My new lesbian romance “Falling Hard” is out!

Falling-Hard-3D-BookCover-transparent_backgroundToday’s the day—my new novel Falling Hard is now available from pretty much all major online bookstores.

One of the main characters is Dr. Jordan Williams. Those of you who have read Heart Trouble might remember her as Hope’s best friend. She’s a surgeon with just two goals in life: saving patients in the OR and pleasuring her latest conquest in the bedroom.

Her new neighbor, single mother Emma, couldn’t be more different. After her recent divorce, she plans to focus just on her five-year-old daughter.

Neither of them counts on falling hard for each other.

If a slow-burn romance with entertaining banter, lovable characters, and a stuffed lion named Mouse sounds interesting to you, check out Falling Hard.

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I hope you enjoy the book and have a great rest of the week!

Jae

Get the Hollywood series at a reduced price during Oscar weekend

C5cxIXcWYAEOfBLIt’s Oscar weekend!

To celebrate, Ylva Publishing is rolling out the red carpet and offering my Hollywood series at a reduced price.

Each book can stand on its own and has different main characters:

Departure from the Script is a novella (short novel) about Amanda, an actress who struggles to get her career off the ground. At an anti-Valentine’s party, she meets butch photographer Michelle. She has never been attracted to butch women before, but Michelle has her consider a departure from her dating script.

Damage Control is a slow-burn romance in which world-famous actress Grace is caught in a seemingly compromising situation with another woman. She hires PR expert Lauren to convince the world that she’s straight. But for that plan to succeed, she really shouldn’t fall in love with her…

Just Physical stars spunky actress Jill who has taken herself off the romantic market after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. At the set of a disaster movie, she meets stuntwoman “Crash.” Despite their growing feelings, Jill is determined to let Crash into her bed, but not her heart.

“Dress-Tease” is a short story that shows a sexy moment between Grace and Lauren from Damage Control.

You can get these books at a reduced price at the Ylva webstore this weekend.

https://www.ylva-publishing.com/product-category/the-hollywood-series/

I hope you enjoy the books and the Oscar ceremony!

Monthly update – December 2016

dec 2016Over the past several years, I’ve made it a tradition to post my working hours every month to keep myself accountable and to give you some insight into what’s going on behind the scenes, so to say.

I spent the last weeks of December on vacation at a lovely beach with gorgeous weather, so I only now took a look at my December numbers.

Here’s what I’ve been up to in the last month of 2016:

I got the edits back for my latest novel, Falling Hard, which is a medical romance between an interracial couple. Luckily, there wasn’t that much that needed to be changed, so the manuscript is now with my publisher, and all looks good for a publication at the beginning of April.

At the moment, I’m already working on translating Falling Hard into German so that my German readers don’t have to wait so long to be able to read the novel too.

This is what my numbers looked like in 2016:

 Fiction Writing EditingResearchNonfiction WritingMarketing & AdministrationTOTAL
2016 - TOTAL1,256 hours778 hours312 hours187 hours323 hours2,856 hours
January100 hours66 hours24 hours46 hours15 hours251 hours
February144 hours74 hours43 hours1 hour19 hours281 hours
March65 hours80 hours95 hours---13 hours253 hours
April116 hours87 hours26 hours---11 hours240 hours
May136 hours54 hours---79 hours14 hours283 hours
June108 hours101 hours---4 hours21 hours234 hours
July67 hours66 hours---46 hours36 hours215 hours
August48 hours80 hours78 hours11 hours68 hours285 hours
September149 hours49 hours46 hours---13 hours257 hours
October162 hours41 hours------18 hours221 hours
November83 hours53 hours------27 hours163 hours
December78 hours27 hours------68 hours173 hours

As you can see, I spent a lot of time on “admin stuff” in December. That’s because I sat down and made plans for 2017, 2018, and 2019.

In publishing, you have to plan ahead and set deadlines because you have to book editors, cover artists, and proofreaders ahead of time. So I have to give my publisher an idea of which manuscript to expect from me and when. I already have a pretty good idea what my novels for the next three years will be. Among other things, I’m planning a sequel for the Portland Police Bureau series (Conflict of Interest and Next of Kin) and a continuation of my shape-shifter series (Second Nature and True Nature). There will also be contemporary romances that won’t be part of a series. So I’m hoping to have something new out for each of my readers.

I’m wishing you a 2017 with a lot of happiness, laughter, and good reading material!

Jae

Review of my 2016 goals and my writing goals for 2017

2016 was a year that was challenging and stressful, but at the same time also very rewarding.

