Remembrance and thankfulness

Note: This post has nothing to do with writing, books, or professional updates. It’s one of my rare, totally personal posts, so feel free to skip if you’re browsing for book news. Note 2: I talk a little about my faith in this post, so also skip if religion is a trigger topic for you.


If you live in the US like I do, then Thursday is Thanksgiving for you, too. I love this holiday for many reasons, one of them being guilt-free gluttony because you’re supposed to indulge your appetite and then worry about what the scale says later :). So, tomorrow I will be grateful for spending time with my family, for good food that I didn’t have to cook (my favorite kind!) and for having the day off from work so that I can more fully enjoy reasons 1 and 2.

November has also become a time of reflection for me. In November 2011, as I blogged about once before, I went to the Emergency room with shortness of breath and severe chest pain. I thought I was having a heart attack because it hit me out of the blue and I couldn’t think of any other cause for my symptoms. To say that I was terrified is to put it mildly. I know that I’m going to die one day, but I’d always shelved that under the “much later” category in my mind. That afternoon in November, “much later” suddenly felt like “right now” and the realization exposed truths and weaknesses in my life that I’d been blind to.

The most significant of those was what I actually had control over, and the shocking answer was – where it really counted – nothing. That had never occurred to me before, probably because I had a good job, a loving husband, a great-if-sometimes-dysfunctional family, and good health. All of those things are wonderful and I cherish them, yet if I were being honest, they also made me emotionally and spiritually cocky. You see, I was starting to believe that I was owed those things instead of recognizing them for what they were – priceless gifts, and gifts are never owed or earned. They’re given, and all the receiver can take credit for is accepting them.

While I was being wheeled via stretcher into an MRI machine to see if my severe chest pains could be a life-threatening pulmonary embolism since a heart attack had been ruled out, I realized that I was owed nothing, I owned nothing and I had control over nothing. I couldn’t even keep breathing, if my medical condition turned out to be as serious as feared. With everything else abruptly stripped away, all I had left was the one thing I’d begun to take for granted the most: my faith.

I became a believer in Christianity when I was nineteen. It wasn’t because I was raised in a religious environment; my father was an atheist and my mother considered church as nothing more than a rare social event. Throughout my childhood, I thought of God and Santa Claus in much the same way: as invisible figures that might reward you if you were good, but were waiting to punish you if you were naughty. Around ten or eleven, I outgrew my already-tenuous belief in both, relegating them to common childhood mythologies and almost pitying anyone who believed otherwise.

I won’t go into detail about what changed when I was nineteen. That would take another post entirely. Suffice it to say, I ended up believing that Jesus was who He said he was and the once-scornful agnostic now had to endure some scorn and ribbing over my newfound faith (justified paybacks, one could argue.) Fast-forward almost twenty years. I still believed, but my church attendance was sporadic and my faith had been back-burnered. Professionally and personally, things were going really well and I thanked God for that, but I also gave myself a lot of credit, too.

I’ve often told my editors and my critique partners that subtlety goes right over my head, so if they wanted me to take a critique suggestion seriously, then they had to be blunt. Well, thinking I might die was blunt enough for me to take a serious look at my faith. The most amazing thing to me then, and still is now, is that though it was tattered and even had holes in places, when it was the only thing I had left to fall on, it still held me up. I can’t take credit for that any more than I can take credit for the other priceless, undeserved gifts I’ve been given. They came from above, and all I’ve ever done is hold out empty, stained hands while saying “please, I can’t do this.” I thank God that this has always been enough for Him, and His mercy has met me wherever I am because it isn’t dependent on my worthiness. It’s dependent on His love, which is unending for me and everyone else.

In case you’re wondering, it turned out that I’d had an acute case of costochondritis, though it was originally mis-diagnosed as pleurisy. Costochondritis caused me to have regular, though less severe, chest pains for over a year, but considering what it could have been, I was then and still am beyond relieved. So, to wrap up a really long post, mercy is what I’m most grateful for this Thanksgiving season. I hope that as I grow in gratitude for this and other blessings, I’m able to show more mercy and kindness to others. I can’t think of a better way to express my gratitude than that.

