One for the Books by Jessica Jefferson

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2014 is officially done and over with [insert sigh of exhaustion].

Red Carpet with AHA
Walking the red carpet at the AHA BetterU luncheon

For some, New Year’s Eve is a night for excitement – dancing like you don’t care with old friends, enjoying a few cocktails, and generally behaving like you’re an undergrad again.  I’m not saying I’m not one of those people, just that while I’m polishing off that bottle of champagne and dancing on the coffee table wearing my Hello Kitty pajama pants, I’m also using that time to reflect upon the previous year and figure out my strategy for the upcoming twelve months.

I received the contract for my series, The Regency Blooms, in early summer 2013 with my first book released that November.  With that said, I didn’t really begin to appreciate what all of that meant until the start of 2014 when my schedule began to feel a like a freight train having jumped the track, hurdling down a mountain with no readily accessible brakes.  In May, I attended my first Romance Times conference where I learned that everything I’d ever heard about Bourbon Street was absolutely true and that even the most unexpected romance fans will flash for swag. On a more personal note, my husband and I upgraded from a travel trailer to an RV in 2014. We planned out a decade of fun-filled road trips, exploring America with our three and nine year old girls. After one trip to the Ozarks, we quickly learned that the wilderness could easily kick our butts, hotels are a lot easier, and use of the term vacation when speaking about the RV was a bit optimistic. I’m also happy to report that I’ve maintained many of the healthy habits I learned from my involvement with the American Heart Association Better U Challenge. Granted, I still have weight to lose, but some of it’s from overeating healthy foods and not just hamburgers.

ChasingtheotherTisdale_600This year will be much of the same. My first release for 2015 is coming February 25th. Chasing the Other Tisdale is the third in the Regency Blooms series, with the final book coming sometime late summer. I will also be releasing the first in my new series, The Regency Ribbons – romance from the other side of the ballroom. Instead of focusing on wallflowers, this series follows London’s most beautiful and popular ladies. I will also be participating in a collection of novellas with other Embracing Romance authors. Even though I will not be attending any major conferences, I will be participating at more local events. I look forward to connecting to readers on a more personal level and meeting more authors in my area (my area being within a five hour radius).

And of course, there will be plenty of family fun in the new RV. Despite my constant nagging, my husband still hasn’t sold it, so it looks like I’ll be heading out for a trip to South Dakota with the kids. But that’s a whole other blog.

So, what are your big plans for 2015? Any big vacations?

On a mountain
Four hours into our hike. The three year old – not amused.

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Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, nine and three year old girls, guinea pigs, and English bulldog Pete. When she's not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch "Real Housewives of [insert city here]" and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property. Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist, infused with humor. She always tries to create endearingly flawed heroes and one of a kind heroines that you'll want to continue knowing long after you read the last page. Fall in love with romance again...

12 Responses

  1. Sandra Owens

    Have a great 2015, Jessica, and I hope you enjoy your trip to South Dakota. We’ve got a big trip coming up in our RV this summer, but I don’t have two small children, so I’m thinking that makes RV-ing quite a bit easier. 🙂

  2. bmonajem

    It just occured to me that I’ve never been to South Dakota. (Or North Dakota). Must remedy that!

    Sounds like you have great fun planned. I agree about hotels. RVs and camping are all very well, but I like my creature comforts, too.

    • jessicajefferson

      I would have never dreamed about South Dakota, but we started researching and just loved everything we read about it. We’ve always gone east – NC, etc. It’s a totally different landscape so I’m excited.
      I’ll take plenty of pictures.

  3. JoannaM

    “…even the most unexpected romance fans will flash for swag.” Yep, that’d probably be me! LOL Sounds like you have lots and lots of things planned for 2015. I have a trip planned to visit my brother in FL and I’m so very excited about that 😉
    Congrats on your new release! Hopefully by the time it’s released I’d have caught up in the rest of the series

    • jessicajefferson

      I’m so jealous about Florida! All I want to do is hang out in the sun and sip fruity drinks. Have a great time – bring lots of books 🙂

  4. Alyssa Alexanderr

    I don’t envy that RV! I used to camp–and I mean tenting it, with a bathroom in the woods. I no longer do this. I have aged, and I have learned. 🙂 I don’t want to walk down the road to the bathroom, and I can’t stand the constant wetness in the tent. It always feels damp in there! So, instead, we’ve rented a house in FL for a Disney trip over Easter!!!! Complete with pool, kitchen, 3 bedrooms and a bathroom I not only don’t have to share, but only have to walk a few feet to!

    • jessicajefferson

      We were tent people too! Then after the second child, we ran into some horrible weather and I said enough was enough! It’s romantic when it’s just you and the hubby in the rain in a tent with a bottle of wine. With two kids and a selection of juice boxes – it’s awful.
      So now I can shower and Use the restroom without planning and walking 200 yards. And when the weather is bad, we have four televisions in the RV. I know – that’s not what it’s about, but if I can watch Bravo anywhere I go, I’m happy.
      Also – very jealous about Florida.