All grown up!

My little Mac聽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? 聽馃檪 聽Tell me聽a funny moment or memory about one of you kids below and you’ll be entered to win a fun prize! 聽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.聽 I confess, I put off writing聽The Lost Sheenan’s Bride聽for a long, long time.聽 It wasn’t because I didn’t like or know the story, but because I knew when it was finished, my聽TheTaming of the Sheenans聽series would be complete, and it broke my heart a little bit.聽 These tough Montana brothers have been with me for three years now.聽 I started the first, Brock’s聽Christmas at Copper Mountain, late summer 2013, and here we are, summer of 2016 saying goodbye.

I love connected stories, especially stories about families.聽 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.聽 Whenever I write about family, there is struggle and challenge, as well as change.聽 Change is part of life.聽 We can’t avoid it.聽 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:
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Thankfully, endings also become beginnings, and with the closing of the聽Taming of the Sheenans, I introduce my new series,聽The Douglas Ranch of Paradise Valley.聽 From reading 聽TheTaming of the Sheenans, you know the Sheenans and the Douglases lives are interwined.聽 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聽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.聽 Please drop me a note any time to聽jane@janeporter.com, and tell me what you think of my new story.聽 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.聽 How to win?聽 Just comment below and let me know which of the Sheenan stories you’ve read.聽 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.聽 I cherish each of you….you’re my reader but also my friend.聽 Sending you tons of love this weekend.聽 Happy summer!聽 Happy reading!

Jane

PS 聽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?聽 What about a Sheenan Carrigan Reunion?聽 Hmmm….? 馃檪

 

Love Between the Covers

Four years ago, in August of 2012, I shared with you how much I loved the Kickstarter project,聽Love Between The Covers and all the wonderful work filmmaker, Laurie Kahn聽was doing聽on it. 聽For anyone who loves romance, be they writers, readers, librarians, booksellers or editors and agents, Love Between the Covers will make an impact as it reveals the global community of women who create and make these books so successful.

Today, I’m excited to tell you that this documentary will be available in 13 days and you can聽Pre-Order your copynow! 聽I hope you’ll check it out and here’s a quick clip:

Happy Father’s Day!

I know a lot of you don’t get my newsletters anymore due to spam filters, so I’m sharing my newsletter here AND adding a special giveaway for one of you!

Today is Mac’s last day of first grade and then, on Sunday, it’s Father鈥檚 Day! Where did time go? I began a book a few months ago, looked up, and now it’s mid- June. On Sunday we head to Hawaii for the summer so Ty can get back in the water. His surf school is always so busy during school holidays, and Mac can’t stand being apart from his dad, so we all pack up and travel together. I love Mac and Ty’s special bond. They are two peas in a pod!

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Speaking of wonderful fathers and Father’s Day, my romance about a single dad, Cormac Sheenan, is part of this fantastic Father鈥檚 Day Collection – available for a short time! If you’ve not had a chance to read A Christmas Miracle for Daisy, you’ll want to snag this collection featuring many of my favorite authors. And every story has a special father in it!

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Look for this Father’s Day Collection here:
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Having signed a new contract with Harlequin Presents and continuing with my books for Tule Publishing, I’ve been writing a lot this year! My sixth and final book in The Taming of the Sheenans series will be out on July 8th! You can pre-order The Lost Sheenan’s Bride now or pop over to my website to read an excerpt from Shane鈥檚 story.聽 If you love this series as much as I’ve loved writing it, then I can’t wait to hear what you think of the series conclusion.

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Pre-Order your copy of The Lost Sheenan’s Bride here:
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Writers and books need one thing, readers, and I need and appreciate you! If you are in the San Diego area in July, do consider attending the 鈥淩eaders For Life鈥 Literacy Autographing at the RWA National conference in San Diego on July 13, 2016. Hundreds of authors will be there with their most recent books and all sales go to the literacy efforts in the San Diego County. I’m one of the authors signing and I’d love to see you there!

literacyHave a wonderful Sunday. Sending you love. I hope you and your family have a great weekend together.

PS: I have a great Hawaii giveaway to celebrate summer.聽 Leave me a comment about your plans for this weekend and I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday!

 

The Scandalous Billionaires!

I love tycoons and I am a huge fan of gorgeous settings and this Scandalous Billionaires collection has it all…and even better, it’s written by five of my friends…and for just .99 for the next few days!

Here’s Eve Gaddy to tell us more about the stories:

Today I want to tell you about a very special project I’m proud to be part of. Scandalous Billionaires is a sizzling set of stories set on the Amalfi Coast. Four of my friends and I–Katherine Garbera, Mimi Wells, Nancy Robards Thompson, Kathleen O’Brien and Eve Gaddy– wanted to set our stories on a fictional island off the fabled Amalfi Coast. We decided that all our heroes were billionaires because, well, billionaires are hot. Ours certainly are.:) The setting is the fabulous Isola Del Sole at the Hotel dei Fiori and we gave our billionaires strong, feisty women to fall for. There’s a little bit of everything in the Scandalous Billionaires box set. Intrigue, deception, mistaken identities, and a lot of long, steamy nights!

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The Billionaire鈥檚 Temptation by Katherine Garbera

Rocco De Luca lives and loves in the fast lane. A past Formula 1 champ, he has been jetting around the world arranging celebrity charity races and partying with the world鈥檚 elite. Coming home to Isola del Fiori and filling in for his older brother for a few weeks sounds鈥ell, boring. Until he meets Steffi Harlan.
Steffi Harlan is sophisticated, elegant, and way too smart to fall for a tanned chest and a bad-boy smile, or so she thinks, until she鈥檚 put in charge of keeping the jet-set playboy out of trouble while he鈥檚 gone. Sure, no problem. Except Steffi isn鈥檛 immune to Rocco鈥檚 charms.
They burn up the nights they spend together, and the last thing Steffi wants is to crash out and end up with a broken heart鈥 Can they both survive love in the fast lane?

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The Billionaire鈥檚 Deception by Mimi Wells

After quitting her first 鈥渞eal鈥 job, Janine Pike takes off for Europe, saving an excursion to the famed Isola del Sole for last. But when her travel-mates sail off with her backpack, phone, and passport after a night of partying, she鈥檚 left only with the euros in her pocket and the faint hope that her estranged half-sister, who works at the renowned Hotel Dei Fiori Isola del Sole, might help her.

Shel Myerson, amateur racecar driver and wildly successful TV mogul, oozes wealth and prestige. What he doesn鈥檛 have much of is privacy, thanks to a recent and ugly public breakup. What he doesn鈥檛 expect is to be mistaken as an employee by a very pretty鈥攁nd very broke鈥擩anine, the one person in Europe who also doesn鈥檛 have any idea who he is.

Shel and Janine discover their chemistry is combustible鈥攂ut will their budding relationship survive the heat once the press catches on?

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The Billionaire鈥檚 Betrayal by Nancy Robards Thompson

As heir of Dei Fiori Enterprises, Matteo De Luca鈥榮 single focus after his father鈥檚 untimely death is rebuilding his family legacy and hotel empire. After two years, he鈥檚 close to achieving his goal, but there鈥檚 one person standing in his way鈥 A sexy distraction he鈥檇 never anticipated.

Two years after her beloved husband鈥檚 death, Helena Von Lienz knows it鈥檚 finally time to let go. With her share of a hotel business, Helena heads to the Amalfi Coast in search of closure, and a portrait created for her by her late husband. What she doesn鈥檛 anticipate聽to discover during those hot Amalfi nights are some unexpected truths about her late hubby, and a strong sensual shared desire with Matteo, the sexy and ambitious CEO of Dei Fiori鈥

Will mixing business with pleasure be the end, or just the beginning, for Matteo and Helena?

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The Billionaire鈥檚 Secret by Kathleen O鈥橞rien

High School art teacher Sophie Smith is usually the most honest of women. But when her dearest friend and mentor asks her to be her stand-in on a two-week vacation at an Amalfi Coast luxury resort, she won鈥檛 let her down鈥 even if it means posing as a rich, pampered socialite.

As it turns out, Sophie could get used to this, especially handsome, enigmatic gardener Declan Muldoon who鈥檚 strangely more thrilling than any of the billionaires buzzing around. She ends up falling for him鈥攈ard.

Then Sophie discovers she鈥檚 not the only one pretending. Declan鈥檚 gardener gig is temporary. He鈥檚 actually the black sheep of a very wealthy, powerful family, a man who appears to be in need of an heiress.

An heiress exactly like Sophie is pretending to be鈥

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The Billionaire鈥檚 Charade by Eve Gaddy

Summer St. Croix hates weddings. But when she meets hot-as-sin Luke Vanetti at her oldest friend鈥檚 ceremony, he promises to give her a reason to like them.

It鈥檚 all sexy fun and games until Summer realizes that Luke is none other than her new boss. Summer refuses to continue to have a fling with her superior, even though the passion between them still runs wildfire hot. But the billionaire private investigator doesn鈥檛 see the problem, especially since he knows that one night with Summer won鈥檛 be enough.

When Luke鈥檚 cousin sends an SOS asking for help in stopping a ring of jewel thieves from robbing his luxury hotel on the Amalfi Coast, Luke agrees. And Summer鈥檚 first assignment will be posing as his very sexy, rich, and bejeweled fianc茅e聽聽at the Hotel dei Fiori Isola del Sole.

Playing the happy couple is hard enough during the day, but the nights鈥 will those romantic Amalfi nights turn the charade into more than just a job for both Summer and Luke鈥 for good?

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Escape to Italy鈥檚 fabled Amalfi Coast with five USA Today Bestselling and award-winning authors for a limited time at a special price!

The Scandalous Billionaires box set can be yours for only $0.99! Get your FREE copy of Nona’s Cookbook. Just send a screenshot of your order page to scandalousbillionaires@gmail.com and we’ll send you a copy.

Look for the Scandalous Billionaires boxset at these online retailers:
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Thank you, Eve for sharing more about each of the stories! 聽Readers, if you haven’t already downloaded this boxset do it soon as this .99 cents sale won’t last long!! 聽For more fun and celebration, I’ve also got an awesome prize celebrating the very sexy alpha billionaires in Scandalous for one of you. 聽馃檪 聽For a chance to win, leave a comment below and share if you’ve love Tycoons and what your favorite story is featuring one! 聽Contest ends Saturday with winner announced Sunday.

