Guest Author & Giveaway: Sabrina Jeffries featuring A Hellion in Her Bed

Wednesday, September 22

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A few of the terms in a historical romance title or series that will definitely make me sit up and take notice are "Rake", "Rogue", and "Hellion".  I think it's the thought of a historical hero, who is usually a titled Lord, that rebels against the stringent rules of society in his pursuit of his favorite pastimes.  Give me a whole family of Hellions to get to know and love and combine them with one of my favorite historical romance authors who I have been following for years, and I am in booklover bliss :)

My guest today is New York Times and USA today bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries!  She's here to share insight into her second book in her Hellions of Halstead Hall series, one that I can't wait to get my hands on, A HELLION IN HER BED.  See that had me at Hellion :)  Read and enjoy!

Welcome to Seductive Musings Sabrina!  I’ve been a long time fan of your books ever since finding you with the Royal Brotherhood series, so I’m very excited to have you as my guest today.  For you, what makes a romance novel a great love story?

A number of things:  sizzling sexual tension, sympathetic characters who feel completely real, and unstinting and moving depiction of deep emotion. If you have those three, you’re there.

Your newest story in The Hellions of Halstead Hall series is A HELLION IN HER BED. Can you tell us how many books are planned for this series?  How THE TRUTH ABOUT LORD STONEVILLE and A HELLION IN HER BED are related, and for someone who has not had the pleasure of reading them, can you give us a brief summary about each of these stories? Do they need to be read in order?

I plan to write five books for the series, one for each of the siblings. The premise of the series is that the matriarch of the family, Grandmother Hetty, determined to see her grandchildren married and settled before she dies, gives her grandchildren an ultimatum: they must all marry within one year or they will all lose their inheritance (in other words, it’s a “group” ultimatum—kind of like when your mom says you and your siblings will all be punished if one of you doesn’t rat out the one who did something bad). The Truth About Lord Stoneville was about the eldest brother, Oliver, and A Hellion in Her Bed is about the second oldest, Jarret. In all the books, the siblings try to find a way around Gran’s ultimatum. In Oliver’s book, he tries engaging himself to a woman he thinks Gran will hate, and in the course of the pretend engagement, falls in love with her. In Jarret’s book, he gets his grandmother to agree to rescind the ultimatum for him if he’ll run the family brewery for a year. But that becomes a little difficult when he meets a fetching brewster who wants his help with her own family brewery.

If you had an opportunity to provide only a two or three sentence "teaser" quote from A HELLION IN HER BED, to grab the attention of potential readers and give them a glimpse and feeling of what the story is about what would it be?

Miss Lake cast Lord Jarret an arch glance. ‘I certainly didn’t set out to spend the evening with three unconscionable rogues, who have the audacity to suggest that I need a husband, apparently to protect me from the likes of them.’

Masters laughed.  ‘She does have a point, Jarret.’

‘Don’t encourage her,’ Jarret snapped.

Tell us about your hero, Lord Jarrett Sharpe.  What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine, Annabel, fall in love with him despite him being a notorious gambler and her thinking that he is an unrepentant rogue? And can you tell us a little bit about their story in A HELLION IN HER BED?

Jarret has always had easy, uncomplicated relationships with women, so meeting a complicated woman—with a complicated past—forces him to re-evaluate all his previous assumptions about what he wants out of life. What I like about him is that as her past unfolds, he takes each new surprise in stride. Even the surprise that floors him only does so long enough for him to catch his bearings. At heart he’s a sensible man, which I happen to like.  After Oliver, who was a bit of a drama king (sorry, but he was), Jarret is more even-tempered.

Their story starts with a wager on a card game that Jarret can’t resist—if she wins, he agrees to help her with her family’s brewery.  If he wins, she agrees to share his bed for one night.  It goes from there.

Annabel is a woman with many secrets and finds herself in dire straits, hoping that Jarrett will be her family’s salvation.  What makes her the perfect woman for him and makes her irresistibly tempting despite the many risks?

For one thing, Annabel is sensible, too. That appeals to Jarret.  For another, her passion for her family is irresistible to a boy who lost his parents at the age of 13 and has felt adrift ever since.  Though he does have his siblings, he’s always felt abandoned by his grandmother because of her refusal when he was young to let him continue going with her to the brewery after his parents’ deaths.  Watching Annabel dedicate herself to not abandoning her family endears her to him.  Also, she’s very earthy, and that’s something he’s always liked in women but doesn’t find among the sort of women he’s expected to court.

