Do you like romantic suspense? Want to curl up and get caught up in a story? Today I have an excerpt from "Deadly Valentine" by Jenna Harte, and as you have no doubt realized, it's a romantic suspense. I also reviewed it if you want to see what I thought of it.
Jenna was a wannabe mystery writer, who like many other writers who had good feedback from agents and publishers but no contract, decided to publish her stories herself. It’s terrifying and exciting, and thankfully, people have enjoyed her books! Here are some interesting (or maybe not so interesting) factoids about her:
1. Writing always terrified her, so she's baffled as to how she got here.
2. She first started writing fiction in sixth grade by writing about characters on her favorite television show (the term fan fiction hadn’t been invented yet. Neither had the Internet.)
3. Her favorite fiction involves mystery and romance, but she prefers a mystery with romance as opposed to a romance with mystery, if that makes any sense.
4. Her favorite authors are J.D. Robb, Janet Evanovich, Sandra Brown and Carl Hiaasen. She also loves Jane Austen, but tends to stay away from literature unless she knows it will end well.
5. Currently, she's finished book one in the Valentine Mysteries and has rough drafts of books two and three.
6. Both the Valentine and Delecoeur Mysteries pay homage to one of her favorite movies, "The Thin Man" and to Nick and Nora Charles’ more modern day (if the 1980′s can be considered modern-day) counterparts, Jonathan and Jennifer Hart.
7. She has another series idea rattling around in her head that pays tribute to another favorite old movie, "Topper".
8. She's not as old as jer love of old movies would suggest. She is as old as her love of "Hart to Hart" suggests.
9. Like her character Tess, she loves good chocolate and old R&B tunes. She's still working on getting some Carine Gilson underwear to see if she’d love them as much as Tess does. A set can cost several hundred dollars so she has to wait until more books sell.
10. Jenna Harte is not her real name. When she's not making up stories that put happy couples into danger, she lives in the “real world” using her “real name” working as a freelance writer and blogger.