Website Launch, Newsletter, and GIVEAWAY!

by | 1 September 2017 | Life | 63 comments

Today is the official launch of my author website (as you can hopefully tell). Needless to say, much flailing and shrieking and excitement has been happening. Along with much work and photos and brainstorming.
(Shout out to my epic sisters Clare—who took my photo—and Alice—who did most of the actual website making, I just told her what to do.)

Many of you have probably at least stalked my blog, and it might seem odd that I’m moving over from my little three-year-old blog to a full-on website. But I have several reasons.

a) after killing my brain to try and think up an author tagline, it would be a pity not to use it somewhere.
b) as I pursue traditional publishing in the future, the publishers will want to know what sort of platform I have. A website is not only a platform (because all you wonderful people like reading my rambles apparently?) but it would also show them that I’m actually serious about this writing thing.
c) I’m officially offering out my content editing services, and to do that I needed a professional website page to manage it on.

Now, after many days of pouring over details and wording and photos and taglines (with a lot of help from family) I think I’m ready to let you all see my work.

And I’m absolutely freaking out.
But all the freaking out aside, I’m also really excited.

In addition to having a brand new website, you might notice the newsletter sign up on the sidebar. I’ll be sending out the first newsletter on Wednesday next week so if you sign up before then you’ll be able to be one of the lucky receivers of my very first attempt! And there may or may not be a surprise reward to anyone who signs up… 😛


If anyone read that title very closely (or the post I did on my old blog), you would’ve seen that I still have one very important topic to address. *drumroll* THE GIVEAWAY!

In celebration, I’m giving away a paperback copy of the winner’s choice between Heartless (Tales of Goldstone Wood #1, Anne Elisabeth Stengl) and A Wish Made of Glass (Ashlee Willis). These two gorgeous books are must-reads and high up on my five-star rating shelf. Follow the links to check out these amazing books on Goodreads.
Note: if you’re the book-hoarding bean who already owns both of these books, enter anyway! If you win, I’ll email you and we can work out another book instead. 😀

Giveaway details:
– It’s open internationally
– The prize is an actual physical paperback copy for one lucky winner
– You have one week to get in your entries…Starting NOW!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

“Beyond the final water falling,
The Songs of Spheres recalling,
When the sun descends behind the twilit sky,
Won’t you follow me?”
– Heartless, Anne Elisabeth Stengl

“Moonlight and prayers and glass and frost and wishes.
That’s what they look like.”
– A Wish Made of Glass, Ashlee Willis


Thank you all so much for sticking around and being the most amazing people a girl could ask for. I’m so blessed to know all of you. You guys are the best. <3

You can expect many more posts upcoming over here (any tags I was tagged for via my other blog will be transferred over to here. 🙂 ) and next Friday I’ll be announcing the giveaway winner, so stay tuned for that!


Are you going to enter the giveaway?? Have you read either of these books? Chat with me in the comments!

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. Sally

    Woo hoo. Fantastic. Well done.
    From your number one fan.

    • Jane Maree

      Thank you for being my fan always, dearest mother. <3 I wouldn't be here without you. 🙂

  2. Savannah Grace


    *takes a long moment to shriek and flail and properly squeal with excitement*

    I MIGHT have almost screamed when I saw this. I’m so excited that you started this! And I’m totally entering the giveaway, those books look BEAUTIFUL. Best of luck of here, Prill! I’m super excited to see what you do in this place :D.

    • Jane Maree

      *shrieks and flails frantically* YES I’M STILL IN SHOCK ABOUT IT ACTUALLY. This is just all really crazy.
      Thaaaaank you. <3 <3 You're an epic friend Savvy. 😀

  3. Krystal

    Jaaaaaane, it’s so prettyyyyyy, great job!!! <33

    • Jane Maree

      Yesss, I’m so so happy with how it turned out. ^-^

  4. Ralraymee

    *Jumps up and down clapping and flailing at the same time if possible* I’m SO HAPPY for you!! *Hugs you*
    Also, I have not read either of those books :I
    I’m entering!! 😀
    Also, How did you learn to write so well? I’m trying to find ways to improve my writing, so if you or anyone else reading this has any ideas, please let me know!

    • Jane Maree

      AHHH *bounces* THANK YOU, RAL!! 😀 *hugs you back very tight*
      Ooh well I really loved them, so I hope you get a chance to read them!!!

