Monday, September 24, 2012

Find signed copies of Careful in NYC Barnes and Noble stores

Here is a list of Barnes and Noble stores in New York City you can find signed copies of my YA novel Careful.

Barnes and Noble Booksellers
555 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Find signed copies of Careful downstairs on the Teen section on the table by the elevator.

Barnes and Noble Booksellers
Union Square
33 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003
Find signed copies of Careful in the Teen section.

Barnes and Noble Booksellers Citigroup Center
160 E 54th Street
New York, NY 10022
Find Signed copies of Careful in the Teen section upstairs.

Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 86th and Lex
150 East 86th Street
New York, NY 10028
Find Signed copies of Careful downstairs in the teen section on the round table.



Here are other BN stores to find Careful. Love lives on! ~IJ

P.s: you can also get Careful as an Nook Book for $2.99, enjoy!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

I hope you Submit to the Careful book giveaway!

Hey Girls,

Today is the last day to submit to the Careful book tour giveaway, the giveaway includes 5 signed copies  of Careful and 5 ebooks so it's a great giveaway to be a part of and goodluck!

You can follow the tour here and also check out previous posts, features, reviews and excerpts from Careful:

More reviews and free excerpts from Careful:

Ali's Bookshelf

Yes, there's meaning behind the "e" charm necklace on the cover, it was Estella's necklace, you'll see how the charm makes an appearance in the book! Enjoy!  Careful is available in print and also is $2.99 as an ebook, available for the Kindle, Nook Book and in the iBookstore and others.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Careful's Blog Book Tour Updates and Giveaway-only couple more days!

I hope you've enjoyed keeping up with the Careful book blog tour going on now, reviews, features and the giveaway. Make sure you submit to win a signed copy of Careful or an ebook! The giveaway through the YA Bound Book Tour includes 5 signed copies and 5 ebooks! Only goes until the 22nd so submit now!

Check out some recent reviews of Careful here:



Playlist: Songs that show up in Careful:
Here's an interview based on my writing process and what inspired Careful:
Melissa Eclectic Bookshelf
Visit Careful's GoodReads page here and post your review too.
Follow the tour, see you on the blog trail!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Why I included sex in my YA novel Careful


Jett grabbed for his waist and pulled him closer to her.

He rushed to put on the Trojan condom. Watching Kyle lying on top of Jett, I wondered what the weight of a man would feel like. It was a type of pressure my now shapeless body wouldn’t get to ever understand. Once he put the condom on, Jett’s coy expression became flushed and sensuous. She fell into a state of a pleasure I would never know, and I couldn’t help but feel jealous. ~excerpt from Careful

In my new YA novel Careful, the first book of the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series, Estella dies a virgin. She watches her best friends in intimate situations with their boyfriends, she isn't voyeuristic but she's curious because she'll never have those moments now. Perhaps it was a bit blunt to share Estella 'watching' like this, but teens are having sex, and its real life. It's happening right now and we hope that teen girls wait and not rush into it, but it's likely that teen girls will face and have to deal with those intimate feelings and decide what to do. Hopefully they will have the strength, a strong self-worth and confidence in themselves instilled to wait until they are really emotionally ready.

Purposely the guys wear a condom in Careful and I really wanted safe sex involved, and I hope that is also a reminder of the importance of safe sex for teen readers. If they are having sex, to at least be protected! As a teen girl buying condoms can be uncomfortable and awkward, I mean how many of us walked up into CVS and bought a pack in high school? Girls might think it's the guy's job to carry a condom for their own protection but that doesn't mean they will. Girls can feel uncomfortable being the one to carry the condom in their purse, and in that case if you do feel uncomfortable, you should not be having sex in the first place, and if the person you are intimate with doesn't have a condom then don't accept that! Treasure yourself, your body, your health, your future, your life!
I lost my virginity at 14, very young and although I felt I was ready at the time and we used a condom, I wasn't ready. I do wish I waited. It was emotionally straining. Not only did I hope for much more than the guy could give me during the experience and afterward but also I didn't understand my body or how to relax and really enjoy it anyways. The guy wasn't emotionally ready to have the type of relationship I wanted from him and he became distant after and then moved away to another state a couple months later. I felt alone about it, unsure about myself and didn't know if I even liked the experience. It wasn't until I was much older that I really began to "understand" myself better and that being that close with someone felt totally right, your feelings might be curious or ready but that doesn't mean you're body, mind and soul are ready.