That’s it for the personal revelations. They’re rather long-winded, so now you can understand why I don’t do them very often :). If you live in the US, I hope that you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving. If you live elsewhere in the world, then I hope that you and yours have a wonderful remainder of November.

Lots of updates and important Night Prince news

Hi again! Yes, it’s been three weeks since I last posted, but it was a busy three weeks. I did four sets of revisions on Bound By Flames (first from my critique partner, second from my editor, third from my copy editor, and fourth making corrections/proofreading the galley pages), plus, sold a house and moved. This week, I’m taking a little breather, although I still have to clean out my inbox and that is a somewhat daunting task. Because it’s been a while since I blogged, I’ve got a bunch of updates, so please bear with me. Vlad and Leila fans, be sure to read until the bottom. As the subject line says, I have some big news for you :).

While I’ve been busy with revisions and moving, seems some of you have been busy, too! A couple weeks ago, I was so flattered to learn that Up From The Grave had been nominated for a Goodreads Choice award in the Fantasy category. As time passed, it went from being nominated to going into the semifinals until now, it sits in the final round. This nominees and advancements were voted for by readers and that’s how the winners will be determined, so here’s a huge thank-you from me to you for placing Up From The Grave in the final round! I am in such fabulous company that I don’t envy anyone their voting choices, but if you’re interested,you can click here to vote.

Up From The Grave was also nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice award in the Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding category. Once again, I am so flattered by the nod and to be counted among such stellar company. Only RT reviewers can vote on this award, but to see the nominees in this and other categories, you can go here. Thank you, RT reviewers!

HFTH audioAudio book readers, good news! The audio edition of Home For The Holidays, my Cat and Bones novella that originally appeared in The Bite Before Christmas anthology, is now available in audio. For a refresher, here’s the description:
‘Tis the season to join Cat and Bones for some holiday cheer in this Night Huntress novella by USA Today and New York Times best-selling author Jeaniene Frost.

They were looking forward to a normal holiday – at least as “normal” as it gets for vampires Cat and Bones and their otherworldly friends and family. But their yuletide plans are shattered when a mysterious stranger shows up and reveals long-buried secrets that threaten to take a bite out of their holiday cheer – and lives.

For those of you who’ve already read this story, you’ll remember that it’s the one that contains a big revelation about Bones and Ian, among other surprises. If you want to add this to your holiday shopping, here are some ordering links: Downpour, Audible, iTunes, Ambling Books or your favorite audio retailer.

Finally, as promised, I have some big news about the Night Prince series. I’ve been asked by many readers, “Why are you ending Vlad and Leila’s story at only three books?” and my answer has always been “Because that’s how many books it will take to tell their story.” Story is what determines series length to me, not necessarily how many books I’m under contract for, because story is the most important thing to me as a writer. Many of you will remember that I ended the Night Huntress series at book seven instead of eight because I had reached the end of Cat and Bones’s story earlier than anticipated, as I detailed in this post. Well, *wry grin* once again, it seems that I can’t count when it comes to guessing in advance as to how many books it will take to tell a complete story.

About halfway through writing Bound By Flames, I realized that I still had a lot of story left to tell, so I called my editor and said, “How would you feel about Vlad and Leila’s series ending at book four instead of book three, if I can’t fit everything into this?” Her response: “If you have more story to tell, tell it.” Well, as it turned out, I did have more, so now that the third book is finished, I can officially tell all of you that Bound By Flames will NOT be the end of the Night Prince series. There will be a fourth novel to wrap up Vlad and Leila’s story. I hope that most of you will be happy to have one more book than originally anticipated, and once I have a title and release date for Night Prince book four, I’ll let you know.

Small BBFIf you aren’t already aware, Bound By Flames comes out January 27th and here is an abbreviated description:

Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him, Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…

For a full description plus excerpt links and downloadable wallpapers, go here. Pre-order: AmazonBarnes&Noble,iBooks, BooksAMillionPowells, Indiebound

That’s it for now. Hope everyone is having a good November so far!

