Jeaniene Frost's Blog
August 25, 2015
I am so pleased by this, and I know that many of you will be, too. Book one in the Broken Destiny series, The Beautiful Ashes, first came out in Trade paperback, which is the bigger - and thus more expensive - version of paperbacks. In fact, the mass market release of The Beautiful Ashes doesn't release until September 29th (next month) and I know that many of you have been waiting for it. If you haven't seen the hot new cover for the mass market edition of The Beautiful Ashes, go here.
With The Sweetest Burn releasing directly to mass market on March 29th, 2016, now those of you who prefer that format won't have to wait for it like you did for The Beautiful Ashes. And now, those of you who waited to get started on the Broken Destiny series with the mass market release of book one won't have long to wait until you find out what happens next with Ivy and Adrian :).
In fact, speaking of The Sweetest Burn, I turned in my revisions for it on Friday of last week, and I am hoping to be able to share the cover soon with all of you. I also owe you guys a giveaway, and while I'm late on posting it, I have a good reason for my tardiness. In addition to doing revisions, I've also been working on a Special Secret Project with some friends for the past two months, and I will finally get to reveal what it is at the end of September. I've been teasing about this Special Secret Project for the past week or so on Twitter (I can't help it, I'm excited! :)) and although I can't tell you what it is yet, I CAN tell you what it isn't. So, that being said...
It's NOT a movie or television project. Seriously, unless I win the Powerball, I will never be able to work on those independently with some friends because I don't have tens of millions of dollars and/or Hollywood connections ;).
It's NOT a book or anthology.
You'll find out what it IS on September 30th, so stay tuned!
August 11, 2015
Sometimes, falling in love really is the end of the world…
Ivy has always seen things that she cannot explain. Strange things. Otherworldly things. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is imprisoned in a realm beyond Ivy’s reach. The one person who can help her is the dangerously attractive rebel who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.
The fate Adrian has fought to escape is here – but he never expected the burning need he feels for Ivy. With destiny on one side and desire on the other, Adrian must help Ivy search for the powerful relic that can save her sister. Yet he knows what Ivy doesn’t: the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could destroy the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side, Adrian on the other, and nothing but ashes in between…
You can pre-order your copy of the Mass Market edition from: Amazon, Powells, B&N, BooksAMillion, and Indiebound. Or, pick it up in your local book store when it releases on September 29th, 2015.
Of course, the ebook and audiobook versions are available now from: Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Downpour.com, Audible.com and you will see the new cover on some of these retailers as well.
As some of you might recall, the Trade edition (a bigger-sized paperback) of The Beautiful Ashes was released last year. Why was the cover changed for the mass market edition, some of you might wonder? After receiving a lot of feedback, my publisher and I realized that the Trade cover, which you can see here, was causing many readers to mistakenly believe that the Broken Destiny series was YA, or Young Adult. Let me unequivocally state that this series is not YA. It's New Adult, or NA, which a good deal of readers were unfamiliar with because that designation is relatively new. What's the difference? NA, or New Adult, can and frequently does have explicit sexual content, and this adult material is obviously not intended for a young audience. So, in order to alleviate any further confusion, my publisher and I wanted to the mass market cover to convey - at a glance, hopefully - the adult content in this novel. Considering how that content gets far, far more explicit in The Sweetest Burn, book two in the Broken Destiny series, we're stressing this difference not a moment too soon, in my opinion ;).
Toward this end, the cover is in the process of being updated for all the ebook editions, too, so you'll see the difference pop up as those retailers make the change. And, I'm happy to say, the models on this new cover will be used on the covers for the rest of the Broken Destiny series.
Thanks for reading my long-winded explanation on this, and I hope you like the new cover as much as I do :).
August 7, 2015
Lost in the woods…
Marlee Peters is tired of putting her dreams on hold, so when her friends can’t continue on a long- anticipated hike of Yellowstone National Park, she goes on without them. But Marlee isn’t alone in the woods; she’s being hunted by a pack of frighteningly intelligent wolves. When a fight for survival takes an impossible turn, Marlee realizes that the enigmatic stranger who saves her might either be her dream come true…or her waking nightmare.
