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Break Down by USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Norinne

Break Down by USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Norinne

Today we are celebrating the release of BREAK DOWN by Rebecca Norinne. It is the 4th title in her Dublin Rugby series. Right now, you can get the first book in the series, TRYING SOPHIE, for free! Buy links for each title are below.

 

BREAK DOWN – Available Now!

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Break Down by Rebecca Norinne is the fourth book in the Dublin Rugby series. A M/M rugby romance that scorches both off and on the field. One man’s journey to discover if he can live without hiding who he truly is. Will he finally find the one thing he’s missing? It’s an epic adventure.

Liam Donnelly lives and breathes for his Dublin Rugby team so when a scandal nearly ends his career, he’ll have to make the ultimate sacrifice in a new town with a new team. Will it work? 

When Liam strolls into the trendy new restaurant and looks a Chef MacLeod as if he’s the featured dessert of the day on the menu, Liam will have a decision to make. Can he keep denying his craving? Liam moved to Edinburgh to keep a scandal from ruining his career, will the new team embrace him with open arms?

Lachlan is a man that knows what he wants and isn’t willing to hide it. When he questions Liams desires, both men will be forced to make a choice. When Liam returns to confront Lachlan, is it for his cooking in the kitchen, or the heat between the sheets? You can feel the struggle that faces both men, its gritty, raw, and real. It will keep you turning the page until there are none left and then you’ll wish for more.

In this scorchin hot book Liam will need to take a chance on the unknown. Lachlan will have to open up his heart to a man who hasn’t fully embraced his true desires, all while guarding his own heart. This is a book about acceptance and the ability to take hold of all that life has to offer.

A battle has begun, one that will take hold of your heart. This story is full of everything you didn’t know you wanted from a book adventure and so much more. Packed with a raw and tender passion there is hot rugby action and a cooking lesson that will leave you craving Rebecca’s backlist immediately.

This was the first book by Rebecca Norinne that I’ve read and her writing is seamless, the plot moves fast, with fresh dialogue and the little details are captured with such humility and grace I’m ready for the other books now readers!

 

Inferno – will cause you to turn on the A/C, the fan, and take a cold shower. 

I received this ARC from Inkslinger PR and the author for a fair and honest review.

 

PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES

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About the Author

USA TODAY bestselling author Rebecca Norinne writes steamy contemporary romance featuring strong, determined heroines and sexy, dominant heroes. If you love books filled with heart, heat, and happily-ever-afters, she’s got a story for you.

When not writing, Rebecca is watching rugby, drinking craft beer, and traveling the globe in search of inspiration for her next story. She lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband, but is originally from California.

You can reach Rebecca at email@rebeccanorinne.com or at any of the social media sites listed below. You can also subscribe to her newsletter by clicking here.

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Coffee With Bestselling Author Siera London

Coffee With Bestselling Author Siera London

Rae: Thank you for hanging out with me.

Siera: It’s awesome to sip and talk with you this morning.

Rae: First, if we were meeting at a coffee shop I’d be drinking a spiced Latte with Coconut Milk with chocolate drizzle, what would you order?

Siera: Give me a strawberry acai tea, light on the ice. Sorry, Books I Love A Latte—I never acquired a taste for, “the bean”.

Rae: Before you began writing romance you were a Nurse in the Navy for over twenty years. Do you miss working as a Nurse and the frequent moves? What was the biggest challenge you faced early on?

Siera: In all honesty, I do miss engaging with the patients and caring for families. What I don’t miss is the pace required of healthcare workers by our current system. As far as the moves are concerned, it’s exciting to relocate to a new community. Mr. Awesome is still on active duty and we’ve grown to cherish the next adventure rather than dread it.

My biggest challenge early on in my naval career was learning to be a military officer. Military leadership has to be planted from day one in uniform. You can’t buy a Navy Lieutenant or an Army Colonel. Like a seed, a military leader is cultivated through systematic training, mentorship, and experience. I’m grateful I had great teachers, civilian and military, who invested in my professional growth and development.

Rae: Speaking of books, congratulations on the release of Forbidden Attraction: A Bachelor of Shell Cove/Fiery Fairytales Crossover Novella Forbidden Series) that released last week. Can you tell us about the series? How many books do you anticipate? 

Siera: Thank you! The Forbidden series consists of two are standalone novellas. Both are loosely tied to my longer series, The Bachelors of Shell Cove and Fiery Fairytales. In Forbidden Distraction, Vivianne Sloan is a sex therapist who’s incapable of any bedroom action except with her boss. In Book 2, Sarah Jones is a scandalized 40 year-old divorcee who slams into a 20 something year-old stranger and doesn’t want to let go. I wrote three books, but…the third one is a surprise.

