What to Read Wednesday

25 Apr

It’s Wednesday again and time to meet another awesome author.  Let’s welcome JUDY POWELL, author of HOT SUMMER 🙂

Make sure to leave a comment after the interview because one lucky commenter is going to win a copy of her book!!!

So sit back and ENJOY…

Welcome to What to Read Wednesday Judy!  I’m excited to have you here.  Tell us about yourself in 30 words or less 🙂

Thanks for having me, Christine.  In a nutshell I’m a lover of words.  I love reading, writing and studying.  I love travel and usually set my stories on tropical islands.

I love it!  If you were a cartoon character, which one would you be and why?

Since childhood I’ve always connected with Daffy Duck.  He’s crazy and can be really annoying but he’s lovable just the same.  Hopefully, I’m lovable without being crazy and annoying : )

Board games or video games?

Definitely board games.  I’m not a fast-paced person.  I prefer the simple things in life – reading a good book while munching on popcorn or lying on the beach under a palm tree.  Video games are a bit too much excitement for boring old me.

Even though I enjoy a video games at times, I always love a good board game!  What genre (s) do you write?

I’ve written six romance novels and two literary fiction novels so you see where my interest lies.  I absolutely love romance.  The more conflict and drama, the better!

Sounds like a perfect recipe to me Judy!  Describe your writing space.

Chaos.  My laptop is sitting on the dining table with notebooks and romance novels piled on one side, pencils and paper on the other.  Needless to say, my son and I no longer have the use of this table for meals.  We use the kitchen table instead.  Oh, for the day when I can have a real writing space, like an office!

Offices are over-rated.  I have an one, but still prefer to write in the living room on the sofa 🙂  Share a blurb about your latest release.

Here’s a little bit about ‘Hot Summer’ –

A hot-tempered spitfire and a sexy, arrogant man – put them together and sparks fly!

After her first embarrassing encounter Summer Jones vows to stay away from suave record producer, Lance Munroe. But then she ends up working for the man. Her quick temper and sharp tongue keep landing her in hot water with him but no matter how hard she tries she can’t deny her growing attraction for him. Then they go on a business trip to Jamaica – and her world is turned upside down.

Lance is intrigued by the feisty woman who practically tells him off the first time they meet. When they begin working together he realizes how much he enjoys the challenge of taming the little tigress. But, before he knows it, he’s the one caught in the snare of passion. The tables are turned – the tigress has tamed the lion.

You had me with your awesome cover, but the blurb sealed the deal!  Describe your hero using 5 words.

Lance is strong, dark, handsome, self-confident and assertive.

And can I add he’s sounding YUMMY?  Lol  Now your heroine.

Summer is petite, independent, feisty, curious, and strong-willed.

(No wonder they clash)

She sounds like the perfect woman to ‘tame’ him.  🙂  What was the easiest part about writing this story?

The easiest part was establishing the settings because I’ve lived and worked in both Chicago and Jamaica so it was like describing home.  No research required.

The hardest?

The hardest part was staying motivated.  I begin so many stories and get to chapter ten then I throw the book down.  I want to move on to something new.  In order to stay focused I have to reenergize myself, light a new spark and get the creative juices flowing.  I may do this by creating a twist in the story or throwing in a mystery.  I usually get caught up in this new direction and write quickly to the end.

Great tip.  How did you come up with the title?

My heroine is Summer Jones and a good portion of the story is set in Jamaica so a good friend of mine suggested that I call it ‘Hot Summer’.  It’s a play on the hot summer sun in Jamaica and Summer Jones as a hot (as in feisty) young woman.

Please share an excerpt of your book.

Here you go:

As he spoke he leaned back into the couch and peered up at her through half-closed eyes. She turned away from his gaze and quickly opened the bottles and poured bubbling liquid into both glasses.

“Here you go,” she said with a smile and handed him the drink. She sat on the edge of the sofa beside him but as far away as was polite. She put the glass to her lips and sipped the sharp cold liquid, feeling the bubbles bursting in her mouth.

She felt his eyes on her and gulped more liquid, then opened her eyes wide as it flooded her throat. Her eyes burned and she struggled to swallow but it was no use. Before she could cover her mouth she coughed violently, spraying her lap and the coffee table with soda.

Summer clapped her hands over her mouth, but too late. The damage was already done.  Her eyes grew huge with distress and she looked across at Lance, hot with embarrassment.

“Are you alright?” He’d quickly rested his glass on the table and was leaning towards her, a large white handkerchief in his hand. She took it gratefully, still coughing. Then the spasms gradually subsided and she was able to look at him again. Her eyes were brimming with tears.

“Are you crying?” He looked incredulous, almost out of his depth, as he raised his hand and wiped away a tear with his thumb.

