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This is a post about book piracy.

A couple of weeks or so ago, I went on a tangent on Twitter about book piracy. (What? Me go on a tangent on Twitter? NO WAY.) Let me tell you a little bit about what happened.

So the other week, I was watching videos on YouTube. I have a whole bunch of people I’ve followed in a variety of different fields that I find interesting, everything from humorous gamers to inspirational and motivational people to productivity hackers and Sims 4 players. It was on a video for a financial YouTuber, though, that I found myself getting supremely ticked off.

I won’t name names. But, you see, this particular YouTuber, who I really liked following, really enjoyed their videos, and had learned quite a bit from, was doing a video about saving money, as financial YouTubers often do. I was actually enjoying the video and gleaning a few bits of useful information from it, even though the general subject of the video didn’t quite apply to me and my life situation anymore, when the YouTuber in question reached one of his points of advice to college students about saving money on their college textbooks: he recommended that the students go on Google and search for “free” .pdf files of their college textbooks. Then, adding insult to injury to authors everywhere, he added, and I quote directly from his video, “Surprisingly, this is how you can get many books entirely for free, not just textbooks! So if there’s a book you’ve been planning to read and you just haven’t bought it yet, go search Google for it, and it might already be up there!”

Everyone who knows me knows exactly how much the muscles in my right cheek twitched when I heard that line.

Let me explain why.

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Excerpt of the Week: The Unnaturals

Continuing my newly established tradition of posting a short excerpt from one of my currently available works each Saturday (see last week’s post for a snippet from The Becoming: Origins), this week, I’m offering up a short snippet from The Unnaturals! You can pick up your copy of The Unnaturals for $2.99 for a limited time on Amazon (or read for free with your Kindle Unlimited subscription). In the meantime, enjoy this excerpt from the book underneath the cut!

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Calling All Authors! Want to be Featured on My Blog? Plus: News on The Unnaturals and The Becoming Series!

I’m sure you guys have noticed quite an increase in activity around here lately. Needless to say, I’ve been a busy little bee over here, and that’s all working out to your benefit in the long term.

So what have I been up to?

Well, first, I had a great time doing a cover reveal for Hellforged, which is the second book in The Unnaturals Series. It will be coming out on November 26, 2019. I’m super excited about this one, guys. While the first book in the series essentially introduces everyone and gets everything established, this one gets dark and gritty and dangerous. But I suppose when you’re writing about demonic possession, that’s bound to happen!

Also going on lately is the price drop for The Unnaturals, the first book in the series! For a limited time, I have lowered the price of The Unnaturals to $2.99! You can check out more details on the book and grab your copy at the new price by clicking right here to visit its Amazon page. And, as always, if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, the book is FREE for you to read as part of your subscription!

The price changes apparently haven’t stopped there. I’ve also dropped the price of The Deadening: Collapse to $0.99 AND enrolled it in Kindle Unlimited (because somehow I missed adding it the first time…oops). I’m planning to release the next part of that one near the end of January, so go ahead and grab your copy and get caught up in preparation for the second part of the story!

In the meantime, I’ve been busy at work doing hardcore rewrites to The Becoming: Bloodlines, which will be the next book in the series! It will focus primarily on the adventures of Ethan, Kimberly, and Sadie after the events of The Becoming: Redemption, and so far, the book is proving to be quite a bit of fun. There have been some unexpected characters pop up, some blood, guts, and gore, and a mind-blowing discovery that completely changes the game of the series going forward. And I realize that that sounds like there’s going to be another book beyond Bloodlines and…well, there will be! So keep your eyes peeled for more information on The Becoming: Bloodlines, which I predict will be out before January 1st! Who is excited to read that one?!

Lastly, I have one more thing to remind you of. This year, I’m doing Christmas cards for friends, fellow authors, and readers! If you’d like a personalized, hand-signed Christmas card from me this year, check out this post for more details on how you can get on my Christmas list! Let’s spread some joy this holiday season!

And don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter before December 1st for access to an exclusive, newsletter-subscriber only short story! I’ll be sending one out at least every other month (and eventually every month), and I only send newsletters out a maximum of twice a month, so you don’t have to worry about me spamming your inbox.

Be sure to drop back by later this week, where I’ll be posting another excerpt in my new excerpt of the week feature on Saturdays! And if you’re an author who would like to have a new release of your own featured or would like to do a guest blog or something else fun over here, please feel free to contact me and let’s get something set up!

Want to get a Christmas card from me this year?

I wanted to do this last year, but unfortunately, I thought about it too late, and I wouldn’t have been able to get them out in a reasonable amount of time. But this year, I decided I was going to be on the ball about it!

I love, love, love Christmas. And I’ve always wanted to send out a lot of Christmas cards to people, because I know it brings a smile to my face when I receive one in the mail! So now is your chance! If you’d like to receive a handwritten/hand-signed Christmas/holiday card from me this year, please click through to this Google Form and fill it out!

