When a Plan Comes Together

Awakening-ebook600A few weeks ago, I blogged about designing a book cover for a writer friend. It’s out now, and I’m about 2/3 through reading it, and WOW! Winterjacked: Rude Awakening by Athena Grayson about what happens when the Winter King–who doesn’t quite know who he is–is going through a mid-life crisis. There’s romance, mischievous fey folk, seasonal mayhem, and yes, holiday magic. So if you think you might enjoy an urban fantasy that’s definitely different, pick this one up NOW! The ebook is on introductory sale for a limited time for just $2.99. It will be out in print soon too, for those who prefer paper.

I am really pleased with how this cover came out, too–even more so as I read the book, because wow, does it go with it perfectly! I can’t take credit for that–the author gave me excellent direction, and also helped find some of the stock photos. She also listened to me when I explained why some of the photos she found wouldn’t work, and together we came up with a winner IMNSHO!

But enough about me. Here’s what Rude Awakening is all about:

Sometimes you reinvent yourself…Sometimes you redefine reality. 
Jack Winters lost his perfect, upwardly-mobile life (along with the perfect, upwardly-mobile wife) when it intersected with a pack of fantastical creatures. He’s spent three years determined to ignore the Things that want to call him Master, and kept his failures frozen under a thick layer of isolation from even his closest friends. But when a holiday reunion presents him with the woman who Might Have Been, suddenly the impossible doesn’t seem so improbable anymore…

Lin Sanada thought she was long over her college crush and the missed connections that kept her and Jack Winters “just friends” for nearly twenty years. She’s moved on, and left wishful thinking behind. But when a winter night, a full moon, and a little magic lead her into a very real relationship with the man of her dreams, she finds a reality far more fantastical than her wildest imaginings…

To the young, impossible dreams are magic. At forty, they’re a mid-life crisis.

If Jack wants to earn a new chance at a future, he’ll have to confront all the raw wounds failure left on his expectations. And he’ll have to choose: keep clinging to the shreds of his old life…or make a whole new reality.

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble (other retailers coming soon)

ROW80Logo175That was in my ROW80 goals a few weeks ago. As for this past week’s goals:

  • 2,500 words on combined WIPs – Done!
  • Keep up with writing workshop assignments – Done!
  • Test and refine shipping calculations and Paypal integration for website – Done!
  • Fitness 4 times – Partial (3x)
  • Pick out Christmas cards, figure out rest of gift list, complete online shopping – Partial – online shopping complete, but still no cards

For this week, we’re going to keep down the same path:

  • 2,500 words on combined WIPs
  • Keep up with writing workshop assignments
  • Website: figure out custom programming needed on product page
  • Fitness 4 times
  • Get Christmas cards out, complete rest of shopping

What about you–have you had a plan come together lately? If you celebrate Christmas, how are your plans coming together? Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

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. I love the cover. You definitely have a talent for it. The book sounds really interesting too. Thank you for sharing.
    You had a great week. I did finally get my cards ordered. That is always such a relief. Here’s to a fabulous last week of getting ready.

  2. SJ, thanks! Good on you for getting your cards out – I really need to get going on mine!

    Thanks so much, John!

    Skye, thanks!

    Ruth, there are so many extra things to do during the holidays, it’s hard to get to the writing, or the rest of our “regular” duties – good luck on yours – and thanks!

  3. Nice job on the cover. And the book sounds interesting too so… I bought a copy. One of these days I’ll read all my books before I buy any more. Yeah, right! 😀

    My goal this week: wrap presents! See, nice and simple.

  4. Thanks, Stacy! You’ll enjoy Rude Awakening. 🙂 I can’t imagine ever reading all my books before I buy more, either LOL. Love your nice, simple goal! And thanks for the link. I did see that blog – interesting! Not exactly what I was talking about, but similar.

  5. I love how the cover really goes so well with that blurb. Great job!
    This week the big plan is finding replacement cars (after the tree totaled 2). A bit of a pain, but I’m having fun driving a rental in the meantime–it’s new and red!

  6. That is a beautiful cover, Jennette! I love everything about it. And the book sounds great, too. I’m going to go check it out now.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  7. Coleen, thanks! Good luck car shopping, and have fun in the rental – red cars are my fave! 😀

    Thanks, Patricia! I hope you enjoy Rude Awakening. I was up late last night finishing it, and it was fantastic!