The Final Countdown!

The Wolf’s Curse will hit shelves in six days. SIX DAYS! After 14 years working toward this dream, I can hardly wait for my book to be out on shelves (and in readers’ hands)!

The weeks leading up to my launch have been wild––in large part because my second book (due out in the fall of 2022) is due the day before The Wolf’s Curse publishes. I can’t wait to tell you more about that story, but in the meantime, I have so much exciting news to share—including a giveaway and the world’s coolest book trailer!

First of all, I’d love to invite you all to my virtual book launch––I’ll be in conversation with Newbery Medal-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly on Tuesday, September 21st at 7pm Eastern. We’ll discuss Grim Reapers, wolves, my writing journey, and more! Pre-registration is required, so get your spot now. (Bonus: you can also order a signed copy of The Wolf’s Curse from Talking Leaves on the pre-registration link!)

Pre-registration link: https://www.tleavesbooks.com/event/book-launch-jessica-vitalis

Second, there is still five days left in my preorder campaign, so get your receipts in now! Everyone who enters will receive a bookmark, postcard, and sticker (while supplies last), and one lucky reader will receive a free book-themed bag and a free 30-minute virtual author visit! Here’s how it works:

Preorder a copy of The Wolf’s Curse at your favorite book retailer. Submit your receipt here, and that’s it—you’re all set (note: you can also submit proof of a library purchase request). This offer is good in the U.S. or Canada.

Finally, I’m over-the-moon excited to share the book trailer my publisher created—isn’t it stunning?

In case you’ve read this far and you’re still hungry for more, here’s a round-up of some of my recent appearances:

Kidlit Chapter Chat (5 Facts About the Wolf’s Curse)
The Nerd Daily (Writing Omniscient Narrators: How to Know When to Know it All)
Kickbutt Kidlit (Interview)
All by My Shelf (Podcast)
School Library Journal Teen Librarian Tool Box (Debuting with Death Guest Post)

Before I sign off, one more exciting opportunity to share: my publisher is hosting a giveaway for The Wolf’s Curse on Goodreads. Enter here!

That’s it for today—I hope to “see” you on the 21st! (Thanks for your support!)

Happy Reading!

One Month to Launch!

Friends, in just over a month my very first book baby will hit shelves in bookstores around the country! 

Preorder your copy to receive free swag and the chance to enter the grand prize package featuring a gorgeous book-themed tote and a 30 minute virtual author visit! 

Signed copies available at:
Words Worth Books (Ontario) 
Talking Leaves Books (New York)

Or order an unsigned copy at your favorite book retailer!

To claim your swag and enter for the grand prize package, upload a photo of your receipt (or library purchase request) here

New and Noteworthy:

  • Find out what I learned about myself while writing The Wolf’s Curse in this interview by Young Entertainment Magazine.
  • I stopped by Writer Writers Pants on Fire to share my thoughts on “writing what you know.” 
  • I also had a chance to stop by MG Book Village, where I shared why I chose to write from a wolf’s perspective and more! 
  • Check out The Book Duchess for a list of books I think everyone should be reading.
  • It’s more important than ever to provide kids with books that help them process death and grief. I stopped by Nine Bookish Lives to discuss my own experience with grief and death and to discuss the importance of making books about difficult subjects available to young readers.
  • Do you have a book coming out? Are you thinking about forming a street team? Check out my insights and suggestions in a podcast over at MG Book Party
  • Finally, I’m incredibly honored to announce that the Canada Council for the Arts selected me as a 2021 Research and Create Grant Recipient to support the development of my next book! 

That’s it for now! Remember to preorder your copy of The Wolf’s Curse and save the date: my virtual book launch will be held on September 21st at 7pm. (Details and a link to come.)


Thanks for your support! 

Three Months and Counting!

Hello! 

With just over three months until The Wolf’s Curse publishes, life is busy! I recently turned in book two to my editor (I can’t wait until I can tell you all about it) and next week I’ll be reviewing final pass pages on book one––this will be my last chance to make corrections before it goes to print (no pressure!). 

In addition, my publisher is hosting a giveaway for advanced reader copies of The Wolf’s Curse and I’m in the process of forming a street team––an enthusiastic group of readers to help spread the word about my debut. For more details about all of that and more, read on! 

 





GIVEAWAY!

HarperCollins is giving away not one, not two, but ten copies of The Wolf’s Curse on Goodreads! The giveaway ends June 30th, so enter now

Although writing can be a solitary effort, publishing a book is definitely not; I’m looking for bloggers, teachers, librarians, influencers, and bookworms to help get the word out. Learn more here.

Reviews are in and readers are loving The Wolf’s Curse! 

“A lyrical tale of loss and survival, tradition and belief, in which tension and secrets build like a towering wave. The Wolf’s Curse is a story of many layers. Young readers will treasure this beautiful debut and hold it close to their hearts.” -Diane Magras, author of The Mad Wolf’s Daughter

“A fable as polished and timeless as a fine wooden toy. Readers will root for spunky heroes Gauge and Roux while keeping watch for a certain mysterious wolf who’s not what she seems . . .” -Catherine Gilbert Murdock, author of the Newbery Honor book The Book of Boy

“The Wolf’s Curse boldly tells readers to take a closer look at the stories they’re told—not to mention at the wolves that might be lurking in the shadows. A clear-eyed, big hearted fable of compassion, friendship, and love.” -Anne Ursu, author of The Real Boy

Pre-purchases are available at all your favorite book retailers (including your local indy) or you can find it on Amazon

***Keep an eye on my Twitter account in July; I’ll be giving away books from each of these authors!***
Before I sign off I want to share a link for my June Magic in the Middle book talk featuring The Nightmare Thief for those of you who might not have caught it earlier in the month. (The story is full of magic and wonder and I think you’ll love it!)

 

Magic in the Middle

I’m writing to introduce an exciting new program I’m launching called Magic in the Middle!

I often hear teachers and librarians ask authors for content they can use in their classrooms, and I know we all want to foster a love of reading in our middle grade kids. That’s where Magic in the Middle comes in! It’s a series of free monthly recorded book talks featuring upper middle grade fantasy books to help teachers, librarians, and parents introduce new books to their 10-14 year old readers. If this sounds like your cup of tea, you can sign up here and the talks will land in your inbox on the first Tuesday of each month. Please share this program with anyone you think might be interested–the more readers we reach, the better!

Sending you all my best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season!

P.S. Stay tuned for The Wolf’s Curse cover reveal, coming in early 2021!