Thursday, February 19, 2015

This Isn't Goodbye

Hey y'all!  I know it's been a really long time, but I hope that if you're stumbling across my blog for some reason (you were researching a topic and came across a post from here, you used to follow me back in the day when I was a super cool blogger lol, or you just plain missed me) that you'll see that I've started writing contemporary romance novels! 

Apparently, I'm pretty alright at it!  New York Times and USA Today Bestseller anyone?  How cool is that?  It's pretty freaking amazing to be honest. I am so blessed. :)

I no longer blog here, as I'm sure you can understand. Being a self-published author means that I'm in charge of handling every aspect of my career from branding, to marketing, promotion, publicity, etc. All my time is spent working on my books and making sure people like you know that they exist.

So with that being said, I hope you'll follow me over on my author page and support me there the same way you've always supported me here. Being a blogger for so many years afforded me the opportunity to meet so many amazing people and it opened my eyes to so many possibilities. We, as women, are pretty damn powerful and determined (Blogher ring a bell?). 

Being an author has done the same- I'm still surrounded by powerful women who are driven to succeed and refuse to give up on their dreams. They constantly amaze me and I am honored to be in their company. 

Thank you again for always loving me. I truly hope you'll head over to my author website and check out what I've been doing for the last 4 years. I think you'll be proud of me.  :) 

xox jenn

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Sunday, February 01, 2015

Teaser! :)

Busy busy busy!  A writer can't make a living writing if she doesn't WRITE!  So... I'm trying to hit some self imposed deadlines and I. WILL. MAKE. IT!  :) 

I'm really super excited about the book i'm working on right now. It's giving me all the feels. I haven't been THIS excited for a book since I wrote The Perfect Game! I'm loving it so far. The two main characters are awesome and i'm enjoying getting to know them better the more I write. :)

Anyway, I wanted to introduce you to Dalton Thomas. He's hot. I love him. At least I do right now.. it's still early in the book. lol


Dalton:
"I remember the day she stopped talking to me, the look in her eyes letting me know that I had done something so completely unforgivable. I don’t even know what the hell I did to make her so upset, but I planned on finding out. I might have been a stupid young kid back then who allowed her to walk away, but I was a man now. And a man rights his wrongs, admits where he screwed up and goes after what he wants.
And what I want is her."

...
10 Years Later... coming soon



Get excited!  Cause I sure am!  :) 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2015 Signings!

Here is a list of my signings. There is the possibility of ONE more awesome one being added, so stay tuned for that. *cough* Hawaii anyone *cough*

I bring books to each signing for sale the day of the event, but of course you can bring your own. I look forward to meeting you and hope you can make it out to one of these!  :) 

FEBRUARY 13, 2015 (please note this is a FRIDAY)SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
6:00pm - 10:00pm (followed by FSOG movie at local theatre)
Embassy Suites
100 Capital Mall


Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/loveandfifty
Website & Tickets:
http://loveandfifty.blogspot.com/


MARCH 7, 2015
AUSTIN, TEXAS
12:00-4:00pm
Hyatt Regency, Austin


Facebook Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/austinbookfest
Tickets Required:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/austin-book-fest-tickets-12836727999


MARCH 21, 2015
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
11:00am - 3:00pm
Mixer After Party: 7:00pm- 12:00am
Universal Hilton, City Walk


Facebook Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/authorsunderthelights
Website & Tickets:

http://www.authorsunderthelights.blogspot.com/


JUNE 13, 2015
BOSTON, MA
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue TBD

Website & Tickets:
http://www.lalonemarketing.com/events/boston-author-event/
Facebook Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1429297250694408/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1&sid_create=870107795


NOVEMBER 14, 2015
CHICAGO, IL
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue Details TBD

Website & Tickets:
http://www.lalonemarketing.com/events/chicago-author-event/
Facebook Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1399258233709687/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1&sid_create=98651625

Monday, December 16, 2013

Nine things you might not know about me

I posted this on facebook and figured i'd post it on my blog as well. Why? Cause it's fun!  :)

Nine things you might not know about me:

1- I used to work for Disney. Not DisneyLAND, but Disney- the company. I worked in the building that the dwarfs hold up in Burbank. I LOVED working there. It was pretty f'n magical.
 


2- I was a DJ... on the radio during college at the campus radio station. I played music that scared the living piss out of me because it was dark and angry and filled with screaming lyrics i couldn't understand. So there would be all this YELLING and then i'd be all chipper and happy like "HI! It's jenn here! And that was... uh.. holy crap, i can't even pronounce their name or song title. My bad." lol
 


3- I love to take pictures and I love having my picture taken. What can I say? I'm sort of a ham.
 
 
 
4- I was born and raised in Southern California and I hate the fact that I don't currently live there. I can't wait to move back. CANT. WAIT. 


5- Pretty much every job i've had in my adult life has been in the entertainment industry. Disney, Lucasfilm, Casting Agencies, Talent Agencies, Radio Stations, etc. 
 


 6- I love the rain. Absolutely freaking love it. I especially love it when i'm at the beach. There's something about water falling on water...it soothes me. 
 


 7- I prefer odd numbers. I don't know why, I just don't really like even numbers. I'm all about the odds. 
 


 8- I got my very first tattoo last New Years Eve. By myself. That was sort of sad. I want a couple more, but I haven't decided exactly WHAT or WHERE yet.  

 9- I totally believe in past lives, soulmates, and that we can talk to the dead. And sometimes my dreams come true. Like the ones I have when i'm sleeping. (I love that by the way). I also love astrology. I'm a Virgo. Classic Virgo.
 
 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Happy Birthday Leah. Still Remembering You, Sal

It's that time again. That time of year. I am not over it. I'm not past it. It still feels like yesterday. And even though I don't post on this blog that often anymore (I post on my author blog), I can't let this go by without reposting it all again. 


I have to repost this every year.
Because every year around this time i'm sick to my stomach. My heart still fucking aches. My eyes still water. I can't stand how horrifying this day was. I'll never ever forget how it felt. and I didn't lose someone I loved that day.

Two years ago when I originally posted this, I was blessed to have Leah's dad Walter stop by the blog and comment on it. *waves hi to walter*  Walter, your comment touched me. The fact that you found this blog about your daughter and took the time to talk to me, a stranger.... I can't tell you how much it meant to me.  thank you for having the strength.

He also alerted me to a couple newer articles about leah. They're quite beautiful, so i'm sharing them here.
http://www.northjersey.com/news/crime_courts/129434033_Oliver_was_full_of_life__devoted_to_her_family.html?page=all

http://www.baristanet.com/2010/09/reflecting-on-911-in-2010/

Happy Birthday Leah. I wish you were still here to celebrate, my birthday twin. xo  and Walter, if you find this blog again this year-  give yourself a hug from me. A big one.


THIS WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 9/11/2009...


when i first participated in dc roe's 2996 challenge, i got to learn about a brave firefighter named sal calabro. it was truly my pleasure to honor him, get to know him, and write about him. i was grateful for the project because it introduced me to someone i wouldn't have known otherwise. on that day when so many of our lives were changed forever, he was a hero. and he paid the ultimate price. i can't believe his family has had to live these past 8 years without him. it breaks my heart.

when dc sent out the email that he was doing the project again, i signed up without hesitation. and this time, i got Leah E. Oliver.

the first thing i noticed about leah was that we shared the same birthday. september 12th... the day after "the day." i stopped for a moment before i read any further about her to just kind of appreciate the randomness (and not so randomness) of it all. what was the likelihood that the person i would get to write about would share the same birthday as me?

the more i read about leah, the more i found myself smiling and thinking that we would have totally been friends. everyone said the same things about her. how warm she was... her amazing smile.. she made everyone feel welcome.. she was always positive and smiling and happy. everyone who knew her talked about how much they loved her and her laugh. what a great way to be remembered.... always happy. i can only hope to be so lucky.

Leah Oliver

i don't think you'd guess by this gorgeous picture of her, but she loved to go on motorcycle rides with her dad. a passion that they shared with one another. there is a memorial page up for leah where her father has written the sweetest most heartbreaking letter to his only daughter. the following is part of what he wrote:


"Life is about not knowing. Surely the last few weeks have proved that to all of us. But bringing Leah into this world is one thing I know for certain I’ve done absolutely right in my life. I love all my children equally, and I’m equally proud of each of them. Leah was just that little bit special because she was my first. As oldest children often do, Leah marched through life with a sense of purpose, determined to be successful. And she exceeded my expectations all along the way."


leah grew up in dartmouth, massachusetts and went to college at columbia university. it seems like leah's life was just getting started. she had a new boyfriend (in an old friend) and had recently started working at marsh & mclennan in the world trade center. she couldn't wait to show her mom the view from the 96th floor. the 96th floor. i guess you can only imagine how and why she didn't make it out that day. she loved her co-workers and felt like she had the job of her dreams. things were falling into place for this 24 year old.

24.

never to turn 25 because the following day would not come for her.

she left behind so many family members who miss her. a boyfriend who has had to move on without her when he thought he was going to spend the rest of his life with her. it's hard for me to write about someone who was so young and whose life was just getting started. because you read about the person they were and you want so much more for them. you know how much they could have had and then you get angry that all of that was taken away. imagine how i'd feel if i had the pleasure to actually know leah in real life??

september 11th still hurts. sometimes i think i'm ready to deal with certain aspects of it. like a tv special about 9/11 will be on and i'll record it so that i can watch it later at my own pace. but then i'll go to turn it on, and within the first 30 seconds, i'm already in tears and i can't take it. i'm not ready. it's still too raw. and it's been 8 years. and i didn't even know anyone who lost their life that day personally. (i know people who knew people) it wasn't right. it wasn't fair. and it breaks my heart to know how much my life has changed since that day, and i wasn't even directly affected. so many other people have had to live each day since without their loved ones in their life. and all i can say is that i'm sorry. i'm so sorry that sal's boys have had to grow up with only a memory for a father. i'm so sorry that leah's family has to go on without her. i'm sorry she never got to have her 25th birthday. but i can promise you that i will forever think of her on our day from here on out.

there is a scholarship set up in her name.. there are tributes to her where you can read more about her. i wish i could have known her.. but i'm glad this project introduced me to her. and now to you.