Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Thanks to Kathy from I Am a Reader for once again hosting this spooky hop!


I’m a big fan of Halloween. To prove it, check out the carrot costume on my avatar. 😉

I have some treats for you this holiday.

In preparation for December’s New Adult Sleepover Weekend, where I’ll sign copies of my NA swimming romance Streamline, I ordered bookish swim caps:


I can’t wait to give away this swim cap.

But wait, there’s more! I’m also giving away:

* A $10 iTunes gift card

* A Jennifer Lane ebook of your choice (With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, On Best Behavior, or Streamline)


To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter form:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Now hop on over to these spooktacular blogs–each one is offering at least $10!

AToMR Book Blast for On Best Behavior

With the release of On Best Behavior, the Conduct Series is complete!


Thank you to Julie at AToMR and Traci from Omnific Publishing for blasting together a book blast for On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3). Their conduct is exemplary.

Win two signed print copies of On Best Behavior and TEN ebooks from the entire series!

Here’s the tour schedule. Please visit these GOOD bloggers to read excerpts and enter the giveaway. They’re the best.

September 23
Swept Away by Romance BLOG (Review)


September 24 (Release Day)
A Diary of a Book Addict BLOG
Wild Wordy Women BLOG
The Hedonistic Minimalist BLOG
Martini Times Romance BLOG
Deea’s Book BLOG
Anny’s Book BLOG
Book Drunk BLOG
Rose & Beps Book BLOG

September 25
A Trail of Books Left Behind BLOG

September 26
Sweet Spot Book BLOG

September 27
RoloPolo Book BLOG
In Between the Pages BLOG
Bookshelf Confessions BLOG

September 28
Funinmental BLOG

September 29
Frein Writes BLOG

September 30
Book Nerds Anonymous BLOG
Rumpled Sheets BLOG
Cocktails and Books BLOG
Everything Marie BLOG

October 1
The Reading Cafe BLOG
Pink Fluffy Heart BLOG
I Heart YA Books BLOG

October 5
Novel Lasses BLOG

On Best Behavior LAUNCH

The release of On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3) is HERE!



Julie from AToMR Tours hosts the book blast, and today’s stop is at Swept Away by Romance. Karla writes an awesome review, and there’s a giveaway of the entire series.


Here’s the video trailer of On Best Behavior:




Planning a wedding is never easy—especially when the Russian Mafia wants you dead.

On Best Behavior—the third and final book in The Conduct Series—finds our favorite couple moving forward, despite the odds. Following a pardon by the Governor of Illinois, ex-cons Sophie Taylor and Grant Madsen are finally free to pursue their love and the life that lies ahead for them. Grant now fights the forces that have hurt his loved ones by working undercover for the FBI, and he has infiltrated the Russian Mafia in Chicago. Sophie dives into swimming with Grant’s nephew, Ben, and into her career as a psychology professor. Thankfully, now it’s Ben’s turn to heal through therapy sessions with Dr. Hunter Hayes.

With so many things going right for Grant and Sophie, it’s too bad the Russians aren’t their only threat. When Grant’s father, Enzo Barberi, discovers his own son thwarted his plan to break out of prison, his overdeveloped sense of vengeance flares to life. As Sophie scrambles to save her fiancé, it’s impossible to say who will kill Grant first—the Russians or his Italian family. Can love triumph over evil? Are hard work and a pledge to be on best behavior ever enough?

Once again, author Jennifer Lane brings a harrowing tale of romantic suspense with a psychological twist, and it’s sure to leave readers breathless.

Deleted Scene: On Best Behavior

Only four more days until release day of On Best Behavior! It’s exciting to finish my first series.

Earlier I posted the first part of a scene that we cut in the editing process. Here’s part two of Sophie and Grant in the church, planning their wedding:


“You know what I was thinking about during our little moment of silence?” Grant asked.

Sophie shook her head.

“Well, I imagined you in your wedding dress, at the end of the aisle.” He gestured toward the altar. “I’m standing right there waiting for you, fidgeting with the flower on my lapel, and when I see you, you look so stunning. Radiant and exquisite.”

She glanced at the entrance of the sanctuary and then back at him. “Mmm, I can see it too. You’re standing by Pastor Tom, looking so McSailoricious in a tux. I want to tear down the aisle, run into your arms.”

