Tuesday, October 3, 2017

YA Scavenger Hunt: Orange You Having Fun?

Welcome to my stop on the Fall 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt! I'm here representing Team Orange. Let's hear it for the least rhymed vegetable and most overlooked color in fashion! Orange doesn't get as much love as it should, in general, but if you check out the amazing authors I'm lucky to share some blog space with, I think it's clear which color is the clear winner in this year's scavenger hunt:

Never heard of the YA Scavenger Hunt? YASH is a bi-annual event originally organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes!

There are seven contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! For the Orange Team contest, one lucky winner will win 20 different books from the Orange Team authors! But don't forget, there are six other teams and you can visit all of them for a chance to win a whole different set of books from each.

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've hidden my favorite number. Hint, it's in orange. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the Orange Team, and then add them up. 

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday October 8th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


But YASH isn't just about winning books (although that is pretty awesome). I'm pleased to welcome Larissa C. Hardesty to my blog today! 

Larissa Hardesty is a Young Adult author of speculative fiction. Having lived a fairytale when she met her husband while on vacation at Disney World as a high school senior, all of her stories have at least a touch of romance. When she’s not writing, she can be found pursuing her passion for music as an elementary music teacher and handbell choir director. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and three children.

Larissa's novel, KISS ME, KILL YOU came out in June and sounds as intriguing as its gorgeous cover.
Emmy Duivel believes in true love: heart-stopping kisses, candlelight dinners, and a connection that lasts forever. But not the kind of kisses that land your date in the hospital. Emmy always knew she was different, but not in the supernatural sense. Not in the succubus sense.

Paul Andinn had only one job: watch over Emmy and make sure she doesn’t expose the supernatural world. It should have been easy, but the moment he looked away, she kissed that boy, and everything changed.

He should be more upset. But he can’t. Not when he’s falling hard for her.
To find out more about Larissa, visit her website or follow her on Twitter and Facebook. Add KISS ME, KILL YOU on GoodReads and pick up a copy at Entangled Teen.

I'm so thrilled I get to share an exclusive for KISS ME, KILL YOU with you! Larissa put together the following playlist especially for the book; make sure to click the KMKY image below so you can listen to the playlist on YouTube. I heard a rumor there were 7 more songs, but they're being suppressed by the supernatural world as they give too much away! Here's what Larissa has to say:

Thanks so much for hosting me, J.C.! I listen to very long playlists when I write, and I tend to get hooked on certain artists for each book. While writing KISS ME, KILL YOU, I was listening to a lot of Evanescence, Avril Lavigne, and Maroon 5. For me, it's more about feel than words, since I'm not really listening to the words. But there are a couple in here where the words really fit the story. Those may have been replayed more than the others. LOL. If you have any suggestions for my next playlist, I would love to hear them!

Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Larissa, and many more!


To keep going on your quest, you need to check out the next author! Head on over to Sherry Ficklin's page for your next secret number and even more exclusive content.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

DFWCon - Presentation Link & How Not To Share Info

I was lucky enough to present several different classes at this year's DFWCon writing conference in Dallas, Texas. It is, by far, one of my favorite conferences and I always learn a ton every time I attend. Getting the chance to present was even better.

But sometimes things go a bit wrong. For instance, let's say you finish your powerpoint presentation in the wee hours of the morning, hopped up on allergy meds and coasting on the fumes of consciousness. You might, possibly, transpose two letters while setting up the spiffy custom URL for your class attendees to download a PDF of your presentation. THEN you might not realize this huge error, put the correct (but broken) URL on the last slide of your presentation and blithely tell these lovely people they don't need to take notes if they don't want to because they can just get the PDF later.

And then, when an attendee points out the URL doesn't work thanks to the magic of smart phones, you might, perhaps, toss up a different URL at the end of that slide show and tell everyone to check THAT link later. Only to discover later that evening that your blog/website won't let you do a custom URL that way.


Learn from my mistakes, people. Allergy meds and lack of sleep are dangerous. And I should not be trusted with URLs. Except now. You can totally trust me now.

To everyone who attended my Wheel of Fortune: A Guide to Writing Contests presentation, THANK YOU. Sorry for the last minute hiccups. Here's the real, working (and tested twenty times) URL:


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Cheesus Was Here Pre-Order Giveaway & Gifts

In just a few short months CHEESUS WAS HERE will be out in the world! Which means it's the perfect time to kick off a pre-order campaign. Everyone who pre-orders the book and emails me a valid proof-of-purchase will receive the following:*

  • Two limited edition art cards
    Each 4" x 6" card features Nadiya Kovalchuk's beautiful artwork inspired by Cheesus on the front and a quote from the book on the back. 
  • A Cheesus Bookmark
  • A Cheesus Button
  • A signed bookplate
    I'm happy to personalize the bookplate if you let me know the name you'd like in your email.
  • A Gouda cheese wedge charm
    This can be used as a necklace pendant, cell phone charm, stitch marker, bracelet charm, or however you like.
* While supplies last. Only the first 20 pre-orders will receive cheese wedge charms.

In addition, everyone who submits proof of a pre-order will be entered to win an original art piece created by the author and a fun tote bag featuring a quote from the book.

The artwork also features a quote from the book and is combination of paper-cutting and watercolor. It has a lovely 3-dimensional quality.

The tote bag is screen printed and available in either natural canvas or black with white lettering.

To enter: pre-order CHEESUS WAS HERE by April 10th, 2017 and email a valid proof-of-purchase to jcdavis.books@gmail.com. Pre-order gifts will ship within a week of your email being received. I'll draw a winner for the tote bag and artwork on April 11th.

The giveaway and pre-order gifts are U.S. only. However, if your pre-order the book and live outside the U.S., please email me at the address above with your proof-of-purchase and I'll send you a signed bookplate, bookmark, and art cards. 

You can pre-order CHEESUS WAS HERE from the following online booksellers, or request the book from your local US bookseller:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieboundPowell's | Books-A-Million