Crowd-Sourced Book Trailer

Come to my Facebook Launch Party &
Be in a Book Trailer!

That’s right. I’m making a crowd-sourced book trailer in one hour. Be in it! Basically I’m issuing humorous challenges, collecting short videos and stitching the footage together for a short trailer about my story. This whole thing is going down Monday April 17. Come get in the trailer or get your kids in. The event is in the comments. Just sign up to participate. Please! Just one video from you. It’ll be awesome.

Here’s an example challenge, performed by my kiddos. (My novella in the collection is about a dancer locked in a fitness challenge with a CrossFitter guy.)

Challenge: Elaborately warm up the way you think an intense Crossfitter would and start a race.

Thank you in advance to anyone who can do this with me. You rock. I’ll “release” the video with all your ugly mugs

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Cover Reveal & Five Book Giveaway!

HUGE thank you to Karen for hosting the cover reveal of SHATTER!! Karen is my food-blogging, more attractive sister who gets to be nine years younger than me all the way until we die. It’s so unfair.

On her blog, she’s got the gorgeous cover of SHATTER (releasing May 9, 2017) designed by Patricia Chaves at Cedar Fort. If you’ve seen it, sign up to win! Five winners will each get one of the following books to celebrate SHATTER’s release. If you haven’t seen it, take a peek below, or go check it out at The Food Charlatan.

hastobelove_cvrTheBishop's Wife


the row by jenn johanssonShatter Cover









See it? SHATTER? Right there in the pile of books I’m giving away? Of course one of the giveaway books is my own! SHATTER is a hip, smart-sleuthing mystery for teens and adults.

Police tell Salem the explosion that blew up her sister was an accident.


Brokenhearted Salem pursues the gang-bangers who tormented her sister, especially high school classmate Cordero. The only way to learn the truth is to slip behind enemy lines.

The only way to survive is to find a way back out.

Everyone who signs up for my newsletter between Jan.  17 and Feb. 28 will be entered to win. Winners will be contacted through the email they entered to the newsletter. If you’re already on the newsletter and want in on this giveaway, just share one of my social media posts about Shatter. Please also comment that you shared the post because FB and other sites sometimes hides useful info like that. Something about protecting the identity of anyone not friends with me, like there are stalker-weirdos on the internet. Come on.

Now, I bet you’re dying to know about the other four books I’m giving away!

HAS TO BE LOVE, contemporary young adult novel:  Years ago, Clara survived a vicious bear attack. She’s used to getting sympathetic looks around town, but meeting strangers is a different story. Yet her dreams go far beyond Knik, Alaska, and now she’s got a secret that’s both thrilling and terrifying–an acceptance letter from Columbia University. But it turns out her scars aren’t as fixable as she hoped, and when her boyfriend begins to press for a forever commitment, she has second thoughts about New York.

THE BISHOP’S WIFE, best-selling adult murder mystery: Linda Wallheim is a devout Mormon, the mother of five boys and the wife of a bishop. One cold winter night, a young wife and mother named Carrie Helm disappears, leaving behind everything she owns. Carrie’s husband, Jared, claims his wife has always been unstable and that she has abandoned the family, but Linda doesn’t trust him.

Note: THE BISHOP’S WIFE is marketed to adults and has themes related to domestic violence. Since I write and market to teens, I will happily provide a different title if the winner of this book prefers.

THE HAUNTING OF SPRINGETT HALL, young adult historical fantasy and winner of best young adult fiction from the League of Utah Writers: Eighteen-year-old Lucy doesn’t know how she became a ghost, but the more she remembers of her life in Victorian England, the more she wants to forget. Her only hope of changing the mistakes of her past is to enlist the help of a servant named Philip – the one living person who can see her.

THE ROW, contemporary young adult thriller: Seventeen-year-old Riley Beckett is no stranger to prison. Her father is a convicted serial killer on death row who has always maintained that he was falsely accused. A month before the execution date, her father secretly confesses to her that he actually did carry out the murders. He takes it back almost immediately. Determined to uncover the truth for her own sake, Riley discovers something that will forever change everything she’s believed about the family she loves.

Don’t those all sound awesome? They ARE awesome! Good luck in winning them!

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