Posts Tagged ‘The Texas Ranger’s Daughter’

Reading, Blog Tour and Appearances

Friday, March 8th, 2013

 

Jenna on a recent trip to New Orleans

 

I’m currently wedged between my paranormal release coming in two weeks and my last Western historical release only last month with promotion efforts ongoing to make readers aware of these releases.

I’ve been writing newsletters, blog posts, Facebook updates, appearances and book signings.  Here’s the particulars so you can join me here and there.

March 14 – Blog Post and Comments

Lady’s Love Cowboys on my February Western Release, THE TEXAS RANGER’S DAUGHTER.

This post includes a new short, sexy excerpt.

 

March 20 – Blog Post and Comments

Harlequins Paranormal Blog about upcoming paranormal release, BEAUTY’S BEAST.

April 1 – Reading and Book Signing

Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC: Reading from BEAUTY’S BEAST at 7 PM and book signing to follow

 

April 29 – Visiting with Readers

Harlequin’s Community Forum: I’ll be talking about sexy Skinwalkers and how they differ from shapeshifters.

 

May 31 – Book Signing, BEAUTY’S BEAST

Book Expo America: I’ll be signing complimentary copies of BEAUTY’S BEAST from 11 AM to 12 PM at the Romance Writers of America Booth (RWA Booth) on Friday, May 31

 

Busy, busy….and I know you are too.  But I’d love to see you on line or in person!

Happy Reading and, as always, enjoy the adventure!

 



Writer’s Life: Field Trip

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

This week I finished and submitted my latest paranormal romance. That means I take myself away from my desk and my keyboard for an outing to celebrate. Today’s field trip was one of my favorite destinations.

Every time I go to NYC I learn something new.  Here are just four things that I learned today.

 

Happy 100th Grand Central

  1. Grand Central Terminal is celebrating its 100th Birthday.  This Centennial includes a special exhibition in Vanderbilt hall, special merchandising fount there and in the permanent MTA store tucked into the west side of the station and wonderful special events.  I now have a new ornament for my tree, a reproduction of the famous clock that sits atop the information booth in the center of the terminal.  From the exhibition I learned that GCS was first Grand Central Depot, then renamed Grand Central Station and finally Grand Central Terminal.  I also saw clips from all the movies that have been filmed in or around GCS.  Can you name two?  On one trip into NYC, I even saw them filming one of them, I am Legend.  Want more information: http://elaguilanewyorkrestaurant.com/

  1. New Favorite Restaurant.  If you take the Subway at 103rd Street, you will step up onto Lexington Avenue and on the Northwest corner there is a restaurant in an old aluminum, 1940’s style diner.  El Aguila serves marvelous Mexican food, though I was not brave enough to try the Mexican goat taco.  http://elaguilanewyorkrestaurant.com/

  1. The Museum of the City of New York is in an absolutely beautiful mansion that faces Central Park and has a sweeping white marble staircase that is not to be believed.  I felt just like Scarlet O’Hara walking down those steps, minus the hoop skirt. http://www.mcny.org/

  1. Coffee, Plus.  If you stop at a particular coffee shop between the 4, 5, and 6 Lexington Subway and the station proper, you will pass a coffee shop/bakery.  When you order coffee there, they give you a tiny little pound cake, the size of a pink eraser, with your coffee.  That little free cake will mean that this place is now my go-to spot for coffee from now on! http://www.financierpastries.com/

New York City is always an adventure and my readers know I love a good adventure!

 

 



Using my eReader as a Writing Tool

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

My Notes & Marks includes notes labeled, ‘too much backstory’ and ‘do I need this scene?’

I have been using my eReader for some time to read stories to me. I really don’t mind the electronic voice if it allows me to experience more novels than I could otherwise squeeze into my crazy schedule. But lately I’ve been using my eReader to help me with my works in progress.

Here’s How:  I email my story as a document to my eReader address and open it as a document.  Then I use the Read Aloud function to listen to my second draft.

Here’s Why: Despite cringing at missing words and incorrect verb tense and a myriad of other minutiae, the Read Aloud function lets me hear some big picture items without getting sidetracked with fixing trivialities

Here’s What:

The False Start – While listening, I can more easily spot where the story or chapter or scene really begins, in other words, where the writing gets interesting. I often unintentionally do some “throat clearing” before I get rolling, especially on a new story as I get to know the setting, characters and conflict.  There can be a pile of backstory in these pages and all of that has to go.  Nobody cares about backstory until they are vested in the characters.  So spotting these information dumps and making a note to myself regarding their elimination helps me create a fast read.

I’m Boring Myself – If my mind wanders or worse still, if I fall asleep while listening, I have a waving red flag that the reader will check out as well. My eReader helps me find those places.

Setting – It’s easier for me to notice when I have too many scenes set in the same location while listening and also to discover places where I have not done enough to help the reader experience the setting.

Weak Openings, Feeble Hooks – Did my opening grab me and do my hooks drag me into the next chapter?

Repeats of Ideas, Backstory or other things – Readers are smart and they have very good memories, so once is enough.