In the book Estella isn't watching her friends go at it to be turned on, in fact she discovers that her friends aren't exactly enjoying the 'moment' and that being intimate without being emotionally ready can put a damper on the physical side of things and can make a person feel low, depressed and stressed. It's best to think twice, three times, think a lot, before you give yourself to someone, and especially to someone who might not value your feelings and how the 'experience' feels for you or doesn't really care about you and your well-being. Just because you're "in the mood, or you're told you're loved or at 'that stage' in your relationship, doesn't mean it's a good idea or going to be a good experience."  It's okay to say no and wait.
Estella questions what her friends are doing and if they are doing the right thing. And I hope my teen readers also think about their own choices.

It pleased her that she had pleased him. His eyes were full of admiration as he zipped up his jeans, fished for his keys, and started the car, but as she put her jeans back on there was quietness about her, an unfulfilled craving that still wanted to be reached and released. It seemed like part of their routine; her feeling of enjoyment always took second place. ~excerpt from Careful
While Estella watches her friends have sex she notices different emotional elements hiding under the surface about each of them.

Eva is giving herself to a guy who doesn't appreciate her. She wants to please him but when they are not intimate together and at school he doesn't treat her so well, she doesn't want to accept that she is just being used.

Jett is having a secret relationship with an older guy, which I think is realistic considering how teens have crushes on musicians and actors who are in their 20's, although they are at different stages in their life he is kind hearted and cares about her and when they are intimate Jett feels comfortable with him in ways that make Estella feel that Jett is so much more advanced when it comes to guys than she is, and she wishes she'd have the chance to have a loving, intimate relationship.

Zara has a steady boyfriend but their intimacy feels routine and her boyfriend doesn't seem to care about really pleasing Zara and how she feels during it and she is left feeling unsatisfied because of his selfishness, but she stays with him thinking it's just the way it is.
All of this makes Estella think about the choices her friends are making.
As an author we have the opportunity to provide a message within our work, to leave the reader thinking, and if they wonder about their own life and choices while reading the book and the story seeps into their heart, then you've accomplished the ultimate author dream.

It was a choice I debated about to include sex within the Careful, Quiet, Invisible young adult novel series, but the answer was yes because I've been there, I was that girl. Being a teenager is a complicated time that springs a lot of emotions and self-reflection, and although Estella can't ever have those intimate experiences in life, like any teen girl she wonders about what it would be like.


P.s:  And ever since my Dad died, just in case he's spirit pops by for a visit, I always shut the door if my husband and I are in the bedroom to let him know "we're busy" and to come back later. :)

Learn more about the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series here.
Watch the book trailer of Careful here.


Day 2 of the blog book tour for Careful! Book giveaways and reviews!

This blog book tour includes a giveaway of 5 signed print copies of Careful and 5 ebooks! Submit to win by clicking the links below.

Hey Girls!

I'm excited for Day 2 of the blog book tour for my new YA novel Careful! Jump on the tour! Check out the schedule here and stop by the book blogs that are featuring Careful this week, check out the  reviews and posts and submit to the book giveaways!:

Check out some free excerpts from Careful here via

Some recent reviews of Careful from the blog tour:

More reviews are here. And on goodreads here.

Definitely check out the playlist for Careful, the songs that come up within the book. Just like Estella's mother, when my Dad died I played Songbird a lot, it fit all I was feeling at the time and I still listen to the song. 

Make sure you submit to win a signed copy or ebook going on now!

You can also find the book here:
Careful on
Careful on
Careful on IndieBound



Monday, September 17, 2012

Today starts the blog book tour for Careful! From September 17-22! Giveaways! Reviews! Interview!

Hey Girls!

Today starts the blog book tour for Careful! From September 17-22! Giveaways! Reviews! Interview!


Whoo hoo! Careful will be making many stops on the blog tour and here is the schedule:

There's an awesome book giveaway going on: 5 signed copies of Careful and 5 ebooks, and you can enter to win on the blog book tour sites!

Here's a new interview up based on my inspiration for writing Careful, details on my writing process and what character I'm most like and my favorite parts to write:

Check out the Reviews and Posts so far:



Sunday, September 16, 2012

Tomorrow, September 17th is the start of my blogging book tour with YA Bound!

