Follow Jennifer's life before she finally gave into her muse and became a writer. The path is lined with mystery, intrigue, and cleaning toilets ... seriously. Follow Jennifer's journey through the twists and turns of life that made her the person and writer she is today. Perfect for school groups, church groups, women's groups, writers groups and any inspirational event.
Book Cook: How to Bake the Perfect Book
Perfect way to introduce the art of writing to the young novelists in your life. As the Book Cook, Jennifer will walk your group of tweens/teens through the steps of novel writing with this interactive and fun presentation. Great for school groups, library programs, and summer reading programs. Can also be adapted for writers groups.
Indie Strong: How to be a Successful Independent Author
We're in the middle of a revolution in the world of publication. More and more authors are taking matters into their own hands and publishing independently. Before you take that step into the world of Indie learn the steps you need to take in order to not only produce a professional looking product, but to sell books. Prefect for writing groups, writing retreats, workshops, and conferences.
No Time to Write: Finding Writing Time with a Busy Lifestyle
Jennifer will teach you how to organize your day to find writing time, no matter how busy your daily life. As a busy mom, author, and speaker, she'll show you the tips and tools she uses to carve out enough writing time to finish that book. Perfect for writing groups, writing retreats, workshops, and conferences.
Social Media: Productive or Procrastination
This workshop guides you through the overwhelming world of social media making sure your time online is working for you. Learn the dos and don'ts of social media and useful tips to insuring you're not wasting valuable writing time on social media.
Confessions of a Contest Junkie: How to Write for and Win Contests
A self professed contest junkie, Jennifer will show you what you need to do to make writing contests work for you. From researching the former winners to knowing which contests to stay away from, if you're interested in becoming a contest junkie, this workshop is for you. Perfect for writing groups, writing retreats, workshops, and conferences.
The Art of Formatting
Jennifer leads you through a step-by-step guide of formatting your manuscript into a book that would make traditional publishers jealous. Wonderful for writing groups, writing retreats, workshops, and conferences.
Jennifer will give a review of the book of your choice, at the length of your choice, discussing not only the book, but it's inspiration and process, followed by a question and answer discussion period. Perfect for school groups, writers groups, book clubs. Jennifer is more than happy to join book group discussion for FREE, including far away distances via Skype.
Tragedy has struck the small town of Knollwood, Texas and Dovie Grant finds herself dealing with the loss of her husband and daughter. Despite her grief, she still must fight to bring her remaining family through the already trying times of The Great Depression. Her father needs help on their struggling farm, Quail Crossings. She isn't thrilled that he's hired a young 18 year old boy who's caring for his three younger siblings. Surviving her grief, as well as the constant dust storms that plague the plains, will Dovie be able to put her pain aside to care for these children or be forever trapped in the darkness of the loss in her family.
Return to Quail Crossings
No one expects Evalyn Brewer to return to Quail Crossings from California married with a child, and that includes Evalyn. She had dreams of Hollywood stardom, not dirty diapers and pigs. But when Robert Smith, a country boy from head to toe, offers her and her daughter a chance at a normal life, reputation intact, Evalyn can’t help but accept. Little does Robert know, Evalyn is keeping a huge secret. While Evalyn’s family members deal with prejudice in 1940s Texas, fertility, changes of the heart, and even a ghost come back from the dead, Evalyn must fight for her family or lose everything she has grown to love.
Missing Quail Crossings
World War II is finally over and Dovie Grant is thrilled that her loved ones are finally coming home. As Dovie’s longtime love, Gabe Pearce, and her adoptive son, Elmer Brewer, return home, the family is overjoyed. The happiness of their reunion is cut short when the news that Dovie’s son-in-law, Evalyn’s husband, Robert, is missing in action.
Even with Robert MIA, there is a ray of light when the Brewer’s long lost sister, Ellie arrives in their hometown, Knollwood, TX. With little information regarding her troubled past, Dovie takes Ellie home to Quail Crossings without hesitation, hoping to start the healing process for the young girl who now refuses to speak.
As Ellie deals with a lifetime of abuse, Elmer adjusts to life off the battlefield, and Evalyn aches for her lost love. Dovie is quickly realizing that the Germans may have surrendered but the battle at home is just beginning.
Forever Quail Crossings
Quail Crossings, settled in the sweeping plains of the Texas panhandle, has always been Alice Brewer’s forever place. Having spent her first full year away at college, she has gained a new appreciation for her peaceful home and new friend, Walter. Walter jumps at the chance to work at Quail Crossings when the opportunity presents itself. Not only does Walter want to learn his chosen trade of agriculture, but he also wants to be closer to Alice who has resisted his romantic advances.
The peaceful summer Alice has envisioned with her family and friend quickly dissolves as a stranger arrives proclaiming Quail Crossings as his own. Between the stranger and a natural disaster, the only home Alice has ever known could be destroyed forever.
Alice and the whole clan must put their lives in danger to save the very thing that has brought them together … Quail Crossings ... or say goodbye to it forever.
Sage McKennan never expected she’d have to go at it alone. Cooper Davis had always been by her side as they worked to fulfill their dream of owning a bed and breakfast named, Winter Song. One cold Wyoming night, Sage is brought to her knees by the news of Cooper’s death. She has never felt so alone. Little does she know Cooper hasn’t gone anywhere. His spirit is determined to stay with Sage, so she’s never alone again.
Noah Finnley is down on his luck. He can’t find work and now he’s being evicted. Things start looking up when the beautiful Sage offers him a partnership at Winter Song. Just one problem, she has a ghost attached to her and Noah’s no Ghost Whisperer. He knows taking the job at Winter Song is a bad idea, but with his landlord threatening to confiscated his belongings and throw him out on the street; he feels he has no other choice, ghost or no ghost.
The two men must work together when Sage stumbles upon a mad man's secret. If Noah and Cooper don't find a way to settle their differences, Sage could join Cooper on the other side, permanently.
Devastated to learn of the death of her summer love, Tyler Peck, Jessica Collins can’t imagine loving anyone else. Her heartbreak turns to joy when Tyler begins to visit her in her dreams, creating a beach paradise for only the two of them to share.
Soon all Jessica wants to do is sleep in order to spend time with Tyler. Her real life is slipping away into dreamland. Her mother, sick with worry, forces Jessica to take a job at the local library with the hope Jessica will stop sleeping her life away.
Jessica finds herself in unlikely friendships with an aspiring author named Eric Wheeler and an eccentric old woman named Betty. Working together with Eric on his manuscript and helping Betty fill in the pieces of her past, Jessica finds herself torn between choosing a real life for herself or staying in her dream world where summer never ends.
A Weekend with Effie
A high school student staying true to herself.
Four cousins hoping to find reconciliation.
A couple seeking to rekindle their fire.
A group searching for the truth.
Effie helps them all when they converge upon the historic Skirvin Hotel one beautiful October weekend.
In fact, Effie has always been in the business of helping people since she was hired as a housekeeper in the 1930s. And not even her tragic death has made her stop.
From young adult, to new adult, to adult romance, with a touch of paranormal, Effie links four individual stories from four different authors.
Effie and her unofficial sightings are the inspiration for this collaborative novel by Oklahoma authors Marilyn Boone, Heather Davis, Christine Jarmola and Jennifer McMurrain. Each award winning author spins her own unique yet interwoven tale that will not only raise the tiny hairs on the back of your neck but will warm your heart as well.
All presentations last 45 minutes to an hour, but can be altered to suit any time requirements.
E-mail Jennifer McMurrain at JenniferMcMurrain@gmail.com for rates and availability.