I’m pleased to welcome my friend, author Jenna Jaxon, as my guest today. Jenna’s going to give away a free ebook to one lucky commenter – the winner will be announced on Monday, October 21. Welcome, Jenna! Please tell us a little about your story, Only Scandal Will Do.
He has the woman of his dreams, but what price will he have to pay to win her heart?
Kidnapped and sold at auction in a London brothel, Lady Katarina Fitzwilliam squelches an undeniable attraction to the masked stranger who purchased her, pits her wits against him, and escapes him and the scandal that would ruin her life.
Unable to resist temptation in a London brothel, Duncan Ferrers, Marquess of Dalbury, purchases a fiery beauty. She claims she’s a lady, but how can she be? No lady of his acquaintance in polite society is anything like her. Then he discovers she is who she says, and that this latest romp has compromised her reputation. He knows how that is. One more scandal and he’ll be cast out of London society, but he needs a wife who’ll provide an heir to carry on his illustrious family’s name. He seeks out Katarina, intending only to scotch the scandal, but instead finds his heart ensnared. He’s betting their future he’ll capture her heart, but does he have what it takes to win the wager?
WARNING: A blade-wielding heroine who crosses swords with a master of sensuality.
I love strong heroines…such a terrific, sensual battle of the sexes. Jenna, tell us about your future releases? What are you most excited about?
I’ve actually got a lot of future releases at the moment. I’m working on revisions to the second book in the Scandal series, Only Marriage Will Do. Then I’m working on edits for Betrayal, the second book in my medieval trilogy, Time Enough to Love. I’m polishing my Regency romance, To Woo A Wicked Widow, book 1 in The Widow’s Club series. And I just got word that my Victorian romance, As Long As You’re Mine, will be published in early November. I’m excited about all of these projects, but as I’ve been working on ALAYM since before I started Scandal, I think I’m most excited about that release!
Who would you cast to play your hero and heroine in an adaptation of your story?
I’d cast Ian Somerhalder as Duncan (except he’d have to wear brown contacts!) because he’s got that “bad boy” vibe. And Bonnie Wright (Jenny in Harry Potter) because her hair is perfect and she’s the perfect blend of innocence and confidence.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Chocolate. Any form, any type. My favorite premium is Godiva. My favorite domestic is Reese’s Cup.
I think I need to go get some right now.
Me, too…dark chocolate is my favorite, but peanut butter cups have a special place in my heart. Chocolate is one of my food groups!
What’s one thing about you that would surprise readers?
I named one of my daughters after a cat my husband and I used to have.
Interesting. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A cottage outside Dublin, Ireland.
Which would you rather possess: flying monkeys or Toto?
Toto. I love Cairn Terriers and Toto was totally cool (on par with Lassie). My daughter (the one named after the cat) is in violent disagreement on this question. She wants a flying monkey. I told her I’m afraid of heights. What will the monkeys get me?
Oh, I’m afraid of heights, too, but I still want the flying monkeys. I wouldn’t be flying with them…but they would look totally awesome as gargoyles around the house.
Jenna, when you’re not writing, where are you most likely to be found?
In the theatre.
An excerpt from Only Scandal Will Do:
Katarina clutched the chair’s golden upholstery to keep from launching herself at him and wrapping her fingers around his arrogant throat. “I am Lady Katarina Fitzwilliam, sister to the Earl of Manning. I was kidnapped and brought here tonight against my will.”
He cocked his head. Then his mouth twitched. “Truly? What an exciting life you must lead…Lady Katarina, was it?” He chuckled deep in his chest, and took a step toward the chair.
She glared at him. “I am Lady Katarina Fitzwilliam, you dullard.”
“And true ladies always run around London at night scandalously underdressed as Greek slaves?”
“My brother and I were on our way to a masquerade ball when I was abducted.”
“As was I, fair lady,” he bowed with an exaggerated flourish, “when I decided to come to this charming establishment instead. Perhaps if we had continued on our ways uninterrupted, we would even now be dancing together at the ball.” That nasty laugh grated against her nerves worse than the screech of rusty nails, making her contemplate murder. If the scoundrel didn’t believe her story, killing him might be her only means of escape.
A Little About Jenna:
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 year 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.
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