Please tell our followers a little about yourself. What is a typical day in the life of ‘you’?
First, thanks so much for having me here today! As for me, I am married to a sexy, tattooed Italian, a mother of one, kitty owner of many, and could easily be a vegetarian if I didn’t like hamburgers so much. My favourite food is Eggo Waffles and I love high-brow television, such as Dance Moms, Pretty Little Liars and Bachelor Pad. If I was a TV character I would live in Bluebell, Alabama and work as a waitress at the Rammer Jammer and marry George Tucker.
A typical day, as of late, includes me, my laptop, and at least eight hours of fingers-to-the-keys. I am lucky enough to have 6 books coming out over the next 24 months so my deadlines are insane. I start clicking away as soon as my daughter leaves for school and I don’t stop until it is time to pick her up…unless I am accosted by one of my cats. After school lets out I get in a couple of more hours of writing (or blog posts and emails) and then it is family time. Sometimes—okay, lately it has been most of the time—I end up working after my daughter goes to bed until ten or eleven. But this is the best job I have ever had.
Do you have a current work in progress? If so, can you tell us a little about it?
I am doing the final edits on the second book in the St. Helena Series, SUMMER IN NAPA, which releases April 16, 2013. It follows Marco DeLuca, the next to youngest of the DeLuca brothers. This book was so much fun to write because my hero and heroine are not only fighting the need to get naked every time they see each other, they are also fighting against their past—Lexi’s cheat of an ex- husband just so happens to be Marco’s childhood best friend. So finding a good reason for Marc to break man-law and fall for—and into bed with—his best-bro’s ex has been entertaining.
What has been the hardest emotionally or time consuming thing you’ve had to research for one of your stories?
Once I tried to write a historical romance, which took place in the Highlands in 1100 ad. Good Lord, I came home from the library with over 15 books on Scottish history, clan history, dress and customs of the times, maps that marked each clan’s boarders…you name it. I became so lost in the history and dialect and getting everything right that I couldn’t focus on the story. I admire authors who tackle historicals and do it brilliantly, like Julie Garwood or Tessa Dare. I think historical writers are some of the most talented authors in the romance genre.
Have any of your characters resembled people in real life?
In my latest release, KISSING UNDER THE MISTLETOE, the daughter, Holly, was lightly inspired by my own daughter. When my kiddo was Holly’s age she was fascinated with rules and etiquette—in kindergarten she actually said that she wanted to be a Hall Monitor when she grew up. Her little six year old mind was divided into two, distinct columns: black and white. To her, rules were there for a reason and needed to be strictly adhered to—and enforced.
Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay attention to them enough to influence your writing?
I do read the reviews—after I remind myself that I can’t please everyone. No review has influenced my writing yet, but I am also new to the publishing industry.
Quickie Question Round
Sexiest feature in a man? His hands.
If you were deserted on an island and could only have one man with you – who would it be?
Luke Bryan all the way. Can he bring his guitar?
Tell us something on your bucket list. Food and wine tour of Italy.
What is your favourite romance novel by another author? Honor’s Splendor by Julie Garwood.
Your bookshelf is on fire, you can only save what you can carry what do you save? The complete works of Jane Austin, Jane Eyre, The Mediator series and Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot,
and of course all of Julie Garwood’s historicals.
And lastly, if our viewers wanted to find out more about your work where can they find it and you?
Thanks for having me here today! I can be found online at:
Kissing Under the Mistletoe
(A St. Helena Vineyard Novel Series #1)
by Marina Adair
Regan Martin stopped believing in Christmas miracles six years ago when she lost everything—her house, her job, and her impeccable reputation in the wine industry—after she fell in love with a man she had no idea was married. Then Regan gets a chance for a fresh start in the Napa Valley. With her dream job, dream home, and her daughter enrolled in a wonderful new school, she starts wondering if holiday wishes really do come true.
But she soon tumbles back down to earth when she learns that her new boss is none other than Gabe DeLuca, the scorned wife’s brother. Gabe wants nothing more than home-wrecking Regan Martin out of his life, his sister’s world, and his family’s business. Mostly, he wants the lush beauty out of his head. Yet his attempts to run her out of town have him thinking twice, especially when he sees that Regan may hold the key to tracking down his sister’s stolen start-up capital. Even worse for Gabe, Regan might just be his Christmas wish and hold the key to his heart.
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