First book reviews for Jade’s Awakening Author, Isabelle Hardesty

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During a hot summer day, I was sitting on a bench in Marietta Square with one of my sisters. The day was beautiful and the sky was blue. That was the moment I read my first book review for Jade’s Awakening, my first book! Well, the glaring afternoon sun didn’t allow me to truly read much, but I read enough to realize I had my first book review! I couldn’t believe it. I was so thrilled to finally get my first review. Whew!

Because I know  not every reader will love what I write I value my first review being a good review. It’s nice to know that there are people out there who like what I’ve worked on for a long time.

If you’re a writer, don’t give up. You’ll have your first review and then a second…

I thank Tome Tender Book Review and the countless other book bloggers. They are passionate about helping readers learn about books in the vast world of book possibilities. Self published authors really need bloggers.

Here is a part of the review:

A little mystery, a lot of action, a few shiftings and fairies that are not the little sparkly, gossamer winged creatures we think of! A quick read packed with “story” from an author to put at the top of the Hidden Gem pile!” – Tome Tender Book Blog

Finally, my second review is from an Amazon reader. This person posted anonymously. Thank you for being my first Amazon review. I like Bex too! 🙂

 

The Takeaway…

Focus on the positive and keep going for your dreams!

Thanks for reading!

Isabelle Hardesty

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Isabelle NEW AUTHOR PHOTO4444444Hardesty is a writer and was born and raised in Miami on a street that had coconut trees and the scent of a nearby Cuban bakery’s latest creations wafting in the warm air.

Jade’s Awakening and Jade’s Descent are part of Isabelle Hardesty’s Delacourt Saga series. Both novellas are available on Amazon, Nook and Kobo.

Isabelle lives in Atlanta with her husband, who is also a writer, and their cat and dog. She loves being with her family, eating chocolate and connecting with readers. When she is not writing, you can find her either researching for her next book or painting.

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TWITTER: twitter.com/IsabelleHWrites

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/IsabelleHardestyWriter

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/isabellehardesty/

WEBSITE: IsabelleHardesty.com

Here is a review that makes me smile:

“I was mesmerized from the beginning. The characters are well developed and the story line is amazing. I couldn’t put it down and was sad when I got to the last page. I can’t wait to see what happens next in Jade’s Descent. I’ve already pre-ordered!” – Lisa W.

 

Book Launch Party May 24th!

I’m over the moon about my new book release for Jade’s Awakening, a YA Fantasy novella.

Book Lanch Party TWITTER

I’m having two separate parties! The first is on Twitter on May 24th 6-7 PM (Eastern Standard Time/NYC time)

The second is on Facebook May 24th  7:30-8:30 PM (EST)

Why? Because my readers are the BEST and they deserve two ways to join in on the fun!

The Book Launch Party Swag is fun, so let’s get started…

  1. 12 Jade’s Awakening Posters to giveaway, yes GIVEAWAY! (6 during the Twitter Party & 6 during the Facebook Party)
  2. 12 Silver Tone dragon pendants on black silky cord with clasp to giveaway! (6 during the Twitter Party & 6 during the Facebook Party)
  3. 12 Bookmarks to giveway! (6 during the Twitter Party & 6 during the Facebook Party)
  4. 12 Blue Foam Hearts with bead and cord to giveaway! (6 during the Twitter Party & 6 during the Facebook Party)
  5.  SEVERAL people will win a DELUXE gift set which is one of everything above! 🙂

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What do you have to do to win?

  1. Go to either my Twitter site or Facebook site at the above times.
  2. RT/ share a post that features my Amazon link to Jade’s Awakening
  3. Follow me on Twitter or Like my FB page
  4. I will randomly select winners during the one hour launch parties.
  5. Winners will be announced at the end of the Book Launch Parties, so stick around, I might announce your name!
  6. If you win, please DM or Private Message me and give me your information: Name and Mailing Address and I’ll ship it out to you.

Rules

*Can you do both parties? SURE! However, if you win during Twitter, please allow someone else a chance during the FB hour.  Thanks.  🙂

*Who pays for shipping? I will. This means that unfortunately, this GIVEWAY is for US only.

*If you have any questions or just want to say hi, send me an email at: IsabelleHardesty(@)gmail.com

More about Jade’s Awakening…

What would you do if you had only one pill left? One pill that could stop you from becoming a supernatural.  Jade Delacourt has that pill and wants to avoid the chaos and fear that her recent supernatural powers have brought upon her and her family.

On the night of her eighteenth birthday, Jade is about to become something she is afraid of. The full moon beckons her half shapeshifter and half fairy blood while she is at a cosplay convention. A meeting with two supernatural guides catapults her into a dangerous world where she faces an evil that wants her dead.

Jade endures her first painful shapeshifting and transforms into a mythical creature, then takes flight in the Atlanta skyline alit by a full Harvest moon.

Within 48 hours she finds herself grieving for the death of someone close to her and searching for another who has been kidnapped. Torn between two, does Jade fall for the right guy? Will he stand by her side or betray her? Will Jade be caught by the evil that chases her?

 

 

 

New Novella Book Launch May 24th Jade’s Awakening

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What would you do if you had only one pill left? One pill that could stop you from becoming a supernatural.  Jade Delacourt has that pill and wants to avoid the chaos and fear that her recent supernatural powers have brought upon her and her family.

On the night of her eighteenth birthday, Jade is about to become something she is afraid of. The full moon beckons her half shapeshifter and half fairy blood while she is at a cosplay convention. A meeting with two supernatural guides catapults her into a dangerous world where she faces an evil that wants her dead.

Jade endures her first painful shapeshifting and transforms into a mythical creature, then takes flight in the Atlanta skyline alit by a full Harvest moon.

Within 48 hours she finds herself grieving for the death of someone close to her and searching for another who has been kidnapped. Torn between two, does Jade fall for the right guy? Will he stand by her side or betray her? Will Jade be caught by the evil that chases her?

Pre-order your copy today! Click here.

Hot Trends Furry Nails and Glitter Eyebrows – Shapeshifters and Fairies oh my!

Shapeshifters and Fairies are being celebrated with color and sparkle! Seem like these fantasy may have inspired these colorful trends. But they have nothing on Jade Delacourt from Jade’s Awakening. She’s half shapeshifter and half fairy and she’s fabulous.

Let’s see how people are having fun and playing a bit. See fur on nails, glitter on eyebrows and more. Everyone is sure to smile with at least one of these trends.  Brighten your day with a modified version of any of these trends. A bit of sparkle and color always helps.

While I love these looks, typing with fur on my fingers would be maddening, but that’s just me.

These looks are creative and daring. I love it!

And finally, what creative things have you invented inspired by your favorite book? Have you worn something that reminds you of your favorite character?

See the Trends here

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Isabelle NEW AUTHOR PHOTO4444444Hardesty is a writer and was born and raised in Miami on a street that had coconut trees and the scent of a nearby Cuban bakery’s latest creations wafting in the warm air.

Jade’s Awakening and Jade’s Descent are part of Isabelle Hardesty’s Delacourt Saga series. Both novellas are available on Amazon and Kobo.

Isabelle lives in Atlanta with her husband, who is also a writer, and their cat and dog. She loves being with her family, eating chocolate and connecting with readers. When she is not writing, you can find her either researching for her next book or painting.

Join her Newsletter here:   NEWSLETTER: bit.ly/29H76Cc

TWITTER: twitter.com/IsabelleHWrites

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/IsabelleHardestyWriter

BLOG: bit.ly/29IDrte

WEBSITE: IsabelleHardesty.com

Here is a review that makes me smile:

“I was mesmerized from the beginning. The characters are well developed and the story line is amazing. I couldn’t put it down and was sad when I got to the last page. I can’t wait to see what happens next in Jade’s Descent. I’ve already pre-ordered!” – Lisa W.

5 Must Haves for Writers

For Writers Twitter and Pitch Parties… PitMad, PitchMAS, SFFPit, Pit2Pub, SonofaPitch and DVpit

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Manuscript finished, now what?

It’s edited and polished…don’t let it gather dust. 

This is for writers who want to get their manuscript in the hands of agents or publishers. I have self published two novellas, Jade’s Awakening and Jade’s Descent. I plan on completing the series at five books. However, I have another book, my novel about witches, that is a bigger project and I don’t want to self publish it. I want an agent. I want guidance.  This post is using Twitter to help get your book out there. Good luck!

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So you’ve finally done it. Great job, writer! You have finished your novel despite all of the obstacles and distractions of everyday life. Take a deep breath and take the plunge!

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Before you jump in, be sure to edit and polish your manuscript!

While working on my first novel in 2015, I  found some tweets about hashtags like #PitMad, #PitchMAS and #SFFpit. I ignored the tweets at first, not knowing what they were and thinking they must be targeting experienced writers or some sect of elite authors that I was obviously not a part of yet.

One day I went down the rabbit hole of #PitMad and came up with a huge carrot! This is a modern, free and relevant event that is extremely helpful to writers who are looking for agent representation or looking to be published directly via a publisher.

 

For Writers: How do these Twitter Pitch Events work?

  1. Create a short pitch that fits into the 140 character max. covering main character, conflict and stakes.
  2. Include #PitMad or whatever hashtag needed for your contest.
  3. Include a category. I use #YA for Young Adult. Include a genre. I add #UF for Urban Fiction. Click here for more info on categories and genres. Brenda Drake, the creator of PitMad has useful resources and information on her website.
  4.  If you will be at work or unable to tweet the day of the event, use Hootsuite or Tweetdeck and schedule your tweets. Check each site to learn their rules.

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A bit more information…

  1. When you receive a like from an agent or publisher, click on their Twitter account. Scroll through until you see their tweet which says something like the image below.
  2.  Do your research. If you want to work with this agent or publisher, send the requested submission to them.
  3.  That’s it! Check to see if you get more than one like on Twitter.

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#PitMad

2016 #PitMad events are spread out throughout the year. You can only tweet 3 times total per manuscript. Rules are important and keep agents from getting overwhelmed.

For more information and rules, click here.

Read about success stories from PitMad here.

