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The Fork is Out!

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
Fork against a blue sky with white clouds

The Fork

Stick a fork in it, baby. The Next Historical is D.O.N.E. Mailed to my editor and agent.

Off to collapse.


The Spare – Available on Kindle

Sunday, March 27th, 2011


The Spare

The Spare, my 2004 historical, is now available for download on Kindle. Amazon hasn’t connected the Kindle version to the MMP version yet, though I hope they will. It seemed to happen automatically for Lord Ruin. In the meantime, if you read it, I would be grateful for a review, whatever your opinion might be.

I’ll let you know when it makes it to Barnes and Noble. I uploaded the files at the same time, but B&N is a bit slower than Amazon it seems.


My Dangerous Pleasure – Shameless Promotion Post

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

My Dangerous Pleasure is now available for pre-order on Kindle, too. Just think, you could have this cover on your Kindle or Kindle app on your phone, tablet or computer. Or all of them! Is that awesome or what?

Don’t forget to enter my contest to rename the blog. Maybe.


Lord Ruin is available on Nook

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

OK, NookBook folks! Lord Ruin is now available for your Nook. Lord Ruin on Nook.

I’m definitely going to be setting up a new webpage with some of the things I’ve learned about publishing my backlist. I owe a lot to the authors who have gone before me and so generously shared their knowledge.


My Mood Is Markedly Improved

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Today was a better day. The bar was low, but hey. Yesterday is over. My computer is working as expected. I went to my local RWA meeting today which is always inspiring, and then I met up with someone I met on Twitter along with another friend of mine — who lives near me but who I also met via Twitter. The first person was in town from Minneapolis. We hooked up and went to Chocolatier Blue where we had hot chocolate, bought chocolate and shared a devilishly good ice cream in a chocolate chip cookie cup topped with caramel and chocolate sauce and talked about interesting stuff.

Chocolatier Blue Chocolates

Then I came home and published Lord Ruin to Nook myself. It should be available by tomorrow. I’ll provide a link when it is. Yay!!!

See? Happier post today!


Woot! for Website Updates. Plus Excerpt to the Excerpt

Monday, March 7th, 2011

I did some website updates today. Exciting stuff.

Excerpt to the Excerpt

I’m allowed to have up to 20% of the story on my website. Below is way less than 20%. the longer excerpt here is a bit shy of 20%, more like 18% but it was a really good stopping place.

Magic pressed on Mair’s heart when Dal Atul emerged from the barracks at the far side of the parade grounds. As she watched him, the sensation enfolded her, slid through her, around her, deep and mysterious. The moment of recognition, when it hit, shook her so hard her breath stopped. So hard she couldn’t hear what the others were whispering. Nothing existed except Atul, that old, savage magic, and her conviction that her life had just re-formed itself into a new and terrible shape.

This awful sense of desperation and futility had to spring from fear she told herself. What could her fast-beating pulse mean but that, like the others, she was afraid of the king’s Dragon? By reputation alone, he was not a man who would ever be the subject of romantic fantasy. Today’s tourney was for the entertainment of the Tallend delegation, but it was no accident the participants were soldiers. Dangerous soldiers. Each one chosen from among Veren’s best, including, of course, from members of the King’s Own Guard. Men such as Dal Atul

Mair Barrence, the eldest of three children, had spent the whole of her twenty-five years at the northern border. Northerners were not a soft people. How could they be, in a land where conditions crushed the weak until there was nothing left? The folk there dressed plainly, spoke plainly and did not coddle their children or their women. They could not afford to. Mair was Northern to her marrow. Thus, she confronted herself and admitted that the emotion that rocked her to her core was not fear, but the same unknowable emotion that had twisted in her since the day she set eyes on the Dragon.

Atul had been given his epithet not out of respect or fear, but because his father was one of the Dragon sept Elves. He was the result of one of the rapes that occurred during the third and final battle for control of the Tallend Province. Half-bloods who survived childhood and could pass for fully human did so. Atul had survived despite his obvious parentage.

