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Regular Coke or Pepsi? Neither Pizza or Pasta? Sweet or Salty? Spontaneity or Planning Ahead? Spontaneity PC or Mac? PC Beach or Pool? Beach Shoes or Sandals? Sandals Cats or Dogs? Neither sorry, that probably makes me a terrible person Heads or Tails? Heads Truth or Dare?

Truth Text or Talk? Text Introvert or Extrovert? Cliffhanger endings 2. Name him Hal. Not using contractions in dialogue 4. Also feeling dead the next day. This is more a movie thing, but why does every character love jazz? Kids books with dust jackets Why!! They just rip. Starting too many sentences with ING. Running to the door, she… Taking out his phone, he… Sharing a book with someone and trying to keep their bookmark from falling out. Elizabeth Bennett 2.

Gilbert Blythe 3. Hermoine Granger 4. Katniss Everdeen 5. Louis the swan Trumpet of the Swan, E. CWR: Ah how fun to learn more about Rachel. My whole family loves that movie. Leave us a comment below and subscribe to our newsletter. Do you share any of her bookish pet peeves?

Rachel would love to hear from you so please leave her a comment. Joyce is an award-winning author who writes clean historical romance. Author Joyce DiPastena. Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain, and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in clean historical romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure.

She lives in Mesa, Arizona. My religious beliefs undoubtedly influence my choice to write clean romance. I write historical fiction set in the Middle Ages, and in that time period, there were real world consequences for women who engaged in sex outside of marriage. To me, there is nothing more heroic than a hero who recognizes that and respects the woman he loves more than he cares about his own desires. Even though my characters are fictional, I hope in some small way they speak for people who lived and loved in the medieval past, because everyone deserves to be remembered.

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? Sometimes I put bits and pieces of myself in them. I drew on my personal experience with migraines to describe what Siri felt after she fell down the stairs and bumped her head. Oh, yes! I wish I had just a tenth as much energy as I gave to him.

I have no idea whether I actually succeeded or not, but the story is in the anthology, so readers can make up their own minds. I also have partially written manuscripts of a sort-of medieval ghost story and a romance set in medieval Venice. The research for that one is HARD. I had to take a break. Yes, it was hard. So many ice creams, so few summer months! Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes. Walk with Peril, by Dorothy V. It was published in and is a historical novel set at the time of the Battle of Agincourt. Just writing about it here makes me want to go pull it off my shelf and go read it again.

TV Hot or Cold? Hot Black or White? Print Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate Regular or Diet? Pepsi Pizza or Pasta? Salty Spontaneity or Planning Ahead? Planning Ahead PC or Mac? Mac Beach or Pool?

Cats Heads or Tails? Tails Truth or Dare? Butterflies allowed. CWR: Thanks to Joyce for joining us today. Joyce would love to hear from you! Have you read any of her books? Which one appeals to you the most? Not long after I started blogging Rachael released her first self-published book The Reluctant Bachelorette. I had read all her previously released traditionally published books and loved them. I had participated in blog tours before but never hosted one. I offered to set up a blog tour for her.

That blog tour was very successful and launched my work helping authors promote their books. Author Rachael Anderson. A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating. But I also like my books to be pretty clean, and as I got older it became harder and harder to find good authors who wrote clean romance. So I decided that if I wanted to add more clean books to the mix I should help with the effort.

I hope I can continue for a good long while, and I hope all other clean romance writers out there will do the same. Definitely not to the future. That would scare me. But the past would be cool, at least for a little while. If you could have any superpower what would you choose? Something that would give me more energy and increased brain power, like NZT in the movie Limitless. If only. My goal is to finish and release the next two by around this time next year. If only that Limitless pill was real.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. Hot or Cold? Neither Black or White? Depends Night owl, or early bird? Night owl, but I wish I was an early bird. Print or Ebook? Neither not a soda drinker Pizza or Pasta? Pizza, hands down Sweet or Salty? I like both too much to pick a winner. Planning ahead, definitely.

