Ruby Frost Excerpt

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Hi everyone!

I know I don’t blog as much as I used to and I apologize for that. I’ve been writing as fast as I can and working on Ruby Frost. I’m almost finished with the third draft of the novel and I really hope you enjoy Bianca’s next adventure in Everafter. There is so much more going on. You will meet a whole bunch of incredible characters and also a new villain. So I sincerely hope it’s worth the wait. I want to make sure I give you guys the best book possible.

 

Anyway here is an unedited sneak peek at Ruby Frost, featuring your favorite Wonderlandian, Maggie Hatter. 😉

 

“There are clocks everywhere,” Maggie said as she looked at her surroundings, with a mixture of awe and fear. She wrinkled her lightly freckled nose as though she had just smelled something foul. “I don’t like it. All this…tick-tocking. It’s unsettling.”

Bianca chuckled and shook her head. She knew that bringing Maggie with her to the real world was going to make things a bit complicated. Maggie Hatter, daughter of Alice and Maddox aka the Mad Hatter, had never been to school. Sure, she knew how to read and write (thanks to her mother) but other than that she had no interest in education whatsoever. But she was curious as to where Bianca went every morning. And it was that curiosity that got Maggie to wake up early and get dressed. She had to borrow some of Bianca’s clothes, which were a little big on her. Bianca was shorter and curvier than Maggie, who was tall and slim like her father, but she just shrugged and borrowed one of Bianca’s belts and that helped keep everything in place.

“Please behave. I only have a few months left to go and then I’ll graduate,” Bianca whispered as she guided Maggie through the busy hallways of her school.

“I promise. You don’t have to worry about me. Although that girl over there should worry about her teeth. Why does she have all that metal in her mouth?” Maggie whispered.

“They’re called braces and people use them to straighten their teeth.”

Maggie looked horrified. She covered her mouth to keep herself from crying. She composed herself and twirled a piece of her blond, curly (and sometimes matted) hair.

“Why? What did her teeth do? Do they put your teeth in prison for misbehaving? If so, then I want to know what sort of shenanigans the teeth around here like to do,” Maggie said.

Bianca rolled her eyes and tried not to laugh. “Just…shh. Okay?”

“Shh? Easy for you to say. You probably know where all the teeth go to have fun,” Maggie muttered.

They stopped in front of her locker. Bianca unlocked and opened it. She took out her math book and a few notebooks. She handed one to Maggie in case she wanted to take notes during class. Maggie arched an eyebrow and quirked her lip a tiny bit.

“What am I supposed to do with this?” Maggie asked, holding the notebook between her index finger and thumb as though it were a skunk.

“Take notes?” Bianca suggested.

Maggie tossed the notebook back inside the locker and slammed it shut. “I don’t think so. I’m here to observe and see what is so dangerous of about this high school. So far there is nothing here that is disconcerting. There are no jabberwockies, no Bandersnatch, no card soldiers. I’m starting to think you were exaggerating,” Maggie said.

“Trust me. I wasn’t exaggerating. Some of these people are horrible and vicious,” Bianca said.

Maggie crossed her arms over her chest and shook her head. “I’ll believe it when I see it.”

(c) Liz DeJesus 2017

 

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Kind of a bestseller…

Okay…so a lot has happened since yesterday. I’ve been promoting my book’s sale like crazy over the past few days. On facebook, twitter, google +, tumblr…even a few well placed ads and one thing led to another and First Frost has soared all the way to the top.

How high?

I took screen shots. 🙂

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I’m keeping my favorite author of all time Marissa Meyer company!! 😀

 

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And here’s the cherry on top. 😀

 

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I was a B&N Top 100 Bestseller: Nook Books!!!

That’s the highest I’ve ever gotten on B&N. 🙂 I’m over the moon over this! I still can’t believe this is all actually happening to me. I keep waiting to either wake up from a dream or discover that this is all an elaborate prank. But I’ve been hitting the refresh button obsessively and it’s all very real. 🙂 Although now comes the sucky part, where I get to watch my book go down the chart until poof! off it goes. Back into obscurity. But man, did I enjoy seeing my little book have that moment in the sun. A point where hundreds (possibly thousands) of people saw my book and my name. 🙂

I’m going to have stickers made where it’ll say B&N Nook Bestseller. Because now it’ll be true! 😀

 

Achievement unlocked!

