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My Life as an Album Series

I’m excited to announce the winner of my first Monthly Giveaway for my newsletters subscribers. Keep reading to see who the lucky winner was and how you can get extra entries each month.

This week I've been putting together the final touches on my lesson plans for my first day back with the 1st Graders. Yep, I’m back to school next week. I always have mixed feelings going back because I ADORE teaching kids to read and write, but I also really like being able to wake up late and spend time on my own writing and reading. I thought I’d give you a peek at my classroom.

Before school is in full swing, I thought I’d send you a few notes because from here till the end of the year will be pretty hectic for me. In this newsletter you’ll find:








I’m so excited that the critics review for MY LIFE AS A POP ALBUM came back from The BookLife Prize by Publisher’s Weekly. And as of the time of this mailer, it was #2 in the Romance Category for the competition. There’s still a lot more reviews and entries to come, but it’s a momentary success that I’ll take.

If you want to read the whole review, you can click on the picture here or the link below it.



Thank you to everyone who has been a subscriber to LJ Evans Books from the beginning of my book journey until now. I appreciate every one of you and the time you take with my newsletters and my books. I used a Random Number Generator in Excel to generate this month’s winner from my subscriber list and the lucky winner was KATIE from Pennsylvania. Please make sure you check your email for a note from me on how to redeem your prize.


I told you in July that I had finished the draft of MY LIFE AS A MIXTAPE. It’s in the middle of developmental edits and may have some additional chapters coming, which means the playlist will change, but here it is again in case you missed it last month.

my life as a mixtape playlist



The REALLY exciting news for me this month was that I started working with the amazing narrator, Sarah Puckett, to create an AUDIOBOOK of MY LIFE AS A COUNTRY ALBUM! I am truly thrilled about this venture and grateful that Sarah is taking it on with me. It’ll be released this fall! So stay tuned. Here’s a sneak peak at the slightly different cover that will be used on the audiobook.

If you want to check out some of Sarah’s other fabulous work, you can find her at:




There was a little glitch on the BookSweeps giveaway that was supposed to start at the end of July, but I'll definitely be participating in one in August. If you want to hear about the giveaways, the best way is to sign up for my newsletter. Click the picture below to sign up. The BookSweeps giveaways are a great way for you to get a few free books and enter for a chance to win some additional books and prizes.

As I announced earlier I just pulled my first random winner for my MONTHLY MEMBER GIVEAWAY. As long as you are signed up for my newsletter by the last day of each month, you'll be automatically entered into a contest for a chance to win a signed paperback of one of my books. IF YOU’VE ALREADY SIGNED UP AND WANT TO GET EXTRA ENTRIES IN A MONTH, you can share the link with others, and when they list you as the friend who referred them, you'll be entered five extra times into the giveaway.



Okay. I know you’re thinking...but wait...summer isn’t over until September. And hey, that’s like another 7 weeks away. But, I’m back to teaching, so my reading time will pretty much diminish as I focus on school and edits for MIXTAPE.

But, in July I had a few more fun reads. Here’s some of them.

Yours Truly, Cammie by S.J. Sylvis

An entertaining military rom-com

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

Contemporary Fiction that melds romances and mystery over multiple decades

Love Unscripted & Love Unrehearsed by Tina Reber

Contemporary romance with Hollywood romance

Wife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee

I know – I’m late to the game with this contemporary romance series, but it was fun


Okay, okay. I’ll let you go now, but thank you so much for reading to the end of my blog post! I hope that you have a wonderful rest of the summer.

Happy Reading!


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