Sunday Smatterings

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Hello, friends! Happy Sunday to ye. It’s finally chilly in Nashville — we had our first fire this week. It was a fun week, kicked off in Charlotte, NC with the WNBA Bibliofeast. I met so many lovely, fun, engaging women who were all such enthusiastic readers. Definitely worth the trip.

Returned home Tuesday in time to collect my parents from the airport. Which means… I took a few days off this week! The past two visits I’ve had with my folks, our time has been eaten up with work, so I closed my laptop for the rest of the week. We saw two movies in the theater: A Star is Born (five enthusiastic thumbs up, Bradley Cooper was awesome and Gaga, well, Gaga is spectacular always) and First Man (a lesser film on all accounts.) Drove all over the mid-state, checking out neighborhoods and leafy trees. Had dinner downtown and watched some movies at home (Black Swan is still so groovy nuts!). It was a nice week. I hate that we don’t live closer.

Though I wasn’t typing, I was thinking. The new book, whose acronym is ROL, is… ahem… rolling along. A conversation with a friend last weekend sparked an idea, and I’ve actually sketched out the epilogue. And I know what the climax is, and the character’s motivations. There’s still a lot I don’t know, but I’m getting very, very excited to dive back in tomorrow.

Without further ado… let’s take a look at the latest and greatest links!


Here's what happened on the Internets this week: 

How to Deal with Plotter's Block (Which Is Worse Than Writer's Block). “Writer’s block, as I see it, is when you have a story but the words aren’t flowing or behaving. Plotter’s block is when you’re itching to write, perhaps you’re already writing — except you have no story.”  Very interesting…

This drone video of what fall looks like in Utah is unreal.

A Dublin janitor wins the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature from the university she cleans. This is lovely! What an amazing accomplishment!

The Very Definition of Overwhelm. A state I exist in perpetually. But I am working on it. I hope this helps you, too.

Since we’re moving into Halloween… 10 villains ruined by way too much story.

New 'Chronicles of Narnia' Adaptation Is Coming to Netflix. And I will be waiting with bated breath — one of may favorite stories!

Imagining your future projects is holding you back. I have so many feels about this... I'm a planner, and I take this to heart.

7 Movies That Got Mental Illness (Mostly) Right. Speaking of watching Black Swan…


And closer to home: It’s Books, Books, and more Books!

We’re only two weeks away from the release of A THOUSAND DOORS! The response to the advance copies has been remarkable, and I absolutely can’t wait to get it into your hands!

Which life would you choose???


WHEN SHADOWS FALL, the third book in my Sam Owens series, has a new cover for the digital edition! I absolutely love it. For your enjoyment, this post delves inside the origins of the novel.


When I first started writing, I never could have imagined my name appearing next to these luminaries. The Suspense on the Edge of Romance Collection includes ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS, the first book in my Taylor Jackson series, FLAWLESS by Heather Graham, SAINT’S GATE by Carla Neggers, and THE SECRET SISTER by Brenda Novak. What an amazing deal!


You know there’s a Bargains page on the website, yes? No? Well, there is, and it is filling up with all sorts of great deals. There’s more coming your way over the next few weeks, so check back often! Here re a few things happening right now:


I had so much fun talking about TEAR ME APART this past weekend at So Fest and at Bibliofeast. I hope you’ve had a chance to take a look. Let me know what you think!


That's all for now! Start planning your Halloween costume (I’ll be going as a writer on deadline, as always), clean out a few drawers, and I’ll see you next Sunday!

peace and hugs,
J.T.

Announcing the Suspense on the Edge of Romance Collection!

When I first started writing, I never could have imagined my name appearing next to these luminaries.

The Suspense on the Edge of Romance Collection includes ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS, the first book in my Taylor Jackson series, FLAWLESS by Heather Graham, SAINT’S GATE by Carla Neggers, and THE SECRET SISTER by Brenda Novak. What an amazing deal!

Get your digital copy today!

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WHEN SHADOWS FALL has a new cover!

Welcome to the bright and shiny new digital edition of WHEN SHADOWS FALL! My publishers are repackaging the series in fabulous new covers, and I’m so excited to share them with you. For your enjoyment, here’s a peek inside the origins of the novel!

