Spotlight & Giveaway: The Good Daughter by Jane Porter

Posted March 4th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight, _Contemporary, _Harlequin Romances / 50 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome bestselling romance author Jane Porter to HJ!

Hi Jane could you tell us a bit about yourself? And what would you say are the defining characteristics of a Jane Porter novel?

JPI’m a multi-published author of over 40 romance and women’s fiction novels. The defining characteristics of a Jane Porter novel are a great hook, lots of emotion, a strong, powerful conflict and a happy, satisfying ending.

– In your opinion, what ingredients are needed to make up a good love story?

Emotion, passion, interesting characters, and an intense relationship between two people thrown together by circumstance or opportunity. It’s fun putting two people into a situation that causes sparks and sizzles.

What are the five best things about being a writer?

1 – My readers. I love my readers. When they write to let me know how much they enjoyed my book, I know the long hours spent at my desk are totally worth it.
2 – I work from home and can set my own hours and have a flexible schedule.
3 – Living a creative life. I need to be creative and I love that I’m paid to “make things up” for a living.
4 – I can work in my pajamas all day and no one cares
5 – The writing itself. Writing is really hard work, but I love finishing a book, and knowing I’ve created a new story for my readers to get lost in.

What are you currently working on? What can we expect from you in 2013?

Book three of the Brennan Sisters series, The Good Wife, is scheduled for release in September this year so I’m looking forward to that and hopeful that readers will love it as much as they’ve loved and enjoyed the first two books in the series. I’m also working on a new project set in Montana. It’s going to be a series of books about a family of ranchers and hope to have the first book out in December this year, plus the next Harlequin Presents in my Disgraced Copelands mini-series.

What was your inspiration behind ‘The Fallen Greek Bride’, if you had to sum it up for the reader here…

TFGBThe Fallen Greek Bride is the first story in my Disgraced Copelands series, and it’s a story about Morgan Copeland, an infamous socialite, who falls to disgrace when scandalous family secrets are splashed across the tabloids. With her reputation destroyed, she needs help to save her father and there’s only one person she can turn to—her estranged husband, Drakon Xanthis. She was once this merciless Greek’s perfect trophy bride… then their explosive passion shocked them both, leaving her with only one weapon left to negotiate with—her body. Drakon will step up to help her, but first he’ll make her beg!

Please tell us about your book ‘The Good Daughter’, what would you say is your favorite scene from the book..

The Good Daughter is the story of Kit Brennan, a Catholic school teacher who loves books and her students, and her family, but she is a peacemaker. She doesn’t like to make waves, and isn’t good with conflict, so she tends to take the path of least resistance to keep everyone around her happy. But she’s forty now, and still single, and things haven’t turned out the way she wanted. She wanted a family. She’s always wanted to be a wife and mom, and its time she stopped being passive, and yielding to everyone else’s demands. The Good Daughter is the story of how Kit learns to stand up for herself, and follow her dreams.

Jane Thanks for stopping by 🙂


Giveaway: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of The Good Daughter, The Fallen Greek Bride and a $5.00 Starbucks card.

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An excerpt from ‘The Good Daughter’

TGDCrouching on the curb, Kit raised her camera to capture the burnt orange bike parked in front of Bluewater Steakhouse, the big bike’s huge ape hangers reflected in the restaurant’s frosted glass window as fog swirled around the body and wheels.
Working swiftly, she snapped another half dozen shots. First of the front tire, and a close up of the stark handle bars and then another of the dark brown leather seat with its image of a sexy half naked woman wrapped in the embrace of one scary snake.
She was still snapping the intricate leatherwork when a faded denim clad leg swung over the seat, hiding it.
Kit jerked her head up and lowered the camera just in time to get a glimpse of long black hair, bronze skin, dark eyes and the slash of a high cheekbone before a black helmet came down, obscuring his face.
Impulsively she raised the camera, snapped another photo even as he turned his head and looked directly at her.
Gorgeous, she thought. Dangerous, she thought in a more logical part. He looked like trouble. Tough. Hard. Physical.
And then he started his bike. It sputtered once, twice, before roaring to life, low, rough, loud.
Kit bit into her bottom lip even as the bike lurched forward and then did a quick spin, turning in the middle of the quiet street to come straight at her.
She stumbled backwards, thinking the rider had lost control but then he stopped the bike mere inches from her ankle and tugged off his helmet.
“You took a picture of me,” he said, looking into her eyes, his voice nearly as deep as the engine’s growl.
She opened her mouth and then shut it.
“Why?” he demanded.
Her brows tugged, and her shoulders twisted. “I liked your bike. Thought it’d make an interesting picture.”
His dark eyes narrowed and his head tilted, glossy black hair sliding over prominent cheekbones. “You a cop?”
She nearly laughed. “No.”
“What do you do then?”
“I’m a teacher.”
“And what do you teach?”
“High school English.”
He sat back on his seat. “Then why are you taking pictures?”
“It’s a hobby. Gives me something to do when I’m not grading papers.”
He looked at her a long moment, expression shuttered and impossible to read. “How do I know you’re really a teacher?”
“Why would I lie?”
“People do all the time.”
“Well, not me. I’m a Catholic School teacher,” she said, emphasizing Catholic. “I have to be moral. It’s my job.”
“You took a vow of morality to teach English?”
She wondered about his background. He was very dark, and hard, and altogether too intimidating. “No. But what kind of example would I set if I went through life lying, stealing and cheating?”
“I didn’t know women like you still existed.”
“The world is full of good women.”
“I haven’t met any.”
“Then you’re hanging around with the wrong crowd.”
“You don’t like me.”
“I don’t know you.”