Burn For Me

Many of you probably know that I am friends with author Ilona Andrews. Burn For Me, the first book in her new Hidden Legacy series, comes out tomorrow (October 28th). Because Ilona and I often critique read for each other, I was lucky enough to get an early look at this. Now, I am a rabid Kate Daniels fan, but in all honesty, I think I might like this new series more *ducks to avoid heavy objects that Kate and Curran fans throw at me*. I know, I know, that’s borderline blasphemy, but seriously, this new world is great and the characters rock!

burn-for-meHere is the back cover description.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand-new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire . . .

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run and wanting to surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.


To celebrate the release of Burn For Me,  Ilona has a joint signing tomorrow (October 28th) with Kim Harrison at 6:30 at Murder By The Books, so if you’re in the Houston, TX area, you get to meet two great authors at the same time.

As mentioned, I loved Burn For Me, but since Ilona is a dear friend, it could be argued that my opinion is biased. Therefore, in the interest of objectivity, I’m linking some reviews from bloggers who aren’t BFF’s with Ilona, so their opinions are impartial:

“So I mentioned the great characters, the phenomenal world-building, and the scorching sexual tension.  But I also have to give a shout-out to the awesome pacing and funny, funny one liners.” Red Hot Books .

“Pure awesomesauce with a cherry on top! That’s all I’m saying, folks.” Nocturnal Book Review
“Bottom Line: Exceptional story, multi-layered plot, intriguing characters that you really want to see more of, add all that to some nice little perks for veterans and you have a story that is hard to beat with enough similarity to our own world to make you feel at home.” Douglas Meeks
“This book directly made it to my Oh-My-God-This-Is-So-Amazing-What-Just –Happened list.” Aarati’s World
“BURN FOR ME is an utter treat. From the amazing world, to the incredible cast of characters, and enthralling plot, this book should be at the very top of any urban fantasy fan’s TBR pile.” A Book Obsession
“A heady mixture of action, mystery, and suspense…” Heroes and Heartbreakers
“Oh Mad Rogan, you delicious, crazy, powerful man.” Happily Ever After
If you want more, there are over 45 reviews from readers on Burn For Me’s page on Amazon, so go there to check it out. Here is the link to an excerpt, and here are some ordering links, if you’re interested. Amazon | B & N | Book Depository | B-A-M | Kobo | iBooks | IndieBound | Powells | Amazon Canada | Amazon United Kingdom | Google Play | Harpercollins
As for me, my edit letter for Bound By Flames is due to land in my inbox today, so soon I will be revising. Did I mention that writing “The End” really just means “Take One”? ;).

Vampire series recommendation

I’m frequently asked about authors that I enjoy reading. I have a list of them on my Links page, but today, I’m happy to talk about a specific author/series in one of my favorite subgenres: vampire fiction (you’re shocked, I know! :)).

colleen_gleasonNew York Times bestselling author Colleen Gleason (who also writes under the name Joss Ware) originally released the Gardella series back in 2007 – 2009. I gobbled up the books because they’re vampire novels with a kick-ass heroine and two heroes that are so drool-worthy, I kept going back-and-forth on which one I wanted to win the heroine. Our heroine, Victoria, starts the series as pretty innocent and idealistic, and watching her grow into her abilities, determination and general bad-ass-ness was a true pleasure. The hotness in the series didn’t hurt my enjoyment of the books, either *wink*.

If you haven’t already read the Gardella series and you’re looking for something fanged and fabulous, good news: Colleen is re-releasing the entire Gardella series. THIS WEEK ONLY, book one in the series, The Rest Falls Away, is on sale for only $.99 in ebook. Click the picture below to be taken to the series page on Amazon. For more information about the series, go here. Happy reading, everyone!

Gardella series

Bound By Flames wallpapers and teaser scene

Hi, everyone! I know, I’ve been bad about blogging recently, but that’s because I am thisclose to finishing Bound By Flames, Night Prince book three. In lieu of anything interesting to say (all work and no play DOES make Jeaniene a dull girl ;)) I have freebies for you.

First up, the fabulous Syd Gill has once again made downloadable wallpapers from the cover and stepack, so click the size that best fits your needs and download away!

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Second, I have another except for you from the book. If you didn’t see the first one I posted a while ago, it’s here, and I would recommend reading it before this one for scene continuity since that was the entirety of Chapter One and this is from Chapter Three. Disclaimer: This excerpt is pre-revisions and pre-edits, so there might be some grammar errors, spelling errors and the content might be altered between now and publication. In other words, I’m posting this just for entertainment, so I hope you enjoy :). This is copyrighted material, of course, but if you want to re-post on your blog with book attribution, feel free.


