What a Ridiculously Long Absence It’s Been

I figured it’s about time I shuffled around over here and updated; my shameful silence since—holy crap, has it really been that long?!—October is frankly an embarrassment.

Firstly, the Becoming Series is over, done, finito. I really don’t have anything else to say with those characters in that world. I toyed with writing a novel that focuses on a certain trio of characters (for those who have read The Becoming: Redemption, I’m sure you can guess which ones), but it’s lowest priority right now, because I have more important projects to take care of first. There may be some novellas and short stories in the Becoming universe in the future too, which are more likely because they’re less of a time commitment, but they would be self-published and that requires cash that frankly, I don’t have right this moment. So I can officially say that any further work in the Becoming Series is decidedly backburnered.

So what am I working on, you ask?

Allow me to address this in list format.

  1. Wicked Creatures: The Unnaturals Series, Book 3. Urban fantasy / covert ops thriller. Supernatural meets Mission: Impossible. Yes, you read that right. This is the third book in The Unnaturals Series, which originally had a publishing deal with Permuted Press but is now a free agent in search of a new publisher (long story, that, which I’ll not be discussing here). Yes, I am on the third book of a series that doesn’t even have a publisher yet. But you can’t stop the creativity choo-choo train (did I really just write that?), and besides, if I write them all now, you’ll have less time to wait between each book coming out when it does get a deal.
  1. Revenant: The Agency Series, Book 2. Urban fantasy / covert ops thriller. Supernatural meets Mission: Impossible…again. This is the prequel series to The Unnaturals Series, ongoing tales meant to explore the dark, red-dripping underbelly of the supernatural world, from the point of view of the characters Ashton and Zachariah. I’m continuing this four-part series despite the fact the first book is probably not selling as much as I’d like (but that’s probably because I don’t promote—or post over here—as much as I should and hey, while you’re at it, you could hop over to Amazon and pick up the first book). It’s been fun to write, which is probably why I keep going with it despite its lack of sufficient sales.
  1. The Deadening. Horror / historical western. Pick a western. Any western. Add a whole lot of scary shit to it. That’s this book. Takes place in 1868 in the New Mexico Territory, features a “soldier’s heart”-riddled Civil War vet-turned-sheriff, a rather feisty, independent schoolteacher, a couple of deputies, and a four-person outlaw team who band together to protect the town from the spooky things that show up in the dark. It’s been way fun to write but very difficult, because it requires getting as close to historically accurate as possible, which obviously involves research.
  1. The Hollow Men. Dark horror / post-apocalyptic / literary. Yes, literary. I blame the influence of my current education during my work towards my English and History degrees. This one is deep. I’ll be self-publishing it, unless it turns out so well that I feel it needs to take the deep dive into traditional publishing.

 

So now that that’s out of the way, I’d like to address a few semi-personal matters that I feel need to be said by way of excuse.

I’ve been largely absent from online activity for a while now, and it’s for a couple of reasons.

Firstly: I’m currently full time in university, working to finish my degrees in English and in History. This is, obviously, a huge time suck. Add in working full time at my job on overnights and trying to keep up with my writing, and I’m sure you can understand why it takes me longer to get back in touch with people when they tweet to me or message me/post to my Facebook. That said, if you’d like a reply to anything you have to say to me and you want to make sure I see it, please email it to me rather than post it on social media. This way I can give it the attention it needs and you will be much more likely to get a response. My email address is jessica(at)jessicameigs(dot)com. Please insert appropriate punctuation in place of the punctuation placeholders.

The other reason for me being mostly absent from social media (and this blog) is much more personal. In July 2014, my father passed away, just three days after my twenty-ninth birthday. I’m sure it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that it’s been a very rough year and a half for my family and me after this very much life-changing event. We’re still trying to adjust to life without him. As a result, I often have days where I lack motivation to do pretty much anything relevant or useful to my career—even including simple matters like writing a blog post. This is part of why it’s taken me months to get around to posting here on my site. Fortunately, I seem to be crawling out of this morass, likely because I was forced to by school last semester, and I haven’t backslid again, which is a huge plus. As such, I’m hoping to post more here, and not just about my books. So the site will, hopefully, be getting a little bit of a rebranding soon. It will still be the best place to come for book/publication news, but I’ll be making more posts with my thoughts on assorted matters. Because ultimately, I’m not advertising my books so much as myself—I want you guys who read The Becoming and its companion books to read my other works too!—and I want you guys to be able to get the opportunity to learn a little more about me and the way my brain works.

