Jul 13, 2015

Five Reasons Why August is Crazy

August is always a big month for me.  This year doubly so.  Five big things are happening in August which will make my life very, very busy.

New Billionaire Book Available
I’m thrilled to announce my new release – The Billionaire’s Passionate Revenge – will be available for pre-order in August.  Here’s the premise:

Heiress Lady Zara Ravensdale and Xavier Hunt, the gardener's son, were once inseparable. But before their romance had a chance to bloom it was crushed by scandal and betrayal.

Wealthy and attractive, Xavier is now an international celebrity while Zara is deep in debt, running Ravensdale Manor as an upmarket hotel to make ends meet. Unable to forget the past, Xavier returns to Ravensdale determined to have his revenge on the Ravensdales  once and for all.

Together again, passions reignite and the old chemistry becomes impossible to ignore. But Xavier and Zara are both keeping secrets, and holding on to their own version of events.  With so many questions that still need answering, will they be able to uncover the truth or will Xavier's need for revenge tear them apart forever? 

So, I’m going to be flat out doing marketing from now on.

Appearing at the Byron Bay Writers Festival – Sunday 9 August
For the second year running, the Byron Bay Writers Festival will feature a romance panel. Hooray! 

I will appear again this year with Honey Brown and Krissy Kneen. The panel is titled Romance:  Escapism or Relationship Hotline and will be chaired by Moya Sayer-Jones. Would love to see lots of romance lovers in the audience.

RWA Conference – attending, presenting and chairing
The Romance Writers Conference of Australia is an annual highlight.  This year I’m
presenting a session with romantic suspense author Helene Young and will be chairing a panel called Agents and Acquiring Editors.  I’m currently busy preparing for both.

Moving House
And, if that’s not enough, we are moving house! So far I’ve only tackled my daughter’s bedroom and I’ve already assembled enough “treasures” to hold a garage sale.  The house is covered in boxes and general craziness.

Our new house needs some maintenance and the exterior painted, so I’m also juggling tradies at the new place as well.

Deadline for the Dirty Draft
And, I’ve given myself to the end of this month to get the dirty draft done on my next book.  I’m thirty thousand words in, but want it done. Now!

So I have an action packed month coming up. I hope August is shaping up to be a great month for you!

I’d love your help! 

Before appearing at a Festival or doing an author event or media interview, I try to anticipate some of the questions I might be asked as part of my preparation. If you were attending the Byron Bay Writers Festival, what question might you ask me or one of my fellow romance writers?


  1. Oh Lordy, Jen!!! I think I need a lie down after reading that post :-/ I predict a lot of wine in your future :-)

    Congrats on the new release - hunky dude on the cover.

    1. Yes, I foretell win will feature in my future.

      Thanks re release. Yes, nice hanky man!! Got to love that!

  2. WOW Jen you do have a lot going on I hope it all goes well for you am looking forward to the new book though yay :

    Have Fun

    1. Thanks so much, Helen. I so hope you enjoy my new billionaire story!!!

  3. Looking forward to seeing you at conference. Good luck getting all that done!

  4. Jen! You ARE busy!

    Congratulations on the new release! And good luck with the moving and those BIG events and with finishing the "dirty draft"!

    Your calendar makes my plastering, sanding, painting and furniture moving and other assorted renovation-nightmare happenings on the out-of-control to-do list look like a doddle! (taking a deep breath after that sentence!)

    So my question would be about balance - what's your secret to not feeling "squished" by the giant to-do list? I'm feeling as though I need a chair and a lion-tamer's whip for my list at the moment.

  5. You sound very busy too, Sharon. Renovating is a nightmare. Have done that before and I think it is worse than moving. Where do you put everything while all the work is going on?!?!

    I'm actually loving the moving process. Gives me a change to go through every single thing we own and sort it all out. I'm sure I'm currently the major source of stock for our local charity shops.

  6. Wow, Jen! I'm starting to believe that Jen St G is your undercover identity and that you're really Wonder Woman.

    Good luck with ALL of the things -- so many of them look such fun. Like the new release (congratulations!), the Writers Festival (you'll shine!) and the RWAust Conference (where you'll be having a drink with me!). And good luck with the move. Moving can be such a pain, but the excitement of your new rural property will no doubt make it all worthwhile. :-)

    1. Ha, ha - no, no Wonder Woman here, Michelle. Can't wait for that drink in Melbourne!

  7. Crikey, you have lots on your plate for August. Yay on the new release! I'll have to have a think on possibly questions - which I could attendt the festival... brain is too tired to think of any questions right now but I think it's fantastic that you are trying to anticipate some of the questions.
    Wowsa at taking oun all parts of RWAus conference on top of everything else.
    Moving house is always a mission.

    Book deadline - is that publisher related or self-imposed?

    Can I email via your website if I come up with questions?

  8. The book deadline is self-imposed, Lyn. I like to push myself and give myself tighter deadlines than I get from Penguin so I have lots of time in case things go wrong.

    Love you to email me if you think of a questions: jstgeorge (dot) author (@) gmail (dot) com.

  9. That is one crazy busy month! I hope you manage to get some R&R are in there at some point :)

  10. You seem to have more energy than I do. You need a vacation