Big, bad wolf…
As the pack’s enforcer, Daniel is sworn to keep the existence of werewolves a secret. He knows that Marlee’s bites may change her life in a way she can’t imagine, but if they don’t, he can’t let her tell others about his race. Yet Marlee is awakening Daniel’s most primal urges, and soon, neither one of them will be able to resist the call of the wild…
Order at: Amazon and B&N. iBooks and Kobo links will be live next week.
Some backstory: As I said, back in early 2008, I wrote a werewolf romance story called Pack for the Mammoth Book Of Paranormal Romance anthology. Later, Pack was re-published with authors Ilona Andrews and Meljean Brook in an e-book-only anthology called Under Her Skin. In the years since, Meljean, Ilona, and I have dipped more into self-publishing, so we decided to break up the anthology and self-publish our stories as individual novelettes instead. While I was rereading Pack in preparation of this, I made some scene additions to add depth to the characters’ thoughts, motivations, and feelings. You see, the old anthology that I’d written this for had a word-count limit that I’d already far exceeded, so I’d left those things out in the previously-published versions. Then, I posted it for free on my website blog for a limited time as a gift to my readers. Since then - proving that I cannot stop tinkering with a story unless deadlines force me to - I also added more content in the form of additional scene tweaks as well as an entire new chapter featuring a love scene between Marlee and Daniel. I'm so pleased that re-publishing this story on its own allowed me to add this additional material, because the end result is over twenty percent more content in this version versus the previously-published editions, and - I believe - a better story overall.
I hope you enjoy Pack, whether this is your first time reading it, or whether you read it before in an earlier version.
Audio readers: I am trying to get this out in audio, too. More to come on that.
August 6, 2015
Add in the other fact about me that many of you probably also know: I suffer from migraines. Nothing to worry about, it’s hereditary, and one of my go-to migraine medications is Maxalt. Now, Maxalt has the benefit of being non-narcotic, but it has the disadvantage of making me very loopy. My friends calls it my Zombie pill because of how it affects me.
Well, yesterday, I had a migraine and before bed, I gave up on Tylenol and took a Maxalt. Cue my mostly being able to sleep, but with my mind spinning from a combination of my already-strange subconscious along with the effects of the Maxalt. Add in a childhood memory of the first poem I’d ever written, and you have me staggering out of bed at who-knows-what-hour to write down my inspiration to amend a problematic line from said poem.
Let me explain, but to do so, we need to rewind the clock back to when I was twelve years old. So, picture pre-teen Jeaniene, watching my mother about to dust a spider web off of the living room chandelier – watching, not helping, mind you, because again, I am lazy. In that moment, I was struck by literary inspiration for the very first time.
“Stop!” I told my Mom. “Don’t ruin his web. That’s the spider’s home!”
I don’t know what my mother replied. Probably a version of “Well, it’s my chandelier, so the web goes” because really, who wants to live in a house filled with spider webs?
The spider web vanished under her dusting cloth, but the inspiration stayed, and I went to my room and wrote the very first thing I’ve ever written. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that it turned out to be more of a mini story than a poem, and a paranormal story at that because I wrote it from the perspective of the spider. As you’d expect, it wasn’t very good (I’m still a bad poet to this day, although I still enjoy writing poetry) and it also had a glaring grammatical error that I didn’t realize at the time because, well, I was twelve. When I realized the error in my teens, I tried to amend the poem, yet couldn’t because I could not think up another line that rhymed while still being consistent with the poem’s rhythm.
Well, last night at age forty-two, that line finally came to me, and I wrote it down before stumbling back into bed. Because seeing it and remembering this poem made me smile when I woke up, I am now sharing it with you. I am able to do so only because I put that poem in a binder folder and gave it to my grandmother when I was twelve. Decades later, when my mother and I were going through my grandmother’s belongings after her death, I found that binder folder and thus the poem. My grandmother had kept it all of those years.
The poem is called Crystal Creatures.
Inside the world of a chandelier,
a tiny silk web lay.
Lodged firmly in between the lights
at its center, a spider stayed.
He was very young and very scared,
for this was his first web.
He should have been catching all sorts of bugs
but only caught dust instead.
So he checked all his threads
to make sure they’re secure
and even smeared on some more glue.
Despite all his efforts,
his web remained empty
and he didn’t know what else to do.
He went to his neighbor from across the lights
to ask for some helpful, friendly advice.
