Friday, September 13, 2013

Spotlighting: Debut Romance Author Jennifer Hayward

Presented by
Connie Flynn
It is my pleasure to introduce my friend and former student to readers as she launches her debut novel.  Her story theme is gutsy and compelling and I think you'll discover an amazing writer with stories very much worth reading. Like me, I suspect you'll become a fan. Read on to discover what she has to say about THE DIVORCE PARTY.

JENNIFER HAYWARD has been a fan of romance and adventure since filching her sister’s Harlequin Presents novels to escape her teenaged angst. She penned her first romance at nineteen. When it was rejected, she bristled at her mother’s suggestion that she needed more life experience. She went on to complete a journalism degree and intern as a sports broadcaster before settling into a career in public relations. Years of working alongside powerful, charismatic CEOs and traveling the world provided perfect fodder for the arrogant alpha males she loves to write, and free research on the some of the world’s most glamorous locales.

A suitable amount of life experience under her belt, she sat down and conjured up the sexiest, most delicious Italian wine magnate she could imagine, had him make his biggest mistake and gave him a wife on the run. That story, The Divorce Party, won her Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest and a book contract. The second installement in the De Campo brothers triology, An Exquisite Challenge, will be published with Harlequin Presents in Feb 2014.

Keeping within the 'what question' theme MCTT asked Jennifer what question she'd never been asked, but wished someone would? Her answer?

What was the inspiration behind The Divorce Party?

The Divorce Party was inspired by the real-life story of a Manhattan billionaire who threw a million-dollar divorce party to celebrate the end of his three-year marriage. The embossed invitations, the civilized approach to the end of a union fascinated me. Why would anyone want to detonate a marriage in front of family and friends?

I started to think, perhaps my hero didn’t actually want a divorce. Perhaps it was the only way he could get his wife in the same room with him. But why?

I have always been fascinated by the subject of infidelity. Marriages are a complex beast. Two people can love each other beyond reason but still become strangers in the same house because of who they are, the baggage they carry, the pressures of their daily lives. They can do things they never thought themselves capable of.

Thus my hero, Riccardo De Campo, came to be. We, as the reader, didn’t just think he stepped across the line, he did step across the line. The Divorce Party is the story after the love story. About what happens when the truth behind the headlines comes out.

I truly believe you can never fully understand what someone else has gone through until you walk a day in their shoes. By the end of the book I wanted the reader to know what is was to stand in Riccardo’s shoes. In Lilly’s. And I hope, in the end, they do.

I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I loved writing it!

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The Divorce Party
"You threw your fifty-thousand-dollar engagement ring off the Brooklyn Bridge?" 

Lilly shows up to her lavish divorce party with one goal in mind—to leave as quickly as possible minus a husband! Except he has other plans…and Riccardo De Campo isn't easy to say "no" to. 

Forced back into Riccardo's glittering, gossip-fueled world, the price of perfection is still too high and Lilly's old insecurities resurface. An unexpected consequence of their reunion raises the stakes even higher, and the media's golden couple must finally confront the truth behind the headlines.

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