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Thirst Release Day!

Posted by on Nov 21st, 2019 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen, Podcasts | 4 comments

Happy Thirst-day, everyone!

Eight years ago I wrote chapter one of the story that became Thirst. I was working on a dystopian story (which became Captives), but I was struggling to understand the storyworld I was trying to build. I needed an origins story. A story about what happened to create this dystopian future.

That’s where Thirst came from. One day I was writing about Levi, Mason, Omar, and their great grandfather, Papa Eli. The next day? Eli was a teenager trying to survive the end of the world. It was weird. But I liked Eli. I liked his friends. Their story intrigued me. Thirst  was almost published back then. It had an offer and everything. But when I explained that Captives was meant to be the first book in a trilogy, and that it wouldn’t make sense to publish Captives, then Thirst, then Outcasts, then Rebels, the publisher tossed out Thirst and bought the trilogy instead.

But Thirst was still there, in my mind. Eli wanted his story told.

In 2016 I used Thirst as an example for a series I wrote for the Go Teen Writers blog called #WeWriteBooks. I posted one chapter a week on my author blog so that my readers could give me feedback. This year, since I started grad school, I haven’t been able to write the books I wanted to write. But I wanted to give my readers a book in 2019, so I looked in my files to see what I had to work with.

I found Thirst.

So I decided to cut it into two books, fix them up, and today the first part of Eli’s story is finally available in book form for your reading pleasure..I hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

For more information about Thirst, and to see all the places the books are available, click here.

I Have Book News and a Chance to Win Free Books!

Posted by on Aug 27th, 2019 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen, Podcasts | 2 comments

THIRST, my upcoming post-apocalyptic YA novel, releases in November, and I need your help to start spreading the word! It all starts with the cover reveal on September 24, and I’ve added a bookish giveaway to thank everyone for participating. First, here’s a little bit about THIRST:

A waterborne disease has sprung up in every corner of the globe, decimating the human race. Seventeen-year-old Eli McShane and his friends flee the chaos and violence in Phoenix and journey north toward the rumored location of a safe water source. They add several to their number, including a mysterious girl named Hannah, who, unknown to Eli, is being hunted by a dangerous man. Desperation brings out the worst in many of the travelers, infecting even those closest to Eli. When division comes, will he be able to hold his group together or will each fall victim to their own thirst for survival?

Ahh! I get chills just thinking about the journey these teens are in for! THIRST a prequel to The Safe Lands trilogy. It tells the story of Papa Eli, back when he was a teenager and he and his friends survived the Great Pandemic that sparked the future dystopian world in which Levi, Mason, Omar, and Shaylinn were taken captive. I have a gorgeous book cover that was designed by the talented Emilie Hendryx, and I’m planning a cover reveal for September 24.

I’m also doing a giveaway for everyone who participates in the cover reveal. The prizes are:

  1. Your choice of a limited edition, signed and numbered hard cover Blood of Kings trilogy –OR– a $50 gift certificate for my author bookstore, plus a signed hard cover copy of THIRST.
  2. A $25 gift certificate in my author bookstore plus a signed hard cover copy of THIRST.
  3. A signed hard cover copy of THIRST.

Here’s how the giveaway works:

  1. Sign up on my cover reveal Google Form (link below).
  2. On September 17 (which is one week before the cover reveal) you will receive an email with images of the book cover that you can use “as is” or adapt to create your own image. That email will also contain instruction for cover reveal day, the book blurb, hashtags, sample images and written text you can use, and details on pre-order goodies I’ll be offering.
  3. On cover reveal day, post wherever you like and either tag me or email me the link. You will receive one entry for each social media site you post on (two for Instagram if you post once in your story and once on your grid). You are welcome and encouraged to post more pictures of the book cover in the days and months following the cover reveal day, but only posts from September 24 will be counted toward entries in the cover reveal giveaway.

And that’s it. Easy peasy.

If you’d like to help with the cover reveal, sign up at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1sKr36sm03gPyMdLAxH4F3G3ic4qJs7TGguuwzI3KC0iQBg/viewform

Thanks for your help, faithful readers! I so appreciate you. 🙂

Oh, and if you want to pre-order THIRST at a low price or jump on pre-ordering the hard cover (which will count toward pre-order goodies that will be announced later), here are those links:

Kindle

Hard cover

~Jill

The Blood of Kings Hardcover Books Have Arrived! Plus… A Kickstarter Update: We Met Our First Stretch Goal!