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A Chat with Kiersten Hallie Krum

salonXdayXfebX2016Today, I’m happy聽to introduce you to debut author, Kiersten Hallie Krum. 聽Kiersten and I聽go back all the way to Grand Central when I was writing Odd Mom Out and Mrs. Perfect and Kiersten was hired to the write the back cover blurbs!

I have been rooting for Kiersten as she pursued her writing and was so excited about her first release,聽聽Wild On The Rockswhich is available now on聽Kindle Worlds on Amazon. 聽I聽had to have her on my blog to share about her publishing journey!

Welcome Kiersten!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself that is not commonly known.

Ever play that ice breaker game at party where you had to write down one thing nobody knew about you and then go around the room with a list asking people 鈥渁re you the one who hates the ocean?鈥? Yeah, I always draw a blank in those cases.

But, I do alphabetize my cash money鈥r I did when I carried cash rather than use my debit card for everything. See, dollar bills carry the name of the city in which they鈥檙e printed and each city is assigned a different letter of the alphabet. New York is B, Boston is A, Philadelphia is C鈥nd so on. So, whichever city you live closest to is the letter you鈥檙e likely to see most often. I alphabetize my money (outside in, in my wallet) so I鈥檓 spending the most common letter first and preserving the rarer letter as long as I can manage. I鈥檝e gotten as far as 鈥淣,鈥 though I don鈥檛 remember from which city it derives.

How long have you been writing?聽 When did you first get interested in writing?

It鈥檚 a bit of a clich茅 these days for writers to say聽鈥淚鈥檝e been writing all my life,鈥 but I can remember writing a play about Alexander the Great and his horse, Bucephalus, in 6th grade. I鈥檝e been reading romance novels since I was a young teen (and hiding them from my mother) and started thinking 鈥淚 could do that鈥 not long after that. I spent the first years of my career working for publishing companies in New York City, sort of a back end run around way to maybe, someday being published. During this time, I got my Masters in Publishing from NYU. Then 9/11 happened and six months later as the publishing industry took a huge hit from people not reading so much as recovering their lives, I was out of work and simultaneously struck with the need to care for my suddenly disabled mother.

Those are things that make you re-evaluate your life in a big way. By 2008, five years into a steady job in a new career, I realized it was time to pony up. I used my tax return to join Romance Writers of America and determined that I would finally allow myself to aggressively pursue my dream of being published. I started small with monthly meetings and somewhat affordable regional conferences, branching out to the RWA national conference in 2011. I鈥檝e spent that time polishing my craft and networking, building a network of friends and colleagues and learning, learning, learning.

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Why did you choose to write Wild On The Rocks?聽 What keeps the attraction alive for this genre for you?

I didn鈥檛 so much as choose to write this book as had this book thrust upon me鈥攊n the best of ways.

Last fall, I received an email from New York Times bestselling author Roxanne St .Claire asking me to be a part of her launch of the Barefoot Bay Kindle Worlds. Roxanne and I began as Twitter pals in the years since, she has become a mentor and close friend. I was deeply honored that she asked me, an as yet unpublished writer, to launch my debut romantic suspense novel under the Barefoot Bay umbrella鈥nd terrified too!

I love to read and write romantic suspense novels because I like me a good action story, sure. My shelves are filled with 007 films and spy thrillers. There鈥檚 something about being taken on a wild adventure that鈥檚 deeply entertaining鈥specially when you know you鈥檒l spend your day at a desk job and not running through a European city with a hot alpha hero (sadly enough).

But I鈥檓 of the opinion that romantic love is hard work and takes time. I鈥檝e always found it difficult to believe in the veracity of a romance that ends in 鈥渢rue love鈥 when the heroine and hero have only known one another for about a week. Romance novels offer the suspension-of-disbelief by nature of being a work of fiction, but you always want to believe that those relationships are at least possible in real life, that they are, perhaps, even achievable for a regular lady like myself (and they are, BTW).

In a romantic suspense story, the danger of the situation ramps up the true natures of the hero and heroine鈥攊t鈥檚 hard to hide behind an emotional mask when bad guys are gunning for you. I find those stories strip people down to their cores, making it much easier to believe that a woman and a man could fall in love in such a short period of time.

So when Roxanne asked me to join her Barefoot Bay Kindle World launch, I immediately knew that I would write a romantic suspense novel (鈥榗ause that鈥檚 what I do) and I also wanted to take the opportunity to use one of my favorite tropes鈥攔eunited lovers鈥攁nd one of my favorite kinds of heroes, a Navy SEAL.

Please tell us about the premise of your new release.聽

In my debut romantic suspense novel, Wild On The Rocks, mixologist Quinn Forrester wanders down the wrong hallway of an Atlantic City casino at the wrong moment and witnesses a murder by the Russian mob. She goes on the run and winds up a week later in Barefoot Bay on Mimosa Key, a small island off the coast of Florida. Though she鈥檚 been divorced now for about a year, Quinn takes back her married name to hide in the swanky resort, Casa Blanca, where she tends bar until she can figure out her next move. She never expected to see her ex-husband, Navy SEAL Lt. Jasper McQueen, walk through the door.

Jasper has never gotten over his wild wife even though she ran out on him more than a year ago. With his career in shambles after a devastating incident with one of his men, Jasper came to Barefoot Bay to decompress and decide his next steps. Now with Quinn unexpected back in his orbit, Jasper鈥檚 determined to use their still crackling chemistry to work out a ton of sexual frustration while getting some straight answers from his wayward ex-wife. Provided the Russian mob doesn鈥檛 catch up with her first.

Will there be more books connected to this one?聽

There will! The sequel, SEALED WITH A TWIST, will be available in October 2016! It is about Jasper鈥檚 best friend, Twist, who is a featured player in Wild On The Rocks.

What鈥檚 your writing process?聽 Do you have a set routine?聽 Do you work every day?

I have a demanding full time job that often has late hours, so I鈥檝e found through trial and error that trying to write every day doesn鈥檛 work for me. This means I spent most weekends cramming in the words to make up for the lack鈥nd therefore have little social life! This works some weekends better than others, but it gets the job done. I use a laptop but I like to work away from the desk since I sit at one for long hours for the day job, so I鈥檒l write in bed with my cat as companion or outside or at Starbucks鈥herever I can plug in.

Does your main character have any characteristics (personality quirks) that are similar to your own?

All my characters have some piece of me in them, yes. For Jasper, it鈥檚 the peace he finds whenever he鈥檚 near a body of water. Wherever I am, the water calls to me, be it ocean, river, lake, or a trickling stream. I gave Quinn my motorcycle boots, because I love them, and my love of a man鈥檚 delicious arm porn.

What鈥檚 your own favorite scene from the book?

There鈥檚 a scene toward the end of the book where Jasper takes Quinn on a sail. My uncle sailed and, while I was growing up, he鈥檇 take me, my sister, and my cousins out for sails. We鈥檇 hang our feet over the edge and when he caught the wind, drag our feet in the water as we flew along. The last boat he had before I went to college was a Catalina 22. Jasper takes Quinn out on that same kind of boat and some of my memories from that time are what Quinn experiences during their sail.

Do you flesh out all your secondary characters before you start the writing process or do they sort of take life as you write?

I guess I鈥檇 have to go along with 鈥渂oth鈥. For example, I knew Jasper鈥檚 best friend would be called Twist and I knew why because I stole the nickname (with permission) from a co-worker of mine whose known as Twisti Sisti (though I promise that鈥檚 the only thing my co-worker has in common with my character). But when I started writing the book, Twist unfurled along with the story and had more than a few surprises in store for me. Though I had no idea that he would be such a fan favorite! Now I鈥檓 getting lots of reader requests for Twist鈥檚 story, so I鈥檓 glad I can answer that it鈥檚 coming soon!

Is it hard for you to get back in the zone if you take a break from writing regularly?

It really is! Turns out, I do my best worked locked away from everyone and everything—and by 鈥渓ocked away鈥 I鈥檓 mean in my spot at Stsarbucks with my ear buds in and the world tuned out. Leave me there for 10 or 12 hours and I鈥檓 good. Since I also have a full time day job, this is usually how I spend my weekends. Fun stuff, right?! But I鈥檝e learned there鈥檚 no going home and picking up where I left off. Once I鈥檝e made the break from the regurgitation of words, I鈥檓 done for the day.

How much time do you generally spend on research before you start writing or do you do the research as you write?

Research for me is usually current events, like magazine and or newspaper articles that catch my attention or a documentary film. The event that puts Jasper鈥檚 career in jeopardy came from a feature article in the New York Times about an incident with a Navy admiral that surprised everyone who knew him. Once I had that, the rest started to fall into place. I spend a lot of time thinking about a project, shifting things around in my head while I鈥檓 driving to and from work or in the shower or watching T.V. I find that, when I get to the keyboard, sometimes without knowing what鈥檚 going to happen next, that there are more words ready to come out than I expected, because it鈥檚 allbeen percolating for a while.

What are you working on at the moment?

Twist鈥檚 book! And a books I鈥檝e been noodling on for a while that I playfully call my therapy book because I鈥檓 using it to deal with some issues that have interrupted my life in the last five or six years. Cheaper than a shrink! (Don鈥檛 tell Twist I said that.)

Are you involved in a critique group, plotting group, any kind of writer’s group?聽What advice do you have for someone looking for a critique group?聽 Anything specific they should keep in mind?

I have two or three critique partners who are with me every step in the life of the project. They talk me down from ledges and help me flesh out the plot and character journeys for the book. I absolutely couldn鈥檛 do it without them. But I find a smaller group of trusted partners works better than a large critique group. Having too many different voices and opinions in my head tends to do more damage than good because it makes me start questioning every little comma and character decision. In the end, outside of the technical things, like grammar and sentence structure, you need to trust your gut because it is your story and your vision that you鈥檙e putting down on the page.

How big an impact would you say a book cover plays in the process of a reader鈥檚 buying process?

Oh my gosh, HUGE! I can鈥檛 tell you how many compliments I鈥檝e received on the cover for Wild On The Rocks, which makes me super happy because I love it and feel it visually conveys the spirit of the novel鈥攕exy, romantic suspense in a tropical clime. Really sexy. 馃槈

My first book publishing job at Avon Books (many years ago) was as a publishing assistant and one half of my duties were about the cover conferences that were held with the editor, the art department, and the publisher to discuss the direction in which the cover would go and what visual elements that would include. That鈥檚 the level of importance Avon felt the cover deserved as part of its marketing strategy and it鈥檚 stuck with me to this day.

