Back Off, Man – I’m a Scientist!

Win-A-Book WednesdayRelease Week celebrations continue and today brings TWO opportunities to win one of the Covenant of Thorns books of your choice! All depends on where you are in the series and your personal preference. Over at Here Be Magic, it’s Win-A-Book Wednesday with a Rafflecopter giveaway and Amy at So Many Reads is hosting a giveaway along with an interview with me about the trilogy and her lovely review of Rogue’s Paradise, which she calls her favorite. I’m also at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers blog, talking about the reader responses I’ve gotten over the last couple of years to Gwynn being a female scientist.

Delicious Quotes and Reviews

BxGc3zrIEAAG7nkI love how Carina Press puts together these quotes from the books for release week.

As part of the ongoing celebration of the culmination of Rogue and Gwynn’s adventures in the Covenant of Thorns, I’m at the Carina Press blog today, talking about the best way to end a series. I’m also over at Jen’s That’s What I’m Talking About blog with an excerpt from Rogue’s Paradise and there will be a review posted there later today. Speaking of reviews, the fabulous E and Has at The Bookpushers came out with their joint review of Rogue’s Paradise today – very fun to read!

RT Booklovers Convention

RT Booklovers Convention in Dallas, May 12-17 2015, held at the Hyatt Regency Dallas by the Convention Center

Want to meet Jeffe?
Here is a list of events she’ll be attending at RT:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm:

Scrapbooking Mania

Join Jennifer L. Armentrout, Rachel Caine, Celeste Easton, Darynda Jones, Jeffe Kennedy, Ciara Knight, and Kim Meyer for a fun and interactive scrapbooking event! No experience necessary. Authors and fellow readers will be on hand to help decorate. Bling it out, go crazy and have fun creating your little piece of RT 2015 history. We’ll have all the supplies you need, even a camera and printer so you can create a page from the workshop with your favorite attending author — or better yet, a picture with the entire group. Best of all, you leave the workshop with your ready to autograph, original RT 2015 scrapbook!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – 5:00pm to 6:00pm:

Mad Hatter Fantasy Tea Party

Come join the fun and mayhem at our Mad Hatter Tea Party with some of fantasy romance’s bestselling writers. Full of games, goodies and giveaways. The first 100 people will get a goody bag — and books!


Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 2:40pm to 3:10pm:

Kensington Books Spotlight

Publisher Spotlights are where representatives from a publisher speak to a group of aspiring and published authors to let them know which type of book, genres, word length, and any other acquisition information an author may need to know to determine if their book is right for the company. They will also discuss how they work with and support their authors, including but not limited to marketing/promotion.


Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 5:15pm to 6:45pm:

Kensington’s Sweet Heat

Warm your heart with a celebration of Kensington authors and books. Indulge in delicious snacks and refreshments as you chat with your favorite authors, meet the Kensington team and score special prizes. We’ll be giving a special surprise to the first 100 people who line up for love, but all who attend will get fun treats, sneak peeks and their choice of two autographed books!


Friday, May 15, 2015 – 1:30pm to 2:30pm:

Kensington’s Hearts & Kisses

Join the Kensington family for our Hearts & Kisses event, where you can star in your own romance cover and pose with your favorite muscled hero! Write love notes to your favorite authors, which will be delivered after the event.


Saturday, May 16, 2015 – 11:00am to 2:00pm:

Giant Book Fair

Meet more than 500 authors who will autograph books, posters and bookmarks. Bring your “keepers” and have them signed! This year we will have all authors (traditional, e-book only, and indie/print on consignment) all in one room and fully intermingled! 
The Saturday Giant Book Fair ticket is included in the full general convention registration fee. This event is also open to the public, and tickets can be purchased for just the Giant Book Fair. You can purchase a ticket at the door the day of the event. Pre-ordered tickets will be picked up at the hotel on the day of the Giant Book Fair.
You may bring in your books from home to get them autographed. However, they must be checked in and stamped (with invisible ink, so there’s no damage to your books) before you enter the book fair. Only two books from home per author are allowed.

Virtual Appearances

Every Sunday blog post: Word Whores

Rogue’s Paradise Release Day!

Rogue's ParadiseToday marks the end of an odyssey for me – the release of Rogue’s Paradise – the third (and final?) book in my Covenant of Thorns series. So many feels about this. I’ll be in lots of places talking about it. For today, you can find an excerpt at the Contemporary Romance Cafe and join in a discussion about Fantasy Romance at Jill Archer’s blog. We’re looking for other recommendations, too!

Why I’m Running for the RWA National Board

 IMG_4764 smallSo, the ballots have gone out for elections for the RWA Board of Directors.

And I’m running for one of the Director at Large positions.


Yeah, it probably seems out of the blue to some of you (hi Mom!), but it’s something I’ve been pondering for a long time. Really, I’ve had in mind that I would do this someday since I joined RWA lo these six years ago. Back then I’d been working as a nonfiction writer for a long time and knew those circles well. I’d been part of a crit group that did mainly literary fiction and creative nonfiction, was on my state’s Arts Council roster and participated in book festivals, etc. However, as I branched into fiction and tried to shop my (what turned out to be) fantasy romance novel, I discovered I knew very little about the romance genres and had no connections in that community. And shopping my novel turned out to be much harder than I’d thought. I clearly needed help.

True Confession: I joined RWA entirely for mercenary purposes to begin with. I became a member, immediately applied for PRO status so I could have higher priority in picking appointments to meet with editors and agents at the 2008 National Conference. I’d been on a day job trip in Ohio, flew from there to San Francisco, wandered the conference all day Thursday, pitched on Friday and flew home that afternoon. I knew no one, talked to only a few people (I scorned my First Timer ribbon, alas) and didn’t expect much more than my very targeted goals.

Except I was totally blown away.

Every panel, workshop and speaker luncheon I attended was amazing. The people I did talk to were lovely. I saw Nora Roberts in the bar and rode in an elevator with Linda Howard. For the first time, I saw Jayne Ann Krentz and Susan Elizabeth Phillips give their Secrets of the Bestselling Sisterhood. (Something I try to see every year.) I couldn’t believe these mega-selling authors were mixing in with a wannabe like me. More, the friendships astounded me. The lit fiction world tends to be fraught with competition and cold shoulders rule. I loved seeing these authors who’d been friends for 20 or 30 years, telling their stories with affection. After my successful pitches (I thought then – believing having requested pages meant I was in), I sat at the bar and had a celebratory glass of champagne – by myself – looked around at all the hugs, laughter and intense conversations and thought, “I want to be part of this.”

I mean, some random woman took a picture of my shoes! I had clearly found my tribe.

I haven’t missed a National Conference since.

Even then, listening to the luncheon speakers – Victoria Alexander and Connie Brockway that year – I was moved, inspired and knew that I wanted to come back for this conference every year that I could. I’d been on Boards before – sorority, Zonta, Association for Women in Science – and I believe in giving back to the organizations I belong to in that way. All along I figured one day I’d put my time in on the RWA Board.

And now feels like the right time.

My day job is less demanding. My fiction-writing career more steady. There are good incumbents for me to learn from and several people I admire and respect encouraged me to run.

Most important to me, the last year has seen several of my friends – stellar writers and amazing women – waver in their commitment to RWA. A lot of it comes from miscommunication and misunderstanding. Other pieces from policies that have led to them feeling alienated. Though it happened sooner than I thought, I realized that I needed to step up to do what I could to help preserve this organization that has meant so much to me.

So, that’s the long version of the short blurbs I put on the RWA Election ballot.

I’m happy to answer questions!