At Your Beck & Call
Hallen Jansen has it all. At 28, he has a flashy car, a great apartment, and a job he’s good at and that he loves – as an escort – working at your beck and call.
His life is easy, with no emotions or attachments slowing him down – choosing to keep moving, always running from the past.
But when a new client awakens unfamiliar feelings, all bets are off. Can he convince a recently divorced woman twenty years older to trust men again – to trust him? Can Hallen trust himself not to screw things up?
Surrounded by people who choose to judge them, will they make their relationship a reality, or is it heartbreak for both?
Not all services are professional
After eight years in prison, twenty-four year old Jordan Kane is the man everyone loves to hate.
Forced to return to his hometown while on parole, Jordan soon learns that this small town hasn't changed since he was carted off to juvie all those years ago. He is the local pariah, shunned by everyone, including his own parents. But their hatred of him doesn't even come close to the loathing he feels every time he looks in the mirror.
Working odd jobs for the preacher lady, Jordan bides his time before he can leave this backwards town. But can distance erase the memories that haunt him? Trapped in the prison of his own mind Jordan wonders if the pain of living will ever subside?
Torrey Delaney is new in town and certainly doesn't behave in a way the locals believe a preacher’s daughter should. Her reputation for casual hook-ups and meaningless sex is the talk of the town. Add that to her budding friendship with the hardened ex-con handyman, and the good Reverend is less than thrilled with her estranged daughter’s path.
As friendship forms, is it possible for two damaged people who are afraid to love take their relationship to the next level? Can Torrey live with Jordan’s demons, and can Jordan break through Torrey's walls? With the disapproval of a small town weighing heavily on them, will they find their place in the world? Can they struggle against the odds, or will their world be viciously shattered?
Is love a life sentence?
Due to scenes of a sexual nature, not recommended for under 18.
The Education of Sebastian
A friendship between the lost and lonely Caroline, and the unhappy Sebastian, leads to an illicit love that threatens them both.
Caroline Wilson is trapped in a cold and loveless marriage with an older man. When her husband finally wins a long sought-after promotion, Caroline feels she has little choice but to follow him to a new home in San Diego. There she meets Sebastian, a young man of 17.
For an all too brief summer, their happiness blooms.
But external pressures begin to bear down, not least from the overbearing David, and Sebastian’s parents begin to suspect that their son has a secret. Even Caroline’s new friend, Donna, realises that dark passions exist below the serene surface.
The Education of Caroline
Ten years after their broken affair, Sebastian and Caroline meet again: this time in very different circumstances, against the background of the war in Afghanistan.
Now a successful journalist, Caroline meets Chief Sebastian Hunter, US Marine. Will this chance encounter rekindle the erotic madness of her passionate affair with a younger man?
Playing in the Rain
Ava Lawton can’t believe her run of bad luck. It’s supposed to be an exciting time in her life: fresh out of college, living in a new state, with a new job, and away from her family at last.
But when she’s forced to quit her job, everything falls apart quickly. Suddenly, she’s alone in a crowd, with no one to turn to.
At her lowest point, a stranger gives her a message that brings her hope.
Now is the time to live life her own way.
Now is the time to choose to be happy.
And maybe it’s time to let a beautiful stranger be part of her life
About The Author
I was born on the 13th, which explains a lot.
I write every day and get twitchy on the days when I’m prevented from writing.
I live by the beach, so you’ll find a beach scene in all of my books sooner or later.
Hobbies include ogling hot surfers.
Writing is solitary but that doesn’t make it lonely. My FB and Goodreads friends are very important to me. My writing buddies are A. Meredith Walters and Devon Hartford—lovely, kind, generous people.
I carry a notebook EVERYWHERE. I never know when ideas will come to me. I even write notes to myself at night in the dark. Hopefully I can read the scrawl I’ve written in the morning.
There’s a little part of me in every book I write. The philosophy from ‘Playing in the Rain’ is that you have to make the most of the life you’re given—choose to be happy as much as you can and look for the positive. I don’t always make it, but I do try.
