Monday, December 15, 2014

Killer Monday: Killer News

Jessie’s Bullets: Cock It and Pull It.

Monday, December 15, 2014
  • __3__ Gratitudes (10 days 'til Christmas, nights by the fire, & mornings by the fire)
  • __2__ Units of Caffeinated (or otherwise non-water) Beverages (I'm lovin' the EggNog this year! Who cares if one ounce = one thousand calories!)
  • __1 hrs  Spent Writing (goshdangit, must do better...)
  • _2__  Culinary Delights/Disasters Created With Own Hands (Homemade waffles for breakfast and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch...haha, if "gourmet" means excellent cheese :)
So I have some absolutely killer news to share:

KILLING RUBY ROSE has hit Amazon's 2014's Top-Selling Releases for Kids/Teen Books! 
Check it out HERE.

It's sort of mind blowing that something I wrote ranked in the top 100 selling Kindle books of the year. I feel like I might be dreaming...and if I am, nobody pinch me. Now excuse me while I back out carefully in disbelief...




Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

Jessie’s Bullets: Cock It and Pull It.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
  • __3__ Gratitudes (rainy days, hot fires, Christmas music in the air)
  • __6__ Units of Caffeinated (or otherwise non-water) Beverages (yikes...maybe I should have been stronger and not impluse-bought that 24 pack of Coke Zero on sale at Target)
  • __0 hrs  Spent Writing (I'm in reading mode)
  • _0__  Culinary Delights/Disasters Created With Own Hands (after arguing with children if we were going to have Taco Tuesday or vegetable curry, my mom got on the phone and ordered pizza and salad. I wish my mom hung out at my house more often.)

Today, I'm back to participating in What's Up Wednesday- a weekly writing meme to stay in touch.



WHAT I'M READING- 
  • MY CP's Fantasy which is sooo good and is about to be snapped up.
  • FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell. This book keeps surprising me, in pleasant ways. 
WHAT I'M WRITING- 
  • I've got three pots on the stove--which is way too many for me! Revisions per my agent on my French novel, Ruby Rose 3 and a novella thingy that I just got excited about. I must make up my mind which to tackle most immediately. 
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW-
  • All things holidays. The lights. The music. The pie. I had such a wonderful Thanksgiving last week, full of food, snuggly kids, and sledding in the mountains. Writing by the fire has to be one of my all-time favorite activities evah! 
  • I'm also so stoked about this years PitchWars, which wrapped up last month. I picked Mara Rutherford (and her Russian fairytale retelling) as my Mentee, and Jocelyn Rish (and her contemporary thriller) as my Alternate Mentee. Combined, Mara and Jocelyn received more agent requests than any other team: a whopping 24 requests! Go Team B-words! Mara is now represented by John Cusick of the Greenhouse Lit (my agency) and the way it happened is so cool and INSPIRING! I promise to blog about it next week.
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO-

  • I tried (and failed) to get on the Ellen show last week. We researched the H out of standby tickets, got up at 5:00 am to leave Huntington Beach and get to L.A. by 6:00 am, we waited at the top of the line for 3.5 hours until an Ellen worker came out and told us, "Sorry, no standby tickets available today. None at all." We cried and went and ate our faces off. On a happier note, I was with some of my favorite writing friends the whole time: Erin Summerill, Melanie Jacobsen, and Brittany Larsen. Maybe next time, girls!
  • I haven't been in town on the weekend for a month straight. And this weekend I'm leaving again. I'm going to Utah for my bestie, Erin Summerill's book launch for her gorgeous, awesome, amazing photography book CLICKOLOGIE. It's a non-fiction book for those of us who are amateur picture takers (of family, friends, pretty things) but really have little idea what we're doing. This book is full of easy tips and suggestions on how to make your pictures look professional. Go get it!
  • I'm also doing a BOOK SIGNING EVENT with Erin at Salt Lake City's premier indie bookstore, The King' English this Saturday, December 6th, from 4:00-6:00 pm. So all my Utah people, come! We're gonna hang out afterward and eat and party. ALL the cool kids will be there (and by "cool kids" I mean "writing people who spend most of their day in pajamas and talking to themselves about their books" like me :) This is a pic of the King's English Bookshop. I've never been there before but it looks like the cutest little quaint place ever to buy books! So come and buy some books for Christmas presents. 


