Book Launch Day!

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | 89 comments

I07C8034Wow! Let me start with my thanks to all of you! To those who commented in various places online, those who came out to the book launch party, and those who have bought copies or asked for them to be at your local library.

I’ve seen many blogs and reviews about THE SHADOW THRONE, and loved them all. For as much as the online rankings can be measured, it got as low as #269 on Amazon and #58 on Barnes and Noble. And the turnout at last night’s launch party at King’s English Bookshop was extraordinary. Truly overwhelming.Β Here are some photos from that launch.

So many people came. I was sorry for those who didn’t get seats, but so happy to see everyone!






Finally, and most importantly – CHECK OUT THAT CAKE! It completely blew me away.


Thanks everyone for making yesterday the best launch day of my career!

If you missed the launch but are a Utah type, I’ll be at Barnes and Noble South Towne (10180 South State Street, SLC) this Saturday, March 1 from 1-4, at an authorpalooza with tons of your favorite local authors.

So…what am I doing today? Writing, of course!



  1. wow just wow that cake looks awsome !!! cant wait for my copy in the mail !!! so!! so!! exited!

  2. Yippee and congratulations on your successful launch Jennifer! What an amazing cake, was it as good as it looked? My grandsons and I are so ready to continue the adventure in The Shadow Throne – and I assure you, I am just as keen as the boys ( ages 10, 12 and 16).

    • Thanks Ronalie! It was a chocolate cake, which automatically made it wonderful! I hope you will all enjoy the read! I love that you’re reading it with your grandsons!

  3. ugh. I wish I could have gone.

    • No worries, Dakotah! Hopefully one day I’ll have a signing near you!

      p.s. Did you order a book to be signed from King’s English? If so, their signing paper might not have had an H on the end of your name. If I got it wrong, just get a Sharpie and add the H. I apologize if I missed it – I just wasn’t sure if it was you or another girl with the same name.

  4. wait u had cake w/o me??? it looks amazing. i so wish i could’ve been there.
    now i have to ask u a question. its kind of weird, but, what color are Jaron’s eyes?
    PS. I typed this on my (very irritating) kindle
    PPS. I have a clasmate that looks exactly like imogen (or amarinda i guess ) except with short, straight hair and glasses.

  5. I COULDN”T GO!!!!!!!!!! IM SO SAD BUT I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!!!!!!!

    • No worries – I hope there’ll be another chance when I can meet you!

  6. Happy Book Release! So excited for you. And so sorry I couldn’t shout out about it today on Twitter. I’m drowning, drowning everyday at work. Your book is one of the books I’m giving away this week. So wish I lived close enough to go to your launch.

    • Gosh, I’m so sorry you’re having that kind of week! I hope things improve for you by next week! But thank you for everything, as always.

  7. Cakey looks awesome! ! ! If I lived in Utah I would’ve come. I’ll just have to settle for the book which is supposed to arrive tomorrow for me. Doing my little hippie dance πŸ˜€ And by the way, that’s you in the pictures right? You look pretty πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Rashida! Yep, that’s me. And I hope you enjoy the book when it comes!

  8. yes I did order it from there. I forgot I kept putting the H on the end of my name on this site. I was going to get it legally changed like that. and when i ordered it, My mom was sitting on me when she was ordering the book because I refused to get off the chair. She typed the message.

    PS. I’m SO excited for the book to come in. I think I’m about to start chapter 20…maybe 19. I don’t remember. But I’m having a hard time…accepting…what…happened…:,(

    • Phew, on your name spelling!

      And take courage to finish the book. There is more to the story… πŸ˜‰

    • me too they have to be together ΰ²₯_ΰ²₯ ΰ²₯_ΰ²₯ ΰ²₯_ΰ²₯ i’m balling my eyes ΰ²₯_ΰ²₯ΰ²₯ _ΰ²₯ ΰ²₯_ΰ²₯ out and knowing u im gessing it was a fake i hope they have to be together

      Avenia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! no not Avenia their king ahhhhhhhhhhhh hate him

    • Just keep reading and stay strong. I know it’s hard, but trust me, you’ll pull through! You can do it!

  9. I will finish it of course. I’m just trying to take in what happened. I NEVER would have expected it. They way you put Jaron’s words made it that much more emotional. my friend Aleighna’s jaw dropped when I told her my favorite character died.