But all that he got for his time and his trouble
was an angry reply that he leave, on the double!
Beaten now, he crawled back in shame,
deciding to move to the nice window pane
when all eight legs stopped
and his chelicerae dropped.
In the corner of his silvery web
a tiny bug struggled in a silken-glue bed.
He scurried on over as fast as he could
and looked down on the proof that all had worked as it should.
Quivering with triumph,
he rolled up his meal
and added more glue for a proper, tight seal.
Then he crawled to the middle of his thread-woven bed
and laid down to rest his tiny, proud head.
August 4, 2015
In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake…
After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.
So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.
An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…
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Magic Shifts is the eighth novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels series. Amazon picked it as one of their best books of August, and Romantic Times rated it a "Top Pick." If you've read this series before, I don't need to tell you how awesome it is. If you haven't tried it yet, I'll let some other people do the talking for me:
“Ilona Andrews pens my favorite flavor of keeper novel: tough characters, marvelous voice, fast-paced with that sharp edge of humor that adds the final grace note.”—Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author.
“Kate is a great kick-ass heroine.”—Locus
“All-nighter material…Hot action, heart-stopping emotion, and quick-wit banter all in one delicious package. If there is one author that defines urban fantasy, it is Ilona Andrews.”—Fresh Fiction.
“Andrews’s edgy series stands apart.”—Library Journal.
“Absolutely FANTASTIC…Shapeshifting, sarcastic, kick-ass glory!”—Fantasy Faction
Ilona and her husband, co-writer Gordon Andrews, are touring for Magic Shift's release. Here is where you can find them (info copied from her website.)
Meet and Greet: 5:30 pm Copper Coin Coffee
Signing: 7:00 pm Foxtale Book Shoppe
Signing: 7:00 pm Barnes & Noble
Thursday, August 6th – Lexington, KY
Meet and Greet: 6:00 pm Bronte Bistro (inside store)
Signing: 7:00 pm Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Meet and Greet: 5:00 pm Hastings Cafe
Signing: 6:00 pm Hastings
Meet and Greet: 3:30 pm Under the Volcano (2349 Bissonnet St. Houston, TX)
Signing: 4:30 pm Murder By The Book
If you're in any of these cities, I hope you can make one of their signings. The two of them are simply hilarious together. For more on the Kate Daniels series, including reading order, go here.
August 1, 2015
ETA: Grr! NONE of the pics are coming through on Goodreads, so if you want to see them, please go to my website blog here: http://jeanienefrost.com/2015/08/rwa-...
Arrived in NYC for #RWA15 ! If you're in the New York area, the book signing tomorrow is open to the public @ Marriot Marquis 5:30-7:30pm.
— Jeaniene Frost (@Jeaniene_Frost) July 21, 2015
For #RWA15 attendees, in addition to the Literacy signing, you can find me at the Avon signing Thurs 10-11am in Westside 1&2. #AvonConFab — Jeaniene Frost (@Jeaniene_Frost) July 21, 2015
My convention tunnel vision is in full force. Didn't even notice Pam from Avon waving at me at lunch. My sister told me about it afterward.
— Jeaniene Frost (@Jeaniene_Frost) July 22, 2015
Moral of story re-last Tweet: if you see me at #RWA15 & you want my attention, wave directly in my FACE. That's all I seem to notice ;). — Jeaniene Frost (@Jeaniene_Frost) July 22, 2015
— Jeaniene Frost (@Jeaniene_Frost) July 22, 2015
My sister's at #RWA15 with me & she most wants to meet @taviagilbert . Tavia, you have a huge fan in her! :) — Jeaniene Frost (@Jeaniene_Frost) July 22, 2015
— Jeaniene Frost (@Jeaniene_Frost) July 22, 2015
#AvonConFab Book giveaway about to start! If you're at #RWA15 come to Westside 1&2 10:00 - 11:00am TODAY :) pic.twitter.com/syy4rUMxAJ — Jeaniene Frost (@Jeaniene_Frost) July 23, 2015
— Jeaniene Frost (@Jeaniene_Frost) July 24, 2015
Me w/fab author & lovely lady @genashowalter at Harlequin open house! See us Westside ballroom 10-11am TODAY #RWA15. pic.twitter.com/L8xtMxu1H4 — Jeaniene Frost (@Jeaniene_Frost) July 24, 2015
@teawthlemon Beverley says you should have been at RWA with us! pic.twitter.com/N3DIfyjpF1
— Jeaniene Frost (@Jeaniene_Frost) July 24, 2015
Look! @Jeaniene_Frost thinks #LosingIt would make a great musical! (I'm biased, but I agree.) http://t.co/0sbwfPHI8N #STOPCATS!
