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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).

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

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