Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tours and Booksignings

With every tour or signing announcement, I always feel bad because there's a lot of places always left out. Just not outside the U.S., but some states that it just doesn't make sense for a publisher to send me to. There is always a lot of questions about signings and requests for me to come to certain areas after a signing is announced or a contest. Which by the way makes me all warm and fuzzy, because I am beyond flattered that anyone, anywhere would want to meet me. 

But sometimes I get emails where people are really upset that a country or location is left off the list, sometimes at me, so I thought it would be good to address the issue of signings. Keep in mind, this is not the same for every author, but it's a pretty widespread practice.

1. I don't pick the places where I do a tour. Sometimes I have a say in it. Like with the Deity tour, I told the publisher I wanted one day I could spend in Salem. Yep, that's the extent of my control. The tour is almost always set up by the publisher and the author goes where they are told, because nine out of ten times, the publisher is paying for the tour and related expenses. While I'd love to hit up every state, a publisher isn't going to pay for something like that and I'd go bankrupt trying to fund something like that.

2. Events are totally different. Authors usually have to be invited to attend an event, like PAYA or YALLFest or they have to register to attend the event. And attending those events are not free usually. Some cost upwards of $500 or more for the author to take part in and most of the time the publisher doesn't pay for the event or the cost of traveling. A lot of authors, including me, foot those bills because some of the larger events like BEA and RT are well worth that kind of investment because you get to meat hundreds if not thousands of readers. So sometimes the reason why an author doesn't go to an event near you is because a) they weren't invited b) they didn't register in time to attend c) they have a book to write/deadline and therefore cannot attend.

3. Tours can cost a decent amount of the money. The publisher needs to have the expectation that they can recoup the loss through the tour or during and afterward through exposure. That's why you see a lot of author tours in big cities. It's all about markets. I'm sure they have a crazy complicated formula for it, but they target certain cities based on reading statistics, event participation, population, and a whole slew of other factors. For example, authors never EVER come to Martinsburg, West Virginia, because of all those factors. I live there and don't do signings there. The best advice I can say is keep an eye on your favorite author. They may not ever come to your town, but they may come to one that is pretty close. 

4. Overseas. Here's the sad fact. Overseas tours are rare. For several reasons. Cost is a big thing and is probably the same reason why readers who live in Italy don't fly to Nashville for an author's signing. Also, if a book isn't sold into a foreign territorial, meaning that the foreign rights haven't sold to an Australian publisher or UK publisher for example, most likely an author won't do a signing there because the book isn't even being sold in that country. Usually international tours are done when a book becomes an international bestseller or really takes off in a country that it's being sold in. Trust me guys, I'd love to visit places overseas than I would in the US, but if the book isn't translated and/or sold in that country, it's probably not going to happen. 

Here are the countries that are selling or will be selling my books:
Daimon- Turkey and Spain
Half-Blood- Spain, Turkey, Germany
Pure- Spain, Turkey, Germany
Deity-  Turkey

Lux Series
Obsidian- Spain, Romania, Turkey, Hungary, France
Onyx-- France
Opal-- France

Tempting the Best Man- Greece, France
Tempting the Player- France
Tempting the Bodyguard- France

Don't Look Back- Israel, Serbia

The Daemon Invasion contest is the exception to the rule. We are letting the fans choose where a signing will be, but I'd be smart about it. If you know your town is small but you live near a bigger city, go with that bigger city due to the amount of votes it could receive. You have a better chance at winning. =) 

I hope that clears up some signing and event questions.I can tell you that next year I will be at St. Augustine Florida Olde City New Blood conference, RT in Kansas City, and BEA in NYC. That's what I'm scheduled to attend so far. That will be added to, but just to give you an idea.

Winners and more Winners

I've gotten the winners from the "I'm Cursed" contest. First I want to say there were some really great entries and the team reading the posts had a really hard time deciding on the top three. I did not pick the winners, but I did read over the entries. The team was looking for the most creative method and I think they settled on three that really fit that requirement. I also want to thank those who were patient. The contest ended on the 25th and then I had to give time for people to read the entries. With the kind of prizes involved, they really wanted the time to make sure they were giving everyone a fair shot. 

