Exclusive interview with Jayne Fresina + Giveaway

January 8, 2013


Welcome to the blog, Jayne! First of all let me start by saying I’m a fan of your books! Let’s start with a basic question, when did you first start reading romance?

Jayne: I started reading books that are considered “romance” by today’sstandards when I was in my twenties. Of course, this was before e-books, so I would read on the bus and get curious looks from anyone who saw the scantily clad models on the cover. I used to make false covers out of wrapping paper and pretend I was reading Dostoevsky. Oh, the snobbery!

jayne fresinaIn my teens I read classics such as Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy and the Brontes and found those romantic, but I know they’re not officially considered romances now. I was always a voracious reader and English Literature was my favorite subject.

Who are your favorite romance writers and their book that stands out the most for you?

Jayne: Virginia Henley and Susan Johnson – just about everything they’ve written. I also enjoy Mia Marlowe (Touch of a Thief) and Julia Quinn (The Duke and I) very much.

What’s unique about historical romance and why did you decide to write under this sub-genre?

The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine

Jayne: I love all genres of romance, but I find historical just fascinating. I’ve always been interested in history so research is never a chore. Being able to sink into another era is like taking a vacation back in time, whether I’m reading or writing.

When it comes to research and the setting of your books, do you weave your story from history, (facts that intrigue you), or think of a story and then insert it into history?

Jayne: For me the characters come first. Frequently they have conversations in my head before I start writing their story and the history comes with that. I’ve never taken a particular happening or real character in the past and written a story around it, but that would be an interesting project.

What makes the hero and heroine in The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne so perfect for one another?

Jayne: They are two flawed people who are at a point in their lives when they’re looking to settle down. James is a rake desperately trying to reform after a huge moment of awakening. Ellie has been working for years to keep her family solvent and she’s ready to “retire” from a life of mischief. They’ve known one another for years and always done battle, but they’re starting to realize that no one else knows them quite so well.

If you could only describe a single scene to encourage someone to read your debut novel, which one would it be?

Jayne: In The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine (Book 1 in the Sydney Dovedale series), Lazarus Kane comes to the village in answer to Sophie’s advertisement for a husband. Under pressure from her haughty brother, Sophie loses her gumption when she meets Lazarus and changes her mind about marriage. But Lazarus isn’t giving up. He leases a farmhouse and holds a party for all the villagers. Sophie’s mischievous aunt forces her to go and Lazarus enjoys his first dance with Sophie. It’s one of my favorite scenes as it’s the point when Sophie realizes she’s met someone as stubborn as herself.

Please tell us five fun facts about the Sydney Dovedale Series that readers would love to know!

Jayne: 1) I grew up listening to my father’s hilarious, and sometimes moving, tales of growing up in the country and I got a lot of my ideas from the things he told us – not sure if they were all true!

2) I have drawn up a layout of the village and know where everyone lives.

3) The name of the village and the farmhouse in which Lazarus lives came from my first completed manuscript (which has never yet been published). It was originally my intention to follow generations in the same village and to write books in every era from medieval to present day.

4) I have a sister who lives in a very old village called Godmanchester, which would once have been very like Sydney Dovedale.

5) The nearby market town, Huntingdon (which is about a half hour amble away) is where I was born and lived for the first ten years of my life. I modeled Morecroft (the nearest town to Sydney Dovedale) on Huntingdon.

What makes a romance novel a great love story and how would you define “romance”?

Jayne: Two characters that fit so well with each other that you can’t imagine them being with anyone else. I would say “romance” is something that makes you sigh and laugh at the same time. Like chocolate, I don’t believe anyone can feasibly live without it.

Jayne Fresina sprouted up in England, the youngest in a family of four girls. Entertained by her father’s colorful tales of growing up in the countryside, and surrounded by opinionated sisters— all with far more exciting lives than hers— she’s always had inspiration for her beleaguered heroes and unstoppable heroines. Her next novel in the Sydney Dovedale regency romance series, Lady Mercy Danforthe Flirts with Scandal, will be in stores in June 2013. For more information, please visit www.jaynefresina.com and check out her blog: http://jaynefresinaromanceauthor.blogspot.com/.


