From Imagination To Publication

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


What an exciting day! I've been waiting so long to reveal the cover of Uprising (Children of the Gods #2). For those of you who are just stopping by, Uprising is the sequel to my debut novel, Oppression, which became a Barnes & Noble best-selling teen book after its release in February of 2012. Here is a little about Oppression (Children of the Gods #1):

Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than the average person, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she's been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Among so many of her kind, she should not be very remarkable--except for the prophecy. Some believe she will put an end to traditions, safeguarded by violence, which have oppressed her people for centuries. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning--and she's not entirely willing to play by their rules.

Thanks so much to everyone who is helping me get the word out about the next book in my Children of the Gods series!
Now...without further ado...


Release Date: February 19, 2013 (E-book & Paperback)
Publisher: ZOVA BOOKS

Once the book blurb is finalized and the back cover is done, the book should be up on B&N and Amazon for pre-order. In the meantime, feel free to add it to your TBR list on GoodReads or "like" the Children of the Gods page on Facebook :) Here's a little teaser to lure you in!
We left everything but the weapons. Clothes, food, toothpaste. There wasn’t time for things that weren’t essential to escape. The five of us went on foot in a direction that was meaningless to me. I had never seen what was outside of the edges of the safe haven, not since I’d been here.

When Mac stopped abruptly after our fifteen-minute trek into the woods, we all froze at once, bodies poised and ready to attack, eyes searching for threats.

“We’re here,” Mac announced. “What should we expect Marcus?”

I had never heard Dr. Nickel called by his first name, and it made me realize he wasn’t as untouchable as I had imagined. Just because he was here, didn’t mean we were safe.

“I don’t know,” he answered. “Maybe an army, maybe nothing. Depends on where they are.”
“Everyone best get down on the ground just in case,” Mac decided with a nod. “Weapons ready.”
As I lay belly down in the dirt, I noticed Dr. Nickel pull a gun from his belt, and my stomach gave a heave.
“When I remove the haven walls, there will be a van. Everyone get in back. If anything goes wrong…” Mac paused, uncomfortable at the thought. “It’s been nice knowin’ ya.”

If you feel like taking part in the fun, you can find me on Facebook or Twitter, post the news on your blog, or stop by and visit some of the blogs/websites participating in the cover reveal today: 
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  1. Dang girl! That's a beautiful cover! Nicely done :)

  2. It's a great cover. Congrats!

  3. What a fantastic cover! Congratulations Jessica!

  4. It feels kind of symbolic. Like her eyes have been opened, you know? I love it! :)


  5. Oh, I like Carrie's comment, I didn't realize that. Congrats Jessica. It's beautiful.

  6. Beautiful cover, Jessica. I love that look in her eyes...

    All the best with the second book in the series :-) It's on my TBR list on Goodreads.

  7. It's so pretty! I love it, Jessica.

  8. Posted some Oppression love here.
    Gorgeous cover :D

  9. I will post the cover reveal and information this week. I was going through old posts (and clearly not looking at dates) and signed up to do this today! Yes, summer threw me for a loop and I'm quite off.

    If you don't mind, I'll share all this information on my book blog on 9/12. So excited to read this book!