We would like to welcome author Jennifer Haymore here on our blog today. Her new book is Confessions of an Improper Bride, the first book in her new Donovan Sisters series. Read on for a chance to win a copy of Confessions of an Improper Bride (which I am currently reading and enjoying).
Q: Hi Jennifer! Welcome to our blog. If you can spend a day with any of your characters who would it be and why? Where will you go and what will you do?
A: Thanks so much for having me!
Hm, if I could spend a day with any of my characters, it would probably be with William Langley (who is a character in Confessions of an Improper Bride, Secrets of an Accidental Duchess, and Pleasures of a Tempted Lady). I’d go with him on his ship, the Freedom, and he’d teach me how to sail it!
Q: How did the idea for Confessions of an Improper Bride came about? Was it inspired by an event or a collection of ideas through the years?
A: It was definitely a collection of ideas through the years. The basis of the story, lovers long separated by time and betrayal, was the basis of the very first historical romance I dreamed up. I’m also fascinated by the relationships between twins and sisters. So it was a hodge-podge of ideas (and much brainstorming with my editor) that came together to create Confessions of an Improper Bride.
Q: What was the hardest thing about writing Confessions of an Improper Bride? Or did the words just flow?
A: Out of all my books, Confessions was the most difficult. It took me longer than any of my other books, and sometimes it felt like getting each word onto the page was like donating a limb. I think this mostly had to do with the fact that 2010 was a very difficult year for me personally, with a diagnosis of breast cancer and the ensuing treatment. I’ve written two books since then, and both have been far less agonizing to write!
Q: Can you tell us about the Donovan Sisters series?
A: The Donovan Sisters are five sisters who’ve grown up in genteel poverty in the West Indies. When they reach adulthood, they’re sent to England to find rich husbands. Their mother is the worst kind of matchmaker, and she’s utterly determined her daughters marry well. Unfortunately, her plans almost backfire, but lucky for her (and without any of her help), the sisters actually end up doing even better than she expects.
The series consists of three books:
Confessions of an Improper Bride
Secrets of an Accidental Duchess
Pleasures of a Tempted Lady
And here is the blurb for Confessions of an Improper Bride:
Serena Donovan left London six years ago, her heart broken and her reputation ruined by devilishly handsome Jonathan Dane. Now, with her family's future in peril, she reluctantly agrees to return to England and assume her late twin's identity. The price? Marry a man she doesn't love and spend the rest of her days living a lie.
Jonathan Dane, Earl of Stratford, has become an incorrigible rake, drinking, gambling-and trying to forget Serena Donovan. Yet the moment he's introduced to the prim and proper "Meg", he recognizes the sensual young woman who captured his heart. Haunted by his past mistakes, he refuses to lose Serena again. But convincing her to trust him is no easy task. Claiming his lost love means exposing the truth and destroying the life Serena has sacrificed everything to rebuild. With the future of all the Donovans at stake, and their undying passion capable of triggering yet another scandal, how much will Jonathan and Serena risk for a chance at true love?
Thanks for answering our questions, Jennifer! To learn more about Jennifer's books, check out her website and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
Jonathan Dane, Earl of Stratford is on Twitter!! Yes, you heard it right. Go HERE, follow and chat with Jonathan Dane (seen there on the left on the stepback of Confessions) on Twitter.
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