Saturday, 27 August 2011

The reviews are slow in coming...

"Coming Back" has been out in the big wide world for two weeks now but to date I have only received one review...and that was three stars. Not bad but not the longed for five stars either! Maybe there will be more to come, maybe I am being impatient. How do you other writers out there feel about the dreaded review? Is it something you check your email for every five minutes? Something you dread? Or take with a pinch of salt?

Whatever our reactions to reviews, they are there whether we like them or not. If you missed my review, here is the link:

My question this week to both my visiting writers & readers? How much do reviews affect your choice of which erotic story you will buy or pass on? Are they a big influence of your choice? Or do you stick by a certain author or publisher? Let's talk!

Rachel x

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Welcome Whispers Publishing author, W Lynn Chantale!

Welcome to my site, it is so great to meet you! I think I am right in saying I haven't hosted anyone from Whispers Publishing before so it would be fabulous if you could share a little about them after the interview. Hope that's okay?

Let's get started!

1) What is your writing routine?

My writing routine begins in the morning around 6:30 and then I’ll write until around 7 or 8 at night. Don’t panic, it’s not continuous, although if you ask my husband he would disagree. :-)

2) Which author/s inspire you to write?

Goodness, let me think about that one. Early on Victoria Holt and Janet Dailey were my inspirations. Now I’d have to say I’m not really sure.

3) Which is your favorite romance subgenre to read? To write?

This might sound strange, but my favorite subgenre to read is historical. I used to have a huge stack of novels, everything from Victoria Holt to Jane Feather. My favorite to write is Contemporary Erotic.

4) How do you deal with criticism/rejection?

I cringe at the thought of rejection or bad criticism, but I realize both are part of the entire writing process. I have a very good support base. My sister has already promised to read any reviews for content before I get to them. :-)

5) What do you expect from an editor?

I expect an editor to offer guidance, point out inconsistencies which I or my CPs have missed, and to double check that I haven’t misled the reader.

6) Tell me about your latest release

My latest release is about how an argument over a briefcase nearly destroys the marriage of a loving couple.

7) Tease us with a blurb or short excerpt

Haunted by nightmares, Sheridan Sinclair just wants to get through one night without reliving the terrible accident that led to her miscarriage. And she longs for the arms of the man who betrayed her. Matthew Sinclair has always loved his wife, but when she refuses to speak to him after her accident, he's left to wonder what went wrong. When a stolen kiss ignites their forgotten passion, he'll use their love as a means to get her home and in his bed again. Will a husband’s plan of seduction be enough to heal a wife’s broken heart?

8) Which is your favorite character in the book? Why?

My favorite character? That’s a hard one. I love all of them, but maybe Nessa, Sheridan’s assistant. Nessa is feisty and speaks her mind even when her friends don’t want her too.

9) What are you working on right now?

Right now I just sent the edits back to my editor for an erotic titled ‘Breaking Delia’s Rules’ and another submission titled ‘Mistletoe Mambo.’

10) Your biggest piece of advice to aspiring novelists?

Keep writing. No matter how many rejections are received, keep writing. Even before I began the journey to publication I wrote because I enjoyed the craft, I still do. As long as you believe in what you write, so will someone else.

11) Where can readers find you?



Twitter: @wlynnchantale


Thank you Rachel for hosting me today. I’ve enjoyed being here.

You're welcome, it's great to have you here! I am a little bit in lust with your book cover, it's fabulous. Hope my visitors give you lots of lovely comments and questions.

Just to let you know everyone, W Lynn Chantale is also giving away a copy of Seducing His Wife to a random commenter so get those fingers a-typing!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Welcome fellow Wild Rose Press writer, L Rosario!

So happy to welcome you here today to help you spread the word about your next available story, Vampire's Madam. I had a quick scan of your website and I'm bowled over with how many published stories you have out there!

Can't wait to find out how you manage to be so prolific and put the rest of us to shame, lol!

Let's get started...

1) When and why did you decide you wanted to be a published author?

I’ve always loved to read and I think I always wanted to be a writer, but it wasn’t until college that I really decided to devote time and energy to becoming an author. As for why? I don’t really know. I just feel compelled to write. I can’t imagine NOT doing it.

2) What is the best and worse thing you have learned from an editor/agent?

I don’t think I’ve ever had bad advice from an editor. I try to learn from every critique and would like to think the editors I’ve worked with would say I rarely make the same mistake twice.

3) Favourite author/s?

Such a hard question. I enjoy so many authors and so many genres. Historical Romances are my first love and I adore Sherry Thomas, Meredith Duran and Liz Carlyle, just to name a few. I also devour historical fiction and Elizabeth Chadwick and Margaret George instantly come to mind as favorites. Then there are historical mysteries like Anne Perry and C.S. Harris and I can’t forget paranormal romances and urban fantasies with authors like J.R. Ward, Keri Arthur, Gena Showalter, Kelley Armstrong and a ton others I could list!!

4) What is your typical day?

My day always starts at 5:30am. I get my daughter off to school, eat breakfast, have a cup of tea, take care of “household stuff” then try to get to writing no later than 10am. Of course things don’t always go as planned ;

5) Share your blurb or short excerpt from your latest release with us:


Not only is Janna Cutting scorned by Victorian Society for her Indian blood but also because she owns one of the city’s most profitable brothels. As madam she possesses wealth and independence and still she longs for one thing, the mysterious Hugh de Troyes. Yet, week after week, he treats her as nothing more than the proprietor of Keya House.

Fueled by jealousy, Janna decides to play voyeur during the handsome Frenchman's visit. What she witnesses leaves her aroused beyond endurance and privy to the knowledge that Hugh is far from satisfied. He deserves a woman willing to see to all his needs, a woman willing to bleed. Janna is that woman, but failing to convince Hugh might leave her with a wound far greater than any his fangs could inflict.


Gripping the doorknob, she backed against the open door and looked up at him. “How does the evening find you, Monsieur de Troyes?” Her own voice sounded foreign, desire and anticipation making it sultrier than usual.

His gorgeous eyes swept over her, hesitating just long enough in the vicinity of her neck to make her heart skip a beat. When they returned to her face, they blazed with hunger. “I find myself currently at a loss for words, Madame.”

Janna swallowed then moistened her lips. “Why not come inside, and we’ll see what we can do about your affliction.” She made to push away from the door, but he stopped her by lightly wrapping his right hand around her throat. He wore no gloves, and his fingers were cold against her skin. She blinked up at him and swallowed against the nonthreatening pressure of his hand.

“What game are you playing, Madame?”

“No game. I’ve sent the girls away. I am the only one here to see to your needs tonight.” She hadn’t planned to issue such a bold verbal challenge.

Oh so provocatively, his fingers stroked her throat. “All of them?” In that moment, she was aware that he knew she knew his deepest, darkest secret. The look in his eyes issued a counter challenge, daring her to accept.

Oui, monsieur. You need only ask.”

“Damn you, Madame, why the devil has it taken you so long to offer?”

6) Who would you cast to play your hero & heroine in a movie?

Oh that’s easy and anyone following me on Twitter or Tumblr is going to guess the answer to this before I type it. Jared Leto would be the hero, Hugh, and Frieda Pinto as the heroine, Janna. They are both so beautiful, don’t you think?

7) Did you plan this book? Or write it as it came?

T This one I did plan. I knew my word limit and exactly how I wanted the story to go. That’s rare for me! I always know the beginning and the end of the stories I want to write, but the details in the middle tend to change on a daily basis!

8) What surprised you the most when you became a published?

I’m constantly surprised when someone tells me they’ve enjoyed one of my books. It’s such a treat to hear from a complete stranger!

9) Do you have a dedicated writing space? What does it look like?

I have a desk where my computer is but I also tend to move around the house with my laptop. Wherever the energy feels best is where I’ll set up shop for the day.

10) What’s next for you?

I’m currently working on a story set in NYC about a small coven tasked to locate a rogue vampire who can’t control her bloodlust. I’m hoping to finish it by the end of the year!

Thank you so much for having me!!

It was my pleasure and great fun getting to know you a bit better - I am popping over to Twitter to follow you right now! Hope you enjoy your time with me and my visitors.

We are waiting for your questions & comments, people!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Welcome Whisky Creek press author, Lux Zakari!!

