8.28.16 - Sunday Smatterings

By JT Ellison

Hello, lovelies!

How did your week go? I’m back in Florida, enjoying the beach and taking a wee break to celebrate my 21/24 anniversary with my love. Man, how time flies!

I am this close to finishing TEAR ME APART. Amy is about to tear me apart because she wants to read it so badly (see what I did there?), and I’m hoping her enthusiasm passes on to you. I’ll keep you posted on my progress! You’ll probably see some champagne emojis 🍾🍾🍾 flying around when I’m done. Shouldn’t be too much longer now, I hope I finish before Bouchercon!

Anyway, enough rambling…

Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

Freedom school tools

It’s the beginning of a brand-new school year. I know you’ve got ambition and grand plans. Here are some tools from Freedom to help make this the best school year ever.


Speaking of productivity, did you know that for each interruption you incur, it takes 24 minutes to get you back on track? Yup. Get the scoop on when interruption is helpful, when it’s not, and how you can do your best work.

But! With all that said, summer isn’t over yet, y’all. For your Labor Day libations, consider making Frosé. The video above shows you how!

And closer to home:


We’ve gone international! 🌎 How fun is this. Over the summer, my team worked with a business incubator in Nashville and met the brilliant Anuradha Bajpai. Woodpie is an organization she started, and I did an interview with them. So much fun!

The End Game giveaway

Giveaway alert: you can win a copy of THE END GAME paperback—or a $35 gift card to Tattered Cover Book Store!

That’s it from me! Enjoy this last “official week” of summer, eat some popsicles, and we’ll talk again soon.


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FLASH SALE: Huntress Moon $1.99 today

By noreply@blogger.com (Alexandra Sokoloff)


Book 1 of my Thriller Award-nominated Huntress Moon series is on sale for just $1.99 on Amazon US! (August 28 only). If you haven’t caught up with the series, here’s your chance to start with a great deal.
Special Agent Matthew Roarke thought he knew what evil was. He was wrong.

Huntress: Amazon US: $1.99 Blood Moon: Amazon US: $3.99 Cold Moon: Amazon US: $4.99

A haunted FBI agent is on the hunt for that most rare of killers… a female serial.

BITTER MOON available for Pre-order:

Book 4 of the Huntress series, Bitter Moon, will be out November 1, with Book 5 to come mid-2017. Just when you thought things couldn’t get more complicated for Roarke…

Pre-order BITTER MOON for just $3.99.
But remember, these books should be read in order! So if you need to catch up, start with:

As you might guess by the cover, this book takes Roarke deep into the desert, following a sixteen year old cold case that may be the key to Cara’s bloody history. It’s probably the most mystical of the books, unfolding on a dual time line, with the present and past intersecting as Roarke and fourteen-year old Cara both race to stop a sadistic serial predator.
There are new characters I think you’ll love as much as I do, and you’ll find out much more about Cara’s past. And there are new settings! The California desert is possibly my favorite place on the planet, and for this one I’ll be taking you to the magical Coachella Valley and the wine country of Temecula.
Scroll down for more details about the book – but if you haven’t read the first three, you’ll want to do go back and do that first.
Have a great rest of the summer!

– Alex

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8.22.16 - Get ready for THE END GAME paperback's arrival 9.6.16 with a giveaway!

By JT Ellison a Rafflecopter giveaway

THE END GAME paperback’s arrival is just around the corner, which means we need to celebrate!

Three lucky winners will each receive one copy of the book, and one grand prize winner will receive a $35 gift card to Tattered Cover bookstore.

Enter using the Rafflecopter form above. This contest is open to entrants ages 18+ living in the U.S. and Canada. Good luck!

Want to pre-order the book (it’s a fab price, y’all)? Click here.

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8.21.16 - Sunday Smatterings

By JT Ellison

Hello, my darlings!

As you may have noticed, I’ve been slightly more active on the socials this week. Part of that was a three-day family road trip to the Black Hills. Mount Rushmore was incredible, y’all, so inspiring, and I loved Deadwood, and simply driving through what looked like the Colorado of my youth. I had to post some pictures and share it with you.

Also, I’m within a few weeks of finishing a draft of the new book, and I will admit, it’s been nice to poke my nose out of my cave and say hello to folks. I had no phone service during the trip, which sounds like a blessing, but being forced away without choosing to do so annoyed me greatly. Contrarian that I am, I don’t like dictums.

