Friday, November 23, 2018

Joan Reeves - An Author Interview in the HBS Author's Spotlight

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on NY Times & USAToday best-selling author Joan Reeves. She writes Contemporary Romance.

Author: Joan Reeves

Author Genre: Romance, Chick Lit, Nonfiction

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Author Description:
Joan Reeves is a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. Her novels have been published in a half dozen languages, and her ebooks are available at most ebook sellers with audio book and print editions also available. Several of her books are available in French editions through her publisher in France.

When not writing romance--or nonfiction to share what she has learned in life--Joan divides her time between the hustle and bustle of Houston and a house in the Texas Hill Country. At their country house, Joan and her hero, her husband, attempt to grow wine grapes and fruit trees--all while fighting hordes of marauding gophers, skunks, deer, fox, and the occasional copperhead snake.

SPOTLIGHT Questions and Answers with the Author

Congratulations on your book: Second Chance Bride. What do you have on the drawing board next? Can you tell us the timeline for its release and give us a little tease?

Thank you, James. SECOND CHANCE BRIDE was the first book I'd written in which the heroine was a hated character from a previous book (April Fool Bride). I did the same thing with BRIANNA'S SEASON FOR MIRACLES, included in Love, Christmas 2. It's challenging to make a disliked character understood and loved, but it's rewarding when you pull if off. A reader said this about SECOND CHANCE BRIDE: "The best part, though, is how Constance's past is redeemed. It's absolutely beautiful."

Next up for me is another challenge--as if my life doesn't have enough of them already! *LOL* A few years ago I wrote a short story LuvU4Ever, it's free at most ebook sellers. A year later I wrote another, mentioning the previous characters. A year after that I wrote another, and that's when I realized I was creating a series of stories revolving around holidays plus each story introduced characters that then became the "stars" of their own story. I decided to formalize these short stories into a series with the thought of publishing all of them as a collection when I completed the 13 stories--Book 1 starts at Christmas and Book 13 ends the series and is also at Christmas. I'm working on making all of this not only make sense but also seem organic.

In addition to this, I'm preparing my first published book from 1993 for ebook publication. I could have published it as a "vintage" romance, but that seemed too easy. So I'm updating it with what is commonplace in today's world which creates myriad plot problems, i.e., looking up someone on the internet, the ease of making a phone call, etc. I'm also getting ready to publish BRIANNA'S SEASON FOR MIRACLES as a single title release.

You have a good following on twitter. Since you started before the social media buzz, what impact has social media relationships had on your current success? How did you build your following in your niche? How much has it changed your book launch process?

I love my Twitter followers. I used to name each new follower in a Friday tweet, but it grew so fast I couldn't keep up with it! I came to social media late. I don't know if social media presence has much effect on anyone's real success. I mean it's lovely to communicate with online friends, but I've never seen any hard evidence that this translates into very many sales. However, it really is true that writing can be a lonely process so it's nice to be able to reach out and touch someone as the old AT&T commercials once said.

I guess I built my success the hard way--one sale at a time. I started ebook publishing in 2011 with my backlist--updating each title, learning how to format, and forging ahead when there were no others one could use to do all the things necessary to publish an ebook. I sold thousands of copies a day of my first few books, and I'll probably always regret that the NYT and USA Today didn't put ebooks on their bestsellers list back then. I'd always been published by traditional NY publishers with foreign rights sold by then so I knew little about promoting, getting reviews, and all the other things that go into continued success. I learned it all, and when I was approached by Bragelonne, my French publisher, I knew enough to know to get an agent for foreign sales. Bragelonne Milady purchased World French Rights so my books can be found in many places in the world in French.

Even though I didn't do Facebook and Twitter until a few years later, I was fairly well-known by internet users. I'd been blogging since 2005, and I was also freelance writing, ghost writing, and ghost blogging so people on the internet knew me. On my own blog, I wrote about what I was doing--learning how to format, be a self-publisher for ebooks, etc. I like blogging so I joined a few group blogs along the way. That was pretty much the only promotion I did so I was way behind the curve when the romance ebook market became extremely crowded. At that same time, my younger daughter had 2 back surgeries that changed her life--and mine and my husband's too. When I should have been writing even more to stay on top, learning how to get reviews, helping new ebook readers find me, I had to back away entirely. It took two years for my daughter to improve enough that I could carve time out of my life to write again. By then, the ebook world had changed.

