August 21, 2017

I'm moving the blog over to 
so that everything is all in one place! 
See you over there! 

July 18, 2017

Tampa Indie Author Book Convention

I had a great time meeting people at the Tampa Indie Author Book Convention!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

June 14, 2017

Meet me at the Tampa Indie Author Book Convention!

I'm headed to Tampa (my old stomping grounds!) in July for the 

I'll be joining dozens of authors (of all genres) for a day of meeting, greeting, and book signing! Here are the details:

Sunday, July 16, 2017
12 pm - 6 pm
Chic Venue
1339 E. Fletcher Ave.
Tampa, FL 33612

Hope to see you there!

Visit the TIABC website or TIABC Facebook page for more info!

September 30, 2016

Super exciting announcement!

You guys, I have super exciting news to share!

Clarissa Jean, Homecoming Queen is going to be available in print on Amazon!

That means that soon YOU will also be able to get your hands on a copy of my latest book!

I'm so happy! How cool is that? My name is on that book right there! I'm so proud! #bestdayever

April 27, 2016

May is Chick Lit Month!

May is International Chick Lit Month!

Clarissa Jean, Homecoming Queen will be released on May 1st. 

I'm so thankful to have Hello...Chick Lit, Chick Lit Central, Chick Lit Uncovered, and Chick Lit Goddess helping me out! Get ready for interviews, guest posts, and giveaways!

April 5, 2016

WAHM = write at home mom

I did something pretty crazy a few weeks ago. I quit my job teaching so that I could concentrate on writing full time and stay home with #BabyGoodwin. I'm so excited. This is something that I've always wanted to do.

I've been writing for Baby Gaga, Mommy Effect, Scary Mommy, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Here are some of my recent posts:

Baby food: Is what you see really what you get?
How to avoid exposure to BPA
7 ways to keep baby safe and healthy while enjoying the outdoors
Moms: It really does go by so fast
Turn your wedding gown into an Angel Gown
Trying to shake this Mom Guilt
What you may not know about GMOs
Tips for dads in the delivery room
The sexual journey of a woman TTC
Why girls' night out is good for you

Plus, my new book comes out May 1st! I'll be doing a month-long promo tour with Hello, Chick Lit and some release day buzz with Chick Lit Goddess!

March 9, 2016

What's in a name?

A lot, actually.

My first three books were all released under the name Jessica Strassner. This used to be There used to be a Every book cover had Jessica Strassner on it, and that was fine... until 2012 when the divorce was final and I no longer wanted anything to do with that last name.

I thought for awhile that I'd keep Strassner as a pen name, just a business thing. After selling thousands of copies of my books, why mess with that? 

Except the thought of that name getting any sort of credit or any more recognition really irked me. When I published my first book, 'Here We Go' my then-husband had no idea what it was about. When asked, he didn't even know the genre. He didn't care.

I got married again in 2013. As I was writing 'Clarissa Jean, Homecoming Queen,' I knew I would release it under the name Goodwin. I'm proud of that name. Proud of who I am now - as a woman, a writer, a wife, and now a mom.

Changing your name on credit cards, bank accounts, and your driver's license after you get married is already a huge pain... So now how was I supposed to change my name on my three books? Did I have to delete them and start all over? How would people know who I was? Who I am? 

I contacted Amazon and was told NOT to do that, as I'd lose all of my reviews and sales information. The solution was really very simple - go in and add a new author, then delete the old one. I uploaded new cover images to reflect the name change. My Amazon author page has been completely updated. I did the same thing on GoodReads. Easy as pie! Thank goodness.

Jessica Strassner? Never heard of her.

March 2, 2016

My Experience with Kindle Scout

I decided to take a chance and enter my latest book, Clarissa Jean, Homecoming Queen, in Amazon's Kindle Scout Program.

Kindle Scout is Amazon's crowd sourced publishing platform. Authors enter their books, they have 30 days to campaign, gain support, and gather nominations for their book. If they receive enough nominations to show that there is interest, and if the Kindle Press team likes what they read, the author is offered a contract with Kindle Press and anyone who nominated the book will get to download an advance copy!

In 30 days, Clarissa Jean was viewed almost 6,000 times. The book appeared in the Kindle Scout Hot & Trending List for over 90% of the 30 day campaign period. The book was on there 24 hours a day for the last two and a half weeks straight!

Despite what I thought were great numbers, Clarissa Jean wasn't picked. I'm disappointed, but it happens.

In the meantime, I learned a few things. 

I have awesome friends and family (well, I actually already knew that!) who supported me. They liked my posts, shared my links, and retweeted my tweets over and over again!

My husband and his friends are awesome social media marketing experts. They got my author Facebook page seen by thousands of people!

It really is a small world. A Kindle Scout reader who nominated Clarissa Jean visited my Facebook page and left me a comment letting me know that she had voted. I saw her location (a teeny tiny town in Florida where I'd loved with my parents when I was in college) and realized that she looked kind of familiar. It turns out that we worked together in a movie theater (in that teeny tiny town) more than 15 years ago! 

And also, it doesn't hurt to have a cute baby in your promotional efforts... I mean, who can resist that face?!

I was also able to connect with lots of fabulous new readers and book bloggers. I'm excited to announce that I will be the Author of the Week at Hello, Chick Lit in early May! 

Clarissa Jean will be released in April/May. 

February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day from me & Clarissa Jean!

Click HERE to nominate Clarissa Jean, Homecoming Queen
for publication with Amazon Kindle Scout!

Clarissa Jean has been on the Kindle Scout "Hot & Trending" list EVERY DAY since the campaign went live on January 30th! 14 more days to go! 

January 29, 2016



Please GO HERE to nominate Clarissa Jean, Homecoming Queen for the Amazon Kindle Scout Program between January 30-February 29!

You have 30 days to nominate, so please spread the word and share with your friends!
If the book is selected to be published, anyone who nominates it will get a free advance copy to read on their Kindle!

Don't have a Kindle? That's okay! You can download the Kindle app for free on your phone or iPad!

Thank you so much for your help! It means the world to me!

December 21, 2015

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Not only have I finished Clarissa Jean, Homecoming Queen (and started on my next project) but the holidays are right around the corner! After all of the excitement has died down, the leftovers have been eaten, and the out-of-town guests have left, why don't you head over to Amazon and grab my first three books for FREE? Click below!

 FREE EBOOKS Dec. 26-30!

September 4, 2015

Free books!

Are the kids back in school?
Are you going away for Labor Day Weekend?
Need something to read?

September 4th-8th

August 24, 2015

I'm back!

I am currently working on my fifth book, one that I started last year. I was working on it a lot last summer, but when I found out that I was pregnant, baby brain took over. We also moved into a new house and had a bunch of other stuff going on, so, unfortunately, all writing came to a halt.

Now that baby's here and we've kind of settled into a routine, I've started working on Clarissa Jean, Homecoming Queen again, and I have to tell you, it feels SO GOOD to be writing again!

I've definitely gotten into a groove. Some days I get more words written than others, but the important thing is that the words are definitely flowing. I think about the story a lot. I am constantly taking notes or mentally planning what I'm going to write the next time I open up my laptop. I don't just picture the story unfolding in my head, I can actually hear the words that I want to write. It's a little crazy. I even had a dream last night that I was writing. I sat down at my computer today and realized that I hadn't actually written that part yet - I'd only dreamed it!


August 10, 2015

Busy, busy, busy!

When I haven't been changing diapers, I've been busy working on my new novel Clarissa Jean, Homecoming Queen. Seriously, if my son is napping, I have been pounding out as many words as I can! Sleep when the baby sleeps? No way! I'm writing!

Work on this book took a backseat months ago when I found out that I was pregnant. In addition to preparing for baby, my husband and I also moved and had our new house remodeled. Like most reno projects, there's still some work to be done, but since things have (kind of?!) settled down, I've started writing again.

It feels so good to be in the middle of a story again! I'm getting to that crazy point where even after I put the laptop away, the storyline is still running through my head like a mental movie. I'm pretty pleased with how things are going. It's great to have possibly found a balance between baby and books! I don't think I could be any happier than I have been these past couple months.

July 14, 2015

Starting over... again.

You would think that, because I consider myself a writer, that keeping up with a blog would be easy.

Not when so much has happened over the past three years. Sometimes I can hardly keep up with myself!

I've already published three books. Written a fourth, a middle grade fiction novel. Working on a fifth, another chick lit/romance.

I've also moved 1,000 miles away from where I started, gotten married, changed my last name, updated my website, moved again, completely remodeled a house, and recently became a first-time mom! Talk about reinventing yourself!

Now that I'm home with baby this summer, my goal is to get back to writing. That means finishing book number five and keeping up with this blog. We'll see how it goes!

January 20, 2014

New last name, new year, new website!

First of all, happy new year! 

I'm pretty proud of the new website! Looks snazzy, don't you think?

Also, please note that this blog address has been updated to (As it should be!)

I've wiped the blog clean of any past posts. No looking back; only looking toward the future with high, high hopes!