ConBust 2018 Is Happening This Weekend!

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If you’ll be in the Western Mass area this weekend, i highly recommend you stop by ConBust, a sci-fi/fantasy/anime/gaming convention put on each spring by students at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. It’s loads of fun, with great panel discussions, workshops, and awesome local vendors. I’ve been asked to be a panelist again this year, and I am thrilled to do so.

Here’s my schedule for ConBust 2018:

Saturday 11:00 – 11:50: Bad Endings to Good Books (David Peterson, Jennifer Allis Provost, Smithee Awards)

“Well, that was anticlimactic!” Come and discuss when authors don’t know when to leave well enough alone.

Saturday 12:00 – 12:50: Editing as a Writer (Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Andrea Hairston, Jennifer Allis Provost, Suzanne Lahna)

Wondering what goes into making a rough draft a published book? Attend this panel to find out!

Saturday 1:00 – 1:50 Morality in Comics (Jennifer Allis Provost, George Claxton)

If Daredevil and Nightcrawler are Catholic, how can they justify beating people up? And what about Batman’s “no guns, no killing” rule? What’s up with the Avengers committing genocide on an alien race? In this panel, we look at how comicbook superheroes transition from idealistic images to grim and gritty graphics, as well as the unwritten (and often broken) rules of being a superhero.

Sunday 9:00 – 9:50 High Fantasy (Jennifer Allis Provost)

Has high fantasy jumped the shark, or is it still going strong? We vote the latter. Enjoy the talk of kings and queens, dragons and knights, epic quests, swordfights, true love, and miracles.

Sunday 1:00 – 1:50 Getting into the Industry (Jennifer Allis Provost, Kelly Turnbull)

While the stereotypical nerd is a skinny white boy, women are also an integral part of the professional world of nerdery. This panel discusses some helpful ways to avoid misogyny in the nerd’s workplace.

Learn more about ConBust here. See you this weekend!

2017-667 Jennifer Allis b02Walker (Gallowglass #2)

Amazon —> http://amzn.to/2AtFIsO
B&N —> https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/walker-jennifer-allis-provost/1127329683?ean=2940154604854

Who is hunting the gallowglass?

When Karina and Robert relocated from Scotland to New York, they expected things to settle down. New York is known for many things, but a hotbed of supernatural occurrences isn’t one of them. Karina returned to her life as a graduate student, and agreed to teach a class over winter break. That was when things got weird: first she and Robert encountered an angry centaur, then a fairy enrolled in her class, and Karina learned that her mentor just might be a deity. When the Seelie King started making unannounced visits to Karina’s apartment in the middle of the night and warning her and Robert to be careful, she knew things were serious.

All of these events led to a single question: Who doesn’t want the gallowglass on American soil?

Meanwhile, Chris has problems of his own. The university grudgingly restored his teaching position, his agent and publisher are hounding him for a sequel to his worldwide bestseller… and he wonders if he can teach again. Write again. Hell, he can barely even speak to a woman after what happened between him and the Seelie Queen. Then a woman—a fairy woman—comes into Chris’s life, and damn it all if he doesn’t want her to stay there.

The god plays their hand, and the Seelie King calls Robert to his side. Alone and more frightened than she’s ever been, Karina tries to solve the mystery of who is hunting the gallowglass. Will Karina find the answer in time, or will Robert be lost forever?

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Get Ready To Cast Your Votes! GALLOWGLASS has been nominated for a 2017 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award! #IARTG #Gallowglass #PNR #urbanfantasy @PNRGuild

Gallowglass Promo Graphic 1That’s right, Gallowglass is up for a Paranormal Romance Guild reviewer’s choice award! click the link below to cast your votes. Be warned, there are a ton of awesome titles listed, so your TBR pile might get a little bigger!

Reviewer’s Choice Awards

If you haven’t read Gallowglass yet don’t despair! You can pick up an ebook for 99 cents across all platforms. Links are below. The sequel, Walker, is available now, and book three will release in early summer.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2qaTKuM

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gallowglass-jennifer-allis-provost/1126185405?ean=2940154110164

Kobo:   https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/gallowglass-4

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/gallowglass/id1225187436?mt=11

Happy reading (and voting)!

2017-667 Jennifer Allis b02Walker (Gallowglass #2)

Amazon —> http://amzn.to/2H6tuXF
B&N —> https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/walker-jennifer-allis-provost/1127329683?ean=2940154604854

Who is hunting the gallowglass?

