What I’m Working On (And Not)

anywhereWorking On:

1. A new contemporary romance series of standalone novels that will include Anywhere. I never intended to create a series when I wrote Anywhere, but I’ve since come up with a group of college friends that Skye and her best friend Paige hang out with. I’m currently working on Paige’s book, which will chronologically take place before Anywhere, and it introduces all the characters that future books will focus on. The series is going to include The Book I Wasn’t Ready To Write a year and a half ago, as well as the one I started writing in its place on the Retreat of Awesome (which I then put aside to write the Untamed series with Victoria).

It’s been quite an undertaking to figure out timelines and general story lines ahead of time so I can plant the seeds in this first book of Paige’s. And I’m setting it in a fictional town on the coast of Massachusetts, so that’s another level of detail I haven’t needed to attend to in a contemporary novel before because I’ve previously set my books in real places. But I’m having fun with it, and can’t wait to share these books with you.

Paige’s book is called Love Changes Everything (because love really DOES change everything). That’s also going to be the series name. At this point, I’m thinking there will be 7-8 books in the series. (I have some serious work to do, my friends!)

2. The romantic-comedy series of standalone books co-authored with Victoria Green I told you about way back in April. We’d hoped to get the first two books out earlier in the year, but things got delayed. So we’re shooting for a release this fall for our wedding planner book, Happily Ever Now, and her column-writing friend’s book Yours Truly. These are funny and sexy books, and we are so excited to get them out into the world soon!

intangibleWhat I’m (Sadly) Not:

Remember when I announced with great delight that I was FINALLY going to write the next book in the Intangible series? Yeah. Well…cue red-faced me right about now. I was all excited about it and set up some promos to garner attention for the first two books, try to get new readers into the series while I was writing…but the sales just weren’t there. My feeling is the YA trends have swayed away from paranormal at the moment (I’m pretty sure what’s selling best is contemporary, thanks in great part to John Green), and if I’m not able to drum up interest and sales because people aren’t reading as much fantasy right now, I simply can’t justify spending several months to a year writing a book that hardly anyone will buy.

So, I’m not writing the third Intangible book right now.

I know. I know. I’m so sorry. I feel awful because I know there are those of you who love the series and are dying to find out what happens next. I HATE disappointing you guys, and I don’t want to leave you hanging. When trends swing back toward fantasy and I have the sales to justify the work, I will jump back into that world PRONTO. *I’m* disappointed, too. I’d really wanted to live in that world again, but I have to make the best business decisions for my career.

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I’ve got tons of ideas floating through my mind about all kinds of stories I want to write (I want to do some YA contemporary soon!), and am taking notes, letting ideas simmer to see what fills out and rises to the top. So much I want to do—I just wish I wrote faster. :-)

I hope you all are finding lots of great reads, and wish you a bookishly good weekend ahead.
<3,
jen

 

 

Untamed Series 99c sale

Just for this week, Victoria and I are holding a 99c sale on the entire Untamed Series, which means you can get all 5 books for under $4 (because book 1 is free!).

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If you’ve read and loved the series, please help us spread the word! Feel free to nick the graphic above and share it wide and far. Help more people discover Ree and Dare’s epic love story.

Hope your summer is sizzling in the best possible ways. :-)

<3
jen

In which Untamed: The Complete Series is on Ridiculous Sale

Untamed_OmniAs we go into the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Untamed: The Complete Series is only 99c for a limited time, (reduced from it’s normal $5.99…that’s like 84% off—when are you going to get a better deal than that? NEVER.). Over 1,000 pages of epic romantic saga for 99c. Seriously.

It’s on sale at this ridiculous price at Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon CA…and all the other Amazons, too.

If you haven’t read the series yet and are looking for a great beach read this weekend/summer, now is the perfect time to get all 5 highly-rated books. (And if you HAVE read the series, please tell your friends and family about the sale!)

This is my steamy, sexy series, so definitely for the rated-R crowd. ;-)

Happy reading!

<3
jen

Intangible sale!

intangibleTo celebrate that I’m working on the third book of the series, Intangible is on sale everywhere for only 99c for a limited time. If you haven’t picked it up yet, now’s the perfect time to snap up this first book of the magical and unique Intangible Series, a young adult contemporary fantasy.

