JESSICA THERRIEN

From Imagination To Publication

Friday, May 22, 2015

VOTE For Your Favorite Tagline - Book #3

If you've been following my posts lately, you might have realized Children of the Gods #3 suddenly has a title--REDEMPTION! Woooot!

Here is a little update for you all:

1. REDEMPTION (Children of the Gods #3) has officially been sent off to my foreign publishers, Editions Milan (France), AdA (Canada - French translation), and SharpPoint Press (Taiwan - Chinese translation). Though I can't guarantee how long it will take them to publish it, at least my work is done! YAY! I'll keep you in the loop about release dates.

*US release is scheduled for September 2, 2015

2. The covers for all three books are complete and the cover reveal is scheduled as planned for June 15th. Sign up to take part HERE. (For those who don't know, I'm re-releasing the first two books in the series. More info on that HERE.)

3. REDEMPTION has been added to Goodreads...so technically you can read the back cover blurb (though it may change) by clicking HERE.


4. Cute Side Note: While I was polishing up REDEMPTION for my foreign publishers, my 2-year-old got a hold of my red pen...he had some suggestions (See pic).

5. I need your help deciding on the tagline for the third book.

Here are the tag-lines for the first two books:

OPPRESSION
There are others like her. Many of them. And they have been waiting for her for a long time.

UPRISING
The Descendants have waited long enough for freedom.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Cover Reveal: Kingston Court by Holly Kammier

Today's cover reveal is not only exciting for my friend/writing partner/editor/publishing partner....it's exciting for me!! I've read/edited this book countless times. Not only because Holly and I are going down this publishing journey together, but because it's GOOD!

Congrats, Holly. I'm so happy for you and very proud to post this cover on my blog :)

Disclaimer: This is NOT a YA book. Adults only.

What happens when you take middle-aged, stay-home-moms, and throw them back into the workforce and dating? A modern twist between Desperate Housewives and Sex and the City, Kingston Court follows the love, lies, and friendships of two wealthy Southern California women. 
Samantha and Natalie are at a crossroads. Gorgeous, over-the-top Samantha, hangs her status and her happiness on her “perfect” husband. That is until she learns his secret. 
But she’s not the only mother on the block struggling. Natalie, nurturing and careful, is thrust back into the workforce after her husband barely survives a horrifying car crash. However, it isn’t just her new job co-hosting a national morning news show that keeps her busy. Alik, the hot young production assistant, does everything in his power to seduce the woman he loves. 
Death and misfortune in the span of a single year force these two women to rediscover their inner strength and make life-changing choices. Kingston Court is full of scandal, temptation, and all of life’s juicy little secrets. 
AVAILABLE SEPT. 10th


Add KINGSTON COURT to your Goodreads to-read list by clicking here.

Follow Holly Kamier on Facebook or visit her website, hkammier.com

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Guest Post: Christa Yelich-Koth - Release of ILLUSION

YAY! I'm so excited for my friend, Christa. I had the pleasure of reading ILLUSION prior to its release, and it's SUCH a good book. Those of you who love intricate worlds and great science fiction/fantasy/space opera are going to love this one.

I asked Christa to guest post today as part of her blog tour. After reading her novel I was interested in who her biggest TV, movie, and author influences were and how they helped shape her novel, ILLUSION.

Take it away, Christa!

A single spark can start a fire.

Influences. I used to think I didn’t have any—that my writing voice was my own. Which is true. My writing style, flow, and tone are all me.  But how those elements came together was a mish-mash of flickering sparks from all around me.

Multiple mediums of storytelling and multiple types of stories have guided me into finding my own voice. Here are the most influential writers from my life:

1) Stephen King—I started reading King in middle school. I devoured his books: Misery, IT, Carrie, The Shinning. I loved getting wrapped up in his characters. He could write pages (and he often did) about simple character backstory and I never felt bored. It was this quality that I brought to my own writing—characters whose own stories inside the plot are as captivating as the current situation.

2) Anne McCaffrey—I got into McCaffrey’s Pern series in the beginning of high school. She had the ability to create a realistic world with politics, culture, and wait for it... dragons! All of these things intermingled so well I never felt like I was on a different planet—just a different version of one I somehow already knew. Creating a believable, yet relatable, environment is instrumental in creating alternate places in my science fantasy books.

