I apologize, because I am posting this a bit late on the website. I was under a deadline getting edits to my editor, and I’ve been in hiding for the last four days! But my manuscript has been successfully emailed, and I am now free..for a few days at least!
So, here are the deets about my latest GIVEAWAY, in celebration of my Facebook page reaching 800 LIKES! Wow, that’s just crazy. I started that page on April 30th, with three fans – my mom, my BFF and myself. And here we are, still over a month from the release date closing in on a thousand LIKES!
So, as a way of saying THANK YOU, I am giving away AMAZON GIFT CARDS! One of my good friends, and fellow author Jacinda Buchmann has pitched in, so we are able to give $25 to one lucky winner! The deadline is this Saturday so don’t miss out!!
(Link will take you to Rafflecopter to enter. Wordpress is lame and won’t let me embed it!)
I woke up this morning and did the first thing I always do each morning….check my Facebook page (natch). It’s an obsession. Liked over the edge, “is there a pill for that” obsessed.
Anyway…imagine my surprise when I discovered my page had not only reached, but gone OVER 500 “Likes” over night! It was a fabulous way to start the morning. And I hate mornings, so it definitely helped.
I am in awe at the attention When You’re Ready is receiving. I appreciate it more than any of you will know. This week, one of my favorite blogs “TotallyBooked” featured me on their Facebook page, and I was so incredibly humbled by the attention.
Reading has always been my outlet. It’s where I go to escape. Writing was just a natural extension of that. I can’t wait for the chance to share my story with you, and hopefully many more (the wheels are turning on #2).
But in the meantime, here is a little something to keep you sated until August 1st! Oh, and don’t forget about my cover reveal on June 12th – it’s right around the corner! I will post it here, as well as my Facebook page, Twitter, Goodreads…well you get the picture. 😉 <3 J.L.
Yesterday, I posted another teaser when my Facebook page reached 400 LIKES!
As always, this is from my unfinished, unedited (my editor is probably about ready to kill me right now) version of my manuscript, and is subject to change. 🙂
When You’re Ready Teaser #4
The front door I had been staring at opened, startling me.
“You gonna stand out here all day?” Logan asked, leaning against the door frame as he casually threw a kitchen towel over his shoulder.
“Ah, no. Sorry. Scatterbrained.”
“You mean nervous?” he said, motioning to the overnight bag that was slung over my shoulder.
Blushing, I nodded. The overnight bag had been a huge cause of contention between Leah and me. She told me to pack it. I told her it was being presumptuous.
“Presumptuous, Clare?” she said “He invited you over for dinner. After telling you the next time you were alone, he was going to ravage you senseless. I think you’re being a little dense. Pack a bag so you don’t have to brush your teeth with your index finger.”
I gave in and did as I was told. But having never packed an overnight bag, I had no idea what to bring. When I dated Ethan, we were in college and in the same dorm. If I spent the night in his room, I just ran back to my own in the morning for a quick shower, and vice versa. I didn’t know what went in a “spending the night at my boyfriend’s house” bag. Did I pack pajamas? Or was that prudish? Did I bring shampoo, or should I just use his? I settled for the minimum. A change of clothes, a sexy nightie, a bit of makeup and a toothbrush.
“No need for nervousness, Clare. You hold all the cards tonight,” Logan winked as his eyes traveled
the length of my body, making me instantly flush.
“Did I mention you look amazing? Downright fucking beautiful,” he declared.
And every bit of nervousness I had evaporated as his pale blue eyes meet mine.
He could have me. Here. Now. Any way he wanted.
“Dinner, Clare. We have to eat first,” he breathed in my ear.
-When You’re Ready by J.L. Berg – Copyright 2013
Coming July 25th
I posted this to my Facebook page yesterday, and realized I hadn’t posted it to my website! So, for your Friday morning treat…I give you a tiny taste of When You’re Ready. This is one of my favorite lines from the book. It’s from a really special scene between Clare and Logan, and I hope you love it as much as I do.
I’m in a giving mood this evening, so I thought I’d set up another giveaway!
What am I giving away this time? Five, yes FIVE digital copies of “When You’re Ready” to be given out on the date of its publication!
