10 – 4 Tuesday

19 Mar

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 ALittleBitCupid_cover_FINAL-500Publishing 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

okay guy.”

“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

and all.”

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!

I hope people will check out A Little Bit Cupid for 99 cents on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

Also, feel free to friend me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter!


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35 responses to “10 – 4 Tuesday

  1. Jennifer Shirk

    March 19, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Thanks for having me!!

    • ChristineWarner

      March 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Thanks for coming on the blog Jennifer….I enjoyed our interview 🙂

  2. Julie Jarnagin

    March 19, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Fun interview. What would we do without Google? 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      March 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Google rocks Julie! lol Thanks for coming by 🙂

  3. Nina Croft

    March 19, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Loved the excerpt, Jennifer and can’t wait to read A Little Bit Charming!

    • ChristineWarner

      March 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

      I’m with you Nina…so glad you dropped in 🙂

  4. Jenna Rutland

    March 19, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Sounds like a really cute story, Jennifer! When you find out about the zombies, can you let me know? 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      March 19, 2013 at 11:01 am

      LOL…she needs to let us all know. Thanks so much for stopping in Jenna 🙂

  5. Kristina Knight

    March 19, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Love the concept, Jennifer…off to go check it out.:)

  6. Bethanne

    March 19, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Loved A Little Bit Cupid. 😀 Enjoyed your interview, Jennifer. Thanks for sharing…

    • ChristineWarner

      March 19, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Glad you enjoyed the interview Bethanne…and love the testimonial about A Little Bit Cupid.

  7. Sutton Fox (@suttonfox)

    March 19, 2013 at 9:35 am

    A Little Bit Cupid is a fun read. Looking forward to A Little Bit Charming! Thanks for the fun interview.

    • ChristineWarner

      March 19, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Thanks for stopping by Sutton…glad you liked the interview 🙂

  8. Jennifer Shirk

    March 19, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Awww…thanks, everyone!

  9. Cait

    March 19, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I’m off to get A Little Bit Cupid — exactly what I mean right about now — have some time to pass in a nice manner (after the morning I’ve had) Yay. Thanks Jennifer!

    • ChristineWarner

      March 19, 2013 at 11:02 am

      So glad you found a story you’re going to pick up Cait. It sounds like a winner for sure 🙂

  10. Jennifer Lowery

    March 19, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Awesome interview! And I am so with you, Jennifer, on getting the first draft done! Definitely brutal! It’s my least favorite part of writing. I love the edits stage too. Your books sounds like a fun read! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. D'Ann Lindun

    March 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Real nice interview! I love the first draft!!!

    • ChristineWarner

      March 19, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      So glad you came by D’Ann 🙂 I love the first draft too, but I love edits even more. I’m always so excited when it’s over to see how the characters are developed and so improved 🙂

  12. Samanthe Beck

    March 19, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Fun interview. I loved the Four, and yeah, I think you gotta go with Tooth Fairy. Easter Bunny gets the candy, but all that hopping! Look forward to reading A Little Bit Charming when it comes out.

    • ChristineWarner

      March 19, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      LOL…good point about the Easter Bunny Samanthe..thanks for coming by and so glad to know you enjoyed the four 🙂

  13. ellaquinnauthor

    March 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Great excerpts. I love your ideas. Tweeted.

  14. Robin Bielman

    March 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Hi Christine and Jennifer! I loved this! Great questions and answers. And I loved A Little Bit Cupid! I’m looking forward to the next one!

    • ChristineWarner

      March 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks so much Robin…glad you enjoyed our interview. I loved getting to know Jennifer better 🙂

  15. Ally Broadfield

    March 19, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Wonderful interview, ladies! Can’t wait to read your other books, Jennifer!

    • ChristineWarner

      March 19, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Ally….thanks for coming by!

  16. Sharon Cullen

    March 19, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    What a fun book! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  17. Hayson

    March 20, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I loved reading parts of your book, thanks for sharing. I’m really looking forward to A Little bit Charming oh and I’d love not to pay taxes as well!

  18. Sharon Cullen

    March 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I want my own writing cottage too!!!!!

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