Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday! This is a forum where we’ll feature an author and their latest release. I’ll ask our guest to share 10 things about their book and then 4 questions for fun 🙂 So let’s get started.
Today I’m excited to have author Jenna Jaxon on the blog. I’ve gotten to know Jenna from few loops we each belong to as well as facebook. She’s a wonderful person and her latest book is in my tbr pile. She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4, and then an excerpt from her book Betrothal, Book 1 of Time Enough to Love. 🙂
First the 10:
To start out, share your author bio with us…that wonderful grouping of words that is in every one of your books 🙂
Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance. Her historical romance, Only Scandal Will Do, the first in a series of five interconnecting novels, was released in July 2012. Her contemporary works include Hog Wild, Almost Perfect, and 7 Days of Seduction. She is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as a member of Chesapeake Romance Writers. Her medieval romance, Time Enough to Love, is being published this summer as a series of three novellas. The first book, Betrothal, released on April 19th.
Jenna has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets. When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director. She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.
She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.
What’s genre (s) do you write?
I write primarily historical romance, though I do dabble in erotic contemporary romance also.
Share the blurb from Betrothal!
Lady Alyse de Courcy has fallen in love with Lord Braeton, a nobleman in King Edward III’s court and a man to whom she has barely spoken. Fate, however, has decreed her betrothal to his best friend, Sir Geoffrey Longford—a handsome and imposing knight, yet hardly the man she wants to wed.
When Sir Geoffrey is bound in betrothal by his father, he could not have expected the beautiful stranger to win his heart the moment they meet. Nevertheless, the fascinating Lady Alyse has done exactly that, and his feelings for her only grow as he learns more of her gentle yet spirited nature. But Alyse’s infatuation with his friend casts doubt on whether she can ever return his regard and their wedding day is fast approaching…
Will he have time enough to win her love?
Love that blurb…especially the last line! Tell us the oddest, funniest, or strangest thing that has happened to you while wearing your author hat!
Last year at my chapter’s retreat we were all sitting in the basement, around a table, writing busily. When we broke for dinner, I started talking to one of my close friends and she said, “Did you see Mike? (her fiancé)” I said, “He was here? Where?” She said, “He came right up to the door on his motorcycle. I went over and talked to him. You didn’t see him?”
And I said, “I didn’t even see you leave the table.” I was so absorbed in my revision (it was actually Betrothal) I didn’t know a thing that had happened in about two hours.
Love it, you were in the zone! What are your top 5 writing tips?
1. Finish the damn book! (Don’t stop until you write The End)
2. Time yourself when on Twitter or Facebook (one hour each–use an egg timer)
3. Write something every day.
4. Don’t take reviews (either good or bad) too much to heart.
5. Join an online critique group and find a good crit partner.
Great tips, especially the one involving facebook/twitter…therein lies my dilemma! lol When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Did you just always know, or was there a “moment”?
I’ve always loved to write (first short story was in 3rd grade), but the “moment” occurred when I’d just read Kathleen E. Woodiwiss’s Everlasting, and thought, “I can write a book like that.”
What was your favorite part about writing Betrothal?
Falling in love with my characters. They’ve become so real to me I think of them as people. I also loved the research.
What makes your book different from other books written in the same genre?
I’ve chosen the medieval period that encompasses the advent of the Bubonic Plague, and the plague figures prominently in Book 3 of the series, which I think sets it apart. I’ve also broken a few of the “unwritten rules” of romance–especially in Book 2. Stay tuned for those. 🙂
Was there a scene in your book that gave you a lot of trouble and you just felt like you couldn’t get it right? If so, how did you work through it?
The ending of the book gave me some trouble because it’s not really the ending. Betrothal is the first part of the book Time Enough to Love, so this part isn’t really the end. But I needed to give the novella closure, so I kept trying different ways for it to end until I came up with something that satisfied both me and my editor.
What’s your current WIP?
I’m finishing up the 3rd revision of Betrayal, Book 2 of Time Enough to Love. But I’ve also just finished the second book in my House of Pleasure series, Only Marriage Will Do. And this coming weekend I’m starting to expand my historical romance short story Heart of Deception into a novella.
Now the 4:
Congratulations, you were chosen by the royal family to name William and Kate’s first child. Tell us what name you’d choose for a boy and also a girl and then why you picked those names 🙂
For a boy, I’d choose Phillip after grandpapa (I really like that name too) and for a girl, Diana (yes, I would go there), especially because one day she would rule England. 🙂
I like Diana too…nice choices!
You were part of a horrific scientific experiment that went wrong. Your skin is now a flashing neon green, you can’t eat anything unless it’s through a straw and you can only speak five words. Which five words would you be able to speak?
Someone just kill me now!
LOL! I didn’t expect that 🙂
All the television stations pooled together and chose one person to pick a show to run 24/7 for 365 days…and you won. What television show would you pick to run over and over again?
Grey’s Anatomy–I’m a huge fan of their writing and I would watch it 24/7 if I could.
A magic genie offers you the chance to live the life of any fictional character in any book for one week. Which book and which character would you choose?
Jo Beverley’s Devilish and I would, of course, be Diana, Countess of Arradale.
Thanks for sharing your 10 and your 4 Jenna. Please share an excerpt of your book BETHROTHAL.
Geoffrey knew he had displeased her once more and cursed inwardly. He was ruining this opportunity but could not fathom how to repair the damage. She walked beside him woodenly, her hand like a dry stick on his arm.
I have faced enemy troops with less trepidation than this.
As they wound their way toward the chapel, thoughts of battle strategies filled his head and he decided to seize the offensive tack. He doubted he could make things worse.
“You have been at court but a short while, Lady Alyse? I did not meet you here last Christmas.” Not only a ploy to get her to talk, but to learn about her as well. If she would take the bait.
“No, sir. We did not meet.” She looked up at him and some of the fear retreated from her face. “I arrived at Windsor but two months ago. Before that, I was in the household of Lord Penburthy, in service to his wife, Lady Elizabeth. I have lived in the north these past ten years.”
He had not heard her speak so much at one time. Her low-pitched voice had a melodious quality—a pleasure to listen to. “Were you excited, then, to come to court?” Geoffrey experienced a giddy rush when he saw a tentative smile play about her lips.
“Aye, my lord, I came here eagerly. ’Tis very grand, especially after Merwyck Castle, near the Scottish border. A place beautiful, but wild. The castle did not have as many comforts as I find here.”
“What comforts?” He was fascinated by the way she blossomed before his eyes.
“Oh, warmth for one. Being so far north, the castle stayed cold always, even in summer. There were four other girls who served Lady Elizabeth, and we slept all in one room. Very noisy at night. To share with only one person here is like heaven.”
Geoffrey held his breath, for as soon as the words were out she colored prettily and darted a fearful glance at him. He had valiantly bitten back his amusement, yet still she noticed.
A delicate black eyebrow lifted. “You have a comment, my lord?”
Geoffrey laughed. As they arrived at the chapel, he took her hand, feeling that almost familiar rush of fire through his. “I would say, my lady, you are indeed perceptive. To share a room, or bed, with one other person can be like heaven.” He lifted her fingers to his lips, tingles firing off like sparks, and handed her into the chapel.
He watched with a hunger in his belly as Alyse’s luscious blue-clad form sped down the aisle to her place with the princess. Before she pushed past Lady Anne, she paused to throw a look over her shoulder at him. He nodded his farewell, intensely aware that his hunger would go unappeased a while longer.
🙂 So excited you joined me for 10 – 4 Tuesday! Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any other links you’d like to share so that we can find you and your book online.
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