Jeannie Moon on Librarians and Romance Novelists

I’ve been writing a lot and haven’t had as much time to read as I’d like, but at the top of my tbr is Jeannie Moon‘s Daring The Pilot.  It’s no secret I love the fictional town of Marietta, Montana and Tule’s new Men of Marietta series has to be one of my favorites.  I roped Jeannie Moon into sharing with us more about her new release in this series.  Please join me in welcoming Jeannie to JaneBlog!

What happens when you cross a librarian and a romance novelist?

You get me and one of my books.

I love writing. Truly. Developing characters and stories is an incredibly good time. But I have this problem. Deep inside me is my other half.

Yep.

MY librarian half is always waiting.  And she researches topics to death.

I raised three children. My two oldest, my daughters, majored in hard sciences.  Julie has her doctorate in Physical Therapy.  Katie is a civil engineer. I know…they’re no joke.  Needless to say, I love girls who love science, and Keely is not the first scientist I’ve written. But she’s the definitely the most intense.  In order to make her true to life, I had to learn about geology. And geophysics. And volcanoes. And mountains.

I spent a ridiculous amount of time looking at US Geological Survey maps and reports about the mountains around Marietta. That’s where Keely was going to be working and studying for the next year, and I needed to know the age, the composition and how the mountains were formed. I also wanted to know if the area was seismically active…and guess what?  Marietta sits right near Yellowstone and it turns out Montana is one of the most seismically active areas of the United States. That was the payoff.

All of this may seem dry, but as I built my character, I started to appreciate the area much the way Keely did. A born science girl, the only thing Keely wanted was to know more than she did the day before. Sometimes she took risks, but in the end, Keely never regrets getting one more piece of information.

This is part of why Jonah falls for her. He’s a straightforward guy. Smart and focused, he’s one of the best pilots around, but when it comes to Keely, her brains are the biggest turn on for him. He loves her curiosity. He loves how she thinks, and how she processes information. Sure, she’s pretty on the outside, but what finally gets to Jonah is how much her work matters to her. How much she’s given up for it. Her dedication and her smarts make for a perfect package in him mind.

I get questions sometimes about why I write the brainy heroine. No one wants to say it, but there’s an underlying question about whether smart and sexy go together. I can tell you, after writing teachers, nurses, engineers, psychologists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, artists, librarians, and yes, geophysicists, that sexy is a state of mind, and smart is very sexy.

In the end, what does all that research do?  It helps me build realistic heroes and heroines who are smart, funny, and focused.  It allows them to go beyond the confines of what I know into the realm of what I can learn. It gives them depth. It gives them a something to care about.

In turn, the readers care about them.

Look for Jeannie’s Daring The Pilot at these online retailers:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GoogleAmazon UK

Jeannie, thanks for a wonderful book in a great series! You’ve tempted me to do nothing all day but stay lost in the joy of reading.  I do have a fun prize for you all! Leave a comment for Jeannie and you’ll be entered to win a Marietta Montana book girl prize – Books, gift car, tote bag, fun stuff and so much more!  Contest ends Friday with winner announced Saturday.

The Men of Marietta!

I’ve been so excited about Tule’s new series featuring the Men of Marietta and invited good friends and wonderfully talented authors, Heidi Rice and Kate Hardy, to share something with us about their new books. Please join me in welcoming both of these fabulous authors to JaneBlog!

Heidi Rice
and Kate Hardy interviewed each other about Heidi‘s Tempting the Deputy and Kate‘s Flirting with Firethe first two books in the Men of Marietta series.  Keep reading to hear about Marietta man candy, darkroom crushes, puppies with shoe fetishes, and the importance of rigorous cover research!

Kate: Heidi, tell me a little about yourself.

Heidi:  Hi Kate. Well, I’m married with two sons – which can give me way too much of an insight into the male psyche – and I’m a Londoner, born and bred. But I adore travelling, particularly to the US, where I’ve been on numerous road trips with my best mate (she’s got two sons too… we need our girl time!). Basically we’re Thelma and Louise but without the driving off a cliff bit. That said, we haven’t been to Montana (yet), but thanks to Tempting the Deputy I have at least spent several wonderful months in Marietta. So Kate, let’s here a bit about you now.