  10. The launch party looks like it was awesome, especially that cake! I got my book the day it came out from amazon, and I’m almost finished. Each time I read or re-read your books I fall more in love with the characters and the writing! You are an incredible author, one of my all-time favorites. πŸ™‚

  11. Congrats Ms. Jen on your book launch event. πŸ™‚ Looking forward to read your last book in this trilogy however I haven’t read the second one.

    • Thank you. I hope you’ll get a chance to read THE RUNAWAY KING soon!

      • I hope I will be able buy and read it after my busy school term is finish. Hehe πŸ™‚ I also hope that you will have more blessings to come Miss Jen πŸ™‚

        • Thank you, Lemuel. Good luck with school!

          • You’re Welcome Miss Jen πŸ™‚

  12. I finished The Shadow Throne in a day and nearly cried when it was over (and at many other parts). The story was incredible and the characters were realistic. I loved them very much and cannot wait for your next series!:]

  13. Your launch was so much fun! And my daughter was so excited that she got to meet you. (And even more excited that you wrote Happy Birthday in a book that she gets to open tomorrow. And that she then gets to read it. :))

    And that cake was INCREDIBLE!

  14. fight for the book, die for the cake

    • Ha! That’s fantastic!

      • ok so were did u get the cake that neeeeeens to be my birthday cake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • It was a bakery in Centerville, Utah. But you could bring that pic to any bakery and ask them to do a version of it.

          • omg realy thank u that is my b day cake

    • Okay, that was so freaking hilarious I couldn’t not laugh.

  15. nice cake wish i could have come! i love your books and im geting my copy of the third book in the mail im so exited!!

    PS you look great in photos up there πŸ˜‰

  16. Can you please write more to the trilogy because it amazing PLEASE
    the false prince was so well written. Thank You for your Consideration

    • Perhaps one day, Haley. It would be fun to continue this series, I agree.

      • I’m 14 and I was publish in 7th grade in a poetry book and do you know when the adutions for the False Prience because I have Green eyes and blandishments hair and I love acting I could try to be amarinda ( Thank you for answering I was screaming in my room BIG FAN)

        • Thanks for writing, Haley. The movie is not yet finalized, but if it goes forward, then I’ll put audition info on my website. Good luck!

          • Thank you

  17. I finished The Shadow Throne in a day in between my college homework, and I just wanted to thank you for sharing your wonderful stories as well as keeping them clean. Your character development is outstanding, and I am sure I will continue to re-read these books over and over again!

  18. The launch party looks like it was so fun! That cake is just amazing. Were the books on it edible? It would be real cool if they were giant
    chocolate bars!

    • The books were also made of cake – that’s just edible paper on top. So yummy!

      • Edible paper? That sounds pretty cool!

        • They can print on it, but it can also slice and be eaten. It is cool stuff.

          • That’s so awesome! I’ll have to remember that if I ever make a cake. πŸ™‚

  19. Jennifer, must have been very difficult to cut into that amazing cake! Congrats on the new release. I just picked up The False Prince and was standing too long in the bookstore reading it so had to buy it :). Now have to work my way up to this series. If you ever make your way near Philly, let us know. Best wishes!

    • Donna –

      Thanks so much for getting a copy – I hope you’re enjoying it1 It’s funny you mention Philly – I’m actually flying into there in a few weeks for a school visit in Lancaster. I wish I were there longer, though. Best wishes –

  20. YAY!! It’s finally out! I am SOOOOO buying the trilogy! I can’t wait to read the last book! That cake looks so goooooooood! Congratulations!
    Hey Ms. Jennifer, any news on the movie?

  21. I finished the Shadow Throne yesterday. I loved it so much! It was a wonderful book.

  22. I’m so sad it’s over. I LOVE THIS TIRLOGY! IT’S MY FAVORITE SERIES OF ALL TIME! I wish I could’ve been there at Utah for the launch party πŸ™
    PS That cake is awesome.

    • Thanks much, Brinley! I wish you could’ve come too! And Praetor War is planned as a trilogy. After that, who knows?

      • I’m so excited to continue reading your books/series! I can’t wait for the Praetor War trilogy!

  23. Forgot to mention I’m super excited for the Praetor War! Jennifer, is Praetor War going to be a trilogy or series?

  24. I am so excited for this book!!! I ordered it yesterday, and I can’t wait for it to get here!!!! I just finished re-reading “The False Prince”, and I am about halfway through “The Runaway King”. I’m trying to only read a little bit at a time, so that I will finish it right when “The Shadow Throne” gets here. But since my book hasn’t even shipped yet, and I’m already halfway through TRK after reading it for only a day, it looks like it isn’t going to happen. πŸ˜› Thank you for such wonderful, captivating books!! πŸ˜€

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying it, Maggie, and I hope the timing of your reading works out perfectly!

  25. I just got my book from The King’s English and finished yesterday.
    Oh, so many emotions!
    Thank you for signing it!

  26. Hey Jennifer,

    My friend Aidan and I have some fan art we want to send to you. I was wondering if there was a way to send it to you? Thanks!
    Oh, and……THE CAKE WAS AMAZING!!!! I couldn’t go because we were moving to our apartment. But still….REALLY COOL! πŸ™‚ Thanks again!

  27. The book still hasn’t arrived at my bookstore… hard to not spoil the book for myself more

    I was wondering if The False Prince trilogy takes place before or after the Renaissance period? And what would be the appropriate age that Jaron will marry whoever..because it took me a while to realize he is 14! So mature than boys nowadays!

    And will you be planning to come to Canada anytime soon?

    • Ugh, I hope it gets there soon! The False Prince would take place pre-Renaissance – maybe the 1400’s or even a little earlier, though because it’s fantasy I can play a little with the actual time period.

      And no promises on who he’s going to marry. There’s the question of who is alive by the end of the book, and which of the girls will have him.

      He’s “nearly 15” in The False Prince, so he’d be 15 by the final book. And pretty mature in some ways, though he’s had a lot of growing up to do in others.

  28. OMG OMG OMG!!!

  29. Sorry i accidentally pressed the the enter key even though i wasn’t finished!( BOO BOO πŸ™‚ What i wanted to say was… (AHEM) OMGGGGGG The Shadow Throne was positively perferrific! The thrillness, the adventures, the sorrow, (the romance), I swear how did you manage to combine all of them into three amazing fantastic BOOKS!? Please tell me Mrs. Nielsen. I myself love love LOVE to write, and have written many stories, (not as long as yours, but long) and you are such a magnificent inspiration for writers like moi’. I have tried to combine them all into one story, (the adventures, thrillness, ext. not the books) but they somehow don’t make someone want to flip the page or show those OMG-this-is-a-awesome-story-book eyes. Other than that, superb job on Jaron, Imogen, Amarinda, Tobias, and Roden. I’m not going to beg but, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE MAKE A MOVIE

    • I’d be honored to assist you. Or be an actress, mainly Amarinda, just sayin’ πŸ™‚

      • Good to know! If a movie happens, I’ll try to post audition info on my website. In which case, I wish you the best of luck!


          • In the movie biz, nothing is ever sure until the movie is actually showing in the theater. So all we can do is celebrate where we’re at. I’ll announce when there’s something more to say, though it might be next winter before we know. Fingers crossed!

    • Rana – I love that you are writing, and have patience – with every story you get better and your writing voice becomes stronger. So keep going.

      And I hope a movie will happen too. My fingers are crossed!

  30. The Shadow Prince was an amazing book! Thank you! It holds a place of honor on my shelf and will be read again and again till the binding is all but gone πŸ˜‰ Probably even after that! πŸ˜€ Thank you so much !

  31. The book was amazing! Completely worth the wait!

  32. I am so happy it’s out! Literally got my copy of it and Runaway King about 20 minutes ago! So stoked! πŸ˜€ I love your writing style

  33. Finished Shadow Throne a couple minutes ago, and I loved it! A quick question – Did you have the storyline of each book completely planned out before you started writing, or did you just let the words flow out without a plan?
    Thanks for bringing these amazing books into existence! πŸ˜€

    • Thanks so much, Suri. I knew the big idea of each book, and some of the major plot points, but not every detail. And though I did outline each book before beginning, they always change a little as I get going. I’m glad you enjoyed these books!

  34. I WANT THAT CAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BBTW, Congratulations, just finished shadow throne. AMAZING!!!!!!

  35. The false prince series is the best series I’ve ever ever ever read! When I finished them I cried. πŸ™ I wish they will never end. I bought all three so I can always read them over and over again! πŸ™‚ Jaron and Imogen are my favorite characters! If they make a movie which I hope they will. I really wanna be in it, even if im just an extra or something! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Halima! If a movie is made, I hope you get a chance to audition!

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