Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where can I find your books?
You can find my books in most retail bookstores (independents, Barnes&Noble, Books A Million, and others). When the book is first released, check Walmart, Target, grocery stores, drug stores, and some airport stores.
If you're looking for backlist (books older than six months), go to B&N, Booksamillion, Powells, and indies. If these stores don't have the book you are looking for on the shelves, they will order it for you for no extra charge.
My books are also available online from Amazon, B&N.com, Powells Books, Books A Million, through indiebound, and others. Most titles are also available as e-books from B&N.com, Amazon Kindle, Sony, Kobo, Books On Board, and other places e-books are sold.
My self-published titles are available on Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, Smashwords, Apple iBooks, All Romance Ebooks, Kobo, and Sony. Print editions are available through Amazon.
1.b.Iím having trouble finding your Leisure/Love Spell (Dorchester) books, the Immortals and Nvengaria series. Why arenít they available, even as e-books?
Dorchester publishing (which publishes the imprints Leisure and Love Spell), has gone out of business. I have obtained the rights back to my books and am in the process of re-releasing my entire backlist as ebooks. The Pirates series is already out again (see Pirate Series for more information).
2. Why do you write under so many pseudonyms?
I sold my first romance as Jennifer Ashley, then was offered contracts for more romances and a murder mystery series from two different publishers at about the same time. The publishers asked that I take two names.
However, since the mystery series and romance series had such different flavors (mysteries were dark, gritty and in first person; romances were light and humorous and in third person), it probably was a good thing.
Later I ventured into romantic erotica, mostly because I wanted to see whether I'd enjoy writing it. I decided to take another pseudonym, because I wasn't certain I'd be successful. I was able to sell books to Ellora's Cave and then Berkley, using that pseudonym, and I've now penned quite a few books as Allyson James.
Again, the books are a little different. Allyson James's style is hotter and more contemporary than the Jennifer Ashley romances.
3. Will there be more books in the Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie series?
Yes. I changed publishers, and the series is continuing with Berkley, who also reprinted Madness of Lord Ian:
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (2009; reprint Aug 2011)
Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (July 2010)
The Many Sins of Lord Cameron (August 2011)
The Duke's Perfect Wife (April 2012)
The Seduction of Elliot McBride (Jan 2013)
The Untamed Mackenzie (August 2013)
The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie (Oct 2013)
See the Mackenzies series page for more information on the series.
4. Will there be more books in the Shifters Unbound series that started with Pride Mates
Yes. Berkley has also contracted me for more of the Shifters Unbound series. I am also writing and publishing short e-novellas (with trade paperback editions) that will release between the main books from Berkley.
Pride Mates (2010; reprint 2011)
Primal Bonds (2011)
Wild Cat (2012)
Hart Mated (2012)
Mate Claimed (2012)
"Perfect Mate" in Berkley anthology (March 2013)
Lone Wolf (April 2013)
Tiger Magic (June 2013)
Feral Heat (November 2013)
Wild Wolf (Jan 2014)
and more to come
See the Shifters series page for more information on the series.
5. What is the Immortals series? and in what order should it be read?
The Immortals is a series I dreamed up long ago and pitched to Dorchester as a continuity series. It involves five Immortal warriors who long ago were called upon to protect people from the forces of death-magic (vampires, demons, and other baddies). It's been a long time since they were Called to save the world, and they've become bad boys, wiling away their time doing whatever they want. But now one of their number has gone rogue and a group of witches called the Circle of Light have to find them.
The first book, The Calling (by Jennifer Ashley) is about the oldest brother, Adrian, and the witch who needs him. This book sets up the story arc, which continues with The Darkening by Robin T. Popp and The Awakening by Joy Nash, with the grande finale, The Gathering, by Jennifer Ashley. We have werewolves, vamps, Sidhe, demons galore, and other fun stuff.
The series continued in 2008-2009 with Tain's story The Redeeming. Joy and Robin followed up with stories set in the world: The Crossing and The Haunting. The anthology, The Reckoning, has more stories set in the Immortals world, by all three authors.
