Friday, January 25, 2013

Liza interviews Jenna Jaxon--7 Days of Seduction

I've got the fabulous Jenna Jaxon on today to talk about

7 Days of Seduction

(Otherwise known as a Week of Fun.)

Liza: Welcome, Jenna.Thanks for stopping by.
Jenna: My pleasure.
Liza: You might want to hold off on that declaration until the end of interview. Thanks for bringing your book cover. Is it just me, or do you feel like you are peeking through a clear plastic shower curtain. I expect to be arrested on Peeping Tom charges any moment.

Jenna: Nah! If you ask nicely, Hunter and Ashley will let you join them.

Liza: So let's discover what's this book is about.
 Show us the Blurb!

Ashley Thompson had a wild time at her party last Friday night. Maybe too wild. She wakes to find a video of her in the middle of a ménage a trois with her ex-boyfriend and a gorgeous stranger. Unable to remember anything about the night, other than the hot sex she sees on the computer screen, Ashley begins a search for Mr. Hunk. She has no luck until he unexpectedly shows up–in her shower.

Hunter Hopewell intends to introduce Ash to a variety of sexual experiences he finds fun and exciting. He proposes a week long series of “colorful” encounters designed to seduce Ashley out of her kink comfort zone.
As their week of escalating pleasure intensifies, Ashley must choose to let go of her inhibitions or risk losing the best damn lover she’s ever had.
Liza: Ah, so we were peeking through a shower curtain. It get's worse. 
Check out this scary excerpt:

The bathroom door opened and closed. Her hands froze.
"Damn it, Sam. Why is it every time I take a shower you have to pee? Couldn't you just hold it for once? Or pee in a cup, for God's sake?"
"I'm not Sam. And I don't have to pee."
Ashley's eyes popped open and the bottle of body wash hit the tub with a loud thunk. The husky voice she'd heard on yesterday's video and in this morning's dream was richer in person. Sexier. Her heart took off like a deer after a shotgun blast. She peered at the shower door, seeing only a shadowy figure through the opaque glass. Well thank, God, for that. He couldn't see her either.
"Hello? Are you there, Ash?" The amusement in his tone brought her back to earth.
"Yeah, I'm here. And just who the hell are you?"
"I'm Hunter Hopewell. Sorry we didn't really get introduced the other night."
"No shit." Damn. The all-important name meant nothing. The spray from the shower roared in her ears and Ashley took a step toward the shower door.
"So who are you? I mean, you say Hunter Hopewell, but I don't know you. And you know me."
"Yes, I do. I've never met you, but I've been interested in you for a while now."
Despite the hot water, chills raced over her body, standing her hair on end. Oh, my God. A stalker. I've attracted a stalker. And I'm shut in a bathroom with him. Suddenly, she couldn't breathe.
"You work over in English at the university." He knew where she worked. "And I've seen you around the campus." He'd been watching her.
She wrapped her arms around her chest, shielding her body as best she could. Maybe Sam would come in.
"You're a beautiful girl, Ashley. With lots of potential."
Potential for what? Needing to breathe or pass out, she gasped in air.
"I think you should leave." Where the balls came from to utter that sentence, she had no idea.
"Why?" His voice rose an octave.
"Because you're scaring the crap out of me."
Liza: I'm with Ashley, it's 911 time! So let's interrogate the author who wrote this scene.


Jenna: That's a bit creepy. 

Liza: But effective. So what is your favorite part of writing?

Jenna: Plotting.  
Jenna: No. I said PLOTTING

Jenna: No Liza. Plotting is where I put the story together, discovering the characters along the way.  And I love giving them voice via the dialogue.

Liza: Has a secondary character ever threatened to take over your book?

Jenna: Not in this book, although I really enjoyed writing Sam, Ashley’s ex-boyfriend.  But in my very first historical a secondary character volunteered to take a message from the hero to the heroine and ended up as the second lead.  It didn’t end up very well for the guy, so maybe volunteerism isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. J

Liza: I once had the villain of a historical seduce and impregnate my heroine, then kill the hero, and  marry her so they could live happily after with their adorable son.

Jenna: And you were okay with that?

