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Fresh Friday: June 10, 2016

Welcome to Fresh Friday. Every Friday I’ll be posting a short excerpt from whatever I wrote or edited that week! This will usually be an unedited small excerpt and I don’t make any promises that every single thing I post will make it to a finished book (sometimes things get cut). But it’s a fun sneak peek at whatever is Fresh this Friday!!

Here is a quick glance at A Spring Deception (Seasons 2, September 6), which I was writing this week:

Celia sighed.… [Read more...]

Buy A Historical – Why I Love Historical Romance

As many of you already know, late last year I began a newsletter which lists new historical romance releases each week. Buy A Historical is something that was born out of the old service on my Passionate Pen website where I listed a monthly run down of historical romances being published (mostly by the traditional publishers). As the market has changed, I thought this was a better way to spread the word about the genre and its new releases.… [Read more...]

Fresh Friday: A peek at what I wrote this week

I’m so excited to announce a new weekly feature on the blog: Fresh Friday. Every Friday I’ll be posting a short excerpt from whatever I wrote or edited that week! This will usually be an unedited small excerpt and I don’t make any promises that every single thing I post will make it to a finished book (sometimes things get cut). But it’s a fun sneak peek at whatever is Fresh this Friday!!

Here is a quick glance at A Spring Deception (Seasons 2, September 6), which I was writing this week:

“Are you offering, Celia?” he asked, his voice softer, rougher.… [Read more...]

2015 in Review

As I look back on 2015, my head spins. It’s been a wild and crazy ride for me. Of course most of you know that this year is when I went “the full indie” (which is like The Full Monty but with more clothing). I admit, I went into the year with a lot of trepidation. What if I failed? What if none of you bought my books without a publisher name on the spine of them.… [Read more...]

There’s Something About a Notorious Flynn

JessMichaels_NotoriousFlynns1-5BoxSet_200pxWhen I had the idea for The Other Duke last summer, there was no way I could have imagined what would happen next. All I knew was that I had an idea that thrilled me and it easily lead to a family that intrigued me even more. Writing each book in the series was a wonderful experience.

I loved writing Rafe and Serafina in The Other Duke. So often the hero in my books is the one who is broken and needs to be healed by love but in their book it was Serafina who didn’t want that kind of connection and built a wall between them.… [Read more...]

Why the USA Today Bestseller List Means So Much to Me

usatodaycolorThis week something amazing happened to me. Something I had long dreamed of but had come to accept just probably wouldn’t ever happen. I hit a bestseller list. A BIG bestseller list. I hit the USA Today.

Hitting a major list (New York Times or USA Today) had been a dream of mine since I sold my first book to HarperCollins in 2004, but over the years I was told and began to believe that it would never happen for me.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Room to Write

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a  question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is:

What is your favorite room to write in?

I really only write in one room and it’s my office. It has a gorgeous view of our mountain and is comfortable and private with no distractions.

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This is it here.… [Read more...]

Awesomely Strong Heroines

I know I ask for them, but in truth I rarely read reviews. Reviews, at least in my mind, are really meant for readers, to help each other make decisions. I want them because it helps with my Amazon ranking and Goodreads visibility (and because it helps other readers make a decision if they’ve never read me before), but as an author reviews can only give you a swelled head or a broken heart.

However, I do sometimes see, either accidentally or when they’re directed at me personally, comments people make about my stories and one of my favorites to read is that I write strong, unique heroines.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Emotions

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a  question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is:

Do you have a scene in one of your books that has made you laugh or cry?

Beauty and the Earl by Jess MichaelsI tend to snort rather than laugh when writing something sarcastic or funny in a book. As you all know, my books are rather dark, so I don’t write a lot “laugh out loud” moments.… [Read more...]

Push It. Push It Real Good.

This past week I’ve been talking a lot about something I’ve been doing called a “push week”. I thought today might be a good time to talk about what that means. I write quickly and I want to be able to put out my books that are indie published this year rapidly both for you guys and for myself. I already write about 60 pages a week but once a book I always try to do a push week.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Journaling

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a  question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is:

Do you journal?

I do not. Kind of? I don’t have a journal I write in every day, but last year I did start journaling about a life situation I faced. But it isn’t a regular thing.

And sometimes people talk about journaling in terms of writing.… [Read more...]

It’s Independence Day!

The Other DukeI’m so pleased and thrilled and nervous and excited to announce the publication of my 49th book, The Other Duke. You can read about it here and order it from the links below, but I wanted to talk more today about what a remarkable change this book indicates in my life. You see, this book is my first independently published book since 2011. And it is the first time I have jumped 100% into indie publication.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: If You Could Do It All Again…

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a  question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is:

If you could do it all again, would you change anything in your career?

It’s an interesting question. I think we all look back with our 20-20 hindsight and think about what we could have done differently, but in the end, I fear if I changed anything I wouldn’t have come to where I am now.… [Read more...]

Goals for 2015

Happy New Year everyone! I have to say I am so massively happy to see 2014 come to an end. It was a great year professionally for both Michael and I, but it was a very sad year for us personally and I’m really looking forward to a happier, calmer life in 2015.

My Big Year went so well last year that I decided to do it all over again. Once again, I put my goals into three different categories: Career, Writing and Self.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Upcoming Projects

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a  question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is:

What are your upcoming projects for 2015?

This is a great question, considering it’s the last day of the year and it’s time to reflect on the past and think about the future (more on that tomorrow). But here are my upcoming books for 2015:

The Other DukeJanuary 13: The Other Duke — my first indie project and the first book in my new series, The Notorious Flynns.… [Read more...]