Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Caribbean Crush

Everyone has a CARIBBEAN CRUSH, whether it's rum punch, the weather, or the book boyfriend you've always dreamed of.

Antonnis Prinsen is wary of all the romance in the air on the Caribbean isle of Anguilla. Both his brothers have managed to trip over their bachelor status and fall in love. Their father always warned them about island women, and Antonnis is determined to get off the island unscathed. Until his past, and a giant iguana, change his plans.

Kindergarten teacher Kristin Taylor spent her youth tied up in Antonnis, and then he severed the strings, sending her into a downward spiral. But that was years ago, and Miss Taylor has her life just as she wants it. Until she finds herself walking down the aisle beside her first crush. This time, she'll be the one to walk away as soon as the wedding festivities are over.

Only Antonnis is accustomed to solving problems and getting what he wants from life. And right now he wants Kristin. But for how long?


“An enjoyable read & I look forward to reading more from this author.” – Happily Ever Chapter

“Holy moly, do these two set the sheets on fire.” – Guilty Pleasures

“Wow, the chemistry between Antonnis and Kristen sizzled!” – Red Rabbitt Reviews

“This is a hot, sexy novella.” – Harlequin Junkie


Monday, May 22, 2017


Email me at jbayleyburke at gmail dot com and let me know which book you'd like & where to send it. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Caribbean Crush excerpt

Antonnis tossed a half-smile at Kristin, wishing he hadn’t been caught like a peeping Tom. But the giant lizard at his feet had to have cousins in the Paleolithic. He’s seen dogs smaller than this  behemoth. If the row of green spikes running along the back of the beast weren’t enough, he had a grotesque turkey waddle under his block head and whipped his tail against the ground like a… well, a whip.

“Don’t move.” Kristin made her way to him, her gingham blouse undone and making her look like a very naughty Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Goodness knew she always sent him over the rainbow.

“He’s planning on making my foot his supper.” The thing puffed up its red waddle like a balloon and started bobbing its head.

“More likely he’s trying to court you.” She knelt down at his feet and peered at the creature, then let out a low whistle. The iguana froze, and then turned tail and ran beneath a scrubby bush.

Kristin sighed and straightened, buttoning her blouse with nimble precision. She was his favorite memory of the island, and he’d hoped to find her there. Though he figured by now she would have moved on, married and had a handful of babies. Her bare fingers and slender, willowy figure had him wondering just when her plans for her future had changed.

Amazon | B&N | iBooks | GooglePlay | Kobo

I know, I usually go for sexier excerpts, but with this book I'm always getting asked about the iguana! 

If you want to see some inspiration from the book, check out this Pinterest board.

Monday, May 15, 2017


A bad boy can be so very good...

When Holly Hansen locks lips with the most notorious playboy on the Caribbean isle of Anguilla, she has one thing in mind - business. She'll do anything to ensure the photo shoot for her beachwear fashion line succeeds, even if that means throwing herself in Harm's way.

Harmannus Prinsen is
surprised by the curvy vixen's kiss, and not just because she's a stranger. He plays along until he realizes her game, and then changes the rules. He'll help her with the shoot, she'll help him improve his reputation, and they'll both walk away with what they want.

Except when the shoot is over, what they want has changed completely.

Warning: This trip to the Caribbean includes cock-blocking, sexytimes on the beach, lewd acts in windows, and naughty happenings against a bookcase. Don't climb on board unless you can handle a wild ride.

An all-around good tale, with lots of spicy sensuality and graphic language. A good read for the beach this summer. - Library Journal

Caribbean Casanova has everything you want; a gratifying love story between two interesting characters, a beautiful tropical setting, witty dialog, and a surprise ending that will bring a tear to your eye and leave you satisfied. ~ Guilty Pleasures

Caribbean Casanova is a fun and sexy read. ~ Tiffany Talks Books

Thursday, May 11, 2017

♡♡GIVEAWAY♡♡: A Book for Your Thoughts

Hey y'all,

I've heard you when you suggested more giveaways. I get it. I love hearing from my newsletter peeps, that's why I asked what they wanted more of, and giveaways were the overwhelming majority. But like any overly curious person, I want to know more!

