My Image

Join C.J.'s monthly newsletter for a FREE ebook, exclusive content, ARC opportunities, contests, and more!

You need to setup authentication with AWeber. Set it up here!

E Sign Up
Stacks Image 738
Stacks Image 740
Stacks Image 744
Stacks Image 742

Thanks for stopping by my updated website! Please explore the menu options above for information on me, my books, excerpts, free reads, and more. Below, you’ll find my latest newsletter with links to online parties, upcoming events, and whatever else I’ve got going on this month.

March Newsletter

Reading Roll Call: I’ve been reading a ton lately, and I hope you all are, too! I’ve recently become obsessed with a twenty-four year old sheltered virgin who breaks free of her oppression and blossoms into a successful amateur sleuth in the pages of Denise Grover Swank's Rose Gardner series.

The books remind me a little of Janet Evanovich’s
Stephanie Plum series, but with southern charm, lots more declarations of love, and even more emotional upheavals. The writing is smooth and the story really draws you in. I’m on book six and can’t seem to put these books down. Give them a try and let me know what you think.

Writing News: I’m working on the next installment of the V V Inn and have a big announcement for newsletter subscribers. Before I write Blood Reckoning, the continuation after Blood Legacy, I will write a “between the books” novella catching up readers with points of view they haven’t heard from in a while (or at all), like Drew, Paul, Asa, and Candy, as well as filling in what happens with our regulars, Vivian, Rafe, and Jon before the next adventure begins.

I will be releasing this novella in three to four parts (one every month) to newsletter subscribers for free before it is published and sold as an eBook.
You’ll find a link to a password-protected page on my website, and the password, in my next newsletter, so please look for it.

Speaking of my website, I’ve had issues for over five months with accessing my website’s hosting server to upload updates. It’s frustrating for me, but I wanted to let you know why it hasn’t been updated in a while and that it will be fixed soon (or I will start drinking heavily out of aggravation!).

Online Events: I don’t have any upcoming Facebook events planned, but I’d like to thank everyone who attended Blood Legacy’s release day event last month and let you know physical prizes will be going this month (and follow up on awarding eprizes to outstanding email addresses, too).

Free Short Read: My daughter submitted a short story in her first writing contest on March 1st. She brainstormed her concept with me and I helped her with editing, but the voice, story, and style is all her.  If you’d like to check it out and tell her what you think, you can find it in the Notes section on my author Page on Facebook.

Other Book News: As stated in my last newsletter, Blood Legacy was only available to all sales channels for two weeks. It is now exclusively in Amazon’s Select program and available to Kindle Unlimited subscribers as well. In addition, the whole series is in Select except for Vampire Vacation, as it is in a bundled set that is sold at several locations. I’m working on uploading a page on my website offering an ePub file for readers who provide an Amazon email receipt of any book in the series that is currently exclusive to Amazon. For now, if you have a Nook or other eReader that uses ePub only, please email your receipt to and she’ll get you the file you need.  

To Be Read: We all have “to be read” selections of books we’d like to read, whether they’re new-to-us authors or writers we’ve grown to love. I want to start a new segment in my newsletter letting you know what I plan to read over the next month. If you’ve read any of them or plan to, we can talk about the books in my online book club. Here’s what’s next up for me:

  • Shannon Mayer’s Recurve, the first book in a new urban fantasy series, is near the top of my TBR list. I’m a huge fan of Shannon’s work and love her Rylee Adamson series. I’m eager to see what adventures await Larkspur, an Elemental half-breed with no power who must join her father’s guard to survive as the King’s bastard.

  • Karprov Kinrade’s Seduced by Innocence is the first book in the five-book Seduced Saga paranormal romance series. All five books are out and will be cycling through Kindle Countdown Deals throughout the month of March to celebrate the launch of the final book, Seduced by Darkness, which released a week ago. This husband and wife writing duo is new to me and I’m really looking forward to reading the first book.

  • Viola Rivard’s seventh book in her Running with the Alphas series, titled Home, released yesterday and I’m starting with book one, Trust, this weekend. Viola writes steamy novellas involving werewolves and menage (yay!), and I can’t wait to dig in and see what her characters are like.

Giveaways: My reviewer giveaway for Blood Legacy ends tomorrow! If you’ve read the book, consider leaving a review and saving the URL links to enter for your chance to win one of four signed V V Inn Tee shirts, or one of six swag packs with signed books. The giveaway is posted on my author Page on Facebook and ends tomorrow night. Not many entries so far, so you have an increased chance of winning—whoohoo! ;-)

As always, thanks for your continued support of my work! You honor me with your interest and I’m grateful you enjoy my stories.

Until next time,

Additional Newsletters Listed Below:

New Release ~ BLOOD LEGACY, Book Five in the V V Inn
My Image

I’m thrilled to share the latest V V Inn installment with all of you! Early reviewers are loving the story and I sincerely hope you do as well.

Special note: We recently updated the numbering in the series, due to no half-numbering allowed at retailers on shorter books or novellas, so please don’t be confused when you see Blood Legacy listed as book five. To clarify, Death Times Two was technically book four.

