Reflections on my first romance conference + signing

What a weekend! For months I've been working with some seriously boss women from the New England Chapter of the Romance Writers of America to pull off a pretty large-scale romance writing conference, which the chapter (amazingly) does every year. Nearly 200 people signed up for a weekend full of workshops, speakers, agent and editor … Continue reading Reflections on my first romance conference + signing

Doodles, drawings and letter work

Yes, Jess Vonn is  mostly known for writing spicy, contemporary small-town romances, but she has other creative hobbies, too, including wire flower fairies (and zombies…) and fun with typography, love quotes, romance thoughts, graphic design and more… like these doodles, drawings and letter work.   Jess Vonn is the author of the "Love by The Seasons" series. Her … Continue reading Doodles, drawings and letter work

Love quotes + love thoughts + design

Yes, Jess Vonn is  mostly known for writing spicy, contemporary small-town romances, but she has other creative hobbies, too, including wire flower fairies (and zombies…) and fun with typography, love quotes, romance thoughts, graphic design, doodlesdoodles and more...    

A love letter to my creative support system

I haven't decided yet if I'll dedicate all of my books to my husband George, but so far that's the trend. He's wonderful, he's delightfully ridiculous, he's the LOML (love of my life) and I'll never get tired of sharing his amazingness with people (even though, for the record, he winces at any form of … Continue reading A love letter to my creative support system

The love(ish) song I’ll have on repeat this Groundhog’s Day

I'm picturing that Matrix meme: What if I told you that one of my favorite songs about contemporary romance is also related to Groundhog's Day? Well, it's true. A friend who knows my love of both musicals and all-things romance shared with me the song "One Day" from the Groundhog Day The Musical soundtrack. I adore … Continue reading The love(ish) song I’ll have on repeat this Groundhog’s Day

The role of restraint in romance

To desire, and then to demonstrate restraint in the face of that desire, is not only one of the sexiest elements of the romances I read and I write, but it's also one of their most important elements (especially in light of the #MeToo movement.)

Three centering practices that keep my creative work on track

I'm finding that in order to keep at my romance writing, I've had to introduce a lot of behaviors and tasks into my week that often have nothing to do with actually writing words toward my current work-in-progress. Some of these tactics are stolen from best organizational practices I've learned at the Day Job (as … Continue reading Three centering practices that keep my creative work on track

Warm up your heart (and other parts) with Warm Me in Winter

Warm Me in Winter, book 2 in Jess Vonn's 'Love by the Seasons' series, is now available on Amazon!  To an outsider, Carter Conrad has been doing an excellent impression of a man living a full life. He’s the respected chief of police for the small Midwestern town of Bloomsburo, and he’s appreciated as a … Continue reading Warm up your heart (and other parts) with Warm Me in Winter

My novel’s not perfect. Here’s why I published it anyway.

Yesterday was a very special day for me: it was the day my very first book was released. The support of my family and friends on this momentous event was overwhelming. YET, it was also a terrifying day, because it makes a gal feel incredibly vulnerable to put a work of art out into the universe. … Continue reading My novel’s not perfect. Here’s why I published it anyway.