Surviving a Release Week

With Hollywood Demon releasing last Saturday, this week is a bit of a blur. I don’t think that sending a new book into the world ever gets easier, emotionally, but I am learning how to cope. One of the important strategies is to force myself to work on a different project — I’m working on the second draft of Alchemy Shift. The other strategy is vital: to get out of the house and away from the computer. At a minimum I’m stretching my legs with walks around the neighbourhood. It’s spring time which makes it exciting times for my hayfever!

**By the way, and totally off-topic, do you have any natural remedies for hayfever? At home, I have an air filter in my study and that is bliss, but I can’t live my whole life in my study!

Huge Speculative Fiction Sale – all books 99c Sept 3-4

Patty Jansen runs spectacular science fiction and fantasy promotions with some best-selling authors involved. Often the books promoted are free. This time Patty put the call out for 99c books. I’ve included Hollywood Demon, sneaking it in before it goes full price. Other people have significantly dropped the price of their books. It’s an impressive collection and it’s just for Sept 3-4, so mark your calendars!

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Re-visiting Childhood

A few days ago I was driving through the area where I grew up. It used to be a semi-rural community, but all the houses have been demolished to make way for an industrial estate. My primary school is gone. Memories are all that remain — except! Just beyond the industrial estate is a pocket of open ground. One swamp has survived major earth-moving activities (my great-uncle’s property became a limestone quarry!) and opposite the swamp a flock of sheep was grazing. I’m not sure how well the photos will show for you, but I can’t resist sharing this proof that not all the freedom of my childhood is lost.

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Flock of sheep – it looks rural and idyllic, doesn’t it?
Swamp. It used to be filled with water, but now it's just paperbark trees and grass.
Swamp. It used to be filled with water, but now it’s just paperbark trees and grass.
Cooking Adventures

Actually, I have no cooking adventures this week. Given how stressful I find release weeks, I’m just grateful that I’m not eating takeaway – which is a lazy woman’s comfort food 🙂 Do you have a favourite comfort food? This winter I came up with what I’m calling a Mexican soup, although I doubt it’s Mexican at all. I should make it.

I fry a chopped onion in olive oil, salt and pepper. Once it’s translucent-to-golden in colour, I add a generous amount of cumin and smoked sweet paprika and a pinch of dried chilli, and stir through the onions for maybe ten seconds. You don’t want the spices to burn. Then I add two cups of water (or thereabouts, none of my measurements are accurate), a chopped sweet potato (the orange kind) and a drained and rinsed (I’m so fussy!) can of cannellini beans. Bring to the boil, then simmer for an hour or even two. Then blitz with a stick blender — is that what you call them in America? — you want a puree. Put the pot back on the stove and add sweetcorn kernels cut from two fresh cobs. Cook for ten minutes. Be careful! The puree might bloop! like a mini-volcano, or stick to the bottom of the pot. Watch and stir. And then … deliciousness. It tastes even better reheated the next day.

Free Contemporary Romance Collection

Jenny Schwartz, cafe nix, contemporary romance free,Cafe Nix is a collection of short stories by Escape Publishing authors, including me. It came out a couple of years ago, but Amazon has been stubborn about setting it free – which is what we all wanted it to be. We want to give it away! Now, suddenly, Amazon has come to the party. So, grab your free copy, today.

Ainslie Paton was the genius and the person who slaved to bring Cafe Nix into the world. She’s also funny and smart and writes intense adult romances that showcase her quirky Aussie humour. This was a fantastic project to be part of: sometimes I’m the luckiest person.

Real Life Paranormal Stories & Investigations

I haven’t had a chance to go through this page on paranormal resources, but I want to! Just the link at the bottom of the page to haunted rocking chairs made me blink. Have you ever encountered the inexplicable? I don’t think I believe in ghosts.

Winners of National Geographic’s Travel Photographer of 2016 Contest

I’m more an armchair traveller than a real one, so I love looking at other people’s travel photos. These National Geographic prize winners take that to the next level. Amazing!

You might have guessed that in a release week I’m easily distracted and a bit random. I think I’d best stop rambling and get back to work on Alchemy Shift.

Final Reminder

Hollywood Demon is only at 99c for a few more days, so if you haven’t grabbed your copy or you’ve been meaning to mention it to a friend, don’t delay!

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Hollywood Demon Release Day

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It’s finally here! Release day for Hollywood Demon, and to celebrate, Hollywood Demon is at the special launch price of 99c – just for a few days. As a little frosting on the cake, Author Book Deals is featuring my first Collegium book, Demon Hunter, today, along with other great 99c specials.

