All posts by Jenny Schwartz

Jenny Schwartz, author of Australian Coastal Romance

Announcing a Short Story Trio in 2015

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This is one of the secret projects I’ve been dying to share. I have three short stories coming out with Escape Publishing in early 2015.

From the tropical heat of the Great Barrier Reef, through the glamour and danger of Sydney, to the all-action, high drama of Tasmania’s Antarctic specialists, these are romances to make you laugh, sigh and fall in love — these heroes are something special.

I’ve mocked up some “coming soon” covers to go with the draft blurbs. These stories are amazing — no that’s not just fond author delusion. In under 15,000 words they are mini-novels: full stories, lots of “chemistry” ;) and I absolutely loved writing them.

2ndchanceSecond Chance Island
early 2015

When you’ve betrayed a man, broken his trust and shamed yourself, is a second chance at loving him heaven or hell? Laura Robertson is working at a tropical resort on the Great Barrier Reef when her ex-lover Phil Cooper arrives on Topaz Island. She’s fighting for her self-respect, having just lost her job as a marine biologist. Now she has to fight for their happiness.

 

 

 

No RescueNo Rescue
early 2015

Recovering from a tragic hostage situation, Miri Blair is staying at a friend’s flat in Sydney. From her balcony she encounters Sergeant Tad Robertson of the Water Police who dares her to risk living again. Sydney is a wonderful city for a romance, but when Miri’s trauma affects their growing relationship, Tad questions whether she has the strength to handle him and his dangerous job.

 

 

 

icebreakerIce-Breaker
early 2015

Dr Kiara Holland and Selwyn Powell’s first encounter is dramatic and their attraction immediate, but they have other commitments, separate lives, and they part. But Selwyn can’t forget her and when Kiara returns from scientific research in Antarctica, he kidnaps her – with her startled agreement. Perhaps a break from real life will give them a chance at happiness, or perhaps it will break their connection forever.

 

Is it the New Year yet?

2014 has been a mongrel of a year. (Mongrel being a good, oldfashioned, polite-ish Aussie swearword for a **** anything). So I’d really like to end it now and start again.

Here are my it’s-only-September-New-Year-resolutions:

  • drastically cut down sugar. I feel better without it, but reach for it whenever I get stressed. Bah. Willpower, woman!
  • cut down social media. Oh my goodness! It’s like sugar. Feel stressed? Tweet! I lose time and worse, I lose energy and enthusiasm, writing social media when I should be writing my WIP *waves hi to “Chasing Xanadu”* Remember me?
  • cut down distractions. Real life (i.e. everything that interferes with my writing ;) ) has been crazy this year. I have to get better at juggling and really, get better at being selfish. I don’t necessary agree with the sexist generalisations in this article from Overland, but I do think that selfishness wins you time (possibly because everyone ends up hating you!) Prioritising my must-do’s over other people’s might be my biggest challenge.

I want to finish three books by the end of the year *gulp* So if you see my on Twitter, talking about donuts, kick my butt. Please!procras

Nasturtium Week

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Nasturtiums will grow anywhere, and often self-seed. They spring up on their own, in the most unlikely places, and try to grow to meet every other plant in the garden. They’re friendly that way!

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A Nasturtium Week is filled with pepper and determination. Have you ever eaten the flowers? A hint of sweet and a lot of peppery tang. Delicious!

Life is going to zap you this week. Zap! and a temptation to snarl at someone for their stupidity. Zap! and your own stupidity trips you up. Zap! and here’s an unexpected opportunity, but a grasp the nettle kind of one. Ouchie, but worth it if you really commit.

Nasturtiums also attract cabbage moths – those white, floaty, drifting moths of summer. Their caterpillars may eat your garden plants, but as adults they’re as fragile and beautiful as dreams. Likewise this week may munch on you a bit, but if you persevere, there are beautiful moments waiting to lift your spirits.

Happy Nasturtium Week!

Pre-Order KISS IT BETTER

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My latest contemporary romance, Kiss It Better, is out 8 October, but you can pre-order it now at Amazon.

For non-Americans, do you know that the Amazon link tends to work for each book, you just change the ending, i.e. Australians add “.au” to the amazon.com bit, and the British change it to amazon.co.uk? As far as I can tell, the rest stays the same. You probably already knew that. Other pre-order links coming soon via Escape Publishing.

Revisit gorgeous Jardin Bay with Jenny Schwartz’s fabulous new novel. The town may look like paradise, but for one nurse it represents only broken dreams.

All Cassie Freedom wants to do is save the world, and she could, if only she were able to. But her dream of nursing in Africa is shattered, and she returns home to Jardin Bay, where familiarity, security, and a sense of her own failure threaten to drown her.

Dr. Theo Morrigan knows a thing or two about responsibility, leaving his own medical practice to take over a family business. He knows his mind, his future, and how he wants to live his life – until an old secret resurfaces and rocks his whole world.

Suddenly, the man who needed no one needs a broken-hearted nurse, and a nurse who thinks she’s too weak will find her own strength.

Review copies are available at Netgalley.

Yellow Rose Hunger

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Your Yellow Rose Week will be a bit unsettled; like having the mid-afternoon munchies. You’ll be restless and wanting something, but unable to decide quite what. Resist the chocolate! There is something good out there — something you desire — but you have to refuse a fleeting pleasure/distraction to acquire it.

Yellow roses traditionally mean friendship, and we’re all hungry for acceptance, kindness, laughter and a sensitive challenge to be all that we can be. We want people to appreciate us. And we want to trust others; to be able to unfurl our petals and share some of our secret selves.

Maybe that’s your hunger this week?

If you’re searching for a soul friend, your anam cara, there aren’t any guarantees that this special person will reveal themselves this week. But the search is important. Readying yourself to be brave, generous and attentive can only help all of your life.

Hunger isn’t always a bad thing. It can tell us what we need. Remind us what is important.

Identify your hunger and then decide how you’ll satisfy it.

and speaking of hunger and the trouble it can get you into, here’s the Cookie Monster :)

 

Visual Sells

In the last couple of months I’ve been trying to catch up on how to use social media. What’s hot, what’s not, and how to run fast enough to only fall a little behind — that’s how swiftly social media is changing. All of this reading has become jumbled in my mind, so I don’t have links, but a few themes really stood out.

First, you need images.

Second, why aren’t you on Pinterest if your target market is women? (I’m on Pinterest)

Facebook has ads. Love them, loathe them, you can’t really ignore them.

I’m more in love with Canva.com than ever. They have templates for creating things like Facebook ads.

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Moving beyond visuals alone, YouTube is huge. Call me daunted. I’m never going to be a video star and I can live with that.

Goodreads ads, those small side ones, don’t engage readers (I’ve tried).

Be super careful and respectful of copyright. A lot of work goes into creating images. Credit people and follow their guidelines on how or if they allow resharing.

Social media can chew up time. This is not a new thing to note, but I’m wondering how much of my social media time is now passive consumption as opposed to interaction. That seems to me to be worst of all, as if the TV has been pushed aside for a new idiot box. I’m being babysat by marketers!

So my final learning is to disengage. Turn off the electronics and walk away. Or in my case, because my writing schedule is so far behind, turn of the internet and type like a fiend!

PS how do you like my new website header? I think it’s really conveying who I am and what I write, along with my new tagline: A Hopeful Romantic. So true :)