With: Mila Rossi
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Traveling has always held an appeal to me, probably because I did so much of it as a kid. I moved around a lot and also traveled to see relatives who lived far away. It only made sense then that I would find a gorgeous guy who shared my enthusiasm for international exploration. I was lucky and did just that. We’ve been together for fourteen years and have had the chance to see many exciting countries, which I like to feature in my books. Costa Rica is the latest place in my romance novellas. Imagine exotic jungles, colorful birds, wild animals and tropical fruit. Those are just a few of the things abundant in such a beautiful place, and it was fun to weave them into WILD GAMES, a contemporary romance about a feisty botanist and her infuriating security guard. But not all my stories feature such awe-inspiring locales. Some of my characters got to sightsee in imperial Vienna, Austria, whereas others rode their bikes through scenic California mountain towns.
Reading has always been a passion of mine, because it allowed me to escape my daily routine (when I couldn’t take time off from work) and go on vacation without the hassle of being stuck at the airport or overcoming jet lag. Writing about traveling has been that much better, because I get to decide where my pretend-vacation is going to take place. And if it’s somewhere I haven’t been to before, I jump headfirst into research until I know the place so well, I am bound to hop on the plane there the next time I have a chance.
To top off the challenge of setting a book in a foreign city, I throw romance into the mix, which makes things that much more complicated. How do you communicate with a handsome Spaniard if he doesn’t speak English? Or what if there is a culture clash between the hero and heroine? That’s what I find interesting to write about.
Do you like to read about foreign lands, exotic destinations or different cultures? What do you think the challenges would be if you found love overseas or with someone not speaking your language?
5 ebook copies of WILD GAMES to 5 commenters or email entrants.
Despite warnings of annoying mosquitos and beastly spiders, Becca Glover couldn’t be more excited about her expedition to Costa Rica. Rooming with Matt Ritter, however, is an inconvenience she doesn’t see coming. He wields a machete, shaves with a knife and needs to wear a decent amount of clothes to cover the muscles she can’t stop staring at.
Hired to lead a group of scientists through the jungle, Matt is convinced the fiery redhead is intent on making his job harder than it needs to be. Rebecca doesn’t listen and seems to invite danger at every turn. Her attitude is as much of a distraction as her curves and emerald green eyes. Now if he could only pay as much attention to his job as he does to her, their one-month adventure would fly by without a hitch.
Hot temperatures, wild animals and a shared tree house are just the beginning of Becca and Matt’s obstacles. The real challenge lies in surviving each other.
“As I’ve told you before, Mr. Ritter, you don’t need to keep an eye on me. I’m perfectly fine keeping an eye on myself.”
The nerve of that man to say she was difficult. Besides twisting her ankle, she had done nothing else to be an inconvenience to anyone. He, on the other hand, seemed to get some perverse pleasure out of torturing her.
“Whatever you say, sweet cheeks.”
“Stop calling me that!” The nicknames alone drove her crazy.
“Listen, lady. We are stuck together in this jungle and this hut, whether you like it or not,“ he said, taking a step forward. She resisted the urge to step back and insinuate that she was intimidated. She wasn’t. She just didn’t want to stare into his now angry eyes.
“You’re welcome to go sleep out there with the jungle cats,” he continued, “but I doubt you’ll wanna do that. So do us both a favor and calm down. You’re much safer with me here than out on your own. I’m not gonna bite and I keep my hands to myself.” He held up his hands as if to prove that they weren’t doing anything mischievous behind his back.
“Now, are you going to act like a normal person and give me some peace, or do I have to throw you over my shoulder and lock you in your room?” At this point, he was right up in her face.
At the mention of being thrown over his shoulder, she flinched and took a step back. “I thought you’d keep your hands to yourself.“
“I will as long as you don’t provoke me.”
She gulped. She’d definitely not provoke him.
“Are you calm now?” he asked, still much too close. His hazel eyes looked broodingly at her and his skin glistened with perspiration. Damn her for finding that arousing.
“Well?” he asked, raising his eyebrows.
She stared at his mouth, surrounded by the stubble along his jawline. Whatever he’d asked her slipped her mind.
Mila Rossi is a contemporary romance author. She creates heroines who don't back down, stand up for themselves and insist on freedom and independence until the right man comes along. Then all rules are thrown out the window. The heroes must be clever, generous and able to throw a girl over their shoulder.
Mila has seen the world and loves to write about it. She also loves to paint vintage anime characters, belly dance, try new foods and perfect her archery skills. She wishes she could partake in extreme sports but only allows her characters to tempt fate. Her own chances of causing disasters are just too high.
Find Mila Rossi's books on Amazon, Goodreads and www.milarossi.com, or check out her Pinterest page.
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