50-book challenge V

#41 – Larkin Rose – The Pleasure Planner Brianna “Bree” Hendricks treats love like a commodity to be served up to her clients on demand, but has given up the search for a true love of her own. Logan Delaney is too busy trying to reconcile the legacy of her grandparents’ failed magazine company to invest in anything more than the occasional affair. Can two women who aren’t looking for love find it in each other’s arms? I’d call this one a PWP (Plot, What Plot?). It’s an okay read if you are reading for the love scenes, but the …

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50-book challenge IV

#31 – Lindsey Stone – Awakening to Sunlight Judith Hilford flees from an emotionally abusive relationship and accepts temporary lodging arranged by a friend until she can set her life on a new course. Lizzy Mayfield, a filmmaker who lost her lover three years ago, comes home from a business trip to find Judith and her child unexpectedly living in her apartment. Lizzy wants nothing more than to be left alone, but as Judith has nowhere else to go, Lizzy allows her to stay. While Judith struggles to create a new life for her daughter and herself, Lizzy is confronted …

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GCLS award celebrations

To celebrate the “Goldie” winners and finalists, L-Book gives a 5% discount on all books. This applies to all books, not just the GCLS award winners and finalists. The discount code is: GCLS-4528 In addition, I’m giving away one free signed copy (paperback) of Next of Kin, Backwards to Oregon, and Second Nature. Send me an e-mail (jae_s1978 AT yahoo DOT de) or leave a comment to this blog post, and I’ll enter you in the drawing. If you are interested in one or two of the books in particular, let me know that too.

50-book challenge III

#21 – Megan Carter – Passionate Kisses Sara Stockton, Taylor Jenkins, and James Edwards have been best friends since pre-school. Their strong bond earned them the nickname of the Three Musketeers. When Taylor turned fourteen and announced she was gay, James and Sara stood by her. When James and Sara began dating, Taylor hid her love for Sara and moved on with her life. Now, fourteen years later, Sara and James are about to be married and Taylor is trying to deal with the upcoming wedding by rushing into a new relationship. As Sara and James begin to face the …

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50-book challenge II

#11 – Tracey Richardson – The Candidate Presidential candidate Jane Kincaid–gorgeous, dynamic and extremely driven–is taking the country by storm, passionately outlining her blueprint for America. Voters quickly fall in love with her… and so, unwittingly, does Secret Service Agent Alexandria Warner. Their mutual attraction begins to take on a fiery life of its own, and soon Jane fears that their intense feelings for each other are a tinder box that could destroy the landscape of her career… and alter the history of the country. Jane had always expected the road to the White House would exact a high personal …

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Looking for test readers

I just finished the second draft of my current work-in-progress, Hidden Truths. It’s a historical romance and a sequel to Backwards to Oregon, taking place in 1868. As it seems to be the norm for my novels, at 143,000 words (300 pages), this one is a rather long novel too. I have a few wonderful beta readers and critique partners helping me out, but they have worked with me on this story from the beginning. So what I need now is a set of fresh eyes, someone who reads the story from beginning to end within a few days. You …

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50-book challenge I

Some readers in groups like lesfic_unbound are participating in the 50-book challenge this year, and since I’ve reached # 50 a while ago, I thought I’d share my reading list of 2010. The summaries are not mine; they’re from the author’s or publisher’s Web site. The comments in blue are mine. #1 – Gerri Hill – The Scorpion Poking a sleeping bear with a sharp stick is foolish. Marty Edwards is about to be very foolish. Investigative reporter Marty Edwards has found her niche: cold cases. She loves pouring over old notes, hunting down long-forgotten witnesses, and digging down through …

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Golden Crown Literary Society Awards

The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) held its annual conference last weekend, and the GCLS awards (“Goldies”) were presented on Saturday. I woke up to an inbox full of e-mails, telling me “congratulations,” but giving me no clue as to what I had won since three of my novels had been shortlisted. The GCLS hadn’t posted the award winners yet, so I clicked through all e-mails until I got to messages from Jeanine Hoffman, a fellow L-Book author who attended the conference. She e-mailed me on her iPhone during the award presentation, telling me Backwards to Oregon had just won …

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AIDS/LifeCycle

Worldwide, more than 33 million people live with HIV or AIDS, with over 7,000 new infections every day. There’s still no cure. That doesn’t mean that there’s nothing we can do. About 2,200 people are doing something wonderful right now. Today is the first day of the ninth AIDS/LifeCycle, a seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Those of you who read SX Meagher’s I Found My Heart in San Francisco probably remember that Ryan and Jamie participated in the California AIDS Ride. The AIDS/LifeCycle continues what the AIDS Ride began. A friend of mine is one of …

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reader e-mails

A fellow writer recently pointed out that listing all the mistakes and things that you have to keep in mind while writing can actually become frustrating and intimidating, especially for new writers. And she’s right. You might start to wonder why the heck would any sane person choose that kind of “hobby” (if you can call it that) voluntarily? My answer: Because writing is not just hard work. It’s a passion, and it can be a lot of fun and very, very rewarding. Nothing is quite as satisfying as finishing a scene, a chapter, or even a novel and knowing …

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