Can you still love someone who did bad things?

I have been struggling for weeks now about something that is happening in Romancelandia and how to deal with it. 

Someone I worked with who I liked and respected professionally has recently been the subject of a lot of scrutiny, of both her present and past behaviour. My struggle is multi-faceted—how to reconcile the person I thought I knew with her beliefs and the actions she took; how to be an ally to authors of colour and maintain a relationship with this person; do I want to maintain a relationship with this person? Should I speak up or stay out of it? I'm not impacted personally, but what kind of ally am I if I stay quiet? And the uncomfortable realization that staying quiet is using (abusing) my privilege when others have been hurt. 

Can you still care about someone who did bad things?

To try to understand my feelings, I read articles about how women were feeling after men they knew and loved were accused of sexual assault. Experts referred to this as a "secondary trauma", since these women weren't harassed or assaulted, but they experienced a deep sense of betrayal by someone they cared about. Now, it's not exactly the same thing—I don't "love" this individual; we were not especially close, and no longer have even a professional relationship, but I do like her and I'm grateful for the support she's given my career. Her behaviour wasn't violent, but it was hurtful. And I learned that these women felt the same kinds of things I'm feeling now, and I gained some insights.

I learned that it's important not to make excuses for the person's behaviour.

I could talk about my own positive experiences working with this person—but that's irrelevant. What matters right now are the people who've been hurt by her actions.

We could consider how society was different in past decades, where African American romance authors had their books shelved in the "African American" section of bookstores, rather than romance. We can't blame one person for that; we can't change the past. But we can acknowledge that was wrong, and unquestionably hurt Black romance authors. We can apologize for that. We can do better.

I also learned we shouldn’t put their actions into a hierarchy of badness. Yes, this wasn't violent behaviour against other people, but it did negatively impact other people. So trying to put this on a scale of 1 to heinous racism doesn't matter. Trying to figure "what's worse—this or that?" can minimize the actions or even deny them.

I'm a member of RWA and we recently went through a painful examination of how past actions have hurt authors of color and LGBTQ authors. I learned so much from that intense discussion, and as uncomfortable as that was for many of us, it had to happen. It hurts and it's hard and it's ugly. We discovered awful things about people we respected, people we admired and looked up to as role models. We may have learned some painful things about ourselves. But this difficult conversation is necessary for us to move forward and be better. People must be held accountable for their actions.

So…can you still care about someone who did bad things? Someone’s whose beliefs are profoundly different than yours?

I would like to believe so. The world needs more caring and empathy. I write about love. I believe in the power of love.

One of the articles I read offered an opinion from experts that "The best chance of saving a relationship is if a person offers a sincere apology both to the victims and secondary victims, is generally remorseful and works to make amends to the people they’ve hurt."

This is what I need. I need to see acknowledgement of the hurts that were done. I need to see contrition. I need to see remorse. I need to see an honest effort to make amends.

I apologize for staying silent so long. It often takes me time to process things, and my inner conflicts and fears paralyzed me until I put my fingers to the keyboard to write about my feelings. I'm trying to learn and do better.

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IN IT TO WIN IT now available!

Yay! It’s the second book in my Wynn Hockey series. I’m so thrilled with the fabulous reviews this book is getting! Redeeming a hero can be hard, but I love JP and I hope you do too.


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Wynn family bonds bend but never break. . . .

JP Wynn: I admit, I’ve made some bad choices—on and off the ice.
Now all I want to do is show my team I can control my emotions while I’m playing and redeem myself with my family, especially with my brother, Théo.
I hate that I hurt him and I’m determined to stay out of trouble.
But the hot bridesmaid at Théo’s wedding is tempting me into another bad decision.
A little flirting and a hook up with Taylor seem harmless . . . until Manny Martinez jumps me on the dance floor and starts beating the crap out of me.
And just like that I add one more bad decision to my résumé.

Taylor Hart: I always thought hockey players were hot. Now I think they’re crazy.
Manny broke my heart when he got traded to another team and left without even a goodbye.
Then he showed up at my best friend’s wedding. All I wanted to do was show Manny that I was over him.
And the groom’s sexy brother, JP, seemed more than willing to be my distraction.
But after the way everything went down, I want nothing to do with any of them.
Easier said than done. Especially when Lacey’s new brother-in-law is always around. . . .
And I keep thinking about the wedding night, when we snuck away to his room for the best sex of my life.

