Let’s Make It Beautiful & Keep It Real

I announced this week that 2012 was about personal change, and 2013 is going to be about professional change.

So in 2013 I’m shaking it up professionally.

I’m not going to write what I’ve been writing for all the publishers I’ve been writing for.  My choice.  I let my agent go and have yet to sign a contract with a new one.  My choice.  I’m anticipating changing what I write, and how I write, and possibly how I’m published.  It might even mean I don’t write for awhile if that’s what it takes to figure out what I still want to accomplish in my career, and which stories are the stories I need to tell.

After forty plus books, I know what I do well, and I know what I enjoy, and I know what a story needs.  But the marketing now…the promoting…its internet gone wild!  Myspace gone.  Facebook gone public.  Tweet, tweet, twitter.  Interest in pinterest?  Goodreads.  Bad Reads.  Instagram, baby.  Let’s not even get into blogging…

So in 2013 I’m going to make it beautiful and keep it real by writing stories for women not just in the 30’s and 40’s, but women in their 50’s and beyond, because women of all ages are fascinating and beautiful.  I want to write about 60, 70, 80, 90 year old women, and how we age, and what happens to our families and our friendships as we change.

It means I want to write about first love at 16, and young women starting careers, and the excitement of being a bride, and the work of marriage.  I want to write about babies, and infertility, and children leaving the nest.  I want to write about women who feel broken but are actually strong.

I want to write about love–hot, sexy guys that make a girl feel gorgeous and young–and maternal love, and family love.  Platonic love.  Spiritual love.  And very very carnal love.

I want to write about community, and faith, trust, betrayal, heartbreak.  I want to write about birth, death, divorce.  I want to write about success and failure.  I want to write about hope and pain.  I want to write about falling down and dragging yourself back up.

And  I want it to be good.   Because I’m writing for you.

I’ve got some more holiday prize boxes that need a home before the holidays come.  Want a chance to win one?  Talk to me below.   It can be about anything.  Big, small, deep, trivial.  I’m all ears.  And I read every single comment—not just once, but sometimes again and again–because you make it beautiful.  And you keep it real.

Giveaway ends Thursday night, and I’ll announce the winners Friday morning.  Good luck and happy December!

207 Comments

  1. Jane,
    Looks like I am the only one awake and still at a computer reading, and I am thrilled to be one of the first to say “You GO Girl!”
    I love your books and I think they have always been about the important things you mention and what women want to read about, and if you need to ditch the impediments to allowing you to write the way you want to, so be it!!
    I admire and care about you and I have to encourage you to keep writing because your readers look forward to every new book you write. I read your “Princess” Harlequin books this year and I usually don’t buy or read H. books, but because you wrote them I bought them and I read them and I liked it.
    Ok, have to ask, did you change your hair color, too?? You have a wicked grin on your face that makes me think you are up to something…. Even getting your hair done you are beautiful and your beauty is genuine because you are a beautiful person, not just a beautiful face. Real and beautiful is you all over.

  2. Our lives are continually being re-made, as it were. We grow & stretch our wings in so many different ways over the years.

    I love stories that reflect the strength of women. We are daughters, mothers, wives, lovers etc etc.

    It’s fabulous that you get this!!!

  3. I somehow found your blog before I found your books. I’m just starting to read your books and I admit I haven’t read many (I’m not a fast reader anymore). But what drew me to your blog and keeps me coming back is that you are real and beautiful and you make your readers feel that they are too. You inspire and encourage us, you remind us of how strong we are just when we really need it. I was blessed to find your blog and look forward to reading what you write because it is always real and beautiful.

  4. Good luck with your new direction in writing. It sounds like you have a lot of wonderful stories to tell. Change is always exciting but worrisome to me. Our daughter will start her student teaching next month and will be graduating from college in May. I am looking forward to seeing where she goes .
    My daughter will get her degree in Special Education and has worked in a non-profit pre-school for special needs children for five years. I am so proud of her work since it is a tough job, working with children many who aren’t potty trained, don’t speak and have many health issues. She goes to school at night after working all day and also runs a group that allows teens and young adults with disabilities to socialize. She comes home with amazing stories though like the boy who didn’t talk at all until a week before he was going to be leaving the school for good and then he said a whole sentence and the boy who every morning after he left their school asked about my daughter on his ipad and his family would show him a picture of the two of them together so he would go to his new school.

  5. Wow! How exciting! How brave! Wow. Looking forward to the results. You’ll be successful, no matter what.

    I can’t even imagine how hard it is to keep up with all the internet stuff…that in itself must be a full time job.

    Since I’m aging as well (although fighting it:))…I’m relieved to know that there will be books for me, as long as you’re still writing!

  6. I’m excited to read your upcoming changes! Although I love what you’ve written in the past, change can be nice, good thing (or really scary 🙂 )

    I’ve never declaired a year anything. It always interests when people like yourself declair a year of professional change. Maybe I need to look into declairing. 🙂

    Good luck!

  7. Wow…you rock and I’m so proud of you. We are all behind you and you will be fan-tastic and O what fun you’ll have. Can’t wait to see your new journey come to life…good luck as always Jane, you are one grand girl and so wonderful to all of us…Ruth

  8. It looks like you’re drinking champagne and coloring your hair–wicked fun for the new year- good for you. I, too, read all the comments, because there is real wisdom and humor among your readers. Are you going to go the route of serialized e-books? Maybe a screenplay? Enjoy the journey (and the holidays.)

  9. Your always striving for something new and this direction sounds incredible and wonderful. What an amazing and beautiful idea which appeals to women everywhere. best wishes and good luck. You are brave, strong and unique.

  10. Good for you for jumping in with both feet for a big change in your writing. You know I’m sure whatever you write, we will read it. Maybe you could follow a family from the wedding of one of it’s youngest members to the marriages of the older women. Just a thought. Have a wonderful and safe holiday season.

  11. I totally love this! I remember you were saying something along the lines that you weren’t given the opportunity to expand as a writer in your current situation at the tea party. Not sure if I said it but it reminded me of the movie Pitch Perfect- if you don’t go with what’s happening now your not going to win. You need to take some of the old and switch up now and then. i think 2013 is going to be the FUN year : )

  12. Jane,

    Those are the kind of stories I love to read. Women’s stories…and all the “stuff” we go through in life. All the stages of life. I am still trying to find my identity…Even went back to work full time 7months ago to see for myself what I can do. Am I just a mom? wife? pto member? I want to be Cindy. But is this something that you figure out once or is it an ongoing search? All “stuff” I am trying to figure out currently.

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with 🙂

    Cindy

  13. Good luck with your new adventure in writing! I have read all your “Modern Lit” books and loved them all but I have to say your latest is by far the best! You really touched on how we are mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and friends and winging it, sometimes making not such good choices but having the strength and courage to go on and just trying to do the best that we can. I loved the way you captured the family dynamics, especially between the sisters. I fell in love with the Brennan family and can’t wait for The Good Daughter to come out. Thank you for your writing!

  14. Congratulations on knowing what you want and taking the leap to get there!

    During the last half of the 6 years I spent getting my PhD in biology, I had the frightening realization that a life at the bench was not for me. I say frightening because I declared my college major would be biology when I was 12 and decided I was going to be a research scientist when I was 17. I’m one of those hyper-organized, over-achieving types. Changing the plan in my late 20’s was terrifying.