50 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Good Daughter by Jane Porter”

  1. Mary Preston

    I actually think it’s the hope of redemption that appeals to me. I don’t want him to lose that edge, but I want him to find his heart.

  2. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    I love bad boy heros. I think that every woman if they are honest with themselves dreams of having a bad boy in their life. In books we get to live out the fantacy of the good girl with the bad boy. 🙂

  3. Marcy Shuler

    I like a bad boy hero in a book, but I’m not sure I’d be able to handle them in real life. LOL

  4. Sharlene Wegner

    I think that the point of the bad boy hero is that he is really good, down deep. If he kept being bad, he would just be bad. So you are looking for the redemption at some point. Bad boys are usually portrayed as manly, which is a good thing!

  5. beckymmoe

    The appeal? The challenge of changing the bad boy to make him “good”–or at least tame him enough that his “bad” is channeled for the greater good 😉


    Risk takers, not afraid to get their hands dirty, tough, you feel safe with them. Thank you for sharing! Looking forward to the read. 🙂

    jukyjoauka at aol dot com

  7. Brenda Rumsey

    Good guys that put up a show of being bad but the heroine sees through to the hero’s heart…LOL. Tough and alpha all the way.

  8. Sue Ellen Robertson

    I like the bad boy thing but in the end you can see thru that they are not really bad boys but only have that outer persona of being a bad boy. 🙂 Heroines usually bring out the good in them. lol

  9. Annwitch

    I think we all think we can tame a bad boy. We want them to have a heart of gold too. I love your books, so thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Pennie M

    I think we all want to tame a bad boy even if we don’t really want one in our real lives 🙂

  11. Sue G.

    There certainly is a lot more fun with a bad boy in a story but if it was for real life I want the nice, quiet guy!

  12. Lori P

    Well who doesn’t like bad boys? I think that they are exciting and sexy. We all know that down deep they have a good side and can be tamed by just the right woman. Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  13. DebraG

    Women want to be the one that gets that bad boy for themselves. They are more exciting as well.

  14. girlfromwva

    Bad boy heroes are so much fun in books because we get to watch how they appear to be wild, bad, exotic and then they reveal themselves to be so much more.

  15. Veronica

    I LOOOVE bad boy heroes. They’re just so dangerous and unpredictable, you never know where the story is going to go.

  16. orchid7

    I love a good “bad boy” in a story! It really spices things up, and makes the heroine step outside of her comfort zone to have some fun.

  17. Michelle Harlan

    I love the bad boy hero that’s not “really” bad. More like the one that puts on the tough guy act to keep others at a distance, but totally caves for the “right woman”.

  18. Erika

    I definitely like a bad boy hero! There is just something about a bad boy who is protective and loyal to his woman:p Thanks!

  19. Rita Wray

    I think all women like the bad boy because they are the ones we are always told to stay away from. There is an excitement and sex appeal about them.

  20. Joanne B

    I think it’s the hope we have of redemption for the bad boy. We always want to help fix and/or heal them.

  21. Sarah M.

    There’s just something about a bad boy… The idea that someone can change or is not really what others perceive is powerful stuff. I agree with the comment that there’s something appealing about the redemption of a bad boy.

  22. Cindy H

    I like a bad boy hero in books, they are just so intriquing. In some ways I think alot of women wouldn’t mind having a bad boy hero for themselves.

  23. Dawn Taira

    bad boys are what we all all crave..till we learn it’s not worth it..but they sure do look sexy..keep em coming!!!

  24. booksaver

    I think every woman likes a little bit of bad, makes them more exciting. Also there is the chance of reforming them.

    Linda Henderson

  25. alterlisa

    It’s that feeling that you can change that bad boy into your boy that makes a women gravitate to one.

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