Hopeless Romantic

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Some people give me *that* look when I say I write romance, like, “oh you write romances,” as if it’s something degrading or silly or even perverted. They assume my stories will have some long haired dude with his shirt undone to his navel and a fair maiden in a corset and heaving bosoms waiting to be ravished. Or even worse, a Christian Grey wannabe with ropes and handcuff. The opposers think my books are  just for lonely women who have nothing better to do with their lives than to read some sort of porn. Yeah, it’s not. And mine never will be.

I love what I do. I love writing love stories. Everyone deserves love. Love gives us hope. It lets us know that there is someone out there, even if we don’t have it right here in the present. Heck, even if we do have someone in our lives, perhaps he or she isn’t the most affectionate. Perhaps they should be. Romances can give the reader the voice to say, “Hey, treat me like so&so, I deserve it.”

Personally, that’s what I like to instill in my novels…a sense of hope. Hope that there is someone out there for the reader. I focus on that aspect more than anything. All of my stories, be it my historical fictions or my contemporary romances have couples in them that are brought together by an unknown force, go through struggles, and finally find a way back to each other like the way the real world works. Sure, the real world isn’t as quick and clean as a book, but that’s where fictional liberties come into play. No one would want to read a book where the people end up going on their separate paths…heck, I know I wouldn’t.

So after all that is said, people can sneer at my work all they want. I love writing my romantic stories. I love giving readers hope. And I especially love bringing two distance couples back together. That’s my favorite… hearing from reader and having them say, “Look, my husband and I haven’t gotten together in weeks and after reading your book, uhh yeah, that drought has ended.” On my side of the comment I’m screaming, YES!

I’m the modern day cupid, shooting arrows with my words and linking souls eternal.heart

NEW RELEASE- JAM: Jordan and Mary

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I AM SO EXCITED for today! Introducing a new book to the masses is always an exciting day but when it’s a brand new author and brand new series – it’s all the better! Today, I am proud to announce the release of JAM: Jordan and Mary by T.J. Lyons. She is a friend and a colleague and I had the joy of producing this book from it’s simplest form to the gem that it is now. Thank you for giving me this opportunity T.J. and I wish this venture is a positive one for  you and you will continue to grow and flourish in the literary world.

Without further ado… JAM: Jordan and Mary.

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JAM: Jordan and Mary

Secrets refuse to remain buried.

Bonds of love are tested.

Horses prove they are loyal creatures.

Jordan Jennings is a successful self-made photographer with a dicey past he refuses to face. He’s had no reason to, happy in his life with his mother and twin brother. That is until he meets a woman strong enough to draw him from his repression.

Running from her own past, Mary Evans has lived in hiding for the last 12 years. Horses became her life when she discovered she had a gift for working with them. When she is brought a fiery cremello mare, a mental bond develops between her and the animal like no other. But it isn’t until a sinfully gorgeous photographer enters her barn that her life takes a drastic turn.

Together, Jordan and Mary find a new lease on life. But before their future can begin, they must return to each of their pasts, two parts of their worlds that collide and threatens to tear them apart. Now the question remains, will they survive the torment? And is it even possible to achieve the perfect happily ever after?

 

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COVER REVEAL – Falling for Phoenix

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The day is here!!! And here she is…

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Beautiful huh? And for Amazon customers, I have a nice little link for you to pre-order Falling for Phoenix TODAY. PRE-ORDER PHOENIX HERE

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From the ashes they will arise.

Rhys Hannel is the raucous, playboy brother to movie star Oliver, and Interpol agent Edward Hannel. They were always the good ones, the sons who made their parents proud, the ones who married and settled down. Rhys wasn’t. Dating whomever, drinking top shelf liquors, and living in the lap of luxury from his earnings as a stockbroker was more his style. That is until one slip up left him careerless, penniless, and addicted to whatever made him forget the lifestyle he once had. With his world crashing down at his feet there was only one way to go…back to the beginning and start all over again.

Gracen Phoenix, on the other hand, is forced to be reborn by a mother who wants only for her daughter to accept her place in her late father’s crime organization. Gracen, or Mae Khai as her birth certificate reads, wants nothing to do with her father’s legacy, but knows her mother won’t take no for an answer and does what she must to be free from her control…run away and start all over again.

Two people, two worlds, two paths collide in the hills of Los Angeles, with Rhys recovering and Gracen hiding. Drawn to each other, they find solace with one another despite the secrets of their pasts that threaten to tear them apart.  All they need is trust and truth and letting go of the ashes they rose from to start all over again.