3) Joss Whedon—Buffy became a staple in my life in high school. I quickly became a Whedon fan, following his other shows /movies later. What drew me in was his incredible ability to balance humor with drama. He could have the world (literally) falling apart around the characters and be able to bring humor and heart to the situation without rupturing the mood. This is something I love putting in my writing—that delicate teeter-totter to keep a situation from being too melodramatic, but also showing these are real moments happening to the characters.

4) Edgar Allen Poe—Poe’s short stories jumped out at me late in high school. His detailed descriptions of settings not only added to the visual of the story, but actually increased the tension. If I could capture that—make the settings part of the ensemble, part of the mystery, I could use something that is usually considered background and bring it forward as its own contender.

5) Anne Rice—Introduced to her writing in early college, I was impressed by the way Rice could make horror enticing. Her books about vampires were described in sensual and flowery ways. Then suddenly she would make you remember that these were monsters. This duality made me realize I could take something a reader would expect, change its meaning and feel, and then flip it back again. I could play with normal scenarios and twist them, giving the reader a new way to look at and think about concepts they’d only envisioned a certain way.

So what does this mean for my newest novel, ILLUSION?

You will get characters whose backstories are as captivating as their present situation.

You will experience a foreign surrounding and yet feel completely at ease there as you grow with the characters.

You will feel a balance between tension and reality—no dramatics, just truth. No goofyness, just heart.

You will be brought into a full world, where every piece is important, from the pinpoints of light in space to the nuts and bolts of the spaceship.

And the boundaries of your senses, your emotions, and the concept of personal growth will be tested, relearned, and turned around when you least expect it, keeping you sucked in.

I am amazed at the amount of influence I’ve felt over the years. Stories have touched my soul, my heart, my head. They have swayed me to write the best of all of those worlds.
I hope you enjoy ILLUSION. Thank you for joining me along my blog tour! And special thanks to Jessica Therrien for being the hostess at the end of such a great experience!

Christa Yelich-Koth is the author of graphic novel HOLLOW, comic book series HOLLOW’S PRISM and upcoming science fantasy novel ILLUSION from Buzz & Roar Publishing. She has staffed and led a workshop at the Southern California Writer’s Conference, been a panelist at MiniCon, and was co-founder of Green-Eyed Unicorn Comics. She can be reached at cyelkoth@gmail.com. Her website is www.christayelichkoth.com.


ILLUSION can be purchased for pre-order (with an exclusive pdf schematic of the Horizon spaceship), at www.buzzandroarpublishing.com/our-books.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Book Release Dates

Well, here we go. Posting these dates means I have to push forward. No matter how crazy it gets with 2 kids...

For those wondering what is going on, I'm planning a re-release of my series, Children of the Gods. The first editions of the books were officially taken off the market. Both previously published books in my series (OPPRESSION & UPRISING) will not be available to purchase until their re-release. The stories will be the same, but there will be new covers, a bonus chapter, oh...and the 3rd and final book! YAY! Here's what you need to know about when the books will be available.

BOOK RELEASE DATES

Re-release of OPPRESSION (Children of the Gods #1)

9.2.15

Re-release of UPRISING (Children of the Gods #2)

10.2.15

Release of the NEWEST and LAST book in the series, 
REDEMPTION (Children of the Gods #3)

11.2.15



BOOK RELATED DATES

Cover reveal for all three books: June 15 (subject to change)

ARC Distribution for REDEMPTION: August 1

Blog tour for REDEMPTION: November 2nd-16th

Friday, May 1, 2015

Excitedness...

So, I've been laying low, waiting, nail-biting, driving my friend/fellow author/cover designer, Carrie Butler, nuts with all of my picky do-this-not-that nonsense, but last night she nailed it! I have a new cover for OPPRESSION. You have no idea how badly I want to show you. It kept me up last night. I just wanted to stare at it...so I did. I had my phone by the bed and peeked at it about 50 times.

I'm such a perfectionist. I want things to be perfect right off the bat, so it's hard for me to let the creative process unfold. My stomach was in knots the whole time. I can't tell you how good it feels to look at my new cover and LOVE it. I'm so happy!

UPRISING and BOOK 3 are next...I can't wait to see what Carrie comes up with. YAY!

