Tuesday, August 4, 2015

SEX, SECRETS, & HAPPILY EVER AFTERS

With: Deb Julienne

I was recently asked why I write romantic comedy. It’s the story of my life! It’s not a matter of if, but when it will go wrong and just how bad the outcome will be. And usually I end up, in a pile of…well, you get the idea. My stories have that same quality about them. SOMETHING is going to go wrong. It’s all about survival, with a smile on your face. 

Here’s an excerpt from Sex, Secrets, & Happily Ever Afters.

Angeline Talbot stood in the quaint old Lake Tahoe chapel. Though surrounded by happy people, she felt more alone than ever. “Happy freaking New Year to me.”

With a smile, the minister closed his sermon book and pressed it to his rotund belly. “I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss your bride.”

Angel wiped away a tear that had trickled down her cheek.

“Here.” Travis, the groom’s twin brother, held out a handkerchief monogrammed with T.J.W.
“Thanks.” Angel accepted the finely pressed linen and dabbed her eyes.

The groom cupped his bride’s face, lovingly gazed into her eyes, and whispered, “I love you.” Trent pressed his lips to Sabrina’s with such passion and tenderness.

Fireworks flashed through the stained glass windows as midnight welcomed the New Year. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

 “That was so beautiful.” She sniffled, her eyes prickling with tears.

“I agree. It’s nice to see he finally found someone that makes him happy.” Travis put his fingers to his lips and let out a whistle that pierced the air and echoed off the slate walls. 

Looking as if he’d just stepped off a GQ cover, Travis wore a midnight blue, pinstriped suit with a white shirt and baby blue tie. The pretentious snob Sabrina had described would never whistle like that. The Travis Wellington Sabrina had told her about wasn’t someone she’d ever be interested in, though this man certainly piqued her curiosity. 

Men were out of bounds. She’d sworn off them permanently. So what if the guy was double-fudge-cupcake-delectable? Good lord, he was positively yummy. 

She was in the middle of wiping another tear from her face when Travis lifted and twirled her around. She’d almost poked herself in the eye. What a jerk. 

“Happy New Year.” He kissed her and released her just as quickly then resumed clapping, but his gaze never left hers. His voice was magnetic. Even deeper than Trent’s. Talk about sexy. 

“Happy New Year.” She didn’t know if she should look away, sit down, or kiss him back. Too late. She couldn’t do a damn thing but gawk. Angel sucked in a deep, shaky breath. Her finger trembled as she touched her lips to tamp out the flames. She willed her body to behave. Instead her heartbeat sped up, heat flushed over her face, and tingles ran through her, headed straight at her girly parts. 

He whirled her around again, but this time he didn’t let go. “Come on. Let’s go congratulate the happy couple.” 

Between the woodsy pine scent of the forest outside and the spicy cologne he wore, she felt like a lust zombie incapable of resisting his magic lips. 

The guy was a passion tsunami about to wash her completely away. His hot fudge brown eyes, wavy brown hair, naturally sun-soaked, reminded her of a Malibu surfer. The rest of him was equally delicious. He was easily six feet tall to her five foot eight in four-inch heels. 

SEX, SECRETS, & HAPPILY EVER AFTERS

Angel Talbot is anything but pure—in fact some might even consider her a bit wicked. How else would you describe the manager of an ‘adults only’ store that specializes in helping ladies find that special O. But Angel could use a hand herself. Or two. That is until she stumbles into sexy businessman Travis Wellington.

When the Wellington Family had a problem, they sent Travis to fix it. Being the CEO of his family’s multi-million dollar enterprise means Travis is used to getting his hands dirty. But the pressure of looking out for the company, along with his family’s well-being was beginning to take its toll . . . until he found his Angel…

A Lyrical Press/Kensington Books, release August 4, 2015


NOTE: I WILL BE DONATING HALF THE PROCEEDS OF BOOK 1: SEX, LIES, AND BEAUTY AIDS AND BOOK 2: SEX, SECRETS, & HAPPILY EVER AFTERS TO PAUL WALKER’S CHARITY ROWW (REACH OUT WORLDWIDE). 

Author Bio:

While some say truth is stranger than fiction, Deb Julienne’s experience runs more along the lines of a slap-stick comedy. When life tosses you lemons the only thing to do is to turn it into Limoncello.

Her life, like her comedies, has been one big fat romantic comedy…or errors. It’s not a matter of “if” it can go wrong, but how bad when it does happen, and make no mistake…it will. Survival with a sense of humor is the goal.

