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Sunday Smatterings

By J.T. Ellison

Hey, y’all. How’s tricks? Yours truly is back in Nashville for the first time in a long while. I loved, loved, loved meeting so many of you out on the road. But this introvert is overjoyed to be back with her hubby, her cats, and pots of tea within arm’s reach. It’s the little things, you know.

Fun news: If you didn’t get to see me on tour, join me for my LiveSigning this Thursday night at 7:00 pm CT! Details are below. Bonus – you don’t even have to leave your couch to attend. 🎉🎉🎉

Now it’s back to work for me, conjuring new adventures for Nicholas and Mike. Things are going to be quiet on this front while I whip our new book into shape. But don’t worry, I’m not disappearing for long. I’ll see many of you at Bouchercon mid-October!

And without further ado…


Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

11 Literary Destinations Every Book-Lover Should Visit in the Fall. Autumn is just around the corner, and it’s the best time of year to be a book geek! Here’s where you should go on a literary road trip.

What I’ve Been Reading Lately: The New and the Notable. Great book finder Anne Bogel dishes on the five books she’s been loving lately. Stock those TBR piles, y’all!

The Crazy Story Behind the First Book Published in the (Future) United States. An escape from England, an indentured servant with a mysterious past, and an untimely death while crossing the Atlantic—it sounds like a juicy plot, doesn’t it?

The not-so-easy Weasley quiz. They aren’t kidding. How many did you get? My score was deemed “Weason-able.” #WeasleyIsOurKing

THE ABANDONED HEART by Laura Benedict is out in paperback! My bestie writes Southern Gothic fiction, and it is superb. Check out the last of her Bliss House trilogy, now at a killer bargain price.

Best Books of the Month: September Edition. Speaking of good books, check out these favorites from suspense authors Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke (word on the street is there’s a giveaway attached to this post…).

U.S. Postal Service unveils series of stamps honoring children’s book “The Snowy Day.” Just in time for the holidays!

16 New Thriller Books Coming Out This Fall. So many book roundups hit the feeds this time of year, and for good reason: fall is a treasure trove for us book lovers. BookBub gives us even more books for our TBR piles.

A Big Ol’ Interview about LIE TO ME with Book Reporter. This was a fun one—lots of great questions!


And closer to home:

LiveSigning with Ariel Lawhon 9/21 7:00 pm CT

Did I not visit your city for the LIE TO ME tour? Worry not, chicken: at my LiveSigning (with special guest, historical novelist and my dear friend Ariel Lawhon!), you can get a signed book AND ask me questions – all from your own couch!

Click here to get your signed copy. ➤ https://livesigning.com/jt

DEAD ENDS: Stories from the Gothic South, edited by J.T. Ellison

Pre-Order DEAD ENDS: Stories from the Gothic South, edited by ME! Look at this lineup. Look at it. Y’all, this anthology is packed with creepy goodness from emerging voices and NYT bestsellers, and will arrive just in time for Halloween reading.

It’s. So. Good. Order your copy today! It’s in hardcover, paperback, and ebook.

John Grisham tried to write a book without lawyers in it. And he (almost) succeeded.

His latest, CAMINO ISLAND, is a fascinating look into the world of stolen rare books, and he takes us along for the ride.

I have been sitting on this interview for months, desperate to tell you about it, and I’m so excited to finally share it with you! Mr. Grisham was a gracious, insightful, and disarmingly funny guest. I was thrilled to sit down with him for this week’s episode of A WORD ON WORDS. #keepreading


That’s it from me! Enjoy some lovely autumn weather, bake some brownies for the neighbors, buy a pumpkin or two, and we’ll talk again soon.

xo,
J.T.

P.S. I’m thinking of you, my Texas and Florida chickens.

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Sunday Smatterings

By J.T. Ellison

Hello, lovelies. How are you? While it’s been a wild ride this week, I have to admit I’ve been following Irma reports quite closely. Many friends and loved ones in the storm’s path, so while I’m still on tour today, my heart is with you, beloved Florida. Y’all stay strong and safe. ❤️

LIE TO ME touring has made me quite the road warrior—it’s been so much fun seeing so many of you in person, and saying hi to new faces. Today I’m in the Bay Area, teaching at the Book Passage Mystery Conference. I prefer to think of it as corrupting the young writers of America, but YMMV…

I’m off to Seattle tonight, signing tomorrow at the wonderful Seattle Mystery Bookshop, then off to my Colorado stomping grounds, where I’ll be talking with the brilliant Chris Goff at Tattered Cover – Aspen Grove on Tuesday night. Then a little break. Whew!

Without further ado…


Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

The Best Places to See Fall Foliage in the United States. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 🍂 Even more fun: Sutton and Ethan Montclair’s Franklin, TN, is on the list.

The Greatest Goths in Literary History. I’ve always been a little punk rock and enjoyed the darker side of things—heck, I’m even putting out a Southern Gothic collection later this month! Here’s to the darker writers who came before us.

White Shoes After Labor Day: Can You Do It? What say you, dear reader? Can you do it? Full disclosure, I have never owned a pair of white shoes (see punk rocker, above), so I’m doubly fascinated.

Book Review: The Perfect Pencil. Y’all know how much I love a good pencil. That is why the nerd in me wants to read this book.

Ian McEwan’s Enchanted Garden. Excuse me while I pick up my jaw from the floor. 😮 WANT!!!!! (The house ain’t bad, either…)

Sidekicks People Like Better Than the Main Character. Do you agree?

A Book to Watch Out For: I WAS ANASTASIA by Ariel Lawhon. Historical fiction fans, and history fans in general, don’t walk—run—to get a copy of this book. I WAS ANASTASIA comes out next March, but those of you with NetGalley access can request it now. I got my hands on an advanced copy, and it’s INCREDIBLE.

New A Word on Words episode: Chemical Reaction with Weike Wang. This week’s episode of AWOW finds my cohost Mary Laura Philpott chatting with CHEMISTRY author Weike Wang about her debut book, a coming-of-age novel about a young (unnamed) female scientist who must recalibrate her life when her academic career goes off track. Interesting!


And closer to home:

It’s here: LIE TO ME is out! If you’ve been living under a rock (or missed the banner at the top of the page), you may not know that my newest standalone novel, LIE TO ME, came out this week. And oh, has it been a week. I’ve been overwhelmed by the flood of well wishes and love from all of you. LIE TO ME is stocked in stores across the land in all formats. Even The Washington Post ran a review that said I’ve crafted a “compelling story” (let the angels rejoice!). It’s been quite a ride—thank you for making all of this happen. ❤️

A few pieces that have run during LIE TO ME release week:

  • Pushing Boundaries. If you’re looking for ways to level up your writing, I give you 6 ways to do just that.
  • Libro.fm’s Books We Love. This sampling of HarperCollins new releases popular in independent bookstores is perfect for your audiophiles.
  • Instagram Tour of Franklin, TN. The settings in my novels are, to me, characters unto themselves. I love the verisimilitude of writing a place I know so well. LIE TO ME is set in the beautiful, idyllic town of Franklin, twenty miles south of Nashville. If you’d like to see if the settings in LIE TO ME match your imagination, take a peek at my Instagram.

That’s it from me! Y’all be good, be safe, read a good book, take a walk in the cooler evenings, and we’ll talk again soon.

xo,
J.T.

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It's here: LIE TO ME is out today!

By J.T. Ellison

I say this all the time, but thank heavens for my book journals. There is nothing better than leafing through my old notebooks to find the impetus for my stories.

LIE TO ME is no different. It began, quite literally, in a Parisian café, in a humble travel-worn Moleskine, under the influence of champagne, as the story of a woman whose mother has deserted her. I was charmed by the neighborhood we were staying in, and affected by the roaming we did throughout the city. I took notes on every person I saw, scripted their conversations, imagined their lives. And then I went home, to Tennessee, and started to write.

The story quickly morphed into something very different, at once challenging and frightening. So much so, I sometimes wondered why I was writing it. You’ll understand when you read the opening line. I tried very hard to open the story a different way, but sometimes, characters insist on telling their tale their way, and the writer must simply sit back and allow them to take center stage, under a lone spotlight. This is LIE TO ME in a nutshell. The characters took over, and I was along for the ride.

