Breaking News: The First Blurb for The 13th Continuum From Bestselling Author Rysa Walker!

I’m pleased to announce my VERY first blurb for THE 13TH CONTINUUM from bestselling author Rysa Walker! She is the author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.

Non-stop excitement and strong world-building combine to make The 13th Continuum a fantastic read for science fiction and dystopian fans alike. The story sucked me in from the very beginning, and had me pulling for Myra and Aero to break free from their very different, but equally oppressive governments.  Eagerly awaiting the next in this series!

Also, my brand new author and book pages are up on my publisher’s website!

My Author Page

My Book Page 

More exciting blurbs and news are coming soon! In the meantime, my book is available for preorder (pub date: April 19, 2016):


Barnes & Noble


Stay tuned for more exciting updates—a lot of awesome stuff is in the works!

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Hello from Blurbland for THE 13TH CONTINUUM!


Advance Copies of THE 13TH CONTINUUM

My Advance Review Copies are in for The 13th Continuum!

Don’t they look stunning?

So I’m surfacing here for a moment to share reports from Blurbland. For those who don’t know about blurbs, authors—especially debut authors—are supposed to ask other more established authors to read their book and provide a quote that’s usually printed on the cover, backcover, or inside the book. At least, that’s my understanding.

It’s all new to me, too!

I’ve been contacting my favorite authors far and wide, some that I know personally, and many that I don’t, hoping for a little magic, a little grace, a little leg up. Though it should come as no surprise, the majority either don’t do blurbs anymore or are too busy.


A few incredible folks are going to try to help out! I can’t name names yet, and let’s just say my fingers and toes are crossed. Even the idea that they’re reading the book potentially is crazy awesome. It makes my heart swell with gratitude to know that there are other amazing writers out there willing to give a younger author a little help.

The coolest thing about all of this is that the book is finally starting to seem real. I’m going to do everything I can do to launch it into the stratosphere.

Publication date is April 19, 2016.

You can preorder it now on Amazon!

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My Mentee Selected for the Young Storytellers Biggest Show!


I had to post about this—for the second year in a row, the kid I mentored for the Young Storytellers Foundation got selected for the star-studded Biggest Show!

They only pick 5 scripts out of over 800, so this is a huge honor for Tamara. But I can’t say I’m surprised. She wrote an amazing story called BECOMING ME. It’s full of magic, sassy characters, humor, and heart. I can’t wait to see if brought to life for the second time.


Me & Tamara at the Big Show!

Check out these HUGE stars that will be performing it:

We have a phenomenal cast of actors scheduled to perform including Jack Black (School of Rock), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Tom Lennon (The Odd Couple), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Judy Greer (Married), Jason Mantzoukas (The League) and hosted by The Sklar Brothers.

I already have a hunch about which role Jack Black will be playing. Tamara and I will get to sit ON THE STAGE while they’re performing her script. Keegan-Michael Key is one of my favorite comedians. I’m totally going to geek out and laugh my butt off.

This event is for charity and tickets are available, so get them now!

Here’s the link for tickets

Your support is hugely appreciated and goes to an amazing cause. I’ve mentored with them for many years now, and the opportunity to bring arts education to low-income schools makes an enormous difference in these kids’ lives.

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The Lemon Tree House Writers’ Residency—Update #3 (Arezzo & Pool Writing)

LTH Arezzo Collage

Yup, it’s another post from my writers’ residency in Tuscany at the Lemon Tree House. You can read my first two posts here and here.

It’s not easy to leave such a beautiful spot, but I did venture on a day trip to Arezzo with the crew, a little medieval hamlet nestled on a hilltop. I climbed a Clock Tower for views. I browsed a church with 900-year-old frescoes that had been plastered over and then discovered again. I had a delicious lunch of caprese, risotto, and vino.

Jen in Arezzzo Plaza

Arezzo Plaza

A day off the property was divine, but now I’m back to the real reason I came here—to write my ass off. I’ve been productive—14k words and Part One of Book 3 done. I’ll be starting Part Two today.

THE UNITED CONTINUUMS is well underway.

It’s not exactly a hardship when I can write poolside. I got one last swimming day in Sunday before the weather has turned decidedly cooler. Hello, September. Hello, fall. A nice break from sweltering Los Angeles.

pool writing

Pool Writing Day

I return home on Saturday via Rome. Three weeks was the right choice. I’ve loved my time away—especially the incredible meals, the vino, and the writing time. But I miss my fur baby and my hubby. Going away makes coming home that much sweeter, doesn’t it?

B&W Arezzo

Clock Tower View Arezzo Rooftop

There are a few spots left for the Lemon Tree House in April—not to be missed!

Here’s a link with more information on applying

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The Lemon Tree House Writers’ Residency—Update #2 (Is This Heaven?)

sunset tuscany

Sunset Walk in Tuscany

Is this heaven? No really…pinch me now!

I find myself thinking that a lot these days.

I’m in Tuscany for a 3-week writers’ residency at The Lemon Tree House. Nestled up in the Cetona foothills in the historic Camporsevoli property, I find myself spending my days reflecting, practicing yoga, writing, swimming laps in the very brisk pool with breathtaking views stretching into the distance. At night, we gather for incredible 3-course feasts cooked up from scratch by Erinn Beth Langille (also a very talented writer in her own right).

panoramic tuscany

Panoramic View by the Pool

I’ve already been here a week and a half, and while my first week was spent more quietly with only a few other writers on the property and a day trip to Siena, now most of the other writers have arrived and the real festivities have begun—craft workshops with YA/crossover writer Ibi Kaslik, craft talks with other writers in residence, group dinners with breakout folk singalongs, mediation and yoga classes, and much more.

Doing My Reading for Class

Doing My Reading for Class

These pictures DO NOT do this place justice. Hell, I don’t want to leave. I know when I’m in the best spot. I know where my bread is buttered. I know that this is heaven in a way. Writerly heaven. I love being able to spend my days on my work (I’m working away on Book 3 of my Continuum Trilogy—you can preorder the first book here). I’ve got a toehold in the book. I’m making process. Brainstorming and daydreaming, then typing madly on my computer shaping the chapters that will build into an entire novel.

I’m honored to be surrounded by such talented folks—this writer just announced her Poets & Writers fellowshipand this one has a short story collection publishing next week. I could go on and on, but you get the idea.

Alright, back to writing!

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