Diamond Jubilee BlogHop

God Save The Queen!

In honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, I’ve joined this Blog Hop and intend to celebrate things English (which I love anyway).  So take a look at some of my favorite English things:

A Traditional English Tea–  I’m sitting here longing for one just looking at this picture.  I’ve had the pleasure of having a formal tea several times while in the British Isles and nothing quite compares to the perfect blend of tea, sandwiches and pastries.  To think of doing this every day makes me long for the days of elegance long past.

Shakespeare–For a theatre lover the Bard should probably have come first, but, well, it is tea.  However, Shakespeare’s works are among my most favorite of English things.  Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth and my all time favorite–The Taming of the Shrew.  I’ve used that trope in my current WIP As Long As You’re Mine; Romeo and Juliet is echoed in my medieval trilogy Time Enough to Love.  Shakespeare borrowed many of his plots, I’m sure he won’t mind if I carry on the tradition. 🙂  And what better representation of the bard for a romance writer, than Joseph Fiennes in Shakespeare in Love.

English Literature–I’ve always been much more enamored of English literature than American.  Richardson, the Brontes, Dickens, and of course, Jane Austin have all given me hours upon hours of pleasure reading.  British romance writers, such as Jo Beverley and Mary Balogh have been an inspiration for my own work.  Can’t wait to pick up another of their works.

London–My Mecca.  I’ve loved London even before I was fortunate enough to actually go there.  The city embodies all the things I hold dear–history, literature, and theatre.  I remember so well my first trip there, going to see all the sites:  Big Ben, the Tower, Buckingham Palace, the Royal Shakespeare, Westminster Abbey.  It is a magical city and one I hope to visit again soon.

Henry VIII–Henry Tudor has been my fantasy man for decades.  I saw a BBC series–The Six Wives of Henry VIII–when I was young and impressionable and the monarch did just that–impress the hell out of me.  It didn’t hurt that he was played by the gorgeous Keith Michell.  And while Henry was both the Renaissance man and the Machiavellian ideal, I’ve always harbored a liking for him. The recent portrayal of him in The Tudors by Jonathan Rhys Myers shows Henry is still thought of as one sexy man.

And a finally my English historical romance, Heart of Deception.  My first published work, released just about a year ago.  It’s a sweet little romance about a girl who’s willing to do almost anything to be able to marry the man she’s in love with–though the man is not exactly what he seems.

Blurb for Heart of Deception:

Celinda Graham—young, naïve, passionate—is head-over-heels in love with Andrew Finley, Viscount Hurston and insists on marrying him. Unfortunately, Andrew’s family has been feuding with Celinda’s for generations.  When her father refuses to allow the marriage, Andrew proposes a scandalous way to get his approval.  But Andrew has a secret that may spell disaster to his plans if Celinda finds out he is not what he seems.

Thanks for stopping by on the blog hop.  If you enter a comment and your email address, you’ll be entered to win either a copy of  Heart of Deception or my erotic contemporary novella, Hog Wild.

Blurb for Hog Wild:

When Lula Wolfendale’s motorcycle breaks down on her way to a Harley rally, she detours into tiny Shoshone, CA to find a new ride.  Seducing bikers Beau and Rob Hogue and commandeering their Harleys is easy; finding sexual satisfaction is a “hog” of a different color.  A Blue Phantom, to be exact, owned by the pair’s older brother, Jesse.  After brief, unsatisfying encounters with the first two Hogues, Lula approaches Jesse with a proposition:  a sexual contest for his Phantom, where Lula will emerge with either a bike to die for or the climax of her dreams.  Or can she possibly obtain both?

Below is the list of other stops on the Diamond Jubilee Blog Hop so you can keep on hopping!

Diamond Jubilee Blog Hop Participants 

To buy  Heart of Deception, Hog Wild, or Almost Perfect, click the images on the sidebar.

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35 Responses to Diamond Jubilee BlogHop

  1. Deb P says:

    Heart of Deception sounds wonderful. 😉

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  2. bn100 says:

    Very nice post. The books sound good.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  3. nelricky says:

    Hog Wild and Heart of Deception sounds like the kind of books I love to read. New to your blog but will be back for some great info.

    acouponaddict@charter.net

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  4. jennirv4967 says:

    I would love to be entered. I love Britain and royalty…even imported me a Scotsman! 🙂 jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

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  5. DebraG says:

    I love all things British. I loved visiting London.
    debby236 at hotmail dot com

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  6. I’m a big fan of Jonathan Rhys Myers’ version of Henry the VIII -I doubt Henry was that sex – but it is nice to fantasize. Been to London a couple of times – just love it.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Well, portrait of the young Henry say he was pretty good-looking for his day. But sexy in the Jonathan Rhys Myers’ way–doubtful. It’s always nice to think power is also beautiful. But so often it’s not. I can’t wait to go back to London/England. i know there’s a research trip in my future somewhere. LOL Thanks for coming by, Victoria (regal name, that.) 🙂

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  7. Daryl Devore says:

    I’m sitting here sipping some tea as I read your blog. Great one. Don’t know how you keep coming up with such great posts.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      “Needs must when the devil drives.” I love that quote–a classier way of saying “I waited until the last minute and had to come up with something fast!” We’re used to being creative on stage. This post was really an association of ideas–Queen, England, my favorite English things (not hard since I adore most things English). Loved your post too, Daryl. Very fitting for the Jubilee. The Queen rocks! Thanks for coming by–hope you enjoyed your tea. 🙂

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  8. chitsuen says:

    Very nice post, Jenna. I love English tea as well. 🙂

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Seems a lot of people do, Melissa. I’m drinking it non-stop as I write. Inspirational for my historicals, soothing for the contemporaries. But it’s got to be English Breakfast or Earl (or Lady) Grey. 🙂 Thanks for coming by!

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  9. LaTanya says:

    I like the title of Hog Wild. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  10. Brenda says:

    Jenna, I’m such a huge fan of yours. H.O.D was a great story. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    I’m going to sit down and have a coffee–not a fan of tea anymore–and have four cookies and comment on blogs, lol.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      But coffee too had its place in English society, Brenda. You’re still within the tradition. And thanks so much for your kind words. 🙂 Enjoy your morning coffee time. What kind of cookies, I wonder? Whatever kind, they smell fantastic. LOL I appreciate you stopping in to pay a call. 🙂

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  11. You certainly gave a great argument for everything English, which makes me want to enjoy a nice English tea the way THEY do it. The Tudors, yes, who would have thought the royals were so…well, you know what I mean. *wink*

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      *wink wink nudge nudge* Say no more! LOL Yes, Henry and the Tudors were…very! And that’s why they have had series produced about them still after 500 years! I think I really must go and make a pot of tea now. 🙂 Thanks so much for coming by, Sydney.

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  12. Great blog, Jenna. How true, nothing can compare with an English tea and it doesn’t even have to be high tea.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thanks for coming by, Ella! All this talk of tea has made me yearn for a cup. And you’re right, it doesn’t have to be a high tea to be enjoyed. If you enter into the spirit of it, any tea can summon the magic. 🙂

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  13. I’ve never been to London, though I’ve always wanted to go. Some day! I think the closest I got in terms of culture was Canada, which is still part of the British commonwealth pretty much. The titular Head of State is Queen Elizabeth II. Today is Victoria Day there, too! (Elizabeth II will have to wait her turn.)

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      When I first went to London, Patricia, my first thought was “Now I can die happy.” LOL It was on my bucket list from the age of 12. That’s right, today is a holiday in Canada. And Queen Victoria deserves such thanks for her moral guidelines. It’s made many a romance author’s career writing heroines who defied them! 🙂 Hope you get to London one day soon!

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  14. wyndwhisper says:

    Hi Jenna,
    we have alot in common. i love tea too. in fact i love to have a tea party and invite all of my nieces, i make them dress for it in their “tea dresses” and i have victorian hats for them to wear, then i let them choose any teacup they want from my collection to drink from that day. (i have about 150-200 if you add in the teasets). we have tea foods finger sandwhiches and petit fours, little things and then i make a salad that has liceburg and baby spinach leafs, blueberrys/sliced and whole strawberries and mandarin oranges. topped with a blueberry~pomagranet dressing. for kids that hate veggies they sure eat that fast enough. then at the end we have black current scone with more tea or lemonade and clotted cream and their favorite kind of jam.

    i do 3-4 a year, Easter, Back to school, End of School and christmas. even my sister/mom and nephews come to some of them because i always send home little goodie baskets for each of them.

    it is tons of fun and i have to younger nieces that just moved here so the tradion carries on. i think that is really what {tea } is about passng on manners and traditions and memories. theses are times that even when they are my age and have kids or grand kids of their own they will remember and do it for them. isn’t that wonderful!

    tammyramey
    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      You have made me so jealous, Tammy! I should do something similar with my girls, though they’re teens now. The perfect thing would be to take them to tea in London! The ultimate mother-daughter outing! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Sue says:

    Lovely blog. Brings back many fond memories. I think the best high tea I ever had was in Bath, a most amazing city.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      I visited Bath the first time I ever went to England. Gorgeous city. I tend to think of it as a Romance Capital, since so many historical romances have scenes set there it seems. 🙂 Next time I go, I will definitely have tea!

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  16. Fun hop, Jenna! The English things I love can be summed up in 6 words: Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Jude Law. hehehehe

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  17. caseamajor says:

    Jenna – no question this hop lends itself to your expertise and the lucky winner who wins your story will be blessed. Happy Hopping!

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  18. You mentioned several of my favorite things in your post. If I win, I would request the historical. Thats a great cover.
    srbagby50@gmail.com

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