First things first,, hot, hot cover!! I love it. Sexy, dangerous, intriguing...just yum! Who was the artist? He or she deserves a mention, don't you think?

Great to have you here, let's start the questions!

1) Did you set any goals for 2011?

I’m always setting goals! I’m addicted to making to-do lists, and I love adding to them and crossing things off; it’s very satisfying. I think it’s good to always have a to-do list or at least set goals; they’re what make living so exciting. Some of my unfinished non-writing goals for 2011 include visiting Australia, beating Final Fantasy on my old-school Nintendo and building a birdhouse out of Legos.

2) What is the best part of the writing process for you?

I’ve come to learn that I really love the problem solving aspect. I like coming up with a basic idea then thinking, “Now, how do I make this work?” and then forging ahead and seeing it through. I also love writing quippy dialogue and sneaking in little “Easter eggs” for certain readers.

3) The worst part?

The worst part is the guilt and pressure I feel when I don’t write. I’m a slave to the grueling bitch goddess that is my muse!

4) What is the book you wish you’d written?

I’m a huge Sweet Valley High nerd; I love to hate it, I love what over-the-top brain candy it is, and you can ask me about any plot line (or plot hole) and I’ll be able to tell you what’s up. Ergo, I will say Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later. I feel I could’ve been more consistent, and I would’ve made some very different choices.

5) Favourite author/s & book/s?

I will always love Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, but it’s actually been a long time since I’ve read something of that caliber! I’m interested in recommendations.

6) Tell us about your latest release.

My new book, Finale, is hot off the virtual presses as of August 15, 2011, thanks to Whiskey Creek Press. The premise:

When music legend Jonathan Levant dies in a motorcycle accident, no one is more stunned than his former lover Olivia Gray, a hedonistic ex-celebrity who learns she’s been inexplicably named the guardian of his children. Olivia’s reluctant acceptance of the new parental role obliterates her hope of resurrecting her songwriting career as she faces sarcastic teenagers, suicide attempts and séances. The upset to her self-indulgent life forces Olivia to finally face the truth about the cruel decisions of her wild past, her now uncertain future and her secret, turbulent relationship with a man who, even in death, continues to upend her world.

7) Tease us with a blurb/short excerpt.


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I glanced up and down the length of the hotel hallway. Several doors down, I found what—or, more correctly, who—I was looking for, walking with his back toward me.

I wordlessly followed him, my heart again pounding from the thrill of the game. I trailed him down a back stairwell and out to the pool, lit only by a few torches and looking like a lagoon at this time of night. Rocks and palm trees surrounded the mouth of the pool and the black water seemed to stretch on for miles, its subtle waves shimmering in the city lights, and ended at a row of illuminated skyscrapers in the distance.

Jonathan stopped, as if entranced by the scenery. I paused in the doorway, listening to the soft Santa Ana winds staving off the smog, the muffled merrymaking of a nearby party and the sounds of traffic, which seemed so far off, it was like I imagined them.

The relative silence ended. “Are you going to tell me why you’re following me or do I have to guess?”

I had to smile at his voice—irritated, impatient. He turned his head, watching me from the corner of his eye. His profile, rosy in the light of the torches, was suspicious, attractive. His blond, perfectly coiffed Ken-doll hair was growing out, and his lips—far poutier than his brother’s—pursed as he awaited my answer.

“Following you? I don’t think so.” I stepped next to him and kicked off my shoes. “It appears someone let his fame go to his head. I just wanted to get a breath of fresh air, take a swim. Is that acceptable?”

His eyes, black in the night’s darkness, conveyed nothing as he studied my face like he looked for lies. “A swim?”

Was that a note of interest I heard? “Of course. Isn’t that why you’re here too?”

“I’m here because my brother kicked me out,” he said, burying his hands in his pants pockets and arching an eyebrow at me, “since he was in there with you.”

Boys weren’t allowed be both good-looking and so snide. “And now I’m out here with you. Kindly explain your point.”

Jonathan watched me for a moment then finally broke into a smile so wide, so genuine it took me by surprise. “I guess don’t have one.”

“It would seem so.” I looked at the horizon at the black jagged outlines of the buildings, mulling over whether it’d be smart to up the stakes in this game with this boy. He was too young, too angelic.

