Today Jessica Lemmonâ€™s newest series, Billionaire Bad Boys debuts
with THE BILLIONAIRE BACHELOR. Reviewer Miranda
Owen chatted with Jessica recently about her Second Chance
series, spinning off her characters, and why billionaires are still so
Some of the characters in your Second
Chance series have connections to characters in your Love In the
Balance series. When you were writing that series, did you always
plan on doing a spin-off series in a small town setting?
actually! Evan was the â€śother brotherâ€ť who I definitely wanted to write a
book about, but he didnâ€™t seem to fit anywhere. When my publisher suggested
a â€śbridgeâ€ť book starring Evan Downey in a whole new setting, I jumped on
it. BRINGING HOME
THE BAD BOY was the perfect link from Love in the Balance to
I love the heroes in this Second
Chance series, but I feel like they are all at different levels on the
bad boy-o-meter â€“ what is it about a reformed bad boy that is so appealing
to write about?
Aww, thank you. I love my Second Chance
boys, too. :) Reformed bad boys are the best because theyâ€™ve already sown
those proverbial wild oats. Moreover, they have learned life the hard way
and are able to appreciate when they meet the woman they want to keep for
One of the things I like so much about your â€śSecond
Chanceâ€ť series are the tight knit friendships between the men and between
the women. Are there such close friendships in your Love In the
Balance series, Lost Boys series, or your new Billionaire
Bad Boys series?
Hmmâ€¦ good question! Close friendships are an
overarching theme in my writing. There are always strong secondary
characters in my books, but Second Chance definitely has the most
friendships per capita. It really has that small-town, family feel.
You've written a few scenes involving sensitive situations
involving children. Do you find scenes involving children more difficult to
write than others?
I used to be intimidated by the idea of writing
kids since I donâ€™t have any, but I do have sixteen nieces and nephews, so
Iâ€™m not completely out of my element. I think the challenge when writing
children is to have them in the scene in a real and tangible way instead of
popping in to drop one-liners like a television sitcom child. Many readers
agreed that without Lyon, Evan and Charlie may have never gotten together.
It was the most charming, loving family to write. Very rewarding.
In RETURN OF THE BAD BOY, the main characters have a history
spanning years, as do the main characters in the previous books to varying
degrees. What's the benefit of writing books about characters who have a
history versus a hero and heroine who meet for the first time in their
Asher, from RETURN was a blast to write since I knew I
could make him as naughty as I wanted. He drank, smoked (!), slept with
groupies. He was sort of self-centered and often wandered into the room
like a lazy cat. The benefit of which was watching him realize that Gloria
was The One, and that he was going to get her back no matter what. It was
rewarding to watch him grow up and become a better man. If their romance
had happened with the man he was in book one, I donâ€™t feel like they would
have made it. They both needed time to appreciate how much they loved each
The members of Asher's band get a lot of time on the page in
RETURN OF THE BAD BOY. I found the guys interesting and was wondering if
you planned on writing books featuring them in the future.
are a motley crew, arenâ€™t they? Thereâ€™s a lot of opportunity to pair them
each off, but I donâ€™t have any plans at the moment. If there was a demand
for a Knight Time spin-off, Iâ€™d love to write their stories!
believe your Lost Boys series is considered â€śnew adult fictionâ€ť.
For readers who may not understand what that means, please explain how that
relates to your Lost Boys series and how it's different from your
Well, the area has grayed recently. New Adult used to
be considered stories of college-aged kids (21 to 25-ish) finding their way
through a series of firsts. Now, I think readers are sophisticated enough
to appreciate the story for what it is: a love story, sometimes angsty,
sometimes funny, always sexy. My New Adult titles are in first person, and
the heroes and heroines are under 25 with varying degrees of angst and
Can you tell readers a little bit about your upcoming
Billionaire Bad Boys series? Any teasers?
starts with a modern-day marriage of convenience between a hard-nosed
playboy seeking CEO of his hotel chain and a woman heâ€™s basically bribing
to marry him so he appears settled. I love Reese and Merina! Theyâ€™re
sophisticated and sharp, and enemies to lovers is so much fun to write and
read. The other two books are about Reeseâ€™s brothers.
What are you
working on right now?
I just finished up a draft for James
Pattersonâ€™s Bookshots line, which will be available in 2017, and at the
moment Iâ€™m doing edits on THE BILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR.
About Jessica Lemmon
Jessica Lemmon has always been a dreamer. At some point, she decided
head-in-the-clouds thinking was childish and went out and got herself a job.
â€¦And then she got another one because that one was lousy. And when that one
stopped being fulfilling, she went out and got another â€¦and another.
it became apparent sheâ€™d only be truly happy doing what she loved. And since
â€śeating potato chipsâ€ť isnâ€™t a viable career, she opted to become a writer. With
fire in her heart, she dusted off a book sheâ€™d started years prior, finished it,
and submitted it. It may have been the worst book ever, but it didnâ€™t stop her
from writing another one. Now she has several books finished, several more
started, and even more marinating in her brain (which currently resides in the
clouds, thankyouverymuch), and she couldnâ€™t be happier.
believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can
create the life you want.(While eating potato chips.)
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