Earth-shaking News

Clancy Ramirez, the heroine of my August 27 release, Hollywood Demon, is a geomage, which means she can make the earth shake or grow still. And Clancy wants to come home, to one of the most famously unstable regions in the world – California.

jenny schwartz, hollywood demon, paranormal romance, kindle unlimited,California fascinates me not just because of its complicated geology, but because its climate is a lot like where I live in the south-west corner of Australia. I feel a kinship to California. We both have that coastal vibe, sunshine and zany people. But … California has earthquakes!

When you’re writing a paranormal romance or any kind of suspense novel, it helps to tap into people’s fears. Doing so raises the stakes. Vanity Fair has an interesting survey on what Americans most fear. But there’s no way I’m writing about your boss! That’s a total mood-killer 😉 I didn’t consult this survey or any other one when I was plotting Hollywood Demon, I just knew that for me, having the earth move beneath my feet is all kinds of terrifying because it doesn’t end there. Roads buckle, gas lines catch fire, water supply breaks down, chaos!

But then, the demon muscled into the story and it went in another direction. It’s still vitally important that Clancy is a geomage (fascinating magic), but the story is set in Hollywood, and in Hollywood it’s all about appearances. Are people really who they seem?

Mark Yarren, the hero of the story, isn’t over the tragedy of his broken engagement. But not for the reasons Clancy thought. Here’s a tiny snippet to tease you:

He stopped at a red light and turned to her. “That ‘everything’—her movie roles, her incredible beauty, her star quality—were part of the contract. Phoebe sold her soul to a demon. When the demon came to collect it, at the site of the car crash, she tried to give him my soul, instead.”

“No,” Clancy protested instinctively. Mark and Phoebe had been in love. Phoebe couldn’t possibly have tried to trade his soul for hers. It couldn’t be true.

People aren’t always who they seem, especially in Hollywood!


Instafreebie. I’m still exploring this site, but it seems to offer free books. Do any of you use it? Do you like it? Have you found any great books there?


On a non-writing topic, I really want to make cornbread. I’ve never eaten any and it sounds delicious. I’ve found this recipe for cornbread, but before I try it, does anyone have any tips?


And finally, names! People think naming children and pets is difficult – and it is! – but pity the poor author who is constantly on the hunt for names (and has to google that they’re not real and famous people). So I tend to bookmark sites like this one: common names by profession. Plus the American Social Services Administration does popular names by birth year. So helpful!


Fears, Thrills and Romance

Paranormal romance pushes all the right buttons for me. Danger and hot heroes, page-turning action, scenes that linger in the memory. It’s so intense. When I wrote Hollywood Demon I tapped into one of my true fears: the Earth moving.

paranormal romance, kindle unlimited, Jenny SchwartzI remember waking up during an earthquake once. It was about 3am. I sat up in bed, saw the small bookcase in my room (of course there’s a bookcase in my bedroom. Always!) kind of shimmy, thought “earthquake” and went back to sleep. But that’s because I was in a low-risk seismic zone. In a high-risk zone I’d have been outside or hiding in a doorway. I think the Earth should stay steady – and don’t start me on volcanoes! Aiee! I have ifestiophobia (a fear of volcanoes).

But back to Hollywood Demon and using intense fear as the inspiration for a romance novel. There’s a reason I’d do that, one based on psychology. Fear can convince us we’re in love, or on the road to being so. It’s the old scary movie for a first date ploy. By tapping into your fear, all your emotions are excited. That makes the book you’re reading all the more un-put-down-able.

And speaking of fear, here’s one to haunt you: can demons steal your soul through a camera? Excerpt from Hollywood Demon.

“There was a reason photographs used to be developed using a silver wash,” Mark said as they strolled out of the car park. “Silver protects against evil. Edgar used that in the Collegium spell. People no longer had to fear the possibility that the camera would truly steal their souls.”

Clancy shoved her hands into the pockets of her leather jacket. “The thought of my soul being stolen always gave me the heebie-jeebies when I heard that story.”

“And it happened—until Edgar and the others prevented it with their master spell in Paris in 1920. Once he’d set it, Edgar came here to California to join the emerging movie industry, secure in the knowledge that demons couldn’t contact people through the new moving images. But he couldn’t have anticipated digital photography.”

She rocked to a stop on the sidewalk. “No silver.”

But you’ll have to read Hollywood Demon to see if there’s a volcano in it!

Jenny Schwartz

Hollywood Demon is out August 27, and available now for the special launch price of 99c.

P.S. If you haven’t entered the Strong Women in Fiction giveaway, don’t forget! The cash prizes are awesome.

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Hollywood Demon – the big cover reveal!

Thank you to everyone involved in today’s Cover Reveal Extravaganza for Hollywood Demon. Lou Harper has created a beautiful design. Just look at Los Angeles shining in the night.

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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.

Hollywood Demon is out August 27, 2016, and available for pre-order at 99c. Woohoo!

In case you’re interested in sharing the cover or any of the other graphics below, I’m loading them fairly large to this page — just to explain why it may look a bit crowded!

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New covers

If you read my blog via RSS feed, you probably haven’t visited the front page of the website and espied the gorgeous new covers for The Collegium series. Lou Harper is doing a sensational job with them, capturing the magic of these paranormal romances. Doctor Wolf is awaiting her magic, and then … the big cover reveal for Hollywood Demon is this Wednesday! I am so excited. It is a beautiful cover!




Plague Cult

Catch Up Saturday

avatar16I’m calling today a catch-up day since I was felled by a headache yesterday, and it’s left me feeling slow, today. So, I’m doing little chores like updating my avatar. This cute 1920s-style pic is how you’ll recognise me around the net.

I’ve also created a pic that I’ll use when I discuss Alchemy Shift (the hero is a bear shifter). Jet Walsh is a fantastic hero. I adore him and the two young cousins he steps up to help.

Alchemy Shift

I also have plans – oh such plans – that I’m scribbling in my notebook for a new series. But that’s AFTER Alchemy Shift, and Alchemy Shift isn’t out till October – and yeah, I’m going to give it a Halloween theme. I can’t resist.

Hollywood Demon is on track for its August 27 release. The big cover reveal is July 27, and it’s sooooo hard not to share the gorgeous cover before then.

I’m currently re-reading Jayne Castle’s The Hot Zone, which is relaxing. I’m a big fan of re-reading when I’m tired. If I wasn’t so tired, I’d be staying up later to watch the Tour de France. I do love the scenery! Salers, France looks amazing!

Thank you to everyone who has tweeted, reviewed, re-shared posts, and generally helped to get the word out about Plague Cult. It goes full price July 10, so if you know anyone who’d enjoy it, give them a nudge before then 🙂


Summer of Magic Blog Hop

Contest Closed: Congrats to our grand prize winner, Missy Geni.

Happy 4th of July! To those in the northern hemisphere, have a gorgeous summer! To those of us freezing in the south, here’s a way to warm up!

A $75 gift card and other fabulous prizes are part of the fun of the Summer of Magic Blog Hop. Enter today for your chance to win! Contest closes July 10.

dh8Hold everything, don’t click away yet! I’m offering a free copy of my first Collegium paranormal romance, Demon Hunter, to the first ten people to comment on this post. Just tell me which e-format you’d prefer to read it in and Steve is all yours!


Also, now’s your chance to pick up my latest Collegium release, Plague Cult, for only 99c (till July 10). A lonely hearts club plague threatens a small Texas town. This story has it all – family drama, new lovers, and a ghost!

And finally, don’t feel to sorry for me living in winter. This is winter in Perth!

Down by the river.


And at the beach. It’s a tough life!