Thursday, May 19, 2011
FREE eBook Giveaway-Interview With Author Jennifer Jakes
Welcome! I had the pleasure in interviewing author Jennifer Jakes.
After reading the below interview with Jennifer, don't forget to leave a comment because one lucky person will win a FREE copy of her eBook, RAFE'S REDEMPTION.
This event runs Thursday through Saturday morning. You do not need an ereader like Kindle or Nook to enter. The book will be emailed to you and you can read it right on your PC.
BIO: After trying several careers - everything from a beautician to a dump truck driver- author Jennifer Jakes 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 15 acres along with 2 beautiful daughters, 2 elderly horses, 2 hyper dogs, and 2 spoiled cats. During the summer she does Civil War re-enacting and has found it a great research tool, not to mention continued appreciation for her microwave and hot water heater.
Thanks for being here, Jennifer. It’s a pleasure.
#1- Tell us a little about yourself outside of your writing career…
Hmmm. Well, my made-up worlds are much more interesting than me. LOL But let’s see. I live in Missouri. I love Mexican food. I think the most fun vacation I ever had was taking the Amtrak to Arizona, then a car tour from the Grand Canyon down through Sedona to Phoenix. Oh, and I love frozen coffee drinks.
#2- Can you tell us a bit about your new book in this giveaway, RAFE'S REDEMPTION?
It’s an erotic western historical about an ex-army captain who rescues a woman from her a bad situation. My blurb says it a lot 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?
#3- How do you handle the negative reviews and critiques you receive?
I think everyone has a right to their opinion and if my style of writing isn’t for them, that’s OK. Everyone enjoys different types of stories.
#4- Clint Eastwood, eh? LOL. Any plans to write in another genre?
Nope. I am totally enthralled by the Old West and the American Frontier.
#5- Civil War re-enactments. I'm intrigued. Do tell...
It’s a lot of fun. My husband portrays an artillery man for the Union Army and I portray an Army Laundress. I had no idea until I started my research that some wives followed their husbands as such, but I found a great photo of a laundry woman with her Army husband (and their 3 children) from the Civil War and I’ve tried to base my portrayal on that photo. The woman could make around $12+ per month for the laundry services – her meals, tent and medical care were “perks”. A Private in the Army was paid about $13 per month. So the couple from the picture was probably making $25+ a month for their family. If they managed to live through the war and save most of that, they had a nice savings to take home.
Of course I found some interesting articles about single women laundresses who made extra money on the side – or “nature’s way” as some of the soldiers called it. That’s why a letter of good moral conduct was required from the commanding officer. But that didn’t stop the world’s oldest profession from continuing behind closed tent flaps.
#6- Are there any upcoming releases we would like to know about, and could you give us your web site so readers can check it out?
I have a couple of works in progress but those are listed on my website along with more historical info and some Man Candy.
Here’s the address: www.jenniferjakes.com
#7- This about concludes it. Thank you again for joining us. Is there anything else you would like to share?
I just want to thank you for having me here today and wish the readers good luck in the drawing.