Tomorrow, September 17th is the start of my blogging book tour with YA Bound! Check out the places the book lands! Book giveaways!   The tour goes from September 17th to 22nd!

A chance to win a copy of Careful, interviews based on the book and reviews.

Careful is in BN stores, I signed copies in the NYC area stores, check out the book ni the teen section!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Today was at BN holding my YA novel Careful and baby bump

Today was in Barnes and Noble Union Square holding a signed copy of my YA novel Careful :) also available in print and also as an ebook for Nook and Kindle and Apple iBookstore and others.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Behind the scenes writing Quiet, book 2 of the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series

It's hard to sit still sometimes, especially when the mind is racing, being in front of a computer screen to write gets old fast, I often like to print up my work and find a new location to write and read over my work, mix it up. Printing up pages and making handwritten adjustments makes me feel closer to work too.  ~IJ

Don't text while crossing the road: inspired by yesterday I saw a skateboarder almost get hit by a car

Yesterday on 42nd street and Third Avenue I saw a skateboarding teenager almost get hit by a car, Screeeech, Honk!!! Startled with the front of the car so close to him, his skateboard got flung back behind him and another car ran the skateboard over. Then he collected himself and the skateboard and flicked off the car that ran over his skateboard. Poor kid was more concerned over the skateboard than his life. Please watch it when you are crossing the road, whether you are on a skateboard, bike, or just walking, and please don't text while crossing the road. Seriously, it's not safe.

He wasn't skateboarding and texting (now that would be REALLY stupid!) but please watch it when you are out and about and texting while walking, it's dangerous! People run into things when they text and walk and things run into them!

Do what I do: I pause my texting for the ten seconds it takes to cross the road and focus on the cars and traffic around me and take my life seriously. Don’t let your life hang on the line of “Why did the chicken or pregnant lady or You cross the road today,” we all have to keep our eyes open and be on the lookout to get to the other side safely in this digital world. ~IJ

Estella Montclair didn't have to die, please don't text and drive.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My YA novel Careful in BN stores! Signed copies!

I stopped by Barnes and Noble's 5th Avenue and 46th Street store today and signed the in-store copies of Careful, the first book of the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series!

Look there's Careful on the teen fiction table!

Yesterday I stopped by BN in Union Square and visited with copies of Careful as well, here's a pic from my visit:

Check out my books at here.

Watch the book trailer for Careful here:

Check out the pinterest page for the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series and pins that represent the characters in the book here:


Favorite Little Thing: Diem Chau's crayon art

At Saks Fifth Avenue during Fashion's Night Out, I met and chatted with artist Diem Chau. Love her work with crayons. When I asked what inspired her, she told me folk art. Check out her crayon work here:

Also next to Diem Chau's art assembly was this beautiful instrumental group.


PR adventures of an author/publisher

This is how you hustle it! I live at the post office :) being an author/publisher isn't only about writing, it involves a lot of belief, self-promotion and time at the post office. Get after your goals, time is everything -IJ

When I think of 9/11

When I think of 9/11 and this National Day of Service & Remembrance I think of the families and wives’, husbands’, the children who weren’t prepared for the last time they saw or spoke to the family member they lost to be the last time. They didn’t get that goodbye. I can now relate to that feeling since losing my Dad in 2011 suddenly and without warning, it’s brutal and heartbreaking to not get to say everything you wanted to say, to wake up with the news your loved one is gone, wonder if they were in pain when it happened, trying to make sense of it all, it makes you feel hollow and dry to the bone to try to let it be and let go and make peace with the loss. I’ll grieve forever my Dad and I’m sure the families of those lost on 9/11 will always grieve, but grieving also means remembering and celebrating the lives of those who we love and lost. I believe the soul lives on and that the love we carry inside does too. I lived on Wall Street for 2.5 years, and then in Battery Park for another 2 years with Ground Zero as my backyard basically, daily I heard the sounds of the hearts of men and women rebuilding and creating a new hope out of resilience to carry on from the horrific experience for our nation. And when I go visit lower Manhattan now I have to smile at the progress and how much I enjoyed living down there. Right down the street my husband bought my engagement ring at Greenwich Jewelers and I love walking through the historic streets of lower Manhattan and getting a bite to eat on Stone street. The reflecting pools where the twin towers soared will forever be a sacred place to remind us all to take care of our loved ones and each other because tomorrow is uncertain. Don’t leave words unsaid, spread your compassion around and do your dream now. Later today I’ll light a candle with this in mind at St. Patrick's Cathedral, if you do get Downtown today or in the near future also take a moment and stop by the Trinity Church, at Broadway and Wall St, it’s so beautiful and historic, once I did a tour of the church and rang the bells.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Not a fashion model on the runway during fashion week? Don't worry about it!