#SFFpit

Then I found out about #SFFpit. This Twitter Pitch Party focuses on writers with unpublished, edited and polished manuscripts which are either Science Fiction or Fantasy for any age group. The 2016 dates have not been posted yet, so be sure to keep checking for the next event.  Click here to find out the specifics of this Twitter Pitch Party.

#PitchMAS

I was motivated, having sent out several queries from the previous two Pitch Parties. I then participated in PitchMAS. This was also very productive and led to several requests from agents or publishers who liked my pitches.

 

#PitMatch

This is new and the first event will happen on February 11th. It’s a collaboration between and . Writers, editors and agents team up to make the best matches. February 11, 1-4 EST. This is organized by Brenda Drake and Jessica Sinsheimer.  For more info, click here.

 

#Pit2Pub and #SonofAPitch

Two more upcoming Twitter Pitch Parties I have yet to participate in are Pit2Pub and SonofAPitch. Both seem to aim at helping writers find publishers for their manuscripts. I don’t know if agents will be lurking, you never know.

SonofaPitch happens in four stages. The last day is the open Twitter Pitch Party. 

This is for all genres of YA, NA, and Adult.

#DVpit

April 19, 2016 is the debut for #DVpit aimed at helping marginalized voices be heard.  For more information visit http://www.bethphelan.com/dvpit

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Interested in finding out about even more Twitter Pitch Parties?
Literary Agent Carly Watters shares important information about Twitter Pitch Parties and how to write a pitch. Click here

Want more information? Click Sub It Club here.

Some people may prefer bypassing Twitter Pitch Parties, but for me, it’s been a great way to jump in and see what agents and publishers are looking for. If it’s not your thing then you may prefer querying directly to agents or publishers.

A BIG Thank you!

I am so glad people like Brenda Drake, Dan Koboldt, Jessa Russo, Tamara Mataya, Kristin D.VanRisseghem, Beth Phelan and Katie Teller have organized these amazing Twitter Pitch Parties. Thank you!

Isabelle Hardesty

Isabelle NEW AUTHOR PHOTO4444444Hardesty is a writer and was born and raised in Miami on a street that had coconut trees and the scent of a nearby Cuban bakery’s latest creations wafting in the warm air.

Jade’s Awakening and Jade’s Descent are part of Isabelle Hardesty’s Delacourt Saga series. Both novellas are available on Amazon and Kobo.

Isabelle lives in Atlanta with her husband, who is also a writer, and their cat and dog. She loves being with her family, eating chocolate and connecting with readers. When she is not writing, you can find her either researching for her next book or painting.

Join her Newsletter here:   NEWSLETTER: bit.ly/29H76Cc

TWITTER: twitter.com/IsabelleHWrites

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/IsabelleHardestyWriter

BLOG: bit.ly/29IDrte

WEBSITE: IsabelleHardesty.com

Here is a review that makes me smile:

“I was mesmerized from the beginning. The characters are well developed and the story line is amazing. I couldn’t put it down and was sad when I got to the last page. I can’t wait to see what happens next in Jade’s Descent. I’ve already pre-ordered!” – Lisa W.

 

 

So much to be Thankful for

by Isabelle Hardesty

This Thanksgiving I am so thankful for my wonderful family.  It’s humbling to have so much to be thankful for.

This year, I am also thankful for the writing community who are so generous and helpful. I was able to finally get published this year, thanks to Gilded Dragonfly Books. My short story, Jade’s Awakening was featured in Legends of the Dragon, Vol. 

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I have attended several years of Dragon Con with my husband and sisters and found myself attending most of the writers’ workshops. I enjoyed the other panels which featured actors, however, I was fascinated and inspired by the people who created the worlds in which the actors worked.

This year I also found the benefit of Twitter as a learning platform. I’ve mined Twitter for knowledge and learned about #Pitmad  #Pitchmas  #Mockpit #MSWL  #NANOWriMo

I look forward to learning so much more as I continue my magical journey as a writer.

Isabelle Hardesty

@IsabelleHWrites

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Isabelle Hardesty is a writer and was born and raised in Miami on a street that had coconut trees and the scent of a nearby Cuban bakery’s latest creations wafting in the warm air.

Isabelle lives in Atlanta with her husband, who is also a writer, and their cat and dog. She loves being with her family, eating chocolate and connecting with readers. When she is not writing, you can find her either researching for her next book or painting.

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TWITTER: twitter.com/IsabelleHWrites

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/IsabelleHardestyWriter

BLOG: bit.ly/29IDrte

WEBSITE: IsabelleHardesty.com

Here is a review that makes me smile:

“I was mesmerized from the beginning. The characters are well developed and the story line is amazing. I couldn’t put it down and was sad when I got to the last page. I can’t wait to see what happens next in Jade’s Descent. I’ve already pre-ordered!” – Lisa Whitfield

 

www.IsabelleHardesty.com

twitter.com/IsabelleHWrites

Fall Essentials

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This fall, be sure to have your copy of Legends of the Dragon to read during those chilly nights. Enjoy Jade’s Awakening, a short story written by Isabelle Hardesty. Click the video below to learn more about Jade. Legends of the Dragon features seventeen short stories.

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