From Imagination To Publication

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Buzz: Author Friends

I'm so lucky to have so many amazing author friends. There are a few who go above and beyond to support me (and I'm sure I'll forget some of you...feel free to call me out!). I wanted to return the favor and post a bit about their books. They deserve all the support they give me and MORE! I only hope one day I can return the many favors these amazing people have done for me.

First, to Meradeth Houston: Thank you for being one of the first to read and review Uprising! I've been so amazed by your support.

Julia has a secret: she killed the guy she loved. It was an accident—sort of.

Julia is a Sary, the soul of a child who died before taking her first breath. Without this 'breath of life' she and others like her must help those on the verge of suicide. It's a job Julia used to enjoy, until the accident that claimed her boyfriend’s life—an accident she knows was her fault. If living with the guilt weren't enough, she's now assigned to help a girl dealing with the loss of her mother, something Julia's not exactly the best role model for. If she can't figure out a way to help her, Julia's going to lose her position in the Sary, something she swore to her boyfriend would never happen.

To Brandon Ax: Thanks for everything! The cover of your book is AMAZING!

0.jpgSophia's mother disappeared when she was six, leaving behind a broken father and sleep disturbed by silent terrors. Now twelve years later, the nightmares that plagued her youth have suddenly returned.

With dark creatures occupying her nights and a sense of restlessness consuming her days, all she wants is to finish school and get out of her small town as fast as possible. Everything changes when she is confronted with the realization that the shadowy beings from her dreams are real. The truth of this reality hits hard when someone she loves is killed. It would seem that anyone in their way is disposable.

A mysterious boy named Aiden enters her life bringing with him all sorts of complications. They're drawn to each other, but their connection brings Aiden right into the path of her half-demon nightmares. With her father and several new friends put in the cross-hairs, Sophia must decide whether to let the shadows take her or stand her ground and fight. As the school year steadily moves closer to an end her decision may come with the cost of her life or worse—the lives of those she cares about. 

To Alex J. Cavanaugh: Thanks for all of your support in everything!

To pilot the fleet s finest ship Few options remain for Byron. A talented but stubborn young man with a troubled past and rebellious attitude, his cockpit skills are his only hope. Slated to train as a Cosbolt fighter pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth and begin a new life as he sets off for the moon base of Guaard. Much to Byron s chagrin the toughest instructor in the fleet takes notice of the young pilot. Haunted by a past tragedy, Bassa eventually sees through Byron's tough exterior and insolence. When a secret talent is revealed during training, Bassa feels compelled to help Byron achieve his full potential. As war brews on the edge of space, time is running short. Byron requires a navigator of exceptional quality to survive, and Bassa must make a decision that could well decide the fate of both men. Will their skills be enough as they embark on a mission that may stretch their abilities to the limit? calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein s early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars. - Library Journal

To Christa Yelich-Koth: You're awesome. Bottom line :)

A scifi-noir graphic novel adventure where a choice must be made: Free Will or Happiness? Noz awakes with blood on his hands. He has just murdered a spy who disclosed the location of his rebel encampment. It won't be long before the aliens who conquered his planet find his team. But as he heads back, he is conflicted. Is he doing his world a favor by restoring their memories? What good is free will if you use it to destroy yourself and those around you? Under the memory-alterations of the aliens, Noz's people are happy, productive and ignorant. Are they better off that way? Noz must decide. And he is running out of time.

To Carrie Butler: Thanks for being awesome!

They’re a bloodline divided by opposing ideals, two soon-to-be warring factions that live in secret among us. When Rena ends up caught in their crossfire, Wallace has no choice but to save her by using his powers. Now they’re really in trouble. With war on the horizon and Rena’s life in the balance, he needs to put some distance between them. But Rena won’t let go. If fighting is what it takes to prove her own strength and keep Wallace in her life, then that’s what she’ll do--even if it means risking a whole lot more than her heart.When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, her rumor-laced notions are shattered. Handsome, considerate, and seemingly sane, Wallace Blake doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, screaming and banging on the walls of his dorm room. Hell, he doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, period.

Too curious for her own good, Rena vows to uncover the truth behind Wallace’s madman reputation--and how two seconds of contact had left her with bruises. Of course, there are a few setbacks along the way: guilt, admiration, feelings of the warm and fuzzy variety…

Not to mention the unwanted attention of Wallace's powerful, supernaturally-gifted family.

AnnMarie Meyers: Thanks for reaching out to me :)

17792165-up-in-the-air.jpgEver since she can remember, ten-year-old Melody has always wanted to fly.

And when she leaps off a swing in the park one day and lands in the mystical realm of Chimeroan, her dream finally comes true. She is given a pair of wings. She can fly! Life cannot be any better.

Yet, dreams do come with a price. Even with wings, Melody realizes she cannot outfly the memories of her past. The car accident that has left her father paralyzed, and her unscarred, still plagues her with guilt—she believes that it was entirely her fault.

In Chimeroan, Melody is forced to come to terms with her part in her father's accident. She must choose between the two things that have become the world to her: keeping her wings or healing her father.

Holly K. Kammier (Critique Partner/Editor/Awesome Friend) - THANK YOU! What would I do without you?



  1. Oh wow! Thank you, Jessica. Believe me, you've been just as supportive. I'll never forget that our books came out on the same day last year. What a treat.
    You rock!!

  2. Meradeth Houston is the best, isn't she? What a wonderful woman, friend and writer. I haven't met her in person, but she has been a wonderful writing email buddy.

    Michelle :)
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    1. Between the two of you I am TOTALLY blushing right now! I love supporting authors and their amazing books :) (Plus, it's a bonus that I get to read stuff early, too!)

  3. Aww... thanks for the shout-out, Jessica! :) I am so grateful for your friendship!

  4. Thank you for the post and glade to hear you are feeling better :)

  5. Thank you so much, Jessica! I can tell you it's been amazing getting to know you. You've been very supportive and bottom line--awesome. :) I'm very much looking forward to Uprising!

  6. Great post! We do have so many wonderfully supportive people in this community.