Spotlight & Giveaway: The Rogue’s Proposal by Jennifer Haymore

Posted November 12th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 59 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome romance author Jennifer Haymore to HJ!

Hi Jennifer, Welcome to HJ

What would you say are the defining characteristic of your novels?

Jennifer HaymoreThey’re emotional, complex, and have a strong family component.

5 best things about being a writer?

5) I can write at any time of day
4) Creating something from the strangest places in my imagination
3) Learning from others’ amazing writing
2) Wearing sweats all day
1) Learning that people have enjoyed or been entertained by one of my stories

If you were a heroine in a book, your character would be – The girl next door, the damsel in distress, Kick-butt take charge heroine or the aloof ice queen and why?

They could be all those—because I’m really all those at different times in my life. But lately, since I’m a mom, I’m mostly the kick-butt, take-charge kind of heroine!

Let’s talk about your newest release: The Rogue’s Proposal 

If you had to summarize The Rogue’s Proposal for the readers here…

TRPLukas Hawkins, the second son of the troubled House of Trent, is on a mission: find his missing mother and her alleged kidnapper, a brute named Roger Morton. If bringing the villain to justice means breaking a few laws, then so be it. But when he encounters a mysterious stranger with the face of an angel and a body made for sin, Luke suddenly finds his task-and his heart-in peril.

Emma Curtis knows of Lord Lukas’s rakish reputation-and hopes to use it to her advantage. While most men of honor would never travel alone with an unmarried woman, Luke is quite willing to take Emma on the road . . . and into his bed. As their journey carries them to unexpected places, Luke and Emma indulge their every passion and share their most private fantasies. But just when their deepest desires are finally within reach, a secret is revealed that threatens to end their love forever . . .

Please tell us about the characters in your book

Luke is the most damaged hero I’ve ever written, and his arc in the book is pretty extreme, because at the beginning he isn’t exactly a hero at all. But I love him. I love the changes he goes through and all he is willing to sacrifice for Emma.

Emma is an intelligent, pragmatic, reasonable woman who’s run her household for several years, taking care of her invalid father and younger sister. She is confused by Luke and his off-the-wall behavior, but she sees that spark of heroism hiding within him and fights to bring it out. And she keeps so much control in her life, that it comes as a surprise (to both her and Luke) how willing she is to give up all control in the bedroom.

What scene did you have the most enjoy writing? Why?  

I really enjoyed writing a scene toward the end when Luke reveals the truth about some of his scars. But a snippet of that would give too much away, so here’s another favorite—this is towards the beginning. Luke is trying to proposition Emma, turning his seduction on full-force, but then she turns the tables on him:

“You’ve come to Bristol looking for a man named Roger Morton. Is that correct?”
“Yes, that’s true. I am searching for Roger Morton.”
“I can help you find him.”
His lips curved. “Can you?”
“And that is my proposition. I will give you the information you shall require to find him if you allow me to come with you.”
“Allow you to come with me.” He repeated her words slowly, tasting them in his mouth as images washed through him. Taking this lovely specimen of womanhood with him in his hunt across England for Roger Morton. Sampling the beds of different country inns. Long nights of feasting on her pale, curvaceous flesh, of vigorous lovemaking…
He studied her face. The color was high on her cheeks now, and her implacable features had hardened, giving her an expression of iron resolve. He stood close enough to her to feel the thrum of purpose under her skin. Whatever this was about, it meant a great deal to her.
“Why would you wish to travel with me? Alone with me?” He put emphasis on the word alone to remind her of the potential permanent repercussions to her reputation. She was a lady, after all, and ladies simply did not travel alone with gentlemen unless they were married to them.
“Because,” she said, her voice throbbing with certainty, “I want to find Roger Morton, too.”
He narrowed his eyes at her.
“And then I want to kill him.”

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book was optioned for a movie?

Emma would probably be Emily Blunt. And Warren Kole is Luke, hands-down—he would be PERFECT for the role!

