HoA: The Logo

Hey friends! I hope you’re having a killer week. This last month has been crazy, in part thanks to a promotion at work. I’m now the Associate Editor at my magazine publishing company, which is amazing and scary and still inspiring to 10-year-old Liz when she was editor in chief of her middle school newspaper 🙂

Anyway, I have something super fun to show you. The incredible Regina Wamba of Mae I Design & Photography is hard at work on the HEROES OF ARCANIA covers, and while we still have a little ways to go before those are completed, I just HAD to show you the brand new logo she finished! I’m super excited about it and hoping it ends up on a movie poster 😉

(And as a little sneak peek to you guys…if you head over to the new website, heroesofarcania.com, you’ll see a few excerpts as well as the cover blurb for Book 1, SuperNova! And if you sign up for the HoA newsletter here, you’ll receive Chapter 1 in your inbox so you can see what these superheroes are in for!)

So, what do you think?! 🙂 Happy weekend to you!

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Cover Reveal: Dance with the Devil (Demon Legacy #3) by J.M. Gregoire

Demon hunting sucks. Dez and Vegas decide to take the summer off to relax and be a normal couple for once. They quickly fall back into their old routine, mostly evenings spent together at Onyx. The nightclub for the supernatural denizens of New York City now hosts live bands and DJ’s nightly, and Dez is elated to find the club at capacity seven days a week.

Everything seemed perfect…until it wasn’t.

Without warning, their cozy life together gets tipped on its axis. Dez isn’t acting like herself, and Vegas believes something mystical is to blame.

Will Vegas get to the bottom of things before it’s too late, or will he lose her forever?



Dance With the Devil
by J.M. Gregoire

Demon Legacy #3

Expected Release Date:
Spring/Summer 2015

Urban Fantasy
Paranormal Romance

Previous Books in the Series:
Burning (Demon Legacy #0.5) – FREE
The Devil You Know (Demon Legacy #1)
Suffering (Demon Legacy #1.5; The Stroke of Midnight Anthology) – FREE
Speak of the Devil (Demon Legacy #2; Coming June 17, 2014)

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Author Pic 1J.M. Gregoire was born and raised in New Hampshire, USA, and despite her abhorrence for any season that dares to drop to a temperature below seventy degrees, she still currently resides there with her two children and her two cats. Always a passionate reader, her love of urban fantasy books eventually morphed into a love of writing them. She is currently working on the urban fantasy / paranormal romance Demon Legacy series, and has a new urban fantasy / thriller series coming out soon.



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Author Evolution: Confidence and Stronger Writing

Several times now I’ve gone back to look at my debut novel. Gifted, a Donovan Circus Novel will always hold a special place in my heart. It was my first title, my first self-published book, my first true attempt to really put my writing out there. And luckily, it’s been well-received by most readers (and even with the not-so-favored, I’ve learned a couple things from their reviews).

However, I often find mistakes. I wish I’d written a section differently, added or subtracted things or words from certain scenes, or whatever. You get the idea. Authors often talk about how they’re so glad that their first books weren’t picked up by traditional authors because when they look back on them now, it’s embarrassing. Obviously, I feel differently. I was (and am) so proud of Gifted, so eager to put it out into the world and not a day goes by that I’m not proud of this achievement. I just can’t see myself in ten years frowning at the decision. And I can’t wait to dive back into the second title and hang out with my characters, meet new people, and introduce the next villain. GiftedCover

I started writing Gifted when I was 23. Between life events and plucking up the courage to self-publish after I got tired of waiting to hear back from potential agents/publishers, I was 27 when Gifted became a real book outside of my computer. Because it was my first novel (and partly because I thought I was only writing for me before it took on its own life form), I hadn’t really found my writing style yet. I’m not a beautiful, prosey writer. I’m not quite as succinct as Hemingway, though many of my friends usually say that’s a good thing. I am painfully uncomfortable about situations where I have to say what I write. When I tell them the genre or plot, I’ve always braced myself for an eye roll or that “Are you kidding?” look. Take for instance the Roanoke writers conference – when a new friend said she’d love to read my book I had in my bag, I apologized as I handed it to her, telling her it was “nothing like the other authors here at this thing.” For a moment, I hesitated about my freshman, self-published fantasy book in the midst of serious non-fiction and the classics-loving reading groups.

Then I remembered that I have readers, too. I have people who want to read Gifted’s sequel and the few who’ve read Witch Hearts saying they liked it even more than Gifted. I feel confident now in a way I didn’t before Gifted. My second title, Witch Hearts, is due out this spring. It’s a very different book from Gifted. It’s an adult title, a paranormal thriller mystery with some romance (okay, an urban fantasy but my definition is more accurate). It dives into some spooky territory I didn’t know my mind could create. My villain is a worst nightmare, the details creepier than before, and the tension, I feel, racketed up more than Gifted ever achieved. My writing, it seems, has grown in my experience with writing for magazines (I have word counts!). It has grown in my reading lots of other books and trying lots of different authors in the genres I love. (I can afford this because I buy $0.99-$4.99 indie books on my Kindle/app, by the way. Just sayin’.)

It seems to me, my friends, that we as writers will grow more each time we write down new words. The upside to your writer’s growth, especially in a series (at least I hope), is that the books – with sharp writing and well-developed characters – will only get better. I love Gifted with all my heart, but I know several mistakes to avoid and styles I’ll roll with this time. Because I’m now (slightly) more comfortable thanks to experience, support, and Scrivener, I hope I continue to grow and make my writing better. I want each book to be better than the last and for my readers to love every new word.

I mean, someone out there reads paranormal mystery thrillers with romance and murder (not at the same time). You guys are probably here for a good reason, right?

Book Cover for Gifted

*Takes a very deep breath* Okay, guys, here it is! The official book cover for my book, Gifted (A Donovan Circus novel), is ready to go! I’ve also included the back cover so you can see what that looks like in print form. I love it. We had a hard time picking between 2 that we loved, but in the end we went with this one and I can’t stop staring at it. I am so, so lucky to have a talented best friend who does work in exchange for hugs-I love it, Erica!

Anyways, here we go! I hope you like it as much as I do and it makes you want to pick it up and read a copy! Wheeee!!