A Grimm Curse: A Grimm Tales Novella

Written By: Janna - Nov• 22•15

Tada! The latest installment in the Grimm Tales: A Grimm Curse.

The new cover gives me chills every time.

This tale is shorter than the rest and takes place as a stand alone prequel. Both good reasons to call it a novella, but don’t worry, it’s still packed with fairy tale characters refusing to follow the rules. Familiar faces (not necessarily nice ones!) make an appearance, and you’ll see where Andi inherited her spunky attitude from.

A Grimm Curse

“In this form you shall remain until a princess shows no disdain.”

Long before Andi discovers Elorium, an orphan girl befriends an enchanted frog while her cursed stepsister plots revenge in a twist that can only transpire in a fairy tale.

This stand-alone prequel to the Grimm Tales follows Cynthia, Andi’s grandmother, who is dragged in to the palace’s circle of glitter and privilege by her stepmother. Lady Wellington’s obsessive quest for a crown for one of her daughters has ensnared Cynthia and her musical talent in her scheme. Cynthia turns the nightmarish concert into a gesture of true friendship in an attempt to reverse the curse of a frog prince.

Attempting to be invisible to her abusive stepfamily while sidestepping the arrogant prince, Cynthia searches for an understanding princess to change Remi back to his rightful form.

Things do not go as planned when Remi disappears, leaving their friendship in his wake. Meanwhile, the single-minded Prince Wilhelm is determined to make Cynthia his bride. With a cursed stepsister threatening to upend Cynthia’s delicately balanced situation, her time in Elorium is drawing to a close as revelations of who she is and the truth about their world comes to light in this reimagined fairy tale.


Everybody Loves a Winner

Written By: Janna - Apr• 17•15

I’ve been lazy about posting this (hey! I’ve been writing! Always a good excuse) but…

The YA Scavenger hunt has come to a successful end, which means the Rafflecoptor giveaways have concluded as well, which means, we have WINNERS!

Congrats to the winner of the free beta read for her novel UNWRITTEN, Kellani Arnold (if you are Kellani or know Kellani, tell her to e-mail me. She’s the only one I haven’t heard from yet).

And to the winners of the advanced copies of A GRIMM CURSE, Kim Waters and Bekah M.

Check your inboxes, ladies!

YA Scavenger Hunt

Written By: Janna - Apr• 01•15

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt!

I’m Janna, your host on this leg of scavenging. IMG_0266I’m the YA author of the Grimm Tales series. I’m based in Colorado and love a good fairy tale. I’m married to a real life Prince Charming, and will usually admit to being mom of three (although I did want 7, that’s my lucky number), including my incorrigible middle child, Benny. If I’m not writing I’m doing therapeutic baking, dreaming of the ocean, or–of course–curling up with a good book.

This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to win some awesome prizes from your favorite authors! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Team Pink

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PINK TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

Directions: Somewhere in the post, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the pink team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Today, I am hosting B.P. Parker on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! The author of FIERCE, she’s a fan of fantasy, Spiderman, Iron Man,and YA books. Recently, she was a guest and extra on the tv show Grimm. She lives in the mystic city of Portland, Oregon.
Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about FIERCE.
 FIERCE by B.P. Parker
In the unusual town of Everest, the impossible exists. Once the bloodstream of everyone in the town shattered, supernatural powers began to flow through the people’s veins. It is up to Aria, Sebastian, and Serena to stop those powers from being controlled. Along the way they will unravel secrets within the deepest parts of magic.
 A scene from the sequel, Shattered

The sun streams across the mystic ice-frosted trees, and the rustic charm of the city buildings of Everest. Even though there are barely any clouds in the sky, piercing cold snow begins cascading down on Aria. Five minutes later that brilliant clear-blue atmosphere slowly turns to gray. Every snowflake reflecting in the glistening sunlight in vivid detail against the translucent buildings. 

Metallic green marks shined bright against the creature’s smooth yet rough translucent skin. Vast tentacles whirled around in dark-blue waves like a jelly fish as the spiked suction cups glowed in icy flames. The creatures fiery silvery-golden eyes shimmered as it’s lips curled into a soft smile that was slightly mischievous.

 “You didn’t think I’d miss out on all the fun now, did you?”

