From Imagination To Publication

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Hello! If you haven't heard of the IWSG, I encourage you to join. It's a wonderful network of authors and bloggers. Today the question posed is this:

Have you ever said "I quit"? 
If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

It couldn't be more fitting. The book I'm preparing to release, officially titled CARRY ME HOME, started as my sister's novel over ten years ago. In her youth, she experienced some crazy things and the book started as a therapeutic release of that dark time in her life. She stopped at about 40 pages, but somehow it ended up in my hands (with her permission of course).

That was the first "I quit" moment. It was so unbelievably brutal and shocking that I couldn't finish reading it. Most of what she'd written were memories of things I had no idea actually happened to her when we were teenagers. She lived in her world and I lived in mine.

But the truth is a hard thing to ignore. Eventually I did finish it, and as a writer, I couldn't help but recognize the depth of the experience and the amount of growth that had occurred in her as a person (and as a character) in this unfinished book.

I felt inspired and amazed at what she'd gone through and the person she'd become in spite of it all. The three of us (my mother, sister, and I) set out to finish her story. They gave me memories, and I weaved them into a fictional novel. Re-living one of the hardest times in all of our lives was difficult, and I'd say all three of us quit more than once. It has taken years for us to get through the whole process.

The one thing that kept us going was that true darkness and pain yield powerful stories. This is ours.

C A R R Y    M E    H O M E

Release Date: 9-26-17

“A riveting page-turner…Jessica Therrien broke my heart into a million pieces—and then put it back together again. This book will haunt and uplift readers long after they turn the last page.”

-KAT ROSS, best-selling author of The Midnight Sea

CARRY ME HOME is a fictional novel inspired by the true story of a teenage girl’s involvement in several Mexican gangs in San Jose and Los Angeles. The members of her crew call her, Guera, Spanish for “white girl” and it doesn’t take long for her to get lost in their world of guns and drugs.

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Lucy and Ruth are country girls from a broken home. When they move to the city with their mother, leaving behind their family ranch and dead-beat father, Lucy unravels.

They run to their grandparents’ place, a trailer park mobile home in the barrio of San Jose. Lucy’s barrio friends have changed since her last visit. They’ve joined a gang called VC. They teach her to fight, to shank, to beat a person unconscious and play with guns. When things get too heavy, and lives are at stake, the three girls head for LA seeking a better life.

But trouble always follows Lucy. She befriends the wrong people, members of another gang, and every bad choice she makes drags the family into her dangerous world.

Told from three points of view, the story follows Lucy down the rabbit hole, along with her mother and sister as they sacrifice dreams and happiness, friendships and futures. Love is waiting for all of them in LA, but pursuing a life without Lucy could mean losing her forever.

Ultimately it’s their bond with each other that holds them together, in a true test of love, loss and survival.

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If you'd like to participate in the cover reveal, blog tour, or virtual release party, please fill out the form below! Thank you so much in advance!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Loneliest Whale Board Book Release!

YAY!! My first children's book, The Loneliest Whale, is finally available as a board book. I couldn't be happier about how it turned out!

Now my littlest can enjoy the book without ripping out the pages, lol.

For those of you who haven't heard the true story of The Loneliest Whale, click HERE to learn more. He's a real whale who calls out at a frequency no other whale can hear, and they're coming out with a documentary on him this year!



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

My New Book

Hello everyone! I'm so glad this is IWSG day because I'm feeling totally and completely insecure right now, lol.

IWSG - Link to Website
So...I wrote a new book. I've gone through edits, beta readers, polishing. I even formatted the dang thing for pint. I mean, it's READY. As you may know, I'm one of the founders of Acorn Publishing. I have all the means necessary to market and release the book whenever I want, but at Acorn we have one rule. Give yourself and your book a shot at the big time before you publish through us. Try and get the agent and the major publisher. That way you have no regrets. You'll never wonder...what if I had tried?

