Two Things…Like a Contest


Thanks for all the great feedback from those of you who have already read There You'll Find Me. So appreciate that. I don't care what they tweet, an author is the last person to know whether a book is good or not, so nine books later, I'm still just as surprised when someone besides a family member likes something I've written.  Or maybe all my readers just sniff a lot of glue. Please know I don't judge you for that.

Like the rest of the world, I am very sad about Steve Jobs. I will discuss later. But if you haven't watched his Stanford commencement speech, you simply must. It lights me up every time I hear it.

There You'll Find Me is also available in audio book. I heard a piece of it for the first time yesterday, and it totally made me smile. The Irish accents are so lovely to the ear. I  might talk with one today. You can catch a preview here.


You can also win one! To get your name entered into the Giant Imaginary Bingo Hopper where Contest Names Go, just tell me BY THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, what you're reading right now.

I just finished the last page of Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, author of Invention of Hugo Cabret. I started it last night and haven't hardly put it down. I loved Hugo, love Wonderstruck, and think I might have a literary crush on Mr. Selznick as well. I will talk more about this later, too.

In other news, I had to laugh this week because a few of you sent me photos of the new Bath and Body Works line, which was CLEARLY created in honor of A Charmed Life‘s Bella Kirkwood.


Okay, when you see it in person and all big on your computer screen (ad is no longer available on BB site), it's all sparkly and pow and stuff. Which leads me to this.


The series is getting a little spit and polish, as Thomas Nelson is putting all three books into one gigantor book this April. And check out that cover. I love it. A YA book lives and dies by its cover, so I so, SO appreciate this one.

Okay, that is all for today. Tell me what you're reading and then your name will go in Imaginary Hopper of Name Spit-outness.

And by the way, thanks for those of you who have inquired about Miller and his lack of love for Sully, the Three Legged Wonder Kitty. They have actually reached a turning point in their furry relationship, I believe. They're spending time together right this very moment.

Miller is currently sitting on Sully's head.
With intents to suffocate.

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Christa - October 7, 2011

Audio? New cover? Surprise perfume promo? Dahlin’ you’re in high cotton.

Sarah Elizabeth - October 7, 2011

Oh, new sparkly book covers, irish infused audio books and Bath & Body Work’s pretty smelling things! What could be better? Sigh.

Oddly enough I am starting to read Brian Selznick’s ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret.’ I thought I should read the (WONDERFUL, so I’ve been told) book before the Martin Scorsese film releases in November.

Andrea - October 7, 2011

I’m reading Love Finds You in Sunset Beach by Robin Jones Gunn. May I add that, even though we are in the throes of fall now, I’ve had the best reading summer of my life, and when books like these continue coming out, it does my little summer heart good . . . I can pretend that my summer reading program is still happening and that I’m not getting ready to say goodbye to seeing my toes publicly for several cold months. I am loving this book because it’s about Sierra Jensen, and I spent some of my teen years with that girl. I received There You’ll Find Me before the release date (which is a bookworm dream) but Mom hijacked it before I could start it . . . but it’s N-E-X-T!

Helen Loss - October 7, 2011

I just finished reading ‘Where she went’ By Gayle Foreman! I got it on wed afternoon and was done that same night at midnight! It is so good but you must read ‘If I Stay’ first to know what is going on! Best book I have read in a while.

Skyler K - October 7, 2011

I love irish accents and I love the book cover, it looks really happy and festive!
I’ve just started reading Anne Rice’s Interview With a Vampire. I’m going to read There You’ll Find Me after my sister reads it! Can’t wait!!

Brittaney - October 7, 2011

Just wanted to say I love and own all of your books. I am currently reading The Colonel’s Wife by Laura Frantz and To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer.

Katie - October 7, 2011

Currently I’m reading John Green’s Looking For Alaska. It’s one of my faves. 🙂

Kathryn - October 7, 2011

I’m reading “The Boy Next Door” (Meg Cabot chick lit) in between all the middle grade fiction I’m reading for a class.

Anna Grace - October 7, 2011

I’m rereading Jane Eyre and Save the Date as of right now. And I am also reading Heart of the Artist by Rory Noland, which is a really good nonfiction christian book for Artistic people 🙂 I cannot wait to go get a copy of There You’ll Find Me. It will be a great break of happy in my sea of never-ending school work haha

Kim W - October 7, 2011

I am currently reading Terry Blackstock’s new book, Shadow in Serenity. I plan to read There You’ll Find Me just as soon as my daughter passes it over! She intercepted my Barnes and Noble package, but she’s a fast reader so I will forgive her. 🙂

Sharon - October 7, 2011

Torrent by Lisa Bergren 🙂

Paris - October 7, 2011

I’m just finished reading The Doctor’s Lady by Jody Hedlund. I liked it. It was based on a true story and it reminded my a little of Redeeming Love.

