Tuesday, October 11, 2011

By the Pale Moonlight Giveaway!!

It's here. IT'S REALLY HERE!!

By The Pale Moonlight has finally arrived!

The official release date: October 18th, 2011!

Digital downloads will be available from Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and Amazon, with print copies to follow soon after. (I will post all necessary links once things go live.)

I can't tell you how excited I am for this moment. To give you a little history, I wrote this book back in my law school days. In fact, I believe I started it when I should have been studying for mid-terms... OOPS. (Don't tell my old profs.)

At the time, I had my first novel, FAKING IT, out on submission with agents, and BTPM was a way of taking my mind off the process. As they say, when you're worried about one project, throw yourself into another. And that's exactly what I did. I pounded out a major chunk of the book in November and completed it that spring. All in all, I finished the first draft of the book in about three weeks (total). What can I say? It came to me fast and furious when I actually had time to work on it. :)

To put it simply: Writing Young Adult had me at hello.

There's something so compelling and immediate about the world of teenagers. While I love writing for adults, there will always be a special place in my heart for YA. It's my first love.

So, there I was with a finished book...that was what...four years ago? Longer? (Where does the time go?) Yes, it's been a long time between the finished first draft and today. What can I say? Real life has a way of throwing a lot of obstacles in the road, and for one reason or another, BTPM kept being put on the back burner.

It was always there, though...and I knew without a doubt that it should be shared with the world. And earlier this year, I decided to do exactly that. So, to help celebrate this moment, I've decided to do a GIVEAWAY!!

*You get a book, you get a book, and YOU get a book!!*

Here's how it works:

There are two legs to this contest:

On the official release date, October 18th, I will giveaway TWO digital copies of By the Pale Moonlight--your choice of format. If you don't win, NEVER fear.. all entries will roll over to the next drawing, which will take place on:

Halloween, when I will giveaway TWO paperback editions.

There are many, many ways you can enter:

1. Blog/Facebook/Tweet, etc. about the contest, providing a link to this post (or the twin post over at Random Thoughts). You can earn yourself one entry for every time you do this. Go wild. :)

2. Embed my book trailer, found HERE, in on your blog/Facebook/Twitter.

3. Post a comment here, telling me what YOU love about young adult books. If you've never read one, that's okay--it's never too late to start. :)

4. This pertains more to the second leg of the contest, but if you post a book review of By the Pale Moonlight before Halloween, you will be entered into the drawing for a paperback.

5. And this one is just for fun. The full moon is this Wednesday, the 12th. If you snap a photo of it from wherever in the world you are and send me the link, you can be entered yet again.

Last step is posting here or at RT, telling me what you've done to enter. Please post links--I promise to check out each and every one. :)

I can't tell you how excited I am for Tuesday to get here. And nervous. I really hope you love my characters and story as much I do. :)

Thank you all, and good luck!!

And if you have no clue what book I've been going on about, check out the trailer...


  1. Oh gosh, where to start. Will blog about it tomorrow, including the trailer. FB and Google+ right now...
    I'll try to photograph the moon if I remember but it'll be with my cell phone as my camera's on the fritz...
    YA, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee for the breadth of thy genres and plots, for the voices of thy overcoming-odds characters, for the sweetness of thy endings (most of the time), and for thy hints of romance.
    Congratulations Jen!

  2. I admit, I don't read a whole lot of YA, but I think you could win me over, Jen. Just going by intended audience, I think one draw is the notion of "new" and the broad span of choices out there for people still starting out, whether they're truly young adult or someone a bit older, perhaps RE-starting.

    Best to all!

