Off For A Writing Session!

Off For A Writing Session!

This last week has been busy and I've completely neglected writing. So today I'm on a mission, I'm up early and heading out for a hot chocolate and a writing session! I will finish this book!!! 

Ahh The Benefits Of Reading! 😆

Here’s how reading a book for a few hours a week can add two years to your life. 

 

According to research published in Social Science and Medicine, the hours per week a person spends reading is a significant factor in increasing their longevity.

 

Using a group of 3,635 people, the scientists divided the participants into three categories:

 

1) Those who didn’t read at all.

 

2) Those who read for 3.5 hours per week or less.

 

3) Those who read for more than 3.5 hours per week.

 

This was adjusted for other factors which influence longevity such as gender, race, education, wealth, marital status and depression, and they found the those who read for more than 3.5 hours per week were 23 per cent less likely to die than participants from the two other groups.

 

In addition, the study established a general principle that the more a person reads, the more health benefits they received.

 

The conclusion of the study’s abstract ends with a rather lovely sentiment:

 

The benefits of reading books include a longer life in which to read them.

The findings compliment a recent study in Neurology showed that just as jogging improves your cardiovascular system, reading is a good workout for the brain.

Gone writing. . . . . . . . .

I'ts been a busy week, my little stormtrooper turned 4, so I've been busy making his world magical; so I've neglected writing on my book. 
I've definitely got my priorities in order though, life's short so spending time with people I love is the most important thing to me. 
Making my children smile is my first job, writing.....well that's a close second!
So today I've got some time to myself so I'm off to work on my book. I'm in the middle of a very funny chapter, it makes me smile just thinking about it so hopefully it will come across as funny on paper! This book is so different from my first book, I guess it's because it's got more of my character in. 
Gone writing................................ Jo xx

My Interview By Adan Ramie For Her Spotlight Saturday!

 

FATE, THE UNIVERSE, AND HEA WITH JO JENNINGS, AUTHOR OF FOREVER FRIENDS, HEARTS ENTWINED

“And they lived happily ever after.”

How many stories ended that way when we were children? We are told for years that princes rescue princesses (we won’t go into that), the boy gets the girl (or boy gets the boy, girl gets the girl, etc.), and everything is A-OK now that the bad guy (or girl, or monster, or government) is safely locked away… But how often does real life really tie everything up in a bow for us?

Not very often. But some people still have hope. Some people wake up every day with a cheerful optimism and a dream that Happily Ever After is real.

Author Jo Jennings is one of those people.

She writes about women who face the world, beat the odds, and have HEA endings in her stories. With one story out and one book on the way, there’s sure to be a lot coming from this up-and-coming lesfic author!

Without further introduction, here’s Jo.


Welcome, Jo! Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a UK based author who writes lesbian romance. Forever Friends, Hearts Entwined is a short story and I’m currently working on a novel of which I’m halfway through and hoping to have finished by September.

I’m a mum to two beautiful children who are my world. They are two and three years old, so life is always a little crazy!

I live in a seaside town and have done all of my life. The majority of my family and friends still live here, so I get to see them all regularly, which is pretty amazing. It is also a very LGBTQ-friendly community, so you can be completely comfortable in your own skin, which is so important when raising children.

I love to travel, though at the moment my travelling is limited to around England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, mainly because I can’t think of anything worse than taking little ones on a plane!

I’m a hopeless romantic and I believe everyone has a ‘soulmate’. I’m convinced the Universe plays a massive part in how things in your life turn out. Everything happens for a reason and I’m still hopeful that one day I’ll get my happily ever after!

 

What do you do when you know you are breaking someone’s heart but doing anything else breaks your own? 

Who do you write for?

I write firstly for myself. Anyone else that stumbles across my books… well, that’s just an added bonus!

What kind of research did you do for your latest, Forever Friends, Hearts Entwined?

I tend to write from personal experience. You’ll always find a little connection to me in all of my books.

How many books do you plan for theAshley and Rachel series?

I have been so caught up in the book I’m currently writing that Ashley and Rachel have taken a bit of a back seat. The plan is to start writing Book 2 this year, then hopefully get Book 3 started in January. So it’s only going to be 3 books in total. I have another book floating around my head that I need to get down on paper, so I may try and squeeze that in before I start Book 2!

Do you have any other books or series planned?

I am currently halfway through writing a lesbian romance novel. It’s called The Tangled String Of Fate. It’s still a work-in-progress, but I hope to have it finished by September at the latest.

