Saturday, January 21, 2017

Instafreebie Giveaway!

Good morning, my loves! 

If you're looking for something new to read, you've come to the right place! I'm happy to be part of an awesome group of authors who've banned together to give away some really cool books! If you, or your friends are searching for something in the YA genre, then click the picture below and have a blast finding a great  new read!

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Happy Saturday!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Damaged Goods Release Day Celebration


I am so excited that DAMAGED GOODS by Jennifer Bardsley releases today and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Jennifer Bardsley, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only courtesy of Month9Books. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.




About The Book:

Title: DAMAGED GOODS (Blank Slate #2)
Author: Jennifer Bardsley
Pub. Date: January 17, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 300
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD

Blanca has everything she ever wanted, a hot boyfriend named Seth and the loving support of her foster father, Cal. She’s finally escaped the abusive control of her birth father, Barbelo Nemo, and her tortured childhood at Tabula Rasa School.

But the scars of Blanca’s Vestal upbringing run deep, especially when the FBI start asking questions. Blanca feels abandoned by Seth who is hunting for Lilith, Blanca’s only blood relative. The Defectos, a support group of Vestal-Rejects, offer Blanca comfort instead.

While the Vestal order crumbles, Chinese rivals called the Guardians rise to power and wrest control of important Tabula Rasa contacts. Now Blanca’s life is in peril once more, and this time, Blanca struggles to recognize friend from foe.


Title: GENESIS GIRL (Blank Slate #1)
Author: Jennifer Bardsley
Pub. Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 280

Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet. 

Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders.

Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeals are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable. 

By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online. 



Excerpt

I look to where he points, and the flash of thumb-cameras blinds me. Vestals must never have their pictures taken by random people. That privilege belongs to the companies that purchase them and market a Vestal’s privacy one advertisement at a time. I reach my arms out by instinct, to protect my face from the public. “I’m fine with it,” I lie, pulling my hands down. “But we better leave now or we’ll be late to the restaurant.”

“My dad can wait a few minutes.” Seth scoops me in his arms.

“Blanca!” one of the spectators calls. “And Veritas Rex! Is that really you?”

Seth holds up his hand and wiggles his finger-chips. “The one and only!” Then he dips me back for a kiss.

I stiffen like cardboard. “Stop it,” I mumble, trying not to squirm. All I can think about is the cameras, my face flashed worldwide and weirdoes slobbering over my private moment with Seth. 

“We’ve got to go or we’ll be late.”

Seth kisses my nose. “I didn’t know you were so punctual.”

“Yes.” I pull myself out of his grasp. “Cal’s waiting.” The sooner I put my helmet on and get back on my motorcycle, the better.

“Blanca,” a man calls as we ride away. “I love you! I’ve watched you all year!”


Underneath my jacket, I shiver. The fame that surrounds me is chilling.

About Jennifer: 
Jennifer Bardsley writes the parenting column “I Brake for Moms” for the Sunday edition of The Everett Daily HeraldShe also blogs at Teaching My Baby to Read with the mission of sparking a national debate on the important roll parents play in education. Jennifer is a graduate of Stanford University and a member of SCBWI. She lives with her husband and two children in Edmonds, WA.
GENESIS GIRL will release in 2016 and is about an 18 year-old girl whose lack of a virtual footprint makes her so valuable that she is auctioned off to the highest bidder, the sequel  will come out in 2017. Jennifer is represented by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Literary AgencyLLC.

Follow the Jennifer on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Goodreads.





Giveaway Details:
(1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only.


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Friday, January 13, 2017

Another Free Book!

I'm giving stuff away left and right, peeps! It's crazy!

Well, not really crazy. But, cool? Yep!

My standalone title Abandoned is currently PERMAFREE across all platforms. Yes! You heard that right. Permanently Free!

I want to give readers a chance to try out my writing style at no cost to them. I wasn't able to do this when I was with a publisher, and am super excited to be able to offer this to you all now.



