Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Blog Tour: Caribbean Casanova by Jenna Bayley-Burke + Giveaway

Today we have Jenna Bayley-Burke on the blog answering questions about her latest release, Caribbean Casanova as well as sharing an excerpt.


Meet Jenna:
By day, Jenna is faster than a speeding toddler, stronger than a stubborn husband, able to leap tall Lego structures in a single bound...but by night, while the family sleeps she writes romance novels where no one ever has to scoop up after the dogs, change diapers, clip coupons, drive carpool, do laundry, mop floors, get silly putty out of hair, vacuum, empty the vacuum bag (gross!), exercise, count calories, apply Band-Aids, clean up puke...wait where was this going? Oh, Jenna writes romance because it is glamorous. Just ask the dogs.

Connect with Jenna: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter | Blog

Jamie and Katie: Hi Jenna! Welcome to Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance.

J&K: Share 5 fun facts about yourself.
Jenna Bayley-Burke:
  1. I’m obsessed with nail polish. (And I blame Incoco for it.)
  2. I’d rather stay home on a Friday night and watch a new episode of Grimm than go out.
  3. I want to do a 5K this year, but a fun one. Like Color Run or Electric Run.
  4. My kids have more clothes in their closets than I do. (Gymboree addiction)
  5. I think most occasions call for champagne.
J&K: Share a little bit about CARIBBEAN CASANOVA [no copying blurb :)]
JBB: In Caribbean Christmas we met two intriguing characters – the gruff and angry Harm, and the funny and responsible Holly. Who better to knock Harm off kilter than a woman he can’t understand? So I matched them together in a very Beauty and the Beast way, complete with the library. Oh, that library…

J&K: What is it that makes your hero and heroine perfect for each other?
JBB: At their hearts, they are very similar. That recognition sparks a respect, though they may not agree.

J&K: For those unfamiliar with your work, which book would you recommend they start with?
JBB: I didn’t have a master plan for my career when I started out, so stories don’t have a designed flow to them. Some are more angsty (Pride & Passion, Par For the Course) and others are light and fun (Drive Me Crazy, Compromising Positions). As far as writing goes, I enjoy writing the flirty stories more.

J&K: If your book had a theme song, what would it be?
JBB: Beautiful Disaster. It was the theme song for Compromising Positions, but it fits this one too.

J&K: Do you have any writing rituals? (blasting music, eating cookies, drinking wine...)
JBB: I have writing pants. No joke – leopard, zebra & frog. I write better when I’m comfortable. And I tend to stick with one manicure style when drafting a book. Caribbean Casanova was Ruby Shoes (sparkly red).

J&K: What are you writing at the moment? Can you give us a sneak peek into your current WIP?
JBB: I just finished Caribbean Crush, the third interlude in the Under the Caribbean Sun series. It features the youngest Prinsen brother, Antonnis, and begins at Johannes & Saskia’s (Caribbean Christmas) wedding.
“What are you doing?” Kristin faced him, her body writhing with pure sexual energy. Especially in that dress. He slid his hands along her sides, unable to detect the slightest hint of underwear. He instantly went hard in his slacks.

“Isn’t it polite to dance at weddings?” With his hand on her hip, he pulled her closer, aligning their lower bodies.

“There’s nothing polite about what you’re doing.” She gave him a challenging grin, her warm brown eyes twinkling with mischief.

Lightning Round:
Alpha or Beta? Alpha
Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Wallflower
Debutante or Spinster? Debutante
Virgin widow or Secret baby? Virgin widow (I’m a secret baby hater)
Titled peer or Working man? Working man (hence why I don’t write historical!)
Love at first sight or Second chances? At first sight
Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate? Officer
Vampires or Shifters? Shifter
Western Historicals or Western Contemporaries? Contemps
Writing or Reading? Reading
Paperbacks or e-books? I’m 50/50, really.
Plotter or Pantser? panster
Author’s choice: Manicure or pedicure?

J&K: Thanks for visiting us Jenna!

Of all the islands in all the world, she’s come to his.

Under the Caribbean Sun, Book 2

Holly Hansen has sacrificed too much to let anything—especially a man—get in the way of making her clothing line a success. When she arrives on the island of Anguilla, she zeroes in on the biggest threat to her make-or-break photo shoot. At six-and-a-half foot of sculpted Dutch muscle, Harmannus Prinsen is every inch the womanizer of Caribbean legend, but he will not be seducing any of her models. She knows exactly how to make sure of it. Make the girls think he’s taken.

Harm is stunned when the curvaceous beauty greets him with a mind-numbing kiss. She’s the embodiment of every pin-up portrait he collected as a teen, with a sassy tongue and a body that begs for his touch. Sure, he’ll pretend to be her date…but only if they really date.

Despite her best efforts to remain immune to his charms, Holly finds herself falling for the man behind the myth. She begins to wonder which island she belongs on…Manhattan or Anguilla.
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Holly stepped out on the lanai and held up her cell phone. She breathed a sigh of relief as the bars lit up on the display. Her interlude with Harm on the beach had put her behind schedule and she couldn’t afford to be without her phone. She dialed up her voicemail and turned to look at the house.

Most of the lights were off, allowing the stars to reflect off the glass facade. But the upper corner glowed like a beacon. The sight drew her eye and her breath. Unaware of his audience stood Harm, enjoying a shower for the world to see.

Not that there would be many looking. With the rocky outcroppings along his shoreline, no boats would get close enough, and his villa was higher than the house beside his or the collection of bungalows he owned. Right now she was the only one enjoying the view.

What she wouldn’t give for a pair of binoculars so she could study his muscled physique. Water sluiced down his honed body, the showerheads attached to an interior wall. The muscles of his ass flexed as he moved, his back rippling as he pushed water from his hair.

“Come on, turn around.” Holly blinked at the sound of her own voice, unaware she’d spoken. She slipped her phone into her pocket, then looked up to find Harm had done as she wished.

“Oh my.” She pressed her hand to the base of her throat and stared.

Copyright © 2012 Jenna Bayley-Burke
All rights reserved — a Samhain Publishing, Ltd. publication

Jenna will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a second randomly drawn commenter will be awarded a $10 Amazon GC.
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