Long ago I discovered a book called Dragonborn. This book had dragons in it, point for book, and also a great paranormal story with romance. I was hooked. Then low and behold, this author writes historical romance too! How much better could it get?! That author is our guest today. Welcome Jade Lee!
Lexi: From dragons and werewolves to Regency gowns, Jade Lee has it all. Do you have a favorite series, or are they just too varied to choose? We wont tell...maybe you need a little more wine?
Jade: I definitely need more wine! And honestly, every series I write is a favorite. Oddly enough, they’re not favorites when I actually write them. At that point, I hate them, the books are terrible, and it’s going to end my career. I seem to be a hate-it-while-I-write-it kind of girl. But in the conception stage, in the first blush of enthusiasm and then later on—after someone says they love it—then they come back into my favor. I start to love them again, in part because I’m onto the next project which is going to end my career. Wow, I’m clearly dysfunctional. This is no way to run a career. Pass me more wine.
Lexi: I think my favorites of yours would change depending on what type of book I am loving right now. And this summer (well, any time really) is a great time to be reading historical romance. Which works out great because your newest release, What the Bride Wore released August 6th! What is your favorite part about this release?
Jade: I love the relationship between the two brothers – Will and Grant. Will’s story is in Winning the Bride an e-only novella. The two brothers have fallen out for a variety of reasons, but the core is a basic personality difference. I know this problem because I have sisters with whom I will never see eye-to-eye. Fortunately, my sisters and I found each other again in adulthood. Will and Grant have to work harder at it, especially since someone is trying to kill Grant (they think). You know that moment in bad tv shows where one man says, I can’t imagine my brother trying to kill me! Well gee. And then he goes on with his life? There’s a great deal more trauma involved (IMO) in discovering your sibling wants to murder you. So I really wanted to write that and show the brothers working back toward one another. Thankfully their respective heroines are instrumental in getting them to work out their differences.
Plus, you know, I’ve been watching a lot of Supernatural. Brothers stories are really fascinating to me right now. Especially if they’re as hot as Sam and Dean!
Lexi: Your heroine is a recent widow, tear my heart out right now. Do you put yourself in your heroines shoes and let yourself go through the emotions they are experiencing?
Jade: Me? Sob my eyes out while living on coffee and chocolate? Of course not… Well, maybe, but don’t tell anyone! Fortunately, I’m not a widow. But I am a paranoid, leap to the worst possible scenario type of person. So I have experienced the panic of thinking I’d lost my husband. And even more sad, my youngest sister did lose her husband. It was awful for all of us, but of course the worst for her. And as for depression – I am very familiar with those particular emotions from the horrible life-is-over time thru the long, gray days of yuck. Thankfully, I’ve also lived the heady days of love, lust, and more lust! So don’t think this book is all sad and depressive. I get the fun, hot times in there too!
Lex: I would be exhausted! It nearly wipes me out just reading about their lives, what they long for and lost. Maybe I need some more wine. Or I can just look at the pretty cover, that helps. Who did your cover? Do you know which photographer does them?
Jade: Sourcebooks did a FABULOUS job with my covers! FABULOUS! I do know that Kim Killion of Hot Damn Designs did Winning a Bride and also a great many of my backlist titles. (I got 17 books back when Dorchester/Leisure closed their doors. All of those were re-covered by Kim Killion). But in general, the cover-gods have been very good to me!
Lexi: A stunning job, as usual. I love how your covers keep the theme of your series. And your books keep your theme of great stories decorated with romance. Thanks for stopping by to share some of your time Jade!
Jade: ANYTIME! Especially since you keep feeding me wine! Thank you for having me!
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