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September 25, 2012

Happy Birthday, Becoming Clementine!

Becoming Clementine is out today, and it’s a strange feeling. Truman Capote once said, “Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.” As horrific as that image is, I understand what he means. For months and months, I’ve researched and outlined and written and edited. I’ve lived and breathed and slept this book. And now it’s out there, beyond my reach, making its way around the world into the hands of strangers.

The first time I ever saw one of my books on a bookstore shelf– The Ice Master at Brentano’s in Century City, California– I wanted to scoop up every copy and race back home. As I was standing there, thinking this, a man walked over and picked up the book, read the inside flap, thumbed through the pages, and then set it down again. Suddenly, I stopped wanting to run away with the books. Instead I wanted to grab that man and drag him back over and make him buy it. How dare he put it down!

Five books later, the experience really doesn’t get any easier.

So: deep breath.

Welcome, little book.

Be safe.

Be well.

Be still my nerves.

Please order and like and spread the word!

September 3, 2012

Becoming Clementine Giveaway!

Velva Jean’s third adventure finds her in occupied France during World War II… as a spy.

Elizabeth McIntosh, author of Sisterhood of Spies, and one of the most celebrated spy girls of the OSS, says, “Reading this splendid novel allowed me to vicariously share wartime adventures with a sister spy. Velva Jean had everything that was required of us operatives in OSS (Office of Strategic Services), a forerunner of the CIA. She had the courage to survive undercover behind enemy lines in constant danger. She carried out life-threatening orders without question and bravely faced capture. Becoming Clementine is a spellbinding spy saga.”

And Pam Jenoff, bestselling author of The Kommandant’s Girl and The Diplomat’s Wife, writes, “Becoming Clementine is a spirited tale of courage, honor and loyalty. Jennifer Niven succeeds in not only illuminating an important and little-known role played by women during the war, but creating an unforgettable and heartfelt story that will resonate with readers far and wide.”

Becoming Clementine will be released September 25, but you can enter now for your chance to win an early bird copy and a $25 gift card to the International Spy Museum’s Spy Store!

To enter, simply follow me on Twitter, like me on Facebook, and enter your name and email address here.  The winner will be announced Monday, Sept 10 at 5:00 pm PDT.

In the meantime, read an excerpt, watch the trailer, and pre-order your copy now!