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Because I know not everyone will read GAME ON, I’m posting the Acknowledgements here — and I have one more to add, who wasn’t around when I wrote this! HUGE thanks to Heather Roberts at L.Woods PR and all the fabulous bloggers who work with her, for getting my books out there and visible!

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This is the end of the Aces Hockey series, but never fear, dear readers, there will be more hockey romance from me! Stay tuned to my blog, my newsletter, and social media for news about my next hockey series, Wynn Hockey . . . some of the Aces may even make cameo appearances in the upcoming stories.

I have so many people to thank for helping to make the Aces Hockey series so successful.

First of all, Major Misconduct was the manuscript that landed me my fabulous agent, Emily Sylvan Kim, who has been such a support ever since. Thank you, Emily, for believing in my Aces and in me!

Major Misconduct was also the manuscript that landed me a contract with Loveswept. I am forever grateful to everyone at Loveswept for all you’ve done for me and my books—Sue Grimshaw, Gina Wachtel, Matthew Schwartz, Madeleine Kenney, and the cover designers and production team who work on my books. My writing career has grown so much because of all of you.

To all the authors in the Hockey with Heart group—you are amazing, talented, generous people who also love hockey like me. We can ask the most arcane questions—about dressing rooms and planes and cellphones and game-day schedules and WAGs and NHL rules and so much more, and everyone shares whatever they can to help each other.

To bloggers and reviewers who share the word about my books, thank you for all that you do.

I also have to thank the sports reporters at the Winnipeg Free Press. Pretty sure you guys don’t read romance, so you’ll probably never see this! But living in a hockey-crazy city with a local newspaper that reports multiple articles daily on the Winnipeg Jets during hockey season, including a lot of special interest stories about the players and their lives, has given me so much information and so many story ideas.

And if I’m going to thank the local newspaper, I might as well thank Mark Chipman and David Thomson for bringing the Jets back to Winnipeg! I started writing hockey romance before we had an NHL team here again, but now that we do, it has made my hockey writing so much more authentic. Now I get to go to actual NHL games—and it’s research!

Another person to thank is Lance Thomson, who was the photographer for the Winnipeg Jets the first four years they were back in Winnipeg. He answered my many questions and gave me interesting details as well as behind-the-scenes looks at things.

Chicago! I love you! I fell in love with Chicago during my numerous visits, when I soaked up the atmosphere, the culture, the history, the food, and even attended an NHL game! The more research I did, the more I fell in love with the city. Thank you for being a wonderful home to my Chicago Aces.

Thank you to the members of my Sweet Heat Reader Lounge, who are always there for me, answering crazy questions about country music songs and kids’ movies and team mascots. I love you all!

Most of all, thank you to all my readers. I am so moved and humbled by your love for the Aces team and these books. Readers and reviewers have complimented my hockey knowledge, and that means the world to me. I love the sport of hockey and take pride in getting it right. But I also want to write engaging characters and heart-warming romances . . . and readers have responded to that too. While my first hockey series made me a USA Today bestselling author, I was thrilled that Icing and Top Shelf also hit that bestseller list. And that is thanks to everyone who bought my books. I am so deeply grateful.

Kelly Jamieson
GAME ON is now available!

The release of GAME ON makes me both happy and sad. I loved writing this book. I loved Cam and how he grew through the story. I love his dirty mind and his generosity. I love Olivia and both her strength and her insecurities. But IT’S THE LAST ACES HOCKEY BOOK! 

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I always intended the series to be 9 books; that seemed like a good number. And it was super fun to write the epilogue and connect all the stories up, revisiting the characters from way back at the beginning. 

But I’m going to miss all these people and Chicago so much!

 I’ve been to Chicago a number of times, and I love it. Last winter I wanted to do a winter research trip, so I booked the trip around a hockey game my Winnipeg Jets were playing against the Blackhawks. I contacted my author friend Kate Meader to see if she wanted to go to the game with me. So we did! We had dinner, went to the game at the United Center, which I’d always wanted to visit, and I spent a few days wandering around and doing the research that appears in Game On – a small tribute to the city that is home to my Aces team.

 Now…my internet browser is open to sunny California as I write my next hockey series – WYNN HOCKEY. Not gonna lie – I absolutely loved writing the first book (Play to Win) and that made it a lot easier to say goodbye to my Aces guys. But maybe it’s just au revoir…until we meet again…as some of the Aces could always make appearances in the new series!



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December Updates!

Seasons Greetings!

It’s almost mid-December and time for a few updates!



I recently moved some of my books into Kindle Unlimited as an experiment – I hope that I’ll be able to reach some readers who want to read my back list books but can’t afford to purchase them all, by making them free on Kindle Unlimited.


It’s a little hard to know on Amazon which books they are, though…Amazon’s not helpful that way! So here’s a list of the books that are now in KU:

Love Me

Love Me More

2 Hot 2 Handle

Conference Call

Sexpresso Night


Lost and Found

Power Struggle

Power Play

Power Shift

And the complete Power Series boxed set



Also…do you like to LISTEN to your books?

Kelly Jamieson
Why we remember...

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada, a day when we remember the members of our armed forces who have died in the line of duty.



This year, it seems more important than ever to remember those who served…and why they served, especially in World War II. That war fought Italian fascism, Japanese militarism and their invasion of China, and the political takeover of Germany by Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party and its aggressive foreign policy.

 “World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.” Wikipedia

 After the war ended, the Allies formed the United Nations in an effort to maintain world peace and adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 as a common standard for all member nations. France, China, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union and the United States became the permanent members of the UN's Security Council.

During World War II, the Allies adopted the Four Freedoms—freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from fear, and freedom from want—as their basic war aims. The United Nations Charter "reaffirmed faith in fundamental human rights, and dignity and worth of the human person" and committed all member states to promote "universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion."

Today, it is terrifying and horrifying to see with our own eyes that these fundamental freedoms are under attack, and more important than ever to remember why they fought…for freedom.

Kelly Jamieson
BIG STICK is out now!
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A brooding hockey hunk learns to embrace life—and love—from a single mom who takes the world one puck at a time.

Big move . . . Jodie’s motto is “Don’t wait for the perfect moment—take the moment and make it perfect.” And that’s just what she decides to do when she moves to Chicago with her two-year-old daughter. Now all Jodie needs is a place to live, and her best friend’s boyfriend has just the answer.

Big stick . . . Nick Balachov has zero interest in socializing, partying, or flirting right now. It’s not that he doesn’t like women. He loves them. It’s just that hockey, casual hookups, and hanging out at home are enough for him these days. Now Nick has a big problem—because the woman living in his empty coach house is a major distraction.

Big deal? The more Nick tries to keep his distance, the more Jodie needs him—around the house, that is. First he helps with the snowstorm, then the power outage. Nick even finds himself trying to impress her little girl. What the hell is wrong with him? Jodie represents everything Nick doesn’t want. But maybe she’s just what he needs. . . .

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I've been terrible about blogging and I apologize. My summer was completely consumed with moving -- I bought a condo, put the house up for sale (which involved a lot of cleaning, minor repairs, decluttering and staging) then moved into the new place (lots of painting and decluttering again!). I went back to finish cleaning the house and then unpacked in the new place and got things organized. By mid-September I was settled into my new home, and I really, really love it. I love the paint colors I chose and how they go with my furniture, I love my little deck outside and I love how cozy the condo is. But all this put me behind schedule on my writing. I've missed my deadline for book 1 of The Wynns, (first time ever I've missed a deadline) but I've gotten back on track so I'm hopeful we won't have to delay the release (January 15, 2019)

At the end of September I went to Romance Author Mastermind in Houston. What an amazing conference! It was very focused on marketing and branding, which is something I need to do better at, and I learned so much. I came home with a long "to do" list for me, my assistant and my publicist! We're working one some new things, so watch for them!

And I just got back from the Shameless Book Con in Orlando. Wow! What a great time! The book signing was amazing—thank you to everyone who came by whether to buy a book, to get me to sign your awesome creations, or just to say hi. I loved meeting you all! It was also great to meet other authors, some I’ve met before, others I know on line but have never met in person. Now I need a rest! I also need to get writing!

Kelly Jamieson
Playing Hurt is now out!

Are you missing hockey like I am? Well now you can have your hockey and romance!

