Posts by Jolene

So Long, Farewell…Until Fall 2016!

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Writing | 0 comments

So Long, Farewell…Until Fall 2016!

So long, farewell. 2015 was a crazy year. SO many firsts for me and so many bookish things happened in my life. I went to ALA. I released my first full length novel. I released another horror anthology. I wrote more than I ever have in my life on personal, collaborative, and fun projects. I read more than ever. I have exciting news and details to come, I pinkie swear it! As we kick off the new year, one thing became obvious to me… With the release of my debut novel HARROWED, the release of my newest anthology HALLOWEEN NIGHT: TRICK OR TREAT, the announcement of my new call for subs for a YA pizza anthology (yes I’m serious because pizza), my lifestyle and body-positive blog the Shine Bright Gang debuting (you can download the first magazine for FREE here or read it on Issuu), and my ever amazing horror blog The Midnight Society growing leaps and bounds, I realized something…I need a break. I want to be able to truly enjoy 2016 and get back to my roots, writing when and what I love, when I want to write it. Seriously, I am the worst at that. I hate saying no. Sometimes, it’s hard for us writers to admit we need to step away from a project. Running Pen & Muse alone has been fun. Believe me. I love being able to do whatever I want and talk about writing and fun things. But it’s also been tiring. So I’ll be taking a break until later in 2016, when I plan to come back refreshed and hopefully spilling over with good news and fresh new ideas, thoughts, experiences, and more. I’m still ever-dedicated to you authors, future writers, editors, and publishing industry professionals and I’m thinking that 2016 just might be our most exciting year yet! All of our writing articles and resources are still available to you. I wish you the best year in the world and I’ll see you lovelies in the fall! Oh, and for you Camp NaNoWriMo-ers, I wish you the best of the holidays and if you are NaNo-ing like I am, I WISH YOU ALL THE WORDS.   I will be posting writing tips, talks, and tricks over at my personal blog or you can just say hi to me on Twitter or spy KJ at QueenofInbound.com! I love hearing from you amazing writers and readers, and I’m always happy to talk writing, pizza, and everything inbetween....

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Blog Tour: Now and Again by Jennifer Ellision + Giveaway!

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in New Adult | 0 comments

Blog Tour: Now and Again by Jennifer Ellision + Giveaway!

Today is a special day because we’ve been visited by awesome author Jennifer Ellision, author of several novels including Now and Again (new adult romance), the Threats of Sky and Sea series (YA fantasy) and more, as part of her book release blog tour. Here’s what you need to know about Now and Again.   Check out this gorgeous trailer.   Now and Again Book Trailer Doesn’t that sound awesome? When I saw the trailer I was dying to read this book and so I did. Here’s a little bit more about it.   Unemployed. Broke. Maid of Honor. All (unfortunately) words that describe Em Hayes. Without any job leads in San Francisco, Em caves to her mother’s promise of free rent and returns home. Her best friend, Nikki, couldn’t be more thrilled. Em’s degree in Event Management is gathering dust, and what better way to put it to use than planning Nikki’s wedding? There’s just one flaw in that plan: Cole Connors. The girls’ former roommate. And part of the reason Em hasn’t been back since college graduation. Em’s never been able to forget Cole—or how close they were before she pushed him aside and ran for the hills. Cole’s never forgotten Em either— but in the past two years, she hasn’t given him much choice but to try. And, according to Nikki, there’s no better pair to plan the wedding of her dreams. Em’s usually good at squashing messy feelings, but being around Cole again brings them all rushing to the surface. And this time, she’s not sure she wants to run.   BUY LINKS Now and Again is available at the following locations: Paperback Amazon Barnes and Noble Kobo iBooks Smashwords Goodreads       You can follow along with the rest of the tour stops below. Here they are!     Blog Tour Stops 1/24 SUNDAY Pen and Muse Press 1/25 MONDAY Angie @ Oh, The Things I’ve Learned  1/26 TUESDAY Pilar @ In Love With Handmade 1/27 WEDNESDAY Ali @ NA Reads 1/28 THURSDAY Rachel @ Starlight Books 1/29 FRIDAY Pen & Muse 1/31 SUNDAY – Magali @ My Dark Writing Corner 2/1 MONDAY Jolene @ JoleneHaley.com 2/2 TUESDAY Riki @ Miss Riki 2/4 WEDNESDAY Arie @ Arie Writes 2/5 THURSDAY Book Babes 2/8 MONDAY Paula @ The Phantom Paragrapher 2/9 TUESDAY Pen and Muse Press      About the Author Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She resides in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit. Jennifer is the author of the YA fantasy series, Threats of Sky and Sea, as well as the New Adult contemporary novel, Now and Again. Jennifer on Twitter Jennifer’s Blog Jennifer on Goodreads Other books by Jennifer     Join the book buzz using hashtag#NowandAgain   Giveaway Jennifer is giving away 3 e-copies of NOW AND AGAIN! Here’s your easy entry below via Rafflecopter. Good luck everyone! a Rafflecopter...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by on Nov 26, 2015 in Pen and Muse news | 0 comments

Happy Thanksgiving!

