SIDE BY SIDE was chosen as an Editors' Choice by the Historical Novel Society in their August 2018 issue.
A very excitable thank you for the kind words!
If you haven't read yet, pick it up to experience Bonnie and Clyde's story through Bonnie's eyes! I'm told it's riveting 😉🙌
Please read the full review here.
There's less than one month until Side by Side hits shelves (ahhh!) on June 5, 2018! I'm so, so thankful for these early reviews from such wonderful authors and publications! Have you preordered your copy yet?
I'm so excited to share that for the eBook of my debut novel BECOMING BONNIE—the fictional story of Bonnie before Clyde—is on sale for only $2.99!
This is the very first time the eBook's been discounted, so if you don't own a copy yet, I hope you'll snag a copy and step into the 1920s with Bonn and me.
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Praise for BECOMING BONNIE
"Walsh's rollicking narrative will have readers rooting for Bonnelyn-turned-Bonnie every (dance) step of the way." - Shelf Awareness
"A compelling account of a nation and a life in disarray—readers will feel for Bonnelyn as she finds herself scrabbling for survival in a world turned upside down." - Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author
"An intriguing insight into the life of one half of the infamous duo, Bonnie and Clyde." - Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author
"Booze-soaked, southern-fried, and fully immersive, BECOMING BONNIE is a rocking good read." - Heather Webb, bestselling author of Last Christmas in Paris
After you read, I'd love to hear what you think, too. Thank you and happy reading!
March is Women's History Month. What better way to celebrate than by entering to win four books about real-life women?
To enter (US only), use the widget below.
The time has come... for my very first giveaway of advance copies of Side by Side, which releases officially on June 5, 2018!
Side by Side is the story of America’s most infamous crime spree told in the raw and honest voice of the woman who lived it, Bonnie Parker.
Technically, Side by Side is Book 2 in the "Bonnie" series, but even if you haven't read Book 1, Becoming Bonnie, you can still read Side by Side. This baby stands alone! Though, I'd love for you to also read Becoming Bonnie ;)
Enter through Goodreads by clicking below, and good luck!
It's always so exciting to see your book baby get a face and I'm so excited to share the cover of Side by Side!
The cover and title is inspired by Bonnie Parker's own words, from her poem The Trail's End.
Someday they'll go down together
they'll bury them side by side.
To few it’ll be grief
To the law a relief
But it’s death for Bonnie and Clyde.
And without further ado... the cover!!
And in more exciting news, the forthcoming paperback edition of Becoming Bonnie got a facelift to match!
What ya think? Beauties, right?
Both are available for preorder here, with Side by Side releasing June 5, 2018 and the paperback of Becoming Bonnie coming May 8, 2018!
The title for my next book has gone through quite the transformation. It began as Being Bonnie, the sequel to Becoming Bonnie (Book 1). And while Book 2 is still a sequel, it's very much a book that can stand on its own (without first having read Becoming Bonnie).
My publishing team and I have gone through a few different titles, but I'm excited/happy to announce we have a final title: Side By Side. This title was inspired by Bonnie's real-life poem, The Trail's End, and in particular, these few lines:
"Some day they'll go down together
they'll bury them side by side.
To few it'll be grief,
to the law a relief
but it's death for Bonnie and Clyde."
I hope you're getting excited! I sure am, especially for seeing the final cover (coming soon)!
A Little About Me
This'll be my third year mentoring, and I'm so excited to get this party started. I'm a mama of two and a book mama of one, with three on the way. I'm published with Macmillan, under their Tor/Forge imprint. My novel, Becoming Bonnie, is the coming-of-age origin story of how wholesome Bonnelyn Parker becomes half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo during the 1920s. Next year, the companion novel Side by Side will be hitting shelves, telling the duo's crime spree story. I'll also be beginning a narrative nonfiction series, called She Dared, with Scholastic for middle graders. As a mentor, I believe I can bring some experience to the table as far as working with editors and publishers, along with agents. I am repped by Stacey Glick of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
Also, if you want to get an idea of how I became agented and received my offer of publication, I wrote about it over on Writer's Digest (as you'll see, I'm a real believer in Pitch Wars). I'd also love for you to get an idea of my writing style. If you hop on over to Amazon and click "Look Inside" on the cover, you can preview the first chapter or so.
