The Opal Crown Releases Today!

It’s hard to believe, but The Opal Crown, the second and final book in The Opal Mask series, officially hits bookstores today! For the past week I’ve been walking around with a sense of deep gratitude, knowing that this day was coming. Of all the books I’ve written, I don’t think I’ve ever felt more grateful to see this one launched out into the world.

The Opal Crown by Jenny LundquistHere’s why: I started journaling images and ideas for this series nearly ten years ago, before I began any of my other published works. By the time I sat down to actually write the opening scenes of The Princess in the Opal Mask, I knew where Elara and Wilha would eventually end up. And I also knew that place was far from where I would leave them at the end of that first book. What I didn’t know, was if I’d ever have the chance to show the world the true ending of Elara and Wilha’s story.

When an author begins writing a book that she/he hopes to turn into a series, there is little that’s certain. We don’t know if an editor will acquire the first book at all, and if it is acquired, there’s no guarantee said editor will want a series, as opposed to a stand-alone title.

But I found a willing partner in my editor and my publisher, Running Press Teens, and I couldn’t be more grateful for them, and for all of you who have cheered me on as I wrote The Opal Mask books. It means the world to me. The story of two girls, raised in vastly different circumstances who have to come together to fight for their kingdom and the right to choose their own destiny has captivated my imagination for a long time, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little sad at the thought that my time working on this story is done.

But! I am so excited to show everyone where these two girls end up. And with that in mind, today I’m offering everyone the chance to read the first two chapters of The Opal Crown for free here on my blog. Simply click on the link below.

Read the first two chapters of The Opal Crown!

Purchase The Opal Crown from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or Indiebound.

Thanks for stopping by! And remember that The Opal Crown blog tour still has a few days to go, where we’re giving away books and a $25 gift card to Amazon. The tour schedule can be found here.

Also, if you are in northern California this weekend, come join me for The Opal Crown launch party at Barnes & Noble in Citrus Heights! Details are here.

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Welcome to the Halloween Book Trail!

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Hello! Welcome to the first ever Halloween Book Trail, organized by the always HBT14--The-Looking-Glass-1awesome Zoraida Cordova, and running from October 27- Nov 1! I’m Jenny Lundquist, the author of The Opal Mask series and I am on The Looking Glass Trail!

One of the reasons I love Halloween is because it’s pumpkin season. I am an unashamed pumpkinholic. In my kitchen right now I have frozen pumpkin waffles, pumpkin pancake mix, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin kringles, pumpkin tea, pumpkin chai tea, pumpkin cider, pumpkin cornbread mix and pumpkin cereal. If loving pumpkin is wrong, I don’t wanna be right!

For today’s Hallowtastic fun, I will be offering up a copy of The Princess in the Opal Mask, as well as a copy of its sequel, The Opal Crown, which releases this week on October 28th!

About The Princess in the Opal Mask: The-Princess-in-The-Opal-Mask-238

Every Fairy-Tale Ending Has a Price. . .

Orphaned as a child in the crumbling village of Tulan, Elara is determined to learn her true identity, even if it means wielding a dagger. Meanwhile, in Galandria’s royal capital, Princess Wilha stands out as someone to either worship or fear. Though no one knows why the king has always made her conceal her face—including Wilha herself. Wilha has recently been betrothed to the son of her father’s greatest enemy and hopes that journeying to a new kingdom will provide a new start, though she’s heartbroken at the handsome knight she must leave behind…

When Elara is implicated in an assassination attempt that threatens the peace between two kingdoms she’s forced to prove her loyalty—by impersonating Wilha. However, with dangers within and without the castle circling, both girls will need to decide if brighter futures are worth the binding risks.

Order The Princess in the Opal Mask here!

About The Opal Crown:The Opal Crown by Jenny Lundquist

Action, romance, sibling rivalry and court intrigue combine for a page-turning read in this sequel to The Princess in the Opal Mask, which VOYA called “engaging and action-packed.”

In the year since she was betrothed to the crown prince of Kyrenica, no one has suspected that the Masked Princess has been a decoy. That Elara, the secret twin sister, has been pretending to be Princess Wilha all along. The royal family has kept Elara’s identity hidden from the world, and for the girls, swapping lives has not been easy. Galandria is quickly declining, and the sisters continue to be a pawn in the Guardian’s ever-changing endgames.

