Pleasure Me with Jennifer Haymore

>Jennifer Haymore writes delightfully wicked historical romances, and she’s also one tough cookie in the face of adversity. Recently she met the challenge of of fighting breast cancer. After undergoing a successful surgery, Jennifer has responded well to chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Please welcome Jennifer, a really wonderful author and brave woman, for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.

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Ahhh, Life…
 

Life has been a wild ride for me over the past several months. It seems every time I think things are calming down, boom!, I get thrown another curve ball. 

Take last week, for example. My goal was to sit down with the outline for my next book, talk it over with my editor, brainstorm, get some revisions done. It all sounded easy enough, given that I was just emerging from an extremely thick holiday/deadline haze.


But…boom!…everyone in the family caught a horrible virus. It was ugly. Picture walking in my house and seeing all five of us just lying there, unmoving. On the floor, draped over furniture, etc. Ugly, I tell you!



A Season of Seduction

 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 hanging from a noose.

So I dragged everyone to the doctor, we were diagnosed with strep throat, and we started our antibiotics and began to feel better fairly quickly. Were we done, though? Could I move on with “life” as I’d planned it? 

Well, no. My poor 6-year-old didn’t get better at all. Three days later, she was diagnosed with pneumonia.I pretty much dropped everything–or, rather, shut down my computer, which contains all my communication and work–and just focused on getting my daughter better for the next several days.

Now I’m emerging from the everyone’s-sick-oh-no-wait!-one-of-us-has-pneumonia haze, and feeling a little overwhelmed by how far I’ve fallen behind.


Through everything, though, in between my “Calgon, take me away!”  moments, I take solace in the books I read. I just finished Liar, the YA by Justine Larbalestier, I’ve been lucky enough to be reading Tessa Dare’s next release (fantastic, as always), and I’m deep into The Help by Kathryn Stockett.


What books have helped you to survive the grind of daily life this winter? Are there any special books that have taken you away? 

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As a child, Jennifer Haymore traveled the South Pacific with her family on their homebuilt sailboat. The months spent on the sometimes-quiet, sometimes-raging seas sparked her love of adventure and grand romance. Since then, she’s earned degrees in Computer Science and Education and held various jobs from bookselling to teaching inner-city children to acting, but she’s never stopped writing.

You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel.

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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

43 thoughts on “Pleasure Me with Jennifer Haymore

  1. >This winter I've found comfort and escape in Nalini Singh's books and an old favorite, Kay Hooper's Star-Crossed Lovers.

    jbrink83 at hotmail dot com

    Arizona

  2. >Hello, Jennifer!

    I have so enjoyed your books and I look forward to the next one. You have been and will continue to be in my prayers as you deal with your health issues.

    Isn't it just the way of things that just when you try to get back on track someone throws a log across the railway? Strep throat is NO FUN at all. And I just recovered from pneumonia a few weeks ago.

    While I was ill I read all of the James Herriot books again. They always make me smile.

    Another series I read when I am down is Mary Balogh's Slightly series. Love those Bedwyns!

    Girding my loins for a massive rewrite on my latest manuscript so my agent can get it out there. In preparation I've read all of Anna Campbell's books back to back. Nobody does angst better!

    Here's hoping everyone gets well and stays well so you can get back to doing what you do best – writing wonderful historical romance!

  3. >Wow! Sounds like you've had a tough winter but hopefully things will be looking up and good health will return to all! I'm a HUGE historical romance reader and recently finished reading "Wicked Intentions" by Elizabeth Hoyt but just about any book that allows me to fantasize about a gorgeous man works for me! However, I do have a special affinity for "Gone with the Wind"!

    BornajhawkATaolDOTcom

  4. >Jennifer,

    Don't you just hate that! Have your plans in place and, wham, sickness hits. Glad to hear your kids are better and praying you can get back on track — because I love your books.

