Breathless by Beverly Jenkins – Author Note & Promotional Post


We’re thrilled to be hosting Beverly Jenkins today on our blog and sharing with you a special Behind the Book Note from Beverly’s newest novel, Breathless! Our sincere thanks to Avon Books – HarperCollins for letting us participate in this tour event! =^.^=



Publisher: Avon Books

Date Released: January 31, 2017

Series: Old West #2

A strong-willed beauty finds herself in the arms of the handsome drifter from her past, in this second book in the sizzling series set in the Old West, from USA Today Bestselling Author Beverly Jenkins.

As manager of one of the finest hotels in Arizona Territory, Portia Carmichael has respect and stability—qualities sorely missing from her harsh childhood. She refuses to jeopardize that by hitching herself to the wrong man. Suitors are plentiful, but none of them has ever looked quite as tempting as the family friend who just rode into town…and none has looked at her with such intensity and heat.

Duchess. That’s the nickname Kent Randolph gave Portia when she was a young girl. Now she’s a stunning, intelligent woman—and Kent has learned his share of hard lessons. After drifting through the West, he’s learned the value of a place to settle down, and in Portia’s arms he’s found that and more. But convincing her to trust him with her heart, not just her passion, will be the greatest challenge he’s known—and one he intends to win…


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A Note From Beverly Jenkins

Dear Readers,

This is the second book in the Rhine Trilogy and I do hope you enjoy it. With all the issues and heartache Portia carried inside, I knew it would be difficult for her to give her heart to someone, but Kent Randolph proved to be the man for the job, even if I didn’t know he would be her hero when the story began. Hope you’ll enjoy seeing Rhine and Eddy from Forbidden and, yes, they are still very much in love.

The Fontaine Hotel is loosely based on the Mountain View Hotel founded in Oracle, Arizona, in 1895 by Annie Box Neal and her husband William “Curly” Neal, who were both of African-American and Native-American descent. The Mountain View was a combination hotel and spa and catered not only to European royalty but to wealthy visitors from places like Russia, Australia, and China, too. Look them up.

The great Apache chief Geronimo surrendered on September 4, 1886, and was promptly declared a prisoner of war. He and his people eventually wound up in Florida along with the Apache scouts the army employed to hunt him down. He died at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 1909. The Apache warrior Lozen, also captured in 1886, was sent to the barracks at Mount Vernon, Alabama, where she died of tuberculosis in 1887. Although her name has faded from America’s memory, her bravery and fearlessness remains legendary with her people.

I only touched briefly on African-American women and the fight for suffrage but hope to get back to it in-depth sometime in the future. Until then, if you’d like to do some research on your own, here are two excellent sources:

African-American Women and the Vote: 1837–1965 by Cynthia Neverdon-Morton, et al.
African-American Women in the Struggle for the Vote: 1850–1920 by Rosalyn Terborg-Penn

Having the opportunity to create characters and stories that reflect my heritage as a woman of color is priceless. Representation matters. Thanks again for the support and love. Thanks also for spreading the word about my books to everyone you know. It’s much appreciated.

Until next time, happy reading.


Blog Tour Schedule:

Blog Name Type of Post Post Date
Carole’s Random Life Review 30-Jan
Confessions From Romaholics Behind-the-Book note 30-Jan
Unwrapping Romance Behind-the-Book note 30-Jan
Reviews by Crystal Behind-the-Book note 30-Jan
Babs Book Bistro Review 31-Jan
Paper Cuts Behind-the-Book note 31-Jan
Katherina’s Books Review 31-Jan
Bea’s Book Nook Excerpt 31-Jan
A Sky Filled with Sparkling Stars Behind-the-Book note 31-Jan
Live To Read ~Krystal Behind-the-Book note 31-Jan
SOS Aloha Behind-the-Book note 1-Feb
Lampshade Reader Excerpt 1-Feb
Books N Pearls Behind-the-Book note 2-Feb
Dena Garson-Real… Hot… Romance Behind-the-Book note 2-Feb
Smokin’ Hot Book Blog Excerpt 2-Feb
Paulette’s Papers Excerpt 2-Feb
What the Cat Read Behind-the-Book note 2-Feb
Undomesticates Reads Review + Book Note 2-Feb
Deluged with Books Cafe Review + Book Note 3-Feb
booknerd Review 3-Feb
The Sassy Bookster Excerpt 3-Feb
Buried Under Romance Excerpt + Book Note 3-Feb
Night Owl Reviews Behind-the-Book note 3-Feb
The Many Faces of Romance Excerpt 3-Feb
Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance Behind-the-Book note 6-Feb
Stuck In Books Behind-the-Book note 6-Feb
Joyfully Reviewed Behind-the-Book note 6-Feb
Book Munchies Behind-the-Book note 6-Feb
MrsLeif’s Two Fangs About It Book Reviews Excerpt 6-Feb
Smitten by Books Excerpt 7-Feb
Totally Addicted to Readibg Behind-the-Book note 7-Feb
Always YA at Heart Excerpt 7-Feb
Reese’s Review Excerpt 7-Feb
Those Crazy Book Chicks Excerpt 8-Feb
Book Reviews & More by Kathy Excerpt 8-Feb
Ever After Book Reviews Excerpt 8-Feb
Dawn’s Reading Nook Behind-the-Book note 8-Feb
I Heart YA Books Excerpt 9-Feb
A Bluestocking’s Place Excerpt 9-Feb
Becky on Books Behind-the-Book note 9-Feb
lushbookreviews Excerpt 9-Feb
EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Excerpt 9-Feb
The Bookworm Lodge Excerpt 9-Feb
Girl, Have You Read… Excerpt 9-Feb
Booklover’s tea party Review 9-Feb
Teatime and Books Excerpt 9-Feb
deal sharing aunt Behind-the-Book note 9-Feb
Unquietly Me Excerpt 10-Feb
Brooke Blogs Behind-the-Book note 10-Feb
Manga Maniac Cafe Review 10-Feb
romancebookworm’s reviews Excerpt 10-Feb
JOJO THE BOOKAHOLIC Review + Book Note 10-Feb
The Racy Lit Reader Behind-the-Book note 10-Feb
A Fortress of Books Review + Book Note 10-Feb
Okie Dreams Book Reviews Review 10-Feb
Booklover Sue Excerpt 10-Feb
Nicole’s Book Musings Excerpt 10-Feb

About the Author:


BEVERLY JENKINS has received numerous awards, including five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards, two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times Magazine, and a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer’s Guild. Ms Jenkins was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th Century by AABLC, the nation’s largest on-line African-American book club. She was recently nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature. To read more about Beverly, please visit her website at

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