Jackson, Brenda

Brenda Jackson was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She got married to Gerald, her high school sweetheart, in 1972 after graduating from high school. She went on to earn a degree in business administration from Jacksonville University, and to expand their family by having two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon. To relieve job-related stress in the early 1990s, Jackson began reading romance novels. Although she enjoyed the novels, she was dissatisfied with the lack of cultural and ethnic diversity in the characters. After complaining to her husband that she could do better, he registered her for a romance writers conference and encouraged her to try her hand at writing. At the conference, Jackson met then-unpublished authors Francis Ray and Rochelle Alers and became inspired to write.[1] Jackson was determined to write novels that are multicultural romances, featuring African-American characters, that "convey the belief that love is every[where]."[2] Her first novel, Tonight and Forever was published in 1995.[2] This and the next few books followed the fictional Madaris brothers, giving Jackson an opportunity to portray professional African-American men who were both "appreciative and respectful of women."[1] Her heroes are in many ways inspired by her husband, whom she considers to be "a very strong African-American male [who] is supportive and centers his life around his family."[1] In 2001, Jackson released her first mainstream women's fiction novel, A Family Reunion. As with her previous romance novels, this book contains a "sexy spark,"as well as Jackson's familiar "polished and confident" writing style, which allows her "characters [to] burst with color right off the page." The following year, in 2002, she became the first African-American author to have a novel published as part of the Silhouette Desire line. Despite publishing 11 books in the first ten years of her writing career, as of 2005, Jackson considers writing to be her hobby, and she continues to work full-time as a manager at State Farm Insurance. Throughout her writing career, Jackson has written for several publishers, including St.Martins Press, BET, Kensington, NAL, Harlequin/Silhouette and Harlequin Kimani Romance.

Wrapped in Pleasure Jackson, Brenda

Two Westmoreland novels—one classic and one new—from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Brenda Jackson Delaney's Desert Sheikh A mix-up in Delaney Westmoreland's vacation plans forces her to share a cabin with a tall, dark and oh-so-handsome sheikh who is bent on her seduction. Jamal Ari Yasir intends to school Delaney in sensuality for his own pleasure. But instead of loving and leaving her, he becomes enraptured by an irresistible and unforgettable passion for his sexy-as-...

What a Westmoreland Wants Jackson, Brenda

Mr. September: Callum Austell, sexy Australian ranch owner His Deepest Desire: The elusive Gemma Westmoreland The Seduction Plan: Get her on his turf--ASAP! He'd been biding his time, and now the perfect opportunity had arrived to pursue the ultimate object of his affections. Offering Gemma a job to decorate his new home meant she had to come to him. And on his territory, the Aussie knew he could easily woo her into his bed. But this Westmoreland woman was no pushover. If Callum ...

The Durango Affair Jackson, Brenda

"I'M HAVING YOUR BABY." Savannah Claiborne's simple statement set off an avalanche in Montana ranger Durango Westmoreland's carefully ordered life. Suddenly, an unforgettable night of passion with the hazel-eyed beauty had turned into a lifetime of obligation for the confirmed bachelor. But Westmoreland men always honored their responsibilities, and leaving Savannah to raise his baby on her own was not an option. So he proposed and she accepted...with one condition: Theirs would be an in-name-on...

Stone Cold Surrender Jackson, Brenda

Stone Westmoreland had an eye for the ladies. And charm that never failed. He was an experienced player who played for keeps. So who would have guessed that prim and proper Madison Winters could rattle his nerves without even trying? She had him feeling all protective, and all sexed up, too. Before he knew it, Stone had volunteered to help Madison find her mother, who'd gone missing in the mountains. Stone was willing to play the knight in shining armor, but only if it meant the hard days of tre...

Spontaneous Jackson, Brenda

Kimani Cannon knows she's in trouble the second she lays eyes on 6'4" of luscious male. The best kind of trouble, too…mm-mmm! Duan Jeffries turns out to be the perfect man—charming, considerate…and the best lover she's ever had. Too bad Mr. Delicious is just a one-night stand…. Until Kim needs a date to her mother's (fifth) wedding! Duan's willing to act the part of her fiancé… as long as it means full benefits. More amazing sex? No problem! Then Kim finds out that Duan's got his own ...

Solid Soul Jackson, Brenda

In the real world there was no way flower shop owner Kylie Hagan would ever meet up with millionaire Chance Steele. But the world of single parents and teenage hormones brought them together the first time -- and a simmering passion they both tried to deny wouldn't keep them apart for long. Chance made her think of hot, sultry Southern nights. Kylie had him imagining satin sheets and soul-stirring kisses. But in the cold light of day, they had to resist each other. There was no way they'd let un...

Beyond Temptation Jackson, Brenda

The A game isn't working? Sexy millionaire Morgan Steele will settle for nothing less than the perfect woman. And when he lays his arrogant eyes on sultry Lena Spears, he believes he's found her. There's only one problem, the lady in question seems totally immune to his charm. Go to plan B! Morgan is determined to convince the sassy career woman that he's Mr. Right. He wines and dines her. He promises her the baby she desperately wants and the financial security she craves. And given time, Morg...

Riding the Storm Jackson, Brenda

Women called him the perfect storm because he could sweet-talk any woman into his bed, and regularly did so. Firefighter Storm Westmoreland used lovemaking the way other men used a long, hot shower--to blow off steam. Until a torrid weekend with a too-hot-to-handle virgin left a certain legendary player craving something other than mere physical gratification.... Caught in the eye of the storm, Jayla Cole was no match for the sexy fire chief or the emotional inferno he ignited inside her. But wo...

A Wife for a Westmoreland Jackson, Brenda

For weeks, Derringer Westmoreland was haunted by memories of a woman whose face he could not recall. But he wanted—he needed—to share that intense passion again. Now. When he finally traced his mystery woman, he was met with a surprise. His fantastic one-night stand was Lucia Conyers, his sister-in-law's best friend. And Lucia wasn't about to become one of Derringer's women. For the first time in his charmed life, the ranch owner had some wooing to do. And if he wanted to win Lucia's...

Private Arrangements Jackson, Brenda

No man has ever tempted her like this...Nikki Cartwright can't believe Jonas Steele--the Jonas Steele--has chosen her for a high-profile marketing venture. It could make her career. But when she remembers the kiss they once shared, a kiss so intimate it sent their desire skyrocketing from simmering to blazing, Nikki knows she must guard her heart against the seductive Phoenix playboy as if her life depends on it.Jonas has no problem making their professional relationship personal. With the beaut...

A Silken Thread Jackson, Brenda

For Erica Sanders, finding a soul mate was easy. Brian Lawson is the man she wants and everyone agrees they're the ideal couple. The one exception is Erica's mother. She even hires a private detective to investigate Brian, but the truth he uncovers is the last thing she expected—a devastating betrayal that rips both families apart.Convinced her relationship can't be salvaged, Erica ends her engagement. Yet she has lingering doubts over her choice. A chance meeting proves the passion between Br...

Possessed by Passion Jackson, Brenda

They're discovering the healing powers of passion Burned-by-love architect Hunter McKay came home to Phoenix to open her own firm, not rekindle her fleeting high school romance with playboy Tyson Steele. But when she runs into the sexy surgeon at a nightclub--and he unleashes that legendary Steele charm--Hunter fears she's headed straight for heartbreak once again. Tyson hasn't forgotten the one who got away. A weeklong fling should be just enough to get the sultry beauty out of his system for g...

Main Agenda Jackson, Brenda

This sexy short story, previously released in Welcome to Leo's and Some Like It Hot, is now exclusively in e from New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson!Lincoln Corbain still remembers the "spring-break fling" he shared with Raven Anders...

Hot Westmoreland Nights Jackson, Brenda

He knew better than to lust after the hired help. But Ramsey Westmoreland's new cook was just so delectable...it was enough to make the Denver rancher rethink his rules. When temptation got the best of him, he discovered Chloe Burton was just as hot in the bedroom as she was in the kitchen. Though their affair was growing steamier by the minute, Ramsey couldn't help but question Chloe's true motives. And when he discovered her ultimate betrayal, he was set to satisfy himself with cold showers....

Eternally Yours Jackson, Brenda

Friends... Attorney Syneda Walters and fellow attorney Clayton Madaris are just friends...the last two people likely to end up as lovers. Syneda holds all men at arm's length because of the father whose name she never knew. Clayton has always been a playboy, and no woman has ever come close to keeping his interest for very long. or Lovers? Things suddenly heat up between them when Syneda impulsively accepts Clayton's invitation to join him for a Florida vacation, and is shocked by how much passi...

A Little Dare Jackson, Brenda

When Shelly Brockman walked into his office, Sheriff Dare Westmoreland could almost taste the sweet, steamy passion they'd once shared. Then Shelly informed him he was the father of her son, the unruly preteen he'd arrested that day, and his fantasies turned to fury! Shelly had returned to her hometown in Georgia to save her son from the mean streets of Los Angeles. Getting to know his father would be good for her son. But would being so close to Dare--the only man to make her pulse race--reopen...

Unfinished Business Jackson, Brenda

\"Hot and sexy.\"—Romance Reader at HeartTMA PROMISE MADEInvestigative reporter Christy Madaris doesn\'t want to complicate her life with romance. She made that mistake once when she believed Alex Maxwell\'s promise to marry her. True, Alex made that promise when Christy was just a teenager. But she believed him with all her heart—and when Alex laughed it off years later, Christy was crushed. A PROMISE BROKENThe owner of his own P.I. firm, Alex refuses to compromise everything he\'s worked f...

Bachelor Unleashed Jackson, Brenda

They had a hot, fleeting affair Farrah Holloway has never forgotten. Lawyer-to-the-stars Xavier Kane was tender, sexy, attentive - and ravished her body. Everything she wanted in a lover. Getting together with him again in Chicago is a fantasy come true. She doesn\'t expect the footloose bachelor to change his ways and isn\'t looking for forever. But Xavier is.\n**...

Bachelor Untamed Jackson, Brenda

One mind-blowing kiss. That was all Ellie Weston shared with her neighbor and crush one summer, before he angrily discovered she\'d approached him on a dare. Ten years later, Ellie is back at her great-aunt\'s lake house, and so is Uriel Lassiter still wildly sexy, single and happy to stay that way. When Ellie finds her great-aunt\'s never-completed romance novel, she decides to finish the manuscript but first she needs some real-life inspiration: a sultry summer fling. \nUriel hasn\'t forgotte...

Hidden Pleasures Jackson, Brenda

Vibrant and soulful love stories featuring African-American heroes and heroines in compelling emotional conflicts. All she has to do is be his lover for a week. . . And when the man is gorgeous Galen Steele, what woman could possibly say no? Brittany Thrasher has her own hidden motives for accepting Galen\'s proposal. Only the savvy businesswoman draws the line at actually falling for the sexy playboy. Even if he is the incredible lover of her most taboo fantasies. . . . The moment their path...

Intimate Seduction Jackson, Brenda

When a man finds a beautiful woman asleep in his bed...he has only one choice. To seduce her with a night of lovemaking she\'ll never forget. Trouble is, Donovan Steele\'s sultry new housekeeper is just as determined not to become the legendary playboy\'s latest conquest.Trading the Ivy League for down South, Natalie Ford is helping out with her ailing aunt\'s housecleaning service. But she finds that this powerful, potent man of Steele ignites a different kind of chemistry--one that defies ever...

Just Deserts Jackson, Brenda

Learning that her estranged husband has passed away is the biggest shock of Danielle Timberlake—Foster\'s life—until she learns that she wasn\'t his only wife. Though Danielle and Marc were separated, she believed they were about to reconcile and start a family. Rocked by betrayal, Danielle sees her dreams slipping away. Until her brother\'s best friend, Tristan Adams, offers support, comfort—and a chance to have the child she\'s always wanted. Danielle is drawn to Tristan\'s strong, sensu...

Sensual Confessions Jackson, Brenda

Blade Madaris has watched the men in his family surrender their single status one by one, and he has no plans to join them. But the gorgeous attorney he meets at his cousin\'s wedding would make a fine notch on his bedpost. And when circumstances bring them together for six months, Blade formulates a plan to sweep Samari Di Meglio off her feet and into his arms. \nThough Blade is the kind of player Sam has spent years avoiding, a no-strings one-night stand is too tempting to resist. But their s...

Surrender Jackson, Brenda

After a childhood spent moving from army base to army base, independent-minded Nettie Brooms is determined to secure a stable life—and never become involved with a military man. Then she meets incredibly handsome and charming Ashton Sinclair, a dedicated colonel in the U.S. Marines who\'s intent on capturing her heart—no matter what it takes. Now Nettie\'s wondering how a man she swore she would avoid could so easily test her resolve by igniting an irresistible passion she can\'t walk away f...

Temperatures Rising Jackson, Brenda

Sherri Griffin knows all about hot, stormy weather. The kind where all a girl wants to do is strip down to her lingerie. A successful radio producer, still nothing can prepare Sherri for being stranded in a hurricane with gorgeous, arrogant Terrence Jeffries. While the gathering clouds bring gale winds and pounding seas, Sherri and Terrence are walking right into a hurricane of passion....

The Object of His Protection Jackson, Brenda

With a body as solid as his reputation, private investigator Drey St. John never dreamed helping the Braddocks discover the truth behind their father\'s fatal crash would lead to his own mother\'s shocking confession: Senator Braddock was Drey\'s biological father. Determined to solve the case, Drey enlisted all-work-and-no-play Charlene Anderson\'s help. But the more time he spent with the beautiful forensic scientist, the more he realized their sharp banter fronted a simmering mutual attractio...

Tonight and Forever Jackson, Brenda

YesterdayAfter her marriage ends in bitter divorce, all Lorren Jacobs wants is to leave California behind. Returning to her roots in Texas seems to be just what the doctor ordered…until she meets real-life physician Justin Madaris. Lorren has vowed never to give her heart to another man, but she can\'t stop herself from responding to the handsome widower\'s sensuous whispers of love….Today…Justin thought no woman could ever move him as deeply as his wife had. Until Lorren. She rekindles a ...

Secret Love Jackson, Brenda

From Publishers WeeklyHandsome cattle baron Jacob Madaris reluctantly fulfills a poker pal\'s request to host beautiful actress Diamond Swain for a three-week respite at his sprawling Texas ranch, Whispering Pines. Worried that the star\'s arrival will disrupt the smooth operation of his successful business and distract his workers, Jake decides to keep Diamond\'s presence low-key. Although he has vowed to never let a sophisticate like his nasty ex-wife into his heart again, and Diamond\'s own b...

The Midnight Hour (Madaris Family & Friends #12) Jackson, Brenda

Sexy, dangerous, unforgettable. . .the Madaris family and their unlikely band of friends captured readers' hearts and souls. Now, in The Midnight Hour, bestselling author Brenda Jackson brings us another breathtaking novel featuring the Madaris family and friends. One, CIA agent Sir Drake Warren gave his heart to a woman---a fellow Marine whose death in an explosion left him aching for justice. Drake vowed he would never love again. But his devotion to his former lover is tested when he meets...

The Midnight Hour Jackson, Brenda

The Midnight Hour (Madaris Family & Friends #12) >With this taut, over-the-top romantic thriller, Jackson revisits her popular Madaris Family and Friends series (_Surrender_, etc.). For five years, ex-Marine turned CIA agent Sir Drake Warren has been haunted by recollections of his former fiancee, fellow Marine Sandy Carroll, who was killed in an explosion during a mission in Haiti. The only thing that has kept Drake going is his desire to annihilate Solomon Cross, the psychopathic drug lord wh...