Happy holidays readers! We're officially in the season.

To celebrate, a group of 12  authors have banded together to give you a truly awesome collection of speculative fiction novels. Over the next 12 days leading up to Christmas Eve, we'll all be offering you ways to enter to win them!

An official unveiling of the complete 12-book giveaway collection will be coming soon (one of them is my own debut novel, the award-winning Mud: Chronicles of the Third Realm War).

But for now, go ahead and enter to win! You can start by joining my email list.

Then, check out the other participating authors for even more ways to enter! Here is the full list of authors:

Charles Cornell

Danielle DeVor

Louann Carroll

Connor Drexler

Jeff Elkins

M. G. Herron

Sharon Johnston

Jade Kerrion

R. Perez de Pereda

Brian Rella

Antonio Simon, Jr.

E. J. Wenstrom

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If you're in the greater Space Coast area, this weekend's LightFest Stroll Through the Lights event is not to be missed!

With 2.5 million lights on display, this is your only chance to walk through the lights instead of viewing them from your car. The event will also feature entertainment, kids activities, horseback rides, bounce houses, Santa visits, crafts, lots and lots of yummy food--and a jumpstart on your holiday shopping with local vendors, including me.

So come ready to have some fun and get a jumpstart on your gifting! I'll be running all my holiday promotions at my booth, and I'll be accompanied by a couple other great speculative fiction authors, too--Jaimie Engle and D. Ryan Gish. Get a sneak peek of the event tomorrow night on Jaimie's Facebook Live post at 6 p.m.!

Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the cheer continues until 10 p.m. More deets here: http://www.spacecoastlightfest.com/stroll-through-the-lights/.

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It's Black Friday!

Black Friday is one of my favorite holidays. I know, there is something wrong with me.


My sister and I used to wake up in the middle of the night for a mad dash of shopping and bonding, we would get all our holiday shopping done in one fell swoop, and then we'd wrap it up with the clink of a peppermint mocha--all before most of the world had even gotten out of bed.

Besides, as a firm believer in celebrating one holiday at a time, Black Friday is the official start of the winter holiday season! The decorations, the music, the food, the love--it all starts on Black Friday.

And God knows, this country desperately needs to spread love right now.

As an author, I am biased, but I believe deeply in books' power to spread empathy, understanding and wonder in this world.

So I've got a fun little holiday initiative to share with you--my own little way of passing forward a little much-needed cheer.

Here's how it goes:

  1. Gift wrapping!
    I have some pretty, shiny, non-denominational holiday wrap right here, and I'm dying to use it. Buy Mud for a loved one through this form on my website between today and December 24, and I will personally gift wrap it for you. I'll even do a little ribbon bow.

    And yes, it is safe to assume that I am wearing my Santa hat while I wrap your gift.

  2. Signed, sealed and personalized!
    I will sign every copy of Mud ordered through my website form and address it to the person you specify. If you have a special message you want included, I'll do that too! Just include it in your order notes.
  3. Give one, get one!
    Because it gives me joy to get my book in your hands. So when you order one copy of Mud for a loved one, you can order a second copy for yourself (or a second loved one) for 50% off. That means your second hard cover is $12.49, or your second paperback is just $7.99.
  4. You give, I give, Jack!
    This is the best part of all. For every copy of Mud purchased between now and December 24, I will donate a dollar to the Florida Writers Foundation.Every hard cover. Every paperback. Every ebook. No matter where you buy it--just email your receipt to hello@ejwenstrom.com.

    The Florida Writers Foundation promotes literacy by enhancing  writing skills in children and adults. To accomplish this goal, it partners with existing programs and initiatives as well as  developing programs of its own.

To start spreading the holiday love right now, click here and place your order!

P.S.--This is just the start. I'm working with a number of other speculative fiction authors to bring you an awesome holiday book collection giveaway in December--along with fun graphics, quotes and teasers from the existing and soon-to-come Chronicles of the Third Realm War universe.

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dcaflogoIf you're in the greater D.C. area this Saturday, be sure to come say "hello" to me at the D.C. Author Festival!

I'll be there with dozens of local area authors, special speakers, and an awesome Upshur Street Books Pop-Up Shop! All at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in bustling Chinatown.

Drop by any time between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 5 (aka tomorrow).

Get more details here.


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This weekend, I attended the Florida Writers Conference. It was a wonderful event for a number of reasons, but prime among them, I attended as a Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist, which meant I attended the awards banquet and spent much of my time at the conference extremely nervous and distracted, waiting to see if I would win an esteemed Royal Palm Literary Award.


Drum roll?

Suspense is fun, isn't it?

Okay fine.

Not only was my debut novel Mud awarded First Place in the Published Fantasy Novel category, but in a wild, unexpected twist that I could never have anticipated, Mud was also awarded the organization's top honor: Book of the Year.


That is me right now, and ever since Saturday night. I am utterly awestruck, in a this-isn't-real, can't-even-remember-what-I-said-in-my-thank-you-speech sort of way.

And yet, there is photo evidence that it did, indeed, happen:



(Many thanks to my husband, who had far greater presence of mind in that moment than I did, and took these pics.)

All I can say is that I'm so incredibly honored, and so excited to come back next year as the Florida Writers Conference's Person of Renown.

Curious what the buzz is about? Check out Mud for yourself here.


("But E.J., I thought you were from D.C.? " -- As some of you may know from my monthly newsletter updates, my time has been split between two homes for a couple years, D.C. and Florida--I have done my best to be an active member of the writing community both places. Yes, it's complicated. But, I love it.)

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