Monday, September 15, 2014

Chasing Trouble

With: Joya Ryan

One thing I love about contemporary romance is it gives me a chance to get lost in reality…only awesomer (yep, awesomer is a word today!). I grew up in a small town and there was such potential for magical, romantic moments that never came. But that’s what contemporary romance is for! Re-writing those missed opportunities. 

Chasing Trouble takes place in a small town where you have sexy good ol’ boys and strong, sassy women. Having a bon fire and beer by the lake is a standard Saturday night. But it’s when that guy with the blue eyes and devilish grin catches your attention that you ditch the bon fire, get lost in the woods, and see what his kiss tastes like. Those are the moments I love getting lost in as a reader and a writer.

With contemporary romance, another fun correlation for me is tying music to the story. When I was thinking of my characters for Chasing Trouble, I’d listen to the same two songs over and over because I felt like it captured the world and people I had in my head and played them to a rhythm. I could see Colt McCade’s sexy swagger and hear the witty banter between him and Jenna. Scenes became alive and I wanted to jump into the world and take as many people with me as I could! Because the imagination, mixed with some romance, is a wonderful place to escape to every once in a while. 

Working with my best friend and critique partner of this book, we realized something very simple, yet very important: I want to live inside a country music song, and I want to write a book that is set to that soundtrack.


Bad boys are the best kind of trouble…

Kindergarten teacher Jenna Justice has lived her life by the book—right school, right career, right image. Too bad the townsfolk of Diamond, Kansas, have a hard time forgetting that she wasn’t born on the right side of the tracks. The only way J.J. can land her dream job is to keep her wild side buried and her reputation clean. But when she finds herself in another town, one without prying eyes, she allows herself one fantasy-filled night with her best friend’s bad boy brother.

Professional bull rider Colt McCade is grounded for the summer with an injury. After their sizzling night together, he finds himself wanting to pick up where he and the prim and not-so-proper Ms. Justice left off. Problem is, she isn’t interested in his idea of “healing,” which involves ice cubes and a whole lot of heavy breathing. But the closer he gets, the more he sees that his fast-and-loose reputation could cost her the job of her dreams. He wants to do the right thing, but walking away from her could cost him everything…

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