Barneys, during Fashion's Night Out
Hey Girls,

Don't worry if you are not a fashion model walking in a runway show during Fashion Week. Honestly, you're prob better off off the runway. Because the world of the stick thin girls gracing down the runway isn't a pretty picture. I really don't feel like I've missed out because I'm not fashion model height. In fact it sounds a boring to be a fashion model actually, getting tugged, jerked around while in a fitting, judged about your measurements, feeling alone, the pressure, and just being another walking hanger in the end.  I don't think I've missed much not being a puppet or a slave to the runway.

When I think of the high fashion world I picture a stuffy attic, a very old school vibe, a place where innovation is the goal of the environment, but the same old lives on with the same sample sizes, the same analyzing of the model's size and freaking out about the art of perfection.

Perfection is annoying. And all things perfect get dull over time. I guess I think about the reality of things too much to really get totally excited about the fantasy that the runway projects. And my reality is: thanks for the cracker and encouraging the detox backstage but I want to dive into full craft service if possible, I need a big bowl of pasta to strut my stuff, I'm hungry! I need energy food fuel to get the job done!!

Being 5'9" and 100 lbs can't be easy on the models, so if you are not giraffe tall think of it this way: You can still work as a print model and be yourself natural and a healthy size and not worry about gaining or losing a pound. In print modeling it's more about personality, your healthy glow and upbeat persona than how much you weigh today or if you do or don't fit into the sample size.

You can work until your 91 or older. Fashion models have a short lifespan on the runway.  By 23 it's like...ummm is my career over? But in print modeling you can work forever. You can work for a few years, and then if you take time off you can always work again later, it's a business that doesn't have an age requriement or a time limited.

You matter as a person and human you're not accepted in the fashion world because of your height, don't worry you can find lots of other jobs still where you're not just being hired for the sake of your measurements but for the great personality you have that fits the vibe of the product for the ad campaign or commercial. Doesn't it sound better anyways to be hired for your personality, great skin, persona? Height...that's it? I know you have more to offer than your height!

You can still model fashion items, like accessories. Maybe you can't prance in Chanel down the runway but you can still rock accessories. Who says you've gotta be 5'9" to model a watch, shoes, jewelry, hats, handbags, gloves, etc. Shorter models should pursue modeling accessories and non-high fashion lifestyle goods. (5 modeling jobs short chicks can do)  Get the right photos that show your potential, create a comp card and market your assets to print modeling agencies.

Don't cry if you'll never be on a Vogue cover. Yes, some magazines are becoming more accepting of all sizes or expanding their minds about using models with some curves, but it's still not common for a shorter model to be used in a high fashion editorial. But maybe one this will change and more models of all sizes, ethnicities and types will be welcomed and more present on the fashion magazine's glossy page. Although high fashion magazines aren't everything, remember many lifestyle magazines have use models of all types or use 'parts models'.  Print modeling agencies work with lifestyle magazines and lifestyle products so if you want these opportunities it's best to work on your photos, make sure they are print modeling friendly, be prepared with your model-marketing materials and keep marketing yourself in ways that will bring results realistically.

Although the buzz out there might be all about the fashion world, remember with a model marketing mindset that fashion is a small percent of the industry and the working models out there. We might not know the names of the many print models out there (although I wish they would speak up more) but print models are a huge part of the industry and reflect the advertising world and ads involving print models are EVERYWHERE! Babies, teens, young adults, mature models, they are here, there, everywhere, but we don't here much about who these models are....but they are working with great commercial print modeling agencies and they are making money and getting paid well.  Height isn't everything, it's something I say often, and also the runway isn't everything, but you have to notice your assets and get over your height to get opportunities.


So you can't rock Chanel on the runway, but check out one of my favorite books called, Chanel: A Woman of her Own, very inspiring.

The Book Trailer for Careful plugged on USA TODAY Books

YAY! Careful got a plug on USA TODAY Books on the Happy Ever After blog this week:

Read an excerpt of  Careful here on my website or find the book wherever books are sold in print and as an ebook and gab a sample. :)

Long live love!