    The internal debate raged. I made endless pro and con lists. Pursuing a post-doctoral fellowship after graduation was expected in academia. Any other job pursuit was viewed as a failure of the student, the mentor, and the academic institution. I probably would have made a decent researcher, but it wasn’t what I wanted to do. I wanted to spend time with my husband. I didn’t enjoy every work week being 50-70 hours at the bench with additional hours spent reading journals at home. I wanted more time with family at the holidays. I needed to stop the weekly migraines that hours of microscopy were triggering. I hated coming home smelling like mice.

    I finally concluded that I liked talking and learning about biology a great deal more than I liked doing biology. So I took the leap and decided to pursue full-time teaching at the college level. I didn’t send out a single application for a post-doctoral position. I was unemployed for three months, until I was offered an adjunct position at community college teaching non-majors biology. I absolutely loved it despite the low pay and uncertain scheduling semester to semester. After 4 years of part-time teaching with whoever would hire me, I landed a full-time lecturer position at a university. I’m currently in my third year in that job and, right now, I can’t imagine doing anything else.

    I hope your leap makes you as happy as mine did. I look forward to reading your future works.

  15. Congrats to you Jane! I want you to write the stories that you need and want to tell. And I know, that no matter what, I’ll be reading them…along with all of your other fans. Cheers to writing about women, of all ages, at all different times in their lives!

  16. Hi Jane,

    I just love this blog and how you tell us readers about what´s to come and I can only imagine how big a journey you are on right now.
    You know that I read every single book that you get published so I look forward to how you will write in the future.
    I can already see a big difference in how you write from the first Harlequin, Your first modern lit, The Frog Prince, to now.
    I can´t wait to read your next book.

    I´m back home in the pacific north west and getting ready for the holidays.
    I just love baking and right now the house is smelling like Christmas to me. I just baked some danish Christmas cookies while I´m waiting for the kids to wake up.

    I hope you have a great Christmas with your family.

  17. (Agreeing with the other poster:)

    You GO Girl!

    Life is too short and should be as magical and fun as possible.

    My favorite stories are those of women who face obstacals (even the small ones,) heartbreak and betrayal and come out stronger and more glorious in the end.

    The idea that you’re grasping the reigns of your life–just like one of your heroines–is inspirational.

    Have a great holiday season and Amazing year to come!

    Xoxo

    PS Love the photo. You look like you are having so much fun. 🙂

  18. It is brave of you to go off in a new direction. So many women stagnate by doing the same old thing their whole lives. It is always a risk to try something different, but it is important to do what is in your heart. We SHOULD evolve and grow as our roles as women change through the years.

    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a productive, rewarding new year!

  19. Wow! I’m so excited for you! I can tell by the post you’re excited. I want to read everything you mentioned. I hope we won’t have to wait too long! Your post reminded me of this quote I read yesterday,

    Your life will be no better than the plans you make and the action you take. You are the architect and builder of your own life, fortune, destiny. ~ Alfred A. Montapert

    Go for it Jane, you will succeed in whatever you do!

  20. Change can be a very good and scary thing. I’m coming up on some big ones myself. I have been part time with the USPS for the past 15 years. I’m a rural carrier so i deliver to people residential and country using my car. Beginning Dec 29th I’m going to be working full time. Big adjustment from part time. Learning a new route is going to be a challenge along with the snowy roads. Little bit nervous over here but the money and benefits will be worth it. I also have 3 boys ages 10, 16 and 20 and a husband who is a over the road truck driver. Should be a interesting year.

    I wish you good luck Jane with your changes. It’s not always easy but you seem to have the right attitude and confidence to make it happen. It says something about you to step out of your comfort zone and go for what you want. Congrats and good luck!

    Lisa B

  21. Wow!!! I am so excited about the new changes you are making for 2013!! I am so looking forward to the new books you will be writing!! Congratulations to you for daring to making changes and stepping outside of your box!! You now have me all pumped up to maybe make some changes in my own life!!! Come on 2013!!

  22. Congrats on your fierce spirit that is allowing you to follow your dreams for change. I can’t wait to see what is in store for you for the next year on beyond! Thank you so much for being such an inspiration!
    Much love & happiness!

  23. Oh thank you, Jane. I am so excited for you. And for us readers! Women don’t disappear after 50, we just get more and more interesting.

    It’s so wonderful to have choices in life. I hope & wish for a beautiful and happy 2013 for you and your handsome hubby and wonderful boys.

  24. I’m so excited for you and proud of you for taking that leap into different directions. I know that anything you write is going to be wonderful. I wish you much success in the upcoming year!

  25. Jane – I wish you every success and much happiness in 2013. I applaud your choice to write the books you want to read. And from what you’ve written about them in this blog post, they’re just the books I want to read. I know I’m not alone in that either. Wishing you the very, very best –
    Caroline

  26. I’m not exactly sure why it lifts my heart to read this, but it does! I’ve actually been reading more kids stories lately…just looking for real characters, real emotion, a real story and not targeted marketing gone wild. Sounds like you’re taking some time to feed your soul. Good call, kiddo. It’s the most important thing you’ve got. Nice deep breaths 🙂

  27. Go! Go! Go!! Sounds very exciting and challenging. You have the best marketing and promotions of any author. Whatever you do, I know you will be fabulous.

  28. Oh wow you are going to cover every age, I love that about your writing. You never know until you start reading your books.

    Right now I am trying to get dear son through finals week and then he is done, done, done.

  29. Jane,

    I love that you are going to write what YOU want to write. In my life I’ve had a lot of good times and bad. I was a VERY young, single mom. I had a special needs child when I was only 19 yrs old (it made me grow up really fast). I was diagnosed with a chronic illness that had me very sick and unable to care for myself or my children for 3 years. I lost my special needs daughter when she was 13. I was blessed to be chosen to adopt my baby girl. Through it all my family has always been there for me and have been my biggest fans. Through the good times and bad they have been there. I thank God every day for them. I also thank God for you. You are an incredibly gifted writer, a beautiful person and a treasured friend. I can’t wait to see where your writing brings you and for me to be able to enjoy the rewards of all of your hard work.

    xoxoxo

  30. Jane,

    Its kinda interesting to me that you think you Don’t already write all that. YOU DO!

    However, I understand you’re under constraints to write what the publisher wants, not what you want to write from the heart. Which, in reality, is where the true magic of You shines through.

    I’m looking forward to 2013 too. Can’t wait to see what’s next from you 🙂
    Crystal

    1. Crystal,

      You make a good point–I am already writing what I want to write–but I am under publisher constraints, which isn’t often editor constraints, but marketing and the numbers guys…those folks that free up cash so that the editor can buy the book or not. And I’ve heard a lot that stories about 50+ women aren’t profitable, nor market friendly, but I think they are reader friendly, and I know I’d love to write stories about interesting women of all ages…not just 30 year olds who are beautiful and clever. (Although there is a place for those stories, too!)

      1. Jane,
        Very proud of you. It’s scary sometimes to take a different path and admirable that you are following your senses on this. I am very surprised that the 50 year old woman segment is considered not as marketable. My thought is, what about all the baby boomers, they read and there are more of them than the rest of us.
        Good luck and I’m excited for you.