So. As of yesterday afternoon, I’m at 88,000 words, or about 380 pages, and things are popping. There is a book in here somewhere. I’m not seeing light at the end of the tunnel, but there is a sense of momentum, of the train hurtling forward, that gives me great hope. I’d love to finish by the end of the month, at the latest by Bouchercon. Wish me luck.

Now, on to the links!

Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

john mclaughlin

Every weekend while I was growing up, without fail, my parents and I watched The McLaughlin Group. I’ve always been a current events/political junkie, and this show truly was the core of my interests. I’m so sorry it’s over, but John did it will style and class to the very end. RIP, John McLaughlin. Bye-bye.

10 amelia bedelia-isms

For something a bit more lighthearted, you need these 10 Amelia Bedelia-isms. 😂 How many people do you know like this in real life?

The Guardian's top 10 books all writers need to read

The Guardian has collected their top 10 books that all writers need to read. How many have you found your way through? Because I’ll tell you the truth, there’s a lot on this list I haven’t read.

And closer to home:

save time and be more productive with workflows

I’m always looking for ways to be more productive. Automating my life with workflows has been revolutionary for my business and personal lives. I wrote this post for RT Book Reviews‘ Author Portal explaining how I did it.

This week, The Wine Vixen discovered The Wine Show. And my, oh my. Come for the wine, stay for the accents—you’ll notice the show stars the incomparable Matthew Rhys of The Americans and Matthew Goode, which will excite Downton Abbey fans. If you have a Hulu account, we highly suggest you go watch it—fun and informative!

That’s it for us. Take some time to appreciate what an amazing country we live in by setting off into the wilderness sometimes soon. See some of our treasures. Admire the ingenuity and dedication and forbearance it took to tame this gorgeous land. And congratulations to all our incredible Olympians! I am so humbled by their dedication and passion. Go USA!


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8.14.16 - Sunday Smatterings

By JT Ellison

Hello, chickens!

It’s me, JT! How’s your neck of the woods? I’ve been in Colorado this week, visiting my family and enjoying the big, blue sky out here (not to mention winning some golf money off of my dad’s group—mwahaha!). Thanks to everyone who came to Tattered Cover for the signing this week—I always enjoy catching up with familiar faces and meeting new ones. You guys are the best.

Oh, and we’re taking a family road trip this week. Yep, you read that right. Me, parents, and siblings are loading up to visit Mt. Rushmore.

Wish us luck.

And be on the lookout for photos on Facebook and Instagram!


Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

bookbub kitchen accessories

I am a book nerd, and I love tea. Therefore, I love adorable book & tea accessories. BookBub compiled a list of 17 kitschy items that’d be great stocking stuffers for anyone on your list who loves to lose themselves in a great story while sipping a warm beverage.

Apple Cider Vinegar Coleslaw

I know y’all like finding new recipes as much as I do. This week Amy discovered (and loved!) this apple cider vinegar coleslaw recipe. Light and refreshing, this is the slaw to serve to your mayo-averse friends and goes great with bbq chicken.

Margaret Atwood WSJ

It’s no secret that I adore the brilliant Margaret Atwood—I even got to interview her for my TV show, A Word on Words! I was delighted to connect with her over our shared childhoods growing up in the wild—she in Eastern Canada, and me in the Colorado. The Wall Street Journal went a bit deeper into Atwood’s childhood, and I grew even more fascinated. *Note: a WSJ login is needed to access the full article.

why you shouldn't check emails outside of work

“This is why you shouldn’t check email outside of work”—YES. I loved from The Daily Mail. Seriously, let’s all agree to shut off our email at 6 p.m., shall we?

ny times book review body of work is a taunt

“To a writer, a body of work is a taunt.” An interesting assertion in the New York Times Book Review. Fellow writers, do you agree?

And closer to home:

NO ONE KNOWS paperback

Darlings. The NO ONE KNOWS paperback is available for pre-order (!!!), and I’ve got to tell you, I love this gorgeous cover. Take note, paperback lovers: this will be in stores November 1.

That’s it from me! Y’all have a good week, hug your kitties, wear your sunscreen, and we’ll talk again soon!


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8.11.16 - Waiting for the NO ONE KNOWS paperback? Check out this brilliant cover . . .

By JT Ellison

Y’all. I had to take a second to share this with you—the cover for the NO ONE KNOWS trade paperback!!! Isn’t it pretty? I love the yellow.

If you’ve been waiting for the paperback, now’s your chance to pre-order! It comes out November 1, so it can be an early Christmas present to yourself.

Pre-Order the Paperback






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