Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Book Spotlight: Picture Perfect Love

Picture Perfect Love
Melissa McClone


Meet the people who make it all happen – the planners, the photographers, the musicians who have helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples as they find their own happy endings in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.

When image becomes everything, it’s up to love to refocus the heart.

Photographer Jenna Harrison wants every bride and groom to look picture perfect on their special day, putting her heart into every wedding to give the couple memorable images of their love. But her own heart is still broken, the unworn wedding dress hanging in her closet a reminder that relationships aren't always as perfect as they look through her camera lens. But Jenna has faith that she will find true love. Until then, she must be patient and trust in God's plan and His perfect timing.

Attorney Ashton Vance is the one that got away. When an embarrassing Photoshopped picture of put an end to his political aspirations, he blamed Jenna. So what if the photo led to his being offered a dream job and changing his life for the better? Jenna betrayed his trust, and two years later, Ashton's heart still hasn't recovered.

It was me. His younger sister's three words turn Ashton's world upside down. He must ask Jenna’s forgiveness, but can he risk his heart a second time? Even if Jenna can forgive him, dare he hope for a second chance at her love?

Author Bio:
Melissa McClone has published over thirty novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She has also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award and recently wrote her first novella for Harper Collins Christian. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

SMT: Beautiful One

Beautiful One
Mary Cope
Young Adult Romance

Transformation, empowerment, love and music come together in the book, Beautiful One

Elizabeth Ryan is a beautiful, shy, na├»ve high school senior. Having never dated she meets the boy of her dreams, Aidan Mitchell. Despite his history of womanizing Liz is drawn to him. Soon Liz becomes the envy of all the girls on campus, when they become a couple and her dream boyfriend sweeps her off her feet and into the dating world that is all too new and strange for her. When other guys start to take notice of Liz, Aidan is troubled with fits of jealousy.

Elizabeth then meets the ruggedly handsome, Spencer Hayes and they quickly bond over their passion for music. Liz begins to struggle with the feelings that spark between them. 

In the end Elizabeth finds herself torn between helping Aidan overcome his jealousy and anger and giving into what her heart truly wants.



Friday, May 22, 2015

The Ruse

Felicia Rogers
Regency Romance
Book 1 of Andrews Brothers Series
The Ruse, The Rescue

"What did she expect after only a few days of wooing? Apparently, respect from one’s husband was too much."



Luke Andrews, Baron of Stockport, is in need of a wealthy wife.  However, he's not quite sure he's willing to marry the woman who comes with it.  His half-brother, Chadwick, is in desperate need to cover the funds he lost gambling before his brother returns from London.  Hatching a plan, he tricks Brigitta Blackburn from the local village to play the part of fiery fishwife for paying tourists.  The problem is, Brigitta doesn't know it's a show.  She thinks she's actually married the fool, who passed himself off as the baron himself, and is miserable.  That is until her husband's brother shows up and makes her traitorous heart flutter.  Luke needs to put a stop to his brother's antics before he completely ruins all of their reputations, but how to tell his heart to let Brigitta walk away from him?  With a tangle of lies growing with each day, will our players find their way out of their ruses?

My Opinion: Honestly, this read more like a gothic novel rather than a regency romance.  The plot was a bit outlandish, with actions and events being exaggerated and making little sense.  I honestly expected the villain to twist an imaginary mustache a few times.  Occam's Razor was not at work at any point, with intricate plots more in play than reality.  That being said, it was an interesting read as I haven't come across a book like this before.  The romance was implied rather than relayed, and the events were a bit choppy.  A few modern terms were thrown in and unsettling.  Overall, a unique and somewhat outlandish story, but one that didn't appeal to me.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

SMT: Swept to Sea

Swept to Sea
Heather Manning
Historical Romance
Christian Romance

Lady Eden Trenton never wanted to leave her privileged existence in London—until her father invites a dangerous suitor into her life. Left with few options, Eden devises the best reprieve she can: escape. Chasing freedom, she stows away aboard a pirate ship, praying she will gain her independence in the colonies before she is discovered by the nefarious crew. 

