Welcome to WHAT TO READ WEDNESDAY! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season! This is the last Wednesday of 2012 and today I have a fun guest visiting. Please help me in welcoming ROBIN COVINGTON, who is one of my sister authors at Entangled Publishing.
Robin is letting me interview her and also sharing her novella SECRET SANTA BABY which released this month with the Flirt line.
So let’s get started!
I’m thrilled to have you join me today Robin. What five words best describe you?
Eclectic. Tenacious. Alive. Sexy. Loyal.
What’s your favorite comfort food?
Chicken and dumplins. I’m from the South and this is what my Granny used to fix for me when I came home to visit.
I’m not from the South, but I love Chicken and dumplings too! Do you prefer to read with an e-reader or to read “real” books?
I don’t really have a preference but I use my e-reader more often than not. Unless I built a house the size of the New York Public Library, I’d never have enough room for all the books I love. As it is, I get my “keeper’ books in paper even if I have them digitally.
I do the same thing 🙂 What genre (s) do you write?
I write very sexy contemporary romance. I will venture into the paranormal next year.
Oohh, that’s exciting to branch out into another genre! Congrats. Why did you choose contemporary romance?
I love writing books where I can create a happily ever after in the modern day. With so many relationships not working out, I want to write about ones that do because I do believe in love.
Tessa Stoneman hasn’t been able to get long-time friend and business partner Nicholas Boone out of her head since they shared a single kiss in college. Even when she dated Nicholas’s best friend. Now that she’s giving up her position at GameNerdz to strike out on her own—and now that she’s single—maybe it’s the right time to see if there’s still something between them.
Nicholas knows once Tessa leaves the company she helped found, they might drift apart. Before she starts her own company in the new year, he wants to woo the woman he fell in love with during college. So he poses as her Secret Santa, gifts her with items from the song “Santa Baby,” and plans a big reveal at the company holiday party. But when his best friend wants to rekindle his romance with Tessa, will Nicholas lose his last chance?
That’s one intriguing blurb! Let’s play LUCKY SEVEN…choose 7 words that describe your book.
Romantic. Sexy. Fun. Clever. Indulgent. Secret Santa-bulous!
Describe your hero through your heroine’s eyes…and yes, you can quote her.
Here’s the moment Tessa sees Nick for the first time in the book:
Even though he’d been in the United States for almost eight years, his demeanor still screamed “I’m sexy and British,” and when he spoke it was like a sucker punch to her libido. She wanted to hear him whisper dirty things in her ear with that accent. Colin Firth, eat your heart out.
With a slow grin, he pushed his glasses up on his nose and eased his hands into the pockets of his well-worn jeans. The sleeves of his button-up shirt were rolled up, revealing the lean, muscled forearms dusted with the dark blonde hair that was also in unruly waves on his head. Tessa loved it when it fell into his eyes. He needed a haircut and she bit back the reminder just perched on the edge of her tongue. Instead, she let her eyes travel down his long, lean form and back up again. Damn, he even made a sweater vest look good.
Share the first sentence from your book.
First: “So, how was it visiting with the newlyweds?”
Now the last 🙂
Last: “Merry Christmas, Santa…baby.”
Did you have to do a lot of research for this book and if so how did you go about it?
Really none at all. All my working life, my office has had a “Secret Santa” game and when I heard the song, “Santa Baby”, for the millionth time, the story just came to me. I sat down to write it and it flew onto the page.
What’s the best advice you were given on your road to publication?
Never wait for your muse to show up. Write everyday whether you are in the mood or not. If you want to be treated like a professional, then show up for the job everyday and work.
Did anything surprise you about the publishing process?
How much I enjoyed the editing process. Yes – it sucked and it was hard – but I learned so much. It taught me more than any workshop.
I so agree with you there! Would you give us a sneak peek into what your current WIP is?
I’d love to! I am working on a submission for the Brazen line (the super sexy one) at Entangled Publishing and it features a very sexy, Alpha, witty action movie star hero and a sensual, smart romance novelist heroine with writer’s block. They get up to absolutely no good together!
Sounds like it’ll be fun! And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?
Robin Covington, who NYT Best Selling authors, Robyn Carr and Carly Phillips, said was their new “auto-buy author”, writes sizzling hot contemporary and paranormal romance. A Night of Southern Comfort, her best-selling debut was nominated by RT Book Reviews for the 2012 Best Contemporary Romance from an Indie Press for bringing a “fresh, modern feel to the genre while still sticking to the things that get our adrenaline pumping — sex and danger”.When she’s not exploring the theme of fooling around and falling in love, she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Joe Mangianello.
Robin is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Washington Romance Writers, a faculty member at Romance University, a member of the Waterworld Mermaids, a Goddess at The Naked Hero, and a contributor to the Happy Ever After blog at USA Today. You can find Robin on her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter (@RobinCovington).
Entangled Publishing/buy links: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/a-night-of-southern-comfort/
Thanks for joining us today on What to Read Wednesday Robin and good luck with your writing 🙂