Monday, January 9, 2012

Jennifer Jakes Takes to the High Seas!

The Contest is now Closed. The winner is Hotch12! Congratulations!!

Jennifer Jakes pens sensual and seductive historical romances that will sweep you back in time. She's here to tell us about her new release, Twice in a Lifetime. Come aboard mateys. Ther'd be pirates.  
***Pirate booty: One lucky winner will receive an e-book copy of TWICE in a LIFETIME. Drawing will take place on Sat Jan. 14th. at 12:00 pm PST.  Read on and find out how to enter. 
Karen: Let's start by telling the readers a little about yourself.

Jennifer: After trying several careers—everything from a beautician to a dump truck driver—I finally returned to my first love, writing. Maybe it was all those Clint Eastwood movies I watched growing up, but in my opinion there is no better read than a steamy western historical.

Married to my very own hero, I live on fifteen acres along with two beautiful daughters, three spoiled cats, three hyper dogs and one fat rabbit.

 During the summer I do Civil War re-enacting and have found it a great research tool, not to mention I have continued appreciation for my microwave and hot water heater.

Karen: Your new release is Twice in a Lifetime. What inspired you to write the tale? 
Jennifer: It was just one of those ideas that wouldn’t go away! J I had the thought of a modern, kick-butt woman dumped onto a pirate ship. So I had to figure out who she was and why she was there.

Karen: Why did you decide to self-publish this tale? Who created your lovely book cover?  It’s stunning. 
 Jennifer: I think in this ever changing publishing world, it’s smart to explore all avenues. A novella seemed the perfect way to try self-publishing.

And Kim Killion of HOT DAMN Designs did my cover. I am so happy with how it turned out.

Karen: Isabella Douglas is the heroine of the story. What is she like? How did she end up in 1768 and aboard a Caribbean pirate ship? 

Jennifer: Izzy is a woman who acts tough as nails on the outside – she is a stuntwoman – but is scared of being hurt again on the inside. As the story opens, Izzy is opening her divorce papers and agonizing over the decision of whether to sign them. Did I mention it’s her birthday? Anyway, a wish to have her “old Ian back” goes awry and she finds herself in 1768 aboard a ship captained by her husband.

Karen I really enjoy historical time travels and this story has definitely caught my attention.

The hero of the story is Captain Ian Douglas. Tell the readers about him. What is he like? What is his first impression of Isabella? 

Jennifer: He is someone who never, ever gives up on those he loves. Trouble is, he doesn’t remember Izzy and thinks she is an insane woman claiming to be his wife.

Karen: What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Jennifer: I think crafting the story and once I’m finished, seeing what I’d imagined, played out on paper ( or screen). 

Karen: What are your current projects and works in progress? 
Jennifer: I’m working on a novel set in 1898 Alaska during the gold rush, titled ALASKAN HEAT.

Karen: What genre inspires your writing? 
Jennifer: Historical all the way. And for the most part, western historical. But a girl needs a pirate every once in awhile. LOL

Karen: Tell the readers where they can find you: 
Jennifer: My website is

My blog is and I have man candy every Monday.

I’m on FaceBook and GoodReads as Jennifer Jakes and on Twitter as @erotichistory

Karen: Now for the contest. Answer Jennifer's question and be entered to win an e-book copy of TWICE in a LIFETIME. Don't forget to leave your email so we may contact you if you should win.
****Jennifer: Contest question: Are you a bigger fans of pirate romance or cowboy romance?

To Purchase your own copy of: TWICE IN A LIFETIME for only .99 cents at Amazon B&N

Karen: Jennifer, Thank you so much for coming by and sharing your new release with us. I wish you the best success!


Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

I want pirate booty. lol

I love both westerns! Though a good pirate tale is a right up there.

Your book sounds really good. Love the book cover.

cnickol at verizon dot net

Nancy Jardine said... Best Blogger Tips

A...grrrr...Johnny Depp pirate will do it for me any time! Sounds like a fun read, Jennifer. I'm finding myself reading more and more paranormal these days and I've always been a historical junkie.

