Event Planning

I’ve one week left before Shey’s book, now titled, She’s Gone Country, is due, and a whole lot of writing still ahead of me. I’m putting in 12+ hour days now which are broken up every two hours to nurse Mac and I’m feeling good about what’s written but a little nervous about nailing the finish. But this is how I write. This is just me. Lots of nerves and lots of pep talks but in the end, I get it done.

I’m also looking ahead to events this Fall and eager to begin chatting with readers and friends about Easy On The Eyes.  I’ve gotten some wonderful reader mail this past week on the book and it’ll be fun to join book clubs and hear what they have to say about Tiana’s story. For those of you in book groups, I have a reader’s guide here on my site you can download.  I also have them printed in case you’d like one mailed with goodies for your book club. So if Easy becomes your book club pick, shoot me an email and I’ll make sure you have fun reader freebies for everybody in your group.

If you’re in the Seattle area, I now have two appearances scheduled and more is still to come, so keep checking in on my events page. I’ve also been asked by friends to join them in Southern California for some book parties in their home, so if you have a book group or a bunch of friends who’d like to meet me, let me know who and where and I’ll see if I can’t manage to visit you, too!

Here’s a pic from my RWA speaking engagement at the Aina Hina Library on July 11th… first time I’ve spoken since March and a lot of fun. It was great getting out and about and I can’t wait to see you. Let’s begin planning some events where I’m able to see my most loyal fans because you’re the reason I write, and you’re the reason I’m working very hard to make Shey’s book sensational.

Lynde Lakes, President of the Aloha Chapter   RWA, Jane Porter, and Madalyn Purcell, vice President of the Aloha Chapter RWA
Lynde Lakes, President of the Aloha Chapter RWA, Jane Porter, and Madalyn Purcell, vice President of the Aloha Chapter RWA


  1. Dear Jane,

    What a great photo! You look healthy and happy and glad to be mingling with your readers.

    Re: your previous post regarding your unhappiness with your current weight and shape – no one seeing this photo would ever think it. Unfortunately, our culture teaches women to second-guess ourselves and to focus on the areas we think we need to improve. Celebrate yourself as you are right now – your readers certainly do!

    And I applaud your bravery in sharing your previous post, because so many of us struggle with the same issues. You empower us to rise above them by showing us that we are all so very alike under the skin, no matter our size on the outside.


  2. I recently introduced a friend to your books. Now we’re both planning to attend your Seattle appearances. Looking forward to it. And BTW, you look beautiful in your recent picture.

  3. Jane,

    You look so great!! I have recently also introduced my friends to your books…one hasn’t read them yet but one has finished Flirting, watched the movie and started Odd Mom Out…She loves all so far! I have read Easy on the Eyes already and posted my review on Amazon for you…it was just fabulous!! Can’t wait for Shey’s story!! And if you come to Jersey, I have plenty of people who are looking forward to meeting you!!! Take care!! Happy writing!!

  4. You look awesome in this picture Jane! I hope to see you next summer at the RWA convention in DC.

  5. Jane, you look gorgeous. And kudos to all the work you are doing. Only you know the schedule that works best for you.

    I was unable to comment on the post about weight issues as that is something I am SO touchy about. My weight is outrageous. I just wish people could see the person I am inside. Besides family…I am constantly astounded that my husband finds me attractive, sexy even. It isn’t very often in the media world: TV, books, movies..that the larger woman is embraced…

  6. you look good! Your hair is fabulous too!
    I cant wait to read all your new books. I’m not in any book clubs but I wish I could find one to be in.

  7. Got the book at B&N and read it in two days! I will watch for the events in the area and show up – and bring my buddies.
    You made a baby and a book in the same year – you are one amazing gal!

  8. mmmmm… I have to say… you look beautiful! I know in your last post you were having issues with your weight, but sweety, if I looked like THAT, I wouldn’t have a care in the world! 🙂

  9. I lurk on this site every now and then because I like Jane and knew her way back when. (smile) I had to come out of lurk mode to comment on Jane’s post about her weight and the subsequent posts from bloggers who ask what is she talking about–she looks great.

    At the risk of blathering on about myself, I can say that I never had a weight problem until I was the final years of a previous marriage. I weighed 198 lbs. I’m 5’8″. I got angry and upset with myself, hired a trainer at Gold’s and went down to 132. A size 4 or 6. I was THRILLED to be that tiny. I dated, I felt fabulous.

    Three years ago, I met my current husband. We’ve been married two years. He could care less what I weigh. I put on weight during our first year of marriage. Back up to 155-160. I hired a personal trainer again and am now around 145.

    I look at myself and wish I was that 132 lb. woman again. I wear a size 8 now. Sometimes a 10. Every day I think about being that 132 pounds again. It’s a slow process. I lose a pound, I gain three back. I exercise five days a week, work out with the trainer for three days.

    My husband leaves me alone, but tells me I look great to him. But being the one living in this body and knowing I have the ability to be 132 again, I’m disappointed in myself.

    Jane–I get you. I get the inner turmoil. Yeah, I think you look fabulous now. But if you want to be that other woman again, go for it. Give yourself time and you’ll get there.

    Missed you at RWA this year.

  10. I just wanted to say congrats on all the good things happening in your life right now. You’re one lucky woman! Also, thanks for passing on the “luck” — I recently won a package from ASR and in it were goodies from YOU! They are really cool, and I want to thank you for your generosity. If you get what you give in life, then lots of great things will be happening to you some more. Do enjoy! These ARE the best years of your life!

  11. Hi Jane, Just got Easy on the Eyes (won it in a contest at Christina Arbini’s site!) I just started it with my morning breakfast and now I don’t want to go to work. First let me say that I’m so happy for you but so dang envious that your words are so captivating! As an unpublished writer, I read stuff like yours and wonder if mine will ever be as good. But you’re also an inspiration and I keep trying because I remember your story about all the books and years it took to be published. Thanks for such great reads and being a fab. role model.

  12. just wanted to thank you for the easy on the eyes fun pack i got in the mail, what a surprise! i let people know what a great author you are. hopefully you’ll be in visalia soon to do a book promo, can’t wait to visit. i owe you a coffee 😉

  13. Hi Jane,
    I have just discovered your books since I saw Flirting With Forty on television. I am a struggling writer myself and have enjoyed your web site. I love to read and really have enjoyed your books. I have won several writing contests and hope that I am not too old to get published someday. I am 57.


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