Hard act to follow?

IMG_1275I’ve been getting some great responses to Wanted: Wife and quite frankly, it’s floored me. It’s one thing to have your friends, your agent and your editor think you’re worth the ink or pixels, but they’re hardly for whom I’m ultimately writing. The real gauge of a writer’s success is what the readers think, and you may be saying “Oh yeah, that’s what she says now.” But it’s the truth, and those who forget that do so at their peril. True, all books are ultimately subjective, but if I’m producing what the marketing promised, then I suppose I’m fulfilling my end of the bargain. I’d like to think you agree I am and if I’m not, please let me know. Really. (And that’s not just because I’m needy. I’m NOT! Okay, I am. So indulge me before I cry.)

On the other hand you’re only as good as your last book. So if I want to keep going with this writer thing and eventually lose my day job (“day job” being a relative term in professor-land), you have to constantly exceed the bar. So that’s what I’m working on now, the follow-up to Andy featuring his younger brother, Marcel. If he turns out half as “swoon-worthy” as Andy (not my term, but a popular readers’ descriptor) I’ll be in the ballpark. A revised sneak-peek is attached at the top, and a big hint of what it’s about at the left. Let me know what you think.

And yes, that’s me aboard the A.J. Meerwald, New Jersey’s official tall ship, which is visiting up and down the state’s coast this summer, as well as Philadelphia and New London, CT. Visit www.ajmeerwald.org for the 2013 Public Sail Schedule. Now excuse me while I crawl back into my head and get to work.

This Week in Review…

GracieBookworm.4Let’s face it, no one really cares about me when there’s a cute cat involved. This picture of Gracie was taken almost two years ago when she could still tuck herself in a little corner of one of my bookcases. Of course, it’s not happening anymore. But she still sits where she damn well pleases. Anyway…

It’s Week Two of the release of Wanted: Wife (hold on; shilling right here), and so far, so good. I’ve been getting some pretty positive reviews from bloggers–check the REVIEW page on this site–and from what’s been posted on Amazon and Goodreads. But I still feel like it’s too early to tell, as I’m sure unless you’re a reviewer (or know me personally) the last book you buy still has to mellow on the TBR pile for a little while. I mean, really–isn’t that mandatory? Anyway, I am looking forward to what the people who actually paid good money for the book think, too. Oh, be honest. I can take it!

As of this writing, this week’s blog tour still has a couple more days. It’s been great so far, thanks to the lovely ladies of Literati Literature Lovers, and this is coming on the heels of Avon’s Launch Week Blog Tour. But we’ve got another fun time coming up the pike in the weeks leading up to the paperback release of Wanted on July 2. Can’t say what it is now but yo! it’ll involve a whole lot of Jersey for certain.

But the really exciting news this week was being contacted by Klarque Garrison, who invited me to be on his show “Conversations with Klarque.” We’ve set up Sunday afternoon, July 28 at 4:00 EDT, and I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a little scared shitless. But hey, at least I’ll be quaking in the comfort of my own home, and being radio, you won’t be able to see me doing it! Even so, I had a nice dose of conversing with Klarque over the phone just the other day, and he immediately put me at ease, so I think I’ll survive!

Later –

Gwen

Avon Editor Tessa Woodward Introduces Gwen Jones in Romantic Times (RT)

Wanted WifeWhile everyone has their go-to favorite romance authors, there’s nothing like discovering a great new writer. Today Avon editor Tessa Woodward is here to share her enthusiasm for Avon’s hot new star Gwen Jones, whose debut contemporary romance Wanted: Wife is available now digitally and in print this July. Read on to learn a little more about this title and how Gwen got her start.

I cannot tell you how excited I am, as her editor, to be introducing the absolutely fabulous Gwen Jones to you! An Avon Impulse debut star, Gwen’s first book for us, Wanted: Wife, is on sale now!

From the first moment I got manuscript in on submission, I knew I had to publish this book. I mean, it couldn’t have a more fun premise! it’s the story of Andy, a gorgeous, alpha guy with a charming French accent who advertises for a wife … on a utility pole. And Julie, the reporter sent out to cover the story, who just happens to be the one woman who perfectly fits the bill! But Julie and Andy have to learn to live with each other as husband and wife … in the wilderness … without phones … (I, for one, would not survive that!) and they’re each carrying around some pretty big secrets. Hopefully their insane chemistry will get them through it.

It’s a funny, sweet, quirky, romantic, sexy, outstanding love story. And I’m so glad to be able to share it with you. Gwen Jones is the real deal, and I hope you enjoy her writing as much as I did.

Tessa Woodward

OUT NOW! “WANTED: WIFE!” ~ And I’d like to thank the Academy…

Wanted WifeThe wait is over sweeties! Link here to purchase your ebook from any one of these stellar vendors, and come back here often for news and book reviews! I wouldn’t be ANYWHERE without my readers, so watch for blog tours, free giveaways, and content you won’t find ANYWHERE! And don’t forget to come back July 2 if you’d rather wait for the feel of a paperback in your hot little hands!

ALSO I’d be remiss if I failed to offer my many thanks: to my glamorous agent, Marisa Corvisiero of the Corvisiero Agency and her newest intern, Becca Simas, Avon editor extraordinaire Tessa Woodward, publicist Caroline Perny, blog tour goddess Melanie Berthier, the fine sassy ladies of Literati Author Services Michelle Schulz Eck, Karen Seager-Everett and Rosette Doyle, my indispensable darling friend, critique partner and fellow writer-extraordinaire Linda J. Parisi and finally, as in everything, my husband Frank, who’d always win out over all the Andys in the world, hands down.

WANTED: WIFE – RELEASE DAY Tuesday, June 4 – Read the Latest Reviews!

imagesCAH5SPM8In just TWO DAYS WANTED: WIFE finally arrives. Oy! It’s like giving birth! Well, metaphorically it very much is, as after many months (years?) of incubation my baby will FINALLY see the light of day. For the next few weeks it–and I–will also be making the rounds of blog tours and reviews, with a few surprises and a book giveaways thrown in, too. But look, I know the book is fabulous (what mother doesn’t think their child is?), but don’t take my word for it. Take it from a few people who do this book reviewing thing professionally, and look at the new REVIEW section I just put on the sidebar to your right. I’ll keep adding them as they come along, but for the present at least it’s ALL GOOD! I’m not joking when I say the reviewers are pretty much loving it, and it’s NOT because I’m just dissing the bad ones. Look, I’m realistic, and I’m sure there are a few out there that just won’t get it and will give me a decided thumbs down. And that’s okay. But for the time being the romance goddesses are smiling down on me, so why don’t you take a look and please, after you’ve discovered Andy and Julie and the beautiful New Jersey Pine Barrens for yourself, don’t hesitate to give me a shout out. I would love to hear from you!!

Gwen

Hey! Who wants to win a free ecopy of “Wanted: Wife!”

Wanted Wife Oh, you know you do! If it’s free it’s for me! There’s nothing better than gratis! So if you’re as cheap as I am–and you get the bonus of one heartbreakingly romantic, uplifting and funny as all get-out story, then you know a bargain when you see one! So just click right here for your Rafflecopter straight to Andy!

Another Release Day added – Paperback edition of WANTED: WIFE coming JULY 2!

Wanted WifeALL KINDS of things are popping right now with the imminent release of the ebook version WANTED: WIFE on June 4! And NOW comes the news you’ll get your Andy down on paper on July 2, 2013! That’s right, the PAPERBACK edition will follow shortly behind the ebook–just in time to tuck into your beach bag. Can you stand it? To reserve your copy, just click here so you can jump the line ahead of all those rabid readers who’ll be storming the local bookstores and ripping it off the shelves. Don’t be left out in the cold! Reserve NOW.

Also, don’t forget to look for my upcoming BLOG TOUR! Fascinating facts! Titillating trivia! Swoony songs! Ripping recipes! And all kinds of other alliterations you just won’t be able to live without! Stay tuned!

My first Review for “‘Wanted: Wife’ is a Winner!”

Wanted WifeNow and then I Google my name to see what pops up, and boy, was I surprised to see my first review! It’s from Donna at “Bookishly Attentive,” and what I delight to see such a glowing review. Take a look for yourself…

My childhood had been peppered with tales about Pineys, crazy backwoods Jethros who shotgunned first and asked questions later.”

“Either this man was yanking my chain or there were still people out there who could surprise me.
‘You don’t think advertising on a utility pole for a wife is a bit out of the ordinary?'”

“He wasn’t medieval; he was positively Neanderthal.”

What’s up with Andy?

No one can be that perfect, the rare combination of a “manly-man,” sexy, sensitive, romantic, gorgeous and half French.  First hint that all is not what it seems: he’s a native of New Jersey and living in that great state myself, I know these attributes are oh so thin on the ground.  So when Andy Devine advertises for a wife by hanging flyers on telephone poles, you know there’s got to be much more going on.  And Julie Knott, a Philadelphia reporter drawn to the unusual, is on the case.  Julie’s personal life is in shambles but the story comes first, especially when Andy, after interviewing 100 wannabe Mrs. Devines, decides Julie fits the bill. Having very little left to lose, Julie agrees to Andy’s proposal – and brings her own secrets to the South Jersey Pines.

An unforgettable hero, an unusual premise, an unlikely setting, (the New Jersey Pine Barrens, for goodness sake!) and a spot-on first person narrative combine to make this one of the freshest, funniest contemporary romances I’ve read so far this year.  The truth does eventually prevail, and when it does, you find yourself on your feet, rooting for this romantic pair. Wanted: Wife is a winner.

Available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.  Publication date is June 4, 2013.

Like my new Facebook page! PreOrder “Wanted: Wife!” Oy! So much to do!

IMG_1551Be the first kid on your block to Like my new Facebook page! And stay tuned to it for fast-breaking news, saucy visages and witty bon mots! Visit now and visit often and make everyone jealous from your near-brush with the almost nearly famous! And don’t forget to preorder Wanted: Wife at Barnes & Noble! Or Amazon! Or the Apple iBookstore! Or—aaaaaah! Don’t make my head explode! It’s bad enough I have to wait until June 4! Stay tuned for more updates! It won’t be long now before you have Wanted: Wife in your hot little hands, but OH the agony of the wait! Ease your suffering and preorder now!

“Wanted: Wife” Cover Art and Blurb

Wanted WifeCover Blurb:

If you love the humor and romance of Rachel Gibson and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, don’t miss the fabulous debut of Gwen Jones!

Wanted: Wife

Landed, Financially Secure 40-Yr-Old Male * Handsome, but with old-school communication skills and a secret past *

Seeks Healthy, Athletic Female * Preferably a pretty reporter with a messy love life who has never spent a day in the woods *

For Marriage and Family * What could possibly go wrong? *

On Sale 4 June 2013 from all the usual suspects!

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