Sunday, December 12, 2010

A long overdue update!


LOOK!! New cover!!


Okay I am a naughty author. I've been slacking on my blogs again. Back to back deadlines have a way of doing that to a gal. Let's start with important information.

A. I am NOT hosting the Authors After Dark weekend this year. Stella has gone off on her own and is doing her own thing. I may or may not have something to do with it in the future, but that's all kind of up in the air. I am not on the list of attending authors and right now I am not certain if I am attending that convention. I can tell you this, she has great stuff planned at a tremendous looking venue. I am going to try to attend but I am already slated to attend RomCon in Denver and RT Booklovers Convention in LA. I am really trying to focus on conventions in areas I have never been before so my West Coast and Midwest/Mountain area readers have a chance to meet me and get their books signed by me. So if you are planning to attend the AAD Convention ONLY because of me, you might want to hold off. If I'm only a sliver of your considerations, then by all means, have at it. Stella throws a hell of a party and Larissa Ione is her Master of Ceremonies this year.

B. I am writing book six of the NIGHTWALKERS series as we speak. It IS Jasmine's story. It will be released in November 2011...but that's AFTER a novella in the NIGHTWALKER world is released in the October 2011 release of the anthology SUPERNATURAL with, once again, Larissa Ione. What's it about? Well, let me just say...did you ever wonder what happened that Samhain between Kane and Corrine? Well, your wondering will now be satisfied. :)

If you've never read the NIGHTWALKERS or SHADOWDWELLERS series or are in the middle of them and don't want things given away (and your author hates it when you cheat, btw) everything in part C isn't for you! Skip this part! I promise not to say anything of interest to you!

C. I haven't decided on the title of the Jasmine story yet. I am still torn between titling it JASMINE and titling it after the male lead, keeping in tradition with the series. Those of you who follow me on Facebook know I've been tossing this back and forth with my editor/publisher. I'm sure they are going to want to do what they think SELLS best...or what will make it most readily apparent to my readers that this is 1. a NIGHTWALKER book and 2. Jasmine's story. We know you've been waiting for a long time for this story. And we know Jasmine is only part of what you've been waiting for. *SPOILERS* (I really mean it this time, if you are in the middle of the series, don't read this shit!) What about that bitch RUTH? What about Damien and Syreena, are they gonna be able to have kids?? And what ever happens to our prophesied children? And what about all that bad black magic? What about the unheard of idea of natural born witches being good? What happened when Valera did her magical mystery tour? Or has she even done it yet when this story begins? (Spoiler/sneak peek for those who HAVE read both those series) YES, it has happened already when this story picks up. I know, you're shocked. I NEVER give up information on my stories/universes. But hey, it's the Yuletide season. Consider it my gift to you. :)

D. My personal life. That's right, I'm about to talk about all that personal, hairy shit that's all about me. I am going to SHOW MY ASS (possibly even literally) so if you have a problem with that, don't read this part either! *eyeroll* I am officially all healed up from my circumferential abdominoplasty. And I look HAWT! I'm sorry, but I can't be humble. I have a flat belly! I weigh 142 lbs! Neither of those things have happened to me since I was 14 years old!! So maybe my tits are a little smaller than I expected (I call them tittles *thanks Peanut!*) but I'll take it! The next surgery, the thighplasty, is going to be in early January. I'd like to say the exact date, but the featherhead in charge of scheduling hasn't gotten back to me about it. I keep calling and she keeps swearing she's looking at my file right that second and waiting for the hospital to get back to her. Apparently everyone wants to schedule surgery before the end of the year because they don't want to pay a new deductible...yes but, I don't care about deductibles I am paying for this myself and I am not trying to get scheduled before the end of the year I want to do this AFTER the first of the year. (I do have a book to write after all) Then she pulls the babies with broken faces card on me. How they are the only surgeons who do emergent surgery on babies with broken faces and that bumps other surgeries. Well yes, that's great and, aww, those poor babies. But how does that affect your ability to schedule a surgery a month from now? A surgery you've been working on scheduling for the past three weeks? And why would you even bring up the babies if you weren't trying to keep me from going postal on you because you are aware that after three weeks of calls and waiting I have every right to go postal? After all, what kind of a bitch would i have to be to get mad now that you told me about the babies?? Well, I was nice because no, I'm not any kind of bitch who can get mad after hearing about the babies. But I mention it because I am very aware she was trying to play me and I chose to be nice in spite of that. Anyway...I'm sure I'll keep you posted.