Playing Hurt is now available!




Okay, I know not everyone is a hockey fan. But you don’t have to be a hockey fan to enjoy Playing Hurt, because even when my heroes are hockey players, my goal is to write a moving, entertaining romance.

The next Aces player to fall is Chase!

He’s playing hurt. She’s laying low. And they’re both flirting with disaster.
 Chase: The last thing I’d ever want to do is let my team down. After overcoming my bad-boy reputation, I was dominating on the ice. But things aren’t going so well this season, and even my parents think I’m partying again. Now I’m really worried about my career. The only bright spot in my life is the Twitter flirtation I’ve struck up with pop princess Jordyn Banks. Turns out she’s a huge hockey fan—and she’s willing to wager a date on her favorite team. . . .
Jordyn: Even though I’m an L.A. fan now, I’ve always had a soft spot for the Aces, since I grew up in Chicago. Then I lose a bet to Chase Hartman, and suddenly I’m up close and personal with a pro athlete who’s anything but soft. Not only is Chase the hottest guy I’ve ever met, he’s secretly super sweet. As if I had time for a relationship . . . yeah, right. But when I suddenly have nothing but time on my hands, he’s the only one who understands. Now, with both of our careers at stake, Chase is tempting me to put my heart on the line too.

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Fun fact about Playing Hurt:  Chase and Jordyn’s Twitter bet was inspired by a real life story – a fan made a Twitter bet with Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard and they did go out on a date. Of course my mind went farther than that…what if that was the start of a real romance? That’s a fresh and modern “meet cute” that I wanted to turn into a happy ever after.

My favorite things

This summer I'm loving this Sangria! A nice refreshing way to drink red wine, over ice with fruit! You don't even need to add fruit to this one, it tastes so good.


And THIS bronzer! Perfect colour and shimmer!


I’ve been too busy to go shopping so I have no “shoe news” to share with you. ☹ Busy buying a new condo and getting ready to move – eep! Not to mention finishing off the last of the Aces Hockey series and handing that book in RIGHT ON DEADLINE, and planning out the next hockey series, The Wynns. I’m excited to tell these stories!


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Screwed is out now!


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(I'm still in love with this cover!)

I just want to remind folks that this book was previously released as a part of The Sutherlands multi-author anthology a few years ago, so some of you may already have read it. It has been re-edited, updated, and about 20,000 words added.

Check out more about it here!

Other May news…

I just signed a contract with Loveswept for a new hockey series! Woohoo! Watch for more news about Wynns Hockey, coming in 2019!

I’ve been happily digging in dirt and planting my flowers. The weather here has been lovely although we could probably use more rain.

If you’re not into gardening and flowers, this might not excite you but YOU GUYS! I found a dream come true plant – a YELLOW MANDEVILLA.



My old auntie, who also used to love to garden, used to buy me a Mandevilla plant every spring—and they were absolutely lovely, but they have PINK flowers. Nothing wrong with pink, but I’m not a “pink” person. I like lots of oranges and yellows in my garden. So when I found this yellow Mandevilla, I had to have it!

Do you like Sangria? I do, especially in summer! I found this sangria that is super delicious and easy since it’s already made. You don’t even have to add fruit, it tastes amazing even without, but adding some is nice.


Enjoy your summer and happy reading!




Kelly Jamieson
May Updates!

Hello all!

It's the most wonderful time of the year! HOCKEY PLAYOFFS!


I wouldn't be this excited about it, but this year my Winnipeg Jets are IN the playoffs and they just won the second round to move on to the Western Conference final. This is the only Winnipeg Jets team in history that's made it this far in the playoffs, even going back to Jets 1.0, so the entire city is going crazy right now LOL. I'm so excited!! 

Other news

Hey I'm on Radish now! 


Have you checked out this app? It's a pretty cool way to read. There are some free things to get you started including a book by me! I'll be uploading more content soon!



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This cover is AMAZING!  


I absolutely love it. I'm a little sad because it's the last book of the Aces Hockey series (out October 2018) BUT never fear, another hockey series is in the works!

Watch for more details and pre-order links!

Kelly Jamieson
April Updates!

I have a new cover!


Isn’t this gorgeous?? I absolutely love it. He has the perfect expression for Cash.

