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Winter is Coming #Giveaway #giftcard #psychthriller


Thank you to The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island for co-hosting the Winter is Coming Giveaway!

We had a 60-degree sunny day in Ohio on December 2 and then said goodbye to the sun forever. (I’m just a tad dramatic) Why? Because winter is coming! I don’t love the shorter days but I do love the holidays.

What do you hate/love about the winter?

To entertain you in the winter months, I’m giving away a $15 gift card and an ebook of my latest release, psychological thriller Twin Sacrifice.

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Oh! The Places You’ll Go! #GIVEAWAY $10 #giftcard

Thanks to The Kids Did It & The Mommy Island for hosting.


How’s your return to school? I’m sad the days are getting shorter but otherwise excited to dive into the back-to-school energy of working as a psychologist at a university.

My sports romance BLOCKED features a Latina starting as a scholarship volleyball player at the university where her crush also plays. I’m giving away an ebook of Blocked, Aced, and Spiked, as well as a $10 gift card.

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WORST CASE by @BeckAndersonID #YoungAdult #Romance #Sale

Worst Case
by Beck Anderson
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Cover Designer: Caroline Tse
Release Date: January 16, 2018

This is a lovely story. Here’s my 5 star review.

Worst CaseWorst Case by Beck Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Face the Worst Case

Anxiety is weird. When we feel anxious, we try to avoid the thing that’s jacking up our sympathetic nervous system. Too bad avoidance often increases anxiety. The best strategy for reducing anxiety is to approach it head-on–ask a honey out on a date, deliver public speeches, drive to a friend’s over snowy roads–but who has the gumption to do that?

Vivi Lewis just might be the one.

Vivi is a 17 year old whose mother’s nervous system is on overdrive. Convinced the world is dangerous, her mother keeps uprooting her from town to town, running from her fears. Her mother even has the gall to move her to Idaho in the midst of Vivi’s senior year.

What an interesting setting for the story: Coeur d’Alene. I lived in eastern Washington for a year and still remember the breathtaking views of the lake and resort when I visited this northern Idaho town. But Vivi’s mother hasn’t moved her here for the view. It’s another ploy by her mother to avoid her crippling anxiety.

Thankfully a neighbor boy, Win, makes Vivi feel right at home from the get-go. He’s got his own secret worst case that has made him wise beyond his years.

Vivi has inherited her mother’s anxious brain, which includes worry and panic attacks but also the gifts of anxiety: kindness, intelligence, and keen observational skills, like:

The space thing, I’ve always been fascinated by it. Grown-ups take up a lot of space, most of them. Men. They spread out on bus seats. They take their half of the hallway out of the middle.

Win does this, but not in a man-spread, irritating way. In a “clear the way, here he comes” kind of way. He is noticed, and people move for him.

A path clears for Win. And here I am, riding in his wake. What an intoxicating feeling.

*nods* I agree with Vivi. On airplanes, I seek a seat next to a woman, not a man, because of this space thing. I’m not a small person and the women next to me might not be small either, but they don’t tend to “spread out” like men do. (PS I love men but I don’t want to be cramped on a long flight!)

Sounds like Vivi has had some therapy–too bad her mother is reluctant to see a therapist–and I like this metaphor:

It sucks, anxiety. I had a psychologist once who told me it’s best to try to think of anxiety like it’s the flu. When you have the flu, you don’t get owned by it. It doesn’t dominate you, it doesn’t define you. It’s just something you have, and you deal with it.

I enjoyed Vivi’s quirky humor, like when she tries paddle boarding:

Win’s out in the water, up to the waist, and when I put a toe in, it’s really, really cold.

“It feels hypothermic. Like Jack-and-Rose cold.”

…or when an annoying but lovable girlfriend makes a big deal of her kissing Win:

Phoebe jumps up and down.

Win breaks the kiss and pulls me into a hug. “Don’t move. If we’re still, maybe she’ll move on.”

“She’s not a tyrannosaurus rex. She can still see us,” I murmur. But I’d be happy to just stand here in his arms.