♥ jhb x
12. Miranda Bing Whatever happened to "After Twenty...?"
A. Oh, Miranda! That takes me back. Yes, I started writing adult/contemporary romance when I first wrote fanfic based on ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. ’50 after 20’ was a story about what happened to Christian when he left Harvard, and how he built up his successful business. I’ve got half a chapter somewhere that I never got around to finishing. It’s not the focus of my writing anymore, but never say never! The stories are still on fanfic (I used the name ‘sunandsurf’ in those days), and on my site
We would just like to say A MASSIVE THANK YOU for your time,
your honesty and your unwavering support.
The princesses love you, Jane. And… we love that you share your chocolate too!
Aw, you’re welcome! Thanks for asking me, lovely ladies!
Love, Kelly, Elizabeth & Emma
Exclusive Interview - Questions from fans
Welcome to the castle, Jane and thank you for agreeing to this exclusive interview.
As you know, we ran a little competition and asked our lovely followers to send in questions,
and we received quite a few, so these are a chosen few from your fans.
Let’s get started shall we.
1.Dina Farndon Eidinger - I love Jane Harvey-Berrick and her work...Sebastian is my all time fav book EVER. Will you ever write a book about the missing 10 years from Sebastians POV?
A. Never say never! To be honest though, Dina, I don’t think I’ll be writing that, because the intense love story comes from the tension between Seb & his Caro. He never had that with any the other women, and I think it would get boring writing about his one-night stands—I think it bored Seb in the end, too! But I may well write about his experiences in Iraq or Afghanistan sometime. I’m fascinated by the military dynamics, so ya never know!
2. Audrey Thunder - Your story always so emotionally real. Just wonder with so many ways of writing stories... How do you pick which story you want to write and what angle interest you most?
A. I have a ton of stories waiting to be written, Audrey. Some are just one-line ideas; some are entire plot lines. At some point I have to be disciplined and work steadily on one manuscript, but I’ll still have ideas about other books while I’m doing it.
I’m not sure about the ‘angle’: I write what appeals to me, what interests me. But I really enjoy doing research, too. I try to get things as accurate as possible. I don’t always get it right, but I do try.
3. Soulla Georgiou - Hi there Jane Harvey-Berrick I would love to know where you get your ideas from for your stories? They are so original and unique and epic. X
A. Thanks, Soulla. I appreciate that. Everywhere, I suppose. I take a small notebook every time I go out. I write ideas or even pieces of dialogue on the beach, on car journeys (if I’m not driving!), in the middle of the night, in the middle of the supermarket. I lurk, too. I listen to other people’s conversations and the weird and wonderful things they say; I’m a people-watcher.
That’s the long answer. The short answer is I don’t really know.
I’m very interested in the military, and I have friends who are ex-army, so I suppose that’s where part of the storyline from ‘The Education of Caroline’ came from. And I live by the beach, so I suppose that’s why Sebastian is a surfer, and why there’s a beach scene in every book I write. (I didn’t even realize I did that until a reader pointed it out to me.)
4. Kristy Grey - Will There Be A Series Of Your Book: At Your Beck & Call?
A. No, fraid not. It’s definitely a stand-alone book, although there may well be bonus chapters that I’ll write at some time. Is there a particular story/scene you’re interested in? I’m open to offers! ;)
5. Lisa Matheson Sylva - I am such a fan of Miss Jane's work and to see that you're spotlighting her makes me extremely happy because she deserves it...her books have brought me such joy that they're each a gift to me because there's not one of her books I don't love. My ultimate favorite book by JHB is called ‘Dangerous To Know and Love!’ So my question is: where were you when the idea of this book came into that amazing brain of yours, and are you considering writing another book around this story…possibly about Daniel's brother?
A. I can’t often a question like this accurately, Lisa, because I don’t always know where and when an idea for a book comes to me. But in the case of ‘Dangerous to Know & Love’ I know exactly where I was. I was taking my mother out for a drive. We were sad because it was the anniversary of my father’s death.
[Don’t read any further if you don’t want to read SPOILERS!]
We were talking in the car, and I remember thinking how dad missed out on so many conversations because of his hearing problems. I remember seeing how lonely he was in group situations, how isolated. My brother is a musician, a professional sax player—and I started thinking how it would be for someone like him if he lost his hearing.
I came home from the car ride and wrote down the entire plot in about half an hour. Then I started hammering it out at a ridiculous rate. I wrote the initial draft of 154,000 words in three weeks, which is over 7,000 words a day. Crazy! I’ve never written so quickly in my life.
As for continuing Daniel’s story, it’s possible, I don’t know. There’d certainly be a lot of questions to answer: did he make it in the NFL? Did ‘32oN’ make it in the music biz? What happens when Zef gets out of jail? And yeah, he could have a story all to himself.
I don’t have anything planned, but I haven’t ruled it out either.
6. Jessie Mora Llewellyn - I absolutely loved reading Hallen’s story in At Your Beck and Call. It was such an emotional, heart wrenching one. It made me "feel" which is something I look for when I grab a book. It just seemed so real & I was wondering if & how you researched that lifestyle to bring it into your story?
A. Yes, I did research the lifestyle. I’m still not sure how I’m going to claim that on my business expenses! I read a lot of interviews with escorts, male and female, as well as prostitutes. I knew several prostitutes when I was 21 or 22. My first job out of college was for a sexual health charity, and at the time, prostitutes were trying to set up a union to try and get safer working environments. The one bit of trivia that always stuck in my brain was when one of them told me that she never wore nail varnish because the spermicide in condoms took off her nail varnish!
And the part in Hallen’s story where he made porn films to finance his college education, that was based on a guy I knew at university. He went on to become a teacher. He was hoping that none of his students ever saw his movies. I wonder what happened to him?
What he told me certainly wasn’t glamorous. None of that lifestyle is glamorous, and I tried to show that in the story. From what I found during research, most straight male escorts tend to give up the life when they meet someone they want a relationship with. They all said the two things weren’t compatible.
7. MJ Fryer - How much of you is within each of your heroines? LOVE YOU, Jane!
A. Thanks, MJ!
Some more than others, but they all have a little of me. Torrey from ‘Lifers’ is probably who I’d like to be—that free to say what I think. Clare in ‘Dazzled’ is my younger self (although I never did know any hot movie stars, sadly), and Caro and her love of writing and her desire to be a journalist, is also very close. I also have my share of ogling hot young surfers, like Caro, but I haven’t had a relationship with a 17 year old boy since I was, um, 16!!
8. Cherrie Cruz Directo - Which of your characters is closest to your heart and why? What do you love to do aside from writing books?
A. Good question! The character I’m writing about at the time. I fall in love with all of them when I’m writing them. I have to, I think.
Daniel for overcoming disability (Dangerous to Know & Love)? Jordan for letting life find him again; Torrey for her spirit and dirty mouth (Lifers)? Sebastian for loving without limit (The Education of Sebastian/Caroline)? Hallen for making the wrong choices and still taking a chance at love (At Your Beck & Call)? Cody for his bravery and love of life (Playing in the Rain?)
No, you’re asking me to make a Sophie’s Choice between my children—and I just can’t do it!
Aside from writing, I love walking my dog along the beach (and ogling hot surfers). I love talking to random strangers and falling into their world for a while.
I’m passionate about my writing. I’ve written a play with a friend who is ex-army; it’s about PTSD—and I’m hoping to get it produced later on this year. Anyone have any contacts in the theatre world in London or NYC?!
9. Perusing Princesses - Kelly: I adored the Education series. You can’t beat a good forbidden love story IMO. However, were you concerned of the age gap between the two main characters and what were the challenges you faced putting out a story that many would deem taboo?’