        Tammy

  31. Jane, you are an inspiration to women everywhere.I adore you, appreciate your spirit and look forward to the changes you are making for 2013. Have a blessed Christmas season!!

  32. Jane,

    I’m thrilled! Not only for YOU, but for US, your readers! One of the biggest things that draws me back to your books (repeatedly) is how you keep it so real. You hooked me with “Flirting with Forty” because there were so many things that I could relate to (the age, the location, the friends, etc etc etc!) and every book since then I have loved and could connect with the characters on one level or another. I’m looking forward to your new direction – good luck!

  33. Jane,
    I’m so proud of you! Way to go…follow your heart. I wish you a great Christmas and wonderful new year! May you and your family be blessed! 🙂
    Hugs, Julie

  34. I think change is great! Shaking things up and challenging ourselves is good for people to do in their lives! It helps us learn more and grow everyday. My Grandma always said you can always learn something new as long as you keep your mind open.

  35. You never cease to amaze me! Inspiring, gutsy, gorgeous and giving!

    Love you girl…all the best in 2013 and beyond!

    XOXO
    Shannon in Tustin
    (no contest)

  36. That is awesome! Having a plan is definitely a good place to start. Oh my, you’ve written over 40 books??!Am never going to catch up but Flirting with Forty is absolutely one of my favorite movies! Wishing you all the best in your 2013 plans! I sure will be reading those books.

  37. Girl meets boy in junior high. fall in love, marry, have children. Boy ever graduate from high school. Family struggles for years. Man eventually owns a multimillion dollar business after children are grown and moved on. Become severely ill on a family vacation and comes home to find out that he has pancreatic cancer… Dies and leaves wife and children.. Wife never remarries . Childhood sweethearts to the end….

  38. You go Jane! You are brave! I love the new adventure you are heading towards. I’ll be looking forward to the new chapter(s).

    I am mentally challenged these days so I am looking forward to my upcoming vacation. Happy holidays!

  39. Jane, I love all of your books and I’m always keeping up with your blogs so I don’t miss out on any of your books! I cannot wait for your next one! You are awesome!!! 🙂

  40. My very first thought this afternoon reading your blog was “good for you Jane… you are not afraid of change and are doing what you want to do, what is best for you.” I have had a frustrating day – that I’m pretty sure no one wants to read about. But what I wanted to say to you is that I wish I had the – guts, determination, bravery? – not sure which adjective to use – to make that leap of faith and do something else in MY career. So, you have inspired me. In 2013….I’m going to make some changes too. Life is short. I think it is time I took a deep breath and jumped! Thanks Jane. 🙂

  41. 2013 is gonna be a GREAT year! I have a feeling I’ve read most of those 40+ books 😀

    I had a blast when you visited Dallas earlier in the month. I hope you swing back through.

    Also, if you ever need any Arbonne, I’m here for ya!

  42. Hi Jane,

    I love the bold new adventure you are about to embark on.:) I really admire you. You’re such a strong, talented and caring woman! You’re keeping my dream of writing alive.

    Best of luck for 2013! I hope to meet you again in San Clemente in the new year!

  43. I wish you the best of luck in the next year with your changes. I admire people who can set and keep goals and have the confidence to make changes. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

  44. I am LOVIN’ this post, Jane! Thank you for your honesty and your willingness to embrace change on such a monumental level. I too have been feeling the inner stirrings of “change” – career wise, life wise, ME wise. I have NO idea what it all means just yet or how it’ll all materialize. But I do know that I feel both excitement and perhaps a little bit of anxiety, too. (I’d be lying if I said I didn’t!) 😉 But in the end? It’s all good. So…Rock on, dear Jane and I look forward to seeing where this new chapter in life takes you!

  45. Jane,
    Good for you!! I’m one of those 50+ women and I am excited to see what you write going forward. I already love what you write and I’m sure 2013 will bring great writing for you. Can’t wait.
    Dawn

  46. Wow I have never read you as a writer. I just got a post on my facebook wall with this link on it but just from reading your blog. i am going to go out and find your books. When someone is so passionate about your writing you know its going to be good.

  47. Jane, I admire what you are going to do and I hope you have every success. I love your books that I read and I’m looking forward to reading your future books. I think everyone needs a change every once in awhile. With me I want to try something different with my reading. even though it will be the same type of books I’ve been reading. Last year I did alot of book grp challenges it got alot of books off my shelves. it worked out well for me, tried it again this year I didn’t even come close to finishing the ones I set up to do ended up reading too many book grp reads. I might have been reading series books faster but found I wasn’t getting in enough books of what I just felt like reading at the time. so in 2013 I want to do maybe one book grp challenge, decide what hardcovers off my shelf I want to read (I have less of those than pbs/trade size. finish up any of the buddie reads I set myself for. and just read what I feel like in the time. and catch up with some favorite authors books that I have fallen behind on. Two summers in a row I went in a contest at the bookstore at the shore for most books read (during july to labor day) I came in 2nd place both years. next year I want 1st place. still won a tote with books they picked up from a convention so I still got a good prize.
    Lots of luck and best wishes in the New Year.

  48. So happy for you and excited for your next adventure! Im looking forward to what you come up with. Im a push over for reunited love 🙂 My hubby and I dated in the 80’s and got back together in 99. I love a good mush book, with a touch of smut 🙂 Always enjoy your books. Have fun, relax, and everything will fall into place. Love to you and the family-hope you have a great holiday!

  49. I love this post – You are one amazing author already. I Love to read about your thoughts on what you want to write. I think it is facinating that you want to write about older woman. My husband’s great aunt will be 97 years old next month, and let me tell you, she has some great stories. unfortunatly she is beginning to go down hill a little. we are keeping a watchful on her now because she had a mini stroke last night, but wow the stories she would tell. It would be amazing to read a book focused on the elder’s as they have so much to teach and pass along. Thanks for being you!!
    Jen

  50. Change is good for 2013..That’s what I am going to try to do change for the good..Going to be 53 this year with 4 beautiful Grandchildren. So I’m going to try to get better in my health so that’s going to be a big change for me..Thanks for the chance to win..Love all your books..

  51. You Go Jane! Follow your dreams and your heart! We are your loyal fans and friends of sorts and we will support you in whatever you decide to do. I think your ideas are great. I myself do not want to read about 20 somethings all the time. I am going to be 50 in January and I like to read about all ages and about people of my age. Thank you for all that you do!

  52. The best books are ones that the author wanted or had to write as opposed to what they may think is the “in” genre. I think it’s wonderful that you want to branch out and explore. Looking forward to your next story whatever it is!

  53. As I read thru your blog, something really struck home. You wanting to write about 16 year old first love. My 16 year old daughter just got her first real boyfriend and I will tell you, it’s dang scary for me. Maybe write about 16 year old love from the parents point of view, oh boy would that be a horror story. 🙂 Just kidding, but I cannot wait to read more from you.
    Smiles always,

  54. Your success in the past give you a lot of great choices going forward..what a good message to give your kids. As a military financial counselor I would like to see more economically realistic stories…for some reason book, tv and movie story lines always seem to skip over coping with financial challenges and then people feel bad about themselves for not having those perfect lives

  55. You are one amazing woman, Jane. This blog post totally inspired me, and YOU inspire me – both personally and in my own writing career. Major major kudos for you for changing things up – for YOU and for your readers.

