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

Monthly update – August 2016

Heart Trouble_JaeSummer is slowly coming to an end, so I’m trying to enjoy the last gorgeous weeks here in southwestern Germany while I eagerly await the publication of my next novel and first medical romance, Heart Trouble. It’s a book with an unusual plot, so I can’t wait to find out how readers will react to it.

I have already translated the book into German and have sent it off to the editor today. The German title is “Herzklopfen und Granatäpfel,” which roughly translates to “Heart palpitations and pomegranates.”

I also finished revising my two nonfiction books for writers in August.

Point of View and Show, Don’t Tell will be out in October, just in time for NaNoWriMo.

Other than that, I spent most of my time doing research for my next novel, which will focus on Jordan, the charming womanizer who was a supporting character in Heart Trouble. She’s a surgeon, so I had to do some research into her everyday life. Her love interest is a virtual assistant who works mostly with authors… Maybe I should hire her :-)

On the editing front, I’m honored to say that I am working on line editing Fletcher DeLancey’s Catalyst, which is the next book in her Chronicles of Alsea sci-fi series.

So here are the numbers for August:

 Fiction Writing EditingResearchNonfiction WritingMarketing & AdministrationTOTAL
2016 - TOTAL784 hours608 hours266 hours187 hours197 hours2,042 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

Please check back so you won’t miss the publication of Heart Trouble next month—or subscribe to my updates by entering your e-mail into the box in the right-hand menu.

Jae

And the winners are…

Shaken-to-the-Core-3D-BookCover-transparent_backgroundThank you to everyone who participated in my giveaway! I received an in-box full of fun messages.

My favorite answer was this one:

Clearly, the answer to your question of how many books you have published in English is not enough.  We want more.

The correct answer was thirteen, by the way! 

Here’s a complete list of all my books of more than 50,000 words: 

  • Oregon Series: 2 books (Backwards to Oregon; Hidden Truths)
  • Hollywood Series: 3 books (Departure from the Script; Damage Control; Just Physical)
  • Portland Police Bureau Series: 2 books (Conflict of Interest; Next of Kin)
  • Shape-Shifter Series: 2 books (Second Nature; True Nature)
  • Vampire Diet Series: 1 book (Good Enough to Eat)
  • Moonstone Series: 1 book (Something in the Wine)
  • Standalone romances: 2 books (Shaken to the Core; Under a Falling Star)

The rest of the books, including my nonfiction books for writers, have fewer than 50,000 words.

Since so many people participated, I decided to give away two instead of one signed copy of Shaken to the Core.

The winners are:

Grace

Simone K.

Grace and Simone, please send me an e-mail with your address so that I know where to send the paperback.

Everyone else, make sure you subscribe to my newsletter. There’ll be another giveaway next month that you don’t want to miss!

Giveaway: Win a free copy of my historical romance

Shaken-to-the-Core-3D-BookCover-transparent_backgroundIt’s been about two months since my latest novel, Shaken to the Core, has been published. Sales are going well, and the book is getting great reviews. So, as a thank-you to my loyal readers, it’s time for a giveaway.

To enter the drawing for a signed copy of Shaken to the Core, send an e-mail to jae@jae-fiction.com and answer the following question:

How many English books over 50,000 words have I published so far?

Please don’t leave a comment on this blog, or you might give away the correct answer to your competitors for the paperback! :-) 

I’ll announce the winner at the beginning of next week. If you haven’t done so already, please subscribe to my newsletter by entering your e-mail on the right-hand side of page. That way, you won’t miss the announcement of the winner or any future giveaways.

Here’s a description of Shaken to the Core:

Kate Winthrop, the only child of a wealthy shipping magnate, has the course of her life charted for her by her parents. She’s expected to marry well and produce a successor to the Winthrop empire. But Kate has a very different path in mind. Her true passion lies with photography—and with women.

Alone in the city after losing her brother, Sicilian immigrant Giuliana Russo starts working for the Winthrops as a maid. Despite their different social status, Kate and Giuliana become friends, much to the dismay of Kate’s parents.