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Beach or Pool? Cats or Dogs? Dogs Heads or Tails? Whichever wins. Truth or Dare? Introvert or Extrovert? Large crowds make my head spin. Nature 2. People 3. Stories 4. Kids 5. Boring dialogue 2. Run-on descriptions 3. Weak female leads 4. No character growth 5. My Girl by Dylan Scott 2.

Something Like That by Chain Smokers 3. Me by Faith Hill 4. Leave the Night On by Sam Hunt 5. Walking the Wire by Imagine Dragons. Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your books. CWR: I can tell you why to read her books… they are awesome and some of my favorites! Leave us a comment below. Winners will be announced in our Newsletter. Rachael would love to hear from you! Which of her books is your favorite? Do you prefer her historical or contemporary novels?

In addition to her passion for storytelling, she enjoys reading, being outdoors and seeing new places. Rachel lives with her husband and children on an island in Washington state. When I write I want to know that someday my Grandma or my daughter could read my words and feel the happy tingle of love and romance but never have to close the cover or hide away blushing. I do not leave out action or adventure. The plotlines are not dumbed down but the romance is clean.

I want great examples of healthy relationships to flood the bookshelves. Time travel. Think how easy research would be then. Not that I can complain we have google but still! I love the new characters in this book and I also love that even though it is stand alone it has a couple characters from my debut The Hope of Azure Springs pop up. One of my writing goals is to someday write a book that goes beyond the marriage. That was something that someone less ordinary than me did. But when my life became busy with kids, I felt that pull to look for a creative outlet. My husband suggested I write a book since I read so much.

A reader of an early copy sent me a note telling me that the message in my book made a difference in her marriage. I almost teared up. Publishing a book is scary for someone that likes to just live a quiet ordinary life. Reading that my book made a difference for someone felt like validation for it all. I felt in that moment that even if the book bombed and did horrible that it would have been worth it.

I LOVE quotes so there is no way I could pick a favorite but we have a couple that are said often around our house. Truly, there are so many inspiring and encouraging quotes that have touched my heart over the years. But I felt like bits of me are sprinkled throughout my books. Little quirks in one character are mine, the dreams of another come from me.

Christina Katerina and the Box. I read it as a kid and have read it so many times to my own kids. Over the course of several days it becomes a castle, then a clubhouse, then a race care and finally a grand floor. It reminds me of my childhood and what I hope all children get to enjoy. That might not be my most favorite quote ever but seriously, While You Were Sleeping is the best movie for random quotes.

And so many others. I love books! Oh goodness! There are so many. I was face down being drug. White Night owl, or early bird? Print But I see the value in both Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla Regular or Diet? Coke or Pepsi? Pizza or Pasta? I think my body wishes it was still fourteen! Sweet Spontaneity or Planning Ahead? Talk Introvert or Extrovert? In between. Listen to it, let it stew while you think it over and then try the suggestions and see what happens.

Find other readers to look at your work. Stretch yourself. Reach up and hold the hand of the person in front of you! Celebrate the little victories. Writing is a beautiful thing. Keep God in the picture. Go back and reread your favorite books and ask yourself why you loved it. Enjoy it. There is nothing like putting words on paper or the screen even if no one reads them. Put good music on, get your favorite writing snack and write. Cry with your characters, laugh with them.

Rachel would love to hear from you! Have you read her book yet? What is your favorite part of this interview? She has published 5 books and is working on her next one. Rebecca H. Jamison has lived on a live volcano, excavated the bones of a prehistoric mammal, and won first prize at a rigged chili cook-off. Rebecca grew up in Virginia. However, for most of my life, I underestimated the power of romance novels. I certainly never saw myself writing one. When I did get an idea to write a romance, I resisted the urge to write. As I wrote, I began to see how important clean romance is. I experienced the difficulty of finding clean romance writers to be my role models.

