Guest Author & Giveaway: Jennifer Haymore featuring A Season of Seduction

Wednesday, October 6


Jennifer Haymore's debut novel A Hint of Wicked completely blew me away and was one of my favorite historical romances last year.  I became a devoted fan of her books from the very first one.  I can't say that about many authors because it seems like I usually find a favorite author after they've published many books.  I'm usually good with that since I can completely binge on the backlist all at once and not have to wait long in between novels...not so with Ms. Haymore's books.  I've had to patiently (and gladly) wait for each gem :)

Her newest book A Season of Seduction focuses on a heroine that has been integral to the two previous novels.  I've been following the evolution of Rebecca throughout all of the books in the Tristan Family series and I am so excited that she is finally going to get her happily ever after....especially after all of the wicked things the author has put her through :)  Jennifer Haymore is my guest today to share Rebecca and A Season of Seduction with us.  Read and enjoy!

Welcome back to Seductive Musings Jennifer! Your newest story in the Tristan family series is A SEASON OF SEDUCTION. Can you tell us how A HINT OF WICKED & A TOUCH OF SCANDAL are related to this new book, and for someone who has not had the pleasure of reading them, can you give us a brief summary about each of these stories?  And do they need to be read in order?

Thanks for the welcome! I’m excited to be here.

A Hint of Wicked, my first novel, is the story of Sophie, The Duchess of Calton, who remarries a several years after losing her husband at Waterloo. A year after her marriage, her first husband returns. He wants her back, and she is faced with the heart-rending decision whether to remain with her new love or return to her first love.

In that story, Lady Rebecca is the much-younger sister of the Duke of Calton, who falls in love with his good friend, William Fisk. When Fisk professes his undying love for her, she impetuously elopes with him.

A Touch of Scandal, my second novel, is about Kate Fisk, William’s younger sister, who meets the Duke of Calton and falls in love with him. By then, however, Fisk is the Duke of Calton’s sworn enemy because, among other things, Fisk has eloped with the duke’s young sister, Rebecca.

In A Touch of Scandal, Rebecca learns that her husband isn’t exactly what he seemed to be at first. In fact, she finds herself mired in a thankless, loveless marriage that she has no hope of escaping.

A Season of Seduction takes place a few years after A Touch of Scandal. Rebecca is widowed, but with her rocky past, she finds it nearly impossible to trust anyone ever again. Then she meets Jack Fulton, and when he proposes marriage to her, she has the choice of accepting him and trusting him or throwing herself and her family back into the throes of scandal.

All three stories are meant to stand alone, but since A Season of Seduction takes place a few years after the end of the previous book, I feel that this one is more like a stand-alone novel.

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

Jack wants to marry Becky from the beginning of the story…but first he has to convince her to marry, which is a little bit more difficult than he anticipated. Given her past experiences with men, she has some serious trust issues:

“I will win your trust, then. It won’t take long.”

Jack seemed very convinced of that, but she knew herself better than he did. “I hope you’re right,” she said with a small smile.

“I am right. By month’s end, we’ll be at the altar.”

We first meet your heroine, Rebecca, in A HINT OF WICKED where she was a passionate and impetuous young lady who was lured into marriage by a man bent on destroying her brother at any cost.  Tell us about your hero and heroine in A SEASON OF SEDUCTION.  What do you think will make readers fall in love with Jack, much like his heroine Rebecca, despite her initially only being interested in a passionate affair? And can you tell us a little bit about their story in A SEASON OF SEDUCTION? 

On the outset, Jack and Becky are very different people from very different backgrounds—Jack is a gentleman who has been sailing the world for the past several years, and Becky has lived an extremely sheltered life as the much younger sister of a duke. But once you dig a little deeper, you find that they are very similar people. Both of them had a difficult introduction to adulthood and suffered for years after. Both have lived under the weight of enormous scandal. Both ultimately yearn for adventure, freedom, and acceptance. I think A Season of Seduction is my most romantic book to date, simply because the heroine and hero are ultimately just so perfect for each other.

What's your favorite scene or moment from A SEASON OF SEDUCTION, and why? Can you describe it  for us without giving too much away?

That’s easy, but it’s hard to describe without giving away a major spoiler to the plot… Hmmm…let’s just put it this way: It was the scene when Jack finds Becky just after she’s discovered his secret, and not only is she devastated, but she’s absolutely furious…and she makes sure Jack understands she’s not one to be trifled with.

