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Catch Me If You Can Q&A

Repost from Love Seven Publishing:

Jasmine Garner is back with a hot new BWWM interracial romance novel: Catch Me If You Can. This novel features a woman running from her past as she tries to create a fresh life for herself. There’s danger, twists, and above all else: love. The romance has no cheating, no cliffhanger, and a guaranteed happily ever after. We chatted with Jasmine after publishing her latest.

Q: Catch Me is your first novel published since early this year. How did you feel writing it? Was it difficult to get back into the writing flow?

A: This story was an avalanche. Once I created the outline and began writing, the words flew out of me effortlessly. I know exactly who Levi and Tamara are, and I knew where their relationship was heading. Not being able to write much this summer was rough. The longer I went without writing, the more I itched to get back to my computer. Once I did, ideas flowed freely.

Q: What was your biggest concern about the storyline, i.e., pacing, the climax, etc.?

A: The antagonist, for sure. I don’t want to give too much away about the character, but he’s an absolutely wicked man. I wanted him to be beyond deplorable without stepping out of the realm of reality. But as I researched- read online and interviewed people with a similar story as Tamara- I realized that not only was a man like him possible, but the terrifying scenarios he puts her through happens more often than I ever would have imagined. The antagonist is not only realistic, but a testament to the strength, perseverance, and bravery of survivors.

Q: You haven’t written as much this year as previous years, but you’ve been far from lazy. You have a new baby! How has your first year been?

A: Chaos, exhaustion, and fighting to maintain my sanity! Now that I’m back to work, my goal is to create a more intense publishing schedule, one unlike anything I’ve attempted before. It sounds crazy, as my daughter is still a handful, but for the first time in my life, I’m on a strict schedule. I was worried that staying home with her would decimate my writing time, and for the first few months it did, but now that we have a routine that we have to stick with, I have more time than I’ve ever had before to create.

Q: You participated in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, this year. How did you do?

A: NaNoWriMo is an annual challenge where writers in every stage of their careers huddle behind their computers and attempt to write an entire novel within the month. This was my fifth or sixth year competing, and my second year winning! Not only did I write a book last month, but I was already on a roll, and had an almost completed one done in October as well. The writing was frantic, and many rounds of edits will be required before the story sees the light of day, though.

Q: What’s next for you? Anything more coming out in 2017?

A: Yes! In fact for the next month to month and a half, I will be releasing at least three more stories. I have a good idea of what my January/February novels will be, but I’m trying not to think too hard about them right now. For the rest of the year, my focus is on reviewing edits, polishing stories, and getting them live in the Kindle store as soon as possible.

Catch Me If You Can is available now for $0.99 or FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

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New BWWM Romance: Catch Me If You Can

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

A BWWM Interracial Romance


After years of being alone, Tamara is thrown for a loop as emotions, desires, and thoughts of a man she just met invade her headspace. But he enters her life at the worst possible time.

She’s trapped in a circle of uncertainty. Either the man from her past will reemerge and finish what he started, or the mysterious man of her future is going to break her heart. She doesn’t know which will happen, but she knows at least one will. So she runs.

She knows she can’t run forever, and she’s exhausted. She’s ready to reclaim her life and get back to the person she used to be. In order to do that, she must face her past and open up to an unknown future.

The more she pushes past her fears, the more shaky things become: friends turn into enemies, simple lies become a source of danger, and the man she put her faith into is not as perfect as he appeared to be.

Once again, she has to decide if she is going to face her fears… or run.


Available now for $0.99 or FREE on Kindle Unlimited

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New Release- Take Me There

 

 

Explore the fantasies and secret rendezvous of the couples you’ve come to know and love (and some you haven’t met yet!). These five steamy shorts are a great introduction (or reacquaintance!) to the drama, growth, and lust of women who are just searching for their happily ever after.


My latest, Take Me There, consists of five quickies (the book is about 15,000 words). There’s little plot and a not a lot of romance- just a good, quick sex scenario. The reason I decided to write them was more of a necessity than for pure fun. Being off so long last year threw me off my game a little bit in terms of writing sex and imagining new ideas. I put the shorts together to help get me back in the flow of things, and to get back into the headspace of my characters a bit.

The book features Key and Wes from Private Affairs, Tasha and Scott from Executive Decision, Shae and Derek from Honeymoon with the Stranger, and two stories from characters you haven’t met yet, but will very soon.

If you like erotic shorts, this book is available for purchase on Amazon or to read for free with Kindle Unlimited.

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There’s Always More to the Story

As a romance reader, I tend to enjoy a happy for now (HFN) story over the traditional happily ever after (HEA) ending. After going on a journey with the couple in the story, I want them to finally get to a place where they are together. At the same time, I like the slight open-endedness a HFN ending provides, a bit of what if at the end. In a good story, I think about the characters long after finishing with an HFN: will they continue to put their differences aside and work it out? Will the conflict that tore them apart ever come back to haunt them? I think a book is more realistic that way versus a HEA where everything is neat and perfect.

As a writer, a HFN also has another advantage: it gives the chance to continue the story. Sure, a completely new scenario could always be developed. But with sequels, I prefer diving right back in where I left off- when both reading and writing. I don’t want to miss or skip over one second of the lives of the characters I’ve gotten to know.

But a lot of readers disagree.

A lot of romance readers want their stories to end in a concrete way- with the happily ever after. And I absolutely understand why. You invest several hours of your time with these people, and you want closure. I tend to write more HFN over the HEA and the feedback I get from my beta-readers (and a few reviews) have shown me that this is one of the biggest issues readers have with my stories. Sometimes a HFN is the only option, the only way a story can logically end. And for those stories, there’s another option- an option for a part two. Needless to say, I have a couple of sequels coming. I’m excited about them- they’re from a couple of my favorite books.

Honeymoon with the Stranger was always going to have a part two. I intended to have it released in the fall of 2016, but that plan fell through with my medical leave last year. I have about 25% of the sequel written, with most of the story outlined. Shae is such a complex character, and I love the power struggle dynamic between her and Terrance. They are so fun to write together, and even though their story can be dark at times, I hope readers of their journey have found it just as fun to read as I’ve found it to write. Part two of Honeymoon with the Stranger will be released the first half of 2017.

The next sequel? Love for Lonely Hearts. With part one, the story and the characters evolved into something completely different than what I’d intended- which sometimes happens when writing. I’d actually planned for this story to have a HEA ending. But their situation is so messy, a clean cut conclusion didn’t seem right for them. Because of everything they had to overcome to be together, that means there’s so much more to their story- enough to warrant a part two. I have a few ideas brewing, but nothing concrete yet. I want to focus on tying up the few loose ends I have from 2016 before I dive into this story. But it will be completed this year.

Long story short, I hear you. I listen to my readers and beta-readers, and I value your input. Closure is coming.

How do you feel about HEA versus HFN endings?

 

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All Romance eBooks has Closed!

All Romance eBooks has permanently closed its doors as of 12/31/2016. By only providing authors and readers four days’ notice, many were not able to download purchases/use credits. Several of my books were still available on the site at the time of its closing. If you purchased one of my books on All Romance and were not able to get it downloaded, please email me a screenshot of your purchase, and I will send you a copy.

My portfolio will be enrolled in Kindle Unlimited for the most part for this year. You can read for free if you are enrolled or purchase via Amazon. If you read via another format (Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, etc.), each book will be available there at certain times throughout the year. Click here for more information.

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