At the same time, I watched teenage girls devouring chick lit. Some of them read more than a book a day. I saw adult women carrying stacks of romance novels from the library. Whether or not I liked it, romance was influencing the world around me. Think about it: more than any other type of literature, clean romance exemplifies the values of chastity and self-control. It teaches young women to see themselves as more than objects.

Some say that if romance is clean you are not doing it right. In contrast, I believe the most beautiful love stories are about quirky characters who maintain high moral standards. One aspect of Jane Austen novels that intrigues me is her brilliant heroines. One of my favorite characters is Elizabeth Bennet. I love her wit and the message that intelligent, witty women can gain much more in life than those who throw themselves at men and devalue themselves. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. If anything, writing clean romance forces the authors to think even harder of how to articulate the feelings of their characters.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? People are always surprised to find out that I danced ballet en pointe for six years while I was growing up. I quit dancing en pointe when I went to college, but I still love learning new dance steps and styles of dance. The family had a maid named Alice, who lived with them. I thought she was so funny, and I thought it would be fun to be like her when I grew up. In the end, I became a combination of Mrs. Brady and Alice. I have six children, and I have a lot of cleaning to do. My kids do help out, but sometimes getting them to help is my biggest job of all.

I talk to so many people who want to write a book. My advice would be to start writing and keep writing. Yes, it takes a long time to write a book, but the time is going to pass anyway. My first book took me five years to write. I just did a little bit at a time and stuck with it. Since Northanger Abbey is a parody of Gothic fiction, my book has a lot of nods toward old Hitchcock movies—not the really scary ones, though. I really love ethnic food, and right now, my favorite restaurant is The Bombay House, which has really great Indian food.

I have learned to make curries and vindaloos at home, but they are never as good as at the restaurant. A few years ago, my husband and I were on our way to go hiking when we discovered that the sky had turned gray The closer we got to the mountains, the darker the sky grew. Admitting defeat, my husband suggested we go to a bookstore instead of going on a hike. This is only for fun. I just sign the books on the shelf because some people prefer their books signed.

We spent a few minutes wandering around, perusing the aisles. Then, fatefully, I decided to take a bathroom break. I wore several layers and apparently had a difficult time putting them all back together. As I walked out of the restroom, the bookstore clerk pointed behind me. Only, thank goodness, no one knew I was an author. I walked back through the store, gathering toilet paper as I went and depositing the entire armful in the trash on my way out of the store. To my relief, I discovered the end of the roll stuck underneath the sweater I wore around my waist. For example, one tooth was a molar bear.

My favorite English word is ebullient, which means bubbling over with happiness. I studied Latin for five years, so I love words like this one that are derived from Latin. I never set out to be an author. I simply liked to write stories. In college, I took a lot of creative writing classes because I enjoyed them.

Then, in graduate school, I decided to emphasize in creative writing. I submitted a portfolio of my short stories in my application to do creative writing, and the creative writing committee rejected them. I was taking a class in novel writing at the time, and my advisor thought my first chapter was much better than all my short stories, so I submitted that. That novel has never been published. Since that time, I have written five more novels, all of which are published. This or That TV or Movies?

Night owl, or early bird? Coke Pizza or Pasta? Pizza Sweet or Salty? A little of each PC or Mac? Sleeping in on the weekends Planning birthday parties Going to the carwash. CWR: Thanks for joining us today Rebecca. I can relate to what you wanted to be when you grew up but I only ended up with 5 kids! Clean for Chemistry Lessons and Unforgettable. What did you want to be when you grew up?

CWR: Wahoo! One of my favorite authors is joining us on CWR today! Cami Checketts is seriously one of the nicest authors I know.

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She is so genuine and happy and fun to be around. I had the chance to meet her 4 years ago and then had another opportunity to cross paths with her last month. Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction. She and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah.

The Colony. Since I was a young teen I devoured Christian romance. When I started writing that was the genre I chose but I wanted to show my values and give the world clean fiction but not necessarily have a Christian theme. I write what I love to read and clean romance is my favorite genre. The ability to sleep through the night? Okay, something more exciting. The ability to cook food speedy fast and feed lots of hungry children. Lots of books in the works. Too fun! When I was 28 and struggling with postpartum depression my mom asked me to write her a book. My oldest son loves to read my books.