What these posts will entail, I don’t know yet. Some of them will be interesting things I’ve discovered through research for novels; some will be informative things I’ve picked up along the way at school. Maybe even some of it will be commentary on current events (but I haven’t decided if I want to do that for sure yet).

Anyway, expect some tweaks to how things are done here, but be assured they are good tweaks—tweaks that will hopefully make this site more of a place to come to read interesting posts in addition to my regular, sparse posts about my books.

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Announcement Regarding The Becoming Series

So I have a little bit of an announcement to make, now that the ink is dry on the paperwork.

There will not be six books in The Becoming Series.

There are a variety of reasons that this is going to happen, but the primary reason is that, contrary to the outlines I drafted almost two years ago, there just isn’t enough material left to get an entire sixth book written for this series. I’d rather give you guys five great quality books than six so-so books. This isn’t, of course, the only reason I’ve made this decision, but this is the primary reason for it.

So what I’m doing is this: Book five is being retitled to The Becoming: Redemption. Instead of publishing a sixth novel, Permuted is going to reissue The Becoming: Origins, BUT Origins will have an added bonus of including two never-before-released novellas, one called “My Brother’s Keeper,” which is a story about the twins Sadie and Jude O’Dell, and a currently untitled story that tracks Remy Angellette when the outbreak reached New Orleans. Both of these stories take place before or concurrently with book one in the series. The Becoming: Origins will still include the novellas “Brothers in Arms” and “Origins.”

Hopefully all you guys are understanding about the need for these changes to take place, but I promise you that, in exchange, Redemption is going to be EPIC.

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! The Unnaturals Series to Be Published by Permuted Press!

Ladies and gents, I am very, very, VERY excited to announce that I have signed a contract with Permuted Press for them to publish The Unnaturals Series!

What’s The Unnaturals Series, you ask? For those of you who have been loitering around for a while and remember the long-ago days of 2012, it’s my urban fantasy/covert-ops/horror series! I originally self-published a version of the first book, titled The Unnaturals, back in I think September 2012, and I sold 300-some copies before I removed it from sale in late November 2012 to do some rewrites and start the submission process to publishers. Shortly afterward, I got an agent, who loved the book and helped make it even better, and after some work, we got it placed at Permuted Press, who really truly did make the best offer out of the ones we did get.

So what’s the series about? Well, here’s the synopsis my agent and I worked up:

Riley Walker is one of the world’s best covert operatives, employed by a top-secret sector of the U.S. government known only as the Agency. Highly skilled and lethal in a fight, Riley is fiercely independent and adamant that she work alone after the mysterious death of her partner in an assignment gone wrong.

All that changes when she’s thrust onto a new assignment investigating the deaths of twenty-seven Agency operatives. Forced to work with twelve-year Agency veteran Scott Hunter—a stickler for following orders and a loner by nature—Riley doesn’t get a chance to protest before she and her new partner are passed to a sector of the Agency that they never knew existed: The Unnaturals. There, they meet Ashton Miller and Zachariah Lawrence—one the Director of The Unnaturals, the other the group’s top field agent—and learn of the existence of creatures out of their wildest dreams: Vampires. Demons. Werewolves. And even more. And it’s up to them to prevent these creatures from harming humanity and taking over the world.

But then everything goes horribly wrong when Riley and Scott are attacked by vampires and Zachariah is taken. As Riley and Scott race the clock to track down the one weapon that is capable of killing the powerful vampires, they uncover a web of lies from the unlikeliest of sources in the Agency, one that they never saw coming and aren’t sure they can survive.