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, L. A. Starkey
And remember my promise of an individual giveaway?
If you’d like to enter to win one of two advanced copies of A Grimm Curse (digital)
a Rafflecopter giveaway
For those aspiring authors who’d like to enter to win a free beta read of your manuscript. (Not to exceed 50,000 words. No erotica, please.)

Ready, set, hunt!

Written By: Janna - Mar• 28•15

Go Team Pink!

My inaugural year for the YA Scavenger Hunt promises to be outstanding.

There are eight teams this season. I am going to be a part of Team Pink (the Indies) The Scavenger Hunt runs from April 2nd through April 5th beginning and ending at noon Pacific time on those days.

If you’ve never been a part of the hunt before you should give it a try. It runs like a giant blog hop, introducing you to new YA authors and books along the way. There are tons of prizes including a grand prize for each team. If you win one of the grand prizes you will get a book from each author on that team! For more information and to make sure you get hunt updates, sign up for news on the #YASH website.

I myself will be hiding a sneak peek of A GRIMM CURSE, the third book in the Grimm Tales series, set to be published this fall. On my website I’ll be giving away two advanced reading copies of A GRIMM CURSE, as well as the change to have your own writing beta read by a published author (that would be me!)

You don’t want to miss out on this fabulous and fun event, but play fast because the hunt is only live for three days.

And now, here are the teams! (Hint: If you click on the image you can get a close up)

Blue Team 1 Pink TeamTeam Gold (2)Team Purple 1Team GreenTeam Red 1Team Teal (2)
Team Orange


I hope you are all as excited as I am!



Written By: Janna - Mar• 16•15

Patchwork Press is a book making MACHINE! New anthology, pooling the talents of the PWP authors (including yours truly). I can promise, this one is epic! Based on the myths surrounding the constellations, Polaris Awakening is Star Trek meets the Greek gods. Doesn’t get any better than this.
Cover Reveal: Polaris Awakening

Polaris Awakening by Kellie Sheridan, Erin Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Terra Harmony, Hannah Davies, Meghan Jashinsky

Series: Polaris Anthology #1
Published by Patchwork Press on May 26, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult





There’s trouble brewing on Polaris. Under the watchful eye of the space station’s supercomputer, Zeus, the lower classes are awakening to the corruption of their wealthy, privileged, and protected leaders. When the quiet voices of protest get louder and alliances form, change dawns on the horizon. But the small acts of resistance won’t be enough to subvert the system for long. Zeus is alert to the growing threat level, and he will do whatever’s necessary—including purging the lower levels of Polaris—to preserve stability for all.

Inspired by the mythology of the constellations hung around Polaris, the seven stories in Polaris Awakening reimagine the classic characters in a futuristic world where alien creatures are commonplace, combat arenas are used for entertaining foreign dignitaries, slaves and soldiers stand side by side, and music orchestrates a revolution. And their first acts of defiance are just the beginning. Polaris will never be the same.


We are so, so excited to finally share with you the cover for the upcoming Patchwork Press anthology, Polaris Awakening! There are some amazing authors who have been working tirelessly on this project: Kellie Sheridan, Erin Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Terra Harmony, Hannah Davies, and Meghan Jashinsky.


The Polaris Anthology series is a young adult science fiction that retells some classic mythological stories about constellations in new and exciting ways! In the first installment, you are introduced to the space station of Polaris and the interesting characters aboard. You’ll see action, adventure, romance, and more.

Let us know what you think of the cover, and be sure to add the anthology — which comes out May 26th— on GoodReads!

If you are interested in signing up for the blitz, click here. To participate in the blog tour, click here.

Release day: The Taking (The Painted Maidens #3)

Written By: Janna - Feb• 28•15

Books are steam rolling out of Patchwork Press! One of our veteran authors closes a chapter on her writing (only to open another, I’m sure) with the final installment of The Painted Maidens series.


Eighteen-year-old Serena reigns as queen of both the Undine of The Deep and the wolves of The Dry. The alliance between her maidens and the werewolves is shaky when all at once the basic necessities of food and shelter are taken away and both their worlds fall apart. After decades of war, the two societies must work together to face what lies ahead. A promised land is theirs for the taking, but first, they must survive each other.

Buy the book:





Terra Author Photo-2

Terra is author of the eco-fantasy novels in the Akasha Series, ‘Water’, ‘Air’, ‘Fire’ and ‘Earth’, as well as the Painted Maidens Trilogy. Terra was born and raised in Colorado but has since lived in California, Texas, Utah, North Carolina, and Virginia. Terra has served a 5½ year enlistment in the Marine Corp, has earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree and presently runs the language services division of a small business.

