New Cover Reveal!

Cover artist/designer Ravven has made two beautiful covers for my Scottish historical romances.

(Source: jljarvis.com)

Cover Reveal!

Coming this Summer 
What would you risk to find love?
MacKenzie Cooper is through with romance. On her way home from another blind date arranged by her well-meaning sister, she is caught in a snowstorm. White-knuckling it on the winding road home, Mackenzie loses control of her car, crashing into the rocky hillside.
When a rugged Scotsman pulls her to safety, Mackenzie is sure she must be hallucinating. Through the storm’s fury, he takes her to shelter in one of the mysterious stone chambers scattered throughout the county. Snowbound, Mackenzie must wait out the storm with this strange, kilted man who claims to be a Highlander from eighteenth century Scotland. By morning, she not only believes Ciarán MacRae, but has lost her heart just in time for him to kiss her, promise his love—and then vanish.
Unable to forget him, Mackenzie returns again and again to the stone chamber, hoping to unlock the secret that took Ciarán from her. But if she does, she will have to decide whether her fierce feelings for Ciarán are worth abandoning all that she knows to travel through time to find her gallant Scotsman.
Cover by Ravven

Cover Reveal!

Coming this Summer 

What would you risk to find love?

MacKenzie Cooper is through with romance. On her way home from another blind date arranged by her well-meaning sister, she is caught in a snowstorm. White-knuckling it on the winding road home, Mackenzie loses control of her car, crashing into the rocky hillside.

When a rugged Scotsman pulls her to safety, Mackenzie is sure she must be hallucinating. Through the storm’s fury, he takes her to shelter in one of the mysterious stone chambers scattered throughout the county. Snowbound, Mackenzie must wait out the storm with this strange, kilted man who claims to be a Highlander from eighteenth century Scotland. By morning, she not only believes Ciarán MacRae, but has lost her heart just in time for him to kiss her, promise his love—and then vanish.

Unable to forget him, Mackenzie returns again and again to the stone chamber, hoping to unlock the secret that took Ciarán from her. But if she does, she will have to decide whether her fierce feelings for Ciarán are worth abandoning all that she knows to travel through time to find her gallant Scotsman.

Cover by Ravven

(via BBC News - North Yorkshire war veteran’s novel nominated for romance award)

A North Yorkshire author who served in the RAF’s Bomber Command during World War Two has been shortlisted for a literary award.
Bill Spence, 90, who writes under the pen name of Jessica Blair, has been nominated for a prize at the Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards.
If he is successful he will be the first male writer to claim the award.
As well as his romantic novels, Mr Spence has also penned Westerns and non-fiction work.
He said he adopted the pseudonym of Jessica Blair at the insistence of his publisher when he wrote his first romance, The Red Shawl, in 1993.
The word romance is fine, it’s great, but these sort of books are really about relationships”
Since then he has written 23 books, mostly set in 19th Century Yorkshire.

(via BBC News - North Yorkshire war veteran’s novel nominated for romance award)

A North Yorkshire author who served in the RAF’s Bomber Command during World War Two has been shortlisted for a literary award.

Bill Spence, 90, who writes under the pen name of Jessica Blair, has been nominated for a prize at the Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards.

If he is successful he will be the first male writer to claim the award.

As well as his romantic novels, Mr Spence has also penned Westerns and non-fiction work.

He said he adopted the pseudonym of Jessica Blair at the insistence of his publisher when he wrote his first romance, The Red Shawl, in 1993.

The word romance is fine, it’s great, but these sort of books are really about relationships”

Since then he has written 23 books, mostly set in 19th Century Yorkshire.


Why People Love Romance Novels - Oprah.com
Photo: Courtesy of Little, Brown, and Company
 You probably know someone with a stack of steamy novels teetering next to her bed or cued up on her Kindle. And maybe that someone is you. Romance, after all, is fiction’s big best-selling category, accounting for nearly $1.5 billion in sales in 2012—more than mystery and science fiction combined. And according to the Romance Writers of America, the average die-hard fan is far from the stereotyped sexless spinster. She’s in a relationship and has a career while still a voracious consumer of romance books.

