Thursday, August 25, 2016

YA DASH + ARC Giveaway for THE ROW

Welcome readers! :) 

I'm happy to be participating in the YA DASH this year! I had a blast putting together my mood board for THE ROW and it only made me more excited for it's release. So, here it is along with the description:

A death sentence. A family torn apart. One girl’s hunt for the truth.

Seventeen-year-old Riley Beckett is no stranger to prison. Her father is a convicted serial killer on death row who has always maintained that he was falsely accused. Riley has never missed a single visit with her father. She wholeheartedly believes that he is innocent. 

Then, a month before the execution date, Riley’s world is rocked when, in an attempt to help her move on, her father secretly confesses to her that he actually did carry out the murders. He takes it back almost immediately, but she cannot forget what he’s told her. Determined to uncover the truth for her own sake, she discovers something that will forever change everything she’s believed about the family she loves. 

Here are some quotes from a stellar review from School Library Journal:

"Johansson has established herself as a go-to writer of emotionally resonant teen thrillers."

"Amid the high-stakes plot twists, the author keeps Riley and Jordan grounded in the dark reality of their lives, showing Riley’s despair and fear as well as her admirable tenacity."

"VERDICT This timely story, evocative of the Serial podcast and Netflix’s Making a Murderer, will also appeal to reluctant readers and fans of April Henry and Barry Lyga."

THE ROW releases on October 11, 2016. It's available for pre-order now. If you'd like to pre-order it, you can follow the links on Macmillan's page.

You'll have two possibilities to win a copy of THE ROW as part of YA DASH. 

1-  Fill out the Rafflecopter entry below. 

2- Follow the rules listed below to enter the awesome YA DASH Prize Pack Giveaway.


Participants in the DASH need to visit all fourteen authors and tally the answers to the featured question. Simply put, you need to count how many authors chose A, B, C, D, E or F as their answer to the featured question. The most popular answer will ‘unlock’ the rafflecopter and enter participants into the prize pack draw. Please note, only those participants indicating the correct answer will be eligible for the prize draw. Participants can find the rafflecopter for the YA DASH prize pack draw at

Here is the YA DASH Featured Question:

What’s your favorite way to kill a character?
A. Gun
B. Poison
C. Buried Alive
D. Drowned
E. Strangled
F. Fire

My answer is -- E. Strangled

Here is the link to the next stop on the YA DASH: Lee Kelly!

Here are the links to the YA DASH home pages on wordpress and tumblr

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

It's Here! MANIA Is Here + $100 Giveaway!


Today is the release day for MANIA!!

All THREE books are out! It's a trilogy! It's a saga


This is the most amazing feeling. I'm thrilled and emotional and both happy and a little sad, but for today, we're going to celebrate with a giveaway!

There are several other giveaways going on with the complete series available here:

And there is a fun interview over on:

And right here, you can enter to win a $100 Visa Gift Card below! 

But first, here is some info on MY NEWLY RELEASED BOOK:


Jack and his half-brother Parker have no time to mourn the loss of their father, Daniel Chipp. With an attack by the body-stealing Takers imminent, the pair must put aside their grief and track down the ingredients of Daniel’s formula—one that will rein in the power-hungry Takers—to keep their family and friends out of danger.

Their only hope lies in a puzzle their father left behind, a riddle where each brother unknowingly possesses a piece of the solution. The puzzle sets them on a deadly path, spiraling between reality and the world of dreams where nothing and no one can be trusted entirely. And when Parker finds himself deep in the fray between the Takers and the other Night Walkers, it’s up to Jack to complete the formula and save his brother’s life.

You can add it to your Goodreads list here.

And here are some places you can order your copy today:

and you can order a SIGNED copy from my local bookstore, The King's English!

And last but not least, enter here to win the $100 Visa Gift Card!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

INSOMNIA is Coming to Portugal!

Amazing news!

Because INSOMNIA has been doing so well down with my readers in Brazil *waves*...

We accepted an offer from Castro de Papel 
to publish INSOMNIA in Portugal!! 

I'm so excited! Every time we sell to a new country I get to meet so many new readers. It is one of my favorite parts of what I do!

I have BUNCHES of more exciting news coming soon, so stay tuned!


Monday, June 15, 2015

Great New MANIA Review From Kirkus!

You guys! I get to share another great trade review for MANIA! This one is from Kirkus!!

WARNING: This one has a few spoilers.