    All the best, and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Lisa McManus Lange

  56. Change is good. My house went from being an empty nest to a full one and now empty again. Took some getting used to, but I’m enjoying it now. I see def changes for this next year. Things I’ve been waiting to do…:)

  57. Jane- As a 28 year old reader, I’m excited to see how your new ideas work out! I’m getting older, even though I don’t want to, so it makes sense that I read more than young adult books now!!

    I just finished one of my masters classes. I only have 2 left and then I’m done. I’m looking forward to spending Christmas break with friends and family and doing a whole lot of nothing! I’m hoping my best friend comes home from California for the holidays, but if not, we’re due for an hour long phone convo. I wish I had someone to share the holidays with besides my 2 kitties, but I’m lucky to have my family. I look forward to the holiday time when I do have someone special to spend it with though. Maybe I need to head to Hawaii??

  58. Hi Jane. I just want to let you know that I think you’re a wonderfully brave woman to be doing something like this. Your previous books have been very successful and yet you feel that you have more to give your fans. More to write. More to share. I think that you’re amazing and that you set a good example for all of us: to never be afraid of change and to never stop growing as an individual.
    Kudos!!!
    Diana

  59. Jane…you can do this. You are doing this! I am beyond proud of you. I had to walk away from the career I loved, the clients I loved, because they couldn’t afford to pay me anymore because of funding issues. Issues that were beyond my control. I had 30 days to finish things up, to hold my head high when everyone was expecting me to crumble. To stand in front of those I loved, to say good-bye.
    You are taking the brave first step without seeing the whole staircase. I will take that first step with you, in blind faith, knowing that better, fabulous, wonderful days are ahead!
    Hugs (and lots o’ pride!),
    Tracy

  60. Hi Jane!
    Happy Holidays- Merry Christmas!

    I am excited to read all that you want to write about! It ALL sounds wonderful to ME!

    Change can be a wonderful thing! And it sounds like you are embracing it well and ready to take off! Go Girl!

  61. You go Jane! Change, whether it’s career or just the color of your hair, is great. Sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it’s easy. But the most important thing that I think is important to remember, is to do what makes you happy! Cheers to a new chapter in the story that is yours Jane.

  62. Because you are going to change I will tell you what I like to read about. I love a story that has women from each generation. A family story and of course there has to be a love story too. I love reading a story that tells how each generation of women had some kind of hardship to get through. Anyway I’ll read what ever you write. lol

  63. Jane – Have a wonderful holiday and hope that next year will be a wild adventure for you. I’m looking forward to whatever you write. You seem to have given a lot of thought to how you want to go with your career and I give you a lot of credit. Much luck!

  64. Do whatever it takes to make you happy and fulfilled. I’ve liked all your books that I have read; however, I like the person you are and I for one plan on reading whatever it is you write. And, hey – I think that writing about us 60 year olds is an incredible idea – we are at that age where we are practicing being old – lol. Hugs

  65. Jane,

    I think that it is wonderful that you are taking charge of your career and your life. You are right as we age people seem to forget about us, but no matter how we age we are still beauriful fasinating women. I am glad that you do not want to write what people tell you to write you should write what comes from the heart. When it is a work that you look at and feel like you are giving a piece of yourself away then you know you have done great work. So yes Make it Beautiful and Keep it Real becuase that is who you are.

    I look forward to your new books.

    LaNette

  66. I’m so excited for you because I can tell you’re so excited! Here’s to a fabulous 2013!

    I’m also happy right now because I got 5 Christmas and 3 December/January birthday presents bought this afternoon! Yee Haw!

    Can’t wait to read your next adventure…your books always make me happy!

    Take care!

    Amy

  67. Oh Jane, I am so very excited for you! Just reading this gives me inspiration! Here is to 2013 and your new changes ahead! I enjoy your books so very much and can not wait to read all of your future books. I also will be making a career change next year and can’t wait! You will ROCK each book you write!

  68. Hi Jane-
    Love the pic! I’ll be doing that on Saturday. I think it’s great that you are taking a new direction with your writing. I also think that this is a good move for you. You can really settle into your new home and surroundings and just BE! Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy, Happy 2013:)

  69. AMEN! Woo hoo! Way to go, Jane! I can’t wait to read all these new books that are just ideas in your head right now! Everything you described is what I want to read. I am so excited for your future writing career, and so proud that you have taken these steps and are following your heart to do what you know you have to do. YES!
    When you first made a comment about professional changes coming for you, I had a moment’s awful thought pass through my mind that you might be giving up writing to pursue something else. I am so glad that is not the case!

  70. What an exciting adventure you have in front of you. I wish you the best of luck with whatever you do. These stories need to be told and you may just be the one to tell them. You have such passion for your writing and am happy you will be able to break away from what is expected of you, to write the words that are struggling to be told.
    Have a wonderful 2013.

  71. Hi Jane,
    I am so excited about your new adventure into writing. You are brave to leave what works and try something different. I truly admire you. As a mother, grandmother, 65+, someone who lost both parents AND a son, I am anxious to see what topics you choose to write about. If you are writing about older women, you have an unlimited palette to draw from, as we have experienced so much more than most younger women. For better or worse it’s a right of passage. Whereas a younger woman is still dreaming her dreams, we understand dreams aren’t always what we’d hoped them to be. It is definitely an interesting place to find oneself.
    Best of luck in your new endeavor. Stay strong and focused.

  72. JANE – way to go by following your passion and true gift of writing. With the last book you wrote I swore this was your best so far because it spoke so true to heart touching every emotion and feeling that Meg was going through as well as other characters. I am excited for you to explore this side of your writing because I think that life takes us through a journey to get to what we are meant to do and that my friend is TOUCH and CHANGE lives, one story at a time!

    I am excited and can’t wait to see what and where 2013 and beyond takes you!

    You GO GIRL!!!

  73. WOW! I need to dig deep and change my life. I have not been living! just going threw the motions. I am 55 years old and you are right, my life is not over. Gotta stop acting like it is!

  74. By my above #83 post, I was not entering your drawing. I just wanted to comment on your blog. Thank you very much for the goody box I received today.

  75. How exciting for you Jane! I know you will succeed in anything that you try! and I also know that I will be reading whatever you write!! <3

  76. Love this post. My favorite parts of your books have always been how the women face real life problems but end up being strong enough to rise above them and find happiness for themselves. Losing the fear of trying new things and failing is a great benefit of getting older, I think! I applaud your desire to write about interesting women of all ages and wish you great success!!

  77. I think it’s cool that you’re taking the plunge and doing what YOU want to do. Every New Year I say it’s going to be a better year, but I never really let go of the things from the old year and actually make it true. I’m really looking forward to seeing your new direction.

  78. I have to say kudos! I know it is possible to fall in love later in life. My Mom is in her 60’s and went she told me the story of how she and her boyfriend met and started dating the first words out of my mouth was how it was like a romance story. It was so sweet, and old fashion just a perfect courtship for any age.

  79. It is wonderful to hear that you are willing to write books that will appeal to the “older” generation. Everything is geared for the younger people and as a baby boomer I sure feel left out…that once you are over 40, your life is over and uninteresting. Thank you and good luck with your new venture. I’ll be looking for your next book.

