Friday, October 28, 2016

Q&A with Tiffany Reisz – Her Halloween Treat

Congratulations to "Julie G.", the winner in Tiffany's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

1)    How did you come up with the relationship between Joey and Chris?

I have a lovely Twitter friend who used to live in Hawaii and she’s in love with actor Chris Evans especially when he’s wearing a beard. She posts a lot of sexy Chris Evans pictures and gifs and in one picture he’s wearing flannel and looking like your ultimate HGTV sexy handyman fantasy. It wasn’t too hard to come up with the sort of woman who’d fall for a guy like that.

2)    What is your favorite part about writing for Men at Work?

Hard to say because I had so much fun writing every single book. I think the most fun I had was with the supporting characters. In HER HALLOWEEN TREAT, Joey’s best friend is a co-worker named Kira who keeps her encouraged and entertained. In HER NAUGHTY HOLIDAY, I had a blast writing Erick’s snarky 17-year-old daughter who is playing matchmaker for her boss and her dad. And in ONE HOT DECEMBER the heroine’s neighbor is Mrs. Scheinberg, a feisty 88-year-old woman who can’t stop giving my heroine and hero very good advice. Writing the funny best friend or wacky neighbor never stops being fun. 

3)    Your Harlequin Blaze novels seem to be either around Halloween or Christmas, which one is your favorite?

The entire trilogy is set around the holidays. In HER HALLOWEEN TREAT it’s Halloween. In HER NAUGHTY HOLIDAY it’s Thanksgiving. And in ONE HOT DECEMBER it’s Hanukkah and Christmas. Christmas is my favorite holiday because it’s when all my family gets together. I’m a vegetarian so Thanksgiving is kind of wasted on me. And Halloween is great but when you have as many fillings as I do, you tend to avoid candy.

4)    What was the first book that made you cry?

I picked up a copy of THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY by Karleen Koen when I was on vacation with my parents in Virginia when I was, oh, 14 or 15, I think. I probably got the book because it had a pretty cover and was very long, and I liked to read big books since I thought that impressed people. I devoured the book in just a few days and remember weeping onto the pages when Roger dies. That was the first historical romance I’d ever read and loved and Roger was the first bisexual character I think I’d ever encountered in fiction. I adored the book and still have that giant purple hardcover at my parents’ house. 

5)    How long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I didn’t do any research for the Men at Work books. My father has been a contractor/handyman type all his life so I knew a lot about the work the guys do. I usually research as I write. Too many writers use intensive research to put off the actual writing. Write and research simultaneously and then you can pinpoint exactly what you need to research and save yourself time and trouble. 
6)    How do you select the names of your characters?
Names are hard. You want to get them just right and I’ve been known to “Find and Replace” on a draft when a name just isn’t working. I’ll try several out until I find one that works. 

7)    If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?

I’d probably die. But before I was a writer, I worked in a bunch of bookstores. I could easily go back to working in a bookstore tomorrow. 

8)    Do you believe in writer’s block?

I’ll quote Steve Martin here—“ Writer's block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they can have an excuse to drink alcohol.”

9)    What is your favorite thing about fall? 

How happy it makes my husband. That and long-sleeved shirts. I’m a big fan of long-sleeved shirts. 

10) Are you excited for Halloween? If so, do you have a favorite scary story?  

I’m excited for Halloween decorating. In fact, I already did it. Favorite scary story? Probably “The Haunted House” from the original SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK. I was in a school play version of that story. I had one line and that line was just a scream. I do a very good scream.

Trick…or wicked treat! 
It was a devastating dirty trick—Joey Silvia just found out her boyfriend of two years is married. What. A. Dick. Joey knows her best chance to get over one guy is to get under another. Of course, heading home to her family's remote cabin in Oregon poses some challenges in the "available men" department…until she discovers this cabin comes with its own hot handyman! 
Holy crap, Chris Steffensen. When did her brother's best friend turn into a hard-bodied pile of blond-bearded hotness? He's the perfect Halloween treat—and a surprisingly dirty rebound guy. For a couple of weeks, anyway. Except that Chris has other ideas…like proving to Joey that this blast from the past is a whole lot more than a naughty Halloween hookup.

Tiffany will be giving away a copy of HER HALLOWEEN TREAT to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry.

About the Author:
Tiffany Reisz is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Original Sinners series for Mira Books (Harlequin/Mills & Boon). Tiffany's books inhabit a sexy shadowy world where romance, erotica and literature meet and do immoral and possibly illegal things to each other. She describes her genre as "literary friction," a term she stole from her main character, who gets in trouble almost as often as the author herself. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, and two cats. If she couldn't write, she would die.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Oct. 29th. 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 with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. US residents only.


  1. Love Tiffany's books. She is by far my favourite author, and never fails to inspire me.

  2. Enjoyed the Q&A! Thanks for sharing! Love BLAZE books!

  3. interesting interview

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  4. Great interview, this books sounds amazing! Blaze is such a great line of books!!

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

  5. I can't wait to read this book. Awesome Q & A and ty for the chance.

    caraddatz at hotmail dot com

  6. Love Tiffany's books so much!!

    kitzmillerx5 at yahoo dot com

  7. Thanks for sharing your book, I'm can't wait to find out the rest of the story! And I'm all for Chris Evans as the inspiration of any book!!!

    thebigbluewall77 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  8. Love the cover! :)
    I would love to read Her Halloween Treat.
    Thank you :)

  9. Can't wait to read this one! Love the brother's BFF stories. :)

    Lynn Brooks


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