Captain Caspian Archer has spent the last five years hardening his heart and searching to exact revenge for the event that tore his life to shreds. When he catches word that his enemy is residing in Jamaica, Caspian steers his ship toward the colonies in all haste. His plans soon change, however, when he discovers the young beauty hiding in his ship’s hold. 

Cut from the only lives they have known, Caspian and Eden are pulled together as each pursues a fresh hope upon the sea.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Book Spotlight: Holding Back

Holding Back
Helen Pollard


The last thing they're looking for is love …

Laura Matheson is a natural at avoiding romance, so when she is drawn to mystery guest Daniel Stone while helping out at her friends' hotel in Portugal, she assumes all she needs is a little extra willpower.

Daniel is at the hotel on business. The demands of work and a manipulative ex-girlfriend mean he doesn't have the time or energy for romance, but Laura is a distraction he finds hard to ignore.

As they negotiate a minefield of misunderstandings and mutual attraction, will they both continue to hold back? Or will they finally allow love into their lives?

Author Bio:

Helen Pollard writes contemporary romance with old-fashioned heart. She believes there will always be a place for romantic fiction, no matter how fast-paced and cynical the world becomes. Readers still want that feel-good factor – to escape from their own world for a while and see how a budding romance can blossom and overcome adversity to develop into love … and we all need a little love, right?

A Yorkshire lass, Helen is married, with two teenagers and a psychotic cat. When she's not working or writing, it goes without saying that she loves to read. She also enjoys a good coffee in a quiet bookshop, and appreciates the company of family and close friends.





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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Author Interview: Catherine Bennett

Catherine Bennett
author, Devon's Choice


Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family,traveling adventures)

I grew up in Ohio where I currently live with my husband, my two sons and our two rescue Labradors. Some of my favorite things include reading, shopping, pizza, and Hershey bars (or anything chocolate). I’m also an only child, which means all the chocolate is mine!

Though I haven’t traveled extensively, I’ve been to Canada, Hawaii and various other states (prefer warm climates)! A long time anglophile, I’ve always wanted to visit the U.K.

What is your favorite genre to write?

 My first book, “The Trouble With Charlie” was fun to write because it was a romantic suspense (at the time, I was reading a lot of Agatha Christie’s novels).  When I decided to write another book, I wanted it to be an inspirational romance. My next book will be an inspirational as well.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I like to read clean romance (Victorian era romance – or later - set in the U.K., is a particular favorite). I also love a good mystery, but nothing too gory.

What is one silly fact about you?

I hoard  - and hide - my snack food. My husband calls it “only child syndrome”.

What got you started on your writing journey?

Since I was young, I loved to read and write poems and short stories (some of them I did my own illustrations). I had a lot “imaginary” friends, which found their way into some of the tales I’d write. I especially enjoyed fantasy books such as “The Hobbit”, “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Chronicles of Narnia”.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?  Do you write steamy romance as well?

I wouldn’t write what I would be embarrassed to have someone else read, so I stick with clean romance. “Devon’s Choice” is an Inspirational romance based loosely on events in my own life.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

I drew from difficult experiences in my own life where I had to trust God’s plan. Likewise, the main characters in the book face heartbreak and disappointment, but have to make choices about their faith in God. Also, Devon and I share the experience of being an only child.

In my first book, “The Trouble With Charlie” the heroine, “Charlie” aka Charlotte, is very spirited and adventurous. She would be more like my alter ego!

How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?

I have two books published by Clean Reads: “The Trouble With Charlie” and “Devon’s Choice”.

What are the elements of a great romance for you?

Realistic characters that make me think, ‘Hey, I know someone like that!’

No heroine is completely virtuous; nor is the hero honorable at all times.

Some surprise twists and turns. When I can say, “Wow! I didn’t see that coming!” then I know the writer got it right.

Unless it’s a book in a series, I want everything resolved between the hero and the heroine. Of course, happy endings are best.

Please share about your book

Back Cover Blurb:

Life holds no surprises for Devon Murphy. Her life consists of keeping tabs on her aging Irish father, working part time at a coffee shop, and building her online graphics design business. Devon’s only tricky situation is a shallow relationship with the pampered and affluent Michael Turner, who sees her as just another woman to conquer.