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I’m not sure exactly how it happened, but Feb­ru­ary 25, my eleventh novel will be born into the world. WHEN SHADOWS FALL is the third Saman­tha Owens novel, a sem­i­nal book in the series, as it decides the course of action for the next several books.

Every series has a path, planned or unplanned. When I started writ­ing my Tay­lor Jack­son series, I had no idea it was going to be a series. I hadn’t thought about extended story, struc­ture, char­ac­ter devel­op­ment. I cre­ated a finite char­ac­ter in a finite world, and it was dif­fi­cult to see where to take the books.

With Sam, it was the oppo­site. I knew I wanted a char­ac­ter who could grow and change remark­ably. I knew I wanted to allow her the free­dom to move around the coun­try, the world, with rel­a­tive ease. As my then-edi­tor and I were plan­ning the first book in the series, I men­tioned I wanted Sam to be the Indi­ana Jones of foren­sic pathol­ogy. The idea stuck.

What hap­pens in this book wasn’t sup­posed to hap­pen until book 4 in the series. It’s funny, the same thing hap­pened to me in the Tay­lor series. The third book, JUDAS KISS, was sup­posed to be the fourth. I made men­tion of my idea for it, hop­ing to entice my edi­tor to buy the book when I was fin­ished with the third I had planned. Instead, she jumped on the idea and told me in no uncer­tain terms this was the ONE.

So when I found myself in the same posi­tion this time, I knew what I needed to do. Aban­don the story and move the next book into its place. I couldn’t let Sam lan­guish in her sor­row any longer. It was time for her to move on. To start anew. Insert res­ur­rec­tion clauses here.

Of course, Sam wasn’t aware of the change her life was about to take. She wasn’t par­tic­u­larly ready to move on, not really. And I had to tell her, Too bad, sis­ter. I’ll let you have some onscreen sex to make up for it.

I think its one of the most part of the fun being a writer, this game you play with your char­ac­ters. I once asked a very famous writer about how char­ac­ters some­times do their own thing, and he looked at me like I was a recent escapee from an insane asy­lum and declared his char­ac­ters would never do such a thing because they only did what he told them to do.

I find that so sad. I like that my char­ac­ters and I have this sort of push and pull rela­tion­ship. They give me some of what I want, I give them some of what they want. In the end, we’re all happy and mov­ing on to the next adven­ture. At least, that’s the plan. After wrestling alli­ga­tors with them for 500 pages, they damn well bet­ter be ready to move on. Cause if they’re not, they often end up dead. Or maimed. Or mar­ried off, or on the run.

Poor char­ac­ters. Poor, poor char­ac­ters. Bet­ter behave, or I’ll make your life hell.

But Sam behaved, and she was rewarded with many excit­ing things, all of which set up the rest of the series. I’m not one-hundred per­cent sure where we go from here, but I love that book three has become this sem­i­nal turn­ing point for the Sam. And as such, for Xan­der and Fletcher too. The whole cast is being thrust into a new world because I got impa­tient. I hope they con­tinue to behave!

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Sunday Smatterings

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Hello, friends!

As you read this, I am taping the last two (of six) A Word on Words shows of the weekend at Southern Festival of Books. We have a very aggressive festival schedule this year because there are so many cool authors in town! What’s Southern Festival of Books, you ask? Only the loveliest festival in Nashville. It’s chilly this weekend for the first time since last March, and we all congregated to talk story, books, and all things literary.

And tomorrow, I will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Bibliofeast! I have heard such amazing things about this event. I can’t wait to talk about TEAR ME APART with everyone.

It’s been a busy week, and you all know how much I despise that term. Every day was filled with new challenges, but happily, I finally zeroed in on a title for the new book. I’ll share as soon as I’m allowed, but I love it — it totally encapsulates the story and the unique setting. The story is starting to come alive for me, too, which is an incredible feeling. Every time I start a book, I forget how to write a book. And every time I remember I forget how to write a book, I can breathe easier, and the story starts to reveal itself. But titles are important, and now I can really put my head down and plow on.

Since I need to go pack… time for the latest and greatest links!


Here's what happened on the Internets this week: 

Speaking of forgetting how to write books, I give you the article I read this week that reminded me of this weird quirk of mine — and helped me relax and let the story start to shape itself. Lou Berney’s NOVEMBER ROAD is on everyone’s lips, and this interview shows you why.