But the stakes rise when Elara and Wilha’s younger brother, Andrei, takes the Galandrian throne after their father’s death, and he reveals the girls’ deception to Kyrenica’s royal family. Viewed as traitors, Elara and Wilha realize they are now fighting for their lives—and for their country. However, with only one crown and one throne to overthrow, Elara and Wilha must decide who will become queen. Or rather, the next savior for their people.

Order The Opal Crown here!

Enter the raffle copter giveaway below. One lucky winner will be selected Nov 2nd!

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Happy Halloween, and thanks for stopping by! To keep going through The Looking Glass, visit the website for the fantabulous Suzanne Lazear!

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Announcing The Opal Crown Blog Tour!

It’s hard to believe that The Opal Crown releases in less than two weeks! I am super excited to announce that the lovely ladies at Two Chicks on Books have put together The Opal Crown Blog Tour, which will begin on Monday, October 20th and run through Friday, October 31st. The tour will consist of guest posts, interviews, reviews, and a special extra scene I wrote just for the tour.

There will also be a tour-wide giveaway of a $25 gift card to Amazon, as well as five finished copies of both The Opal Crown and The Princess in the Opal Mask. So be sure to visit each day’s post and enter!

Tour Schedule:

October 20, 2014- Tales of the Marvelous will post a review.

October 21, 2014-Reading Nook Reviews  I’ll be discussing my Dream Cast for The Opal Crown and give my Twitter pitch for the book.

October 22, 2014- A Dream Within a Dream will post a review.

October 23, 2014- The amazing ladies at Two Chicks on Books will post an extra scene I wrote especially for the tour.

October 24, 2014- The Paige-Turner will post a review.

October 27, 2014- Over at A Backwards Story I’ll be discussing masquerades, fairy tales, and Pinterest.

October 28, 2014 (Release Day!) Bibliophilia, Please will post a review.

October 29, 2014- Stories & Sweeties will post my Top Ten List of Fairy tale Inspired Movies.

October 30, 2014- Jessabella Reads will post a review.

October 31, 2014 (Happy Halloween!)- Over at Me, My Shelf and I I’ll be discussing my favorite part of writing fantasy.

Don’t forget, there will be chances at each stop to win copies of the book, as well as a $25 gift card to Amazon. And stop by here on release day, October 28th, where I’ll be posting the first two chapters of The Opal Crown!

 

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YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the Fall 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt!! UPDATE: The Scavenger Hunt is now CLOSED.

This tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

5188387Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out more about the hunt. This time around there are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM – but there is also a blue, gold, green, orange and indie team as well for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

Looking for my bonus content? Keep searching! Somewhere along the way I’ve hidden a deleted scene from THE OPAL CROWN, the sequel to THE PRINCESS IN THE OPAL MASK, which releases on October 28th! Before you go on though, check out the amazing author I’m hosting. But, first, a few rules.

Scavenger Hunt Puzzle

Directions: Below you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the RED TEAM and then add them up.

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, October 5th at noon Pacific time. Entries sent without the correct number or contact information will not be considered.

Sound Good? All right, let’s get ready to rumble!

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Today I’m hosting the fabulous Jennifer McGowan. Jennifer was born in Ohio, grew up in Montana, and studied in Paris. She fell in love with the Elizabethan era as a college student, and is now an unrepentant scholar of that period, happily splitting her time between the past and the present. An RWA Golden Heart Award winner and multiple finalist, Jenn is the author of Maid of Secrets, Maid of Deception, and the Maids of Honor e-novella A Thief Before Christmas. She lives in Ohio. Visit her (and the Maids of Honor) at JenniferMcGowan.com.

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About MAID OF DECEPTION:BeslDmWCQAA40Bb-e1391525070802

Elizabethan glamour and intrigue abound in this heart-pounding follow-up to Maid of Secrets, which Kirkus Reviews called “lively and fast-paced” with “plenty of action and plot twists.”

Beatrice Knowles is a Maid of Honor, one of Queen Elizabeth I’s secret protectors. Known for her uncanny ability to manipulate men’s hearts, Beatrice has proven herself to be a valuable asset in the Queen’s court—or so she thinks. It has been three weeks since the Maids thwarted a plot to overthrow the Queen, and Beatrice is preparing to wed her betrothed, Lord Cavanaugh. However, her plans come to a crashing halt as rumors of a brewing Scottish rebellion spread among the court.