Joking aside, Deb’s dream of being published came true with the release of her first book, Sex, Lies, and Beauty Aids which was released March 2014. Since then she’s added to more to her collection of tales. Sex, Secrets, & Happily Ever Afters, and A Splash of Romance in the Crashing into Love Anthology.

As a long time member of both Romance Writers of America (RWA) and her local RWA Chapter, the Sacramento Valley Roses, she fills the hours she’s not writing romantic comedy and romantic suspense with her day job at a Silicon Valley Corporation, playing in the kitchen concocting her award-winning jams, jellies, preserves, and sauces (with alcohol of course).

Born and raised in San Jose, California, she now resides in the Tahoe National Forest Basin, her own little bit of heaven on Earth, with her husband of 34 years, their three

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deb.julienne
Twitter: @debjulienne
Web: www.debjulienne.com
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/debjulienne/

Other Books: 

Sex, Lies, and Beauty Aids 

A Splash of Romance in the Crashing into Love Anthology

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A Man for Working Days


Once upon a time, I read Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and fell in love with witty banter.

Snark-crossed lovers Beatrice and Benedick constantly try to one-up each other with their cleverness. But it’s a quiet moment between Beatrice and another man, the prince Don Pedro, that contributed to Rob, the hero in Her Shirtless Gentleman. The prince asks Beatrice if she would consider him husband material.

She turns him down, saying, “No, my lord, unless I might have another for working days. Your Grace is too costly to wear every day.”

Now, she’s poking a bit of fun at his finery as a gentle way of declining, but the broader context struck a chord with my hero.

Rob is a man for working days. He’s the kind of everyday-special hero who treats even small actions with thoughtfulness instead of relying on grand gestures. When he brings flowers for his date, they aren’t an overpriced bouquet of red roses that took all of two seconds to snatch from the refrigerated rack. They’re hand-picked from his garden, tended with patience and chosen with care.

We live in a fast-paced world, and it’s easy to be distracted by the trappings and not take a close look at the man beneath when it feels like time is running out or we’ll never find the right partner. Maybe we think the flaws aren’t so bad — okay, he forgot a date and didn’t show, or he lied about where he was, or he said some extremely hurtful things in that argument, but it was just one time. He promised it won’t happen again.

The thing is: It’s never just once. What seems like a good bargain grows into something stifling and ultimately into something smothering, until you no longer have the reflex to speak up for yourself and you forget there’s another kind of relationship out there.

Rob? He’s that other kind of guy. He’s the honest, dependable man who works until the job is done, and done right. He grew up on a farm and went straight into the Air Force afterward, trading the disciplined rhythms of one life for another. Now he’s finding success in his civilian life at a cyber security firm, but he’s missing the contentment of another kind of rhythm — the day-to-day life of a family man.

Rob is longing for the right woman, the kind of woman who wants a man for working days. Lucky for him, Eleanora had all she could take of a costly man in her first marriage. Her ex-husband cost her quite a lot in the currency of self-worth and sexual confidence. Together, she and Rob can turn things around, if they can learn each other’s rhythms and find the everyday-special to fit them both.

Fireworks-flashy guys can be fun to take out for a spin — billionaire playboys, I’m looking at you — but when you’re settling down and building a life together, a steady burning heart can’t be beat.

HER SHIRTLESS GENTLEMAN

Her heart is in his hands…

After her marriage ends in betrayal, Eleanora Howard finds herself struggling to navigate the dating scene as a thirty-one-year-old divorcee. But feeling undesirable and living alone in the house she once shared with her ex is hardly the recipe for finding new love—until she meets Rob. He’s just the kind of charming, old-fashioned guy she needs—but he’s also eager for intimacy…

After serving in the Air Force and getting a well-paid civilian career, Rob Vanderhoff planned to settle down with the right woman and raise a family. But at thirty-six, he’s still single and searching—until he meets Eleanora. She’s everything he wants. All he has to do is draw her out of her shell. Soon he’s taking her on high school-style dates, fanning the flames of her desire—and helping Nora re-discover the sexy, adventurous woman they both know she really is…

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About the Gentleman series

HER SHIRTLESS GENTLEMAN is the first book in the Gentleman series. Each book is a standalone HEA story with a well-intentioned hero and a strong heroine finding each other on a sweet, erotic journey.

AN ACCIDENTAL GENTLEMAN, the second book in this contemporary romance series, will be available in 2016.

