Saturday, June 27, 2009

Blog Party Cancelled. Goodbye, Jacko

I wanted everyone to know that the Jennifer's Random Musings Summer Blog Party (where I was scheduled to appear today) has been cancelled due to the blog administrator's illness. Hopefully it will be rescheduled later in the summer.

I wanted to take a moment to comment on the death of Michael Jackson. Although I hadn't really listened to his music in years (other than what came on the radio), I was a fan of his, especially as a kid. My favorite MJ music (and period) was his early years with the Jackson 5, when his child's voice was pure and beautiful, yet had the depth, range and passion of someone well beyond his years. To quote Motown founder Berry Gordy, Michael Jackson was a "fifty year old man in a child's body" who could bring emotion and passion to the blues and soul that no child of his age ever should have been able to do. In other words, he was a genius, the likes of which will never be seen again.

How ironic that when he grew up, Jackson became a child in a man's body. This is why I frankly never believed the pedophile allegations against him. Several forensic psychiatrists all diagnosed him as having the mental state of a "psychologically regressed 10-year-old", which doesn't at all fit the profile of a child molester. I think the families that made the allegations did it because they saw a frail, deluded, and very frightened man (who also happened to be mega-rich) and decided to see how much they could take him for. It was that same kind of thinking that allowed Jackson to be surrounded by "vampires and leeches" (to quote his ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley) who enabled his mental illnesses and drug addiction. It was most likely the drugs (along with the pressure to make a comeback) that killed him.

It seems even he knew that this fate would be his. So sad that nobody could save Michael Jackson from himself.

We have lost so many of our most gifted Americans----national treasures, really----to drug abuse, the terrible pressures of fame, and the manipulative, degenerate people who latch themselves onto the famous for their own benefit. At what point will our society say enough?


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Blog Tours, Et Cetera

Hi all--

Happy Summer! I wanted to let everyone know that in the coming week, I'll be participating in two blog tours along with several other Ravenous Romance authors.

Here's the scoop:
We've got a great contest! Some of my fellow Ravenous authors have teamed up with Night Owl Romance for a web hunt that will last through the entire month of June and offers great prizes. For details, visit here:
Details: Join us at Night Owl Romance on the following dates to meet Ravenous Romance authors and win free stuff. Date: Monday, June 22 (All of their chats are on Mondays) Time: 8 EST, 7 CST, 5 PST Location: Authors Included: EM Lenley, Inara Lavey, Elle Amery, Jamaica Layne, Savannah Chase, Angela Cameron

Summer Blog Party at Jennifer's Random Musings
I'll also be participating in the Jennifer's Random Musings Summer Blog Party next week. There will be online games, sneak previews of upcoming books, and lots of fun at that blog. Watch both the Jennifer's Random Musings site and my blog for further details.

Last but not least, some very shameless self promotion. I recently became an Avon representative, mostly because I've been addictied to Avon Anew, perfume, and Skin So Soft for half my life and I wanted to get it at a discount (but also because I needed some extra cash between royalty payments.) Most of you who know me personally already know that I'm a makeup and fashion junkie, so this was an easy career move for me to make. So if you're on the market for some very high-quality, value-priced makeup, bug spray, skincare, clothes, jewelry, shoes, whatever----drop by my site and browse.
Peace. And Happy Summer!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Okay, so I haven't been posting here much. Sue me. I'm a busy gal. Here's a quick sum-up of what I've been working on lately.

Two weeks ago I headed off to the Lori Foster Readers and Writers Get-Together for the weekend. NYT Bestselling author Lori Foster (who also just so happens to hail from my hometown of Cincinnati) runs this great romance conference to help readers meet their favorite romance authors in a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. No nonstop panel discussions, no hard-core promotion, no dressing to the nines (unless you want to). Just a great way for readers and authors to meet on a level playing field, along with great business and networking opportunities. Probably the best writers' (and readers') conference I've ever attended. I shared a room with my literary agent Lori Perkins and had a grand old time. Plus, Lori Foster uses the event to help raise money for some great charities. I wish more romance novel conferences were like this (are you listening, RWA?). And since it's in my old digs of Cincinnati, I got to visit with family and also get my Skyline Chili and Graeter's Ice Cream fix. I'll definitely be back next year.

I've started writing comedy sketches for Democracy Burlesque, a sketch-comedy troupe here in Chicago that satirizes all things American and political, with a sexy-dirty twist. Which is right up my alley, let me tell you. Plus, all the proceeds from DB's shows go to charity. So if you live in Chicago and want a rare chance to see my stage writing actually produced in town (instead of in NYC or L.A. or Seattle, like it usually is), be sure to stop by one of Democracy Burlesque's performances in late July or early August. Here's a sneak preview---in my tried-and-true dirty-book-author fashion, one of my contributed sketches uses am old-style burlesque striptease to lampoon unethical labor unions. Yep, that's right. Naked boobs, political satire---what's not to love?

Last but not least, I recently made an appearance on Mominatrix Radio in my Jamaica Layne persona, talking about how being a parent affects my life as an erotic romance author, and vice versa. You can listen to a recording of the show here. The Mominatrix folks also put out a very cool weekly sex advice column for busy moms and dads. Awesome!

I'll be doing some blog tours in the next couple weeks, so i'll be sure to keep everyone posted on that as well.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Appearing LIVE On The Mominatrix Podcast!

I'm just back from the Lori Foster conference, and will have a report posted in the next couple days. But in the meantime, here's some information about how to hear me on the radio! (Well, web radio, but it's still radio).

Tomorrow (Thursday) 6/11 I will be appearing LIVE as Jamaica Layne on the Mominatrix Podcast! Info is below. Hope to "see" you there!


Monday, June 1, 2009


The highly anticipated sequel to my bestselling erotic romance Vital Signs Vol. 1: I've Been A Naughty Nurse is now available at Ravenous Romance!

Vital Signs Vol. 2: Sex In A Southern City, picks up where Vol. 1 left off, and this time, supporting character Shirley Daniels is the star of the show as she moves from small-town Statesville, North Carolina to big-city Raleigh, and finds plenty of intrigue and romance working in a big-city research hospital.

The VITAL SIGNS series is like Grey's Anatomy, except with the sex left in! Check it out!