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A Writer’s Brain is Never on Vacation by Jessica Jarman


Last fall, I went on (one of) my dream vacations—to London, England. I’ve wanted to do this for as long as I could remember. Heck, I’d have gone anywhere in the UK, but London’s an amazing place to start, yeah?



Before I left, I’d been trying to come up with something for an anthology I’d agreed to be a part of. The theme? Bad Boy Next Door. Easy enough, I thought. While I had a few ideas swimming around in my head, I hadn’t settled on anything concrete by the time I got on the plane. But I had plenty of time, so I wasn’t really worried.

On the plane, this character popped in my head—a woman traveling to London, a dream trip for her, but she wasn’t exactly thrilled to be going. So I thought on that during the long flight. Why wasn’t she happy about this amazing trip? And if she didn’t want to be going, what would motivate her to go?

To be honest, I didn’t even connect her with the “bad boy” story. That happened when we arrived at the flat we were renting. While maneuvering the tiny stairwell up to our flat as one of the neighbors was coming out of theirs, it hit me. The heroine I was thinking about so much? She was going to fall for her neighbor—her hot, younger neighbor—who she’d have to leave in a matter of weeks.

Although the anthology this was to be a part of fell through, it sparked an idea for a series with one of my best friends, Bronwyn Green, who shares my love of the UK, dominant men, and sexy accents.




My vacation was absolutely amazing, and I’m already planning more trips. Many, many more—for research purposes, of course!


Book Blurb:

After losing her husband six years ago, Meg Stevens has focused on the day-to-day and being a mother, not sparing a thought for anything beyond—no dates, no excitement, no life other than what she already had. A six-week vacation to London, all but forced on her by her two children, changes all of that. Meg meets the man of her dreams—gorgeous, dominant, and completely on board with a short-term fling—despite the fact he’s far too young for her.

Nathan Harris is more than a bit curious about the beautiful woman renting the upstairs flat, and once he talks to her, curiosity is quickly replaced by arousal and desire. It doesn’t take long before it’s clear she longs to experience sexual submission, and Nathan finds himself desperate to be the one she submits to.

Her days spent exploring the city, her nights exploring Nathan and the pleasure submitting to him brings, Meg discovers the trip she’d taken out of obligation has turned into something she doesn’t want to walk away from. However, the life she left behind beckons, and there’s no room there for dreaming of something she can never have.



“Will you submit to me?” His thumb skimmed along her cheekbone. “Give yourself over to me, completely?”

Closing her eyes, she turned into his touch. “Please.”

“Oh, sweet girl.” His husky whisper skittered over her nerves. He trailed his thumb down to press lightly on her bottom lip. “As much as I love the sound of that word falling from your lips—and I plan on hearing it again and again, later—I need you to answer. Open those pretty eyes and answer me.”

Meeting his gaze, Meg fought not to cry from the intensity of it all. The want, the need, the anticipation overwhelmed her senses.

Nathan smiled, the gentle quirk of his mouth at odds with the powerful desire in his eyes. “It’s all right to say no. No matter the answer, I’m still here, and I’m still going to make you feel so good.” 

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Author Bio: Jessica Jarman is an author, blogger, and rather obsessive fangirl. Jessica loves romance and writes what speaks to her—contemporary, paranormal/fantasy, new adult and more. She loves to hear from readers and can be found at


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5 thoughts on “A Writer’s Brain is Never on Vacation by Jessica Jarman

  1. Thanks so much for hanging out with us today, Jessica!

  2. Thank you for having me! 🙂

  3. Wonderful pictures thank you. Travel must just fire up the imagination.

  4. Sounds like a great read – and I love London. I’ve set quite a few stories there – there’s just so much going on, and so many parts of it to explore 🙂

  5. It would be a dream to go to London! Amazing 🙂 At least we get to witness it in your writings:)

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