That's where I am. I've queried agents. I've had a bunch of full manuscript requests, and now I'm playing the waiting game. It's TORTURE!

The worst part is there is nothing I can do to move forward. I'm just stuck in this limbo and the entire situation is out of my hands. There are two options and I'm not the one making the decision...If an agent makes me an offer, obviously I'll take it and ride the wave as far as it goes. If not, I'll move forward on my own with Acorn.

But how long do I wait? I'm not a patient person...

I guess this is a good problem to have. I should be grateful. Either way I'll be releasing a book soon. Unless, of course, an agent signs me and takes forever trying to sell it, and then doesn't sell it...see what I mean about being insecure? If an agent does take on the book, I'm going to have a really hard time giving up control. Any advice on how to deal with the waiting and anxiety over waiting?

See you on your blog :) I'm going to try running through the #IWSG tag on Twitter this time. So if you're on Twitter say hi! I'm @jessicatherrien

Monday, May 1, 2017

ILLUSION $0.99 Ebook Sale

MAY 1st - May 7th
$0.99 ebook sale and a $10 SIGNED paperback sale for ILLUSION.

Ebook sale is for Amazon US and Amazon UK


Paperback is on sale at $10 (US only) 
marked down from $14.95 and will be SIGNED by the author.

Link to Buzz & Roar Store:
Promo Code: 10DOLLARS

Summary of ILLUSION:

Daith's father is dead. His death caused a rip in the galaxy's peace. The remains of his army are fighting to restore it.

But Daith knows nothing of this. Her memories have been stolen. She has been kidnapped. All she knows is she has unparalleled abilities that could help end the devastation. Except without her past, how can she know if she's on the right side?

Time is running out and Daith must choose: to search for who she was or use her gifts to restore order.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

2017 LA Times Festival of Books!

What a blast. Every year I love this festival more and more. What's better than a gathering of readers, writers, book lovers, and all things books?!

It was a busy one...and HOT! I actually got heat sickness that first day and didn't think I'd be able to make the second, but I'm SO glad I did. Not only did the temp drop a blissful 10 degrees, but we walked away with 2 potential interns, dozens of submissions, and almost completely sold out of our books!

Usually our main focus at these events is to sell our books. My author friend and I are there to sign and meet readers, but that has sort of changed with the growth of our business, Acorn Publishing. It really was a different experience this time. We spent nearly the entire day (both days) talking to fellow writers who were excited by our company!

Over the years I've met a lot of aspiring authors who've come to me asking advice on how to get published. At Acorn we truly believe every author should shoot for the top. Try and get an agent and a major publishing deal that will land you on the NY Times best-seller list. If you don't try, you'll regret it. But many HAVE tried. Let's face it, it's HARD to get an agent these days. Near impossible if you don't know someone or have an insane amount of luck (not to mention a flawless, page-turning, polished manuscript). Anyway, my point is, it was so nice to be able to offer an option to GOOD writers who are completely discouraged by the process. If felt so good to say, "Sure! Submit your book, maybe we're the exact right place for you."

All in all, I enjoy talking to other writers about their manuscripts, so we really had fun.

If you're interested in how Acorn Publishing is different from the traditional publishing experience, you can find out more HERE.

We'll also be posting an FAQ on our website soon, or you can always email us at to ask any questions at all.

Write on my friends!!!

Friday, April 7, 2017

WonderCon Recap & New Release

WonderCon was last weekend. I'm still was an AMAZING event. It was my 3rd or 4th year attending as an exhibitor, and this was the best one yet. I don't know if it was our location or our growing catalogue of awesome books, but we almost sold out completely by the end.

All together we sold around 250 books for Acorn, which was a record for us. Granted, most of those books were Children of the Gods and Kingston Court because Holly and I were there to sign them. People really enjoy getting the author to sign their books. The other important thing to mention is that Holly and I both have custom bookmarks that we were passing out to EVERYONE, so even if they were just walking by, they usually came back to get the book. We were on our feet actively bringing people to our booth for the entire event. If you just sit behind the table giving off bored, lazy energy, people are less likely to stop and browse.