Following his father’s death, Brandon’s only goal is to expand the family business and live life on his own terms. That is, until he walks into the coffee shop one snowy evening and meets the enchanting, red-haired barista behind the counter. But can Devon and Brandon’s attraction for each other be strong enough to help erase their deepest disappointments and renew their faith in God?

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be? 

Loyal, friendly, caring, dog-lover, feisty

What are your hero and heroine of the story like?

Both characters are family oriented. Devon watches out for her dad and Brandon helps his mom whenever he can. Devon is Irish so she has some feistiness about her and is a devoted friend. Brandon is a hard worker and endeavors to grow the company he inherited after his father died. He is intensely loyal to those he cares about. They are also fitness enthusiasts.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

The characters face life choices that most people can relate to. It is a heartwarming story about love, loss and discovering God’s purpose in your life.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?

I loved Devon’s father Charles Murphy. Since he was Irish, it was fun creating his dialect and humor. He also mirrored some traits of my own dad whom I loved dearly. I also have a crush on the hero in the story, Brandon (yes, author’s do fall in love with their characters)!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

SMT: New Beginnings

New Beginnings
Iris Blobel
Contemporary Romance

Twenty-two-year-old Sophie Levesque has been guardian to eight-year-old sister Mia since their mother’s death a few years ago. Luck comes their way when they inherit a small house in Hobart. Problem is, though, they don’t know or have even heard of Clara Bellinger, the testator, and Sophie is afraid it’s all been a mistake. 
As Mia settles well into her new school and life in general, Sophie is not only occupied by her search of what connected her to Clara, but also her new studies and the two men, who suddenly have become part of her daily life - Mark O’Connor, the lawyer representing Clara’s estate, and Zach, the hunk from across the road.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Author Interview: June McCrary Jacobs

June McCrary Jacobs
author, Robin's Reward

Hello, Jennifer ~ Thank you for inviting me to share with your readers. I’m happy to be a guest on your blog.

Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?

I’ve been a voracious reader since I was a child. I remember one summer when I was old enough to ride my bike to the neighborhood library, probably between fourth and fifth grade. I would go over there each afternoon and check out two books, devour them, and return the next afternoon to check out two different books! It’s much like that now, to be honest, except I don’t ride my bike to the library these days.

Books I’ve got in my TBR pile at the moment include ‘Breath of Spring’  by Charlotte Hubbard, ‘To Everything a Season’  by Lauraine Snelling, ‘The Storykeeper’  by Lisa Wingate, and anything written by Debbie Macomber, Shelley Shepard Gray, Lisa Scottoline, and Beverly Lewis. I love reading books about sewing, quilting, crafting, and cooking too.

What is your favorite genre to write?

I enjoy writing inspirational romances—contemporary and historical. My first book, ‘A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom’, is a contemporary inspirational Christmas story with just a touch of romance. My newest release, ‘Robin’s Reward’, is a contemporary inspirational romance. The other stories in my works-in-progress pile are all in the inspirational romance genre either contemporary or historical.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Awww--Do I have to pick just one?   :0}

I read a lot of fiction and a good amount of non-fiction. Right now I’m reading as much inspirational romance (contemporary and historical) and Amish fiction as I can fit in with my writing and promotion schedule. My favorite authors in those genres are Shelley Shepard Gray, Beverly Lewis, Rosalind Lauer, Charlotte Hubbard, Tracie Peterson, and Tricia Goyer.

I enjoy reading thrillers and legal thrillers. My favorite authors in those genres include Lisa Scottoline, Sue Grafton, Marcia Muller, Nevada Barr, and John Grisham. I enjoy reading books about different cultures such as ‘Rain of Gold’  by Victor Villasenor, ‘Cane River’  by Lalita Tademy, ‘The Joy Luck Club’  by Amy Tan, and ‘The Imposter Bride’  by Nancy Richler.

What is one silly fact about you?

 A lot of people are intrigued by the fact that I don’t watch much television. The shows I do watch were aired mid-century such as Bonanza, Hawaii Five-O, Rockford Files—you get the picture. My favorite television character is Peter Falk as Lt. Columbo. I’ve never seen a reality show or the singing and dancing talent shows they broadcast nowadays.

What are the elements of a great romance for you?

