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Signing Season

My signing season is fast approaching. I cannot believe it is already past the half way mark of June. The year is half over people. How did that happen? Where did the time go when we weren’t looking?

This year I am only doing to events, Writers on the River and Penned Con. One of the things I love about these events is that their proceeds go to charities. This will be my third year going to these events. I cannot say enough about the heart and soul the organizers pour into them to make sure that the readers and writers have a wonderful experience.

The books I will have at Writers on the River are Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams and The Veiled Path to Destiny. Unfortunately, Breathe Me to Life will still be under contract with the Once Upon A Twisted Time box set. However, if you are able to make it Penned Con, the rights for that story will have been returned to me and I will have print copies there for sale. With luck and the grace of my muse, I will also have the third book in the Veil series at Penned Con for sale as well.

Ack! I need to get in touch with my cover artist!

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

 

 

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Eureka!

This past weekend I spent some time looking at stock photos for Celine and Coipeail’s book cover. Let me tell you, going to a site that offers stock photos is equivalent to opening a door and stepping into a timewarp. There are so many pretties which lead to other pretties that are like little pieces of bread crumbs leading you away from the path of your original search.

My goal is to keep the feel of the first two books, but make it a little different. And YAY  after spending more hours on my treasure hunt than I would like to admit, I found a model! And double score! I found a pic with the model for Celine posing with the model for Daria! Not sure what I’m going to do with it…yet…but I will come up with something.

Now I have to get with my cover artist and see what magic she can come up with. That I have the main component found and possible background as well, means one less thing to worry about, and I can concentrate on the writing component. Sooo…I better get to it.

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

Two Years and Counting

Wow! Two years and two days ago I sent my baby, Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams, out into the world to make its debut. Two years and two days ago I became a published author. It seems surreal at times, until I meet those readers and bloggers who have read my story and want more, until I read the reviews from people I may or may never meet.

Have you read Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams? Here is what some of the reviews had to say about it:

Exciting new story!
on December 8, 2015
Format: Paperback
3 3/4 Stars! Great start to a new series!
Very promising beginning to a new series! This is a story where the Fae Queen is missing but is found in the human realm. She is no longer in fae form but reincarnated as a human.

Beyond the veil
on September 1, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
An entertaining and sexy start of a new fantasy series. I enjoyed the tension and romance between the characters. I’m a huge fan of fan so I was excited to read a new story about them.

Fantastic Fantasy Debut
on February 1, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Fantastic Fantasy Debut!! If I could just write that I would, but should elaborate, YES!If you are ready for a sensual journey through Jolanthe Aleksander riviting tale of love lost with a sudden twist of drama and betrayal this is the book for you!

Are you ready to give it a read? Just click on the link below the picture.

 Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

My Pretties Arrived

Two weeks from today, I, along with some local friends, will be making the trek to St. Louis for Penned Con. This is one of my favorite events, not only for how well it’s run, but for the people and authors who attend, and for the charity, Action for Autism, the profits go to.

Aaaaaanyway……the one thing an author MUST have when attending these signings is…..BOOKS! When Irma’s direction was still in question, the organizer of Penned reminded us that one of the print distributor’s locations was in South Carolina. AAAACK! There is no way of controlling which site your books are printed at. Needless to say, I hurried home on my lunch break, placed my book order, and crossed my everythings that they would be printed and shipped before Irma hit land.

They have arriiiiiiiiiiived! My pretties are here!

The excitement of opening a box and seeing the creation you, with the help of your cover artists, beta readers, editors, and publisher, created never dims and never gets old.

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

It’s a Book!

There is a certain giddiness when you see the transformation of your manuscript into a book, and you see it and get to hold it in your hands for the first time. I was grinning like the Cheshire Cat when I opened the box and saw my pretties beneath the butcher paper protecting them.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting them for another couple of days, so I didn’t even look at the mailing label well enough to realize it was from the printer. I was wondering what I ordered from amazon and forgot about. lol

I pulled out a copy, held it under the light, and admired the cover that Suzanna Lynn from Funky Book Designs created for me. She gave me exactly what I wanted and created something that had me saying, YES! That’s it perfectly! She is amazing!

I opened it up, and had to hold in the squeeee wanting to escape as my mother, who was there, was already looking at me like I had lost my mind. It’s so pretty, and I can hardly wait for all of you to see it in person, because the picture doesn’t do it justice. Thank you to the ones who took my manuscript and turned it into a pretty book. You know who you are.

The Veiled Path to Destiny~The Veil Book 2 releases on July 8th. You can’t pre-order the print copy, but you can the e-copy on Amazon for only $.99. That’s right, 99 copper pennies will get you an e-copy delivered to your choice of Kindle reader/app on July 8th. www.amazon.com/dp/B072YT686B If you’re at Writers on the River on the 8th, you can be one of the first readers to get your hands on the print copy. 😉

Not to be outdone, the e-book of the first book in the series, Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams~The Veil Book 1, is also available for $.99 for a limited time www.amazon.com/dp/B015NP04Q6

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

Reviews

Reviews. I will admit I am not always prompt on leaving reviews for the books I read. To be honest, before I became an author, I never really much thought about it. If I liked the book, I put it on the bookshelf and searched for the next book in that series, or if it was a stand-alone, I searched for the next book by that author. If I didn’t like it, I sold it to the used bookstore.

