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A Fine Romance

Hi peeps!

Hope you’ve all been doing well. I’m so sorry to have been MIA, but things in KMJ land have been as hectic as ever. I’m happy to say I’ve just written the end on book 1 in my new Sugar Lake series so yay to that! I can’t wait to introduce you all to these new characters and this tasty new town.

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That said I hope you all are great and have you picked up The Betting Vow yet? NPR calls it: “a satisfying romance that shows a wedding is just the beginning of happy ever after.”

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When it comes to love you always play to Win!

The Betting Vow

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2izySdL

Nook: http://bit.ly/2ghcTaM

iBooks: http://apple.co/2rOqKqp

Kobo:  http://bit.ly/2qN8NKs

 

 

All the best,

KMJ

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When you wish… RWA17 National Conference Photo Recap!

At RWA 17 When you wish…

I had the joy of spending the majority of last week in sunny, sometimes stormy, always humid, Orlando, Florida at the 2017 Romance Writers Of America National Conference. What a time it was! So much so, that I’m still exhausted an at a loss for words.

The conference was at the Disney Swan and Dolphin Hotels with workshop schedules jam packed with so many informative subjects it made making your hourly choices quite difficult. Thank goodness for recorded sessions. And the fact that the conference was held on Disney grounds also made, at least for me, a bit  difficult to stay focused on the business at hand since the call of the amusement parks were quite loud and the 10-year-old in me was just itching to go out and play. I found myself watching they clock at times like I was back in elementary school watching for the recess bell.

That said, it was a great conference all in all. I got lots of writerly knowledge, while catching up with some of my very best friends, (thank you to all who supported diversity by wearing your #WeNeedDiverseRomanceTee shirts) and to top it all off I got to go out and play like a kid again.

Not to mention I was in the room when Ms. Beverly Jenkins received her Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award!

Now please check out my recap collages and see if you can spot some of your romance faves who were in Orlando at the conference too!

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Some of the fab folks in this set: Katana Collins, Falhuni Kothari, Robin Lovett, Kate McMurry and come on me with over 17K steps. that is insane!

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With our lovely Disney tour group! Thanks so much Deb! Marie Long, Dana Kaye,  Joy of Joyfully Reviewed!

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Shawntelle Madison, Creah Demps,  Laurel Cremant , Sage Spelling & Aliza Mann, Pintip Dunn, Priscilla, Oliveras, Alyssa Cole, Adrienne Mishel, Farrah Rochon

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Kate McMurry, Falguni Kothari, Sonali Dev, Alyssa day, Carolyn Jewel, Adrienne Mishel,  Callie Hutton, Beth Yarnall,  Faith Salle, Damon Suede, Alyssa Cole, Falguni Kothari, Synithia Williams, Kristan Higgins, Farrah Rochon & Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Beverly Jenkins!

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Cheryl Etchison, Megan Frampton, The incomparable Ms. Brenda Jackson, Yarrah St. John & Synithia Williams, Beth Yarnall, Sofia Tate, Shelly Bell, Holley Trent, Tracey Livesay

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Pricilla Oliveras, Sabrina Jefferies, Megan Frampton,

The fab women of The Ripped bodice Bea and Leah Koch.

Sally Kilpatrick, Heather McGovern, Sally Mackenzie, Dee Davis, Adrienne Mishelle and some of the rip roaring members of the RWA board,  Nancy Holland, Fran of Frannie’s Romance, Joyfully Reviewed

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Me, Jamie Wesley and Flaguni Kothari kicking up at Animal Kingdom. Adrienne Mishel,

Farrah Rochon, Mari Mancusi, Karen Lynn

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Wishing you all… dreams coming true and may we all live like Farrah Rochon on a ride at Disney!

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Best,

KMJ

And  P.S.

In anticipation of Book 3: THE BETTING VOW coming out at the end of the month.

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Both Book 1: INSERT GROOM HERE:

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And Book 2: TO ME I WED

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Are on Sale for a limited time! Now’s the time to check them out if you haven’t already!

Thanks so much for your support!

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Writer’s Life in Pictures…

Because I’m editing right now and words are on the chopping block, I’m keeping them to just a few here and letting my pics do the talking…

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Seeing a library edition of a book with your name on it is quite a dream come true!

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Annual Divas retreat is now a highlight of my year. I’m so inspired by these amazing women.

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I’ve picked up the crochet hook again. It’s been years.

My Nana taught me when I was a very young girl. This sure took me back.

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There was a pretty exciting foozeball game that happened…or so I hear.

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Gah! I got ARCs of To Me I Wed, Book 2 in the Unconventional Brides Series.

Can you believe this is coming out in just a few months? I sure can’t!

But you can pre-order your copy now! http://amzn.to/2krfm26

I hope things are going super over your way. Let me know what’s happening in the comments!

All the best,

KMJ

 

 

All the best,

Kwana

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Yummy Unconventional Brides Cover Goodness!

Good day! I hope the New Year is treating everyone super so far.

I recently got in cover proofs for book 3 (wow, that’s wild to say): THE BETTING VOW in my Unconventional Brides Series and I love how beautifully it sits right along with my lovely cover for book 2: TO ME I WED.  They are so sweet I just want to eat them with a spoon! I think Jack is in love with them too.

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So INSERT GROOM HERE (book 1) which is out now is just the beginning of the fun for the

Unconventional Brides.

Book 2 will be out May 1st and Book 3 will be out September 1.

2017 will be quite the ride!

Pick up INSERT GROOM HERE wherever books are sold and get in on the fun now!

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Kensington: http://bit.ly/2eh61Vb
Amazon: http://amzn.to/28Mbqk3
iBooks: http://apple.co/28RPaWU
Barnes and Noble:  http://bit.ly/2gwFuas
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2g8Fhtp

 

Thanks so much!

All the best,

KMJ

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Holiday Temptation Release Day is here!!!

It’s release day! It’s release day!

We’re gonna party like it’s release day!!

Yippee today is the day that HOLIDAY TEMPTATION comes out with the super fab Donna Hill, Farrah Rochon and Meeee!!!! I promise you I’m not twelve years old but this book coming out has me that excited. It’s my first mass market in store release so besides being excited you’ll find me going through all he emotions…

Excitement over the release…

Fear- (will they like me?)…

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Overwhelming joy because hey, I’m in a book with two amazing authors and I’m in stores. I need to rock this moment!

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So don’t mind me if a blabber on this week. First don’t happen everyday. Now please excuse me while I head to some bookstores to scope out HOLIDAY TEMPTATION ON THE SHELVES….

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Feel free to join me or check out HOLIDAY TEMPTATION wherever books are sold.

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Tis the season to satisfy your holiday desires with this festive trio of sexy stories…

A GIFT OF LOVE Donna Hill

Drama professor Traci Long spends her free time at the CoffeeMate café, pursuing her true passion—writing her own plays. Meanwhile, sexy barista Noah Jefferson is doing his best to distract her. But once they get involved, past betrayals make Traci wary. She’s right that Noah is keeping something from her—but it might be something that will make this Christmas as sweet as a rave review—and steamier than her favorite chai latté…

HOLIDAY SPICE Farrah Rochon

A Christmas-time tragedy took photographer Miranda Lawson’s holiday spirit with it. Since then, she’s traveled the world, determined to outrun her demons. This year she’s off to Istanbul. But the scenery isn’t the only gorgeous site she spots through her camera lens….Kyle Daniels loves Christmas, but he’s looking for escape too—and soon he and Miranda find it in each other’s arms. Yet their connection doesn’t end there. Maybe staying put isn’t such a bad idea after all—especially when there’s someone to celebrate with…

FROM HERE TO SERENITY K.M. Jackson

Unstoppable real-estate developer Ross Montgomery is under orders to get some holiday R&R. A cruise to Miami on his yacht, “The Serenity,” is the perfect place to start—especially when he meets his new personal chef, Essie Bradford. Between her calming presence, her amazing food, and her delectable beauty, Ross just might develop a taste for the good life. And when the two discover they have a lot in common—including an irresistible attraction—the next course may be a spicy New Year…

Click below to check out HOLIDAY TEMPTATION at your favorite e-tailer

Amazon http://amzn.to/2drIf9a

iTunes http://apple.co/28Otxsv

Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/2d9lSWA

Indie Bound http://bit.ly/2d9mLP1

BAM http://bit.ly/2daBBTd

Walmart http://bit.ly/2dbI6sY

Kensington  http://bit.ly/2d6S4dn

 

 

All the best,

KMJ

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Love Is In The Air… Insert Groom Here & Holiday Temptation!

