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Isn’t She Lovely

Posted at Apr 9, 2015 1:25 pm in , , ,

Isn't She Lovely (Redemption, #0.5)Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

He irons his golf shorts. She wears army boots. And they DO NOT. Like each other.

This book, you guys. YOU GUYS! You know how I gush when I love something, and this book–I loved it. Ethan is a hero that is not like many others I’ve read. He’s got it all, but he’s not damaged. Not even a little. He’s polite. He’s hilarious. He’s drop-dead gorgeous and ridiculously wealthy. Can I fall for a normal-guy hero, I hear you asking?

Yes, yes you can.

Stephanie on the other hand is a nightmare. She’s not nice, she has a sharp edge, and then…then you find out why and if you can keep the tears from pooling, then I think maybe your heart is malfunctioning. Because her story is tragic, but in a real way.

The book is also about these two writing a film together that they end up acting out, and the movie-within-a-book premise is pulled off marvelously. The ending is perfect and will have you grinning.

I’m only sorry I can’t give this book more than five stars…and that I waited so long to read it.

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~Jess :)

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Evan is a Kindle Daily Deal!

Posted at Apr 8, 2015 11:55 am in , , , , , ,

And I. Am. STOKED.

Kindle Daily Deal means Evan will get seen by more readers. Maybe even purchased (at a killer discount… that’s $5 off!). And more eyeballs on the fineness that is Evan, and hopefully leaking tears because well, Rae, makes my heart happy.

>>>get the deal<<<

***NOOK*** just price matched, too!

So spread the word, share this graphic, and help other people find the book that has a 4.12 rating on Goodreads with over 500 reviews.

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Thanks guys!

~Jess :)

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Let Them Eat Cake!

Posted at Apr 7, 2015 2:24 pm in , , ,

I have to share a reader’s pictures!

For her birthday, Mary Ruth created this book cake, and I was honored to see Evan’s book (Bringing Home the Bad Boy) earned a spot on her cake! Isn’t this gorgeous?!





I bet he was delicious.

~Jess  :mrgreen: 



More Erin Condren…

Posted at Apr 5, 2015 5:51 pm in , ,

Because I had to have a notebook…

And because I randomly won a $50 gift card, I treated myself to a purchase from Erin Condren. You know how much I love my planner!

Here’s how it went down:

1. IT’S HERE!  :-o 

EC Box

2. ACK! Purple paper!  :-P EC Box paper


EC Notebook

4. This is pretty…hope I use it.  :-| personalized insert




5. And labels! A meal-planner! What do I do with these coily things, again?  :-? EC haul

 That’s it from this nerdy part of the world. What have you been up to lately?


~Jess  :mrgreen: 


What am I doing?

Posted at Mar 30, 2015 8:14 pm in ,

No, really. 

Most days, I’m zipping around the interwebs, writing, and generally getting a lot of things done. Then MONDAY happened and I’m so far off my routine, I find myself looking at the clock at 4 p.m. and asking, “What am I doing?”


After a coffee break with my favorite “trust the process” mug, I think I realize what I’ve been doing.


Only, to the naked eye one may think I’m simply scouting the internet for pretty tracking forms and planner inserts. Or talking on Twitter about how I had to call my bank re: fraudulent charges to my account because some thief/thieves decided to rake money out of my account. THANKS, JERKS, for that lost hour + of my life. (The thieves, not the bank–the bank was lovely about it.) I also attempted to make my own Blog planning form to no avail.

I guess I should get some words down, yes? I mean, words other than the ones in this blog. You guys don’t want any more books SOON do you? Wait…do you? I hope so…


…right after I tweak this form one final time.

~Jess  :roll: 

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RITA Noms and Smart Bitches

Posted at Mar 26, 2015 7:19 pm in , , , , , ,

imageWhat a day!

So if you haven’t heard today, the RITA finalists were announced! RITAs are kind of like the Oscars for writers. We send in our books, cross our fingers, and on announcement day, spend the day biting our nails to the quicks.