I don’t have pre-order links yet, but you can add it on Goodreads

Other news


Some of you might not appreciate how f*cking important this! Since Jets 2.0 came back to Winnipeg, we’ve only made it to the playoffs once, and we lost in 4 (hard fought, physical) games. THIS WHOLE HOCKEY CRAZY CITY IS GOING TO GO NUTS!


I’m beside myself with excitement, while tempering that with some realism. *sigh* Whatever happens, I’m happy not only for me and all the other fans, I’m happy for the players. At the beginning of the season, Captain Blake Wheeler said something like “it has to be this year.” I know it’s been frustrating for him and others. So I’m thrilled for them to have this. They’ve worked hard for it. They deserve it. And we are all behind you and cheering for you to go all the way!!


Things I’m loving

Just recommended this oil to another author who also has not-curly, not-straight, frizzy hair. I swear by this stuff. My hair is so dry and frizzy, this turns it into normal-looking smooth hair.



Found this new concealer and it’s pretty awesome! I don’t know if anything will help the big bags under my eyes, but I like how natural this looks.


I hope spring weather is finding you!. We're having a slow spring, but oh well, summer will come!


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A short statement about Riptide Publishing

I have one book with Riptide Publishing. In 2013 (2012?) Sarah Lyons approached me about Riptide's annual Christmas charity anthology. They were doing a ménage theme that year. Sarah expressed admiration for my ménage romances and invited me to contribute a story, which I did. I have met Sarah and others from Riptide Publishing numerous times at RT conventions, and participated in a panel discussion about LGBTQ romances that Sarah coordinated.

I will be requesting the rights to my book back, however it is contracted with them until November 2018.

I wish I had some brilliant, comforting words but right now all I can say is, I am so deeply saddened and disappointed about what I have learned today. To those who have been hurt by this, I'm so sorry and I stand with you.

Kelly Jamieson
Long Shot is now available!

Yay! Long Shot, Book 3 in my Last Shot series, is now out! I'm a little sad because it's the end of the series, but I'm excited for you to have Cade and Reese's story. (And lots of readers are falling in love with Jack, apparently!) For those who haven't read the first 2 books, no worries - they can all be read as a standalone, so feel free to start with this one!

I love a really good "grand gesture" from the character who screws up the most - and I think Cade nails it in this book. That's all I'm sayin'. 


I didn't do a February update here, for a really dumb reason. My internet was acting up the day I was trying to post and every time I tried to upload a picture, the site crashed and I lost everything. I finally gave up in complete frustration (yes there were several F bombs). So far, things seem okay so let's try this again!

The days are already getting longer - woohoo, it's still light out after 5:00 PM! Lots of people I know are off on hot holidays to Mexico or Cuba, but not me *sigh*. I had my trip "south" when I went to Chicago last month, LOL. But that's okay because I'm busy, busy writing. I'm that close to finishing Big Stick, Aces Hockey book 8, which will be out in October. And then...I'll be writing book 9, which is likely going to be the last in the Aces series.  But don't worry! I'll definitely be writing more hockey! Stay tuned for news about a new series.

Did you notice the new look for the blog and website?  Thanks to the awesome Lauren Layne and Anth at Last Word Designs for the refresh! I love how clean and simple it is!

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I used to buy my favorite lip balm (and that's actually what it's called!) at Bath and Body Works, but they don't seem to carry it any more. So I went on line and googled Dr. Bigelow and found it! Yeah! I ordered a whole bunch, so I am well stocked for a while. I love this night balm because it's thick and it stays on all night, and it tastes DELICIOUS.



I'm still into these red wines that are aged in whiskey barrels. I've tried a few others now...this one's a Canadian wine from the Okanagan, which is also aged in whiskey barrels.



I haven't bought any shoes for a while, but I keep pinning pics on Pinterest - I love these ones!




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January Updates!

Wow it’s half way through January already! Christmas is a distant memory. I don’t know about where you are, but we are living through a deep freeze here. It sounds like a lot of people are having unusually cold weather this year - apparently iguanas are falling out of trees in Florida because they’re frozen!

I just came back from a few days in Chicago, where people were complaining about the cold too. (Actually so was I, but I felt like a wimp when I got home and it was even colder.) The first day I was there was beautiful, it was actually raining a bit and there was NO SNOW which was not what I wanted to see. But I have now experienced Chicago in the winter. Michigan Avenue is beautiful at night with all the little white lights in the trees. Here's a pic of the river...

