Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A New Release- Only a Mistress Will Do

Looking for something new to read? Jenna Jaxon would like you to check out her new release—Only a Mistress Will Do.

The man of her dreams . . . belongs to another woman.

Destitute and without friends, Violet Carlton is forced to seek employment at the House of Pleasure in London. She steels herself for her first customer and is shocked when the man rescues her instead of ravishing her. A grateful Violet cannot help but admire the handsome Viscount Trevor. But she must curb her desire for the dashing nobleman she can never have because he is already betrothed to another . . .

Tristan had gone to the House of Pleasure for a last bit of fun before he became a faithful married man. But when he recognizes the woman in his bed, he becomes determined to save her instead. Now, his heart wars with his head as he falls for the vulnerable courtesan. Unable to break his betrothal without a scandal, Tris resolves to find Violet proper employment or a husband of her own. Still, his arms ache for Violet, urging him to abandon propriety and sacrifice everything to be with the woman he loves. . . .


Here’s an excerpt.

“You heard me playing?” She didn’t know whether to be excited or terrified.
“I came in about halfway through. Just before you broke free.” Straightening, he handed her the sheets of parchment. “It was like watching a bird leave the ground and soar.” His fingers brushed her palm as he passed the music to her.
The spark that leaped from him to her sent her reeling. She stumbled back and he caught her wrist, scalding her, making her tremble inside.
“I do beg pardon. I shouldn’t have startled you so. Come, sit down here.” He escorted her to a chair before the fire. “Let me get Mrs. Parker. She had brought the tea tray while you were playing, but I selfishly sent it back.” His eyes were warm and dark. “I didn’t want you to stop.” He disappeared into the passageway, calling for the cook.
Torn between the elation of playing music again and the shock of Tristan’s touch, Violet sat in the chair, allowing the warmth of the fire to soothe her for a moment or two, until he reappeared. At least he had liked her playing, although she was mortified he’d heard her stumble so badly at the end. She would practice hard so when he heard her again he would be even more pleased. And she did want to please him. A small repayment for his numerous kindnesses, but something within her power to do.
Tristan entered bearing the tea tray himself and she rose, holding out her hands to take it from him.
“No, my dear. Please sit.” He nodded to her chair and she sank down again. “You’ve given me a treat after a long and taxing day, so indulge me by allowing me to serve you.” Once he had settled the tray on the music chest, he pulled a small flute-edged table in front of her. “Mrs. Parker assures me the shortbread came out of the oven not ten minutes ago.”
Violet inhaled aromas of fragrant tea and sweet pastry and her stomach gave a growl. She clamped her hands over the offending organ as heat rushed to her face. Curse it. Just when she might have become comfortable with him.
“You are ready for tea, I see.” He grinned, taking some of the embarrassment out of the moment. “Well, I could tell you have worked hard for it. That is why you are so accomplished.”
“Not very accomplished now,” she said, accepting a napkin from him.
“Nonsense. I’ve no musical ability myself, but I recognize true talent when I hear it. Sugar? Milk?” He poured a cup, then hovered over the bowl of sugar with a pair of tongs.
“One lump and a splash of milk, please. I have not played for a very long time. And even longer since I had the opportunity to practice regularly.” She sipped the tea, deliciously hot and sweet, and took a bite of the still warm petticoat tail. “Ummm.” Violet couldn’t hold back the sigh of contentment. The confection all but melted on her tongue.
“Mrs. Parker’s shortbread would rival Mrs. McLintock’s I’m sure.” He leaned back in his chair opposite her and crunched into a wedge. It disappeared in two bites and he reached for another one.
“Who is Mrs. McLintock?”
“The Scottish woman who apparently invented shortbread about thirty years ago.” When he laughed, his face turned boyish. “At least she gets the credit for writing it down in a recipe book before anyone else. Mrs. Parker told me the first time she baked them for me.” His laughter died as he looked at her, his gaze traveling from her head to her feet. “I see you met with Madame Angelique.”
“Yes, I did. It was quite a surprise.” Completely aware of his scrutiny, Violet sat straighter and smoothed out her skirt. “I cannot thank you enough, my lord.”
He glared at her over the shortbread. “My lord?”
“Tristan. Tris.” She blushed and could do absolutely nothing about it. “You have been more than generous to me. I cannot think how I shall ever repay you.” There. She had given him the opportunity to issue the suggestion she still half expected. Better to get it out in the open and be done with it.
He raised his eyebrows as he lifted his teacup to his lips.
Those very full, very sensual lips she could still feel kissing her body.
“Can you not, my dear? Perhaps I can think of a way you could repay me that will be to our mutual satisfaction.” Tris set his cup down and took her hands.
Her pulse raced and her mouth dried to dust.
“Will you become my mistress?”

Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical in all time periods because passion is timeless.  She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager.  A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise.  She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She’s a theatre director when she’s not writing and lives in Virginia with her family, including two very vocal cats. She is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as Vice-President of Chesapeake Romance Writers, her local chapter of RWA. She has three series currently available: The House of Pleasure, set in Georgian England, Handful of Hearts, set in Regency England, and Time Enough to Love, set in medieval England and France.

She currently writes to support her chocolate habit and she’s been pretty successful at it. Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing her about writing, her life and her new release.

1. Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
I always seem to learn more the more I write. This book taught me about varying sentence structure and to try to make my characters’ lives as miserable as possible before giving them an HEA.

2. What do you do when you are not writing?
When not writing I have a day job that includes teaching and theatre. I also love to read and binge watch TV shows with my daughters.

3. What is #1 on your bucket list?
To ride in a hot-air balloon. I’m deathly afraid of heights, but I think hot-air balloons are so beautiful and so airy, I just want to go up in one.

4. Do you have a favorite fictional character by another author you’d like to meet?
Beowulf Malloren, Marquess of Rothgar from Jo Beverley’s Malloren series. God, is he HOT!

5. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
Of Mistress? I think my favorite parts to write was the beginning when Violet is about to become a prostitute in the House of Pleasure. I really enjoyed trying to make the reader sympathize with her.

6. What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Fact checking against the other two books in the series. I had to make sure the dates worked out correctly and that the timeline worked out with travel times in the 18th century. Very detailed work!

7. Tell us about your protagonist(s)? Was there a real-life inspiration behind him or her?
My H/h are some of my favorite characters. I put them through as much emotional baggage as possible and kept turning the screws. But Tris is tough and gallant and honorable. Violet is plucky and warm and generous. They weren’t inspired by any real person, though.

8. How did come up with your villain? Was there a real-life inspiration for him/her/it?

No, the villain just sort of sprung up of necessity. He’s one of my nastier villains—I’m quite proud of him, actually.

9. Do you read the same genre you write?
I do. I love historical romance. I read other genres—just finished a contemporary and am reading a sci-fi romance, and I love Stephen King as well. But historical romance is my first love.

10. What led you to write this book?
I was reading a Mary Balogh book, A Precious Jewel, and the situation of her heroine led me to ask, “What would it be like for a lady to have to sell herself in a brothel just in order to keep from starving? What would it be like to have her first customer?” And Mistress was born!
11. What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading Married to the Cyborg by Cara Bristol.

Favorites Flash Round:
Martial arts move: Huh?
Weapon: Rapier
Beverage: Iced Tea
Book boyfriend: Jamie Fraser
Animal: Cat
Comedy: Notting Hill
Comeback line: Only if I like you
Ice cream: Heavenly Hash
Movie:  Argo
Video Game: Tetris
TV show: The West Wing or Downton Abbey depending on my mood
Drink: Miami Vice
Shoes: Flats
Artist: Van Gogh
Sports team: Washington Redskins
Guilty pleasure: Writing!

If you’d like to know more about Jenna or her new release, here are her links.