I could not be more thrilled to finally show off the cover of INSERT GROOM HERE which is book #1 in my Unconventional Brides series to be released from Kensington Books- 12/27! It’s up for pre-order now along with HOLIDAY TEMPTATION my Kensington debut in which I have a novella featured called From Here To Serenity, out 9/27 with the amazing Donna Hill and the fabulous Farrah Rochon. To say I’m on top of the world is an understatement!

 

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Here is a bit about INSERT GROOM HERE:

Tired white lace, rote promises, same-old ceremonies—some brides have no time for that. They’ll break the rules, turn tradition into straight-up scandal—and improvise as much as it takes to turn their wildest wedding dreams into real love…

Eva Ward has won a lavish wedding on the nation’s hottest morning show and can’t wait to kick off her
happily-ever-after in style. Too bad her fiancé backs out on-air—and cameraman Aidan Walker makes sure her private meltdown goes viral, down to the last couch-kicking moment. The only way Eva can save face and keep her perfect nuptial plans on track is to star in a new “find-a-groom” reality segment. But finding Mr. Right in one month means ignoring her handsome new producer—none other than Aidan himself—and getting their instant, exasperating attraction out of her system…

Eva soon finds there’s a lot more to Aidan than freewheeling charm. But one glimpse of his caring side can’t make up for off-camera politics, Aidan’s own secrets—or Eva’s fear that they’re too different to ever trust each other. So it’s time for her to flip this script, write twists no one will see coming—and risk her heart to get the real thing

You can pre-order INSERT GROOM HERE at these e-tailers

Amazonhttp://amzn.to/28Mbqk3

iBooks: http://apple.co/28RPaWU

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/28Ou2Tz

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Here is a bit about HOLIDAY TEMPTATION:

’Tis the season to satisfy your holiday desires with this festive trio of sexy stories…

A GIFT OF LOVE Donna Hill
Drama professor Traci Long spends her free time at the CoffeeMate café, pursuing her true passion—writing her own plays. Meanwhile, sexy barista Noah Jefferson is doing his best to distract her. But once they get involved, past betrayals make Traci wary. She’s right that Noah is keeping something from her—but it might be something that will make this Christmas as sweet as a rave review—and steamier than her favorite chai latté…

HOLIDAY SPICE Farrah Rochon
A Christmas-time tragedy took photographer Miranda Lawson’s holiday spirit with it. Since then, she’s traveled the world, determined to outrun her demons. This year she’s off to Istanbul. But the scenery isn’t the only gorgeous site she spots through her camera lens….Kyle Daniels loves Christmas, but he’s looking for escape too—and soon he and Miranda find it in each other’s arms. Yet their connection doesn’t end there. Maybe staying put isn’t such a bad idea after all—especially when there’s someone to celebrate with…

FROM HERE TO SERENITY K.M. Jackson
Unstoppable real-estate developer Ross Montgomery is under orders to get some holiday R&R. A cruise to Miami on his yacht, “The Serenity,” is the perfect place to start—especially when he meets his new personal chef, Essie Bradford. Between her calming presence, her amazing food, and her delectable beauty, Ross just might develop a taste for the good life. And when the two discover they have a lot in common—including an irresistible attraction—the next course may be a spicy New Year…

You can pre-order HOLIDAY TEMPTATION here at these e-tailers:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/28MD68O

iBooks: http://apple.co/28Otxsv

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/28MpThC

Thanks so much for taking this ride with me!

All the best,

KMJ

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Viva Las Vegas! My Time At #RT16

 

Back from Las Vegas and the RT Book Lovers Convention and though I’m exhausted as all get out and think it will be quite a while before I volunteeringly get on a Starbucks line to order coffee, I’m already looking forward to next year’s convention in Atlanta. I had such a good time seeing old friends and making new ones as I launched

BOUNCE BACK out into the world.

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That said, here is my recap in a totally non-writerly way… pics.

Can you spot anyone you know?

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All the best,

KMJ

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Time to List it Up with the #ListifyLife Challenge!

To know me is to love my quirks. One of the odd or not so odd things about me is that I’m a terrible procrastinator and I thrive (as I drown) under deadlines and live by checking things off my to-do lists. Without them I’m pretty sure I’d get next to nothing done. I know for sure I’d not get the books written that I have or keep any sort of track of the what’s to do in my family life.