Christmas is really hard this year. As some of you know, I have a foster daughter named Bianca. She stays with me every summer and every Christmas vacation. As a result of her behaviors this summer, I decided not to have her come this Christmas. I guess it's an effort to teach her a lesson. That she can't use people who love her for money. That the value of our relationship has nothing to do with toys and expensive bullshit. Perhaps it's my own fault. I spoiled her. I wanted to give her everything I never had when I was a she didn't appreciate any of it because it came so easy. Suddenly it was an expectation. It was almost like you could hear her saying, 'Yo bitch, cough it up and get me that.' It fact, 'Get me that.' was said more than once. The 'Yo bitch' was almost implied.

Anyway, she isn't coming. I will send her a few things, but nothing like the lush cornucopia of gifts she is used to. But it sucks.It feels like I've cut off my nose to spite my face. IT really sucks that there's not going to be a kid here to get excited with, to bake cookies with, to wake up to stuffed stockings with, to act goofy drink hot cocoa with. I'm kinda all alone. No, not kinda. Exactly all alone. Money doesn't mean shit. I'd rather be poor with a Charlie Brown tree and a little girl who loves me hugging me around my neck telling me she loves me.

So Christmas sucks this year.

In other news, I hired a fan girl to be my new assistant. Her name is Natalie and she is all about the Jacki Frank universes. LOL. Well...she cheats on me with Stephanie Meyer and Sherrilyn Kenyon, but that's okay. I cheat on me too. Heh.

Hey you know how they say sugar will kill you? Well sugar is going to kill me. I worked hard to get skinny, but I've been sneaking a lot of candy lately. Now, I take some heavy duty meds at night and they make me fall asleep mid sentence or mid-Mafia Wars. The other night I was sneaking from my stash of Good N Plentys and apparently fell asleep mid chew. A couple of hours later I wake up and start coughing my head off. Apparently I aspirated some candy. Yes, I breathed in a Good N Plenty. All day yesterday, through yoga class and cooking dinner, every time I coughed I tasted licorice. My sister and I had this image of me going to the E.R. and trying to explain this...or them taking an X-ray of my lungs and trying to figure out what that capsule shaped thing was in the right housekeeper Donna was not amused by the idea of finding my dead in bed from an act of candy stupidity.

SO I mean it this soon as I eat all the rest f this candy...I'm not buying any more. Well, no more Good N Plenty for a while that's for sure. My therapist says I am a sugar addict. That I need to twelve step it. She's right. I admit it. That's the first step. The next one...isn;t the next one 'Eat all the candy in the house'?


Anyway. Enough of all that. I have to get back to work. Laters all!
Hugs and Kitties


Donna said...

No one should be alone at Christmas. I am a widow, but I have a large family. You are welcome to join us. We're just small town folks, nothing fancy. I'm sorry to say that I am your only fan in my family--the rest read mostly religiously based novels and/or adventure books (Clive Cussler, Matthew Reilly, etc.).

Well, the invite is there. Please don't let yourself be alone at Christmas.

amanda said...

so glad that you're catching up on your blog again! cant wait for your new arrivals, and i know that Jasmine's story will be epic! so sorry about the loneliness this time of year, it is hard but love has to be patient if it's going to rebuild. love you girl and i'm soooooo happy about your new updates!

Heather said...

Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind and maybe Bianca will appreciate you more this summer! Sad that you wont be with her for Christmas but if your in Buffalo and love snowy weather you can come here and party Christmas away with me and my crazy family we would love to have you!! Cant wait for Jasmines story and the happenings of Ruth but enjoyed every single one of the others!! You are one creative lady!! Prayers to you on your surgury and dont feel bad about the candy I too love me some Good and Plenty!! lol Glad to have you Blogging again!! Heather!

Deni said...

Okay, first bit of fangirling, YES! FINALLY! WHAT ABOUT RUTH?!?!?!

Sorry. I must get my fangirling out or I will explode in a horribly painful way.

Anyways, it might seem silly for a fan to do this but, *hugs* 'cause everyone needs a hug, at least, that's what I think. It is sad right now what you have to do, but if she's the kind of kid worth loving, which she must be or you wouldn't love her, then she's going to figure it out. It's a pain in the ass now, believe me I know, but it'll work out. It always does.

Sorry if it sounds preachy, but I'll tell you a secret. That mantra has gotten me through a lot of hard times. I can only hope it helps you. ^_^

Rovianne said...

Jacki, great to see you on your blog. I feel for you on the sugar jones. IT's hard. I would suggest Paul McKenna's, "I can make you thin" for the hypnosis cd alone it's worth it's weight in gold and can help with cravings and such. Don't want to mess up that 142 and nice flat tummy! =) Looking forward to your next matter what title you finally land on! You shouldn't be alone for the holidays either and if I lived close I'd be like the others and ask you over. Find a way to enjoy the day. Peace, Rovianne

Van said...

