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1. New post up over on WordPress

New blog post is up on my new location--WordPress!

It's all about how YOU can be the face of YOUNG RIDER magazine!

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2. All set!

Apologies about the difficulties with downloading the video! The awesome Jo at Glass Slipper Webdesign walked me through it and everything is all set!

If' you've already downloaded the video, please try to download it again--it won't charge you.

If you haven't, I hope you check out my first installment for young writers! :)


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3. Write Now! Getting Published as a Young Writer DVD 1 available now!


It's here! 

The first installment in WRITE NOW!, GETTING PUBLISHED AS YOUNG WRITER, digital series is ready!


Taught by Jessica Burkhart, TOP TEN MISTAKES YOUNG WRITERS MAKE, is a must watch video for any writer seeking publication. It is also a great teaching tool for classrooms and libraries.  

Published at 14, Jess understands what it's like to be a young writer. Now, at 22 years old, Jess has 20 tween novels published with Simon & Schuster. Over 500,000 copies of her Canterwood Crest series books are in print.  

Jess debunks common publishing myths and highlights truths in this 31 minute long video.  

Despite the title, TOP 10 is a useful guide for a writer of any age seeking publication. 

Jess has visited many classrooms both in person and via Skype. She wanted to create a video for viewers to be able to pause, take notes, or refer back to.  

If schools and libraries use Jess's videos, they are able to have an author "visit" without the high costs of travel, paying the author, or dealing with any tech glitches.  

Some praise for Jess's teaching:  

"Jess Burkhart's Skype author visit was an inspiration to my Middle School Book Club students. She did an amazing job integrating her own personal life story into a motivational talk about the writing process. My students were left feeling excited about doing some writing of their own!" ~Cathie Bashaw Morton, Library Media Specialist, Millbrook Central School District, New York 

"Jessica Burkhart is an excellent speaker who engages students by connecting with them through her many experiences as an author. She is engaging and inspiring while encouraging students to follow their dreams and persevere in their writing. She also shares tips on how to get their writing noticed. I highly recommend this experience for your students!" ~Abbe Waldron, Library Media Specialist, Wamogo Regional High School 

For more about Jess, visit www.JessicaBurkhart.com or Tweet her @JessicaBurkhart.


Get this first video now for $1.99!


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4. Moving to WordPress

Hiya!

Just a heads up during a CRAY-ZEE business time to say that I moved to WordPress! I'm in the process of setting up my blog but you can find me at jessicaburkhartblog.com.

I'm insane with work right now, but catch up soon! xoxo

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5. Thank you! :)

I wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of you who have downloaded my first e-book!

I sooo appreciate it! Those of you who have gone the extra step and reviewed the book--hugs to you! I'm taking your constructive criticism and will apply it to my second e-book, co-written with my friend Bri that comes out on January 26.

I'm also retaking the photos for the EBT guide and will upload them soon.

If the EBT guide keeps selling a lot of copies, it will allow me the funds to take a break from traditional publishing for a bit and work only on Canterwood Crest e-novellas and West Coast Prep e-novellas. :) So, please keep spreading the word about my beauty guide, reviewing it if you like, and tell your friends.

You guys ROCK! 

Finally, I'm high in the tower of my Pink Castle aka my living room :D and working on WILD HEARTS since it is due 2/1.

Blog again soon! xx


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6. My e-book will be free on January 10th!

Please spread the word!

From January 10-12 my very first e-book, 25+ EBTs: Essential Beauty Tricks with Lauren Towers in mind will be available for FREE!

Two days only!

So grab your copy. :) It's packed with bonus tips and tons of full color photographs.


And at the end of the month, on January 26, a new e-book hits virtual shelves!


This new e-book is co-written with my friend from college, Bri. We're bringing you thirty-five awesome ways to update your room without breaking your budget.


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7. Keep It Chic and Cheap: 35 Ways to Update Your Space for Under $35


Ready for a room makeover? Don't have a ton of money to spend? Invest $1.99 in this how-to guide that will give you 35 ideas to makeover your room and bathroom for under $35.

Lauren Towers would say these ideas are tres parfait! All the tips inside are inspired by LT & Crew and Sasha and Co.

Filled with full color photos!

Co-written by Bri Ahearn and I.

Look for KEEP IT CHIC AND CHEAP on Amazon.com on January 26!

xo

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8. No e-reader? No problem!

Hey, all!

Some of you are wanting to download 25+ (Thank you! And YAY!) but don't have a Kindle.

No problem!

If you do NOT have any e-readers, here's what to do:

Click this link for PC: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000426311

Click this link for Mac: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000464931

Then click "Download Now" and once it's finished, you can read and buy Kindle books! You're able to read them on your computer or print and read them if you wish.


If you have a Nook, you can download a FREE Kindle app onto your Nook so you can buy Kindle books.

