July Newsletter

July has really flown by. The month started with a trip to my hometown of Chicago to see family and catch up with old friends. It always rejuvenates my mind, body and spirit. While in Chicago, my sister Kim gave me a reality check that I had to get with the social media program and market myself better if I want to continue to grow my fan base. She offered to help get me started. And in case you haven’t seen my multiple posts daily the last 2 weeks, visit my website and click on the new links below and join the fun. Because in addition to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, I’m now on:

More updates are in the works for: Amazon Author Central, Goodreads and Shelfari. There’s much to do to stay on top of this ever-changing social media world we live in, but with my sister’s help, I’ll give it the ole’ college try.

A little housekeeping…if you haven’t signed up for the Untamed Hearts Contest, visit the Contest page on my website: http://yahrahstjohn.net/category/contest/ for your chance to win a $50 gift basket from Wine & Country.

But that’s not all folks, Coming Soon to a computer near you is my Untamed Hearts Virtual Tour. I’ll be visiting the websites below July 28th – August 1st! I’ll be interacting with fans all day long. Feel free to stop by and ask me questions, post comments, etc.

  •  Monday – Written Voices
  • Tuesday – Readin & Writin with Patricia
  • Wednesday – Paulette Harper
  • Thursday – SORMAG
  •  Friday – Reading in Black and White

And guess what? If you follow the tour everyday; you’ll get a chance to win a $25 gift card EVERY DAY for 5 days straight? At the end of each night, I will YouTube the winner of the $25 gift card. Sounds good, right? So be sure and like me on Facebook and help me hit 1,000 likes. Spread the word!!

Enough marketing right? I imagine you want to know what I’m actually working on – well, I’m writing my 18th book: Restless Hearts, of course. It’s the final book in the Harts of Arizona series. You’ll finally get bad boy Caleb’s story and the heat is on when he meets debutante Addison. But don’t expect the same old love song. I’ve got some SERIOUS drama in the works for this couple. Stay tuned for the release date, but anticipate October.

Simultaneously, I am working on a new series for Harlequin with authors Pamela Yaye and Lisa Marie Perry titled: CALIFORNIA DESERT DREAMS. Sneak peek: The series will highlight three best friends running a high-end resort in a California desert town. They’ll unravel mysteries and find the man of their dreams amidst the glitz and glamour at the Belleza. Look for the trilogy in Summer 2015.

If you’ve always wanted to meet me and you like Mickey. Come on down to the City Beautiful. I’ll be joining AC Arthur at her 3rd Annual Reader Appreciation Event: The Season of Shifters on August 29th-September 1st at the Walt Disney Resort Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. I’ll be joining AC and half a dozen authors on a Writer’s panel and signing copies of my new release: Untamed Hearts. Feel free to bring any of my backlist books with you and I’ll happily sign them.

Whew, that’s all for now. Until next time….

Yahrah St. John

June 2014 Newsletter

 

You’re all probably wondering where I’ve been the last few months, but my day-job literally drained my creative spirit and after finishing Entangled Hearts Volume II in January, I took a hiatus from writing. What helped get me out my writing funk? Two events in May…

While June usually means vacation time for most readers as kids are out of school, I took a much needed vacation in May with a cruise to the Cayman Island and Cozumel, Mexico with my boyfriend. It was romantic, relaxing and creatively inspiring. While out on the deck looking at the stars, my next big idea sprang to life from a conversation with my boyfriend, formerly in Special Operations in the US Army. Romantic Suspense. I’ve been wanting to dabble in writing other genres and now is the time. Expect to see a new series in 2015.

Oh and if you haven’t been following me on Facebook, I won the RT BookReviews, Best Kimani Romance for 2013! That’s right out of nearly 60 books produced by Harlequin’s imprint, my 13th offering: A Chance With You won the award. I traveled to the Big Easy to give a speech and pickup an award that was 25 years in the making. Haven’t heard the speech yet? Go to the Video page of my website for a listen: http://yahrahstjohn.net/categorynewsletter/videoaudio/

Enough posturing right, when will I have book out? I know you’ve been eagerly anticipating my 17th novel and the 3rd book in the Harts of Arizona Series. I’m ready to deliver!Untamed Hearts will debut before the month of June closes out. I apologize for the delay, but I’m back in tip-top shape and ready to deliver you a great read with Untamed Hearts. It will offer you the romance you enjoy, the steamiest love scenes I’ve written to date (thank you vacation!) and plenty of the drama you’ve come to expect from a Yahrah St. John romance.

