Friday, August 12, 2016

Why a Summer Romance?

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UNTIL SUMMER ENDS is the first book I set during the summer. I knew it would be a challenge to get two strangers to the “I love you” moment in only a few short months, but I really wanted to try it.

See, I love summer. I teach elementary school, so summer is the three months of freedom—especially now that my children are older. I write. I sleep in. I sit by the pool in the shade for hours. It’s fabulous.

I wanted that magical-ism to transfer to a book—and that led straight to a romance novel. I’d penned a few romance-only stories, but frankly, they weren’t very good. I had a critique partner writing historical romance, and she helped me a lot.

I started over with another book: UNTIL SUMMER ENDS. I outlined. I researched the town in California. (I *love* the beaches in California!) I stuck to the points that “good romances” have.

And when I finished UNTIL SUMMER ENDS, I felt like I had a romance that was actually worth submitting. It felt as magical as summer is for me. I hope readers will agree!

Do you like summer romances? Or do you prefer a longer timeline for two people to fall in love? 


Sophie Newton is determined to prove herself to her father, who insists she could never run a successful business. She opens a beachside taco stand called The Sandy Tortilla and plans to make her own way, one burrito at a time.

When she loses her summer help, Sophie rushes to find somebody to help take orders. She finds that somebody in Montgomery Winters, a struggling actor from LA. Mont takes the job; the money's useful, though he finds that his curvy boss is what really keeps him around.

As Sophie and Mont work together, they discover an intense attraction between them. But when Mont's agent calls him about a career-making audition, he decides he must pursue the opportunity, even though he can't get Sophie out of his head. Now, Sophie must choose between chasing after the man she's falling in love with and the business she's fought so hard to build.

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Paperback comes out on May 9, 2017.

About Elana Johnson: Elana's work includes the young adult dystopian romance seriesPossession, Surrender, Abandon, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster). Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available, as well as a young adult dystopian short story in the Possession world, Resist.
Her newest release is the beginning of a new adult fantasy series. ECHOES OF SILENCE came out with Amazon Publishing on May 3, 2016. See all of her books here.
Elana also writes inspirational western romances under the pen name Liz Isaacson. Check out all 5 books in the Amazon #1 Bestselling Three Rivers Ranch Romance series, and get ready for the rest of the series by the end of 2016.

Her newest release is UNTIL SUMMER ENDS, a contemporary romance novel from Cleis Press/Start Media.

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  1. I would go with either one as both have merits; for me it depends on the story as a whole whether it would work or not. But I really not so picky. ;-)
    Comgrats and good luck with the book release, Elana!

  2. I like summer romances. Especially when you're on vacation there's often more time to spend with someone. What would normally take weeks can happen in days :)


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