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by Jane Peden


Jane Peden returns with an all new Miami Lawyers novel releasing November 29, 2016. Maria is raising her 13-year old brother Joey alone, and it’s clear he’s headed for trouble. But what happens when the only man who can save Joey is the same man Maria holds responsible for destroying her family? Find out in this steamy must read Fall title which fans of Jackie Braun’s Revenge Best Served Hot will love.


Her worst enemy is the one man she can’t resist.


Maria Martinez thought it was a dream come true when Ritchie Perez—a sweet and sexy guy she met volunteering at a soup kitchen—took her delinquent little brother Joey under his wing. But her dream becomes a nightmare when she discovers Ritchie is the same man who put her twin brother Tito in prison for 10 years. Now Joey’s in trouble, and Ritchie’s been appointed his temporary guardian. He’ll be moving into Ritchie’s luxurious waterfront Miami home—unless he’d prefer a juvenile detention facility.


And if Maria wants to be with him, she’ll be moving in too.


Now a hugely successful attorney in private practice, Ritchie made his reputation as a tough prosecutor who didn’t make deals with drug dealers and gang members. But that history comes back to haunt him when the woman he’s falling for believes he’s responsible for convicting an innocent man, and destroying her family. Ritchie wants to stop Joey from making the same mistakes his brother did. And he wants Maria in his bed. But as desire heats their blood, will the past reach out and destroy their future?


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Guest Post by Jane Peden for Joyfully Reviewed

Top 5 Writing Tips for Newbie Authors


  1. Find the process that works for you. There is no “right” way to write a book. But there are plenty of people out there who will happily tell you all the “rules” for writing. Over the past ten years I’ve attended countless writing workshops and conferences. And I’ve heard many absolutes.  You MUST use a critique group. . . . Make sure you know your character’s GMC (goals, motivation, and conflict) BEFORE you start writing. . . Always interview your characters so that you know their interests, their backgrounds, their favorite flavor of ice cream . . . Make an outline and a detailed synopsis first, even if you don’t stick to it. . .  I’ve seen elaborate story collages, scene-by-scene POV spreadsheets, and charts covered with colored sticky notes. None of that works for me. I’m not saying it’s wrong.  But it’s just not my process.  I’m a pantser (a writer who dives into the story without plotting first). I start with just a hook.  And that’s fine. Just like it’s fine if you write with a detailed outline first. The point is, everybody’s process is different, and what works for one writer doesn’t work for another. Find what works for you. And don’t second-guess yourself when someone tells you another way is the “right” way.


  1. Find a community. In person or online, seek out the company of other writers. Writing is solitary, and it’s easy to think that you are the only one struggling with all the challenges of the job.  Whether you’re trying to fit in a few minutes of writing while the baby is napping or the kids aren’t killing each other, or setting the alarm clock an hour early to write before work, or staying up late at night, or berating yourself for falling down the Internet rabbit hole when you should have been writing, or struggling with the fact that when you finally have some time to sit there and write the words just won’t come, other writers feel your pain. And only other writers truly understand that magical feeling you get when the words just seem to flow, when you have a sudden inspiration that takes your story to a new level. Those writer friends “get” you.  And they are the ones who will tell you to pick yourself up and keep on going, even when you wonder what ever possessed you to start on this journey in the first place.


  1. Do your homework. Writing is an art, but it’s also a business. Many beginning authors are so anxious to send out their first manuscript that they don’t take the time to research the market and make an informed decision about the best strategy for publishing their work. Are you targeting a traditional publisher in New York?  An ePub or small publisher? Are you considering self-publishing?  Do you need an agent? Research these options and decide where you want to focus your energies.  A good time to do this is after you finish the first draft of your book.  Resist the impulse to just send it out there into the marketplace.  It’s not ready.  Take a step back, develop a plan, and then spend some time revising and polishing your work. Too many beginning authors have hurried to submit a manuscript that, frankly, needed more work (been there, done that), only to have it rejected by agents or editors who might have felt differently if the author had taken a little more time before submitting.


  1. Keep moving forward. So you’ve sent your query letters to agents and editors, or you’ve hired a developmental editor to help get your manuscript ready for indie publishing. What do you do now?  You start writing something else.  Keep moving forward.  This project could be a triumphant success or a dismal failure.  Either way, you need to be working on the next project. Also, resist the temptation to continue rehashing the same material over and over again.  If it isn’t working, maybe it’s time to set it aside and start something fresh.  Don’t spend five years rewriting the first three chapters of a book no one seems to be interested in. One of the really nice things about writing is that the more you do it the better you get.  The first book you finish might never sell. Most don’t. (The first book I sold was actually the fourth book I’d written.) But it’s pretty much guaranteed that your second book will be better than your first book, and so on throughout your career. As long as you keep writing something new, you are moving forward.


  1. Accept the fact that it isn’t personal. I’m talking about rejection.  And it sure feels personal. But it isn’t. When you get the inevitable rejection letter from an agent or editor, it isn’t YOU who has been rejected.  It’s the manuscript.  And it doesn’t mean the agent or editor thought your manuscript was bad – it just means it wasn’t the right manuscript for that agent or editor at that particular time.  This happens for many reasons completely apart from the quality of the work or your abilities as a writer.  Maybe they just bought something similar from another writer, or your project doesn’t fit their marketing plan.  It’s not personal.  And it’s not about YOU. The same holds true for reviews.  Not everyone will love every book you write.  If you think that’s not the case, just look up a few of your favorite books on Amazon and see how many one or two star reviews they received. There will be some. Writing is art and art is subjective.




Jane Peden is a Florida trial attorney who writes sexy contemporary category romances set in the exciting South Florida city of Miami, where millionaire lawyers live extravagant lifestyles and find love when they least expect it. When Jane isn’t in court, you can find her at the beach with her laptop, dreaming up stories about successful, confident men who know what they want and how to get it, and smart, sexy women who demand love on their own terms.  Jane’s books promise sizzling chemistry in the face of insurmountable obstacles. And just when things couldn’t get any worse, an emotional payoff that makes it all worthwhile.

Jane grew up in the mountains of western Pennsylvania, but decided early on that the only thing better than escaping the cold for a two-week vacation at the beach was to live there all year around, so she traded her snow boots for a jet ski and has never looked back.  Jane lives on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida with her husband, two kids, two dogs, and a fish.


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