Rae: For readers who are not familiar with Page Tyler’s Dallas Fire & Rescue (DFR) Fiery Fairy Tales in Kindle Worlds, can you tell them how your characters crossover? What’s it like writing in another author’s world?

Siera: Sure. My firefighters, Nathan, Cutler, and Trace participate in a cross training program with Paige Tyler’s Dallas Fire and Rescue Station 51. I loved linking my three fairytale adaptations to the DFR world. Paige did the heavy lifting by creating this exciting story world filled with sexy firefighters and first responders. All I did was keep the readers burning for more DFR!

Rae: Every so often I add another city to my bucket list and the Florida Keys is close to the top. Living footsteps from the ocean air sounds peaceful and relaxing. Do the beautiful beaches help inspire your writing? 

Siera: As a Florida native and a Navy veteran I’m practically a land-based mermaid. Being near the waters gives me a sense of home; it relaxes me. So yeah, I guess water is my inspiration.

Rae: There has been a lot of chatter on social media about planning and organizing to stay focused and succeed in personal goals for 2018. How do you keep it all from spiraling out of orbit between the family life and writer life? 

Siera: I’m spiraling as I type!  Seriously Rae, you ask a lot of questions, hehe. I’ve been writing full-time for 18 months, and I still struggle to find balance between projects. I used to write everyday, but now I reserve the weekends for my family and friends.

Rae: Are you a planner girl or digital calendar queen?

I’m a cheap planner girl.

Rae: When you sit down to write, do you write the old-fashioned way or type away at the keyboard? Writing all the words is a challenge; do you have a writing ritual or secret location to get the work done?

Siera: All I need is a keyboard and a quiet space. After our Hurricane Irma evacuation, my writing ritual went the way of the Boy George bangs…bye bye.  

Rae: What is your writing process? Do you have a notebook for all the words that flow while out of your office? Do you dictate into your phone? Or, do you remember it all and make a mad dash to your desk when you return home?

Siera: When we arrived in San Diego last November we lived in a hotel for two months. There were too many disruptions for me to focus on what my characters were saying. I’ve been writing in a private study room at my local library for the past three months. Notebooks for jotting down ideas are in my purse, at my bedside, in the kitchen, and in the family room. Yep, there’s lots of paper around my house.

Rae: While writing, how do you tackle plotting your books? Is it on a massive board, sheets of paper in a folder, or do you write it all as you move with the story? There is such a huge range from the simple outline to vision board!

Siera: My longer stories, like the Bachelors of Shell Cove series, all have Pinterest boards. I usually add character avatars, cars, houses, bedroom furniture, and their favorite foods.

Rae: For readers who want to meet up with you in person, where can they find you this year? 

Siera: Romantic Times in May

Cilla’s Maniac Book Extravaganza in June

A Reading Warrior Retreat in October

AC Arthur’s Reader Appreciation Event in November

I think that’s all…hmmm

Rae: What can we expect in 2018? Do you have other projects in the works? 

Siera: In June, you get TWO new stories featuring single dads. Look for the Men of Endurance series around Father’s Day. If you’ve my Fiery Fairytales series, you know I love tinkering with childhood classics. Cindra, my first paranormal urban fantasy hits the digital shelves in November. Also, checkout The Last File, a suspense thriller in the Death & Damages Boxed Set this fall. 

Rae: Thank you for hanging out in the cafe today.

Siera: I appreciate the free drink and great conversation. Ciao, Books I Love A Latte

1. What is a must read book and why?
The Servant by James C. Hunter. We’re all called to some form of leadership, on the job, in our families, and in the community. I like Hunter’s message and his storytelling.

2. What is one place that I should see if I visit your hometown? We are stationed in San Diego for now, so I recommend the Mount Soledad National Veterans Memorial. It’s the only memorial in the country to honor veterans, both living and deceased, that includes their photographs.

3. Do you take-in or cook? If so, what is your “go-to” dish? Homemade meatloaf is my favorite. I have a smokin’ good recipe that calls for steak sauce in the mix.

4. What is one thing readers would be surprised to know about you? I still like to play dress-up! I can put on and take off fancy dresses, shoes, and costume jewelry for hours.

