The Setting for Once Upon a Christmas

Bakewell, England is the setting for Once Upon a Christmas, and the first of a series set in Derbyshire and I thought I should share a few things about Bakewell to introduce you to the wonderful little town, known as “the gem of the Peak District, the treasure in Derbyshire’s chest.”

Bakewell has been a recognized market town since the 14th century, and locals and tourists alike are drawn to its cottages, historic old town, and picturesque setting on the river Wye.  The population today is just under 4,000 which has allowed Bakewell to retain its character and charm, although in the late 17th century determined visionaries built a bath house, tapping the spring water, hoping to turn Bakewell into a spa resort town, but it never took off, not the way other spa towns did.

So what does one do in the Peaks District besides walk and take in the beauty of the UK’s first national park?  Here are the places I would visit if I was visiting:

1 – Chatsworth House

2 – Haddon Hall

3 – Afternoon Tea at Thornbridge Hall & Gardens

4 – Monsal Trail

5 – All Saint’s Church

Want to know more about Bakewell? Have a walk around Bakewell so you’ll be as excited about my new UK series as I am!

What Do Romance Writers Think About?

I was so happy to have attended my first RWA National Conference since July 2019.  It was a much smaller conference than in the past, but the setting–at the Gaylord National Harbor–was perfect, giving me a chance to meet my niece Krystyna for dinner in Alexandria’s Old Town, and then have lunches with author friends, as well as lots of time with the amazing editor Julie Sturgeon.

Kay Freeman, another author attending the conference, did a wonderful write up of the conference and gave me permission to share! Thanks Kay!

I’ve got a writer’s giveaway for one of you. Leave a comment below and let me know if you’re a writer and if you’ve ever attended the RWA National Conference! Winner will be announced on Monday.

 

Come See Jane!

Happy June, everyone! It’s almost summer and time for summer reading. Hope you’ll add my new release, Flirting with Fifty. to your beach bag or nightstand. It’s the first book in my Modern Love series from Berkley and available everywhere including Walmart—maybe you’ll find it there?

I’m writing the third book in the series now, as well as planning book events and book club chats. There will be more get-togethers this Fall—including a mini-tour through Kansas City, Kentucky, Ohio, and maybe Chicago!—as well as holiday teas in December like the one planned for Dallas. Hoping to see you at one!

SATURDAY, JUNE 11, Orange County, CA
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SATURDAY, JUNE 18, Greater Seattle
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SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2022, North San Diego
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SATURDAY, JULY 30, DC/Baltimore
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, Austin, TX
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Keep checking my events page for new appearances!

If you’ve had a chance to read Flirting With Fifty and have a few minutes, I’d love it if you’d share your thoughts on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or on social media. Just your honest thoughts, good or bad, critical or enthusiastic, would mean the world to me and be so helpful to other readers who are possibly considering buying a copy.

Before I sign off, I wanted to share a portion of a quick Q & A I did recently for my new release. I hope you enjoy!

Tell us a little bit about your new book, FLIRTING WITH FIFTY.

Flirting with Fifty is about a strong, smart, successful divorced woman who is quite happy being single, and isn’t interested in dating or marriage because it would require compromising, and she’s done enough of that in her life.  But in Paige’s desire to be safe, she’s also somewhat stuck, and a little too risk adverse.  Enter popular, handsome world traveler, renowned scientist Dr. Jack King, and everything changes, pretty quickly.  And probably far too quickly for our cautious Paige!

Do you have a favorite character in FLIRTING WITH FIFTY?

I always love a great hero, and Jack is certainly a great hero.  He’s smart, witty, kind, interesting—and while he isn’t a classic alpha, he’s still very strong and able to handle himself in all kinds of environments which I find sexy.  I love that men—like women—get more interesting as they get older and I’ve loved writing mature men in this series.

Favorite secondary character?

Probably Elizabeth, Paige’s best friend.  They grew up together in Paso Robles and both became professors, although Elizabeth is an English professor and Paige is math professor.  I love women’s friendships, and friendships that go back years where you really know someone, and can poke fun of someone, and make someone laugh.  Friendship can save a soul—and we need our girlfriends, especially as we keep ‘growing up’.

What do you hope readers will get out of your book?

