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Sports Romance & Romantic Suspense With a Psychological Twist

Monday, April 13, 2015

#NewAdult Scavenger Hunt Starting Soon #Giveaway #NASH


I'm excited to participate in the New Adult Scavenger Hunt. My college volleyball romance Blocked is part of Team Blue, which consists of New Adult books.

The winner will receive TEN print books by hunting on each site for the secret number.

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We have less than two weeks until the first ever New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins!

Here are the NewASH teams:
TEAM RED


TEAM BLUE


I hope you all are as excited as I am! The New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins at Noon Eastern Time on Thursday, April 23rd and runs through Sunday, April 26th.

Leave a comment below to tell me which team you are the most interested in checking out!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Beside Your Heart by @WordyMary #Review #Interview #Giveaway


It's time to celebrate The Heart Series by Mary Whitney! I loved book one (Beside Your Heart) as you can see in my review. Stick around for the interview and generous giveaway.

Beside Your Heart (Beside Your Heart, #1)Beside Your Heart by Mary Whitney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Beginning of Across-the-Pond Romance

I've had my eye on this series for some time and I'm glad I finally read book one.

When political operative Nicki Johnson googles her high school love Adam Kincaid, she finds out he's dating an English aristocrat named Muff.

I gaped at the photo. I'd never seen Adam dressed so well. He wore a dark gray morning coat with tails, a vest, tie, and striped trousers. Next to him, Mary or Muff or Twat -- whatever her name was -- wore a pale pink coat dress.

The discovery fuels a sense of longing as well as many memories of the past. Beside Your Heart explores how Nicki and Adam meet in high school. I seem to enjoy New Adult more than Young Adult these days, so I think I'll enjoy the next two novels about their adult romance better.

Nicki's younger sister died in a harrowing car accident, and she is mired in grief throughout the story. Coupled with what happens to the relationship between Nicki and Adam, a sad tone pervades the novel. But Adam is lovely in how he helps her through her grief.

Her grandmother explains grief well:

"At times, your grandfather's passing is as hard for me today as it was the day he died, but the pain isn't as constant anymore. I can go days and even weeks of going along in my life with nothing. The it can hit me out of the blue, and I feel the grief all over again. Other times, you know when a bad patch of pain is coming...birthdays, holidays."

I loved all the Englishisms, like shagging, snogging, and spotted dick, hehe.

Overall this is a well-written story about first love.

View all my reviews

And now for the interview with Mary Whitney...


Jennifer Lane (JL): Welcome to the blog, Mary! As you can see, I truly enjoyed Beside Your Heart. What were some inspirations for this story?

Mary Whitney (MW): Well, thank you! You’re a doll.

It was triggered by an old memory. I’m old enough to remember when ecstasy was legal back in the 80s, and I remembered going to a party the night before it was made a controlled substance. The funny thing was that no one was on X. They were all drinking. I was telling the story to a friend one day which sort of mentally sent me back to high school. My mom had also recently died, so I’d been wanting to write something to explore grief. Beside Your Heart isn’t autobiographical at all, though. Sadly in my high school, the male exchange students from overseas were never good looking!

JL:
How does your law degree affect your writing?

MW: You can say people write about what we know. I’ve never wanted to write about laws, but I think people involved in law, law enforcement, and politics can be interesting – sometimes even in their boringness!

JL: I'm also drawn to writing about politics, especially romantic partners who spar over opposing beliefs. Tell us about your political romances and how politics might play out in books two and three of The Heart Series.

MW: I love a good debate, so romantic banter is just fun for me to read and write. With Nicki and Adam, their banter is driven by their differing cultures, though their political leanings are pretty similar. In my book, Compromising Positions, it’s a Republican and a Democrat, which makes for meaty, but playful conversation.

JL: I see in your bio you've lived all over the US! What's been your favorite location?

MW: Honestly, I think there are great things and bad things about every place I’ve lived. Right now, I live in northern California which is pretty awesome, except for the drought and earthquakes.

JL: What are you working on now?

MW: I’m finishing up my next book, Attached. It’s true New Adult so it will be a departure for me. I’m also working on the audiobooks for No Ordinary Guy and Compromising Positions. David from Beside Your Heart is the main character in No Ordinary Guy. He’s Adam’s cheeky cousin, so the narrator is also a Brit. Compromising Positions is dual narration for both male and female POVs. Everything is out in June, so things are busy right now!