I’ve already started writing my 18th book: Restless Hearts the fourth and final book in the Harts of Arizona Series. Expect to see it on sale sometime in October.

And to keep you up-to-date on my latest goings-on, I was approached for a return to Harlequin for a couple of continuity series. Those are the fun reads in which one author starts off a story and other authors finish it… So for fans of the Draysons: Sprinkled with Love Seriesthe Draysons will return and expect a new release from me in 2016. If you can’t wait that long, I will be launching the California Desert DreamsSeries in 2015. More details to follow.

And if I haven’t said enough to tickle your fancy and you actually want to meet me in person, I will be attending AC Arthur’s Season of Shifters Event on August 29th-September 1stat the Walt Disney Resort Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. How could I not, when it’s in my hometown? A big thanks to AC for including me in her 3rd annual Fan appreciation event. If you haven’t signed up, there’s still time: http://www.acarthur.net/the-season-of-shifters/

That’s it enough for now. Until the next time.

Wishing you all the best,

Yahrah St. John

 

October Newsletter

Fall is my favorite time of year. The weather is cooler and you get to pull out your favorite sweater or boots. And what can be more fun than curling up with a good book?

I have lots in store this season to keep you indoors. A CHANCE WITH YOU, my fifteenth and final Harlequin Kimani romance was just released this month and is available in print or as an e-book. When workaholic caterer Raina Martin loses her sister to cancer, she is shocked to learn she has sole custody of her niece Zoe. Desperate to give her a family, Raina goes in search of Zoe’s father and mistakenly assumes he is dashing sports agent Spencer Davis. You’ll enjoy spending time with this special couple as they traverse new parenthood and find true love in the process.

In honor of A Chance With You’s release, I’ve got a fun scavenger hunt planned for you, so be sure and follow the blog stops for a chance to win great gifts. Visit my website for details on A Chance With You’s virtual blog tour: http://yahrahstjohn.net/category/contest/

If radio is more your speed, stop by my Blog Talk Radio interview with LaSheera Lee of Read You Later on 10/15/13 at 7:00 p.m. EST on. Visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/readyoulater where I’ll be discussing my latest book releases.

If you haven’t downloaded my last book: ENTANGLED HEARTS-Volume I, it’s on sale now and is available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Apple devices. Entangled Hearts starts the Harts of Arizona series. Fans are falling in love with saga of multi-platinum singer Chynna James and her talented twin & actress Kenya James. You’ll enjoy the drama that ensues when the sisters swap places and fall in love with unlikely heroes. The response has been overwhelming to Volume I and readers can’t wait for Volume II which will be released in mid-November and wrap up the twin’s story.

Expect more great romances with a dollop of intrigue and a whole lot of family drama in 2014 when the Harts of Arizona series continues with Rylee and Caleb Hart’s dynamic stories. Visit my website in a few days for the debut of the Entangled Hearts book trailer.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of DELICIOUS DESTINY, the final installment in the Draysons Sprinkled with Love series released in June, it’s still available for purchase online.

That’s it for now…I have to go back to writing.

 

Warm Wishes

 

Yahrah St John

 

August Newsletter

The summer has gone by fast thanks in part to my 2 week vacation to Greece in July. After a two year delay, I had the trip of a lifetime with my best friend traveling to the Greek Isles, Croatia and Turkey. Athens and Ephesus, Turkey was ancient, Dubrovnik was scenic, but Santorini in one word was ROMANCE. Of all the places I’ve traveled, Santorini is truly one of the most beautiful and breathtaking places on earth. Loved it!

On to my books..I’ve decided to take a break from traditional publishing for awhile and work on projects I feel strongly about. My fourteenth book: ENTANGLED HEARTS-Volume I is on sale now and is available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Apple devices. Entangled Hearts starts the Harts of Arizona series and will tell the saga of multi-platinum singer Chynna James and her twin, actress Kenya James. When the twins trade places, they each discover that the grass indeed might be greener on the other side.

