Caly’s Piece free on Kindle Unlimited

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Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited a couple of weeks ago and I enrolled my debut novel, Caly’s Piece, into the program. Kindle Unlimited is a subscription based platform that allows readers to borrow unlimited ebooks. It’s similar to what Netflix does with movies. The selection will also change as publishers and authors decide what books they may want to list in the program.

Here’s more information about Kindle Unlimited.

To find Caly’s Piece on Kindle Unlimited click the title link below!

Caly’s Piece

Happy reading!

~J.M.


3K Like Giveaway!

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I’m about to hit a new milestone on Facebook. My author page has a little under 3,000 likes. That is pretty huge!
So what’s the best way to celebrate? You got it. A GIVEAWAY!
Some very generous author friends are helping me out by donating gift cards, swag, and copies of their books. Bloggers from A Pair of Okies have also kindly donated a $10 gift card!
You have a good chance at winning one of these prizes, so check it out! You might discover a new favorite book and author.

Here’s the link- http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b669305/

I’m so grateful for the kindness of the donating authors and bloggers as well as the support of the readers on Facebook. Good luck to everyone who enters!

Thanks so much!
~J.M.


Paperback Giveaways!

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There are two paperback giveaways happening right now!

The first is on Goodreads —-> HERE!
It is for one signed copy of The Line That Binds and is opened to some places internationally. So check the details before entering!
Get on it because it ends May 9th!

The second giveaway is listed on my Facebook page —-> HERE!
The post is pinned to the top of the page. One winner will get signed paperback copies of both The Line That Binds and The Line That Breaks!
This contest is strictly for people who have reviewed either of the books on Amazon already. So if you’ve read and reviewed TLTB#1 or #2, you can post the link to your review on that specific post to enter.
I’ll choose a winner for this giveaway May 23rd!

Be sure to check in with my Facebook page every now and then. I post flash giveaways for ebooks and swag as often as possible.

Good luck on the giveaways!

~J.M.


My Writing Process: A Writing Blog Tour

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My amazing critique partner, Kim Chance, tagged me in this blog tour to answer a few questions about my writing process.
So here we are!
I’m not guaranteeing anything insightful or poetic. I actually hope that your expectations of my writing process aren’t set that high. If you think I spend hours inside a library, weeks setting up real-life scenarios, or have brilliant lights shining down on me as I type on my keyboard, you are going to be seriously disappointed . . . and you may possibly need medication.

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However, if you are expecting lots of headbanging, maybe some crying, and a lot of cussing, then your expectations are pretty dead-on.
There’s also a chance that you are a fellow writer. Am I right?

Okay so let’s just get to it.

Question # 1: What are you working on?

A New Adult Romantic Suspense is the next project. Sorry I don’t have a working blurb. It’s in the very early stages and has been that way for the last month. Regrettably, I’ve made very little progress after releasing my last book, The Line That Breaks. I’m distracted and I can’t seem to get my head in the game for this one.
Hopefully, a few more head bangs will help.
If not, I’ll have to break out the booze and hope I dream up some inspiration after I pass out. Kidding. Well . . . Maybe not.

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Question # 2: How does your work differ from the others in its genre?

My last books were Young Adult Paranormal Romance. I think those differed from others in the genre because they were cursed-based and didn’t have the usual entities like vamps and big, hairy dog people. I liked the idea of a wishing well, but really wanted to put my own spin on it–not so shiny and happy.
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With this latest project, I think the style will set it apart. I plan to make it a second or third chance romance of sorts, having flashbacks to the past. The MCs’ last encounter wasn’t exactly the most ideal situation. So when they meet again, not only are they stepping into an alarming predicament, but they have this history that creates even more problems.
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Question # 3: Why do you write what you do?

My books have mainly been Young Adult and I enjoy writing the genres in that age bracket because it’s fun! Teenagers are emotional.
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That makes writing characters of that age enjoyable because it can be unpredictable. They don’t have it all worked out. They’re learning and exploring. There’s so much stuff happening during that period of time, so many ‘firsts.’ Young love. Heartache. They are often experiencing so many things at once, all while trying to find their own place in the world.
But since I like to write a lot of things, the next project is climbing up the age range. I want to experiment with many genres because- why not?

Question # 4: How does your writing process work?

I’m mostly a pantser, which is sitting down without plotting and just typing it out. Whatever comes, comes.
I let the plot stew in my head for a while. The ideas have to simmer up there, build and thicken, before I can really start.
Occasionally, I’ll need to write specific highlights down so I won’t forget them.
This typically includes a few sentences scribbled on a notebook.
For a plot that is more detailed, I might have to write more detailed plot points to get a general structure.
Aside from that, I’m not very strict. Some people have to use a working outline and have it all their ducks in a row.
I’m willing to try anything, though. Maybe I’ll try other methods to see what might work, especially now that I’ve been stuck lately!
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I also tend to write in order, from the first chapter to the last. Some people bounce around. I find that too confusing. But, even though I am writing my latest project from start to finish, it will bounce back and forth with past times and present. So, I will write it from their first encounter on, then have to rearrange later.

