Letter From Jayne Fresina Author of Sinfully Ever After
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If you're anything like me, you've probably been reading (and devouring) historical romances for many years. I was an avid fan long before I thought of writing anything myself and although I don't have so much time these days to read, I do once in a while indulge myself with a treat. I've always enjoyed Jane Austen, Daphne Du Maurier and Thomas Hardy, but on a "spicier" kick I love Susan Johnson, Virginia Henley and Amanda Quick— among many, many others.
On a rainy day, when I feel like taking a break from typing on the laptop, sinking into one of those books with a glass of wine or a mug of hot chocolate is my very favorite thing to do. I'm not ashamed to admit that when I hear the phrase "slip into a little something more comfortable" I think of a book.
Sometimes it's hard to believe that I too have now managed to get my work published and read by strangers. It's an awesome feeling to know that maybe somewhere in the world, someone is curling up with the characters I've created and enjoying a break from their everyday routine. That's what makes all the deadlines and cramped fingers and sore eyes worthwhile. I didn't start writing for fame or fortune, but simply because I loved books and my head was full of stories that wanted out. So if I can share some of the pleasure with a few good people, I'm happy!
I can still remember when I discovered the very first book that made me sad to finish it. I was so upset that it was over, I had to start reading it again from the beginning— just didn't want it to end. That, to me, is the magic of reading. To fall in love with characters and a world that you just don't want to leave.
I'm sure there is a dog-eared book you remember too with teary-eyed nostalgia!
For me, at seven years old, that book was "The Tales of Olga Da Polga" by Michael Bond— the delightful story of a very determined and opinionated guinea pig. Not a romance, but it definitely started my steadfast love affair with books. And I never looked back.
Although I will never know them personally, I count those authors who created characters to join me through every stage of life— through naughty childhood, awkward adolescence, teen angst, adventurous adulthood and many a bumpy plane ride in between— as my dear friends.
I hope, one day, my readers will think of me in the same way.
Sincerely for the love of books,
Teaching scandalous young men a lesson? This is not your typical book club
To Rebecca Sherringham, all men are open books-read quickly and forgotten. Perhaps she's just too practical for love. The last thing she needs is another bore around-especially one that's supposed to be dead.
Captain Lucius "Luke" Wainwright turns up a decade after disappearing without a trace. He's on a mission to claim his birthright and he's not going away again until he gets it. But Becky and the ladies of the village Book Club Belles Society won't let this rogue get away with his sins. He'll soon find that certain young ladies are accustomed to dealing with villains.
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Jayne Fresina sprouted up in England, the youngest in a family of four girls. Entertained by her father’s colorful tales of growing up in the countryside, and surrounded by opinionated sisters— all with far more exciting lives than hers— she’s always had inspiration for her beleaguered heroes and unstoppable heroines. Her next novel in the Sydney Dovedale regency romance series, Lady Mercy Danforthe Flirts with Scandal, will be in stores in June 2013. For more information, please visit www.jaynefresina.com and check out her blog: http://jaynefresinaromanceauthor.blogspot.com.