Tales, Veils and Rails

Romance writers descend
on Oldham County, Ky.

Shop local is theme
of new weekend event at library

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (January 2011) – Local author Kim Jacobs has been pursuing a romance novel writing career since the mid-1980s. After making her first book sale in 1997, she has become an established author and is participating in a new event for Oldham County, Tales, Veils and Rails.

Kim Jacobs

Photo provided

Kim Jacobs has been
writing romance
novels since the
mid-1980s under
several pen names.
She will sign her
books in January in
Oldham County.

For Jacobs, the draw toward writing romance novels “at first came from reading romance novels. I became hooked on them in college and even my college roommates, and I played around with writing one years ago. Romance novels pull me into the story for the emotional connection the reader gets to the characters,” she said.
A good romance novel is “about the developing relationship between the hero and heroine, their conflicts, the emotional twists and turns, and the resolution,” said Jacobs, 54.
In addition to writing under her real name, Jacobs writes under several pen names and has published a number of non-fiction articles, book chapters, manuals and novels. She writes romance under the pen name, Maddie James, and erotic romance under the pen name, Mia Jae.
Jacobs has worked with Discover Downtown La Grange Executive Director Linda Goin to plan Tales, Veils and Rails for Jan. 28-29. It is an event designed to appeal to brides-to-be and anyone who loves romance, fashion and getaway ideas.
Jacobs’s contributed to the “Tales” part which involved “gathering some of our local romance authors and getting their commitment to be part of a Friday night book signing and Saturday reading event at the library,” said Jacobs.
The weekend event will include participation from 15 romance writers, 15 poets, wedding vendors and a fashion show for brides-to-be and their wedding party. On Saturday afternoon, Jan. 29, at the Oldham County Public Library a fashion show is planned to show residents that “you can plan a wedding and actually outfit everyone in it in La Grange,” said Goin.
This includes the honeymoon, too, since there are great places in Oldham County for newlyweds to stay such as Bluegrass Country Estate Bed & Breakfast, she added.
Local businesses participating in the fashion show include The Couture Closet and Grandeur Station. “You really can plan a whole wedding here,” said Goin. Discover Downtown La Grange looked around town, gathered sources such as local florists, eateries and businesses that sell wedding apparel, to make this annual event “part of our Shop Local campaign.”
Many businesses will participate and vendors and musicians will be set up at the John Black Community Center as well, for brides-to-be to get planning ideas.
Discover Downtown La Grange is trying to tie the Oldham County Public Library and Community Center into upcoming events, Goin said, because many people are not aware of these resources. Goin hopes to be able to add a shuttle service for the event and said a large draw is the fact that “there are tons of romance writers in Oldham County.”
Jacobs agreed, saying, “Kentucky does have several chapters of Romance Writers of America and it seems that once authors get together and network, there are more to be found. The romance genre is quite a popular genre and the book sales are not slacking off, particularly in the e-book format.” Jacobs has been a member of Kentucky Romance Writers since 1990.
On Friday evening, Jan. 28, there will be a book signing at Karen’s Book Barn and Java Stop in La Grange. Several local authors, including Jan Scarborough and Elizabeth Beverly, will be signing their books. On Saturday, more authors will be reading passages from their books and will have copies on sale at the library during the fashion show.
“We’ve also discussed an author-publisher “pitch” session to be held at some point in the event,” Jacobs said.
She recently began a new venture by forming a publishing company in February 2010. Turquoise Morning Press allowed Jacobs to take her first submission in April, sign her first author in May, and launch the first book in August.
“To date we’ve published 19 titles, some full-length novels and some novellas,” she said. She has assembled more than 25 authors and books scheduled to be released, one a week, throughout 2011.
Jacobs quit her day job in December 2009 to “find a way to devote more time to my writing.” After receiving the rights back to six of her earlier novels she decided to research the self-publishing business.
“Along the way, an author friend approached and asked me if I’d be interested in working with her. And before I knew it, Turquoise Morning Press was born, and I never looked back,” Jacobs said. She will apply her experience to the author-publisher “pitch” session during Tales, Veils and Rails.
Turquoise Morning Press does not publish only romance novels; it is open to looking at almost any kind of novel or non-fiction book. “We have children’s and Young Adult offerings, mainstream fiction, memoir and some non-fiction coming up in 2011,” she said. “I’m also looking to build more mystery-suspense into the list.”

• For more information on Tales, Veils and Rails, visit: www.DiscoverLaGrange.org or contact Linda Goin at (502) 269-0126 or linda@discoverlagrange.org. For more information on Kim Jacobs or Turquoise Morning Press, visit www.TurquoiseMorningPress.com.

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