Thursday, April 4, 2013

Meet Jenna Bayley-Burke, author of 'Caribbean Casanova'

Please welcome author Jenna Bayley-Burke to the blog today.

What was the inspiration behind this book?

Beauty and the Beast. I really enjoyed both Harm & Holly while writing Caribbean Christmas, and thought if anyone could bring out the softer side of Harm it would be Holly.

Which character spoke to you the most during the writing process?

They both did…but I think I related to Holly a little more.

What was your favorite scene?

The library  Oh, that library.

What other projects do you have in the works?

I just finished the third book in the Under the Caribbean Sun series, Caribbean Crush.

Which is your favorite island in the Caribbean?

That I’ve been to – Puerto Rico. That I’ve read about – Anguilla.

What is your ultimate romantic destination? Paris.

I’ve never been. But I think a place like Anguilla might be more my speed. There is nothing more romantic than simply being still with the one you love.

What is the recipe for a great romance?

Connection, curiosity, conversation & commitment. I am in love with the letter C lately. Cookie Monster is going to hunt me down one of these days.

Tell us about your writing workshops.

I love encouraging people to write, so when I give a workshop that is my focus, whether I am talking about writing to deadline, writing lenth, or revision.

What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received?

Everyone thinks their writing sucks, especially the first draft. Everyone. It really helped me get past the self-doubt.

What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?

I’m obsessed with nail polish. Hmmm, they may have figured that out. I make a mean Kung Pao chicken.

Thanks for your time!

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

By day, Jenna is faster than a speeding toddler, stronger than a stubborn husband, able to leap tall Lego structures in a single bound...but by night, while the family sleeps she writes romance novels where no one ever has to scoop up after the dogs, change diapers, clip coupons, drive carpool, do laundry, mop floors, get silly putty out of hair, vacuum, empty the vacuum bag (gross!), exercise, count calories, apply Band-Aids, clean up puke...wait where was this going? Oh, Jenna writes romance because it is glamorous. Just ask the dogs. Catch up with Jenna on

Caribbean Casanova
Under The Caribbean Sun, Book 2
by Jenna Bayley-Burke



Of all the islands in all the world, she’s come to his.

Under the Caribbean Sun, Book 2

Holly Hansen has sacrificed too much to let anything—especially a man—get in the way of making her clothing line a success. When she arrives on the island of Anguilla, she zeroes in on the biggest threat to her make-or-break photo shoot. At six-and-a-half foot of sculpted Dutch muscle, Harmannus Prinsen is every inch the womanizer of Caribbean legend, but he will not be seducing any of her models. She knows exactly how to make sure of it. Make the girls think he’s taken.

Harm is stunned when the curvaceous beauty greets him with a mind-numbing kiss. She’s the embodiment of every pin-up portrait he collected as a teen, with a sassy tongue and a body that begs for his touch. Sure, he’ll pretend to be her date…but only if they really date.

Despite her best efforts to remain immune to his charms, Holly finds herself falling for the man behind the myth. She begins to wonder which island she belongs on…Manhattan or Anguilla.

Read an excerpt:
Holly stepped out on the lanai and held up her cell phone. She breathed a sigh of relief as the bars lit up on the display. Her interlude with Harm on the beach had put her behind schedule and she couldn’t afford to be without her phone. She dialed up her voicemail and turned to look at the house.

Most of the lights were off, allowing the stars to reflect off the glass facade. But the upper corner glowed like a beacon. The sight drew her eye and her breath. Unaware of his audience stood Harm, enjoying a shower for the world to see.

Not that there would be many looking. With the rocky outcroppings along his shoreline, no boats would get close enough, and his villa was higher than the house beside his or the collection of bungalows he owned. Right now she was the only one enjoying the view.

What she wouldn’t give for a pair of binoculars so she could study his muscled physique. Water sluiced down his honed body, the showerheads attached to an interior wall. The muscles of his ass flexed as he moved, his back rippling as he pushed water from his hair.

“Come on, turn around.” Holly blinked at the sound of her own voice, unaware she’d spoken. She slipped her phone into her pocket, then looked up to find Harm had done as she wished.

“Oh my.” She pressed her hand to the base of her throat and stared.

Copyright © 2012 Jenna Bayley-Burke
All rights reserved — a Samhain Publishing, Ltd. publication

Buy links: Amazon \ Samhain

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  1. Wow. what a sight that must have been. Great except.

  2. Congratulations on your new book! The Caribbean Sun series sounds like a fun read. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Great interview and excerpt, thank you.


  4. I love books set in foregin fact I am participating in a challenge to do just that! This book would be perfect for it :)

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com


  6. Beauty and the Beast is an awesome inspiration for books, love that fairy tale!

    lilypondreads at gmail dot com

  7. I've been to Puerto Rico, too, and I love it. It's been a lot of years and I'd love to go back.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  8. I think I'd take Paris over a tropical isle. That I've done.


  9. Nothing like romance in a tropical setting. The excerpt left me with my mouth hanging open. Did he see her looking?? I cannot wait to read this book!

    JessieL62 at comcast dot net


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