  80. 🙂
    Jane,
    I love what you do & who you are. I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings to you (and the rest of us too)!!
    Much love,
    Cheryl
    🙂

  81. Jane,

    Good for you…do what makes you happy.

    That’s my motto for 2013. Ever since I was in high school I’ve wanted to take college photography classes. I never got that chance because I was always to busy doing what made everyone else happy. Well come January 2013 I will be enrolled in local college photography class…just because it’s what I want to do.

    Change is GOOD.

    Melissa

  82. Wow, good for you for doing what YOU want! I feel like I am at a crossroads in my life as well. Maybe it’s because I’m staring 40 down the nose? I am realigning what’s important to me and trying to find my joy. What makes ME happy. What is best for my family, not what society says is best. I want to write too. I want to read too. I want to read what YOU write. Can’t wait to see 2013 unfold – for you and for me.

  83. Wishing you a wonderful 2013 and all the best in finding that place you want to be!

    I love stories about everything and also have wondered before why it seems most love stories are limited to young women…we can fall in love at any age. My mother in law has a wonderful story of love and she was in her 60’s when it happened, with an ex-Navy Seal turned women’s hair stylist. 🙂

  84. What a great post. Love reading about the changes you are aspiring to make in your life. I love your work and look forward for what is to come out of this new chapter in your writing. I feel inspired already 🙂

  85. Jane, I love to read what you have to write. I have especially enjoyed your books.
    I am really looking forward to Christmas, my daughter and family will be arriving from North Carolina, it’s been too long since we have all been together.
    I look forward to what you have to write in 2013, it’s going to be a GREAT year.

  86. I love when people want to make changes for themselves and to write about real women is amazing. The last time I checked, the average women doesn’t look like she just fell off the cover of a magazine and the average mom doesn’t look like the Real Housewives of television. So when books authors create characters that have flaws and are as real as me it allows me to enjoy the story even more because I feel like I can relate. As a mother with five kids, 3 dogs, 2 cats and a husband, reading is my escape for a small amount of time each day to unwind and breathe. Thanks for writing about all types of women.

  87. Hello Jane!
    I love how you continue to care about us readers! We love you, and how you stay connected to your fans. Read several of your books even carry them in my red & black Jane Porter tote, looking forward to more whatever publisher you chose!

  88. Jane,
    I have enjoyed everything you have written since way back. Your stories speak to me like no others. Next year I will be 50 gosh where did this decade go. I look forward to reading what ever you churn out you never disappoint.

    My mom just came home from the hospital today. Eleven days, I am glad she is home and on the the mend. My house is a wreck and I didn’t get to put Christmas decorations up yet because of staying in the room with her.

  89. Wow Jane! I applaud you and the risk taker in you! You are so brave, I wish I was a little more like that. Sometimes I am so afraid of change and going out of my comfort zone, but we need to do that as women and as individuals so we aren’t remaining stagnate and to see what life has to offer! Take your time in deciding and enjoy the holidays (the first in your new home!)with your family :)I look forward to reading whatever you decide to write. Reading is my escape from the hecticness (is that a word??) of my day. Thank you for sharing your news with us and I wish you all the best in your new literary adventure!!

  90. Wow, Jane, sounds like a good move for you! As someone in her 50s, I appreciate that you’ll be writing for women of all ages, even us oldies! I hope you’re doing the happy dance now!

  91. Jane-I so admire your passion and commitment! I love your writing and especially your ability to channel real emotion into words on a page . Keep it up. I’m certainly game for whatever you create and share next!

  92. I’m so excited for you! We all always say “if I could do anything I want, with nothing to stop me THIS would make me happy” but mist of us never get a chance to prove it. You removed all if your supports and are stepping out of your comfort zone to absolutely let yourself go and I can’t wait to see the result! I do have favorite “styles” of books from you and it sounds like you may even surpass what you’ve already accomplished. Cant wait to get one of these new books in my hands. Good luck!!!

  93. Go for it, Jane! You are fearless and in control! I cannot wait to read your new books!

    So, I had an odd day … left my purse at my apartment, went back to get it, picked up files at the office, dropped them all over the parking lot in the dark before sunrise, drove up the mountain, saw the usual cows, horses, sheep, and something new … 3 roosters by the side of the road eating, left my cell phone in the car…now sleeping at the mountain office on an air mattress to avoid the commute tomorrow, enjoying the wifi, texting my beloved niece who thankfully still thinks I am cool and recently taught me how to use emoticons …we shall see what tomorrow holds. Bring it on!

  94. You amaze me! I so wish I could be strong enough to make such tough changes in my life – to be brave enough to take a hold of the reins! You have given me inspiration to do something with my life in the coming year – Thank you!

  95. Brava Jane!! You are taking a HUGE step on your personal path, good for you! Life is about loving, growing and learning, and the best way to do that is to step out of your comfort zone. It sounds like you are listening to your inner guide/higher self and making a big leap of faith. At the end of the day, our lives are not actually about us, they are about all the other lives we touch along the way. I am certain this courageous move of yours will have a wonderful ripple effect! I think this is the real significance of the end of 2012, more people becoming more conscious of the interconnection of us all. Looking forward to hearing more about your big adventure!! Hope to see you in Hawaii soon. Much love and aloha!

  96. AWESOME!! I look forward to these new books. All of the descriptions you gave sound just like the kind of things I like to read. All of your fans will stick with you no matter what publisher, agent, etc, so just go with what YOU enjoy, at your pace. We will all be here when you debut your “new” line! : )

  97. Yay you, Jane, on this amazing (and courageous!) new chapter!!! I can’t imagine the debates you must’ve had with yourself to get to this point, and all I have to say is YOU EARNED THIS.

    I’ll be there to read your 50-year-old romances. I’m 36, but love is love. Just give me conflict and satisfying romantic scenes (not necessarily sexual) and I’m yours (as a reader, that is). ;o)

    Best,
    Susan

  98. Yeah Jane!,
    So exciting to hear of your changes! I love that you will write about all ages, and women my age 50’s also. I applaud you for making it beautiful and keeping it real. That is what life is !
    I will look forward to reading more of your books, real books with covers and pages I will try not to fold!
    Enjoy some relaxing time in your new town and home!
    I plan on making some Christmas cookies that remind me of my best friend who just passed away. I want to think of our cookie exchanges, baking together, sharing books, and times together.

  99. Jane,
    I admire you for taking a risk and making changes. I love your books and I have a feeling that what you will be writing in 2013 will be better than ever. I can’t wait to see what you do 🙂

  100. Jane..i think it’s great you stand up for yourself and do it on your terms..way to go. Why so you have to do what all else does..be your own person and do it on your own time and such. I hope you have a great 2013 in everyway…thanks..merry xmas and a great 2013…kimy

  101. Good for you for finding the courage to do what you need to do for you, and for your readers! It takes many of us years to find it, sadly some of us never do.

    Stories about 50 year women aren’t marketable? Who do they think read your books? We don’t want to read about what we may be going through ourselves? I used to say I was 29 plus tax; now I add shipping and handling! 😉

    I must admit I’m one of the few who found your blog before I read any of your books, but I’ve recently rediscovered my passion for reading, so I’m sure we’ll be meeting again soon. I wish you well in your future endeavors! You got this, girl!

