Taken By the Duke Book 1 The Pleasure Wars

Today dear readers, we have with us the wonderfully talented Jess Michaels….
So without further ado,
Welcome, Jess!!
MBA&M: Jess, please give our readers some insight into you and how your wondrous mind works?
Jess: Oh dear, that’s a scary place to go. I wish I could give you some amazing answer about castles in my mind or something, but honestly I’m just an author with ideas. Luckily someone pays me to write them down. I write full-time, 5 days a week and I work on promo and other stuff pretty much every day. Hopefully what I do works in terms of people loving the story and FINDING the story. So thanks for helping me with the second part by having me here today.


Taken By the Duke Book 1 The Pleasure WarsMBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing “Taken By the Duke”?
Jess: TAKEN BY THE DUKE is the first in a series called The Pleasure Wars. It’s a bit of Romeo and Juliet with a lot of sex. Two families, long at war, experience a tragedy that will bring them together or completely destroy them. In the first book Ava is kidnapped by Christian as a form of revenge, but when she utterly surrenders to his passionate seduction he quickly learns she’s on a mission of peace, not war. It’s dark and sensual and highly emotional. Hopefully it’s a keeper for readers.


MBA&M: Why do you feel readers, enjoy reading Regency Historical Romance so much today, with so many different genre to chose from?
Jess: The Regency isn’t quite as dour as the Victorian era can be and yet still has all the rules and Dukes and gowns and fun of historicals. We want to be transported by stories and another time and place certainly does that.


MBA&M: In “Taken By the Duke” we see a warning label Taken By the Duke Book 1 The Pleasure Wars“Warning: This book contains scenes of erotic seduction, sexual revenge and the healing power of love.” Let’s focus on the sexual revenge part… Can you tell our readers why a book about sexual revenge?What was your inspiration for this?
Jess:I loved the idea of Ava being kidnapped by Christian. First he intends to simply ruin her reputation with the kidnapping and the fact that they are alone together. But soon he decides he wants to ruin her in truth because he wants her so much.


MBA&M: “Taken By the Duke” is #1 in “The Pleasure Wars” can you give our readers some insight into how many books will be in this series?
Jess: There are three books in the series. Christian and Ava are the first story. Ava’s best friend Portia (who gets wrapped up in the drama) and a character named Miles who appeared in my 2012 release AN INTRODUCTION TO PLEASURE and then Ava’s brother Liam and a courtesan named Violet.


MBA&M: If “The Pleasure Wars” became a series,HBO,Lifetime,etc. who do you envision as the actors for your characters?And which channel would you like to see “The Pleasure Wars” appear on?
Jess: Thinking about certain actors helps me center my character appearance when I’m setting up a story. Ava was Olivia Wilde and Christian was Chris Hemsworth. I create a board on Pinterest with each book, too. You can follow me there for all the fun at http://pinterest.com/jessmichaelsbks/


MBA&M: What was or is the hardest part of writing a erotic seduction scene?
Jess: I’ve written 19 erotic romances  (some novellas) and another 12 historical romances with strong sexuality to them so I guess I don’t really think so much about it being hard. I think love scenes are such a driving force plot-wise and character-wise in my books that I couldn’t imagine the books without them. It’s not a source or discomfort and hopefully that comes across to my readers.
MBA&M: Let’s play a little game, shall we? What comes to mind when I say the following?(One word answers please,with no extra throught):
Sensual? Romance


Chocolate,vanilla or strawberry? Chocolate 



Last but not in the least, Jess, please tell our readers where to connect with you and where they may find “Taken By a Duke”?
I’m all over the place. First, I hope people will join my newsletter http://www.authorjessmichaels.com/join-the-jess-michaels-newsletter/ I give away a Kindle or a $75 Amazon Gift Card to a member EVERY month! And you get all the latest news. You can also stay around there and check out my website: www.authorjessmichaels.com
I’m also on Twitter as @jessmichaelsbks and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/authorjessmichaels
I’m very interactive at all those places, so they’re a great place to say hi and see what I’m doing.
Jess, do you have anything to add today?
Jess: Just that I hope if you do pick up my books you’ll find them to be dark, erotic, emotional reads that touch your heart! 🙂
Thank you so much for spending time with us and our readers today! Congratulations on the new release!


Taken By the Duke
The Pleasure Wars, Book 1

Taken By the Duke Book 1 The Pleasure Wars

Amid all the lies and scandals that fuel Society’s gossip mill, one truth has always stood out: House Rothcastle and House Windbury have always hated each other.Lady Ava Windbury prays the feud will someday end, to no avail. One dreadful night, her brother accidentally causes the death of Christian Rothcastle’s sister, a tragedy that leaves both men maimed.


Consumed by grief, Christian makes a grim decision. He will kidnap Lady Ava so that her family will feel the pain of loss as keenly as he feels the loss of his own sister. But once he has Ava in his clutches, desire takes unexpected hold. Even more surprising, she willingly surrenders to his every sexual whim—after haggling over the terms of giving up her virginity.


Too late, he realizes she is using her body for peace, not war. But just as their affair of revenges turns into an affair of the heart, the past rears its ugly head to take matters into its own hands…

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A Bit About Jess Michaels

ess Michaels began writing full-time in 1999 after being encouraged by her husband to follow her dream. In 2003, she sold her first novella to Red Sage Press, an erotic historical romance about an Egyptian tomb and a very sexy curse. Since then she has published (or has contracted to publish) nearly 50 novels, novellas and short stories under three different pen names with several major publishers, small presses and via self-publishing. Her erotic historical romances have been national bestsellers and won awards from booksellers and readers.

She and her husband live in Tucson, AZ. There she enjoys hiking in the beautiful desert, spending time with her nephews, designing jewelry, reading and spending time with her awesome husband and cats.

She raffles a FREE Kindle or Amazon gift certificate EVERY month to members
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About the Author


Shannon Richard grew up in the Panhandle of Florida as the baby sister of two overly protective, but loving brothers. She was raised by a somewhat eccentric mother who showed her how to get lost in a book, and a father who passed on his love for coffee and really loud music. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in English Literature, and lives in Tallahassee. She’s still waiting for her Southern, scruffy, Mr. Darcy and in the meantime writes love stories to indulge her overactive imagination.

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In UNDONE there are things Paige Morrison will never understand about Mirabelle, Florida:
    Why wearing red shoes makes a girl a harlot
    Why a shop would ever sell something called “buck urine”
    Why everywhere she goes, she runs into sexy-and infuriating-Brendan King.

But after losing her job, her apartment, and her boyfriend, Paige has no choice but to leave Philadelphia and move in with her retired parents. For an artsy outsider like Paige, finding her place in the tightly knit town isn’t easy-until she meets Brendan, the hot mechanic who’s interested in much more than Paige’s car. In no time at all, Brendan helps Paige find a new job, new friends, and a happiness she wasn’t sure she’d ever feel again. With Brendan by her side, Paige finally feels like she can call Mirabelle home. But when a new bombshell drops, will the couple survive, or will their love come undone?

Publisher: Forever Yours Digital Original


ISBN-13: 9781455544684


$2.99; July 2, 2013



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