Unfortunately, due to the above, I've still not had the luxury of planning a book launch. With my daughter finally improved and working hard to live a normal life, although left with a lifelong chronic pain condition called Adhesive Arachnoiditis (if you contemplate back surgery or spinal injections, research this first!!), my goal is to write more, publish more, and actually plan targeted promotions instead of throwing something against the wall and hoping it sticks. Being part of these box set collections with friends has been a blessing just to keep my name out there, introduce my writing to new readers, and keep me motivated.

Do you do any book signings, interviews, speaking and personal appearances? If so, when and where is the next place where your readers can see you? Where can they keep up with your personal contacts online?

When I was traditionally published, I did book signings. I do online interviews and speak at local writers' workshops and meetings. For years, I contributed to several RWA chapter newsletters. I blog nearly every day at SlingWords along with blogging once a month at Smart Girls Read Romance, Gems in the Attic, and Authors Billboard. I publish a subscription newsletter where readers can always find out what's going on in my life plus learn about Giveaways.

Readers can find me online here or check out the contact info in my bio:

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Send me a snail mail letter to: Joan Reeves, P. O. Box 1627, Normangee TX 77871-1627

You have great covers. They carry a theme and your brand with them. How does your book cover creation process work? Do you hand over the basic theme or do you have more of a hands-on approach? Do you get your readers involved in its development?

Thanks, James! I'm definitely hands-on but only because I can afford to be. My daughter who is the chronic pain patient is a former high school art teacher with a degree in Graphic Design. She does all my book covers. In writing each book, I know the emotion and/or tone I want the reader to feel so I look for something that will visually convey that same emotion. I'm constantly shopping for art. I like photographs that may exhibit the physical characteristics of hair and eye color, but I don't want someone's face on the cover. I can write the man was "tall, dark, and delicious," and the reader will immediately form in his or her mind what that guy looks like. If I put a picture on the cover, that limits the reader's imagination. My idea of tall, dark, and delicious may be a turnoff for a reader. My daughter can take a photograph you've seen on umpteen different covers and change it through filters, angle, exposure, hue, and so many other ways, that it will look completely different. She's finally back to freelancing for others, not just me, so I highly recommend her.

Several of your novels have been converted into audio books. What has been the impact on your regular sales? Has the audio books gained a new audience for you?

Audio books have been one of the best things about publishing because I adore audio books. For years, I listened to books on tape, then CD, then on my iPod, now Audible digital files on my cell phone. I was thrilled when I had the chance to go into audio. I have plans to put the rest of my books on audio in 2019 as well as to finally get print editions of all of them available. Audio sales were huge! Like print or ebooks, they're largest when they first debut and fall off over time. A new audio book gives a boost to older audio books. Personally, I find most audio book lovers don't necessarily buy the ebook or print book. They like audio because it's audio. I giveaway an audio book each month on RomanceBooks4Us as my way to grow audio fans among ebook readers.

Btw, I worked with some of the best narrators which was a thrill in itself. All of my narrators are on TV, movies, and stage. Each brought the story she narrated to life. I totally loved it when a reviewer said: "If you liked Sweet Home Alabama, you'll love Jane (I'm Still Single) Jones."

What is your primary genre? What has been your best marketing approach to this group?

Contemporary Romance. Some of my books are romantic comedy, and some are romantic thrillers. I find contemporary romance has something for everyone, and it's probably the broadest genre and has the most readers. There are just so many sub-genres that can be covered by that label.

What has been your experience in giving your books away free? Have you been involved in any other type of giveaways and how did that work out? What was your main goal in doing this? Did you run into any obstacles?

I usually give away a book each month to my mailing list subscribers. In 2019, I think I'm going to give away to my subscribers a chapter each month of a "big book" that my agent never could place several years ago. I do giveaways with my author friends for promotion purposes like at FB parties. That's fun, but when I give to my subscribers, I can see how many download the books so I know that giveaway is effective. I've done FB parties that have brought me new readers, but most public giveaways do not necessarily bring new readers. Those giveaways are populated by people who just want something free--especially when Kindles and high value prizes are at stake.

Do you maintain a reader list? What are the methods you use to find your readers and create the list and the relationship? Do you use social media, forums, newsletters and/or support groups to build your list?

Yes, as stated above. I mention it in my blog and on FB and there's a link in all my books. That's where most of my subscribers come from. I try to send a NL every month.

