Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Interview + Giveaway: Jennifer Turner

Who is Jennifer Turner?

Jennifer Turner lives in Bowling Green, Ohio, with her husband, twelve year old daughter, and two cats. She regularly claims one of the aforementioned takes far more work than the others to maintain-but she won't share which one. She's the middle child between two brothers, an the favorite of her parents. Of course, that's always subject to opinion. Jennifer began her writing career as a self-published romance author, but is now represented by Robert Gottlieb, Chairman of Trident Media Group.

If you would like to contact Jennifer Turner or stalk her like I do, here is where you can find her: 
Website  | Blog  |  Twitter |  Facebook 


Q: Eternal Hearts is the title of your latest book that we are featuring here at The Book Nympho today. What tidbits can you tell us about it?

A: At its core, I really think Eternal Hearts is a story about two people who are afraid they don’t deserve to be loved. Toni (the heroine) and Drake (the hero) have both made mistakes in the past that they aren’t proud of, but each is constantly working to be better in their own way. Even though she’s a young vampire, Toni holds tight to the people she cares for and never lets an opportunity slip by to show someone how much they mean to her. Drake, on the other hand, has been supernatural since birth, and while his friends aren’t always the most humane beings on the face of the planet - he never asks them to be anything more than themselves. The problem is, a few years ago Toni lost something extremely important to her…and Drake has more to do with the situation than either one of them realize.

Q: Eternal Hearts is the second book in the Darkness Within series; do you currently know how many books you have planned for the series? Please, please say that Odin is getting his own book! 

A: Right now, I have roughly 15 books planned for the series. And yes, Odin will have his own book. His book, Eternal Embers, is slated to be book #5. However, you’ll get to meet his heroine, Dahalia, in book #4, Eternal Desires. ;)  
15! I'm in heaven. ::Drools:: Odin! Odin! ~ Nympho

Q: Inspiration: Where does it come from? 

A: Well, the inspiration to write romance overall came from my Mom. She’s been an avid romance reader all of her life, and when I made the decision to try writing a book, I definitely wanted to write something she’d want to read. And then I guess I could also “blame” Sherrilyn Kenyon, because Night Play was actually the first romance novel I ever bought on my own. Needless to say, I’ve been hooked on the paranormal romance genre ever since. :)

When it comes to characters and storylines, my inspirations usually come from situations happening to people I know, and sometimes even from people or events I see while I’m out, but more often than not they come from my Husband. I consider myself extremely lucky to have a man in my life who doesn’t mind spending hours helping me work through twisted plotlines and character development. He’s a pretty tough critic when it comes to complex or interwoven plots. Of course, he’s also ridiculously good at ripping them apart too, which is probably good since he’s currently in college with the hopes of joining the CIA or FBI. :) He’s never had a problem telling me a scene is poorly written, that a plotline is faulty, or that a character isn’t believable…and I love him for it.

Q: Why did you choose to write in the paranormal genre?

A: I’ve always loved vampires and otherworldly creatures. And the idea of being able to create my own world for not only vampires to play in, but other supernaturals as well, was just too tempting to pass up. ;) Plus, the paranormal romance genre allows for a good dose of horror before the characters find their happy ending, and I can’t imagine ever writing a novel that doesn’t have at least a few mild horror elements in it.

Q: I know you have an agent and are working on getting your books published through a publishing company, but can you tell us a little bit about being a self-published author? Does it give you more freedom?

A: The first thing I can tell you about being self-published is that it’s a lot of work! I handle everything myself, cover design, print & e-book formatting, editing (I had some help from my agent with Eternal Hearts though, which was awesome!), and I essentially own my own business, Dark Dreams Press. However, I do think self-publishing offers more freedom than traditional publishing. Granted, I’d love to see the Darkness Within series get picked up by a traditional publisher, and I’d practically jump at the chance to work with a professional editor, but I’m also terrified of not being able to tell certain character’s stories the way I think they need to be told. There are a lot of horror elements in my series…and I’m not sure all of them would fly with a traditional editor/publisher. That’s where the freedom aspect comes in with regard to self-publishing. I’m able to tell the character’s stories exactly how I want to, and the only opinions I have to worry about when the day is over are the ones coming from my readers…which to me, are always the most important. :) 

Q: Would you like to share with my readers any other books that you have in the works, or events in the future that you would like them to know about?

A: Right now, I’m working on the final revision of Eternal Embrace (book #3). This book is, without a doubt, one of the darkest of the series and is also one of my personal favorites! Here’s the back cover blurb:

Lydia Vincent finds little worth in anyone or anything, save herself and her ability to see the truth in everything. At least, what she perceives to be true. She's not looking for love, not looking for acceptance, and she certainly doesn't need some man messing up her life.
Forced to endure a malevolent ritual thousands of years ago, Oktober sees the world through the jaded eyes of a predator. He's a cold-blooded killer, whose only use for humans is food. But he’s about to get the shock of his immortal life – because the one human who won't fall to the curse of his blood – is the one woman who doesn't want a damn thing to do with him.
When the rise of an Ancient enemy lures Oktober and Lydia together, can Oktober ignore the dark instincts urging him to kill her? Can Lydia put her past behind her and find a way to accept Oktober as he is? Can destiny withstand two people who'll fight it to the bitter end...even if it means dying?   
I can't wait to read this one after meeting Oktober in EH! ~ Nympho

I also have a packed schedule for the month of June when it comes to events and giveaways, but anyone interested can find all the info on my blog:

And, lastly Ms. Turner, thank you for stopping by The Book Nympho today to answer a few questions and to give my readers a chance to win your awesome new book, Eternal Hearts.

