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“Writer uses profits from her literary success to help others”…our very own Jennifer Walkup

WO-Walkup-C-191x300Read this inspiring article about Jennifer that was published in The Essex News Daily

Writer uses profits from her literary success to help others  By: Sean Quinn – Staff Writer
WEST ORANGE — West Orange resident Jennifer Walkup achieved a lifelong dream of being a published author when her young-adult novel, “Second Verse,” was released last year. Now for most writers, seeing their work in print would be enough of an accomplishment, and Walkup said her experience was indeed “pretty incredible.” But she strived for more than personal satisfaction — she wanted to use her newfound success to help others.

That is why Walkup, whose son was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was nearly 5, is donating a portion of her book sales for the month of November to the Epilepsy Foundation. Though she does not have the relevant profit numbers yet, she said just being able to raise awareness for the neurological condition has been gratifying.

“Epilepsy is one of the most common, yet one of the most misunderstood neurological conditions,” Walkup told the West Orange Chronicle in a Nov. 29 email. “Any small part I can do in aiding in that research is time and money well spent. I hope someday there is a cure so that no individuals or families have to endure the often painful reality that is life with epilepsy.”

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 65 million people around the world are afflicted with epilepsy, while an estimated 2.2 million people in the U.S. are currently living with it. That makes it the fourth most common neurological problem, after migraine, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease, per the foundation.Those affected suffer from seizures, which the foundation defines as brain conditions causing the “disruption of the electrical communication between neurons.” Epilepsy is commonly treated first by medications, followed by dietary therapies, brain surgeries and other means if symptoms persist.

Walkup said her son had been having seizures for years prior to his diagnosis, though she did not realize what they actually were at the time. She said her boy also underwent prolonged hospitalizations before the right combination of medications to help him was finally found. Fortunately for them, Walkup said he has been seizure-free for the past three years, though he does continue to struggle with the side effects of the medications and epilepsy.
Now, Walkup just hopes to benefit other people facing the same issues her family has dealt with.

“I am very excited to be able to share this issue with the world through my outreach and my books,” Walkup said. “I am simply thrilled with the awareness of epilepsy that has hopefully been raised.”

What is also thrilling for Walkup is the fact that her writing career is really taking off. “Second Verse” recently won the gold medal for teen mystery at the 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. The romantic thriller, which tells the story of a group of teenagers who receive a clue to solving a centuries-old murder after conducting a seance in an old barn, is the culmination of at least 25 years of writing experience, during which time she has written a few other unpublished novels for young adults.

The reason she prefers writing for teen readers, Walkup said, relates to her subject material.

“There is something about writing for that age group that has always very much resonated with the stories I have to tell, as well as my authorial voice,” Walkup said. “Plus, both teens and adults read young adult books, so in some ways it is the best of both worlds as far as readership goes.”

Walkup’s next novel, “This American Life,” which will be released on Oct. 1, continues her trend of writing for young adults. She said the story is about a teenage radio host who must balance life with her alcoholic mother with caring for her young brother who — in a connection to Walkup’s actual life — is epileptic. Though it is more grounded in reality than “Second Verse,” she said her second outing as an author has the potential to please its fans.

“It is intense and heartbreaking in a different way than my first novel, but I do hope the ultimate takeaway for readers is one of hope,” Walkup said.
As for aspiring West Orange writers like she once was, Walkup urged them to never give up on their dreams. If they want to become published authors, she said, the key is to always remain persistent.

“Read and write, and then read and write some more,” Walkup said. “Keep doing both, as much as you can. Get critique partners, learn the craft. Keep learning and submitting your stories and novels, even with adversity, even with the rejection. Publishing is not always a simple path, but if you want to be published, you have to just keep moving forward.”

Visit www.jenniferwalkup.com    To learn more about epilepsy and to donate to the Epilepsy Foundation, go to http://www.epilepsy.com.


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Congratulations to Jennifer Walkup on winning the Golden Leaf Award in the YA category!!!




Luminis Books is beyond thrilled and so pleased to share that Jennifer Walkup won the

Golden Leaf Award in the YA category for her book “Second Verse” at the New Jersey

Romance Writer’s Association.

This book was also the winner of the Gold 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Teen Mystery

Congratulations, Jennifer!!!