So, here's the deal. I've made the questions a giveaway. Brilliant, right? We all get what we want.


Instead of one winner, I chose 3! Share which title you'd like & I'll contact you for shipping details.

While you're in a winning mood, be sure to check out these other contests I have going on.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Caribbean Casanova Teaser

Harm Prinsen is quite the tease, so it's only fitting to show off a bit of that in this excerpt.

Holly stepped out on the lanai and held up her cell phone. She breathed a sigh of relief as the bars lit up on the display. Her interlude with Harm on the beach had put her behind schedule and she couldn’t afford to be without her phone. She dialed up her voicemail and turned to look at the house. 

Most of the lights were off, allowing the stars to reflect off the glass facade. But the upper corner glowed like a beacon. The sight drew her eye and her breath. Unaware of his audience stood Harm, enjoying a shower for the world to see. 

Not that there would be many looking. With the rocky outcroppings along his shoreline, no boats would get close enough, and his villa was higher than the house beside his or the collection of bungalows he owned. Right now she was the only one enjoying the view. 

What she wouldn’t give for a pair of binoculars so she could study his muscled physique. Water sluiced down his honed body, the shower heads attached to an interior wall. The muscles of his ass flexed as he moved, his back rippling as he pushed water from his hair. 

“Come on, turn around.” Holly blinked at the sound of her own voice, unaware she’d spoken. She slipped her phone into her pocket, then looked up to find Harm had done as she wished. 

“Oh my.” She pressed her hand to the base of her throat and stared.

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | GooglePlay | Pronoun

  • Caribbean Casanova has everything you want; a gratifying love story between two interesting characters, a beautiful tropical setting, witty dialog, and a surprise ending that will bring a tear to your eye and leave you satisfied. ~ Guilty Pleasures
  • THE EPILOGUE was BRILLIANT! Jenna I never saw that coming and peeps…O.M.G.!!!
    Harlie's Books

Monday, May 08, 2017

☆★Caribbean Caress★☆



On the gorgeous Caribbean isle of Anguilla, tourists flock for privacy and locals never have any. The only thing hotter than the tropical sun is the sex—in the surf, on the water, against the bookcase...

Overwhelmed by her sudden success, Saskia Vandroegenberg decides to shore up her confidence with a surprise visit to her father on the Caribbean island she grew up on, Anguilla. But her impulsive plan has unexpected results. Her father is away on business and his partner turns out to be none other than her first crush

Joe Prinsen knows the only reason Saskia has returned after eight years away is to ask for money. He can’t have her finding out that her father lost everything after the last hurricane devastated the island. Joe thinks of the man as a father-figure, and he knows Dutch seeing his daughter would mean the world to him. He just has to keep her distracted, but she has a way of distracting him

Joe has the most noble of intentions, but Sassy undoes every one until there is nothing between them but water. No matter how steamy the sex or how deep their connection, she’s leaving on Christmas Day. He asks her to return, but when she find out the truth, will she be willing to forgive all he’s hidden?


  • “Hot and very sassy sexy.” – Many Books To Read
  • “Grab a fan... this holiday romance is hot, hot, hot!” – LitReactor
  • This book will put you in the holiday mood and leave you wishing for your own holiday magic! - Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Caribbean Caress Excerpt

The Under the Caribbean Sun series returns with Caribbean Caress. Fingers crossed everyone loves Joe & Saskia - and the isle of Anguilla - as much as I do.

Joe liked her. She knew it. The giddy rush swept through her, making her body tingle. When she’d arrived, she was sure he found her as annoying as ever, but as they laughed and ate and talked in the Beachside kitchen his focus shifted like sand on the dunes at Rendezvous Bay.

He had as much reason to be wary of her intentions as she had of his, but everything seemed to dissolve by the second bottle of the Ramseys’ delicious champagne. Saskia tipped back her glass and let the bubbles dance down her throat.

“This place belongs in heaven.”

Della smiled wide, as if life had remained simple, charmed even. “Anguilla is heaven, honey. Why do you think we live here?”

“I’m not even going to argue with you.” She slipped off the bar stool, finding her legs a little looser than she expected as she carried her plate to the giant sinks. She knew Joe followed right behind her, though she didn’t see him until she turned around.

“Then maybe you should move back home.” Della snapped a towel her way. “Your dad would love it. And he could use—”

“Dutch would love for you to visit more often,” Joe’s rich baritone rolled through her like music. He stood so close heat arced between them.

“I think I will.” She looked up at his pale-blue eyes, so light against his tanned face they seemed impossibly bright. And beautiful. Did he want more of her as well?

Della snapped her fingers, breaking the spell. “Where is Doug? We need another bottle of champagne for a toast.”

She wasn’t sure more champagne was a good idea, but it wasn’t as if she had to drive anywhere, or be up early tomorrow. And she felt like celebrating. She’d never felt as at home as she did here, surrounded by people who’d known her forever and wanted nothing more than to be with her.

Joe’s warm hand on the small of her back set off her libido like a string of firecrackers. Having a few days on the island with him watching her every move sounded better all the time.

Monday, April 10, 2017

All Signed Up

Last month I talked about reworking my favorite billionaire's into one series, Invested in Love. Some of you wondered...what about the rest? I've got it handled.

Many of my reader favorite's will be showing up in a new form with the Lovestruck line! For Kicks, Just One Spark, Drive Me Crazy - which has to be re-titled because they'd already used that title. I'm thinking Lust in Translation.

What has me excited - beyond being able to polish and revise those stories - is the opportunity to finally put out Just One Touch (Derek & Kate), and Just One Word (Tyler & Jeannette). The McNally's need more happy endings. Maybe we'll even find out why Mike is so grumpy.

Not to worry, the Not My 1st Rodeo stories are coming back as well. The first set in May, the second in June. And more to come! Who else needs to sign up with Uncle Ben is about to be an empty-nester at 34, he needs a new start. And Jacy's cousin needs to lose his flaky fiancee. Maybe Ray's mama sees how well her 'helping' turned out for him and signs up Rowdy.

The possibilities never end...

Sunday, April 02, 2017

March Accomplishments & April Goals

Ah, March. Where I planned to toss 40 bags, declutter my life, practice yoga every day, and work on building my newsletter. I did exactly as I said... I forgot. ADD, you are so predictable.
Not all of it. I did try a yoga pose every day, finding the new limits my muscles have post surgeries. Some poses are a hard no, others I hadn't been able to attempt in years. 

I started to declutter... but there is a lot of clutter and it is easy to get distracted. I've decided to keep up with the '30-day' declutter challenge, and embrace that it will take me as long as it takes. I'll get a sticker for each assignment. I love stickers. 

I did much better on the 40 Bags in 40 Days, In fact, I still have a few days left. I managed half the bags - including 4 bags of books! My office closet hasn't been this organized since we moved in. My desk is another story entirely. I'm continuing to declutter, which means I'll have more bags heading out. I just won't keep count.

Keeping up with the Social Media 12-month Challenge is something I touch in some way every day. I read a ton about newsletters and gathered tons of opinions. Some say bigger is better (ha!), others think organic (ha!) is the only way. Some give things away to their newsletter list, some think that invites freebie seekers, not readers. It's enough to make your head spin!

30 days wasn't enough time to try all of the tips I wanted to, so more newsletter tips and tricks later on when I can see what works.  

I think this is the longest I've stuck with any  New Year's Resolution. It's kind of the way to go, trying a new challenge every month and learning more about something I should already know. I set myself up for a win with this!

I'll still be working on my newsletter in April, but I'm also trying to figure out instagram for the Social Media 12-month Challenge. I'm not sure if it will be effective as a marketing tool, but a sixteen-year-old explained why everyone is approaching it wrong... and it made sense! I'm taking his advice and it's working like he promised. I won't know if it has any RTI until I have a new release. Fingers crossed. 

What 30-day challenge to try... considering I'll spend a week at a writing retreat this month. That means a healthy eating or sleep or exercise isn't something I'll succeed at. Hmmm. Since I'm working on instagram, I'm doing a #Bookstagram challenge. No, I don't actually understand what it is or what's going on. But this April, I intend to find out!!

What challenge should I take on next month?