Flashbacks, remember?

This could be tricky, but I’m hoping writing in order will make for a stronger connection.
When I finish a chapter, I have a habit of going back through once for a rough edit. This slows the process down of course. For me, it’s worked to solidify what happened and it refreshs me to write the next chapter.
After the initial draft–and sometimes during–I hand over to critique partners. Sometimes I’ll wait until I go back through the first full revisions to hand it over. It really depends on how I feel.

If I don’t think it’s ready, I’m like-

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Later, when I get their input, I go back through again.

And again.

And again.

And then possibly a print edit.

And then possibly an audio edit (If I could ever get my stupid Text to Speech to work on Windows 8 Word–stupid PITA!).
Somewhere in there, it’ll get sent to Betas readers for more feedback.
You get the picture.

Revise. Revise. Edit. Revise.
After all of that, it gets sent for a proper edit.
And then I go over it while I plug edits and sometimes once more after that.

Phew.
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Is there a reason for all of this?
Yes!

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I didn’t pick someone else to tag. But if you’re reading this, and you want to share, make sure to comment and let me know your process.
Maybe it’s similar to mine.

Or maybe you think I’m crazy.

Either way is cool, I guess!

~J.M.


Paperback Giveaway on Facebook

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I’m holding a paperback giveaway for people who have read and reviewed either book in The Line That Binds series.

You have to go to my Facebook page to enter. Here’s the direct link to the giveaway picture and details for entry-
http://on.fb.me/1hHikD5

If you haven’t read or reviewed either book, you still have a chance to win BOTH ebooks in order to leave a review in time to win the paperback portion of the giveaway. The ebook portion of the giveaway ends April 18th.
Follow the instructions on the Facebook post for the rest.

Good luck!

~J.M.


Prologue for The Line That Breaks

Hi all!

Sorry it’s been a little while since I’ve posted. The Line That Breaks’ release went well and I’ve jumped into a slow start on the next project.

I wanted to pop in to share the prologue for The Line That Breaks here. It was posted at many stops during the blog tour, but I figured I’d share if you missed it.

This prologue is like The Line That Binds prologue, set back in 1864. It shouldn’t spoil anything if you haven’t read the first book.

I hope you enjoy!

 

The Line That Breaks

Prologue

November, 1864

 

Tonight was the last night.

Dahlia pulled on her jacket and stepped into the darkness. The air nipped at her face and fingers, but she pushed on, knowing this would be the last night she knelt before the well.

The moon hovered low on the horizon, giving just enough light to guide her across the still property. Winter was close. Color had fallen from the trees and the sun was setting earlier every day. Travel would be harder now, harsher, making the possibility of finding a new home more difficult. Nevertheless, it wasn’t enough to dissuade Dahlia from leaving. The only thing that worried her now was how the Stocktons would treat her servant mother after she had gone. Mr. Stockton had passed last month, which meant Charles, with some guidance from his mother, was now in charge of the estate.

Dahlia stopped in front of the well and gazed up to the mansion like she had every night for weeks. Noticing a dim light in the farthest of the upstairs windows, she crouched low to hide. It was Charles’ office, not his and Sarah’s bedroom. Unfortunately, Dahlia knew which bedroom was theirs most of all─it could’ve been hers. In the weeks following the wedding, she’d been called upon to help clean their house. Their room. Every time she had to change the blankets on their bed, it made her physically ill. Thoughts of their lovemaking charged her mind. They ripped at her heart every day and haunted her every night. But they also fueled her anger, and kept her coming back to the well.

Seeing no movement within the lit room, she decided to continue. She stayed low and twisted sideways to keep an eye on the window. Digging into her pocket, she removed a thin iron pick. Its rounded tip had been worn close to its base. Her palm gripped the cool metal and its grooves settled into the cuts already etched in her skin. She located the final area of stone then started to scratch.

Hours later, after the last letter was done and her hands were raw and bloody once more, Dahlia read the words aloud and rubbed her hands over the stones. She thought of him as she spoke. Thought of him lying in her bed. His lips caressing hers. His promise for forever.

This was her promise to him and she was certain it would last longer than his had.

It would surpass their lifetimes.

Letting the pick fall to the ground, Dahlia turned toward the house again. A silhouette stood at the window, darkened by the dim light at its back.

It was him.

Charles.

She stared at his figure, knowing he was looking at her too. For one weakened moment, she longed to see his green eyes, taste the breath of his kiss, and feel the comfort of his arms again. Warm tears rolled over her icy cheeks, waking her from the spell.

He’d made his choice.

It wasn’t her.

So she walked away from the well, leaving the darkened figure behind and never looking back.

 

 

And here’s a teaser, just because!

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~J.M.

 


Sale and new release!

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The Line that Breaks is now available!
It is the second book of a two book series. The first book, The Line That Binds, is still on sale for $.99 until March 28th.
Get it while you can!

The blog tour is continuing this week with fantastic reviews and a giveaway!
Be sure to stop by my Facebook page to see all the action!
For links to The Line That Binds/Breaks, go to the Books tab here on the blog!

~J.M.


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