Happy Holidays!

First, a holiday wish ...

Hey gang! I've had so much to be thankful for this year. I've had stories published, made friends, have a loving family, afforded good health--and received lots of support and companionship from my blogging buddies. 

My mother and father taught me long ago that you're only as good as the company you keep. And though I'm certainly biased, I think I'm surrounded by some of the finest writers and bloggers out there.

For that reason, I sincerely hope that peace and love surround you this Season, and in 2013 may your goals be achieved, your dreams lived, and your hearts be full. Always.

Second, that publishing 'stuff' ... and something free

Speaking of stories published, my second is now available. You'll find all the details in the 'official announcement' below, but first ...

To celebrate the season of giving, the first book in the Moonsongs series, Blood Fugue, will be available for free on Amazon Christmas Day and the day after. If you haven't had a chance to read it, I'd be honored if you'd check it out. Here's the link. Again, it'll be free a week from today and yesterday.


After receiving an ancient tribal journal from her grandfather, Jenny is sent on a mission of discovery in an attempt to unravel clues to her family's monster hunting past. The journey becomes more than academic when she is asked to confront a coven of dangerous witches who plan to cast an insidious spell on the plains of West Texas. 

Witch's Nocturne is the second of the Moonsongs Books, a series of New Adult, paranormal-horror-action novelettes--with a Texas twist--by author E.J. Wesley


My fingers tapped out an excited, tuneless rhythm on the steering wheel as I drove Beauty, my licorice black 4x4 truck, across town. Maybe the sudden change in the weather and the influx of warm, November sunshine brightened the gorgeous day and my spirits in equal measure. Or maybe, God help me, I was happy to be on my way to see Marshal again. Regardless, I couldn’t recall the last time a day held so much hope, like I’d been given a cheat code for infinite possibilities.

“How’s life?” Marshal asked, foisting himself into the cab of the truck.

He placed a brown, leather satchel between his feet on the floorboard. Marshal stared at me over the top of a pair of oversized, mirrored sunglasses. Combined with the plaid shorts, flip flops and pink polo shirt with a crocodile on it, he appeared to be beach ready. Or headed to a photo shoot for a store I wouldn’t be caught dead in.

“Fast.” I grinned and revved the engine.

He gave me a worried look, rushing to buckle his seatbelt. “You can’t afford another ticket.”

“Relax, Mr. Public Safety. I was kidding. Mostly. Where we headed?”

He patted the saddlebag between his legs. “I’ve gone through everything in here fifty times and have more questions than when I started. I wanted to go to the college library, try to learn more about your grandfather's tribe. Find some language books.” 
“So, we go to the library and learn about the tribe and the journal. Shouldn't be too hard. Texas is chock full of Native American history. I imagine there'll be lots of stuff on the Apache at a big university.”

Marshal shook his head, his spiky blond hair staying perfectly still.

“It won’t be that easy. Apache was a catchall term given to several tribes. They were nomads. Historians had a devil of a time trying to keep track of any one group—not to mention they weren't exactly friendly to outsiders. The name Apache was given to most of the warring, wandering tribes in the area.”

“Knew my cuddly personality couldn’t be all my own doing. How’ll we know which specific tribe Gramps belonged to?”

I turned onto the state highway that would lead us to Lubbock. It'd take us about an hour to get there, assuming there was no traffic. By traffic I meant some old farmer taking up both lanes of the highway with his tractor.

Marshal pulled the journal from the bag and flipped open the front cover. He held the book up, pointing to the inside corner.

“I think it's this.”

The word Navezgane had been branded into the leather.

“Cool. Wonder what it means?”

I started to make a joke about the word hopefully not translating to Squats-in-Woods or something. One glance at Marshal’s troubled face told me I was going to like the real name a lot less. 

“I looked it up online. The word means killer of monsters.


~Witch's Nocturne is available now~

Amazon     Smashwords (ePub & PDF)


~Blood Fugue, Moonsongs Book 1, is also available~

Amazon (Free to borrow for Amazon Prime members.)

(Note: These stories contain some language and content better suited for mature readers.)

Help Me Spread A Little Holiday Fear ... And Win Stuff

**UPDATE** Signup and giveaway are over. Thanks to everyone who got involved. 'See' you in 2013! ~EJ

Hey gang! Today I'd like to officially announce that the 2nd of my Moonsongs books, Witch's Nocturne, will be hitting virtual shelves next week. I'd also like to enlist your help. But first, a little bit about the story ...

If you've read the first book in the series, Blood Fugue, you'll pick right up with Jenny's story. 

