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Sports Romance & Romantic Suspense With a Psychological Twist

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fall Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to K_Sunshine_1977!!!

She is the big winner of the Fall Giveaway, winning two vampire books:


Enjoy Edward and Bill, K Sunshine!

Thank you to the 60 entrants--I hope you won books and swag at the other blogs partipating in the Fall Giveaway. I look forward to chatting about books with you on your blog or at! And if you happen to read my novel With Good Behavior, please stop by and tell me what you thought.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Welcoming the Fall Giveaway

It's time, book aficianados. Welcoming the Fall Giveaway!

For the next week (9/22/10 through 9/29/10), I'm joining an awesome group of book bloggers for a giveaway. In honor of Halloween approaching, I'll be giving away two vampire books: The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas and Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (the first book in the series that inspired True Blood). Bloodsuckers abound!

Before Edward Cullen, there was Edward NOT vegetarian.

And then there was vampire Bill. Really? The vampire is named Bill?

To enter (U.S. residents only), leave a comment with the following information:

* Your name and email address (if your email address is private then send me a message at and leave a comment here)

* Your point total (between one and four). One point each if you:
   * Follow this blog, Jennifer Lane Books (+1)
   * Follow JenLanebooks on twitter (click on the birdie, top right) (+1)
   * Friend Jennifer Lane on (click on the "g", top right)  (+1)
   * Add my novel, With Good Behavior, to your "to-read" list on goodreads (+1)

Each point is a chance to win these two books! I vant to suck your blood.

Now go visit the other participating blogs!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Book Signing and Blog Hop

My first book signing was a blast! Twenty-seven friends visited (including pals from book club, swimming, and work) and bought almost every book. House Wine was a great location to host the event.

Thank you to Cindy, Sonja, Sharon, Mitch, Shannon, Brian, Beth, Susan, Eric, Joe, Jennifer, Janelle, Colby, Sue, Patty, Lisa, Jan, Jim, Marcie, Sherri, Sherry, Kris, Eileen, Lynne, Barb, and Nicole for attending.

The most shocking result of the evening is that Joe is reading my book! I guess Ohio U. grads really can read. Thank goodness my friends didn't force me to read aloud passages from the sex chapters, like they were threatening to do. *blushes*

Here are some photos from the event:

I'm still smiling from that very fun evening.

Please stop back to the blog on 9/22/10 when I will be joining the Fall Giveaway. To celebrate upcoming Halloween, I'll be giving away two vampire books to a winning US resident: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris and The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas.

It's Monday so you know what THAT means: Meet an Author Monday Blog Hop!
Authors, please join our hop by copying & pasting the button above and the code below to your blog.
Readers, please hop on over to each blog and consider following and leaving a comment!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Book Signing 9/17/10!

Here's a reminder to those in central Ohio about the book signing on Friday, September 17th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at House Wine in Worthington.

I'm really looking forward to hosting my first book signing! I'm also anticipating tasting some varied wines. I wonder if my Jennifer Lane signature will become less legible as the evening wears on? ;-)

On the week of 9-22-10 I'll be giving away . . . two vampire books! Please join the Welcoming the Fall Giveaway Blog Hop. Details here.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Hero Hair

It’s time for a very important blog post about hair. More specifically, ROMANTIC HERO HAIR. Head hair, facial hair, chest hair . . . I want to hear your thoughts about all of it.

I’m four chapters into writing my current work-in-progress, titled Twin Sacrifice, and my protagonist has luscious long black locks, in a ponytail. Go ahead, you can laugh. (I did.) Long hair on guys tends to make me giggle, but I went for it because his girlish mane is integral to the plot. Now maybe you didn’t laugh, and you actually like the Fabio look on your romantic hero. If so, tell me why, you freak! (I won’t judge, really.)

What kind of hair do you prefer for romantic heroes? I’m a big fan of short, neat, black or dark-brown hair. However, if the hero is delicious in so many other ways, I’m willing to relax my standards. Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series comes to mind. Jamie is a tall eighteenth century Scot with flowing long red hair and intense blue eyes. I typically don't go for redheads in real life, but Jamie is a tremendous fictional character and oh so fine.

Onto facial hair . . . what’s your favorite look? I love a clean-shaven man wearing a subtle masculine aftershave.

And finally, chest hair: yea or nay? Although I’m not a fan of a forest growing on the guy’s chest, I don’t think I’m quite as picky on this hair “style”. As a former college swimmer, I had the pleasure of ogling some beautiful pectoral muscles that had been smoothly shaved (along with the rest of their bodies). The smooth look was quite nice, but I’ll also take a man with some manly chest hair.

And now we proceed from hero hair to hopping . . .

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Interview with Author Susan Kaye Quinn

Happy Monday to you! This Monday is even happier than usual for me, since it's a holiday. In addition to our Monday Blog Hop, today I'm interviewing Susan Kaye Quinn, author of the Young Adult romance Life, Liberty, and Pursuit (see post below for my review of this lovely story).

1. What draws you to writing Young Adult novels?
The YA genre is so exciting right now, because it’s wide open – including everything from romance to dystopias. I enjoy writing YA because the characters are discovering who they are and where they fit in the world. I think YA encapsulates a lot of the feelings that people struggle with at any age, but with a fresh perspective because the characters are experiencing it for the first time. And there is so much conflict inherent in coming-of-age stories, they make for great story-telling. Many adults enjoy reading YA (including me!) because of the amazing stories.

(JL note: Don't know what a dystopia is? I didn't either. Learn about them here).

2. I understand that you're currently working on a Middle Grade novel. How is that coming along?
My middle grade science fiction novel, Byrne Risk, is complete! I just finished up the final edits and the manuscript is currently out to agents and an editor I met at the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators) conference this summer. It feels really good to have another novel wrapped up, and I’m keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed that it will find a home with a publisher.

3. We've already discussed our love of men in uniform *winks*. I loved the added authenticity of David's Navy experience in Life, Liberty, and Pursuit. Will you tell us about your research for that storyline?
My dad worked for the Navy as a civilian for most of his career, so you could say the Navy’s always been woven into my life. But the research for Life, Liberty, and Pursuit came mostly from the internet, including following a young sailor’s blog about his time in boot camp. Our men and women in service are young and online a lot, just like their civilian peers. One of the most enjoyable parts of this story was making the Navy recruit experience come alive for David and Clayton.

4. To what extent did you know what Eliza was going to choose at the beginning of the story?
I thought I knew how the story was going to end, but it turns out I was completely wrong. This story was very much a “seat of the pants” experience, and I didn’t realize what the ending was going to be until I wrote it! Sometimes I have to write something the wrong way first, and then write it the way it really needs to be. I think it’s part of my writing process in fleshing out the world of my characters.

5. How does your family view your writing?
My husband is amazingly supportive of my writing, even if it perplexes him (he’s an engineer). My kids love that I write stories, but they want me to write more middle grade! In fact, they keep supplying me with plots and characters and insisting that I get started on the stories they want to read. Unfortunately for them, I like to write teen stories as well. I’m deep into a young adult paranormal novel right now, but I’ve promised I’ll write them another middle grade novel when I’m finished.

Thank you for the interview, Sue. Please check out an excerpt and video trailer of her novel Life, Liberty, and Pursuit!

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Book Review: Life, Liberty, and Pursuit by Susan Kaye Quinn

Life, Liberty, and PursuitLife, Liberty, and Pursuit by Susan Kaye Quinn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sweet and Satisfying Young Adult Romance!

Susan Kaye Quinn has created a warm, wet world in her debut novel Life, Liberty, and Pursuit. Eliza and David meet when he rescues her from falling into a swimming pool, and they continue to have cruise ship adventures on their whirlwind romance until they're faced with the saddening prospect of a long-distance relationship. Susan keeps the reader in suspense the entire novel about what choices Eliza and David will make in navigating their murky future.

At first I thought "Here we go again with another wimpy damsel in distress" but I was very pleasantly surprised when Eliza proves her own mettle by rescuing David right back. They throw out a metaphorical life raft to each other, not only to save a life but also to save liberty and pursuit. I thoroughly enjoyed how their love and support enabled each to develop and to reach new heights. They became stronger individuals as a result of their union. As the character Nicholas states on page 191, "That's what love is supposed to be like. It's supposed to make you better." I couldn't agree more.

A wonderful read, Susan!

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