Monday, December 5, 2016

Wrong Brother, Right Match is out today!

Hi, all

Happy Monday!

First off the bad news: I've been sick since Thursday. Had to go to the doctors and everything! They told me I had a 101 fever and gave me a prescription for antibiotics and a super strong cough syrup. Bleh. December is a TERRIBLE time to be sick.
There is too much to do and too many parties/fundraisers to attend.

Now the good news: I'm feeling better! (a little) AND it's release day for my new sweet romance

Matchmaking guru Kennedy Pepperdine’s life is perfect. Perfect job. Perfect friends. Perfect boyfriend. Except...when she gets trapped in an elevator with a handsome stranger, she accidentally confesses a secret: maybe her perfect boyfriend, Justin, isn’t so perfect for her after all. But a matchmaker should be able to successfully match herself, right? Thankfully, she’ll never see the handsome stranger again. Until she heads home with Justin for the holidays and learns that the sexy stranger is none other than Justin’s older brother, Matt.
Matt Ellis is trying to be on his best behavior for his mother—it is Christmas, after all. But when he recognizes the beautiful woman from the elevator—the one he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about for months—his best behavior is being held by a thread. Matt’s always sacrificed for his family, and nothing is more important than their happiness, but the more time he spends around Kennedy, the more he wonders if her supposed "right match" might just be the wrong brother.

If you stop by author Beth Rhodes blog, she's giving away an ebook copy of my new book (comment to win) plus a chance to win $20!

Plus, if you follow the blog tour, there are more chances to win an Amazon GC!

Have a great week!


Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday Sale!

Hey, all!

Not my typical blogging day, but since I'm HOME shopping, I figured I'd stop in to let you know that my publisher, Entangled Publishing is having a Thanksgiving Small Town Romance book sale!

Lots of great books on sale. So if you like sweet romances--including my own

Also, we are 10 days away from release of my new Christmas romance
Have you pre-ordered your copy yet?

Have a great rest of your holiday weekend!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Romancing The Holidays!

Hi, all!

Are you on Facebook?

Great! Join in on the Holiday Fun with 15 of your favorite authors TODAY! 

Visit each of the FB pages listed below for Holiday Cheer, Heartwarming Romance and GIVEAWAYS!!! 

Visit and Comment on ALL the participating pages for a chance to WIN the Grand Prize $100 Amazon gift card to jump start your holiday shopping!

Annie Rains

Barbara White Dallie

Debbie Mason

Heatherly Bell

Jennifer Shirk

Jennifer Snow

Jody Holford

Karyn Gerrard

Olivia Miles

Rachel Lacey

Robin Bielman

Sierra Donovan

Tammy L. Bailey

Tara Wyatt

Victoria James

Happy Hopping!


Monday, October 24, 2016

Five Things to Keep in Mind if You Are a Writer

WHAT'S JEN WORKING ON? Plotting a new series for Entangled Bliss and plotting a contemporary single title romance. Yikes!

Hi, all!

A few weekends ago, I attended the NJRW Conference and thought that one of the keynote speakers was excellent. Very inspiring. I kept laughing and nodding my head the whole time. I could have been this author's Ed McMahon. I had a really great time there. You know, conferences are funny beasts...
Oops. Maybe I'll save that for another blog post. :)

Where was I? Oh, yeah. The keynote speaker.

Her name was HelenKay Dimon and she was fantastic. Mainly because what she spoke about was 100% relatable as a fellow writer. She gave us a list of things to remember as we're all going through this writing journey together, and I thought I'd share.
(Footnote: I'm paraphrasing and probably interpreted my own ideas into a good chunk of what she said. So blame me and not her)

1) This writing business isn't fair
  • guess what? She's right! Ever read a NY Times Best-selling book and think..."???????????" Maybe your book IS better. Maybe your friend just signed a $20 million dollar contract and you're only making $12 thousand a year. Deal with it and don't try to figure it out. Just remember it's not meant to be fair.

2) Writing doesn't get any easier
  • Ms Dimon is a writer of over 40 novels an novellas (award-winning and best-selling) to NUMEROUS publishers and she admits it is a STRUGGLE to sit in that writing chair everyday.
  • I find the same and more. Every time I begin a new book, I think, "How did I do this again?"
3) There is no such thing as a muse
  • I agree again. If I waited until my "muse" showed up, I would NEVER make my editor's deadline or probably ever finish a book. Truth.

