Get Ready for the New Adult Sleepover Weekend!

I’m stoked to be a featured author at the New Adult Sleepover Weekend, December 6-8, in Savannah, Georgia.

Do you want to win a gift basket filled with a signed copy of Streamline, swim caps, and candy? A personalized swim lesson from a NCAA Division III champion in the Riverfront Marriott hotel pool? I’ll give these and other prizes away on Friday night 12/6/13.

On Saturday, I’ll join R.L. Griffin and other awesome authors for a Suspense panel at 10:00 a.m.

Then I’ll sign print copies of my NA swimming romance murder mystery Streamline at the Book Fair from Noon to 3:00.

Saturday night promises to be a blast with a pajama party and karaoke.

We hope to see you there! It’s not too late to register for the weekend or for Saturday passes HERE.


Author R.L. Griffin — Review and Interview

It’s my pleasure to have author R.L. Griffin to the blog! She loves to write in the New Adult genre—one of my favorites. Following her interview is my review of her novel By a Thread.

Jennifer Lane (JL): Welcome to the blog, RL! I’m psyched to meet you at the New Adult Sleepover Weekend in December. How did you get started writing?

R.L. Griffin (RLG): I’ve been “writing” all my life, but I wrote my first published work while I had so much free time in law school. *sarcasm*

JL: You’re an attorney, correct? How do law and writing fit together?

RLG: As an attorney you have to write long boring briefs and arguments that are very dry.  I love creating people’s stories and so writing gives me the ability to do that.

JL: How do you juggle working, writing, and motherhood?

RLG:  Poorly.  I don’t sleep very much.  I do try to make sure I’m the best mom I can be to my son when I can.  I do work long hours so I try to make up for that on the weekends and my husband and I take turn going to all of his sport practices.  My firm is really good about letting me do mom things.  I make it a priority.

JL: What drew you to write in the New Adult genre?

RLG:  I honestly think it’s such an interesting time in your life.  You are just getting all the responsibility of adulthood and dealing with major issues, but you still don’t have tons of life experiences to make great decisions all the time.  It makes for an interesting story.

JL: What’s next for you?

RLG:  Tension, the continuation of By A Thread comes out August 1 and I’m already working on the third book in the series.

JL: Can’t wait! Thank you for stopping by and good luck with your writing.

By A ThreadBy A Thread by R.L. Griffin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Picking Up The Pieces

Author R.L. Griffin and I will attend the New Adult Sleepover Weekend in Savannah, Georgia in December, 2013 (more info here: http://newadultsleepover.blogspot.com). When I discovered she writes my favorite genre of romantic suspense, I definitely wanted to read her novel! And I’m so glad I did.

Stella and Jamie were student-athletes at the same university. They fell in love and got engaged, then moved to Washington, D.C. to live together. Jamie starts a career with the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) and Stella is about to start law school.

Things seem perfect, right?


When Jamie dies in a car accident, Stella falls apart. Girlfriend’s definitely hanging “by a thread” as she defers law school for an alcoholic bender into depression. I was horrified when a drunk Stella responded to grieving messages on Facebook from Jamie’s friends, like:

hey d-bag, Jamie probably doesn’t even remmdher your name

! Jamie’s roommates Patrick and Billie take care of Stella and her dog Cooper, slowly nursing her back to health. She meets a bartender named George and eventually starts living again, though it’s an empty life.

Stella’s so low for most of the novel that at times it was hard to find her likable. Apparently she’s quite beautiful since she draws the attention of many men despite her hard, rejecting shell. (Or maybe that speaks to the old adage that we want what we can’t have?) Of course I wanted to throw her into treatment for her alcohol problem. 😉

I did enjoy Patrick, who’s like a brother to Stella, as well as George. Saint George puts up with all kinds of blow-back and bitterness from Stella, but he’s always there for her, supporting her. Her law-school friend Millie is fun. I loved Millie’s name for the line of muscle on a fit guy’s lower torso: the arrow muscle. Yeah! Fiance Jamie’s character is rather unknown, which makes me wonder if there will be a sequel.

My favorite part of the story was the mind-blowing ending. I didn’t see that one coming! The return to events mentioned in the prologue gave me a better understanding of Stella and the parts of the story that earlier frustrated me.

Check out this New Adult journey of healing!

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New Adult Sleepover Weekend!

Do you love New Adult books? Join us in Savannah, Georgia for a NA book convention December 6-8!

We’re gearing up for a weekend of fun with the NEW ADULT SLEEPOVER WEEKEND. I’m a featured author and can’t wait to meet readers and writers in this exciting genre.

For those sitting on the fence about attending and securing their spot early… we have a tipping point!
If you register by June 15th we will enter you in a special drawing to win one of 5 special VIP baskets for you and your roommates to enjoy! So what’s in the VIP baskets?
Just like they do at awards ceremonies, VIP’s get perks! For NASW the winners of these baskets will be treated to entering their room where they will find a huge basket of goodies, including waters, a bottle of bubbly, snacks, chocolate, goodies from area merchants in Savannah(anything from merchandise to gift cards), Some great bath stuff and of course, candles! Everything you need to make an evening of reading that much more special!
And to sweeten the deal, every VIP winner also gets an extra 5 entries in your welcome prize event, where attending authors will be giving away tons of awesome prizes, including meals with them, drinks at the bar and other awesome things!
And guess what? Several of our featured authors have donated books for these baskets! So not only are you treated to the NASW royal treatment, but you’re going to get awesome books outta the deal too!
So what are you waiting for? A weekend with awesome NA authors, parties, prizes, books and memories that will last forever!