Kate:
I’m a mum of two teenagers – the oldest is away in his first year at uni and the youngest is in the middle of exams – and I live with them, their dad and a springer spaniel puppy in Norwich, England. And I was so pleased to be working on the series with you, especially as we were able to brainstorm so much of our books together. Tell me a little about your book, Heidi.

Heidi: Okay, so my book is the first in the series and it’s about Sheriff’s deputy Logan Tate – who also owns a small cattle ranch outside Marietta with his brother Lyle – and British photographer Charlotte (aka Charlie) Foster who’s travelling around America taking shots for a book project. Logan’s one of the good guys. He’s tough, stoic, he always plays by the rules, he’s very protective and he’s also, ever so slightly, uptight. So the last thing he needs is for a bad girl like Charlie – who decided a long time ago that rules are for other people – turning up in his town and messing with him. I absolutely adored writing these two because they were so wrong for each other and yet so right. So why don’t you tell us a bit about your book, Flirting with Fire, Kate.

Kate: I had a lot of fun writing my hero Lyle, who’s Logan’s laid-back younger brother, and Em, who just happens to be the uptight elder twin of Charlie! My book starts a week after your book ends when Em comes to Marietta, wondering if her sister is about to make the biggest mistake of her life. But she soon discovers a lot more than she bargains for. She realises that there’s a lot more to Lyle than meets the eye; and Lyle realises that he doesn’t have to keep searching for love because it’s right before his eyes… Best of all, the book is set in Marietta. This is my third book set in the town and I’ve really fallen in love with it. Though I did find some challenges – what did you find the most challenging thing, Heidi?

Heidi: To be honest, when I’m writing a series of connected books with other authors I get a bit nervous about using other people’s characters in my story. I worry about letting people down. I want to do their characters justice. That said, I had a terrific time writing The Fairy Tales of New York series for Tule last year and this series was no different, once we’d started working on it. Brainstorming with you was a big part of that, but I was also really inspired after meeting authors Jeannie Moon, Patricia Walters-Fischer and Kaylie Newell for the first time at a swanky breakfast in San Diego with Jane and her team. Still sad you couldn’t make that Kate, not only was it a great way to kick off the brainstorming for the series, but the pancakes were delicious! In the end I really enjoyed writing the scene where all five of our Calendar hotties meet Charlie in Grey’s Saloon, a few months later. Seeing our guys all freak out (all except Lyle!) when she suggests that they pose for a nude calendar to raise money for Harry’s House was even more fun… So how about you Kate, what was your most challenging thing, while writing your Men of Marietta book?

Kate: For me it was getting the continuity elements right – and making sure I was using American terms instead of British ones. I’m very grateful to our editor for flagging up my Britishisms! Now, I’m an only child, so I’m quite fascinated by sibling relationships. How about you?

Heidi: I am too, but for the opposite reason I guess, because I have lots of siblings! Maybe that’s why a high point for me was exploring the relationship between Logan and his brother Lyle in my book and then reading about it in yours. I loved that these guys are super close, but also so different in a lot of ways. While Lyle’s a joker and a charmer, Logan’s serious and reserved. Or at least that’s what Charlie sees on the surface. Luckily Logan also has an undiscovered wild side that me (and Charlie) had a lot of fun uncovering (literally). Okay, now you’ve gotta tell us a bit more about Lyle because I know you used him in the series that went before Men of Marietta, the Bachelor Bake-Off. Can you tell us any more about that connection? Also there’s a great moment in Flirting with Fire which has something to do with your Bake-Off book, right?

Kate: Yes, there’s an interesting history to that moment. Lyle’s good friends with Tyler, my Bake-Off hero in A Spoonful of Sugar, and he teases him mercilessly. Tyler has the chance to get his own back with a bet – although he loses, he and Lyle agree terms, and the result is Lyle dressing up as Lady Gaga and singing ‘Born This Way’. I do have a bad habit of slipping music into my books, and I ended up writing the songs for Lyle in the book. Heidi, I know you’re a film buff, but are you a photography buff as well?

Heidi: I didn’t know you wrote the songs, that’s so cool… And yes, I’ve always been a huge film buff, in fact I was a film journalist before I was an author. My interest in photography also goes back a few years. When I was 19, I worked one summer in Houston, Texas, on a low-budget movie. While I was there, I had a ‘thing’ for the guy doing the cinematography (who was gorgeous!) and he taught me all about taking photos, and how to develop stuff in a darkroom. So now you know where the inspiration for a certain hot scene in a darkroom came from in my book! LOL! So now I need to know, is it true you gave your new puppy a walk-on part in Flirting with Fire?

