Thursday, February 28, 2008

Thirteen Reasons to read "Her Cinderella Complex"

I have to do it...shameless promotion is a rite of passage :) Plus, J-Lee did it.

  1. The Pool Scene. Has to be the number one reason...hence why I pulled the excerpt from there :)

  2. The Private Island...don't tell me you don't want one.

  3. It's a modern fairy tale

  4. The hero has a secret, and even he doesn't know what it is!

  5. I got to keep the shoes!

  6. A millionaire boss

  7. Immi edited it, so that gives me some street cred...or web cred...

  8. It's dedicated to Cherry Adair and everyone at the Emerald City Writers Conference who finished the damned book.

  9. There is a getaway in a yacht!

  10. Sex in the kitchen

  11. I worked in references to Great Expectations

  12. It's on the My Bookstore and More best seller list

  13. Did I say please? Please?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

In The News...

For Kicks Hillsboro author writes romances

There is an article about me and my latest release in my local paper. They got my website wrong, and the title of Her Cinderella Complex, but who can complain? It is lovely!

She mentioned all my favorite things - my kids, my writing, my local romance group and NaNoWriMo! Talk about fab!

It makes me proud to be a part of this community. Our local paper has a section that celebrates the accomplishments of residents, and that alone makes me proud.

FOR KICKS paperback & eBook

Monday, February 25, 2008

The first review!!

I found the first review of Her Cinderella Complex...from The Good, The Bad, and the Unread ::

"This is a fantastic story with very strong characters who were beautifully written and I immediately fell in love with both of them... I’m really looking forward to reading more from Jenna Bayley Burke."

sigh. I just love nice reviews...

Sunday, February 24, 2008

A new week

I'm all over the place lately! It is fun, and it gives me an excuse to blog-surf!

MONDAY - Pink Heart Society :: Male on Monday - The Men of Dancing With The Stars

WEDNESDAY - Romance Reader At Heart :: Talking about Her Cinderella Complex

SATURDAY - The Idea Boutique :: For Kicks

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Thursday 13 : Summer School For Men

For all the guys that you think can stand the heat, and to all the ladies for the best chuckle of their day!

Summer Classes for Men at


by Friday, June 29th 2007


  • Class 1 How To Fill Up The Ice Cube Trays--Step by Step, with Slide Presentation. Meets 4 weeks, Monday and Wednesday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

  • Class 2 The Toilet Paper Roll--Does It Change Itself? Round Table Discussion. Meets 2 weeks, Saturday 12:00 for 2 hours.

  • Class 3 Is It Possible To Urinate Using The Technique Of Lifting The Seat and Avoiding The Floor, Walls and Nearby Bathtub?--Group Practice. Meets 4 weeks, Saturday 10:00 PM for 2 hours.

  • Class 4 Fundamental Differences Between The Laundry Hamper and The Floor--Pictures and Explanatory Graphics. Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks.

  • Class 5 Dinner Dishes--Can They Levitate and Fly Into The Kitchen Sink? Examples on Video. Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM

  • Class 6 Loss Of Identity--Losing The Remote To Your Significant Other. Help Line Support and Support Groups. Meets 4 Weeks, Friday and Sunday 7:00 PM

  • Class 7 Learning How To Find Things--Starting With Looking In The Right Places And Not Turning The House Upside Down While Screaming. Open Forum Monday at 8:00 PM, 2 hours.

  • Class 8 Health Watch--Bringing Her Flowers Is Not Harmful To Your Health. Graphics and Audio Tapes. Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

  • Class 9 Real Men Ask For Directions When Lost--Real Life Testimonials. Tuesdays at 6:00 PM Location to be determined

  • Class 10 Is It Genetically Impossible To Sit Quietly While She Parallel Parks? Driving Simulations. 4 weeks, Saturday's noon, 2 hours.

  • Class 11 Learning to Live--Basic Differences Between Mother and Wife. Online Classes and role-playing Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, location to be determined

  • Class 12 How to be the Ideal Shopping CompanionRelaxation Exercises, Meditation and Breathing Techniques. Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

  • Class 13 How to Fight Cerebral Atrophy--Remembering Birthdays, Anniversaries and Other Important Dates and Calling When You're Going To Be Late. Cerebral Shock Therapy Sessions and Full Lobotomies Offered.Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Upon completion of any of the above courses, diplomas will be issued to the survivors.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Romance Studio

My books are up on The Romance, not a review, but Leila gifted me with a membership, so I have them up on the Just Released page. Check up HER CINDERELLA COMPLEX or


The story behind the story is up today at Mandy M. Roth's Nocturnal Journal. Check it out here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


HER CINDERELLA COMPLEX releases today! Thanks to everyone who's been watching the creation of this story, and the path it took to publication.

The Idea Boutique has the saga of how this story found me. I've gone back and looked at my Writing A Book With Trish Wylie posts and found the basics of my setting, hero, & heroine. I found how excited I was by Cherry Adair's Finish The Damned Book challenge. It is such fun to remember.

Thanks to Samhain, the process of getting this book ready for the public has been as wonderful as the book was to write. The editing was a supportive learning experience, and the cover creation was just plain fun.

