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Jayne-Bachelor-300dpiSeducing the Bachelor is my first story for Montana Born. I couldn’t believe that I had even been asked because Charlene Sands, Robin Bielman and Jeannie Moon were such major and established talents, and as I have been a fan of the Montana Born stories for two years, and I had avidly devoured the previous Bachelor Auction series, why would Tule even need to ask? Of course the answer would be YES!

And then we began to collaborate on the bachelors, backstory, auction purpose, and I totally clammed up and panicked. I had been so fired up about the opportunity, I hadn’t even had a chance to put my jumping around excited brain in gear, and as Charlene kept us organized on our conference calls, and I pressed my lips closed so I could actually listen and focus on the fabulous ideas being bandied about, examined and rolled to the side like called Bingo balls, Colt Ewing began to form in my mind.

When I write, I ask myself so many questions. I think it must be the former journalist who still pokes her head up daily and asks WHY? Why does this guy agree to be a bachelor? Why did he play football? Why did he leave Marietta on graduation day never to return until the day before the auction? Why is he so closed down, a loner? Why doesn’t he have a family? Why did he choose the army? And then, why the heck are you making him a Special Forces sniper? I’ve never even touched a gun and cover my eyes during shoot ‘em up scenes in movies, but my hero was who he was and did what he did. Colt wouldn’t morph into someone softer, funnier that I could better understand. So I hit the internet, reached out to friends who knew former classmates or co-workers or relatives who knew a former sniper who might answer some of my questions so Colt would be as authentic as I could make him.

I was in love with him and his story before I’d even written the opening sentence. I teared up because he was so alone and had no idea how to connect with anyone or what he was even missing. I had to find him the perfect woman. I knew she had to be warm and eager to connect, to form her own unique blend of family, and I knew she’d have to talk a lot because Colt had the monosyllabic reply honed to an art. I had no idea Talon Reese would be a single mom working as a waitress while studying to be a vet, but I had the scene of the stray, starved dog giving birth shortly after they meet while they both work to save a puppy in my head and that was where a started to build the bones and sinews and muscle of their story.

Why? I don’t know. But I had a blast writing Seducing the Bachelor, and I hope some readers out there connect to this couple the way I did. That would be perfect bliss.

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auth_SinclairJayneSinclair has loved reading romance novels since she discovered Barbara Cartland historical romances when she was in sixth grade. By seventh grade, she was haunting the library shelves looking to fall in love over and over again with the heroes born from the imaginations of her favorite authors. After teaching writing classes and workshops to adults and teens for many years in Seattle and Portland, she returned to her first love of reading romances and became an editor for Tule Publishing last year. Sinclair lives in Oregon’s wine country where she and her family own a small vineyard of Pinot Noir and where she dreams of being able to write at a desk like Jane Austen instead of in parking lots waiting for her kids to finish one of their 12,000 extracurricular activities.

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Broken

By Sinclair Jayne

Jayne-Broken-300dpiHeading south again to San Clemente in Southern California is always a hotly anticipated journey, especially now that I live in the Pacific Northwest where this winter has been disagreeably soggy.  So there was no procrastination to write the first lines of my second Sons of San Clemente contemporary romance, Broken.  My only question as I opened a Word file, which Son? Duh.  I had to go with Lane Duke, professional surfer, Kadan Carson’s (hero of Wrecked) best friend.  Intellectually I’d like to say it was because Lane made logical sense, but really, it was his gorgeous hair.  Long, bright blonde and curly.  It had taken on a life of its own in my imagination as I wrote Wrecked, and I really wanted to hang out with him (and his hair) again.  On the surface, Lane is the antithesis of what you’d expect a surfer to be.  As CEO of a billionaire dollar plus gaming empire, he’s an ultimate Type A: intense, driven, competitive, athletic, rich, and controlling.  But he has another side.

9781943963225Who better to discover Lane’s hidden depths than the heroine, Luz De Luna, who wants nothing to do with him?  Luz and Lane have a history that Lane, the ultimate risk taker who’s never met a challenge he didn’t want to get up-in-your-face- personal with, is tempted to dig up.  Luz, who’s always taken the safe path, wants to keep their ghosts buried.  Deep.  As I began to flesh out her history and backstory with Lane in November, Willamette Valley in OR had its first snow.  I watched our leafless grapevines get shrouded in snow, and I thought of the Robert Frost poem “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.”  What if you could go back and take the road not taken?  What if you had to, especially if you didn’t want to?