Beatrice’s new assignment is to infiltrate the visiting Scottish delegation using her subtle arts in persuasion. The mission seems simple enough, until the Queen pairs Beatrice with the worst of the lot—Alasdair MacLeod. Beatrice cannot help but think that the Queen is purposefully setting her up for failure. But Alasdair could be the key to unlocking the truth about the rebellion…and her heart. Caught in a web of ever-more-twisting lies, Beatrice must rise up among the Maids of Honor and prove what she’s known all along: in a court filled with deception and danger, love may be the deadliest weapon of all.

Purchase MAID OF DECEPTION Here

Today Jennifer has graciously offered to share with us a deleted scene. Without further ado, here it is!

Deleted Scene from… Maid of Wonder, a Maids of Honor novel:

~this scene details the Maids defending a small group of Travelers (the nomadic people who eventually were referred to as “gypsies”, given the –incorrect– assumption that they were Egyptian due to their dark skin).~

“We cannot let them be harmed when they have no one to defend them,” Jane says. She reaches up to rebind her hair into thick plaits. At her side, Meg is doing the same.

“They have others to defend them,” Beatrice snaps. “Stefan Bihari has always defended his own!”

“Bihari!” A memory flashes in front of my eyes. Another forest, several weeks back. Another place. Beatrice’s home in Northampton, Marion Hall. The Great Labyrinth. The music, the dancing—it all comes rushing back. “They are Travelers!” These men and women are outlaws in England. They have journeyed all over the continent from Egypt, but they find no lasting welcome here, and precious few households suffer them to live on their lands. In fact, to give a Traveler rest is to risk beheading. Beatrice’s family took that risk, at great potential cost to them. But her home is days away, and these people—these people. . . I remember something else. “They gave me the obsidian stone!”

Beatrice turns just as Anna pushes forward. “Stefan Bihari is not with them,” Anna says, squinting into the bright sunlight. “These aren’t his people.”

“Then even more so should we keep away!” Beatrice retorts. “This is not our fight.” Far below, we see one of the men reach out and push a boy to the side. An older woman quickly steps forward and earns a backhand to the face for her troubles, then the man follows the woman as she stumbles away. The move seems to be the turning of the tide—the men surge forward to throw the women to the ground, and—

—And we are over the side of the wall.

Our dresses are day gowns, made of sturdier wool than our court finery, and we have been taught enough to be ready for any challenge. Still, Anna and Beatrice have some trouble with the wall, and we spend precious time directing them down to the point where they can make the drop without risk to ankle or knee. As soon as we are all on the ground, we turn, Meg and Jane to the fore, and Beatrice, Anna and me following behind. Anna is actually the last of our loose group, as she works best when she can see everything at once.

We race through the forest, our quarry only a quarter-mile off. By the time we arrive, however, great damage has been done. Children are silently beating at the fires set by the attackers, who are now busy trying to subdue the women. The women themselves are doing their level best to help each other, but they are not trained for combat, and though they outnumber the men, a few of them have already crumpled to the ground.

What strikes me most about this battle, however, is its comparative silence. The children do not scream, the women do not cry out. This is a crime that no one will stop—for the Travelers are not citizens of England, they are not citizens of any land. They do not merit the Queen’s favor.
The men are likely villagers, and as such they serve the Crown. They do merit the Queen’s favor.

But not ours.

“Stop!” Anna hisses, pointing to a pile of discarded silks as we pause at the edge of the clearing. We gather them up—beautiful scarves and embroidered kerchiefs, tossed aside like rags. Quickly we tie them around each other’s faces, so that we look. . .well, we look ridiculous, but at least there is no way we could be identified. There are six men, and five of us. Very good odds, except for the children.

And so it is the children that I am to help, even as my fellow Maids rush forward. I am not tall or strong, but I am quick and have a character that young people trust—even with my face wrapped like a brigand’s. I catch up a hatchet and start hacking away at the section of wagon that has been set to blaze, grimly appreciating the foresight of the Travelers. The wood of this wagon is wet. It smokes but does not blaze out of control. The children catch on quickly to what I am doing, only their fear and confusion prevail. They begin attacking me, tiny hands pulling at my hair and clothes.

