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Frequently Asked Questions:

*I'm a reviewer and I'd like to have an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of your new book. How do I get one?

Contact Berkley Prime Crime's or Berkley Sensation's publicity department (see below). They handle the distribution of ARCs, as well as review copies of my other books.

*How do I schedule you for a book signing, conference, appearance or speaking engagement?
All requests must go through Berkley, please. Requests sent to me personally often get snagged in my spam filters.

*In the cupcake series, have you baked all of the recipes listed in the books?

Heck, yeah! One of my favorite parts about writing this
series is the “research and development” portion (i.e. baking in my kitchen)! I also have some expert help from baker friends and my mom!

*What are you working on now?

More mysteries and romantic comedies! Announcements on the latest books will be sent out in my newsletter!

*When are your next appearances? Will you be coming to my city?

I try to keep an updated list of signings and appearances on my Events page. If you'd like me to come to your city, let your local bookstores know!

*How long did it take for you to get published? What advice can you give me on writing a book?

I decided to be a writer when I was sixteen. I didn’t actually write anything until I was twenty-five. I sold my first book when I was thirty-three. So, you can see it was a long and winding journey to being published. My advice: Get your butt in the chair every day, write every day, then, when your work is the absolute best it can be, submit to publishers/agents who publish/represent what you write. Then do it all over again until you wear them down into publishing you. Hey, it worked for me.

*Will you read my manuscript?

For legal reasons, I can only read work that comes through an official request. If you have an upcoming book you'd like me to read for a possible quote, please have your agent or editor contact my agent or editor.

What's Being Said:



"McKinlay is definitely on a hot streak!" — RT book reviews - A TOP PICK! (4 1/2 ★'s)


"Known for her mysteries, McKinlay branches out in a new direction and gives her readers a fun and charming romance set in Bluff Point, Maine. This is the launch book in a new series that looks to be filled with warmth, fun and humanity." — RT book reviews (4 ★'s)


"With a perfect sense of comic timing and a gift for creating endearingly eccentric characters...McKinlay delivers a sweetly satisfying contemporary romance that will have readers sitting up and begging for more." — (★ starred review) Booklist


"Jenn McKinlay writes sexy, funny romances that will leave you begging for more!"—New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis


"Funny, charming, and heart-stoppingly romantic."—New York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton


"McKinlay delivers heartwarming humor at its finest."— New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde






"Exuberantly Entertaining!" --Publisher's Weekly


"[McKinlay] continues to deliver well-crafted mysteries full of fun and plot twists."--Booklist


"What a great read!" -- Library Journal


"It is the characters and their interactions and dialogue that make this a standout mystery..." --The Mystery Reader


"A tender cozy full of warm and likable characters... Readers will look forward to more of McKinlay's tasty concoctions." (★ starred review) --Publisher's Weekly


"[A] deliciously thrilling mystery." --Fresh Fiction


"Like an exquisite cupcake with a surprise filling, this new installment in the Cupcake Bakery series contains something unexpected." - - RT book reviews (4 ★'s)


"Impossible to put down!" --Crimespree


"[A] perennial favorite series." -- The Mystery Reader


"Top notch!" -- Cozy Mystery Book Reviews


For more information about Jenn, please contact:


Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency: 


Brittanie Black, PRH Publicity: