Meet Jennifer McQuiston and warm up with "Summer is for Lovers"

AUTHOR: Jennifer McQuiston
Title: Summer is For Lovers
Publisher: Avon/Harper Collins

Please say hi to another of my fellow Avon authors, Jennifer McQuiston. She has a fascinating life story as well as the most amazing (and popular!) new historical romances out there. And, she’s as delightful as she sounds. Welcome, Jennifer!

Jennifer McQuiston is an infectious disease researcher by training, but she also writes Different. Historical. Romance. She lives in Atlanta, GA with her family and the pony she promised her girls when Mommy got her first book deal. Visit her at www.jenmcquiston.com, or follow her on Twitter @jenmcqwrites and Facebook at www.facebook.com/jennifermcquistonauthor. 

His heart is unavailable. Luckily, her interest lies in the rest of him…
Though she was just a girl when they first met, Caroline Tolbertson’s infatuation with David Cameron remains undimmed. Now fate has brought the handsome Scotsman back to Brighton for what promises to be an unforgettable summer. Soon, Caroline will have to choose a husband, but for now she is free to indulge her curiosity in things of a passionate nature.
That is, if David will agree to teach her.

Past mistakes have convinced David he’ll make a terrible husband, though he’ll gladly help the unconventional Caroline find a suitor. Unfortunately, she has something more scandalous in mind.  As the contenders for her hand begin to line up, her future seems assured…provided David can do the honorable thing and let them have her.




LIZ: What are the next five books on your ‘to be read’ pile?
JENNIFER: I am currently reading THE PAINTED VEIL by W. Somerset Maugham, published in 1925. I am finding it a staggeringly good book, with a decidedly modern feel to it. Next up is Julia Quinn’s WHEN HE WAS WICKED and a re-read of Sherry Thomas’s NOT QUITE A HUSBAND (which I am reading for research for an upcoming RT Book Reviews feature article on infectious diseases in historical romance—apparently both of these feature scenes where the hero has malaria!). My critique partner Romily Bernard’s new YA thriller called FIND ME came out September 24th, and I am looking forward to reading it again after the editors had their hands all up in it. And my Critique Partner Kimberly Kincaid’s debut was also September 24th, an anthology called the THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE SWEETHEART SWAP.  

LIZ: What one thing about your hero drives his heroine crazy? And what one thing about your heroine drives her hero nuts?
JENNIFER: In SUMMER IS FOR LOVERS, the hero, David Cameron, is convinced he would be a dangerous match for the innocent heroine because of a terrible mistake he made eleven years ago. He has lived with the guilt for over a decade, and my heroine has had enough of his self-flagellation!
I would say what is driving my hero crazy about my heroine is that she seems to know what she wants and is willing to do almost anything to have it… and unfortunately “it” is him!

LIZ: Name three things that are, at this moment, in your heroine’s purse, satchel, reticule, weapons belt or amulet bag (or whatever she carries).
JENNIFER: My heroine doesn’t carry a reticule, but she has pockets that are probably hiding any number of things. I feel sure she would have a comb and extra hair pins (her hair is always wet because of her secret penchant for swimming), and a seashell (she would collect this as a memento of the secret cove where she likes to swim).

LIZ: If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and specifically why?
JENNIFER: This one is an easy one for me! I would travel to the Soho section of London during the infamous cholera outbreak that struck there in 1854. I am an epidemiologist by training, and that outbreak marked the start of my profession, as well as the ground-breaking discovery that cholera was actually transmitted by water. During that outbreak, Dr. John Snow, the father of epidemiology, mapped the cholera deaths in a community and showed they clustered around the Broad Street pump, a communal water pump where everyone in the area obtained their drinking water. He convinced health officials to take the handle off the pump and stopped the outbreak. There is a pub erected on the corner of Broad Street now, dedicated to his memory, and I raised a pint to toast him when I visited London over a decade ago.
But man, it would have been so much cooler to actually be there during the outbreak…

LIZ: What will always make you smile, even on a bad day?
JENNIFER: Definitely our family’s pony, Beaux Regard, who was promised my daughters if Mommy was ever able to get a book deal. I pretend he is for the girls, but I sometimes think I love him more than they do!

LIZ: What is your biggest vice?
JENNIFER: Gotta be Diet Coke. I have given it up no less than a dozen times, and am currently holding off the sauce strong since June…. But I want one. Every. Single. Day. Summertime is KILLER without Diet Coke.

LIZ: What’s your favorite kid joke?
JENNIFER: What’s the difference between broccoli and boogers?
Wait for it….
Wait for it….
Little kids don’t eat Broccoli.
LIZ: I adore that joke—it’s going to be one of my new favorite.  I love stupid kids jokes—hence the question, I guess!

