Meet romance author Jane Beckenham

Tell us about yourself:
I’m a 50 something wife of one (30 years and counting) and mother of 2 girls who have flown the nest, so it’s just me the old boy, the cat and the dog and the wonderful bird life I can see from my office window. We live in the country and daily I’ll see quails and pukekos, swallows and all sorts flitting about – really is rather lovely.

What inspired the premise for your story?
I really wanted to know what would push a normally rule-obeying young woman to resort to something so desperate as highway robbery and subsequently blackmail 

Why is the setting to your story so important?
It’s a funny thing about the setting as it’s set in England – and I live at the other end of the world in New Zealand. It’s also set in a wintry snow wonderland and I’ve never lived in the snow, in fact never get snow where I live, so it’s always great researching it. At the time the book was set – 1813 –highway robbery was just out ‘died’ out however, my hero and heroine have need of secrecy and so this occupation was a great help to them.

What genres do you normally write in?
I write both contemporary and historical and tend to switch back and forth, however, my next two books are part of continuities and are both historical.

Are there any authors who have influenced your work?
Love Sophia James for her historicals, both Regency and Medieval, and Sandra Hill for her humor and characterization.

What was the first book you ever published?
My first book was a co-authored book called Woman of Valor – a time travel romance set in Israel, then subsequently I wrote a couple of more time travel romances – love that genre and then contemporaries, and Christmas stories such as Desperately Seeking Santa, and To Kiss an Angel. Then there’s He’s the One, Romeo for Hire and Secrets and Seduction which are all contemporary, though A Traitor’s Heart is historical.

Some quickies:
Dog or Cat? We have both, but I love my dog Bingo – he’s my baby
Flowers or Chocolate? Flowers – coz it aint fattening
Finger paint or Body paint? Ooh body paint sounds rather fun~!
Kilts or Leather pants? There’s something about a man in a skirt
Dark eyes or Light eyes? Dark smoldering eyes every time
Crayons or Paint? Paint – think of the things you can do with it
High heels or Flipflops? Heels – and suspenders!

The Highwayman's Bride

Available at: Amazon

England, 1813

Forced into a marriage . . .
Compelled by her uncle to marry a man who has a predilection for violence, Tess Stanhope resorts to a ploy from her favorite novels to fund an escape—highway robbery. But her attempt is botched by a maddening, handsome rogue named Aiden.

Driven by revenge . . .
Aiden Masters, the Earl of Charnley, is hell-bent on avenging his sister’s brutal treatment at the hands of the criminal Florian Nash. He single-mindedly seeks vengeance at the expense of all else—even by furtively roaming the highways at night.

Blackmailed for love . . .
At a London party Tess meets up with Aiden once again and blackmails him...marry her or she’ll divulge to society his clandestine life as a highwayman. She desires a marriage in name only—but the more time they spend fighting their desire, the closer they come giving in.

Her mind reeled at his closeness, a sensory world of heat and touch. Of sinful thoughts. Concentrate. Stick with the plan.

What plan? This had been a spur of the moment idea. Now she had to make it work.

A flurry of nerves and fear coiled tight in her gut. This man was big. Her gaze dropped to his hands. Big hands. Hands that could break her with one flick of his wrists.

Tess knew she tempted him, which was exactly as it needed to be if she were to succeed. Then he did something she hadn’t expected. He lifted a hand to her neck, scraping the back of his fingers along its curve. Her breath hitched for a heartbeat.

Do it, Tess. He’s your only hope.
“I desire the independence of a married woman,” she said in a rush.

His eyes darkened to the color of the deepest night sky. “And?”

The tip of her tongue slid along the rim of her mouth, and butterflies fluttered in her stomach. “Marry me, Aiden, and you’ll never see me again. Marry me, or I will announce to the world your penchant for robbery.”

His hand fell away, his expression instantly stony. “You are either very brave, Tess Stanhope, or extremely foolish.”

“I know what I want.”

“So do I.”

Then he kissed her—and that changed everything.

Author Bio:
Multi-published author Jane Beckenham discovered dreams and hope, stories that inspired in her a love of romance and happy ever after. Years later, after a blind date, Jane found her own true love and married him eleven months later.

Life has been a series of ‘dreams’ for Jane. Dreaming of learning to walk again after spending years in hospital. Dreaming of raising a family and subsequently flying to Russia to bring home her two adopted daughters. And of course, dreaming of writing.

Writing has become Jane’s addiction - and it sure beats housework.

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Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

Hello, Jane! Sorry I'm so late to this party. (I was gone all day and just got home.) I am so thrilled to have you at DITHR this week. I want to wish you the best in your career and many happy sales.

BTW, LOVE the premise of this new release (and it's pretty cover)

JaneB said...

Hi Renee, it's that busy time of year that hits us all! Thanks regarding the cover and premise. I have lots of good words about the cover and lots of great reviews too so far for THB

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