I would like to remind my readers that they’re never too old to love, to fall in love, or to feel cherished and valuable.  I worry that mature women in our Western society aren’t treated with as much respect and appreciation as they should be.  America, particularly, is a very commercial, consumer society that elevates youth and beauty over wisdom and maturity.  But truthfully, a mature woman is incredibly inspiring, interesting, and exciting.  I want my books to empower women, and validate them, whether they’re single or married, dating or grieving.  I don’t want to sound preachy, but women deserve entertainment that makes them feel good.

If you could only pick one of your books, other than this one, for a romance reader unfamiliar with your work, which one would you pick? And why?

I think my November release, Flirting with the Beast, the second book in my Modern Love series from Berkley, is a book that is very me, and a great introduction to my stories.  I also have a huge soft spot for my Rita nominated story, Miracle on Chance Avenue, as it’s an achy breaky kind of story, where two people desperately need, and deserve, an HEA, and they desperately need, and deserve, each other.  I love books where love is fated…and that the hero and heroine can’t have the happy ever after until they meet each other.

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Thank you, my friends, for all the wonderful support you’ve given me and my new release. I’ve got a special giveaway for one lucky winner. For a chance to win, leave a comment below and tell me who is your best friend and how long have you both been friends?

Winner will be announced on Saturday so be sure to check back and see if you won!
much love,
Jane

Pre-Order Now! Flirting With Fifty

Dear Readers,

It’s almost Easter and Mac starts Spring Break on Friday.  It’ll be fun to have the week off with him, to just hang out and enjoy my almost 13 year old.

We are also just six weeks from the release of Flirting with Fifty, the first book in my Modern Love series from Berkley.  This series will be available in print and ebook, in bookstores (yes!) and at all the online retailers, too.

The hero in Flirting with Fifty, Dr. Jack King, was inspired by a cousin of mine who is one of the world’s leading epidemiologists, but my cousin is English not Australian.  My cousin’s work takes him all over the world, and his students adore him.  So that’s where the idea of Jack came from.

Flirting with Fifty‘s heroine, professor Paige Newsome, came to me through talks with my single girlfriends, talks where I wondered what would it take for one of them to fall in love again at fifty?  At fifty you’re settled and relations require compromise.  Would you compromise for love?  Or would the right man not require compromise?  That’s the story of Jack and Paige.

Be one of the first to read, preorder now from your favorite retailer so you’ll have your copy on pub day, May 24th.

Help me countdown to the release. Please add the book to your wish list at BookBub and add on Goodreads. Your support is so appreciated. I love being a book girl with you!

Do stay in touch and more news is coming soon!

Jane

Another Wyatt Brother is here!

Hi everyone,

Another newsletter went out today and should’ve hit your inbox a short while ago but in case you didn’t receive it, here’s the scoop!

I finally have the chance to  introduce you to one of my favorite Wyatt brothers! I love the Wyatt family dynamics, from grandfather Melvin Wyatt, to the youngest brother, Tommy. Tommy Wyatt, the hero of Montana Cowboy Promise, book 5 in my Wyatt Brothers of Montana series, is the epitome of everything I love in my heroes – tough, alpha, loyal, and smart with a lot of integrity.  In his world, a promise isn’t broken, and love is meant to last a lifetime.

Pre-order links have been up on my site for a while now but if you didn’t already order in advance, you can do it today! Order your copy right away as the book is now available for immediate download!

I’ve got three more books slated for release this year so there’s a lot more book news coming your way. But for now, here’s a fun treat for one of my wonderful readers! All you have to do for a chance to win is leave me a comment on this post and tell me if you’ve read any of the books in this series and if so, which one so far is your favorite. That’s all it takes and you’ll be entered to win!

Happy reading!

Release Day!

Release day for the fourth book in my Wyatt Brothers of Montana series is finally here! Montana Cowboy Miracle is out today and brings a Wyatt brother home. Respected Marietta nurse, Merri Bradley, realizes that as important as her work is, love is necessary too, especially during the holidays.

My newsletter with more details about the book should have hit your inbox this morning but in case you didn’t see it, here’s more about Cade and Merri’s story –

This Christmas he’s confronting the past…

Wyoming rancher Cade Hunt rents a room in Marietta for the month of December for one purpose—to unravel the mysteries of his past. He’s not interested in the local Christmas festivities, even though his pretty landlord Merri Bradley is more appealing than any woman he can remember.

