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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~

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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~

Happily Ever After

As many of you know, I attended the Once Upon A Book Author Event in Frankenmuth, MI this past weekend. A wonderful time was had by all. It was a family oriented event so little ones were more than welcome. They were even included in the Happily Ever After Ball, where they were either given fairy wings or a nerf sword which they happily displayed as they marched around the ballroom. Total Cuteness Overload.

This was a fast paced event, and, unfortunately, I didn’t get to fangirl over as many authors as I thought I would. Which is good, because it means I was busy talking to readers at the table I was luck enough to share with the incomparable Darlene Kuncytes.

One of the most amazing things that happened was people I had met last year, coming to my table to say, “hello”. What an awesome feeling to be remembered fondly enough they would make it a point to come see me again. It’s the greatest feeling in the world.

The event was held at the Bavarian Inn Lodge. It’s HUGE! I got lost at least 5 times. Those that know me know I’m directionally challenged, so that’s to be expected, but in my defense…all elevators in this hotel do not lead to the same place. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it!

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The Happily Ever After Ball was AMAZING! There were so many creative costumes and beautiful formal gowns. Here I am with Darlene Kuncytes. Read her books, they’re awesome!  14012103_1675720369414651_1447337067_n

I ran a selfie contest. The winner received a Selfie Queen t-shirt, a mini tiara, and a specially made keychain. The recipient of the gift package was Ashley Cestra. She was an absolute joy to meet!

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I also had a drawing at my table. The winner was Tina Donnely who was wearing the necklace that came with Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams when I made my book debut last October in Kalamazoo. How cool is that?!

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You’ll notice that the drawing prize contains the first books in the following series by fellow EBB authors: Phoenix Rising~The Kindred by Madison Granger; Through the Oracle’s Mist~The Vengelys Series by Aedan Byrnes; and Soul Journey~The Soul Series by Miranda Shanklin.

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I met Darlene Kuncytes last year in NOLA. She was soooo encouraging and supportive to a writer who had yet to be published at the time. I was over the moon to get to share a table with this wonderful lady.

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After the event, dinner was had at the Bavarian Inn with authors, SF Benson, Bsm Stoneking, blogger Jennifer Moon Desulis, and their family and friends. Good times and much laughter was had.

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There are so many more pictures I could share with you, but I really need to get writing. If you didn’t get to go to this year’s event, never fear…it’s happening again next year on August 11th & 12th. Mark your calendars.

Until next week….Happy Reading!

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~Jolanthe~

What a Year It’s Been!

2015 is fast coming to a close. Where did the time go? All in all, I have to say that it has been INCREDIBLE! New paths were taken. New opportunities were offered. And Dreams were realized!

At the beginning of 2015, I was writing the rough draft of my book, Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams, my father was battling cancer, and my mother was dealing with health issues of her own. For a little while, I entertained the thought that maybe, just maybe, Veil would have to be put on the backburner. Savannah blew that thought out of the water by signing us both up to sign at the Great Lakes Book Bash in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Talk about holding your toes over the fire! It was official. My name was on the banner. My book was going to debut in October, so I had to quit pussy footing around and get not only busy but serious. There was no guarantee this opportunity was going to come around again, so if I wanted it, the time was NOW to act.

It was tough. I’m not going to lie. Working. Taking care of my parents. Racing back and forth to the hospital. Seeing to the needs of my son. Writing. There were days where I didn’t know whether to wind my butt or scratch my watch.

My rough draft was completed a couple of weeks before I made the journey to New Orleans. Oh, what an exciting time that was. The authors, bloggers, and readers who found out I was approaching the editing phase of getting Veil to publish were so incredibly supportive and encouraging. That in of itself was an amazing boost. I also got to meet and spend time with fellow author Madison Granger. What a great time we had exploring Nola.

Back home, one set of edits done….another (what I refer to as the sea of red) was on its way, and I was offered a position where the work I would be doing would actually matter. There was a hiccup after the interview process….a delay between the “you have the job” and the “we want you to start on…” Did I mention that patience wasn’t a virtue I have in abundance? The universe keeps trying to teach me the lesson of being patient. I think it should just chalk me up to a lost cause as far as that lesson goes. lol

Within a week, my book went to publish and I was officially given a start date for my new job. It was euphoric!

October came…my debut was AWESOME! I was able to sell twice as many books than I was desperately hoping I would sell and  I got to share the experience with my friend and mentor, Savannah. A week later, I started my new job.

This year has been a lesson in perseverance for me. It would have been easy to throw in the towel, to take the circumstances of my parents’ health and use it as an easy out, and I seriously considered it…lol. (shhhh….don’t tell Sav, Aedan, or Abyrne), but I didn’t. Partly because, I had the incentive of my name being on a banner for an event, but also because I WANTED it…and I wanted it to be good.

2016 is around the corner, and I can’t wait to see what surprises and opportunities it has in store. Look for Veiled Path to Destiny, Book 2 of the Veil Series to come out. No date has been set yet, but you’ll be the first to know when it is.

In looking back…I want to thank everyone that has followed, encourage, supported me, my dreams…and bought my book. Thank you for taking the time to come on this journey with me!

Sooo….until next year….Happy Reading! happy-new-year-2016-images-new-year-greetings-1024x758 ~Jolanthe~

Cue the lights! Cue the curtains! It’s show time!

It’s almost time for my big debut! I’m experiencing several emotions, sometimes more than one at any given moment. They range from excitement, anticipation, high hopes, and nervousness. Surprisingly enough, anxiety is not one of them.

It may be that I liken my first signing to that of Opening Night of a stage production. You prepare. You know your lines. You go over your choreography. You believe that once you set foot on that stage everything is going to go off without a hitch. You prepare for the possibility of a hitch happening, like somehow your head hits the floor when you go to do a handstand instead of your hands (Yes, it did happen. No, I don’t know how. It’s a mystery.). You don’t, however, let the nerves take over.

It may also be because I know I won’t be there alone. I will have one of my mentors there to help keep me grounded. I had the privilege of being with Savannah Verte when she made her debut at ARC NOLA, so I know a little bit of what to expect. That being said, I also know being on the other side of the table, being the author trying to get readers to stop at the table, pick up your book, and hopefully (fingers crossed) buy the book, is completely different than being a support person. So, when I say I know a little bit of what to expect, I mean a very LITTLE         bit.

I have hopes and dreams for this book, but mostly, I hope those that read my book will love the story between the cover.

 

Jolanthe

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I am an author!

I am an author! You may ask, well if you write, doesn’t that make you an author? The answer to that is different for everyone. For me, writing may have earned me the title of writer or aspiring author. To my mind, being published earned me the title of Author. No longer am I aspiring to join the ranks of authors that I greatly admire.

In a matter of a week and a half, I will be traveling to Kalamazoo, Michigan to make my debut signing with my debut book that releases on October 10th. I’m both excited and nervous to meet the readers and other authors as I join them on the other side of the table. Luckily, I won’t be going alone. Savannah Verte will be joining me at the Eclectic Bard Books table. It promises to be a good time. I hope to see you there!  -Joli

 

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