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News: Upcoming Talk At Arts Center Of The Capital Region

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Mark Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in your calendars. At 7:30 that evening, I’ll be speaking as part of the new Hear The Author series (started by my friend, motivational speaker Bob Clancy). Here’s the official info:


Jackie Morse Kessler is the author of a critically acclaimed quartet of issue-oriented paranormal novels focused on teen protagonists, the Riders of the Apocalypse series, and will give a talk titled “Never Give Up: A Writer’s Guide to Overcoming Challenges And Achieving Goals”.

The Riders series comprises Hunger, a starred SLJ novel about an anorexic teenage girl who becomes Famine; Rage, a novel about a teen cutter who becomes War; Loss, in which a bullied teenage boy is tricked into becoming Pestilence of the Riders of the Apocalypse; and Breath, which will have depression and suicide as subjects and will be available in April 2013.

100% of the proceeds will go to a Shen & Shaker Sports Scholarship.

PLEASE REMEMBER: This event will take place at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, at 265 River Street, 2 blocks north of the Music Hall.
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A package including tickets to all three Hear the Author events is available for $24. Packages must be bought at the box office at (518) 273-0038.


I’m very excited about this upcoming event. The past year was a big one for me in terms of soul-searching and, by the end of the year, personal growth. I’ve stressed so much about writing and publishing over the years, and it’s taken me a long time to figure out how to regain balance. I’ll be talking about how I got there — it will be about writing, and publishing, and overcoming challenges. There will be a Q&A session following my talk — writers and readers are welcome to ask about the Riders books, my upcoming novel To Bear An Iron Key (Month9Books, spring 2014), how to stay sane while pursuing a writing career, who my favorite Winchester is in Supernatural, why chocolate should be its own food group…you name it! And I believe there will also be a bookseller on site, with copies of the Riders books (not including Breath, which will come out mid-April). I’ll have small posters for all attendees. (Note to self: Order posters!)

If you’re wondering about the sports scholarship, Bob set that up for local high schools Shaker and Shenendehowa. It’s in memory of the two seniors who died, as well as to honor the two other seniors who were injured, in a car accident in December.

Here the the links for the other two speakers in the Hear the Author series: local authors Bob Clancy and John Blowers.

I hope to see you on Wednesday, April 3!

A New Book Sale!

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

I’m thrilled to announce that my novel TO BEAR AN IRON KEY has sold to the amazing Georgia McBride at Month9Books! KEY is a YA traditional fantasy novel about Bromwyn, a young and powerful witch who is trapped by her grandmother’s curse, her mother’s love and a promise to marry the wrong boy. KEY is slated for publication in spring 2014.

What that description doesn’t tell you is there’s also a thief, the Fey, and a challenge during Midsummer. Nope, no Riders – this one’s completely different. 🙂




Still Kickin’

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Yeah, it’s been forever since I’ve blogged. I’m finding Twitter and Facebook to be so much more convenient, you know?

So, brief writing updates:

1. A short HELL story, “A Chance In Hell,” will be in the anthology CARNIEPUNK, coming this August! (This is via my alter ego, Jackie Kessler. Shhh.) This one’s a lot of fun. The story stands alone, and it’s a bridge between the HELL ON EARTH series (and if you haven’t read the last book, HELL TO PAY, it’s now available as an e-book for 99 cents — worldwide! Rah!) and the new series, PIT & PARADISE, which I really, really, really will write. My goal for 2013 is to write the first book, BEFORE THE FALL, and since I’m planning on e-pubbing it, it should be available this year as well. It’s on my to-do list, really! CARNIEPUNK is awesome for many other reasons – namely, Rachel Caine, Kevin Hearne, Rob Thurman, Jennifer Estep and so many other authors, many of whom are from the League of Reluctant Adults! I’m sure this anthology will have something for everyone — as long as you’re into warped carnies. 🙂

2. A short story, “Thirst,” will be in the anthology VERY SUPERSTITIOUS: MYTHS, LEGENDS AND TALES OF SUPERSTITION, coming this October! (Sorry, no cover image yet, and not yet available for pre-order.) This is a story set in the Riders of the Apocalypse universe, and it’s a Famine story. While I won’t tell you which myth/legend/tale I am revisiting in the story, I will say that I mention it in one of the Riders books. 🙂 This is a charity anthology for SPCA International, and the book will include stories from a number of awesome authors, including Shannon Delany and Mari Mancusi! I’ll be signing copies at BEA this year, so I hope to see you there!

3. My YA novel BREATH will hit the shelves on April 16, 2013! Yes, I know, some places are still saying June 2013. Don’t believe the hype. Mid-April, the book will be available. This one’s the biggie: It’s the fourth, and final, book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series, and it’s Death’s story. It’s also the story of Xander Atwood, a boy with a secret. The book answers…well, all the big questions in the series. All of the Riders are in it. I really love this short description at the Book Depository:

In the fourth and final volume of the Riders of Apocalypse series, high school senior Xander Atwood has a secret. Death, the Pale Rider, has lost his way. What happens when the two meet will change the fate of the world.

There’s a longer description, too, which is available via Amazon, B&N, Book Depository, Indie Bound…you know, everyone. 🙂

Also, I’m working on making posters for this book, as well as a composite poster of all four covers. I will have them available for RT — where I will be signing copies of BREATH! While I’m not looking forward to flying — apparently, my knee is uber sensitive to changes in pressure, ugh — I can hardly wait to be at RT and see so many friends. Hope you’ll be there!

4. I have an announcement. But I can’t announce it just yet!!! I know, obnoxious, right? 🙂 Stay tuned.