Earlier today, we unveiled the GORGEOUS new cover for Jamie McGuire’s latest novel, RED HILL. Who wants us to throw in a giveaway as well?  Atria Books has graciously offered to send ONE lucky winner a SIGNED 8 x 10 poster of RED HILL and Just My Opinion is throwing in a Kindle copy of RED HILL once it releases.

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Just My Opinion Book Blog is so thrilled to be a part of the COVER REVEAL for New York Times Bestselling Author Jamie McGuire and her newest novel “Red Hill”. I believe this novel is going to show us all just how far Ms. McGuire can spread her wings and excel.  Thank you so much to Atria Books | Simon & Schuster for letting us be a part of this reveal.  Here it is….RED HILL!








When the world ends, can love survive?

For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?

Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.








Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Her most recent novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providenceseries.

Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.


Thank you to Atria Books and Jamie McGuire for including Just My Opinion in this Cover Reveal for Red Hill!  I am sure everyone is as excited as we are for this October release!



Once upon a time, in a much different literary world, I read Flat Out Love by Jessica Park.  It was my first book on my brand new Kindle.  At the time, Ms. Park was an Indie Author and I was introduced to the Indie publishing world for the first time.  I went on to read Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Slammed by Colleen Hoover, Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens, In Dreams by J. Sterling, Love Unscripted by Tina Reber, The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines and so many more.  It was love at first sight for me.  These authors were putting out quality stories that drew me in and introduced me to characters I will never forget.  The New Adult age group had been created.  So, first of all, I want to send out a HUGE thank you to each and every one of them.

I wrote a few reviews on Amazon and decided I wanted to become a blogger for the literary industry.  I wanted to read these books and review them on my blog and Amazon.  I wanted to promote these authors and help spread the word when fantastic things were happening to these authors who had worked SO hard to achieve all of their goals.  In the process, I formed relationships with authors, publishing houses and other bloggers intent on doing exactly as I was doing.  It takes a lot of work, but the point behind it was to help the authors in any way I could.

Do I think that we, as bloggers, are in any way responsible for the author’s success?  Absolutely not.  They did that on their own with spectacular writing, personal promotions, their own money, tens of thousands of hours of hard work and their own perseverance.

I have spent years educating myself on how this industry works, what authors NEED and how I can assist them.  I make sure that if I am going to blog about literary occurrences, that I understand them completely.  Every day, I am still learning.  This is a constantly evolving industry and there is always more to learn.  I want to give a HUGE shout out to Joe/J.A. Konrath and his blog “A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing” as I have spent MANY hours scouring his blog for informed posts which help me to learn the trade.  I have learned what authors must do to self-publish and promote and basically make a daily visit to his blog for research-his archives are gold mines.  My goal is to make MYSELF marketable as a blogger so that I may contribute in a positive way to these authors who I hold in such high regard.

In the last year, however, I have also seen some concerning changes in the industry.  Most recently, the New Adult Romance category has been inundated with new authors and new novels.  That is fantastic!  I want to be clear that I FULLY support anyone who has the guts to write a book, put it out there and then ask the world to openly judge them.  That takes incredible courage by itself.

What’s NOT so fantastic is that so many of them are just re-telling the same stories that have already been told.  Using stories previously written by successful authors who blazed the trail for the New Adult age group is just not acceptable to me.  I may be on my own with this, but I am bored silly lately.  How many different ways can you portray Travis Maddox or Kellan Kyle?  The other day, I even saw Amy Bartol’s book covers from “The Premonition Series” duplicated on a series by another author….right down to the mirror image of the feather.  Really?

While I applaud and support the influx of Self-Published authors ….I find myself feeling disappointed and very turned off by the lack of creativity which is being put on the shelves.  This post does NOT apply to ALL new authors-some of the new novels are fantastic.  However, we have all heard the story about the author using scenes WORD FOR WORD and plagiarizing successful written works, and that’s just the tip of the ice burg.  I also want to say that seeing authors attacking one another is a MAJOR turn off for me.  Taking the time to plot out how you will make other authors come across badly to readers?  That just reflects badly on you.  I can guarantee you, I will NOT promote your books, will advise my followers to stay away from your work and will NEVER recommend you to any of my industry contacts if I see you publicly attacking another author.  This is a business and if you can’t act professionally, then do the appropriate thing and remove yourself please.

My feeling is that we aren’t pushing our authors to excel.  Our job as readers is to expect more; to expect the best.  The romance genre is so saturated with the same stories, yet we all keep buying them.  An author writing for me should know what’s going on not just in their particular genre and being discussed in their writer’s group, but I also expect them to be aware of the industry as a whole.  Too many authors today have written novels and published them without knowing anything about the industry as a whole.  They must ask for help in completing the tasks necessary to become successful from those authors who poured their blood, sweat and tears into tens of thousands of hours learning on their own.  I want MORE from my authors.  I EXPECT more.  I’m going to start demanding it.  Starting now.  I hope you will too.

