Unfortunate Series of Events

This might be one of the hardest posts I've had to write . . . *deep breath* . . . I'm sad to say that I've had to make a very difficult decision. *Tears coming* But, apologies must be issued. Due to circumstances beyond my control, and out of my desire to make sure my readers get the very best in their hands . . . Hexen's Cross's release date is being pushed out. 

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" you're thinking. 

I know. I know. It's breaking my heart too. So, instead of coming out in February, Hexen's Cross will now be released on the 1st of May. I hope this is the first and only time I'll EVER have to push a publication date out, but with things the way they are right now, I have to give my nerves a bit of a relief. 

I ask, I beg, I PLEAD with you to forgive me! This fantastic book WILL come. I just need to make sure the timing is right and I can do it with two free hands!

New Book Coming!

I love supernatural themes. I don't know why. Sometimes I feel like I have a tiny little gothic person living inside me who paints her nails black, wears black lipstick, only listens to emo punk and alt rock. Whatever the stereotypical reasoning may be, I've been fascinated by witches since I was in preschool. 

Just as my mom.

I think she reused the same witch costume for me for at least six different years while I was growing up. Then, of course, I learned that I had an ancestor who was accused of witchcraft in Salem and hung for it--I still struggle to watch The Crucible because of that B!$(& of a Winona Rider and those nasty girls because of what they did to my ancestor--and now I have two completely different fascinations with this world. A) the magic-supernatural-fantasy side that I've had ever since I was a kid, and B) a bleeding heart descendant of a victim of the witch hunts in America. 

So, what do I do?

I write a book about a line of witches who have a history of persecution through England and America and . . . are actually witches. #IDon'tKnowIfMyGrandmotherWouldAppreciateThat

Either way, it means you're getting a new book! 

HEXEN'S CROSS

 

Coming this fall is a NA story about a hexen named Taran Grim, an annoyingly chauvinistic shapeshifter hexen named Collens Donovan, and an ancestry line that would make anyone jealous.

Be on the watch for the cover reveal and synopsis this summer!!!!! 

Happy New Year!

Every year I start off with every intention of reading more than the year before, attempting more cons, selling more books, writing more words, and by about March I realize that most of my intentions--though admirable--aren't going to happen. While I could use this knowledge to berate myself ("Seriously, girl? You can't fit more than twenty books into 365 days of reading?"), I realize that . . . it's okay. I've experienced A LOT this year. I've spoken with so many people, learned enough to study for the next three years (that may be a little sarcastic), and invested time with family and friends that can't ever be forgotten. 

Whether you stick to your resolutions or not. Don't forget to simply live! Don't beat yourself up for your failures, and remember that those failures are just there to inspire you to try harder:) We're resilient, you and I. Nothing can keep us down for long.

Reviews

I think sometimes we authors start to sound like broken records. At least . . . us Indie Authors. First, I have to thank everyone who's read and loved Afterimage and Encender SOOOOOOOO much! Like seriously. Second, I have to thank all of you who've read it and left a glowing review on Goodreads or Amazon. These mean the world to us Authors because it's kind of the way that we're ensured to get other people to purchase our books. 

Can I ask you a small favor? 

If you've loved the books and either haven't left a review, or have only left a review on one site like Goodreads or Amazon, can you please leave one/another on multiple sites? You can be a HUGE part of the success of these books and I would owe you a million dollars . . . or at the very least . . . a huge hug and a wish upon a star specific for you!

Once again, you readers/reviewers/bloggers are the wind beneath our wings. Without you, we can't do what we do!

 

Reading Confessions

I find it cathartic to confess things every so often. To be honest . . . I kinda like my quirks . . . even if I'm a little embarrassed.

Let me start off here . . .

Forgive me normal people, for I have been weird.

 

ONE

I often--and I mean OFTEN--read out loud to myself in the voice of the character I identify with. This usually leads to me speaking to myself in undertones using a British, southern, Irish, or Australian accent. They're the only ones I know how to do. For example, I just finished reading Daughters of the Witching Hill  by Mary Sharratt. Even though the story takes place in England, I'd just finished watching "Far and Away" and I read both prose and dialogue out loud to myself . . . in an Irish accent.

TWO

I skip over prose to get back to the dialogue when reading. Especially if I know a good make out scene is coming up. And sometimes . . . I read it twice. Maybe three times.

THREE

I buy hardcovers whenever I can. It doesn't matter if the paperback is cheaper. The hardcover will look better, and last longer.

FOUR

I dog-ear my corners . . . and I break the spines. I like to show that my books have been loved, not just preserved.

FIVE

Listening to books on tape ≠ reading a book. This isn't really a quirk of my own, it's just a deeply held belief. So, this confession is really just a pet peeve. I guess I can be forgiven for those kinds of things. Right?