Anyway, THANK YOU to all of those who stopped and supported us, to all the aspiring and established authors who inquired about our company, and to the many amazing people who dressed up! So fun! Here are a few of my favorite pics of people who stopped to talk to us.

 Oh, and in unrelated book news...

I'll be releasing a companion coloring book to go with The Loneliest Whale in about a week. Inside you'll find 26 coloring pages of the characters in the story along with many new ones. Each picture corresponds with a letter in the alphabet and has a page for writing practice. Keep an eye out!!

Here are a few sneak peek pics:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

My First Children's Book - THE LONELIEST WHALE

Happy Book Release Day to ME!!!

THE LONELIEST WHALE, my first children's book, is available TODAY!! It's a story I've had in my heart for a long time, and it was inspired by a real whale. If you haven't heard of The Loneliest Whale, feel free to look him up, I'm sure you'll quickly fall in love with him. I did, and with that I felt compelled to write him a happy ending.

I first heard of the whale in a BBC article my husband showed me:

In 1989 US Naval ships were using hydrophones called SOSUS to pick up enemy submarine signals. Instead of finding enemy ships, they picked up strange whale songs. One specific whale song in fact.

This specific whale was calling out at a frequency not used by any other whale. It's song was different, identifying him as one of a kind.
"It is perhaps difficult to accept that if this was a whale, that there could have been only one of this kind in this large oceanic expanse," Watkins and his colleagues wrote. "Yet in spite of comprehensive careful monitoring year-round, only one call with these characteristics has been found anywhere, and there has been only one source each season."
The Loneliest Whale has made quite a name for himself. In fact, a foundation called 52 The Search went on an oceanic voyage to find the whale. They'll be releasing their documentary in the fall.

So, after four years of reading children's books to these cute little munchkins, I'm finally releasing my own. It's a relief to know my biggest critics are huge fans of my story. My oldest has been carrying it around for days, and I couldn't be happier.

This is for you, my boys!

For more information on 
The Loneliest Whale visit:

Thanks for stopping by, all my IWSG peeps! I did a terrible job visiting blogs last month, so my goal is to make up for it today. Hope I see you around :)  Oh, and while you're here, feel free to enter the giveaway posted below!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! 
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Giveaway!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!! All of us Acorn Authors are celebrating by sharing the love. We're hosting a GIVEAWAY! Here's what you can win...


Print Copies Of These Books!

The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross
Uncaged by Joe Gazzam
Oppression by Jessica Therrien
Kingston Court by Holly Kammier


The Following Ebooks:

Seasons Within by Lele Iturrioz
Somehow I am Different by Alyssa Petersel
Shadows of Shame by Bruce Ashkenas
El Awake by Jordan Sala Tenna


A $10 Amazon Gift Card


A Copy Of Our Newest Children's Book

by Jessica Therrien

(It's Valentine's Day...go LIKE some people!)

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

IWSG - Reading What I Write

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting! Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

Reading is such a challenge with my two little ones at home, but I make it work. It's so important to read, especially if you're an author. Being a writer has definitely changed my experience as a reader. I only really allow myself to read what I'm writing at the time. I was in the YA world for years while writing my YA series. For me, whatever I'm reading really impacts the way I write. For some reason it puts me in that mood, and I couldn't write good YA while reading something outside of that realm. If I did, it would ultimately bleed into my writing and stand out.

I love YA, but it was really nice to read other stuff while writing my newest manuscript. I finally got to read SHANTARAM (amazing!), indulge in WILD, and now I'm reading all my favorite books from when I was a kid as I write my new MG novel: WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS, MY DANIEL, HATCHET, BANNER IN THE SKY, HARRY POTTER!!

Anyone reading anything awesome lately?!


