Monday, August 5, 2013

Aloha, Operatives!

Since "aloha" can be used in both farewells and greetings, I thought it was an appropriate way to announce some changes here on Operation Awesome.

Firstly, we bid farewell to both R.R. Russell and Wesley Chu, whose schedules have made it difficult to continue their posts on Operation Awesome. We greatly appreciate their time and contributions, and they will be missed! But keep an eye on those two--they each have sequels in the works to their books released this year.

Secondly, join us in welcoming our newest members:


Jessica resides with her husband of sixteen years, three awesome daughters, and a plethora of pets in Central California, where fog, frost, triple-digit heat and various items of produce arrive bountifully, depending on the season.  She has an affinity for both coffee and owls, and loves to connect with other readers and writers whenever possible. You can find her on Twitter (@coffeelvnmom), FacebookGoodreads, or at her blog, Let Me Tell You a Story. Jessica writes YA and adult fiction. She shares reviews of her favorite books on Afterglow Book Reviews, and spreads the writing and author love for independently published authors at Indie Ignites.

PITY ISN'T AN OPTION, a young adult near-future dystopian novel about a guy and girl finding something they thought they'd long lost, is her debut novel. Jessica will be posting every other Wednesday, with her first post on August 14.


Amy has spent her life surrounded by books. As a child, her fondest memories are of following her mother and four siblings to the library every week to check out spectacular new adventures penned by the likes of Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary and C.S. Lewis. After college, she worked in the entertainment business in Los Angeles and eventually ended up surrounded by books again at Ingram Book Group in Tennessee.

Now a writer living in Arizona, she spends her time doing freelance public relations work and promoting her favorite non-profit event, The Cinderella Affair (

Her short stories, “Emanate,” and "Unearthed," are part of The Fall and Summer's Edge anthologies published by Elephant’s Bookshelf Press. Her writing has also appeared in Liquid Imagination. When not “chasing the crazy” dream of being published, she feeds her addictions to good TV (Bones, Castle & Fringe), Barnes & Noble and mango ice tea. She blogs at and can also be found on Twitter (@atrueblood5). 
Amy will be posting every other Tuesday, with her first post on August 13.

Can't wait to see what these two bring to the Operation Awesome conversation!


  1. It's been great being part of the Awesomeness! I'm sad to go. :(

  2. So happy to be a part of this *awesome* group! (And I feel right at home with Oliver!) Throwing coffee bean confetti for R. R. and Wesley as they take new steps on their writerly journeys... the coffee's on me today, guys! :)

  3. Woot for new members! We're sad to see RR and Wes go, but once an OA-er, always an OA-er. I look forward to the new books coming out from their quarter! (WONDER LIGHT and THE LIVES OF TAO)

    I highly recommend new member Jessica Brooks' novel PITY ISN'T AN OPTION! And I look forward to reading more from Amy Trueblood! Their books and anthologies have now been added to the amazon carousel in the sidebar of this page.

  4. Good luck to everyone! Sorry I had to leave, but... words, books, and stuff.

  5. Aw, two of my faves!! Congrats, Jessica and Amy!!

  6. Thanks for the congrats too, Michelle and Dahlia. :D

    Also: Wesley's book, THE LIVES OF TAO is a great read... I can honestly say that I was fully invested in Roen, the MC (and rather proud of him by the end) and when I read the last few words, I was like *enter slo-mo voice sound here* "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" (Really. That was me. I'm serious.) Now I'm off to add R.R.'s WONDER LIGHT to my TBR :D


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