Even if we *know that we know that we know* we will not be nominated (because the competition is STEEP!), we all still hope.

I did enter The Millionaire Affair, because it was the only release out in 2014, and I just had to throw Landon’s name in the hat. Landon and I did not get a nom, but I still love him!

And so do a lot of others.

Now for another bit of news…

I was minding my own beeswax when my author friend Lauren Layne, sent me a text that blew both our little author minds.

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 See there?! Her book cover/sales announcement followed by mine! 

Click HERE to read all about it!

Smart Bitches did a feature on OUR BOOKS. We were very excited. (Are, since I am currently writing this in a state of excitement!)

Sometimes, despite the fact you don’t get a nom for the RITAs–*pats Landon’s very finely manicured hand*–God smiles upon you and gives you something just as fun. Smart Bitches Trashy Books has long been a blog I followed. To make the site, and with a sale price, is just too, too fantastic.

You win some, you lose some. And sometimes, they both happen on the same day.

~Jess :)

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Exclusive Excerpt at USA Today!

Posted at Mar 25, 2015 12:28 pm in , , , , , , , ,

Today is the day!

Rescuing 7 years Promo

Exclusive excerpt from Rescuing the Bad Boy!

…only on USA Today’s HEA Blog!

- – -

“Hello, Scampi.”

A nightmare. I’m having a nightmare.

But she wasn’t. If this were a nightmare, she’d be naked.

Unfortunately, the naked part had been very real. Like this moment was very real. Which meant Donny Pate was standing in her shop. For real.

He’d aged well.

Too well, she thought with a frown.

To read more, go>>> HERE!

~Jess :)


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Teaser Tuesday: Rescuing the Bad Boy

Posted at Mar 24, 2015 3:26 pm in , , , ,


Today, I will tease you with a graphic for Rescuing the Bad Boy, and tomorrow, I will deliver…


An exclusive excerpt which will appear on a to-be-named website!

Isn’t that exciting???

Okay, here’s the graphic:

Rescuing Teaser



Pre-order today! Amazon | B&NiTunes | Google Play

~Jess :)


Btw, lucky newsletter subscribers received that graphic two weeks ago, and also were entered to win a drawing for a sooper sekrit prize! I’m drawing a winner for said prize on March 31, so even if you sign up TODAY, you’re in! Good luck!


Top 5 Writer Tools of the Trade

Posted at Mar 11, 2015 7:33 am in , , , ,

What are a writer’s tools of the trade?

A computer, obviously, and a healthy imagination. And here are a few more:

1. A place to keep all your thoughts…


Whether it is a manila folder holding all your random thoughts, post-its, and photo inspiration, or a spiral bound planner, have a place to keep your thoughts so you aren’t trying to remember them all. I start a folder for every book and when I have a random flash of inspiration, write it down and drop it into the folder. Never lose another idea.

2. Baby Name Books…

IMG_5123Bonus! Coming home with a few of these is a fun way to freak out your parents, in-laws, and/or significant other. 

3. The Emotion Thesaurus… 


 This guy helps with that pesky “show don’t tell” advice we are all plagued by.

4. Romance Novels…


Writers read, so if you’re gonna write, you gotta read! Here are just a few from my personal collection.

5. A Pen (or three)…


I’ve developed an affinity for Dr. Grip’s Center of Gravity refillable pens. There are four or five scattered around the house so I’m never without one.

Aspiring Authors!

Want to see more?

I have an entire section dedicated to authors who dream of being published like I did. There you can find links to my blog when I was struggling through the slush pile as well as recommended reads.


~Jess :)


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Misc. Monday: Missing Bailey

Posted at Mar 9, 2015 7:20 am in , , ,

A little look back…

I came across these pictures while digging through my digital photos. The first pic is of my hound/terrier mix, Bailey, who passed March 25, 2014. I can’t believe she’s been gone almost a year!

RIP, Schmoo!  :cry:


IMG_0395That’s Daisy, still alive & well.

IMG_0396Mr. Lemmony. Always a good sport.  :lol: 


~Jess :)Sale Price Promo

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