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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."

I hope you'll stick around and come back for all news, info, events, fun facts and more related to reading, writing, romance, chocolate and more.

Writing Inspiration from Nora Roberts

Over the weekend I watched a few Youtube interviews of Nora Roberts (I’m a big fan of the J.D. Robb books) because I think her writing pace and story telling are awesome. It made me think of a research project I’d done for a short book about her and the inspiring quotes I’d discovered. Here are couple I saved:

I love this comment about writing love and murder:

“It’s just as much fun to murder someone off as to marry them off.” Houston Chronicle

With 200 books, I’m not sure anyone has as many stories rattling around in their head as Roberts, but I know I have quite a few and would love to be able to start writing and just keep going:

“I always have stories running around in my head. Once I start putting them down on paper, I just keep going; I just keep writing.” Book Reporter.

This one is posted at my computer! When asked by Claire E. White at Writers Write about how she writes love scenes, Roberts said

“Exactly the same way I approach writing any other scene. Action, reaction, motivation, emotion, all have to come from the characters. Writing a love scene requires the same elements from the writer as any other.”

In the end, writers write:

“You’re going to be unemployed if you really think you just have to sit around and wait for the muse to land on your shoulder. That’s not the way I work. I build a story.” WTOP.

 

5 Interesting Factoids about Deadly Valentine

Deadly Valentine was years in the making. In fact, the book I envisioned when I started, was not the book that ultimately got published. I thought it would be fun to share some of the changes and developments of the story.

Did any of these facts surprise you? Did I make good choices?

Tess’ Easy Chocolate Truffles

In Old Flames Never Die, Tess makes chocolate truffles while she waits from Jack to return from a business trip. Here is an easy chocolate truffle recipe sure to please your chocolate-tooth. I’m sorry, I don’t have a picture at this time. But trust me, they look and taste great.

Ingredients

12 ounces high quality chocolate (semisweet or bittersweet), chopped
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tsp real vanilla extract
High quality sweet or dark cocoa powder (to use as coating)

Directions

1. In a double boiler over barely simmering water combine chocolate, butter and heavy cream. Heat until chocolate is melted and stirring until mixture is smooth.

2. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla.

3. Poor mixture into a into a shallow dish and cool to room temperature.

4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a small scoop or a melon baller, scoop out chocolate mixture, roll into one inch balls, and place on baking sheet. If you’ve refrigerated the chocolate for longer than 2 hours or it’s too hard to work with, let it sit at room temperature until it’s easy to scoop.

6. Coat the balls by rolling in sweet or dark cocoa powder.

7. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes about 30 truffles

Romance, Romania and Valentines

j04347211.pngI thought I’d give an update on what’s going on in Jenna’s world.

First… HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who have read ‘Til Death Do Us Part! And an extra hug to those of you who’ve left a review on Amazon or comment on Facebook. Writing is a lonely venture. It definitely is a challenge to the ego; one minute you think you have something great and the next minute it’s horrible. It’s you who validates the work and lets me know that my stories are enjoyable.

j0434721 It’s nearly summer, so I’m working with my assistant on a great summer reading special. You’ll need to stay tuned for that.

j0434721 As far as the Valentines are concerned, I do have more mystery, mayhem and romance planned for them. I’m currently trying to decide if their next adventure will involve a mystery being solved by Daniel and Kate, or if I should give Daniel and Kate their own story, with Jack and Tess as supporting characters. Or maybe I can just throw them all together. Perhaps you have an idea about that. Let me know. Anyway, while it may be some times before you get the next Valentine story, please know that they have more stories coming in the future.

j0434721Did you know that in November 2012, I won entry (one out of five writers) into a Harlequin pitch contest? Through that I was asked to send the first three chapters and after that the whole transcript. But by June 2013, I stopped hearing and wasn’t sure what that meant. But then in January and again last week, I heard that the assistant editor and senior editor were going to be talking about it. Of course they can still say no. Or maybe they’ll say they like it, but want some changes. So, fingers crossed!

j0434721I haven’t forgotten the Delecoeurs, who are going to get mixed up in gold and lost treasure, but I think I’m going to do something completely different for my next project (unless Harlequin calls in which case I’ll do what ever it wants me to :) ) I have an idea for a story involving two women who where adopted from Romania as small children and who return to investigate their roots. I’m researching all sorts of folklore surrounding Romania… yes, including vampires…. but also much, much more. What I haven’t figured out yes is whether it will be better as a new adult story. I’m also going to attempt to learn some Romanian. If anyone has any suggestions on the best way to do that, short of going to live there, let me know. I was going to try Duolingo, but it’s Romanian course isn’t available yet.

Thank you to all the Jack and Tess fans who have followed and continue to follow their journey. I’m so grateful for you and your support!

‘Til Death Do Us Part is Published!

'Til Death Do Us PartWell, it took a little longer than planned to get this book written, but it’s finally ready for you to read.

‘Til Death Do Us Part is the fourth book in the Valentine Mystery series. Tess and Jack are living in wedded bliss, until Jack’s childhood friend, famous actress Ava Dumont shows up in town to film a movie. Years ago, fans of her popular TV courtroom drama, speculated on whether or not Ava and her handsome co-star, Reece Wilder’s off-screen chemistry was as hot as it was on screen. The question was seemingly answered when Reece married Ava’s nemesis, D-List actress, Amya Grosse. Now estranged and seeking a divorce, Reece has pushed to do a movie with a reluctant Ava. But, their highly anticipated on and off screen-reunion is ruined when Amya turns up dead in Reece’s hotel room. Jack’s loyalty and Tess’ curiosity put them in the middle of a murder in which everyone they meet had a reason to want to Amya dead. Will they be able to discover the murderer or will ’til death do us part’ come much sooner than they’d dreamed?

Along with solving a mystery, Jack starts to resolve feelings about his relationship with the Senator, and Tess and Daniel work though their unresolved issues.

I hope that fans of Jack and Tess will enjoy this next mystery they get embroiled in.

If you’ve read this new installment, please visit Amazon leave a review.

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.