That’s what Luz is facing when she returns to her hometown of San Clemente feeling broken.   Blazing new path she creates on her own.  She’s determined to walk this one solo, only Lane doesn’t do “no” too well. Lane may look like an angel with his halo of golden hair, but he exudes temptation like a devil, and Luz has never been as immune to him as she’d like to pretend.

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auth_SinclairJayneSinclair Jayne has loved reading romance novels since she discovered Barbara Cartland historical romances when she was in sixth grade. By seventh grade, she was haunting the library shelves looking to fall in love over and over again with the heroes born from the imaginations of her favorite authors. After teaching writing classes and workshops to adults and teens for many years in Seattle and Portland, she returned to her first love of reading romances and became an editor for Tule Publishing last year. Sinclair lives in Oregon’s wine country where she and her family own a small vineyard of Pinot Noir and where she dreams of being able to write at a desk like Jane Austen instead of in parking lots waiting for her kids to finish one of their 12,000 extracurricular activities.

Visit with Sinclair Jayne – Debut Author of “Wrecked”!

9781943963225Wrecked, my first published book, started out as a writing exercise. I have been lucky enough to work as an editor for Tule Publishing (best job ever) for over a year, and Jane Porter and the Tule team were brainstorming a So Cal surfer series, set in Tule based, San Clemente. I grew up in Laguna, a town a bit north on Pacific Coast Highway, and had pined, and sighed and admired many early morning and evening surfers in my day as a teen and college student. Growing up, one of my favorite places to write poems and short stories were the beaches of San Clemente, the bluffs of Laguna (Pearl Street and Diamond Beach) and perched safely back above the Wedge in Newport Beach. So while not an expert on surfing, but never shy with my opinion, I chimed in enthusiastically about what a Sons of San Clemente series could read like.

Jane Porter wanted a “gritty, urban feel.” A former goth music fan and embarrassingly melodramatic and gloomy in my youth, I embraced the darker possibilities in the series more keenly on an emotional level. The character of Hollis came to me while Jane and I were talking—twin brother’s death, insecurities, introversion and failures nearly fully formed. I wrote down her character arc and then tried to think of the perfect hero for her. Kadan is probably my version of the perfect man. Perfect without being perfect, and I named him after one of my favorite Christine Feehan heroes in her book Murder Game.

After I wrote the first chapter, I thought I’d stop and talk to the team to see if this thing I’d done could be useful in any way, but I was having so much fun I decided to keep going, just to see if I could still write. I hadn’t written very much over the past six to eight years, and I was surprised and pleased at how much fun it was. The story unfolded fairly easily, and my usual getting lost in the middle, didn’t happen. I think it was the combination of not thinking I was writing a book as well as the plethora of amazing, dynamic Tule author talent I have had the privilege of reading and talking story craft with over the past year and a half that inspired and helped me to craft a story that I really love. I am so totally thankful that I finished my first draft and sent it in to Tule with the simple question “So, what do you think?” before I knew Kathy Garbera, an amazing and best selling story teller author, was writing the first book in the series. I’ve been so fired up to work with Kathy. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a series with her, but really, way more nail biting than anything else in my life, especially after I read Crushed.

I am now working on the sequel to Wrecked called Broken featuring Kadan’s friend, Lane and think another field trip to San Clemente should definitely be on my list. The town with all its Spanish style heritage and Ole Hanson architectural design is a thing of beauty. Plus I owe the Tule team a lot more salted caramel chocolate.

auth_SinclairJayneSinclair has loved reading romance novels since she discovered Barbara Cartland historical romances when she was in sixth grade. By seventh grade, she was haunting the library shelves looking to fall in love over and over again with the heroes born from the imaginations of her favorite authors. After teaching writing classes and workshops to adults and teens for many years in Seattle and Portland, she returned to her first love of reading romances and became an editor for Tule Publishing last year. Sinclair lives in Oregon’s wine country where she and her family own a small vineyard of Pinot Noir and where she dreams of being able to write at a desk like Jane Austen instead of in parking lots waiting for her kids to finish one of their 12,000 extracurricular activities.