What I'm Looking For
This year for PItch Wars, I'm narrowing my wish list considerably. I'm looking for... adult historical fiction. That's it. If you've got it, I want to see it.
For me, any era will do. I'm down with various subgenres: women's fiction, mystery, thriller, fantasy, literary. Male or female protagonists. Past or present. First or third POV. What will push your submission to the top of my consideration are these two factors:
1. An intriguing concept
Books that I get grabby hands over have a high-level concept (i.e. premises that are easily explained) that I simply have no choice but to see how the author brought it to life. Here's a few examples of books that recently had me itching to read.
2. Great technical writing
I don't need your manuscript to be perfect, but I'd like to know you put in the time to prepare for Pitch Wars. That shows me you're ready to work. Your solid writing skills will also give me confidence that you'll be able to expertly implement feedback. My friend Google has tons of checklists/tips for ways to tighten and improve technical writing, so I'd recommend giving those a gander before the submission window opens.
Basically, dangle your killer concept and your awesome writing skills in my face, and, if chosen as my mentee, together we can work through any plot-related and character-related improvements.
What questions do ya have for me? Don't be shy, just give me a shout @jennilwalsh or leave me a comment!
Disclaimer: I know this is vague, but my interests in historical fiction are vast. I literally choose books by covers (which you obviously don't have yet) and a great premise. What keeps me turning the page is great writing (hence my two points above).
Also, please consider donating while applying. I won't see a penny of it (nor should I; I'm contributing my time/energy to an awesome cause: your career). Likewise, Brenda and her admins won't profit from your donation. Your hard-earned money will go toward offsetting the high financial and time-related costs of running this amazing contest.
To check out the other Adult/NA mentors--because you get to submit to four of us (plus two additional mentors if you donate)--keep hopping:
Thank you to Shelf Awareness for the kind words and review of Becoming Bonnie!
Jenni L. Walsh imagines the story of the quintessential good girl turned gangster's moll in her debut novel, Becoming Bonnie. Bonnelyn Parker has always been a straight-A student and a straight-arrow girl. Since her daddy died, she's toiled extra hard to help her mama around the house while working nights and weekends at a local diner. But times are tight in Prohibition-era Dallas, and when Bonnelyn loses her diner job, she's not sure how her family will make ends meet. Her rebellious best friend Blanche drags her along to Doc's, a local speakeasy that might have jobs for them both, and Bonnelyn starts down a different path--one that will change both her life and name.
See the review on Shelf Awareness here.
On this day in history, May 23rd, Bonnie and Clyde's twenty-two month life on the lam came to an end in a flurry of bullets.
Today, I'll be taking part in a #BonnieAndClydeVersary event where I'll be talking Bonnie and Clyde and also about my novel, Becoming Bonnie, which tells the coming-of-age story of how Bonnie Parker becomes half of the infamous crime duo during the 1920s. See below for various essays, giveaways, interviews, and excerpts.
Giveaway of Becoming Bonnie on Amazon
Giveaway of Becoming Bonnie with Suzy Approved Book Reviews
Chapter 3 of Becoming Bonnie and a Giveaway with Criminal Element
Review of Becoming Bonnie and a Giveaway with EvieBookish
"Bonnie and Clyde: What's in a Name?" at Heroes & Heartbreakers
"The Bonnie and Clyde from Becoming Bonnie" at Women Writer's
"Bonnie Parker: Rebel with a Cause?" at We So Nerdy
"The Aesthetics of the 1920s within Becoming Bonnie" at Jorie Loves a Story
"15 Questions for Bonnie Parker Pre-Clyde" at the Debutante Ball
History from a Woman's Perspective sits down with Jenni L. Walsh
Jenni L. Walsh in conversation with Leah DeCesare
Audra McElyea interviews Jenni L. Walsh
Bonnie and Clyde photos, more giveaways, and other anniversary/Becoming Bonnie goodies: