What Is Inspirational Romance?

God Is LoveWhen I first started writing a man asked me what genre were my novels and when I replied inspirational romance he replied, “Isn’t that an oxymoron?” This was the first of many such encounters where I found myself explaining what exactly inspirational romance is. The simplest definition I can give is that inspirational romance is the edgier side of Christian romance. I often push the envelope of Christian fiction and romance with the actions of my characters. However, it never ceases to amaze me that most people assume that romance ALWAYS includes sex and if I’m writing about romance/sex it must be immoral. It is times such as these that I take the opportunity to enlighten others.

1.God created sex. Sex itself is neither dirty nor immoral. It is a beautiful physical expression of love and/or desire two people have for one another and a necessary process for procreation that was intended between a man and his wife.  It is the context in which people choose to have sex which leads to immorality and chaos. All we have to do is look at all the calamity that has come into play from sex being used outside of God’s will to know this is true. There is tons of data about the astronomical number of children being born out of wedlock and the also astronomical number of STDs being passed around the globe. We can even go deeper and cite sources about the emotional and developmental challenges that children who do not have both parents in the home often face. This is not to say that we would not have illegitimate children being born or STDs if everyone having sex were married. People have been having sex outside of their marriages for eons but I’m willing to gamble that the numbers would be far less than they are now.

2. Romance is not synonymous with sex. Although I recognize that within the literary industry when you say romance novel it is a given that it will contain sex and probably lots of it. However, when you add the word Christian or inspirational it becomes more about faith and less about sex. This is actually getting back to the truer sense of the word romance. Just as you can have sex without romance you can have romance without sex.  When I looked up the definition of romance this is what I found:

ro·mance—(rōˈmans,ˈrōˌmans/) noun— a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love.

By definition romance has to do with love not sex and God in His purest form is LOVE. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that I am able to write an inspirational or edgy Christian romance novel and explore all the facets of love and the emotions associated with it.

In each of my novels I display the love that God has for us and because of His infinite wisdom we are able to give this love to others in many ways–from acts of kindness to intimacy. I hope you’ll read my novels and allow me to spread a little love and God  in your lives.

Eat, Pray, Write

Novelist at Work“So, you’re on an Eat, Pray, Love tour,” said my good friend Randy after I shared with him that I am taking a hiatus from traditional employment to take a much needed extended vacation.

“You’re right,” I replied.

Until he said that, I never thought about it like that. I justified my actions by merely stating that I wanted a break from life as I know it. I think each of us should step out of our comfort zone and do something others would consider odd at some point in our lives. And when I tell people that I voluntarily returned to the world of freelance writing, an often stressful if you don’t hustle you don’t eat way of life, the look people give me tells me that this is my odd thing. Heck, sometimes I wonder if I made this decision in an irrational fit of emotion while I was overwhelmed with the impending death of my mother. Especially when I look at my bank account and remind myself that money will not magically appear on the first of May and I better drum up some clients….FAST. Yet, whatever the case, what’s done is done. My job is no longer my job. They hired someone new last week. So there is no looking back, only forward.

Unlike the blockbuster movie “Eat, Pray, Love” starring Julia Roberts, I am not a successful New York Times Bestselling author and I will not be traveling to some unknown land to feast on unhealthy, fattening food, find spiritual enlightenment, or meet my soulmate…I will be traveling domestically. Actually, my journeys have already begun. A week ago I went to New Orleans and while there I took a food tour where I was introduced to the Muffalata, the beignet, the Po Boy, and the praline. Mmm mmm good!  As I embark on this journey of rest and self-enlightenment I have three main goals.

1. Spend More Time With God
I’ve slacked off in this department and I know it. I used to spend every morning reading my Bible and pray every night. It’s time that I get back to it. Being disconnected from God is never a good thing.

2. Write one or more books
Not having enough time will no longer be an excuse for being unable to write. I will also spend time focusing on how to better market the books I do have as well as myself. Anybody need a guest speaker? I’m available.

3. Travel
Yep, I’m going to put those flight points I racked up to good use. I want to go to some places I’ve never been, see some things I’ve never seen, meet some people I’ve never met, and eat some food I’ve never eaten. Before the summer ends I plan to travel to Las Vegas, Tampa, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, and probably Dallas. At least I hope to go all of those places…I’ll see what my wallet dictates and where the universe leads me.

What I hope to gain most during this time is a newfound sense of purpose which will only come by strengthening my relationship with God. I hope to gain a better idea of what I want this next chapter of my life to look like because after living in Memphis FOREVER I am open to moving. I also hope to get some great tales to share with my readers. As I do, you better believe I’m going to eat some good food. I’m not opposed to love but I’m not looking for it. It or more correctly, HE, will have to find me. Wish me luck!

If you could take a hiatus from your job what would you do?

I’m Going On Tour!

ABlog_Tourll next week I will be on a virtual book tour. Each day I’ll tell you where to find me. It’ kicks off Monday!

Please join Diva as she chats it up with Author Jae Henderson on Monday, July 15th at 8pm EST. Please call in to offer support or ask questions at (914) 338-1494 or join us in the chat room at:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/divasliteraryworld/2013/07/16/diva-chats-with-author-jae-henderson

In the meantime, please enjoy this “In the Chat Chair” interview I did with author Nikki Walker. http://nikeezbookstore.wordpress.com/author-jae-henderson-is-in-my-chat-chair/

Would You Like A FREE Book

someday series2I’m giving away one book to three lucky readers on Memorial Day. In order to qualify for this random selection process all you have to do is sign up to receive my e-newsletter. If you’re already on the list you’re good! If not, sign up here. You will be able to receive all the latest news concerning my books, new releases, appearances and more give aways!

I will announce the winners on Tuesday via email blast. If you win, you will be able to select one book from the Someday trilogy (“Someday”, “Someday, Too,” and Forever and a Day”) for your reading enjoyment!

Thank you to my book give away sponsor Chose-N-Ones Entertainment and DJ Service.

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Watch Me on Friday, Fellowship With Me on Saturday

IMG_0555Spring is in the air, and I am ready to mix and mingle with readers! Come one, come all to the screen on your television and view me as I do an interview on local Fox affiliate WHBQ-TV (Channel 13 in Memphis, TN) this Friday, April 26th. My interview is scheduled to air at 9:20 am. I’ll be talking about my books but especially Forever and a Day.

Then on Saturday in Memphis, TN

Books, Beauty, and Historic Beale Street will masterfully collide on Saturday, April 27th when inspirational romance author Jae Henderson visits Kingdom Kreations DaySpa and Salon during a special Meet and Greet the Author Mix and Mingle from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited to partake in delicious refreshments, beauty specials, and entertaining book banter with one of Memphis’s very own and the author of the amazing Christian trilogy “Someday,” “Someday, Too” and “Forever and a Day”. Kingdom Kreations is located at 203 Beale St., Ste. 201, above Alfred’s Restaurant. For more information, call Kingdom Kreations at 901.590.2136.

Thank you to Kingdom Kreations and the owner, Stephanie Brown for this opportunity. What I LOVE about this event is that there are service specials being offered as well. Who doesn’t love a good book and a discount. ALL THREE OF MY BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE.

$5 Shellac Polish Only
$5 Mini Eye Makeup Application
$5 Brow Work

Find all the information on the Facebook Invite.

I hope you can make it. Smooches!

Preorder Forever and a Day Paperbacks

someday series2Over the weekend I received the proof for the paperback of Forever and a Day and placed my order. Now, you can too. If you love the feel of the paper as you turn the pages and devour the words penned by your favorite author then make sure that you are one of the firsts to get your copy. Paperbacks are only $14.99 and for a limited time shipping and handing is only $1.00. Normally it’s $2.99, but I’m in a good mood. This is the final book in the Someday trilogy so don’t delay in learning how the story ends. Order your copy today! Click here to place your order.

Estimated arrival is no more than two weeks.

Someday and Someday, Too Only $1.99 for a Limited Time

meandbookI would love to believe that everyone has read all of my books but I must be realistic. As I gear up for the release of Forever and a Day I would like to offer those who haven’t read the preceding books, Someday and Someday, Too, the opportunity to do so at a special price. Both books ae now being offered on on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com for only $1.99. (regular price $6.99) for a limited time. Find out how it all began before the finale is here! To read the book summaries  and an excerpt from Someday, click here. To take advantage of this special ebook price now click here!

The paperback version is available at your favorite bookstore or get an autographed copy from the author for $14.99. Happy Reading!

Reflections of the Beginning

As I sit here going over edits for the final book in the Someday Trilogy, Forever and a Day, I am reminded of why I wrote the first book, Someday. Thank you to everyone who has traveled with me through this journey of literary self-discovery. I hope you have enjoyed my progression.

Shortly after I released Someday, I penned a letter to my readers explaining why I wrote it. I thought it was worth another look.

 

FROM THE DESK OF JAE HENDERSON

I was hesitant to write this book. Although it is fiction, people often intertwine the author with the main characters. I was afraid that if I wrote a book where the main characters were celibate someone would try to make me the poster child for celibacy, put me inside a box or worse—on a pedestal. I was afraid that if I accepted one of those roles and then publicly faltered that my weakness would cause someone else stumble in their Christian walk. But God told me that it wasn’t about me, or what others would think of me because He had a message for me to relay. This book is my humble attempt to do so. I call my brand of fiction moral messaging, and this is the first of many moral messages. Every literary picture I paint is meant to plant seeds of wisdom in order to allow self-examination through God’s word to take root. We all have room for improvement.

What makes me qualified to write this book is the fact that I am a Christian and beautifully human. I’ve lived a life of celibacy successfully and unsuccessfully. And whether I was practicing abstinence or sexually active, God still showed me His love, grace, and mercy each day. Just like so many young women, I am striving daily to be the woman He created me to be. I am grateful for His unconditional love, and He has commissioned me to share it with others through my writing. He loves you the same way.

For most of my life I have been considered a “good girl,” known for doing what my family expected of me and what thus saith the Lord. Then, there came was a point where I tired of being “Ms. Goodie Two Shoes” or a “Holy Roller” because it seemed like everyone was enjoying life more than I was. I decided to try things the world’s way adopting an “if it feels good do it” philosophy. I soon realized that life wasn’t for me. I found out the hard way that my heart is directly connected to my body and giving myself to someone who had no or very little feelings for me only left me empty with meaningless sexual experiences to talk about. If I had the misfortune of developing feelings for my partner I also had the scars of heart ache, pain, disappointment and sometimes even embarrassment to show for my efforts. I discovered that I am 100 percent woman –full of heart and emotion and by refusing to acknowledge that I was abusing the part of me that makes me who I am.

Your morals are entwined into the very fabric of who you are. I encourage you to embrace them and not run from them. I came to the conclusion that I like being the good girl, and the Holy Spirit doesn’t seem like a bad selection to roll with. Yet and still, I’m not perfect. I have made and will make mistakes but I serve the perfect One.

I wrote this book to encourage those who were also raised with the knowledge that our bodies are precious and they are not to be given to anyone and everyone. To us, sex is more than a recreational activity. This book is for those who have tired of the world feeding us lies that the way to get a man is to perform your best sexual tricks as soon as you meet him. Perhaps you have heard that we are missing out on a whole lot of fun or we are selling ourselves short by not using our innermost parts to entice others for personal gain. Some of us still believe that our bodies are meant to be shared with someone we possess deep affection for and who cares for us deeply as well. Some of us are wise enough to know that real love transcends the physical and that true intimacy is obtained when two people’s minds and hearts connect and what happens physically can be a beautiful expression of that connection. This book is for those who realize that some things can’t be rushed and whether you are waiting to get to the altar or waiting for him to take the time to truly get to know you—you are worth waiting for. This book is also for those who want to live a Christian life but get weary at times and need a little encouragement. And its for those who just love a good love story. You’ll find one within Someday.

Many people have asked me if my main female character, Tee, is really Jae. I must admit that a few of my main character’s experiences are loosely based on my own, but she is not me. As the story evolved, Tee began to take on a life of her own, carve out her own place in her world and take ownership of it. She is her own woman. You’ll find out why I love her so much as her story unfolds.

Now, if you happen to be like Tee, still waiting for your prince and at times it seems that he may never arrive know that God has not forgotten you and He will answer your prayer SOMEDAY. You must be patient as He carefully unfolds His master plan for your life. I’m sure it’s greater than you could have ever imagined. You are His child, and He loves you that much. I pray that you enjoy my first novel. Be blessed!

Jae