Hope all is well!
Wanted to wish all my fellow Americans a
We are going to a neighbor's house for a "hood" brunch and then I'll be spending Thanksgiving with my side of the family.
So much to be thankful for this year. I have a lot of things happening next year as well and if you are a newsletter subscriber, you already know. Ha!
So feel free to subscribe. There are free monthly giveaways just for being a subscriber!
And in case you wondered, here is a little bit about the origin of Thanksgiving (courtesy of the History channel):
The tradition of celebrating the holiday on Thursday dates back to the early history of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies. A famous Thanksgiving observance occurred in the autumn of 1621, when Plymouth governor William Bradford invited local Indians to join the Pilgrims in a three-day festival held in gratitude for the bounty of the season.
Thanksgiving became an annual custom throughout New England in the 17th century, and in 1777 the Continental Congress declared the first national American Thanksgiving following the Patriot victory at Saratoga. In 1789, President George Washington became the first president to proclaim a Thanksgiving holiday, when, at the request of Congress, he proclaimed November 26, a Tuesday, as a day of national thanksgiving for the U.S. Constitution. However, it was not until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to fall on the last Thursday of November, that the modern holiday was celebrated nationally.
With a few deviations, Lincoln’s precedent was followed annually by every subsequent president–until 1939. In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt departed from tradition by declaring November 23, the next to last Thursday that year, as Thanksgiving Day. (He was just trying to boost the economy)Considerable controversy surrounded this deviation, and some Americans refused to honor Roosevelt’s declaration.
For the next two years, Roosevelt repeated the unpopular proclamation, but on November 26, 1941, he admitted his mistake (it was a real turkey) and signed a bill into law officially making the fourth Thursday in November the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day.
"Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have." Catherine Pulsifer
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Monday, November 2, 2015
Happy Monday, all!
Today is a fun week because my publisher, Entangled Publishing, is having a BLISS BLITZ today thru Friday.
What does that mean?
Bliss has a new look and to celebrate they are having a huge sale plus an amazing week full of Blissful events. Join us and fill your e-reader with these fun and flirty romances for just $.99 each!
We hope you can join us for one or more of the events!
Posted by Jennifer Shirk at 7:45 AM
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Do you watch Game of Thrones?
Because my fellow author bud, Kyra Jacobs has a COVER for her upcoming series that TOTALLY reminds me of that show!!
Check it out!!!
Series Number: 1
Author: Kyra Jacobs
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication Date: April 19th 2016
Posted by Jennifer Shirk at 6:00 AM
Monday, October 12, 2015
Happy Monday, all!
I'm VERY happy today because it's release day for WEDDING DATE FOR HIRE!
Care to check out the first chapter? Go here.
I want to say thank you to everyone who left reviews already. OMG, I really do so much appreciate the support!!!
Also, a couple of things:
The Wedding Date for Hire Blurb Blitz is going on Oct 12th-Oct 23rd.
Stop by and leave a comment and be entered to win a $25GC to Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Here is the list of blog stops:
October 12: Louise Lyndon Romance Author Hear Me Roar
October 12: Unabridged Andra's
October 13: Crazy Four Books - review
October 14: Katie's Clean Book Collection - review
October 15: Read Your Writes Book Reviews - review
October 16: Where the Story Comes First
October 16: The Certifiable Wenches - review
October 19: The Reading Addict
October 19: Nana Prah
October 20: Long and Short Reviews
October 21: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess - review
October 22: Christine Young
October 22: LibriAmoriMiei - review
October 23: BooksChatter
Posted by Jennifer Shirk at 4:00 AM
Monday, September 21, 2015
Living in a resort town can be challenging in the summer with all the crowds and tourists, but then the best part of living here happens next. And that is September.
September is THE best time to be at the beach.
- No crowds because all the kids are back in school.
- Everything is still open.
- The humidity is gone and you're left with pure dry sunshine.
- The ocean temperature is still a balmy 75.
- Plenty of parking!
I've been especially loving getting back to a regular schedule. Me likes routine. :-)
So what have I been up to? I'm clean eating!
