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Interview – Part 3: Janie Marie Talks About Writing

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Janie Marie

I have read that you have received a good deal of negative feedback because you named a female main character after yourself. I think it’s brilliant, and haters gonna hate. What was your thinking there? Why did you want to name her after you? And how much of Janie, the character, is you?
Ooh, those are loaded questions. This is going to be a lengthy response! To properly explain, I have to give a lot of background. I originally drafted this story on Wattpad a few years ago. I had no idea it would become so successful—it had over 24 million reads before I pulled the incomplete draft. So I was not prepared for the attacks that came from the instant Team Kylie readers. They didn’t care about the fact that Jane, Janie’s G&M form, was named after me because I was trying to heal myself. When I decided to write G&M, I was grieving my best friend’s death, my marriage was falling apart, and I was suffering from severe depression, anxiety, PTSD from sexual abuse and other traumatic stuff, and learning to cope with a Bipolar Disorder diagnosis. All they cared about was “this is Kylie’s story… get over yourself.” They didn’t care about anything I was actually doing—only that they wanted Kylie and Logan, and it was wrong of me to shove myself down their throats. Or to give myself the hottest guy. Lol.

Anyway, it was my late friend, Tifani, who told me on the day we found out she wasn’t going to survive that I needed to share my story. After writing the first chapter as a sort of memoir/horror story, I chickened out. Then I saw Jane in my mind. She was me, but also not. I gave her part of my soul, my name(Janie is a diminutive of Jane), and I gave her every bit of sorrow, fear, pain, but also happiness, my hopes, and my heart. I still almost changed her name, but it felt wrong to ask another to suffer what she would. Together, we pulled each other through the journeys we were on. She gave me strength and I made her fight harder to show me I could survive. When it came time to writing WAotBBW, she was meant to be there for reasons readers will find out. And on her first appearance in the book, I wrote Janie instead of Jane. I hit backspace, but she appeared in my mind, shaking her head at me. Her boys did the same, and I realized she was telling me to be braver, be greater. To truly not hide anymore and embrace myself. After all, the story I was telling with WAotBBW is my way of speaking to my daughter and the continued path of healing I was undertaking for myself. So even with the insults, the threats, and plagiarism I held strong. I couldn’t turn my back on my girl. So Janie is my acceptance that I’m a very flawed girl. I’m one that can be hated and admired. I can be broken and healed. I can be brave and I am always loved. Never forgotten.

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Interview – Part 2: Janie Marie Discusses Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?.

Janie Marie Interview Part 1
Janie Marie Interview Part 1
Janie Marie
Janie Marie

For people who aren’t familiar with your book, what genre is Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
Lol it’s all over the place. I mainly consider it A Coming of Age Fairy Tale Adaptation. But it has just about everything besides SciFi.

WAoTBBW is a spin-off from your previous series, Gods & Monsters. Could you explain where the characters of Kylie Hood and Logan Grimm come from and who they are?
Ooh, you have to keep reading to find out. The big reveal comes in book 3 of the Big Bad Wolf Trilogy. It’s a huge twist when you read all of my books.

I have not read Gods & Monsters yet, but could you tell me what cross-over characters appear in WAoTBBW, and why should we know them? 
Gosh, there are too many to name. I’ll say every “soul” WAotBBW comes from G&M. Readers love finding out as they read. Some know right away who is who and others are stumped, but I do clarify in WAotBBW.

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Interview – Part 1: Janie Marie, Author of Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Janie Marie Interview Part 1
Janie Marie Interview Part 1
Janie Marie
Janie Marie

If you could, please take a minute to introduce yourself to readers.
I’m Janie Marie. I live near Austin, Texas, with my husband and our three children—plus four adopted fur babies. I’m the only girl of six children. My parents each had two sons before marrying and having me then my little brother was a surprise. I remind him all the time I was supposed to be the last. Lol. I’m totally winging this author thing, but I’m happy to constantly grow as I share my life and art.

And it will in no way affect the way I think about you as a person, but what are your thoughts on coffee? Keep in mind coffee drinkers are the best people in the world. 
Haha, I don’t like it. I love the smell and have had friends give me various types, and I just don’t like it. My morning drink is always Dr Pepper.

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Giveaway: Love & Devotion Book & Swag Giveaway

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Time for another giveaway and this one is long overdue. I collected these books at the Love and Devotion event in San Diego last Summer with the intention of doing a giveaway and it never happened. What books? Well that is a surprise, but each is signed by the author and comes with swag from the event. Authors include Angel Payne, Tiffany Ransier, CJ Corbin, Kelly Violet, Karri Thompson, Jennifer Rebecca, Janelle Peel, Renee Rose, and Tessa Dare.

This is a grand prize and you win ALL of them. Four second place winners win swag packs. Five third place winners win $5 Amazon gift cards. You want the swag packs.

Giveaway starts 12pm PDT 23 April 2020 – 12AM PDT 04 May 2020. Winners will be announced. Physical prizes are open to US winners only, gift cards available to International winners.

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Giveaway: Be A JLA Deity and Win 2 Deity Passes for ApollyCon 2020

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Win 2 Deity Passes to ApollyCon 2020

Are you just dying to get your hands on ApollyCon 2020 tickets?

Here’s your chance to #beaJLAdeity!
This giveaway will run from February 12 – 29, 2020.

Neither ApollyCon or JLA are associated with, nor do they endorse this giveaway in anyway. All responsibility for this giveaway is through this blog Have Coffee Need Books! The logo for ApollyCon is used with permission from the ApollyCon organization


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Giveaway: Storm the Shadows

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Now is your chance to win a signed copy of The Burning Shadow. Three copies are up for grabs but also in appreciation with the Fighting the Storm Campaign are some autographed Can You Still See The Stars At Night totes. There are more Stormy prizes with hoodie tees and unsigned totes.


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Guest Post: Fighting the Storm Campaign Creators

What is the Fighting the Storm Campaign?

Anneke: Fighting the Storm campaign is about putting a light on those invisible illnesses no one else talks or even thinks about. 

Ashley: We really wanted to bring awareness to those suffering with an illness that you can’t see. There’s a stigma out there that in order to be sick or disabled it has to show. Whether it’s a wheelchair, walker, oxygen tank, etc. 

Zamma: That’s what happens when you cry your eyes out for days after reading a book written by JLA! I just wanted to do something to show Jen that we’re not all dicks (Can I say dick?) Jen gets a lot of weird looks when she asked people for help because she can’t always see or read signs. When I read that in Storm and Fury’s acknowledgements I got angry and then sad. So I got this super crazy idea to help raise awareness for RP. Like Peanut said – I messaged her and asked her what she thought and she was all for it. Then Anneke joined and Izzy demanded that I should make her admin so she can invite people on her own instead of bothering the rest of us (So happy that we became friends Ash!) Ursula joined us later when Stony started to bother me a lot and I could not do all the admin stuff I wanted. Ursula is my bestie for 8 years now and she saved my butt by joining the admin team! Thanx girls for all your help! The campaign would have been a fail without all of you helping me! 

Ursula: Fighting the Storm, was put together, to help raise awareness for invisible illnesses,  more importantly RP, which our favorite Author suffers from.

Kristen: The Fighting the Storm Campaign is a campaign we started after the release of Storm and Fury and so many of us were touched by the MC Trinity who suffered with Retinitis Pigmentosa. Excuse the pun but it really opened a lot of our eyes to the world people like Jennifer live in. It was one thing to know that she had this disease but another to see it so well described in a book. So it started out with Zamma messaging me about spreading awareness for this illness that not many people are aware of and then later on to invisible illnesses. So this is our movement to spread awareness of the invisible and to show the world there is more to what just the eye can see and that behind every person struggling with a chronic invisible illness is a fighter and a very strong determined soul trying to survive. This is all under the banner of Fighting the Storm. It isn’t just that it relates to the book title but the deeper meaning behind this name chosen. Everything we know about this illness and other invisible illnesses, they are 100% without a doubt like fighting a storm, and through this campaign and raising awareness it is our way of head-on fighting that storm that tries to control us. We fight the storm while it fights with fury. But the one thing it didn’t count on were love and friendship and that is truly what helps us to continue fighting. 

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Giveaway: JLA Storming the Shadows Giveaway

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JLA Mysterious Galaxy Signing for The Burning Shadow October 11, 2019

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout visited San Diego on her recent book tour for The Burning Shadow. Jen Spoke a little about The Lux and Origin series highlighting exciting developments in the Lux Universe. Taking questions from the audience, she hinted at what fans can look forward to in 2020, ending the evening in signing books for those in attendance.


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Now is your chance to win a signed copy of The Burning Shadow. Three copies are up for grabs but also in appreciation with the Fighting the Storm Campaign are some autographed Can You Still See The Stars At Night totes. There are more Stormy prizes with hoodie tees and unsigned totes.

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Guest Post: Laura Bickle’s Glittery Ghoul Donuts

Flesh by Laura Bickle

When I saw vampire donuts come across a friend’s Facebook feed, I knew that I had to give them a try. I’ve had my own share of Pinterest disasters, to be certain, but I think this is something I can handle. The worst thing that could possibly happen would be that I’d have a dozen mangled donuts, right? I could eat all the evidence before anyone was the wiser.

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Book Blitz: Flesh by Laura Bickle

Flesh by Laura Bickle
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Title: Flesh
Author: Laura Bickle
Genre: YA Horror
Release Date: September 19, 2017

Synopsis:

The dead are easy to talk to. Live people, not so much.

Charlie Sulliven thinks she knows all the secrets of the dead. Raised in a funeral home, she’s the reluctant “Ghoul Girl,” her reputation tied to a disastrous Halloween party. But navigating her life as a high school sophomore is an anxiety-inducing puzzle to her. She haunts the funeral
home with her parents, emo older brother, Garth, their pistol-packing Gramma, and the glass-eyeball-devouring dachshund, Lothar.

Chewed human bodies are appearing in her parents’ morgue…and disappearing in the middle of the night. The bodies seem tied to a local legend, Catfish Bob, who has resurfaced in the muddy Milburn river near Charlie’s small town. When one of Charlie’s classmates, Amanda, awakens in the cooler as a flesh-eating ghoul, Charlie must protect her newfound friend and step up to unravel the mystery…and try to avoid becoming lunch meat for the dead.

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