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Month: July 2015

Everything you need to know about FIRST TIME and a MASSIVE giveaway.

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It’s about one week until the release of First Time, my dual-novel spin-off from my Sophie Scaife series, and people have questions. And have I got answers for you!

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Newly divorced and romantically pessimistic, Ian Pratchett doesn’t know why he’s been set up with Penny Parker. She’s unrelentingly positive, utterly superstitious, and sexually inexperienced—everything Ian is not. But when sparks fly between them, Ian sees the possibility of a life he’d given up hoping for…with a woman he would never have expected.

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With the wounds from a bad breakup still healing, Penny Parker is reluctant to dive back into the dating scene. She’s especially wary of being set up with an older man, but Ian Pratchett wants the same future she’s after: family, stability, and true love. Though all the signs point to Ian being The One, can the timing ever be right between two people born decades apart?

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Do I have to read both books to understand the story? Not at all! Both books are complete novels following the same love story. If you read both, however, you get both Ian and Penny’s point of view.

Is this an erotic romance, like The Boss? Nope! I would classify this as a contemporary romance with the heat turned up.

I’m planning on reading both. Which book should I read first? It really doesn’t matter. They were written to be read in either order, or even side-by-side!

Are you going to release the first chapter on your blog, like you usually do? As it turns out, I don’t have to. You can read a whopping 20% of both novels at! Here’s the link to Ian and here’s the link to Penny.

Are characters from The Boss going to make appearances? Yup! Sophie and Deja both make appearances in Penny’s story, and Neil shares a scene with Ian in Ian’s book.

I’ve been imagining [insert celebrity here] for Ian/Penny. Who did you imagine while writing the book? In my head, Craig Ferguson is Ian and Dianna Agron is Penny.

I’m coming to see you at the Authors After Dark book signing. Can I get First Time there? I’m planning on it! I made a Twitter announcement stating that I wouldn’t be able to get copies there in time, but as it turns out, they may just make it!

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(PS. This is always a big signing, so I hope you come out and visit us!)(Also, Sherrilyn Kenyon OMGWTFBBQ.)(Also, I don’t have to get any of my books signed by Sherrilyn Kenyon because she once did a signing without limits at a book store over by Detroit and I brought every. Single. One. That I own.)

Now, onto the best part! A MASSIVE GIVEAWAY! I love to give stuff to you guys! Check out the prizes on the widget below (I think you have to hit the little arrows or something to see them) and all the ways you can enter!

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The Troutstanding! swag packs are comprised of a “Proud to be a TROUTSTANDING! member of TROUT NATION” sticker, a Troutstanding! bumper sticker, pen, and rubber bracelet, and other assorted autographed promo items. This giveaway is open to anyone who lives in a country where giveaways are legal and I can mail this stuff without breaking some kind of censorship law. If you live in a place that doesn’t have access to Amazon, we’ll figure out an alternate prize of the same value.

Thanks in advance for playing along. I just like doing giveaways.

As always, I appreciate all of you and your amazing support for my work! Without you, I might have to get a job where I have to put pants on.

Jenny Reads 50 Shades of Midnight Sun: Grey, Thursday May 19, 2011: “Misogylicious!”

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I had a link to share, but then at the last minute I decided against it because I realized that the author was accusing detractors of jealousy while simultaneously suggesting that it’s not fair for E.L. James to be popular. Which was…confusing.

But here is a Buzzfeed quiz that is just as good! They ask you to pick out which lines are from 50 Shades and which are from Twilight. Since I know both franchises pretty well, I thought it would be a piece of cake. I totally failed it.

SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION TIME! I know that some of you awesome readers come to the blog just for the Fifty recaps, and that’s totally cool. But you may not realize that I’m a romance writer, and I have some books coming out on August 4th. You can find out what they’re all about (and find pre-order links) here. I mention it because lately I’ve been getting some flack from idiots for “copying” and “using” E.L. James to make money, so fuck it. If I’m going to be accused of that anyway, then why not do it? CHECK OUT MY BOOKS, THEY’RE AWESOME.

