Monday, March 14, 2011

Writer with Sizzle Interview: Jennifer Jakes

Please welcome romance author Jennifer Jakes! Jennifer would like to give away a PDF copy of her sizzling story Rafe's Redemption, so be sure to leave your email address in the comments section so she can reach you.

About Jennifer:

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

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.

He rode into town to buy supplies, not a woman.

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 -

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.


Amber Skyze said...

A bath tub scene sounds very interesting! :) Congrats on the new release.

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Amber!
Oh, it is;) *waggles eyebrows*
And thanks. It's been a fun couple of weeks since RAFE was released.
Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing:)

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Lia -
Wanted to say thanks for having me here today:)

Darah Lace said...

Great book, Jennifer! Loved it! Rafe is my kind of hero!

Mona Risk said...

Jennifer, congratulations on your book. Rafe's Redemption looks likea great read, with an emotional story and hot sex. Talking about writing good love scenes can you stop by and give us your opinion on how to write a good love scene?

Lia Slater said...

Jennifer, so great to have you here!!

Hi Amber, Darah, and Mona!

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Darah,
Thanks! I'm so glad you liked it. Rafe is a hottie;) I think I have a little crush on him. LOL But then I guess all writers fall for their heroes.
Thanks for stopping by!

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Mona,
Thanks. And thanks for the invite. I'll stop by later Pink Fuzzy Slippers in a little bit:)

Good luck in the drawing!

Cathy M said...

Hi Jennifer,

Great interview, I love getting to know new authors and your excerpt was a great hint of the chemistry between these two. Will definitely be adding Rafe's Redemption to my wish list.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Emma Lai said...

Just dropping in to say howdy. I was up late finishing Rafe's Redemption and all I can say is my hubby liked the story and he didn't even read it. :)

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Cathy!
Yay! Glad you liked the excerpt:)
Thanks for stopping by today and good luck in the contest!

Jennifer Jakes said...

Emma -
LMAO!! Well I'm glad you both liked it;) hahaha
Thanks for stopping by today!

Lynne Roberts said...

Hi Jennifer!

I think it's important to have a crush on your hero... at least that's my story and I'm sticking with it. ; )

Congratulations! I'm looking forward to reading the bathtub scene.

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Lynne,
Sounds good to me:) I'll stick by that story too.

You might want a fan and a cold drink when you read that scene;)

Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing.

Lia Slater said...

Hi Lynne, Emma, and Cathy!

Lia Slater said...

Congrats to Cathy M.! Jennifer has chosen you as the winner of Rafe's Redemption. She'll contact you shortly with your prize.

Jennifer, thanks again for being such a wonderful guest!

Cathy M said...

What a treat, thank you very much Lia and Jennifer.