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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!

Anyway…

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!

xo,
JT

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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!

Anyway…

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!

xo,
JT

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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

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE

BOOKS-A-MILLION

INDIEBOUND

SIMON & SCHUSTER

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8.7.16 – Sunday Smatterings

By JT Ellison

Hi, Guys!

Amy here. How was your week? Mine was a wee bit crazy, but you know what I discovered? There are such things as cookie delivery services.

Let that sink in.

If you’re running short on time or don’t have all the ingredients in your pantry, yet want to show the love to someone you care about, you can order straight-from-the-oven cookies to be delivered to that someone. As someone who was a recipient of said cookies (I’m looking at you, Jake’s Bakes in Nashville), they’re a small little something that made my day.

Just a thought the next time you want to feed your friend’s soul with warm, gooey goodness.

Anyway!

Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

ginger lemonade

For something a little different to beat the heat, I’m eying this sweet ginger lemonade. Sounds intriguing, no?

Pomodoro

Wanna increase your productivity? Try the Pomodoro Technique.

can you teach your brain to ignore?

Can you teach your brain to ignore things? ?

B4W7ytJ.jpg

This week, Netflix accidentally placed the closed captioning of an Aziz Ansari comedy special on a National Geographic animal documentary, and the results were absolutely perfect.

And closer to home:

Book Sweeps Romantic Suspense Giveaway

Do you like Romantic Suspense? Then you’re going to LOVE this giveaway! Spoiler alert: a Kindle Fire is up for grabs!

Insidious contest

And happy release week to our friend, the brilliant Catherine Coulter! Catherine’s new Savich & Sherlock novel, INSIDIOUS, hits shelves this week, and she’s celebrating with this contest.

Tattered Cover Book Signing

FYI, Denver peeps: JT’s going to be signing books at Tattered Cover–Aspen Grove this Thursday night at 7. Go! Have fun! Get all the books!

Cajun Roasted Chicken

And in the newly released August News, we shared this recipe for super-easy Cajun Roasted Chicken (this is perfect for those busy school nights coming up). Wanna get awesome recipes like this in your inbox every month? Sign up for JT’s email list. There’s a free ebook for you, too!

That’s it from me, friends. Give someone some cookies, stay cool, and I’ll talk to you soon!

Cordially yours,
Assistant Amy

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7.31.16 – Sunday Smatterings

By JT Ellison

Hi, guys!

Amy here. How was your week? I can’t believe we’re already at the end of July. The. end. of. July. You know what this means? Christmas decorations are going to start crawling into the corners of craft stores, and as soon as Back-to-School is underway, then it’ll be a full Holiday Décor onslaught.

Madness.

By the way, our local schools are starting this week.

I know. I know. Let that sink in.

Anyway.

Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

Full disclosure: I’m on a Rambo-charged organizing kick. I’m not sure why: perhaps my inner neat freak has been inspired by too many Instagram posts of beautiful closets with everything meticulously in place and labeled. Regardless, I’m going to share my obsessions with you.

You’re welcome in advance.

File box

This plastic file box has become home to all of my important documents. I’m telling you, there’s no peace of mind like knowing you don’t have to sift through piles of envelopes and minutiae to find your birth certificate or a rogue instruction manual—it’s all there.

Storage Boxes

I really like these storage boxes from The Container Store. They’re a lovely way to store printer paper or corral craft supplies. They come in all kinds of colors, so you can mix and match to your heart’s content.

storage tote

My closets have become much more manageable with these cloth storage totes. I can divide and conquer my smaller cabinet fare, like First Aid items, pill bottles, toiletries, cosmetics, and more. Gone are the days of the Great Travel Shampoo Bottle Avalanche, thank goodness! (it happened more often than you’d think, trust me—I like free shampoo, ok?)

card catalog

Book nerd alert! It’s a card catalog! I have not purchased this, because I have no idea what I would put in it (so. many. drawers.). Thoughts?

Produce Holder

For holding overflow produce or berries on the counter, there’s nothing cuter than this little ceramic basket. I mean, come on.

cloth napkinds

So these napkins don’t fall into the “organization” category, but someday I hope I have my life together enough where I entertain with cloth napkins on the table…and have the ability to get the stains out afterward. ? Don’t you get a Girl Scout badge for entertaining with cloth napkins? Regardless, these are adorable. They remind me of a beautiful flower table cloth my grandmother would use for her spectacular Sunday dinners.

Pressure Cooker Mexican Beef

This Pressure Cooker Mexican Beef is my current recipe obsession. I’ve made it for two weeks in a row and, thanks to a recent Chuck Roast sale at my local Kroger, I might be making it for Week #3, and I don’t even care. And thanks to my Instant Pot, I can dig into my roast in 1/3 of the time it normally takes to braise in the oven—and I don’t have to turn on my oven, which means my house and I stay cool. Plus I have an excuse to eat avocados with something else. Win!

worst book signing

This week, I read about the worst book signing of all time. Truly. It was horrible. By the time I was done reading, I wanted to give this author a huge hug and a bag of chocolate.