— Cora Carmack (@CoraCarmack) July 25, 2015
So greet meeting with you, ladies! https://t.co/TezFpnMhqJ
— Jeaniene Frost (@Jeaniene_Frost) July 25, 2015
Yep, @Jeaniene_Frost told me her intentions for Ian...don't y'all wish you were me right now! #OMG #AvonConFab #RWA15
— Erika Tsang (@ErikaTsang) July 25, 2015
— Silver (@Silver_nmm) July 25, 2015
With my sister at the theater. Show still hasn't started yet so killing time with selfies. pic.twitter.com/sZZctnACLG
— Jeaniene Frost (@Jeaniene_Frost) July 26, 2015
How I feel after all the activities, meetings, and excitement of #RWA15 ;). https://t.co/lm8ZQIc6gc
— Jeaniene Frost (@Jeaniene_Frost) July 25, 2015
That's it from me for now, but NEXT WEEK, I will be hosting a giveaway on my blog, so be sure to check back if you want to win free books :).
July 18, 2015
New York Marriott Marquis
New York, New York
July 22–25, 2015
Wednesday, July 22nd:
5:30pm - 7:30pm. RWA Literacy Autographing. Westside Ballroom.
Thursday, July 23rd:
10:00 am – 11:00 am. Avon Publisher Book signing. Westside Ballroom 1&2.
Friday, July 24th:
10:00am – 11:00 am. Harlequin signing. Westside Ballroom 3 & 4.
Now, I have a terrible memory, and I am even more terrible at putting faces to names, so if I've met you before and I don't recognize you, please don't be offended. I do that to my own extended family ("Hi, cousin Joe, nice to meet you! Wait, we've met several times before? Uh, then nice to meet you again...")
So, if I don't know you and I try to hug you, my apologies in advance ;).
Hope to see some of you next week at the convention!
July 15, 2015
First, an explanation to those of you who don’t already know the story. The first four Night Huntress books were the first books I had ever written, and I never thought they’d be published because, well, I hadn’t even started trying to get published at that point. I wrote them for me, which meant that I took more page time to explore the characters through alternate scenarios, multiple side plots, additional backstory, additional love scenes, and increased personal revelations.
At some point while I was writing book four, my husband suggested that I should see if I could get the first novel published before I kept writing more in the same series. I agreed, albeit reluctantly because again, I didn’t expect that these books would sell. I’d always been told that writers never sell the first book they wrote, and since no publisher would start at the second, third, or fourth book in a series, I figured that writing these would be nothing more than an enjoyable learning experience. Still, pursuing publication would pacify my husband, so I began looking for a literary agent. This was back in 2004, and I knew nothing about publishing nor did I know anyone in the industry. The digital market didn’t exist at this point, so self-publishing wasn’t a viable option. My chances were limited to having a literary agent sign me so that a publisher might take a chance on me, or never being published at all.
I revised my first book many times while shopping for an agent, and it was during those years that I learned to be ruthless about paring my story down to only the scenes that kept the pacing taut and advanced the main plot. This meant that later, I ended up taking out a lot of material from the original versions of my second, third, and fourth novels. This wasn't easy because I loved those versions, but to quote Stephen King, sometimes, you have to kill your darlings. However, I saved all that extra material instead of outright deleting it. Over the years, I posted a scene or two to show readers some of what didn’t make it into the published novels, and I was surprised and delighted when readers requested more. Last year, I posted a large, alternate “middle” version of Destined For An Early Grave, Night Huntress book four, and when I asked readers if they wanted to see more alternate versions, the answer was a resounding yes.