Winners need to email me at jenniferlarmentrout(at)live(dot)com 
1st place needs to let me know if they want the Nook or the Kindle
2md place needs to email me their full name and address
3rd place needs to email me their name to be used in the 4th Lux novel

1st Place
Winner of the Nook or Kindle
 Ashley Wyckoff- 
Answer: How would you find a way to touch a person you loved if your touch killed?
The obvious answer to this question would be to wear gloves or some other sort of barrier. You could also say there are other ways to touch someone besides physically like emotionally, but neither of those things get you actual skin to skin contact. For that you need to open up your mind more.
The best thing to do would be to find a cure for the curse but you can’t just go to any doctor for that. You can go to a fairy though. Fairies are quite smart they could create an exlir that can either make him immune or to cure her. The only problem is fairies are very cunning and you need to have something they want or know their name to get them to work with you.
You can also find a vampire. Then have the vampire turn him into a vampire so he is now immune to her touch or turn her into a vampire so that her curse is gone. Now all you have to do is control your thirst.
If you don’t want to use any mythical creatures you can go about it a more scientific way. The first thing you need to do is learn how the curse works. This may be too difficult to do so start with small things. How does it kill the person? Is it only skin that causes it to happen or is saliva or blood involved?
This was an interesting question I hope I answer it uniquely enough

*thinking outside of the box... or the gloves*
2nd Place
Winner of the swag pack
Answer: Excellent question, especially since touch is important not just to humans but lots of other species as well...
There's the usual stuff like wear clothing, use other objects--like a back scratcher for example, breathe/blow on them, use that spray on silicone that helps you hide your finger prints...uh..I mean...But those all include barriers and the only thing I could think of was super far out there and nerdy. So I'm just gonna let my nerd flag fly and say I keep thinking back to the Star Trek movie where the Borg give Data the "skin" so that he's able to feel touch. You know the one I'm talking about? Where they attach the skin to him and his super brain registers the sensations as feelings and for .0005 nano seconds he actually thinks about joining the Borg because it feels so good? You know, THIS scene: ANYWAY, that's what I'd do. NO, not become Borg. Sheesh. I'd have to either become Data, get me an emotion chip and graft on some skin or become a nun. No way I could live with the fam and not touch them :)

*nerd flag fly (giggles*

3rd Place
Name as a character in 4th Lux book
Answer: I would create a phone app for that. You know there's apps for everything, why not to touch someone? Haha.

*I'm pretty sure everyone laughed out loud at that*

Some honorable mentions:
Someone said call Chuck Norris. LMAO. Another said touch in a pool of pudding. Giggles. And phone sex was a great answer. So were the druids, but we had a lot of witch-type responses.

Congrats to the winners!

Now I have one more thing to give away. The winner of the Opal ARC from the cover reveal. 
Winner must email their full name and address to soneale(at)entangledpublishing(dot)com Keep in mind, Opal ARCs are not available yet.
Winner is:
Number 192: Gaby Navarro

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Daemon Invasion Contest

The #daemon invasion contest is here! 

Nominate Your City for the OPAL Release Party!

The hottest alien returns to America.
But where? YOU DECIDE!

Create a video, take a picture, write a blog post, or whatever you can come up with to grab our attention and let us know why you feel your city should host the Daemon Invasion OPAL Release Party. On November 3rd, we’ll choose the top 5 cities and put it to a vote for all the fans to decide the final city in which we’ll host the OPAL Release Party with Jennifer L. Armentrout and… Daemon! That’s right, the model who portrays Daemon on the covers of The Lux Series, Pepe Toth, will be joining us for an exciting launch party at hopefully a bookstore near you!