Those that are long time followers of me over here on ye old blog know that the way I keep track of things using my tried and true Filofax planner system.

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If it’s not written down it may as well have been said to the wind. I’ve also come to love Travelers Notebooks for their versatility.

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I feel so fortunate to have found a group of friends who are just as quirky excited as I am when it comes to all things planning and organization.

And speaking to that I’m so thrilled about the #ListifyLife Challenge made up by the fabulous Roni Loren (and peep these gorgeous graphics made by Sierra Godfrey ).

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So what is the #ListifyLife Challenge?

 

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I’m so glad you asked. It’s a weekly challenge which starts on March 20th  and runs through June 19th where you write down your lists in response to the topic prompt of that week. You post a photo of your list on any social media network of your choice (Blog, Facebook, Instagram and hashtag it #ListifyLife so that we can all stay connected. Easy as pie (well easier if you ask me and low cal). Please join in if you like. I’ve got my Moleskine ready and waiting along with my new Frixion markers.

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I can’t wait to list it up! Please let me know if you’ll be joining in in the comments.

All the best,

KMJ

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Hello old friend, hello… knitting it all together

So I just handed in another story to my super fab agent. Go me!

But really those in the KMJ know, know there is never any of that “Go me!” spirit when I do these kind of things. It’s more of a weak ‘yay, got that done’ and a shaky hand turnover because I’m never all that confidant in what I just put down on the page. The neurotic writer critic in my always wins out.

I will say I do adore this story and these characters and I hope when it’s time to share them come next holiday season you all will think they are just as delicious as I do. My heroine got to take the dream vacation that I have been longing for so there is that.

And with my hand-off, my super agent gave me the advice to not just dive into the next work, but take a moment for myself, which I also find hard to do. But with that permission to goof off from her I’m pulling out my long forgotten knitting to unwind with and instead of unwinding I’m having a devil of a time trying to remember this lovely stitch.

Oh well, I wonder if I can get this shawl done by the time my story comes out late next year.  Ya think?

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Tell me do you have an unwinding hobby that you retreat to?

 

All the best,

KMJ

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Be cool girl…fave plot book recs

Over the next 6 months I’ve got writing deadlines breathing down my neck

and looking at me like…

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And I’m looking back at my original concepts like…

bad idea

And the pressure of it all has me in a state of panic like…

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So a little over a week ago in my panic stricken state I reached out to my peeps on twitter looking for bookish ways to help streamline my plotting process and get my racing, jumbled thoughts in some sort of order.

You see I only play a cool multi-planner having, washi tape decorating, cucumber on social media.

The chaos in my mind in a big old mess.

So I sent out this tweet:

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And here are the books that were recommended to me in response. Thanks so much my twitter friends!

 I know some of them will be of help to me (hello 1 click) and I wanted to share them here with you.

Please feel free to add any of your faves in the comments. Thanks and happy writing!

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Save The Cat by Blake Snyder

http://amzn.to/1UxJ8zi

Plot 2 20 Master Plots

20 Master Plots and How to Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias

http://amzn.to/1K2tWiG

Plot 3 GMC

GMC: Goal Motivation & Conflict by Debra Dixon –

This one I already have in my library and is a fave  http://amzn.to/1UxJvd9

Plot 4 Trough of Hell

Trough of Hell: How to Wrap Up the Middle of Your Story with Maximum Impact

  by H.R.  D’Costa  http://amzn.to/1UxJLca

Plot 5 Rock Your Plot

Rock Your Plot by Cathy Yardley-

This is another one that I already have in my library and like. http://amzn.to/1UxJRAC

Plot 6 The Plot Whisperer

The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master

by Martha Alderson

http://amzn.to/1UxJXZ1

Plot 7 2K- 10K

2K to 10K:  Writing Faster, Writing Better and Writing More of What You Love

by Rachel Aaron –

another book I have and am a fan of. http://amzn.to/1UxLwWN

Plot 8 Outlining

Outlining Your Novel Map Your Way To Success by K.M. Weiland –

this is one I just ordered and am getting into. Lots of good points here. http://amzn.to/1PYgq41

Plot 9 Story Structure

Story Trumps Structure: How To Write Unforgettable Fiction By Breaking The Rules

by Steven James    http://amzn.to/1K2Fan4

Meanwhile wish me luck with my deadlines because I need to be like this and just do it…

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All the best,

KMJ

 

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