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Jenna Ives Talks About Heroes and Programmed to Please

This week we’re going to find out a little about author Jenna Ives. June’s theme is ‘Heroes’ so Jenna will be talking about heroes. She’ll also tell us a little about herself and her writing, and answer some fun questions.
Award-winning author Jenna Ives writes for several publishers under a variety of names, but mainly it's to protect her poor sainted mother (who used to read sweet Harlequin novels) from discovering how sexy modern romances have become. And Jenna DOES write sexy... She loves to hear from readers! You can connect with her through her website at www.jennaives.com or by email at jenna@jennaives.com.

Beverley: What do you think makes a hero, either in real life or in books?
Jenna: A hero is a man who confronts the challenges he faces with dignity and nobility. Strength of character can turn any ordinary man into an extraordinary one. No super powers needed.
Beverley: Who are your favorite heroes, and why?
Jenna: My favorite fictional heroes are Mr. Darcy (Pride & Prejudice), Edward Cullen (Twilight), and a hero from an old, out of print book: Geraint (The Man On The White Horse).
Beverley: Tell me about the heroes in your book/s.
Jenna: My heroes are basically good men, but they have flaws. That’s what makes a book interesting, right? A man needs the love of a good woman to become the person both he and she knows he can be. That’s why I write romance!
Beverley: How do you develop the characteristics for your heroine?
Jenna: To be honest, the physical characteristics of my heroes are always attributes that would attract me: dark hair, blue eyes, always six feet or taller, sometimes with an adorable English accent.
Beverley: How long have you been writing?
Jenna: I’ve been writing since I discovered that my mother’s sweet Harlequin novels weren’t sexy enough for me and decided to write my own!
Beverley: What gets your creative juices flowing?
Jenna: The quickest way to get my creative juices flowing is to give me a rum and coke and ask me “What If…” That’s always the springboard for my ideas, LOL!
Beverley: Where do you do most of your writing?
Jenna: I am lucky to have a private room in my house when I can retreat, hang the “Do Not Disturb – Writer At Work” sign on my doorknob and get to work on my latest novel.
Beverley: Who would you love most to meet 'in person' and why?
Jenna: I would love to meet Anne Rice. I’ve never written a vampire romance, but I love her hero Lestat and her Vampire Chronicles series, and I admire her determination to get those first books published despite many rejections.
Beverley: What are you working on now?
Jenna: I have three books out in my slightly-futuristic erotic romance series The Tau Cetus Chronicles: Programmed To Please, Programmed To Protect, and Programmed For Power. This has been a fascinating world for me to explore (sex robots and police agents working to keep their world safe) and I’m currently writing book 4 in the series. The first book, Programmed To Please, is currently “free” if you’d like to check out the series!

Blurb for Programmed To Please (HOLT Medallion merit award-winner and Amazon Top 10 bestseller)

Tau Cetus police agent Jai Turner goes undercover as a Beautiful Dolls sex robot in order to bring down the planet's most notorious arms dealer, Marque Callex. Jai’s assignment is to coax information out of Marque that will lead to his arrest and conviction.
Marque Callex only accepts an invitation from Beautiful Dolls because with his deadly line of work – and the deadly secrets he’s keeping – he can't afford to let a real woman into his life. But neither Jai nor Marque are what they seem, and their week together has consequences neither expect both for them and for the fate of their planet.

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Programmed-Please-Cetus-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B00HFJRY1W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1456950398&sr=8-1&keywords=jenna+ives
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/programmed-to-please-jenna-ives/1117776380?ean=2940015964271
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/programmed-to-please/id599819881?mt=11
KOBO: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/programmed-to-please-1
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/281351

You can find Jenna at:
Website: www.jennaives.com
Blog: http://www.fierceromance.blogspot.com
Twitter: @JennaIvesAuthor
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jenna-Ives/609087989162481

Don’t forget to check back next week for another author interview and more discussion of Heroes