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Celebrating Indiana Romance Authors: Melanie Jayne

January29

I’m pleased to welcome my IRWA chapter buddy, Melanie Jayne, today. Melanie tells me she doesn’t know what she wants to be when and if she ever grows up. She’s worked retail, recorded hearings in a Federal Courtroom, worked behind the scenes with security at a casino, and currently she is living her dream writing Romance.

She plots and plans from her farm in central Indiana that she shares with her husband and two mastiffs, Ginger and Duncan Keith. When she isn’t creating she can be found watching sports, searching for the perfect mascara and reading. She also loves questionable TV: Any Real Housewives, The Steve Wilkos Show, and Live PD. Plus she is addicted to the TMZ app on her phone.

NAN: So glad to have you, Melanie!

MELANIE: Hi Nan and Nan’s fans.

Thank you so much for inviting me to introduce myself to your readers. I’m Melanie Jayne and I write contemporary romance featuring characters over the age of 35. I published my first book in March 2015 and just finished my eleventh. I love to meet readers. I attend many conferences and signings. Please take a moment to introduce yourself and tell me what you are currently reading.

And by the way, Nan and I are country neighbors and I wave at her house every time I drive by.

NAN: Tell us what you are currently promoting?

MELANIE: On February 27, my fifth book in The Change Series, A Change of Plan will be released.

This book took me by surprise. Osi had about six lines in Best. I admit that they were good and they came at a dramatic time but he was a minor character. However, readers responded. I kept getting questions about when would he get his book? With a character as great as Osi and his love, Ramsay, it was easy to write.

NAN: What sets you apart from other authors in your genre?

In the beginning, I wanted to be a “cool girl” erotic romance author like the majority of my author friends. I tried but I couldn’t do it. So I read Jill Shalvis and The Queen, Kristen Ashley, and tried to emulate their style.

My characters are older. I think the correct classification is Seasoned Romance. Many of my ladies are size 16 and larger and unapologetic about it. They tend to have the attitude that they are bigger by current standards, but their clothes size is way down on their priority list.

My characters are diverse. I have written African-American characters, Latino characters, and this fall I will publish my first m/m that features an African-American and Latino males.

I write what I know, what I see, and what I want to read. My world is made up of different people and so are my books.

NAN: What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

MELANIE: Today, is the day where you begin to make your dream come true.

I published my first book at 51. Sit your butt down, grab your laptop, and write. For me, learning to sit and write without thinking of a hundred things that I should be doing was difficult. Just do it.

And if you need encouragement, you can always contact me. I was a cheerleader in high school.

NAN: Is there a theme/message underlying your books that you hope comes across?

MELANIE: Yes. If you don’t keep moving forward, then you will be left behind. My books are very pro-women taking charge and making changes. If you don’t like it, then do something about it.

I’m a problem solver so it makes me crazy when someone complains and complains, yet does nothing different.

NAN: How do you keep sane as a writer?

MELANIE: Sanity is so overrated and I have learned that Romance writers can be high maintenance. My husband is very down to earth so he keeps me grounded. My Admanistrative assistant, David, listens to my complaints and fears and then rolls his eyes or tells me “enough.” I make it a practice to talk to non-writers, and I’m not counting the dogs, I mean humans. I try to leave the house although during the recent bitter cold snap I was home for 8 days straight.

NAN: What obstacles, if any, have you encountered in being a writer?

MELANIE: I came into this business with my eyes wide open. I’d been around Romance writers for several years and asked questions. Plus, I’ve seen my share of bad behavior, shade throwing, snubs, whispers, the silent game of “who’s the top-ranked author at my table?” But I wasn’t prepared for the quiet jealousy that I’ve encountered.

Now keep in mind I’m not a huge seller. I’m not even mid-list so I was shocked that others, especially one “friend” who was on the same journey as me, were showing signs of jealousy—OF ME?? I’m plodding along minding my own business, when I started hearing some things from trusted people.

It hurt and was confusing but I didn’t engage. (Am I too old to quote a Taylor Swift song?) I remind myself that I can’t control how other people choose to behave so I ignore it. I try to focus on the positive and be positive. That doesn’t mean that I don’t know what’s happening, I’m very aware but my time is better spent doing other things.

NAN: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

MELANIE: Getting the alert when my first book was available for sale was exciting and fulfilling. However, I felt established like a real author last June. While at a reader event, three different women were reading my book, Best. They would find me and discuss a scene they had just read. I loved seeing their responses and connection to my characters. It was amazing and made me so joyful.

NAN: What is the hardest thing about writing a series?

MELANIE: Get out of my head! I’ve been having this conversation with the Manny since November.

Keeping track of names. **New authors make a book bible even if you don’t intend for your book to become a series.

Moving the series forward as you focus on each couple. It’s a circle within a circle.

Deciding how much to put in about the other characters. Plus writing a scene with six people is hard.

Figuring out when to stop. We’ve all loved a series that went on too long. I’ve done a trilogy and The Change Series has three more books and two novellas and that’s it.

NAN: What five words would you use to describe yourself?

MELANIE: -Leo- look up the characteristics and my photo is there.

Opinionated- Guilty, but I am willing to learn.

Selfish- I make every decision from the place of “me.”

Loyal— I don’t give it easily, but once you are on my list, I’ve got your back. I’m a ride or die kind of chick.

Entertaining—I can tell a joke, dance, gossip, and break it down if needed. You can find me in the middle of the fun.

Follow Melanie:

www.ReadMelanieJayne.com

Facebook-www.facebook.com/MelanieJayneAuthor

Twitter- www.twitter.com/1MelanieJayne

Change of Plan

It was supposed to be casual. I never wanted a relationship but I keep coming back for more. When Osi Browne looks at me, I know that he is waiting for the right moment to demand my surrender so I take off.

Ramsay Kent is elusive and I enjoy the chase, but I’m tired of waiting. The woman has a life plan but mine is better for her, me and for us.

The lovers are resourceful, successful, and very stubborn. Who will give in first?

Excerpt:

Osi

“Five, four, three, two, one, Happy New Year!” The party guests counted down in unison.

I already had one arm draped around Ramsay’s slender waist. She allowed me to roll her into my body so that we were touching from chest to pelvis as I kissed her long and hard. “Better than last year’s.” I grinned.

She pulled away from me and gave me a haughty look, raising one eyebrow. “What’s that supposed to mean?”

