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.


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!!





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.


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


Dirty Eleven, Take Two

Hello all!


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!!




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!!


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

News! Free novella!

Hello friends!! I’m busy writing a super secret project but I just wanted to let everyone know that I set WILD FOR HIM free at all participating vendors. It’s still 99 cents at B&N, but you can get it free at Smashwords and everywhere else. ENJOY.

I even made some teasers. Look how productive! I am adulting and authoring.

Links on my books page.

I’ll be sharing some exciting info on my newsletter, so please sign up. You’ll hear the scoop there first! I have plans for a couple of long-awaited sequels and a possible new home for my MC series. I’ll send the news as soon as I know for sure!

Please help me spread the word about WILD FOR HIM! If you can write a review, that would be totally awesome. Thank you so much for the support!!



Motorcycle Club Heroes: Free Class!

Hello friends!

I’m teaching a class on Motorcycle Club Heroes for RWA University from Feb 9-21. The class is free to RWA members, so please sign up! I’d love to have you!! The more the merrier! I’ve deviated a little from my original class schedule, so here’s an updated description of each lesson. Be warned that I plan to discuss adult content and use adult language.

1. Overview. I’m going to start with an overview and introductions. Basically I want this to be a fun class with a positive, welcoming atmosphere. You can participate or just lurk. I don’t mind!

2. Begin with a Bang (or a BJ). This lesson focuses on starting where the action is. We’ll take a look at a first page that hooked me as a reader, which happens to be a gritty scene from the MC hero’s point of view.

3. Character, Chemistry, Conflict. The three Cs! We’ll study the physical description of Cole, MC hero from Riding Dirty, as seen through the heroine’s eyes. We’ll also go over strategies to create “spark” and I’ll discuss types of conflict.

4. Dangerous Fantasies. Trigger Warning for this session (sexual violence). I wouldn’t feel right about giving a class on MC heroes without addressing sexism, violence against women and “dangerous” fantasies. It’s a very sensitive topic and I hope to do it justice.

5. Club Code. Here we’ll talk about researching specific details that relate to outlaw motorcycle clubs, and how much realism to include. Then I’ll share some common suspense-writing mistakes, and finish up with a question/answer session. Ask me anything!

I’ve never taught an online class before but I’m guessing that there will be a private forum where we can discuss the lessons and share writing samples. I plan to give feedback and add comments. I’m *really* excited about the topic, and about teaching an adult class. Adulting FTW!

Sign up here.


Jill’s Best of 2014

Hello friends!!

2014 has been a great reading year for me. I decided to put my money where my mouth was and read more diverse books. I tend to read for pleasure, not to become a better person or smarten myself up, but you know what? Broadening my horizons a bit actually increased my enjoyment. Sometimes the road less traveled can make all the difference.

Books featuring GLBT and/or characters of color made up about half of my reading this year. Here is a list of my top books read (not necessarily published) in 2014.






1. Princess Shanyin: The Obsession Saga by Liliana Lee, aka Jeannie Lin
Oh baby. This erotic trilogy is SUCH a delight. Dirty, romantic and gorgeously written.
Book 1: Perfect
Book 2: Flawed
Book 3: Unexpected
By far my favorite of the year

2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Romance-positive, funny and touching.

3. Summer Chaparral by Genevieve Turner
Fantastic setting descriptions, great heroine, mustached hero. Loved!






4. Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane
Excellent romantic suspense, swoon-worthy hero.

5. Fanning the Flames by Victoria Dahl
Laugh out loud funny with an outspoken, cranky, *horny* older heroine. Some people say they write books that empower women. Dahl actually does it.

6. Hellcat’s Bounty by Renae Jones
This story centers on Anelace Rios, blob hunter extraordinaire, taking risky adventures in space. It’s a low-angst lesbian romance scifi/Western/with a UF vibe? Wildly original and entertaining.



7. Hold by Zannie Adams
I only gave this 4 stars, but the setup triggered all of my YES buttons. Hard prisoner hero, dangerous confined setting, strong heroine with free will. She chooses to give herself to the hero for protection. I like dark, gritty stuff as long as there is consent.


Some people get upset if authors fail to disclose their relationships with other authors in reviews/praise/promo efforts. I’ve complained before about the problem of review exchanges and tweet favors. I can’t say I’m not part of the cog or wheel or whatever but my recs are honest. Promise! But in the interest of full disclosure, here is more information than you ever wanted to know.

*I might have met Jeannie Lin at a conference before. We are twitter friends. I think she sent me an ARC of book 1. I bought book 2 and 3.

*I follow Sherman Alexie on twitter. He doesn’t follow back.

*Turner is a debut author and I don’t know her. I heard about her book on twitter.

*I’ve been blog friends with Carolyn Crane for years and her books have been on my favorites list before. I think I purchased this one.

*Dahl and I go way back to MySpace. I auto-buy her books. She might have offered to send me this but I’d already preordered it.

*I follow Jones on twitter and probably heard about her book there.

*I don’t know Adams. I found the book on a Goodreads list: Scifi Romance for picky readers.

There you go. That was hard work! I’m going to eat some holiday cookies now. I hope you had a wonderful reading year, and that 2015 finds you happy, healthy and in possession of many good books.

Merry Merry!!


Wild for Him release day!!

Hello all!

It’s release day for my first contemporary romance novella, Wild for Him! This is a follow-up story to Wild, featuring Gwen and Mitch. I think it stands alone well. You don’t have to read any of my books in order. They all have happy endings for the main couple.

Wild for Him kicks off with an earthquake scene but there isn’t a suspense plot. It’s just a sexy little romance. I had a great time writing this story and I hope you enjoy it.


Mitch Stone is a man with a plan. Drive to San Diego, rescue his lady from the earthquake rubble and salvage their long-distance relationship. But instead of playing hero, he gets stuck volunteering at an evacuation center with his girlfriend’s quirky best friend.

Gwen Tagaloa is a woman on the edge. She’s a tattoo artist do-gooder who would never cross the line with her best friend’s man. Especially not an iceberg of a man like Mitch Stone. She appreciates his help and doesn’t even notice his rock-hard muscles. Much.

After Mitch gets his heart broken, Gwen discovers that love—like an earthquake—can strike when you least expect it.

You can read an excerpt here.

Available now for just 99 cents!

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