Andy Squared: Now Available! From Bold Strokes Books

Do you want to get your hands on Andy Squared before anyone else? You’re in luck! You can now order the ebook of Andy Squared from Bold Strokes Books in multiple formats and get it IMMEDIATELY!

But that’s not all! You can also order it in paperback and it will be shipped right away! That’s right, you’ll get it before everyone who orders it from Amazon or waits for the bookstore release. Just follow the links for the correct format!

If you have any other questions, please leave a comment here or email me at writerjenlavoie [at] gmail [dot] com

Andy Squared Review! And an interview!

They gracious blogger over at Rapacious Reading was kind enough to read and review Andy Squared. Here’s just a fraction of what she has to say:

The writing is wonderful (especially in the more physical scenes…tasteful yet steamy!), the dialogue feels genuine, and the characters and their motivations are believable.

To read more, head on over to Rapacious Reading. While you’re there, check out her other reviews. She has quite the eclectic taste and I’m sure there’s something there for everyone!

If you’re interested in reading about why and how I write what I do, check out my interview with Bold Strokes Books!  

While you’re at it, why don’t you check out and sign up for the newsletter through BSB? This month I’m not only interviewed with other authors, but there is a special sneak peek of Andy Squared that hasn’t been seen before! Check it out!

Goodreads Giveaway!

Not only does the giveaway allow you to enter for a free copy of Andy Squared, but it also serves as a countdown for the books release! If you have a Goodreads account, enter to win today!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Andy Squared by Jennifer Lavoie

Andy Squared

by Jennifer Lavoie

Giveaway ends September 18, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Two Months To Go!!!

Today officially makes just TWO MONTHS until my first YA novel, Andy Squared is released from Bold Strokes Books!  I’m so excited! You can preorder the book on Amazon OR from the publisher. And know what’s cool? If you order it from the publisher, the book ships earlier! Who wouldn’t want that?

Today was also important for me because I had an interview at the CT Humane Society in Newington. I was interviewing two important people from the Society on policy and procedure for shelters. What I hope will be my second book, Second Chances, takes place in an animal shelter, and I needed more information.

These two amazing ladies – Alicia Wright and Melissa Zaluski – were very kind to take time out of their busy schedules and answer my many questions. I was also given a tour of the facility!

If you’re in the Connecticut area and are looking to adopt, contact the CT Humane Society in Newington. They’re a great place that truly cares about the animals. Or you can get involved! Just check out their website.

Not looking to adopt or volunteer? You can still help out! They have an extensive wish list with materials they are always looking for. Even just a single toy will make some animals day more exciting!

For REAL this time…

I sent my final read through to my editor. No, really. I swear. It’s the truth! D: I read through one last time to make sure there were no missing words and whatnot, and I’m glad I did. So it is now back in her capable hands, and I can rest easy for the next part.

The weather was fairly nice all weekend until today. It’s been pouring all day and I worked at my second (or is it third…?) job. It wasn’t bad, though. Even though it was rainy outside it was warm and cozy inside, with the lighting just right to make it charmingly cheerful. And the customers are pretty awesome, too. They always make things interesting.

Like! I learned something new today from a customer who collects these things. I know about tea cups. I enjoy them, to be honest. They’re pretty and it’s fun to sip tea out of them. They’re also very different, and I’ve always wanted a nice collection. Well the woman today explained to me what the larger plated tea sets are called. They’re “snack sets.” They have a space on the plate for the cup, like a traditional saucer, but they also are larger one once side so you can put cookies or small foods and such. How cool!

I would love to have a tea party one day with snack sets.

Maybe I’ll buy one next time I work…and take a picture for you all!

Time for an update!

I haven’t logged in for quite some time, so I figure I should do an update!

On the book!: Andy Squared has been back in my hands for some time for another round of editing. It is due back to my editor soon, so I am happy that I get my April vacation to really crack down on tying up the last few strings.

You can now find Andy Squared on the Amazon website! It is available for preorder there. I was so excited to type in the name of the book and watch it pop up! It already has four likes and this time. Can we add more? 🙂 Check it out!

I also now have an author profile on Goodreads. They switched it over today because… Andy Squared is also on Goodreads now! You can check out my profile or take a look at the book and add it to your to-read pile!

On life!: I am a coach for Odyssey of the Mind and I am proud to say that my team took second place in the state finals for their problem and division, and we will be going to Iowa in May for the World Finals! I’m so excited and VERY proud of them! They worked so hard for it, and they’re working even harder now preparing for the big trip! GO TEAM!

It’s Official!

I have an official release date for Andy Squared! It’s so exciting, because it’s like finding out when my child is going to be born. In fact, it’s exactly eight months from today!

September 18, 2012 will be when Andy Squared is available in bookstores and on the Bold Strokes Books website.

Blogging at the BSB Blog

On January 12th I was honored to post my first blog at the Bold Strokes Books author blog. It was such a great experience! Though I don’t have a book out yet, it was fun to see what readers and other authors thought about the blog. I chose to share my entry about bullying because it’s such an important topic for me.

I’ve been hard at work editing this three-day weekend. I had a breakthrough today and I think it’s going well. Tomorrow I have some more work to do, but it’s late, a  new episode of Finding Bigfoot is on, and I have a 1939 edition of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens to read.

I haven’t read this book since my freshman year in high school, which was quite awhile ago. I challenged a friend to a read off, because she’s tried reading it since then but failed. So we’ll go through this journey together! If you’re wondering why this book of all the Dickens I could choose to read, it’s because lately I’ve thought a lot about Ms. Havisham. Why? Beats me! She just popped into my mind one day and won’t let go. Report on how my view of the novel has changed since that first reading will be up when I finish.

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012

I thought I would do a little reflection post on what 2011 was like for me, and what I hope 2012 will be. There are a lot of things both good and bad, and I’ll try not to focus on the bad. 🙂

(None of this is in order because all things are relative to the situation and that point in time.)

Goodbye 2011

  • Andy Squared was picked up for publication by Bold Strokes Books after multiple agent rejections.
  • I was in an amazing relationship for almost half a year, but after that time he decided I was not the one for him, even though I felt he was the one for me. It’s like that Adam Lambert song, “Sleepwalker.”
  • I started teaching seventh grade along with my eighth grade students. Fun times!
  • I picked up the new, fun hobby of letterboxing. It’s been a while since I’ve gone out, but hey! It’s colder.
  • I read 105 books!
  • I lost my job at Borders when they closed ): but I worked there for a wonderful 6 years.
  • I made some new friends, lost some old ones, but in the end I’d say it’s fairly balanced.

Hello 2012

  • Andy Squared will be published by Bold Strokes Books under their Soliloquy YA line!
  • I get to work with an amazing editor and talk to awesome authors.
  • I will be moving to a new school at the end of the year because my school is closing. Where I’ll be going, though, I have no idea.
  • I hope to move out of my parents house and find my own home, be it an apartment, condo, or house.
  • Did I mention Andy Squared will be published?

What are you looking forward to in 2012? What are you happy to say goodbye to from 2011? Let’s all stay safe, happy and healthy this new year! I’m starting it off cleaning out my old junk and organizing myself.