Tonya - October 7, 2011

I’m reading “sketchy Behaviour” by Erynn Mangum

Morgan - October 7, 2011

I am reading Cascade by lisa t bergen and soon going to be reading Torrent by lisa t bergen
O and Love the audio!!!!

Courtney Walsh - October 7, 2011

I’ve never been able to do a darn Irish accent but if I could I would die my hair red and adopt a sweet little brogue. I’m reading my own drivel a lot lately but also “She Makes it Looks Easy” by Marybeth Whalen.


Morgan - October 7, 2011

Courtney I heard that was a really good book 🙂

Velma - October 7, 2011

I just finished reading Save the Date, which I loved and could not put down. I just started Softly and Tenderly by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck.

I am a new fan, and after reading Save the Date, I want to get copies of your young adult books for my classroom bookshelf.

bookwyrm14 - October 7, 2011


I just finished reading Dark Mirror and Dark Passage by M.J. Putney. The series is about a group of teenagers living in pre-WW2 England who have magical abilities and access to Merlin’s mirror, a mirror that allows them to travel back in time…problem is, the mirror decides when and where they go. It has all the elements I love: time travel, fantasy, romance, and adventure.

Jenny, did I mention that I want to win? I have been having a not-so-great week so far, and I need some cheering up. Your books always do that. 🙂

Ronda - October 7, 2011

I just finished reading the preview of Blue Moon Bay by Lisa Wingate and next I’m planning to read Maggie by Charles Martin. With bits of Pride and Prejudice on my Nook thrown in at odd times. 🙂

Judy - October 7, 2011

I just finished Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller. My next book in my pile to read is, Always the Wedding Planner Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker.

Grace - October 7, 2011

Im reading the HELP!! it so great!! After my mom and the whole world read it I just had to pick it up! Im so excited for the Charmed Life SERIES book! but…i don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade but i really think the girl on the cover for So Over my Head portrays Bella Kirkwood the best. I do admit the cover girl is really attractive and has awesome glasses but i would love to see the other girl on the cover:) just coming from a little 13 year old:)

Jerica - October 7, 2011

I’m reading “Fair is the Rose” by Liz Curtis Higgs. It’s the second in the Lowlands of Scotland series, and I loved the first book so I’m looking forward to getting into this one as well.

Sherry Kuhn - October 7, 2011

I have read There You’ll Find Me and LOVED it! Would love to have the audio version. I just finished reading Saving Hope by Margaret Daley and just started Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble.

Tarrah - October 7, 2011

‘Waterfall’ by Lisa-T.-Bergren

Becca Peterson - October 7, 2011


I am one of those readers who read more then one book at a time…
So here goes:
Forbidden by Ted Dekker, and Tosca Lee.
Hostage in Havanna by Noel Hynd
Cascade by Lisa Bergren
Various books about pregnancy (I’m 21 weeks!)

I also have a couple review books i’m reading. I write reviews for the Portland Book Review here in Oregon. 🙂

Hope Rekindled by Tracie Peterson
Shadows on the Sand by Gayle Roper

It keeps me busy but I don’t mind.. LOVE to read!

Rachel - October 7, 2011

I just started Dante’s Inferno. For AP English. It’s surprisingly good.

capillya - October 7, 2011

Lookit! Lookit that bindup cover! They did right by you, Miss JBJ, because I’d have to stop and pick up that one if I saw it on a shelf. 😉

Also, I must know more about this Selznick literary crush. Cos I wanna read that book something fierce. FIERCE I tell you.

Katy - October 8, 2011

I’m reading The Truth Seeker by Dee Henderson. I love it (you should read it someday if you have time 😉 I love how audio books have the same voice the whole time 😀

Liv - October 8, 2011

I just finished There You’ll Find Me on my nook! Really, really great! I think I might buy You Have To Stop This on my nook as well….Love Pseudonymous Bosch’s books!!!!!

