>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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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.