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April Newsletter


Reading Roll Call: Last month I mentioned all the new books and new authors I planned to read before this newsletter. I read and enjoyed Karpov Kinrade’s first two books in the Seduced series, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. The books are more PNR, in that they focus largely on the building relationship between the two protagonists, but I thoroughly enjoyed the steadily growing plot of mischief brewing between the Druids and the witches.

Shannon Mayer’s latest release, Recurve, was terrific! Excellent world building and a well-told story I eagerly devoured. I’m looking forward to additional installments with Mayer’s newest heroine.

Viola’s Rivard’s novella, Trust, book one in her Running with Alphas series, was a welcome diversion from reality. Written in a serial format, think of it as an amuse bouche for your evening—a tantalizing story to whet your appetite, that you can read in one sitting. You get a good feeling for the characters as the story is unfolding, even if the over-arcing story isn’t resolved yet. More PNR than the other two, but a really fun read!

Denise Grover Swanks latest Rose Gardner book releases at the end of the month, and in anticipation she’ll have two boxed sets containing the whole series on sale for 99 cents each starting on April 20th. Trust me, that’s a bargain you won’t want to pass up!

Writing Updates: I’m on track with July release dates for both of my current writing projects and am super-excited to share installment one of the first “between the books” novella, titled Sharpen the Blade, which takes place directly after Blood Legacy. Since I’m still completing the novella, it has not been sent to my editor yet, so please overlook any glaring errors on my part.

Instructions on how to read part one: Please follow this link and enter (sorry this information is for newsletter subscribers only) to read the first installment. Remember, there will be another part releasing next month, free only to newsletter subscribers.

Want an early copy of book seven, Blood Reckoning? Consider joining my ARC Team!

Sales: I joined a group of fabulous PNR and UF writers for a big 99 cent sale on Apple’s iStoreVampire Vacation is the only title in my V V Inn series included in the sale, but check out the other great reads by Lara Adrian, Jennifer Ashley, Cynthia Eden, Colleen Gleason, Donna Grant, Felicity Heaton, Erin Kellison, Laurie London, Elisabeth Naughton, Patricia A Rasey, Katie Reus, Caris Roane, Erin Quinn, and Bonnie Vanak!

Upcoming Appearances: The only reader con I’m going to all summer is Authors After Dark in Atlanta, August 12 to 16. The master of ceremonies this year is Sherilyn Kenyon! Woohoo! This will be my only reader con for the next six months. I may do a few local ones in October, but nothing is set. I’ll keep you posted.

Contests: Jennifer, my assistant, picked all the winners from last month’s blog tour on Blood Legacy, and for the review giveaway widget posted on my author Page. Please check your inboxes and spam folders for notice. Prizes will be mailed out within two weeks. Thanks for participating and for your support in the series!

Personal Updates: My family and I went camping in Myrtle Beach State Park for spring break. If you’re interested in seeing pictures, or my daughter’s attempt at playing Taps on her trumpet, please follow the embedded links.

I posted last month on Facebook that one of the cross-country "camping" trips I’ve dreamed about for years will finally happen. Yay! We’ve planned excursions to Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and Dinosaur State Park this summer. Our fifth-wheeler will also be stopping in Toledo, Oh, Madison, WI, Des Moines, IO on the way there and back. If you live near any of those parks or cities and would like to meet up, please contact my assistant Jen at jen@cjellisson.com for the dates we’ll be at each one. I’d love to arrange a drink or a meal together if our schedules allow it.

Book Club: We’ve set up a Facebook Event for the book club discussion of Blood Legacy on April 21, 2015, from 7-8:30 pm EST. Have a question about the book? Want to chat with other readers and hear their thoughts? Join us for book club! Hope to see you there. :-) 

Want to join us to chat about the latest books written by Shannon Mayer, Angie Fox, Karpov Kinrade, or S.M. Reine? Click the links on their names to be taken to the FB Event for their book discussions. Dates and times are not accurate yet, but if you "join" the event you'll receive notice of the correction when it occurs.