I can’t thank you enough for this interview. I’m always tickled when people want to chat! Thanks again!

JL: Thank you for stopping by, Mary, and good luck with your writing.


***GIVEAWAY***

Mary Whitney is giving away an ENTIRE EBOOK BOX SET of The Heart Series (Beside Your Heart, Disclosure of the Heart, and Forever Your Heart) to a lucky winner!

And another winner will receive an ebook of No Ordinary Guy

To win, comment on this post and leave your email address. If you don't want to write your email address, contact me at jenniferlanebooks (at) gmail (dot) com.

Finally, I hope you had a Happy Easter for those who celebrate. I got my Pinterest on and made this Easter Bread Bunny--so fun!


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cover Reveal: Entwined by @CherieColyer



ENTWINED
 an Embrace Series Novel by Cherie Colyer


Synopsis:

Only a few months after embracing her magical powers, defeating a dark witch, and banishing a faerie prince back to his realm, sixteen-year-old Madison Riley is back in book three of the Embrace series—and doing the bidding of a demon. She has no choice but to do so if she wants him to honor the deal they made to save the life of someone she loves. Twenty years of service to a creature of hell is a big price, but one she’s willing to pay. And it sure beats the alternative: selling her soul.

But life gets complicated when you’re the beck-and-call witch of a crossroad demon. Caden, the demon she serves, wants to become master of Death Himself, and with Madison at his side he has the means to do it.
  
It’s up to Madison and her coven to foil his plans, but Caden’s intentions aren't entirely evil—and the kisses he seals his deals with aren’t too bad either. As Caden's motives test Madison’s trust, his shameful flirting tries her boyfriend Isaac’s patience. But being caught between two supernatural hotties is perhaps the least of her concerns when the coven’s interference in Caden’s plot might just cost Madison her life and unleash hell on earth.

Author: Cherie Colyer
Title: Entwined (Embrace #3)
Genre: Young Adult Supernatural Romance
ISBN: 9781623421977
Release Date: April 14th, 2015
Available in Ebook and Paperback
Twitter: @CherieColyer
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25092851-entwined

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

#IWSG Have You Heard of This Writer?


Thanks to Alex J Cavanaugh for hosting the Insecure Writers Support Group.


Not much new for me this month other than researching the White House for my WIP Aced (Blocked #2). Did you know there's a Red Room in the White House? (Not the Red Room of Pain, ha ha.)

I came across this and wanted to share. We can all dream of being famous:



Good luck to all those participating in A to Z. I think you all are crazy!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Lucky Leprechaun #Giveaway Hop


Thanks to Kathy and author Cindy Thomas for hosting!

How do you like St. Patrick's Day? I attended the University of Notre Dame for grad school so I have a special place in my heart for the Irish. I'm excited to make these brownies for a St. Patrick's Day potluck at work.

Book one of my complete romantic suspense trilogy The Conduct Series is on sale for $.99 for a limited time. Get With Good Behavior HERE.

I'm stoked to announce there will be a sequel to my college volleyball romance Blocked. Stay Tuned for Aced (Blocked #2) in late 2015.

Feeling lucky? You can with both With Good Behavior and Blocked, as well as a $10 gift card, by entering on the Rafflecopter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway And be sure to hop over to these blogs, little leprechauns!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

#IWSG Controversial Topics and First Draft Angst


Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group, when we vent our troubles and encourage each other in this crazy thing called writing. I appreciate Alex Cavanaugh for his brainchild! Please join us if you dare.


How's your work-in-progress coming along? I started writing the sequel to my college volleyball romance Blocked. This one's titled Aced, and features the romance between a 24-year-old Mexican American med student and a 22-year-old African-American volleyball star.

I'm rather conflict averse, but I find myself exploring some controversial topics in these novels. Blocked battles political differences, and Aced explores racial differences. Though I feel uncomfortable with conflict, discussing opposing points of view can be an enlightening experience in real life. I hope to offer a balanced take on touchy subjects in my writing.

Does your first draft feel like utter crap sometimes? I try to trudge through but writing can feel so difficult some days!

Congrats to my pub sister Debra Anastasia for the success of her crazy-ass comedy Fire Down Below! She has the wildest, dirtiest sense of whack ball humor!


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

With Good Behavior #Sale and #Giveaway


Happy March! I'm excited the days are getting longer--nothing cheers me up more than leaving work and playing in the daylight.

