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.

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!

Brand New Novella in The Collective Order series!

I never thought I’d ever write a book with any kind of paranormal element, even though I enjoy watching movies and reading books such as True Blood. My latest release, THE LOST SOUL dives into remote viewing, telepathy, visions, and other psychic abilities.

This is one of the few series I’ve written where it’s a good idea to read them in order and because of that I’m offering the first book for free. This offers ends tonight at midnight EST.  I’m also offering the second book for .99 through the 7th of this month.

I got the idea for this series when I was talking to a friend of mine about my days at Camp Chingachgook and a group called: the Order. This was a special group of campers and staff members who have a strong bond with the traditions of Chingachgook. While I was talking some of the traditions and the stories we used to tell around the camp fire. I knew the series would include psychic abilities, but I wanted to create a legacy of some kind.

So, I came up with a prophecy about four quadruplet boys, separated at birth, who will meet and fall in love with four special sisters and they will form The Collective Order, the most powerful group of psychics. The goal of this group will be to protect psychics and make sure that these skills are used only for good. Now, yes, that is a far cry from my days at camp, but that is where the concept started.

And what was really fun is in the first book, THE LOST SISTER, I use the setting of Camp Chingachgook for part of the story. That was so much fun to write. I can close my eyes and be back at camp, seeing and remembering every detail! Setting is so important to me. I almost always write about places I’ve been or lived.

I hope you’ll give this series a try!

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