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 
GIVEAWAYS
and 
BEHIND THE SCENE
INTERVIEWS

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.

Highlights!


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.

CONGRATULATIONS!

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. 

video

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

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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.