January 2014 Newsletter

 

January 2014 Newsletter

Happy New Year! The beginning of each year for me brings with it self reflection on the prior year. What went right, what went wrong or what I can do better.

I coined 2013 the Year of Yahrah and it was an amazing unforgettable year complete with a milestone birthday. But I took on a lot in 2013: worked my full-time property manager job, was President of my local manager organization, wrote 3 books, rereleased my 2nd book Dare To Love, traveled the world from Hawaii to Greece, all the while trying to be a good daughter, sister, girlfriend and friend. I fared well at most and not so well on others.

Deciding to forego traditional publishing in favor of being my own boss, while juggling my other priorities didn’t go as smoothly as I’d hoped, but I learned some valuable lessons. Don’t over promise and under deliver. Even if I have to delay a book release date, presenting quality work is paramount.

In 2014, I won’t be as overwhelmed by my obligations and can deliver dynamic & inventive stories that you can’t put down. Because writing is in my blood, has been since I was 12 years old and wrote my first short story about summer camp.

I can happily announce that Entangled Hearts Volume II has finally been released and you can look for it on Kindle, Nook and other devices. I am in the process of writing Untamed Hearts, the 3rd book in the Harts of Arizona series which will tell Rylee Hart’s story. Be on the lookout for it in mid 2nd quarter 2014. It may appear a long time away, but it will be well worth the wait. Thanks to an interracial romance, intriguing locales like Dubai and national ones like the Kentucky Derby that I’ve encountered during my travels.

But never fear, I will keep your palettes wet with the re-release of my 3rd book: Never Say Never, the “extended version” which was shortened during the initial publishing run. Expect its release in 1st quarter 2014.

Many of you have followed me for 10+ years and even if you’ve just discovered me, I’m so thankful for all your support, encouragement and nudging to finish those books! You’re simply the best.

Yahrah

 

 

 

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

 

April Newsletter

Happy Spring Everyone,

I hope spring showers bring you May flowers because it sure will for me.

First up, I will be heading to Little Rock, AR for Romance Slam Jam on April 12-15th. Romance Slam Jam is the largest conference of African American romance writers and readers. We’ll be attending workshops, reader sessions, and the famous Emma Awards. I will be participating in a panel discussion on writing Sequels, Series and Scenes as well as hosting an Intimate Reader Session with my fans who want to know how I write those steamy, romance novels they can’t get enough of.

As mentioned previously, I was nominated for an RT Book Reviews award for my January 2011 release TWO TO TANGO. The winners of the award will be handed out on April 14th at the RT Book Convention in Chicago. Since I’m not there in person, I will have to keep you posted if I win. If I don’t, it’s an honor just to have been nominated.

On April 17th online and May 1st in bookstores, my 10th book and the second book in the trilogy LOST WITHOUT YOU will debut. VP Shane Adams’ story swirls with blackmail and intrigue surrounding his family’s business, Adams Cosmetics. The book also has a classic make-over love story involving his former nemesis Gabrielle Burton. I’m super excited to reach this milestone and have a special party planned for family and close friends in May. For readers, please be sure and visit my website www.yahrahstjohn.com for information on the Lost Without You contest and local book signings in the area.

On August 21st online and September 1st in bookstores, the third and final installment of the trilogy FORMULA FOR PASSION will be released. Courtney Adams falls for her family’s arch-enemies’ son, hotelier Jasper Jackson. I can’t wait for the final edition of the book cover so I can post it on my website and Facebook. Stay tuned.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of my 9th book and the first book in the “An Adams Affair” trilogy NEED YOU NOW, it’s still on sale and available for purchase on my website: www.yahrahstjohn.com or www.amazon.com.

I’m still working on getting out my first e-book: DIRTY LAUNDRY, the funny, poignant and romantic story about four women: Layla, Chanel, Reese and Skye and their journey in singleton. Had a little bit of a delay with the editing process, but rest assured in will come your way in May.

Curious about the Poll results from website on who my 2nd e-book will be about? Drum roll please…the results are in and the Prequel to the “An Adams Affair” trilogy was the most requested story that I write next. Apparently, readers want to know more about the dynamic Adams family and how the feud with Andrew Jackson got started. Stay tuned for a release date. As far as Amber from This Time Real goes, the character was a close runner-up. Don’t you think she deserves a story? I do. Wow! I already have my 3rd e-book idea! An author’s work is never done and I must get back to writing.

 

All The Best,

Yahrah St. John