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Finding Sage For Free

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I’ve decided to do something that is, if I may say so myself, rather remarkable.  I’m offering Finding Sage for free.

It’s only today and tomorrow, so be sure to get your download while it still lasts.  The download link is here.

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Praise for Finding Sage

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I continue to be humbled by the things people are saying about Finding Sage.  This is from a review that was posted on a book blog yesterday:

One word. Brilliant!! 
 
This book was such an amazing read and an amazing adventure to go on.
You can read the whole review at this link.
There have also been some very positive Amazon reviews, such as this one:
Get ready for the ride of your life! This story pulls action from the beginning to the end. It is going to be one amazing series! There are lots of unexpected events, as the characters do things that surprise even themselves. It is very well written in several points of view. You will be guessing what is going to happen at every turn. If you love paranormal or dystopian books you will love this!
It’s really cool to see people see these kinds of things about my work.
In other news, I wrapped up a book tour last week, and now am starting another one!  Here’s the tour schedule:
June 2-9
June 2 Spotlight
Jacqueline Paige
June 2 Spotlight
Booklover Sue
June 2 Spotlight
CBY Book Club
June 3 Guest blog
D’eBook Sharing Book Reviews
June 3 Spotlight
Beverly @ The Wormhole
June 4 Interview
Mythical Books
June 4 Spotlight
The Reader’s Hollow
June 5 Interview and review
happy tails and tales
June 5 Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!   http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com
June 6 Spotlight
The Tome Gnome
June 6 Spotlight
Mom With A Kindle
June 9 Guest blog and review
Cabin Goddess
June 9 Spotlight
Cassandra M’s Place
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This is me saying things

I’ve done a lot of blogging.  I started a personal blog for whatever random things I wanted to write about when I was in high school.  In college, I’ve mostly blogged about entertainment, but also about some other occasional topics I wanted to write about.  But when I started an author blog, I had no idea what I was supposed to write about.  Then I decided, what the heck, I’ll write what I want to.

So here’s what to expect from me.  I’ll be blogging about writing stuff.  Because I’m a writer and I like to talk about it (it’s worse if you catch me in person, believe me).  I also figure you might like to know a little about me beyond the stuff I write about, so I’ll try to give you some interesting tidbits of my life as well.  This is the first of those.

Speaking of writing, I should be doing more of it.  I was doing great about writing all of the time, but it gets hard when you’re a college student.

Oh wait, had I told you that before?  Maybe not.  Well, I am a college student.  I’ve been at Purdue University for a couple years now and I will be graduating in May.  In the meantime, however, I’m taking three summer classes.  I only have one right now, but it’s what they call “Maymester,” (which is weird, because only half of it is actually in May).  Basically it’s a 16-week course packed into 4 weeks.  That sounds like torture, I know, but I’m somewhat enjoying it.  It’s about technology and communication (my major is Public Relations, which is a major in the Com Department here), which is pretty fascinating.

It’s a cool class.  But it’s also very time consuming.  For example, next week in that one class I have an exam and two presentations to do, in addition to keeping up with the readings.  Oh, and by the way, I’m starting a new day job tomorrow.  I’m also married, in case I hadn’t told you that yet.  I also write on four different entertainment blogs.  Is your head spinning yet?  No?  Maybe it’s me.  My head’s always spinning . . .

Regardless, I still manage to find the time to write, even if it’s not always as consistent as I’d like it to be.  I am sad to say, however, that my progress on A Gray Crusade has been slowed by the many facets of my life.  I’m not going to venture to say how this will affect the release date because frankly, I haven’t a clue.  I will say, however, that I recently did some reworking in the plot that I believe will make it better and stronger.  I’m looking forward to it.

So until next time, keep in touch.  Be sure to follow my Facebook and Twitter accounts, and to sign up for my newsletter if you haven’t already.

Live Long and Prosper.

-LJ

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The Beginning of a Blog Tour & a Free Giveaway

First of all, I haven’t updated this blog in a while.  Sorry about that.  The beginning of summer classes and the need to revamp the website caused me to push updating back.  So now, I’m making a public announcement: this is going to be a once-a-week thing.  Believe it.  It’s happening.

Second, props to my good friend William Sipling for giving a killer new design to the website.  It looks beast.

Now for the real news.  Today starts a blog tour!  What’s a blog tour, you say?  Well, I’m glad you asked!

When most traditionally published authors release a book, they go on a tour to different book signings and interviews.  Indie authors, however, often don’t have the same resources.  One of the sacrifices of self-publishing is that you don’t have PR people to set these things up for you (although not all publishing houses even do that anymore).  A good way to get around this is by doing blog tours, and using the internet to get the word out about your book.  Today is the start of one of those, and I’m really excited.  It will have book reviews, interviews with me, the music I listen to while I write, my dream cast, and more for Finding Sage.

Here’s the schedule and links to the websites.  Be sure to stop in the websites and see what they have going on.

Tour Schedule – One Week Blog tour for Finding Sage by Logan Judy from May 26 to June 1, 2014.

 

May 26

The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl – Spotlight with Excerpt

http://themisadventuresofatwentysomething.blogspot.com/

The Idle Musings of a Writer’s Mind – Spotlight with Excerpt & Top Ten

http://theidlemusingsofawritersmind.blogspot.com

Karen Swart – Spotlight with Excerpt, Author Interview, Dream Cast & Playlist

http://authorkarenswart.blogpsot.com

Eclipse Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt, Dream Cast & Playlist

http://totaleclipsereviews.blogspot.com

 

May 27

Deal Sharing Aunt – Spotlight with Excerpt & Author Interview

www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com

Our New Generation for Reading – Spotlight with Excerpt

http://jessica13bridgers.blogspot.com/

Becca Anne’s Book Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt & Dream Cast

http://beccaannesbookreviews.blogspot.com

Night Owl Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt, Dream Cast, Top Ten & Playlist

http://www.nightowlreviews.com/V5/Blog

 

May 28

Cofffee Books & Art – Spotlight with Excerpt, Guest Post, Top Ten & Playlist

http://sarityahalomi.blogspot.com/

MI Bookshelf – Spotlight with Excerpt

http://mibookshelf.blogspot.com/

Bookworm for Kids – Spotlight with Excerpt

http://www.bookwormforkids.blogspot.com

MHZ Book Reviews and Giveaways – Spotlight with Excerpt

http://mhzbookreviewsandgiveaways.blogspot.com/

 

May 29

Book Hostage – Spotlight with Excerpt & Author Interview

http://bookhostage.wordpress.com/

Bajgajka Loves Books And Giveaways – Spotlight with Excerpt, Dream Cast & Playlist

http://bajgajka.blogspot.com

The Avid Reader – Spotlight with Excerpt, Author Interview, Dream Cast, & Playlist

http://the-avidreader.blogspot.com

Raven Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt & Top Ten

http://ravenreviewer.tumblr.com

 

May 30

Breny’s Book Obsession – Spotlight with Excerpt

http://brenysbookobsession.blogspot.com/?zx=c4cb21c52e8b5b2d

Indy Book Fairy – Spotlight with Excerpt

http://paranormalbookfairy.blogspot.com/

A Cauldron of Books – Spotlight with Excerpt, Dream Cast, Top Ten & Playlist

http://acauldronofbooks.info

Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom – Spotlight with Excerpt

http://bookyramblingsofaneuroticmom.blogspot.co.uk/

 

May 31

2 Girls & A Book – Spotlight with Excerpt

http://2girlsandabook.wordpress.com/

Bound 2 Escape          – Spotlight with Excerpt

http://www.bound2escape.com

Angels with Attitude Book Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt, Author Interview, Guest Post & Playlist

http://angelswithattitudebookreviews-joelle.blogspot.com

Bookraptured – Spotlight with Excerpt & Playlist

http://bookraptured.wordpress.com

 

June 1

Sweet Treat Reading Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt

http://strreviews.blogspot.com/

Step Into Fiction – Review

http://www.stepintofiction.com

Author Christy Sloat – Spotlight with Excerpt  & Guest Post

http://www.christysloat.blogspot.com/

Fiction Dreams- Spotlight with Excerpt

http://www.fictiondreams.com

 

There will also be a free giveaway for an E-copy of Finding Sage, which you can enter by clicking on the link below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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A Title Reveal and Back to the Writing Cave

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At the beginning of this month, I was determined that I was going to have the first draft of my newest book done by the end of the month. I’m estimating it to be around 80,000 words. That’s right. I was going to write 80,000 words in a day. NaNoWriMo is only 50,000 words and a lot of people don’t make it, so I knew I was being ambitious. I was going strong, writing about 3,000 words a day, when something hit me.

My research paper.

Sometimes I forget that I’m still in college.  It really sucks remembering that, especially when you have a 3,500 word research paper to write.  Plus, there’s also your day job.  Because of these responsibilities, I had to push drafting the novel back.  It pained my heart to do so, but I’d really like to graduate with grades other than D’s, so it had to be done.  However, I’m now proud to say that the paper in question has been submitted, and my coursework for the semester is completed.  I do have summer classes, but those don’t start for another month, leaving me with quite a bit of time in between now and then to get some work done.

So it’s back to the writing cave.  I’d like to say that I can work overtime and still get the book done on time, but I’m not that stupid.  I’m only about a third of the way done, and there’s no way I’m writing 60,000 words in a week.  I’m not that stupid.  But all is not lost.  I still plan to release the novel in the summer, and if I’m lucky, July, but I realize that things often get pushed back.  It took me two years to write my first book, and with good reason.  I was still figuring it out.  Heck, I’m still figuring it out right now.  But it’s coming.