SIX

When looking at new books to buy at Barnes and Noble, I pick up the book, flip to a random page in the middle, and start reading. If my interest is piqued enough, it's going on my bookshelf. I know it's the middle, and I don't know what's going on, but in truth, I do the same with TV shows. Most of my favorite TV shows . . . I started watching somewhere in the middle.

SEVEN

I'd rather buy a book than go to the library. Don't get me wrong, I think libraries and librarians are AMAZING, but somewhere deep inside me is a little princess named Belle. One day, she wants to open up her eyes and have her very own waterfall/mountain/cavernous library of books. A girl's gotta start somewhere.

EIGHT

This is related to seven--I rarely re-read a book. Every once in a while I do, but not often. However, that being said. I refuse . . . hear me? REFUSE to throw a book away or get rid of it. The last time I moved (when I purchased my home) I had boxes and boxes of books. My mom asked me, "Jernae, why don't you just toss these or take them to the DI? (Deseret Industries for you non-Utahns)" I felt my chest freeze. My mouth drop. "You don't TOSS books! You don't donate them!" Like I said . . . a girl's gotta start somewhere. Even if she's a little nuts.

NINE

With my own writing, I will usually find myself captivated in the story, instead of editing like I'm supposed to.

What about you? Any odd reading quirks or confessions?

New Website, New Book

Not only are you getting to see my new home webpage (go ahead and take a look around!), but today I'm announcing the release date and synopsis of DUALITY, book three in The Enertia Trials series! 

Are you sure you're ready for this? 

For those of you who've already finished Encender, you may have caught the teaser for Duality at the end of the book and I hope it's totally got you thinking, "What the heck are you doing to us?!" But . . . in a good way. 

Now, are you really sure you're ready?

Are you ready now?

Okay, here goes:

DUALITY

Releasing: NOVEMBER 18, 2016

Trust No One.
In this world, nothing is as it seems . . .
Reggie’s visions turn to horrifying hallucinations.  For weeks she’s tortured with starvation and nightmares that vex her resolve. Her only companion is a mysterious shadow—a figure with no shape, no substance—that seems to have a mind of its own. It’s a presence that prickles her memories and plants a feeling of familiar dread in her mind.
Where she is, she doesn’t know, and the organization delving into her mind is more threatening than ever before.
With the help of shady contacts from his past, Nate struggles to travel half way around the world, facing his own demons and dreadful revelations. But when a stranger joins his team, the duality of his actions sets everyone on edge, leading them through a trial one of them . . . will not survive. 

J.’s Nomads

Want to be a part of my Street Nomads?

As a member of my street team you’ll earn my absolute devotion and love . . . and maybe a few other prizes.

* A chance to name a character after you in my next book. (squee!!!)
* A drawing each release month for a $25 Amazon gift card with TWO WINNERS!
* A date with Henry Cavill. (Kidding. Henners is all mine.)
* Random insider Street Team e-letters that might include a short story about different characters and insider tidbits about each character.
* An invite to my FB Street Team group where we can chat about everything and anything, including fun street tactics that you’re using that work well. It’s a place where I’ll be happy to answers any questions about writing, the business, or my books – or your books.

Here are things you can do to be a J. Kowallis Street Nomad. Take whatever you feel comfortable doing. If you even do one thing, that’s all you need to do to become a Street Team member.

In-Person Team Spirit:

* Talk the books up and share promo materials with friends & family to spread the word.
* Buy my books the first week of release, which helps it get on the bestseller lists.
* Ask your local library to order my books. Give the librarians the title, name, and publisher.
* If my books aren’t on the shelves at your local bookstores, ask the bookseller to order it.
* Take promo materials (bookmarks, postcards, etc.) to your local stores, place them with the booksellers. You can leave them with libraries and even at coffee shops. I’m happy to provide these materials for you!
* Take promo materials (bookmarks, postcards, excerpts, etc.) to your local reader group, or writer group to share with other members.
* With the stealth of a ninja, take all of my books and front them on the new release table in the front of the store! (Note, if you insist on slipping one or two in a few best seller slots it won’t hurt my feelings.)

Online Team Spirit:

* Feature interviews, reviews, excerpts or my video trailer via your blog, site, FB page, YouTube, etc.
* Visit during online appearances (workshops, blog tours, chats, etc.)
* Share your (honest) review of the book via Amazon and Barnes&Noble.com

Remember, do whatever you feel comfortable doing, even if it’s just one thing – although I’ll be YOUR biggest fan if you do all of these. Joining is easy! Help promote my book using one or more of the above ideas to help promote my books, Join my FB group J. Kowallis’s Nomads @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/198941617137438/ and I’ll send you your starter pack in the next month!

The “street team” term came from fans of rock groups who spread the word about their favorite bands, helping them become major names. I’d love you spread the word about my books!