The Joy of Audio Books with Jasmine Haynes www.jasminehaynes.com
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 www.loose-id.com) 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, www.jasminehaynes.com 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 www.loose-id.com, 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 www.liquidsilverbooks.com. Visit her blog at www.jasminehaynes.blogspot.com and join her newsletter at firstname.lastname@example.org