Unnatural Dialogue – Hearing the characters helps me see if their conversations sound natural or forced and if the characters have different styles of speech.

Timeline:  It’s always nice to notice if your story has a week has no Wednesday and no weekend or if you have the characters eating second breakfast like hobbits. Listening helps me here as well.

Here’s Help: I mark places that need addressing with the Notes function which does stop the Read Aloud function, so I only use it for big things, which again keeps me from miring in details.  I’m in the middle of such a read right now for a draft of a paranormal romance for Nocturne, but I took a little break to share something that works for me.

Happy writing!



Craft: Bonus Material, The Texas Ranger’s Daughter

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

By now some of you have read THE TEXAS RANGER’S DAUGHTER, released this week.  I thought readers might enjoy seeing some bonus material that never made the book.  This section was cut from the manuscript for several reasons.  Since Laurie mentions her encounter with Anton to Boon, having her seducer appears seemed unnecessary.  Her memories of the incident and her mother’s mention of Anton served the purpose of explaining to the reader why Laurie never married and why she feels like a fraud.  Also, if Anton reappears, Laurie has to act to protect other girls who might face seduction and then Boon or her father would have had to deal with him and this tangent would pull attention away from the developing love interest.  In other words, it side-tracked the story, so it had to go.

Still, I thought that the readers might enjoy seeing Laurie meet the man who ruined her and made her feel like such a fraud.  It was this man who kept her from being able to find a husband out of fear he would know she was not pure and fear that she was unworthy of a good man.

Here’s the cut scene between Laurie Bender and Anton Fischer…

 

A knock sounded on the door so quickly after her father’s departure that Laurie thought he must have forgotten something.  But when she opened the door it was to the face she had spent the last five years trying to forget.

There in the hallway stood Anton Fischer, the Ranger who had seduced her and then dropped her like a bad penny.  He had changed little, except that his face was no longer lean and his waist was no longer trim.  He grinned roguishly at her and Laurie wondered where she had put Larson’s gun.

Her stomach dropped as if she was falling, but something about his smug expression replaced her shock with a suspicion, creeping in like fog.  Was this some kind of game to him?

“What are you doing here?”

“Surprised to see me?”

She had heard from her mother that he had left the division shortly after marrying the one he had been engaged to even as he had taken her innocence, some five years ago.  She knew he had been working in the pharmacy owned by his in-laws here in Abilene.  He also had several children.

Laurie narrowed her eyes on him.  If he thought her the same silly girl she had been he certainly was in for a surprise.

His expression told her that he had not accidentally run into her while seeking her father.  No, this was a planned encounter, a strategic attack.  He always knew when her father was away and always approached her at such times.

“What is it you want, Mr. Fischer.”

“That’s mighty formal for the road we traveled.”

“You are very lucky that we two are the only ones who knew of that.”

“Well, that’s the thing I’m here about.  Since I never did have to pay that piper I figure you are a gal who can keep a secret.  And seeing how you’ve grown into such a beauty, I wondered if you had any interest in renewing our acquaintance.”

Laurie’s cool demeanor slipped and outrage roared.

“I do not.”  She fairly spat the words at him.  How could she ever have considered him romantic when now just looking at him filled her with disgust?

“Pity, still you are a bit old now.”

Old?  She was not yet twenty and he called her old.  A dreadful thought occurred to her.

“How many other girls have you seduced?”

He gave her that smug cat smile and a shrug then reset his hat.  “Just like you, Laurie, Dearie.  I don’t kiss and tell.”

With that, he strolled away, whistling ‘Camptown Races.’

Laurie narrowed her eyes as she considered her folly might not be losing her virginity to Anton Fischer, but not telling anyone about it.

How many girls had suffered her fate because of her unwillingness to reveal the truth?

© 2012, Jenna Kernan, excessed from

THE TEXAS RANGER’S DAUGHTER, April 2013

 



Life: Halloween Cats

Sunday, October 28th, 2012
Don’t worry, I’m working on my next paranormal romance for Nocturne and getting ready for the release of my next Western romance, THE TEXAS RANGER’S DAUGHTER, in February 2013.  But I wanted to give the cats equal billing this week as the dogs ran the Halloween parade last week.
So here are my top five Halloween cat costumes.
Number 5 – Not every kitty can pull off a bow and puffy sleeves.  She also has that angry princess glaring, which I appreciate.

This beauty seems to have spotted the woodsman.

Number 4 – This cat is cool and doesn’t care who knows it.

Eat your heart out James Dean

Number 3 – This cat loves the camera and also seems to love this stunning costume.  She will definately be ready for tricks or treats.

Elizabeth Taylor look alike.

Number 2 – This costume looks good on adults, toddlers and kittys, but it is the expression that makes this my #2 pick.  Precious!

A bee-coming costume

Number 1 – Funny always wins in my book.  A kitty dressed as a flightless bird tickles me and look how the owner has managed to get kitty’s whiskers through the eye holes of this penguin mask.

Wolf in sheep’s clothing?

 

I hope your Halloween is filled with treats and fun.