When Karina and Robert relocated from Scotland to New York, they expected things to settle down. New York is known for many things, but a hotbed of supernatural occurrences isn’t one of them. Karina returned to her life as a graduate student, and agreed to teach a class over winter break. That was when things got weird: first she and Robert encountered an angry centaur, then a fairy enrolled in her class, and Karina learned that her mentor just might be a deity. When the Seelie King started making unannounced visits to Karina’s apartment in the middle of the night and warning her and Robert to be careful, she knew things were serious.

All of these events led to a single question: Who doesn’t want the gallowglass on American soil?

Meanwhile, Chris has problems of his own. The university grudgingly restored his teaching position, his agent and publisher are hounding him for a sequel to his worldwide bestseller… and he wonders if he can teach again. Write again. Hell, he can barely even speak to a woman after what happened between him and the Seelie Queen. Then a woman—a fairy woman—comes into Chris’s life, and damn it all if he doesn’t want her to stay there.

The god plays their hand, and the Seelie King calls Robert to his side. Alone and more frightened than she’s ever been, Karina tries to solve the mystery of who is hunting the gallowglass. Will Karina find the answer in time, or will Robert be lost forever?

 

Local Author Spotlight This Sunday, January 21, 2018 #WriterWednesday #LocalAuthor #Springfield #Library #IARTG

Hello, fearless readers!

I’ll be featured in the Local Author Spotlight at the Springfield Central Library this Sunday, January 21. We’ll tell stories, read from our works, and I’m told there will be snacks. Sounds like a good time, huh? Here’s the official description from the library’s website:

Literary Spotlight: Readings by Local Authors

Price Van Ray speaking at the 2017 Literary Spotlight
Price Van Ray speaking at the 2017 Literary Spotlight

Central Library Community Room
Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Enjoy the readings of local writers in this showcase of active novelists and poets writing for both teens and adults. Featured writers include Michele BarkerScotti JonesJennifer ProvostOliver AkamnonuShane RobitailleChristine ThibodeauCourtney Vail and Ellen Meeropol. Refreshments and a free attendance raffle are compliments of the Friends of the Library to all who attend.

http://www.springfieldlibrary.org/library/resources/local-authors/

And here’s the Facebook event, if that’s how you roll: https://www.facebook.com/events/346352505774542/

If you’ll be in the area come on down! I–and the rest of the authors–would love to see you there.

 

2017-667 Jennifer Allis b02Walker (Gallowglass #2)

Amazon —> http://amzn.to/2AtFIsO
B&N —> https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/walker-jennifer-allis-provost/1127329683?ean=2940154604854

Who is hunting the gallowglass?

When Karina and Robert relocated from Scotland to New York, they expected things to settle down. New York is known for many things, but a hotbed of supernatural occurrences isn’t one of them. Karina returned to her life as a graduate student, and agreed to teach a class over winter break. That was when things got weird: first she and Robert encountered an angry centaur, then a fairy enrolled in her class, and Karina learned that her mentor just might be a deity. When the Seelie King started making unannounced visits to Karina’s apartment in the middle of the night and warning her and Robert to be careful, she knew things were serious.

All of these events led to a single question: Who doesn’t want the gallowglass on American soil?

Meanwhile, Chris has problems of his own. The university grudgingly restored his teaching position, his agent and publisher are hounding him for a sequel to his worldwide bestseller… and he wonders if he can teach again. Write again. Hell, he can barely even speak to a woman after what happened between him and the Seelie Queen. Then a woman—a fairy woman—comes into Chris’s life, and damn it all if he doesn’t want her to stay there.

The god plays their hand, and the Seelie King calls Robert to his side. Alone and more frightened than she’s ever been, Karina tries to solve the mystery of who is hunting the gallowglass. Will Karina find the answer in time, or will Robert be lost forever?

 

 

Goals, 2018 Edition #WriterWednesday #Goals #CleanSlateTwoOhOneEight #amwriting #IARTG

Setting.

Here we are in 2018! Honestly, there were times when I didn’t think 2017 would ever end, but here we are in a new year. And a new year means we get a whole new set of goals, and the plans to reach them.

The best part about goals is that when you have a solid and achievable end game the stops along the way can be fluid. For instance, let’s say you have a goal of living a healthier lifestyle and getting in better shape. (Don’t we all?) Your plan could be to lose 10 pounds, or eat more vegetables, or maybe train for a half marathon. Any of those plans will move you closer to your goal of being healthier, but it’s up to you to choose the best path.