“What the hell were you thinking?” Vlad demanded as, moments later, he slammed our bedroom door behind us, too.

“Which time?” I asked, refusing to back down now that we were alone. Playing dead worked when confronted with an angry grizzly, but Vlad was more like a dragon. You either fought back or you got your ass burned off while you ran away.

His gaze turned to emerald as it raked over me. “When you allowed yourself to be alone with another vampire.”

He’d already toasted the Joker; wouldn’t he be over the ass-grab by now? “I needed him to stick around until I could sneak my glove off and touch him. I didn’t think he’d come on so strong with hundreds of people only a curtain’s width away –”

Vlad seized me by the shoulders, his hands so hot I half expected my bodysuit to melt beneath them.

“You think I’m angry because he groped you?” Harsh laughter grated out of him. “That might be why I killed him, but it’s not why I’m furious now.”

“Then why?” I shot back. “Because I didn’t leave when you ordered me to?”

“Because he could have killed you!” If our bedroom hadn’t recently been soundproofed, everyone in the ballroom would’ve heard his bellow. “I agreed to let you try your tricks tonight because you promised never to be alone with anyone, yet you went behind a curtain with a vampire I told you was ruthless enough to be in league with Szilagyi. You’re lucky he only tried to fuck you instead of stab you through the heart with silver!”

“I was alone with him for ten seconds,” I snapped.

“I could kill you a dozen times over in ten seconds,” Vlad retorted, his voice lower now. “All the different ways you could die ran through my mind as I watched you disappear. The only reason I didn’t explode him immediately was because I didn’t know if you were too close.”

Some of my anger drained away as I stared into his eyes. They were green with fury, yes, but something else lurked in them. An emotion I rarely saw in Vlad. Fear.

He’d honestly thought my life had been in danger. Oh, Vlad knew I would’ve fought back if the Joker had made a lethal move, but he also knew the horrible pain of losing someone he loved. Vlad’s guilt over his former wife’s suicide was the sin I saw when I first touched him. Plus, he did have a point. I shouldn’t have let the Joker draw me into a secluded alcove. I’d been in disguise, but a disguise wasn’t foolproof and Vlad’s enemies had tried to kill me before. One of them had even succeeded. Only Vlad changing me into a vampire after I’d bled out in his arms meant I was still here arguing with him.

“I should have been more careful,” I acknowledged, letting out a sigh. “Wanting to catch Szilagyi sooner rather than later made me careless. Aside from the hell he’s put you and me through, my family has to stay in hiding until this is over. We might have all the time in the world to take Szilagyi down, but they’re human so they don’t.”

“I don’t care,” he said with brutal honesty. “If they wish, I can replace every minute your family loses while in hiding, but I cannot replace you.”

How like Vlad to say something sweet and infuriating at the same time. Yes, if my family drank enough of his blood, he could add decades to their lifespan. My sister Gretchen might want that, if our hunt for Szilagyi took a long time, but my father wouldn’t. He hadn’t even spoken to me since he found out I was no longer human.

“Hopefully we won’t need that, but either way, next time, I’ll be more careful. Promise.” I brushed his face, my touch feather light compared to the grip he still had on my shoulders. “I told you before, you won’t lose me–”

“You’re right, I won’t,” he muttered, his mouth cutting off the rest of what I was going to say.

I didn’t have time to be surprised by his abrupt change in mood. Vlad backed me against the nearest wall, ripping away his emotional shields along with the front of my costume. Rage, lust and love tore through my subconscious, mixing with my feelings until I couldn’t tell which were mine and which were his. Not that it mattered. I loved him with the same crazed intensity, craved him more than the blood I now needed to survive – and no one maddened me more than Vlad. We had that in common, too.

His whiplash transition from fury to passion might’ve frightened me months ago, but now, I could feel all the things he wouldn’t allow himself to say. He needed to touch me, taste me, to ease the hated fear he’d felt when he thought I was in danger. His actions might seem more brutal than sensual, but if I pushed him away, he’d stop. Yet with every emotion that seethed through mine, he was urging me not to. Instead, he dared me to respond with the same unbridled intensity, and to free my inhibitions the way he’d freed his previously untouchable heart.

