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.

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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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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

 

GET YOUR COPY TODAY!

It’s a Big Bloggy Update

I’ve been a bad blogger and haven’t posted nearly enough, but I promise this is the turning point.  lol  I have written a blog post to end all blog posts, or, more accurately, to jump-start my blog again.  What you’re going to find in here is an update on the life of me in the last two months and what’s coming next.

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In This Post

  • Working Full Time Update
  • Dance With the Devil Progress & My Writing/Beta Team
  • #AmWriting Project
  • What I’ve Been Watching
  • What I’ve Been Reading

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Calling all #urbanfantasy & #paranormalromance lovers!!! I’m looking for betas! #uf #pnr

Good (really late) evening!  Quickie post for all of you tonight.

I need to build a solid team of beta/writing team peeps who are willing to commit to and stick with a series. My team up until this point has been kind of a “floating” team. Each title was beta’d by good people I respect, but not always the same team because I had to go with whoever happened to be available at the time. I need to build a team of people willing to give feedback regularly and on an ongoing basis. I do it for a few other authors, but I dont have anyone I can count on for certain to do it for me.

Now that I’m working at home full time on Pure Textuality PR, it’s time to get serious about my writing career and dedicate time every single day to getting my WIP’s complete.

I’m looking to put together a group of at least 5 people – 1 book blogger, 2 writers, 2 readers. However, I’d be open to having a few more if the right people were interested.

Requirements:
– Must like dark urban fantasy / paranormal romance
– Must like contemporary romance (I have a few WIPs outside my normal UF/PNR world)
– Must be willing to agree to absolute confidentiality
– Must not care about future events in the series being spoiled
– Must be willing to serve as a sounding board for story ideas
– Must be willing to be brutally honest with feedback

Interested?????  Click here to apply!

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You Know You’re a Writer When… #amwriting

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Happy Friday!!!!!

This is a fun one for all my writer buddies out there.  🙂

I have to focus my attention elsewhere this morning
(today is my LAST DAY at the day job and I’m finishing
up the program for tonight’s From Helios to Hollywood podcast),
so I dont really have time to write up a long blog post.
I figured this would be a good filler post for the day.  🙂

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You Know You’re a Writer When…..

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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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If you need me, I’ll be over here killin’ some peeps. #amwriting

Good morning, you sexy mofos!  I’m excited this morning.  I have nothing to do today except WRITE.  I’ve busted out the Dance With the Devil manuscript document and I plan to spend my entire day writing between calls at the day job.  Luckily, the benefit of working this close to Christmas is all the NORMAL people around the country assume we’re probably closed and leave us alone.  Makes for a quiet day on the job.  I’m hoping to have this bad bitch wrapped up by New Years (that would be AMAZING) so I can announce the release date.

Here’s a little snippet from Dance With the Devil.  Last week, I released a piece of it as a part of a teaser.  Instead of making a new teaser image, I figured I’d reveal just a little bit more of the conversation.  😉  Enjoy!

“You may be having trouble controlling your powers,” he said in a gruff whisper, his tone intimate, making her spine tingle, “but I know you, probably better than you know yourself.  What sets you apart from them is the very core of what makes you Deziree.  My Deziree.   I know every part of you.”  He leaned closer to her ear and she heard him inhale, slow and deep.  “I know your scent, I can smell the effect I have on you.  The energy I feel between us is the same vibration that’s been there since long before your powers ever manifested.”  He came around her side again, circling her like prey. 

“I’ve tasted you, Deziree.  No matter how hard you try, you will never be able to hide from me.  Try to play unshakable all you want, I know the truth.  You’re scared.”

Vegas, Dance With the Devil, Coming 2016

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Oh!  Also, I finally finished Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series (to date) and I didn’t hate it.  I still have a hard time with some of the concepts in the book (like the main character being backbone impaired), but overall, it was good.  The steam factor was WAY up there.  Hot hot HOT sex scenes.  Sylvia Day would be a truly gifted porn director.  lol  I will be (im)patiently waiting for the last book to come out in April.  For the record, I’ve still yet to read any erotic romance with BDSM that holds a candle to Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners series.  She set the bar in my mind and nothing else has been able to compete as of yet.

Alright, I’m off to write!  Talk to you all soon!!!!

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The Preorder Link for the #GENESIS Boxed Set is LIVE!!! #urbanfantasy

Coming January 1, 2016

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Genesis [jen-uh-sis]
Definition: an origin, creation, or beginning.

