What Snapchat taught me about meeting my goals

In a college-level media literacy course I taught last semester, I challenged my students to alter their social media routines in a significant way for three consecutive days and then reflect on the experience. Many of them chose to give up a platform that they felt addicted to, and for many of them, this was … Continue reading What Snapchat taught me about meeting my goals

Why I’m Inviting You To a Reader Group

Odds are, you're probably already part of an online group. Maybe it's for your favorite brand of leggings or health shakes that a friend sells. Maybe it's an interest group related to your hobbies or your profession. Maybe it's a small, secret group of friends that provides one safe corner of the internet where you … Continue reading Why I’m Inviting You To a Reader Group

Celebrating A New “Making Year!” (Or, How I Got My Creative Work Organized)

I really love cycles. It's one of the reasons I find so much satisfaction in being an academic by day. The knowledge that there's always a new, fresh semester around the corner fills me with tons of creativity and adds wind to my sails all throughout the year. Self-care resolutions at new year's, the burgeoning … Continue reading Celebrating A New “Making Year!” (Or, How I Got My Creative Work Organized)

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.