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 At the conference, Jackson met then-unpublished authors Francis Ray and Rochelle Alers and became inspired to write.[1] Jackson was determined to write novels that are multicultural romances, featuring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.

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...