Twenty-six year old Jessica Burkhart (aka Jess Ashley.) is a writer from Brooklyn. Obsessions: Twilight, purses, shoes, makeup, fashion, unicorns, VS PINK, pink, sparkly things, reality TV and horses. Jess was an equestrian before she started writing. Now, she pens the 20-book Canterwood Crest series for Aladdin MIX (Simon & Schuster). Her first young adult piece, TRUST IS AS IMPORTANT AS LOVE, appears in the anthology--DEAR TEEN ME. She is also the author of UNICORN MAGIC (a chapter book series summer Aladdin '14) and WILD HEARTS (YA Bloomsbury '15). She also co-owns Violet & Ruby Productions --a new online book packaging company. You’ll often find her on epic adventures with her partner in crime/BFF/writer girl/biz co-owner Kate . Jess is represented by Rubin Pfeffer of East West Literary Agency.
Burned (Pretty Little Liars) She Loves You, She Loves You Not Between You and Me Ali's Pretty Little Lies (Pretty Little Liars) The Farm (YA) Gone Girl (adult) Sharp Objects (adult) Dark Places (adult) Give Me Everything You Have (adult memoir) Burn for Burn The Fame Game Drinking & Tweeting (adult) Life After Theft The Witches of Santa Anna One More Day (novella) Be the Monkey Stolen Still Missing Unbreak My Heart Out of the Easy Alice in Zombieland
2012 Books Read
Drink, Slay, Love Shatter Me Dead to You Pretty Little Secrets Tricks Beauty Queens
She Loves You, She Loves You Not
2011 Books Read
Anna Dressed in Blood The Goddess Test How to Save a Life Envy The Scorpio Races The Name of the Star Silence Zombie (ARC) *ZOMBIE is adult fiction and it's amazing! Also written by my friend, J.R. Angelella!* Pure Ominous Fake Me a Match Never Have I Ever Forever Forbidden Twisted The Twilight Sage: Official Guide The Lying Game Dead Tossed Waves This Lullaby Spirit Bound Last Sacrifice Empress of the World Linger The Book of Spells Identical
It's almost heeeeerrrreeee!! (Can you tell I'm excited? Cuz I'm not. I mean, why would I be freaking out that Team Canterwood gets INITIATION tomorrow?! :D)
Some of you have already found it in stores (thank you, booksellers!) and a lot of you haven't yet. Whether you've grabbed your copy or not, I think it's time to party with prizes! How else are we supposed to welcome Lauren to Canterwood?
In honor of book number lucky 13, I've got some fab stuff (my faves!) up for grabs. Check it:
That's right! We've got AMAZING Hair Tinsel and Gelly Roll pens. (Thank you to everyone at Hair Flairs and Sakura of America for offering up these fantastic prizes.
(Here's a pic of me from last January wearing dark purple tinsel. I was signing a book for our very own Jill (<3!)--the model for Sasha.) :)
The prizes up for grabs:
4 winners will receive:
2 packets of different color Hair Tinsel and either pink or purple Gelly Roll pens (all Tinsel and pen colors chosen by me at random)
1 GRAND prize winner will receive:
Your choice of a 20 minute phone call or 20 minute Skype session with me! We'll both work out a date and time via e-mail. :) You must be a US resident to enter. Sorry, international readers!! Winners will be drawn at random and notified via e-mail. So be sure to leave yours!
You have TWO WEEKS starting tomorrow to do one of the following (some options will be worth extra entries!):
* (Worth 5 extra entries) Review INITIATION on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com or another book seller site. Put the link in your comment. * Post a comment here about what you liked about Initiation after reading it
* (Worth 3 EXTRA entries) Send me a photo of you and your copy (it can be a paperback or Nook, Kindle, etc., of Initiation. I will NOT post the photo on my blog unless I have parental permission.
* (Worth 2 EXTRA entries) Post about INITIATION on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc. and leave the link in the comments, Tweet it to me, or tag me on Facebook.