How to Nominate Your City:

1. Create your best content explaining why we should come there! We want to see you get CREATIVE. Really grab our attention. Don’t just link us to your city’s website… Take a picture of fifteen Super Fans laying on the state capital’s lawn wearing Daemon Invasion T-shirts. Create “Nominate Our City” flyers and hand them out at your local B&N. Write a blog post about why you’re the biggest fan of all. Post status updates on your Facebok page as you sink into hysteria if your city isn’t picked. Take a picture of your school locker covered in The Lux Series’ book covers. Show us why you’re a Super Fan, and we should come to YOUR city first!
2. Fill out the simple form on this page. It’s only three fields. We know you can do it. ;)
3. Tweet the nomination. Don’t forget this step! Remember, it’s not just about how crazy you get , but you’ve also got to catch our attention! The tweet must include the city you want to nominate, a link to your nomination plus the hashtag “#daemoninvasion”. Make sure your submission is as creative as possible and most importantly include why your city would be ideal for us to host the next Daemon Invasion and Release Party for OPAL. We will choose the five best submissions based on creativity and a display of interest by the fans. Have Fun!
 Still have questions? Email us!

Important Dates:

Oct 1 – Oct 30: Nominate Cities
Nov 3: Five Finalist Cities Announced

Nov 3 – Nov 24: Vote for 5 Finalist Cities
Nov 26: Winning City Announced
One day between Dec 11-18: OPAL Release Party!


The Jennifer L. Armentrout’s “DAEMON INVASION 2.0: HOST THE OPAL RELEASE PARTY IN YOUR CITY” NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. 1. To Enter: To enter, simply visit the Entangled Publishing Official Contest Page at and follow the steps listed. Submit your entry by fully completing the entry form at the Giveaways app. Giveaway begins October 1, 2012 5:00pm PT and all online entries must be received by October 30, 2012 11:55 p.m. PT. All entrants must have a valid email address. Entering more than one time per link will not increase your odds of winning. In case of dispute as to identity of entrant, entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry. “Authorized Account Holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational, institution, etc.) responsible for assigning email addresses or the domain associated with the submitted email address. Any other attempted form of entry is prohibited; no automatic, programmed; robotic or similar means of entry are permitted. Sponsor, and its parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners and promotion and advertising agencies are not responsible for technical, hardware, software, telephone or other communications malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, website, Internet, or ISP unavailability, unauthorized human intervention, traffic congestion, incomplete or inaccurate capture of entry information (regardless of cause) or failed, incomplete, garbled, jumbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit one’s ability to enter this Promotion, including any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participating in this Promotion or downloading any materials in this Promotion. All entries become the sole property of the Sponsor and receipt of entries will not be acknowledged or returned. 2. Phase One Selection Process. From all eligible entries received, the top five entries to catch our attention will be announced about November 1, 2012, and with a local bookstore identified by the contest coordinators as willing to host the release party will be selected. 3. Phase Two Selection Process. The nominated city with the most votes at the conclusion of the second phase of the contest will be the final winning city. 4. Grand Prize: The OPAL Release Party will be held in the winning city at the bookstore chosen by the contest coordinators. 100 copies of OPAL will be given away to the first 100 attendees of the party. Jennifer L. Armentrout and Pepe Toth will make every effort to be in attendance, but their attendance is not guaranteed. 5. Eligibility. Only open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, age 18 and older. Employees, and members of their families, of Sponsor, its parent, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and its advertising, promotion and production agencies, are not eligible to enter. This promotion is intended for viewing in the United States only and shall only be construed and evaluated according to United States law. You are not authorized to participate in the Sweepstakes if you are not located within the United States. 5. General. If for any reason, (including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause beyond the control of Sponsor, which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes), the Sweepstakes is not capable of being conducted as described in these rules, Sponsor shall have the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Void in Puerto Rico and where otherwise prohibited by law. No cash substitutions, transfer or assignment of prizes allowed, except by Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value in the event of unavailability. By accepting prize winner grants to Sponsor the right to use his/her name, likeness, hometown, and biographical information in advertising and promotion, including on the Site, without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law. All taxes and any other expenses on the receipt and use of prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners. By accepting a prize, winner releases Sponsor, its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, subsidiaries, suppliers, and agents from any and all liability for any loss, harm, damages, cost or expense, including without limitation property damages, personal injury and/or death, arising out of participation in this Sweepstakes or the acceptance, use or misuse of the prize.

Please visit HERE for Frequently Asked Questions and make sure you're following the rules. There are only 3 steps, but we've gotten a lot of incorrectly filled out forms and submissions without the hashtag. 

