The Latest from Jen

I’m participating in BookSweeps Romantic Women’s Fiction book giveaway (March 6-13, 2017)

Have  you read The Cottage at Firefly Lake? For a limited time, you can enter to win my book plus more than 40 fantastic Romantic Women’s Fiction novels from an amazing collection of authors, PLUS A KINDLE FIRE!

Enter the contest by clicking here

This contest runs from 6-13 March 2017 and is open to those in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Good luck and have fun! You may find your next favourite read! 


Harlequin Junkie interview

January 30, 2017

I’m delighted to guest on Harlequin Junkie’s “Author Spotlight” and share fun facts about The Cottage at Firefly Lake. The post also includes a book excerpt, a snippet from one of my favourite scenes and a (limited time) giveaway. 

Read the interview here

Publishers Weekly on “The Cottage at Firefly Lake”

“Gilroy’s debut contemporary is packed with potent emotions…[the] protagonists tug at the heartstrings from the beginning of the story and don’t let go. Long on charm, this story invites readers to come in and stay a while.” —Publishers Weekly (January 2017)

Read the full review here.

RT Book Reviews on “The Cottage at Firefly Lake”

—”Memories, regrets and second chances are front and center in Gilroy’s fantastic debut.” —RT Book Reviews (November 2016)

Meet me at this event: “So You Want to Write a Romance Novel,” September 25, 2016, Ottawa Public Library & ORWA

I’m speaking as part of the author panel at this free event, organized by my local RWA® chapter, Ottawa Romance Writers Association (ORWA), in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library.

It’s a great opportunity to meet other writers, learn about crafting a novel, and find out about local resources.

More information



The Cottage at Firefly Lake: Cover reveal and giveaway

July 7, 2016

THE COTTAGE AT FIREFLY LAKE, the first book in my small-town Vermont series, releases on January 31, 2017 in mass market paperback and ebook. It’s an emotional, second chance love story about redemption and finding your way home and, as part of today’s cover reveal, there’s a giveaway on my Facebook author page. Find out more here.



Please note: This giveaway runs from July 7-9, 2016 inclusive (ET) and is only open to residents of the USA and Canada.  I’ll announce the winner on my Facebook author page on July 10, 2016. 

“The Cottage at Firefly Lake” releases January 2017

My début release (and 2015 RWA® Golden Heart® final manuscript) is now titled THE COTTAGE AT FIREFLY LAKE. It releases in mass market paperback and e-book format in January 2017 from Hachette Book Group USA, Grand Central Publishing, Forever. 

I have a book deal

November 6, 2015

I’m happy to announce that my debut contemporary romance (a finalist in the Romance Writers of America® 2015 Golden Heart® competition), will be published by Hachette Book Group USA, Grand Central Publishing’s Forever Yours imprint in October 2016. It will be followed by two more books in the same series in early 2017.

I shared this milestone in my writing journey in “The Call,” a special post on my blog. 

As announced in Publisher’s Marketplace

“Golden Heart finalist Jen Gilroy’s PORT FAIRLIGHT SUMMER, a battle-scarred journalist comes home to settle her mom’s estate, only to fall for her childhood sweetheart, the sexy small-town boat builder she left behind when she had to choose between her heart, family and career, to Michele Bidelspach at Forever Yours, in a three-book deal, by Dawn Dowdle at Blue Ridge Literary Agency.”

Interview with the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood

June 25, 2015 

As part of a series of interviews with Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® finalists 2015, I chatted with the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood about writing, life and Canada. Check out the interview here.