Posts Tagged ‘Harlequin Historicals’

New Home – The Sunshine State

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

I’m trying to adjust to a slower speed. This is challenging for a NY girl.

I’ve moved from my long-time home in New York’s Hudson Valley to the coast of Florida.  My driver’s license makes it official.  In the heat of July, I am enjoying writing indoors and find myself developing new routines.

You can't beat the sunsets here.

You can’t beat the sunsets here.

I’ve been swimming first thing in the morning and then getting to my office to write.  In the evenings, I walk the beach.  The Skimmer birds and the Terns are raising their young near the sea grass and I enjoy the raucousness of their parenting.  Those babies are always hungry.

I think the climate agrees with me.  I got my proposal in early for book #3 in the Harlequin Intrigue series APACHE PROTECTORS: TRIBAL THUNDER.  And I’m hoping to have the draft for that story completed this week.

The copy edits for book #2 EAGLE DANCER are done and so are the final edits for book #1 TURQUOISE GUARDIANS.  Those stories arrive in January and February 2017.

I’m turning my attention to my September release, a Western historical, THE WARRIOR’S CAPTIVE BRIDE.  My editor is encouraging me to enter this one in the Rita Awards from Romance Writers of America. That’s good feedback.  I’m looking forward to the September 1 release and hearing from my readers if they agree.

GoodReads Contest #2

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

GoodReads contest #2

Yes, I know the cover is upside down.

But I wanted to be sure you noticed that this was not the same contest.  This GoodReads contest ends June 11th.  Use this GoodReads Link for a chance to win one of five autographed pre-release copies of my July 1 release, RUNNING WOLF, a Western historical from Harlequin.  This one is open to US residents only.

Here’s a snippet from Running Wolf, just for fun.

She looked at him now.  “A warrior does not admit to fear.”

        “But a woman does.  She cries and uses her tears to gather sympathy.  Yet you do not.”

         “Would that work?”

         “It would make you less interesting.  And you are very interesting.”

         “I do not want your interest.”

         He laughed.  “Then you should not have unseated one of my warriors.”

(c) 2015, Jenna Kernan, Running Wolf




Publishing: Book Release – Goodbye and Do You need Money for Gas?

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

The Texas Ranger’s Daughter, February 22 release from Harlequin Historical


The Texas Ranger’s Daughter releases on Wednesday!

Release is a good word for this type of parting.  As an author, I want my book in the hands of readers and await their response to my latest work with anxious anticipation.  Who will write me to offer praise and who will write me to offer constructive criticism?  Will someone review this story on GoodReads, Amazon or B&N?  Who will mention this book to a friend?

In mind, this is actually the second release.  The first release comes when I send my manuscript to my editor.  This marks the moment when the story is no longer only mine.  It is the instant that it changes from a beloved piece of my imagination to a commodity to be prepared for market.  Now the art department is involved with cover design and my editor is involved with suggestions on how to improve the story.  There are production meetings and front matter to collect (the dedication & Dear Reader letter).  The back cover is drafted and the book is scheduled for release.  Finally, for me, there are revisions, copy edits, line edits and final author alterations to be made.  During this time, the book becomes a collaboration of many interested parties, and although it is not all together mine, I still have input and a chance to make some changes.

The second release , for me, is when the book is available to the public.  Anyone anywhere can pick up my story.  They can read it, throw it, review it, offer it to a friend, set it on a precariously high reading pile, tuck it away in their electronic reader, review it online, trash it online, recommend it online or, maybe, just maybe, add it to their coveted Keepers Shelf.  This is the highest honor a reader can bestow.

In any case, what they do with it is not up to me.  The book, my story, is not mine any longer.  Now it has a life of its own.  Though the parting is a little sad, it is good to see your stories leave the house and not have to worry about them moving back in or asking to borrow money.

This Tuesday, it is the time for me to wish The Texas Ranger’s Daughter  well, wave good-bye and turn my attention to the stories that are still living under my roof and in my head.