      That is a brilliant question. And not one I can really answer in a comment, but I will totally take this and write a post. *fingerguns*

      • Ralraymee

        Yaay! Also, I don’t understand how one follows the blog. Can you give me a hand? I’m just confuzzeld 😀

        • Jane Maree

          No worries! You’ll can do it via email (On the sidebar at the right of the screen there should be a thing that says ‘My posts-your emails.’ You can just put your email address in there and click the ‘subscribe’ button.)
          OR you can do it via blogger just my copying the link (of the main ‘blog’ page) and pasting it into blogger on the blog-follow page.
          Hopefully that’ll work for you. 😛

          • Ralraymee

            No? It’s not here for me.. Oh well. *follows*

          • Ral


            • Jane Maree

              You’re welcome. 😛

    • Clare L Farrelly

      Well Jane, this sounds like it needs a blog post to answer it.

      • Jane Maree

        Yep! That’ll give me a nice prompt to start with. 😛

  5. Clare Farrelly

    Looking lovely Jane, this is such an exciting new step! I won’t be entering the giveaway because that would be dodgy right ? I’m glad I can be a part of this journey, HOPE on.

    • Jane Maree

      Thank you!! All your photos made it lovely. 🙂 Plus, I wouldn’t be writing at all without you. *hugs*
      Hehe yes, very dodgy. I’ll just buy you a Christmas present. XD

      • Clare Farrelly

        As if you weren’t going to buy me a Christmas present anyway 🙂 I’ll even buy you one…. comes of being sisters.

        • Jane Maree

          Shhh. XD Aw how nice of you. 😛

  6. Jessica

    Congratulations on the website! It all looks lovely, and I really like your tagline. 🙂

    • Jane Maree

      Thank you!! 😀 I’m so happy with how it turned out. ^-^

  7. J.A.Penrose

    So great to see ALLLLLL of this Jane! It is here at last! *Applauds your website*
    *Tries to think of something intelligent to say.*
    Looking forward to seeing you all, grown up and official! *Grins.*
    And I saw books. BOOKS! MORE SCREAMING TIME!

    • Jane Maree

      EEEK YES. *flails*
      Ha. Haha. Me grown up an official?? Neverrrr. XD

  8. Sarah

    So very much pretty ^u^ (And the mobile version looks great too!) *throws even more confetti just ‘cos!* 😀

    • Jane Maree

      Yeep thank you. <3 <3 (yes, Alice did such a great job) *flails in confetti* 😛

  9. Brie Donning

    This was a surprise. One of my brothers mentioen something about someone doing a giveaway, but he refused to give me any details and let me find out for myself.
    The website looks lovely. So clean and simple. And good on you for getting editing services up. That’s something I’ve been intending to do all year, but haven’t quite got around to sorting it all out.

    • Jane Maree

      SURPRISE. XD It still seems so crazy to me too actually. *is still dazed*
      Hehe, siblings, am I right. 😛
      Thank you so so much!! It’s epic to know that other people like it! ^-^ Ooh yes you totally should do that sometime. *nods*

  10. ashley nicole

    Yay! This is so well done, Jane! I love it! So excited for you as you start this new fun thing 😛

    • Jane Maree

      Thank you so much, Ashley!! I’m so glad you like it. 😀

  11. Audrey Caylin

    AAAAAHHHH ASDFJKL; YOU HAVE AN AUTHOR WEBSITE OMW OMW. AND YOU HAVE EDITING SERVICES AAAHHH. Congrats congrats on all of this, Jane! That is so exciting! 😀

    Just…wow. This is so cool! I LOVE the new space. *needs to look around more* And your tagline. Girlll that is so awesome <33

    Also, really ironic thing, bc I was literally talking to my mom about moving my blog to a self-hosted website. xD I'm thinking of using Bluehost and WordPress. May I ask what you used? (if you don't mind 🙂

    Anyway, awesome job with this and I'm super excited for you! I must go spread virtial pizza across the Internet now. I am a broke bookworm but Heartless is on my TBR 😉

    audrey caylin

    • Alice

      This website is made using WordPress (and hosted with an Australian company). Bluehost seems to be a decent option and not too expensive. They also offer free SSL certificates (Secure too which is really good (you can turn it on in the security options).

      If you go with WordPress you should install the Wordfence security plugin. It is great to keep out hackers.

      Hope this helps…


      • Audrey Caylin

        Thank you, Alice! That helps a lot 🙂

    • Jane Maree

      EEEP YAAS. I CAN’T EVEN. Much excitement. 😀

      Thank you thank youuu. <3 I can't take all the glory for the tagline, I had help. 😛 But thank you a heap!

      ACK REALLY?? That is SO COOL. You toootally should. As Alice said I'm on WordPress and it doesn't seem too complicated? I mean, I'm super duper glad that Alice is my sister AND a web designer otherwise I'd still be in such a mess, but it hasn't been terribly hard to learn the basics. So yeeep.