The cover is the first thing that will grab a reader鈥檚 attention. It immediately tells them the kind of feeling they can expect to feel while reading the book, be it sweet, sad, sexy, funny, romantic, scary鈥ou name it, the cover should communicate it. We are a visual culture, perhaps now best evidenced now by the 鈥淕IF culture鈥 of social media, which makes the cover of a novel more important to its success than ever. An eye-catching cover is what makes a reader choose your book鈥攐r someone else鈥檚鈥攐ff the shelf and want to learn (and read!) more about it.

Describe your personality in 5 specific words.

Hmmm. I鈥檇 say funny, dramatic, passionate, stubborn, and ballsy. I tend to be polarizing鈥攑eople either like me or they don鈥檛. There doesn鈥檛 seem to be much middle ground on that one. 馃槈

You鈥檝e got to take a trip suddenly, with just twenty minutes to pack and you don鈥檛 know how long you鈥檒l be gone.聽What 5 things would you absolutely have to take with you 鈥 besides clothing?

Music, I can鈥檛 live without music, so definitely my iPod (which is my only Apple device). My phone (so I can get books). My cat, Baxter. My meds. And wet wipes. You鈥檇 be surprised how key portable wet wipes are to a messy life. Or maybe not. I can buy a toothbrush anywhere.

What鈥檚 your astrological sign?聽 Do you read your horoscopes or is it all malarkey in your opinion?

I鈥檓 not into astrology but I鈥檒l occasionally take a gander if only for fun鈥檚 sake. That said, I鈥檓 a Leo and I鈥檓 practically a textbook case of that signs components. But I don鈥檛 believe the configurations of the star decides the paths of our lives. While I鈥檓 a woman of faith, I also believe that we make our own fate through our free will and by the choices and decisions we make and what we do with the fallout from those decisions, good or bad, right or wrong. Or as Linda Hamilton puts it, 鈥渘o fate but what we make.鈥 What can I say? I am a complicated lady.

For your personal reading preference, do you prefer ebooks or print books?聽 What are you reading for pleasure right now?

A few years ago, I would鈥檝e died side by side clutching my paper books tightly in hand. But since I鈥檝e had to start reading advanced reading copies of other books on my Kindle for Android app, I鈥檝e been converted to the convenience of the ebook on my phone. But I still love the smell and feel of paper.

Writer, singer editor, traveler, tequila聽drinker, and cat herder, Kiersten Hallie Krum avoids pen names since keeping her multiple personalities straight is hard enough work. She writes smart, sharp, and sexy romantic suspense. Visit her website at聽www.kierstenkrum.com聽and find her regularly over sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr via @kierstenkrum.

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Congratulations on your new release, Kiersten and thank you for taking the time to chat with us today! 聽Readers, 聽get your download of Kiersten’s book soon and to add more fun to this celebration, I’m also giving away a fun prize to one lucky winner! 聽For a chance to win, leave a comment for Kiersten and you’ll automatically be entered to win! 聽Contest ends Monday with winner announced Tuesday.

A Chat with Brenda Janowitz

janowitz-headshotSo very happy to have the lovely, talented 聽Brenda Janowitzwith me today!! 聽I’m so excited about her new release, The Dinner Partyand can’t wait for you to know Brenda and learn more about her new book!

Welcome, Brenda!

 

Jane! Thank you so much for having me here. I鈥檓 so delighted to be visiting your blog. I remember meeting you a month after my first novel came out in 2007. We were at the Harlequin Book Expo party, and it was my first big publishing party. I was so star-struck meeting you, you were already one of my favorite authors (Flirting with Forty, OMG!), and you were so lovely and down to earth and just generally awesome. What a thrill it is to be here now.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself that is not commonly known.

I鈥檓 Brenda Janowitz, the author of five novels, including The Dinner Party, which came out on April 12th. My work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Salon.

But what a lot of people don鈥檛 know about me is that I used to be a lawyer. I worked at a large Manhattan law firm and clerked for a federal judge, but I would wander the halls, thinking about the stories I wanted to write. When I turned thirty, my best friend Shawn had all of our friends chip in to send me to a writing class and the rest, as they say, is history.

My mom is still heartbroken over the fact that I don鈥檛 practice law anymore. At my readings, she likes to tell people that I鈥檓 still a lawyer, could still go back to practicing law tomorrow. She also likes to tell people that when I was in third grade, I starred in Ms. Kostecki鈥檚 production of Really Rosie. (I still know all the words.)

Please tell us about the premise of your new release.

It鈥檚 the story of three very different families getting together for a holiday meal they won鈥檛 soon forget. It鈥檚 about love and forgiveness, status and success, family and the ties that bind us to each other.

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Look for The Dinner Party at these online retailers:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | IndieBound

What sparked the idea for this novel? Do you draw inspiration from real life for your stories?

I wanted to write a book about letting go of the past. It鈥檚 something I have trouble with, this idea of letting go. I can never throw anything away, be it a Playbill from a Broadway show, an old pair of shoes, or even hurt and angry feelings from an argument, so I did what all writers do when they have something that鈥檚 bothering them: I wrote about it.