And if you’ve read it, would you be a sweetheart and tell your friends and family about this special sale? Spread the book love!

Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.

 

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right.

 

And he can’t do anything about it.

Find it at these fine online bookstores:

Amazon  Amazon UK  Amazon CA (plus all the other Amazons)
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
iTunes

Praise for Intangible

“I could go on for days about its exciting plot or action packed paranormal filled paradoxes but I won’t. Because though all of those things are good, (or great, if I’m being honest) and they ultimately kept my fingers on hyper-drive, they were not what sucked me in, instead it was the characters that had me up until midnight reading. For a debut author Meyers is amazingly talented at character development.”

—Misty Baker at KindleObsessed.com

“This exciting page-turner provides perfect rhythm and suspenseful build, artful description, real-to-life characters, and a fantastic ride, cover to cover.”

—S. Vanderwerker

 

Happy reading, my friends!

 

 

Paperbacks!

This week I got a shipment of new paperbacks of the Untamed Series, and OH MY, they are SO beautiful! Victoria and I are going to be giving away a complete signed set of these this summer to one lucky member of our mailing list, so if you haven’t joined yet, now’s a great time to do it. :-)

Check out the gorgeousness!

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A mailing list member is going to win a SIGNED complete set of these this summer!

I also FINALLY updated the paperback cover of Anywhere, and it’s sooooooo pretty I can barely stand it.

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*ALL the swoons*

In other news…there’s a sale coming up for Intangible next week. In the meantime, I hope you all have a great weekend.

<3
jen

On Being Yourself

So…I’ve discovered in this past year that it’s not easy being two people. When I made the decision to go with a pen name, it was because I write clean YA but was suddenly writing not-so-clean NA. I worried about my sweet YA readers picking up one of my dirty books and getting a *bit* of a shock.

I didn’t want that to happen. So, I thought it would be best to separate things, keep my different genres under different names. But I had no idea how hard it would be to maintain two personalities, and figure out who to be for each. With all the work I was doing on my NA, my YA twitter and FB pages got a little very neglected. I’m sure so many of my readers thought I was doing nothing at all. (In reality, I was writing five books with my co-author Victoria Green, and burning myself out.)

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And so, I’ve changed my mind. I’m going back to being Just Me. :-) But instead of being J. Meyers, I’ve put Jen Meyers, my full(ish) name, on all of my books. It’s been an overwhelming task to change everything (and I’m still finishing things up), but already it’s feeling like the right thing for me.

Here’s to being yourself. ;-)

 

 

 

What I’ve been reading

intangible1_1So…this list has been in the making for MONTHS. I’ve gone through spurts of reading, reading, reading…and nothing but reading. I do this when I’m not in the midst of writing a book. BUT, the funny thing is, when I’m writing a book, at some points I start to get desperate to read. I miss other people’s stories. So I immerse myself in someone else’s world for a little while as a little break from my own worlds.

I’ve been doing that lately—getting in my word count goals as quickly as I can in the mornings, so I can read as much as possible that night. The hard part is forcing myself to go to sleep when all I really want to do is keep reading. But I’m a MUCH better mom (and person, in general) when I’ve actually gotten some sleep. Even so, there is occasionally a book that I simply cannot put down and will read into the wee hours, trading my patience and sanity of the next day for finding out what happens. (Sorry, kids.)

In order starting from what I most recently read, these were those kind of books:

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
I adored Fitzpatrick’s first book My Life Next Door, so I was so happy to see she had another book out. And it was just as good as her first. Fitzpatrick has a way of making you fall for The Boy as soon as he makes an appearance, and then you’re dying to see the two main characters figure out how to make it work as soon as humanly possible. (And you stay up waaaaay too late reading to do just that.)

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
This was a re-read because I knew Dessen had a new book coming out and I LOVE her writing so SO much…I couldn’t stand to wait, so I picked this one off my shelf while I waited for Saint Anything to be released. And had trouble putting it down to do other things even though I’d read it before. Sarah is GIFTED at quirky secondary characters and funny dialogue. She’s one of the few authors who have made me laugh out loud—it never happens, you guys. Not with books or comic strips. It takes a LOT to make me laugh, and Sarah does it. (The only book to have me laughing so much I was in tears, was the brilliant This is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn by Aidan Chambers. It also had me sobbing at the end. Talk about an emotional roller coaster. One of my all-time favorite books.)

