Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Jennifer Jakes

Let's Get Lost in

The Wild Rose Press
ISBN: 1-60154-936-9

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?

About the Author, JENNIFER JAKES
After trying several careers—everything from a beautician to a dump truck driver—Jennifer 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 fifteen acres along with two beautiful daughters, two elderly horses, two spoiled cats and two hyper dogs.

During the summer she does Civil War re-enacting and has found it a great research tool, not to mention she has continued appreciation for her microwave and hot water heater.

I know Jennifer as a fellow Unsinkable. Unsinkable 2010 Golden Heart finalist, friend, pal, encourager, and someone I want to know better. Let’s get to know this great gal a bit better...

ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
JENNIFER: When a story is well written - every time!

ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading?
JENNIFER: Little Bear: Father Bear Comes Home

ANGI: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
JENNIFER: Oh, hands down, Beauty and the Beast. In my opinion it comes closest to mirroring a romance plot. I guess it’s the whole ‘wounded hero’ as portrayed by Beast. I’m a sucker for a wounded hero ;)

ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
JENNIFER: Hmmm. My brothers and I used to watch Bugs Bunny and Scooby Doo. So it would be a toss up between those two.

ANGI: What turns you off like nothing else?
JENNIFER: Arrogance

ANGI: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?
JENNIFER: I tend to pick one song and put it on repeat while I’m writing. So I may listen to the same song for hours. Somehow I get lost in the drone and I’m able to write. While writing RAFE’S REDEMPTION I mostly listened to George Strait’s Cowboys Like Us.

ANGI: Where do you read and how often?
JENNIFER: Usually in bed before I go to sleep.

ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
JENNIFER: I love water – a gurgling stream or rain on a tin roof

ANGI: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
JENNIFER: Action Adventure

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
JENNIFER: Dances With Wolves

ANGI: Be honest, when you put yourself in the heroine’s role?
JENNIFER: No. Does that make me weird?

ANGI: Is writing or story-telling easier for you?
JENNIFER: Definitely the story telling.

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: So, Jennifer, I admit that I hit your blog every Monday morning. It has definitely become a ritual. WHERE do you get all those hunky hunks and what do you do with the pictures? (Some of them go right into my screen saver.)

JENNIFER’S GOTTA ANSWER: Yay! I’m so glad you like Man Candy Monday. I know I do. The hunks….gosh, I spend grueling hours searching the web for pictures. It’s a really tough job *grin*. There are several photo sites you can join and then just type in what you’re searching for. My search usually starts with the word sexy… and ends with the word men. Like you, I have some of them on my desktop for inspiration. A writer’s gotta do what a writer’s gotta do;)

Yes. For everyone who loves to read historical romance, what is your favorite era to read? Regency? Victorian? Western? Or do you like Steampunk, historical with a twist?

JENNIFER would love for a commentator to have either a print or e-book--winner’s choice.

Don’t forget to check out Jennifer’s website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, or Email.

Til next week when I host debut author Lisa Spindler. ~~Angi

Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America addresses only. If an electronic Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) is available, the author may utilize that option for International participants. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

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  1. I think I'm going to be first to say hi, to Jennifer! I love your blurb of your western, and I must say I've been a fan of westerns since I was knee high to a grasshopper I love historicals in general, but westerns particularly. Thanks for being with us on GLIAS.

  2. Your book sounds great and I would love to read it. I love the name Rafe!

  3. My fav is Regency but i'm not too fussy...
    Your book sounds lovely as is the cover.
    *keeping my fingers crossed*

  4. I really enjoy western romance. Probably because I grew up in Oklahoma and can identify with cowboys. I like reading most historical romances but I have never read Steampunk before.

    I love the blurb for Rafe's Redemption. I enjoy marriage of convenience stories. Add a little danger and I am one happy reader.

  5. Ooh, I haven't read a good Western in ages. Love the cover and description. Nice interview, too. I'll have to check out the man candy. :D

    What's the sensuality level in this story?

  6. Hi Donnell! *waving* Thanks so much for having me here:)
    I'm glad you liked the blurb. Gotta thanks my editor Trish for helping me with that!
    Thanks again.

  7. Hi June-
    Thanks! Once I "hit" on the name Rafe for the character I knew I'd found a winner. HA For the record, I have a hard time naming my characters. They go through at least 1 name-change before I'm done writing.
    Thanks for stopping by today and good luck in the drawing:)

  8. Hi Linda-
    I think the artist did a great job on the cover. It's exactly as I pictured it in my mind.

    I'm a fan of Sabrina Jeffries. Oh, I really like Emily Bryan who is writing as Mia Marlowe now.

    Thanks for dropping by and good luck in the drawing:)

  9. Hi Stacie -
    Yay! Another cowboy lover:) Westerns have always been my favorite read too and I'm glad to see more authors writing them.
    I'm glad you liked the blurb for RAFE.
    Thanks for stopping by today and good luck in the drawing!

  10. Hi Jill -
    Glad you enjoyed the interview:) Yes, my Man Candy (hopefully) make Monday a little more bearable.
    The heat level is HOT/graphic!! But it is only between Rafe and Maggie.
    Thanks for stopping by today and good luck in the drawing.

  11. I have to agree with you, wounded heroes are the best. They have a vulnerability they hide in so many ways and it's fun to watch the heroine get close.

  12. Ooh, Rafe is HOT HOT HOT. I know this cuz I'm reading it now. (He and Erren are competing for my time... it's nice to have men fighting over you.)

    I don't think about the era when I pick up an historical. If the story sounds good, I read it.

  13. Hi wlynn -
    Ah, a girl after my own heart. I get all weak in the knees for a wounded hero. :)
    Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing!

  14. Hi Abigail - *waves*
    Everyone, Abigail was the winner of RAFE on a blog last week (or 2 weeks).
    I'm so glad you're liking him;) *wiggles eyebrows*

    Thanks for stopping by Abigail!

  15. Hi Jennifer- Abigail sent us the link that you were posting today to our lalala group.

    Looking forward to the book signing on Saturday so I can get my copy of Rafe!

  16. Hi Lynn! *waves*
    I'm excited about Sat. too! :)
    See you there!

  17. Reading Rafe now. It's so refreshing to have a historical that feels like the Old West. I read a lot of contemporary cowboys, but there's something about historicals--guess it's all those Saturday afternoons spent with John Wayne. :) Congrats on the book release.

  18. Hi Jennifer!

    You know, I've never read Steampunk, but I'd like to try. I like it all, really. I don't have a favorite.

    I don't think you're wierd at all. I think writers kinda need a separation from the characters they read.

    Congratulations again on such an awesome book!

  19. Welcome to GLIAS, Jen! I can't wait to get my hands on Rafe. I love historicals, westerns, wounded heroes, and the name RAFE. I might have named my son that -- but way back in 1981 it wasn't too popular. I do have a 2nd nephew with the name though. A rootin' tootin' ring-tail tooter growing up in Montana.


  20. Oh and since Jennifer's favorite fairy tale is Beauty & the Beast, I'll put in another plug for BEASTLY. Awesome modern-day take on the fairy tale. A little magic, very good acting, great story-line. If you like the tale, you should see the movie.


  21. Hi Megan!
    Yes, I really wanted RAFE to have that John Wayne/Clint Eastwood feel. Glad you think it does;)
    Thanks for stopping by today! See you at the book signing:)

  22. Hi Jennifer and sister 2010 GH finalist! !

    Congrats on the release of RAFE'S REDEMPTION! I love a sexy historical romance! I suppose I must choose Victorian/Steampunk, mostly because I live at least part of my life in those worlds!

  23. Hi Lynne,
    My CP writes Steampunk but that's all I've read. Of course I've seen Wild, Wild West and the League of Ext. Gentleman, and liked those.....
    Yes, for me to be able to write a good hero's POV, I usually can't get too mentally wrapped up in the heroine. At least no more than I am in the hero. (Clear as mud?) LOL
    Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck in the drawing!

  24. Hi Angi,
    Thanks so much to all of you for having me here today!
    Yes, I would have named a son Rafe, but *shrug* we had only girls.
    Oh, so glad you brought up Beastly. I wondered if it was worth seeing! Great to know:) Thanks!

