Posts Tagged ‘my view’

Feeling Golden

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

So this is me first falling backwards on my bed in a bit of a shock (ignore the hair and lack of makeup)  and then a few minutes later…

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with my DD showing no shame, doing a happy dance after I got the call that BOUNCE finaled in the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Contest!

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I’ve never had one of my books final in a contest and to have my 1st be for the 1st book I’ve self-published is extra sweet. Thanks so much to all of you who have supported me with my writing. Feeling blessed!

All the best,

KMJ

It’s A Wonder

Monday, August 25th, 2014

It’s a wonder how we’ve gotten here so fast, but here is where we’re at so let’s just deal with it. Happy end of Summer.

Make it good people.

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All the best,

KMJ

Who, what, where?

Monday, August 18th, 2014

This… is so true in in my line of work and in life.

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I’ve always been a curious. As a child my family will tell you that I was constantly questioning how things worked and why things happened they way they did. A conversation with me was never a short one as there was always and extra “but why?” to follow what probably should have been the end of a conversation. This practice has continued into my adult life (I’m sure to the joy of dear DH) and served me well as a writer and as the parent of young adults. I am always questioning and digging a little deeper to find out why people think and act the way they do as I come up with new characters and plots.

Tell me are you the curious sort? Do you enjoy digging a little deeper into a good mystery? What are some of your favorite whodunits?

Wishing you a great week ahead.

 

All the best,

KMJ

Time won’t give me time…

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Ain’t that the truth? Thanks for the wisdom Culture Club.

In my ever quest at somehow getting my uncontainable life contained and in some semblance of control, I spent the better part of the weekend reading a fantastic book called Write Every Day by Cathy Yardley. Now you think writing everyday would be easy since I’m a writer and it’s my job… and all.

But hold it there, Sparky, it’s not as easy as one would assume when you’ve got the husband, kids, Facebook, The blog,  laundry, Twitter, dishes, The dog, The grocery store, The bank, Twitter, Cleaning well, everything, dinner, pick-ups, errands, family runs, did I say twitter?, oh and the dog needs to run out again all pulling for your attension just because you’re the one there and the one designed to be in charge of all the domestic stuff. Somehow it’s way too easy for the job of writing, that really is your J-O-B to get pushed to the bottom of the list when it should be at the very top. Especially if you want to make a living… and all.

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In Write Every Day, Cathy suggests tracking your time for a week to see where what you’re really spending your time on in order to see where you can find more time to write. The challenge is on! It’s time to take a brutal look at how much time I really spend going in circles and clicking on links that have nothing to do with my WIP under the guise of research.

Tell me do you know how you’re really spending your time? Would you want to track your time for a week to see what your biggest time sucks are? As you think it over join me in a little Culture Club. I can’t seem to get this song out of my head now.

 

 

All the best,

KMJ

Nana knows best!

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

So this past holiday weekend we had Nana over and it was all pretty fantastic with us doing the usual … *Chilling on porch, eating lots of good food, playing cards and then eating some more. Like a knitting pattern cycle back to the * and repeat. At one point during our chill fest I put my sweet Nana on the spot and flipped the video camera on my cell phone and asked her to give 3 reasons why people should read BOUNCE this summer.

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This is now my favorite endorsement ever! Enjoy.

 

 

All the best

KMJ

 

P.S. There is still time to enter Lauren Christopher’s Red Bikini Giveaway. Just click over and leave a comment!

Happy Monday and sharing Beauty Secrets

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Happy Monday friends. I hope you had a wonderful long holiday weekend if you were celebrating the 4th and if not I hope you had a lovely weekend anyway. I had a great time relaxing with family. I chilled hard, laughed a lot and ate maybe just a little too much but it was all delicious so I’m not going to feel bad about it.  Now it’s Monday and back to the grind so limbering up my writing/editing fingers.

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I’m also happy to say I’m featured to today for something not bookish but very different and quite flattering for me. I’m over on Brown Beauty blog. Please click over and check me out sharing what’s in my makeup bag! I adore talking beauty products so this was so much fun for me.

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Have a fantastic day.

 

All the best,

KMJ

images fm Pinterest & Brown Beauty Blog

 

 

Feeding the Beast aka Distraction Jackson

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Happy Monday!  Time to get the grind on, as if the grind ever stops when you’re in the creative arts. But honestly, I’m starting to feel the pressure as the words have not been flowing at a rate that I feel they should be, so grinding right now is what I need to do. Take what I can get and worry about it later. Just get something on the page. Everyday. Don’t overthink. Besides, all that can come later along with the internal editor.  She loves that job any way, so why should I deprive her of it?

