Holiday Giveaway Galore!

It’s finally here!

Well, I finally was able to post this blog! The holidays always kill me – time slips by and my brain seems to go into hibernation lol!

Back to business and celebrations, my peeps.

I hope everyone has downloaded their FREE copy of Sneak Peeks and enjoyed the first preview chapter of Searching for Beautiful!

I also hope readers have been snatching up Baby, Its Cold Outside, which contains FIVE novellas for one price, and I’m joined by some big brand name authors I personally read and highly recommend.

During this season, I seriously get choked up by love for the readers who buy my books and love my stories. I’m giving away TEN gift baskets full of goodies. You’ll get a signed paperback copy of BICO, a t-shirt, customized jewelry, pens, postcards, hot cocoa, candy canes, and whatever else I can find to throw in!

Just enter the Rafflecopter here and please share:

 

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I’m also holding a Sneak Peeks bonanza – blog stops every day and I’m giving away a SIGNED book with each spotlight! You can enter on my Author Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/jenniferprobst.authorpage?ref=bookmarks

Good luck and Happy Holidays!!!

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FREE New Release and Giveaways Galore!

Happy December everyone!

 I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed friends and family and great food.

 I’m looking forward to revving up the month of December by giving away some special prizes to show my gratitude for all my readers. First up? I’ve released a great FREE book Sneak Peeks which is a sampler of all my books, including author comments and notes you will only find here. I’ve also included the first chapter of Searching for Beautiful for you to enjoy! To celebrate, I’ll be giving away a SIGNED book at all of my blog stops so stay tuned to my Author Facebook page for details on where you can win these prizes.

 

 

I’ll also be setting up a special rafflecopter to win an amazing prize pack filled with goodies, including signed books, customized jewelry, t-shirts, calendars, signed totes, and a variety of other surprises. There will be a total of TEN to win, and the contest starts this week so check back for official postings on my Author Facebook page and website!

 More to come – hope you have a great week!

 

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Begin Again…

 

I’ve always been a bit obsessed with this term. Always wanted to write a book with that title, but it seemed overdone, from the famous Taylor Swift song, to the new movie, and a million books in between. Still, the simplicity of those two words contain a massive amount of meaning. And endless hope. Heartache, too. But buckets of hope.

Since 2012 when The Marriage Bargain exploded, I’ve been on a pathway to success that humbles me. After all, how often does a twenty year dream in the making finally happen? I’m also a bit of a workaholic – my past is full of reasons why—so it didn’t take much to push myself to write as many books at the highest quality possible. It’s also the damn voices that never stop in my head.

But after my last novel was written, I decided to take an actual week off for everything else. Besides the never ending list of emails, family things I’ve put off, and actual cooking in my kitchen, I took a self imposed break for a change. This is quite different from the breaks I usually take, in the middle of a book where things are falling apart and I’m freaking out and forgot again how I do this and end up in my living room watching endless series of reality television on BRAVO and eating nonstop. No, this time, my vacay was planned. I’d troll the internet without guilt, watch movies, READ for pleasure, go shopping, buy shoes, and play Scrabble with my parents.

Besides the amazing books I read and loved, I watched some great movies. But one of them wrecked me. I mean, this movie, reached inside my soul and tore it out and made me examine everything about life, and love, and who I was, and the type of stories I wanted to write. The emotion I wanted to give to my readers. Yeah, sure, I had PMS but I’ve also learned in my fab middle age years that PMS is TRUTH time. In other words, if something keeps popping up during that time, it’s because emotions need to be dealt with. They’ll keep bugging you on a monthly basis until you do deal with them. So, I was pretty much ripe to go a bit deeper, and within the mess, is always the GOLD.

Anyway, I digress. The movie stars my boyfriend Adam Levine (MY boyfriend Kristen Proby, not yours) and Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. Simple, brilliant, painful. It’s about passion. For music. For beauty. For meaning. For love.

The soundtrack is full of rich tones and words that haunt me. Stripped down, I cried while I watched the movie and listened to the songs on the soundtrack, and remembered those early years where emotions I felt were so raw and real, they spilled out of me. They’re still there. Just a bit more civilized and contained.

But that’s the treasure I need to tap to write a GREAT book. Not a middle of the road book, or a safe book that may have commercial success. I want to write great books. Readers deserve it. I’ll fail a lot. But if I can get a few of them that don’t fail, I’ve done my job.

