WOOT WOOT…you know what day it is don’t you? That’s right..Wednesday! Which means one thing….time for WHAT TO READ WEDNESDAY :) Today we have author NANA MALONE here and she’s going to tell us about herself and her latest release SEXY IN STILETTOS…and that’s not all—one lucky commenter will WIN a copy of her book :)
So let’s get started!
Welcome to What to Read Wednesday Nana! I’m excited you’re here and excited for someone to win a copy of your book…it sounds fun! Tell us five things about you the person, not the author. :)
Oh I’m just your average Ghanaian/American girl who lives in sunny San Diego with an American husband who thinks my family is crazy. My Big Fat Greek Wedding has nothing on us. In my infinite spare time, I chase around my two year old trying to tame her wild mane of hair, try and corral my spunky Scottie and occasionally let my hubby pamper me.
Your life sounds busy and fun! What’s your favorite comfort food?
Plantain. Pretty much any way you can make it but it’s my favorite thing in the world. In Ghana we have a version called Kelewele. Super ripe plantain cut into tiny pieces and spiced with pepper and ginger and garlic and deep friend. OMG, makes me homesick.
If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you’d put into effect?
First law, all men must do the dishes. Anyone who makes over a million in salary, must “adopt” a family living in poverty and bring them to middle income.
Love your laws…I was excited about the men doing dishes, but your 2nd law is perfect! What genre (s) do you write?
Paranormal Romance and Multicultural Contemporary Romance
What are the first 3 sentences of your book?
I have to cheat a smidge :) I’m not counting the fragments: He looks ready to kill me. Jaya Trudeaux searched her father’s usually impassive, though now clearly angry, features. Furrowed brows, check. Tight lips, check. Throbbing vein above his left brow accompanied by a slight twitch in the left eye, courtesy of a long ago tango with a door jamb, check and check.
What’s worse than having to watch your sister marry your ex fiancé? How about when that fiancé fires you from the family business?
Hyper-organized, event planner Jaya Trudeaux is used to doing things by the book and never making waves. It’s a strategy that’s served her well until she finds herself in failure alley with no fiancé, no job and her thirtieth birthday looming. Maybe it’s time to change her methods. Starting with an unlikely date to the wedding from hell.
The only thing that can tie carefree playboy, Alec Danthers down is his formidable step mother. When she calls him home to help find his wayward brother, he never imagines an uptight, list making, sass- talking woman would make him think about putting down roots.
Can Jaya put the lists down long enough to enjoy the ride that is Alec? Will Alec stop running long enough to recognize true love?
Warning: Sexy, sass talking women will make you laugh, cry and want a pair of killer footwear.
Excellent blurb…I definitely want to read this! Describe your hero through your heroine’s eyes…and feel free to quote her :)
To Jaya, Alec is messy. Or rather his life is. He has no plans, no order and it makes her nuts. He’s the freewheeling never make a plan or commitment type. He’s charming and slick and could give someone like Matt Bomer a run for his money. Simply put, doesn’t think she could ever be with someone like him. From Jaya: “Does this approach ever work for you? The whole I’m-sexy-and-have-more-charm-than-brains thing?”
Please share an excerpt of SEXY IN STILETTOS:
Come on, Trudeaux. Shoulders back, chin up. You are amazing. Jaya was well aware of the impact the three of them made in the crowded lounge. They weren’t the typical San Diego girls, tall, blonde and leggy—but they were stunning in the way they stood out from the crowd with their brown skin and dark hair. Or at least, she could be made stunning just by standing between her friends. With Ricca’s curves and Micha’s striking looks and hair, nobody could help but look twice. For once though, she didn’t bask secretly in the glow of secondary adoration. But maybe Micha was right. If she faked it, she’d start feeling better.
They selected the booth by the bar. It had easy access to drinks, a great view of the dance floor, and was close to the side exit in case the place was packed and they didn’t want to go the lobby of the Westhorpe Hotel to get out.
