New release! Away in Montana is here!

I’ve just returned home from the most amazing trip to the UK. I loved visiting the UK Mills & Boon/Harlequin office and spending some time with my editorial team and catching up with author friends was the highlight, but I’m so happy to be home with family for the holidays!

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Author friends and lovely editors from Harlequin Mills & Boon
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Jane with Megan Haslam, Megan Crane and Flo Nicols
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Megan Crane, Maya Blake and Jane

Today is an exciting one for me as my first historical romance, Away in Montana, is here! Though my Sheenans series has concluded, I love Marietta and my characters so much, that I decided to write about their family histories. Sinclair and McKenna’s story is the first in my new series, and I cannot wait to hear what you think of it!

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If you didn’t get a chance to pre-order it earlier, you can download a copy today at one of your favorite online retailers:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Google

Whenever you get around to reading it, I hope you’ll drop me a line to share your thoughts.  You know I always love hearing from you!

I have some lovely author friends with great releases for the holiday season and I added a few to my own kindle which I’ll be back to tell you about soon but in the meantime, let me leave you with a lovely, yummy quick and easy recipe for Mulled Wine.  It’s the perfect beverage to curl up with and get cozy to read.

Ingredients:
1 orange, sliced and seeded
1⁄2 cup sugar
2 cups water
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 bottle red wine
Directions:
Combine the orange, sugar, water, and spices in a large stainless steel or enameled pot.
Slowly bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.
Reduce the heat, add the wine, and slowly reheat but do not boil.
Serve warm in mugs.
Serves 8.

Last but not least, what’s a new blog and a new release without a fun giveaway to enjoy the celebration?!  I’ve got a festive prize pack full of goodness and tons of holiday cheer for one lucky winner and I hope it’s YOU!  Leave me a comment below, tell me if you enjoy historical romances and what was the last historical you really enjoyed, or share what you love most about the holidays.  You’ll automatically be entered to win!  Contest ends Friday night with winner announced on Saturday.  Happy Reading!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is next week and I’m trying not to panic as I have a book due Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, which means this next week is going to be long hours of writing, and Thanksgiving will be more of a “thankful mom even tried to find turkey” holiday this year.  Fortunately, the boys love me and are pretending that store bought pumpkin pie is as good as mom’s homemade ones.

9780373060337-284x450It’s funny how reality recedes when I’m writing a lot, and as I’ve been writing a lot I feel as if I’ve been traveling almost constantly, even though I’m just at my desk, in my chair.  Late December my next Harlequin Presents comes out, and early December, my historical romance set in Marietta Montana, releases.

Away In Montana, the first of my Douglas Ranch of Paradise Valley series, and set in 1889, when copper was king and the Northwest Territories were all becoming states, is a reunion romance and my favorite kind of story that is full of achy-breaky heart and lots of emotion.  I didn’t intend to write more Montana historicals when I finished this one, but I’ve become very attached to the 1880’s and 90s and story ideas keep whispering to me.  Check out some of my inspiration for this story on Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/thejaneporter/away-in-montana/ and you’ll see just how beautiful this world was inside my head!

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You know I love hearing from you, so please tell me what you’re doing for Thanksgiving, and I’ll be drawing 5 names from the comments for a special prize pack from me, consisting of a signed print copy of the gorgeous UK edition of Christmas at Copper Mountain and lots of special, festive reader treats.

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Sending you much love and wishes for a peaceful, joyful Thanksgiving week, and hoping you’ll be with your favorite people, whether they be friends or family!

Katherine Garbera’s Her Christmas Cowboy

kgReaders, I have another wonderful friend visiting JaneBlog today.  Please give a warm welcome to USA Today bestselling author Katherine Garbera, who isn’t just a friend of mine, but was the 4th author to join Tule!  When we realized we wanted some holiday stories I reached out to Katherine and she immediately agreed to write something for our new Marietta, Montana.

Please help me welcome the amazing, Katherine Garbera!

When Jane talked to me about Tule Publishing in Atlanta in 2013, I was immediately smitten with the idea of a publishing company that was run by authors.  I immediately said, “Hell, yes, I want to be a part of it!” and went home to start working on my first novella for Tule.  It was A Cowboy For Christmas.  When I started writing the book I knew I wanted Carson to have a large family of brothers, in fact there was a dearth of women in the Scott brothers’ lives.  But as I was crafting this five brothers one showed up fully formed inspired by an article I read.  And that brother was Lane Scott.

