INTERVIEW and giveaway: Jenna Ives

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Jenna Ives whose newest book, Programmed for Pleasure was recently released. Leave a comment for a chance to win a download of the book in your preferred format.

The setting of Programmed for Pleasure is a planet called Tau Cetus, but it’s a world very much like Earth, just a few scary years into our potential future.

“I suppose that it’s even a cautionary tale, in a way!” she told me.

Readers have been asking Jenna for the story of one of the secondary characters in Programmed for Pleasure, so Jenna is now working on a sequel.

Jenna is the oldest of three and was always making up stories to keep her younger siblings entertained. By the time she was eleven, she was writing wild adventure stories for her elementary school newsletter. She grew up to be a journalist.

“Now I write sexy stories that guarantee readers a happy ending,” she said with a smile. “I guess it’s always been in my blood.”

She also writes under two different pen names, mostly because her mother would faint if she ever read one of Jenna’s books.

“She knows I’m a published author, but she also knows my books are too sexy for her to read!” she admitted.

“What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your books?” I asked.

“Sometimes you’ll have a concept for a book, but once you start writing it, your characters refuse to do what you want them to do. That’s the magic of writing. The characters can take over the book and it becomes better than you originally expected.”

She loves hearing from readers and told me, ” Reader e-mails and reviews are worth as much (or more) as royalties to an author. To know that a reader loved my story as much as I do is an incredible thrill. It’s why we do what we do! I call it ‘psychic income.’”

The hardest part about writing for Jenna is just sitting down and typing.

“95% of stories never get finished because a writer doesn’t put in the time and effort it takes,” she said. “Writing is hard work!”

“Are you a plotter or a pantser?” I wondered.

“OMG, I’m totally a pantser. I know how my story starts and how it ends, but how I get from point A to B is the real adventure of writing (both thrilling and often agonizing)!”

“How do you keep your work from sounding like all the other erotic books out there?”

“The old adage is: there are no new stories, just new ways to tell them. I think the main thing that differentiates one author from another is her ‘voice.’ Develop your own voice, and if it resonates with a reader, she will continue to buy your books.”

“How do you personally distinguish between pornography, erotica, and erotic romance?”

“Erotica is basically a story about sex as a journey, not necessarily a story about a hero/heroine’s relationship or character arc. Erotic romance is a hot relationship romance that ends with a happy-ever-after or a happy-for-now between a couple (or more). I hate it when erotic romance is compared to pornography because it absolutely is NOT. Pornography is blatant, gratuitous sex meant to stimulate, but which doesn’t have any meaning or aim other than physical stimulation. I write contemporary, futuristic and historical romances, but they’re all erotic. The biggest element of my stories is always emotion. It’s the characters’ emotional journey, played out through their sexual relationship.”

“What advice would you give an author who wants to write erotica?” I asked.

“Remember that the brain is the largest sex organ in our body. Women are highly stimulated by words/thoughts. Remember to include the written foreplay!”

About the Author:Jenna Ives has the typical problem that affects a lot of modern authors — multiple personality disorder. She writes for several publishers under a variety of names, but mostly the reason is to keep her poor sainted mother (who used to read sweet Barbara Cartland romances) from having a heart attack over how sexy modern romances have become! And Jenna certainly DOES write sexy…
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4_18 ProgrammedForPleasureFINALTau Cetus police agent Jai Turner is being sent undercover as a Beautiful Dolls sex robot in order to bring down the planet’s most notorious arms dealer, Marque Callex. The police have never been able to get close to Callex, and Jai’s assignment is to use her sexual skills to satisfy Marque, and to coax information out of him on his illicit dealings – information that will lead to his conviction.

Notoriously reclusive arms dealer Marque Callex only accepted an invitation from Beautiful Dolls because he needs a little stress relief. With his deadly line of work – and the dangerous secrets he’s keeping – he rarely lets anyone into his life. That’s why a week of free, no-commitment, no-holds-barred sex – in return for giving Beautiful Dolls owner Anson Carron feedback on how his newest model of sexbot performs – is perfect for him.

But neither Jai nor Marque are what they seem, and their week together has consequences neither expect.


  1. I’d like you to explain to my husband about psychic income. I’ve been contributing more than my fair share for many years! And no need to put me in the drawing for a book. I’ve already read and loved it!

  2. Hi Jenna,

    I thought your explanation of the differences between erotica, erotic romance and pornography were on-target. At the end of the day, I don’t really care what “type” of story I’m reading…only whether it keeps me turning the page! 🙂 “Programmed for Pleasure” looks like a page turner!

  3. HI Jenna,
    Great and simple explanation of the different heat levels and genres in romances…. I agree with you!!

  4. “Porn”. That has always stuck in my craw too, Jenna. Even 50 Shades is not ‘mommy porn’ as they so cavalierly call it. Porn also often has a negative connotation as well–perhaps borderline abuse or the sex being at someone’s expense.

    For similar reasons, I dislike the word “smut’ bandied about.

    Thanks for the great interview 🙂

    Christine London

  5. Nice interview

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  6. Jenna!

    I’m so glad you’re working on a sequel to Programmed for Pleasure. I really enjoyed that story. I only read selected erotic romance, and I have to say that you do an excellent job of having the reader feel the emotions of the characters.

    I can’t wait for the sequel! Can you give me a clue as to when it will be out? What characters did you bring back? (Please say Wyatt!)

  7. I loved your explanation of erotic vs. pornographic. But not as much as I loved Programmed for Pleasure. You have a gift for futuristic!

  8. Thanks everyone for your comments! And yes, Kathy, the sequel to Programmed For Pleasure (called Programmed To Protect) centers on Leith Wyatt! Hopefully it will be out in summer 🙂


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