5. Hard Rock or Classical? Favorite Band or Artist? Neither. Soft Rock and Norah Jones are my catnip.

6. If you had an all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world for research, where would you go?
Singapore

7. What is your guilty pleasure?
Fine milk chocolate

8. What are you afraid of?
Not recognizing when I can meet someone’s needs

9. Tats or No Tats? If tats, how many and what did you choose for your first one?
No tats, my skin is beautiful.

10. Organized or Free Floating?
Organized, or everything goes down hill in a blaze.

11. Binge watcher or weekly viewer?
Total binge watcher

12. What’s on your playlist?
A two and a half minute meditation track

13. What play or musical do you want to see next?
Hamilton is coming to San Diego, but I need a small business loan to get a four tickets.

14. Are you a crafter? Absolutely…not

15. What’s your favorite TV show and why?
I’m not a TV junkie. By the time I discover a show, its on DVD and being sold at the Dollar Tree.

16. If you could pick a book you’ve read and make it into a movie, which book would it be (besides yours 🙂 )?
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

17. What’s your favorite movie of all time and why?
Thelma and Louise
I love that these two best friends grew in their sisterhood and stood up for themselves. Personally, I’d leave out the cliff diving, but it worked for them.

18. Would you rather see a movie in the theater or at home on DVD and why?
In the theater…for the popcorn

19. What is the one thing you can’t live without?
My faith

20. If you could invite 5 people to dinner (not friends and family – that’s too easy) who would be at your table? Where would you eat? Colin Whitehead, Rebecca Skloot, Kristan Higgins, Former First Lady Michelle Obama, and Thad Allen
I would ask my guests to recommend one dish from each food group.

21. If you could try any career for a day, what would it be?
A state university dean

22. Person you admire and why?
Maya Angelou inspired others with her words and she expressed compassion for the human condition.

Thanks again for hanging out! Time for another spiced latte 🙂
Happy Reading Dear Readers.

 

Excerpt Forbidden Attraction by Bestselling Author Siera London

Excerpt Forbidden Attraction by Bestselling Author Siera London

 

 

 

 

Before Lance could figure out what Sarah was doing, she leaned forward and kissed him on the cheek.
“You’re sweet, Lance. I’ll be fine with the ice and elevation.” He’d placed bed pillows behind her back and under her left leg. “I’ll be out of your hair soon enough.”
Speaking of hair, hers looked soft, like those twisty bread sticks that melt in your mouth, butter soft just the way her lips felt against his skin.
“What was the kiss for?” he asked.
She blushed a pretty rosette and he grimaced. Now, she wanted to play shy? This woman was difficult. Impersonating a drunken cupid at the zip lining park, refusing medication, and kissing a guy for sitting down.
She fell back against the couch. “For trying to take care of me. It’s kind and you’re sweet.” She waved his hand away. “I still don’t want your gag pills.”
She blatantly refused his help, but somehow he’d earned a kiss for his efforts. Maybe, he could get the hang of this understanding women thing.
“So, you kiss men who are kind and helpful?”
Her face scrunched. “Yes…what? No,” she stammered.
“Yes to kind men. But, no to helpful men.”
Her mouth fell open. “Stop. Your man logic is baffling,” she laughed.
Sarah thought him confusing? She’d kissed him for offering pills that she refused. Of the two, he was the least confusing, yet the most perplexed.
“Alright, let me clarify.” Without taking his eyes off her, he leaned forward, his face close enough to feel the warmth of her breath on his lips. She smelled of sweet spice and clean rain.
“What are you doing?” she rasped, voice husky.
He placed one single capsule between his teeth.
“This,” he whispered, “is me being kind.”
He covered her mouth with his. At first, she didn’t respond. Slowly her lips parted, her tongue tentative in its touch. When he nipped her bottom lip, she opened fully. He released the pill into her mouth, following it with his tongue. He went to pull back, in case she had difficulty. Without missing a breath, Sarah swallowed, grabbed a handful of his shirt, and hauled him closer.
“Open,” she urged him, deepening the kiss.
Lance never liked taking orders, but hell, he followed Sarah’s direction down to the last letter.❣️

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About the Author:

Siera London is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She crafts stories of diverse characters navigating the challenges and triumphs to find lasting love. Intelligence, wit, emotion, drama, and sensual romance are between the covers of every Siera London novel. Siera lives in California with her husband, and a color patch tabby named Frie.

 

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The Test by Tawna Fenske

The Test by Tawna Fenske

The Test by Tawna Fenske is a book adventure in self discovery with the perfect balance of humor, and dialogue that’s honest and real. The scorchin’ hot chemistry readers, it’s absolutely delicious. Do you have the courage to step out of your comfort bubble to discover your true self and your deepest desires?

Just when Lisa Michaels thought her entire world was falling apart, she decided to do the unthinkable. Can Lisa do the complete opposite of what people expect when she meets Dax Kensington. Both will be found guilty of judging by appearances, how will this crime be resolved ;)? One night readers, it will change everything and take them on a journey for thirty days.  

In a world where people make snap judgments, Tawna shows us what happens when those assumptions are not what they appear to be. If you live life the way others expect you to, you’ll never be happy or satisfied. Those bad boys aren’t always what you think.

This book has so many layers, with every turn of the page you find another molten bite. In fact, there is one scene that will surely singe your e-reader. Perhaps we all need our own list? Is there something you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t had the courage to commit? I wonder how many readers will connect with Lisa and feel the urge to come out of their comfort zone to tackle our fears. Are you ready?  

Tawna writes romance with humor, the romance is hot and sassy, and characters will leave you wanting more! While I prefer scotch on the rocks or a glass of wine, I think I might have to order a Dirty Martini, x-tra dirty sometime ;).

Scorchin – Caution, may lead to unexpected need to turn on the A/C. I received an ARC from the publisher for a fair and honest review.

Author Info:

When Tawna Fenske finished her English lit degree at 22, she celebrated by filling a giant trash bag full of romance novels and dragging it everywhere until she’d read them all. Now she’s a RITA-nominated, USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Publishers Weekly has praised Tawna’s offbeat romances with multiple starred reviews and noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.”

Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, stepkids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year. To find out more about Tawna and her books, visit www.tawnafenske.com.

 

Tawna’s Links:

Author Website: www.tawnafenske.com

Author Blog: http://tawnafenske.blogspot.com/

Author Twitter: @TawnaFenske

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TawnaFenskeBooks

Author Street Team/Facebook Group: Fenske’s Frisky Posse https://www.facebook.com/groups/678271329019151/

Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tawnafenskebooks/

Coffee With USA Today Bestselling Romantic Comedy Author Tawna Fenske

Coffee With USA Today Bestselling Romantic Comedy Author Tawna Fenske

Rae: Thank you for hanging out with me.
Tawna: Thank YOU for inviting me! I always love chatting about book stuff.

Rae: First, if we were meeting at a coffee shop I’d be drinking a Spiced Latte with Coconut Milk topped with chocolate drizzle.

What would you order?

Tawna: I’m a serious tea fanatic, so I’d order a big mug of whatever black tea sounds interesting, plus sugar and milk to mix in after it’s steeped for just the right amount of time.

Rae: Let’s talk books – Happy Book Birthday for The Test releasing today. Not only do we have the usual drinks being served up by our barista, we’ve got cake because no birthday is complete without cake!

Tawna: Thank you! I am sadly devoid of a sweet tooth, so you get all the cake, but can we order a big pile of tater tots to share?


Rae: Of course we can order tater tots! That sounds yummy. While we’re waiting for those to cook up, can you please tell us what type of books you write for readers who are not familiar with your books? Are they standalones or part of a series?


Tawna: I write romantic comedies that run the gamut from fluffy beach reads, to longer books that straddle the line between women’s fiction and romance, to holy-cow-I-hope-my-boss-doesn’t-see-this erotic romantic comedy. THE TEST falls into the latter category, with equal parts humor and steamy-sexy fun. Though it’s the second book in a series, I write all my books as standalones, so you can totally nab THE TEST even if you haven’t read THE LIST.


Rae: Tawna, I was unable to put The Test down. An opposites attract story that proves love happens in the least likely of places to people who may never have thought they were compatible. I wonder how many readers will connect with Lisa and feel the urge to come out of their comfort zone to tackle a fear or two. Discover what they truly need to live their best lives with passion and love. Perhaps we’ll see a movement with readers posting their own lists and tests?


Tawna: Awww, thanks so much for the kind words! I’m so glad you liked the book! I had a blast writing buttoned-up Lisa and finding ways for her to step out of her comfort zone, either sexually or by trying other things that made her uncomfortable (volunteering to wash dogs at an animal shelter or trying karaoke). I would love to see readers’ own lists of things they want to try that force them to tackle fears or try something new and scary.


Rae: The books you write for Entangled are laugh-out-loud funny with the perfect amount of spice, sometimes even more than I thought was possible. Often, your characters like to push boundaries, and defy stereotypes. Have you ever had a character do something that shocked you as the words appeared on the page?


Tawna: Definitely! I’m very much a seat-of-my-pants author, so I’m constantly surprised by my own characters. I just finished writing the yet-to-be-titled follow-up to my holiday rom-com STUDMUFFIN SANTA (which is slated for release in May) and a twist came from out of nowhere about two-thirds of the way through writing the book. I was sitting there at my desk going, “Sean, I had no idea, why didn’t you tell me?!”

Rae: When you set out to write this story what research did you do? Without giving away too much, Dax has a fascinating career, and I love how uninhibited his character is ;).

Tawna: I have to admit, Dax is one of my favorite heroes I’ve written. Researching Dax’s career was a combination of internet searches and some of what I already knew about Hydro Flask (a company based in my town that makes the sort of steel-walled reusable drink containers Dax’s imaginary company makes). As for his secret hobby, I actually wrote a hero in another book with that career (my RITA Award finalist NOW THAT IT’S YOU) and did a lot of research at that time. I was so fascinated by that world that it just made sense to add another dimension to Dax’s character.


Rae: Do you plot your book before you sit down to write? 


While I prefer flying by the seat of my pants, I’ve learned the hard way that I do better when I have at least some sense of where a story is headed. I’m also contractually required to have a synopsis for all my books with Entangled Publishing, so I don’t meander as much with those stories as I tend to with some of my others.

Rae: Do you use tools like a whiteboard or notebook to jot down all the details?

Tawna: I’ve never tried the whiteboard thing, and usually have a Word doc with a bunch of rambling ideas and miscellaneous words that probably read like they’re written by a drunk chimpanzee.

Rae: As a reader who appreciates a book with well crafted covers, your team at Entangled keeps delivering stunning work. How involved are you in the design process?

Tawna: I always fill out a cover worksheet with details like my characters’ hair and eye colors and whether they have tattoos, but I don’t usually contribute much beyond that for the covers. I’m not a super visual person, so I prefer to leave book covers to the experts. Entangled is so great at it that I always know I’m in good hands.

Rae: Writing a book doesn’t happen overnight and you have a day job that keeps you busy. How do you find the time to write all the words and balance between career, family, and writer? Is there a secret formula?

Tawna: I use an old-school paper planner instead of tracking things on my phone, and it’s made a world of difference. My Erin Condren Life Planner is divided into sections for author stuff, day job, and family/personal so I can see where things overlap and if there are certain weeks where I’ll need to dial back commitments in one area to make time for the others.
This is my fourth year using that method, and I can’t imagine doing it any other way now.


Rae: Have your two worlds ever crossed and what happened if it did? Meaning, do your co-workers or clients know you write, and have they ever read your books?


Tawna: I work part-time as the PR and Communications Manager for my city’s tourism bureau, and while I keep the two worlds separate as much as possible, it’s never been a secret what my “real” job is. Social media and marketing are a huge part of my day job, and when I first applied almost eight years ago, the bosses spent quite a bit of time perusing my social media feeds. If I remember right, the day they visited my author blog was a day I’d posted a piece titled, “My hole got plugged and my jugs aren’t full” (an innuendo-laced post about grape stomping as research for a book set at a winery). Suffice it to say, they know exactly what I write, and as long as I never mistakenly post nekkid pictures on the company Facebook page with 185,000 followers, it’s all good.

Rae: I appreciate how much you connect with your readers on social media, what is the most challenging aspect of sharing with your readers? Are you still able to maintain some privacy in your personal life?

Tawna: I’ve always been a pretty open book on social media, so what you see is what you get as far as photos and posts about my social awkwardness and random absurd things that happen to me (which is part of why I write comedy, but I digress). I love connecting with readers on Facebook in particular, though there are times I catch myself spending too much time there and needing to step back for the sake of a book deadline. I suppose that’s the downside of being an author whose day job career is focused on marketing and social media—it’s hard to shut it off!

Rae: What can we expect in 2018?

Tawna: I’m super-excited about the release of THE TEST, and February is such a fun time to have a new book out. After that I have a Kindle in Motion title called GOING UP, which is a fun little rom-com novella about two strangers who meet in an elevator and find each other again thanks to a mischievous packrat. The story itself is a kick, but the added visuals are going to be really cool. That comes out in April, and then the book that follows STUDMUFFIN SANTA will be out in May. It’s a busy first quarter!


Rae: Where can readers find you in 2018?


Tawna: I’m most active on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TawnaFenskeBooks, but readers who want to keep up with all my new releases, sales, exclusive excerpts, giveaways, and of course, my famous videos can subscribe to my newsletter at www.tawnafenske.com/subscribe


Rae: Thank you for hanging out in the cafe today.