I didn’t loosen my hold. God, she’d lost weight working so hard on, first, Tye and Billie’s wedding, then Cress and Brian’s, and finally this annual extravaganza. I could feel the knobby bones along her spine. “Last year, I had to track you down for my kiss. This year, you’re by my side.” Where you belong, I added silently. Ramsay Kent was an elusive woman. Although we’d been involved to some degree for over a year, we’d yet to make our relationship official. But I’m a patient man. One of the reasons I’m good at what I do. With Ramsay, I could settle in and wait a while longer.

“Well, I suppose kissing you is better than making out with some random guy.” She turned her head to look around at the other party guests, her green eyes narrowing as though to assess their kissability.

I gave her a hot glare. “Not going to work, Ramses.”

“What?” She drew her eyebrows together in confusion, as if she didn’t know what she was doing.

“You aren’t going to push me away or make me mad. Not tonight,” I said, resolution ringing in my words.

A hint of something like panic entered her gaze. “I’m working… I don’t know what time I’ll get out of here tonight, er, this morning.”

I shrugged, pretending I didn’t see her fear. “It’s not a problem. You know I like to watch you work.”

One side of her mouth hitched upward in consternation. I could almost see her plotting a way to make me go. Before she could blurt out something I didn’t want to hear, I bent toward her. “If I get bored, I’ll head back to my place and send a car to bring you home.” Of course, I wouldn’t get bored. I got off on watching her run the show. Ramsay in command was a thing of beauty. She could multi-task as well as any military strategist—make that better. Handling the rest of this party would be a breeze for her, just like breaking down and reassembling my rifle was second nature to me.

A faint line appeared between her eyebrows. “Are you sure?”

I placed a light kiss on her vibrant red lips, not caring if I now wore the same color. “Go make someone miserable.”

“Asshole.” She snorted as she fought a smile.

“Shouldn’t they be putting out the food?” I asked innocently.

“Shit,” she hissed and spun around on her three-inch heels. “I’m seriously considering cutting the gratuity Tye left for them.” She took off in the direction of the kitchen. Perhaps it was the way her long legs ate up the ground or the red tint to her hair, the guests moved out of her way.

I was admiring the sway of her ass encased in some kind of silky material that was as sleek as her naked body, when I heard my name being called.

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**All books in this series can be read as standalones!

Celebrating Indiana Romance Authors: Ravenna Tate

January27

Today’s featured author is Ravenna Tate–another Indiana author that I haven’t met yet. I’m hoping I will meet her at the next IRWA meeting! Ravenna lives in the Midwest where it’s cold six months out of the year, but inside her stories you’ll find plenty of heat. The sex is hot, the men are alpha, and the women give them a run for their money. We had a fun interview together, and she has inspired me to start watching Game of Thrones.

NAN: Tell us what you are currently working on or promoting.

 RAVENNA: The sixth and last book in my Demons on Wheels MC series – Vassago’s Reckoning – released this Wednesday. The Demons on Wheels MC series was my foray into writing MC – motorcycle club – romance. These are generally one percenters, meaning they’re outlaws, rogue, or a club that stays outside the fringes of society.

NAN: What genre(s) do you write in?

RAVENNA: I write erotic romance for Evernight, mostly contemporary, but I’ve also written sci-fi and paranormal (shifters). Within those sub-genres I write lawless, MC romance, and dark romance as well.

NAN: Do you have an agent and/or publisher, or are you self-published?

RAVENNA: I currently write for Evernight as Ravenna Tate, but also have titles under the pen name Tara Rose with Siren-Bookstrand.

NAN: What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

RAVENNA: Learn your craft. That is the number one rule. Followed closely by learn the industry and the market you intend to write for. Without those two, you’re stabbing in the dark. After that, keep learning both. This is a business. And if you don’t treat it as such, you will never be successful in it. Just as you’d learn all you could about any field in which you chose to work, you must give the same care and consideration to the publishing industry, even if you decide to self-publish. And then write. Every day. Writers write. You can research and read about writing, but none of that will get the book from your head onto the paper. You have to do the work.

NAN: Have you had to make sacrifices for your writing, and if so, what are they?

RAVENNA: I still work a full time job outside the home. I’m up every morning during the week at 4:00 a.m. to get my promo done, and sneak in some writing. I write on my breaks at work. I write on weekends, usually all day long. We make time for the things we love, and right now, I can’t do this full time, so I make it my priority during off-work hours at the day job.

NAN: What obstacles, if any, have you encountered in being a writer?

RAVENNA: Romance is the number one selling genre and has been for over fifty years, and yet there is still a stigma attached to it. And erotic romance, especially. I’ve had people tell me I write porn. I have had 96 titles published under three pen names, and I still have people ask me when I’m going to write a real book. And unfortunately, sometimes it’s other authors who throw up obstacles by behaving in ways that bring us all down. Because when one of us wins, we all do, and when one of us makes an ass of herself or himself, it reflects on the entire community.

NAN: What do you like best/least about writing?

RAVENNA: Least: I need more time!

Best: Everything else. I adore it. I love creating worlds and characters to fill it. I love crafting a story, and I love it when those characters tell me where their story should go. I can’t imagine not doing this.

NAN: Did you learn anything from writing your books, and what was it?

RAVENNA: I learn something new from every single book I write. Whether it’s a craft issue, a better way to convey something to the readers, or a new twist on an old trope. This is not a profession where you arrive one day and are THERE. You constantly evolve and grow as a writer.

NAN: What show have you recently binge-watched?

RAVENNA: Game of Thrones! And now I’m waiting impatiently for the last season to arrive!

You’ll find Ravenna and her books all over social media:

Website: http://ravennatate.blogspot.com/

Evernight Author Page: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/ravenna-tate/

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/RavennaTateAuthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11283785.Ravenna_Tate

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ravennatate/

The Romance Reviews: http://www.theromancereviews.com/RavennaTate

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00RPMN0BM

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/ravenna+tate?fs=0&_requestid=93611

BookStrand: http://www.bookstrand.com/ravenna-tate

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ravenna-tate/id957971043?mt=11

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ravennatate1

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?query=Ravenna Tate&fcsearchfield=Author

Vassago’s Reckoning

Jimmy Vaccaro, the Demons on Wheels MC Treasurer known as Vassago, hasn’t seen Marie Vitale for nineteen years. When she shows up unexpectedly in Creek Ridge with Digger, Vassago is hit by the Thunderbolt. Marie was only 11 the last time he saw her, but she’s all grown up now, and Vassago must have her, no matter the cost.

Digger and Vassago have plans to take care of rival Mob boss Roberto di Stefano on their own. But when the real reason Marie tagged along with Digger from Brooklyn is revealed, it throws the entire MC club into danger, and puts a major kink in Vassago’s plans.