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Jennifer Jakes said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much for having me here today, Karen! Methinks it's a grand day for sailing with ye;)

Jennifer Jakes said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Cathy -
I have to to agree with you. Westerns will always be my favorite but I can't love Johnny Depp/Capt. Jack as much as I do and not write a pirate story once in awhile. HA
Thanks so much for dropping by today. Good luck in the drawing!

Jennifer Jakes said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Nancy-
Oh, yeah - a woman after my own heart. Johnny is the best!
I don't read much paranormal, but I'm finding I like things with a touch of it included. And I've always been a time-travel junkie...but it has to be where they go back in time. Not a futuristic fan. Madeline Baker wrote all those great ones where the heroine went back in time (usually the hero was Native American) and I loved those!
Thanks for dropping by and good luck in the drawing:)

Jennifer Jakes said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Linda-
Oh, yeah --he's one fat rabbit!! My daughter spoils him rotten!! HA HA

Ahhh, cowboys. Good choice! ;)
Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing!

Kasey said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, Jen! That's a really tough question. Both are incredibly sexy. I think I am going to be practical about it though, since I get sea sick, I would rather be on a horse, so I am going to go with cowboys. :)

kaseylynn7 at yahoo dot com

Kellie Kamryn said... Best Blogger Tips

Great interview! I like pirate booty or cowboy booty, teehee I love Jenn's books!
(No need to enter me in the draw. I already have it! Just wanted to stop by.)

Michelle Beattie said... Best Blogger Tips


I think we were cut from the same mould! I love Capt Jack too and it inspired me to write (and later sell) a series of pirate books with Berkley. But my fist love is historical westerns too (and why isn't that genre coming back??) So, like you, I love to write both, but I do lean more toward cowboys. Maybe cause there's a better chance of meeting one. lol Good luck with this book, sounds very cool!

desitheblonde said... Best Blogger Tips

wow the book cover they are going
to go high and then you see great more books love them

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Jennifer!

Gotta love cowboys, but if you the pirate is a Johnny Depp look alike-- I'm there. lol

Hi Cathy! I agree, Jen's book cover is gorgeous!

Nancy, It looks like we have a fight on our hands. Or can Johnny handle us all. lol

Hi Linda (hotcha12) So glad you came aboard. Yeah, I kind of have a thing for a guy in a cowboy hat. :)

Kasey, you bring up a great point. Seasickness is no fun. ugh!!

Kellie-- cowboy booty-- love it!!

Michelle- I think Captain Jack is a winner. Okay, fantasy Captain Sparrow and reality (somewhat) Cowboy. lol

Desitheblonde-- Yep, the cover is a winner!!

Thanks for coming aboard and sailing with us today!

Jennifer Jakes said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Kasey-
Sea-sickness......hmmm...good point. Perhaps if you and Capt. Jack drank enough rum you wouldn't notice ;)lol
Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck in the drawing!

Jennifer Jakes said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Kellie -
Thanks so much for all your support, my friend!

Jennifer Jakes said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Michelle -
Yeah, I'm hoping with the success of AMC-TVs new western, HELL ON WHEELS, we'll see a surge of interest in westerns again. We can only hope;)

Thanks for stopping by today and good luck in the drawing!

Jennifer Jakes said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Desi -
Thanks and thanks for stopping by today! Good luck in the drawing:)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the new series, Hell on Wheels.The season finale is next week. Darn, I wanted more. What a great cast they have!!

Jennifer Jakes said... Best Blogger Tips

Me too, Karen! Wish they'd given us more Hell On Wheels this season. Waiting for the next season will be excruciating!

hotcha12 said... Best Blogger Tips


Jennifer Jakes said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi hotcha -
LOL!!! Say no more ;)
Thanks for stopping by!

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hotcha12 said... Best Blogger Tips


Jennifer Jakes said... Best Blogger Tips

I hear you on that, Hotcha. I'm 5'9+.
It would be hard to wear heels around Johnny ;)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm only 5'2"-- Everyone is tall. lol

Jennifer Jakes said... Best Blogger Tips

Hotcha!! You're the winner!!! I will contact you:)
Thanks everyone for participating. If you didn't win this time, I'm at Lacey Wolfe and Rynne Raine's Wicked Wednesday next week:)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations, Hotcha12!!