    When I got sick during the holidays, I camped out in bed and read Leigh Greenwood's "The Night Rider Series" to take me away. Have so many favorites that have taken me away for years: LaVyrle Spencer, Linda Howard, Suzanne Brockmann, Nicole Jordan, Karen Rose, Connie Mason . . .
    -Vonda

    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net / Texas

  5. >Jennifer, thank you so much for visiting here today. I've been swamped with all the backend workings of the event, so this is the first chance I've had to come for air and say welcome.

    I'm on deadline, so back to the salt mines I go. Hang tough, lady bug!

  6. >Jennifer – I'm sending healing thoughts to you and to your family.
    As for the last books I've read… Paranormalcy, Murder in Vein, and the last Vampire Academy novel. I've enjoyed each one. I just started Ghost a la Mode last night.
    Thank you for being here today even with everything you're dealing with and thank you for this contest.
    Linda T.
    lindalou@cfl.rr.com
    Florida, USA

  7. >Jennifer, Sure hope you and your family are all better now and the remainder of the winter finds you all healthy. Seems like most illnesses hit when we are stuck inside during the winter months, just when we usually have so many events to attend for the holidays.

    The only good thing about being sick is you can lie in bed all day and read a good book (if you can call in sick). I've spent the last three months working on reading all of J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood books. Had never read them before and after seeing they have their own lexicon and odd-sounding names I wasn't sure I could make myself read them. To my pleasant surprise I've loved every single one. Having just finished Lover Mine lastnight I'm now ready for the next installment. Been anxiously awaiting Monica's upcoming Pleasure Me.
    Nancy E
    everitnm at hotmail dot com

  8. >Wow, Jennifer, you and your family really have had it bad lately!! I can totally sympathize with you. During this past fall, my family seemed to be hit with everything: strep, pneumonia, nasty stomach virus … you name it, we had it.

    Isn't it just wonderful to open the pages of a book and really be taken away from the demands of daily life? That is one reason I love reading.

    I have to say that Lila DiPasqua's books (AWAKENED BY A KISS and A PRINCESS IN HIS BED) are what got me through a lot last year.

    Hope everyone is all better now!

    Buffie
    buffiebooks AT yahoo DOT com
    GA

  9. >I am sorry about your family illnesses, especially that pneumonia. I've had that a few times, and it is no fun! Just make sure she takes it easy for a while so there is no relapse!
    When I am sick I usually turn to Linda Howard, Nora, Robyn Carr, Lisa Kleypas or Julia Quinn. In this case, familiarity does NOT breed contempt. 🙂

    Nikki
    nikkiphilton@hotmail.com

  10. >Jeanne, My prayers are with you, too.

    Sheree, regarding LIAR…phew! That book really messes with you, doesn't it? And one of my pet peeves is books that leave you with more questions than answers. So I decided with that one that I was just going to believe her and assume everything she said was true, except for the stuff she admitted were lies. What do you think?

    I'm so sorry to hear about your mom's diagnosis, Andrea. I hate cancer.

    Thanks for your support, everyone. And I agree–every book I read is a take-me-away book. 🙂

    Hugs!

  11. >Sorry about the illnesses. I am trying to catch up on the books I did not get to read in 2010 while trying to read the books that have just come out. All of these books take me away from my daily life.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

    Florida

  12. >Hope everyone is feeling better. I love rereading old favorites to survive the daily grind like Julie Garwood's historicals and Linda Howard's romantic suspenses.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com
    New York

  13. >Hope everyone in your family is feeling better soon.
    Any book I read is a take me away book.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  14. >Ooh…there is nothing worse than when your kids are sick, well maybe when you're too sick to take care of them! So glad that you are all doing well. Hopefully that will be it for the season!
    I haven't had the chance to read a lot of books through the holidays, but my favorites, since they are part of a trilogy, are Raeliksen and Mac Liam by Renee Vincent. I have never really cried while reading a book, but this one really got me.