That’s why I decided to compile my deleted scenes and alternate versions into one single file, so that readers could see the full version of Cat and Bones’s story in addition to the official, published novels. This has been a big task. Because of my many revisions, I had several different versions of each of the first four novels spread out onto old disks, CD’s, emails, and/or backup files on my hard drive. For added complication, some of the files were password-protected, and in the decade-plus since I wrote them, I forgot what the passwords were. That meant I had to comb through over ten years of “sent” files on my email to see if I’d emailed the story to any friends for feedback (I had, thank God!) Then, once I had versions I could actually open, I read through everything to pull out only the best scenes and alternate versions. I also wanted to include commentary as to why a particular scene or version didn’t make it into the published books so that readers could get a glimpse into my thought process. After that, I’m going to send the entire compilation to be professionally proofread and copy-edited. Needless to say, in their original versions, there were grammatical errors galore.
The result will be Outtakes From The Grave, a sort of pseudo-companion anthology which will contain all of the deleted scenes I previously posted, plus lots of never-before-posted scenes and three alternate versions from sections of three different books, all with added commentary. I’m still not done compiling everything, and already, it’s well over a hundred thousand words, so it will be longer than the length of a regular novel. I expect it to take another month before I have everything compiled and laid out in linear series timeline, then it will be off to copyediting and proofreading. All in all, I expect to self-publish Outtakes From The Grave in ebook toward the end of this year.
Sorry for the delay on this, but I hope this explanation clears up why it’s taken so long. Thank you for your patience, and I hope that once Outtakes From The Grave is available, you will enjoy revisiting Cat, Bones, and the rest of the Night Huntress gang as much as I enjoyed writing about them :).
For clarification, all of these deleted scenes and alternate versions are from the first four books of the Night Huntress series only.
June 30, 2015
What does this have to do with the aliens mentioned in the subject line, you might wonder? *grin* I'm getting to that. As you can imagine, finishing a book is a thrilling and exhausting process. And apparently, when my mind reaches that critical combination of thrilled/exhausted, it manifests aliens in my dreams. I seriously do not know why, but when I was close to finishing the first Night Prince book in 2011, this alien dream happened. And the day after I turned in The Sweetest Burn, my brain struck again with the aliens. In this dream, I had also just finished turning in The Sweetest Burn when I suddenly realized that I'd forgotten to add all the alien characters to it. Worse than that, without the alien characters, then I couldn't add the intergalactic civil war subplot between battling alien factions that was so critical to the book, it would be the main plot of the final novel in the Broken Destiny series. I woke up from that dream still furious with myself for not remembering to add the aliens and alien war subplot. However, as anyone who's read The Beautiful Ashes already knows, there are NO ALIENS in the Broken Destiny series. In fact, I've never written about aliens in my life, and I have no alien stories sitting around in my brain, either... or do I? *wink* In my dream, I had a whole list of characters, plots and subplots, so my subconscious clearly begs to differ. However, I didn't write them down once I woke up, so now, most of it is gone from memory. Let's see if it comes back when I'm done or almost done writing my next novel. If so, then I'll take it as a sign from above to consider writing an alien book ;).
June 8, 2015
Here is a paraphrased transcript:
Author friend: “I’ve finally gotten past my new book paralysis.”
Me: *thinking of how the scariest words I write are “Chapter One” and how stressful it is to come up with a decent beginning because it’s the foundation that the entire novel rests or falls on* “Great!”
Author friend: “I only wrote six hundred words the first day I started it, though.”
Me: *thinking of new building groundbreaking ceremonies where the builder throws the first shovel of dirt onto a construction site to signal the beginning of the project. “Hey, congrats! That’s the first shovel, right?”
Author friend *pauses, then laughs* “First shovel of crap? Okay, sure, that’s one way to look at it.”
Me: *stuttering in my haste to explain* “No, not crap! Of course I would never say that you wrote crap! I mean, I wouldn’t think it either, and…”
Author friend *dying laughing* “Really?”
Me: *barely making sense in my haste to reassure* “I meant a construction analogy! You know, first shovel of dirt and… not that I think you write dirt, either-”
Author friend *still laughing hysterically* “I get it. I’m just having fun with you now.”
Me: *laughing now, too* “Oh, yeah, I am a wordsmith. Fear my eloquence!”
And that, everyone, is why I am so glad that (1) I have a chance to revise when I write, because I probably won’t get things right the first time, and (2) I have an editor, who will point out the mistakes that I didn’t get right the second time, either :).
Hope you’re having a good Monday!