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Rita / Golden Heart Finalists

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I’ve been humbled, honored, thrilled, and grateful for everyone’s good wishes on the launch of book one in the Mer series, In Over Her Head, so I’d love to send some of the love your way!


To that end, I am able to offer a $150 gift voucher for your choice of a 2-night weekend stay at the Atlantis Inn Bed & Breakfast in Ocean City, NJ through May 10, 2009, OR a Couples Massage for Two during your 2-night weekend getaway, valid through May 10, 2009 or while supply lasts.


This is IN ADDITION TO the three drawings for the two complimentary weekend stays at the Atlantis Inn Bed & Breakfast, and the one at the Hibiscus House in West Palm Beach, FL advertised on my website.


So, what do you need to do?


Very simple. Go to: and book your stay, using the online promotion code JF-IN OVER HER HEAD.


Only one gift voucher per one two-night room reservation. Gift voucher may not be combined with other gift certificates, discounts, or promotional offers. Double-discounts do not apply. Offer expires April 30, 2009, therefore booking your 2-night stay ASAP is strongly recommended as offer is strictly subject to availability. Official rules below.




Gift Voucher Coupon has no cash value, may not be redeemed for cash, and is subject to the following redemption rules:

This gift voucher offer can only be redeemed towards a two-night weekend stay (Fri/Sat) March 20, 2009 through May 10, 2009 and is valid towards $150 off your choice of any available luxury suite or villa (#1-12); OR you may opt to redeem the $150 gift voucher towards a relaxing Couples Massage for Two during your weekend stay. The redemption preference is yours to make, but must be redeemed at the time of booking.


Redeeming your Gift Voucher:

1)    Select a two-night weekend stay (Fri/Sat) March 20, 2009 through May 10, 2009 and call (609) 399-9871 to make your reservation now, or book online by completing the “Book a Reservation Now” form located on TODAY!

2)    Offer is strictly subject to availability and will discontinue once all offered weekends are SOLD OUT; therefore advance booking is strongly recommended. Gift voucher offer is valid toward new reservations only; booked March 16, 2009 – April 30, 2009. Offer expires April 30, 3009 or while supply lasts. As a courtesy, we thank you in advance for not calling the Inn with exception or extension requests, as this offer is subject to availability on designated dates, based on a “first come first serve basis” only.

3)    Gift voucher may only be redeemed at the time of booking either by phone reservation, or in the “Comments Section” of the online booking form. Voucher offer may not be redeemed or applied on arrival date/check-in, and is not valid toward any type of “refund” for existing confirmed reservations. When booking your reservation and redeeming this voucher gift offer, please provide:

a)     Guest ID#: JF-IN OVER HER HEAD

b)    Gift voucher redemption preference (apply towards room booking OR towards a Couples Massage for Two).

4)    Double-Discounts DO NOT apply. Offer may not be combined with any other promotional offers, coupons, discounted gift certificates, courtesy credits, and/or third party gift certificates. Offer is not valid for one night stays. Taxes and gratuities are not included. Reservation must be booked in advance and completed before May 10, 2009. This is a separate promotion from the Romantic Getaway Contest. You are still eligible for the drawing if you take advantage of this promotion offer.


Secure both your preferred weekend dates and preferred room selection by picking your weekend now and BOOKING TODAY!

Don’t delay. Offer expires April 30, 3009 or once property is SOLD OUT!


O.M. Gosh! A FIRST OFFICIAL: Blog Award!!

*Snoopy dancing here!

Many, many thanks to Hawk, aka Houston A.W. Knight for loving my blog enough to award me the “I Love Your Blog” emblem!i_love_your_blog_award-from-a-w-knight






(Josephine Piraneo at Glass Slipper Web Designs who did such an amazing job with both the template for the blog and my website. Thank you, Jo!!)

Woo hoo!!!

And I’ll pass it on to five others:

Sia McKye

Stephanie Julian

Adele Dubois (Classic Hunk of the Month, anyone??)

Jenny Gardiner

Killer Fiction Writers

First Official: I’m a Panelist!

