Tuesday, December 6, 2011 | By: Jessica Verday

End of Year Changes - JessicaVerday.com & AbbeysHollow.com

So this is the blog post that I've been contemplating for a long time. A long, long time. And I can't believe that the time has finally come. It's here. It's now. I'm nervous, of course, to write this post, because I'm sure some of you will be upset. (And I hate that!) But things have to change for us to grow, and as someone who hates change of any kind, I've been working on trying to learn to embrace this fact instead of loathing it.

The time has come for the AbbeysHollow.com website to shut down, and for my main author site, JessicaVerday.com, to get a face lift.

For the last two years or so, I've loved giving my readers a chance to experience a bit of Abbey's world via her perfumes with the Abbey's Hollow website. In fact, when I first started writing THE HOLLOW way back in 2006, I knew that somehow I wanted to bring Abbey's shop to life in my own way. I'm really, really proud of the fact that I had that opportunity and that I had so many fans and readers show me that they enjoyed that 'slice of life' too. Thank you, all of you who have visited the site. I truly appreciate it.

That said, with the trilogy drawing to a close this year, I knew that I'd have some decisions to make regarding whether or not I'd keep the site going. My schedule was the deciding factor. This was both a bad thing and a good thing. The bad part of it is that at the end of 2011 the Abbey's Hollow website will be shut down for good. I'm not ordering anything more to re-stock, so whatever is left is left until it's all completely sold out. (As of now, the only thing totally sold out are the 4-Leaf clover necklaces. But I am down to 6 Astrid necklaces, and 6 Legend of Sleepy Hollow necklaces. There won't be any more once they are all sold.)

The good part of this is that it means I'll have time to concentrate on writing more books. I'm sad to close down the website, but ultimately, my job as an author is to write. So that's what I'm going to concentrate on. More writing time for me = more books for you. So win/win, right?

The other change happening at the end of the year will be my JessicaVerday.com author site. I've received so many compliments on the design, and I'm not gonna lie, I'm pretty sad that it has to change. But the new site will be sleeker and focused more on all my books instead of tied to just one series. So if you haven't had the chance to explore all the little nooks and crannies of my current site, go check it out! I hope you love the new site (albeit in a different way) just as much as the old one.

Change is hard. And tough. And complicated. But it's also worth it. Here's to a bright and shiny and NEW 2012!
Friday, November 18, 2011 | By: Jessica Verday

Want Signed Books or R.U.H.2? Shirts? Get 'em here

I've been getting a ton of email lately asking if I'm going to be doing any signings near (insert name of town/city/country here) anytime soon, and I'm always disappointed to have to say no. My schedule is completely booked from now until next summer with actual writing deadlines, so unfortunately, that means no time for travel.

But I hate, hate, hate to disappoint you guys, so I've come up with a TEMPORARY solution. Since I have boxes and boxes of author copies sitting here that are currently taking up way too much space on my bookshelves, and you guys want signed copies, I'm going to use my AbbeysHollow.com website to make it happen. Signed hardcover copies are now available via the site. Just go there, type in who you want the book signed to, click BUY and you're good to go.

The caveat? I'm only doing this until the end of December (or until I run out of copies). So if you want 'em as Christmas gifts, go get 'em now.

The other question I get asked a lot is if I have any more R.U.H.s? t-shirts. Remember those? I gave some away in 2009 and in 2010, black with white writing?
Well, guess what I just found packed away in a storage container... Yup. Some more shirts. So I'm throwing them up there too. Same caveat goes though. These are the ABSOLUTE LAST OF THE LAST. As of now, the sizes I have left are:

3 Small
5 Medium
3 Large
4 Extra Large

But when they're gone, they're gone. (And I double checked - there really are NO more left). So if you want one, go grab one.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 | By: Jessica Verday

ENTHRALLED and THE FIRST TIME Giveaway!

Want to win a copy of ENTHRALLED and THE FIRST TIME? Of course you do! I have two ARCs (Advanced Readers Copies) of ENTHRALLED to give away and two copies of the eBook THE FIRST TIME (for your Kindle or NOOK) to give away. If you win, you'll receive one copy of each book so that you can read both of my short stories about Jane, the supernatural badass hunter.

The copies of ENTHRALLED are from my own personal collection and I think they're pretty cool because not only are ARCs sort of a collector's item, but certain things have changed since they went on to become the real books you see on the shelf. Like Melissa Marr's title for her Wicked Lovely short story. (It's totally different in the ARC. Betcha didn't know that!)

The contest will run until 5pm EST Wednesday, 11/9/11. To enter, all you have to do is tweet, facebook, or blog one of the following messages, then come back here and leave a comment with the linkback to let me know. (DON'T forget to come back here and let me know - otherwise your entry won't be counted!)

Post one of these:

I want to read The First Time! http://amzn.to/tfBjjA #YouNeverForgetYourFirst
When was your First Time? http://amzn.to/tfBjjA #YouNeverForgetYourFirst
25 Short stories, 25 First Times  http://amzn.to/tfBjjA #WhatWasYours



Fine print:
- Two separate winners. One person cannot win all four copies.
- Enter as many times as you like, as long as the links to your tweets/posts are all different.
- Sorry international residents, this contest is for US participants only.
- Physical copy of ENTHRALLED can be signed for you, THE FIRST TIME cannot.
- If you do not leave a comment with the linkback to your tweet/blogpost, your entry will not be counted.