I had a lot of fun writing and researching this book. I spent time at both a working cattle ranch and a dude ranch in Florida. Who knew such places existed? Visit my Facebook page to see the Ranch photo album: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yahrah-St-John/55015186054

Volume I will certainly whet your appetite and having you dying to know how it ends. Entangled Hearts-Volume II will be released in mid-November and wrap up the twin’s story. Expect more great romances with a dollop of intrigue and a whole lot of family drama to come your way in 2014 in the Harts of Arizona series.

My fifteenth and final Harlequin Kimani book: A CHANCE WITH YOU will now be released in October. The romance between dashing sports agent Spencer Davis and workaholic caterer Raina Martin will have you laughing and crying as you root for this special couple traversing the rocky road of love. In honor of its release, be sure and check out my website for details for A Chance With You’s virtual blog tour in Oct.

If you haven’t downloaded your copy of DELICIOUS DESTINY, the final installment in the Draysons Sprinkled with Love series, it’s still available for purchase online. I’ve had a lot of great reviews on Amazon, so I know you’ll enjoying reading about Shari Drayson and Grant Robinson’s love story, family struggles and cake competition rolled into one neat cupcake. Pick up your copy today.

Before 2013 ends, expect the re-release of my 3rd book: NEVER SAY NEVER which will include deleted scenes never before published. Until next time…

Lots of Love,

Yahrah St John

 

June 2013 Newsletter

Greetings Readers,

Summer time is back with a vengeance in Orlando. Warm weather and humid temps await us Floridians the next few months. When it turns hot outdoors, I go inside and curl up with my computer.

That’s how I finished my 13th release, Delicious Destiny which debuted on June 1st. Part of The Draysons, Sprinkled with Love 3-book series, Delicious Destiny tells Shari Drayson’s story, the oldest granddaughter in the Drayson family. Shari reconnects with her first love and baby daddy Grant Robinson after hooking up during one drunken night in college. Now a successful entrepreneur, Grant is shocked to learn that he’s a father, but wants a family for his son even if it means strong-arming Shari into a quickie marriage. Shari’s got her hands full juggling a new marriage and appearing in a baking competition on national TV all the while battling her former best friend and Grant’s ex-wife Dina English for the win.

Interested in learning more about Delicious Destiny or me? Well I have a special treat for you. A Blog Tour. Stop by each of the websites below the week of June 3rd – June 7th and I’ll respond to reader’s questions and comments throughout the day.

Monday, June 3rd – http://writtenvoicesblog.com Tuesday, June 4th – http://www.ahopefulromantic.com/ Wednesday, June 5th – http://www.sormag.blogspot.com Thursday, June 6th – http://readinnwritin.blogspot.com/ Friday, June 7th – http://www.apooobooks.com

Can’t make the blog tour? Visit my website and answer the 5 questions on my Contest page and you’ll be entered to win a Harry and David Gift basket. Go to: http://yahrahstjohn.net/category/contest/ for more details.

If you haven’t read the first two books in The Draysons, Sprinkled with Love trilogy, be sure to pick up AC Arthur‘s Decadent Dreams and Farrah Rochon’s Delectable Desire.

In September, prepare to be swept away by my 14th book, A Chance with You, a touching love story of a workaholic caterer Raina Martin who takes in her twin’s daughter upon her death and finds love with her niece’s uncle, sexy former basketball star Spencer Davis turned sports agent.

Thanks to a heavy workload with my daytime job, I’m a little bit behind finishing the first book in my next series the HARTS OF ARIZONA. But never fear, Entangled Harts will come out late summer. The first book will pair Noah Hart with spoiled and sexy pop singer Chynna James who stumbles on his family’s ranch because she’s hiding out from the paparazzi. That’s just the start…more surprises are in store in the book. Stay tuned…

March Newsletter

Greetings Readers,

Winter is almost over and spring is nearly upon us. I took a writing break after finishing two books back-to-back in 2012 to have some fun in Hawaii, but now I’m back and focused on making 2013 a great year.

