Spotlight & Giveaway: The Magnate’s Manifesto by Jennifer Hayward

Posted November 20th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 37 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Jennifer Hayward to HJ!
Spotlight&Giveaway

Hi Jennifer and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, The Magnate’s Manifesto!

Hi all! So happy to be back with you at the fabulous HJ!

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

TMMJared Stone, Silicon Valley’s resident genius, who along with his college roommate built the world’s leading consumer electronics company out of his living room, has been the tech world’s golden boy for a decade. A cocky rebel and visionary, nothing has ever been out of his reach, including all the things money can buy and the globe’s most beautiful women. But now his leadership of the company he built is in jeopardy. Jared fights back, lining up the deal of the century with a French consumer retail chain to solidify Stone Enterprises’ global position. It looks poised to work, until a personal joke, his tongue-in-cheek manifesto on women meant only for his wingmen buddies, is leaked on the Internet causing an incident of international female indignation. When Jared’s manifesto causes a boycott of Stone Industries’ products and whips feminist groups into a fury, his only way out is to promote Stone Industries’ Director of Sales, Bailey St. John, to CMO in a grand gesture to appease the female population. The only problem is, Jared is convinced Bailey isn’t ready for the job and she’s a loose cannon. Plus the fact they want to tear each other apart every time they’re in a room together. And that doesn’t even take into account the fact that Bailey’s dark past is about to threaten everything.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

The day that Jared Stone’s manifesto sparked an incident of international female outrage happened to be, unfortunately for Stone, a slow news day. By five a.m. on Thursday, when the sexy Silicon Valley billionaire was reputed to be running the trails of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, as he did every morning in his connected-free beginning to the day, his manifesto was dinner conversation in Moscow. In London, as chicly-dressed female office workers escaped brick and steel buildings to chase down lunch, his outrageous state-of-the-union on 21st Century women was on the tip of every tongue, spoken in hushed, disbelieving tones on elevator trips down to ground level.

Please share a few Random facts about this book…

I interviewed an absolutely fascinating former Las Vegas stripper for this book to understand the mind of a dancer. She was amazing!

I think it’s my favourite opening I’ve ever written

My villain Alexander is so evil, he’s really been provoking a response. I wanted him beyond repair.

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Jared is a genius, a la Steve Jobs, but he also has this crazy sex appeal that makes him irresistible to women. He started out so tough for me, but he does this incredibly valiant thing in supporting Bailey when all hell breaks lose. It made me very emotional writing that scene.

Bailey is the most courageous heroine I’ve ever written. She comes from a small town in Florida, her mother was a hairdresser, her father a former football hero who never recovered from not being drafted by a college team. Her father becomes an unemployed alcoholic and they are barely making ends meet when a chance encounter with a dancer on a Tampa street changes everything. She discovers she has a talent for dancing and it gives her the one thing she wants—out of her miserable existence. She moves to Vegas with the promise to herself she will dance only long enough to put herself through school and then she’s out. She shuts herself off emotionally, gets on that stage every night and does what she needs to do to make her dream come true. It’s not pretty at times, but I believe Bailey is the most courageous heroine I’ve ever written. When she finishes her MBA and goes to work in Silicon Valley she thinks she’s put her past behind her – but of course the past is never really behind you, is it?

What, in your mind, distinguishes this book from other books out there in the same genre?

I think I pushed the limits with this storyline and my heroine Bailey. I love that she is a former stripper, I love her courage and her ambition to make a better life for herself.. Jared’s manifesto is outrageous and it’s pretty cool how lately real life seems to be imitating fiction with some top executives ☺

The First kiss…

Ooh it’s an angry, intense one. Jared and Bailey are fighting their attraction toward each other madly. When Bailey’s past comes back to haunt her and she won’t tell Jared what’s scaring her and he’s starting to feel possessive toward her, it all breaks loose in this kiss.

Did any scene have you crying or laughing while writing it?

I laughed so much writing Jared’s manifesto. It’s so chauvinistic, so outrageous and in the end he has to eat his words!

Having dated and worked with a cross-section of women from around the globe, and having reached the age where I feel I can make a definitive opinion on the subject matter, I have come to a conclusion. Women lie.

