Halloween Deal!

Exciting News! Just for Halloween!

Trick or read! There is no better way to celebrate Halloween than with a copy of Creepers, which is available on Amazon Kindle for digital download for a very limited time at a special price of $0.99! Get yours while supplies last! That was a joke, it is a digital download. But seriously, go buy it.

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Life Update

Howdy, readers! What is up? (Feel free to actually comment responses below… I know I have people reading this, but nobody ever comments.)

I have been super busy, and I’m writing because I need a break from the studious studying I have been doing lately just to vent for a minute about my relentlessly busy life.

So here we go: lately, I haven’t been able to catch much of a break, staying b20151025_173052usy twenty-four/seven courtesy of editing my book and side hustles (substitute teaching, Tulsa World writing,  etc.). It’s  like my professorss don’t realize I’m trying to market a book and take the book industry by story, right? Ha, I guess I can’t complain, I have had a lot of help and learned a lot. Sleep/recreation is overrated anyways, right? Several people have looked at Creepers 2 for me, so S/O to you guys. You know who you are.

I have completed two midterms, and I managed to work a picture of me and Creepers into one of them (see above), so that was a success in my eyes. Yee-haw.

And now is the time when I take all of my problems and poetically tie it to a piece of life advice, right? Nope. I got nothing. But I do have some good news, at least! Here it goes. School visits are picking back up! I have several planned in the next couple of months, so that is something I’m super excited about.  Nothing is more rewarding than getting to meet and talk to the awesome students who have read my book across the state. I love that, and I am very excited about doing the visits very soon.

I hope everyone has a great week. Hopefully a new vlog will be coming soon! Keep your head up and press forward.

– Jesse Haynes

 

Interlude: Sharing a contest

Readers! How are all of you doing?

I know this is not a usual post, but I want to take a minute to share this contest I am participating in with all of you.  It is the 19th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest from Writer’s Digest. I know several of you guys have emailed me about (or even let me read) the manuscripts you have written, and this contest is exclusively for the Young Adult manuscripts (I’m submitting Alpha and Special). If you have a YA  manuscript, seriously, go check this out! It is free and totally worth your time. If you win and I don’t, though, we are totally splitting the prize. (I’m joking. Don’t worry. I love you all.) Just click on my hyperlink text above to read all about it. Good luck!

 

Hope you all are having a great week. Keep pushing forward!

– Jesse Haynes

Unlikely Success

I hope all is well, my dear readers,  and hopefully all of you got the newsletter I sent out yesterday. If you didn’t, we can easily fix that. Just enter your email into the “subscribe” box and you will be added to my mailing list. Sweet deal, right?

So anyways, let me get to the blogging part of this post. Have you ever been faced with some sort of confrontation that looked like odds of success were improbably, slim, or even nonexistent?  Maybe you are facing one of those situations right now even, I don’t know. If you have ever gone up against any kind of challenge like I just described, then I’m sure you know just how enormous the mountains of a challenge can feel when you are standing at their foot.

All of that being said, today I am writing about training my dog.

That was a joke. I do that quite often (or at least attempt to, sometimes they just aren’t funny). Anyways, today I want to brag for a moment on myself and a group of my friends. Being the first year Flagof college, and the social butterfly that I am (another joke), I signed up for co-ed flag football to have something to do and maybe make some new friends. The team I joined was not the most, um, likely team to succeed, I would say. The vast majority of the teams in our league are composed of male ex-football high school players and girls that are on other university sport squads (track, softball, soccer, etc.). Our team, eh… not so much. We do have some athletes, but the amount of prior football experience is limited, at best.  Nevertheless, with a lot of practice, a lot of scheming, and a considerable amount of luck, my team is playing in the semifinals tonight – one of the last four teams standing. Although we started out 0-2 (I missed the first two games with my ankle injury, but that probably didn’t make a huge difference) we have since strung together a winning streak that we are all very proud of. Nobody believed in us but ourselfs, and from that doubt stemmed unlikely success.

What can you take from this story, readers? Let me explain, if you haven’t already figured it out. When you are facing adversity – problems that look like there is no way on God’s green earth that they can be solved – don’t give up hope. Anything is possible, take a strategic approach in attacking them. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time, my friends. Work hard, pray harder, and keep pressing forward one step at a time, and then you can handle any problem thrown at you, too!

Have a good week, dear readers.

– Jesse Haynes

 

Creepers 2 and EncycloMedia

I have been waiting for this day to arrive, and it is finally here! Creepers 2 is coming and getting more real every day. I can feel it.

But not only can I feel it – we can see it, too. The cover has arrived ladies and gentlemen, and here it is…Haynes_revision (1)

Let the speculation begin! I’m so proud of this book and I can’t wait for all of you to read it. It still has a ton of the creepersy (totally a word) action of the first book, but it also delves a lot more into the characters’ development. It is two chapters longer than the first book, and these chapters introduce a subplot, and all the chapters work to build up to an enormous, larger-than-life climax so crazy that it had to have come from the mind of a 17-year-old (at the time). I hope you all are as excited as me!

Also, on one more note, I will be speaking as a guest author at the 2015 OTA EncycloMedia Conference at the Cox Communications Center in OKC on October 6th and 7th. This is a fantastic conference of nearly 3,000 at which I was blessed to have the opportunity to speak at last year. I am so thankful to be going back, and I have some special things planned. It is going to be an enormous opportunity again, and I would appreciate any prayers any of y’all wanna send my way! Thanks! And get excited for Man’s Worst Enemy!

– Jesse Haynes