Summer dabbed at her eyes, sniffed, then looked up at him again, her lips curling into a grin.  “Of course not, silly. I’m not crying. It’s the coughing that made my eyes fill up with tears.” Somehow, seeing him look so nonplussed had made her more at ease with him.

“Silly, huh?” He smiled back at her.  “You’re the one who gulped down a carbonated drink too fast and ended up losing the whole lot all over yourself. So, who’s silly?”

While he was speaking Lance had rested his arm at the back of the couch right behind her head and had begun to gently stroke her nape with his thumb. Summer swallowed hard but couldn’t get the lump out of her throat.

“I guess…I am,” she said, her voice breathless.

“Yes,” he whispered as he leaned forward to press his warm lips against the side of her neck, “you are.”

Summer’s breath came in shallow gasps as she sat still, not feeling she could move even if she wanted to. She was like a bird frozen in the mesmerizing stare of a snake, knowing it was about to be eaten alive but not able to make a move to save its own life.

She moaned and closed her eyes as his lips stroked the sensitive skin then moved to the base of her throat where he licked softly and gently. She didn’t realize that she was still clutching the handkerchief tightly in her hand until she felt his strong fingers pry hers open to pull it away so that he could seduce her palm with his thumb.

“Relax, baby.” He moved his lips up her neck and to her ear.  “You’re so tense. Just relax.”

As he spoke he pushed her back gently into the plush pillows and began to nibble her ear lobe. He gave a lick just behind her ear and shock waves ran down her spine.

“Oh, God,” she breathed, “what are you doing to me?”

“What someone should have done to you a long time ago, Summer Jones,” he whispered.  “Teach you what it means to be a woman.”

He dipped his head and slid his lips back down her neck, over her collar bone and down to that oh, so sensitive place between the curves of her breasts. Here he paused and she held her breath, eyes shut tight, wondering if he was going to stop now. She prayed he wouldn’t.

She was not disappointed. An involuntary gasp escaped her lips as he slipped a warm tongue down her cleavage, sliding it between the orbs and teasing her soft flesh until her body screamed and she felt she would die from the sweet sensation. She grabbed the back of his head and pressed him into her, wanting more of the pleasure, more of the sweetness…

What is the most difficult for you to write:  characters, conflict or emotion?

I guess the most difficult for me to write would be the emotion mainly because I like to zone into the emotional scenes.  If the character is laughing, I laugh, too (yes, I mean out loud) and if she cries there are tears in my eyes.  It’s hard to get into the zone when there are distractions around.  However, even if I’m sneaking in some minutes of writing while waiting for my son to finish karate class I still do my best to transport myself to a special place.

Do you have a particular time of the day that is easiest for you to get the words flowing?

For me, the easiest time of day is early in the morning before the phones start ringing and my son is up.  I’m up at 4:00 a.m. on weekdays and 5:00 on weekends and work for about 3 hours before switching to the demands of the day.  I also try to squeeze in a few minutes here and there throughout the day.

What are you working on now…and no I don’t mean laundry or dishes, I mean a current WIP? 🙂

Okay, so in addition to the laundry and the dishes I’m working on a story set in Miami involving a steamy romance between a Canadian photographer (who’s a real hunk, I must say) and a rebel kind of girl who runs a hotel resort in Florida.  The two collide (literally) at a photo shoot that takes place on the hotel grounds.

Sounds like we can expect another good read.  What are 3 writing tips you’d like to share with other authors or prospective authors with us today?

First and most important, keep on writing.  Never let anything get in the way of your work.  Even if you can only do a page a day, do it.  By the end of the year you’ll be at page 365.  Second, read voraciously in your chosen genre so that you can learn what is successful.  Everyone’s voice is different and everyone’s style is different but if you understand what your audience is looking for then you can tailor your story to find a home in their hearts.  Finally, promote, promote!  What’s the use of having a great story if nobody reads it?  Do local appearances, do online promotions and connect with bloggers such as yourself who are so instrumental in getting a book out into the public eye.  A good book and good publicity – a winning combination!

Wonderful advice 🙂 And finally Judy, where can we find you and your book?

All my books –  Hot Summer; Hot Chocolat; Some Like It Hot; Coffee, Cream and Curry – are available on

On my website I’ve also listed the bookstores that carry my novels –

Thank you so much for joining us today on What to Read Wednesday Judy!  I’m so glad you visited!

Thank you for having me, Christine.  I wish you and your readers all the best!

REMEMBER…If you’d like to win a copy of Judy’s book HOT SUMMER, please leave a comment.  The winner will be drawn tomorrow morning and Judy will send that lucky someone their copy!