 

Review of my goals for 2016

 

A year ago, I posted my writing goals for 2016, which were:Heart Trouble_Jae

 

1. Write and publish two English novels, Shaken to the Core, (historical romance) and one that is tentatively titled Connected (contemporary romance).

I did achieve that goal. Shaken to the Core was published in June, and Heart Trouble (which got a new title during the writing process) came out in October.

Both received great reviews, so readers seem to be as happy with how these novels turned out as I am.

Another highlights of the year that I hadn’t planned for was the publication of Under a Falling Star in audiobook format.

 

 

2. Translate and publish two German novels, Im Scheinwerferlicht, (translation of Damage Control) and Affäre bis Drehschluss, (translation of Just Physical).

I actually met and surpassed that goal by translating and publishing not two but three German novels this year: Im Scheinwerferlicht, Affäre bis Drehschluss and Herzklopfen und Granatäpfel (the translation of Heart Trouble).

It’s great to be able to reach readers in two languages!

 

 

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3. Write a novella and/or a couple of short stories.

I didn’t write a novella (and maybe it’s a good thing that I didn’t try, because I probably would have ended up with a novel, wreaking havoc with my writing schedule). But I did write a short story for Ylva Publishing’s anthology Finding Ms. Write. The title is “Sex Sells.”

Despite the title, it’s not erotica, but it sure was fun to write!

 

 

4. Write and publish one nonfiction book for writers, Writing a Series.

This is another goal that I met and surpassed—well, kind of. I did write and publish two nonfiction books for writers, but I didn’t tackle the topic of how to write a series. Instead, I focused on the two most important craft aspects of writing: Point of View and Show, Don’t Tell.

 

 

5. Attend the GCLS conference, which will be in the Washington D.C./Alexandria area in July 2016.

I did attend the conference, which is always a highlight of my year. We spend a couple of days sightseeing in Washington D.C. and Alexandria, met up with old (and new) friends, and I ended up taking several Goldie Awards home with me, among them one for my paranormal romance Good Enough to Eat, which I co-wrote with Alison Grey.

 

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Great Lesvos Lesfic 2016 group

 

6. Attend the lesbian book vacation on Lesbos in June 2016.

This was one of the best weeks in 2016. A week of beach, books, wonderful food, and great people. I also held two workshops for writers, which were well received.

 

 

 

7. Find more time to read in 2016

Okay, I admit it. I totally failed with this goal. I didn’t read nearly as much as I wanted. Although the year ended with a great beach vacation, where I read at least half a dozen novels that have been piling up on my Kindle.

 

My creative goals for 2017

goalsAfter meeting most of my goals for 2016, here’s what I’m planning to do in 2017: 

  • Write and publish two English novels. The first novel I publish in 2017 will be a contemporary/medical romance titled Falling Hard. The second one will be a romance novel with an asexual main character.
  • Translate and publish two German novels. I’m already in the process of translating Falling Hard. The second German book for 2017 will be either the translation of the still untitled novel about the asexual main character or a translation of Shaken to the Core.
  • Write two short stories. I would love to contribute to an anthology for which the profits will go to the GCLS to help educate, promote, and recognize lesbian fiction. I’d also like to write a short story and make it available for free to my readers.
  • Attend the book fair in Leipzig in March and the book fair in Frankfurt in October. I’ve attended the largest book fair in the world—the one in Frankfurt—every year for at least four or five years now, but I’ve only been to the one in Leipzig once, so it’ll be great to attend again.
  • Attend the GCLS conference, which will be in Chicago this July. I’m looking forward to catching up with fellow writers and readers of lesbian fiction.
  • Continue to mentor new writers and give back to the community of LGBT writers. That includes being a mentor in the GCLS’s Cate Culpepper Mentoring Program.
  • Become a more healthy writer. Since writing is such a sedentary activity, I’m trying to stay fit by exercising more and eating healthy.
  • Last but not least: Finally do what I didn’t achieve in 2016 and read more books for fun. I’ll get started on that one tonight since I’m in the middle of reading Captain of Industry, Karin Kallmaker’s newest lesbian romance.

 

What are your goals and big hopes for 2017? Please leave a comment and let us know.

And the winners of the audiobook giveaway are…

Tphotographer-1674177_640hanks to everyone who participated in the audiobook giveaway.

I just drew the winners, and here are the three people who won one of the download codes for the audiobook of Under a Falling Star:

  • Jules Worth
  • Sarah Kerry
  • Renee DeNigris

I’ll e-mail you with the download code, and I hope you’ll enjoy the audiobook.

Everyone else, please check out the Ylva Publishing website for a free e-book tomorrow (Sunday, December 4)!