I took that dare, gripping his hair and using those long dark strands to pull him closer.


As a reminder, Bound By Flames comes out January 27th in paperback, ebook and audio book. Back cover description and ordering links below:

Play with fire, pay the price.

Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…

Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against himand his overprotectiveness drives Leila awayVlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…

Pre-order: AmazonBarnes&Noble,BooksAMillionPowells, Indiebound, iBooks, or your favorite retailer.


TX and VA recaps, with indie music rec

Please excuse the recent blog silence. From September 17th through the 26th, I was touring to celebrate the release of The Beautiful Ashes, book one in the new Broken Destiny series. My travels took me (gasp, shudder) on not one but two plane flights, so readers, never doubt my devotion to you, heh. I hate to fly and can only endure it with prayer and a Xanax, in that order :).

Justin crossOn my flight to Texas, I was lucky enough to be seated next to indie musician Justin C. Cross. After meeting him, I looked up his songs on iTunes. To me, his music is what you’d get if Kings of Leon and Mumford & Sons had a love child, so if you’re into alternative like I am, check out his songs. My favorites are Better, Let Me In (not the remix, which is more dance than alternative) and Habit. You can listen to those songs and others here or on Justin’s website.

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Photo courtesy of Anyahs Soloup.

Once on the ground in Texas, my first stop was a joint signing with me and Ilona Andrews at Book People in Austin. As many of you know, “Ilona Andrews” is the wife-and-husband writing duo Ilona and Gordon Andrews. In addition to being stellar writers, Ilona and Gordon are also hilarious people, and Ilona has been my friend and regular critique reader since before both our books were published. I had a wonderful time catching up with them and chatting with everyone who came out to the signing. Since readers had to brave flash flood warnings, we had an enthusiastic bunch of people!



Book people picNext up was Katy Budget Books in Houston, where I finally got to meet my longtime-online friend Carol in person! I’d post the pic of both of us if I didn’t think she’d smack me for it. We had another great crowd at Katy Budget and – so cool! – a  lovely lady named Dana took the time to repeat everything I said in sign language for her friend. With how fast I talk and how often I repeat myself, that was a challenge, so major kudos to her!

Fresh fic tea picAfter that was the Fresh Fiction “tea,” which meant that me and a few dozens other FF members got to hang out at The Chocolate Angel and eat a delicious lunch of tiny, varied sandwiches (I am a klutz even sitting down and spilled one on myself, to the amusement of everyone at my table). This was such a fun, casual setting that it felt like catching up with friends I’d never met before, plus saying hi to acquaintances I don’t see enough of.


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Photo credit to @e_bookpushers

TX stops complete, I then flew to Virginia to do joint signings with my other dear friend and longtime critique partner, Melissa Marr, who was celebrating the release of her YA romantic thriller, Made For You. Imagine the movie Scream if it had a great romantic subplot, so no wonder a recent CNN blog named Made For You as one of their Top 40 Must-Reads for  fall. My first stop with Melissa was at Barnes & Noble in McLean, where we had a great time chatting with readers about our processes, characters, and writing what you love. I also got a chance to meet debut author Kim Liggett, whose upcoming YA novel Blood and Sand sounds amazing.

After that was the Barnes and Noble in Charlottesville, which has been in the news after the recent disappearance of college student Hannah Graham. Since at the time of our visit, people weren’t sure if this was related to the disappearances of several other female college students over the past few years, so the mood was understandably subdued. The subject matter in our books didn’t help: Made For You features a young girl dealing with a homicidal stalker, and The Beautiful Ashes opens with the heroine’s sister disappearing. As of writing this post, Hannah Graham is still missing, though a suspect is now in custody. Our thoughts and prayers are with Hannah’s family and we hope she is found and returned to them safe and sound.

