Hey Guys! I just completed my first entry in the Flash Fiction Challenge!

Good afternoon, humans!

So this week’s news is a little bit of fun. 🙂 I recently launched a weekly writing exercise through my PR company called the Flash Fiction Challenge and in the wee hours this morning, I posted my first challenge entry.

The challenge assignment everyone was given was:

“Hold on. You died.”
“Yeah, well, it didn’t stick.”

For those unfamiliar, with a flash fiction challenge, you’re given a prompt to build a super-short story around it posted on Wattpad. For example, my first challenge ended up finishing out at 1,669 words (most novels are 40,000-80,000 words long). See? Super short. 🙂

If you enjoy writing, whether it be as a hobby or professionally, you should consider joining! It’s a quick little activity every week to keep your writer brain in shape. It’s totally FREE and a lot of fun. 🙂

READ MY FIRST CHALLENGE ENTRY!

(It only takes about 3 minutes.)

Happy reading!

NIGHTSHADE now available to read for FREE on WattPad!

A STANDALONE BONNIE BENNETT BOOK IN THE VAMPIRE DIARIES / THE ORIGINALS UNIVERSE.

Bourbon, jazz, and streets soaked in magic. New Orleans is an infamous supernatural playground, and the perfect place for a witch to feel right at home.

When Bonnie Bennett travels to The Big Easy for some much needed rest and relaxation, she unexpectedly encounters a few familiar faces. Despite their violent history and her resulting efforts to steer clear of Mikaelson family drama, she soon finds herself agreeing to help Klaus when his brother Elijah goes missing. Assuming they could get a little aid from the local covens, they quickly realize the eldest original vampire isn’t the only mysterious disappearance in the Crescent City.

The clock is ticking. With the help of her unlikely ally and a handful of new friends from the French quarter, Bonnie must face off with a dark force fueled by vengeance and hell bent on wiping out every New Orleans witch in existence.

*Originally published as part of the Bennett Witch Chronicles series in the Amazon Vampire Diaries Kindle Worlds. With the dissolution of Amazon’s Kindle Worlds program, I’m making the story available on Wattpad for free.

CLICK HERE TO READ FOR FREE ON

 

 

 

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING…

“The storyline was so well written and captivating that I did not put my tablet down until I turned the last page.”

– 5 Stars, YA/NA Book Divas


“I absolutely love this addition to The Vampire Diaries, The Bennett Witch Chronicles. There are some fabulous authors included in this series with some outstanding reads. Jena Gregoire’s Nightshade happens to be one of them. This book is full of mystery, suspense, intrigue, magic, action, and humor and includes appearances from two of the original vampires residing in New Orleans, Klaus and Elijah Mikaelson, as well as Bonnie’s Mystic Fall’s friends. Ms. Gregoire does a wonderful job of world building to capture your attention from the start to the end of this story. Bonnie and her friends are well written characters with a great storyline that includes lots of excitement, mystery and magic. This is a compelling book you do not want to miss out on.”

– 5 Stars, Dmchtx72, Amazon Reader


“Full of adventure, magic, friendship, family, witty banter, and loyalty.”

– 5 Stars, Suzanne P., Amazon Reader


“I can’t say enough about this book. I truly loved it. I love all the characters from The Vampire Diaries. Bonnie has always been one of my favorites. And who doesn’t love to hate the Mikaelsons? The book was written very well and I couldn’t put it down once I started it. I look forward to reading more books in this series in the future.”

– 5 Stars, Steamy Book Mama, Amazon Reader


“I loved this new book and new to me author Jena Gregoire! It was great from the start and pulls you right in!!! I can’t wait to read more!!!”

– 5 Stars, CEB, Amazon Reader


“This was a joy to read and if you enjoyed the vampire diaries and originals you will love this too. I couldn’t put it down.”

– 5 Stars, Tracy Marrs, Amazon Reader


“I loved the characters, the lines, the humor when needed. Overall, I can’t wait to see what she writes next to top this book. This is a new Author for me and I’m a huge fan.”

– 5 Stars, Lizzy001, Amazon Reader


“I didn’t just read this, I devoured it!! Jena Gregoire, please tell me there’s more, pretty please!!”

– 5 Stars, Natalie @ BookLoversLife Blog


“Jena Gregoire did an amazing job. This book is a must read!”