* Post a comment here about how long it took you to finish Initiation
* (Worth 2 EXTRA entries) link to this blog post via your Twitter, Facebook, blog, etc!
* (Worth 4 EXTRA entries) Create something at Polyvore for your fave CC character!
* (Worth 5 EXTRA entries) Make a YouTube (or other video hosting site) video about Initiation. You can review it, talk about what you liked/didn't like, send a shout out to other members of Team Canterwood--whatever you like! Get creative! :) *Please DO NOT email me the video because the file size will fill my inbox and then I won't be able to receive your messages* Put the link to your video in the comments section of this post.
* And . . . 6 EXTRA entries go to the person (judged not by me, but by an impartial Internet friend) who gets the most creative about celebrating Initiation's release day.
The contest closes on Monday, January 16, at 11:59pm EST. I will e-mail the winners on January 17, so be sure to check your email!
Good luck to all!
Now, other stuff:
Among other places, you can find copies of INITIATION at awesome places such as:
I've been thinking a lot today about all of Team Canterwood and how lucky I am to have such a wonderful, amazing, intelligent group of readers. It makes me teary when I think back to the first e-mail I ever received about someone liking TAKE THE REINS. I can't believe the very first book will be out for three years later this month.
I would not be able to live my dream as a writer without EACH and EVERY one of you. Your messages keep me inspired, even on the darkest, tough days. I wish I could hug you all and be able to come up with better words than "thank you" for everything you've given me and the Canterwood Crest series. It would not continue without you.
I wish you all a very happy New Year! I've got copyedits to finish on POPULAR and then I'm starting to write COMEBACK. :)
Much love and cheers to 2012!
Jess Burkhart (Jess Ashley)
part of upcoming Write Now! Getting Published as a Young Writer video series
Coming soon! Video Series
A how-to-get published Amazon Instant Video Series!
Where I adopted Bella & Bliss
Forget "fun in the sun!" Canterwood girls are all about hard work--and the competition is about to get . . . HEATED. Date TBA!
Home for Christmas (Super Special)
Canterwood's It Girls Look Dashing in the Snow . . .11/12/13
a Canterwood Crest novella coming January 2014
Bella's Birthday Unicorn
Unicorn Magic #1: August 5, 2014 from Aladdin MIX
Unicorn Magic #2 August 5, 2014 from Aladdin MIX
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SKYPE OPPORTUNITIES Teachers and librarians, I am scheduling Skype visits for classrooms this fall and next spring. I can speak to middle grade classes as well as high school. Please e-mail me jess _ burkhart AT hotmail DOT com.
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Dear Teen Me (anthology)
October 31, 2012 from Zest Books (Junior Library Guild Selection)
Canterwood Crest Series
Grab all of the books in the best-selling series with over half-a-million copies in print!
Take the Reins (#1)
Who says teammates have to be friends? Available now
June 2010--Gold Star Award of Excellence from Teens Read Too
Chasing Blue (#2)
Home (bitter) sweet home. March 24, 2009
Behind the Bit (#3)
With friends like these... May 19, 2009
Triple Fault (#4)
Three strikes, they're on the outs...August 11, 2009
Best Enemies (#5)
Some girls just have to be the best at everything. October 20, 2009.
Little White Lies (#6)
A little white lie never hurt anyone...right? December 22, 2009.
Rival Revenge (#7)
And you thought they were out of the running...January 26, 2010
Home Sweet Drama (#8)
Some things never change...April 6, 2010
City Secrets #9
Who knew one city could hold so many secrets? July 6, 2010
Elite Ambition (#10)
Sasha Silver . . . Canterwood's new It Girl? Sept. 14, 2010
Scandals, Rumors, Lies (#11)
Who's the hater? November 16, 2010
Unfriendly Competition (#12)
And the runner up is . . . ? January 4, 2011
Chosen (Super Special)
Out with the old, in with the new . . . May 3, 2011
Stable of Books
Lauren Towers knows the rules . . . January 3, 2012
It's not just a label, it's a state of mind. May 1, 2012
Canterwood Crest cordially invites you , , , September 11, 2012