Thursday, July 12, 2018

News and Tour Wrap up

So MY PLAIN JANE has been out for two weeks, and we Janies have been getting all the love!

In the first week we went on an amazing tour in which we:

Met a real live HEDGEHOG named Pixi Sticks in Salt Lake City!



Answered a lot of fun questions and performed a bit of MY PLAIN JANE (with costumes!)
(Thanks to the Fabulous Book Fiend for the fun video from our Denver event)


Almost melted in Phoenix, but we kept right on laughing

and then we returned to Salt Lake City, where the three of us sat down to start writing our next book, MY CALAMITY JANE. It was business as usual for the Janies:



And then something AMAZING happened:

MY PLAIN JANE hit the New York Times bestseller list!!!!!!!!

Needless to say, it was an amazing two weeks, and thanks so much to everyone who came out and supported us. We have the best, most enthusiastic, hilarious readers, and we love you all so much!

If you're feeling a bit cheated because we stuck to the western United States this time, and you live on the eastern side, we have good news. The Janies will be meeting up in August in Virginia to finish writing MY CALAMITY JANE, and while we're there, we'll be doing two book events. The first is at Barnes & Noble Charlottesville on Saturday, August 4th, at 12pm.

And the second will be at One More Page in Arlington on August 7 at 7pm:



So come and see us there! We promise that we will perform for you, too!

In less exciting news, we just sent copyright infringement takedowns to a huge amount of piracy sites. This depresses us so much. Please don't steal our books. At this stage, every single sale of MY PLAIN JANE counts so much, we can't emphasize enough how much it matters. We would really like to keep writing books together, but we can't do this if our sales aren't good enough. So please don't pirate!

On that note, we have some awesome news. MY PLAIN JANE is, as of this week, available at Target! But this is no ordinary version of our book. This version has a whole EXTRA CHAPTER at the end, like an epilogue to our epilogue. The Target version of the book is the only place you can get this extra content (which we had so much fun writing!), and they have only printed a limited amount of these, so once they are all sold, they're gone.


So run to Target, people! (Or you can get it online here.) And have a good laugh with us about the invention of the double date.

Thanks again for all the love for MY PLAIN JANE. We'll see you in the funny papers!

XOXO
The Janies

Friday, October 13, 2017

My Plain Jane COVER REVEAL

Hello, Janie fans! We are so excited today, because we've finally been given the green light to share the cover for our upcoming Jane novel--My Plain Jane. We love this cover so much!

But first, here's the book description:

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (yikes) and his uneven temper (YIKES) they fall in love--and, Reader, she marries him.

We have a different tale to tell.

Are you excited yet?

Well, then . . . here's a peek at the inside of the jacket:






And finally, HERE'S THE COVER:



Isn't it totally awesome???!!! Leave your comments below!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Lady Janies in Virginia!

We're hard at work on our new book, MY PLAIN JANE, but while we're together, we wanted to celebrate the release of the paperback for MY LADY JANE. We'll be doing an event at One More Page Books in Arlington, VA.

Come see us!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Young Adult Scavenger Hunt



Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-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 book from each author on the hunt in our 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 THREE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! We are part of the ORANGE TEAM--



but there are also teams of many different colors for chances to win whole different sets of twenty 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. 

Scavenger Hunt Puzzle

Directions: Below, you'll notice that we've listed our favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the teal 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 April 3, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Scavenger Hunt Post

Today, we are hosting Sara B. Larson for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Here's some information about Sara:

Sara B. Larson

Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed YA fantasy DEFY trilogy: DEFY, IGNITE, and ENDURE, and the forthcoming DARK BREAKS THE DAWN. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband, their children, and their Maltese, Loki. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day (while mourning the demise of naptime) and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction

Find out more information by checking out Sara's website!

Check out Sara's books here!

And here's a peek at the cover of her new book: 




SPOILER ALERT if you haven't read the series!!

At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory.

When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?

Acclaimed author Sara B. Larson has woven a stunning, romantic, and evocative finale to the Defy trilogy that is sure to leave readers breathless until the very last page.


Exclusive Content -



Here's the exclusive content that Sara sent over just for you. 

From Sarah: Last spring I did the first half of a bonus scene from the DEFY series - the wedding scene for Damian and Alexa. This time I am doing the second half of the same scene. It is obviously spoilery if someone hasn't read the series, read at your own risk. :-) 

