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Sexy Romance author….
~WHAT THE GROOM WANTS~
MBA&M: Do you listen to music while writing or do you need quiet?
Jade: Quiet. I had a Chinese Tiger Mom as my mother, so there was no music in my house growing up. Well, nothing but what I considered boring classical crap that I had to practice every day–piano and violin. My mother did have a secret love for musicals, so I know Oklahoma and My Fair Lady by heart, but beyond that, we had a quiet, studious household. Which means as an adult, I still need the quiet to work. It’s a bit of a deficit in my life, honestly, because now music, weather, a bird on the lawn–all of it can distract me. (Don’t get me started on the internet as a distraction!) I really need to duplicate the sparse room I had as a child for homework, but I’m just not that disciplined.
MBA&M: Why did you choose a gambling den, debt, and grooms for What the Groom Wants?
Jade: Demon Damon has been set up as the villain for three books now. I toyed with making him a redeemable man, but in the end, he turned out to be too broken. And since Wendy’s brother is in hoc to the man (gambling debts), it all just fit. As for grooms – this whole series has been about the lives of four women who run a bridal salon. Of course there are going to be lots of brides and grooms!
MBA&M: Do you base your characters on real or fictional characters?
Jade: A little of both. I have a bookseller friend named Wendy Drew (Rose’s Bookhouse in O’Fallon, MO). She has a secret love of gambling and a struggling business. (You’d have to enjoy taking a gamble to run an independent bookstore these days). And Radley is modeled on my husband. He’s good to a fault with a keen sense of justice. But pit him against a ruthless foe, pair him with a cynical heroine, and just let the sparks fly. Okay, so maybe I enjoyed torturing my husband just a bit in the book. But you’ll see, Radley is hot and easy to love–just like my husband!
MBA&M: Who would you say was the greatest author in the 19th century?
Jade: That’s not a small topic! OMG, the list is so full. I love Jane Austin. Who doesn’t? HG Wells is great and Dickens isn’t my favorite, but he certainly knew how to write. Mark Twain is probably the best, IMO. He was such a wit and had Dickens’ eye for detail with fast moving plots. At least fast moving for a century without internet or video. But honestly, that’s like asking me what type of chocolate I like. The answer is all of them, but differently according to my mood.
MBA&M: What do you do for down time, when not writing. For relaxation?
Jade: I play a lot of racquetball. Years ago, I went pro for 2 weeks in racquetball, then blew my knees. Didn’t even fill out the paperwork and only played in 2 pro tournaments (though as an amateur). Just last year, I got to play in my age division at the US Open (racquetball) and almost did well. My knees blew (again) on the second-to-last day. I ended up dropping out, then crying for the rest of the weekend. So now, I read a lot while icing my knees. 🙁
Congratulations on your latest release, “What the Groom Wants”. What a thrilling and enjoyable series, this has been! Sorry for your blew knees, totally understand, as I have bad knees also…..
Thank you for spending time with us and our readers today!!
WHAT THE GROOM WANTS BY JADE LEE – IN STORES FEBRUARY 2014
An honest love…
Radley Lyncott has been in love with Wendy Drew as long as he can remember. When he went to sea, she was too young to court. Now that he’s returned to take up his Welsh title, he is appalled to find that debt has ruined the Drew family, and—even worse—Wendy is being courted by another man.
Or a dangerous attraction?
Family comes first for seamstress Wendy Drew, who is forced to settle her brother’s debt by working nights at a notorious gambling den. But her double-life hasn’t gone unnoticed—she has captivated none other than Demon Damon, a nefarious rake who understands Wendy’s darkest desires and is hell bent on luring her into his arms.
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USA Today bestselling author Jade Lee has been scripting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ball gowns and rakish lords caught her attention early (thank you Georgette Heyer), and her fascination with the Regency began. An author of more than 30 romance novels and winner of dozens of industry awards, she finally gets to play in the best girl-heaven place of all: a Bridal Salon! In her new series, four women find love as they dress the most beautiful brides in England. Lee lives in Champaign, Illinois.
(Sponsored by the publisher)
Thanks to Danielle, at Sourcebooks, we are excited to offer 1 lucky commenter a print copy of Jade Lee’s latest release “What the Groom Wants”. Sorry, open to US and Canada residents, only!
Giveaway will run from February 10 until February 14, 2014.
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