Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi, all!

Hope all is well!
Wanted to wish all my fellow Americans a
Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Monday, November 2, 2015

99 Cent Sale!

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!


Chat with Bliss authors and other readers, kick back with an #EPMovieNight and more. See the list of events below here:

11/2 to 11/6 - Join us Bliss authors for tips on avoiding the Black Friday madness, holiday recipes and more over at Entangled in Romance.

11/2 to 11/6 - Bliss author Facebook page takeover. Each day a different Bliss author will be taking over the Bliss Books Fan page. Ask those questions you’ve been dying to ask an author, chat with the group and get peeks inside to find your next fun and flirty romantic read. I will be taking over Tuesday!

Tuesday, 11/3 at 8pm ET - Kick back, relax, and join Entangled for an #EPMovieNight. Follow @entangledpub and the #EPMovieNight hashtag and chat with us as we watch The Wedding Singer together. It’s available for streaming on Netflix. We will also be giving away several prizes throughout the movie to lucky chat participants!

Thursday, 11/5 from 8pm to 10pm ET - Fall into Bliss Facebook party. Join Bliss authors, readers and the Bliss team for a night of fun, treats and giveaways.

We hope you can join us for one or more of the events!

Check out all the Bliss books on sale here.


Happy Reading and have a great week!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

COVER REVEAL! Dragons Among Them

Hey, all!
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!!!

Book Title:                 Dragons Among Them
Series Name:              Kingdoms of Fire and Ice
Series Number:          1
Author:                      Kyra Jacobs  
Publisher:                   Samhain Publishing
ISBN13:                     978-1-61923-440-6
Publication Date:       April 19th 2016


Two worlds. One unstoppable passion. A fiery secret that could destroy them all.


Kingdoms of Fire and Ice, Book 1

Prince Zayne Godfrey, heir to Edana’s throne, is betrothed to the lone princess of rival kingdom Forath. While his heart is not in the arranged marriage, he will do his royal duty.

When he finds a beautiful stranger cornered by a pack of wolves, he doesn’t hesitate to shift into his golden dragon form to save her. She thanks him by taking one look at him and fainting dead away.

Photographer Adelaide Miller is in England for a career-making shoot when a bizarre jogging mishap lands her in a dangerous, medieval-like world of royals, wizards and dragon-shifting men. Her first instinct is to find her way back, but the fire-breathing prince intent on protecting her threatens to melt her heart.

Zayne’s burning passion for Adelaide not only jeopardizes the fragile peace between two kingdoms, it uncovers a ruthless plot to destroy his family. Remaining together may change Adelaide’s very definition of home—and expose one searing secret that could forever shift the balance of power in Zayne’s world.


Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. When this Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she's likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan. Be sure to stop by her website to learn more about her novels and ways connect with her on social media.



Monday, October 12, 2015

Release Day for Wedding Date for Hire--yay!

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:

Also,I just wanted to share that I FINALLY have a Facebook page. Yes, I know. But I figured it was about time to keep some things separate from my personal page.
Feel free to like me!
If you're so inclined to share the love--and I would totally love you more than I already do! LOL--here are some sample TWEETS for you to copy and post:
Happy Book Birthday to Wedding Date for Hire by Jennifer Shirk #sweetromance
On Sale Now! Wedding Date for Hire by Jennifer Shirk --Sweet and funny! #romance #mustread
Thanks so much for your support!
Happy reading!

Monday, September 21, 2015

"Cleaning" September

Hi, all!

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.
  • Sales!
  • The humidity is gone and you're left with pure dry sunshine.
  • The ocean temperature is still a balmy 75.
  • Plenty of parking! 
Even the morning and evening skies are prettier to look at!

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.

It was.
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.


In other news,
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:

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

Cover Reveal for Wedding Date for Hire!

Hi, all!

I'm so thrilled to be able to share my cover for my upcoming book:

Wedding Date for Hire!

To celebrate my cover reveal, I'm having a little Twitter Contest to help spread the word.

If you'd like to join in, tweet (or RT) my book cover any way you'd like TODAY ONLY and you'll automatically be entered to win some fun prizes!

I'll be picking THREE lucky tweeters.
Prizes are
  • 1) $25 GC to Amazon or Barnes & Noble
  • 2) $5 GC to Amazon or B&N
  • 3) Any ebook from my backlist

Just be sure to include @jennifershirk in your tweet so I know to enter you!

Winners will be announced via Twitter tomorrow (8/25) morning.
Good luck!
In the meantime, here is my cover:
Maddie McCarthy is single, between jobs, and (oh, the shame) lives with her mother. To make matters worse, she's the maid of honor for her sister's wedding, and desperately needs a date. Then she sees her salvation—Match Made Easy, a service for women in Maddie’s exact position. If she can't find a boyfriend, she'll do the next best thing...

Hire one.

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

A Healthy Recipe and some News!

Hi, all!

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
     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)

It's awesome!
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!)
1: $25 Amazon or BN GC
2: $5 Amazon or BN GC
3:An Ebook of any of my backlist titles


And that's all from me.
See you next week!!