Our last stop was in Richmond for the Fountain Book Store signing. Rain seemed to follow me wherever I went, so we arrived at the signing wet and looking for caffeine (okay, that last part was just me.) Once caffeinated, we got a chance to talk about our books with a lovely group with several writers among them. Not surprisingly, the talk turned to craft and the industry, although I did soapbox a bit on why many of my novels feature married protagonists. Short version of my explanation: I want to show that the action, adventure and romance doesn’t end after the couple says “I do.” I enjoy reading about the first blush of love as much as the next romance reader, but I also believe that married couples can be just as passionate, kick-ass and exciting as their single counterparts.  That’s why I will continue to write about couples before, during and after the first “I love you’s” and “I do’s.” Blame it on me approaching my twenty-second wedding anniversary :).

Thanks so much to the fabulous people who hosted the signings, the volunteers/employees who made everything run smoothly and of course, to the wonderful readers who showed up and reminded me why I love to share the stories in my head. Gather close for a big group hug from me to you! :). I’m done with signings for the year, but if you missed seeing me and you’d like a signed copy of one of my books for your shelves, here are the stores that I left signed stock at. They ship anywhere in the US, so please click the link or call them for ordering details.

Book People (The Beautiful Ashes). Phone: 512-472-5050

Katy Budget Books (The Beautiful Ashes) Phone: 281-578-7770

Barnes & Noble in McLean, VA. (The Beautiful Ashes) Phone: 703-506-2937

Fountain Book Store (Various Night Huntress titles as well as The Beautiful Ashes). Phone: 415-927-0960

If you missed one of my events because you didn’t know I’d be in your city, never miss an event again by signing up for my newsletter, hosted by CoffeeTime Romance.

That’s it from me for the moment. Must finish Bound By Flames, Night Prince book three, and look for some news about Vlad and Leila in the near future (hint, hint :)).

Tennessee recaps and Texas, here I come

library hbSorry for the delay posting this, but words have been flowing for Bound By Flames, and when words flow, blogging gets the back-burner. That isn’t to say that I didn’t have a great time in Tennessee last week! First up was the luncheon Thursday afternoon with several lovely folks from Ingrams. We discussed books, Barbie dolls and Elf On The Shelf, among other topics, and they surprised me with a library edition of The Beautiful Ashes. Library readers might already know that my publisher did a special hard cover edition just for libraries, so I was delighted to get one of my own.

BookI was even more delighted when everyone at the table signed the book for me. That never happens anymore, lol. It’s definitely going on my “keeper” shelf. Thanks again for a wonderful afternoon, ladies and gent!



a and dAfter that, I got to catch up with a friend who lived nearby, then later that same evening was my signing at Books-A-Million in Clarksville, TN. Look what someone made me: “angel” and “demon” cake pops! They were almost too adorable to eat, but note that I said “almost.” If it’s made of red velvet, as these were, I’m eating it, adorable or not ;). Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the signing in Clarksville!


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That same night, we had to drive to Memphis because I had an early appointment the next day. Now, here is an important safety tip for all of you audio book lovers: do NOT play Outlander in audio if the driver *cough, my sister, cough* has never read the book. Otherwise, said driver will get so caught up in the story that she will miss several turns, namely, the turn to Memphis at 1am in the morning. When I saw the sign that said “Welcome To Arkansas!” I knew we were going the wrong way. Why wasn’t I driving, you may ask? Because my sister refused to let me drive, saying that I always get us lost! I usually do, to be fair, but in this case, it was her. Also, as I mentioned on Twitter, after the total 12-hour drive time on Thursday while listening to Outlander, my internal monologue started to develop a Scottish accent.

Early that same morning, I had a live tv interview on the local Channel 3 Memphis station, and because I hadn’t gotten to bed until 2am, I was too tired to remember to be nervous. After that, I had some free time, so my sister and I visited our great-aunt and great-uncle who live in Memphis and who just celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. Now, that’s a happily ever after, if you ask me :).

J and JessicaLater that night was my signing at The Booksellers At Laurelwood with author J.A. Redmerski, who was celebrating the release of Song Of Fireflies. J.A. is such a lovely person, and if you haven’t heard her success story, you are missing something truly inspiring. She’s also a fabulous author, so check out her books if you’re looking for something new to read.


