Winter is Coming

Posted on 14. Nov, 2014 by in Author Visits

Besides my Game of Thrones fixation (going through withdrawal – is it April yet??) winter really is coming. We’ve had some snow and a few cozy fires in the fireplace. There’s no denying it.

However, there is still fun to be had!

Like the fact that in a few days I’ll be heading to Boston / Salem, MA to do some research on witches which I’ll be using in several projects. I’ll be taking a ton of photos for inspiration. If you’re interested in seeing some, follow me on Instagram where I’ll be posting them during my adventures.

AND I have news about the release of SKIN OF MY TEETH – it’s finally happening, but maybe not like you’d expect.

Cryptic, right? Well, all will be revealed on November 19th by Leap Books and our awesome Street Team of bloggers. Watch for news on this Facebook page:

But I can tell you the, um, initial release date for SKIN OF MY TEETH is December 23rd.

So, bring it Winter – we’re ready for ya….

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Cover Reveal: The Lost Imperials

Posted on 03. Nov, 2014 by in Author Visits


By Tyler H. Jolley and Sherry D. Ficklin


In a battle for control of the time stream, the past and the future will collide, either saving mankind—or destroying it.
The Tesla Institute stands on one side of the battle. Controlled by the mind of one of the greatest inventors in history, the Institute recruits gifted, young time travelers called Rifters. Those who survive his training are sent into history with the mission to preserve the time stream, recruit more of their kind, and better humanity through subtle, controlled event manipulation.
Standing in the way are the Hollows, a rogue group of Rifters who have vowed to put an end to the Tesla Institute—at all costs. They steal, cheat, and bend history to their own ends. Using children stolen from time as their personal armies, they fight not only for control of time itself, but also for self-preservation.
“Steampunk and time travel combine to provide pizazz in this series opener about a long-lost royal brother and sister, the surviving Romanovs. Ficklin and Jolley handle the rather intricate plotline well, populating the time stream with interesting characters that pop up in various unexpected places. The steampunk scenario adds a great deal of zest to the proceedings, with top hats, leather corsets and a variety of steam-driven contrivances providing set dressing. Kids who pick it up won’t encounter much real history, but they’ll be reading it for fun anyway. (Steampunk. 12 & up)” ~Kirkus Reviews


Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
What should be a routine mission leaves Ethan with a serious problem. He’s fractured—a break between mind and body that leaves him at the mercy of his Rifter abilities, which are quickly tearing him apart. He will have to trust the only person who might know how to fix him, a mysterious Rifter named Stewart Stills, who seems to have a special connection with the time stream.
Forced to face his dark past and a decision he may never forgive himself for, he will be trained unlike any of the others, to become a true guardian for time. If he accepts, it will mean leaving everyone he loves behind. If he refuses, time itself could unravel. After a glimpse of the dark future awaiting them all, he will have to choose between destiny and desire. Will he rise up and take his place as a defender of the natural order, or will he watch as all of time burns at the hands of the girl he loves?
Welcome to the time war.


Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Stein has been with the Hollows for as long as she can remember. Taken as a child, she has no memories of her past—and that’s always been fine by her. Until the day she stumbles across a hidden journal containing the devastating truth about her paternity. Now everything she thought she knew—and everyone she thought she could trust—has changed. The truth about who she is and where she came from is a secret so deep, it will rock the Hollows and the Tesla Institute alike.
During a test to verify her bloodlines, Stein makes a terrible discovery. She is carrying a rare genetic mutation that is slowly killing her. Unsure who to turn to and running out of time, she has no choice but to turn to Tesla—her most hated enemy—for help. But can she trust the man who she’s been fighting against her whole life, or will she end up another piece in his deadly game of cat and mouse with the people who betrayed her so long ago?


In order to support his hobby of writing, Tyler decided to pursue dentistry. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in 2002. He then completed a four year residency at the University of Pennsylvania. In June 2006, he opened Jolley Smiles in Grand Junction, CO. Snowboarding, mountain biking, road biking, fly fishing, bird hunting, camping, hiking, and backpacking are the things he enjoys doing with his family. When life gets stressful he escapes to unseen worlds.
Sherry is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel, eat exotic food, and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is often only seen in blurry photographs.

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Leap Books Backlist Monster Bash!

