What is your comfort zone?

Today in Colorado the tempature is a comfortable 53 degrees F. Our normal for this time of year is in the mid 60s. Two days ago the temp was 83!

When I looked in my closet this morning, my summer clothes said “should we stay or should we go”? Good question. For now they will stay as our nine day forecast includes temps in the high 70s. Yay!  Snow will be here soon enough and although we need the moisture I can wait. I think I’m becoming a fair weather person, not to hot, not to cold. You know, like Goldie Locks, just right.

I have a refridgator magnet with this quote:

Life begins at the end

of

your comfort zone.

Neale Donald Walsch-

What is your comfort zone when you read a romance novel? They range from “sweet – clean” to “hot and sexy”. I write sweet historical romance with a sprinkle of spice, but I read most levels of heat.

So what makes a romance a romance? A romance novel requires two basic componets: a central love story and a Happy Ever After (HEA) for the two main characters. It goes a bit further than that as a romance novel focuses on the romantic relationship between the two main characters. In my opinion, mysteries, sci-fi, thrillers, westerns and other subgenres all have some romantic elements in them. It’s just in our nature. There has to be tension and conflict to make a story great. (Don’t you just love the making up part?)

Romance novels inspire an emotional response in their readers, although this can vary. You can experience laughter, fear, and sadness and the power of love.

I’d love to hear from you and what your’re reading now.

Remember to sign up for my October giveaway, the clock is ticking down to October 30th when this months drawing will close.

I’ll be attending (volunteering) at the Castle Rock Writers annual  Conference this weekend in Castle Rock., Colorado. All you writers, all levels from “I have an idea, what do I do now”, to “pre-published and published author workshops lead by some of Colorado’s best educators, come check us out.  We may just be the “tribe” you’re looking for. It’s not too late to join us for an exciting Saturday.

Who doesn’t like free books? I know, right?
Every month I have a giveaway and October’s  includes two great books to gwt you in the mood for Halloween.
“A Pirates Obsession” by M.L. Guida (don’t you love the cover?)
AND
“Rising Darkness” by Thea Harrison (looks scary-eek!)

Throw your name in the hat for a chance to win by signing up here: https://jeanjacobsen.com/sign-up-for-my-newsletter/
to follow me.
Hurry, sign up today! You only have until 12 midnight MST on October 30th.
Limited to U.S.A. mailing addresses only.
Winner will be determined by random.org.

I hope you find some love today.

Happy reading!

 

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Flowers

Welcome back to my weekly blog!

Today I’m writing about flowers, love ’em in my garden and my house. For a rose to be planted in my garden, it must be beautiful, of course, and fragrant.

Mr. Lincoln is a deep dark red rose and has a wonderful perfume, not overly sweet. Wish I could send it in this post. He is enjoying a last summer growth spurt much to my delight.

I have two other roses keeping Mr. Lincoln company, a New Zealand, pink in color and less sweet and an Arizona Sunset which is pink, yellow and orange with a spicy delight of its own.

This year has been a challenging one for growing flowers and veggies. Gardening in the Mile High City of Denver keeps a gardner on their toes. You never know what the weather will be like during our short growing season.

In a future post I’ll write about other flowers in my garden.

Reminder:   You have one more week to enter my monthly giveaway #Freebies by following this blog. If you are seeing this on FB, please go to https://www.JeanJacobsen.com and follow me.

Tomorrow I’m off to the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference for the weekend to attend workshops on the craft of writing, reconnect with old friend and make new ones.

Happy reading…

The View From Here

Hi my name is Jean…and I’m a romance author!

At this point in my writing career, I want to start sharing with you my thoughts and ideas in my blog. On Wednesdays, I’ll write about what’s happening with my writing or what’s growing in my garden. I’ll also share a favorite recipe or a really cool interview with someone from the writing world. You never know what’s going to pop up in this blog!

Today I’m going to tell you about me.

I’m a writer. I love to write, and I’ve done it for a long time. I love history. I consider myself an armchair historian. I’ve combined those two loves and now my words come from my heart.

My characters face tragedy, sacrifice, and love in 19th-Century America. I adore strong female characters facing adversity in a time when it really was a man’s world.

Right now I’m working on a series set New York’s Hudson River Valley in the 1830’s. The first book, titled “The Reluctant Debutante,” is the endearing story of Clarissa and Nicholas and is now available at all your favorite online stores.

Future adventures include Clarissa’s best friend Laura, who really needs to share her story, and Olivia the ice queen, who makes a play for Nicholas, our hero in the first book.

Next week, I have something really special to share, so check back. We’ll see you then!

 

 

 

 

Longmire at the Ranch

May 31, 2016

This evening was one of the best dates my husband and I have had in a long time. We’re fortunate to live in Douglas County, Colorado where our library system is one of the best in the country. They periodically hold events to help fund three new libraries which will all be open before the end of 2016. This one was held at the beautiful Cherokee Castle and Ranch in Sadilla. Included in the cost of our tickets was a mini tour of the castle, two drinks, a light buffet of chili, sliders, salad and a copy of the author, Craig Johnson’s latest novella, The Highwayman.

If you are a Longmire fan, from books or the Netflix series by the same name, you may know author #Craig Johnson. Dressed in a plaid western shirt, blue jeans, boots and hat, he’s what I call a “good old country boy”, who doffs his hat in respect to ladies. His momma taught him some good manners.

He entertained the crowd of 300 guests for over an hour with ease, as if we were sitting at the kitchen table, regaling us with stories of where he finds the inspiration for his many books, novellas, and short stories. He is a New York Times bestselling author and his books are in thirteen foreign countries. I was surprised to learn that France has the highest number of sales outside the United States. Go figure, they love stories about a sheriff, #Walt Longmire, from a small town in Wyoming. He is always solving a murder with the help of his two deputies and his friend Henry, Standing Bear, of the Cheyenne Nation. Who knew that this sparsely populated state could have so many dead guys?

Hats off to Kerry Morgan and the library staff who did an outstanding job of continuing to bring this caliber of authors to our fine county. I look forward with much anticipation to the next great event.