Fire off five words to describe your book:
romantic, adventurous, suspenseful, touching
What are you currently reading?
am reading a book I asked for at Christmas: Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood
Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History. I absolutely loved the
movie (which I’ve watched more than a dozen times) and wanted to know the real
story (as opposed to the Hollywood version). I’ll soon be starting Go Tell the
Bees That I Am Gone, Book 9 of Outlander. I want to go back and re-read parts
of Book 8, just to refresh my memory. It’s been a couple of years since I read
Give us an out of context quote from your book to warm our hearts:
we must show restraint in the announcement [of their engagement], at least let
us abandon it elsewhere.”
Tell us your best three sentence campfire story:
the dead of winter, I was staying in a hotel, writing alone after a conference.
I left my room, heading down the long hall to the elevators, when I heard a
door creak open behind me. I spun around, but the doors were all closed, and I
turned back toward the elevators, they were there.
Name one song or artist that gets you fired up:
Raining Men” by The Weather Girls. It inspired my Widows’ Club series.
Fire down below! What’s the first object you save?
Advice for newly sparking writers in three sentences or less:
the damn book! You can fix crap; you can’t fix nothing. Give yourself
permission to write crap in the first draft.
Which of your characters would you want to share a campfire with, and why?
Fitzwilliam, from Only Scandal Will Do, because I think I could learn a
lot from her about having confidence in what I do and getting what I want.
Can you briefly describe your writing process for us?
off, I’m a plotter, so the first thing I have to do, after coming up with the
idea, is to figure out where the idea can go from start to finish. This means I
work it out in my head, usually while I’m driving, until I have a good bit of
the plot worked out and I just have to start writing it down. Once I begin the
outline, I write detailed paragraphs for each chapter, sometimes with dialogue,
so I don’t lose the ideas. Once the outline is complete (10-12 pages for a
full-length novel) I sometimes have to sit and let it percolate for a while, or
I can sit right down and start to write. I write from Chapter 1 in order thru
to the final chapter/epilogue. I cannot skip ahead and write scenes out of
order. I’d rather walk on glass. But if something occurs to me that should
happen later in the book, I’ll go back and revise the outline so I’ll remember
to put it in at the appropriate time. Once the first draft is done, I either
send it to beta readers or, if I’m out of time, it goes straight to the editor
and I hope for the best.
What is next on your writerly horizon?
My current WIP is a novella for Kathryn Le Veque’s shared world called The Lyon’s Den. It’s a novella series set in The Lyon’s Den, a gambling establishment in Regency London, with the dual purpose of gambling and matchmaking for the London upper crust. I’m really having fun with this story so far! After that I plan to revise a time travel novella I published as a novella some years ago, and lengthen it into a trilogy of novels. I also have a late Victorian novel I wrote more than ten years ago that I now want to revise and have my agent possibly send out later this year.
GENRE: Historical Romance
The Battle of Waterloo made them widows, but each has found new happiness. And Jane, Lady John Tarkington, intends to keep her freedom, even if love—and one particular gentleman—are determined to claim her heart . . .
It is a truth rarely acknowledged—at least in public—that a wealthy widow is free to pursue a great many adventures. For two years, Jane has privately enjoyed her independence. Why should she remarry, even when the gentleman proposing is as wonderful as Gareth, Lord Kinellan? She entreats him never to ask her again. But as her Widows’ Club friends—now all joyfully remarried—gather at Castle Kinellan, Jane begins to wonder if stubbornness has led her to make a terrible mistake . . .
Kinellan needs a wife to give him an heir, and he wants that wife to be Jane. They are perfect together in every way, yet she continually refuses him. Just as he is on the point of convincing her, a series of accidents befall Gareth and point to an enemy in their midst. He has promised Jane a passionate future filled with devotion, but can he keep them both alive long enough to secure it?
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“The men would stay here how long to hunt?” The primitive accommodations did not instill confidence in Jane. She’d likely not make it here a single night.
“According to my father, sometimes a week or more.”
Grimacing, Jane moved to the single door on the right. “What room is this?”
“That chamber is reserved for the Kinellan.” He opened the door and ushered her in.
Much larger than the other rooms, this one boasted a large double-sized poster bed with curtains around its four sides made of what was once costly blue brocade fabric, though now faded and dusty looking. At the time they were new they must have been quite elegant. The walls of this chamber were not Spartan as the other rooms, but decorated with several sets of antlers, a portrait of some Seton ancestor she assumed, and an ancient broadsword hung beneath the Seton coat of arms. A chest on chest and a wardrobe gave the room an aura of sophistication after the other sparsely furnished rooms.
“I see the Kinellan likes his luxuries.” She ran her hand over the comforter and pressed down on the mattress, testing the bed. “Although this mattress is quite lumpy.”
“Really?” Kinellan suddenly loomed overtop of her and she caught her breath. “That could be unfortunate.”
“Unfortunate?” Her voice rose to a squeak as he tipped her head back and lowered his mouth to hers.
The insistence of his lips, the tension in his body, and the bulge in his buckskins all told of his desire.
So much the better.
Jenna Jaxon is a best-selling author of historical romance, writing in a variety of time periods because she believes that passion is timeless. She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, Jenna 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--including two vocal cats, one almost silent cat, two curious bunnies, and a Shar-pei beagle mix named Frenchie.