Dec 132016


It can be a blessing, or a curse, much like anything else. It can be life-changing, and it can ruin your life—okay, not really. I don’t think anyone’s life was ruined by writing.  I got carried away.


I often get asked what writing is like, and where my ideas come from, by readers, and I often struggle to answer this question. Much like when a reader—you—picks up a book, a writer is also immersed in the world they create with a keyboard, a computer, and a very vivid imagination.

Writing, for me, in a necessity. When people ask me why I write, and where the ideas come from, my most common reply is: “From the voices in my head. They don’t shut up until I tell their story.”

I know that sounds borderline crazy, but honestly?

It’s TRUE.

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Dec 082016

Top 5 Favorite Dance Memories

In THE SWEET SPOT, heroine Helen Anne Reed realizes she hasn’t danced since her wedding more than a decade ago. Since then, she’s been inundated with life’s sobering moments—a bitter divorce, raising her daughter on her own, struggling to make her business a success, and her father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. She doesn’t have much to dance about until baseball player and former ballroom dancer Giovanni Caceres shows up. Helen Anne made me think about my life and the times I’ve had the chance to dance. I’m happy to say I have many memories involving the dance floor. Here are my top five:

  1. In a photo box, there’s a grainy, faded photograph of a line of dancers dressed in red and white striped tutus with their arms raised and their toes pointed. In the middle of the photograph is a tiny little girl—by far the smallest on the stage. She’s looking down at her feet, trying her best to remember the steps to the routine. The little girl is four-year-old me, and she’s dancing in her spring recital to “Peppermint Candy Canes.” That was forty years ago, and to this day, my aunt can still sing the song word for word.
  2. When I was in eighth grade, I sprained my wrist in the diocesan soccer playoffs, which meant I had to wear a brace for our end-of-year festivities, including my first boy-girl dance. But that didn’t stop me from awkwardly and stiffly dancing with my then boyfriend. (The bandaged arm between our bodies was probably a relief to my parents, who were chaperoning.) Continue reading »

Dec 052016

My Top Five Holiday Foods!

Hi, all! Jennifer here. I’m so happy to be here today on release day of my new Christmas romance, WRONG BROTHER, RIGHT MATCH.

One of the things I noticed about my new book is that a lot of it revolves around baking, eating, or drinking lots of hot chocolate. LOL! But isn’t food a great part of the holidays? I definitely think so.  Especially because some of my favorite foods  only come around this time of year. Therefore, I thought it’d be fun to share my personal top 5 favorite holiday foods with you all.

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Nov 222016

jm-stewart-nicJen:  Today we welcome J.M. Stewart to Romancing the Book.  Before we get to J.M.’s top 5 list, let’s learn a little about her and her newest release.

J.M.: J.M. Stewart is a coffee and chocolate addict who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two sons and two very spoiled dogs. She’s a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily ever after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.

Where you can find me on the web:  Website /Twitter /Facebook

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Interview & Contest: Brantwijn Serrah

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Nov 182016

brantwijn-serrahJen:  Today we welcome Brantwijn Serrah back to Romancing the Book.  Brantwijn, will you share a short bio with us?
Brantwijn: When she isn’t visiting the worlds of immortals, demons, dragons and goblins, Brantwijn fills  her time with artistic endeavors: sketching, painting, customizing My Little Ponies and sewing plushies for friends. She can’t handle coffee unless there’s enough cream and sugar to make it a milkshake, but try and sweeten her tea and she will never forgive you. She moonlights as a futon for four lazy cats, loves tabletop role-play games, and can spend hours on end sketching characters and scenes in her secret notebooks.

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Top 5 List & Contest: Christy Carlyle

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Nov 142016



christycarlyle_authorpicFueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there’s nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.

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Nov 092016

rina_gray_patio_16For each book that I have written, I have a soundtrack and the songs selected embody the theme of the story, the emotions I want to convey, and theme songs for the hero and heroine.

I built the soundtrack before drafting It’s Been You, but of course, as time goes by, I will find a few songs that are perfect for a character or scene I have rolling around in my head. For those moments, I use my Shazam app to make sure I make a note of the song, and then add it to the Spotify playlist.

The theme for It’s Been You is love and war. Fire and ice. When I wrote this book, I wanted to keep the angst of lusting after someone you loathe, and then fall in love with someone you think may be wrong for you.

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Nov 042016

Jen: Today we welcome Amy Sandas to Romancing the Book.  Amy, will you share a short bio with us?
Amy: Amy Sandas’ love of romance began one summer when she stumbled across one of her mother’s Barbara Cartland books. Her affinity for writing began with sappy pre-teen poems and led to a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She lives with her husband and children in Wisconsin.

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Nov 032016


mira-stanley-bio-picJen: Today we welcome Mira Stanley to Romancing the Book. Mira, will you share a short bio with us?
Mira: Mira dreams of a life where hairy-chested, foul-mouthed pool men serve cocktails while she reads in the embrace of a shady hammock. Her reality looks more like errands, carpooling, sneaking in writing time when she can, and snuggling with her husband and kids after a regular-old day in the Pacific Northwest.

Sex is sacred. It’s also fun. That’s why Mira writes smut with feeling. In her perfect world, every woman who wants it would have access to entertaining, titillating, thought-provoking stories in an environment free of shame.

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Nov 022016

ireland-october-2015Jen: Today we welcome Lynne Marshall to Romancing the Book. Lynne, will you share a short bio with us?
Lynne: Lynne Marshall has been published for over ten years and is a hybrid author of over twenty-five books. She writes Medical Romance for Mills & Boon, contemporary romance for Harlequin Special Edition, and also self-publishes Contemporary Romance. She is a Southern California native, has been married to a New Englander for a long time, and has two adult children of whom she is super proud. She is also an adoring grandmother of two beautiful little girls, a woman of faith, a dog lover, a cat admirer, a meandering walker, a curious traveler, and an optimistic participant in this wild journey called life.

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