Go West, Young Woman...
Update: Thanks to everyone who joined in the discussion today. Jennifer has chosen a winner. Congratulations to Emma Lai! She’ll be receiving an ebook of Rafe’s Redemption.
If you didn’t win this time, please pop back again. Next Monday my blog guest will be the talented Katharine Ashe!
Mia: You buck the historical romance trend to write stories set in the American West. What drew you to this setting and time period?
Mia: According to your website, laundry for a pioneer woman was a three day event. How do you research your books? Have you ever taken part in a reeactment?
Mia: Please tell us about your debut title Rafe’s Redemption.
Mia: I’m always interested in other author’s writing process. Do you have critique partners?
Jennifer: Yes, I do. And I’d be nowhere without them!! * Hi Barb and Sara Ann* They read RAFE more times than a person should have to. LOL They helped me become a better writer. And now I’ve added two more great CPs * Hi Marci and Lisa* Together the five of us take turns submitting online pages to each other for critique.
Mia: Every writer hits a moment when she realizes something has clicked. Can you tell us about a turning point for you in your writing?
Jennifer: When RAFE’S REDEMPTION finaled in the RWA Golden Heart. I knew then that I was onto something. LOL!
Mia: I’d say. The Golden Heart is the most prestigious contest for unpublished romance writers. Congrats on your subsequent sale and debut, Jennifer!
For hunted recluse Rafe McBride, the raven-haired beauty on the auction block is exactly what he doesn’t need. A dependent woman will be another clue his vengeful stepbrother can use to find and kill him. But Rafe’s conscience won’t let him leave another innocent’s virginity to the riff-raff bidding. He buys her, promising to return her to St. Louis untouched. He only prays the impending blizzard holds off before her sultry beauty breaks his willpower.
She wanted freedom, not a lover.
Whisked to the auction block by her devious, gambling cousin, and then sold into the arms of a gorgeous stranger, outspoken artist Maggie Monroe isn’t about to go meekly. Especially when the rugged mountain man looks like sin and danger rolled into one. But a blizzard and temptation thrust them together, and Maggie yearns to explore her smoldering passion for Rafe.
But when the snow clears, will the danger and secrets that surround Rafe and Maggie tear them apart?
Maggie wanted freedom, not a lover…
Oh, Lord. He was going to kiss her. She shouldn’t want this. She was confused enough.
Respectable women didn’t kiss men they barely knew, certainly not men who made them have wild, exotic dreams.
It was crazy. He was making her want crazy things. Making her not give a damn about her reputation or her virginity. Or her long-awaited freedom. All she could think about was that dream, and the way his sinful mouth had felt. The table was only a step away, and honey was just as sweet as peach juice…
She swallowed hard and looked up into his hooded eyes.
“Maggie,” he groaned. “Don’t be scared. I’d never hurt you.”
Her mouth parted to object, but firm lips covered hers, hungry, demanding. She gasped, shocked at his hunger, but even more at the illicit response coursing through her. An aching heat unfurled low in her stomach, pulsed between her legs. Oh, yes. It started just like in the dream.
He deepened the kiss, coaxed her lips with his warm tongue. Long, languid strokes teased the inside of her mouth, encouraging, tempting before he pulled back to nibble the corners of her lips.
Oh, God. Is this what all kisses felt like? Hot, lethargic? Melting her like molasses over warm bread?
“Kiss me, Maggie,” he breathed.
About the Author
After trying several careers—everything from a beautician to a dump truck driver—Jennifer finally returned to her first love, writing. Maybe it was all those Clint Eastwood movies she watched growing up, but in her opinion there is no better read than a steamy western historical.
Married to her very own hero, she lives on fifteen acres along with two beautiful daughters, two elderly horses, two spoiled cats and two hyper dogs. During the summer she does Civil War re-enacting and has found it a great research tool, not to mention she has continued appreciation for her microwave and hot water heater.
Visit Jennifer at www.jenniferjakes.com
Jennifer is offering an ebook of Rafe’s Redemption to one lucky commenter, so be sure to leave a question for her to be entered in the random drawing.