Monday, February 20, 2017

Man Crush Monday

WHAT'S JEN WORKING ON? I'm writing the first book of a new Bliss series. I want to call it either, It Happened One Kiss or It Happened One Wedding. Due to my editor in May.


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Hi, all!

So here I am in the middle of writing my next book (new series) and I had to go and change the name of my hero. He's turning out to be a little brooding, so I needed a name to reflect that state. He was originally Carson and it's just not fitting anymore.


Thus, may I introduce Damon to you.



I don't typically write too many blonde heroes.


Weird, huh?

I guess I have a type. Dark hair for sure. (My husband is living proof)


However, I figured it was time to change things up a bit.


The facial scruff is a nice touch too. I'm adding that to my character as well.

I think he'll work out ok.


What do you think? :-)
Do you favor certain hair colors when writing your characters/heroes?
Do you prefer your characters to look a certain way when you read?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Christmas in France!

WHAT'S JEN WORKING ON? Right now, I'm writing the first book of a new Bliss series. More info soon!
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Hey, all! Another new year is upon us! Hope your holidays were fun.

In case you didn't know, I spent Christmas thru New Years in FRANCE.
YES.
Actually, it was my first time to Europe in general. We stayed with a French family, ate what they ate, (see snails below) and they showed us all the touristy things I was dying to see. LOL

Escargots that were delicious!
Our friends took us to a performance at the Opera House one night as a Christmas gift. It was beautiful.
Palais Garnier (The French Opera House)
Inside the Opera House
We also went to the Notre-Dame Cathedral.


And of course, you can't go to Paris without seeing this:


You can't get any closer. LOL
So cool! We also went to the Sacré-Cœur and traveled to see Château de Chambord!
Château de Chambord

We all had a wonderful time. My French is a bit rusty, but one of my goals for 2017 is to work on improving it. I'd love to return to France when the weather is a bit warmer. I hear it's a different experience.

TWO THINGS I did not get a chance to do:
1) see the Mona Lisa. BUMMER!!!! But when you're with two teenagers, you can only visit so many museums.
2) go to the Palace of Versailles. Blame the teenagers again!

Oh well. Next time. :)


Have you ever been to France? What was your favorite part?

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!