UPDATES…

AJ RENEE UPDATES
 
I know I haven’t been around much. We’ve had a busy week with family. My oldest got Student of the Month, the two older ones had their Girl Scout end of year ceremony, the oldest did her 1st communion and snagged 2nd place in the 2nd grade spelling bee to mention only a few things that filled the last few days in our family.
 
As soon as the last of my company leaves I will be reading over some of my coworkers stories for a new anthology I’m in. I’ll then add to my story so we can deliver a kick ass project to our readers. I’m really excited to work on this piece and hope you love it as much as we do.
 
Taxed by Love, St. Fleur #5, just came back from the editor and I’ll go over that after my anthology piece is complete. I hope to have a release date and cover to share with you in the next month or two.
 
Lastly, I have a side project I want to finish. It will be a standalone story. I’ve been pretty hush hush over this one and I know I’m teasing you just by mentioning it. 
 
If you’re part of my St. Fleur Belles reader group on Facebook then you know I’ve been trying to balance my time better between work and family. The girls will be home for Summer and I hope to enjoy it to the max. They only stay little for so long, right?
If you ever have any questions for me please reach out. The craziness has me a bit scatterbrained, but I love hearing from readers. You help keep me and my stories going.
 
I hope this finds everyone well! 
Happy Reading!
-AJ

Happy New Year!

AJ Renee Sweet and Sinfully Ever After St. Fleur

Hi everyone! Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! We were able to share the first Christmas in about six years with our loved ones in Florida. The hard part of military life is not always going home when you want to. The trip took us longer than we had planned thanks to the alternator dying (even though it was just replaced this last September.) Luckily, we were able to make it to our families safely albeit very slowly.

New Years Eve, my husband and I were super excited to watch our NFL teams play. I’m a Saints fan and he’s a Buccaneers fan. We lost, but it was a fun game and the crowd was pretty great.

We got home with little problems if you didn’t include a frozen kitchen pipe(that finally thawed within twenty-four hours of being reported) and now our area is under a boil order. This cold weather is no joke! We didn’t even deal with water main breaks in Upstate NY and it was colder there.

Anywho…now I’m back to work and trying to catch up. I’m working on finalizing things for the next story in the St. Fleur series, No Going Back, and then back to working on my paranormal romance.

I joined the Books + Main bites website. You can find my profile here. I’m hoping to post some more clips once I get myself settled into a routine. For now there are about eight bites for you to enjoy.

Hope to see you around! Back to work! 😉

Happy New Year!

-AJ Renee

Duplicity ~ June 28th!!!

DUPLICITY
ST. FLEUR NOVEL #3

Everyone leaves…

Jaime Lynn has lived by that mantra all of her life. After opening a pub in St. Fleur, she begins to root herself into the town and its community, questioning the only attitude she has ever known. When Jesse interviews for the open bartending position, she knows hiring him is a bad decision she’ll make anyway. Giving in to their powerful attraction, she accepts his invitation to explore what’s between them—and is reminded that not everyone gets their happily ever after.

Haunted by the memories around his hometown of New Orleans, Jesse leaves everyone he knows and loves, hoping to find a sliver of peace. Jaime Lynn turns out to be the light to his dark, bringing Jesse away from his nightmares and back to his hopes and dreams.

When the truth comes out, Jesse and Jaime Lynn agree to give their relationship another try. The stars finally align, guiding them onto a new path where they can leave their past behind them.

What will they do when Jesse learns about the gift he never received but always wanted?

 

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Updates…

Hey everyone!

I know I’ve been MIA again, but man do I have some things in the works! Although, I think everyone prefers I’m writing on my novels rather than posting a blog just to post.

Since I posted last, I signed on to an anthology with nine other authors. I’ll be retelling Beauty and the Beast. I’m really excited about doing this awesome tale in modern times. Fractured Fairytales will release 9/2/17 so stay tuned for more on this project!

I’m also wrapping up Duplicity, book #3 of my St. Fleur Series. This story will follow Jaime Lynn and Jesse. You will finally get to see why these two have not taken their relationship to the next level, even though it’s painfully obvious they have the hots for each other.

I’m also hoping to work on a few other things this year. We will see how it goes with a pending move this summer.