– 5 Stars, Anna Lynn Portwood, Amazon Reader

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Hey guys! Speak of the Devil is LIVE!!!!!!!!!!! Check out this excerpt & celebration giveaway!

SOME SECRETS ARE BETTER OFF LOCKED AWAY.

Dez is on the run from the covens. Nearly six months have passed since her father, the demon Asmodeus, opened a gateway allowing countless of his kind to spill onto our plane of existence. Using her newfound abilities to hunt down the strays, Dez’s life has become a never-ending cycle of violence and bloodshed, punctuated by the paranoia of constantly looking over her shoulder for the Council’s vampire assassin.

When she receives an unexpected phone call from an old friend, Dez makes her way to the northern Arizona desert. There she finds a message waiting for her from beyond the grave, a message forcing her to confront the one thing she’s been dreading for months.

Now Dez is haunted by a ghost from her past and faced with the secret truth of her origins. With her life and the lives of countless humans hanging in the balance, she’s forced to face off with an enemy she doesn’t even know exists. It’s time to choose her destiny and the clock is running out.

 

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IT HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS BEGUUUUUUUUUUUUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE DEVIL YOU KNOW IS LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!! #excerpt #giveaway

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE.

Following a drunken night together, the vampire Michael “Vegas” Tremayne takes off with no explanation, leaving Deziree Davanzati to wonder if they’d made a terrible mistake. Rather than obsess about it, Dez spends most of her time at Onyx, the rock club she owns and operates for the supernatural citizens of New York City. All are welcome-werewolves, witches, and anyone else willing to play nice while under her roof and pay their tab at the end of the night.

After two weeks of radio silence, Vegas returns with alarming news. For the first time in more than four centuries, there is reason to believe a pureblood demon is walking among them. They suspect someone from the the Council may be behind the creature’s return, but to what end?

With the Sentinel Stone missing, they’re down to the wire and don’t know who to trust. Will Dez and Vegas stop the demon in time? Or will Hell itself be unleashed upon the world?

 

 

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The final countdown is ON! Here’s some excerpty goodness! #WhispersInTheEther

Okay, kids.

The countdown is on.

As of right now, we’re down to less than 2 days before the Hellfire series launch begins with the release of Whispers in the Ether (a Hellfire world anthology) and The Devil  You Know (Hellfire book one). I’m not going to take up too much of your time tonight because I am eyebrow deep in the draft polishing of Dance With the Devil (it goes off to my editor this week!) but figured I would do a little excerpt-laden drive by.  🙂

Whisper in the Ether features a brand new short story called Reckoning. This story introduces you to a whole new cast of characters, all of which will play starring roles in my upcoming Executioner series. In this excerpt, you get to see Jamie Hayes, the Executioner female lead, and Marcel Cross, the alpha of the Manhattan werewolf pack.

Enjoy!

“You’re the head honcho, right?” I looked up from my phone to find the cute blonde from the alleyway sitting across from me. I’d been so engrossed in my book I hadn’t noticed her sit down. I hit the power button and gave her my full attention.

“Excuse me?”

El jefe? The Big Cheese? The Don?” I continued to stare at her, waiting for the real question. She huffed out of a frustrated sigh and rested her arms on the table, leaning in toward me. “Look,” she demanded, slamming a twenty dollar bill down on the table, “you’re in charge of that motley band of assholes, are you not?” I peeked around her to see Dylan and Ace having a bromancey high five over something almost certainly stupid.

“I am,” I admitted begrudgingly.

“Good, then this is for you.” She slid the twenty toward me.  “Your next few drinks are on me if you promise to keep that one,” she turned and pointed to Ace, “in line. If you don’t, I will.” Although she didn’t explain further, the warning was clear.

At first, I chuckled imagining her giving him a face full of liquor, but then I remembered the throwing blades. Provided they’re not made of silver, they wouldn’t do much to him except maybe teach him a lesson. Not a bad idea.

“Did he touch you?” I asked, worried he’d already overstepped his bounds.

“No, you would know if he did. Keep his ass in line. I’m not in the mood, and it’s, like, your job or whatever.”

Without another word, she scooted out of the booth and walked away, leaving the twenty behind. I watched as she made her way to a seat at the far end of the bar away from the bulk of the crowd. Not thirty seconds after she sat down, Ace made like he was going to try his luck with her, but Dylan spotted me glaring at him. He grabbed Ace’s arm before he could get too far and pulled him in to whisper something in his ear. Ace turned to me, wide eyed, and nodded in obedience. I tipped my hat in thanks and returned my attention to the sexy mystery girl. Only her chair was empty.

