Although the widowed Lady Rebecca has sworn off marriage, men are another matter. London's cold winter nights have her dreaming of warmer pursuits-like finding a lover to satisfy her hungry heart. Someone handsome, discreet, and most importantly as uninterested in marriage as she is. Someone like Jack Fulton.A known adventurer and playboy, Jack seems like the perfect choice. There's just one problem: Jack isn't interested in an affair. He needs the beautiful, mysterious Lady Rebecca to be his wife. And he doesn't have much time to persuade her. A secret from Jack's past is about to surface, and by Christmas Day he'll be either married to Rebecca or dead.
Hello, Jennifer, and welcome to Book of Secrets! I'm so excited you're here with us today.
1. What was the inspiration for your latest release, A Season of Seduction?
Thanks so much for having me—I’m excited to be here!
A Season of Seduction was inspired by the heroine, Lady Rebecca, who was a young, foolish, and fairly weak secondary character in my first two books (A Hint of Wicked and A Touch of Scandal). I brainstormed for days about the best way for her to earn her happily ever after. First and foremost, I knew she needed to grow up and change, and I knew I needed a powerful catalyst for her to do that. That catalyst came in the form of Jack Fulton, who is nothing of what Becky thinks he is at first but ends up being the perfect mate for her.
2. What draws you to the historical romance genre?
The easy answer is that I love history, I love romance, and I love happily ever afters!
3. Describe the perfect romantic hero.
I’ve read about so many different romantic heroes, and I’ve loved many of them. The most important element of the perfect romantic hero, I think, is that he’s absolutely head-over-heels for his heroine and perfect for that heroine in every way.
4. In your opinion, how has the historical romance genre changed over the past 30 years?
That’s a question I don’t really feel qualified to answer since I only started reading romances about ten years ago…before that I was a big reader of horror, historical fiction, and science fiction. But even in the past ten years, I think there have been shifts. More heat, more subgenres within romance, more character-driven stories…
5. What books have influenced your life the most?
I read my first “historical romance” when I was in fifth grade. It was “Constance” by Patricia Clapp--a children’s book, and I didn’t know it at the time but I really think it qualifies as a romance (incidentally, part of the plot was a love triangle, and a love triangle featured prominently in my first book, A Hint of Wicked). I’ve never forgotten that book, and it was my favorite story for many years…until I read “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon. That story has had an enormous impact on my life, my love of history, and my writing.
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