What's up with you?

Love,
Jessie

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It's Official Release Day!!! The Story of How It Happened (In Dumb & Dumber Gifs)

Once upon a time, there was a dreamer named Jessica Allison Coon Humphries, Esq., but people just called her Jessie...

(circa 1996 A.D.)

Jessie grew up to have a slew of children and a messy house...



so one day she got the crazy idea to write a book...



except, the book was truly sucky...



and even when others (friends, agents, editors) told her how truly sucky it was (like a one in a million chance of getting published), she still held on to hope...


so she pumped herself up and wrote another book...



but it was also sucky...


so Jessie got serious and wrote some more books...


until many years later... a big-time agent finally said, "Hey, this is a great book...let me sell it for you..."


and then an editor said, "I want to buy this book..and also the next book in the series..."


and Jessie wept tears of joy (almost threw up) and said, "Of course, I'll get right on top of writing the second book."

So the first book, KILLING RUBY ROSE, came out on April 1, 2014 as a Kindle First Pick...


Jessie had a killer launch party at the Container Park Downtown with an amazing turnout...


selling more copies than she ever dared hope for...



and the second book, RESISTING RUBY ROSE, released six months later...TODAY!!!


 Jessie had another killer book launch at the Gold Spike Downtown...


And Jessie celebrated with food and was happy...



The end.

(Dang, maybe I still write sucky stories).

P.S. You can buy both books HERE.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Killer Monday: Killer Weekend Recap

Jessie’s Bullets: Cock It and Pull It.

Monday, October 20, 2014
  • __3__ Gratitudes (supportive friends, loyal family, and generous fellow-authors)
  • __4__ Units of Caffeinated (or otherwise non-water) Beverages (celebration beverages!)
  • __0 hrs  Spent Writing (24 hours spent recovering from crazy week)
  • _0__  Culinary Delights/Disasters Created With Own Hands (Roberto's Taco Shop for Sunday Brunch... so classy.)
So...this last week was CRAZY! Here's why:

  • Tuesday thru Friday was the SkYAuthors Tour, wherein me and my fellow ninja authors, Christina Farley, Lori M. Lee, and Meredith McCardle, travelled around Las Vegas and Southern Utah doing school events, bookstore signings, and general partying every minute of every day and every night.

Parowan High School 
(It was like driving onto the set of Gilmore Girls. Parowan people: I love you! Especially the beautiful girl who ran home after our presentation to grab money so she could buy my book!)

 Main Street Books, Cedar City, Utah
(Having fun answering some very entertaining questions about our books. Like, "What do you think you suck at when it comes to writing?" Good question! )

Northwest Career & Technical Academy
(I was so proud to show off this amazing campus, with incredible students and teachers to my East-coast friends)

 Having lunch outside the Container Park where I had my first book launch.

I took the girls out to the Hoover Dam. Lori was just afraid as she looks in this pic! 
  • Saturday day was spent speaking and signing at the Vegas Valley Book Festival, which was a spectacular event.

The Nevada Sesquicentennial Panel 
(wherein NV authors talked about books and I said inappropriate things, per usual)

I got to sign books next to my gorgeous, Vegas-writer-bestie, Lindsey Leavitt. 
  • Saturday night was my LAUNCH PARTY for the second book in the Ruby Rose Series, RESISTING RUBY ROSE, at the dynamic Downtown Project venue, Gold Spike. 'Twas killer!
 It was also a costume party. My sister Julie was a tatted-up rock-star-girl (who strangely looks a lot like Brett Michaels sans beard), my bff Erin was 80's leopard-unitard-aerobics-girl (aka whore, haha),  and I was a pleather-panted-police officer (but the patch on my arm said "Babe Patrol"). Fun story: after the party. So to entertain my out-of-town guests, I started running over to break it up with my plastic nightstick, while hollering, "Stop, I'm Babe Patrol!" (as you do) when I realize someone has a gun... A REAL GUN! And then I hid and prayed no one at my book launch would die. Luckily, we all lived. Thank you, Las Vegas for being ridiculous.

