Writers Retreats

May 20th, 2015
Author panel at Maine Romance Writers retreat with Madeline Hunter, Sandy Sullivan and Jean Joachim

Author panel at Maine Romance Writers retreat with Madeline Hunter, Sandy Sullivan and Jean Joachim

I had the opportunity to share two very different writers’ retreats in the last two months.  One was very intimate with only four of my fellow published writers.  We spent one day on four brain-storming sessions of one hour each, the topic to be chosen by each author.  As usual, I learned just as much if not more from the other writer’s sessions.  In case you are curious the sessions included one on promotion, one on plotting, one on career planning and one creating a street-team for marketing.

The second retreat was more traditional and formal, with guest speakers and plenty of opportunities for networking and a free exchange of ideas.  Thanks to the Maine Romance Writers, I have learned a little about Facebook Book Launch parties and how to create some jpegs for twitter.  It is just fascinating how generous writers are with their talents.

Here is my first twitter jpeg that I created myself (she says proudly).

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Running Wolf – Coup Feathers

April 26th, 2015
Coup feathers drawn by Jenna Kernan

Coup feathers drawn by Jenna Kernan

Coup feathers are a very important component of my July 2015 release, Running Wolf.  These decorative feathers carried great meaning to the wearer and all who saw him.  These feathers were worn tied in the hair, affixed to shields, lances and horse’s manes.  When enough feathers were collected, they might be sewn into a war bonnet, sometimes with a now iconic train of feathers.  Most feathers were from an eagle, though hawk and gull feathers might also be worn.

The actual meaning was derived by how they were worn, how they were cut and how they were marked.  The meaning of these variances varied from tribe to tribe, so the following list is a general accounting as recorded in the book, The Mystic Warriors of the Plains by Thomas E. Mails, 1972.

First Coup Feather – is worn straight up (Omaha)

Second Coup Feather – is worn horizontally to the side (Omaha)

Second Coup Feather – is worn upright and marked with one red bar (Sioux)

Third Coup Feather – is worn upright and marked with two red bars (Sioux)

Fourth Coup Feather – is worn upright and feather has a serrated edge (Sioux)

Fifth Coup Feather – is worn upright and the sides of the feather are removed leaving only the tip intact

Wounding a Man – Feather is dyed red

Wounding a Warrior who had killed an enemy – feather decorated with bands of quillwork

Split Feather – Indicates the warrior sustained many wounds

Black Feather torn down the middle – given to successful scouts

Diagonally Cut Feather – indicated a warrior either cut the enemies throat or took his scalp.

For more on Coup Feathers, visit by STORY BEHIND THE STORY page at www.jennakernan.com


 

Cover Reveal! RUNNING WOLF

March 28th, 2015
Running Wolf, July 2015, Western Historical from Harlequin

Running Wolf, July 2015, Western Historical from Harlequin

 

This is a super day because I just got my hands on the cover for my July Historical release, RUNNING WOLF.    I love this cover for two reasons.  First, and most importantly, the characters look Native American, which is great, because they are Native American!  He’s Sioux and she is Crow.  Second, it’s a clinch cover, which is so great.  I love them.  Please notice the coup feathers in his hair and the wonderful beaded breast plate which I described to the art department and which they delivered beautifully.

Here is the back cover information and a link for pre orders.  I’ll have advanced reading copies soon and will be running giveaways on GoodReads, here on my website and in my newsletter.

RUNNING WOLF, July 2015

by Jenna Kernan

RIVAL TRIBES…

Running Wolf is a valiant Sioux warrior.  During his first raid as war chief, he captures a surprising Crow enemy–a woman!  This spirited fighter is unlink any he’s ever met.  Her beauty and audacity are entrancing, but threaten his iron resolve…

…RIVAL PASSIONS

Snow Raven must focus on freeing herself, not on the man who keeps her captive.  But as she falls deeper under Running Wolf’s spell, she realizes he is her warrior–and she’ll risk everything for him!

“Fans of Karen Kay and Cassie Edwards will savor Kernan’s Indian romances.”  __RT Book Review on His Dakota Captive

ISBN-13: 978-0-373-29839-6

July 15, 2015

Western

 


 

Valentine’s Day Release – The Shifter’s Choice

February 14th, 2015

 

Valentine's Day Release! The Shifter's Choice hits stores today.

Valentine’s Day Release!
The Shifter’s Choice hits stores today.

