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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Jenny Pox Audiobook: Now available in time for Christmas!

Fans are always asking if there will be more Jenny Pox books...one good way to get another dose of Pox is through the audiobook edition that has just been released!  It's the perfect stuffer for your digital stocking.

You can find it on Audible, Amazon, or iTunes.

You can also get it free if you sign up for a 30-day trial membership with Audible.com.

To celebrate, I'm giving away THREE copies of the audiobook for fans. (You'll need an Audible.com or Amazon account to claim the audiobook.)  So here's the Rafflecopter for that!  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Unseen is now live on Kindle and Nook - special Halloween price of 99 cents!


The headline pretty much says it.  I've decided to release The Unseen at 99 cents for Halloween week.  This is probably my favorite and most personal book I've written yet, and I'll be blogging more about why as the week goes on.  For now, I just wanted to let everyone know that the book is out and you can temporarily grab one for an extremely low price.  I hope you enjoy it!  I also have a book blast with some great prizes coming up this week, so I'll let you know about that, too!

Here are the links if you'd like to grab one!

Amazon:

Nook:

Book description:
Cassidy is a young tattoo artist living in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. She's always suffered terrible nightmares, and sometimes the hideous creatures seem to follow her out of her dreams and into her waking life, though she's the only one who can see them. Drugs and alcohol can blot them out, but never entirely chase them away.

When a demonic cult begins to take control of the people in her life, including her younger brother, Cassidy discovers that the unseen world of monsters is very real. She can no longer avoid it. To protect those she loves, she must accept her own hidden supernatural talents and face the forces of evil before the sinister cult achieves its twisted goals and casts the world into darkness.

Some advance comments from early readers:

"In The Unseen, J.L. Bryan will send chills down your spine and leave you on the edge of your seat, waiting to read each terrifying, masterful word.”
-Courtney Cole, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Beautifully Broken series

"The Unseen is creepy and sexy and the best kind of high. I couldn’t sleep that first night, but I loved it so much I couldn’t put it down. J.L. Bryan is kind of awesome that way."
-Heather Hildenbrand, author of the Dirty Blood series

The Unseen is J.L. Bryan at his best—smart horror, taking creepy creatures and blending them with a believable, twisted cult and putting them up against a smart but reluctant heroine. It left me with my skin crawling and the sinking fear that there might be something lurking above my bed. J.L. Bryan is like Stephen King meets Kevin Williamson - horror for an audience that has seen it all.”
-Amanda Hocking, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Switched and Wake

Sunday, October 6, 2013

New book coming on Halloween! Also, a special giveaway for newsletter subscribers.

I'm happy to announce the tentative release day for my new book, The Unseen, is this Halloween!

Here are the details for the book:

Cassidy is a young tattoo artist living in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. She’s always suffered terrible nightmares, and sometimes the hideous creatures seem to follow her out of her dreams and into her waking life, though she’s the only one who can see them. Drugs and alcohol can blot them out, but never entirely chase them away.

When a demonic cult begins to take control of the people in her life, including her younger brother, Cassidy discovers that the unseen world of monsters is very real. She can no longer avoid it. To protect those she loves, she must accept her own hidden supernatural talents and face the forces of evil before the sinister cult achieves its twisted goals and casts the world into darkness.

If you use Goodreads, you can add the book here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18630803-the-unseen


I'm offering some special perks for my email newsletter subscribers.  All subscribers will receive a sneak preview of the first chapter about a week before the book is available anywhere.  Also, there's a giveaway exclusive to newsletter subscribers: one autographed copy of Jenny Pox, Nomad, or Fairy Metal Thunder (winner's choice).  The winner will be chosen and announced in the same edition of the newsletter that announces the release of The Unseen.  This giveaway is open to the US, Canada, and the UK.

All newsletter subscribers are automatically entered to win.  If you haven't signed up, you can do that below:

 
Thanks!  Let me know if you have any questions!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Take the Nomad Bus Tour!


(This post is a part of the IndieSummer event put together by Rachel from Parajunkee and Lori from Contagious Reads.)



For the Indie Summer tour, each author is writing about a different city. The natural choice for me was New Haven, Connecticut, because much of Nomad is set there, and I did a lot of research about the city while writing the book.

The main character, Raven, travels back in time five decades to assassinate a future dictator when he is still a very young man. She tracks him to New Haven, and things do not go as planned.