The Booksellers At Laurelwood has a fabulous wine and cheese spread waiting for readers, and if that wasn’t tempting enough, one of the readers (Hi, Valerie, thanks again!) brought me a box of cupcakes. Are you sensing a pattern here? I loves me some sugar! *wink*

J and VI had such a wonderful time at all the events. Writing can be a fairly lonely occupation (if you don’t count the time I spend with people that, um, exist only in my imagination ;)) so getting a chance to meet and/or catch up with readers I’ve met before is a real treat with me. Thanks again to everyone who came out! Also, if you live in Texas, I’m coming your way next week. Then the week after, I’ll be in VA. Check out my remaining tour signings for The Beautiful Ashes here.

That’s it for me. Hope you’re enjoying your week so far!

Signing recap and new sale alert!

Asheville3Thanks so much to everyone who came out to my signing at Malaprops in Asheville, NC on Saturday! I had a great time chatting with you, and Malaprops as usual put on a fabulous event. If you missed it and you want to get a signed copy of The Beautiful Ashes, I left behind several that Malaprops can ship to you nationally or even internationally. Go here for ordering details.



Asheville7I also had a chance to meet with Kim from My Thoughts Exactly blog on Saturday. Kim is very brave – she recorded her interview with me and then transcribed it on her blog. Why do I call that brave? Because if you have met me in person, you know that I ramble. A lot, plus sprinkle phrases like “you know” “I mean” and “as far as” in almost every sentence I utter (it’s a terrible habit! Thank God I write instead of work as a public speaker!) Plus, you could create a drinking game from how many times I start a sentence with the word “And,” so Kim was a real trooper for weeding through that recording and making me sound semi-coherent in her post. She’s also a seriously sweet person, so check out the interview with me and her blog.  We talked about influential books, taking criticism, fan fiction and more, so maybe I answered something that you’ve been wondering about *wink*.

Next signings stops this week are:

September 4th, 7:00pm

125 South Hampton Drive
Clarksville, TN  37040. Ph: 931-648-1100

September 5th, 6:30pm. Joint signing with J.A Redmerski (Song of the Fireflies)

The Booksellers of Laurelwood
387 Perkins Road Extended
Memphis, TN 38117 901-683-9801

Remaining tour schedule for The Beautiful Ashes is here. If you’re in the area, I hope you can come out to one of the signings!

And now, to the sale alert. iBooks is running a special Romantic Reads sale from now until September 8th and I was delighted to hear that Once Burned made the cut for their paranormal selections. So, if you haven’t already sampled Vlad in all of his fiery deliciousness glory, now’s your chance to do so for only $1.99 in ebook. Already love Vlad? Then please tell a friend. This sale price is good for readers in the US, the UK, Canada and Australia.*

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Click here to buy now for $1.99 at iBooks.


Click here to see all Romantic Reads iBooks specials (this link will require you to sign into your iTunes account)

*If I didn’t list the country where you live, sorry! iBooks chooses the countries that the sale is eligible for, not me.

That’s it from me for now. Gotta pack, because tomorrow, Tennessee here I come! :)

More release week deals and giveaways

As I told you last week, I had a bunch of cool stuff coming your way during release week for The Beautiful Ashes, book one in the Broken Destiny series. Last Saturday, it was all of my Night Huntress novels being only $1.99 in ebook for the Kindle Daily Deal*. If you missed that, as of typing this, Amazon still has Halfway To The Grave and Up From The Grave at $1.99, with Destined For An Early Grave at $2.24 and Once Burned at $3.99. The sale was only guaranteed for last Saturday, though, so Amazon could raise these prices at any time, which means if you’re interested in grabbing one of these titles at significantly reduced prices, don’t delay!

Next up were interviews and excerpts. If you didn’t see them already, I have an interview with an exclusive except from The Beautiful Ashes on Maryse’s Book Blog, so go there to check it out. I also had an interview on the USA Today blog here, where (among other things) I talk about which of my male vampire characters that my new hero, Adrian, reminds me of. Then over on the Huffington Post blog, I talk about my favorite New Adult books and why I loved them.

Now, I know what some of you are thinking: “Sure, all that is nice, but what are you doing for me TODAY, Jeaniene?” *wink* Well, here’s what! Audio book lovers (and anyone who’s curious about audio books), I have an interview with my fabulous narrator, Tavia Gilbert, up at Audio Book Gals and they’re giving away ten audio downloads of The Beautiful Ashes, so head on over there to hear the interview and to enter for your chance to win.

