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From Innovative New Adult Romance Author—Jaqueline Snowe
A sassy bartender who’s seen it all wants nothing to do with the campus playboy— but when they are paired together in class, sparks fly. Can the player change his ways for the right girl?
Follow Jenna and Aiden in this enemies-to-lovers story.
LET LIFE HAPPEN
Re-Released in January of 2018. Let Life Happen, the first book in the Isaac’s Bar Series, was picked up by Liquid Silver Publishing and is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.
Everyone has that one friend—the ridiculously hot one you swear you would never develop feelings for. Mostly, because it would end in heartbreak. When Aiden Chad walks into a room, people stop and watch him. Who wouldn’t stop and stare at the Sigma President with his chiseled jaw and perfect smile…and those abs. There’s something about a player like Aiden that makes girls say, “I can change him.”
On the other hand, Jenna Smithson has never been like most girls. Why would she start now? As a bartender at the local, college bar, she has seen it unravel enough times to know exactly how it always ends. For the first time in his life, Aiden encounters a girl who won’t fall at his knees or fall into bed with him. Instead, Jenna gives him a dosage of good, genuine friendship and treats him like a normal person. She calls him out on his shit and his charm gets him nowhere. And this, this makes him question his entire lifestyle. Her sassy attitude and foul mouth, combined with his attitude and humor, create sparks hotter than the Phoenix sun they live under.
Want to read an excerpt? Check it out here!
A note from the author:
This book is a love story to those couples who met in college, trying to figure out what they wanted to do in the world without a clue how to get there. The names of characters and places are made up, but the setting is all true to Phoenix, Arizona. This was an ode to a city I grew to love.
The hubs and I live in a city. You expect a little riff-raff now and again but the oddest things always happen to me when I'm alone.
A guy singing his heart out to me? Check.
Following my dogs around, guessing their names? Check.
Someone asking me to help buy underwear for them? Yup.
Aggressively asking for money and insisting I give them my credit card? Also check.
But my Monday started off in the most dramatic fashion.
I thought my car was stolen.
It wasn't-- and for the sake of not embarrassing myself too much, let's just say I parked somewhere unusual and forgot about it. So, I'm already running 15 minutes late (due to crying about the 'missing car') and cheer in delight when finally I spot it. I hustle to it, but someone else is running in my peripheral vision.
Hm, this guy must be running late too! I'll give him a sympathetic smile. I turn. I smile.
Mistake. I made eye contact with a vagrant and he now stood right to my car on the other side. He wanted me to take him to the bank. Like, he tried to get in my car and have me cash his check at the bank.
It was the most bizarre proposition I've experienced. I believe my words were along the lines of hell to the no. He got the picture and thankfully I never felt threatened, but weird, uncomfortable, confused? Yes. All of those things. He walked away and I sped out of there and made it to work only ten minutes late.
In conclusion, it was the most Monday of all time and I'm glad today was much better. Cheers to a happy hump-day tomorrow!
One of my main goals for 2018 was creating more of an online platform and updating my website--and it's finally done! I'm almost at the one-year mark since entering the publishing world (which is crazy to think about!) and with the awesome help of my husband, I made some necessary changes.
First-- I created a newsletter sign up. If this interests you, see the link to the right of this post. I promise I won't spam you!
Second--I have an awesome book banner as my headers across all social media! My amazing husband created it for me and I just love the look of it. He did a phenomenal job. I have to say, it was quite amusing to see him researching all types of romance book banners.
Third--I've been upping my social media game and have included my recent Instagram link on the top right. I held off on getting it for the longest time, but now I"m obsessed with it. I mainly post pictures of my dogs or drinks, but hey, I love it.
I've learned so much during the process of essentially 'rebranding' myself and will only continue to learn more. This writing adventure can be bleak, rewarding, and fascinating at all once so thank you for joining me!
I'll be the first to admit-- I refrained from getting Twitter back in college when ALL my friends got it. I still struggle with social media. I sort of have an Instagram, had Snap Chat for a week or two then deleted it, and fought getting a Twitter. Its 'just another thing to learn.' I also sound significantly older than I am, but its just my preference. But ever think about writing?
Grow your social media platform. Even if its awkward. Twitter is a huge resource and platform to meet other writers and get awesome tips. (If you're looking for agents-- they post tips all the time)
This list might be weak but its just a list of # or events on Twitter than I found extremely helpful.
#MSWL Manuscript Wish List --> agents, editors, and publishers use this for concepts they want
#Askagent--> ask a question and hopefully, an agent answers
#Askeditor--> same goes, for an editor
#RWChat-- Romance Writers chat on Sundays 4PM PST, 7PM EST --> connect with other romance writers with various prompts
#chance2connect --Writing group of all genres for writers to connect on the first Tuesday of the month
#CPmatch-- want a critique partner? beta readers? Follow this thread
#Carinapitch-- pitch your hook to editors at Carina Press, an online imprint of Harlequin
#Pitmad--pitch your hook to agents on set dates-- if they like it, submit your query
#WIP (Work in Progress)
As I said before, this is just the surface of the Twitter world but it has helped me tremendously. I'm learning how to navigate in this publishing world and I wish I would've known about the benefits of Twitter years ago.
Know of any others and care to share?
Want to connect on Twitter? @jaquelinesnowe
I'm going for it this year. 2018. The year of the woman and the year I write down goals-- attainable ones-- and stick to them. I've tried, and failed, at keeping resolutions. I'm sort of a "go big or go home" type of person and I burn out. If I want to start working out again, I'll go too hard the first week and make myself sick, so I stop. If I plan to go to bed early, I'll fall behind on things which means waking up earlier and thus, getting the same amount of sleep. Forget giving up chocolate. I'll go three days without it and then have a low moment and accidentally eat an entire bag of M&Ms. As you can see, I'm not consistent. I'm a mess.
Thus, the list. I'm holding myself accountable. Ten things I'm working on this year. No excuses.
1. Practice Mindfulness. I've read quite a bit about it and it sounds fascinating.
2. Hydrate. I read women are supposed to drink around 91 ounces a day. I've had 34 and it's dinner time. No more-- 2018 is the year for more water.
3. Hiking. I love in the southwest and don't take advantage of the beautiful trails. I want to go 10 times this year. 10.
4. Join a writing group. This idea terrifies me (strangers commenting on my work-- yikes!) But its good to surround yourself with people who know the craft.
5. Finish 3 romance manuscripts (at least the first draft. A MS can take anywhere from 4-10 drafts)
6. Italian. I started learning in two years ago and I stopped making time for it. I want to get back to it.
7. Exercise. I won't commit to anything crazy but I need to make a valid effort to walk, jog, or run three times a week. I had a career change and won't be on my feet as much and staying active is a must.
8. Reading four books a month; 1 outside my comfort zone. I read at a pretty quick rate and can knock out the amount of books each month easily-- its the challenge reading outside what I love. (I'm a sucker for YA, thrillers, and romance.)
9. Finish a MS without romance. No one has to read it, but I want to challenge myself.
10. Better skin care routine. I know that sounds weird but I need to take better care of my skin. (Side note-- if you know any secrets or products that work great, let me know :) )
Well, now that its on the internet its forever. I must complete them, then. What about you? Do you have any New Year Resolutions?