My ramblings

Once again, I am sitting here at my laptop surrounded by sounds of the movie Frozen. I’m not sure how many times my family has watched it now, but I do know that it is A LOT! 

Did you know…well, of course you didn’t because you are a virual stranger and I haven’t told you yet (unless you’ve seen my facebook page)…that I received my paperback copy of SURVIVING yesterday??? It is HUGE! It’s a 6X9 (which was the recommended size). I actually wish it was smaller. Stupid me forgot to insert page numbers so it is pagenumberless…Yep. Oh well, I don’t care. I am terrified now though. I didn’t mind so much when it was only in ebook form. It was just out there, now…I don’t know, it just feels more real. I suppose all new authors feel this way. 




Okay, enough gushing about that.

see you all soon!

J.L. Sprague


My lost mind

Okay, at the moment I am working on promoting my latest release (also my first) SURVIVING. But anyone who has read ANY of my blog posts knows that. I am however, working on a different piece and my mind is currently swirling with the story. I wish I could share but that would just be a terrible terrible thing. I would never want to ruin a good book before it has even been written. 

So, what I wanted to talk about is my writing process at the moment. With my first book I kind of knew what I wanted to happen and in a way I made that happen. More than anything however, the story took a life of it’s own. There was an event I wanted to include in it but it never happened and really just didn’t work per the timeline and story line I set forth. I can’t tell you what it is because one day I will put it into a book. I just know it. Anyhow…writing SURVIVING I never created an outline, something I wanted to try with my current novel. I wrote quite a bit in college and I never like writing those blasted outlines no matter what subject it was for. I do admit, they came in handy at times. I don’t think I can work like that with a story. In my head, I know the story and I know about how I want it to go but it flows how it flows. It will NOT always go the way I want it to go. I tried to do it. It didn’t work. 

In the book I am currently writing, I am trying a different approach. I am starting with “parts”. It’s similar to how an outline would be constructed but it’s still different from how I’ve written outlines in the past. I am hoping it will keep the flow a little better than in SURVIVING. Does this make any sense? 

I’m hoping whoever reads this knows that this whole blog post is mostly for my benefit and no one else. I wanted to write it out where if anyone happens to have a comment on this concept he or she can do so. 


Anyone read Maybe Someday??????? 

I did! I did!!

Well Hello Hello


Did you know that Enchanted Book Promotions will be promoting SURVIVING? 

Well, they will! And guess what? I’m a little more than excited about it. Like….REEEEEEaaaalllLLLYYYYyyyy!

Right now I’m not selling many books. Not many at all. I believe that women (mostly) will really enjoy my book. But no one knows that it is out there. And to be honest, I don’t want to talk about that. I want to talk about something I am super duper excited about. Colleen Hoover’s newest addition, Maybe Someday.I cannot wait! I feel like I’m on the edge of my seat tapping my toes in anticipation for this book. I have high hopes for this book, so if it falls short of my expectations….well…I’ll get over it eventually.

This morning I decided to reread Losing Hope. I’m hoping it will stave off the Colleen edginess. ALSO, talking about Ms. Colleen, I’m going to the book signing in Nashville, TN on June 7th. AND guess what? Griffin Peterson will totally be there. I’m totally going all fan-girl on everyone. I think I’ve talked about this before… I don’t know…not that it really matters because I could go on about this all. day. long.

But for sad news, I have no one to go with me. 😦 It is really a terrible terrible thing. It’s almost tragic. No one needs to miss this amazing author event. There are books to be bought and books to be signed! I must find a person to be my side kick for this event.


I don’t really have anything else to ramble on about so I’ll get back to writing or watching my son or both if I can. Hopefully the voices of Mickey and Minnie Mouse won’t distract me very much.

Sick as a….

Guess what I’m doing right now. You don’t know? Well I’ll tell you. Other than writing, taking a break and writing this blog post…I’m watching Dora the Explorer. I don’t care for Dora but my three year old son does. The bad thing is, he’s not even watching it right now. I’ve also got the stinkin cold of the century so my head is in a fog. It’s not a very good fog for writing.

Guess what? Dora is going off. YaY!

So, I’m looking for a good book to read. I’ve read some good ones lately but now I need another one. I’ve recently read Demon at My Door by Michelle A. Valentine, Bite Me by C.C. Wood and Dragon Actually  by G.A. Aiken. These are actually some really good reads. I definitely recommend them. I won’t tell you about the few I’ve read that I didn’t really care for. I read all the time and I’ve got an open mind when it comes to books. I don’t even mind the occasional mishap in writing, because-come on-it is difficult to truly edit a manuscript. Plus! What new author has the money to send it to one? It would make me ecstatic to be able to send my manuscript to a professional editor.

Sorry. I felt like I ranted a little. Eek! I’m not cool with ranting.

I think I may do a giveaway soon. I’ve been thinking of doing one for my promotion at the end of March but I’m not sure.

I wanted to put this out there…My son (yes, my three-year-old) was given a wrench. Now he won’t let go of it and he thinks it is a toy. What am I going to do?

J.L. Sprague

Say Something…

I would like to say something concerning my book SURVIVING.There are sex scenes, and there are those who are opposed to sex scenes. But if you think about life, life does not exist without sex. IT IS JUST A PART OF LIFE. My book is not erotica. I’m afraid for some of my family to read it because they will assume the worst. Well, guess what? No one is going to understand the dynamic of the book unless they read the entire thing. There will be some people who will like the dynamic and those who will not. 

Oh well. All I’m saying is don’t count out a book if you do not like sex in it. Just because sex is part of it doesn’t mean it is exploitative. Make sense?