The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne

(Sydney Dovedale, #2) 
by Jayne Fresina

January 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca


When a Scandalous Lady…

By night Ellie Vyne fleeces unsuspecting aristocrats as the dashing Count de Bonneville. By day she avoids her sisters’ matchmaking schemes and dreams up torments for her childhood nemesis—the arrogant, far-too-handsome-for-his-own-good James Hartley. Her latest prank: “winning” the Hartley diamonds in a card game from James’s mistress.

 Steals from a Notorious Rake…

James finally has a lead on the thieving Count de Bonneville, tracking him to a disreputable inn. He bursts in on none other than the brazen, irritating, nearly naked Ellie Vyne. Convinced she is the count’s mistress, James decides it’s best to keep his enemies close. Very close. He must get those diamonds back, and seducing Ellie will be the perfect bait.

 It Can Only End in a Wicked Wedding…


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  • Bess Gilmartin January 8, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Hi Jayne,
    I just bopped over to Amazon to take a sneak peak- Wicked Wedding looks fantastic!! Love the idea of Ellie getting the diamonds from James’s mistress!
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  • Sharlene Wegner January 8, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Both of these books sound like a lot of fun! Thanks for the review!

  • JeanMP January 8, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Both books sound really good, love reading historicals that feature strong heroines who stand up to those around her.

  • Diane P. Diamond January 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Thank you for such an interesting interview. I love to read about rakes, and following their journey to redemption, and their “happy ever after”.

    I haven’t read anything by Jayne and I would love this opportunity to win, and read “The Wicked Wedding of Miss Elle Vyne”.

    The cover art and colors are beautiful.

  • May January 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Sounds like a great set of books. :) Love the cover too. :)_

  • Jayne January 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Thanks for inviting me to your blog!

  • Monica V. January 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Reformed rakes stories are a favorite of mine. Thanks for the chance to win a entertaining book.

  • Anne C January 8, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    I have never tried reading a historical romance before. I must! And this one will be a good book to start. Thanks for the chance! :)

  • Joanne B January 8, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    This series sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it. I love historical romance. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway. The covers are wonderful.

  • ki pha January 8, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Found my self a new author~ The books Sounds amazing~! This series sounds like a great start to an author I haven’t read yet. Thanks so much~

  • catslady January 8, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    You are a new author for me but this sounds just exactly like the type of story that I enjoy reading. Thanks for the chance of finding a new series and author to read.

  • Michelle Tucker January 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Love historical romance. I’d love to give this one a try. Thanks!

  • Josie Hink January 8, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I love historical romance and this one sounds so good. Definitely going on my tbr list!!!

  • Natasha January 8, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sounds really good!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  • Joy G January 8, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    They both sound like great reads, that’s why they are both already on my tbr list., thank you for the opportunity to win.

  • Karen H in NC January 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Thanks for a very informative interview and fun facts about the books. I have the first book in this series…waiting impatiently for the others to arrive to my TBR shelves. I like to read books in a series all together. Historical romances are my favorite genre so I know I’ll enjoy reading your work. Thanks for the giveaway too.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  • Janie McGaugh January 8, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    The books sound great; thanks for the giveaway!

  • bn100 January 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    I enjoyed the interview. Fun facts.

  • Judy-Ree January 9, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    I have The Most Improper Miss Sophie on my TBR pile. My sister recommended it to me, and so far, she just hasn’t been wrong. I don’t think she has The Wicked Wedding yet, so I would love to surprise her. :)

  • Martha Lawson January 10, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    I’d love to be entered to win – the books sound awesome. Thanks for the chance.

  • CassandraG January 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Looks really good. Going on the TBR List.Would love to be entered in the contest.

  • Veronica January 14, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    These both sound really good! Would love to read either one of them! : )

  • Diane Sallans January 14, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    I love to read about an adventureous heroine like Ellie.

  • Karen H in NC January 24, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Hi, Just wondering if a winner was drawn yet.

    • Nat January 24, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      I will announce the winner soon!

  • Kat February 6, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Just finished reading Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne. It was a delightful book to read. It made my insides happy. The author captured my attention from the beginning and held it until the very last page. Great interview Nat!

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