I can’t believe that it’s November again…almost December! Where has the year gone? I feel like I’ve been saying that a whole lot this year. Another Thanksgiving is here and today I’ve been reflecting on how lucky I am. The book community is incredible, from readers to authors to book bloggers to publishers and I’m so grateful for the passion, friendship, enthusiasm, and imagination that all of you have. Thank you for your endless support. Thank you for reading, sharing your books with us, writing your hearts out, and for saying hello when we’re on the web.   I am thankful for you.     I hope everyone has a wonderful...

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Happy Birthday Kristen Jett!

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Pen and Muse news | 1 comment

Happy Birthday Kristen Jett!

Today is a very special day. Why, you may ask? We have a very special birthday today! Hint: Her name is Kristen and she’s a co-founder of Pen and Muse! But more than that she’s a mama, an author, a social media guru, a marketing genius, a lover of baking (seriously just follow her on Pinterest), a pink and glitter kinda gal, a fellow Hardy Boys fanatic, and list-making Queen. Happy Birthday Kristen Jett! She’s off on maternity leave now but I wanted to make sure that we were all celebrating on her behalf. I know I will be by watching X-Files re-runs and eating an entire pie by myself…In her honor. Kristen, I hope you have a wonderful, amazing birthday. One that’s full of love, laughter, and celebration. I hope that this birthday brings another year of growth, writing, happiness, and most importantly, family. Oh, and a lot of Dean and pie.     Happy Birthday Kristen!   If you love Kristen or she’s touched your life in any way, I encourage you to leave a nice note or Gif or message in the comments below. Or just reach out to her on Twitter!...

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Night Harvest: One True Desire by Kathleen Palm

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Night Harvest, NightHarvest | 0 comments

Night Harvest: One True Desire by Kathleen Palm

Welcome to the Night Harvest. This October and November, we’re be featuring scary stories and illustrations from talented authors and artists around the globe. I hope you stay awhile. After all, the Night Harvest is quite a scream. You can see the live list of participants and their posts dates on this link.   Follow the buzz on twitter using the official hashtag #NightHarvest. Oh, and don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of this post for a giveaway!     One True Desire by Kathleen Palm   Cornstalks slash across my cheeks as I race through the field. My celebratory calls echo in the night. I’m free. Finally. Energy pulses through me, but each flicker of power dimmer than the last. My bare feet sink into the rich black dirt. The glow from the moon spills orange-tinted light over my arms as I push through the rustling leaves. The harvest moon. The reason my chains have been cut. A simple spell, magic to ask for a clean slate. I’m never going back. Never again being who they want me to be, a me hidden behind a mask of false perfection, of forced happiness.   A rush of wings thunders through the air. Hundreds of birds take flight, and I stop. The roar of caws swallows the chaotic rhythm of my breathing. Their cries weave into words. Gone… Gone… All gone… Shadows creep into my joy and dispel the haze of manic glee. My triumphant laugh quivers and dies. The chill September night air burns my lungs and touches the sweat on my face with frozen fingers. The flock disappears into the night, their din fading into the past. Panic brushes my mind and my heart stutters. I drop my gaze and take in the rough stalks, the black soil, and the endless field. My hair creeps over my shoulders, the blood-red ends ominous in the moonlight.   The wind falls quiet. The buzz of insects and creak of stalks cease. The still of the night descends on me in a rush of silence. Where am I? How did I get here? Why am I here? The scent of damp dirt crawls up my nose. I squint into the field, my frantic breathing a sound of unease. Row after row of corn continues until the night devours them, the eerie light unable to penetrate the dark. A lone bird caws. My stomach clenches, for it calls my name. Rae… …Rae… …Rae… I snap my gaze up in time to spot the dark shape drift across the moon. The harvest moon. Huge and magnificent, it hangs low in the sky, ripe with magic. I had been in my room. Sitting on the floor. Staring at that same moon. Had the spell worked? It must have been only hours since I settled the tattered book in a puddle of moonlight, surrounded by flickering candles. The creepy tome covered with strange symbols, the almost-letters of lines and circles. The book I stole. My deepest need clear in my mind, I chanted the odd phrases, stumbling over words with no meaning. Then closed my eyes. But how did I get from my room to here?   The lilting melody of freedom hums in the back of my mind. But how can I believe it if I can’t remember confronting Mom and Dad, telling them how my life will be? I have to go home. See if it worked. But which way? A breeze weaves through the field, sending the dried leaves into whispered conversations. Darkness clings to the stalks and the ground. I shiver at the cold embrace of the...

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