New in November!

Greetings from Everealm!

I can’t believe how busy this fall has already been. Between cookies and writing, I haven’t had a lot of time to be on the computer, which makes me sad. I have been checking in on my favorite blogs, though, at least twice a week. And I’ve tried to Tweet a few times, but mostly I’ve been working on Blood Moon. And guess what..?

It’s halfway finished! Yay!

But enough about what has already happened. Here is what’s NEW in November!

NetGalley: Everealm is now available on NetGalley! If you are a NetGalley member, feel free to send a request. Most requests will be granted. Wildfire is being added to NetGalley within the next 3 days (hopefully today!). So if you’ve read Everealm but haven’t gotten around to Wildfire yet, now is your chance!

Book Tour: Wildfire is touring November 23-28 through Bewitching Book Tours! I will be doing a giveaway with this tour, similar to the YA Bound tour. It will include paperback copies of BOTH Everealm and Wildfire AND instead of a necklace, you can win a gorgeous pair of earrings from Rabbitwood and Reason. I just love that Etsy shop! Her jewelry creations are really magnificent.

Giveaways: In addition to the giveaway for the tour, I will be hosting another Goodreads giveaway for a signed paperback copy of Everealm. It starts on Friday the 13th (oooo spooky!) and ends on November 23rd. When the giveaway starts, I will put a widget at the top of the page, like before.

FREE: During the Wildfire book tour, Everealm ebook copy will be FREE on Amazon from November 23-27. Hopefully, anyone who sees the tour posts and is interested in starting the series will snag a free e-copy during the promotion.

Well, I think that is all of the happenings in November. If I think of any more, I will let you know. In the meantime, check out these amazing reviews of Everealm and Wildfire on Mikayla’s Bookshelf!

P.S. Don’t forget to take the poll. A new one just went up! ——–>

~J.D.

Wildfire Tour Update, Necklace, Video, & More!!

The blog tour for Wildfire is finished! I had a blast doing this tour, which was my first! I got several reviews for Wildfire and I’m happy to say that ALL of them were positive reviews! Yay!

I did notice that most reviews liked Wildfire more than Everealm, which actually makes sense to me because I think I finally found my writing “groove” while working on Wildfire. I, also, noticed that several readers think parts of Wildfire feel a bit rushed, so I am keeping that in mind while writing Blood Moon (Book Three). ūüôā

Here is a video about the tour, new paperbacks, giveaways, etc. This is my first video and I’m still working out a few kinks, trying to keep the audio and video in sync throughout. I apologize, in advance!


As mentioned in the video, here is the necklace that is included in the tour giveaway. Isn’t it gorgeous? The shop on Etsy is Rabbitwood and Reason¬†and Dosha (shop owner) is so talented!

P.S. Happy to say that we are at 1,040 entries this morning!

Here was the schedule for the tour. A * by a name means the blogger didn’t get their post up or hasn’t yet.

Blog Tour Schedule:

September 21st
Andrea Buginsky, Author  Promo Post
Reading, Writing, and What Not   http://pixiescanread.blogspot.com/   Review*
September 22nd
Mythical Books  Promo Post
the cubicle escapee  http://theCubicleEscapee.com  Review*
Million Book Mill  Review
Sepember 23rd
Musings In Fiction Alley  http://musingsinficitonalley.blogspot.com/  Review*
Around the World in Books   Promo Post
Kelly P’s Blog¬† Promo Post
Haddie’s Haven¬† Review
September 24th
coffee-inked tales  Review
Mikayla’s Bookshelf¬† Promo Post
Just Us Book Blog   Promo Post
September 25th
Teatime and Books  Promo Post
Literary Musings http://literarymusing.weebly.com/   Promo Post*
My Book World’s Blog ¬†https://mybookworldsblog.wordpress.com/¬† Review*


Tour was hosted by YA Bound:

YA Bound Book Tours

Ta-Da! Release Day is Here!!!

Wildfire¬†(Book Two) just became live on Amazon & Smashwords within the past hour! It will be available on Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and many other sites within the next day or so. I am so excited to share the second installation of the series with everyone and I have been working on Blood Moon (Book Three) while I waited for the Wildfire listing to go live. I am so stinking happy with the direction the series is going in. I will also be working on some short stories to share in between Wildfire and Blood Moon. I plan to create a new page on here, titled “Everealm Chronicles” which will include Apple Tart and many other short stories or snippets with our favorite characters. This allows me to include more backstory and history, and also share things that happen throughout the series but got cut from the books. Perhaps, one day I will publish the chronicles on their own. For now, I hope everyone enjoys Wildfire and I can’t wait to hear your feedback!

