Friday, July 29, 2011

Jennifer Haymore

Get Lost in This Story…



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?

Jennifer Haymore grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii, where she surfed, learned how to fly airplanes, raced bicycles, and developed a love for sailing. She was an avid reader and completely destroyed her eyesight by sneaking a flashlight under her covers and reading far into the nights — making her mother wonder why on earth she couldn’t get up for school in the mornings…

Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in Education from UCLA. Before she became a full-time writer she held various jobs from bookselling to teaching inner-city children to playing bit roles in soap operas.

You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel.

Welcome to Get Lost in a Story today, where I am excited to host fellow historical author and agency sister, Jennifer Haymore! In this fun interview, I learned we have more in common than a genre and an agent…and that’s an eclectic music collection and a love for cream and sugar.

So, let’s get to the Get Lost Interview and learn more about this fabulously talented author!

Heather: What’s your favorite “love” word?

Jennifer: I have so many! I think “adore” is one of my favorites. When a man adores a woman, you know he’s done for!

Heather: Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?

Jennifer: I always write while listening to music. It’s as if my brain is not programmed to write unless I have my iPod going. It doesn’t even matter what kind of music--I often have my entire playlist going, which is a hugely eclectic mix from classical to show tunes to jazz to Celtic music to pop to rap. Crazy, I know…

Heather: What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?

Jennifer: Sleep, usually! I just finished writing a book that’s due in August, and I closed my computer in the parking lot of a park, then went to watch my son’s baseball game. But after it was over, I slept for about 10 hours straight!

Heather: If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and specifically why?

Jennifer: There are so many places I really want to go. Ancient Rome and Ancient Egypt are two eras I love. But right now, I’d really like to visit Regency England. There are some research questions that are so difficult to get answered, so I’d go and see what the “real” Regency was like!

Heather: Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

Jennifer: I know a lot of writers say they don’t read reviews, but I do. I’m very interested in what readers think about my stories, and I listen to their criticisms. With every book, I try to improve, to become a better storyteller and ultimately a better entertainer.

Heather: Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?

Jennifer: I drink far too much of both--I’m on a chai tea kick right now. I take both with plenty of cream and sugar!

Heather: What color would you make the sky if it wasn’t going to be blue anymore and why?

Jennifer: I think I’d make it lavender because it’s the only color I can think of that would keep us all calm. Can you imagine a fire-engine red sky? Eek!

Heather: What is your favorite cheese?

Jennifer: American cheddar. My foreign friends have told me it’s far too orange to be natural, but it’s been a staple of mine forever!

Heather: What’s your favorite kid joke?

Jennifer: I don’t have one, but I can tell you my husband’s (of course, he’s taught this one to our children!).

Q: What did Silly Willy say to the bee?

A: Boo, bee!

Ha. Ha. Ha. <g>

Heather: Which era would you most like to have lived in, fashion-wise and why?

Jennifer: I have always adored the fashions of the late 19th century--late Victorian times. Think of Scarlett O’Hara’s clothes in Gone with the Wind. My absolute favorite!

Heather: Which is your favorite language other than your native language?

Jennifer: French. The language of romance. ;-)

Heather’s GOTTA ASK – Jennifer’s GOTTA ANSWER J

Heather: So, I noticed on your website that you grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii (I’ve only spent a week there, but absolutely LOVED it). Can you tell us what it was like for you to grow up in such a beautifully remote place?

Jennifer: Growing up in Hawaii, I couldn’t wait to get away, to go back to the mainland where I was born. When I was 15, I developed this plan whereby I’d go to California and live with a friend, and graduate from high school a year early. I was determined! I ended up doing both, but now I understand why 15 is waaaay too young to leave home. It was really hard on me--I needed my parents! It was better the following year, when I started at UC Berkeley at the age of 16…still too young, but better.

Now that I’ve been away from Hawaii for so long, I miss it and can’t wait to get back. My husband and I have talked about moving there hundreds of times, but there’s always something keeping us back.


Jennifer: I made a few decisions when I was young (under 21) that changed my life. One was leaving Hawaii and my parents at the age of 15, which I regretted. The other was marrying my husband at the age of 20, which I’ve never regretted.

