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Thanks, Hennepin County Library!

It's so cool of you to feature Canterwood Crest in your spotlight on series! :) I really appreciate it!

First chapter of HOME SWEET DRAMA

The first chapter of HOME SWEET DRAMA (out April 6!) has been released! Here it is! :) Thanks to the reader girlies at the forum for letting me know.

Hope you like it! :D


Chapter 1 1 TO JASMINEJULIA AND ALISON’S REVENGE WAS COMPLETE. They’d taken out the biggest threat at school.Jasmine King had been expelled from Canterwood Crest Academy.I’d been standing in Jasmine’s empty dorm room for a long time. Just staring.I leaned my back against the wall and drew my knees to my chest, lowering myself to the bare wooden floor—shaking my head in amazement. It had happened so fast. I’d gone to the indoor arena to practice and had been using Mr. Conner’s camera to film my session. Jas hadn’t known the camera was on and she’d started to brag about how she’d framed Julia and Alison by making it look as if they’d cheated on their history test. I’d texted Julia and Alison about the tape and they’d taken it to the headmistress. I’d just left the Trio’s suite after a this-close-to-tears Heather …

Skype author visit a success!

Here's a screenshot of a library visit I did in New Jersey yesterday, only I was still in NYC. We did the visit via Webcam and Skype. It was so great! I loved chatting with the readers. It's also beneficial to the schools because it's super cost effective. Plus, the technology is easy to set up.

I'm scheduling Skype visits now, so if you're interested, shoot me an e-mail at jess_burkhart AT hotmail DOT com for more info. There's also more detail on my

Tallahassee Writers Conference pics!

Finally have a second to post about my awesome trip with Kate to the Tallahassee Writers Conference! Here are a few pics of the trip--Kate's got more of my actual events on the camera, which is, um, still packed.

First up--the room. Loooved it!

The second pic is signed stock at the Tallahassee Barnes & Noble. I love them and they were so gracious and sweet!

The next pic is Kate checking out the killer kitchen. We were in shock that there was an actual kitchen in our hotel room. #majorwinhello

I fell in love with the pool/whirlpool area. The pool was FREEZING so I opted for the whirlpool. So. Nice.

Last pic is another room shot.

Thank you so much to Donna Meredith and the fab gang at the Tallahassee Writers Conference. We had a fab time!

Winner of Home Sweet Drama

Hi, guys!

Sorry if when I was going to announce the winner of HOME SWEET DRAMA was clear. I meant to add to that post that I wouldn't announce until Monday because I just got back from Florida last night. The posts you all read were already pre-written and set to post on certain days.


the winner (by random drawing) is...

Olivia Alison M!

Olivia, I'm Facebooking you the info! CONGRATULATION! *sparkles*

There will be tons more give aways for CITY SECRETS, so no worries if you didn't win.

I'm still exhausted from my awesome trip and will recap soon. But now, it's time for a bagel and OJ in bed with NEW MOON On Demand. :)

Bye, NYC!

Conference day is finally here! Kate and I are grabbing an early flight and leaving chilly NYC for warm, sunny Florida. I'm speaking at the Tallahassee Writers' Conference (check my Website for details on a free event open to the public) and Kate's attending the conference with me. She'll be front row at my talks, no doubt, probably making faces to get my attention or make me laugh. (If she heckles me--security is free to remove her from the room.) ;)

Our hotel looks amazing and I can't wait to hit the whirlpool since it'll be a little chilly to swim. Look for pics and possible vlogs to come when we get back.

Writing with friends

I've always been a solo writer. It felt like something I had to do on my own without people around. When I moved to New York, I tried the coffee shop thing. It was okay aside from my people watching. And I would have gone broke because I kept buying frozen yogurt, coffee, etc. Not. Good.

But several of the past few weeks have been marathon working sessions with Kate and Ross. When we're together working--stuff gets DONE. We're pulling our hair out at the end of the day, but there's also a huge sense of accomplishment. I wrote 13 pages yesterday, Ross knocked out a bunch of revisions and Kate got a ton of editing done.

So, I like the BK Trio we've formed to work and it's proving to be quite productive and fun. :)

Don't forget to see yesterday's post and enter to win a signed copy of HOME SWEET DRAMA!

Win a signed copy of Home Sweet Drama!

Guess what I have?? Finished copies of HOME SWEET DRAMA! Yaay! Its official release date is April 6, but it'll likely hit stores a week to 10 days earlier. So, if you want to win a signed copy, here's what you can do:

Tweet about the giveaway and be sure to include @jessicaburkhart so I know about it.

Facebook about the contest and write on my wall if we're friends telling me about your FB update

Leave a comment here saying whatever you like!

Blog about the contest

Follow supersparkly @EditorK on Twitter and tell me you did

Or something else that's creative! You get extra entries for everything you do in addition to the entry for commenting here.

The contest closes on Tuesday at midnight and I'll draw a random winner. I'll post the winner on Wednesday and will mail the book the following week since I'm going out of out for a conference. I'll only ship to US addresses, btw.

When you leave your comment on this post, let me know if you did anything extra and that&…

weekend wrapup

Where did the weekend go, seriously? *scratches head*

Mine was busy with fun things, a little bit of work and hanging with BFF while we went to Macy's and got our nails done. It was kind of an we're (including R)-all-waiting-for-Monday couple of days. R was actually the one who convinced me to replace my ridic sneakers. So, Kate and I went to Macy's and petted shoes we couldn't afford if we combined our bank accounts. But we did find some killer heels and sneakers for K and two preeettty pairs of walking/exercising shoes for me. Kate and I decided we're going to start walking around our park soon (under the strict ruling that I'm somehow supposed to protect her from ALL nature.) and I sooo needed shoes. Pink and gray and pink and white Pumas. I heart them!

We hopped the train back home and later got our nails done. Now, this is soo picture worthy. I got mine done in honor of ALICE IN WONDERLAND in a shade called "Mad as a Hatter" by OPI.

Yes, it is an ex…

a random mess

Been soo busy writing ELITE AMBITION and doing other things, BUT a new vlog will be coming soon. Hopefully, from a supercool location. I'll also be vlogging from the Tallahassee Writers Conference and will encourage (read: force) Kate on camera with me. :)

It's warming up to the fifties this week and I am INSANELY excited. I know that weather talk is, like, boring but a little warmer will be awesome. It also, you know, means shopping for those in between weather clothes...

Got dinner with friends tomorrow night and then Friday is Kate's version of TWILIGHT. ALICE IN WONDERLAND hits the big screen and we're SO going to see it. She's very fangirly and cute about it and it's like me with my RPattz obsession. I can't wait!

And now to wrap up my random two and a half hour cleaning/rearranging apt spree. Really? Was that necessary? (No.)