Cover Reveal – Blood Moon!!

I could have done a cover reveal through the awesome YA Bound, who I have been working with for the review query and blog tour, but I am way too impatient to wait for a formal cover reveal!! So, here they are! The cover (and alternate cover) for Blood Moon, Book Three of the Everealm Series!! Cover is from the amazing, Fiona Jayde Media. Viola!

Here are the covers, all together!

Alternate Covers:

P.S. I am about 90% finished with the map of Everealm, including the two areas that you have yet to see: Southwest & North Everealm. I will certainly update it as the series goes along, but I do have the main 15 kingdoms placed, along with several cities, towns, etc.. Also, I will work on updating the Guide to Everealm over the next few days! (Link is at the top ^)

~J.D.

Wildfire is almost here!

Wildfire, Book Two of the Everealm Series, will be released on September 1st! I’ve already gotten several pre-orders, which is great, and I am so excited to release this book and get deeper into the third one. I’ve already (mostly) figured out the outline for Blood Moon and I’m happy to say that I’ve approved the final draft of the cover, so I will be able to share that soon.

I also decided what to do about that whole To Kill or Not to Kill Jill fiasco. I won’t ruin it by blabbing about my decision, but I can finally sleep better knowing Jill’s fate. Whatever it may be…

Also, the post just went up on YA Bound for the Wildfire Book Tour on September 21-25. Our review query for Everealm is going great so far, with two fantastic reviews that literally made me cry and I am usually not a crier.. The review query runs through the month of September, so I should be getting feedback on Everealm for a while longer, I hope!

If you signed up to review Everealm and would like to also review or share a promo post for Wildfire, here is the link below the logo.

YA Bound Book Tours

With the good, also comes the bad. While providing a free copy for reviews on Goodreads, I received an email from a person who didn’t like my book. And when I say he/she didn’t like it, I mean this person practically hated it and recommended I pull the book and re-write the entire thing. I certainly expect some criticism and everyone who knows me personally will say that I have no problem arguing with anyone over anything. No, really. I should have been a lawyer.
There were a few good points made by said reviewer and I fixed many of those. But the other complaints were mostly over parts of the book that were not historically accurate or logical. So I wanted to take a moment to explain that Everealm is not Europe and there is no specific time period in which the series takes place. I call it medieval-ish, but I’ve even drawn from the renaissance period for inspiration. Even then, I don’t want to limit myself to only period details. I like to be more elaborate with the clothing, for example. I imagine the Sabras would be angry if they were required to wear clothing that actually covered their bodies, instead of their leather and furs. ūüėČ
A lot of the dialogue is more modern because (let’s face it) it’s much easier to read and understand than medieval lingo. I do, actually, look up many words that I use to see what the date of origin is, and if the word is too modern, I switch it out for another. Just last night, I chose to use the word “eerie” over “creepy”, for that very reason.
I have chosen to avoid or limit including many aspects of historically accurate medieval times, such as disease, death, religion, bad hygiene, infant mortality, etc., as well. The historically accurate medieval period is not necessarily the glorious and romanticized time period that we see in movies/tv and doesn’t lend itself to an enjoyable fantasy-romance story, in my opinion. And Everealm has magic! It isn’t going to be realistic for that very reason, alone.
I also have chosen not to be as strict with titles as I probably should be. Reading “Sir this” and “Queen that” over and over again is annoying. I do use titles when I find it appropriate, which is often, but not as often as I apparently should be. And I’ve allowed my characters the freedom to be casual with each other when in private, so that Rowan will not be calling his love “Queen Breestlin” for their entire relationship. She wouldn’t like that…
While I will definitely include as many historical elements that I feel will work with the story and help create the image I wish to portray, I won’t be super picky about being accurate at all times. My series is a fantasy-romance not a historical fiction. And again, Everealm is a fantasy world and can look or sound whichever way I’d like it to. It’s my world, darn it! ūüôā¬†
Thank you so much to everyone for their support. I need to go because I have characters talking to each other in my head and I need to type out their conversation. I’m not crazy, though. Just saying… ūüôā
~J.D.W.