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If you love passion, romance, and murder, you’ve come to the right place. I write the Valentine Mysteries that feature Tess and Jack, a passionate couple who seem to always get involved in murder. The first book, Deadly Valentine, reached the quarter-finals in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award contest in 2013 and received a review from Publishers Weekly saying: “Written with precision and care, this intriguing romance/murder mystery is a fun read that will keep readers guessing until the very end."

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To Love, Honor and Kill: Valentine Book Five Sneak Peek

I had hoped to have book five in the Valentine Mysteries published by Valentine’s Day, but you know what they say about best laid plans. However, all is not lost. I have an excerpt from To Love, Honor and Kill, that I hope you’ll enjoy. This excerpt has NOT been professionally edited, so it’s a little rough. But I hope you’ll enjoy it all the same.

Tess finds herself in the middle between her best friends, journalist Kate Wells and Detective Daniel Showalter as they each seek information about a 15-year old closed murder case. Sparks fly between Kate and Daniel, but that’s not always good as Tess finds herself mediating conflict between the two more often than not. The more they learn about the case, the more they believe someone has gotten away with murder and is willing to kill again to avoid getting caught.

Read the excerpt from To Love, Honor and Kill: Valentine Book Five

If you haven’t ready any of Valentine stories, you can see the four previous books, available in print and Kindle at Amazon and print only at Barnes and Noble.

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A Valentine for You

Valentine Mystery Series

Valentine’s Day is a big deal around here. And to celebrate, I’ve got freebies, discounts and a giveaway!!!

Freebie

Starting Feb. 11 until Feb. 14, Deadly Valentine, the first book in the Valentine Mystery series is free on Kindle. Don’t have a Kindle? That’s okay. You can get the Kindle app free for your computer, tablet or phone.

Discounts

Starting February 12 until Feb. 14, the three other Valentine Mystery books are on a countdown deal. You can get each for $0.99 on Feb. 12. The price will go up each day until Feb. 14. So grab ‘em while they’re cheap!

Giveaway

Lingerie and chocolate feature in all the Valentine books. You can win a $50 gift certificate to Victoria Secret or Lindt Chocolate in my Valentine giveaway. Visit my giveaway page to learn more and enter! It’s easy and free!

Valentine Giveaway!

Jenna Harte Valentine ContestIt’s that time of year. A time for love, passion, chocolate and fancy lingerie. In honor of Valentines Day and Tess and Jack Valentine, I’m sponsoring a giveaway from now until 11:59 February 14, 2015. Prizes include:

  • A $50 Victoria Secret gift card
  • Lindt chocolate
  • Signed copies of all four Valentine Mysteries

Entering is easy! Earn one entry for each option you choose below. For example, if you follow me on Facebook and sign up for my email list, that would earn you 2 entries.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents 18 years or older only. Winners will be picked through random drawing on February 15, 2015. Winners will need to provide their mailing address within 48 hours of win notification to receive their prize.

Best Laid Plans… and other Truths of Writing

First, a big thank you to fans who are eager, yet patient about the release of the next Valentine book. My plan was to have it ready for you Valentine’s day, but editing is going very slowly. However, I’m still working on something special for Valentine’s day, so you might be seeing an excerpt and perhaps some other goodies…(chocolate?)

The truth is, even when self-publishing, writing, editing, publishing takes a long time. Once I’m done fixing the book, I have to get it to my editor, who’ll need a couple of weeks. Then there is formatting and cover design, etc. However, I will say that traditional publishers take forever. In February, it will be two years since I sent the full manuscript of Southern Comfort (per the editor’s request), and I still haven’t heard anything except, “We’re sorry it’s taking so long. We’ll be in touch soon.” In November, I secured the services of an agent, who got the same response from the publisher. Fortunately, the agent can submit it to other places in the mean time. It’s been a real exercise in patience.

In November, I submitted the Delecoeur prequel, now called Worth the Risk, to Hachette’s Forever Yours ebook line. The auto response email said I’d hear in four weeks. Admittedly, it wasn’t a good time to submit as it was a week before Thanksgiving. However, it’s now been eight weeks and even with a little nudge last week, I’ve heard nothing.

So what’s a writer to do? Keep writing of course. I have several projects (including Valentine book 5) in the works and new ideas percolating. I think 2015 is going to be a good year.

 

2015 NaNoWriMo Winner

NaNoWriMo Winner 2014I did it! I passed the 50,000 word mark on November 23, 2014, seven days before the 30th deadline and 3 days before my scheduled deadline.

For me the challenge of NaNoWriMo isn’t in the time it takes to type 50,000 words, it’s in knowing what to write. Fortunately, once I got started on this story, the fifth book in the Valentine series, the words flowed. And they’re still flowing. Like most of my other books, this book will probably be around 65,000 words, so there is more to go. And once I’ve finished the draft, I’ll need to flesh things out, revise and edit.

There are a few things different in this book than the previous Valentine books, the biggest being that I’ve included Daniel and Kate’s point of views in the story, as well as Jack and Tess’. I’m hoping it doesn’t get confusing. For the most part, I stick with Jack or Tess’ POV if they’re in the scene, so that should make it easy to keep track.

What’s the same is Jack and Tess’ banter, new lingerie and chocolate recipes, and a visit with Cora!

My goal is to have the book ready for publishing by February (Valentine’s day!), which isn’t that far away. So I’ll continue to be busy writing this holiday season. Fortunately, I love spending time with Tess and Jack and the crew!

WARNING: Explicit Content
The Delecoeur stories are adventures featuring a romantic couple who sometimes do what people in love do. Part of this story maybe be considered adult content, so if you are not of legal age or are easily offended, you should click the exit button.