What are five fun facts about you or this book, that readers would love to know?
  1. After writing two books with Lady Rebecca as a young girl trying to find her place in the world, I loved writing about how she becomes a strong and independent woman in A Season of Seduction.
  2. Cornwall, England, where Lady Rebecca’s property is, is one of those stark, windy places I always imagine as a setting for gothic novels. I have always wanted to write about it and visit it. Now that I have written about it and researched it, visiting is the next on the list!
  3. I spent hours and hours researching the traveling time from London to Launceston, Cornwall while writing A Season of Seduction. I am always stymied by the amount of time it took to go from point A to point B using the various means of travel during this era. I’m trying to talk my husband into buying a horse for me just so I can be as accurate as possible! Unfortunately, so far, my husband is not convinced, but I’m still working on him…
  4. In my last book, A Touch of Scandal, Lady Rebecca broke her arm in a carriage accident. Unfortunately, I know some things about broken arms, because my son has had two of them in two years! Lady Rebecca had the same break as my son’s first injury (a broken humerus just above the elbow), but she didn’t have access to modern medical care, so even after four years she’s still suffering from the repercussions in A Season of Seduction.
  5. Christmas is my favorite day of the year, and I’d never imagined I’d be lucky enough to have the opportunity to write a historical romance set during the holiday season. Combine that with the special romance between Becky and Jack, and A Season of Seduction is definitely one of my favorites!
If you could ask readers to finish a sentence what would it be?

How would you finish this sentence?

I’m madly in love with a notorious rake. To tame him, I would…..


Although the widowed Lady Rebecca has sworn off marriage, men are another matter. London’s cold winter nights have her dreaming of warmer pursuits-like finding a lover to satisfy her hungry heart. Someone handsome, discreet, and most importantly as uninterested in marriage as she is. Someone like Jack Fulton

A known adventurer and playboy, Jack seems like the perfect choice. There’s just one problem: Jack isn’t interested in an affair. He needs the beautiful, mysterious Lady Rebecca to be his wife. And he doesn’t have much time to persuade her. A secret from Jack’s past is about to surface, and by Christmas Day he’ll be either married to Rebecca or dead.

Read an exclusive bonus excerpt for Musings readers

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Congratulations Jennifer and thank you so much for being my guest! A Season of Seduction officially released on Oct 1st so you should be able to find it at your local retailer and it will most definitely be available online in both print and digital formats.  If you'd like to learn more about Jennifer and the books she writes as either Jennifer Haymore or Dawn Halliday you can find her at her websites www.jenniferhaymore.com, www.dawnhalliday.com, her blog, Facebook and Twitter.

To celebrate Jennifer Haymore's third book in her Tristan Family series, A Season of Seduction, her publisher Forever Romance has offered to giveaway FIVE copies to Musings commenters.  Here's how you can enter to win...

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21 Comments:

Barbara E. October 6, 2010 at 12:18 AM  

I’m madly in love with a notorious rake. To tame him, I would drive him crazy by ignoring him and his advice or directions, get myself into scrapes that he has to help me out of, and make sure he sees what he will miss if he doesn't win me.
I'm looking forward to reading A Season of Seduction, I enjoy stories set during the holidays.

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I'm a GFC follower

HeadlessFowl October 6, 2010 at 3:16 AM  

I’m madly in love with a notorious rake. To tame him, I would make myself indispensable to him and then completely ignore him. If he comes back by himself, then he's a keeper!

Congrats to Jennifer on the new release, just in time for the holiday season (it's arriving earlier and earlier!)

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I'm an old GFC follower.

debbie October 6, 2010 at 7:56 AM  

I am madly in love with a notorious rake, to tame him, I would be myself. No games, no plans. He would either love me for me, or I would think, hey, there are plenty of other rakes in the shed.
It would take a long time to travel by horse. Those carriages were bumpy back then. Even now with the more modern "shock absorbers" you feel every bump. I love horses, but I don't think I could have done it for long distance traveling. Have you ever had the chance to ride in an old carriage? You should try it, it is really fun.
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Virginia C October 6, 2010 at 9:08 AM  

Hello, Jennifer! So lovely to see you here at Seductive Musings! Thank you for helping to fire up my holiday spirit with the beautiful cover and sensational story line for "A Season of Seduction"!

