A Case of the Randoms

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I got some Advanced Reader Copies of There You'll Find Me (subtitle: The Book I Rewrote Exactly 1.5 Million Times and Still Am Not Speaking To).  I will be giving one or two away. Soon. Eventually. Probably. Most Likely. TYFM is available for pre-order on Amazon. (Search: There You'll Find Me; don't search my name.) Here's the scoop on the story:

In a charming B&B in rural Ireland, Finely comes face-to-face with the hottest teen actor . . . and her past.

When Finely books her trip to the “Emerald Isle” as a foreign exchange student, she hopes to create a new identity and get some answers from God. After all, since her brother’s death, God seems to have forgotten she even exists.

Now all she wants to do is let her heart heal, see the sights in her brother’s favorite country, and work on her college audition piece for a prestigious music conservatory. She plans to use her brother’s journal from his time as Ireland as her guide, yet from the moment she boards the plane and sits next to Beckett Rush, teen star of the hottest vampire flicks, nothing goes according to her well-ordered plan.

The peace and beauty of the Irish village are no match for the chaos that soon becomes her life. When she gets roped into working as Beckett Rush’s personal assistant, she finds this famous wild child is not quite what he seems. And as she grows closer to the mysterious actor, her own secrets refuse to stay put.

As things begin to unravel, Finley takes desperate measures to control her own life and fill the empty spaces her brother left behind. When it all comes crashing down, Finley must discover how to give her past to God . . . if there’s to be any hope in her future

This book is a spin-off of Save the Date, a book I am speaking to. (Save TD and I had to have a lot of time apart as well though. But we eventually worked through our differences.)  While Save the Date was not YA (though still appropriate), There You'll Find Me is eighteen-year old Finley's story. In Ireland. With a vampire. (Okay, vampire actor.  Though saying it's a story with a vampire kind of ups my cool factor, so I might just start telling people that.  I also might start telling people there are twenty dollar bills pasted in all pages ending in zero.)

So this is my yearly week of awesome celeb photo opportunities, as it is the Wal-Mart Shareholder's Meeting week. I will see celebs Tuesday and Friday and will report back. Tuesday's celebs are country music musicians, so I might not tell you about those since many of you are not right with the Lord and do not enjoy country music. (Sin! Sin!) But Friday…dude, Friday is bout near awesome. (Minus the fact that the American Idol winner always sings at the meeting, and you may or may not know that I am not happy with this season. Or last season. Or the season before that. (And where are the winners from the previous two seasons? Nowhere. Because I made them disappear. With my mind.) Scotty's performance style makes me uncomfortable. So this will be the portion of the meeting when I will go get a third round of free chocolate covered mini-donuts. I don't want to, but Scotty, you force me to it.)

Since I have no celebrity or Scotty pictures now, let's get back to random. Here are some things that have caught my attention of late:

1. Cover Girl's post on this artist and book cover artAdore that second to last picture.

2. Adrianne Curry and Christopher Knight (Peter, Brady Bunch) have broken up. I was shocked they lasted this long–five years! If you ever saw their reality show years ago, you would know what I mean. They were Cray-Zay! I loved this quote from Knight's manager: “After starting a relationship with what seemed to be irreconcilable differences, the couple has reached a period where those differences are no longer appreciated.”

3. I often get emails asking for YA book recommendations. You should checks out the new blog by my friends Cara and Janna, two lovely ladies who read and review books from a “we need some clean but fab reading material for our kids” view point. You can check it out HERE.

4. Saw this on Target.com and knew I needed it. For what, I'm not sure. But somehow I know this would either make me the coolest aunt. Or the biggest gamer on the block.

5. Aren't these cool Alice in Wonderland prints on Etsy?

6. Have I already shared this amazing catch?

Love the comment on YouTube that says, ” Chuck Norris has a daughter?”