I wanted to set the novel around a holiday meal. Since I was writing about letting go of the past, Passover seemed like the perfect metaphor for this idea, 鈥渓et my people go鈥 and all that.

I don鈥檛 purposely draw from real life. But I do think that life has a way of seeping into every book. After all, I鈥檓 the author, so everything comes from me.

When it comes to inspiration, I always say that I鈥檓 inspired by everything and nothing. Every experience that I have, everything that I see, inspires me. But I don鈥檛 specifically draw from things in my real life.

What message would you like readers to take away with them once they read this story?

I鈥檇 love for readers to have a great reading experience. That鈥檚 the first thing for me, always: I want to entertain. Take people out of their busy lives for a few hours. Life is so hard these days (isn鈥檛 it hard?!), so if I can give people a laugh, or a cry, or just take them out of their own heads, then that鈥檚 a win for me.

But on a larger level, I鈥檇 love for readers to think about their own families and how they relate to each other. At its core, this is a story about family, about mothers and daughters. How we hurt each other. How we heal each other.

What鈥檚 your writing process? Do you have a set routine? Do you work every day?

I just do whatever works. I write whenever and wherever I get the chance. Usually, I try to get right to work after I put the kids on the school bus, but sometimes, it鈥檚 on my laptop while the kids are in the playroom (sort of like right at this very minute!). I鈥檝e even been known to dictate full chapters of my books while I鈥檓 at pick-up in the nursery school parking lot!

On Facebook the other day, Allison Winn Scotch wrote that she鈥檚 been hitting her word count every day before 9 a.m. She got up and just wrote. No fooling around on the internet, no checking email, just writing for a solid hour.
I was insanely jealous.

And then I got inspired. This week, I鈥檝e been waking up at 6 a.m., before my kiddies get up, and hitting the computer. I write for a solid hour before my children come downstairs with my hubby at 7 a.m. And you know what? I鈥檝e written at least 1,000 words a day that way. And this morning I wrote 2,400 words. So, I may have a new routine after all.

Does your main character have any characteristics (personality quirks) that are similar to your own?

Sylvia Gold, the matriarch of the family that hosts the Passover Seder in my novel, is created completely from my imagination. She鈥檚 meticulous, and she cares about her family, what other people think, and can be described as a little bit of a control freak. People on social media are poking fun at the way she set her table with place cards for the Passover Seder. A relaxed family meal this was not.

As I prepared for my own family Passover Seder this year, I realized that I was a little more like Sylvia than I cared to admit. When I found myself making place cards for my table, I emailed my editor: I think I may be Sylvia! And she immediately wrote back: Oh, honey, I think we all have a little Sylvia in us.

What are you working on at the moment?

Besides promoting The Dinner Party, I鈥檓 working on my sixth novel and I鈥檝e also been doing a lot of freelance work, like the book roundups I do for PopSugar.

For my sixth novel, I鈥檓 writing about marriage and parenthood. I wrote my first novel when I was single, before I even met my husband, but now I鈥檓 married with two kids. As my life has changed, so have the topics I want to explore with my writing. So has my writing voice.

Describe your personality in 5 specific words.

Ooh! That鈥檚 a tough one. I鈥檇 have to say: Funny, quirky, silly, thoughtful, and kind.

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Here鈥檚 a pic from the night I met Jane. That鈥檚 me, Carole Matthews, and Jane Porter at the Harlequin BEA party in 2007. What a night!! (Jane, you look EXACTLY the same!!)

You鈥檝e got to take a trip suddenly, with just twenty minutes to pack and you don鈥檛 know how long you鈥檒l be gone. What 5 things would you absolutely have to take with you 鈥 besides clothing?

Okay, this is just too much fun! (Are we going somewhere?! I could be ready in ten.)

The first thing is books. I cannot survive without books. When I go away on vacation, my husband has to put a few books in each suitcase, to even out the weights of each bag!

I also cannot survive without writing. So, I鈥檇 need to bring either my laptop or a notebook, something to write in.

Next is a camera. I鈥檓 a big picture-taker. (Though, strangely, not a selfie-taker.) I love documenting happy occasions and making photo albums of my family each year.

I also love makeup. So, I really can never leave the house without concealer, lip gloss, and blush. For a trip, I always bring miniature versions of everything.

Finally, I鈥檇 have to bring my family. The biggest and best accomplishment of my life is creating my family鈥攎y husband and our two sons. So, if I鈥檓 leaving and I don鈥檛 know when I鈥檒l be back? I鈥檝e got to have them with me.

How may fans contact you?

Yes! Please contact me! I love hearing from readers. I鈥檓 all over social media:
Website聽|聽Twitter聽|聽Facebook聽|聽Pinterest聽|聽Goodreads聽|聽BookBub

And of course, there鈥檚 always good old-fashioned email. I鈥檓 at BrendaJanowitz [at] gmail [dot] com. I鈥檇 love to hear from you!

Jane, thank you so much for having me here! This has been a blast.

Brenda Janowitz is the author of five novels, including THE DINNER PARTY (St. Martin鈥檚 April 2016). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, the New York Post, Publisher鈥檚 Weekly, PopSugar, Mom.me, Hello Giggles, Writer鈥檚 Digest Magazine, WritersDigest.com, and xojane. You can find Brenda on her website, www.brendajanowitz.com, and on Facebook and Twitter at @BrendaJanowitz.