I have several goals for 2018; some are writing-related, some aren’t, and I have a few for which the goal exists but the plan is still in the, uh, planning stages. Here they are, in no particular order (though the writing ones did end up first in the queue):

  1. Release the Gallowglass #3, Homecoming, and two or three tie-in short stories. Homecoming is scheduled for an early summer release.
  2. Golem, The Chronicles of Parthalan #4, will release this year. (Keep your eyes peeled for the cover reveal!) I have some housekeeping to do on that series, which means that the fifth installment, Elfsong, might get pushed back to 2019.
  3. Polish up my YA mermaid mystery and get it submission ready.
  4. Outline two other series that are currently in the idea stage.
  5. Attend as an author at least six live events. I had to scale things back A LOT toward the end of 2017, and I’m looking forward to getting out there and hanging out with readers and writers again.
  6. Complete phase 1 of Sekrit Nonfiction Project.
  7. In 2017 we had twelve new experiences with the Wonder Twins. It was such a success I’m listing that as a 2018 goal.
  8. FINALLY install my raised garden beds.
  9. Continue to prioritize wellness for myself and my family.
  10. HAVE FUN! My grandfather always said that you need to make your own fun, and he was right.

I’ll post updates throughout the year with goal progress, event and release dates, and maybe a few updates on the Sekrit Project. Next week, I’ll recap my 2017 goals—what worked, what didn’t, and what was a raging fiasco. Remember, a goal without a plan is just a wish!

What are your goals for 2018? Let us know in the comments, and we can cheer each other on!

2017-667 Jennifer Allis b02Walker (Gallowglass #2)

Amazon —> http://amzn.to/2AtFIsO
B&N —> https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/walker-jennifer-allis-provost/1127329683?ean=2940154604854

Who is hunting the gallowglass?

When Karina and Robert relocated from Scotland to New York, they expected things to settle down. New York is known for many things, but a hotbed of supernatural occurrences isn’t one of them. Karina returned to her life as a graduate student, and agreed to teach a class over winter break. That was when things got weird: first she and Robert encountered an angry centaur, then a fairy enrolled in her class, and Karina learned that her mentor just might be a deity. When the Seelie King started making unannounced visits to Karina’s apartment in the middle of the night and warning her and Robert to be careful, she knew things were serious.

All of these events led to a single question: Who doesn’t want the gallowglass on American soil?

Meanwhile, Chris has problems of his own. The university grudgingly restored his teaching position, his agent and publisher are hounding him for a sequel to his worldwide bestseller… and he wonders if he can teach again. Write again. Hell, he can barely even speak to a woman after what happened between him and the Seelie Queen. Then a woman—a fairy woman—comes into Chris’s life, and damn it all if he doesn’t want her to stay there.

The god plays their hand, and the Seelie King calls Robert to his side. Alone and more frightened than she’s ever been, Karina tries to solve the mystery of who is hunting the gallowglass. Will Karina find the answer in time, or will Robert be lost forever?

 

Live today – Walker (Gallowglass #2) #IARTG #newrelease #urbanfantasy #PNR #Gallowglass

2017-667 Jennifer Allis b02

Amazon —> http://amzn.to/2AtFIsO
B&N —> https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/walker-jennifer-allis-provost/1127329683?ean=2940154604854

Who is hunting the gallowglass?

When Karina and Robert relocated from Scotland to New York, they expected things to settle down. New York is known for many things, but a hotbed of supernatural occurrences isn’t one of them. Karina returned to her life as a graduate student, and agreed to teach a class over winter break. That was when things got weird: first she and Robert encountered an angry centaur, then a fairy enrolled in her class, and Karina learned that her mentor just might be a deity. When the Seelie King started making unannounced visits to Karina’s apartment in the middle of the night and warning her and Robert to be careful, she knew things were serious.

All of these events led to a single question: Who doesn’t want the gallowglass on American soil?

Meanwhile, Chris has problems of his own. The university grudgingly restored his teaching position, his agent and publisher are hounding him for a sequel to his worldwide bestseller… and he wonders if he can teach again. Write again. Hell, he can barely even speak to a woman after what happened between him and the Seelie Queen. Then a woman—a fairy woman—comes into Chris’s life, and damn it all if he doesn’t want her to stay there.

The god plays their hand, and the Seelie King calls Robert to his side. Alone and more frightened than she’s ever been, Karina tries to solve the mystery of who is hunting the gallowglass. Will Karina find the answer in time, or will Robert be lost forever?

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New to the series? Click below to get Gallowglass, the book that started it all.

Gallowglass Promo Graphic 1

 

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2qaTKuM

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gallowglass-jennifer-allis-provost/1126185405?ean=2940154110164

Kobo:   https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/gallowglass-4

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/gallowglass/id1225187436?mt=11

#NaNoWriMo2017 Wrap Up – So How’d You Do? #IARTG #amwriting #amediting #Walker

We’re now three days post-NaNo, and winners across the internet are crowing about their victories. Some wrote well in excess of the required 50,000, while others squeaked by with only a word or two to spare. What was my total, you ask? Um, around 30,000.

