Jennifer's Journal


Tuesday, December 01, 2009

December Newsletter


December already. Weren't we here only a week or so ago? And the holiday season is upon us again, too. Some people love it, others hate it. I fall somewhere in between, I think, grumbling over all the preparation, but looking forward to the traditional gathering of the clan.

Much has happened over the past twelve months. GALLANT MATCH was published in February. I met Deb Werksman of Sourcebooks, Inc. in March, spoke to her publisher and CEO, Dominique Raccah, in Orlando in April, and signed for publication of several of my backlist books in their "Re-launch of a Classic" program in July. I received a much appreciated Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times BookReviews Magazine in April, and, in June, completed Book 1 of my new medieval trilogy, BY HIS MAJESTY'S GRACE. During the summer, I worked with my two daughters on book collaborations and created the proposal for Book 2 of my trilogy while seeing my February 2010 book, TRIUMPH IN ARMS, through the publication process. Then September was taken up by a short contemporary romance written as a lark. Time whips past when you're busy!

A project in the works this fall has been the revamping of my web site. This was partly to give it a much-needed facelift, but also to reflect my transition from books set in Louisiana to medieval romances. Tara Green of "Eye on Romance" did a beautiful job of the redesign, and the new site went live over the past weekend at: It's designed to be more colorful and atmospheric than the old one, with a richer vibe. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Featured on the site is the cover for TRIUMPH IN ARMS. Clicking on the "Next Book" button at the top will take you to a special page for this title. There, you can read the back cover blurb plus a 1600-word excerpt that is actually the complete prologue from the book. TRIUMPH IN ARMS is available for preorder now from, and you can click through to set that up if the prologue snags your interest. The title should ship around the end of January, as its official "On-Sale" date is February 1.

New additions to the web site home page are button links for Twitter and Facebook. I told you about my foray into "tweeting" on Twitter last month, but the Facebook page just went up a few days ago with a collection of photos and book covers. It's so new that I have few friends as yet. Click over and join me if you have a presence there. I promise to accept all friend requests!

And I'm still adding a Writing Tip of the Day to my blog on the web site. I've posted 50-something of these now. It's actually been fairly painless; I didn't realize I knew quite so many little tidbits about writing. At present, I have well over a hundred tips typed into MS Word for future additions, with a goal of 365 by next fall. Will I make it while concentrating on Book 2 of my trilogy that I'll start January 1? We'll see!

In other news, the feature article done in Q&A form by Shalla Magazine has been posted at You just might find something you didn't know about me there. Romantic Times BookReview Magazine ( has also created an information page for TRIUMPH IN ARMS, with a short article on where the story idea came from. Then under the heading of foreign sales, Verlagagruppe Random House recently licensed my medieval trilogy for publication in Germany.

Over and above these things, I've been involved in special holiday charitable projects with friends in my local sewing group, Magnolia Stitchers. And while not shopping, decorating and cooking for the holidays, I've been reading the backlist of Elizabeth George, author of the Inspector Lynley, Lord Asherton mysteries. In other words, my life is full and most blessed. It's my hope that yours is the same during this time of year.

With warmest wishes for all that's bright and joyous in the season,



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