Monday, September 22, 2014

Author Anna James On Writing

With: Anna James

Congratulations to "Suzanne" Please contact JUST CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE at the email listed at the bottom of the post to claim your prize!

There are two questions I am often asked: Why do you write and why write romance? The second question is much easier to answer than the first so I’ll start with the answer to that. I write romance because I am a romantic at heart and a sucker for a happy-ever-after ending. 

Now the first question, why do I write? Members of my family are still scratching their heads trying to figure out where this driving need came from. While I’ll admit I’ve always been creative (I love to sew and have even designed some of my own clothes), I wasn’t one of those children who loved to pen short stories. I didn’t like to read. I didn’t choose a career remotely related to writing (I got my degree in mechanical engineering!) Writing any story, especially a novel wasn’t something I ever considered. 

And then I got hooked on romance novels and the more I read, the more inspired I became to create stories of my own. I wrote sporadically over the years and finally published my first novel in 2010. Since then I have written four novels, five novellas and one short story. All contemporary romance. 

So why do I write? Because it makes me happy! I love to create stories about smart, strong, confident men and women who conquer life’s trials and find their happy-ever-afters. I guess that wasn’t so hard to answer after all!

Below is an excerpt from my newest release, KEEPING HER GUILTY SECRET – Book 1 Forever Yours Trilogy. Enjoy!
He came closer and the heady scent of his cologne invaded her senses, making her lightheaded. She sucked in a deep breath and tried to steady her pounding heart.

Yep, a whole lotta trouble, here.

A smart woman would walk away.

She was a smart woman.

She was.

She didn’t move. Instead, she reached out and stroked his cheek. His soft skin made her fingertips tingle.

His lips parted.

Blood roared through her ears, drowning out reason. Want—no, need—raced through her. 

Rising up on her tiptoes, she brushed her lips over his.

He pulled back and stared, probably as stunned by her action as she but before she had time to say anything, he crushed her against his strong, muscular body. His mouth moved over hers, devouring its softness.

Wave after wave of pleasure crashed over her. The rational part of her brain begged her to stop this madness. She’d only met the man moments ago. But, oh my, the taste of his mouth and the feel of his hands in her hair and his citrusy scent—

A sudden noise had her jerking away from him. Turning, she found Reed standing in the doorway.

Max uttered a soft curse.

Reed chuckled. “Well, it looks like you two have met so I’ll spare you the introduction.”

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A secret she must keep… A man she can’t resist
Passion ignites between Nicole Bradford and Max Paradis the moment they lay eyes on each other, but despite the sizzling attraction and Max’s to-die-for-kisses, Nicole is reluctant to get involved. She’s been burned by love before. 

Carlo had been her ideal mate but the dream became a nightmare when his drug smuggling past was revealed.
Now all Nicole wants is to get on with her life and keep the secret she’s been hiding for the last six years.

Still, how can she resist the handsome and sexy Max when he’s everything she’s ever wanted in a man? And what will she do when Carlo returns and threatens to expose her ugly past?

Nicole will have to trust Max with the truth if she wants to win his love and get Carlo out of her life for good. If she doesn’t Carlo could destroy everything that matters most to her.

Anna will give away 1 ecopy of KEEPING HER GUILTY SECRET - Book 1 Forever Yours Trilogy to one lucky commenter or email entrant.

Author Bio:
Anna James writes heartwarming contemporary stories with strong, confident heroes and heroines who conquer life’s trials and live happily ever after.  She has been writing professionally since 2010, is a member of RWA, CTRWA (Connecticut Romance Writers of America), CORW (Charter Oak Romance Writers) and RWA Contemporary Romance Writers. Publishing credits include two category length novels, five novellas and one short story.

Anna is married to a wonderful husband who spends countless hours picking up the slack around the house so she can pursue her dream of writing, and is the proud mother of five fabulous children.

Although she’s lived in several locations throughout her life she now calls Connecticut home. When not writing, she can be found spending time with family and friends. 

Contact Info:

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  1. You know it's a funny misconception that scientists/engineers aren't creative. My son's studying chem engineering and while he can't draw a stick figure, he's wildly creative. My husband's a finance guy, and I see his wildly creative mind at work all the time--in figuring out solutions to deals or fixes around the house. Neither is compelled to tell stories, but I think we're all creative if we let ourselves be. Glad you found your way to writing romances--there simply can't be enough romance books in the world to read!

    1. Thanks for stopping by today, Suzanne. And here, here on there not being enough romance books in the world to read!


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