Monday, October 17, 2011

Guest: Jennifer Jakes


Today is my guest Jennifer Jakes who is taking about her current release Rafe's Redemption.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m married and we have two daughters. I’ve been a Jack of all Trades – everything from a hairdresser to a dump truck driver. And it’s all been fun. I’ve been able to mark several things off my “bucket list”. We live in the Midwest where the long summer of 100 degrees temps is over and the gorgeous fall colors are making an appearance.

What do like the most and the least about writing?

I hate writing the first 3 chapters! These are the ones that I always end up deleting all, or at least part of, time and time again. I think it’s because I’m still learning about my characters and trying to let them lead me.

Give us a peek into your latest published work?

RAFE’S REDEMPTION

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 dependant 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?

What’s next on the writing horizon for you?

I’m almost finished with edits for a novella, TWICE IN A LIFETIME. (Watch my website for details for the release)

Is there anything you want to tell readers?

I’d like to ask them a questionJ What is your favorite time of year? And why? (OK, that’s two questions.)

Here's an excerpt of Rafe's Redemption:

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.

Thanks for being here today, Jennifer.

9 comments:

Jennifer Jakes said...

Thanks for having me here today! :)

Harlie Reader said...

Rafe's Redemption is such a great book. I might have to go re-read it today.

Lynda Bailey said...

My fav time of year? Hmmm. Fall, I think. I love when the temps are chilly in the morning, but warm up to seasonable highs. You bundle up in the early hours, but need only a sweatshirt by the afternoon.

Marie Tuhart said...

Hi Jennifer, glad you could be my guest today.

Hi Harlie, Rafe's Redemption is a fantastic book.

Hi Lynda, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Kellie Kamryn said...

I so, so, so LOVED this book! Everyone should read about Maggie and Rafe's adventure :)

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Ladies! Thanks so much for stopping by today:)
Harlie - Yay! So glad you loved RAFE enough to re-read:)
Lynda - Oh, yes. Love those mornings ...and the nights when a bonfire is perfect for keeping warm. Or a hunky man. Or both. But I digress... LOL
Marie - Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed RAFE!
Kellie - Aw, thanks! :)

nitethyme said...

Jennifer, enjoyed learning more about you in the interview. I'm glad summer is glaring at me in the rearview mirror. The heat this summer has been draining. Love your excerpt.
Bianca Swan

Cherie Marks said...

I can't wait for your next release, Jennifer! Rafe is such an enjoyable read. Favorite time of year? I'm very much a fall person for the crunchy leaves and cool weather, but can't beat the promise of spring. It feels so good to come out of winter.

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Bianca -
Yes, this summer heat was awful. And this coming from a gal my mom used to call "the Lizard" b/c I loved the heat so much.
Cherie -
Gotta love those spring flowers. I love my tulips and hyacinths(sp?). Thanks so much for stopping by. :)