Since this journey is all so new and exciting and fun and unknown, I thought I’d start chronicling all the firsts. I’m going to go back and rename some previous posts and re-categorize them under the First Official tags, but in the meantime, enjoy this offering:

My First Official time as a panelist on an industry panel.

Along with Leanne Banks, Catherine Mann, Beth Ciotta and Traci Hall, I’ll be presenting a workshop at the Romantic Times Convention in Orlando.


How to use setting, dialogue, new technology, places, events and other contemporary cultural points of reference to establish a “now” feel for your novel, appealing to readers of all ages while keeping it timeless for generations to come.

Since I write contemporary paranormals with lots of cultural references and plays off the “real” world, I figure this ought to be fun.

So now I’m getting my promo cap on and trying to come up with some ideas to get the word out about In Over Her Head since, sadly, the book won’t be available for the convention (but will shortly afterward). I do have a cute giveaway for some lucky attendee: a mermaid cell phone charm, just like the one on my cellphone:

Cell Phone Charms / Pendant  * MERMAID BLUE * X 10

A Jewel of a Novel



Berkley Sensation
February 3, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-425-22551-6

The earl of Banallt is no stranger to scandal. But when he meets Sophie Evans, the young wife of a fellow libertine, even he is shocked by his reaction. This unconventional and intelligent woman proves to be far more than an amusing distraction– she threatens to drive him to distraction. Unlike the women who usually fall at Banallt’s feet, and into his bed, Sophie refuses to be seduced. And soon Banallt desires her more than ever– and for more than an illicit affair.

Years later, the widowed Sophie is free, and Banallt is determined to win the woman he still loves. Unfortunately, she doesn’t believe his declaration of love and chivalrous offer of marriage– her heart has already been broken by her scoundrel of a husband. And yet, Sophie is tempted to indulge in the torrid affair she’s always fantasized about. Caught between her logical mind and her long-denied desire, Sophie must thwart Banallt’s seduction– or risk being consumed by the one man she should avoid at all costs…



An intense, beautiful love story and a most rewarding read.
–Sherry Thomas, bestselling author of Delicious.

Jewel plays readers’ emotions like a virtuoso, ensuring they will eagerly follow her characters into dramatic, intensely passionate and gripping love stories that will steal your heart and make you beg for more. She grabs you at the first word and never lets go.
— Kathe Robin, Romantic Times

…there’s a richness and a poignancy that elevates the entire book to a whole other level of “good.” It’s impossible to sum up this book in mere tropes. It’s a story of two people who had to grow up to appreciate each other, and it’s a story of survival and strength, trust and renewal. The characters are older than the standard hero and heroine you encounter in romance. It’s difficult to read at times, and bleak in others, but throughout, both in the past and the present of the story, Jewel weaves a furious sexual tension between Banallt and Sophie that reaches and maintains scorching levels. . . . This book took my breath away.
— Smart Bitches Who Love Trashy Books

WOW. Simply, wow. That is the only word I can use to describe this masterpiece. It has been such a long time since I have read such a rich, emotional and tension filled romance. Not only did Scandal have me hooked from the very first page, but this is the first book, in a very long time, where I had to read straight through into the wee hours of the night because I couldn’t put it down. When an author can write such a book, that book is destined for greatness. I wouldn’t be surprised if Scandal becomes one of the favorites of 2009, and perhaps placed on most reader’s lists for all time favorite historical. … Scandal is a must read book that should not be passed by. Carolyn Jewel has written a mature and emotional romance that has everything from passion, love and most importantly respect. The respect that a man and woman can have for one another.
— Kate Garrabrant, Romance Novel TV

Readers looking for a deeply emotional and very well-written book will love this one. I have a certain weakness for flawed but redeemable characters, and this tale very much hit the spot. I cannot wait to see more historicals from this author in the future.
— Lynn Spencer, All About Romance


Judi: Carolyn, I love reading historicals and am in awe of all the research. What’s the main thing you hope people take away from your book?
Carolyn: A burning and insatiable desire to buy my backlist and everything else I ever write for the rest of my life. And to tell everyone they know to do the same thing. OK, seriously, I just hope they enjoy the heck out of the story.