LIZ: What do you hope for the future of romance publishing?
JENNIFER: I hope historicals aren’t “dead”, as the conversation recently went on a prominent blog site. Not only because I love to write historicals, but because I absolutely love to read them!

LIZ HAS GOTTA ASK: What’s the most personal thing you’ve ever put in one of your books?
JENNIFER HAS TO ANSWER: Holy cow, that is a loaded question!!!
Well…I will confess, in Summer is for Lovers, I have a scene that takes place in a secret ocean cove, under a full moon. I was trying to describe what the hero looked like in the moonlight, and how far the heroine could have reasonably seen if the moon was full and bright. So, I set my alarm one cloudless, full moon night and made my husband get up and walk around the back yard so I could get a better sense of it.

Then I went back to bed and he was not at all amused with me.

Oh, I definitely want to hear everyone’s best kid’s joke! Turnabout is fair play.

Jennifer will be giving away a copy of SUMMER IS FOR LOVERS, for North American readers.

E-mail: jenmcq@live.com 
Twitter: @jenmcqwrites

UP NEXT: The third book in the series, MOONLIGHT ON MY MIND, will be released March 25, 2014.

PREVIOUS RELEASES: My first book, WHAT HAPPENS IN SCOTLAND, is available now.

Thank you so much, Jennifer, for visiting here on GLIAS -- what a treat to have you with us!


  1. Hi Jennifer! I love kids jokes....that may be because I'm all too often easily amused. One that was told to me was:

    Q - why can't you take a Pokemon to the bathroom?

    A - because he might PIKACHU!


    I can't wait to read Summer is For Lovers :) Cheers,

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

    1. I am sorry I am late to my own party! I was travelling back from Puerto Rico yesterday (on a writer's retreat... I know, it's a HARD life!) and this date with destiny slipped right past me. My kids love Pokémon, so oh, man, am I going to have to tell them that joke!

  2. haha That's a great joke, Jennifer. I can't remember a lot of kids jokes myself but there is this one I remember.
    Two muffins were sitting in the oven
    One turns to the other and says, “Wow it’s hot in here!”
    The other muffins says, “Woah! A talking muffin!!!”

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

    1. Buahahaha! I scared the cat laughing out loud!

    2. Ha! My kids are going to think I am the coolest when I share these over dinner tonight!

  3. Here's one we did with our kids when they were little:

    Knock Knock

    Who's there?


    Banana who?

    Knock Knock

    Who's there?


    Banana who?

    Knock, Knock

    Who's there?


    Orange who?

    Orange you glad I didn't say banana?

    Congratulations on the new book!

    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

    1. Thank you so much! Orange I glad you stopped by!!

  4. Hi Jennifer,
    I'm so glad you're here with us today--it's a treat! I adore stupid kid jokes. My family members can turn each other into wheezing puddles of laughter just telling the most ridiculous ones they've heard. Here's my favorite:

    Q.What do you find inside a clean nose?
    A. Fingerprints

    :-D Thanks again for visiting us at GLIAS--I wish you nothing but the best of luck with "Summer is for Lovers."

    1. Thank you so much for having me on Liz, and gah, sorry I am late to the party!

  5. Great interview Liz and welcome to GLIAS, Jennifer !

    1. Thank you Angi, it is a pleasure to be here!

  6. Since it's so close to Thanksgiving...
    What's the most musical part of a turkey?
    (The drumstick!)
    Congrats on your new book. It looks like one I would enjoy reading.
    grandmabkr at yahoo dot com

    1. Hi Brenda, mmmmm. Turkey. Darn it, now I am hungry!

  7. My daughter is only 3 yrs old so she doesn't know any jokes. :) But congrats on your book!

  8. What's Black and White and Red all over.? A Bloody Zebra,
    Says my daughter. It was a newspaper when I was a kid.

    yenastone at aol dot com

    1. Ummm... it was a newspaper when I was a kid, too. That's terrible... and terribly funny!

  9. This is for Jennifer, the vet. ;)

    What do you call a cow with no legs?

    Ground Beef. :D

    I loved WHAT HAPPENS IN SCOTLAND and can't wait to read David's story. You also have some of the prettiest covers!

    Marcy Shuler

    1. See, that makes me hungry too! A vegetarian I am not. :) Thanks for stopping by, and I agree: I hit the cover jackpot!

  10. I had forgotten you made your husband walk around in the moonlight. I love that!!! And I love this boo, too!!!!
    My best kid joke is "What do you call a dog who likes to take a bath?"
    Answer: "A Shampoodle."

  11. I love the Historical romances these sound very good, thanks