Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Two weeks ago, I had the experience every great crit partner dreams about: I got to attend the launch for a book I critiqued!

RENEGADE by J.A. Souders!!!

I headed to the launch with my friends and crit partners Tara, Christy, and LizJessica held the launch at an industrial office space that was the inspiration for one of the settings in the book.

From L-R: Me, Liz, Christy, and Tara

Jessica had yummy RENEGADE cupcakes:
 And she read part of the first chapter of RENEGADE:
Jessica and me!

Final group shot:
From L-R: Me, Tara, Jessica, and Christy

It has been so amazing to watch this book develop from first chapter to agent edits to edit letter to final copy.  I am so so happy for Jessica!!!

This is a book you DEFINITELY want to read, and, lucky for you, I got an extra copy to give away! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below!

And, in case you missed it, don't forget to check out my video interview with Jessica!

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Goodreads Blurb:
Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie. Her memories have been altered. Her mind and body aren’t under her own control. And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.

J.A. Souders lives in Florida with her husband and their two children and is an active member of RWA, DFRW, YARWA, SCBWI, and SFWA. RENEGADE is her first novel.


  1. Congrats for you and the author! Such a wonderful feeling I am sure!!

  2. I just teared up. I hadn't realized that you were there with Jess, Larissa. I am so happy for you both! Jessica is amazing. She deserves all her success.

  3. And the same partner who brought my Liz to you, too, right? (I guess she's not technically mine. We can share.) I'm so excited for you all and can't wait to read *your* book next! ;-)

  4. Looked like you had so much fun, love the cupcakes with the cover on them :)

  5. What fun this must have been for your whole group. Congrats to Jessica.

  6. Congrats! And now that you've made me crave cupcakes I have to find me some. :-)