Friday, September 7, 2012

Careful is in NYC BN stores

Great news! If you live in NYC check out my new YA novel Careful in BN stores, here's the list of stores!!:

You can also find Careful and my other books on here or on Amazon here, read a free sample. If you like to read ebooks read Careful for the Kindle or Nook or find it in the iBookstore for just  $2.99! Enjoy!


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Careful blogger book tour and Careful inside BN in NYC

Yay! My new YA novel "Careful" has made it inside Barnes and Noble in Union Square (NYC), it's still in a box but by this afternoon it should be on shelves, I'll be popping by later today or tomorrow to sign their in-store copies, so if you want a signed book...check it out!! I'll keep you posted on other locations in the city. :)

Also "Careful" is doing a blogger book tour with YA Bound, starts next week! Sept 17-22. I'll keep you posted! Book bloggers will be reviewing and featuring "Careful." I'll be doing some interviews too. The web is amazing for connectivity, especially when you're close to the end of pregnancy and you just published a book. I'll be posting some video readings of "Careful" and chats about my writing process soon, yup, my belly will also be featured :) hehe.


You can also get "Careful" on Amazon or in the iBookstore or read "Careful" on your Kindle here.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Isobella Jade Quote: It doesn't just happen

"Of course we all have moments of feeling stuck, unenthusiastic or uninspired, but you've got to get out of it fast, find a way to get motivated. Usually fear works for me. I'm scared of the feeling of not doing something I knew I could've done, so it inspires me to keep going and not give up. Also I remind myself that I'm capable, that I can do it. I keep in mind daily that life is precious and ti me is everything and waiting on tomorrow doesn't make the dreams of today come true. When it comes to goals, "don't just happen" without work. You really have to encourage yourself, inspire yourself, keep your mind engaged and focused. If you have a goal and you know you should do it. Don't dwell, don't wait. Put time into it, even 30 minutes a day, don't let the ideas, the passion, the opportunity, the chance stand still. Get after it, show the day your worth!" - IJ

Monday, September 3, 2012

Birthday thoughts: Getting older is exciting for me

The song Landslide sung by Stevie Nicks makes me think about getting older, accepting change and that we all grow up but maybe, then again, we shouldn't grow up too much, and it's a song I love to sing.
If I had darker circles under my eyes maybe I’d feel annoyed about being older but instead I feel really youthful and getting older is exciting for me. To remember where you come from and to know where you are and the journey that got you there. I’m glad I’m an 80’s child and that I remember life before iPhones. I remember when imagination didn't cost so much and we just needed our brains to have fun. I like that I can remember the difference...that while being in-tune with our Internet and Digital worlds I can still remember when we didn't have cell phones and huge HD TV's, and it wasn't boring, infact we still had a great time.
I’ve had a very memorable 20’s and I look back and think about the ways I’ve grown and changed but also the ways I’ve stayed the same...and how some parts of us never change. I liked looking at the moon then and I do now, but now I look at it a little longer. A short view of some highlights: In my early 20’s l graduated from NYIT with a BA in Advertising and continued to build my modeling career from scratch and inspire other pint-size models not to give up, I wrote and published 4 books, along the way I launched a podcast radio show, my popular modeling blog and online platform and my own small publishing company. I traveled to 7 countries. I learned how to hustle and taught myself how to be my best marketer. I learned that starting without much doesn’t mean you can’t go far with belief and ambition, something I’ll always carry with me. I’ve gotten closer to my true self and the importance of liking yourself, the person you are, making peace with yourself, overcoming your mistakes and believe that positivity is the fuel for creativity and dreaming and chasing those dreams and goals. I married my best friend, I lost my Dad, and now I’m about to be a mom.

The place we originally wanted to go for sundaes was closed cause holiday so we had chocolate and peanut butter cake and vanilla ice cream instead, still, what a lucky baby :) — at Smith & Wollensky's Grill.  ~IJ

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Favorite Little Thing: ABC Everywhere by Elliott Kaufman

My husband bought us this book for the baby at the The International Center of Photography here in NYC, I love it! I like how it can encourage readers to have a creative eye and "see" the letters of the abc's in the world around us.

When I look at a house I see a face out of the windows and door and from the shape of the house, and this book has the same perception, to discover or notice and "see" things with an artistic eye.

You can find the book here on Amazon.