The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Welcome Harlequin Presents author, Jennifer Hayward...

 Hi, Jennifer - welcome to my blog! I'm looking forward to learning more about you and your work. Let's get started with the questions...

       What is the best and worse thing you have learned from an editor/agent? 
       I think the biggest things my editor has helped me with are sustaining tension and conflict throughout a whole book and not overcomplicating stories/plotlines which I love to do. It’s often more effective and my tension is stronger when it’s a very simple plotline the reader is fully on board with.

What is your typical day? 
I take my little boy to school, then I sit down with a cup of java to take care of *only* crucial business things related to writing. Then I write for the solid work day, trying not to get too sidelined by social media J Then I pick up my little guy from school and cook for my boys. If I’m on deadline I might work at night but I try not to. I need to refill the creative well.

What do you read while in the midst of a project? Or don’t you? 
I read everything all the time. But often when I’m working on a project I enjoy reading out of genre and the influences it has on my work to give it that unique edge.

What do you do with a paperback once you’ve read it? 
It either goes on my keeper shelf, to the hospital or to a friend if I think they’d enjoy it J

         Are you nervous about friends reading your book?
     Absolutely. My friends are huge readers, we’ve been in a book club together for eleven years and I know what harsh critics they are! I really value their opinion.
        What things inspire you to write? Location, music, film or even in a book? 
        Music for sure. Especially when I’m writing. It really takes me to another mood. Location not so much – I mean yes if I’m in the Caribbean staring at the water, yeah I’m gonna be inspired, but really, I can plop my laptop down anywhere and write because you train yourself to do that. When I’m in a book, it’s that moment when I know I’ve written a great beginning that I am so jazzed or when the threads of my book come together and my theme is just ‘there’ now – it’s the best feeling. I left films for last because it was one of my favourite movies, Jerry Maguire, and his courageous manifesto on what’s wrong with the sports agent industry that inspired The Magnate’s Manifesto. Jerry’s courageous manifesto gets him fired and puts the rest of his destiny into play. My hero’s obnoxious but very honest manifesto on women meant only for his closest wingmen gets leaked on the internet, turning into his worst nightmare. My heroine happens to be the only woman who can save him. Or was that destroy him?
Share your blurb or short excerpt from your latest release with us



Jared Stone: Visionary, rebel, the tech world's golden boy…and now the most hated man on the planet!

Bailey St. James: Survivor, powerful female executive, the only woman who refuses to bow down to Jared Stone…and the only woman who can save him?

When Jared's manifesto makes him public enemy #1 the only way out is to make Bailey an offer she can't refuse—a very public promotion to VP! Now, with a major deal on the line and tensions rising, can it be long before Jared and Bailey move from spreadsheets to bed sheets?

Buy Links:

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What’s next for you?

I have a very exciting project coming up in 2015! I’m kicking off Harlequin Present’s Society Weddings series in April with The Italian’s Deal For I Do, where we bring you the globe’s four sexiest bachelors who are being forced to do the one thing they swore they’d never do – marry! And boy is it fun to watch.

I love to hear from readers! You can find me at or facebook

Great to have you here, Jennifer! I am popping over to follow you on social media right now - good luck with your new release :)

Comments? Questions?


  1. Jen - I am so intrigued to read how you get your influences. It's so easy to simply read romance, romance, romance - but I agree - you need to 'fill the creative well' with other sources. Alphas are everywhere - we need to soak those honeys up!!
    What a great excuse to drool over more movie stars
    Thank you!

  2. Great post Jennifer and I loved your book. The Society Weddings sounds amazing and I can't wait to read yours!

  3. Hi Bella! Thanks for stopping by! Yay alphas :)

  4. thank you Rachael :) So glad you enjoyed the book! x

  5. Thanks for being here, Jen! Loved getting to know you better :) x

  6. Likewise Rachel! Thanks for having me!