Friday, January 31, 2014

Betrayal by 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 as a series of three novellas. The first book, Betrothal, released on April 19th. The second novella, Betrayal, will release at the end of January.

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.

Find Jenna online at:
http://jennajaxon.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jenna-Jaxon/146857578723570
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4960704.Jenna_Jaxon

Other Books by Jenna Jaxon:
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


After a night of passion with her betrothed, Sir Geoffrey Longford, Lady Alyse de Courcy is eagerly looking forward to her wedding. But when Geoffrey is forced to marry another, a heartbroken and possibly pregnant Alyse finds herself in her own private hell. She must either gamble with her reputation or marry someone she does not love.

A reputed connoisseur of women, Thomas, Lord Braeton, has dallied with many ladies of King Edward’s court, although he has favored none. However, as Geoffrey’s best friend, Thomas has sworn to serve and protect Alyse, an oath now sorely tested when he agrees to marry her—in name only—to guard her reputation. Yet, as they grow closer, and Thomas discovers Alyse’s sweet but spirited nature, he comes to desire a marriage in truth. Can he overcome her memory of Geoffrey or is Thomas doomed to burn with passion for a woman he can never possess?


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If you would like to purchase the first part of the trilogy, Betrothal, it is available at Amazon and Smashwords.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
The original germ of the idea for this book (it’s actually a serialized novel called Time Enough to Love) came from a History Channel program on the Bubonic Plague. It cited the journey, in 1348, of King Edward III’s daughter, Joanna, as being one hard hit by the plague in Bordeaux, France, as she was en route to Spain to be married. I saw the program months before I started writing but filed it away. I love the medieval period and was inspired by Kathleen Woodiwiss’s historical romance Everlasting to write my own. I remembered the History Channel program and came up with the idea to follow the courtiers in Princess Joanna’s retinue as she sailed to Spain as the focus of the novel. They are all fictional characters, although I’ve included real people from King Edward’s court as well.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
The entire novel, Time Enough to Love, took me about six months to write. I started in mid-January of 2009 and I finished the first draft on July 28, 2009. It was 187K words, written single-spaced in chapters of approximately 20 pages each. It was a LONG book!

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Plotting. I am a plotter and to me that’s the most exciting thing to do in writing. Figuring out what’s going to happen and how and why is like being in a candy store for me. I love making connections, putting in twists and turns and foreshadowing everything. And I don’t always know exactly how everything is going to play out, but as I write, things become more obvious and click into place. I just can’t get enough of it!

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Promotion. It’s a necessary evil. If you want people to read your books, you have to tell them about it. That means being a presence on social media, visiting blogs, blogging, doing blog tours, sending books out for review, reviewing others’ books. In short, doing whatever you can to get your name and the name of your book in front of as many people as possible. And all that takes time every day. Time that you could be writing another book.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
OMG what an interesting question! I had to think about that for about five minutes. I’m going to say Stephen King. He’s my favorite non-romance author and I adore his fiction and non-fiction books. His On Writing is such an excellent book on the craft. I’d love to be Stephen for a day for two reasons: 1) I’d love to know what it feels like to be a famous author and 2) I’d hope when I reverted back to me, some of his writing skill would come back with me. J

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
The oldest thing in my refrigerator is a jar of my brother-in-law’s blue-ribbon pickles. They’ve been in there since about 1995. We’re not big on pickles, so we didn’t eat them for a while and after he died in 1998, we just kept them to remember him by. They were never opened, so they’ve never molded.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Readers can expect a lot more historical romance. I’ve got the third novella, Beleaguered, that I’m finishing up now to complete Time Enough to Love. Then I’ve got the second book in my House of Pleasure series, Only Marriage Will Do, out to my editor. I’ve also got a Victorian novel, As Long As You’re Mine, to make some revisions to before sending it to my editor. And I’m putting the finishing touches on my Regency, To Woo A Wicked Widow, the first of my series called The Widow’s Club. And these are the ones that are written. I’ve got lots of detailed outlines just waiting to be first in the queue.

1 comment:

Maria D. said...

Congratulations to Jenna on her new release. Great interview - very interesting how Jenna came up with this story. Thanks for the except.