Patricia Ann Ponder was born on March 9, 1942 near Goldonna, Louisiana, USA. At 15, she married with Mr. Maxwell and they formed, but at 21, she needed to be something more than a housewife and she began writing, she sold her first book at 27. She start writing gothic novels with her real name, Patricia Maxwell; she wrote one book in collaboration as Elizabeth Trehearne and she singed a murder mystery and a romantic suspense story as her maiden name, Patricia Ponder. When the gothic genre began to decay, she began to publish only romance genre, contemporany romances as Maxine Patrick and historical romances as Jennifer Blake, the only pseudonym that she uses now. She gained New York Times Best Seller status since 1977, with "Love's wild desire". An international best seller as well, she has been published in 18 languages with worldwide sales approaching 30 million. She was honored with the position as Writer-in-Residence for the University of Northeastern Louisiana, and is a charter, and honorary, member of Romance Writers of America.

Since 1998, Patricia and her husband have resided in a lakeside Caribbean-styled retreat in North Louisiana where they often entertain friends and family.

Book List in Order: 10 titles

  • When Carolyn Wyngate arrives in Chula Vista, California, in August 1915, taxi service is a truck driven by Nate, a young orchardist, enthusiastic about his hometown. He quickly becomes enthusiastic about her. Carrie resists his overtures of friendshi...


  • Two offers of marriage promised santuary. Both men said they loved her. One of then lied. But which one? After Amelia Harveston loses her mother under tragic circumstances, she fears she will be forced into poverty and the position of a desperate ...


  • In the heart of Louisiana Amanda Trent has arrived at her cousin-s plantation to find Amelia-s death looming over the war torn grounds. There is a dark secret in the shadows around every corner and in the heart of Amelia-s widower, Jason Monteigne. A...


  • Caroline Pembroke is a lovely young woman, attempting a dangerous transatlantic ocean crossing on her own. As she sails away from France, toward the Delecroix plantation in Louisiana, she has no idea how far the journey will take her. When pirates in...


  • ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE ... . She was a condesa now. But once, not long before, a man who loved her had thought her a waterfront harlot. New Orleans. 1855. Beautiful, red-haired Eleanora Villars had returned home in triumph--angel of mercy to the w...


  • "There is danger all around us. We must think twice before we say every word. Someone tried to kill the boy and make it look like an accident. And someone has tried twice to harm me. They were not successful, but the next time they may be...."...


  • "CLAIRE, THIS IS JUSTIN. YOUR FUTURE HUSBAND." Claire is too innocent to suspect that her marriage is a cruel farce, believing instead that the dangerous accidents that keep appearing in her path are just that - accidents. She wedded Just...


  • Lillian Newton was not the only stranger at Plantation Inn. The heavy rains that had flooded the river and forced her to seek refuge at the old stage-stop had driven others to the sanctuary as well. At first, Lillian paid scant attention to the re...


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    A young girl has been murdered, her body in perpetual slumber among the surrounding trees. The act seems random and unexplainable. Explain the dead lizard impaled on her pillow as a warning. Anne Tarrington is an up and coming hotshot journalist who'...






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    PRIDE BEFORE A FALL Lovely Margaret Stewart was a proud and spirited lady -- too proud to accept the unwilling hospitality of her only living relative. But in strait-laced New Orleans early in the 19th century, there were few means for a respectab...