Upcoming Schedule of Events

I'm booking 2016-2017 events. Contact me about conferences, school visits and other gigs if interested. 



Speaking ONE DAY ONLY on Sunday, July 24 from 11am-12PM. 
I'll have a booth for all three days of the festival where I'll be signing books, taking selfies with Harts, and selling books. See you at the Carnival! 


When: April 11, 2015 at 10am-10:30am in the Youth Pavilion with book signing after
Where: Columbus, Ohio
This is a ticketed event! For more details, visit EA's Website


When: April 17-18, 2015
Where: Knicely Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky
What: On April 17, (times TBA) I will be signing copies of Canterwood Crest and Unicorn Magic. Same for Saturday. More details to come! Please visit the festival's Website as you need FREE tickets for some events. 


As a SPECIAL prize, I will invite five attendees back to my suite on Friday evening for a mani/pedi/spa party! To enter, email hartsforjess AT  gmail DOT com, tell me you're coming, that you have parental permission to come to my hotel suite (only 5 miles from the conference center), and can stay for up to a couple of hours. We'll have sodas and snacks plus all the nail polish and face masks you could imagine! Make the subject of your email "SOKY Party" and be sure to include a parent's email address and your age. Tell me why you are the ultimate Canterwood Crest Hart! Winners will be announced in late February/early March. 


When: July 17-19, 2015
Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY
What: BreyerFest

I will be signing books and model horses at BreyerFest! I really, really want to meet more Harts!
****Please note: You MUST purchase a ticket for BreyerFest to attend. 

Details: HERE! <---a MUST read because you'll learn all about my Ultimate Harts Party! :)


When: July 11-13, 2014
Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY
What: BreyerFest

I will be signing books at BreyerFest! I would LOVE to meet more of Team Canterwood! Please note: You MUST purchase a ticket for BreyerFest to attend. 
Details: Right here! :)

Las Vegas RWA/book signing

More details to come about my book signing in Las Vegas in August!

October 26, 2013

When: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Where: Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue
What: Youth Equine Conference
I'm the featured speaker and I'll be signing Canterwood books.
How: No RSVP needed and this event is open to the public! Please come see me, Team Canterwood!

Get in touch with Lucky Orphans if you need more info :)

Contact Deanna, at (845)416-8583


3 Great Pyr Way
Pleasant Valley, NY 12569

August 25, 2012

What: PAYA 2012 
Where: Pennsylvania's Leadership Charter School Advanced Learning Center
1585 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380
When: Satuday, August 25, 2012 (time TBA)
Books will be sold to raise money for PA libraries and I'll be signing along with a fab, growing list of authors!

September 18, 2011

Where: Rochester, Minnesota Barnes & Noble
When: Sunday, September 18th at 2pm
More info:
Barnes & Noble 
Apache Mall
1201 12th Street SW Suite 425
Rochester, MN 55902

January 19, 2011

Barnes & Noble
97 Warren Street
New York, New York

I'll be reading, signing and holding a Q&A. Check here for details!

November 19, 2010

Skype visit
Patton Middle School, Kennett, PA

I did a Skype presentation for an eighth grade class about writing, the editing process and National Novel Writing Month. 

November 16, 2010

Skype visit 
Ontario, Canada
I spoke with a book club who'd read Canterwood.

March 19-21, 2010

2010 Tallahassee Writers Conference

I'll be speaking about writing for tweens and chatting with kids and parents about the Canterwood series. On Saturday, March 20, I will be talking about writing and the Canterwood Crest series at 10:15am. This event is free and open to the public. This will be held in room 214 at the Florida State University conference center. 

April 29-May 1, 2010

Oklahoma Writers Federation Conference
Where: Oklahoma City, OK
What: I'll be speaking solo and also with my editor, Kate Angelella

More details to come!

Past events:

February 7-13th, 2009

I'm answering questions at Girls Horse Club! C'mon over!

February 28, 2009

When: 11am-4pm
Where: Books-a-Million (3521 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL)

I'll be signing copies of my debut middle-grade novel, TAKE THE REINS, at Books-a-Million in Tallahassee.  There will be a special guest! Mary Lackey of Sundance Oaks Miniature Horse Farm will be bringing a mini horse to the Books-a-Million parking lot for everyone to pet. 

Event pics!

March 6, 2009

I'm visiting William J. Montford III Middle School in Tallahassee. Details are forthcoming. 

Event pics!

March 18, 2009

When: 2pm in the LCCC campus library (additional times TBA)
Where: Lake City Community College (149 SE College Place, Lake City, FL)

I'll be reading from Take the Reins and signing books. More details will follow!

Event pics!

March 18, 2009
When: 9am-10am
Where: Richardson Middle School, Lake City, FL

I'm visiting Richardson Middle School's pre-AP class to talk about writing and the publishing industry. 

March 27, 2009

I'm speaking with third, fourth and fifth grade classes at Roberts Elementary School in Tallahassee. Details TBA! Here's the school's announcement

On this date, I'll also be appearing on WCTV 6's Good Morning Show

April 3-5, 2009

Missouri Writers' Guild Conference
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

I'll be speaking three times at the conference. I'll be doing two solo speeches--"From Freelancing to Fiction" and "Do's and Don'ts of Tween Fiction." I'll also do a panel with my editor, Kate Angelella. 

May 28, 2009

NYC Teen Author Carnival
New York City, NY

Get the awesome details right here!

4-6pm at the Jefferson Market Branch Library

May 30, 2009

Book Expo America
New York City, NY

From the BEA Website:

9:30 – 10:30 am

Room 1E16 

Driving Success with Teens & Tweens: Authors Share Online Success Stories

Sure, you've got a blog, but so does everyone else. What makes your online brand stand out? With so many networking, lifecasting and social media outlets available to authors, having a dot com, a myspace page, and a regularly-updated LiveJournal are only the bare minimum. This discussion will focus on non-traditional online marketing to teens and younger readers: ever thought about creating a Ning network, a Twitter feed from the perspective of your protagonist, or complimentary online content such as a YouTube channel, fashion blog, embeddable meme or downloadable EP? This discussion features a variety of perspectives from young adult and middle grade authors as well as handouts containing tutorials on how to make your own online book trailer, create an embeddable quiz, start a Ning network, and think outside the textbox.

Moderator: Robyn Schneider, author, Knightley Academy series

Presenters: Jessica Burkhart, author, Canterwood Crest series

Sarah Mlynowski, author, Magic In Manhattan series

Julia DeVillers, author, How My Private Personal Journal Became a Bestseller

August 18-19, 2009

I'll be filming a segment for the wildly popular HorseGirlTV! The episode will be avaialble as an iPod download and will be online. I'll post the exact air date when it's available. 

August 29, 2009
Hampton Classic

I'll be doing interviews and signing books on Kids' Day! Come check out a fun, horse-filled day in Bridgehampton, NY.

September 4-6, 2009

Decatur Book Festival

I'll be speaking at the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday, September 5th at 2:30pm.

Currently, I'm booking events for 2009-2011. Dates are filling fast, so please contact me early. Possible events include:

* elementary school writing workshops

* middle school writing workshops

* elementary school book signings

* middle school book signings

* horse expo signings

* virtual blog tours and Q&A sessions

* United States Pony Club chapter visits

* library visits

* library workshops

* conference panels

* visits to Shriners Hospitals

* visits to homeschool groups

* phone calls with reading groups

* Skype visits

Keep checking back for dates and locations!

If you're interested in what I have to offer or have questions, please contact me for details.