Friday, March 31, 2017

Bringing it All Together

I'm not sure how much of the publishing world swirls into the reader world, but some of you may know one of my publishers closed this month. Samhain was the house that built me, and I'm proud of every book we put out together. And now I have them all back.

Deciding what to do next is harder than I expected. Some authors have been incredibly successful with self-publishing. The urge to go indie is strong. And so is my sense of self-preservation. Publishing a book is an expensive endeavor, and with a deep backlist, I'd have to sell my minivan just to pay for covers and editing and ISBNs and ad placement and marketing and and and. Not to mention I've tried it, and the results were meh.

My former editor signed on with Entangled Publishing and together we came up with an exciting plan - what if we took those same stories and freshened them up, twisted together a few story lines, and brought all those powerful heroes together... The Invested in Love series was just the answer.

And speaking of answers... I've taken some reader letters and woven in answers to the questions some of you had.

  • When do David & Sophie get married? 
  • Are we going to get more Kelly?
  • What about Curtis's brother? 
  • Where are Megan's parents? 
  • Do Gemma & Danny have their own book? 
  • Is something going on with Nyla & Diego? 
  • Did you forget about Carly? 
  • Who is this mysterious Jack and what does he want from Ava? 

If you want to know, keep your eye out for Invested in Love!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Throwback Thursday

The Under the Caribbean Sun series is getting a reboot - new covers, new content, new stories.

And maybe a new title for Caribbean Christmas. Readers see Christmas and expect snow and Santa. This one turns up the heat.

Caribbean Caress or Caribbean Christmas?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Giveaway: 40 Romantic Comedies & a Kindle Fire

Have you read Caribbean Casanova? For a limited time, you can enter to win the book plus more than 40 fantastic Romantic Comedy novels from an amazing collection of authors, PLUS A KINDLE FIRE!

Enter the contest by clicking here:

When you’re done, leave a comment to let me know you’ve entered!

Monday, March 20, 2017

100+ FREE Romances :: Spring Into Love


Click on your preferred link to get a list of FREE romance ebooks! Spring into LOVE and discover some amazing new reads!






Thursday, March 02, 2017

30-day Challenge: Forgetting, Failing & Finding the Fun

Remember in January where I said I was going to be SO productive this year made a New Year's Resolution to do a 30-day challenge every month? And then...I made it 6 days on the self-care challenge. I stuck with the   for two months and counting. Plus, I am still using my planner. Mostly as a place for stickers. But it's a start.

This month I'll focus on my newsletter for the social media challenge, and take on a trifecta of challenges so that I can catch up. 

But Jenna, if you forget to do one challenge, how will you remember to do three? That's where the planner and stickers come in.

One of my girlfriends posted that she's going to do  the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge for Lent. I've started it before, but draw a blank on where to declutter, and forget I'm supposed to. However, organizing always has me tossing stuff out to simplify. So I got some cutie-patootie stickers on etsy for the 30-day Declutter Challenge with the daily task. See where I'm going with this? Day 1 was the fridge which was much easier to do after a tossed out a bag of condiments we don't use and expired schizzle. 

The third challenge is a 30-day Yoga Challenge. Just doing one pose a day, which is almost my speed because I'm only a month out from surgery. I'm hoping to get back to practicing three hours a week, eventually. 

Because I'm in a planner kick, I made up a FREE printable for 40 Bags in 40 Days stickers. Keeping it cute keeps me on task.

Click here or on the image to print. 

Who wants to play along? 

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Social Media Challenge: Facebook Friendly

I knew my Social Media 12-month Challenge would be work... but during a month with a release, sale, and a freebie promo push for my penname... it was hard to make time for. I'd planned to focus on Facebook, and I spent way too much time there this month. But, I think it takes more than a few articles to make a change in that realm.

What I Did:

Using the advice to post at the busiest times: 1-4 pm. But here's the thing, do you think it's 1-4 EST? Or 1-4 PST? Or is it some larger window of 10-7 PST so you cover all your bases? Insights says my audience is mostly online from 8am-6pm PST. There isn't a difference between days of the week. Not what current opinion says, but opinions change.