Vivi and Win keep alluding to the big talk they need to have, revealing their inner demons, and I think it takes a bit too long for them to share their secrets. The build-up makes their secrets seem anticlimactic, when upon reflection, family problems like these would challenge any teen.

Beck Anderson’s straightforward writing style and unique observations of the world continue to impress me. I’ll read anything she writes!

So, back to facing anxiety. When I have “what-if” questions, like “What if I don’t get my to-do list done?”, instead of trying to banish those thoughts from my mind, cognitive-behavioral therapy has taught me to go deep into the worst-case scenario and imagine coping with it. I ask myself three questions: 1) What’s the worst case scenario? 2) What’s the likelihood of that event? and 3) Even if that unlikely worst case scenario happens, could I handle it? Asking these questions convinces me that I won’t *die* if I fail to finish my to-do list.

Luckily for Vivi and Win, they help each other face their own worst cases, and it’s a worthy journey.

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Will she risk the fall and take a leap of faith?

Vivi Lewis just wants to stay in one place for more than a minute. It’s April of her senior year, for crying out loud, and here she is again, packed into a beat-up white Toyota with her anxiety-ridden single mom, fleeing the Washington coast. She hopes that this move—the one that’s taken them inland to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho—will finally be their true fresh start.

There’s little to indicate this time will be much different from all the others…until Vivi meets Win Kemper at the city bus stop before her first day of school. Win and Vivi are a perfect match—both self-defined weirdos. Vivi trusts Win, and their time together is a whirlwind of cliff-jumping and paddleboarding, a life immersed in nature that would have given her, and especially her mom, a panic attack in the past. Their instant spark becomes a rock-solid friendship, and might be even more, if Vivi can stick around long enough to experience it.

But having a reason to stay also raises the stakes. Running from their fears has never made Vivi and her mom safe enough before, and now everything she has to lose appears in sharp relief. Can she find the strength to separate herself from her mother? Will the burgeoning bond she and Win share be enough to get them beyond the last twenty-six days of senior year—even when the worst-case scenario comes to pass?

Beck Anderson believes in the power of perfectly imperfect women and in the healing power of love.

A two-time Rita© finalist, she’s the author of five novels including the Fix You series and The Jeweler. Her newest YA romance, Worst Case, releases 1/16/18.

Beck balances (clumsily at best) writing novels and screenplays, working full-time as an educator, mothering two boys, loving one husband, and making time to walk the foothills of Boise, Idaho, with Stefano DiMera Delfino Anderson, the suavest Chihuahua north of the border.

Email:  contact@authorbeck.com

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Howl-o-Ween #Giveaway Hop #Halloween2017 #books


Welcome to the Howl-o-Ween Hop hosted by The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island.


Do you have your costume ready? One year my older sister randomly asked my mom to make her a carrot costume, and I wore it as an adult!


I’m giving away a $10 gift card and Jennifer Lane ebook of your choice. I write sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. It’s volleyball season–check out my complete college volleyball romance series: BLOCKED.



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New Release: MUSINGS #charity #anthology


Forever Valentine PR and More, in partnership with Locklear Books and MJ Emerson, is proud to present the blog tour for Musings – An Argyle Empire Anthology.


About Musings

Seven friends inspired to raise awareness and funds for homeless youth in crisis.

Seven authors with a love for storytelling.

Nine original stories with themes every reader will love.

Comedy. Romance. Suspense. Fantasy. Drama. Prose.

Individual reflections combined into an eclectic collection.

All proceeds to benefit the Philadelphia chapter of Covenant House, in loving memory of Terry Aisenstein. 

Foreword by Sylvain Reynard.

Musings Included:
Kris Babe: Walking After Midnight
Shari Ivey: Stranger in a Stranger Land
Jennifer Locklear: Aurora
Morgan Locklear: House Rules
Tara Severance: Slash Pine
Susan K. Swords: Better Than Yes
Susan K. Swords: Everyone Deserves an HEA
Becca Vry: Hopescapes
Morgan Locklear & Susan K. Swords: STUD

About Covenant House PA

Covenant House Pennsylvania is a program for young people in desperate situations age 21 and under. Our goal is to help homeless young people become healthy, happy, responsible, productive, and ultimately independent adults.