Terra currently lives in a suburb of Washington, DC with her husband of sixteen years and three children.

E-mail: terra.harmony11@gmail.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/terraharmony

Blog: http://harmonylit.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/harmonygirlit


PWP Anthology Title Reveal

Written By: Janna - Feb• 20•15

Since the release of Patchwork Press‘s first anthology (The Lost Locket of Lahari), we’ve been talking about the next anthology and how great it’s going to be. We’ve been pretty tight-lipped on the details, only revealing small facts like the theme — CONSTELLATIONS! — and the genre — YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION! — but everything else? A mystery. But no longer!

Today, we are revealing the title, the authors involved, the constellations the stories are inspired by, and the mythology behind each star cluster. We’ll begin with the title reveal. Drumroll please…


Polaris Awakening is the title of the newest Patchwork Press anthology! Each of the seven stories in the anthology take place aboard the space station of Polaris. The station of Polaris is the brightest star in the galaxy, with it’s shining technology and renowned space academy. But not everything on Polaris is perfect — there’s a tilt of balance in social classes, and those below are beginning to awaken to the injustice of their leaders. A rebellion is thrumming through the ship, and the characters of each story all play a part in the ripple of discontent.

There are seven stories contributing to the anthology. And our authors (in order of appearance) are: Kellie Sheridan, Erin Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Hannah Davies, Terra Harmony, and Meghan Jashinsky.


Kellie Sheridan‘s story will not only open the anthology, but it will be peppered throughout the anthology, interspersed between the other pieces. Kellie’s story doesn’t focus on one particular constellation or origin myth, but rather she is writing as the embodiment of Zeus (you know, Mr. Lightning Bolt, the Big Guy in the Sky). Zeus is personified as the supercomputer operating Polaris, and he’s more aware than you’d expect, which could lead to some danger for our characters…


After Kellie Sheridan’s introduction, we have our first full story from Erin Latimer. Erin’s story centers around the constellation Ophiuchus. The constellation represents the god Apollo struggling with the huge snake that guards the Oracle of Delphi. After Apollo slew the snake, he was ordered by Zeus to host the Pythian Games as a form of penance.


Next up is Erica Crouch with her story based on the constellation Lyra. In the original myth, Orpheus — a musician with almost supernatural talent — falls in love with Eurydice. But their love is doomed, and Eurydice dies, stolen away to the Underworld by Hades. When Hades hears Orpheus’s mournful music, he strikes a bargain: Orpheus will be returned his love if he continues playing his music. Eurydice will follow him from the Underworld, but if Orpheus doesn’t trust Hades and turns around to check that Eurydice is still with him, he will lose her forever. The deal is made, and Orpheus plays his lyre, but when he walks over pine needles and can no longer hear Eurydice’s footsteps, he turns around and Eurydice fades away, gone forever.


Following Erica’s piece is Janna Jennings‘s story of the constellation Gemini. The Gemini twins, Castor and Pollux, were both born from Leda, the Queen of Sparta. Their sister is Helen of Troy and there are several myths about them, including sailing with Jason and the Argonauts to find the golden fleece and fighting in the Trojan War to bring their sister Helen home. Castor is a renowned horseman, and Pollux is a great boxer.


Then we have Hannah Davies‘s story, inspired by the constellation Scorpio. Scorpio has a few different mythologies to chose from, but the one Hannah chose was a story about Orion and Artemis. Orion boasted that he was the greatest hunter in all the land and could kill any animal. Artemis — Goddess of hunting and also protector of beasts — sent a scorpion after Orion to defeat him. The scorpion stung Orion’s ankle, killing him. Zeus was impressed by the scorpion, so he made a constellation for it. In the sky, the scorpion is at the opposite side of the horizon to Orion to keep them apart.


Terra Harmony‘s story follows next, and she was inspired by the constellation Virgo. Persephone, beautiful daughter of Zeus and Demeter, is tricked by Hades who carries her off to the underworld to be his wife. Her mother was so upset by this, she completely neglected her duties as goddess of agriculture, and famine spread over the entire world. The solution was for Persephone should be with her mother for half the year, and go to the underworld with Hades for the other half of the year. When Persephone is gone, agriculture essentially dies until she returns again six months later.