The Calling -- May 2007
The Darkening -- June 2007
The Awakening -- Aug 2007
The Gathering -- Sep 2007
The Redeeming (Jennifer Ashley) -- Sept. 2008
The Crossing (Joy Nash) -- Oct. 2008
The Haunting (Robin Popp) -- Nov. 2008
The Reckoning (anthology) (Jennifer Ashley, Joy Nash and Robin Popp) -- March 2009
I have acquired the rights back to my portion of the Immortals series which will be re-released as ebooks.
6. Are all your books in audio? Why can't I find some titles as audiobooks?
The way books release in audio (especially those I publish with NY publishers) is this: The audio company contacts the publisher or my agent expressing interest in releasing my book in audio. We sign a contract with them, then the audio company takes over. They now are in charge of when the audio book gets released, who narrates, and the price. I hope to get all of my books in audio, but it does depend on what audio companies wish to do.
7. What is your Regency mystery series?
The Regency mysteries are written under the pseudonym of Ashley Gardner. In it, an ex-cavalry officer, Captain Gabriel Lacey, returns to London from the Peninsular War and finds himself caught up in investigating crimes.
Captain Lacey is a romance hero that I put into a mystery world. The books are darker than the romances; I contrast the decadence of the Regency world to the poverty and the problems of the time.
The books are in the following order:
1. The Hanover Square Affair
2. A Regimental Murder
3. The Glass House
4. The Sudbury School Murders
4.5. The Necklace Affair (novella)
5. A Body in Berkeley Square
6. A Covent Garden Mystery
7. A Death in Norfolk
8. A Disappearance in Drury Lane
And more to come
Check the www.gardnermysteries.com website for more information.
8. How did you get published?
Hard work, persistence, and luck. I had actually given up ever being a romance writer after I sent in Perils of the Heart. It was about my seventh historical romance, and I was tired of rejections. So, I started shopping the Regency mystery series, and fortunately, interested an agent in it. He in turn interested a publisher (Berkley), who contracted me for three books.
At about the same time, the submission that I had forgotten about (Perils of the Heart) sparked interest at Dorchester, and they offered to buy it. After that, I wrote The Pirate Next Door, which Dorchester bought, offering a three-book contract. That contract became the Pirate series. And then things went from there.
So the hard work came with writing many books beforehand, the persistence was sending out queries to agents and submitting stories even when thought I didn't have the ghost of a chance. The luck was--well luck!
9. After you got published, did you sell all those manuscripts tucked away in your "drawer?"
No. Everything that's out now I wrote after I contracted Perils of the Heart and the first mystery. My first mss. were learning tools, and the writing is not strong enough, in my opinion, for publication. (There is a reason those mss. got rejected!)
One or two story ideas (particularly the ms. that finaled in the Golden Heart) might make it if I rewrote the books, but the rest will remain in the drawer. :-)
What I've learned is that getting just anything you write published is not a good idea--it should be only your very best work.
10. I want to be a writer and have my novel published. Where do I start?
There are scores of books out there to help you. A good one is Donald Maass's The Career Novelist. That will give you the basics of how to go about getting and staying published.
There are many books on craft--go to the Writer's Digest web site and browse their books. You might also want to look at magazines such as Writer's Digest, The Writer, or Poets and Writers. Browse your bookstore and library shelves for books on specific genres like romance, mysteries, horror, and fantasy.
Self-publishing is now an option, but learn as much as possible about the craft of writing before you publish. As I say, having everything you write published isn't always a good idea--you want only your very best work out there.
Join a local writer's group. There you will meet people who can become critique partners, and you'll have the chance to listen to published authors and other professionals in the business. Other writers also have reams of information on self-publishing (editing, editors, formatting, cover designers, and other information).
To get started on a novel--just start. There is no magic formula for writing a book. The best thing to do is to read voraciously and then write what really speaks to you. Learning to write is a lot of trial and error. Each writer is different, as is each writer's path to success.
Look at my "Tips for Writers" page www.jennifersromances.com/writerstips for notes on launching your career and finding and contacting an agent.
11. I have a question that's not answered here!
E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll be happy to answer it for you!