Marie worshiped Vassago from afar when she was younger. But once he discovers the mess she left back home, she’s convinced she will never be more to him than a casual fling. And that’s if he survives the danger she brought along.

Excerpt:

Jimmy Vaccaro, known to his Demons on Wheels MC Brothers as Vassago, believed in the Thunderbolt—the Colpo di fulmine—as much as any Sicilian man did. But when it hit him, he was as shocked as if the sky suddenly turned orange and collapsed on itself.

“Jimmy? Is that really you?” Marie Vitale had been an eleven-year-old kid when he left Brooklyn. He hadn’t laid eyes on her in nineteen years, not since he was twenty-three. But there she stood, next to Digger, all grown up and so drop-dead gorgeous he struggled to speak.

“Yep. It’s me.” That’s all you can say?

“You look the same. I swear to God you do. All these years and you haven’t aged.”

Digger snorted. “Yeah, he has. He looks like crap now.”

“Ignore him, Jimmy. He’s been in a bad mood since we left Jersey.”

“I’m known as Vassago around here.” What the hell did she care about his road name?

Her amused smile lit up the entire back hallway. “I’m still gonna call you Jimmy.”

Digger mumbled something under his breath that sounded suspiciously like an insult in Italian. Behind Marie and Digger, Gorgon and Phenex exchanged an amused glance.

Marie shot Digger a nasty look. “Your cousin once removed has been that rude to me this entire trip.”

Digger, whose real name was Daniel Basile, was Donny Messina’s nephew, and Vassago and Donny were first cousins. Did that make Digger his cousin once removed? No clue and who cares. There was no blood in Vassago’s brain right now, so for all he knew, it made Digger his grandfather.

 

 

Celebrating Indiana Romance Writers: Sydney Scrogham

January26

I have to confess that I’ve never met today’s author, but once I read her bio, I was dying to, so I am really happy for a chance to interview Sydney Scrogham! Here’s her bio in her own words:

I’m Sydney, and I’m a heart healing writer and writing coach. I love helping people write for heart healing who are struggling with insurmountable emotional pain or a lifeless manuscript. My clients love how I understand and guide them when we work together. But at the end of the day, what really matters is that you get a vibrant, fulfilled life, and a story with soul.

I’m more than just a writing coach – I’m a heart healer pursuing wholeness daily. I can’t wait to try what’s next for me, which is launching a course about writing for heart healing. I live in Indianapolis, Indiana with my Selle Francais gelding named Snowdy.

My style working with clients is a mix of nurturing and breakthrough. I use strategic questions to help them process emotions or share about how to write a story projecting your struggles onto your main character.

I draw inspiration from my own heart healing journey and hope to inspire you to be true to yourself and passionate about your writing. I work with writers to help them find truth for the lies they’ve believed so they get a gripping, real story and a healed, fulfilled life with tools to face the future.

NAN: Tell us what you are currently working on or promoting.

SYDNEY: Wrapping up the 5th book in my Guardians of Agalrae series. It’s Narnia meets a horse-themed Tarzan.

NAN: What genre(s) do you write in?

SYDNEY: Fantasy Romance

NAN: Do you have an agent and/or publisher, or are you self-published?

SYDNEY I started off with a traditional publisher and that relationship did not end well. (They pulled my book, and yet still had copies for sale.) I had to do a major rewrite and then went hybrid, the I discovered I liked being in charge of the whole book, so I self-published after that!

NAN: What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

SYDNEY: Write, study your craft, and don’t be afraid to do what no one else is doing if that’s where your heart is leading you.

NAN: What are you currently reading?

SYDNEY: I’m reading Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.

NAN: Is there a theme/message underlying your book(s) that you hope comes across?

SYDNEY: I love writing about good versus evil, people discovering that they can be (and like) their true selves, and that love endures for a lifetime and beyond.

NAN: Has reading a book ever changed your life? If yes, which one and how?

SYDNEY: Absolutely! I was going through a hard time with a day job, and I read Spirit Bridge by James Rubart. It helped me gain spiritual insight into my situation and gave me peace about moving forward into the unknown. It’s one of those books I won’t forget.

NAN: If you could marry a fictional character, who would it be?

SYDNEY: Sean Kendrick from The Scorpio Races. The way he handles those water horses… *swoon*

NAN: What question didn’t I ask that you wish I had?

SYDNEY: What kind of animals do I have? 😊 I have a “rescue” Selle Francais (French Thoroughbred) named Snowdy and a miniature Dachshund named Zoe. Many people love following my story with Snowdy – he broke his elbow two years ago and I document our journey together in my social media. You can find us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Find Sydney on social media and on her own website:

Mailing list with exclusive reader giveaway (no spam, ever!): https://mailchi.mp/3d5b8fd17293/guardians-of-agalrae-starter-kit

Website: https://www.sswriter.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SydneyScroghamWriter/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sydneyscrogham/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sydney_writer

Chase: The Promised Guardian

Forced to sell her horse, Lauren takes drastic steps to get money to keep him. She pursues an escaped genetic experiment worth a ten-thousand-dollar reward, but she doesn’t anticipate her search taking her to an unfamiliar land—Agalrae, where she meets a man raised by Alicorns.

Excerpt:

Lauren’s frowning at me.

“I can help you,” I say quietly, and now she jumps when I speak. “If you—can you—come.” I push the door to the bathing room all the way open so maybe she’ll understand what I can’t tell her. I lick my lips a few times and squish my tongue between my teeth. What is wrong with me?

For a horrible moment, she doesn’t move and I don’t move, and there’s no barrier between us anymore. She’s leaning her head away from me again and the left corner of her mouth twists down into a little grimace.

“That’s okay,” she says. “Never mind. Do you have a phone? Mine died, and I need to call someone to come get me.”

Something died. I have no idea what she’s talking about, and she reads my body well because my uncertainty shows up on her face and she cowers back against the white wall of the bathing room.

“Please go away,” she says, and her voice shakes.

My shoulders sag, and her words confuse me because with her body she’s created space for me to come in. If she’s a Guardian, she’s supposed to work with me. I haven’t given her my scent yet. How will she find me if she needs me? My foot slides into the bathing room and she shrieks loud enough that I leap back and cover my ears.

“Get away from me!” Now her body says shoo, because she’s turned her face to the wall and holds up a foot. So, she’d strike at me then, like Sylt. And I, the boss of the boss mares, do something I’ve never done before. I run, and with every step, my body is smaller and colder.