You’re very welcome, Jennifer. Thanks so much for the opportunity to share my books with you and your awesome readers. I really do appreciate it! :) 

You can share your books with me anytime! I love them! ~ Nympho

Eternal Hearts by Jennifer Turner
Book 2 in the Darkness Within Series
Release Date: June 1, 2011
Buy Link: Amazon / B&N / Smashwords / All Romance E-Books
Click here to read an excerpt.

Toni Tutoro just wants to go home. Banned from Chicago’s vampiric society after cutting a swath of violence through the city, she must now successfully complete an investigation for the Lord of Chicago to regain the right to live in her hometown again.
To ensure Toni’s safety during her probationary period, Drake Black, a feared assassin, is secretly contracted to protect her. Even with direct orders to keep his relationship professional, and his own personal vow to never get involved with a female vampire again, Drake finds himself drawn to Toni in ways he can’t explain. But unbeknownst to him, he’s tied to one of the people who drove Toni to her night of destruction.
Drake’s heritage holds the key to Toni’s survival and success, but will she be able to forgive his connection to the brutal night that robbed her of those she loved most? Will Drake be able to forget the betrayals in his past and risk taking one more chance? But most of all, can they find a way to reach each other in the darkness?

One winner will win:
a printed copy of both Eternal Seduction & Eternal Hearts,
promo goodies and a $20 gift card to Amazon.
June 8th - June 10th. 
Winner will be announced on June 13th.

Open Internationally



 Mandatory (counts as 1 entry):
  1. Follow this Blog (please leave your GFC name in your comment below) and Jennifer Turner's Blog {Epiphany of Imperfection}
  2. Leave a comment with your email address so we may contact you if you are the winner
  3. Fill out the form below.
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  1. I'd love to win these books! I am a follower of both blogs and did tweet about this giveaway. Thanks.
    GFC: LadyVampire2u

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  2. Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Much appreciated.

    I have filled out the form.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  3. New GFC Follower for both blogs. (Jess)
    Thanks for the giveaway. I've been hearing nothing but great things about these books.

    I also tweeted this awesome contest!!/jcross719

    jcross719 at yahoo dot com

  4. Howdy! ;) I just wanted to slip in here quick while my internet was actually behaving and say a big Thanks! to the Nympho for hosting my giveaway. She's been so good to me, even when I struggled to get my interview questions to her in a timely fashion. :) THANKS Jennifer!! :)

    ladyvampire2u - Thanks for stopping in! Good luck! :)

    buddyt - It's nice to meet you! :)You're very welcome. I didn't want to leave anyone out! :)

    Jess - Welcome, welcome! Thanks so much for the compliment. :) I'm slightly embarrassed by how splashed all over the internet I am right now...but hopefully the good things continue. ;)

    Have a good one!! :)

  5. Hey! I have seen this book around, and I like what I’ve seen. Eternal Hearts is going in my TBR pile.
    booksavvybabe AT gmail DOT com
    Book Savvy Babe

  6. The interview is really well done and I was captivated by the premise of the book. Read the excerpt and wasn't disappointed. Wishing you every success, Jennifer!

  7. New follower of both blogs (Dee Bibb)

    Definitely added to my TBR list.



    blog post:

    dbibb5134 at gmail dot com

  8. I'm following both blogs on GFC (Darlene). My email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com. These books look awesome!

  9. Cannot wait to read these books. And winning them along with the GC would be even better. Thanks for the interview and the opportunity at the giveaway. I am a follower of both blogs and I filled out the form. Unfortunately I don't tweet nor am I on Facebook and I am only a reviewer on a blog, I don't have my own so I don't get the extra entries.
    WildAboutBones [at] gmail [dot] com

  10. Great 15 books.looking forward to reading them.
    follower of both blogs (elaing8)


  11. These look like they are going to be very interesting books. Can't wait to read them.
    I'm a new follower of both blogs: Danielle!/RBJunkies/status/78649906205687808!/permalink.php?story_fbid=120712491346712&id=105018176224268

    My Email:

  12. I just read Eternal Seduction a few days ago and I'm hooked. Can't wait to get my hands on Eternal Hearts. Great Q&A, Thanks for hosting such a great blog Jennifer :)

    I follow both blogs and posted the link on my facebook.!/profile.php?id=1389416825


  13. Would love to win a copy of both books, they sound great. I am a follower of both blogs and tweeted and shared on facebook. Thanks so much!!/JuneAnnM/status/78692146428915712

    GFC follower: June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  14. GFC follower of both blogs with the name "Amy"

    Would love to read these books!



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