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About M.Q. Barber

USA Today bestselling author M.Q. Barber likes to get lost in thought. She writes things down so she can find herself again.

Often found staring off into space or frantically scratching words on sticky notes, M.Q. lives with one very tolerant, easily amused husband and one very tolerant, easily amused puppy.

She has a soft spot for romances that explore the inner workings of the heart and mind alongside all that steamy physical exertion. She loves memorable characters, witty banter, and heartfelt emotion in any genre.

The former Midwestern gal is the author of the Neighborly Affection and new Gentleman contemporary romance series. Pick a safeword, grab a partner or two, and jump in.


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Friday, July 31, 2015

Plastic Personae And The Plausible Hero


There has been much buzz about E L James latest Grey/Steele incarnation of 50 Shades of Grey.  While I cannot bring myself to read it, having already read the first book of the series, many reviewers and bloggers have made much about Christian Grey as a perfect man: still young with his boyish charms and flashes of whimsy, yet mature beyond his years; an Adonis-like male visage; unimaginably wealthy; a stallion in all manners sexual; and, too, just vulnerable enough with his broken past perhaps appealing to the mythos that a woman likes to heal and change the man she finds.  

Yet with all of this, I am left cold when thinking about the idealized character of Christian Grey, resigning myself to ponder the question of perfection in a potential partner and what I think is more apt to be especially as applied to Christian Grey and many other characters of romance fiction unlikely.  And as Grey is a fiction where one must suspend realityand I do mean suspend it does shed light on the more plastic ideals that fill the pages of so many romance novels and movie plots these days.  

Having just written my own novel of sex and romance in Thailand, Malee: A Tear In The Ocean, I cannot help but compare Grey to Michael, the protagonist in my own work.  Michael, like Grey, is handsome, wealthy, a savvy businessman, deeply conflicted emotionally, has a benevolent streak in which he frequently indulges, and, of course, does just fine in the romance department, frequently sending his partners into the ecstasy of the beyond.  Yet there is something tangible about Michael that eludes the more archetypical character of Grey in James updated rip off of Pygmalion.  While Michael is a shrewd businessman, he is soft, available, and present.  Hurt from a recent, unexpected divorce, he remains open to the possibility that love is still available, is still possible, and then finds it staring him in the face, enraptured by a younger Thai woman: Malee, a character who is multifaceted with her own tragic background, a woman who worries and despairs about her future, but too lives in the sweep of an unexpected, unlooked-for love.  Michael and Malee, each with their own particular past complete with all its wounds, desires, and hopes, hit notes that resonate with the real, not the impossibly unlikely.  

I am not suggesting that there is no place for the trope and the canned storyline. Clearly there is the story of Grey is one that has been told and retold.  Rather, what I have been considering is the trap that these novel set not only for their characters, but for those reading two-dimensional escapist works.  I wonder if it makes the vigor of a real mate less appealing,  and leaves one now not only looking for the jet on the tarmac or Charlie Tango to whisk one off for the night, but languishing in the expectation of it.  

What I find more appealing and enduring are characters that are not simply foils for more dynamic leads, but rather a balance of growth that perfection that idealization simply does not allow.  I will not use James self-aggrandizing attempt to compare her own work to that of Thomas Hardy, but here, in James, there is a brooding character, Grey, not quite out of a Victorian novel, rather he is one that plays to the archetype of the troubled male lead nothing more.  Here, predictably, there is the female lead (yes, virginal even) who redeems the male character from his debauchery, from the darkness.  Does Jane Eyre come to mind?  Perhaps.  And yet Grey is nowhere near the literary achievement of the Brontës Grey does what it does: a quick read that pulls the reader into the inconceivable.  

In Malee: A Tear In The Ocean, I worked to give equal voice to the protagonist love pair, to create a scenario that, while sweepingly romantic at times, focuses on the truth and prismatic reality of love.  Malee, even in her broken English, says more about the anguish of loss than Anastasia Steele can ever present in her four-book simpering over perceived inadequacies before the Adonis who stands over her.  With perfection there is no room for growth.  With perfection one runs the risk of boredom as the saying goes, you may love having your favorite dessert every day for each meal, but then you find that it quickly begins to cloy.  Living with the perfect male does not allow for exchange, but can lead to derision, to disdain, and finally to being discarded as he, too, searches in vain for the elusive female perfection himself.