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I also went to a hockey game at the United Center, which was super cool! My Winnipeg Jets were playing the Blackhawks. Sadly it wasn’t the greatest game, and we lost 2-1, but it was still a great experience (and we’re still ahead of Chicago in the standings!) Some differences between an NHL game in Chicago and in Winnipeg:

-          While announcing the opening lineup, they misspelled and mispronounced Shawn Matthias’ name (it’s not Matthais)

-          Everyone cheered and clapped through the American national anthem so you couldn’t even hear it. That seemed odd.

-          After Chicago scores, everyone sings Chelsea Dagger. I have to admit, it’s a damn good goal song and I approve of this tradition, however our Jets goal song Gonna Celebrate is good, but not really singable…

-          The girls in the Chicago Ice Crew wear little short skirts. I knew about this, but again it’s different than Winnipeg where the girls in the Ice Crew wear the same pants and jackets as the guys. Also, the girls in skirts skate around in a half-hearted way, scraping lethargically at the ice with their shovel.

Biggest difference:

-          There are a lot of Stanley Cup banners hanging from the rafters!


I went to the game with fellow hockey romance author Kate Meader. She did a fantastic recap of our evening on Facebook. It was so much fun hanging out with her!

I also did some setting research and a little shopping so it was a fabulous trip. Now I’m home and need to get caught up and back to writing!

Only one month until release of Long Shot, the last book in my Last Shot series! Woop!



Things I’m loving this month


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Loving this wine! It's aged in oak whisky barrels and it tastes amazing. Here's how their website describes it: Double Barrel Shiraz has a full and generous palate with a beguiling mix of sweet red fruits and dark chocolate indicative of its origins as Barossa Shiraz; Subtle toasty vanillin.

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My wonderful assistant Stacey Price sent me this for Christmas - she knows what I like! 

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My new purse I bought in Chicago!


Stay warm, everyone! Good time to curl up with a good romance!


Kelly Jamieson
Happy new year!!
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The end of one year and the beginning of another one is always a time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. I’m not one for resolutions, and planning for a whole year makes me break out in hives, but I do think having some hopes and goals for the coming year is important. And of course we can learn from the past.

Some of you may know that 2017 was a difficult year for me personally. It affected my writing and I wasn’t as productive as I’d like to be. Which actually means that next year will be impacted and I’ll only have 4 books out in 2018. I’ve been accustomed to being on a 5-6 book/year schedule, so this will be different for me.

I think 2017 was also difficult for many other authors and creative people. The politics in the US had a dramatic effect on me and other authors. I’m not even American! But I care about all the readers and friends there I’ve made over the years. I also hear from many authors that it was a challenging year in terms of sales…many have noted sharp downturns. There are many possible factors but I’ve heard that a successful author doesn’t just need talent, she needs persistence. I’ve had rejections and ups and downs over a nearly 10 year publishing career, so I AM PERSISTING!

Like I said, I don’t usually make resolutions, but last year on January 1 I resolved to write in a journal every night before bed—and it could only be positive things. When I had a shitty day at the day job, or problems in my personal life, or I got a bad review on one of my books…I couldn’t write about that. It had to be positive. I admit…some days that was really hard. But there’s always something to be positive about...something to be grateful for…I have a house. A car. A job. Great kids. My dog. I am blessed and lucky in so many ways. Sometimes I’d start to write… “I only wrote 500 words today”…and I’d strike the “only” and write “I wrote 500 words today”. Or  “I went for a run but it was hard” — I’d change to “I went for a run”. It has made such a difference in my life. I’m going to continue to do this and I recommend it to anyone who struggles with stress, anxiety, self-doubt and even sleep issues.



Looking forward — I’m going to try to be more strategic in my business planning. I feel like marketing and promotion is all a crap shoot and I’m just shooting fish in a barrel any time I try something! But I’m going to try.

I hope that with only 4 releases I have more time to focus on writing and I’ll get ahead of things for 2019.

In the world… I predict 2018 will be the year of women.

