Lady Emma’s Campaign by Jennifer Moore – Interview & Blog Tour Giveaway

Lady Emma

 Lady Emma's Campaign CoverLady Emma’s Campaign by Jennifer Moore

She would follow him through peace and war.

London, 1811

The London Season is ushered in with a thrilling flurry of invitations, gowns, and parties. But despite her status as belle of the ball, lovely socialite Emma Drake simply cannot fathom becoming entangled with any gentleman of her acquaintance. For in truth, since childhood her heart has belonged to Captain Sidney Fletcher, a man of the sea—and her brother’s best friend. Emma knows that Sidney’s directive to free the Spanish city of Cadiz from French occupation will be dangerous, but when word arrives of his capture, she is frantic. Determined to aid her brother in Sidney’s rescue, she hides aboard his ship and sets a course to Spain. But the realities of war are a far cry from the drawing rooms of London, and Emma finds the man she loves a mere shadow of his former self. When a series of events leaves them trapped together behind enemy lines, Emma and Sidney must embark on a journey fraught with danger—from a bloody hunt for Spanish treasure to the battlefields of war-torn Spain, new threats lurk around every turn. As their flight becomes increasingly perilous, Sidney and Emma must trust each other with their lives—but can they trust the other with their heart?

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Jenny MooreAuthor Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore is a Passionate reader and writer of all things romance, helping her find balance with the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family. You can learn more about her at authorjmoore.com. The author’s first book, Becoming Lady Lockwood, is a regency romance centered on the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 1800s.

 

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Author Interview

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Jenny the Brave–not that I’m particularly brave, but my babysitter used to make up stories about my brother and me, and he was Davey the Dangerous and I was Jenny the Brave.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
To eat whatever I want and not gain weight.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Yogurt and granola. I love plain greek yogurt and I like a drizzle of honey in it.
One food you would never eat?
I have eaten it, but I don’t like it–pumpkin. In anything–pies, cookies. I know, I’m alone in the world when it comes to not wanting pumpkin bread. But it’s so gooey and yucky. Bleck.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Yeah, Covenant and I plan–for as long as it works–to release a book every six months. So, I have two others done in this genre for them. And I’m starting on the next. It takes place in India. I also have a book that’s in edits with another publisher. It’s a contemporary, and  if I can do it, I’d like to put one of those out every year or so as well. I’m also working on a short story for the Timeless Romance Anthology–California Dreamin’

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?

I know people always want to travel backward and live in Regency England or some time that seemed more romantic, but truthfully, with disease, infant mortality, poor living conditions, short life expectancy, a huge class division, etc, It’s fun to read and write about, but I am glad it’s not my real life. I think I am so lucky to live now, and here in America. Especially for a woman, it’s a pretty great time to be alive. We can read, vote, own property, get jobs….True, we don’t wear pretty dresses or have lady’s maids or carriage rides, but that’s why we read books, right?

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

I remember being pretty discouraged after so many rejections a few years ago when I was trying to publish and kept getting close, but it just didn’t work out–again and again. My friend Josi Kilpack told me that “God doesn’t waste passion.” So if you’re passionate about something, there’s a reason you’re on that path, and whether it was to publish or to change me or to touch someone else, I was doing what I was supposed to be doing because it was something I felt so strongly about.

Favorite Candy?

Hot Tamales
Pets? – childhood or adult
We have a dog right now, Daisy. I have boys and they are always bringing animals home to keep. My favorite pet we’ve had (sorry, Daisy) was a snake that one of my kids found. It lived for 4 years and we fed it guppies. It was low maintenance, didn’t make noise, stink, need to be walked. It slept all winter and shed its skin. His name was Salazar Slytherin.
Favorite place you’ve been and/or would like to go
I love Europe. But not always the touristy places like London or Paris–although they are wonderful. I LOVE Southern Spain and I am completely swept away by the romance of that place. The bullfighters, the flamenco dancers, the tile around all the windows and the festivals. The food, siesta, the legends of the bandoleros. (guerilla warriors who were sort of like Robin Hood heroes to the people) It’s beautiful and the people are so nice and I’m counting the days until I can go back.
Who or what inspired your last book?
Well, the characters were in Becoming Lady Lockwood. But I really wanted to write a story about the girl being in love and the guy coming to realize that he loves her too. It seems like romance is often done the other way, like the guy is trying to win her heart the whole time.
What words or expression do you overuse?

Just. I say that all the time. Also, characters are always raising an eyebrow or drawing the eyebrows together.

What is your favorite scene in the book? Which scene or characters were the most difficult for you to write and why?
My favorite scene is where Sidney is talking to warden. It’s the first time we see him in the book, and I love his character there. The scenes that were the most difficult to write were the ones where he has a PTSD attack or episode–or when they discover the farmhouse.
How do you go about revising/editing?
Let’s see…I usually read through what I wrote the day before and revise before I continue. Then I run everything through my writing group and change it up a chapter at a time, then I use beta-readers who give me great advice. My editor, Stacey is way helpful with the technical side of things.
Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?
I usually have the general idea of the story, but group gives me ideas, and I read a lot while I’m writing and sometimes learning something new changes my plan. Sometimes when I get to know the characters better, I realize they would act differently than I had thought.
What hidden gem do you have in your bookshelves?
I have a book about Pocahontas that I got at Jamestown when I was six. I love that story.
Also, a signed copy of Waterloo by Bernard Cornwell.
How many books are in your TRB pile?
So many, especially on my Kindle. There’s a stack by my bed and a huge pile in my office. My Kindle has hundreds. I usually read five or six books a week, but the pile never seems to get any smaller.
What is next on your to read list? 

I’m reading “Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival” right now. Then it’s time to get serious about research for my next historical. So, I’ll be reading about India.

What is the last thing you bought?
Some flowers for my son to give to a girl he likes.
140 Characters or less Tweet about your book.
Emma would do anything for Sidney, even travel to a prison in war-torn Spain but will saving him mean she loses him forever?
Is there something specific you need as you write? Cup of coffee, pen, candy, certain room, etc.
I always have to have something to drink–I’m trying to drink more water, but herbal tea or diet coke are my favorites.
Where is your favorite spot to write?
I love my little office. All of my favorite things are in there. Cork board with my character’s pictures on the wall, books, treats, and a space heater. But I move around sometimes when I need a change of scenery. Back porch, kitchen table, library, my friend’s office
About how long does it take to write a book? 
I try for six months. The fastest I ever did it was a little over 2–Becoming Lady Lockwood. And the slowest was about 4 years–The Sheik’s Ruby
What made you decide to write in this genre? 
Truthfully, I love historical fiction, but never saw myself writing in it. I wrote contemporary for my first 3 books. But I happened to have a conversation with the Sr. Editor at Covenant who had read some of my things before (and–um, rejected them) and she told me I should try it. I did it mostly to impress her and found that I love it.
What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
I love the research. Totally immersing myself in another world, the culture and the language and the history of what was happening. It’s a little sad when the book’s done and I don’t read every day about Jamaica or Spain or wherever I’ve been writing about.
Write a poem about your book
Sidney was trapped in a French prison.
So Emma decided to go on a secret mission.
The rescue was a mess.
She ruined her dress.
But in the end there’s a lot of kissin’

 

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