Posted by on Apr 25th, 2019 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen, Podcasts | 0 comments

If you haven’t been following the Kickstarter campaign for the Blood of Kings audio books, amazing things have been happening! Within the first twelve hours you guys raised the $2500 to fund the By Darkness Hid audio book. I was floored!

And over the past few weeks we’ve now surpassed the $5000 mark, reaching our first stretch goal to fund the To Darkness Fled audio book. That means we will for sure have audio books of the first two books. We are now working toward the stretch goal for book three. And we have eight days left! Come support this project. This will be the best time to lock in a deal for all three Blood of Kings audio books at the $25 support level. That’s $8.33 per audio book. What a deal!

Also, the test set of the limited 10 year anniversary edition Blood of Kings trilogy (finally!) arrived, and they look amazing. I am so excited. Here is a video of me showing them off.

I think they look fabulous. Like I said in the video, I need to make some adjustments to them so that they will be perfect for those of you who backed at the hardcover book level!

These hard covers will only be available as part of this Kickstarter campaign, so if you want a set of these pretties, you can order your limited edition hard cover books on the Kickstarter home page.

International readers, I have them listed as USA only, but if you really want to order a set, please email me and we can talk about shipping costs. I’m working with a few international people on this already.

Thanks for your support, everyone. Keep on reading!

EPIC Blood of Kings Sale–40% off the paperback prices

Posted by on Dec 7th, 2018 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen, Podcasts | 2 comments

It’s a book sale! My publisher has put the Blood of Kings paperback books on a special sale. On Amazon only, By Darkness Hid, To Darkness Fled, and From Darkness Won are each only $9.99 for a limited time. That’s a little over 40% off the cover price!
 
There is a bit of a trick to this. Right now, a third party seller has the “buy” box on Amazon, so I’ve made special links so that you can find the seller with the $9.99 new price (who is oddly Amazon itself).
 
This sale starts now and runs through next Saturday, December 15.
 
Here are the links:
 
By Darkness Hid: https://amzn.to/2QDceRt
 
To Darkness Fled: https://amzn.to/2QlOWjV
From Darkness Won: https://amzn.to/2L4LJzd

Punctuation 101 is here!

Posted by on Oct 2nd, 2018 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 0 comments

Punctuation 101 is here at last! This is a book for fiction writers. This is a handy reference that you can keep close by so you don’t have to page through the massive Chicago Manual of Style, which I love, but that index alone is twenty-nine pages long! Trust me. I used it as a reference to check my facts as I wrote Punctuation 101, and I spent a lot of time trying to find things in that index…

Why write a book on punctuation? Well, it all started back in 2011 with an idea, then a series of blog posts on goteenwriters.com in 2012 and 2013. I saw so many of the same mistakes in the manuscripts of beginning writers, I wanted to lay out the rules in an straightforward and easy-to-understand way. The posts were a hit. And many of those teen bloggers said, “You should write this as a book, Jill!” And I thought, ooh. That would be a lot of work.

:-/

It was a lot of work! I would spend some time writing it, then I would get SO BORED of commas or semicolons or em dashes that I’d quit and work on something else. But every time this happened, I eventually went back. I’d poured too much time and effort into this project to just walk away. And while it was boring for me to write it and rewrite it again and again, I knew it would be a help to you all. Still, I needed to take some serious punctuation breaks throughout the year, because one can only take so much punctuation at a time, you know?

But I finished, and I am SO HAPPY! *dances* Punctuation 101 is here to stay. Grab your copy. Dog-ear the pages with rules you need to reference. (My trouble area is capitalization in titles. Who can remember all that? Seriously?) And then write your novel without worrying about the rules. Because we all just want to write stories, right? I know I do.

 

Punctuation 101: A Fiction Writer’s Guide to Getting it Right

Punctuation 101: A Fiction Writer’s Guide to Getting it Right

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Genre: Writing

You don’t need to be an expert in grammar and punctuation to write great novels, but you do need to learn the basics. This handy reference book includes all the need-to-know punctuation rules for fiction writers, and it’s presented in a clear, user-friendly format with many examples for the visual learner—including some from popular novels.

Are you tired of paging through massive style guides or scouring the internet for information on em dashes, colons, or which words to capitalize in a title? Punctuation 101 will save you time and energy, which you can spend writing your novel.

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Pre-order The Profile Match and Get a Vinyl Mission League Logo Sticker!