7. When Miller's bad, I pull up this video and threaten to send him to the Wild West.

8. So Nicolas Cage's son got married. When I first saw the photo, I was like, his son doesn't look anything like him!
Then I saw this.

9. I don't know if I will ever accept the fact that the Olsen Twins are guh-billionaire fashion entrepreneurs. Because their pictures usually say, “We dated Nicolas Cage's son.”

10. Recently an OLD student found me on Facebook and it was fun to catch up a bit. She was one of my drama stars, and I had encouraged her to pursue theater if that was what she truly wanted to do. She graduated from high school about eight years ago. When I asked how she was, this was her response:
“Actually, I'm the back half of a horse costume for the kiddie attraction at Medieval Times. It probably won't land me that Academy, but it feeds the kids (well three of them anyway). I tend bar at the VFW on Tuesdays; they call me Babs. Thanks for encouraging me to pursue my dreams of professional theatre! Billy Bob and I owe it all to you. We named our fourth after you.”

Remind me in December, I need to send her, Billy Bob and little Jenny some SPAM for Christmas.
I am off to stalk celebrities. Have a great week!

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Amy - May 30, 2011

Wow…I can’t get over an ARC of THERE YOU’LL FIND ME. Too exciting.

Thanks for all the randomness. 🙂

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Erin McFarland - May 31, 2011

There You’ll Find Me…Can.Not.Wait!!! Not as good of an acronym as its predecessor though :). And you should know i get a good chunk of my Hollywood randomness from your blog…so keep it comin’!!

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Tracy - May 31, 2011

Jen, I would forego six hours of studying and time with my family to read and review ‘There You’ll Find Me’. After all, Finley’s story has GOT to be more fun than what makes an appropriate text for teaching literacy skills….or trying to imagine how teacher qualities impact on student motivation and engagement or classroom environment.

Yep…I NEED Finley. She’d find a warm, embracing home here with me….and my daughters ;o)

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Kristin - May 31, 2011

I am so stinking excited about “There You’ll Find Me”! =)

I’m a fan of “Full House,” and I still can’t get over the fact that cute little Michelle grew up into Mary-Kate and Ashley.

~Kristin

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Dakota - May 31, 2011

That cat herding thing was pretty funny…But while I would totally love to marry a cowboy someday, I don’t think I could live with myself if I married one that herded…cats…
iamsoexcitedforthereyou’llfindmecannotwait!!!

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Jenny - May 31, 2011

Not to start a theological discussion, but I think I may be just a partial sinner, since there are a couple of country singers I enjoy immensely.

I’m looking forward to your next book. It will be my first read with a vampire… I mean not a real one…um, a guy that plays a vampire, in a movie, in a book. It does count, right? I will be able to say I too am reading vampire literature like the rest of the population, correct?

Save your $ on the inflatable widescreen. While I agree it is cool, the bargain shopper in me must tell you to buy a store brand white flat sheet and hang it on your house. Same effect, and you can used the $ saved to buy food for your party. Food will also make you cool with others.

Fun stuff, Jenny!

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Katers - May 31, 2011

Your blog just brightened my morning and made me chuckle. Thank you for that, I wasn’t ready for work (which is horrible to say since I’ve been at work for two hours now) but now I’m ready.

Looking forward to the new book! I just love it when you share some highlights with us, they’re always entertaining and remind me that I’m not the only one that prolly gets the “where do you FIND these videos?!” comments. (It’s a blessing and a curse, I understand totally.)

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Hannah - May 31, 2011

hahaa! this blog post has made my day better 😀
I cannot WAIT until TYFM comes out! 🙂

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bookwyrm14 - May 31, 2011

OMG!!!!!!! There You’ll Find Me is FINALLY COMING!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

Ok, as you can tell, I am SOOOOO pumped about reading about Finley cause I just fell in love with her spunk in Save The Date (even though she had some issues, but doesn’t everyone?)And her love interest is a vampire actor?!?!?! I am SO reading this book!!!!!!!

