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 Post subject: Author of the Week #8 - Sabrina Jeffries
PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:06 pm 
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The author for week #8 is:

Sabrina Jeffries/Deborah Martin/Deborah Nicholas

Raised amidst the rubber plantations in Thailand with missionary parents, Sabrina Jeffries likes to say she rode to her bestselling success on the back of an elephant. In truth, Jeffries has earned numerous placements on the New York Times and USA Today lists with Regency historicals that readers savor for her trademark sexy blend of witty dialogue and enterprising characters. It’s no accident she has been dubbed “The Queen of the Sexy Regency Romance.”

About that plantation business—living in the boonies of Thailand afforded Sabrina endless hours to read Jane Austen novels and other classics voraciously. Not surprisingly, back in the States, she went on to earn a doctorate in English literature from Tulane University—and a craving for Cajun food.

While Sabrina is at ease with refined academia types, she enjoys using her literary skills to pen novels of romantic fiction. She sold her first book in 1991 and has 35 published novels to her credit. Whenever she struggles with a plot point, she shuts off the computer and tackles a jigsaw puzzle, and before long, bingo! Problem solved. Another stress-reliever for the inventive author: creating her popular Will and Jane’s Excellent Adventure comics. Displaying Sabrina’s fine-tuned sense of humor, the comics feature a William Shakespeare caricature figure and a Jane Austen action figure.

Caffeine addict, Third Culture Kid, chocoholic, and popular novelist with more than six million books in print, Jeffries defies labels. Her biting humor and simultaneous warmth endear her to her 10,000 Facebook fans, Pinterest followers and loyal Goddess blog readers. At home in front of a crowd—any crowd (no really, just hand over the microphone and get ready for some fun)—Jeffries is a sought-after speaker, as evidenced by her 2010 gig as emcee for the National Romance Writers of America’s 30th Anniversary Awards Ceremony.

While Sabrina treks through remote locales in the name of research and rubs elbows in the big cities with other industry professionals, she says her favorite destination is home. She lives in Cary, North Carolina, with her two best guys—husband, Rene, and adult son, Nick, who has inspired her to actively champion the cause of autistic children.


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 Post subject: Re: Author of the Week #8 - Sabrina Jeffries
PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:10 am 
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Hi All,

Two of my favorite books by this author are ones she wrote under a different name, Deborah Martin. There is another pen name, Deborah Nicholas, but I don't believe I have any of those books.

Deborah Martin:

Dangerous Angel (9/94) (A Warm) -- Georgian London
Creole Bride (12/97) (B+ Warm) -- Antebellum South - New Orleans

Sabrina Jeffries:

The Lord Trilogy - 1818 - 1820 Regency
1. The Pirate Lord (4/98) (B+ Warm/Hot)
2. The Forbidden Lord (2/99) (B+ Warm+)
3. The Dangerous Lord (3/00) (B+ Hot)

Swanlea Spinsters - 1815 - 1819 Regency
1. A Dangerous Love (11/00) (A Warm)
2. A Notorious Love (9/01) (A- Warm)
3. After the Abduction (6/02) (C+ Warm)
4. Dance of Seduction (3/03) (B Warm)
5. Married to the Viscount (12/03) - Do not have.

It appears that I lost step with Sabrina Jefferies when the books stopped appearing consistently on the shelves here to buy, and I hate reading out of order. I do have several more collected under both names and hope to get to them eventually.


Here are the other Sabrina Jeffries series, if anyone needs them. I'm looking forward to reading which books worked best for other readers.

The Royal Brotherhood Series
1. In the Prince's Bed (7/04)
2. To Pleasure a Prince (3/05)
3. One Night With a Prince (7/05)

The School for Heiresses
1. Never Seduce a Scoundrel (3/06)
2. Only a Duke Will Do (9/06)
3. »» Ten Reasons to Stay - (A) The School for Heiresses (1/07)
4. Beware a Scot's Revenge (5/07)
5. Let Sleeping Rogues Lie
6. Don't Bargain With the Devil (5/09)
7. Wed Him Before You Bed Him (7/09) - I hate this title.

Hellions of Halstead Hall
1. The Truth About Lord Stoneville (1/10)
2. Hellion in Her Bed (10/10)
3. How to Woo a Reluctant Lady (1/11)
4. To Wed a Wild Lord (12/11)
5. A Lady Never Surrenders (2/12)
6. 'Twas the Night After Christmas (11/12)

Duke's Men
1. What the Duke Desires (6/13)
2. When the Rogue Returns (2/14)
3. How the Scoundrel Seduces (8/14)
4. If the Viscount Falls (2/15)

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 Post subject: Re: Author of the Week #8 - Sabrina Jeffries
PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:05 pm 
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I haven't read a single book by SJ and I'm looking forward to the comments here. Thanks Janie for posting all the books.

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 Post subject: Re: Author of the Week #8 - Sabrina Jeffries
PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:46 pm 
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I didn't even realize Sabrina Jeffries had a second pseudonym (Deborah Nicholas) until I looked up her biography. Will have to keep my eyes open for those titles.

I have one of her Deborah Martin books, but I've never tried it.

I loved her Hellions of Halstead Hall series. The writing reminded me of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series. Since reading that series, I've been collecting her books whenever I run across them at a good price. I believe I have most of her School for Heiresses series. I think the Halstead series spun off of it.

I'll be interested in seeing what everyone thinks of her books. Which should I read first???


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 Post subject: Re: Author of the Week #8 - Sabrina Jeffries
PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:58 pm 
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I love Sabrina Jeffries! She was one of the first Historical authors that I read. I have read every one of her books. On my keeper shelves I have:
A Dangerous Love
A Hellion In Her Bed
A Lady Never Surrenders
A Notorious Love
After the Abduction
Beware A Scot’s Revenge
Dance of Seduction
Don’t Bargain With The Devil
How To Woo A Reluctant Lady
In the Prince’s Bed
Let Sleeping Rogues Lie
Married to the Viscount
Never Seduce a Scoundrel
One Night with a Prince
Only a Duke Will Do
The Dangerous Lord
The Truth About Lord Stoneville
To Pleasure a Prince
To Wed A Wild Lord
‘Twas The Night After Christmas
Wed Him Before You Bed Him
What a Duke Desires
When the Rogue Returns


Married to the Viscount was the book that started me on Sabrina. And it hooked me! It's one of my favorite books of hers. And one of my favorite books of all time. Another favorite is Only a Duke Will Do. Her books are just so well written. I think that she has a good balance of story and love scenes. The stories aren't ever dominated by one over the other. I hope that makes sense :D

I've also read all of her Deborah Martin books. On my keeper shelves I have:
Creole Nights
Dangerous Angel
Moonlight Enchantment
Stormswept
Windswept


My faves are Stormswept and Creole Nights.
She's having the Deborah Martin books rereleased under her Sabrina Jeffries name. I'm not sure if it'll be all of them, but so far By Love Unveiled has been released. The next one is going to be Silver Deceptions.

I honestly love all her books, so I couldn't tell you which series to start of with. In the School For Heiresses Series, there was sort of a back story to it. In the beginning of each chapter is a letter from the head mistress, Mrs. Harris to a Cousin Michael, the benefactor of the school, and vice versa. He says he's her husband's cousin. But he's not. Well, Sabrina had mentioned that throughout all the books, she gave little clues and hints as to his real identity. I had no clue who it was till I got to Mrs. Harris' book. I thought that was clever. If anything, I would start with that series.

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 Post subject: Re: Author of the Week #8 - Sabrina Jeffries
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My two favorites are The Dangerous Lord (Lord Trilogy) and One Night With a Prince (Royal Brotherhood Series). It has been a while since I read these so I don't know how well they would hold up nowadays. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Author of the Week #8 - Sabrina Jeffries
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:16 am 
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I have never read a Sabrina Jeffries novel - I think I left the historical romances behind before I discovered her.

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 Post subject: Re: Author of the Week #8 - Sabrina Jeffries
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I'm currently reading What the Duke Desires.

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 Post subject: Re: Author of the Week #8 - Sabrina Jeffries
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ameliad wrote:
I'm currently reading What the Duke Desires.


Let us know what you think of it when you finish this book.


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 Post subject: Re: Author of the Week #8 - Sabrina Jeffries
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brwneyedbeauty wrote:
I honestly love all her books, so I couldn't tell you which series to start of with. In the School For Heiresses Series, there was sort of a back story to it. In the beginning of each chapter is a letter from the head mistress, Mrs. Harris to a Cousin Michael, the benefactor of the school, and vice versa. He says he's her husband's cousin. But he's not. Well, Sabrina had mentioned that throughout all the books, she gave little clues and hints as to his real identity. I had no clue who it was till I got to Mrs. Harris' book. I thought that was clever. If anything, I would start with that series.


I think I will move this series up to read soon. It sounds fun.


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 Post subject: Re: Author of the Week #8 - Sabrina Jeffries
PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 10:29 am 
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Another author I missed. I will have to try one of the books suggested and see what I missed out on.


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 Post subject: Re: Author of the Week #8 - Sabrina Jeffries
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I have three Sabrina Jefferies books listed in my book journal.

LET SLEEPING ROGUES LIE 4.5 stars
THE FORBIDDEN LORD 3.5 stars
THE TRUTH ABOUT LORD STONVILLE 4.0 stars

I believe the reason I haven't read more of her books is she has too many "series" books. It gets confusing trying to keep up with them. I usually read the back and if it looks interesting I buy it.


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