Before I go back into the cave, however, I do have some exciting information.  I have settled on a title for the second book of The Rogue.  I’m throwing it out on the internet so that I can’t change my mind, as I’ve already done half a dozen times.  I do really like this one, and I’m so confident in it that I’ve already ordered the book cover, which I hope to be able to show you sometime fairly soon.  The title is (drum roll, please) . . . . . . . . . . .

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A Gray Crusade.

Like it?  I hope so.  Otherwise all of that drama will have been incredibly childish.

Maybe it was anyway.

Oh well.

 

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An Update to the Finding Sage Sequel

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The time has come for book signings!  The first shipment came to my house on Wednesday and I’m thrilled to start looking into doing book signings in my local area.  And if you want one but don’t live around West Lafayette, IN, that’s not a problem.  Just email me at loganrjudy@gmail.com and I can send you one.  Due to the time-consuming nature of mailing them, however, I can only do 20 of these per month, so keep that in mind.  The price is $14 including shipping.

As I hope you know, I’m hard at work writing the sequel to Finding Sage.  Here’s a little update on how that’s going.

I’m loving the story.  When I write, I’m not one of those people that can have an outline of everything that happens beforehand.  I’ve tried to do that, but it just doesn’t work for me.  Instead, I end up changing the outline so many times that I might as well trash it.  So writing is an adventure for me, because I discover the story as I’m writing it.  And I am really enjoying this story, and hopefully you will too!

This book follows two primary things that were left unanswered in Finding Sage.  The first is the phoenix symbol.  What does it mean?  Why is it showing up in Silas’s dreams?  Why did the prime minister have a pendant of it?  What’s the significance?  That is a big deal in this book, and the book also follows Grayson.  After the debacle in New York, will he still pursue the life of his best friend?  Does he still think that’s the right thing to do?  What will happen when he finally faces that moment?  Also in the story are some new characters that are a lot of fun, plus one returning minor character from the first book.

My original plan was to release this book in the middle of June, but alas, classes and my day job have gotten in the way, so I must push the date back.  Now I’m hoping for the end of June or early July.  Rest assured, I will get it to you as soon as I can!

So I leave you for now.  If you want to hear from me more often, as I’m terrible about writing regular blog posts, sign up for my newsletter.  Not only will you hear from me more often, but I also do things like cover reveals and title reveals early through the newsletter. I also have Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr pages, and I just started a Pinterest.  Follow me on stuff.  I like interacting with people, so don’t be shy!

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One Week Mark

I’ve been a self-published author for about a week.  I’ve thought about how I’m going to address my “public image.”  Whether I’m going to pretend to be some big time author or if I’m going to be honest with myself and what few fans I have.  I’m going to be honest.

There are a lot of dreamy pictures associated with being an author.  A lot of things are left out.  Like how many traditionally published authors are making ridiculously low royalties on their work.  How authors need to do their own marketing.  How you have to work to gain a fanbase.  I’ve known all of those things because I do a lot of reading about this trade (as every aspiring author should do, and precious few actually do).  However, they’re sinking in quickly.

The end result?  I love it.  Every bit of it.  I love emailing book blogs and updating my social media sites and writing newsletters and blog posts and planning promotion ideas and thinking about my next books and, most especially, writing my next book.  It’s incredible.

Now, as of the time I am writing this post I am not a full-time author.  Far from it.  I’m still in college for Pete’s sakes, and I haven’t even made $100 on the book yet.  But I absolutely love the process, and I’m proud of my work.  That makes it a whole lot easier to be okay with the fact that I’m not successful yet.

I’m being pretty transparent.  Consider that a sign of things to come. I’ll be writing til I die, so I’m not going to drop off the planet because I’m not an overnight success (hello, no one is.  This is an oversaturated market, after all).  So stick around, because I’m here to stay.  And if you don’t like my work, that’s fine.  Thankfully the internet is pretty non-discriminatory.  If you like it though, I’m very grateful to have you as a fan.  And you should sign up for my newsletter.

Hey, I said authors have to do marketing.

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Finding Sage, and the future of The Rogue series

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I am proud to announce that within 12 hours, Finding Sage will be available for purchase on Amazon Kindle!

Finding Sage is the first novel I’ve ever published, and I’m very proud of it.  It’s the tale of people, called rogues, who display supernatural abilities.  This is in a dystopian future where the world is under a global government that hunts these people and executes them, imprisons them, or turns them into assassins.  The book follows the stories of these extraordinary individuals, and their attempts to find more of a meaning in life than running from death.

It’s the first of four books in the series, and this one mainly follows Silas, a young man who has the ability to tap into other people’s brains, allowing him access to thoughts, memories, and brain function.  It’s not as great as it sounds though–if he is around too many people at the same time, he becomes weak, susceptible to sensory overload.  When a crazy-eyed hobo named Eli saves his life, he begins searching for the man who might hold the answer to his problems, who could help him not only escape from execution, but also find meaning in his life: Sage.