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Book Birthday!



I’m a published author!

My short story “The Cleansing” is in this book, and I would be really pleased if you could spend $2.99 on an ebook copy of DECEPTION! and check it out.

Many thanks to the Writing Bloc Indie Publishing Team and all the other authors involved, it was a huge group effort. And I’m obscenely excited about it!


Posted in Publishing, Short Stories

DECEPTION: coming soon

img_3536I didn’t announce it on my blog (update a blog? they’re for staring at, not writing on, obvously) but I have a short story coming out in an upcoming anthology! DECEPTION: A Writing Bloc anthology is accepting preorders now. It is $2.99 for an ebook and the collection will download on Halloween.

My story is titled “The Cleansing,” and it is about a young couple in a maybe-haunted house, and the elderly medium they hire to rid them of whatever presence has lodged itself in their home.

Obviously you’ll buy it just for my contribution, but there are 23 other authors involved and all the stories are great! Paperback edition will be coming, but for now pick up the ebook! You won’t regret it.

Posted in Publishing, Scattered Thoughts, Short Stories

time to write

Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated) is fast approaching! I am going to take part this year and write the sequel to Fae Child, The Furious Host. I have it all mapped out I just need to light a fire under my butt and get to work. Hopefully Nanowrimo will help! (add me as “jainhollie” to track my progress!)

DECEPTION! an anthology by Writing Bloc will be published very soon – my short story “The Cleansing” is in it and I am very proud to be included with some of my favorite up-and-coming authors. “The Cleansing,” is about a young couple with differing opinions on the paranormal, and the elderly medium they’ve hired to exorcise their home.

I will share the preorder link as soon as it’s available! There are 24 short stories in the anthology, and you’ll be able to buy it as an ebook or a paperback. And, if it needs to be said, DECEPTION! is not a children’s book.

Thanks for reading!

Posted in Scattered Thoughts

A year in review

2018 is the year I didn’t write.

Or read, really.

2018 is the year I had emergency surgery to deliver my fourth child, a gorgeous son we named after a comic book character.

I guess I’m extra like that.

2018 is the year I accepted I don’t really understand the current slang “the kids” use.

I use it anyway… sparingly.

2018 is the year our new business nearly lost us our house.

It’s also the year we were able to pay for a week long trip to Hawaii for four (five, if you count the baby). I can’t wait – we leave in a few weeks. A proper vacation? I’m giddy.

2018 is the year I didn’t get my book finished. The year I didn’t update about it. The year I promised to write, read, review, beta read… and couldn’t do it.

I’m sorry.

I think it’s the hormonal birth control I’m on. Making me more anxious, more depressed, even as our financial circumstances are turning around. It’s also made me gain a ton of weight while breastfeeding which has never happened to me before. But the anxiety made me unable to call to get it removed until this week, even though I knew what the problem was.

Sorry, I know I’m oversharing.

2018 is the year my mother-in-law had another stroke, surgery, and we thought she wasn’t going to make it.

It’s also the year we helped her get a realtor (after the medical emergencies) and make offers on a few houses. No new house yet, but it’s a new year!

2018 was better than 2017.

2019 will be better than 2018.

2019 is the year I’ll finish my book and turn it in to the publisher.

2019 is the year I will read more.

2019 is the year I will find my creative spark again.

2019 is the year I turn 40.

It’s now, or never.

Posted in Fiction, Mutants Uprising

Nerdist Contest Week Two


It is just past the end of the second full week of the Inkshares/Nerdist science fiction novel contest, and my entry, Mutants: Uprising, is tied for second (so technically in 2nd, alphabetically). I spent a good part of the week in third, and then yesterday was TIED FOR THIRD with two other books, but a surge of support put me up, and here we are today.

Needless to say, without continued support from YOU (and you, and you too) we won’t be able to stay in the running. Mutants: Uprising was nominated for a couple Inkshares Syndicates (like book clubs who order books to support them) this month, and I am hopeful that I might get at least one to back me. It would be an immense boost to my campaign!

Less than four weeks to go. Never give up, never surrender!

never give up