And finally, to close the anthology we have a story from Meghan Jashinsky, based on the constellation Taurus. From the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, the goddess Ishtar sends Taurus to kill Gilgamesh because he spurned her. In the sky, this is why the constellation Taurus seems to be facing off with Orion (who is representative of Gilgamesh).

Patchwork Press’s Polaris Awakening is going to be a whirlwind of a read! With so many spectacular myths interpreted into the science fiction world by an array of talented authors — all with strong, unique voices — we’re readying for an epic read. You can expect the cover reveal in March, and trust us, you won’t want to miss it! The release day is scheduled for April 28th, one day before Patchwork Press’s second birthday! So let us know…

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INCITE Blog Tour

Written By: Janna - Feb• 15•15

It’s here! Erica Crouch’s latest installment in the Ignite series. If you haven’t read the first two books, get ready to have your socks blown off.

Penemuel (Pen)B1 IGNITE fell from grace over a millennium ago, yet there are still times she questions her decision to follow her twin brother, Azael, to Hell. Now that the archangel Michael has returned, threatening Lucifer’s vie for the throne, she begins questioning everything she has always believed.

As Hell prepares for war—spreading a demonic virus and pilfering innocent souls to build an army—the lines separating the worlds blur. Fates erase and the future is left unwritten. Azael is determined that he and his sister will continue to serve as demons together, but for the first time in her life, Pen is not ruled by destiny. She has the freedom of choice.

With choice comes sacrifice, and Pen must decide which side she’s willing to risk everything fighting for: the light, or the dark.


With the aftertaste of Heaven still strong, Pen and Azael cloak themselves in their new demonic destinies, fighting for Lucifer against the angels. Pen, warring against former friends turned vengeful enemies, still struggles with defecting to Hell. But in one short battle, they go from forgotten to famous, thrust into the spotlight where she has no room for uncertainty.

Suddenly top-tiered demons, they’re tasked with seeing through hell’s new agenda: corrupting man. But tarnishing Eden isn’t as simple as they thought it would be, especially when they’re forced to work with another team of demons who are trying to claw their way up the ladder of power.

Entice is an e-novella that prequels Pen and Azaels story in Ignite.


Earth is in ruins, and the war of Heaven and Hell has spilled over into the mortal world. In the frozen wasteland of the apocalypse, Azael and his band of cohorts search for Pen and Michael with orders to kill. Little does he know that his sister has incited a rebel army of her own.

Angels and demons alike stand side by side, ready and willing to fight for a future they didn’t realize they could have. Change doesn’t come easy, though. Pen is wary of joining New Genesis’s revolution, but when Azael shows his hand and Pen learns all that he holds over them, she chooses to fight back, no matter the risk. She only has to survive, one hour at a time.

I learn a few things in Junior High

Written By: Janna - Jan• 25•15

There are authors that thrive on book tours. Hoping from state to state, school to school. Signing autographs, giving readings, facilitating Q & A’s…

I’m not one of them.

Really, how do you get involved in such a thing? I can’t think of anything more awkward than to call up your local middle or high school and invite yourself as an author to come and impart wisdom about the written word to a group of young impressionable (possibly devastatingly uninterested) teenagers.

But I got to do just that. And it was awesome.

An old family friend knew about my recent books, found me online, and asked if I’d visit her sixth grade writing classes. She contacted me back in October, and sadly, we had to wait until January to actually make it happen (this Junior High happens to be six hours away, close to the small town I grew up in).

I was nervous as all get out, didn’t really know what I was doing, but I went and I loved it.

The teacher–bless her heart–gave me a little direction in what the kids struggled with in their own writing so I could prepare some kind of presentation. And I, surprisingly, found I had something to say on the business of writing that may have been helpful to new writers.

The kids were amazing. Attentive and thoughtful, asking great questions, taking an interest in what I had written, and best of all–wanting me to look at their own writing.

So with this new found confidence, I share with you what I shared with them.


I actually have an outline I love and use often created by Alan Watts in his book The 90 Day Novel. Now I don’t write my books in ninety days, but I do like his outlining process. I didn’t use it for my presentation, because it’s a little too involved to be kid friendly. But I did break it down to these simple fiction facts.

