About Jennifer Shirk

Jennifer Shirk is a sweet romance author for Montlake and Entangled Publishing who also happens to be a mom, pharmacist, Red Sox fan, P90x grad, and overall nice person. Check out her upcoming sweet romance: WRONG BROTHER, RIGHT MATCH releasing December 5, 2016.

Marriage is Romantic!

dreamstimefree_238290Hey, all! Jennifer here.

Did you know it’s National Marriage Week this week?

Yep. And the National Marriage Week website says this:

Marriage works. It makes people happier, live longer, and build more economic security. Children with married parents perform better in school. Click here for new research on “Why Marriage Matters: Thirty Conclusions from Social Science.”

Marriage breakdown is costly to our kids and to society at large. Divorce and unwed childbearing cost the U.S. taxpayers a whopping $112 billion annually. In these economic challenging times, building stronger marriages helps build a stronger nation.

Cool, huh?

As romance writers, our books always end in a happily ever after and 9 times out of 10 that’s going to include a wedding or proposal of marriage.

WHY? Because it definitely signifies a lifelong commitment our characters are making to one another. True Romance.

Are you married? Want some great marriage tips? With Valentine’s Day coming up, you’ll want to check out this page: http://www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org/marriage-tips

Or maybe you’re more interested in some good books on marriage. Check out this page: http://www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org/recommended-reading

Let’s strengthen our marriages. There’s nothing more romantic than that. 🙂

 

About Jennifer Shirk

Jennifer Shirk is a sweet romance author for Montlake and Entangled Publishing who also happens to be a mom, pharmacist, Red Sox fan, P90x grad, and overall nice person. Check out her upcoming sweet romance: WRONG BROTHER, RIGHT MATCH releasing December 5, 2016.

Music To Inspire You

Hi, all. Jennifer here. 🙂

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© Ice | Dreamstime Stock Photos

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to settle into a normal routine again. Some of you may have made resolutions or goals to work toward in the new year. And that’s great!

However… maybe you still need an extra kick in the pants.

So here are My Ten Favorite Motivational Songs to Help Inspire You

1) It’s Time by Imagine Dragons  –time to write that book, lose that weight, quit smoking

2) Roar by Katy Perry –take charge of your life and body

3) Work B**ch by Britney Spears –you want it. It’s not going to be easy. You have to work.

4) The Climb by Miley Cyrus — it’s going to take time. But enjoy the process of getting there too

5) Dare You To Move by Switchfoot  –what’s holding you back?

6) Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey  –you can do it. Don’t stop believin’

7) Fighter – Christina Aguilera  –others saying you can’t? Thank them for making you stronger!

8) Let it Go –Demi Lovato from the movie Frozen –stop telling yourself no

9) Brave – Sara Bareilles  –Be brave and do it!

10) Defying Gravity from The musical Wicked  –listen to your instincts and defy gravity

 

A co-worker/friend of mine recently passed away last week. He was only 45.

Ecclesiastes 9:12 ESV For man does not know his time

Time is precious. Don’t waste it. Decide what you want to do then do it.

You may not get another chance. IT’S TIME to DEFY GRAVITY today!

About Jennifer Shirk

Jennifer Shirk is a sweet romance author for Montlake and Entangled Publishing who also happens to be a mom, pharmacist, Red Sox fan, P90x grad, and overall nice person. Check out her upcoming sweet romance: WRONG BROTHER, RIGHT MATCH releasing December 5, 2016.

A Way to Remember

photo (5)Hi, all! Jennifer here.

I finally have my tree up. We decorated it last night! I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect time—it was snowing out and I made hot chocolate. It made me want to curl up with a nice Christmas book afterwards. In fact, we have TWO up for giveaway here on the Heart-Shaped Glasses blog! Imagine that!

One of things I love to do each year is collect an ornament from where we have vacationed or taken a trip to during the year. We have ornaments from Montana, Bermuda, Martha’s Vineyard, Puerto Rico,  Wyoming, Maryland, Rhode Island, Chicago, Seattle, and more! It always brings a smile to my face when I unwrap one and remember where I bought it. It’s just one of those little traditions that serves as a nice memory of the years we traveled together.

Hope everyone has a nice memorable Christmas too. 🙂

Do you collect ornaments from places you visited? If not, do you collect other things as a remembrance?

**Don’t forget**

Every comment is entered to win one of the holiday books by authors from this very blog!

About Jennifer Shirk

Jennifer Shirk is a sweet romance author for Montlake and Entangled Publishing who also happens to be a mom, pharmacist, Red Sox fan, P90x grad, and overall nice person. Check out her upcoming sweet romance: WRONG BROTHER, RIGHT MATCH releasing December 5, 2016.

Three Things I’m Learning from NaNo (so far!)

2013-Participant-Vertical-BannerHi, all! Jennifer here. As you may have seen on my personal Blog and/or Twitter, I joined NaNoWriMo!

**Cue the menacing music**

This is a huge deal for me because it’s the first time I’ve decided to join. I’ve balked at NaNo before because I’m basically a slow writer by nature and also because I can’t think of a worse time to have to commit to writing regularly. I mean, November? Right before the holidays?

Really?

Why can’t it be in the winter, when I have absolutely nothing to do but sit and try to stay warm? Oh well. I am but one mere mortal and cannot change things, so autumn it still is.