I'm going to try and buckle down over the weekend and post some dates for you guys. Release dates for the re-release of OPPRESSION, UPRISING, and BOOK 3, title and cover reveals, ARC requests, blog tour, etc.

Things are moving along :)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Book 3 Questions & Answers

Now that I'm back I wanted to answer some of the questions I've been getting through email.

1.  When will book 3 be out?

I'm working on a specific release date with my Acorn Publishing team. We're narrowing in on the end of this year. Although I don't expect things to get delayed, you never know. I'll be announcing a specific release date shortly.

2. When will book 3 be out in France and Canada?

I wish I knew the answer to this. I do know that nothing will change with the French versions of the books. The covers will be the same, and they won't be pulled from the market while I re-release the English version. I'll be contacting the French publisher soon so I'll let you know.

3. How can I buy your book? I can't find it online...

Now that my books will be published by Acorn Publishing they've been removed from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I'll be doing a re-release of Oppression probably in September, followed by Uprising soon after. Then I'll launch the 3rd book along with a box set before the end of the year. Until then, some paperback copies are floating around in the book-o-sphere that are for sale. I'm not sure what the prices will be though. They are the last of the ZOVA Books edition. The new ones will have new covers and a new look.

4. Are you doing any book events?

As soon as my books are re-released I'll be signing up for whatever I can. If you know of any in the Los Angeles/Orange County area let me know. Traveling out of California will be hard with two little munchkins so I won't be attending anything too far away.


Oh, and if you're wondering how I'm managing to pull off a re-release of my book series while being Mommy to a 2-year-old and a newborn. It's not going as smoothly as I'd hoped. This about sums it up...


At least my life is the good kind of crazy :)

What is keeping you busy these days?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Baby News and Book News!

It's official. I'm the worst blogger on the planet. Ready for my list of excuses?

1. I had baby #2...we call him J.J. and he's been amazing so far. He's 5 weeks old, healthy, and happy :)


2. I have a 2-year-old who thinks he is 25. He keeps me busier than I could have ever imagined, but we have tons of fun.



...at least he's a good helper...














3. Here's the big BOOK NEWS!!!

I've decided to explore the world of self-publishing...WAIT, WHAT?!

It was a really tough decision, but after thinking it over for several months I've decided to leave ZOVA Books. Part of me is really sad to leave such a great group of people. They have done so much for me and have changed my books in wonderful ways. When it comes down to it, I just need to be in control. I want to be the one tracking sales, working with distributors, etc. Nobody tells you that after working years to make a manuscript perfect (as best you can) that you'll have to hand it over to a publisher and your 300 page "baby" will be completely out of your hands. More and more of my author friends have decided to self-publish and have had tons of success. I've heard nothing but great things from those who have taken that path. So here I go...

The way I've chosen to self-publish is a little different than most, and honestly it's all very new to me, so I'm not completely sure how it will work. My editors/writing partners/friends at Acorn Author Services and Publishing have decided to brand the work they do, meaning select authors they work with will be under their catalogue. Basically I'll get to slap their logo on the spine of my books but I'll still be the one publishing my books. It's the best of both worlds! I get the control, yet still get to have the cover appeal that comes with a publisher's logo.

Stay tuned for updates on book 3!! It will be released this year :)

What has kept you busy lately?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Back To School Giveaway

Welcome to the Back to School Giveaway hosted by the authors at Darkly Delicious YA.



Add great YA titles to your to be read list on Goodreads and enter to win an Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card so that you can purchase novels from your favorite authors.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Giver Movie




DUDE!! Has anyone seen it yet??? 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Conquering Writer's Block


I honestly don’t know a single author who hasn’t had writer’s block at least once in their career. Most of the time it’s a regular occurrence. For me it happens every novel, generally around the same point each time. I wish I had the recipe for some magical writing potion you could brew….wait….coffee anyone? For each author, breaking the block is different. So even if I did tell you to spin around twice and chug a Pepsi while holding your breath, chances are you’d just end up really dizzy and bloated.

What works for me is simple. I sit my butt down in front of the computer and force my fingers to type regardless of whether or not I like what I’m writing. Getting the content out is the hardest part. Like Anne Lamott says:

 
The first draft is the child's draft, where you let it all pour out and then let it romp all over the place, knowing that no one is going to see it and that you can shape it later. You just let this childlike part of you channel whatever voices and visions come through and onto the page. If one of the characters wants to say, "Well, so what, Mr. Poopy Pants?," you let her. No one is going to see it. 
Now, practically even better news…All good writers write them. This is how they end up with good second drafts and terrific third drafts.