A few days ago someone posted First Frost’s 100th review on amazon. I think that’s a HUGE deal since it means that people have actually bought, read, enjoyed my book enough to leave a positive review. Although trust me, some people have given me a few stinky reviews (1-2 stars always suck) but more often than not I’ll see 4-5 star reviews which I read when I’m having a crappy day and that always makes me feel a lot better.
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http://www.amazon.com/First-Frost-Liz-DeJesus-ebook/dp/B008DQU0CQ/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1

My goal always has been and always will be to write an entertaining story. Something that will help someone forget about life for a little while.
Anyway, since I’ve reached this milestone people have been asking me, how did I get 100 reviews on amazon?
I’ll tell you. Sit down, pay attention and take notes. 😉
As of right now here are the stats:
First Frost:
Goodreads: 248 ratings & 106 reviews
Amazon: 100 reviews
Barnes & Noble (Nook): 15 reviews
Glass Frost:
Goodreads: 49 ratings & 28 reviews
Amazon: 23 reviews
Barnes & Noble (Nook): 8 reviews
1. I started promoting First Frost before it was even released. Why? Create a buzz for your book. You want people to wonder about this book. Check out excerpts. Make them wonder if it’s even any good.
2. Look at books that are similar to yours. What is the author doing right? What is the author doing wrong? What would you do differently. You need to come up with some kind of strategy to reach your target reader.
3. Yes, you do have a target reader. A mistake some authors make is that they assume their book is for everyone. It’s not. You can’t sell a fantasy novel to someone that reads only non-fiction. Think of the type of person that will enjoy your book. Where are they? Don’t know? Then find out where they are.
4. Use social media wisely. You can’t just share links to where people can purchase your book and expect all your friends to rush off and buy it. That’s not how it works. It’s called ‘social’ media for a reason. Meaning? You actually have to be active and be…you know…social. LOL Get people talking. Engage. Reply to comments.
5. Research. I love bloggers and reviewers. I’m constantly emailing them and asking them if they would like to read and review my book. Follow the review policy. Be polite. Be nice. Ask them what format they prefer to read their books in. I try to accommodate them as much as possible. It takes a lot of time and effort to read and write an accurate review and then post it online.
6. Don’t expect overnight success. First Frost was published in June 2012. I’ve been promoting the same book for over a year. Why? I love this book. I believe in the story, the message and the characters. I’m emotionally invested in this series and want it to do well. A mistake some authors make is that they give up within a month or two of promoting a single book and move on to the next one. They expect things to happen overnight. Trust me, the authors you think are an overnight success have been working their butts off for a long, LONG time.
7. Patience. And more patience…oh and yeah….more patience.
8. Write faster. I’m pretty sure I’ll have carpel tunnel syndrome by the time I finish typing this sentence.
9. You have to believe in yourself.
10. Get others to believe in you as well. I’m constantly sharing other authors links on facebook and twitter. And I’m lucky enough that when I ask for help, others repay in kind. I’m very thankful to every single blogger, author, friend and family member that has taken a moment to share a link of mine or to participate in my blog tours. It’s not something that you can do completely on your own.

Birthday Bash ~ Sale!!!

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Morning everyone! Just wanted to let you all know that my YA Fantasy books First Frost & Glass Frost are now on sale for 99 cents! 😀 

First Frost :

For generations, the Frost family has run the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, handing down guardianship from mother to daughter, always keeping their secrets to “family only.”
Gathered within museum’s walls is a collection dedicated to the Grimm fairy tales and to the rare items the family has acquired: Cinderella’s glass slipper, Snow White’s poisoned apple, the evil queen’s magic mirror, Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted spinning wheel…
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost wants none of it, dreaming instead of a career in art or photography or…well, anything except working in the family’s museum. She knows the items in the glass display cases are fakes because, of course, magic doesn’t really exist.
She’s about to find out how wrong she is.

http://www.amazon.com/First-Frost-Liz-DeJesus-ebook/dp/B008DQU0CQ/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1

Glass Frost:

When joined together, Cinderella’s slippers grant the wearer her heart’s desire.  But whose wish will be granted?
When Cinderella’s glass slipper is stolen, Queen Felicia sends her faithful steward Terrance to the real world to retrieve his love and witch-in-training, Bianca Frost. The power of the glass slipper in the wrong hands could ruin peace in Everafter. Bianca must gather every bit of magic she has learned in the past few weeks to find the slipper and protect her new love. Together, Bianca, Ming, Prince Ferdinand, and Terrance venture deep into the heart of Everafter to seek clues as to who has stolen the slipper and why. Along the way, they uncover what happened to the Seven Dwarves after Snow White married the prince, but also learn the awful risk of tampering with black magic and the high price that must be paid for magical aid, even when used for good.
Bianca and Terrance’s relationship is put to the test. Through the pain of suffering and loss, Bianca must determine if following her gallant boyfriend into his faraway world is in fact her heart’s desire.

http://www.amazon.com/Glass-Frost-Liz-DeJesus-ebook/dp/B00E123XBG/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0DAQD7DNJY4ZZJQPR01J

Dreams….

