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It’s here! You can now buy all three Southern Heat books, Drawn to Her, Meant to Be, and Wed to You, in one complete set!
Come enter the world of Charlotte Tavern, Virginia, where romance is as hot and steamy as the Piedmont region. Meet the pixie-like Lexie McKenna, and discover why Drake can’t help but be Drawn to Her. Find out if Lexie’s brother, Detective Mitch McKenna, can ever learn to trust Dr. Sydney Preston to share a love that was Meant to Be. Then, root for Lexie and Mitch’s long-time friend, Chelsea Beemer, as she helps a broken Jagger Talbot fight to retain custody of 5-year old Kaden through a marriage of convenience in Wed to You.
Don’t worry about buying each individually, because now you can grab all three (for less than buying them individually) in a single ebook boxed set at your favorite online retailer:
Drawn to Her
In Drawn to Her, Feisty and outspoken, Lexie McKenna will do anything to protect her cantankerous and ailing patient—even if it means going up against his cold and calculating, but sexy and irresistible, grandson. After all, as a nurse, her number one priority is her patient.
Sample of 5-Star Reviews on Amazon:
I really enjoyed reading this book. I finished it in two days, I just couldn’t put it down. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good love story! I was given a free copy of the book for an honest review. ~ Julie
This book is a must read. The story has a great story line and the characters have a real feel to them that you can relate to. ~ Marian
Meant to Be
In Meant to Be, charming and sexy, detective Mitch McKenna lets women into his bed—not into his heart. When his first love left him in a lurch, crushing his soul, Mitch swore off relationships and love. After all, any woman who chooses what her parents want over what she wants is not worth fighting for.
Or is she?
Successful New York doctor, Sydney Preston left the only man she ever loved to follow the path that her parents paved for her. When a tragic incident at the hospital threatens her life, Sydney moves to Virginia to rekindle the spark with her ex-fiancé. But Mitch isn’t interested in reigniting the flame that fizzled out long ago. Will they both allow resentments and misunderstanding spoil their chance of discovering what was meant to be?
Sample of 5-Star Reviews on Amazon:
This is the first book that I’ve read by this author, and OMG did I ever LOVE IT! ~ Jennifer
The writing was excellent, and the pacing of the story really kept me engaged. I couldn’t put the book down and am so excited for book 3! ~ Kerry
Wed to You
In Wed to You, irresistible playboy, Jagger Talbot left his flashy life in New York to properly take care of Kaden, a little boy he vowed to raise, gaining custody when the Kaden’s father died and his mother ran off with another man. Starting over in Virginia seemed like the perfect beginning. But when the boy’s mother comes back, clean and sober, fighting for custody, Jagger knows he needs a miracle to prove he’s what the child needs.
That miracle is Chelsea Beemer, sweet, perky kindergarten teacher. Down and out, and no stranger to tragedy, Chelsea is on the verge of losing her family home. She’d do anything to save the house—and herself—even marry the sexy playboy. Now it’s up to them to “play house” and convince everyone that they have perfect little family. But are any of them really pretending?
Sample of 5-Star Reviews on Amazon:
Wed to You was absolutely amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ~ PL
This is the third book from Jenna Harte’s Southern Heat series and it is fantastic. In fact, it was so good that I read it from cover to cover in less than a day. ~ LJT
Don’t wait… grab Southern Heat Boxed Set now!
I participate in NaNoWriMo every year and most years, I succeed in hitting the 50,000 word mark in 30 days. But more often than not, I’m squeaking out those last words as the clock ticks closer and closer to midnight Nov. 30. This year, I’d like to finish early, or at least, glide through NaNoWriMo without the stress of getting stuck with nothing to write. In order to do that, I need to prepare better than I usually do, which isn’t easy because I’m a pantster (write by the seat of my pants!)
Armed with my brand new writer bullet journal, and tips and worksheets found on the Internet, I’ve made a plan for plotting out my NaNoWriMo novel in October.
Here’s a video that shares my plan and shows off my bullet page spreads for my October NaNo prep.
Pictures of my Bullet Journal page spreads as well as links to resources mentioned in the video are listed below.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
Leuchtturm 1917 Hard Cover 5.8″ x 8.3″ (A5) Lime Green, Dotted/Points (other colors available)
Bullet Journal Stencils
NaNoWriMo Divas Facebook Group
Writing and Selling a Mystery Novel by Hallie Ephron
Classic 12-Chapter Mystery Formula
Outline Your Novel (3 Act Structure)
Elements of a Scene (lots of other great novel writing downloads as well)
*Note: some resources above contain affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission from the product company if you purchase something through the links provided. I only post links to items I’ve used and enjoy.
