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If you could turn back time… Romancing The Fashionista is here!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Blows horns and throws confetti because today is a release day!!!

I’m so excited to announce that my novella ROMANCING THE FASHIONISTA is out today!

I hope that readers enjoy ROMANCING as much as I enjoyed writing it. It’s a whimsical, sexy and I hope funny romp that takes the reader back in time to the not so carefree school days and explores the hopefulness of a second chance romance.

Like with most of my stories the idea started in a small grain of reality. I call it my ‘BEEP you Facebook’ story as found myself one day being tagged with a way back when photo and wanting to jump though the computer to pull it back and there was the little germ needed for me to get to writing a romance.

Kwana Before and after 2

Here’s a bit about ROMANCING THE FASHIONISTA:

Manhattan fashion maven and magazine editor Melinda Mitchell shuns the social media spotlight. That is, until a tipsy girl’s night out ends with her first Facebook account and a friend request from none other than her secret high school crush, Nolan Parker.

When Nolan lost his chance at the big leagues, he signed on with Doctors Without Borders and never looked back. Now he’s back home to help out his ailing father. Running into Mel at his fifteen-year high school reunion rekindles old feelings he thought he’d buried for good.

Intrigued by Nolan’s irresistibly sexy profile, Melinda heads to the reunion with her best friend to see if the picture matches up to the man. Their instant attraction flares brighter than the Manhattan skyline.

Although the tough fashionista and accomplished ex-jock rub each other the very right way, a few stumbling blocks will decide if the heat between them is a symptom of forever love, or a past that should be left where it belongs.

RomancingTheFashionista Cover Final 72lg

You can pick up ROMANCING

at

AMAZON

or here at

SAMHAIN

Tell me where would you go or what would you do if you could turn back time? 

Thanks so much!

All the best,

KMJ

Viva Las Vegas! My Time At #RT16

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

 

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.

bounce back 1000

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

Can you spot anyone you know?

RT Collage 1

RT Collage 2

RT Collage 3

RT Collage 4

 

All the best,

KMJ

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

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

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

List life 1

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.

Listift Books

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

#ListifyLife – Spring for Me is…

Monday, March 21st, 2016

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….

spring snow

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…

Listify week 1

 

Tell me, what does Spring mean for you?

 

All the best,

KMJ

Time to List it Up with the #ListifyLife Challenge!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

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.

filofax malden

Filofax 1

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.

travelers 4

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?

 

List life 1

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.

Listify 1

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

2+2 = 22… Happy Birthday Dear Twins

Friday, January 15th, 2016

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.

Kayla and Will 22

 

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

Goodbye 2015… Hello 2016… my year in GIFs

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

So it’s New Year’s Eve and I’m in the basement on a crazy deadline, stress of my own making really, as I type this.

closeup of a yellowish paper with the text happy new year 2016 in an old blue typewriter

closeup of a yellowish paper with the text happy new year 2016 in an old blue typewriter

I’m happy to have silence in my house for a moment and realizing that I have not posted diddly on this blog in way too long. Sorry about that. I take full responsibility. For all my planning balls are dropping left and right. Speaking of, I look to my left and dust bunnies laugh in my face. Side-eye to you dust bunnies. I laugh right back. No intimidation here.

huh face

But back to reason for this post. Since it’s the year end everyone is doing recaps and best of lists and all that so I thought I’d do a recap of my own… of sorts.

Here is a recap of my 2015 in GIFS since I’m crazy behind schedule and I have no real words to spare.

Oh and one resolution… to knit more. I really failed on that one last year (that and dusting, but I’m not resolving that- no fun). So knitting at least a row a week. 1 a week that’s 52. Small but so doable. I like it.

Onto the year in review…

January – optimistic and hopeful.

im ready

February – breathing through it.

Un cool Luann

March – trying to disguise the stress.

No one can notice right?

shifty

April – Whoo Hoo! A deal!

Did this really happen?

 

happy dance

May – Twin A graduated Whee!!!

clap 1

June – Another Deal! Write, Woman Write!

dance gif 2

July – RWA National in the HOUSE!!!

party 1

August –

Uh oh, How am I supposed to keep up with this life?

keep up kim

September – Seriously, this is getting nuts.

bad idea

October –

No one will noticed as long as my makeup is fierce. Right?

tears

November – Maybe I’ll just sleep.

tired 1

December – A plan. That’s the ticket I just need a good plan.  There’s always next year.

Cookie 2

Cheers! Let’s re-boot and give it another go!

leo cheers

Happy New Year!