Okay, less than 30,000.

Merrowkin

placeholder cover for Merrowkin

This marks the second consecutive NaNo where I haven’t met the 50,000 finish line, and honestly I’m okay with that. While I certainly don’t take on challenges without intending to meet them, I had a few things going in in my writing life that took precedent. Here they are, in no particular order:

  1. I had to prep and finalize the marketing plan for Walker, which releases on December 5.
  2. I completed a round of revisions on a short story that has been accepting to an anthology, releasing in March 2018.
  3. A writer friend contacted me, needing help with his own story (since his story concerns folklore and tattoos, I was uniquely qualified).

There were also the million and other distractions that life throws at us every day. While I probably could have burned the midnight oil and squeezed out another twenty thousand words, I concentrated instead on the quality of my prose rather than the quantity. In doing so, I leaned several valuable things about my story:

  1. I need to decide if it will be a mystery or a coming of age.
  2. I need to increase the stakes earlier in the story.
  3. I must decide how much of a paranormal element I want to include, since right now it could go either way.

Most importantly, I learned that I’m still in love with this story–because lets face it, we’ve all gotten wrapped up in projects we ended up hating. I’ve cleared some time in January, and hope to complete the full plot at that time. After that, it should all come together rather quickly.

Crap. I just jinxed myself, didn’t I?

Have you preordered Walker (Gallowglass #2)? It’s only 99 cents, but it won’t stay that cheap for long.

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Walker (Gallowglass #2)

Preorder here –> http://amzn.to/2idd1pq

Who is hunting the gallowglass?

When Karina and Robert relocated from Scotland to New York, they expected things to settle down. New York is known for many things, but a hotbed of supernatural occurrences isn’t one of them. Karina returned to her life as a graduate student, and agreed to teach a class over winter break. That was when things got weird: first she and Robert encountered an angry centaur, then a fairy enrolled in her class, and Karina learned that her mentor just might be a deity. When the Seelie King started making unannounced visits to Karina’s apartment in the middle of the night and warning her and Robert to be careful, she knew things were serious.

All of these events led to a single question: Who doesn’t want the gallowglass on American soil?

Meanwhile, Chris has problems of his own. The university grudgingly restored his teaching position, his agent and publisher are hounding him for a sequel to his worldwide bestseller… and he wonders if he can teach again. Write again. Hell, he can barely even speak to a woman after what happened between him and the Seelie Queen. Then a woman—a fairy woman—comes into Chris’s life, and damn it all if he doesn’t want her to stay there.

The god plays their hand, and the Seelie King calls Robert to his side. Alone and more frightened than she’s ever been, Karina tries to solve the mystery of who is hunting the gallowglass. Will Karina find the answer in time, or will Robert be lost forever?

Writer Wednesday: Cover Reveal for Walker (Gallowglass #2) #urbanfantasy #PNR #IARTG #Gallowglass

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Walker (Gallowglass #2)

Available everywhere December 5, 2017

Preorder for 99 cents  here

Add to your Goodreads TBR  here

Who is hunting the gallowglass?

 When Karina and Robert relocated from Scotland to New York, they expected things to settle down. New York is known for many things, but a hotbed of supernatural occurrences isn’t one of them. Karina returned to her life as a graduate student, and agreed to teach a class over winter break. That was when things got weird: first she and Robert encountered an angry centaur, then a fairy enrolled in her class, and Karina learned that her mentor just might be a deity. When the Seelie King started making unannounced visits to Karina’s apartment in the middle of the night and warning her and Robert to be careful, she knew things were serious.

All of these events led to a single question: Who doesn’t want the gallowglass on American soil?

 Meanwhile, Chris has problems of his own. The university grudgingly restored his teaching position, his agent and publisher are hounding him for a sequel to his worldwide bestseller… and he wonders if he can teach again. Write again. Hell, he can barely even speak to a woman after what happened between him and the Seelie Queen. Then a woman—a fairy woman—comes into Chris’s life, and damn it all if he doesn’t want her to stay there.

 The god plays their hand, and the Seelie King calls Robert to his side. Alone and more frightened than she’s ever been, Karina tries to solve the mystery of who is hunting the gallowglass. Will Karina find the answer in time, or will Robert be lost forever?

Book one is available now:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2xIQE1b

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gallowglass-jennifer-allis-provost/1126185405?ean=2940154110164

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/gallowglass-4

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/gallowglass/id1225187436?mt=11