As the connection between the two women grows, a devastating earthquake hits San Francisco and ignites fires that sweep through the city for three days and nights.

Will the disaster shatter their tentative feelings for each other, or will they find the courage to save each other’s lives—and their hearts?

Join Kate and Giuliana on a journey of danger and discovery in the action-packed historical romance Shaken to the Core, set against the backdrop of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Click here to read an excerpt or to find the sales links!

Interview with KD Williamson, fellow author of lesbian romance novels

Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing fellow Ylva author KD Williamson. KD and I go way back, since we both started our publishing career at L-Book ePublisher. Her two first novels with Ylva Publishing, Blurred Lines and Crossing Lines, have been bestsellers, so read on to find out more about the series!

 

Crossing-Lines-800 Cover reveal and PromotionalWelcome, KD. Please tell us about your journey in becoming a published writer. How did you come to publish with Ylva Publishing?

I was published before a few years back and won a Goldie for my book Forever Mine. After that, I got wrapped up into the world of fanfic for a few years. I finished a novel-length work and was taking a well-earned break when Astrid from Ylva messaged me on Facebook about Blurred Lines. I thought it was a joke, and I almost didn’t respond to her. I’m glad I did. It’s been a wild ride ever since.

 

Can you tell us a little about your newest book, Crossing Lines?

It is a direct continuation of Blurred Lines. Kelli and Nora are still in the honeymoon stage of their relationship. They are tentative around each other one minute, and the next everything works perfectly. Nora continues her journey of personal growth by letting other people in. Kelli is blindsided by continuing family drama that completely pulls her under and away from everyone important in her life.

 

Do you have a favorite line (or paragraph) from Crossing Lines that you’d like to share with us?

Kelli deepened her caress. They had been at this since sunrise, each touch seamless, leading directly to the next. Kelli didn’t want this…these moments…to end. This need for Nora wasn’t a product of avoidance or loss. It was a celebration of everything Kelli had gained—a woman who understood her and loved her, regardless.

What do you think makes novels about doctors and detectives so irresistible? Is it just the women-in-uniform phenomena?  

I think it’s the fact that women in those professions are educated, strong-willed, take-charge, and independent. They’ve learned to work hard and sometimes play hard too. So, when they clash, sparks usually fly in some way. Also, yeah the uniforms don’t hurt at all whether its scrubs and a lab coat, a pant suit, or a typical police officer uniform.

 

What attracts you to writing a series?

Honestly, I fell into it and started loving the idea of exploring the cop/doctor dynamic in different stories. I wanted to challenge myself with different characters with vastly different personalities.

 

Did yoBlurred-Lines-800 Cover reveal and Promotionalu even plan to make it a series when you started Blurred Lines, the first book in your “Cops and Docs” series? 

No…not really. The original work was about 600 pages long and had two separate stories in it so Blurred Lines concentrated more on Nora while Crossing Lines was more about Kelli.

How long did it take you to write Crossing Lines?

Nowhere near as long as it did Blurred Lines. That one took tremendous rewrites since it was originally fanfic. I had a chance to go beyond the fanfic and make the characters my own.  I finished Crossing Lines in a couple of months because I had pretty much perfected Kelli’s and Nora’s individual voices and knew where I wanted the story to go.

 

Let’s say Kelli and Nora, the main characters in your series, would decide to pay Starbucks a visit. What sort of coffee (or other beverage) would each order?

Kelli would want some bite to her coffee, so she’d want it extra hot and definitely a French Roast with just a smidge of cream and real sugar. She’d hate iced coffee. Nora likes things a little more decadent. I’d say she would order an espresso macchiato if she was getting something hot.  If she was in the mood for something cold, it would be a caramel espresso granita.

 

Do you have time to read? If yes, what were the top three lesbian fiction novels you have read this year?  

No, I don’t have very much time to read, but I will one day. I have a very long list that includes novels by KL Hughes, Lee Winters, Jae, Fletcher DeLancey, and a whole bunch of others.