I believe the elements of a great romance are the same in real-life as they are in fiction. Respect, trust, honesty, respect, friendship, common values, respect, fun, thoughtfulness, humor, and respect. I believe friendship is the foundation of a strong love relationship, so it’s a theme that runs through my writing.

Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?

Many people who read my first novella, ‘A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom’, mentioned that the story would make a perfect Hallmark Channel Movie. I heard this from reviewers, bloggers, and a couple of my close friends. I accepted this remark as a great compliment!

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

The wit and humor in my books is definitely from my personality. Some of my characters’ reactions to their challenges are feelings I’ve experienced when going through a tough time in my own life.

The setting for my Bonita Creek Trilogy, with ‘Robin’s Reward’ as the first installment in the series, is the Mendocino coastal region of Northern California. That area is my favorite place to visit and vacation! Between the fact that I love being near the ocean and the fact that almost anything grows there year round, I’m in heaven. My adoration for the locale led me to set the series in a fictional small town called Bonita Creek in the coastal mountains about an hour from the coast.

The thoughts and actions of the villains and villainesses in my stories are the most difficult for me to write because it’s just not in my nature to be unkind and cruel to others. In this case, I use my imagination to think of negative, hurtful things these ‘bad’ characters do to harm others. I might hear something on the news or observe something out in public that makes me think, ‘Why would somebody do that to someone else? What was their motivation behind their action or words?’

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so?

I am currently working on Book Two in my Bonita Creek Trilogy, ‘Penny’s Promise’.  Completing Penny’s story is my main goal for 2015. Many readers and close friends have encouraged me to write another Christmas novella. I have some ideas swirling around in this active imagination of mine, so if things go well with ‘Penny’s Promise’ I may have the time (or make the time, as they say) to take on writing another Christmas story. It will involve different characters and a different setting than ‘A Holiday Miracle’.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far? 

I develop a special relationship with all of my characters—well, except for the bad girls and guys.

Robin is my favorite character in my new book. Two of my all-time favorite characters are a couple in one of the stories I mention in my answer to question #10 below. Sorry, but I can’t reveal their names at this time because their real names are a focal point of the story.

How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?

I have written two books. ‘A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom’ won the 2013 Holiday Tale Contest for Cedar Fort Inc. It was released on October 8th, 2013.  ‘Robin’s Reward’ is my first full-length novel and will be released on April 28th, 2015.

I have several short stories I’ve written in the past five years. I love my characters and storylines for these shorter stories so much that my goal is to develop them into full-length novels once I’m finished writing the Bonita Creek Trilogy. The stories are all inspirational romance stories. One is a historical story from the era immediately following World War II, and the other two are contemporary stories involving characters and settings which aren’t related in any way. Sigh . . . If there were just more hours in a day!

Please share about your book.

Thanks for asking, Jennifer. I love talking about ‘Robin’s Reward’.  I originally wrote this story back in 2010 (yes, it’s been four and a half years in the making) as a submission for a small print press for an anthology they were putting together. They didn’t accept the story for the anthology. Since I really liked the setting and characters I’d constructed, I decided to develop the story into a full-length novel. I added in the faith element and changed the genre from contemporary clean romance to contemporary inspirational romance because that genre incorporates who I am as a woman and how I try to live my life.

I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, but Robin Bennett and Jeff Clarke meet at the beginning of the story. They like each other, but they keep important details about their lives from each other. Robin keeps a secret about her past from Jeff. He keeps a ‘deal-breaker’ type of a secret from Robin about what he’s doing in Bonita Creek. Messy, embarrassing revelations ensue, and they have a lot of tension to deal with as the story progresses. Oh, let’s not forget the adult bully they both must deal with—on many, many occasions throughout the story.

My goal was to write a believable story about two flawed individuals seeking to follow God’s path for their lives. They are not perfect, and they know it! There is a lot of humor in the book and lots of great supporting characters which make Bonita Creek such a special place to live. One beta reader wrote to me that she wants to move to Bonita Creek!

If you could sum up your main character in five words, what would they be?

Robin Bennett is faithful, dedicated, determined, loyal, and flawed.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

Read ‘Robin’s Reward’ to discover how Robin and Jeff overcome the challenges and obstacles in their individual lives and in their relationship. Enjoy a virtual vacation to the beauty of the sights and sounds of the Mendocino coastal region of Northern California.


This was fun, Jennifer! Thanks for hosting this interview. I’m giving away two signed paperback copies of ‘Robin’s Reward’ on my website, and I’d like to invite your readers who are United States residents to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway before May 31st at:  http://www.junemccraryjacobs.com/robins-reward-autographed-copy-giveaway/

I enjoy corresponding with readers, authors, bloggers, sewers, quilters, and crafters. You can contact me through my website (http://www.junemccraryjacobs.com), Author’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/June-McCrary-Jacobs/153549754836128), Goodreads Author Page (http://www.goodreads.com/June-McCrary-Jacobs), my Amazon Author Page (https://www.amazon.com/author/june-mccrary-jacobs), or through email (junemccraryjacobs@gmail.com).

I appreciate your spending time with me, Jennifer; and I wish you all the best in your blogging endeavors.

All my best, June

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Captain and the Queen

The Captain and the Queen
Frank Borne


The Captain and the Queen is a celebration of all that is New Orleans. This is not just a sweet romance, but a glimpse into the very heart of the Crescent City and gives you a chance to experience the inner workings of Mardi Gras. Baxter Edwards, the captain of a Mardi Gras Carnival krewe struggling in changing economic times, selects a celebrity, Lyle Alexander, to serve as its monarch. Baxter is convinced his choice will infuse the club with much needed vitality. But when he chooses his best friends college-age daughter, Claire Boudreaux, to serve as queen, Baxter is surprised when he and Claire develop feelings for one another. Their love for New Orleans unites them but their age difference threatens to keep them apart as the disapproval of family and friends presents obstacles for the cross-generational relationship. Should Baxter leave Claire alone to graduate and begin her career without the pressure of dating a man in a different phase of life? Come to the Big Easy and let the good times roll.

Author Bio:
Frank Borne published his first novel, But for the Grace of God in 2012. Astraea Press published Fame and Misfortune in October 2013, and Beau Coup Publishing released The Captain and the Queen in April 2014 and The Captain of Her Heart in October 2014. He serves as Chief Deputy Clerk of Court with the Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court's Office in Gretna, Louisiana, where he has been employed since 1994. Borne graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a bachelor's degree in government and a minor in history and has authored numerous non-fiction books and short essays concerning Jefferson Parish history and politics, and served as editor of The West Bank Beacon, a good-news community newspaper, for three and a half years. He lives in Harvey, Louisiana, with his wife Schlise.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

SMT: Devon's Choice

Devon's Choice
Catherine Bennett
Christian Romance
Contemporary Romance

Faith, love and a cup of coffee can change everything.

Life holds no surprises for Devon Murphy. Her life consists of keeping tabs on her aging Irish father, working part time at a coffee shop, and building her online graphics design business. Devon’s only tricky situation is a shallow relationship with the pampered and affluent Michael Turner, who sees her as just another woman to conquer. 

Following his father’s death, Brandon’s only goal is to expand the family business and live life on his own terms. That is, until he walks into the coffee shop one snowy evening and meets the enchanting, red-haired barista behind the counter. But can Devon and Brandon’s attraction for each other be strong enough to help erase their deepest disappointments and renew their faith in God?


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Book Spotlight: Robin's Reward

Robin's Reward
June McCrary Jacobs


Bonita Creek’s librarian Robin Bennett is heartbroken after being abandoned by her husband, Thomas. The mysterious and handsome Jeff Clarke arrives unexpectedly and touches Robin’s life with his wit and warmth. Then, without warning, Jeff’s harsh words and abrasive actions scare her off, and Robin’s hope of finding true love withers again.

Just when it seems Robin and Jeff might have a future, Susan Stinson, whose cruel taunting has plagued Robin since they met as young teens, decides Jeff should be hers, not Robin’s. Susan’s anger and jealousy escalate dangerously. Her vindictiveness threatens the foundation of Jeff and Robin’s young relationship.

Robin’s journey through the peaks and valleys of her life meanders along the twists and turns of new challenges. Is a relationship which began with both parties harboring secrets destined to survive? Can they move past their troubles and the obstacles in their path to find love and happiness together? When their pasts rear their ugly heads, Jeff and Robin must use their faith to remain strong and true. But will it be enough for them to embrace a life of love, trials, and blessings . . . together?

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Endorsement:

"Robin's Reward, a sweet romance with great characters, is as refreshing as a walk among flowers."
Author Rebecca H. Jamison, Sense & Sensibility: A Latter-Day Tale.

~ ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~

Award-winning author, June McCrary Jacobs, was the winner of Cedar Fort Publishing’s 2013 Holiday Tale Contest for her debut novella, ‘A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom’. ‘Robin’s Reward’ is her first full-length novel, and is set in her favorite location in California—the Mendocino coastal region. This book is the first installment of the ‘Bonita Creek Trilogy’.

June’s original sewing, quilting, and stitchery designs have been published in over one hundred books, magazines, and blogs in the past few years. When she’s not writing, reading, or sewing, June enjoys cooking, walking, and visiting art and history museums. She also enjoys touring historic homes and gardens and strolling around the many historic Gold Rush towns in the Sierra Nevada foothills. In the summertime you can find June at a variety of county fairs and the California State Fair admiring the sewing projects, quilts, and handiwork other inspired seamstresses, quilters, craftspeople, and artists have created.

June enjoys hearing from her readers and other authors, bloggers, sewers, quilters, and crafters. Connect with June on her website/blog at: junemccraryjacobs.com or by sending her an email message at junemccraryjacobs@gmail.com. Follow her on her Author’s Facebook page, her Goodreads Author page, and her Amazon.com Author page. (Links to these platforms may be found at: junemccraryjacobs.com).

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Author Interview: Sariah Wilson

Sariah Wilson
author, Royal Date

What is your favorite genre to write?

I love to write happily ever afters.  I love romance, I love humor and wit, and I don’t like boring parts.  So I try to leave all boring parts out of my books (who knows if I always succeed?).  I’d describe my writing as sort of a romance/chick-lit/romantic comedy style.  I also love to write historical romance, but I don’t think I’m as good at those.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I love to read the kind of stuff I love to write.  I also love to read anything that entertains me.  My taste is pretty eclectic – you’d have an easier time asking me what I don’t like to read (suspense, romantic suspense, horror).  I’ll read pretty much anything besides those three because I really enjoy reading.  My favorite kind of book is one that I can’t put down and have to stay up until 3:00 in the morning to finish it.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?  Do you write steamy romance as well?

Because I want to write books that I can let my mom and my daughter read.  There’s some stuff I don’t feel comfortable writing about, and I know there are readers who don’t feel comfortable reading it, either.  I say let’s leave things behind closed doors.  I don’t write steamy romance, and I don’t intend to.  I do have passionate kissing/making out in my books, though.  I don’t have any problem with that, but I think it’s good to warn people who don’t want anything beyond hand holding.  :)

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

Having a finished book.  I love having a finished book.  I wish I was better at getting to that point.  I also love hearing from readers who enjoyed it.  I love the idea that I made someone, somewhere, a little bit happy that day.  That I wrote something that allowed them to escape their lives for a few hours and live inside a fairy tale I created.  That’s extremely rewarding.

How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?

I have three traditionally published books, historical romances.  I have a non-fiction book and contributed to a book of essays.  I independently published a Young Adult romance (“The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back”), and “Royal Date” won a publishing contract in Amazon’s Kindle Scout program (a crowdsourcing site where readers get to nominate books they would like to see published), and it is being published by Kindle Press.

What are your hero and heroine of the story like?

I fell in love with both Nico and Kat.  Nico is worldly, sophisticated, charming, witty, romantic, loving and understanding. He’s also drop-dead gorgeous, wealthy and a gentleman.  Kat is an American who grew up in a trailer park.  She’s a meticulous planner, loyal, funny, kindhearted, smart, watches Battlestar Galactica and is the kind of girl you’d love to have as a friend.  She’s pretty and doesn’t know it (but Nico sure does!).  Kat’s got a lot of baggage to deal with from her past and some bad situations she was put in.  Good thing Nico’s there to help her sort it all out!

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far? 

That’s like choosing between your children.  My favorite is usually the latest one I’ve written.  Right now Nico is my favorite.  But as I start a new book, it’ll be someone else.

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