But fear is a part of writing. Fear creates resistance, which keeps us from the page. It’s a truth well known among writers that the books you’re the most scared to write are the ones that will push you to the next level, that teach you how to be a better writer, that reach new readers. LIE TO ME was such a book. The fear, the resistance, were sky high, and so I knew I was on to something, and continued pushing until the story revealed itself. I even went back to Paris to write more, because sometimes you must honor your Muse when she gives you gifts. You’ll understand after you read it why this was so necessary to the process.

LIE TO ME is, at heart, a story of the ultimate betrayal. Of a marriage gone awry after the loss of a child. Two young, successful writers, Sutton and Ethan Montclair, the toast of the literary community, the perfect couple, lose their son to SIDS, and the aftermath of his death creates an untenable world for them. Unable to cope, Sutton leaves in the night, and Ethan finds a note on the counter that clearly states: Don’t look for me.

But is this the truth, or only one part of the story?

Sutton has seemingly left without her lifelines: her phone, her computer, her wallet. Has she left on her own? Or is her disappearance the result of something more sinister? Knowing he will be fingered for hurting his wife, Ethan delays calling the police, and when he finally does, his world falls apart.

And that’s as much as I can say about the story without revealing too much. A problem inherent to the domestic noir genre.

What is domestic noir? I define it thusly: a story of dark suspense in which the reader is misled along the way to the conclusion. The narrators are ordinary people to whom extraordinary events happen, and are oftentimes unreliable, which means the narrative’s mystery is even more obscured than normal. Twists happen in the story, turns in the narrative that set the reader off on a new path. The ending is often explosive and always surprising. It is not a new genre, though it has seen a resurgence of late.

By its very title, the reader will recognize LIE TO ME sits squarely in the domestic noir genre. It is a story of ordinary, if talented, people, who are overwhelmed by an extraordinary event. Even though this event happened in the past, their futures remain uncertain. Their pain is relatable, their actions understandable.

And yet… there is something else at play.

My goals with these types of stories is to take you to the very last line, to give as satisfying an ending as possible, with a few unexpected twists thrown in along the way. If I’ve done my job correctly, LIE TO ME will leave you breathless and turning the pages late into the night.

You’ll let me know, won’t you? And if you don’t like it, please, lie to me.

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Sunday Smatterings

By J.T. Ellison

Hey, y’all, welcome to Sunday. You doing okay? I’ve been thinking especially about you, Texas peeps. Nashville knows the devastation that floods can bring. Please know you’re in our hearts.

I write to you from Decatur, Georgia, near Atlanta, the first stop on my LIE TO ME tour. It’s a banner day – I’m on a panel with the stellar Tess Gerritsen. This is a full-circle moment for me. When I was a publishing newbie, a mere three weeks after I got my deal, I committed one of my biggest faux pas with the gracious Ms. Gerritsen… so I’m looking forward to sharing a stage and keeping my excitement buttoned up to a professional level this time. 😜

Without further ado, I give you today’s links.


Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

Learning From the Feynman Technique. I’m a big fan of this when building a book. But what do I know?

Louise Penny: By the Book. Lovely, classy—this is how it’s done.

A Debut Novelist’s Descent Into Darkness. Gabriel Tallent’s debut novel, MY ABSOLUTE DARLING, seems like a masterpiece wrought out of thin air. But Tallent, a waiter who just quit his job, has been working on this novel for much longer than anyone would realize…

BookBub’s 19 Thrillers to Read Before Summer’s End. Lots of goodies in here, and a few familiar faces… 😉

Developing Your Creative Habit. Actionable steps included… the most important part of creativity, in fact.

Seven Habits That Are Killing Your Creative Growth. Preach!

Goodreads’ 21 Big Books of Fall. For our ever-expanding TBR lists!

Rules For My Son. A wonderful read. I love this!

