Sunday, April 16, 2017

Of Release Dates and Roanoke Signings

Book 4 News

Okay, guys. First things first... An update on book four's upcoming release!

I'm setting a tentative release date for June 12th.

Why not in April or May like we originally planned? Well... As with most things, it's complicated. The short version is that there's been a lot going on behind the scenes over the past two months that's completely upended my original timeline. The reasons why are something I'd rather not discuss publicly.

As it stands right now, there's a chance that the edits may not be completed until the end of May, but I should know more about the schedule in the next week or two.

Bottom line: there is a book, and as soon as it's been whipped into shape, I'll be publishing it faster than you can blink.

...Which is why that release date is "tentative." You guys have been waiting so long for the book at this point that I may just pull a Beyonce and publish it the second it's ready. Bottom line? Keep an eye on social media or make sure you're signed up for my mailing list if you want to know the moment it goes live!

Roanoke Author Invasion '17

Just like last year, I had way, way too much fun at RAI 2017! I met SO MANY wonderful readers and amazing authors. I haven't had that much fun since last year's RAI!

(Left side, front to back: Bo Loftis, Quinn Loftis, Karen Lynch, myself. On the right, front to back: Desni Dantone, Kelly Nagy, and Sara Meadows. Photo credit: April Jackson.)

I was lucky enough to hang out with the amazing authors Desni Dantone, Karen Lynch, and Quinn Loftis this year, along with the wonderful PA, blogger, and editor Sara Meadows, and the absolutely lovely April Jackson and Kelly Nagy (blogger from! Getting to know them was a dream come true and I can't begin to tell you just how kind and welcoming (and absolutely hilarious) they all were. Also, I'll never be able to hear "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" again without flashing back to our ill-advised karaoke session. Let's just say there ain't no whiskey strong enough to have made that performance sound good, but I still had an absolute blast.

(At the signing booth! Keen eyes will notice a sliver of Book 4's cover in the banner beside me... Official cover and title reveal will be coming soon!)

The signing itself was just as fun and I LOVED meeting so many Variant Series fans in person! You guys are amazing. It nearly killed me not to have the fourth book on sale at the event—and it broke my heart every time I had to tell you the release date had been pushed back. THANK YOU, all of you, for being so incredibly supportive and for making RAI 2017 a weekend I'll never forget!!

(Obligatory photo booth pics wherein I rock a {now traditional} fedora. Like ya do.)

Between the signing, the endless opportunities to socialize with readers and authors, and the always awesome after party, RAI is far and away my favorite signing event. If you ever get the chance to attend, I can't recommend it enough!

~ Jena

Monday, February 27, 2017

Of Good News and Author Invasions

So, uh... Hey guys. It's kind of been a while, huh?

(Live footage of the author putting together this post.)

I've been intentionally avoiding the blog these past few months for one (pretty major) reason—I had absolutely no good news to share with you. Truthfully, I was too ashamed to show up here just to offer more excuses about where Book Four was and why I'd mysteriously vanished into the Internet ether.... But that changes today. In fact, right now I have two pieces of good news to offer you! 

First up: I'll be an attending author at the Roanoke Author Invasion again this year! 

Here's the official event description:


Join nearly 100 bestselling authors of contemporary and paranormal YA fiction and more at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood in Roanoke, Virginia on April 8, 2017 from 10am-4pm. This is a FREE event for readers! 

Enjoy an afternoon of books, giveaways, and more as you get the latest releases from your favorite authors and discover new voices!


If you're planning to attend and would like to preorder signed Variant Series novels ahead of the time, just click this link, fill out the form, and your order will be waiting for you at the signing booth!

Last year was a TON of fun and I'm officially counting down the days until this year's event. (We're at 40, in case you were wondering.) Check out the RAI website for more details and to see the full list of the fantastic authors that will be in attendance! Hope to see some of you there!

And second: a Variant Series Book 4 update...

If you caught my last post, you'll know that I've been struggling to finish the fourth Variant series novel for almost two years straight. Also that, from the beginning, I was reluctant to post any publication estimates while the project was still so far from completion.

And, well... While I still can't offer you an exact publication date just yet, I can say that Book Four in the Variant Series should be ready for release in April. 

The official date will be announced alongside the title and cover reveal in mid-to-late March. Depending on how far along the edits are at that point, the e-book may go up for preorder on Amazon the same day. 

It's still a bit too early to give an exact date on things. Partly, that's because the first draft is still a few chapters away from completion, and you never know what could go wrong with the edits. Mostly, however, it's because I have a long, long history of jinxing the ever-loving crap out of myself any time I try to make promises where release dates are concerned.

Either way, the finish line is FINALLY in sight and I could not possibly be happier about it.

So! Now I'm off to channel my inner Dave Grohl by mainlining an unhealthy amount of coffee, isolate myself from the world at large for just a little while longer, and freaking finish this draft so that I can finally give you guys the book you've been waiting so patiently for!

(Bring on the coffee, yo. I think I'm gonna need it.)

Are you guys excited? Because I'm pretty darn excited right now. This book has been a major challenge to write, but I am SO ready to finally share it with you all! Thanks for sticking with me on this, you guys. If it hadn't been for your encouragement and support, I never would have made it this far!