Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I’m excited that Jami Davenport is joining us for a few questions so that we can get to know her and her writing. I think you’ll enjoy the interview 🙂
Afterward, check out her latest release Bottom on the Ninth, and enter her giveaway!
Let’s get started …
Describe yourself in 50 words or less.
I’m driven, ambitious, and social. I love to be around people, animals, and just enjoy life. I write more than romances, I write about personal growth. I’m a huge sports fan of Seattle sports teams, and I’d give anything if Seattle would get an NHL team.
A wonderful description 🙂 I love choosing character names. How did you go about choosing yours?
I think on them for a long time. It’s not uncommon for one of my characters to have a name change after I finish the first draft. I also write down names that I love for future use. I was sitting in the doctor’s office when I heard someone use the name Paisley. I liked it so much I wrote it down and used it in this current book.
That’s a name on my list as well. When I worked in a hospital I ran across lots of interesting names 🙂 What’s your favorite type of scene to write?
Something with a lot of drama and angst that makes me cry.
How would your heroine describe your hero?
He pretends he doesn’t care, but he cares deeply, even though he tries to guard his heart. He thinks he’s faking being a good guy, but he really isn’t.
Love it! What’s the first sentence in Bottom of the Ninth?
Seattle. He’d been traded to fucking Seattle.
Now the last.
Not only had he found forever, but he’d found family.
Would you like to share with us what you’re working on now?
I have a few things in the works. I’m working on my next football book featuring my Native American tight end, Hunter. I’m also planning a new adult series set at a fictional college. The first book will feature Riley from Crashing the Net. Also Brick the goalie’s story is slated for next year.
JUST FOR FUN : FINISH THIS SENTENCE:
The first thing you see when you walk in my front door is __lots of windows and no blinds.
The last restaurant I ate out at was _the casino near my house.
I will never eat __sushi.
My toothbrush is __brand new.
The next book on my tbr is __Elle Kennedy’s The Goal.
Someday I want to visit _Ireland and Australia.
I love your answers and getting to know you better Jami. Thank you so much and congrats on your latest release 🙂
long-awaited story of the third Wolfe brother introduces the Seattle Skookums
off his entire family, rescues a young woman and three children on a stormy
Seattle night. Before he knows it, he has an instant family and a fake fiancé
he’s certain he doesn’t want.
real home for herself and her sister’s children. When a handsome baseball
player drops into her life, she knows a gift when she sees one and hires
herself as his assistant.
into something much more personal, Paisley and Zeke’s pasts threaten to destroy
their precarious hold on a future together. Can they conquer their demons and
find love, or will they run from their pasts and abandon their future together?
Paisley startled awake early. She bolted upright and winced when her back protested. Ignoring her whiny body parts, she blinked several times and squinted, attempting to get her bearings. The morning sun cast beams of light across the room and over the sleeping children. Last night flooded back to her in a rush of confusion and hope.
Being drenched. The hot baseball player. The old, creepy house. The pizza.
Checking each child to make sure they were all still asleep, Paisley rose, stretched, and padded out of the bedroom in her bare feet. The place didn’t look so creepy in the daylight. In fact, despite the obvious neglect, it was beautiful. She took her time exploring each room, except the closed door to Zeke’s room.
Zeke. Holy mother of all creation, he was hot. And he was wealthy. She wasn’t a gold digger by any means, but he had the money to pay her for a job well done, which had her wheels turning. She believed in making wine out of any beer that life threw her way. She’d keep her hands off and prove her value to Zeke. He needed someone to manage his life and battle the dust and spiders staking their claim on this grand old house.
He needed her.
Zeke’s house wasn’t just a house; it was a mansion by her standards. Much to her delight, it was perched on a hill among older homes overlooking Seattle and the water. She couldn’t wait to explore the stately old neighborhood. What she could see from the windows indicated the other homes were well kept, unlike Zeke’s. His yard needed as much work as the inside. She’d tackle that project, too.
Yeah, the poor man really needed her, and she’d make sure he knew it.
The house had seen better days and was in need of updating and TLC, but the potential shone through like an unpolished diamond among common rocks, and the view was priceless.
Last night’s deluge gave way to a partially cloudy morning with patches of blue sky. Rays of sun bounced off drops of rain on the leaves of nearby trees. The sun lit up the large expanse of water below. She hadn’t a clue whether it was part of the ocean or something else.
A few rooms in the house were stacked with boxes. Stray pieces of furniture were placed here and there. Zeke didn’t appear to have much in the way of personal belongings. She added shopping for furniture to her assistant to-do list. She’d create a design for each room with an overarching theme among them. Judging from the age of the house and the style, she’d opt for mission style, one of her favorites.
Paisley rubbed her hands together in glee, excited and ready to get started with her day. The kids could help. On Monday, she’d need to enroll them in a local school despite their lack of an actual home. During her nosy explorations she’d found a temporary option. The daylight basement level of this house had been converted into an apartment. It had big windows looking into the backyard and down the hill.
Perfect for her and the kids, and perfect for keeping them out of Zeke’s hair.
Now to work on selling her worth to Zeke. Her strict adherence to maintaining a positive outlook in all situations—last night being an exception—would serve her well. Zeke was a busy athlete just starting the season. Baseball players played over one hundred and fifty games a year, not counting playoffs. He’d be gone a lot to away games.
He absolutely needed her. Oh, yes, he did. She skipped up the stairs, singing a nonsensical happy song the kids loved. Cracking the door, she checked on them again. They were dead to the world. She couldn’t resist a glance into the room Zeke slept in. His suitcase was open on top of a rumpled comforter, but true to his word, he’d left early this morning. She’d heard his SUV as it backed out of the garage.
With a big grin on her face and a bounce in her step, she started her chores in the kitchen, giving it a thorough scrubbing after finding cleaning supplies under the sink. Later, she’d unpack dishes and put them in the cupboards.
The kitchen was beautiful under all the grime and dust. It’d been remodeled recently and had gorgeous wood cabinets, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances with a professional stove and oven. The previous owners must have run out of money during the kitchen remodel. The backsplashes were missing and the walls were unpainted, as if someone had stripped off layers of wallpaper, then left.
She stood back, hands on hips, and surveyed her work. The kitchen was gleaming. Everything was in its place.
Zeke would be pleasantly surprised.
USA Today Bestselling Author Jami
Davenport writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including her two
new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle Series and the Madrona Island
Series. Jami’s new releases consistently rank in the top fifty on the sports
romance and sports genre lists on Amazon, and she has hit the Amazon top
hundred authors list in both contemporary romance and genre fiction multiple
times. Jami ranked Number Seven on Kobo’s Top Ten Most Completed Authors, an
honor bestowed on the year’s “most engaging” authors based on an average
page completion rate by their readers.