Golden Leaf Spotlight on Romantic Suspense: Jessica James

New Jersey Romance Writer’s annual “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a month away!  To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists each day leading up to the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 16, 2015.

Spotlight on Romantic Suspense: “Meant To be,” by Jessica James (Patriot Press)


“I’m an old-fashioned girl,” Lauren said half-jokingly. “I don’t kiss on the first date.”

“I kind of figured that.” Rad did not relax his hold. “But the average date is about two and a half or three hours tops.”

“Yeah?” She studied him questioningly and found his expression so intense and galvanizing, it sent a tremor through her.

“And we’ve spent twenty-some hours together.”

She nodded. “Yeah.”

“So-o the way I figure it, we’re well past our sixth or seventh date.”

A slow smile spread across Lauren’s face. “Oh, I see your point.” It took only another second for her to decide that this was one of those times when the present moment was worth anything that might catch up to her in the future. She had never intended to feel this attraction, but it was too late to stop it now.  “In that case, I guess you have some making up to do.”

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Good luck to Jessica  and all our 2015 Golden Leaf finalists!

And it’s not too late to register for the conference. Visit our website for more information.


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