Vary types of posts - promotional, informational & social. My posts were skewed this month because I had a new release & a sale on another book. Very promo heavy, which is why I'm hesitant to say I made an impact on my Facebook presence this month. More than half were promo - though mostly soft sell like interviews/articles/reviews/quotes - and those posts did better than pictures, conversation, contests & informational.

Posting more often is suggested by many, but not too much. I've been told at least twice, no more than four, once is enough, and to follow every promotional post with three non-promo posts. I opted to try 2ish a day. Which meant posting 50+ times.

Facebook - and promo in general -  really cut into my writing time this month. And while social media is important, it's crucial that I write books rather than just try to sell them. To make sure I stayed on track, I pre-scheduled a couple posts every day. This gave me a chance to vary my promo posts so the same images weren't popping up every single day. It made me feel less annoying and freed me up to work instead of watching the clock and waiting for it to be the 'right' time to post. I set up Twitter this way as well.

What I Learned:

Aside from the above, boosting posts puts you in Facebook purgatory for five days. I $5 boost to make sure it's targeted right and then might add more. There's no point in posting often following a boost. 14 people might see it as the scroll by.

Facebook ads are hard to make work for you. I experimented with four different ads, some using what I thought was my audience, and others trying to find it. I didn't have a successful ad this month, so that is something I'll need to revisit. Probably with a friend who's good at it sitting next to me.

Contest prizes don't matter as much as I thought. I hosted three giveaways this month - print books, gift card, and gloves. The gloves had the most entries. Now, I think it was clever because it went with the snow theme the blog I posted it on did and they mentioned it often on their social media. The gift card had an average response, and the print books were very low. No idea if it is a reflection on me, or print, or discoverability. I'm not a fan of contests in general. I don't know how to promote them, and nothing is sadder than a contest with no entries.

Friends make all the difference in who discovers your posts. My best performing post wasn't a boosted one, but something I asked friends to like or share.

I personally think social media is in a slump right now. My feeds are mostly political, with the occasional comic relief. It's the mood of the entire country, so I'm hoping when that lifts so will social media engagement.

 What I Want to Try:

I've heard good things about using Facebook ads to drive  people to like your page or sign up for your newsletter. One of my friends has newsletters dialed in right now, so next month I'm going to have her come over and tell me what I'm doing wrong in the set-up.

Because I had so much going on with promotion, I was hesitant to change gears from the normal way I handle Facebook. I want to try some techniques I read about for timeline contests, getting likes on posts, and maybe even setting up a Facebook group for the peeps who help me out with reviews and such. But then I get all anxious because what if I make it and no one joins? It's like the seventh grade all over again and hoping to have someone to sit with at lunch.

Next Month:

My newsletter has done well for me, but when I hear about the depth of other authors mailing lists I get a little awe-struck. Almost everyone with a big newsletter has done some kind of mailing list promotion. I used one company where they have about 30 books and people enter to win from each author they want to try. Another company I'll use works similarly except the books are all in the same sub-genre (romantic comedy, hot contemporary) & there is a grand prize (iPad).

I'm going to be business as usual with my organic newsletter list because it does so well for me. The majority of the people  on that list open the newsletter and click their way to something I pointed them towards. I'm going to work the new subscribers differently. I want to set up a drip campaign - where new members get a welcome message and some kind of freebie, then a follow up recap of who I am, what I write, and release  plans for the year. That should help weed out fake email addresses, mistake sign-ups, and those who aren't interested. Eventually I'll merge the lists.

Last month I did a newsletter swap with the other two Indulgence authors releasing that week. Because our books are part of the same category line, Having them in the newsletter didn't feel like an ad or hard sell. We just used the picture and quote promo graphic. I want to do more of that, but I have months until my next release. Until then, I'm going to pay it forward a bit. Just one or two, so I don't get uncomfortable about seeming so... marketingesque. I'm thinking of running a contest to get sign-ups and follows, as well as trying to collect via Facebook.

What should I give away?

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Release week has been crazy busy! Today I'm letting Curtis and Robyn - & a giveaway - do the heavy lifting with this excerpt ::

“You’re late.”

Robyn Tindall stared at the back of the tremendous leather office chair. Since it just barked at her, she assumed someone sat there, but it was too big to be sure.

