Anniversary Interview & Contest: Jane Porter

Jane Porter

JanePorter_photo16_288px_72dpiJen: Today we conclude Women’s Fiction week with the most awesome Jane Porter. Jane, will you share a short bio with us?
Jane: NYT and USA Today bestselling author, Jane Porter has written 40 romances and 11 women’s fiction novels since getting her first sale to Harlequin Presents in 2000.   A five time Rita finalist, Jane is known for her passionate, emotional, and sensual novels and loves nothing more than alpha heroes, exotic locations and happy-ever-afters.  Today Jane lives in sunny San Clemente, CA with her surfer husband and three sons.

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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Jane: Beauty’s Kiss is a story I’ve wanted to write for a very long time and it tells the story of Taylor Harris, Marietta, Montana’s new librarian.  Taylor is the quiet type who likes her glamour between the book covers. When she’s pushed into attending the formal Valentine Ball with Marietta’s Most Eligible Bachelor, Troy Sheenan, Taylor can’t imagine a worse pairing. What in the world would she have in common with a wealthy playboy like Troy?

Technology tycoon Troy is forced by business concerns to return to his hometown and take the town librarian to the Valentine Ball… what he doesn’t expect is that Taylor is even less excited about the prospect than he is! Intrigued by the only woman in town who wouldn’t be thrilled to take his arm at the big event, he’s determined that she will not just agree to be his date… bur she’s going to like it. Can Taylor turn a cold shoulder to Troy’s heart-melting charms, or is this about to be Marietta’s hottest Valentine’s Ball yet?

Here’s a short excerpt:

“What is it about me you don’t like?” Troy asked, genuinely curious.

“It’s not personal—“ Taylor broke off, frowned. “Well, maybe it is. And that’s not fair of me, but the fact that you and Jane have history, and the fact that Jane continues—“ she broke off again, her cheeks turning pink. “She’s my friend, my good friend, and I don’t want to create problems for you, or her, or me.”

“Most admirable,” he said, meaning it, finding everything about Taylor interesting and refreshing. “But you do know that Jane and I were friends before we dated, and we dated briefly as an experiment—an experiment that didn’t work out—but we managed to preserve and protect our relationship, so that we continue to be good friends today.”

“How long were you…together?”

“I don’t know that you could say we were ever truly together.”

“Jane was in love with you!”

He frowned. “I know she says that—“

“You doubt her feelings?”

Troy stifled a sigh. He shouldn’t have ever gone down this path. “No, I don’t,” he said firmly. “But Jane and I only dated for a couple weeks. Two and a half. Three. For a total of five dates. I knew it wasn’t right on date one, but I liked Jane so much. I liked her fire and ambition. She’s a great girl. Smart as a whip. It was easy to spend time with her. But at the end of the day, I didn’t have…romantic…feelings for her.”

Taylor stared at him from across the table, her eyes wide, expression somber. “Then you shouldn’t have slept with her.”

Troy nearly fell off his chair. “What?”

“You should never sleep with a woman you don’t have feelings for.” Taylor’s soft full lips pressed into a hard, uncompromising line. “Women fall in love through making love.

It’s a bonding thing for us. Hormones and chemicals and—“

“We never slept together,” he interrupted, his own jaw set, suddenly irritated by the direction their conversation had taken, as well as Taylor’s low opinion of him. “We never had sex. Jane and I had too much history to just jump into bed together.”

For a moment Taylor said nothing, gazing at him intently from behind her big glasses.

Good.

He was fed up with this conversation, as well as having to defend himself. He didn’t even know why he felt compelled to defend himself to a little mouse. Except for some ridiculous reason he wanted her to understand how the relationship with Jane had been.
Not how Jane had wanted it to be.

“Not everybody clicks,” he said crisply, battling his impatience and annoyance. “Not every man and woman belongs together.”

He saw a flicker in her wide green-brown eyes and a tiny pulse begin to dance at the base of her throat and he wished to God he could read Taylor’s mind right now and know what she was thinking. Feeling.

Did she truly have no feelings for him at all?

