Coming Soon: Another Way to Warm Up!

Love's a Beach coverThe weather here in Ohio has been crazy the past couple of weeks! Around zero a week ago, up in the fifties yesterday morning, and almost that today, only to drop back to a more typical twenty-something later this week. Luckily, the folks at Mythical Press have been busy getting something ready that should warm up even the coolest soul, if only figuratively: Love’s a Beach, an anthology of stories of summer love by members of the Ohio Valley Romance Writers of America.

Yes, the anthology is finally going to happen, and yes, there’s something in it for everyone who likes a little romance, including those who’ve been waiting for something new from the Saturn Society! This is the long-time-coming first installment of Time’s Tempest, my serialized novel that takes place in a parallel timeframe to my WIP Saturn Society Book Three.  In my story “The Storm,” a headstrong handyman on his first trip to the past winds up in the storm of the century, on the run from a madman from the future, with a woman he doesn’t remember meeting—or falling in love with.

I’m doing the formatting for Mythical Press on this one, and that means I’m getting a sneak preview of the other stories in the book, too. And wow! Are they fantastic! There are a couple of humor-laced romantic suspense tales, some sweet contemporary stories, office romances, and a historic story (which interestingly enough, takes place in the early twentieth century – the same time period as “Time’s Tempest: The Storm”). There are also a couple of lovely poems by Ann Gregory. The release is slated for the first of February, and I’m especially excited to see this anthology finally come out after seeing what else is in it! Here’s the official blurb:

Warm up your winter with this anthology of stories of springtime and summer love by members of the Ohio Valley Romance Writers of America. From heartwarming to mysterious, comical to suspenseful, these romantic tales show that there really is someone for everyone. Whether it happens today or a hundred years ago, from the Atlantic shore to the American West coast, there’s something magical about the finding love when the warm breezes blow.

More info on the publisher’s site.

ROW80Logo175Doing the work on that has kept me busy this week, but getting the formatting ready for Smashwords was one of my goals, and I met that. I also got my fitness in. I did not get as much new writing done as I’d hoped, adding only 1500 new words, rather than the 2,500 I wanted. So here’s the plan for this week:

  • Format anthology as ePub
  • 2500 words on TT or SS#3
  • Fitness 3-4x

What about you–what’s the weather like where you are, and have you had enough of it? What do you think of releasing a “beach reads” anthology in the winter? And whether or not you’re participating in ROW80, what have you been up to this week, and how did you do? Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. We’ve had similar weather as you up here in MI. I’ve basically been sick since Christmas. Blah! Our temps have been up these last couple days and I’m finally feeling some relief. I have to get back to my workouts. I know that would make me feel better.
    Exciting stuff going on. I’m happy for you. 😀 You may not have gotten all you wanted out of last week, but what you did was fab. Here’s to a great week ahead.

  2. Yes, I’ve had enough of this fluctuating weather. Be warm and stay warm (and right now 50 feels warm).

    What a great cover! I can’t wait to get my own copy so I can read everyone’s stories!

  3. The anthology sounds lovely and I love the cover! Is that your creation?

    Stay warm Jennette. Warmer weathers acomin’.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  4. What a way to warm up! (As you can guess, being in NY, we’re having pretty similar weather to yours. A bit colder, but similar…) It’s tempting to ask for an ARC on Love’s a Beach just to get a fire going before the frost kicks in….

    Sounds like you’re having some fun with this project, Jennette Good for you. Keep the joy in the process, and the progress will follow.

  5. Weather up and down over here in UK also- tho’ suspect the cold isn’t as cold as yours -all the best for this week and for round 1 goals:)

  6. Hi Jennette! I’m afraid that you don’t want to know about my weather. lol. It was 82 degrees today. Yeah, I know. Not seasonable weather. Okay, I live in SoCal and we really don’t have a winter here. But 82 in January? Well, it beats sub-zero temperatures I guess. Really exciting news on the publishing front. Congratulations to you girl! Stay warm! I try to send some of our weather your way! 🙂

  7. Yay for your anthology! I like beach-y reminders in the winter. Our weather has been up and down, but that’s kind of normal for central VA. But last week we dropped to below ten degrees only to hit 70 a few days later.

  8. Here in Central Europe, winter refuses to arrive. Which might sound good, but isn’t, since the trees are starting to bud, and when a freeze finally comes, it will throw everything back, major. 🙁 From what I’ve read, our warmth seems to have something to do with that horrendous cold spell you guys had in the east.

    Congrats on the new anthology!

  9. I cannot for the life of me figure how you manage to accomplish so much creative work. I often find that unless I do my creative writing the first thing in the morning, my writing seems a bit shallow. In the mornings, I seem to have more creative power. You must be very good at changing gears, Jennette!

    And what a lovely idea to remind of us summer in the middle of the (in my case, Boston) winter. Thank you!

  10. Wow, I thought I’d responded to my comments, but must’ve read them and then got distracted. That never happens! 😀 Anyway…

    SJ, Glad you’re feeling better!

    Stacy, all of the stories are fantastic!

    Patricia, yes, I designed the cover. Thanks!

    Eden, the book will be out soon!

    Alberta, thanks!

    Karen, we got some of that warmth mid-week, but it came with rain!

    Coleen, that sounds as crazy as Ohio weather!

    Lynette, my brain doesn’t even function until about 10AM, LOL! And thanks!