Sunday, October 19, 2008

Erotic Romance on the Radio!

My local radio station, KSCO, called me up the other day and asked if I would allow them to read my book, Show and Tell, on the air. My first thought was OMG, my mother will be horrified. I mean, Show and Tell is not one of those old-time radio mysteries, ya know. It’s erotic romance. And anyway, how can they read that on the air? And what will it sound like having my words read aloud? And I just know someone’s going to make fun of I and me. A LOT of someones. Whoa, Nellie, all those negative thoughts just tumbled right into my brain.

Then I really thought about what they’re offering. They will read a one-minute passage of my book every day at 6:35 a.m. right smack in the middle of the drive time (we have an early commute here in the mountains). They will say my name and my book title on the radio every day for about 3 months or however long it takes to read the book (which might not be all that long considering how much they’ll have to bleep because, as I said, it’s erotic romance). They’ll have me in to do an interview just as I have a new book release, Unlaced, and that will help me promo the book signings for it. And they’ll review Unlaced. This station services about 250,000 people in my local area, plus I could tune into the radio station about 50 miles away. That’s a lot of potential listeners. So, I decided (very quickly I might add) to suck up the fear and say yes. Not only yes, but hell, yes! I got my publisher’s permission, started setting up the book signings, and next week the radio station should email me with when they’re going to start the reading.

I love my mother, but she’s just going to have to suck it up, too. Or maybe I won’t tell her. Or maybe I’ll tell everyone in her old folks home so they can tune in!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. I know there are a lot of writers who read the tote blog, and I’d like to know what you think. Would you do it? And the incentive for giving me your opinion is that anyone posting on this blog today will be entered in a drawing for an autographed copy of my book, Open Invitation. Hmm, wonder if they want to read that one aloud next?

Just a bit of business, I’ve got a new blog, Starting tomorrow, Oct 20th, for this next week on the blog I’ll be giving away a pdf download of the first book in my Max Starr series, Dead to the Max to EVERYONE who posts and leaves me their email address (because I can’t hunt everyone down). Hope to see you there!

Jasmine Haynes and Jennifer Skully


sarabelle said...

Good Morning. I am not a writer but a reader and I say go for it. Grab the public's attention and roll with it. Just think of how many people will hear it and your name and then you will be the talk of the day. Great publicity! :)

Dina said...

Hi Jasmine,

I've never heard someone do this before, but like Sarabelle said, it's good publicity either way.
Hopefully you will get alot of new readers too.


sarabelle said...

I forgot to leave you my email addy. lol sarabelle(at)

Jasmine Haynes said...

Yes! That's it. People will be talking. And my name will be on their lips!

I've never heard of it before either, Dina, but wow, that's a lot of air time. So I'm going for it! But, hmm, maybe I won't tell Mom so she won't have a reason to freak out.

Thanks for leaving your email, Sarabelle. That always makes it easier.

Pat Cochran said...

Just a teeny, tiny question: Isn't
the reason for all this effort that
goes into producing a book that you
actually sell lots and lots of books?
Then why hesitate, baby girl, sell
some books!

Pat Cochran

Jasmine Haynes said...

LOL, Pat, you are exactly right! Why hesitate?! I think it's my natural fear. But I'm not letting that get in the way, I'm going for it! But thanks fo much for the vote of confidence!

DeeSKnight said...

I wouldn't hesitate a minute!! This is fabulous news and a great opportunity--congratulations!

Jasmine Haynes said...

Another vote of confidence, thank you, Dee!

sarabelle said...

Guess I was still asleep this morning when I put my email addy cause it is wrong lmao


So sorry for all of this confusion. heheheeee

Estella said...

I am a reader and I say go for it. All that lovely FREE publicity.

Jasmine Haynes said...

Yes, lovely FREE publicity! I'd be silly not to take it. So I've got all the related book signings set up, and I'm ready to go! Now I just need them to tell me when!

Oh, and I'll have to break the news to Mom.

kim h said...

yea go for it hot is good for all the listners lol

congrats they thought of you. love the fortune hunter

Helen said...

Hi Jasmine

I am a very big romance reader and I say go for it you have worked so hard to get a book published and I am guessing all the publicity that you can get is great I won't be able to listen to it here in Australia but I would listen if radio stations did it here.

Have Fun

Jasmine Haynes said...

Gosh, I'm glad everyone agrees it's a good idea! 'Cause I'm doing it! Thank you, Helen, for saying you'd listen, but you're right, can't get it over in Australia. I wish the radio station was on the internet, but though they have a website, you can't listen to them except on the air. And Kim, I'm so glad you loved The Fortune Hunter!

Okay, I'm off to choose the winner of Open Invitation! Back in a moment with the name!


Jasmine Haynes said...

And the winner is Pat Cochran! My husband randomly selected you. Pat, please email me on and I'll arrange to send you your autographed copy of Open Invitation! Thanks so much for stopping by everyone.

And don't forget to come to this week to get your free download of Dead to the Max by JB Skully (my other me)


Michele L. said...

Hi there Jasmine,

I say go for it! That is an excellent way to publicize your books! The more people hear about you and your books the more people will buy them!

Be the trailblazer and don't look back! Woohooo....!!!!

Congatulations on your book!
Michele L.

Jasmine Haynes said...

Thanks for that vote of confidence, Michele. I am definitely going for it!