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Book two Chasing Butterflies in the Mystical Forest (KINDLE EDITION) will be FREE on Amazon.com DECEMBER 5 this Saturday! To download just click the link below.



Book signing EVENTS! Don’t miss the FUN!!!


Friday November 20, 2015 THE BEER HOUSE is hosting a celebration party for the release of all three books. 6pm-Close Enjoy hot boiled peanuts with ice-cold beer or have a bowl of Lizzy’s steamy hot Chili. Come Celebrate with me! All pre-ordered books will be delivered that night. $2.00 from every pre-ordered book will be donated to Luanne’s Helping Hand!


Sunday November 22, 2015 I will be signing books at the BANTAM CHEF “Home of the famous fish sandwich” from 1:00pm-4:00pm. I will have all three books available to purchase while supplies last. Also with each purchase you will get $1.00 Off of “the famous fish sandwich”. In the story of Chasing Butterflies in the Unseen Universe Lizzy stops by the Bantam Chef to  get a Legendary fish sandwich. That’s the start of beautiful changes!


Saturday December 5, 2015 CHANGE JAR BOOKS Flagler Beach Florida. I’ll be there with other WONDERFUL author’s signing books!





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Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden (Book One) KINDLE EDITION can be downloaded for FREE!!  Monday Sept. 7 and  Tuesday Sept. 8 CLICK LINK BELOW


Chasing Butterflies in the Mystical Forest (Book Two) KINDLE EDITION can be downloaded for FREE!! Wednesday Sept. 9 and Thursday Sept. 10 CLICK LINK BELOW


Chasing Butterflies in the Unseen Universe (Book Three) KINDLE EDITION Pre-Sale Starts Monday Sept. 7  It will be automatically downloaded to your Kindle App on the release date! That is faster than I am able to get it! (This does not include Hardcover and Paperbacks) Chasing Butterflies in the Unseen Universe KINDLE EDITION Will be RELEASED OCTOBER 26, 2015! CLICK BELOW TO PRE-ORDER


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Book Three

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If you have already gotten your KINDLE EDITION please tell a friend, share this great deal!

Those of you that haven’t gotten a chance to do your review, please, now is a perfect time to get them in. Amazon will promote the series more! I need those reviews! Thank you and Hoot- whoooo! I HAVE WRITTEN THREE BOOKS!!!(I still can’t believe I did it!)

Jorja DuPont Oliva

FREE- Mystical Forest KINDLE Edition


Dear Friends,

Boy Have I been busy! I apologize for not keeping you up dated…I have been working on book three Chasing Butterflies in the Unseen Universe. I’ll have to admit it is coming a long quite nicely. I have been challenging myself with more layered story and time hopping.

This coming month is a special month for me. It is kind of symbolic I suppose. April of 2013 is when I wrote my first draft manuscript. I wrote my first story! Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden  of course it wasn’t published until November 2013 but it was the first of many stories I have living in my head, now put onto paper. So to celebrate I wanted to give away Chasing Butterflies in the Mystical Forest KINDLE EDITION for FREE! Not just for one day I wanted to do it for three days! You heard right THREE days FREE! I thought three was a good number because I am at work on book three – Right?  APRIL 6, 7, and 8 – Chasing Butterflies in the Mystical Forest KINDLE EDITION FREE at Amazon!  Please remember to do a review.

I would like to send out a BIG THANK YOU to those of you who have already given one. It really means a lot to me! I have such a great group of friends! If you already have book two Chasing Butterflies in the Mystical Forest KINDLE EDITION please pass on the word to a friend. Also book one Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden is still only 99 cents! It is a GREAT DEAL! You can get directly to amazon right here >>>>>>>> Just simply click on the book and it will take you right to it! ENJOY!!!

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Monday April 6

Tuesday April 7

Wednesday April 8


Your Friend,

Jorja DuPont Oliva


Valentine’s Day-Both Books FREE!


