My Simmy Valentine ~ Outside the Margins with Kelly Jensen

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It’s my first post for Outside the Margins—and it’s February and I have a Valentine’s release coming out soon, so I’m going to talk about Valentine’s Day!

Our first year together, Husband (then fiancé) gave me a gift. Having already decided he knew me well enough to marry me, he didn’t make the mistake of buying chocolates and flowers. I like chocolate, flowers are pretty, but I’m not really a chocolate and flowers kinda girl. I like useful gifts. Books, games, Kitchen-Aid mixers. I also like gifts of time. Dates out to do things we enjoy together. He bought me a copy of The Sims.

After assuring him it was the BEST GIFT EVER (and it was, still is), I spent the requisite hour or four loading up the discs (remember those days?) and began to play. The gamers among you will get this one. Every few years, a game comes along that changes everything. The way you play, the way you think, the way you look at every game from then on. The Sims was one of those games. By then, we were all familiar with simulation games. I’d lost countless night’s sleep laying railway, rebuilding Rome and muttering to no one in particular, “Just one more year.”

The Sims allowed us to increase the magnification on the microscope. Now we could build empires AND meddle with lives. The power was heady and addictive. I was still in my pajamas when Husband got home from work. He pulled up a chair and together we watched Kelly Sim go through the motions. For six hours. I’m sure we ate something. Couldn’t tell you what.

Next day it was my turn to go to work and his turn to stay home. When I trudged over the snowy doorstep that afternoon, I found him dressed, but hunched over the computer. He’d been playing my game. All day. He’d created his own Sim and…he’d seduced mine. He’d courted her and married her. Moved her into his house. He claims buying the big TV was the turning point in their romance.

Aside from being the cutest thing ever, this conquest clearly illustrated why the man was my fiancé then and my husband now. Yes, he has a big TV (one we bought together, I might add), but more, he has a big heart. Also, he’s my best friend. He’s the one I play games with—all the games. We’ve been through four iterations of The Sims together now, as well as countless other games.

More than anything, though, he’s the guy who knows I’d rather spend Valentine’s Day in my pajamas curled up on the couch, eating the chocolate he buys anyway. Because the important part is just being together.

~Kelly Jensen


Title: When Was the Last Time
Author: Kelly Jensen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: 02/12/2016
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


Paul Summerfield is stunned by the gentle reminder it has been over a year since he and his partner, Evan, have made love. He vows to take Evan out for Valentine’s Day. Dinner and sex. Lots of sex. There’s only one catch—he’s supposed to be in San Francisco that week cataloging the art collection of an important new client. No problem, he’ll just change his schedule and cut his trip short by a day.

In San Francisco, Paul struggles with regrets and the fear his love is slipping away from him. Every call to Evan seems only to prove the distance between them is increasing. All this, and a key piece of his client’s catalog is caught up in customs. To keep their Valentine’s date, Paul will have to choose between the career he’s built over fifteen years and the man he’s loved for just as long.


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About Kelly Jensen

If aliens ever do land on Earth, Kelly will not be prepared, despite having read over a hundred stories of the apocalypse. Still, she will pack her precious books into a box and carry them with her as she strives to survive. It’s what bibliophiles do.

Kelly is the author of a number of novels, novellas and short stories, including the Chaos Station series, co-written with Jenn Burke. At lot of what she writes is speculative in nature, but sometimes it’s just about a guy losing his socks and/or burning dinner. Because life isn’t all conquering aliens and mountain peaks. Sometimes finding a happy ever after is all the adventure we need.

You can chat with Kelly on Twitter @kmkjensen or visit her blog at where she rambles on about anything and everything.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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4 thoughts on “My Simmy Valentine ~ Outside the Margins with Kelly Jensen

  1. What a great post, Kelly. I don’t play games, I never got into them, but I completely get how wonderful it is to have a husband who completely gets your passion(s) and shares them. There’s nothing better for me than the two of us curled up with a good book each and a fire burning away in the fireplace.

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