Monday, May 13, 2019

NEWS! - Hellloooooo Paraguay!


I've been holding in some spectacular news and I'm so excited to finally share it officially. 

Last December, I was contacted by the U.S. Embassy in Paraguay and the Asuncion International Book Fair and they invited me to come down for a visit to do some amazing bookish things! 😮🤩♥️🇵🇾

At the end of this month, I'll be flying down to Paraguay for a week as a guest of the embassy. I'll be interviewing with all major media outlets and presenting at the Asuncion International Book Fair (May 31-June 3), the Embassy, the National College, the Library of the Central Bank and the Roosevelt Library as well as visiting some local schools. It will be a whirlwind, but I'm the first American author they've ever brought down. It's surreal and I'm incredibly honored that they requested me for this. My sister will be coming with me. I am a little nervous, but more than anything, I am SUPER FREAKING EXCITED TO MEET THE PEOPLE OF PARAGUAY!!! ♥️🇵🇾

This photo is one they sent me of a banner they have put up in libraries in Asuncion to spread the word about my visit. 😍 Is this real life???

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Row Releases Today!

You guys! I'm so excited for today! My new book, THE ROW, is finally out in the world! Scroll down past the awesome cover-ness to see my giveaway!

Both of my Macmillan covers were created by the wonderful Andrew Arnold. I love them!

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. 


And also out today, the paperback of CUT ME FREE!

Seventeen-year-old Charlotte barely escaped from her abusive parents. Her little brother, Sam, wasn't as lucky. Now she's trying to begin the new life she always dreamed of for them, but never thought she'd have to experience alone. She's hired a techie-genius with a knack for forgery to remove the last ties to her old life. But while she can erase her former identity, she can’t rid herself of the memories. And her troubled history won’t let her ignore the little girl she sees one day in the park. The girl with the bruises and burn marks.

That’s when Charlotte begins to receive the messages. Threatening notes left in her apartment--without a trace of entry. And they’re addressed to Piper, her old name. As the messages grow in frequency, she doesn’t just need to uncover who is leaving them; she needs to stop whoever it is before anyone else she loves ends up dead.


For those of you who haven't had a chance to read CUT ME FREE yet, as of today, it's out in paperback for $9.99! The new paperback edition also has a sneak peek chapter of THE ROW and an interview with me! 


Today, I'm feeling very grateful for all of you. I'm thankful for my community of fellow writers and for all of my readers. I get to live out my dreams every day because of you. 

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So, I'm doing a Thank You Giveaway! Enter below and celebrate with me. Order your copies of THE ROW and the paperback of CUT ME FREE today! 

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2016!

Hey there, Scavenger Hunters! 
I'm J.R. Johansson, welcome to my blog!

A couple of things about me:
~ I write YA Thrillers.
~ I have a degree in marketing.
~ I have a magical hot tub and his name is Valentino.

You're currently following the Team Green track of the hunt.  

I'm hosting my own giveaway here (which you can enter down below). And you'll have to keep looking through the hunt to find my exclusive content which is *drumroll please* 

a sample chapter of my new book that releases in ONE WEEK: 
The Row!

If you'd like, you can read more about The Row here.


I'm excited to tell you which author I'll be hosting, but first 
The YA Scavenger Hunt Rules:

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM GREEN, 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 October 9th, 2016 at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered. 

On this hunt, you not only get access too exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter it for a chance to win a major prize--one lucky winner will receive at least one signed book from each author on my team in the hunt! But play fast! This contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on October 9th, 2016!


The author I'm hosting is the fabulous 
Aprilynne Pike

Aprilynne Pike is a critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author of young adult fiction. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and their four children.

Random fact: I've known Aprilynne for about five years now (but it feels more like 77). So I was very excited to hear I'd be hosting her for the hunt!

The book Aprilynne is showcasing for the YA Scavenger Hunt is Glitter!


Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.

When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.

Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.

But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.


Ooh...that sounds awesome! Can't wait to read this one! 

Top Secret Scavenger Hunt Material

Aprilynne is giving us access to almost 5k words worth of deleted newspaper articles from Glitter that didn't end up making it into the book. These are only available here people! *gasp*

Or better yet, Preorder it now here

And follow Aprilynne for more information on her and her books on her Website, Twitter or Facebook pages!


Now For My Giveaway!

Enter here to win a copy of THE ROW in hardback 
and CUT ME FREE in it's new paperback format! 

After you enter, scroll down below the rafflecopter for the link to the next blog in the hop!

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And now on to the rest of the hunt! 
Next stop: C. Lee McKenzie

Happy Hunting, Everyone! 

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!