Jenny - October 8, 2011

The Shunning by Beverly Lewis. Just finished book 3 of The Gallagher Girls, “Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover” by Ally Carter. The fact that I can swing from spy girl prep school YA to bonnet fiction is what I love most about reading. Losing myself in story world is the best 🙂 Not to mention reading in the sunshine on an unseasonably warm October day in the north.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Erin McFarland - October 8, 2011

Sparkles!!! That new Charmed Life cover is awesome!
Just finished reading Tosca Lee’s Demon: A Memoir

bookwyrm14 - October 8, 2011

I was glancing through the books here and recognized most of them as ones I had already read (my personal favorite of all of the above is To Win Her Heart by Karen Whitemeyer…the romance was so lovely it made me cry 🙂 ) I’m glad others have the same taste in books as I do! I feel less weird now. 🙂

Joy - October 8, 2011

So, looks like I’ll have two sets of the charmed life books…. 😀

I’ll be the twilight nut/fan this time. I’m currently reading Stephenie Meyer’s New Moon. Before that, Twilight. See a pattern? 🙂

Jenny B Jones - October 8, 2011

I’m gonna have to check some of these books out! And Joy, welcome to the Twilight-reading side. It’s about time!

Amy McCoy - October 8, 2011

First, let me say, I love your books. I love all the witty sarcasm your characters use. I’m currently reading “Forsaking All Others” by Allison Pittman and it is FABUlous! It’s the second in the series. Also, just finished a reading binge with The Hunger Games series. Thanks for all the great reads!

Erynn - October 8, 2011

Have I mentioned how excited I am about this book? Irish accents? All the better. SO excited.
I’m currently reading Ronie Kendig’s first book, Dead Reckoning. Love the free Nook books.
The rest of her Discarded Heroes Series and There You’ll Find Me are at the top of my TBR list.
Sorry I missed meeting you at ACFW, but I LOVED your devotional. You rock.

Megan - October 9, 2011

Becoming Me by Melody Carlson.

bookwyrm14 - October 9, 2011

HUNGER GAMES IS AMAZING!!!!!!! I need say no more 🙂

karenk - October 9, 2011

i’m reading THE GIRL IN THE GATEHOUSE by julie klassen 🙂

Abbigail - October 9, 2011

Sadly, I am currently reading Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville. Can’t seem to get past the first chapter, and It’s due with a paper on Wednesday! Ugh! My eyes are constantly darting to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen on my bookshelf…I’ve actually never read it; seen the movie – Keira Knightly version. But I’m trying to wait ’till Christmas vacation to pick it up, so I can really enjoy it. 🙂
Can’t wait until I have a chance to make a trip to the bookstore to see if I can find a copy of There You’ll Find me!

Dakota - October 10, 2011

Reading Maid to Match, by Deeanne Gist

Cassidy - October 10, 2011

I so want this book! Okay I’m reading Whirlwind by Robert Liparulo in the Dream House Kings series; I am also reading Chosen by Ted Dekker in The Lost Books series =)

Lydia - October 10, 2011

A There You’ll Find Me audiobook? How awesome.
I’m reading Solitary by Travis Thrasher.

Brittanie - October 10, 2011

I always have several books going at the same time. I am reading Carney’s House Party by Maud Hart Lovelace, My Dearest Friend by Hazel Statham, You Learn by Living by Elenaor Roosevelt, and various library books. I really need another audio book. I am having to listen to the radio again because I can’t find anything I can stand at the library. 🙂

Alana - October 10, 2011

I’m RE-reading Nevermore by Kelly Creagh, great gothic-lite teen romance! I couldn’t put it down! Also, Kiss of Night by Debbie Vigue (put a dash in there), it is pretty good, it has a Christian spin on the vampire romance, very interesting…and it has a very beautiful cover, makes me want to go to Prague! And I’m reading Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey, now if I could only put this more into practice instead of buying so many books….oh, and about a dozen more, but those are the top 3!

Rachel Billings - October 11, 2011

I’m currently working my way through the Love Inspired Suspense series Protecting the Witnesses. They’re the perfect size books to read during the busy school season.

BTW – Loving the new cover! The confetti totally makes the picture.

Katie Myer - October 11, 2011

I…am reading many things. I recently finished Unplanned, but I’m also rereading The Healer’s Apprentice and (*squeals*) So Not Happening. (Does the last one sound familiar? It might ring some bells…)

I too love the new cover

Allie - October 12, 2011

I’m reading ‘Leaving’ by karen kingsburry amazing book and it has a very pretty cover 🙂

Olivia - October 12, 2011

I’m reading Gorgon’s Gaze, which is like Dr. Doolittle Mythology-fied! It’s great for my Sc-fi brain!!!!…I’m on the last page! Then I’m going to read The Prophecy Of Bane, which is the sequel to Gregor the Overlander!…..Yay!

Olivia - October 12, 2011

oops! Forgot to mention….I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE(LOVE)the new cover! Literally my motto is “Everything’s Better With Glitter!”…..No, I’m serious 😉


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