The Shifter’s Choice and
Sentinels: Alpha Rising

(Harlequin Nocturne)
Mass Market Paperback
February 17, 2015

THE SHIFTER'S CHOICE and ALPHA RISING available now in paperback

THE SHIFTER’S CHOICE and ALPHA RISING available now in paperback

Praise for THE SHIFTER’S CHOICE:

  • “The second military romantic fantasy is an enjoyable Beauty and The Beast tale due mostly to the sergeant’s unique disorder enhanced by his fear of what signing means to him, and his sign language instructor’s reaction to his condition. Although the vampire subplot adds suspense, the relationship between the leads (and them to Mac and Brianna) make for an engaging paranormal drama.”Reviewer, Harriet Klausner

 

  • “Jenna Kernan had numerous difficulties develop in their lives, where I often never knew what the final outcome was going to be until the final second. What takes place near the end of the story really made my heart race from all the uncertainty, yet everything concludes in a most satisfactory way. THE SHIFTER’S CHOICE is emotionally moving plus extraordinarily unique.”A. Richards, CataRomance review

 

THE SHIFTER’S CHOICE Garners Great Review

January 30th, 2015
RT BookReview gives The Shifter's Choice 4 STARS!

RT BookReview gives The Shifter’s Choice 4 STARS!


 

The Shifter’s Choice now in paperback!

January 24th, 2015

 

THE SHIFTER'S CHOICE and ALPHA RISING available now in paperback

THE SHIFTER’S CHOICE and ALPHA RISING available now in paperback

Shifter’s Choice and Sentinels: Alpha Rising (Harlequin Nocturne) Mass Market Paperback – February 17, 2015

by Jenna Kernan (Author), Doranna Durgin (Author)

A werewolf and an alpha wolf are powerless against the charms of these very special women 

THE SHIFTER’S CHOICE  Private Sofia Touma never risks distraction from her duty—until she’s assigned to help disabled veteran Johnny Lam. More than a war hero, he’s also a werewolf. Sofia is inexplicably drawn to him. Unlike Sofia, Johnny knows the dangers of loving a monster. And as they grow closer, Johnny isn’t sure he can keep doing the honorable thing…

SENTINELS: ALPHA RISING  Holly Faulkes has spent her life hiding from the Sentinels—now she’s their prisoner. Sexy alpha wolf Lannie Stewart wants to initiate her into their world. The full-blooded Sentinel senses Holly’s untapped power—a power he’s deeply drawn to and desperately needs. A new enemy has risen and only Holly can reveal this danger, if Lannie convinces her to embrace what she really is.

 

 


 

Unclutter Your Workspace 1-2-3

January 13th, 2015
Before, my desk is buried.

Before, my desk is buried.

After.  Look...a work space!

After. Look…a work space!

I love a clean welcoming workspace as much as the next gal. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I’m busy and so my desk is often a dumping ground for everything paper and a very odd assortment of miscellaneous stuff. I admit this never happens all at once but one random object at a time. This latest hoe-out included ear buds, a contract revision and some work related Christmas gifts.  Here is the thing, if my space is cluttered, I’m not happy because energy, creative or otherwise, is not flowing.

But I’ve got deadlines to meet, books to complete and words to write before I sleep. Still, I can’t stand it anymore. So here are three tips I use to unclutter and boost creative energy.

Get It Clean

  1. Set a Timer. This comes from my friend Liz Matis. Give yourself a time limit to motivate you to keep moving and prevent you from using the cleaning as an excuse to keep from writing. That way you won’t feel like you have a clean space but a zero word count.
  2. Begin with Trash. What can you throw out? If you don’t want or need it, get rid of it.
  3. Put it Away. Put it where it belongs or make a place for it.

Keep It Clean

  1. Handle Paper Only Once. Open the mail over the garbage. Chuck it if you can. File it if you can’t. Pay it if you must.
  2. Don’t Put That There. Clean spaces are so attractive and that is why they draw whatever crap you have in your hands. You must resist energy pull of a clean surface. That space is for working, not storage. So take the 30 extra seconds required to put it away where it belongs!
  3. Reset. Enjoy your workspace but remember that everything has a place. So put it there when you are done with it.

Good luck with your own desk decluttering. I hope the process proves rewarding and an energy booster to your creative endeavors.


 

Ditching the New Year’s Resolutions

December 28th, 2014

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In the past few years I have grown weary of New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps that is because they so often focus on what I lack or what I am not.  No matter what I do or don’t do there will always be someone younger, richer and better looking. Dissatisfaction can make one unhappy, but, that said, I am also mindful of complacency. You know, Newtons’ Law about a body at rest…

So if no resolutions, then what?

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I prefer goals. But the goals I used to set tended to more like a ‘to do’ list to be checked off one by one. My list looked like this:

  1. Submit two historical proposals
  2. Write one blog post a week
  3. Speaking at the National conference
  4. Sign at Book Expo America
  5. Learn to use Instragram (still haven’t managed that one yet)More recently,

I have simplified my goals and in so doing opened up a world of possibilities. This broadening of goals allows a certain amount of room for the unexpected while still keeping me focused.

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Here’s my Goals from 2014:

  • Create
  • Connect
  • Explore

My writing fit well under Create but so did the jewelry I made in a beading class I took and the baby quilt. As for the unexpected, I could not have guessed that my Connect goal would lead from a cup of coffee with a colleague at a conference to organizing a three-day writers retreat. But it did. Explore could include my online course work, but also the unexpected opportunity to mine fossilized seashells.So this year I’m keeping it broad and open again.

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Here’s my 2015 Goals

  • Play
  • Simplify
  • Create

I’m thinking the play goal can include experimentation in my writing as well as exercise and travel. Simplify can mean anything from weeding out that upstairs closet to reducing my sugar intake to limiting my commitments. Create will include my writing, of course. But what else, I wonder? I keep these goals in a picture frame on my desk. I check often to see if I’m including them in my world. And I’m much happier since I broadened my goals.

So… Are you ready to ditch the resolutions?


 

Walking NYC’s Holiday Windows

December 7th, 2014

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LITERATURE Window at Bergdorff Goodman

Each year I try to make it in to NYC to stroll past the holiday windows.  This year I’m super happy about the holidays as I have a Christmas release to help make the season even more jolly. WILD WEST CHRISTMAS is a beautiful Western anthology collection that I hope you’ll add to your wish list.

My usual route begins at the toy train sets in Grand Central at the MTA museum tucked behind the grand stairs on the west side of the station.  They include a tiny Santa hailing a cab and a stuffed King Kong on the Empire State Building. Then I visit Lord & Taylor on 5th Avenue. Continuing north, I stop at the NY Public Library for their tree and free museum exhibits. Then it’s up to Rockefeller Center, Saks and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I always peek at the gems in Henry Winston’s windows and Tiffany’s is right across 5th Ave.

Near the park are my favorite holiday windows, Bergdoff Goodman. After that, I visit the Plaza Hotel (a wonderful place for high tea) and then head east to Barney’s of New York and finally, Bloomingdales.  Then it’s back to Grand Central for their holiday gift fair in Vanderbilt Hall.

If you’d like to see all the photos of my annual trip to see the holiday windows in New York City please visit my facebook page.  For this post I’m only showing my photos of one stop on my walk.

The windows at Bergdoff Goodman are always my favorites because of their visual interest and the complexity of theme. This year their theme was THE ARTS. This one is called Literature and it is packed with wonderful quotes and images of famous authors all in bright shades of pink. I was in heaven!

One of the embroidered pillows had a quote from French poet, Stephane Mallarme reading, “Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.”

 

Here’s ARCHITECTURE

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And THEATER

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And MUSIC

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And ART

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There is so much more on my facebook page.

 

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

 


 

Werewolves Use Sign Language

December 2nd, 2014
I love you.  American Sign Language

I love you. American Sign Language

My newest release, THE SHIFTER’S CHOICE, is out this week!  My hero is a shapeshifting Marine who cannot return to his human form.  His supervisors want him to learn sign-language to help him communicate but Johnny sees that as an admission that he will never be human again.

Now what you don’t know, can’t know from the story, is that I once learned sign language in order to communicate with deaf athletes competing in the World Games for the Deaf.  At first I was pretty bad, but the athletes and supervisors were very patient.  Each night I went to bed with a headache from trying so hard to understand what was said.  I was in another world.  The dorms had fire alarms that both sounded and had flashing lights.  I watched the deaf hold conversations through car windows while riding in separate vehicles traveling at 60 miles an hour.  “They’re stopping for food at the next exit.”  I knew I was starting to ‘get it’ when I had my first dream completely in sign language.  My crowning moment was toward the end of our competition when the director brought two hearing people over to me and asked me to translate what he signed–and I did!  Unfortunately I no longer dream in sign and I’ve lost most of what I learned.  But I’ll never forget my month among the deaf community.