So now that Confessions of an Improper Bride is up on all the sales sites, it’s about time for me to update everyone with all the exciting details! Confessions releases on August 1, 2011. It’s the start of a new series about the five Donovan sisters, who have aristocratic lineage but were raised in near poverty in the West Indies. Their mother sends them all back to England with designs to find them “proper” titled husbands…except nothing turns out in quite the way she had planned!
Here’s the blurb for Confessions of an Improper Bride:
Serena Donovan left London six years ago, her heart broken and her reputation ruined by devilishly handsome Jonathan Dane. Now, with her family’s future in peril, she reluctantly agrees to return to England and assume her late twin’s identity. The price? Marry a man she doesn’t love and spend the rest of her days living a lie.
Jonathan Dane, Earl of Stratford, has become an incorrigible rake, drinking, gambling-and trying to forget Serena Donovan. Yet the moment he’s introduced to the prim and proper “Meg”, he recognizes the sensual young woman who captured his heart. Haunted by his past mistakes, he refuses to lose Serena again. But convincing her to trust him is no easy task. Claiming his lost love means exposing the truth and destroying the life Serena has sacrificed everything to rebuild. With the future of all the Donovans at stake, and their undying passion capable of triggering yet another scandal, how much will Jonathan and Serena risk for a chance at true love?
Things have been super busy in the Haymore household, especially on the writing front. I’m so excited about my new series – a trilogy about the five Donovan sisters: Serena, Meg, Olivia, Phoebe and Jessica. It starts with Confessions of an Improper Bride, Serena’s story. Check out the cover:
What do you think?
I’m working on page proofs for Confessions right now, and I am also working on edits for book two, Secrets of an Accidental Duchess…and I’ve just gotten approval on my outline and I’m beginning to write book #3 (still untitled). So things have been busy busy busy around here!
I wanted to thank everyone for their continued support through 2010, for all the lovely emails and kind words. Things are getting better all the time on the health front. I still can’t say I’m “cured,” I don’t think, but I am taking steps toward that word every day!
Whew! I’ll try not to quake in my boots at the thought of all those reviews!
Have a fantastic week, everyone! I’m sitting down to start writing my fifth book, the second book in the Donovan series. I can’t wait to write about this notorious rake who falls head-over-heels madly in love with the shy and reserved Olivia Donovan.
I love Christmas and I love romance, so I consider myself so lucky to be able to write about both of them. When my editor asked me to have my characters offer seduction tips to readers, though, I was lost… Seduction tips? I’ve known my husband since I was sixteen! I haven’t consciously thought about seduction…ever, maybe.
So it meant research. And it meant thinking about the characters from A HINT OF WICKED, A TOUCH OF SCANDAL, and A SEASON OF SEDUCTION and thinking about how they would think of seduction. Ultimately, I was able to find enough seduction tips for the 12 days prior to the release of A SEASON OF SEDUCTION, as well as a few more, besides! Some of it is common sense (and I realize I’ve been doing it all along with my husband, blush!) and some of it was brand new for me, but here are the 12 days of seduction:
Do you have any seduction tips of your own to share? Post one here, and I’ll be giving away a copy of A SEASON OF SEDUCTION, plus an extra seductive bonus from Slumber Parties: Body Dew Strawberry Champagne After Bath Oil to one poster on October 10!
Enjoy…here’s wishing for lots of love and wonderful holidays for all of us!
(Oh, and P.S., don’t forget to check out my contest and freebies pages for even more goodies!)
I know, I’ve been gone for a while. I wanted to let everyone know I’ve been through the hard part (chemo) and am almost done with radiation. Probably at some point in the next month I’ll have a scan, and after such aggressive treatment, I’m sure it’s going to show that I’m cancer-free!
I’ve also just completed revisions on my 4th book, Confessions of an Improper Bride, and about ten minutes ago I sent in my synopsis for book #5. Confessions of an Improper Bride will release in 2011 and will be the start of the Donovan Series, a series about five impoverished sisters who were raised in the West Indies and come “home” to England as young women. I’m so excited about this series!
Some news I’m super thrilled about – A Season of Seduction releases in just a couple of weeks on October 1! I’m so excited and nervous about this book release – I think this is my most romantic book yet. I just picked up my copy of RT book reviews today and here’s what they said about it:
“Haymore uses the Christmas season as an enhancing backdrop for a mystery/romance that is both original and fulfilling. Her fresh voice and ability to build sensual tension into lively love stories peopled by delicious characters makes this tale shine.”
My publisher, Forever Romance, is showing its support for me, for women with breast cancer, and for breastcancer.org at the RWA National Conference this week! Here’s the press release:
Forever Books to Raise Money for Breast Cancer in Honor of Author Jennifer Haymore
July 26- Forever Books will hold a raffle at the Romance Writers of America National Convention later this week to raise money for BreastCancer.Org in support of author Jennifer Haymore. Haymore, author of the forthcoming A Season of Seduction, was diag…nosed with Breast Cancer earlier this year. After undergoing a successful surgery, Haymore is responding well to chemotherapy and radiation treatments. She has been able to continue writing through her treatments but she’s had to make other adjustments, including missing this year’s Romance Writers of America National Convention.
Haymore’s publisher, Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, is passionate about supporting their author through the disease. Because Haymore is unable to attend the RWA convention, Forever has decided to hold a raffle to raise money for Breast Cancer awareness. 100% of the proceeds will go to www.breastcancer.org , a non-profit organization selected by Haymore, which is dedicated to providing information and community to those touched by this disease.
“Between my family, friends and fans, I have an incredible support system,” said Haymore. “However, I know not everyone affected by the disease is as lucky as I am to be surrounded by such love and support, which is why I chose to support BreastCancer.org. The organization has been an invaluable resource, connecting me to others who can relate to my experience.”
The raffle at RWA will consist of four prizes: an editor critique, an agent critique, a character name in one of Haymore’s upcoming books, and a collection of books signed by bestselling romance authors. Tickets will cost $3 for one ticket, or $5 for two, and will be sold throughout the conference. The prize drawing will be held on Saturday, July 30 during the Grand Central Publishing Book Signing (Disney Swan hotel, Southern hemisphere, Salon 1). The drawing will be held at approximately 4:15.
I’ve been so blown away by my publisher’s support through this ordeal. Isn’t this awesome?
Congrats to Laura B., who won a copy of A Hint of Wicked in Japanese!
Check out my new contest to win a book by the incomparable Tessa Dare!
If you’d like a signed bookplate plus some extra goodies (including one of my beautiful new bookmarks), just go to my Freebies page.
A little update here–it’s been a busy, strange summer. Last week I went through my last round of chemo. When I recover from that, it’s on to radiation. I’m pretty home-bound, but enjoying the time with my family and dreaming up lots of new ideas for stories while I’m at it!
I want to thank everyone who has supported me along this journey. This experience has reminded me of how wonderfully kind and generous people can be. Thank you so very much…I appreciate every single one of you more than I can say.
Yesterday I went to my mailbox for the first time in a month, and look what was there! A HINT OF WICKED…in Japanese! It’s the cutest little book, very nicely made, with a dustjacket and everything!
I’m giving a copy away here, so if you read Japanese or know anyone who does (or if you just want to gaze at a really neat-looking book, lol), just respond here and I’ll pick one random winner at the end of the month.