Aurora Awards Nominations End Tomorrow!

Hello once again!!

The Aurora Awards, which are for Canadian science fiction and fantasy writers and artists, are open for nominations for the 2023 works! (Nominations are open March 2 – April 6) This means the LONG lists of eligible works are being narrowed down to 5-6 per category.

Once they have a list of nominated works, every single person who signed up and paid the $10 membership fee gets ALL the nominated works as downloads. That’s all the adult novels, YA novels, novellas, short stories, graphic novels, and related works (usually anthologies), so about 36 works, for just $10 CAD, which is a great deal.

Getting nominated for an Aurora Award is a BIG DEAL in the speculative fiction writing community. You get a nomination pin (only once, so I’m terrified I’ll lose mine!), and you’re part of an elite group of people. This would be Pegasus’s first nomination, so my fingers are crossed! Our category is stacked with popular works.

Not only do Éric and I have quite the list of eligible works, but Pegasus (for his work this year in his kindergarten homeschooling) are eligible as well! By the way, nomination forms are not ranked.

How do you nominate?

  1. Go to this website: https://www.csffa.ca/members-home/
  2. Join, pay membership fee
  3. Nominate up to 5 works per category https://www.csffa.ca/members-home/nomination/

It would mean a lot to all of us if you’re willing to nominate us! (Categories are in alphabetical order by work)

In case you’re wondering why Crushing It is not included in the best cover art category, it’s because our cover artist is Vietnamese! Only Canadian creators are eligible, unfortunately. It is also not included in the YA Novel category because, although it takes place in a world of magic, the main POV character for 90% of the book has no idea it exists. Fortunately, the POV character for the novelette at the end is aware of the hidden magical world, so that is eligible in category 3.
Thank you so much for your time, attention, and support. If any of the above does make it through the nomination round, I’ll be making another post for the voting round, which will take place June 8 – July 13, 2023.

Introducing Secondary Characters – Family

In case you weren’t aware, Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests is a wedding book, which means lots of family. This book has a humungous cast of characters, and we actually included a list at the back of the book because there are just so many people.

Zoe Johnson

Appearance inspired by Nhumi Threadgill

Age: 24

Date of Birth: Sep 19, 1978

Appearance: dark brown hair, hazel eyes, tall, golden brown skin

Job: city planner consultant for urban infrastructure planning, co-head of the Oldtown Council, and part-time teacher for the kid’s classes at Judy’s dojo

Parents: Hammond and Monique Johnson, both deceased.

Sibling: Older brother Jason

Family: married to Gabrielle, one daughter Brooke (just shy of 2 years old); grandmother Kathryn Johnson

Lilah Fairfield

Appearance inspired by Robin Wright

Age: 57

Date of Birth: March 6, 1946

Appearance: Blonde hair that is whitening, blue eyes, medium height, white

Job: Farmer (the business side) in Parry Sound, Ontario (crops)

Family: married to Gerard, daughter of Denise Lake, mother to Phillip, who is married and has one son (just shy of 2 years old); twins Eliza and MacKenzie; Kennedy, who is marrying Jason; and Tommy

Gerard Fairfield

Appearance inspired by Cary Elwes

Age: 57

Date of Birth: March 1, 1946

Appearance: short grey hair, green eyes, tall and wirey, white

Job: Farmer in Parry Sound, Ontario (crops)

Family: married to Lilah, father to Phillip, who is married and has one son (just shy of 2 years old); twins Eliza and MacKenzie; Kennedy, who is marrying Jason; and Tommy

Denise Lake

Appearance inspired by Julie Andrews

Age: 79

Date of Birth: May 23, 1924

Appearance: Long white-blonde hair, blue eyes, statuesque, white

Job: retired; volunteers at the Baker Public Library

Family: daughter Lilah, son Arthur (the adult, not the toddler, who is named for his uncle)

Kathryn Johnson

Appearance inspired by Danai Gurira

Age: unknown (older than 80)

Date of Birth: Feb 12, 1923

Appearance: Long black hair, Black, brown eyes, strong family resemblance to her granddaughter Zoe

Job: traveller of the realms

Family: son, Hammond, dead in 2000; grandchildren: Jason and Zoe; great-grandchild Brooke


Cover art by @pinkpiggy93 on Tumblr and Instagram

Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests by Jen and Éric Desmarais is available for pre-order now!

