Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Going Out With a Bang!

Happy December, lovely readers! I can't believe it's the last month of the year already. Where has the time gone?

The year's not over yet, but I'm starting my celebration early. Why? 'Cause 2015 has been such a success!

I don't have any final, definite numbers, but Home Ice Advantage, my book released as part of the Seduced by the Game collection, has already raised well over $500 for cancer research and patient care. And that donation amount will only continue to swell through the next 11 months as readers continue to one-click!

But 2015 isn't over yet, not even close! And I'm determined to keep writing through the holiday season. I'm hoping to have the next Dallas Comets book out in early 2016. It's entitled BREAKOUT PLAY. Let me whet your appetite and share the blurb with you:

He’s mastered the breakout play on the ice. She’s still trying to break out of her shell. 
When Adam first lays eyes on Ally in the dark, country-themed bar, he immediately knows that he’s going to take innocent-looking beauty home for the night. When she resists his charms and cheesy one-liners, he becomes even more determined to win her over. 
After all, Adam Harris didn’t make it onto the Dallas Comets’ roster without hearing the word “no.” No one believed he’d get drafted or play a game in the NHL, but he proved his critics all wrong. He knows that he’s got to capitalize on his scoring chances because they don’t come around very often. 
Allison Forrester isn’t as na├»ve as Adam thinks she is. She moved to Dallas looking for a new beginning, and she doesn’t want to mess up her hard work by having a one-night fling with some wannabe hotshot hockey player—no matter how attractive he may be. However, Adam has never accepted “no” as an answer, and he plans to keep asking Ally out until she finally says “yes.” 
If they can set aside their differences for a night, maybe they can both break out of their ruts—and realize they have more in common than they thought.
Adam has made appearances in both "A Valuable Trade" and Home Ice Advantage. I'm so excited to tell his story next, and I hope you'll be excited to read it!



I'm going to start a new little feature on my blog posts and on my Facebook page, so you can all see what events I'll be attending or dropping by for the coming month.

Keeping Up With the Jacobses:
December 2015

  • Monday, December 7: Katie Kenyhercz is releasing A Fair Trade, and I'll be dropping by her Facebook reader group for the Las Vegas Sinners to help her celebrate with a giveaway! Join her reader group to get in on the fun.
  • Monday, December 14: Lisa B. Kamps is releasing Break Away and having a release party from 7-9pm. I'm taking over the party from 7:20-7:40pm. There will be giveaways, awesome prizes, fun games, and more. You'll want to attend this for sure!
  • Thursday, December 17: Several of the authors participating in the 2015 Seduced by the Game collection are taking part in a fun, three-day Christmas party! Rockin Around the Anthology Tree runs from December 16-18, and Seduced by the Game takes center stage on the 17th. We'll be partying from 6-10pm. Bring the egg nog and party with us!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Sin Bin

Good morning, and happy November!

Home Ice Advantage released this past Wednesday, and the reviews so far have been great! Have you read it yet? If not, why not add it to your Goodreads to-read list?

I have very fun news to share with you all. A group of hockey romance writers—myself included—are running a Facebook group called the Sin Bin. It's a place for readers and authors to interact and also for everyone to talk about hockey, hockey players, and their favorite hockey romances.

Stop by and join the group. We'd love to have you!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Pre-order Home Ice Advantage

I'm so happy to once again be a part of the Seduced by the Game: Cancer Charity Collection.

Home Ice Advantage, which releases on October 28, is the first book of the collection to be released. All proceeds from the sale of Home Ice Advantage will be donated to the Mario Lemieux Foundation, to support cancer research and patient care.


PRE-ORDER LINKS:

Blurb:

Iris may have home ice advantage, but Mark is the hometown hockey hero.

Mark Klingensmith just played the worst season of his career. He’s got one season left on his contract with the Dallas Comets, and he’s worried that the team won’t re-sign him. Mark doesn’t have time to think about his future, though, because he gets the bad news that his mother is still sick with cancer and is undergoing a second round of chemotherapy.

Iris Olson has been taking care of Mark’s mother, Sandra, while Mark was off playing pro hockey. Sandra had always been like a mother to Iris, and Iris gladly takes on the duty of helping Sandra after her diagnosis.

