Maybe You’re Cheesecake

Maybe You’re Cheesecake

Dense, rich filling with the perfect blend of sweet and tangy. Thick, buttery graham cracker crust. A dollop of lush red strawberry syrup, topped with a pillowy mound of whipped cream. Everyone loves cheesecake. Don’t they? Well, to be honest, I’m pretty meh about cheesecake. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think it’s horrible or disgusting. If you say, “Jessica, we have cheesecake for dessert,” then I’m probably going to take a slice because mama’s got a sweet tooth and life is short. I’ll be way more excited about the crust, which is arguably the best part of any cheesecake. But if you say “Jessica, we have cheesecake and [insert virtually any other dessert, deep-fried appetizer, or bottomless garlic bread] – what would you like,” then I’ll choose just about anything else. Cheesecake just isn’t my favorite thing in the world and with limited tummy space, a girl has to make hard choices. Some people make delightful cheesecake and even though it’s not my favorite, I’d still gladly take a piece when it’s available. One of my former coworkers made a killer cheesecake and once “messed up” by doubling the recipe but not using a double-sized pan, so we ended up with this insanely thick crust and it was probably the happiest day of my life. I digress. Why is an author babbling on about cheesecake? Well, for one, I’m back on track with eating pretty darn healthy and as a result I want a lot of things that are not healthy. But two, cheesecake has become one of my favorite analogies for when things don’t go my way...

Stop #133 – YA Summer Scavenger Hunt

Seems you’ve stumbled onto my stop for the YA Summer Scavenger Hunt! Hello there – I’m Jessica Hawke. I like cats, superheroes, and writing books. 😉 Thanks for stopping by! If you’re new to me, you might be excited to find out I have a new book coming out in about a week! It’s the fourth book to be published in my Phantoms series, but it’s a prequel! So even if you’ve never read one of my books, you might enjoy checking it out.   What would you sacrifice for the ones you love? “If you hold onto this world hard enough, you’ll get a grasp on it. But it will get a grasp on you, too, and you won’t be able to decide anymore that you’re ready to go.” When Valerie Young wakes up from a horrific accident to a world gone gray and cold, she wants to believe anything but the truth of what happened. But as she struggles to accept the dreaded d-word, time is slipping away for her to move on to the afterlife. When she realizes her younger sister has been irreparably altered by the accident, Valerie must choose between a chance at peace and the cold reality of existence as a restless spirit. *** Hope that sneak peek piqued your interest! Obviously I can’t tell you EVERYTHING about the book, but if you read it, you’ll find out what happens to Valerie and her sister, the heroine of the series. And as an added bonus, I’m having a giveaway! You can win a $15 Amazon gift card and a copy of Phantom Light, so you can...
NaNoWriMo Calendar

NaNoWriMo Calendar

Hey y’all! Just a quick post to wish you luck for NaNoWriMo and share a cool printable calendar to help you track your work! Click to download the PDF! You are welcome to share but please give credit to Jessica Hawke! A link back to this site would be absolutely...
Hawke Street Team

Hawke Street Team

I’m looking to build my street team! Are you enthusiastic about books? Are you enthusiastic about MY books? 🙂 I’d love your help in helping share books with readers who will love them. I am looking for folks who are willing to: *Share posts/links/reviews on social media for sales, releases, and giveaways *Give input on titles, characters, and other fun stuff *Engage with Facebook Fan Page posts by liking/commenting things that interest you *Spread the love at conventions/conferences by taking swag or taking pictures with hashtags! If you’re like “man, Jessica, I dunno, I like your books but that’s not for me…” It’s cool! If you’re out there encouraging and sending good vibes this way, it’s still awesome! But if you’re like “YES THAT IS SO ME! I LIKE FREE STUFF! I LIKE SOCIAL MEDIA! I LIKE YOU!” Then please fill out the form below! (This is not an application to Harvard. I just need a single place to gather names! 🙂 Thanks in advance, and I’m looking forward to working with you guys!...
IPad Pro Giveaway

IPad Pro Giveaway

Y’all. This is for reals. If I could enter this giveaway, I would, but I’m ineligible cause you know, I’m doing it. 😉 I’m part of a multi-author giveaway with a MASSIVE prize. You can win an iPad Pro and over 50 eBooks. That’s like Christmas and a couple years of birthdays in one, man. Click the graphic above to find out how to win. Seriously, do this...
Decatur Book Festival

Decatur Book Festival

  Well it has come and gone! Labor Day weekend was a big one; Dragoncon is one of my favorite weekends of the year, and this year was extra interesting because I headed out to the Decatur Book Festival for Sunday. I’ve heard about DBF from agents and authors on Twitter, and thought “how interesting, this is basically in my back yard!” So this was my first year going and WOW! It was very different from what I expected, but a great event. First of all, in just hearing about it, I expected an indoor conference type setting, but it was the complete opposite. The Festival is outside and takes up a huge section of a very quaint downtown area of Decatur. The whole area is taken over with big white tents filled with authors, publishers, and booksellers of all sorts. One of my personal highlights was the carnival-style food carts featuring deep-fried EVERYTHING, a pan-fried noodle stop, and many more delights. (I was in a hurry and holding out for dinner plans with a friend, so I went simple with a corn dog.) I was helping support a young adult author group I am part of called Young Adult Author Rendezvous. We have over 70 authors, and most of them sent books to be displayed at the festival, so we basically had a very small bookstore set up in Decatur. Sales-wise it was fairly slow. I was a little frustrated at our location. We were near one of the entrances/exits so had some traffic, but we were also in the section with non-fiction authors. We were surrounded by several...