RWA 2014 Roundup and Giveaway

It’s been a little over two weeks since I got back from the annual Romance Writers of America national conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The mediocre news is that Take What You Want did not win a RITA. The good news is that I join the esteemed ranks of amazing authors like Nora Roberts, Ruthie Knox and Jill Shalvis in getting to say that it wasn’t my book’s year. It was, however, the year for authors like RITA-winner Laura Drake and Golden Heart winner Sarah Cannon, both of whom just about brought me to tears.

RITA or no RITA, I had the chance to talk to so many fantastic writers.

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Bad Girlz Go To Nationals: Laura Trentham, Elizabeth Michels, Jeanette Grey and Brighton Walsh

Forever and Forever Yours authors Lia Riley, Jeanette Grey, Rachel Lacey, and K.M. Fawcett

Forever and Forever Yours authors Lia Riley, Jeanette Grey, Rachel Lacey, and K.M. Fawcett

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Samhain Publishing RITA finalists Jeanette Grey and Vivian Arend.

To sign some books and meet some readers.

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To stand in front of my very own elevator, generously wrapped thanks to the wonderful folks at Samhain Publishing.

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AND to bring home a giant pile of books.

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So, to celebrate this romance writer’s favorite time of the year, I thought I’d spread the wealth around a bit.

That’s right! It’s time for a giveaway. See all the pretty you could win?

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Just in case the picture’s a little too blurry, the giveaway bundle includes one of each of the following:

  • exclusive, RITA-finalist Take What You Want postcard, signed by me, with free download code for the book
  • signed hardcover copy of Queen of Your Own Life by Kathy Kinney and Cindy Ratzlaff, signed by both authors
  • signed paperback copy of Swept Away by the Tycoon by Barbara Wallace
  • paperback copy of Spellbound by Sylvia Day
  • paperback copy of The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley
  • promotional ‘Hard Is Good’ pin from Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series
  • Wicked Play by Lynda Archer branded mints
  • Rebecca Zanetti pen
  • I <3 Avon drawstring bag
  • Set of 4 Keep Calm and Drink Wine magnets

AND

  • $5 Amazon gift card (not pictured)

To enter, do what the Rafflecopter says. Leave a comment telling me your favorite book you’ve read this year. Then like, follow, or tweet to gain extra entries. (US residents only, 18+. Sorry! I’m poor and some of this material is inappropriate.)

The drawing closes at 11:59 pm Monday, August 18, so enter soon!

Happy reading…
-Jeanette.

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Get What You Need release day, book deals, and appearances at RWA!

Hi there! Guys, I have so much news to share, it barely all fits into one post, but I’m going to make it work. I have new release information! I have a literary agent! I have a book deal! I have conference appearances and book signings! I have lost my freaking mind (in the best way possible)!

Let’s start it all off with…

Get What You Need is here!

Get What You Need is my very first full-length novel, and it’s my first m/m romance in three years. It’s set in college, and features one of my very favorite pairings: A geek and a jock.

GetWhatYouNeed72webLove isn’t rocket science. It’s much, much harder.

Determination and elbow grease propelled Greg London from blue-collar background to Ph.D. candidate. His single-mindedness doesn’t leave a lot of room for a personal life, but that’s the price of success. Besides, it’s not like the boring nerd ever ends up with the hot guy.

Then his housemate, gorgeous undergraduate jock Marshall Sulkowski, invites him to watch a movie. In his room. Side by side on his bed. Needless to say, the sexual tension is wreaking havoc with Greg’s focus.

Marsh seems to have it all—looks, charm, and a baseball scholarship to a great school. In reality, his father’s cut him off, and he’s floundering and desperate for a break.

One impulsive kiss leads to a red-hot affair that gets them a little bit of what they need to stay afloat. But as the end of the semester approaches and the pressure rises, Marsh realizes charm may have gotten him into his brilliant lover’s pants, but he’ll have to dig deeper to discover what they both need.

Warning: Contains housemates falling into bed with each other, a geek who needs a break, and a jock who doesn’t know his own worth. Also, vague science and explicit m/m sex.

Find it on: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Samhain - GoodReads

I have an agent! And a New York publishing deal!

I was so excited to announce in early June that I have signed with Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Literary Agency. Based on her client list, her history of making amazing deals, her excellent personality and her own kick-ass YA novels, I knew she was going to be the perfect person to help guide and shape my career.

And I was right! Official as of today, I have deals to publish with Grand Central in both digital and print. There will be two digital  books, published through their Forever Yours imprint, including Summer Stars, a new adult romance about an astronomy student who lands a prestigious summer internship in Puerto Rico. She forms an instant connection with another intern, but struggles to let him past her defenses.

And there will be three, count ‘em, three mass market books from their Forever line. The books will be a series, the first of which is Romance Languages, a story about a naïve art student who travels to Paris only be swept off her feet by a jaded ex-pat who isn’t what he seems.

More info on release dates, etc, hopefully coming soon!

Get Take What You Want for only 99¢!

Take What You Want by Jeanette GreyIn case you hadn’t heard, Take What You Want is a RITA® finalist! It’s up for best romance novella, and it’s in competition with books by amazing authors like Ruthie Knox, Maisey Yates, and Victoria Dahl.

To celebrate its success, my publisher, Samhain, has lowered the price on Take What You Want to just $.99 for the month of July. If you haven’t already, take advantage and pick up your copy today!

RWA Is Right Around The Corner

Next week, I’ll be traveling to beautiful San Antonio for the annual Romance Writers of America national conference. I’ll be participating in Samhain’s books signing, attending workshops, and getting all dolled up for the RITA® awards ceremony. I’ll also be wandering around looking lost, and trying not to kill myself in my high heels.

If you’re planning on attending, or if you just happen to live close by and have a chance to stop by, be sure to say hi!

Now Represented By…

Exciting news! As of late last night, I am a proud to be represented by Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Literary Agency.

Mandy is an established agent with an impressive list, specializing in young adult, middle grade, and romance. One of the amazing people she represents is my critique partner, Brighton Walsh. Brighton hasn’t stopped singing her praises since she signed with her last year, so naturally, Mandy was at the top of my list when it came time for me to start looking for an agent of my own. She’s funny, easy to talk to, super knowledgeable, and I think she’s going to do an incredible job in helping me shape my career. I could not be happier.

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My Writing Process: Blog Tour

Welcome to the Writing Process Blog Tour, wherein authors share a little bit about their writing process, then tag three victims friends to share some info about theirs.

First, a big thank you to my critique partner, Brighton Walsh for tagging me.

About Brighton Walsh:

brightonwalshBrighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping–maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.

Her New Adult debut, Caged in Winter, will be published November 4, 2014 from Berkley/Penguin. She is represented by Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Agency.

Find Brighton here:

Website  Twitter   Facebook   Goodreads   Pinterest

Catch her post about her writing process here.

My Writing Process:

What am I working on?

Right now, I’m finishing up a new adult contemporary romance. A naïve art student travels to Paris looking to find herself and recover her muse. She’s swept off her feet by a charming ex-pat who’s running from family drama.

Sex, lies and self-discovery ensue.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I write smart, sexy romances about people who don’t quite feel like they belong. I bring a literary flair to stories of everyday romance. And I often center my stories around people from slightly different walks of life – scientists, artists, academics. They might not always be your typical romance heroes, but they are real people, needing love and acceptance, and who find it over the courses of my stories.

Why do I write what I do?

Because if I didn’t, I’d go insane.

I have a lot of feelings about love and acceptance and all the ways that people hurt themselves and each other. Writing stories about those feelings, creating worlds where all the lonely people find the other lonely people who fill up the holes in their hearts…it fills up the holes in my heart.

I’m not sure what I’d do if I didn’t let those stories out.

How does my writing process work?

I’m a something of a modified plotser?

I typically start with a germ of an idea. It might be a character, or a moment between two characters, or an idea about a scene. I take the time to flesh out the highlights of the story: where it begins, where it ends, and a few of the important turning points that happen along the way. I do some basic character sketching: appearance, motivation, weaknesses.

And then I start writing. Usually, I figure out the story and the voices of the characters somewhere in the first 10-25k words. I modify my plan for the story as needed—usually, whatever I discover in the process of writing adds another layer of subtext or symbolism to how I originally conceived the plot.

Not infrequently, at a round the 80% mark, I stop and go back to re-read the book from the beginning, cleaning it up and adding in the seeds for any plot arcs that emerged while I was writing the second half of the story. It’s also a great chance to remind myself about what the heck the book is supposed to be about, which tends to lead me to the conclusion the story needs.

Once drafting is finished, I give it a few days, then take one more editing pass. Then it’s off to critique partners, who help me see the things I missed when I was too deeply involved in writing. I incorporate their feedback into the final manuscript, then send it off into the world.

Next On The Tour:

Amanda Weaver

amandaweaverLike many writers, Amanda Weaver spent her childhood constantly telling stories. College steered her in a different direction and into a successful career as a designer. Several years ago, she picked up writing again strictly as a hobby, to blow off some creative steam. One thing led to another, National Novel Writing Month happened, and here we are.

Amanda Weaver grew up in Florida and now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, daughter and two crazy cats.

Website - Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads -  Pinterest

Anna C. Bowling

Anna C. Bowling read her first historical romance at age eleven and knew she’d found what she wanted to read and write for the rest of her life.  She considers writing historical romance the best way to travel through time and make the voices in her head pay rent.

Blog -  Facebook - Twitter

Heather McGovern

heather-mcgovern-225x300Mild mannered corporate employee by day, glitter bomb throwing author by night, Heather McGovern writes humorous, heart-warming and hotter than hell contemporary romance. If she’s not working or writing, she’s playing superheroes with her son or working out. She loves to talk books, fandoms, fashion, make-up and men. You can find her blogging about these things, sometimes all in one blog post, at BadGirlzWrite.com.

Website - Facebook - Twitter

 

Take What You Want is a RITA® Finalist!!!

So, a funny thing happened back in November. I saw entries open for RWA®’s big contest for published romance novels and novella, the RITA®s, and I chuckled to myself, thinking haha, maybe someday.

And then my critique partner, the inestimable Brighton Walsh slapped me upside the head, and said, “Why the hell are you not entering???”

Fifty bucks and an agreement to judge later, I was no longer being slapped, at least by Brighton. It seemed like a longshot that Take What You Want would go anywhere in the contest, but what’s life without taking a couple of chances?

Well, ladies and gentlemen. Today, I got the call.

Take What You Want by Jeanette GreyTake What You Want is one of nine finalists in the romantic novella category of the RITAs competition. I am beside myself. I am so grateful to my critique partners, Brighton Walsh and Kat Watson, to my incredible editor, Jennifer Miller, and to my publisher, Samhain, which has been so supportive.

And even more, I’m grateful to every single one of my readers. The whole crazy point of this writing thing is getting stories to you. So thank you.

Best Erotic Romance 2014 Giveaway

Guys. Guys. I cannot even tell you what has happened to the first quarter of this year. Honestly, it’s been a mess. Between personal (thankfully not-serious) health issues, major illnesses in my family, snow, more snow, seasonal affective disorder, and then more snow, it’s just sort of disappeared.

But in the midst of all that crap, there’ve been some good things.

My next book, Get What You Need, has made it through edits and is on target for a July 2014 release date from Samhain Publishing. It’s my first full-length novel and my first male/male book in three years. I cannot tell you how excited I am about it, and it’ll be in your hot little hands in just four months.

bre14AND…drumroll please…my new short story, A Singer Who Doesn’t Sing, was included as part of Best Erotic Romance 2014.

Best Erotic Romance 2014 was officially released in late January, but I just got my author copies last week. To help brighten up somebody else’s March (seriously, can we stop it with the snow already?) I’m giving away one paperback copy of the book to a lucky reader.

To enter, just leave a comment below. Include your email address (so I can contact you about your mailing address), and tell me how you’ve gotten through this yucky, nasty winter. (If you live somewhere nice, please don’t rub it in. Just tell me it was unbearable. It’ll make me feel better.)

This giveaway is open to US residents only, ages 18+. The drawing will close one week from today, on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST, and the winner will be selected using the random number generator at random.org.

Last but not least, IF the randomly selected winner happens to also be a subscriber to my mailing list, I’ll throw in a set of these super-awesome Be Calm And Drink Wine magnets I found at Target last month. (If you’re not already a subscriber, sign up using the form in the top right corner of this page, or via this link.)

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So what are you waiting for? Leave a comment :)

Cheers!

Coming Up On New Year’s Eve: When It’s Right Blog Tour Wrap-Up + Giveaway

When It's RightMy new book, When It’s Right, just finished up a successful blog tour. I’m pleased to announce the winners: Amanda S.was the recipient of the Rafflecopter $25 gift card prize, and Jenna Allen picked up the $10 gift card host prize.

 

While the tour is over, it’s pretty much the perfect time to pick up a copy of When It’s Right. After all, what better time for a friends-to-more New Year’s Eve romance than, well, right before New Year’s Eve?

Leave a comment below to be entered to win a free e-book copy of When It’s Right. Tell me about your favorite New Year’s or New Year’s Eve memory. Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win! I’ll select a winner on 12/31/13 :)

Happy holidays!

When It’s Right Blog Tour – Two More Days To Enter!

Happy Saturday, ladies and gents. I’ve been blog touring all around the internet for the past two weeks in support of my new novella, When It’s Right. It’s been a blast, but sadly all good things must come to an end. On Monday, I’ll be picking one lucky person from the tour to win a $25 gift card to the winner’s choice of either Amazon.com or BarnesAndNoble.com.

Every stop on the tour has a chance to enter, and you can also pick up Rafflecopter entries by following me on Twitter or Liking me on Facebook.

So in between getting everything else on your to-do list accomplished this weekend, consider taking a moment to check out the great sites who were so kind as to host me these past two weeks.

December 2: All I Want and More
December 2: Long and Short Reviews
December 3: Snarky Mom Reads…
December 4: Booklover Sue
December 5: The Muse Unleashed
December 6: Susana’s Morning Room
December 9: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
December 10: Books on Silver Wings
December 11: Jenna Allen
December 11: It’s Raining Books
December 12: Fantasy Powered by Love
December 13: Sharing Links and Wisdom

Thanks again for all your support. Happy holidays, and a very, very happy New Year!

When It’s Right Release Day!

I’m so excited to announce that my latest book, When It’s Right, is here!

When It's RightHe’s the last resolution she intends to break.

Still licking his wounds after a messy breakup, Nate is at loose ends for New Year’s Eve and itching for a wild and crazy adventure to jolt him out of his rut. Now if he could only convince his best friend, Cassie, to break away for an impromptu road trip to Times Square.

Fun as it sounds, Cassie is reluctant to accept Nate’s invitation. Little does he know, she’s made resolutions of her own—resolutions about finally getting over her long-standing crush on him. Telling herself this trip will be the perfect “last hurrah”, she packs her bag.

The trip is a fiasco from the outset. A car that won’t start, a freak storm that strands them on the side of the road, and a long drive with too much time for true confessions. Cassie’s rocks Nate to the core, leaving him wondering if the best thing that ever happened to him has been right in front of him all along.

Warning: Contains two best friends, a secret crush, and a road trip that leads to tow trucks, unexpected hotel-room sharing, epiphanies, sex, and more.

Amazon – Barnes and Noble - Samhain

 

Get your copy at any major seller of e-books, and don’t miss out on the When It’s Right blog tour! I’ll be giving away a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card at the end of it, and you can earn entries at every stop!

December 2: All I Want and More
December 2: Long and Short Reviews
December 3: Snarky Mom Reads…
December 4: Booklover Sue
December 5: The Muse Unleashed
December 6: Susana’s Morning Room
December 9: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
December 10: Books on Silver Wings
December 11: Jenna Allen
December 11: It’s Raining Books
December 12: Fantasy Powered by Love
December 13: Sharing Links and Wisdom

Library Journal Names ‘Take What You Want’ One of the Best Books of 2013

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Happy, exciting news! Library Journal released its picks for top books of 2013 yesterday, and Take What You Want made the list for best e-book romances!

“This sex-into-love romance is about the power of positive thinking, or at least the power of turning lemons into very wicked lemonade.”

See the whole list–as well as everything reviewer Marlene Harris had to say about Ellen and Josh–at LibraryJournal.com