Here's the app online: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.kindle

But you can use your Nook to browse for "Kindle" in the app store, too.

Happy reading! :)

xx




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9. Surprise, guys!! EBT (Essential Beauty Tricks) guide available NOW!


SURPRISE!

This 25 plus EBT guide filled with 15 photos (mine) is available for download RIGHT NOW!

SO EXCITED!

This is the first in a series of beauty e-books.

Grab it now for $.99! The next book will be all about at home spa treatments. :)

I'm back to work on WILD HEARTS now, but HEATED should be ready by March at the latest. So, yaaay!

I really, really hope you like this guide! I put tons of time and effort into it. Thank you to Bri Ahearn for helping me with the cover concept and for proof reading.

Hoping this ebook will do well enough that I can make a second one! Also hoping it will help fund my mental health/writer retreat.

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10. Let's talk mental health

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11. Asking for your help

I am humbly asking for donations to allow me to spend up to a month in California on my own "writer retreat." I have an amazing place to stay, but need help with air fare and a pet sitter for my three cats. I want a sitter here every day and to sleep over at least once a week. That's really expensive. I know I'm asking a lot and please believe me that I realize money is tight. Anything you can spare will mean the world to me. This is as much a writer retreat trip as it is a mental health one. Thank you, thank you.

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12. West Coast Prep: an all new equestrian e-novella series!

West Coast Prep: a new e-novella series coming 2014

I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for something a little different around here. Oh, say, a new e-novella horse series, perhaps?

You asked for it and you’ve got it!

Coming next year, you’ll meet twelve year old Fallon Black, princess of California and a A-level rider.

Fallon, who rode before she could walk, attends the prestigious West Coast Prep—an equestrian boarding school in California.

For years, Fallon’s had her sights set on one of our favorite East Coast riders, Sasha Silver.

But Fallon’s obsession with being better than Sasha is causing Fallon to overlook one very important rider who is just about to dethrone Fallon: Grace Holt. Fallon’s stepsister and her pony are nipping at Fallon’s heels.

Grace, a year younger than Fallon, attends West Coat Prep, too. Unlike Fallon, Grace doesn’t follow Sasha’s every move. Instead, she follows her sister’s.

Sit deep in your saddle and hold tight.

"West Coast, represent and put your hands up"as Katy Perry sings.

It’s time to delve into the world of equestrians who train with pop stars, fellow students who spend winter break in Aspen, and a boarding school where everyone rides.

Competition. Never. Stops.

In 2014, pack your suitcase because we’re going to California!

Take a look at two candid photos below! The first is Grace and her pony, Billy. Grace is a model for West Coast Prep as well as a beyond accomplished rider. But you’d never know unless you asked or watched her ride. You don’t meet anyone more modest than Grace.

Gracie and Billy



Lexi and Contero (they celebrated their one-year anniversary this Christmas!)

Lexi is the face of Fallon Black.

In real life, just like Gracie, Lex is an accomplished rider who would rather talk about anything than her wall full of blue ribbons and shelves full of trophies.

Lexi and Contero are a fairy new pair—he was a 2012 Christmas gift. I can’t wait to watch them grow and learn together!

Like Fallon and Grace (the character), Lexi and Gracie are sisters (not stepsisters.) They are the sweetest, funniest girls that I’ve ever met! I know some of you have been ??? about my relationship to them.

I’m all about the “you make your own family” theory. I met Lexi and Gracie through their dad. We started out emailing, then texting, then FaceTiming and soon, we got close enough to be like sisters and best friends to each other. So, they might not be “related” to me by blood, but I would do anything for them! They are, indeed, my sisters! :)

For more updates and to share in our West Coast Prep series behind the scenes fun, follow Lex on Twitter!

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13. And a little Keek . . .


Dec 16, 2013 | Canterwood this Christmas by Jessica_Burkhart on Keek.com

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14. Happy Holidays! What are your fave Christmas movies?

Peace, love, tolerance, understanding, kindness, and acceptance


Happy Holidays, everyone! I can't believe it's almost Christmas!

This is my brain right now: 

LOL!

But seriously! I can't focus on anything!

On Friday, a car is coming at 7am to take me to Newark Airport. I've got a 10:15am flight to the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California. Only one stop in Phoenix. 

I'm SO excited! It's my first time in CA! 


After I hop off the plane at LAX with a dream and my cardigan . . . just PRETEND I'm going to LAX. ;)

I'm staying with friends who have become family--my "Cali Barn Mafia" that consists of Joey, Suzie, Lex, and Gracie. I've only met Joey in person a few times, but it feels as though I know everyone. Maybe the FaceTime chats help. :) I won't miss the cold, but it will be weird to wear a t-shirt and not a sweater on Christmas. Weird in a way that I'm excited to try.