Or was she simply…scared…that they were so different?

“A relationship can’t go the distance without friendship and mutual respect,” he said, “but there must also be chemistry.”

“Chemistry,” she repeated, before chewing on the inside of her soft lower lip.

He eyed the lip, seeing how her white teeth bit down into the pink plumpness and he wished it was his mouth on hers.

If only to know if they had chemistry.

It would be such a relief if there wasn’t anything between them. It would be the best thing for both of them if he kissed her and he felt nothing…absolutely nothing.

He should kiss her and find out.

Kiss her and be done with this foolishness.

They weren’t meant for each other. Troy didn’t do long distance relationships. Troy didn’t ever intend to live in Montana again.

“You didn’t have chemistry with Jane?” Taylor asked quietly.

“No.”

She fidgeted with the small ceramic saucer. “How did you know?”

“Because when I kissed her I felt…” He shook his head, not wanting to go there, not wanting to expose Jane but he felt caught, trapped. The villain and blackheart.

“Yes?” Taylor prompted, her voice but a whisper.

“Like her cousin or brother.” He hated saying all of this aloud. He wanted to protect Jane then, and now. “She’s smart and witty and perfect…for someone else, that isn’t me.”

He drew a deep breath, feeling awful. “I ended it quickly with her. Perhaps that was the most hurtful part. We had a great date the Saturday night before, and she was expecting another great date, but instead over dinner I told her that although I cared for her, it wasn’t going to work. Would it have been easier by text or email or voice mail? Yes. But it wouldn’t have been fair to her. I don’t lead women on. It’s never been my style.”

For a long moment Taylor studied him, her fine arched brows pulled in concentration. “So you could just be friends with me?”

“Absolutely.”

He saw relief in her eyes. And then he ruined it all by adding, “As long as I didn’t physically want you.”

Her brows shot up. Her lips pursed. “You wouldn’t want me.”

“No?”

“No. I’m not your type, and you’re not my type—“

“What is your type?”

She gestured a hand in his general direction. “None of this.”

He should be insulted. Instead he nearly choked on smothered laughter. “Why not?”

“Because we’re total opposites. We’re oil and water. We’re salt and pepper—“

“And yet all those things go so well together.”

She glared at him even as her cheeks glowed pink, a dark luscious pink that made her eyes shine and her lips look positively edible. “We won’t go together. We won’t…click.”

“How can you be so sure?”

“I can feel it.”

And yet her eyes were very bright and that little pulse at the base of her throat was beating wildly. Erratically. Taylor might not admit it, might not even know it, but she was as curious about him as he was about her.

And he was very curious about her right now. About her mouth and her taste and her smell…

“Perhaps you’d feel better putting it to the test?” he drawled, smiling inwardly as her eyes sparked and her teeth came down on the bottom lip again. “That way you can rest,” he said, his blood hot in his veins, his body heavy, thick. “Relax,” he added, “reassured that you are right, and that there is…nothing…here.”

Silence followed.

She licked the seam of her lips as if her mouth was suddenly too dry.

He needed more. He needed his mind engaged and his senses engaged. Like they were now.

His pulse drummed harder, faster.

She wondered if there was chemistry.

He’d bet a thousand dollars—no, five thousand dollars–there was serious chemistry here, and she was either too innocent, or too inexperienced to recognize it. But this tension, this heat, this frustrating and yet wonderful anticipation was chemistry.

“Lean forward,” he said.

“What?”

“I’m going to kiss you and see if I feel anything. If I don’t, then I can safely promise you that if you went to the ball with me, it’d just be as platonic friends.”

“But if you do?” she whispered, brows knitting.

“Then I’d probably have a difficult time just viewing you in a platonic light.”

“So we couldn’t go to the Ball.”

Taylor stared at him and swallowed hard.

Tired of talking, fed up with thinking and waiting, Troy leaned across the table, captured her chin in his hand, and covered her mouth with his.

