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.

Fish Friday is BACK!!

It’s FISH FRIDAY! And have I got an interesting one for you!  And is for all those women looking for a man to do more of the child rearing in their house? Take a look at this one.

This interesting little guy is the male jawfish.  And yes those are eggs in his mouth, but no he’s not eating them. He’s actually playing babysitter!  And this is so common for this fish, they’re called mouth breeders or mouth brooders!  Of course, when I first read this I couldn’t help but think of Sue Sylvester in Glee shouting at the “mouth BREATHERS”, but still. 🙂

While there are many different fish that are considered mouth-brooders, in this particular species it’s the male that does the brooding.  After the male fertilizes the eggs, he’ll collect them in his mouth and holds onto them until they hatch. Some say he never lets the eggs go, not even to eat. But others say he hides them carefully in his burrow, and then goes out to eat, before piling them back in.  But either way he’ll aerate them (that’s why we can see them in the picture.), but otherwise he keeps his lips zipped until they hatch. Which probably makes his mate extremely happy that he can’t demand the burrow cleaned and food on the table all the time. ; )


Good news, congratulations, and awesomeness

So…a few weeks ago, I was all blabbering on twitter about some awesome news I couldn’t share yet. But I can now! It’s not my news, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome, especially when the good news is for my bestest bestie and fabulous crit. partner, Liz Czukas.

What is this most awesome news? Her debut YA novel, ASK AGAIN LATER, sold to Harper Collins! It will be out in the very beginning of 2014!  Her new editor is the same editor for the fabulous authors Kiersten White, Kiera Cass, and Aprilynne Pike!  And let me tell you, I’ve read this awesome book and I’m not surprised Erica loved it so much. I ADORED this book. It’s probably one of the best books I’ve read this year.

I’m SO, so, so excited for her. I couldn’t be more excited for her if I tried. To show it, I’m asking everyone to go tell her how awesome she is, fan her FB page, and follow her on her twitter.


PS: Don’t forget to enter my contest to win ARCs of RENEGADE.