Quick and Dirty Tips for Writing a Kick Butt Author Bio

One the most stressful parts about starting out as a writer was writing my author biography.  Making up worlds and characters somehow seemed much simpler than having to talk about ME.  I’m not all that interesting, that’s why I make interesting people up!  As someone who runs a review blog, I know the importance of a great author bio.  Here are a few tips that I’ve picked up along the way as both an author and blogger that I think help make for a kick butt author bio.

1.  Give yourself time. 

Seriously.  Don’t try to do this in a night.  Rough draft that thing and let it simmer. Continue reading



Thank you to everyone who commented on the audiobooks post for a chance to win an audiobook copy of Attempting Elizabeth.




Congratulations to Jenny Reed.  Please email me at jessica@authorjessicagrey.com to claim your prize.

Atone: A Fairytale – Cover Reveal

Later this month I will be releasing the second book in my Young Adult fantasy series the Fairytale Trilogy.  And today happens to be the day that some awesome bloggers all over the internet are helping me reveal the cover for Atone: A Fairytale.

And it just so happens to be my posting day here at Teatime Romance so I get to participate in my own cover reveal! Whoo hoo!

So, ta-da, here it is!  The cover for Atone, followed by the back cover blurb.  Let me know what you think!


Becca Ward knows that magic is real… Continue reading

Winner: Attempting Elizabeth

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for an ebook copy of Attempting Elizabeth. If you missed out on the giveaway but still want to learn more about AE check out the original post here.


Congratulations to Liz Smith. Liz, please email me at jessica@authorjessicagrey.com to claim your copy of Attempting Elizabeth. Thanks!

Love, Magic, and Novel-Jumping

Hi! My name is Jess and I write books.  There’s usually kissing in them.  There also tends to be magic.  Occasionally they have Star Wars references.

Why yes, there is a Star Wars reference in this book...and you know, love, magic, and kissing and stuff.

Why yes, there is a Star Wars reference in this book…and you know, love, magic, and kissing and stuff.

I have previously self-published two novels, a Young Adult fantasy/fairy tale retelling called Awake: A Fairytale and Attempting Elizabeth which is a chick lit/romance/fantasy mash-up centered around Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  I also have self-published a collection of short story fairy tale retellings entitled Views from the Tower.  Atone: A Fairytale, which is the second book in my YA series, comes out this summer. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

champaignValentine’s Day is the high holiday of romance writing, and we’re celebrating our pages off here at Teatime with an e-Scavenger Hunt and six—count ’em six—giveaways!

Lisa’s prize pack: With Seduction in Mind by Laura Lee Guhrke and MacGregor Grooms by Nora Roberts (for Nook or Kindle)

Jennelle’s prize pack: Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl and Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase (for Kindle)

Katherine’s pirate prize pack: Captive Embrace by Fern Michaels and Duke by Day, Rogue by Night by Katherine Bone (for Nook or Kindle)

Erica’s paranormal prize pack: The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton and Awake by Jessica Grey (for Kindle)

Cora’s historical prize pack: It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn and Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes

Amy’s contemporary prize pack: Start Me Up by Victoria Dahl and Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins Continue reading