What's your favorite scene or moment from A HELLION IN HER BED, and why? Can you describe it for us without giving too much away?

I love the final part where he tells her he loves her. She’d described him earlier as being a river and her being a tree, and she’d said that the river could never stay to be with the tree and the tree couldn’t go with the river. In that final scene, he says that he doesn’t want to be a river anymore—he wants to be the earth the tree roots in, and asks her if she’ll be his tree.  I know it’s a weird sort of love scene, but I cried writing it.

What are five fun facts about you or this book that readers would love to know?

  1. The brewery situation with Hetty is similar to that of Mrs. Hester Thrale, whose husband died, leaving her the brewery (she had only daughters, just like Hetty, so no son could inherit). She didn’t have the technical expertise to run it, however, and rather than rely on a manager she couldn’t oversee, she agreed to a sale of the brewery, and she and her daughters lived off the proceeds. But here’s the weird thing—when I conceived of this story (and Hetty)—I didn’t know about Hester Thrale’s history. I learned about her when I was researching the brewing stuff, having already decided that the family income would come from a brewery. So how weird is that?
  2. The Sharpe siblings were based on a real family, however—the Barry family, headed by the Earl of Barrymore. Those four siblings lost their parents at a young age and were raised by an indulgent grandmother, too. They were wild as zebras and just as interesting, so I couldn’t resist using them in a book (or five . . .).
  3. Oliver’s character first appeared in my previous series, where I used him as a red herring, so readers wouldn’t guess the real identity of Cousin Michael (the mysterious benefactor to the School for Young Ladies, who ends up with the schoolmistress).  But Oliver leaped onto the page so dramatically that he stole every scene he was in, so I couldn’t leave him without a book.  In fact, I figured he deserved a whole series—and readers agreed.  He won a poll on my website, asking which gentleman from that series should be a hero in one of my next books!
  4. I do a lot of my plotting while swimming, working jigsaw puzzles, or walking in my neighborhood. Oh, and I take what my husband calls, “magic showers,” because I get ideas in the shower.
  5. I don’t like beer (I’m more of a tequila girl). So it’s a bit odd to be writing a series about a brewery.

Can you tell us about some of your upcoming releases, or new projects that we can look forward to?

Minerva’s story, How to Woo a Reluctant Lady, comes out January 18, 2011, and I’m writing Gabe’s story now.  Minerva, as Hellions readers know, is the sister who writes gothic novels, and a lot of readers have said they are eagerly awaiting her book.

If you could ask readers a question what would it be?

How many books in a romance series is too many?

Finally, just for fun . . . if you could write the “fortune” in a fortune cookie what would it be?

Daydreaming is good for the soul, so do it often!

Furious at his grandmother's ultimatum to marry or lose his inheritance, Lord Jarret Sharpe wagers his luck—and his heart—at the card table against a most unlikely opponent.

Mired in scandal after his parents' mysterious deaths, notorious gambler Lord Jarret Sharpe agrees to tamely run the family brewery for a year if his Machiavellian grandmother rescinds her ultimatum that he marry. But the gambler in him can't resist when beguiling Annabel Lake proposes a wager. If she wins their card game, he must help save her family's foundering brewery. But if he wins, she must spend a night in his bed. The outcome sets off a chain of events that threatens to destroy all his plans . . . and unveils the secret Annabel has held for so long. When Jarret discovers the darker reason behind her wager, he forces her into another one—and this time he intends to win not just her body, but her heart.

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Many many thanks to Sabrina for being my guest!  None of it would have been possible without her wonderful publicist from Nancy Berland Public Relations. Thank You Jeanne!  A Hellion in Her Bed officially released yesterday, September 21 so it should be available at your favorite bookseller today.

If you'd like to learn more about Sabrina Jeffries and the books she writes you can find her on her website, on Facebook and at The Goddess Blogs and if you like extras like I do she's written two other blog posts for Pocket After Dark (if you're not visiting this site you should) A House to Remember, which talks about the inspiration for Halstead Hall and an amusing letter from Grandma Hetty, the matriarch of the Sharpe family, in Grandmother Hetty Writes Again. If you've not read The Truth About Lord Stoneville then hurry on over to Pocket After Dark because they are offering it as a FREE read for a few more days as well as two free sample chapters from A Hellion in Her Bed (must have a membership to read these...but don't worry it's free).  How great is that!

