Christmas under the Sugar Sun

Click the image below for a peek into the world of the Sugar Sun series. Experience the daigon, or Christmas pageant, with Javier and Georgina of Under the Sugar Sun. The link will take you to Instafreebie, where you can download chapter 29 of the novel in the format of your choice.

Happy holidays, everyone! Maligayang Pasko!

Christmas daigon Under the Sugar Sun by author Jennifer Hallock in Sugar Sun series. Serious history. Serious sex. Happily ever after.

And have you signed up for the Sugar Sun newsletter yet? The holiday wrap-up is coming soon. Make sure to get all the latest updates on Sugar Moon by registering here!

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Not That Kind of Spam

If you run a blog, you know that spam bots are constantly trying to post on your page. Here’s a hint: if they mention Viagra, Cialis, body part enlargement, breast milk (???), or any random pharmaceuticals, they are spam.

Blog spam post by Jennifer Hallock author of the Sugar Sun historical romance series. Serious history. Serious sex. Happily ever after.

But sometimes they are sneakier, pretending to be real people who are (of course) trying to “help you” write better content.

Blog spam post by Jennifer Hallock author of the Sugar Sun historical romance series. Serious history. Serious sex. Happily ever after.

This second spam comment reads:

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This reads like someone shoved their paragraph through the Google translator—from English to Thai, then Thai to Russian, and then Russian back to English. (I do not choose these languages randomly; they are the ones that most often appear in my spam comments!)

What’s the point? Well, folks, I am sick of battling spam. I am going to start turning off comments on each blog post after a week or so. If you still want to post on a topic after I’ve cut off comments, please go to my Facebook page and find the relevant post link there. Please feel free to add a comment there. Thank you for reading!

[Featured image by freezelight of the wall of spam outside of the Cannon Theatre during the first day of ticket sales for SPAMalot.]

The Weare Area Writers Group

One of the highlights of my sabbatical has been joining the Weare Area Writers Group. The gang meets twice a month on a Friday morning at the Weare Public Library. We workshop our writing and pool our knowledge about the changing world of publishing. This group came about because of the efforts of one woman—our organizer extraordinaire and our biggest cheerleader, Sharon Czarnecki.

Weare Area Writers Group on author Jennifer Hallock webpage of steamy historical romance Sugar Sun series. Serious history. Serious sex. Happily ever after.
Sharon Czarnecki (right), founder of WAWG, and me at the Dunbarton Arts on the Common this past May.

What the above description does not capture is how much fun we have together. Members of the group share very personal memories—in every format from poetry to prose—which has allowed us to move right on past superficial friendship into something deeper and more meaningful. I cannot believe that I have only known this group a year. It feels like we have been friends for ages. Since I am a relatively new transplant to Weare, New Hampshire, their support has been especially important.

Authors Marjorie Burke Ellen Reed Jennifer Hallock of Weare Area Writers Group
From left to right: authors Marjorie Burke, Ellen H. Reed, and me. Impressive table, no?

There is a social component to what we do, too. So far four of our members are published, in genres ranging from memoir to time travel mystery to historical fiction to my own steamy historical romance series. One of our favorite things to do is to take our show on the road by selling books at craft and book fairs in the area. Our next date on the calendar is Weare Old Home Day on August 26th. Come see us, check out our books, and ask about the group.

Here’s a little about the other published authors and what they will be selling:

Marjorie Donald Burke Melting Ice Shifting Sand Alzheimer's memoir

The Gangster's Gold by Ellen H Reed

Ebenezer Mudgett and the Pine Tree Riot by Connie Evans

Connie and I joined WAWG the very same day, and a year later I was in the room when Connie pressed “publish” on Amazon! It was so exciting. I have no doubt this will be a bestseller at Old Home Day.

The book I have workshopped with the WAWG folks is the upcoming Sugar Moon, small excerpts of which you can read here. But, while I’ve been a part of WAWG, I did publish a new novella in the Sugar Sun series, Tempting Hymn:

Tempting Hymn by author Jennifer Hallock, a novella in the Sugar Sun steamy historical romance series. Serious history. Serious sex. Happily ever after.

These books and more will all be ready for purchase and signing at Old Home Day. We hope to see you there!