With spring comes the re-release of 2nd book: Dare to Love which will be released on March 3rd as an e-book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or wherever e-books are sold. Dare to Love is the sequel to One Magic Moment and will tell Lexie and Will’s story while catching up with old faves Nia and Damon. To celebrate its re-release, answer 5 questions correctly and you will be entered to win a $50 Spafinder Gift certificate good for spas throughout the country.

In May, my 13th release, Delicious Destiny will debut. This book is part of a new Kimani trilogy in 2013: The Draysons, Sprinkled with Love series. The first book in the series is AC Arthur‘s Decadent Dreams which will debut on March 19th, followed by Farrah Rochon’s Delectable Desire on April 23rd and ending with the conclusion of the trilogy, my book Delicious Destiny on May 21, 2013.

Delicious Destiny will end with Shari Drayson’s story where she’ll reconnect with an old flame and baby daddy while appearing in a baking competition on national TV all the while battling her former best friend and baby daddy’s ex-wife for the win. Sound good? Wait until you read it!

If you haven’t downloaded your copy of my first women ‘s fiction book Dirty Laundry which tells the sassy story of Layla, Chanel, Reese and Skye shenanigans, it’s still available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or wherever e-books are sold

In June, you’ll be introduced to my next great series, the HARTS OF TEXAS, and get your first peak of Noah, Gavin, Caleb and Rylee when Noah crosses paths with spoiled sexy pop singer Chynna James on his family’s ranch.

In August, prepare to be swept away by my 14th book, A Chance with You, a touching love story of a workaholic caterer Raina Martin who takes in her twin’s daughter upon her death and finds love with her niece’s uncle, sexy former basketball star Spencer Davis turned sports agent.

Finally, I will work on the Dare to Love sequel and tell Sebastian’s story that so many fans have been clamoring for. Somehow, someway, I’ll find the time to sneak in his love story this year in the midst of my jam-packed year. Until next time…

Kind Regards,

 

Yahrah St. John

 

December Newsletter

Season’s Greetings Everyone,

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and getting ready for Christmas, Kwanza or whatever holiday you hold dear. I’m a little late myself this year due to my demanding day job, but I’ve been on a mission all weekend to make up for lost time.

In my ‘spare’ time, I have been hard at work on several books for you. First up in December is the rerelease of my first book: One Magic Moment. For those fans who missed the original paperback version back in December 2004 or you just want a digital copy, be sure to download your copy today on Kindle, Nook or Kobo. To celebrate its rerelease of my first book, answer 5 questions correctly and you will be entered to win an Open Hearts necklace from Kay Jewelers.

I am proud to debut the cover of 13th release, Delicious Destiny. This book is part of a new Kimani trilogy in 2013: The Draysons, Sprinkled with Love series. The first book in the series is AC Arthur ‘s Decadent Dreams which will debut on March 19th, followed by Farrah Rochon’s Delectable Desire on April 23rd and ending with the conclusion of the trilogy, my book Delicious Destiny on May 21, 2013. Please go to my website or Facebook page and let me know what you think of the covers.

To celebrate the debut of our trilogy, AC Arthur will be giving away books from our trilogy. Please check out AC ‘s page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/AC-Arthurs-Book-Lounge/140199625996114

If you haven’t downloaded your copy of my first women ‘s fiction book Dirty Laundry which tells the sassy story of Layla, Chanel, Reese and Skye shenanigans, it’s still available for purchase on Kindle, Nook and Smashwords.

Up next is my 14th book, A Chance with You, a touching love story of a workaholic caterer who takes in her twin’s daughter upon her death and finds love with her niece’s uncle, a sexy former basketball star turned sports agent. Stay tuned for more details.

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. See you next year!

Warm Wishes,

 

Yahrah St. John

 

August Newsletter

I hope everyone is staying cool during one of the hottest summers on record. I’ve been staying cool indoors and curled up with my laptop. I finished my 13th book: Delicious Destiny this month. The book is part of a 3-book continuity starting with AC Arthur’s Decadent Dreams in April 2013, followed by Delectable Desire by Farrah Rochon in May and ending with my book Delicious Destiny in June 2013.

If you like the heat, then you will definitely want to pick up my 11th romance: Formula for Passion debuting on August 21st. The steamy sudser is the final book in the Adams Cosmetics trilogy and will feature fearless spokesmodel Courtney Adams and dashing hotelier Jasper Jackson in Punta Cana. I hope you will find it a satisfying conclusion to the Adams Affair trilogy.

