Hello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters! Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, Jenna Jaxon, and her characters from Crashing Through Time (part of the Crashing Into Love box set). It’s a fantastic time travel romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Ian and Corrine.
How did you first meet your writer?
Ian: I believe I simply appeared in Ms. Jaxon’s mind one day, when she first began plotting our story. I actually believe I’m her version of Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. I believe she describes me somewhat like him in Crashing Through Time. I try not to let that go to my head. Of course, that’s only in the 19th century. In the 21st century I look, well, very different.
Corrine: Ms. Jaxon and I didn’t get along very well at first. She couldn’t make up her mind about me, I think. First, she couldn’t figure out how to spell my first name (Corrine or Corinne) and then in the middle of the book she changed my last name completely. She did say that at first she thought I was using the name as a disguise, but she realized she liked MacGowan better than McCrae, so she kept that. Oh, and my first name is her daughter’s favorite name, which is actually after a character on an old sit com called Soap.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
Corrine: I prefer the romance, thank you very much. The action was fun, but a bit too real at times. I mean, our story begins with a plane crash, for God’s sake. Then I’m almost trampled by a huge horse, and arrested for…Lord, I don’t even know why I was arrested. For seducing Ian, I suspect. So yes, the romance, which was very…romantic throughout.
Ian: I liked the romance best as well. I was not involved with the plane crash, but I definitely was for the romance. *squeezes Corrine’s hand* There could have been much more of those scenes as far as I am concerned.
Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?
Ian: Yes! She wanted to put all the scenes in Cora’s point of view! Originally, I only had two scenes, one with Cora and one with my uncle, where you heard my side of the story. After she got some feedback, other readers wanted to hear more from me, she added two additional scenes, which gave me a better chance to show what I was feeling.
Do you like the way the book ended?
Corrine: Generally, yes, I did like the ending. I wanted more time on the page with Ian, but the ending was very satisfactory.
Ian: I think we needed a couple more scenes that would show what our lives would be like, but generally, yes. * glances at Corrine and smiles * Very satisfactory.
Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
Corrine: I believe Ms. Jaxon is going to do us one better with that. She plans to expand our novella into a full novel and then continue the story as a series of books.
Ian: Yes, she’s been weighing her options and definitely wants to write another time travel book in which we will appear, along with my sister Victoria. *he looks at Corrine* Damn! Do you think I’ll have to go down that blasted well again?
What do you like most about where you live?
Ian: It’s a gorgeous house where I grew up. Built in the early 19th century. Very elegant but now modernized, which is astounding. I particularly like the indoor privies.
What turns you on?
Ian: *looking blankly at Corrine* What turns me on? Does she mean like a switch? *Corrine laughs and leans over to whisper in his ear. Ian turns red* As a gentleman, I cannot answer that question.
Corrine: Then I’ll answer it. What turns me on is a man with honor, with conviction, who is kind, yet strong. *glances at Ian, who is still pink in the face* And who has an English accent. I could listen to that for days.
What sound or noise do you hate?
Both: That damned well!
What’s your favorite animal?
Ian: Horses. I’ve had several I was quite fond of. I’m hoping to establish a stable very soon and breed horses.
What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Ian: Young woman, you are impertinent!
Corrine: *laughs* The Victorians were both very prudish and yet very sexually charged. They normally slept in nightgowns, covered from neck to floor, and with long sleeves. *she smiles* Mine are very pretty and have a lot of lace. However, in the 21st century things are quite a bit…looser. And sometimes…non-existant. *cuts her eyes at Ian, who blushes again*
Ian: I cannot believe you answered that, Cora.
Corrine: Readers want to know things like that, Ian. You want them to buy our book, don’t you? Then you have to get them interested.
Ian: They’re interested in what we wear to bed…or not?
Corrine: Yes, they certainly are.
Ian: *shakes head* I think we need to leave now.
Corrine: Ms. Lowery’s blog or the 21st century completely?