After losing her husband far too early, hospice nurse Merri has dedicated her life to caring for the grief-stricken during their final goodbyes. She loves her busy and fulfilling life and has no time for a brooding cowboy during her favorite time of year. Yet Cade is tempting, and she’s technically his hostess.

But Marietta is full of Christmas magic and miracles. Soon Cade is embraced by the family he didn’t know he had—a grandfather and four Wyatt cowboy cousins. For the first time in his life, Cade has a sense of belonging and the desire to set down roots if only he can convince Merri that second chances are the best chance for their own happily ever after.

If you didn’t already order a copy, I hope you’ll download it today. I’d love to know what you think! And speaking of ordering, I also wanted to share that book 5 in the series, Montana Cowboy Promise, is also available to pre-order now so do consider one-clicking on that too!

To celebrate the release Montana Cowboy Miracle, I’ve got a special giveaway for one of you! For a chance to win this fun Montana Cowboy Miracle package, just leave a comment below and tell me your plans for Thanksgiving.

Have a lovely Thanksgiving my friends and know that I’m thinking of each of you and feeling thankful to have you in my world.

much love,
Jane

Flirting With Fifty Cover Reveal!

Hi everyone,

Finally, I get to share the cover for my new 2022 Berkley release, Flirting With Fifty! I’ve been so excited about this cover and this book! What do you think?

Pre-order links are already up on my site. Click here to order your copy early!

A sexy and sparkling later-in-life contemporary romance about a woman who leaps out of her comfort zone and takes a chance on love by New York Times bestselling author Jane Porter.

Paige Newsom is finally at a place in her life where she’s comfortable. She loves her job as a college professor in Southern California, lives close enough to her mother to visit her regularly, and has three daughters who are flourishing in their own careers. Paige has no plans to upend her life again after her divorce eight years ago, but she’s about to embark on a new adventure: co-teaching a course that includes a three-week international field study.

Paige can think of a dozen reasons why she shouldn’t go, one being a dazzling Australian biologist who will be teaching alongside her. Professor Jack King is charismatic, a world traveler, and more like Indiana Jones than Indiana Jones, all of which unsettles Paige, who prides herself on being immune to any man’s charms. As the two co-professors lead the rigorous program together, first on campus, then in beautiful Tanzania, Paige’s biggest challenge will be working closely with Jack while resisting the undeniable chemistry she feels when she’s with him.

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I’ve got a fun Flirting With Forty giveaway to celebrate Flirting With Fifty! All you have to do for a chance to win is to share your thoughts in the comments below. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

much love,

Jane

An Autumn Romance – the Movie!

Hi everyone,

My newsletter went out today in which I shared more details about The Tycoon’s Kiss movie which is now called An Autumn Romance, starring Jessica Lowndes and Chad Michael Murray, and premiers on the new GAC family network on October 23rd!

If you received the newsletter but didn’t see a tv channel option that works for you, here’s a longer list of places that carry the GAC network –

I am so excited for the movie and am planning to get completely in a Fall-ish mood by baking my delicious pumpkin bread, which is a family favorite, especially for my 12 year old, Mac! If you’d like to try it out too, here’s the recipe.

Jane’s Favorite Pumpkin Bread

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup, leveled off
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1-1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 15oz can 100% pure pumpkin (I use Libby’s)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 325°.
Grease 2 8×4 loaf pans with butter and dust with flour.
Combine flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Whisk well and set aside.
In a large electric mixer bowl, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until just blended.
Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until light and fluffy.
Beat in pumpkin. Mixture should look grainy and curdled. That’s okay.
Add flour mixture and mix on low speed until combined. Turn batter into prepared pans.
Bake for 65-75 minutes or until done.
Let loaves cool in pan for 10 minutes then turn out onto wire rack to cool completely.
Fresh out of the oven, the loaves have a deliciously crisp crust. If they last beyond a day, you can toast individual slices to get same fresh-baked effect. Enjoy!

I’m celebrating the premier of The Tycoon’s Kiss movie (aka GAC’s An Autumn Romance) with a fun giveaway. For a chance to win, leave a comment below and let me know what’s your favorite thing about the Fall season!

