Sunday, December 22, 2013

A writerish recap of 2013

I haven't been doing much as far as the weekly writing updates (or, well, ANY updates) but I thought I would give a little recap of what happened for me writing wise in 2013.

Back on January 1st, I said that 2013 was going to be my year. And while I didn't do a lot when it comes to writing, it was still a pretty amazing year. Why? I finished writing and editing my first full-length novel AND published it on October 27th. The journey of that novel, If Only We, has been a long one (longer than expected), but I'm very satisfied with how the story turned out in the end. And there have been so many wonderful people supporting and promoting If Only We, I feel so thankful and appreciate every single person, comment, and review. People are reading my book, and they are getting my book, which is an amazing feeling.

As far as what's next, well, that's another story. I managed to get 9427 words written during my unofficial NaNoWriMo writing spree. My goal was 15,000 words, but that wasn't happening with a new job and other craziness in November. The story I was writing, Not Until Tonight, hasn't been getting much work done on it since November ended. But I am still aiming to finish writing and possibly publish by the end of February. *crosses fingers*

That's pretty much everything! If you're interested in getting a copy of If Only We, you can purchase a copy on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. If Only We is available as an ebook AND as a paperback.

A huge thank you and big hugs to everyone who made 2013 a great writing year for me!

 Jessica Sankiewicz

Sunday, December 1, 2013

My Weekly Writing Update (47)

Because what's a writing blog without a writing update?

~ If Only We Blog Tour Complete ~
Now? Unofficial NaNoWriMo!
Current word count: 9427

Goal: 15,000+ words

Well, well. I didn't reach the goal for November, but I still think I did pretty darn good! And it was a very good thing for me to get myself moving on the novella because I really think I can get it written in December now. I've got most of the plot figured out, all I need to do is write it out now. So, now's the time to kick myself in the booty to get going on it!

Starting tomorrow will be my blog tour with YA Bound Blog Tours. I'm super excited and can't wait to see how it goes. ^_^

 Jessica Sankiewicz

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Guess what? There's a print copy of If Only We up for grabs...

That's right! I have print copies available (you can buy a copy on CreateSpace and Amazon so far, hopefully Barnes & Noble soon) and I decided to get a handful or two of them to give some to libraries and friends. And, yep, also to GIVE AWAY to you guys too. I'm starting with giving away one on Goodreads.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

If Only We by Jessica Sankiewicz

If Only We

by Jessica Sankiewicz

Giveaway ends December 31, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Also, it's perfect timing, since it has been exactly ONE MONTH since the official release of If Only We. So... DANCE PARTY! *dances around the room*

Thank you all for the support and the love! ^_^

 Jessica Sankiewicz

Saturday, November 23, 2013

My Weekly Writing Update (46)

Because what's a writing blog without a writing update?

~ If Only We Blog Tour Complete ~
Now? Unofficial NaNoWriMo!
Current word count: 6961

Goal: 15,000+ words

Yeah, I'm kinda behind considering it's getting near the end of the month already. I might be able to write a little bit tonight and tomorrow though to catch up. I've been in training all week for my new job and getting up at 6:30 AM every morning. I literally slept in until 1:00 PM today. I haven't had much motivation all day except to tidy up a little bit around here. Hopefully everything will settle down soon! I have books to finish reading too, I've gotten behind on that as well. I'll have more to tell you guys on the novella next week I'm sure. I'm really excited to finish writing Not Until Tonight and share it with you.

Before I go, I have a couple more things to tell you guys. I have THREE things going on with If Only We right now--two blitz tours coming up and a read to review opportunity on Goodreads. Here are the links and details on both:

There are plenty of spots open on the blitz tours, but there are only three more spots left to read and review If Only We on Goodreads. So, go check them out if you're interested. I would greatly appreciate all your help. Thank you!! ^_^

 Jessica Sankiewicz

Saturday, November 16, 2013

My Weekly Writing Update (45)

Because what's a writing blog without a writing update?

~ If Only We Blog Tour Complete ~
Now? Unofficial NaNoWriMo!
Current word count: 4765

Goal: 15,000+ words

Kinda sorta forgot to post this yesterday... I blame my scattered brain...

Anyways... Woot! I wrote 1801 words! There are several notes in my phone for new scenes, but I didn't have time to type them up. Hopefully I can get a LITTLE bit further this coming week. I've been a bit distracted this last week with work and having to get up earlier than I'm used to... AND go to bed earlier too which kinda puts a damper on my writing plans because I generally write mostly at night (I blame the second wind I get late at night). I will be making sure to get WAY ahead because I am determined to finish writing the novella hopefully by the end of the month (if not, first or second week in December if things come up). THEN I'll be working on editing it by the end of the month/early January. And MAYBE MAYBE MAYBE, publishing by February. I HOPE I HOPE!!  I really am pushing toward that goal. Once I finish the first draft, I'm going to get the cover made by my lovely friend Marie Landry. You'll probably get to see it middle to late December. I'll have a cover reveal set up by a blog tour company, so if you're interested in being part of that, I will be posting a link as soon as sign ups are available so you can sign up. ^_^

 Jessica Sankiewicz

Friday, November 8, 2013

My Weekly Writing Update (44)

Because what's a writing blog without a writing update?