After receiving an ancient tribal journal from her grandfather, Jenny is sent on a mission of discovery in an attempt to unravel clues to her family's monster hunting past. The journey becomes more than academic, however, when she is asked to confront a coven of dangerous witches who plan to cast an insidious spell on the plains of West Texas. Once again, it's up to Jenny and her best friend Marshal to navigate this dangerous new world of monsters and paranormal shenanigans--all in less than 17 k words! (Moonsongs is a series of novelettes.) 

That translates to what I hope is a fun, fast-paced adventure with some chills, thrills, and more than a little of Jenny's standard snarky toughness. I'm really proud of this effort, and hope it shows in the writing.

If you're new to the series, you'll quickly find your place, but feel free to check out Blood Fugue on Amazon (.99 cents, or free to read for Amazon Prime members). Also check out the 'My Books' page on this blog for more details on both stories. (Note: these stories contain language and material best suited for mature readers.)

You can add Witch's Nocturne to your Goodreads list, HERE.

Help Me Spread A Little Holiday Cheer Fear, Get a Free Copy of Witch's Nocturne, AND Maybe Win Stuff 

Here's where you fine folks come in. I'd love it if you all could help me share the announcement/release news throughout the last week of December and first week of January. 

I know it's a crazy, busy holiday time, so I'll provide you with all the information you need to post-and-go. Then, you basically pick any day you want between December 23 and January 6 to share on your blogs. Simple.

Everyone who signs up will get a digital ARC of Witch's Nocturne. (If you enjoy and have time, please leave a review--literally anywhere--when it goes 'live' next week.) PLUS, I'll enter your name into a drawing for a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble (your choice) gift certificate, AND I'll be giving one lucky participant an autographed copy of Amanda Hocking's latest novel, Lullaby (A Watersong Novel), that I recently procured. You can check out Lullaby here, and here are some shiny pics of the autograph and book: 

Cool, right? Just fill out the web form below, and I'll eMail you the details for the post in the next few days. 

This goes without saying, but my debt of gratitude to those who help is endless. I know many of you would help without the lure of prizes, etc. (because you do all the time) but it's a small thing I can offer to at least a couple of you to say 'thank you' for all of your continued support and encouragement.

Now, wish me luck! :-)

A Chance to Give AND Receive--Powered by Books

Hey gang! If you're like me, you're always looking for unique ways to give back this time of year, so I wanted to pass this along. Basically, a bunch of YA authors and their publisher are doing a two-day free and/or discounted promotion on their books, and ALL of the profits garnered in that period go to a local Children's Hospital. Plus, they're doing a big Rafflecopter giveaway. It all starts tomorrow, details are below:


The Gifts Aren't Only From Santa crew are gearing up for two days of FREE and discounted books for charity!
Join us for the Facebook fun on the 14th!
That's right. December 14th and December 15th, treat yourself to a buffet of ebook joy by visiting Amazon and downloading FREE ebooks or heavily discounted ebooks where 100% of the proceeds go to a local Children's Hospital. How cool is that to be a giver and a receiver all at one time?!?!

On top of that, there's a fun Facebook event scheduled for December 14th with cool games and prizes to win. Go here for details.

Want to get a heads up on the great novels coming up for FREE or discounted? Go here to peruse the titles. Just make sure you don't drool on the keyboard. You'll need it for the December 14th Facebook fun.

"What if I don't have a kindle?" you ask. Well, that isn't a problem. Got a smartphone (android, blackberry, iPhone), computer (Mac or Windows-based), or a tablet (iPad or android tablet), then you can download a FREE kindle app and take advantage of these great titles being made available to you.

Don't forget to enter to win some great prizes in the rafflecopter as well. Yeah, we're just loving the giving spirit! Make sure to share this with everyone so no one misses out on the fun, prizes and free ebooks galore!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A Book Birthday and Thanks!

Hey gang! Want to say a quick thanks to all of you who commented on my blog hop post on Monday--I won! 

**QUICK CORRECTION/UPDATE** Actually, each judge picked their favorite, and I was chosen by 2 of the 4 judges. Awesome, right? 

How crazy is that? Unleash a couple of snarky friends on a dating quiz and look what happens. :-D

There's an anonymous 'reader vote' round (this round was voted on by the judges) on Friday I'd love to have your help with (I'll share details then...). My winnings this round are copies of Jaycee and author Magan Vernon's (the other judge that picked my entry) books, so I'll be sure to let everyone know how they are once I've given them a read.

Now,  MORE good news ...