TBR Pile: As most of you know, I read even while I’m working on a book. It’s my reward and escape all rolled into one. Currently, I'm reading book one from Angie Fox's Southern Ghost Hunter series, titled Southern Spirits. I just started it and am really digging her heroine! I'll report back after I finish it, but so far I like it better than her Biker Witches series. These are the three I plan to read next:

  • RaShelle Workman’s free reads, Blood Snow Volumes 1-4 and 5-8. The first four segments together are about 270 pages, so I’m thinking this is a serialized piece that’s completed. Vampires and a new twist on Snow White, what’s not to love?
  • K.F. Breene’s Chosen, book one in the Warrior Chronicles, sounds right up my alley. Magic, mayhem, and war. Can’t wait to read it!
  • I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the three books I’ve read so far in S.M. Reine’s Preternatural Affairs series, and I’m eager to start book one in her latest War of the Alphas series, titled Omega.


**If any of the authors are interested in joining us in the online book club for a discussion, you’ll see notice in my next newsletter. 

Once again, thanks for your interest and support. I sincerely hope you enjoy the first installment of
Sharpen the Blade!

~C.J.




March Newsletter


Reading Roll Call: I’ve been reading a ton lately, and I hope you all are, too! I’ve recently become obsessed with a twenty-four year old sheltered virgin who breaks free of her oppression and blossoms into a successful amateur sleuth in the pages of Denise Grover Swank's Rose Gardner series.

The books remind me a little of Janet Evanovich’s
Stephanie Plum series, but with southern charm, lots more declarations of love, and even more emotional upheavals. The writing is smooth and the story really draws you in. I’m on book six and can’t seem to put these books down. Give them a try and let me know what you think.

Writing News: I’m working on the next installment of the V V Inn and have a big announcement for newsletter subscribers. Before I write Blood Reckoning, the continuation after Blood Legacy, I will write a “between the books” novella catching up readers with points of view they haven’t heard from in a while (or at all), like Drew, Paul, Asa, and Candy, as well as filling in what happens with our regulars, Vivian, Rafe, and Jon before the next adventure begins.

I will be releasing this novella in three to four parts (one every month) to newsletter subscribers for free before it is published and sold as an eBook.
You’ll find a link to a password-protected page on my website, and the password, in my next newsletter, so please look for it.

Speaking of my website, I’ve had issues for over five months with accessing my website’s hosting server to upload updates. It’s frustrating for me, but I wanted to let you know why it hasn’t been updated in a while and that it will be fixed soon (or I will start drinking heavily out of aggravation!).

Online Events: I don’t have any upcoming Facebook events planned, but I’d like to thank everyone who attended Blood Legacy’s release day event last month and let you know physical prizes will be going this month (and follow up on awarding eprizes to outstanding email addresses, too).

Free Short Read: My daughter submitted a short story in her first writing contest on March 1st. She brainstormed her concept with me and I helped her with editing, but the voice, story, and style is all her.  If you’d like to check it out and tell her what you think, you can find it in the Notes section on my author Page on Facebook.

Other Book News: As stated in my last newsletter, Blood Legacy was only available to all sales channels for two weeks. It is now exclusively in Amazon’s Select program and available to Kindle Unlimited subscribers as well. In addition, the whole series is in Select except for Vampire Vacation, as it is in a bundled set that is sold at several locations. I’m working on uploading a page on my website offering an ePub file for readers who provide an Amazon email receipt of any book in the series that is currently exclusive to Amazon. For now, if you have a Nook or other eReader that uses ePub only, please email your receipt to jen@cjellisson.com and she’ll get you the file you need.  

To Be Read: We all have “to be read” selections of books we’d like to read, whether they’re new-to-us authors or writers we’ve grown to love. I want to start a new segment in my newsletter letting you know what I plan to read over the next month. If you’ve read any of them or plan to, we can talk about the books in my online book club. Here’s what’s next up for me:

  • Shannon Mayer’s Recurve, the first book in a new urban fantasy series, is near the top of my TBR list. I’m a huge fan of Shannon’s work and love her Rylee Adamson series. I’m eager to see what adventures await Larkspur, an Elemental half-breed with no power who must join her father’s guard to survive as the King’s bastard.