Also, don’t forget to pre-order Always Mine for $0.99! If you’re a blogger and would be interested in helping Always Mine have an amazing release you can sign-up HERE. I’ll be revealing the cover on February 15th at the LET’S GET SOCIAL! Event Room.

What’s everyone reading this weekend? I’m listening to Pinky Promise by HJ Bellus and reading Savage Collision by Gwyn McNamee. I’m enjoying both stories very much!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and spends it with people they love!

xo,

-AJ

M.I.A.

Hi friends!

I’m sorry I haven’t been around much lately. I’ve had a ton of things land on my plate and I’m beginning to crumble.

My oldest got back to school, I’m editing book 2, we volunteered to foster a dog, I was volun-told to head up the block party for my neighborhood, my kids are sick, and my family car broke down. Those are the highlights in no particular order.

So mix that all up and you get one stressed out mom/wife/author who ends up going to the ER for chest pains.

Good news: My heart and body are good, great even!

Bad news: I suck at managing my stress and was having an anxiety attack. -_-

Time to prioritize things and learn how to cope with my new life.

So bear with me as I reboot AJ 2.0.

Quick news:

Widower’s Aura has received some pretty great reviews so far. If you liked Sofia and Noah’s story, please tell a friend (or two.)

There is a Facebook group, St. Fleur Belles, if you want to join it and get a chance to talk about the town of St. Fleur, romance, your love of books, and/or make new friends.

Well back to editing! I’m really excited for you to read Lindsey and Marc’s story in book 2.

Have a great day and happy reading!

xoxo

AJ

 

 

 

 

 

Everything is moving in the right direction so I can bring you all the town of St. Fleur. I’m very excited to introduce you to Sofia and Noah. It took me about five months to write the first draft and many, many more to clean it up. My lovely editor will go through it next to ensure you receive the best quality. As a reader that is what I expect and as an author I can’t give you anything less than my best. Please bear with me in the meantime.

I know I mentioned that I’m working on getting my pre-orders up and I have yet to announce it. Sorry about that. There are a few things I need before I can do that. When it’s up I will be shouting it from the roof tops before biting my nails to nubs.

I’m finishing up a short story that has nothing to do with St. Fleur. I’ll keep you posted on any news there.

You can now find the blog posts under their own tab on the menu. I’m debating some other changes to make it easier on all of you to find me on my social sites. Everything should be user friendly and if you find something that is not, I encourage you to message me.

Life means organized chaos

I have so many things I’m juggling on a daily basis as so many of you can relate. It really is organized chaos some days and utter chaos on other days. I’ve been trying to find my groove with all the social media and my website at the same time finding a break from writing. (A short break since an idea popped up for a short story and I couldn’t let it sit.)

Stretching my creative muscles feels amazing! As I type this I’m itching to finish Dylan and Andi’s short story. I’ve also been hashing out some ideas in my head for book 3 of my St. Fleur series, Jesse and Jamie Lynn’s long overdue story.

In celebration of starting this new path in my life I decided to give two copies of two books away. This added one more thing to keep an eye on. No complaints, because in my own excitement for this journey I wanted to shower YOU with a gift.

There are three days left for Carina Adams’ Lay it Down #AmazonGiveaway. Pay it forward and share the link. Maybe you or your friend can win it and enjoy the lovely, sexy, and badass Bastards M.C. Congratulations to @LarndeSolen for claiming one copy of Laura Kaye’s Hard as it Gets! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Stay tuned for news on pre-orders for Widower’s Aura and however I decide to give away the unclaimed Laura Kaye Hard as it Gets kindle edition.

The tide is changing…

Today I woke up to the sound of rain slapping the stucco covering my home and for some people it’s a mood killer. Personally, I love the occasional storm. Rain washes away the streets of grime and brings rainbows and flowers.

Living in the desert every drop we get is a blessing. Too little water and we have problems and yet too much rain at once and we have even bigger issues. As I reflect on the state of Texas dealing with flooding I think of those families that have been changed forever. The clouds not only opened up over them to feed the land but now…now it is a reflection of their bleeding hearts and the endless tears cascading down their cheeks.

