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!

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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˜› http://bit.ly/BakersBeautyTrailer

๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—˜-๐—ข๐—ฅ๐——๐—˜๐—ฅ โ˜›
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๐—”๐—ฑ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜€ โ˜›ย https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40970118-the-baker-s-beauty

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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.

 

Reviews! More Reviews!

I’m super excited. Thieves’ Honor has been out for a little over a month now, and reviews are trickling in. A reviewer over at Night Owl Reviews posted that the book was “sweet, sassy, and a lot of fun.” I may have shrieked “JUST LIKE MEEEE!” at my husband when I read it to him. I’ll never tell.

I’m loving seeing what people have to say about my little book, though! The best part, at least so far, is that even the reviews that aren’t glowing always seem to have really great feedback, things I can use as I write the next book. Thanks, reviewers!

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PS: I’m going to be setting up an advance review team soon! Stay tuned – and don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter, where I’ll be offering first crack at the limited spaces on the team! If you want to read Duncan’s story as soon as humanly possible, I want to hear from you!

Release Day!

This is it! ‘Thieves’ Honor’ is officially available to the world! I’ve started to see a few people posting that it was auto-delivered to their devices (thanks for pre-ordering!!). It’s super exciting!

So exciting, in fact, that I’ve hired a babysitter and locked myself in the office to work all day! (Actually, I would have done that anyway, but I lucked out and release day happened to fall on a babysitter day.) So I’ll be all over social media today, and I’d love to hear from you if you read the book!

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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.

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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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