Tag Archives: Jolanthe Aleksander

School. Has. Started! 

It’s that time of year where the dulcet tones of children and teens everywhere (at least in this part of the country) have turned into whining, and smiling, laughing faces turn into pouting ones. School is back in session!

To be fair, not all the whining is that of the kids. I admit I’ve been doing my fair share of whining about having to wake up earlier than I had to do as recently as last week. I’ve already had a morning of sleeping through alarms. It’s been an adjustment…coffee helps.

Anyway…here is the  update as to where I am in my writing.

Breathe Me to Life is off to the formatter. The back and spine for the cover is off to the cover magician.

Veiled Hearts Revealed is almost done being written. I have missed the deadline between my publisher and I. I will be talking with them about a release date soon-ish. The cover is done! I can’t wait to share it with all of you. I’ll do that when I have a definite release date. It’s so pretty.

In a little over 30 days, I will be heading to St. Louis for Penned Con! More on that later!

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

 

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WOTR Re-Cap and Moving Forward

It’s been almost two weeks since Writers on the River. I don’t have enough words to let you know how wonderful this event is. If you have the opportunity to go to it next year, I highly recommend you attend. The proceeds of this event go to the charity, Thistle Farms.

I had such a wonderful time there, it was hard to say goodbye to my fellow authors and to the readers. The energy at this event is such that, as a writer, I felt like my creativity received a much need boost of adrenaline, and my spirit felt renewed.

That being said, I did have to drop out of one of the projects that I had hoped to participate in. Unexpected life challenges necessitated my withdrawal, and the organizers were more than understanding…for that I am eternally grateful.

On August 12th, I get the rights to Breathe Me to Life back! I have spoken to my cover artist and not only is she working on the back cover for it, she has started working on the cover for the third and final book in the Veil Series. The title of which, in case you were wondering what I went with, is Veiled Hearts Revealed~The Veil Book 3. I hope to be able to share a sneak peek with you soon-ish.

Here are a few pics from WOTR…

 The custom made tea cup books created by Sarah Ahrens Mick

Author Group Photo

The following are fellow authors, wonderful reviewers, awesome readers, and a handsome cover model.

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

 

Minute by Minute

It has been a while since I’ve posted here or on any social media platform. I want to thank my publisher, Eclectic Bard Books, for their endless patience.

There are times when the whirlwinds of life leave you tumbling through the air so fast and so far from what is your norm, that you don’t know which end is up. You can only get through the day, minute by minute, from one breath to the next, with the hope that the next day will be a better one. Sometimes it is. Sometimes it’s worse.

Friday, I will be heading to Peoria for the Writers On the River book signing. For the last two months my plans for this event have been in limbo. It wasn’t until Monday, that I was sure I was going to be able to go. My siblings, however, thought I should, because what will be will be. So, I thank them for this much appreciated respite.

My table will be short on swag, but I’ll have pens and magnets to give away. Aaaand I’ll have books! I hope you can stop by and say “hi”. I’d love to see you.

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

 

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~

 

 

Distractions and Snippets

I’ve been working on Veiled Hearts or Veiled Hearts Revealed. I’m still bouncing around those two possible titles for the third book in my Veil Series. There is also the question of, since this is going to be a short story or novella, is it really book 3 or is it more book 2.5? These are just two of the random thoughts bouncing around my head and are not really helpful when trying to write.

The last week and a half has been full of distractions. The kind of distractions that don’t allow for sticking your head in the sand. Nope, the ostrich method was not an option…and I don’t mind telling you how much that sucked.

Every day I get a little more written. Not as much as I would like, but every word on the page is one more than was there before. Anyway, I thought I’d give you a brief, unedited, subject to change, snippet of Celine and Coipeail’s story. I’m not going to do a lot of these snippets for this story because it is going to be shorter than a full length book. This sneak peek is from chapter 1.

The Veil Book 2.5/3

Through the panes of beveled glass, the first streams of the morning’s light pierced the darkness of her room, cutting a swath between the twin curtains fluttering on the current of the wind flowing through the open window. A new day was about to begin. Lying beneath a multi-colored comforter, Celine found she no longer looked forward to uncovering new discoveries, but the day and her employees didn’t care about her current melancholy. The minutes and hours would continue to tick ever forward. Her staff had expectations that she would continue to garner business to ensure their healthy paychecks padded their pockets and checking accounts. She was needed, and yet…she wasn’t.

Raising her hands, she scrubbed her face, and groaned. “Alright, Celine. Enough of this pity party. Get your ass out of bed and get going.”

Her body and mind still at war about leaving the warmth of her bed, she laid there a bit longer until the fullness of her bladder, making itself known, settled the argument of whether or not to get moving. She threw back the covers and shivered as her feet made contact with the cold wood floor. Hurrying to the bathroom connected to her room, Celine’s ears listened in vain for sounds of her cousin, Daria, moving around, even though she knew she wasn’t here. Daria wasn’t even in the same realm, which just made the silence in the house that much louder. Shaking her head, Celine tapped down the maudlin feelings threatening to rise within her chest, and got on with the business answering the call of nature.

Stepping out of her room, the scent of freshly brewed coffee tickled her nose. “Thank the gods for whoever inspired the person who made programmable coffee makers.” © Jolanthe Aleksander 2108

Until next  week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

 

 

MPD-Pending

There are some weeks where you want to climb into a book and escape from the real world. This is okay, unless you are working on a couple of different deadlines and every minute of writing time you can squeeze into a day is essential to meeting said deadlines.

