Monday, October 11, 2010

Book Feature and Giveaway: A Season of Seduction by Jennifer Haymore

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.




About the Author:
I’ve been writing since I could pick up a pencil….

Wait, no…that’s what every other writer says! I started writing just before my eighth birthday, and it wasn’t on my own volition. I was sailing with my family in a 42-foot sailboat across the Pacific, and since there were no local schools (except those pertaining to fish) nearby, my mother homeschooled me. She was a strict taskmaster! A veritable slave driver! She demanded a new story every day.

So I’d sit in the boat’s galley and write. And stare out the porthole, and write some more. And doodle, and write some more. By the time we arrived in Hawaii the following year, I had a portfolio of stories, and I was hooked. Since then I haven’t stopped. (Well, much. I did take breaks now and then, for things like college, young kids, and a master’s degree.)

I love to read just as much as I love to write, and actually the reading bug hit me at about the same time my mom was cracking the whip over my head and commanding me to write. What else to occupy your time with when there are no other kids to play with and nothing to do but stare at the endless sea? Some of my most recent favorites: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, River God by Wilbur Smith, and anything by Laura Kinsale and Loretta Chase.


Five Fun Facts:
1. After writing two books with Lady Rebecca as a young girl trying to find her place in the world, I loved writing about how she becomes a strong and independent woman in A Season of Seduction.

2. Cornwall, England, where Lady Rebecca’s property is, is one of those stark, windy places I always imagine as a setting for gothic novels. I have always wanted to write about it and visit it. Now that I have written about it and researched it, visiting is the next on the list!

3. I spent hours and hours researching the traveling time from London to Launceston, Cornwall while writing A Season of Seduction. I am always stymied by the amount of time it took to go from point A to point B using the various means of travel during this era. I’m trying to talk my husband into buying a horse for me just so I can be as accurate as possible! Unfortunately, so far, my husband is not convinced, but I’m still working on him…

4. In my last book, A Touch of Scandal, Lady Rebecca broke her arm in a carriage accident. Unfortunately, I know some things about broken arms, because my son has had two of them in two years! Lady Rebecca had the same break as my son’s first injury (a broken humerus just above the elbow), but she didn’t have access to modern medical care, so even after four years she’s still suffering from the repercussions in A Season of Seduction.

5. Christmas is my favorite day of the year, and I’d never imagined I’d be lucky enough to have the opportunity to write a historical romance set during the holiday season. Combine that with the special romance between Becky and Jack, and A Season of Seduction is definitely one of my favorites!


Giveaway:
I hvae five copies of this book to giveaway. Please leave a comment with your email address to enter. The contest is open to US and Canadian residents but no PO Box addresses please. Winners will be chosen on October 29.




23 comments:

  1. I love that you had the chance to travel as a young girl! What a great way to learn about the world!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

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  2. This one is on my wishlist, I'd love to read it. Thank you for the great giveaway.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  3. Sounds like a good read...would love to win!

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

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  4. Big fan of Jennifer would love to win this book

    mariannguyen16(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  5. Jennifer Haymore fan, please count me in, thanks!

    delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. I saw this and was tempted to get it. I would jadore reading it. ^^ Brilliant giveaway.

    jedisakora@msn.com

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  7. I'm glad you've been able to work your favorite holiday into a book! This is on my TBR list. Can't wait to read it. (Email in profile.)

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  8. Looking forward to reading this.Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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  9. I love reading Jennifer's books and I can't wait to get this one. Please enter me!

    lead[at]hotsheet[dot]com

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  10. Oh wow, this is an awesome series! Please count me in!!!!!!!! Please!
    alliwantandmorebooks@ gmail.com

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  11. Please enter me. I'd love to read this!
    lusteewench at gmail dot com

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  12. I would love to win this book and I love Jennifer's books so much. I tell all my friends about her books. susan L. garysue@dejazzd.com

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  13. I'm looking for some good books to read this holiday season. This sounds like a great one. Please enter me.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  14. Great post and it's great that you get to travel to inspire your writing. Please count me in!

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  15. I love unconventional heroines. Please enter me in the contest.

    headlessfowl at gmail dot com

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  16. Sounds like a great read. I love women who try to break conventions. Thanks for the giveaway.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

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  17. love Jennifer's books and would love to win this one too as I do not have it. susan L.

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  18. Count me in! Thanks!

    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

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  19. Please count me in ,would love to read this tributebooksmama at gmail dot com.

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  20. Interesting. Count me in.
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  21. Now I need to find out what Jack's secret is. Thanks for your review. How fortunate the author was to have such an exciting adventure in sailing with her family for a year.
    vinter at warwick dot net

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  22. Loved your review! I would love to read this! Please enter me!
    tmdahle@centurytel.net

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  23. Nice review. I'd like to read this.
    sdeeth at msn dot com

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