“Wearing a uniform is also a way of asserting your status as a protagonist. ” On the virtues of finding a uniform—this appeals to me in so many ways…


And closer to home:

Before you dive into LIE TO ME’s marriage from hell, I present to you… my own love story—and why I think it works. A certain book we all know about releases on Tuesday (ahem). And you’re going to see a lot of promotion around it. But here’s a piece that falls close to my heart: the story of my own marriage.


That’s it from me! It’s a big week coming up, so you may see me around the Internets more than usual. Nashville, Minneapolis, San Francisco—come see me this week, I’ll be in your neck of the woods and I’d love to say hi. Y’all be good!

xo,
J.T.

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THE DEVIL'S TRIANGLE is out in paperback today!

By J.T. Ellison

Hey, chickens, look what’s out in paperback today! If you haven’t read Nicholas Drummond’s 4th adventure, now’s your chance to snap it up at a deliciously low price.

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Here’s a bit more about the book:

“He who controls the weather, will control the world. He who controls time, will never be around.” —Thomas Frey

FBI Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are the government’s Covert Eyes—leading a top-notch handpicked team of agents to tackle crimes and criminals both international and deadly. But their first case threatens their fledgling team when the Fox calls from Venice asking for help.

Kitsune has stolen an incredible artifact from the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, and now the client wants her dead. She has a warning for Nick and Mike: she’s overheard talk that a devastating Gobi desert sandstorm that’s killed thousands in Beijing isn’t a natural phenomenon, rather is produced by man. The Covert Eyes team heads to Venice, Italy, to find out the truth.

From New York to Venice and from Rome to the Bermuda Triangle, Nicholas and Mike and their team are in a race against time, and nature herself, to stop an obsessed family from devastating Washington, D.C.

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Sunday Smatterings

By J.T. Ellison

Hey, peeps, happy Sunday! Hope you had a good week. Did you do anything fun?

Lots of quiet time for me, writing and storing up energy for a busy fall. I’m looking forward to traveling to across the country over the next few weeks. I do my best writing on planes, actually, because I have nowhere to go and no immediate distractions – no phone to answer, no kitchen to clean, no errands to run, no kitties to throw mice for. On top of that, I get to say hi to so many of you, for which I’m so grateful! LIE TO ME is about to be born into the world, and y’all are the ones who make it all possible. Thank you, darling readers. Truly.


Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

19 Thrillers You May Have Missed This Summer. Stock your TBR lists, people! Winter is coming. You may see some familiar faces here…

A Discover of Witches TV Show Announcement. If you’ve been around the Tao for a while, you know I feel pretty strongly about Deb Harkess (I love her) and her series A Discover of Witches (I love it). So I was tickled pink when Deb announced the TV casting for reluctant witch Diana Bishop and sexy vampire geneticist Matthew. Wonderful choices—especially for Diana! I can’t wait to see their performances.

A Woman Was Arrested for “Stealing” a Case of Water Bottles and THIS Was Her Husband’s Response. LOLOLOLOL! Priceless. 😂

How many of the top 100 crimes novels of the early 20th century have you read? Y’all are pretty prolific readers, so I’m curious. Leave your answer in the comments…

Being Busy Is Killing Our Ability to Think Creatively. I’m trying my best to heed these words. Focus takes practice now, which is alarming to me. I’ve had a lot happening this year, so this is especially salient right now.

8 Books to Read If You Loved Broadchurch. After the finale, you may be jonesing for more Hardy and Miller. These may do the trick.

20 Literary “Would You Rather”s. Hee!

A WORD ON WORDS with Elizabeth Strout. Did you know Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of OLIVE KITTERIDGE and MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON, did stand-up comedy? My cohost Mary Laura Philpott uncovers all kinds of gems in this episode of A WORD ON WORDS (psst, this kicks off a whole slew of Season 3 episodes! Stay tuned over the next few weeks for some killer all-star guests 🙌). #keepreading


And closer to home:

LIE TO ME is here NEXT WEEK.

so excited about LIE TO ME!!

Needless to say, I can’t wait for you to get your hands on it!

