Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday! This is a forum where I’ll feature an author who will answer 10 questions about their book and a few personal things and then 4 questions for fun 🙂 So let’s get started.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to author Jennifer Shirk! She has a fun FLIRT out with Entangled Publishing and will be sharing her 10, followed by her 4 and then an excerpt of her book A LITTLE BIT CUPID.
Jennifer has also agreed to give one lucky commenter a copy of A LITTLE BIT CUPID 🙂
But if you can’t wait for the drawing, this fun read is a bargain at .99! And don’t you just love that cute cover? Anyway, enough of my ramblings. Let’s meet Jennifer and get this interview started.
Hi, Jennifer, thanks for joining me on 10-4 Tuesday…I hope you’re ready for some fun!
First the 10:
To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.
Thanks, Christine! I have a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped me with my writing career. But I like to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.
I reside in a beach resort in NJ, so when not writing or working on my tan, I’m taking care of my most treasured possessions: my husband, daughter, four hermit crabs and guinea pig, Rocco. 🙂
Love it and I absolutely love your guinea pigs name. Rocco is perfect. What genre (s) do you write?
I’m typically a sweet romance author. Sometimes plain contemporary romance and sometimes romantic comedy. But A Little Bit Cupid is my first contemporary fantasy (with humor thrown in)
Share your blurb from A LITTLE BIT CUPID:
Finding love should be easy, but wedding photographer Phoebe Ward knows better. When Cupid shows up on a crazy mission to help her —and save the world in the process—Phoebe realizes love might be even more complicated than she thought. Even with Cupid showing her Mr. Right , she can’t stop thinking about his best friend, Mr. Wrong.
Cal Crawford has never had time for love, but now he’s falling for Phoebe. Which means it’s got to be just plain wrong to set her up with his best friend, right? But even though seeing Phoebe with someone else will break his heart, he can’t walk away from her.
Phoebe can’t afford to choose the wrong guy with the fate of the world at stake. But maybe Cupid has it wrong. Maybe she has to rely just a little bit on Cupid, and a whole lot more on her heart.
What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
Honestly? The editing. Getting the first words down on paper is brutal. But once the characters and story are there, it’s fun to dress them up and make them more fun to read about.
I agree 🙂 Describe your hero in FIVE words.
Cal is smart, witty, down-to-earth, guarded and HOT.
Now your heroine.
Phoebe is sympathetic, funny, charming, talented, and stubborn
Great descriptions…I like them both already. How did you come up with the idea for A LITTLE BIT CUPID?
I was afraid someone would ask me this because…I don’t know! I decided to write this for my Fast Draft course and at that point you just don’t think too much, you just WRITE. LOL
Love your honesty…and love that you hit a home run in your fast draft course. Congrats 🙂 What makes A LITTLE BIT CUPID different than other books in the same genre?
I really put in a lot of humor in the book. Plus if you think you have an idea of what Cupid looks like, think again. LOL
Okay, I’m even more intrigued now. What was the most surprising discovery for you about becoming a published author?
That the real work comes AFTER you write the book with all the promoting and social media involvement needed.
Definitely! Give us a quickie synopsis of your favorite scene from A LITTLE BIT CUPID:
Cal sighed. “Just save me a dance at the fund-raiser.”
“I think I can manage that. Hey, you know, you’re a pretty
“Thanks.” He rolled his eyes. “That’s quite the
She laughed. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean it to come out that
way. I just meant that you’re…”
“Hot?” he finished hopefully.
She laughed again. “I was going to say special. But yes,
you’re cute, too. I’m glad we became friends.”
Special. Cute. Friends. He wished she’d just cut his
testicles off and be done with it already. Depending on the
next adjective she chose for him, he would either qualify as
a card-carrying member of the Emasculated Men’s Club or a
Muppet. No wonder he’d avoided love for as long as he had.
When it went unrequited, it truly sucked.
I always love reading snippets from the heroes POV. What’s your current WIP?
I’m working on a new sweet full length romance called Falling for the Write Man set in Napa California and another sweet/fantasy novella called A Little Bit Charming.
