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My 2 am Revelation – I don’t Write Romance

I woke up at 2 am with an epiphany of sorts and the deep desire to share it with you. I realize that I have not blogged in some time – too busy with writing and life… but this you have got to hear.

How many authors really LIKE reviews? Hmmm. I for one have reviews that I like, but I also have some that I want to grab the reviewer and shake them and say…. “You don’t even know the details of the story; you are missing MAJOR parts and your reading comprehension is way off base – how could you possible understand it???”

That being said, even those who have the wrong name for the main character, have no idea of the year or context of the book, or have missed some giant detail that makes everything they know about a book completely false – even they can and do have some merit. That is exactly the case with a review I just saw come through a few days ago that says that one of my books is NOT a romance, and to her I can emphatically reply – NO – it’s not!!!

I have said this to so many people at meet and greets, Facebook Events, and book signings – I don’t write romance, even though my books almost always contain a romantic element. The people in my stories are always caught up in an incredible adventure, sometimes an incredibly HORRIBLE adventure; that’s what my stories are about. They are suspense and/or thriller. When, how and even IF they fall in love is something that happens along the way, not the reason their story is being told. Sometimes they end up together and sometimes they don’t, and this isn’t CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE, so YOU do not get to pick the ending.

My books will never be Harlequin’s; they  will never follow a ‘romantic arch’ or fit in any cookie-cutter mold you want to stuff them into with a neatly predictable plot line. There are going to be surprises you didn’t see coming. There are going to be elements you never thought of and choices (hard damn choices) you aren’t always going to understand or like. That’s what a Samantha Jacobey book is all about, and I have enough GREAT reviews to know that is exactly what MANY readers enjoy most about my work.

So what did I gain from this cathartic awakening? I realized that I LOVE reviews – even bad ones! I love to have people say things that get me to thinking and considering the possibilities; I guess that’s the debater in me. They help me get to the deepest question of them all – why? I find myself asking that most often after someone has blasted me on Amazon or Goodreads, and like with all living things, I find that struggle and strife are good for me; they help me to reflect and make me stronger in the end.

Therefore, I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who writes a review – good, bad, wrong, or ugly. You keep voicing those opinions, and I will keep putting out books that make you scratch your head and say… “Damn; I didn’t see that coming.”

Christmas Giveaway

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THIS kicks off at 3 am CST…
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Merry Christmas, from Samantha Jacobey…
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Get all 3 of the Writer’s Block Short stories for FREE Dec. 24th and 25th
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The Agent – An author of dark tales is looking for someone to represent her. An agent who thinks all writers are the same wants the job. Will one lunch date be enough to convince him that she’s different… hyperurl.co/yv9bg9
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The Obsession – An author of dark tales hits a rough patch in her relationship with her significant other; one that lands her in the psych ward. Is this a speed bump or a major detour on the road to success… hyperurl.co/zjn027
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The Storm – An author of dark tales is off on another adventure. After picking up her sister, Sam and Mel are in the Houston area to attend a book signing. However, things are never easy for the middle-aged writer, and a hurricane threatens to spoil more than just their weekend… hyperurl.co/ta3mbp
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THANK YOU ALL for your reading, reviewing and support for 2015 and I hope to keep you on your toes in the year to come!!
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❤ Sam
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#Suspense #Thriller #SamJac #FreeReads

Mission Accomplished

After months of reworking the interiors of my fifteen titles, I can finally say they are as close to perfect as I can make them!

I want to thank Liz, our NEW fearless leader at Lavish Publishing, for allowing me the opportunity to refurbish them. We gave them all matching fonts, slimmed sizes, and top notch editing (it was good before, but now it’s even better). It was not an easy task, and I learned a great deal about the whole formatting process through the experience. Thank you lady; you have made me one happy author.

On that note, it’s official – my publisher is now under NEW MANAGEMENT! It feels odd, and I’m still having a hard time describing the change that has taken place. I mean, the company is still the same; I’m still with Lavish Publishing, LLC, so it’s not really a new publisher. But, with a new owner comes many changes, both good and bad. All I can say is that I’m excited and hopeful for the future, and I will take the things that are not to my choosing in stride, making the best of it. Overall, I think it’s going to bring good things my way, and our way as a whole.

I can tell you, we will be doing things differently, and there are some growing pains coming. As the changes come, there will be formal announcements made for the new authors that have been signed (squeeee), while others quietly slip away and become self-published or sign with new houses. It’s a little sad, really, and I wish them the best of luck in their new endeavours. I wish we could have all been retained, but apparently that wasn’t meant to be.

