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.

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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!



Friday, August 16, 2013

Holding On is now available!

I'm so pleased to announce that Holding On is now available in paperback and Kindle! We're still going to have one heck of a launch party on September 1, of course, and I'm having fun planning some giveaway swag!

Launch Party prizes:

1 "I love books by Jessica L. Degarmo" t-shirt, size large
3 kindle copies of Holding On
1 Hooking Up/Holding on coffee mug
1 $10 Amazon gift card
1 signed paperback

So, please RSVP to my Facebook Launch Party here:!/events/509676545775848/

And tell all your friends! You are entered to win the giveaways simply by clicking "attend!"

I'm also looking for some reviewers, and I do have some ARCs to hand out in exchange for an honest review. So, if you are willing to read and review Holding On, please message me and we'll work something out.

I'm over the moon with happiness and I hope you love hearing more about Caitlin and Ryan. They're a great couple and I hope you enjoy the rest of their story. Take care of yourselves, and thanks again for all of your support. I couldn't do this if it wasn't for you!



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Holding On launch details!

I'm so very excited to announce that Holding On, the long-awaited sequel to Hooking Up, will be released September 1, 2013!

I'm working on some great prizes and lots of fun, and I'm inviting you all to join me at my online launch party! Follow this link to join in on the fun. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Six Weeks: A note to my readers

Dear Readers,

Since this book was first released in 2011, I’ve had a lot of comments and feedback regarding the ending of this book. I’ve read many comments from readers who complained that there is no ending. I’m writing this note today to explain my reasons for leaving Immy’s choice up to each individual reader.

I know that abortion, adoption, and teenage pregnancy are very hot topics nowadays, and I also know everyone has his or her own opinion about what is right and what is wrong. Truth be told, I have my own beliefs on the subject, and what I very much wanted to avoid was infusing my own beliefs into this book. It wasn’t my intention to write a book that advocated for one side of the issue or the other. It also wasn’t my intention to force my beliefs on anyone, because I have no right to do that.

It was my intention to create a book that starts conversations, that causes people to really think about their own beliefs. Sometimes, what we think or feel is right may not be the right solution for someone else. Sometimes there is no right or wrong answer for such an issue. It’s a very personal decision, and sometimes all a person can do is to try to make the best decision they can based on their resources at the time.

I wrote this book to give people a safe environment to question their own beliefs. Based on how you feel about the issue of abortion or adoption, what do you think Immy should do? Did your feelings change at all based on the situation Immy was in? Has this book made you consider that maybe an issue you felt was solely black and white may contain a little grey? Or has this book reaffirmed what you feel?If so, I’ve done my job.

I also wanted to write this book to show young adults one possible outcome of having sex. It can lead to unwanted or unexpected pregnancies, and the decision to either abort a pregnancy or see it through will affect the rest of their lives. If we can educate them before they have sex, before they find themselves in such a predicament, we can help them make the right choices to ensure they have the best possible start to their future. My goal was not to whitewash anything. Life is not always hearts and rainbows. I wanted this book to be raw and real and leave the reader feeling strong emotions at the end. Strong emotions can effect strong change.

I hope you understand now why I ended the book the way I did. It may not be the closed ending you wanted, but it does have an ending. It ends with the beginning of Immy’s new life.

And to answer another frequent question: No, there won’t be a sequel, but perhaps now you can understand why.

Much Love,
Jessica L.Degarmo

Monday, August 5, 2013

Hold on to your hats ... Holding On is coming soon!

I'm so excited! The first draft of Holding On, the long-awaited sequel to Hooking Up, is finished! And I got some very intelligent, intuitive comments from my wonderful agent MacKenzie, and I'm even now making some changes and refining. Holding On is coming together quickly, and I'm super psyched that Catie's story is almost ready to be shared.

So, without further ado...

I'm pleased to announce that Holding On will be available in September, 2013!
Details to follow, and of course, we can't have a book launch without a book launch party, so I'll be posting that information soon as well.

In other news, things are generally going well. Most of my books have gotten face-lifts recently, and you'll be pleased to note that they will be available with brand-new covers and lower pricing! Supermarket is now available at:

And check out the new cover!

Things are moving right along and I'll give you updates as they happen. More news soon! But for now, it's late and time to cuddle with the husband. Tomorrow is another day, and one I'll be spending part of on editing and other fun book stuff. Good night!