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Jennifer Haymore is visiting today

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Jennifer, Thank you for agreeing to be a guest on my blog.

Thank you for having me!

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

I grew up in Hawaii, went to college and grad school in California. Met my husband in college and we married a week after graduation! His job has kept us in California, though we’d love to have the opportunity to live in other states someday. We have three kids who keep us very busy.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing forever, but with the goal to become published since my daughter was born. She’ll be five in a few weeks!

What is your writing process like?

I tend to get most of my quality writing done late at night when everyone else is in bed and the house is quiet. Which makes me tired and cranky (and unproductive) during the day. To combat this, I drink lots of coffee!

Can you tell us about your newest release A Hint Of Wicked?

A HINT OF WICKED takes place in Regency London. It’s about a woman who loses her beloved husband at Waterloo. Pregnant and alone, she picks up the pieces and learns strength and independence, and years later, she falls in love again. A few months into her new marriage, her first husband returns. Both men want her; she’s in love with both. It’s a tangle of emotions and passions complicated by a sinister threat to all their lives.

Is Hint of Wicked a stand-alone book or the beginning of a series?

It’s the beginning of a three-book series. The second book, A TOUCH OF SCANDAL, is about the man who “loses” in the love triangle of A HINT OF WICKED. The third book resolves the story of a secondary character whose life is in turmoil throughout the first two books.

Do you write under any other names?

Yes, I write erotic romance as Dawn Halliday. Right now, Dawn is focusing on Scottish erotics…and oooh…I love writing about Highlanders!

Do you have any other books coming out this year?

HIGHLAND OBSESSION, Scottish erotic romance, releases on August 4


Also, I have a story in A HIGHLANDER CHRISTMAS, to be released in November, written with the amazing authors Sophie Renwick and Cindy Miles.


My next Jennifer Haymore book, A TOUCH OF SCANDAL, will be an April, 2010 release.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently putting the finishing touches on HIGHLAND SURRENDER, the second book in my Scottish series for NAL, which will be released next April.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

I brainstorm a lot with my husband. He has very male ideas, but all in all, they’re very original ideas. We end up battling over plot points a lot, because his male mind sometimes works in quite unromantic ways, but I love how he makes me think differently about things. He’s my idea man and my idea “bouncer.”

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

I love reading, and I have eclectic tastes. I enjoy any and all stories that have sympathetic, relatable characters and that grip onto me and won’t let me go.

My auto-buy authors…hmmm…Diana Gabaldon, Laura Kinsale, Elizabeth Hoyt, Maya Banks.

What books are on your keeper shelf?

I edit at Samhain Publishing, so all the books I’ve edited there have a coveted spot on my keeper shelf. I also keep my favorite books by my auto-buy authors.

What was the first romance book you read or the first romance book that has stood the test of time?

FLOWERS FROM THE STORM by Laura Kinsale was one of the first romances I ever read that has stood the test of time. I loved the relationship, the tortured hero, the conflicted heroine. Wonderful stuff!

If one of your books was made into a movie, which book would you like it to be and which actors would like to see as the lead characters?

A HINT OF WICKED, definitely. Casting it is hard because I can’t think of anyone who exactly “fits” the characters as they are in my mind. But here’s my best attempt:

Sophie: Rachel McAdams

Garrett: Hugh Jackman

Tristan: Christian Bale

If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?

Hmmm, maybe Sophie, the heroine of A HINT OF WICKED. She’s rich, titled, lives in a beautiful home, wears beautiful clothing, has servants at her beck and call, and she has two amazing, powerful, handsome men madly in love with her!

If you were not writing, what would you be doing?


Oh, but as a career? LOL! Hmmm, well, I’d probably go back into acting.

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

I have tons of hobbies, but most of all, I enjoy hanging out with my family.

If you could ask readers anyone question, what would it be?

What is the most gripping romance you’ve ever read?

For more information on Jennifer and her books you can visit her website at: http://www.jenniferhaymore.com/

In addition check out her Wicked Sexy Scavenger Hunt that runs through June 5 at http://www.jenniferhaymore.com/2009/05/27/wicked-sexy-scavenger-hunt/

***Leave a comment answering Jennifer’s question for a chance to win a copy of A HINT OF WICKED. Good Luck 🙂 ***


28 Responses

  1. Hi Jennifer,
    Can’t wait to read your book. I love love triangles! I was also excited to here about your highland stories. They are near and dear to my heart.

    As far as gripping romances that is a REALLY hard question, so I am going to cheat a little bit and pick a few in different genres.

    All around: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (told you highlanders were near and dear)

    Contemporary: Wild Card by Lora Leigh & Mouth to Mouth by Erin McCarthy

    Historical: Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas & Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn

    Erotic Romance: Strong, Silent Type & Tied Up, Tied Down by Lorelei James (love all of her stories, but these two are my favs)

    Honorable mentions should also go to Megan Hart, Sarah McCarty I also love their work. I told you it was too hard to choose. You should never ask a book addict what their fav is because you will never get one answer 🙂

  2. Hi, Jennifer!
    Answering your question, well… I’ve read a lot of books, but most of them now I don’t remember clearly lol. A year or two ago, I would have answered “Memorias de Idhun (Idhun Chronicles, spanish book)” by Laura Gallego García, there’s also a love triangle!.
    But now I’d say “Twilight” and “Vampire Academy”, I think they’re the ones that I like the most ;D

  3. Hi Jennifer!! 🙂

    I’m terrible with Titles, but good with stories and characters…I really liked Rhage’s book in the J.R. Ward series, Lisa Kleypas’s autumn book, and “The Duke and I” by Julia Quinn.

    ❤ 'em all so much!!

  4. Love the idea of your newest book and glad to read more about future books in the series. Can’t wait to get my hands on AHOW…love the cover too.

    Not sure how to answer your question but if you mean ‘what book could you NOT put down’ then I’d have to say anything by Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Stephanie Laurens, Eloisa James…just to name a few of my very favorite authors.

    BTW, I’ve bookmarked your website and plan to visit frequently.

  5. A HINT OF WICKED sounds intriguing1
    The most gripping romance…the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I can’t pick just one of the series!

  6. I have to agree with a couple of the other commenters,the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.

  7. Hi Jennifer! I love Highlanders books so I’m looking forward to that one this summer and winter! I have enjoyed many of your books under Dawn so I’m very excited about this book!

    I think the most gripping read would be ANNIE’S SONG by Catherine Anderson. I so was attached to the heroine personally too and just was so emotional reading this one and such a beautiful read! So that one on the top at the keepers shelf! Too AGAIN THE MAGIC by Lisa Kleypas a more recent book, was a gripping read for me too. I never read Ms Kinsale! I wouldn’t know where to start with hers.

    Jennifer if I could ask you a question, I would love to know where you would most love to visit and set a book in.

    Would love to be in the contest! Thanks

  8. The most gripping read for me would be Sarahs child by linda howard. I reread it often. Hint of wicked sounds great I would love to read it.

  9. Love Lora Leigh’s and Sarah McCarty’s books for the emotional storylines and wonderful romances. Lora Leigh has a series Shattered, Shadowed and Savage that made my heart hurt it was so sad, and you have to wait for the last story to finally get your happy ending.

  10. Hi Jennifer,

    Can’t wait to read your book. Sounds like a making of a great trilogy or series. Also, can’t wait for Highland Obsession because I just love Scottish romance. One of the most gripping romance for me was Jamie and Claire Fraser in The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, but a close second would be Drustan McKelter and Gwen Cassidy in Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning. Aaahh…highlander romance. I just luv it.

  11. I picked your book up today while I was out. I can’t wait to get started.

    I didn’t know you were Dawn Halliday. Glad I do now though. I remember seeing the cover for A Highlander Christmas and think its so hot.

  12. I’d love to win a copy of this new book. It sounds so amazing!

    There are so many gripping novels… E.g. Simply Love by Mary Balogh.

  13. I would have to say Annies Song by Catherine Anderson.
    A Hint of Wicked sounds like a great read.

  14. I always love a good historical romance. Sounds great!

  15. A Hint of Wicked sounds great! Great interview!

    Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh

  16. It makes me sound easy, but I would have to say the last romance I read was the most gripping….it has been a long time since I read a romance I wasn’t completely enthralled with (thanks to bloggers like Greta, reviews at Amazon, and my trusty bookstore ladies). It is so very easy to get lost in another time or place or life right now!

  17. Greta & Jennifer~
    Great interview! Congrats on your release, Jennifer, and for doing it all with a young child!

    I can’t think of any terribly gripping books just now, as I have been in the sun all day with my little guy, so my brain is pretty fried. I just wanted to say congrats on your fab release!!

  18. Seize the Fire by Laura Kinsale had me in tears at the end. The hero and heroine came to a point where they’d reached absolute bottom emotionally and desperately needed one another to rise out of the pits of despair.

  19. Oooh! See, I love asking this question, because I get to add all kinds of new books to my TBR. Like Lora Leigh and Mary Balogh and Catherine Anderson…can you believe I’ve never read them?! Bad Jennifer! But hearing their names reminds me that I have to pick up their books and get busy (actually I do have two Mary Balogh’s sitting on my TBR right now…).

    Outlander has to be my all-time favorite book, so I definitely agree with those of you who mentioned it. It’s one of those books that doesn’t start off with a bang, but once it gets going…whew! Totally gripping! Remember those prison scenes?

    I’m also a big Laura Kinsale fan. I have found every single one of her books to be gut-wrenching and gripping. LOVE her! And I love Linda Howard, too, but I haven’t read Sarah’s Child yet.

    Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the book rec’s, everyone! I’m keeping a list. 🙂

    And special thanks to Greta for having me!

  20. I recently read Addicted by Charlotte Featherstone and was completely entranced. I love it. Some of my all time favorite paranormal romances are Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander Series. Magical tales that once started are hard to release.

    A Hint of Wicked sounds like an incredibly good read. Can’t wait to peek in the pages!

    Dottie 🙂

  21. A Hint of Wicked sounds interesting! Hmm two lovely males! It is hard to remember just one gripping romance but what comes to mind is Just Breathe by Dee Davis.

  22. Hello Jennifer – I’ve been hearing such good things about A Hint of Wicked. Can’t wait to read it.

    For a gripping romance the first one to come to mind is Linda Howard’s Son of the Morning. Love that book!

  23. I smiled at your comment about being cranky – I do my best work in the early morning when all are asleep. I get VERY cranky if someone gets up early and disrupts me :>)

  24. Hi Jennifer,
    Congratulations on the new book. I’ve read a lot of gripping stories and one that I remember well is Cry No More by Linda Howard.

  25. Hi, Jennifer! How exciting that your debut’s out! It sounds terrific, and I’m glad to hear you’re working on a sequel 🙂 (Gotta love those connected stories–those are some of my favorite!) Hope you’re enjoying seeing your book on bookstore shelves! Are you doing anything special to celebrate?

  26. Hi Jennifer and Greta, the question is hard and there isn’t only one, although I would say there are two SEP titles Ain’t She Sweet and Kiss An Angel that have some intense scenes that still get me when I re-read the stories. Have you read them and know which ones I’m talking about? Most importantly, congrats! Jennifer, on A Hint of Wicked!

  27. The most gripping book I have ever read has to be Murder Game by Christine Feehan.

  28. Hi Jennifer,


    The most gripping romance I’ve ever read would definitely be Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon. 🙂

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