“Fly!” I shout. “Find your brothers!” For these are only girls and small boys. There will be older brothers, somewhere. There have to be.
Startled by the command in my voice, the children scatter. I swing the axe again and again, seeing nothing but fire and smoke. I work my way down the wagon, interrupting the path of the flames, knocking sections of burning wood into the dirt. Sweat stings my eyes. I hear a scream and I turn—

The world around me has turned into a nightmarish landscape.

The Maids have run at the men in two pairs—Meg and Jane, Beatrice and Anna. One of the men is already down, the others are made of hardier stuff. Our clothes betray us all as women, and as such the men feel an unfounded confidence. They are thinking with their fists, believing their greater size and muscle should win the day. And ordinarily, they would be right. Worse, we’re hampered with our skirts—well, not all of us, it seems. I stare at Jane. Beneath her proper bodice and sleeves, her skirts have been unlaced and torn away, the padding as well, leaving her only in her shift, which looks two sizes too big for her body, and oddly shortened and slashed besides. Not that anyone usually sees one’s shift, but. . . It seems to be working for her, as she is able to use her feet and her legs as well as her hands. It seems that Meg no sooner sets up a combatant, then Jane attacks, her boots driving into guts and groins, her knife flashing out. Beatrice and Anna have a different strategy, toppling their men to the ground and pinning them, using the incredible bulk of their skirts to help subdue the attackers while they knock them senseless.

I see all of this in a sudden sweep, and then I’m turning, and there is a man in front of me. Two men, in fact, and I bring my axe around, planting my feet. The men take one look at me, and at the scuffle, then one of them gives a high, sharp whistle. I blink, and realize this man’s clothing is ragged but brightly colored beneath his short cape, his skin nut brown.

The Maids roll away from their quarry even as the men rush in, and we all assess this new threat—but there is no danger here. These are the escorts for the women and children, and they have larger problems than us. They must get their wagons and their people away from here, fleeing deeper into the forest until they can repair what the villagers have damaged. They must leave their groaning assailants on the ground, and pray those worthies only saw five women attacking them from out of the trees. If the villagers think they were beaten by mere maidens, they may choose to avoid discussion of this matter entirely. It’s the Travelers’ only hope of getting away.

By the time the Travelers think to look up again, the Maids of Honor are long gone.

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Don’t forget to enter the contest to win a ton of signed books by me, Jennifer, and many more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 8! Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize! But before you go…

The Opal Crown by Jenny LundquistExtra Giveaway!

I’ll be giving away a signed copy of  THE OPAL CROWN as well as a copy of THE PRINCESS IN THE OPAL MASK, here on my blog. Simply enter the rafflecopter giveaway below, and I’ll post the winner next week!

About THE OPAL CROWN:

Action, romance, sibling rivalry and court intrigue combine for a page-turning read in this sequel to The Princess in the Opal Mask, which VOYA called “engaging and action-packed.”

Only One Princess Can Wear the Crown . . .

The-Princess-in-The-Opal-Mask-238A year after her betrothal to the Kyrenican prince, no one has suspected that Princess Wilha has been a decoy—and that Elara, her secret twin sister, has been pretending to be Wilha all along. Back in Galandria, their kingdom is deteriorating, and returning home could bring peace—or add fuel to the slow-burning fire.

When their father, the king, mysteriously dies and Elara and Wilha’s younger brother, Andrei, claims the Galandrian throne, he reveals the girls’ deception. Viewed as traitors, they realize they are now fighting for their lives—and for their country.

In Jenny Lundquist’s concluding sequel to The Princess in the Opal Mask, Elara and Wilha must decide who will become queen. Or rather, who will become the next savior for their people.

Pre-order THE OPAL CROWN Here

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Thank you for stopping by! To keep going on your quest, you need to check out the next author, Page Morgan.

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Summer Fun

How to Train Your DragonI decided to take a break from writing this summer and spend some time with family as well as take a few trips, and I have to say, this has been one of the best summers ever.

In the middle of June I traveled to southern California to visit family, swim, boogie board, and generally just relax after a busy season of writing and revising. It was such a great week! A bunch of us went out to see How to Train Your Dragon Part 2. There were so many of us we took up an entire row!