  25. Hi Gjillian! *waves*
    Thanks so much for stopping by today!
    Yes, gotta love a good steampunk. For me - probably because they (usually) fall closer to my time era of Victorian than Regency romance does.
    Thanks again and good luck in the drawing!

  26. Welcome, Jennifer!

    I don't much care which period in terms of historicals, but I have read quite a few Victorians I've enjoyed. Really looking forward to reading yours! Nothing like a great western. :)

  27. Hi Jennifer! Welcome to GLIAS. Your cover is gorgeous and I like the sound of your story. As a contemporary author I love reading historical because I can completely get swept up in the story. My favorite is Regency, but I'm excited to try your western!

  28. Hi Maureen!
    Thanks so much! And thanks for having me here today!
    Best -

  29. Hi Cat !
    Yes, I like to read outside my genre too. It's fun to read something so different from what I write:)
    I'm glad you'll be giving RAFE a try;)
    Thanks for stopping by today!

  30. My favorite is Regency and Victorian. I recently read a book set in the Edwardian era and I liked it a lot. I am dying to read a steampunk story I just haven't picked one up yet.

  31. This book looks fabulous.

    I boring, I love, love, love all historical eras. HA!!

  32. Hi Danielle -
    I don't think I've read an Edwardian based story. I'll have to look for one:) And I bet you'd like Steampunk.
    Thanks for stopping by today and good luck in the drawing:)

  33. Hi Tarah -
    Thanks! :)
    I have to say I love historicals too. I will read about any era -- would love to read one set in thriving Egyptian era! I think that would be fun.
    Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing. :)

  34. Hey Jennifer! Don't enter me into the drawing. I now have three copies of Rafe, and he's...I's soooo good. For me, historical romance is best in either the western or Regency time periods. I cut my teeth on western romances and hadn't read one for a while until yours. I might need to read a few more now.

  35. I love American set historicals, but really any historical will do. I'm so excited to see your novel. Beautiful cover and a fascinating story. Count me in on the drawing if I'm not too late :)

  36. Hey Jennifer! What a fun interview! I'm another one who doesn't need to be entered in the drawing cos you can bet I grabbed my copy of this book as soon as it was available : ) Of course, if you're doing a drawing for an afternoon's free time when I can curl up and read, put my name in twice ; )
    Oh, and hey, I'm just getting back to reading historicals, so all time periods are equally appealing.
    Congrats on all the success you're having with Rafe!

  37. Hi Sherry!
    Three!!!!!!! Wow! Rafe does have that effect on women. ;)
    I'm so glad you enjoyed him. I do hope to see Western make a come-back. Maybe with movies like True Grit, it will become a popular genre again.
    Thanks for your support!

  38. Hi Clarissa!
    You're not too late:)
    Thanks so much. I do love my cover tho' I can take no credit for it. The talented Angela Anderson created it.
    Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing.

  39. Hi Gwen!
    Thanks for stopping by:) I would love an afternoon of just reading! Count me in.
    Thank you for your continued support and thanks for dropping by today:)

  40. What a great day, Jennifer. This has been awesome and I hope everyone comes back often. Good luck in the drawing everyone. Come back Friday for the winner.


  41. Thanks, Angi and all the "story" girls! I loved being here today:)

  42. We loved having you, Jennifer! Best of luck with Rafe's Redemption.

  43. Hi Jennifer,
    Darn, I missed the party. And it sounded like such a good one, too! I have my copy of Rafe safe and sound. I agree that you were so lucky to get such a great cover. I love all historicals, but I'm partial to medievals--ahhh, next to Westerns, of course :0 Best of luck with your first book.

  44. Hi Jennifer! I may be a day late (and always a dollar short), but I wanted to say hello! I, too, have my copy...haven't gotten to dig into it yet, but I can't wait!

    Congrats on the release :)

  45. Hi Barb and Heather -
    Thanks so much for stopping by. Don't worry about being late -- I'm always running late. LOL Maybe we'll start a trend. :)

    Thanks for all your support, ladies!

  46. Going through all my posts and I realized I never wrote the winner here on the blog...


    Send an email to and I'll get you hooked up with Jennifer!