I’m so glad you could join me on the blog today! Please help me welcome author Tawna Fenske 🙂 If you haven’t read any of Tawna’s books, you need to click right over to your favorite book buying site and grab a copy of ANY of her books. You won’t be disappointed.
Today Tawna is answering a few questions about herself and her writing. I think you’ll have fun getting to know her because she has an awesome sense of humor. Afterward check out her latest book THE HANG UP and don’t forget to enter her giveaway!
Let’s get started …
Describe yourself in tweet form 🙂 That’s right you get 140 characters.
USA Today bestselling romantic comedy author who likes good wine, big hands, & dirty jokes, and dislikes humorless people & underboob sweat.
lol…love your tweet 🙂 What color is your toothbrush?
I’m not sure of the color, but it vibrates oh-so-delightfully.
What’s the last thing you ate that had bacon in it?
I don’t remember, which is tremendously sad. Bacon-wrapped apricots, maybe? I’m going to need to rectify this with a BLT pronto.
BLT is always my go to bacon treat! What was the first word that hit your brain when you saw the cover for THE HANG UP?
Why am I suddenly talking like a caveman?
Tell us 2 fun facts about your hero and then your heroine?
Jason Sanders has never held a job that required him to wear anything besides hiking boots and cargo pants, so donning a suit and tie for his new CEO gig is proving to be a challenge. And even though he knows damn well what spelunking is, he kinda wishes Miriam’s guess was correct and that it’s a sex act instead of a fancy way of saying cave exploration.
Miriam Ashley’s idea of “outdoorsy” involves walking outside to get the mail (in high heels, of course). She might be the sleek, professional co-owner of a PR and branding firm and an award-winning graphic designer, but when she’s bored in meetings, she doodles penises on her notepad.
I like Miriam already! I love choosing character names, how did you go about choosing yours?
I’m connected with a lot of former high school classmates on Facebook, even though I haven’t seen most of them for more than twenty years. Lucky for me, many of them grew up to have cool careers and amazing brains they’ll let me pick when I do book research. Two former classmates were so helpful with previous books that I told them I’d name characters after them someday. Miriam and Jason are my way of making good on that pledge.
I love that! Describe your writing space.
My home office overlooks a street that’s popular with shirtless men who jog by all sweaty and disheveled, which is pretty inspiring for a romance author. Across the street is an elementary school, which is…um, less inspiring. Sometimes I feel guilty writing sex scenes while giddy children frolic and squeal on the playground 100 feet away.
I actually filmed a virtual tour of my home office for one of my author newsletters. You can see that on YouTube here: http://bit.ly/1VGPeN8
Want to tell us what you’re working on next?
THE HANG UP is the second book in my First Impressions series (though you can read it out of sequence with THE FIX UP, which was published first). Next, I’ll be working on the third book in the series, THE HOOK UP, which will come out sometime in January or February 2017.
All the books I write for Entangled Publishing (which include the First Impressions series as well as the Front & Center series) are fun, fluffy, super-steamy romantic comedies that can be read in a few short hours. Readers who like their rom-coms a bit meatier with a little heartache thrown in to balance the humor might enjoy the books I write for Montlake Publishing. My next one, NOW THAT IT’S YOU, comes out in September 2016, and tells the story of a talented chef hoping to make peace with her cheating ex, only to learn that’s permanently off the table. She ends up connecting with his brother instead, which gets complicated when she finds herself embroiled in a legal battle with his family. That’s available for pre-order here: http://amzn.to/28eegZc
RANDOM FUN FACTS : FINISH THIS SENTENCE:
There is no way I’ll ever eat mushrooms without gagging
I know better than to Write dinner scenes when I’m hungry or sex scenes when my husband is out of town.
My toothbrush is very buzzy
Chocolate is not as good as wine or potato chips
The last book I read was I’m simultaneously reading MISTER O by Lauren Blakely and EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celest Ng. They’re at opposite ends of the literary spectrum, which keeps me on my toes!
My favorite television show is While there is a television in my home, I have no idea how to operate it. We don’t have cable or watch TV much at all. I sometimes get together with a group of girlfriends to watch The Bachelor as a drinking game at one of their homes, but I wouldn’t call that a favorite. This isn’t some elitist “oh, I’m too literary and high-minded to watch television.” I honestly lack the attention span for it.
Miriam Ashley makes her living cleaning up bad boys. Mountain
climber-turned-CEO Jason Sanders should be an easy fix. And with a nephew to
care for, he’s motivated. The problem? Every time she tries to help Jason get
his head in the boardroom, they end up in the bedroom.
the definition of off-limits. Not just because he’s a client—he spends his free
time risking his life mountain climbing. The same thing that got her father
killed. She’s not going to open her heart to a guy who could disappear at the
drop of a…well, she’d rather not finish that thought.
alone, but every time she sees Jason, something tells her it’s her who might
“Tell you what,” he said. “You give me a few pointers on polish and professionalism, and I’ll give you free outdoor adventure tours.”
“Outdoor adventure?” She wasn’t surprised to hear that the words emerging from her mouth had the same intonation she’d use if she said “Pap smear” or “Ebola.”
“Thanks, but no thanks,” she said, flipping open her laptop. “But actually, I can show you some of my favorite fashion websites if you want to get some ideas for professional attire and—”
“Wait, why don’t you want an outdoor adventure?”
Miriam stared at him and wondered whether to offer the real story or the one that seemed most obvious.
“I’m a city girl through and through, in case you hadn’t noticed,” she said, settling for the surface story.
“Right, but you’re a city girl who’s managing the account for the nation’s second-largest outdoor gear retailer,” he pointed out. “Don’t you think you should be at least a little familiar with our products?”
“I am familiar with your products,” she said. “I did intensive market research using the reports from—”
“No, no, no,” Jason interrupted. “Reports aren’t the same as actually experiencing it. When was the last time you played outside?”
Miriam tamped down the panic that threatened to bubble its way up from her gut. It wasn’t his fault. He couldn’t possibly know she’d spent the last year avoiding all things outdoorsy.
Especially men with an adrenaline habit.
She swallowed hard and forced herself to answer his question. “I went outside on Saturday,” she said. “I walked out to get the mail.”
Jason shook his head and looked at her like she’d lost her mind. “Come on, I’ll start you off easy. Maybe some spelunking or something.”
“I don’t know what spelunking is, but unless it’s a drink, a sex act, or a fashion designer, I’m not interested.”
He cocked his head to the side. “Wait, so you would be interested if spelunking was a sex act?”
“I was being glib,” she said, tossing her hair and making note of the eagerness in his expression. “Whatever it is, I’m guessing it’s outside my comfort zone.”
“Exactly why you should do it.” He grinned again.
“Spelunking is cave exploration. I have all the gear, and there’s a really amazing cave I know of just a couple hours away. Come on, it’ll be fun.”
“I think you and I have very different definitions of fun.”
“I doubt that,” he said. His voice was low and molten, or maybe that’s just how Miriam heard it. Either way, it sent a shiver down her spine.
Tawna Fenske is a USA Today bestselling author who writes
humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky
twist. Her offbeat brand of romance has received multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, one of which noted, “There’s
something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with
over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor
go hand in hand.”
Bend, Oregon with her husband, step-kids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets.
She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to
sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an
average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year.
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