A few weeks later at the end of June I traveled to Las Vegas to attend ALA’s Annual Summer Conference and I finally got to meet some of the lovely gals from my publisher, Running Press Teens. This picture was taken at the Paris hotel inside the Mon Ami restaurant. Directly across from us were the Bellagio Fountains. It was an amazing sight!

ALA Dinner

The next day I participated in a speed networking event between authors and librarians (I hoped they liked me!) and got to do my first signing for The Opal Crown on the conference floor. It was a book lover’s heaven.

ALA Signing

A few weeks later my family and some of our friends headed to Lake Tahoe for more swimming, paddle boarding, parasailing, and an evening with Shakespeare on the Lake. Tahoe is one of my favorite places in this world, and the best part of the whole trip was watching the sunset over the lake.

Lake Tahoe Sunset

And finally, we did our part to help conserve water during California’s severe drought by making our “Brown Grass is Sexy,” signs. Okay, actually my husband has been helping the kids make signs to promote conservation and teach them about business at the same time (they made and sold quite a few). I didn’t actually do any of the work, but it was fun to watch! And yes, our front lawn is now a brownish gold color. After all, Gold is the new Green, right?

Brown Grass Is Sexy

This has been one of the best, and busiest summers I’ve ever had. I think I need to go back to work now just so I can slow down! I’ve also set a list of goals for the fall. At the top of the list is doing marketing for The Opal Crown, which releases on October 28th,  and playing around with a new book idea I have. I always feel a renewed sense of energy around this time of year (Or maybe it’s just relief that the kids are going back to school and I can stop being their activities director!) and I plan to take advantage of it. To do list here I come!

What about you? Have you set any goals for the fall, or are you still in summer mode?

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The Opal Crown ARC’s are coming!

I recently received  word that ARC’s for The Opal Crown are coming soon, and I couldn’t be more excited! This book was the product of a whole lot of blood, sweat, and tears as well as a whole lotta love, and I am so proud of it. But it got me to thinking…one of the questions I get the most often from people is, What is an ARC? And, How is it different from the finished book itself?

To answer those questions, I thought I’d share the image of the front, as well as the back of the ARC cover (Spoiler Alert: Don’t read the synopsis if you have not yet read The Princess in the Opal Mask):

Front:

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Back:

opal crown cover for ARC

Simply put: An ARC is an Advance Reader Copy. Publishers produce a small lot of them to hand out to bloggers, librarians and professional reviewers to obtain early reviews. The back, as you can see, usually shows the current marketing plan the publishers have in place for that particular title as well as contact information if anyone is interested in obtaining a copy for review purposes. It’s also considered an “uncorrected proof” as Running Press and I will be copyediting it again before the book actually goes to press. So if you ever read an ARC and find multiple errors, please remember that you are not holding a finished copy in your hands, just a nearly finished, almost edited copy.

What do you think of the cover? Since I’m not the one who designed it, I have no problem saying I think it’s spectacularly gorgeous. In particular, I love what the illustrator (the fabulous Teresa Bonaddio) did with the backside: While the front shows a glittering, golden crown, I like how the back shows that same crown, darker, and hidden in shadow. For me, it symbolizes that behind the glittering facade of wealth and royalty, there are sometimes darker realities many of us may not see, which is one of the themes of this book, and the The Opal Mask series as a whole.

ARC’s should be available very soon, and for any reviewers, you can reach out to Running Press if you’re interested.

For any of you who may be interested in participating in The Opal Crown blog tour, please contact Jaime Arnold from Two Chicks on Books at rockstarbooktoursatgmail.com

Or, if you’re a reader who would like a shot at reading The Opal Crown months before it actually releases, I’m giving away a copy over at Goodreads.

Thanks friends for your constant support. I appreciate you more than you know!

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A local signing at Face in a Book

I had a signing for The Princess in the Opal Mask at Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills on Friday. Thank you everyone who came out. It was so good to see some familiar faces and meet new ones. I particularly enjoyed talking with a few high school students from Oak Ridge as well as some local bloggers. There were some white masks available too so anyone could design their own mask. That was definitely fun (thanks Tina for planning that). I really appreciate everyone for making it out. I hope you enjoy the book.