~ If Only We Blog Tour Complete ~
Now? Unofficial NaNoWriMo!
Current word count: 2964

Goal: 15,000+ words

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone involved in release week for If Only We! Everyone who participated in the blog tour, who shared their own posts, and who tweeted about it. You guys are amazing and awesome and wonderful! Here's a quick recap of the tour:

Onto other news... I'm unofficially participating in NaNoWriMo! I would have REALLY participated BUT when November began, my tour was coming to a close and I had TONS to do to finalize that. Plus, I started a new job on Monday (which has been going very well, by the way) and I didn't want to overwhelm myself with too many new things at once. So, I opted to write a novella in November. This way I can sort of participate AND help support all my NaNo writing friends! The novella I'm writing is called Not Until Tonight. I wasn't planning on writing this one next but for some reason it was calling out to me and saying that it needed to be written sooner rather than later. Middle of this month I'm hoping to have a mini synopsis for you to read. I kinda sorta wrote one out but I'm a little iffy on whether it sounds good or not. I'd rather wait until I finish writing the story before I write an OFFICIAL synopsis. I can tell you this though: it is New Adult. So, something completely new to me BUT feels a little bit in my element at the moment with all the NA I've been reading as of late. Don't get me wrong, I love me a good YA, but sometimes it feels nice when the characters are MY age, you know? Anyways, that's that! Keep an eye out for further news. ;)

 Jessica Sankiewicz

Sunday, November 3, 2013

If Only We Blog Tour (archive)

If Only We
Young Adult Contemporary
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Release Date: October 27th 2013

They say all it takes is one wrong move and you lose the game. One false step and you’re trapped. One slip-up in your choice of words and you ruin a friendship forever. That is what they say. They say I lost.

I do not believe them.

At the end of the summer after graduation, Adrienne wonders what happened to cause her life to be in ruins. She isn’t getting along with her mom, her stepsister isn’t talking to her, and, to top it off, the boy she’s been in love with doesn’t want anything to do with her. She believes the turning point was a choice she made at graduation. When she wakes up the next day, she has been transported back three months to that moment, the one where everything started to fall apart.

Adrienne realizes she has been given a second chance—and this time she doesn’t want to mess anything up. Reliving the entire summer, though, turns out to be a lot harder than she thought. As the same days and weeks go by, she starts to see how simple decisions can make a huge impact on the world around her. Despite knowing some of what lies ahead, there are some things she didn’t anticipate. She thought she knew what mistake led her to where she ended up the first time. She was wrong.

And by the time summer is over, she discovers what was really at stake.


If Only We Blog Tour Schedule:

Sunday, October 27th (Release Day)

~Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer (playlist)
~Angie @ Eastern Sunset Reads (spotlight)
~Stephanie @ Stephanie Parent (guest post, review)
~Lan @ The Write Obsession (spotlight)


Monday, October 28th

~Becca @ Nawanda Files (interview)
~Angie @ Eastern Sunset Reads (playlist)


Tuesday, October 29th

~Dianne @ Tome Tender (guest post, review)
~Angie @ Eastern Sunset Reads (review)


Wednesday, October 30th

~McKenzie @ Next Page Reviews (interview)
~Ember @ Ember Casey (spotlight)


Thursday, October 31st

~Heather @ The Misadventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl (excerpt)
~Kate @ WhY.A.not? (excerpt)
~Macy @ It's A Book Thing (spotlight)
~Kat @ I Read, I Write, I Review (guest post)

Friday, November 1st

~Patricia @ Patricia Lynne (guest post)
~Mickey @ I'm A Book Shark (top ten list)
~Gabriella @ Queen Ella Bee Reads (interview)

Saturday, November 2nd

~Cheryl @ CMash Reads (interview, e-book giveaway)
~Jessica @ Bookish (interview, giveaway)
~Michelle @ Book Briefs (guest post)
~Molli @ Once Upon A Prologue (playlist)


Saturday, November 2, 2013

If Only We Blog Tour Day Seven! Last Day!

Welcome to the If Only We Blog Tour!

Today is the seventh, and last, day on the tour. Be sure to check out Day One and enter the giveaway because it ends tonight!!! ^_^

Add on Goodreads

Purchase on
 ~ Amazon ~

Today on the tour are the following two amazing bloggers...

Cheryl @ CMash Reads (interview, e-book giveaway)
Jessica @ Bookish (interview, giveaway)

Michelle @ Book Briefs (guest post)

Molli @ Once Upon A Prologue (playlist)

A HUGE THANK YOU to every single person who participated in the tour, shared posts and tweets, and purchased If Only We! I love each and every one of you and if I could, I would so give you all a hug right now! Thanks for making this tour so awesome! ♥

 Jessica Sankiewicz

Friday, November 1, 2013

If Only We Blog Tour Day Six!

Welcome to the If Only We Blog Tour!

Today is the sixth day on the tour. Be sure to check out Day One and enter the giveaway! ^_^

Add on Goodreads

Purchase on
 ~ Amazon ~

Today on the tour are the following three amazing bloggers...

Patricia @ Patricia Lynne (guest post)
Mickey @ I'm A Book Shark (top ten list)
Gabriella @ Queen Ella Bee Reads (interview)

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the blogs on the tour today!

 Jessica Sankiewicz