Brenda attended Cornell University and Hofstra Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review. Upon graduation from Hofstra, worked for the law firm Kaye Scholer, LLP, and did a federal clerkship with the Honorable Marilyn Dolan Go, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

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Brenda, I am so glad you were able to spend time with us here today.聽 Readers, do pick up a copy of The Dinner Party. 聽It’s a fantastic read. 聽Leave a comment below and you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win an awesome box of women’s fiction novels from Brenda, me and more! 聽This is a book lover’s dream giveaway. 聽Don’t miss it!

Meet Robin Bielman and her Bachelor!

Robin2-287x3001I’m so delighted to have the extremely talented Robin Bielman on my blog today! 聽I was thrilled when she agreed to write a story for Montana Born’s Bachelor Auction and I can’t wait to introduce her to all my readers….although I know a number of you are already a fan.

For those who may not be as familiar with her, Robin is a USA Today author and a RITA finalist who loves to read, take hikes with her hubby and loves to frequent coffee shops. 聽A California girl, the beach is Robin’s favorite place for fun, relaxation and inspiration. 聽Here’s Robin now to tell us more about her new book, Falling For Her Bachelor!

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Thanks so much for inviting me to be on your blog, Jane! (You guys, before I even met Jane, I read her blog. This goes back years and I鈥檓 a total fan girl so this is kind of surreal 鈥 and wonderful.)

I鈥檓 also wonderfully happy to be a part of the Tule Publishing family now! My first book with them, Falling for Her Bachelor,聽is part of the Bachelor Auction Returns series! My story is book two and it鈥檚 been such a pleasure and honor to be in a series with Charlene Sands, Sinclair Jayne and Jeannie Moon. As with the first bachelor auction series, our books take place in the small town of Marietta, but this time they bring together four high school football friends on the auction block to help their coach raise money for a worthy cause.

I can remember vividly several months ago when Charlene emailed me asking if I鈥檇 like to participate in this series with her. You see, Charlene isn鈥檛 just a writer friend; she鈥檚 also my mentor. We were paired together years ago during a mentoring program with our local RWA chapter, and we immediately became fast friends. So much so, that we鈥檙e friends outside of writing, too. She鈥檚 answered countless questions of mine, plotted with me, listened to me, shared advice on publishing, and always been just a phone call or email away. So getting the chance to be a part of something with her has been a dream come true. Add in the awesomeness that is Tule Publishing, and this experience has been really special.

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Writing Falling for Her Bachelor was really fun, too. Nick and Cassidy came to me pretty quickly and their story flowed easily. That doesn鈥檛 always happen when writing! I had an especially good time learning about Marietta and adding characters to the already established town. And okay, writing about a hot Navy firefighter in a bachelor auction also made for lots of happy writing days.

Charlene鈥檚 book, Bachelor for Hire is live now along with mine. Sinclair鈥檚, Seducing the Bachelor is releasing on April 19th. And Jeannie鈥檚 Weekend with Her Bachelor is releasing on April 26th. Four sexy bachelors and I鈥檓 thrilled I got to be part of it!

About Falling for Her Bachelor

When Navy firefighter Nick Palotay returns to Marietta to go on the bachelor auction block for a good cause, he expects it to be risk free. But when he needs someone safe to bid on him and his sister鈥檚 best friend is coaxed into stepping up, Nick isn鈥檛 prepared for the effect Cassidy has on him. She sends his mind to all kinds of dirty places鈥laces his battered heart can鈥檛 afford.

Freelance photographer Cassidy Ware is in waaay over her head. She鈥檚 always been Nick鈥檚 other little sister, but she鈥檚 all grown up now and just a glance from him leaves her hot and bothered. Still, she can stay immune to his charms and keep him at an emotional distance because she鈥檚 got an agenda, too. She鈥檒l help the too-handsome Nick with his charitable deed, and, in return, he鈥檒l help her keep an unwelcome suitor at bay.
A deal鈥檚 a deal, but when their 鈥渂usiness transaction鈥 turns into more pleasure than duty, can they walk away from each other without losing what matters most?

Look for Falling For Her Bachelor at these online retailers:
Amazon Kindle聽|聽iBooks聽|聽Kobo聽|聽Google Play

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Thank you for sharing with us today, Robin! 聽Readers, be sure to download a copy of Robin’s new release – and do check out the other books in the series too. 聽You’re in for some good Bachelor fun! 聽And to keep the fun going, I’ve got聽a box of fantastic Montana Born reads and reader treats for one of you. 聽馃檪 聽For a chance to win, just leave a comment for Robin and you’ll be entered! 聽Contest ends Tuesday with winner announced Wednesday.

A Chat with Christina Phillips

ChristinaXPhotoToday I’d love to introduce you to the very talented Australian based author聽Christina Phillips, who 聽is a multiple finalist in the 2012-2014 ARRA Awards for Erotic, Contemporary and Paranormal Romance. 聽Christina loves to write really strong alpha bad boys and heroines who are equally strong and able to stand up to these men.

I was introduced to Christina through good friend Joan Kilby last year and knew she was my kind of book girl because like me, she loves strong coffee, expensive chocolate and bad boy heroes! 聽What more could a book girl need?

