Tuesday, November 24, 2015

JC Nelson The Reburialists

Burying the dead is easy. Keeping them down is difficult. At the Bureau of Special Investigations, agents encounter all sorts of paranormal evils. So for Agent Brynner Carson, driving a stake through a rampaging three-week-old corpse is par for the course. Except this cadaver is different. It’s talking—and it has a message about his father, Heinrich. The reanimated stiff delivers an ultimatum written in bloody hieroglyphics, and BSI Senior Analyst Grace Roberts is called in to translate. It seems that Heinrich Carson stole the heart of Ra-Ame, the long-dead god of the Re-Animus. She wants it back.

The only problem is Heinrich took the secret of its location to his grave. With the arrival of Ra-Ame looming and her undead army wreaking havoc, Brynner and Grace must race to find the key to stopping her. It’s a race they can’t afford to lose, but then again, it’s just another day on the job . . . 


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Bio: A Texas transplant to the Pacific Northwest, JC Nelson lives with a family and a flock of chickens near rainy Seattle.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Competition makes us stronger


I will always try to help people--yes, even if that means freely giving away tips and tricks and HARD WON lessons I've gleaned from my journey along the way to people who are in the same industry I am.

My *gasp* competition.

You don't see it as much in the writing community, but the music business can be a horrifically cutthroat place. There's a predominantly hoarderish attitude toward n00bs and how they must 'pay their dues.' I've always hated that bitter attitude.



But I've never understood keeping knowledge to yourself. If I can give some advice that saves someone from having to learn something the hard way like I did? You're damn right I'm going to tell them. Every time. Whether or not they take that advice isn't up to me. That's on them.

Why would I arm my competition with knowledge that could make them better?

That reminds me of a scene from the movie GO! (which, if you haven't seen, WATCH IT! It's one of my all-time favourites.)



The dad's talking to his son about how in his day, you got to the top by being greater, stronger, smarter than the guy who was already there. And now that's changed. NOW you just wait for the guy at the top to fuck up with ineptitude and BAM! You're on top.

IF it's a competition, I want to beat the best. (I do not think it's a competition, though it is a competitive industry.)

If I was on a BATTLE OF THE BANDS, I don't want to win because the best band's van broke down on the way over and I win by default. I want them to be there playing their asses off, making me sweat and smile and sing my fucking heart out, too.

When I'm playing pool with someone, I HATE winning because they scratch and sink the 8 Ball too early.

Just like the movie BRING IT ON, I want to win knowing that I have to bring my A game against another amazing team.



I don't want to win by default. I don't think I'm the best. I know with every book I write, I improve. I shed old habits. I hone my language. My drafts get neater. I compete against myself to be better than I was last year, last month, last week.

And I read something someone else writes, and I flail with delight at their skill. I smile, I wail, I want to be better so maybe my words can make someone feel the way their words just made me feel.

When you start thinking you're The Best, you're getting complacent, and saying you have no more room to grow.





I saw this video and it reminded me that competition makes us stronger. When we see the amazing talent that's out there, and realize we don't have to beat other people--we just have to try to be the best version of ourselves that we can, then we're all winners.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Bookmobile! Like the Batmobile, but more exciting!

I grew up in a very small, rural community. Okay, that's not true. I actually grew up on a farm, and had to travel to *get to* a very small, rural community. And take a bus from there to get to my school.

My elementary school was very small and, sadly, the library was tiny. BUT we had this amazing thing called, The Bookmobile!



The Bookmobile was basically a huge RV that had been lined with shelves, and filled with books. It would show up every couple weeks and BLOW OUR MINDS.



Crammed full of books we hadn't read yet, it was a magical place for a voracious reader like me who had basically rampaged my way through the shelves at school and NEEDED MORE THINGS TO READ.



I thought that Bookmobile driver was a hero. Honestly, I’m pretty sure we all thought that the driver OWNED all the books and was letting us borrow them from his private shelves. We didn’t question why an adult had so many children’s books; we were too busy grabbing all the Berenstain Bears and Little Miss books we could get our hands on!

Such a small thing, new books to read, made a huge difference to our lives. And it still means the world to me. Waiting (somewhat) patiently for the next book in a series I love, knowing it’s On Its Way is almost as exciting as reading the book itself. Almost. Let’s not be silly.

There are so many authors out there producing new and exciting things for us to read, and suddenly I’m out there too, pouring my heart into the keyboard while words come out of my fingertips.