From demons, weres, and vampires, to dragons, shifters, and angels, GENESIS is the ultimate must-have boxed set for any urban fantasy & paranormal romance fan. GENESIS brings you eight new worlds to sink your teeth into. From some of the genre’s brightest talent, each title in this boxed set is the first installment of the authors’ respective series.

Featured in Genesis:

– The Devil You Know by J.M. Gregoire
– Ghost of a Threat by Beth Dolgner
– Everlasting Hunger by Brandy Dorsch
– Fallen by Julie Morgan
– Spark by K.C. Stewart
– The Mortal One by Shannon Bell
– Valkyrie’s Vengeance by Melissa Snark
– Juan by Crystal Dawn

Dig in your claws and hang on as these eight authors take you on a wild ride in GENESIS!

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The Big, Fat Update on All My WIP’s… #amwriting

I know all of my faithful readers have been waiting patiently for the third installment in my Demon Legacy series, Dance With the Devil.  I just did a check in with my editor the other day to let her know that I will soon have four titles coming her way.

Yes, four.

Since I’ve brought her in the loop, I figured it would be a spectacular time to bring you all in on what I’ve been writing.

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In This Post:

  • Dance With the Devil, Demon Legacy #3
  • Bad Wolf, Executioner #1
  • NEWS  – Oblivion, Standalone Adult Contemporary Romance
  • NEWS – Enraptured, Standalone Adult Rockstar Romance
  • COMING SOON – The Author Toolbox

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Almost there!!! #amwriting #DanceWiththeDevil

I need someone to be excited with me and I don’t really have anyone right now.

What I need is a sounding board – a writer who has read my shit, likes my shit, and would be willing to allow me to bounce ideas off of them when I’m stuck on writing new shit.  I do that for a handful of other writers, some more than others, but I don’t have anyone like that for myself.  Eh, well.  Maybe someday.

In the meantime….

I just figured out the missing puzzle pieces to tie together Dance With the Devil!!!!!!!!!  Now I know how stitch together all the scenes I have written so far, and I have squared away how each puzzle piece is going to impact the others without causing plotholes.

I hate plotholes.

I’m beyond excited right now.  I have several Word docs going on this book now, and I just tallied them all together, and the book is about 60% written, not the 30% or so I was thinking.  Again, STUPID EXCITED!!!  This is really good news, and now that I know how everything will tie together, there is a very real possibility that the first draft of Dance will be done by next weekend.

Be excited with me!!!!

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Okay, that’s sufficient.

Back to writing!

#amwriting

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My blogging plan got screwed today, so this is what you get instead. #amwriting

Hey party people.  Today is one of those days where I’m 100% thoroughly exhausted.  It was an early morning into work, one of the worst phone calls I’ve ever taken, and then just way too much busy for one day.  Just a genuinely shitastic day.  Sigh….    I have just eight work hours left to get through before I can finally breathe.  I’m so excited about this writing day, I cant even tell you guys.  It’s so badly needed.  The worst part is going to be deciding which WIP to work on.

As for tonight, that belongs to the WIP inspired by this guy…..

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SWEET DREAMS!!!

#amwriting

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Not 5k words, but I’ll take it! #amwriting #wordcount

Okay, my loves!  I’m officially out of steam for the night.  I’m clocking in at a final word count of 2,817 on the WIP.  Combine that with the 1,543 from my earlier blog post, and that brings today’s writing total to 4,380 words.  It’s not the 5,000 I was hoping for, but I’ll take it.

It’s funny.  I’m not there yet, but the thing I’m working the hardest on is the ending.  Like, I’m writing the final chapter, but I still have to write the whole MIDDLE of the book.  lol  The ending is probably the longest chapter I’ve every written, but it’s a huge moment.  It’s pivotal.  This one chapter shapes the spinoff, the Executioners Guild series.  The more it comes together, the more excited I’m getting for this series to start.  I already have about 15,000 word written in Bad Wolf, the first installment of that series, and I cannot WAIT for you all to meet Jimi.  She’s soooooooo much fun to write.  She’s me, enough sarcasm and snark for a lifetime, but way more of a bad ass than I could ever be.  The ending of Bad Wolf is already all mapped out, and that shit is going to suckerpunch you right in the feels.  It’s a raw, messy ending, but it’s totally worth it.

That’s it for now, my loves!  I’m off to dream of Jason Momoa, sandy beaches, and tasty alcoholic beverages in coconuts with cute little umbrellas.  Good night and lots of hugs!  Talk to you all tomorrow!  *smoooooch*

#amwriting
#becauseofyou

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