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By the way, ARC’s of THE OPAL CROWN, the sequel to Princess, should be coming soon! When they do, I’ll be sure to hold a contest!

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YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the Spring 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt!!

This tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

5188387Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out more about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM – but there is also a blue team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and find the full list of amazing prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.

Scavenger Hunt Puzzle

Directions: Below you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the RED TEAM and then add them up.

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 6th at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or contact information will not be considered.

Sound Good? All right, let’s get ready to rumble!

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Today I’m hosting the fabulous Jessica Brody. Jessica  is the author of 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, My Life Undecided, The Karma Club, and the first two books in a new sci-fi/suspense/romance trilogy: Unremembered and Unforgotten. Her books have been translated and published in over 20 countries and several have been optioned for film and TV. Sometimes she wishes her memories could be erased so she could reread all her favorite books for the first time. She splits her time between California and Colorado. Find out more about Jessica and her books by visiting her website or Amazon.

 

 

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 About UNFORGOTTEN:

http://www.jessicabrody.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Unforgotten_CVR.jpgSome memories are better left forgotten…

After a daring escape from the scientists at Diotech who created her, Seraphina believes she is finally safe from the horrors of her past. But new threats await Sera and her boyfriend, Zen, at every turn as Zen falls prey to a mysterious illness and Sera’s extraordinary abilities make it more and more difficult to stay hidden.

Meanwhile, Diotech has developed a dangerous new weapon designed to apprehend her. A weapon that even Sera will be powerless to stop. Her only hope of saving Zen’s life and defeating the company that made her is a secret buried deep within her mind. A secret that Diotech will kill to protect. And it won’t stay forgotten for long.

Purchase UNFORGOTTEN here.

Purchase UNREMEMBERED here.

Today Jessica has graciously offered to share with us an extra special deleted scene. Let’s hear about it in Jessica’s own words:

When writing the first draft of UNFORGOTTEN, book 2 in the UNREMEMBERED trilogy, I toyed with the idea of writing it in dual perspective: from Sera’s POV and Kaelen’s POV (a character you first meet in Unforgotten). I later decided to keep the book single perspective, from Sera’s POV, but I still had some fun scenes that I’d already written from Kaelen’s POV that are just sitting in a folder on my computer. This is one of them. Behold the first chapter written from Kaelen’s perspective! I hope you enjoy it!

Deleted Scene from Unforgotten

I awake to water. Desperately clawing my way to the surface, I break through a thin layer of viscous film. The light is blinding. I squint against it.

Gradually my eyes adjust and I see the room. White. Sterile. Square. Machines. Beeping.

A nearby monitor displays bursts of orange colors in a rhythm that mimics the pounding in my chest.

Heart.

The word pops into my mind instantly and somehow I know it’s the right one. My heart is the thing that’s thumping in my chest.

My heart is what keeps my alive.

That is it’s only function.

I glance down and press my palm flat against my smooth, bare chest, feeling the boom boom boom underneath my skin. Then I reach out and curiously to touch the screen. It sizzles faintly under my fingertip and I withdraw quickly causing the water to splash.

Water.

No. This time it’s not the right word. This liquid is too thick. Too sticky. Too green.

I drag my hand up through it, watching the way it drips heavily from my fingertips. Making muted plunk sounds as it splashes down in large, oblong drops.

“Kaelen,” comes a deep voice that echoes off all four walls, making it sound like four people are speaking in identical tones.

I jump, causing the gelatinous liquid to ripple and slosh around me.

Kaelen.

This must be my name although I know I haven’t heard it before.

“Yes?” I call back uncertainly. I’m not sure who I’m responding to since there is no one else in the room.

“How do you feel?”

How do I feel?

The question strikes me as odd. I feel fine. Better than fine. I feel great. Strong. Healthy. New.

Perfect.

“Good,” I say back, glancing around for any sign of where the voice may be coming from.

“Good,” it replies, either to confirm my answer or to comment on it. I’m not sure. But it suddenly occurs to me that it doesn’t matter. Then after a pause, the voice says, “Close your eyes.”

I obey.

“Tell me the first thing that you see.”

At first there is nothing but white. Then slowly something swims into focus. Oscillating like an underwater dream.  A face. A girl’s face.

A beautiful face.