Over at The Reading Cafe, they have an interview with me, a review of The Beautiful Ashes, AND a 25.00 gift card giveaway running, so head on over there to get in on that action.

Under The Covers book blog has an interview, exclusive excerpt and a giveaway of The Beautiful Ashes, so go there to check that out.

Finally, a reminder about my Malaprops signing in Asheville, NC tomorrow at 3pm. As usual, I’ll be giving away swag as well as signing books, so if you’re in the area, I hope you can come out. Not local to NC but you live in TN, TX or VA? I’m hitting those states in the next couple weeks, too. Go here for my full tour schedule.

That’s it for now. See some of you tomorrow, and for the rest of you, happy reading! :)

*Guaranteed for Saturday the 23rd only and only for US readers. These aren’t my terms; they’re Amazon’s.

The Beautiful Ashes is out!

The Beautiful Ashes, book one in the Broken Destiny series, releases today. I’ve been talking about this book for months, so while I want to let you know that it’s now available in print, ebook and audio, I also think it’s time to let other people talk about it instead of me, heh. Let’s face it: I loved the story enough to write it, so my opinion is, as you’d expect, terribly biased. That’s why I’m going to point you toward several excerpts plus some reviews, and let you take it from there :).

TBA updated cover (2)In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate. 

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. The one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn’t mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn’t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side, Adrian on the other, and nothing but ashes in between…

Order from:  AmazonBAMPowellsB&N, iBooks, , or your favorite retailer.

Read excerpts from The Beautiful Ashes here ,  here , here plus a new except and interview at Maryse’s Book Blog here.

Book trailer:

Early Reviews: 

“Jeaniene Frost brings her signature wit, sizzle and extraordinary imagination to this epic new series. I was addicted from page one.”

- #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout.

“Jeaniene Frost is blessed with a creative soul.”

- #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon.

“The first book in the Broken Destiny series is a fast-moving tale that refuses to let up until the end…Books don’t get more fun or action-packed than this!”

- Romantic Times, 4 stars.

“…captivating romance and adventure all wrapped into one thrilling ride that will bind you until it drops you at the very last page.”

- The Book Whisperer. Full review here.

The Beautiful Ashes was a non-stop, action packed, mind twisting storyline. Frost masterfully builds this world within worlds with so many twists and turns I’m still reeling. “

- Beth, Tome Trender.

The Beautiful Ashes is a great start to a new urban fantasy series by Jeaniene Frost. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

- Paranormal Kiss.

“Demons, angels, gargoyles, monster hellhounds, and ancient biblical legacies are all found here. Take a chance and find out who wins this battle of good and evil.”

- Manhattan With A Twist.

“I was hooked from the very first page; the wait for the next book is going to be painful.”

- Sharon, Obsession with Books. Full review here.

“Putting this book down once I began was near impossible…You don’t need to be a fan of the new adult genre trend to enjoy The Beautiful Ashes. Come for the romantic chemistry, stay for the adventure.”

- Chelsea, Vampire Book Club. Full review here.

“The action starts literally from the first page and almost never lets up…I’m in for the next in the series.”

- The Book Nympho. Full review here.

“…the world, characters, and writing were excellent, as always….THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES was sometimes gory, rarely sweet, and 100% Jeaniene Frost!”

- Carmel, Rabid Reads. Full review here.

” There’s plenty of action and interesting adventures….I never wanted to stop reading this book and was crabby when I had to go do some real life things.”

- Anne, Yummy Men And Kick-Ass Chicks. Full review here.

The Beautiful Ashes is a story that highlights all the things Ms. Frost does oh-so well, the easy-to-devour fluidity of the writing style combining with a determined underdog of a heroine to ensure we do everything in our power to keep reality from infringing and robbing us of our reading time.”

- Jenny, Supernatural Snark. Full review here.

“THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES will introduce us to a world of myth and mayhem. An intriguing start to what should be a promising series.”

- Annie, Under The Covers book blog. Full review here.

Don’t forget to see me at Malaprops this Saturday, if you’re in the Asheville, NC area. For the rest of my tour schedule, including stops in TX, TN and VA, go here.