In the mood for some romantic suspense? Simon & Schuster has slashed the price of With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series #1) for a limited time. Get your Mafia psychology prison love story for only $.99! The Conduct Series is a complete trilogy.

In a world gripped by organized crime, family dysfunction, and dim hopes of redemption, can true love persevere? For Sophie Taylor, a beautiful psychologist who lost everything when she violated an ethical boundary, and Grant Madsen, a handsome naval officer who sacrificed everything to protect a loved one, finding that love may carry an unbearable cost.

Starting their lives over in Chicago, both are fighting influences from their family and running as fast as they can to escape the past. When their paths cross outside the parole officer's door, the attraction is instantaneous. But a hidden connection may not only shatter their fledgling love, but prove deadly to them both.



Or do you prefer sports romance? US readers can win a signed copy of Blocked (Blocked #1) by entering the Goodreads giveaway. I've decided to write the sequel and I'm working hard on Aced (Blocked #2), due for release in late 2015.



And starting March 17 I'll be a stop on the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop, so hop on back.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Massive Valentine Author Giveaway #KindleFire #Ebook #Romance


Valentine's GIVEAWAY!!!

A number of authors have created an amazing giveaway opportunity for you. 

There are many great prizes and Marissa Dobson donated the grand prize, a Kindle Fire. Be sure to visit and like some of the amazing authors who have joined. 

Below you will find at least one way to enter from each author. Good luck. Some of the amazing prizes are:
  1. Kindle Fire from Marissa Dobson
  2. Ebook Over the Ivy Wall by Rosa Sophia
  3. Ebook Meet Me in the Garden by Rosa Sophia
  4. Ebook When It's Least Expected by Heather Van Fleet
  5. 2 Ebooks of A Valentine's Surprise by Melanie James
  6. 2 audio books of A Valentine's Surprise by Melanie James
  7. Ebook Hers to Bear by Tamara Hoffa
  8. Ebook Crazy In Love by Casey Bond
  9. Ebook of Sin, The Complete Collection by Casey Bond
  10. Ebook winners choice from Beverly Ovalle
  11. Ebook Blocked by Jennifer Lane
  12. A signed rack card and winner's choice of any of my ebooks by E.L.R. Jones
  13. Ebook A Mother's Burden by Ellie Keys
  14. Ebook Redefining Me by Ellie Keys
  15. Ebook copy of Revenge by Dana Delamar
  16. $14 Amazon giftcard from Donna Michaels
  17. Ebook Prince of Punk Rock by Jenna Galicki
  18. 3 Ebook copies of Bloodlust by Nicole Zoltack
  19. Ebook of Revival by M.K. Gilher
  20. Paperback of CryWolf by Karen Fuller
  21. Paperback of Cover to Cover by Alexandrea Weis
  22. Paperback of Dylan by Kathi S Barton
  23. Paperback copy of To Save a Mate by Krystal Shannon
  24. Lakeshore Evil Series Set by KC Harper
  25. 2 Ebook copies of It's love by KC Harper
  26. 2 Ebook copies of Sweet something by KC Harper
  27. Ebook Wesson Rebels Book set by Shyla Colt
  28. Signed swag from Chloe Barlow
  29. Ebook Corrupted by Alicia Taylor and Natalie Townsend
  30. Ebook Warped by Alicia Taylor and Natalie Townsend
  31. Ebook Avowed by Alicia Taylor and Natalie Townsend
  32. $25 Amazon or American Express GC from K.E. Saxon
  33. Ebook A Stranger's Kiss by K.E. Saxon
  34. Ebook Highland Vengeance by K.E Saxon
  35. $5 Amazon gift card from Louisa Bacio
  36. Ebook winners choice from Nicole Garcia
  37. 3 Ebooks from Lacey Wolfe
  38. 2 ebook copies of Deadly Obsessive by Kristine Cayne
  39. $5 Amazon gift card from Cynthia St. Aubin
  40. Backlist ebook from Lucy Felthouse
  41. Love is Never Past Tense Trilogy by Janna Yeshanova
  42. Love is Never Past Tense by Janna Yeshanova
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Montana Marijuana, Microaggressions, and Manuscripts #IWSG


Happy Insecure Writers Support Group, started by Alex J Cavanaugh!



I'm in Montana for a psychology conference. learning some cool things. Too bad I dislike skiing because we have major snow in Big Sky.