Posted on 23. Oct, 2014 by in Author Visits

Does your heart race when things go bump in the night?
Then you’re in the right place because Leap Books is about to get CREEPY!

Join Leap Books authors in a wicked cool Facebook event on October 28 from 7-9pm. Authors will be sharing creepy tales, recipes, Halloween tips and tricks AND there will be giveaways! Enter to win here:


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October Events

Posted on 15. Oct, 2014 by in Author Visits

Looking forward to all the great events I have lined up this month….

October 31: Virtual visit (I’ll be supplying a 5 min video clip of me babbling about writing horror fiction and perhaps strolling through a few graveyards) to the Red Deer Public Library during their fantastical After Hours Adults Halloween Party where, “Literary characters and cosplay are encouraged.”

October 25: Cold Lake Zombie Walk. Cold Lake, Alberta. Organizing the first zombie walk fundraisor in my home town. Proceeds to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

October 17: Touring with the Young Alberta Book Society for the TALEBLAZERS program. Visiting students from grades 5-9 at the Progressive Academy and Edith Rogers School in Edmonton.

I will also be heading for Boston in November and will (of course!) be checking out Salem and a bevy of Edgar Allan Poe sites. Can’t wait. Follow me on Instagram to see the photos of my trip and be entertained (or appalled) by my current kitchen renovations.


Happy Halloween to you all!

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Deep in the Meadows Blog Tour

Posted on 26. Sep, 2014 by in Author Visits

Leap Books has organized one hell of a blog tour for Lisa M. Cronkhite‘s young adult thriller, Deep in the Meadows. Get full details on the tour HERE. Read an excerpt below…

I’m on the bridge near the Meadows, and he’s thrashing in the bloody water. “Jimmy, swim,” I yell.

The roaring waves drown out my screams. Numbness travels through my body from head to toe. My eyes lock in horror on my brother flailing helplessly.

Lights flare behind me, illuminating Jimmy’s car, smashed against the side of the bridge. The windshield’s shattered, but the wipers are still fluttering, trying to move even though they’re stuck to the glass. Below me, icy black waves churn.

“Jimmy, where are you?”

Darkness spreads across the water.

“Jimmy?” I scream again.

Then everything turns black, as if I’m underneath the waves myself. The only sound is a cry in the distance. “Bee, help me…”



Bianca “Bee” Thompson’s brother, Jimmy, has been dead for ten months, yet she still feels his presence lingering. And one question haunts her: Was Jimmy’s death an accident?
Probing into the events on the night of Jimmy’s death, Bee hears strange voices. The voices lead her to a blood-splattered room, a terrifying threat, and a deadly trap.
Is Bee on the trail of her brother’s murderer, or is she entangled in a totally different and much more diabolical plot?
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Good Stuff to Share

Posted on 21. Sep, 2014 by in Author Visits

As usual, my favourite season includes some fun author-ish events. While I’m not hosting the Crossroads Blog Tour this year, I will be sharing all the goodies from the Leap Books Halloween promotion we’re currently planning. You won’t want to miss out on free books! More details later, for now, here’s what’s going down:


banneraudiobksmAre now available in audio book format! If you’re new to audio books, you can even get one of them for free when you sign up on Audiable. I’ve recorded an interview with the awesome narrator for both books, Elizabeth Semida, and will be posting it here in early October. She did an amazing job capturing Eryn’s voice.

Young Alberta Book Society: TALEBLAZERS Festival

I’m touring with Taleblazers and will be presenting to grades 5-9 students at the Progressive Academy in Edmonton on October 17th. I’ll be discussing everything from creating great characters / superheroes to writing thriller and horror. Perfect for the season.

CLZWlogo2smCold Lake Zombie Walk 2014

In the spirit of KILLER’S INSTINCT, the monster-hunter tale I co-wrote with Dawn Dalton, I’m organizing the first ever zombie walk in my home town. We’ll be lurching up and down the sidewalks of Main Street and RAISING funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Undeads unite! Find out more here. Donate to our team here.

Halloween in the Library: After Hours Dance

This event looks GOREgous…and if you’ve read Second Skin – it’s almost erie. Anyway, the Red Deer Public Library has invited me to “virtually” appear via a ghoulish pre-recorded video clip I’m creating just for the occasion which may involve me strolling through some creepy graveyards.