Dear Friends,

I have a sweet treat for you! Saturday February 14, 2015 CHASING BUTTERFLIES IN THE MAGICAL GARDEN and CHASING BUTTERFLIES IN THE MYSTICAL FOREST kindle edition will  be FREE again on Amazon! You heard right, BOTH books will be FREE ALL DAY!  So share it with a friend as a Valentine’s gift! If you haven’t downloaded both yet, this is another chance for you! Share the love! Don’t forget to do a review!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Your Friend,

Jorja DuPont Oliva

Questions and Answers PART 2


Jorja Dupont Oliva More answers to your questions…

Are any of your characters based off of real people?

Of course. All of my characters are based off of real people. One Character could have at least 5 people in the combination. I write off of feeling and emotion. My characters come from how people make me feel and that attachment to them. I wanted to do my writing that way to see if  people who I know, could find themselves in the story. ()f course mostly in book one.


Where did the idea of BUCKETS come from?

I am in the bar business.(Yes I own a bar with a dear friend) I have been in the bar business for 20 years. We were 23 and 21 years old when we started out in the business.(Crazy right? That why the story needed to be written).  BUCKETS was also a vision of another business I had with the same dear friend. So I combined the two in the story. I am still part of that business but now I play more of the book-keeping and prep cook roll. (Of course that is by choice, because I need time to write-right?) Check out this video-


That is us!


Is book one and two based off of your real life?

Book one started out to be a memoir of my life… yes, but manifested into some greater. I will say now, that it is very similar to my life story, the trials, the learning and the rewards. Kind of like a blue print or an outline. Book two, I went more from my imagination although the trials, the learning and the rewards also came from my life experiences. (Being in the bar business you see many lives up close and personal. Almost as if you have lived it your self. At least it is like that for me.) By the way, I probably have heard thousands of stories over the years as I served beers, and that I am very thankful for.(lots of writing material)


What character do  you feel you are most like?

All of them. Okay I am probably like Lizzy the most. Occasionally I see a hint of me in Dee, Ripley and even Johnny.(I was a tomboy growing up, I always loved nature and I love butterflies.) As for Lizzy, I am not as innocent an naïve as she  appeared to be either. ( sure I was at some point in my life.) I wrote Lizzy that way to see her growth a little clearer or help the reader feel it a bit. We all were innocent at one time and face it, we all have a little demon in us.


Why did you write book one as a blue print of your life?

As I stated before, it started out to be a memoir.  As I started writing I realized that friends and family knew my real story-Right? So I wanted to add some mystery,  puzzle, and magic, make it fun  for them to figure it out. They were going to be my fan base-right? So it may not be actually what happened, but it should spark a memory of what really did happen. I know that is what happens for me when I read books that are similar to my life.


    What is the most important meaning you were trying to accomplish in both of your books?

This is the hardest of questions to answer.  I wanted to help people learn about themselves from the events that play out in their lives. (everything happens for a reason.)  To see those friendships that are destined to make each of us whole. The fact that sometimes terrible things may happen in your life but end up being a blessing in disguise. I believe that every person that enters into your life, offer you gifts. Maybe something you were suppose to learn or even just support through difficult times. I was blessed to have been born into an awesome family and never really experience a dysfunctional life or very many hardships. I am a very empathetic person almost as though I can feel the pain of others going through hardships.(Probably why I was always a pretty darn good bartender.) With that being said, I tend to want to be that same support for others. As for the meaning, there is always something to learn if you open up your awareness to it and the base of it all is LOVE , RESPECT, and ACCEPTANCE  for one another.


What was the reasons for the quotes to begin each chapter?

I have a great love for the written word. They were put there for me. Throughout my life I have learned a lot about myself.(I do a lot of soul-searching). I have gained a lot  of wisdom that I see many people still struggling with. I would find that wisdom and eventually run across a quote that matched exactly as to how I would interpret that particular situation. It is a lot like the Indian proverb-Wisdom comes only when you stop looking for it and start living the life the Creator intended for you. – Hopi


To be continued….

