YAmazing Race with MGnificient prizes


Whoot! It’s that time again. Time for the 3rd YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes! In case you weren’t here for the first or second race, it’s a blog hop featuring over 50 debut authors, and prize packs that include ARCs, gift certificates, swag, and more! If you haven’t yet been to the Apocalypsies website, please click here to start from the beginning and read the complete rules.

 *NOTE: Race is officially OVER!!! Thanks everyone who entered. THere’s still a few hours to enter my private contest so go ahead and take advantage of that. And good luck! Don’t forget to check the apocalypsies site to see who won…*

Welcome to my stop! Now on to the race!


RENEGADE by J.A. Souders



Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie.


Her memories have been altered. 


Her mind and body aren’t under her own control.


And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb… and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.

Be sure to preorder your copy of RENEGADE today (IndieBound, Barnes And Noble, Book Depository, Books-A-Million, Powell’s, Amazon )


Got all that?


Great!   You’ll need remember it for the quiz ahead! And don’t forget, you must complete ALL FIVE quizzes to be eligible for a prize pack.


But, wait! I have another giveaway for you!


Want a 2nd chance to win a pre-order of my book?


Just tell me what’s the most dangerous thing you’ve done in the comments and don’t forget to add your email addy (see rafflecopter.)


Bonus points:

This contest is open internationally.

Thanks for stopping by. Ready to move on?


Click HERE to go to the next stop on the race!

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Elysium Underground Is LIVE!

I’m so excited to announce that my street team, The Elysium Underground, is live and looking for recruits!

What exactly is a street team and what do I have to do?

A street team is basically just another way for me to get word out about my book.  Similar to Gretchen McNeil’s Army of Ten (don’t worry, I checked with her first. 🙂 ) I’m offering prizes for spreading the word about my book.  I’m using a rankings system, but instead of me giving you a task to do, I’m offering a “bounty” for each task you do.  The “bounty” is just a certain number of points. And each rank is obtained by earning a certain number of points.

What’s in it for me?

A lot actually. Each ranking earns different swag including buttons, bookmarks, magnets, etc and a certain number of entries to be earned toward a HUGE monthly prize.  On top of that, the top two ranks earn a chance to have a character named after you and/or a chance to be named in my acknowledgement section.

I want more information.

Great! Go here and everything should be explained, but if you still have questions, feel free to email me and I’ll answer them ASAP. 🙂

First blog tour starts today!

RENEGADE is officially in the final run to its US release! There’s less than a month left. So, I’m so excited to say that my first blog tour sponsored by The Book Paparrazzi starts today with a kick off post by Evelyn’s best friend, Macie, over at Read-a-holicz blog.  This blog tour will run from today October 16th-November 9th. Following that will be another blog tour sponsored by the ever awesome Mundie Moms!

See below for a list of all the happenings for blog tour 1 and where to go to catch all the awesomeness. And don’t forget to check them all out for a chance to win a copy of RENEGADE.


P.S. If you entered my contest to win an ARC, check that post to see if you won. If you did email me at j.souders (@) jasouders(dot) com with your name and  address.

October 16 — Read-A Holicz — Character Guest post, review and an ARC giveaway

October 17 — Claire Reads — promo post

October 18 — Gypsy Book Reviews — Guest post

October 19 — Claire Reads — review

October 20 — Wake up At Seven

October 21 — Nawanda Files

October 22 —  Chocolate Coated Reviews

October 23 — Sparkles and Lightning

October 24 — Two Chicks on Books

October 25 — Chapter by Chapter

October 26 — Singing and Reading in the Rain

October 27 — Debz Bookshelf

October 28 —  The Daily Harrell

October 29 — Xpresso Reads

October 30 — I Love Teen Books

October 31 — Bokie’s Book Reviews

November 1 — Reader of Fictions

November 2 — YA Sisterhood

November 3 — Citrus Reads

November 4 — Larissa’s World

November 5 — YA Know

November 7 — A Backward’s Story

November 8 — The Book Goddess

November 9 — Fiction Freak

Happy Book Birthday!

Happy book birthday to the following awesome authors and their spectacular books!

TIME BETWEEN US by Tamara Ireland Stone (Disney*Hyperion)

Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning, spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new voice in YA fiction.

“A beautifully written, unique love story.” — Melissa Marr, New York Times best-selling author of The Wicked Lovely series

“A warm, time-bending romance… [that] will have readers rooting for the couple that keeps daring fate.” — Publishers Weekly

“Time Between Us is the very best kind of love story — heart-pounding, intense, and unputdownable!” — Elizabeth Scott, author of Bloom and Perfect You

“The story will hold readers with its twists and turns, present and future; its love, sadness, and anger; and especially, its surprising secrets.” — Booklist

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT by Colleen Clayton (Poppy)

How can you talk about something you can’t remember?

Before the ski trip, sixteen-year-old Cassidy “Sid” Murphy was a cheerleader (at the bottom of the pyramid, but still…), a straight-A student, and a member of a solid trio of best friends. When she ends up on a ski lift next to handsome local college boy, Dax Windsor, she’s thrilled; but Dax takes everything from Sid—including a lock of her perfect red curls—and she can’t remember any of it.

Back home and unable to relate to her old friends, Sid drops her college prep classes and takes up residence in the A/V room with only Corey “The Living Stoner” Livingston for company. But as she gets to know Corey (slacker, baker, total dreamboat), Sid finds someone who truly makes her happy. Now, if she can just shake the nightmares and those few extra pounds, everything will be perfect… or so she thinks.

witty and poignant, Colleen Clayton’s stunning debut is a story about moving on after the unthinkable happens.

VELVETEEN by Daniel Marks (Delacorte)

Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.


Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.

It’ll be brutal… and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules… or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.

The awesomeness that is awesome!

Oh my gosh you guys! I am in a complete amount of shock right now.  I just can’t believe the awesomeness that is awesome that happened over the weekend!  In case you are wondering, yes, this is the thing I was freaking out about on Friday night. 🙂

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll let the picture speak for itself (you can click on all the pics to make them bigger)!


Why, yes, that IS the kindle version of German RENEGADE: TIEFENRAUSCH at #83 in the children and teen book section and #1, 369 of ALL the books in the kindle store! Thank you for asking! 😛 And look!

83, BABY!

In case you’re wondering, the hardcover has had some awesomeness happening, too, (it’s numbers haven’t been to far from this either) but I HAD to share this. The kindle version was #83!!!! I just…I just…I can’t express how this makes me feel. As my CP tells me, this is epic and I’m astounded. I couldn’t be happier, but I’m also repeatedly pinching myself to make sure I’m not dreaming!

I just want to send a HUGE thank you to the awesome people at IVI Piper for absolutely everything you’ve been doing for Renegade.  And, of course, to everyone who’s bought and reviewed and spread the word about it.

And, of course, the free e-book prequel–A DARK GRAVE–featuring Gavin’s story has had it’s share of awesome! (Grab it if you haven’t. It’s great if I do say so myself. 🙂 )

You all, I’m seriously in tears right now typing this and I can’t thank you enough for any of it.  Thank you SO so so much.