If reading Nomad inspires you to visit New Haven, you might want to buy a ticket on the Nomad New Haven Tour Bus to see the sights mentioned in the book! Since the tour bus is imaginary, we’ll say it’s awesome. It’s one of those London double-deckers, with a nightclub on the first level and an open-air cafe on the second. It’s a really cool bus. Here are some of the stops along the way, which your tour guide will describe over the P.A. as you dance and drink your way around town.

New Haven Green: The first “scenic” spot Raven encounters on her trip back to 2013, the Green is an original piece of the New Haven settlement and dates back to 1638. Now a grassy park with three cute little churches, the green was the town’s graveyard for more than a century. Thousands of bodies are buried under the park, though the headstones have long since been removed.




Yale University: Have you ever wondered what it would look like if early twentieth century Americans decided to build a village of Gothic castles with high walls, dark spires, and gargoyles? Thanks to Yale, you don’t have to wonder any longer! The main schools are several stories high, with lovely sharp towers, and give off the sense that you could, just possibly, walk into a medieval royal banquet and get yourself tortured.



Grove Street Cemetery: If you’re still wondering about those missing headstones from the Green, here they are, lined up in rows inside the high, dark walls of Grove Street Cemetery. Full of obelisks and sculptures, the cemetery’s most interesting feature is probably the high front gate, done in ancient Egyptian style, engraved with the words “The Dead Shall Be Raised.”


Kroon Hall: Part of Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Kroon Hall is not a medieval castle but a building designed with the most advance methods of minimizing its ecological impact. Build with recycled materials, shaped with temperate regulation in mind, and topped with solar collectors, the building also recycles runoff and ground water in a pond filtered by aquatic plants to provide gray water. Raven inadvertently causes a disaster here. I was fascinated to read about the building’s design.

Book Trader Cafe: This cafe sells used hardcovers at very low prices, so it sounds like a place to visit on any trip to New Haven. Raven ducks in here to avoid police and ends up purchasing a copy of Slaughterhouse-Five.

In a scene deleted from the manuscript but not from the author’s heart, Raven eats dinner at a dive seafood restaurant by the wharf, with oysters, clams, and other freshly-caught, expertly prepared New England delicacies. This is where our imaginary tour bus will now stop for lunch.

Whether you’re interested in history, architecture, fine seafood, or just looking for today's city clue for the Indie Summer event, the answer is the same: New Haven!

For more chances to win stuff, see my guest blogs today on Paperbook Princess and Paranormal Book Club.  Good luck!

Paperbook Princess Paranormal Book Club


Friday, July 26, 2013

Nomad Release Day!! Come and win stuff.

Today is the official release day for my new time-travel dystopian tale, Nomad!  It's available on Amazon, Nook, and Smashwords
(others coming soon!).  The regular price will be $3.99, but I'm discounting to $2.99 for the launch.

Book description:

They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.

By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to reshape history, because agents from her own time are on her trail, ready to execute her on sight.


Some great bloggers agreed to host guest posts today.  Check them out for chances to win a copy of the book!

My post on Parajunkee is an article on the best and worst time machines you can buy:

I also have a post on Books and Things with some handy tips for time travelers:


Read "The Evil Dictator's Handbook" on Bookish Brunette!

 The bookish brunette


And my post on Lizzy's Dark Fiction explores some of the issues that come up when writing a time-travel story:
Lizzy's Dark Fiction


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Making the Best of Your Dystopia

For tomorrow's release of Nomad, I've written a guest blog on Alluring Reads about how to cope with life in a dystopian society.  It involves crafts.

There's also a flash giveaway of Nomad ebooks for the first readers who comment, so get over there fast!

"It’s not a perfect world. In fact, it’s horrible. There’s oppression, tyranny, poverty, weird game shows where people die. Odds are that highly personal decisions, including those related to your career, marriage, and children, are under complete government control. Congratulations, you live in a dystopian world!"
 
See the rest of the post on Alluring Reads!


Alluring Reads

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

More about Nomad, and sign up to win a paperback!

Here are some more advance reviews for Nomad. Thanks, bloggers!  (Follow links for full reviews!)

"NOMAD was a really fun time travel read...Raven was a pretty complex character that went from a girl with memory loss getting into a semi-truck, to a BA nomad with a plasma gun trying to change the future...but not TOO much. I loved being in her head as she plotted to get close to the enemy..." The Violet Hour

"Our heroine, Raven, is just all kinds of awesome and I loved her for that...I also loved how badass she is: this girl knows how to kick some butt and handle a weapon. What could be more awesome than that?" -Nerdette Reviews

"There is SO MUCH going on in this book, it's insane, but in a good way. I was completely consumed by all of the action, information, terror and romance being thrown my way throughout Raven's journey. It's safe to say that her character and this book will not be easily forgotten by me." -Escaping with Fiction 


You can also enter to win a signed paperback at both Xpresso Reads and Goodreads!

Xpresso Reads


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Nomad by J.L. Bryan

Nomad

by J.L. Bryan

Giveaway ends September 24, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win


Monday, July 22, 2013

Long-Distance Dating: Time Travel Edition (Guest Post on Xpresso Reads)

For the release of Nomad, I have some giveaways and guest posts around the book blog world.  Today I'm on Xpresso Reads with an article about time travel and dating, plus a paperback giveaway!

"Long-distance relationships only grow more complicated when you and your significant other are years apart. We’re not talking about May-December romances here, we’re talking about dating someone who lives in an entirely different century. With the recent popularization of home time-travel devices, this is a problem facing more and more people every day.

It’s always the same story, or some version of it: You’re a rising junior partner at a mid-size law firm in 21st-century Manhattan. He’s a 9th-century court jester who smears mud on himself for the amusement of his barbaric warlord king. Nobody ever expected the two of you to fall in love...but the heart is a cavern of mysteries, and sometimes opposites attract..."

Read the rest at Xpresso Reads and enter to win an autographed paperback!

Xpresso Reads

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Advance reviews for Nomad!


I'm happy to tell you that a number of book bloggers have posted advance reviews for Nomad, which releases on Friday, July 26 (a week from tomorrow!). (If you haven't added it on your Goodreads shelf, you can do that here.  You'll also see a paperback giveaway you can enter!)

I will have a lot going on next week, with a number of changes to win prizes like autographed copies of the new book, so watch this space for more.  For now, here's a glance at the comments from some of the wonderful bloggers who have taken time to read and review advance copies of the book (and links to the full reviews).


"Raven’s personality and smarts made it easy for me to take a liking to her. She’s quick on her feet and intelligent in a way that completely fits with where she’s really from – the future is not a pretty place... The advancement in technology, the history that lead to this dystopian society, even the fashion, it’s a solidly imagined world that is made believably futuristic without any overkill." -Xpresso Reads

"I really liked this character. She was strong, determined, smart and sincere. She was also witty and resourceful. As female leads go, Raven pretty much nailed it...There was also plenty of action, humor, romance and heartbreak." -Creative Deeds

"This book was epic beyond epicness. What does that mean? It means JL Bryan took the best parts of almost every book I have read and threw them in here. It was a wild ride." -Contagious Reads

"From the minute I met Raven I connected with her. She is so easily relatable. She's smart and tough, but also kind and sensitive...I ended up really caring for each and every character and I was just hoping for a happy ending for all of them. And wow that ending. Those last few pages I was literally reading the book at the edge of my couch!" -Ladybug Storytime

"Raven was a fantastic character that I loved from the start....Love time travel reads? Well then this is the book for you. NOMAD is a definite must read!" -I Read Indie

"I absolutely loved this book....I enjoyed it from start to finish and read it in about one day, which doesn't happen very much anymore." -You Could Be Wishing on a Star




Thursday, June 27, 2013

Cover Reveal for Nomad (NEW Time Travel Dystopian)

Tons of blogs helped out with the Nomad cover reveal on Monday, but in case you missed it, here it is:







They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.

By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to reshape history, because agents from her own time are on her trail, ready to execute her on sight.


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The book will be released Friday, July 26.   If you use Goodreads, you can add it here.

I'm going to have some guest posts on different book blogs and prize giveaways the week of July 22-26 to celebrate the new release!  I'll link everything to my blog.  Also, there will be some sort of special event or giveaway just for Facebook fans on release day, so watch for that.

Let me know what you think of the new book's cover and description so far!  Thanks!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

New News!

OK, obviously I'm a bad blogger.  You can tell by how my last post was like two months ago and has almost 80 spam comments, the blog equivalent of weeds and a sure sign of neglect.  In this, my blog looks a bit like my front lawn, sadly.

Anyway, I've been mostly taking care of my son (who just turned 2!) and writing when I can.  Happily, I'm wrapping about a new book that will come out next month!

