Friday, September 12, 2014

The Guardian Herd: STARFIRE Chosen for ABC Best Books for Children 2014

I was pleased and surprised when I received the news from my editor about Starfire's inclusion in this major catalog. So was my agent!

Reprinted from my agent's website: Joelle Delbourgo Associates, Inc.

We’re so pleased that Jennifer Lynn Alvarez’s middle-grade debut The Guardian Herd: Starfire (pubbing September 23rd from Harper Children’s) has been chosen for the prestigious ABC Best Books for Children 2014. Of 1000′s of books considered only 200 are chosen. Congratulations Jennifer!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Meet The Horses Behind The Guardian Herd Series [Video]

Hi everyone! With the release of The Guardian Herd: STARFIRE fast approaching, I thought I'd share some real life horses that inspired two of the characters. (Video below)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ten Things to Consider Before Self-Publishing a Children's Book

The indie/self-publishing industry is booming, and I believe it's a viable alternative to traditional publishing for author entrepreneurs who believe they can connect with their readers online. In 2011, I became excited about this fresh frontier and I self-published a middle-grade novel titled THE PET WASHER.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Author Blog Hop

I've been tagged by two dear authors to participate in a blog hop! Thank you Rachel Pudelek and D.M. Andrews for the invitation! I've linked your websites to your names so everyone can read your answers to the same questions I'll be answering today. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ten Things I've Learned Since Signing My Book Contract

  1. Getting paid to write does not take the fun out of it. 
  2. Just because they love it doesn't mean they won't ask me to rewrite some of it.
  3. My publisher trusts my imagination.
  4. My agent is my book's first and last supporter. 
  5. As my writing improves, I become more aware of my flaws.
  6. The contract is the beginning of the publishing journey, not the end.
  7. People respect my work hours now that writing isn't a "hobby".
  8. After basic structure, editing is foremost about clarifying.
  9. Good writing comes second to good storytelling.
  10. Outside affirmation is a component of success, but true success is not needing it.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Can't Attend #BEA14? Then Enter to Win an ARC of STARFIRE Here!

I'm running a new giveaway on Goodreads! If you can't go to Book Expo America 2014 (BEA) and grab a copy, then enter to win one here! Giveaway ends June 5, 2014. Plus, these copies are signed, so they're much cooler. 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Guardian Herd by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

The Guardian Herd

by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Giveaway ends June 05, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Thursday, May 22, 2014

My Interview with "Flight Through Fire" Author, Carol Fiore

by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Today I'm thrilled to introduce a talented writer and all-around amazing lady, Carol Fiore. Carol's book, Flight Through Fire, is a narrative non-fiction account of what it takes to become a test pilot and what it costs to love one.

Carol's husband, Eric Fiore, a former F15 fighter pilot, is a safety fanatic. So when his test plane crashes in Kansas, Carol is certain of one thing--her husband could not have been flying the plane. Through this gripping tale, you will discover the truth about Eric's accident, experience the response of a billion dollar company, feel the intense pressure put on a hospital, and get to know a couple who love aviation as much as they love each other.

My favorite line from the book is on page 2: Carol and her daughter see smoke from the accident billowing in the distance, even commenting on it, but Carol doesn't sense that anything about the day is different. She writes,  "It would take me years to understand that Eric and I were separate people." In a long marriage, two become one. This book poignantly describes the painful process of one becoming two again. Told with humor, piercing insight, and superb pacing--this is a book I could not put down.

Please enjoy my interview with author and speaker, Carol Fiore.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the Goodreads Giveaway Winners!

Amber A. from Macomb Township, MI
Shane M. from Mesquite, NV
Bobby S. from Dunn, NC
Kim Y. from Denton, TX
Bethany T. from Castle Hayne, NC

That's two from North Carolina :) 749 readers entered, and I'm thrilled to send the 5 winners signed ARC's of STARFIRE. It's exciting to ship my book across the country to readers I haven't met. Here's what you're getting!!


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Enter to Win a Signed ARC of The Guardian Herd: STARFIRE

I'm thrilled to announce the Goodreads Giveaway of 5 signed ARC's of The Guardian Herd #1, STARFIRE!

ARC stands for "Advance Reader Copy". These are paperback books created from uncorrected proofs in limited numbers, which makes them collectors' items. Interior sketches and text have not been finalized, but they are quite close to how the published edition will appear. Think of this copy as the book's dress rehearsal!

Fun fact: Book reviewers/bloggers receive ARC's, not the final editions of the books. This is how their reviews can come out in advance of the book's publication date. 

Entering is easy and only takes a moment!
All five copies of STARFIRE are signed and will be shipped to the winners when the giveaway ends on May 1, 2014

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Guardian Herd by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

The Guardian Herd

by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Giveaway ends May 01, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

It's free to enter and free to create a Goodreads account if you don't have one. Goodreads is THE online destination for readers. As their slogan says, "Meet your next favorite book." This reading community provides helpful, accurate, and plentiful book reviews by consumers and professionals. It offers a social component so you can share your book reviews and recommendation with friends and vice versa. Also, there are free book giveaways every day in all genres! Check it out.

Good Luck!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Anatomy of a Book Jacket

by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

I was thrilled to receive the hardcover book jacket for THE GUARDIAN HERD: STARFIRE last week! Here I am the day I received it. I'm so happy, and of course, I love it!

After admiring if for a few days, I became curious about book jackets in general. It's like when my husband built our house. We had to pick out doors, and knobs, and cabinets, and baseboards etc. and I had never thought about these details before. There are so many choices, so many styles of everything that goes into a house. We had to pick a theme and then choose adornments that reflected that theme.