For everyone
not buying from Amazon, Blood Legacy will only be on sale elsewhere for two weeks. After that, it will be exclusive to Amazon in their Select program, so please don’t delay in getting your copy while you can.

For convenience, here are the links to various retailers and Goodreads:

Barnes & Noble:

I’ve included the Goodreads link for easy access with leaving a review later. ;-) Save all your review links! In addition to a big giveaway for all the blogs participating in a virtual book tour, there’s one on
my author Page on Facebook for anyone who leaves a review within the first two weeks. We've got four signed V V Inn tees up for grabs, plus lots of other singed goodies, so please check it out!

If you’re able to post a review within the first two days of the book's release, you will automatically be added to the list for the next available ARC in the series. We'll need your review links to qualify you, please send them to, with ARC for Book Six in the subject header.

If you're online today, please consider joining us at the 
release party on Facebook, from 11am to 10pm, EST. There will be lots prizes throughout the day, including fabulous guest authors: Denise Grover Swank, Laura Kaye, Shannon Mayer, Suzanne Johnson, Caridad Pineiro, Lisa Kessler, Milly Taiden, Mina Khan, Carrie Ann Ryan, Joey W. Hill, Lindsay Buroker, Laurie London, Jess Haines, James R. Tuck, Alyssa Breck, Erin Kellison, and Morgan Hannah MacDonald!

For more prize opportunities all month, check out the notices for blog appearances posted
in my street team on Facebook. You’ll have a chance to enter the blog tour giveaway at every stop, and can enter multiple times. Please consider joining the street team for weekly prizes, exclusive content, and easy access to me and others who love the series as much as you do. Just click “request to join” while viewing the group.

Happy Reading! And I hope you enjoy the book!


February Newsletter

Happy February! Are you sick of winter yet? Some of us live in areas that have been hit hard with snow this year. Other lucky souls live in the southern hemisphere and are cackling loudly at our travails. Wherever you live, I hope you’re looking for something good to read!

This month I’ve got two very special releases, the first is an incredible ten-book bundle devoted to heroes and heroines with psychic abilities, titled
Psychic Storm. The books are listed in the bundle from slightly steamy to scorching hot, so be sure to read the rating. If you’re in the mood for hot, you jump to the end. When you’re having a lazy afternoon and craving a less-scorching tale, jump to one of the earlier books. You know me, I’ll be reading the hot ones first. ;-)

My Image

Buy Links:
Google Play:

Here’s what readers are saying about the included books:

Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase
"Love, Romance, Action, Mystery this has it all! The writing is spectacular and draws you into the story." ~ 
SupaGurl Books

Tuesday's Child by Dale Mayer
"I loved TUESDAY'S CHILD! I couldn't stand to stop reading it and when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it! Truly the sign of a great book." ~ 
By Lynn Cunningham, Fresh Fiction

Vampire Vacation by C.J. Ellisson
"Adults, it's time to replace your drab teenage vampire novels & move up to the real thing!" ~ 
Gina Gareau-Clark

Just a Little Nudge by Jesi Lea Ryan
"Fast moving, spicy fun..." ~ 
Toby Neal, author of the Lei Crime Series

The Allie's War Series by JC Andrijeski
"Such strong chemistry between Allie and her guide, Revik, that it takes your breath away..." 
~ Literary R&R

Among the Living by Jordan Castillo Price
"Mesmerizing, slightly twisted." ~ 
Joyfully Reviewed

The Daughters of Dark Root Series by April Aasheim
"Rich in both fantasy and heart." ~ 
My Book Addiction

Touched by Hazel Hunter
"WOW! Great read! Fast paced, good quick character building, excellent protagonist." ~ 
Deborah Grinaker

Spirits Among Us by Morgan Hannah MacDonald
"From the opening scene to the final I didn't want to put this book down..." ~ 
Cindy's Reviews

New Revelations by Heather Topham Wood
"The ending of this book will BLOW your mind!" ~
 It's A Book Life

**If you’d like to meet all the authors, we’re hosting an 
online Facebook Event next week to celebrate the bundle’s release. There will be lots of questions and prizes, and a ton of fun! If you haven’t attended a Facebook book party yet, I highly recommend checking this one out.
Now that I’m finished with
Blood Legacy and working on edits, I’m going to start reading the books in the bundle that are new to me. If you’d like to read along with me, and possibly discuss the books, please check out my online book club. I recently held a V V Inn Chat in a public Event through the book club and awarded four signed print copies of the upcoming release, plus five Advance Reader Copies to those who attended. You can also read an exclusive peek at the first chapter I shared in the Event that night.

In honor of the sixth story in the
V V Inn releasing later this month, I’ve put all of the previous books on sale for 99 cents! If you’ve got a friend who reads steamy urban fantasy it would make a gift. I’d also appreciate any sharing of the buy links through social media. As most of the books are exclusive to Amazon’s Select program right now, I’m only including that one.


