Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Decisions has been re-released!

Without further ado, I'm pleased to announce that Decisions has been re-released on Kindle and in print! The kindle version has been re-released with special pricing, so grab yourself a copy here while it's on sale! Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Updates

Hello, everyone!

It's been a while. A long while, and I'm sorry for that. Let's just say that life has a way of changing, and I'm trying to roll with the punches and make the most of it.

You've probably noticed that Decisions is no longer available for sale, except for a few paperbacks kicking around. That's because Silver Publishing has sold one arm of their company and closed the other one and reverted rights back to the authors. I'm quite sad about this because Decisions has always been a favorite of mine, but I'm hoping I can get it released elsewhere, or even on my own. I'd love for you to be able to read the story, and here's hoping I can get it re-released without delay.

A lot of other things have happened as well with my other books, but I don't think now is the time or place to get into it. Suffice it to say that things have changed, and I'm trying to get myself right in the head and in a place where I feel good about my work and, truthfully, myself.

Thank you for bearing with me while I get my head back in the game. It's been slow going, and I think I've been so focused on what happened rather than how to overcome it that I've been defeating myself before I even start. But it's time to hunker down and write, to focus on my goals and my dreams and let everything else go.

So, dear readers, I'm going to make you a promise. No more pity parties, no more reflection and regret and mental exhaustion. I'm going to get these books done. I'm going to plow through and do what I know I can do:  write from the heart, and find a way to make this all work.

Huge hugs to each and every one of you who have stood by me for so long. I am eternally grateful, and thank you to my agent who has been very, very patient with me. I'm working on everything, I swear, and I will reach my dreams!

Love to you always,

Jess

Friday, September 13, 2013

My advice

Hi, everyone!

On Monday, I had the great honor of visiting Professor Christopher Altman at Onondaga Community College and speaking to three of his English classes. Chris has just launched his own book through Kona Publishing, a lovely texbook called Myths We Learned In Grade School English. It's fabulous and available here: https://www.konapublishing.com/refresh/templates/publication.php?publication_id=49

Talking to the students was fun. They were very gracious and enthusiastic and seemed to very much enjoy the first chapters I read to them. I felt like I was able to put a human face on my books, to show them that someone like me, or like them, can pick up pen and paper (or computer and coffee) and write.

I have always said that if I can start writing books, anyone can. Trust me, if you put your mind to it, you can do it. But Professor Mohammad, one of Chris's colleagues who sat in on one of the classes, said that some people might think it's an impossible feat, perhaps because they don't think their writing measures up, or can't think of something to write about. Professor Mohammed suggested that not everyone could do something like I've done, so how could we (Chris and I) help people achieve their writing goals?

I was glad he asked that question, because it wasn't that long ago that I was a non-traditional, part-time college student myself. When I wrote my first three books (or four, I can't remember), I was working full-time and going to school part-time in addition to raising my family and singing in a band. Those were crazy times, and looking back on them, I'm not quite sure how we did it. I can say that we were concerned for a while that the dust bunnies were going to spring to life and try to take over. I can say that at the time, those book ideas consumed me, and I had to write them. I had to. It was something I felt so deeply, I couldn't not write.

So my answer to the professor was this: write what you are passionate about.

I was passionate about what I was doing because I was doing it to help my family. And I loved my characters, so it was relatively easy to take the leap and finish that first book.  But I know not everyone loves to read books, especially not romances or paranormal literary fiction. But some people love music, feel it in their bones, get transported by it to a happy place. So, if music is your passion, write lyrics.

Some people love sports, and color commentary, a sports blog, or interviews with your favorite local teams and/or players is a great way to infuse writing into everyday life.

Some people love movies, and feel they could have done a better job with the last blockbuster. So, write movies, screenplays, plays, dramas, whatever. Just write.

Passionate about cooking? Write a cookbook, or a restaurant review, or a food blog. Do you love comic books? There's a creative way to infuse writing into art, or vise-versa.

I hope I've shown you that the possibilities are endless. You don't have to be chained to writing books if it isn't your thing. You can write short stories, poems, novellas, serials, etc. Just write.