You have a great blog. You do a great job keeping readers informed, marketing your books and providing useful information to other writers and your readers. What is your primary goal? And where in the world do you find the time to create great novels, take care of the social media and maintain your blog?

That's very kind of you, but SlingWords, my blog, is really my daily chat with visitors. It's not specifically aimed at writers because that's a small contingent of my readership. My only goal is to pass along information I've learned, and what I learn is usually from what's going on in my life. For instance, my sister-in-law had emergency surgery. I spent 2 weeks with her in early October. A week after I left, she had a stroke. Unbelievably, my younger brother had a stroke a week ago! So you're going to see some posts about living with high blood pressure, warning signs of stroke, etc. I review movies, TV, music, and books. I do blog about writing and promotion, but only if what I say can apply to other endeavors. Up until this year, I also had plenty of guest bloggers--authors I want to help broaden their audience.

Time is the biggest problem. When I'm well-organized, I can accomplish a great deal. When I'm tired, worried, and anxious, I suck at being well-organized so everything starts falling through the cracks. When I'm too exhausted to sit at the computer, I write inside my head. Scenes, dialogue, characters--they're all spinning around inside my head. When I was a kid and forced to wait for whatever reason, I'd see "movies inside my head." That's the way I've always thought of writing. It's a mental movie rolling from beginning to end. That's how I write especially when I don't have the time to outline, do character descriptions, etc. I start typing and the movie rolls. I type what I'm seeing and hearing. *LOL* Sounds crazy I know. I guess the story inside me that's dying to get out gestates until I have the time to get it typed up.

I like the idea of Author bundles. You are a part of a novel collection called Love, Christmas 2 with twenty-five other authors. What a great group of outstanding people. (Many have been interviewed on this blog). What was your main objective in bundling your works with other authors? What blogging, newsletter and social media promotions have you done to promote the collection?

I'll be honest, I haven't done as much as usual for Love, Christmas 2, just due to all the family emergencies. I created the video for this collection (view it on YouTube: ). I do this for all of the collections to which I contribute a book. I've blogged about it on my blog and my group blogs, put it in my newsletter, tweeted, etc. My friends in the group have been wonderful and so supportive for which I thank them for being so understandable.

Author's Book List

Love, Christmas - Movies You Love - The Holiday Series Book 2
Sprinkle a little Christmas magic into your life with 26 ALL-NEW, never before released romances. Each title - exclusive to this set - is inspired by a favorite holiday movie, spun into a fantastic love story by a NY Times, USA Today, and/or award-winning, bestselling author and delivered to you in this wonderful collection full of cheer for the coming season.

Mimi Barbour – A Wonderful Life - Though Mary works with troubled teens, can she and an angel help a man living a nightmare?

Leanne Banks – A Royal White Christmas - Can a secret prince be a Christmas wish-come-true for a small-town girl?

Joan Reeves – Brianna’s Season For Miracles - Her seductive persona hides what she's ashamed of... What will happen if the man she's fallen for discovers her secret?

Mona Risk – Jingle With My Princess - The doc and the princess... He saves lives, but she may save his heart.

Rebecca York – Can She Get Home for Christmas? - Will a killer stop her from getting home for Christmas?

Jacquie Biggar – Mistletoe Inn - A grieving man finds the greatest gift is love.

Alicia Street – Miracle on Christmas Tree Street - A single mom discovers her business partner is more than he seems.

Nancy Radke – The Holiday (Christmas) - Jodi's house-swap to Maui came with a small dog and a shipwrecked sailor.

Katy Walters –Letters from the Snowman – The snow revealed a precious love.

Stephanie Queen – Holiday Affair - Melissa goes from riches to rags but will she find gold in a holiday affair?

Aileen Fish – Almost Christmas in Connecticut - Can a wounded warrior learn to trust her celebrity chef crush after discovering his secret?

Rachelle Ayala – A Christmas Creek Carol - A reclusive writer is given a one-star review on her life by characters from her past, present, and future.

Dani Haviland – The Polar Xpress - She prefers dogs to men…until she rescues the doctor.

Traci Hall – Love, Actually (By the Sea) - Two strangers. One intimate night. Reunited a year later, can it actually be love?

Taylor Lee – The Ref-er-ee - With a family this discombobulated, it will take a referee to save their Christmas.

Donna Fasano – Her Mr. Miracle - It’s Christmas Eve and Veronica is stuck in a nearly deserted seaside town... She needs a miracle.

Cynthia Cooke – A Christmas to Remember - A Christmas storm. Wedding plans in peril. Has a lost love been found?

Susan Jean Ricci – A Joyous Holiday Inn - Can Twigg restore the joy of Christmas to Chloe’s indifferent heart?

Tamara Ferguson – Two Hearts Home for Christmas - Can a long ago promise of love bring two lonely wounded warriors home for Christmas?

Suzanne Jenkins – Christmas with the Clouds - Tracy isn’t interested in love until an unexpected Christmas visitor changes her heart.

Natalie Ann – How Gavin Stole Christmas - Can Jolene help Gavin find the Christmas spirit when he’s the epitome of Mr. Bah Humbug?

Ev Bishop – A Sharla Brown Christmas - For single parents Sharla and Jake, Christmas is the loneliest time of the year…until it’s not.

Alyssa Bailey – In the Spirit of Christmas - Chase can protect Tara from danger, but can he protect his heart?

Stacy Eaton – Finding Love on Christmas Vacation - Christmas isn't the same for Lucy without her father...until she meets his friend Maverick.

Jen Talty – The Christmas Getaway - A mix-up in reservations leaves a mother and her son to share a cabin with a broken-hearted stranger.

Melinda De Ross - Boyfriend Wanted for Christmas - A thirty-something singleton’s desperate yet humorous quest to find a boyfriend in the seven days before Christmas.

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Second Chance Bride - All Brides Are Beautiful Book 2
He was the only man she wanted—and the one man she could never have.

She left town at eighteen, wanting to leave behind all the pain and heartbreak. She reinvented herself as wealthy, successful Constance Quinn. The only problem is there's no room for love or relationships in her rigidly controlled existence. Now older and wiser and having made peace with her stepdaughter, she's determined to find the part of herself that got lost in her transformation.

"A blonde with curves in all the right places." That's what Alex Martinez thinks when he meets Constance. When they touch, something hot and urgent passes between them. Their attraction is mutual. Their desire is palpable.

Although Constance cannot resist a kiss from Alex, she knows she's playing with fire because he might discover her secret.

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April Fool Bride - All Brides Are Beautiful Book 1
Is it a marriage of convenience or something more?

Oil heiress Madeline Quinn needs a husband by the time she turns twenty-five in order to claim her full inheritance. Mad Maddie, as the tabloids christened her, has learned the hard way that men only see dollar signs when they look at her.

Maddie decides a marriage of convenience is the only answer. She turns to the one man in the world she can trust, her housekeeper’s son who always treated her like a little sister when they were growing up—until one disastrous night when she acted impetuously.

Jake Becker hasn’t seen Maddie since the night she tried to seduce him. Why should he help the woman who changed the course of his life? Simple. Revenge.

Or is it something else? Something that sizzles like steam heat between Maddie and Jake that neither can resist!?

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Dead Heat - Outlaw Ridge, Texas Book 2
She ran to the only man who had the skills to save her.

Sabrina Snow knew she was going to get herself killed if she didn’t get help. Someone was after her, and he wasn't going to stop. She ran to the only man she trusted...the only man who had the skills to save her. Too bad he probably hated her.

But she owed him the truth even though she'd wanted to keep the knowledge from him. What if she were killed? John needed to know where to look. If he'd hated her before, what would he feel once he learned the depth of her deception?

Navy SEAL John Galloway doesn't trust Sabrina. She lies for a living so how can he? So what's he supposed to do when she shows up in the last place he ever expected to see her?

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Blame It On Chocolate - A Moment in Time Romance Book 3
In this funny short story romance, A Moment in Time is all it takes for Love to be Revealed.

Chloe Elliot was the good girl. She’d never been a hell-raiser. Never gotten drunk, used drugs, smoked pot, or slept around. She didn’t even curse! Since her dad was the son of a minister and the oft-elected mayor, and her mom was the elementary school principal, she'd had no choice but to live a life above reproach. Truthfully, it really hadn’t been that difficult.

Until Hunter Cole returned to his home town.

That was the beginning of Chloe's fall from good girl status. There was just something about the man that addled her brain and created havoc in her body.

Hunter Cole reckoned he had the best of all possible worlds. He'd played for the NFL, and even though two back surgeries had ended that career, he was lucky enough to follow in his dad's footsteps and work the family ranch and also follow his granddad's path and be the sheriff in his west Texas town. Life was perfect.

Until he dropped by the library to say hello to his best friend's little sister.