Some lovely people have been featuring the book, bloggers you may want to put on your radar if you want some tip-top resources to your TBR pile. Many thanks to:

Haven’t pre-ordered your copy yet? No worries.
Find your preferred format and favorite retailer here, and claim yours in a couple of clicks.


Pre-Order DEAD ENDS: Stories from the Gothic South, available 9.28.17!

Surprise!

pre-order DEAD ENDS, available 9.28.17!

As you know, I have been stocking my indie press, Two Tales, with my own short stories exclusively. But no more!

On September 28, we are releasing the first Two Tales Press Anthology — DEAD ENDS: Stories from the Gothic South — featuring 13 original stories by 13 incredible authors. It’s a themed anthology, too! DEAD ENDS is now available for pre-order in ebook, paperback, and hardcover. I hope you love it—there’s some amazing stuff in here for you. Here’s the lineup of incredible authors:

  1. Jeff Abbott
  2. Helen Ellis
  3. Patti Callahan Henry
  4. Amanda Stevens
  5. Paige Crutcher
  6. Dana Chamblee Carpenter
  7. Laura Benedict
  8. Bryon Quertermous
  9. Dave White
  10. Lisa Morton
  11. David Bell
  12. J.T. Ellison
  13. Ariel Lawhon

Enjoy, y’all.


That’s it from me! Y’all have a great week, enjoy the last vestiges of summer before we plunge into Pumpkin Spice mode, and I’ll talk to you again soon.

xo,
J.T.

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Pre-Order DEAD ENDS, a Southern Gothic collection from Two Tales Press!

By J.T. Ellison

I have a very exciting announcement today.

As you know, I have been stocking my indie press, Two Tales, with my own short stories exclusively. But no more!

On September 28, we are releasing the first Two Tales Press Anthology — DEAD ENDS: Stories from the Gothic South — featuring 13 original stories by 13 incredible authors.

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And even more fun, this is a themed anthology. I’ve said a million times how original and creative writers are. You can give 13 writers the same picture and they’ll give you 13 different stories. I decided to put my money where my mouth is when I saw this picture:

DEAD ENDS inspiration

I approached some of my writer friends with the concept of writing a short story based on this photo, with the caveat that the story be gothic in nature and related to the south in some way. This all-star lineup proved my thesis perfectly. Their stories were so inventive and fun, creepy and profound, I decided to write one of my own to join in the fun!

Here are the wonderful authors whose stories appear in DEAD ENDS:

  1. Jeff Abbott
  2. Helen Ellis
  3. Patti Callahan Henry
  4. Amanda Stevens
  5. Paige Crutcher
  6. Dana Chamblee Carpenter
  7. Laura Benedict
  8. Bryon Quertermous
  9. Dave White
  10. Lisa Morton
  11. David Bell
  12. J.T. Ellison
  13. Ariel Lawhon

And here’s more about DEAD ENDS itself, which is now available for Pre-Order in ebook! (print pre-order available soon)

Look at this picture. Tell me what you see…

The American South is rife with stories of a haunted past—especially its houses. In this eclectic and impressive collection, thirteen novelists were asked to build their tales around the photo of a dilapidated mansion. They were given two requirements—the house must appear in the story, and it should be a Southern Gothic tale. And they delivered.

From childish demons to a mad novelist, from the Mississippi delta to the Appalachians, this collection from emerging voices and New York Times bestselling authors explores what happens when secrets that lie beneath the dust are disturbed—and our worst nightmares begin.

Darkness lurks behind every corner, especially dead ends.

I can’t wait to get this incredible book into your hands. It will be available in both print and ebook September 28. You can request the physical book from your local indies, too! Just in time for Halloween reading….

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Sunday Smatterings

By J.T. Ellison

Hey, friends, how’s tricks? You doing okay?

I’m plugging away, deep in writing mode as I prep for the LIE TO ME tour that’s coming up soon. It’s been a good writing week, actually—I’ve written my way past some tricky areas in Brit #5, which is always a great feeling when I can power through. I don’t believe in writer’s block, just bad plots. When I’m stuck for a couple of days, I take a breather, grab a couple of margaritas with my husband, and together we can usually hash out whatever the problem is. It’s a beautiful thing.

