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Jenny Schwartz, author of Australian Coastal Romance

Jacaranda Week


As jacaranda trees burst into flower and carpet streets and yards in a squidgy bluey purple mess, this is a time of celebration and transformation.

A Jacaranda Week means new clothes! Oh dear. It may also mean new shoes — and I’m not a fan of shoe shopping. It means you, too, are going to feel the need to display your best self.

Brace yourself, you may even feel the need to clean the house!

It’s totally worth the hassle because this is a time to feel good about yourself. Dye your hair, get a new style, have a pedicure. Whatever it is that makes you, like jacaranda trees, stop traffic :)


*insert the cute cat photo of your choice where an exhausted kitten is sleeping*

It’s been a long week, made longer since the paving has started and that is noisy! Also Toby has to be kept inside, and watched when he’s in the yard because gates are open. It’ll be worth it to have a safe, even path and a raised garden bed (to hold up the new fence, if that makes sense? it’s doubling as a retaining wall) where the sand doesn’t avalanche down. But oh why does anything that has to be done around here involve so much mess and noise!

paranormal romance app,Meantime I’m creating a new app for DEMON HUNTER’s release on 17 December – sneak peek to your right! This is quite complicated, but I’ve written out a plan of attack and will get all my ducks in a row (ducks of the photo and audio recording variety).

THE ICARUS PLOT is finished! Well, the first draft is. Oops! I think I forgot to share it here. I’ve been trying to keep my Facebook page active, so stuff has been going to it. The draft blurb:

Ivana March runs a very special toyshop in the heart of Victorian London. The last thing she expects to see enter it is an earl. Not that she has time to entertain him. Someone is stealing children, and the streetkids whisper tales of a “Metal Man”. Ivana must find the monster, rescue the children, and if the earl really wants to help, he can come with her. Only, no one warned her she’d have to venture to places better left unexplored. A good thing, then, that the new Earl of Somer is a noted explorer. When the two of them join forces, what could possibly go wrong?

THE ICARUS PLOT is due out in January. As is a secret project (whisper, coastal romance) that I’ve signed up to even if I’m already insanely busy. I’ll be scribbling LIGHT KISSES (there’s a lighthouse) through Christmas I suspect. The joys of being an author *wry smile*

Do you have any Christmas plans? I was planning a quiet one anyway (this year has been insane!) and now I’m grateful because I might be able to catch up on my writing.

Before I forget, did you see the new cover for CURSES AND CONFETTI? Isn’t it pretty?

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Snapdragon Week


I only had a small old picture of a snapdragon, one that self-seeded in a crack in the driveway — now that’s proof how tough they are!

Feeling a bit cross? Well, it is a Snapdragon Week. Forgive yourself the muttered road rage and snarling at the TV news. And honestly, your family and work colleagues aren’t being extra-special annoying. Nope. Unfortunately, in a Snapdragon Week, the problem is you.

This is the week your subconscious has decided to kick you on the path to self improvement. If you fight it, you’ll just prolong your crankiness.

Stop. Breathe. And work out what you can change. Start small because this is NOT the week to add to your stress level by attempting major self-improvement.

So snap a small habit. Habits are just chains of repeated actions. They’re within your control. Snap one and build a healthy new one.

I’m not going to give an example because we all have different demons, but truly, look at what’s making you cross, look honestly, and you’ll see the change you’re being dared (and nagged and harassed) to make. Tricky sub-consciouses!

DARE is free!


DARE. Sensual Tales of Fantasy & Suspense is my new paranormal romance collection and it’s FREE till Nov 16 — but only on Amazon! (sorry, exclusivity is the price of getting the book into Amazon’s lending library)

Dragons and ghouls, angels and djinn, impossible heroes and the women who cause them all kinds of trouble. This is a collection to delight, tantalise and entertain; a wonderful mix of novellas and short stories with guaranteed happy ever afters.

Dare includes:

Denying the Dragon
Journey to the Shassa
Embracing the Ghoul
The Lion-hearted
Can You Arrest an Alien?
Up In Flames
Release the Djinni

Pink Rose Week

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A week of high energy and no need to channel it. A Pink Rose Week is a rare kind of week and one to enjoy; kind of like being a kid again with your birthday around the corner.

You’re all revved up, bursting with energy and random plans. Sure, most of your plans won’t get off th eground, but this isn’t the week to worry about that. This is a week to simply be and do anything.

Sometimes “being sensible” just keeps us in our ruts. Pink Rose Weeks shake things up. Run, jump, cartwheel.

The best thing is that Pink Rose Weeks have no expectations, no pressure. They a time when the sensible voice in our heads loses out to “just do it!”

You might scrape your knee, offend your boss or cook an inedible (but adventurous) meal this week, but you won’t be bored. Enjoy the energy and the reminder that your inner risk-taker is alive and raring to go!