WANA Wednesday: Happy Birthday, WANA1011!

It’s a very special WANA Wednesday, as my peeps and I celebrate our first birthday!

What is WANA? It stands for We Are Not Alone, a guide to blogging, social media and networking for authors by Kristen Lamb. Many of my author friends have taken the  WANA class, either with me, or another offering, and I met them online at one of the many WANA hangouts. A year ago this month, around a hundred of us started the two-month long “Blogging to Build an Author Brand” class, hence the “1011” designation. A year later, a bunch of us are still networking and supporting each other, and the 1011 group has picked up a few more “WANAs” from prior and later classes. Many of us have books published, and for me personally, the support of my writing friends – both those from the class and otherwise – has been invaluable.

So, Happy Birthday, WANA1011 – and thank you for all your support and friendship!


Several of my WANA friends have new releases too! Check these out:

Diane Capri announces the release of her latest thriller with “Fatal Enemy,” a new Jess Kimball Short Story.

Jess Kimball hadn’t been in the same room with Richard Martin for more than a dozen years. Worse things than Richard had happened to her since she’d seen him last. He’d find out soon enough that she wasn’t a gullible sixteen-year-old anymore. She was his enemy now and he was hers, whether he knew it or not.

Jess decided long ago she would never yield to him again. Richard Martin would make his choice tonight. Would they become fatal enemies? In this tense battle of nerve and guile, who will survive? More info at http://dianecapri.com/2012/09/fatal-enemy-new-jess-kimball-short-story-now-available/


YA author PJ Sharon is celebrating the release of her new YA dystopian novel, Waning Moon.

In the year 2057, in a post-apocalyptic world where three quarters of the population has been wiped out by a global pandemic, and a polar shift threatens the remainder of earth’s inhabitants, sixteen-year-old genetically altered teen, Lily Carmichael, faces bigger challenges—escape capture by a rogue government agency, save her family, and avoid falling in love. PJ is going on a blog tour for Waning Moon, where there are going to be some great giveaways! More info at: http://www.yabeyond.com/2012/09/28/party-time/


Multi-published pet expert Amy Shojai releases the first of her “Thrillers with Bite.” In Lost and Found, animal behaviorist September Day has lost everything—husband murdered, career in ruins, confidence shot—and flees to Texas with her cat Macy to recover. She’s forced out of hibernation when her nephew Steven and his autism service dog Shadow disappear in a freak blizzard. When her sister trusts a maverick researcher’s promise to help Steven, September has 24 hours to rescue them from a devastating medical experiment impacting millions of children, a deadly secret others will kill to protect. Shadow does his good-dog duty but can’t protect his boy. Finally September and Shadow forge a stormy partnership to rescue the missing and stop the nightmare cure. But can they also find the lost parts of themselves? More info, book video, and opportunities to win a copy of Lost and Found at http://amyshojai.com/lost-found-a-thriller/


My RWA chapter buddy Macy Beckett is celebrating the release of her debut novel, Sultry with a Twist, from Sourcebooks. Even better, the book made Barnes and Noble’s must-reads list for October! In Sultry with a Twist, June Augustine hightailed it out of Sultry Springs nine years ago with her heart in pieces. Now one thing stands between her and her dream of opening an upscale martini bar: a bogus warrant from her tiny Texas hometown. Now she’s stuck in the sticks for a month of community service under the supervision of the devilishly sexy Luke Gallagher, her first love and ex-best friend. If Texas in July wasn’t already hot enough, working side-by-side with June would make any man melt. Luke wants nothing more than to strip her down and throw her in the lake—the same lake where they were found buck naked and guilty as sin all those years ago. In their heads, they’re older and wiser. But their hearts tell a different story. More info at http://macybeckett.com/books/adult-novels


ROW80 Update: One of my goals this week is to format Home for the Holidays, an anthology of holiday stories my RWA chapter will soon release in print and ebook. I received the last edited story Monday night, and have the Word document assembled and styles set. Almost ready to upload to Smashwords, once the committee approves! Look for a cover reveal here soon. So, good progress so far.


What about you – have you read any good books lately? If you’re doing ROW80, how did your first couple of days go?

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. Happy Birthday WANA’s! I’m so blessed to have found such a dynamic and loving group of people to walk this journey with. Thanks Jennette, for the nod about my new release, and lets hope we see more of our WANA folks in print this next year! I love the holiday anthology idea. Have fun with it and good luck!

  2. Awesome-Sauce! (and I learned that term from the WANAs!) Thanks for the shout-out about the book. And the WANA Twibe is one of the best things that’s happened to my professional life in a long time. *raising a virtual glass to all the WANA-ites!*

  3. Thanks, Paula! Here’s hoping you have a great release month and blog tour!

    Thanks, Lauralynn!

    Amy, congrats on the release! And you got it, WANA is definitely awesome-sauce!

    Louise & Coleen – definitely!

  4. Wow – a lot of folks remembered the start-up date. I wasn’t one of them.

    So glad I decided to take the class and start blogging though, cuz I’ve made some wonderful friends.

    Thanks for your encouragement and support, Jennette.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  5. Patricia – I wouldn’t have remembered if I hadn’t stopped in on the Facebook group! So glad to have met you either way – and thank YOU for the same!

    Thanks, Macy – and congrats on your book release!

  6. Happy WANA 1011 birthday to you, too, Jennette, and thanks for the round-up of just-released books. Will you be, um, serving cake? I brought my own fork–and a spoon in case there’s ice cream.

  7. Happy birthday WANA1011 Jennette! It/ hard to believe a year has passed since we all met in class. And what a terrific year it’s been. 🙂

  8. Pat, thanks, and happy BD to you too! I think Lynn Kelly has the cake – isn’t she the one who mentioned buying candles in our Facebook group? 😀

    Sheila, terrific year is right! It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, does it?

  9. Happy WANA Birthday, Jennette! What a cool way to celebrate by sharing the newest books by WANA writers. I bought Waning Moon this instant. I love YA Dystopian novels.

    You asked about good books we’ve read recently. I finally read my first C.J. Lyons thriller and her FBI Agent Lucy Guardiano had me so hooked I did an all nighter to finish the book. The series starts with Snake Skin.

  10. We Are Not Alone has been on my list of craft books to buy for a few months. I might have to move it up on my list and check out the class.
    I spent the first couple of days feeling very off-balance with my goal achieving, but I seem to be turning that around. Progress!

  11. One of the things that I think is so cool about our class is that we have stayed together as a group and so we get to celebrate the new releases that each member comes out with. I can’t tell you how many times in the past year I’ve recommended a book to someone that was written by a WANA. I’ve discovered so many great new reads.

  12. Thanks, Reetta, and happy WANA BD to you, too! I’m glad you liked my book release news, and hope you enjoy PJ’s book. I’ve never read CJ Lyons, but I’ve heard her stuff is really good.

    Jeff, get WANA! You won’t regret it. And keep plugging on those ROW80 goals, and if they’re not working for you, you can always change them.

    Marcy – so true! I’ve discovered some fantastic new authors through WANA, too!