Cover Reveal: The Baker’s Beauty

I’m so excited for you to meet Jess and Sean, the next couple to fall in love in River Hill. We’ve had lots of people ask us what’s next for the little town’s troubled baker, and Rebecca and I are confident that he’s finally met his match! And that cover? Whew! It’s sheer perfection. You can check out the fabulous cover and save $1 by pre-ordering THE BAKER’S BEAUTY below!


๐™’๐™š๐™ก๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™š ๐™—๐™–๐™˜๐™  ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก, ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™š ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™›๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™›๐™š ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™—๐™š ๐™จ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ … ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™– ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ค๐™ก๐™š ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™˜๐™ฎ.

After tragedy struck, Sean Amory left his job as a record executive in L.A. to go back to his roots. Heโ€™s come home to River Hill to work in his familyโ€™s bakery while he decides what to do with his life. Somehow, the warm ovens and fresh dough are soothing to his raw edgesโ€”and the gorgeous woman he sees jogging past every morning as he opens up the shop has another effect entirely.

Jessica Casillas-Mooreโ€™s former life as a beauty queen led to her current gig as a lifestyle consultant for a dozen local TV stations, but it also means she hasnโ€™t eaten carbs since she was fourteen. But smelling them wonโ€™t ruin her career, so she makes a point to route her morning run past The Breadery, River Hillโ€™s most delicious site. When she meets the handsome baker, sparks fly … and cupcakes get frosted.

Opposites really do attract, and it turns out that Jess and Sean just might be made for each other. But when his past rears its ugly head and her future comes calling, theyโ€™ll have to figure out how much theyโ€™re ready to give in order to get what they most want.

๐—ฉ๐—œ๐——๐—˜๐—ข ๐—ง๐—ฅ๐—”๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ฅ โ˜›

๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—˜-๐—ข๐—ฅ๐——๐—˜๐—ฅ โ˜›

๐—”๐—ฑ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜€ โ˜›ย


Happy Release Day! THE DISTILLER’S DARLING Has Arrived!

The_Distiller's_Darling_SMALLWelcome back to River Hill! The second in the contemporary romance series I’ve co-written with my BFF Rebecca Norinne is available today, and I LOVE it. I hope you do, too. Come back to the adorable wine country town of River Hill with us, where the food is fabulous and the people are sexy! In THE DISTILLER’S DARLING, you’ll find out what happened to Noah’s date to the gala after he left her to go fall in love with Angelica in THE VINTNER’S VIXEN! Naomi Klein is a self-assured, fearless artist who doesn’t take any nonsense from anyone – but her family is the one exhausting, beloved thorn in her side. When she meets Iain Brennan, new in town and working hard to sell his family’s new whiskey, they’re both ready for a fling. But when it turns into something more, everyone gets involved!

Buy it here:

If you missed the first book in the series, THE VINTNER’S VIXEN, you can get it here!



Today’s the Day! The Star of Anatolia is Out!

Happy release day, everyone! I’m excited to say that THE STAR OF ANATOLIA, a short novella in my Wizards of London world, is out today! I’m super excited about it. There’s lady spies, dangerous magic, a fabulous necklace, a handsome wizard, and of course, the Duchess of Edgebourne. Here’s the blurb:

star-of-anatolia-coverMeet Miss Anastasia Galipp. Debutante, know-it-all, and the Home Officeโ€™s secret weapon. She gathers gossip in the ballrooms of Mayfair, winnowing through to discover Societyโ€™s most unsavory secrets. But her position is a precarious one, and she needs to prove herself to be the spy she thinks she is once and for all. When sheโ€™s assigned a case that hits close to home, she thinks she sees her chance. But add in a wedding to stop, a new partner, some dangerous magic, and an unexpected duchess, and Anastasiaโ€™s life is suddenly more complicated than she ever imagined.


This is a quick read, and I hope you love it! I’m excited to keep writing about Anastasia – she’s my favorite heroine so far.

If you’re in the US, I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend! Pick up THE STAR OF ANATOLIA during your food coma; it’ll liven things up a little. You can find buy links to all of the major ebook retailers here. Enjoy!

Author Events!

I just wanted to post a quick note here about some upcoming author events I’ll be at. If you’re in Maryland (or close to Maryland, or willing to make your way to Maryland), I’d love to see you.

I’ll be at the Towson Library on Sunday, August 28th (my birthday!), to celebrate Read A Romance Month with the Baltimore County Public Library and the Maryland Romance Writers. Fellow MRW authors Magda Alexander, Christi Barth, Stephanie Draven, Elodie Nowodazkij, and L. Penelope will join me to discuss why reading and writing romance is so darn great.

I’ll also be at the Baltimore Book Festival, an amazing festival spanning an entire weekend right in downtown Baltimore. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it – it’s basically filling downtown with as many readers as will fit and talking about books all weekend, which is a noble goal in my opinion. I’ll be on two panels – one on Friday, one on Sunday – and will also be staffing the MRW stage on Saturday.

My BBF panels:

  • Friday, 2 PM: Heroines Get Stuff Done
  • Sunday, 12 PM:ย Historical Romance โ€“ Kilt or No Kilt or Why Jamie Fraser Isnโ€™t All There Isโ€ฆ

You can find the entire BBF schedule – including panels and events on the MRW stage AND on a lot of other cool organization’s stages (my friends at SFWA, for one!) right here.


Who Wants An Amazon Echo?

If you’re into paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and other fabulous genre-bending literature (like, um, mine), have I got something awesome for you. I’ve teamed up with a bunch of fantastic authors to put together a book fair and giveaway! You can head here to enter the giveaway and check out all of our books in one place. I can pretty much guarantee you’ll find something that interests you!

In the meantime, I’ll be over here, sweating. It’s summer in Maryland, and that means that the temperature is soaring and the humidity is… humidifying. Coming up with things to entertain the kids that don’t involve all of us getting heatstroke is more challenging every day. And I don’t know about you, but in weather like this I’d much rather nap than write!

I look forward to the day when we’re the sort of family that ‘summers’ somewhere. You know, like a villa on Lake Como, or a private island off the coast of Maine. Realistic stuff. Guess I’d better write a bunch more books, heat or no heat!

Extra(s)! Read All About Them!

This overly excitable headline is to tell you that I have finally (FINALLY!) finished the Edgebourne family tree. Not only have I finished it, I’ve posted it! It now has its very own page under a shiny new drop-down menu under ‘Books’ at the top of the page. (I literally discovered TODAY that I could turn the Books tab into a drop-down, after wistfully thinking about it for weeks and not actually checking to see if I could. Oops.)

But I’m also including it here, for those of you who are lazy and/or following me through some kind of feed and/or have horrible finger sprains which make extra clicks excruciatingly painful.

Look! It’s so pretty! And finished! (And in case you weren’t sure, that fellow in the very bottom left, Lord Westfield, is the hero of Thieves’ Honor. Coming out May 4th, you should definitely read it, etc. etc.)

edgebourne family tree

The new page is labeled ‘Extras,’ which of course is plural. Stay tuned for more fun stuff to be added there after the book comes out!

Watching Like a Writer

When I first started to try to buckle down to make writing a Real Thing I Do, I bought a bunch of books about writing. Some of them were good, some were kind of silly. Many of them recommended that I read books in my genre with an analytical eye, and even try to break them down for myself into the standard parts of a plot, so I could see how others did it. This was a recommendation that invariably annoyed me, because I was a reader long before I was a writer (elementary school book-writing efforts notwithstanding), and as a reader, I canโ€™t do anything but lose myself in a book. Like, really lose myself. I canโ€™t read when my children are around, because they could set themselves on fire and I might not notice. Iโ€™m a deep reader, is what Iโ€™m saying. So Iโ€™ve always found it impossible to draw back from the consumption of the book as a reader to try to analyze it as a writer, which has made my attempt to learn how to write better occasionally frustrating.

Continue reading Watching Like a Writer

On Developing Authorial Presence

I donโ€™t actually mean Authorial Presence in the sense of imposing upon a room like a be-jacketed tweed-peddler (although thatโ€™s certainly something to aspire to โ€“ must invest in horn-rimmed glasses soon). I mean it in the sense of pulling together an online presence, something pretty crucial to being a Real Live Published Author these days (I mean, assuming you want to sell books. Which I do.).

But Jamaila, you say, you have an online presence already! Itโ€™s true. I do. And Iโ€™m delightful. But! Thereโ€™s more to having a decent author online presence than just talking about your lunch on Twitter, it turns out. (However: if anybody wants to pay me money to keep tweeting about my food and posting ridiculous pictures of my children, hit me up.)

Fair warning: this post will be long, and it is all author stuff. If you come here solely for the food and babies, you may want to skip this one.

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Save The Date! Thieves’ Honor is out on May 4th

I’m literally waiting for the babysitter to get here so that I can go see the new Star Wars movie, so it seems apropos to announce that my debut novella, Thieves’ Honor, is being released on Star Wars Day in 2016. That’s May 4th, for those of you who aren’t Jedi-inclined.

Of course, my book has literally nothing to do with Star Wars – but I feel like the fates are aligning anyway. Because Star Wars is great. And I think my book is pretty great. And I hope you will too. Mark your calendars!

With the release getting ever closer, you’ll see that this here website is in the process of getting a little bit of a re-design to make it look like a Real Live Author lives here, not just somebody who puts pictures of her children and food on the internet. (Don’t worry, I have no intention of changing my habits – I’m just adding a front page and a place for readers to find my books. There will still be a lot of ridiculous pictures of toddlers and cookies and things. I yam what I yam, y’all.)

You can also head over to my new author page on Facebook and hit the ‘like’ button – I hope you will. As always, I’m very present on Twitter and Instagram, too. More on ‘Thieves’ Honor’ will be posted pretty much everywhere as soon as I hear anything further from the publisher, I assure you.

Need a refresher on the book? Check out the back cover copy, posted on the Soul Mate Publishing author blog! I’m so excited for you all to meet Thomas and Em; they’ve lived in my head for years, in several incarnations.

And with that said, I left Thomas’ best friend with anย awfulย hangover and imminent guests, so until the babysitter gets here I’d better get back to his book!

Happy Birthday To Me

Two years ago, for my 31st birthday, I got the news that I was past the ‘danger zone’ and well into a real, successful pregnancy for the first time in four years of fertility treatments and disappointments. It was an amazing gift.

Last year, for my 32nd birthday, my gift was two happy, healthy babies and the return of some semblance of normality to our lives – at six months old, they were finally fun instead of ungrateful lumps.

Today is my 33rd birthday, and my gift is something completely different and a bit unexpected. Soul Mate Publishing has contracted to publish my very first novella. (!!!)

‘Thieves’ Honor’ is a historical fantasy romance featuring a shy wizard and a thief with secrets, set in a magical Victorian London. It will be released in spring of 2016; when I have a firm release date, I’ll be posting a lot more about it.

I’m insanely excited about this, and I’ve been hard at work on the second story in the series, too. It’s an amazing opportunity and I’m looking forward to every new experience it’s going to bring me.

In the meantime, it is definitely time for birthday wine.