Moving On

Dear Readers,

My hosting service is going out of business on June 1st. Instead of transferring to a new host, I opted to let this site go. It only took me an hour to design a whole new site at WordPress, which is the average time it takes to do a single update here! And it was free. Can’t beat that. My new home is here. I’ve heard that I can keep my domain name and redirect from jillsorenson.com to my new site, or vice-versa, but I’m not sure how that works. So I wanted to give everyone a head’s up in case this site goes dark and doesn’t redirect. I haven’t disappeared. I’ve just downsized.

If you’ve been patiently waiting for my next book, OFF THE RAILS (Ian and Maria’s story), I don’t have any news yet. I turned in the manuscript in late March and my editor is swamped. Hopefully it will be accepted and published later this year. I’m currently working part time, taking some online classes, and writing a novella just for fun. I also have travel plans for the summer. And I’ll be at RWA San Diego in July! If you’ll be there, I’d love to meet in person.

 

XOXO

Jill

Against the Wall

Hello everyone! It’s release day for AGAINST THE WALL. This is my debut New Adult romance with Loveswept, and it’s my first attempt at first person present tense. If you’re not sure you like that style of writing, read an excerpt of chapter one to check it out. New Adult is similar to YA, with slightly older protagonists (college age).

I introduced Eric and Meghan in THE EDGE OF NIGHT, almost five years ago. I got a ton of requests for their story. Well, it’s finally here! I love these characters, and I hope you enjoy revisiting them as much as I have.

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xoxo
Jill

Jill’s Best of 2015

It’s a new year already!! How did that happen? 2015 was a time of change and upheaval for me. I’m so grateful to the following authors for their wonderful books, because reading is (and always will be) my happy place. These are my favorite reads of 2015, not necessarily published in 2015, and in no particular order.

1. Cowboy Valentine by Mia Hopkins

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Working class hero, Latina heroine, hot sex and young love.

2. Nice Girls Don’t Ride by Roni Loren

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Motorcycle mechanic hero, girl gone wild heroine. Sweet, sexy and touching.

3. Time Served by Julianna Keyes

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Rough, tough, ex-con hero, uptight heroine, and angry sex that transforms into something special.

4. Angel by Victoria Dahl

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Lovely, feel-good novella about a prostitute and a shipbuilder.

5. Triple Crossing by Sebastian Rotella

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LOVED IT. Great suspense novel with a dynamic hero and a nice romantic thread.

Honorable Mention:

“Creep” by Lorelie Brown, from the 90s Playlist anthology

Disclosures:

There are a few more favorites I’d like to put on this list, but I won’t because I’m involved in business relationships (two upcoming boxed sets) with the authors. None of the authors above are in my harem of secret lovers, except for Victoria Dahl. All but Rotella, and maybe Keyes, are twitter friends.

I hope you had a great reading year, and may 2016 bring you even more joy.

xoxo

Jill

Coming up…

Hello friends!! I have four exciting things to tell you about. Yay!

1. AFTERSHOCK is just $1.99 (usually $6.99). Get the one that started it all. The Big One!

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Buy now at Amazon. More links and info here.

 

2. THE EDGE OF NIGHT is 99 cents (reg $7.99)!! This is a special promo price before the sequel comes out next year. Did you see the hot new cover? You know you want that.

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Buy now at Amazon. More links and info here.

 

3. BOXED SET #1. I’m participating in two multiple-author sets in January. Both are great deals with amazing authors. The first set is extra special to me because I helped organize it. The lineup is incredible, with several books that were on my personal best-of list last year. I’m SO EXCITED to be a part of this. F yeah, multicultural romance! You can preorder this baby right now for 99 cents. You can also buy it in print. Request an ARC here. Coming Jan 14.

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4. BOXED SET #2. My friend Carolyn Crane invited me to join this group. She is a fantastic writer, a funny blogger and just an all-around superstar. She was the first self-published author to win a RITA award. How cool is that? This set features some of the best and brightest in romantic suspense. I just read Elisabeth Naughton’s STOLEN FURY and loved it. Sexy hero, smart heroine, A+ story. Preorder now for 99 cents. Coming Jan 19.

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Happy Holidays and happy reading!!

xoxo
Jill

Dirty Eleven Highlights

Hello all!! It’s been a very busy couple of weeks (and months) for me. I started working at an elementary school on August 17th, the same day Riding Dirty relaunched. I’m loving my day job so far but I don’t have as much time to write or hang out on social media. It’s been a challenge to keep up with “11 Days of Dirty Eleven.” To the authors and bloggers who hosted me, THANK YOU!!

To my readers, especially those who bought and/or reviewed the book, thank you.

Some really exciting things have happened. Last month Library Journal gave Riding Dirty a starred review–yay!!

“Sorenson (Wild) has done her homework, capturing the culture of this group of outlaws while providing electrifying steaminess, which will leave readers breathless and hungrily awaiting Book 2, Shooting Dirty.”

There’s great review for Shooting Dirty in the November issue of RT Magazine. Anna of Herding Cats, Burning Soup loved it, too.

“All in all, Shooting Dirty was sexy, gritty, make-a-girl-pant goodness. From the romance to the setting and characters Sorenson totally nailed it. I seriously hope there will be more from this series.”

My favorite review EVER might be this one from John Jacobson at Heroes & Heartbreakers. It is SO thoughtful, articulate and heartfelt.

“The MC romance is not for everyone. Sorenson doesn’t create an easy world for us to explore—one of poverty, of nuanced sex work, and of moral grayness. However, there is immense reward in following Ace and Janelle’s relationship to the end. You as the reader get a romance that has more than earned its keep between the characters, and you feel as though both are more than due for a happy ending in their lives. Shooting Dirty is a showcase of Sorenson’s talent and of couples outside of the traditional sphere of romance, all in a tightly written package. MC romance lovers, and lovers of challenging contemporary romance, should pick this up immediately.”

Thanks John!! Writing reviews is an art in itself, and this piece is truly excellent.

But wait. There’s more. Can you believe it? I know. The other day I was tweeting about a giveaway for Shooting Dirty and SANDRA BROWN retweeted it. She’s my #1 author influence!! I’ve read more books by Sandra Brown than any other author, hands down. I thanked her for the RT and she responded: “love your mc books”

Say what? Come again? SANDRA BROWN Y’ALL!! I can’t even!!

Coincidentally (because I wrote this post over a month ago) I was just talking about how Sandra Brown got me hooked on RS at the Carina Press blog.

Whew. It’s been a great week.

XOXO
Jill

11 Days of Dirty Eleven

Hello friends! I’m celebrating the upcoming release of Shooting Dirty (Dirty Eleven #2) with two weeks of fun stuff. Check it out:

Week 1
Day 1 (9/13): EXCERPT Ch. 1 of Shooting Dirty here.
Day 2 (9/14): EXCERPT Ace & Janelle’s reunion conversation (eep!) at Heroes & Heartbreakers.
Day 3 (9/15): EXCERPT Ace meets Janelle’s son, Jamie at Carolyn Crane’s Facebook page
GUEST POST I’m talking about “Dangerous Fantasies” at All About Romance
Day 4 (9/16): EXCERPT Janelle & Tiffany discuss Ace’s dark appeal on Shari Slade’s Facebook page
Day 5 (9/17): EXCERPT Janelle confronts Ace on my Facebook page
Day 6 (9/18): NSFW EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY Book Binge
Day 7 (9/19): EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY BJ’s Reviews

Week 2
Day 8 (9/21): RELEASE DAY WOOT!!
EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY Ace visits the art garden in Slab City, Red Hot + Blue Reads
GUEST POST Sex Worker Heroines at Lady Smut
Day 9 (9/22): NSFW EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY at Romance Novel News
Day 10 (9/23): NSFW EXCERPT at Kelly Jamieson’s Facebook page
GUEST POST on “Shades of Gray in RS” at Fresh Fiction
Day 11 (9/24): Super dirty NSFW EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY at Smexy Books

Hope you enjoy the Dirty #2 Tour. Here is the cool graphic I made. You can post it and help me spread the news!!

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Thanks!!
xoxo
Jill

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Relaunch!!

Hello all!

It’s relaunch day for Riding Dirty with Carina Press! I’m so excited!!

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Shooting Dirty (Ace & Janelle) is coming next month, and it’s available on NetGalley now. Please request, read and review.

Speaking of reviews. If you wrote one for Riding Dirty around the original release day, I’d love it if you would reblog or retweet your review this week for the relaunch. Sharing is caring! I really want to do well for my new publisher and continue this gritty, sexy, high-octane series. I have wild ideas for some of my secondary characters, as usual.

If this series is not your thing and you’ve been patiently waiting for other stuff, never fear. I’m in the process of writing Maria and Ian’s story, Off the Rails. Meghan and Eric’s story, Against the Wall, releases in Feb. I’ll reveal the cover soon. Squee!!

I’m participating in a summer blog tour with a NSFW Summer Bucket List on 8/17 and a Road Trip to Indio, CA, the setting of Riding Dirty, on 8/28. I’ll also be tackling antiheroes at Smexy Books (#notallbikers) this week and asking for help with a new web site tagline (“Dirty Sexy Dangerous” — too dirty?) at the Carina Press blog. Stop by and say hi. :)

Thanks so much for helping me spread the word.

xoxo
Jill

Wild Sale!

Hello everyone! Hope you’re having a great summer!

HOT SALE ALERT: WILD and 50+ other romance books are on sale for just 99 cents from July 8-10. Check out the deals and tell a friend. Enjoy!

Summer Deals

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Dirty Eleven, Take Two

Hello all!

BIG NEWS:

My Dirty Eleven MC series has a new home with Carina Press!! Riding Dirty was originally published by HQN in October 2014. Then HarperCollins bought Harlequin and stuff happened and HQN’s digital-only titles were sort of up in the air. Luckily Carina Press decided to take on Shooting Dirty, the next in my series. They also wanted Riding Dirty, which is great. That title was pulled from sale and will be relaunched on August 17th. Please be careful not to buy it if you already paid once! I’m not sure Amazon’s “you already purchased” feature will work in this case. If you wrote a review at on online retailer like Amazon, THANK YOU. You are awesome. I hope those reviews will come back up when the book goes live again. If not, please repost!! It would be a HUGE help to me.

Here’s the cover for Riding Dirty, with minor changes to fit the Carina Press logo.

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The description and contents are the same. Hot stuff y’all.

And this is my revved-up new cover for Shooting Dirty!!

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She’s his only salvation

Ace Clemmons has wanted Janelle from the moment he first saw her. Taking her captive while he carried out his last hit as a member of Dirty Eleven nearly broke him. Now that he’s gone straight, he’s back in her life, looking to stake his claim. He can’t erase the past but he’ll do anything to make it up to her.

Janelle Parker needs a new start, far away from the trailer park and the strip club. A down and dirty affair with a tattooed criminal is a step in the wrong direction, but she can’t resist Ace’s deliciously commanding touch, which has haunted her dreams for months. Soon they’re both in too deep, falling hard and fast—until an old feud with a rival motorcycle club explodes into an all-out war. Dirty Eleven’s enemies won’t hesitate to hurt Janelle to get to Ace. She has to fight to survive… and for the fiercest love she’s ever known.

(* Cover copy subject to change.)

Shooting Dirty is coming Sept 21. Both titles should be available on NetGalley soon, so please request and review!! This series has gritty settings, flawed characters, dangerous situations, bad decisions, big emotions and some steamy, edgy sex. I’m very proud of it. But please note that this is EROTIC ROMANCE. If you prefer sweeter stories without much sex, you’ll want to give these a miss. There is a threesome scene in Riding Dirty. Shooting Dirty is strictly m/f.

Thank you for reading!!

XOXO

Jill

 

Long-awaited sequels :)

Hello friends!!

I already made this announcement on my newsletter but now it’s official. I’m writing sequels to The Edge of Night and Caught in the Act for Penguin Random House’s Loveswept imprint!!

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The news is a long time coming. The original books were released by Bantam Dell/Random House back in 2011 and 2012. Both feature secondary couples that readers asked me about over and over again. Eric Hernandez is my most requested character by far. I left him in a bad situation, and many readers were upset. I’d planned to write sequels for Eric and Meghan and Ian and Maria. Unfortunately my “border stories” didn’t sell well, so I put those ideas on the back burner.

At the time I considered self-publishing or going digital-only, but most of my readers are print readers, so it made better business sense to pursue traditional publishing contracts. I went on to write the Aftershock series and Riding Dirty for HQN.

For years I’ve been thinking about how to break out with a big hit, become a bestseller, etc etc. That’s been my goal all along. I mean, why not? I don’t write only for the love of writing. I want to be successful and make a decent living. Enough to keep writing at the very least. Looking back, I haven’t done a very good job at reaching a wider audience. I’ve focused more on originality and high concepts than big trends. My Dirty Eleven series is an attempt to marry my style/subgenre with a hot trend (motorcycle clubs).

The sequels for Loveswept are less about trends and more about delivering stories my readers have asked for. Eric and Meghan’s story, ON THE OUTSIDE, will be New Adult, rather than traditional romantic suspense, so that’s sort of trendy. I’m writing it in first person present tense with alternating POVs, and I love it. It felt right to try something different for this project. I’ll share an excerpt via my newsletter soon. :)

Ian and Maria’s story, CAUGHT OFF GUARD, will be romantic suspense in my usual style. It’s set in Mexico, with a Mexican heroine and an undercover agent hero. Not exactly trendy, but as I said, I’m not writing these stories because I think they will be bestsellers. I’m just doing it because I love the ideas, I love the characters, and I want to finish their stories…finally.

Thank you for your patience and support. I hope you enjoy these sequels after such a long wait!!

Stay tuned for news about Shooting Dirty, the next in my MC series. It features another secondary couple, because I clearly can’t stop writing those! I introduced Ace and Janelle in Badlands and revisited them in Riding Dirty. They’re so great together. <3 XOXO Jill