Here’s a picture of Luke…ahem, I mean, Warren:

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2013 into 2014?

The House of Trent is finishing off with an e-novella (One Night with an Earl, in April) and Sam’s book, the last House of Trent Book, The Scoundrel’s Seduction in May.

Where can readers get in touch with you?

@jenniferhaymore on Twitter

Thank you for stopping by HJ!

Thank you so much for having me!



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Excerpt from The Rogue’s Proposal:

“I made a promise not to touch you.”
“But you have touched me.”
Luke gave a low, cynical laugh. “Not like I want to.”
Emma closed her eyes against the burning-hot thrill that shuddered through her. He was silent, but she felt the heat of his gaze on her.
“You are a rogue, Luke. I deciphered that within ten seconds of knowing you.”
He gave another short laugh, this one with a hint of scorn.
“I promised myself I would never again be taken in by another rogue. Because…well, because Henry was a rogue…and…and that didn’t turn out well. At all. And the night I met you, I knew that I must remember that promise. Because you were obviously just like him.”
Her heart had started to pound, and her words emerged sounding choppy and breathy.
He tilted his head. “What are you trying to say? Because I know all that, Emma. I know why you are so adverse to intimacy with a man like me. I don’t blame you. It’s why I am trying to honor the agreement we made.”
“I don’t like you leaving at night.” The words rushed out of her.
His lips parted. He stared at her. Then he shrugged and looked down at his food. His voice took on a cynical quality. “You don’t have a choice. I don’t have a choice.”
“Luke,” she groaned.
His gaze snapped to hers again, and she couldn’t have broken the eye contact even if she’d wanted to. His lips curled in that oh-so-wicked smile he’d used on her that first night. “Remember, I said the only thing that could break our agreement was if you begged for it. Is that what you’re going to do? Beg for it?”
A part of her wanted to beg. A very big part of her wanted him to take her to bed and keep her there, and never go down to another pub or tavern again, never drink again, never look at another woman again, never gamble again.
He moved closer, shoving the food out of the way as he advanced. He cupped her cheek in his hand, stroking his thumb over her cheekbone as he spoke. “I want you, Emma. I have since that first night. Every single night, my body is an inferno burning just for you. And every night I deny it. Every night I suffer. Will you beg? Will you relieve my suffering?”
Her throat was dry. She squeezed her eyes shut because she couldn’t bear to gaze into the blue fire of his. Soon, that fire would consume her. “I…I don’t know.”
“Don’t do it,” he whispered, his breath whispering over her lips. He brushed her lips with his gently as he continued. “I’m not good enough for you. Angels aren’t meant for devils.”
“I’m no angel,” she whispered, “and you’re no devil.” The declaration surprised her even as it emerged from her lips, but in her heart of hearts, she knew it was true. And in her heart of hearts, she knew with the purest clarity that she wanted him.
He pulled back, his expression growing distant. “I wouldn’t be so sure if I were you.”

Bio: As a child, Jennifer Haymore traveled the South Pacific with her family on their homebuilt sailboat. The months spent on the sometimes quiet, sometimes raging seas sparked her love of adventure and grand romance. Since then, she’s earned degrees in computer science and education and held various jobs ranging from bookselling to teaching inner-city children to acting, but she’s never stopped writing. 

You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel.

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Buy links: Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | Bookish

59 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Rogue’s Proposal by Jennifer Haymore”

  1. Debi A

    In your question above I love it all. I want to visualize it when I am reading, Like being a fly on the wall so to speak.

  2. Lori Meehan

    I love everything about historical romances. Especially the rules they have to TRY to live by but fail.
    I like to new blog page look.

  3. Sandy Xiong

    I love rules in historical romance. The RULES are like the king&queen of the historical romance because at least one of the rule is bound to be unfollow in a book and that’s what I enjoy it.

  4. Margaret

    I love the history and having the characters have to play by all the rules of the times – imagine not being able to travel alone as an unmarried woman today?