Still, being smart was so terribly uninteresting.

My decision made, I grabbed my hem and pulled upward, now completely nude except for the Harry Winston diamonds at my throat, wrist and ears. I handed him my dress and took a few strides toward the pool, the damp rock steps beneath my feet leading me into the water. “Well,” I called over my shoulder, “let’s swim then.”

Buy Link:

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8) What is your favourite attribute of the hero and heroine?

My favorite thing about Olivia and Jonathan is actually what results when they’re together. Their sexy, smart dynamic really takes over in every scene they’re in, and I had so much fun writing their every flirty, angsty interaction, for better and for worse.

9) What’s next?

I’m currently subbing an erotic story concerning friends becoming more and a blindfold. I also have plans to try my hand at self-publishing a novel I wrote last year that involves sex, love and the Major Arcana, as well as writing a new story in which I’ll be exploring the endlessly entertaining world of fan fiction.

10) Tell me where you write?

I write where I can – on the floor, in bed, in my office, on the back of a library book receipt in my friend’s basement… Stealing moments whenever I can to write is one of the reasons why writing is fun for me.

11) Where would you like your career to be in 5 years?

I would like to continue networking with and meeting other authors, as well as have my books become available in print. I also have plans to increase the Lux Zakari bibliography. There are so many story ideas floating around in my head, and now that several events and situations in my life are coming to a close, it’s the perfect time to write.

12) Where can we find you?

I can be found on Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads, as well as in my own little corner of the Internet at

Great to have you visit with me, Lux - hope you enjoy your time here. Let's open the floor to questions and comments. Anyone?

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Welcome fellow Wild Rose Press author, Anita Philmar!!

When I received Anita's blog and read the title I thought "Ah-ha, here's a woman who knows how to catch our attention." But I didn't read the post, but instead decided to prolong my curiosity so I could learn how to pep things up along with everyone else, lol! ; )

We're all ears, Anita!

Adding Fun to Your Sex Life

The process of making love in the same old way can get boring. Admit it and your half way there to curing the problem. Finding time, opportunity, and energy might also add to the problem. After all, who can make a grand production every time you want to jump between the sheets?

The single most important way to alleviate the problem is communication. Man or woman, sometimes the people that we love don’t see the things the same way we do. If you can talk about what you want or what you’d like to try, then you can get feedback and develop a plan to make it better for both of you.

“Our sex life is boring”

“I agree.”

“How can we change it?”

“Don’t know.”

Don’t let this be the end of conversation.

Now in every article about the subject, most experts say to try different positions. Okay, it changes things up but it doesn’t necessarily add some fun, not unless you are a contortionist. Change for change sake might help for a little while but it won’t increase the fun factor.

“So what will?”

“A change in attitude.”

“Oh, no, the awful statement about changing my attitude. Look, I’m tired, busy with my kids and my job. I don’t have time to play at sex. I want to get in, get out and go to sleep.”

“Fair enough and I can relate, but I never said this would be easy. Having fun is hard work, just look at every sport out there.”

Let’s first look at a way to find ideas that will increase the fun factor.

  1. Watch love scenes or romantic comedies, what is happening in those scenes that you wish you could try. Develop it in your relationship. (A love scene in the park – try your back yard or deck.) New places can always add a thrill to the mix.
  2. Talk about it – the more you think or talk about sex the more you begin to see the potential of enjoying yourself.
  3. Be adventurous – buy sexy underwear, go commando, visit an adult toy store, do things that open your mind to new ideas. No one says you have to try them but at least let your mind toy with the idea.
  4. Read erotica – find a scene in a book that you think might be fun to try, have your lover read it.

Example is my latest release “Texas Passion”


“Well, now, did you think I’d ever arrive?” He shut the door and tossed his hat onto the table by the door. Dark curly hair circled his head, and his dark brown eyes met hers.

“I had no doubt you’d get here eventually.” Her hands shaking, Catherine laid her book on the rocker and tried for a more seductive tone. “But I’d like to know what delayed you.”

One corner of his mouth turned up in a crooked grin, he stepped forward, and then paused. “Wait a second, don’t I know you?”