Judi: Ha! So what is your Writer Fantasy–i.e., to see your book make into a movie, to be on the New York Times bestseller list for 40 consecutive weeks, etc.?
Carolyn: Hmm. My fantasies typically involve Adrian Paul or Jet Li. But I could live with 40 weeks on the NYT bestseller list. If I had to.

Judi: What’s one piece of writing advice you’ve found valuable on your journey to publication?
Carolyn: Dorothea Brande’s section of Tapping the Unconscious in “Becoming A Writer” which included this warning; “If you fail repeatedly at this exercise, give up writing. Your resistance is actually greater than your desire to write and you may as well find some other outlet for your energy early as late.” Alas, I failed miserably and repeatedly at her free-writing exercise. It seems I am a no-talent amateur with delusions of grandeur. I can’t explain my ten (counting through the end of 2009) published novels, given this failure. I think I
must be a freak of some sort.

Brande’s book taught me that writing advice can, and possibly should, be ignored. Writers follow different paths to success and one path is never more valid than another. What works for me may not work for you and there’s nothing wrong with that. The point is to actually go out and find what works for you.

Judi: So what inspired this book?
Carolyn: Terror. I’m only partly kidding. Just about all my books are inspired by the terror of believing it isn’t working and that, working or not, I won’t be able to finish on time. More seriously, Scandal is set during the English Regency period (which was 1811-1820) and I very deliberately drew on my grad school research on a woman who wrote during this time
period. Women of the English upper classes had few resources if the men in their lives did not, for whatever reason, fulfill their cultural obligation to take care of their female relatives. Writing novels was one of the few things a woman could do, openly or secretly, to make money. I was astonished to discover that the money a novelist could expect to make in 1815 isn’t much different than it is today. The chief difference between then and now lies in the copyright. In 1815, publishers bought the copyright outright. The author was paid once and that was it. Today, authors typically retain the copyright to their work.

Judi: What’s up next? Do you have another project in the works?
Carolyn: In June, 2009, Grand Central Publishing will release My Forbidden Desire, the second of an Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance set in a world
that includes mages and demons. Indiscreet will be an October 2009 historical from Berkley Sensation.


Judi: And, finally, everyone always wants to know, what’s the most glamorous thing you’ve ever done since becoming a writer?
Carolyn: HAHAHAHAHA! The dishes?

Authors in Action!


From Monday, January 19 through Monday, January 26, I’m joining a group of authors and Romantic Inks in an online auction to help out a deserving family, by offering a signed ARC (advanced reading copy) of my debut novel, In Over Her Head (click here to go right to my page). (Five months before it hits the stores!)

Katy is a sixteen year old avid reader and aspiring author and illustrator who has won local awards for her artwork. Just before Christmas, Katy and her mother became homeless. They were evicted from their apartment and have been living in hotel rooms (when they’ve been lucky) or their car (when they’ve not been so lucky) since then.

Katy has been blogging about life on the streets, and you can read all about how this incredibly sweet mother and daughter ended up in this situation here: and see the video here:

As Katy states on her blog, “Homelessness has many faces. And sometimes it happens to have a computer.” Both Katy and her mother seem to have very positive outlooks, but it’s clear they’re in some real trouble.

That’s where this auction comes in. All proceeds will go toward helping Katy and her mother get back on their feet. This is a pair that are actively looking for ways to improve their situation, and just need a little push to help them get there. So, please bid generously and know that you’re doing a wonderful thing to help two wonderful people.

Here is the link to the auction page:

Thanks so much for taking part in this, and please, pass this along to your friends.



My Very First Look at In Over Her Head


 FIRST OFFICIAL: Look at my book!

I’m going to be participating in an online auction to benefit a homeless family and I’ll be auctioning off an ARC (advanced reading copy) of In Over Her Head (a full four and a half months before it shows up in book stores). Today my copy arrived and thrilled just doesn’t begin to cover the emotions. For a writer to say the feeling is indescribable should give you some idea.

