I want to thank you for having me to visit today!
Jennifer, welcome! We're happy to have you answering some questions for our readers. :-)
What does your writing space look like?
At present my writing space is tiny, and therefore a bit of a mess as there is nowhere to put all my papers. I staked out a little niche in the corner of our bedroom and we put up a plaster wall to try and create the sense of it being an actual study, but I still tend to unplug my laptop and sit out in the main living area when I write. Thank goodness for the portability of that laptop!
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, though I really got into romance writing about twenty five years ago while at university. I was undertaking a degree in literature and someone dared me to write a “Mills and Boon”, so I did. That first effort was rejected – and well it should have been (it was pretty bad!), but I loved the experience so much I kept at it as a hobby. It wasn’t until I went through a difficult divorce that I decided to turn what had been a hobby into something more, and I completely re-wrote one of my works and submitted it to Red Sage. Seducing Serena was accepted and published in 2009 in the Secrets Vol. 28 anthology with Juliet Burns and Kate St. James. Since then I’ve had another two erotic romances traditionally published (Red Sage and Breathless Press), and four novellas independently published (my Gods of Love series).
Do you have a process for coming up with character names and book titles?
Not really a set process, but for character names I do try to match the meaning of a name that catches my attention, to the characteristics of my heroes or heroines. I have a baby name book that is really helpful in that regard.
In Immortal Seduction, for example, I chose Ashur for my lead hero’s name, as he needed to be a strong and forceful leader of their group, and powerful enough to be a match for Aphrodite, goddess of desire. Kieran’s name was chosen because, like Ash, he was in a dark place. I chose Hugh as my third hero because I knew he was going to be someone grounded and intelligent, less physical than the other two.
In terms of book titles, sometimes the story dictates the title, and sometimes I come up with the title first and the story follows. Immortal Seduction started life as Midnight Seduction - it was going to be a short story about Aphrodite appearing out of the sea and seducing Ashur at midnight, but it grew into so much more than that. In the end the lines between who was seducing whom became somewhat blurred, and the book title changed to reflect that.
What inspired your current book?
In Immortal Seduction I wanted Aphrodite to have the chance to experience mortal love for herself, rather than vicariously through her sons, the erotes. But who could possibly be strong enough to match the goddess of desire in the game of love? I needed a powerful hero, but when I sat down to map out who might fit that criteria I realized one mortal would never be enough. So I gave her three!
Ash, Kieran and Hugh are heroes in our world – firefighters who risk their lives for others on a regular basis. But they are emotionally damaged after a tragedy, and the love and power that Aphrodite is offering are nothing to them but empty words.
I loved writing this story – it felt more emotional than some of those I’ve written, with higher stakes for the characters.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? Who is it and why?
I feel as if I’m being a bit disloyal admitting it, but probably my favorite so far is Gina, my gorgeous transsexual heroine from Aphrodite Calling (Gods of Love 2). I admire her strength and courage in the face of enormous adversity. She was tough to write and I invested a lot of emotion in her. I wanted to create a believable character that would give voice to what I see as a minority within a minority – the “T” in “LGBT”. Hopefully I achieved that with Gina.
Who is the sexiest man/woman alive and why?
Right now for me it is Alexander Skarsgard, especially in his role as Eric from True Blood. I melt a little inside every time I see his gorgeous face and body! Did I Google and replay that nude scene atop the snow covered mountain in the latest episode of True Blood? Um…maybe. ;) More than once? Um…maybe. *blush*
Is there anything else you'd really like our readers to know?
Immortal Seduction, and the other novellas in the Gods of Love series, are designed as stand-alone reads with a common theme of the erotes (ancient Greek gods of love) in a modern-day world. Even if you haven’t read books 1-3 in this series, it won’t matter as the stories can be read in any order.
- Favorite food? Anything savory – especially cheese, crackers and “nibbles”
- Favorite color? Green
- Favorite animal? Cat
- Biggest pet peeve? People who talk incessantly and never listen.
- Dream car? A white BMW convertible
IMMORTAL SEDUCTION (Gods of Love 4)
Some seek love, some seek power. For Aphrodite, the two are permanently intertwined. And when the goddess of desire yearns for love, who among mortals could possibly resist her power?
Firefighters Ashur, Kieran and Hugh are damaged men. A tragedy that took the life of their colleague has left them scarred, both physically and emotionally. Love and power are nothing to them but empty words.
Hoping to reignite their mother’s passion for life and love, the erotes bring these mortal men to Aphrodite’s attention.
But with the blackness inside Ash, Kier and Hugh becoming ever deeper, will it take more than the power of a goddess to save them? And if she loses that battle, how will she rediscover the path to healing for her own emotionally damaged heart?
Warning: this erotic romance novella contains ménage (MFM and MFMM) sexual scenes between the goddess of desire and three hot fire fighters. It is suitable for Adult readers only.
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Before Immortal Seduction there was Gods of Love (Books 1-3), available either as individual eBooks or in a cost-saving series bundle (print or eBook)
PLATINUM PASSION (Gods of Love 1)
BEST BOOK OF 2011 Nominee in GLBT FANTASY ROMANCE at The Romance Reviews.
Platinum Passion is a 17,000 word erotic romance novella including menage a trois (MMF & MFM).
Three people. One erotic fantasy. And a twentieth wedding anniversary like no other.
Jeannie yearns for the return of passion in her marriage. Jake craves new excitement in the form of another man in a way that will not upset the balance of his marriage nor his undying love for his wife. Pothos, the god of sexual yearning, is one of the erotes and an aspect of Eros, the Olympian god of desire.
On the last night of winter this couple's distinctive yearning has called to Pothos, and by the power of the erotes, he intends to rekindle the flame of Jake and Jeannie's passion in a night of desire that will be the ultimate platinum anniversary gift.
And when the gods of love decide your marriage needs a boost, they never do it by halves.
Platinum Passion is the first in the Gods of Love series of stand-alone novellas that have the erotes as a common theme.
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APHRODITE CALLING (Gods of Love 2)
A woman with a secret past
Thirty-two year old Gina is forced to confront her fears when she attends a high school reunion. Born into a male body, she spent her childhood and teen years living as a boy, and she has only now returned in an effort to put the past behind her so she can begin to live life without the continuing fear of loneliness and rejection.
A god of sexual desire on the edge of burnout
Himeros is one of the erotes, an aspect of Eros, and as such it is his duty to answer the call of sexual desire whenever a human needs him. But he has been living among humans too long and his energy has waned. When he decides to accept one last call he finds a woman who is unique. A woman who answers his own call and offers everything he desires. A woman who understands the whole human experience, from every perspective. Has he finally found the one with whom even a god of desire could find fulfillment? Forever, after all, is a long time to be alone.
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SEX CLUB SECRETS (Gods of Love 3)
Sometimes love can flourish in the most unexpected places…
Ella is in love with her best friend Kade. But her love has not been returned, and when bisexual Kade shows no signs of becoming romantic towards her, she decides to call a halt on her unrequited love and accept an invitation to a celebrated sex club.
Kade is distressed when the woman he is beginning to see as more than a friend decides to visit Secrets before he can tell her how he feels. He follows her into the club and witnesses her at play with the enigmatic Anteros, a sexy god-like man who seems to know exactly how to satisfy her innermost cravings. But Anteros also feeds the hidden desires within Kade. How can he admit his feelings for Ella when he’s not sure he can commit with his whole heart?
Anteros is one of the erotes, an aspect of Eros and the ancient Greek god of requited and unrequited love. He has heard the call of these would-be lovers and intends to show them that friendship can sometimes be the best place to kick start a lasting romantic relationship.
But love cannot flourish unless it is returned, and how will he convince Kade – a man who occasionally enjoys other men – that he can be true to the woman he loves? What will happen to this couple when the night ends and they return to the real world outside the door of Secrets?
Has one of the gods of love finally taken on a challenge he cannot fulfill?
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Gods of Love (1-3) Series Bundle
Together for the first time in one collection, the first three novellas in the GODS OF LOVE series:
SEX CLUB SECRETS
The Greek gods of desire are skilled at satisfying the erotic needs of mortals who cross their path. But where do the gorgeous erotes turn for sexual healing when loneliness strikes at each eternal yet world-weary heart? Even the gods themselves are not immune from the influence of love.
A night of ménage a trois passion will change three lives forever. Jeannie and Jake's platinum anniversary becomes an unforgettable experience when Pothos, god of sexual yearning, steps in to save their twenty-year marriage.
A god of sexual desire on the edge of burnout meets a woman with a unique and secret past…In the arms of transsexual woman Gina, has Himeros finally discovered the one with whom even a god of love could find fulfillment?
Sex Club Secrets
Sometimes love can flourish in the most unexpected places. Ella and her bisexual friend Kade meet the erotic god Anteros in a celebrated sex club—but the challenges facing these potential friends-to-lovers could prove too much for the god of requited and unrequited love.
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Jennifer Lynne lives in Melbourne, Australia, and writes short contemporary erotic romance, mostly with paranormal/fantasy elements.
When she’s not writing what her family and friends call “porn for chicks” and what she prefers to call “super-hot romance for intelligent readers”, she is working in the admin day job, running around after two teenage daughters and trying to find time for her lovely new husband of one year.
Jennifer is published with Red Sage and Breathless Press. Over the past 18 months she has also embarked on an indie journey with the publication of her GODS OF LOVE romance series featuring erotic Greek gods and modern-day mortals in need of sexual healing.
Find Jennifer on the web at:
Website & blog: http://www.jenniferlynne.com.au
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