Bouchercon Author Interview: Lisa Unger. Crime By The Book has a fabulous interview, this time with one of my faves! Lisa is the real deal.


Imagining your future projects is holding you back. Whoa...this gave me pause. Like, serious, major, rethink my life strategy pause.

A Discovery of Witches conjures its U.S. premiere date. Jan. 17, 2019 is only 95 days from now. Just sayin'. And maybe a little birdie has seen the first four episodes and is in LOVE!

Time management Monday: Reduce morning overwhelm. Good tips. I need to try some of these myself. Then again, I could just continue to skip mornings and start my day at noon…

BookPage Interviews: Rena Rossner. Great interview, and her book looks absolutely fascinating: The Sisters of the Winter Wood.

Star Trek Isn’t a Paperless Future. (video) I adored this. You can pry my notebooks from my cold, dead hands…

On everyone's lips at Digital Book World, NPR's very sexy Book Concierge. This is fabulous! If you want to have some wonderful curation for your TBR pile, give it a shot.

Recently Digitized Journals Grant Visitors Access to Leonardo da Vinci’s Detailed Engineering Schematics and Musings. OMG people. How incredible is this? da Vinci is astounding, and to have a peek into his mind… so cool!


And closer to home:

I’m telling you, publishing a book is a LOT of work. Every time I think I’m finished with the prep for A THOUSAND DOORS, another facets rears its head. Which makes me respect you indie writers even more, and makes me doubly thankful for my traditional publishers, who make it so easy for me to keep my head down and do my work.

Early reviews of A THOUSAND DOORS streaming in, and I have to say, I am beside myself with happiness at how the novel is being received. To celebrate, here’s a wee giveaway…

Goodreads is giving away 50 digital advanced reader copies of A THOUSAND DOORS! US only, sorry…. Head here to enter.

The day Mia Jensen died, she finally got to live.

We've all played the "what if" game. For Mia Jensen, "what if" is a fact of life. Dissatisfied with her choices, she often dreams about what could have been. Now she has the chance to know. But that knowledge is going to cost her dearly. Only through death can she fully realize the value of her life. 

Bringing Mia to life are the following amazing writers: Kimberly Belle, Laura Benedict, A.F. Brady, Paige Crutcher, Rebecca Drake, Heather Gudenkauf, Patti Callahan Henry, Joy Jordan-Lake, Alisha Klapheke, Ariel Lawhon, Kerry Lonsdale, Catherine McKenzie, Kate Moretti, Lisa Patton, and Kaira Rouda.

Get the Paperback

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Get the Library Hardcover

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THE SIXTH DAY, the fifth book in the Brit In The FBI series with Catherine Coulter, comes out in trade paperback on November 13! I love this new cover, it’s so evocative, and the colors are gorgeous. Plus, I love the story — falcons and drones and London — what could be more fun?

Preorder your copy:

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Barnes & Noble

Books-A-Million

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Indigo


In this incredibly busy book fall, I still must say thank you to everyone who has bought and read and reviewed and talked about TEAR ME APART. If you haven’t given it a try, I think you’ll like it!


That's all for now! Send me some of your extra energy for the weekend, toast some marshmallows, leave out some kibble for the neighborhood cat, and I’ll see you next Sunday!

peace and hugs,
J.T.

Sunday Smatterings

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Hello, friends!

I had a very interesting week. I attended Digital Book World, which has moved from New York to Nashville. You know me, I’m curious—about the industry, about bookselling in the digital age, about ways to connect with bookstores and readers, and how the digital revolution affects them long term.

I learned a lot. Like most everyone, I love books. I read digital, but I read as much or more physical, too. [[edit: I also listen to audiobooks, which is a relatively new thing for me, and I LOVE!]]

I love that the book market is no longer only about the front list, and that backlist rejuvenation is bringing many authors’s careers back to life. I love that discoverability is in the hands of the consumer, and I LOVE that I can walk into a bookstore and ask the bookseller for a personalized recommendation.

But there is no denying ours is a changing industry. I wish I could say I had a solid idea where we’re headed, but if anything, I’m even murkier about that. Some of the storytelling AI initiatives are astounding. Metadata is more than a buzzword; it’s a necessity to break out.