Guardians of Agalrae Series on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078NNWQFL

 

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Celebrating Indiana Romance Authors: Aleatha Romig

January24
Today, I’m pleased to welcome Hoosier Romance Author Aleatha Romig to the blog. Aleatha is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of over thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha impresses with her versatility in writing. She released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES, a dark romance, became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Her first standalone smart, sexy thriller INSIDIOUS was next. Then Aleatha released the five novel INFIDELITY series, a romantic suspense saga, that took the reading world by storm, the final book landing on three of the top bestseller lists. Next, she ventured into traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller imprint. In the spring of 2017, Aleatha again ventured into a different genre with her first standalone, fun, and sexy romantic comedy with the USA Today bestseller PLUS ONE. ONE NIGHT followed. And then Aleatha revisited her dark with with RIPPLES, A Consequences stand-alone and UNCONVENTIONAL, her sexy novella with a fun twist. 2018 brought the much acclaimed release of RESPECT, an Infidelity Novel.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and PEN America.  She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Take it away, Aletha!

Hi, Nan! Thank you for having me here today! I’m excited to announce my 20th release! Wow! It’s hard to believe all that has happened since my first release in August of 2011. It’s been a wild and crazy ride.
Yesterday, RESPECT, released. This is an INFIDELITY novel. (No, it’s not about cheating. It’s the name of a company).
RESPECT is set before my bestselling Infidelity series, beginning over 30 years before. It can definitely be read without reading my series. RESPECT has been branded as The Godfather meets Love Story. It is “The making of a man.”
This is Oren Demetri’s story of love, sacrifice, devotion, family, and most of all, respect.
Here’s what one reviewer said about RESPECT:
Respect is a powerful tale of one man’s life story (within the New York mafia). Rippling. Riveting. Striking. Opulent. Regal. Respect told a layered and intriguing plot of the inner making of a man. It will pull you in. It will demand your attention. I simply devoured this book. I only slept, ate, and drank Respect.” ~ The Romantic Angel Blog
Let me share an excerpt from RESPECT.

Copyright owned by Romig Works LLC

Angelina Costello was the only woman to ever take my breath away. I couldn’t not speak to her. “I haven’t seen you since NYU.”

“I’ve been living overseas, studying history and architecture in Italy.”

“Italy! Molto bene. And now you’re back?” I asked.

“I am.”

“To stay?”

“I believe so.”

“Perhaps we could see one another,” I proposed, all the while hoping that she would say yes and saying a prayer that she would say no.

Her lips curved upward. “I see you now.”

Si, and I would like to see more.”

With a glint to her gaze, she said, “I never forgot you. I thought at one time…” Her head tilted innocently as her lip momentarily hid behind her teeth. “Are you sure you aren’t still scared of me?”

“Angelina, I’m quite certain that I’m terrified of you.”

Her smile grew. “Bene. Then let me give you my number.”

RESPECT, by Aleatha Romig, is not a romance. It is a LOVE story! 

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Celebrating Indiana Romance Authors: Anna Hague

January23

Welcome Anna Hague, another of my fellow Indiana RWA Chapter mates. Anna tells me that when she’s not taking orders from her characters, she is a free-lance sports writer for various newspapers in Indiana. She loves covering high school sports, but she’s obsessed with IndyCar racing, and have covered the sport for 17 years at the Indianapolis 500. Anna’s married to the best cheerleader and husband any girl could want, and they live in Central Indiana with a dog and three parrots. They’ve parented eleven foreign exchange students, finding some of their greatest joy in living with teenagers. Anna’s credo is that no one takes the same path to love. Love has its own agenda, and we are just along for the ride.

NAN: Anna, I’m so glad you could stop by for a chat today. What are you currently working on?

ANNA: Thanks for having me, Nan. Right now, I’m doing edits for the first book in a series for Wild Rose Press. The series will be published in their Wilder Roses division which is the high heat level division.

I am also working on a self-published work called Risk, Reward, or Ruin which is a romantic suspense, I’m really enjoying writing this book because my hero, while he is very wealthy and visible, he has some social anxieties. My heroine is a former college basketball star, has no filters, and is taller than my hero. This book should be out in July.

Nan: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

ANNA: To quote Nike, “Just do it.” I have tablets of paper in a box with several partial stories written. I was afraid of trying. After years of being a sports writer, I now know I can put at least two sentences together. I just wish I’d started earlier.

NAN: Has reading a book ever changed your life?

ANNA: Yes. The was non fiction called A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins, The book was written in 1979 so the pictures of clothing and hairstyles are hilarious, but the story brought out every emotion I had. The story is about Peter Jenkins who didn’t have a job so he and his dog started walking across the U.S. The story made me so aware of other’s people’s lives. It was such a reality check for me at age 20 that the world revolves around everyone and not just me. That book had a huge impact on me as I began to move around the country,

NAN: What keeps you sane as a writer?

ANNA: I have a dog and three parrots so I’m interrupted several times a day. My dog is old and has to go out a lot. My parrots talk and make me laugh all of the time. Also, I have a really great family and friends who really support me.

NAN: If someone wrote a book about your life, what would it be called?

ANNA: The Grass Never Grew Under Her Feet.  My husband and I have moved seventeen times since we’ve been married. We weren’t military, but lived in six states. I think all of those moves and experiences has given me, not only ideas for my stories, but also the feel for how people live in different parts of the country.

NAN: What is the hardest part about writing a series?

ANNA: I keep forgetting the last names of my characters and the names of their places of employment. I need to keep a book of facts about my characters, I’m trying, but I’m a terrible organizer,

NAN: What do you like best/least about writing?

ANNA: I get very excited about what happens next, and I can’t wait to get to next big scene, The least: when I go back to edit and think “Wow, did I really say that?”

NAN: If you could marry a fictional character who would it be?

ANNA: I am so in love with Jacob from Aleatha Romig’s Light series, I can’t even explain why. I guess he fits my personal ultimate hero guidelines.

NAN: Is there a theme or underlying message that you hope comes across?

ANNA: I do. I think my books will all be different because I want to portray that love takes many forms and happens in so many different ways. There are many paths to love,

NAN: What do you do in your spare time?

