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Pamplona Room, Fourth Book Release & Giveaway

Pamplona Room
View from Pamplona Room Balcony

Pamplona Room at Andrew’s Inn~ Wow!

Pamplona Room sounds so exotic, doesn’t it? Maybe the name added to my fascination when I first read about it on Trip Advisor. We were traveling to Key West for Hemingway Days, one of Hemingway’s books featured prominently in my storyline for One More Sunset, and I was looking for a new B&B home-away-from-home to call our own. This one seemed worth a try, almost kismet!

Pamplona Room

When I wanted to book it back in November 2015, however, all Andrew Inn’s rooms were booked. Disappointed to be shut out, I reserved a room at another B&B. It was a little more expensive, but within our price point, and close to Southern Beach. I couldn’t complain.

Pamplona Room
Stairs that lead to Paris and Pamplona Rooms

But still…I secretly pined away for that Pamplona Room experience.

Pamplona Room
Andrew’s Inn Courtyard

A month out from our trip, I checked the vacancy status at Andrew’s–just in case–and was pleasantly surprised to see that the Pamplona Room I’d yearned to acquire for our four-night/five-day trip was available. We called immediately to verify what I’d seen online, had a lovely talk with the manager Lisa, and promptly switched over our reservations.

Pamplona Room
Poolside at Andrew’s Inn

The day of our couple getaway arrived. Our flight from Long Island to Fort Lauderdale wasn’t picture-perfect (not by a long shot), but when we finally managed to land in Florida about twelve hours after our originally scheduled time, and drove our rental car through the Keys to arrive at our B&B in the middle of the night. The Pamplona Room at Andrew’s Inn was everything I’d envisioned, though, and eased my frustration with our bad luck prior to that. And as always, the rest of our getaway was fantastic!

Pamplona Room
Book signing in Hemingway backyard

Pamplona Room at Andrew’s Inn HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Cozy yet clean queen size room w/AC
  • Plenty of storage in room and bath
  • balcony overlooking Ernest Hemingway’s backyard–Wow!
  • breakfast included
  • Intimate setting — only six rooms on-site
  • happy hour with the other guests 4:30 – 5:30 DAILY, with wine/beer/light snacks
  •  excellent, personalized customer service provided by Lisa and Christine
  • free parking!
  • dipping pool and quiet lounge area
  • Quiet and private, yet steps away from Upper Duval Street

Andrew Inn at Night

Andrew’s Inn Tips from Jolyse:

  • Take advantage of the recommended laundry service around the corner
  • Rent a bike on-site in hot weather–much more comfortable/quicker traveling with a breeze on your face
  • Take advantage of the breakfast and happy hour

Great Places to Check Out Nearby:

  • Hemingway House and Museum
  • Six-Toed Cat Café — great key lime pie
  • Lighthouse & Museum
  • End of US 1 Photo Opp
  • Banyan Trees
  • Fort Zachary Taylor Beach/Cafe
  • Truman’s Little White House
  • Green Parrot – open-air bar/restaurant
  • Upper Duval Street
  • Butterfly Conservatory
  • Southernmost Beach & Café
Pamplona Room
Available at major digital outlets now!

Fourth Book Release

My fourth book hit the Amazon charts today. The first in my Single in the City series,  TEXT ME, MAYBE is a romantic comedy set in NYC.  Writing this one was a roller-coaster ride–but I’m very pleased with the final version. I wanted to give the world–so often filled with sadness and hate–a ray of optimistic sunshine. Lexie and Matthew aren’t perfect, but I hope you find them to be perfect for each other. Reviews like this one give me the courage to continue pouring my heart and soul into my stories day after day.  oxo Jolyse

“It was a true pleasure to meet Lexie & Matt, the undeniable chemistry between these two was like a magnet that pulled me right into their world and had me hanging intently onto their every word. Their unique, and oh so, charming story was brimming with romantic comedy, laced heartfelt emotion, and packed with some heated moments that had me in dire need of a fan! This one turned out to be a very enjoyable first read for me, and left me looking forward to reading more from this author in the very near future, and I highly recommend you give it a try, these two are sure to win you over!!”  ~ Reds Romance Reviews

Winner of Summer of Love Giveaway #2

Congratulations to Katherine Martell, you’re the winner of Maggie Van Well’s signed copy of RUBY’S LETTERS along with some Jolyse Barnett swag! (Please contact me within seven days of this notice and provide a valid US mailing addy.) Thanks to everyone for playing along and to Maggie for donating her lovely read.

Enter Summer of Love Giveaway #3

Andrew's Inn

This week’s Summer of Love Giveaway features the fabulous Jeannie Moon! I’ve adored every one of her contemporary romances that I’ve read, and I’m so excited to offer this giveaway, which includes as signed copy of Until You, a Jeannie Moon canvas tote bag, and related author swag.