So those with room on their e-book readers...head on over to My Bookstore and More to find HER CINDERELLA COMPLEX. For those who wait for the paperback...I think we might get it by Christmas. For an excerpt click here

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Review Collector...

With three releases out in such a short span I feel like Google Alerts is working overtime finding all the buzz for the different titles. Today I found a review from Romance Reader At Heart on FOR KICKS ::

FOR KICKS is a great read for those who like a dose of realism with their romance. If you’ve been or are a working woman, you’re going to feel the compromises in each decision Breeze makes, and worry with her about the consequences. Logan is impossible to resist, but his position in Breeze’s professional life means he comes with danger attached. If only all workplace romances turned out so well! FOR KICKS is definitely a fairy tale.

Sunday, February 17, 2008


I saw a review of the Dreams & Desires anthology today...and the reviewer said The Best Day (my contribution to the book) is brilliant. I love that. Really made my morning.

The Best Day – Jenna Bayley-Burke
Sometime during her marriage and having two children, Gail has lost her purpose, her identity. When did that happen? And how come she has only just noticed that she seems surplus to requirements? I felt for Gail as she comes to terms with how things have panned out, and her determination to re-establish herself is something I identified with. The last two lines of dialogue sum up the whole tale—the whole meaning of what Gail has experienced. Brilliant.

For the rest of the review, check out Cocktail Reviews!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

SNEAK PEAK - For Kicks

For Kicks isn't scheduled to be released until March can snag it now on the publishers website in paperback or ebook! It won't be on the main sites (Amazon, Fictionwise) until the release date, but if you just can't wait...

Author: Jenna Bayley-Burke

ISBN: 978-0-9793252-7-4

$14.95 paperback

$6.00 Ebook (PDF)

He’s about to show her ...

On the management fast-track, Breeze Cohen has no time for family. No interest in love. No inclination toward romance, lust, dating—or anything that doesn’t include retail business strategy and cornerstone client Nitrous’ most important product launch ever. No way is she going to let a live-for-the-moment, life-is-only-about-fun guy like Logan Chandler tarnish her professional reputation and derail her career.

... his plan for her isn’t just for kicks.

Recovered from a near-fatal bus accident, Logan has successfully moved from professional athlete to key player for Nitrous Kicks athletic shoes. Only one woman is capable of managing his project the right way, but the proper kind of management will take time together. And that’s exactly what Logan Chandler is counting on to help him get close to her heart and stay close—if he can ever catch up with her.


"This story served as a helpful reminder to me to cherish the moments I have each day with family and friends, living with the knowledge that I might not have them with me in the next moment. The dialogue and writing are quick, short and snappy... It is a wonderful read."Long & Short Reviews

"I found For Kicks by Jenna Bayley-Burke to be a charming and lively read about two of the most interesting and engaging characters I've read about in a very long time."Kasey's View

"Jenna Bayley-Burke brings readers a hot and sensual romance full of the flavor of love – a little spicy, a little sweet, and very fulfilling." Romance Divas

Read an excerpt

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

FOR KICKS excerpt

FOR KICKS - Black Lyon Publishing - March 1

Breeze opened the door slightly, standing in the gap. “You know it’s after midnight?”

“We need to talk.” Logan pushed her door open with his hand, but stayed on the landing.

“You’re not coming in. I’m not someone you can call at midnight and think coming over means…that we’re going to…” She waved her hand through the air, trying to make her point and push away the erotic scenes unfolding in her mind.

“To what, Breeze? What is it you think I want to do?” He stepped closer, his toes on the edge of her welcome mat. He expected her to step away, but she held her ground and his gaze.

“I don’t care.” She lifted her stubborn chin.

He dropped his voice to a deep whisper. “Oh, but you do. You want to know if what I had in mind matches up with what’s running through your thoughts right now.”

Her skin flushed a telltale pink, letting him know he was right. He knew he had one shot to get her to open her mind to the possibility, before she disappeared for a month. A month of non-stop going sure to stifle the little progress he’d made with her. He needed her to agree to let him call, and visit. Though his brief glimpse at the schedule Mendelssohn’s faxed showed little room for fun.

“You want me to go?”

She closed her eyes and nodded slowly. He reached for her hand, pulling it to him while she stayed still as a statue. He raised her wrist to his lips, feeling the pulse point thrum.

“You don’t want me to leave yet.”

Her eyes fluttered open, the icy color melting into a blue like the center of a flame. His temperature rose at the sight, heating his blood to simmering.

“Let me in, Breeze.” He clutched the stack of promotional photos tighter in his hand and considered throwing them to the ground.
She stepped aside, each breath deep and labored. He stepped into the room and she backed against the door closing it. The only light in the room came from the glow of a large fish tank filled with greenery and gurgling softly.

She watched him intently, eyeing the photos as he set them on her suitcase. “I thought I might need a cover. You don’t really need them.” He stepped to her and she pressed herself tighter against the door. He lifted a hand to her cheek, sliding his fingers along the smooth skin.
Her eyes opened wider, showing so much emotion he couldn’t guess what it all meant. Stunned, mesmerized, frightened. Wanting to calm her he didn’t move closer, but instead indulged his curiosity and slid his fingers into her thick curls.

