Guest & Contest: Jennifer Conner

First off, let me thank Romancing the Book for this great opportunity to talk to their followers.

My newest release, Redemption for a Rogue, is the 4th installment in the Regimental Heroes series. It’s a Historical Victorian. All the stories in the series center on men who fought in the Crimean War where the Russians cut them down. I have tied in stanzas from the Charge of the Light Brigade poem. They are all struggling with the 1850’s version on Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome after their return to upper crust society in England.

The Regimental Heroes. It was a war. It was a duty. It was not a choice. Now, the men have returned to England. Nothing has changed, but everything is different. Will they find love in the women strong enough to help them battle their inner demons?

In Redemption for a Rogue, Lord John Mitchell has dyslexia. His worst fear on returning from the war is that he is put in charge of the family’s estate. When his father dies unexpectedly, he has no choice.

I did research on what his handicap would have been called in 1855. Later, it was called Mirror Vision. In 1855, I think he would have simply been referred to as retarded. There were no explanations or cures, his father would have probably seen him as inferior.

I found it interesting to deal with modern day issues and place them in another time. People struggled with the same things we do for as long as humans existed, but how did they handle it?

The last things my series heroes would have wanted to admit were the problems they struggled with. In the second story in the series, Spencer starts a ‘card club’. This is a safe place for these young men to gather and discuss the demons that plague their nightmares.

Redemption for a Rogue blurb:

Told by everyone, including his father, he is slow-witted, Lord John Mitchell is willing to do almost anything to avoid helping run the family estate or care for his orphaned nephew. His lifelong battle learning to read and write has convinced him his father is right.

After the death of her husband in the Crimean War, Vivienne Ravenhill needs financial stability for her son and herself.

When Lord John’s father suddenly dies, he is thrown into taking on the estate and the family’s mill. Are John’s learning disabilities something he can overcome in order to handle this responsibility?

Will Vivienne find a place in his home…and his heart?

Excerpt:

“I can’t do this,” John said barely above a whisper.

“My opinion differs, because I know you’re capable. You just need a little assistance. If I read the invoices, do you understand what needs to be done?”

“Of course.”

“Then I will fill in the forms.”

“Are you an angel sent to watch over me?” The shadow of John’s beard and dark hair gave him an intensely masculine quality.

She swallowed. “No, I am merely the hired governess.”

“I feel you have become much more to Graeme and me then merely a governess.” As he watched her, a shiver ran up her spine. His gaze implied things. Erotic things men and women never spoke of and only shared behind bedchamber doors. “Everything seems to holds less importance, because right now, Vivienne, all I want in the world is to kiss you.”

It was the first time he’d said her name. When she began to contradict his statement, he pressed a finger to her lips and then replaced it with his mouth. He leaned forward in his chair to pull her close. Her breasts pressed against the hard planes of his chest. Vivienne knew it was wrong, but her heart sang from his caress. Gentle. Loving.

 

About Jennifer:
Jennifer Conner is a best-selling Northwest author who has twenty short stories on ebook and one full-length book in print. She writes in Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance, and Erotica.

Christmas Chaos was in the Kindle sales top 50 ebooks and #2 in the Romance category.

Her novel Shot in the Dark was a finalist in the Emerald City Opener, Cleveland, and Toronto RWA contests.

Jennifer is an Associate Publisher for the indie e-book company Books to Go Now that resides in the Seattle area. BTGN pride themselves in helping new authors get their foot in the door with well-edited manuscripts, professional covers, and platforms uploads.

She live in a hundred year old house that she grew up in. Her semi-small town holds an interesting mix of resident hillbillies, yuppies and Navy Seals. And of course Seattle, only a few miles away, is the birthplace of Starbucks so coffee is always on the check list. She blows glass beads with a blow torch, (which relieves a lot of stress and people don’t bother you) and is a huge fan of my local soccer teams, the Seattle Sounders, and Kitsap Pumas. Boys in shorts! 🙂

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25 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Jennifer Conner

  1. Jennifer Conner says:

    Thanks so much to Romancing the Book for having me on today. I’ll look forward talking with everyone and then choosing winners. I have had lots of fun writing this historical series and I hope that my readers will enjoy it just as much when they read it!

  2. SheriV says:

    I would have no idea how to teach someone with dyslexia. I’m looking forward to reading and seeing how you handle it.

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  3. Marilyn Miles says:

    I have enjoyed reading all four stories in the series and was impressed with the way you handled PTSD and dyslexia in them. I haven’t seen these issues tackled in any other historical stories that I have read. Good job Jenni!

  4. Lorrie Unites-Struiff says:

    Hi Jenni,

    What an interesting premise. I, too, have not read a book with the dealings of the same illness or disabilities that people suffer today. In the years you are writing about, I imagine the research took days.

    Congrats with coming up with something new.

  5. erinf1 says:

    Thanks for a great post and congrats to Jennifer on the new release! I hadn’t heard of this series and I’m definitely interested 🙂

    That’s a hard question. I guess I’d say that it’s like the letters float around and you have to unscramble the words.

    • Jennifer Conner says:

      It was very interesting doing the research. I always thought that people with dyslexia saw word backwards but it’s all different ways. Scrunched or ran together or writing everything exactly how it sound. It would be so difficult for people in different eras when it wasn;t understood.

  6. bn100 says:

    Interesting question. Maybe explain it as someone taking more time to read because the letters aren’t close enough together to form words.

  7. Linda says:

    Wonderful idea for a story/plot in a historical romance. I read another book some time back that had a similar plot where the hero had dyslexia too which made me grateful for modern medicine. Can’t have been easy living with any type of handicap back in those days.

    I guess I would explain dyslexia as the inability to recognize and distinguish shape of characters.

  8. JoAnne says:

    Interesting plot probably not tackled too often in that era. Sounds like an interesting read.

    Dyslexia is when you have trouble seeing the letters in a word in the correct order to make sense of what you’re reading.

  9. Leanna H says:

    This sounds like a great book, I can only imagine the research that you had to do for this book. I love it when fiction books deal with issues like dyspepsia and disabilities.

  10. Crystal Newman says:

    Well I do believe that it would be hard to explain. It’s hard this day and age to explain about aspergers and autism. When you have children you always find a way to try to do it. The way that I would do it is I would just sit down with a person and have a book and paper and pen. I would show them how a person sees thigs differently. Just try to do in the simpliest way. Everyone has different ways of doing things so you just do the best you can.

  11. Joye says:

    I have yet to read a book by Jennifer so would welcome the chance to do so. I like these kinds of stories set during this time period.

  12. susan platt says:

    It must have been so hard to even find out if you had Dyslexia in the 1800’s! Most people didn’t have access to books so lived there whole life without even knowing. I am sure the ones who did have schooling were just considered unintelligent or stupid. Congrats on taking such a challenging subject and putting it into a historical romance!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

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