Monday, March 12, 2012

Educating Ethan by Jennifer Lynne

Thanks so much for visiting today - I am featuring what I think is a great new novella, one that you will want to pick up.  It seems to me to be the perfect type of read for this time of year when it is cold and you want to curl up on your couch in your pajamas with a good book!

About the Novella:

Ida Deloraine intends to build herself a new life and a new career in catering, after a painful divorce. When the much younger Ethan Holt moves in across the street, an innocent flirtation quickly becomes serious when the two realize their age difference is no barrier to all-consuming passion.

But Ethan is the exact opposite of what Ida is looking for in a sexual partner. He is young and vibrant, with his life and his dreams still ahead of him, whereas hers are all in the past. Can Ethan, who is fighting his own demons in the form of a car accident, failed marriage and forced career change, convince Ida to overcome the past and live for the moment?

And just who is educating who in this cougar encounter?

About the Author:

Jennifer Lynne is a multi-published author who writes sensual and erotic romance from her home in Melbourne, Australia. She has two novellas published with Red Sage, including Seducing Serena in Secrets Volume 28 Sensual Cravings, and Pandora's Gift. Her first sensual romance with Breathless Press, Educating Ethan, will be out in February. Jen lives in hope that readers will continue to enjoy her novella-length tales of love and lust!

Find Jennifer on the web at:!/JenniLynnAuthor

Book Excerpts:

Excerpt #1:

It was hard to maintain eye contact as she spoke, with his magnificent chest bare to the world, the pinkish brown nipples puckered slightly in the air-conditioned room, and the faint sprinkling of dark hair that led downwards in an enticing line like a persistent arrow directing her wayward gaze.
And her wayward gaze complied, whether she wanted it to or not, noting the curve of those thighs and the implicit strength in the coiled muscles as he moved forward to reach for another roll. She glanced only briefly this time but still he knew. She could tell in the amused curl of his lips as they lifted and the knowing way he slanted his eyes at her. God, what was wrong with her today?

He's too young, she reminded herself. And he sure as hell won't be thinking of me that way.

He probably misses his mother's cooking.

She took a deep, steadying breath. "Careful, Ethan. They're really hot."

There. A mother would say something like that. Wouldn't she?

"But delicious." His eyes crinkled at the corners as he chewed and swallowed. He looked adorably young. She moved around to the other side of the island and gripped its edges. Now she couldn't see anything below his hips. Much safer.

"What's it called?" He spoke around the food, and for a moment, she wasn't quite sure to what he was referring. 

It's called lust, she thought. Or maybe cradle snatching? "Umm…"

"Your catering company. What's it called?"

"Oh!" Tension released from her shoulders as they ventured into a familiar topic of conversation. 

Work she could deal with. "Simply Delicious."

"How very…appropriate." The look he was sending her had her breath catching in her throat and had nothing to do with food.

Excerpt #2:

Possibility, she thought. He represents the possibility of excitement. Of passion. The transient headiness of lust about to be fulfilled. All the things that most women wanted and rarely got. All the things that she wanted and had never truly had before.

"Ethan, do you mind if I ask how old you are?" She strove for dispassionate interest, took a careful sip of her wine, then sat where he indicated— on a bench seat in a little breakfast nook. But her glass clattered hard on the windowsill when she put it down.

"No, I don't mind," he answered. "I'm twenty-five. And you're…what? Thirtyish?"

Author Interview:

1. Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.

Necessary. Challenging. Rewarding.

2. What is your favorite genre of literature?

When reading, I love anything containing spicy romance, whether it be contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, mystery, thriller – as long as there is a hot romance thread I'm a happy reader! In terms of writing, I tend to favor erotic or sensual romance – usually in a contemporary setting and occasionally with a touch of the paranormal.

3. At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I feel as if I've always written, but it probably wasn't until I was at university and someone dared me to write a romance, that I realized I did actually need to write in order to be happy. I submitted that first manuscript to Mills & Boon, and while it was rejected (of course!), they were very encouraging about my unique "voice". I continued to dabble for years, until I finally gathered the courage (after a painful divorce) to submit an erotic romance to Red Sage. That story was Seducing Serena, and Red Sage bought it for their Secrets anthology (Volume 28). Pandora's Gift followed, then my indie release, Platinum Passion (Gods of Love #1), and now Educating Ethan is out with Breathless Press. Only took 20 years, but it feels as if I'm finally doing this writing thing properly!

4. What would you consider to be the best book you have ever read?

This question is too hard! There are so many books I've loved over the years, and the ones I value most highly do change at times depending on my mood. It could be anything from The Horsemasters (a childhood favorite) to The Great Gatsby or The Catcher in the Rye. The one I've read most over the years is The Lord of the Rings (before the movies, too!). There are too many great books to list here!

5. Describe the process of getting a book self-published.

Self-publishing is both easier and more difficult than being traditionally published. By that, I mean you are your own boss, so you get to make all the decisions about content, edits, cover, price, where you distribute, where and how you market, which is wonderful, but at the same time, it all falls on your own shoulders and that can be quite a heavy burden. It is nice to be part of a publisher's "family", though with all the support out there for indie authors these days, you can be part of an indie "family", too. Join indie or self-publishing chat groups on Yahoo and surf the net to find blogs that offer advice and support for indie writers. In terms of process, once the book is written, get it professionally edited, get a professional book cover designed, develop an author website/blog, join social media, open accounts with whoever you intend to publish through (e.g. Amazon, Smashwords). You may need to purchase ISBN's, though it is not essential for either Amazon or Smashwords ebooks. Research categories and key words so you can place your book in the right category. Develop a business/marketing plan, which includes price and promotion ideas/opportunities. I keep a spreadsheet for my marketing these days! And once you've published that first one, write the next!

6. What message, thoughts, or ideas do you want readers to take away from your novella?

Educating Ethan is not just about an older woman seducing a younger man. I wanted to twist the classic "cougar" idea and create a situation where the age difference is merely a part of the overall picture, and where both Ida and Ethan have the possibility to learn and grow as individuals through the power of love – regardless of their age. I hope that by the end of the story, the age difference becomes almost irrelevant for readers, and that the message they take with them is that when love finds you, you should grasp it with both hands and live for the present, and the possibility that the future offers, not dwell in the past.

7. Any sneak peeks at what is upcoming from you?

I'm currently working on Book #2 in my Gods of Love series that began with Platinum Passion (December indie release). Aphrodite Calling is the story of Himeros, the ancient Greek god of sexual desire, and his interaction with a modern day career woman in contemporary Melbourne. I'm also developing Gods of Love #3, tentatively titled Sex Club Secrets, about Anteros, god of requited/unrequited love. He's a handful of a character, let me tell you. Finally, I'm writing an erotic fairy tale based loosely on the story of the princess and the pea. A woman with super-sensitive skin is ideal fodder for an erotic romance writer! So there's plenty to keep me busy this year.

8. What is it that you like to do when you’re not reading/writing?

When I'm not reading or writing, I'm usually found either at my day job in medical admin, or ferrying my teenage children around to their various school, part time work and social activities. I love red wine, coffee, and drives up into the hills near our home to visit some of the art galleries, craft shops and cafes. I'm also addicted to lifestyle and reality TV, including Escape to the Country, Survivor and Amazing Race, and when Trueblood is on I'm addicted to that, too!

9. How do you react to a bad review of your book?

Obviously I hate the idea that someone might read my book and dislike it enough to post a bad review, but at the end of the day I understand that we don't all like the same things. Mostly I try to just get on with my writing.

10. Are the names of the characters in your novels important?  How and why?

Yes, they are important. I think very carefully about naming my "babies", so to speak! I try to reflect the personality and style of my hero and heroine in their names. And the name I choose for them also needs to sound good and fit with the overall theme and flow of the story. For example, Ida in Educating Ethan is an older woman, and I wanted her name to suggest a slightly more traditional flavor. In my contemporary paranormal romance, Pandora's Gift, the hero, Flint, is described as having "a hardness to him, both physically and metaphorically, that spoke of stone." Hence his name.

11. Why do you write for adults instead of children?

The type of stories I like to write are geared for an adult audience. Quite simply, I like my romance hot! Super-hot at times, such as my ménage erotic romance, Platinum Passion, released in December last year. So my audience would be those aged 18 and above.

12. Who would play you in a film of your life?

Me? I don't think anyone would want to see a film about me! My characters and stories – yes. But me? I'm just an ordinary suburban working mum who happened to get lucky and have some of her stories accepted for publication. I'd much rather stay behind the scenes and write the film, rather than star in it!

13. What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?

Maintaining priorities, and time management. If I don't write, I'm not happy, and I find with a family and work it is very easy to put my writing time to the bottom of the priority list. So I try and build writing time into my schedule on a regular basis. Not always possible, but I do try! The other issue to remember is that it is so easy to get caught up in all the emails and social media which can be a huge time drain at times. If you want to write, you really need to set a particular time each day to deal with emails, facebook and twitter, so that it doesn't impact on the time you've set aside to actually write. As I said - priorities, and time management! The keys to sanity!


  1. Thanks so much for having me today!

  2. Educating Ethan sounds positively yummy

    1. Hi Faerymom, there's lots of yummy things in this story, not least of which is Ethan himself!

  3. Educating Ethan sounds positively yummy

  4. It's almost midnight here in Australia and I'm off to bed shortly, but please keep your comments coming as I'll be checking in and responding as soon as I wake up. I do have insomnia from time to time so it's quite possible I'll be back here in 2-3 hours anyway! Goodnight...for now :)

  5. I cannot wait to read this. Educating Ethan sounds so intriguing. I can't wait to see how Ida overcomes her feelings about him being to young. I love reading how couples overcome their issues to fall in love. Thank you so much for the great interview and awesome excerpts.

    1. Thanks Rhonda! One of the things I realized when writing Educating Ethan was that it doesn't matter what age we are, there is always emotional baggage that we bring to a new relationship. The fact that he is so young added a slightly different flavor to their issues.

  6. Thanks for hosting Jennifer today. In case you're interested in the story, it can be found at Breathless Press.

  7. Hi, Jennifer! Great interview and excerpts! I'm glad you're following your drive to write! Best wishes for many sales and glowing reviews ;) (and good attitude! Writing forces you to put yourself out there, and not everyone is always kind just because some people aren't!) Looking forward to Educating Ethan!

    1. Thank you! Yes, writing definitely forces you to put yourself out there. It is a journey I'm finding incredibly scary, but immensely satisfying at the same time :)

  8. I absolutely love the idea of your book. Looking forward to the read.

  9. Great interview, Jennifer! This is on my must read shelf!

  10. Educating Ethan sounds like a fun story. What made you pick the heroine to be a caterer (aside from the erotic food play, it presents)?

    1. Thanks Linda. I wanted a profession Ida could set up and run from home, and at the time I wrote it I was watching a cooking series on TV called Masterchef, so I thought of catering. And after all, who doesn't love a good cinnamon bun?!

  11. I have never read a cougar book before. This one sound like a lot of fun.

    1. Thanks Mom Jane! I like to think of Educating Ethan as a cougar story with a twist. Not so much of the older woman seducing a younger man - more about two people falling in love, regardless of their age :)

  12. Well...The cold is probably done here in Southeastern NC but I still like to curl up at night with a book and a novella is the perfect length to get finished in one satisfying sitting.

    1. Hi Catherine, it's early autumn over here in Australia and still quite hot during the day - but I can curl up with a good book anytime! I find a novella is great for when I'm extra busy and need a quick escape :)

  13. Wonderful interview and excerpts. Cougars ,women are always refer to as a feline it seems. DebP

    1. I just did a quick web search on the origin of the term "cougar" and amongst all the rubbish that turned up (!) it seems the term stems from the idea of a cougar on the hunt for defenceless prey. Why this would relate to women only, rather than men as well, I'm not sure, except maybe that females in the big cat family are usually better hunters! Educating Ethan is an older woman/younger man story, but definitely not a classic cougar tale as such :) Thanks for your comment!

  14. You are a new-to-me author and I believe I will enjoy following you around on your blog book tour. I really like tours such as this because it allows me to become acquainted with authors I would never find otherwise.

    1. Hi Karen, thank you! I'm very fortunate to have this and another tour running for my recent release, Platinum Passion. Both tours allow me the opportunity o get to know others who love books as much as I do!

  15. Thank you for the wonderful interview & excerpt. I know I'm going to like Ida & Ethan.


  16. Hi Marybelle, thank you! Hope you enjoy their story :)

  17. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the book tour for Educating Ethan. I’ve had a wonderful time chatting over the past three weeks - meeting fellow book lovers and engaging in some really in-depth discussions about love and relationships. I hope we can keep in touch via Twitter, Facebook or at my own blog.

    The giveaway draw is now closed and I’ll be announcing the WINNERS on my blog in a few hours' time:

    You can find me on Twitter at!/JenniLynnAuthor or FB at

    Once again, thank you everyone!