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.

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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!

To My Book Clubs: Sorry It Took So Long!

Jae and LaptopThe Forever and a Day Book Club Discussion Guide is now available! I must sincerely apologize for taking so long to put it up. My life has been a whirlwind the  last few months. In addition to great questions to help fuel your discussion, I put in a special interview with the author (That’s me!)  to answer those burning questions like, “Is this really the end of the Someday series?”  I even let you guys know what the title of my next book is! Check it out! I am available for book club discussions in person, via phone and or Skype.

Let’s chat!

Forever and a Day Discussion Guide

Look What Came in the Mail Today!

I IMG_0547know some of you prefer to have physical books in hand and now you can have a copy of Forever and a Day to add to your collection. There are several ways to get them.

1. You can get an autographed copy from me by ordering a copy from the I’m A Good Woman Store on Amazon. Here’s the link, http://www.amazon.com/shops/jaehenderson. You can  order from somebody else on Amazon or Barnsandnoble but it won’t be autographed. (-: It’s also $14.00 instead of $14.99.

2. Go to your favorite book store. If they don’t have it in stock they can order it for you.

3. Check my schedule and get a copy from me at one of my upcoming book signings or appearances. The next one is on Saturday, May 30th in Memphis, TN. Here’s a link to my schedule.

Thank you for your support and happy reading! If you want a sneak peak. Read the the first two chapters. Forever and a Day by Jae Henderson Ch1_2.