Catherine nodded and toyed with the knot holding her robe together. Should she shed her robe and try to seduce him first? Or just tell him her name?

He tilted his head slightly, and a frown formed on his lips. The subdued lighting of the lantern didn’t mask the lines marring his brow.

Apprehension slithered over her skin, and a lump the size of Texas grew in her throat. “I…uh…”


More of an accusation than a question, her name echoed in her head. “Yes, I…” She edged closer.

He shuffled backward until his back hit the door. “What the hell are you doing here?” His gaze dropped to swell of her breasts, and the cattywhumped expression on his face registered. Clarity filled her head. The man might deny it, but the heat in his eyes proved he found her appealing. Energy pulsed through her, and she untied the knot at her waist. “I decided, since we’re practically engaged, I didn’t want you sleeping with another woman.”

“Whoa, don’t even think about removing that robe.” He held out his hands to stop her, but his tongue slid over his parched lips and the blaze in his eyes sparked higher. Catherine’s confidence grew, and the doubt that had plagued her for the last few hours faded. He might resist, but she’d show him this was what they both wanted.

Now all you need is a cowboy hat and bustier and relive the scene with your lover.

If not, maybe one of the other suggestions will provide you with a way to increase the element of fun in your sex life. Then you can discover the joy of playing with your partner both in and out of bed.


Buy link for “Texas Passion”

Hmm...great advice, Anita. Now where is Mr. Leigh hiding...??? ; )


Friday, 12 August 2011

Happy Release Day!!!

Yay!! The day is finally here!!

"Coming Back" is released today by The Wild Rose Press and I am splitting myself in two visiting my two good online friends, Jennifer Jakes & Marie Tuhart - here are the links, see you there!!

I'm sure I've given you the blurb for my brand new novella more times that I can remember, but in case you've forgotten here it is again - I LOVED writing this story!!!!

Kelly Hampton loved once...and lost. After two years of looking for Sean McKenzie in other men--and failing miserably--she takes a vow of celibacy. No sex until she finds love. Then Sean strolls back into her bar, reigniting old flames. No one has come close to understanding or satisfying her like he did. Her body burns for the passion they once shared, but her heart still remembers the pain.

Sean escaped Jessop Hill and his father's fists in the middle of the night without a word--even to his love, Kelly--to protect his battered mother, but he never forgot the explosively erotic relationship he left behind. Now his father is dead and Sean is back for the only woman he's ever wanted. Their reunion is full of fire – but can sexual attraction and noble intentions overcome years of heartache or will Kelly walk away to protect her heart this time.

Right, I'm off - see you at Jen's & Marie's blogspots...oh, and here's the all-important link to download your copy!

Rachel x

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

As I'm away....

Hi guys (waving madly!!),

I am away on my holidays at the moment but couldn't help checking in to at least post something to keep you up to date with my musings. I thought I could tell you how my latest work in progress is shaping up. It's another novella but I think it might end up being my longest yet as 20,000 plus words. Tentatively called "Greek Gratification", this one was inspired by my holiday to Zante a few years ago and the contest I held for readers here.

Given a hero occupation and heroine occupation, you guys chose the hero to be a pro-bono lawyer and the heroine to be a chef - not an easy combination to work with! ; ) But I've managed it, I hope and am not 12,000 words in with the two hero & heroine pics helpfully stuck in my brain!
Here's the blurb, enjoy!

Michelle Hutton leaves everything behind and flies from the UK to Greece in search of a new beginning. Her first encounter is with a sexy, pro-bono lawyer with a body that could adorn the cover of Playgirl. When they talk, he tells her his sister has a restaurant that desperately needs a new chef. Sam Clarke seems too good to be true. And Michelle doesn’t trust men – or anyone else after being let down time and again by the people she loves. Including the parents she left behind. But damn, he’s hard to resist…

Sam Clarke is a busy man – a man on a mission to help women in jeopardy. Women running for their lives or trying to start new ones. So when a woman with hair like a sheet of gold and eyes bluer than ocean walks into the bar, asking for help, what is he’s supposed to do? The electricity between them is hotter than a live wire and Sam knows this woman could distract him from his work. He needs to stay away…yet time and again he goes back for more.

See you next week!

Rachel x

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Yeehaa! Welcome erotic Western writer, Marie Tuhart!

Oooh, goodness me, I love a sexy cowboy, don't you?! I have read Marie's work and it's great! She's a writer I admire and wish massive success in the future. I have a lot to learn! I'm so excited to be interviewing you today, Marie - let's get started!

1) What is your writing routine?

Writing routine?

You have to be kidding J

Honestly, I really don't have one. I try to write on my lunch time at the day job, but that doesn't always work, so I write whenever I can.

2) Which author/s inspire you to write?

Series category authors, several of them from the old Loveswept line and Harlequin Presents

3) Which is your favorite romance subgenre to read? To write?

I read several subgenres: paranormal, contemporary, some historical from sweet to the really hot.

I like to write hot, I really enjoy exploring my characters sexual boundaries

4) How do you deal with criticism/rejection?

I allow myself one day to be sad or upset, but then it's back to work. Everything is subjective, especially when it comes to writing.

5) What do you expect from an editor?

To be honest with me and answer me in a timely manner

6) Tell me about your latest release

My latest release is Quick Silver Ranch: Saddle up

At loose ends after her best friend's wedding, Angie Davidson needs a vacation, so when the gorgeous yet aloof co-owner of the Quick Silver Ranch insists she stay to explore their sexual attraction, she agrees. Though she eagerly bows to his commanding touch in the bedroom, Jared's distant air after lovemaking sparks too many bad memories. Dare she yield to his sexy persuasion and prove he has nothing to fear or will he abandon her like everyone else in her life?

Eager to explore Angie’s vulnerable, submissive nature, Jared plans two weeks of toys and other naughty play. However, the last time he reached for a woman—mentally and physically—she rejected his dominant streak. Jared has no intention of letting Angie that close, no matter how sweetly she shivers beneath his hands.

Can two bruised hearts discover a way to make their tantalizing escape into the perfect way of life?

7) Tease us with a blurb or short excerpt

Angie drank in the feeling of his body against hers. His hardness to her softness, and part of her wanted to melt in a puddle at his feet, another part wanted to be bold and daring.

“Becca mentioned that you're closing down the ranch for a while.” Maybe a little flirting would work.

“Two weeks. There needs to be some renovations done, and the staff needs some downtime. It was a good time to do it with Tyler gone.”

“How much can be done in two weeks?” She thought back to when they were renovating the offices she now worked in, it seemed like it took months and with every little problem the workmen came to her.

“A lot, if you know how to motivate people.”

“Really?” Angie tilted her head up and fluttered her eyelashes. “And how would you do that?”

The corners of Jared's lips tilted up. “Lots of money.”

Okay, subtle flirting wasn't working with him. Her fingers trailed over his broad shoulder, to his neck, where she stroked his dark brown hair. His hand tightened on her lower back, bringing their hips together. And Angie swore she could feel his hard erection. Good, he wasn't immune to her.

She let her fingers skim from his neck, down over his shoulder blade, down his spine, over his well-defined ass, until she could rest her palm over his butt cheek. Then she squeezed it.

“Behave.” His breath brushed her ear and he swatted her ass.

“You hit me.” She couldn't believe it; he actually smacked her on the ass. Not that it hurt, but heat flowed through her body making her nipples grow harder. She’d never realized a little swat could make her so hot.

“I'll do worse if you don't behave yourself, Angie.”

“Promise?” The word was out of her mouth before she even realized it. The music ended, Jared escorted her back to the table and pulled out her chair.

His palms cupped her cheeks, tilting her face up to his. “We'll talk later.” He dropped a hard brief kiss on her lips before striding away.

Angie's heart skipped several beats while she observed Jared cross the room. She put her fingers to her lips and sank down onto the chair with her core pulsing with need and her panties wet. If he met her later, they wouldn't be talking if she had anything to say about it.

8) Which is your favorite character in the book? Why?

Oh that's a hard one, but I would have to say Jared, because he's restrained himself all his life and now he's found the one woman who can set him free and he doesn't see until it's almost too late.

9) What are you working on right now?

Right now I'm working on a sexy contemporary novel

10) Your biggest piece of advice to aspiring novelists?