And that’s just book one.

There will be six full-length novels in the series at this point, with assorted short stories and novellas inserted all up in between them. Right now, the book listing is as follows:

Book One: The Unnaturals
Book Two: Hellforged
Book Three: With Teeth
Book Four: Crucifixion
Book Five: Reaper
Book Six: Equinox Rising

I am really freakin’ excited to get this series out there and in the hands of readers. It’s been stewing in my brain in some way, shape, or form since early 2012, and I think it’s ready to get out!

So who’s looking forward to the new series?

THE BECOMING: ORIGINS Now Available on Amazon!

The Becoming: Origins is now available for purchase through Amazon! Other retailers, including Amazon, coming shortly.

Read below to find out more information and to get your copy!

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In January 2009, the Michaluk Virus escaped from the Centers for Disease Control and decimated Atlanta, Georgia. It spread to the major city centers of the southeast, wrecking havoc in Memphis, Birmingham, Mobile, Jackson, Biloxi, and New Orleans.

This is the story of how it began.

In THE BECOMING: ORIGINS, Brandt Evans’s life is spiraling out of control. Depressed at the way his life is heading and desperate to help his sister pay for school, he accepts an offer from Dr. Derek Rivers that will result in either a large payday…or his death.

Instead, what results is the beginning of the end of the world.

In THE BECOMING: BROTHERS IN ARMS, 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.

**This edition of stories from The Becoming universe features a revised and rewritten edition of THE BECOMING: BROTHERS IN ARMS, previously released in March 2012.

Interested in purchasing The Becoming: Origins from Amazon? Click here to check out the product page and purchase your own copy!

Want to buy it from Barnes & Noble instead? Click here to purchase it from B&N!

THE BECOMING: ORIGINS Now Available on Barnes and Noble!

The Becoming: Origins is now available for purchase through Barnes & Noble! Other retailers, including Amazon, coming shortly.

Read below to find out more information and to get your copy of the Nookbook!

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In January 2009, the Michaluk Virus escaped from the Centers for Disease Control and decimated Atlanta, Georgia. It spread to the major city centers of the southeast, wrecking havoc in Memphis, Birmingham, Mobile, Jackson, Biloxi, and New Orleans.

This is the story of how it began.

In THE BECOMING: ORIGINS, Brandt Evans’s life is spiraling out of control. Depressed at the way his life is heading and desperate to help his sister pay for school, he accepts an offer from Dr. Derek Rivers that will result in either a large payday…or his death.

Instead, what results is the beginning of the end of the world.

In THE BECOMING: BROTHERS IN ARMS, 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.

**This edition of stories from The Becoming universe features a revised and rewritten edition of THE BECOMING: BROTHERS IN ARMS, previously released in March 2012.

Interested in purchasing The Becoming: Origins from Barnes & Noble? Click here to check out the product page and purchase your own copy!

Big News for Permuted Press and THE BECOMING Series!

Last night, Permuted Press released a press release announcing the creation of Permuted Platinum and a distribution partnership with Ingram Publisher Services.

“PERMUTED PLATINUM is a new line created specifically for worldwide distribution of printed products in both trade paperback and hardcover formats. Previously available only in print-on-demand formats, the Platinum line will be Permuted Press’s first venture into full offset print runs of their most popular titles.”

This is huge news for Permuted Press, because it means that selected books from their catalogue will be made available in bookstores nationwide over the coming year.

What does this mean and why do I feel the need to post about it here?