The Author's Circle Awards are now open for submissions! To enter for the Novel of Excellence award, your book does NOT need to be published in 2016. Give it a shot! You're worth it. New to play to win! ;)

*Books DO NOT need to be published in 2016 to qualify
Deadline 4/31/17

Categories: Romance, Paranormal, Dystopian, Fantasy, Women's Fiction, Religious/Cultural, Memoir, Children's Fiction, Mystery, Poetry, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Graphic Novel

*Books must be published in 2016 to qualify
Deadline 4/31/17

Categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Young-Adult, Middle-Grade, Children's, Illustrator of the Year, Cover of the Year

Monday, January 16, 2017


Persepolae has fallen.

Karnopolis has burned.

As the dark forces of the Undead sweep across what remains of the empire, Nazafareen must obey the summons of a demon queen to save Darius's father, Victor. Burdened with a power she doesn't understand and can barely control, Nazafareen embarks on a perilous journey through the shadowlands to the House-Behind-the-Veil. But what awaits her there is worse than she ever imagined…

A thousand leagues away, Tijah leads a group of children on a desperate mission to rescue the prisoners at Gorgon-e Gaz, the stronghold where the oldest daēvas are kept. To get there, they must cross the Great Salt Plain, a parched ruin occupied by the armies of the night. A chance encounter adds a ghost from the past to their number. But will they arrive in time to avert a massacre?

And in the House-Behind-the-Veil, Balthazar and the Prophet Zarathustra discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. But is it enough to redeem the necromancer's bloodstained soul and thwart his mistress's plans?

As a final showdown looms with Queen Neblis, the truth of the daēvas' origins is revealed and three worlds collide in this thrilling conclusion to the Fourth Element series.

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I'm not into the whole reword the back cover for a recap, check out the blurb above ;)

Let me just say, what an amazing series! I haven't gone into that utterly engrossed, ignore-the-kids-mode in a while. This book did it. I read like a maniac. Seriously, it's an epic journey that is right up there with great fantasy classics if you ask me! I loved the characters, they are strong and well-developed. The world-building is fantastic. I was legitimately sad when it was all over.

I've said this before, about the other books, but the depth of this world reminds me of the Lord of the Rings series. It's really fleshed out and vivid.

Please be more...I'm not ready to be done with these characters.

Someone needs to make a movie out of these books. Get on it Hollywood.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

IWSG - Writing Freely

Happy new year everyone! I'm going to try and make a 2017 goal to write every day and to be a better blogger. It's so easy to shut myself away in my writer cave and be anti-social, but blogging is such a great way to get back out there, meet new people with similar interests, and help each other out. It's something I've been terrible at. So, here I am trying to do better. I'll be stopping by as many of the IWSG blogs as I can today :) ...and probably more days after that.

In my writing world, I'm mainly focusing on a new MG fantasy novel lately. After finishing up my more established series, I have to admit it has been fun sort of writing in secret. Nobody knows anything about the manuscripts I'm writing or expects them to come out any time soon. It's been very freeing. I have found myself completely okay with writing something that might be complete crap, and just pushing forward anyway. I actually completed a contemporary YA novel about a month ago, and it's floating out there in agents' hands (eeeeek!) but at least nobody is hanging on the edge of book 2 to read it...

Anyway, I guess the point of this post is that it's nice to be pushing forward fearlessly with my writing. I hope you can find that kind of freedom, too! Who cares if the first draft is crap. Get it out.

I'll leave you with an amazingly eye-opening tweet by author Anna Banks that I've been reminding myself of every night:

"Writers, if you commit to writing just 1k words a day this year, you could write four 80k word books by December 31st."

Even one page a day would get you a 365 page book by the end of the year. Let's do this!