Monday, October 1, 2012


I've got some really exciting news that I've been sitting on for a while. Well, for like a couple of months, but I finally get to share the rough form of the PW announcement which should be going live very soon, so YAY!

USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout's adult novel OBSESSION, which takes place in the world of the YA series THE LUX, in which a young woman discovers an alien race is behind her best friend's death, making her their next target, and must rely on a sexy, domineering stranger to protect her, who turns out to be the biggest threat of them all - an Arum, to Liz Pelletier at Entangled, for publication in spring 2013 (world) by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency


What can I tell you about Obsession?

An Arum. Yes. You read that right.
Obsession does take place in the same world that Katy and Daemon inhabit, 
Obsession is more mature, definitely targeted toward the older crowd. It's an adult romance, so you know what that means.
Obsession will change what you think you know about the Luxens and Arums. 
There will be some crossover with certain characters from the Lux Series.
Obsession takes place in-between Opal and the 4th Lux novel, which is called Origin (special thanks to the twitter follower who suggested that title.)
 Some of you may even remember a tease I did a couple of months ago. Hunter and Serena are the lead characters in Obsession. Click HERE to see the tease and HERE
Hunter is a true alpha male and is one of my favorite characters I've ever written. He's like Daemon and Seth rolled into one. Totally no holds bars. Hunter is... well, he's Hunter.
You don't have to read the Lux Series to read Obsession 
And if you enjoyed Obsidian and Daemon, well, I think you're going to enjoy Obsession.

Obsession is slated for March 2013 release date from Entangled and currently a standalone. 

Also, I know a lot of you are waiting to hear about the awesome contest. We are waiting for Entangled to give the go ahead.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Foreign Update

Exciting news to share!

J’ai Lu (French publisher) has licensed the rights to Obsidian, Onyx, and Opal 
├ętrangers pour la victoire!

Not sure about release dates yet, but I'm sure they'll be news about that in the future. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Deity Tour Dates and Locations

I'm so excited to announce that I will be going on tour for the release of Deity, and I'll have some very special guests with me!

Tour stops:
Tuesday November 6th, 2012
Burlington Barnes and Noble
Burlington, MA
Special Guest: Leigh Fallon author of Carrier of the Mark

Thursday November 8th, 2012
Barrington Books
Barrington, RI

Friday November 9th, 2012
Yale Bookstore
New Haven, CT
Special Guest: Kate Kaynak author of Minder

Saturday November 10th, 2012
The Voracious Reader
Larchmont, NY
Special Guest: Kristi Cook author of Haven and Mirage
Amalie Howard author of Bloodspell

I hope to see some of you guys!

This isn't the only tour I'll be going on this year. Remember the comment about checking out my blog on October 1st? There's a very special contest coming. 

In the next year or so, I do plan on doing a bigger tour that covers most of the US, but right now, I have a lot of books to write (you will be hearing about one of those very, very soon), and need time to actually write them. Giggles. 

Don't forget I'll be at the Baltimore Book Festival this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Baltimore Book Festival and Interview

I will be at the Baltimore Book Festival this weekend. You can see me at the below panels. (Click on the pic to go to the website to see listing of authors, directions and events! I'll also be hanging around.

Maryland Romance Writer's Stage

Friday September 28
12:00pm Author Meet and Greet

Each of these events feature giveaways and raffles. Books will be onsite to be purchased. 
Jennifer L. Armentrout, Claudia Gabel, Lea Nolan, Jeri Smith-Ready

Saturday September 29, 2012

                                                                  Jennifer L. Armentrout, 
Em Garner
 Cheryl Klam, 
Alethea Kontis, 
Lea Nolan
      Leanna Renee Hieber
                                                            Sunday September 30, 2012   

                                               2:00pm WRITING FUNNY AND ROMANTIC
                                                                       Debra Anastasia
Jennifer L. Armentrout
 Christi Barth
                                  Stephanie Draven                                 
 Patricia Eimer

I will read a scene from Opal during one of these panels. =D

While I was in New York, I did a quick interview about writing and the Lux Series. Check it out.