Y’all ready for some links?


Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

Anyone want to buy a bookstore? Seattle Mystery Bookshop is up for sale. I have long admired this great store from afar, and I’m beyond thrilled to be signing there for my first time in a couple of weeks—but heartbroken the store is up for sale. I’d love to see it live on.

The email app that delights. I am a big fan of the Newton Mail client. Clean, minimalist, and easy to read and respond. What more do you need? Well, Windows fans, they are available for you now, too!

Harry Potter Nerds Rejoice: 2 New ‘History of Magic’ Books Coming This Fall. I’ll take more Harry Potter any way I can get it, thank you very much.

Harry Potter-themed store opens in Toronto. And speaking of HP, I know where I’m making a pit stop when I’m in Toronto this fall… (y’all, Toronto even has an HP-themed bar!

A new-to-me travel tool: JustyFly.com. If you’re looking for a cheap getaway, this site may help.

Here’s How Many Books You Could Read Every Month If You Cut Back Time Spent on Your Smartphone. Just a tech PSA. If you read your books on your phone, you are excused.

18 Tiny “Game Of Thrones” Details You Might Have Missed First Time Round. This season of GoT, we’re getting all kinds of payoffs. This list may help you remember some nuggets you’ve forgotten so you can enjoy what’s happening on the screen even more. #dragons

7 Reasons Slow Reading Is Actually A Good Thing, Because Being A Speed Reader Is Overrated. In case you needed a morale boost for that book it’s taking you forever to finish. Read to your comfort speed, no more.


And closer to home:

Have you added LIE TO ME to Goodreads?

Have you added LIE TO ME to Goodreads? One of the easiest ways you can (1) make sure you’re ready for LIE TO ME’s release and (2) help spread the word about my new book is to put it on your Goodreads shelf. Why’s that? The more people who shelve the book on Goodreads, the more Goodreads will suggest it to new readers: it’s a win-win situation! Speaking of Goodreads, my friend Debbie is running a LIE TO ME bookclub there in September and October, and you can join in. Trust me, you may want someone to talk about this book with when you finish. The more, the merrier!


That’s it from me. Y’all enjoy the eclipse (and make sure you wear your eclipse glasses, pretty please), eat some fresh honeydew, read a good book, and we’ll talk again soon.

xo,
J.T.

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Sunday Smatterings

By J.T. Ellison

Hi, chickens, happy Sunday. Did y’all have a good week? As you know, I just got back from vacation (which was glorious). After a few days catching up, I’m happily back at work on Brit #5, trying to flesh out a rip-roaring adventure for Nick and Mike. Things are swimming along, and there’s a big month of writing ahead. Summer’s over for the kiddies, and now it is for me, too.

I have a favor to ask you below, but we’ll get to that later. Right now, it’s time for links:


Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? A fabulous long read with sobering statistics.

Aziz Ansari gave up using the internet for reading books. After reading articles like the last one, this gives me hope.

Why are cats afraid of water? This was the most retweeted article on my feed this week—for good reason. Face it, you’ve always wondered…

[Listen] The World’s Most Glamorous Librarian. BookRiot brings us the life of Belle De Costa Greene, the most glamorous and influential librarian in early 20th Century America. And she is fascinating.

Branch out from your usual genres this year (and 15 titles that will help you do just that). For those of you doing book challenges, Modern Mrs. Darcy may be able to help you out.

Megan Abbott on Genres. On the last season of A Word on Words, I talked to the brilliant Megan Abbott about the literary vs. genre divide. And her insight is pretty spectacular and totally spot-on. This week Poets & Writers picked up the interview, which turned out to be quite timely.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s New Ride Promises to Be Scarier Than the Dark Arts. This is important. Obviously.


And closer to home: LIE TO ME is almost here!

LIE TO ME is almost here!

Y’all, I have to tell you – I am so excited to share LIE TO ME with my chickens! You can start devouring Ethan and Sutton’s story on September 5!

If you’ll indulge me, let’s talk about this book a little bit.

