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The Best Man’s Baby by Victoria James

Author PicIt is my pleasure to interview Victoria James, author of The Best Man’s Baby. Welcome to Room With Books, Victoria!

First let me give you a little background on Victoria.

Victoria James always knew she wanted to be a writer and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it (with staples) and a cardboard cover and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.

 In high school she fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, Victoria pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened her own business. After her first child, Victoria knew it was time to fulfill the dream of writing romantic fiction.

 Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after’s for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she’s quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.

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 Victoria loves connecting with readers, you can find her online at:

Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter / Website

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1.  Tell me a little about The Best Man’s Baby and what inspired you to write it?

The Best Man’s Baby is book two in my Red River Series.  It’s about two opposite people facing the repercussions of what was supposed to only be a one night stand. Claire is the ultimate good-girl, and Jake…well, he’s the town bad-boy. Their journey to HEA is filled with self-discovery, passion, laughter and heartache. They are both really strong-willed characters, neither of them willing to back down and surrender their beliefs. But they’re also both holding onto some painful memories, and Jake has a secret past that he must finally confront before moving on with Claire.

I’m not really sure what exactly inspired me to write it, other than the characters themselves. They played a large role in the first book of the Red River Series before I even knew what their story would be. Jake and Claire were really dynamic in that book…and before I knew it, the plot for The Best Man’s Baby was ready to go.

2.  When you start writing do you have the story outlined or do your characters dictate what will happen?

Because I sell on proposal, I do have most of the story mapped out. I tend to stray from the outline as the story progresses. Sometimes the characters have a mind of their own and I just go with the flow!

3.  Have you ever had arguments with your characters and who usually wins?

They always win!

4.  What is one thing about you your readers would be surprised to know?

I’m a total wimp when it comes to scary movies…can’t watch them!

5.  If you could write with any other author who would it be any why?

Judith McNaught. I adore all of her historical romances and became hooked on the genre after I read her books. I’d love to write a historical romance book with her expertise!

6.  When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a writer!

7.  When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?

I started writing when my son was born (six years ago).  But my writing was very sporadic because I had a new baby, and a full time business, and no maternity leave.  We also moved quite a bit in the last eight years.  But I would write when I could, not losing sight of the goal of publication.  When my daughter was born (2 years ago) I started querying agents and my current agent rejected the manuscript that I’d submitted but told me to send something else along.  Fast forward to a year later and another house move and I did just that-and she offered me representation.  I then sold to Entangled, Indulgence a few months later.

8.  What music inspires your writing?

I make a playlist for each book. Sometimes even before I start the book, I’ll add some songs that I think would be perfect for the mood of that book.

Fun Facts:

What is your favorite breakfast? I’m not a huge breakfast fan…but coffee is a must!

What is your favorite color? Blue

What is your favorite movie? So hard to pick just one…The Pursuit of Happiness is one of my favorites.

What is your dream car (details please)? A Range Rover! Many of the heroes in my books drive one. I’m happy to live vicariously through them 😉

How can my  readers find you? Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter / Website     Amazon / B&N

Thank you for the interview, Victoria, and I wish your all the best with The Best Man’s Baby. Patricia, Room With Books

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Cover_The Best Man's BabyFlorist Claire Holbrook has always played by the rules her entire life, but breaks them to spend one night with sexy lone wolf Jake Manning, a man she’s adored since she was a teenager. Six weeks later things get complicated when she discovers they created a bond that will last a lifetime…

Jake has never played by the rules. Getting Minister Holbrook’s daughter pregnant wasn’t part of any life plan, but he won’t run from his responsibilities. He’ll step up and be the best man he can, even if he doesn’t have a clue where to begin. The more time he spends with Claire, though, the more he wants her, and the harder it is to get close because that would mean sharing the one thing he hasn’t with anyone–the truth and his heart.

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Excerpt:

He stood behind her and whispered in her ear. “I’m not leaving.”

She sighed and turned around to look at him. They were standing a few inches apart, and for what had to be the hundredth time in two days he wondered how he’d never noticed her eyes.

Big and bright, but with a soul that hinted at such emotion and fire, it filled him with the need to see how deep it went.

“What are you doing here?”

“Helping.”

“You have never been back here in all the years I’ve been in business.”

“Things are different now. We’re having a baby.”

“Shhhh!” He bit back another grin as she turned her head around wildly to make sure no one had heard.

“Listen, you’re not getting rid of me. I’m here to help. Then when you’re finished, I’m going to take you out for dinner.”

He saw her cheeks flush, then she shook her head. “I have a long day ahead of me. No time for any distractions.”

“Perfect, so afterward you’ll need some time to relax. I’ll take you out to your favorite restaurant.”

“You don’t even know what that is.”

“Then you can tell me.” It was simple, really. He didn’t understand why that would upset her.

“You should know what it is. In the Claire Holbrook world, the father of my child should know my favorite restaurant,” she whispered.

“Just tell me and we’ll go,” he said with a shrug.

She shook her head, her ponytail swinging back and forth with the motion. He wondered what she’d do if he pulled her hair free, letting his hands run through it as it tumbled around her shoulders. He stared at her mutinous expression. She’d probably try to deck him.

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Enthrall by Vanessa Fewings

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This is the world of the forbidden. This is the embrace of Enthrall.

Mia Lauren is a single, twenty-one-year old working in a West Hollywood art store who dreams of one day becoming a fashion designer. When an unexpected offer arises to work at Enthrall, L.A.’s premier fetish club for the wealthy, Mia accepts. It’s a salary beyond her wildest imagination.

Mia becomes the secretary to the club’s assistant director, blond and broody Richard Booth. Richard is not only one of L.A.’s most beautiful and wealthiest men, he is also the club’s senior dominant. Mia is both drawn and terrified when he reveals flashes of his white-hot passion, threatening an unbound pleasure like no other. She knows her attraction may be her undoing, but the spellbinding feelings render her powerless to resist his advances.

What Mia cannot know is that Enthrall’s dashing director thirty-year-old Cameron Cole, who is also the club’s psychiatrist, has lured Mia to save his best friend and patient Richard from his obsession with thrill seeking. Cameron masterfully sets up sexy scenarios to ensure the collision of Richard and Mia, hoping that love will save him.

However, despite Cameron’s noble intentions, he also finds himself enticed by Mia’s haunting innocence. Passion and pleasure stir, forming a dangerous love triangle. This is the world of the forbidden. This is the embrace of Enthrall.

Author Vanessa Ewing

Vanessa Fewings (aka V.M.K. Fewings) is the award-winning author of The Stone Masters Vampire Series. Her first erotic novel, Enthrall, will be released later this summer. Prior to publishing, Vanessa worked as a registered nurse and midwife. She holds a Masters Degree in Psychology. She has travelled extensively throughout the world and has lived in Germany, Hong Kong, and Cyprus. Born and raised in England, Vanessa now proudly calls herself an American and resides in California with her husband.

Author Links

Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Five Lists for Vanessa Fewings

Places

  1. Los Angeles
  2. Cornwall
  3. London
  4. Paris
  5. Hawaii

 TV shows…

  1. Orphan Black
  2. Game of Thrones
  3. Broadchurch
  4. Borgias
  5. House of Cards

Things to do…

  1. Spending time with family and friends
  2. Writing
  3. Book Festivals
  4. Hanging out on Goodreads and Facebook
  5. Walks on the beach

Author Interview with Vanessa Fewings

What sparked your interest in becoming a romance writer?

While writing The Stone Masters Vampire Series, I thoroughly enjoyed sprinkling in romantic moments, sensual moments, to enhance the story. It feels like a very natural transition.

There’s nothing quite like falling in love and I take such great pleasure in observing it in my characters.

What was the first romance novel you read that made an impression on you?

Northanger Abby by Jane Austen.

Tell us 5 surprising things about yourself.

1.     I can write for 6 hours at a time and think it’s only been an hour.

2.     I’m a little shy.

3.     I’ve repelled out of a helicopter while serving as an officer in the British Army.

4.     After studying nursing I went on to become a midwife.

5.     I just co-wrote a romantic comedy novel called Piper Day with author/actress Christina Cannarella.

What is your writing environment?

I need minimal distractions. Tidy. Very quiet, other than music. When I’m writing the first draft I play film scores to get lost in the scene.

One of your favorite quotes.

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
Maya Angelou

Do you have a website recommendation for other writers?

scriptsandscribes.com

Scripts and Scribes – it’s a great site to read interviews and watch videos where other writers share their secrets.

Who is your perfect hero? And why?

In my current novel it’s Mia. She’s very heroic.

My perfect hero is flawed. He or she puts others above themselves.

Which authors have caught your interest lately? Why?

Sylvia Day, she writes beautifully. I’m also a fan of Lisa Renee Jones. Both of these authors are incredibly brave. I also admire E. L. James. It took a lot of courage to write and promote her first erotic series, especially as a new author.

What type of book have you always wanted to write?

I began reading Isaac Asimov novels at a very early age. So one day in the future I’d love to pen a sci-fi novel.

Though right now I’m concentrating on writing the other books in my Enthrall Series.

Who are your dream dinner party guests?

I love having dinner with other writers.

What’s the last movie you watched and loved?

Silver Linings.

Top three things on your bucket list.

1.     Tour Great Britain with my American husband; I can’t wait to show him my home town.

2.     Visit and tour Italy.

3.     Attend a book signing for one of my novels in New York!

How did you get the idea for this particular novel?

The character Richard presented himself to me first and shared his story. That’s usually how I know the novel is organic. I get a sense of a character’s personality, their profession, their sexuality, their life story. Mia came next and her innocence was compelling especially when placed in the setting of L.A.’s most exclusive BDSM club. I wanted to write something sensual and sexy but also offer a storyline that had depth and meaning.

What is your favorite scene in your new release?

It might actually be the very last scene. Though it was thrilling to write each chapter.

If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be? And why?

Mia. J

Flirting Questions

Which actor or book character do you have a crush on?

Team Cameron. 😉 That will be our secret.

What’s your favorite body part of the opposite sex?

Firstly the mind!

What does love feel like?

Completeness.

Hey, baby! What’s your sign?

Virgo.

When was your last kiss?

Ha, a few minutes ago!

What’s an absolute no-no in a relationship?

Nagging.

How did you meet your significant other?

At a party.

What’s your idea of a perfect date?

A walk on the beach.

If you could take a romantic trip, where would it be?

A surprise!

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Yes.

Flirting Quickies:

Boxers or Briefs?

Um… both

Facial hair or clean shaven?

Both.

Alpha or Beta?

Alpha.

Planner or Panster?

Planner

White wine or red?

Red

Coffee or tea?

Tea

Vanilla or chocolate?

Chocolate

Sweet or salty?

Sweet

Sleep in or get up early?

Get up early

Laptop or desktop?

Desktop

Beach or mountains?

Beach

Winter or summer?

Winter

Cat or dog?

Dog

Twilight or Fifty Shades?

Fifty Shades

Spotlight or In the Shadows?

Shadows

City or Country?

I love both!

Clubbing or candlelight dinner?

Candlelit dinner

Backpacking or luxury hotel?

Ha! I love both!

Morning or night person?

Morning

Christmas or Halloween?

Halloween

Optimist or pessimist?

Optimist

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Talking Dirty With the Player by Jackie Ashenden

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It is my pleasure to interview Jackie Ashenden, author of Talking Dirty With the Player. Welcome to Room With Books, Jackie!

First let me give you a little background on Jackie.

Jackie Coates

Jackie has been writing fiction since she was eleven years old. Mild mannered fantasy/SF/pseudo-literary writer by day, obsessive romance writer by night, she used to balance her writing with the more serious job of librarianship until a chance meeting with another romance writer prompted her to throw off the shackles of her day job and devote herself to the true love of her heart – writing romance. She particularly likes to write emotional stories with alpha heroes who’ve just got the world to their liking only to have it blown wide apart by their kick-ass heroines.

She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr Jax, two kids, two cats and some guppies (possibly dead guppies by the time you read this). When she’s not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband.

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1.  Tell me a little about Talking Dirty With the Player and what inspired you to write it?

When I sold my first book to Entangled – Talking Dirty with the CEO – I was asked to make it a series. My editor suggested maybe a sports hero – much to my annoyance since I don’t like sport much!  But then I thought about it and as the books are all set in Auckland, New Zealand, I decided I could do a rugby player since that’s our national game. Plus Judith, the heroine, didn’t know anything about rugby either which made Caleb perfect for her. 