 

What projects are you working on right now? Any upcoming releases?

I am currently working on Book 3 in the Cops and Docs Series. It’s called Between the Lines and will contain all new characters. I think, after everything Kelli and Nora have been through, they need a break. The new book will be out in December.

 

How can your readers get in touch with you?

I’m on Facebook as KD Williamson-Author. I am also on Twitter. You can e-mail me at Williamson_kd@yahoo.com or reach me via my and also my blog.

 

And where can they find your books?

Blurred Lines and Crossing Lines are available in the Ylva Shop, Amazon and a variety of other websites.

Both books are available at a discount right now, so head on over  to the Ylva Publishing webstore to get your e-book copy!

 

 

Book 1 — Blurred Lines:

https://www.ylva-publishing.com/product/blurred-lines-by-kd-williamson/

 

 

Book 1 — Crossing Lines:

https://www.ylva-publishing.com/product/crossing-lines-cops-and-docs-book-2-by-kd-williamson/

Monthly update (June & July 2016)

lesbosI realized that I was so busy in June that I didn’t post my monthly update. There’s been a lot going on these past two months. In June, I spent a week on Lesbos for a “book holiday”—writing workshops, readings, book discussions with readers, beach, and great Greek food. By the way, Lesvos Lesfic will be an annual event, so if that sounds tempting, check it out!

In July, I spent two weeks in the US or, to be more exact, in the Alexandria/Washington, D.C., area for some sightseeing and attending the GCLS conference. It’s always great to spend a few days surrounded by readers and writers who are just as interested in lesbian fiction as I am. I was also honored to travel home with two awards in my suitcase, one for Good Enough to Eat (paranormal romance) and the other one for Don’t Be Shy (erotica anthology).

In between traveling and attending conferences, I have been working on several projects. Most importantly, I finished revising my upcoming lesbian romance Heart Trouble. It’s my first medical romance, so I can’t wait to hear what readers will think. The novel will be out in September. You can find out what the book is about here.

Other than that, I’ve been working on two nonfiction books for writers. One is about point of view, the other about one of the most important rules of writing, show, don’t tell. They will be out this fall.

So, here are the numbers for the last two month:

 Fiction Writing EditingResearchNonfiction WritingMarketing & AdministrationTOTAL
2016 - TOTAL736 hours528 hours188 hours176 hours129 hours1,757 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

Please check back next month—or subscribe to my updates by entering your e-mail into the box in the right-hand menu—to find out what my next novel will be about.

Jae

Back from the GCLS conference

DCI just returned from ten days of sightseeing in Washington DC & Alexandria and from attending the GCLS conference–a conference for readers and writers of lesbian fiction.

This has been my third conference, and it’s always a highlight of my year.

It’s impossible to put into words how it feels to be surrounded by people who “get” lesbian fiction and what it means to me.

I attended a great class on Self-Care for Writers by Beth Burnett and panels on Women of Color in Lesbian Fiction and Differently Abled Characters. I was a panelist on the historical fiction panel, moderated by Patty Schramm, and I let myself be auctioned off for a lunch with two readers and Georgia Beers (not a sacrifice, really!).

It’s not just about the interesting classes, panels, and readings; it’s about seeing old friends and making new acquaintances. This year, I met one of my beta readers, who’s from Germany too, but we had never met face-to-face before, and some of my fellow Ylva Publishing authors and editors. We even had an Ylva dinner at a wonderful restaurant in Alexandria.

group

The GCLS is doing a great job of making everyone feel welcome. This year, they even paired up con virgins with buddies who introduced them around, and I was happy to volunteer to be a buddy for one of them.

The culmination of the conference is always the awards ceremony on Saturday night, and I was honored to take home two awards, one of them for Good Enough to Eat, my paranormal romance that I co-wrote with Alison Grey, the other for Don’t Be Shy, the erotica anthology that I co-edited with Astrid Ohletz.

Here’s a link to the full list of Goldie winners.

I’m already looking forward to the GCLS conference in Chicago next year!

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