How do you win one of these gems? Click on the Rafflecopter link below, and enter! It’s that easy! The giveaway started today and will go through next Friday. I will pick a winner at midnight (so technically Saturday, but whatever).
So enter early, and enter often…and may the odds be ever in your favor! (hehe)
– <3 J.L.
Let me first say that this note has nothing to do with my book release, book reviews or any books in general. However, it is probably the most important thing I’ll ever write.
A few weeks ago, I noticed a few large lymph nodes in several areas on my body, and decided to go to the doctor. I won’t go into the entire story, but after a series of doctors visits, I ended up at a hematologist. She examined my lymph nodes, ordered a CT, and happened to ask me if I did self-breast exams. My answer was yes, because I honestly believed going to the GYN once a year was enough at 32. They don’t even suggest mammograms until 40 right? Right.
Yesterday, I received my test results. They’d found several large lymph nodes, and a lump…in my breast.
Wait, what? This kind of thing just doesn’t happen to woman my age, I tried telling myself, as I sobbed in my husbands arms. But, much to my surprise, it does.
I’m not as invincible as I thought.
In the last 24 hours, I’ve had a biopsy, mammogram, and ultrasound, and according to my surgeon, this is just the beginning for me as far as tests go. I’m still a little numb, and I find myself saying “But wait! I’m only 32!!”
Breast cancer just isn’t something my friends and I talk about. I don’t think it’s a stage we’ve even entered yet. Maybe we’ve had a family member who’s been diagnosed, but none of us have really ever thought about it personally. At least, I know I haven’t. I remember watching an episode of “Beverly Hills, 90210” where Brenda finds a lump in her breast at 18, and her doctor tells her it’s very rare. I think, in my mind, the term “very rare” has always excluded me somehow. “Oh, it’s rare…ok, well then I guess I’m safe.”
I’ve heard the GYN’s speech, and seen the pamphlets telling you to do monthly breast exams, and yes…I knew it was important. But I always figured it was only important to women over 40. I thought, because I was young, and in the “rare” category”, I was untouchable.
Yesterday was a big wake up call for me.
So why am I sharing this with all of you? I’m hoping that when you read this, you’ll do what I didn’t and make a point to include self-breast exam into your monthly routine. I’ve learned that becoming familiar with our bodies is our greatest defense against cancer.
I still don’t have a diagnosis. I could have some sort of lymphoma, or I could have breast cancer. I could also be one of the many who has nothing wrong at all, and my life will return to normal in a few weeks. But you better be damn sure I will be becoming very familiar with my tatas in the future.
So do me a favor. Share this with your sister, and your mothers. Share this with your best friends, and your co-workers. Share this with the 30-somethings who think they’re invincible like me. We’re woman, and we need to stick together, and take care of each other…boobies and all.
If you need some place to start, check out this great websites where you can learn how to do self-breast exam, learn about early warning signs, and even sign up for monthly reminders!
Before I was a writer, I was an avid, devoted (obsessed) reader. Teaser’s are, by far, one of my favorite things to look forward to while waiting patiently (0k, not so patiently) for a book to come out. So, knowing there are probably at least a few book crazies out there like me, I try to fill the habit by supplying as many sneak peaks of “When You’re Ready” as I can.
Today, I decided to go the visual route and add some graphics! Oooohhh, pretty! I know, I’m so talented. Ok, I confess…I didn’t do them. My husband did. He wasn’t so excited about editing graphics of half-naked men, but he agreed, because he loves me. 🙂
So here there are, a few brief teasers. Hope you enjoy!
In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I’d give you a special moment from “When You’re Ready” featuring Clare and her mother. Mom – was thinking of you when I wrote this.
My Mom always seems to know the right words to say and the exact moment to say them.
I nodded, letting the tears fall freely down my cheek. And just like she used to do when I bruised a knee or came home from school with another broken heart, my mom pulled me into her arms and held me. Her warm, familiar embrace gave me the comfort only a mother could.
“Does this man make you happy, Clare?” she asked softly.
“Yes Mama,” I answered, pulling back to look into her beautiful green eyes that mirrored my own.
“Do you love him?”
“I think so. I don’t know yet,” I answered honestly.
“Take your time, sweetie. Know your heart before you give it away.”
When You’re Ready by J.L. Berg – Copyright 2013