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Summer News

Posted on 09. Aug, 2014 by in Author Visits

Lots of amazing things going on here in the land of Graves:


pnla_scalelogo_ex9This week I’m heading out on a road trip to Helena, Montana to speak at the Pacific Northwest Library Association’s annual conference about ways libraries can best connect with authors and in turn enhance their literacy / readership programs. To be asked to present at the conference’s Young Readers Choice Awards Author Luncheon is a huge honour. I’m also excited to check out all the cool sessions PNLA has to offer and bring new ideas back to my own school district where I work (day job!) as a library technician.

Friday, August 15th: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

YRCA Author luncheon – Judith Graves,   (Auction winners announced) Book signing afterward.


KI400KILLER’S INSTINCT, the monster-hunter tale I co-wrote with Dawn Dalton,  has been nominated for the coveted Silver Falchion Award™ …along with two other Leap Books titles. ““The purpose of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award™ is to honor the best books readily available to a North American audience in any format within the past year. The categories include both fiction and nonfiction.” Winners will be announced at the Killer Nashville conference this weekend!

LEAP BOOKS’ Silver Falchion Award™ nominees include:


Leapbadge1And one of the most exciting things to happen in my publishing career thus far, I’m now the proud Co-Publisher of Leap Books, the small publishing house that took a chance on me when I first started in this business in 2008. I’ve joined young adult authors, Shannon Delany and Jennifer Murgia as the new owner/management team of Leap Books LLC. Get the full details about this friendly publishing house takeover here.

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And finally, the other me, Judith Tewes, is celebrating the release of an edgycontemporary young adult tale published with Bloomsbury Spark. If you like snark, swearing, and aren’t bothered by irreverent teens in sexual situations – this might be a read for you. There’s even a giveaway!


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Leap Books Celebration Giveaway

Posted on 01. Aug, 2014 by in Author Visits

Leapbadge1We’re having a bit of a party to celebrate Leap Books’ new ownership / management team and have a fun giveaway YOU can enter. Help us spread the word about our new venture into the wild, crazy world of publishing…contest ends August 28th!
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“One Small Step…” can Create One Giant LEAP!

Posted on 01. Aug, 2014 by in Author Visits

Leapbadge1I’m thrilled to share the following press release with you! I’m now the proud co-publisher of a company I’ve been with for years and believe will LEAP far..
“One Small Step…” can Create One Giant LEAP!
That’s what popular young adult authors Shannon DelanyJudith Graves, and Jen Murgia hope! The bold trio recently took on management (and in Delany’s case ownership) of established small publisher Leap Books LLC.
The three women come from diverse backgrounds in publishing but have pooled their skills and resources to breathe new life into Leap.

Established in 2009 by Laurie Edwards, Leap has earned a respected place in the young adult and middle grade markets, gaining recognition from the Green Earth Books Award program, the Young Adult Library Services Association Popular Paperbacks program, and receiving recommended reading status from authoritative review sources, such as Kirkus Reviews, the Midwest Book Review, and CM Magazine.

What should readers look forward to with the relaunch of Leap? “We already have a backlist of strong stories thanks to the foundation Laurie Edwards built for Leap Books, but it seems like people have overlooked many of them while swimming in the sea of current YA and MG novels. We’re going to changing that and building on the existing list with our upcoming SHINE list of edgy YA and NA e-novellas and a re-branding and re-launching of both our YA novel line SURGE and our middle grade novel line.”

What should authors look forward to with Leap Books? “Although Leap’s SURGE line usually only accepts agented submissions, in mid-October we’ll be opening our doors wide. If you have a well-polished YA or MG novel that grabs us and holds us, we may have a spot in our lineup for you. Watch the Leap Books blog–no, stalk the blog–to find out when to submit. And watch for special anthologies to submit to–we have some great ones coming up!”

For now Delany suggests readers and writers alike leap into the contest running until August 8th at and if you’re serious about writing for a publisher, first give a few of their books a read.
You can find Leap Books at:

Shannon Delany, Publisher

Judith Graves, Co-Publisher
Jennifer Murgia, Marketing Director
Leap Books, LLC
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Leap Books Deals for the Fourth

Posted on 07. Jul, 2014 by in Author Visits

Leap Books has a deal going this Fourth of July long weekend…


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