A. This is going to sound very naïve, but I didn’t even think the story was taboo when I wrote it. If Caro had been Sebastian’s teacher then yes, it would have been taboo, because she would have been in a position of power. To me, there was a level of emotional equality between them—because Caro’s emotional growth was stunted by being married to a controlling, bullying man; and Sebastian because of his age, although he had more emotional maturity than Caro and had to grow up fast.
The title of the first book, ‘The Education of Sebastian’ is something of a double entendre, because Sebastian learned sexually from Caroline, but Caro was the one who grew and changed the most.
I was quite shocked when people started talking about it being ‘taboo’. One reader called me a paedophile. That REALLY upset me, and had me questioning what I’d done. But in the end, I decided to stick to my belief that it was a love story of two damaged, but equal people.
10. Perusing Princesses: On average, how long does it take you to write a novel, and did you always envisage yourself as a writer from a young age, or was this a very unexpected career move? What made you take that final leap and hit publish?
A. Hmm. Good question(s). It depends on the book. ‘Dangerous to Know & Love’ was crazy fast, and I wrote it in about 3 weeks, which was totally nuts. My husband was peeling me off the computer after a 15 hour stint. ‘Dazzled’ was written over a 14 month period, and wrapped around 2 other books. I started ‘At Your Beck & Call’ then suddenly decided to write ‘Lifers’. I really should be more disciplined! LOL
I always wanted to be a writer. When I was a kid, I thought that meant being a journalist. I never thought about writing books. I had two, short internships as a journalist and HATED it. I much preferred making things up. I was told you can’t do that in journalism—maybe I’d have been a good tabloid journalist!
Having said that, I’ve always worked in jobs where I wrote—mostly marketing copy. Then I got made redundant from one job and decided to go freelance. I did some journalism (not very much, and not very well), but got some work writing educational materials. Then I started writing fanfiction (see below), and for the last 18 months I’ve been writing contemporary romance. It seems longer. I can’t ever imagine NOT doing this now. I love LOVE my work—I have the best job in the world.
11. Perusing Princesses - Kelly: You actively attend author signing events, and it was such a pleasure meeting you in London last November (and Edinburgh on the 5th July ‘14), what other events are you looking to attend throughout 2014-2015?
A. Thank you! I was so nervous in London, but everyone was lovely and put me at my ease. I ganged up with A. Meredith Walters because it was her first signing, too. We’ve been buddies ever since.
I’ve recently signed up for my first foreign event: Tulsa on May 2nd 2015. VERY exciting! There’s also another event in London in Aprilhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/312505705574612/ It’s going to be a busy year!
THE EDUCATION OF SEBASTIAN: http://www.perusingprincesses.com/#!the-education-of-sebastian-by-jane-harve/c172d
THE EDUCATION OF CAROLINE: http://www.perusingprincesses.com/#!the-education-of-caroline-by-jane-harvey/c1gc
AT YOUR BECK & CALL:
PLAYING IN THE RAIN:
Dangerous to Know & Love
Silence is only skin deep.
Nineteen year old Daniel Colton is the guy all the girls want to date, and the man all the guys want to be. Moody, with an explosive temper, closed off and sullen, he’s also beautiful, tatted in delicious ways, with a pierced eyebrow and spiky black hair. It’s rumoured he has piercings in other places, too. Is he really mad, bad and dangerous to know?
Daniel lives with his older brother, Zef, and their home is party central. You want drugs, a good time, liquor, no questions asked? Colton’s is the place to go.
When Daniel and good girl Lisanne Maclaine have to work together on an assignment, Lisanne finds there’s a lot more to the college’s bad boy than his reputation. He’s intelligent and funny and good company. And then she discovers his secret, why he’s so closed off to everyone, and determined to keep people at arms’ length. But being his secret-keeper is harder than she ever dreamed.
Recommended for readers 18+ due to sexual references and sex scenes, some coarse language, drug references and drug use.