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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."

FREE Max and Madeleine Novella: Survive the Night Read the entire story here.

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If you’ve read the Valentine series, you know that Tess is a connoisseur of sexy lingerie and fine chocolate. Now you can indulge as well. From now until December 20th, you can enter to win a Victoria Secret giftcard and Lindt chocolate. Here are the details:

Grand Prize: Victoria’s Secret Giftcard ($50 dollar value) with some DELICIOUS Lindt Chocolate (1 Winner)
Second Place Prize: Signed copy of Deadly Valentine in paperback? (1 Winner)
Third Place: 3 additional winners will receive an e-copy of any one of Jenna’s books.

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Each activity equals 1 entry. Giveaway starts Dec. 9th and ends on Dec. 20th, winner will be notified within two days. Anyone can enter (Int. winners will receive an ecard for Victoria’s Secret and gift card for Lindt)

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Review: Thankless in Death

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Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You’d think after 30-something books, Eve and Rourke’s story would be old, but JD Robb continues to mix things up. While some reviewers don’t like the villain’s POV in “Thankless in Death,” I think it serves a purpose.

At first the killer murders on impulse, but that first kill drives him to kill more. Because he doesn’t have a developed M.O., it takes Eve awhile to figure him out. At first, she see believes the murder was done in the heat of the moment and doesn’t warn his acquaintances. When the killer’s former girlfriend is murdered, Eve feels guilt and realizes the killer has developed taste for murder. The only problem is that the killer has a long list of people he feels did him wrong and Eve has to decide who’s next on the list.

Along with a murder investigation, Eve’s professional and personal life move forward as well. She’s offered a promotion, she and Rourke earn awards and Rourke’s family shows up for Thanksgiving. Like all her stories, the motive behind the murder plays into her private life, which in this case is why she and Rourke came out okay after having terrible upbringings, but their murderer had loving parents and he’s a complete narcissist and psychopath.

My only beef with the book is the physical altercation between Eve and Rourke. Despite their passionate dispositions, I don’t feel they need to engage in physical wranglings at this point in their marriage.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next.



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Survive the Night – A Delecoeur Romantic Adventure

delecoeursmallI know many of you are waiting for another Valentine book, but Max and Madeleine Delecoeur have many stories they want me to tell, as well.

As I work on the forth Valentine book, I decided I’d also blog the prequel to the Delecoeurs. This gives you something new to read while also getting reacquainted with the Delecoeurs. If you don’t know Max and Madeleine, they are the coupled featured in Endangered, the first story I published.

Survive the Night tells how Max and Madeleine met, their first adventure and how they fell in love. If you like romance and adventure, I think you’ll enjoy this story. I’ll be blogging one chapter a week starting Sept. 1, 2013. You can get started on chapter one here.

Jack Valentine Interview

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Jack Valentine is the romantic hero of the Valentine Mystery Series. He’s all alpha male — handsome, smart, funny, rich, with just enough arrogance to make him endearing. And he’s completely devoted to Tess, although some readers wonder why. In this interview, Jack answers questions about his love for Tess, his feelings towards Daniel, and his fear of flying.

Warning: There are a few spoilers. If you haven’t read Deadly Valentine, you might want to first.

Q: Most readers love the unequivocal devotion you have for Tess, but a couple people have questioned what you see in Tess, especially since she was so cool toward you sometimes in the beginning?

Jack: Really? Hmm. Well, first, you have to remember that I met Tess long before that fateful night at Asa Worthington’s house. When I first met her, she was outgoing, witty, always willing to go on an adventure.  She was different when we reunited, but I could see she was still in there. A few hard-knocks made her guarded, but deep down, she was the same.

Q: How did you and Tess first meet?

Jack: I was meeting with my lawyer, Brad Chancellor. This is before he came to work for me. She showed up at the end of that meeting.

Q: On several occasions, you make it sound like love at first sight.

Jack: It was pretty close, which was difficult because she was engaged to Brad then. And Brad wasn’t just my lawyer, he was a friend.

Q: So what was it about her that had you falling so fast for a woman you couldn’t have?

Jack: I can give you the list of attributes – she’s smart, fast with a good retort, beautiful – but many women are. There was just something that grabbed me right in the gut. I suppose some people might call it chemistry. I don’t know how to explain it, but I remember feeling it deep in my soul. I’d never had that happen before.

Q: Did she feel the same about you?

Jack: You’d have to ask her. I think there was something, but again, she was engaged to Brad so it wasn’t something either of us considered pursuing. I had to settle being her friend.

Q: Didn’t she indicate there could be more between you two after she and Brad broke up?

Jack: She had initially come to me seeking support and comfort…a shoulder to cry on. It could have become more, but I think she would have regretted it. It was a difficult decision on my part to push her away, but I didn’t want to be the rebound guy or the way to get back at Brad.

Q: Did you have any sense of how profoundly that night effected her?

Jack: I knew she was hurting. She’d had experience rejection and betrayal before, and I think she saw Brad and my actions as reinforcing that. But I didn’t get at how deeply that pain went. Or how much it would alter who she was. I might have if I’d been able to stay in touch with her, but my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer right after that, so my priorities were caring for her.

Q: So you love Tess for her wit, adventurous spirit and that je ne sais quoi?

Jack: Among other things. I love that Tess doesn’t care about status or money-

Q: I guess that was always an issue with other women. You didn’t know if they liked you for you or your money.

Jack: Oh, I could tell. There was a time it didn’t matter, but I knew that in the long run, I wanted someone like Tess.

Q: What else attracts you to her?

Jack: I love how she challenges me and she gets me. And it doesn’t hurt that she’s beautiful.

Q: And she has good taste in lingerie.

Jack: That’s a perk, yes.

Q: How do you feel about her relationship with Daniel?

Jack: Ah, Daniel. I have Jekyll-Hyde feelings. I like that he was … still is there for her. He and his family are important to her and I respect that. But, I am a man, and like most men, don’t like having other men eying the woman I love.

Q: You never asked her to stop being his friend.

Jack: No. First of all, she wouldn’t take it well. I think Daniel found that out when he asked her not to see me. But he’s important to her and I have to respect that.

Q: Did you ever worry that Daniel might win Tess’ heart?

Jack: I didn’t worry that he’d win her heart, but I worried she might choose the safer route. I know she loves and cares for Daniel, but not in the same way she loves me. Our love is intense and passionate, which also makes it riskier, scarier. I  worried she wouldn’t take that risk.

Q: Is that why you rejected her when she tried to mend your relationship after she broke up with you?

Jack: No. I’m impulsive and am willing to risk a lot if I think there will be a good outcome. I rejected her because I was hurt and angry. I still kick myself for that.

Q: Because she nearly died?

Jack: That’s one reason. But even if she hadn’t nearly died, she could have decided I wasn’t worth the effort after all and rejected me when I apologized.

Q: You and Tess seem to get mixed up in murder a lot. Did that happen before and do you worry that you two seem to attract trouble?

Jack: Except for my dad getting killed in the line of duty as a police officer, I’d never had a personal experience with murder. I’d only seen murder in the movies until Asa was killed. But I don’t worry that Tess and I have seen more than our fair share of dead bodies. It’ll take more than murder to keep me from her.

Q: Do you think you’ll have kids? Your lives seem a little dangerous for that.

Jack: Yes, we’ll have kids. But it will be awhile. I’m not ready to share Tess yet.

Q: Well, it’s clear you’re a romantic. But you can’t jet off to romantic places because you don’t like flying. Have you always been afraid to fly?

Jack: Yes. Actually, I’m not afraid to fly, I’m afraid to fall. It has nothing to do with heights. It has to do with crashing. It ruins the macho image, I know. But … well…I can’t be perfect.

Q: I think Tess thinks you come pretty close to it.

A: I hope so.

Do you have questions for Jack that I didn’t ask? Ask them in the comment section below and he’ll answer them!

Valentine Updates and More

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I know I’ve been quiet around here lately, but that doesn’t mean I’m not working on new stories. I had intended to write a Halloween-related to story for Jack and Tess, but then a different story popped into my head and I’ve been slowly but surely getting it down. There are only 13,000 words so far, but that’s nearly a quarter of a full-length novel. Tentatively titled, “Til Death Do Us Part,” the story involves another old friend of Jack’s, a movie set and, of course, murder.

I’m still waiting to hear back on the book I sent to Harlequin. In November, I won a spot to do an online pitch, and on a lark decided I’d pitch a romance I had sitting on my computer. The editor asked for three chapters and then back in February, she asked for the entire book. I can’t decide if/when I should email and ask for an update. It’s one of those situations in which you want to know the outcome if it’s good news, but not if it’s bad news.

I also read at the Harlequin forum that if editors want to buy a book, they ask about other books the author has. I don’t have anything that fits the line at this point. So I’ve been working on a synopsis and first few chapters of a sequel to the book I sent…just in case Harlequin wants to buy the first book. I’ve never written a synopsis before having plotted and written the book. And since so much of the story comes out while I’m writing, I can’t be sure that the story will stick to the synopsis. But I want to have something to share, if/when Harlequin wants to buy Southern Comfort.

I put the second Delecoeur story on hold for now, which bums me, but I can only write so much at one time. I wanted to blog a prequel story for them too, but I haven’t managed that yet. And interestingly, I have a vampire-type story rattling around in my head. I’m not sure yet if it’s an adult or YA story yet. But you can bet there is romance! Finally, I have a time-travel YA idea if I can only figure out the rules. I’ve picked up a book on time travel for writers to help me.

I want to thank everyone who has read the books and to all the readers who have left a review and/or started following me here, on Twitter or Facebook. Your feedback and encouragement is what keeps me going.

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.