I tried to help him but he just asked me to give him a few hours. If I can make one person happy with my writing I will feel it is a success but especially if I can make my boy happy. I think the only one is Cassidy from my Dead Running series. Taylor Hart. Get your bum in the chair and finish that book.

Lucy McConnell. I grew up in Idaho on a dairy farm and I am super proud of it. Ceviche raw fish soaked in vinegar. I almost threw up but I held it in. Pasta Sweet or Salty? Things that bring a smile to your face: 1. My four boys 2. It turns out I crochet right. I also play guitar 3 majors and a minor right-handedly. I had grown up listening to Burl Ives, Roy Acuff and other country stars of the era, because my mom loved that music AND she could yodel. I also love to write lyrics, songs, poems and doggerel. Names some things that have changed in publishing since your first book was published.

Have you ever, even for a moment, forgotten that one of your characters was…you know… fictional? Do you own at least one purse or twenty from a well-known fashion designer, or are you more the bag-to-carry-my-junk-in type? He bought the designer names. I shopped the thrift shop. Offer a piece of advice to new writers that you wish someone had given to you at the beginning of your career. K eep writing no matter what. You have the most control over this. You will too. She saw the difference between a hedonist who had only wanted to play the game by his rules for his ongoing pleasure, and a man whose sole goal was centered all on the woman he had chosen.

This thing between them had everything to do with her — what made her her , the mystery of her, and his need to know the things about her that complemented the opposite things in him. The spark, the attraction had nothing to do with her body or sex, although there was that too. She understood that the detective in him was really a romantic under the skin, and he wanted to believe. He almost could believe because he wanted it so much.

It scared her how much he knew, how much he saw. Superficial things overlaying what was beneath. But when she looked at him, she felt enfolded. Learn more about Thea through her website, www. Oh damn. The problem of Bobby Sainz had her all tense and on edge. She waved at a recent client, as she turned at the Corners. In no time it seemed, she stepped up onto the sun porch, pausing a minute to look at the lake, and then noting a battered truck parked on the shoulder of the road. But there was always a battered truck parked somewhere on the roads around here, she thought as she opened the door.

She dug for her cell phone and left the door open as she moved slowly into the living room. Nothing had been moved or changed, but something was different. Or she was imagining things. She went into the kitchen. Everything clean and pristine as before. Into the larger of the two bedrooms — and she stopped. A hard ruthless voice behind her, shocking her. He was tall, muscular, and gorgeous. Hard body, hard gray eyes, long hair threaded with gray falling into his eyes.

Carrie let out her breath. The pull was almost irresistible. The Carrie with the crush that had nearly crushed him. Or was it a chasm, between the elite lawyer and the hard bitten military man? He brushed it aside, almost afraid to touch her. What are you doing here? And silk? Why the hell had that registered? I do that for all my absentee clients. And an empty house? They stared at each other for a long time.

Dressing provocatively. Doing things to make him notice her. Oh God. Had it been like that? Had she been like that? Thought she knew it all …. And she was his past as much as anything else in this town — which meant, despite that girlhood crush, she could be his worst enemy. Carrie followed him slowly. We have things to discuss. Maybe she had. The past was never that far away, it seemed.


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She did not like him in that moment. She saw then the hard reality of what the past twenty years had done to him. He was an exile. There was no softness in him. But there never had been. Nice welcome home, Lawyer Carrie. Nothing had changed in all these years. Any time this afternoon would work. My wedding day. The icing on the cake… everyone that was important to me was there to share it.

