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.

Friday, February 14, 2014

STARFIRE Takes Flight!

It's Valentine's Day, the perfect day to reveal the cover for my beloved STARFIRE!

Tah dah!

STARFIRE, Book #1 of The Guardian Herd Series

And this is just the exterior!! The interior is equally stunning with original sketches of five pegasi characters! Readers will have a blast guessing who they are, and a detailed character guide will help them figure it out. There is also a gorgeous map of Anok that spreads across two pages. Readers will not have to worry about getting lost when they journey into the fierce world of the pegasi! I certainly bring the map with me every time I travel there.

RELEASE DATE: 09/23/14

The story behind STARFIRE as Reported by James Lanaras of The Press Democrat newspaper:

Thank you HarperCollins Childrens' Books for this amazing cover art and design!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Timeline For My Book: STARFIRE

Things are getting exciting for STARFIRE, book one in THE GUARDIAN HERD series. Soon I will be able to reveal the cover, but while I'm waiting, I thought it might be interesting to detail the timeline of events that have led to today. A LOT goes into making a book, read on and you'll see!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Resonating with Readers

I'm a hybrid author, a writer who has self-published and traditionally published her work. As a hybrid author, I'm interested in the ongoing conversation about the different types of publishing.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Best Unkept Book Marketing Secret of the Indie Author

You might already know what the secret is, because it's not actually a secret. It's widely touted on indie author forums across the internet. The secret is:

Monday, September 23, 2013

A Reporter Chronicles the Story Behind The Guardian Herd Books

The Press Democrat freelance reporter, James Lanaras, wrote a beautiful piece about how my story became a book! Starfire, book one of the Guardian Herd series, will be released in Fall of 2014 through HarperCollins Childrens Books. Here's the story:
Thanks for reading!

Monday, August 12, 2013

My Guest Post at Joelle Delbourgo Assoc.

Today you can catch my guest post at Joelle Delbourgo Associates, Inc. The article is a "behind the scenes" look at my experiences with my editors at HarperCollins Childrens Books. Find out the difference between story telling and story trapping.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Authorlife: Year-End Word Count Report

The fiscal year is over. As accountants all over the world buckle down to analyze year end financials, I've decided to go over my year end word count. The results tell an interesting tale. Creativity can not be quantified, but productivity can, and today, it is.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Summer Reading for Kids: The Pet Washer

In honor of summer break, I'm offering my self-published ebook
The Pet Washer
 free today and tomorrow.
This is a fantasy novel for ages 8 and up!

Click HERE for a complimentary kindle edition.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Focus on Fans: Erin Hunter's Warriors Series

Mega-fan Crystal and her warrior, Muffin
Authors dream of many things--book deals, income, best-seller lists, awards, glowing reviews, more books--but none of this will materialize without the approval of readers.

Today I'm putting a face on the real power behind publishing success--fans! Readers like Crystal drive books onto bestseller lists and have the power to keep them there. Please enjoy my interview with this twelve-year-old mega-fan of the best-selling book series by Erin Hunter, Warriors. 

Authors: Read on to the end where I explain what this level of devotion means to you!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cover Reveal: Fallen Angel by Molly Snow

Today I'm excited to participate in Molly Snow's "Cover Reveal" blog tour for her newest novel, Fallen Angel.

Fallen Angel will be released Saturday, May 18th, through and
Keep scrolling to see the hot new cover...