  • Fact #1: Fiction is all about character. The best stories are built around rich, complex, extremely interesting characters.
  • Fact #2: Fiction is all about what your character wants. Your character wants one thing more than anything else in the world and that one thing drives everything your character does.
  • Fact #3: Fiction is all about how your character gets or does not get what he or she wants. Some characters get what they want, others fail. This is how you develop the plot of your story.
  • Fact #4: Fiction is all about how your character changes. After everything that happens, your character is forever changed. This is what makes your story meaningful.
  • Fact #5: Fiction is all about a world that you create. You choose the people, places, things, and ideas in your story. Your choices influence the meaning of the story and your readers’ level of interest.

On Writing:

Have a plan. I didn’t have a plan for my first book, and I paid for it (so did my editors!) in much heartache and pain in the editing process. I don’t care if you use mine, someone else’s, create your own or spray paint it under an underpass. Find one. Use it.

Write every day. Writing is a muscle, if you don’t exercise it, it doesn’t get stronger.

It can’t be done alone—feedback and outside opinions are vital.

Keep a list of the things you learn and apply it to the next piece you write until it becomes second nature.

Observation is key to writing. Translate those observations into descriptions that make your reader look at something common in a new way.

Read good writing.



Only use dialogue to:

Further the plot through important information.

Better understand what’s going through a character’s mind or their motivations.

Contractions and incomplete sentences are encouraged.

Know who you’re characters are, their relationships to one another, and how they interact, this will help you know what to say.

Read it out loud.


Describing details

Pictures help. I’ve recently discovered Pintrest and all it has to offer in the form of visuals. We write better if we know what we’re looking at.

The five sense. You’ve got five, don’t rely just on sight. Sometimes the impression a person or place makes is more rich and vibrant than describing the dimensions of the room in detail.

Make an impression instead of describing a picture. Mention the wash of heat from the fire, the stink of the person at the table, the chill in the room.

Sprinkling imagery throughout the scene. Use beats. If you don’t know them, look them up.


Helpful Websites

These are mostly geared toward kids, but writing help is writing help, no matter how old you are.





What I learned about writing from Scuffy the Tugboat

Written By: Janna - Nov• 13•14

Beginning my fifth writing project, I feel like I’ve finally found a rhythm. One of the best things I’ve done is pick up a copy of The 90 Day Novel by Alan Watt. While I don’t follow through the entire book and in fact finish a rough draft in 90 days (although I do see the wisdom in getting the first draft down quickly) what I really like about the book is the outlining process.

Which is really more than an outlining processes. It’s a way of letting your idea for a novel percolate, letting all kinds of wonderful characters, plot twists, and details bubble up to the surface.

One of the things that Watt stresses is the importance of locating the main character’s dilemma. Notice I said dilemma, not problem. “Problems are solved while dilemmas are resolved through a shift in perception.”

Fast forward to me, sitting in front of ten wiggly toddler, trying to get them to pay attention to Scuffy the Tugboat. For those of you who haven’t accessed your Golden Book collection recently, let me sum up.


Scuffy is a red and blue toy tugboat that feels he is languishing on the shelf at the toy store. To try and make him happy, the shop owner puts him in a tub of water. This is underwhelimg for Scuffy who wants to float down the river. So the shop owner’s little boy goes to play with him in a nearby creek, where he looses hold of Scuffy and does, indeed, float down the river. Most of the book is about the sights Scuffy passes as the river gets bigger and bigger, the cities and the river traffic he passes becomes overwhelming, until he reaches the mouth of the ocean and begins to float out to sea.

Riveting stuff, right?

At the last minute, there is the boy and the shop owner, snatching him from the river. They take Scuffy home where he is happy to float in the bathtub.

In case you missed it, Scuffy’s dilemma was he felt like he was meant for bigger things. Through growth as a character, we find resolution in the story when Scuffy realizes that the bathtub was what he was made for, and he finds happiness there (his shift in perception).

And strangely, I found the plot for my next book.

There might be a few more characters, twists and turns that don’t involve a river, but at the bare bones of it, they will be about the same thing. Feeling the need to flee the life you were destined for, born into–only to get what you want and realize it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, and the place you really want to be is back home, doing what you were meant to do.

And really, when we think about it, aren’t all book, movies, comics, etc. really about the same human desires at the heart of them? Wanting to be accepted or loved. Wanting power, to be noticed, to make the world a better place as they see it. I think the real classics, the stories that stick with us, are notable in how they’re executed on these common themes.

Here’s to hoping.