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I, like many authors, spend a good deal of my time when I’m not writing reading.  It might be books, magazines or articles on the Internet and this one article showed up out of the blue of a couple’s engagement photo shoot.  The groom was Jesse Cottle was a double-amputee who had been wounded in Afghanistan.  His story of heroism was inspiring and a little kernel of my own character was born.  But what really inspired me was when the photographer said that he wanted to get a shot of the couple in a field and the groom took off his prosthetics and the bride to be carried him out onto the field where they were going to take the photo.  She gave him a piggy-back ride and it captured my heart and my imagination.  You can read the article here.

It took me a long time to figure out the right heroine for Lane Scott.  And over those three years, I was inspired by more stories of courage from everyday people who went off to fight for their countries and came back to a changed lifestyle.  So Lane participates in the Invictus Games, he skis, he speaks at schools and veterans’ associations.  He comforts others and finds comfort himself in sharing his story and his recovery. But he has also been searching for a home again and Christmas is really for me about home and family.

Lane has physically been based in Marietta but he hasn’t found a reason to stay until he gets knocked off his feet by Felicity Danvers.  A sweet girl he knew in high school but had been too shy to do anything but smile at him.  Together they face the holidays together and the holiday season works its magic on them.

Her Christmas Cowboy is a story that many readers have asked for and I’m really happy that it is finally here for you to read.

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To celebrate I’m giving away a holiday gift pack which includes an autographed copy of Her Christmas Cowboy and some holiday goodies from the UK (including some chocolate, tea and recipes cards).  To be entered to win tell me your favorite part of the holidays.

Mine snuggly under a blanket with my hubby, drinking hot chocolate while watching our favorite holiday movies.  I have two ultimate favorites: Christmas Vacation and Elf!

Happy Reading!

Kathy 🙂

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Thanks so much for stopping by to share with us today, Kathy!  Readers, be sure to add Kathy’s books to your tbr pile this holiday season and be sure to leave a comment for Kathy below so you can be entered to win the fun prize she’s offering!  Contest ends on the 14th with winner announced on the 15th.  Happy Reading!

 

My Friend Susan Stephens

So happy to have my very talented friend, Susan Stephens on my blog today.  We go a long way back, having shared the same editor early on, as well as a love for alpha heroes and emotional stories!

Welcome, Susan!

ss1I’m so thrilled to be here. Thank you for inviting me, Jane!

I’ve just seen my 51st book for Harlequin Presents hit the shelves, and have been answering a lot of questions. What’s the best thing about writing romance, for example? The readers, of course! Meeting people across the world is a bonus I never imagined when I signed my first contract and the Internet has brought us all closer together, which I love.

What else is amazing? Meeting other industry professionals. And there’s no one I respect more than Jane, for all that she has achieved, and even more for the woman she is, sharing her love and her gift as a wordsmith so generously.

And just for being Jane! Unique, tender, and special—as well as a lot of fun!

Here’s a pic of the first time we met at a gorgeously romantic hotel in Chester, England, when I was a complete newbie, and so unbelievably thrilled to meet another author, especially one from the USA. We’re still friends. That’s how special this business is.

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When I attended the Romance Writers of America conference in San Diego this year, the first attendee I signed a book for, asked when I was going to write more polo books similar to my Acosta series. I just love her for that. I love my billionaire cowboys, and I love my readers, so I came home and started writing straight away.

ss3A new series is born!

My brand new Blood and Thunder series is a collection of stand-alone, no-holds-barred romance stories, set in the tough, unforgiving world of top-class polo. There’s passion and steamy action, as well as fiery, stand-up heroines to deal with those arrogant men.

Here’s the first novel in the series—available for purchase November 8th.  Up for pre-order now! Isn’t the cover great—the guy’s so hot!

This is my Russian billionaire hero, Alexei Riga.

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Here are the links for you…
Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | iBooks US | iBooks UK | iBooks CA | Kobo

And if that cover isn’t hot enough, here’s Book 2 in the series…

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My Romani Chieftain, Dante Formosa is the billionaire hero of Argentinian Billionaire, and Dante is hot, hot, hot!!  Pre-order now. Release date January 2017.

Coming soon in the same series…
Book 3 Spanish Gold
Book4 Cold Cache
to be continued…

I’ve had the best fun writing these red-hot stories, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Please don’t be shy. Join in with the chat on my Facebook page and on Twitter. The romance world is such a genuinely happy community that whatever else is going on in our lives, we can reach out and escape for a while, either by reading a new book, or by chatting with other fans of the genre.

Having the opportunity to hook up with you today has been great. Let this be just the start!
Susan xx

Find Susan on the web:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Newsletter 

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81xzwxeb9dlThanks so much for stopping by today, Susan!  I’m so excited about your new releases and can’t wait to read them. 🙂  Readers, do check out Susan’s books and drop her a line to share your thoughts!  As always, there’s fun to be had with a great giveaway and Susan has generously decided to giveaway a digital copy of Christmas Tsar along with a signed copy of her latest Presents novel, A Diamond for Del Rio’s Housekeeper, together with Susan Stephens swag, and a special little gift just for you.  This giveaway is available globally so that no one is excluded.  Leave a comment for Susan and you’ll be entered to win!  Contest ends November 11th with winner announced November 12th.

 

Romance For a Cure – and a Giveaway!

For those of you who may not have received my newsletter today, here’s a quick recap – and a holiday treat!

Are you ready for some wonderful holiday reading? I am so excited to share that this holiday season, I will be part of NYT bestselling author Brenda Novak’s anthology to benefit Type 1 diabetes research.

My Sheenan book, A Christmas Miracle for Daisy, is included with many other wonderful stories by some of your favorite authors. All I Want For Christmas will be released November 1st but will be gone for good on December 31st. That means it’ll only be available for two months. Grab yours while you can. Pre-orders save 25%—and all proceeds go to #diabetesresearch.

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Pre-Order:
AMAZON US | iBOOKS | BARNES & NOBLE | AMAZON UK | AMAZON AU | AMAZON CA | KOBO | GOOGLE

So order your copy of the All I Want For Christmas collection now, for only USD $7.99 and let’s make a difference.

I’m hosting a special contest, and will be giving away a total of 4 prizes – 1 prize of a $25 giftcard to one lucky winner, and runner up prizes of fun holiday books and treats to 3 lucky winners.  How to be a winner?  Share the cover of the Christmas anthology with one of the retail links somewhere on social media, and then post that link in the comment section below.  Contest closes midnight October 31st PST and the winners will be announced November 1st, with all 4 names drawn via random.org!

 

More of those Scandalous Copelands!

In between celebrating my fifth wedding anniversary, and helping my middle son with his college applications, I’ve been trying to finisn the revisions on my next Harlequin Presents, which is Logan and Rowan’s story, the third and possibly final story, in my Disgraced Copelands series.

Logan and Rowan’s story hasn’t been scheduled yet, nor is there a cover, but I thought I’d let you see the world I use when creating.  Like so many authors today, I rely on Pinterest to help me world build, (check out my board) and then I also still use good old-fashioned bulletin boards, printing out pictures, layering in text and sometimes maps, or even color swatches to help inspire me when I’m writing.   This story features an American socialite and a Greek-Irish hero and I loved the setting…can you guess where much of the story is set by the pictures I’ve pinned?

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And here’s a quick sneak peek excerpt from Rowan and Logan’s story:

“Check your phone,” a deep, rough, impatient male voice echoed, this one most definitely not Joe’s.

           8b9ae725adaa4adcf996349ef87c2935 Logan turned swiftly, eyes widening as her gaze locked with Rowan Argyros’.  His green gaze was icy and contemptuous and so very dismissive.

            She lifted her chin, her press of lips hiding her anger and rush of panic.  If Rowan Argyros—her biggest regret, and worst mistake—was here, it could only mean one thing, because he wouldn’t be here by choice.  He’d made it brutally clear three years ago what he thought of her.

            But she didn’t want to think about that night, or the day after, or the weeks and months after….

            Better to keep from thinking at all, because Rowan would use it against her.  More ammunition.  And the last thing a former military commander needs is more ammunition.

            He didn’t look military standing before her.  Nor had he looked remotely authoritative the night she met him at the Bachelor Auction fundraiser to benefit children in war torn countries in need of prosthetics.  He’d been a bachelor.  She’d helped organize the event.  Women were bidding like mad.  He would go for a fortune.  She didn’t have a fortune, but when he looked at her where she stood off to the side, watching, she felt everything in her shift and heat.  Her face burned.  She burned and his light, green gaze remained on her, as the bidding went up, and up, and up.

