Mortals No Longer Necessary

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So I’ve never downloaded an American Idol song in my life. Last week I downloaded Kris Allen’s cover of the song from Once and have played it until I feel a little gaggy now when I hear it. I have worn it out. I think it’s better than the original by far. AND Kris is from Arkansas! I just put that together last week. (I’m just now tuning in for the most part.) Not only that, but he’s from Conway, where I went to college my first year and a half before packing up my ancient dorm room and coming back home to the lovely University of Arkansas. (Here’s a tip…don’t pick your college based on a half day visit. Or just because it’s in close proximity to a movie theater and a restuarant that makes some tasty cheese dip.)

I don’t even know what I was searching for on Amazon, but somehow I found this.

The Classic Regency Romance. Now with Ultra-violent Zombies!” Pride and Prejudice and ZOMBIES? What the heck? And the weird thing…it makes me want to order it. I thought about making my main character, Isabella Kirkwood, from So Not Happening, a zombie. But I went with a brain-sucking alien instead. I thought there were more romantic possibilities between her and the dragon love interest that way. But you have to read really close to see this secret, immortal part of them. And backwards. If you read the book backwards aloud, it’s totally there. If you read it normally, she’ll just be a typical human girl.

So due to a messed up schedule and standarized testing, we watched Princess Bride in class today. One of my classes liked it. One did not and found other things to do (about made my head spin off my neck). And one watched intently…but didn’t get any of the jokes. It’s very disheartening. And how ungrateful is that? Princess Bride in class? Come on! When I was in school and we got to see a movie, it was always some lame, moral-filled, after-school special type thing that would have a ridiculous title like “Betty’s Self-Esteem Makes Her Beautiful.” Or “Daddy Isn’t Coming Back and My Life is Ruined.” Or “Good Girls Don’t Shoplift.”  But anything to avoid another worksheet. And I’m happy to say…I’ve yet to shoplift, so maybe it was not all for cheesy naught. Now I wish they would’ve shown us a movie called, “Reasons You Shouldn’t Grow Up to Eat Ridiculous Amounts of Sugar and Other Overly Processed Food.”

At the risk of beating a dead horse called Britain’s Got Talent,  have you seen this boy?  I love that middle judge’s reactions. They’re just so…genuine. As we say in the south, that kid can SANG.

Some of you have already emailed me and asked me if I knew someone was out there writing books for adults under my name. It’s me!!! Here’s a sneak peek of the cool cover of my women’s fiction book coming out in September called Just Between You and Me.

I love this cover. I heart it for a lot of reasons, but I especially like  it because it’s an official CWHM. I don’t want to get technical on you, but that stands for Cover With Hot Man. It’s true. Check him out in the background. He has cool jeans on and everything. The fact that he’s a merman-werewolf hybrid is really gonna cause some problems for the CWGH (chick with good hair). It’s also gonna be a Women of Faith novel for 2010!!! I feel very blessed about that. So blessed I’ll probably change the merwolf back to a human. Even though I am feeling pretty smug that NO ONE has had a merwolf character yet. It was gonna be my thing. I should pray over this…

Speaking of books, I’m really excited about this book by suspense author Brandilyn Collins and her daughter Amberly.


If you haven’t read any of Brandilyn’s “Seatbelt Suspense” novels, you are missing out. I’m not really a suspense girl, and I loved her last book, Dark Pursuit. Now she and her daughter are teaming up for a cool YA series about Shaley, the daughter of a rockstar. (How cool would that be? Unless he was like still stuck in the 80s and had big hair and tight, spandex pants. Ew. But that’s NOT this dad.)  The Collins ladies also have a great contest going on where you can “live like a rockstar.” You can check it out HERE.

Have a great rest of the week. Don’t forget to enter the contest for a free copy of the alien-free, vampire-free, zombie-free version of So Not Happening.

JEN

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  1. Sarah April 22nd, 2009 9:32 am

    How did I not know you were writing an adult novel? Maybe I’ll actually read an adult book this year instead of all YA stuff!:)

    And I’ve been seeing the PP&Z book around and it looks interesting-I might have to read a little of it.

  2. Melodie April 22nd, 2009 9:52 am

    Yay a new book! What’s it about?