 

Jen: What was your most romantic date?
Jane: Early on Surfer Ty took me out to this awesome old school restaurant in Hawaii called La Mariana on Sand Island and it was perfect…old Hawaii with tons of atmosphere…the candles, decor and him.  He’d cleaned up so nice–I’d never seen him in a dress shirt with his hair slicked back–and I loved it.

Jen: Favorite breakfast food?
Jane: I love great buttermilk pancakes or macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup and super crispy bacon.  Yum!

Jen: Favorite sport to watch? to participate in?
Jane: Love to watch NFL football (Seahawks) and I’m probably happiest swimming.

Jen: Favorite gift ever received from a fan?
Jane: One of my reader/friends in Texas, Linda C, knit me a gorgeous soft scarf.  I love it!!

Jen: Song that you put on replay.
Jane: One Republic’s Love Runs Out or Adele’s Rolling in the Deep

Jen: How neat is your work environment?
Jane: There are neat and tidy days and there are some really messy days.  Just depends on my mood!  I love having stacks of research books around me when I’m working….nothing like being immersed in facts, history, details.

Jen: What do you collect?
Jane: Quartz crystals and pretty or interesting rocks.

Jen: What one thing do you want to have?
Jane: More inner peace….and some external calm and quiet.  I find it hard to unplug and settle into my writing with all my boys around.  I write best when there is no one in the house and its all to myself.

Jen: Print or ebook?
Jane: I do love my kindle but I still prefer the feel of a real book in my hands so I’m going to go with Print!

Jen: If you could have dinner with any author living or dead, who would it be?
Jane: Edith Wharton or Georgette Heyer.

Jen: Coffee or tea?
Jane: Coffee!!!  Super strong and then cut with cream and sweetener.

Jen: One piece or two piece bathing suit?
Jane: Two piece but only because my husband insists (I don’t look good in it anymore!)

Jen: What’s next for you?
Jane: I’ll have two more Taming the Shennan romances this Fall and winter, and then my next Harlequin Presents novel will be out March 2015, and then my next Berkley women’s fiction single title, It’s You, will be out June ’15.  Lots of writing and lots of releases!

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45 thoughts on “Anniversary Interview & Contest: Jane Porter

  1. Laney4 says:

    Hi, Jane!
    Fancy meeting you here! You sure get around (and I mean that in a nice way, LOL)!
    I read on your web page, “Taylor Harris, Marietta, Montana’s new librarian, is the quiet type who likes her glamour between the book covers.” You sure hit home on that one (at least for me). Thank you for making something that appears unattainable (the hero) actually attainable (for the heroine), as I’m sure many of your readers could relate to this storyline.
    Keep up the good work (and I’m sure it IS work – a labour of love, though)!

  2. JoAnne_W says:

    Great excerpt and interview. Can’t wait to read Beauty’s Kiss. So many books to look forward to!
    Did you live in Hawaii since you mentioned Surfer Ty took you to a restaurant there?

  3. anne says:

    Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway. Jane Porter has a way with words. Her novels, family sagas, romances are a captivating and wonderful experience. They transport me to many places and provide me with an escape and interesting entertainment and characters which I think are real. Her novels are memorable and unforgettable and real treasures.

  4. erinf1 says:

    I was sold on this book after reading the awesome excerpt!!! Congrats to Jane on the new release and I’m so excited to be “introduced” to you!!! Best wishes for the future and thanks for the fun post!

  5. Karen H says:

    Believe it or not, I’ve never read Jane Porter’s work before. After reading about this book, that will change!

  6. Kristy Petree says:

    Interesting post, didn’t realize Jane has written so many books (and–hanging my head in shame–I haven’t read any yet). This would be a great start for me. Like Jane, I love my kindle but still prefer paper copies. Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  7. Krysten M says:

    Love all of her books!! I definitely do a reread every once in awhile 😉 This is an author I recommend to all my friends who are looking for fun romances!

  8. Rosemary K. says:

    I love Jane Porter’s books. They are filled with wonderful characters and well plotted stories filled with love.

  9. Christina Fashant says:

    Beauty’s Kiss was such an awesome book. I can’t wait for the other two books to come out. Also, I am gonna have to try the Macadamia Pancakes. They sound too yummy. My only question would be, orange juice or pineapple? Serious stuff in my house.