Here’s a blurb from this wonderful blend of women’s fiction/romance:

When newly divorced Kate Adams is approached on the sunny deck of a California hotel by hockey star David Burke, and he invites her to dinner, she almost says no. He’s obviously younger than her. And charming. And drop dead gorgeous.  But there’s also something sweet about David, so Kate—who hasn’t done anything spontaneous in a very long time—accepts his invitation.

It is, after all, her fortieth birthday.

However, a real romance with thirty-year-old David, whose picture is in the gossip pages as often as it’s in the sports pages, is out of the question. No matter how much she wants him, it’s just too risky.

But meeting Kate has been David’s lightning strike. She’s the one for him, and he has no intention of giving up on her.

So while Kate guards her fragile heart, David sets out to win her over with the same determination that drives him on the ice.

And he’ll break every rule in the book if he has to.


Now it’s your turn..

Share a special getaway moment, or tell us about a time everything seemed to go wrong at the beginning of a long-awaited vacation, but ended up fine in the end. Or, respond to any other part of today’s Monday Mash-Up Post! 🙂

So…before you go, leave a comment, you’ll be entered for a chance to win the third of my Summer of Love giveaways! Good luck, and check back next Monday to see if you’ve won this cool prize courtesy from Jeannie Moon! I’m excited to do my small part in spreading a little summer love…

One winner will be selected at random from the comments and announced in next Monday’s blog post. Winner will have one week to contact me via my website contact page and supply a valid US mailing address for the package to be mailed. Otherwise, a new winner will be selected. Thanks for playing!









21 comments on “Pamplona Room, Fourth Book Release & Giveaway

  1. this is awesome… I love your books but even better I love Jeannie too… and Jennifer Gracen and Patty Blunt… lmao can you tell Christmas in New York is still one of my favorite books?!

    1. That’s quite alright, Diana! I love them, too. That set of Christmas novellas will always hold a very special place in my heart. 🙂

  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful stay after a little hiccup. I’ve always wanted to go to Key West and I’ll be googling Andrew’s Inn for sure! Thanks for the giveaway…I look forward to reading Text Me, Maybe 🙂

    1. Perseverance, or just plain luck. LOL. Thanks for stopping by, Marea, and enjoy the rest of your week. 🙂

    1. I’m so happy you’re enjoying Text Me, Maybe, Kristal. I wanted to write a story with a romantic comedy-esque flavor but with a lot more sizzle. I think I achieved that, and I hope that readers close the book with a smile. 🙂

  3. I enjoyed hearing about your travel experiences. When I read your books, set in New York, it feels like a vacation too. I was born in new York, but moved to Texas when I was very young. I want so bad to go back to visit.

  4. Just finished Text Me Maybe and it made taking the train ride from Baltimore to NY just fly by (and the story was great) … it felt like the read and the ride were finished too quickly. Would love to go to Key West even if to attend someone’s renewal vows!!

    1. Ha! Love that idea. I think it’s more likely we’ll be there to celebrate Thing One’s wedding someday, far off in the future. LOL Glad you had a good trip to Baltimore, and that you enjoyed TMM.

  5. We stayed at a B & B in Key West several years ago. We didn’t have much time and only stayed 2 nights. We went the wrong time of the year. Earlier in the Everglades it was about 110 degrees and high humidity. Key West was also hot. The pool where we stayed was about 84 degrees, more like a bathtub. We really did not plan our trip well and didn’t have enough time to see much and explore. The last day was a gift, however. We were supposed to leave, and last minute decided to go to the Dry Tortugas. It was a perfect day to go out on the ferry – clear, no clouds, and the water was like glass. We saw many turtles and had a great trip over and back. Took the tour at Ft. Jackson, 110 degrees in the shade. Made you think how the US soldiers managed to survive in their wool uniforms. Got back to Key West and headed north.
    From what I have found out about Key West since, we definitely need to go back and spend more time. Next time, however, we will go when it is cooler.

    1. Yes, Key West is quite the subtropical island! I enjoy the heat, but I know many don’t. We sometimes travel there in October, when the ocean is still warm enough for swimming and snorkeling, but the temps are more bearable. I loved Dry Tortugas, too! We took the seaplane instead of the ferry (since I tend to get seasick, ugh), and it was incredible. I hope you have the chance to return to KW one day soon. There are so many wonderful places to go and things to do. 🙂

  6. I took a vacation to Hawaii with my boyfriend. I found out he was cheating on me during the plane ride. Worst plane ride ever! But I also had a blast on the island since I was now unattached!

    1. Oh dear… I’m happy that you saw the bright side of things, though, and made the best of it. I’ve yet to visit Hawaii, but I imagine it’s gorgeous. 🙂

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