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Reviews for Jennifer Lynne
REVIEWER’S TOP PICK – 5 Stars from The Romance Reviews: “PLATINUM PASSION brought romance, love, passion, and the mysticism of the gods all together in a seriously sexy way…a quick, steamy read that was as interesting as it was sexy. This is my first read by Jennifer Lynne, but it won’t be my last.”
4 stars from Hesperia Loves Books for Platinum Passion: “This book was on fire…just the right amount of love, passion and eroticism to make this a smokin’ hot read and a MUST add to your TBR list…cannot wait to read more from this fabulous author.”
5 stars on Goodreads for Platinum Passion: “Super Hot, very interesting take on Greek Mythology, and I absolutely couldn't put it down. I wanted it to be longer, but what was there I devoured--and quickly!”
4 cups from Coffee Time Romance for Pandora's Gift: “Jennifer Lynne weaves a contemporary romance with the feel of a paranormal. It is magical and mystical, filled with passion and compassion…This story is full of steamy scenes and entrancing interactions…the sensuality combined with the artistic flare made it fascinating to read.”
4 hearts from The Romance Studio for “Seducing Serena” in Secrets Volume 28: “an absolute love story that will capture your interest…the highs and lows of a new romance for people with baggage explodes in this wonderfully sexy and melt your heart story. Many twists and turns keep you wondering if this couple can get it right.”
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About Jennifer Lynne
Jen is a mum of two who works by day in medical admin and at night writes sensual and erotic romance from her home in Melbourne, Australia. She lives in hope that readers will continue to enjoy her novella-length stories of love and lust!
Find Jennifer on the internet at:
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Platinum Passion (ebook, Dec 2011)
Pandora's Gift (Red Sage, ebook)
Seducing Serena in Secrets Volume 28 Sensual Cravings (Red Sage, trade paperback & ebook)
Soon to be released:
Aphrodite Calling (Gods of Love #2) ebook
Sex Club Secrets (Gods of Love #3) ebook
An Interview with Jennifer Lynne
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Jennifer, thank you for talking with us at TRS! Your featured book is Educating Ethan. Where did you get the idea for this sizzling tale?
JL:Thank you for having me! As an older woman, I do like cougar stories, but I found myself wanting to write an older woman/younger man story in which the age difference is not necessarily the key underlying issue preventing the hero and heroine from getting together. So I started thinking about ways to tweak the "cougar" idea without straying too far from the concept. When I started writing Educating Ethan, I had the two main characters Ida and Ethan clearly in my head, but I didn't have a real sense of where their story would lead, beyond that first meeting. So I just started writing and let the characters tell me their story as we went along. I often write that way. I hope it doesn't sound nuts! But the end result in this case is hopefully one that will resonate with readers of all ages, not just older women like me. =)
HH: What do you like best about Ida and why will readers relate to her?
JL: Ida has had a difficult and painful past, yet she is strong enough to have reinvented herself, up to a point. She has a new life, new home and new career. She is building a name for herself professionally, and I admire that inner strength she has shown in getting to where she is today. I also admire her humor – often directed at herself. But at her core, Ida is still lacking in self-esteem. She is afraid of reaching out and connecting with anyone on an emotional level, and that's one of the reasons why she finds it so hard to accept her attraction to Ethan. I personally can relate to being hurt emotionally, and I'm sure many readers can, too. What I love most about Ida is the personal growth she undertakes in a very short space of time.
HH: What do you like best about Ethan and why will readers love him?
JL: Ethan is young and hot, so from an aesthetic point of view I'm sure readers will love him! But he is so much more than that. Ethan may be young but he has lived, loved and lost already, and that life experience gives him a depth of character unusual in someone of his age. I see him as honest, considerate, driven to succeed in his new chosen career, optimistic yet still somewhat innocent despite his experience. I think it is his innocent optimisim that draws Ida in, and I believe he is exactly what Ida needs to help overcome the nastiness of her past. My heroes are usually dark and driven, so I found Ethan quite refreshing. Strength and compassion in a guy is extremely appealing. I hope readers agree.