    cbandy10(at)hotmail(dot)com

    New York

  15. >Good evening Monica and Jennifer.I am so glad you are doing well.You have been on our prayer list.I just find out my nephrew possible has bone cancer,he will know more on Wed.I love your books.They not only have romance but wit and banter.I love historical romance.I am reading How to Woo a Reluctant Lady by Sabrina Jefferies now and it is wonderful.
    tarenn98[at]yahoo[dot]com
    Henderson,NC

  16. >Jennifer, so sorry that you have been sick. I hope all is well with you.
    I absolutely love your books. I usally devour them in one sitting and I can't wait for the next. Thanks for the giveaway.

    iqb99@yahoo.com
    Florida

  17. >Jennifer,

    I hope that everyone in your family is feeling better and back to their old selves! I like to lose myself in books by Phillipa Gregory, Beverly Kendall, Tessa Dare, and of course your books and Monica's too! I can't wait to read your new release!
    Best wishes!

    Chris M from Missouri
    christin.mead at att dot net

  18. >I am so sorry to hear about your recent health troubles. Being ill is no fun at all, and I'm sending good vibes!

    I do have a few comfort reads that I pull out every now and then, but lately I've been getting into Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series. They're sexy and funny!

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com
    California

  19. >Hi, Jennifer!

    I'm so sorry to hear about all the illness your family has had. We had a stomach flu last fall that sidelined my family for a few days. It's definitely something we don't want to repeat anytime soon!

    As for your question… Back in June my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and Anne Mallory's Seven Secrets of Seduction really helped me survive during her surgery…along with my family, of course. In fact, SSoS was my favorite book of 2010.

    I wish you the best, Jennifer!!

    ~Andrea
    dadaw1321ATnumailDOTorg
    Georgia

  20. >Jennifer! So sorry to hear about the family illnesses…hopefully that's all that will be tossed at you this year, and the rest of it will go sailing smoothly.

    My favorite reads – I go back again and again to Georgette Heyer and These Old Shades. Plus Stephanie Laurens and the Cynster series.

    Good luck with the next book!

  21. >I'm glad that everyone is better now. Nothing's worse than a houseful of sick people especially little kids, the poor darlings.

    For me this winter, I just kept reading from my towering TBR pile (which does include your books).

    I read "Liar" a while ago. Do you think she's really a werewolf? Did she really kill people?

    ironss[at]gmail.com
    CA

  22. >Jennifer –

    As a cancer survior as well as quadruple by-pass my prayers are with you. One thing that has helped me is not only the support of my family and friends but reading books like yours!

    It hard to explain but like your "calgon moments" reading has always helped me to reduce stress. Take all the love and support of your family and treasure every moment. My friends still kid me that I always say it going to be a great day if I have to look DOWN to see the dirt!

    My motto which I pass to you is that I'm too busy to be sick with working and trying to spend time with my grandchildren whenever possible. Remember everything is possible with a positive attitude!

  23. >Wow, everyone, thanks so much for your well-wishes. My daughter is doing very well. She's finally back to school…yay!

    I'm also furiously jotting down some of your comfort reads that I haven't read yet. And saying "ahh" to myself when you mentioned some of my own comfort reads: Austen, Elizabeth Hoyt, Stephanie Laurens, Julia Quinn, Christine Feehan….ahhhh. 🙂

    Happy Sunday, everyone!

  24. >Yikes! I hope everyone is now on the mend and you can get back to normal. There is nothing scarier than a sick child for sure. I hope all is well with you and yours!

    I can't think of one book that got me through, but I have one particular author that I can always count on to get me through a rough day. I absolutely love Stephanie Laurens. I have lots of favorites, but she is always at the top of my stack if she has something new. Heck, even something I have read a million times, if she wrote it, it is hard to beat. 🙂

    julieboo817 at gmail dot com
    Arizona

  25. >so sorry your family has been sick. And no matter how sick mommy gets, everyone else needs her too. It seems that every book I read is my new favorite, but recently I had a horrible sinus infection and reading made my head hurt even worse. I learned to love the read aloud feature on my kindle and listened to the latest Christine Feehan, Ruthless Game. Thanks for the great contests
    shumphreymlt@gmail.com

    shumphreymlt@gmail.com
    sylvia humphrey
    mississippi

  26. >Ohh, I am sorry about your sickness. the same thing happened to my family this past week…but it was the flu we all had. from Friday to Friday we were all sick…thank goodness for my mother coming over to help with the kids. i could not take care of them cause i was sick as well. not fun, so i feel your pain!

    as far as my fav type of book to get me through..anything paranormal or historical. love them both. finished Lisa Hendrix's Immortal Champion last night and started Jayne Ann Krentz in too deep today.