I’m madly in love with a notorious rake. To tame him, I would...let him continue to be his wonderful wicked self. I would not try to tame him, for his bad boy behavior is what makes me thrill. I would extend my hand, but never with a leash. He will come to me of his own accord, but never by deception. I would so miss my very naughty mate : )

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gamistress66 October 6, 2010 at 9:18 AM  

I’m madly in love with a notorious rake. To tame him, I would….. not make it too easy (or hard) to catch me and not try to change him too much.

Congrats on the release, it sounds like a must read to me :)

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Spring,  October 6, 2010 at 10:39 AM  

Thanks for the giveaway. I'm a GFC follower.

*I’m madly in love with a notorious rake. To tame him, I would...let him know what he'd be missing out on.

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Scorpio M. October 6, 2010 at 12:09 PM  

I’m madly in love with a notorious rake. To tame him, I would...try to teach him the intensity of sincere love.

Congrats on the new release!

GFC follower.

Sheree October 6, 2010 at 2:46 PM  

I’m madly in love with a notorious rake. To tame him, I would challenge him by not falling for his lines. The only way to make real changes in a rake is for him to change himself.

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chey October 6, 2010 at 4:27 PM  

Congrats on your new release! A Season of Seduction sounds like a book I want to read!

+1 I’m madly in love with a notorious rake. To tame him, I would…not try to change him.

I follow by gfc.

Modokker October 6, 2010 at 6:04 PM  

I’m madly in love with a notorious rake. To tame him i would give him my body and soul. Then give him a child. That always tames the notorious rakes for the most part lol

Lisa B

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Tore October 6, 2010 at 6:45 PM  

I’m madly in love with a notorious rake. To tame him, I would ignore him, drive him crazy by going out with other men, wear gorgeous gowns, tease him and show him what he is missing. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Tore October 6, 2010 at 6:46 PM  

I’m madly in love with a notorious rake. To tame him, I would ignore him, drive him crazy by going out with other men, wear gorgeous gowns, tease him and show him what he is missing. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Alexa October 6, 2010 at 7:57 PM  

I’m madly in love with a notorious rake. To tame him, I would probably flirt with him a lot but always stay just out of reach. Eventually he would submit to me to end the game. :)

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Robin K October 6, 2010 at 8:24 PM  

I’m madly in love with a notorious rake. To tame him, I would tie him to a chair and parade around naked. LOL, just kidding. Lets try again...

I’m madly in love with a notorious rake. To tame him, I would read romance novels to him by a fire with hot chocolate during a snow storm. Tying him to a chair is still an option too :)

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

scottsgal October 6, 2010 at 9:02 PM  

To tame him I'd totally play hard to get - make him beg and plead for me :-)
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scottsgal October 6, 2010 at 9:02 PM  

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Maureen October 7, 2010 at 6:45 AM  

To tame him I will be myself and see what happens.
Congratulations on the new book!

librarypat,  October 7, 2010 at 3:56 PM  

I am a GFC Follower.

To tame him, you would first have to get his attention. A bit i flirting, so he would know you exist, and you could engage him in conversation. Get him interested, then get him to see the person you are. Keep him at arms length, but show just enough interest to keep him interested in the pursuit. Give him the opportunity to see your interests and strong points. Find out his interests and show how well you would support and complement them. Make yourself visible in his world and show how well you would fit in and advance his stature and position. Be nice to him, and do little things that he will appreciate without being too obvious about it. Hopefully he will see you for the worthy individual you are and not just another conquest. If he doesn't, he isn't worth it. Find another to love.
Congratulations on the new book. I look forward to reading it.

librarypat AT comcast DOT net

Pam S (pams00),  October 9, 2010 at 2:55 PM  

Great post - congrats on your latest release Jennifer!

Is there a genre you've not yet written in you'd like to try out?

I’m madly in love with a notorious rake. To tame him, I would play innocent and go along with his advances just enough to keep him wanting while at the same time planning my own secret seduction ;).

Pam S
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jeanette8042 October 11, 2010 at 10:46 AM  

I’m madly in love with a notorious rake. To tame him, I would capture his attention through flirtation and then seduce him.

GFC follower

Jennifer Haymore October 11, 2010 at 11:51 AM  

Thanks so much for having me, and thanks for all your responses! I loved learning about how y'all would tame your notorious rake! ;-)
Hugs,
Jennifer

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