It is my distinct pleasure to host Jenna Jaxon on the blog today. She’s currently on tour with her book, Only Scandal Will Do. The heroine of this book is fabulous, full of life and sparks, and she’s quite the sword-wielder as well. Please let me introduce you to Lady Katarina in this interview.
Lady Katarina, what was your first impression of your writer?
Katarina: Well, Ms. Green, I was not at all happy with Ms. Jaxon when I first met her. She had me kidnapped, sold at auction to a masked rogue, and then had him rape me before I escaped.
Patricia: *Eyes shocked* He raped you? But that’s not right! I’ve read the book several times and I don’t recall…
Katarina: Oh, Ms. Jaxon finally came to her senses and took that part out. And I still had issues with Duncan. Our writer certainly didn’t make it easy for us.
I think you’ve almost answered my next question. How did you two meet?
Katarina: Yes, that is the story, isn’t it? We met in the House of Pleasure…a brothel. He bought me, thinking I was a…fallen woman. *she chuckles* I disabused him of that idea immediately, though he didn’t believe me.
What is your greatest strength? Greatest weakness? How have they shaped your life?
Katarina: I believe my greatest strength is courage. It has allowed me to persevere through great adversity many times. My weakness is most likely my stubbornness. I dislike to lose. I suppose stubbornness and courage can be a deadly combination–as I found out to my grief just recently.
What first drew you to Duncan?
Katarina: Absolutely nothing. I loathed him on sight.
Patricia: Well, I think I can understand that. But does he possess any qualities that are attractive to you?
Katarina: *pauses, thinking* He does fence quite well.
If you could be in any profession, what would you do and why?
Katarina: I have not pondered that question before. Most women of my station do not have a profession. But if I could have one, I’d be a commander in the Army. I loved growing up around my father’s regiment. I could ride every day, fence, shoot a pistol. And no one would think anything of it. *her eyes gleam* I would be in charge of creating the strategies to win battles. *sighs* Marvelous.
So, in your story, what was the most memorable moment for you?
Katarina: *far away look in her eyes* Duncan…he almost shot the captain to stop the ship for me when I was so wretchedly ill. No one had ever done such a thing for me.
What do you do for fun?
Would you like for your writer to create a sequel for you? Why or why not?
Katarina: Well, not exactly a sequel. I think our ending was mutually satisfying. But there’s still the question of Juliet, Duncan’s sister. Ms. Jaxon promised another book that tells that story. We’re dying to know what’s become of her!
Thanks to Jenna for lending us Lady Katarina’s company for a while. It was a great pleasure!
Now, let’s not forget the centerpiece of this visit: Only Scandal Will Do. Please take a look at the following blurb and excerpt and then click on the link that best describes the distributor you prefer. This lovely erotic historical romance can be yours in seconds.
Blurb for Only Scandal Will Do:
Kidnapped and sold at auction in a London brothel, Lady Katarina Fitzwilliam squelches an undeniable attraction to the masked stranger who purchased her, pits her wits against him, and escapes him and the scandal that would ruin her life.
Unable to resist temptation in a London brothel, Duncan Ferrers, Marquess of Dalbury, purchases a fiery beauty. She claims she’s a lady, but how can she be? No lady of his acquaintance in polite society is anything like her. Then he discovers she is who she says, and that this latest romp has compromised her reputation. He knows how that is. One more scandal and he’ll be cast out of London society, but he needs a wife who’ll provide an heir to carry on his illustrious family’s name. He seeks out Katarina, intending only to scotch the scandal, but instead finds his heart ensnared. He’s betting their future he’ll capture her heart, but does he have what it takes to win the wager?
WARNING: A blade-wielding heroine who crosses swords with a master of sensuality.
And here’s your excerpt:
“I assure you, there was never a night like that before.” Lord Dalbury spoke quietly, and Katarina sensed a tension in him. “I had never done such a thing before. Never participated in such an auction. Never tried to take a woman unwillingly to my bed.” He stopped speaking. Just stopped. Then his breath hissed as though he’d slowly released it.
“I cannot find the words to tell you how deeply I regret I was not a better man that night.” He paused, and she held still and waited. “What I tried to do was madness, without thought, without honor. I do not even have an excuse other than my base desires, and that your abundant charms overwhelmed me.” His face was shadowy in the scarce light of the sickle moon, but he sounded contrite. “I have no right to ask for your forgiveness. I have no right to expect it. But I would ask you to allow me to attempt to remedy the situation.”
Kat shook her head slowly. “What on earth do you believe you could do, Lord Dalbury, that could even come close to a remedy for the terror and humiliation you put me through? Do you think now that I have met you, heard your feeble attempts at an apology, and rejected them, the memory of that night will magically disappear?” She fought to control her anger, though she yearned to blast him with it. “What magic potion would you have me take that would erase the memory of you pinning me to the bed? Because if you have such an elixir, then yes, I will gladly take it from you and obliterate you absolutely and irrevocably.”
He stood silent at her words, then said simply, “I have only myself to offer, my lady.”
“You would have me kill you, my lord? In that, too, I agree I would oblige you, but not at the cost of my own life. I understand the English law punishes those who do murder quite severely.” Kat was astonished when he lurched backward, as from a blow.
“No, my lady, I would not have you kill me,” he said, sounding grimly amused. “Though indeed that would probably give you most satisfaction. I meant I would have you marry me.”
His words surprised a laugh out of her. “Marry you?” The laughter grew. “I see, my lord, you think me both a whore and a fool.”
“I think you are neither, Lady Katarina.”
“Then you are the fool to believe I would put such a man as you in control of every aspect of my life.” That he thought she would even entertain the suggestion was insulting.
The pale moonlight shadowed his face, but she could read displeasure there just the same. “You judge me solely on one act that, I assure you, was grossly out of character for me. You cannot possibly know what kind of husband I would be.”
“And never will, Lord Dalbury. I can swear to you that I would not marry you if I were in Hell and you were my only hope of Heaven.”
He inclined his head toward her, a faint smile touching his lips. “I believe you made a similar claim about dancing with me, Lady Katarina. Yet we have indeed enjoyed a dance together despite your words.” His tone was soft, the sensuous, cajoling one he had used to seduce her that night in the House of Pleasure.
Kat trembled, recalling the incredible sensations of his hands, his mouth on her body. Damn. He could not do this to her again. Not just with his voice.
“Is there nothing that would entice you to leave your Hell for my Heaven?”
She struggled to answer, opened her lips to deny it, only to find her mouth completely sealed by his.
He has the woman of his dreams, but what price will he have to pay to win her heart?
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About Jenna Jaxon:
Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance. Her historical romance, Only Scandal Will Do, the first in a series of five interconnecting novels, was released in July 2012. Her contemporary works include Hog Wild, Almost Perfect, and 7 Days of Seduction. She is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as a member of Chesapeake Romance Writers. Her medieval romance, Time Enough to Love, is being published this year as a series of three novellas. The first book, Betrothal, released on April 19th.
Jenna has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets. When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director. She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.
She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.
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