Viva Las Vegas! My Time At #RT16

 

Back from Las Vegas and the RT Book Lovers Convention and though I’m exhausted as all get out and think it will be quite a while before I volunteeringly get on a Starbucks line to order coffee, I’m already looking forward to next year’s convention in Atlanta. I had such a good time seeing old friends and making new ones as I launched

BOUNCE BACK out into the world.

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That said, here is my recap in a totally non-writerly way… pics.

Can you spot anyone you know?

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All the best,

KMJ

Bounce Is Back plus a Giveaway!!! #BounceBack

So the big day has finally arrived…

BOUNCE IS BACK!!!  Well, sort of.  It’s release day for my long anticipated (at least in my mind) sequal to BOUNCE, entitled BOUNCE BACK. Once again we’re in scandalous fictional town of Edgewater, New York with Sabrina Jacobs and the oh-so desperate housewives that make sure there is never a dull moment.

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Because sometimes more than love is on the line…

Book 2 in the Loving On The Edge Series 

All Sabrina Jacobs wants to do is focus on building her new life, and that starts with rebuilding her marriage. Her husband has moved back into their home and thankfully, exclusively into her bed, she’s making a name for herself with her home based finance business and she’s even starting to master the suburban mommy mafia game. Too bad she didn’t factor in being assigned as co-chair in charge of the annual Cougar and Cubs gala with her town nemesis. As busy as Sabrina is, she definitely doesn’t have time to deal with the likes of one Cassandra Stanton.

Currently a Cougar in waiting, Cassandra Stanton is well on track to being Edgewater town royalty, that is, if she can keep it together and pull off the fundraiser of the year. Too bad she’s saddled with co-chairing the event with the chronically clueless Sabrina Jacobs. Not to mention the fact that her husband, Richard, has chosen now to have his most inconvenient, can’t keep it in his pants, mid-life crisis. Cassandra just doesn’t have the time to deal with coddling him and pulling off the party of the year. But maybe the town’s new contractor can give her the tools she needs to work out all her problems and rebuild her life, only this time on her terms.

Can these two unlikely allies come together for a cause and give the Cougars of Edgewater a night they won’t soon forget, all the while gaining control of the chaos their own lives have become? 

 

You can pick up BOUNCE BACK here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1RtRers

And click below to enter the giveaway. Don’t forget to tell a friend! Thanks so much for your support!

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All the best,

KMJ

Come away with me… Books I want to live in for a while… #ListifyLife

For this week’s #ListifyLife post the theme is ‘Books I Want To Live In For A While’

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And honestly there are so many that I could list all day but here are a few that came to my mind quickly. You’ll notice they are very different but they all take the reader to places with great atmosphere and people/characters that a offer a warm welcome and a good time.

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I’ll recap here because my handwriting is well… eh:

Like Water For Chocolate

How Stella Got Her Groove Back

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Eat, Pray, Love

Jackie Collins Lucky Series

Farrah Rochon’s Moments in Maplesville series

Lauren Dane’s Hurley Brother’s Series

Beverly Jenkin’s Destiny Series.

 

What are some books you’d like to get away to?

 

All the best,

KMJ

Bounce is Back! #BounceBack

So here it is… after way too long a time away I’m super excited to let you all know that I’ve gone back to my fictional town of Edgewater, N.Y. and stepped back into the world of Sabrina and Sean Jacobs to see what’s all to do in their lives. And let me tell you there is plenty!

The sequel to my Award Winning novel BOUNCE is finally here! Well, almost… BOUNCE BACK will be available on 4/4, but it’s up for pre-order now at the low introductory price of 2.99.

So snap it up now and tell a please tell a friend.

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Because sometimes more than love is on the line…

Book 2 in the Loving On The Edge Series

 

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All Sabrina Jacobs wants to do is focus on building her new life, and that starts with rebuilding her marriage. Her husband has moved back into their home and thankfully, exclusively into her bed, she’s making a name for herself with her home based finance business and she’s even starting to master the suburban mommy mafia game. Too bad she didn’t factor in being assigned as co-chair in charge of the annual Cougar and Cubs gala with her town nemesis. As busy as Sabrina is, she definitely doesn’t have time to deal with the likes of one Cassandra Stanton.

Currently a Cougar in waiting, Cassandra Stanton is well on track to being Edgewater town royalty, that is, if she can keep it together and pull off the fundraiser of the year. Too bad she’s saddled with co-chairing the event with the chronically clueless Sabrina Jacobs. Not to mention the fact that her husband, Richard, has chosen now to have his most inconvenient, can’t keep it in his pants, mid-life crisis. Cassandra just doesn’t have the time to deal with coddling him and pulling off the party of the year. But maybe the town’s new contractor can give her the tools she needs to work out all her problems and rebuild her life, only this time on her terms.

Can these two unlikely allies come together for a cause and give the Cougars of Edgewater a night they won’t soon forget, all the while gaining control of the chaos their own lives have become?

 

Pre-order Bounce Back here:

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Thanks so much!

All the best,

KMJ

#ListifyLife – Spring for Me is…

Happy Spring and welcome to week 1 of the #ListifyLife Challenge It’s so funny to welcome in spring when this was the view out my window this morning….

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But no matter, the calendar says Spring and the snow has now melted so I’m going to get with the program and spring it up!

Here is my first list:

Spring For Me Is…

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Tell me, what does Spring mean for you?

 

All the best,

KMJ

Time to List it Up with the #ListifyLife Challenge!

To know me is to love my quirks. One of the odd or not so odd things about me is that I’m a terrible procrastinator and I thrive (as I drown) under deadlines and live by checking things off my to-do lists. Without them I’m pretty sure I’d get next to nothing done. I know for sure I’d not get the books written that I have or keep any sort of track of the what’s to do in my family life.

Those that are long time followers of me over here on ye old blog know that the way I keep track of things using my tried and true Filofax planner system.

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If it’s not written down it may as well have been said to the wind. I’ve also come to love Travelers Notebooks for their versatility.

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I feel so fortunate to have found a group of friends who are just as quirky excited as I am when it comes to all things planning and organization.

And speaking to that I’m so thrilled about the #ListifyLife Challenge made up by the fabulous Roni Loren (and peep these gorgeous graphics made by Sierra Godfrey ).

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So what is the #ListifyLife Challenge?

 

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I’m so glad you asked. It’s a weekly challenge which starts on March 20th  and runs through June 19th where you write down your lists in response to the topic prompt of that week. You post a photo of your list on any social media network of your choice (Blog, Facebook, Instagram and hashtag it #ListifyLife so that we can all stay connected. Easy as pie (well easier if you ask me and low cal). Please join in if you like. I’ve got my Moleskine ready and waiting along with my new Frixion markers.

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I can’t wait to list it up! Please let me know if you’ll be joining in in the comments.

All the best,

KMJ

Tempted!

Today I’m so excited to present the cover of my first ever traditionally published book that will be widely available in stores. Come this fall (September 27th to be exact) I am lucky enough to be included in a Kensington books Holiday Anthology with two amazing, best selling authors, Donna Hill and Farrah Rochon!  You can pinch me all you want, but I don’t plan on waking up.

I can’t express enough my thanks over Kensington bringing me to their readers this way.

After Holiday Temptation my first traditional full length stand alone in my Unconventional Bride series will be out in January 2017 so please hold on, there are big things happening in the KMJ world!

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For Holiday Temptation my contribution is From Here To Serenity

please enjoy the blurb and if you are so inclined you can pre-order it here.

FROM HERE TO SERENITY K.M. Jackson

Unstoppable real-estate developer Ross Montgomery is under orders to get some holiday R&R. A cruise to Miami on his yacht, “The Serenity,” is the perfect place to start—especially when he meets his new personal chef, Essie Bradford. Between her calming presence, her amazing food, and her delectable beauty, Ross just might develop a taste for the good life. And when the two discover they have a lot in common—including an irresistible attraction—the next course may be a spicy New Year…

Thank you so much!

All the best,

KMJ

Done you say?… No way! An interview with author Jacki Kelly

Today on ye old blog we have fab author, Jacki Kelly here to discuss writing and her latest contemporary romance, DONE WITH DATING from her Dating Just Got Serious series.

Hi Jacki, thanks so much for being here on ye old blog today. It’s a real treat.

First off can you tell us a bit about DONE WITH DATING?

Done with Dating is the sixth book in the Dating Just Got Serious Series. It’s Renee’s story. She lives her life by one rule.  For Richard McKinney, rules are made to be broken. He does whatever makes him happy. During the Valentine’s Day wedding of Renee’s best friend something magical happens to her and Richard. But there is one thing standing in the way. And it’s big.

