Mountain Retreat

We went to the mountains for a break from the heat (where I live it has already cracked 100 degrees). Last night it rained in the foothills and snowed on the peaks! So beautiful.

This is the area where Janet from my Stormwalker series went to university, before she took off to see the world (and met Mick). This whole area inspired the character of Janet and the series (which yes, I will get back to!)

I’m enjoying the beautiful pines and watching the crows, one of which could be Janet’s grandmother.

We plan to stay up here over the summer, because the desert heat is getting to us, and we’re paving the way. Hope to be up here for longer soon!


I’m between projects, a rare event for me. The books just released or releasing soon (A Gladiator’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Romance anthology, and Death at the Crystal Palace) are all finished, in their final form, and done.

A big sigh of relief when a book is final, but now I must turn to my next round of projects.

In my head are stories for the next generation of Mackenzies, Captain Lacey, Kat Holloway, and more. To get these ideas into story form instead of daydreams while I’m walking or doing dishes or working on dollhouses, I need to put pen to paper.

So out come the notebooks!

I have a large collection of notebooks that I pick up here and there (or are gifted to me). I get away from the computer, go outside or into a room that relaxes me, and start brainstorming.

It’s amazing how “Jamie sees a young woman” changes from dim, misty figure to full-fledged character as I start writing notes. My brain kind of wakes up and knows what to do. (Yes, I’m deliberately hiding what I wrote about Jamie Mackenzie. I’m scribbling, crossing out, developing his heroine. On the right is me thinking out what Shifter books are coming up.)

Here’s part of my journal collection. You can probably guess I love guitars.

I’ve started collecting notebooks as souvenirs from places I travel. Here we have (bottom right to left): from Portugal and Hawaii, and at the top from the Museo Art Nouveau from Salamanca, Spain. Such a beautiful, beautiful small museum. I went to Salamanca to look for the Napoleonic Wars and Captain Lacey and became entranced by the Casa Lis!

These notebooks are well used, not just pretty to look at:

Many of these are already full of my notes, sometimes rough drafts (I write longhand on airplanes or any time I’m tired of the computer).

All these rough notes have to be typed (by me), but they help me figure out where I’m going with the story or character before I become invested typing out the story on my computer (then my fingers fly).

I don’t write all my books longhand or plot them out carefully before I write. Heavens, no, that would be too organized.

But my notebooks help engage my imagination and give me a push in the right direction.

I suppose also if I’m ever accused of not writing my own books, I can wave these notebooks and say, “See this scrawl? It’s all me!” 🙂

Are you a notebook hoarder like me?

Released Today! A Midsummer Night’s Romance!

Fifteen brand new, never-before published Regency romances by fifteen top historical romance authors!

Find A Midsummer Night’s Romance for 99 cents at the major vendors. That price will go up, so grab it now!

Authors include: Grace Burrowes, Jade Lee, Jennifer Ashley, Eileen Dryer, Anna Harrington, and many more.

My story is called A Kiss for Luck, and is a follow-on to the novella Duke in Search of a Duchess. Lord Guy Lovell, an avowed bachelor, happy in his solitary male life, until he meets the thrice-widowed Gemma Cooke and is enchanted. Gemma wants nothing more than to find a good match for her stepdaughter and live a quiet life. But her chance encounter with Guy bring desires she’d long buried bubbling to the surface.

I so enjoyed writing both these novellas, a chance to play in the Regency era and laugh a little. Much needed these days!

I hope you enjoy Guy and Gemma’s story as well as the other great tales in the anthology.


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I am Jennifer Ashley, bestselling author of numerous series, including Shifters Unbound, the Mackenzies / McBrides, Below Stairs Mysteries, the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries, and more.

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