Saturday, November 10, 2007

10 Things Erotic Romance Writers Might Hear When the Word Gets Out

I started out writing romantic suspense, murders, serial killers, little things like that. Maybe I was watching too many forensics shows or something. Then a bit of paranormal slipped in there. You know, ghosts, psychics, big hunky, sexy detectives (yes, my Max Series by JB Skully from After that came the humor. It just sort of slipped in there with Ladybird Long (my hunky, sexy detective’s mom from my Max series), then went off the charts with my first Jennifer Skully book, Sex and the Serial Killer. Finally, there was the really spicy stuff. And Jasmine Haynes was born (the pseudonym, not the real Jasmine). My mom asked me why I couldn’t write children’s books. I said that generally speaking people didn’t get murdered by vile methods in children’s books, and, really, there wasn’t supposed to be any S-E-X either. So, ever since, I’ve been leading a sort of double life. Actually, make that a triple life. Eventually, however, I had to come out of the closet. To my family. My neighbors. My accounting coworkers! My boss!!!! Here’s just a few of the things people said to me.

10) I imagine your husband needs Viagra. (I’m not quite sure whether that one was an insult)

9) Can I help with your research? (my male ex-boss, OMG!!!)

8) Could I do some hands-on critiquing for you?

7) Don’t you have to have more than one person involved for it to be called sex? (I didn’t feel the need to explain know)

6) My husband raves about your books to all his guy friends. And he hasn’t even read one of them yet!

5) Isn’t there only one way to do it?

4) How can you write a whole book about it? It only takes two minutes.

3) That’s like the “funny” sex my husband made me do when we were young. Sometimes, it made me faint. (I was afraid to ask this lovely elderly lady for details!)

2) So that’s how you have phone sex! How does one go about finding a young man to try it with? I’d even settle for an old man (my 89-year-old neighbor!)

And my personal favorite:

1) I gave your book to a friend as a present, but I covered all the naughty parts with sticky notes. (Single-handedly, she keeps the sticky note people in business!)

So, to find out what everyone’s referring to, please don’t miss The Fortune Hunter by Jasmine Haynes, in bookstores now. It’s a modern-day marriage of convenience tale with a sensual twist. Connor and Faith make a marriage contract, he gets her father’s company and she gets the family she’s always wanted. But when Faith throws fidelity into the mix, the bargaining really heats up with the kind of no-holds barred sex life Connor desires and Faith is afraid she can’t live up to. That’s when Connor makes it his mission to help Faith let go of all her inhibitions. Now everything is on the table, including them...

The Fortune Hunter is the first book of my “swan” trilogy about women coming into their own, finding themselves. Show and Tell will be out in July 2008 and Games People Play arrives sometime in early 2009. I will also have an anthology story out in December 2008. In addition to Jasmine Haynes, I also write as Jennifer Skully, over-the-top (hopefully hilarious) romantic mysteries, and as JB Skully, I’ve created the Max Starr psychic mystery series at Readers can learn more about all my pseudonyms at They can also watch two movie trailers on MySpace at Subscribing to my newsletter for updates on the latest releases is easy, just send an email to

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Cathy M said...

Hi Jasmine-I am a big fan of your To The Max storylines and just received my copy of The Fortune Hunter. Your upcoming titles look good too and I will be looking forward to reading more about them.

Jennifer Skully/Jasmine Haynes said...

Cathy, thank you so much for loving Max! Those books will always be the books of my heart (as writers love to say). And I do hope you like The Fortune Hunter just as much.


Jasmine Haynes
The Fortune Hunter, in stores NOW Don’t miss my November contest!

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Unknown said...

Hi Jennifer, I really love your writing. Best of luck on the release of the Fortune Hunter. There are a few of us male readers out here that really love romance.

Jennifer Skully/Jasmine Haynes said...

Thank you so much, Donald! I'm so glad there are guys out there that like romance!

The Fortune Hunter, in stores now

Diana Holquist said...

Ha! "What my husband used to make me do..." That is too much to think about before my coffee hits.

I went to a party the other day and was introduced as "the lady I was telling you about who writes the smut."



Jennifer Skully/Jasmine Haynes said...

Yes, Diana, but it's high-brow smut!

It's just amazing what people will suddenly feel comfortable saying the minute they learn what we do!

Jasmine Haynes
The Fortune Hunter, in stores NOW Don’t miss my November contest!

Unknown said...

Lol. That's just hilarious.
Good luck on your new book and thanks for sharing those funny comments.

And hello everyone. Havent been in here for a while and wanted to also wish everyone "Happy Holidays"


Jennifer Skully/Jasmine Haynes said...

Thanks so much, Liz! I'm glad you liked the comments. People are so amusing. And happy Holidays to you, too!

Maureen said...

It's amazing what people will say to you. Best of luck with the new book.

Jennifer Skully/Jasmine Haynes said...

You're so right, Maureen. People can be so amusing! And thanks for the good luck wish on the book.

Jasmine Haynes
The Fortune Hunter, Nov 07
Don't miss my November contest!

Lily said...

Funny post... never read any of your books!

Jennifer Skully/Jasmine Haynes said...

Thank you, Lily. I do hope you try The Fortune Hunter