Woman’s Canon Rules Voting

It’s time!  Second round of the Woman’s Canon contest is here! The ideas you came up with were incredible! You guys are so, so awesome! You made it very difficult to decide which ones to pick. From funny to serious, they were just so amazing! You guys made me laugh and made me think. Thanks so much to all who participated!

Vote on your favorite rule. Answers are in random order to help make it fair. If there is a tie for the most votes, there will be a revote for the top picks next week.

Voting Ends August 23rd at Midnight!

Winner will receive bookmarks, postcards, $20 Gift cad from Amazon or B&N, a chance to name a character in Mine to Spell , and, a paperback copy of You Are Mine with notes written in from the author.

EDIT: Poll is closed, but results temporarily removed due to technical glitch.


Woman’s Canon Contest

You asked for:


Amazon and B&N Giftcards Galore!

It’s all here, plus extra swag, and one lucky person will also get:


Not the pen though, I’m using that to do lots of this:

Writing the inside scoop for You Are Mine

How do you earn some of these

awesome prizes?


Make your own rule for the

Woman’s Canon


Submit Woman’s Canon Rules Here



Grand Prize

Janeal will pick her favorites to be voted on August 19-23. The creator of the rule with the highest votes wins.

1 signed paperback copy of You Are Mine with notes written in by the author

You Are Mine bookmarks and postcards

$20 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (winner’s choice)

A chance to name a character in Mine to Spell


Runners Up

Everyone (number will vary depending on how many good ones there are. There is NO limit) who is chosen as a top pick by Janeal to be voted on, except the grand prize winner, will receive the following:

A signed paperback copy of You Are Mine

You Are Mine bookmark and postcard

$10 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (winner’s choice)


Everyone Who Enters

Will make Janeal tickled beyond belief over your awesomeness



1. You may enter as many different rules as you like.

2. Rules must be NEW. They cannot already be located in the Woman’s Canon. *see trailer and list below.

3. Rules must begin with the phrase ‘A woman’

4. Rules must be in by August 12, Janeal will pick her favorites which will be voted on August 19-23. The winner will be determined by YOU!

5. Rules must be rated PG. Janeal can and will delete any inappropriate entries.

Open internationally!


Submit Woman’s Canon Rules Here


For Fun and Ideas:

Made by Barth Entertained

Example list for the Woman’s Canon:

A woman is always graceful.

A woman never raises her voice.

A woman must always look her best.

A woman must always wear gloves when a warlock is present.

A woman must address her owner as Master.

A woman only wants what her Master wishes.

A woman must treat all warlocks with respect.

A woman is always watched by her Master.

A woman does not call out when beaten or hexed.

Please Note:

Open internationally!

Must be 13+ to enter and legally able to win. There MUST be at least 10 entries. If there are less, only the grand prize will be given away.

If your rule is one of Janeal’s top picks, it may or may not end up in a future book. IF it does, credit will be given 100% to you for coming up with the rule, Janeal will discuss it with you first, and Janeal will think you’re the coolest reader on the planet.

Open to everyone except Janeal and her husband. And honestly folks, if her husband ever participated in something like this, she’d give him the grand prize just out of shock. But then she’d make another grand prize for you guys too, so no worries.

Entries will be for Janeal’s eyes only until after she picks her top choices. After that, rules will be open to anyway who would like to take a gander at them.


You Are Mine Excerpt

If you didn’t hear last week , Mine to Tarnish, a Mine prequel novella, will be released Dec. 2, 2013. Very excited about this story. I’ve also been busy with another secret project (more on this soon, and guys, I’m so excited to share! Think contest and with an awesome prize) along with working on Mine to Spell which is going really well. While you’re waiting for fun news, I thought I’d share one of my favorite experts from the You Are Mine. And as always, feel free to drop me a question or thought. Enjoy!

I slump against the wall and slide to the floor. My sisters. I’ve worked seventeen years to protect them. Apparently, I haven’t been doing enough. Yet, the little I was able to do, I’ll no longer be able to provide. Marriage will stop me from being with them more than she thinks. I’ll never be more than I am now. Only less. Less able to help them in any way. My ability to choose will fade. I’ll take on the role of a breeder.

Or worse. I’ll become like that haunted tarnished. Bald. Inked. Barren. Emotionless. Not worth the shadow I cast.

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Novella Announcement – Mine to Tarnish

I’m thrilled to announce the secret project I’ve been working on is a Mine Prequel Novella. Those of you who love Katherine can learn more about her and how she came to be tarnished. And I know what you really want is the details, so we’ll get right to it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask or leave a comment.

MtTarnishBlankCoverMine to Tarnish

A Mine Prequel Novella

December 2, 2013

Katherine’s place is the same as any woman’s—on the shelf next to the dresses and bolts of cloth. When she’s sold to a warlock, life grows even bleaker. Her new owner is as old and rancid as he is cruel, driving her to do the unthinkable: run.

Nothing prepared her for being on her own. And she’s definitely unprepared for the warlocks hunting her down. But she must stay one step ahead because if caught, the best she can hope for is death.