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What inspired you to write this story?

I wanted to write a story where the hero wasn’t perfect. I wanted to show that sometimes couples have hurdles that aren’t easy to overcome. Sometimes you have to believe in each other enough to give your love a chance.

How does it tie in with the rest of the series?

The others stores in the series are all about sisters and girlfriends navigating the single dating scene and trying to find happiness and someone special. Just like in real life none of them have an easy time on the romance treadmill.

Do you feel your works are more character or plot driven?

That’s a good question. I guess I’d have to say character driven. If I were to change any of the characters in this series, the stories would be different and take a different path.

What made you choose this genre to write in?

I actually write in two genres, romance and women’s fiction. I like them both. Romance allows me to have the happily-ever-after ending that I wish always happened in real life. Women’s fiction allows me to tell a very different kind of story with all the harsh realities of real life. But my women’s fiction books all have a satisfying ending, even though they may not be happy-ever-after.

Tell us a bit about your writing schedule. Are you a Plotter or a Pantser?

I’m a plotter. And just recently I’ve stepped up my plotting game. I’ve gone beyond just outlining the story and now I also do a plotting board. I’ve found the more detail I work out in the beginning of the book, the more complex I can make the story. Watch out, I might get dangerous.

This question is a favorite of mine. Care to share the story of your “overnight” success with my readers?

I wish I had an overnight story to tell you about. But I’ve been writing for years. I’ve published short stories and personal essays as well as over ten books. My passion for writing started long before I thought about publishing books.  Now I realize even if I decided not to publish another book, I would still write stories. Writing is just a part of who I am.

What advice would you give other aspiring writers?

I would advise aspiring writers to sit down and write. A writer is a person who writes. So finish a piece of work and let others read the material. Don’t wait, do it now.

Lastly, what can readers expect next from you?

I have three books coming out later this year. They were published several years ago by a small publisher. These books will have new covers and additional content. I encourage your followers to go to my website at jackikelly.com and sign up for my newsletter. For signing up they’ll get a free book and information on upcoming releases and events.

 

Thanks so much for being here today. It’s been a real pleasure.

Folks you can keep up with Jacki and her happenings here in these places on the web:

Email: Jackikellybooks@gmail.com

http://www.jackikelly.com

Twitter – @jackikellybooks

http://facebook.com/jackikellyauthor

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 Jacki Kelly has written dozens of short stories and several books. She lives in the North East with her husband and one loveable dog. She loves hearing from her readers so please contact her.

You can pick up DONE WITH DATING HERE.

All the best,

KMJ

Beautiful Motivation…

So anyone who follows me on twitter or is in my presence for more than 5 minutes knows, like the rest of just about everybody, I’m Hamilton obsessed. I’ve been listening to the Hamilton soundtrack pretty much Non-Stop (see what I did there?) since it come out.

That said, my friends know I’m also planner obsessed and lucky for me my writer bud, Jax Cassidy is also a super talented artist so I commissioned her to make me up these gorgeous pieces which I plan on putting on my bulletin board for inspiration and putting in my planner to keep me motivated.

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You can check out more of Jax’s work here at her Etsy shop  www.InspirationUnbound.etsy.com  or email her at inspirationunbound@gmail.com  for a custom work of your own! Thank you so much, Jax for the inspiration, the motivation and the smiles.

 

All the best,

KMJ

2+2 = 22… Happy Birthday Dear Twins

It’s amazing how 22 years can seem like the blink of an eye to one, but to another be a lifetime. So many changes both seen and unseen. So many moments, lots of them I wish I could go back to, rewind,  look back, slow down even or at least live again, this time though really enjoying and savoring each moment. If only they had that type of machine for mothers wishing to turn back time. If only we really knew how fast it would all go. 

All that melancholy aside, I’m so happy for you and proud of you both on this day. And all I truly wish for you is not what I wish for myself, but what I’ve wished for you each year, each day, since you’ve been born which is for God to keep you safe, for you to fulfill your dreams, have all the joy your hearts can handle and shine brightly like the king and queen you were born to be.

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I can speak for both me and your dad here when I say, we love you both with all our hearts.

Happy 22nd Birthday!

 

Love,

Mom & Dad and Jack too