Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Welcome Guest Blogger Jasmine Haynes

The Joy of Audio Books with Jasmine Haynes

Thanks for having me, Kari, Liz, Cassy, and Mary! You’ve got a wonderful blog!

I started my career as a romantic suspense writer, although I admit it was on the very light side, but I’m still very proud that my first book, Sex and the Serial Killer (written as Jennifer Skully) won the prestigious Daphne Du Maurier Award. From the time I first joined the Romance Writers of America and the Kiss of Death Chapter, it was my dream to win a Daphne. I also wrote the sensual paranormal Max Starr mystery series as JB Skully. But, for the time being, I spend most of my time writing erotic romance as Jasmine Haynes (Take Your Pleasure, my next release, is out April 13th from though I hope to get back into the mystery side of writing soon.

And with that in mind, I’ve been immersing myself in reading the mystery genre again. But okay, writing a book every 4 months to meet my erotic romance deadlines doesn’t give me a lot of extra time for reading. I get an hour in the evening to read when I collapse after writing 6 hours or 15 pages or 3000 words, whichever comes first. I do my reading in the bathtub, with chocolate to read by, of course. But I went from reading a book every 2 or 3 days when I wasn’t a published author to reading 2 or 3 books a month! I miss my reading! So, my sister got me hooked on audio books from the library and for Christmas the family clubbed together and got me an MP3 player. And I’m thinking of all the stuff I have to do besides writing to deadline, stuff like cleaning the house (wish I had a maid but I don’t), folding laundry (no, I don’t leave it all in the laundry basket and pick clean clothes from there), walking the dog (she requires 3.5 miles a day to keep her in shape and I probably require more, but I get what she gets), cooking dinner (yeah, wish I had a cook, too, but I don’t), washing the dishes (because I don’t live in a household where whoever cooks doesn’t have to wash up, I get both jobs!). So you get the picture, right. All of a sudden I went from being able to read for one hour in the evening to four hours! I didn’t realize I spent that much time cooking, cleaning, doing laundry and walking the dog, but I do! And my house has never been so clean!

All this leads me to being able to reacquaint myself with some wonderful mystery writers I enjoyed in the past and also to try some new ones. I’ve always loved Robert Crais’s Elvis Cole series. And I loved JD Robb, but I only got through book 6, I think. Well, now I’m moving through the whole Eve Dallas series! And of course, there’s my favorite romantic suspense authors like Linda Howard, Iris Johansen, Lisa Gardner, and yes, I could go on. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of my favorite authors that the library doesn’t carry in audio book so I’m having to find some new favorites as well. I’ve totally gotten addicted to Greg Iles. His stuff is so fast-paced and on the edge-of-your-seat (yes, sometimes I do a little extra cleaning so I can finish the next chapter!) I’ve also enjoy Kate Wilhelm and T. Jefferson Parker (I absolutely adored Silent Joe). But the library isn’t perfect. A friend of mine recommended a Swedish writer, Stieg Larsson. I put his first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, on my “hold” list. LOL, I am number 102 on hold for that book! But I’m patient. I know eventually it’ll come my way, and in the meantime there’s Lou Boldt and Harry Bosch and Bobby Dodge and Eve Dallas and Elvis Cole calling my name.

So tell me, do you listen to audio books, read e-books? And what’s the best mystery you’ve read recently?

Award-winning Jasmine Haynes, is the author of sensual and classy erotic romance and is a Rita Finalist and an NRCA and Holt Medallion winner. April 2010 brings Jasmine’s debut release with, Take Your Pleasure. Her upcoming May 2010 release, Hers for the Evening, is the second in her sensual series, the Courtesans Tales, the third tale, Mine Until Morning, arriving in Dec 2010. She also masquerades as Jennifer Skully, writing over-the-top, hilarious romantic mysteries, and as JB Skully, she’s created the Max Starr psychic mystery series available in e-book format from Visit her blog at and join her newsletter at


Cassy Pickard said...

Jasmine! How fantastic to have you join us today. I SOOO hear you about balancing the bits and pieces that life demands and still finding the time to write. I don't know about you, but I have to circle three times, sharpen pencils, find a cup of tea and then eventually sit at my desk.