    Christy
    NC
    practimom@yahoo.com

  27. >Oh Jennifer,

    I am so glad that your family is recooperating from all of their illnesses. Especially your daughter. Pneumonia can be deadly to a child. At her age, many, many moons ago, I was hospitalized with the condition. Be well.

    What has gotten me through these especially cold and snowy southern days has been the latest series by Lorraine Heath. I have just discovered her as an author and, yes, they have taken me away.

    cindersmaria @ yahoo DOT com
    South Carolina

  28. >Hello Jennifer- i hope that everyone in your family is feeling well soon! This has been a crazy winter and even though I myself have been fairly healthy- it seems that if I get something- everyone else in the family gets it when I'm well…we've been taking turns caring for each other. I do love to read and have read several books and ebooks over the holidays and sick days- Loved Scandal of the Season by Christie Kelley, Prelude to a Scandal and Once Upon a Scandal by Delilah Marvelle …have also read some paranormal books like Blood Challenge by Eileen wilks and Masques and Wolfsbane by Patricia Briggs.

    Maria
    junegirl63(a)gmail(dot)com

  29. >Hello, Jennifer! I am a longtime fan, and I am truly delighted to visit with you here at Monica's site! I enjoy your works written as Jennifer Haymore and also as Dawn Halliday. I would love to win Rebecca's story–the characters and story line are very appealing. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers, and my admiration for your courage ever grows. As far as the family all being sick at the same time, that is truly the pits. Just when you think it's run its course, it starts over again. I once worked as a housekeeper and care provider for a family with five children. One winter, all the children got sick, and then the parents got sick, and finally "it" got me. Even the dog looked sick! It was weeks and weeks before everyone was well.

    Books are definitely a lifeline for me. I love holiday stories, and I read them all through the year. The last few years, I have really expanded my reading radius, and I have ventured into some very interesting fiction zones. Old readers can learn to turn new pages! Speaking of old, I love to mix in older books along with new titles. I purchase recent releases and also still regularly haunt thrift shops, used book sales, yard sales & etc for book treasures. Some of my recent faves: "Her Ladyship's Companion" and "Seven Nights to Forever" by Evangeline Collins. "Awakened by a Kiss" and "The Princess in His Bed" by Lila DiPasqua. "Her Rebel Lord" (shades of Pimpernel–squee)by Georgina Devon. I also enjoyed "Embrace the Night" by Amanda Ashley and "Blood on Silk" (very intense and two more books to follow) by Marie Treanor. I also read several older Regency Holiday anthologies which had the added bonus of recipes. Going back to my true love of the Old West, I read "A Prairie Christmas Collection" which also included recipes.

    I am very much looking forward to reading "Pleasure Me" by our lovely hostest with the mostest–Monica Burns : )

    US Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  30. >Hi Jennifer,

    Sorry about all the sick people in your family and I hope your little girl is up and about real soon. Nothing worse than a sick child.

    Like anyone here, I'm a bookaholic..always with a book at hand. My TBR pile numbers close to 1000 books including a signed copy of your 'A Hint of Wicked'…sadly sitting there waiting to be read. My promise: I will pull it to the front of the pile and read it next! LOL

    Any good historical romance will transport me to my own fantasy land! I recently finished The Black Cobra Quartet by Stephanie Laurens and I'm starting to read the Sebastian St Cyr Mystery series by C. S. Harris…but I got sidetracked by 'The Lady Most Likely' by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James & Connie Brockway. A fun read…love it!