The problem is it would seem that at this point I’d rather do just about anything but grind it out as I need to and get the words on the page. And to feed the beast of procrastination my good friend, Laura Curtis, was kind enough to gift me with some amazing needlepoint patterns and one of them just so happened to be a perfect match for my very own Jack. Isn’t it amazing? I’m finding it so hard to think of anything else right now but running to the store and getting thread to start on this project. Tell me what are ways that you procrastinate or ways that you don’t? Hmm… yeah, maybe I should start there. LOL

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All the best,

KMJ

Welcome Summer!

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Time to get your relax on!

Tell me what books are in your beach bag this season?

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Enjoy!

KMJ

image fm We Heart it

They Say It’s My Birthday!

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

And a big part of my wants to just sweep it under the rug or at least sweep myself under the covers, curl up go back to sleep and pretend this day didn’t even happen. It’s silly I know and totally wrong. I shouldn’t be focused or worried about the fact that I’m no longer the dewy faced young’un I used to be, in fact I should be celebrating the fact that I’m not. That girl was a hot mess and for the most part didn’t know if she was coming or going most of the time.

Now hold onto your laughter, I can hear it from here. You’re all saying but, Kwana, most days you still don’t know whether you’re coming or going. This is true, but it’s less days than it used to be and that’s a great thing. I may not yet be where I want to be and heck, I may not exactly have a picture of where THAT is, but I do know I’m closer to it than I was a year ago.

I have plenty to celebrate in my uncertainty. I have a wonderful family, great friends, a super DH, fantastic kids and still one terrible terrier. Hey, I’m not one to brag (snort) but when I take a moment to stop and think of the good, instead of focusing on the not so fantastic it doesn’t take long to realize how truly blessed I am (note to self: do this focusing on the good more often).

Happy Birthday to me indeed!

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Another thing that’s pretty great about hanging now in the middle of the age pack is that I don’t feel the need to beat about the bush about the things I mean to say or the things I want. You’re not going to find me being all passive aggressive (subtweets aside) (though I was never much for that, maybe the shortest of times in my early 20’s during the odd newlywed stage). But now it’s now pretty much in my head then out my mouth and to that I’ll take a page from my mom and just say what I want for my birthday this year leave out any pesky guessing. The gift I’d like the most is for friends to pass the word on about my work this year past. As still a mostly under the radar author I’d love it if you’d tell someone who doesn’t know me about one of my books. That would make my day. More than that, tell 2 friends, and so on and so on… and it would make my year!

Either way just having you stop by as you have been has made the past year more special than I can say. Thank you for being one of my undeserved, but so thankful for blessings this year. Cheers to a fabulous year ahead.

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Birthday Tweetable:

Because perfection is never what it seems… BOUNCE by K.M. Jackson is heating it up! #BounceNovel Pls RT   http://amzn.to/1cOu9FS

 

All the best… with all my love,

KMJ

 

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Me… Out and About

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Happy New Week and Happy New Month!

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This has been a busy few days with the annual book expo at the Jacob Javits Center. It was a bit tiring but also nice to see so many out and so much excitement going on about new and upcoming books. I was able to snap quits a few pics with my phone so I’ll let another collage do the talking for me here.

It was great to see come of my friends getting to sign copies of their books like Falguni Kothari with BOOTIE and THE BEAST and Eileen Palma with her debut WORTH THE WEIGHT. Also check me with the amazing Loretta Chase and do you see the legendary Ms. Brenda Jackson and Ginger Jamison and is that Tiffany Reisz and Megan Hart? Oh yeah! And down in the corner, yes that is THE Billy Idol. I know, insert earworm here. LOL. We had so much fun. And I’m totally blaming Falguni and Alyssa Cole for the Batman/Spiderman pic. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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I’m excited to say that I’ll be signing copies of my books (Through the Lens, Seduction’s Canvas, Threads of Desire & Bounce) this month at The Romance Festival put on by my RWA/NYC RWA chapter and being held on June 14th at the historic Morris-Jumel house in Washington Heights in New York City from 1-4:30. The admission is free and there will be readings from the authors as well as some exciting talks and the books from many NYC authors available for purchase. If you’re in the city on that day please come on out and see us. Check this great line up:

The Morris-Jumel Mansion

65 Jumel Terrace

(between West 160th & 162nd Street)

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Admission is FREE!

Guest Speakers:

Anna DePalo (USA Today Best Selling Contemporary Romance Writer: The Romance Genre)

Elizabeth Mahon (Scandalous Women: The Lives and Loves of History’s Most Notorious Women)

Carol Ward (Director Morris-Jumel Mansion: The Loves of Eliza Jumel)

Panel:

For Love and Liberty:

Multicultural and LGBT Love Stories during the American Revolution

With – Stacey Agdern, Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart, and Kate McMurray

Tours of the Morris-Jumel Mansion will be available throughout the day!

Oh and finally this bit of coolness: My book is being featured on Tuesday June 3rd 2014 at eBookSoda, a new readers’ site where they’ll send you ebook recommendations tailored to your taste. www.ebooksoda.com. Check me out! Yay :-)

Have a great day!

 

 

All the best,

KMJ