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Today's Sahmain guest author is Delle Jacobs!

Delle Jacobs lives in a fantasy world of endless green forests, silvery rivers that cascade between shining, snow-capped mountains, not far from both a high desert scabland and a sandy-beached, marine blue ocean. It’s called Washington State. She shares it with three generations of adult males, the requisite two black writer’s cats, and all sorts of mossy-backed folk who don’t mind the rain that makes their land so magical.

A three time winner of the Golden Heart as well as many other awards for her books, Delle fills her historical and fantasy romance with that same sort of magic. Besides writing, her other favorite addiction is Photoshopping covers for ebooks.



Delle's latest book is SINS OF THE HEART:

One lord. One lady. One scandalous mistake. Can it all add up to love?

The icy Lord Edenstorm is the very man Lady Juliette hoped never to see again, for only he knows her true identity. One word from him to her brother and she will be locked away, hidden forever in an asylum. All for one foolish, scandalous mistake.

Still stinging from her deceitful betrayal years before and wounded by the horrors of war, Edenstorm offers to keep her secret, if she helps him catch the traitors who smuggle English gold to Napoleon.

Juliette is incensed. Her Cornish friends may be smugglers, but never traitors, and his snooping and accusations could destroy them. Furious at his blackmail, Juliette vows to risk her own life and freedom to protect the friends she trusts by leading his search astray.

But Edenstorm is not the unfeeling man she thought she knew. Nor is Juliette the faithless woman he believed her to be. As passion flares, deceit gives way to truth, and truth unleashes dangers they never suspected.

Only by turning truth into trust—and trust into love—can they hope to survive.

Please help me welcome Delle Jacobs!


1) What kind of books do you love to read and how do those stories impact your own writing?
Thanks so much for having me here, Elizabeth! You have such an interesting blog- it's going to be fun,

After all these years, I still read almost exclusively historical romance and mainstream historical. It's an odd thing, though, that I'm not reading the genre I'm writing right now, paranormal. I haven't found very many that are like what I want to read. I know they're out there, but I don't see them often. That's because I want the historical paranormal, in a time when urban fantasy is so popular.

2) What are you working on presently? What about upcoming releases?
You're probably going to think I'm schizophrenic. I'm not, honest. About two years ago I was feeling very un-satisfied with what I was writing. I think I was tired of my direction, and historicals just weren't selling well. At my agent's suggestion I tried a Regency vampire story. I have to admit it took me a long time to catch on, and I became frustrated with it and dropped it.

But from that point on, paranormal stories were the only ones that came to me. I've done nothing but experiment with various paranormal historicals since then, but haven't finished vary much. Now I'm finishing them and sending them out. I'm even finishing the vampire story, which I've decided I really like and finally think I understand what I want to do and where it wants to go. It's been wonderful to have an editor at Samhain who has actively encouraged me to pursue this tack, and take the time I needed to get it the way I felt it should be.

So I have SIREN, a very sensual sea fantasy novella, FAERIE, a medieval paranormal about a woman who is not your ordinary Tinkerbell, a vampire Regency historical and two sequels to my current releases going.

I have two current releases with Samhain, APHRODITE'S BREW and SINS OF THE HEART, both Regency setting. The first is a light, slightly paranormal story about a love potion gone awry. The second is a strongly adventurous story about smugglers and spies. As for releases coming up, well, I can't say yet, but I'm looking forward to some new announcements soon.

3) What’s the best compliment you ever got on your writing or book(s)?
That's so hard to say. I've had several fans tell me books like LOKI'S DAUGHTERS helped them get through endless hours of pain from surgery and lingering illness, and that's always wonderful to hear. But years ago I had a friend read FIRE DANCE in very short segments because she said it was too hard for to handle all at once. She confessed that the heroine's past abuse by her father had triggered difficult memories for her. But she kept on reading and said eventually it was a therapeutic tool that changed her life. It feels great to know something I wrote turned a person's life around.

4) What’s your writing schedule like?
I've had a hard time finding time for my writing the last year, but I've changed all that, and I'm back on schedule. When I write, write all day, 10 to 14 hours every day. When I research, that's the way I do it. I don't like it when I have to steal a few minutes here and there, but sometimes that's the way it has to be. I don't need one of those signs that says “Mom at work- don't enter unless the cops are here." I have perfected a glare that does the job just as well.

I write on a laptop or when I go places, my mini laptop, an MSI Wind, which weighs 2.5 pounds and fits in my purse. It's the perfect Starbucks writing machine. I have an office, but I prefer sitting on my bed, or outside under a canopy in summer.

5) If you could be one character from any book you’re read or written who would it be and why?
You do ask hard ones! The truth is, I don't identify with the heroines. I see myself in the heroes. Some of my own, and Laura Kinsale's heroines are like me. I'm stubborn and independent. But at the same time sometimes not believing in myself enough. I think of all my own heroines I'd most like to be the one in FAERIE, or in my latest release, SINS OF THE HEART.

I like my heroines strong and independent, a bit willful but not stupidly so. I love it when they can out-smart a smart hero. Such a woman must have a hero who is every bit her equal. That can be hard to write sometimes, but it's always worth it.


Delle has donated a copy of SINS OF THE HEART to one lucky commenter. (ebook or print). To be entered into the drawing, simply answer this question...

Who are some strong, independent heroines (from books or movies) that stand out in your mind?


Blogger bridget3420 said...

The chick from Resident Evil. She's bad ass.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

I've always thought Trinity from the Matrix movies was a strong heroine. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Vivian Grace from Debra Webb's "Nameless" are other examples.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Refhater said...

Any of the Drake sisters from Christine Feehan's books.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Delle Jacobs said...

Remember Sigourney Weaver in the Alien series? She set a whole new standard for heroines.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any of the heroines from Nora Roberts Dream Trilogy - they are all strong successful women.

Pat L.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Armenia said...

Claire Freaser from OUTLANDER, Elizabeth Bennet from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, Clarissa from CRY OF PASSION.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Caffey said...

Hi Delle!! Love your historical stories! This one I missed of yours and so thrilled to hear about it! I so can't wait for that Sea and Medieval stories from you! They'll be worth the wait!

I too like strong heroines. I think there are so many so I'm thinking about ones I recently read and that's Cat in Jeaniene Frost's Huntress series. Even with the different fears she faced, she faced them and became stronger in that.


3:51 PM  
Blogger Pam P said...

Hi Delle. One of my favorite independent heroines is still Jessica Trent, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. Recently, Mercy, Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh.

From TV, The Closer's Brenda Lee Johnson; Grace in Saving Grace.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Delle Jacobs said...

Hi Cathie! Thank you! So sorry you missed SINS. Maybe we can fix that. Yes, I remember what you said about LOKI'S DAUGHTERS! I've got it posted on my "Fan Page" (which I really must update).

Looks to me like I'd better get busy and enlarge my TBR pile. I loved Loretta Chase's heroine, but I missed Nalini's, and I didn't know about the Huntress series.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Calila1988 said...

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Eve from Nora Roberts' In Death series, Elizabeth Webber from General Hospital, Selene from the Underworld movies,Veronica Mars, Sydney Bristow from Alias.

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Chelsea B. said...

You know, this may sound weird to some, but I always loved Julia Roberts role in 'Prety Woman' Actually, every role that I've been her play kind of has an are of independence.

I'm always looking for new authors to read. SO I'm really looking foward to reading some of your books, Delle! :)

5:26 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

I always enjoy the strong heroines in Linda Howard's books also Eve Dallas in JD Robb's books

5:34 PM  
Blogger Delle Jacobs said...

Thanks, Chelsea! I hope you enjoy them. I am really loving this change I've made into paranormal, so I'm hoping my excitement will rub off on the books and then on the readers.

Mine are different, but I'm kind of at a loss to explain what makes them so. There's a lot of accurate history, and I love making the past vivid and alive, but I'm also playing fast and loose with some things. Okay so I know these people weren't like the way I've written them. But I also know William Rufus (William II) wasn't a redhead. He was blond. And if some historians couldn't be bothered to find those little things out, maybe my readers won't mind if I turn certain earls into were-dogs.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Delle Jacobs said...

Right, Diane. Linda Howard does real women. I don't read a lot of J.D. Robb, but yes, those are strong characters. I'm about to pick up my first Yasmine Galenorn, and I'm expecting to find some really strong women there.

My DH loves to watch Saving Grace and The Closer. I tell him it's because he wants to watch women who are like me. I usually get a fisheye stare back.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Mari said...

My favorite is Sally from When Harry Met Sally. One of my all time fave movies.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Amy M said...

I think that Estelle from Emma Holly's Kissing Midnight would be a favorite of mine.

Amy M

7:42 PM  
Blogger Llehn said...

Anita Blake from Laurell K Hamilton's best selling series of the same name!

8:21 PM  
Blogger SiNn said...

liz pheonix from the pheonix chronicals alice from resident evil, the girl from doomsday theres alot of other examples

10:04 PM  
Blogger Cathi said...

Pam P, I love Grace, portrayed by Holly Hunter!

There are many very strong heroines out there, but the first two that came to mind are Damali and Anita Blake.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Karen H in NC said...

Margaret Hale played by Daniela Denby-Ashe in 'North and South',
Tess McGill played by Melanie Griffith in 'Working Girl',
and finally Caroline Torrington, the heroine in 'No Regrets' written by Michele Ann Young.

6:20 AM  
Blogger tetewa said...

Stephanie Plum from Janet Evanovich's series!

6:21 AM  
Blogger Blodeuedd said...

I always liked Elizabeth from P&P, she dared to say no to a marriage and din't let anyone pressure her. And she wasn't afraid to say her mind

7:17 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

One of my favorites is Brenda from The Closer.

3:29 PM  
Blogger booklover1335 said...

Hi Delle,

Books looks fabulous. I love a hot historical romance! My favorite strong, and independant heroine hands down is Claire Fraser from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.

Would really love to win your book. Thanks!

7:16 PM  
Blogger Mitzi said...

Claire Fraser in Outlander, Sherra Callahan in Kiss of Heat, Jessica Trent in Lord of Scoundrels, Francis Hart in Scandalous Lovers.

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

8:25 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Ooh, that is a hard question. There are so many I admire and love~~but Linda Howards Die For Me heroine, Blair Mallory, is one of those heroines I just want to grow up and be, lol. So I'll pick her!!

9:15 PM  
Blogger jeanette8042 said...

I would have to say Tory from Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Sharon M said...

I've been more of a TV gal and some of my favorite strong and independent heroines have been Buffy, Sydney Bristow (Alias), the Halliwell sisters from Charmed. I also really like Fiona in Burn Notice.

7:03 AM  
Blogger Delle Jacobs said...

I think you're all pointing out something important: today's women ARE different. Yes, we're the same in many ways as women have always been, but we have the freedom, opportunity and elf-confidence, as well as the support of our men, that women never had before. We have a hard time imagining- or wanting the kinds of lives most women in the past have had to live.

So we find our strong heroines on TV or at least in contemporary romances. It can be done, but it's hard to write a strong historical heroine who is also historically accurate. It's much easier to just dress a 21st Century woman in costume and stick her into a semi-historical setting. This is the dilemma historical writers have to face most often these days.

7:59 AM  
Blogger I Heart Book Gossip said...

Eve from S.J. Day's series is pretty bad ass.

Please count me in.

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

2:46 PM  

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