  • Karprov Kinrade’s Seduced by Innocence is the first book in the five-book Seduced Saga paranormal romance series. All five books are out and will be cycling through Kindle Countdown Deals throughout the month of March to celebrate the launch of the final book, Seduced by Darkness, which released a week ago. This husband and wife writing duo is new to me and I’m really looking forward to reading the first book.

  • Viola Rivard’s seventh book in her Running with the Alphas series, titled Home, released yesterday and I’m starting with book one, Trust, this weekend. Viola writes steamy novellas involving werewolves and menage (yay!), and I can’t wait to dig in and see what her characters are like.


Giveaways: My reviewer giveaway for Blood Legacy ends tomorrow! If you’ve read the book, consider leaving a review and saving the URL links to enter for your chance to win one of four signed V V Inn Tee shirts, or one of six swag packs with signed books. The giveaway is posted on my author Page on Facebook and ends tomorrow night. Not many entries so far, so you have an increased chance of winning—whoohoo! ;-)

As always, thanks for your continued support of my work! You honor me with your interest and I’m grateful you enjoy my stories.

Until next time,
~C.J.


Additional Newsletters Listed Below:


New Release ~ BLOOD LEGACY, Book Five in the V V Inn
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I’m thrilled to share the latest V V Inn installment with all of you! Early reviewers are loving the story and I sincerely hope you do as well.

Special note: We recently updated the numbering in the series, due to no half-numbering allowed at retailers on shorter books or novellas, so please don’t be confused when you see Blood Legacy listed as book five. To clarify, Death Times Two was technically book four.

For everyone
not buying from Amazon, Blood Legacy will only be on sale elsewhere for two weeks. After that, it will be exclusive to Amazon in their Select program, so please don’t delay in getting your copy while you can.

For convenience, here are the links to various retailers and Goodreads:

Amazon:
http://amzn.to/1uUsNmy
Kobo:
 http://bit.ly/Kobo-BL 
Barnes & Noble: 
http://bit.ly/Nook-BL
Apple: 
http://bit.ly/Apple-BL
Goodreads: 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23898060-blood-legacy 

I’ve included the Goodreads link for easy access with leaving a review later. ;-) Save all your review links! In addition to a big giveaway for all the blogs participating in a virtual book tour, there’s one on
my author Page on Facebook for anyone who leaves a review within the first two weeks. We've got four signed V V Inn tees up for grabs, plus lots of other singed goodies, so please check it out!

If you’re able to post a review within the first two days of the book's release, you will automatically be added to the list for the next available ARC in the series. We'll need your review links to qualify you, please send them to
jen@cjellisson.com, with ARC for Book Six in the subject header.

If you're online today, please consider joining us at the 
release party on Facebook, from 11am to 10pm, EST. There will be lots prizes throughout the day, including fabulous guest authors: Denise Grover Swank, Laura Kaye, Shannon Mayer, Suzanne Johnson, Caridad Pineiro, Lisa Kessler, Milly Taiden, Mina Khan, Carrie Ann Ryan, Joey W. Hill, Lindsay Buroker, Laurie London, Jess Haines, James R. Tuck, Alyssa Breck, Erin Kellison, and Morgan Hannah MacDonald!

For more prize opportunities all month, check out the notices for blog appearances posted
in my street team on Facebook. You’ll have a chance to enter the blog tour giveaway at every stop, and can enter multiple times. Please consider joining the street team for weekly prizes, exclusive content, and easy access to me and others who love the series as much as you do. Just click “request to join” while viewing the group.

Happy Reading! And I hope you enjoy the book!

~C.J.

February Newsletter

Happy February! Are you sick of winter yet? Some of us live in areas that have been hit hard with snow this year. Other lucky souls live in the southern hemisphere and are cackling loudly at our travails. Wherever you live, I hope you’re looking for something good to read!