ANNA: My husband and I are big sports fans, especially IndyCar racing and basketball. We like live music and travel, and of course, I love to read,

You’ll find Anna here:

https://www.annahague.com/home

https://www.facebook.com/AnnaHagueAuthor/

@AnnaHagueAuthor

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Captured Hearts: Unimaginable Choices, Undeniable Desire

When his parents were murdered when he was sixteen, Jamey Marcum had to make difficult choices. Choices that often changed others’ lives. Now he’s made a decision to change one more life. Allee Jones. Allee Jones is the perfect target. No family. No friends. No one will miss her if she never shows up to her job again. Because of her anxieties, she is a social pariah. When Jamey abducts Allee, he never imagined she would be the one to slip into his sealed heart, and emotions could get both of them killed. Still, he delivers her to a ruthless woman who enslaves Allee to the whims of deviants and predators in a hidden Pacific Northwest location housing dozens of abducted women. In the midst of the nightmare she faces, Allee has to decide to trust her abductor or die, but she has her own attraction to the man who grabbed her off the street. Together they must fight each other’s demons to face their undeniable desire, exposing even more of Allee’s secret afflictions. Once rescued from the operation, their challenges reach far beyond what transpired between them. Terror, guilt, forgiveness, and love all collide on a path to an uncertain future.

Excerpt:

As he pulled into the drive at the church, Jamey remembered the last time he came to have a serious talk with Mark. Months ago he brought a stranger to his home—a stranger who pulled at his heart like no other. His determination and guilt propelled him to make their relationship work, but then he was quite unaware of what life would be like with her. Now he knew. Holding Allee when she was having an episode was not easy. Even as thin as she was, when Allee was fighting against his hold, she was very strong, and keeping her from hurting them both was draining. However, the most draining was the mental pain of not really knowing what to do.

No matter how hard things were, Jamey knew he could never abandon her. He loved her too much. While he went back to get her out of that hell hole, he knew she, in fact, was the one who saved him. He had been drowning in his work. Every day that he spent undercover was a day he lost of himself.

Allee challenged and tried him, but she touched his heart in a way no one had ever before. She tried very hard not to show her vulnerability. She was, in fact, a concrete will with a brain that often betrayed her. In the time he’d lived with him, Jamey learned a lot about Allee. She was smart, but her dyslexia was a constant roadblock to reading. She was an extraordinary baker even though she never used a recipe. She could be funny and sarcastic. What Jamey found more than anything else was that she needed someone to love her, because she didn’t even understand the concept of loving another person.

Easy didn’t describe their lives, but what he thought was attraction had turned into love very quickly. She had never told him she loved him, but Jamey was sure she was happy. She never acted as if she didn’t care for him, except when she struggled to hit him during one of her explosions. One day, Allee would love him. Of that, he was sure.

Buy Captured Hearts at Amazon and other fine online book retailers.

 

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Celebrating Indiana Romance Authors: Ava Cuvay

January22

This month of celebrating my fellow Indiana romance authors has been so much fun and today is real treat as my guest is not only a great writer, but she’s a funny, warm, smart woman. Ava writes out-of-this-world romance featuring sassy heroines, often-alien-but-always-sexy heroes, and an alcoholic beverage or two… Set in a galaxy far, far away. She resides in central Indiana with a hubby who makes her laugh and kiddos who are growing up way too quickly. She believes life is too short to surround yourself with negative people, everything is better with champagne, and Han Solo shot first. When not writing, Ava is thinking about writing. Or wine. And she’s always thinking about bacon. I’m lucky enough to be her editor and happy to call her a friend. Take it away, Ava!

Hello and Thank you, Nan, for hosting me on your blog! I don’t know about all of you, but my love of the winter weather lasted, oh, about thirty-five minutes. And now, I’m ready for summertime!

Unfortunately, Summer is taking her sweet time getting here, so in the meantime, I’ll have to make do with summery reads to keep me warm. If you’re in that same boat (you know, that boat that is frozen in the middle of a snowy tundra under grey skies with no hope of thawing out for months 😉 I’d like to introduce you to my current favorite summery read: The Lake House Anthology.

I love this book, which is a collection of short stories, on multiple levels, only one of which is the fact that I have a short story of my own in it. I love the fact that it includes short stories by other Indiana authors, all of whom are dear friends and some of whom will be/have been spotlighted this month here on Nan’s blog. I love the fact that it is a collection of multiple genres, each story tied together by the concept of a Lake House. It is truly something for everyone: different genres, different heat levels, different voices…

And I mostly love that it raises money for local literacy initiatives. The joy of reading is such a gift, and the Crossroads Romance Writers uses this anthology to help share that gift and joy with others!

I wish I could share excerpts from everyone’s short story here (they are all their own unique adventures!), but I’ll stick to just a short excerpt from my story, “Better Where It’s Wetter.” It’s a mermaid tale, which was both fun and challenging diversion to write. Hope you like it!

You’ll find Ava all over social media:

www.AvaCuvay.com

Ava Cuvay Amazon Author Page

Goodreads Author Page

Excerpt from “Better Where It’s Wetter”

Kindle Cover

Below the hem of my Painters do it with Broad Strokes nightshirt, where there should have been two long and pale legs, was a sheath of emerald green covered in iridescent scales, ending with a long, flowing fin. Not sure how or when he and Eartha had encased my legs in this sheath. Normally, I’d be thrilled to wear a mermaid-skirt, but this practical joke had quickly worn thin.

I wiggled my legs inside the skin-tight material. Nothing happened. Not just that my legs didn’t move, but I couldn’t feel them. Couldn’t sense them as separate limbs with inner and outer thighs, kneecaps, and ankles. I tried to wiggle my toes and the soft rays of my lush va-va-voom tail fin fanned and flicked.

My gut wrenched with the truth. My heart sang with the possibility. “I’m a mermaid.”

Lake House Anthology buy links:

ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/…/book/the-lake-house/id1225033012

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0768F8N15/

 

 

 

Celebrating Indiana Romance Authors: Jeana Mann

January20

Today I’m featuring award-winning Indiana Romance Author Jeana Mann. Doesn’t that fabulous smile just make you want to invite her out for a night of wine, food, and fun? Jeana was born and raised in Indiana where she lives today with her two crazy rat terriers Mildred and Mabel. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Speech and Hearing, something totally unrelated to writing. When she’s not busy dreaming up steamy romance novels, she loves to travel anywhere and everywhere. Over the years she climbed the ruins of Chichen Iza in Mexico, snorkeled along the shores of Hawaii, sailed around Jamaica, ate gelato on the steps of the Pantheon in Rome, and explored the ancient city of Pompeii. More important than the places she’s been are the people she has met along the way. Jeana is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Indiana RWA, and Celtic Heart RWA.

NAN: What genre(s) do you write in?

JEANA: I write steamy contemporary romance.

