RELEASE DAY! And Day One of Blog Hop!

Final The_Sweetheart_RulesA totally exciting week. For one, my new book, THE SWEETHEART RULES, is in stores today! You can buy it at major booksellers and all online booksellers. Also, if you send me a picture of the book or you with the book, I’ll send you a limited edition water bottle!

THE SWEETHEART RULES picks up where THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN left off, but this time, telling the story of Diana, Olivia’s sister, and Mike Stark, the man who broke her heart months ago.

About the book: The Sweetheart Sisters are ready to give some old-school lessons in love…

Rescue Bay veterinarian Diana Tuttle is a great single mom, but she has a harder time taking care of herself. Having been burned in the past by her son’s noncommittal father, the last thing she wants is a man who  isn’t in it for the long haul—until a foolish one-night stand from her past walks back into her life.
Coast Guard Lieutenant Mike Stark has never wanted to settle down. But when his ex-wife leaves their two small children on his doorstep, he is forced to become a family man in a hurry. His return to Rescue Bay, Florida and fatherhood isn’t easy, but reconnecting with Diana makes the challenge all the more worthwhile. Except becoming the long-term lover she has in mind may be one commitment too many…
Luckily, when Diana’s and Mike’s pasts begin to threaten their future, the Sweetheart Sisters have the perfect scheme to make this second chance last a lifetime.

The reviewers have loved THE SWEETHEART RULES (I’m so stoked by that!):  “Jump’s second Sweetheart Sisters contemporary (after The Sweetheart Bargain) brings together two flawed yet appealing single parents searching for love…Diana and Mike lurch toward love, slowly learning that perfection is not a prerequisite for being a parent, in
this heartwarming and charming story. — Publishers Weekly

“I wish Ms. Jump’s books weren’t so darn addictive, because I just have to read them all! THE SWEETHEART RULES is snappy, seriously sensitive and delightfully delicious, just like bananas foster on fire!” — Romance Junkies

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Shirley

The Sweetheart BargainEeek, it has been a while since I’ve posted on the blog! I feel like I’m constantly trying to swim against a rushing tide with all the social media The Christmas Baby Surprise coverand “being visible” stuff.  And thus, my blog has gotten neglected.

A couple quick updates–two new books out (THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN is still in stores, and online! And you can preorder the sequel already, too!). I have TWO new books out this month–a super fun anthology for Entangled with Barbara Wallace, Susan Meier and Jackie Braun, called THE BILLIONAIRE’S MATCHMAKER that stars one adorable and determined matchmaking dog :-) We have four heroines, a few dark and brooding heroes and lots of fun with Charlie the dog!

Acharliecovernd in stores now, and online, is THE CHRISTMAS BABY SURPRISE, book one in the Gingerbread Girls series! It’s been sitting at #1 in the rankings on Amazon in Harlequin Romance, which has me totally excited (though now I probably just jinxed it!).

You can also join our Facebook event, for THE BILLIONAIRE’S MATCHMAKER–share a picture of your pet in costume, and be entered to win a $75 Amazon gift card!

Okay, enough about books 😉

I’ve been running up a storm. Honestly, you can’t beat living in a place where every day is warm and beautiful. Though the first couple months after I moved to Florida, I thought I was going to DIE when I ran in the heat and humidity. Now it’s starting to cool down and get more manageable, for the most part. Sunday, I’m running my first half marathon, a benefit for Autism, then I’m running the Women’s Half 1380345_10151696150053364_126471856_nMarathon in St. Petersburg in November. I can’t wait! I had to miss my first half marathon last year because of an injury, and I’m determined to finally earn that 13.1 :-)

Here’s some recent running pics, just to give you all a chuckle :-) The one in the green shirt is from Tuesday, after a group sunset run. SO much fun!

Marathon support

I’m not cooking as much–we do a LOT of grilling here outdoors and there’s a fabulous butcher shop down the street that sells marinated steaks and chicken (delish!). So that takes a lot of the work off my shoulders 😉 I’ve been writing up  a storm (uh, yeah, can anyone say THREE books out at once? EEK!). I’m working on the third book in THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN series, then a couple of other new projects that I’ll tell everyone about later, when they’re more solidified. And yes, there will be more books in THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE series soon!

I think that’s it! I’m not done traveling quite yet–I just got elected to the board of Romance Writers of America (PAN Liaison, which is a fancy word for the go-between with the published authors and the organization), so I’m heading to my first board meeting in TX in November. No time for book signings, but I will be there for the RWA conference next July, so please come by the San Antonio event for a signed book!

Happy reading, and thank you all for your patience on my blog-invisibility 😉 Hey, I’m way more chatty on Facebook and Twitter, so join me there! And a special hello to all the Goodreads readers who have posted lately!

Shirley