So why are these novels like Grey cathartic?  Perhaps because they do not make one think too hard on their own situation, on the real, on the work of relationships between people who are complex in their daily existence, in their wants, in their desires and in their fears and tears.  In Malee there is an opportunity for no, the demand for the characters to communicate their longings, worries, their pasts as it colors the future.  In the case of our heroine, Malee, we can understand her reason for running to possibility.  She is not unlikely, but rather all too real.  Michael in all of his hurt, now deeply in love with Malee, clings to her as he is vulnerable, open to the possibilities that true love can and does exist.  Despite, or rather because of all of Michaels flaws, he is more appealing, more endearing, more possible even more wrenching and simultaneously cathartic than the predictable Christian Grey.  For my part, I prefer the possibility of encountering characters who read as real people, people I feel I know, who I can understand and with whom I can empathize in their loves, their hopes and their losses.  To me this is the hallmark of literature and of works that truly provoke, not simply the repetition found in so much of todays genre fiction.  


MALEE: A TEAR IN THE OCEAN

A novel of international romance. 

Michael could not have known when he flew into Bangkok to launch a new company that his life would change so dramatically. Working on million dollar negotiations during the day and spending tropical nights accompanying his Thai-savvy business partner, Drake, through the hotspots of the city, Michael felt a shift from the pain of his broken marriage to the exhilaration of Thailand. Yielding to its stimulating allure, Michael and Drake jet off to the unspoiled island of Koh Samui to enjoy its intoxicating escapes. There, Michael met the woman of his dreams, and nothing could stop the sweeping romance from redefining their lives. 

Malee, a beautiful young factory worker, was a standout amongst the hustlers as she crossed the room. As Michael followed her every movement, fate played its hand—an innocent touch sparked their passionate love affair. Inseparable, Michael and Malee spent their days together exploring the riches of Thailand and their nights embracing the magnitude of one another’s desires. All was idyllic until Michael had to fly to New York, an extended separation, the first of several to come, that challenged their love and resolve... 

Spanning three continents, Malee: A Tear in the Ocean is an international romance that takes the reader from the heights of euphoria to the depths of loss. Michael and Malee’s love is woven through intertwining cultures, misunderstandings, and captivating desire. Wrenching the reader from passion to anguish and back again, Malee: A Tear in the Ocean beckons you to experience the thrill of their journey.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

IT’S ALL ABOUT SECOND CHANCES


Congratulations to "Ada", the winner in Miranda's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Who doesn’t want a chance for a do-over? In anything—maybe you think about The One Who Got Away. Or maybe you wish you’d picked a different career. Or came from a different family (although, sorry, can’t help you with that one ).

My heroine of Heart and Sole, Maddie Kingston, is a desperate woman who’s made some mistakes. It took her five years to get through college because she kept changing her major. Her father begged her to get a business degree so she could help out in the family shoe company but she majored in graphic design instead. Her parents loaned her money for a start-up that went belly-up instead. And she darn near married a sweet talkin’ cowboy who was wrong for her in every way. Oh, and not to forget…a year ago she slept with That Guy from her past that she Just Can’t Forget…only to learn that he’s about to decimate her family’s company. Oops.

But she has Heart. Oh, a lot of it. And she’s got the courage to put everything on the line to save the family business for her ailing father even though she has zero experience. She’s the sibling that quits the only secure job she’s ever had to go back home to help. And she uses every last penny of her savings, plus her sister’s honeymoon money, to bid on the one man she hates in a charity bachelor auction because he’s the only one who can help her save the business. Only two problems…he’s about to take it over. And she doesn’t really hate him.

A huge and mysterious family feud that’s gone on for a generation has kept these two star-crossed lovers apart. Their loyalties may be divided, but the sizzling hot chemistry that flares between them doesn’t really give a flying about that. 

I loved writing this story because it’s hopeful. Because in our lives, like Maddie’s, things often don’t work out quite the way we expect. Families squabble, and we make bad choices sometimes that cost us a lot of emotional pain.

Maddie finds the courage to venture way out of her comfort zone and dare to dream big, dare to take huge risks that will lead to her fulfilling her own dreams in ways she can’t even imagine. Add to the mix one heart-of-gold (but misguided) (and wounded, of course he’s got to be wounded!) billionaire who gets dragged back to their podunk little town who can’t help but fall for her despite his loyalty to his own grandfather and you’ve got Heart and Sole. Life may be complicated but things can work out…especially with a few laughs along the way.

Hope you enjoy it!

