Jennie Marts is the USA TODAY Best-selling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after. Readers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and the “perfect mix of romance, humor, and steam.” Fic Central claimed one of her books was “the most fun I’ve had reading in years.”
She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.
Her books include the contemporary western romance Hearts of Montana series, the romantic comedy/ cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, the hunky hockey-playing men in the Bannister family in the Bannister Brothers Books, and the small-town romantic comedies in the Lovestruck series of Cotton Creek Romances.
Hi there. I’m Jennie Marts. I’m a hybrid author from Colorado that is sadly addicted to Diet Coke and Cheetos and wishes that typing burned more calories.
I started writing as a career about seven years ago. I’d always considered myself a writer and had dreamed of someday writing a book. As my kids were getting ready to graduate and leave the nest, I was evaluating what was next for me now that my role of mom was changing and decided to just go for it. And I’m thrilled and so happy that I did.
I knew that I wanted my first book to be fun and light and to be filled with scenes that conveyed laughter, romance, the friendship of women, and a little mystery and intrigue.
I independently published my first book, Another Saturday Night and I Ain’t Got No Body, at the very end of 2012. It was the first in my romantic comedy/cozy mystery Page Turners series. The series is about a group of women in a book club who search for clues and romance while eating really great desserts. Each book follows a different woman in the book club and the first is about Sunny, an ordinary schoolteacher who discovers that dating can be deadly as she goes on six blind dates and one of them might be with a murderer.
After indie-pubbing my first book, I got my first three-book deal with Entangled Publishing for the Hearts of Montana series. These books follow my passion for stories set in small towns with warm summer nights, spunky heroines, and hot, hot cowboys. Tucked Away, the first book is about a city girl who inherits a farm in Montana and discovers a lonely teenage girl, a goat named Clyde, a super-cute cowboy, and a place she can finally call home. Hidden Away and Stolen Away complete that set.
After that, I became a true hybrid, splitting my books between traditional publishing and indie-publishing. I continued to write the Page Turner mysteries, but also branched out into a series of hockey-playing brothers in the Bannister Brothers series and hunky Colorado country boys in the Cotton Creek Romantic Comedy series. And I now have written nineteen books and have seventeen published, and have a new three book cowboy series debuting with Sourcebooks Casablanca next spring.
I knew that I wanted this writing career and have gone after it with all I have. One of the key things that changed my life and turned my writing career around was when I discovered writing sprints and found my ‘sprinting tribe’. The concept seems so simple: set a timer and write during a set amount of focused time. But having the support and accountability of the others in my sprinting group makes all the difference. And suddenly I went from writing two books a year to writing four to six books a year.
Learning to sprint really changed everything for me, so I decided to write my first non-fiction book, and created a Writing Sprints Journal, a way to manage your time and increase your writing productivity. I published the journal last month and hope that it helps other writers in their journey. You can find my Writing Sprints Journal here: http://a.co/dPGMjff .
I think the world of publishing has changed so much and so fast that as writers we feel the need to write faster just to keep up. The support I’ve received from my sprint partners has been tremendous. I truly believe having a group of writer friends, whether in person or online is one of the best gifts that a writer can give themselves. And the romance industry is great at supporting each other.
My tagline is love, laughter, and always a happily ever after, and I love to make readers laugh and cry and fall in love with a swoony hero. I have been inspired by writers like Nora Roberts and Janet Evanovich. I adore Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and when I met her in person the first time, I started crying as I tried to tell her how much she inspired me. She was, of course, wonderful and gracious and simply gave me a smile and a hug. I’d like to be her when I grow up.
For now, I’ll keep writing stories about cute cowboys and hot hockey players who fall for cupcake bakers and the coach’s daughter. My newest release is Skirting The Ice, the third book in the Bannister Brothers series and this one is so much fun because the heroine is actually the hockey player and the hero is Jack, the third brother who is a cute-as-sin nerd. Murphy is wild and reckless and Jack is steady and solid, and declares his love in a math equation.
This book is so much fun. You can find it on Amazon at: http://a.co/bNUWvKn and the whole Bannister Brothers series is Free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
I love to hear from readers. You can find me on Facebook at Jennie Marts Books, or Twitter at @JennieMarts. And visit www.jenniemarts.com to sign up for my newsletter and keep up with the latest sales and new releases.
Skirting the Ice
"The Bannister Brothers series has everything I love...hockey, humor, and heart!" - Kristin Miller- New York TimesBestselling author
Buttoned-up accountant Jack Bannister lives an uncomplicated life until his teenage crush moves back into the house next door—all grown up and sexy as hell. Murphy Ryan is still wild and reckless, and danger has followed her to Colorado. Jack will do whatever it takes to protect her, even it means letting her go…again.
Murphy Ryan is focused on building a new NHL women’s hockey team. But staying on her game is hard with the distraction, and the memories, of the hot nerd in the house next door. Jack Bannister had been her first kiss, and she wants him to be her last. With his dry humor and sexy glasses, being smart never looked so good.
Jack’s been given a chance to win back the one that got away, but worries this gorgeous hockey player is still out of his league. He’s kept his heart on ice, but now that Murphy’s back, she might be the one to finally thaw it.
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