Pardon me while I take a moment to dust off the ol’ blog.
*busts out a Swiffer, goes to work*
Ah, that’s better.
Hello, everybody! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve shown myself around here, but I promise I had good reason for it. It’s been a pretty rough 2017, which is the only way I can account for my year-long absence from my blog.
First, I spent most of January through May slogging through that very last semester of my undergrad, and I finally walked away with not one but two degrees, in English and in History. This was a long time coming, truly. I started trying to get my undergrad degree(s) all the way back in 2003, and after switching majors a couple of times and spending about nine years “on a break” (during which I wrote some books that you guys presumably read and enjoyed or you wouldn’t be here), I finally finished it, and I couldn’t be more elated.
Then I started trying to write again. Then the thought crossed my mind, “Hey, maybe I should try to get my Masters.”
Yeah, that didn’t work out too well. I’ve since decided that grad school just isn’t for me. I’d rather spend my time writing and making a semi-living (at least supplementing my living) editing other people’s books. So that’s where I’m back to now, and I couldn’t be happier.
So on the writing front…
As you might or might not have noticed (and judging from book sales, it’s probably a “not noticed”), I released a book back in May, the sequel to The Unnaturals. It’s called Hellforged, and I’m rather proud of it. (And seriously, check out that cover. Is it not beautiful?) Be sure to go check it out. That series is turning out a lot darker than I anticipated, which is something the horror and dark fantasy fans might appreciate.
And on that front, I’m also almost done with the next book in that series, Wicked Creatures. As soon as I finish collecting up the cash to get the cover done, I’ll be releasing it. Hopefully I’ll have a better release date for you guys soon!
Still speaking of writing, I have great news for the fans of The Becoming Series: THERE’S GOING TO BE ANOTHER BOOK. Not with Permuted Press (they appear to have changed their publishing model or something and seem totally uninterested in publishing another book in the series). I’ll be putting it out myself. It’ll be titled THE BECOMING: BLOODLINES and will have a ton of new characters and, so far, some really crazy new situations. While it’ll primarily focus on Ethan, Sadie, and Kimberly, the other characters that were still alive at the end of Redemption will be making appearances, and I’ll be adding some new characters that I’m really hopeful that you’ll like! I know I like them; they’re diverse and just plain fun so far. I have to see how I feel about it, but I might end up releasing a small novella-length anthology type thing of short stories to introduce you guys to these new characters, because they’re just great. 🙂
I’ve also been working on a couple of other little projects, but those are intended for my agent to try to sell, so you guys might not see anything to do with those for quite some time.
I hope everyone has had a great 2017 and a great Christmas holiday season! And I wish every single one of you a Happy New Year and many wishes for an awesome 2018!
Yes, you read that right! The Unnaturals is now available for purchase at Amazon for the low-low price of $4.99! (Okay, that’s low to me. It might not be considered low for some of you.) I’m seriously excited to have this book out there. It’s been in the works in some way, shape, or form since 2012, so it feels like forever since I started writing it. But it’s here now, and I’d love to hear what you think of it!
You can check out the book and pick up your copy by clicking on the image of the cover above or clicking here! After reading, be sure to leave a review!
Ladies and gentlemen! (Drumroll, please…)
I present to you the cover of my next release, The Unnaturals, the first book in The Unnaturals Series!
This lovely, amazing cover was designed by the ever-awesome Tony Mauro of Tony Mauro Illustrations!
So what’s this book about?
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 into a new assignment investigating the deaths of twenty-seven Agency operatives. Forced to work with twelve-year Agency veteran Scott Hunter, Riley doesn’t get a chance to protest before she and her new partner are passed to a sector of The Agency 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 more. And it’s up to them to prevent these creatures from harming humanity and taking over the world.
But everything goes horribly wrong when vampires attack Riley and Scott and capture Zachariah. As the two newest Unnaturals agents race the clock to track down the one weapon capable of killing the powerful vampires, they uncover a web of lies from the unlikeliest of sources in The Agency, one they never saw coming and aren’t sure they can survive.
And it gets even better! You can now preorder the ebook for The Unnaturals for only $4.99 in advance of its release on October 18, 2016! So CLICK HERE to preorder your copy today!
As I’m sure most of you have figured out by now, I am absolutely terrible at remembering to update and blog over here. In my defense, I have a lot going on (work, school, writing, more of the same), so things like this sometimes slide right past me.
The majority of you are probably already aware of this, but I have a new novel out! It’s the final novel in The Becoming Series, and it wraps up the story of Our Adventurous Heroes in the Zombie Apocalypse as they deal with everything that’s cropped up for them in the course of the entire series. I like to think it closes things up nicely.
When Woodside fell, Remy and her companions barely escaped. Now they’re scrambling to recover their shattered lives and find a new place to call home. But their friend Brandt Evans is still missing.
Desperate to recover Brandt from the military’s grasp, Remy and her friends set out on a mission to find him–or die trying. Their search takes them back into the heart of Atlanta. What they find there are the seeds of a betrayal they didn’t expect and a world wholly different than what it had been when the Michaluk Virus struck. With the entire world turned on its head, the group finds themselves dealing with the biggest challenge of their lives.
In this exciting conclusion to The Becoming Series, the survivors of Woodside navigate birth, death, and everything in between as they fight against impossible odds.
You can pick up your copy of The Becoming: Redemption on e-retailers everywhere, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I’ll update this post as I finish rooting out all the different retailers who offer the book for sale. 🙂 In the meantime, just go to your preferred e-retailer and search “Jessica Meigs,” and all my books, including Redemption, should pop right on up!
I used to offer some editing services, but I’ve recently scaled it back to proofreading services. I thought I’d post a notice to all indie authors and publishers that I’m now offering proofreading services for their manuscripts at a very low rate of $2.00 per 1,000 words. You can find more information about the service and how it works by clicking here.
The Guilded Earlobe was busy, busy, busy yesterday. Not only did he post a wonderful review of The Becoming: Revelations, he also hosted a roundtable with Permuted Press authors William Todd Rose, Derek J. Goodman, and myself!
In the roundtable, we mostly talk about characters, characters, characters (which tends to be my favorite topic). You can read the entire roundtable discussion (don’t worry, it’s not too long) right here!
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The Guilded Earlobe has posted a review of The Becoming: Revelations, and he has some very nice things to say about the book!
The Becoming: Revelations is a strong finale to the trilogy, giving us a completed story yet setting us up for future explorations of the Michaluk plagued world. Meigs creates compelling characters and thrust them into a devastating world, allowing them to show their cracks. With each new edition, the world of The Becoming becomes more and more intriguing.
You can check out the full review right here!
Be sure to pick up your copy of The Becoming: Revelations on Amazon, on Barnes & Noble, on Kobo, and more! Links to all the books, including audiobooks, are available on my handy little page with links to everything I have available.
And don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list!
P.S. The Becoming: Brothers in Arms is still running for free on Amazon, so grab it at the low, low price of absolutely nothing while you still can!
So there was this snafu with Amazon.
No big surprise, right? Amazon’s sometimes nothing BUT a big snafu.
And as a result, you can grab this book for free, like, right now!
Anyway, Permuted Press used to handle distribution of my little novella The Becoming: Brothers in Arms for me, mainly because I was too lazy to do anything with it at the time. But now that I have the distribution stuff back on my end, I put it back up for sale for $0.99 the other day…
and it appears that it was still listed for free somewhere on the wilds of the internet, and Amazon price matched it.
Here’s the thing: I have no idea how long “FREE” will last.
So…here’s where you guys come in.
I want you – yes, you – to go on Amazon and hit download on the ebook. Even if you already have it. Pick it up. It’s free. It won’t cost you a single cent.
Then? I want you to send the link on to some of your friends. Get them to send the link on to some of THEIR friends. Post it to Facebook. Post it to Twitter. Post it to your D&D message boards (do people still even use message boards anymore?). Share it with your grandma, your grandpa, your dad, your mom, your aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins, your best friend’s boyfriend or girlfriend, your pets.
Here’s the dealio: if it hits the top 20 on Amazon’s free page (overall free, not for a particular category)? I’m going to run a contest. A really, really awesome contest.
It involves paperbacks. Autographed. In
But only if we can get it on Amazon’s top 20 free Kindle books list.
Ready? Here’s the link.
Now go hit download so I can give away some free paperbacks.
You guys are awesome. When I ran the tip jar last month, I didn’t expect a huge turn-out, but you guys pulled through and donated a total of $223.00 to the cause.
So what’s going to happen now?
Well, I’m prioritizing two things:
1. A paperback edition of The Becoming: Brothers in Arms; and
2. Remy Angellette’s novella for the Becoming series (which is tentatively titled The Becoming: After the Fall).
I hope you guys are looking forward to both of these! 🙂 I know I’m looking forward to them hitting e-shelves once they’re ready to go!