About Jessica

Author, editor, EMT. All comments/questions/etc should be directed to jessica@jessicameigs.com.

I Hereby Dub April The Month of Permuted!

As of today, it has been exactly one year since I was approached by Permuted Press and offered book contracts for The Becoming, The Becoming: Ground Zero, and The Becoming: Revelations. Needless to say, the resulting year has been an absolute blast. I’ve met a ton of other great writers, I’ve made friends with a fantastic editor, and I have experienced the joys of working with an amazing cover artist to create the images (and the characters) of my books. In the past year, I’ve seen the release of my first novel The Becoming and have even released a novella to be paired with it, The Becoming: Brothers in Arms. I’ve written from start to finish all three novels of the main trilogy, and I’ve even started a fourth one titled The Becoming: Awakening, with plans for a possible fifth novel. I’ve seen The Becoming released as an audiobook, with another deal made for the upcoming The Becoming: Ground Zero. While I won’t say that none of this would be possible without Permuted Press, I will say a large portion of it (the great editing, the amazing covers, the audiobooks) would never have happened without them, as I was not in a position to have those commissioned for myself at the time I was originally self-publishing.

All that said, thinking back on the previous year, I realized that I haven’t taken the time to really feature my fellow (excellent) Permuted Press authors. I blame part of this on the whirlwind of a year I’ve had, especially considering I had to hammer out two novels between August and November alone. With it being the one year anniversary of my offer from Permuted, I figure what better time to introduce you all to some of Permuted Press’s talent? The month of April will play host to interviews and general pimpage from the likes of Peter Clines, William Todd Rose, Craig DiLouie, Tony Faville, Kevin Burke, Steven Pajak, Iain McKinnon, and several others.

So now I officially dub April the Month of Permuted! Stay tuned and stick close, because it promises to be a fun month! 🙂

Interview on ZombieBloodFights!

Bowie Ibarra, one of my fellow Permuted Press authors, interviewed me on his blog at ZombieBloodFights.com! Here’s just a taste of the interview:

ZBF – You work as an EMT, which I imagine is not the easiest of jobs. Have you found that experience helping lives has provided great storytelling material for your books?

JM – Oh, most definitely. One of the characters in my main group of survivors is Theo Carter, and he’s a paramedic. I couldn’t resist giving a character at least a variant of the knowledge I myself possess. He gets to utilize his skills in The Becoming, but it’s more evident in The Becoming: Ground Zero, which will be out this summer from Permuted Press. And, of course, a large portion of my new novella, The Becoming: Brothers in Arms, which is about Theo and his younger brother Gray, takes place from Theo’s perspective, including some rather bloody events in the back of an ambulance. That was very fun to write and was inspired by a time when I was out on a transfer and as we transported, I was sitting in the back of the ambulance thinking to myself, “If there was a zombie apocalypse, and I was trapped in the back of this ambulance, what could I conceivably use as a weapon that’s already back here?” Want the answer? Well, you’ll just have to read Brothers in Arms!

Click here to read the interview in its entirety, in which I discuss my favorite zombie books and films, drop some hints about what’s in store for our characters in books two and three, and talk about why I was so crazy as to write three books (and a novella) on BlackBerry smartphones.

The Becoming: Brothers in Arms Now Available on Smashwords!

The Becoming: Brothers in Arms is now available on Smashwords! You can click here to purchase the book from Smashwords.

In January 2009, the Michaluk Virus escaped from the Centers for Disease Control and decimated Atlanta, Georgia.

In February 2009, the virus had spread to the major city centers of the southeast, wreaking havoc in Memphis, Birmingham, Mobile, Jackson, Biloxi, and New Orleans.

Then the virus reached Tupelo, Mississippi.

Theo and Gray Carter find themselves surrounded by chaos, death, and misery on all sides. As their worlds collapse around them, both are forced to do the unimaginable to not only ensure their survival but to protect each other from the cannibalistic infected that cross their paths.

Weaponless and alone, the two brothers quickly learn that the only thing they can count on is each other.

The Becoming: Brothers in Arms is a novella set in the Becoming universe. It can be read either before or after The Becoming, the first book in the series published November 2011 by Permuted Press. It contains no spoilers for The Becoming or its sequel The Becoming: Ground Zero, coming summer 2012 from Permuted Press.

As a special bonus, readers can preview the first two chapters of The Becoming: Ground Zero when they purchase this ebook.

For a limited time, you can use coupon code

ES36U

to get The Becoming: Brothers in Arms for only $0.99! (Coupon code offer expires on March 31st.)

CONTEST: Win an autographed copy of The Becoming AND The Becoming: Ground Zero!

As a fun promotion for my new novella The Becoming: Brothers in Arms and my novel The Becoming (and, for that matter, the upcoming novel The Becoming: Ground Zero), I have decided to hold a contest! And as a special for the contest, I’ve temporarily dropped the price of The Becoming: Brothers in Arms to only $0.99!

The Prize: An autographed paperback copy of The Becoming and, when it is released, an autographed paperback copy of The Becoming: Ground Zero.

Winners: There will be two (2) winners chosen by random drawing from the entrants. Each winner will receive a paperback copy of each book. Please note that Ground Zero will not be shipped out until the book is actually available for retail sale.

The Rules:

To qualify for the contest, you must do the following:
-purchase a copy of The Becoming: Brothers in Arms from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble;
-forward the e-receipt you receive when you purchase to jessica @ jessicameigs.com;
-on receiving the receipt, this will grant you ONE entry into the random drawing.