  102. Jane, wow! I’m so excited to see what your new path brings to your life as well as your writing! I’m really looking forward to being a part of this journey, as your friend and as one of your most devoted readers 🙂 Congratulations on this new, and probably a little bit scary but exciting challenge you’re heading into.

    For me- I turn 39 in a few days and this is a little bit scary for me. My final year in my 30’s. My children are growing so fast and leaving home, becoming functional members of society and beginning their lives outside the nest. When I read your books, stories about women who are weak and strong and soft and determined and sorrowful, joyful, troubled and everything in between- I feel like I’m reading about me. I feel like I grow a little in who I am when I read about women who face challenges head on and grow in who they are. You amaze me and I’m so blessed to call you friend 🙂

    Have a super week, Jane!!

    Danielle

  103. You are truly an inspiration to those of us that are a little slow in finding our courage and letting go of our fears. Looking forward to all of your new inspiring stories!

  104. I want to read those books that yu want to write! I am 62, and there aren’t many books that I want to read written about people my age. I’m excited to see what you will write!
    PS You have good taste in electronics:))

  105. Hey Jane, I am so happy for you. This new journey of yours that you are beginning sounds exciting, and wonderful. I wish you the very best in your happiness in what you love to do. Your talented and beautiful and i dont even know you! All of us readers feel your love that yo have for all of us, now just know love is coming your way!!!!!! remember theres a reason that God has that plan for all of us…… Keep us informed!!!!!

  106. Congrats Jane! Wishing you the best of luck! I am a huge fan! I love that you write about subjects and matters of the heart. I have a hard time putting your books down! I feel your characters pain, sorrow, joy & hope. You know how to capture your reader’s heart 🙂

  107. Yes, indeed, good for you. I’m with the others. With very little knowledge of what they will hold, I already want to read them.

  108. I love your new approach! Anything you write will be fabulous!!
    Today, I’m reeling a bit from two pieces of friend news. One is good, but I’m annoyed that I didn’t find out till less than a month before it happens. A friend I’ve known since HS is due with her third child in January (b’shaah tovah). I’m happy for her, but wish I knew about it earlier. I know her husband posts stuff on his FB page but she could have just told me.
    The other thing I found out is that a friend from the neighborhood where I used to live is getting divorced. The couple has 4 kids. I always thought they were this amazing and invincible couple, so it’s surreal. She hasn’t told me much else about it and I’m not going to pry. She has my support.
    Other than that, just been busy with Hanukkah stuff. The kids love lighting the menorah and opening presents. My 21 month old daughter wanted to hold a candle but then wanted it to be lit. She was not happy that we didn’t indulge her.
    Thanks for listening and hope the new year brings you lots of success professionally!
    Melissa

  109. Wow, Jane. I applaud the leap you are taking with your writing. You don’t disappoint me ever, so I am glad you are looking to expand your horizons to see what feels right for you. Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us. Hugs to you.

  110. Hi Jane, you have accomplished so much in your career and your life. You have made some brave moves this year, a new home, a new state and a new store for Ty.
    Whatever you decide to write next year will be well worth reading, because you have never written anything but wonderful stories.
    As for a new publisher etc. I know of others that are making changes in that way too.
    You are a beautiful and fun person Jane and I wish the very best for you, not only next year but for the rest of your life.
    Jane, will you please give “little”? Mac a big hug for me, he is so sweet and adorable. I hope you, Ty and the boys have a Wonderful Merry Christmas, and the very best New Years ever.

  111. Good luck with the new year! It is great to have aspirations. I think we all need them in some form or another. Happy Holidays to you and yours also!

  112. Hi Jane
    Wow, you are really challenging yourself in 2013. I admire you for that as that is so not me. I do look forward to what you have in mind for us ladies in our 50s, even though I don’t feel my age. To make the changes that you have, and the commitment is outstanding. I wish you the and look forward to many awesome reads in the future.
    Best wishes.
    Ginger

  113. Jane –

    Thank you for what you have given us over the years and for what you’ll be giving us in the future. I love how you think!

  114. I think it’s wonderful that you’re going to follow your heart and do what is right for you. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. I think it’s fantastic that you plan to write characters of all ages. As an older woman who loves reading romance, it’s always refreshing to read about someone closer to my age than just the young lovers we see the most.

  115. Jane: I love all of your books and commend you on staying true to yourself and following your passion. It’s easy to stay within our comfort zones, but it takes courage to shake things up! I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for you. Happy Holidays to you and your guys!

  116. Amazing! One of the most honest pieces of writing I’ve ever read…crisp, clear, heartfelt, in the moment, up-lifting, genuine. Thank you so much! Great photo, too;) Wishing you continued joy and love throughout this year and all the years to come. “The best is yet to be.”
    Hugs and Love…mj (not in contest…reading your article is prize enough).

  117. Hi Jane, I think your ideas are wonderful and can’t wait to see what beautiful stories you will soon be creating. Since we are both moms of boys, do you think you can right a story about loving a daughter-in-law?? 🙂 All my friends and family members with kids have at least 1 daughter, and although I really love my 3 boys, I often wonder how it will feel when they grow up and fall in love:-)? I feel like I am going to lose them…I would love to read about a warm and supportive relationship between a mother in law and daughter in law somehow weaved into one of your future endeavors. Merry Christmas xoxo

  118. Good luck on your new endeavors in 2013. This post motivates me to move ahead in some of the things in my life that need desperate improvement. Every so often, we all need to look at our lives & make some decisions and changes that will make our lives so much richer.
    Congratulations on all your past successes & I’m sure you will continue to be a very successful writer, Mom, wife, friend.

  119. You are so amazing and inspiring! I love your books because you write about realistic women, women that we can all relate to. I’m so happy that you are going to continue to do that!
    Happy Holidays!

  120. Sorry I just realized when I commented earlier (comment #124) there was a typo in my email address. The email address I am writing this message from is the right one.

  121. Wow! I love your thoughts and your ingenuity and courage. I love your books and Will buy whatever you decide to write because I know it will have substance. You’re forging into a world of writing we’d all love to enter. As a 56 year old woman, mentally I usually feel at least 10 years younger! Life is a constant adventure of new experiences, so hard, some fun, but always what builds strength on some level . Go Jane, and we will follow!! Xxxooo

  122. Good for you! I’m in a job I hate and am about to apply for another. Change is so difficult-as even when things are lousy-you get comfortable. Wishing you the best-and hopefully a positive change for me as well!

  123. Loved your blog entry and excited for your future endeavors–times like these help me appreciate Harper Lee just writing one novel. Can you imagine her on Twitter?! I’m 39 and will be turning 40 in March. Read your “Flirting with Forty” a few years ago and even watched Heather Locklear movie. My 20’s and 30’s were spent getting my career off the ground, getting married, and having 3 beautiful children. Somewhere along the way what was important to me got lost. I’m not selfish enough to make my 40’s the “Me Decade” especially when my children are only 6, 8, and 11; however, I want to start taking care of myself and my needs instead of always putting others in front as we wives & mothers are wont to do. I don’t need a gorgeous 20-something year old surfer to fall in love with me, but I wouldn’t mind if he took a second look at 40 year old me. 🙂

  124. your ideas for writing the next books are amazing…it’s great to write about young and old women ‘cus actually,no matter the age,it’s important what a woman feels inside.I’ve been inspired by your books so many times and I’m sure it will be the same with your next books.It’s so important for a woman/young girl to know that in this world is a perfect someone and we’ll meet when the time comes.Until then,I’m just going to read more and imagine being with my perfect man!

  125. Jane,

    So Happy for you and us! Following your passion can never be a wrong move. You know that we will support you in this new adventure. I wish you nothing but success. I am so excited to see where you will go with all of these changes.

    A few years ago after working in retail for 20 years, I took a leap of faith, left retail and went back to school and became and an x-ray tech. It was scary and challenging, but definetly one of the best moves I ever did.

    One of my favorite quotes is by Martin Luther King “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

    xoxo
    Kim

  126. It scares me Jane, when you say you might not write for awhile! I love your books. I will wait however long it takes ! Good luck with this adventure. It sounds exciting.

  127. I love the direction you’ve been taking with all you write. There are times with many books, I get frustrated at the women and want to shout that they need to grow up! Of course, it makes a difference when you’re many years older than the person you’re reading about. So I absolutely love the stories about women who have left their first youth behind and continue on to achieve great things in their life. Even with the struggles life is beautiful.

    I wish you the best in your redirection of your career/life. I will be waiting to see what exciting things await me as a reader.

  128. You are very brave to stop doing what is and has been working so well and go off in new directions. I don’t/can’t do that until I am forced. 🙂

  129. Best wishes in your future endeavor. It takes guts to make changes. I look forward to seeing the new direction you take. I love Chick Lit books. I love reading about all ages. Generally, they run the ages from 20s to 40s. I would love to read about women in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s–even older. So, kudos to you and best wishes in the new year to come in 2013.

  130. Wow Jane, you saying the following is music to my ears: So in 2013 I’m going to make it beautiful and keep it real by writing stories for women not just in the 30′s and 40′s, but women in their 50′s and beyond, because women of all ages are fascinating and beautiful. I want to write about 60, 70, 80, 90 year old women, and how we age, and what happens to our families and our friendships as we change.
    I’m so excited about your new goals of writing these stories because many of us out here do wonder where we go once we hit our forties and so on and so on. Why is it in our careers we may get pushed aside for someone younger … the lists of whys just goes on and on.
    I’m just so happy you are going to write more wonderful stories which truely value us women out here. Thanks so much Jane – all the best to you and your family for the holiday season and 2013, it’s going to be great 🙂

  131. How wonderful! As a loyal reader of your books, in my mid 40’s, I have never been more excited about your future works. An author who recognizes that age doesn’t define a woman’s passion for family, friends, romance, and life… How refreshing! Thank you, Jane, and best wishes in 2013!

  132. Yay Jane! I’m so excited for this new journey in your life. I know what it’s like to make serious professional changes. You will find you are more fulfilled, and thrilled, than you’ve ever been in life. Xoxo

  133. I’m sitting here admiring your bravery and willingness to ‘put it all out there’… We will all be happy to continue to read your new and recommend your previous wprk. And by the way, wasn’t Golden Girls a hit… and Betty White continues to be popular and current..
    Indie publish is always a possibility… just keep us informed and then we’ll support you!!!

  134. You are very brave. Not to just take a pic of yourself getting your hair done but to post it on your blog. Giminey crickets!

    THEN in the same breath you announce that you let your agent go and want to change up your writing… one.brave.girl.

    I could chat a ton about me but I’m not all the interesting.

    You keep up the good work and I’ll still be following like usual.

  135. I think it takes a special person and a special writer not to follow the “mold” as I call it.. and I admire that you now have the chance to follow your heart and do what you want to do..
    Good luck and I will be happy to read any work you do..

    Happy Holidays!!

  136. Jane, as a woman who will turn 60 (yes I said it)this coming Valentine’s Day, I am thrilled by your decision.
    There are plenty of vibrant women my age & older, IF they choose to be.
    Took me a long time to realize the power of my mind/attitude.
    On Valentine’s Day, I WILL BE 60 & SENSATIONAL!!

  137. Yahoo! Go, Jane ; ) I am so excited–you are one of my favorite writers! I admire you–I think you are amazing!

    I am 54–I still feel like a kid in a candy store, looking at the wonders of life with big eyes and savoring a taste for sweets and treats. I am still an “inappropriate laugher”, a characteristic passed on to me by my mother. I love to entertain people, make them laugh, and lighten their life load, even if it’s just for a little while. My philosophy of life is simple: “If you laugh, you’ll live”. I know this for a fact–it’s the reason I’m still around.

    Aging has not lessened my interest in romance. My body may be changing, but I still have the heart and soul of a romance lover! Even though parts of me are officially dead, I feel more alive than ever! I have always been a great reader, from childhood on, and I now crave books the way that I crave coffee and chocolate. I also enjoy and appreciate my books with the same fervor others have for collecting art, being a connoisseur of fine wines and exotic foods, and keeping up with the latest trends in fashion, entertainment, and electronics. For me, it’s all about the books!

    Thank you & best wishes : )

  138. Jane, you have such a great way of storytelling with a real woman’s point of view. I love the honesty and depth in which you write. I’m looking forward to this new journey and the celebration of all women, all ages and in all stages.

  139. That sound fantastic! You are doing the right thing for you, and that is so liberating. And no need to worry – you have a big fan base that will carry you through.

    I’m looking forward to anything you come up with. Best of luck!

  140. I wish you all the best Jane, and I know whatever direction you take your career, your books will continue to be great reads. As an older woman myself, I would love to be able to have the opportunity to read more about women a bit closer to my age.

  141. oh wow, had fears you might give up on writing and am so glad I was wrong.
    To write for the older woman, which I am brings tears to my eyes. I’m bored with hearing of 20-40’s love lifes. Thanks for listening to us and for following what you want to write. Congrats and gl.
    Julie

  142. Coming from a person who is over 60 and loves reading your books, I would love to see more books being published for people in my age group. Kudos to you for considering us too!

  143. What a leap of faith! Good job Jane or as we tell our grandchild, “Good Effort!” Her father says that expression does not imply pressure and instead sends the message that whatever happens will be respected. Count me among those who are excited to read what you write! God bless and be with you and your family as you turn the page. And wow, you look beautiful no matter what you are doing…what a blessing to give off that sincere love of life and others.

  144. Awesome choice Jane! I absolutely love it. I look forward to those stories, I enjoy romance but it always has to have that little something extra in there. I will always be a loyal reader of yours. I look forward to new stories. We do all grow and change as we get older. Realistic romance is what I call it. And you can do it Jane. Have a wonderful week.

  145. Jane I am new to your books,getting ready to read my first one!! I’m so excited, from reviews I have read I know I will love your work..

  146. Hi, Jane.
    What a wonderful blog. So full of hope and promise. One of the things I admire about you is that the glass is half full. Even when you’re having a down day/week/month(?), you share with us and hopefully we are able to bring you back up, so to speak.
    You are blessed with lots of us friends because YOU make the effort to cultivate those friendships. You go out of your way for each and every one of us, and we DO appreciate it AND you.
    We can never tell you enough, Jane, but I’ll just touch the tip of the iceberg here: we love you, we love your books, we love how you give us glimpses into your life, and we understand when your personal life must remain personal. You have to live (too).
    Thank you so much, Jane, and all the best with whatever you choose to do, now and always.