      Thaaanks!! I'm still flailing. XD Ooh yes, broke bookworms. I am that about 70% of the time, but I'm getting better so YAY. XP

      • Audrey Caylin

        Okay, great to hear it isn’t too hard — I was kinda worried about that XD

        I’m planning on moving my entire blogger blog there, so I’ll see how that goes…. 😛 😉

        • Jane Maree

          Yeet that’s so exciting though. If you need anything else, feel free to ask and I’ll…probably ask Alice. XD

  12. Jonathan Trout

    IT LOOKS SO GOOD. 😀 I love it, it’s super professional! Also I feel so famous bc I’m on the testimonials page hahaha

    • Jane Maree

      THANK YOU!!
      Haha yesss, you’re famous now. XD

  13. Gray Marie


    HOW DO I FOLLOW?!?! I’m so untech savvy, it’s not even funny. But I am so excited for this!!!

    • Gray Marie

      Wait, it loaded!

      OMW, this is awesome, Jane! And your book covers are breathtaking, which is the understatement of the year, but, I don’t know what else to say! XD

      • Jane Maree

        *incoherent screaming* XD

        Yay I’m glad you got that sorted. 😛

        YEET THANK YOU. I’m so glad you like them!! ^-^

  14. Lee

    *waves* Heyo!
    This is so cool.

    • Jane Maree

      Heyo!! *waves*
      Thanks! And thank you also for commenting. 😀

  15. Katie Grace


    IT’S SO GORGEOUS?? I DON’T HAVE WORDS?? THIS IS JUST… AMAZING?? I’M SO SO EXCITED FOR YOU. *flails forever* This is so professional and beautiful! <3

    • Jane Maree

      *flails very hard*

      AHH THANK YOU THANK YOU. I’m so excited that you like it!! *more flailing*

  16. Jem Jones

    YOUR NEW WEBSITE IS BEAUTIFUL. Simple but sweet and visually clean. <3

    Also INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY yess. (Then again, it wouldn't affect me even if it wasn't international… 😉

    I'm really excited to see your new website/journey!
    Jem Jones

    • Jane Maree

      THANK YOU THANK YOU. *can’t stop smiling* You have no idea how excited your comment makes me. <3

      YAS. I admit I was SUPER tempted do go "HA. NO AMERICANS ALLOWED" but most of my blog readers are American and I'm not that mean. XD

      Thanks for joining me!!

  17. Brianna Henderson

    JANE YOUR WEBSITE IS GORGEOUS!!! *flails* It’s so professional and smooth and pretty to look at! I’m so excited for you! AND YOUR NEWSLETTER!!

    Question: do you have a facebook page or anything for this, so if/when I share I can tag you?

    Ooh, pretty books. I think someone’s recommended Tales of the Goldstone Wood to me before, but I’m not sure. Which of the two do you like better?

    • Jane Maree

      ACK THANKS!! *flails with you* I’m so exciiiiited. 😀 EEEP YES. *squeaks*

      I don’t have facebook at this stage, so not really. :/

      Yessss. <3 Ooh good question...I think I like Heartless better because it's longer so there's more time to enjoy it, and it's a pretty cool story, particularly with how it weaves into the other Tales of Goldstone Wood. A Wish Made of Glass is super cool too though.
      Help. I can't decide. XD

      • Brianna Henderson

        Aw, oh well. Just thought I’d check.

        I know the feeling. *grins* I’ll have to give them a try.

        • Jane Maree

          Yess. If you read them, you’ll have to tell me how you like them. 😀

  18. GJE

    Good luck! Your website is lovely! XD

    • Jane Maree

      Yay you managed to comment! 😛 Thank you a heap!! 😀

      • GJE

        Yay!!! 😛 You’re welcome! 🙂

  19. MiddleEarthMusician

    Eeeep I’M SO EXCITED!!! XD
    I love your new website. Have fun! *hands you pizza* *throws confetti*

    • Jane Maree

      EEEP YES. *flails*
      Yaaaay, good job. *throws confetti*
      Thank you a heap, MEM. 😀

  20. Florid Sword

    So exciting!

    • Jane Maree

      Yes!! It’s been half a week and I’m still in shock and excitement at the same time. 😛
      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  21. Emily

    This is so great! I am so excited for you!

    • Jane Maree

      Thanks! I’m excited to have you here with me. ^-^

  22. Cassandra Barthuly

    Congratulations on the lovely website <3 I signed up a teeny bit late, so I can't wait for the next newsletter uwu

    • Jane Maree

      Thank you, Cassie!! ^-^
      I’ll have more practice by the next newsletter. XD

  23. Joey Trout

    I know I am way late but CONGRATULATIONS on the website!

    • Jane Maree

      Eep, I’m so excited to have you! 😀 And pfft, it doesn’t matter if you’re a little late, it’s still great that you’re here.
      Thanks for you comment!

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