Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Wicked Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway with Jenn LeBlanc

Welcome to another installment (pun intended) of The Wicked Blog Tour! Today isn't really our favorite day since we're picking the brains of Hepplewhatsit er, Lord Hepplewort, the guy that sent his dogs after Francine and takes mama's boy to a whole. 'nother. level. We want to thank Jenn for letting Fergus *snort* out of his cage.

Meet Jenn:
I have several constants in life that define me:
Colorado, Canon, CJ, kids and curls.

Born and raised in a household of other people’s children in this beautiful state —very nearly with a camera in hand— I never left. I started my own family, got used to the curls, went to college, built a CJ, and started a business, all with a camera in hand.

I always had another passion; storytelling born from daydreams and nightmares. My fingers were never as quick as my mind, and no amount of practice got them there, so it was difficult and frustrating to have this inside me. When my second daughter was born her inherent traits kept me pinned— my only escape the keyboard. Spending my days in parenting chat rooms I got highly adept with one-handed typing and I can still type just about as fast with one hand as I can with two. It’s a great talent to have when engrossed in a scene and in need of a hit of caffeine. I recently finished my first novel but I quickly realized: I was born a photographer.

From the realization that someone ELSE would be shooting the cover of MY book my control-freak took over. What started as an easy cover shoot ballooned into this completely new kind of media, designed specifically for digital book readers.

I live and thrive off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. I wear shorts and flip-flops year-round —much to the chagrin of my friends and family— and I am currently working on the illustrations for my second novel.

Where To Find Jenn: Twitter | Facebook | Author Site | Blog | Tumblr (NSFW)

Oh sweet Jaysus. Today on the blog, Hepplewhatsit aka Lord Yuckness is sharing his side of the story. Ugh. I felt totally creeped out and unclean after sitting in a room with him. Thank goodness he agreed to do the interview in a well lit and very crowded room. Francine suggested that I bring along the boys (Rox and Perry) but I figured I’d get nothing out of Hepplewort so instead, I invited Jamie to help me out. Strength in numbers and all that jazz. We’re keeping it short so we won’t have to be in the same place for that long.

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Kati: *grabs Jamie’s hand* Oh god. I don’t know if I can do this. Help me...

Jamie: Have no fear. I have brought my trusty riding crop so he better behave or I will not be held responsible for what I do. Now, where is that swine? *cracks riding crop*

K: *spots Lord Hepplewort and drags Jamie, riding crop and all* Hello Lord Yuc-- um, Hepplewort. I brought my friend here since she also has questions pertaining to your behavior towards your ex-intended.

J: *points riding crop at Hepplewort* You, sir have some explaining to do. Before we even get to the atrocities towards Francine lets start from the beginning. What were you thinking buying a bride? Seriously, were you that desperate?

Lord Hepplewort:
It is my responsibility as the heir to the Earldom, to procure a bride of appropriate upbringing, tutelage and quality. My mother hand selected my bride for her family. I did not purchase her, I merely provided for her family in exchange for them taking such good care of my future wife. My Countess.

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Kati: Pfft. That’s still buying her considering the fact that money exchanged hands. And why in the world would you let your MOTHER choose your bride? Do you do EVERYTHING that your mother tells you to? If she told you to go jump off a cliff, would you?

Out of respect for my mother and her wishes I do what is asked of me. She is knowledgeable, and knows what is required of the peerage. Why wouldn’t I do what my mother asked of me? She is my mother! I love my mother.

K: Good grief man! Have a fecking backbone. How old are you again? You shouldn’t let your mother rule you with an iron fist. Sheesh! How long was Fran--Madeleine staying with you until she decided that you were all sorts of creepy?

H: I don’t believe she thought I was creepy. She was TAKEN from me. She is a woman, she has no opinions. Don’t be ridiculous.

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J: Can I hit him Kati? She can’t have an opinion because she a woman! You, sir need a good whacking! Stupid momma’s boy.

K: *aside to Jamie*When the interview is over, have at it. *glaring at Hepplewhatsit* Whoa! Compose yourself jackass! She was not taken, taken. She RAN AWAY and you sent dogs after her. What are your plans now that you probably won’t get her back?