One thing is for certain — storytelling, in all its forms, isn’t going away. So I’m going to keep my head down, write my books, and see where things go.

Since I’m playing catch up, let’s take a look at the latest and greatest links!


Here's what happened on the Internets this week: 

10 Story Collections by Women You Should Read Right Now. Oh, and you should probably throw A THOUSAND DOORS into this mix...

How to Build Routines That Conserve BrainPower For High-Level Thinking. I'm building a lot of routines this fall. I have had a rough 18 months and I’m ready for some habits.

V.E. Schwab: Exploring Philosophical and Moral Dilemmas. I liked this because I think villains are the unsung heroes of fiction. Without a good villain, stories fall short for me.


What Personality Tests Really Deliver. This is rather fascinating. I am an INTJ, and I embody those personality traits so intensely that the idea that they might not be real bothers me. I am also a Taurus, and I spent my teen years trying to divine the personalities of people around me using Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs. So science, or astrology, regardless, we are all unique in our ways.


How "comfort dogs" are improving behavior in New York City classrooms.  I loved this. We all know how great animals make us feel.


2018 Fall/Winter Reading List. So honored to see TEAR ME APART included on Deep South Magazine’s list, alongside some incredible other favorites, like PCH’s Becoming Mrs. Lewis!


Organized Chaos: An Interview with Jeff VanderMeer. Organized Chaos is pretty much the theme song for my life. Also, it’s a great band name.


12 Yin Yoga Poses to Awaken Dormant Energy and Recharge Your Practice. We can all use some yin today! There is nothing better than getting into that fascia and helping it open. Breathe, peeps. Namaste!


An Idyllic Artists’ Retreat that Invites Guests to Take in the View. Yes, please. I would ship off here in a heartbeat.

The Useless Days Will Add Up to Something. This is really good advice. Just keep plugging away. Even if your fingers aren’t on the pen or keyboard, you can be working.


Looking Back To Go Forward: Lafite-Rothschild 1868 – 2015. I love Vinous for learning about wine. A fabulous site for those of you interested in the divine grape.


And closer to home:

We’re gearing up for the release of A THOUSAND DOORS next month! Have you preordered it yet?

The day Mia Jensen died, she finally got to live.

We've all played the "what if" game. For Mia Jensen, "what if" is a fact of life. Dissatisfied with her choices, she often dreams about what could have been. Now she has the chance to know. But that knowledge is going to cost her dearly. Only through death can she fully realize the value of her life. 

Forty-year-old Mia Jensen is home after a terrible day, trying to figure out how she's come to this point in her life, when she hears a strange noise from the kitchen. She investigates, only to be brutally attacked and left for dead. As she dies, she experiences some of the lives that could have been hers had she only made a different choice.

Can one woman can find peace with the path she's chosen before it slips through her fingers forever?

Through the unique voices of New York Times bestsellers and rising stars in women's fiction, A THOUSAND DOORS examines how our smallest decisions can create lasting effects, and allows the thought–can we actually change our lives?

Bringing Mia to life are the following amazing writers: Kimberly Belle, Laura Benedict, A.F. Brady, Paige Crutcher, Rebecca Drake, Heather Gudenkauf, Patti Callahan Henry, Joy Jordan-Lake, Alisha Klapheke, Ariel Lawhon, Kerry Lonsdale, Catherine McKenzie, Kate Moretti, Lisa Patton, and Kaira Rouda.

Get the Paperback

AMAZON 
BARNES & NOBLE
INDIEBOUND

Get the Library Hardcover

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BARNES & NOBLE
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Add To Goodreads


Two TEAR ME APART book tour events are right around the corner! I’ll be speaking at 10 am Saturday October 13 at the Southern Festival Of Books in the Nashville Public Library Banner Room. This is the best bookish event in Nashville and I’m thrilled to be a part of it again.

Then October 15 I’ll be at the 9th Annual Bibliofeast Book & Author Dinner hosted by the National Women’s Book Association-Charlotte, NC chapter. I would love to see you there!


That's all for now! Send me some of your good energy for the week ahead, because I have a ton on my plate. Then, kick some leaves, put out some fresh bird food, and I’ll see you next Sunday!

peace and hugs,
J.T.