Monday, January 26, 2015

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But it's just a game...

When Jailyn's best friend, Prestley, brought in a new game, Jailyn didn't want to play. However, after a little persuading, she gave in. Unbeknownst to the girls, they weren't playing a game. Instead, the game was playing them.

What happens when an evil is unleashed...
and that evil has his sights set on the one who unleashed him?

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Unleashed by Janae Mitchell


by Janae Mitchell

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

I'm Sorry...But No.

Are anthologies going to be the new trend, dominating this list in the near future?

"You made the NY Times Best Sellers list...
with eleven other authors... for a .99 anthology?

Um... congrats?"

I've heard some readers, bloggers, and other authors talking about this lately. How is it that so many authors—virtually unknown authors—have made it onto the once highly regarded NY Times list with books that have never been heard of by most of the population? Well, when you put together a set of 10-15 books, sometimes more, and list them all for only .99, readers are going to buy them. Hey, who wouldn't want that many books for a dollar? Even if only a couple were actually good, it would be worth it. The problem for me is that some of those books, if not all, are making it onto the NY Times list because people like a bargain, not because they are actually great books and being read. Personally, I find fault in that and think that the NY Times listing qualifications need an overhaul.

Seeing so many authors with the NY Time Best Selling Author title by their name lessens the title's value, not only for me, but for other readers, as well. As awesome as it would be to be able to say that I'm a NY Times Best Seller, I wouldn't want to have to explain that it was because my book was part of a $.99 box set with a dozen other authors. If I made it to that list, I'd want to do it for something that was actually getting read enough to make it to that list, not because it was a bargain and sold a lot. That is where I think the NY Times has messed up. Don't put books on the list because they are a bargain and hoarders are stocking up. Put books on the list because they are being read over and over again by a lot of readers. 

Being a book lover, I, too, like a bargain and snatched up one of those 'NY Times Best Sellers' anthologies a while back. Even though it consisted of authors I'd never heard of, it was only (the usual) .99. Well... the first book I read was rather short, more like a novella; it was nothing great, but okay. However, the second book...
I couldn't even finish it. It was like this book wasn't even proofread or edited by the author. If the story-line and writing style had been great, I would've overlooked it, but it wasn't. Needless to say, I wasn't able to finish it... yet it's on the NY Times B.S. (Ha ha, see what I did there?) list. There was only one or two books in that set that would even come close to being good enough to hint at being on that list as a single novel, yet there they all are, now on a highly ranked list of what is supposed to be outstanding and well-read books. It seems an injustice to all the truly remarkable books out there.

So, is it fair to those authors who are becoming well known as exceptional writers and storytellers, who are so close to making the list, but may be booted out of the running by an anthology that may have some really bad books in it? I'm sorry, but no, it's not fair. The NY Times needs to realize this and correct the problem or their list won't really matter anymore, since any highly promoted, yet sometimes terribly written, .99 anthology can get on there.

Are all anthologies made for this purpose, just to make the list? No. I know some authors who are part of anthologies just to get noticed and get their name out there to new readers. But for those who have done it just to make the list... shame on them; and shame on the NY Times for letting them. In my opinion, anthologies shouldn't be allowed to make the list, period.

So, it all boils down to titles and how accurate and important those titles are and why authors crave them. Are the B.S.
titles that are tacked onto everything really that essential? No, they're not. One of my favorite authors, Colleen Hoover, is a best selling author on every list everywhere, but when she first started out she wasn't, so she obviously got noticed without that title. Would her books still sell if that title wasn't printed next to her name or on the cover of her books? Absolutely! Why? Because she's so flippin' awesome! What makes her that way? Her writing ability, not any titles she may have that are a result of that ability. 

I could ramble on and on, since I'm rather good at that, but I won't. Instead, I'll leave you with this...

Authors shouldn't strive for a NY Times Best Sellers title, 
they should strive to write a book that deserves that title.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Paranormal YA Novella—UNLEASHED—Release & Giveaway

But it's just a game...

When Jailyn's best friend, Prestley, brought in a new game, Jailyn didn't want to play. However, after a little persuading, she gave in. Unbeknownst to the girls, they weren't playing a game.
Instead, the game was playing them.

What happens when an evil is unleashed...
and that evil has his eyes set on the one who unleashed him?

Available NOW on Amazon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He won't stay gone, nor forgotten!!!! January 7, 2015
What a awesome read!!! I could not put it down!!! Two friends play with a Ouija board and open a "door" to evil. This evil's name is "Steven" and he keeps popping up. At last, they think they have finally stopped him, but, have they? Oh, I love her style of writing!!!

WOW WOW WOW, I don't know what to say. This is my first time reading anything by Janae. AND let me tell I have been missing out. Now this is the first time I have read anything like this!!! The characters are amazing, even Steven!!! (You have to read this to see what i'm talking about.)

"Goodnight Precious"
"Good Bye"

This freaked me the hell out that i had trouble falling asleep last night. That's what I get for reading this in the wee hours of the night!!!

Janae...... You are going to give Stephen King a run for his money !!!!!!!

5.0 out of 5 stars 'But it's just a game... January 9, 2015
Another awesome book from Janae Mitchell! I could not stop reading...with my light on by the way...I highly recommend this won't be disappointed! You can't wait to see what's on the next page! And you will never forget's just a game

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

~*~ Happy Flippin' New Year! ~*~

Well, hello, 2015! 

Oh, mylanta... the end of 2014 ripped out my heart and dropped the New Year's Eve ball on it, letting it roll around on it for a few days. However, I've managed to scrape it off the ground & shove it back in my chest, where it has slowly regained its off-beat rhythm.
Since I wasn't able to wish y'all a happy new year, I wanted to wish you one now.

Many have asked what I'm working on now, if anything, since the For Always series is complete, so I wanted to let you know that, yes, I am working on something... several things, as a matter of fact.


"Unleashed" is a young adult novella that's currently being edited/revised & will be available on Amazon very soon, possibly by the end of the week or beginning of next, and available in print soon after. I'll post the release day on my facebook page & will have the link to purchase it on my website.

Feels Like Rain 

"Feels Like Rain" (title subject to change) is a spin-off from my recently completed For Always series. This will be a stand-alone novel that will focus on a character named Jet, who is an empath. He is a character that was introduced at the end of book three, For Eternity. This is not a fourth book in the FA series and you don't have to have read the FA series to read this one. It is nearing completion and will have to go through the editing process before publication, which I hope will be late spring/early summer. To make sure you don't miss it, or any of my other releases, you can follow this blog or my Amazon Author page.

Title Unknown

My next WIP is also a YA novel and it's not paranormal *insert gasps here*. I'm really excited about this one—my first contemporary fiction novel! I've practically written the entire thing inside my head, I just have to finish "Feels Like Rain" so I can put it down on paper.
This novel will be partially based on a true story—partially—which I'm sure will make it even more special to me and those who know me. If you don't know me or the story behind this story, I hope it still touches your heart in some way.

And this is what I'm doing now; writing, editing, revising, all while being hurried along by the characters who are waiting to tell their stories. Along with the characters in my head, you, too, will have to wait... but I'm hurrying!

My next blog post will include some giveaways, so stay tuned!!