This past year, men have fucked up a lot of things in the world. I’ve been fascinated with US politics since Donald Trump got elected and over the last months, I’ve observed that the people who are coming to the rescue are women. The journalists I follow who give me the best information -- Rachel Maddow, Sarah Kendzior, Natasha Bertrand. There’ve been some strong female politicians. There have been women who’ve all come forward with their stories of sexual harassment and assault by men in power, in the entertainment industry, in politics, in journalism.

The men who obsessed over Hillary Clinton’s emails, who gave Donald Trump more air time and coverage and who trashed Hillary— at least a dozen of those men have now lost their jobs because of sexual harassment.

The female voters, especially women of color, who made huge differences in Virginia and Alabama elections. The women who got elected in those elections. The women who are running for office now.

And romance writers – we can make a difference.

There are still so many misconceptions about what romance is. People think romance isn’t feminist because it shows women can’t be happy without a man, or all romance heroines are submissive doormats (waiting to be thrown over the back of a horse and ridden off with – ha!). Romance isn’t taken seriously by so many people.

Readers STILL sometimes react badly to strong heroines who go after what they want. I’ll never forget an early review for Major Misconduct – Lovey is fun and outgoing and confident and she goes after the man she’s attracted to – and a reader called her “uber slutty”. WHAT?? Others called her TSTL even though she was starting her own business and doing well at it. Heroes, on the other hand, will be forgiven for almost anything—but heroines, nope, one mistake, one bad decision, one strong assertive moment makes her a bitch, stupid, unlikeable or a slut.

I grew up in the 70s and I remember the slut shaming. Romance novels then reflected that, with rape fantasies and forced seduction—because it wasn’t okay for women to WANT sex. Let’s get past that. Let’s get past that internalized misogyny. Women should not be so hard on each other! These days, romance novels reflect strong women with agency, with goals and hopes and dreams who fall in love along their journey.

As I mentioned, I’ve had personal difficulties this past year, and being a romance writer helped me in ways I never would have anticipated. Now I recognize gas lighting. And I ask myself, if I was writing this story, how would my heroine behave? She’d be strong. She’d be optimistic that things will work out, but she wouldn’t just sit back and wait for things to work out, she’d take charge of her own life and fight for what she needs. So I am doing that.

I'd like to take the opportunity to thank the team of people who work with me -- my agent, editors, marketing and PR people, my assistant, cover artists, blurb writers, formatters...and most especially my readers. I love to write romance and I'm so grateful to everyone who helps me and to everyone who buys my books!


Kelly Jamieson
December updates!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays however you may celebrate!

The shopping is done, the presents are wrapped, the turkey is thawing! I think I'm ready! As usual, I've probably forgotten something, but there are still a couple of days if I have. I'm now off from the day job until January 2, so I'm looking forward to sleeping in, lots of food, family and friends, and hopefully lots of writing time!

I'm filling the house with this scent...because I have an artificial tree...this smells AMAZING...

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And here's my tree...



I'm on Spotify now, so I can share some favorite music! This album is still my favorite Christmas album, even though it's a children's album. My kids went to French immersion school and we played this all the time when they were little...and I still love it!


DANCING IN THE RAIN is one of Denise's top picks for the year at Shh Mom's Reading!



And don't forget...if you haven't already read them...I have THREE Christmas stories...

All I Want for Christmas

Three of Hearts

Off Limits

For a little holiday romance reading...enjoy!

All the best of the season to you and your families!


Kelly Jamieson
November updates!

Thanks to everyone who bought Slap Shot! I’m always so grateful when people buy and read my books. The next Aces book won’t be out for a while (July!) so don’t forget about me and my hockey guys! But I’ll have a couple of other books out in the meantime…

Long Shot - the last book of the Last Shot series - out in February

Screwed - out in May

Don’t forget about my Pinterest board for Aces hockey for some visual inspiration…and some hints at upcoming characters…

If you haven’t already got it, Breakaway is still free everywhere! Great chance to start my Aces Hockey series!









Reader questions of the month!

Speaking of Breakaway…

A few readers have asked about the loose ends in the story…wondering about an epilogue.