Here it is:

Kirkus Reviews
This conclusion to the Night Walkers trilogy turns into a shoot-'em-up without abandoning its original paranormal premise. Parker and his half brother, Jack, are Watchers: they enter the dreams of the last person with whom they made eye contact that day. Opposing them are the Takers, who can enter the minds of anyone they choose and literally inhabit their bodies, taking over completely. By this third book, the fathers of the teens on both sides have died, leaving their sons to continue fighting. Jack was trained by his father to lead the Watchers; Cooper leads the Takers. The first part of this final installment focuses on physical action, including an actual gunfight when the Takers kidnap Parker and Jack and the rest of the Watchers try to rescue him. However, Cooper has discovered drugs that can turn people into Takers, and he intends to do just that to Parker. Meanwhile, Jack searches for a formula developed by his father that can save the lives of Takers, who normally do not live long. Complicating matters, Chloe, a Taker girl, claims to have switched sides, but is she telling the truth? Johansson takes her time in returning to the paranormal dreaming, but she keeps pages flipping, writing in separate chapters for Parker and Jack to weave together the two plotlines. Characters come straight from central casting, but the action scenes will keep readers focused. Less mystery but more action finishes the trilogy. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)

Yay! Celebration time!! :) I can't wait for this book to come out!


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Fantastic MANIA Review from VOYA!

I cannot believe that MANIA is coming out in less than ONE MONTH!

I basically have that expression on every time I think about it. 

But TODAY I get to share an incredible review that MANIA got from VOYA! It's the first trade review we've received for this book so far and it's SO HAPPY!

So, here it is:

4Q 4P M J S
Johansson, J.R. Mania: The Night Walkers, Book 3. Flux/Llewellyn, 2015. 408p. $9.99 Trade pb. 978-0-7387-4431-5.

Mania opens one month after the explosion that killed Jack and Parker’s father, Danny.  While the factions collect themselves after the battle, Jack and Parker struggle to find balance in their relationship and answers to a final riddle left by their father.  A mysterious, secret formula holds the key to calming the war among the Night Walkers, but three ingredients have been left coded and can only be unearthed by the brothers. This was meant as an insurance policy to protect his sons, but the longer the formula goes unmade, the longer the Takers can amass their army, taking over and using the bodies of Dreamers without their consent. No one can be trusted in this new world, and no one is safe—especially Parker.  Ultimately, it will be up to Jack to solve the riddle and save everything—and everyone—he loves.
Johansson has a gift for suspenseful storytellingThis third book of The Night Walkers series is exciting and highly addictive, and the entire series boasts an original plot with compelling, dynamic characters. Readers will appreciate that the writer takes care to craft a convincing mythology as the foundation of the series, which makes for sound installments. The books blur the distinction between reality and fantasy and interrogate the complexities of brotherhood, friendship, duty, and personal identity.  There is even a dash of romance for additional intensity. This series will appeal to a wide range of readers who enjoy mystery, romance, suspense, and the paranormal.—Courtney Huse Wika.


YAY! I'm so happy they liked it. This book is my favorite in the series and I'm really happy with where things ended. It looks like they are too! Time to celebrate!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

YA Scavenger Hunt!

UPDATE: Huge Congrats to Vickie who won the Night Walkers set giveaway! Thanks to everyone for participating! :)

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

You can find my exclusive content, a short Day in the Life Video, over on Elizabeth Holloway's blog, but don't miss out on any fun, so follow the Scavenger Hunt first!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GREEN TEAM--but there is also a red, blue, gold, orange, teal, purple and pink team! Each with a chance to win an entire different set of signed books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the green team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!). 

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, April 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

ALSO, I'm hosting a BONUS GIVEAWAY on this blog in conjunction with the Scavenger Hunt. This is an additional giveaway, so be sure to scroll down to the MANIA cover to see details about that and enter to win a set of Signed Night Walker Books on top of the YASH prizes


Today, I am hosting the awesome and amazing Melissa Landers for the YA Scavenger Hunt! 

For those who don't know her already, Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives just outside Cincinnati in the town of Loveland, "Sweetheart of Ohio."

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find out more about her books, ALIENATED and INVADED, here!


The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a whole new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe...until a terrifying threat to both their worlds reunites them.

Here is a short intro to the deleted scene that Melissa is sharing!

Greetings, scavenger hunters! I’m Melissa Landers, author of Alienated and the newly-

released sequel Invaded. Today I’m thrilled to share with you a deleted scene from the first book. 

The following originally took place in chapter sixteen, after Cara slices her finger with a vegetable peeler. (You’ll recognize the first few paragraphs.) I loved the flirty interaction here between Aelyx and Cara, but it slowed the pacing and had to be cut. 

Hope you enjoy!


* * *

It was a perfect late-autumn evening, with the low sun glowing gently behind the dormant trees, softening the angles of their naked branches. A light chill brushed Cara’s cheeks, refreshing but not too frigid, and the sweet scent of wood smoke drifted on the breeze. Aelyx scanned the surrounding acreage using some kind of gadget that detected warm-blooded life-forms. Aside from a few squirrels, nothing was lurking out there, so he took her injured hand while towing her into the woods. 

“Let’s see.” Gingerly, he lifted the paper towel. “No more bleeding. I think you’ll live.” 

