Welcome Birthday Guest Kris Jacen!

Hi everyone! First, a blessed birthday to Amber. I hope the coming year brings you lots of joy and happiness.

When I thought over the*clears throat* many birthdays I’ve had, the one that always comes to mind is

one from when I was really young – maybe five or so? You see, I’m a Christmas Eve baby. Every year my nana (my dad’s mom) would make sure that I had a birthday cake on my day (we celebrated it earlier in the month with cousins after the church Christmas play).

Anyway, this particular year Frosty the Snowman was on the TV. This was back when it was only on ONE night and if you missed it? Oh well. All
I can remember is running and jumping into my grampy’s lap and yelling “Frosty tolded me Happy Birthday!” My grandfather must have thought I was nuts. But as that was many moons ago and it’s still making me smile? Yeah, I’ll go with that
being my most memorable birthday.

I’m currently working on BE WITH ME, the story of Rafe (Mooney) and Debbie Luna (yes, I’m writing a m/f but dang they deserve their story after being major secondary characters in most of my books). My latest release came out in May (ALWAYS WITH ME). It’s the stories of my twins, Cal and Cam Luna (Mooney and Debbie’s sons).


Calvin and Camden Luna — why yes, their dad is a big baseball fan— have moved around the world with their parents. Their father has been in the military since before they were born. Proud of their father and all he has done, neither of them is sure the military is for them. Haven’t they given up enough already? Cam is a fantastic baseball player and Cal loves the science of everything.

Tristan Nolan and Maddy Holt both grew up as military kids too, but neither of them moved around as much as the twins. Tris has always wanted to follow in the footsteps of those before him and make a career in the military; Maddy wants to save the planet and capture the heart of Calvin Luna… if he’d only open his eyes. Can Tris be himself — out and proud — and serve and protect his country? Can he end up with the one he’s loved for as long as he can remember?

What can happen when you grow up a military brat with the close ties from your fathers’ close friends and their families? Find the love of your life almost from the start? Or find out that maybe you’re all too close to have anything else?

Kris Jacen grew up just north of Boston, Massachusetts, met her soldier in high school but didn’t marry him until almost ten years later. She moved around with him and their daughters (born in two different states thanks to the Army) for the first 19 years of their marriage (they celebrated their silver anniversary in 2018) before settling in western New York.

She has been the Editor in Chief and Formatting Director for ManLoveRomance Press and its imprints since January of 2008 and has never looked back. Working with the amazing authors at MLR has allowed her to both hone her editorial skills and indulge her inner fangirl. She also acts as editor, mentor and sounding-board for newcomers which lets her “pay-it-forward” and help authors realize their dreams.

You can find out more about Kris on her website www.krisjacen.com.

Giveaway: Kris is doing a giveaway of a copy of ALWAYS WITH ME (my latest) or WAIT FOR ME, which is the first in the series.

20 thoughts on “Welcome Birthday Guest Kris Jacen!

  1. That is a nice birthday story. I have a funny Frosty memory too (but more about the sequel than the original movie). It’s great that you’re giving your secondary characters their story.

  2. Awwwwww, who doesn’t love Frosty? I totally believe he said Happy Birthday just for you!! I also remember when there were only a few channels and I was the changer with the rabbit ears and tin foil!!
    I have since bought every classic on dvd! Wishing you a Wonderful Birthday next month!
    Happiest of Birthday months to you, Amber!!

  3. Thank you for sharing your story. I remember being bummed if I missed the night one of the holiday movies aired.

  4. I too remember when Fosty only was on one night. I loved that song to me that is a real Christmas song such fun.

  5. Thank you for sharing. I love memories of my Oma and Opa! I think they are some of my most cherished. Thank you for sharing your book this is one I have not read and am looking forward to the story. I am intrigued by your m/f story after all I’m an equal opportunity reader!

  6. I love Frosty the Snowman as well. That would have made my birthday too when I was a kid, unfortunately my birthday is in November, so I kind of lucked out on that one. Your book sounds interesting. I don’t tend to read M/F any more, though. I find it hard to get into them after reading MM for 11 years. I’ve tried several times but not succeeded.

  7. Having a birthday on, or close to a holiday is tough, but everyone puts up lights just for you!

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