If you still want to listen to Under a Falling Star, you can get the audiobook at Audible or get the e-book or the paperback here.

Monthly update – November 2016

lipovina-1166176_640Jeez, it’s December already, and Christmas and the New Year are knocking on our doors!

I’m leaving for a vacation at a hopefully sunny beach in about two weeks, so I’m pleased that I managed to finish revising my work in progress, Falling Hard. I just sent it off to my editor yesterday.

Here’s what it’s all about:

Dr. Jordan Williams devotes her life to two things: saving patients in the operating room and pleasuring her latest conquest in the bedroom. Her idea of commitment is spending a few hours together in bed.

Single mom Emma Larson is Jordan’s polar opposite. Family and fidelity mean everything to her. After an ugly divorce from her wife, a plastic surgeon, she and her five-year-old daughter move in next door to Jordan. While she finds Jordan undeniably attractive, falling in love with another womanizing surgeon is the last things she needs.

When a bad fall leaves Jordan in need of assistance, Emma decides to help her while she recovers.

Could those six weeks turn out to be the beginning of a happily ever after, or will they both end up with a broken heart?

 

I’ve also been working on polishing and revising my novel Something in the Wine, which will be published in a second edition with a stunning new cover next week.

So here are the numbers for November:

 Fiction Writing EditingResearchNonfiction WritingMarketing & AdministrationTOTAL
2016 - TOTAL1,178 hours751 hours312 hours187 hours255 hours2,683 hours
January100 hours66 hours24 hours46 hours15 hours251 hours
February144 hours74 hours43 hours1 hour19 hours281 hours
March65 hours80 hours95 hours---13 hours253 hours
April116 hours87 hours26 hours---11 hours240 hours
May136 hours54 hours---79 hours14 hours283 hours
June108 hours101 hours---4 hours21 hours234 hours
July67 hours66 hours---46 hours36 hours215 hours
August48 hours80 hours78 hours11 hours68 hours285 hours
September149 hours49 hours46 hours---13 hours257 hours
October162 hours41 hours------18 hours221 hours
November83 hours53 hours------27 hours163 hours

I’ve had several friends from all over Germany visit me this month, so as a result, my working hours were more reasonable this month :-)

By the way, if you missed it, I’m giving away three audiobook copies of my holiday-themed novel Under a Falling Star. There’s still time to enter the drawing here.

My publisher, Ylva, also offers one e-book for free each Sunday in Advent, so you might want to visit the Ylva Publishing website on Sundays and on December 24.

We’re also participating in Women & Word‘s big Hootenanny, which gives you a chance to win a lesbian fiction book every day for twelve days, starting on December 12.

So, plenty of chances for free reading material!

Jae

Giveaway of a lesbian romance audiobook

UAFSSince I basically have two full-time jobs that I love—writing and editing—I rarely have the time to read for pleasure, so I decided to give audio books a try so I can listen while I work out.

One of my own novels has been released in audiobook format recently too, and it’s a great one for the holiday season.

In Under a Falling Star, Austen is given the task of decorating the Christmas tree in the lobby on her first day at a new job. When the star-shaped tree topper falls off and hits Dee, the company’s second-in-command. There’s an instant attraction, but Austen doesn’t know that Dee is her boss…

 

The novel takes them on a roller coaster ride that includes amusement parks, Secret Santas, paper snowflakes, piña coladas, and a potty-mouthed cockatoo.

Here’s the link if you want to listen to a sample of the audiobook:

http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Under-a-Falling-Star-Audiobook/B01LZ0MTMZ/

I’m giving away three download codes for the audiobook on Audible.com (sorry, it only works for people in the US).

To enter the drawing, all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog and let me know your favorite books (audio, e-book, or paperback) and/or TV shows of the year.

Make sure you check back soon for more giveaways—or sign up to my newsletter by entering your e-mail address into the box in the right-hand menu.

Good luck!

Jae

Monthly update – October 2016

heart troubleOctober and Halloween are over, and we’re heading toward Christmas and the year’s end already! Hard to believe, isn’t it?

October was a record month for me. I had several new books out:

My contemporary lesbian romance Heart Trouble is now available through all major online bookstores.

I also published two nonfiction guides for writers: Show, Don’t Tell and Point of View.

And my holiday-themed romance novel Under a Falling Star is now available as an audiobook!

So, as you can see, I had a lot of reasons to celebrate in October–and I did…cheesecakewith cheesecake! Yum!

I also spent most of one week at the book fair in Frankfurt, the largest book event in the world.

Oh12144751_1152051578162256_5457885689979025011_n, I almost forgot: Another reason to celebrate was that my historical romance Shaken to the Core received an honorable mention at the Rainbow Awards, which means that it’s a finalist.