Her glass and her jacket were both gone.  I glanced around the bar, but didn’t see her anywhere. Probably for the best.

 

 

Read Jack’s origin story in SECRETS IN THE SHADOWS – Preorder now for $0.99!

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Features Jack’s origin story VANISHING, a brand new Hellfire series short story!

Immerse yourself in the dark side of the supernatural world with this collection of paranormal short stories dedicated to the shapeshifting creatures we love. Experience the majesty and fury of a fire breathing dragon, stalk the city streets at midnight with panthers, or run wild with magic under the full moon with werewolves.

SECRETS IN THE SHADOWS, the first action-packed anthology in the Summer of Supernaturals series featuring fur, claws, and fangs from eight of today’s best urban fantasy and paranormal romance authors.

Featured Authors: Brandy Dorsch, Jena Gregoire, Gina Wynn, Kat Parrish, Liz Gavin, Madeline Sheehan, Nicole Zoltack, & Victoria DeLuis.

MORE INFO ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGY SERIES
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Guys! Debbie Cassidy’s next Chronicles of Midnight book is LIVE!

There’s something new in Midnight, something hungry for the shadows, and Serenity Harker is about to get a taste of the unknown.

Life in Midnight is anything but dull. Training a human unit to work alongside the MPD while keeping an eye on a new ghostly presence in the district, means Harker has her work cut out for her. When a scourge run goes wrong leaving Harker’s life hanging in the balance, a hidden threat is revealed.

Now the team must work against the clock to figure out the identity of their new enemy and learn how to stop them. Something ancient and powerful is about to make an entrance into Midnight, and Harker will be forced to make a choice that could damn them all.

A Kick-ass Urban Fantasy with a slow burn reverse harem romance. Angels, Fallen, nephilim and Arthurian legend are given a fresh twist in this sexy, thrilling urban Fantasy series. Fans of Lost girl, True blood, and Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series will surely enjoy it.

 

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Ladies and gents, we have release dates!

WHISPERS IS THE ETHER, a Hellfire Anthology
Coming June 5th

THREE SHORT TALES SET IN THE HELLFIRE WORLD.

BURNING ~ Hellfire 0.5
Lucas was a typical playboy – lots of alcohol and a different girl every night. One woman brought his emotional walls and the beliefs he used to build them crumbling to the ground.  Now, an unexpected visitor is going to change both their worlds forever.

SUFFERING ~ Hellfire 1.5
Michael is left with no clue where Dez has gone. She just split. No words of explanation. No consolatory goodbyes. She just vanished into a puff of smoke. A few months have passed, and Michael can feel the weight of loneliness crushing him. Learning to embrace his exhaustion, he decides to spend New Year’s Eve curled up in the comfort of his bed.  He expected to find the sweet relief of slumber. Instead, he found only more suffering.

RECKONING ~ Hellfire 2.5 ~ Previously Unreleased
*Description Coming Soon*

 


THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, Hellfire Book One
Coming June 5th

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE.

Following a drunken night together, the vampire Michael “Vegas” Tremayne takes off with no explanation, leaving Deziree Davanzati to wonder if they’d made a terrible mistake. Rather than obsess about it, Dez spends most of her time at Onyx, the rock club she owns and operates for the supernatural citizens of New York City. All are welcome-werewolves, witches, and anyone else willing to play nice while under her roof and pay their tab at the end of the night.

After two weeks of radio silence, Vegas returns with alarming news. For the first time in more than four centuries, there is reason to believe a pureblood demon is walking among them.  They suspect someone from the the Council may be behind the creature’s return, but to what end?

With the Sentinel Stone missing, they’re down to the wire and don’t know who to trust.  Will Dez and Vegas stop the demon in time? Or will Hell itself be unleashed upon the world?

 

 


SPEAK OF THE DEVIL, Hellfire Book Two
Coming June 12th

SOME SECRETS ARE BETTER OFF LOCKED AWAY.

Dez is on the run from the covens.  Nearly six months have passed since her father, the demon Asmodeus, opened a gateway allowing countless of his kind to spill onto our plane of existence.  Using her newfound abilities to hunt down the strays, Dez’s life has become a never-ending cycle of violence and bloodshed, punctuated by the paranoia of constantly looking over her shoulder for the Council’s vampire assassin.