Insidious sweepstakes

Lucky us: the brilliant Catherine Coulter’s newest Savich & Sherlock thriller is coming out next week! And she’s giving away a. ton. of. prizes. Including an iPad mini! Go check out her epic giveaway!

And closer to home:

VIGNETI DEL SOLE PINOT GRIGIO 2014

This week’s Wine Vixen post brought a delicious Pinot Grigio you white wine-lovers shouldn’t pass up!

newsletter

Are you on JT’s monthly newsletter list? Sign up for book news, contests, and so many delicious recipes. Also, you are automatically entered into any contest she runs for life. For reals. We’ve got a newsletter coming out this week—it’s the perfect time to join the fun!

i want all the JT news (and contests!)

That’s it from me, y’all. Have a great week, eat some tomatoes ?, and I’ll talk to you soon!

Cordially yours,
Assistant Amy

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7.26.16 – It’s Time to devour the next Taylor Jackson novel

By JT Ellison

I’m so excited to share more Taylor and Baldwin with you!

How often do you get the chance to marry your love of murder and mayhem with the great poets? I’ve done just that in ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS, the story of a reluctant killer who grows to love his chosen profession and terrorizes the Southeastern United States with Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson and FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin hot on his trail. The Southern Strangler leaves presents at his crime scenes, love poems by the greats—Wordsworth, Blake, Coleridge, Yeats—and the previous victim’s severed hand. When he passes through Nashville, leaving behind a body, hand and poem, Taylor Jackson catches the case, and the chase is on.

With a spiffy new cover and a super-low price, I know you’ll enjoy visiting (or revisiting!) this book.

With a spiffy new cover and a super-low price, I know you’ll enjoy visiting (or revisiting!) this book.

I want ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS

Enjoy, chickens. And look for more Taylor news soon!

xoxo,
J.T.

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7.24.16 – Sunday Smatterings

By JT Ellison

Hi, guys!

Amy here. How was your week? I played Bingo last night. Yup: BINGO. The fast-paced kind where you have a million squares and a marker to pound out tiny dots. I was the youngest by a couple scores, but I didn’t care. It was magical.

It doesn’t take much, folks.

Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

Liane Moriarty

Have you read anything by the most successful Australian author you’ve never heard of?

historical fiction textbook Book Riot

This was fabulous: “What Historical Fiction Can Do That History Textbooks Cannot” (bonus quote i.e. why I loved this:

“It’s up to fiction to tell the smaller stories, to remind us everyday courage matters too.”

Yes. Yes. Yes. ???

secret midnight paintings Dr. Seuss

Take a gander at the midnight paintings of Dr. Seuss.

write ugly

Writers: this is why it’s crucial to write ugly.

And closer to home:

DAMILANO LEVINQUEVIGNE 2011 BAROLO

Miss the Boss Lady yet? I know, me too. You can catch her blogging every other Friday on The Wine Vixen! This week, she dished on a yummy Barolo she had in San Diego. (Barolo is legit, you guys—just sayin’)

subscribe

P.S. To celebrate the re-release of ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS, we’re giving away 5 books to folks on J.T.’s email list. That’s right: all you have to do is sign up for the list, and you could get a free book.

AND being an email subscriber = you’re automatically entered into all of J.T.’s contests for life.

WHAT. ?

Interested? Sign up here! (spoiler alert: there’s even a thank-you gift for signing up!)

Alright, folks, that’s it from me. Stay in the shade, wear sunscreen (do it!), and I’ll talk to you soon!

Cordially yours,
Assistant Amy

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7.17.16 – Sunday Smatterings

By JT Ellison

Hello, fellow bookworms.

I hope you’re doing alright today. Whatcha been up to, anything fun? I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with my latest farmer’s market haul. I’m thinking of making a huge, cold salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, lemon, and parsley. Because it is ??? here, you guys. And under no circumstances do I want to turn on my oven.

Anyway . . .

Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

Soda South

Coca-Cola. Pepsi. Dr. Pepper. Mountain Dew. They all have something in common besides being sodas: they were all founded here in the South. This fascinating article from Serious Eats explains why.

audible channels

Did you hear that Audible is basically launching its own paid podcast channels?

texas library cat reinstated

Update: Texas Library Cat Reinstated (this is the important news I bring you, people).

100 best beach reads

Nothing stirs up controversy like declaring something THE BEST. What say you about these 100 “best” beach reads?

summer of suspense

Speaking of beach reads, you can win a whole bunch of them here—including FIELD OF GRAVES!

HP summer science camp

IMPORTANT: there is a Harry Potter science summer camp.

And closer to home:

orvieto

And on The Wine Vixen: are you looking for a white wine off the Riesling/Sauv Blanc/Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio beaten path? This wine might be the ticket.

new book

Oh! And you might’ve heard that J.T. is writing a new book… (talk about saving the best for last!)

That’s it from me you guys. Pray for me tonight as I bake in the sun at an outdoor country music concert. In July. In Nashville. I must be a glutton for punishment.

Cordially yours,
Assistant Amy

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7.14.16 – FIELD OF GRAVES Roundup

By JT Ellison

Hi, guys!

Amy here. Hard to believe it’s been a month since FIELD OF GRAVES came into the world, right? Did you have fun getting to know all of your favorites before the series began? I know a lot of people enjoyed seeing Taylor and Baldwin’s relationship blossom. But me? I’m glad I finally know how Taylor got that infamous scar.

J.T. likes to put together a digital scrapbook of sorts for each book. So I’ve taken the liberty to compile one for FIELD OF GRAVES. You can check it out below!

(and if you haven’t read the book yet, what are you waiting for!?)


The Official FIELD OF GRAVES roundup

Recognition


Trade Reviews

“Well-developed, multidimensional characters and an exceptionally strong plot power bestseller Ellison’s eighth Taylor Jackson novel, a prequel to 2007’s All the Pretty Girls, the series opener. . . . The characters’ humanity and the gut-wrenching problems they face in life-and-death situations put Ellison in the top rank of romantic suspense novelists.”
– ★ Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Followers of this series will relish the revelations of how Ellison’s protagonists first connected. New readers of this page-turning, suspenseful thriller will want to catch up on the author’s other books.”
Library Journal

“As always when it comes to author J.T. Ellison, this book is a creation of fear, suspense, with even a little humor thrown in . . . Ellison shows a skill and talent that is more than exceptional at laying out a fresh path leading to a murderer that readers will not believe!”
Suspense Magazine

“Everyone should already be reading Ellison, but those unfamiliar with her work could start here.”
RT Book Reviews

“Field of Graves features a dynamic cast of well-developed characters, a thrilling plot that leaves the reader guessing at every turn, and an unlikely love story simmering with sexual tension and genuine romance. Fans of J.T. Ellison’s dynamic crime-fighting duo Taylor Jackson and Samantha Owens will welcome this page-turner of a prequel for the new backstory it reveals about her beloved characters.”
Chapter 16


Written Features


Book Tour

  • Nashville, TN: Parnassus Books
  • Houston, TX: Murder by the Book
  • Scottsdale, AZ: The Poisoned Pen
  • San Diego, CA: Mysterious Galaxy
  • Lone Tree, CO: Barnes & Noble
  • Littleton, CO: Tattered Cover

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7.12.16 – On News, Glorious News!

By JT Ellison

Hi, lovelies! It’s J.T.!!!

I know I’m breaking my silence, but I am so excited to share some awesome news with you today! Remember during my annual review last year, when I listed a secret project in my word counts? It’s not a secret any more!

I’m writing a new standalone thriller! It’s called TEAR ME APART.

Here’s the announcement from Publishers Marketplace:

NYT bestselling author J.T. Ellison’s new standalone TEAR ME APART, the story of a young couple’s happy marriage falling apart after the unexplained death of their infant son, each blaming the other for his loss, to Nicole Brebner at Mira, in a good deal, by Scott Miller at Trident Media Group.

TEAR ME APART will be my next solo book released, sometime next summer. It’s been brewing in my mind for almost two years, since I was sitting in a Parisian café and the idea hit me. It’s been a challenging book to write, which is why I’m off on my social media sabbatical trying to get it finished.

For those of you who loved NO ONE KNOWS, this one is definitely right up your alley. It’s a domestic suspense (or domestic noir, whichever you prefer), a thriller with deeper undertones. Ordinary people, extraordinary event, and the aftermath that ensues.

I’m enjoying the process of creating something out of nothing, which standalones seem to be for me, rather than having the world already built. I’m also really loving this new editorial direction, and I hope that passion will translate to the page.

Don’t worry about Sam and Taylor, I haven’t abandoned them. ALL FALL DOWN will be coming, just not right away. TEAR ME APART just won’t leave me alone, so I have to write it. Some stories are like that.

I hope your summer is going grandly! I’ll see you in a few weeks (Assuming the book is done by then…)

In the meantime, #keepreading!

xoxo,
J.T.

P.S: I know some of you are still waiting for the audio of FIELD OF GRAVES. I promise it’s coming, very soon. The moment I have a date, I’ll share the links. ?

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