Liza: Yeah, I thought the villain more interesting. That was one very strange story.

Jenna: That doesn't surprise me.

Liza: Is there anything you don’t like about being a writer?
Jenna: Promoting.  It takes so much time away from writing.  A necessary evil, but an evil nonetheless.

Jenna Jaxon believes getting people to buy her book is EVIL.

Jenna: You are determined to be bad, aren’t you

Liza:  It’s kind of addictive.

Jenna: It’s time to consider rehab then.

Liza: Sorry, I couldn't hear that. I have selective hearing. So what's the best piece of advice you've gotten about writing?

Jenna: “You can fix crap.  You can’t fix nothing.”  Judi McCoy, friend and mentor.  Best advice to any writer.  Keep writing.

Liza: I like that. 

Jenna:  I thought you might.

 Liza: What part of your book was the hardest to write?

Jenna: Probably the ménage scene.  I love reading them, but never having experienced one in person, it was more than challenging to my imagination of how three people would react to the situation.  And figuring out what to do with all the body parts!

Liza: I can loan you my imaginary Barbie dolls if you want. They’ve done everything imaginable. I use them to test out my critters sex scenes. Ken’s had his head snapped off a couple of times…

Jenna:  Ooooh!  And where did it land?  I can think of so many interesting possibilities.

Liza: Have you been drinking?

Jenna:  No, but I can start.  Got any peach Bacardi?

Liza: Nope. However, I'm worried you may  be suffering from Jerry Springer Syndrome. That's where perfectly sane people come to the interview and start saying and doing crazy things, like throwing chairs.

Jenna: I’m sure there’s a rehab center for that.  One where they don’t have chairs.

Liza: There is, but the inmates are scary. So you need to calm down and breath deeply, think of something pleasurable.
Are you calm?

Jenna: *smiles* I am.

Liza: Great what did you think of?

Jenna: Ashley and Hunter and their 7 Days of Seduction.

Liza: Excellent! Tell us your favorite line in the story?

Jenna: "Unless the guy's dick was transplanted from a Smurf, he's wearing a condom."

Jenna: *cringes*

Liza: You look scared.

Jenna: A little. I fear another Breaking Dawn…er…News interruption.

Liza: Oh, I'm not touching that with a ten-foot pole, so rest easy.

Jenna:  The comment or the transplanted Smurf dick?

Liza: You're getting riled up again? One of us has to remain sane. Otherwise it's going to degrade into a Jerry Springer interview. So calm down and compare yourself to Stephen King.

Jenna: Stephen has a different relationship with reality in his books than I do.  He is a consummate storyteller--I wish I could draw people into my novels with the ease he does.  I think I’m actually living part of his early life--working as a teacher as he’s writing and trying to get published.  He did have it a little worse than me then, but he’s got it much better than me now.  I truly love his works.

Liza: You are aware Stephen’s life turned bad again after the good, right? An old man who could have come straight out of one of his books ran over him, then sat on a rock, watching him die.

Jenna: Stephen didn’t die.  That was in one of the alternate worlds in Vol. 7 of the Dark Tower series.  In this world he made a full recovery.  It’s amazing what a bargaining chip a virgin sacrifice can still be.

Liza: Alright, he nearly died…and for a long while it seemed like his muse had.

Jenna: No, she was just on vacation--they have a winter home down in Florida.  She needed to get away from all the blood and gore and insanity (of Stephen stuck in bed playing heavy metal music to pass the time).

Liza: Which is why you should live every day to your fullest, and treat it like it could be your last.
Don’t procrastinate on writing your novels, thinking you’ll have all the time in the world to become a bestseller. First of all, as Jenna and Stephen can attest, becoming a bestseller overnight is as likely as winning the mega lottery. Possible, but do NOT hold your breath.

Also: DO NOT WALK WITH YOUR BACK TO THE TRAFFIC ON COUNTRY ROADS.  I know some idiot wrote that pedestrians should follow the same rules of the road as cars, but those who do end up squished. Face your traffic, so you’ll see the crazy old man in the pickup  coming right at you. Then you can leap into the ditch and get bitten by a water moccasin instead of being squished.

With that very fine lecture I conclude my interview with the fabulous Jenna Jaxon. Thanks so much for coming.

Jenna: Hold on, I had a write-in question

Liza: Sorry, I have a one ‘member’ mention per interview. Your favorite line grabbed it.

Jenna: Well, then can I at least tell everyone the answer to the question was “About 8?”  Could be the answer to what time they ate dinner, how many days they wish were in a week, how big his shoes are or his…oops I gotta go.  

Liza has gotten behind the wheel of an old pick-up truck and is revving the engine.  Where’s a good ditch when you need one?  Say goodbye, Jenna!

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Author Bio:

Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance.  She is currently finishing revisions to Betrothal, the first book in the Time Enough to Love series.  Her Georgian novel, Only Scandal Will Do, the first in a series of five interconnecting novels, was released in July 2012.  Work on the second book of the series, Only Marriage Will Do, has begun.  Her third full-length novel, As Long As You’re Mine, set in Victorian London and Richmond, Virginia is currently out to an agent.

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.
Liza: Ha! Now who needs rehab for a coco addiction?

Jenna:  Sorry, there is no such thing as having too much money or chocolate.

Twitter:  @Jenna_Jaxon


  1. Replies
    1. What are you talking about? Jenna was the most unruly guest I've ever had. I felt like I was interviewing myself. But I'm glad you enjoyed it. Truth is I did too.

    2. You should see the stuff we had to cut! This was the strangest intreview I've ever done and I mean that in a good way! Thanks for havimg me, Liza! Thanks for coming by, Daryl.

  2. Oh, two of my favorite people in the same interview! And what a fabulous and funny one it was! :) Jenna, that's great advice, and so true! And 7 Days of Seduction is one sexy read! Need a fan to cool off afterward.

    1. Yes, Jenna is full a sage words. You can't fix what you don't write and you can never have too much money or chocolate. However, I'll disagree on the money. You can have too much money. But that's not a threat I'll need to face anymore. Lucky me. So glad you enjoyed the interview.

    2. I'd like to test your theory about money, Liza. I'll let you know who's right. So glad you visited the madhouse today, Jessica. So happy you liked the book!:-)

  3. Ok I can't even begin to comment on everything I loved about this interview. But the 10 ft pole joke after the Smurf dick joke...priceless. Take it on the road ladies!!!

    1. I love showing a sense of humor even in an erotic work. The Smurf dick line I still think is hysterical. And a road trip with Liza would be such a blast. We might have to consider it. Thanks, Nancy!

    2. We'd probably get arrested if we took it on the road. Jenna's as crazy as I am.

  4. Fun interview. I tweeted.

    1. Thank you Ella.

      Hey Jenna, Why are we saying things twice?

      Hey Jenna, Why are we saying things twice?

    2. I think because my cell phone is on steroids!

  5. Too funny! Take a Zanex, Jenna. It helps after one of these events. LOL

    1. I'd take that peach Bacardi about now for sure. Liza will wear you out! Good to see you, D'Ann!

    2. It's being so brave that exhausts you. And let's be honest. It takes bravery to come on my blog.

  6. LOL Ladies, y'all kill me! That was hilarious. Loved it! And I LOVED 7 Days! Fantastic and super sexy read!!

    1. If you want to be killed, Karen, I'm sure between the two of us we can get the job done. We do have a connection to Stephen King, you know. :)So glad you enjoyed 7 Days! I wonder if anyone's ever tried Death by Sex? What a way to go!

    2. And we have an untracable pickup truck. So don't get us riled. I need to keep my followers alive.

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    1. Thank you, Melissa! Thanks for coming into the mayhem. That guy on the TV commercials has nothing on us. :)

    2. What guy on TV...there's more than one guy on TV. Use that grand author talent to be a bit more explicit, please.

      Melissa: Thanks for stopping by. Glad to lengthen you life by 5.7 seconds. Laughing is good for your heart and soul. Stop by any time.

    3. The Mayhem guy on the Allstate commercials. Most recent one shows him as snow on the roof of a garage falling through and damaging a car. He's also been a dog letting thieves ransack a house. Cute commercials with the personification of Mayhem.

      Explicit enough?


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