Abandoned

When heartbreak happens over the holidays …

My name is Tierra Owens, and I like to kiss. A lot. It numbs the hollow ache in my chest and—for a few minutes—makes me forget how truly alone I am. My mother is an alcoholic. She hates me and insists I'm the reason she's not married to my father, whom I have never met. My best friend, Kaylee, is the only person who knows the real me. Everyone else sees what I want them to: a happy, confident, popular girl who has the world at her feet.

I am a fraud.

Relationships are forbidden. I avoid them at all costs. Sex? Emotions? Those things make a person vulnerable, and vulnerability always leads to heartbreak. When my childhood crush, Mattie shows up at school my world tumbles off its axis. The shell I surround myself with feels more like a pathetic crutch than a protective barrier, and I find myself wanting things. Daydreaming about what it would be like to have a boyfriend, a relationship—love.

The sad fact is: I'll never have any of those things. I am unworthy—trash. Which is why my mom abandoned me.


This book has all the feels. I cried more writing this book than any other. Not sure if I was just super emotional, or if it was the fact I really connected to the characters. Regardless, I adore Mattie and Tierra and I hope you do too.


Want to help me out? I lost all of my reviews when I left my publisher. If you feel so inclined, leave an honest review on Amazon when you finish reading. Good, or bad, reviews help authors. Thanks so much!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

New Release! Free!

Happy Thursday, my lovelies!

Super excited to share the re-release of Crushed (formerly published as Ex Factor).



Crushed is available for free today (1/12/17) and Friday (1/13/17) on Amazon Here. Woot!

Here's the synopsis:

Nevaeh Evan’s life is uprooted after her father’s death, when she moves in with her aunt and cousin, Livvie. Her plan to lay low at her new high school isn’t working. Her friend’s jerky boyfriend keeps asking her out, the guy she likes treats her like garbage, and the thought of tumbling again makes her want to hurl.

So when her aunt pushes her into joining the elite X-FACTOR cheer leading squad, Nevaeh goes along with it.

But Nev feels she doesn’t deserve to be happy. Not after what happened the night her father died.

Bodie Scott knows about grief all too well. Critically injured in an alcohol related accident the year before, Bodie struggles with the fact that he’ll never play football again, and he’s so far behind in credits he can’t see straight. That is, until he meets Nev. Haunted by their bloody pasts and wary of a shared future, Nev and Bodie turn to one another for comfort and support, and realize they’re not so alone after all. And when the party scene at school threatens the life of a loved one, the two stop at nothing to keep the past from repeating itself.

Since I've regained the rights to my YA works, I'm starting from scratch. Do me a solid and download your FREE copy of Crushed today or tomorrow and leave a review. I'd be forever grateful <3

Happy reading!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Where I've Been, Why I Almost Quit Writing, And My Regained Positivity



Hello, my lovelies! So, I'm going to start off this post by stating the obvious: 2016 sucked.

There, I said it. I doubt, given the craptastic year it was for just about everyone, that anyone would disagree. That said,  as 2016 comes to a close, I feel the need to give thanks for several things, including: family, friends, and my rediscovered love of writing.

Let me backtrack for a few and fill you in on my 2016.

My middle daughter was diagnosed with a moderate to severe case of Crohn's disease. Not going to go into too much detail other than to say it's a debilitating disease and it sucks on an epic level. My girl is strong, and despite the MANY challenges this year has presented, she's always dealt with her illness with grace and positivity. My baby girl is my hero. I'm sure you can imagine why my focus has largely been on her health and not my writing. Or much else, for that matter.

There's really no easy way to talk about my experience this past year with the publishing industry. It was not good, and that's putting it mildly. I got burned and it not only hurt, it made me angry. It made me question my faith in the industry and in people as a whole. I lost my drive. My characters quit talking to me. I completely lost my joy when it came to writing and creating, which combined with the stress of my daughter's new diagnosis put me in a really bad place.

I grew my author Instagram account from just under 1k to 18k. I stopped posting. Why continue after the yuck that happened? I didn't see a point.