This month I’ve got two very special releases, the first is an incredible ten-book bundle devoted to heroes and heroines with psychic abilities, titled
Psychic Storm. The books are listed in the bundle from slightly steamy to scorching hot, so be sure to read the rating. If you’re in the mood for hot, you jump to the end. When you’re having a lazy afternoon and craving a less-scorching tale, jump to one of the earlier books. You know me, I’ll be reading the hot ones first. ;-)

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Buy Links:
Amazon:
http://amzn.to/1yMWbNx 
Nook: http://tinyurl.com/Psychics-Nook
iBooks: http://tinyurl.com/Psychics-iBooks
Google Play: http://tinyurl.com/Psychics-GP
Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/Psychics-Kobo
Smashwords: http://tinyurl.com/Psychics-SW

Here’s what readers are saying about the included books:

Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase
"Love, Romance, Action, Mystery this has it all! The writing is spectacular and draws you into the story." ~ 
SupaGurl Books

Tuesday's Child by Dale Mayer
"I loved TUESDAY'S CHILD! I couldn't stand to stop reading it and when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it! Truly the sign of a great book." ~ 
By Lynn Cunningham, Fresh Fiction

Vampire Vacation by C.J. Ellisson
"Adults, it's time to replace your drab teenage vampire novels & move up to the real thing!" ~ 
Gina Gareau-Clark

Just a Little Nudge by Jesi Lea Ryan
"Fast moving, spicy fun..." ~ 
Toby Neal, author of the Lei Crime Series

The Allie's War Series by JC Andrijeski
"Such strong chemistry between Allie and her guide, Revik, that it takes your breath away..." 
~ Literary R&R

Among the Living by Jordan Castillo Price
"Mesmerizing, slightly twisted." ~ 
Joyfully Reviewed

The Daughters of Dark Root Series by April Aasheim
"Rich in both fantasy and heart." ~ 
My Book Addiction

Touched by Hazel Hunter
"WOW! Great read! Fast paced, good quick character building, excellent protagonist." ~ 
Deborah Grinaker

Spirits Among Us by Morgan Hannah MacDonald
"From the opening scene to the final I didn't want to put this book down..." ~ 
Cindy's Reviews

New Revelations by Heather Topham Wood
"The ending of this book will BLOW your mind!" ~
 It's A Book Life

**If you’d like to meet all the authors, we’re hosting an 
online Facebook Event next week to celebrate the bundle’s release. There will be lots of questions and prizes, and a ton of fun! If you haven’t attended a Facebook book party yet, I highly recommend checking this one out.
Now that I’m finished with
Blood Legacy and working on edits, I’m going to start reading the books in the bundle that are new to me. If you’d like to read along with me, and possibly discuss the books, please check out my online book club. I recently held a V V Inn Chat in a public Event through the book club and awarded four signed print copies of the upcoming release, plus five Advance Reader Copies to those who attended. You can also read an exclusive peek at the first chapter I shared in the Event that night.

In honor of the sixth story in the
V V Inn releasing later this month, I’ve put all of the previous books on sale for 99 cents! If you’ve got a friend who reads steamy urban fantasy it would make a gift. I’d also appreciate any sharing of the buy links through social media. As most of the books are exclusive to Amazon’s Select program right now, I’m only including that one.

Amazon: http://bit.ly/VVInn-Amazon

Online Events: In addition to the party mentioned above, I’m also holding a special all-day release party for Blood Legacy on February 25th! The author guest list will be awesome, trust me, you won’t want to miss it!

Pre-Orders: There have been questions on pre-orders for Nook and iStore shoppers, as Amazon is the only one live so far. The other retailers will follow soon, but probably not until next week. I promise to do a quick newsletter blast when they do go live so you’ll have your copy the second it releases!

ARC Requestors: As I stated in my last newsletter, if you’d like an advanced copy of Blood Legacy you need to provide proof of reviewing all the books in the series first. Please send your URL links to admin@cjellisson.com for inclusion on the list, we are limiting it to fifty, so please don’t delay in getting your review links to us. Acceptable sites to post reviews are a book reviewing blog, a retailer website where the books are for sale, GoodReads, and LibraryThing. Instructions on how to find your URLs are available via PDF and video formats, please email Andrea at the email provided for links. ARC copies will be emailed out on the 10th, a full two weeks before the book will be for sale anywhere.

Thanks again for your support and I can’t wait until
Blood Legacy is live for you all to enjoy!