He continued the little fantasy. “You try to run, but…your father, he slows you down. He walks you to me—” he flinched as if watching a horror flick “—but then he won’t let you go. You tug on his arm, try to get away, but he’s got a vice grip on you, and he’s glaring at me—”

“Nooo!” she cried, playfully pushing against his chest. “You’re cursing us. That could really happen, you know.”

Grant clasped her wrists and leaned in. “I won’t let that happen, Bonnie, even if I have to wrestle you away from your father.”

“Good, don’t freak me out like that.”

He drew her hand up to his lips and planted a kiss on her knuckles.

Sophie gazed off in the distance, remembering what she’d read in one of her textbooks about the symbolism of the father giving the daughter away at a wedding. When the bride moved from her father to her husband, she transferred her allegiance from her family to her husband. In successful marriages, the wife had to put her husband first, ahead of her family, and the husband had to put the wife first too. If a conflict erupted between the spouse and the family, the spouse’s needs won in a healthy marriage.

When Sophie explained the symbolism to Grant, he said, “Interesting. I thought it was more like the father saying ‘Take her off my hands, please.’”

Her mouth popped open with umbrage.

He smiled. “Seriously, I do like that explanation from your psychology book.”

“Of course you do,” she replied with a grin, “’cause that means I’ll be yours.”

He leaned in, brushing his lips on her neck, sweeping soft kisses up her chin and jaw until his lips landed on hers. Their kiss was sweet and gentle, and she gazed into his glittering eyes.

“I’ll tell you a secret, Grant. We don’t need a wedding ceremony for me to transfer my allegiance—I already belong to you.”

“And I to you, Sophie.”

Enter to WIN a print copy of On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3) HERE.

On Best Behavior Deleted Scene

On Best Behavior releases in one week: September 24, 2013!

Make sure you enter the Goodreads giveaway *points to the right*

My awesome editor Jessica Royer Ocken always helps me tighten the story, which included deleting this scene from the first chapter. Sophie and Grant have stopped by the church to plan their nuptials. I’ll be back with part two of the scene on Friday. Enjoy!

Tom smiled. “You two already act like a married couple, so I’m sure you’ll be just fine. Stop by and talk to Betty on the way out. You can check the calendar for this summer, and schedule our next meeting.”

“Thank you, Pastor Tom.” Sophie stood.

Grant followed suit. “Thank you, sir.”

Ten minutes later they headed out of the church. When they passed by the sanctuary, Sophie halted. “Let’s take a peek.”

Grant followed her into the spacious rectangular hall with vaulted ceilings. Morning light streamed in through the long windows lining the walls, illuminating the beige paint and pine wood accents, lending a surprising brightness on a cloudy winter day. The décor was nowhere near as ornate as that of Grant’s church, but the tasteful restraint still showed off the wealth of the Gold Coast, where her father lived.

Though they were alone, they treaded lightly to one of the pews and slid in, facing the altar.

“So this is where we’ll be on June eighteenth,” Grant whispered, looking all around him.

Sophie nodded, whispering back “Have you ever been in a Methodist church before?”

Grant paused. “I don’t think so, but I’ve been in a non-denominational chapel.”

“Where?”

He looked down. “Gurnee.”

“Oh.” Her right hand slid under his left hand, palm up, intertwining their fingers. She couldn’t imagine living in prison for over two years. One year for her had been awful enough.

He glanced around him. “It’s pretty here. Peaceful.”

“Yes. It’s a very spiritual place here, I think. My favorite part of the service is the moment of silence.”

On cue, Grant fell silent. Sophie also drew quiet, noticing her breathing and the soft tick of a clock behind her in the narthex. She felt warmth in her chest—a wellspring of emotion.

When Grant turned to her and found tears gliding down her cheek, his smile vanished. “This is too hard for you. Let’s get married at the courthouse.”

She gave a quick shake of her head as she sniffed. “No, I want to get married here.” She smiled through her tears. “I’m not crying because of grief. I cry all the time here, even before my mother died. It’s like…it’s like I can feel God’s love pouring into my heart when I’m here.” She aimed a sheepish look in his direction. “I…it’s silly.”

“It’s not silly. You feel things deeply—that’s one thing I love about you.”