If you haven’t read her novel, Bird by Bird, you’re in for a treat (especially if you’re a writer). It’s titled based on a memory she has of her brother who waited until the last second to write an essay about birds when he was a child. Her father, an author, told him to take it bird by bird. This philosophy has helped me in writing every single sentence in my books. Some days I take it sentence by sentence. Others, page by page. Writing 300 pages seems so daunting, but if you take it “bird by bird” ….well, you end up with a book.

What helps you get through the process of writing?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

First Lines or Last Lines


A lot of readers look for that first line. I’ve never been one of them. What I look for is the hook at the end of the chapter. So I guess you could say I’m kind of a sucker for last lines.

I think the TV addict in me has gotten sort of used to those cliffhanger endings. Remember LOST? After every episode my jaw would hang open for a solid minute. Are they really going to make me wait a week to find out what happens? Now shows like The Vampire Diaries do the same, which is something (in my opinion) that sets it apart from the book series it’s based on.

These days everyone wants everything to run at a faster pace…their phones, computers, and yes…their books. You have to admit, Wuthering Heights is a bit slow compared to The Hunger Games ;)

My point is (and again, in my opinion…) last lines are far more important than first lines. They make a book page-turning, and that’s what readers want.

Here are some last lines from my books and from two other popular YA books:

“'You’ve been hidden long enough,’ Dr. Nickel interrupted. ‘You have to face your future eventually, and it’s time to let the prophecy unfold. We need you.’”
 -Oppression, Jessica Therrien

“He looked at me, snapped his fingers, and flames shot up the trees. Everything was burning.
            I woke to the feeling of fire all around me.”
 -Uprising, Jessica Therrien

“At some point we folded into each other like flower petals pulling close together to endure a cold night.”
 -Uprising, Jessica Therrien

“Then, with a gasp I can’t contain, I shift my hand forward, and my blood sizzles on the coals.
            I am selfish. I am brave.”
 -Divergent, Veronica Roth

“About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how potent that part might be—that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”
 -Twilight, Stephenie Meyer

What do you prefer? Suck-you-in first lines or page-turning last lines? 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Book 3 Is Done-ish

Yeah. Yeah....I know. I've been MIA for a while, BUT I have a great excuse. The first draft of Children of the Gods (Book 3) is done! It really has taken me a lot longer to write this book, but it might end up being worth the wait. I'm really excited about how my series ends. As of now it has a working title, but I'm not sure enough about it to share.

Right now I'm reading through what I have, tying things together and nit picking every little detail. After that I'll send it to my critique partners.

I wish I could give you a general idea about the time frame, but honestly, even I don't know when it will be published. With my little munchkin running around, I've been taking things one day at a time.


Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patty's Day Giveaway Event




Join your favorite YA and NA authors as we celebrate being Irish for a day and play on Pinterest. There will be over 45 e-book giveaways! 

You can join the Facebook party HERE!

You won't want to miss it!

Participating Authors:


Lila Felix   A. W. Exley  Melissa Pearl   
Jessica Gibson  Cindy M. Hogan  Sarah Ashley Jones  
Marie Landry  Rachel Morgan  Jennifer Snyder 
Stacey Marie Brown  Jessica Therrien  D.L. Raver 
Stacey Wallace Benefiel  Marilyn Almodóvar  Angee Taylor 
A.O. Peart  Devyn Dawson  Rick Chiantaretto 
Raine Thomas  L.P. Dover  Tamara Hart Heiner  
Leigh T Moore  Meradeth Houston  Amber Argyle 
Tawdra Kandle  Carlyle Labuschagne  Lisa Collicutt
Christy Dorrity  Stephanie Fowers  Kristina Renee
Faith McKay  Charlotte Abel  Jamie Ayres
A.M. Hargrove  Charli Webb  Amy Harmon  
Alyssa Rose Ivy  Kristie Cook  Lani Woodland
T.M. Franklin  Laura Howard  Sharron Riddle
Eliza Tilton  S. M. Boyce  Bethany Lopez 
Dawn Leigh  L.A. Casey  Emma Adams  
Amber Garr  Liz Long
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