 My lil' bro, Jeff, came back from college to be there for me. Ladies, he's single and ready to mingle!

SkYAuthors partying it up once again.

My awesome friend, Allyson won the raffle giveaway for the Ruby Rose Kindle Paperwhite. She wins everything! Ten years ago, we went on a cruise and she won $1,000 playing bingo!!!

And now, I'm tired. So I'm gonna go take a nap now!

Thanks everyone for coming, sending well-wishes, buying my second book (which officially comes out October 28th), and otherwise being kind to me. 

Cheers.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

Jessie’s Bullets: Cock It and Pull It.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
  • __3__ Gratitudes (cool weather, hoodies, being outside)
  • __3__ Units of Caffeinated (or otherwise non-water) Beverages (happiness is my new Keurig)
  • __2 hrs  Spent Writing (er...writing-ish stuff)
  • _0__  Culinary Delights/Disasters Created With Own Hands (Panera Asian Salad is my new addiction. At least I got the kids oatmeal for breakfast and their lunches packed.)

Today, I'm participating in What's Up Wednesday- a weekly writing meme to stay in touch.



WHAT I'M READING- 
  • PitchWars mentee manuscripts. NEEDLE'S EYE by Mara Rutherford and THE DRAMA QUEEN WHO CRIED WOLF by Jocelyn Rish. So good. Both awesome reads for this Halloweeny time of year. 
  • A bunch of other books I put down and meant to pick back up. Fall is my favorite time to read. Outside :)
WHAT I'M WRITING- 
  • The other night someone inspired an AMAZING new story that I'm going to write. It's in the brainstorming stage, but I'm pretty sure that I'm going to make it a picture book and have my daughter illustrate it. I can't say anything about it because it's in that "precious" stage where I don't want anyone to steal it, or touch it, or even look at it. GET AWAY FROM MY SHINY PRECIOUS! 

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW-
  • Reading about all the new author deals going on. My agent has recently announced some incredible news about my agency sisters & bros landing sweet contracts with awesome editors/publishers. I know for some people this kind of stuff brings jealousy, but honestly for me it gives me so much hope! If they can do it, I can do it. We all can do it. And it will be hotdamnamazeballs for us too.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO-

Planning and preparing for school visits promoting The Sky's The Limit Writing Contest (a national writing contest for grades 6-12) and the SkYAuthors Book Tour--Christina Farley, Meredith McCardle and Lori M. Lee are coming to Vegas and Utah for a bunch of events, such as:
  • MAIN STREET BOOKS, in Cedar City, Utah. Wednesday, October 15th, after Christina, Meredith, and Lori finish our school visits at Cedar High School and Canyon View High School, we're going to have a book signing party at Main Street Books (25 N Main St, Cedar City, UT 84720). UTAH PEEPS: If you live near Cedar, please come see us! There will be ice cream! 
  • VEGAS VALLEY BOOK FESTIVAL on Saturday, October 18th. I'll be on the Sesquicentennial Panel for Nevada Authors at 10:00 am in the Young Adult Tent 2. 
  • RESISTING RUBY ROSE Book Launch Party at the Gold Spike (217 Las Vegas Blvd.) also on Saturday, October 18th from 6:30-8:30 (after the Vegas Valley Book Festival is over). 
What's up with you?

Love,
Jessie

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Silvern by Christina Farley

Some of you may recall a book I reviewed (and highly recommended) earlier in the year: 


Well, I wasn't the only one who loved this book:

Praise for GILDED, the first book in the series:
“An amazing contemporary fantasy that explores the vast legends of Korea, this richly detailed novel kept me turning the pages well into the night. Jae Hwa starts off as a strong character and ends as a noble one, using both her brains and her brawn to win the day–she’s exactly the kind of girl YA literature needs.”
~from Beth Revis, NY Times Bestselling author of Across the Universe series