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Pictogram of the Tropes in Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests

Image showing the rating for the tropes in Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests. Battle Couple, Wedding Planning, and Superheroes is about 90%, Monsters is about 75%, and Spicy is about 40%. At the bottom, there’s a “Vibes”, which has an image from the movie Argylle (2024).
Cover art by @pinkpiggy93 on Tumblr and Instagram

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“Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests” is an Urban Fantasy Romance. What happens when superheroes plan a wedding? Monsters, that’s what. Kennedy and Jason are ready to get married. They just have to deal with evaporating monsters first. Available for pre-order now! https://www.jeneric-designs.ca/books-and-timeline/universal-book-links/#MIWG Cover art by @pinkpiggy93 #MonstersIncidentalWeddingGuests #JenDesmarais #ÉricDesmarais #authors #book #PressesRenaissancePress #pinkpiggy93 #artist #UrbanFantasy #RomanceBook #superheroes #BattleCouple #original #booktok

♬ Shadows Live for the Light (From the Book “Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests: The Gates of Westmeath, Book 2”) – Jen Desmarais
“Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests” is an Urban Fantasy Romance. What happens when superheroes plan a wedding? Monsters, that’s what.

Kennedy and Jason are ready to get married. They just have to deal with evaporating monsters first. Available for pre-order now!
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Cover art by @pinkpiggy93

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Cover art by @pinkpiggy93 on Tumblr and Instagram

Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests by Jen and Éric Desmarais is available for pre-order now!

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Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests Puzzle

There’s this site that allows for any picture to be transformed into a digital puzzle. For free. And you can play for free.

I used it for the cover of Assassins! Accidental Matchmakers (see that puzzle here) and Crushing It (see that puzzle here)

And now, here is the puzzle for Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests

Cover art by @pinkpiggy93 on Tumblr and Instagram

Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests by Jen and Éric Desmarais is available for pre-order now!

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Tropes of “Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests”

@jendesmaraisauthor

“Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests” is an Urban Fantasy Romance. What happens when superheroes plan a wedding? Monsters, that’s what. Kennedy and Jason are ready to get married. They just have to deal with evaporating monsters first. Available for pre-order now! Universal book link: https://www.jeneric-designs.ca/books-and-timeline/universal-book-links/#MIWG #MonstersIncidentalWeddingGuests #JenDesmarais #ÉricDesmarais #authors #book #PressesRenaissancePress #pinkpiggy93 #artist #UrbanFantasy #RomanceBook #superheroes #BattleCouple #original #booktok

♬ Shadows Live for the Light (From the Book “Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests: The Gates of Westmeath, Book 2”) – Jen Desmarais
Every book utilizes tropes, even if it’s to subvert them, and Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests is no exception. This book covers: Urban Fantasy, No angst romance, Wedding, Detailed worldbuilding, Battle couple, superheroes, hidden magical world, and dual POV.
Cover art by @pinkpiggy93 on Tumblr and Instagram

Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests by Jen and Éric Desmarais is available for pre-order now!

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The Newsletter is ALIIIIIIIVVVEEEEE!

Hello People Who Want to Know What’s Going On with JenEric Designs,

You can now sign up for our nifty Good as New Newsletter.

This time around, Jen (JenEric’s resident publicist and marketing expert) is taking over from Éric (JenEric’s resident coffee taster). That means you’ll get cool stuff and lots of news. Also consistency.

If you really don’t want to go to the link to sign up for our Newsletter, you can do it down below.

Thank you and look to your inboxes for cool stuff.

Stay safe and be kind,

Éric

Introducing Main Characters

When we’re writing, it helps to have a basic visual for the characters, before adding characteristics that then change them (either slightly or drastically). Sometimes it’s quite easy to find your dream cast, other times its next to impossible.

In Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests, we were able to reuse a lot of the characters from Assassins! Accidental Matchmakers (with one notable exception – spoilers!). You can check them out here (link to secondary characters part 1, with parts 2 & 3 links at the bottom of the page).

Kennedy Fairfield

Appearance inspired by Olivia Holt

Age: 22

Date of Birth: July 11, 1980

Appearance: Long blonde hair, green eyes, tall, white

Job: Agricultural Scientist at the Westmeath Agricultural Research Cooperative (Westmeath ARC). AKA the Wraith, a vigilante who glows with an unearthly green light and seen with the Phantom since September 2002

Family: mother and father Lilah and Gerard Fairfield live on a farm in Parry Sound, Ontario; grandmother Denise Lake lives in Baker, Ontario

Siblings: Older brother Phillip, married and has one son (just shy of 2 years old); twin older sisters Eliza and MacKenzie; younger brother Tommy

Jason Johnson

Appearance inspired by a young Jason Momoa

Age: 26

Date of Birth: November 8, 1976

Appearance: Shaggy dark hair, hazel eyes, tall, golden brown skin

Job: Owner and operator of a pizza restaurant The Hawaiian. Co-head of the Oldtown Council. AKA the Westmeath Phantom, a vigilante with the power to manipulate and control shadows

Parents: Hammond and Monique Johnson, both deceased.

Family: Younger sister Zoe is married to Gabrielle and they have one daughter Brooke (just shy of 2 years old); grandmother Kathryn Johnson

Tommy Fairfield

Appearance inspired by Maxwell Jenkins

Age: 15

Date of Birth: May 11, 1988

Appearance: Short blond hair, green eyes, tall, white

Grade: 9

Favourite class: Math or Science or Music

Family: mother and father Lilah and Gerard Fairfield live on a farm in Parry Sound, Ontario; grandmother Denise Lake lives in Baker, Ontario

Siblings: Older brother Phillip, married and has one son (just shy of 2 years old); twin older sisters Eliza and MacKenzie; older sister Kennedy, who is engaged to Jason Johnson and lives in Westmeath.

Carter Batudev

Appearance inspired by Max Torina

Age: 15

Date of Birth: March 5, 1988

Appearance: Curly brown hair, grey eyes, tall, bronze skin

Grade: 9

Favourite class: Science

Parents: Sam and William Batudev own a bakery in Westmeath, Ontario

Siblings: None

Veronica Giles

Appearance inspired by Olesya Rulin

Age: 26

Date of Birth: Unknown

Appearance: Short and pale, with shoulder length chocolate wavy brown hair, large eyes, heart shaped face, and pointy chin; has an air of innocence

Job: Engineer at Door Tech in Westmeath

Family: Her uncle is Reverend Patrick Mitchel, the reverend of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Anglican Church in Westmeath

Connection to Protagonists: Jason’s best friend and the Phantom’s ‘Person in the Chair


Catch up on their first adventure:

Assassins! Accidental Matchmakers

and find out what Tommy and Carter got up to in the spin-off Crushing It

You can find bonus content for both books here!

Cover art by @pinkpiggy93 on Tumblr and Instagram

Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests by Jen and Éric Desmarais is available for pre-order now!

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Monstrous Valentines

Have you made Valentines for your friends and family yet? Fear not, we’ve got you covered with our Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests valentines!

Print them out, write your loved ones names, and you’re done!

Link to our drive here

Cover art by @pinkpiggy93 on Tumblr and Instagram

Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests by Jen and Éric Desmarais is available for pre-order now!

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The best queer cozy YA romances that make you want to fall in love

I wrote a list of 5 books for a website called Shepherd. The goal was to curate a list of my favourite 5 books with similar vibes to my own book.

I had a lot of fun writing this list and even more fun reading the books.

I have since read another book that I would add: Skater Boy by Anthony Nerada, but I read it after I submitted to the website, so it missed out, sadly.

Cover art by @pinkpiggy93 on Tumblr and Instagram

Crushing It by Jen Desmarais is available now!

Physical from Canadian indie bookstoresphysical from Indigo, electronic version