Posted by on Sep 14th, 2018 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 0 comments

To celebrate the release of The Profile Match (the final book in the Mission League series), I had some stickers made!

I will mail one to anybody who pre-orders a copy of The Profile Match. If you’ve already pre-ordered, click here and fill out the form: I pre-ordered. Send me a sticker!

You can pre-order in the following places:

 

Paperback Copies

I only have paperback copies available for pre-order from my author store. They’re listed at a special pre-order price of $10, which is about $5 off the regular $14.99 price. I will autograph these, so if you would like the autograph personalized, be sure to write me instructions in the note section when you check out.

Order The Profile Match in paperback from Jill’s Author Bookstore!

 

Ebook Copies

You can pre-order the ebook from these etailiers:

iTunes

Kindle

Nook

Kobo

 

Once you’ve pre-ordered, click here and fill out the form: I pre-ordered. Send me a sticker!

 

 

The Profile Match Cover Reveal

Posted by on Aug 31st, 2018 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 0 comments

Ahh! Here it is! The cover for The Profile Match, the FINAL book in the Mission League series. 😭
 
Spencer looks so adorable in his tux with his bow tie a little crooked . . .
 
He has to dress up WAY too much in this book. Plus, I was thinking he needed to wear a suit on at least ONE of these book covers, right? I mean, James Bond almost always wears a suit. I’m just saying . . .
 
Gah! I can’t stop looking at it.
 
Let’s look at all six together.
Now let’s look at the full cover.
Ahh . . . okay, moving on.
Much gratitude to Kirk DouPonce for making six covers (!) for this series and to Jeremy Gwinn for modeling as Spencer. What a gift they’ve both been to me.
 
I’m SO EXCITED to finish Spencer’s story. Spencer was my very first character ever from my very first novel. You know, the novel everyone tells you is the one you learned on and you should put it in a drawer. The first book in this series, The New Recruit, was my sixth published novel. I just couldn’t let go of Spencer. I kept hearing his sarcastic voice saying, “You put me in a drawer, I’ll get out on my own.” And so it’s been FOURTEEN YEARS of writing this fellow. He should be married with kids by now. But I’ve kept at it, squeezing in one of his books where I could. He has been very patient. And I’ve finally reached the end of his tale. I’m so proud of him and how much he’s grown. If you read The New Recruit, you will know what I mean. One of my favorite book reviews ever said this of Spencer: “[He] looks at life in an interesting manner as an unbeliever and there was one line where he basically calls a girl unattractive and I was ready to wring his neck. But it passed and he ended up respecting that same girl, which elevated him again in my book.” Yeah . . . that’s my boy. 😂
 
The release date is October 15, 2018.
 
Here is the summary:
When Spencer Garmond’s friend is kidnapped, the young Mission League agent-in-training decides he’s had enough. Determined to stop the criminals he suspects are responsible, he petitions the Los Angeles Field Office to give him the lead on the case. Now he’s investigating his favorite actress, the movie director who pretended to be his dad, and even his own uncle. Weird much?
 
As he struggles to find the connections between this unlikely group of suspects, he uncovers a clue that could create a worldwide scandal. When the Field Office steps in, Spencer realizes he’s not really in control of the investigation at all. Can Spencer trust God to bring about justice, or will his need to be in control jeopardize the very people he’s trying so hard to protect?
 
The Amazon pre-order link is: https://amzn.to/2Ny3lEa
 
I have put the ebook on a pre-order sale for $2.99 for the month of September. In October, I will raise the price. FYI, this will probably be the lowest price I’ll sell this book, since it’s the last in the series. So if you want an ebook copy, best pre-order it early to save.
 
And here is the link to add the book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41570561-the-profile-match
 
What do you think of the cover?

What Are Storyworld Shorts?

Posted by on Oct 2nd, 2017 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen, Podcasts | 0 comments

What Are Storyworld Shorts?

I started a new website.

You might have seen my countdown to October 4, 2017. Well, this is what I’ve been working so hard on. I created a writing website primarily to host my YouTube videos and podcast versions of those videos to make it easier for listeners to find them.

What are Storyworld Shorts?

They are short writing videos or podcasts in which I teach lessons on the craft of writing. I will post one new video and podcast a week. Over the years I have posted sporadic YouTube writing videos, and I loved it. I always wanted to do so more regularly, so this is something I’ve been wanting to do for a loonnnggg time!