I am working on another as we speak. I will be glued to the TV. Downhill skiing is crazy, scary and exciting. My debut novel is contemporary romance with a flair for adventure. I threw in some suspense too! I am a water baby. My boss! I was rewriting a job classification and he was impressed with my manipulation of words to describe the position. Calligraphy, cooking, wine appreciation. I took some woodworking classes and have a renewed respect for all power tools! When I was writing my debut novel, self-publishing was frowned upon. Now it is a respected, legitimate option! When you spend so much time with your heroine, she becomes your bff!

I like them to be FUN with lots of compartments! Stay true to YOUR voice. Swept up into the sea of travelers at the airport, she focused her attention back to the present as she followed the human current through check-in and security gates. What am I doing? A sickening wave of nausea rose in her throat as clammy beads of sweat trickled down her face. What the hell am I doing?

G et up. Get off the plane now. Dizzy with indecision, she reached for the buckle on her seatbelt as her alternate conscience spoke up. No, stay. Do I really want to go back to my cramped little studio and spend more time alone? Her fingers released the grip on her seatbelt and she closed her eyes, deliberately trying to relax the tense wires in every fiber of her body. Uneasy thoughts lingered after her internal schizophrenic conversation and she tried to leave all doubts behind as the plane ascended. Finding it impossible to concentrate on reading, she tried to distract herself by striking up a conversation with the unlucky soul sitting next to her.

Well, I finally got enough backbone to break up with my abusive, criminal boyfriend Derrick three months ago, and then my best friend and only ally, Noah, left on tour. I have NO family since my father died an agonizing death from lung cancer ten years ago, resulting in my mother becoming depressed and committing suicide two years later. I was pathetic enough to attach myself to one of my patients and become a helpless spectator as death cruelly consumed him.

Only days after his death, my only surviving relative and second mother died, leaving me a year-old orphan. That was the whole enchilada she wanted to spew out to the sweet, unsuspecting gray-haired matron in seat 21A. An Audible version of the book may be purchased by following this link. The summer after high school graduation, Roni worked two jobs to pay for nursing school. During the midnight shift as a waitress, a charismatic young man at the counter flirted with her for hours as he consumed seven cups of coffee.

Their first date was eventful enough to be a book itself! Thirty-nine years and two kids later, the love story continues. Learn more about Roni through her website, www. Email her here. I made the resolution to stay away from my bad boy love. I guess yelling at your baby was a poor parenting strategy. Oh yeah and my doctoral dissertation!! That made all the difference. Please let us in on a few of your writing plans for the brand new year Any new books in the pipeline?

If you could only have one type of candy for the rest of your life, what treat would be satisfying your sweet tooth? I am a raging chocoholic. Which is your preferred writing location: home office with favorite music, coffee shop with white noise or library in total silence? All of the above; but, I prefer my Smoky Mountain round house which burned up in the Chimney Tops 2 wildfire of We just approved the blueprints for our Comeback Chalet.

A struggle sounded so challenging, spicy and romantic. In which sub-genres are you published, and what does the wide or narrow focus say about you? Name two of your favorite authors, one living and one no longer with us. How have their books impacted your writing? It got me through my divorce. Helped my faith grow and develop. When you are starting a new book, what are some of the activities you do to get know your characters and develop your plot?

I take notes, snatches of thought, descriptions, lines, scenes that come to me. The characters come full-blown. The challenge is to show them being who they are not telling who they are. Preferred winter activities: ice skating, ice fishing and anything involving snow or Couch Potato Olympics? Hot tubbing is my competitive winter sport. So is summer hot tubbing, spring…. Which character from one of your books is most like or most radically different from your significant other?

All my heroes are…opps that would be telling. Kitty videos have me in stitches. Any animal shots that show love and kindness. Kathleen Woodiwiss made me wordy and maybe horny. JoAnne Delmanico, wonderful island stories. Hers take me back to Cape Cod. I like Dean Koontz — master wordsmith.

She stood there a long time listening to the comforting sound of the surf. It was constant and reassuring balm to her aching, bruised heart. The divorce had taken its toll. Exhausted, she drifted into the bathroom and took a hot bubble bath. When she was done, she opened her garment bag, searching for her white gauze nightgown but finding seersucker instead! Her fingers flipped rapidly through the unfamiliar clothing. Good grief. In her need to put some distance between her and Chance, she must have grabbed his bag!

She found his huge tee shirt. She could make do with what she had in his bag, but he would have no such luck. Hugging the shirt closer to her, knowing it had covered his body too, she drew in his scent. She sat on the chaise stretching out her bare legs. She giggled. If he could see me now. Strolling to the mini bar, she poured herself a drink and carried it to the lanai…. Meanwhile Chance thought Hope she likes surprises.

Over-balancing he fell at her feet in a heap. Caren jerked, spilling the wine against her breasts. The red liquid spread making a large wet spot that made the thin white fabric cling. She recovered from her shock as she realized who it was. Kathy Kalmar was born in Detroit, Michigan, and lives with her husband, Larry. She feels her life has gone something like a bad country song since her Smoky Mountain cabin retreat burned down, her girlie inside parts were removed and her beloved Bichon-Maltese mix dog, Valentino, died.

Love and family influence her writing. Like her heroines, she got her second chance to love when she married Larry in She reads widely but prefers contemporary romances and enjoys writing them. She prefers to write in her Smoky Mountain cabin in Tennessee, which she is rebuilding after the Chimney Top Two fire. Although she enjoys reading, walking, and writing, she excels in hot tubbing, chocolate, and in sampling generous glasses of wine, preferably on Waikiki Beach. She enjoys mai tais and butterscotch moonshine too!

Learn more about Kathy through her website, www. I wanted long pretty nails. I did it. I was fifteen, I think. Such glamour and fun! An affirmation that I really needed. The lowest…the announcement this past summer that the Harlequin Superromance line was closing. I love Super! As a reader and a writer. Love new things! My day job popping up! It was really fun to write. For rough draft I do best with my little pink yes, pink laptop at a coffee shop near my house, my IPod playing the latest country tunes! Editing I have to do on my big desktop.

Need the bigger screen. Technically it is the worst and the best. Definitely gives me drive to finish things—but sometimes I have a hard time letting go. My last few novels have been contemporary romance. My Golden Heart was in the Single Title category. But my first two books were paranormal romance. I love ghosts and psychics! I think it says that I have a very weird and varied imagination. Some might call it overactive…but I love it! Just two? One of my favorite living authors is Jean Brashear. Beautiful stories! I get lost in them. And the author I think who really impacted my writing early on was Emily Bronte.

I need the help! And I love to play with my characters.

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I am most definitely the couch potato type. I love to watch ice skating and even football sometimes, but from the comfy spot on my couch, with a cup of coffee, my fluffy blanket and a book—just in case! My husband is SO alpha. But thinking about it now, I kinda think each one has a little bit of his characteristics. Hey, I know what I like! I do not like anything that slithers or crawls.

I just let it drag me along. The challenge of putting everything into a few characters fascinates me. Early on, people like Jasmine Cresswell , Pam McCutcheon and Heidi Betts inspired me by writing great stories as well as encouraging me to keep going. Writing is fun, but when you turn to the publishing world—it can be rough. Without support, I can see why people give up. Their interest inspires mine. Whenever a good-looking guy came by the restaurant, one of the waitresses would make this announcement. She knew she should stop it, but with a brand-new staff, she was going to allow anything that helped them become a cohesive team.

Love was in the air everywhere—and her staff thought she should join in. Wendy disappeared out into the dining room as Lindy, the hostess, came in. The girl was a ditz at times, but she knew when to chip in and help. Suddenly, hands cupped her elbows, and she found her waitresses on either side of her, each taking an arm. The laughing trio had to angle awkwardly through the swinging doors, and the thump of the doors falling back into place barely broke the din of the dining room.