I had a specific goal in mind when I wrote this story – stretch myself beyond my limits. Thankfully, some very important people agreed. Lee Child called LIE TO ME “wonderful… a one-more-chapter, don’t-eat-dinner, stay-up-late sensation.” Lisa Scottoline said LIE TO ME has “more twists and turns than the backroads of Tennessee.” And in their starred review, Publishers Weekly said LIE TO ME was “exceptional” and “may be [my] best work to date.”

This book is a big one, y’all. It would mean the world to me if you supported LIE TO ME the way you have with my past work.

How can you help, you ask?

I’ll be honest – a pre-order means EVERYTHING for this book. Pre-orders are vital to a book’s early success. It tells bookstores to order more copies, it helps with placement on the front tables and bestseller lists, it gets libraries excited to stock the title – everything a book needs to be a success. And it’s all in your very capable hands.

Plus, you have options! You can order it in your preferred format – trade paperback, hardcover, digital, or audio – right now. No waiting six months to a year for the more cost-effective paperback. Cool, right? (FYI, the trade paperback is only 10 bucks. Just sayin’.)

So if you would, pick up a copy, rate it on Goodreads, leave a review at your favorite retailer, copy and paste the image above on your social feeds, tell a friend about it: every little thing helps, and I am so grateful for any support you can give.

Thank you, thank you for coming on this journey with me. I’m thrilled to share my writing world with you!

Pre-Order LIE TO ME right now!


That’s it from me. Y’all have a great week, go get a popsicle, finish the book you’re reading, and we’ll talk again soon!

xo,
J.T.

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Daily Tao ☯ 8.11.17

By J.T. Ellison

So things have been a little hectic since I got back from vacation, lots of loose ends that need tying up. But I’m starting to feel caught up, and writing again — last night at 8 I solved a problem and had to open the manuscript again. So that bodes well — it’s starting to come alive for me.

August newsletter is out — if you haven’t received it, check your non-priority inboxes or give me a shout and I’ll get you taken care of.

I mention this because I received a lovely letter from a reader who complimented my marketing skills. I told her the truth, I had a shortcut, having been in marketing in the past.

And it reminded me of a funny, sad story. Staff meeting, aerospace contractor, circa 1994. I came in with a major marketing proposal, nervous as all get out. When my turn came, I presented my idea: start a company website. Many small and large companies around us were doing it, I knew a guy who could build it for us on the cheap, and it would give us a leg up when RFP* time came — we would have all of our previous projects and successes on the site, so it would be a one stop shop instead of recreating the wheel for the RFP.

(*RFPs — request for proposal — the soul sucking process by which the government hires contractors to build things for them. It is a long, arduous process that involves a million details, long nights, and a lot of hard work. And of course, only one company can win the contract, so every advantage helps.)

Anyway, my proposal was met with absolute silence, then an older gentleman who’d been in the game for a long time scoffed, “We don’t need this. This is a ridiculous waste of time. I refuse to approve a major budget line item just so you can give some guy you’re sleeping with a job.”

And just like that, the proposal was shot down. No website for us.

Ahem.

As my husband can attest, said guy was NOT my boyfriend, he was a legitimate, ahead-of-his-time computer programmer. Yes, I made a SH complaint. Yes, grumpy old man was disciplined. No, we did not get a website. Soon after, I bolted for greener pastures, to a company who also wasn’t interested in a website but grudgingly let me do it, and then, happily, circumstances changed and we moved to Nashville.

Moral of the story: technology changes. The world charges forward into the breach whenever a crack appears. Early adopters aren’t always mad. Sometimes, they actually do have good ideas.

As we gear up for the LIE TO ME launch, as we exploit the now very powerful internet and my own websites to help reach more readers, I am struck by how much things have changed, and how much has stayed the same. It’s easier to reach people, yes. But the product is still paramount. And I will always be looking for a new and better mousetrap. It’s just how my brain works. It was nice to be reminded of that today.

That’s my trip down marketing memory lane. Since I still have you, please considering pre-ordering LIE TO ME, so I can free my brain from the marketing and write more books.

Sweet dreams!

Via: JT Ellison

    

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