Jennifer St George’s Tempting Billionaire!

jsg 2One of the fun things about being a Romance Bandit (and believe me, there are LOTS of fun things about being a Bandita!) is that I get to host some of my favorite people on the blog. Aussie author Jennifer St George fits the bill admirably. She’s always fun and smart and ready to support another writer so I’m delighted today to have her as my guest in the lair.

Jen’s latest release is the sparkling and sexy contemporary romance TEMPTED BY THE BILLIONAIRE TYCOON. Here’s the blurb:

Three strikes and you’re out…

A series of strange accidents are occurring at Sirona, a luxury spa resort in the picturesque English countryside. Billionaire owner Nic Capitini wants the person responsible, the resort’s GM Poppy Bradford, sacked. But the law requires he give three official warnings. Nic checks in undercover to gather the evidence he needs.

jsg 1Despite first impressions, it isn’t long before Nic realises that not only is Poppy beautiful, she’s a brilliant manager who runs the resort superbly. And the chemistry between them is undeniable. When Poppy herself is threatened, it seems clear the incidents are part of a systematic campaign of sabotage. Even though he believes she’s innocent, Nic knows Poppy is hiding something. But will learning her secret mean losing her forever? 

Hmm, a resort in the English countryside? I’m there!

You can find Jen on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-St-George/455449017930868

Twitter: @JenStGeorge

Blog: http://www.jenniferstgeorge.com/blog and http://lovecatsdownunder.blogspot.com.au/

JenWebsite: http://www.jenniferstgeorge.com/

Jen, I’m delighted to welcome you back to the Romance Bandits and congratulations on the release of TEMPTED BY THE BILLIONAIRE TYCOON. Can you tell us something about this story?

TEMPTED BY THE BILLIONAIRE TYCOON is the second book my Billionaire Romance series with Destiny Romance. 

What were the inspirations behind this story?

TEMPTED BY THE BILLIONAIRE TYCOON was inspired by two recent trips. One to a health retreat which gave me my heroine’s profession and one to France and the UK which was the inspiration for the luxury locations in which the book is set. Each time I visit Paris (and during a trip to Versailles for the first time) I’m in awe of the beauty and romance of France. My heroine, Poppy feels this too as it is her first trip to this amazing country. My hero of course has seen it all before, being an international entrepreneur, but it all feels that little bit different now he is with Poppy!

Me with Aussie authors Helene Young and Jennifer St. George at the Gold Coast Libraries Literati Event in 2012.

Me with Aussie authors Helene Young and Jennifer St. George at the Gold Coast Libraries Literati Event in 2012.

What’s coming up next?

I’m currently working on the third book in my Billionaire Romance series. I’m currently playing with lots of different characters and settings waiting for it all to come together.

We’re very nosy here in the lair. We’d love a peek at your writing day. Was there anything you learned during your time as a corporate wonder that has helped you in settling down to life as a writer?

What did I learn from my corporate career that has helped me with writing? Discipline. Discipline. Discipline. Getting my head down and getting the job done. I get up early every day (and I’m a night owl…definitely not a morning person) and get 1000 words done before the rest of the house wakes. That way, no matter what the day throws at me, I’ve got words down on the page. Also, you can never stop learning, improving, refining your skills. I continually find ways to learn and I know I can always do better.

Contemporary romance is taking the world by storm. Have you any theories as to why this genre is the flavour du jour right now?

jsg 3Great question and I’m not sure. Maybe it’s because people can relate to the stories as they are written with contemporary themes and situations. Although, my stories do have a lot of ‘escapism’ elements. I mean, it’s not everyday you stumble into the glamorous world of a billionaire and he sweeps you off your feet into the world of luxury only accessed by the mega-rich.

Oh, if only I would! Is there another genre you’d like to try?

I love reading crime. I love a good thriller – Michael Connelly, Patricia Cornwell, David Baldacci. I’d love more time to read crime and I’d like to one day have at go at writing it. I have a story in my head that won’t leave me alone (it’s based on a dream I had when I was twenty, so it’s been tapping on my brain for a long time), so I hope one day to get that story down on paper and out into the world.

Ooh, sounds intriguing. Do you have a question for the Banditas and Bandita buddies to get conversation going?

So I love featuring glamorous locations (Paris, Barbados, Brunei) and having my characters engage in luxurious activities such as slipping over to Paris on a private jet for dinner, cruising on a super yacht or dining on a Caribbean beach. If you could have a billionaire lifestyle and money was a non-issue, what would you like to do?

BanditBootyA bit of a twist in today’s prize. Jen has offered a download of TEMPTED BY THE BILLIONAIRE TYCOON but for people in Australia only – so if you’re an Aussie, please tell us so in the comments so we know you’re in the draw. Jen’s book is available internationally from all good e-book retailers!

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42 Comments

  • Shannon says:

    Billiooooonaires. Thought I needed a GR visit. But he likes Helen much better.

  • Jane says:

    Congrats on the new release, Jennifer. I’m down with cruising on a yacht in the French Riviera. If I were a billionaire I would do some traveling and figure I might sponsor some expedition of Antarctica or maybe go hunting for long lost artifacts.

  • Shannon says:

    @ Anna – *g*

    Some of the things I’d love about the billionaire lifestyle: multiple homes and flats, travel in comfort, and beauty.

    I can see have a place in NYC, Washington, Key West, Maine, Monterrey, London, Paris., Singapore, and Hawaii. And you would only have to schlep the minimum luggage. And you’d always come home to a clean house!

    A friend says that you don’t have to go through TSA screening to fly on a private jet. I also like the idea of a driver instead of GPS finding the next stop.

    I’m a sucker for Architectural Digest, Victoria, Town & Country. The gardens, the collectibles, and even the jewels all would be such a delight.

    • Shannon, for a couple of years, I gave a good friend a subscription to Architectural Digest. Wow, what a gorgeous magazine. As a change this year, I’ve got her Conde Nast Traveller. That’s just as pretty!

    • J St George says:

      Totally with you Shannon on the clean house. I would love to always have a clean house. Sadly (as Jennifer looks around her living room) this is nearly never the case.

      I love magazines!!!! One of the reasons my house is so messy..too many magazines – House & Garden, Australian Country Style, MindFood and many, many more!!

  • Amy Conley says:

    This is easy, an around the world cruise.

  • flchen1 says:

    How lovely, Jennifer! It would be wonderful to see the world on a billionaire’s terms 😉 You could see it at your leisure, and head home to decompress as you liked 😉 And you could also take the time to learn the needs of each area if you were so inclined, and use some of your funds to do good as you traveled…

    Intrigued by the sounds of Poppy and Nic–will have to check out their story!

  • Helen says:

    Hi Jennifer and Anna

    I loved this story the setting is so beautiful and Poppy and Nic have such a great time visiting 🙂

    Oh the lifestyle I would lead if I could cruising around the world being waited on and think of all the books I could read lazing in a deck chair 🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen

  • anne gracie says:

    Fabulous to see you here, Jen — all the very best of good luck with the book. Sounds fabulous — can’t wait to read it.

    Will never forget the debate on alpha/beta heroes — such fun!

  • Annie West says:

    Hi Jen, and congratulations on the release. It sounds like a fun read.

    Hm, if we’re talking solely about self indulgence then I’m sure you’d find me taking trips at the drop of a hat and staying as long as I like instead of worrying about bookings or traffic or cost. Just taking my time would be the best indulgence of all.

    • Annie, that’s so true, isn’t it? Imagine having enough time to soak up all that atmosphere and history and landscape when you visit Europe? Especially without worrying about what you paid for your pleasure!

    • J St George says:

      Thanks Annie.

      Yes, would it be fabulous to just take all the time in world to see and do what you want to do. My billionaires do seems to find themselves quite busy!

  • Hi, Jennifer! Hi, Anna!

    Jennifer, congratulations on the release of your Billionaire Tycoon! I love your discipline — writing 1,000 words first thing in the morning.

    If I were a billionaire, I’d go around the world planting bundles of cash in random places for people to find and keep. And maybe buy a few sparkly baubles for myself. 🙂

    Fab interview!

  • I love your Billionaires, Jen, and can’t wait to read this one. I’m a little behind with my reading at the moment. If I was in the billionaire stratosphere I’d definitely have a flat in Paris, a country house in Italy, fab clothes, visits to health spas to help keep me in shape to get into said fab clothes, a huge library of books…greedy, aren’t I? 🙂

  • (waving) Jen and Anna! Jen, you’re so disciplined with getting your words done first thing in the morning. Such a good habit to get into because let’s face it, as the day passes there are usually more and more reasons to shift it down the priorities list. I think I’m going to have to take this writing tip to heart!

    Mmmm, as for what I’d do in billionaire-land… well, I would love to be able to spend infinite time travelling Australia and getting involved personally and financially in interesting projects as we go. Especially projects related to bringing medicine to remote areas.

    • J St George says:

      It does take discipline, Sharon, as I’m more a night owl than an early bird but I find it is the only way to guarantee those words get done.

      What a lovely and worthy idea. I haven’t really been to too many remote areas of Australia. Must put that on the to do list!

    • Sharon, I can remember you talking about how inspiring you found visiting the Flying Doctor bases as you travelled around!

  • Hi Jen and Anna
    Jen I’m in awe of your discipline, please send me a dose!
    Congratulations on the launch of TEMPTED BY THE BILLIONAIRE TYCOON. Ah, the billionaire lifestyle! If I were to be gifted a billionaire income I would have homes around the world that let me follow the seasons so I was never in winter – except maybe at Christmas in some delightful Austrian or French town with a Christmas market. And I would never do housework again!

  • Thanks so much to everyone who swung by to wish Jen and her billionaire well. Thanks to Jen for being such a great guest!

    Don’t forget to check back to see who won the download of the book!

  • I’m in awe of you being able to get up early and write. I would love to be able to go to work knowing my 1000 words a day was done. Congratulations on your latest billionaire Jennifer, it is sitting on my kindle ready to read.