  10. Kelly Thompson says:

    I loved Beauty’s Kiss!! It was a great story and I can’t wait to read more stories from Marietta!

  11. Rebekah E. says:

    I so agree I tend to grab a print book over an ebook. I just something so relaxing about hold a book versus an electronic device.

  12. Linda Henderson says:

    I loved the excerpt and the opposites attracted to each other storyline. What I’d like to know is how you have the time to do all your projects? Writing, publishing, family, how in the world do you do it? I always love your books and I’m very impressed with the Tule line.

  13. Lisa Richardson says:

    Jane’s books are always great! Sometimes I save them until I have uninterrupted time alone, to read from cover to cover. Cool to find out she loves Adele as much as I do, and I’ll have to listen to One Republic now. I love seeing the pictures of her family and hearing about what she’s doing, such as when she moved, etc. Makes the author more familiar somehow.

  14. girlfromwva says:

    I didn’t know that Jane liked quartz crystals and pretty/interesting rocks. There were 7 kids in my family and we didn’t have alot of money growing up, so i always found a rock when we went somewhere for vacation or to visit. I still do it to this day. I love Jane’s books! Her writing is so descriptive that you can feel the scene and see it in your mind. I was fortunate enough to meet her 3 years ago at the Kentucky Book Fair; she is one of the nicest people i have ever met.

  15. Krissy Wise says:

    Jane…loving the Montana books and characters. Makes me want to go to Montana and check out the country side. I too love having a book in my hand. If you could vacation anywhere where would you go?

  16. Susan B says:

    Jane is fascinating and gifted. She is a skilled writer and a trailblazer! I really admire Jane for taking risks, starting Tule Publishing, and promoting authors!

  17. Heidi Pergolski says:

    What a fabulous interview! Absolutely loved Beauty’s Kiss. It was a fun read and cannot wait for the rest of Taming the Shennan books!

  18. Robyn L says:

    hi Jane, lol, you have so many great ideas in your head and come up with awesome books. My question to you is:
    do you ever come up with an idea and then just can’t get the story to fall together to make it a book once you start plotting or writing?
    thanks for your kindness and generosity

  19. Jess1 says:

    By coincidence, I have Beauty’s Kiss on my Kindle to be read next week. Thanks for the contest!

  20. alisha woods says:

    How do come up with names for characters traditional or do you like to go for unique ones?

  21. laurie g says:

    Believe it or not, I’ve never read Jane Porter’s work before. After reading about this book, that will change!

  22. Lynn Griffin says:

    Your breakfast of Macadamia nut pancakes and crispy bacon sounds yummy! Gonna have to look for a recipe for them!

  23. Jane Squires says:

    I love Jane Porter’s book so always enter any contests I find for her books. I review them too.

  24. Gay Winchester Passano says:

    Jane, this excerpt is very juicy and enticing! I also didn’t know, from your interview, that you like crystals. There is a place up the Gallatin Canyon I can tell you about that has lots and is easy to get to as well. Next Montana trip? 😀

  25. Leanna says:

    I’m in agreement with you. I have a Kindle but I still mostly buy print books. I move the feel of a real book.

  26. Kathy Gleich says:

    Jane Porter is one of my favorite authors because she writes about women with understanding and insight. Whether it is San Francisco or Montana, she takes us to the location and immerses the reader with the atmosphere and essence of the place. I love how her characters are real, not perfect cardboard cutouts, and how she makes their growth believable and their conflicts compelling. Besides all that, I was lucky to meet her in person and she is fun to talk to and sincerely interested in her fans, and so friendly with a beautiful smile! Can’t wait to read her next books!

  27. Jen B. says:

    I love your books! Flirting With Forty was so sweet and funny. I have recommended your books to so many people. Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Heather says:

    I’m really looking forward to reading this book. I agree, although I love the convenience of my Kindle, I still love my prints. Usually if I like a book enough on my Kindle, I will buy it in print.

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