Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Down on Love by Jayne Denker (Marsden, NY) Blog Tour

Written by:  Jayne Denker
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington Trade
Publication Date: November 1, 2013
ISBN-10: 1601831358

ISBN-13: 978-1601831354


When it comes to love, she's a professional skeptic. Is it too late for a career change?

If there's one thing Georgiana Down is an expert in, it's bad relationships. That's what inspired her blog, Down on Love, where she gives snarky advice--usually along the lines of "dump him." In fact, George is abstaining from men all together. At least that's the plan--until she makes a trip back to her tiny hometown in the Catskills, where meddling is an art form. . .

George loves helping out with her new baby niece, but she's counting the days until she returns to Boston. Then she runs into Casey Bowen, her high school crush. The boy she once loved is now a handsome grown man--and suddenly George needs a little advice of her own. She's in the right place, because when she drunk posts on her blog, everyone in Marsden has something to say about George and Casey. It's like high school all over again--but maybe this time she'll get things right. . .







About the Author:
Jayne Denker divides her time between working hard to bring the funny in her romantic comedies and raising a young son who's way too clever for his own good. She lives in a small village in western New York that is in no way, shape, or form related to the small village in her Marsden novels Down on Love and Picture This. When she's not hard at work on another novel, the social media addict can usually be found frittering away startling amounts of time on Facebook (Jayne Denker Author) and Twitter (@JDenkerAuthor). She’d like to say she updates her Web site,, quite often, but most of the time when it crosses her mind, she shouts “Can’t you see I’m writing?!” and puts it off till another day.

Tour of Marsden, Day 3
Recipe for a Small-Town Series

Rise and shine, kids! The (blog) tour of Marsden, NY, is rolling through the countryside—and a beautiful countryside it is, especially in the colorful month of October—on the way to the heart of the Castkill mountains. We’ve visited Ripe for Reader on day 1 ( and Forever Yours on day 2 ( For day 3, we’re going to pass around the air freshener (tour buses can get so...fragrant) and hand sanitizer (I saw you sneezing in the back row, there!), and learn a little bit more about what makes those small towns at the heart of romance series so unique and lovable.

It’s true there’s nothing more comforting than settling down with a good book with a setting that makes you want to move there. And I’ll tell you a little secret—there’s nothing more comforting than writing a book with a setting that makes you want to move there. Yep, it’s true—readers and writers alike fall for small-town series, and I just love mine.

I hadn’t intended to write a series, though. After I submitted Down on Love to my editor at Kensington, he asked, “Do you want to make this a series?” And who was I to say no? I already had the basic ingredients right there on the (virtual) page, so why not? Recipes for small town series are like my Italian grandmother’s cooking (“How much? I don’t know!” *cups an ingredient in her hand* “Dees much!”)—no set ingredients, no measurements, and substitutions and experiments with the mix are always on the table. Here’s mine (still under development, of course):

Recipe for a Small Town Series

1 Specific geographical region, for concrete physical details
1 Small town (ideally fictional, leaving room for leavening of imagination)
1/2 lb. Detailed physical description (see geographical region for guidelines)
1/2 lb. Details unique to the fictional town
1/3 lb. Mental pictures, translated into prose

Add gradually, to taste:
1 c. Characters who love the town
1/3 c. Characters who hate the town
1/8 c. Characters who have no idea why they’re there
3/4 c. Characters who believe the small town is the entire universe/are uninterested in exploring the world outside its borders
1/4 c. Characters whose history in the town goes back generations

Let sit long enough for ingredients to set. (Note: do not refrigerate, unless it’s a Christmas book.)

Stir in the following:
1 lb. Decades-long relationships (varieties to choose from: families, loves, friendships, feuds, unrequited love)
1/2 lb. Long-standing grudges/personal history that won’t go away, ideally aged over decades, if not generations
1/4 lb. Traditions unique to the town, the more original (read: stranger) the better

Sprinkle (liberally):
Busybodies and gossips to assist in leavening of story

Whisk briskly until thoroughly mixed.

U.S. Cooking Guidelinees (do not overbake):
Northeast/Midwest: bake in 400 degree oven for summer setting, transfer to sub-zero freezer for winter setting
South: Fry, of course*
West Coast: Add kale, blend until smooth and a sickly greenish brown color; choke down and insist you feel fabulous**

*I keed, I keed.
**I keed here too. My brother’s family lives in Southern California and I visit every year. I know that not everybody is kale crazy. (A lot are, though—come on, admit it. ;) )

Thanks for being good sports, gang! If small-town rom coms are your thing, check out Down on Love, on sale for only 99 cents (!) for the entire month of October (!!), all e-formats. If you like it and want to go back to Marsden for a second visit, grab book 2, Picture This, for only three dollars and change, before book 3, Lucky for You, comes out next year.

Next stop, tomorrow (Thursday, October 16):! See you there!

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