Author Interviews

Interview with Jenna Byrnes on 27-April-2015

Author's Interview

Let's start with you telling us a little bit about yourself, Jenna.
I’m a simple girl from a medium-sized Midwestern USA town. Not too fancy, not too blingy.  I love animals but I’m allergic to cats and don’t have the patience for dogs, so my pets of choice live in a seventy-five gallon freshwater aquarium. In my free time, I like creating homemade greeting cards and binge-watching cop shows on Netflix at the same time. Our kids have all flown the coop so my husband and I are enjoying the empty nest phase of our relationship!

What would people be most surprised to learn about you?
After ten years in the business online, I’m not sure there’s anything really surprising to tell. I did take a rather long writing hiatus a couple of years ago so my name might not be as familiar to new readers. But I’m happy to be back and steadily writing for Totally Bound.

When did you start writing, is it something you've always been interested in, or did it develop later in life?
I started writing when I was ten. The stories weren’t good, but it was something I loved. I wrote all the way into high school, then once I graduated and got married, I set it aside. Several years later I took writing up again, but it would be another five years or so after that until my first book was published.

Has it been everything you thought it would be or not?
It’s pretty amazing, for sure. I have about fifty titles at Totally Bound and many of them are in print, so they fill a nice bookshelf in my home office. I’ll admit, I still love getting a new cover. Seeing my name there still makes me very happy.

How did it feel when you realized that your very first book was going to be published?
Giddy! I was so excited, I was telling everyone. No one really understood about ebooks at the time, and half of them didn’t think it was a ‘real’ book.

What's your favorite part of writing a book?
My favorite genre is romantic suspense so I try to include lots of clues regarding the mystery element in the book. Starting out is sometimes tough, and I have to force myself to keep plugging along. But when I get to the spot that I know what’s going to happen and it’s all falling into place, the story almost writes itself. Sometimes this is halfway through, sometimes two-thirds of the way. From that point to the finish line is my favorite part!

Do you get time to read for pleasure? If so, which books do you enjoy?
I make time because reading is important. M/M romance and romantic suspense are my top favorites.

Are there any other genres you'd be interested in writing?
I’ve tried all the ones that appeal to me. Shifters, sci-fi, horror, and BDSM have all found their way into my work. What I’m writing depends on my mood, and whether I’ll write in that genre again.

Please tell us a little about your most recent release.
Rainey’s Release is book six in the Kansas City Heat series. I think the books stand alone, but characters do reappear so many reviewers have said it’s better to read them in order. But you really don’t have to.

What can we look forward to in the future from you?
I have a story coming in Totally Bound’s Air Force Anthology –date to be announced. I’ve plotted a total of twelve books in the Kansas City Heat series. I plan to finish writing them this year and the last titles will probably be released in 2016. I have a few stand-alone novel ideas for some of Totally Bound’s imprint lines, so we’ll just have to see which of those develops first.

Anything you want to say to your readers?
Thanks so much for your support and constructive criticism! I take to heart what people say in reviews, of course you can’t please everyone. But for example, when someone mentions a phrase I’ve used that they particularly hate, I attempt not to use that phrase again if I can help it.

Jenna's recent releases:
Rainey’s Release (Kansas City Heat 6)
A madman targets gay drug addicts. Can the KCPD track down the latest serial killer before more blood is shed?

Detective William Rainey is the newest man assigned to the KCPD’s Homicide Division, having just relocated from St. Louis with his life partner, Joshua Wolf. When a murder with the same MO as several St. Louis crimes takes place, the similarities are hard to ignore. The investigation turns personal and soon hits close to home. A suspect comes to light and Will finds himself in a battle to solve the most important case of his life. Enlisting the help of Detectives James Dixon and Nick Peyton is tricky when the men don’t feel like they know him yet. Can he earn their trust before it’s too late?

Gage’s Gift (Kansas City Heat 5)
A child is snatched from her home, the one place she should feel safe. Will the KCPD find her before something more sinister happens?

Detective DeMarcus Gage of the KCPD Missing Persons Unit knows that most child abductions are perpetrated by family members or persons known to the child. True ‘stranger’ abductions are rare—and taken very seriously by the police. When eight-year-old Leticia Braden disappears from her front yard the family are ruled out as suspects but actual leads are few.

Her traumatized parents need all the support they can get, and designate Leticia’s uncle Jack Braden to be their liaison with the detectives. When he meets Jack, Gage struggles to keep his mind on the case. The two men share an immediate case of lust, which they fight to keep under control for more reasons than one. Jack’s not out of the closet, and Gage isn’t keen on sneaking around. A relationship beckons, but finding Leticia is their first priority. And as every cop knows, time is not on their side.

An Unexpected Win (Rose and Thorn Society 4)
A game of poker sets the stage to change three men’s lives forever.

Carter Perry is playing the poker hand of his life. The game is no limit Texas hold ’em, and he has a hand that no self-respecting player could toss. Unfortunately, the pot is growing steeper by the minute and Carter’s wallet is nearly empty. He’s had a few drinks and when he runs out of money he decides to offer up the one thing of value he’s got left—his submissive. For one night.

Trey Mitchell’s been watching the game from his knees, at the side of the table with the other subs. He knew going into the game that the stakes were high, but his Master is a professional poker player and he has never dreamt that the man might lose against a table of amateurs. Tension is thick as the hands are revealed. Carter goes ballistic when he loses, but hands over Trey’s leash to the handsome, hunky Native American who goes by the name of ‘Hawk’.

Yuma Nighthawk has his eye on Trey all night long and for him, the poker game couldn’t have ended better. Assuring Carter that he’ll take care of his sub in accordance with the rules set out by the Rose & Thorn Society, he instructs his own submissive, Kel, to make sure a drunken Carter gets home safely. He has other plans, which include ravishing Trey and hatching a plot to make the man his own.

Excerpt from Rainey’s Release:
“I’m Detective William Rainey with the Kansas City Police Department’s Homicide Division.” Will cleared his throat, trying not to sound as nervous as he felt. He flashed his badge, fumbling just a little. The whole delivery wasn’t as smooth as he’d hoped for.

The Native American man was a good three inches taller than his own six-foot-two stature. Long black hair fell past wide, muscular shoulders. He glanced at the badge with dark gray eyes before focusing on Will. “What are you doing here, Dick Tracy? No one’s died. Yet.” He examined the fingernails on his right hand and added, “’Course, the night is still young.”

Will squinted. “I can’t be sure, but that sounded like a threat.”

“Cops are paranoid, always looking for trouble where there is none.”

“Now see, I look at it a little differently. I think cops can sense something unfortunate before it’s even happened. My gut tells me you may be bad news.”

“You think so? Well, how about this? Fuck your gut, and fuck you.” He turned and walked away.

Will grabbed the metal handcuffs from his belt before shoving the man up against the wall. He fastened the cuffs on one hand then the other and turned the guy so they were face to face. “That an invitation?”


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