Milestones and Journeys
Thanks so much to Lisa’s World of Books for having me here on the Release Me blog tour!
I’m thinking about milestones and journeys today. I got thinking about it because I just learned (a few hours before writing this) that Release Me has landed on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists! I’m beyond giddy at the news, as you can probably imagine!
But it also got me thinking about milestones. I’m entering my thirteenth year as a published author, and this is the first time that I’ve hit the New York Times list, so obviously it’s a wonderful milestone in my career. But the journey has been even more fabulous. I’ve written so many books about so many different things, full of characters that I love and remember and bonded with.
I’ve met readers who’ve told me that my books helped them through difficult periods (reading in hospitals or after 9/11) or that they identify with the heroine (Nikki’s particular issue in Release Me or even just the basic problem of juggling kids and a job, like Kate has as a demon-hunting soccer mom) or that they simply just loved the story.
I’ve met other authors who have made this journey with me, and other authors to whom I will always feel like a fan girl. I’ve traveled for conferences to places I might never have gone (the Bishop’s Lodge in Santa Fe) and been able to get cool access to fun places for research (backstage at Spamalot when I was writing The Manolo Matrix)
I’ve had so many other milestones in my life, many involving my kids, and as any parent knows, parenting is one of the biggest journeys of all, starting with all the quirky little worries of pregnancy (I have a cramp! Is everything okay!) and adoption (but what if our paperwork is lost? what if the social worker thinks we’re nuts?).
I wouldn’t change a moment of any of these journeys … or the milestones!
What are some milestones in your life?
J. Kenner is the pen name of USA Today bestselling author Julie Kenner (who also writes as J.K. Beck). Release Me, an erotic romance that went on sale January 1 in the U.S. and the U.K., and in over a dozen other countries later in 2013. And now it is a USA Today and New York Times bestseller!
You can hang out with J.K., learn more about Release Me and her other novels, or just poke around and see what catches your eye at her website, www.jkenner.com, and also at her J. Kenner Facebook page, www.facebook.com/jkennerbooks and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/juliekenner
For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an erotic, emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who’s never heard “no” and a fiery woman who says “yes” on her own terms. He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist. Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me. Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart. But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever. Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.
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We’ll be giving away a book on each site for US commenter’s only.
Release Me by J. Kenner (an excerpt)