            She bought him.  Correction: she bought one night with him.

            jp4And it only costs thousands and thousands of dollars. 

            The remorse had hit her the moment the auctioneer had shouted victoriously, “Sold to Logan Lane!”

            The intense remorse made her nauseous.  She couldn’t believe what she’d done. She’d filled an entire credit card, maxing it out in a flash for one night with a stranger.

She didn’t even know then what Dunamas Maritime was.  Insurance for yachts?  Ship builder?  Cargo exporter?

            He knew that, too, from his faint mocking smile.  He knew why she’d bought him.

            She’d bought him for his intense male energy.  She’d bought his confidence and the fact that of all the attractive men being auctioned, he was by far the most primal.  The most sexual.

            She’d bought him because he was tall and broad shouldered and had a face that rivaled the most beautiful male models in the world.

            She’d bought him because she couldn’t resist him.  But she hadn’t been the only one.  The bidding had been fierce and competitive and no wonder.  He was gorgeous with his deep tan, and long, dark hair—sun streaked hair—and his light arresting eyes framed by black lashes.  There was something so very compelling about him that you couldn’t look away.  And so she didn’t.  She watched him, and wanted him. Like every other woman at the charity event.

           jp5 They’d all looked, and wanted.  And many had bid, but she was the one who’d bid the longest, and bid the highest, and when the heart-pounding bidding frenzy was over, she came out the victor.

            The winner.

            And so from across the room that night he looked at her, his mysterious light hazel eyes holding hers, the corner of his mouth lifting, acknowledging her victory.  Looking back she recognized the smile for what it was—mockery. 

            He’d dared her to bid, and she had, proving how weak she was.  Proving to him how easily manipulated.

            By morning he would hate her, scorning her weakness.  Scorning her name.

           jp3 But that hadn’t happened yet.  That wouldn’t happen until he’d taken her again and again, making her scream his name as she climaxed once, twice, and then after a short sleep, two more times before walking out the door the next morning.

            The sex had been hot, so hot, and so intense, and so deeply satisfying.  With anyone else it might have felt dirty, but it hadn’t been with him.  It’d just felt real.  And right.

            But she did feel dirty, later, once he’d discovered she wasn’t Logan Lane, but Logan Lane Copeland, and the shaming began.

Speaking of the Copelands, have you read the other books in the series?

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Do you have a favorite couple?  And if you haven’t read my Copelands, what are you reading now?  Share with me and you’ll be entered to win a fun Harlequin Presents themed prize filled with signed books, a Starbucks gift card, and reader treats!  Contest ends on Saturday with winner announced Sunday!

Weekend Plans and a Hawaii Treat!

It’s been a crazy week holed up in my office trying to get words down for my upcoming deadline at the end of this month but I have made some good progress.  I’ve been bribing myself with all sorts of rewards just to stay focused and the best reward is just around the corner – the chance to dive back into Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflower series (so, so good!) or, if I’ve killed it with my word count, a chance to watch one of my recorded reality shows like, ahem, Bachelor in Paradise–but ultimately the real reward will be some serious family time this weekend as Surfer Ty is finally returning to us in California after being in Hawaii all summer long! We’ve all missed Ty a lot and my little Mac is really excited to have dad home again as he is truly happiest when they’re together.

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What are you doing this weekend?  Any fun plans?  Talk to me.  Tell me what you’re up to and you’ll be entered to win a fun Hawaii treat!  Contest ends Sunday night with winner announced on Monday!

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Coming Soon – Another Harlequin Presents!

Sharing my newest newsletter in case it didn’t reach your inbox!

I’ve just returned from a week at a Colorado dude ranch with 46 members of my family. It was really fun and we were so busy that when I first came home all I wanted to do was nap for 2 days! I really do think we need vacations after a vacation!  Don’t you agree?

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Now I’m back at my desk, on deadline to finish writing a Harlequin by the end of the month, but I’m excited to share that my next Harlequin Presents, Bought to Carry His Heir, is now available for pre-order. It’s a Beauty and the Beast themed story (my favorite!) and the first Presents I’ve written in several years and I do hope you’ll like it!