Well, check out the list of confirmed titles for 2014:

“Confirmed titles releasing over the next 12 months for the PERMUTED PLATINUM line include:

14 by Peter Clines
The Ninth Circle by Brendan Deneen
Blood Brains and Bullets and Legacy of the Living duology by Sean Liebling
Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater
The Infection and The Killing Floor duology by Craig DiLouie
Pretty When She Kills by Rhiannon Frater
Tentyrian Legacy by Elise Walters
Pretty When She Destroys by Rhiannon Frater
Infection and Containment, Alaskan Undead books 1 and 2 duology by Sean Schubert
The Reaper: No Mercy and The Reaper: Avenging Wraith duology by Sean Liebling
Zombie Attack: Rise of the Horde and Zombie Attack: Army of the Dead by Devan Sagliani
Little Dead Man by Jake Bible
The Becoming and The Becoming: Ground Zero duology by Jessica Meigs
What Zombies Fear: A Father’s Quest and What Zombies Fear: The Maxists duology by Kirk Allmond
The Flu and Healing: The Flu 2 duology by Jacqueline Druga

Needless to say, I’m thrilled. 😀

You can read the entirety of the press release about Permuted Platinum right here. And, as always, if you haven’t read or are behind on the series, you can check out the list of books that are currently available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and numerous other retailers.

If you’ve read the books and haven’t left reviews yet, those are always appreciated! Just use one of the links above to access the book’s page, and perhaps consider hopping onto my Goodreads page and leaving a review on there for the book too! 🙂 Reviews help sales, and helping sales helps me continue to build my career so I can make more money, reduce my hours at work, and write more books!

And if you haven’t done so yet, be sure to sign up for my mailing list by clicking here! No worries about spamming; I only use it to announce major news and to announce new releases, so you’ll only get an email from me through there once in a blue moon or so. 🙂

I AM STILL ALIVE!

I feel horrible about not having updated here on my blog since September (geez, that’s embarrassing), but in my defense, I’ve had a heck of a lot going on! And some of it is great news that I can share with you guys!

First up! I have officially signed a contract with Permuted Press for The Becoming: Under Siege, The Becoming: Descent, and The Becoming: Redemption! I’m not 100% sure when these books will be released, but Under Siege is pretty much done (pending tweaks suggested by my beta reader), and it will be going to the publisher by February 1st! So there’s a possibility you’ll get a brand new book in the series later this year!

Related to the series, I’m currently putting together The Becoming: Origins. Rather than just releasing a single novella like I was going to do at the end of last year, I decided to hold off on it a bit and release a collection that will have at least two novellas / long stories and a short story or two in it, all bound together so you get your money’s worth. 🙂

My agent officially has The Unnaturals on the market, so if any publishers happen to be reading this and are interested in a covert-ops urban fantasy series, do hit me up via email and I’ll direct you accordingly.

In real world things: I have a book signing and lunch talk at the Demopolis Public Library in Demopolis, AL on Friday, January 24th! If you’re in the general vicinity, feel free to drop in at noon for the Lunch and Learn at the Library program, and if you can’t make it to that, I’ll be doing a book signing in the same location from 4-5pm that same evening. 🙂 You can find more details on it here.

I’ll have a more thorough update later, but I thought I’d drop all the fun, exciting news in a separate post. 🙂

THE BECOMING: REVELATIONS Now Available for Purchase!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls!

I’ve waited a little bit for things to populate to assorted websites before making the official official announcement, but here it is!

The Becoming: Revelations is now available for purchase in ebook format!

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Brandt Evans is floundering. Leadership of their dysfunctional group wasn’t something he asked for or wanted. Their problems are numerous: Remy Angellette is grief-stricken and suicidal, Gray Carter is distant and reclusive, and Cade Alton is near death. And things only get worse.

While Brandt and Gray are on the hunt for supplies, a still-recovering Cade is kidnapped by a militant group of survivors. On Brandt’s return, he’s told of a conspiracy involving test subjects, pathogens, and CDC doctors.

Brandt’s race to save Cade takes him back to the dangerous streets of Atlanta, where not all is as it seems. And with a horde of infected closing in and the rescue mission in jeopardy, he comes tantalizingly close to a cure that might save what’s left of humanity from the ravages of the Michaluk Virus.

The Becoming: Revelations is the third book in the Becoming series.

If you own an Amazon Kindle or prefer reading on the Amazon app on an assortment of smartphones and tablets, you can click here to purchase the ebook for $7.99!

If you own a Barnes & Noble device or prefer using a Barnes & Noble app, you can purchase the ebook for only $7.99 right here!

