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I’m delighted to welcome USA TODAY Bestselling author of erotic historical romance JESS MICHAELS to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thank you do much for having me! I’m excited to be here!


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R&R:

Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Jess:
I was born outside of Philadelphia, but we moved to Idaho when I was young so that’s where I grew up. It’s beautiful there, lots of outdoorsy things to do. But it was an insulated community and I didn’t belong to the predominant group, so I didn’t have many friends growing up. I’d say it had its disadvantages and its advantages. But I wouldn’t move back.

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Jess:
I’m definitely not easy-going. LOL But I wouldn’t say temperamental either. I’m harder on myself than anyone else. I have a high standard for myself, something I’m working on every day. I work really hard (average about 80 hours a week on writing and promoting books) and I’m a focused and driven person. But if people are in my life who don’t treat me well I tend to just move on. Life is too short to be miserable.

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Jess:
I’ll take both for sure. I love Salt & Vinegar chips, which are super salty and amazing. But I also love chocolate and cake and pie. See, I shouldn’t have started with food because….yum. But I’ve been working on losing weight (I’m down 25lbs as of this interview) so I’m not eating any of those wonderful things right now. And I’m sad.

 

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Jess:
I think I value memories and experiences more than possessions. My husband and I travel a lot and those are the moments and times that really matter. Being on the Great Wall of China on our 11th wedding anniversary meant more to me than a thing that would commemorated the event. Or going to Florence with my parents as a special gift to them was better than a “thing”. I like things, don’t get me wrong. I love a good purse and I have a POPS! Collection, but if I had to pick, I’d take an experience over a thing any day.

 

R&R:
If you could afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Jess:
We’ve actually talked a lot about buying a second home or vacation home. But the price of doing it is really higher than just taking like ten amazing vacations. I don’t have one place I like to visit over and over again enough to justify the second permanent home. If we were to move again though, I think I’d pick a place near the ocean that was more liberally minded and had great sushi.

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Jess:
As I get older, I’m starting to care less what people think of me, so I don’t really have embarrassing moments anymore. But I used to spend a lot of time wondering if I was being too loud or too passionate or too boisterous or too “me”. And then I’d just stew on that for…hmmmmm…fifteen years or so. Because why not wake up on the night thinking about “that one time” from a decade ago? It’s a slow process to be comfortable with me and just eject anyone who isn’t down for who I am, but I’m getting there.

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Jess.

 Thank you so much for having me!

 

 

If you would like to find out more about Jess and her books, here are the links:

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This auto-buy book for June has now been added to my bookshelves.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

I have not read any of Jess Michaels’s books but this free Kindle download seemed the perfect opportunity to check out a new-to-me author. I loved the tongue-in-cheek “Product Warnings” as well!

(Mistress Matchmaker #1)

Genre: Historical Erotic Romance

Official Blurb 

An innocent lady’s education could be a gentleman’s wicked seduction.

Lysandra Keates is running out of options. Her father is dead, her mother is ill, and her efforts to find respectable employment have ended in failure. With her small savings bleeding away, she swallows her pride—and her terror—and turns to Vivien Manning, an infamous courtesan, to match her with a wealthy protector.

For years, Viscount Andrew Callis has lived a monastic existence at his country estate, hardening his body against the snobbish, lazy young man he once was, hardening his heart against grief over the deaths of his wife and infant son. When Vivien asks him to spend one month training a young woman in the ways of a mistress, his mind resists…but his body responds with an ache he thought long dead.

As Andrew begins his gentle tutelage, he finds himself falling under the spell of Lysandra’s innocent charms. And as they give in to the powerful hunger, the last thing Andrew ever expected, or wanted, forms between them. An emotional connection that could carry them well past the training period—if only Andrew can open his heart to the possibility of love.

Product Warnings
Includes training in all kinds of sexual positions and delights, as well as an emotional romance. May produce swooning.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

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