Friday, May 10, 2013

Beach Chat with Jenna Jaxon

        As of yesterday, when the skies were sunny and the bay waters were smooth and the temperatures rose to a balmy 78, it became official--Beach Season has arrived!  Yeah!  So it's a a perfect time to pull up a beach chair and chat with a local author who has found great success with her historical and contemporary erotic romances. I always love getting to know a new author.  I think you'll enjoy meeting this one, too!

Today we're chatting with:  Jenna Jaxon. 

Most cherished beach memory:  Out on the sand with my daughter when she was about
          6 months old, lying on a towel, with her fast asleep beside me.

Recommend a Beach Read:  Well, if not one of my books…anything by Stephen King.  He writes such riveting stories!  If you prefer romance to horror, Joanna Lindsays’s No Choice But Seduction is set at sea for the most part and fun to read with the salt wind in your face and the sound of the waves crashing.

One author, living or dead, with whom you’d like to sip Mai Tais with on Waikiki BeachJust one?  Torture!  It would have to be Stephen King.  (I am a huge fan, if you can’t tell!)

Worst non-writing job you ever had:  Pizza maker

Favorite quote or saying:  “It’s not called ‘show friends,’ it’s called ‘show business.’”  Jerry Maguire.

Song that you dance to (when no one is watching): Bad Romance J  And I will dance to the Electric Slide whether they are watching or not!

Three of your favorite things:  Chocolate, romance, theatre

Two secret vices:  Watching re-runs of movies I know by heart; eating the last piece of pizza when no one is looking

One pet peeve:  Cars that come to a complete stop to make a right-hand turn--I just have to shout at them to keep moving! LOL

More about Jenna Jaxon:
               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. 

Complete List of Jenna's Published Works:
Betrothal--Historical Romance
Only Scandal Will Do--Historical Romance
7 Days of Seduction--Contemporary Erotic Romance
Almost Perfect--Contemporary Erotic Romance
Hog Wild--Contemporary Erotic Romance
Heart of Deception--Historical Romance

More about Jenna Jaxon's latest release, 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?

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Read an excerpt from Bethrothal:

“What do you require of me, Majesty?” Her mouth so dry she could taste sand, Alyse fought to speak in a normal tone. With a sigh of relief, she dropped into a deep curtsy, hiding her face in the folds of her skirt. If only she could remain bowed thus before His Majesty for the remainder of the evening.

King Edward laughed. “Obedience, Lady Alyse, as I require of all my subjects. As your father requires of his daughter.”

Her heart thumped wildly in her breast. That could mean but one thing.

“Rise, my lady.”

She did so on unsteady feet. “I am ready, as always, Your Majesty, to obey my father as I would you.”

Holy Mary, let it be Lord Braeton.

King Edward lifted an eyebrow toward Alyse. “A very pretty answer, my lady. And are you ready to accept your father’s decree for your betrothal? His messenger has today reached me with the contract, as I am to stand in his stead in this matter.”

Alyse took a deep breath and hoped her voice did not tremble. “Yea, Majesty, I will obey my father.”

King Edward nodded and leaned over to whisper something to Queen Phillipa, who sat beside him, heavy with their twelfth child.

Mere seconds before she learned her fate. She could scarce affect an indifferent pose before the court when inside every inch of her quivered with anticipation of the name. His name, pray God, on the king’s lips.


In her mind, she heard the word.

The king straightened, glanced at her then at the man by her side.

“What say you then, Sir Geoffrey? Does the lady not speak fair? I vow she will make you a proper wife and a dutiful one as well.”

Alyse turned, until that moment unaware that Geoffrey Longford stood beside her. Chills coursed down her body as the king’s words echoed in her mind. The sensation of falling backward assailed her, as though she rushed away from the tall man at her side even as his figure loomed larger and larger in her sight.
Not Lord Braeton.

Her numbed brain repeated the phrase, trying to comprehend that instead he would be her husband. Geoffrey Longford.

God have mercy on me, for by the look of him, this man will not.

Fearful, she cringed as her gaze climbed higher, over his chest, over his chin, finally resting on the dark blue eyes turned toward her.

Geoffrey returned her appraisal, his gaze sweeping her figure as a smile crept over his face. “Your Majesty.” He spoke to the king but his attention remained fixed on Alyse. “When my father told me of the betrothal contract before I left his home, I resolved to play the dutiful son. Now, however, I find I do not wish to act that role after all.” His eyes held hers as he paused.
Dear God, does he mean to renounce me here before the entire court?

Alyse stared at the man beside her, willing herself to remain upright, despite the waves of ice and fire alternating through her body.

“Now I find I would rather play the ardent lover.”

An amused murmur ran through the Hall at his words. Sir Geoffrey grinned, his eyes sparkling with humor and something more. Despite the uneven light, Alyse saw an unfathomable promise in their dark depths. She took a shaky breath and looked away. 


Jenna said...

Jane, thank you so much for having me over to your beach cabana today. I can't wait to actually head to the beach in July, but your blog is a great substitute until then! I plan on kicking back, toes in the sand, and having fun here today. :)

Christine Warner said...

Enjoyed the interview Jenna...learned lots more about you and found we have a lot in common.

Congrats on your release, I'm looking forward to reading it.

Jenna said...

Thanks for coming by, Christine! :) I hope you enjoy Betrothal--maybe at the beach!

Jennifer Lowery Kamptner said...

Needed this today because it is raining in Michigan! Great interview, Jenna! Love the book!!

Karen Lopp said...

Fun interview, Jenna. Hope to get to your book real soon:)

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

Great interview!! I tweeted.

Christi Caldwell said...

What a fantastic interview! I LOVE the beach-theme, it has me itching to get out on the beach for the summer! Loved your book, by the way!!

Patricia Green said...

A sandy beach sounds very appealing today, though the weather is nice here as well. It's always lovely to read interviews with you, Jenna. I can just picture you as a pizza maker and it brings a smile to my face. :)

Jenna said...

Jennifer--Sorry about the weather in MI, but glad I brought you a little beach cheer! Thanks for stopping by!

Karen--Thank you for coming by! I hope you enjoy Betrothal when you have the chance (maybe beach read? LOL).

Ella--Thanks so much for the visit and the Tweet!

Christi--Thanks so much! Now I want to hurry up and go to the beach too! But gotta wait for July. :( And so glad you enjoyed Betrothal! :)

Jenna said...

Hi, Patricia! It was the hottest most miserable job! Summer in Virginia in front of a 600+ degree oven! But I still know how to make a mean pizza! LOL Thanks for coming by. Hope your weather continues beachy. :)

Sara Walter Ellwood said...

Congratulations, Jenna... Loved the interview!