I squeezed Alexa’s hand as King Osgand looked first to her, then me, then to the crowd gathered behind us.
“It is my honor and privilege to stand before you all today, especially King Damian and his chosen bride,” he began, his deep voice resonating all the way to the far reaches of the Grand Hall. I was fairly certain I was supposed to keep my gaze forward, but I couldn’t resist looking down at Alexa once more as King Osgand continued to speak.  She was radiant in the simple but beautiful dress she’d had made to replicate the one her mother had worn so many years before. The perfume from the flowers wreathing her dark hair mingled with that of the soap she must have used that morning to create a heady blend that had me wishing the ceremony was already over and we were alone in—
She squeezed my hand once and I snapped my gaze forward to see King Osgand looking at me expectantly, an amused gleam in his eye.
“Do you wish to declare your intent to go forward with this marriage before your people?” He prompted quietly.
“Yes, yes I do,” I immediately—and loudly—answered.
“Excellent.” King Osgand smiled at me; and though we’d fought side by side in the war as equals, I couldn’t help but feel as though I were a young boy caught at mischief for a brief moment. But then he continued, “Alexa and Damian, you may face each other and recite your vows.”
The moment her gaze met mine I nearly lost the ability to breath—let alone speak. But thankfully, she was supposed to go first.
Alexa swallowed hard, once, a telltale sheen in her hazel eyes as we faced one another. “Damian,” she began, her voice raw with emotion, “you are my safe place in the storms of life. You are the one who loves all of me, good and bad—my other half, and the one I love, more than words can express.” Her voice trembled as she continued and I had to fight the urge to gather her in my arms, hoping instead that she could feel my encouragement and love through our joined hands. “I vow today before all these witnesses that I will forever pledge my heart and my life to you. I am yours, body and soul, until both shall cease to exist.”
Her vow—which I hadn’t heard until that moment—struck such a deep chord in me, I was unable to speak for a long moment, as I tried to compose myself. Her love was the greatest gift I’d ever been given—that and the fact that we had both somehow survived my father’s reign of terror, my uncle’s monstrosities, and everything else that had tried to tear us apart. So much loss, so much pain and hurt, had brought us to this moment. And, in a bittersweet way, that only made our joy more exquisite—more precious.
“Alexa,” I finally managed, my voice nearly breaking, “I loved you long before you truly knew who I was, and I wake up every morning in awe that you somehow came to love me in return.” She squeezed my hands again, her face shining with that love, that I still couldn’t quite believe was for me. “I will spend the rest of my life cherishing you, loving you, and helping you to see how truly beautiful you are—in every way possible, inside and out. You are my dearest friend, my true family, my Queen, and my heart. And I am yours, forever. This I vow, until the end of time.”
She smiled up at me, one tear finally slipping free to slide down her scarred cheek. I tenderly wiped it away, cupping her cheek as King Osgand announced:
“In witness of their vows, I declare you husband and wife—King and Queen! You may kiss your bride!”
A cheer rose from the crowd but I could barely hear a thing over the pounding of my heart as I finally did what I had been wanting to do since I first laid eyes on Alexa walking down the aisle toward me.

I wrapped my arms around her and kissed my queen—my beautiful, amazing wife.


Enter the Contest

That was awesome! Now don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books and more! To enter, you need to know that our favorite number is 3. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the orange team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Continue the Hunt

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! Click here!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

More Janes!

So the Janies have been sitting on this little secret for a while.



But today's the day! Today we can finally share! We have the VERY BEST NEWS EVER!



It can all be summed up right here:

Yep, that's right. The Janies are going to be writing TWO MORE JANE BOOKS!

TWO.

MORE.

JANES.

We just spent a week in our secret hideaway in Utah working on MY PLAIN JANE. We're almost halfway done with a first draft! And we are LOVING IT--Jane Eyre gives us the giggles. Because we're weird that way. And we love making each other laugh. And we love Janes!

To say that we are excited about getting to write two more books is a bit of an understatement. So we'll leave with how we really feel:









ADD THEM TO YOUR GOODREADS!



Monday, July 18, 2016

Jane's Reign: Winners!

Hello, friends!

We have spent the day poring over contest entries and we are pleased to announce our winners! 

Winners, please email us your physical addresses at ladyjanies@gmail.com so we can get your prizes out to you as soon as possible!

Day 1, for the Spread the Word Contest: Isabelle Coyne

Day 2, for The Princess Bride trivia: Sydney Clogston

Day 3, for the Poisoned Pie contest: Chelsea Ruiz
We laughed so hard when we saw this one.

Day 4, for the Best British Accent contest: Leila Rheaume

Day 5, for the Jane's Library contest: Alice Lionel

Day 6, for the Photoshop contest: Jacinda Starr

Day 7, for the Cary Elwes contest: Kimberly V

Day 8, for the You As Queen contest: Grace

Day 9, for the Hat Tips contest: Katelyn

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Jane's Reign: Day Nine




Day Nine! Today is the last day Jane's reign before our favorite queen is deposed! Don't forget that you can still enter all of our contests for our array of fun prize packs until midnight tonight. The winners will be announced tomorrow. Good luck!

Today's post is about hat tips. One of the things we had the most fun with while writing MY LADY JANE was finding places to tip our hats to our favorite movies and books. MLJ is loaded with Easter eggs. Some of them are pretty overt, (inconceivable!) and some are pretty sneaky.

Here's a list of some of the books and movies we paid tribute to in MLJ:

The Princess Bride. Obviously.
Monty Python. Because nobody expects the Monty Python.
Tangled. Who knew?
Game of Thrones. Because we too have games and thrones in our book.
Ever After. One of the best rebelling a of Cinderella ever, with the worst English accents.
Star Wars. Because all good fantasies of whatever genre owe something to Star Wars.
Shakespeare (there are actually over 50 Shakespeare quotes in MLJ, for. . . .reasons.)

And so many more!

So here's today's contest: find as many hat tips as you can in MY LADY JANE and email us a list--with the line and the page number, preferably. You'll already have an advantage in this contest if you've done our Princess Bride search. Happy hunting!

The Prize:

The biggest prize of all! The Lady Janies are currently writing our next Jane book (but, er, we can't tall you much about it yet. But it is so funny, and we're having the best time writing it!) So the prize for this contest is YOUR NAME (in some form) IN OUR NEXT BOOK. Basically, you'll get a character named after you!

Tune in tomorrow for our list of winners!