Kate: I couldn’t resist! Brontë is heavily based on Archie, even down to being a springer spaniel. The only difference is that we met Archie when he was five weeks old, so he wasn’t a rescue dog. However, he is a TERRIBLE shoe thief. Unlike Em, the heroine of my book, I don’t possess Louboutins – I normally scuff around in flats or trainers – but Archie did chew my only pair of posh shoes a couple of weeks before I went to an awards do… Thankfully, I was able to get another pair in time to go to London! Now, I know you love doing picture research, so tell me about the research you did for your cover?

Heidi: Yes, it’s true. * Heidi puts on her serious author face. * Hours and hours of arduous research went into scouring photos of hot shirtless cowboys to find the perfect Logan lookalike for my cover. But I think it was totally worth it. Never let it be said I am not prepared to suffer for my art!

So I guess that’s it from Kate and me. We had so much fun writing these first two stories in the Men of Marietta series. I really hope readers have as much fun reading about our guys – and the other three First Responder dudes – who all discover while taking their clothes off for a good cause that sometimes the way to a woman’s heart is paved with a naked pec, or two! Who knew?

Look for Heidi’s Tempting The Deputy at these online retailers:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GoogleAmazon UK

Look for Kate’s Flirting With Fire at these online retailers:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GoogleAmazon UK

Heidi and Kate, the reviews on these stories are fantastic and this series is quickly becoming a reader favorite.  I am so glad  you took time to talk to us about the series and working together. I have a very special Montana Born prize for readers as well.  This mug has been handmade for Tule and the little red star shows where Marietta is on the Montana Map!  For a chance to win, just leave a comment below for Heidi and Kate and you’ll be entered to win this prize. Contest ends Saturday with winner announced Sunday.

Amy Hatvany’s It Happens All The Time

I’m so incredibly proud of my friend, the wonderful Amy Hatvany for writing It Happens All The Time, a very important book all women should read.  It’s deep, emotional and so honest and real. Here’s more about the book:

From master storyteller Amy Hatvany—whose writing has been hailed as “gripping and emotionally honest” (Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times betselling author)—comes a provocative and compelling novel about two friends whose lives are changed by a drunken kiss.

I want to rewind the clock, take back the night when the world shattered. I want to erase everything that went wrong.

Amber Bryant and Tyler Hicks have been best friends since they were teenagers—trusting and depending on each other through some of the darkest periods of their young lives. And while Amber has always felt that their relationship is strictly platonic, Tyler has long harbored the secret desire that they might one day become more than friends.

Returning home for the summer after her college graduation, Amber begins spending more time with Tyler than she has in years. Despite the fact that Amber is engaged to her college sweetheart, a flirtation begins to grow between them. One night, fueled by alcohol and concerns about whether she’s getting married too young, Amber kisses Tyler.

What happens next will change them forever.

In alternating points of view, It Happens All the Time examines the complexity of sexual dynamics between men and women and offers an incisive exploration of gender roles, expectations, and the ever-timely issue of consent.

In Amy’s own words:

Perpetrators thrive in the silence. This video, and this book, is me, as a survivor of sexual assault, finding my voice, in the hope that it will help others.

If you love emotional, honest stories, don’t miss this winner! To celebrate Amy’s new release, I’m giving away a copy of Easy on the Eyes, a Los Angeles themed Starbucks drink card, and lots of other reader treats! For a chance to win, just leave a comment below and you’ll automatically be entered.  Contest ends Friday with winner announced Saturday.

 

Lara Van Hulzen’s Recipe For Romance

I’ve been strapped in, working so hard to reach the deadline on my Harlequin Presents but it’s hard to resist all these fun books in the Bachelor Bake-Off!  Today I have another Bake-Off author, Lara Van Hulzen as a guest to tell us more about her book.

Welcome, Lara!

I began publishing with Tule after a surf lesson in Hawaii led me to connect with Jane. It’s a great story, really. One that I could see ending up in a book one day.

When Jane asked me if I would be interested in being a part of a Montana Born series about a Bachelor Bake Off, I jumped at the chance. I had never done a book in a series with other authors and it was a great learning experience, as well as a lot of fun.

