Saturday, August 11, 2012

Updates, August 2012

Hello, everyone! How are you all today? I'm great, and very, very excited to share some BIG NEWS!

Historically Yours, a Johns Creek Second Chances novel, the 2nd in the series, may be available as early as next week!

Final edits are all done, so all that's left is cover design and final formatting, and we'll be ready to rock and roll!
I'm very happy with the way this book turned out, and it really taught me a valuable lesson: sometimes, less is more. What do I mean by that?

Basically, when I write, I want there to be more substance in the plot, the characters. I don't want to write a fluffy lightweight novel that features unbelievable, shallow characters. I like to address problems and situations that may actually affect people who would read my books. My characters are all flawed people who have experienced problems, found out how to solve them, and grown over the course of the books. I think it's because perseverance is something I find very important and meaningful. We all go through stuff in our lives, and it's how we deal with the problems that define us.

But sometimes, less is more. I found I was trying to complicate things too much, add too many real-life twists and turns. When I pulled back a bit and wrote the book straight (without those twists and turns) it was easier to write. And since I had felt like there were roadblocks to finishing this book, it was terrific when I actually felt them dissolve. I have to thank my wonderful editor, Miss Sheila Mary Belshaw, who is an extraordinary author in her own right, for doing such a fantastic job with my book. She was very patient with me, even with all my control issues, and she helped me realize the difference a few small chances could make. So, thank you, Miss Sheila! You're wonderful!

I have a plan of attack for the rest of this year and all of 2013. I plan on releasing at least 3 books, and if time (and my muse) permits, it could be more. I am very happy that an idea for the next Johns Creek Book just came up and bit me right as I finished final edits for Historically Yours. I'm not releasing any details right now, but hopefully by June next year, that book will be out.  And, for all of you Hooking Up fans out there, your prayers have been answered! Did you wonder what happened with Catie and Gran? What about the letter Catie got on her wedding day? Well, answers to your questions, and the continuation of Ryan and Caitlin's story, will be revealed in Holding On. I am shooting for a December release date, right in time for Christmas! Might be a good gift for those who liked the first book...hint, hint!

On to different news: I have been having fun editing for Taylor Street Publishing, and I just finished up a wonderful book about vikings, written by my very good friend Lily Byrne. Look for that book in about a month or so. I have to edit her other viking book so they can be released in the correct order. Lily's style is very streamlined and smooth, and she's great at conveying a point without page upon page of description. She gets right to the point, and as a result, her writing is very clear and lovely. I suggest you look her up!

Sarah DiCello is another author I worked with recently, a newbie, so to speak. As I Close My Eyes is her first novel, and it's doing great! She's taken Kindle by storm, and I'm so proud to have worked with her. And, rumor has it that she's hard at work on the sequel, so look for it! She's also a lovely person, very sweet and open and enthusiastic, so it's refreshing to see, and gratifying to know she's doing so well. Hers is a very good book, and I think you'd enjoy it.

I think that's really all that's been going on, which is enough, believe me! Hope you're all well. Look for a giveaway to mark the release of Historically Yours, coming soon! And a big thank you to my readers. You guys are absolutely the best, and I'm so very humbled and touched that you actually want to read what I have to say. Thanks!

Hugs,
Jess

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