Want to know what's even better? I know what can be better than a free read right?  Well, what I have to giveaway today is definitely better :)   To celebrate the release of A Hellion in Her Bed, Sabrina has offered to giveaway a collectible deck of "Hellion in Her Bed" playing cards (pictured to the right) AND an autographed copy of her first Hellions of Halstead Hall novel, The Truth About Lord Stoneville to one very lucky commenter!  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question Sabrina asked readers in her interview, and if you'd like you can also ask her a question and/or leave a meaningful comment.  (good for 1 entry)
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  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
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Anonymous,  September 22, 2010 at 12:43 AM  

4-5 would be my limit for committing to a series.


Jane September 22, 2010 at 1:41 AM  

Congrats on the new release, Sabrina. I enjoyed Oliver's story and can't wit to read Jarret's book. I'm fine with series having 3-6 books, but I've also enjoyed a few series where there were more than 10 books.

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Carol L. September 22, 2010 at 6:02 AM  

Hi Sabrina,
I enjoyed the trailer of you and have to say Congrats not only on the release of A Hellion In Her Bed but on your personal accomplishments as well. You look fantastic
I don't think there are too many books that can be had in a series. I've read Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters and I've lost count of how many I read. As long as the Author keeps me interested and the other characters get their story I'm one happy reader.I'm hoping to get o Lady Jane's Salon on the 4th. :)I am GFC follower under Lucky47.
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Virginia C September 22, 2010 at 8:07 AM  

Hello, Sabrina! That's one heck of a hellion : )

I enjoy series books as long as each entry is worthy of its own space and not just a weak extension of the original story concept. Trilogies are the perfect size for series, and four well-written books can also make a great series. Beyond that number and the creative process and quality control has to really be sharp. Trilogies can allow certain characters to develop through the first two books before they become fully-fleshed in the final book, and that can be very rewarding for the reader.

I read more stand-alones than series. However, when I am hooked on a series, I will collect the entire set. Whether it’s great characters or an intriguing story line, or both, I’ll stay with it until the end. I do believe that some characters and scenarios are better suited to one intense edition that’s perfect just as it is–don’t mess with it! Some story lines work better on a larger scale, and they might just be too much for one book. They develop more slowly, with characters coming and going along the way. In the final analysis, it’s always the ability of the storyteller to spin a great tale that makes the difference.

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Sabrina September 22, 2010 at 8:10 AM  

Hi, everybody! Great to see you here, and thanks so much for adding your input! I'll be checking in here from time to time so if you have any other questions, just let me know!

debbie September 22, 2010 at 8:33 AM  

I don't really have a limit on the series, as long as the author can keep up the story line. I have read at least one series, that I just finished the 13th book, and it should have been stopped at number 10. I figure, if the author can add new spice to the characters why stop?
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Danielle September 22, 2010 at 9:20 AM  

Honestly, I don't like long drawn out series. I think it starts to get repetitive. So I would say about 5 books would be a good number.

Thanks for the amazing giveaway. :)

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Tore September 22, 2010 at 9:42 AM  

I am a follower. There is never too many. Please enter me in contest.

Tore September 22, 2010 at 9:43 AM  

I am a follower. There is never too many. Please enter me in contest.

ape2016 September 22, 2010 at 9:58 AM  

I don't think a series should be limited by number. I think it is something the author has to feel. Whether they still have an interesting story to convey. I have loved some series of books and when I get to the last one I am like "NOOOOOoooooooooo!"

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And congrats on the continuation of your series.

Wendy September 22, 2010 at 10:05 AM  

I love books that are a series. So to me it don't matter how many books there are in a series. Especially if they come from Sabrina Jeffries! Love her, love her books!

Maureen September 22, 2010 at 11:46 AM  

I think each series is different so some are good with three and others can have six or seven.

DenaliO5 September 22, 2010 at 1:30 PM  

I like longer series--but eight is my limit.

dor September 22, 2010 at 3:48 PM  

I think 4 is plenty. Gets to be too much after that. But, that's just me.
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Sheree September 22, 2010 at 4:00 PM  

Hi! Congrats on your new release! I'm waiting for Minerva's story myself.