It’s only been about a week into this thing, but I can tell you I’ve already learned some things about myself as a writer.

What are they? I’m glad you asked!!

1) I am still slow writer, but not that slow. Meaning, I can definitely get in a good amount of writing in a short amount of time. The only difference is I’m not going back and rewriting sentences like I normally would.

2) Having buddies really helps. The first thing I do before I start writing is check on my buddies’ progress. When I see that their word counter meter has moved, I think, “If they can do, so can I.” And then I get right down to work. Then nothing feels as good as being able to post my own progress.

3) Life doesn’t have to stop.  I personally have the time (and prefer) to write in the mornings. I can always get what I need to get written in that time frame and then I have the rest of the day to get on with other things in my life. And yes, that means, nobody in my household is suffering or not having dinner because I’ve committed to NaNo.

I like the pep talks and emails I get from the NaNo site too. Everyone there is so supportive and it’s all so very motivating.

So far so good!

In the meantime, have a great November and see you in December! (Hopefully with my book complete!)

Don’t forget: The blog swag this month is a $10 Amazon gift E-card and a copy of Letters from Home courtesy of Bethanne Strasser! Comment on any post in November to be entered to win.

 

If you’re a writer, are you doing NaNoWriMo? If not, what helps you to stay motivated to write every day?

About Jennifer Shirk

Jennifer Shirk is a sweet romance author for Montlake and Entangled Publishing who also happens to be a mom, pharmacist, Red Sox fan, P90x grad, and overall nice person. Check out her upcoming sweet romance: WRONG BROTHER, RIGHT MATCH releasing December 5, 2016.

DON’T Scare Me

Hey, all! Jennifer here.

© Cristina | Dreamstime Stock Photos

© Cristina | Dreamstime Stock Photos

The theme this month at the Heart-Shaped Glasses blog is SCARE ME, which had me thinking…

In all the YEARS I’ve dressed up for Halloween, I’ve never dressed up as something scary!!

This stems from the fact that I scare easily. Or I guess you could say that I am a weenie. 🙂

Either way, here is a list of

The Top 10 NON Scary Things I’ve Been for Halloween

1- Red Riding Hood—I was young. My mom made the costume.

2-A Bunny—Yes, the ultimate in weenie apparel. But my mom made that too.

3- Little Bo Peep—It’s getting worse, isn’t it?

4-A Nurse—not weenie, but maybe too nice

5-A French Maid—ok. Now we’re talking. But still. NOT scary.

6-Thelma from Scooby Doo—Are you seeing a weenie pattern here?

7-1920’s Flapper- Oooh, run for the hills.

8-a Hobo—is that even politically correct today?

9-Pink Poodle– Yes, PINK. I can’t make this up!

10-President Reagan –I was in high school. What was funny was that my friend dressed up as a sheik (complete with stereotypical dark sunglasses and turban) and people made us pose for pictures all day, shaking hands like we were making an oil deal. LOL

Hmm…maybe that last one was a little scary.

Obviously, I am not only a weenie but a GEEK too. 🙂

What about you? Do you like to dress up as scary things for Halloween or are you like me?

**don’t forget** The blog swag this month is a $10 Amazon gift E-card and an eCopy of Beyond The Winner’s Circle courtesy of Sutton Fox! Comment on any post in October to be entered to win.

About Jennifer Shirk

Jennifer Shirk is a sweet romance author for Montlake and Entangled Publishing who also happens to be a mom, pharmacist, Red Sox fan, P90x grad, and overall nice person. Check out her upcoming sweet romance: WRONG BROTHER, RIGHT MATCH releasing December 5, 2016.

Back to School = Back to Writing Routines

 

There always seem to be an ebb and flow to my writing. The ebb usually coming in the summer. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those consistent writers. I do tend to slack off a bit in the summer to spend more time with my family.

But now that school has started again and the beach is no longer calling my name, it’s time to get back into my normal writing routine. But I confess, it’s been kind of hard to get into the groove even though I really want to.

So to better prepare for my writing days ahead, I’ve done FOUR things.

1) I downloaded the first ten chapters of my WIP (where I left off) to  my Ipad and have read through it entirely and made some notes. Truth is, I kind of forgot my story and needed to reintroduce it to myself. (it’s not half bad!)

2) I’m caught up on all my laundry, food shopping, and house cleaning. (No need to have any added excuses around vying for my attention)

3)I went to the library and took a walk around—just to SEE the books. I took a look around and thought, “Oh yeah, if all these people can get  ‘er done, so can I.”

4) Lastly, I looked at my beginning of the year goals, made some adjustments, and rewrote what I want to get done this fall. (I do love goals)

Whew!

I’m ready for the flow to come back now and I’m off to edit!

 

How about you? If you’re a writer, do you tend to write less in the summer?

If you’re a reader, are you anxious to get back into your normal household routine now that school has started again?

***The blog swag this month is a $10 Amazon gift E-card courtesy of author Julie Jarnagin! Comment on any post in September to be entered to win!***

About Jennifer Shirk

Jennifer Shirk is a sweet romance author for Montlake and Entangled Publishing who also happens to be a mom, pharmacist, Red Sox fan, P90x grad, and overall nice person. Check out her upcoming sweet romance: WRONG BROTHER, RIGHT MATCH releasing December 5, 2016.

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