Jen Talty

About Jen Talty

Welcome to my World! I’m an Award-Winning and Bestselling Author of Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance. DARK WATER, book 2 in the NY STATE TROOPER series hit number 10 in Barnes and Nobel overall. THE BLIND DATE hit number 1 in the Contemporary Romance/Kindle Worlds List on Amazon. JANE DOE’S RETURN won both THE MOLLY and the BEACON before being published by the WILD ROSS PRESS. I first started writing while carting my kids to one hockey rink after the other, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids in 2 countries and 5 states. My first book, IN TWO WEEKS was originally published in 2007. In 2010 I helped form a publishing company (Cool Gus Publishing) with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer where I ran the technical side of the business through 2016. I’m currently enjoying the next phase of my life…the empty NESTER! My husband and I spend our winters in Jupiter, Florida and our summers in Rochester, NY. We have three amazing children who have all gone off to carve out their places in the world, while I continue to craft stories that I hope will make you readers feel good and put a smile on your face.

The Complete NY State Trooper Series AND a New Release!

For a limited time, I’m offering the complete NY State Trooper Series as a collection for only .99. The first book in the series: In Two Weeks is the first book I’ve ever wrote and it was also the first book that I ever published back in 2007. It was originally published with Triskelion and was titled Right In Front of You. Sadly, only days after release, the publisher went bankrupt.

That was my first lesson in resilience in publishing.

I have had to reinvent myself a couple of time and just as soon as I think I’ve got it covered, something in publishing changes, and I find myself having to adjust my plans.

But there is one thing that has never changed and that is the reader. Without the reader, I don’t exist. I’m constantly trying to give back to my readers. That’s why I put the NY State Trooper Boxset together. When I worked with NY Times Bestselling Bob Mayer at Cool Gus Publishing, we ran on the philosophy that backlist isn’t backlist to readers who haven’t read it before. Wow. That’s a mouthful, isn’t?

One of the things I often do in my books is use a setting that I’m intimately familiar with. In the NY State Trooper Series, I set all the books in Lake George, NY (except the latest novella). In the first book, our heroine lives in the cottage house that my family rented when I was a young girl. Her brother owns the local pub that was in our backyard. In Dark Water I have our heroine living in a trailer park up in Hauge, NY where I’ve been many times. Deadly Secrets is set in the village of Lake George and I have the heroine living in a row of houses that my family rented when I was a teenager. Murder in Paradise Bay, well, I have a dead body in Paradise Bay, a bay in Lake George that my family often hung out in. But also, the heroine’s family home is model after a big white house on Assembly point that friends of ours used to live in. I sort of take a detour in the next book To Protect His Own because our hero and heroine live on a farm not far from Lake George. This farm is not based on any farm that I know of. But as we move on to Deadly Seduction I take us back to the village of Lake George and to a restaurant that I used to love to go to when I was a kid. I put an apartment over the top that in real life doesn’t exist. Hey. It’s fiction. Finally, in When a Stranger Calls, I bring us back to the original location of the first book. Only, the house our heroine lives in was an old abandoned cottage when I was a girl and the mobile home the hero lives in was actually my next door neighbor, only in the book I moved it to a different street.

Recently, I wrote a novella that I set in Florida, but it’s about a NY State Trooper. The title is His Deadly Past. It is included in the complete boxset.

Last up, I have a new release coming up on June 11th that is up for pre-order. I’m super exicted about this novella. It’s the 4th book in the Out of the Wild series. It’s titled: Rough Edge. I hope you’ll check it out!

Root Canal’s, Dentists, and romance?

So, this week I had to have TWO root canals. TWO. Now, I’m not a fan of dentists. As a matter of fact, I’m terrified of them. I’d rather have a colonoscopy than go to the dentist. Well, that’s not entirely true. I’m one of the few people who get violently ill when doing the prep…so.

Anyway, there isn’t anything sexy about going to the dentist. Or is there?

In my novella, Playing with Fire, which is in the Unforgettable Charmers Boxset my heroine is a dentist. She’s super cute. Smart. But coming off a bad relationship. Her neighbor is a firefighter who also has a fear of dentists. So much so, he tried to avoid them at all costs. He’s even had the hygienist help him escape after having his teeth cleaned.

That is until he breaks a tooth.

Heather, our heroine, is very good at her job and not only manages to get our reluctant hero into her chair, but she steals his heart.

I’m always asked where I get my stories. And I always answer: From my life! Sort of.

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Destination Weddings…Cruise Ships…Dark Past…Wicked Imagination!

At the time of writing this blog post, I was sitting on a cruise. It was a working cruise with the Florida Romance Writers. I gave a workshop and participated in two round tables on self-publishing. But, I also had lots of fun in the sun!

I found it fantastically fitting that there were a couple of weddings on the ship because on March 31, 2019, A Night She’ll Remember is being released. My contribution to this amazing boxset is His Deadly Past.

The story starts out with NY State Trooper who is in rehab for his bum knee. He’s got the hots for his therapist, who doesn’t date any man in uniform. She has her reasons. On his last session, Jasper Miles talks his beautiful therapist, Ashley Riggs, into a drink. While she meets him for that one drink, she tells him, sorry, but just don’t date cops or patients.

A few months later, he attends a destination wedding where Ashley is the made of honor. Sparks fly, but quickly squelched when her ex-boyfriend shows up at the wedding, putting a damper on her weekend. Her ex also has an axe to grind with Jasper.

But there’s more…when a deadly secret from Jasper’s past is revolved, it puts Ashley in grave danger and Cade has to make a choice.

His past.

Or a future without Ashely.

This book was so much fun to write. It finaled in a couple of contests before being published and it’s an extension of my bestselling series, The NY State Troopers. I hope you’ll check it out.

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What kind of Trouble can Trouble solve?

Today is the book birthday for my very first Cozy Mystery: Trouble’s Wedding CaperI’m so excited to share with everyone this romantic mystery with a local Sheriff, Ethan, and a Treasure Hunter by the name Annabel who with the help of a great cat detective, solve the biggest bridal caper to hit Jupiter, Florida!

I started off writing a combination of Romantic Suspense and Contemporary romance. I later branded out into Paranormal and Fantasy romance. But it’s always been heavy on the romance, so when Laura Benedict introduced to me Carolyn Haines who invited me into the wonderful world of Trouble and Cozies, I thought I’d give it a whirl.

The first challenge I had was writing in a cat point-of-view, and not just any cat! I had to make sure how I wrote Trouble was in line with how every other author in the series wrote the black cat with mad detective skills who thinks he’s British. I thought it would be my hardest challenge.

What I think when it comes to writing is often not true. LOL Trouble came easier to me than I thought it, but writing in first person, that was very difficult. I have trouble with tenses to begin with, so writing in first person present tense and then shifting back to third person past tense made me nuts. It made my editor even nuttier! However, we muddled through that pretty well.

Suspense and mystery are very different beasts. When I write romantic suspense, I focus more on the romance than the suspense. The romance is driving the story. In a Cozy, I had to focus on the mystery, putting the romance in the background and that became very difficult, even though there is a big romantic component.

Writing to the cozy reader was also a challenge. I’m used to using colorful language in my romantic suspense novels, but really had to keep that from this novel. Now, not swearing isn’t all that hard, but what was a challenge was not using that as a character trait. It took a few rounds of editing to get all this just right.

And what I ended up with, I’m pretty darn pleased with. I think this is one of the best books I’ve ever written. I hope you’ll check it out!

I also participated in a couple of boxsets this month. Check them out!