The man at the counter, on the end. Blond short-cropped hair. Broad, body-builder shoulders. And muscles. His arms were huge, stretching the fabric of his black T-shirt tight. Tara froze. And stared. She scurried back into the kitchen before he could look up and see them all gawking at him. He was the opposite of her brothers, so different from her normal reality. She did not have time for any kind of relationship right now. None whatsoever. Not even a wishful one. Angel Smits shares a big yellow house, complete with gingerbread and a porch swing in Colorado with her husband, daughter and Maggie, the border collie mix.

Her social work background inspires her characters, while improv writing allows her to torture them. Learn more about Angle through her website, www. Actor… Chris Hemsworth. Hottest Avenger…from this list… The Hulk. I remember sitting in my office for an extra hour trying to fix my face after crying from excitement. The lowest has been finding out that my line, Harlequin Kimani, is going to be dissolved in the next year.

This is my home. TAKE 5. This candy bar hits all my cravings for salty, crunchy, peanut buttery, and chocolatey. I prefer to write at home, in recliner, with pillows propped up under my elbows and on my lap. I honestly write best with the television station on something that I have no interest in usually when my husband is watching football and I have my headphones on, listening to music. I like to write action-adventure kick-ass women romances, but so far I only have one book published in that area Check out MR.

I like to dabble with historical romances. Can I cheat? No longer with us, Francis Ray.

So for me… I have to cast my characters. I take that back. Sometime my big mouth gets me in trouble. I fear that if I drive around with the windows rolled down, a bird is going to fly into my car and attack me. Promise not to judge me? I am still playing Candy Crush. I am years invested in this game. As of this date I am on level I have yet to break out my wallet for anything.

Picture it, Romance Slam Jam He made a big effort. Rochelle once told me to never make a story line out of a situation that could have easily been solved by a conversation… and that gave me the Ah-ha moment …plus, she impacted my life by writing my favorite hero… I loved him so much that I named my son after him check out VOWS. Tattoos covered his forearms. She tried not to stare too hard. Excitement coursed through her veins.

Dominic leaned against the door frame with a pizza box propped within the crook of his arm and against his hip. A dangerous smile, accompanied with a quick wiggle of his brow, crossed his face. She stepped backward into the foyer of her apartment and caught a glimpse of her pink-tinted cheeks in the large, gold-framed mirror by the door. Heat filled her cheeks. She cocked her head to the side, untangled the combs holding her tiara in place and released her unruly hair.

Dominic held up his free hand. You had that second cupcake today—it was worth celebrating, I understand. As if remembering the food in his arms, Dominic blinked and inhaled deeply while he nodded. With widened eyes, Waverly bobbed her head from side to side. She took a step forward into the hallway and peered into the steaming-hot box for a peek of a double pepperoni pie.

What other pizza could there be? Carolyn Hector was destined to become a writer when she wrote scripts for her Barbies and passed them out to her friends prior to play dates. Catch Carolyn on her blog, carolynhector. Well, a bean casserole will push me to any corner of the room. So not to be disrespectful, I run for the hills avoiding that dish. As a reader, name a few of your favorite books of all time. How have these books influenced your writing? I love how these authors tell a compelling story, grabbing you from the initial paragraph and capturing the imagination along the story. Dickey took me into relationships that I either experienced or was a bystander.

He impressed me so much that I took pen to paper and became confident to do the same — share a true story through fiction. Which Scooby Doo character are you most like? Bonus: How are you at solving mysteries? I tend to focus on other things and slip upon key elements in solving mysteries. Or simply put, a fluke is my norm. In which genres and sub-genres are you published, and which was the hardest and easiest to write?

Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense. To me, it was a realistic and pure story of character and behavior. The love relationships in the story were essential, but the connection between family and friends were detrimental to the story. It was the memories I visited, the pains I shared, and the carnage I saw while in the Marines. Yet, it seems I put together a good novel. If you could serve as a roadie for any band, past or present, for which group would be you be schlepping speakers and testing audio equipment? Both bands have a unique sound, and what an influence for music lovers around the world.

It would have been a life-changing experience if I were fortunate enough to do so. If someone has never read one of your books, which title would you recommend she read first?