There wasn’t a tangle in the silken strands, just tight smooth ringlets. Her hair intrigued him. It was so beautiful, yet she kept it twisted and hidden most of the day. The smooth glide of his fingers held an erotic effect he hadn’t counted on, but then so did most things about her.

“Logan?” she whispered, peering up at him.

“No one will know, not unless you want them to.”

“I can’t risk it. I’m so close to getting everything I’ve ever wanted.”

“Me too.” Fisting his hand in her hair, he tipped her face to him, looking in her eyes so there would be no mistaking just what he meant. And then he lowered his lips to hers, and showed her.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Sunday, February 10, 2008

For Valentine's Day...

Harlequin has a Special Treat website with free reads, games, and book info.

You can even send an e-Valentine. Check it out!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Her Cinderella Complex excerpt

It's up on the Samhain website! Finding an excerpt is hard to want it to capture the tone of the story, but to do that in just a few hundred words? Here's hoping this one shows the sexy and playful way the Heather and Curtis interact...

click here

Thursday, February 07, 2008

My Best Thursday 13 Ever














Tuesday, February 05, 2008

So I read a book...

A genre that I would normally never read..urban fantasy.

My friend Maggie and I carpool to our RWA meetings each month. Before winning this book, she'd never read urban fantasy, and neither had I. She is a romantic suspense lover, while I tend to stick to the lighter, sexier stuff. Still, when she told me I had to read this...I figured I'd better!

We're talking Las Vegas superheroes battling it out on alternate planes of reality. I can barely handle this reality, why add another?

I have no idea...but I read this book, all 400+ pages in 2 days. I couldn't stop. The Scent of Shadows (Sign of the Zodiac, Book 1) by Vicki Pettersson had me from the premise, and I just had to know more. So much so that now I want the next book in line.

Like most series, there are two 'heroes' and one heroine...again, not my thing...yet it worked. The premise alone is enough to have you flipping the pages every chance you get. The characterisation was wonderful, but I hope the plot is tighter in the next installment.
What's that? Yes, I am. I am going to step outside my box and read another urban fantasy. Here's hoping it is a good as this one.

Have you ever read something so good is surprised you how much you liked it?

Monday, February 04, 2008

Kate Hardy wins RNA Romance Prize!!

I was so pleased to see all Mills & Boon titles shortlisted for the RNA Romance Prize (a concentrated version of the RITAs for the UK). OK, so I'll admit...I was quite excited to see two Modern Extra authors (Julie Cohen & Kate Hardy) and one for my friend Fiona Harper (my twin from across the pond). The odds were in my favor I'd know who won...
And I do!! Kate Hardy won with Breakfast At Giovanni's (her 25th M&B release). We'll be able to find it in the states this April as In Bed with Her Italian Boss from Harlequin Presents. Congrats!!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Groundhog sightings.

Eagerly this morning crowds gathered in Nova Scotia to greet Shubenacadie Sam .. they waited with baited breath, to see Sam's verdict .... Sam's the first woodchuck in North America to greet the day, and in the rain this morning, Sam doesn't see his shadow ... his verdict, "An early Spring!"

In Ontario, Wiarton Willie emerged to overcast skies, and he concurred with his east coast cousin, "An early Spring!"

But in Pennsylvania, the other world famous prognosticator, Punxsutawney Phil delivered some unhappy news ... "Six more weeks of winter!" after seeing his shadow .

As the day began across North America, the various woodchuck prognosticators made their declarations ..... Staten Island Chuck cries "Six more weeks!" ... Long Island's Malverne Mel, decrees "Six more weeks of winter!" ..... Georgia's General Beauregarde Lee proclaims, "Early Spring!" .... Alberta's Balzac Billy, insists "It's an early Spring!"

So what's it to be??? .... which woodchuck do you believe? - Katherine

I worship Jane Austen

This is true. Did my undergrad thesis on her, and LOVED it. I feel for people who slogged through theirs.

I wanted to remind you (and me) of Masterpiece Theater broadcast adaptations of all of Jane Austen's six novels plus a new drama based on her life will be starting soon.

Here is a schedule of the Austen novels that will be aired.

Jan 13 - Persuasion (missed it. boy was sick)
Jan 20 - Northanger Abbey (LOVED it. But then, I think this book is lovely as well)
Jan 27 - Mansfield Park
Feb 3 - Miss Austen Regrets (CAN. NOT. WAIT. for this!)
Feb 10 though Feb 24 - Pride and Prejudice
Mar 23 - Emma
Mar 30 and Apr 6 - Sense and Sensibility

If you read/watch at least two Jane Austen novels/movies in 2008 you will have satisfied the requirements for Becky's Mini-Austen Challenge. How's that for wonderful?

I am Marianne Dashwood!

Take the Quiz here!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Because I Like The Funny...




The Ass Family

Boy Genius!

Good Reason to Wear Pajamas to Bed!!!

Tattoo Of The Year

Latest Grill Accessories ... if anyone knows where to buy these...tell me!