Posts Tagged ‘cowboys’

Q&A Apache Protectors (#1) Shadow Wolf

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Author Jenna Kernan answers a few questions of her popular APACHE PROTECTORS series.  Here she delivers the inside scoop on book #1, SHADOW WOLF introducing fans to the Cosen brothers and their search for their missing little sister.



Shovel, Write, Shovel, Write, repeat…

Friday, February 14th, 2014

I feel like I’m reenacting scenes from my stories WINTER WOMAN and/or OUTLAW BRIDE.  It seems my world has frozen and I have spent much time and energy chopping, scraping and shoveling snow, ice, sleet and more snow.

This lovely snow scene is actually my driveway. It’s under there somewhere.

Between bouts with the snow shovel, I finished my copy edits for THE VAMPIRE’S WOLF, a paranormal Nocturne that will appear in JULY 2014, with my driveway, I’d imagine.

Finally saw the sun and the blue sky today and the snow quickly dissolved from the branches of my red maple.

I also sent my editor a Valentine’s present, the revised version of my Christmas novella, coming in October 2014 in the Anthology titled, WILD WEST CHRISTMAS.  My story is titled, A FAMILY FOR THE RANCHER.  I just love this story and hope my readers will too.

I’ve put an excerpt up on my website for THE VAMPIRE’S WOLF, in my eNews page, so please do have a look and let me know what you think.

 

 



Autumn in New York

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

The sugar maples are in full color.

Autumn is one of my most favorite times of the year.  The color of the sun through the leaves is not to be believed.  And that is to say nothing of the fall bounty of harvest favorites.  I’ve been eating fruits and vegetables of every variety.  They never taste as good as right now.

This is my biggest pumpkin ever…46.5 pounds!

Writing news:

I received my contact from Harlequin for the three-book Western historical deal.  That makes the deal seem more real.  I’ve finished my Western Christmas novella and sent that to my editor.  I don’t expect readers will see this story until next fall, but here is a little about the story for you fans.

She’s the wealthy debutant tired of rich, useless men.  He’s a saddle bum that fell for her hard.  Now Christmas and his orphaned nephews’ welfare make this cowboy desperate enough to do something he’s never done before, admit he needs help.

Apple picking is a Autumn must in the northeast.

Research:

Before I jump into the next Western Historical, I’m doing so reading of original documents.  Specifically George Catlin’s Letters and Notes on the North American Indians.  For those of you unfamiliar with Catlin, he was an American painter who traveled widely in the Western United States painting portraits and landscapes of Native Americans in the 1830s.  Some of his work can be seen in the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History in New York.  I’m also reading about the southwest under Spanish rule.  I wonder where these research expeditions will lead me?

Public Appearance:

I will be in New Jersey this month at the New Jersey Romance Writer’s Conference.  I hope to see many of you there.

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My Books: Pre-release Giveaways

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Jenna’s Spring releases have arrived!

A nice surprise arrived in the mail this week.  My April paranormal release from Nocturne appeared on my doorstep.  Beauty’s Beast is the fourth and final in The Tracker series and although it won’t hit the shelves until April 2, you can get a first release copy by entering my GoodReads contest.  I’ll be running one every two weeks until April.

I also received a smaller box of copies of my UK edition of this month’s Western Historical release, The Texas Ranger’s Daughter.  The cover looks nearly identical except for two slight differences, the Harlequin Historical logos are not the same and the American release has a catch phrase under the title, reading: The one woman he can’t have.  Well, I thought those were the only differences until I tried to put them all in the same box and discovered the UK book is bigger than the North America release.

Larger UK release on left and North America relase on right

The books are tucked into my office but I’ll be bringing some to Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC for giveaways on April 1st.  If you’re in the NYC area, mark your calendars.  I’d love to share the evening with my fans.



Writing is Easy, Editing is Hard

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

An older cowboy sits on horseback beside a young buck and quickly estimates the number of cows passing by. Impressed, the younger cowboy asks how the older man calculated the number so quickly.

“Easy. Just count the hooves and divide by four.”

That’s how easy it is to write a novel. You just write four times the material you need. You take down research, character sketches and backstory, write the first draft and by the time you finish, you have a better idea what the story is about, what the theme might be and what should be included in the character’s story arc.

Then you just have to divide by four and cut out all the writing that doesn’t support what you’ve discovered. Oh, and then you have to add what is missing based on the knowledge you gleaned from writing the first draft.

Like the older cowboy said, “Easy.”