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60 responses to “What to Read Wednesday

  1. Loralee Lillibridge

    April 25, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Great interview, as always, Christine. Hi, Judy! Your book sounds like a fun read. Can’t wait to try it! Good luck!

    • ChristineWarner

      April 25, 2012 at 7:03 am

      Thanks for coming by Loralee! I agree, Judy’s book sounds like it’ll be fun 🙂

    • Judy Powell

      April 25, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Loralee. Much appreciated!

  2. Callie Hutton

    April 25, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Best of luck with your book, Judy. I’m sure it will be a huge success.

    • ChristineWarner

      April 25, 2012 at 10:24 am

      I agree Callie..glad you dropped in!

    • Judy Powell

      April 25, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      Thanks so much, Callie. Thanks for dropping by!

  3. divavixenqueen

    April 25, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Congratulations Judy, on your book. It sounds great. Really good interview too.

    • ChristineWarner

      April 25, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Glad you came by and enjoyed the interview and the sounds of Judy’s book!

    • Judy Powell

      April 25, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Thanks, divavixenqueen. Love the name : )

  4. Tereasa Bellew

    April 25, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Reallty great interview ladies! And I tend to agree with you Judy, halfway through I’m easily distracted. Am going to use your advice and toss in a new twist! Hot Summer sounds like a great summer read!

    • ChristineWarner

      April 25, 2012 at 10:25 am

      I thought her advice was sound as well…I do the same thing at times and it’s hard to get back into the groove of your WIP. Thanks for coming by Tere.

    • Judy Powell

      April 25, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Hi Tereasa,

      It also helps if you have a friend who calls and bugs you every day to see if you achieved your day’s writing goal. I have a friend like that and boy, is he tough? Sagging middle or not, I have to get cracking (or else I have to pay a fine) : )

  5. Kristina Knight

    April 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Great interview – I’m a board-video game girl. I love the DVD versions of Trivial Pursuit and Scene It – they’re so much fun, but they still move rather slowly.

    Good luck with the book – sounds like a great read.

    • ChristineWarner

      April 25, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Thanks for coming by Kristi!

    • Judy Powell

      April 25, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      Hi Kristina,

      I never heard of a board-video game but I’ve got to try that. Sounds like fun! : )

  6. Ally Broadfield

    April 25, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Loved the excerpt. Best of luck with this book.

    • ChristineWarner

      April 25, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Her excerpt really pulled me in too Ally! Thanks for coming by.

    • Judy Powell

      April 25, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      Thanks for your best wishes, Ally!

  7. Cait

    April 25, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Hot Summer sounds fab, Judy. Nice one. Good luck with it all. Lovely interview too Christine!

    • ChristineWarner

      April 25, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Thanks Cait, glad you came by!

    • Judy Powell

      April 25, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      Hi Cait,

      Thanks so much for your good words! : )

  8. Jenna Jaxon

    April 25, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Sounds like a hot summer read! Best of luck, Judy.

    • ChristineWarner

      April 25, 2012 at 10:26 am

      That it does Jenna. Thanks for coming by to comment.

    • Judy Powell

      April 25, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Hi Jenna,

      I sometimes tell my readers if they can’t make it to the islands at least they can escape to it in the book. Hopefully, the experience will be almost as nice. Hey, who am I kidding? : ) Nothing beats the real thing, right?

  9. D'Ann Lindun

    April 25, 2012 at 10:16 am

    You lived in Jamaica??? Lucky!

    • ChristineWarner

      April 25, 2012 at 10:27 am

      You summed that up nicely D’Ann! LOL…thanks for coming by.

    • Judy Powell

      April 25, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      Hi D’Ann,

      I’ve been sort of hopping around the place, living in Chicago, Jamaica, Canada, and for a short while in France and Puerto Rico. I love to travel. Wish I could do it without the plane rides, though. I like ‘terra firma’ beneath my feet at all times : ) (okay, so I’m chicken; just can’t get used to flying)

  10. Jennifer Lowery

    April 25, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Wonderful interview, ladies! Love the cover of your book, Judy! Can’t wait to read it!

    • ChristineWarner

      April 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

      For sure Jennifer…don’t you just want to sit back on a beach blanket and read this book…that cover makes me think sun, surf and sand! Thanks for coming by Jennifer!

    • Judy Powell

      April 25, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for the compliment on my cover and on the interview. So glad you were able to stop by.

      All the best!

  11. Sheri Fredricks

    April 25, 2012 at 11:24 am

    LOL @ D’Ann – I’m like: She gets up at 4AM?? Great interview. I love learning how other authors find time to write.

    • ChristineWarner

      April 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Thanks for coming by and commenting Sheri!