Chloe wasn't so little any more. In fact, just looking at her made his common sense evaporate. She affected him like no other woman--and he'd had women throwing themselves at him since he was a high school quarterback! If he made a move on her, her brother would nail his hide to the wall. There was only one thing he could do, but did he really want to do that? The thought of it made his bachelor heart shudder with alarm.

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LuvU4Ever - A Moment in Time Romance Book 1
A Moment in Time is all it takes for Love to be revealed.

LuvU4Ever. That's what was engraved on the gold heart David gave Noelle when he proposed. David and Noelle have been married 10 years.

He promised to love her forever? So what happened?

"I told you to never call me at home."

Can nine little words destroy love?

This year as Christmas approaches, Noelle faces the biggest decision of her life. Will she choose payback? Will she choose love? Or will she just walk away?

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Last Christmas - Small Town Texas Romance Book 1
Have you ever had your heart broken and didn't know why it happened? Then this romance novella about love at first sight, heartbreak, revenge, redemption, and second chances is for you!

Last Christmas Annabelle gave Rick her heart. He stomped on it. This Christmas, Rick's going to pay!

A year ago, Annabelle fell in love at first sight with a mysterious stranger. After a week of unforgettable passion, he walked out of her life. A year of heartache, accompanied by the dirty tricks life can serve up, finds Annabelle back in her hometown, determined to forget the man who still haunts her dreams.

Who should walk into her grandmother’s Christmas party? Why the man who seduced her, lied to her, and betrayed her! He has a new name and a new identity, but his effect on her is as old as time.

Rick Lassiter wants to woo Annabelle back to him. Unfortunately, he has two big problems: he can't explain the past and the sweet-tempered, passionate woman he fell in love with has a will as strong as his and a desire to make him pay for breaking her heart.

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Heat Lightning - Outlaw Ridge, Texas Book 1
Secrets, lies, passion. What Tessa doesn't remember may mean the death of her.

Her husband found her, claimed her, rescued her. David’s touch makes Tessa throb. Desire flashes between them like heat lightning on a summer night. Her body knows David, but when she looks at him, he is a stranger to her. Not a flicker of memory is left of him or their life together since she awakened from a coma.

Amnesia has left her with nothing but questions. Who is she? Why does David seem to hate her even as he pulls her into his arms? What is he hiding? How can she trust him when her gut says, Trust no one?

As her love for David grows, so does her feeling of foreboding--as if something awful is watching and waiting.

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Cinderella Blue - San Antone Two-Step Book 2
Love means never having to say, "You're under arrest."

Detective Andrea Luft--Andie to her friends--loves to say those three little words. Especially to bad guys who SO deserve it. Andie is undercover to catch the thief stealing designer wedding gowns from San Antonio bridal boutiques. She's about to make an arrest when Detective Bruce Benton barges onto the scene. The suspect escapes, and, as a reward for this screw-up, Benton and Andie are paired together as partners to close the case.

These two commitment-phobic cops have nothing in common except their tendency to annoy each other–unless you count the desire sizzling between them. But a cop romance just isn't in the cards for them. At a cop shop, a workplace romance can cause you to make careless mistakes that can be hazardous to your health--and your career!

Too bad because Benton realizes feisty, smart-mouthed Andie is the woman he's been waiting for. He just doesn't know how to convince her of that.

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Nobody's Cinderella - San Antone Two-Step Book 1
She wished on a star. Uh oh! She should have been careful what she wished for!

Review for this sexy romantic comedy: "I love Ms. Reeves' heroines. There is a little bit of them in all of us and that endears them to us even more. Just enough conflict, steam, misunderstandings, and humor."

Darcy Benton is the oldest cliche in the world—a woman in love with her boss. Other than that, she's no-nonsense, practical, mature, and sober. She's just the kind of woman Chase Whitaker wants as head of accounting for his company. She's definitely not the kind of woman he wants in his bed.

Enter Darcy's meddling, matchmaking best friend who has a plan to transform Darcy into a hottie designed to attract Chase's interest. All it takes? A couple of little lies. And that pesky wish on a star.

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Little Book of Sunshine - For Readers and Writers
All of us experience defeat and rejection at some point no matter how hard we persevere or how hard we work. Sure, we know there are no bargains at the counter of success, but we still don't expect the struggle to be so darn hard.

How do you keep going when everything seems to conspire to kick you in the teeth? How do you persist when you feel little validation for your efforts?

Often, there comes a point in the struggle when you just need a little help from outside yourself to lift you up and keep you going.

If the black clouds of dejection are hovering, and it's raining on your parade, then let the Little Book of Sunshine: For Readers and Writers put a smile on your face, boost your motivation, and give you the encouragement to continue on your journey to success.

This small book is not just encouragement for women or for writers. This is encouragement for men too--for all readers who love books and like tidbits about authors.

Drop negativity like the bad habit it is. Make optimism your attitude of choice. What are you waiting for? The only thing you have to lose is the bad attitude that's holding you back.

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A science nerd desperate for a date to her snooty cousin's wedding. A man desperate to put an end to his matchmaking mom's schemes. Let the games begin!

Perfumer Amanda Whitfield no longer sees the science geek when she looks in her mirror - thanks to the makeover her best friend gave her - but inside she still feels like that geeky girl. She knows all about the Science of Sex Appeal, in a purely intellectual way, but when it comes to a practical application of the knowledge, as in Romance and Sex, Amanda draws a blank.

Desperate for a date to her cousin's wedding, Amanda, follows her best friend's advice to portray an empty-headed hottie whose bra size is a bigger number than her IQ. She'll do whatever it takes to get a date for her cousin's wedding because there's no way she'll go without a man on her arm.

Enter a matchmaking mom with a son to marry off.

Computer genius Harrison Kincaid is fed up with his mother's crazy schemes. He's determined to teach her a lesson, but, first, he must deal with her latest prospect, Amanda Whitfield. He hatches a plan to ensure that Amanda will kick him to the curb.

Surprise! When Amanda and Harrison meet, desire crackles like electricity between them. They each had an agenda. They both lied. What will happen when the masquerade is revealed. Will the truth set them free to love or rip them apart?

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OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER - The Good, The Bad, The Girly Book 1
Stormy's life has been as turbulent as her name. She doesn't want another man complicating her life. Not even sexy Sean Butler, but Sean has a plan to win Stormy's heart. His plan? Whatever it takes!

Review for this Romantic Comedy: "This is truly a feel-good book. ... Sean is wonderful and sexy and Stormy is aptly named. She is complicated and emotional and needs to feel the love and lust of a good man."

Stormy Clarkson is haunted by mistakes that taught her to be wary of men who wanted her for her face and her body, but not for herself.

Sean Butler has been after Stormy for months, but she's resisted every advance. He scares her because of the way he makes her feel. Determined never to risk her heart, she denies her desire for Sean.

Sean, once an interrogator for the U.S. Army, knows a lie when he hears one, and that's all he hears in Stormy's icy refusals. He's smart enough to know that the only way to deal with a control freak like Stormy is to make her lose control.

The beautiful blonde had better be on her guard because Sean has a plan to do just that. In this sexy romantic comedy, he's prepared to do whatever it takes to win Stormy's heart.

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Romeo and Judy Anne - Texas One Night Stands Book 2
With eccentric small town characters, a bratty niece, an overbearing school board president, and the temptation of a secret lover, Judy Anne has all she can do to keep her passion from turning into the biggest scandal little Clayton Bend, Texas, has ever seen.

Can good girls ever win? High school principal Judy Anne Palmer doesn't think so. She was always a good girl who never did an impulsive, rebellious thing. Ever. And look where it got her! Stuck in a life she hates!

One night in Dallas, she meets a man and decides to indulge in a liberating night of passion--liberating her from the stigma of being the oldest living virgin north of the Rio Grande. After all, she'll never see her one-night Romeo again.

Unfortunately, the night doesn't turn out exactly the way she planned, and her one-night Romeo isn't exactly one-night stand material.

When Roman Carlisle turns up in her hometown as a new teacher on her faculty, Judy Anne knows that she's in big trouble. Can she resist the desire that burns between them? Can one night of sex and passion be enough?

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Just One Look
Seduction and sex can be pretty funny when both sides play dirty!

I loved this book! If you haven't read JUST ONE LOOK, you're missing out on a great story. It's humorous, sexy to the max, and just plain entertaining. ~ Amazon Reviewer

What would you do if the gynecologist subbing for your regular doctor turned out to be your old high school crush? Successful psychologist Dr. Jennifer Monroe does what any normal, well-adjusted woman would do. She makes an excuse to send the doctor and nurse from the room, dives into her clothes, and flees!