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SECOND VERSE Amazon Daily Deal – $.99 on Kindle ~ Today!

Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup is available today for $.99 on Kindle at Amazon! Get a great summer read at a great price!

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Excellent ALAN review for Second Verse

Second Verse has ghosts, murder, a tantalizing romance, past lives and a shocking conclusion. Walkup has an enticing writing style that will keep all who enter her haunted world glued to the page. Some readers may find the ending unsettling but others will relish the unexpected twist.

Reviewed by Barb Dean, Prince George, Canada ALAN Picks for November 2013


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NUVO Review Second Verse ~ “edges between Agatha Christie and Tony Hillerman!”

Twisting through past and present is a chilling experience for two teens on a quest for truth. Walkup’s Second Verse edges between Agatha Christie and Tony Hillerman, with themes touching on alienation, rebirth, the occult and destiny, setting the scene with intensifying turns of strangeness and familiarity while leading us deeper into the evil that lurks among us.  Hang onto your seat as pages turn. Billed as a young adult novel by Carmel-based publishing house Luminis Books, Second Verse is grippingly fine for “senior citizen” me. ~ 4 Stars ~ Rita Kohn, NUVO Newsweekly



Visit the Luminis Books webpage to purchase your copy today!

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Second Verse Blog Tour off to a great start!

The Luminis Dyad Blog Tour starts today with a wonderful review for Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup!

Tour Schedule

November 18 ~ November 30 — Second Verse

December 1 ~ December 14 — The Field

Here’s the first review of Second Verse in Tracy Riva’s Blog

“I loved this book. I read it in about 12 hours. It was full of intrigue and suspense and a storyline that kept me guessing clear up to the end. The characters, especially Vaughn and Lange were very true to life and the storyline, about rebirth and a secret society who tries to manipulate it was fascinating. I strongly suggest you pick up this book and add it to your library. It will be well worth the time it takes to read.”


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Three Moonbeam Awards for Luminis Authors!


We are thrilled to announce that three Luminis titles have won 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards! Congratulations!

GOLD MEDAL ~ Second Verse  by Jennifer Walkup

BRONZE MEDAL ~ Maybe I Will  By Laurie Gray

BRONZE MEDAL ~ The Field by Tracy Richardson

See all the winners at Independent Publisher

2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

“Celebrating Youthful Curiosity, Discovery and Learning through Books and Learning”

“The cause of promoting childhood literacy knows no boundaries, and the award winners illustrate that point well, coming not only from long-established publishers and university presses, but from small presses, foundations, museums, and self-published entrepreneurs.”

“The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. The Awards recognize and reward the best of these books and bring them to the attention of parents, booksellers, librarians – and to children themselves.”

We couldn’t agree more.


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Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup publishes in time for Halloween!

Get your copy of this creepy love story with a Halloween connection in time for trick-or-treating! Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup publishes on October 1st. Place your order at the Luminis Books website.

“A supernatural murder mystery with a love interest rooted in the past and present. A fast-paced thriller best read with the lights on.” ~Kirkus Reviews

“Not your average teen love story! Suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end mixed with a teen romance creates an addictive and unusual read. 5 stars – Hard to imagine a better book!” ~ Karrie, YALSA Top Ten Teen reviewer.


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Second Verse Book Nerd Blog Tour


The Book Nerd Blog Tour for Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup (October, 2013) opens today! The tour will run from September 28th to October 8th. Review copies are available to bloggers who host for the tour. Second Verse was getting a lot of attention at BookExpo America! It’s a perfect creepy Halloween romance!

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Luminis Authors at BookExpo America

Over the weekend three Luminis Books authors were signing their book (and Advanced Review Copies) at Book Expo America (BEA) at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City! We’ll also have authors at the ALA – American Library Association – conference on June 29th and 30th in Chicago.

Marcia Strykowski for her novel CALL ME AMY (May, 2013)



Jennifer Walkup signing ARC’s for her YA novel SECOND VERSE  (October, 2013)



Tracy Richardson signing ARC’s for her YA novel, THE FIELD (October, 2013)


Jennifer and Tracy were also interviewed! We’ll post the video of the interviews as soon as we receive it. We all had a blast seeing other authors, publishers and getting books!


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