I Was Here Gayle Forman
I stumbled on this one by accident at the library, not knowing she had another book out. Brought it home and devoured it in one day, neglecting my husband and children because I simply could not put it down. She has such a way of telling a story.

Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
I don’t know what it was that made me pick up this book, but oh my goodness, I loved it. It’s written in an unusual format and it’s at times uncomfortably honest in the portrayal of a marriage on the rocks, but it’s wildly romantic in a realistic, real-world way. I was in awe by the time I got to the end. I’d borrowed it from the library, and as soon as I finished, I went and ordered a used copy online.

(Side note: If you like buying used books like I do, my preferred vendor is BetterWorldBooks.com because they donate a book for every book you buy AND they donate to literacy funds among other fantastically literary-philanthropic things. Plus they send you funny emails when you order. I mean, how can I not support that?)

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
I’ve fallen head-over-heels in love with Kinsella’s books. They are romantic comedy at it’s absolute best. (I’m sure part of my love for her books stems from my deep, undying love of British humor.) If you haven’t picked up any of her books, go do it now. You won’t regret it. My favorites are Can You Keep a Secret, I’ve Got Your Number, and Remember Me.

 

What have you been reading lately?

 

 

Finishing what I started

intangible1_smSo, people have been asking lately if/when I’m going to write the next book in the Intangible series, and the answer is a resounding YES/SOON!

You guys, I am so excited to get back into that magical, mystical world, I cannot even tell you. I’ve been dreaming about Jonas, Luke, Sera, and Fey, letting ideas steep in my brain about what might happen to them next. There is so much more story to tell, but I’m hoping that one more book will wrap it all up nice and neat.

Um…it may be a long book.

Of course, once I get started plotting, planning, and scheming, it may turn out to be two more books. I won’t know until I actually take the plunge. Which I plan to do this summer as soon as my next two collaborative romances with Victoria Green are out.

So yes, my friends, another Intangible book is coming! I’m sorry it’s been such a long gap in between, but it was a much needed break, and now I’m refreshed and more than ready to finish what I started. ;-)

<3
j.

 

Five Things

1. We drove through a town by the actual name of Mudville this week. MUDVILLE. Like “Casey at the Bat” Mudville. Steve and I once tried to memorize that poem, but do you have any idea how many stanzas there are? Thirteen. I didn’t make it very far, lol. But Steve, I think, used to know it all. So when we were driving through Mudville (did I mention that the Welcome to Mudville sign is right next to a couple of baseball diamonds? HOW GREAT IS THAT?) I lamented that we’d never learned it, and Steve proceeded to recite the first few verses. Color me impressed.

2. We were driving through Mudville on our way to Middleville in Herkimer county, NY—the only place in the world where you can find Herkimer diamonds. They’re quartz crystals that are interesting because they form points on both ends, and you can go search through a pile of rocks to find them yourself. Which we did.

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The crystals form inside little pockets in the rocks. Isn’t that cool?

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We also found some other pretty crystal formations, too.

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It was a great way to spend a day. Geology class, homeschool style.

3. I’ve totally fallen in love with the new books I’m working on with my writing partner, Victoria Green. Oh my, you guys. I cannot wait to have these books out and in the world. Tors and I have been looking through stock photos this week, searching for our perfect cover photos, and we’ve found them! Cover releases will be coming in May, and we’re on track for a June release. Yay!

4. The Intangible series books are available again at all retailers—Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes. Anywhere is going to be available in all places again, as well. I have big marketing plans for this summer and fall, so the more places my books are available, the better.

5. Lastly, my family of six has outgrown the house we’re in, and we need to find a place that has more rooms—not necessarily more square footage, but definitely laid out better and split into more rooms. We’re hoping to buy land and build, so I’ve also been spending a lot of time researching passive solar houses…which are just possibly the niftiest structures on earth. There is SO much I don’t know, so much to learn before I even know the right questions to ask someone…and I’m feeling overwhelmed.

In a good way. I think.

So much going on, and it’s ALL good. :-) Hope you all have a great weekend!

<3
j.