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Sunday, November 28, 2010

‘Review and Interview’ with Author Deanna Jewel

Today on ‘Review and Interview’ I would like to welcome author Deanna Jewel and to talk about her book “No Turning Back”


While avenging the death of his fiancé years earlier, Nathan learns that he can love again but is he willing to chance another broken heart? Will the woman he wants also learn to love again?

Vanessa is heartbroken over recent events in her life; she’s also head strong, flaunts London aristocracy and takes on breeding horses, something unheard of in the society circles of London. She finds herself trying to put the pieces of her life back together, but can she do it alone? With a child on the way, she is forced to do just that - their future depends on her strength. Then a friend offers to help. Dare she trust a man sworn to carry out a vow taken on a death bed? She refuses to accept that his love is true when his honor of sticking to his word is also at stake.

Reviewed by Suzannah Safi (Romance Alley): Author Deanna Jewel takes you through a journey with the hero and the heroine: their heart aches, a second chance found love, and amazing history of London’s aristocratic society to whet your appetite. Smooth narration and exciting twists throughout the book. I loved Nathan and Vanessa, the two were well described that you forget that you are reading, instead, you feel you are living with them experiencing the journey. “No Turning Back” is a great Historical Romance novel you will love to take with you on your vacation, on the beach, or cuddle with in bed.

Note: For anyone who is having a problem leaving a comment for the author can email the author with their comments. Thanks!

Suzannah: Now let’s meet the author and get to know her book.

Deanna, welcome to Romance Alley and thank you for being here with us today.

When I read “No Turning Back” I couldn’t help but feel emotional toward Nathan, you have drawn such character, strong and emotional. I know as an author there are techniques on how to draw a character that we can feel, and not a cut-board character, mind to tell us?

Deanna: Thank you for having me here today, Suzannah. Creating Nathan was a pure pleasure. I gave him attributes that I like in men and he respects women like he would respect his mother. I wanted a man who had felt love before; one who would know what and who he was looking for when he found her. Nathan already knew the qualities he wanted in his woman that would make his heart skip each time he glanced at her or held her in his arms. He wanted a woman to spend the rest of his life with, to watch his children grow up with, and to fall deeper in love with as each day passed. Ok, that’s plenty……he just gets me carried away!

Suzannah: Vanessa the heroine, did she speak to you, or was she difficult to reach. Did you ever reach to that stage where a character refuses to talk to you?

Deanna: Vanessa was not as easy to write as Nathan was. I did have a hard time figuring out just who Vanessa was. I knew who I wanted her to be, but it’s a bit more involved than that. *smile* As a fellow writer, I’m guessing you could tell.

I wanted to create a woman who knew what she wanted in life and wasn’t afraid to go after it, to take chances, not caring what others might have to say about her. Vanessa is a risk taker and determination is what drives her. She wasn’t prepared for falling in love with Nathan at all. She already had feelings for her childhood sweetheart.

Suzannah: When I love a character and feel him/her, I really feel that the author loved that character and poured all her efforts to make the character that he/she is. Is that true and was Nathan it, I have a feeling Nathan is coming back but don’t know how lol.

Deanna: I wrote No Turning Back many years ago but didn’t really have a picture in my mind of how he looked until I found the photo of a young man who just jumped off my computer screen at me. I knew immediately he was Nathan and his photo is on the cover. I was a bit surprised to find out he actually lives in London so to find a character that fit the bill AND lives where my story takes place just blew me away. Once I’d found the picture of Nathan, adding to his character was so easy to do. I won’t say anymore, it’ll spoil it for the readers. I’m still waiting for him to answer my email though…I know he’s read the email I sent him, he just hasn’t decided to reply yet…but one day he will.

Suzannah: It was wonderful to read about the London’s aristocratic society, and I enjoyed how detailed you were in describing the life. What research did you do and what was the best information that you found and said “This piece of info is perfect for my story?