***hint, hint, I am your most loyal fan. so if you wanted to give away a copy of TYFM, I think you know who to call…wink, wink :)***

and btw, Ms. Jones, I am the queen of randomness, so my favorite blogs from you are random ones. 🙂

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Clare - May 31, 2011

haha, thanks for making me smile Jenny! half of what i know of celeb news comes from you… sad, i know, i’m lazy and just read what other people have found out instead of doing it on my own. 😉
SOOO excited about your book! Save the Date was my favorite book of yours and i can’t wait to read Finley’s story! 🙂
btw, i love country music and sad to say i did kinda get swept up in the scotty craze. i didn’t like him until the last two episodes. i guess i somehow had a change of heart. the fact that he thanked God after he won kinda made me like him better too. 🙂

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Tonya - May 31, 2011

Can’t wait for TYFM!!!!
I love alyour randomness and have to say I LOVe Scotty , he makes me smile 🙂
But I’m not big on country music so what kindof sinner does that make me??? Ha
Maybe he’ll(scotty) win you over at the walmart show

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God's Gal (alyssa) - May 31, 2011

Jenny, I appreciate country music, don’t worry. But, you don’t like Scotty!? :O Okay, maybe I see where you’re coming from… His eyes are kinda scary when he performs… 😛

You’re giving away ARCs of TYFM?!?! Will this ONE be open to Canada…? {insert puppy dog face here} LOL.

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Kim - June 1, 2011

I pre-ordered There You’ll Find Me at Barnes and Noble, but an ARC would be awesome — I could beat my daughter and read it first. We had to arm wrestle over Save the Date, and it became a quite the agressive battle that kept us both from reading it in one sitting (we were constantly stealing it back and forth, holding it ransome, etc.). Thanks for the fun blog that provides endless random entertainment, which speaks to our equally quirky humor. 🙂

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Liv - June 1, 2011

Definitely some freaky resemblance…;-)

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Lori - June 1, 2011

Can’t wait to read the new book. =)) Now why didn’t I think of the blow up big screen TV when hubby was shopping for a new TV it sure would have saved a lot of money. =))

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Jenny B Jones - June 2, 2011

Thanks, y’all. October will be here before we know it. My summer break starts late next week, so I don’t want to rush it… ; )

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Tay - June 2, 2011

Hey, I just want you to know that I love your blog. Reading your blog posts always make my day! Love you!

Every time I think of you I thank God for you. (Phil. 1:3)

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Jenny B Jones - June 2, 2011

Why thank you, Tay!

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Abbigail - June 7, 2011

You know, when you tell some one NOT to do something, that tends to make them want to do it. In other words, I searched your name instead of the book title. I think I figured out what you meant…
And refer to Jenny’s (comment #6) comment. I have the same question. Not really into the whole Vampire vs. Werewolf faze. This too shall pass. No offense, considering I know you enjoy vamps. (don’t care if that’s a cool unword or not.) We are all entitled our own opinions.
You’re right…country music is a sin. Oh, that’s not what you meant? Hehe…oops! Just kidding! Once again, we all have our differences. Apparently so do Adrianne and Christopher. The’re age gap kinda grosses me out. I mean, they couldn’t even make it work? What kind of example is that setting for the youth of today? The leaders of tomorrow? Okay, woah, getting off topic. Or was there even a topic to this post…?
Your #6:Wow.
Oh, and I got your Katie Parker series for my birthday! I’m so happy! Unfortunately, I’m not one of those “I want to savor this book so I’ll read it one chapter at a time” kind of people. (Do those people even exist?) In other words, two out of three done. And I’m not even out of school…Oh, and by the way, I read Act 1 in ten hours. Yes, I timed it. I think that’s a new record for me for a 347 page book. 🙂
Well, I’m done with rambling randomness. For now. 🙂
-<3-Abbigail

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Abbigail - June 7, 2011

P.S.–TYFM and I will never argue. My house would make a great home for Finley. My address is…lol!

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