The novel is called Nomad and is the story of a young woman who travels back in time fifty years, to 2013, to try and prevent a dystopian future.  The cover reveal will be Monday, June 24, on tons of book blogs (thanks to all the bloggers who are helping out!).  (If you have a blog and want to participate, the cover reveal sign-up is at http://eepurl.com/AACi5.)  It's another lovely cover by Claudia at Phatpuppy Art.

Nomad will be released on Friday, July 26.   

I'll have some guest blogs and giveaways around then!  I'm definitely planning a special giveaway for my Facebook page, among other things.

If you use Goodreads and want to add it, I've already listed it there, with an early book description.

I hope you will all enjoy this time-travel-dystopian-with-twisted-romance story!  Stay tuned for more details! (I'm not sure how you "stay tuned" on the internet, but anyway...)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Songs of Magic game winner!

Congrats to Nat Cleary, who won the autographed Songs of Magic series!  Thanks to everyone who played along!


Friday, February 22, 2013

Catch up on the Songs of Magic board game!

More of the Songs of Magic board game has been revealed at Bewitched Bookworms!

Also, check Smash Attack Reads for a new world-building post about Faerie!

Catch up on previous game posts:

Sparkles and Lightning (game board)
Much Loved Books (player tokens)
Alluring Reads (game board)
Unabridged Andra (game board)
Reading the Paranormal! (Creature Cards)

Monday, February 18, 2013

It's alive! Fairyvision is now live on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords!



You can now get Fairyvision, the fifth Songs of Magic book, on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords!  It's finally alive!

Remember, the first Songs of Magic book, Fairy Metal Thunder, is currently free on Amazon, Nook, Smashwords, Apple, Sony, and Kobo

Sunday, February 17, 2013

More fairy game on Sparkles and Lightning, plus an interview on Two Ends of the Pen!

The section of the game board for Fairy Blues, the second Songs of Magic book, has been revealed on Sparkles and Lightning!  Enter to win the signed set of fairy books!

Here's a preview of the new section of the board game:


Also, Debra Martin interviewed me for her blog, Two Ends of the Pen!  Thanks, Debra!

You can see other pieces of the Songs of Magic game at:
Much Loved Books (player tokens)
Alluring Reads (game board)
Unabridged Andra (game board)
Reading the Paranormal! (Creature Cards)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Songs of Magic Board Game on Alluring Reads! Enter to win fairy books!

Another portion of the Songs of Magic board game has been revealed on Alluring Reads. See exciting sights like the dullahan's mansion and the Big Friendly Prairie, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for signed fairy books! 

You can see the first portion of the Songs of Magic "game board" on Unabridged Andra and the "Creature Cards" from the game on Reading the Paranormal!

Monday, February 11, 2013

The first two blog stops in the fairy board game/book giveaway event thing!

Today, you can see a portion of the Songs of Magic "game board" on Unabridged Andra and the "Creature Cards" from the game on Reading the Paranormal!  You can also enter to win an autographed set of all the Songs of Magic book, including the new fifth book, Fairyvision, which comes out later this month!

I hope you enjoy these game-related guest posts as much as I enjoyed creating them!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

February Fairy Fun: Game and Giveaway!

To celebrate the coming release of Fairyvision, the fifth Songs of Magic book, I have a few things planned this month.  There will be a cover reveal on February 18 (the book itself might be live that day, too!).  Several bloggers are hosting guest posts where I describe a fictional board game based on the Songs of Magic series.  Here is a preview of a spot from the section of the board that represents the first book, Fairy Metal Thunder:






Here's one from the new fifth book, Fairyvision:





More details to follow!  Thanks to Unabridged Andralyn for telling me that the fairy books reminded her of the game Candyland, which is how all of this got started...


Monday, January 28, 2013

Update! Fairy news and alien cows!

So, I haven't updated here much, but I have been busy writing.  My son has started walking in that time, which gives him the power to make everything in the house disappear.  Basically, that's been my life, writing and taking care of him.  He's almost 20 months old now!

Fairyvision, the fifth Songs of Magic book, is in revision and will be out in February.  There's another gorgeous cover by Phatpuppy Art, and maybe I'll manage to organize a cover reveal or something for it.  I'm still enjoy writing these books, and each one is more fun than the last.  I'm going to take a break from that series for a while, though, because I have some other ideas that I really want to explore, including a couple of horror stories and possibly a dystopian that may or may not involve time travel.

Also, according to Annabelle at Sparkles and Lightning, alien cows may be a growing menace, and I should probably help get the word out about them.  If you see alien cows, do not speak to them or offer corn. 


 That concludes the public service portion of this post.