"Farley brings South Korea's fascinating culture and mythology into vivid detail in this shining debut, and Jae is a compelling heroine. An exotic, thrilling read, GILDED had me utterly entranced!" 
                        ~from Jessica Khoury, author of ORIGIN and VITRO

No wonder it sold like hot cakes! Well, now book #2 in the Gilded Series, SILVERN, is out and ready to be devoured by fans like me:



Go get yourself a copy: Available at Amazon, BAM, IndieBound, and Barnes & Noble
Add to Goodreads

MY REVIEW: I loved this book! Christina is a master of weaving ancient mythology, Korean culture and history into a very contemporary book. I truly admire the way the story is told with such a mixture of educational and emotional depth. I guarantee you that I am smarter for having read these books. I've always had Korean friends in my life, but I've never appreciated the Korean culture more than after having read GILDED and SILVERN. From exotic food to breathtaking landscape, and from beautiful clothing to powerful Eastern spirituality, this book has such a wealth of diversity nuggets of gold. And yet, it's told from the viewpoint of a young teenage girl who manages to be charming, relatable, courageous and kick-A in every way. And in book 2, Jae Hwa needs all these skills because this time she's facing the most powerful immortals in all of Korea. I ORDER YOU ALL TO BUY THIS BOOK NOW! IT'S SO GOOD.

Full disclosure, I may be a bit biased because the beautiful Christina Farley is a great author friend of mine:

In fact, she's even coming to Las Vegas this month for the Vegas Valley Book Festival and to promote the national writing contest that we are hosting along with four of our author friends, Lori Lee, Meredith McCardle, Rysa Walker, and Chuck Wendig, called The Sky's The Limit Writing Contest (www.skyauthors.com). She'll even be at my big book launch party on Saturday, October 18th at the GOLD SPIKE from 6:30-8:30 if you'd like to buy her book then and get it signed.


Her's your chance to WIN COOL STUFF:

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Killer Monday: Exciting Announcements

Jessie’s Bullets: Cock It and Pull It.

Monday, September 22, 2014
  • __3__ Gratitudes (Harvest apples, refreshing naps--as opposed to those groggy ones, and falling asleep to thunderstorms)
  • __4__ Units of Caffeinated (or otherwise non-water) Beverages (got me a Keurig Brewing Station for my bday last week and have spent a small fortune on assortments of K-cups)
  • __1 hrs  Spent Writing (slow going)
  • _0__  Culinary Delights/Disasters Created With Own Hands (Take out Chicken Pot Pies from Marie Calendar's on Sunday--faking the home cooked goodness! haha)

There's really a lot of exciting things to announce, so I'll just get right to it:
  • RESISTING RUBY ROSE (Book 2 in the Ruby Rose Series) will release in 35 days (OCTOBER 28th!!!!!) and has a killer cover:

You can pre-order it here: Amazon.com

  • The Vegas Valley Book Festival is coming up soon, and I'll be on the special panel for Nevada authors:

CELEBRATING OUR SESQUICENTENNIAL

with Vicki-Ann Bush, Tracy Clark, Diane Crawford, C.L. Gaber, Stephanie Greenhalgh, Shaunta Grimes, Christene Houston, Jessie Humphries, Lindsey Leavitt
Fifth Street School, YA Tent Two
401 S. Fourth St. Las Vegas, NV 89101
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18TH
10:00 AM
  • I'm finally able to announce the details of my book launch party:
Saturday, October 18th, 6:30-8:30 
(directly following the last Vegas Valley Book Festival event) 
at the super sexy Downtown Projects Venue:


Yes, this party is going to be ALL kinds of Vegas-style!



 It's centrally located just off of Las Vegas Blvd. and Ogden.



They have this area called "The Backyard" where we will be playing ping-pong, shuffleboard, twister, four-square, and more...while eating s'mores from campfires, drinking mocktails from bartenders, and dancing our booties off to a live DJ! Also, since it's so close to Halloween, we will have a Killer Costume Party and plenty more killer activities for adults and kids alike. 
YES, YOU CAN BRING YOUR KIDS DOWNTOWN! 



