Sunday, August 16, 2015

Guardian Herd Swag Giveaways [Video]

The Winner of the August 15th Guardian Herd Swag Giveaway is Zoe P. from Colorado!

(Please excuse the video quality--I've been experimenting!!)

Four More Chances to Win Something
 Current Giveaways Below

  • Enter to win a prize pack at Pragmatic Mom (two days left!) and read an interview with the editor of the Guardian Herd series, Karen Chaplin!

Pragmatic Mom Prize Pack:
Signed ARC of Landfall, Trading Cards, Signed Poster of Book #1

  • At Goodreads (Until August 27, 2015). Prize: Signed ARC of LANDFALL

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Guardian Herd by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

The Guardian Herd

by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Giveaway ends August 27, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

  • My Back to School Giveaway (Until September 10, 2015). Prize: Signed ARC of LANDFALL
 Click For Details HERE

  • Next Month by Submitting Pegasus Art (September 15, 2015). Prize: Book bag, signed book poster, trading cards.

Click HERE for Details

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Interview with Karen Chaplin, Senior Editor at HarperCollins Children's Books

Top book blogger, Pragmatic Mom, covered the exclusive interview between me and my editor, Karen Chaplin.

Click HERE to enjoy this interview and to enter the giveaway for a chance to win an ARC of LANDFALL, character trading cards, and a book poster of STARFIRE (but hurry, the giveaway ends a few days from now).

Monday, August 10, 2015

Back to School Goodreads Giveaway: ARC of The Guardian Herd #3, LANDFALL


Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Guardian Herd by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

The Guardian Herd

by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Giveaway ends August 27, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Monday, August 3, 2015

Back To School Giveaway: The Guardian Herd #3, LANDFALL

Back to School Giveaway

Be one of the first to read The Guardian Herd Book #3, LANDFALL.
Winner will be notified by email on or around September 11, 2015

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Focus on Fans: Riley Packer, Age 11

I've decided to periodically feature Guardian Herd readers on my website. These are kids or adults who've contacted me to share something amazing they've done to show their appreciation for the Guardian Herd books or characters!

My first subject is Riley Packer. She created a Guardian Herd diorama and entered it into a 4-H fair, winning first place! I was so impressed, I asked to interview her. Riley agreed (with her mom's approval of course).

And now introducing: Riley Packer...

Riley Packer with her dog, Jinger
Riley Packer is a 6th grader living in Erie, IL. She loves horses, dogs, reading, art and gymnastics. Her favorite books are from the fantasy genre including The Guardian Herd series, The Land of Stories series and the Harry Potter series. She has one younger brother and one younger sister and one pet, a yorkie named Jinger.

She is on a gymnastics team that practices twice a week and a member of her local 4-H club and church youth group. She has always liked to write stories. Even before she could spell, she would tell her mom her stories to write down and Riley would draw the illustrations. Every year in elementary school Riley sent a story to her local PBS Kids Writers Contest and in second grade she won first place for her story. Her hobbies include reading, drawing and playing with her siblings, cousins and friends.

Interview between Jennifer Lynn Alvarez and Riley Packer

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

July 15, 2015 Guardian Herd Swag Giveaway [Video]

I'm happy to announce the winner for the July 15, 2015 Guardian Herd Swag Giveaway!

This lucky reader has won her choice of book posters, a Guardian Herd book/tote bag, and two sets of character trading cards. Tune in next month for another winner. Giveaway details HERE

Congratulations, Anna S. from Wisconsin!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

My Thoughts on The Guardian Herd #3, LANDFALL, Cover

What a thrilling week it's been! The cover of LANDFALL has been revealed in a whirlwind blog tour full of informative interviews and swag giveaways! Everyone's response to the cover has been fantastic.

In case you missed it, here it is!

The Guardian Herd #3
Coming to Stores 02/02/2016
Art by David McClellan

The interesting thing about this cover is that I thought it would be the most difficult to draw. The scene pictured takes place in the Trap, which is a thick, dark forest. In my mind, the scene was quite busy and  dim, but I really wanted a forest scene.

These are my exact notes to my editor regarding my vision for the cover:

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Something Very Exciting is Happening This Week

Tomorrow begins the BIG COVER REVEAL blog tour for 
The Guardian Herd #3 LANDFALL
Release Date: 02/02/2016

This will be an exciting week of 

Monday, May 18, 2015

May 15th, 2015 Guardian Herd Swag Giveaway [Video]

On Friday, I drew the winning name for May's giveaway. A boy won this time. His name is Drew Z. He won a STORMBOUND tote bag and a poster of Anok!

Here's the winning video from my YouTube channel (yes, I have a YouTube channel, which I needed like I need a hole in my head, but there you go.) I'm learning to like it though because I can talk directly to my readers--and that's fun! Here's the video of the May giveaway.

Watch closely to see the INCREDIBLE prize I'm giving away in JUNE!! Ahh! It's gasp-worthy (if you like flying horses, otherwise, not so much).

Monday, April 27, 2015

Book Tour Highlights for The Guardian Herd #2: STORMBOUND

I'm back from a whirlwind trip where I introduced students to the Guardian Herd book series and (hopefully) inspired them to follow their dreams!

Just like the STARFIRE book tour, I had an amazing time! Unlike the STARFIRE tour, I wasn't nervous. I knew what to expect and I was relaxed and excited to meet so many fun kids. 

My heartfelt thanks to HarperCollins Children's Books and my publicist, Olivia Russo, for organizing and arranging the book tour. Thank you also to Joseph-Beth Booksellers and Annette (OH, KY), Barnes & Noble (NC), and Books & Books (FL). Many, many thanks to the librarians and media specialists at the public and private schools I visited--you were so gracious to host me! There is nothing like meeting readers in person. What an adventure.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Guardian Herd: STARFIRE Paperback Releases Today: Includes a Bonus Story

So do you feel bombarded by Guardian Herd news! Sorry about that, but it's book release time, which is a big deal to me, the author. It's not always a big deal to the rest of the world and it may not crash the internet like a cute kitten photo, but it's still news!!

I'm very excited about the paperback of STARFIRE. Paperbacks are awesome. They're lightweight and good for school backpacks or purses, and they're bendy--some people (like my daughter) like bendy books.

But the BEST thing about the paperback is the Bonus Story inside!! The story is about Grasswing, the leader of the Sun Herd walkers. This story occurs 42 seasons before Star is born to Sun Herd. It explains the age-old grudge between Grasswing and Rockwing over Grasswing's murdered colt. It's sad and heroic and hopeful all at once! I hope you enjoy it!

The Guardian Herd: STARFIRE, Paperback Bonus Story