Monday, December 19, 2016


Seasons Within
Lele Iturrioz
(Acorn Publishing)
Publication date: December 15th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Most teenage girls know their name, where they came from, who they are. Not G, a beautiful redhead with unusual markings on her wrist. She gets her name from a silver locket she keeps around her neck, unaware the engraved letter “G” on its front holds the secret to her past.
G’s life before the age of six has been a mystery to her. Each night for the last twelve years she’s been haunted by the same nightmare—a war. Horrendous beasts, warriors able to wield the four elements, and a boy who saves her by means of blue fire taunt her memory. But on her eighteenth birthday, G’s life begins to unravel. When she meets her new Chemistry professor, a man with an uncanny resemblance to the boy who saves her, she knows there must be more to her dreams.
It’s dangerous not knowing who you are, what you’re capable of, and what future awaits you. Especially when the darkness that slaughtered your entire world, just found you.
DUST. Everything was covered in dust and ashes.

Nádúr Noc, the main city of Terra was once beautiful and full of life. Not like that night, the night the darkness descended from the far land of Ifreann.

Now, the round city of Nádúr Noc was dark, burned, and destroyed.

Trees were no longer big and full of different green and golden, bright colors. The river Enosi, a river that surrounded the city with its peaceful crystalline water was now a rapid of blood and death. As for the sky, once bright and blue, it was now filled with dark smoke so thick, it made it nearly impossible to see the remains of the Zansèt Palace; a magnificent castle in the middle of the city made of pearls, flowers, rocks, and vines.

On that night, there was no music and laughter. The only thing anybody could hear were screams and the desolate pleas of the in-habitants. Fear, pain, and unimaginable loss.

This city wasn’t the ruins of any ordinary war, it was the ruins between the light side of nature and the darkest of evils. Beasts and other horrendous creatures destroyed everything that they came across. Killed everyone in their sight. Soulless creatures who lived to torture. Answering to no one, no one except Him, the one who owned the darkness. The one who hell itself was afraid of.

Author Bio:
Major geek by day, hermit writer by night! Love books, sugar gliders and everything that comes in a delicious taco.
I’m the author of the YA fantasy series, Seasons Within
I spend my time writing, planning on writing, reading, drinking coffee like there was no tomorrow, MMA and chilling with my friends and loved ones.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Complete Children of the Gods Series Available on Audible!

Super excited that my whole series is available on Audible now. Maria Marquis is amazing as...well every character, but mostly as Elyse. I couldn't have dreamed up a better voice for my books. If you get a chance, take a listen :)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Author's Circle Awards - Accepting Submissions for 2016 Awards

We had a very fun and exciting weekend! Acorn Publishing is growing, and I'm so proud of the group of authors we represent. Holly and I made things official on Saturday and even opened our business account....ooooh, super professional!!

This whole thing started with a love for writing, and with that came a love for WRITERS. We live to help out our fellow authors and that's what Acorn Publishing is about. But the two of us are uber over-achievers and weren't satisfied with just ONE way to assist writers on their journey to become published. So....

We came up with the AUTHOR'S CIRCLE AWARDS!! Since our awards program is fairly new, unknown authors have a great chance of winning. Giving our fellow authors bright and beautiful gold seals to slap on their covers helps us and it helps them! Our company grows and the winners get recognition for their work. By announcing these winners, we get to advertise our company but also promote great books. It's a win win all around.

We're so excited that this Sunday Robyn Engel's book, A Woman on the Verge of Paradise, was featured in the LA Times Newspaper. How exciting is that?

If you're an author or know an author, we hope that you check out our Author's Circle Awards. Hey...maybe even never know :)

Monday, November 14, 2016

Children of the Gods Box Set $0.99 Nov. 14-19

Today, Xpresso Tours is throwing me a little party! My series will be on tour from Nov. 14-19. During the tour, I'll be hosting a giveaway (enter below) for a signed copy of OPPRESSION and a $10 Amazon gift card. I'll also be lowering the price of my ebook box set from $7.99 to .99 cents. Thanks for all your support and for sharing the news! And thanks to Giselle at Xpresso for being amazing :)