You pick some awesome titles Jennifer. Good luck with your WIP’s…
Now the 4:
You were accidentally struck in the head with Cupid’s arrow! Whew…you’re okay, but the accident was caused by you running in front of him when he was preparing to aim and shoot and make an awesome hook between Prince Harry and…well, we can’t say because it’s been rescheduled and the tabloids are everywhere! Now you’re in court and Judge Judy sentences you to a year of duties where you’ll need to take the place of one of the following mascots…who will you choose? The Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, The Grim Reaper, Santa, Uncle Sam, Cupid…or another. And what are you basing your choice on?
Love that premise! I might have to steal it for a book. LOL I think I’d take The Tooth Fairy. It would just be night work and there’d be no heavy lifting involved. 🙂
Finish this sentence: I’d run 100 miles in a bikini, eat worms, and do the dishes by hand for a year if I never had to…
pay taxes. LOL My life would be simpler.
You get to have a book a day sent to you for the rest of your life…do you want your reads send in ebook format for your ereader or do you want print?
Definitely ebooks! I wouldn’t be able to store them otherwise, plus that is what I read most. 🙂
You wake up and look out the window, realizing the zombie apocalypse has become a reality…what’s the first thing you’ll do?
Lock the doors! Then Google how to kill zombies. 🙂
Enjoyed your answers…Thanks for sharing your 10 and 4. Please share an excerpt from A Little Bit Cupid!
“Well, who are you waiting for?” the man asked. “I know
a lot of people in the building.”
She bit her lip. “Um, Adam Lovello.”
One corner of his mouth twisted upward. “Really?” he
said, dragging out the first syllable of the word. “As it happens,
Adam is my roommate. For a little while longer, anyway.
He’s still looking for his own place. In the meantime, I live
conveniently close to the hospital for him.”
Roommate? Uh-oh. Cosmo should have clued her in
about Adam having a roommate. Something like that would
have been nice to know.
She gulped. “Wow, what a small world. Adam didn’t
mention a roommate.”
“Hmm,” was all he said. He dropped his gaze and checked
his watch. “Adam won’t be down for a while. He had a late
night at the hospital.”
Crap. She couldn’t go home now. Time was getting away
from her as it was. She had to think of something fast.
“Well, it’s important I see him. I have to tell him…” That
he’s my true love and that he needs to kiss me before midnight
on Valentine’s Day or love will be wiped off the planet. “…he
won a free session at my photography studio.”
“A free photo session, huh?” His left brow rose a fraction.
“Lucky him. But you could have just called instead of waiting
out here in the cold.”
Of course she could have. Any person with half a brain
would have. Unfortunately she hadn’t relied on her brain—
she had relied on the intellect of a minor Roman god. “Yes,
but…I couldn’t. Because…I lost my phone.” Ooh, nice save.
“And the photo session expires on Valentine’s Day,” she
added, surprising herself with her quick thinking.
Wow, she was a better liar than she thought. Although,
judging by the half smirk on Mr. Hot Roommate’s face, he
didn’t quite share that same belief.
“Well then, maybe you should follow me up and tell him
yourself,” he suggested. “Considering it’s such an emergency
She blinked. “Oh. Yes, it is an emergency. Thank you. That
would be great.”
“I’m Cal Crawford, by the way.” He switched the bag of
bagels he’d been carrying to his left hand and held out his
“Phoebe Ward,” she said, taking his hand. They had been
standing in the cold for a while, so the heat of his skin was a
pleasant surprise. The warmth traveled all the way down to
her toes. But something else transpired when their palms met.
Almost like a static charge. Her fingers tingled. She looked up
and saw his eyes widen. He’d felt it, too.
She promptly disengaged her hand. “Lead the way,” she
He cocked his head to the side, studying her, as though he
were trying to judge whether she was friend or foe. She must
have passed muster, because after a moment, he turned and
punched the code into the keyless lock. Opening the door, he
waited for her to pass.
She took one last glance back, but Cosmo still hadn’t
reappeared. Her stomach muscles tightened. He’d left her on
her own to make this plan work. Great.
She just hoped she wouldn’t screw it up.
Thanks again for joining me on my blog Jennifer. I loved getting to know you better and learning about your books 🙂 AND, don’t forget to leave a comment readers for a chance to win a copy of Jennifer’s book 🙂
Thanks so much for having me today!! It was a lot of fun!