Thursday, May 17, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway: Jessica Clare (Jill Myles)

Please join me in welcoming Jessica Clare (Jill Myles) to Debbie's Book Bag today. Jessica is guest posting today to promote her latest book, The Girls Guide to (Man) Hunting. I asked Jessica why she chose revenge as a motive for her book and this is what she had to say. The publisher is sponsoring a giveaway for one copy of Jessica's book, see details at the end of the post. 

Why Revenge?

There’s something so delicious about a role reversal in romance. We don’t think twice if a hero is a rake and sleeps around. We don’t think anything of it if he’s had several failed relationships. And the hero going after sexy revenge on the heroine? That’s a pretty standard plot. 

But it’s always a different story when it’s the heroine. And it’s especially different when it’s a Southern heroine. I’m from the South myself, born and raised. And there’s a very common expectation about Southern women – that we should be polite, gracious, charming, and genteel at all times.
How freaking boring.

I first had the idea for Miranda Hill when brainstorming with a friend. In my mind, Miranda was stuck in her small Texas town. While there’s a lot of good things about living in a small town, there are also a lot of bad things. Like gossip. And I wanted Miranda to suffer from gossip. What better than a set of dirty photos and a legendary ex-boyfriend? Her bad reputation was certainly cemented by that. It’s not easy to ignore gossip about someone when you run into them every day, after all.

And in my mind, Miranda was going to fall back in love with that first boyfriend. I’d never done a reunited couple story before and wanted to try it out. But when I played out scenarios between Miranda and her hero, Dane, things weren’t going as planned. 

Every scenario I could think of involved Miranda being spitting mad at him. Why would she ever talk to this man again? He’d ruined her life.
Cue the female rake plot. Miranda’s not really a rake – but she’s so single-minded and determined in her decision to get back at Dane that she’ll use every weapon in her arsenal. Seducing him is all part of her grand plan to ruin his life like he ruined hers. It was really fun to twist the trope a little and make the heroine the seducer with revenge in mind, rather than the hero. And it was really fun to write Miranda’s seductive attempts to get Dane’s attention (not all of them successful) on a wilderness survival trip when Dane’s supposed to be doing anything but paying attention to her.

But somehow, they can’t manage to keep their hands off of each other.
Anyhow, it was a blast to write. Female rakes? Girls with revenge on their minds? Lots of hot sex? Sounds like fun to me.


The publisher is sponsoring a giveaway for one copy of The Girls Guide to (Man) Hunting by Jessica Clare. 

WARNING: This book is an erotic romance and not appropriate for readers under 18 years of age.

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~ The deadline to enter this giveaway is Midnight EST May31st.

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CrystalGB said...

Your book sounds great. I like the cover.

lag123 said...

A woman scorned...I can't wait to see where this revenge will lead.

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Chrisbails said...

This book sounds great. This is a new author for me and love finding new books and authors to check out. Thanks for the giveaway.

Shelley B said...

Revenge is one of my favorite themes to read about, especially when reuniting a couple. It's true that's it's unusual for it to be the girl seeking revenge. Can't wait to read this. Thanks!

krg said...

This sounds so good, I am looking forward to reading it. I have read your Jill Myles books and loved them. I didn't know you wrote under other names. I will look for your other titles now. Thanks for the chance to win!

Carl Scott said...

That is a little different. A small-town Southern girl with revenge on her mind. Should be twisted enough to raise some eyebrows. Thanks for offering us a copy.

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Joanne said...

I love books about revenge. This one sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it to see what happens. Thanks for the giveaway.

Martha Lawson said...

Love the cover! The book sounds really good, and I look forward to reading it.

StacieD said...

I love when the heroine turns the tables on a man. It sounds like a great story!

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Unknown said...

The book sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway.

Unknown said...

Sounds interesting, yet different. I love high school sweehearts who find their way back to each other.
thanks for the giveaway.
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Texas Book Lover said...

From the cover to the title to the premis behind this book it all sounds absolutely terrific! Really looking forward to reading this one!

Thanks for the chance!

Pat L. said...

The books sounds v.g.

Pat L. said...

I am a gfc and email follower.

Helen L. said...

This book looks really good.

I subscribe by email and gfc.

Helen L. said...

Did you need email:

Karen T said...

Just recently heard about this book and happy to see a giveaway for it. Thanks.

Jane said...

Congrats to Jessica on the new release. I do like the reunion and revenge aspects of the story.