The Junior Intelligence Series
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When you place an order, please EMAIL ME at thejiaseries@gmail.com with your name and address so I can ship you your order. If you do not email me, I have no way of shipping you my books! I would recommend buying through Lulu if you want them faster, but signed copies can only come from me. Thank you. -Alyssa

Sales!

I keep forgetting Amazon has this beautiful page for me!

http://www.amazon.com/Alyssa-Lesho/e/B00DMNCR7G/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1385008376&sr=8-1

Both of my books are about $1 off on Amazon right now, or you can head over to lulu.com to check out some holiday deals.  My books make great Christmas presents for anyone in middle or high school who likes reading!

Want a signed copy? Send me an ask or email me at thejiaseries@gmail.com and I can set you up with one of those :)

And you always have the option of downloading from the iBookstore or NOOK if you’re looking to save some money.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

-Alyssa

The dichotomy of feminine Sansa and her tomboy little sister, Arya, coupled with the modern tendency to champion a misunderstanding of feminism in the form of “strong women” only, erroneously causes many readers and viewers to assume that Sansa is somehow in the wrong from the very beginning. They view her through the misconception-colored glasses of “femininity=weakness”, and assume she is weak, soft, and shallow.

Despite the wishes of fanboys everywhere, Sansa Stark is here to stay, and may be one of the most important characters in political-fantasy to date. The young girl, trained in courtesy and domestic arts, began coming of age, gaining political awareness, and fighting for her own survival before many other characters in this series, and has the potential to become the most powerful player of “the game of thrones” in Westeros.

So I get a lot of questions about how I write my characters…

when they have gone through so much more than I have, and who frequently deal with nightmares and anxiety attacks.

The answer is pretty simple, and we can think about it like an economics problem - Alex and Blake have a different natural rate of stress/responsibility, around which they fluctuate short-term when faced with a problem. They react the same way to a gun as I react to a final exam - with a measure of both fear and determination. When I’m writing a stressful scene, I channel my emotions for an event in my life I see as comparable on my lower natural rate of stress.

In Book 3, a certain character deals with residual anxiety from an event at the end of Book 2. This is actually easier for me to write, since I’ve dealt with anxiety attacks myself. I haven’t experienced what this character has, but anxiety doesn’t care about the extent to which you’ve been emotionally damaged - only how far you were made to fluctuate from your natural rate of stress.

And if I can’t channel my own anxiety, drinking a few cups of coffee usually makes my hands shake and my heart beat fast enough for me to get into my character’s head.

So I feel like in my novels I constantly use the same words and phrases to describe people.  Their hair, eyes, physique, etc.  I decided to Google good ways to describe people, and see if I could mix it up a little, but all the results Google came up with were for describing personality and character, not physical appearance.  I guessed I learned a lesson today.

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Check out this writer’s website: http://lyndi-my-journey-to-getting-published.wallinside.com/

and her Tumblr: http://lyndigreen.tumblr.com/

I’ve just followed her!

The third book in the JIA trilogy is well underway.

So make sure you’ve read the first two! Here are all the places you can get them:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Alyssa-Lesho/e/B00DMNCR7G/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Lulu: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/thejiaseriesatgmaildotcom

and on your NOOK or the iBookstore!

And make sure to check out all the bonus features on my Tumblr. Thanks for reading!

fashion-by-the-book:

I don’t know if you guys know this, but something I’ve wanted to do for a long time is help support “new” writers. I would like to have a whole review blog, but it don’t look like that’s going to happen anytime soon. So, I would like to just make a PSA that if you have a book coming out that fits in my guidelines, I would love to help promote it by making an outfit for it!
More info here

fashion-by-the-book:

I don’t know if you guys know this, but something I’ve wanted to do for a long time is help support “new” writers. I would like to have a whole review blog, but it don’t look like that’s going to happen anytime soon. So, I would like to just make a PSA that if you have a book coming out that fits in my guidelines, I would love to help promote it by making an outfit for it!

More info here

I’ve gained bunches of new followers recently!