She smiles. Her eyes flash with vibrant color that illuminates every darkness. Fills every void. Rights every wrong.

“Purple eyes,” I say, noticing the way the words curl my lips up.

“And how does that make you feel?”

There is no need to think, the response is automatic. “Happy.”

“Good,” the voice praises again.

Carefully, I push myself up and step out of the large metal container that holds me and the liquid. I almost slip on the cold, white floor but catch myself. It is at this moment I notice that I am naked.

I look up at the light. “Excuse me?” I say hesitantly, still unsure who I am addressing. “Where am I?”

There is no response.

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Don’t forget to enter the contest to win a ton of signed books by me, Jessica, and many more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 8! Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize! But before you go…

Extra Giveaway!

http://jennylundquist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/The-Princess-in-The-Opal-Mask-238.jpgI’ll be giving away a signed copy of my novel, THE PRINCESS IN THE OPAL MASK, in the Scavenger Hunt Prize Pack, but I’m also giving away a copy here on my blog.

Orphaned as a child in the crumbling village of Tulan, Elara is determined to learn her true identity, even if it means wielding a dagger. Most of all, she’s learned to shut her ears and her heart to the abuse her adopted family hurls at her. Meanwhile, in Galandria’s royal capital, Princess Wilha has just been betrothed to the son of her father’s greatest enemy. Worshipped by some yet reviled by others, Wilha is a famous icon, but a lonely princess, and wonders why her father forces her to wear a jeweled mask over her face.

When an assassination attempt threatens the peace of neighboring kingdoms, Elara and Wilha are brought face to face . . . with a chance at claiming new identities. However, with dark revelations now surfacing, both girls will need to decide if brighter futures are worth the binding risks.

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Welcoming the Spring

It’s been a while since I posted on my blog, and while I didn’t intentionally set out to take a blogging break it seems that’s what I’ve done. In the last few months I’ve been hard at work revising THE OPAL CROWN, the sequel to THE PRINCESS IN THE OPAL MASK and hope to have a cover and a synopsis to share with you soon. As revisions are winding down I’ve spent some time doing a few more restful things, like…

scrabble game at ettoresPlaying Scrabble with my husband at one of our favorite cafes (and getting beaten nearly every time, I’m sorry to say).

old soul coffee 2Drinking some fabulous cups of coffee

spring treeAnd taking walks in my favorite park and welcoming the spring.

It’s been a more restful season, and after the craziness of the fall and holiday seasons, I’ve been really grateful for it. But I’ve got a few things coming up in the near future the first of which is…

The spring leg of the YA Scavenger Hunt is next week and I have been selected as one of the participating authors! The Hunt will go live on Thursday, APRIL 3rd at 12 pm Pacific Time and end on Sunday, APRIL 6th at noon Pacific time. I’ll also be running a contest here on my own blog that day. So don’t forget to check back, and look for me on the Red Team!

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The songs of The Opal Mask series

Do you listen to music while you work? I usually need peace and quiet to get into my groove, but music definitely still plays a huge role in my life as an author. There are some songs that inspire me personally, others I can imagine in certain scenes or with specific characters, and still more that end up becoming an anthem for me to finish strong. With that being said, I wanted to share two playlists today that have played a role for me in writing The Opal Mask series. I am currently polishing up the second (and final) book in the series, so the first playlist below is definitely fresh in my mind.

OPAL 2: This is the playlist for the second (and still untitled) book in The Opal Mask series.You can check it out below (or here).

1. Roar – Katy Perry
2. You are More – 10th Ave North
3. Burn – Ellie Goulding
4. Brave – Sarah Bareilles
5. If you could see me now- The Script
6. Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield

The Princess In The Opal Mask playlist: This is the playlist for The Princess in the Opal Mask. Give it a listen below (or here). You can read more about why I chose these songs at the blog of Laurisa White Reyes.

1. Lights – Ellie Goulding
2. Try – P!nk
3. Fighter – Christina Aguilera
4. Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys
5. Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
6. The Second Waltz – Dmitri Shostakovich (Composer)
7. The Sleeping Beauty Waltz – Tchaikovsky (Composer)
8. Divine Romance – Phil Wickham

Question: Do you need absolute silence to work or do you play music? Are there any songs that have been speaking to you lately?

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