Monday, June 4, 2012

Countdown Day 4 -- GIVEAWAY with Jennifer Shirk

Four days until For Love of Duty is up for sale! I can't believe how fast the days have gone. From writing this story, through the editing, all the way til now... it's been like the blink of an eye. Part of that is because I am surrounded by such wonderful friends who keep me busy.

I first met [heard of] Jennifer Shirk on the Romance Divas forum. She was a quiet thing compared to some of the members over there. After joining Passionate Critters, I soon found out it wasn't that she was so quiet but that they were so loud. haha. :D Thanks for being here today, Jennifer, to help me celebrate my book release on Friday. Now, around here we eat cake and ice cream for just about any celebration. The virtual bakery is open with anything you want. What'll you have?

JS: I love chocolate cake—actually THIS recipe is my personal fav:
(only I skip the almonds.)
My fav ice cream is Moose tracks!!

Hey! Thanks for the recommendation. We love moose tracks around here, too. Have you ever had Mint Moose Tracks?

Tell me [and my readers] a little about your latest book?

JS: Sunny Days for Sam is my newest sweet romance.
Here’s the back cover blurb:
Sunnyva “Sunny” Fletcher is a firm believer in fairy tales. With the recent debt she’s acquired, the hope of something magical happening in her life is the only thing keeping her going. She needs a job fast. So when Sunny learns the sexy new vacationer in town is looking for a nanny, she starts to believe she just may have a fairy godmother after all!

Internet guru Sam Calloway is only in town for the summer and needs a nanny for his two small children. However, the beautiful and inexperienced Sunny is not exactly the kind of caregiver Sam has in mind. It doesn’t take long for Sunny’s tenderhearted and bubble-blowing ways to soon have the children—and Sam—enamored with her. She’s a dream come true. But after what Sam’s been through, he’s stopped believing in fairy tales long ago.

Sunny manages to work her way into Sam’s closed-off heart, but at the end of the summer, will the workaholic dad go back to his life in New York City, or will he decide his days are much sunnier here with Sunny?

I never did read the end of that...did I? I must have! But, I think I'm going to have to get a copy as soon as this interview is over. I love your characters, Jennifer. They are real people.

Give me some party advice for a new author. When you made that first sale--so long ago, how did you celebrate?
JS: I squealed to my critique partners first. LOL Then the hubby took me out to a nice dinner. Then when my book came out in print, he and my neighbors threw me a book release party! Now, THAT was awesome!

If there was one book [story] you could live, which one would it be?
Probably my first book: The Role of a Lifetime. It’d be kind of fun to have a handsome movie star in love with me. Just saying. J

Are you a plotter or a panster?
JS: PLOTTER. But even though I plot, nothing is written in stone and things still manage to change as I’m writing.

Oh! I know just what you mean. I feel like I have to plot, but the story sorta flows, changing things as it goes.

If you could go anywhere this month, where would it be? Tell me why!
Anywhere? I really would love to go to Italy. I’ve never been to Europe and since my hubby is half Italian…

 I knew there was a reason I liked your hubby! Half Italians are wonderful. :D

What’s your favorite thing about being a writer?
JS: I can make my own hours, wear whatever I want and don’t have to shower. LOL But I also love creating my characters—coming up with their names and quirks That’s the most fun.

It really shows, Jennifer. You have a way with characterization [that everyone should experience by reading your books]. :D

Can you give me and my readers a hint about what you’re working on for your next book?
Yes! I’m working on a book where I have my hero is a romance author—although don’t call him that. He prefers to be a called a “fictional author who puts romantic elements in his story”. J He really cracks me up. I’m already in love with him.

I can't wait to start reading.
Thanks for coming by today, Jennifer. It's a great way to spend a monday. :)

You can find Jennifer on her webpage, twitter, facebook, and goodreads.
Jennifer is giving away a copy of her book, Sunny Days for Sam.
Comment to win!! 

Sunny Days for Sam is available at
Barnes and Noble:


  1. Thanks for having me, Betty!

    And no, I didn't even know they made Mint Moose Tracks!!

  2. I'll have to go check out the recipe. You always come up great ones! I would LOVE to see Italy. I'd come back weighing 300 lbs. LOL.