So HELLO! Welcome.  You’ve decided to follow my author’s blog, which is almost entirely dedicated to my books and my occasional attempts to be a professional photographer.  If you like what’s on here, you should also follow my personal blog: never-getusedtoit.tumblr.com

Some shameless self-promotion:  My books, The Junior Intelligence Agency: Books 1 and 2 are available on the iBookstore, Amazon, NOOK, and Lulu.com.  You can follow me on Twitter @alyssalesho or email me with questions about the books at thejiaseries@gmail.com.

Thanks for following!

-Alyssa

fashion-by-the-book:

The Junior Intelligence Agency: Book Two by Alyssa Lesho
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Summary: Special Agent Alex has been preparing since the age of six to deal with the unexpected. Six languages, piloting, and weapons training are only a few of the skills she’s learned at the Junior Intelligence Agency, a top secret organization where kids go to become the next generation of covert operatives. She’s been on missions before, but never one like this.DIRECTOR is out of her control. What began as simple reconnaissance has become a multi-agency concern, and Alex and her pilot, Blake, are right in the middle of it, surrounded by secret agendas, conflicted superiors, and a tangled mess of deception. Can Alex trust the people calling the shots, and can she accept the consequences of finishing the mission? Or will her doubts and principles corrupt her judgment?

So excited about these outfits! They look great and you should all follow this blog.

fashion-by-the-book:

The Junior Intelligence Agency: Book Two by Alyssa Lesho

Find it here

Summary: Special Agent Alex has been preparing since the age of six to deal with the unexpected. Six languages, piloting, and weapons training are only a few of the skills she’s learned at the Junior Intelligence Agency, a top secret organization where kids go to become the next generation of covert operatives. She’s been on missions before, but never one like this.DIRECTOR is out of her control. What began as simple reconnaissance has become a multi-agency concern, and Alex and her pilot, Blake, are right in the middle of it, surrounded by secret agendas, conflicted superiors, and a tangled mess of deception. Can Alex trust the people calling the shots, and can she accept the consequences of finishing the mission? Or will her doubts and principles corrupt her judgment?

So excited about these outfits! They look great and you should all follow this blog.

fashion-by-the-book:

The Junior Intelligence Agency: Book One by Alyssa Lesho
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Summary: “All her life Alex has been trained by the junior intelligence agency to fight terrorists, prevent wars, and save lives. Despite all of this training, however, she finds herself unprepared for the challenges posed by her next mission. Not only must she chase down the director of a powerful and extensive organization while avoiding capture by his men, but she must confront her feelings for the pilot of her spy plane, Blake, and make decisions that could have an effect on the future of science, the agency, and her position as a special agent for one of the best-kept secrets in all of history.”

fashion-by-the-book:

The Junior Intelligence Agency: Book One by Alyssa Lesho

Find it here

Summary: “All her life Alex has been trained by the junior intelligence agency to fight terrorists, prevent wars, and save lives. Despite all of this training, however, she finds herself unprepared for the challenges posed by her next mission. Not only must she chase down the director of a powerful and extensive organization while avoiding capture by his men, but she must confront her feelings for the pilot of her spy plane, Blake, and make decisions that could have an effect on the future of science, the agency, and her position as a special agent for one of the best-kept secrets in all of history.”

So I decided secondary blogs are horrible:

so I moved my personal blog to a new account very close to my old one at never-getusedtoit.tumblr.com.

that’s

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I’ve probably already followed you if I was following you before on this blog, but if not, follow me at never-getusedtoit.tumblr.com and I’ll follow you back from there!

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…with your writing :)

yeahwriters:

goodtypography:

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…with your writing :)

So I haven’t done much advertising for a while…

and I’ve gotten some new followers recently so if you’re new here, hi, I’m Alyssa and I’m the author of The Junior Intelligence Agency: Books 1 and 2.  You can find these books in all of the following places:

iBookstore, NOOK, Amazon, Lulu.com

and you can follow me:

on Twitter and Instagram @alyssalesho

on my personal Tumblr never-get-usedtoit.tumblr.com

Thanks for following!

People think you’re crazy if you talk about things they don’t understand.
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