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I write thrillers, romantic suspense, historical paranormal, literary fiction, and short stories. Deal with it.

Meet the Author

Here’s the only thing you guys need to know about me: I write what I want. My favorite stories are the ones that break all the rules. I love thrillers that combine history, suspense, travel, romance, action, one-liners, and a hint of the supernatural. But I also love historical fiction. And literary fiction. So guess what? I decided to write all of them. This is a terrible decision. It’s not what a New York publisher or agent would tell me to do. It’s not what my grad school professors would have told me to do. But you know what? I’m not very good at doing things other people want me to do.

My characters are quirky and a bit out of place, since that’s how I feel most of the time. Writing is what I think about the moment I wake up, and it’s the last thing on my mind at night. This means I burn a lot of dinners and forget countless loads of laundry, but when I get wrapped up in telling a story, nothing else matters. If my books keep you turning pages, it’s all worth it.

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The Red Road: A Novel by Jenni Wiltz

Love. Family. Revenge. 

Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review

“…one of the most compelling, timely books I have encountered.” – Bibliophile’s Retreat

Emma West knows more about chemistry than crime. She can’t wait to go to college and escape her hometown of Malo Verde. But when a gang targets her gentle father, things get personal. Emma wants revenge, but her friends and parents want her to focus on school. Will she focus on her future…or give in to a dark and dangerous desire?

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Coming Next: The Dante Deception

The Dante Deception: Nothing is forgiven. Nothing is forgotten.

You met Natalie, Beth, and Constantine in The Romanov Legacy. In chapter 10, Natalie told Constantine about a German forger she and Beth helped unmask. This is the story of what really happened. It’s the beginning of the firestorm that will bring all of them together, to fight and live and love and die, in The Romanov Legacy and beyond.

Along with Natalie and Beth, you’ll see familiar names like Viktor, Vadim, and Liliya. You’ll meet Constantine’s family, his nemesis Lazovsky, the forger, a Bolshoi ballerina, and a mysterious British father-and-son team who stand to lose everything if the forger gets caught. From the criminal underworld of the vory v zakone to the biggest unsolved art heist in North America, journey with the heroes and villains of Natalie’s world as they shape each other’s destinies for generations to come.

Every saga has an origin. This is mine.

Coming sometime in 2016, unless I pull a George R.R. Martin.

Tiara Tuesday

For a while, I did a series where every Tuesday, I wrote about a new tiara. Who created it, who ordered it, who wore it, what happened to it, and how I’d wear it. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s tragic, sometimes it’s downright bizarre…like that time Princess Stephanie of Belgium patented a chafing dish and it appeared in the NYT above a story about a drunk sailor who thought he saw an island full of pink monkeys. I kid you not. If you like history, jewelry, or royalty, check it out. Someday, I’ll get around to writing more of these.

What Readers Say

Who cares if I think I wrote a good book? You shouldn’t. After all, I’ve made some questionable decisions in my life. The one that springs to mind is this shirt I bought freshman year of college. It had long denim sleeves, a denim collar, and a bunch of flannel squares in complementary plaids arranged on the front. I mean, what was I thinking? Multiple variations of plaid in one shirt? Anyhoo, what matters is when you think I wrote a good book. So here’s what readers have said:

The Red Road by Jenni Wiltz

The Red Road

“…one of the most compelling, timely books I have encountered.”
– Bibliophile’s Retreat

“…will rip at your emotions and, at times, make it hard to breathe.”
– JustAnotherRabidReader

“This literary novel is a gripping, beautifully and meticulously well-written story…”
– Katie McCoach

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The Romanov Legacy by Jenni Wiltz

The Romanov Legacy

100+ five-star reviews on Amazon

“This book is just WOW!”
– Amazon Reviewer

“…car chases, treasure, mystery, and romance. And I absolutely loved it.”
– Amazon Reviewer

“compelling, fast paced, and action packed…”
– Goodreads reviewer

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A Vampire in Versailles by Jenni Wiltz

A Vampire in Versailles

“Wonderful…one of the best vampire stories I have ever read.”
– Letter from a reader

“…fun to read.”
– Amazon Reviewer

“…this book finally put a modern edge on vampires without the sparkles and without being completely archaic. I loved it.”
– Amazon Reviewer

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Okay, You Made It This Far

As a reward for scrolling this far, I now present you with an embarrassing video I made. I suck at making videos, but this one turned out okay for the first one I ever made that has me in it.

Well, unless you count that time in high school when some friends and I filmed two scenes from Macbeth for an English class project. You should have seen it. We had dry ice and a cauldron and costumes and fake ghosts and blood and everything. I was one of the witches. My mom was Hecate, because there are too damn many characters in the scene with the witches and we needed our family members to fill in. I hope she still has the VHS tape somewhere. Dang, I got old.

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