Welcome to the Glam Life of a Deadline Writer

IMG_2318Hello all. Yeah, that’s me, looking like shit because I’m flying for three weeks now on about five hours of sleep a night. I believe it’s around two o’clock in the afternoon, who knows, because I’ve been up since six and since my office is down the hall from my bedroom, “getting ready in the morning” has lost all imperative. My morning ritual is getting up and turning on my laptop, checking the weather on my phone (because looking out the window is SO old school) shuffling into the kitchen, pouring a bowl of Cheerios and shuffling back to get a glimpse into the outside world via the New York Times online. Then it’s go make a cup of strong tea (thanx to pals Kate and Susan who’s supplied me with some diesel-strength loose), and off to Rex-land, the subject of which you’ll find out shortly. I think I last got a shower before noon about three weeks ago. Did you know that bras are not for indoor wear? My hair is actually past my shoulders, but who would know? I haven’t worn socks since May. I cannot remember the last time I ate a meal sitting down at a table, at least at home. All the rest have come out of paper containers. I got a modem upgrade from Comcast a month ago, but the box is still sitting unopened on my chair. My back hurts. IMG_2338

This is what my desk looks like. Those cherries have been sitting there for four hours, and the seltzer is warm and flat. The only time I’ve been getting out is for the summer class I’m teaching, but that’s three nights a week, so I never really see natural daylight. My ass hurts. I need to pay my utility bills, but it’ll take too much time. The only online time I have is to look up things like “French curse phrases” and see how things are pronounced on Google Translate. I need a pedicure. I need a massage. My husband hates me. My cats are scared of me. Got to go. I’ve already wasted too much time writing this.

Buy my book. Please.

COVER REVEAL! KISS ME, CAPTAIN ~ Book Two in the “French Kiss” series coming 8/26/14

KissMeCaptain Cover When we were first “auditioning” cover models for KISS ME, CAPTAIN (hard work, but I was sooo up to the task!), as soon as I saw this one, I knew I had found him. Oddly enough, he looks almost exactly how I’d pictured Marcel–blue eyes, unruly hair, a button-down shirt and khakis. Not your usual bare-chested romance Adonis, but this was just more my style, sexiness understated rather than in-your-face. But fear not. There’s plenty of smolder under those pinstripes, though for the attributes that aren’t pictured, well, you’ll just have to read the book to know what I’m talking about. I PROMISE you won’t be disappointed. Here’s the back cover copy to get you started:

French billionaire Marcel Mercier loves women. And there’s a string of broken hearts across two continents to prove it. But as CEO of Mercier Shipping, he’s got more important things to worry about…like why the charter company he just purchased in the United States is suddenly the center of an international media firestorm.

 Now that big, bad Mercier Shipping owns Captain Dani Lloyd’s ship she’s sure her job is at stake. Not that she won’t go down without a fight—even if it means chaining herself to the mast of the Esther Reed and refusing to set foot on shore.

 The delectable captain and her news-worthy dramatics are a PR nightmare, but Marcel is happy to let Dani prove her skills on a week-long sail to Boston. He knows no woman can resist him for that long…in fact, he’s counting it.

 But Marcel’s plan to seduce Dani backfires as sparks fly between the billionaire playboy and the passionate captain. Which leaves Marcel realizing that winning her heart is a challenge he can’t afford to lose.

ON SALE 8/26/14. Go to the link above to pre-order your copy NOW!

KISS ME, CAPTAIN cover reveal June 20th! Pre-Order your copy now!

Image not availableI know you’re been waiting a long time but your wait will soon be over! Coming to a device near you on June 20th — the KISS ME, CAPTAIN cover reveal. As soon as I get the specs about the where and when of it, I’ll tell you–my closest peeps ever! But I can’t tell what I don’t know myself. Have to let those wheels of the industry start grinding, before the good folks at HarperCollins Avon will reveal all. Not that I haven’t gotten a glimpse, though. Just WAIT until you get a look at Marcel! I GUARANTEE you will be pleased with what you see. Trust me on this one!!

In the meantime, know that you can pre-order KISS ME, CAPTAIN at Barnes and Noble dot com by clicking right here. You can also get a sneak peek at what the book’s about, but why don’t I pique your interest and I tell you right here:

French billionaire Marcel Mercier loves women. And there’s a string of broken hearts across two continents to prove it. But as CEO of Mercier Shipping, he’s got more important things to worry about … like why the charter company he just purchased in the United States is suddenly the center of an international media firestorm.

Now that big, bad Mercier Shipping owns Captain Dani Lloyd’s ship, she’s sure her job is at stake. But she won’t go down without a fight—even if it means chaining herself to the mast of the Esther Reed and refusing to set foot on shore.

The delectable captain and her newsworthy dramatics are a PR nightmare, but Marcel is happy to let Dani prove her skills on a weeklong sail to Boston. He knows no woman can resist him for that long … in fact, he’s counting on it.

But Marcel’s plan to seduce Dani backfires as sparks fly between the billionaire playboy and the passionate captain. Which leaves Marcel realizing that winning her heart is a challenge he can’t afford to lose.