I’m not a kid climbing the stairs into the dark hall of the bookmobile anymore, but I feel just as excited – only now mine is the book someone might take off the shelf, or one-click.

I can’t tell you how good that feels. How HUGE that feels.

I can only hope that you’ve gone for one of your dreams as well, and made it a reality. Don't wait or put it off any longer. Work on it for even five minutes a day.







Saturday, August 15, 2015

Pitchwars 2015 Mentor Giveaways!!



Some of the Pitch Wars mentors, including me, are hosting a chapter-critique Rafflecopter Giveaway! Anyone can enter. It starts at midnight tonight and will run until September 4, 2015! 

Here’s the list of mentors that will participate giving a chapter critique:

Brenda Drake, author of TOUCHING FATE and THIEF OF LIES.
Mónica B. Wagner, author of FROSH: FIRST BLUSH.
Kate Brauning, author of HOW WE FALL.
Emily Martin, author of THE YEAR WE FELL APART.
N.K. Traver, author of DUPLICITY.
Helene Dunbar, author of WHAT REMAINS.
Joy McCullough-Carranza, who’s supporting Laura’s Shovan book, THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY.
J.A. Souders, author of RENEGADE~REVELATIONS~REBELLION         
Kelly Siskind, author of CHASING CRAZY.
Trisha Leaver, author of THE SECRETS WE KEEP.
Michelle Hauck, author of GRUDGING: BIRTH OF SAINTS and KINDAR'S CURE.
K.T. Hannah, author of CHAMELEON.
Lee Gjertsen Malone, author of THE LAST BOY AT ST. EDITH'S.
Sarah Nicolas, author of DRAGONS ARE PEOPLE, TOO.
Stacey Trombley, author or NAKED

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Pitch Wars 2015 Mentor Bio



Who I am and why you should want this Canadian for your mentor.




My name is Tamara Mataya, though you probably know me as Feaky Snucker, as seen on The Internet.



My Nan always said that self-praise is no recommendation, but this is a contest and knowledge is power. I’m a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author repped by Nicole Resciniti. I’m a naughty librarian and musician. I write romantic friction (wink wink), literary fiction, romantic comedy, dark contemporary, and sexy urban fantasy. I’m a bisexual woman with Synaesthesia, Misophonia, and an autoimmune thyroid disease, and I’m all about diversity.

In addition to being a voracious reader, and a librarian (even at my day job I’m surrounded by books), I’m a freelance editor. I’ve edited for USA Today and NYT bestsellers. I’m very editorial, and in addition to developmental edits, I’ll be weeding through your MS line-by-line, probably bitching at you for using dialogue tags.

I’m the co-creator of PITCHMAS, a pitch contest run with my critique partner Jessa Russo. Running that contest has been invaluable for learning what agents are looking for—and how to craft pitches that work.

One time, I got to YES on query shark—after an embarrassing amount of revisions.



I didn’t even have a critique partner back then, and my sensitive writer skin was pretty much translucent, but I didn’t give up—and I won’t let you give up either. Other people’s queries are one of my favourite things to help with—so if you choose me, you’re getting that as well!



What I want from you:



I’m an NA/A mentor, so please keep that in mind.

(For genres, I’m more open than not, so look below at what I DON’T want, as that’s quicker.)

-Since I’m also a musician, I have a soft spot in my heart for manuscripts with musicians—when done authentically—in ANY genre.

-I’m SO open to anything LGBTQIA+



-Diversity that isn’t the plot. If you have a _____ MC, please don’t let that be the plot. That should be a part of the story, not the whole thing. We are not our disorders, we are not our sexuality, we are not our “other.” Those are one aspect in our lives. I’m bisexual with synaesthesia. But I have a life to live WHILE I’m bisexual with synaesthesia. A solid example of what I’m looking for, is FIVE FLAVORS OF DUMB by Antony John.

-I’m all about the humour, and will probably point out a few That’s What She Saids in your MS if you leave them in there. Give me an opening and I’ll burst through it like the Kool Aid man. Even in erotica or erotic romance, if you give me something sexy that makes me laugh (think WALLBANGER by Alice Clayton, or FRENCHED by Melanie Harlow) I’ll lobster knife fight for you.



-I’m a sucker for an HEA. You can take me to dark places, but I prefer to be brought out of them with hope.

-I love Urban Fantasy, but it’s got to bring something unique. My favourite Urban Fantasy authors are Charles de Lint, Karen Marie Moning, and Christopher Moore. Will Shetterly and Emma Bull wrote one of my favourite books (WAR FOR THE OAKS) so that's another fave. Basically, the original Bordertown books blow my hair back. 