 

Now if you have a moment please hear on over to Bobbi Dumas’ Read A Romance Month – Celebrating the Diversity in Romance. I’m honored to be the kick off author, Spreading a Little Love talking how HEA takes time. Also I’m recommending a couple of my faves Farrah Rochon & Synithia Williams Please click on over and join me. Thanks

Pages of open book rolled in heart shape on glitter background

Pages of open book rolled in heart shape on glitter background

All the best,

KMJ

 

 

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New Author Pics and a Surprise Smiles…

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Over the weekend I got new author pics taken by my friend and chapter-mate. The talented author and photographer, Katana Collins.

Now though that sentence sums up what happened it in no way sums up all the drama and angst I put into the lead up to taking the pics. The stress over how I’d look. The wishing I’d lost 40 pounds the month before I took the pics. The hunt to find just the right tops to slim me out. Wondering why after all those years of watching America’s Next Top Model I’d still hadn’t perfected the smize? I was a mess. Really and truly.

KMJ author collage B

Well now after seeing the pics I know that all that worry was for nothing because Katana is so talented and such a good friend she immediately put me at ease. She told me to stop my fretting and that I was beautiful. I think these photos show how at ease I was. I can’t thank Katana enough. These photos will always be a memory of what a wonderful day we had and a reminder that I should stop stressing so much and just smile.

You can check out Katana’s books here and her photography site here. 

 

K.M. Jackson author headshop 2015 IMG_2017_crop_8x12

 

All the best,

KMJ

A year and 1 day…

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

I saw something the other day that said ‘think of where you were last year‘.

It was supposed to be uplifting so I did. And you were there and for that moment I was happy.

Until I stopped and remembered that you are gone. And won’t be back again.

Now I know in this past year lots has changed. Some for the bad and as with life many things for the good. But without you it’s hard to feel that good fully. Without you I don’t know how quite how to be… just me. I’m honestly not the same.

Lost within myself. A stranger in my own mind. I know I should be better and as you would always say, ‘pull up my big girl panties’ and I promise I will with more time. But that time is not now. What is a year to a heart in pain?

Because if I were granted one wish right now, one happy thought for now… Today… It would be to go back- just a year and 1 day.

 

Kwana & Nana

 

 

Love,

Me

 

 

Be cool girl…fave plot book recs

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Over the next 6 months I’ve got writing deadlines breathing down my neck

and looking at me like…

work witch

And I’m looking back at my original concepts like…

bad idea

And the pressure of it all has me in a state of panic like…

breathing

So a little over a week ago in my panic stricken state I reached out to my peeps on twitter looking for bookish ways to help streamline my plotting process and get my racing, jumbled thoughts in some sort of order.

You see I only play a cool multi-planner having, washi tape decorating, cucumber on social media.

The chaos in my mind in a big old mess.

So I sent out this tweet:

Plot question

And here are the books that were recommended to me in response. Thanks so much my twitter friends!

 I know some of them will be of help to me (hello 1 click) and I wanted to share them here with you.

Please feel free to add any of your faves in the comments. Thanks and happy writing!

Save the cat b

Save The Cat by Blake Snyder

http://amzn.to/1UxJ8zi

Plot 2 20 Master Plots

20 Master Plots and How to Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias

http://amzn.to/1K2tWiG

Plot 3 GMC

GMC: Goal Motivation & Conflict by Debra Dixon –

This one I already have in my library and is a fave  http://amzn.to/1UxJvd9

Plot 4 Trough of Hell

Trough of Hell: How to Wrap Up the Middle of Your Story with Maximum Impact

  by H.R.  D’Costa  http://amzn.to/1UxJLca

Plot 5 Rock Your Plot

Rock Your Plot by Cathy Yardley-

This is another one that I already have in my library and like. http://amzn.to/1UxJRAC

Plot 6 The Plot Whisperer

The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master

by Martha Alderson

http://amzn.to/1UxJXZ1

Plot 7 2K- 10K

2K to 10K:  Writing Faster, Writing Better and Writing More of What You Love

by Rachel Aaron –

another book I have and am a fan of. http://amzn.to/1UxLwWN

Plot 8 Outlining

Outlining Your Novel Map Your Way To Success by K.M. Weiland –

this is one I just ordered and am getting into. Lots of good points here. http://amzn.to/1PYgq41

Plot 9 Story Structure

Story Trumps Structure: How To Write Unforgettable Fiction By Breaking The Rules

by Steven James    http://amzn.to/1K2Fan4

Meanwhile wish me luck with my deadlines because I need to be like this and just do it…

be cool

 

All the best,

KMJ

 

Gifs from Reality TV Gifs