Monday, April 22, 2013

Interview + Review + Giveaway ~ More Than Friends by Jessica Jayne

About the Author:

I am a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in English because I could not imagine doing anything else but reading and writing. It is such a pleasure to be able to share all the stories in my head! 

In the journey of life, I also became a wife and a mother of three children. So, life is always an adventure. But the love of writing has never died. 

My favorites: I love to read and write... obviously! But I also enjoy all sports, especially college football and the Ohio State Buckeyes! Go Steelers! Go Rays! I LOVE to travel... LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to travel. And I love sharing my love to travel with my children. I love to drink Teavana teas! I love a good glass of wine, especially if it comes from a bottle made by the FOOLS wine club… yep, I’m a member of that! J I love hanging out with my family and my friends! Big fan of music, but love nothing better than putting on my jean shorts, tank top, cowboy boots and hat and watching Tim McGraw belt it out!

I’m a sucker for a cowboy hat! J  | Goodreads | Facebook |

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

The most rewarding experience since being published started out as the most terrifying experience since being published.  As a newer published author, the idea of promoting the book was a little foreign to me.  But I kept reading that I had to put myself out there.  More Than Friends wasn’t going to simply sell itself with a still unknown author.  I had to get people interested in me.  I had to get people to read the book and post reviews and ratings.  I needed to get people reading More Than Friends…I needed people talking about it.  But it’s scary!  You spend hours, days, weeks, months creating a story with characters that you love.  You know them inside and out.  But reality is that not everyone is going to love your story or your characters.  You just have to put yourself and your story out there… and be able to take the good with the bad!

So I did.  I submitted it to several book blogging sites.  I received requests from several sites for copies of the book.  I submitted the ebook format requested and waited… and waited… for what felt like forever, but in reality was simply a couple weeks.  J I started to feel nervous… on edge.  What if they didn’t like it?  What if they only gave 1 star or God-forbid a DNF.  Arrgghh!  Then in a matter of two days, I received three reviews from three separate book blogging sites that were more than adoring!  It was thrilling!  And I’ve been smiling ever since!

How did you come with the idea for this story?

To be honest, the male character in More Than Friends, Brian Hamilton was partially based on a very good friend I have.  He and I grew up together in our small Ohio town since we were little kids.  Our grandparents were good friends.  His grandmother and my grandfather used to joke around that he and I would someday get married.  The older “Brian” and I got the more complex our friendship became because there was an obvious physical attraction between us.  More than once over the years, we took our relationship beyond friendship.  We did a lot of discovery together.  We had similar moments of “should we give this relationship-thing” a try or just be friends.  After several failed rounds of dating each other and for a variety of other reasons, we decided to go the friend route and we remain good friends today.  Both of us are happily married with families now.  More Than Friends started out with this background as the premise.

Which character was the hardest to create dialogue for?

I really didn’t have too terrible of a time creating dialogue for either character.  I felt like I knew both Jeni and Brian pretty well.  But if I had to choose one, I’d have to say I probably struggled a little more with Jeni, which I think some people would find surprising. 

Some people have said that I tend to think, especially from a sexual standpoint, more like a man.  I don’t know exactly what that means other than I’m not afraid to say what I want, when I want or where I want it.  I’ve never really been that demure girl that is shy about her sexuality.

I grew up in a neighborhood filled with boys.  My best friends today are still primarily men… with a few exceptions (i.e. my sister and two or three girls I adore).  So, I spent a good deal of time hanging out with boys/men and I think I learned their thought process and means of communication.  It’s scary, ladies! J

Plus, as a female, we tend to hear every male pick-up line in the book.  My friends and I would catalogue our favorite pick-up lines in a notebook and share them over drinks back in the day.  If nothing else, we had some good laughs and it provided me with material for some of my male characters.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

I do have another book coming out entitled In Flames.  Yippee!  It is under contract to be published by Evernight Publishing.  Yippee!  The release date has been set for April 25th!  Yipee!  Can you tell I’m excited?!  Hope you don’t mind if I provide a little blurb of In Flames as I am totally and absolutely in love with this story. 

In Flames is a contemporary erotic romance about a woman, Gracelyn Riley, who loses her husband while on his job as a firefighter. She never imagined herself widowed in her early thirties with two children to care for on her own.

Her brother-in-law, Matt Riley, also a fireman, was at the scene when his brother, Chad, was killed.  Matt suffered greatly from survivor’s guilt and depression after the accident.

The last year has been difficult for both Gracelyn and Matt.  They’ve relied on each other to get through the tough times.  With the anniversary of Chad’s death upon them, Gracelyn and Matt turn to each other for comfort and support.  They find it in each other’s arms (and bed).  Will their desire for each other consume them?  Can they overcome the guilt and scrutiny of their family and friends to find love again…together?

I also have a WIP (work in progress) dealing with a Florida cowboy.  I’m not revealing the premise of this story yet as I am still flushing it all out.  But Drew Hayworth will be drool-worthy!  ;)  

Several of my reviews on More Than Friends hinted at the desire to see where Brian and Jeni end up.  They want to know if they survive the long distance romance.  Do they make it?  I was surprised at how many people need their “happily ever afters” to be fully satisfied.  I’m a different breed.  But this made me think about whether I could write more of their story and I think I can.  I will be starting the sequel to More Than Friends this year. 

2013 is looking like a pretty busy and fun year!  I love it!

Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to share with us?

“If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies.” This is my favorite quote of all time. It has helped me through many a hard time. Learning to accept the changes in our lives is never easy. We start out on one path and find ourselves walking another. I think if we all learn to look at each change as a learning experience and open our minds and hearts, we come to find that what we may have thought was not so good at the time is actually the best thing to happen to us. Live happy!
Jeni Acerna’s longstanding sexual relationship with her best friend, Brian Hamilton, is both blissful and troublesome. She’s been unable to commit herself to another relationship because no one compares to Brian in or out of bed.

Prior to attending a friend’s wedding together, they place a wager…the first to beg for sex owes the other $500. After a tortuous night, their passion erupts and their sexual relationship picks up where it left off…hot and heavy. However, this time, Brian wants Jeni… and not just in his bed. Can he convince her the risk is worth taking?

| Cobblestone Press | BN | ARe |


This is a swift, sexy and entertaining tale about two childhood friends that can’t seem to keep their clothes on when they are together. The author put just enough humor into the story to keep it light and passionate. Given the length of the story it would seem difficult to create solid characters but, the author succeeded -- both Jeni and Brian personalities stood out in this character-centric story. 

I want to praise the author on her ability to write passionate moments between the main characters – moments that excluded everything around them - - that takes amazing skill. 
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge by Bewitching Book Tours for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.
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26 comments:

  1. Wow, this book sounds really good! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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    1. Marissa. Thanks for taking the time to read about me and my book! Appreciate it.

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  2. I love your favorite quote! I think this may be my new mantra. :) Looking forward to reading your book to find out what happens!

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    1. Thanks, Leslie! I have found the quote helpful in many aspects of my life! I've also used "Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly." Something about butterflies...

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  3. This book sounds great and so does In Flames. Another author for me to follow. Thank you for the interview. Go Pack!! (Hubby is a Steelers fan, the superbowl a couple of years ago was fun!)

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    1. Thanks, Kim! Please follow me...I love hearing from readers! In Flames will be out this Thursday! Squeeee! As far as NFL goes, I will have to side with your husband...I'm a Steelers fan too! But I love college football and the Buckeyes!

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  4. Thank you, Books Books and More Books for hosting me today! I greatly appreciate it. And thanks for all the great comments. :)

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  5. Congratulations on the publication of More Than Friends! Sounds like an exciting book. Interesting interview. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Great premise Jessica!! My boyfriend of the last two years is an old jr high/high school friend of mine that I reconnected with on FB. We can't seem to keep our clothes on around each other either, lmao!!! I also enjoy books that make me laugh so this is DEFINITELY going on my TBR shelf:)

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  7. Thanks BookLady! It's been a crazy journey, but fun! Wouldn't want it any other way!

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  8. Thanks, Cindi! Funny how life imitates art...or is it art imitates life....

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  9. to the author, you have made a great work writing and with the covers of the books, they are so professional omg, amazing

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  10. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway! Cannot wait to read this book.

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    1. Kim, I'd love to get your thoughts and feedback when you do read it! :)

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I'm just wondering if the author has anyone in her life who inspired the characters?
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Meghan, In the interview above, I answered that very question. Brian was loosely based on a friend I have. He and I did not end up together...but we are still friends and both very happy.

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  12. I've been wanting to read this one! Thanks!
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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    1. Amber, I'd love to hear your thoughts when you do. :)

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  13. I love friends to lovers--can't wait to read!

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! Please feel free to drop me line when you do read it. Would love to hear your thoughts. Jessica

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  14. Really would love to read this book!

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    1. Thanks, Priscilla! I'd love for you to read More Than Friends and give me your feedback. :) Great of you to stop by.

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  15. Congrats on the release :-) & wishing you luck in continuing to overcome the mosr terrifying to find lots more of the most exciting part of being a publishef author (it would terrify me too):-)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I, too, hope for lots more exciting parts. My second published book came out Thurs....wish me luck again!

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  16. Love your advice about accepting change, so many people are afraid of it. The book sounds great!

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    1. Thanks, Celina! Change is easy! That's why I love that quote so much! When you read More Than Friends, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it! I love getting feedback from readers.

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