NAN: What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

JEANA: Here are the things I wish someone would have told me when I started out. 1) Write, write, write. Never stop writing. 2) Don’t worry about what other people are thinking. Just write what you like and look for an audience who enjoys your style. 3) Every author gets bad reviews. Be grateful that someone read your book, even if they hated it. 4) Find your own path. What works for one author might not work for you. If something fails, scratch that idea off your list and go on to the next one.

NAN: Is there a theme/message underlying your book(s) that you hope comes across?

JEANA: All of my books deal with second chances. I love writing about characters who have made terrible mistakes. I think it’s a theme everyone can relate to. We’ve all made poor choices in our lives and most of reality is dealing with the mistakes that we’ve made. I love to take an unredeemable character and make him or her grow into an admirable person.

NAN: Have you had to make sacrifices for your writing, and if so, what are they?

JEANA: I’ve made quite a few sacrifices for writing. Because I work a full-time job outside of the literary world, I’ve had to sacrifice my free time. Every spare minute is given to writing, editing, and promoting. Writing is my main source of income, and it’s a time-consuming occupation. Most authors will tell you that it’s not a nine-to-five job. It is, however, the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.

Did you learn anything from writing your books, and what was it?

I’ve learned to be confident in my capabilities. Writing has definitely brought me out of my shell. It’s also given me a thicker skin. In the beginning, I would cry over a harsh review. After 21 books, I’ve learned that not everyone will like my books and that’s okay.

Would you rather have one giant bestseller or a long string of moderate sellers?

I would be happy with a long string of moderate sellers. I write because I love it and I’d continue to write even if no one ever bought another one of my books.

What is the hardest thing about writing a series?

The hardest part is keeping all of the characters and plot points straight in my head. The Pretty Broken Series now has nine books. I need to make a series bible, but I haven’t gotten around to it. Sometimes I have to reread a book because I can’t remember what happened or who the characters were in that particular story.

Do you think a writer should write every day?

Yes. Absolutely. I believe that writing requires practice. I think of it like a muscle. The more you exercise, the better your flexibility and strength. Whenever I take time away from writing, it takes a few days or weeks before I can get into the flow of creativity again.

What show have you recently binge-watched?

I just binge-watched The White Queen on Showtime over the Christmas holiday. Wow. That series has everything; intrigue, deception, and romance. I’ve always been a history buff, so this show hit all of my requirements.

What five words would you use to describe yourself?

Introverted. Open-minded. Adventurous. Procrastinator. Humorous.

Jeana is everywhere on social media–connect with her here:

Website:  http://jeanaemann.net

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/JeanaEMann

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/JeanaEMann

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/JeanaEMann

Her newest book Pretty Broken Hearts is available at all the major book retailers:

iTunes:  http://apple.co/2sC1SRW

Amazon:  http://amzn.to/2u6p0wb

Kobo:  http://bit.ly/2hlkLIq

Nook:  http://bit.ly/2uXaKEr

Google:  http://bit.ly/2wSDXzN

Pretty Broken Hearts

One special girl plus one hot widower equals a love story to make you laugh, cry, and shout for joy.

Rhett:  My days are haunted by regrets and unpleasant memories until Bronte Hollander serves me coffee at the local java shop. I can hear her counting under her breath. I’m counting too—the minutes, the hours, the days—until I can see her again. I want to move past the tragedy of my previous marriage, but the thought of beginning again is terrifying. Bronte’s courage gives me hope for the future. Society says she’s flawed, imperfect, but I think she’s perfect for me.

Bronte: I’ve been ridiculed my entire life for being different. People call me “special”, but I’ve never believed in labels. Rhett Easton sees past my flaws, my thick thighs, my red hair, my need for order. He gets me like no one ever has. And he respects my love for numbers, my need for rituals. I want to trust him, but life has taught me that guys like Rhett don’t go for girls like me. I’m ready to prove life wrong.

This is the story of an obsessive-compulsive girl, a broken guy, and their improbable love for each other. Join them as they navigate through the difficulties of family relationships, past loves, high school bullies, and self-imposed limitations to find a love that transcends their broken hearts.

EXCERPT:

Suit Guy stared out the window, his expression pensive. He sighed. His gaze flitted to the empty chair across the table then returned to the busy street outside. What made him so melancholy? No one ever came to the shop with him. His phone never rang with incoming calls or texts. I shrugged and went back to business. Maybe he silenced his phone before breakfast. Or maybe, like me, he didn’t enjoy talking on the phone.

When Jo had topped off the coffee, I carried the tray to Suit Guy and placed his order on the table. He glanced up, his brow furrowing like he’d been deep in thought. The walls of my throat constricted, but I managed to choke out, “How are you doing today?”

His eyebrows lifted. They were glorious eyebrows, thick and perfectly arched, the same rich color as his hair. “I’m fine. How are you?”

Now, don’t get me wrong. I wanted to answer. More than anything in the world. But I just couldn’t get my lips and tongue to cooperate. For the last six weeks and two days, I’d dreamed of chatting with Suit Guy. In my head, we conversed about fun things like Game of Thrones and Schrodinger’s cat, and the words flowed from my mouth like water from a pitcher. Some dreams, however, weren’t meant to come true.

“Um,” I said. Heat rushed up my neck and into my cheeks. He cocked his head, his eyebrows arching higher. I turned and fled to the backroom. On the way, I tripped over the chalkboard easel next to the register and sent it crashing to the floor.

 

Celebrating Indiana Romance Authors: Sandy James

January18

Today I welcome romance author Sandy James, who is not only the first person I met when I joined the Indiana chapter of RWA, but she is also one of my critique partners. I’ve learned so much from Sandy about writing and about writing romance in particular. Sandy lives in a quiet suburb of Indianapolis, where she teaches psychology. She owns a small stable of harness racehorses and enjoys spending time at Hoosier Park racetrack. Published through Forever Yours, Carina Press, and indie-published, she has been an Amazon #1 Bestseller multiple times and has won numerous awards including two HOLT Medallions. Sandy is represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary. Please visit her website at sandyjames.com for more information or find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest as “sandyjamesbooks.” Take it away, Sandy!

Thanks for letting me have a turn at your blog, Nan!

Nan and I have been critique partners for years, and we’re very close. Because we’re good friends, she knows how crazy my life has been for the past few years. So please allow me to share with all of you who don’t know me something that Nan has been helping me through. My husband Jeff passed away from colon cancer a little over a year ago. She suggested I might want to talk about how my writing has been affected by the chaos that comes with that kind of life changing event.