Online Events: In addition to the party mentioned above, I’m also holding a special all-day release party for Blood Legacy on February 25th! The author guest list will be awesome, trust me, you won’t want to miss it!

Pre-Orders: There have been questions on pre-orders for Nook and iStore shoppers, as Amazon is the only one live so far. The other retailers will follow soon, but probably not until next week. I promise to do a quick newsletter blast when they do go live so you’ll have your copy the second it releases!

ARC Requestors: As I stated in my last newsletter, if you’d like an advanced copy of Blood Legacy you need to provide proof of reviewing all the books in the series first. Please send your URL links to for inclusion on the list, we are limiting it to fifty, so please don’t delay in getting your review links to us. Acceptable sites to post reviews are a book reviewing blog, a retailer website where the books are for sale, GoodReads, and LibraryThing. Instructions on how to find your URLs are available via PDF and video formats, please email Andrea at the email provided for links. ARC copies will be emailed out on the 10th, a full two weeks before the book will be for sale anywhere.

Thanks again for your support and I can’t wait until
Blood Legacy is live for you all to enjoy!


December Newsletter

HellOooOoo, my lovelies! First and foremost, I’ve shaken off my writing slump and am finally creating again. Yay! I’m more than halfway done with Blood Legacy, the next title in the V V Inn series after Big Game & Death Times Two, picking up where we left off in Argentina.

My Image

More Good News: It’s up for pre-order on Amazon! And remember, you aren't billed until the book is sent to you. Other retailers will follow when we get closer to the release date in February. Even though the series is currently exclusive to Amazon, the new book will be available through all channels for the first two weeks of release.

In addition to the preorder going live for
Blood Legacy, we’ve also put Vampire Vacation up for sale at 99 cents through Dec 31st, and Death’s Servant is listed again as a FREE READ for a limited time. I’d appreciate any and all sharing of the links you care to do! It is my sincerest hope we can generate enough interest in this series to make it worthwhile to keep writing it. I love the characters and the adventures just as much as you do.

Easy, sharable links: 

Blood Legacy:
Vampire Vacation:
Death's Servant:

eBooks make the perfect gift! Did you know you can gift an eBook to someone and pick the delivery date? That means you can buy a bunch of books on sale and the person can receive them on Christmas just by deferring the delivery date. I do it every year for my folks and it's always much appreciated.

Are you a blogger? If yes, and you’ve got an active blog, you’re eligible to receive an Advanced Reader Copy of Blood Legacy before it hits the shelves! Please email Andrea at with your request, and if you’ve reviewed the earlier books she will get you on the ARC list.

Non-blogger ARCs: There will be a shout out for non-bloggers to get on the ARC list next month. Just like the bloggers, you'll have to show you've left reviews for the earlier books to qualify. The limit on this offer is 100 copies. I've been burned in the past with promises of reviews going up opening week, so this book will have a limited number of copies handed out ahead of time, and only to those who've proven they can follow through. Members of my street team will get slots first.

Curious about the street team and what it is? If you've read and reviewed my work, you're welcome to join and can read more here

I started this new manuscript last month as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a worldwide novel-writing challenge for authors to write 50k words in 30 days. I didn’t “win” NaNo, and was around the 40k mark when the month ended, but that was fine by me. The projected word count of this book is 85k words, so hitting 50k wasn’t really my main focus as I knew I’d still be writing after the month ended.

In addition to attempting NaNo, I volunteered to lead an after-school writing program at my children’s middle school. We had four eighth-graders sign up for the student-goal of writing 30k words in 30 days. October was filled with plotting and planning, as well as understanding the ins and outs of writing a book.

Once November hit, the five of us met four to six days a week in a classroom, the nearby Panera, the local Wegman’s café area, my house, or the school’s library. I’m proud to report that every student “won” NaNo!! Not all of them finished their books and are doing so this month, but all of them reached their 30k word goal. Over the next five months the girls will be focused on revising, self-editing, and then going through extensive peer-editing and teacher-editing before the books are finally ready to be read by friends and family.

I’ll be helping every step of the way, and have offered to publish their books through my publishing company if they make it all the way to the end of the editing process. It’s an exciting time for the young writers, and my dearest hope is they all make it!

These kids gave me a very valuable gift – the one of inspiration. Their enthusiasm and passion spills over every time we meet. Working with them was exactly what I needed to re-ignite my passion for writing. I will keep you all posted on their progress.

And last, but not least, a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped support the Covenant House charity box I auctioned off on eBay. We raised $215 for the children’s shelter!! The funds will go toward warm coats, meals, and other necessities the children need this winter.

Contest winners for the $50 gift card (winners picked by on the Facebook post from my
Facebook Page): 

Existing Subscriber: Robin Priddy
New Subscriber: Aubrey Jean Davis

Please contact me at so I can send the GC to the email of your choice. 

Wishing you a terrific holiday season no matter what you celebrate. May you have time with family and friends, good food, and great conversations!

Much love,


To read older newsletters, please visit this archive.