I’m proud to be a part of the Bake Off Series, not only because of the other great authors involved, but because I was able to write a story set in the town of Marietta, Montana.  Jane and I talked about a potential storyline based on a wealthy family that lives in Marietta and from that came A Recipe For Romance.

Wes St. Claire is the oldest of four children. He runs the family estate, his father having made his fortune in television and broadcasting. While visiting his dad in Marietta, he’s suckered into being a part of the Bachelor Bake Off that’s raising money for Harry’s House, an after school activity center for kids. He agrees, but only because Noelle Olsen, a beautiful dance teacher that has caught his eye, agrees to help him learn to bake.

This was a fun story to write, not only because of the Bake Off setting, but because it’s the first in a four book series that will center around the St. Claire family. And I have to own up to the fact that I don’t bake. I love to eat desserts, but my daughter holds the status of baker in our household. She was a great help to me when it came time to pick recipes for A Recipe For Romance!

Do you enjoy baking or, like me, would you rather be the one to devour the finished product?

Look for A Recipe For Romance at these online retailers:
Amazon | iBooks | KoboAmazon UK

Thank you, Lara, for dropping by today and sharing with us.  Readers, don’t miss A Recipe For Romance!  I’m celebrating this release with Lara and there’s a special prize up for grabs!  Leave a comment for Lara and you’ll be entered to win a fun and sweet JP prize.  Contest ends Sunday with winner announced Monday.

Charmed By Chocolate with Steena Holmes

I was introduced to Steena Holmes through my very good friend CJ Carmichael.  I’d read Steena’s books long before I’d met her and I was so excited to meet Steena as she’d been such a good friend to CJ, as well as an inspiration to writers all over.  Steena has a huge heart and a passion for readers and writing and she’s one of the most giving authors I know, always willing to encourage and offer assistance.

Steena, Jane and CJ at the San Clemente pier
Steena Holmes, CJ Carmichael, Megan Crane and the Tule Team

I am so excited today to share that Steena’s new book is out, and it’s a Tule story, too!  Her delicious Charmed by Chocolate is the 6th book in the Love at the Chocolate Shop series which is set in the much loved town of Marietta, Montana.


When Leah ran off to Southern California, she hoped to leave freezing cold winters and unrequited love behind. She was never meant for a small town life and the timing with her longtime best friend–and secret soul mate–was always hopelessly off.
But after a mishap on the hit reality show Charming, Leah declares her love for Wade nationwide and is publicly dubbed “Lonely Leah.” She returns to Marietta to hide at her family’s home–from the media who wants to turn her into a human interest story, from the townspeople upset with her blunder, and most of all, from Wade, who wants to talk.
It took Leah leaving town to wake Wade Burns up to the reality that he’s head over heels in love with his best friend. But now that she’s back home, she’s giving him the cold shoulder. With chocolate and a grand gesture, can Wade charm his way back into Leah’s heart?

Steena Holmes is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the novels Saving Abby, The Word Game, Stillwater Rising and The Memory Child, among others. She won the National Indie Excellence Award in 2012 for Finding Emma as well as the USA Book News Award for The Word Game in 2015. Steena lives in Calgary, Alberta, and continues to write stories that touch every parent’s heart. To find out more about her books and her love for traveling, you can visit her website at www.steenaholmes.com or follow her journeys over on Instagram @steenaholmes where she’s always on the hunt to find the best chocolates around.

Look for Charmed By Chocolate at these online retailers:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay |
Amazon UK

This is a perfect Steena story, too, as no one loves chocolate like Steena Holmes.  Celebrate Charmed By Chocolate by posting a comment to Steena below, and one of you will win a fantastic chocolate and book prize package worth over $50.  This is a reader treat not to be missed!

 

A Chat With The Bachelor Bake-Off Authors

I love the new Montana Born series, Bachelor Bake-Off, as Marietta is near and dear to my heart, as are all the occupants,including those hunky bachelors.

For extra Bachelor Bake-Off fun I asked authors Jennifer Faye and Jessica Gilmore to interview each other to help introduce them and their wonderful stories to you.

Girls, I hand it over to you!

Jessica: Hello Jennifer, it was so much fun working with you on this series! Could you tell me a little about yourself?