Jaya slid into the booth, careful to keep the skirt of her dress bunched. The damn thing was so frothy and flirty, every time she moved, the skirts threatened to lift up and expose her ass to the world. The top was no better. The neckline was so daring, she hadn’t bothered to wear a bra with it, putting her goods even more on display. But at least she was comfortable in the shoes. They felt like padded silk and they looked amazing. The perfect complement to the dress.
Once their drinks arrived, Jaya raised her glass as she tried to shake the feeling that someone was watching her. Though, given the Do-Me shoes and the Look-At-Me dress, she should have been more surprised if someone wasn’t watching her.
“Okay, listen closely, ladies, because this is the only time you’ll be hearing this from my mouth. You were right.” She paused for effect. “I do feel better. Thanks to you guys, I’m not pulling the death-by-cookies-‘n’-cream routine. And—I have a plan.”
Ricca raised her glass and clinked it with Jaya’s.
Micha’s grin was broad as she spoke. “I knew we’d see the old you eventually—Planning and everything. Soon you’ll be making one of us a to-do list. You’re on the road to recovery.” She took a sip of her Lemon Drop, her ruby-red lips closing around the rim of her martini glass. “So, what’s the plan? Should I get my shovel? Will this require a trip to the desert and a body burial?”
“As much as I would love to throw Derrick in a ditch, I’ve got something else in mind.” With the hairs on her neck standing at attention and making her take furtive look around, she continued in a softer voice. “I’m going to finish my drink. Then I’m going to get my job back—and oust the interloper from my family.”
Micha and Ricca exchanged wide-eyed looks. “I prefer the desert idea,” Micha mumbled.
“Well, okay. As soon as I legally get rid of him, I’ll don the sexiest of cat-burglar-chic and help you dig.” Jaya sighed cheerily as she took another sip of her drink. “I will be back on top in no time.”
Ricca’s happy face went from friendly bolstering to wary concern. “Exactly what is the plan?”
A shot of adrenaline zinged through Jaya . Now that she had a strategy, the tension was already rolling out of her shoulders. “First thing’s first. I’m going to get a date to Tamara’s wedding. There’s no way I can show up alone. It just screams ‘I’m a jobless loser who can’t even find a boyfriend.’”
Micha slapped the table top. “At last. Now you’re talking sense. I told you all that I’m-strong-enough-to-go-to-the-wedding-alone nonsense was bullshit.”
“Yes, you were right. There’s no way I want to show up alone.” She shrugged. “Besides, it won’t hurt to have somebody hot as a fixture. Someone who won’t think Tamara is the most beautiful woman on the planet and the sun shines out of her ass.”
Micha snickered. “Is that what a sunrise looks like?”
What’s the hardest part of the writing process for you?
Edits. Anyone who knows me knows I hate to edit. In my brain the story is done. (Even though it’s not)
The first flush of the story idea. I have ideas ying yang. Just need the cloning machine to write them all. Lol.
Describe your writing space.
Space? Ha! Anywhere I can have access to Drop Box and can get ten minutes to write. With a two year old, you find your time when you can.
What’s the easiest part of a book to write for you…the beginning, middle or end?
The meet. I can always see it in my head. It’s almost always the moment I think about first.
What are you working on now? :)
I’m working on edits for Forsaken Protector the second in the Protector Series. Right after that it’s edits on Sultry in Stilettos, the second in the In Stilettos Series. Then three more books this year.
Congratulations on all your success! Do you have one piece of advice you’d like to share with a newbie author?
Listen to your gut. You know best for your story.
Wonderful advice! And finally, where can we find you and your book(s) Nana?
All kinds of placesJ
Thank you so much for having me Christine!
And thank you for sitting down to chat with us Nana! I’m so glad you visited! Remember everyone, if you’d like to win a copy of Nana’s book SEXY IN STILETTOS leave a comment with your email address :) GOOD LUCK!!!!