That's what I did, long before I started writing books. When I was young, I wrote short stories or essays. I wrote poetry. I started multiple books that remained unfinished for many reasons, but I wrote. Later, I wrote love letters to my husband. I wrote letters to stand up for causes. Whatever form of expression it was, it was writing. And one day, I had a book idea I could actually finish. So I wrote it. And I will continue to do so. Writing for me is a need as well as a desire. I want to leave my mark, so to speak. I want to inspire people, to make them think. I want to tell stories and share my imagination with the world. So I write.

And I couldn't have done any of this without my husband and kids. My family was an amazing support system for me, and they really enabled me to start my writing journey. They continue to be supportive, giving me the space I need to let my creative juices flow.  Without them, well, I'd have no reason to write. They sustain me, and I'm hoping one day my writing sustains us.

Go forth and seize your day. Live your dreams, and if you can't immerse yourself within them, at least take a moment each day to acknowledge them and take one step forward. Eventually, every single step will end up as part of your journey. Some steps are bigger than others, and some steps might be backwards. But merely standing up and trying to reach them is more than some people will ever do, so if it takes a bit longer than you want it to, pat yourself on the back for trying. Things that are moving slowly are still moving.

Hugs and love to each of you. You also sustain me, and I am so grateful that you've chosen to share my journey. Thank you.

Hugs,
Jess

Monday, September 2, 2013

Enter to win!

There's a huge giveaway going on sponsored by a lovely book review organization called 2 Friends and Authors promote. There are tons and tons of books being given away via Rafflecopter. And guess what? Holding On is in there, too! This is a great way to explore some Indie authors and get some great new reading material.
Enter to win an amazing prize pack of books here:

Rafflecopter Giveaway


Good luck!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Launch Day is here!

I'm so pleased to announce the official launch of Holding On! So excited!!! I'm having a blast over at my launch party on Facebook, so join me there and enter to win some great prizes!

https://www.facebook.com/events/509676545775848/

As a special launch day present, Hooking Up is free on Amazon today, so get your copy while you can and read Caitlin's story from the beginning!

Here's the amazon.com link:
http://www.amazon.com/Hooking-Up-ebook/dp/B00DZZA0XE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378049151&sr=8-1&keywords=jessica+l.+degarmo

And here's the UK link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hooking-Up-ebook/dp/B00DZZA0XE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1378049189&sr=8-3&keywords=jessica+l.+degarmo

Enjoy!!!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Holding On -- Goodreads Giveaway!

Follow this link to enter to win one of two signed paperback copies of Holding On. Open to US residents. Good luck!



Goodreads Book Giveaway


Holding On by Jessica L. Degarmo

Holding On

by Jessica L. Degarmo


Giveaway ends September 29, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.


Enter to win

Monday, August 19, 2013

Holding On Launch Party fun...

Hello, everyone!

I'm so excited for the upcoming Holding On launch party on September 1! You can get the book now in either kindle or paperback, but we will officially celebrate the release in September.

To celebrate the release, Hooking Up, the book that started it all, will be free on certain days throughout August and also September 1. One of those days is tomorrow, August 20! Get your free copy of Hooking Up just in time for the official launch of Holding On. Hope you enjoy it! :)

I am planning some fun for the launch party on Facebook, and I thought I'd give the answers to 5 questions I'm going to ask that day at the launch party. Whoever gets all five questions correct when I ask them will receive a lovely Hooking Up/Holding On coffee mug!

Here are the questions and answers for the party:

Q: What is Ryan's occupation?
A: He's a cop

Q: What is Benjie's middle name?
A: Isaiah

Q: What is Gran's real name?
A: Amelia Danforth

Q: Where is Maria from?
A: Kissimmee, Florida

Q: What does Benjie call Maria when he first meets her?
A: Grammy

There you have it! All you have to do is be the first person to answer all five questions correctly and you'll win the coffee mug pictured on a prior post. We'll have a lot more fun the day of the launch, so stay tuned!

Hugs,

Jess