Monday, January 15, 2018

Bargaining with the Boss is out NOW! #newrelease #sweetromance

Hi, all!

So excited to share with you that I have my TENTH novel out today!

I'm holding it here!

Can you believe it?

I know 10 books is nothing to some authors, but for a slowpoke like me, it's HUGE.

Bargaining with the Boss

What lovely people have been saying...

"The surprises in life are what keeps the world interesting and Ms. Shirk takes that advice to heart with a hilariously heartwarming spin on falling in love." 5 STARS
~Isha Coleman (Goodreads reviewer) 

"A beautiful story that was a great series starter." 5 STARS
~Talking Books Blog

"(Bargaining with the Boss) is a quirky, laugh-out-loud, swoony type of love story."
~C.E. Hart (Goodreads reviewer)

"Fans of the genre will enjoy this book and want to put it at the top of their TBR list." 5 STARS
~Linda Quick (Goodreads reviewer)

"...light, sweet and good--wrapped in a fun little package." 4 STARS
~Beth from Panda & Poodle Book reviews 

"This is a delightful, sweet, romantic comedy that is heartwarming and leaves you smiling!" 5 STARS
Elaine from Splashed into Books

Hope you get to check it out!!

Amazon   B&N   KOBO   ITUNES 

Monday, January 8, 2018

One Word Goal #oneword365

WHAT JENN IS WORKING ON NOW: STILL Bliss #2--tentatively titled A Deal with the Doctor --finishing it up now!
WHAT JENN IS LISTENING TO NOW: "Reality" by Lost Frequencies.

Happy New Year!
Hope you all had a fantastic holiday!

I spent the new year in France again this year, so Bonne Annee!

So. A new year, which for me means new goals.
A few years I discovered a better way of making resolutions/goals for the new year and that is to focus on ONE WORD instead.

My word this year is DISCIPLINE.
That's what I'm choosing to focus on when making decisions and actions on my day to day living.

  • Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
  • Without hard work and discipline it is difficult to be a top professional.
  • Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.
I love those quotes! It makes me more motivated. :-)

What about you? Did you make any New Year's resolutions?
Have you ever done #oneword365?

And guess what? The COUNTDOWN IS ON!!!!!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Signing off for now

Wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season!


Monday, December 11, 2017

Bargaining with the Boss is coming soon!

WHAT JENN IS WORKING ON NOW: STILL Bliss #2--tentatively titled A Deal with the Doctor --finishing it up now!
WHAT JENN IS LISTENING TO NOW: "Santa's Coming for Us" by Sia

Hi, all! 

Excited to say that we're about a month out until my next sweet romance 
Bargaining with the Boss
comes out!
January 15, 2018

Kinsley just wanted to have some fun for a change. Then she wakes up in a stranger’s bed, with her bridesmaid dress on backward and a hazy memory of what happened at her friend’s wedding. With a quick escape, she can get back to her predictable life. But then she meets her new boss—the same guy she’d woken up next to—and seeing him with a clear head doesn’t make him any less attractive.

Mixing business with pleasure has never been Damon’s style, and easily avoided, but the hotel he just bought comes with an unexpected perk—its manager. “Sensible” Kinsley today is as alluring as “impulsive” Kinsley was the night before, and she talks him into a deal. If she can turn around the hotel by the end of summer, he won’t tear it down to put up a more profitable condominiums.

Their plan is simple…until falling for each other becomes more than they bargained for.

Are you on NETGALLEY? It's available for review now!

Are you on GOODREADS? There's a paperback giveaway going on now!

Have a great week!


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

5 Christmas Gifts I want--thanks to Instagram

WHAT JENN IS WORKING ON NOW: STILL Bliss #2--tentatively titled A Deal with the Doctor 
WHAT JENN IS LISTENING TO NOW: "Sleigh ride" by Ella Fitzgerald

Hi, all! Happy Tuesday!

If you're on Instagram, I'm sure you've scrolled through targeted ad posts. But I have to admit that whoever is targeting me is SPOT ON. LOL!

I can't believe how effective that marketing is on me. I've clicked and check out many websites this past week alone.
Now, Facebook... not so much.
But Instagram makes me want to click---and buy. Go figure.

I've found quite a few things that have interested me and I forwarded some these ideas to my hubby. (In case he needed help getting me a Christmas gift)

Here are my Top FIVE Christmas Gifts I would love to receive (thanks to Instagram marketing)
  1. This sweatshirt. I think it's obvious as to why. LOL 
  2. This jammies/lounge wear outfit. So cute! 
  3. Why thank you. Yes, I would LOVE to put my pup on a sock!
  4. I love sushi and think this is one nifty gadget to try to make my own. 
  5. A doggie pillow! Again, so me!
And don't get me started on the book recommendations. (That's a whole new post.) LOL

How about you? Are the Instagram ads working for you? Any you care to mention?
Or do Facebook ads work for you more?

Monday, October 30, 2017

On Writing: It's all about mind games

WHAT JENN IS WORKING ON NOW: Bliss #2--tentatively titled A Deal with the Doctor 
WHAT JENN IS LISTENING TO NOW: "No Roots" by Alice Merton

Happy Monday!

I just recently returned from the New Jersey Romance Writers Conference and had a BLAST. It was especially fun since two of my critique partners were able to make the trip so we could meet up.

But what I also love about going to conferences is hearing the woes and stories of other authors. It's so nice to be sitting in The Published Author Retreat and think, "Oh, good. It's not just me." 

I find that most writers are like me: they don't necessarily like writing. They like to have written.
Getting those first words down is about as painful and nauseating as drawing blood. But once they're down, the editing and fixing is the fun part.

One writer said she writes in scenes not necessarily by chapter. Then when she puts the scenes together she thinks, "Oh, look, I already wrote 50,000 words. It's all about mind games."

Yes, it is all about mind games. At least for me, too.

I just discovered a nifty trick by my critique partner. She told me that if you set a timer for 15 minutes and see how many words you get down, then you can multiply it by 4 and know roughly how much you can do in an hour. Knowing that can help you with NaNoWriMo and how much time you will need to get your word count in for the day.


I simply use it to psyche myself out. (More Mind Games) 
I set the timer for 15 minutes, write, and once I'm done, I "reward" myself and do something else for a little bit. Then I set the timer all over again. I've been more focused in those 15 minutes and as a result much more productive without taking too much time out of my day.

Until next time,

Monday, September 18, 2017

Man Crush Monday

WHAT JENN IS WORKING ON NOW: Still Fast-drafting Bliss #2--tentatively titled A Deal with the Doctor AND final pass edits to Bliss Book #1 (unnamed).
WHAT JENN IS LISTENING TO NOW: "Feels" by Calvin Harris

Hi, all!  Happy Monday!

Well, as stated above I am indeed working on my next sweet romance book. Since I'm just on chapter two, I can only tell you it will involve a fake engagement, a friends-to-lovers romance, and a tortured hero. 

My hero will also be a veterinarian. Wow. Tortured and an animal lover.

Can he be any dreamier?

Well, yes. Yes, he can.

Because he looks just like Chris Pine!!!

I confess I've been sporting a crush on him ever since Wonder Woman.

I think it's the eyes...

And I've had a thing for a little scruff on a guy's face. 

But clean-shaven is nice too.

Thus, meet my new hero: Dr. Wade Roberts.

It really helps me to have pictures of all my characters when I'm writing. It makes them seem real to me. Sometimes even when I'm stuck, I'll look at them and get inspired.

Until next time, have a great week!


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