Deanna: I did so much research for this book because I wanted the city just right. I’m sure there are still items that might not be exactly correct but I tried my darnedest to get it right. I’m not a horse person but was lucky enough to meet a woman online who IS a horsewoman and she helped me immensely in getting that part of the book correct. I gave her credit for that in my dedication. Again, Lynn, thank you so much for all your help.

Suzannah: Tell us about the inside information of your next novel, we like to hear juicy stuff lol.

Deanna: Well, I can’t write a romance without those warm sensuous sex scenes now can I! I’m bringing back Nathan and Vanessa in my next novel, but 100 or so years into the future from where they were and an ocean away! In No Turning Back, I never stated that he shipped items to the colonies because I just assumed the reader would know that it could happen. In my upcoming novel, Whispers at Ghost Point, Nathan is the ghost in the light house and Vanessa is actually Dana, the woman he longs to be with again but isn’t sure how that can happen. She will have to make up her mind which man she wants to be with and I’m giving her several choices!

I won’t spoil things any further than that, just know it will be worth reading to find out how things work out. Will Nathan continue to live as a ghost and only be allowed to ‘watch over’ Dana?

I also have to start work on the sequel to Never Surrender. Readers write me to find out when that might happen and I don’t have an answer yet. I haven’t even begun to figure out a plot for that one! Just know that one day it will happen.

Suzannah: Thank you Deanna for being here with us, wishing you the best of success. Hope to see more of your news, till then, take care all and I hope you enjoyed this ‘Review and Interview’ with author Deanna Jewel.

Deanna: Suzannah, thanks so much for allowing me this time with your readers. I do appreciate it. I hope they hop over to my website and surf around. There is a lot to do and several other links to visit.

I’d like to offer a contest to your readers: please leave me a comment here with your email address so that I may pick two winners to receive a copy of No Turning Back! I will pick the winners on Wednesday Dec 1

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  1. Suzan, thank you for having me today! I'll be around to answer questions and comments the next few days!

    I know not all of you will leave a comment so I'd like to thank you now for reading about my novels. They're available at Amazon and B & N!

  2. Deanna, when writing, do you find yourself jotting ideas down while you are at the grocery store or out with family? Do you ever use ideas that are suggested from other people? Thanks and can't wait to read more about Whispers at Ghost Point!!

    cbandy10 (at) hotmail (dotcom)

  3. Hi Cindy, I DO jot down other ideas while I write. I keep a running list in 'My Docs' for that so I can pull it up when needed.

    Ideas from others come when they want to help me brain-storm story plots or characters and yes, we have fun with that, too!

    Glad you want more of Whispers! Visit my website, FB and blog. I post some of my goals there and so far, I'm hoping I can stay on track for the July 2011 release date. Thanks for your interest!

  4. Deanne thank you for sharing with us! I do have one or two questions for you. What was the event/point that made you decide that you really wanted to write? Is there anything in particular that inspires you to write? Thank you and can't wait to read your work!


  5. Hi Moonlight, thank you for stopping in. I've always loved historical romance and anything set in Ireland, Scotland or England, especially England. I have several favorite authors that set their stories there.

    I guess what inspires me is the medieval past in England, the castles, the ships and pirates...ahhh! I've read many stories and found myself picking apart the bad ones, then thinking...maybe I could write one to be a bit better than this bad one. I hope I've done that. My readers tell me they are pulled right into the stories so that makes me smile.

    thanks for writing and good luck. On my way to draw the winners!

  6. Thank you all for being here, and thank you Deanna for participating on RA. Good luck to all.

  7. and the winners are: moonlightgleam and Jenny L! Congrats ladies, you have both won a copy of No Turning Back!

    Thank you to all who stopped by to read the interview, I appreciate your interest. For those still wanting a copy, hop to your online book store and order yours today.

    Suzan, thank you so much for having me. I enjoyed talking with your readers! Happy holidays to all of you!

  8. Thank you Deanna!!! I really appreciate it and thank you for answering my question!

  9. Just a note: Please check the author's FB page for the names of the winners. Also the author will contact the winners. Thanks everyone and congrats for the winners!