When Mark returns to Grand Rapids, Minnesota, for the summer to help with his mother, Iris’s life gets much more complicated. They have a history: she and Mark were once engaged. The two former flames team up to help Sandra through her treatment, and working together so closely reminds them of why they were so in love—but they are also reminded of why they couldn’t make it work.

Can they reconcile their love for each other while pursuing their dream careers? Will they try to give their relationship a second chance? And will Sandra beat her cancer?

Read the excerpt here.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Join My Advance Reader Group!

Happy September to you, my fantastic readers! I'm spending my Labor Day laboring away, working on Home Ice Advantage, which will release the end of October.

My goal for September is to finish the writing and editing of the story. I've got one eye on my manuscript and one eye on that October release date. Which is why I'm opening up ARC group to more readers. Are you interested in getting an advance copy of Home Ice Advantage, in exchange for leaving a review on both Goodreads and on an eBook vendor site? Then please fill out the form below!


Friday, August 14, 2015

Words and Worlds and Blurbs, Oh My!

Am I the only author out there who struggles with writing blurbs for my books?

I create worlds and characters, and then I have to shrink it all into a couple hundred words. It seems like an impossible task. In fact, it took me days and a number of drafts to get this blurb for Home Ice Advantage as pared down as I did, without losing any of the detail.

Care to read it? Then wait no longer!

Iris may have home ice advantage, but Mark is the hometown hockey hero.

Mark Klingensmith just played the worst season of his career. He’s got one season left on his contract with the Dallas Comets, and he’s worried that the team won’t re-sign him. Mark doesn’t have time to think about his future, though, because he gets the bad news that his mother is still sick with cancer and is undergoing a second round of chemotherapy.

Iris Olson has been taking care of Mark’s mother, Sandra, while Mark was off playing pro hockey. Sandra had always been like a mother to Iris, and Iris gladly takes on the duty of helping Sandra after her diagnosis.

When Mark returns to Grand Rapids, Minnesota, for the summer to help with his mother, Iris’s life gets much more complicated. They have a history: she and Mark were once engaged. The two former flames team up to help Sandra through her treatment, and working together so closely reminds them of why they were so in love—but they are also reminded of why they couldn’t make it work.

Can they reconcile their love for each other while pursuing their dream careers? Will they try to give their relationship a second chance? And will Sandra beat her cancer?

I hope you're all excited to read this story, because I'm excited to share it with you!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

2015 Update

How is it possible that 2015 is halfway over? Perhaps I should think of it as an optimist would: there's still six months left in 2015. I should make the most of these next six months!


So far this year, I've managed to get Play the Man re-released with its new cover. Now, all my novels are available as both eBooks and paperbacks! As an author, let me tell you, there's nothing better than seeing your name in print!




My other big accomplishment was getting "A Valuable Trade" released independently. This was my submission to Seduced by the Game, the cancer charity anthology that raised over $18,000 for Hockey Fights Cancer! Today was the release day; "A Valuable Trade" is available (exclusively as an eBook) from the following vendors and subscription services:


Also, I'm happy to announce that my eBooks have been released through a couple of new vendors, and all the purchase links are updated on this very blog. I like giving my readers options!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pre-Order "A Valuable Trade", to be released July 7

What? Two posts in one week? What madness is this?! Like I said, I've been a busy writer. And I'm too excited by all these new developments to wait to share!

My submission to the Seduced by the Game anthology was "A Valuable Trade," which features the Dallas Comets professional hockey team.


"A Valuable Trade" focuses on the story of Bryan Comstock, who gets traded to Dallas before the deadline, in the hopes of helping the team as they prepare for the postseason.

The blurb:


Bryan's life gets turned upside down when he gets traded to the Dallas Comets, and things get even messier when he meets Georgiana, the Director of Team Services. He's got a lot of work to do to prove his worth to his new team, but Georgiana's sure he'll prove to be a valuable trade.

Now it's being released as its own, independent novella! The eBook of "A Valuable Trade" will be released on July 7, 2015.



"A Valuable Trade" will be released exclusively as an eBook. Want to pre-order a copy? Follow the yellow brick links:
Amazon
iBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo

Please be sure to leave a review from whichever outlet you use! Thanks, my lovely readers!

I'm off to go celebrate today's Supreme Court ruling. Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Play the Man Cover Redesign Reveal! (Finally!)