HEART AND SOLE

Getting even.

One step at a time...

Maddie Kingston just walked away from everything in order to take over her family's struggling shoe business. And she's in some serious trouble. The majority of the company's shares have been bought out by none other than Maddie's ex-boyfriend, self-made billionaire Nick Holter. Now Maddie needs his help...even if it means buying Nick from a charity bachelor auction.

After the Kingstons destroyed his grandfather's career, Nick vowed to take over their company. He's inches from victory when he finds himself bought and paid for...by his sexy ex-girlfriend who's hell-bent on saving her family's company. Between their families' feud and their own unfinished business, tempers - and emotions - run hot. Too hot.
Because kissing with the enemy is a guaranteed shoe-in for trouble...


GIVEAWAY:  
Miranda will be giving away an e-copy of Heart and Sole to one random person commenting about why they like reading second-chance romances.
  
Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST July 30th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Interview with NY Times Bestselling Author, Elizabeth Lowell (Part 2)

With: Elizabeth Lowell

Elizabeth Lowell has been writing since the early seventies, counting over seventy novels to her name (many co-written with her husband Evan Maxwell) with over thirty million copies of her books in print in thirty foreign languages. One of her best-represented fields is romance and romantic suspense, which she helped create in the late eighties with her book TELL ME NO LIES. And she hasn't stopped since then, continuing to tell stories of romance and action that thrill readers of both genres.

Her latest book is PERFECT TOUCH, featuring an ill-fated romance set against both the world of high-stakes Western art and the stark beauty of the Wyoming wilderness. PERFECT TOUCH comes out July 28, and previews of the book are available at her website: elizabethlowell.com.

• How long does it typically take for you to write a novel?

A year.

• How many hours a day do you dedicate to your writing?

As many as it takes to meet my deadline.

• What is your all-time favourite novel?

Yikes. Have you seen my library?

• Who are some of your all-time favourite authors?

John McPhee, Jayne Ann Krentz, Nalini Singh, and a whole list of others.

• What is your dream vacation?

Having a cruising boat again and exploring the Inside Passage again.

• If your novel was made into a movie, who would you cast as the hero?

Either of the male leads in STRIKE BACK, Philip Winchester or Sullivan Stapleton.

• Chocolate or mashed potatoes?'

Why choose? Just don't mix them!

PERFECT TOUCH

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell plunges into the world of Sara Medina, who lifted herself from a childhood of poverty to become a successful art dealer. Sara provides the perfect touch for the homes of her wealthy clients. After watching her mother cope with too many children and too little money, Sara vowed never to make the mistake of marriage.

Jay Vermilion has recently inherited the family’s Wyoming cattle ranch, and with it the wars his father had fought with his second wife. The heart of the battle is a collection of paintings by Armstrong “Custer” Harris.

When Sara and Jay meet over the paintings, their mutual attraction is an unhappy surprise. They know they are wrong for each other. Then two murders happen on the Vermillion ranch. When it appears that Sara is next on the deadly list, Jay goes hunting for the killers as she works desperately to find the secret the murders were meant to hide.



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Interview with NY Times Bestselling author, Elizabeth Lowell

With: Elizabeth Lowell

Elizabeth Lowell has been writing since the early seventies, counting over seventy novels to her name (many co-written with her husband Evan Maxwell) with over thirty million copies of her books in print in thirty foreign languages. One of her best-represented fields is romance and romantic suspense, which she helped create in the late eighties with her book TELL ME NO LIES. And she hasn't stopped since then, continuing to tell stories of romance and action that thrill readers of both genres.

Her latest book is PERFECT TOUCH, featuring an ill-fated romance set against both the world of high-stakes Western art and the stark beauty of the Wyoming wilderness. PERFECT TOUCH comes out July 28, and previews of the book are available at her website: elizabethlowell.com.

• Do you create characters based on real connections in your life?

No. Real life is too confining.

• Do you like to write while listening to music? What playlist inspires you?

I used to. I would pick songs/music for their resonance with my book's theme. I stopped doing that the last time we moved.

• If you were stranded on a faraway island, what one thing would you want to have with you, and why?

Fire. Like water, it always changes while being true to its nature.

• Do you have any input in the cover design of your novel?

Not always as much as I'd like, but I've been pretty active in terms of trying to get a good cover design on my new releases. Tastes in the business change all the time. Once it was painted covers and painted covers only and now it's photography.

• What is your favorite genre to read at the moment?

Paranormal romance.

• What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Fishing, walking on the beach, gardening, reading, cooking. Lots of things to enjoy.

• What’s your least favorite part of the writing process?

The endless middle of the book.

PERFECT TOUCH

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell plunges into the world of Sara Medina, who lifted herself from a childhood of poverty to become a successful art dealer. Sara provides the perfect touch for the homes of her wealthy clients. After watching her mother cope with too many children and too little money, Sara vowed never to make the mistake of marriage.

Jay Vermilion has recently inherited the family’s Wyoming cattle ranch, and with it the wars his father had fought with his second wife. The heart of the battle is a collection of paintings by Armstrong “Custer” Harris.

When Sara and Jay meet over the paintings, their mutual attraction is an unhappy surprise. They know they are wrong for each other. Then two murders happen on the Vermillion ranch. When it appears that Sara is next on the deadly list, Jay goes hunting for the killers as she works desperately to find the secret the murders were meant to hide.


Tomorrow we will learn more about Elizabeth in the second part of our interview!

Monday, July 27, 2015

30 Lays In 30 Days


When I first discovered Wattpad, the world’s number one free reading and writing app, there was an interesting trend – when it came to romance, all of the heroines were young.  Like, super-young.  Much of the popular romance on the site was written as fan-fiction, and as you’d imagine, the target audience was youthful, and so were the authors.  Leading ladies of sixteen and seventeen were common, with the occasionally college girl character sitting at a daring nineteen or twenty-two – at the absolute most.

Even in mainstream published romance, young heroines are the norm.  Bella Swan – seventeen.  Anastasia Steele – twenty-one.  And not just modern fiction; Pride and Prejudice, which is listed as GoodReads’ number one romance of all time, tells the tale of Elizabeth Bennett.  In her day at twenty years old, she was considered positively ancient to be still single.  

It makes sense that YA readers like to read about young heroines.  After all – we all like stories we can relate to on our own level.  Similarly, New Adult readers don’t mind a slightly younger MC, and apparently older romance readers, we’ll read regardless of how far away our teen years are behind us.

When I started writing 30 Lays in 30 Days, my heroine, Cat, was almost thirty – gasp!  Would the younger readers still be interested?  Anyone thirty and up gladly embraced the story – and thankfully, there has been a run of good romance novels recently starring non-debutantes.  Kristen Ashley in particular is leading the charge with mature couples in contemporary romance, and for all the readers like me who definitely aren’t sixteen anymore, there’s some reassurance in knowing that love can still be fresh and exciting, whatever your age.

What surprised me the most about the popularity of 30 Lays was the enthusiasm from younger readers.  Rather than be turned off by Cat’s age, youthful readers loved the idea of a nearly thirty year old woman who wasn’t a virgin by any stretch of the imagination, and who was still discovering herself.  

Why is this?  I think part of it stems from the pressure of being a young adult.  Everywhere in fiction, we’re constantly bombarded with the concept that if you haven’t locked down the right guy by the time you leave college, you’re doing something wrong.  Reading about someone ten or twenty years your senior who’s still searching for love – and maybe finds it – gives permission for young readers to relax.  I’m not a weirdo because I’m seventeen and still single!  

So, rejoice in older heroines, whether you’re nineteen, twenty-nine like Cat, or maybe even a smooch more mature than that.  



About the Author:
Kate J. Squires is a self-proclaimed word-smith.  Currently, she lives and works on the Gold Coast as a full-time script and content writer, who also travels around Australia working with professional speakers.  

Her past job history has included working for Disney, fire dancing, and teaching finance skills - which was hilarious as she was flat broke at the time.  Her life achievements include meeting Hugh Jackman backstage in NYC after 'The Boy From Oz,' marrying a dolphin trainer, and producing two extraordinary little boys.

Kate is also a fully qualified Hot Yoga teacher who always wears odd socks.  It drives the perfectionists in her life mad, but honestly, she doesn't want to look back at the end of her days and say, “Hmm…  I wish I’d spent more time matching hosiery…”  Life is too short to sort socks, people.

Surrounded by gorgeous boys, Kate's life is filled with love and laughter - two qualities she endeavours to instil into all her books.  As an old lady, Kate plans to buy a second-hand bookshop and serve tea to every customer, while regaling them with her tall tales.  There will also be a cat somewhere among the shelves…


Kate adores hearing from her readers - either through Wattpad or Facebook.  Drop by and say hi!

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