Tuesday, August 2, 2016

#CaliforniaGoldRush from @BarbourBuzz - Release & #Giveaway

It's RELEASE DAY! Actually, yesterday was but everything that could go wrong did. You know how you wait for those momentous occasions but then life creeps in with its sarcastic, "oh reheheheheeeaaaaallly!". Like a little leprechaun causing problems. (and no, I don't blame Anne's Irish post from yesterday!) :)

My daughter fell sick while I was two hours away from her at work. I had to cancel my LIVE Facebook launch reader/author chat because, well, I was in the car driving home to get her and that's just not safe. (Be proud). Then I tried another reader/author chat in the evening and was almost choked to death by Peter Pan who escaped the watchful eye of his surrogate church-gramma and came to repeatedly tackle me during the LIVE video. There was more stuff, but all that to say ... one thing is abundantly clear and I must make this important point to readers everywhere ...


LOL I used to think authors lived fairy-dust sprinkled lives. Worked in creme colored window seats in the morning, with flannel jammies on, a bouquet of roses off to the side, and a little Mozart playing softly in the background. Now, I know better.

Many of the books we love to read are written around and through chaos. 

But that sort of mimics the stories we read, don't they? Because, in the end, of almost every story, our heroines or heroes end up surrounded by people who support them. A team. A group of comrades. A saving grace in their life. A hero. A heroine. A best friend. A church family.

A group of readers.

One of my reader/writer friends told me last night after I moaned about my LIVE video flop: "It's who you are, though. That's what makes you real."

You know what? YOU ALL make me real. These novellas that I write have bits and pieces of all of you inside of my story. I think of you while I write i
t. I wonder if Caryl will like my sassy heroine, if Gail will notice the coffee reference, if Teresa will like what I did with Ounce the Mouse, if Bonnie will chuckle, if Linsey will find inspiration to keep writing too, if Nancy will freak out when she sees her name in the acknowledgments, and so on ...

You all make writing my joy. 

Awhile back, my husband asked me why I want to be published. Cause in his logic, which was very correct, I can still write novels. What makes having it published so different? A cover? Prestige? Money (LOL!)? I honestly couldn't answer. I told him I'd have to think about it. Months later, I still didn't have an answer, until this week.


I want to be published for the very reason why I love this blog, I love being on Facebook, I love having email. Relationships with all of you! My life is so much richer as we unite on the common bond of stories. My office is filled with little mementos of your encouragement and faithful following--long before you ever had a book of mine to hold in your hands! THAT MEANS!

It's NOT ABOUT THE BOOK! It's about us. A community of readers and writers. Friends.

Why do I want to be published? Because it opens up a door I can walk through to a world of friends.
That is why.

So let's celebrate!!! I'm giving away a copy HERE of the novella collection and tonight at 8PM CST we have an ONLINE FACEBOOK PARTY you won't want to miss! We're giving away a Kindle Fire and this beautiful California mountain gold necklace (well, not real gold, we're not rich, but we try!). Most of the authors of the collection will be there to answer questions and offer other giveaways too! YOU MUST COME!

But to enter today's giveaway here at the blog, I only ask one thing. Please enter your email address to join my email newsletter. I mail out craziness about every quarter, offer some giveaways to readers-only of the newsletter, interesting tidbits about history, books on my shelf I'm reading, coffee insights :) :) and more ...

Leave a comment that you signed up for the newsletter and I'll enter you win a copy! :)

And thank you all, for being my friends, my people, my tribe.


Jaime Jo WrightProfessional coffee drinker Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.

Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimejowright.com.

Periscope: @jaimejowright


  1. Haha! I LOVED this interview! What a great way to start the day! I am already signed up for your newsletter, and I plan to come to the party tonight. Can't wait to read your books!!!

  2. Happy Release Day! Already signed up for your newsletter! Looking forward to your party!

  3. THIS. Right here. The why behind your writing and stories. I so love this--and could not agree more. It's about relationships. *grin*
    (I subscribed <3 )

  4. This is wonderful and funny and just perfectly YOU. I'm so happy to be in relationship with YOU, friend. :)

  5. I just signed up! So excited to be in the drawing!

    1. AND YOU JUST WON!!!!! :) Send me an email at jaimejowright (at) gmail (dot) com with your preference of paperback or ecopy and your appropriate mailing address or email!

  6. I am so excited that I won this book months ago. Looking forward to reading it and I WILL notice the coffee references for sure. So glad to be friends. I'm at the beach right now but I will stop in tonight and I have previously signed up for your newsletter.

  7. Jaime, it is an honor to be a part of your tribe! I'm looking forward to meeting your SASSY heroine. Does she enjoy a cuppa tea?! *wink*

    Have a TOTALLY AWESOME TUESDAY! See at the par-tay! ((((HUGS))))))
    I already subscribe to your wonderful newsletter.

  8. That's life!! Have a good today :)
    dkstevensneAT outlookDot COM already gets
    your newsletter...

  9. Can't wait for the party tonight Jamie!!!! And isn't it funny how life throw a US curveballs? Of mice and men an all that, huh?
    I'm already a newsletter subscriber, thanks for the extra opportunity to win :-) Happy Release Day!!!

    1. See that typo right there, another great example of life...OY!! That is supposed to read "life throws us curveballs"...I detest auto-correct!

  10. I'm already signed up for your newsletter. I'll be at the party tonight if my internet doesn't go out again. I missed you last night. I love that you are "real" I love that Facebook allows authors and readers to connect. Given my current situation in life, I would be lost without it (the internet and Facebook). And books, I would be in a loony bin if it were not for books! I depend on you authors to keep me sane!

  11. Thank you for that sweet post and showing your sentimental side, however, you did give me a chuckle, also (as always)!! My author/reading friends mean the world to me, there's a bond that non-readers don't understand. So blessed by your friendship and being a member of your "tribe"!! Congrats, Jaime - this is only the beginning for you!! (I'm already subscribed to your newsletter).

  12. Happy release day. Joanninmh@embarqmail.com

  13. I am already signed up for your newsletter. Thank you for a chance to win a great book.

  14. I'm signed up for your newsletter. I can sympathize with you that your video chat didn't go as well as you'd like, but I do enjoy seeing that authors are human like the rest of us (I can just imagine your little one coming to tackle you; gotta love him!). It's such fun to be a part of blog and Facebook chats to be able to get to know authors as people, not just a name, and maybe a photo, on a book. I enjoy novella collections like this so thanks for the chance to win.

  15. I just subscribed to your newsletter

  16. Happy releaae day,Jamie. I am so happy to see you as a happy author. Happy author's continue to write and that's makes for happily excited readers. It's a wonderfully great cycle. I am happily subscribed to your coffee fueled newsletter : )
    cnnamongirl at aol dot com

  17. I'm already signed up. Don't know if I'm too late to be in the drawing but I still am commenting. I want to read this book. And I missed the party tonight.
    😢😢 boo hoo!

  18. I am already signed up for the newsletter!

    wfnren at aol dot com

  19. Checked, I'm already signed up!



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