2.  When you start writing do you have the story outlined or do your characters dictate what will happen?

Nope, I never know what’s going to happen. The characters totally take the ball and run with it (see what I did there?? Rugby…ahem…even if it’s to somewhere I don’t want them to go!

3.  Have you ever had arguments with your characters and who usually wins?

Sometimes I wish my heroes wouldn’t make the decisions they make. But I usually let them go for it since once I start  pulling them back the story starts to suffer (and my critique partner yells at me).

4.  What is one thing about you your readers would be surprised to know?

I can quote Star Wars, A New Hope, verbatim? Although that’s not all that surprising if you know me…

5.  If you could write with any other author who would it be any why?

I would write with my critique partner, Maisey Yates. Because we have similar processes and enjoy messing with the heads of our characters.

6.  When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I totally wanted to be a writer. It’s true. I did.

7.  When you decide to write, what prompted you to start?

I’ve been writing since I was a kid (I’m not tell you how long ago that was) and I used to write romances in my spare time. I wrote about eight of them over a twelve year period (one of them was 300,000 words long!!) and as I was finishing it, I happened to meet a real live and published romance author. She encouraged me to just send something to a publisher and so I did. Took me five years to get published, but I got there in the end!

8.  What music, if any, inspires your writing?

I used to listen to music while writing when I was younger but these days I find I have to have silence. Otherwise I start writing down lyrics instead of the dialogue.  But listening to angsty music does put me in the mood to write I have to say.

Fun Facts about Jackie Ashenden:

What is your favorite breakfast?  Waffles!! Or pancakes!!

What is your favorite color?  Purple

What is your favorite movie?  Bah. I don’t have just one. Ummmm…Star Wars!

What is your dream car (details please)?  As long as I have my own personal chauffeur, I don’t care.

How can our readers find you?

Twitter: @JackieAshenden

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jackie.ashenden

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6577006.Jackie_Ashenden

Website: www.jackieashenden.com

And where can they purchase your books:

http://www.amazon.com/Talking-Dirty-With-Player-ebook/dp/B00DXJOD8A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1375815719&sr=8-2&keywords=talking+dirty+player

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/talking-dirty-with-the-player-jackie-ashenden/1116150137?ean=9781622661763

Cover_TalkingDirtyWithThePlayerUp-and-coming photographer Judith Ashton is pretty sure she has everything in her life under control. That is, until a blast from the past comes back to taunt her, in the shape of Caleb Steele, her older brother’s best friend…and the man who broke her heart eight years ago. Their chemistry is combustible, but she’s been fooled once by this player, and she’s not going there again. To pro rugby player Caleb, Judith has always been his Kryptonite. But his former playboy lifestyle is the last thing she wants to be involved in. In the midst of her brother’s threats to back off, and the deal of his career sending him far away from her, he knows he’s playing with fire. And this is one game he’s going to lose.

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Here is an excerpt from Talking Dirty With the Player:

His smile widened and Judith had to remind herself that she was now immune to its lethal charm. Completely immune. “Oh don’t be like that,” he said. “You missed me. Admit it.”

“Yeah. Like I miss gonorrhea.”

One dark brow rose. “You’ve had gonorrhea?”

Judith sighed. He was all about the witty comeback. If that’s what you called wit. “Oh, shut up, Caleb.”

“See, this is what I’ve missed while I’ve been away. I say something then you say something, then I say something back and you end with ‘shut up, Caleb’. We always have such great, in-depth conversations.”

Still the same old Caleb. Patronizing, arrogant, and cocky as hell. They’d been friends once, a long time ago. And then more than friends. Until he’d broken her poor little teenage heart. She’d forgiven him for that, though; it had been years and years since their affair, after all.

Eight years to be exact.

Nevertheless a familiar feeling began to creep up on her. An antsy, irritated feeling. Like she’d brushed up against poison ivy. Okay, so she may have forgiven him. That didn’t mean he didn’t bug her on occasion.

 Judith swallowed her irritation and maintained her usual calm-and-in-control expression. The one that seemed to exasperate him as much as his teasing arrogance exasperated her.

 “Did you have something special you wanted to say?” she asked him in bored tones. “Or are you just here to be annoying?”

 “Actually, I’m here to shoot you. Though, being annoying is always an added bonus.”

Jackie will be awarding a digital copy of Talking Dirty to the CEO and a $50 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning!

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