COMING MAY 25th, 2016

Now, normally I don’t talk about the artistry connected with the cover, but this time I will. One thing I touch on in this book is the idea of rebirth, and in Greek mythology that is represented as the Phoenix – a bird that rises from its ashes to start a new life. The Phoenix is a symbol of hope and immortality and whereas my characters are not immortal, both Rhys and Gracen have had a lifetime destroyed and this book is their rebirth. I wanted to work that fiery aspect into the cover without it looking like the cover to the Hunger Games books, and thought hmm, a sunset can be fiery. Then it hit me, not only can a sunset look like fire, but it could be interpreted as the closing of one day, a darkness, and then the hope of a new day to come. It was perfect! Thus the cover I created.

I hope you’ll enjoy this book as much as I do. I tend to love the book I’ve recently finished the best, but this one is different. These characters got to me. There are scenes in here that make me cry every time I read them – and I wrote the thing! I know what’s coming and yet the waterworks begin right on cue. I can’t wait for my readers to grab this one. So pre-order today or mark you calendars for Memorial Day week – May 25th, 2016 for Falling for Phoenix to hit your favorite booksite. It will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in ebook and paperback, and on Kobo and iBooks for ebook as well.

 

 

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

coverrevealteaserComing Monday, lots and lots of big Falling news! Get ready for the Falling for Phoenix cover and plot reveal.

We’ll be making the reveal at Two Ordinary Girls & Their Books, hanging out with MJ Schiller on her Spotlight, Christina Tetreault at Happily Ever After, and with my friend and colleague TJ Lyons.

AND if the cover reveal wasn’t enough – For a limited time only – starting Monday $.99 Boxset Sale of the Falling for Heroes series, so you can catchup on the Hannel Brothers before you read the story of raucous playboy Rhys.

Ooh! So exciting. I can’t wait. See you Monday!

Pathetic Writers

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cryingBoy and girl admit they love each other. Boy and girl lose each other. Boy and girl find each other. Boy admits his closed off feelings. Girl watches her boy lose it. Whatever it is, eventually as a writer what we create makes us cry. Sometimes even ugly cry, see photo above. It happens and what does that mean? Are we too involved in our stories? Do our characters become our friends? Are they an extension of feelings we can’t admit in our own lives? Or is our writing just that damn good? Who knows? But it happens.

Almost every one of my stories, with the exception of Falling for Shock (and not because it’s not good, but it’s just light-hearted), has made me cry. I like to think that it’s being so involved in our characters’ lives. To a writer we have created this person with likes, dislikes, memories, and flaws, and with those we can build a story. If I can’t attach myself to a character, the story fails. I think of two of mine books that haven’t made it yet – Seven Lives and Separated Souls…. both have really good plots, but I wasn’t feeling the characters. Seven Lives wasn’t my original story and it was so difficult to rewrite it into my words but keep someone else’s characters living. And in Separated Souls, which I still may give it another try, I had the idea of Falling for Shock hit me and those Hannel brothers just took over. A stronger, more formed character system pushed their way to the front and couldn’t be ignored, thus leaving poor Maggie and Sam somewhere in the past.

Oh well, but folks, I’m telling you – I’ve said it many a time… just wait for Rhys and Falling for Phoenix. He’s going to make you look like me at the top of the page. I hope you’re ready. Luckily you don’t have to wait long either… 41 more days! Cover reveal April 25th!

SPOTLIGHT: When in Rome by J. Lynn Rowan

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I have the privilege to be working with Goddess Fish Promotions in hosting some new tours coming up and today marks my first stop. Please welcome to my new blog segment, Spotlight –  J. Lynn Rowan’s newest novel When in Rome.

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Atlanta-based photographer Kate Miller doesn’t believe in fairytale romance or relationships of the forever kind. She’s determined to build her own happiness through hard work and professional success. So, when the opportunity arises to join an exclusive fashion photo shoot in Rome, she jumps on the chance to gain international recognition. But she’s not counting on an instant attraction to the charismatic, sexy, and irritatingly arrogant director of the shoot.

World famous, Domenic Varezzi is used to calling the shots. His clients trust his instincts and they’re willing to pay for the best. But while his career is thriving, his personal life has been lackluster at best. Hoping Kate could be the answer he’s been looking for, he’s determined to win her over. Every challenge she sends his way drives him to break through her tough-as-nails exterior to reach the vulnerable heart that matches his own.