  147. I love all of your books so much and I know I will love them in 2013 too! I just finished The Good Woman and I loved it. The modern chic lit genre is my favorite.

    When I read that you were changing things in 2013 I thought you were going to say you were giving up writing for good. The world would be a scary place without your beautiful writing!!

    Hope you have a good Christmas!

    -Jessica

  148. It’s great to hear that you’ll be writing about all walks of life. Young love to old. I would really like to read about stay at home moms and the things that we deal with on a daily basis as well as how to keep a marriage going. This is where I’m currently at in life and it would really give me insight.

  149. Jane,
    Congrats!! I think it’s great that you are making changes for yourself. It takes a lot of courage to think out of the box and go against expectations! I have enjoyed all of your books and will continue to read them because I know the stories will always be well written and real. I look forward to reading about your new journey in your blogs.
    Michelle

  150. Jane–

    Wow, what a decade of change you’ve started! It’s amazing how things are “all coming together” through the transitions that you and your family have experienced. Movie deal, baby, marriage, big move and now all of these new things with your career. I have a lot of respect for you to be willing to do such big leaps. It helps me remember that you’re never too old to pursue your dreams, even when your dreams change. Thanks for being inspiring!

  151. Jane, good for you. I enjoy reading your books. I am reading the Good Women right now and am enjoying it very much. I hope you will write about women and our issues. You are a talented writer who is a very entertaining to read. Good luck to you!

  152. Those are some great topics and I can’t wait to see the new books! There were so many times over the past few years that I wished you had already written about so many of the things you mentioned above…predominantly during the teen years with my daughters and now the empty nest years without them… because you have a way of putting a uniquely humorous yet realistic spin on real situations and characters which is both heartfelt and healing and in that way your fictional characters help real people. I’m very excited to see what’s yet to come.

  153. Hola Jane!

    Good for you! I can’t wait to read them all.
    My 10 yr. old is very familar with your name and she wanted to know if you had written any books for her age so that she could down load on her kindle. Sadly I told her no, but who knows now.
    Good luck to you and what ever road 2013 leads you down, I know it will be worth it for you. I strongly believe that things have for a reason and I have a feeling that we are all in for one heck of a read! Look forward to it.

  154. Jane,

    I have enjoyed so many of your books and wish you luck on your new endeavor!

    Have you given any thought about a book (fiction of course) from a military wife’s view during a deployment, the triumphs, the tragedies and the relief of when they return safe? I have plenty to share if you ever consider it. I have done two deployments each spanning over a year with all I mentioned above!

    Be well and I look forward to meeting you in February!!

    Darcey

    1. Darcey,

      I never even thought of that. That would be a wonderful idea for a book and you definitely know A LOT about how that feels! You’d be the perfect resource!

  155. Congrats Jane. I’m so can’t wait to see another story from you. So many women out there need a beautiful story from you, Young Adult, teens, middle age and old *grins* !! You are a very great author, we LOVE you and your works. {hugs} <3

  156. “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.” Erma Bombeck

    I believe Erma was on to something there.

    Wishing you wonderful stories as you plunge into your grand adventure.

    Can hardly wait. Good luck.

    All the best,

    Pat

  157. OH Jane how exciting and for you as well as me! I used to feel so old as I read the comments with those who were in there thirtys and fortys and had little kids. I was so embarrased. Now I can be me a little over 60. I can now release that I have two daughters 36 and 33. I feel free and can open up finally. What a wonderful new path you have taken. Covering all generations – you rock Jane Porter. Can’t wait to see what’s in the future for us – your readers and you -our author. Happy Holidays you and your family.

  158. Your goals are inspiring! I want to write my first book….and I want to write it TO my children! Happy Holidays!

  159. Lovin’ the news, Jane! I can feel your freedom throughout this post! And I have no doubt that this will be a satisfying move for you and fulfilling creatively.

    And aren’t we readers and fans going to be lucky!? Can’t wait to read it all!

    Congratulations on stepping out. I just know its going to be great! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  160. I think that’s a great idea. I admit that as I get older, I am less interested in teenagers or early 20s aged heroines and heroes. I want to read about people who have actually lived (I still can’t believe the 20-somethings who think they need to write an autobiography!) and loved. Looking forward to it. Happy Holidays to you all!

  161. Wow, you sound really excited about what’s ahead of you…it’s almost infectious! Congratulations on your bold, brave decision to put yourself out there!

    I am a fan of all your books so far and I look forward to reading what comes next! I know that your portrayl of strong and real women characters will not change, so I am sure I will love the new stuff too!

    Merry Christmas Jane, all the best!

  162. Your move for 2013 is brave and inspiring. But I totally understand you. I went back to school last year and I am starting a new career as well, totally different from my previous one. I feel we have to try to do what we love and what makes us happy.
    I am totally behind you and I can’t wait to see the results of your new efforts. I am sure I am going to love reading your books anyway.
    Merry Christmas, Jane to you and your beautiful family!

  163. I’m here to announce the winners from my Make it Beautiful & Keep it Real blog contest.

    There are 3 winners, and then as I have unclaimed prizes in my office, 3 bonus winners. So I do hope all 6 of you will email me your addresses so I can get these boxes out in Monday’s mail!

    The 3 prize winners:

    46 Theresa K
    102 Shannon B
    176 Darcy P

    and the 3 bonus prize winners:

    15 Lisa
    26 Sherri M
    72 Mary D

    Congrats to all. Hope you will have a wonderful weekend.

    Jane

  164. It sounds like you are going through a lot of changes. I have just discovered your books a few months ago and had the opportunity to hear you speak in Fresno. I envy your imagination and how characters are created, like in the Good Woman. I hope to be able to write someday about life, family and other things when my mind isn’t so cluttered. I look forward to reading more from you. Good luck in your journey.

  165. Jane,
    I’m way late to this party – but I wanted to comment anyway. You’ve always struck me as somebody who will do ‘her own thing’ and I think your time has come – as it has ‘come’ for writers in general.
    I’m really looking forward to seeing the direction you choose to move toward in 2013.
    As writers (and I’m a newly published writer) we have amazing freedom today, a freedom akin to the freedom writers must have felt when the first printing press became available.
    Follow your heart and I’m sure your loyal readers will follow you.
    Blessings,
    Toni

  166. I am also reading and commenting late…Jane I love how you reflect the voice of a woman and the many heartfelt experiences we endure throughout life. I started reading and will continue reading your books for the way they connect the dots of my crazy life as a women. Keep writing and I will keep reading.

  167. What an inspiration you are to me. I want to write so much of what you said but hold back and since I have never completed a book I feel I don’t have what it takes. But reading your post gives me inspiration and I applaude you taking a stand and really wanting to write what you feel in your heart. Thank you for sharing your gift with all of us. I can’t wait to find out where this road takes you.

  168. I’m not writing for the contest (congrat to the winners!) but to tell you how excited I am to see where your writing heart takes you. I’m sure it will be an amazing journey for you, and for your readers as well. ((hugs))

  169. So excited for you Jane!! You know what you want and what God has blessed you with. And you have decided to be in the directors chair. What a great place to be!

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