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):


The Opal Crown cover by Jenny Lundquist - ARC cover


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

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.

face in a book - jenny lundquist princess in the opal mask signing

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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!

Scavenger Hunt Post

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.



 Exclusive Content

 About UNFORGOTTEN: 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.


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.


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.


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.


“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.


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!’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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To keep going on your quest, you need to check out the next author, Colleen Houck!

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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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Best Reader-Friend Photo Ever

So, I’ve wanted to visit Paris forever. It’s on my bucket list to get to France, and I’m hoping that happens in the next few years or so. My husband has already been twice, but I definitely still want to go. Anyway, my friend Annie is in Paris right now on her honeymoon. Since she could not attend the launch party last week, she sent me this picture. Yes, it is the Eiffel tower and The Princess in the Opal Mask. New. Favorite. Picture. Isn’t this amazing? Thanks Annie!

The Princess in the Opal Mask and Paris

Have you been to Europe? Tell me about your favorite country, city or experience.

*Oh, and don’t forget that The Princess in the Opal Mask blog tour is still going on. Today over at Refracted Light Interviews there’s a review of Princess with a chance to win a copy of the book!

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A fun launch party for the Princess in the Opal Mask

Okay, first things first! The winner of the Release Day Giveaway is *cue drumroll*…… Danielle D!!! Danielle, congrats and I’ll be in touch soon!

In other news…last Saturday was the launch party for the Princess in the Opal Mask and it was a blast! It was so much fun to see everyone. Lots of friends, family and strangers came out to mingle and pick up a book. We held a mask contest and scavenger hunt and everyone seemed to have a great time. Thank you to everyone who came out to make the day so special, and especially to the staff at Barnes & Noble for their hospitality. Check out a video and some photos below!

PRINCESS IN THE OPAL MASK LAUNCH PARTY GALLERY Click a thumbnail image to view a larger photo (and then you can scroll through all the pics).

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Release Day Gratitude…and a Giveaway!

The Princess in the Opal Mask officially releases into the world today, and I’ve been struggling to define exactly what I’m feeling right now (which I guess is kind of funny, since I’m not usually at a loss for words). But I think the warm feeling in my stomach today can best be described as gratitude.

For a long time The Princess in the Opal Mask was merely my secret project, and if I’m really honest, there were definitely days–whole seasons even–when I believed I’d never be able to write it. The story of two girls, with the weight of two kingdoms resting on their shoulders, just seemed too big for me to tackle.

But a funny thing happened a long the way: a lot of you came along side to cheer me on. Over the last two years I’ve had friends and family who have dropped everything to babysit my sons so I could meet a deadline, or travel several hours out of their way just to attend a launch party. I’ve received tons of encouragement and support from the kidlit community,  the teachers and parents at my sons’ school, and tons of well-wishes from people I’ve connected with online. I’ve received emails from readers who tell me how my books have really touched them and caused them to think more deeply about their own lives–please believe me when I say that is the best compliment a writer could ever receive.

Somehow, all those good things swirled together and helped to build my shaky confidence up to the point where I decided I was going to tackle my story with not one, but two main characters. The result is the book I’m holding in my hands right now, and I’m still amazed that the story I’ve thought about for so long is finished, and is being sent off into the world today.

So, thank you. If you have ever read my blog, read (or plan to read!) or reviewed one of my books, or we have connected in anyway, please know I am so grateful to you today.

And since I’m in such a good mood, I’m holding a giveaway! I will be giving away two copies of The Princess in the Opal Mask, and some swag to one lucky winner! (One copy for you, one copy to giveaway. An early Christmas present, maybe? Boom! That’s one less thing on your list!)

Princess In Opal Mask Release Day Giveaway - by Jenny Lundquist

To Enter: I’m not into rafflecopter, so I’m holding a Page Line Giveaway! Simply leave a comment below and choose a number from 1-350. I will reply with a line from that page in Princess (there are 350 pages in the print version), and you will be entered into the contest! The contest runs from now until Sunday, October 27th, at midnight. The winner will be posted on Monday, October 28th!

On you marks…Get set…Go!!!

*Also, today kicks off The Princess in the Opal Mask blog tour. So hurry over to Swoony Boys Podcast for an interview with me and a chance to win one of 15 copies of The Princess in the Opal Mask!

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The Princess in the Opal Mask Blog Tour!

It’s hard to believe, but The Princess in the Opal Mask releases this week, which means…it’s time to kick-off the blog tour! Listed below are some stops where you can read reviews, catch some interviews with me, and learn some interesting tidbits like what music I listened to while I wrote the book. Also along the way there will be chances to win copies of the book!

The-Princess-In-The-Opal-Mask-Book Blog Tour

October 22nd: Swoony Boys Podcast will be hosting a review, as well an interview with me wherein I discuss why I like fairy-tales and my secret Hunger Games wish!

October 23: Check out Jeanz Book Read N Review for an exclusive excerpt of The Princess in the Opal Mask.

October 24: Head over to Read-A-HolicZ for a review.

October 25: the lovely Mundie Moms will post their review.

October 28: Check out A Dream Within a Dream to find out my top ten favorite novels as well as another review of Princess. Meanwhile, Imaginary Reads will also post their review!

October 29: The Eater of Books will post their review.

October 30: Jump over to Refracted Light Reviews for a review and interview with me.

October 31: Happy Halloween! Hop on over to Book-A-Holic for my guest post on the inspiration behind The Princess in the Opal Mask.

November 4: Laurisa White Reyes will post my playlist for The Princess in the Opal Mask.

November 5: Nicole Sobon will post her review.

November 6: Bibliophilia, Please and The Book Monsters will post their review.

November 7: Head over to Paperback Princess for her review!

November 8: And finally, head over to Fire & Ice where I discuss my writing journey, and why I think the word “Someday” is a dream killer.

Don’t forget, there will be chances to win a copy of the book, and be sure to stop back here on Tuesday for a special release day giveaway I’ve planned!

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