Jennifer:  Hi, I’m Jennifer Faye. I live in the United States with my very patient and helpful husband and two needy furbabies aka cats. 😉 I’ve been writing for most of my life. When I was very young, I asked Santa for a typewriter. I was certain that one day I’d be a writer. I just didn’t know about all of the twists and turns there would be on my journey to being a multi-published author. But it has truly been a dream come true. What could be better than giving people their happily-ever-after’s?

And I am very fortunate to be able to work with an amazing group of authors on the Bachelor Bake-Off series. Jessica, you’ve been wonderful. Why don’t you tell us about yourself?

Jessica: Thank you! I’ve loved working with you all too. I l really enjoy being part of a series because it makes a solitary job into a really social one. I’m Jessica Gilmore and I live a whole ocean away in the north of England with my husband, my ballerina teen daughter, two cats and a very spoiled dog. I work part time for a conservation charity and I’m lucky enough to be a multi-published romance writer as well. Like you it was quite a journey to get here – I always thought I’d write regency romances for a start! Maybe one day I will… So tell me about your Bake-Off book? I can’t wait to read it.

Jennifer: My book, Sprinkled With Love, is the third in the series, but each book can be read as a standalone. They each contain their own HEA. It is a light-hearted romantic comedy with the most adorable cat with a mind of his own. 😉

What does one do with a matchmaking cat named Romeo?
Spirited and beautiful, Jillian Parker is one of Marietta’s newest business owners. Still, her mother worries about Jillian’s bare ring finger. So in order to give her mother something else to fuss over, Jillian adopts a cat named Romeo. He turns out to be anything but a docile lap cat. 
One snowy night, Romeo makes a break for it. With Jillian right on his heels, they have a near miss with a passing pickup driven by Avery Wainwright, one of Jillian’s closest friends. A rodeo accident has the sexy cowboy returning home to recuperate, and he’s not happy about it. 
So when Avery finds himself lassoed into the Bachelor Bake-Off, he turns to the one person who has always helped him out—Jillian. But will teaching him to take chances outside of the show ring have them both discovering that their feelings for each other run much deeper than they ever imagined?

Jessica, I just love the title of your book, Baking For Keeps. I’m fortunate that I’ve gotten some behind-the-scenes tidbits about your book and it sounds fabulous! Can you share with us a bit about the book?

Jessica: That sounds fabulous, I’m really looking forward to it. Mine is the fourth in the series – and there is a cat, Patchwork, but he is a very minor character. Lacey Hathaway has it all — a job she loves as a local radio DJ, a home with her adored, eccentric aunts and, best of all, a community after a childhood traveling with her musical parents. So what if her life is a little too safe? Marietta is everything to Lacey. Not only is she helping to organize the Bachelor Bake-Off and filming a documentary about the process, she’s also volunteered her brother as a Bachelor. But, when her brother backs out, Lacey has to find a last-minute replacement. And who better than her aunts’ lodger, gorgeous – if taciturn – Zac Malone?
Zac’s not exactly community-minded. In fact, he makes it clear that the sooner he’s out of Marietta the better. But when Lacey persuades him of the powerful impact the Bake-Off funds will have on local children, he decides to give it a go. On one condition. If he has to learn to bake, so does disaster-in-the-kitchen Lacey. Desserts aren’t the only thing heating up, and as the attraction flares and Zac makes plans to leave, Lacey’s beginning to realize that maybe there is a world beyond Marietta’s borders after all… if she’s brave enough to take that step.

As I mentioned earlier I do really enjoy writing series with other author -s but it does take some organisation! What did you find most challenging?

Jennifer: You’re right. Organization was the key to making this series work. For me, the most challenging part of this series was that all of the books were written to encapsulate the same time period, but they are from very different points-of-view. So it was the small details that had to be tied together in every book. And lucky for us, the Tule team was fabulous about smoothing out the details such as the bell that Mrs. Monroe uses at the beginning of the Bake-Off.

But the readers should be assured that the books are all quite different just like the characters in each romance.

How about you, Jessica? What did you find the most challenging?

Jessica: I think the same, making sure there are no continuity errors and not being able to head off anywhere I wanted without checking in first! Not only did all my details need to tie in with your books but I also had to make sure that the setting was absolutely right too – Marietta is a very well-known town and I’m sure the readers will pick up on anything I got wrong! But on the flip side it was great having four other authors there to answer questions and brainstorm the details with and the editorial team were so helpful too.

One of the hardest things for me was coming up with the recipes – especially the pie! Have you made any of yours?