I have more good news coming soon so I’ll pop up again in your inbox in a couple of weeks to share. In the meantime, stay happy and cozy and enjoy the pumpkin bread!

Love,
Jane

My Movie News!

Dear Readers,

I sent out a newsletter today. Did you get it? If not, here’s a peek at some of the news I’ve shared.  I am so excited that Christmas Miracle for Daisy, one of my Taming of the Sheenan series, is moving into production this month for a Christmas movie this year.

It’s amazing how fast they can turn a TV movie around, with pre-production lasting three weeks, filming three weeks, and then two to three weeks for post production.

As soon as the producers give me the air date and time, I’ll share with all of you.  In the meantime, I have a festive A Christmas Miracle for Daisy giveaway for one of you.  Just leave a comment below, and let me know if you’ve read this one or not.

There’s more news in my newsletter so do let me know if you didn’t get it and while you’re here on my website, sign up again so you can get the next one because I do have more fun coming your way!

Love,
Jane

Orientation for Parents Who Need to Learn

My middle son doesn’t need me to go to his Parent Orientation this week at Occidental, after all he’s gone off to college twice now. We all know what’s going to happen—well, let’s be clear, we know how orientation goes—not necessarily how the year itself will go. That’s still up for grabs. But late last week when I was pouring over the orientation schedule for Oxy and I showed him the dessert goodbye for parents on Friday, the end of the 2 day orientation for parents, son made it clear he wasn’t interested in going.

“I hate goodbyes,” he said. “Let’s not do that.”

Panic filled me. “It’s the only time I see you on Friday,” I said.

“You can just go after moving me in on Thursday.”

“But what about Friday?”

“You don’t need to stay for both days. In fact, you don’t even need to go at all.”

My panic increased. I want to go and see him settled into the dorm. I want to help put sheets on his twin XL bed. I want to know where he’s going to put his stupid towels. I want to see where the desk is and who the room mates are. But I have to play it cool. I can’t freak out, because we both know how this is…how I am…how he is.

This son is the one with ideas that challenge me. He’s the one that talks music and books, movies and art, culture and meaning, and I love all my guys, but his brain makes sense to mine and he’s been the one to keep me sane when everything else was hard.

But keeping me sane shouldn’t be his job. He shouldn’t have to worry about me. He shouldn’t have to be my friend.

I knew when the kids were born they would leave, but I have struggled with the young adult launching, maybe because the launching isn’t smooth and seamless, but rather frightening jumps that have resulted in spectacular falls. The expression ‘crash and burn’ comes to mind, and it woke old fear in me, fear of chaos, fear of loss, fear that they wouldn’t be okay in the real world, fear that I hadn’t raised them properly, fear that the divorce had damaged them permanently. I adore my boys. I live for them. And that is the biggest problem I see now. How can you live for people that will ultimately leave you? How can you feel secure if you’re losing your heart?

But–I remind myself with sterness and weak conviction– I’m not losing my heart…or them. I’m simply learning to let them develop with more distance between us. I’m learning to let go so they can feel confident without me there. (truth, I haven’t learned to let go at all.)

So the hastily improved orientation plan now is that on Thursday I’ll drive up with middle son to help him move in to his dorm, and have a quick lunch with him if time permits, and then after one or two parent sessions, I’ll leave for dinner with Maggie, and then on Friday I have some film meetings before I take the train home at three.

It’s a good schedule, a busy schedule. I’ve deliberately planned things so I can’t be on the campus Friday, keeping myself occupied so middle son doesn’t have to worry about me, or feel guilty for not doing that dessert goodbye.

Middle son isn’t the only one that hates goodbyes. They’re just as hard for me. My close friends all know I don’t like to say goodbye. I choose to say, “See you soon.” I leave quickly when I go, often slipping out when no one is looking. So actually maybe middle son knew best, where we say goodbye after moving him in, rather than the formal dessert goodbye Friday.

If he were a different person, would I have enjoyed the dessert goodbye? Yes. If I were a different person, I wouldn’t be so intense and wanting to squeeze every moment of being together out of him. It’s a lot of pressure. A lot for a son.

Besides I’ve done this orientation before and I’m really not needed there. But I want to see his new dorm. I want to see his new world and maybe that way I’ll be content back in San Clemente, able to picture him in the world he’ll build without me.