Monday, April 9, 2012

TBR welcomes Jennifer Shirk

TBR: Welcome to TBR, Jennifer. Will you share a little bit about yourself?
Jennifer: Well, I’m married and have a pharmacy degree, but once I had my first child, I decided to become a stay-at-home mom. I would read a lot during naptimes and slowly but surely that developed into writing my own books. Now I write sweet lighthearted romances for Samhain Publishing and Avalon Books.

TBR: Tell us about SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM and where it's available.
Jennifer: I think of it as Mary Poppins meets Mr. Rochester.
J I have a really sweet (almost too sweet) heroine who is a down-on-her-luck-ex theme-park princess. She lands a job as a nanny to a handsome yet brooding Internet guru’s two children. It’s a contemporary romance but there’s definitely a bit of a Cinderella theme woven in there too.
It’s available at and Amazon and a library near you!

TBR: Please tantalize us with a story blurb or excerpt.
Jennifer: Sure!! Here’s the back cover blurb:
Sunnyva “Sunny” Fletcher is a firm believer in fairy tales. With the recent debt she’s acquired, the hope of something magical happening in her life is the only thing keeping her going. She needs a job fast. So when Sunny learns the sexy new vacationer in town is looking for a nanny, she starts to believe she just may have a fairy godmother after all!
Internet guru Sam Calloway is only in town for the summer and needs a nanny for his two small children. However, the beautiful and inexperienced Sunny is not exactly the kind of caregiver Sam has in mind. It doesn’t take long for Sunny’s tenderhearted and bubble-blowing ways to soon have the children—and Sam—enamored with her. She’s a dream come true. But after what Sam’s been through, he’s stopped believing in fairy tales long ago.
Sunny manages to work her way into Sam’s closed-off heart, but at the end of the summer, will the workaholic dad go back to his life in New York City, or will he decide his days are much sunnier here with Sunny?

TBR: What inspired you to write about the theme?
Jennifer:  I was in—of all places—Disney World! I saw all those Disney princesses walking around and knew I had to give my heroine a similar job. Even though she loses that job and is hired by Sam to be a nanny, I still kept the Cinderella theme in play.

TBR: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Jennifer:  A plotter—to a fault, I think. I can’t really begin writing until I’ve mapped up a thorough plan-of-attack.

TBR: Do you have a favorite quote you’d like to share?
Jennifer:  Yes, actually! From SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM:

Sunny laughed. "It's okay. You're right, Emma. My name is unusual, but I like to think of it as... special also."


Sam cocked his head as he studied Sunny. Almost all of her hair had escaped out of her ponytail now. She wore a baggy pink sweatshirt and had on the kind of drawstring plaid pants that would've set Bozo the Clown's heart pitter-pattering with envy. Her yellow tennis shoes were covered with dog hair.

Yeah, special was one word for her.

TBR: While creating your books, what was one of the most surprising things you learned?
Jennifer:  This was the very first time I had a character totally deviate from how I wanted him to be. Sam was such a strong character in my head and his “issues” ran so deep that I really had to tone him down in the second draft to make him likeable.

TBR: What's next for you?
Jennifer:  I just submitted a new story to my editor called Kissing Kendall. It’s sort of a sequel to my prior release Georgie on His Mind. And right now, I’m working on a new romance where my hero is—of all things—a romance writer!

TBR: Any other published works?
Jennifer:  Yes, I have a romantic comedy called THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME from Samhain Publishing and an Avalon romance called GEORGIE ON HIS MIND.

TBR: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?
Jennifer:  I am a HUGE Susan Elizabeth Phillips fan. She hasn’t written a book yet that I haven’t loved. Right now, I’m on a YA kick and am reading SPELL BOUND by Rachel Hawkins.

TBR: Where can readers find you on the web?
Jennifer:  LOTS of places!
TBR: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Jennifer:  Yes! I write sweet romances, so that’s what I love to read.
What heat level do YOU like to read in romances?

TBR: Thanks for visiting TBR, Jennifer! Best of luck to you.


  1. Welcome to TBR, Jennifer. I love the cover for Sunny Days for Sam, it looks so classic.

  2. Thanks! And thanks for having me too!!


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