Blurb for Hollywood Demon

Feel the Earth move!

A camera can’t steal your soul—but a demon can! Mark Yarren suspects a demon has found a way around the spell his great-grandfather cast to prevent demons sucking souls through the camera’s lens. Digital photography dangerously omits the silver wash that was photography’s century-old defence against Hell.

Mark is Hollywood royalty, descended from the early Hollywood stars: the studio bosses and directors, the producers and actresses. Now he lives alone in his palatial Beverly Hills estate.

Well, not quite alone.

Clancy Ramirez is back! She’s tried life in New York, in Iceland, and in Hawaii, but she missed California. She missed the grumbling roar of the San Andreas Fault with its leagues-deep molten geology. Clancy is a geomage and she can make the earth shake—or grow still. But California isn’t her territory. She has no place intruding or tapping its energy.

But a demon shackled for a century is breaking free, and Collegium rules, old heartaches and strained family loyalties will break, too.

The Big One is coming.

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Hollywood Demon is a completely stand-alone novel in “The Collegium” series.

Reading Order for The Collegium Series

Now’s a good time to check: have you read all of The Collegium series?

Demon Hunter
Djinn Justice
Dragon Knight
Doctor Wolf
Plague Cult
Hollywood Demon

and out in October, Alchemy Shift

A Huge and Heartfelt Thank You

Hollywood Demon, Jenny Schwartz, kindle unlimited, paranormal romance,Thank you so much for picking up Hollywood Demon, telling your friends about it, sharing posts and reviews (reviews are more precious than diamonds), and generally making the sometimes lonely job of being an author one of sheer joy. I appreciate your kindness more than I can say.

As always, happy reading!

Jenny

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Cornbread, KU and Other Matters

First up, thank you to everyone who shared tips and encouragement on how to make cornbread. You can see below the result of my efforts on Saturday. Not bad for a first attempt! And it was so yummy. I’ll be baking this, again. A special thanks to Valerie for her tip that I preheat the pie dish (I don’t have a skillet). The edge was crusty and perfect. The recipe was from Sally’s Baking Addiction (although because I was too impatient to wait for the melted butter to cool, I added the buttermilk before the egg).

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Hollywood Demon is out on Saturday and I’m trying not to hyperventilate as I hope and wish and dream that it launches well. I love Clancy and Mark, the couple in this story. He was her first crush.

Free Books Alert!

The Urban Fantasy (and Paranormal Romance) Sale is offering free books this Friday and Saturday (August 26-27). Definitely check them out – the sale includes my collection of paranormal romantic suspense, Dare. However, if you can’t wait for Dare to go free, you can pick up my collection of sensual steampunk and fantasy, Indulge, free right now (till August 25). It has a snazzy new cover – do you like it?

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Kindle Unlimited

If you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber — and if you are, I envy you so much. Amazon won’t let Australians join this subscription service and my book budget suffers as a result (hello, Instafreebie!) — there’s an urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused event hosted by author Roz Marshall happening now. You can browse some amazing books.

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Wildflower Season

It’s nearly spring in my corner of the world, and that means the wildflowers are out. If you’re ever in Perth, Western Australia, in September you should not miss the Kings Park Festival, which is held at the city’s botanic gardens. I’m not sure I’ll make it there this year. I hope I do. I was there in 2014 and it was fantastic. West Australian wildflowers are unique in the world.

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Bellflowers
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Black kangaroo paws
Instafreebie

With your encouragement last week, I’ve dived into Instafreebie. I’ve picked up:

Amy Hopkins – Dream Stalker
J. L. Hendricks – Eclipse of the Beginning
Rogenna Brewer – Sealed with a Kiss
Mark E. Cooper – Way of the Wolf

free steampunkAnd I even put a copy of my steampunk novella, Clockwork Gold, up on Instafreebie with a new cover. That was pushing my tech skills to their limit! The cover looks sexier than the story is. Clockwork Gold is me re-imagining West Australian history (which I studied cough-cough years ago at university).

 

Strong Women

If you’re into giveaways and contests, please don’t forget to enter the Strong Women in Fiction giveaway before it ends August 31. There are two big prizes of $1,000 each.

And that’s it from me, until Saturday – which is Release Day for Hollywood Demon! Will I survive the anticipation and excitement? 🙂

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Hollywood Demon is out Saturday August 27 and available for pre-order now at 99c.