I ordered the 21 Day Fix Extreme Program by Beachbody and am loving it!!!
Why am I doing it? Well, I had a really great summer--eating and drinking. Put on a few pounds (nothing serious) but by the end of August I felt like crap. I played around with vitamins, sleep, etc...and still had low energy and was even sneaking a cup of coffee in the afternoon to get me through until bedtime. Bleh.
So I figured maybe what I was putting in my body was making a difference.
Now, I feel AWESOME. Energy is through the roof and it's only day 10, but I lost 4lbs too.
The program is basically controlled portions, no processed foods, no sugar, no alcohol, limited dairy, no butter, etc... Just healthy fats, proteins, veggies, and fruit. And LOTS of water. The exercise DVD is TOUGH but only 30min so it's a short torture. :)
It'll be interesting to see my final results.
WEDDING DATE FOR HIRE will be released in THREE weeks! Three!
There are few dates left to sign up if you are a blogger.
Everything will be supplied to you by my touring company and there is a chance for the blog hosts to win a $25 GC as a thank you gift and any blog visitor will have a chance to win a $25GC too!
Sign ups are here: http://goo.gl/1mi9vZ
Have you added it to your Goodreads yet? Go ahead. It's free. :)
And that's all for me until next month!
Monday, August 24, 2015
I'm so thrilled to be able to share my cover for my upcoming book:
Wedding Date for Hire!
- 1) $25 GC to Amazon or Barnes & Noble
- 2) $5 GC to Amazon or B&N
- 3) Any ebook from my backlist
Trent Montgomery isn't actually part of Match Made Easy. He's just doing a favor for his cousin, but one look at the blonde who hired him, and he's totally hooked. Now Maddie thinks that the attraction sizzling between them is just “part of the package.” And Trent is running out of time to prove to her that her date-for-hire might just be her happily-ever-after...
What do you think of the cover? I think it's really cute!
Monday, August 17, 2015
It seems like once a month is about how often I'll be posting here.
But I wanted to share a few things with you:
1) Had a BLAST at the RWA convention.
One of the things that is so cool is meeting people you interact with online on a daily or weekly basis and then putting an actual face and body with that name. There are REAL people out there! Fancy that. LOL
2) I'm taking my health kick up a notch and have been recently doing a program called PiYo--which is a combination of Pilates and Yoga. Now, I'll be honest. I hate Pilates and I hate Yoga. But I LOVE this workout. It helps me work on flexibility in a fun way. I feel really great!
3) I've been eating a lot of granola with Greek yogurt, so I decided to make my own granola because I often wished certain ingredients were in what I was having. Well, lucky you, I'm sharing my kick-butt recipe. I will even snack on it by the handful.
6 cups organic rolled oats
1/3 c brown sugar
1/3 c maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBsp vanilla
1/2 c coconut flakes
1/2 c craisins
1TBsp grapeseed oil
1/2 c dried apricots (diced)
1/4 c wheat germ
1/4c dried apple chips
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 c sprouted pumpkin seeds
1/2 c sprouted sunflower seeds
Preheat oven to 325
In a microwave glass bowl, combine sugar, syrup, oil, salt and vanilla. Microwave for about a minute or so until sugar dissolved. Combine with rolled oats until well-coated and add half of coconut. Spread evenly onto sprayed baking sheets in a single layer. Bake about 25-30 min, stirring every 5 min or so until oats are lightly golden.
Remove from oven and cool slightly for 5-10 min. Add fruit, seeds and rest of coconut. When completely cool, store in tight container.
4) Lastly, I finally have a release date for
WEDDING DATE FOR HIRE!
October 12, 2015!!!
Actually, I just received my cover and will reveal it here next Monday, AUGUST 24TH!! (Newsletter subscribers will see it on Sunday)
Because I'm so excited, I will be having a little TWITTER promo to go along with it NEXT MONDAY.
Very easy. Every time you tweet my cover, you'll be entered for a chance to win some prizes. I will pick THREE WINNERS. (Details next week!)
2: $5 Amazon or BN GC
Posted by Jennifer Shirk at 6:00 AM