FREE Kindle Download Gift-December 25th- MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Dear Friends,

I wanted to give a gift for Christmas. So, Christmas day-December 25th –  on Amazon.com Chasing Butterflies in the Mystical Forest KINDLE edition will be FREE to download. If you haven’t gotten it, this is another chance! It can be downloaded to kindle device, computer, and smart phone. Just download kindle APP and then down load the book for FREE! Here is the link!


Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden will still be 99 cents until the end of the year so if you are getting a KINDLE for Christmas this is the perfect chance to get both books for next to nothing. Here is the link!


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Wishing everyone to have a joyful and blessed season!!!


Jorja DuPont Oliva

P.S. PLEASE remember to do a review!!! It is extremely important to authors! YES I am begging! Please remember to do a review!!! }!{

Answers to your Questions.


Dear friends,

Over the last year I have been asked many questions about writing, my books, and the how I went about getting started. At times I would be stumped and really had to think on how to answer them. I wanted to answer them as honestly as possible with out any clichés. (I love clichés, and metaphors.) So over the last year I have jotted down these questions. I thought long and hard  how to answer each one. (mostly for my on purpose.) Today I would like to share these questions and answers with you.

QUESTION #1 -How did you come up with the title to book one- Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden?

It just happened- I answered. (really it did, but it wasn’t the answer I wanted to give but I didn’t know exactly how to explain.)

Originally book one was going to be called Magical Misfits or Gifts from the Misfits (I still plan to write that book!) Book one really started out and took on a life of its own. The characters were searching for change (metaphor of butterfly). One character looking for a sign from a deceased boyfriend and the other wanting to fall in love again.  I too was in a transition in my life so Chasing Butterflies was the perfect fit. The magical Garden came into play (Metaphor for the character’s small community) and also part of the story, flowers bloomed to represent loved ones that past and while in the garden (magical) friendships formed. So when a book two-Chasing Butterflies in the Mystical Forest started brewing in my head (I was still working on book one at the time) Chasing Butterflies Series manifested its self. (I personally prefer short titles) 

QUESTION #2-How long did it take you to write?

Book one took me 44 days I took 2 hours every night (my TV time) and just wrote. Book two took me 3 months. I wrote when I was able too(I loved to sneak off and write when kids were at school). I took my time on that one.(Book two was a cleaner version than book one at the end of the story, due to learning with book one.) So “the stories” were written quickly. The writing process seems to come naturally to me. My weakness is the editing and rewriting(Which now after two books I’m getting that down too!) I work anywhere from 6-8 weeks (Depending on how fast the proofreader’s get back to me) cleaning up errors and content that may be hard to understand. I’m old-fashioned so I still send my manuscripts out to proofers with red pen and on paper.(Just like I am being graded in school.) I probably go over my work at least 100 times before it gets sent to a professional editor. (So at times, writing the story is the easy part.) As this process is happening I sometimes get idea’s that expand the story.

QUESTION #3- What made you write a book?

I never planned to write a book. It just happened.(Really it did! That wasn’t the answer I wanted to give but I didn’t know exactly how to explain.) I would always “say” I was going to write a book some day but never “meant” it. My mother wrote for our local news paper for years and always wanted to write children’s books. So maybe the fact that she always said it played part in why I always “Said” it. What I did want was to maybe find a new occupation or learn to do something I never have done before. (I was going through some kind of middle life crisis at 42 years old.) So I started wanting to go back to school.  Money and the lack of was holding me back  from college. (I do still want to go back!) I wanted to start with something that I could dedicate to and still take care of my family. Going through an Adult Community Education newsletter I saw a class that gave me a vision.-“Maybe I could write a book like the ones I love to read. Magical!” The class was “Go write and you can’t go wrong” How to write a book in thirty days. The teacher’s name was Michael Ray King and he was a 9 times published author. Which made me remember my mother always wanting to write children’s books, so I went to her house to see if she would be interested in taking this easy 6 week class with me. It wasn’t a pass or fail kind of  class, you either did or you didn’t. My mother agreed (Which by the way she has several books she has in the works but doesn’t ever plan to publish them.-But I still do!) So we took the class, and that’s how it all started. I did exactly as Michael Ray King taught and I was loving it. I became addicted to my new-found joy!