When she receives an unexpected phone call from an old friend, Dez makes her way to the northern Arizona desert. There she finds a message waiting for her from beyond the grave, a message forcing her to confront the one thing she’s been dreading for months.

Now Dez is haunted by a ghost from her past and faced with the secret truth of her origins. With her life and the lives of countless humans hanging in the balance, she’s forced to face off with an enemy she doesn’t even know exists. It’s time to choose her destiny and the clock is running out.

 


DANCE WITH THE DEVIL, Hellfire Book Three
Coming June 19th

NOT ALL DEMONS COME FROM HELL.

Demon hunting sucks. Dez and Vegas decide to take some time off to be normal for a while and quickly fall into their old routine, spending their evenings together at Onyx. Aside from a few unexpected developments with her magic, things are beginning to look like business as usual for the demon-witch hybrid and her vampire boyfriend.

A rash of mysterious deaths rock their neighborhood, all apparent heroin overdoses, and the NYPD suspects someone at Onyx is the source. Believing a new supernatural drug being peddled by werewolves is in fact the culprit, Vegas and Kade get involved in the investigation before the human police bite off more than they can chew.

Not everything is as it seems and Dez suspects there’s an unseen killer on the loose. With little more than a gut feeling as proof, she launches an investigation of her own in a race to find the killer before any more bodies turn up on her doorstep.

Okay, the reviews from NIGHTSHADE are rolling in and I’m heaving a huge sigh of relief…

I have to admit, when I decided to write in Amazon’s Vampire Diaries KindleWorlds, I was really nervous that the second I hit publish, fandom trolls were going to come out keyboard guns blazing.  It hasn’t happened yet (knocks on every wooden surface I can find) and the reviews I’ve gotten so far have been AMAZEBALLS.  Check out some of the review snippets below!

 

A STANDALONE BONNIE BENNETT BOOK IN THE VAMPIRE DIARIES KINDLEWORLDS.

Bourbon, jazz, and streets soaked in magic. New Orleans is an infamous supernatural playground, and the perfect place for a witch to feel right at home.

When Bonnie Bennett travels to The Big Easy for some much needed rest and relaxation, she unexpectedly encounters a few familiar faces. Despite their violent history and her resulting efforts to steer clear of Mikaelson family drama, she soon finds herself agreeing to help Klaus when his brother Elijah goes missing. Assuming they could get a little aid from the local covens, they quickly realize the eldest original vampire isn’t the only mysterious disappearance in the Crescent City.

The clock is ticking. With the help of her unlikely ally and a handful of new friends from the French quarter, Bonnie must face off with a dark force fueled by vengeance and hell bent on wiping out every New Orleans witch in existence.

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING…

“The storyline was so well written and captivating that I did not put my tablet down until I turned the last page.”

– 5 Stars, YA/NA Book Divas

 

“I absolutely love this addition to The Vampire Diaries, The Bennett Witch Chronicles. There are some fabulous authors included in this series with some outstanding reads. Jena Gregoire’s Nightshade Curse happens to be one of them. This book is full of mystery, suspense, intrigue, magic, action, and humor and includes appearances from two of the original vampires residing in New Orleans, Klaus and Elijah Mikaelson, as well as Bonnie’s Mystic Fall’s friends. Ms. Gregoire does a wonderful job of world building to capture your attention from the start to the end of this story. Bonnie and her friends are well written characters with a great storyline that includes lots of excitement, mystery and magic. This is a compelling book you do not want to miss out on.”

– 5 Stars, Dmchtx72, Amazon Reader

 

“Full of adventure, magic, friendship, family, witty banter, and loyalty.”

– 5 Stars, Suzanne P., Amazon Reader

 

“I can’t say enough about this book. I truly loved it. I love all the characters from The Vampire Diaries. Bonnie has always been one of my favorites. And who doesn’t love to hate the Mikaelsons? The book was written very well and I couldn’t put it down once I started it. I look forward to reading more books in this series in the future.”

– 5 Stars, Steamy Book Mama, Amazon Reader

 

“I loved this new book and new to me author Jena Gregoire! It was great from the start and pulls you right in!!! I can’t wait to read more!!!”

– 5 Stars, CEB, Amazon Reader

 

“This was a joy to read and if you enjoyed the vampire diaries and originals you will love this too. I couldn’t put it down.”