I hired Petaholics to come every day to visit Bella, Bliss, and Khaleesi. I would not be able to enjoy myself if I had to wonder every day if they were okay or if something had happened. I really like our sitter--she's a student who's majoring in creative writing, so that was a very cool match!

I finished writing Unicorn Magic #3! After that, I started watching a ton of Christmas movies. Although it's NOT Christmas themed, I highly recommend CHALET GIRL. 


It stars GOSSIP GIRLS'S Ed Westwick who's phenomenal. I loved this movie! 

Also, CHRISTMAS CUPID with PRETTY LITTLE LIARS'S Ashley Benson was fun!


I watched SNOW GLOBE; it was the second holiday movie that I saw starring Christina Milian. 

 Speaking of snow, some is coming down right now!

Back to movies . . . 

My fave Christmas movies are:

Charlie Brown Christmas (If I do NOT watch this and THE GRINCH (animated not Jim Carrey) it doesn't feel like Xmas)

The Grinch (animated, as I said :))

Home Alone 1 and 2

The Family Stone

The Santa Clause

Jingle All the Way

Rudolph

Frosty

Elf

What are your fave Xmas movies? Share! Total Film did a list of the "top 50 Christmas movies" if you're looking to try new ones. 

So, as I'm packing for a warm climate, I'll have a fireplace DVD on loop on my TV. :)


Happiest of holidays to everyone! I can't wait to ring in 2014!


xoxo





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15. Yay! Unicorn Magic #3 draft is finished!

So excited!

Now off to work on HEATED and WILD HEARTS!

How's everyone doing?

xoxo

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16. ER visit. Not for me or K! Shocker, right?!

So. It was almost ten. I was in PJs and just ready to get back to writing.

Then Mr. Frank brought me dinner. He forgot to get me a napkin and despite my protests, he started back down this stairs to get one.

I heard a yelp and crash and bolted out of my apt.

Frank had fallen ten or twelve steps. His left ring finger was bent at the knuckle at a 90 degree angel. If I hadn't been running on adreline, I would have passed out. His left ankle was rapidly becoming the size of a basketball.

I got him back of up the stairs--barely--and he told me where to get his ID, credit card, etc.

I changed out of my PJs and called for a car. We went to a hospital in the 60s on Third or Fourth Ave in Brooklyn.

They took xrays. And drew blood. And fixed his dislocated finger.

Thankfully, he only has a fractured foot. Not saying that his injury is awesome, but if def beats the alternative--if he'd tripped and gone down head first. His back is brushed all up and down his spine (owweee) and he's got a light cast on his food and a splint on his finger.

But, like EVERY other ER I have ever been to, we were there forever. 10pm to just after 7am. And they gave him a ridiculously tiny amount of pain killers for the injuries he had. It was a typical hospital.

I got him settled into my bed and he was asleep in two minutes. Leesi is currently keeping him company. :) And as much as I complained in this blog, I would do it again in a heart beat. No one should ever have to go to the hospital alone. He would have done the same for.

So he's asleep and I'm about to head to Crystal Kingdom in Unicorn Magic! :)

xoxo

and I couldn't stop myself . . . plz send me sheets for Christmas. ;)




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17. Twitter contest!



I'm extending the deadline until Friday, December 6 at 11:59pmEST! :)

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18. Shop the Canterwood Crest Store on Black Friday!


District Lines is running a GREAT deal right now! If you're going Black Friday shopping, def hit up the Canterwood Crest Academy Store! Fun new merch is available. :)

xoxo

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19. Flashback #19: three days before Take the Reins released

Flashback #19! Originally published January 24, 2009. Three days before TTR officially released! Almost 5 years ago. Eeep!

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20. Happy Friday!

I am in Unicorn Magic land today! Off to write. Happiest of Fridays to all! xoxo


I JUST got the second cover for my UNICORN MAGIC series and I am BEYOND excited to share!!

Here it is . . .


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21. Flashback #18: Take the Reins video

Wow, talk about going back! This video was created for TTR by Jo at GlassSlipper Webdesign. Originally published December 7, 2008.

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22. Flashback #17: Reveal of TTR ARC

Originally published September 15, 2008. My unveiling an ARC (advanced reader copy) of Take the Reins. :)

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23. to Lauren who contacted me via Authorgraph

Can you email me so I can respond to your questions? :)

My email is jess_burkhart AT hotmail DOT com

Thank you, Lauren!

xoxo

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24. Flashback #16! Vlog from May 19, 2008 discussing "The Call"

Originally posted May 19, 2008. I discuss (while speaking at an alarmingly fast rate!) getting "The Call" about Take the Reins and learned it was going to be published.

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25. Flashback #15: Day in the Life of a Soon-to-be-Author vlog

Flashback #15: Day in the Life of a Soon-to-be-Author vlog. So. Freaking. Embarrassing. LOL. Posted on April 1, 2008.

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