Surrounded by the beauty and magic of Italy’s “Eternal City,” a foundation begins to form that could lead to a lifetime partnership, both in business and in love. Until Domenic’s past comes back to haunt the present and threatens to destroy everything.

AN EXCERPT FROM WHEN IN ROME

 

I accept the handshake. But a split second into it, as our gazes lock, his grip softens around mine. A slow warmth seeps down my arm and melts into my chest. My lungs seize, and Domenic’s throat works briefly as if he can’t quite swallow.

This is not what I signed on for.

Panic sets in. I slide my hand from his and cup it around the bowl of my glass. The wine burns a little as I take too big a gulp, but I manage not to cough. Domenic, too, has retreated into his glass, but whatever just passed in that handshake hangs over us.

“So,” I say in a voice too close to a whisper, sending a sidelong glance his way, “do you always wander around hotels at night with two glasses and a bottle of wine?”

“Only when there’s a chance I might run into a pretty girl.”

I snort into my glass, relieved that the spell seems to be broken.

Domenic’s grin returns. “Why is that funny?”

“The last person to call me a pretty girl was my great-uncle, and I think I was ten years old at the time.”

He chuckles. “Beautiful woman, then.”

The unexpected compliment sets off a flurry of butterflies deep in my stomach. Suddenly breathless, I drain my glass and set it down, then reach for my laptop and close the screen. “Now you’re just making fun of me.”

“I didn’t mean to.”

Chair legs scrape as we both push away from the table, me ready to bolt, him rising to placate me before I can. We stand facing each other, nearly as close as we were in the studio this afternoon. Taking a deep breath, I stare at his chest for a minute. Once my wild heartbeat and those damn butterflies settle, I tip my head back to meet his gaze.

“What are you doing on Sunday?” he asks before I can speak.

I stutter for a minute, unable to look away from his eyes. “Sightseeing, probably. We have the whole day off.”

“Maybe I’ll join you.”

My throat feels tight again. Nodding, I skirt around him, choking out something that sounds like, “Good night.”

His fingers touch my arm as I pass. “Good night, Kate.”

Head spinning, I clutch my laptop against my chest and rush to the terrace doors. I look back when I reach the doorway, only to find him watching me, his thumbs hooked in his pockets and a half-smirk on his face.

A face I find too handsome for my own good.

Still, I wave at him, wiggling my fingers like a silly teenager who sees her crush across the cafeteria. My face burns as I whirl, practically sprinting across the dark breakfast room to the hallway and stairwell.

 

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MY REVIEW

I was given an ARC of this book and would give it a solid 4 Star rating. The love story was a touch slow to start with, especially being a shorter book, but once it did – oh wow! I really enjoyed it. Kate is an every-woman, single, successful yet mildly insecure, and has a nosy mother who wants nothing but to see her daughter happy, which means married and a baby on her hip like her sister. (Like that’s the only thing that makes women happy – am I right? ha!) She meets a new boss, Domenic, and the tension begins.

I loved the tension, loved the banter between Domenic and Kate, and when that revelation moment comes where the reader finds Domenic isn’t such a bad guy after all, I got Kate’s fluttering butterflies right along with her.

When in Rome is like a modern-day fairy tale, sweet with a sassy heroine and gorgeous hero falling for each other despite the job’s chaos interrupting them, and ending with the quintessential happily ever after. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants a quick, simple read that will make you smile and sigh as you close the back cover.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR, J. LYNN ROWAN

 

J. Lynn Rowan started writing stories as a small child, usually starring her favorite cartoon characters. Most of her work through middle and high school was filled with typical teenage angst and melodrama, and usually mirrored the books she loved to read. But eventually she found her own author’s voice and decided to seriously pursue a writing career.MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_WhenInRome

Historical fiction remains J. Lynn’s “first love”, but she has enjoyed the journey to becoming an author of romance and chick lit. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Central New York Romance Writers, and the Historical Novel Society. She is also a teacher who tries to instill a love of learning, reading, and writing in her students.

 

When she’s not writing, J. Lynn enjoys travelling, gardening poorly but enthusiastically, studying various topics in American history for her own expertise, and channeling Julia Child every time she steps into the kitchen.

 

A native of Oswego, NY, she now lives in Charlotte, NC, with her own Romantic Hero of a husband and the most adorable baby on the planet.

 

 

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