Wiping her damp palms against her black skirt, she took a deep breath. The temporary employment agency had warned her Golden City’s CEO burned through executive assistants daily. She got a full day’s pay no matter how long he kept her. So far, no one had made it to their coffee break. Robyn had no intention of kowtowing to someone who would fire her within the hour.

“Your clock’s off. My agency was told eight, and according to my watch I’m thirty-two seconds early.”

The black chair turned slowly, revealing the most gorgeous man she’d seen off a movie screen. Deep brown hair, a strong uncompromising jaw, and black-fringed eyes that sparkled a surprising aquamarine. She’d expected a crotchety old man. Her pulse jackhammered as a smile played on her lips. Too bad he didn’t have the same response.

“You think that’s funny?”

Oh damn. She’d make the record for being fired the fastest. She cleared her throat. “Where would you like me to start?”

“I don’t know. It’s your job, not mine.” He spoke with a mocking slowness that made her wonder if he was teasing or truly an ass.

“There’s a desk in front of your office door. I’m guessing that would belong to your assistant.”

“It did until two months ago when she retired.”

“She didn’t train someone before she left?” He must have run her off, too.

“There was no time. Her daughter adopted triplets, and if anyone can schedule three babies, it’s Carla.”

“She’s not coming back?”

He raised a straight eyebrow. “I’ve seen them. They’re cuter than me.”

Robyn smiled, doubting looks had anything to do with it. He wasn’t cute by any means. Handsome, jaw dropping, mouthwatering. Robyn sucked in a cooling breath and dragged her mind out of the gutter.

“And you have no idea what it was she did for you.” Fan-freaking-tastic. No wonder he’d been so short with the parade of assistants who’d been through the revolving door. Carla had made it seem effortless, so he didn’t consider it a demanding job.

“Not the first clue.” The sensual promise of his smile surprised her.

She pushed her wire-rimmed glasses tighter against her face, reminding herself men like him did not look at girls like her that way. He probably dated models and debutantes. Her last boyfriend had been a house painter.

“I’ll check out the desk and see what I can decipher.”

“Don’t bother. You’re not what I need.”

He turned to his computer and began to work. Robyn blinked and checked her watch. She’d been fired after one minute on the job. That had to be a record, and not one she had any intention of making. She’d never been fired before, and this clown wouldn’t break her streak, no matter how handsome or dynamic he seemed.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Just Contemporary Romance: In Lieu of a Card...

Just Contemporary Romance: In Lieu of a Card...: With: Jenna Bayley-Burke

I’ve never been a fan of a card for every occasion. I have friends that are so up on that game, I don’t even try. They’ll have a gorgeous card for me to add my name to, not some 2 for a $1 thing from Dollar Tree that I’d show up with. They shell out $4 of these cards, sometimes more. And they’re fab, but looked at once and recycled...

Monday, February 13, 2017


The Billionaire is finally LIVE! Be sure to snag your copy of this sexy, sassy, friends-to-lovers romance with a fake engagement, hot boss, and a heroine with a Cinderella Complex!

Invested in Love 2

A kiss can change everything...

Robyn Tindall’s new boss has a penchant for running off new personal assistants before lunch, but she’s not about to let herself be fired by the billionaire with a bad attitude, no matter how good he looks. She’s determined to be indispensable and unflappable, until he surprises her with a crazy proposal.
Curtis Frye is impressed with his new assistant’s dedication and decides she could be the answer to his publicity problems if only she’ll agree to marry him. It’s the perfect plan. He can offer her the world—everything he thinks a woman desires. But Robyn doesn’t want anything money can buy. She wants a happily ever after with a man who loves her. If only he can convince her love is off the table, not to mention convince his heart of that…

He's a jerk. She's a dreamer. Simple right? NOT! There is more to Curtis and Robyn. He wallows in regrets. She needs a reason to hope. Both are searching for that missing part of themselves. Perhaps, they've already found it. The Billionaire's Runaway Fiancee is part childhood fairy tale, part heartwarming romance. Ms. Burke is not afraid to blend the classics with the modern. She has a style that works for her and gets the heart involved every time