Christina is one of the three authors in a new Erotic stories boxset that was released just around Valentines Day and I invited her to have a quick chat with her! 聽Here’s what she had to say:

Thank you so much for inviting me onto your blog to chat about my newest release, Jane!

I鈥檓 always intrigued where writers get their ideas, but it鈥檚 a question I dread answering because the truth is most of the time I haven鈥檛 the faintest clue where mine come from! But that isn鈥檛 the case with my steamy novella from Tule Publishing, Every Breath You Take.

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It started when I was chatting with my lovely friend Joan Kilby, who also writes for Tule. She told me they were launching a new erotic romance line, and was I interested?

Since I鈥檇 wanted to write for Tule for a while, that was a big yes 馃檪
After a couple of emails with the publisher, I decided I鈥檇 submit a novella with a Valentine theme.

A couple of days later I told my daughter about this new venture. 鈥淣ow all I need is an idea.鈥

She immediately came back with, 鈥淚 know. Have it so the guy dies. That鈥檚 a great conflict.鈥

Well sure, it鈥檚 a fantastic conflict if I鈥檇 been writing a paranormal romance with vampires! I kind of scoffed, and she maintained it was brilliant and I should definitely do something with it.

Instead of discarding the idea, it lingered in the back of my mind, and by the next day I had the premise for Every Breath You Take. The guy did, indeed, die, but he was the hero, Mason鈥檚, brother and he died five years ago. Back then Mason fell for his brother鈥檚 girlfriend, Piper, even though she was everything he never wanted in a girl. And now, five years later, Mason and Piper have the chance to hook up for one unforgettable night.

Mason knows it can never lead anywhere. After all, it鈥檚 his fault his brother died, and he鈥檚 lived with the guilt every day. Piper might want a hot one night stand, but she鈥檇 never want anything deeper with a rebel like him. As the tagline says,

She鈥檚 the one girl this bad boy could never have鈥

And here’s more about Every Breath You Take聽–

She鈥檚 the one girl this bad boy could never have鈥

It was only supposed to be a forbidden one night stand with the bad boy she鈥檇 never forgotten, but Piper Thomas soon discovers it takes more than sizzling sex to scorch her teenage fantasies. The more he gives, the more she needs鈥

It鈥檚 been five years since Mason Hunter鈥檚 brother died, and he鈥檚 tried to put the guilt behind him. But when Piper, the girl his brother should鈥檝e married, reappears in his life and offers him the one thing he鈥檚 always craved 鈥 one steamy night in her arms 鈥 he can鈥檛 resist.

Piper鈥檚 the only woman he鈥檚 ever wanted, but how can they have a future together when the past haunts every breath they take?

Look for it at these online retailers:聽iBooks聽|聽Amazon聽|聽Kobo聽|聽B&N聽|聽Goodreads

Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. She enjoys writing contemporary, historical and paranormal romance where the stories sizzle and the heroine brings her hero to his knees.
She is a multiple finalist in the 2012 鈥 2014 ARRA Awards for Favorite Erotic Romance, Favorite Contemporary Romance and Favorite Paranormal Romance.
Christina is addicted to good coffee, expensive chocolate and bad boy heroes. She is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong. 聽Catch up with Christina:聽Website聽|聽Facebook聽|聽Twitter

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Christina, thanks so much for stopping by to share with us today! 聽Readers, if you like stories with plenty of heat, don’t miss this spicy boxset full of some really good stories! 聽It could be the perfect way thing to curl up with on your kindle tonight. 聽Also, don’t forget to leave a comment below for Christina and you’ll automatically be entered to win a fun mystery prize! 聽Contest ends Friday聽with winner announced Saturday.

Tule’s 4 RITA Nominees!

I’m in Hawaii for Easter and I woke up at 4:25 am Hawaii time to make sure my son Ty, who was heading to LAX this morning to fly to Oahu, was fine and all checked in. 聽But instead of a text from Ty, there was a text from Megan Crane, saying: 聽CJ Carmichael! Go Tule!

I answered: 聽Hey, it’s only 4:25 am here, and I’m slowly waking up. 聽What’s going on?

Megan answered: 聽The RITAS!

Well, I woke up pretty fast, and then Megan texted me again: 聽 Plus Madeline Ash and Heidi Rice.

And then: 聽Kat Latham. 聽Twice!

So wow. 聽Yes, son Ty made it to the airport, but that’s so boring when you get amazing RITA news that tells you 4 Tule authors have 聽finaled for the RITAs with 5 Tule stories in 2 different categories.

I am beyond excited for them….but I also have to go the airport to get that boy so please help me celebrate these four fantastic authors with their 5 fantastic stories!

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Kat LathamOne Night With Her Bachelor &聽Three Nights Before ChristmasOneNightWithHerBachelor-MEDIUM

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Madeline Ash聽–聽Her Secret PrinceMadelineAsh-MEDIUM

Cheers to my lovely author friends! 聽So thrilled and proud of each of you.

And to celebrate properly (its the only way to celebrate!) I’m giving away a copy of each story to one lucky winner plus lots of Tule reader swag. Want a chance to win all these fantastic reads? Tell me if you’ve read any of these authors before and that’s it! You’re entered to win. Contest ends Tuesday March 29th at midnight PST with the winner announced Wednesday. Good luck and Happy Easter to all Book Girls!

xoxox