Life is delicate. I’ve mentioned in my about me that writing was never on my list of things that I wanted to do. The fact that I wrote Widower’s Aura is a complete surprise even now, two years later. It was my own therapy to write the love connection between Sofia and Noah. Everything I created in my world of St. Fleur has been based off my own imagination as have the characters. I did store a couple pieces of someone I lost way too early in life into the story. A way to honor and commemorate a beautiful life that can only live in my memories and forever in my heart.

Not everyone in this world gets their love story. Some get a horror story gift wrapped in the idea of love. Others don’t live long enough to experience the blessing of a true partner in life.

As I stumble through this exciting time in my life, preparing to share Sofia and Noah with the world, I can’t help but think of the people in my life that aren’t here to share it with me. Wanting to lift the phone to my ear and hear their laughter, excitement, and guidance but only feeling the tears as they slip down my cheeks unchecked.

The tide is changing once again in my life. It’s time to either sink or swim. How do you handle the ever changing tide?

What are you reading?

I’m in between writing so this is the time I try to catch up on novels I’ve been collecting along the way. I just finished Carina AdamsLay it Down and I started R.L. Mathewson’sFated. I’m hoping I can read Danica WintersSmoke and Ashes next.

Ever since I started Widower’s Aura my to be read list has become longer and longer. I don’t know if I’ll ever catch up. There are so many fantastic stories out there waiting to be read. I’m behind on quite a few series. As I type this I’m remembering that I left off in the middle of Bella Andre’s Sullivan’s series. I’m dying to read Sophie and Jake’s story in, I only have eyes for you.

The problem I’m having is that Jessie and Jamie Lynn’s story, the third novel in my St. Fleur series, is itching to be told.

I don’t like to read when I’m writing. I don’t want anything to influence me unconsciously and the flow to the story to change. Could you imagine reading a book and the character gets a split personality all of a sudden? That would make me crazy as a reader!

Reading is my drug of choice. Prior to writing Widower’s Aura I could read 5-7 romance novels in a week, easily. The amount I’ve read since then has been reduced dramatically. I don’t regret it though because the joy I’ve received from my little town of St. Fleur is indescribable.

So I ask you, what are you reading? Leave me a comment and share with us what author has you in their web.

Widower’s Aura

Book one of my St. Fleur series, Widower’s Aura, is a stand alone novel featuring Sofia Brazier and Noah Tyler, rated for a mature audience. I hope you guys fall in love with Sofia and Noah as much as I did.

Living in a world full of colors, Sofia Brazier escapes a career gone south as a juvenile probationary officer in New Orleans. Moving to the small town of St. Fleur, Sofia opens a photography business in hopes of ridding her life of all the dark auras surrounding the damaged souls she once tried helping. Her new comfortable life is upended when widower, and ex-security forces turned handyman hunk, Noah Tyler, enters the local pub.

Noah attempts at all costs to avoid the voluptuous beauty that has captivated his every thought. That is until his daughter vandalizes Sofia’s building and effectively seals their fate. After cutting his daughter a break, Sofia begins tearing down the walls he built after his wife’s death.

Just when life finally seems worth living for Noah, Sofia finds herself the victim of a string of crimes. Can he protect Sofia when he failed to protect his own wife?

Staying inspired…

I had a friend ask, “How do you get your ideas for writing?” There are so many things that inspire me to write my stories.

My new wonderful friend Sofia, that I hope you’ll love as much as I do, is a photographer and moves to the town of St. Fleur in Widower’s Aura Why is she a photographer? What made me choose that profession? Well that’s easy, I love photography. There is something about getting that perfect shot with the perfect lighting. I took my own love for photography and infused that same love into Sofia.

Before moving to St. Fleur Sofia lived in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans. She picks up the camera thanks to the inspiration all around her from the colorful culture and people all around the city. It becomes a stress reliever for her and eventually her passion. This becomes her beginning, the stepping blocks of photographing cable cars off St. Charles street to eventually taking a risk and opening her own photography business.

Welcome!!!

Hello friends, new and old!

I’m proud to announce that book one of my St. Fleur series, Widower’s Aura, will be out this Fall! News on when you can pre-order and where you can purchase it will be shared here and on my social media pages.

This has been a fantastic ride and I’m so lucky to share it with everyone. Stay tuned for a sneak peek into Sofia and Noah’s story!

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