Now that I am an author, I see the importance of reviews as far as getting a book into the hands of other readers. I find myself reading the reviews of books I buy, especially if the author is a new one to me, and I usually pay more attention to the 3 and 4 star reviews.

I know some people don’t leave reviews because they feel like they don’t know what to say, but reviews don’t have to be more than one or two sentences. Leave a star rating and in the comment section leave something like, “Great Read”, “Loved it.” or if you didn’t like it, “Bleh.”

There is a theory floating around that after 20-25 reviews on Amazon, a book will get included in their “Also Bought” and “You Might Like” lists. Which makes the books more visible to readers looking for new reads.

I don’t like asking for reviews. It gets annoying to see an author ask for reviews day after day, but I also think that every once in awhile, it’s ok to say, “Hey…if you read my book and you liked it, please leave a review.”

So here goes….If you have read Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams…please leave a review. Thank you!

Until next week….Happy Reading!


~Jolanthe~

Light at the End of the Tunnel

I can finally see it. The light at the end of the tunnel. It’s still a white dot surrounded by darkness, but it’s there, and I can see it. After the chapter I’m almost done with, I have few more chapters to go on The Veiled Path to Destiny~The Veil Book 2.  Woot Woot!

If you haven’t read book 1 yet, here is the link.

Things are not always simple or what they seem.
Daria McClaren is content. She has her dance school, her cousin Celine and the man of her dreams. Literally.
Iauron is uneasy. As the High King of the Fae, his chosen Queen Verisiel is calling to him, but he cannot find her. The court insists that she has crossed over. He is not so sure that is the case. He has searched every realm looking. Every realm, but the human one.
The race is on. Beyond the veil lie truths waiting to be revealed. Which one will have the courage to look? Will they be in time?

Until next week…Happy Reading!

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~Jolanthe~

There’s a Deadline Up Ahead

I have a deadline coming up fast! While I’m sure all of you are waiting with bated breath (shhhhh…just nod, smile, and let me live with that delusion for a little bit lol) for the ramblings of my mind, I have a manuscript I need to finish. Buuuut, just to wet your whistle, here is a short, unedited, and subject to change excerpt from The Veiled Path to Destiny~The Veil Book 2.

“I will not leave you unprotected when you seek solace from this new life I have brought you to.” Iauron explained. His large hands had cupped he side of her face. His blue eyes had sparked with a fire that never failed to draw her into their depths. He was a brilliant flame. She was a moth all too willing to have her wings singed by the heat of his gaze. Through him, she was reborn again and again.

She pulled back from the memory, yet his presence remained. It wrapped her in a cocoon of his warmth, infused within her body in such a way she knew she would never be alone. A hand reached up and skimmed the surface of her lips. She could smell him on her skin. Like Pavlov’s dogs or cats as the case may be, she instantly longed to rub her body against his. His kisses were an aphrodisiac, fueling a never satisfied hunger. His touch was a spark that set her body aflame with unquenchable desire. He was her addiction for which there was no 12-step program to recovery. She fought it even as she reveled in it.
© The Veiled Path to Destiny by Jolanthe Aleksander

If you haven’t read the first book, Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams you can get your copy here: www.amazon.com/dp/0692539891

Until next week…Happy Reading! business cardsf1d235a9-c918-4b2a-b693-3a3be06b468e

~Jolanthe~

 

School’s Back in Session

School’s back in session. What does that mean for me? Time adjustments. Ugh! There is no way, no how, it should be legal to be waking up at 5:30 in the morning to make sure the chid is up, dressed, teeth brushed…with toothpaste (it’s important to remind them of the toothpaste because somehow it always slips his mind until I ask to smell his breath) and ready for the bus, that comes at 6:20 in the morning. I don’t know about all of you, but my brain is not even thinking about functioning at that time of the morning.

On the flip side of this sending the child out to have a productive day of learning (which I have been informed by the child means he eats lunch and that’s it, nothing else) at the butt crack of dawn is this….I have an hour and a half of alone time! Squee! Once the caffeine kicks in, I can get a few words on the page before I have to prepare for my day.

I will be honest, some mornings (mind you, this is only the second week of school) I don’t wanna write, but then this little annoying voice in my head says, “Suck it up, buttercup. You have a deadline.” That I do. So if I want to meet it, and I do…I need to hop off here and get to writing!

P.S…Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams was nominated in the Fantasy Category for the Summer Indie Book Awards! How cool is that?!

Until next week….Happy Reading!

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~Jolanthe~