Storyworld Shorts are by nature short. Over time, the episodes will build upon one another and eventually give you a thorough understanding of how to write a novel. Some of the topics/series I will discuss in weeks to come are:

-How to come up with a great idea
-Creating compelling characters
-Different types of plots
-How to outline and plan your novel
-How to add themes to your story
-Tackling a major rewrite
-How to edit your book

I’ll also be doing a monthly Q&A Live video, in which I’ll answer listener questions.

To learn more and to watch the first video, visit StoryworldShorts.com.

There’s a Teen Track at This Year’s OCW Fall One-Day Conference in Portland, OR

Posted by on Sep 19th, 2017 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 0 comments

 

I have been invited to teach two workshops for teens at the fall Oregon Christian Writers one-day conference in Portland on October 21. This will be a really neat opportunity for teens who love to write. We’re going to learn about how to create characters, plot a novel, and how the publishing industry works. The conference is offering a special rate of $20 for writers under the age of twenty, which is a really great deal. (The non-member adult price is $75.) Please help spread the word to teen writers in the Portland/Vancouver area. We are going to have so much fun. You can see the full schedule online at http://oregonchristianwriters.org/fall-2017/.

 

“Don’t miss it! @OregonWriters is hosting a Teen Track, led by @JillWilliamson at this year’s fall conference.”

Click to Tweet this!

 

Here are the descriptions of my two workshops:

“What Every Character Needs.” (Teen Track, part one)
A great character can live in a reader’s mind forever. These are the kinds of characters we want in our books. In this class, we’ll go through a step-by-step process to help you create authentic characters that your readers will never forget. We’ll discuss character backstory, motivation, tags, archetypal roles, interactions with other characters, and tools to help you keep track of it all.

“Secrets of a Great Plot.” (Teen Track, part two)
What is a plot, anyway? What is its purpose? And what makes that three-act structure so successful? Are there other ways to create a strong story? In this class, we’ll discuss the secrets of a great plot, look at some alternative plot structures, and talk about the different ways to keep things moving when your story is too short, seems to have stalled, or is just plain boring.

I hope to pack the place with teen writers, so feel free to help me spread the word. Here is a link to my teen flyer. Print and share with as many as you can. Thanks so much!

An Online Scavenger Hunt Is Coming . . .

Posted by on Feb 1st, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 23 comments

 

I usually host a Facebook party to celebrate the release of a new book. While those are always fun, this time I wanted to try something different for the release of King’s Blood (Kinsman Chronicles, book 2). I’ve participated in several online scavenger hunts and thought it might be neat to do one as a release party.

So, mark your calendars for February 17 – 19, 2017 and join me and seventeen other authors as we follow the characters from King’s Blood over a world of worlds as they seek out a place to call home. You will visit 17 different author websites, discover their amazing storyworlds, learn about the books that take place in those worlds, and pick up a clue at each stop to enter to win the grand prize.

 

PRIZES:

First Prize: Kindle Fire or ($50 Amazon Gift Card) and signed copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood (unsigned if international winner).
Second Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card and signed paperback copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood (unsigned if international winner).
Third Prize:  Signed paperback copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood (unsigned if international winner).
Bonus Quiz Prize: Kindle Fire or ($50 Amazon Gift Card) and signed copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood (unsigned if international winner).
Bonus giveaways: Look for more giveaways on various participating author sites (see each site during the hunt for details).

 

 

WHEN AND WHERE:

February 17 at 12:00 noon, Pacific time, until February 19 at midnight, Pacific time

We will start right here on my author blog. The scavenger hunt is not a race, so there is no need to rush through. All prizes will be awarded after the end of the hunt. Winners will be notified by email.

 

HOW TO PLAY:

1. Start here, on my blog, on or after February 17 at 12:00 noon, Pacific time.
2. Follow the link at the end of my post to Stop #2. Each subsequent post will have a link that leads you to the next stop until you arrive back here at the end. You will collect clues along the way, enter any other giveaways you might find, and (if you want to participate) be sure to read each post so you can answer the questions for the Bonus Quiz Prize.
3. At the end of the hunt, you will find a place to enter the clues you will have gathered and have a chance to take the Bonus Quiz, if you want to. All answers must be entered before midnight on February 19, 2017.
4. Winners will be announced by Tuesday, February 21.

 

 

Planning to join us? Mark your calendar and leave a comment below to be entered to win a signed copy of King’s Blood. Tell me which place you most look forward to learning more about on the day of the hunt. (Click on the map to enlarge.)

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