Covenant House Pennsylvania is a program of transformative change, an opportunity to move forward, often from lives of trauma and neglect. From the very first moment, we approach our young people with unconditional respect and support. We strive never to turn anyone away.

( as described on Covenant House Pennsylvania’s website )


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Special thank you to the following bloggers, readers and authors who are helping to spread the word!


Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

A Sky Filled with Sparkling Stars
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Jennifer Lane Books
Men Behaving Badly Book Blog
SJ’s Book Blog 
Agents of Romance
Sharing My Book Boyfriends
The Librarian Talks
My Own Moments
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MJ’s Book Blog and Reviews
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The Book Bistro
SR Fans Puerto Rico
TaSTy WordGasms
Naughty Girls and Their Books 
Shirley’s Bookshelf
The Pleasure of Reading Today
Stephanie’s Book Reports
Sunshine Reads
Smut Lovers Wonderland 
Victoria’s Thoughts and Reviews
Passionate Reads
New Chapter Book Blog
Yah Gotta Read This
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Beck Anderson 
Laters Baby
Sydney Logan
Triple A
Rising Indies United
Kez’s Bookshelf
SRs Florentine Podcast

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Midwinter’s Eve #Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop! Thanks to Mary from Book Hounds for hosting.

I for one am excited the days will get longer after Winter Solstice. The short daylight is my least favorite part of winter. But I love cozying up in fleece and sipping hot drinks.

I’m giving away a $10 gift card and a Jennifer Lane ebook of the winner’s choice. I write sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. Check out college volleyball romance BLOCKED for only $.99.



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Gratitude #Giveaway #Giftcard

Thanks to Mary from Book Hounds and Kathy from I Am A Reader for hosting.


I am so grateful to the readers and authors I’ve met since starting this crazy publishing journey in 2010.

To express my gratitude, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card. Enter on the Rafflecopter. Note: This hop is supposed to have only one entry so please choose ONE only way to enter.

I welcome you to return to the blog on 12-2-15 for the celebration of the release of ACED (Blocked #2), New Adult Sports Romance. I’ll be hosting a giveaway here and joining 25+ authors for the Facebook release party.

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Spooktacular #Giveaway Hop #GiftCard #Sports #Romance

Thank you to Kathy from I Am A Reader for hosting! There are over 200 blogs participating.


October is a special month for me since I’m revealing the cover for my next novel ACED (Blocked #2), a college sports romance series.

I’m also a big fan of all things Halloween. My Twitter avatar features my favorite Halloween costume of me as a carrot. Why? Who knows.


To celebrate all things spooktacular, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card, an ebook of my college volleyball romance BLOCKED, and an ARC of ACED (Blocked #2, due 12-2-15). 

Check out ACED’s cover reveal at our Facebook party on 10-20-15 HERE. Good luck!

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September is for Sequels #Giveaway #ebook #ARC #romance


Is it September already? Time for a giveaway featuring sequels! Thanks to Lisa Loves Literature for hosting.


I have two series:

1) A complete romantic suspense trilogy: The Conduct Series. I’m giving away an ebook of book #2: BAD BEHAVIOR.



2) A college volleyball trilogy: Blocked. Book two is set to launch in December of 2015 and the winner will be one of the first to get an ARC of ACED (Blocked #2).



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Beside Your Heart by @WordyMary #Review #Interview #Giveaway


It’s time to celebrate The Heart Series by Mary Whitney! I loved book one (Beside Your Heart) as you can see in my review. Stick around for the interview and generous giveaway.

Beside Your Heart (Beside Your Heart, #1)Beside Your Heart by Mary Whitney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Beginning of Across-the-Pond Romance

I’ve had my eye on this series for some time and I’m glad I finally read book one.