As for the new girls – OMG – we are going to have so much FUN working together! Lavish is being transformed, and taking care of the organization and each other will be huge. I love feeling like I am part of a team; love the concept of being like a family, so I will be sharing those girls with you as soon as I am allowed. Plus, I will be sure to announce when Liz is ready to accept new submissions, as some of you guys might like to join us. Oh my God, I can’t wait!!!

Ok – back to my NEW paperbacks… if anyone is interested in picking up a few of my titles, my paperback tab will take you to the order form, or click here >> https://samjacobey.com/paperbacks/. I do pre-orders for signing events, and always give those who do a special gift, plus you are guaranteed the titles you want when we get there. I will be working on my upcoming signings / events page, hopefully this weekend, but I can tell you I will be in Spring, Texas (Houston area) Oct. 24th, if anyone is interested in meeting me there.

Gosh, I feel so accomplished getting this huge project off my plate, and can’t wait to get back to writing those Christmas books that I have in the works!!!

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Where has the time gone?

WOW – today is so special to me… It is the release day of my 15th work, counting the short story that I published. For those of you who have been reading the IRREVOCABLE SERIES – I can’t wait to see how you like the ending, and for those of you who have not, they are all out there, so now is the perfect time to get in there and binge.

It has been a great second year (yes, Life of Recovery first came out two years ago, almost to the day). I realize that I have grown a great deal as a writer over this time. I am so aware of how different my stories feel from one another, both in topic, tone and style, and I like to think of that as a tool that I can use to take you to new and exciting places and make them all the more real.

I also want to thank all of my fans – some of you have been with me since the beginning, and I appreciate you very much. It is your strength that I lean on, and your pleasure that motivates me to put out my best work, accepting nothing less from myself. I hope that you have enjoyed the ones you have read, and that you love the ones to come even more!!!

OK – here is my self-promotion for today’s release… And don’t worry – I have focused on Bailey in this little blurb, but Caleb will be right there with her, in the thick of things, along with the rest of all those crazy preppers down on The Ranch…

WILL BAILEY and her orphaned brothers survive the APOCALYPSE, or is mankind DESTINED to be wiped from the face of the Earth?
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The thrilling conclusion to the IRREVOCABLE SERIES is here – and you can get book 1 for only 99 cents!!!
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I’m already getting messages and reviews – like this one…”Great series and I’m SAD that it has come to an end. Love it!!” and this one… “So loving it. Looks like a late night for me… can’t put it down….”
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One click your copy today – find out if Bailey has what it takes to survive global disaster and keep her family together in the end…
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RENDERED – only 99 cents!!!
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RETAINED – only $2.99!!!
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RECOMBINED – series finale AVAILABLE NOW!!!
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UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B013OJZ30U
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FORGOTTEN ANGEL – Joy of Release Day

Wow – this summer’s finale is finally here! And what a wonderful little adventure this has been. I started rereading Summer Angel (book 1) in the series before bed, and am swept away once more into the second plane, where guardian angels reside.

While I was reading, I noticed something interesting; how bits and pieces have seen their way into other works of mine. You have not seen The Wicked Awakened, since it is not being released until Halloween, but it also has magic in it, and I have discovered that I LOVE writing about mystical beings.

In the Summer Spirit Novellas, the angels use magic extensively. It permeates every part of their lives, and is completely part of who they are. In Dark Angel, Clarisse no longer has her powers, and even comments how difficult it was to adjust to being ‘normal.’

I don’t want to give too much away, so I will tell you instead where this series came from. In actuality, it was written to be a standalone – and each book has a definite conclusion to the problem at hand, so there are no cliff hangers. The idea for it came from a day I spent with my soon to be thirteen year old son, a portion of which appears in Summer Angel. I told him his little idea would make a good story, and of course, then I had to write it for him.

However, as soon as my girls got their hands on SA, I began getting requests for a sequel, as the characters were too compelling to leave them where I had… sigh. And thus, another series was born. Not that I’m complaining – these books have been so much fun to create.

I have kept each novella length, compressing all the important parts into the story, while maintaining a length that can be read in a couple of hours, so they make good travel books, for a car or plane ride. I have also kept them very clean, with the naughty parts and violence mild or hidden… you know it’s there, but it’s not in your face, so to speak. Again, good practice for me, I think. My first series is 7 connected books long… almost half a million words of dark, violent and graphic material, so this is definitely something different.

Anyway, I have ideas to continue, more or less, next summer, with a new set of three novella stories. Whether or not it will be the same story line or not, I have not decided. I guess I will know when it gets to be closer to time to write them. Until then, all 3 are on sale for only 99 cents each, as of today, so please enjoy my little magical creation.

Reflecting on NOLA – 5 THINGS Authors Should Know

This past week, I flew to New Orleans for a book signing that was held there – ARC NOLA. Jamie, one of my fangirls, administrators, and dearest friends, met me there, and we spent nearly three days hanging out and experiencing the city. Over all, we had a great time, and I have several posts in mind regarding some of those things that happened outside the event process itself. For this post, I would like to reflect upon and share some of my discoveries about signing events in general.

5 Things AUTHORS should know…

#1. YOUR PA – If you can take a helper, do so. Although this signing was less busy than some that I have been to, I was alone at my first one. You do NOT want to feel overwhelmed, and having an assistant can make things so much nicer, both when it’s busy and when it’s not. That way they can watch the table for you, run errands, or what ever you need. So choose your helper with that in mind; you will be glad you did.

#2. EVENT PLANNING – When preparing for the event – get into the planning group or what ever is going on beforehand. The organizers should be doing this, and communicating what is going to take place well in advance. If they are not, or if you don’t like what is going on, cancel your table and save yourself the expense of the trip. Well, unless it’s a cool location you want to visit anyway, and then by all means, go and enjoy. The odds are good that the event itself will go about the same as the planning did. If you can’t see any evidence of preparation, the attendance at your event will probably be very small, and you are essentially ‘on vacation’.

#3. SHIP IT OUT – When packing for the event – and I learned this the hard way at a previous signing – shipping things to the Hotel can be great, but only if you have a PLAN for getting ALL of the items home. Otherwise, DON’T DO IT! Only take what you can carry comfortably both ways,. The last thing you want to do is find yourself at an event that flopped for what ever reason and you suddenly have a case of books or a huge sign you have no way to transport.

#4. GETTING THERE – When booking airlines – they are NOT all created equally, and reading the fine print is tedious and often difficult. I have come to dislike booking through money saving sites as well, as there are often things that you don’t see until after you have made the purchase. From now on, I plan on passing them over, and going straight to Southwest when ever possible. Why? First, I get two checked bags for free with them, and this last trip I flew with someone else, where my bags turned out to be the biggest hassle of the trip. Second, their planes are all pretty much the same, so I know what to expect every single flight. Find one that you like and use them; and don’t worry about the cost – if you are going, you might as well suck it up and make getting there and home enjoyable and hassle free.

#5. WHEN TO FLY – This is one that I have been looking at, and I have heard that flights on the weekend are more expensive. If you can afford to stay an extra day to fly out on Monday and can fly in early, that may be a place that you can save money on the trip. Of course, being there extra days adds to the hotel cost, so it is something you can play with and look at the options side by side. I can tell you from my experience, getting there a day early and having time to hang out and relax before the event was very nice and reduced the stress a great deal.

There you are – the first five things that leap into my head about going to a book signing. Of course, there are others, and I may follow up with another five later on. I will definitely be sharing some of the extra curricular activities that we did while at NOLA, as it was a great place to visit and we had SUCH a wonderful time.

SOMETHING happened to me today…

Today, INTREPID, book 6 of the series became available for pre-order on amazon, and I can’t explain it…

I have an extremely HIGH sense of elation right now – something along the lines of what I felt when the first book was published. Maybe even higher.

We are so close to the end, and I have met so many wonderful people on this journey. Thank you all for your support, your time and your energy.

I work to promote my books every day, and I now have a following that works just as hard as I do… you guys are wonderful, and I thank you so much for being there!!!

In case you haven’t seen it… this is the blurb for INTREPID, BUT it’s a giant spoiler if you aren’t up to speed on the rest of the series… if that be the case, take one of these links instead and go get started while the boxed set, or at the very least, CAPTIVE, is on sale…

BOXED SET (bk 1 – bk 4) –http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M4TE8Q2
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CAPTIVE (book 1) – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J1AO3JE
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BOUND (book 2) – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J1AO2C2
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ENTWINED (book 3) – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J7F2NTA
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EXPOSED (book 4) – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L6FV9XU
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INDELIBLE (book 5) – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N2GZ996
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INTREPID (book 6) – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OL232FI
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AVENGED (book 7) – coming Jan 20th

Well, you’re still here, so I guess you are ready to see what’s got my stomach full of butterflies… so here it is…

Intrepid – A New Life SeriesBook 6 of a New Life Series

When past and present collide, how do you escape your fate?