– 5 Stars, Tracy Marrs, Amazon Reader

 

“I loved the characters, the lines, the humor when needed. Overall, I can’t wait to see what she writes next to top this book. This is a new Author for me and I’m a huge fan.”

– 5 Stars, Lizzy001, Amazon Reader

 

“I didn’t just read this, I devoured it!! Jena Gregoire, please tell me there’s more, pretty please!!”

– 5 Stars, Natalie @ BookLoversLife Blog

 

“Jena Gregoire did an amazing job. This book is a must read!”

– 5 Stars, Anna Lynn Portwood, Amazon Reader

 

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Guys!!!!!!!!! I have a new release!!!!!!!! NIGHTSHADE is now available!!!!

With her magic restored, her best friends living happily ever after together as humans, and the love of her life waiting patiently for her on the other side, Bonnie Bennett is not going to just sit around and let her life pass her by. She’s off to see the world! Join Bonnie as she journeys around the globe, encountering supernaturals in the most unexpected of places.

SIXTEEN STANDALONE BOOKS.

SIXTEEN BONNIE BENNETT STORIES.

ONE SERIES YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS.

For information regarding the Amazon Publishing Vampire Diaries KindleWorlds
and their publishing license, please visit their website.

Bourbon, jazz, and streets soaked in magic.

New Orleans is an infamous supernatural playground,
and the perfect place for a witch to feel right at home.

When Bonnie Bennett travels to The Big Easy for some much needed rest and relaxation, she unexpectedly encounters a few familiar faces. Despite their violent history and her resulting efforts to steer clear of Mikaelson family drama, she soon finds herself agreeing to help Klaus when his brother Elijah goes missing. Assuming they could get a little aid from the local covens, they quickly realize the eldest original vampire isn’t the only mysterious disappearance in the Crescent City.

The clock is ticking. With the help of her unlikely ally and a handful of new friends from the French quarter, Bonnie must face off with a dark force fueled by vengeance and hell bent on wiping out every New Orleans witch in existence.

Amazon  |  More Info

 

 

 

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The #AmWriting Preorder Link is NOW LIVE!!!!!!!! A Collection of Letters to Benefit @TheWayneFDN

Good morning, bibliojunkies! Just a few months ago, this was just an idea tossed around between some friends, and today, we’re one step closer to seeing it in print.  🙂  #AmWriting’s preorder link is officially live!  I’m so excited about this project, and so are all the wonderful authors who contributed their words to make it happen.  Not only do the proceeds benefit The Wayne Foundation, our hope is that the book itself will encourage other artists.  Good juju all around!  🙂

I wont be around much today.  I have a long list of PR work to do for some new clients who came on board, and then I am working on formatting the print and ebook versions of #AmWriting.  That’s a new experience for me as well, but I started it a few nights ago, and I am soooooooooo happy with how it’s coming out.  Cant wait for you guys to see it!  🙂

I have a super-huge favor to ask of you guys.  The #AmWriting project has a HeadTalker campaign open for release day.  If you’re not familiar with how it works, HeadTalker is what’s called a crowd-sourcing platform.  You give a one-time authorization for your social media account to allow Headtalker to post our campaign message at the end of the campaign (the message for this campaign announces that #AmWriting is released). It’s an automated process, so that’s all you have to do. It’s a quick, painless way to help support authors and get the word out about this great project, and it doesn’t cost a dime.  🙂  If you’d like to support the campaign, you can do so by clicking this link.  On the campaign page, you can support it with your Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and/or LinkedIn.  🙂  That’s it.  Just the click of a button.  🙂

Okay, I’m off.  LOTS of work to do today.  🙂  Happy Hump Day, bitches!  😉

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AmWriting Ebook

Knowing what you know now of writing, publishing, and putting your art out into the world, if you could go back to the day you sat down to start typing in your very first manuscript, what words would you offer to yourself?  Words of encouragement?  Words of advice?  Caution against certain pitfalls?  Would you change anything about how you got to where you are today?

The publishing community is so much bigger than it was before the self-publishing boom and it continues to grow exponentially every day.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a handbook or support group.  #AmWriting is a collection of letters written by authors from all different corners of the publishing community.  The letters provide words of encouragement or advice to those just starting out or those who have become discouraged in their art.  At Pure Textuality PR, we believe in supporting each other as a community, and we felt this project would be a good way to bring writers together and maybe give some new artists just the right nudge to keep going.

100% of the net proceeds of #AmWriting will be donated to The Wayne Foundation, a charity dedicated to offering aid and services to young women victimized by illegal sexual exploitation and the sexual trafficking of minors.  For more information about The Wayne Foundation, you can visit them on the web at http://waynefdn.org.

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Who is involved???

#AmWriting has a great list of more than 70 authors, including NYT bestselling author Jeaniene Frost!

A.D. Ellis
Addison Kline
Amber Lynn Natusch
Amy Joy Lutchen
Andrew Jericho
Ashlynne Laynne
Becky Flade
Beth Dolgner
Brandy Dorsch
Brenda J. Pierson
C.L. Foster
C.L. Matthews
Cassia Brightmore
Cecilia London
Cherron Riser
Cithara Patra
Courtney Houston
Crystal Dawn
Dulaney-Glen
E.J. Stevens
Elizabeth Sharp
Ella Col
Emersyn Vallis
Emily Cyr
Emma
Emma Nichols
Erin Hayes
Erynn Crittenden
Felicia Starr
Gabbie S. Duran
Geri Glenn
Harlie Williams
J. Nichole Parkins
J.B. McGee
J.M. Gregoire
Jamie Summer
Jeaniene Frost
Jess Haines
Jessica Cage
Jody Pardo
K.c. Stewart
Karina Espinosa
Kasey Belle
Katie Kenyhercz
Katie Lewington
Kendall Grey
Kory M. Shrum
Kristina Borden
L.E. Chamberlin
L.U. Ann
Leanna Renee Hieber
Lexi Ostrow
Leyla Kader Dahm
Louisa Lo
M. Never
M.L. Steinbrunn
Mary Crawford
Michelle Mcloughney
Mike Gonzales
Misha Carver
Misha Elliott
Muriel Garcia
Nicole L. Daffurn
Nicole Zoltack
Nikki Rae
Pamela K. Kinney
R.A Mizer
Rachel Walter
Rebecca Sherwin
Renee Dyer
Sara Dobie Bauer
Scarlett Metal
Serena Kearney
Shakuita Johnson
Shannon Bell
Susan Schwartz
T.J. Michaels
T.L. Manning
Taylor Lavati
Tracie Podger

 

About The Wayne Foundation

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Mission Statement

The Wayne Foundation is committed to spreading awareness of CSEC (Commercial Sex Exploitation of Children) DMST (Domestic Minor Sexual Trafficking) occurring within the United States.

Vision Statement

The Wayne Foundation’s vision is for a world without child slavery. We are dedicated to providing direct assistance to those victimized by exploitation.

Drop in Center

The Wayne Foundation operates the third drop in center in Florida recognized by the Department of Children and Family Services. It is located in Charlotte County Florida, and serves clients throughout Southwest Florida. Our target clientele are young women aged 13-25. Our DIC is equipped to provide daily services that include, but are not limited to: Food, New Clothing, Access to Shower, Media Center, Mental Health Assistance, SNAP/ Medicare Benefit sign-up/renewal, Family Counseling, Education Assistance, and Transportation To and From the Center.

Shelter Services

The Wayne Foundation continues to have the goal of providing shelter services to young women victimized by exploitation or trafficking. This is our primary long term objective.

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Elizabeth York, the Asshat Thief, and Why Every Artist Should Want to SCREAM Right Now

My Facebook went BANANAS this weekend.

And with damn good reason.

I am careful what I speak about online because I think we have a real problem with outrage culture right now, but this is something that NEEDS to be addressed.  Not just for authors, but for artists in general.

Elizabeth York is a name you may or may not be familiar with.  She’s a biggie in the indie world, and a straight up sweetheart.  This weekend, she posted the following:

E York Part 1

This one post lit a firestorm across the internet because it once again spotlights an issue authors have been facing for a while now.  Let’s be clear, what this reader is admitting to is NO DIFFERENT than ebook piracy.  We’ll get into that more in a minute.  First, Ms. York’s post from the following day:

E York Part 2

Me:

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I’m writing this post as a plea with my fellow readers and writers.  There is a petition going around to try to get Amazon to reverse their return policy on ebooks.  PLEASE SIGN IT.  As of right now, if I go to Amazon.com and purchase a digital movie or mp3, I cannot return these items unless Amazon can see that no one has watched or downloaded the item.  I know this for sure because I woke up one morning and my man cub had been surfing the Amazon Fire Stick and purchased a season of one of the Transformers cartoons ($40) and immediately realized it was the wrong Transformers series.  Amazon customer service was awesome and returned the item for me, but explained that the only reason they could was because they could see that no one had watched the video.  Had anyone watched it, the return would not have been allowed.