  3. I love the book cover. I'm a plotter too...sort of. I try to direct my characters to be obedient, but thay all have minds of their own.

  4. It would be fun to have the handsome movie star hero from The Role of a Lifetime in love with us! I'm headed over to get a look at that chocolate cake recipe - thanks!
    Great interview for a great book!

  5. I can't wait to read this book Jennifer!No matter how hard I try to plot, I can never seem to make it work out for me. Oh well, just go with the flow right? And going to Italy sounds like fun. I would love to travel to Europe. I hope you get to do that one day! Great interview!

  6. Wonderful interview. Jennifer, love the idea of a male romance author! Bethanne, nice to meet you. I just followed your blog.

  7. Looking forward to reading this story! And going to Italy, *sigh*, would be divine.

    Fun interview!

  8. Fun interview! And the book sounds great! It's on my list as one I definitely want to read this year :)

  9. I would love to win this thank you for the giveaway!


  10. Thank you, Carol!
    Thanks for stopping by and sharing my love of romance with me. :D

  11. I don't even know what Moose tracks ice cream is - I'm so ignorant!
    Anyway great interview - and be sure to look me up if you ever get to Europe.

  12. I don't even know what Moose tracks ice cream is - I'm so ignorant!
    Anyway great interview - and be sure to look me up if you ever get to Europe.

  13. Im so in love with this cover omg¡¡¡¡

  14. Bethanne and Jennifer,

    Great interview - and I like that you met on Romance Divas!

    Like so many have said, I love this cover! And I can't help but love a girl who backs herself into a corner and still hopes for fairy tale endings!


  15. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway! Sunny Days For Sam sounds like a great read! I love romance novels! I keep seeing this title pop up everywhere and I would LOVE a chance to read it! Thank you! ( really mint moose tracks? Who knew! :)
    booksaresanity at yahoo dot com

  16. I know! Mint Moose tracks are soo yummy.
    Of course, you loose the peanut butter goodness. But for those who like a mint chocolate combo, this is a GREAT one. Forget tiny little bits of chip and try honking peices of mint cups. LOL :D

  17. Love reading your interviews and I can't wait until your book comes out. I'm so proud of you!!! Wouldn't mind winning a copy of Sunny Days for Sam.

    Cheryl Kelley

  18. Yum, I heard there was chocolate cake.
    I think it was so cool that your hubby organized a re lease party for you. I remember you posting about it.

  19. Thanks, everyone, for stopping by and eating all my cake. LOL
    And thank you, Bethanne, for having me today!

  20. I would like to thank you for not only an increadible book giveaway but also a most insightful interview with the author. As an amateur writer myself i am facinated by the story behind the creation up until publication, and how the story came about. Thank you so much and i would apsolutely love to have the oportunity of reading this. x
    Email: lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

  21. I can't wait to read your next book! A male romance author?! It sounds really cute.

    THIS one sounds cute, too! ;)

    bluerosesheart at yahoo dot com

  22. I'm late getting to this giveaway! I'm glad I am because I was able to Bluerose to the pot. :D

    Becky Doughty, you win a copy of Jennifer's Sunny Days for Sam! Congratulations. I'll get you the details on how to do that... stay posted.

    Don't forget, everyone who commented also gets a chance to win a copy of my book, too. Stick around! All the winners will be announced again on Friday.

  23. Replies
    1. Hi Mooshercat,
      You won a copy of my New RELEASE, For Love or Duty!
      send me an email and I'll will get that to you. :D Thanks for sharing the celebration.
      bstrasser35 at gmail dot com

  24. I am a bit picky about romance novels I read, but this one sounds right up my alley. I love the idea of fairy tales myself. Thanks for the interview. I will have to read this book. And those who don't know about the ice cream, you better try it out. MMMMmmm...yum!

  25. This sounds like a wonderful read.

  26. Sounds good!

    London Judge

  27. This was a fun interview. :) Sounds like a warm, sweet plot, and a beautiful cover too. :)

  28. German chocolate cake sounds good. I would love to read this book!

  29. I would love to win a copy! Please enter me!


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