I am super excited about the Jasmine book (which I think should be named Jasmine)so YAY for that! Secondly: I totally understand the being alone for the holidays thing. I have been alone for far to long to be married. My husband and I were apart for the first 6 months of our marriage because I was finishing out my time in the military and then I move clear across country to Alaska to be with him and he leaves 2 months later to go to Afganistan for another 6 months. Alas I must be alone for my first winter here and for the holidays.We can't afford to fly me home to Texas so here I stay. I just wanted to say (albiet long windedly) that I understand how hard it is and that you are not alone. I will tip my vanilla hot chocolate to you on Christmas morning as I suggle with my cats.

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Bridget said...

Thanks for the Xmas gift can’t wait for the next book. So many questions, so few pages.
Hope your surgery goes well.
Children all go through a stupid phase, same as adults. Lessons are hard to give and they are to receive. I wish you luck with Bianca.
The holidays are time for forgetting the norms of the year. You are welcome to our nut house for Xmas, sorry we are in Raleigh this year. But it is a night of board games, finger food and booze. Then Xmas morning with my 2 young grandchildren.

Larrin said...

OMGGG Im soo freaking excited for Jasmine's story! I LOVED Jasmine! I have a hunch who the guy is? Maybe? Haha I don't know!! Butt Yaaay! I LOVEEE itt! && Can't wait for these new editions!! Godd the covers look GUDDDD!! >:) Haha anywayy Im soo Happy you've recovered awesomely after the surgeryyy! =] Yaaay! CONGRATS! Ughh & yess soo sorry about the lonileness! Especially this time of year! =\ Cheer Uppp! =]♥ ****Larrin! =]

Holly said...


You'll be with your kittys on Christmas I hope. Not only that, your readers love and respect you and will be with you at heart. I'll be with the love of my life - my domestic long haired kitty named Ramsey. I know what you mean about spoiling. I did the same with my niece and she expected me to get her everything her mother wouldn't - and I did. Have a very merry Christmas and prosperous new year! Holly

Kensana Darnell said...

Are you kidding me? Alone on Christmas, that is a no go missy. Oksana would have loved to spend Christmas with you...especially since your video library speaks to her in volumns. lol I'm so sorry now is the time a lesson has to be taught to Bianca, but if you don't break the cycle now she'll never learn. You're never alone. If you get lonely this weekend, just pick up the phone. If I don't see or speak with you before Saturday, have a very Merry Christmas and a most properous New Year!

Delilah Devlin said...

Nearly choked my self reading about your candy accident. You sound so busy, and those books look so damn hot. Glad you're doing well, and getting healthy. Wish you'd be at After Dark. I signed up to see you. :(

dmonroe said...

Your brave! I would love to do my tummy but I am too chicken LOL. Good for you! Nice that you are happy with it you hear such horror stories!
I know just what you mean about kids not appreciating what is given to easy, seen it in my own family, cousin her Mother did everything for her and when she need my cousin most after a stroke my cousin abandoned her. I think she died of a broken heart as much as from the stroke.
Really excited about the new books I just love the Nightwalker/Shadowdweller series, constantly recommended them.
For what its worth this fan votes Jasmine as the book title.
Be well

Paula said...

I am a new member of the Jacqelyn Frank band wagon. WOW. What a ride you have given me. I swaped some books and got your Noah book. When I saw it was a series, I went about getting the rest of the series. I started on 12/03/10. You and everyone of you that has read her books knows what happened. I was "GLUED" to the series. Luckly (I guess, I had spinal surgery so I HAD to stay and not cook or anyghing. You are a fantastic writer Jacquelyn. I received gift cards for Christmas from my hubby. Borders books (got all 3 of your Shadowdwellers), half price books.(going this weekend) The last book gift card was for Barnes and Nobal. I will end up spending all of my gift I have used enough of your time. Please come to Richardson, TX just out of Dallas, TX We would love to meet you. i hope you "keep on keeping on" with your life and your books. Thank you. from the bottom of my heart. Your books scratch my "book itch" Lots of huggles to you. I am so happy that you were NOT alone this Christmass season. Our hearts go out to you. Thank you again.......PJ (Jeannie smile)

Paula said...

OH, PS. I forgot to ask you, where did they get those hunky guys for the covers of your books? I dont think my husband of 35 years would allow me to keep a PET like that, but OOOHHH the ideas that come to my head. LOL LOL


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