When I was 12 years old I wrote my very first list. It was filled with things I wanted to do when I ‘grew up’. It was filled with places I wanted to visit. New York, Italy, France, China, Ireland…the list went on and on. I loved listing these dreams and goals. The way they looked on a sheet of paper made it feel like I was halfway there. I couldn’t wait to grow up. I felt like nothing would ever happen to me if I stayed in Puerto Rico. I have a complicated relationship with that little island. Love and hate…I guess. I love some of the traditions and cultural aspects of it. But I didn’t enjoy the town I grew up in, I was bullied in school, there wasn’t a bookstore or a library I could go to, My brother and I spent a lot of time at home…alone with nothing to do, nowhere to go unless it was to move the cow from one side of the field to the other so it would have fresh grass. So yeah….Puerto Rico wasn’t exactly a paradise for me. It looks really pretty in pictures though. But living there was not fun for me.
Anyway five years after I wrote that list my family and I moved to Delaware. It was a bit of a culture shock because coming from a farm in Puerto Rico where there was NOTHING to do and all of a sudden everything and anything was possible. Holy crap there was a library I could go to? And then I found Borders. Books everywhere. Books wall to wall. I’m pretty sure I cried.
Going to school to be a writer wasn’t an option for me (but I did go to Del Tech to get an associates degree in Human Services…never finished). But then I wandered to the reference section and discovered the writing books. My jaw dropped. There were books that could TEACH me how to write novel? This was the first book I bought.

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Another step toward making my dream come true. It was a lot of work. There were things I didn’t know. I took a technical writing class once and the teacher asked me to drop out of his class because I was so god-awful. LOL I didn’t know what an indentation was, I didn’t know how to use the tab key. I seriously wish I were joking. I wanted to be a writer so badly, and I felt like this was a sign that maybe I should just take a step back from my dream. So I dropped his class…but not my dream. I decided that the only sign should come from God and maybe have some skywriting involved. A message written in the clouds saying ‘Liz, don’t be a writer…be something else.’ LOL Lucky for me, I just went to Borders and bought another book on writing and learned even more. And I’m still learning. I’m still trying to be a better writer. I still buy writing books and magazines.
I published my first novel when I was 21 years old. God, that was ten years ago. And it was a terribly written book. But I learned about the publishing industry and made lots of friends (some that I still have to this day). What is the point of this blog post? That you can have a dream, but you need to have work ethic, guts and persistence in order to make it happen. Some luck may be involved but if you don’t believe in yourself then why should anyone else. You have to be your biggest cheerleader and that’s what I do everyday. Even when I don’t feel like writing or promoting my book (trust me, it does happen) I try to do just a tiny little bit because I keep thinking of that little girl I used to be. Who had big dreams, who didn’t think they would come true, who didn’t think anything remotely interesting would ever happen in her life, I want to show her that dreams can come true. I know somewhere in the back of my mind, spirit and soul, that little girl is somewhere smiling.

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Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2013

OMG you guys!!! Glass Frost is on the top ten list of Best Young Adult Books 2013!!!!!!!!!! You know what this means? Happy dance!!!!

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Keep dreaming…

The world needs dreamers. People who create. Writers, artists, photographers, sculptures and everything in between. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like what you do isn’t important or like it doesn’t matter. Because it does. Keep dreaming. Keep creating. Otherwise this world would be so incredibly bleak.

Holiday Coffee

Last year I made Holiday Coffee for my father in law. I got it out of a Cosmopolitan magazine. So I figured if you’re looking for an inexpensive gift for your favorite coffee drinker you might wanna give this a shot.

Holiday Coffee

1 pound medium-bodied coffee (like Colombian)

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

In a large bowl, combine coffee with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

Use the back of a knife to scrape vanilla beans from the pod into the coffee mixture. Mix well.
Place in a big jar or coffee bags that can be found at craft stores or kitchen supply stores.
This is what your supposed to end up with (I’m well aware that the tag says Hot Chocolate but it was all I could find. LOL)

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While your delicious coffee’s brewing (because you know you’re gonna make a cup for yourself too) is a perfect time to read a short intro for my latest release.