  5. DJ Sakata

    I like learning about how things were in a different time, it makes me appreciate our conveniences 😉

  6. catslady

    All of the above and I just love to be taken away to another world and if I care about the characters the author can take me anywhere!!

  7. Heather E

    I think it is easier to lose myself in historical romance — it is like being in another world. I can completely relax and enjoy the story without being reminded of work or chores. Plus, who does not love a dashing knight, right?

  8. ki pha

    Oh that fun excerpt!!! I love the escapism, the history, the wittiness of the characters and of course the adventure in London ballrooms, streets of Bath, wilderness of Lincolnshire, highlands of Scotland, where ever the adventure is!

  9. Glenda M

    I love it all! The history, the fairy tale, the excellent character development, and of course the total escape!

  10. Diane Sallans

    I love historical romance because it allows me to visit places in times that are long past and therefore I’ll never get there in person.

  11. Meridith C.

    Characters that seem to come to life, how the history is interwoven with the fairy tale, all of this draws me into a book, but the story itself has to be strong enough to hold all of these elements together coherently is what keeps me interested and drawing me back to the author’s other works.

  12. Michelle Kelly @AnotherLookBook

    I love historicals because even when the man touches the woman’s wrist, it is a big deal. Their hearts sped up. It is so romantic. A kiss is magical. When the heroine gives herself to a man, even if the story is not erotic, it seems so much more steamier.
    I love history and the buildings and when I finally got to visit London England, I just loved being able to imagine all the romance novels and the fictional people that lived in those amazing houses.

  13. Justine

    I enjoy learning about history as long as it’s accurate. I’m very picky about the historicals I read because I need to trust that the author has done the research properly. I’ve learned most history I know from reading fiction because textbooks tend to be too dry for me.

  14. jdh2690

    I loved the blurb and the excerpt and I really, really want to read this book now! Great promo post. And what I love about historical romances is “all of the above.” I love the history mainly, but the witty repartee and the customs of the day (and how the hero and heroine are able to work around the customs to do what they want anyway)–and of course the romance–are all wonderful. It is what I like to read most…it’s relaxing for me, a staycation if you will. Thanks for asking!

  15. Patricia Perez

    The escape is my reason and the Kick butt women. I loved the interview and I love Jennifer’ s books thanks for the giveaway

  16. Kai W.

    I love reading historical romances for all of the above. I love learning about the history and the characters that could show how they socially interact in the setting.

  17. Barbara Elness

    How about all of it – I love the history, the fairy tale, the wonderful characters, and especially the escape, as well as the happily ever after.

  18. Rachel Brimble

    It’s the settings and different way of life, reflecting the timeless emotions that make a good historical romance for me!

  19. Lori H

    I like it for all the reasons mentioned. I’ve always loved history so when I was given my first historical romance I was hooked and as long as it has the HEA than I’m happy.

  20. Angela

    I love everything about historical romances – escapism, time periods, characters and flaws of those characters and their growth throughout the book, and of course a HEA!

  21. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    I love the History and the Fairtail of Historical Romance novels. Thank you for the chance.

  22. Erica M

    I love the history the best, learning about life before electricity, cars, showers, things that are basic to us today where luxuries back then.

  23. martha lawson

    I love everything you mentioned!! This one sounds really good, thanks for the chance to win.

  24. Andra Dalton

    Wow after reading your blurb I can’t wait to read the book!!! What I love most about historical romance is the fact you can lose yourself in the story so completley as if you are there in the fairy tale with the characters. Every book is a chance to escape to another time and place. Thanks for the giveaway & good luck to all!!!☺

  25. Laurie Gommermann

    I love the journey to a historical period that I’ve read and learned about in school. I find it fascinating to revisit a time period so different from our own. I love seeing everything through the author and her character’s eye’s and ears. Of course I love the HEA ending and an escape from my everyday life to. I do love to visit other countries to learn their customs and beliefs too.

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