They say they want to be equals in the boardroom, when in reality nothing has changed over the past fifty years. Despite all their pleas to the contrary, despite their outrage at the limits the ‘so called’ glass ceiling puts on them, they don’t really want to be hammering out a deal, and they don’t want to be orchestrating a merger. They want to be home in the house we provide, living the lifestyle to which they’ve become accustomed. They want a man who will take care of them, who gives them a hot night between the sheets and diamond jewellery at appropriate intervals. Who will prevent them from drifting aimlessly through life without a compass…

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters? 

I think it would have to be the scene where Jared finds out Bailey was a stripper. I just love the two of them in this one:

She pushed a hand against his chest and stood back, her chin lifting to a defiant angle. “What’s the big deal?”
His eyes rounded. “You’re a twenty-seven year-old, former stripper, virgin?”
Her face went even hotter. “Are you going to tag that description on every time you talk about me now, because I’m afraid that doesn’t work for me.”
He closed his eyes and raked his hair back from his face. “I don’t understand how this could happen.”
Her mouth flattened. “Simple. I haven’t gotten into bed with a man. Not that you’d understand anything about that. Half the women in the Valley are walking around with your cute little diamond charm bracelets on as if they were the Medal of Honor.”
He let out a harsh breath and opened his eyes. “It was the combination of your age and background, Bailey. You haven’t exactly been living in a nunnery.”
She put her hands on her hips and stared at him. “What were you hoping? That I’d have all sorts of tricks up my sleeve, living the life?”
His gaze narrowed. “I wasn’t actually thinking, Bailey. As you can imagine after what just happened.”

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

Get ready for a ride!

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2015?

I have a very exciting project coming up in 2015! I’m kicking off Harlequin Present’s Society Weddings series in April with The Italian’s Deal For I Do, where we bring you the globe’s four sexiest bachelors who are being forced to do the one thing they swore they’d never do – marry! And boy is it fun to watch. Later on in 2015 I’ll bring you the Tenacious Tycoons – legendary for their handsome good looks and far-reaching political power, the Grant brothers of Long Island are heirs to one of America’s oldest automotive empires and top every most eligible bachelor list. Politics, intrigue and passion are on the way!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

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Excerpt

The day that Jared Stone’s manifesto sparked an incident of international female outrage happened to be, unfortunately for Stone, a slow news day. By five a.m. on Thursday, when the sexy Silicon Valley billionaire was reputed to be running the trails of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, as he did every morning in his connected-free beginning to the day, his manifesto was dinner conversation in Moscow. In London, as chicly-dressed female office workers escaped brick and steel buildings to chase down lunch, his outrageous state-of-the-union on 21st Century women was on the tip of every tongue, spoken in hushed, disbelieving tones on elevator trips down to ground level.

And in America, where the outrage was about to hit hardest, women who had spent their entire careers seeking out the C-suite only to find themselves blocked by a glass ceiling that seemed impossible to penetrate stared in disbelief at their smartphones. Maybe it was a joke, some said. Someone must have hacked into Stone’s email, said others. Doesn’t surprise me at all, interjected a final contingent, many of whom had dated Stone in an elusive quest to pin down the world’s most sought after bachelor. He’s a cold, son-of-a-bitch. I’m only surprised his true stripes didn’t appear sooner.

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At her desk at seven a.m. at the Stone Industries building in San Jose, Bailey St. John was oblivious to the firestorm her boss was creating. Intent on hacking her way through her own glass ceiling and armed with a steaming Americano with which to do so, she slid into her chair with as much grace as her pencil skirt would allow, harnessed a morning dose of optimism that today would be different, and flicked on her PC.
She stared sleepily at the screen as her computer booted up. Took a sip of the strong, acrid brew that inevitably kicked her brain into working order as she clicked on her mail program. Her girlfriend Aria’s email, entitled ‘OMG’ made her lift a recently plucked and perfected brow.
She clicked it open. The hot sip of coffee she’d just taken lodged somewhere in her windpipe. Billionaire Playboy Ignites International Incident with his Manifesto on Women, blared the headline of the variety news site everyone in Silicon Valley frequented. Leaked tongue-in-cheek manifesto to his fellow mates makes Stone’s views on women in the boardroom and bedroom blatantly clear.
Bailey put down her coffee with a jerky movement and clicked through to the manifesto that had already generated two million views. The Truth about Women, which apparently had never been meant for anyone other than Jared Stone’s inner circle, was now the salacious entertainment of the entire male population. As she started reading what was unmistakeably, her boss’ bold, eloquent tone, she nearly fell off her chair.