As for who I read- gosh- it's all over the place. One of the things I now love (sorry, guys, it's true), is my Kindle. I don't use it at home, still want to feel the book in my hand. But I travel a fair amount and I can take hundreds of books with me for the weight of only one- even works in the bathtub as long as I don't slip.

Again, you're great to not only join us, but to share a touch of your writing/reading life.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

I have been meaning to try audio books for a long time now. Can I download from the library onto my computer and then load them onto my iPod? If so that would rock. I always listen to music while cleaning, etc. I would love to give my eyes a break and have someone read to me while I get things done. I really do need to check that out, so thanks.

Great post!

Jasmine Haynes said...

Thank you for having me, Kari and Cassy!

I'm jealous, Cassy, I'd love to have a kindle. LOL, I write e-books yet I don't have anything but my computer to read them on! Silly girl, one of these days I'll get one! And yes, before writing, I have a whole ritual, too, like the prizefighter cracking his knuckles (maybe that's just in the movies). Writers are a funny breed, aren't we!

I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kari, and the library system we have here is run through something called "Overdrive." Before starting, you first have to download that software to your computer. then you can start downloading the actual books. And yes, they reside on your computer, then you download them to your IPod. There's a checkout period just like with any other library book, so you just have to make sure you get them onto your player before the checkout period is over. And it is so wonderful to be getting things done while listening to a great book! Check it out with your library. I'd love to hear how it works for you.

Cassy Pickard said...

Jasime: How lucky for you to live the SF area. It's so beautiful. My daughter is in medical school at Stanford. I show up every chance I get. The fresh food is incredible. Not to mention the wine!!

Thanks for your great instructions on downloading books. I'm going to absolutely try that.

As for the Kindle, yes it's great. I do love it. But, it's not a BOOK. Gotta appreciate what it does but it will never take the place of holding a really stack of paper in my hand.

Keep sharing. We're loving this!

Jasmine Haynes said...

Stanford is a gorgeous campus, Cassy. My husband and I go over there sometimes just to walk around. Stanford is his father's alma mater. What a wonderful place for your daughter to be able to go to school.

I agree, I love the feel of a book in my hand. And I'll never get rid of my keeper shelf. My tub time is spent with a real book, too, rather than the MP3. But gosh, now we have so many choices on how to read! I've got to admit that not carrying a bunch of books in my suitcase when I travel is great.

One drawback of the library is that they don't have a lot of romances and they don't even have some of my favorite romantic suspense authors. A couple that come to mind are Brenda Novak and Allison Brennan (both members of my sister RWA chapter in Sacramento). I'm not sure whether that's the library selection or just that Brenda and Allison are not on audiobook at all. But I'm sure you can get them on Kindle!

Cassy Pickard said...

Jasmine: I read Brenda and Allison from the first to the last. I told Allison that she has to produce a little faster--just to keep ME happy. And, that woman writes at her local coffee shop and has umpteen gazillion children. I have no excuses.

Great for you to be writing ebooks. It is going to be the wave of the future. I endorse that, as long as they don't take away my old-fashioned book.

Lindsay said...

I like the daily goal you have set. Be it hours, words or pages. I have the same thing but not hours but when I stop.
You mean you're suppose to put the clean laundry away, not from dryer to basket to body. That works for me. Saves handling it to much and gives me time to read. And in the I prefer the printed word on paper. There's just something about it that is relaxing to me. I've read and will on occasion read e-books on my computer, but to me it's to much like writing and editing. Maybe, someday I'll try a Kindle or some other e-reader. But until then, call me old fashion, and that's one of the nicer things these ladies call me, but I'll stick to books.

Jasmine Haynes said...

I just don't know how Brenda and Allison do it, they're marvels! They seem to write faster than I can get them read!

As for e-books, I like to do both. I started with an e-publisher before I went with HQN and Berkley. It's another venue for our writing. But I agree, Cassy, I never want to give up the print book! There's just something about a holding a book. And I admit, as Lindsay says, that reading an e-book on the computer isn't fun. When I read them, I actually print them out and read in the bathtub! Keep up the good work on the daily goal! Page count, word count, it's all good.

