Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Writers' Wednesday Welcomes Jennifer Jakes

Welcome to Writers’ Wednesday. This week, I’m happy to feature a super critique partner and debut author, Jennifer Jakes. Thank you for taking time out of your frantic schedule to talk with us, Jennifer.

Hi Barbara! Thanks for having me here today.

Your first book, Rafe’s Redemption, has bowed in to wonderful reviews, and you’ve had book signings and blog tours. Is there anything else on the horizon?

I’ll be at the Lori Foster Reader/Author Get-Together signing Rafe’s Redemption June 3-5 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

That sounds like a lot of fun. Rafe and Maggie will love the trip. Their story’s set on the American Frontier just after the Civil War. What draws you to this era?

I’m not really sure what draws me to the Frontier. I grew up watching Westerns with my family and I can remember being completely engrossed with the images on the screen. I especially love the Centennial (by James Michener) series.

What’s your next project for publication?

I’m working on a novella right now, but I’m planning a full length novel set in 1898 Alaska during the Gold Rush.

What one tip would you offer writers?

Learn the craft, whether it be online classes or writing books or a great critique group *wink*.

Great suggestions. And so true. Thanks, again, for joining us today.

Rafe’s Redemption: Blurb

He rode into town to buy supplies, not a woman.

For hunted recluse Rafe McBride, the raven-haired beauty on the auction block is exactly what he doesn't need. A dependent woman will be another clue his vengeful stepbrother can use to find and kill him. But Rafe's conscience won't let him leave another innocent's virginity to the riff-raff bidding. He buys her, promising to return her to St. Louis untouched. He only prays the impending blizzard holds off before her sultry beauty breaks his willpower.

She wanted freedom, not a lover.

Whisked to the auction block by her devious, gambling cousin, and then sold into the arms of a gorgeous stranger, outspoken artist Maggie Monroe isn't about to go meekly. Especially when the rugged mountain man looks like sin and danger rolled into one. But a blizzard and temptation thrust them together, and Maggie yearns to explore her smoldering passion for Rafe. B

ut when the snow clears, will the danger and secrets that surround Rafe and Maggie tear them apart?


Maggie wanted freedom, not a lover…

Oh, Lord. He was going to kiss her. She shouldn’t want this. She was confused enough. Respectable women didn’t kiss men they barely knew, certainly not men who made them have wild, exotic dreams. It was crazy. He was making her want crazy things. Making her not give a damn about her reputation or her virginity. Or her long-

The table was only a step away, and honey was just as sweet as peach juice… She swallowed hard and looked up into his hooded eyes.

“Maggie,” he groaned. “Don’t be scared. I’d never hurt you.”

Her mouth parted to object, but firm lips covered hers, hungry, demanding. She gasped, shocked at his hunger, but even more at the illicit response coursing through her. An aching heat unfurled low in her stomach, pulsed between her legs.

Oh, yes. It started just like in the dream. He deepened the kiss, coaxed her lips with his warm tongue. Long, languid strokes teased the inside of her mouth, encouraging, tempting before he pulled back to nibble the corners of her lips.

Oh, God. Is this what all kisses felt like? Hot, lethargic? Melting her like molasses over warm bread?

“Kiss me, Maggie,” he breathed.

Be sure to check out Jennifer’s website and blog.


  1. Thanks so much for having me here today, Barb!

  2. The book sounds great and best of luck in Ohio!

  3. Ssssstt! Wow, Jennifer, great blurb!! Good luck, I know you'll do well. Have a great time in Cincinnati in June--I'm sure it will be exciting to rub elbows with so many who practice your craft.

    Great post, Barb--you're off to an amazing start.

  4. I'm savoring Rafe Jenn! Don't want to be done with him too quickly... So happy for you!

  5. Hmm. Ohio is in my neck of the woods...
    Great to see you here, Jennifer!
    Barb-I'm loving this new blog! Look forward to more posts!

  6. Thanks for dropping by everyone. You all make it so much fun to do this blog. And Jen, thanks for being here. I can't wait for your next book--or novella :)

    Marci, Ginny, thanks for the kind words on the bog.

    Hugs everyone.

  7. Hi Jenn,

    Have fun on your book signing! You deserve it!!

  8. Hi everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by today and for all the kind words!
    Yes, Ohio should be a lot of fun. I'm really looking forward to it.
    Barb, thanks again for having me here!
    Happy writing/reading to you all :)

  9. Sorry about missing the party yesterday, between the DDJ and CORE, I got home just in time to fall into bed exhausted.

    Have fun in Ohio.

  10. Sorry, I'm seeing this a bit late but you know I love you, Jen. Congrats on all your great success with Rafe and Maggie. (Hot kissing scene, btw. Love that "...like molasses over warm bread." :)

    You'll love Lori Foster's Reader/Author Get-Together. I went last year and had a blast. It's a good one. Too bad I went alone. It would have been even more fun with girlfriends!

    Great blog and idea for Writer Wednesdays, Barb.
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