I'm a romantic at heart.. When I was younger, I crushed hard on passionate alpha-males who pursued their woman like Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind, shy and sweet beta-males like Jimmy Stewart in It's A Wonderful Life, and tough guys who loved their mothers like James Cagney in White Heat. I loved classic movies with heart-wrenching story lines, and I loved to read books with a happy ending (and a lot of sex) even more.
In 2003, I was working at a local radio station in Cleveland (my hometown) as an announcer and board operator. During my nightshift, I read an article that Harlequin had recently launched an imprint called Kimani Romance. The line of category novels, released monthly, would focus on Black love between Black people, written by Black authors. I was intrigued, and I decided that I would try to write a romance novel.
It took me seven years to write and edit my first novel LESSON IN ROMANCE. Though I have a B.A. degree in Communications, I had no formal training as a writer. I attended conferences, pitch sessions with agents, and entered lots of contests to receive feedback on my manuscript from other authors. Once the book was complete, I sent it several agents and was offered representation by Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency. He sent my manuscript to his editor contacts at Harlequin and six months later, I got THE CALL that every author desires. A major publishing house wanted to publish my book!
Of course, I said Yes! :)
LESSON IN ROMANCE was published in October 2012 under my pen name - Harmony Evans.
I won a couple of awards too. In 2012, I was a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards Double-Finalist (“First Series Romance” and “Kimani Romance”). In 2013, I received the Romance Slam Jam Emma Award for “Debut Author of the Year”.
Sadly, when HarperCollins purchased Harlequin, they decided to eliminate the Kimani imprint, along with some others. My last three Kimani Romance books, WINNING HER LOVE, WINNING HER HEART, WINNING HER HOLIDAY LOVE, were all published in 2018.
In total, I wrote nine contemporary romance books for Harlequin Kimani Romance. Although I was very blessed and happy to be writing for a major publisher, it was also incredibly stressful to be constantly under a deadline.
In the fall of 2018, I decided to take a break from writing, get out from behind my desk and pursue acting. It's all about portraying a made-up character in real life. It's great not to be stuck with my characters in my head all the time. LOL. I'm having a blast and meeting some absolutely fabulous and talented people in the industry. I plan on continuing to act as much as folks will hire me! :)
So what's next for Jen the Author?
I'm still in love with writing about love, because #loveislove - no matter what. I'm currently editing my latest contemporary romance novel THE REASON WE MET. I plan on self-publishing it on Amazon under my real name, rather than my pen name. So bye-bye to my author-ego Harmony Evans! In addition, I'm working on getting the rights back for my earlier Harlequin novels, and will be re-releasing them in the future.
Alex Dovington is a man with a secret. The internationally famous jazz musician never learned to read. If the world--and his legions of fans--knew, it would be a disaster. When he learns Cara Williams has been hired to teach him, he is reluctant to follow the plan. The sultry teacher will be given only three days to teach the music legend everything she knows. But the instructor becomes the student when Alex turns their mountaintop classroom into a sensual duet of passion.
Cara will do anything to keep the doors of her Harlem literacy center open. Even tutor the scandalously handsome saxophone player at his romantic weekend retreat. Alex may be schooling her in the fine art of lovemaking, but Cara has her own secret--one that could tear them apart forever....
Passion's the greatest score of all...
Life coach Natalie Kenyon helps her famous clients achieve happiness and lasting intimacy in their personal lives. But pro-basketball all-star Derek Lansing isn't so easy to pin down. His rags-to-riches story takes hold of Natalie's heart and his first electric touch ignites an irresistible desire. It could be a lose-lose if she becomes the sexy player's next conquest.
Derek is living every athlete's dream, surrounded by adoring fans and available women. But he still feels alone. Beneath his freewheeling playboy facade is a man yearning for redemption. As he struggles to get a slam dunk with the stunning, strong-willed Natalie, who is determined to reunite him with his family, he's forced to relinquish his guard and show her the real man behind the celebrity. As passion brings them closer together, Derek will do what it takes to score a win-win with the woman who's run off with his most valuable possession--his heart.
A Broward baby bump?
A Broward—and a world-class athlete, no less—unmarried and expecting? Laney Broward is amazed she has kept her pregnancy a secret this long. Now headlines are blaring from the tabloids that she is in the family way. She can't believe that one impulsive, out-of-character night could have such lastingrepercussions….
The news that he's a soon-to-be father stops millionaire heartbreaker Austin Johns in his tracks. This internationally known horse breeder never planned to become a parent, but he is warming to the idea of his own family. Laney can talk all she wants about her independence; they now have a bond that cannot be broken. Austin will stop at nothing to ensure his place in his child's life—and he will not rest until he finds his way back to Laney's loving arms….
Her hottest suspect yet…
Men have always been eager to tell Autumn Hilliard their most private secrets. Her fine mind—and natural beauty—are the reasons she's such an excellent private investigator.
But investment banker Isaac Mason isn't like the other men who strive for Autumn's attention. He's easily the sexiest man alive, and while his lean, muscular body screams temptation, his careful manner reveals nothing. Working her way into Issac's world at Paxton Investment Securities, Autumn intends to find out what makes the millionaire tick, while remaining detached in his enticing presence.
Autumn hopes that her instincts are right, and that Isaac is innocent of the fraud he's suspected of committing. Otherwise, come morning, will Autumn pay the ultimate price for giving her trust—and her heart—to the wrong man?
Secrets and passions are about to ignite!
Leaving LA was the best decision Vanessa Hamilton ever made. Becoming embroiled in a political scandal in her seaside hometown could be the worst. Bay Point mayor Gregory Langston wants the beautiful floral designer who is so committed to their community to help run his reelection campaign. It's bad enough he's planning to tear down the town's legendary carousel—now Vanessa's attraction to the charismatic homegrown politician is threatening to spiral out of control.
Women rarely say no to Gregory, and he's intrigued by his spirited campaign manager. Falling for Vanessa is a potential powder keg, especially when he and the impassioned activist are on opposite sides of a controversial issue. But a vicious smear campaign and a long-hidden secret could destroy more than Gregory's shot at a second term. Will it cost him forever with Vanessa?
A passion more than skin deep
Moving from Colorado to a seaside California town was a risky career move. But it could be the opportunity of a lifetime if Liza Sinclair can snag the plum job of designing a private clinic for America's plastic surgeon to the stars. All she has to do is beat out the competition by impressing Anthony Marbet with her innovative designs . . . and keep her attraction to the gorgeous physician from derailing her dreams.
The lovely architect has beauty and a vision that coincides with Anthony's plans for his growing practice and the exciting expansion going on in Bay Point. His love life may be a work in progress, but Liza tempts him to take their strictly-business relationship to the next level. Can he create a blueprint for the future with the woman who fulfills his ideas of perfection--inside and out?
A recipe for desire
Celebrity chef Micah Langston’s ambition keeps him successful, wealthy and single. His brother wants him to open a restaurant in their California hometown—and that means checking out the gorgeous competition. Jasmine Kennedy is falling for Micah’s intense seduction until she discovers his new venture will ruin her grandmother’s business. After tasting Jasmine’s sweet passion, Micah knows no other woman can satisfy him…but has betrayal spoiled her appetite for love?
He’s the man she shouldn’t trust...but can't resist...
Construction entrepreneur Trent Waterson has a passion for hard work, custom motorcycles…and the one woman in Bay Point who tries to avoid him. Former dancer Sonya Young is stunned to learn that her childhood home is in danger of being foreclosed. Even worse, Trent’s brother is trying to strike a deal for the property. Can Trent choose between family loyalty and their breathtaking chemistry?
Sleigh bells and seduction…
Mariella Vency never dreamed her son’s favorite soccer star would become his team’s temporary coach. Nor did she anticipate the sexy-as-sin playboy melting her guarded heart. Sam Kelly is everything a single mom could want—successful, charismatic…but completely off-limits. She can’t fall in bed—or in love!—with a man soon leaving town. Will Sam surprise her and make their yuletide fling more permanent?