1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I am a wife and mother of three from the Midwest. By day I handle the books for a sewing store. By night I am a romance author and Blog Talk radio host...and taxi service, tutor, chef, etc...
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love to kickbox. I coach and participate in track and field. I chase my very active kids around to their various activites. I like to read and do a little sewing.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
When I have an idea for a story and am ready to get it on paper I squander about every second I have to write. I take my lunches at my desk at work so I can get ideas down on my Kindle.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
They vary. The Black Irish series started from a class I took at the University of Iowa. I got the idea for Queen of Savon from a dream.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
Currently my favorite is Black Irish. I think it was the first time I felt I did a really good job with a character (Sloan). However, I am currently writing a free weekly serial for Sweet Cravings Publishing and it’s quickly becoming my favorite.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I have pointed ears. Not like Spock pointed. Like elf pointed. I think they’re pretty cool.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Mostly imagination. My current WIP, Breaking the Cycle, is based on real life experiences. But the rest is mostly imagined.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
I don’t have a specific muse. I have found I have a muse for each of my heroes. There are three of them but they don’t have a specific name. They sort of take on the name of the character I am working on.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I am about to start a time travel/fantasy sci-fi shortly.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
Karen Marie Moning and Jean Joachim. I love what they write!
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Right now my favorite female character is Livvy Randall from the weekly free read, Innocent til Proven Guilty. She had fire and spunk and isn’t afraid to state her mind. My favorite male character is Sloan O’Riley. He’s smooth, charismatic, a little evil, and protects what he loves with everything he’s got.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Finding the time to write. I always get great ideas when there is no time to get them down on paper.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Don’t give up. There are days when it gets really tough and it would be easy to throw in the towel. Don’t. It will get better and it will be so worth it.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I would be working the day job. And a whole lot less happy.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
I did a lot of research of Ireland for the Black Irish Series. My husband and I both have Irish ancestry. I would love to sneak off to Ireland with him.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
Sloan and Abbey move to Abbey’s hometown of Mount Vernon, Iowa, to start their new lives together away from the chaos of New York City. And they are not alone – they are joined by Gordon, Maggie, and Bartholomew each looking for a fresh start and new love in the small rural town.
Their marriage is put to the test by the reappearance of Abbey’s father, bullies from her high school days, a business opportunity in Miami, and a new baby on the way. When a person from their past comes back looking to make Abbey his own again, will he be able to tear Sloan and Abbey apart forever?
Sloan grasped the doorknob in his hand and turned. He hadn't been home for over three months, except for the short hours of Abbey's ultrasound appointment. When he left, the neighborhood children were enjoying their final days of freedom before school started. Now the leaves littered the ground. The fields that lined the highway from the airport to Mount Vernon were nearly bare as they reached the final stages of harvest.
Miami hadn't gone as smooth as he hoped. He had to rehire contractors. He had to sell the original plot of land and purchase a larger piece of property. Zoning contracts had to be filed twice. Multiple suppliers, from floor tiles to steel girders, had sent the wrong materials. And all Sloan had wanted the whole time was his wife.
Even his trip home was a disaster. They hit one storm after another, grounding them more times than he could count. He had finally thrown in the towel and directed the pilot to land in New York City, so he and Robert could sleep in familiar beds. Sleeping in the penthouse without Abbey had been frustrating. He couldn’t sleep without her by his side in that bed. He had wanted to call her, hoping her voice would help him fall asleep.
However, he never told her he was coming home so that he could surprise her when he walked in the door. If she found him at the penthouse, it would only send her overactive imagination reeling, wondering who he was sleeping with. When is she ever going to trust that she is the only woman in my world? When am I going to convince her that no other woman will ever take her place?
He had left Robert in New York City and made his way back to Iowa. But once again, it was a near miracle he ever arrived. Overnight, ice had formed on the wings of the aircraft. It was four hours before it safely melted away. Then, there had been two more unscheduled stops in the middle of nowhere before the wheels finally set down in Iowa. Des Moines, Iowa. Two hours from home.
He had rented a car to drive the rest of the way. After two days of sitting on his jet, the last thing he had wanted to do was drive. However, at that point, he would have hitchhiked if it got him to Abbey’s arms.
Now he was home. And the first order of business was to lock the front door of his house with him and Abbey inside for at least a day. Or two. Or possibly a week.
He smiled as he saw Abbey's eyes grow wide at the sight of him. "Surprise," he purred.
"Sloan!" She threw her arms around him, hugging him tight to her. He held her as close to him as he could. The feel of her body pressed against his made his heart race. How could I leave this for three months? Lord I’m a fool. He captured her mouth with his in a long, deep kiss.
"I missed you," he whispered.
"I missed you too."
"How is everything, luv? How is business at the gallery?"
Abbey's smile fell. "Great. Just…great. Dani, Sami, and Violet stopped by at least a dozen times to see you."
"Really? They seem like nice girls."
He felt her recoil as she pulled free from his arms. "Sure. They're lovely. Just like everyone else in Mount Vernon."
"Abigail, what's wrong?"
"How do you know everyone around here? I've lived here all my life, but I don't know near what you do."
"I ask questions. I ask people about their lives."
"Obviously not enough, if you honestly believe Dani, Sami, and Violet are good girls. Unless you are into the type of good girls they are. And if you are, there's a gift to you from Dani in the trash at the gallery. And you shouldn't be with me. And it makes me seriously question exactly what you've been doing in Miami."
Sloan glared at Abbey. What the hell has gotten into her? "Maybe the problem isn't with everyone else, Abigail. Maybe the problem is with you."
"I can't…" She pressed her lips together in a thin line. With a huff, she stormed up the stairs.
Sloan exhaled as he heard the bedroom door slam. Yep. I'm glad to be home.
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The Troubles, the third book of the Black Irish Series, will be out in November 2013. When Abbey’s life is put in danger, Sloan does the only thing he knows will keep her safe - he divorces her. But is he able to handle the consequences of letting her go, especially the other men who want to be part of her life?