Well, Breakaway is book 1 in my Heller Brothers hockey, and the loose ends are all tied up if you keep reading the series…you’ll read more about Jase and Remi and Jase’s baby…also Heller brothers Tag and Logan. The series ends with Matt’s book, Offside, where you get a little look at the future and an epic epilogue that ties up the whole series. I made myself cry with that one. :-)

I’ve also had a few emails about my Brew Crew series:

Will there be another book in the Brew Crew series? Why isn't there an epilogue in the first two books?

When I started this series, my plan was to write 3 books. At that time, they were published with Samhain Publishing. Sales had been declining sharply and I was hesitant to write even book 2 in the series, but I’d committed to that one. Before I could write book 3, Samhain went out of business. I got the rights back and re-released books 1 and 2, and I could still write book 3, but I’ve signed contracts with another publisher that limit when I can publish other books. I’m pretty much booked up with them until March 2019. It could still happen, but it looks really hard to fit it into my schedule.

As far as an epilogue goes---I’d hoped to give that peek at the future for Levi and Sloane, and Bailey and Mason, in book 3 —  but the question gave me the idea of writing an “epilogue” that I could share with readers…so if I can find time to squeeze that in, I definitely will!

Here are a few new things I'm involved in:

Racy Reads Party Room

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This is a fabulous new Facebook group I’m part of — lots of amazing authors interacting daily with readers, awesome giveaways, parties and takeovers, news about releases and sales, and lots of fun!


And have you heard of Book + Main?

This is brand new and I haven’t even got a good feel for it yet, but sounds like it has awesome potential as a way of discovering new authors and books. (I’m a reader too and always looking for new reads!). I’m trying it out, so come follow me and let’s find new books together!


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I bought these new shoes...aren't they adorable? 



Wine - a really delicious ZInfandel

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Lip gloss - I'm so pleased with this find! The colour (Maple) is nice and natural for me, and it has lots of pigment and is shiny, but lasts long like a lipstick.

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Playlist - I'm loving Your Favourite Coffeehouse!



Kelly Jamieson
SLAP SHOT is now available!

I'm exited for this release because so many readers have been asking about Max (Hallsy) and his HEA!. It's finally here!

Fun fact: This is the first book I've ever written that is entirely in the hero's point of view. I was nervous attempting something different, but I've always enjoyed writing male point of view scenes, and I think it turned out well. Reviewers are agreeing:

"I was overjoyed to discover that this author writes fantastic male POV…an emotional read, an incredibly sexy story, angsty at times, heartwarming at others... all in all, a really solid story. I really liked it!"    ~ Angie and Jessica’s Dreamy Reads






Kelly Jamieson
September updates!

This post will mostly be about my recent trip, but I also want to remind you that BREAKAWAY is FREE right now everywhere! If you haven’t read my first hockey series, Heller Brothers Hockey, now’s a great time to start!

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As you may know from social media, I just got back from a trip to London, England with my daughter. We had a fantastic time. We did lots of touristy things, lots of shopping, lots of eating and drinking. One of my favorite things about traveling is wandering and stumbling upon cute little streets or buildings or restaurants, and that happened a few times. I also got to meet in person with one of my readers from my Sweet Heat Reader Group, and with fellow author RJ Scott. We had lunch one day and it was awesome to meet them in person! As well, I had a family lunch on Saturday with my uncle, three of my cousins and one cousin’s wife and three kids. We don’t get to see each other often, needless to say, so it was fantastic to get together with them.

The British people are so wonderful. They are so polite — I think they say “sorry” as much as we Canadians do. Like the day I was sitting on a bench on the Underground platform…I stuck my feet straight out in front of me to look at my shoes and a man nearly walked into them. And HE said, “Sorry, ma’am.” (I believe in translation that means, watch what you’re doing with your feet you stupid bitch.)

We also loved the British sense of humor. Maybe it’s the accent, but everything they say sounds funny.

The British are also brave. Just before we left on our trip, an explosion happened in the Underground. People asked us if we were still going. Well, Londoners have no choice. They have to deal with that every day. And so we said we weren’t going to let it stop us either. We rode the Tube many times every day. We walked across Westminster Bridge. And we thought of the people who were killed or injured in senseless tragedies.

Here are a few pictures from my trip.

Tower Bridge from Tower of London

Tower Bridge from Tower of London

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

White Tower

White Tower

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral

Afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason

Afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Big Ben

Big Ben

Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street

And of course I bought shoes...  :-)

Kelly Jamieson