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net
    NC, USA

  31. >Hope the bugs stay away for a good long time. No particular comfort reads at this time, just delve into whatever is next in the tbr pile.

    linze_e at hotmail dot com
    USA

  32. >Hope everyone starts feeling better. I totally understand. My 5 yr old has gotten pneumonia every year except one. Two yrs ago on New years Eve! We watched the ball drop from the ER..fun times! So hugs to you and the fam!

    nmulder81 at hotmail dot com

  33. >good morning jennifer and monica!

    I have to say yesterday I was on top of things and downloaded season of seduction and read it late last night when I was home from work! I did read the whole thing and enjoyed it immensely! butnow I have to go and read garrick and kates book because I need to know how that all worked out!

    I am sorry your whole family was sick! I dont get sick but my daughter and husband are always sick and at the dr. and I wish they werent. its makes for long weeks even though they are both adults! I hope you are all well now though!

    as for reading comfort OH i have lots of those and I am loving my nook since I can take them with me everywhere! lori foster, linda howard, and some others are what I reread alot I have now gotten monica's books on there yours and few other new to me authors that I am sure I will reread after I have read them the first time its just the others I have read for soooo long that I feel comfort with them. 🙂

    have a wonderful sunday its sunny and snowy here so I am hoping for temps above 2 today!

    Kris b indiana
    krysti33 @ frontier dot com

  34. >Good morning, All.

    Jennifer, my prayers are with you and yours.

    I've enjoyed your works and look forward in reading more.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com
    Maryland

  35. >Morning everyone. I just got up so I just emailed Jennifer that her blog is now live. I'm sure she'll be here as soon as she can.

    I really admire Jennifer and her strong spirit. She's one awesome lady who is a wonderful author on topic of it.

  36. >Good Morning Jennifer and Monica,
    I can feel your pain, when my daughter was in school she would bring home a cold, flu ect at least 3 times a year and I was the one that usually ended up with Pneumonia. Hope you are all feeling better now. Being sick is no fun at all and it sure does stop us from doing what we need to get done ebcause we just don't feel like doing a darn thing.

    It's hard to get going again after being sick, or at least it was for me.

    I can always find comfort in a good book and I started reading a particular series years ago when my daughter was still small and living at home. It was The Dark Series by Christine Feehan.

    She's still writing this series and whenever a new book comes out I know I'll be able to sit back, relax and read another great one. This series has really pulled me out of the dumps a time or two and I look forward to each of the books.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com
    Nevada, USA

  37. >I hope your whole family is feeling better. I know we had a stomach bug in our family last week and it was misery for me and my daughter for 24 hours. Right now I am reading Fragile by Shiloh Walker since I am catching up on books I wanted to read.
    Pennsylvania
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  38. >There is nothing worse than being sick, is there? Thank heavens for books! I suffer from Multiple Sclerosis myself and sometimes I have good days where I can actually get things done and sometimes I have bad days where the best I can do is rest and read. Some books that have gotten me through are Pride and Prejudice, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, Jane Eyre, According to Jane by Marilyn Brant and The Truth About Lord Stoneville by Sabrina Jeffries.

    Margay1122ATaolDOTcom
    Massachusetts

  39. >Oh no, sorry to hear about the family being felled by illness (that was us for most of last year but we went like dominoes so it seemed as if someone was ALWAYS sick!) Then the fun of playing catch-up begins. Good luck with all of that.

    I've actually got A HINT OF WICKED on my 'to read' pile — hoping to get to that soon.

    As for books that have gotten me through the cold and snowy winter so far…I've just re-read Lauren Dane's Chase brothers books (comfort reading — I had the stomach flu and couldn't move from the couch). Before that I was on a serious cowboy kick and read ALL the Rough Riders books by Lorelei James! I'm looking forward to the next Elizabeth Hoyt that comes out Tuesday plus Tim Dorsey has the new Serge Storms book also releasing on Tuesday — as I read I'll pretend I'm in FL along with Serge!

    BabsVick AT gmail DOT com
    Virginia