QUESTION#4-What was the idea behind the meanings or creatures of air and earth in book one?

I am an animal lover. I have many animals (most were given to us from people who were no longer able to care for them). Dogs, chickens, pigs, and a cockatoo named Casper. Oh… a hamster, lizard, and fish. Yes there is a lot. Each one unique and with its own set of needs. We care for these animals daily and give them the best life possible. I would observe them a lot and I could see how they socialize very similar to humans. That being said, they inspired me to start researching animal meanings. Life of Pi was just coming out on pay per view so it also sparked my interest even more. I researched and found all kinds of cool stuff. At first I was going to have it in the story (kind of hidden) but very few people would find it or get it. Unless I explained it. So that is why I decided on adding the creatures of air and earth glossary. (So now I’ve unknowingly started branding my style.) I do have to tell you, many people knew I was researching animal meanings, and would ask me what certain animals meant. So that was my validation that it was needed in the book. My editor suggested the prologue with the creatures of air and earth talking about the humans. (Again unknowingly branding myself.) And by the way that’s one of my favorite parts of the Chasing Butterflies Series books.

QUESTION#5-How did the meanings of tree’s come about in book two?

As a child, my father worked for the forestry service, and that probably brought on my love of tree’s. As a kid he would take us on rides in the woods and he would teach us things about trees. Just as the animals inspired me to do research, so did the idea of tree meanings. I also have many tree’s where I live. Oak, cedar, and some pine , again I would observe them. How they grew, how they swayed and how different they appeared. A lot like with the animals they too were unique and with its own set of needs. A lot like humans. That is how Mystical Forest started to evolve.

QUESTION#6- What are you working on now? 

Book three Chasing Butterflies in the Unseen Universe. I always look up to the stars and make wishes. This was an idea that sparked again while writing book two. I always was intrigued with the idea that stars we see here on earth have died millions of years ago but yet we still see them. Again like humans I see my grandparents now in my parents and my parents now in myself, and my self in my children,  just like the stars. So with that being said, look for some kind of star related meanings in book three.-2015/2016. I am improving with writing so I am trying some more complicated idea’s with this story.


QUESTION #7- Are you making any money? (This is the question I hate to answer but seems to be the most popular.)

I will say that writing only takes a pen and a paper. So to write it doesn’t cost you much to get started.(So don’t let money every stop you from writing!) I haven’t made any money as of yet, but I see it as an investment in myself. Money is needed to get your book out there. I have put money out with the books I have donated and paying for the professional editing. Also publishing fee’s and art work, etc…  I am very proud to say in one year most of those money’s have been paid back and only 1/4 of that is still waiting. So I believe that’s pretty good for my new business adventure. (I’m not making a living on two books, but I’m not stopping at two either!) I would love to be able to make a living on my writing.  I see it actually happening someday, but today it is not the case.  I am being paid in other ways. I have readers tell me they loved my writing and that is priceless. I also love to do it and that is priceless. My family is proud of me and that is priceless. My friends are inspired and that too is priceless. So to answer- Am I making any money?-no but I’m being rewarded with things money could never touch!

QUESTION #8- All of your characters have some kind of quirky flaw what is the reason for that?

My characters are perfect. Just like the animals and the tree’s each of us are unique and with our own set of needs. So flaws is my idea of perfection in a character.  Over the years I have come to believe our so-called flaws may actually be our gifts. So we as people should embrace them not hide or look down on them. 

QUESTION #9- If you could describe your book series in one sentence what would it be?

The books in the Chasing Butterflies Series are Magical, Mystical, Unseen Journey’s just like the animals, the tree’s and the stars…each one unique with its own set of needs!(I told you I liked metaphors!)



Jorja Dupont Oliva