But I've had a blast chatting with friends and learning stuff! The best presentation so far has been about MARIJUANA. As a psychologist who has witnessed the sadness of addiction, I was against legalization before the presentation. Now I'm totally against it.


While you might think this brownie, candy, and beverage are for the munchies after you toke it up, these "edibles" are actually how THC is administered these days. One gummy bear has 4 servings of high potency THC. They're marketing to kids by infusing candy and drinks with THC.

And, this isn't your grandparent's pot, your parents' pot, or even your pot. In 1960 THC was .2% concentration. Now it's 12%. Since it's been commercialized in Colorado, the lobbyists and marketing machine has created products with 36% THC which have zero resemblance to the natural hemp plant. (The CBD percentage has stayed the same, rendering today's marijuana as less medicinal.) One 19 year old Wyoming student went to Colorado, had never had pot before, ate a cookie with high potency THC, had a psychotic break, and jumped out a window to his death.

Whatever your beliefs, decriminalization is not the same as legalization. The change in law is all about making money and not about decriminalization or health at all. Using marijuana before the age of 18 really increases risk of addiction and cognitive deficits: one study in New Zealand found an EIGHT point drop in IQ from using marijuana 5 times a week.

What are your thoughts about marijuana?

Another great presentation was on MICROAGGRESSIONS, or unintended discrimination. We all make comments, often without our awareness, that may be hurtful. For example, a heterosexual person may tell a homosexual person "I don't care what you do, just don't flaunt your sexuality." That comment may be hurtful by implying a gay person is hyper-sexual or some other such stereotype. Should we tell a heterosexual couple to stop kissing and "flaunting their heterosexuality"?

This video highlights some micro aggressions:



Finally, how's your writing coming along? I was about 20K words into a romantic suspense when I realized I was itching to write book two in my college volleyball romance series, so I just started that MANUSCRIPT. I'm titling it Aced for now.

I think I'll put my romantic suspense Twin Sacrifice aside though I kind of miss it. Anyone write two books at once? I've never tried before.

My critique partner Nicki Elson's awesome rom-com VIBRIZZIO is available for pre-order! You will love this story and it's only $.99.

Write on, my fellow crusaders!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New Release: Four Somethings & A Sixpence by @RumerHaven


FOUR SOMETHINGS & A SIXPENCE
by Rumer Haven
Adult Contemporary Romance
Available February 3, 2015 
from Battered Suitcase Press
(an imprint of Vagabondage Press)

SUMMARY: One wedding. Six participants. Be they sitting in the pews or standing at the altar, bearing witness in person or only in spirit, each of them knows something about the unsmiling bride. Go ahead—offer them a sixpence for their thoughts, and they'll make you these vows:
  • One would love to declare this woman his “awfully wedded wife.”
  • One fears what she already has and will have to hold—if not from this day forward, then soon.
  • One takes her to be richer, not poorer.
  • One is better for what she told him this morning, worse for betraying a friend to get to this point.
  • One worries whether today finds her in sickness or in health.
  • And only one already knows that not even in death will they part.
Whether they speak now or forever hold their peace, they all give the bride a little something she didn’t register for. One wedding. Six participants. With romance, resentment, faith, fear, mystery, and the mystical, Four Somethings & A Sixpence is a loaded yet light read just in time for Valentine's Day! 

Add it to Goodreads
Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and batteredsuitcasepress.com

RAFFLECOPTER: In celebration, Rumer is giving away 4 free ebooks of this 9,000-word novelette, and a lucky 5th winner will receive the ebook PLUS an authentic silver sixpence coin struck by the Royal Mint in London! RSVP at the Rafflecopter for your chance to win (runs from 2/3 - 2/14). 

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AUTHOR BIO: 
Rumer Haven is probably the most social recluse you could ever meet. When she’s not babbling her fool head off among friends and family, she’s pacified with a good story that she’s reading, writing, or revising—or binge-watching something on Netflix. A former teacher hailing from Chicago, she presently lives in London with her husband. She made her authorial debut in 2014 with the novel Seven for a Secret, where historical fiction meets contemporary rom-com. Rumer has always had a penchant for the past and paranormal, which inspires her writing to explore dimensions of time, love, and the soul.

Author Links: 
Website: http://www.rumerhaven.com 
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8379833.Rumer_Haven  
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rumer-Haven/e/B00MU2NXXW/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1 
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RumerHaven (@RumerHaven) 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rumerhaven
 


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