-If it’s erotica or BDSM, make it smart. Make it grab me by the ovaries and not let go! Think Tiffany Reisz or Cat Montmorency, who weave in diversity while turning you on.

-If it’s dark or taboo, make sure there’s a reason for it. I don’t want gratuitous anything. Perfect example of taboo done right is PRIEST by Sierra Simone.

Beyond that, what I’m looking for can pretty much be summed up in seven words: I’ll know it when I see it.




What’s more important is what I need from my mentee.



I can’t help you if you think your words are perfect. I need someone who WANTS to improve.


I want someone who understands that while I will shake my, uh, pompoms for you until they ache, cheerleading isn’t the main thing you’re going to get from me. I will choose the MS I believe I can make better because I want to take you to the next level. I’m an opinionated A$$hole, but my criticism will always be constructive. I’ll be YOUR opinionated a$$hole!


It's not going to be easy. It's WORK. Writing is WORK, and anyone who tells you differently is lying to your face! BUT...


Now, pay attention because this is important.

What I do NOT want for submissions:



It's not that these are all necessarily terrible things, but they're NOT right for ME.

-Novels in verse
-NA with broken characters with tragic pasts whose traumas are magically healed through magic sex.
-Hard Sci-fi
-Dystopian
-Historical Fiction, unless it involves ancient Egypt and brings something fresh. 
-Straight up Literary Fiction. I love literary STYLES of writing, but straight up lit fic? I tend to find them depressing and drier than a popcorn fart and am just NOT a good fit.



-Fairytale retellings unless they bring something different ie gender flips as well as something fresh. I LOVED Jessa Russo’s DIVIDE, if you want an example of one I loved.
-If it’s an erotic romance and your MC is a virgin, it’s probably not for me.
-Stalkers for love interests unless there’s a twist.
-Rape/sexual assault as a plot point as this is a trigger for me.
-Incest/pseudo incest.




If you've made it this far, and I still seem like a good fit, woohoo! I will be your biggest champion, toughest critic, and biggest supporter.



It will be intense, but I promise, I will do my damnedest to make your work shine and take it to the next level.



And that about sums it up for what I want to see in my slush pile.

Find me on Twitter!

And to all the other mentors?













1. Kes Trester (co-mentoring with Jennifer Hawkins)
2. Mindy McGinnis (co-mentoring with Kate Karyus Quinn)
3. N.K. Traver
4. Kristin B. Wright
5. Laura Heffernan
6. Mary Ann Marlowe
7. Joy McCullough-Carranza
8. Lisa Lewis-Tyre
9. Jenni L. Walsh (co-mentoring with Trisha Leaver)
10. Sarah Glenn Marsh
11. Julie C. Dao
12. Kellye Garrett
13. K.T. Hanna
14. Jessie Devine
15. Rosalyn Eves
16. Jami Nord
17. Samantha Joyce
18. Helene Dunbar
19. Jenna Lehne
20. Linsey Miller
21. Jessica Vitalis
22. Stacey Graham
23. Dan Koboldt
24. Brighton Walsh
25. Kate Brauning
26. Lisa Maxwell
27. Wendy Spinale
28. Sarah Cannon
29. L.L. McKinney
30. Juliana Brandt
31. Scarlett Cole
32. Hayley Stone
33. Jennifer Blackwood
34. Kendra Young
35. S.P. McConnell
36. Nikki Roberti
37. Emmie Mears
38. Lori Goldstein (co-mentoring with Chelsea Bobulski)
39. Jennifer Hawkins (co-mentoring with Kes Trester)
40. Elizabeth Briggs
41. Ron Walters (co-mentoring with Meredith McCardle)
42. Fiona McLaren (co-mentoring with Dionne McCulloch)
43. S.M. Johnston (co-mentoring with Stacey Nash)
44. Max Wirestone
45. Jaye Robin Brown
46. Molly Lee
47. Rachel Lynn Solomon
48. J.C. Nelson
49. Holly Faur
50. Sonia Hartl
51. Natasha Raulerson
52. Marty Mayberry
53. J.C. Davis
54. Rebecca Wells
55. Michelle Hauck
56. Tabitha Martin
57. Rebecca Petruck
58. Sarah Henning
59. Alex White
60. Jeanmarie Anaya
61. Laura Salter
62. Wade Albert White
63. Brooks Benjamin
64. Margarita Montimore
65. Megan Grimit
66. Charlie Holmberg
67. Diana Gallager
68. Stefanie Wass
69. Tamara Mataya
70. Rebecca Sky
71. Kara Seal
72. Lee Gjertsen Malone
73. Katie Bucklein
74. Kevin A Springer
75. Brianna Shrum
76. Kate Karyus Quinn (co-mentoring with Mindy McGinnis)
77. Kim Graff
78. Emily Martin
79. Trisha Leaver (co-mentoring with Jenni Walsh)
80. Kim Long
81. Catherine Scully
82. Stacey Trombley
83. Stephanie Scott (co-mentoring with Valerie Cole)
84. Valerie Cole (co-mentoring with Stephanie Scott)
85. Lizzy Charles
86. Dannie Morin (co-mentoring with Alexandra Alessandri)
87. Kate Foster
88. Elly Blake
89. Julie Sondra Decker
90. Lady Lioness
91. Susan Gray Foster (co-mentoring with Monica Bustamante Wagner_
92. Kelly Calabrese
93. Sarah Nicolas
94. Kelly Siskind
95. Roselle Kaes
96. Monica Bustamante Wagner (co-mentoring with Susan Gray Foster)
97. Renee Ahdieh (co-mentoring with Traci Chee)
98. Traci Chee (co-mentoring with Renee Ahdieh)
99. Janet B. Taylor
100. Jessie Humphries (co-mentoring with Mara Rae)
101. Lynnette Labelle
102. Erica M. Chapman
103. Summer Spence
104. Marieke Nijkamp
105. Meredith McCardle (co-mentoring with Ron Walters)
106. Thomas Torre
107. Phil Stamper
108. J.A. Souders