To meet these deadlines, I’ve been trying to work on two different stories at the same time. No, there is no way to get them mixed up. They are different sub-genres beneath the romance genre. On one hand, it’s sort of good to step into a different world when the one you’re working on is giving you fits. On the other hand, there’s a real possibility that I may develop multiple personality disorder before the summer is over. I’m sure one of my personalities will let you know my mental status then…or my publisher may let your know where my padded room is located. If you come to visit, I’ll be the one in the bedazzled, purple, hug-me jacket. A girl has to have her bling.

So, until next week…do what I wish I could take a week or so to do, and read a good book or two. Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

 

 

new direction

While working on the third Veil book, I had an eureka moment. It was a moment similar to one I had when working on Breathe Me to Life. This is a short  story. Not everything has to be shown or told…just the important bits that pertain to getting the story from point A to point B.

This little revelation, while awesome, also led to a couple of chapters being wiped out. That was a major ouch, but in looking at them, I wasn’t completely happy with them, and they were dragging the story out unnecessarily. But yeah…OUCH!

Sacrifice the word count for the sake of the story. The story is what is important. It’s a hard lesson to learn and to remember, but an important one.

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe Aleksander~

 

 

 

 

 

No Resting on the Laurels

Breathe Me to Life in the Once Upon A Twisted Time box set has been out for a little over a week now. It’s now available on Kindle Unlimited, so if you have a KU membership and have been waiting for it to switch over…your wait is over. 😉

So, what have I been doing since release day? There is no rest for the weary, wicked, or authors.  I’ve been working on Celine and Coipeail’s story. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a shortish story, but who knows…characters sometimes throw you for a loop and insist certain events that weren’t initially planned happen. I’ve also agreed to do a short story anthology…and there may be another project in the works…I’ve also agreed to do an anthology that isn’t going to be released until next year. In other words, I’ve been presented with a writing challenge that will not only push me, but will introduce my writing to different audiences. Of course I answered that challenge with a “yes”. Pray for me and my sanity. I promise to let you all know what is going on with these other projects as they come up.

In the meantime…I need to get back to Coipeail and Celine.

Until next week…Happy Reading! 

~Jolanthe~

 

It’s LIVE!

It’s LIVE! Breathe Me to Life found in the Once Upon A Twisted Time box set is live!

Here are what some of the reader who have read Breathe Me to Life have said about it:

“Breathe me to life by Jolanthe Aleksander
A fae Prince. Love. Fate.
Will Kellan and Allisa manage to fall in Love even when she’s a mortal?
Well written read with a lot of complicated plot things.”

“Breathe me to life by Jolanthe Aleksander
A complicated love story. What are you willing to do for true love? A story that will keep you thinking long after its done.”

“Breathe Me to Life is a wonderful short story by Jolanthe Alexander. This was a nice introduction to her writing. The story flowed nicely and left me wanting more. I look forward to reading more from this author. This is a great collection of stories!”

I admit, I smiled like a Cheshire Cat, emitted a squeal or two, and did a happy chair dance, when I read those reviews.

I have to confess that writer’s doubt was STRONG where this story was concerned. I was sure my story was going to be a flop compared to what the other writers contributed. There are some incredibly talented authors in this set. Don’t get me wrong…I know not everyone is going to enjoy Breathe Me to Life, but right now…I know of 3 people who did and that makes my heart smile.

If you would like to read it, along with the other 14 stories in the set…it’s only 99 pennies. It will be available on all platforms for a few more days before the set goes exclusively to KU. The buy links will be posted below.

BREATHE ME TO LIFE Ailsa was biding her time when the call of the music floating on the wings of the night’s wind led her to a moonlit glen and another world. Kellan, Prince of the Fae Court, was tired and bored with things as they were until a young woman not only sparked his interest but his desire to finally claim a mate. Two souls find in each other a connection unlike any other. A chance encounter brought them together. A dream created a bond. Will the jealousy of one who was scorned tear them apart? Or will love’s kiss breathe life into a sleeping beauty? 

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079MQKQF5
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079MQKQF5
Amazon CAN: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B079MQKQF5
Amazon AUS: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B079MQKQF5
Nook: http://bit.ly/2zythZw
iBooks: http://hyperurl.co/OUATT
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2yqXKLs

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

Spring, Writing, and Harry Potter

Spring has finally sprung in my neck of the woods. Did I tell you that Spring is my favorite time of the year. Everything is fresh and new, brimming with the promise of new life, and eager to bring color to a landscape that was brown or bare.

That promise of blooming beauty, brings pollen with it, which brings itchy, watery eyes and lots of sneezing. Yay! Yes…Mother Nature has a wicked sense of humor. She is going to show you all the pretties…but there is a payment for your enjoyment. It reminds me of that scene in one of the Harry Potter movies when Ron is trying to interpret the leaves at the bottom of Harry’s cup…”You’re going to suffer, but you’re going to be happy for it.” lol. This is what Spring is for me. Which when you think about it, in a convoluted kind of way, that could be said about writing, editing, and publishing a book. You’re going to suffer through the process…but you’re going to be happy once it’s all done.

Once Upon A Twisted Time is springing forth on Tuesday, May 8th. I hope you will consider buying it for your reading pleasure. If you hop over to my newsletter, you can see the covers and read the blurbs of the stories included in the set. You just may find at least one story you’re willing you just have to read. I hope one of them is mine. 😉

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~