4) The idea that pops in your head for a new book is ALWAYS going to be more interesting than the book you are currently working on
  • Why? Because that idea hasn't become "work" yet. And let's face it writing a book is WORK.
5) You should be learning your craft and getting better with every book
  • Another reason to go to conferences, read writing books and blogs, and always be writing

All these things hit home for me. And if you are a writer, I hope it does the same for you!

Big thanks to the NJ Romance Writers Put our Heart in a Book Conference volunteers. I really enjoyed and am looking forward to next year's conference!

Have a great week and see you next month!


My next Entangled Bliss Christmas release:
WRONG BROTHER, RIGHT MATCH will be released December 5th!

Don't forget to add it to your Goodreads list!

Are you on Netgalley? Good news then. It's up for review now!

Interested in helping out with my release day blast? Sign up HERE and we'll send you what you need to post.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Hello, fall

WHAT IS JEN WORKING ON: A new Bliss category sweet romance!

Hi, all!

I hope you had a lovely summer. I sure did. Actually, summer is still going on just a bit around my area. When you live in a beach resort, it's kind of hard to let summer go.

And actually, September is one of the BEST months in Ocean City. The crowds are gone, everything is still open, you have the beach to yourself, plenty of parking, and the weather is absolutely perfect. *sigh*

In other news, my book WEDDING DATE FOR HIRE is a finalist in the 2016 New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf contest for best short contemporary romance!

I know! I was shocked too.

Well, if you've read it, you'll be familiar with the character Kennedy, who owns a matchmaking company.
Her book called WRONG BROTHER, RIGHT MATCH (formerly called Perfect on Paper) will be out December 5, 2016! YAY!! Just in time for Christmas...

In the meantime, besides working on my book, I'm teaching myself French through a language app and continuing with my running. I'm also working on a kick butt apple pie oatmeal recipe that I hope to share soon!

See you in October!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Summer Sale

WHAT IS JEN WORKING ON: Edits for Perfect on Paper and plotting a longer contemporary romance and another series for Entangled's bliss line.
Hi, all!

Hope your summer is going great. I know it's only August, but I'm hearing people talk about fall already.

Uh, no. NO!

I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to give up on summer. So please. No talk of pumpkin ANYTHING. Yet. :-)

Anyway, as I left off in my July post, we had an exchange student from France staying with us. Well, she is gone now. Boo-hiss! We miss her terribly already. She really was like a part of our family and fit into it like a glove. We had a lot of fun showing her Philadelphia, NYC, and even Boston.

Now, we are thinking of traveling to Paris quite soon and visiting with her and her family! I've never been to Paris so I'm quite excited and even downloaded a language app so I can brush up on my French. (Je parle un peu francais.)

What else is going on?

Entangled Publishing is hosting a Summer Carnival right now!
Today, there is a Pie Bake-Off with us Bliss authors.
Come out and vote for my Berry Berry Pie (or at least get the recipe)
Chance to win prizes!

My book WEDDING DATE FOR HIRE is only 99 cents until August 13th for the celebration as well!
Grab me while you can!


Happy Reading!

Monday, June 27, 2016

A little culture shock

WHAT JEN IS WORKING ON: Nothing!! LOL Handed in a manuscript to my editor a few weeks ago and am taking a little well deserved vacation time while I wait for edits.

Bonjour! And I say bonjour because we are hosting a French exchange student for six weeks this summer!! She arrived last Monday.

We are very excited and happy to have her. What makes it extra nice is that she is the same age as our daughter and they get along--AND she has a great sense of humor, which fits into our family very well.

She is here in the US to better her English, so we've been introducing her to new slang everyday. You know like, "Yo yo whatsup" and..."lettuce".

Important stuff.

Anyway, lots of torture for her--I mean, laughs. As a result, I have downloaded the Mango language app (FREE from my public library) to my phone and have been studying French. One of my personal goals for this year was to learn a new language. So this is quite convenient.

We've introduced her to some new foods too:
1) cheese steaks (she liked very much)
2) fudge (yum)
3) scrapple (just okay)
4) American cheese (she likes very much)

She still wants to try a fluff and peanut butter sandwich. That will come this week. :-)

Anyway, we've been showing her some of the fun touristy things to do in our town and have been biking the boardwalk, hanging out at the beach, playing mini golf, and going on rides.

Oh, we also took her a Jason Mraz concert on our boardwalk too. And it's only been a week so far! LOL 

I know we need to dial it down soon. But it's been just as much fun for us too.

Have you ever hosted an exchange student or know someone who has? Would you want to do it yourself?