Since it's Tuesday and I was tagged by fellow Romance is Bliss author Paula Altenburg to play the 777 game, I figured I'd give it a go.
It's basically 7 lines from p. 7 of my WIP and then tag 7 others.
Don't worry! I'm not tagging anyone, but if you want to play, tell me in your comment because I do enjoy reading them!
Of course I have nothing exciting happening on page 7, but what the heck.
Here are 7 lines from page 7 of WEDDING DATE FOR HIRE--which is still only on its first pass edits.
Unbelievably handsome? That remark might have been pushing it. But apparently handsome wasn't all he was, because like her own personal Amtrak line, the words kept coming out of her mouth full steam ahead. "He adores me too."
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
Happy Monday! Sorry if I was MIA last week. Between library drama, editing, and dealing with contractors, life has been a bit hectic.
The good news is I hope to have my edits done this week, there is no more library drama, and everything seems to be moving pretty well on the contractor/insurance front.
In other good news, I found out that Fiancé by Fate is a 2015 Readers' Crown Finalist by RomCon.
So...THANK YOU, READERS!
I don't know what the weather is where you are, but my daughter asked me to run the air conditioner today. Seriously? We live in NJ. But Sunday really was a nice little teaser of summer.
And speaking of summer, I HAVE to share a recipe I have made twice so far in the last few weeks.
(IT IS THAT GOOD)
What's great is once you get those fresh summer tomatoes and basil it will make your toes curl from freshness and tastiness. :)
I got this from Ina at the Food Network. (She's my fav right now)
For the whipped feta, place the feta and cream cheese in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse until the cheeses are mixed. Add 1/3 cup of the olive oil, the lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and process until smooth.
For the tomatoes, up to an hour before you're serving, combine the shallots, garlic, and vinegar in a medium bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes. Whisk in the remaining 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add the tomatoes, stir gently, and set aside for 10 minutes. Stir in the basil and taste for seasonings.
To assemble the crostini, spread each slice of bread with a generous amount of whipped feta. With a slotted spoon, place the tomatoes on top. Put the crostini on plates and scatter with the pine nuts. Sprinkle with extra basil and serve.
Posted by Jennifer Shirk at 6:30 AM
Monday, May 4, 2015
Happy Monday, all!
Well, I got the edits and editorial letter back on the next book in my Anyone But You series and...
my editor loved it.
In fact, she said she liked it even more than Fiancé by Fate.
Wha? I was shocked. And relieved. (I really thought it was a bit of a hot mess but maybe that's because I wrote the second half of it so fast)
Anyhew, that's what I'm working on for the next two weeks. I don't have a release date yet for Wedding Date for Hire, but as soon as I know, I will send it out in my newsletter.
In other news, the Friends & Volunteers of our local library is having a local author High Tea on Thursday. Since I'm president of the Library Board of Trustees I will be there and will have to say a few words. It is a really fun event and the food is yummo.
I have THE cutest outfit to wear. Wait to you see it! Pictures will be posted next week for sure!!
On the flood I had... the house has been put back together as best as possible (not counting the missing dining room ceiling) and the insurance adjuster has been awesome. So, it is what it is at this point. Time to redecorate I guess. :)
And that's it for me.
It is GORGEOUS where I am so I'm biking to lunch with a friend today.
Have a great week!
Posted by Jennifer Shirk at 9:19 AM
Monday, April 27, 2015
As happy as it can get anyway. Woke up to the pitter patter sound of dripping water and discovered an overflowed toilet upstairs...that leaked all the way down to my dining room.
Needless to say, the ceiling is ruined and my carpet is soaked among other things.
But as I said to my husband, it could have been worse.
So we cleaned it up the best we could and had a lot of coffee. :-) Later today I'll make the phone calls to really get things cleaned and repaired.
In other news, I'm halfway plotting my next book!
I have pictures and character traits too. Even a working title. I LOVE starting new projects!
In other other news, my friend had a cocktail party Saturday night and I got to wear my new swanky pants outfit.
Better times. Let's think about that day some more. LOL
Anyhew, I've got a bit of a day ahead of me.
Distract me. Did you do any fun things this past weekend?
Posted by Jennifer Shirk at 6:07 AM
Monday, April 20, 2015
Happy Monday, all!
I should say Happy New Year, Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Easter as well.
So let's catch up, shall we?
- I just handed in #2 in the Anyone But You series called WEDDING DATE FOR HIRE to my extremely talented editor. (I think I've really tested her with this one. We'll see what she says...)
- I'm plotting out #3 in the series right now. I'm going to title it PERFECT ON PAPER.
- Just had my master bath redone and am now redoing the powder room.
- Joined yet another civic Board in town because apparently I can't help myself. (My daughter recently said, "Mom, you volunteer a lot." So I said, "I know, but I like to help the community." And then she says, "Without you, there'd be no community."
Yeah, I've been keeping busy but I really enjoy it. That's it for me. Sweet and simple today.
So what's new with you? Did I miss anything big?
Posted by Jennifer Shirk at 6:00 AM
Monday, December 22, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Christmas Gifts Left to Buy: one!
In the News: Montana Baby Born at 10:11, 12/13/14; read more HERE
Sorry I haven't been around the blogosphere in a while. Things have been a bit nutty here with the holidays, work, writing, and house renovations.
Anyhew, around this time of year, I'm feeling extra jolly.
So I wanted to take a little time to mention FIVE things that have recently made me smile.
1) When the house smells like cookies and/or baked goods-- this scent is better than any de-stress aroma therapy candle
2) When a baby smiles-- the sight of that melts my heart EVERY TIME.
3) Walking into a bookstore-- it's the equivalent of walking into a candy store, which ironically enough did not make the top 5...
4) My puppy sleeping-- whenever I look at my little guy curled up in a ball, I have to go over to him (and unfortunately wake him up in the process) and nuzzle him.
5) This magnet-- sorry, I must be a little demented, but this magnet makes me smile whenever I look at it. It's a gift for one of my daughter's friends but I can't wrap it yet because I'm still chuckling at it. :)
What makes you smile? The simple things too?
Posted by Jennifer Shirk at 8:12 AM