Is there a big decision you made as a teenager or young adult that influenced your life for better or for worse?



I’ll give away a signed copy of my trilogy:



Thanks so much for being with us today, Jennifer! Where can your fans find out more about you on the web?

**Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North American addresses only. If an 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.

Join us Monday when Maureen hosts Juliana Stone!


  1. Awesome interview and congrats on your books coming out. I for one am so wanting to read this book with a passion. now for your question

    oh lord ok so normally i dont sit and put myself out like this but i guess it needs to be said from the time i was 18-21 there was a series of events that i think turned my life from what i expected. first starting with believing a my then bf at 18 that he wanted me to get pregnant so i went with it cause i believed i was so "in love" *rolls eyes* more like puppy love but at 18 i wanted what i kept reading bout. i wound up getting dumped finding out i was preggo then losing the baby a few months later...then a few years later another event was when we got the call my sister was murdered. after those two events my life was turned around from what i had mapped out to trying to get it back on track now and going after my dreams.


  2. Good morning Jennifer, thank you for blogging with Get Lost in a Story. We're honored your here, and I have to tell you that blurb sounds to die for... I will be purchasing this book. I love women in disguise books and your plot platform seems ideal to pull it off.

    As for life decisions, of course, I think we've all made them. I was engaged at 21 to a man I thought was the love of my life. My mother, my friends repeatedly told me he was wrong for me, but, good grief, is the term 'love is blind' correct. Thank goodness I realized they were right before I said 'I do.' I've been married to the same man for 28 years now with two great kids as a result. (Your life would make an excellent book by the way. I hope you are doing well health and careerwise). Wishing you all the best!

  3. Welcome to GLIAS Jennifer. Terrific interview. I admire your honesty. Can't wait to add your books to my Kindle.

    I wouldn't have worked as much in high school...I would have actually enjoyed it (and learned to play an instrument in the band).


  4. Hello Jennifer!
    I was very busy in high school. I had tutoring and babysitting jobs. I also had to take care of my 3 younger siblings, 10, 9 and 3 months. I was too busy to date or go to parties. If I could go back I would find more recreation time. It did make me a great multi-tasker though. Congrats on the new release. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. Hi everyone! I'm so thrilled to be here today.

    Lindsey, Wow, you went through a lot at a young age--too much. I'm so glad to hear you're getting back on track now. ((hugs))

    Donnell, So glad you finally found the right guy! Yes, love is blind.

    Angi and Stacie, I did that in college. I worked and studied and never had the "college experience" that so many other people had. I'm sorry I missed it! I've become a great multi-tasker, too, though! LOL!

  6. The only decision that I made as a teen that affected my life was not going to college right away. Then when I decided to go, I was older than everyone else, and instead of getting scholarships, etc, I ended up having to get alot of loans.

  7. Hi Jennifer,
    You are a new author to me and I'm really glad I discovered you today. I will ke keeping your books in mind for future reading.

    When I first graduated high school my family contemplated moving away from the area for a new start. I made a decision to stay behind and attend university here. It would have been a big decision especially since i would be living on my mind but thankfully it wasn'y meant to be We took a road trip that summer to scope out the area and though we liked it for visiting, my family decided it was best to stay where our roots were. I'm glad I don't have to be independent yet! :)

  8. Great questions! awesome answers.
    You are a new to me author and I love historicals.

    I made a silly decision when I was in high school regarding a boyfriend and my girlfriends. They didnt really like each other and there always seem to be against each other. I was an immature girl and picked the boyfriend and ending some great female relationships. Some of those girlfriends from the group still hang out together. I wish I would have dumped the guy and stuck to my girls. I'm in my 40"s and I still kick myself!

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  9. Oh, there is so much I regret from my early years! The biggest regret is probably not saving myself longer - if you know what I mean. Why do young girls feel that they are "in love" and have to give in to temptation? I pray my two daughters have better will power and control than I did!!

  10. The only thing I ever really regretted is studying boys more than my books my first years of college. Although taking seven years to get my bachelor's may not have been a bad thing. :)

  11. Congratulations Lindsey Hutchison! You are a winner.

  12. OMG wow thanks so much i cant believe it but im way stoked you just dont know