2017 in review and my writing goals for 2018

2017 is drawing to a close. Just three more days and we’ll be into 2018. For me, the week between Christmas and the New Year is always a time to look back at the past year and make goals for the next year. So, how did I do on my writing goals for 2017? A year ago, I posted my goals for 2017, which were: Write and publish two English novels.  I did achieve that goal. My medical romance Falling Hard was published in April, and Perfect Rhythm, a romance novel with an asexual main character, was published in September. …

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Golden Crown Literary Society Awards 2014

Now that I’m writing full time, I finally had the chance to travel to Portland and attend the Golden Crown Literary Society conference. It was an awesome experience that I definitely intend to repeat next year. It’s hard to describe how it feels to be among nearly 300 lesbians who are just as dedicated to lesbian fiction as I am. I had the chance to meet so many readers and fellow authors, including some of the writers whose work I admired for the last fifteen years. Tonight, on the last full day of the conference, the “Goldie” awards were presented. …

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A heart-felt thank-you from Jae, full-time writer

Today is a very special day for me. I just came home from work—my day job as a psychologist—for the very last time. Tomorrow, my new life as a full-time writer begins. Even now that I type this, I almost can’t believe it. But as exciting and great as this is for me, I don’t want to make this blog post about me. I want to make it about the incredible people who supported me, encouraged me, and were part of fulfilling my big dream. First and foremost, I want to thank my friends and my sister. When I told …

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New beginnings

I had hoped to make the announcement that I am embarking on a new adventure with a lighter heart. Unfortunately, a lot has happened in the last few weeks. Six months ago, Roxanne Jones, CEO of L-Book ePublisher, and I planned on making this announcement together. But sadly, Roxanne passed away on September 26. As of October 2012, I will no longer be publishing with L-Book. My older novels will still be available from L-Book for now, but my new books, starting with Manhattan Moon (available now) and Something in the Wine (in November), will be published with Ylva Publishing, a German …

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Sad news

Most of you have probably heard that Roxanne Jones, the CEO of L-Book, my publisher, passed away on September 26. I’m a writer and a psychologist, so I work with words all day, but in situations like this, I don’t know what to say. When I first met Roxanne (almost to the day five years ago), I didn’t have much of a clue about the publishing business. Back then, L-Book wasn’t a traditional publisher but was “just” publishing computer-generated audio books. Over the course of the past five years, L-Book and I grew together. L-Book added e-books and then paperbacks. Roxanne was great with all the …

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The setting of my lesbian romance Something in the Wine

When I first started doing research for my newest novel, Something in the Wine, I decided to set it in Paso Robles, California. Once I decided on the location, I looked for a place within driving distance where one of the romantic key scenes could take place. When I stumbled across a website of Moonstone Beach, I knew I had found the perfect location. Two of my beta readers have visited Moonstone Beach and sent me photos (Thank you to RJ and Erin for letting me use a few of the photos for this blog post).   Here’s a description …

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Goldie Awards 2012

Last Saturday, the “Goldies” (Golden Crown Literary Society Awards) were awarded at the GCLS conference. I’m proud to say that Hidden Truths won in the category historical romance. Here’s a list of winners: Debut Author: After the Fall by Robin Summers (Bold Strokes Books) Open Water by Pol Robinson (Bella Books) Waiting in the Wings by Melissa Brayden (Bold Strokes Books) Dramatic/General Fiction Award Marching to a Different Accordion by Saxon Bennett (Bella Books) Maye’s Request by Clifford Henderson (Bold Strokes Books) Shaken and Stirred by Joan Opyr (Bywater Books) Historical Romance Award Hidden Truths by Jae (L-Book ePublisher) Lesbian …

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Lesbian Fiction Readers’ Choice Award 2011

It’s been a while since I updated my blog. My job kept me busy, but today I have some news I want to share with you. The Lesbian Fiction Readers’ Choice Awards were just announced, and Hidden Truths is one of the winners. I know that most readers say that awards don’t influence their reading choices (I know I’m not actively searching out award-winning books either), but it still feels nice to be recognized by a group of readers who liked my book. Here’s a complete list of the award winners: Favorite Lesbian Fiction Writer: Georgia Beers R.E. Bradshaw Denise …

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Rainbow Romance Award

Seems this is the month of awards for L-Book authors. First, Fran Heckrotte was awarded the Alice B. Medal, an award that is given to writers who “have careers distinguished by consistently well-written stories about lesbians.” Today I found out that Conflict of Interest won a Rainbow Romance Award for Excellence in the romantic suspense category.  Next of Kin placed third in the same category, and Second Nature holds the third place in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category. Congratulations to all winners and runners-up!  

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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