He tucked the makeshift bandage in his pocked but kept her hand. “Maybe you should pay attention when you’re wielding sharp objects.” 

“Hey, it’s your fault. You made me laugh.” 

Turning her palm upward, he began tracing the lines with his thumb as they walked. His liquid-silver eyes blazed beneath dark lashes. “How can I make it up to you?” 

Cara’s heart fluttered. She cleared her throat and said, “Teach me your chess strategy.” 

But that wasn’t the first thought that came to mind. Not even close. 

“I don’t know.” He stroked her palm in circles. “It might take twenty moves to defeat you then.” 

The heat radiating from Aelyx’s touch was making her dizzy. Or maybe it was the circles. “You look like a palm reader holding my hand like that.” She swallowed a mouthful of jitters. “Did you study fortune telling, too?” 

When he trailed a fingernail lightly along the inside of her wrist, she had to clamp her mouth shut to contain a moan. “Would you believe me if I said yes?” She watched his mouth as he spoke, nearly tripping over a fallen branch in the process. “I came across chiromancy,” he said, “or hand reading, along with other forms of divination while studying Earth’s history.” 

His lips looked so soft and delicious. His throat probably tasted pretty good, too. Wait, no! She shook her head. Bad thoughts! Bad Cara! 

He lifted a shoulder. “I didn’t think you’d believe me, but it’s true.” He held her palm firmly between his hands. “I’ll prove it.” Tracing his thumb along the crease beneath her fingers, he said, “This is your heart line.” 

“Does that predict what I think it does?” 

An impish twinkle gleamed in his eyes. “You’ve met a tall, dark stranger, highly intelligent, too. Very strong in your heart line.” 

“Oh, Aelyx!” She froze in place, feigning surprise. 


“You’re tall.” On tiptoe, she inched her face closer to his. 

“That’s right, I am.” 

“You’re dark.” Biting her lip, she inched even closer. 

“Especially compared to you.” 

“And you couldn’t be any stranger if you tried!” With a giggle-snort, she lowered to her heels. 

“Mock me all you like,” he said with a smile, “but the palm doesn’t lie.” He turned his attention back to her hand and they continued at a slow stroll. “This,” he said, pointing to another crease, “is your head line. I can see you’re a dedicated and voracious learner. You possess a competitive spirit that drives you to succeed. Which is why my constant victory troubles you so deeply.” 

Cara rolled her eyes. “What about your constant need to remind me of your constant victory? What does that say about you?” 

“Sorry.” He shook his head. “We’re not studying my palm right now.” He traced his thumb along another curve. “This is your life line. Very long. I see health and well-being. And if you look here,” he pointed to a tiny wrinkle that diverged off the main fold, “you can see a major life event. Based on its position, I’d guess the event will happen very soon.” 

“What event?” 

He shrugged and released her hand. “Palmistry doesn’t foretell the specifics.” 

“Yeah, right. Or maybe you’re a lousy fortune teller.” 

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Here’s where the deleted content ends. After this, the discussion turns to Cara’s questions about L’eihr, exactly as it’s printed in chapter sixteen of your book


That scene is fantastic! I'm so thrilled that I didn't have to send you all 22 of my kittens in order to convince you to let me post it. :) Thanks for sharing, Melissa!

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Melissa Landers, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is (22 if you didn't catch that above) Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the green team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


With my upcoming release of MANIA (July 8, 2015)-- Book #3 in the Night Walkers Series-- I thought I'd do my own separate giveaway here to celebrate the hunt. :)

Use this rafflecopter entry form to enter to win a SIGNED set of the full series including an Advanced Reader Copy of MANIA!!

This IS open international and good luck!

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To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, LH Nicole!

Friday, March 27, 2015

YA Scavenger Hunt 2015!

Hello Everyone! I'm so happy to introduce to you the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt Authors!

I am going to be a part of #TeamGreen! Go go Green!

The Scavenger Hunt runs from April 2nd through April 5th beginning and ending at noon Pacific time on those days. If you've never been a part of the hunt before you should give it a try. It runs like a giant blog hop, introducing you to new YA authors and books along the way. 

There are tons of prizes including a grand prize for each team. If you win one of the grand prizes you will get a book from each author on that team! For more information and to make sure you get hunt updates, sign up for news on the #YASH website. 

On my site, I'll be hosting an exclusive never-before-revealed sneak peek of ALIENATED by Melissa Landers! And I'll be hosting a separate mystery giveaway as well! You don't want to miss out on this fabulous and fun event, but play fast because the hunt is only live for three days.

And now, here are the teams! (Hint: If you click on the image you can get a close up)

Blue Team 1 Pink TeamTeam Gold (2)Team Purple 1Team GreenTeam Red 1Team Teal (2) Team Orange  

I hope you are all as excited as I am!