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Held captive… 
When Georgia Nielson is asked to be the surrogate for an enigmatic tycoon, she can’t afford to say no. Before she realizes that she’s struck a deal with the devil, she’s trapped on his isolated Greek island, with no escape from the brooding master who stalks its shores!

Carrying his child! 
Scarred by the loss of his wife, Nikos Panos’s future rests on leaving behind a legacy. But Georgia’s constant presence threatens to unleash the powerful hunger he’s kept caged for so long. If he wants defiant Georgia to submit, he must confront the demons that haunt him…

I’ll be sharing the cover soon, and one way to stay in the know, is by subscribing to my RSS feed for updated content such as special cover reveals, new excerpts, event info, or newly posted pre-order links (and of course: book extras & fun giveaways!).   As Facebook limits my visibility, it’s even more important that I can reach you, and so my awesome web team has designed a brand new feed on my site that will give you all the latest here: JanePorter.com Site News. The site news will be short bits of news and content updates, as they are posted to my home page and will be a very easy way to stay in touch.

I also want to thank you so much for subscribing to my newsletter, where I get to chat directly with readers. I adore you all!  The August edition just went out and I promised my readers a fun giveaway on my blog so here it is!  Join in the fun and leave a comment below.  You’ll automatically be entered to win this cool, western-themed prize.  Winner will be announced on the 15th of August!

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All grown up!

My little Mac is now 7, and I haven’t seen him in weeks but I’ll finally be with him Sunday. When I told him on the phone I really missed him yesterday and asked if he missed me, he said, “Mom, come on. I’m practically a teenager.”

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Don’t you just love the cute and funny things kids say?  🙂  Tell me a funny moment or memory about one of you kids below and you’ll be entered to win a fun prize!  Contest ends Sunday night with winner announced Monday.

 

The Lost Sheenan’s Bride – Release Day!

Today The Lost Sheenan’s Bride releases, and its a bittersweet day.  I confess, I put off writing The Lost Sheenan’s Bride for a long, long time.  It wasn’t because I didn’t like or know the story, but because I knew when it was finished, my The Taming of the Sheenans series would be complete, and it broke my heart a little bit.  These tough Montana brothers have been with me for three years now.  I started the first, Brock’s Christmas at Copper Mountain, late summer 2013, and here we are, summer of 2016 saying goodbye.

I love connected stories, especially stories about families.  My family is my world, and when I lost my dad at fifteen, it was my close relationship with my two brothers and sister that saw me through the loss and grief.  Whenever I write about family, there is struggle and challenge, as well as change.  Change is part of life.  We can’t avoid it.  Which is why I create strong families that might not always see eye to eye, but when the chips are down, they show up to support each other through good times and bad.

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Look for The Sheenans’s Lost Bride at these online retailers:
Amazon | iBooks | Amazon UK

Thankfully, endings also become beginnings, and with the closing of the Taming of the Sheenans, I introduce my new series, The Douglas Ranch of Paradise Valley.  From reading  The Taming of the Sheenans, you know the Sheenans and the Douglases lives are interwined.  They aren’t just neighbors, McKenna Douglas and Trey Sheenan were high school sweethearts and have a complicated relationship (The Kidnapped Christmas Bride), and now with the The Douglas Ranch of Paradise Valley, you’ll get the rest of the story, beginning December 1st with Away in Montana, a historical story that tells you about the first Douglas and how he came to be in Marietta.

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I love to hear from you.  Please drop me a note any time to jane@janeporter.com, and tell me what you think of my new story.  Also, if you haven’t yet, please sign up for my newsletter so you can hear about all my future releases.

And as you know, a new release is a celebration and every great celebration should have a great giveaway, and I have a wonderful prize packed full of Montana Born stories, and an awesome mug, and so much stuff the box will barely close–for one of you.  How to win?  Just comment below and let me know which of the Sheenan stories you’ve read.  The Lost Sheean’s Bride is #6…which ones have you read, and always the question…do you have a fav?

Thank you so very much for being part of my world.  I cherish each of you….you’re my reader but also my friend.  Sending you tons of love this weekend.  Happy summer!  Happy reading!

Jane

PS  I have to tell you….I kind of refuse to accept that this The Lost Sheenan’s Bride is really, truly the last Sheenan story…is there a reason we can’t have a prequel…or maybe, a Sheenan Family Christmas?  What about a Sheenan Carrigan Reunion?  Hmmm….? 🙂