Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!


Have a blessed holiday season.

See you in the New Year!

Love,
Jennifer


Monday, December 19, 2016

READING Ornament Winner!

Hi, all!

Thank you so much for entering my giveaway for this adorable reading ornament:

The winner (chosen by random number generator) is....

KATHY.

Kathy, please email me jennifer@jennifershirk.com and let me know your address so I can send you the ornament! Just put Blog Winner in the subject line.

Again, thanks for stopping by, everyone!

Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 9, 2016

On Fruitcakes (the edible kind)


Hi, all!

A little extra holiday post here.
I'm participating in a Winter Romance Blog hop hosted by author Marin McGinnis. Stop by her blog from now until Christmas to check out her lineup. Many are offering giveaways!

I will be giving away (to Canada and US commenters only) an I'd Rather Be Reading ornament plus organic tea and goodies!

Today, since it's the Christmas season, I'd figured I'd talk about fruitcakes.

The edible kind.

What is it about the Christmas fruitcake that causes such a divide among people in America? There are those that definitely hate fruitcake and then there is a minority of people who actually love fruitcake.
(I have yet to eat a fruitcake I like, personally)

But I was actually willing to try making one. For myself! Not to give away. Just to see if maybe my not liking this stuff had anything to do with freshness and quality control. But alas, I'm doubting I'll have time. However, if I did venture this route, I would use Alton Brown's recipe.
(It looks the most palatable plus it has rum in it)

My father-in-law actually LOVES fruitcake. He asks for one every Christmas but we usually order one for him. It's kind of a running joke in the family.

And this joke I happened to incorporate in my newest release,
WRONG BROTHER, RIGHT MATCH
In the book, the hero's mother loves fruitcake and makes one every Christmas. But the family doesn't have the heart to tell her they all hate fruitcake and eat it every year anyway. LOL!

I don't know, maybe it's the texture thing from all the dried fruit that has me balking. I'm not really an oatmeal raisin cookie person either. But regardless, I'm willing to give it another go and try it again this year.
If I can find one that is. :)

What about you? Do you LOVE or HATE fruitcake?
Have you ever made one?

Leave a comment for a chance to win!

(Contest will run until midnight (EST) December 16th. Winner announced Monday December 19th here on the blog)

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.


https://www.amazon.com/Wrong-Brother-Right-Match-Anyone-ebook/dp/B01N1ER4QN



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!

Jennifer



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
WEDDING DATE FOR HIRE--check them out HERE.

Also, we are 10 days away from release of my new Christmas romance
WRONG BROTHER, RIGHT MATCH!
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!

Jennifer

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!

Jennifer

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.



THANKS!