I know! You can’t wait, right?!

Up to Speed! (And some inside scoops, too!)

imagesNow that I can finally come up for air (at least for the next week or so), I’d like to bring you up to speed what I’ve been doing lately. Mostly, it’s been working on Kiss Me, Captain, which is now at least finished on my end, and in the editorial stage. Everything seems right on target for its August 26 publication date, and if you’d like to preorder, you can do it right here on Barnes and Noble (Amazon preorders coming soon). We’ve also been working on the cover, and it’s been SO HARD having to endure a parade of hot looking guys auditioning for the model. Okay, so they’re photos, but who cares! Better than looking at a black and white screen of text all day, I’ll tell you. Cover reveal should come in the not too distant future, so stay tuned.

If you’re reading this on http://www.gwenjoneswrites.com, just look to the top and you’ll see that I’ve added a new page called “Just who are these people?” which is a cast of characters from both WANTED: WIFE and the upcoming KISS ME, CAPTAIN, Book One and Two from the “French Kiss” series. Now I don’t really include too many surprises about the KMC characters, nothing that will really spoil the story, at least, but SPOILERS ABOUND in for WW, so if you haven’t read it yet, DON’T read about the characters until you read Book One. What I can tell you in this post is that BOOK THREE, which is due to hit the cybershelves on November 14, will center around two characters from KMC, Book Two – Rex Renaud and Charlotte Andreko. That’s all I’m going to tell you at this point, beside the fact that my editor at Avon, Nicole Fischer, describes Marcel Mercier in KMC as “Swoon, so hot!”

Pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

Hey! Remember me? Soon to be seen at Book Expo America 2014

book-expo-americaYes, yes, I know it’s been a long time, but there’s a reason for that. I’ve been putting the finishing touches on Book Two in the FRENCH KISS series, now known as Kiss Me, Captain. For those who read the first book in the series, Wanted: Wife, you may remember Andy Devine’s thorough rake of a half-brother, Marcel Mercier. This is his story, and I’ve been working my fingers to the bone to finish it. Get it in your hot little hands in ebook August 26, 2014, to be followed shortly thereafter by the paperback. Watch for the all important cover reveal, blog tours, contests, and preorders, available through Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and all those other wonderful book outlets.

ALSO, if you happen to be in the book business and will be at Book Expo America on Friday, May 30, I’ll be signing Wanted: Wife at the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Booth #2551 between 1-2 PM. Stop by and say hello. If anything, there’s free books!

Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference this weekend!

LibertyWebGraphicYes! It’s been a long time since I logged anything here. Why? Well, I’m writing, dammit! I’ll be on deadline well into the summer, creating that magic you must be dying for if you’re reading this. Except for this weekend, where I’ll be at Liberty States Fiction Writers’ annual “Create Something Magical” Conference in Iselin, New Jersey. Hey come on, I have to give this carpel tunnel a break before my hand simply falls off. And because of that, I’ll be engaging in some exercises in alternate rehab therapy. One of my favorite is the One Handed Wine Hoist, a practical ergonomic exercise that offers near immediate relief. Another is the Advanced Beer Lift, preferably performed with a pint of Yuengling. This takes a bit longer to accomplish, as it’s also accompanied by the Chip Dip Scoop and every half-hour or so, the Latrine Trot. Even so, a few hours of this brings on a euphoria that leads one to question whether there ever was any pain at all.

But it won’t be all work and therapy. Outside of reader and writers’ tracks, some terrific workshops, panels, editor and agent appointments and Sherrilyn Kenyon as a special there’s a Book Fair that’s open to the public with over thirty authors. To see the full list click here. So if you’ve never been to Iselin, NJ, and are panting to go and meet the great and near-great, swing on by. I’ll show you some great exercise that you’ll feel so much better for.

And it shall be named–Galocher!

aishwarya-hritik-french-kiss-dhoom_0According to NPR, what the French have been practicing for centuries has long been without an official name, but that has since been corrected. The newest edition of the Petit Robert 2014 dictionary has a new verb — “galocher,” meaning “to kiss with tongues.” It’s a clever derivation of la galoche, a word for an ice-skating boot, and so evokes the idea of sliding around the ice — or the lips and tongue. Time magazine, says the term French kiss is “commonly attributed to American soldiers returning from World War I, who apparently picked up the technique from the more sexually adventurous French nationals they canoodled with abroad.”  Not that we here is New Jersey don’t know our way around a canoodle, especially when we’re canoodling with a French transplant or two. Or even three!

Which fortunately slides (sorry!) right into my NEW series title which all started with Andy Devine and company in Wanted: Wife–FRENCH KISS. Things have been popping around here lately, and although Book Two (of the FRENCH KISS series) revolves around Andy’s younger brother (the luscious) Marcel Mercier, we’ve yet to settle on a name, though rest assured, you’ll hear it here first when we do. Tentative pub date is around Labor Day, with Book Three due sometime by the end of they year.

Back to work!