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Top 5 Things Star Wars Taught Me About Love

5. Making someone jealous by kissing someone else is tacky. And gross. And can have unforeseen consequences. THAT’S YOUR BROTHER, LEIA! *shudders*



4. Love and passion can be FRUSTRATING.



3. Bad boys can be delightful.

2. But a reformed bad boy is even hotter. (And turnabout is fair play).



1. The best thing Star Wars taught me? True love goes without saying.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cover Reveal! CHLORINE AND CHAOS!

Ready for something a little…wrong?

How about something so wrong it’s right?


CHLORINE & CHAOS 
Flawed Heroes, Book One
Jessalyn Jameson

***Coming March 10, 2015***

Cover Artist: Michelle Johnson, Blue Sky Design






Former rebel-punk foster child. Has-been golden boy swim champ. Second chance at the love of a lifetime, or all-consuming mistake?

Drowning in guilt, Sage Shepard and Brandon Tiggs have spent the last seven years blaming themselves for their post-graduation break-up. Brand numbs the pain by sleepwalking through his monotonous existence. Sage seeks solace in random strangers—names optional.


When Sage returns to the town she left years ago, she unknowingly walks right back into Brand’s life. Mid-divorce, Brand sees Sage’s return as the opportunity of a lifetime. But Sage doesn’t believe in second chances, and still hasn’t forgiven herself for the mistakes she made in the most important relationship of her existence.

Their all-consuming love reignites, and as passion threatens to undo them, it’s all either can do to stay afloat.

Some mistakes refuse to stay in the past.

Sometimes ‘wrong’ is the best kind of right.


Links: Amazon (pre-order) | Goodreads 





Pre-order GIVEAWAY!


If 'wrong kind of right' looks like your thing, as a little bonus incentive, Jessalyn is giving away a $25.00 Amazon gift card to anyone who pre-orders CHLORINE & CHAOS through Amazon! 
Simply forward your receipt of purchase email, or a screenshot of the same to this email.

Winner will be revealed on March 10, 2015 on Jessalyn's Twitter, so be sure to follow her there! 




About the Author:




Jessalyn Jameson writes sexy, troubled
love stories that break the rules and sit just outside the romance box.
Jameson’s couples mess up, break up, make up . . . and fight their way to their
HEA.
Nothing worth having comes easily—why should a happy
ending be any different?

When she’s not writing, you can usually find her with a
drink in hand and a far-off look in her eyes, always dreaming up her next
chaotic couple. Married to the hottest guy in the room, a mother to
one sassy tween and two spoiled dogs, obsessed with Supernatural (Team Dean),
The Vampire Diaries (Team Damon), and Craft beer, Jessalyn is a homebody with a
gypsy soul.

CHLORINE & CHAOS is the first in Jameson’s Flawed
Heroes
 series.
Please stay tuned for Jake’s story in WHISKEY BURNED, coming
late 2015.