For months I stopped reading. Ugh! I can't even believe I allowed that to happen. Reading has always been an escape for me. I've always read multiple books a week. But, things happened. Things kept piling on, and I allowed bitterness, and an overall sour mood to take that away from me too.

Guilt ate away at me during all of this.  All I could think about morning, noon, and night, was :I should be writing. I should be reading. I should be engaging with my readers. I should be posting on FB and Instagram. Should. Should. Should. All of the "I Should" thoughts were driving me batty, so I shut down. Pulled away. I stepped away from the writing world completely and  focused on myself and my family. I enjoyed time with my husband. I took my girls shopping. Watched television with them and played games.

The break was exactly what I needed. I'd allowed myself to get so wrapped up in the business of writing (and all the bad and disappointing things that had happened to me) that I completely lost sight of why I wrote in the first place: because I love to create. The extended break allowed me to slowly regain my love of reading, and the itch to open my laptop and start writing again quickly followed.

So, why am I telling you all of this? Simple: Bad stuff happens to all of us. Life gets us down sometimes, and when it does, you have to know it's totally okay to step away and regroup. It's okay to put yourself first and tend to your own needs. I'd forgotten this truth this past year and I'm not gonna lie. It sucked.

Where does this leave me? What am I doing now? Well, I start by saying that my middle daughter has an AMAZING doctor who is very aggressive with her treatment. We're struggling a bit to find a medication that keeps my girl in remission (symptom free) without scary side effects or allergic reactions. She's doing much better than she was earlier in the year and has not let her disease stop her in any way. Baby Girl co-captains her cheer team, cheers on the competitive team, and maintains straight A's. Momma is proud.

As far as my writing? I regained the rights to all of my YA works and am in the process of rebranding. I'll be re-releasing all of my books with new covers starting with my standalone, Abandoned, pictured below. If you're an author and you've been burned by someone in the publishing industry, don't let it kill your passion. Step away. Nurse your wounds and feed your soul with things that make it happy. Rekindle your love of writing and creating, then turn around and share that passion and joy with the world. You don't need anyone's help. You write books. That, in itself, makes you a damn rock star. Publish that shit on your own and let everyone know YOU ARE A BASASS!

Here's my new cover for Abandoned. Synopsis below.




My name is Tierra Owens, and I like to kiss. A lot. It numbs the hollow ache in my chest and—for a few minutes—makes me forget how truly alone I am. My mother is an alcoholic. She hates me and insists I'm the reason she's not married to my father, whom I have never met. My best friend, Kaylee, is the only person who knows the real me. Everyone else sees what I want them to: a happy, confident, popular girl who has the world at her feet.

I am a fraud.

Relationships are forbidden. I avoid them at all costs. Sex? Emotions? Those things make a person vulnerable, and vulnerability always leads to heartbreak. When my childhood crush, Mattie shows up at school my world tumbles off its axis. The shell I surround myself with feels more like a pathetic crutch than a protective barrier, and I find myself wanting things. Daydreaming about what it would be like to have a boyfriend, a relationship—love.

The sad fact is: I'll never have any of those things. I am unworthy—trash. Which is why my mom abandoned me.

If you've read Abandoned previously, it would mean a lot if you would leave an honest review on Amazon. I'm starting fresh and would love the help. I'll be publishing Abandoned shortly and will add the purchase link to this post once it goes live.

Thanks so much for reading. Love you guys <3


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Win a $220 Amazon Gift Card!

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 Fourteen YA authors, including myself, are sponsoring this giveaway for your chance to win a $220 Amazon e-gift card to restock your bookshelves this fall. Participating authors include: Melanie McFarlane Suzanne VanRooyen Dorothy Dryer J. Keller Ford Joshua David Bellin Jullie Reece Nicole Conway Stephanie Scott Amy McNulty Tobie Easton Elisa Dane Jennifer Anne Davis Jennifer M. Eaton Jennifer Bardsley 


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