Skip a Starbucks Day Adoption Fundraiser + Giveaways Galore!


As you’ve probably guessed by now, I’m a huge advocate of helping out wherever I can.  And I’m honored to say that I’m able to do just that by supporting my good writing friend, C.J. Redwine, and her awesome decision to adopt another beautiful baby girl named Isabella Grace (there are no words for how much I adore this name.) by helping with her fundraiser/giveaway to raise the funds necessary to bring Isabella home from China.

Here’s a brief snippet of their story:

In November of 2010, my husband Clint and I were in China finalizing the adoption of our first daughter and preparing to bring her home. During the two and a half weeks that we were in China, we both came to the realization that we had to go back. We knew there was one more little girl waiting somewhere in China who belonged in our family. We also knew that this time around, we wanted to adopt a child with some medical needs.
We turned in our dossier to China in the beginning of February 2014, and we figured, based on the average wait time for special needs families, that we had about an 8 month wait to get our referral. (A child’s picture and file matched to a family.) But there are two ways to be matched to a child through the special needs program. One is to wait for China to get to your file, translate it, and then search for a child who matches your medical checklist (the list of things we’ve said we’d accept). The other is to be matched to one of the Special Focus kids whose files are sent to our agency each month. Special Focus children are those who are considered hard to place with a family. They have multiple medical conditions, and many families sign on for only one need.
Clint and I early on felt that we needed to be open to multiple needs. I kept seeing us with a girl who had a cleft palate and a heart murmur. Clint kept seeing us with a girl who had minor hearing loss and a missing or extra limb.
Two weeks after our dossier arrived in China, our agency called us with a Special Focus child to consider. Her file arrived to us on her second birthday. She had cleft palate, congenital heart disease, minor hearing issues, and an extra thumb.
In other words, she is everything Clint and I kept seeing for our daughter. *cue the moment we started weeping*

To read the rest of the story and see how adorable Isabella is check out C.J.’s post.

Needless to say she’s needs our help to bring Isabella home and that’s where SKIP A STARBUCKS DAY comes in. An awesome group of C.J.’s friends have banded together to ask our readers to skip whatever daily (or weekly) luxuries we enjoy (like my beloved KitKats) and donate the money you would have spent and instead help C.J. bring her newest little girl home.

In return, you’ll be entered into contests to win many fabulous donated prizes!

C.J. is hosting a HUGE giveaway, so pop on over to her blog to read all about it (and of course the rest of their amazing story). It starts today and continues through the weekend until Monday morning at 9am CST.

To sweeten the pot, I’m also adding my own personal giveaway of the following items:

  1. Starbucks giftcard, so you can have your cake (coffee) and eat (drink) it too. 😉 (to five generous people) Open Internationally.
  2. A signed set of the first 2 installments of The Elysium Chronicles (RENEGADE; REVELATIONS) + the novella A DARK GRAVE (to three wonderful people) US/Canada only-unless you’re okay with e-copies.
  3. A Bath and Body Works gift set (to one fab. person) US only.

And here’s how to enter:

Visit C.J.’s blog and donate money to help bring Isabella home.

For every $5 you donate, you are eligible for 1 entry in my contest.***

You can also earn 1 additional entry by promoting the Skip A Starbucks Day fundraiser. (Only 1 extra entry total though. NOT 1 per time you promote.)

Come back here and tell me how many entries you qualify for. (Example: If you donate $10 to the cause and then promote the fundraiser you get 3 entries.)

You can either leave your entry number in the comments here on this blog, or you can EMAIL your number of entries to me at: j.souders AT jasouders DOT com.

Please title your email: Skip a Starbuck’s Day

***Entries will be verified with C.J. Redwine’s donation receipts, so please be honest!

Valentine’s Day Spreading the love charity giveaway!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I hope everyone gets to spend some awesome quality time with your loved ones today.

I don’t normally celebrate V-day myself, because of all the materialistic attitudes about the day, however, I do usually find a way to celebrate it in my own way. This year, I’ve adopted a new tradition. That I hope you’ll help me with.

I’ve scoured the Internet looking and finally finding a charity  that I really believe in and I’m donating the money I  I would have spent on materialistic things, to them.

It’s the Ian Somerhalder Foundation or ISF. More info. can be found out about them here.

In honor of spreading the love, I’m also asking for your help (with incentive, of course. ;P). If you make a donation, ANY amount, please email me ( j.souders (at) jasouders (dot) com ) the address on my website and let me know.

At the end of the month, I’ll take the list of names and enter them into a contest to win a box full of books (including signed copies of my own and my favorite authors), a query and 50-page critique (if you’re a writer), and a gift card for even more books. (Depending on how popular this is, I’ll add in more prizes and possibly do a Grand prize, 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place award.)

Every single person that makes a donation will also have special mention in my next e-short in the Elysium Chronicles and exclusive SWAG sent to them as a special thank you from me for helping me support my favorite charity.

REVELATIONS pre-order/release contest!

Wow guys, can you believe that it’s that time again?! I just can’t believe my 2nd book is entering the wild in about 4 days!!! My how time flies, right? LOL.

