Friday, May 4, 2018

Guest Blogging!

Happy Friday!

I'm blogging over at my critique group's blog today!

Stop over if you want to see pictures from my library's Local Author High Tea!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Bargaining with the Boss is now in #AUDIOBOOK

WHAT JENN IS WORKING ON NOW: Book #3 in the Accidentally Yours series and a partial of a proposal for another publishing house. 

WHAT JENN IS LISTENING TO NOW: "No Excuses" by Meghan Trainor

Hey, all!

As you can see above, I am busy busy busy. (A good busy though.)

But I just wanted to pop in and tell you that Bargaining with the Boss is now available in audiobook.
This is very exciting to me because it's my first audiobook.
I can't wait to hear it myself!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Moving from Vision Board to Action Plan: A 5 Step Plan to Making Good on Your Dreams

Hi, all! Happy Monday!
Today I have a special guest blogger: Michelle Vandepol!

Michelle is a writer, editor, and bookish Canadian who loves connecting with other readers and writers on Instagram at @michellevandepol.
Take it away, Michelle!

Moving from Vision Board to Action Plan:
A 5 Step Plan to Making Good on Your Dreams

I believe in the power of the vision board, not so much in the way of way it is often floated as the secret to pull in all one’s dreams by way of energies, but in a touchstone of the most visual sense of prioritizing. The beauty of the vision board is to keep front and centre the outcomes we hope for and give purpose to our efforts.

Here is a 5 step plan to move your vision board into an accompanying action plan:

1.       Make a new vision board for your upcoming season.

The year divides beautifully into 4 seasons of approximately 90 days each. Each of those is another opportunity to decide on a few desirable outcomes for that period. While it makes sense to make them realistic to enjoy the process; that doesn’t mean that they can’t be ambitious. The short period of time allows efforts to really buckle down and get to upping word count, or pull back usual spending to maximize each dollar saved for a large ticket item or experience, or overhaul life to a reality that better exemplifies our intentions of health and artistic pursuit, for example.

2.       Decide on a medium that makes sense for you.

Some people like the physical act of cutting and pasting images and some prefer the convenience of Google images and Publisher copy and paste. Think of choosing as the first step to exercising personal vision and celebrating who you are.

3.       Filter your priorities according to your personal vision.

It is tempting to emulate what others we admire are doing, but it might not make sense for our available resources, season of life, or competing demands on our time. Some soul searching will unearth the ideals we want our lives to fall under and the outcomes that make our hearts beat a little faster. The key is to take everything whirling around in your head right now and divide it into items to focus on this year or another year and then this season or another season.

4.       Enjoy the process of continuing to bring into reality your vision as you walk out the next 90 days.

The way of the artist is to gratefully experience the journey along the way. This may be as simple as capturing a still life of an everyday moment you don’t want to take for granted or getting together with like minded folks to compare notes as to your collective progress and weekly goals.

5.       As new ideas arise, relegate them to a safe place to avoid derailment of your current ones.

I don’t know what it is about getting creative regularly that breeds ideas, but don’t be alarmed if this happens to you. Coupling your vision board with a notebook that captures the exciting new ideas that pop up unbidden while we are creating means that we can stay in one place and follow through with our current intentions while not losing the brainstorms we are deferring to a later date.

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Thanks so much, Michelle!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Addison Cole Release Day Party!

Hi, all!

I'm excited to announce that I am one of the sweet romance authors who will be attending the release party for SEIZED BY LOVE AT SEASIDE by Addison Cole!

The party will take place in the Wit and Wonder Crazy House party room on Facebook on Thursday, Feb 8th, 2018 from 12pm - 9pm (EST).

Lots of great authors including Nancy Naigle, Samantha Chase, Robin Bielman, Jody Holford, Melanie Shawn, and Jill Shalvis (just to name a few!)

So join in the fun. Lots of books and great prizes!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Chance to win $25 Amazon GC! #sweetromance

WHAT JENN IS WORKING ON NOW: NOTHING! Well, not nothing, exactly. I just handed in the 2nd book in the Accidentally Yours series and now I'm plotting #3.


Happy Monday!

I'm excited to share that my author bud Jody Holford has a new sweet romance out today!
You can read the first chapter on her website!

Megan Carter’s spent the past five years nannying for a pint-size boss—the adorable Charlie—while also navigating her full-size boss, his somewhat grouchy, way-too-methodical dad, Adam. Now that she’s finally moving on, helping Adam find her replacement should be easy...except he doesn’t want another nanny. He wants a wife.

Adam’s been burned by love in the past, so of course he believes finding someone who can be a partner in raising his son is all that matters. Too bad the woman helping him search is the biggest believer in love at first sight and happily-ever-after he’s ever met.
Even as Adam’s funny, charming, and—who would have thought it?—super-hot side starts to come out, Megan knows that without love, a family would never be complete. But convincing Adam of that might be harder than she thought

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and ITunes!

To celebrate our two new releases, Jody and I are hosting a $25 Amazon Giveaway!

Winner will be announced here next Monday.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Bargaining with the Boss is out NOW! #newrelease #sweetromance

Hi, all!

So excited to share with you that I have my TENTH novel out today!

I'm holding it here!

Can you believe it?

I know 10 books is nothing to some authors, but for a slowpoke like me, it's HUGE.

Bargaining with the Boss

What lovely people have been saying...

"The surprises in life are what keeps the world interesting and Ms. Shirk takes that advice to heart with a hilariously heartwarming spin on falling in love." 5 STARS
~Isha Coleman (Goodreads reviewer) 

"A beautiful story that was a great series starter." 5 STARS
~Talking Books Blog

"(Bargaining with the Boss) is a quirky, laugh-out-loud, swoony type of love story."
~C.E. Hart (Goodreads reviewer)

"Fans of the genre will enjoy this book and want to put it at the top of their TBR list." 5 STARS
~Linda Quick (Goodreads reviewer)

"...light, sweet and good--wrapped in a fun little package." 4 STARS
~Beth from Panda & Poodle Book reviews 

"This is a delightful, sweet, romantic comedy that is heartwarming and leaves you smiling!" 5 STARS
Elaine from Splashed into Books

Hope you get to check it out!!

Amazon   B&N   KOBO   ITUNES 

Monday, January 8, 2018

One Word Goal #oneword365

WHAT JENN IS WORKING ON NOW: STILL Bliss #2--tentatively titled A Deal with the Doctor --finishing it up now!
WHAT JENN IS LISTENING TO NOW: "Reality" by Lost Frequencies.

Happy New Year!
Hope you all had a fantastic holiday!

I spent the new year in France again this year, so Bonne Annee!

So. A new year, which for me means new goals.
A few years I discovered a better way of making resolutions/goals for the new year and that is to focus on ONE WORD instead.

My word this year is DISCIPLINE.
That's what I'm choosing to focus on when making decisions and actions on my day to day living.

  • Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
  • Without hard work and discipline it is difficult to be a top professional.
  • Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.
I love those quotes! It makes me more motivated. :-)

What about you? Did you make any New Year's resolutions?
Have you ever done #oneword365?

And guess what? The COUNTDOWN IS ON!!!!!