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Author Jess Michaels takes the Paperback Proust…and there’s a giveaway!

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Today the dolls are so happy to welcome author Jess Michaels! Jess Michaels began writing full-time in 1999 after being encouraged by her husband to follow her dream. In 2003, she sold her first novella to Red Sage Press, an erotic historical romance about an Egyptian tomb and a very sexy curse. Since then she has published (or has contracted to publish by the end of 2013) 37 novels and novellas under three different pen names with several major publishers, small presses and via self-publishing. Her erotic historical romances have been national bestsellers and won awards from booksellers and readers.

In 2011, she and her husband moved to Tucson, AZ. There she enjoys hiking in the beautiful desert, spending time with her nephews, designing jewelry (which you can buy here), reading and spending time with her awesome husband and cats.

Jess Michaels is a pseudonym for author Jenna Petersen (historical romance) and author Jesse Petersen (urban fantasy). Her latest book For Desire Alone in now available!

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What is your current state of mind?
Slightly overwhelmed.

What is your favorite occupation (way of spending time)?
Walks in the desert (when it’s not so flipping hot).

What historical figure do you most identify with?
I’ve always admired Queen Victoria. I’m not sure I identify with one specifically, but I have lots I admire.

Which living person do you most admire?
My Mom.

Who are your real-life heroes?
Soldiers, firemen, police officers. Anyone who runs toward trouble rather than away. And kids who are standing up to their bullies and saying, “no more”.

What is your most treasured possession?
My wedding ring.

When and where were you happiest?
Anywhere that my husband is at.

What is your most obvious characteristic?
Sense of humor.

What is the trait you most deplore (hate) in yourself?

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

What is your greatest extravagance?
We love to travel, if we had extra money we’d splurge on that, I think.

What is your favorite journey?
We went to China in 2008 and I’d love to go back again.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I’m not fond of my crooked teeth.

What do you consider the most over-rated virtue?

On what occasion do you lie?
Normally just to spare someone’s feelings. I try hard not to lie.

What is your greatest fear?

Which words or phrases do you most over-use?
My brother-in-law would probably say “I know, right?” I seem to overuse that one. Don’t know where I got it.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d love to be less self-critical. I’m working on it.

Where would you like to live?
Where I do live, Tucson, AZ.

What is the quality you most admire in a man? In a woman?
I admire strength in both men and women. Emotional strength, especially.

What is it you most dislike?

What do you value most in your friends?

How would you like to die?
Peacefully after a long and full life.

If you were to die and come back as a person or an animal, what do you think it would be?
I wouldn’t mind being a house cat. Sleep all day, get cleaned up after, seems like a good deal.

If you could choose an object to come back as, what would you choose?
Maybe a camera. You see a lot, you make people happy.

What is your motto (words you live by or that mean a lot to you)?
Every little thing is gonna be all right (Bob Marley)

Who has been the greatest influence on you?
My husband. He is the best man I know and very brave. I think being around him just makes me a better person.


Thank you so much Jess! A pleasure to have you!

Jess Michaels latest book “For Desire Alone” is now on a bookshelf near you

…and Jess is kindly offering readers the chance to win the first book in the series – An Introduction to Pleasure!


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  • Jess Michaels says:

    Hi everyone! Happy to be here! That isn’t actually a picture of me in the interview but come see what I really look like at

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  • erinf1 says:

    Thanks for the lovely interview and congrats to Jess on the new release! Definitely going to have to go check it out :)

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  • Maureen says:

    It was an interesting interview, I enjoyed the unusual questions.

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  • Jess – I’m so sorry! This Doll has not had enough sleep – the picture is now fixed.

    Thank you so much for visiting today and putting up with us :D

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  • Oh, it’s fine! LOL Don’t worry about it at all!!

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  • June M. says:

    Congrats Jess on the new release. I have read some of your historicals but have not ventured into your erotic books yet, even though I love erotic romances.

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  • Victoria Zumbrum says:

    I would love to read this book. It sounds very good and hot. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  • Mary Preston says:

    So many things I can identify with. Especially the comment about being less self-critical.

    I would love to read AN INTRODUCTION TO PLEASURE thank you.


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  • sienny says:

    congrats on the book!

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  • Diane Sallans says:

    I haven’t read one of Jess’s books yet, but this looks like the kind of story I would enjoy!
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  • Jeanne Miro says:

    I love Jess’s books and can’t believe I missed getting An Introduction to Pleasure when it was released!

    One thing you are going to be guaranteed with when you pick up a copy of one of her books to read is that you wo’t be able to put it down until you finish it!

    Jess, congratulations on the release of For Desire Alone! I’ve also read all your Jenna Peterson books as well and love them! I just got home from a visit to my cousin in Phoenix and we made a trip down to Tucson wile I was there to visit our old haunts rom when we had both goe to the college there! Living in New England I miss the warm days and the cool nights and it was wonderful enjoying all Tuson has to offer while we were there!

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  • Aw, shoot Jeanne! If I’d known we could have grabbed coffee or something. Isn’t Tucson great, we love it!!

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  • bn100 says:

    Very nice interview.

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