HH: What can you tell us about your Gods of Love series? You have two new books from that series coming soon . <g>
JL: Gods of Love is a series of novellas about a group of ancient Greek gods known as the erotes, and their interactions with people in modern day society. I wanted each story in the series to be able to stand alone, but to be united with a common theme. There are many different versions of the erotes myth, but the one that resonated best with me was the belief that these gods are aspects of the primal god of desire, Eros. The idea that "desire" is so large a concept it can only be personified across several beings, is very appealing to me as an erotic romance writer! While I applaud the greatness of Eros, I also love the idea that his power, and therefore that of the erotes, stems primarily from a woman, the Greek goddess Aphrodite. She is purported to be the mother of the erotes, and her subtle influence will be evident throughout the Gods of Loveseries. The first novella is the December 2011 release, Platinum Passion, about Pothos, god of sexual yearning.Book 2, Aphrodite Calling, will be out soon.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
JL: I mentioned Aphrodite Calling (Gods of Love#2), about Himeros – god of sexual desire, and his interactions with career woman, Gina. I'm rewriting a big chunk of this one right now, so the anticipated March release may turn into April. I'm also working on the third novella in this series, Sex Club Secrets. It is about Anteros – god of requited/unrequited love and a couple's adventure in his club. I have an idea for an erotic fairy tale idea based on the story about the princess and the pea (a "princess" with over-sensitive skin? Perfect fodder for an erotic romance author!). And I've started mapping out a romantic suspense novel (yes, novel as opposed to novella!). So there's plenty to go on with, for now.
HH: At what point in your life did you decide you wanted to be an author?
JL: I've always written, as far back as I can remember, but it wasn't until I was at university and someone dared me to write a romance novel, that I actually began to take it seriously. I took that dare and submitted a manuscript, but of course it was rejected. Since then I've dabbled in writing as a hobby, but it wasn't until five years ago that I decided to submit again, and Seducing Serena in Secrets Volume 28 (Red Sage) was the end result. When I held that trade paperback in my hands for the first time was when I really began to consider myself an author.
HH: What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?
JL: I want the Gods of Love trilogy completed and out this year. Beyond that, I have a couple of ideas I'm working on, but my main goal is to continue to make time for writing. If I write every day – even for an hour, but hopefully longer than that – it will eventually lead to more books being finished and a more substantial body of work. I've also set myself a goal of writing a full length novel. Thus far my stories are all novella-length, and I'm itching to write something longer. One day I would love to be on a bestseller list, but for now I see that as a dream rather than a concrete goal! Actually…no. Let's make that a goal, too!
HH: What sources of inspiration do you draw from for ideas?
JL: Anywhere and everywhere. Real life – my own experiences, or those I observe around me. All of my stories are about people who live in the suburbs of Melbourne, so in that sense inspiration is close to home. I might hear a snippet of conversation in a café that sets off a train of imaginative thought, or read something in a newspaper or magazine. I ask a lot of "what if" questions as well. I was reading an article about divorce, and as I'd been through one myself I asked what if a long-married couple had an ancient god to help them out instead of a divorce lawyer? Thus Platinum Passion was born. What if an older single woman met the younger man of her dreams, but circumstances prevented her being able to give him the future she thought he would want. Ida and Ethan face this emotional obstacle in Educating Ethan.
HH: What's your favorite book so far in 2012?
JL: I haven't had as much time as I'd like this year to read, but as a book lover I'm never without a book on the go. I really enjoyed Kalayna Price's Once Bitten, and I'm currently in the midst of Latte Trouble by Cleo Coyle. I always enjoy her books. But the surprise read for me is a short novella called His Treasure, by Kiru Taye. I've never read an historical romance set in Africa before, and I loved the unexpected setting and fresh voice.
HH: What are you most looking forward to in 2012?
JL: In terms of my writing, I'm looking forward to having Gods of Love #2 and #3 out, and I'm hoping to develop a print version containing all three novellas. So that is quite an exciting project. But on a personal note, I'm really looking forward to getting married in August. My partner and I have been together about seven years now, and we finally decided to make it official! My daughters have their bridesmaid dresses already, and I'm happily looking at honeymoon brochures. It's a more low key experience second time around, but very exciting nonetheless!
HH: Thank you!
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