By getting away from the computer, I re-tapped all those exciting things in life that make writers want to write. Talking with others rather than texting via phone. Playing board games and reading with my kids instead of the endless cycle of homework, dinner, putting them to bed, and the mechanics of life. Watching a movie for pure pleasure, open to the experience. Reading great books with no target of critiquing, blurbing, or learning. Driving in the car and listening to Taylor Swift or Rob Thomas or Maroon Five and singing loud and off key. Having lunch with my mother.
Re-stocking, and re-filling the well.

Because honestly, if we just keep writing book after book without taking that breath in between to enjoy where we are, we’re missing the good parts. The right now good parts.

It’s Nanowrimo month. I plan to write a lot and dive into the sequel of Beyond Me, called Chasing Me. I’m leading a write in at the Wallkill Library on Tuesday, November 11th at 6:30pm if anyone wants to join me for inspiration and some writing.

But today, I’m taking one more breath. I’m full of new ideas, and plans, and goals to write amazing books. I’ll get there.

With each new book we write, or challenge we face, or heartbreak we deal with, we have a chance to Begin Again. The best part? If we fail spectacularly, so what? We get to do it again. That’s a gift not to be missed.

Here’s the song that I’m obsessed with and plan to write a book that I hope to equal the lyrics.

Has there been a book or a movie or song that affected you deeply and changed the way you thought of life? Share with me!

I wish everyone a happy and fruitful November.

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside Releases!

I’m so excited for the big release day of Baby, It’s Cold Outside, an anthology with winter themed stories to keep you warm at night. I hooked up with the amazing Melody Anne, Kristen Proby, Emma Chase, and Kate Meader and each novella I can personally attest will hook you from the beginning and keep you there to the sweet end! You get FIVE stories for the price of one! Now, that’s a sale!
Searching for You takes place in the Searching series, but is a complete standalone. No one needs to have read any of the other stories – but I’m hoping you’ll get hooked and want to read Kate and Kennedy’s journeys in Searching for Someday and Searching for Perfect to prepare you before the next two releases this spring with Wolfe and then Arilyn in Searching for Beautiful and Searching for Always.

To celebrate, there’s a mass party going on at our BICO Facebook page linked here:

https://www.facebook.com/babyitscoldanthology

All of us will be stopping in throughout the day to offer prizes, share excerpts, and hang out. There’s also a big sweepstakes over at the Pocket page for a chance to win a prize pack of great gifts.

And of course, my street team always has access to the best opportunities for my thanks in helping me promote my books. If you want to join and get in on the action, click here to join The Probst Posse!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/probstpossestreetteam/

 

Please don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter! I pick one lucky winner a month to receive a gift card, plus I share first chapters, covers, and deleted scenes just with them. You can click right here to sign up:

http://www.jenniferprobst.com/newsletter

I hope everyone had a fabulous October!

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About Blogging…

I used to love blogging.

There was something about highlighting the everyday occurrences and finding a nugget of magic within that fascinated me. Whether it was inspiration, or just a great laugh, I enjoyed figuring out the daily ups and downs and sharing my vision with my readers. It was also an important way to keep writing. With my schedule, before I began writing full time, squeezing in every precious moment on the page was key.

One of my favorite books is Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. The book consistently reminds me writing is like an exercise. The more we practice, use it, and tone, the better our talent gets. Like a ballerina at the barre, limbering up, the more heated and flexible and focused, the better the dance.

Goldberg never specified writing always had to be about the book or the story. She stressed journals and morning pages and essays and little snippets found within the framework of life. Writing is about who we are, what we believe. It’s a tiny piece of immortality spilled onto a clean, white page.

How beautiful and joyous is that?

Now that my days are filled with page counts, deadlines, promotion, marketing, copyedits, regular edits, and a slew of other things that have nothing to do with parenting or cleaning or being a good friend or trying to exercise and do all the chores that makes up a life, I don’t blog as much.

But sometimes, within the story of my book, a thought will come. A need to embrace and write about who I am, or what I see, or share something important. This is my favorite type of blogging. I remember when my boys were little, how each day was filled with diapers and chaos and boredom and joy, and I ran to the page at night to make sense of it all. So I would laugh. So I wouldn’t forget.

I don’t need it as much as they grow up and find their own way, but writing is simply a part of who I am and will always be.
So, I stopped in the middle of my deadline to share this blog and my random thoughts with you. I’m not advertising my new book, or sharing my cutting edge trailer, or trying to hook you with a contest.

It’s just a simple reminder that writing is important.

Because it’s our story. And we shouldn’t forget or give up.

May the words be with you.

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