Read more.
(via Why People Love Romance Novels - Oprah.com)

Why People Love Romance Novels - Oprah.com

Photo: Courtesy of Little, Brown, and Company


You probably know someone with a stack of steamy novels teetering next to her bed or cued up on her Kindle. And maybe that someone is you. Romance, after all, is fiction’s big best-selling category, accounting for nearly $1.5 billion in sales in 2012—more than mystery and science fiction combined. And according to the Romance Writers of America, the average die-hard fan is far from the stereotyped sexless spinster. She’s in a relationship and has a career while still a voracious consumer of romance books.

Read more.

(via Why People Love Romance Novels - Oprah.com)

If you’re a Nicholas Sparks fan, you’ll enjoy THE MUSIC BOX by Heather Meyer. It’s free now at Amazon.
(via Amazon.com: The Music Box eBook: Heather Meyer: Kindle Store)

If you’re a Nicholas Sparks fan, you’ll enjoy THE MUSIC BOX by Heather Meyer. It’s free now at Amazon.

(via Amazon.com: The Music Box eBook: Heather Meyer: Kindle Store)

My friend, Shirley Bourget has a new book out with a gorgeous cover, and some fun facts about mistletoe that you ought to read up on!
http://www.shirleybourget.com/
Click here to see more beautiful book covers: Graphic Designer Elizabeth Mackey

My friend, Shirley Bourget has a new book out with a gorgeous cover, and some fun facts about mistletoe that you ought to read up on!

http://www.shirleybourget.com/

Click here to see more beautiful book covers: Graphic Designer Elizabeth Mackey

How To Write A Romance Novel (by 8novels)


To err is human, but to sweep it under the rug is completely corporate.
With so much talk in recent news about the poor quality of indie authors’ works and data that shows that only about 59% of self-published authors go so far as to pay a professional editor before hitting that publish button, it’s easy to forget that the traditional publishing industry has its fair share of mistakes, too…
But now, the highly anticipated release of a sequel in the Bridget Jones Diary series, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, has not only an error…it contains about forty pages of a different, unpublished book somewhere in the middle of it.

(via Lack of Editing Is Only for Self-Published Authors? Think Again.)

To err is human, but to sweep it under the rug is completely corporate.

With so much talk in recent news about the poor quality of indie authors’ works and data that shows that only about 59% of self-published authors go so far as to pay a professional editor before hitting that publish button, it’s easy to forget that the traditional publishing industry has its fair share of mistakes, too…

But now, the highly anticipated release of a sequel in the Bridget Jones Diary series, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, has not only an error…it contains about forty pages of a different, unpublished book somewhere in the middle of it.

(via Lack of Editing Is Only for Self-Published Authors? Think Again.)

(via 'Child Of God' Star Scott Haze Slept In Caves To Prepare For Role, Says Director James Franco)
That’s nothing. Do you people realize what I go through to bring you these historical romance novels I write? *bites lips, blinks away tears*  ;-)

(via 'Child Of God' Star Scott Haze Slept In Caves To Prepare For Role, Says Director James Franco)

That’s nothing. Do you people realize what I go through to bring you these historical romance novels I write? *bites lips, blinks away tears*  ;-)

A friend of mine just sent this to me. All this time I thought I had sexy romance writer face, when in fact, I’ve got bitchy resting face.

Maybe it’s just when I’m writing. Maybe I’ve got bitchy writer face. Maybe I’ll never be able to write in a Starbucks again.

ORIGINAL VIDEO - Bitchy Resting Face (by Broken People)


They are heels, decoupaged with tiny copies of real romance novels, with pink trim at the sole. And they’re not for display — they’re for wearing.

(via Shoes, Romance, And Art: A Reader Walks With The Books She Loves : Monkey See : NPR)

They are heels, decoupaged with tiny copies of real romance novels, with pink trim at the sole. And they’re not for display — they’re for wearing.

(via Shoes, Romance, And Art: A Reader Walks With The Books She Loves : Monkey See : NPR)