LOL, Lindsay, I actually fold the laundry. And, oh my GOD, I iron my husband's shirts. I always swore I'd never do that (traumatized by ironing my father's shirts when I was a kid), but here I am doing it. That's the price I pay for getting to stay home and write full time.

Cassy Pickard said...

Jasmine: Don't you DARE tell anyone, especially my agent, but I iron my husband's boxer shorts. I have you on your word here, not a murmur to anyone. Sadly, though, it's true.

Lindsay, you break me up. It always amazes me how people get it all done. Having said that, I'm behind on my word count......

Lindsay said...

Iron-isn't that a ferrous metal dug out of the ground. Now why would you want to rub that all over your husband's shirts or, and for a fee I won't tell, shorts.
My first contract was an e-book.
Keep counting Cassy. You'll do it.

Jasmine Haynes said...

Oh my God, Cassy, you have me rolling on the floor! But I promise, lips are zipped, I won't tell anyone. I certainly won't tell my husband or he'll make me iron his boxers, too!

Lindsay, please tell that to my husband! Who needs to rub iron all over shirts!

My first contract was e-book, too, and so is my next one, my April 13 release with Loose-Id! And my other pseudonym, JB Skully, is only e-book. I think e-books are great. As long as I don't have to read them on the computer.

Okay, Cassy, I'm wiping a tear from my eye.

Liz Lipperman said...

In chimes the modern day woman who truly believes cooking and ironing are two cities in China!!

Seriously, welcome to M & M, Jasmine. It is so good to hear how other people manage their writing lives. Personally, I am so undisciplined, it is unreal - and that's another - don't tell my agent thing!

I make promise after promise and just can't stick to it. I've heard speakers say a true writer writes every day. I say bull to that!! When I write, I like to write for about 13 hours straight and that doesn't happen everyday. On days I don't write, I judge contests, read or edit - or do sodoku's.

Again, thanks for blogging with us.

And Cassy, is it hubby or you that hates wrinkles?

Jasmine Haynes said...

And thanks for having me, Liz! I promise I won't tell your agent a thing, swear it! I admire that you can write 13 hours straight! My brain is fried after 6, at the most. I think we all have our own process and we have to find what works for us. I was an accountant in my former life and we always had this routine revolving around month-end, quarter-end, year-end, and I honestly think that's where my writing routine emanated from.

Jasmine Haynes said...

Thanks again for having me, everyone! It's been a pleasure.

Lindsay said...

Wrinkles on shirts have to be a woman thing. Jasmine, I'm not telling any husband to iron shirts. That's against my morale code.
I can't believe you can write for 13 hours Liz. I'm fried after 6 hr. of writing and 3 of editing but tonight I really did the chocolate and edited for 5 hrs and did 8 pages. That for me is good.

Jasmine Haynes said...

Whoohoo, Lindsay, 5 hours and 8 pages, that's great! And LOL, my husband will never iron his own shirts! I've become used to it. But I'm not ironing his boxers, I swear it!

Lindsay said...

Thanks for the encouragement. Pitching the book next weekend to an agent. Don't ask. Don't know. It's at a conference and I like all three of them.
Us men have to stick together.
Down with irons and ironing. That's why they make permenate press.

Jasmine Haynes said...

Good luck with that agent pitch, Lindsay. And here's to permanent press!

Cassy Pickard said...

Sorry to disappear. Time zone issues plus people stopping in. In Italy that's a common thing- just drop by with no notice.

Anyway, on to the more important topics. Yup, it is I, not my husband, who fusses about those nasty wrinkles. But I only iron the boxers, not the jockey shorts. His shirts are sent out- no way will I deal with those babies.

Jasmine, again, thanks so much for taking the time you have to spend it with us.

Jasmine Haynes said...

Oh my goodness, Italy! I didn't realize that's where you are. No wonder your first comment was at 2:17 am!

Hmm, maybe I should send my husband's shirts out. That's an idea.

Again, thanks for having me!