Tori Farrell is finally on the path that leads to a bright future. Raised to be an assassin, she lived in a world consisting of drugs, sex, violence and murder. Gaining her freedom, and discovering her true identity, she has reconciled the life she was born to have with the one she fought so hard to flee. Managing to hold on to her soul mate, she is pushing forward, refusing to allow the fear to hold her back any longer.
Taking her place in her brother’s band, Tori faces new challenges. Learning to live the life of a rock star seems easy enough, and she quickly gets a handle on what she holds most dear. Soon however, the tables are turned, with the realization that the FBI has merely taken to the shadows, waiting for the other shoe to drop. Only when her former lover forces his way back into her life does it become clear; some things are simply meant to be…

Last Chance to get the New Life Series Boxed Set (Books 1-4) for 50% off! ✰✰Sale ends today 8/10/14!!!✰✰

Last Chance to get the New Life Series Boxed Set (Books 1-4) for 50% off! ✰✰Sale ends today 8/10/14!!!✰✰.

INDELIBLE – BOOK 5 COVER REVEALED!!!

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I LOVE the new cover – and my publisher said I could share!!!
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This is book 5 – INDELIBLE!!! If you have NOT read books 1 – 4 DO NOT read the end of this post…
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Instead – take one of these links and GET FIXED with the boxed set of books 1 – 4 for ONLY 7.49 (that’s 50% off!!!) so you can get caught up – because reading the blurb for book 5 is a HUGE SPOILER if you haven’t read the first part!!!
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Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/New-Life-Captive-Entwined-Exposed-ebook/dp/B00M4TE8Q2/
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Barnes & Nobel – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-new-life-series-boxed-set-samantha-jacobey/1120004642?ean=2940149801664
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KOBO – http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-new-life-series-boxed-set
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NOW – if you are still reading – I assume you are ready to see what book 5 is all about
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INDELIBLE – A New Life Novel… What do you do if you discover the life you’re living isn’t the one you were meant to have?

Tori Farrell’s path has been a long one. She was raised by a Motorcycle Gang called the Dragons, trained as an assassin, and lived by the sword in a world consisting of drugs, sex, violence and murder. She made her escape, and even successfully thwarted a second attempt to draw her back in.

Returning to her safe new life, Tori faces unforeseen challenges, as the discovery of her Rock Star relation, Brian Madson, gives way to the desire to have the life she was born to live. Haunted by fear, and caught in a fierce battle between her husband and brother, she must learn to accept her dark past and face her future boldly. The FBI and The Organization still linger in the shadows, and time is creeping forward, pushing her to choose. Which path will she take, and where will it lead, when she is forced to decide between destiny and fate…

BOXED SET – are you ready for the ride?

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~ ~ ~ LIMITED time offer – BOXED SET ~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~ A NEW LIFE by Samantha Jacobey ~ ~ ~
~ ~ THE SERIES YOU do not want TO MISS ~ ~
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CAPTIVE – After years of being ruled by a gang of bikers called the Dragons, Tori Farrell uses her skills to free herself from the people who vowed they would never let her go.
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BOUND – Living in a halfway house under orders of the FBI, Tori Farrell is working to move forward and to face her addictions and learn who she can trust…
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ENTWINED – Confronted by a ghost from her past, Tori Farrell runs in an attempt to disappear and hide in anonymity, but her plan holds a flaw – a man she can’t shake…
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EXPOSED – Faced with her true identity, and the danger of having friends and family destroyed by the past Tori Farrell left behind, she again becomes lost in a dark world filled with sex, drugs and murder, and is forced to see that not all of the demons are on the outside.
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GET the first 4 INSTALLMENTS – books 1-4 at a special price of only $7.49 – this is a LIMITED TIME OFFER, and the boxed set will be removed completely upon the release of book 5 – INDELIBLE…
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Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/New-Life-Captive-Entwined-Exposed-ebook/dp/B00M4TE8Q2/
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Barnes & Nobel – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-new-life-series-boxed-set-samantha-jacobey/1120004642?ean=2940149801664
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KOBO – http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-new-life-series-boxed-set

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