I was wrapping up the fourth book of a four-book contract with Grand Central Forever in December of 2014. All that remained were copy edits, which are usually fairly easy since I refuse to get into any argument with a copy editor. They are usually right. J So I just needed to get the file from the copy editor, go through any suggested changes, and then get it back to my publisher. In that waiting mode, I focused on final exams for my students. I’ve been a high school psychology teacher for twenty-four years, and while I adore writing, I still need to teach to pay the bills.

Anyway…the night before the last day of finals, I had to take Jeff to the Emergency Room for what we thought might be either a gastro bug or a flare of his Crohn’s disease. Instead, we discovered he’d perforated his intestines. After emergency surgery, he was sent to ICU. About twenty-four hours later, he’d become septic. Thus began our odyssey.

Jeff was in a drug-induced coma on full life-support for ten days, fighting for his life against an overpowering infection. During that time, my copy edits arrived. I worked on them with my computer on my lap, editing with my right hand and holding Jeff’s hand with my left. To my editor’s defense, she told me they could wait however long I needed to put them aside. I replied that I was bored to tears and the edits would be distracting. So…edits were done; contract was complete. Then I was told that the perforation hadn’t been caused by his Crohn’s. Jeff had colon cancer. I had to tell him that when we was finally recovered enough to be awakened and taken off the ventilator.

His fight against that bastard disease lasted two years. We went through two rounds of chemotherapy and two of radiation, and we just couldn’t stay ahead of the disease. During those two years, writing became difficult, to say the least. I tried. Heaven knows I tried because writing had become so much a part of me that the thought of not writing seemed untenable. But I quickly discovered that it’s impossible to write romance when you are watching the person you love most in the world struggling. Then a new contract was offered by Grand Central on an idea my agent and I had developed before Jeff’s illness. While my editor was more than willing to wait, I was terrified of losing the momentum I’d been gathering in building a readership. So I tried to write the first book.

The chapters came in fits and spurts. Then we reached what we hoped was a remission of his cancer, and I got the first book done. It even went to first round developmental edits, and I was ready to polish the story and to get to work on the second of the three-book contract. But bad news was in the offing. His cancer had spread to his lung. Thankfully, my editor was amazingly supportive, and we put the series on the back burner for over a year.

To my sorrow, I lost Jeff on September 21, 2016. I had been married to him for nearly thirty-four years, ever since I was nineteen years old. I suddenly found myself alone and having no clue how to live solo. Writing? It was so far from my thought process, it didn’t even register on my radar for the first few months. I had to learn to live life again first.

But the world keeps spinning. I went back to teaching after having been on leave to care for Jeff full-time during the last months of his life. Being back to work was balm for my soul, and my family, students, and colleagues were the best support system I could ever have asked for.

So that January, I went back to work on the new books and did some extensive edits on the first of my Nashville Dreams series. When my editor was pleased with that work, I went about writing book two (which is the book that came out on January 16—Can’t Let Her Go.) Slowly, the mojo returned. By book three, I was becoming myself again, at least myself the writer.

Now, I’m living a new life. It’s not the one I wanted nor the one I planned, but it’s a good life. I have two amazing kids, two even more amazing grandchildren, and my schnauzer Max who keeps me on my toes. And I’m writing almost every day. Currently, I’m finishing edits on “Can’t Fight the Feeling,” which releases on May 8. One new project that I’m working on just for me is a book about all Jeff went through. I’m going to call it If You’re Lucky… since that was what he would say to me every morning before we left for work when I’d tell him that I loved him and would see him that evening. And I was lucky—very, very lucky—to have had him in my life.

 

Be sure to check out Sandy’s Nashville Dreams series, including Can’t Let her Go, which released on January 16.

In Nashville the music is louder, the dreams are bigger, and love can bring a cowboy to his knees.

Ethan Walker is Nashville royalty. Born to the King and Queen of Country Music, he’s spent his life trying to escape the spotlight of his parents’ fame, even walking away from his own promising singing career. He’s the kind of cowboy who prefers flannel to flashbulbs, hay fields to hit records, and the solitude of his horse farm to the nightlife along Music Row. The last thing he wants is attention, especially when it comes from country’s latest star…

Chelsea Harris’s meteoric rise up the charts and string of celebrity boyfriends mean that wherever she goes, the paparazzi follow. A duet with Nashville’s favorite son is exactly what her new charity album needs, but when she approaches Ethan, he turns her down flat. To win the camera-shy cowboy over, Chelsea will have to approach him on his terms. Trouble is, the more time she spends on his farm, the more Ethan wants to keep her there.

The Nashville Dreams series:

Can’t Walk Away

Can’t Let Her Go

Can’t Fight the Feeling

Celebrating Indiana Romance Authors: Donya Lynne

January16

Are you all having as much fun as I am celebrating Indiana Romance Authors this month? I hope you’ve found some new books to read and some new authors to follow. Today, I’m featuring another of my IRWA chapter sisters, Donya Lynne. Donya is the bestselling author of the award-winning All the King’s Men and Strong Karma Series and a member of Romance Writers of America. Making her home in a wooded suburb north of Indianapolis with her husband, Donya has lived in Indiana most of her life and knew at a young age she was destined to be a writer. She started writing poetry in grade school and won her first short story contest in fourth grade. In junior high, she began writing romantic stories for her friends, and by her sophomore year, she’d been dubbed Most Likely to Become a Romance Novelist. In 2012, she fulfilled her dream by publishing her first two novels and a novella. Her work has earned her two IPPYs, five eLit Awards, a USA Today Recommended Read, and numerous accolades, including two Smashwords bestsellers. When she’s not writing, she can be found cheering on the Indianapolis Colts or doing her cats’ bidding. Take it away, Donya!

Nan, thanks for having me today. I was inspired by Sochi Winter Olympics to write Finding Lacey Moon, so it’s the perfect time to share it with fans again, with Olympic fever rising over the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

Finding Lacey Moon is about a champion snowboarder named Lacey Moon who has been competing since she was a little girl. Now, as an adult, the fame and fortune have caught up with her, along with the constant barrage of paparazzi.

After suffering a tragic accident while competing in the Olympics, she snaps. Riding a severe nervous and emotional meltdown, Lacey changes her appearance and flees public life, traveling under an alias until she reaches Hope Falls, a small mountain town in Idaho.

Hope Falls is the perfect place for her to figure out who she is and what she wants, but when she meets Scott McCord, she thinks maybe fate brought her to Hope Falls to find more than just herself. Maybe she’ll find love in the small town, too.

This was such a fun story to write, and it’s one of my sweeter romances. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Finding Lacey Moon

All she wanted was to escape the paparazzi so she could find herself. She never expected to find him.