Jack With A Twist Anyone?


I first “met” Brenda on during the First Chapters contest, when she was promoting her book, SCOT ON THE ROCKS. I was thrilled when she joined the Girlfriends blog tour.
Brenda is the author of JACK WITH A TWIST (Engaging your adversary and other things they don’t teach you in law school) and SCOT ON THE ROCKS (How I survived my ex-boyfriend’s wedding with my dignity ever so slightly intact), as well as the short story BASED ON A TRUE STORY. You can learn more about Brenda at and check out her blog at

Judi: Tell us about your latest release and the inspiration behind it.

Brenda: JACK WITH A TWIST (Engaging your adversary and other things they don’t teach you in law school) is the story of Manhattan attorney Brooke Miller, who plans the wedding of her dreams, all while litigating the biggest case of her career…. which just so happens to be against her perfect fiancé. Hilarity ensues. Really. Marian Keyes called it “a funny, sweet romance” and Carole Matthews said it was “[a]nother fun-filled page-turner from Brenda.” Ironically, I wrote JACK before even getting engaged myself!

Judi: When deadlines hit, what happens in your house?

Brenda: Nothing, really. I’m usually done with my work about a week before my deadlines. I’m sure it’s becaue of my former life as a lawyer, but I just like to be totally prepared and way ahead of my deadlines.

Judi: Do you put your friends in your books? Names, incidents, characteristics? Have any of them recognized themselves in a not-so-good way?

Brenda: Oh, yes! I usually have a lot of fun with this! In fact, I did a guest blog about this very topic over on Editor Unleashed! [] I also spoke about this at Barnes and Noble, which you can see here:

Judi: What is the most memorable first line you’ve ever read in a novel?

Brenda: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”

Judi: What was the most fun scene in your book to write? The most difficult?
The most fun I had was writing the scene when Brooke’s family met her fiancé’s family for the first time.  There was just so much room to be funny, crazy and completely out there.  Those situations are always so stressful, so it was fun to infuse that scene with lots of humor and heart.
The hardest part for me is always the end.  (Isn’t it for every writer?)   You’ve taken the reader on a journey, and it’s so important to deliver on everything you’ve built up, and to give them something memorable and satisfying.
Judi: What is your writing schedule like?
Brenda: I pretty much just write wherever and whenever I can.  Writing is an art, but it’s also a job, so it’s important for me to just buckle down and do it whenever I get a spare moment.
Judi: What is your advice for those who looking to get their novel 
Brenda: Keep writing! It’s so easy to get discouraged or feel like you don’t have the time to write. But like anything else that is important in life, you have to work at it and make the time for it.

Edit! Editing your work is almost as important as the writing itself. Sure, you’re telling your story, but it’s also important to consider the way that you tell it. You want your writing to be tight, elegant and polished. It can only get to be that way through careful and thorough editing.

Develop a very thick skin. You’re putting yourself out there when you write and not everyone is going to love what you do. But that’s okay! You’re not writing to please everyone out there. You’re writing because you have a story that you want to tell. So start getting used to criticism and then see tip #1—keep writing! 

Advanced praise for JACK WITH A TWIST


“a funny, sweet romance.”

         New York Times bestselling author Marian Keyes


 “Another fun-filled page-turner from Brenda.  Every bit as sparkling as the champagne that the bride-to-be’s mother is so fond of…”

                     USA Today international bestselling author Carole Matthews


 “A funny, smart, true-to-life novel about being your own woman.  Loved it!”

         Melissa Senate, author of SEE JANE DATE and QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE MARRYING


 “Deliciously entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny and fraught with disaster after hilarious disaster, Janowitz’s second novel is engaging, fast-paced and thoroughly delightful.  Janowitz’s pitch-perfect sequel to SCOT ON THE ROCKS is a hilarious look at the not-so-holy side of holy matrimony.”

            – Kristin Harmel, author of the novel THE ART OF FRENCH KISSING