But wait! There are ways to get more than one entry into the drawing and increase your chances of winning!

To receive TWO entries in the random drawing:
-purchase The Becoming: Brothers in Arms from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble;
-forward the e-receipt to jessica @ jessicameigs.com
-post the following tweet on Twitter and send a link as proof you’ve posted it:

Enter to win autographed copies of @JessicaMeigs #zombie novels from #TheBecoming series published by Permuted Press! http://bit.ly/yMuDUJ

To get THREE entries into the random drawing:
-purchase a copy of The Becoming: Brothers in Arms from Amazon or Barnes & Noble;
-forward the e-receipt to jessica @ jessicameigs.com;
-post the above tweet to Twitter and send a link as proof you’ve posted it;
-post a promotional status message to Facebook and send a link as proof you’ve posted it.

To get FIVE entries into the random drawing:
-if you purchased the ebook at the $2.99 price point between March 14th and March 17th…
-AND you forward the receipt to jessica @ jessicameigs.com…
-AND you promote via Facebook and Twitter.

If you so feel the desire to purchase the eBook from both locations, I’ll toss in an extra entry just for awesome’s sake.

Contest will end on March 31st. US and Canadian residents only, please. Winners will be announced on April 1, 2012. So get those entries in!

Any questions/comments/etc.? Feel free to comment to this post, and I’ll be happy to provide clarification!

Brothers in Arms & A Possible Fourth Book

So now that I’ve officially released The Becoming: Brothers in Arms (which is only $2.99 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!), I’ve tossed a page with an excerpt up on the site and have been tinkering with assorted ideas of what to work on next.

This is the worst part of completing a project: trying to settle on the next one.

It’s looking like the next project might just be a fourth book in the Becoming universe. I have most of a plot worked out, plus a title (The Becoming: Awakening), and the idea is, if you ask me, passably brilliant, especially when taken into context of the rest of the series. I can’t divulge anything here, as it will (naturally) ruin the second and third books. But hopefully, you guys will enjoy it.

That said, last I heard, The Becoming: Ground Zero is still on track for a summer release. I’m really looking forward to it hitting e-shelves, too. And if you’re anxiously anticipating it, you can pick up The Becoming: Brothers in Arms to check out a sample of the first two chapters of the novel at the end of the novella. 🙂 You can, of course, grab the novella at Amazon and at B&N. And, of course, the first novel The Becoming is still available for purchase. More details on it are available here.

For those who have read the books, I’d greatly appreciate reviews on Amazon, B&N, and Goodreads if you don’t mind! They would definitely be much appreciated!

I’m currently working out details for a contest. Stay tuned for more information on that!

The Becoming: Brothers in Arms Now Available from B&N!

Yes, you read that correctly! The new novella in the Becoming universe, The Becoming: Brothers in Arms, is now available for purchase on B&N!

In January 2009, the Michaluk Virus escaped from the Centers for Disease Control and decimated Atlanta, Georgia.

In February 2009, the virus had spread to the major city centers of the southeast, wreaking havoc in Memphis, Birmingham, Mobile, Jackson, Biloxi, and New Orleans.

Then the virus reached Tupelo, Mississippi.

Theo and Gray Carter find themselves surrounded by chaos, death, and misery on all sides. As their worlds collapse around them, both are forced to do the unimaginable to not only ensure their survival but to protect each other from the cannibalistic infected that cross their paths.

Weaponless and alone, the two brothers quickly learn that the only thing they can count on is each other.

The Becoming: Brothers in Arms is a novella set in the Becoming universe. It can be read either before or after The Becoming, the first book in the series published November 2011 by Permuted Press. It contains no spoilers for The Becoming or its sequel The Becoming: Ground Zero, coming summer 2012 from Permuted Press.

The novella is priced at only $2.99, and it includes an exclusive sample of the first two chapters of the upcoming novel The Becoming: Ground Zero, which will be making its grand appearance from Permuted Press this summer! You can click here to purchase it from BN.com!

The Becoming: Brothers in Arms Now Available on Amazon!

Yes, you read that correctly! The new novella in the Becoming universe, The Becoming: Brothers in Arms, is now available for purchase on Amazon!

In January 2009, the Michaluk Virus escaped from the Centers for Disease Control and decimated Atlanta, Georgia.

In February 2009, the virus had spread to the major city centers of the southeast, wreaking havoc in Memphis, Birmingham, Mobile, Jackson, Biloxi, and New Orleans.

Then the virus reached Tupelo, Mississippi.

Theo and Gray Carter find themselves surrounded by chaos, death, and misery on all sides. As their worlds collapse around them, both are forced to do the unimaginable to not only ensure their survival but to protect each other from the cannibalistic infected that cross their paths.

Weaponless and alone, the two brothers quickly learn that the only thing they can count on is each other.

The Becoming: Brothers in Arms is a novella set in the Becoming universe. It can be read either before or after The Becoming, the first book in the series published November 2011 by Permuted Press. It contains no spoilers for The Becoming or its sequel The Becoming: Ground Zero, coming summer 2012 from Permuted Press.

The novella is priced at only $2.99, and it includes an exclusive sample of the first two chapters of the upcoming novel The Becoming: Ground Zero, which will be making its grand appearance from Permuted Press this summer! You can click here to purchase it from Amazon.com!