It's only 99 cents at Harlequin, Amazon, Nook, Apple, and Google until June 30. Hot ginger detective plus gorgeous ER doc, then mix in a heat wave, and stir to boiling to get serious combustion.
Hot in the City is out! And I'm really happy that the response has been positive. Readers seem to like Brian and Priya as much as I do (and it's okay if some don't--different strokes for different folks). And if you read it and are wondering how they're doing afterwards, don't worry. They pop in to make an appearance in the next two books.
The release date for Enticing the Enemy, Danny and Erin's story, has been moved up to May 8th. It's currently available for pre-order at Amazon.
I have a cover for Tease Me Tonight, which should be out in July/August. As usual, the Carina Press art department have knocked it out of the park.
Book 2 in the Hot in the City series pits detective Daniel Cruz against defense attorney Erin Rafferty and they both play dirty. Tentative release date is May 27.
The Carina Press art department did a fantastic job finding cover models that fit my vision of Priya and Brian.
Tentative release date for Hot in the City is March 2017. but it's already been picked by RT Book Reviews for their Buzz column under new releases "piquing our curiosity".
"We love a compressed timeline thriller, so we’ve got our sights set on Jules Court’s Hot in the City. Set during a three-day Boston heatwave, the story will follow a doctor who strikes sparks with the police detective. There’s a missing cousin and a gang execution, too! Spring of 2017 from Carina."
I'm back at work banging away on a new trilogy that I'm beyond pleased to announce will be published by Carina Press. Book 1 has a tentative publication date of March 2017 with books 2 and 3 to follow. Here's a quick peek at what's to come. (I'm terrible at titles so those are TBA at a later date.)
Coming March 2017:
During a heat wave in the under-air conditioned city of Boston, a good girl, Indian American doctor strikes sparks off the tough police detective searching for her cousin, a witness to a gangland execution.
After thirty-six hours on call at the emergency room, all overworked resident Priya Shah wants is sleep. Instead, she's stuck sitting on a barstool waiting for her cousin, Sara. When Sara called frantic to meet, Priya couldn't say no. Once Sara took the fall for Priya, preserving her bright future. She owed Sara. So, when police detective Brian MacGregor walks in looking for Sara, Priya will do anything to protect her. Even mislead the man who makes her want to be bad.
Brian MacGregor busted his ass to make detective by age thirty. He doesn't have time for a social life, not even for the pretty ER doc that sewed him up post run-in with a knife wielding perp. He never expected that when he went looking for the witness to a gangland murder, the doc would be the best lead to his missing witness. Now if he can only keep his hands off her.
The Romance Reviews blog (www.theromancereviews.com) is celebrating their anniversary with prizes and giveaways. More than 200 authors are participating and I'm one of them. Rescuing Love will be among the books being given away. Click on the link and check it out. (Yay, prizes!)
Happy New Year! I'm giving away 1 print copy of Rescuing Love on Goodreads. For those unfamiliar with Goodreads (www.goodreads.com), it's sort of a Facebook type site for books. You can make an account to list books you've read, want to read, etc. and to share your book reviews with friends. Goodreads will be selecting the winner on Jan. 31st.
Here's the link to enter:
Guarding Her Heart, with a release date of Oct. 23, is now available for pre-order at the Bookstrand bookstore. It's being offered at a 10% discount until Oct. 30.
You can read excerpts on the Bookstrand site.
Here's the link: www.bookstrand.com/guarding-her-heart
Six months ago, Tiffany Donnelly, failed musician turned diner waitress, was left just shy of the altar when her groom ran off with a bridesmaid. Now, verbally sparring with sexy Coast Guard rescue swimmer Travis Green is one of her few pleasures. In his dark eyes, there’s no pity for poor, jilted Tiffany. Nevertheless, he’s in her “look but don’t touch” category.
Travis Green, loud-mouthed Southern boy of mixed Hawaiian, Japanese, and white heritage, is usually the outsider. But now, he’s got a group of friends that just happens to contain Tiffany, the woman he can’t keep his dirty thoughts off of. However, innocent flirting is where he draws the line.
When Tiffany’s ex-bridesmaid begs Tiffany to attend her wedding—to Tiffany’s ex-groom, Tiffany’s pride gets the best of her. Suddenly, she’s introducing Travis as her new boyfriend. During their weekend posing as a couple, the lines between fantasy and reality blur.
Can passion once unleashed be contained?
Guarding Her Heart is scheduled to be released as an exclusive at the Bookstrand Book Store (www.bookstrand.com) on October 23. Same drill as before--about 4-6 weeks later, it should be up on Amazon, Nook, Kobo, and iTunes.
Here's the cover (serious man titty ahoy!):
So Facebook has been locking writers out of their accounts for using false names, even though using a pen name is a well-known practice. A writer on my one of my Facebook groups even sent them her contract showing her pen name and they still locked her account. That is some straight up bullshit.
I've still got my Facebook account up, but I'm not about to put my real name on it. (Sorry, I'm not really a Jules. Yes, I lied to you. I hope we can move past it.) I've been wary of their increasing lack of respect for privacy and blatant data mining prior to this. If Facebook locks me out, I'm going to abandon the account. I don't post much anyway. I prefer goofing around on Tumblr where I can indulge my inner fourteen-year-old girl.
I love music. I can't sing worth a damn, but that hasn't stopped me from rocking many a karaoke bar. Seriously, my rendition of Neneh Cherry's Buffalo Stance is legendary. (But probably not for the reason I think.)
Every story I write has a soundtrack that I put together on Spotify. It's partially based on mood/theme and partially the specific songs my characters are actually listening to. If I've ever mentioned music in a scene, I know what the exact song is that's playing. However, I've found that name checking bands or songs can come off as cheesy, so I usually keep it vague. Better to leave it up to the reader's imagination.
But, if you're interested, here are a few of the songs that the characters are listening to in Rescuing Love.
1. The opening track is Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones. Becca, the heroine, is walking into her hometown bar after having been away for the last three years. Nothing has changed in the time she's been away, including the music. So, I wanted something that reflected Becca's mood--she's running away from a life which hasn't gone as planned. However, it also had to be a classic rock song that would be played in a dive bar.
2. Becca and her best friend have a drunken late night dance party (something I used to do with my friends) while listening to Robyn. (F Bomb Warning)
3. Becca and Alex have a conversation by a jukebox and Becca puts on an eighties song. The song she plays is Modern Love by David Bowie.
One of my two favorite romance blogs, Dear Author (my other favorite is Smart Bitches Trashy Books), just reviewed Rescuing Love and gave it a B. The reviewer, Jayne, called it "fast and fun but with surprising depth".
Needless to say, I'm currently flailing about in joy.
Last month, Harlequin offered to post critiques on their blog for any writer who sent them the first page of their manuscript. On a whim, I submitted the first page of a historical romance set in New York City in 1880 that I wrote the first draft of and then promptly abandoned.
They liked it! It's motivated me to dust it off and rework the rest of it. There might be gold in them thar hills.
If you'd like to read my first page and what the Harlequin editors said about it, here's the link:
I'm over at author Carmen Fox's blog today answering questions about writing.
Leave a comment on her blog and you could win a copy of Rescuing Love.
Winners of the Rescuing Love eBook giveaway have been emailed. Thanks to everyone who entered!