Anyway, we’re back, and ready for another heaping helping of misogyny, courtesy of our beloved Chedward. This chapter doesn’t synch up to Ana’s chapters, so I’ve left out the link to the corresponding recap.

This Day In History:  US journalist Katie Couric signs off as the host of the CBS Evening News.

The Big Damn Buffy Rewatch S02E18, “Killed By Death”

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In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone wants to track down whoever is responsible for programming Microsoft Word and slash their tires. She will also recap every episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer with an eye to the following themes:

  1. Sex is the real villain of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer universe.
  2. Giles is totally in love with Buffy.
  3. Joyce is a fucking terrible parent.
  4. Willow’s magic is utterly useless (this one won’t be an issue until season 2, when she gets a chance to become a witch)
  5. Xander is a textbook Nice Guy.
  6. The show isn’t as feminist as people claim.
  7. All the monsters look like wieners.
  8. If ambivalence to possible danger were an Olympic sport, Team Sunnydale would take the gold.
  9. Angel is a dick.
  10. Harmony is the strongest female character on the show.
  11. Team sports are portrayed in an extremely negative light.
  12. Some of this shit is racist as fuck.
  13. Science and technology are not to be trusted.
  14. Mental illness is stigmatized.
  15. Only Willow can use a computer.
  16. Buffy’s strength is flexible at the plot’s convenience.
  17. Cheap laughs and desperate grabs at plot plausibility are made through Xenophobia.
  18. Oz is the Anti-Xander
  19. Spike is capable of love despite his lack of soul
  20. Don’t freaking tell me the vampires don’t need to breathe because they’re constantly out of frickin’ breath.
  21. The foreshadowing on this show is freaking amazing.
  22. Smoking is evil.
  23. Despite praise for its positive portrayal of non-straight sexualities, some of this shit is homophobic as fuck.
  24. How do these kids know all these outdated references, anyway?
  25. Technology is used inconsistently as per its convenience in the script.

Have I missed any that were added in past recaps? Let me know in the comments.  Even though I might forget that you mentioned it.

WARNING: Some people have mentioned they’re watching along with me, and that’s awesome, but I’ve seen the entire series already and I’ll probably mention things that happen in later seasons. So… you know, take that under consideration, if you’re a person who can’t enjoy something if you know future details about it. 


STATE OF THE TROUT: “Holy balls, I hate the publishing part of self-publishing” edition

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Hey there, everybody! As you know (or might not, because I’m bad at doing my own promotion), I have two new books coming out on August 4th! They’re both called First Time, and they’re both the same story, one written from the hero’s POV, one from the heroine’s POV. If you interested, you can read more about them here, and preorder them if you want.

However, since these are self-published, I am up to my sight orbs in work. I’m formatting them for print and e-book, making print covers, ordering proofs, the week is a nightmare. So, while I’m trying to keep everything on track, things might get a little behind. Them’s the breaks.


Someone recently asked about a “schedule” for Grey recaps. What I’m doing right now is trying to rotate all my recaps on a regular cycle. A Grey recap, then an Apolonia recap, then a Buffy recap, etc. The next Buffy recap may well be this week, as I’m almost finished with it. But again, I’m working like a trained circus bear on a matinee day trying to get all of this done.

I did have to stop and acknowledge, though, some of the cool stuff people have been sending me lately:

If you sent me something recently and I didn’t acknowledge it, I’m trash and I’m sorry. Let me know and I’ll make a video about that, too, because I don’t want anyone’s gifts to be unappreciated. Also, thank you all for the birthday cards!

So thank you for your patience, thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered First Time, and thanks for generally just being rad.

New Chapter of THE AFFLICTED!

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Hey there, everybody! The latest (and way, way delayed) chapter of my free Wattpad serial, The Afflicted, has been posted! Thanks to everyone who patiently waited for this! You can read the chapter here, and if you haven’t been following along from the beginning, you can start here.

The Afflicated - High Resolution

After her father’s death and her mother’s hasty remarriage, Evelyn Whitney is handed over to the Shaker commune of Bannock, New York, into a life she has little chance of escaping. When the dead become monsters and community loyalties fracture, Evelyn must rely on John Quill, a young hired man, for protection from the terrors outside the commune, and the dangers within. 

Get Sydney Blahnik to the All-Star Game!

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Hey everybody! Sydney Blahnik has been selected to play cornerback on the All-American team in the Women’s Football Alliance’s all-star game, but she has to pay for her own travel. She’s trying to raise $1,000.00 to cover her expenses so she can go and play!

Sydney Blahnik (right)

The game is on August 8th, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, so there’s not much time left to raise the funds. If you have some to spare, Sydney would appreciate it!

Here’s the link to the fundraiser.

Jenny Trout: Celebrating 35 Years of Excellence

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In case you didn’t see news accounts of the dramatic full arc quadruple rainbow appearing over the hospital where I was born, or you didn’t witness one of the tremendous parades held in my honor, today is my birthday. Or as it’s known in my head every morning, my personal best record for consecutive days alive. Since it’s a nice number that’s easily divisible by five (my favorite kind of number), I thought I’d take you on a walk down memory lane.

Join me, won’t you, for Jenny Trout: 35 Years of Excellence.

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GUEST POST: The Beast, by A.R. Davis

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From time to time, I turn over the blog to a citizen of Trout Nation who’s written a book and wants to get their promo out there. Today we’ve got A.R. Davis, here to tell you about her book, The Beast, and to share some anxiety that debut authors can definitely relate to!



My name is A. R. Davis and I love to write. I love to share stories with people, and I love making things up. I hope you’ll at least like one of my stories, if not all of them. My first book, The Beast, is coming out soon, and I’m not going to lie, I’m scared to death. I’m not scared of the criticism I’ll face or that people will pick up the book, dismiss it and get rid of it. I’m scared of the apathy. I’m scared that I’ll fail to convince people to even give me a shot. Those are the kinds of fears that keep me up some nights.

I’m hoping that, if you’re reading this blog post, I can at least convince you to give me a shot.

You can email me at My twitter is @writerardavis. I would love to hear from you, whether you love my book, hate my book, or haven’t even read it at all and have no wish to. I like getting messages. I’ll do my best to respond to them. I have a full-time job as well, so please understand I’m not ignoring you if I don’t get to you right away. I’m hoping to make this my full-time job one day, but until then, bills need to be paid.

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The citizens of Leola live in fear of the dense, dark forest that borders their town. Men disappear into the brush or are found dismembered as if they were attacked by a rabid Beast. But fear of a different kind also breeds in the citizens of Leola.

For Valerie Mason, starvation is worse than potentially disappearing. With her former guardsman father drowning his troubles in spirits, it’s up to Valerie to keep them afloat by any means necessary…even if it means breaking the law.

Young Aubrey, the future Lord of Leola, fears that once he dies, the pages of his personal history will be left blank. When he hears of the dangers threatening his town, he knows the only way ensure that he lives on in the memory of his people is to venture into the forest and defend it himself…even if it might cost him his life.

Valerie and Young Aubrey must each breach the veil of trees again and again on their own quests. Will Valerie or Young Aubrey emerge victorious, or will they fall victim to their own demons and The Beast?

Read on for the prologue of The Beast…

Jenny Reads 50 Shades of Midnight Sun: Grey, Sunday, May 15, 2011, or “The impossible has occurred: Ana is suddenly tolerable”

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Aaaand we’re back.

Since the announcement of Grey, I’ve had some Tumblr messages and a few emails asking me if I would ever rewrite the Boss series from Neil’s POV. I can’t see a way that I could do that without being extremely derivative of E.L.’s move, but it would be an interesting project. In the meantime, I do have dual POV novels coming out on August 4th, entitled First Time. You can pre-order them now, if you’re interested.

Other thing: I get messages every now and then from people who are like, “I want to donate to your blog,” or whatever. And I appreciate it, and I always tell people to buy my books if they’re interested in supporting me, but if you’d prefer, I put up a Patreon. The higher level donations are definitely intended to be one time only, so please be sure to cancel your subscription or whatever after you make the one-time donation.

This day in history: Actress Barbara Stuart, of Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. fame, died.

For your reference and enjoyment, here’s my chapter three recap of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Now, let’s do this: