Monday, November 9, 2015

Blog Tour: Bane by Brenda Jackson

Welcome to author Brenda Jackson.  She has shared a Q&A with us to help promote her latest in the Westmoreland series: Bane, which comes out next month.  Make sure to check out the contest! The publisher is giving away some great prizes to anyone who preorders the book! Click on the photo for details.

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Author: Brenda Jackson
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication:December 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson’s last Westmoreland bachelor is a navy SEAL on a mission to protect the woman who got away…

After five years, navy SEAL Brisbane Westmoreland is back home on his ranch and ready to reclaim the woman he left behind. But when he tracks her to Dallas, he’s in for a shock.

Crystal Newsome isn’t ready to forgive Bane for saying he loved her then vanishing from her life. Only now the beautiful chemist needs his protection. As their own irresistible chemistry takes over once again, can Bane keep Crystal safe and convince her they can have the second chance they both deserve?

My thoughts:

This is  the first book I have read by this author, so that would make this the first on I have read in this long time running series. Bane is the 31st book in the series. I haven't read any of the other Westmoreland books, but I will say I am intrigued.  Bane is the last of the Westmoreland clan and has come home to finally claim the woman he loves.  Now that he has made a good life for himself, he feels ready to start their life.  It's been 5 years and Crystal is reluctant, but she is also in danger and needs Bane to keep her safe.

I thought this did a fairly good job of holding up as a stand alone.  If I ignored all of the references to the other family members, it was a great second chance romance that had me rooting for the couple. The problem with coming into a long running series like this one is that there is just so much back history to the family that the author can't really catch the reader up on in under 300 pages.  So, that was a down side of reading this as my first one.  However, as a romantic suspense I enjoyed it. It was a quick read and worth checking out.  I'll have to start back at the beginning with Delaney's Desert Sheikh.  Maybe you'll see it in a Throwback Thursday post real soon!

Q&A With Bestselling Author Brenda Jackson

 Q: Now that you’ve written over 80 novels, is Tonight and Forever still your favorite Brenda Jackson book?
A: Yes. Tonight and Forever remains my favorite because it was my first. Justin and Lorren’s story will always be near and dear to my heart. But there is one book I consider my best work ever and that is Ties That Bind. It took 4 years of research for me to write that story, which took me an entire year to complete. That’s the longest I’ve ever spent on a novel. And it was a very emotional book for me to write. Randolph and Jenna’s love was all consuming and it surpassed the test of time. In my opinion it was one of the greatest love stories I’ve ever told, and I hope to see it in a movie one day.

Q: Is there other social media you’re connected to?
A: Yes, come visit me on Twitter (@AuthorBJackson) and I have a Facebook Fan Page.

Q: You’ve written about the Madaris Family which is now a 18-book series with more books to come; the Westmorelands are headed toward 30 books; the Steeles, seems to be going strong. Do you ever think enough is enough and readers want something new and fresh?
A: Yes and no. I let my readers decide what they like, after all I am not writing to sell my book to myself, but to my readers’ for their enjoyment. The majority of my readers love series books – stories that connect. I’m glad a lot of other authors see this to be true and have jumped on the bandwagon and are doing family sagas. I’ve always known it because I was a reader before I was a writer. And I always loved reading family series novels. I remember going to different stores trying to find missing books in Linda Howard’s McKenizies series, and/or Nora Roberts’ MacGregors series. When I decided to write stories I figured there had to be something special with the letter “M”. Linda Howard had her McKenzies, Nora Roberts had her MacGregors, so I gave Brenda Jackson the Madarises and haven’t regretted it since. I’ve made both the USA Today and New York Times Bestsellers lists with the Madaris family books. And for those who aren’t into family or continuing book series, I do unconnected books periodically. As long as I have readers who want to know about a particular family, then I let them decide when enough is enough with my connecting stories. And as far as new and fresh, I’ve started my Bachelors in Demand Series. And I’m excited about my first single title in three years, A Silken Thread, which introduces readers to a town versus a group of characters.

Q: Umm, hot and steamy. Is there such a thing as too hot and steamy for a Brenda Jackson novel?
A: Yes! Although my books are hot and steamy I won’t cross the line into erotica. I respect the authors that do, but I prefer staying away from certain words that still makes me blush. I had someone write me to say that my hero and heroine don’t make love they have sex because anytime you take it out the bedroom it becomes just sex. I disagree. Any person who honestly think a certain room in a house defined sex versus making love didn’t know the first thing about either and probably had a boring love life. It’s not the act itself but the people involved in the act that defines it, regardless of wether they’re making out in the bed or on the kitchen table. Variety is the spice of life! A lot of my heroes and heroines might think they’re just having sex in the beginning, but they eventually wake up and smell the coffee. I love writing a story and getting them from point A to point B. So those who think a romance book is truly not romantic if the two people have sex on page 1 versus page 101 needs to rethink that opinion, because it happens and the two people can live happily, ever after. In fact, I recently read such a book (The Perfect Solitaire by Carmen Green). It was a very good book and yes, it had a happy ending.

About Brenda Jackson

A New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling and award-winning author of more than seventy-five romance titles, Brenda is a recent retiree who divides her time between family, writing and traveling with her husband.

Connect with Brenda

Brenda Jackson’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Friday, October 23rd: Let Them Read Books
Monday, October 26th: Black ‘n Gold Girls Book Spot
Wednesday, October 28th: Griperang’s Bookmarks
Friday, October 30th: The Sassy Bookster
Monday, November 2nd: Read Love Blog
Thursday, November 5th: Romantic Reads and Such
Friday, November 6th: Addicted to Romance
Monday, November 9th: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, November 10th: Books & Spoons – review
Wednesday, November 11th: Arms of a Sister
Friday, November 13th: Romancing the Readers
Monday, November 16th: Griperang’s Bookmarks – review
Wednesday, November 18th: Book Binge
Friday, November 20th: Written Love Reviews

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour!