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Giveaway and reminder

March 20, 2015

I wanted to remind everyone that my blog has moved. I don’t update this one any longer. All the fun stuff–writing tips, new book releases, and giveaways–has moved to:

In fact, there’s a giveaway going on right now, so head on over and leave a comment to be entered into the drawing.

Please make sure you sign up to the blog by entering your e-mail into the box in the right-hand menu of my website.

If you’re interested in writing advice, you might also want to subscribe to my other website, this one under my real name. I regularly post advice and resources for writers.

Have a great weekend!



And the winners are…

August 6, 2013

I just drew the two winners of a signed copy of Beyond the Trail.

The two lucky winners are:

Kara L.


Sarah D.-B.

Kara and Sarah, please send me an e-mail (jae_s1978 AT with your address and let me know if you want the book made out to someone other than you.

Thank you to everyone who threw their name in the hat for the drawing! I’m sure there will be other giveaways in the future, so you might want to subscribe to my blog (in the right-hand menu) and to my publisher’s blog.

Have a great week!



Thank you!

July 3, 2013

I was suaarprised and honored by so many people volunteering to beta read for me. Having all of you beta read True Nature would have been a bit overwhelming, so I couldn’t pick all of you, but I still wanted to say thank you to everyone who took the time to send me an e-mail.

I am also planning on revising and republishing two of my other novels, Conflict of Interest and Hidden Truths, in the near future, so if any of you still want to volunteer for beta reading one of those novels, please let me know at jae_s1978@ (remove the space after the @).

Thank you!



Something in the Wine — Book Trailer

February 24, 2013

My publisher created a book trailer for my novel Something in the Wine.

Personally, I really love it. But then again, I might be biased 😉

Check it out and let me know what you think.


Writing hours in January

February 5, 2013

Last year, I kept count of my writing hours every month, and I found the results very interesting, so I will continue the monthly reports this year.

January is over already, and here are the numbers:

Beta reading / editing
46 hours 14 hours
TOTAL 46 hours 14 hours

That’s about the same number of writing hours as in January 2012, but I’ve been doing more editing and beta reading this year. Most of my writing time has been spent on the three short stories that have just been published in Ylva Publishing’s new anthologies.

I’ve also spent a lot of time writing blog posts–on this blog and guest-blogging on my publisher’s blog. It’s fun, but I can definitely see how being a writer can be a full-time job 😉



January 15, 2013

I’ve been a Goodreads author for a long time, but now I’m doing a book giveaway on Goodreads for the first time. If you want a chance to win a signed copy of my newest novel, Something in the Wine, please click on “enter to win.”

As you can see, the giveaway ends on Valentine’s Day.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Something in the Wine by Jae

Something in the Wine

by Jae

Giveaway ends February 14, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win


A look back at 2012

December 31, 2012

2012 has been an incredible year for me. A lot of unexpected things happened, some of them good, some of them sad.

I switched publishers this year, a move that was planned long before the death of Roxanne Jones in September and the closing of L-Book in October. I joined Ylva Publishing in mid-2012, and it’s been a great six months.

In June, my novel Hidden Truths won a “Goldie” (GCLS Literary Award) in the category historical romance.

I also started writing in German again, after six years of writing exclusively in English. Translating some of my stories from English to German and the other way around has been an interesting experience.

I published my first novel with Ylva Publishing, Something in the Wine, in October, and the sales numbers have been amazing.

I also wrote and published two novellas, Manhattan Moon and its German version, Vollmond über Manhattan. And I wrote a total of five short stories in 2012, two in English, three in German. Three of them have already been published in our Christmas anthologies, Gingerbread Hearts and the German version, Lebkuchenherzen. The two others will be part of a romantic anthology that will be published in time for Valentine’s Day in 2013.

In October, I went to the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest trade fair for books. So many books, so little time…

Same problem with reading. I had very little time to read in 2012. Not counting the books I read for work or for research purposes, I think I read only about fifteen books, among them 96 Hours by Georgia Beers and Silver Collar by Gill McKnight.

At the beginning of the year, I started keeping track of my writing hours and the time I spend beta reading for other writers.

So let’s take a look at the numbers for 2012:

Writing Beta reading
January 47 hours 5 hours
February 31 hours 2 hours
March 36 hours 3 hours
April 12 hours 31 hours
May 51 hours 15 hours
June 36 hours 4 hours
July 51 hours 2 hours
August 5 hours 13 hours
September 50 hours 12 hours
October 53 hours 12 hours
November 3 hours 7 hours
December 66 hours 11 hours
TOTAL 441 hours 117 hours

On average, I spent about 1 1/4 hours writing and about 20 minutes beta reading each day.

My New Year’s resolution for 2013 is to republish two of my novels, Second Nature and Backwards to Oregon, and to finish and publish the next novel in my shapeshifter series, True Nature. If there’s enough time, I would also love to start a completely new writing project, either an urban fantasy novel or historical fiction.

I’m planning on visiting the book fair in Leipzig in March. I hear it’s even more interesting for readers than the book fair in Frankfurt.

So what were your writing and reading highlights of 2012? And what are your plans for 2013? Let me know in the comments.

Happy New Year to everyone! May it be a healthy and happy one.

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