LETTING LUCE Gets a 4/5 Heart Review From Nightowl Romance!

Lucy Hollister has been lusting after her best friend Rory for the past two years. She's far from his normal type, but when she finds out he has one of those personal web pages on the internet she decides to take her fantasizing to a more personal level. When he finds out it's her how will she handle it? Can they go beyond friendship without losing what they once had? Rory Carlisle has built walls around his heart thanks to his brother and his ex-girlfriend, who he found in bed together. Since then he's been playing the field keeping things light. When he finds out that his best friend Lucy has the hots for him he can no longer deny just how much he wants her. When a mysterious woman approaches him online he decides to see if she can keep his mind of how badly he wants Lucy. When he finds out it's her he decides to play along. The question is can he lower his guard enough to let her in?Letting Luce was a heartfelt story with strong characters. I liked that they had flaws, and knew it. To see them working towards overcoming them in the end makes you root for them to succeed. I would recommend picking this one up if you like sassy women.

Recent Interview with Long and Short Romance Reviews!

The Long and the Short of It is very pleased to have Jenny Gilliam with us this week. Jenny is a self-confessed “slightly deranged, definitely neurotic soccer mom author.” With Jenny having two small kids at home, that sounds like it might be an accurate description. She’s currently working on the stand-alone sequel to her third novel, The Truth about Roxy which is being released in November. She said, “It’s a continuation of the characters in the town (of Thorton, Georgia), spotlighting a woman who has just discovered she’s adopted, and the road she travels as she finds her way home, in the metaphorical sense.” Along with that, she’s “binge-editing” her fourth novel and seeking a publisher. Jenny also told me she’s currently in the throes of writer’s block. “I’d love to say that I just push through it all the time,” she told me, “but that would be a lie. I let the story I’m working on percolate at the back of my brain while I do other things—taking care of the kids, working, etc. Eventually, the drive comes back. I do try and write every day, even if I only eek out a paragraph or two. I’m hoping the RWA National Conference I’m attending soon will help amp me up for writing.”I asked Jenny about her writing space. Her family just moved this past winter into a brand new house in Oregon, “where it rains eight months out of the year.” Because of this, they painted the formal living room, which they converted into her home office, a bright orange. It has, she told me, “pictures of fairies and other mythical creatures gracing the walls.” Her mother-in-law printed copies of Jenny’s novel covers, which are in picture frames on her bookshelf.She told me the hardest part of writing her book, when she’s in the zone, is not writing it. “I have two small children at home who require all my attention, so finding time to write was something of a difficult enterprise. However, I managed to grab time—if the four novels I wrote in a little over a year are any indication.” Because of the kids, her writing schedule consists of “when I can... it’s not easy, but I’ll sacrifice a little sleep to get my writing done. I’ll stay up late and write and get up early in the morning. Any time I can get a moment and I feel like writing, I do it.”One thing she doesn’t do though, is pick up pennies that are tails-up. “Even if they are in my house on the floor,” she confessed. “I’ll make my kids pick ’em before I will. I think it will bring me bad luck. Which, of course, begs the comment: I’m willing to let my kids take on the bad luck? Bad Mommy.”She also confessed that, not only does she cry during movies, she cries during commercials and previews. “I’m a fairly (understatement of my life) emotional person,” she said. “Even though I know it’s not real, it doesn’t stop the waterworks.”And, along with the rest of the true confessions, she admitted that yes, she has made a crank phone call before. Then she told me, “What’s really sad is that I still make them. My husband and I used to get bored at night and prank call my parents. Relatively immature, but there it is. ’Course with Caller ID, it’s a lot harder these days. Bummer.” Then she added, with a laugh, “Can I have your number?” Ah... no.And, finally, the most important question of all...the one everyone has been holding their collective breath waiting for the answer of: can Jenny tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi. “To my way of thinking,” she said, “there are two kinds of people in this world: Pepsi people and Coke people. I’m definitely a Coke girl. Pepsi is sweeter and goes flat faster, whereas Coke has more fizz and a bit more kick. I drink so much of it, I could be the spokesgal for Diet Coke.”

THE WEDDING WAR gets another great review!

Long and Short Romance Reviews reviewed THE WEDDING WAR. Check it out:

Mia Briscoe is excited to have the opportunity of a lifetime to plan the wedding of her best friend, Jillian. With her business, Weddings by Mia, not doing so well, planning her best friend’s wedding would boost her clientele since Jillian’s family is big in society. Furthermore, nothing beats planning her best friend’s wedding. Hence, she expected to meet the difficult-to-please bride’s mother, the jittery bride and the last minute wedding details. However, what she did not expect to find was Jake Ryan, a man trying to stop the wedding from ever taking place.Jake could not believe that his brother Gabe had gotten himself trapped into marriage. Vowing to rescue him from his foolish decision and make him see reason, he arrives at the place of the wedding. After all, marriages never work out and love is just a scientific phenomenon. His father destroyed himself over the love of one woman. And that was not going to happen ever again to another man from the Ryan family. What he did not expect to encounter was Mia Briscoe, the feisty wedding planner, and a firm believer in love and marriage.The Wedding War was a fast-paced and exciting read. Jake and Mia’s relationship is developed realistically and their ups and downs are funny and interesting to read. The supporting characters that were also part of the story, added to developing a well-written and well-thought out novel that is sure to entertain. Child and parental abuse is a major theme in the novel and I believe that the author has done a great job in portraying the seriousness and consequences of such actions. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a interesting, as well as a thought provoking, read.

LASR is holding a contest for the best book of the week! Go and vote for me (please, pretty please!!!)



Well, I finally heard back from the editor looking over my fourth MS. Can you sing it with me? R-E-J-E-C-T-I-O-N! On the plus side, she did say that if I fixed some of the problems she'd be happy to look at it again.

So, now I actually have something to do since my writing is at a virtual stand-still. May submit to my other publisher. Not sure. Or try and get an agent. But I'm so flippin' terrified I won't write another novel, 'cause the words just aren't coming.



E-mail me at jenny@jennygilliam.com with the answer to the following question by July 4 and receive a free e-copy of my latest release, LETTING LUCE!

What are the names of the heroes & heroines in my 3 books (The Wedding War, Letting Luce, and The Truth About Roxy)?

Winner will be announced on Saturday, July 5!

Good Luck!