This brings me to my other growing concern;  why do bloggers feel they “carry” authors?  We are NOT what makes an author a success.  We are NOT responsible for their sales numbers.  Most importantly, we are NOT entitled to anything from an author or publishing house.  Our job is to give constructive feedback about an authors’ work, promote their books, and basically be their cheerleaders.  If we can spread the word or introduce someone to an author they weren’t previously aware of-GOOD FOR US.  Do we deserve credit for that?  No, we do not.  We do this because we CHOSE to do it.

The bloggers who “started” the blogging trend in the literary industry a few years ago, inadvertently put into place certain “Codes of Conduct” and expectations bloggers should be living up to.  Unfortunately, these precedents are being ignored.  I have seen hundreds of new bloggers popping out of the woodwork and I think it’s fantastic that they are willing to put their time into this endeavor.  This new “Feeling of Entitlement”, however, really bothers me.  Here are some of the codes of conduct I try to follow at all times:

  • As bloggers, we are NOT entitled to free books.  I’ve actually heard bloggers saying they decided to start a blog JUST to get free books.
  • As bloggers, it’s not acceptable to trash a book just because we didn’t like it.  There is NEVER an excuse for tearing a book apart in a review.  Be professional, be constructive or don’t say anything at all.
  • As bloggers, we should NEVER attack an author personally.  No matter how much you don’t like a book, it’s not a personal statement about the author.  Do you have any idea what kind of courage it takes for someone to write a story and then put it out there for the public and ASK them to JUDGE their work?  Their story is just that, a STORY.  It’s not a personal reflection on the author and never should be attacked in any fashion.  These authors make themselves personally available to us all through social media which takes many hours out of their already hectic lives.  They do it, because their fans are important to them.  If we continue to tear them down personally, what is their incentive to keep up dialog with us?
  • As bloggers, you should NEVER ask an author you don’t have a working relationship with for an ARC copy, signed paperbacks or free swag.
  • As a blogger, under NO circumstances, do you share or give out an ARC copy you have received. I had a blogger contact me recently asking if I wanted an ARC copy they had in their possession.  I was horrified and made sure to explain the complexities of copyright infringement.
  • Any information, cover art, excerpts etc. that you have been provided for a blog tour, cover reveal or release event is to be used ONLY for your post on your blog.  NEVER take that information and put it on GoodReads, your FB page or anywhere other than that promotional post you’ve been approved to complete.
  • As a blogger, you shouldn’t be approaching publishing houses and asking them for ARC copies.
  • As a blogger, NEVER EVER attack another blogger.  This has become more common lately and I am disgusted by what I am seeing.  Why are you attacking one another?  If you’re doing your job correctly, there isn’t ANYTHING worth attacking one another over.  Ever.
  • As a blogger, never agree to give a review unless you are POSITIVE you will deliver.
  • As a blogger, when reviewing a book-NEVER re-tell the story.  That’s not a review folks.  A review is educated and disciplined.  Re-telling the story may actually cut INTO sales…some may think, why buy the book if you’ve already been told the whole story, spoilers, quotes and even key turning points.
  • In your reviews, be sure to speak about the plot, the characters, the depth of the story, the protagonist etc. and do it with intelligence.  On that note; including the book description as part of your review is NOT a review.

In order to help people make decisions about a book, which is the job of a reviewer, you MUST use intelligence and put more than ten minutes into writing your review.  AUTHORS: PLEASE expect more from your bloggers!  Anyone can put up a blog for free now, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get quality support and feedback which is what you deserve and should expect.  If a review just re-tells your story, do NOT continue using that blogger.  If we’re going to push back on authors, I expect authors to push back on bloggers.

Don’t get me wrong, every review helps an author.  Some will be long and some will be short.  It’s the thought process behind it I am referring to.  You can give a fabulous review in a short paragraph.  You can give a horrible review that is pages long.  The point is, spend the time to “Think It Through Before You Review”.  Authors DO pay attention to reviews.  I have heard from so many authors who took constructive criticism they found in reviews and actually went back into their novels and made changes based on that feedback.  They do listen.

If you’re doing your job correctly and within the confines of professionalism, you WILL be approached by authors and publishing houses when THEY feel you can contribute positively to their work.

What is my point to all of this?  First off….if you are becoming uninterested in the Romance genre as I am, do not despair.  The books ARE out there.  The diversity IS out there.  The talent IS out there.  You just have to expect more from your authors and stop accepting the backwash of stories currently saturating the Romance genre.  It’s okay to want better writing.  It’s alright to want more depth to your stories.  It’s your JOB as a reader to demand that authors produce or you should refuse to pay the money.  If you can’t find what you want, it IS acceptable to branch out yourself and experience genre’s you never thought you’d like.  Do not ever get stuck in a rut.  I truly believe you will see New Adult books flooding the other genre’s in a relatively short time….I think this NA Romance bubble is close to bursting as the market just can’t take any more versions of the same stories.

I’m pretty sure that in the near future, we will finally see who really has the talent to endure the trends of the market and who deserve to call themselves TRUE authors.  Now THAT, gets me excited and pumped up about New Adult…..