    • Judy Powell

      April 25, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      Hi Sheri,

      I’m up at 4 in the morning and the day still flies by! It looks like I’m going to have to cut out sleeping altogether : )

  12. Autumn Jones Lake, Aspiring Author

    April 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Love the interview and writing tips!

    • ChristineWarner

      April 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Glad you found us Autumn!

    • Judy Powell

      April 25, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Love your name! Wow! You’ve been blessed with a name full of imagery. Be sure to thank your parents : )

  13. Brenda

    April 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Great excerpt and interview–and why yes, I would love to win a copy of Judy’s book.

    • ChristineWarner

      April 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Glad you stopped by Brenda! Your name is entered…GOOD LUCK!

    • Judy Powell

      April 25, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Thanks for dropping in, Brenda, and for your kind words.


  14. Neecy Kelly

    April 25, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I’m with you Judy, so hate the saggy middle! LOL And you are right you have to give it a twist or you lose your story…
    Great meeting you and may I say I really like the cover of your story!.
    Hope I win,

    • ChristineWarner

      April 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks for dropping by Denice! I love her cover too!

    • Judy Powell

      April 25, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Hi Neecy,

      Glad you like the cover. I can see you’re a writer as well. You know all about the sagging middle. Hey, writing is hard work – but so fulfilling, too.

      Good luck with your writing!

  15. Shannon

    April 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I love these questions! We really get to see a different side of the author LOL Thanks for having Judy on your blog today!

    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

    • ChristineWarner

      April 25, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      Thanks for coming by and commenting Shannon!

    • Judy Powell

      April 25, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Christine is wonderful, isn’t she? She gave me some great questions! : )

  16. sarahballance

    April 25, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Hi, Judy! Great to see you again and get another glimpse into your writerly ways. (And don’t tell Christine, but I’m still dreaming of my one-day-office. *grins*)

    • ChristineWarner

      April 25, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      LOL…I can hear you Sarah! lmbo

      I bet if you get your office, you’ll find yourself gravitating toward the area you write at now…

      Thanks for coming by!

    • Judy Powell

      April 25, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Hi Sarah,

      Glad to connect with you again! And dreaming about that one-day office? You and me both! : )

  17. Katherine Grey

    April 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Great interview Christine and Judy. Judy, I also write at the dining room table. It’s a big table (seats 8 without the leaf insert) so while I try to pick up my writing things when I’m done for the day, I do on occasion leave it at the opposite end from where my small family eats its meals. I so identify with you on writing parts of books and then going on to something else. I have at least 4 half finished manuscripts on the shelf in my closet. After realizing I was never going to finish anything if I kept that up, I focus on the manuscript I’m writing at that time but allow myself to jot down notes, ideas, dialog, scenes for that next one that’s saying, “hey, write me.” It helps me stay on track with my current WIP and lets me get excited about the next one.

    • ChristineWarner

      April 25, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks for coming by Katherine! I have been finding that lately I’m working on 2 projects at once and when I run into a wall with one, I shift to the other and mull it over while I work on the next project…so jumping back and forth lately has been helping me write 🙂

    • Judy Powell

      April 25, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      Hi Katherine,

      We’re the dining table girls! : ) I’m glad I have a partner-in-crime on comandeering the family dining table. (well, at least yours is pretty big).

      Love your technique on keeping up with half-written manuscripts. I think I’ll try it.

      Thanks for the idea!

  18. Nancy LaPonzina

    April 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    What a fabulous cover! Should make a terrific summer read to tote to the beach! Great interview!

    • ChristineWarner

      April 25, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      Exactly what I thought Nancy! Thanks for coming by!

    • Judy Powell

      April 25, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      Thanks for the compliment, Nancy. Glad you love the cover. All the best to you!

  19. larissahoffman

    April 25, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    The book sounds good & what a cute title! Thanks for sharing, Judy, & thanks for the fun interview, Christine!

    • ChristineWarner

      April 25, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Glad you came by Larissa!

    • Judy Powell

      April 25, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      Hi Larissa,

      Great to meet you. It was a joy to be here.


  20. ChristineWarner

    April 25, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Thanks so much Judy for visiting What to Read Wednesday! I’m so glad you could stop in for a chat and to share your book. Definitely on my list. Good luck with your writing 🙂

  21. Judy Powell

    April 25, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    To you Christine, and to all your readers, thank you for inviting me into your lovely circle of friends. It’s been great, and you all have been so welcoming. Thanks, again, for a wonderful experience!

  22. ChristineWarner

    April 26, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    CONGRATS TO AUTUMN JONES LAKE for winning the copy of HOT SUMMER by Judy Powell. I’ve sent you an email to confirm and you should be hearing from Judy with a copy of your ebook soon!


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