Jennifer: Funny you should ask that question. While I was busy writing the book, I asked my husband to pick me up the ingredients for each item my hero bakes. It’s amazing all of the information that sprang to mind while I was baking the Montana Cowboy Cookies. It was a very helpful and delicious exercise. Sadly I ran out of time to bake the pie and cake. Luckily, I’d baked them in the past and was able to draw on my memories for those scenes.

Did you make any of your recipes? If so, which was your favorite?

Jessica: The cake is a recipe I made up once when I needed to use some apples and have repeated quite a lot so I was pretty confident with that. I don’t often bake cookies (or biscuits as we call them – the difference in language was a little bit of a challenge as well!) but I did make a version of the shortbread and, like Lacey and Zac, mixed it by hand. I can testify that it is a lot harder than using a mixer! The pie is a gamble. I haven’t made it so I have no idea if it works. I’ll have to give it a go sometime…

Jennifer: Jessica, thank you for chatting with me about the Montana Born Bake-Off series. I really enjoyed working with you and hope we get to do it again. And thanks to the Tule team for all they’ve done to make this fun series a reality.

Jessica: Absolutely, I’d love to work with you again too – and echoing your thanks to the Tule team. I hope the readers enjoy discovering the Bake-Off series as much as we did!

Download a copy of Sprinkled With Love:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Download a copy of Baking For Keeps:
Amazon  | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Thank you, Jennifer and Jessica for sharing your chat with us and for two wonderful stories in the Bake-Off series!  Readers, be sure to look for Sprinkled With Love and Baking For Keeps at your preferred online retailer.  If you enjoy them, be sure to drop the authors a line as I’m sure they’d love to hear your thoughts!

Now, to celebrate with Jennifer and Jessica for their new releases, I’ve got a fun JP prize lined up for not one but Two lucky winners.  For a chance to win, leave a comment below for Jennifer and Jessica and you’ll automatically be entered to win! Contest ends Tuesday with winner announced Wednesday.

Food Should be a Love Language with Shirley Jump

I’m buried under a tight deadline but wanted to tell you I’m so excited about the new Bake-off Bachelor series from Tule Publishing featuring books by some authors I love to read. Kicking off the series is an author I’m a big fan of – Shirley Jump! Shirley is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author who has published more than 60 books (in 24 languages!).  She also competes in triathlons and loves to have in-depth discussions about important things like chocolate and shoes!

I invited her to share something about her love of baking with us. Please give Shirley a warm welcome!

When I was a little girl, my mom used to bake bread every weekend. I’d get up in the morning, and she’d be in the kitchen, kneading the dough. Push, pull, flip. Push, pull, flip. Over and over, until the thick dough glistened and was ready for its final rise, then a trip to the oven. I’d go outside and play, and when I came in for lunch, the scent of fresh-baked bread would hit as soon as I opened the door. So rich and comforting, like a scented hug. My mom would brush the warm loaves with butter, and then cut off a couple slices and make me the world’s best peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

I don’t bake—I never did acquire my mom’s talent with things involving the chemical miracle of yeast and warm water—but I do love to cook. Some of my best memories are from dinners with my children, or times in the kitchen when one of them would help me mash potatoes or create a casserole. Now that my kids are grown up, I don’t have those dinners very often, and I do miss them.

My son, however, who worked for a couple of years at a diner type place, will sometimes cook for me. In his down time at work, he’d create his own concoctions. When I come home, tired or sick, he’ll tell me to sit down and he’ll make me something. It’s always amazing, always delicious, and a real gift of his creative talents.

I think food should be one of the love languages. So much preparation and time go into creating dinners and desserts, and thought about what the other person likes or doesn’t like. We put the plate before the one we love, then hold our breath, hoping every bite is going to hit them with joy. With a handful of ingredients and a couple of hours of time, you can tell the other person how much you love them, and how much you want to share that hour at the table with them.

Tell me, what is your favorite recipe to make for the one you love? Are you a cook or a baker? Or neither?

Look for Shirley’s book at these online retailers:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Thank you for sharing with us, Shirley! Readers, don’t miss this great series and do be sure to download Shirley’s book today.  I’m helping Shirley celebrate the launch of this delicious series so be sure to leave a comment below and you’ll be entered to win a fun JP prize! Contest ends at midnight on Friday with winner announced on Saturday.

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!