So many blessings under my tree
including six release in 2014.
REVIEWS: “THE SHIFTER’S CHOICE is emotionally moving plus extraordinarily unique.” — A Richards, Cataromance
RELEASE: THE SHIFTER’S CHOICE: is available in paperback on February 17 in a box set with Doranna Durgin's paranormal Nocturne, ALPHA RISING.
NEXT RELEASE: RUNNING WOLF, Western Historical, coming July 2015
I'll have an excerpt of RUNNING WOLF up on my website soon and I'll be revealing my cover on my Author Page on Facebook the moment it arrives.
WRITER’S LIFE: This holiday season I am celebrating a plethora of releases under my tree including a surprise, a short story included in a collection titled, THE WEREWOLF'S EMBRACE and inclusion in UK box set of lovely Historicals.
Breakfast at Jenna's November
It’s getting very blustery outside. Inside, I have been a busy (not blustery) girl. So here is what’s up…
REVIEW: Romantic Times Book Review had this to say about the October Western Anthology collection WILD WEST CHRISTMAS, “A triple play of heartwarming holiday stories…will have readers sighing with contentment.” Four Stars, from reviewer Kathe Robin.
Fall leaves ablaze in Jenna's yard
RELEASE: My next Nocturne, THE SHIFTER’S CHOICE, and the companion story to THE VAMPIRE’S WOLF, is available in ebook now and will be in a Nocturne Bundle, February 17, 2015 with Dorrana Durgin’s ALPHA RISING.
NEW TITLE: I’ve received the title and release date for my next Harlequin Historical. This Native American romance, entitled RUNNING WOLF will appear in July 2015. This story is about a Lakota war chief whose identity in his tribe is threatened when he falls in love with his Crow captive. I’m very happy to have a story that features both the Lakota and Crow tribes and a heroine, Snow Raven, who is a warrior in her own right.
WRITER’S RETREAT: I shared a wonderful weekend at a small writers retreat with my fellow authors, Mary Beth Bass, Laura Bradford and Anna DePalo. The brainstorming sessions were dynamite and I got so many ideas as we all set to work on each writer's personally chosen topic which included: Marketing, Career Planning, Plotting & Cover Design Strategies. What a wonderful, productive, exhausting and energizing retreat. I’m already looking forward to next year.
Five of Jenna's titles arrived and one
a complete surprise!
This month I’m rejoicing in the bounties of my efforts. In the past two months I’ve received FIVE of my stories, one of which was a complete surprise.
THE VAMPIRE’ S WOLF, September 2014 has returned to me in two versions, singular and in a bundle with Sierra Woods’ THE RESURRECTIONIST. The single is available only to Harlequin’s direct program. The bundle is online and in bookstores.
The second title is my October novella, WILD WEST CHRISTMAS, including my novella, A FAMILY FOR THE RANCHER. Please check out my Story Behind the Story page for more on this Christmas Western Romance.
The third title arrived very early. This is my December paranormal romance for Nocturne – THE SHIFTER’S CHOICE. This is Johnny’s story, and for all those fans who wrote me to ask what happened to Johnny, the werewolf who can’t shift back to human form, this book reveals all.
The fifth book was a pleasant surprise. It seems that one of my e-only Nocturne Bites, FIRST HEAT, is making its paperback debut in a wonderful collection called WEREWOLF’s EMBRACE. I love this cover and can’t wait to read the others short stories by Michele Hauf, Cynthia Cooke, Katie Reus and Elle James.
Jenna finds sparkly druzy crystalized
fossil sea-shell inside a rock vug (air pocket)
Jenna checks out her author copies for
THE VAMPIRE'S WOLF, Sept. 1 release.
RELEASE: This is release month for my new paranormal romance, THE VAMPIRE’S WOLF, in the Nocturne line and I have been busy with promotion including launching into three new social media platforms, Wattpad, Instagram and the App called Novel Engagement from Romance Writers of America. That last one, Novel Engagement, is a really interesting one for readers of romance and can be used on Smartphones and tablets. I’m such a newbie at all three and really don’t understand how to do much, but I’m learning as I go. Check out my page on Novel Engagement. I’ve loaded four of my twenty-five books so far. I even got the book trailer loaded for The Vampire’s Wolf.
WRITING: My current work in progress is a Western historical, due to my editor in about three months. I sent the proposal to her this week, which includes the first three chapters. This story has a Native American hero and heroine. The hero believes he has been bewitched by the heroine and is seeking vengeance and recovery. What he gets is a wife who has agreed to try to heal him but only if he returns her safely to her people in two moons. But a lot can happen in two moons!
LIFE: The summer included visits with family, including a wedding, travel to warm beaches, rock-hounding for druzy quartz and sending in my final copy edits on my December release, THE SHIFTER’S CHOICE. I hope your summer was great!
Home from vacation to find
three boxes of books!
UK edition of Nocturne Bites,
There is a lot going on this month. Releases, upcoming releases and works in progress, plus a vacation.
RELEASE: The Vampire’s Wolf has released to great reviews. In September this ebook becomes a mass market release in a bundle of two books with Sierra Wood’s The Resurrectionist.
UPCOMING RELEASE: Look for my Western Christmas novella in the anthology collection, Wild West Christmas, coming in October 2014.
U.K. fans will find my Nocturne Bites story, FIRST HEAT, in the collection WEREWOLF’S EMBRACE, in September.
WORKS IN PROGRESS: I’ve just finished copy edits on my December release, The Shifter’s Choice, which is the second story in my new Nocturne series featuring Marine Werewolves. The Shifter’s Choice is Johnny’s story, the werewolf who cannot shift back to human form.
Other stories in the works include a completed Western Historical and a nearly completed Western Historical proposal that both feature Native American heroes and heroines of the Lakota and Crow tribes.
I had some time off this month and spent a lot of it walking on beaches, but my characters followed right along on most of them and a few new ones showed up as well. But they’ll just have to wait in line.
Jenna got tired of waiting for her ship to come in and
decided to haul it in herself.
Photo taken at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT
Much of the first half of July was spent working on copy edits for my next Harlequin Nocturne, THE SHIFTER'S CHOICE. I love this romance and am really happy to report that this is Johnny's story. Readers of THE VAMPIRE'S CHOICE are writing me asking what will happen to Mac's comrade, the U.S. Marine shifter who can't change back to human form. Well, THE SHIFTER'S CHOICE answers all those questions. This story will be out is December '14. Sorry that you will have to wait until then to discover if Johnny will ever be human again. But I did put Chapter 1 up on my website for readers.
I've also received the cover for my October novella in the anthology collection, WILD WEST CHRISTMAS. It's a pretty image, I think, and I'm anxious to read the other two Western Christmas stories by Kathryn Albright and Lynna Banning.
Here's a little about my October release:
As the summer turns hotter, I'm turning to work on a new Western historical romance. This is always a daunting and invigorating time as I push through my first draft.
Please tell me what you think of my July Release, THE VAMPIRE'S CHOICE, and consider writing a review on Amazon or Goodreads.
Jenna's planting her vegetable garden early.
Can you smell the fresh basil?
View from the Sky Room at
Harlequin's party at BEA, May 2014.
CURRENT PROJECT: I completed my next Western Historical and have already begun plotting the next one. Both of these have Native American heroes and heroines. The tribes are Lakota and Crow in the 1840s to 1860s. I've had a lot of fun looking through historic documents and photographs. I'm working on my story outline and synopsis for my proposal to send to my editor.
LIFE: My vegetable garden is in. I'm already enjoying my cilantro and basil and am watching my cherry tomatoes with anticipation. The flower gardens have never looked better.
WRITING PERKS: Attended the Harlequin Book Expo America party in the Sky Room off Times Square in NYC. It is always a thrill to attend a really swank party (Name Dropping Alert) and I enjoyed conversing with Heather Graham, Sylvia Day, my editor and many, many publishing professionals. And the food and drinks weren't bad either. Let me tell you, you can't beat the view from the Sky Room.
Right out of the box.
My new author copies have arrived!
NEW RELEASE: Arrives July 2014. Look for the eBook version of THE VAMPIRE’S WOLF in electronic format on July 1 and in bookstores as a two for one in a Nocturne Bundle on October 1.
NEXT HISTORICAL: My story, A FAMILY FOR THE RANCHER, will be included in the October Western Christmas anthology titled, WILD WEST CHRISTMAS by Harlequin Historicals.
NEXT PARANORMAL: My next Nocturne will release on January 2015 and is titled THE SHIFTER'S CHOICE. Those of you who will be reading THE VAMPIRE'S WOLF might like to know that the hero of my January release is Johnny, the shifter who cannot return to human form. He is a very interesting hero and super fun to write.
Jenna Kernan and friend
Jenna Kernan capturing the sunset
Most of this month has been spent furiously finishing up a Western historical manuscript. But, amid all the fast typing, I managed a week vacation with my family to some white sandy beaches. The weather was glorious. This winter has made be starved for sunlight and warm waters. Much of my time was spent outdoors, walking, beachcombing, kayaking and swimming. I found the break very good for my mental health, but you know what? Those darned characters did not have the decency to stay home. They came right along with me, yacking in my ear about dialogue I could add to existing scenes and ideas for other scenes that I might like to wedge into my overly long novel.
How do I get my characters to take a vacation (to a different destination)?
Snowdrops peeking through the ice in
Writing: I’m engaged in a writing marathon this month in pursuit of a first draft for my next Western Historical which is due to my editor May 1. The goal is 3000 words five days a week. That’s twelve pages a day for five days or sixty pages a week. I’m on track so far and have 148 pages written.
Here is a sentence about this project:
After taking a Crow maiden captive, a Sioux warrior questions his allegiance and his ambitions.
Public Appearance: I ventured to NJ to the Liberty States Fiction Writers’ conference in Mid-March. They put on such a wonderful, energetic day. I presented a workshop with author Laura Bradford first thing in the AM and so had the rest of the day to enjoy other speakers and network with friends.
Next Release: I’m starting to think about promotion for my next novel, a paranormal Nocturne from Harlequin. THE VAMPIRE’S WOLF arrives in July 2014. If any of my readers are interested in doing a review on an advance reading copy, please write me to inquire.
Here is a sentence about THE VAMPIRE’S WOLF:
Frightened fairy fleeing vampires seeks protection from enemy werewolf
who has sworn to hunt and kill her kind.
Enjoy the Adventure and what we in the northeast call “mud season.”
It seems like all I’ve done this month is shovel snow. But I actually finished revisions on a Western and I just finished the copy edits for my next release arriving in July 2014.
Here’s a photo that looks like a lovely snow covered meadow and forest but is actually my driveway…
And here is a preview excerpt from THE VAMPIRE’S WOLF that I’m so pleased to share with my fans. This story features a frightened fairy fleeing vampires who seeks protection from a werewolf who has sworn to hunt and kill her kind.
In this scene, Bri meets Mac, in his human form, for the first time. She has just survived an attack by vampires because Mac and his side-kick, Johnny, killed them while in their werewolf form. Bri knows she’s more than human, but doesn’t know exactly what she is…yet.
© 2014, The Vampire’s Wolf, Jenna Kernan, Harlequin Ltd.
Snow on decorative grasses in
This month I learned that my next paranormal Nocturne will release in July 2014 and that my editors will be keeping my title, THE VAMPIRE’S WOLF. I’m very excited about launching this new series and can’t wait for my readers to meet my new fabulous hero and unique heroine. Briefly, this story is about a frightened fairy who seeks protection from vampires with a werewolf who has sworn to hunt and kill her kind.
More news from my editor includes the title of the Western Christmas anthology. Look for WILD WEST CHRISTMAS in October 2014 including my story, A FAMILY FOR THE RANCHER. This collection of three novellas also features holiday Western romances from authors Kathryn Albright and Lynna Banning.
Currently, I’m working on revisions for this Western. I’m also looking through my final copy edits for THE VAMPIRE’S WOLF. And when that is finished, I’ll turn to work on my newest Western Historical story. Good thing that this has been a cold winter. The weather has helped keep me tucked in close to my keyboard.
Hey, it sure beats shoveling snow!