Book Info:

BILLIONAIRE PLAYBOY IGNITES INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT WITH HIS MANIFESTO ON WOMEN

Jared Stone: Visionary, rebel, the tech world’s golden boy…and now the most hated man on the planet!

Bailey St. James: Survivor, powerful female executive, the only woman who refuses to bow down to Jared Stone…and the only woman who can save him?

When Jared’s manifesto makes him public enemy #1 the only way out is to make Bailey an offer she can’t refuse—a very public promotion to VP! Now, with a major deal on the line and tensions rising, can it be long before Jared and Bailey move from spreadsheets to bed sheets?
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Meet the Author:

Jennifer HaywardJENNIFER HAYWARD has been a fan of romance since filching her sister’s novels to escape her teenaged angst.

Her career in journalism and PR, including years of working alongside powerful, charismatic CEOs and traveling the world, has provided perfect fodder for the fast-paced, sexy stories she likes to write, always with a touch of humour.

Hayward is the winner of Harlequin’s 2012 global So You Think You Can Write contest. A native of Canada’s East coast, Jennifer lives in Toronto with her Viking husband and young Viking-in-training.
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37 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Magnate’s Manifesto by Jennifer Hayward”

  1. Monique D

    Unfortunately, I think a lot of men in his line of work probably agree. But it would be extraordinary for a thing like his gaffe to happen because women would react and it would in the end help feminism. And I need that book!!!!! It looks terrific!

  2. frllarsson

    Love this, =) can´t wait for my chance and see him eat his own words!
    Love the excerpts, thanks for the giveaway & Happy Friday!
    //Linda

  3. angela smith

    interesting but he shouldnt tell anyone,or tape it or write it down anywhere.somehow these types of things always come out

  4. whistleinthewind74

    Well Jennifer to answer your question, I think a lot men think like that even in this day and age! Which is chauvinistic. I’m sure most woman want a man to love them no doubt, but most woman nowadays want support of another person, companionship, someone to hear them out, someone to be there with them through thick and thin. Women have evolved, not all of us want someone to financially take care of us. We make our own money now!! But I also like to read it in books because the Hero usually has to eat crow!! Ha! Ms. Jennifer, I have a request for you! Since I already one a lovely copy of your book.. If by chance I should win again, I would like my copy to go to my book buddy Katherine St. Vincent, which happens to be the comment above me! Thank You!

  5. Terri Shortell

    I don’t agree with his manifesto but I’m sure some men do. The book sound great and I would love to read it. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

  6. Maricel

    Hello! Loved Ms. Hayward’s book. Couldn’t put it down until I finished reading it. Thank you.

  7. laurieg72

    To me Jared’s archaic manifesto is exactly what my dad’s generation believed, a woman’s place was in the home, taking care of the children and providing him with meals, laundry, sex and adoration. Divorce was unheard of.

    I’m glad Jared is going to be brought up to date by Bailey and the opinion of woman around the globe. Today’s women are just as capable as men. For example, more woman than men are going into the field of medicine. Several CEO’s are breaking through the glass ceiling.

  8. Kim

    Congratulations on the book release. In this day and age, no CEO can get away with antiquated thinking. With social media, even if there was a grain of truth in the manifesto, the story moves too fast for any type of nuance.

  9. Cathy P

    I don’t agree with Jared’s manifesto. Too many women are in the work force because they enjoy it and want to climb the ladder to bigger and better things. This book sounds like a fun read.

  10. Ashleigh Downes

    I think I’ll love the book and I can’t answer the question so I’ll have to wait and see until after I read the book and then I can answer it.

  11. Jennifer Hayward

    Aww thank you Maricel! You made my day 🙂 Enjoying all your comments so much. Making me smile. 🙂 Jared certainly is archaic. I love seeing him brought to account.

  12. marcyshuler

    I’m sure there are women who both agree and disagree with his thoughts on women. But it sure sounds like a wonderful premise for the book. LOL

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