*taps mic, waits for feedback to die out* Hello? Is this thing on? Anybody still with me? Hellooooo there! Yes, it’s me! Ms AWOL! She Who Hasn’t Posted A Blog Entry Since 2021! How y’all doing? Are you surprised I’m still here? Yeah, so am I, not gonna lie. And yet here I am! I want to talk about why I’m crying…and then I’ll share some news. Hang on—not just “news,” but NEWS! So let’s get to it, shall we?
Gather ’round, kids—it’s story time! Once upon a time, in another world, Jayne quit her full-time associate editor job at a university to become a stay-at-home mom. She did some freelance editing and writing, but when her main clients folded, she wasn’t sure she’d be able to rebuild and carry on. Some weird guy, now known as the wasband, made a suggestion. Read the rest of this entry
Guess what? Guess what? No, wait—you’ll never guess. But go ahead and try! …Give up? Okay, I’ll tell you. It’s this:
Isn’t it pretty?! Yer darn tootin’ it is!
So here’s the story: I’ve signed with Gemma Halliday Publishing for my sixth romcom, Your New Best Friend, which will be publishing this summer! Stay tuned for updates! In the meantime, here’s a little something about it:
Your New Best Friend
Jane Austen’s Emma made a habit of meddling in other people’s lives, but Melanie Abbott has turned it into a cottage industry.
As “modern American royalty” living in Abbott’s Bay, Massachusetts, a town founded by her ancestor, Melanie Abbott feels it’s her right—even her duty—to employ her uncanny knack for knowing exactly what everyone needs to improve their lives. She eagerly shares her wisdom and insight with her friends and neighbors…whether they ask for it or not. If only Conn Garvey, her dearest friend, agreed with her.
Connacht Garvey has been keeping an eye on Melanie since they were kids. A bit older, far more level-headed, and infinitely patient, Conn feels it’s his duty to pull Melanie back from whatever cliff’s edge she’s about to wander off. Conn thinks Melanie is egotistical, self-centered, irritating, infuriating, relentless, ridiculous…and irresistible. Not that Conn’s confessed to that last one. Yet.
When Melanie impulsively starts up a new advice-giving business, it’s an instant hit. Conn doesn’t approve, as usual, which is too bad, because Melanie’s convinced he needs her VIP package. (Of advice!) His coffeehouse is showing signs of financial trouble, plus his toxic ex is suddenly sniffing around, acting like she’s having second thoughts about their breakup. Will their friendship be blown to bits because of Melanie’s meddling…or will it become something more?
Now THAT is a cover! Check out the funky-cool, oh-so-moody cover for my agency sistah’s new book, Forged in Fire, publishing January 15, 2015! Read the rest of this entry
Once upon a time, I wrote a little rom com called Down on Love. It’s the story of a cranky, unlucky-in-love blogger named George (Georgiana) and her new relationship with her old high school crush, Casey, and I set it in a small town just for giggles. When I was done, my editor asked if I’d make it a series.
I hadn’t planned on it, but it sounded like an interesting prospect. And so…here’s the second book in what is now the Marsden series!
Due to circumstances beyond my control, I wasn’t able to participate in my author bud (and Candy Crush fellow addict—but congrats to her for quitting cold turkey!) Tracy Krimmer’s cover reveal yesterday. However, better late than never, so here it is: Tracy’s new book, the NA contemporary romance/women’s fiction, Pieces of it All, out this May! Everybody say yaaaaay with a big ol’ Kermit flail! Yaaaaay! Read the rest of this entry
Wow, an embarrassment of riches! For the second day in a row, we’ve got a YA cover reveal from one of my Booker Albert Literary Agency sistahs. But wait—don’t order yet! You get not just one, but two cover reveals, both in Cassie’s How To series from Swoon Romance: How to Seduce a Band Geek (How To #2) and How to Hook a Bookworm (How To #3)!
Band Geek will be released on May 6; Bookworm is TBD. Here are the rest of the deets:
Taking a break from flogging my own novels to participate in Melissa Giorgio’s exciting cover reveal today! Her YA novel, The Soul Healer, second book in the Silver Moon Saga and sequel to The Sight Seer, will be published April 11! Step inside for the cover and more info! Read the rest of this entry