever.  

When avoiding her abilities results in a surprise visit from her parents’ killer, Alex’s worlds collide with a bang that nearly levels Bay View High.  

With her freedom now squarely in the Agency’s crosshairs, Alex will be faced with the fight of her life… and a decision that could forever alter the course of her destiny.


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There will be plenty of giveaways over the next few weeks, so be sure to keep an eye on the Jena Leigh website, or follow me on Twitter (@jenaleighbooks) for more details!

Speaking of giveaways—right now, you can enter to win a paperback copy of the new book on Goodreads. While you're there, be sure to add Resistance to your shelf!

Also, BLOGGERS! Would you like to take part in the Resistance Book Blitz being hosted by Xpresso Book Tours? It's not too late to sign up! Just click this link for the details and the sign-up form! During the Blitz, every participating blog will be able to host a giveaway for one ebook copy of either book in the series and/or share the blitz-wide Rafflecopter giveaway of a $50 Amazon GC. What's not to love?

Thank you all so very much for your support and I hope you enjoy this new installment in the Variant Series! Happy reading!!

~Jena


P.S. If you're a blogger who is interested in reviewing Revival or Resistance (or both) for your blog and would like a digital review copy, please send me an e-mail with your information!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Cover Reveal: RESISTANCE (The Variant Series, #2)

One month from today, Resistance (Book two in the Variant series) will be released!! I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to finally put this book out into the world.

To celebrate the start of our countdown, today on the blog we're kicking things off with the official reveal of the cover!

So here it is, guys, the brand new cover for Resistance!





*****

Synopsis:

Alexandra Parker might be the most powerful Variant the world has ever seen—but even that won’t get her out of finishing her junior year of high school.

The challenge of keeping her abilities under wraps during class is daunting enough, but throw one surly, sandy-haired Jumper into the mix, and things can get downright complicated.

Declan’s new job? Watch over Alex while she’s at school and do everything in his power to keep her from losing control. But as sparks of every kind begin flying between Alex and her new bodyguard, she's left feeling more unstable than ever.

When avoiding her abilities results in a surprise visit from her parents’ killer, Alex’s worlds collide with a bang that nearly levels Bay View High.

With her freedom now squarely in the Agency’s crosshairs, Alex will be faced with the fight of her life... and a decision that could forever alter the course of her destiny.

 *****

So what do you think? Are you guys excited to read the next installment in the Variant series? 

Be sure to check back for more fun things like giveaways, blog tours for both Revival and Resistance, and a whole lot more during this month leading up to the release. And mark your calendars—on February 11th, 2014, Resistance will finally be available for purchase!

Want to add Resistance on Goodreads? Just click the buton below!

 

P.S. For those of you searching this post for the cover design credit... *nervously raises hand* Erm. It was me. I designed both covers in the Variant series myself. I realize this goes completely against the advice I always give about hiring someone to design your covers, but (in my meager defense) graphic design has been a hobby of mine for over ten years now. So I feel at least slightly qualified to do it myself... But still. This is most definitely a case of do as I say, not as I do! As an author, your book will always be better served by giving it the best cover possible—and if that means hiring a graphic designer instead of putting together a design of your own, then that's exactly what you should do. :)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

 


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!!


I've been a bit quiet here on the blog lately, but I promise there's been a very good reason for my absence—I've been hard at work putting the finishing touches on Book Two in the Variant Series! The book is still in edits, but is on track to be released as scheduled on February 11, 2014! 

There will be two different blog tours leading up to the book's release, one in January for Revival (January 13–21) and another in early February, for Book Two (February 10–17). Also, bloggers! If you'd like to take part in the Revival tour, be sure to drop by this page for more information and to sign up!

The official title for Book 2 will be announced within the next two weeks, once I've finally made my decision. (Indecisiveness FTW, y'all.) Even more exciting, Book 2's official cover reveal will take place sometime right after the title announcement, in mid–January! It's looking fabulous and I really can't wait to share it with you all. :)

Here's wishing you all a warm and wonderful holiday season!!

Merry Christmas!

~Jena



Monday, October 28, 2013

Of Release Dates and Tempting Fate

GUYS.

Guys, guess what!

WE’VE SET A DATE!

Wait, no. Hang on… *rereads declaration* Not that kind of a date. That’d be weird. We hardly know each other.

Let’s try this again:

BOOK 2 IN THE VARIANT SERIES OFFICIALLY HAS A RELEASE DATE!!



(For anyone reading this site as text only, that's February 11, 2014!!!) 


That’s the day, y’all. That's the day I’ll finally be able to share Revival’s sequel with all of you!

I'd give it to you today, if I could, but events have conspired to push the release date back to February…. You wouldn’t want it today, anyway. Trust me. *cringes* It’s kind of a hot mess of typos and unnecessary ellipses.

But that's what edits are for! By the time February rolls around, the book will officially be the best it can possibly be, thanks to my super amazing editor and the input of my beta readers.

So why February? Why not release the book before New Year's, like I'd planned?

The answer's pretty simple: there's just no way to have it ready for you by then.

Ever wondered what happens to an author when they sit down to write the second book in a series, and then realize that all their best ideas amount to nothing but a dozen or more failed attempts?

I could wax poetic about fickle muses and tempting fate by promising the world a book you've yet to actually write... But Libba Bray (amazing author of the Gemma Doyle Trilogy and, most recently, The Diviners) said it best in this blog post titled "On Writing Despair (Juicebox Mix)," after she ran into stumbling block after stumbling block while trying to write a sequel to The Diviners.

If you want to understand the hell that is a dozen failed attempts at a novel, click that link. Oh. And you might want to grab a juice box and a lovey before you head over. It will help you survive the read. In the words of Mrs. Bray, "Doom goes better with juice."

In addition to my writing woes, real life decided to throw in a few kicks while I was down. It's made the whole process... less than pleasant.

Luckily, I'm nothing if not determined. :)

Also, I come heavily armed with dark roast coffee and an undying love for each of the characters in this series. Which helps.

I'll be making announcements in the coming months regarding Book 2's official title and the cover reveal, so stay tuned!!!!


P.S. If you're a blogger and would like to read and review Book 2 ahead of its release, be sure to send me an e-mail so we can work out the details! Thanks!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Anti-Bully Project

 The ever so lovely Amy from Lady Reader's Bookstuff has organized a fantastic, month-long project to help raise awareness about an epidemic that hits close to home for so many of us—bullying. In addition to a Facebook discussion taking place on Thursday, October 10th, there will also be a plethora of posts and giveaways from different authors who will be discussing their own experiences with bullying via the Anti-Bully Project website!

Please take a moment to visit the site and find out more about the project!




Join us to discuss the topic of Bullying. We will have a Q&A, fun games and prizes. The discussion will take place on the Anti-Bully Project FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/AntiBullyProject Thursday 10/10 at 7:00pm (EST) - 11:00 (EST)

The discussion is a virtual event/Facebook party. Please come prepared with questions and anything that you'd like to discuss and/or talk about. For any questions or comments, please contact Amy Del Rosso
 

Anti-Bully Project Links:


Website: http://antibullyproject.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ladyreaderstuff
Email: amy@antibullyproject.com
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/AntiBullyProject
FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/665932906755055/
FB Virtual Discussion: https://www.facebook.com/events/665932906755055/




As a side note—if you're looking for another way to support the project, be sure to check out the fantastic Anti-Bully Project 2013 merchandise available for sale here!