Saturday, November 30, 2013


If you were a fan of my vampire themed novella Pitch, you're in for a treat. But before we get to the EXCITING NEWS let's go back a little bit. Back to May 15th, 2012 to be precise. 

On May 15th, between publishing A Ravishing Redhead and After Ever (the only other young-adult novel I've ever written), I released Pitch. I don't remember where I got the idea for a story about a snarky sixteen-year-old battling vampires, but I do remember it remains one of the easiest and downright fun novellas I've ever written.

Lola, in all her pain-in-the-ass glory, was a blast to write. She was tough. She was feisty. She was flawed. She said and did things I would never have the balls to do myself, and even when I left Pitch behind and focused solely on historical romance, she never quite left the back of my mind. 

A few weeks ago I reread Pitch. And I realized there was so much more to the story than what I'd written. So I sat down and started from the beginning. For those of you who loved Pitch, don't worry: everything that was in the original novella remains, with a few tweaks here and there. But now the story has been fully flushed out, the way it should have been from the very beginning.

And even though it has a new title, a new cover, a new release date, and a new length, the heart of the story remains the same: a young girl fighting forces beyond her control, struggling to survive in a world that has descended into madness. 

What is the new title, you ask? 


Sixteen-year-old Lola is a daredevil. She likes playing hooky, making out with bad boy Everett James, and stealing cars. The reason behind all of her rebellious antics? Because she can. But what can one girl do against a horde of murderous vampires?

Aided by her sometimes sober father, her best friend Travis, and Maximus, the mysterious stranger who appeared out of no where to save her life, Lola must accomplish what the rest of the human race has failed to do in the aftermath of the world wide massacre: survive.

But how do you survive when everything you know has been destroyed... and the one person you thought you could trust ends up being the most dangerous person of all?

I've already posted one excerpt on my Facebook page. For those of you who missed it, click here. Every Sunday leading up to the release (scheduled for January 2014) I'll post another excerpt. If you like what you read and you haven't already, make sure to add A Night Without Stars to your TBR list on Goodreads and help spread the word! 

But Jillian, I hear you asking, WHAT ABOUT THE COVER?! 

Oh man. The cover. I am in love with the new cover. Head-over-heels in love. In fact, I think it's my favorite cover ever. It's dark and simple and haunting and -- well, I won't say anymore. The cover reveal will be Sunday, December 15th. 

If you have a blog and would like to participate in the cover reveal, send me an e-mail ( or PM me on Facebook. Every blogger who participates will receive one free ebook copy to either keep for themselves or giveaway

As always, thank-you for all your love and support! Without the great reviews and the steady stream of e-mails asking about Lola, I don't know if I ever would have seriously pursued turning what I thought would be a little throwaway novella into a full length novel. You guys are the best! 

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