They even have this amazing lounge area called "The Living Room" for those of you who'd like to play pool, imbibe, and generally chill awhile. I'm working on getting all the Vegas Valley authors a special somethin' somethin' for heading a few blocks down after the festival to hang out with each other and their adoring fans! 


Loads more details to come, but please put these dates in your calendar! Very exciting stuff!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Announcing: The Sky's The Limit Writing Contest

As many of you may know, for the launch of my debut book, KILLING RUBY ROSE, I teamed up with the Clark County School District (here in Las Vegas) and local sponsor Downtown Projects to host an epic one-page writing contest. It was called the "Killer Storytelling Writing Contest," (open to 9-12th graders) and it was a smashing success. Over 600 students entered, ten finalists were announced, two laptops, two Kindle Paperwhites, a Ruby Rose guitar signed by Mark Stoermer of the band The Killers, and more, were given away, and dreams came true. One of those dreams was mine! It was an amazing experience.

Well, for the launch of my second book in the Ruby Rose Series, entitled RESISTING RUBY ROSE (which comes out October 28th, 2014), I'm doing another contest. Except for this one is bigger, badder, and other B-words!

I'm teaming up with my publisher, Amazon Children's Publishing/Skyscape, and five other amazing authors within Amazon/Skyscape family:


·       CHRISTINA FARLEY, is the author of GILDED and SILVERN, and currently lives in Clermont, FL. Visit her at www.christinafarley.com or @ChristinaFarley on twitter.
·       LORI M. LEE is the author of young adult fantasy GATES OF THREAD AND STONE, and lives in Wisconsin. Visit her at lorimlee.com or @LoriMLee on Twitter.
·       MEREDITH McCARDLE is the author of THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN, and lives in South Florida. Visit her at www.meredithmccardle.com or @MeredithMcP on Twitter.
·       RYSA WALKER is the author TIMEBOUND, the first book in the CHRONOS Files series, which was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Time's Edge, the second book in the series, is scheduled for release in October of 2014. Visit her at www.rysa.com or @RysaWalker on Twitter.

·       CHUCK WENDIG is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. He's the author of BLACKBIRDS, DOUBLE DEAD and DINOCALYPSE NOW, and is co-writer of the short film PANDEMIC, the feature film HiM, and the Emmy-nominated digital narrative COLLAPSUS. He lives in Pennsylvania. Visit him at terribleminds.com  or @ChuckWendig on Twitter.

Therefore, today is the day that we are officially announcing that "The Sky's The Limit" Writing Contest is hereby OPEN!!!!

For all the details, please go to our website: www.skyauthors.com

Here's the quick and dirty:

Contest Rules
·      Open to all students in grades 6-12 in the United States
·      Any genre or theme (fantasy, sci-fi, romance, mystery, etc.)
·      Maximum of 250 original words
·      Inappropriate language or gratuitous violence is grounds for disqualification.

Submissions
·      Send your 250 word first page of a story at our website: skyauthors.com
·      Make sure to include your full name, high school, mailing address, email address, and a nomination for a teacher-mentor who helped you with your submission
·      Submissions must be emailed by midnight on November 1, 2014

Prizes
  • One winning student will win: One (1) contract to publish a short story and Two (2) Kindle Fires HDX (one for themselves and one for their nominated teacher-mentor).
  • 2 runners-up will each receive: One (1) Kindle Paperwhite; One ($20 Amazon Gift Card); and all six (6) of the participating Skyscape’s authors books.
  • 7 winners (1 per grade) will receive: One (1) Kindle Paperwhite; One ($20 Amazon Gift Card); and all six (6) of the participating Skyscape’s authors books.
AND The school with the most entries will win a pack of thirty (30) Kindle Paperwhites!
***Teachers/students/librarians: All authors will be doing limited visits/presentations (in-person and via Skype) so please contact the authors near your region for a spot before they all fill up!***

GO forth and spread the word! And check out our video:


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

Jessie’s Bullets: Cock It and Pull It.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
  • __3__ Gratitudes (nicer weather, getting back on schedule, kids going to school)
  • __2__ Units of Caffeinated (or otherwise non-water) Beverages (Sleepytime Tea is my friend)
  • __0 hrs  Spent Writing (boo)
  • _1__  Culinary Delights/Disasters Created With Own Hands (school lunches aren't so fancy, but the kids seem to like them)

Today, I'm participating in What's Up Wednesday- a weekly writing meme to stay in touch.