A new contest is in store for Formula for Passion’s release, answer seven (7) questions correctly and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a gift basket from Carol’s daughter. For more details go to http://yahrahstjohn.net/category/contest/

Hot on the heels of my 11th book comes my 12th and first e-book Dirty Laundry available ON SALE NOW for $.99/cents for the first 2 weeks. http://www.amazon.com/Dirty-Laundry-ebook Afterwards, the price goes up. Please go to the Bookshelf page of my website for a peek of the cover, book blurb and chapter excerpt, http://yahrahstjohn.net/bookshelf/ebooks/. Dirty Laundry will also be available on Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and in print form on Create Space for $9.99.

Up next: The prequel to Adams Cosmetics trilogy featuring the parents: Elizabeth and Byron Adams and the antagonist Andrew Jackson. Followed by Sebastian Thompson’s love story which is the sequel I’ve promised to my readers from Dare to Love who seven years later are still clamoring for his book.

Happy Reading,

Yahrah St. John

June Newsletter

Is spring really over? It seems like it went by so fast. I celebrated the release of my 10th book Lost Without You in Chicago with my family and friends on May 27th. To see photos go to my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Yahrah-St-John/55015186054?sk=photos. If you happen to be the Orlando, my 2nd Milestone book party will be on June 30th. See my website for more details.

This month, I’ve been working on the cover of my 1st e-book Dirty Laundry. A sneak peak of the cover will be available on the Bookshelf page of my website in a few says. Some editing delays have postponed the release of Dirty Laundry to the fall. Trust me, when I say it was very upsetting to delay, but I would sooner wait and put out a quality book rather than rush and release a book and have bad editing reviews. Dirty Laundry WILL debut this fall. And thanks to some good advice there will be a sequel Can’t Get Enough.

Next up is the release of Formula for Passion the final book in the Adams Cosmetics trilogy on August 20th featuring Courtney Adams and Jasper Jackson. I hope you will find it to be a satisfying conclusion to the Adams Affair trilogy. Stay tuned for details on the next contest in August.

Slow…slow….slow is the progress I’m making on my current project: Delicious Destiny due to my editor on August 1st. The book will be part of a 3-book continuity starting with AC Arthur’s Decadent Dreams next spring, followed by Delectable Desire by Farrah Rochon and ending with my book Delicious Destiny.

Upcoming Plans: I’m sketching out the prequel to Adams Cosmetics trilogy about the parents: Elizabeth and Byron Adams and the antagonist Andrew Jackson. And thanks to many reader requests, I’m also sketching out a story for Sebastian Thompson in the promised sequel from Dare to Love that was never completed.

Last but certainly not least, big congratulations to Louise Brown of Stone Mountain, Georgia for winning a bottle of Marc Jacobs Lola perfume. Louise answered all ten (10) questions correctly for the Lost Without You contest.

Have a Happy Independence Day and stay cool!

Yahrah St. John

 

May Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

This newsletter will be relatively brief as I hope to have more exciting news in June.

If you haven’t already done so, please enter the LOST WITHOUT YOU contest by answering 10 questions correctly about the book. If you answer all the questions correctly, your name will be entered in a drawing to win a bottle of Marc Jacobs LOLA perfume! There’s still time, so don’t delay. The contest ends May 31st, go to http://yahrahstjohn.net/category/contest/.

In celebration of my 10th book my family is throwing me a Milestone 10th book party on Memorial Day weekend. It’s just a week away and I’m super excited.

When I think about all the hours I’ve spent to get here: 2,860 pages and approximately 630,000 words written, I’m amazed at just what I can do when I put my mind to it.

Next week, I start my next adventure working with my designer to create the book cover for my first women’s fiction and 1st e-book: DIRTY LAUNDRY. Given the success of this new market, it was a no brainer to stop chasing the traditional publisher route as I’d done the last couple of years with this book and go direct to e-book. I hope to announce Dirty Laundry’s debut next month on Kindle and Nook. So stay tuned for more details and photos from my 10th book party on my Facebook page.

Have a great rest of the month and enjoy your Memorial Day holiday!

Best,

Yahrah