I'm so happy to finally present to you, my lovely readers, the redesigned cover for Play the Man. Without further ado:

Newsletter subscribers already got a sneak peak in the Spring 2015 issue!


And with the cover redesign comes... print covers!

Worth the wait? I think so!

All of the vendors I sell through (see bar to the right -->) are in the process of updating the covers, as well as my website and this very blog.

As soon as the print books are available for purchase, I'll tweet that info out!

I'm sooo stoked to have all three of my original publications updated and available in so many formats. There's nothing a writer loves more than to share her work!

And, in the meanwhile, I have even more up my sleeve. "A Valuable Trade" will soon be available as an eBook! I'll save that cover reveal for a later blog post.

Thanks for hanging in there, folks. I promise, I've got more coming your way soon!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My Views on Reviews

When I decided in March that I was going to be organized and more active on social media as a still-burgeoning author, I wrote down in my brand new planner that I was going to write one blog post a month.

Author stuff is anything written in blue. There's not a lot of blue last week.
I truly thought that April's blog post would be centered around my re-release of Play the Man and my release of the novella "A Valuable Trade," which would be published on its own outside of the anthology in which it was originally published. Unfortunately, I don't have the full print cover back from my designer, so all that's going to have to wait.

Crying Dawson and Sad Keanu. Just to give you an idea of my disappointment.

So while I was lamenting over the fact that I'm behind my self-imposed publishing schedule, I tried to brainstorm something else I could blog about. Life has been kind of stressful lately, so there's not much I have to talk about.

Every once in a while, I check my Amazon pages and Goodreads page to see if there are any new reviews or ratings for my books. As an author, I encourage anyone to leave reviews for books! Typically, I only end up leaving reviews if I really love or hate a particular item and feel driven to give feedback, so I don't always follow my own advice. And on my last check, I noticed a new review for Play the Man on Amazon! Yay!

A one-star review.

At first, I was totally bummed. Of course, I want everyone to love my books! I put my heart and soul into them, so it's devastating when I find out that someone doesn't like what I've written. But then I took a deep breath and smiled. I'm sorry that the reader didn't like my book and felt compelled to tell the world how she felt—but that's okay, and I'm glad that she reviewed my work, regardless of how many stars she gives me.

Reviews are so important to an author. Reviews are feedback! Reviews mean that someone's reading and reacting. Ask any author, and they will tell you that they love (and need) reviews for their works. It goes without saying that we favor the good reviews, but I say, "Bring 'em all on!"

I don't interact much with my readers; I want to, but I'm just not that engaging. Honestly, I'm a part-time writer. I'm a part- part-time writer; I'm lucky if I have the brain power left at the end of the day to sit in front of my laptop and type out a paragraph or two. So getting a review really does mean a lot to me. I've only been publishing for two years, so I'm still trying to get my name out there. If someone leaves a review, it means my eBooks is getting out there.

So give me any amount of stars you want, as long as you leave a review. Review me, review other authors. Do your favorite author a favor and review! Feel free to spread the word!

I'll talk to you next month.

Jay

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Plans for 2015

I've never been good at keeping up with writing in a journal or a blog. But, to be fair, I haven't had much to update. Or anything, really.

My writing started falling off last summer. I hate that it happened, but it did. I'm working on getting back on track; I've written a little bit today, and I'm pledging with this blog post that I will continue to keep writing! Even if it's only a couple hundred words a day, it's important that I dedicate some time each day to write. I even have a new planner set up so I can make deadlines for myself. It's color-coded and everything!

I'm still working on The Back Up, my story about back-up goaltender Lincoln Reynolds. I'm a couple of chapters in, and I don't know how long it will be. It could end up being just a novella, or maybe it will be a full-length novel. But I'm anxious to get that out to you guys.

I'm also working on getting Play the Man set up with a new cover and to release that in paperback. Oh, and I'm also working on getting "A Valuable Trade" ready for its independent release, my short story submission for the 2014 Seduced by the Game anthology.

Those are all my goals for 2015! And with two months already gone, I have no time to waste.

I have a notebook with a few new ideas jotted in there. Some hockey-related, some completely different than anything I've written before. Needless to say, I'm excited to explore those avenues, too! I have a lot that I want to get to, which means it's time I start buckling down.

Hopefully you'll hear from me soon with more news. I'm off to see if I can't finish off another chapter tonight!

-Jay