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

Monday, April 20, 2015

My Thoughts on The Guardian Herd: STORMBOUND: In Stores Tomorrow

by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
What an exciting day, book #2 STORMBOUND is landing in bookstores tomorrow! (and book #1 STARFIRE releases in paperback).

Star's story continues in this second book where he encounters new struggles both external and internal.  A reader asked me on Goodreads which character I'd like to meet if I could. Well you know I'd like to meet them all, but if I had to choose just one--it would be Star. I would to travel to Anok and hug him. That's all, just hug him. Okay, who am I kidding? I'd also ask him for a ride through the clouds! But afterward, I would hug him again and tell him I love him. Then I'd say, "Tell Morningleaf I said hello and that I love her too." And then I'd be sucked back through the magical book vortex to my home full of children and laundry and dirty dishes. Here's Star:

Star from the Guardian Herd book series
art by David McClellan

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Guardian Herd Giveaway: April 15th Winner Announced [Video]

So I've learned to film in HD and use a tripod. Who says you can't teach an old author new tricks! Here I announce the April 15, 2015 winner who will receive a STORMBOUND ARC and a Guardian Herd book bag.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Write Like a Boss

by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, author of The Guardian Herd book series

The phrase Write Like a Boss has taken hold of me. 

But what does it mean, and why won't it let me go?

First let's deconstruct it. What is a boss?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Which Reader Won A Guardian Herd Poster? [video]

Congratulations to a reader named Tiger M. who won the Guardian Herd Giveaway today! 

Tiger's prizes are an ARC of STORMBOUND and a Guardian Herd poster of Tiger's choice. 


Next month, April 15, 2015, the prize is an ARC of STORMBOUND and a STORMBOUND tote bag.
See the Giveaways tab above for details.



Sunday, February 15, 2015

Second Winner in the Draw a Pegasus, Win a Pegasus Giveaway!

Congratulations to Hannah M. You've won an ARC of STORMBOUND and a pegasus toy. To all who entered and didn't win, I'm saving your name for future giveaways for Guardian Herd Book Cover Posters, Toys, and more Books! Pegasus pictures that come in will continue to earn a ticket in my future giveaways (limit 3 per person. More details to come.)

Here is the video of the drawing. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

First Winner Announced in the "Draw a Pegasus, Win a Pegasus" Giveaway! [Video]

Today I drew the first winner in the "Draw a Pegasus, Win a Pegasus" giveaway. If you entered and didn't win, you're automatically entered in the next drawing on February 15, 2015. New entries will be accepted until Valentines Day (02/14/15). See the giveaway guidelines HERE to enter!

***See all the Fan Art HERE!

***Meet the Guardian Herd series artist and illustrator HERE

  • Learn how he uses toy horses and his cell phone when working on the covers. 
  • Learn tips for drawing horses and feathers. 
  • And learn about the artist software programs available on cell phones and computers!
Without further ado--the winner is...

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Meet The Cover Artist for The Guardian Herd Book Series: David McClellan

by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, Author of The Guardian Herd Series

David McClellan at Work
Please enjoy my inspiring and informative interview with the Guardian Herd book series cover artist and illustrator, David McClellan. Not only will you get a "behind-the-scenes" peek at what goes into making a book cover, but you'll also learn tips for making your own amazing art!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Top Books of 2014 by Erik at "This Kid Reviews Books"

Today I'm proud to introduce an inspiring young man, reader, blogger, and writer also known as Erik the Great! His dedication to books is impressive and this is a kid to watch in the industry. He's already interviewing, meeting, and learning from some of the best writers in the business. Without further ado, here's Erik with his list of top books for 2014! Check these out for your last minute gift shopping.