What’s The Tangled String of Fate about?

Here’s the blurb:

Tell us about your writing hideout.

My daughter is two and still has an afternoon sleep, so for about two hours every day I take that opportunity to disappear into the world of my characters and write. I don’t have an office; I’m not sure I would use one if I did. I’m usually just sprawled out on my bed typing away on my phone. That may sound like the craziest way to write a book, but somehow it works for me!

What fuels your writing?

I think this is probably the same for most writers: I need an outlet. I have all these emotions that sometimes get bottled up, and writing helps me unlock them. The book I’m currently working on stemmed from getting my heart broken by someone I never dreamed could have ever hurt me. That’s life, huh? So you live and learn, and in my case… write!

I love your constant optimism. One of your website pages is filled with quotes and discussion on self-love, soulmates, and self-care. Why was it so important to you to have that page on your site?

I guess it’s just who I am.

I like to think that everything in life happens for a reason; you go through the bad times and hopefully learn from them, and you become a better person. When you get to nearly *cough* 39 years of age, you start thinking differently; you realise you need to be happy for you, and then hopefully everything else will start to fall into place.

I’m also a little bit of a hippie: I wear my reiki crystals, I own an old Vw beetle, I listen to the Universe and the Moon for signs, and I am a true believer in happy-ever-afters and finding ‘the one’.

The most important thing to me is that my children grow up in a peaceful, happy environment filled will love, so I’m always trying to look on the brighter side of life. ️

Link us to your web presence.

Website | Blog | Amazon | Goodreads

Buy Forever Friends, Hearts Entwined on Amazon

You can find the interview at:-

https://adanramie.com/2016/07/30/fate-the-universe-and-hea-with-jo-jennings-author-of-forever-friends-hearts-entwined/

A Sneak Peak At My New Book!

Copyright © 2016 by Jo Jennings

Published by Jo Jennings 

All Rights Reserved. 

 

No part of this publication may be reproduced, scanned or distributed in any printed or electronic form without permission of the publisher. 

This is a work of fiction, names, characters, places and incidents are either the product of the authors imagination or used fictitiously and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, businesses, companies, events or locales are entirely coincidental. 

 Artwork by Jo Jennings

                     

                                ******

 

Years from now their pasts will become a story. A story of lonely nights, hard work, lack of sleep and precious moments.


Finding your soulmate living in the same city as you when there are around seven billion people in the world makes the odds pretty small. Sacha Jacobs was one of the lucky ones she found her soulmate by chance, unfortunately Gemma Lewis lives thousands of miles away.

Connected by the red string of fate can these two women overcome the obstacles that a long distance relationship entails or will their string become too tangled and lead them down separate paths.

Can true love endure any circumstance and travel any distance? 

 

                                ******

 

The Red String Of Fate 

There’s an old story in Chinese folklore about a magical connection between two people that are destined to be soul mates, called ‘the red string of fate’.

It’s not the kind of connection we’re used to thinking of, where you fall in love with your soulmate and feel an intense connection to them.

In Chinese folklore the red string of fate is an actual object… a string that’s red but also invisible at the same time. It’s tied to a pinky finger of every person on earth and stretches all the way out to the pinky finger of their soulmate wherever that is, regardless of time and space. Legend says that the string can get very tangled up but it will never break.

The red string of fate is tied by a being called the Old Man Under The Moon and once he has bound you to your soul mate your destiny is set. 

Lesbian Authors Guild

You can now find me amongst some awesome lesbian authors on the Lesbian Authors Guild website. It's well worth checking out! Just follow the link below. 👭

 www.lesbianauthorsguild.com

Books, Books, Books

There is nothing more wonderful than holding a real book in your hands.📚 Admittedly I use my Kindle quite a bit but when it comes to putting my little ones to bed there is nothing better than reading them a book they can see, smell and touch. 📚 The looks on their faces, the excitement in their eyes, books are a little bit magical and I don't think electronic books will ever replace them, thankfully. 📚

Woman On a Mission

Off on a writing mission

I'm a woman on a mission, I thought I'd get my next book finished by August but my crazy life has decided that might not be the case. . . . we shall see! I did however get to do some writing this morning. I'm not quite halfway through, but I do have a cover, title and blurb all ready to go, that's progress, right? 😆 Next week I plan to spend any free time I have typing away. . . . . watch this space!