Monday, March 14, 2011
Writer with Sizzle Interview: Jennifer Jakes
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 Jakes at http://www.jenniferjakes.com/
Lia: Great to have you here, Jennifer! Tell us about your latest release.
Jennifer: Rafe’s Redemption takes place in Colorado, 1866. Rafe is a former Civil War captain trying to stay one step ahead of his vengeful stepbrother.
Maggie is an artist, traveling to San Francisco. But when her devious, gambling cousin loses all their valuables in a poker game, Maggie is sold to pay off the debt.
The blurb describes it much better than I can.
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?
Lia: Ooh, I’m cheering for their happy ending already. Have you ever cried or laughed out loud while writing a scene?
Jennifer: Yes, when I wrote the end scene where Rafe tries to reconcile his past. I cried.
Lia: Do you have a common theme in the books you write?
Jennifer: They all take place in 1850-1899. I’m not sure my stories are what you’d call traditional western – there are no gunfights in the middle of a dusty Texas street – but they are still classified as western historical. Plus I like to have some suspense thrown in there.
And my stories all have at least one really bad guy. Someone the reader can hate.
Lia: Which scene in your book do you think will leave the reading squirming in their seat?
Jennifer: I think it would be the bath tub sex scene;)
Lia: I’m intrigued! Where is the wildest place your characters have had sex?
Jennifer: Outside. Rafe has Maggie face a tree (they were having a picnic) and…….;)
Lia: Sounds like a sizzling scene. I can’t wait to read it! Where can we find Rafe’s Redemption?
Jennifer: At the Wild Rose Press – Wilder Roses - http://tinyurl.com/4oh5387
Lia: I’m on way to buy it. Thanks for being a Writer with Sizzle, Jennifer! Readers, remember to leave your email address in the comments section for a chance to win Rafe's Redemption. Or leave a question for Jennifer to answer.