Unfortunately, her running away makes conscientious Dr. Matt Penrose conclude she has some kind of sexual hangup. For her health, he's determined to refer her to another doctor, but she refuses to take his calls. He's determined to talk to her so he can suggest counseling for what he thinks are emotional problems.

Jennifer plans to never see him again. Dallas is a big city. What are the odds that she'll ever run into him? Even money when Fate lends a hand.

When Jennifer and Matt meet at a charity gala, he earnestly urges her to seek professional help. Jennifer is incensed that he thinks she's some frigid old maid--and that he doesn't remember her. All the old high school resentment floods back, fueling her determination to teach him a lesson he won't soon forget. You know what they say about payback!

Kids play doctor, but these doctors play seduction games, and they're playing for keeps. Will Matt recognize Jennifer? Will Jennifer lure him into her bed? This payback is smoking hot!

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JANE I'm-Still-Single JONES
A billionaire, a movie star, a secret crush. A Gilligan's Island re-run? No, just your typical high school reunion!

What could be worse for a former high school beauty queen, who never landed the only man she ever loved, than attending her 10-year high school reunion alone? Not much, according to textile designer Jane Louise Jones as she prepares to endure the weekend in her hometown, just south of nowhere in the rolling hills of Louisiana.

To make matters worse, Morgan Sherwood, the town boy-wonder who made good in a big way, arrives with his entourage in a stretch limo, and he's not a geeky kid any more. He's six feet of tanned, rippling muscles, and he plans to focus his high-powered brain and every seductive charm he possesses on the lovely Miss Jones.

With a former classmate intent on claiming the billionaire as husband number four, a Hollywood starlet who shows up to party with Morgan, and an old boyfriend intent on stealing Jane's affection, Morgan has more obstacles than he'd expected.

Throw in her grandmother and the rest of the blue-haired, matchmaking women of the Vernon Ladies Bridge Club, lots of southern charm, a ten-year old betrayal, and plenty of humor for a heartwarming—and heart throbbing—sexy romantic comedy that will leave you with a smile.

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Still The One
Burke Winslow needed a wife. But he didn't have his ex, Ally, in mind for the position.

Burke Winslow stands at the altar, ready to marry his business partner in a marriage of convenience. The minister solemnly asks: "If anyone here knows why this man and this woman shouldn't be joined in holy matrimony, let him speak now or forever hold his peace."

A rain-soaked, bedraggled Ally Fletcher limps down the aisle and shouts, "Stop the wedding!"

What follows is a funny, sexy romp that proves when there's love, passion never dies, it just smolders away until you toss some gasoline on it. Burke and Ally provide that gasoline when they find themselves locked in a marriage of--inconvenience.

His cagey grandfather pulls Burke's strings, and her equally cagey grandmother manipulates Ally. Toss in a pretend boyfriend for Ally, and Burke's scorned business partner left at the altar to make for complete chaos.

Can Burke and Ally stop fighting long enough to peel away the layers of the past and discover the truth about their love and passion? Will the truth free them or put them asunder?

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The Trouble With Love - Texas One Night Stands Book 1
Hang on to your Stetson as the fun and games begin in a sexy romantic comedy hotter than a bowl of Texas chili!

By-the-book Deputy Susannah Quinn has all she can do to resist rule-breaking FBI Special Agent D. E. Hogan.

To catch a thief, Susannah and Hogan pose as husband and wife and go undercover. Unfortunately, Susannah and Hogan have already been undercover—in a bed in a Houston hotel where they first met.

For her part, Susannah wishes her lapse in judgment would take a flying leap and land on Jupiter. Hogan, on the other hand, wants to get the contrary deputy into his bed, but the complications caused by family—his and hers—pretty much guarantee that's never going to happen.

Throw in an over-the-hill Romeo and his lady love, a middle-aged mom determined to have her own love affair, and the charm of a small Texas town, and you get a story with heart, soul, and passion—lots of passion.

Can Susannah and Hogan, two mismatched lovers doing everything in their power to avoid falling in love, catch a thief and recover stolen jewels? The clock is ticking. They have only seven days—and nights—to complete their assignment and resist the sweet siren call of desire.

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Brianna’s Season For Miracles
Brianna hides behind a seductive persona and avoids nice guys like Daniel for fear she'd want forever out of a relationship, but that doesn't stop her from falling for him. Daniel knows her secret--what will happen when Brianna learns Daniel has a secret too?

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1 comment:

  1. James, thank you for shining your author spotlight on my books. I truly appreciate the support.