  3. @Deniz -- AWESOME! I will be outside with my phone tomorrow, too. LOL. Here's hoping my 'mad' photography skills don't let me down. Yeah, they will. I take horrible pics. (g)

    @Gretchen -- I would LOVE it if I turned you to the dark side. Mwhahaha. (g)

  4. Well, I do read YA... and I happen to find moonlight... enchanting, so to speak. If I did it right, the video is linked to my Facebook page -- Marilyn

  5. Marilyn -- Awesome, thank you so much! :)

  6. I can't believe it's next week- it's amazing how fast that rollercoaster can go in turbo mode (g). I've Facebooked it and added it to the ATWOP Twitter feed, and I'll blog about it on Stones Bones and Shells when I get a spare second. Will attempt to get a pic of the moon tonight, if the clouds will just go the heck away for five minutes...

  7. Congratulations Jen :)!!

    What I like about YA-fiction is, that it is often easy for me to identify with the characters. Maybe because feel younger than 26 *bg*.

  8. First of all, congratulations!


    There are a lot of things I like about YA, but I think what I like most is the pace and the tightness of the writing.

    I blogged and embedded the trailer here:

  9. Jen,

    I'll buy BTPM for my Kindle, but I really can't wait to get a print copy in my hands!!!


  10. Not certain if this is what you meant by linking to a pic, but here's one try: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=302488826431962&set=a.207867235894122.65437.100000125410603&type=3&theater

    I set it to "public" I think, but you're more than welcome to friend me, if you like. If this doesn't work, I can try something else.

    Best to you and yours!

  11. Oops, forgot to post here. :) pic on your Facebook page and the link to your trailer on my Facebook page. I went through all last week thinking it was going to be the 14th then I had to wait the whole weekend. Good luck to you. I can't wait to read it. :)


  12. It's hard to pinpoint why I like YA books. I guess I feel more satisfied after finishing most YA books than a book from another genre. Most of the YA books I read are about growth and empowerment. While there may be bad things happening, the end message is usually positive.

    I tweeted about the contest... http://twitter.com/#!/123turtles/status/126096864629112833

  13. @Claire -- Awesome, thank you so much! This week was excruciating. Mostly because I was trying to force myself to do some of the technical stuff that...well, I'm just not very good at. LOL. Glad to say, though, that I survived my book uploads to both Amazon and B&N. Just a matter of time until they both go live. :)

    @Sarah -- I think I'm a highschooler for life. And I'm a bit older than you. *cough* (g) Thanks for stopping in!

  14. @Faith -- Thank you so much!

    @Carrie -- EEEEE. Thanks, Carrie! I can't wait to have a print copy, too. I have to tell you, once I made it through the Meatgrinder at Smashwords (which to my delight was actually a piece of cake), I downloaded it onto my Kindle. THAT alone made me all teary-eyed. Holding my book for the first time is going to be BIG. :)

    @Gretchen..Ohhhh...lovely pic! Thanks for posting it. I friended you, so keep an eye out. ;)

  15. @Debby -- Sorry 'bout that. (g) I originally aimed for the 15th until someone pointed out that was a Saturday, and don't new books, etc. normally drop on Tuesdays?? Heh. Made me rethink my plan, and boy am I glad. I needed those extra days to work out all of the logistics. :) Nice pic, too, btw!

    @ATU Thanks for the tweet mention and for stopping by here. YA is fantastic, isn't it? I'm feeling a lot of love for it at the moment. :)

  16. I love YA! Makes me feel like a kid again when I read it.

    Congratulations and wishing you Much Success!


  17. Jen

    I am so excited for you! I can't wait to read this book. Perhaps I could get a signed copy :)


  18. Am I too late? I just saw this on the forum. I want to get a copy anyway... just waiting for the paperback to come out! (I posted on FB.)

  19. Congrats, Jen! The trailer is fantastic. Sell many, it looks like an awesome, scary book! Yay!

  20. @Pam -- thank you VERY much! :)

    @Marissa -- Ha! Of course you can. :)

    @Bridget -- Not too late! YOU WON. YOU WON!! :) Congrats!

    @Lynne -- Oh, thank you! My friend, Jenna, did such a good job on the trailer. She rocks! Thanks for the well wishes. :)

  21. OH MY GOSH! Wow! I didn't check back 'til now because of Hallowe-en and then I started NaNo. Oh wow. How do I message you?