Edited to Add on 11/15/19: If for some reason you are uncomfortable with leaving your mailing address in a Google Form, please feel free to visit and like my Facebook page and DM your mailing address to me if that is a method you prefer!

I’ll need everyone who is international who wants one to please make sure you have yourself added to the list no later than December 8th so I can make sure I can get you a card in time for Christmas.

Domestic (U.S. and Canada) folks, you have more time. If you’d like to receive one, please add yourself to the list by December 20th. That should give me plenty of time to get a nice little card in the mail for you all. 🙂

So once again, CLICK RIGHT HERE to get yourself on my Christmas Card list for 2019!

And if, for some weird reason, you ever want to send me a card, letter, note, whathaveyou, you can do so any time of the year via my post office box! My address is:

Jessica Meigs

PO Box 627

Demopolis, AL 36732

USA

 

COVER REVEAL: Hellforged (The Unnaturals #2)

I am so so very excited to reveal the cover of my next ebook release for you guys to admire! This book has been in the works in varying forms for quite some time, and I’m absolutely thrilled that it’s that much closer to getting released for you guys to read! Especially since it will appeal much more fully to you straight-up horror fans out there!

Ready for the new cover? Well, here it is!

Is that not a fabulous cover? It was created by Christian Bentulan at Covers by Christian, and he absolutely nailed it (especially since I typically have no idea what I’m looking for in a book cover).

I’m sure by now you’re wondering what this particular book is about. Well, let me tell you.

Zachariah Lawrence wants out.

After working covertly for the United States government for nearly a decade, he’s had enough, a feeling compounded by the fact he was forcibly turned into a vampire during his last assignment for the secretive Unnaturals organization. And with his new apprentice Riley Walker on the run after being declared rogue by their superiors, Zachariah and his partner Ashton Miller race to help her as they realize she has something much more dangerous than vampires on her tail: demons.

But any plans Zachariah makes to ensure their safety quickly fall apart when one of them is possessed by a demonic force and turns against the others. As Zachariah reels from the betrayal and struggles to deal with a demon problem that is quickly spiraling out of control, he is forced to turn to the unlikeliest of sources for help: Agency Director Damon Hartley. And it’s through him that he discovers there’s something much bigger going on, something…biblical.

And I don’t just have a book cover for you today; I have a preorder page up and running too! CLICK HERE to preorder your copy today! The book will be releasing on November 26, 2019.

And ONE MORE THING. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, The Unnaturals, it is absolutely necessary that you read that before you read Hellforged. So I’ve decided to drop the price of The Unnaturals and put it on sale for only $2.99 until December 31, 2019! So catch up on the series and pick up your copy of The Unnaturals today by clicking here!

Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to be the first to hear the latest news and information on future releases, plus exclusive excerpts and short stories, and follow me on all my social media!

I went on a cruise, and now I have SO MANY story ideas…

I know I haven’t posted in just a little bit, but life has been incredibly busy for me over the past week-ish. I just got back this morning from my first cruise, a four-day jaunt from Mobile, Alabama, to Cozumel and back with my sisters Amanda and Stephanie, and I’m exhausted. Why is it when you go on vacation, you come back more exhausted instead of less? We had a great time, though, and hopefully we’ll get the opportunity to go on a little vacation with each other again sometime soon, something that we haven’t really had the chance to do before. Have any of you guys ever been on a cruise before? Where did you go? How long was yours? How did yours go for you? Was it a great experience or a terrible one?

Anyway, on the book front… Now that I’m back in town, I’m back at my desk and getting prepared to get back to work with both my editing and my writing. I’m still working on the revisions for The Becoming: Bloodlines, which is going to be SO good; if you haven’t read it yet, there’s a sneak peek of the first chapter available right here on this website! I’m for sure on track to finish the book somewhere around the end of November. To move myself along and motivate myself to get it done as quickly as possible, I’m going to be using NaNoWriMo as a motivator to get the revisions done so I can get it prepped for you guys to read.

In the meantime, I’m working full steam ahead on revisions for Hellforged, which is the second book in The Unnaturals Series, and I’ll be getting the cover done for it really soon. I’ll have that one out by about mid-November, with The Becoming: Bloodlines hitting the e-shelves before Christmas as a lovely little Christmas gift for you guys. I’d hoped to have it out by Halloween, but the cover artist was unable to accommodate getting the cover done in that time frame, so I had to bump it a bit, unfortunately. But trust me, it will be well worth the wait!

Also, just in case you missed the news, I want to remind everyone that The Unnaturals is now available on Amazon for only $3.99 or for FREE with your Kindle Unlimited subscription! You can check out more details about the book and pick up your own copy right here while you wait for book two to come out next month!

And there’s also my monthly newsletter, which officially launches in the first week of November! Get signed up for exclusive you-heard-it-first news, excerpts from works in progress, exclusive short stories, and more! You can sign up for my newsletter in preparation for its launch by clicking RIGHT HERE! I promise I plan to only send a newsletter out once a month; the last thing I want to do is flood peoples’ inboxes!