Well I must find a bride of course, since that Damned Duke took her for himself. There’s no hope for me to get her. I’ll away to London, I’ll find a bride there. It shouldn’t be too difficult, of course she won’t be as well trained and all, but I should be able to find one suitable I AM an Earl after all. I do have nearly Ten thousand a YEAR.

K: But you’re, well, YOU. Someone has to be quite desperate to agree to marrying you. What was your childhood like? Did you not get enough love?

My mother taught me what it was to be an Earl. My mother took very good care of me. My mother did everything she was supposed to do. I was expected to follow my father, I had to be trained to take the title, to be successful!

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J: So you’re off to London to “find” another bride? Are you going to bribe this one too? What about love?

H: love has no place in duty. My duty is to the crown. My wife’s duty is to bear my issue. It is that simple. You should not try to confuse everything with love you would be better for it. I feel for your husband, he has quite a great deal of work ahead in your training. Both of you.

K: *mutters* bear my issue, what the feck? *smiles politely* Well Hepplewhatsit, I think we’ve taken up enough of your time. I hope for your sake and for the sake of all the single ladies of the ton but especially for YOUR sake, you don’t go about finding some woman to “bear your issue”. You might find yourself facing down the barrel of a sword or gun or riding crop.

J: You don’t know a thing about love! *mutters* train me my arse. *smiles at Kati* Can I hit him now?

K: *holds out arm in grand gesture* Be my guest. On the count of three? *pulls out glittery pink riding crop out of boot* One... two...

H: *widens eyes* You can’t do THAT to me! Do you not understand who I AM?!? I am an EARL! I am Hepplewort! You cannot treat me with such callous abandon. You have no right to even address me.

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K: Yeah. See, we’re not from around here. We don’t have to play by your rules. The only thing we understand is that you’re some slimy, super shady rapist that should be drawn and quartered and then fed to your own dogs!

J: You know what My Lord you should just leave. Seriously, the sight of you makes me want to hurt you. So off you go, back to your mother. Oh, and just so you know, we'll be watching you so don’t even think about hurting another woman or I will not be held responsible for our actions. Good day sir. 

Disclaimer: We do apologize for the shortness of the interview. He was a slimy little man and all sorts of shifty. He might have had some muscle waiting somewhere to just pounce on us and drag us away to Hepplewort's lair. Got the hell out of Dodge real quick like. Didn't even have time to do our usual either/or questions.

RUINATION: The Rake and the Recluse 

A woman out of time.
A man stifled by propriety.
A nemesis determined to take her away.
A brother to the rescue.

How will a powerful Duke deal with a woman who doesn't know her place? How will a woman used to the 21st century survive in time where she is considered property?

THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE Part FOUR has Gideon racing to find Francine before the unthinkable happens. Francine tries desperately to hold on, but her belief that Gideon will find her begins to slip. This is the fourth installment of the completely revised novel, with all new material.

Francine Larrabee woke up on the wrong side of the century. She was fairly certain she went to sleep in her own comfy bed, but she doesn’t quite seem to be there now. Only adding to her problems is that she has no voice, is constantly being glowered at by a large, stunning man who is obsessed with propriety, and she is apparently betrothed to another horrid little man, determined to ruin her, and any other girls that get in his way.
How does she find herself in the past, when she couldn’t even find herself in her present? How does a self sufficient businesswoman survive in a time when women were still considered property for the whole of their lives and what is she going to do with this man who draws her to him so fiercely.
Where To Buy: Kindle | Nook | All Romance

Okay all you wonderful people, Jenn is giving away the FULL SERIAL NOVEL to one(1) lucky reader. As each installment releases, the lucky winner will get a copy for their e-reader. Here's how to get you hands on this one of a kind illustrated novel:
  • Leave a comment for Jenn about illustrated novels, ruination or women bought as chattel.
  • Fill out the rafflecopter form below.
If you follow Jenn's tour here, you'll get a chance at the GRAND PRIZE: a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet (in the form of a giftcard so you can get your own). You can find the giveaway rules here.

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