Ask and Answer (#2)

The first Ask and Answer last week went awesome. Thank you all so much for your support! Back today with more answers. If you’d like to ask your own question, you can do so here. (and yes, I still had to correct those anwser)


And as much as it looks like it, no I didn’t just copy and paste that answer from last week. I don’t think I know how to write anything without romance in it. Love is part of life, whether it is siblings, parent/child, friends, romanctic, ect. For me, that means it’s a big part of my books. It was hard with Serena though, she’s been through so much and takes the brunt of everything. She needs time to heal and learn to love.

Mine to Spell, I think at least, contains more romance than You Are Mine. It will still be more of a subplot, but Cynthia isn’t as closed off which means love has an easier time happening. Notice that was easier, not easy? These poor girls just struggle with love. But then, don’t we all?

  • What are you working on next, writing wise? ~T.F. Walsh

Great question! Mostly things related to the Mine Series. The secret Mine project is very close to being ready to pass off to a critique partner. Once it’s done, I’ll start my next round of edits on Mine to Spell, probably next week.

When I have time (ha, ha, ha) I do a little work on a manuscript called Ever Darkening, a YA Fantasy/Utopian. I haven’t had as much time for this one since I know everyone is anxious for Mine to Spell, but it’s an idea I love. I really want you guys to be able to read it and not just have it playing out in my head. Plus, I just got a new, exciting idea for it so I try to sneak it in when I can.

  • When is the squeal coming out? ~Anonymous

Even though this is asked by anonymous, I can safely say there are many of you out there who have asked as well. As you can tell from the above answer, I’m working on it. I haven’t got detailed notes on it yet, but initial feedback is looking really good. I’m going to be brave and say less than a year from when You Are Mine launched. This is not set in stone, people. But hopefully it’s sooner. Like I’ve mentioned before, there should be something more concrete in a month or so.

BUT…if you want to be sure you know when the sequel is released, on Wednesday I announced a way to keep track. Mine Series Notification. If you didn’t already see, basically you can sign up and an email will be sent within a week of Mine related books being released, probably the day before or day of release.

  • Where did you get your inspiration for the world? It was so fascinating. And the ideas for all the fab dresses Katherine designed throughout the book for Serena. ~Rachel @ The Rest is Still Unwritten

I started answering this and went on and on and on. The answer is so complex and can go so many ways, so I decided to do a bonus Ask and Answer session. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting how I got inspiration for the clothing, cultures, and magic for Chardonia. Thanks for such a great idea, Rachel!

Thanks again for joining me! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!


Mine Series Notification

The question I get asked the most is “When is your next book going to be out?”

Makes me do this: 😀  …and then want to go write faster.

I don’t have an answer for you yet. Yes, I have a pretty good idea of when I want it to happen, but there’s a lot of factors that can change. Hopefully details in the next month or so. Until then know I’m working as fast as I can. For now I have something I think will help. Mine Series Notification.


If you’re one of those who enjoyed You Are Mine and want to know when the next book is coming out, sign up and an email will be sent within a week of a new book being released. Most likely the day before or day of release.

Please Note: I will only ever use this to contact you for a book release in the Mine world.

Mine Series Notification


Ask and Answer (#1)

Thrilled to do the first Ask and Answer! Funny tidbit, I can’t spell answer. I always type anwser and have to spell check it. Story teller I am, good speller I am not. On to questions today coming from Christy.

  • Will the story continue? ~Christy B


The story will most definitely continue. Book #2, Mine to Spell, is with one of my critique partners right now hopefully getting ripped to shreds. I don’t have any release details or blurb yet, but I can say it’s from Cynthia’s perspective.

There will be four books in the Mine series, with some extras along the way. If you’d like to see how things are coming along you can check my Works in Progress page. I try to update it regularly.

  • Would you ever consider putting  Zade’s (or the male of “interest” ) thoughts into a chapter? ~Christy B

I would consider it and if fact have already tried working on some scenes to giveaway as extras. There’s so many great things that happen from his perspective. Specific scenes I’m thinking of:

****Contains Spoiler Bits for You Are Mine****

When Zade kills Thomas, the whole scene and the bit that follows–just thinking about it has me wanting to go try and write it again. Also the scene in the library when Serena is trying to hide–Zade is so befuddled by her behavior, I’d love to put it to words and explore what he goes through more. The whole ball scene as well. There’s not as many new thoughts there, but I think seeing the whole scene play out from Zade’s perspective would be interesting. There’s others I’d like as well, but those are my top choices.

****End of Spoiler Bits for You Are Mine****

But alas! He is being quiet stubborn and giving me lots of grief. Nothing is working out very well so far, but I will continue to try because I would love for you know more about Zade. I woke up this morning able to write a few lines from him so it may just need some patience.

What do you think? Are there any scenes you’d like to see from Zade’s point of view?

Thanks for your questions, Christy!

Come back next Friday for more answers, and ask questions of your own.

Also, don’t forget that you can sign up to join the street team for the Mine Series.