If you prefer to buy your ebooks DRM free or are in a country where you cannot buy books from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, you can pick up a copy of The Becoming: Revelations from Smashwords right here!

If you’re a stickler for Kobo (the apparent ereader of choice for BlackBerry users, apparently), you can pick up the ebook at Kobo’s website right here!

If you’re an Apple devotee and want the book from the iBooks store, that’s available right here!

I think that just about covers all of the currently popular ereading devices; if you find where the book’s for sale at another place that I didn’t mention, feel free to drop a comment letting me know!

The paperback edition of The Becoming: Revelations should be available soon.

And for those of you who prefer audiobooks, there’s currently a preorder page going on on Audible.com right here for The Becoming: Revelations, which will cost $17.46 or 1 Credit. I’m honestly not sure how the preorder process works on Audible; I’ve never used it, but Audible’s a very reliable site and I can’t recommend it enough.

Even better, if you haven’t gotten into the audiobook game and are interested, you can get a trial membership at Audible and choose a download for any audiobook for free; better yet, if you decide you don’t want to stay subscribed, you can cancel before you’re charged, and you get to keep the audiobook. So why not give audiobooks a try and pick up books one or two of the audiobooks? The narrator, Christian Rummel, does a fantastic job of narrating the audiobooks. He even had me enraptured, and I wrote the bloody books!

If you haven’t read any of the books at all, you can grab The Becoming, book one of the series, on Amazon, on Barnes & Noble, on the iBookstore, on Kobobooks, and on Smashwords for only $4.99!

You can also grab the second book in the series, The Becoming: Ground Zero on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KoboBooks, and the iBookstore for $7.99!

If you don’t want to spend a whole lot of money on an author you’ve never read before without sampling a little something, you can grab my zombie novella The Becoming: Brothers in Arms, featuring the story of two characters from The Becoming, for only $0.99! It’s available in ebook format only on Amazon and on Barnes & Noble!

If you already own all of the above, please spread the love and the word to all your friends; the best way to support an author you enjoy is to help them sell more books! The more books I sell, the more I can afford to take the time to write more for you to enjoy!

And if you’ve read them all, then please help support an author and leave an honest review on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, or whatever your choice of reviewing platform is!

Thanks to everyone for your support, and I look forward to hearing what you think of The Becoming: Revelations (and any of the other books in the series)!

THE BECOMING: GROUND ZERO Named One of The Best Zombie Fiction Releases of 2012 by BN’s Explorations Blog!

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Yep, you read that right! My little novel The Becoming: Ground Zero has been named one of the Best Zombie Fiction Releases of 2012, right alongside amazing books like Dana Fredsti’s Plague Town, Rhiannon Frater’s The Last Bastion of the Living and Siege, Scott Kenemore’s Zombie, Illinois, and Survivors by Z.A. Recht and Thom Brannan!

You can check out the entire list of awesome books right here, and if you haven’t read any of the Becoming series yet, you can still grab The Becoming in ebook for only $2.99 until January 2nd from Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

Cover Reveal: THE BECOMING: REVELATIONS

Yes, you read that right! Thanks to Buy Zombie and Bookish Brunette for leading the charge on the cover reveal for The Becoming: Revelations!

Without further ado, here’s the cover and the preliminary back cover copy!

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It’s been one month since the events in Atlanta that took the lives of half his friends, and Brandt Evans is floundering. Thrust into a leadership position he never wanted and coping with one of his friends hovering near death, Brandt fights to maintain a semblance of cohesion in those that remain while struggling to deal with his own grief.

But when Cade is kidnapped by a group of militant survivors, Brandt discards his carefully laid plans for survival to save the woman he loves. His path leads him back into Atlanta, where he discovers a tangled web of deceptions and betrayals. Surrounded by enemies alive and undead while facing the miraculous return of a friend he thought gone, Brandt discovers that not all is as it seems. Secrets buried long ago are forced to the surface–and revelations of a cover up could lead directly to a cure for the virus that started it all.

The Becoming: Revelations is expected to be released in May 2013.