I’ve been promising this contest for awhile so I’m just going to post it without to much hub bub, but here’s the deets. I’m giving away a NOOK ereader and B&N giftcard to go along with it.  What do you have to do to get it? Easy-peasy. Just pre-order or buy your copy of REVELATIONS (click here for a link of available places) by the end of November. Then email me at j.souders (at) jasouders (dot) com with a copy of the receipt.  If you want bonus entries all you have to do is spread the word about REVELATIONS, this contest, and/or take a pic of your copy of REVELATIONS in the wild and email them to me. I’m actually really stoked about this one. I’ll post the pics (with your permission) as they come in, so get creative. See Santa at the mall? Ask him to take a pic with REVELATIONS (my BFF/CP did this last year). See an awesome statue? Snap a pic of it with REVELATIONS. At the aquarium? See if you can get a pic with the book and a sea creature. 🙂  I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. (P.S. ebook copies count! Just send a pic of your e-reader with the cover showing instead of the book copy.)

I’m going to set up a rafflecopter in a bit, but in the meantime, if you tweet or spread the word and want to count it as entries, just comment below with the link(s).


Happy November 1st!  Also, if you’re in Florida, check out my facebook page for links to the information for my Orlando and Tampa launches. And if you’re in or around Houston this weekend, stop on by the Houston Bookrave to see me and a ton of other awesome writers and to get early copies of REVELATIONS!!!

(P.S. Everyone who enters gets awesome super secret SWAG! 🙂 )

a Rafflecopter giveaway

YA Scavenger Hunt





Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM–but there is also a red team for a chance to win a whole different set of twenty-five signed books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the RED TEAM and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Oct 6, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I am so excited to be hosting Katherine Longshore on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Katherine Longshore is the author of GILT, a story of friendship and betrayal in Henry VIII’s court and TARNISH, the story of a young Anne Boleyn, as well as the forthcoming MANOR OF SECRETS (February 2014). Katherine lives in Northern California with three British citizens and one expatriate dog.

Find out more information by checking out Katherine’s website or find more about TARNISH here!



Brash and opinionated newcomer Anne Boleyn doesn’t fit in to the court of Henry VIII where conformity prevails and her fashion sense is frowned upon. In a bid for popularity and a chance to be heard, she takes on an offer by the rakish poet Thomas Wyatt to increase her desirability and make her shine. But when their venture attracts the eye of the king, Anne learns she has more to risk than just her reputation as she ultimately faces a choice between losing her heart and finding her voice.

Doesn’t that sound so awesome! I’ve always loved reading about Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, not to mention GILT was fantastic, so I really need to add this to be ever growing TBR pile. 🙂
And for her super special exclusive content Katherine is sharing the back cover synopsis and first page of the third book in her Tudor series, BRAZEN, which is coming next year!


BRAZEN, publication Summer 2014

Anne Boleyn’s younger cousin Mary Howard has always lived in the shadow of her powerful family. But when she’s married off to Henry FitzRoy, King Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, she and “Fitz” join a tight clique of bright young things who test the boundaries of court’s strict rules with their games, dares, and dalliances. The more Mary gets to know Fitz, the harder she falls for him- but to consummate their marriage would mean breaking the law. Soon, Mary and her friends find themselves at the center of the king’s case against Queen Anne. And Mary is forced to choose between betraying her beloved cousin and losing her beloved Fitz.



First Page Brazen


And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Katherine, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 17. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


   To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the fabulous AMY PLUM!


BONUS: Also, on the 5th I’ll be posting a contest to win a bunch of awesome things including: books, gift cards, a NOOK, etc. So make sure to check back on the 5th!!



HOUSTON BOOKRAVE: After Party and Online Book Sale

Hey guys, I know I’ve been doing a lot of marketing for my books and it’s probably getting annoying without some silly stuff in between, but I promise in a few weeks, I’ll have some fun posts up so I’m not always talking about my books. 🙂  Below is some information on the Houston Bookrave. I’m very excited about this event and wanted to help get the word out, so here’s the post. 🙂  But keep reading, because below the post about HBR, I have some information of my own about a REVELATIONS contest and the paperback copies of RENEGADE.


HBR is one of the biggest book signing events happening in Houston,
We have 62 authors attending! 

event will be held Saturday, November 2, 2013 and will offer a unique
experience where readers from everywhere can meet with their favorite authors
in person. At this exciting event there will also be entertainment, exclusive
giveaways, exclusive early book releases and delicious food that everyone can
Visit HOUSTON BOOKRAVE website for all the details. 

Please visit HBR AFTER PARTY page to get yours while they last.
There are only a few days left to order signed books if you can’t make the event.
Go to HBR ONLINE BOOK SALE to get all the signed books you want from our featured authors.

Just a quick note that the paperback copy of RENEGADE release October 8th. If you’re local to the Orlando area, I’m trying to set up a small signing at my local indie to sign them. I’ll list that on my events page and announce it here when I do. Also, in the beginning of October, I’ll be holding a contest for everyone who pre-orders copies of REVELATIONS and one of the prizes will be a Nook, so make sure to keep those receipts! Anyway, more soon, so keep your eye on my blogs and social media accounts. 🙂