Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Looking for Reviewers

Do you love urban fantasy with hot heroes and flawed heroines? Contact me for a free review copy of Redemption, my latest title. See what Nancy Holzner has to say:

“In a bleak, post-apocalyptic world, what happens when a half-angel searching for her redemption meets a half-demon hellbent on revenge? If it’s J.R. Turner’s world, major sparks fly. Redemption is a heady mix of action, thrills, and sizzling romance. Half-angel Savannah Mantas is both a kick-ass heroine and a complex character. Immortal yet deeply wounded, she searches for the redemption that will allow her to ascend and leave behind the blasted, dying Earth. But she never expects to find that redemption in the arms of half-demon Nico Montenegro, a man who should be her mortal enemy. Turner’s urban fantasy is a fast-paced thrill ride that wrestles seriously with questions of good and evil, guilt and innocence, to deliver a satisfying, multilayered read.” Nancy Holzner, author of the Deadtown series.

First 15 reviewers will get a free copy!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Executive Director, can you believe it??

Hey everyone ;)

I've got some interesting news to share ;) Wisconsin Regional Writers' Association has asked me to step into Boyd Sutton's shoes this October as Executive Director. I'm totally stoked and excited about this. Not only will Boyd mentor me, but I'll be trained on how to run a non-profit. So very cool!

Okay, back to my conference, editing, and writing work!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Day in the Life

Ever wonder what I do all day? I do... Just kidding :) Seriously though, where does the time fly? It's not yet 9:30 (CT) and I'm already running around like a chicken on fire!
6:30-I save the carpets--I take the dog out.
6:45-Make coffee and check emails-lots happening with upcoming conference, newsletter, 9/1 releases...etc.
7:00-Feed turtle, fish, check food/water for mice and guinea pig, let in the cat...
7:10-Shower and dress for the day
7:45-Make breakfast for the kids my daughter is babysitting
8:00-Start making phone calls: 4 Dentist appt.s for whole family, pay med bills, etc.
8:20-Make breakfast for my own children (we're out of milk...)
8:22-Make grocery list (milk is on the top of the list)
8:45-Start cleaning up sleep-over mess and run load of laundry
9:10-Check email again--very quiet today, thank goodness-only 2 need a quick reply
9:15-Start writing this blog...

So, that's how I start my days--mostly :) Today, I have to be at the dealership to get the car fixed (something's goofy with the driver-side front tire thingy) at 11:00, then I have to take Dustin in for a doc appt in another town--and visit a friend in that same town--by 3pm. After that, I'll be nose to the grindstone editing until I stop to get dinner on.

I hope everyone has a great :) (Really? It's only Wed.?? Oy...)


Monday, July 18, 2011

What to Write and Redemption

Here I am, with a pretty new blank blog to fill, all this wonderful "white space" to work with--and I'm lost. How funny! I've been editing WAY too long.

Right now, I'm thinking about Redemption coming out. Nancy Holzner has the ARC now and has agreed to get it back to me by September some time, which is absolutely wonderful of her considering she's got big deadlines to deal with. I really, really loved writing Redemption. The feel of it, the aura, the ability to get supernatural, the huge cast and epic scope--all of it was a real treat. Now I'm itching to do something along the same lines. I've been captivated by a word and all the wonderful nuances that word has. I'm thinking it might be the next title I work on when I get some "me" time to write. The word is: Ruiner. The possibilities with that are endless.

While things have been hectic and crazy, they've been good. I'm working at a steady pace and getting tons accomplished. Even if there are tons more to accomplish, these achievements feel pretty darn good.

I really can't wait for Redemption to come out. Here is the back cover blurb:

Half-angel Savannah Mantas smells the sulfuric stench of wrath when it enters her city, Iron Point. Resurrected by the archangel Michael, she's hunting for redemption and half-demon Nico Montenegro is her prey. He comes from the Fringes, the border between the city and the toxic wasteland beyond.

When they meet, Nico tells her a story, one of genocide and confiscated bodies. Not revenge, but justice is his purpose and his target is the most admired family in the world–Commander Hathaway and his daughter.

Hathaway's soldiers are slaughtering Fringers and secretly feeding them to Revenants, mutants who survived the bio-bombing of 2120. They have a twisted idea they can train these clever creatures like dogs and keep them out of the city long enough to mobilize an evacuation for the wealthy and well-connected.

Savannah knows better. Revenants are what killed her. When they attack, the last of humankind may be wiped out completely. Stopping Hathaway might just be enough to gain her redemption and escape a hellish fate.

Hope you think it sounds as fun as to read as it was to write! :)


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mi Vida Loca

Where have I been? I've been working under a rock! :) Just kidding--but I have been super busy. These are the projects I am working on right now or have just finished:

1) WRWA Fall Conference
2) WRWA Summer Newsletter
3) Editing Servant to the Wolf by the fabulous Sue Wentz of Cassidy Creek Bridge fame
4) Editing Shaken by the super D.M. Anderson of Killer Cows fame
5) Editing Take Me Home (working title) by Martin Bartloff of Torn From Normal fame
6) Writing books #4, 5, and 6 in the Delbert Dallas series
7) Reading Submissions to the Quake imprint of Echelon Press
8) Transferring website to my wordpress account for easier updating
9) Updating all blogs :)
10) What I call "red-tape" work: writing up contracts for the conference and for new books coming through Quake--writing up agreements for workshop presenters and panelists, etc.

Okay, so that's where I'm at this morning. It's just after ten and I'm all ready tired! Lol! :) Think I'll get a big cup of coffee and settle in for a nice long day behind the keyboard.

One of these days I'll actually be able to write again!

Friday, June 24, 2011

ALL Publishers sell books--to their authors!

I have a gripe. I’m sick and tired of reading how Print-On-Demand publishers only exist to sell books to their authors. That’s like saying all poor people have a welfare mentality or a rape victim was asking for it because of the way she dresses. We live in a day and age where that sort of bigotry is simply inexcusable.

I work with an independent publishing house and not once have I ever been “forced” to buy my books. It is not in the contract, it is not an expectation. They do offer me a discount if I wish to buy my books for events like book festivals and the like—but so does Random House and myriad other houses. This is standard operating procedure, people!

No publisher simply gives their authors unlimited access to a bottomless barrel filled with books. That’s not how the industry works. Contracts usually state how many author copies an author can expect. Once those are gone, the publisher doesn’t keep handing over titles for free. So, to use the argument that houses that use POD technology only survive by selling to their own authors is not only na├»ve but inaccurate.

My advice: be wary of blanket statements and research any publishing house you’re considering working with. I did, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about my publisher, Echelon Press.