~C.J.

December Newsletter

HellOooOoo, my lovelies! First and foremost, I’ve shaken off my writing slump and am finally creating again. Yay! I’m more than halfway done with Blood Legacy, the next title in the V V Inn series after Big Game & Death Times Two, picking up where we left off in Argentina.

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More Good News: It’s up for pre-order on Amazon! And remember, you aren't billed until the book is sent to you. Other retailers will follow when we get closer to the release date in February. Even though the series is currently exclusive to Amazon, the new book will be available through all channels for the first two weeks of release.

In addition to the preorder going live for
Blood Legacy, we’ve also put Vampire Vacation up for sale at 99 cents through Dec 31st, and Death’s Servant is listed again as a FREE READ for a limited time. I’d appreciate any and all sharing of the links you care to do! It is my sincerest hope we can generate enough interest in this series to make it worthwhile to keep writing it. I love the characters and the adventures just as much as you do.

Easy, sharable links: 

Blood Legacy: http://amzn.to/1uUsNmy
Vampire Vacation: http://amzn.to/1sJC4Ts
Death's Servant: http://amzn.to/1sveSrN

eBooks make the perfect gift! Did you know you can gift an eBook to someone and pick the delivery date? That means you can buy a bunch of books on sale and the person can receive them on Christmas just by deferring the delivery date. I do it every year for my folks and it's always much appreciated.

Are you a blogger? If yes, and you’ve got an active blog, you’re eligible to receive an Advanced Reader Copy of Blood Legacy before it hits the shelves! Please email Andrea at admin@cjellisson.com with your request, and if you’ve reviewed the earlier books she will get you on the ARC list.

Non-blogger ARCs: There will be a shout out for non-bloggers to get on the ARC list next month. Just like the bloggers, you'll have to show you've left reviews for the earlier books to qualify. The limit on this offer is 100 copies. I've been burned in the past with promises of reviews going up opening week, so this book will have a limited number of copies handed out ahead of time, and only to those who've proven they can follow through. Members of my street team will get slots first.

Curious about the street team and what it is? If you've read and reviewed my work, you're welcome to join and can read more here

I started this new manuscript last month as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a worldwide novel-writing challenge for authors to write 50k words in 30 days. I didn’t “win” NaNo, and was around the 40k mark when the month ended, but that was fine by me. The projected word count of this book is 85k words, so hitting 50k wasn’t really my main focus as I knew I’d still be writing after the month ended.


In addition to attempting NaNo, I volunteered to lead an after-school writing program at my children’s middle school. We had four eighth-graders sign up for the student-goal of writing 30k words in 30 days. October was filled with plotting and planning, as well as understanding the ins and outs of writing a book.


Once November hit, the five of us met four to six days a week in a classroom, the nearby Panera, the local Wegman’s café area, my house, or the school’s library. I’m proud to report that every student “won” NaNo!! Not all of them finished their books and are doing so this month, but all of them reached their 30k word goal. Over the next five months the girls will be focused on revising, self-editing, and then going through extensive peer-editing and teacher-editing before the books are finally ready to be read by friends and family.


I’ll be helping every step of the way, and have offered to publish their books through my publishing company if they make it all the way to the end of the editing process. It’s an exciting time for the young writers, and my dearest hope is they all make it!


These kids gave me a very valuable gift – the one of inspiration. Their enthusiasm and passion spills over every time we meet. Working with them was exactly what I needed to re-ignite my passion for writing. I will keep you all posted on their progress.


And last, but not least, a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped support the Covenant House charity box I auctioned off on eBay. We raised $215 for the children’s shelter!! The funds will go toward warm coats, meals, and other necessities the children need this winter.

Contest winners for the $50 gift card (winners picked by random.org on the Facebook post from my
Facebook Page): 

Existing Subscriber: Robin Priddy
New Subscriber: Aubrey Jean Davis

Please contact me at cj@cjellisson.com so I can send the GC to the email of your choice. 

Wishing you a terrific holiday season no matter what you celebrate. May you have time with family and friends, good food, and great conversations!

Much love,

~C.J. 

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