Monday, September 09, 2013

Which cover do you like best?

If you haven't already seen my new blog address, head on over to and tell me which cover you like best!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

My Top Ten Tips for Writers

So I've got a new website that has my blog linked to it. Eventually I'll figure how to link this address to it too. Until then, please go go my new link at:

Sunday, August 18, 2013

And the winners are

Before I list those picked by, I wanted to let you know that I will be doing one of my massive, give away every book I’ve every written give-aways at the end of September (or beginning of October depending on how organized I am) as we count down to the Slayers: Friends and Traitors release.
Winners, send me your physical address (at jrallisonfans at and which book you’d like. Your choices are: Slayers, Erasing Time; My Fair Godmother; My Double Life; How To Take the Ex Out of Ex-boyfriend; Life, Love and the Pursuit of Free Throws; or Fame, Glory, and Other Things On My To Do List.
All great books, by the way.
Jessie Clark, Alyssa, Rachel W, Kimberly K, Mattie, Cathy

Friday, August 09, 2013

Another book giveaway (What I did this summer)

While I was up in SLC vacationing this summer I stopped by Clark Planetarium and saw their new movie Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures. It’s an educational film, like all of the films at the planetarium, but the producer framed the information in a story to make it more interesting. (If you live in Utah, go see it!)

The premise  is that a teenage girl--who has always had nightmares about dragons to the point that it’s an obsession with her--goes to see a mysterious Dr. Alistair Conis about it. She hopes he can help her. They talk about the similarities found in dragon lore and wonder why so many different cultures all have dragon legends.

At one point in the movie, we even see an egg with an embryonic dragon inside which is reminiscent of the original Slayers cover.

In Slayers, Tori is a teenage girl who has always had nightmares about dragons to the point that it’s an obsession with her. She goes to Dragon Camp which is run by a mysterious Dr. Alistair Bartholomew. (Both of which, by the way, have unkempt gray hair.)  She hopes he can help her. They talk about the similarities found in dragon lore and wonder why so many different cultures all have dragon legends.

I figured the similarities the movie had to my book was either one of those wild coincidences or the writer, Marc  Fafard was a fan. I found him on facebook, wrote to him and told him that I enjoyed his movie and said that I had a series out with a similar premise. I offered him a signed copy.
So it turns out he’s a really nice guy. And the similarities were just one of those weird coincidences that sometimes happen in the business. (Great minds think alike, and all of that.) We may do some cross promotion in the future. Here's the trailer for the movie. Really, it could almost double as a book trailer for Slayers--and has way cooler graphics than any book trailer I'll ever be able to do. You can watch it here:

 In the spirit of cross promotion I'm giving away five copies of Slayers this week (If you already have Slayers, I'll substitute one of the titles that I currently have a lot of in my closet: Erasing Time; My Fair Godmother; How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-boyfriend; My Double Life; Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List, or Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws)

I'll give one chance if you like the Dragons film facebook page, a chance if you follow Dragons on Twitter, a chance if you follow CJ Hill on Twitter, and a chance if you like CJ Hill's facebook fan page.  The links are bellow. Let me know what you've done in the comments section.  Good luck!

DragonsTheFilm on facebook

Dragons on twitter

CJ Hill fan page

CJ Hill twitter

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Slayers 2 giveaway and more . . .

My publisher is giving away 20 ARCs of Slayers: Friends and Traitors on Goodreads this week. Awesome, huh?  You can enter by following this link:

Also, I wanted to let you know that in a few more days, I'll be running another book give-away myself, so check back on the blog around Friday.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Who's on the A-list this year

It’s that time of year (at least in Arizona) when kids go back to school and parents are inundated with school forms to fill out. I’ve lived in the same house in the same school district for fourteen years. I have five children, which means I’ve had to fill out roughly five billion forms. You would think the school would use a computer printout that I could just initial, but no. That would be modern. And convenient.
At least now my kids are old enough that I can make them fill out some of the forms. My teen daughter was filling out forms and asked me who to put on the list of approved people who could pick her up from the school.
“George Clooney,” I told her. “But only if he agrees to come in the house and talk to me when he’s dropping you off."
“I would go with George Clooney,” she said.
(By George, we would both get in a car with this man.)

In that spirit, I decided to do an entire blog on who is allowed to pick up my daughter from school.
On the allowed list:
Taylor Swift. She would probably give my daughter good dating advice. If you know a guy is trouble when he walks in, stay far away from him.
On the disallowed list:
All other rock stars. Most of them seem to have death wishes and want to party like it's the last night of their life. I don’t want them driving my daughter anywhere.
Princess Kate because we’d love to see the royal baby.
Not allowed:
Prince Harry. He says he’s going to teach his nephew how to have fun. Since Harry’s last batch of fun produced pictures of him wearing nothing but freckles, I certainly hope Will and Kate put the kibosh on that idea.
Luke Skywalker. I chose him because I can’t think of any other celebrities I would allow in a car with my daughter so I’m resorting to fictional characters. Plus Luke has the force, and that’s really cool.
Not allowed:
Any congressmen, ex-congressmen, mayors, or mayoral candidates. Especially Anthony Weiner. What is it with these people and why can’t they keep their pants on?

Anyway, that is my list of people who are allowed and not allowed to stroll into the school office and pick up my daughter. Feel free to print it out and send it to your school as well.
Happy forming!

Okay, I would allow Johnny Dep to pick my daughter up from school too, because he is still that cool despite the fact that I can't find anyone who actually liked the Lone Ranger.
(We forgive you, Johnny)

***Goodreads is giving away ten copies of Slayers with the new, cooler cover. You can enter here: ***

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hang out with me, Aprilynne Pike, and Suzanne Young on Monday

Yes that's right, AZ peeps. You have the chance to not only see me--and you never know what color my hair is going to be, so that's always exciting--but also local cool author Suzanne Young and NY Times Best seller Aprilynne Pike.

Aprilynne is launching her new novel Earthbound. Plus for all of you Slayer's buffs she has the same name as Tori's sister. (Coincidence or is Aprilynne harboring a family of superheroes?)  And for all of you Erasing Time buff's she's the astute author who blurbed the back cover. If you've ever had questions about what she meant when she said I deftly explore themes of loyalty, this is your chance to ask her about it.

I would love to see you there!

Here's more info:

Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283

In Pike's Earthbound, Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she sees strange visions, she discovers she's an Earthbound — someone with the ability to create matter out of nothing — and that she alone holds the key to stopping an evil society that manipulates global events for its own shadowy purposes.

In Young's The Program, teen suicide is a worldwide epidemic. The only known cure is "The Program," a treatment in which painful memories are erased, a fate worse than death to seventeen-year-old Sloane who knows that it will steal memories of her dead brother and boyfriend.

In Hill's Erasing Time, eighteen-year-old twins Taylor and Sheridan are pulled into the future and must find a way to stop the evil government from using the time machine again.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS APRILYNNE PIKE is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Wings series. She has been spinning stories since she was a child with a hyperactive imagination. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found out running; she also enjoys singing, acting, and (of course!) reading books about magic and kissing. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and four kids.
SUZANNE YOUNG currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she drafts novels on restaurant napkins while eating chimichangas. After earning her degree in creative writing, Suzanne spent several years teaching middle school language arts. She is also the author of A Need So Beautiful.
C.J. HILL is a pen name for Janette Rallison, who is best known for writing romantic comedies (Erasing Time is her nineteenth published book). She lives in Arizona with her five children, but is still in desert denial and hopes that one day her garden will grow silver bells and cockle shells or maybe just tomatoes.