Summer Lovin’ and Fun

sweethartesI’ve had a crazy, busy summer, and have ambitious goals for the fall and winter! To finish the summer, I thought I’d have a little fun by having a giveaway for my Sweet Hartes. Not a Sweet Harte? No worries. You can join in the fun for free. I answer your questions, give sneak peaks to upcoming books, have giveaways and more. Visit the Sweet Hartes at Facebook to join now! Then be sure to stop by to see what sorts of fun and goodies will be going on in August.

More news….

I announced on Facebook, that I just received a 3-book deal on my Southern Heat romance series. The first book, Southern Comfort, was the book that sat at Harlequin for nearly 2 years (1 yr, 11 mos, 3 weeks…but who’s counting)! Luckily, during the wait I got an agent, beefed up the book and sold it to Penner Publishing! Southern Comfort will be released in January, at which point book two, Southern Persuasion will be due. The third book, Southern Conflict (I may ask to change that title), is due in July.

I’m very excited to have received this deal. Unfortunately, it puts off more Valentine books for a time. My goal is still to have To Love, Honor and Betray: Valentine Book 5 published in September as well as a Christmas Valentine short story in December. I have several other book ideas for the Valentines, but with the three book deal at Penner, I need to get the other two books written. Plus I have a new idea for a cozy that I’m eager to write (probably for NaNoWriMo).

Here is a picture of fall/winter writing schedule:

Jenna Harte Fall 2015 Writing Schedule

It’s a little ambitious, but I can write fast when I clear my schedule and I know what I want to write. I know you might be questioning this as it has taken forever for Valentine 5 to get finished. That has been partly busy schedule and partly plot issues. But starting in August, I’m making a big push to get it done and to my editor before the end of the month.

So that’s it for now… I’m off to write and when it’s time for a break, I hope I’ll see you in the Sweet Hartes group.

I Promise to Do Better…

Last week while I was on vacation with my family, I got a call from my agent that a publisher was interested in buying Southern Comfort. Whoop! Happy dance. At the same time, I had this sense of dread because the offer included a three-book deal (another whoop), but I still haven’t published Valentine book five. Guilt! On top of that, all my traveling left me little time to engage on social media or be involved with the Sweet Harte Street Team.

I’m home now and in a few weeks my kids are off to college, which I hope means more time to write. My goal is to have Valentine five published in September. And because I feel so bad that it’s taken so long, I hope to have a short Valentine Christmas novella for you in December.

I hope you’ll be excited about Southern Comfort. It’s a romance that will be part of a series that take place in Central Virginia. Many publishers like the southern setting and had great things to say about it, even when they didn’t buy it. Once that series is done, I hope to move on to a cozy mystery that’s been peculating in my brain. That doesn’t mean the Valentines are done, though. I have several story ideas for them.

Although the writing (and revising and editing) are foremost, I hope that I’ll do better staying connected with you. If you’re a member of the Sweet Harte Street Team, I’m working with my virtual assistant to come up with fun stuff, giveaways and more. (If you have ideas, I’d love to hear them).

Wassup in the Harte-Land

I’ve been busy, busy, busy … Here’s what’s been going on.

Curious about where Valentine book 5 is?

I’m carrying a lot of guilt that the book isn’t out yet. If you haven’t seen the sneak peek, you can read it here. The book is nearly done. I’ve got the love scenes, fun scenes and even some angst. However, the mystery, clues and herrings aren’t quite fitting together right yet. But I’m madly working on it.

Ever wonder what happened to that Harlequin submission?

Some of you might remember that I entered and won entry into a pitch contest at Harlequin Blaze. It resulted in the request for the full manuscript in February 2013. Well…finally in January 2015 (that’s nearly 2 years later), Harlequin declined the book. However, I got a note back that had lots of praise and areas to work on.

I was able to get an agent to represent that book back in November. With her help, I’ve made it even better and right now it’s being pitched to other publishers. Fingers crossed it sells.

Want to be a Sweet-Harte?

I’m looking to put together a street team called the Sweet-Hartes (clever, eh?). The only hold up is getting some cool swag. Watch for news about the Sweet-Harte street team coming soon.

Well that it’s it. It’s time to get back to fixing Valentine book 5.

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.

If you have any feedback, please let me know. You can comment below or contact me here.

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!

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.