WHAT I'M READING- 
  • PitchWars contest submissions. I can't believe how much Fantasy that I've received as a Mentor. Is Fantasy the biggest thing in the pub world right now?! I know that the agents participating in this particular contest haven't indicated their looking for a lot of Fantasy, but it sure seems like that's what people want to write! Which is so interesting to me. I suppose it ALWAYS comes down to good writing and a stand-out story...and I've got a ton of that in my PitchWars inbox. :)

WHAT I'M WRITING- 
  • Not much lately. School started for the childrens this week and it's been a bit crazy. With a pre-k, kindergarten and third grader to carpool, buying supplies, attending back to school events, etc., I haven't made much time to write. I keep telling myself that things will settle down in a week or two and I'll get some "me time" back.

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW-
  • Listening to the audio book THE ALCHEMYST: THE SECRETS OF THE IMMORTAL NICHOLAS FLAMEL. It's such a well-told story. It feels like a classic so often that when the narrator refers to modern things like football or email, it seems so out of place. Also, I really love the actor who narrates the audio version, Denis O'Hare, who plays the part of a very bad dude in HBO's TRUE BLOOD. Some books are just so much better in audio version, and I would dare say this is one of them. 


WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO-
  • Just trying to keep up...

What's up with you?

Love,
Jessie 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Killer Monday: PitchWars Writing Contest

Jessie’s Bullets: Cock It and Pull It.

Monday, August 18, 2014
  • __3__ Gratitudes (new vacuums with extra sucking power, tepanyaki, kids going back to school in 1 week)
  • __2__ Units of Caffeinated (or otherwise non-water) Beverages (anything with ice and fresh lime in it is my favorite)
  • __0 hrs  Spent Writing (I'm beta reading my butt off)
  • _1__  Culinary Delights/Disasters Created With Own Hands (Famous Retreat Dip: tomato + green onion + feta + olive oil + Greek seasoning=happiness.)

So there's this really amazing opportunity for you writers out there. So listen up cuz' here's the down-low:

It's called PitchWars, hosted by the amazing Brenda Drake. It’s a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript shine. The mentor also critiques his/her writer’s pitch to get it ready for the agent round. To do this, the mentors read all their applications and choose the writer they want to mentor for two months to get them ready for the agent round. Writers can pick up to four mentors to submit to. I participated as a mentor last year, and guess what? 

That's right: my mentee landed an agent with the manuscript we worked on together!

For a list of the amazing mentors and submission guidelines go here. For a list of the stellar agents this year, go here.
And guess what again? I'm a:



What I’m looking for in the contest…

Young Adult. I've only had to endure about one million revisions on RUBY ROSE (from critique partners, to beta readers, to agents, to acquiring editors, to developmental editors, etc.) so I'm a bit of an expert on which kinds of critiques help and which kinds help not-so-much. I've always believed that in order to deserve the help of others, I must be generous in giving back whatever help I have to offer. I will take my job as a mentor seriously and make sure to include helpful advice--not just tell you what I think you want to hear. Perhaps the number one thing that helps me in critiques is when the critiquer not only points out a problem, but offers solutions and examples as to how to solve the problem.

I love protagonists with sass, cleverness, and an ability to make me smile with their ingenuity. I like surprises, twists, high-stakes, and above all...kissing! Or the almost-kiss, which can sometimes be way better. I dig contemporary, fantasy, historical (if there's kissing), thrillers, maybe a dash of horror, post-apocalyptic, and anything with a beach scene (even if it's sci-fi). I sort of love the dark stuff, but not too dark--I already have issues, I don't need any more. A few zombie slayings are however welcome.

So check it all out and submit your pitch here HERE. THE DEADLINE IS TONIGHT (August 18th at 11:59 EST).

Love,
Jessie