It all depends on how many in the original group: siblings, in this case. That's all good until the series veers off to cover long-lost cousins, people who nominally work for them, etc. I just want the original siblings, however many people that is.


chey September 22, 2010 at 4:32 PM  

Congrats on your new release!
I think the number of books in a series depends on the series. Sometimes secondary characters pop up and it would be great to have books about each of them. Those series should be longer. Other times there's a background issue waiting to be resolved. I like those ones to be shorter.

Estella September 22, 2010 at 5:25 PM  

I think 6-8 books is enough for a romance series is just right.

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Ivy September 22, 2010 at 6:23 PM  

For me it depends on the series. Some are good @ 3 and others go on to 10 or more. For the latter, if you use the same characters, there absolutely has to be growth. I've abandoned a few series for this reason. BTW, I adore your books & just received your mailing yesterday...

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gamistress66 September 22, 2010 at 7:08 PM  

I think it depends. If its a series with one connecting backstory that runs through the books and needs an ending of its own (ie: search for something/someone, mystery to be resolved) then 3-5 books works. I think after the 5th book I'd be frustrated with not resolving that issue and begin to loose interest in it. However, if it's a series tied by related characters (family/friends such as Lindsey's Mallory's, Lauren's Cynsters, Nicole Jordan's Courtship Wars or Jeffries own Heiress School stories) then the limit is tied more to the author's ability to continue to create individual stories and remain true to the characters and "world" the author created whithout becoming stale.

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jeanette8042 September 22, 2010 at 7:40 PM  

Umm I don't think there's a definite limit unless the book is stagnant and going nowhere. I enjoy a long series like Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series because I love her work and I think every book is great, but I would like it to at least end someday.

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scottsgal September 22, 2010 at 8:15 PM  

Usually anything beyond 3 is enough for me. Too hard to keep characters separated after too many in a series

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Anonymous,  September 22, 2010 at 11:10 PM  

I love Sabrina's books. As to her question - how many books are too many in a series? - it depends. If there is a single story arc, 6 books is about as far as it should be stretched out. 3 to 4 is a good average. There are some series that have stretched out much longer that work well. They are following main characters that are related, but there is not really an overall story arc for the whole series. Some books are connected by an arc, so are a series within a series.

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Kathleen O September 22, 2010 at 11:54 PM  

Love Sabrina's books...
I think a good # of books for a series is between 3 and 5 if it is about a particular family or set of friends. But if it is about a place or town, it can envolve in to many more..

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Anonymous,  September 23, 2010 at 1:51 AM  

I think a series can be unlimited as long as each book has a new twist to it.

Congrats on the new release!

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Sabrina September 23, 2010 at 8:23 AM  

Thanks, all of you, for your input! It's much appreciated, and you had some interesting comments.

I think my own opinion is most like gamistress66's--it depends on what is tying the series together. Personally, Johanna Lindsey could keep writing Malory books till she died, as far as I'm concerned. I love them! But I do like mysteries or triangles to be resolved eventually.

And I'm so glad that so many of you enjoy the books!

Sabrina September 23, 2010 at 8:24 AM  

Thanks, Seductive Musings, for having me! It's been a pleasure.

Pam S (pams00),  September 23, 2010 at 10:13 AM  

Hi Sabrina, Congrats on your latest release!

Oh I couldn't label a set number of books in a series. if it is one that I'm really enjoying the numbers could get way up there and I'd be totally happy :D.

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Jessica September 23, 2010 at 12:10 PM  

I not entering any contest...I'm just here to support one of my fav authors. Way to go Sabrina...I love your books and am collecting as I can. They are great, the first time, every time.

LilMissMolly September 25, 2010 at 1:05 AM  

I'm not sure I have a limit, as long as the stories can stand alone and I don't have problem following the story-lines. One of my biggest problems with trilogies is that the authors assume that everyone reads them in order. That's not always true, especially when you find a new author. Lisa Kleypas' Hawthorne family books had 5 and there were definitely not too many of them. I think I started with book #2 in that series. :D
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kimmyl September 25, 2010 at 2:02 AM  

I love reading series and feel there shouldn't be a limit. I read Stephanie Laurens books and she has quite a few in her series and I loved them. Mary Balogh to. I think the amount of books for a series depends greatly on the story and the charaxters.

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