Ian: For right now, Ms. Lowery’s blog. About the other…we’ll see. Thank you so much for having us, Ms. Lowery. So kind of you to invite us here. *kisses Jennifer’s hand*
More than hearts can be broken when you crash through time.
Corrine MacGowan survives a plane crash only to fall down a hole in time. In 1868 Cornwall she faces the ultimate decision: Let the man she loves die, or save him and change history forever.
The first indication for Corinne MacGowan that something had gone seriously wrong was the blue exhaust trailing from the small airplane engine directly to her left. Through the large windows of the sightseeing plane, she’d been avidly scanning the beautiful green fields of Cornwall some fifteen hundred feet below her when, out the corner of her eye, she caught sight of the dark puffs that rapidly became an ominous black stream.
Her heart gave a great thump and her body froze. Oh God! Oh God! Adrenaline shot through her, and she wrenched her gaze from the billowing smoke, scanning the cramped cabin to see if any of the other five passengers had seen it. Shit. No one else had noticed a damn thing.
Corrine snapped her attention toward the cockpit. “Captain!”
The word had barely left her mouth when the harsh, insistent beep of the alarm sounded throughout the tiny cabin.
“Mayday, Mayday, Mayday. Blue Skies T-RVR has engine failure. Forced landing imminent. Currently two miles east of St. Agnes. Repeat. Blue Skies…”
“Oh, my God. We’re going to crash.”
“We’re all gonna die.”
“Oh, God, oh, Jesus help me…” General shrieking dissolved into hysterical screams, curses, and weeping.
Heart now beating like a drumroll, Corrine glanced out the window. The beautiful green fields were now rushing toward her with a sickening certainty.
“Assume crash positions!”
She flopped forward, butting her head on the seat in front of her, and clutched her ankles. God, this couldn’t be happening.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee…
The alarms continued their deafening peal as the prayer ran through her head, and she held her breath and waited for impact.
She slammed forward, hitting her head again, so hard this time her teeth clicked despite her tightly clenched jaw. The plane bounced, fishtailed…and began to slow.
Alive. Thank God, they were still alive. Relief washed through her, so acute she went limp in her seat, simultaneously discovering an urgent need to pee. Cautiously, she raised her head, the chattering and crying all around her making it spin, although that could’ve been the result of that last bang into the seatback. The plane continued to slow, and the black smoke was now pouring out of the engine. Its propeller had stopped turning. Shit, it could still blow up at any minute.
She ripped the seatbelt free and bolted for the door directly behind her. One man was there before her, grasping the handle and twisting it viciously back and forth. The rest of the passengers crowded her, pushing her into the man, who still couldn’t get the damned door open.
“Ladies and gentlemen, take your seats please.” The captain shouted over his shoulder, still wrestling with the controls. “Let the airplane come to a complete stop!”
Corrine stared through the window at the billowing black smoke. Fuck that. She shoved past the man in front of her and wrenched his hand away from the handle. She grasped it, twisted it all the way up until she felt a click then pushed.
The door popped open so fast Corrine didn’t have time to let go. It swung away, pulling her out of the plane onto the wing over the failing engine. Acrid smoke wafted around her, stinging her eyes and nose. She took a breath and coughed, eyes streaming.
The plane slowed drastically, though it bounced over the rough tufts of grass fast enough to shake Corrine until her teeth rattled. Adrenaline surged as she held her breath and jumped.
Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance. She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets. When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director. She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.
Jenna is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as President of Chesapeake Romance Writers, her local chapter of RWA. Her debut novel, Only Scandal Will Do, is the first in her House of Pleasure series, set in Georgian London. Only Marriage Will Do, the second book in the series, is set to release in mid-June 2015 from Kensington. Her medieval serial novel, Time Enough to Love: Betrothal, Betrayal, and Beleaguered, is a Romeo & Juliet-esque tale, set at the time of the Black Death. The companion short story, Beloveds, released in early June 2015. And a time travel novella, Crashing Through Time, will release in early July as part of a boxed set about seven plane crashes that lead to love called Crashing Into Love.
She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.
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