Tawna: Thanks so much for inviting me! Er, are you going to eat those tots?

Rae: I’ve had way too many, you enjoy the tots. Readers, enjoy these Tasty Tidbits from Tawna!

1. What is a must read book and why?

Mine or someone else’s? 🙂


One of my favorite books of all time is Judy Blume’s SUMMER SISTERS. I love the altering viewpoints, the coming-of-age details, and the way the romance unfolds differently than you might expect.

Of my own books, I’d say THIS TIME AROUND holds a special place in my heart. The single dad hero is a lot like my husband, and his daughter is based on my own stepdaughter.

2. What is one place that I should see if I visit your hometown?

I would take you standup paddleboarding on the Deschutes River. My dog usually rides on the front of my board, and I’ve taught lots of friends to SUP over the years.


3. Do you take-in or cook? If so, what is your “go-to” dish?


I looooove to cook, and I’m a total foodie. I make a salmon chowder that’s to-die-for, but I’m always experimenting with new recipes.


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


Probably not much, since I’m pretty open on social media. I suppose people are usually surprised to learn I’m an introvert, since I’m very outgoing on Facebook or when you meet me in person.


5. Hard Rock or Classical? Favorite Band or Artist?


I love all kinds of music, and every book I write has its own musical playlist. I listen to a lot of Ben Folds, War on Drugs, Mumford and Sons, and Lord Huron. I also adore ‘80s butt rock.

6. If you had an all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world for research, where would you go?

I was lucky enough to spend my 20s and 30s globetrotting all over the world, so I’ve covered a lot of ground already. Asia is one continent I’ve never touched though, so I’d love to spend several months roaming there. I wouldn’t mind going back to Australia or New Zealand, either.


7. What is your guilty pleasure?


I never feel guilty about pleasure of any kind!


8. What are you afraid of?


Needles. I can handle vaccinations, but I will completely lose my mind if you come near me for a blood draw or an IV. I can’t even handle a blood pressure cuff. Pretty sure I died of some sort of weird blood-letting ritual in a past life.


9. Tats or No Tats? If tats, how many and what did you choose for your first one?


I have five total. The first was a starfish on my ribcage, and I got it not long after my divorce because I admire the fact that you can rip their limbs off and they’ll regenerate new ones. It’s also because I’ve always loved the Starfish Story: https://starfishproject.com/the-parable/


10. Organized or Free Floating?


Free floating by nature, but forced to be more organized or I could never balance everything between my author life, day job, and family life.


11. Binge watcher or weekly viewer? Which show(s)?


Not a TV fan at all. I have no idea how to even operate the television in our home.


12. What’s on your playlist?


I listen to a lot of Pandora internet radio, and I’m constantly creating new stations and finding new artists. I mentioned before that all my books have playlists, and the one for THE TEST features The Shins, Radio Citizen, Morrissey, J Minus, The Smiths, and several others.


13. What play or musical do you want to see next?


We have tickets to several plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland in a few weeks, but I can’t recall what we’re seeing.


14. Are you a crafter?

Nope! I’m creative in lots of other ways. Er, that wasn’t supposed to sound pervy.

15. What’s your favorite TV show and why?

Sorry, I’m always lame at this one. I don’t watch TV.

16. If you could pick a book you’ve read and make it into a movie, which book would it be (besides yours 🙂 )?

Maybe something by Kristan Higgins? I’m just not a visual person, so TV and movies don’t do much for me.

17. What’s your favorite movie of all time and why?


I watch It’s A Wonderful Life every Christmas. It’s my dad’s favorite, and it always warms my heart.


18. Would you rather see a movie in the theater or at home on DVD and why?


I would rather sit quietly on the couch reading a good book while my husband watches a movie and maybe tells me later what it was about.

19. What is the one thing you can’t live without?

Sex. You’re sorry you asked now, aren’t you?

20. If you could invite 5 people to dinner (not friends and family – that’s too easy) who would be at your table? Where would you eat?

Lucille Ball, Ben Folds, Jane Goodall, Barack Obama, and Betty White. We’d eat at my house so I could cook and also drink lots of wine without needing to drive anywhere.

21. If you could try any career for a day, what would it be?

Shepherd. Or maybe pirate.


22. Person you admire and why?


My parents are pretty much one person, since they’ve been together since sixth grade, so I’m going with them. They’re funny, smart, caring, hard-working, and did I mention the whole been-together-since-sixth-grade thing? #LifeGoals

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