Never give up and keep writing.

11) Where can readers find you?

My website is:

You can also find me on Facebook – I'm the only Marie Tuhart

Twitter @marietuhart

I also have my own blog:

And I belong to a group blog:

Great interview, Marie and Jared sounds HOT!!! Okay, guys, we are waiting for your questions & comments!

Rachel x

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Welcome fellow Wild Rose Press author & online friend, Jennifer Jakes!

I am so happy to welcome Jennifer here today. She is one of the many friendly and supportive writers I have come across over the past few years of learning my craft. She is funny and generous with her advice and I am glad to call her my friend!

Let's get started...

1) Did you set any goals for 2011? Yes, to write a novel and a novella.

2) What is the best part of the writing process for you? The second half of the book. I know my characters well by then – they’re like old friends – and I know exactly where the story is going.

3) The worst part? The first half L

4) Favourite author/s & book/s? I love Sabrina Jeffries’ One Night with a Prince and Kimberly Killion’s Her One Desire and also recently read Laura Kaye’s Hearts In Darkness and loved it!

5) Tell us about your latest release? It’s about a former Civil War soldier running from a terrible secret forced to help a woman running from a murderer.

6) Tease us with a blurb/short excerpt

He rode into town to buy supplies, not a woman.

For hunted recluse Rafe McBride, the raven-haired beauty on the auction block is exactly what he doesn't need. A dependent woman will be another clue his vengeful stepbrother can use to find and kill him. But Rafe's conscience won't let him leave another innocent's virginity to the riff-raff bidding. He buys her, promising to return her to St. Louis untouched. He only prays the impending blizzard holds off before her sultry beauty breaks his willpower.

She wanted freedom, not a lover.

Whisked to the auction block by her devious, gambling cousin, and then sold into the arms of a gorgeous stranger, outspoken artist Maggie Monroe isn't about to go meekly. Especially when the rugged mountain man looks like sin and danger rolled into one. But a blizzard and temptation thrust them together, and Maggie yearns to explore her smoldering passion for Rafe.

But when the snow clears, will the danger and secrets that surround Rafe and Maggie tear them apart?


Maggie wanted freedom, not a lover…

Oh, Lord. He was going to kiss her. She shouldn’t want this. She was confused enough.
Respectable women didn’t kiss men they barely knew, certainly not men who made them have wild,
exotic dreams.

It was crazy. He was making her want crazy things. Making her not give a damn about her reputation
or her virginity. Or her long-awaited freedom. All she could think about was that dream, and the way
his sinful mouth had felt. The table was only a step away, and honey was just as sweet as peach juice…

She swallowed hard and looked up into his hooded eyes.

“Maggie,” he groaned. “Don’t be scared. I’d never hurt you.”

Her mouth parted to object, but firm lips covered hers, hungry, demanding. She gasped, shocked at his
hunger, but even more at the illicit response coursing through her. An aching heat unfurled low in her
stomach, pulsed between her legs. Oh, yes. It started just like in the dream.

He deepened the kiss, coaxed her lips with his warm tongue. Long, languid strokes teased the inside of
her mouth, encouraging, tempting before he pulled back to nibble the corners of her lips.

Oh, God. Is this what all kisses felt like? Hot, lethargic? Melting her like molasses over warm bread?

“Kiss me, Maggie,” he breathed.

7) What is your favourite attribute of the hero and heroine? Maggie’s: The fact she refuses to give up. Rafe’s: His kindness – and the fact he’s smokin’ hot!

8) What’s next? I’m working on a novel set in 1898 Alaska during the Gold Rush, and a short story – an erotic western twist on a classic fairy tale.

9) Tell me where you write? In my sun room, curled up on my love seat.

10) Where would you like your career to be in 5 years? I’m easy to please – I want to improve as a writer, crafting better and better stories and hopefully making a little money along the way. J

12) Where can we find you? Website: OR come by my blog (especially for Man Candy Mondays) I’m also on FaceBook and Twitter @erotichistory

Great interview! What Jennifer 'forgot' to mention is Rafe's Redemption has received four & five star reviews from Long & Short Romance Reviews and Coffee Time Romance. It's a fabulous Western romance read - go buy it! ; )