This. Policy. Makes. Sense.

And yet….

Her final statement to the author is the biggest problem in this whole situation:  “We shouldn’t have to pay for the stories in your head.”

Ummmm, actually, that’s sorta kinda the way this shit works.

seriously

As an artist, I am a business.  What I create (write) is my product.  A business should get paid for the product they produce.  That’s Econ 101, bitches.

Wil Wheaton wrote a piece a while back regarding how writers should get paid for what they write (sites like Huffington Post run on free content from writers and they make money hand over fist with advertising on that same content) in response to a laughable situation (HP as idiots), but his point holds true in this situation as well.

You Cant Pay Your Rent With “The Unique Platform and Reach Our Site Provides”

I don’t know what the going rate is for something like this. At six cents a word, which is SFWAs lowest professional rate for short fiction (not a perfect comparison, but at least something to reference that’s similar), it would be $210. That’s not nothing, but it’s not house payment money. Maybe I should have just taken their fabulous offer of exposure?

I don’t think so, because it’s the principle of the thing. Huffington Post is valued at well over fifty million dollars, and the company can absolutely afford to pay contributors. The fact that it doesn’t, and can get away with it, is distressing to me.WilW Tweet

 

In a case like Huffington Post, you’re giving your content away voluntarily.  When an author writes a book, we publish that work with the intention of selling our art.

In ANY OTHER SITUATION, returning an item which has been used completely would not be accepted.  You don’t go to the grocery store, buy the makings for dinner, and then bring back the leftovers asking for a refund.  You don’t fill your car’s gas tank, drive until it stalls out, and then demand a refund for the purchased gas.  You don’t walk into Walmart, purchase a couch, and then return it after your dog has chewed off the legs.  These are all examples of items that were purchased and used COMPLETELY.  Buying a book, reading it (USING IT!!!!!), and then returning it is the same exact thing.

So why the hell is Amazon allowing it?!?!?!?!?!

The petition that’s circulating on Change.org isn’t begging Amazon to make it so you can’t return ebooks.  The petition is asking them to change their policy so readers can’t return ebooks after they’ve been read beyond the 15% mark.

I think we have all accidentally one-clicked something at some point.  No biggie.  Return it and get the item you meant to.  However, if you read an entire book, and then return it, you, sir or madame, are an asshole.

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No, Sammy.  You’re wrong.
They’re assholes and thieves.  Plain and simple.

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If you don’t know by 15% in that you’ve got the wrong book, you have other, larger problems happening than your one-click habits….

And habits.  This is another thing I want to address.  If you can’t afford the ebook, DON’T BUY THE EBOOK.  I can’t afford the Aston Martin I want, so I don’t go and buy one.  LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS.  If you can’t control your spending habits, shut off your one-click settings.

As an artist, I’m pissed.  We fight tooth and nail to end ebook piracy, and THIS is what people are doing to get around it, something that Amazon doesn’t even allow with any of their other digital content.

So, fellow readers and writers, I’m begging you.  SIGN THE PETITION.  Share the link with all your reader/writer friends.  Make Amazon hear our voices.

By allowing the returns, they are allowing the theft, and therefore, they are contributing to the problem.

SIGN THE CHANGE.ORG PETITION

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Five workdays left until I am a full time writer! #countdowntofreedom

Good morning, you sexy mofos!  We’re officially coming down to the final bits of my countdown.  Today marks five days until I’m finally going to be a full time writer!  Well, full time writer, book blogger, and publicist at Pure Textuality PR (if you’re a writer looking for PA or PA help, give my PR site a visit because we’re running a whole bunch of super-awesome deals to celebrate going full time!).

Now that I am going full time, I’ve started participating in all the things I really couldn’t prior to the big change in my life’s direction – author takeovers, Facebook parties, Instagram photo challenges – and today was the first day of my first photo challenge over on the Instagrams!!

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In This Post:

  • #AuthorLifeMonth Photo Challenge
  • Becoming a Full Time Writer

 

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