Another Anniversary


February is my absolute favorite month. It always has been. Even before it held any real meaning for me.  And as another trivia question answer, the 17th is my favorite number. I don’t know why except to say it’s just always been that way.

Now I have real reasons to <3 both of those things, because 15 years ago on this day (it was President’s day, in case you care) was the day my now husband asked me out on our first date.  (Well, asking is probably too much, it was more of a I’d really like to go out with you and I’m not taking no for an answer. :P)

Three years later to the day, we got married. And now 12 years after that, we’re still married. And happily. I think I love him more now than I did then.  🙂 Plus we have 2 fabulous kids.

Sure, we’ve had some rough times (read VERY rough), but we’ve always weathered through them. Together. We’ve always worked better as a team, then when we do things separately. And I was reminded of that this weekend, while trying to finish a project around the house.

My husband dropped a bit (an expensive bit) inside the wall (long story) and no matter how he tried to get it out himself, he couldn’t. Even when our son tried to help, he couldn’t get it out.  But when I helped (it took awhile) we managed to work as a team and get it out without broken fingers, egos, or the bit.  I’d say that was a job well done.

But, anyway, I digress. I just wanted to send out a shout-out to my awesome husband on one of the most important days of my life.

I love you, honey!  Thank you for 15 wonderful years. Here’s to many, many more.



A few thank yous (and news)

>I know I’ve been absent a lot from this blog lately, but it has been CRAZY around here.  Phew!  Especially this past month with two books having deadlines a week apart. 0.o But, I LOVE it. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Anyway, onto the post!

Today marks the two year anniversary of when my agent (the fab Natalie Lakosil) offered representation! I am just as excited now as I was then to say she’s my agent.  She’s been awesome, even when I wanted to yank my hair of of my head and bang it’s baldness against my desk (or a handy wall) repeatedly.

She’s dealt with my impatience and insecurities without batting so much as an eyelash. And she never once made me feel like I was unimportant. In fact, most of the time, she’s made me feel like I was her only client, which obviously isn’t true.

So I just wanted to send a public thank you to her for all her awesomeness!

And now for some good news I haven’t been taken the time to announce, but would like to “officially” share with you.  
First, a minor, but very happy making thing. Book 2 is finished and has been sent to my awesome editor.  I canNOT wait to see what she says about it, so I can start book 3.  Eee! I’ve got some great things planned out, so I’m jonesing to write it!
A relatively huge thing for me, which isn’t a secret as I’ve posted it on my book page, my website and twitter, but RENEGADE has sold German translation rights to Piper in there new imprint IVI!  
A special thank you to the wonderful Taryn Fagerness and my German editor, Beatrice!
Here’s the PM announcement:
Foreign Rights Sale: Jessica Souders’ RENEGADE to Piper in Germany, by Taryn Fagerness of Fagerness Literary Agency on behalf of Natalie Lakosil of Bradford Lit.

More news on that when it comes.

Some personal news, I’ll share tomorrow. 🙂

And last, but not least, since I can’t ever sit still for long, I’m excited about a new project that’s been itching to be written for awhile now. More news on THAT later.

I’ll try to keep up with this a bit more now that my crazy days are a little less crazy.

Until later,


Follower Love Giveaway

>Thanks to everyone who entered the hop!  It was a huge success as far as I’m concerned! 

In case you didn’t see it on the giveaway post, the winner is:

Sharmaine C!
Congrats, Sharmaine!  Email me at j.souders (at) jasouders (dot) com with your address and what book you want.
Thanks again for everyone who entered.  

Cover reveal contest winner

>Oh my gosh, guys! I’ve been so flaky lately and I totally forgot to announce the winners for this! 

So without further adieu or delay.  The winner is:


Email me at j.souders (at) jasouders (dot) com with your address and I’ll get that prize out to you ASAP. 

"That’s YAmore" Blogfest


Can you believe that there’s only a few days left until Valentine’s Day 2012?  And once again I’m absolutely delighted to join my Oasis sister’s in our 2nd annual That’s YAmore Blogfest where we share 250 words of our most swoon worthy scene in a WIP. If you’ve started here, or stumbled here by mistake, and want to learn more, click here to be taken to the Oasis post that explains it better.

Unfortunately, I do not have a current WIP and the stuff I’ve been working on is revisions and edits for contracted work and I don’t think I’m allowed to share anything from them yet. 😛 

So…I’m choosing one of my absolute FAVORITE scenes from a completed work called MIRROR IMAGE.  I do hope one day that this will also become published, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy a peek at one of my unpublished works (with that in mind, please keep in mind that while it’s been revised by me, it’s still VERY rough).

As one, keeping our palms together we slid down, until we were sitting on the floor in front of each other.
         His eyes roamed over my body again, sending more tingles over my already supercharged body.  My heartbeat accelerated and, from what I could see from the pulse in his neck, matched his.  My breath clogged in my throat when he said, “You are so beautiful, Lily.”
         “Thank you,” I managed after a minute.
         He moved so only his fingertips touched the glass, sliding along the area my palm covered.  The surface was so warm already, I couldn’t be sure, but I would have sworn I felt a change in the temperature. A slight one, but enough to cause a shiver to run down my arm.
 “Are you cold?” he whispered, his eyes moving from my palm to my face.
 “No.”  I raised my other palm to the glass and he copied me, trailing his fingertips down the image of my hand.
 My heart skipped a beat and I had to look down for a moment, to stop the spinning in my head.   When I looked up again, he was watching me.
“The moonlight is different over there,” he said.  “Softer, somehow.”  He moved his fingertips to the center of the mirror, brushing the surface in a curve.  “It just barely touches your cheek.”
 I covered my cheek with one hand, certain I would find some trace of him on my skin. As it was, I could just barely feel that cheek was warmer than the other. My heartbeat filled my ears in the quiet of my room.  It surprised me he couldn’t hear it.
“It’s not fair that it gets to touch you, but I can’t.” His voice was husky, making me tremble even more. “Is it strange to be jealous of it?”

And…that’s all I could fit in the 250 words.  I hope you enjoyed.  Don’t forget to visit the other blogs that are participating in the That’s YAmore blogfest!