I perused a couple of “great romantic couples” lists, and found, to my surprise, that nearly all them featured romances that ended tragically. However, when I did a poll about favorite romantic couples the only tragic couples on the list were Scarlett and Rhett (3.5% vote … and who I think probably did ultimately end up together even without the sequel), and Romeo and Juliet, who didn’t get a single vote.
That got me thinking:
What makes a great enduring love story?
You can check out the lists here:
Top 20 Most Famous Love Stories in History and Literature
Classic Romance Novels Worth Reading
What do you think makes a great love story?
Gilian Baker is the author of Blogging is Murder, the first in the Jade Blackwell Mysteries series, which is now available. She stopped by today to talk about her debut book.
Tell us a little about your first book, Gilian.
Blogging is Murder introduces readers to Jade Blackwell, a former tenured English professor who left the rat race behind to start a blog. She’s a vivacious reader of classic mysteries and is lovably nosy.:) In the first scene she learns that her friend and fellow blogger, Liz Collins is being cyber-stalked by a crazed fan. Things escalate quickly— the stalker is murdered and Liz is the prime suspect. To help her friend, Jade sets out to prove she didn’t do it. Unfortunately, Jade’s “help” ends up making matters worse, and Liz is thrown in jail. Full of guilt, Jade enlists her friend and lawyer Gabrielle Langdon to take the case. After many false starts, plot twists and mishaps, Jade accidently breaks the case wide open while putting herself in harm’s way.
Where did you get the inspiration for the book?
Jade started to develop in my mind about 15 years ago when I got the idea that maybe I could write cozy mysteries like the ones I loved to read. But it took years before I had the nerve to start putting it on paper. Jade never gave up though. She was like a ghost appearing occasionally to remind me that she wanted me to tell her story. She eventually got her way.
The impetus to write Blogging is Murder was NaNoWriMo 2014. I needed a creative outlet for the stress and frustration of life as a blogger. Many of the issues Jade deals with in her home office are things that drove me crazy when I blogged.
As for the murder weapon, I’d always wanted to kill someone with an old-fashioned poison. The idea started percolating when I first saw Arsenic and Old Lace on stage in college. I love the idea of using the natural world as a murder method instead of one of the man-made chemicals we have available to us today.
Cyber-crime and stalking is something that’s always a worry for bloggers, so I chose that to be the disruption to Jade and Liz’s ordinary lives. From there, the plot and characters took on a life of their own. As I wrote, they revealed themselves to me.
Are you a plotter or pantser?
I’m mostly a pantser, although pantsing has its drawbacks. I had to go back to add in a lot of details that weren’t in the original story—clues, red herrings and characters. For example, originally Jade had a different sidekick. But after I’d written myself into a corner, I realized her sidekick needed to be someone who’d have a strong motivation for investigating and who’d have access to information she couldn’t get. Gabrielle Langdon was already a small character in the book, so I made changes to her profile and wrote her in as the sidekick.
When I first started writing the book, it was just for fun. A creative outlet. But once I decided to publish it, I had a lot of changes to make. I cut around 40,000 words from the first draft because it was a lot of internal dialogue. I as the writer needed to understand Jade that well, but it would’ve bored the reader to tears! I tried to outline the rest of the book a few times, but all I did was stare at the page. I didn’t know what was going to happen next until the characters told me. So I just stuck with pantsing, even though I had to go back later to change things around.
What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after becoming a writer?
The biggest surprise has been that the writing process is the same no matter what you’re writing. Like Jade, I was a college English professor for years, so I “get” the writing process. But somehow, I thought writing fiction would require a different type of process. Yet I find myself using the same one that I used when I was writing literary criticism. I find that concept fascinating and exciting.
Since you’re writing cozy mysteries, you’re planning out a series, right? What’s next for Gilian and Jade?
Absolutely. I’ve already started working on the second book in the series, A Time to Kiln, which will be released in May 2017. In Blogging is Murder, Jade realizes she needs to have a better work-life balance, so in A Time to Kiln, she takes up pottery as a way to get out of the house and have some fun…until another murderer strikes.