Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Giveaway of Secrets of an Accidental Duchess by Jennifer Haymore and a Q&A

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Jennifer Haymore grew up in California and on the Big Island of Hawaii. She was an avid reader and completely destroyed her eyesight by sneaking a flashlight under her covers and reading far into the nights — making her mother wonder why on earth she couldn’t get up for school in the mornings…

Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in Education from UCLA. Before she became a full-time writer she held various jobs from bookselling to teaching inner-city children to playing bit roles in soap operas.

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.(Gotten from her website)

Q & A

Lisarenee: What sparked the idea for the series The Donovan sisters and, more specifically, this book, 'Secrets of an Accidental Duchess'? BTW, I loved the first book and kept hoping there was someway Meg survived being thrown overboard.

Jennifer: I’ve always loved writing about families, and the relationships between sisters has always intrigued me…but most of all, I’ve been enamored of twins for a long time. I used to dream that I had a twin somewhere in the world who was taken away at birth. So those interests/fascinations were the seeds for the series.

As for SECRETS OF AN ACCIDENTAL DUCHESS, I first read about malaria and how it was treated in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books. I was intrigued by the disease that lay dormant inside its host, only to rear its ugly head at the most unexpected times.

As for Meg…wait for PLEASURES OF A TEMPTED LADY. Don’t lose hope yet!

Lisarenee: Now I can't wait for 'Pleasures of a Tempted Lady' to come out.

If you could see one historical event or attend one social event from the past, what would you be willing to travel back in time to see or do? Would it be satisfy your own curiosity or to be able to write about in one of your books?

Jennifer: Here’s my nerdy history geek coming out, but I’d like to go back and see what really happened to the Princes in the Tower. Did King Richard III really kill them? Or were those boys’ murders part of some grand conspiracy to besmirch Richard’s name in history?

(I’d also like to know about Marilyn Monroe, the truth behind JFK’s assassination, and all the true answers to the famous conspiracy theories!)

Lisarenee:  Do you have any other books in the works, and if so, can you tell us a little bit about it/them and when we might see them in a book store near us?

Jennifer:  Book three of the Donovan Series, PLEASURES OF A TEMPTED LADY, releases in August. This is the final installment in the Donovan Series and shows the last of the five sisters finding their happily ever afters. It’s full of passion, adventure (pirates!) and…well, conspiracy theories.

After that…we’ll see… J

Lisarenee: Thanks so much Jennifer for taking the time to answer a few of my questions. 

The Donovan Series

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?

Once Upon a Wicked Night (Novella)

All of London looks forward to the Dowager Duchess of Clayworth’s annual ball. For no matter how hard the serious society matron strives to host an elegant event, scandal always ensues…
Seven years ago it was a young Serena Donovan and Jonathan Dane who shocked the ton when they were discovered in a most compromising position. Tonight they return for the first time as the Earl and Countess of Stratford. And while Serena hopes for a quiet evening to introduce her younger sister Olivia to society, Jonathan’s only desire is to pick up where he and Serena left off…

Though innocent Olivia secretly longs for the kind of passion her sister shares with her husband, none of the men she’s met spark a fire inside her heart—least of all the notorious Marquis of Fenwicke. When his request for a waltz turns into something sinister, Olivia must use her wit and wiles to evade a powerful peer who vows if can’t have her, no man shall…

Secrets of an Accidental Duchess

Secret Seduction

With her pale hair and slim figure, Olivia Donovan looks as fragile as fine china, and has been treated as such by her sisters ever since a childhood bout with malaria. But beneath her delicate facade, Olivia guards a bold, independent spirit and the kind of passionate desires proper young ladies must never confess...

It was a reckless wager, and one Max couldn't resist: seduce the alluring Olivia or forfeit part of his fortune. Yet the wild, soon-to-be Duke never imagined he'd fall in love with this innocent beauty. Nor could he have guessed that a dangerously unpredictable rival would set out to destroy them both. Now, Max must beat a madman at his own twisted game-or forever lose the only woman to have ever won his heart.

Pleasures of A Tempted Lady 
(Coming August 1st)


Captain William Langley knows the ocean well, but nothing could prepare him for what he discovers adrift on the cold Irish Sea. The tiny boat carries two passengers: a child--and Meg Donovan, Will's long-lost love. Meg's disappearance at sea eight years ago was a devastating blow. Now she's back, as beautiful as ever, and with secrets as deep as Will's own . . .

After years held captive by a cold-blooded pirate, Meg has finally escaped with little Jake, the boy she's come to love as if he were her own. But the pirate wants his revenge--and Meg must do whatever it takes to shield Jake from the madman. Determined not to lose Meg again, Will vows to protect them both, yet Meg can't risk putting the only man she's ever loved in danger. With the threat to her safety growing, and her passion for Will burning brighter every day, surrendering herself to Will might be a pleasure too tempting to resist . . .

Book descriptions came from the back of books and Amazon.

Just for fun:
Jennifer created a quiz so you can find out 'Which Donovan sister are you?' Take Jennifer's quiz to find out: 
I ended up being Serena. Which one are you?


I'm giving away Three copies of Jennifer Haymore's Secrets of an Accidental Duchess
Cover and Stepback

Rules of Eligibility:

1) One winner per person and household.
2) You must be a US resident and be 18 years of age or older.  
3) You need to be a follower of my blog or become one.
4) Leave a comment with a way for me to contact you to get your address (No P.O. Boxes) which I can forward to the publisher who will send you your books. It can be via email or Goodreads message or, if you feel uncomfortable with those two options, email me the information at 
5) Leave a comment about what your favorite type of romantic hero is, and what interests you about the Donovan series. (optional)

Contest ends February 10th. Winners will be notified by email or Goodreads message and have 48 hours to respond from when the email/message was sent before another winner is chosen.  Only one winner per person and per household.

Good Luck! 

1 comment:

  1. I like the rake, the bad boy that is so charming that no one can really be mad at him, but he eventually mends his wicked ways.
    I am interested in reading about the Donovan sisters and how they manage to find their true love through many twists and turns.
    GFC JeanP
    skpetal at hotmail dot com


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