NJRWA and Cool Meet-Ups

Blog tour: Tuesday I’m being interviewed at Long and Short Reviews (LASR). I’ll be back there tomorrow on their loop for an Author Chat. You need to join the LASR e-mail loop to attend the author chat.  The Pink Heart Society Book Club is also discussing Butterfly Swords today–come by to see their review and give your thoughts and questions about Butterfly Swords.

Also, my friend and fellow Authors of Asian Novels member, Victoria Dixon, is featuring Butterfly Swords all week with a review, giveaway, and interview. Come on over to the Ron Empress blog.

Reviews and mentions: All About Romance gave Butterfly Swords and A- Review and marked it as a Desert Island Keeper. That one had people so excited that they were e-mailing me to see if I’d seen it. On the same day, Barbara Vey of PW’s Beyond Her Book blog blurbed Butterfly Swords. They don’t review, they blurb, and it was a nice one. I remember Barbara explaining the blurbing process to  me. 🙂

Sarah from Smart Bitches gave Butterfly Swords a nice mention on her inaugural blog for Kirkus’ new romance blog. Victoria Dixon also posted a review at Historical Novel Review.


Sorry it took so long to get to the meat of the post. The mentions last week and this one are a nice hurrah to end my debut release month.

I was at the New Jersey Put Your Heart in a Book conference last weekend. It was so nice to go to so many workshops. I really miss that about Nationals since things are so busy. Saturday was an all day string of classes, all about writing. I’m a student at heart and I gobbled it up. Now I have ideas about how to ramp up the worldbuilding in my paranormal after attending Jessica Andersen’s workshop and Sherry Thomas’ workshop on chemistry has me refocusing and rethinking how I handle romantic progression.

Here’s me and my CP Amanda Berry, being suitably nerdy

One of the best parts was the signing, where I had several unexpected meetings. The most memorable was when a woman came up to me with a big grin. “I won the swords!” she announced.

Professional Romance Reader, Stephanie Hyacinth

It was Stephanie, self-proclaimed professional romance reader, whose name was drawn as the Grand Prize winner of the butterfly swords. Of course, she didn’t have them with her since I’d just shipped them. She didn’t realize I’d be there at the signing, but I’m glad she sought me out.

The wonderful ladies from VFRW were there as well. Several bought the book in preparation for next year as Butterfly Swords was their book club selection. Many other members who already had the book came by say hi and congratulate me. “We’re claiming we discovered you,” they told me excitedly. Claim away.

And author and reviewer Katie Babs also stopped by so I got to thank her for reviewing Butterfly Swords. She had a little stuffed sheep that was adorable. That was completely non-sequiter, I know. My Little Sis loves sheep.

Jeannie with author and book blogger, Katie Babs/KT Grant

A couple of readers at the signing did say that they were buying my book because of review sites. Specifically cited: Dear Author and Mrs. Giggles.

Of course, the lovely Romance Divas as well as the Ruby-Slippered Sisters had a presence at the conference. Autumn Jordon won the Golden Leaf award for Best First Book for Evil’s Witness. We were all so proud. This is the first published award a Ruby has won, I believe.

Autumn Jordan with her Golden Leaf award for Best First Book

The NJRW conference committee even had little gift bags for the signing authors. I got me a book horse.

I think I would have sold the last 3 copies for sure had the horse been with me from the beginning

Wonderful conference! I’d highly recommend it to anyone who wants an alternative to RWA Nationals. Because of the proximity to New York, the editor and agent panels rivaled what you’d see at Nationals and the speakers were first rate. They even had several tracks for published authors which focused on promotion and the business side of publishing. A well-organized conference, good for writers for any level.

Lesson learned: Experienced authors lure readers with candy at signings.

The Date is Nigh!

A funny thing happened at the local Schnucks grocery store. For the first time, hubby wanted to go down the book aisle. I wondered why, since I usually wander over there while he’s picking up cookies or what not. Turns out he wanted to check out the shelves.

“Is your book going to be here?” he asked, scanning up and down.

*beams* “Yes. They carry Harlequin Historical.” I pointed to one of the September releases. “That’s my line.”

“So you’ll be in all the Schucks stores?” (I like to think there was a hint of pride there.)

“Not all, but some.”

Next Tuesday is the official “drop date” in bookstores. It thought it was so sweet that hubby was already looking.

More advance reviews came in this week for Butterfly Swords as well as reviews for The Taming of Mei Lin which was released Sept. 1. I have yet to update the Books section and grab pull out quotes, but I do wish to acknowledge the many book bloggers and reviewers who have taken the time to read and review.

The Taming of Mei Lin

4 star review in Romantic Times – review by Dawn Crowne

Review at The Ron Empress by Victoria Dixon

Butterfly Swords

9 1/2 stars out of 10 from The Season and Top Pick – review by Miranda

Review by Jackie Barbosa – Author of Behind the Red  Door

B- Review by Katie Babs on Babbling about Books, and More

Review by Sela Carsen – Author of Carolina Wolf

5 out of 5 rating at My Book Addition – Review by April Renn

4 out of 5 stars by Gail Dayton – Author of the Blood Rose trilogy

And of course, all the reviewers on Goodreads.

Love it or hate it, I do appreciate that reviewers are taking the time to review the book. One last little brag–Butterfly Swords is currently the #1 requested galley for HQN on NetGalley. Of course, it was only because they took off some of the earlier popular galleys from previous months, but it’s kind of nice to be requested.