  3. Julia April 22nd, 2009 10:07 am

    I GOT SO NOT HAPPENING!!!! I Pre-Ordered it and got it today. Aren’t you jealous? Well…. you’re not, but I am. Of myself. My mom brought the Amazon box box up containing the book, and she’s like “Guess what it is.” I was in my bed. Half asleep. So I think I said something like “Good for you.” And went back to sleep. Then she told me it was “So Not Happening” You’ve never seen anyone wake up so fast. Then I tried to open the box… it took me about 5 minutes… while my mom sat and laughed at me fumbling with a box half asleep. I finally got it open… and I’m on page 2! I had to comment… because that’s how I roll.
    I’ve been slightly to busy to comment lately because of hospitals, $1500 grocery bills, and conjugating “Acabar.” So… I know you missed my stupid comments and bad grammar, though.

  4. Natalie April 22nd, 2009 11:24 am

    I always loved those After School Specials.

  5. Sarah April 22nd, 2009 11:33 am

    Wow! Just Between You and Me looks awesome! Congrats:)

  6. Colene April 22nd, 2009 12:08 pm

    Pride and Prejudice with cannibalism…that’s totally what that story was missing! how couldn’t anyone have seen it before? Kudos to that author. I’m intrigued…

    congrats on the new new book and the new book! Stop Writing so frikin<–(the dictionary says the correct spelling of that it firkin) fast! my “to read” pile is stacking up too quickly!

    and also i salute you for attempting some good subtle humor on the youth of today. its unfortunate that to be funny it has to be gross and completely obvious. *sigh* now…i sound old…great…
    happy Wednesday!

  7. Rhonda Sanasac April 22nd, 2009 12:11 pm

    JENNIFER! I love the new cover–it’s so great. I’m making a request of you–PLEASE don’t tell about books you’ve written before they are released. I CANNOT wait months to get them! You’re killin’ me. :-)
    BTW–I have to comment about Julia’s comment above. Just reading that I almost cried for you. My heart is so filled with joy for you (I know how corny that sounds, but SO WHAT!) Congrats to you. You so deserve it. Thank you, Julia for sharing that.

  8. Jen April 22nd, 2009 12:24 pm

    Rhonda, you’re right. Julia is a sweetie. That makes my day. ; ) Julia’s also a good writer, as you can tell from her funny comment. She has quite a way with words! We’ll see her on the shelves one day.

    Colene, if you’re old, I’m nursing home old.

  9. Jen April 22nd, 2009 12:25 pm

    Oh, Natalie, I actually liked those lame After School Specials too. I never missed one.

  10. Tabitha April 22nd, 2009 1:55 pm

    You know, that CWHM makes me want to read “Just Between You and Me”. Kinda like how the “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” cover made you want to buy it. But in a totally different way :-)

  11. Shauna April 22nd, 2009 2:08 pm

    I greatly prefer Glen and Marketa’s original version of Falling Slowly (I liked the movie too) and played it over and over and over at about the time they won an Oscar for best original song.

    So happy to hear you have a grown-up book coming out soon–and that it isn’t called Just Between You and I! :)

  12. Hannah April 22nd, 2009 5:05 pm

    Oh. My. Gosh. The cover for “Just Between You and Me” is gorgeous!!! Awesome that it’s part of the on-going Women of Faith series too. It is SO going on my list. And why does September suddenly seem so far away?

    Um…Pride and Prejudice with zombies? I think whoever wrote that book oughta leave the suspense-stuff to Brandilyn Collins.

  13. Christa Allan April 22nd, 2009 5:57 pm

    Holding out on me, huh chick?! What are you…a book-writing machine???? So….what’s the scoop on Just Between You and Me? And do you know how many letters you’re going to receive because people will think the title should be, Just Between You and I? Groan.

  14. Jenny B Jones April 22nd, 2009 6:03 pm

    Christa, our alternate title was: Just Between Y’uns.

    Hannah, thanks for the cover compliments. I will pass those on.

    Shauna, I wanted to like the original version better…but I couldn’t.

    Tabitha, she’s got great locks, eh? Love her hair.

  15. Natalie April 22nd, 2009 7:13 pm

    I like Glen’s version more than Kris’s version, but still. Kris is growing on me. At first, I saw the matching apron thing and I’ll admit … I was a little bit tainted after that. There is a fine line between cute and obnoxious. Matching aprons …. I just don’t know where it fits. Last night, Kris was my favorite though. He might be growing on me.

    Beautiful cover! I am loving the girl’s hair. My coworkers a few summers ago often shrugged off my … overt passion … as a product of red hair. But my hair isn’t red enough to be awesome. I need to take this cover to my stylist and scream, “THIS!” but I will probably end up looking like Ronald McDonald if I do that. Congrats on the book!! (Let me know how PP&Z works out for ya …)

  16. Sheila April 23rd, 2009 10:11 pm

    “Good Girls Don’t Shoplift.” made me LAUGH OUT LOUD! (but you knew it would)
    When I grow up, I just want to be a CWGH!

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