That he’d been brought into the King’s Own Guard said a great deal about King VerenÑand yet more about Atul. The King’s Own were the elite of Veren’s army, under his private command. His personal guards were drawn from them. They had no internal rank or hierarchy; whether noble-born, baseborn, sons of whores or bastard half-bloods, they were soldiers now and for the rest of their lives. No one left the King’s Own except by dying. They were men who had been killers, intriguers, assassins, thieves and poisoners. Some, so rumor went, were even sorcerers. King Veren prized magic highly. And the men recruited into the King’s Own did whatever was necessary to protect him. They carried out his will without question or hesitation.

The gallery spectators fell silent as Atul approached. Every soldier within fifty paces, be he the King’s Own or otherwise, stopped what he was doing to watch.

Other Stuff

My son has a really rotten cold. I’m praying I don’t get it. Batman is running away with the hot sex poll, but Alexander Skarsgard is making a good showing considering he wasn’t actually a legitimate choice except in some rather lusty hearts.


Watch This Space! And Other Stuff

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Watch this space tomorrow (Monday, February 14) for a pretty cool announcement . . .

In other news, I’m working away on The Next Historical and totally loving my heroine. I want to be her when I grow up.

My totally unscientific poll on what people who read my blog like to read (here) has 83 respondents so far and historical romance is leading Paranormal romance 63 to 57. Erotic romance is a very respectable 3rd. Very interesting results.

Must now get back to writing. . .


Foreign Relations

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Today I found out that My Wicked Enemy and My Forbidden Desire sold to Germany. Yay! I’ve been kind of moping (in my secret heart) that I’ve never, to my knowledge, sold German translation rights. Germany is a huge Romance market so I’m thrilled.


It’s interesting to me that the money, which made my eyes open when I saw the figure, is paid out between 2011 and 2014. Yes, the amount is more than I’ve gotten for foreign rights to date, but with the payout so long, it’s less than it seems, since inflation will decrease the present-day value of the advance.

What I’m finding with foreign rights, though, now that I’m actually selling them (either through my agent or my publisher, depending on the contract terms) is that these rights end up making me more money — over the long term, than the initial sale. Not all at once, but, as I’ve heard other authors say, in dribs and drabs. Huh. This is all very new to me, as to my knowledge my first two books were never translated and for the others that were, I was, alas, never paid for those translated editions.

Another Interesting Thing

According to the contract terms I saw, Book 2, My Forbidden Desire, will be translated and published first, then My Wicked Enemy. Not that it matters. I just thought that was interesting.

So hey!


My Immortal Assassin . . . Review

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Romantic Times has given My Immortal Assassin 4 1/2 stars! Yay! Here’s a link to the Romantic Times review of My Immortal Assassin. If you’re not a subscriber, you won’t be able to view the page and will have to wait for the January issue. I’ll post the whole review once the issue is up but here’s my fav line:

Jewel provides her fans with a terrific tale that has action aplenty and drama to spare. Great stuff!
Jill M. Smith

For more information, to pre-order this book or read chapter 1, my website has everything you need!

About this time, I make a point of avoiding review sites and rely on trusted friends to let me know when a review is safe for me to read.


No Rest for the Weary!

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

I just emailed revisions for My Dangerous Pleasure. Woot!!!!

Now I have to get cracking on The Next Historical. Blogging may be intermittent while I try to NaNoWriMo the book. If you’re participating, buddy me! I’m cjewel and I’m already behind. Except yesterday I wrote 1900 words in the revisions so I may just claim that.

Anyhow, how’s everyone? Whatcha working on, doing that’s interesting etc?

My son and I are going to NYC for a week on Friday. Should be interesting to make word count and do fun stuff, but then I won’t have to be at the day job.

I’m reading a mystery/thriller that I’m not sure I can finish. It’s getting harder and harder to suspend disbelief in re the characters. There’s a female character who is made of so many stereotypes and cliches that I think my brain might explode. I’m fascinated, though, by the number of cliche things she can say, do and think. It’s bad when you can predict action, dialogue and thought for any character. Alas.