When I wasn’t traveling or eating cheesecake, I mostly worked on my new novel, Falling Hard. I just finished the first draft, and now I’m revising it. It ended up at about 120,000 words, so it’ll be a typical long Jae novel with a lot of time to get to know the characters and enjoy their interactions.

 

So here are the numbers for October:

 Fiction Writing EditingResearchNonfiction WritingMarketing & AdministrationTOTAL
2016 - TOTAL1,095 hours698 hours312 hours187 hours228 hours2,520 hours
January100 hours66 hours24 hours46 hours15 hours251 hours
February144 hours74 hours43 hours1 hour19 hours281 hours
March65 hours80 hours95 hours---13 hours253 hours
April116 hours87 hours26 hours---11 hours240 hours
May136 hours54 hours---79 hours14 hours283 hours
June108 hours101 hours---4 hours21 hours234 hours
July67 hours66 hours---46 hours36 hours215 hours
August48 hours80 hours78 hours11 hours68 hours285 hours
September149 hours49 hours46 hours---13 hours257 hours
October162 hours41 hours------18 hours221 hours

Check back later this month for a giveaway—or make sure you don’t miss it by subscribing to my updates. All you need to do is enter your e-mail into the box in the right-hand menu. I promise not to spam you.

Jae

Opposites attract in my new lesbian romance “Heart Trouble”

Heart Trouble_JaePersonally, I love romance novels that pair two women who couldn’t be more different from each other if they tried. It’s not just that opposites attract; it’s also that they somehow complete each other and can learn from each other and bring out the best in each other.

My latest lesbian romance novel, Heart Trouble, certainly falls into that category. On the surface, the two main characters are very different from each other:

Hope Finlay is a doctor in a busy ER in Los Angeles. She grew up in foster care and learned not to bond too closely to people. She’s focused on her job, which she enjoys mainly because it requires only short interactions with patients, not building long-term relationships with them.

Laleh Samadi is the polar opposite. She’s very close with her boisterous family and even works in her aunt’s Persian restaurant. She always assumed that she would one day fall in love; she just never imagined that it would be with a woman.

When Hope saves Laleh’s life in the ER, their lives collide in a very unexpected way.

Heart Trouble is a medical romance with a twist that you could call paranormal–not in a shape-shifter or vampire way, just in a “love is a miracle that can’t always be explained” way. Guess you’ll have to read it to fully understand what I mean. If you do, I hope you enjoy it!

Heart Trouble is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, the Ylva webstore, and many other bookstores, both as an e-book and a paperback.

Monthly update – September 2016

tee-1698272_640It’s definitely fall here, but since I’m lucky enough to live in the sunniest city in Germany, I still get to enjoy the gorgeous sunshine.

And speaking of enjoying… I’ve been reading the early reviews of my new novel Heart Trouble, and it seems readers are enjoying it very much. It’s already available at the Ylva webstore and you can pre-order it on Amazon. It will be out at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other bookstores this Wednesday.

I just got the edits for the translation of Heart Trouble back and all looks great for a release in late November/early December.

I’ve also been on a writing spree, making my 2,000-word goal every day since I started working on my new novel. The title will probably be Falling Hard. I’m over 60,000 words in, and I’m really enjoying these two main characters and their interaction. Jordan (who was a supporting character in Heart Trouble) is a surgeon and a pathological flirt while Emma is a single mom who just went through a divorce and so she isn’t very open to the idea of getting involved with Jordan.

I also picked up my research again. One of my 2017 novels will have an asexual main character, so I’ve been researching asexuality. Most people don’t even know what it is, but I really found it fascinating to learn more about this sexual orientation.

So here are the numbers for September:

 Fiction Writing EditingResearchNonfiction WritingMarketing & AdministrationTOTAL
2016 - TOTAL933 hours657 hours312 hours187 hours210 hours2,299 hours
January100 hours66 hours24 hours46 hours15 hours251 hours
February144 hours74 hours43 hours1 hour19 hours281 hours
March65 hours80 hours95 hours---13 hours253 hours
April116 hours87 hours26 hours---11 hours240 hours
May136 hours54 hours---79 hours14 hours283 hours
June108 hours101 hours---4 hours21 hours234 hours
July67 hours66 hours---46 hours36 hours215 hours
August48 hours80 hours78 hours11 hours68 hours285 hours
September149 hours49 hours46 hours---13 hours257 hours

Check back later this week for the publication of Heart Trouble—or subscribe to my updates by entering your e-mail into the box in the right-hand menu.

Jae

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