When joined together, Cinderella’s slippers grant the wearer her heart’s desire. But whose wish will be granted?
When Cinderella’s glass slipper is stolen, Queen Felicia sends her faithful steward Terrance to the real world to retrieve his love and witch-in-training, Bianca Frost. The power of the glass slipper in the wrong hands could ruin peace in Everafter. Bianca must gather every bit of magic she has learned in the past few weeks to find the slipper and protect her new love. Together, Bianca, Ming, Prince Ferdinand, and Terrance venture deep into the heart of Everafter to seek clues as to who has stolen the slipper and why. Along the way, they uncover what happened to the Seven Dwarves after Snow White married the prince, but also learn the awful risk of tampering with black magic and the high price that must be paid for magical aid, even when used for good.
Bianca and Terrance’s relationship is put to the test. Through the pain of suffering and loss, Bianca must determine if following her gallant boyfriend into his faraway world is in fact her heart’s desire.
To read an excerpt from Glass Frost, please click HERE.

Learn more aboutLiz DeJesus on her website.
Visit First Frost, the book that set this series in motion, on Facebook.

Always learning…

Okay so I haven’t been able to blog as much as I would like over the past few weeks. Except of course Fairy Tale Friday and the announcements of all the random things going on in my life. LOL I’ve been busy with Zombie Ever After and learning everything I can about how to be a comic book writer. Good thing I’m a quick-study, otherwise I’d be so freakin’ screwed. LOL

Thankfully Mik Jimenez (the incredible artist working with me on ZEA) and Lennit at Emerald Star Comics have been very patient with me and teaching me the ropes. I’ve been reading every book I can get my hands on that has the words ‘comic book writing’ anywhere on the cover. LOL I’ll write another blog post about it and let you know books are the best ones. I just wanted to at least pop in here and let you all know that I’m alive and well.

Oh! And I wrote like 5 pages worth of Shattered Frost the other day. I’m pretty sure that I’m skipping towards carpul tunnel syndrome since my hands hurt all the time.

Sigh. Anyway I’ve been learning a lot, writing a lot, and sleeping very little. 😀

What have you guys been up to? Talk to me! What are you reading? What projects are you currently working on?

Tools of the Trade

Everyone has tools they like to use. A favorite pen or pencil. A certain way they like to write. If I remember correctly I think Ernest Hemingway liked to write standing up. Other authors wrote lying down, or needed #2 pencils and yellow legal pads. I mean…authors are known for their quirks.

Me? I love a good old fashioned pen and notebook. I love feeling the scratch of the pen against the paper. Getting ink on my fingers. It makes me feel like a writer. I love getting my hands ‘dirty’. But like any author I think about worse case scenarios: What if my notebook gets lost? What if there’s a fire? Then what? I’d lose all of my notes, scenes, countless words and scenes would vanish.

Here are some of the things that I’ve been doing lately that might help you.

  1. USB Flash drives: I have a few dozen of these little guys running around my house. All of them have stories, old and new. I’m currently carrying my latest WIP’s in a flash drive that I carry in my purse.
  2. Email: I also email stuff to myself all the time. It’s a great back up. This little trick has saved my butt more times than I can count.
  3. Notebooks: I love, LOVE my moleskine notebooks. I carry them with me everywhere. Although, I have to be careful where I keep them now that I have a 2 year old that likes to chew everything. Seriously, he’s literally eaten parts of my manuscripts. Nothing is sacred.
  4. Print: I’ll print out my entire manuscript and shelve it with my books. Of course it’s not fun when your adorable two year old decides it’s time to pull every single book off the shelves and your manuscripts tumble on to the floor. Sigh. But at least they’re in one piece. 😀
  5. Livescribe: Okay…anyone that knows me personally knows that I love technology and all sorts of gadgets. LOVE THEM. So of course, I geeked out when I found this pen.
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At first I thought that it was going to take my notes and transcribe them for me (which would save my hands from an early carpul tunnel syndrome) but alas it doesn’t do that. But it will record your notes and put them in evernote.com It will also record your notes, which is pretty cool. Anyway I really like this pen. It takes a little bit of getting used to but every day I click ‘sync’ I know that my notes are in a safe place.

What are some of the things you do to save your work? What are some of the things you worry about when it comes topreserving your work?