Cover Design and Redesign and Redesign…

I don’t know how published authors do it. How can they look at a book they’ve published and years later still be happy with the published cover? I guess that’s the thing, though. It’s published. They can’t change it (necessarily).

As you know, I publish all my drafted books on Wattpad, and one of their features is uploading a book cover to accompany your story.

My trilogy story has undergone at least three book cover changes in the last seven years… And here I am again today to present you with the latest versions!

I’m really pleased with these, but who knows if I’ll like them still in one, five, or ten years from now? How do published authors do it?

Addendum: It’s not even been six months since this blog post was published and while I still like the images, I don’t know how I feel about the font now… It never ends!

Brainstorming Titles

Man, brainstorming titles can be daunting. After almost nine months of “Finding the One,” I finally discovered a title that I’m happy with: “Macaria’s One: The Voyage of the Blessed Death Goddess.”

Watch, I hate it in a year and then it’s back to the drawing board.

Anyway, here’s the new title that I’m pretty happy with:

A Walk Down Memory Lane

I recently cleaned out my home office and found the manuscript of a memoir novella I curated back in 2011. I never publically shared it except on (and if my memory serves me, as well). Not too long after, I took it down after feelings of docility.

After reading through the manuscript, some substantial reflection and light editing, it is now back online only on This time as a second edition with the addition of an epilogue from today’s perspective, as an adult.

Back in 2011, I was 17-18 years old. I had written this memoir novella curating prose, poetry, dreamscapes, quotes, letter writing, and journaling from my high school years as a means of healing and moving on to the next chapter of my life—college.

Reading it back now in 2019, as I turn 26 in one month, has allowed me the privilege of nostalgia and wisdom towards my teenage self. Now, I’m not going to get sentimental here or share the woes and tribulations that is the arduous dating life of a woman in her twenties, but I will share the amazement I felt reading this manuscript has reminded me of the feelings of infatuation that I so miss in my current life.

That being said, I’m excited to share this memoir novella with you all along with the additional epilogue from my perspective of the story of Jennifer and Tyler today.

Without further ado, let me introduce to you, “I Wanna Touch You: A Second Edition Memoir Novella” by yours truly, Jennifer Gioia.

As a final note, can I just say how relieved I am that I’m still happy with the title originally chosen back in 2011. Any other writers out there know how difficult hindsight can sow seeds of doubt.

With regular updates every Sunday, you can read “I Wanna Touch You” here.

Take me on an adventure

So much of life can change in a matter of moments.

You can think you’re someone in one moment and then another six months later.

One thing that has never changed, though, is my love for the unknown.

My love for the what-ifs.

My love for adventure.

I just play out my adventures in my writing.

After years of learning and falling in love with Greek mythology, I’ve finally taken a stab at writing something loosely based off of the myth.

Introducing “Finding the One“:

Finding the One - Greek Myth Book Cover for Publishing

After the War of the Titans, King Zeus forced his brother Hades to rule the Underworld. Hades first recreated the Underworld to his liking, then he created Macaria, Goddess of Blessed Death.

Since her creation, Macaria mercifully carried out her father’s bidding, guiding the blessed ones through the passage of souls into the Underworld to the Islands of the Blessed. For millenniums, she listened to the blessed souls of the passing, hearing their wishes, regrets, accomplishments, and great loves.

Before the day Hades brought home Persephone, she always wondered what this love was about, but never thought of the possibility there would be a One for her.

…Until one extraordinary blessed soul asked her about her One.

She knew what the love of a One could do to someone for all of eternity, but was there really a One for her?

With the blessing of Hades, Macaria has six months to journey and find her One. After the six months are over, Macaria must continue her duties as Goddess of Blessed Death for the rest of eternity, with or without a One.

Jennifer Gioia. Copyright © 2018. All Rights Reserved.

The concept of the One—a soulmate—is romanticized in all parts of the modern world. There are many stories of how each person has a soulmate: humans only hold half a soul searching for their other half or perhaps the human soul is whole searching for another soul to share a lifetime with. Either way, the concept of the One is ingrained in our modern day society. With thoughts of destiny and fate at play, things just always seem meant to be.

Macaria is one of the many to fall for the concept of the One. She believes in fate and destiny, that things are meant to be. You are only destined to be with one person. Every other person before the One has been in vain. I do not believe that to always be true. Join Macaria as she learns why the One isn’t all that it seems to be.

I’m so excited about this book because it brings the reader on not one, but two journeys—one of the mental and one of the physical realms.

I’m currently posting the first draft on Wattpad for my beta readers. Check it out here.

Dancing with stories unwritten

I’m a reader first, a writer second, and an editor third. However, sometimes you want to read a story so bad but can’t find it published any where, you figure you’ll write it. These are those stories:

Sapphire Cover

“Sapphire” I thought of back in the spring of 2016 after I graduated with my bachelor’s degree. Since then, I have worked a full-time job and have attended graduate school, so not much research or writing has gone into this. However, I do plan to one day write this historical fiction. Here’s the first draft synopsis:

King Martin Bartel was the ruthless ruler of Hofstra. For over a decade, he declared war on surrounding countries to fulfill his greed. He was unfair to his people and disloyal to his Queen. Out of wedlock, came an infant born of sapphire eyes. To keep the King on the throne, he forced the mistress to give her away.

Eighteen years have passed and the girl with sapphire eyes has grown, raised by nuns–unaware of her lineage–all the while watching the King and Queen fail time and time again to successfully have a male heir.

Eighteen years have passed and dangerous people of Hofstra are beginning to realize the King will never have a legitimate heir. It’s time for a new ruler, one that promises peace and prosperity. Soon, rumors spread of this man’s rightful place on the throne.

Soon, rumors spread of a girl with sapphire eyes could sabotage the whole revolution; that is, if she knows of her true birthright and if they don’t find her first.

Jennifer Gioia. Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.

When Dreaming Becomes Dangerous

“When Dreaming Becomes Dangerous” was inspired about a dream I had back in 2011 right before I graduated high school. This story was also inspired by the outrageous injustices people of color and other minorities have had to endure in the U.S., and how it has been in the spotlight way too often since at least 2015. A lot of research has gone into this urban high fantasy novel that I began writing in the fall of 2016; however, I still need to conduct more thorough research before this story will be ready to write. As with everything else in my life, this story has been put on hold until I have more free time–most likely after I graduate with my master’s degree in December of 2018. Here’s the synopsis:

Mira has two lives: A waking life and a dreaming life.

In the day, Mira writes speeches for Robert Trudy, the mayor of her big magical city, Eron. Her hard work is underappreciated and the city is starting to split right under the mayor’s nose.

But since the unexpected death of her mother, Mira has been having the same recurring dream each night: standing in a white lace gown, underneath a white wicker arch, surrounded by white snow, with a blonde man she has never met a day in her life.

Eventually, Mira starts to see small changes in her recurring dreams. And soon she is able to control her dreams, opening up her mind to a world she never knew existed.

But what happens when this blonde man disappears from Mira’s dreams and dreaming becomes dangerous?

Jennifer Gioia. Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.

I have many more potential stories with only a lick of a plot line waiting for their time to arrive. Come December 2018, I’ll be spending the rest of my late twenties and early thirties dedicating myself to my writing and to the characters that so wish to have their stories told. I’m excited to have you on this journey with me.

— Jen