Happy book birthday to Juliana Haygert and Her Heart's Secret Wish! Just in time for the holiday, Juliana gives us a little something to warm the cockles (and perhaps other things hehehe) and put us in the Christmas spirit:

Her Heart's Secret Wish by Juliana Haygert
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Release Date: 12/12/12
Genre: NA contemporary romance
Length: 13,000 words

With a renowned reputation as a player, she had everything figured out... Twenty-year-old college student, Natasha is the life of every party and the reason behind many celebrations. The easiest girl on campus has all guys at her feet and more than a few in her bed.

…until he came into the game…

Having entered the academic world by chance, Professor Jason Stone is surprised to find one of his young students a huge temptation. The infamous Natasha has caught his attention. But is there more to her than meets the eye?

…and changed the rules.

As their unexpected friendship grows, so does their attraction to each other. When Jason’s Christmas plans are canceled and he ends up at the same party as Natasha, sparks flare, destroying the safe zone around them. Will they figure out how to break through their self-imposed barriers to be together, or lose one another forever?

Decadent Publishing | Amazon | Barnes&Nobles | Goodreads

Or, maybe win a copy????

Rafflecopter code: a Rafflecopter giveaway

About the Author: 

Juliana is a Brazilian girl living in Connecticut. She would love to be Wonder Woman, Cheetara, Elektra, Buffy, Phoebe, She-ra, Rose, Korra, Cornelia, a blood elf shadow priest, and other various kick-ass female from books, comics, TV series, movies, and games, but she settles for—the less exciting but equally gratifying life—a wife, mother, friend and a writer. Her heroines are like the ones cited above and she also writes about the heroes who drive them crazy—and occasionally hot.

Since her first stories, she wrote about 20-something year old protagonists, and today she's part of NA Alley, a blog dedicated to New Adult.

Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | NA Alley

CONGRATS JH! Sounds like a fabulous read.


The Mating Game Blog Hop ... Sort Of

Hey gang! Today I'm doing something a little ... different. A blogging buddy of mine--AND super talented lady--Jaycee Delorenzo recently released her latest novel, THE TRUTHS ABOUT DATING AND MATING. To celebrate the occasion she has orchestrated a fun blog hop. Here are the details as per Jaycee:

The Official Rules!

- Pick a couple from your novel, manuscript, or WIPs

- On December 3, 2012 go to each of the judge's blogs to gather the question for your couple to answer (There will be a total of five questions).
3. Jaycee Delorenzo | http://blog.jayceedelorenzo.com/

On December 10, 2012 post your couples five answers and "hop" around the other participants blogs to comment on their couples!

Optional: Participate in the reader voting round on December 14th to vote for the finalist couple that you feel stood out the most :)

EJ NOTE: If you have a good time here and want to read more entries, click the hop button above to go to the official page--a list of the other participants is at the bottom. I'll post a reminder on the 14th, and of course I'd appreciate your vote!

Okay, that's the dirty, but here's where it gets tricky. I don't really have a traditional 'couple' of the romantic variety in the Moonsongs books (yet ;). So I'm going to get creative and introduce you to Jenny and Marshal, a couple of friends forced together by proximity and circumstance, and bound by their appreciation for each other's ...  uniqueness. Here goes:

The Odd Couple...

Marshal: Can't you just pause the game? Ask the other players to wait or something, it'll only take a second.

Jenny: *glances at Marshal* You can't pause an Online match. It ends when you die--Son of a bitch! Thanks, you just got me knifed from behind by the worst guy on their team. They're going to crush me on the message boards for that one... 

Marshal: Great, now you can help me answer these.

Jenny: *flips the controller onto bed, turns to Marshal* Oh sweet Jesus, what've you got in your hands?

Marshal: The latest issue of V came today! *squeezes magazine to chest in a puppy hug* And LOOK at what they did to poor Keira Knightley. She looks like a transexual-zombie-hooker! *shows cover and shudders*

Jenny: I'm starting another match...

Marshal: Wait, this is important! This questionnaire will tell us if we're a good relationship match.

Jenny: *rubs temples* What relationship? You're a smart dressing, highly sensitive, and civic minded gay man. I'm an anti-social, emotionally calloused chick who takes pride in her collection of vintage t-shirts. Tom & Jerry had more of a natural relationship than us--and they tried to kill each other.

Marshal: *waggles eyebrows* I'll pay for the pizza tonight. C'mon, it'll be fun!

Jenny: *falls back onto bed, stares at ceiling* You're lucky I'm broke ... and starving. Just get this over with.

Marshal: *grinning like a Power Ball winner* First question--

Tells us about a memorable experience you shared together.

Jenny: Like the time I didn't kill you in some horrible way for subjecting me to bullshit surveys?

Marshal: Be serious! I'll go first - When we were nearly eaten by a werewolf.

Jenny: *furrows brow in thought* Yeah, I can't top that one. Next.

Marshal: You go first this time. Question number two--

What would you do if the one you wanted was terrified of your feelings and pushed you away?

Jenny: Die alone--and probably happy.

Marshal: *sighs* Well, I'd be heart broken. You know how hard it is to find a decent guy out here in West Texas ... Next question--

What is one of the roadblocks standing in the way of you getting together?

Jenny AND Marshal: *uncontrolled laughter*

Marshal: *wiping away a tear* Moving right along--

How would you describe the other person, using only one word at a time? 

Jenny: Ooh, I'll start this one! Absurd. *grins*

Marshal: *frowns* Shabby.

Jenny: *glances at camouflaged sweatpants and shrugs* Peacock.

Marshal: Oblivious.

Jenny: *points* Proud. Jerk. Who. Thinks. He. Is. So. Pretty. 

Marshal: *shrugs* Stubborn. Ass. Who. Thinks. She. Is. So. Clever.

Jenny: Next?

Marshal: Right--

What was the first thing you noticed about each other?

Marshal: *laughs* Your hair. Purple mohawks were cool in 1983--for like a week.

Jenny: *looks away* Your confidence. 

Marshal: *puts magazine down* Really?

Jenny: Sure. You were the first person brave enough to talk to me when I moved out here to the sticks sophomore year. And I knew you were different--not by how you dressed or anything--just by how you behaved. You were genuinely proud of who you were. That takes a lot of confidence in a small town. Hell, in any town.

Marshal: *touches Jenny on the shoulder* That's seriously the nicest thing you've ever said to me...

Jenny: *turns to Marshal and grins* Can we get breadsticks, too?

Marshal: You suck.

That's my entry! Do you think Jenny and Marshal make a good couple? :-D  

Be sure to give Jaycee's book a read as well. The early reviews have been outstanding!


IWSG - You Scare Me To Death

Hey gang! VERY excited to be taking part in my first Insecure Writer's Support Group blog hop. If you aren't in the know about IWSG, here's the reals (sorry, been working on my hip cat, jargon-slang and wanted to try it out ... no, it won't happen again):

Click this-here photo & it'll take you to that-there page ... 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer.

So basically, it's a group of writers who feed one another's neurosis by saying, "No, I'm FAR crazier than you are", it's an ode to being a hot mess, it's the mentally disturbed running the asylum, it's----well, now you understand why I had to get involved.

You Scare Me To Death

I'm not a people pleaser. Okay, that's a lie. I truly enjoy making people happy  (makes me feel good to my bones as my grandmother would've said). Maybe more accurately I should say that I'm not someone who needs to be liked. 

The non-Web me is a bit of a smartass. I say what's on mind and have my own opinion about most things. Though I don't usually offer those opinions unless I'm asked, if you do ask you'd better be ready to hear an unfiltered 'E.J.' answer--'cause that's only kind I know how to give.

The result is that I'm a genuine person, but not very PC, and that can ruffle feathers. I'm cool with that. I'll note that I'm not someone who requires others to agree with me for us to be friends. In fact, most of my friends are as different from me as stars are to moons. I guess we just like good conversation that way. :-)

Anyway, that's why my wanting to fit in with my writing peers is so perplexing to me. 

It's probably because I admire you all so much. I know the kind of passion you're bringing to the table every day (I can read it on your blogs), and I see the talent oozing out of everything you do. I see you doing the same things I'm trying to do, and doing them better, with more confidence. 

If I'm being honest, and that's what this IWSG thing is all about, you intimidate me.

Here's a secret: When a random reader tells me what they think about my writing, I'm interested, but ultimately not affected. I've learned to distance myself from that kind of torment. But when one of my writing-blogging friends gives me feedback (or a review) I have a panic attack.

I've been blogging and interacting in the online writing community for a few years now, and 99% of the time I feel I've somewhat earned my spot a the big kids table. But there's always this latent fear that one of you, someone I truly admire, is going to pull me aside and say, "I'm sorry, there was a mistake and I'm going to need your 'I'm A Writer' t-shirt back. The coffee mug, too."

I want to be a part of this group of word warriors--I've worked hard to be one of them. But I don't always feel like I am. 

So naturally I join ANOTHER writing group to subject myself to more of your awesomeness. (Yes, the irony has leapt into the boat and smacked me in the face with its smelly tail.)