Friday, March 31, 2017

Freebie Friday!



Hi, all!

Guess what?

My Critique Group has a Facebook Group: Through Heart-Shaped Glasses

We chat books, life, men, food, movies--whatever!

Sometimes we even do giveaways. 

Today I'm giving away ONE free ebook (winner's choice) from a list of 5 books in my TBR pile.
Answer the question I ask and be entered to win! (Easy peasy)

Here are the list of choices you'll have if you win:

My little Facebook disclaimer: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. By entering, Entrants agree to a complete release of Facebook.

Good luck!

Monday, March 6, 2017

How Do You Choose Your Next Read?

WHAT'S JEN LISTENING TO NOW: I am obsessed with the song "Echo" by Jason Walker.



Hi, all!

Guess what? I'm over at my Critique Group's Blog--
THROUGH HEART-SHAPED GLASSES.

I'm talking about books and how we choose what we read.

Come over and share your thoughts.

I'd love to know!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Man Crush Monday

WHAT'S JEN WORKING ON? I'm writing the first book of a new Bliss series. I want to call it either, It Happened One Kiss or It Happened One Wedding. Due to my editor in May.


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Hi, all!

So here I am in the middle of writing my next book (new series) and I had to go and change the name of my hero. He's turning out to be a little brooding, so I needed a name to reflect that state. He was originally Carson and it's just not fitting anymore.


Thus, may I introduce Damon to you.



I don't typically write too many blonde heroes.


Weird, huh?

I guess I have a type. Dark hair for sure. (My husband is living proof)


However, I figured it was time to change things up a bit.


The facial scruff is a nice touch too. I'm adding that to my character as well.

I think he'll work out ok.


What do you think? :-)
Do you favor certain hair colors when writing your characters/heroes?
Do you prefer your characters to look a certain way when you read?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Christmas in France!

WHAT'S JEN WORKING ON? Right now, I'm writing the first book of a new Bliss series. More info soon!
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Hey, all! Another new year is upon us! Hope your holidays were fun.

In case you didn't know, I spent Christmas thru New Years in FRANCE.
YES.
Actually, it was my first time to Europe in general. We stayed with a French family, ate what they ate, (see snails below) and they showed us all the touristy things I was dying to see. LOL

Escargots that were delicious!
Our friends took us to a performance at the Opera House one night as a Christmas gift. It was beautiful.
Palais Garnier (The French Opera House)
Inside the Opera House
We also went to the Notre-Dame Cathedral.


And of course, you can't go to Paris without seeing this:


You can't get any closer. LOL
So cool! We also went to the Sacré-Cœur and traveled to see Château de Chambord!
Château de Chambord

We all had a wonderful time. My French is a bit rusty, but one of my goals for 2017 is to work on improving it. I'd love to return to France when the weather is a bit warmer. I hear it's a different experience.

TWO THINGS I did not get a chance to do:
1) see the Mona Lisa. BUMMER!!!! But when you're with two teenagers, you can only visit so many museums.
2) go to the Palace of Versailles. Blame the teenagers again!

Oh well. Next time. :)


Have you ever been to France? What was your favorite part?

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!


Have a blessed holiday season.

See you in the New Year!

Love,
Jennifer


Monday, December 19, 2016

READING Ornament Winner!

Hi, all!

Thank you so much for entering my giveaway for this adorable reading ornament:

The winner (chosen by random number generator) is....

KATHY.

Kathy, please email me jennifer@jennifershirk.com and let me know your address so I can send you the ornament! Just put Blog Winner in the subject line.

Again, thanks for stopping by, everyone!

Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 9, 2016

On Fruitcakes (the edible kind)


Hi, all!

A little extra holiday post here.
I'm participating in a Winter Romance Blog hop hosted by author Marin McGinnis. Stop by her blog from now until Christmas to check out her lineup. Many are offering giveaways!

I will be giving away (to Canada and US commenters only) an I'd Rather Be Reading ornament plus organic tea and goodies!

Today, since it's the Christmas season, I'd figured I'd talk about fruitcakes.

The edible kind.

What is it about the Christmas fruitcake that causes such a divide among people in America? There are those that definitely hate fruitcake and then there is a minority of people who actually love fruitcake.
(I have yet to eat a fruitcake I like, personally)

But I was actually willing to try making one. For myself! Not to give away. Just to see if maybe my not liking this stuff had anything to do with freshness and quality control. But alas, I'm doubting I'll have time. However, if I did venture this route, I would use Alton Brown's recipe.
(It looks the most palatable plus it has rum in it)

My father-in-law actually LOVES fruitcake. He asks for one every Christmas but we usually order one for him. It's kind of a running joke in the family.

And this joke I happened to incorporate in my newest release,
WRONG BROTHER, RIGHT MATCH
In the book, the hero's mother loves fruitcake and makes one every Christmas. But the family doesn't have the heart to tell her they all hate fruitcake and eat it every year anyway. LOL!

I don't know, maybe it's the texture thing from all the dried fruit that has me balking. I'm not really an oatmeal raisin cookie person either. But regardless, I'm willing to give it another go and try it again this year.
If I can find one that is. :)

What about you? Do you LOVE or HATE fruitcake?
Have you ever made one?

Leave a comment for a chance to win!

(Contest will run until midnight (EST) December 16th. Winner announced Monday December 19th here on the blog)