Champion snowboarder, Lacey Moon, has lost her love of the sport, couldn’t care less about winning another gold medal, and has no idea who she is anymore. Desperate to find a way out of the vicious cycle sucking her into obscurity, she disguises her identity, flees the familiarity of home, and strikes out on the open road, eventually ending up in Hope Falls.

Former football star, Scott McCord, has lived in Hope Falls all his life and runs McCord Cabin Rentals with his brother. Having suffered tragedy and deception at the hands of his first love, Scott has abandoned hope of ever finding a woman to share his life with, choosing instead to devote his attention to his daughter.

When Lacey’s path crosses Scott’s, fireworks fly. For the first time in ten years, Scott can see himself falling in love again. And the more time Lacey spends with Scott, the more she realizes he is her future. There’s just one problem. Lacey hasn’t told Scott her true identity.

When the truth comes out, she could lose everything she’s found in Hope Falls.

Buy Links

AMZ – http://smarturl.it/FLMAmz

iBooks – http://smarturl.it/FLMiBooks

Nook – http://smarturl.it/FLM-Nook

Kobo – http://smarturl.it/FLMKobo

Smashwords – http://smarturl.it/FLM-SW

Find Donya all over social media:

http://donyalynne.com/

https://twitter.com/DonyaLynne

https://www.facebook.com/DonyaLynne

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/donya-lynne

 

Celebrating Indiana Romance Authors: Kyra Jacobs

January13

Celebrating Indiana Romance Authors continues with Kyra Jacobs. Kyra is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor, and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. Her romance novels range from sweet contemporaries to urban suspense, and paranormal/fantasy to YA. No matter the setting, Kyra employs both humor and chaos to help her characters find inspiration and/or redemption on their way to happily ever after. When the Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan.Be sure to stop by her IndianaWonderer blog for tidbits about her upcoming novels, as well as stories and musings in between book releases.

NAN: What genre(s) do you write in?

KYRA: I write in several genres. By nature, I’m a rule-follower, so my sweet contemporary romances fit that to a tee. But apparently I also have a suppressed rule-breaker side, so my fantasy romances fill that void nicely. Lol Usually, I try to weave some mystery/suspense into the stories as well—it’s always fun to keep readers guessing.

NAN: What makes good writing?

KYRA: That’s a tough question, and one that has as many answers as it does readers. For me, I want a story that’s written so well it sucks me in and doesn’t let go. If I can “hear” the characters speaking, you’ve nailed the dialogue. If I’ve been given enough details to jump-start my imagination, but not so many that I’m drowning in them, you’ve got the setting right. Don’t show me the ending too early, don’t kill off my favorite main characters, and don’t leave loose ends dangling at the end. Again, that’s just me. Every reader is different.

NAN: Is there an idea out there you wish you’d thought of?

KYRA: Ever hear of a boy named Harry Potter?…

NAN: How do you keep sane as a writer?

KYRA: Oooh, this is a GREAT question. There are days when the term “sanity” is used loosely in my home—working multiple jobs and doing the single mom thing can be a tad overwhelming at times. But when an idea sinks its claws in me, so long as I can carve out time to get words on the page, I’m a pretty happy soul. When the stories aren’t coming easily or there’s little time for me to write, I lean heavily on my author friends. We’re a unique breed, but outside the writing arena we’re all living real lives, dealing with real issues…many of which are completely relatable. Thanks to social media, we can connect at practically any hour of the day and talk shop or personal lives (probably a bit of both) and help each other keep our writing sanity intact. I’m humbled to be part of such an incredible support network and wouldn’t trade them for the world.

NAN: Did you learn anything from writing your books, and what was it?

KYRA: Interestingly enough, I tend to (accidentally) learn something new about myself in nearly every book I write. Generally, they are character flaws that I then try to correct. (Pleading the fifth on what each revelation has been, LOL). The ah-ha moment I remember most clearly happened in my living room one night while writing FLIRTING WITH FIRE. I had a secondary character calling out the main character over an observed behavior flaw, and self-awareness hit me like a ton of bricks. I dropped my hands from the keyboard and blurted out, “Oh, my gosh—I’m just like Liz!”

NAN: Would you rather have one giant bestseller or a long string of moderate sellers?

KYRA: Whichever can best support my future beachfront property and cabana support staff. 😉

NAN: Do you think a writer should write every day?

KYRA: Ah, now this is a tricky question. I know a lot of authors swear by this, but they’re also usually the authors who write full-time and don’t work multiple jobs or who are under the gun on deadlines and don’t have a choice. Even so, I think every mind needs a break now and then to recharge (i.e., in between rounds of edits or prior to starting a new project).

For me, I struggle NOT to write when I have the time because my writing time is limited. So to avoid writer’s block when I am in front of the keyboard, I mentally gear up ahead of writing time. While I many not actually be increasing my word count, the story is still developing/progressing in my head. If I’m lucky, that will translate to just as many (if not more) words added to the page in my next sitting than I might have had in two or three without time to mentally prepare.

NAN: What do you do in your spare time?

KYRA: Spare time? I’m sorry…what’s that again? Hahahaha When I’m not working, writing, or sitting alongside my sons’ soccer fields, I like to play in my flower gardens. Usually, I’ll have headphones on and tune out the world as I reconnect with nature while plucking rogue grass and weeds from my beds. I also love pretending I know a thing or two about golf and tennis (and sometimes even soccer) in the summer or bowling in the winter. Though, if it’s fall and college football is on, then I’m likely in front of the television calling it like I see it. 😉

Kyra’s latest release is Her Unexpected Hero, book 3 in the Checkerberry Inn series.

She’s got a plan, she just needs his help…

Maddie Frye, the Checkerberry Inn’s snarky, introverted chef, just wants to be left alone. But with the inn’s upcoming gala, Maddie’s boss has matchmaking on the brain. So when the gorgeous new guy in town helps her out for a night, she comes up with the perfect solution to her problem…

Cole Granville is looking for a fresh start. When a part-time job opens in the Checkerberry’s kitchen, he takes it without a second thought. The only catch? He’s got to help his sexy new coworker snag a date for an upcoming dance. But as he coaches Maddie on attracting her crush, Cole realizes he’s the one falling for the curvy brunette.

You’ll find Kyra all over social media, check her out:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KyraJacobsBooks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KyraJacobsBooks

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Kyra_Jacobs

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Kyra-Jacobs/e/B00E5PIJ04

Bookbub Author Profile: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kyra-jacobs

Newsletter: http://bit.ly/KJnewsltr

 

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