Interview with Jenna Jaxon, Author of 'Only A Scandal Will Do'

Title: Only Scandal Will Do
Author: Jenna Jaxon
Series: House of Pleasure 
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Release Date: July 23th 2012
Genre: Historical, Romance
Pages:  278

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He has the woman of his dreams, but what price will he have to pay to win her heart?

Kidnapped and sold at auction in a London brothel, Lady Katarina Fitzwilliam squelches an undeniable attraction to the masked stranger who purchased her, pits her wits against him, and escapes him and the scandal that would ruin her life.

Unable to resist temptation in a London brothel, Duncan Ferrers, Marquess of Dalbury, purchases a fiery beauty. She claims she’s a lady, but how can she be?

No lady of his acquaintance in polite society is anything like her. Then he discovers she is who she says, and that this latest romp has compromised her reputation. He knows how that is. One more scandal and he’ll be cast out of London society, but he needs a wife who’ll provide an heir to carry on his illustrious family’s name. He seeks out Katarina, intending only to scotch the scandal, but instead finds his heart ensnared. He’s betting their future he’ll capture her heart, but does he have what it takes to win the wager?

WARNING: A blade-wielding heroine who crosses swords with a master of sensuality.

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What or who inspired you to write?  And how long have you been writing?

Romance author Kathleen Woodiwiss inspired me to write romance about 3 and a half years ago.  I read her last book, Everlasting, and loved it.  I was in a creative mood and literally said to myself, “I can write a book like this.” 

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Third grade.  I wrote a little story, Miss Priss Finds A Kitten, and the teacher was thrilled.  I illustrated it too, though I’ve never considered myself an artist. J

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?

My most recent release is Only Scandal Will Do.  Lady Katarina is kidnapped and sold at auction.  When the Marquess of Dalbury, who purchased her, forces their marriage, she leads him on a merry chase for her affections.

What does your protagonist think about you? Would he or she want to hang out with you, the author?

I think Lady Katarina got impatient with me during the writing of Scandal.  She started out more hard-edged and through critiques and edits she s
oftened quite a lot.  She’d probably prefer the former, especially where her fencing is concerned.  And I don’t know if she’d want to hang out with me, but I’d love for her to give me fencing lessons!

Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamour to be heard over the others?

Kat and Duncan literally screamed in my ear to write their story, even though I was 5 chapters into another story at the time.  The din got so great I had to stop that one and write theirs.

Do you have plans for a new book?   Is this book part of a series?

I am currently revising the next book in this series.  Only Scandal Will Do is the first in a series of five books I call The House of Pleasure series.  The House of Pleasure is the brothel where Kat and Duncan meet in Scandal.  It figures in all the books of the series, some quite prominently.  The next book is Only Marriage Will Do, and is the story of Lady Juliet Ferrers, Duncan’s sister.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Ireland.  I did research there for two summers and fell in love with it.  I’d love to be a writer full time and live there in a small village.

So jealous!
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?

My favorite author, Jo Beverley.  Her Malloren series turned me on to the 18th century and helped inspire Only Scandal Will Do.

What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?

My favorite chapters come rather late in the book and form the emotional climax of the book (no, they are not the sex scenes LOL).  They take place on board ship and show Duncan at his most heroic.  I had written these chapters in my head long before putting them on paper, but being a very linear person, I couldn’t write them out until I got to them in the timeline of the book.  I loved writing those chapters so much it was hard to continue the book.  I felt like it was complete after that. (The characters thought differently and persuaded me to continue.)

What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author?  What has been the best component?

The toughest criticism was concerning Duncan in Scandal.  I was told flat out by a crit partner that she hated him and wanted to kick the book across the room at one point.  (For a long time I was the only person who loved Duncan.)  So I had to figure out a way for him to be strong, but not an arrogant bully.  He’s been a handful since day one!

The best criticism I’ve been given was that my kissing and sex scenes  are really hot.  I think that’s important for a romance writer, don’t you? J

I do! And I have to agree, they def get the blood pumpin’ 😉
Have you ever read a book more than once?

I’ve read many books more than once.  Too many to count.  It’s like revisiting an old friend.  There are some where every time I read them still get concerned that it won’t work out for the hero and heroine!

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?

Jaws.  The book has a sub-plot where Hooper has an affair with Brody’s wife.  I hated that, and was glad it was left out of the movie.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/ paperback/ hardcover)?

Tide of Lies by Sarah Ballance in ebook on my Kindle.

What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?

“You can fix crap, you can’t fix nothing.”  From my friend and mentor Judi McCoy.  You have to write it down, no matter how bad it is.

Do you write under a pen name?

Yes, Jenna Jaxon is my pen name.

Cats or dogs?


White wine or red?


Coffee or tea?

Tea at home, coffee at work

Favourite food?


A woman after my very own heart *swoon* Love Indian, lol.
Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?


What are 4 things you never leave home without?

Purse, keys, book/Kindle, cell phone (only because I’m forced to carry it!)

Laptop or desktop for writing?

I’m more comfortable at the desktop.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

Early morning or late at night in the bedroom.

If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?

Johnny Depp, Stephen King, Nathan Lane

Love your picks!
An actor you have a crush on –

Sean Connery

Thank you for visiting and best wishes on Only Scandal Will Do!

onlyscandalwilldo-91 Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance. She is currently finishing revisions to her third full length novel, As Long As You’re Mine, set in Victorian London and Richmond, Virginia. Her Georgian novel, Only Scandal Will Do, the first in what she hopes will be a series of five interconnecting novels, will be released in May 2012.

Jenna has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets. When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director. She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.

She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.

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  1. Ha! Sean Connery all the way!! Great answers, and a wonderful interview. Best wishes on your book, Jenna!

    1. I’ve lusted after Sean Connery since I was a teenager! LOL He’s the real Bond you know. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Sheri!

    • Brenda on July 30th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    What a glorious interview you two.

    Jenna, I feel exactly how you do about Jaws the movie and book. Ooooh I hated that Hooper and Brody’s wife had an affair in the book–that made me so sad. And like you, I was thrilled they left that out in the movie.

    1. Oh, I’m glad it wasn’t just me! And I loved the movie–funny and gruesome. What a combo! We have an awful lot in common, Brenda. 🙂 Thanks so much for coming by!

  2. great interview!! I have a little crush on Sean, myself!

  3. Terrific interview ladies…each time I find you on a blog Jenna I learn a little bit more about you 🙂

    Congrats on your book!

    1. Thanks, Christine! There were so many really interesting questions in this interview. Glad you learned something new! So did I! 🙂

  4. Great interview. Except I could never go anywhere without my cell phone. LOL

    1. For me, a day without a cell phone is a little piece of heaven! No interruptions! LOL But it’s great to have in a pinch. 🙂 Thanks for coming by, Sharon!

  5. What an awesome interview!! Congrats on your release!!

    1. Thank you, Mart! 🙂

  6. Loved the interview! I’m cat person too and love Sean Connery! Good luck, Jenna!

    1. Thank so much, Cera!

  7. Very nice interview, ladies. 🙂 I can’t wait to read Juliet’s book. Wishing you many sales and good luck with all your releases, Jenna!

    1. Thank you, Melissa! I’m typing as fast as I can. LOL Thanks for coming by!

  8. Can’t go wrong with Sean Connery. Nice interveiw.

    1. You know what I’m saying? He’s the man! LOL Thanks, Karen!

  9. Enjoyed getting to know you better, Jenna. I’m a Sean Connery fan too, and I wished he could have been the 007 in the helicopter with Queen Elizabeth at the opening to the Olympics. When it comes to James Bond, nobody does it better. Best wishes for the success of ONLY SCANDAL WILL DO.

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