When political operative Nicki Johnson googles her high school love Adam Kincaid, she finds out he’s dating an English aristocrat named Muff.

I gaped at the photo. I’d never seen Adam dressed so well. He wore a dark gray morning coat with tails, a vest, tie, and striped trousers. Next to him, Mary or Muff or Twat — whatever her name was — wore a pale pink coat dress.

The discovery fuels a sense of longing as well as many memories of the past. Beside Your Heart explores how Nicki and Adam meet in high school. I seem to enjoy New Adult more than Young Adult these days, so I think I’ll enjoy the next two novels about their adult romance better.

Nicki’s younger sister died in a harrowing car accident, and she is mired in grief throughout the story. Coupled with what happens to the relationship between Nicki and Adam, a sad tone pervades the novel. But Adam is lovely in how he helps her through her grief.

Her grandmother explains grief well:

“At times, your grandfather’s passing is as hard for me today as it was the day he died, but the pain isn’t as constant anymore. I can go days and even weeks of going along in my life with nothing. The it can hit me out of the blue, and I feel the grief all over again. Other times, you know when a bad patch of pain is coming…birthdays, holidays.”

I loved all the Englishisms, like shagging, snogging, and spotted dick, hehe.

Overall this is a well-written story about first love.

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And now for the interview with Mary Whitney…


Jennifer Lane (JL): Welcome to the blog, Mary! As you can see, I truly enjoyed Beside Your Heart. What were some inspirations for this story?

Mary Whitney (MW): Well, thank you! You’re a doll.

It was triggered by an old memory. I’m old enough to remember when ecstasy was legal back in the 80s, and I remembered going to a party the night before it was made a controlled substance. The funny thing was that no one was on X. They were all drinking. I was telling the story to a friend one day which sort of mentally sent me back to high school. My mom had also recently died, so I’d been wanting to write something to explore grief. Beside Your Heart isn’t autobiographical at all, though. Sadly in my high school, the male exchange students from overseas were never good looking!

JL:
How does your law degree affect your writing?

MW: You can say people write about what we know. I’ve never wanted to write about laws, but I think people involved in law, law enforcement, and politics can be interesting – sometimes even in their boringness!

JL: I’m also drawn to writing about politics, especially romantic partners who spar over opposing beliefs. Tell us about your political romances and how politics might play out in books two and three of The Heart Series.

MW: I love a good debate, so romantic banter is just fun for me to read and write. With Nicki and Adam, their banter is driven by their differing cultures, though their political leanings are pretty similar. In my book, Compromising Positions, it’s a Republican and a Democrat, which makes for meaty, but playful conversation.

JL: I see in your bio you’ve lived all over the US! What’s been your favorite location?

MW: Honestly, I think there are great things and bad things about every place I’ve lived. Right now, I live in northern California which is pretty awesome, except for the drought and earthquakes.

JL: What are you working on now?

MW: I’m finishing up my next book, Attached. It’s true New Adult so it will be a departure for me. I’m also working on the audiobooks for No Ordinary Guy and Compromising Positions. David from Beside Your Heart is the main character in No Ordinary Guy. He’s Adam’s cheeky cousin, so the narrator is also a Brit. Compromising Positions is dual narration for both male and female POVs. Everything is out in June, so things are busy right now!

I can’t thank you enough for this interview. I’m always tickled when people want to chat! Thanks again!

JL: Thank you for stopping by, Mary, and good luck with your writing.


***GIVEAWAY***

Mary Whitney is giving away an ENTIRE EBOOK BOX SET of The Heart Series (Beside Your Heart, Disclosure of the Heart, and Forever Your Heart) to a lucky winner!

And another winner will receive an ebook of No Ordinary Guy

To win, comment on this post and leave your email address. If you don’t want to write your email address, contact me at jenniferlanebooks (at) gmail (dot) com.

Finally, I hope you had a Happy Easter for those who celebrate. I got my Pinterest on and made this Easter Bread Bunny–so fun!