Sunday, March 22, 2015

Summary Sunday

I'm going on a trip this week to visit my sister, so I probably won't get a chance to share a sentence sampler with you again for a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these snippets from my work-in-progress, Courting Cassandry!

Monday: Gerolt to Cassandry concerning his son, Rauffe: “Aveline always knew how to care for him. I have been lost to know how to deal with him without her.”

Tuesday: Cassandry gazed down the path that led to the fountain, perhaps as surprised as he was that Rauffe and Egelina had not fled back to join their parents.

Wednesday: “Really, Cassandry, it has been over twenty years,” Sir Samson protested. “I never thought you so vindictive as to hold a grudge for half the span of your life.”

Thursday: Antony had cut her off from the world, and with it all news of the people she once had loved, after Sir Samson’s “game.”


Saturday: You were not only my guardian, but my closest friend. Even my love for Antony could not fill the loss in my life when I left you, and then when he made me sever my last connection with you—For a moment, Cassandry felt again the wrenching void of that blow.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop, sponsored by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Author Cindy Thomas!



Here at JDP NEWS I'm giving away a copy of my new medieval romantic historical, The Lady and the Minstrel (winner's choice, mobi/Kindle, epub/Nook/iBook/Kobo, PDF, or print) plus a $5.00 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card.



A forbidden love and a past they can’t leave behind . . .

In King John's England, Robert Marcel chafes against the law that holds him bound as a villein on his lord’s manor. He tries to make a daring escape and is nearly caught by his cruel master, but a young girl helps him slip away.

Years pass and Robert takes up trade as a minstrel. Invited to play at a banquet for the notorious Earl of Saxton, he is stunned to come face to face with the girl he’s never forgotten—now Lady Marguerite of Winbourne, betrothed to the earl. Her status as a noblewoman puts her completely out of Robert’s reach, but he knows they are meant to be together. He vows to make her his wife no matter what the cost.

Lady Marguerite has often thought of the young man she helped escape. Her tender feelings for him quickly turn into much more when they are brought back into each other’s lives. She longs to be free to marry Robert, the man she loves, but that will require her to sacrifice all she holds dear.

They are tested at every turn by those bent on driving them apart and destroying what they have found together. Can their love truly conquer all?

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Summary Sunday

Making progress slowly but surely with my next Hearts in Autumn romance, Courting Cassandry. (I always say that, don't I? But it's true. I'm a slow, methodical writer. But still, I press forward!) Here is a sampling of what I accomplished this week.

Monday: Sir Samson to Lord Gerolt: "I do not know what passed between Cassandry and Antony, but she has changed, and I do not mean only the smattering of lines at the corners of her eyes."

Tuesday: Cassandry had never thought of his eyes like smoke. They had always only been the eyes of her guardian, eyes that laughed with her, that listened patiently to her, that weighed her words with wisdom and discernment.

Wednesday: And yet there had been something about Gerolt’s touch that day, and his smile, that for one bewildering moment had prompted her to wonder if his kiss might taste as sweet as Antony’s.

Thursday: Cassandry suddenly wished her head replete with gray hairs so she might relieve her frustration by pulling them out by the fistfuls.


Friday: Gerolt had never imagined anything but total trust and warmth could lie between them, but the years had clearly altered Cassandry in ways he had never conceived possible.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Summary Sunday

It's been a very long time since I had a new WIP to share with you! I was busy polishing up and publishing The Lady and the Minstrel. But now that L&M has been happily launched, I'm diving into a new Hearts in Autumn romance, tentatively titled Courting Cassandry. My hero (Gerolt) and heroine (Cassandry) are both widowers and old enough in this story to each have a teenage child. Here is a sampling of new sentences I typed this week from Courting Cassandry:

Monday: Where Aveline’s voice had grated and hissed and snarled, Cassandry’s fell upon his ears like the music of a sweet, gentle rain.

Tuesday: As they moved away from Gerolt, he heard Egelina whisper something to her mother in a hiss far less meek than the murmured acknowledgments she had been responding to the knights’ compliments with.

Wednesday: And then it was time for the ring and the betrothal kiss. Cassandry heard a soft, “Ow!” and a muffled, “Sorry.” as Rauffe apparently shoved the ring too hard over Egelina’s knuckle.

Thursday: (15 year-old Egelina to her mother, Cassandry) “He would much rather I be a nun—well, of course God would! And I shall tell Lord Gerolt so, even if his height does frighten me a little.”


Friday: After years of dressing drably, it had felt so bold to don the crimson, and so very, very pleasant to have a man compliment instead of condemn her for it.

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Lady and the Minstrel now has an epilogue!

At the request of multiple readers, I have written an EPILOGUE to The Lady and the Minstrel. The epilogue debuts today! If you purchased a copy before February 28, you may receive a FREE copy of the epilogue in your choice of mobi/Kindle, epub/B&N/iBooks, or PDF formats. Just email me at jdipastena@yahoo.com and I'll send you a copy directly. 

If you own a print version of The Lady and the Minstrel and would like a physical copy of the epilogue, I will print you out a copy on decorative paper that you can fold and insert into the back of your print copy. Again, email at jdipastena@yahoo.com if you would like me to mail you a print copy of the epilogue!

You won't want to miss this sweet ending to Rob and Marguerite's story!


(Both e- and print books will have the epilogue automatically included as of today.)


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Winner!: Autographed copy of The Lady and the Minstrel/See's Candy certificate

Congratulations to Heather B, winner of an autographed copy of The Lady and the Minstrel and a $20 See's Candy gift card!

Thank you to all who celebrated the release of The Lady and the Minstrel by entering my giveaway!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Release day! Help me celebrate The Lady and the Minstrel!

Today is release day for my medieval romantic historical, The Lady and the Minstrel. I'm celebrating, and you know what that means, don't you? I want you to celebrate with me!



C'mon, you all know me well enough by now to know exactly how I'm celebrating--with a box of my favorite See's chocolates. That means I'm also giving away a $20 See's gift card to one of YOU, along with an autographed print copy of The Lady and the Minstrel!


This giveaway is open to USA entries and International entries on the following conditions: **If you live outside of the United States but have a favorite candy shop that would allow me to send you an online gift card (check your shop's website), I will swap out a See's card for your candy shop's equivalent gift card up to $20 USD.** International winner will also receive an e-copy instead of a print copy of The Lady and the Minstrel in their choice of mobi, epub, or PDF format.

The giveaway runs through February 4, 2015. Winner will be drawn on February 5 and have 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited.

The first entry is FREE. Bonus entries can be earned in the following ways:

Tweet about the release of The Lady and the Minstrel 
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Invite people to my The Lady and the Minstrel launch party on Facebook on February 4. 
Come to my Facebook Launch Party for The Lady and the Minstrel and earn 5 extra entries! 

But remember, everyone gets one FREE, no strings attached entry. :-)

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OFFICIAL RULES: NO PURCHASE NECESSSARY. Entrants must be 18 years or older. Deadline to enter is February 4, 2015. Winners will be selected on February 5, 2015 and have 48 hours to respond to an email notifying them of their win.OPEN TO US AND INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES ON THE CONDITIONS DESCRIBED ABOVE. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Questions? Contact me at jdipastena@yahoo.com.