“Really?” Somehow he always made her feel better about herself. “I remember the first week of my psychology internship at the VA. I had this older supervisor who was really intimidating. She was the director of the program, and she was quite stern. She was asking me questions about my client, and I didn’t know the answers, and I felt really stupid, and I, I started crying. I was so mortified, but she told me it was a good thing I was so emotional because it would help me do my job better. It would help me be a better therapist.” Sophie smiled. “She was my favorite supervisor after that.”

“She’s a smart woman,” Grant said.

Sophie turned to him, and her eyes welled up with tears again. Her voice trembled. “The reason I cried during the silence…I was thanking God for bringing you to me. I’ve been waiting a long time for you to come into my life, McSailor.”

He immediately extended his long arms, scooping her into a warm embrace, cradling her against his chest and rubbing soothing circles on her back. “You’re not the only one grateful to God. I’m so thankful we’re together.”

“And that’s why I’m so scared about this FBI thing,” Sophie added. “I’ve found you, and I don’t want to lose you.”

“I feel the same way.” Grant straightened and looked into her eyes. “Listen, I hear your concerns. I do. I just have to pursue this for now. When you come down that aisle on June eighteenth, I want an honorable man waiting for you—not some Mafiosi.”

“But I already have an honorable man.”

He frowned. “I’m sorry, I just don’t feel that way. I don’t know if working with the FBI will change things, but I’m hoping it will.”

She took a deep breath, sensing this was one of those unsolvable problems between them that Hunter had mentioned. It didn’t seem right to argue while sitting in the pew. “Okay, I disagree with you on that…but I’ll try to get on board.”

Oh Sexy Boyyyyfriend! #OmniBookBoyfriend


Who’s ready for some smack down?


We are! We naughty ladies of Omnific Publishing toss our men into the ring to duke it out, mano a mano, muscle to muscle . . . and may the best book hero win.

Each author submits a photo representing her book hero, and readers vote for their favorites. There will be giveaways of ebooks, swag, and an Amazon gift card!

Love Between the Sheets will host the brackets for ultimate book boyfriend starting September 30.

So who are my contenders? 

My shy book heroes have hung back, scoping the competition, but now they’re ready to reveal themselves.

No, my book boyfriend is not Long Duck Dong.

(Though he IS quite charming)

Allow me to introduce LEO SCOTT from Streamline:

Leo sends my mind straight to the gutter (the swimming pool gutter). He’ll conquer all book boyfriends in a pushup contest, and his sincere striving will break your heart.

And now the hero of The Conduct Series, GRANT MADSEN:


In With Good Behavior (#1 now only $.99) Grant shows he’s a good man taken down by his bad family. Now that he’s on parole, will they force him back into prison?

In Bad Behavior (#2) Grant battles demons from his past, with the help of his girlfriend Sophie and his psychologist Hunter.

In On Best Behavior (#3 launches 9-24-13) Grant finds that planning a wedding is never easy, especially when mobsters want you dead.

Enter to win a print copy of On Best Behavior HERE.

See the video trailer of On Best Behavior HERE.

Bring it, book boyfriends! My men will crush you little boys. 

We hope you join us for the trash talk, voting, giveaways, and mayhem on September 30th!

#IWSG: Critique Partners

Congratulations, Alex Cavanaugh! Your brainchild Insecure Writers Support Group celebrates its two year anniversary today, and I’m happy to be part of the group.


Today I want to discuss critique partners, and I have many questions for you. Do you have a critique partner? Several? How does it work for you? (What’s the structure? Has it helped you? What do you wish you’d known when you started?)

A good friend and I agreed to be critique partners, and I want to learn from the collective wisdom of this group about how to make this relationship work best.

When I started writing, I posted stories online, and the feedback made me eager to get the next chapter out there. Now that I’m writing novels, my motivation has waned. I’m hoping that having an encouraging friend waiting for the next chapter will help inspire me to write more frequently.

~*~


In other news, my next novel On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3) launches 9-24-13. In celebration, my publisher slashed the price of the first novel in the romantic suspense series to only $.99. 

If you have a moment, would you be willing to help spread the word by tweeting one of these?

Win a print copy of ON BEST BEHAVIOR by @JenLaneBooks — romantic suspense with a psychological twist. http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/63573-on-best-behavior

They found love in a hopeless place. WITH GOOD BEHAVIOR by @JenLaneBooks only $.99! #romance http://www.amazon.com/With-Good-Behavior-ebook/dp/B003VU00QU/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1

Thanks for your support and here’s to a wonderful September.