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Guest Blogger: Jasmine Haynes
Monday, November 14th, 2011

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Thanks so much for having me, Delilah!

I’m Jasmine Haynes, www.jasminehaynes.com, author of classy contemporary erotic romance and also the Max Starr series, www.jbskully.com. I also write humor as Jennifer Skully, www.jenniferskully.com. My latest novel, What Happens After Dark is the second book in my sexy DeKnight trilogy, the series continues with the characters from Past Midnight, this time giving you Bree Mason’s story, the accountant for DKG, my make-believe company. The third book in the trilogy, The Principal’s Office, will be out next February.

Bree’s is a dark story, seething with emotions, about love, sex, life, death, illness, and tragedy. Though a novelist’s stories are, by definition, make-believe, a writer can’t help but put bits and pieces from his or her own experience. That’s what makes every story unique, even when it has exactly the same subject matter. In my college creative writing class, the teacher challenged each of us to write a story using exactly the same premise and setup (basically a back of the book blurb). You would not believe how different they all were. It was amazing. So, some of the things that happen in this book were influenced by events in my life. I lost my father twenty years ago this Thanksgiving. He died of lung cancer. It was a very difficult time. This is where my experience with hospice comes from, which you’ll read about in the book. Hospice is an amazing group made up of professionals and volunteers who provide support, both physical and mental to the dying and to their families. I can’t say enough about what the people from hospice did for my mother, myself, my whole family—and especially my father—during this time in our lives. Their kindness made each day just a little more bearable. I think I’ve wanted to write a story involving hospice ever since, to show what a great organization it is. But the right novel has to come along. For me, it was Bree’s story, where she has to deal with the illness of a loved one. She relies on the love of one good man to help her through. I hope that I have done hospice justice in this tale.

Here’s a blurb on What Happens After Dark, A DeKnight Novel, Book 2.

By day she’s a mild-mannered accountant.
After dark, she’s a willing slave to his wildest fantasies.

Bree Mason longs to be a successful career woman, but secrets keep her chained to the past, afraid to take that next step. And at night, her frustrations are released by the domineering Luke Raven, who gives her what she asks for and more in a sensuous game of master and slave…

But to take control of her life, Bree will have to look within and face the demons of her past. Luke knows the ins and outs of Bree’s body, knows what makes her gasp and sigh and beg. But now he’s willing to push their relationship to the limit—to stand by her side in the light of day and take the greatest risk of all…for love.

You can find an excerpt on my blog, www.jasminehaynes.blogspot.com. I’m also doing a free read on the blog so I’ll hope you’ll want to stop by each week for a new chapter.

9 comments to “Guest Blogger: Jasmine Haynes”

  1. Betty Hamilton
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      · November 14th, 2011 at 8:21 am · Link

    This sounds like a great book and one I look forward to reading!!



  2. Jasmine Haynes
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      · November 14th, 2011 at 2:08 pm · Link

    Thanks for having me, Delilah!

    And thank you, Betty! I’m glad the book intrigued you!



  3. tammy ramey
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      · November 14th, 2011 at 3:13 pm · Link

    i love the cover, it’s beautiful and the book sounds wonderful. it is going in the TBR for sure.



  4. Jasmine Haynes
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      · November 14th, 2011 at 4:35 pm · Link

    Thank you, Tammy! Berkley did a fabulous job with the cover. And I’m glad you find the book interesting.



  5. Sharon Hamilton
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      · November 14th, 2011 at 5:43 pm · Link

    Waving, Jasmine! How wonderful your book chronicles some of your own journeys. I agree, Hospice people are true guardian angels. Nice to see you here on this fun site!



  6. Jasmine Haynes
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      · November 14th, 2011 at 6:30 pm · Link

    Great to see you out here, too, Sharon! I just can’t say enough about hospice. Guardian angels is right!



  7. Fedora
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 4:22 pm · Link

    A gorgeous cover, Jasmine! I’m excited to catch up with the DeKnights!



  8. MJB
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      · November 16th, 2011 at 9:32 am · Link

    Congrats on a beautiful cover and book. This us going on the to buy list right now!
    MJB
    msmjb65@gmail.com



  9. Jasmine Haynes
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      · November 16th, 2011 at 2:24 pm · Link

    Fedora, thank you! It’s great to see you here! And I’m glad you love that cover!

    Thanks, MJB. I’m happy you love the cover, too, and that the series interests you!